Wireless Charger For $2.00!!

-You read it right folks, There’s a wireless charger that works, for only 2.00$! Talk about a hell of a deal, casually speaking. Now bear in mind, that it doesn’t come with a wall charger or cord. Add to that the fact that it is literally a no name company, no model number provided, nor logo markings save for the recycle logo and FCC logo. 

-The link provided above takes you to Wish, the website that I bought it from via the mobile app. Check out the Phabletguru review of Wish for more info. There was no mention of a company or manufacturer name anywhere in the item description on wish. The picture used for this product showed it wirelessly charging what looked to be an iPhone 4s. The image is of course misleading, due to the fact that iPhones are not wireless charging compatible out of the box. 

-This little roughly 2 inch diameter charger incorporates Qi technology. Which means it works with most every phone that has wireless charging built in, such as the Glaxy s6 and upwards. Or the Motorola made Nexus 6 (The phone I’ve been testing it with). It comes in various colors, I have a blue one and I thoroughly have enjoyed it. It isn’t a fast charger but it works for overnight charging, when fast charging isn’t required.

-I was impressed with one feature not mentioned on wish. The charger automatically turns off when your phone is fully charged. This was an awesome surprise. It isn’t without it’s flaws however, namely the above mentioned lack of fast charging. In fact, it’s actually quite slow. But it does the job very brightly. This brings me to my next beef with this little wireless charger. When a device is laid on this round surface a little blue light emits signaling you that it is charging a device. This little blue light (on top of the dim always on red light) is very bright and somewhat distracting if you are trying to sleep. This can be remedied with a little electrical tape if needs be however.

-All in all I’d say the value you get for $2.00 in this product is well worth the couple bucks. You can buy relatively inexpensive adapters to allow it to work with iPhones and other non wireless charging phones. I love the slim design and extremely light aspect of it’s build quality. Yes it’s cheap and generic, but hey it’s only $2.00 and it actually gets the job done. I say buy it and don’t look back.
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SprinT-Mobile? Merger?

-This is all speculation at this point, but it is rumored within corporate circles that there might be a Sprint T-Mobile merger in the works. If this goes through it will be one of the biggest corporate mergers in history. The failed AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile back in 2011 was a completely different beast. At&t was “buying” T-Mobile for 39 Billion big ones. What is rumored here is a “merger”not a takeover.
-Sprint Nextel, in the last couple years has had an amazing comeback in network and customer base. The Sprint brand is crystal clear and growing more rapidly than any other wireless provider here in the states. “Can you here me now?” is a witty ad campaign where the now infamous Paul from the old Verizon commercials is making Sprint commercials. Can you hear that Verizon? Paul made the switch and so are many others. Sprint has been purchasing spectrum and innovating technologies into it’s network at a rapid pace. Sprint was the first to incorporate LTE plus & 3×20 ghz carrier aggregation. That’s my inner nerd emerging. Suffice to say Sprint has dug itself out of a hole. Partly due to the failed AT&T purchase of T-Mobile, which was opposed by Sprint and many other corporations. That shot down takeover allowed for more competition in the free market. The opposite would’ve been close to monopoly status.

-T-Mobile on the other hand has seen better days. It did gain a little money from the failed AT&T purchase, however they are steadily losing customers to the other three carriers. This is a sad thing, I will always have a special place in my heart for T-Mobile for a couple of reasons. First and foremost the sidekick line of phones back in the golden era of feature phones was very popular and one of my all time favorite phones. The way it swiveled out was way cool and different. It had a text-instant message thing about it, a messaging-email focused o.s. and design that had youthful appeal. Secondly, T-Mobile was the first American carrier to sell Android with the introduction of the words first Android phone, the HTC G1. AKA the T-Mobile G1, or the HTC Dream.

-The rumor of this merger comes from the meeting President Elect Donald Trump had in Trump Tower with Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son. Mr. Son, who bought Sprint for 32 billion dollars back in 2013, has stated he originally wished to merge Sprint with T-Mobile. That plan was blocked by the federal government as other such mergers have been. In the meeting with Trump Mr. Son vowed to invest 50 Billion big ones in the US to create 50,000 new jobs. The details of this meeting are unknown at the moment, but we suspect here at PhabletGuru that it implies the merger will take effect with help from Good Ol’ Donald Trump our next President. Sprint currently employs about 30,000 people and T-Mobile about 50,000. The merger would add 50,000 jobs to that, bringing the total number of employees about the same as Verizon. Working in the industry myself, I am excited about this possibility and opportunity.

