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Anker 40W 5-Port USB Charger

Anker 40W 5V / 8A 5-Port Family-Sized Desktop ChargerAs we all get more and more devices charging them becomes a problem of where do we put another wall plug, to answer this there are multi-port USB chargers, but just a normal charger wasn’t enough when I went looking. That’s when I found this new smart charger from Anker that has up to 40W of power to push your gadget. The good thing though is that it has a chip on each port that detects the proper amount of wattage to send and not to send so that your devices charges at the maximum speed but won’t burn it out.

After unboxing this little guy, with the smooth rubber to keep it from sliding off the table and minimal packaging I gave it a test. With my Samsung Galaxy Nexus I was able to charge 20% of my battery in about 20 minutes, which sounds about right for it to send it the proper amount of wattage to charge correctly. Later I plugged in my phone, a Nexus 7, and a pair of Bluetooth headphones and all charged just fine. With the 5 ports it should give you the flexibility to keep everything charged in one place and as fast as it was intended.

Check out the unboxing video and photos. You can get this charger on Amazon for around $26 as I did; Anker seems to sell primarily on though Amazon.

Product page: Anker 40W 5V / 8A 5-Port Family-Sized Desktop Charger

Ubuntu for Phones Preview

phone-photo-heroThe developers of the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu have showed off an Android based phone OS with no JavaVM running on a Galaxy Nexus phone today. From first look it’s got some slick things that make the UI different from normal Android like swiping from edges to open menus and information, kind of stealing this from how Windows 8 works. From hands on videos it is very slow and things lag when opening. Of course this a early release but it’s nothing impressive.

On the website they show a block with app icons and just say “Go make us apps” using HTML5/Native, but lots of those like Gmail and YouTube would never make it to this OS natively just look at the large number of full on Android devices that don’t get support for Google Apps. So its very misleading to people thinking this would be cool to have because somehow it’s going to be more open then Android.

The one think I ask is what is the point, right now the big 3 are Android, iOS, and BlackBerry, with BlackBerry slowly dying away and Windows Phone not even something that anyone is looking at. This sounds like a lot of extra resources that could be put into making Android better, or making Ubuntu work better on the desktop. There is also Ubuntu TV but don’t expect much from that ether, their may be money in these markets but trying to do your own thing won’t work out or you will get people who get one of these devices and wonder why they can’t get the apps there friends on Android have.

Check out some photos to see what it looks like but don’t hold your breath for this becoming more than a waste of our time. If any new phone OS had any chance other than Android and iOS it would be Windows Phone just because they have the money to lose. And as we have seen from other Phone OS’s such as WebOS and even Windows Phone, just because you are different or have some special features it all comes down to getting things working together and getting lots of phones running it.

If this sounds harsh, it’s just true that you shouldn’t expect much to come from this.

Updated: Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 Windows Phone 8

Update: October 4 2012: AT&T announced that they will have the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 on there network in the United States. AT&T also stated that they are the top seller of Windows Phone’s. While there are only them an T-Mobile who have phones that work on there network its not that unusual that they would be the top seller. No mention of price or release date were given, but invitations to the release of Windows Phone 8 will be announced on October 29th 2012.

Nokia release two new phones that will be running Windows Phone 8 that stand up to most of the new Android phones coming out. Both the Lumia 920 and 820 will be running Windows Phone 8 when it is release, have Snapdragon S4 1.5Ghz Dual-Core processors  have great cameras, and have the ability to wireless charging. The phones also come in a bunch of bright colors and they have a bunch of color matching accessories such as a Bluetooth hands free unit, wireless charging plates, and speakers that charge wirelessly. Check out the specs list below.

Nokia Lumia 820 Nokia Lumia 920
Dual-Core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Processor Dual-Core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Processor
GSM with Micro SIM GSM with Micro SIM
Qi Wireless Charging Qi Wireless Charging
4.3″ 800x480px Screen 4.5″ 1280x768px Screen
8MP Carl Zeiss Tessar Lens Camera 8.7MP Nokia PureView Camera
8GB w/ microSD up to 32GB + 7GB SkyDrive 32GB + 7GB SkyDrive
1000MB RAM 1000MB RAM
NFC, Bluetooth 3.1, GPS, WiFi Direct NFC, Bluetooth 3.1, GPS, WiFi Direct
1650mAh battery, 330h standby, 8-14h talk 2000mAh battery, 400h standby, 10-17h talk
Red, Yellow, White, Cyan, Purple, Gray, Black Yellow, Red, White, Gray, Black

The wireless charging has been around for a while yet not taken off because of the added cost. But it looks like they are making the charging something that they really want to push. With things like charging built into a JBL speaker that also color matches the phone, also they have the Bluetooth Handset that match the colors and can charge using the same wireless mats.

Nokia also made a point to talk about how good the camera is. This includes things such as stabilization built into the entire camera module, really good lenses, and being able to take more light in with the stabilization to take darker photos and have them look brighter.

In the software part of things this will have Windows Phone 8 that should have more apps since they change how the apps are built and can be built for Windows 8 and be easily ported to Windows Phone 8. The Nokia Maps has their own mapping data, directions, navigation, and offline maps. Also SkyDrive is integrated deeply into the OS to share photos, documents and other files.

This phone looks nice, but no details on the release date or price out yet. This is also the first Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices and seems to be a very polished device. More images in the gallery below.

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