The smartphone maker OnePlus has announced a new model, the OnePlus X. It appears that the aim of the OnePlus X is to be exquisite, to have class, and to explore contrasts and harmony. The design is a way of thinking about a product in ways where the eye of the designer perceives beauty and elegance onto a blank space. When style and technology meet well in a smartphone, the results are impressive. When this aim fails, there’s often a lot of style without substance.
Shot is the first Kickstarter project from William Viana and Jorge Leria, a pair of software engineers from a well known social network startup in Spain. Shot is an add-on for the iPhone 6 and 6S that gives users the ability to take 3D photos. The processing power and camera of the iPhone 6 and 6S is something that could make for some creative photos with a little abstract thinking.
The next generation of computing is arriving now. Laptops have been great due to their portability and functions. Tablets showed potential but never really gained the functions of a laptop. If you were someone who owned both, maybe you felt like me and wondered why you owned both. Tablets seemed like toys more than anything else. Microsoft has released their first laptop that combines what’s good about laptops and tablets into the one device.The Surface Book laptop has a smart design and some interesting ideas built into the device.
Google has two new Nexus smartphones available for preorder, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. These new models coincide with the release of Google’s new version of Android, Marshmallow. Marshmallow contains new features like fingerprint scanning, Android Pay, Now on Tap and others. These Nexus devices are designed to be Google’s flagship devices carrying the Android OS.
The Nexus 5X is a creation of Google in partnership with LG. The device uses the Snapdragon 808 process, has 2GB RAM, internal storage of 16GB or 32GB and a 2700mAh battery. The camera is 12-megapixels, and a new feature is a double-tap of the home button to pull the camera app (Similar to Samsung). A laser auto-focus system like the one LG used on its G3 smartphone is installed to give high-quality photos.
Blackberry’s security and privacy features are well known, and it was this that set them apart in years past. Android is the mobile ecosystem that is on a large number of smartphones and tablets. An announcement has been made that Blackberry and Google will be teaming up to create a new smartphone. The PRIV is designed for users who value privacy in their communications above all else. Blackberry aim to have the PRIV to be a combination of choice, innovation, security, privacy and productivity.
An interesting idea for a smartphone is on Kickstarter, the Robin by NextBit. The Robin is an Android-based smartphone that, instead of having the best camera or best display, claims to have the best ability to connect to a cloud intelligently. Smartphones are something used daily and gather a lot of information in their storage. No doubt you’ve been using your smartphone for a while and notice that the storage is filled despite you not saving much to it. It’s easy to run out of room in your smartphone’s internal storage. The Robin aims to fix that problem for users.
So far, smartwatches have looked square and bulky. For me, one reason I stopped wearing a watch is because I kept taking it off and losing it. I’ve looked at smart watches, and while they interest me, I know that the size turns me off. Pebble seems to have thought about people like me in their design of their latest smartwatch, the Pebble Time Round.
Round watches have been the most popular design for wrist watches, but it hasn’t been the design of any of the smartwatches so far. Not only is it round, but it’s also thin and light unlike any other smartwatch made by Pebble. Pebble claim it’s the lightest and thinnest smart watch on the market; A good feature for a wearable device. The weight is 28 grams, and it is 7.5mm thin.