-This has been a Phabletguru news brief. The proceeds from donations will go to corporate bigwigs, and their over full pockets. As always keep on keepin on.

Top Five Holiday Tech Gifts

-The holidays are rapidly approaching and if you’re like me you haven’t even begun shopping yet. Don’t fret however, we’ve got solutions for you late to the game”ers”. This is today’s tech five, the holiday edition.

  • #5. tile

-This little trinket makes a good gift or stocking suffer. It’s inexpensive, useful and relevant in today’s mobilecentric world. Pictured above is all three products available. The differences besides design and size, are things like the slim and mate offer 4 different ring tones whilst the original only offers one. Here’s the chart….

-If you’ve ever lost or misplaced your keys, wallet or God forbid your phone, then this is for you. It uses Bluetooth as well as the tile community (people who have tile) and of coarse the app you can download from the Playstore or the app store.   Basically if you have tile, as well as the app (keep in mind that on your phone you have to have Bluetooth turned on) you can locate the lost item from the app by making the tile emit a ringtone. This also works in reverse, let’s say you have your keys or wallet with the tile attached, but you’ve misplaced your phone. Click the button on the tile and your phone will ring even if it is on silent or vibrate.

-The final and coolest feature of this little doohickey is the community of tile users, which is growing. Let’s say you left your work keys somewhere at work and don’t recall where. You are at home and your boss can’t find where you placed them. If your boss is part of the tile community,  select notify when found in the app and when your boss or anyone or device within the tile community passes by it you’ll automatically be notified of it’s most recent location.  The larger the community gets the easier it will be to find things.

  • #4.  Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer

-This thing is, in a word, awesome! If you’re old enough to remember Polaroid cameras back in the day then you will appreciate this product.  If you’re what people call a youngster, you might not know about that archaic form of instant photography, don’t fret youngster it’s been reborn with this novel contraption. 

-This prints small “inkless” photos by connecting to your device via Bluetooth. Not only is it a fun little printer, the photos it pops out can also be stickers. Peel off the back and you have a sticky backside that you can apply to anything. The fun is endless. You can use this as a makeshift diy (do it yourself) business card maker. The possibilities are limitless. It’s sleek and portable. In fact it’s the smallest Bluetooth printer you can buy. I highly recommend this as a late holiday gift idea. It will only set you back 129$.

    • #3. Asus Zenfone 3 Laser

    -Looking for a decent unlocked phone that’s inexpensive, this is your phone.  In fact for the price it’s a steal. This thing has  a 1.4 ghz octacore processor. 2 or 4 gb of RAM, 32 or 64gb on board storage respectively. You can expand that memory up to 256gb with an easily accessible micro sd card slot.  save pictures on that card by taking quick shot photos with it’s laser autofocus 13 megapixel camera with f2.0 aperture. Enjoy those photographs on it’s full HD IPS LCD 5.5″ large display. Basically it’s pretty badass, especially considering it costs  from 169$. 

    -The midrange phone market is booming. What you get for 150$-400$ these days is amazing. Compared to 650$-979$ there isn’t much difference in what you get. This Zenfone laser 3 phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back. If you have a phone nerd for a loved one, this would be an awesome “toy”. 

    • #2.  Nintendo Classic

    -If you’ve been reading my blogs you might know I’m a Nintendo fan. But who isn’t right? I remember being 9 years old and getting my first Nintendo and popping in that Super Mario Bros. Cartridge bundled with the system. The year was 1987 the Nintendo had been out for 2 years in America at that point.  It was a Christmas present from my parents. It completely and utterly rocked. We can now physically relive such moments with the brand new Nintendo Classic Mini. It comes preloaded with 30 classic games including but not limited to Super Mario Bros.,  The Legend Of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Kirby’s Adventure.

    -Unlike the original NES, the Mini features an HDMI  port so you can play it on modern tv’s.  Retro seems to be the “in” thing currently. And nothing screams retro like the good ol’ NES. This would make a welcome addition to any present under the tree this Christmas. The Mini will set Santa back a pretty penny due to the demand and rarity currently. It normally costs $59.99 however we are seeing it go for 179$ online.

    • #1. Amazon Echo

    -A.I. (Artificial Intelligence for non-nerds) has evolved immensely over the last few years. With Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant we basically have personal voice  Oracles, and Alexa is no exception. You can have a completely voice automated smart home with the Echo as the hub. We are living in the future folks. This thing is simply amazing and in my opinion looks better than it’s competitor Google Home.  Google Home looks like an oversized air freshener.

