Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung’s highly anticipated smartphone debut, which set sales records throughout Europe and Asia, has arrived on U.S. soil in time for the holidays. Ultra-thin and sleek, it features Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus touch-screen display, delivering brilliant colors and high contrast for a crisp viewing experience. The Galaxy S II features an improved Samsung TouchWiz user interface, providing superior multitasking, application management and customization; and includes Live Panel, which offers a magazine-like view for immediate access to weather, social updates, email, news, photos and more. Samsung’s Social Hub service transfers email, instant messages, contacts and calendar reminders as well as social network connections including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn into “Feeds” and “Messages” folders that can be divided into tabs or combined into comprehensive lists. It’s powered by the innovative Android Gingerbread platform, with full support of Google Mobile Services including Android Market with access to more than 250,000 applications, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and more. It also boasts Samsung’s Media Hub movie and next-day TV content service, featuring thousands of titles from major Hollywood studios and television networks. Available from Sprint (as Epic 4G Touch), AT&T and T-Mobile. $199.99–229 with two-year service agreement and qualifying plans; contact your provider for details. www.samsung.com
TomTom Go Live 1535M
The world’s first portable navigation device featuring a suite of popular travel apps, the TomTom GO LIVE 1535M combines the most comprehensive road and traffic information with the insight of travel-related apps. Using TomTom’s connected LIVE services, you can access information while behind the wheel by browsing helpful travel apps from Yelp, TripAdvisor, Expedia and Twitter, and you can find hotel availability or access updated fuel prices, weather forecasts and Local Search. TomTom HD Traffic provides the most accurate reporting available by capturing more actual traffic jams than ever before, processing traffic conditions for all major and secondary roads within the U.S. road network and delivering real-time traffic updates every two minutes. It also features Bluetooth hands-free calling, intuitive voice recognition and a 5-inch touch screen. $249.95; includes a free 12-month subscription to LIVE services. www.tomtom.com
Polaroid GL10 Mobile Printer
Designed by Polaroid and Lady Gaga, this portable printer gives new life to images stored on cellphones, hard drives and digital cameras through the archetypal Polaroid instant experience. The 15-ounce GL10 produces full-bleed 3- by 4-inch photos in the Polaroid Classic Border in less than one minute; photo-lab-quality prints emerge fully developed and protected by a smudge-proof, water-resistant coating. Prints wirelessly from most smartphones, including BlackBerry, Android and Windows-compatible phones via Polaroid apps; from your PC or Macintosh computer; and via USB connection from your digital camera (not compatible with iPhone). Its rechargeable battery lets you print up to 35 photos on a full charge. As Gaga would say, it’s on the edge of (high-tech) glory indeed. $169.99. http://www.polaroid.com
Kensington BungeeAir Power Wireless Security Tether
A great stocking stuffer and a failsafe way to keep track of your iPhone 4, BungeeAir is the essential 3-in-1 accessory: wireless tether, case and battery. Just place the iPhone into the battery case, attach the BungeeAir Fob to your keys, and never lose or forget your iPhone again. When you and your phone are separated, the battery case sends a command to the iPhone, instantly password-locks the screen and sends an alert to the BungeeAir Fob. A convenient app lets you customize security settings. And if you misplace your iPhone, just press the button on the BungeeAir Fob and — presto! — it rings the battery case, which also provides four extra hours of power. $99.99. www.kensington.com
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