Black Friday is about a month away, which means my cousin is already camping out in front of Best Buy to ensure that she gets all of those door busting deals. Odds are she probably isn’t even the first person in line. For those of us who don’t enjoy a good sidewalk campout we can at least look at some of the cool stuff coming out in time for the mass hysteria that is the biggest shopping day of the year, and then rue the fact that we didn’t camp out so we’re going to have to pay twice as much for the same stuff. Cell phone related purchases will take up a large portion of several people’s wish lists this holiday season, so we’re going to take a look at a couple of items today that might just make it into your stocking.
One of the coolest cell phone accessories to make their way into our homes is the Powermat. It’s a wireless charging station for electronic devices, most notably cell phones. In the past, the special covers you needed to make the device work were clunky at best. Powermat has changed all that. These days Powermat is going low profile. You can check out a before and after side by side comparison here. The new style looks like a regular old HTC Evo case the exception being this one recharges your battery when you set it down. It really is a seamless design. This really is some pretty sweet technology at work.
On the completely opposite side of the spectrum, I would be remiss if I didn’t spend a few words introducing you all to the unsmartest* phone in the world. You have to love the simplicity here – no texts, no huge display. Heck, the address book is a pen and paper that fits into a small compartment on the back of the phone. I’m actually curious if it runs on AA batteries, or if it actually has a lithium battery inside. This would be great for one of those white elephant parties. What was that? It costs $100? I guess the phone itself cost $11.95. The quirkiness will set ya back the additional $88.05. At least it is an unlocked phone so you can use it on any GSM network that you want.
*I’m well aware that unsmartest isn’t a word, that’s the irony of the joke people.