    -The Amazon Echo, Eco Dot and Tap all work using Alexa software. The most advanced and feature packed being the object of this #1. Holiday Tech gift idea, the Echo. Completely voice automated, wireless and having a built in speaker make this idea a great high-tech gift. Third party support is a welcome edition. For example it works with Nest products, various security camera systems and Philips Hue lights, smart switches and media controls. So you could dim your lights, turn the temperature down, set recording times for your dvr, turn on the sprinklers, order an Uber ride, or a pizza whilst playing your favorite Spotify playlist all with your voice. 

    -The Amazon Echo costs 179$ the Amazon Echo Dot costs 39$ and the Amazon Tap costs 89$. I recommend the Echo personally. This piece of high tech novelty would make a great gift for any tech enthusiast or common consumer alike. Watch some YouTube videos on the differences between the three Amazon products mentioned. 

    This has been a Holiday Edition of the Phabletguru Tech 5. Thanks for reading, and remember Santa Claus has his roots in the Amanita Muscaria mushroom. As always stay golden my peeps. Keep on swyping.-

    Try Wish, This Is A Phabletguru Saturday Short

    -Wish is a great shopping app, especially for this time of year with the holidays rapidly approaching. It has extremely low priced merchandise. This app not only has hot and popular gift ideas, it also is a treasure trove of unique, rare, underground and sometimes downright strange gifts, trinkets, knickknacks and thingamabops. Just look for yourselves.

    -From the screenshot above you can see that it has some cool and bizarre products from around the world. Know anyone who’s into steampunk? This could be for them. Not only that, it has amazing prices for such a random compilation of merchandise. Here’s another screenshot of the app when you first open it up.

    -Notice the cheap prices? I know I did. I definitely would love some shades like those. I’ve found musical instruments, Alex Grey paintings on sleeping bags, unlocked phones, screwdriver key rings and video game systems to name but a few. Try Wish and escape from the Amazon trap… At least for awhile. Because let’s face it, Amazon rocks. I just think that there are other avenues for shopping that might be overlooked in the wake of Amazon and eBay and Craigslist. 

    -Until we meet again in the life to come… Remember there is T.N.T. for the brain.

    R.I.P. Pebble Hello Fitbit

    Picture courtesy Gizmodo

    -Fitbit (the undisputed health watch king) is reportedly purchasing Pebble. It is rumored they are buying Pebble in order to obtain certain patents, namely the operating system. This move is both bad and good for consumers and the market.  The word in the street, as it were, is that they will then kill Pebble off.

    -I can’t say this doesn’t sadden me. I thoroughly enjoyed, and continue to enjoy my Pebble Time. I completely love the retro aesthetics within it’s design. I’ve always been an underdog fan, and Pebble has been the underdog the last year or so, compared to the Moto 360 & The Apple watch. For more on my views of the Pebble Time, check out my review of it here on my blog.

    -It is unknown at this time how much Fitbit is purchasing Pebble for. The negotiations started before thanksgiving.  The move makes sense, because Fitbit has slowly been incorporating notifications alongside it’s health and fitness features with the Alta and Blaze lines. Acquiring the software rights to Pebble, will create a more well rounded wearable. 

    -Fitbit has shown drops last quarter in profit. This is due mainly to the popularity of The Apple Watch. Before the advent of the Apple Watch, iPhone users pretty much had one option, Pebble (Grandfathers of the smart watch revolution). Pebble is a very unique company, a success story centering around kickstarter. Breaking several kickstarter records, Pebble has become known as a rags to riches company. In the last year however, they have lost money, due to the same reason as Fitbit’s loss.

    -I’m hopeful we will see a new wearable called The Fitbit Pebble. Personally I lean more towards smart watches than fitness watches, but I know the average consumer leans the other way. We at Phabletguru say goodbye to this forward thinking, ahead of their time company,  as apparent in producing the worlds first smartwatch for iPhone and Android alike. Pebble received over 10,000,000.00$ in the first thirty minutes of a kickstarter funding campaign back in 2012. They revolutionized and created the wearable market. You will be missed Pebble, you will be missed indeed.
    This has been a Phabletguru news brief. Brought to you by A Trekkie techie subsidiary.

    Until next time, Lord knows I’ll see you, I’ll see you on the other side.