There are many smartphone-tablet holders out there. CastIV is one of them, but they look to add a little more than just a stand.
Geared toward the musician, the CastIV sidekick allows you to put your iPhone or iPod in eyeshot so you can practice your tunes. Even a Korg guitar tuner fits well in the sidekick. Just place the belt on the strings, push together and clip with the mount.
If you would rather have the iPod, Android device or iPhone on your microphone stand, well, they make an interchangable clip so you can cuff it on the stand, put the device in place and start playing.
For those iPad or other tablet owners out there, you can also get the Tab station – a mount for your iPad that connects to a tripod or microphone stand.
The Guitar Sidekick and smart station are $24.99, with the Tab station for $34.99
Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine and TechPodcasts
Todd talks with Ernest Wolf, CEO of YooTechPros, creators of an Android-based tablet PC that actually looks quite good.
Using the same LG touch screen as the iPad, this tablet offers twin USB ports, a microSD slot, front- and rear-facing cameras and runs Android 2.2. It’s also slightly lighter and thinner than the iPad. Unfortunately, the model in the video is a non-working prototype but it does look good. $399 for the 16 GB, wifi version and available in the Spring.
For the germ-adverse of us, YouTechPros offers an antibacterial screen film for tablets called the iProtector for $19.99.
The Nexus S is the newest generation Android phone running the news Android OS, Gingerbread (version 2.3). This phone is fast, sleek, and beautiful.
Featuring both superior functionality and a stunning user-experience, the Nexus S has a brilliant Super AMOLED 4-inch touch screen that provides a premium viewing experience.
Powered by a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, Nexus S produces rich 3D graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content. In addition, Nexus S features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right. It also comes with 16 GB of internal memory.
Nexus S features Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows users to read information off of everyday objects like stickers and posters that are embedded with NFC chips. It’s also equipped with a 5 megapixel rear facing camera and camcorder, as well as a VGA front facing camera, and features a new and improved keyboard with multi-touch support, Internet calling (VoIP/SIP support) and a clean new user interface. It also has built-in wifi and BlueTooth.
Currently the Nexus S is an unlocked GSM phone and only available from Best Buy.