The following contest is scheduled for one fall. Making their way to the ring, weighing at least half a pound each: a bunch of smartphone docks.
There was much griping when Apple replaced its old dock connectors with the reversible Lightning cable, but they’ve made life infinitely easier for iOS users. So the MicFlip, the world’s first reversible micro-USB cable, promises to do the same for Android (and other smartphone) users.
Thin smartphones also mean thin batteries, and carrying a charging cable so your phone can last the day is basically a fact of life now. To make the situation a little more convenient there have been countless keychain-friendly solutions for charging your smartphone, but none as perfectly tiny as the inCharge.
Remember the ChargerLeash? It was a replacement USB charging cable for your smartphone that featured a built-in audible alarm so that when it was unplugged, there was little chance you'd forget it and leave it behind. Now there's a new 'Pro' version with a simple silencer so you can also use the cable at home, without…
It's not uncommon to leave the house with a bag full of gadgets that will probably need a charge at some point during the day. So you can either bring an assortment of cables with you, let your devices all fight over a single charger, or wait until Samsung's new three-headed micro USB charging cable is finally…
It's widely assumed that printer manufacturers make all of their money from expensive replacement ink cartridges, not the hardware. Perhaps the same can be said for smartphone makers, given how often their USB charging cables break. But you can put an end to constant replacements with these MOS Spring cables that are…
The new iPhone (and new iPads') cable connector has been about as controversial as a gadget cable connector can get. It's smaller, which is nice, but it's expensive and incompatible with everything. Which is why I love this little adapter.
Carrying around a charging cable is a fact of life if you use your smartphone for more than just the occasional call. But instead of packing the bulky cables that came with your iPhone or Android handset, just slip this tiny USB adapter onto your keychain for emergency battery top-offs.
Now that the iPhone 4S has been shown off to borderline middling interest, Apple is quietly rolling out this little dongle that allows you to charge your phone via Micro USB. Too bad it's only in Europe (for now?).
The Powerbag is a backpack, a sling, a tablet bag and a portable charging station for your mobile devices. The convertible bag is also roomy enough to carry your books, clothes and other personal items.
Sure, you probably own a million USB cables as is, but this 3ft-long USB cable with both a micro and mini USB head is $12 well-spent, let me tell you. [StarTech]
Our virgin sacrifices to the bloody altar of cellular deities must have paid off, because Sprint CEO Dan Hesse just told a CTIA audience that all American phones will use Micro-USB for charging (and, presumably, transfers), by next year. [nexGadget]
Ever plugged your gadget into someone else's computer for a quick charge and helplessly watched as your data started to sync? It's an annoyance and wastes time, but with the Sync Blocker cable it's optional.
The International Telecommunication Union, a branch of the UN, has decided on a standard for phone chargers that should finally cut down on a huge chunk of unnecessary e-waste. It's about time.
Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, LG, NEC, Qualcomm, RIM, Samsung and Apple have all agreed to use the microUSB standard in their phones made for the European market. Why can't we have that?
We put up with too many cables. There are at least four different kinds of USB plugs, two kinds of FireWire and like a million different ways to connect something to TV or monitor. Modern gadget life can be kind of retarded in this way. Why not one kind of cable, or just a couple? I don't know. But until everyone gets…