Think Tech: The Best Gadgets to Buy This Month

Friday, November 20, 2009
RELATED TAGS: GADGETS

A really tough cell

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NOKIA 3720 CLASSIC MOBILE PHONE
Think you are hard on your mobile phone? Nokia’s 3720 is built to take it. Engineers incorporated stainless steel into the phone’s casing, locked the battery compartment with a screw, and sealed the case to protect against water and contaminants. During stress tests, the 3720 was pounded with weights and dropped from various heights to ensure it could stand up to the dunks, bumps, and crashes a phone endures in harsh environments like a beach or even a dusty construction site. Despite the tough exterior, ?there is room inside for a 2-megapixel camera, an LED flashlight, and a 1-gigabyte microSD card. The battery is built for endurance too: Talk time reaches 7 hours, 18 days standby. No price has been set yet for the U.S. version of the 3720, but it is selling in Europe for 125 euros (about $180).


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ALIPH JAWBONE PRIME BLUETOOTH HEADSET
Eliminate wind and street sounds from your mobile chats with the $130 Jawbone Prime Bluetooth headset. One microphone handles your voice while another eliminates the racket around you, resulting in a 6- to 9-decibel reduction in noise. 


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ENERGI TO GO XP4001 POWER PACK
If you keep finding your phone’s charge running low during important calls, Energizer’s $70 XP4001 Power Pack could become a valued travel companion. Rechargeable 500 times, it has dual USB inputs to power two devices at once. When charging them separately, the Power Pack can add 25 hours of talk time for your phone or 136 hours for a Bluetooth headset.


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LOGIC BOLT V 1.5 PROJECTOR CELL PHONE
Logic Wireless’s cell phone/LCOS projector turns any wall into your personal display. The $500 unit projects a 640 x 480 resolution image onto a surface, creating a 34- to 64-inch picture—with adjustable focus to boot. Operating time is 2 to 3 hours in phone mode and 2 hours as a projector. 

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