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While there are a number of Android-based smartphones kicking around, how many of them are waterproof? With a 3.5-inch screen, this particular handset is a bit smaller than other recent members of the Xperia lineup (and yes, than many of the new Android phones getting attention). Consequently it may not be the best choice for those with huge hands, but for those who like their gear small and stowable, it’s worth a look. It’s an even better choice for those who like to take their phone to the beach…or who have an unfortunate tendency to drop their phone into places like the snowbank, sink or toilet (I know you’re out there). When all of the seals are securely in place, it’s rated to stay underwater for about 30 minutes at depths up to 1 meter. Oh, and did I mention that it’s unlocked?
$79.99 – $99.99
For heavy users of smartphones and tablets, battery life can be a constant struggle. That’s an even bigger struggle for those who don’t have the option to plug into an AC outlet to recharge midway through the day. That’s where the Mophie Powerstation comes in. This little bricklike battery comes in 4000 and 6000 mAh models, and sports either one or two standard USB ports on the side. When you’re starting to run low on battery, just connect your phone or table to the Powerstation using the device’s USB cable, press the button on the side, and your Android’s battery will be heading in the right direction. A great gift for a power (ho ho) user.
Okay, I’ll admit it: one of the first things I like to do when I get a new Android tablet into my hands is to fire up a racing game to try out the device’s graphics, processor and accelerometer…oh who am I kidding? I try out racing games because they’re fun. Now, Diamond Multimedia’s TAB 360 allows racing fans to enjoy the game with a bit more stability. This steering-wheel-shaped mount has an adjustable clamp that accommodates tablets between 7” and 10.1” – it held both my Nexus 7 and my Galaxy Tab 10.1 comfortably. Just under the mount there’s a ball joint that allows you to smoothly tilt and turn the tablet in the direction of your choice, all while keeping your hands safely away from the touchscreen itself (at least until you choose to use it). One thing worth noting: it’s not particularly heavy, so you’ll be able to lift the whole thing up off the table if you like. If you want to secure it down….well, there’s always duct tape!
Bonus option for those who want something to look forward to:
Our friends over at The Verge have brought us this news of a Bluetooth-enabled toilet called the Satis…it’s from Japan, of course. It won’t be available until February of 2013, and the starting price will be well over $2,000, but if you have someone on your shopping list who really wishes they could flush the toilet from their Android phone, well, maybe it’s time to place an order. (Warning: it may be a crappy gift.)
Sean Carruthers is a Contributor at ITWorld Canada. Follow him on Google+