Gadgets: Mobile World Congress goes green
At this year's Mobile World Congress, many companies were keen to promote their green credentials with products designed to appeal to both consumers and green warriors alike.
1. iMT702 Speaker DockM
Altec unveiled its new inMotion Max premium digital audio docking speaker system. With no wires, the Inmotion Max is a sleek, truly portable, all-in-one speaker system for music die-hards who live in a borderless world. It is a lush, rich sound in an ultra lightweight, bold design that moves beyond the confines of the home and onto the street. The inMotion Max enables its users to share their music, whether using an iPhone, iPod, MP3 player or built-in FM radio, to create the perfect ambience anytime, anywhere. Using proprietary ESS technology for an expanded sound stage, powerful XdB bass-enhancement and twin precision-matched, full-spectrum speakers, the new Altec Lansing inMotion MAX delivers crisp sound unmatched by the competition and at a surprisingly large stereophonic range. It easily fills any size room with realistic, distortion-free audio.
2. Twig Protector
The Twig Protector will protect lone workers, the vulnerable and those needing access to emergency care. It is shock and water resistant, light, and extremely easy to use. It can communicate with all Twig devices and support systems using both SMS and GPRS Mobile Phone Telematics Protocol. When operated in conjunction with the Twig Webfinder (online at www.twigworld.com) the discreet nature of the device, coupled with its ability to monitor a situation remotely through the TWIG Web-top service, allows users to feel safe and secure in the knowledge that when the alarm on their Twig Protector is activated, help can be there in a matter of minutes.
3. LG KM800 Handset
LG isn't exactly shy about pushing the envelope. We've had 8-megapixels in two handsets from the company with one of them, the KC780, squarely focused on the mid-range. And now we have the LG Arena with its 3D user interface. Yes, we know, suggesting you can get 3D on a flat surface is a bit like suggesting the recession will be over next Tuesday. You might wish for it, but you know it can't really be true. 3D interface aside, the Arena KM900, which will soon be available free on contract from Orange, is quite a looker and brimming with features. The handset is small and light at 106×55×12mm and only 106g. Our review sample had a suave silver titanium backplate and silver outer front frame, surrounding a black frame to the tempered glass finish of the screen.
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4. HTC Magic
Vodafone extends its world-class range of Internet phones with the Android-powered smartphone from HTC. HTC Magic smartphone is exclusive to Vodafone customers initially in the UK, Spain, Germany and France (SFR) and non-exclusively in Italy - more countries to follow. Online registration for early information on pricing and availability is now open for customers. Android platform gives customers easy-to-access downloads from Vodafone and Android Market. A tablet-style device, with a sleek design and unprecedented compactness for a smartphone featuring the Android platform, the HTC Magic provides broad flexibility for personalisation via the application-rich Android Market. Available in white in the UK, Spain and France, black in Germany, and in both colours in Italy, the HTC Magic will soon be available through other Vodafone markets.
5. Solio Communicator
Better Energy Systems, recognised for a line of innovative Solio products, has debuted with a unique mobile consumer device. The new Solio Communicator is designed to be the ultimate in 'Eco-mobility' with the integration of a solar panel. It boasts the offer of virtually unlimited talk-time through the Sun's energy as it stores the power within its Lithium-ion battery. The company claims that this device will hold a charge of up to a year.
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