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Tech Tuesdays: Top 5 Tech Products

Here at MiniInTheBox we have a wealth of fantastic, creative and fun products available. In fact so much so that the choice can get a little overwhelming (so much to buy, so little time)! That’s why this week’s LITB Blog post is dedicated to my personal top five favourite items in our gargantuan catalogue.

5.) In at number five is the Bluetooth Vibrating Call Alarm Wrist Band (compatible with most mobile phones).
There are so many situations in which this vibrating wrist band comes in useful; if you are in a noisy place, if you need to charge your phone out of ear shot, if you need to keep your phone on silent, or if you just happen to leave it on your desk at work whilst you go to the printer. This handy (pun intended) wrist band will ensure you will never miss a call that you want to pick up again.

4.) Taking the number four spot is the Portable USB Solar Panel Charger for iPhone 4/3G/3GS/Mobile Phones. If you, like myself, are a bit of a phone addict, then a solar powered phone charger is a Godsend. It cuts back on electricity bills and usage (take that pollution!), and allows you the flexibility and freedom to charge your phone anywhere! On the beach in a remote Thai Island? No problem! At a music festival? Sure thing! Hiking in the mountains? A-Okay!

With this fantastic little piece of kit you can stay connected even when you’re far away from the reach of civilization.

3.) Number three has to be the Long Focal Lens Tripod Set for iPhone 4S/4. Now, If you’d have asked me if I’d have bought a long lens and tripod for the iPhone 3G, the answer would have been a solid no, but the quality of the camera on the iPhone 4 (and especially 4S) is a huge step up from it’s predecessor! It’s zoom is a bit weak but that’s exactly where this lens and tripod combo come in handy. You have a powerful 8X zoom lens at your disposal, and a tripod to keep everything steady if you decide to max that zoom out! Plus the tripod offers the obvious benefits of taking night shots that aren’t blurry past recognition.

2.) In at a very tight second place is the iCam Helicopter with 0.3 Megapixel Camera for iPhone, iPad and Android. Yes, that’s right, you can control a HELICOPTER from your phone. If you’d have told this to somebody even 20 years ago they’d have been all like “What’s with all the crazy talk, future man? Calm down and drink this Crystal Pepsi.”
So, anyway, the iCam Helicopter is a phone controlled helicopter with an attached 0.3 mega pixel camera which saves video on to a 2GB micro SD card (included). It’s much more balanced and sensitive than it’s predecessors and provides up to 60 minutes of battery life at any one time.

1.) The top spot has to go to the Karlton 2 – 320k Pixels Mobile Theatre. This is a product from a “Back To The Future“-esque reality that has actually come to fruition. It’s ideal to take on plane or train journeys – just upload your films on to a micro SD card (Compatible with SD cards up to 32GB), charge up the glasses and you’re good to go. Not only do you get to watch and listen to a movie entirely in your own little world, but you also get to look like that awesome dude who wears a visor in Star Trek! Could it get better than this?

Are there any other items that you love from our website? Let us know below!

Product Review: Vivikai – 12 MP Digital Camera with 2.4 Inch LCD Display and 4×Digital Zoom

For this week’s LITB Tech blog we are going to take a look at the absolutely ludicrously good value Vivikai 12MP DSLR style Camera.

If you’re looking to start getting serious about taking photographs, then the Vivikai is the camera for you! It has many of the features of a DSLR camera, such as the option of using either the 2.4” display screen or the classic eye viewer to take photographs, whilst not being so different from a point and click that you will be lost in an ocean of new modes and buttons.

It has a powerful pop out flash for taking photos in darkness, and a 4X zoom for helping you catch things from far away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The camera itself comes equipped with a detachable wide angle lens. If, after a while, you find that you want more detachable lenses as you become more skilled with the camera, it is compatible with standard size lens

attachments, giving you all you need to develop and grow your skills!

Plus, at the bargain discount price of US$ 151.50, you’d be hard pushed to find a better value deal anywhere!

In next week’s blog we will cover camera accessories! Do you have any personal favourites that you like to use? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

LITB Labs – A Reflective Rundown

As this week is my final week at LightInTheBox, I thought that I would take this opportunity in the LITB Lab to sit back and reflect on all the great (and not so great) tech that I have encountered during my time at LightInTheBox and choose my favourite product from the last 12 months. Over the last year I’ve seen it all from high-end Android tablets, to cheap and cheerful MTK cell phones and everything else in between. There have been a number of pieces of tech that are worth a mentioning and I thought I would give a reflective rundown here.

The Ouku Tab

The original Ouku Tab proved you could get a fun and functional Android tablet for under $150. The Ouku Tab really felt like a good quality tablet and it soon became a hit with the LightInTheBox customers. With its unique design, respectable specifications and superb (glitch free) usability the original Ouku Tab and the Ouku Black are still one of my favourite products offering as they did incredible value for money.

The i-Helicopters

Next up we have the i-Helicopters, which landed at MiniInTheBox at the end of summer. These little gadgets are quite possibly the most fun thing you can use your iPhone (or Android phone) for. I certainly had a whale of a time flying various versions of these flying machines around the LightInTheBox offices here in Beijing. And with Christmas just around the corner I’m sure these cool little gadgets will find themselves in stockings all around the world.

Malata Z Pad

The Malata Z Pad stuck out like a sore thumb in the tablet category when it arrived at LightInTheBox, largely thanks to its $600 price tag. However despite this high price tag I really liked this Android 2.2 tablet. Yes the Malata Z Pad came at a price, but it when you took a closer look you could understand why. Packing a 10 inch capacitive touchscreen, an NVIDEA Tegra 2 dual core processor, 16GB built in memory and 1080p HD video playback, the Malata Z Pad was something a little bit special.

PVP Gaming Console

The PVP Gaming Console, which made an appearance in the LITB Lab a couple of weeks ago (and has remained on my desk for some at work classic gaming ever since) is certainly worth a mention as one of my favourite gadgets of the year. Loaded with a whole bunch of classic Sega Megadrive/Sega Genesis games, the PVP Gaming Console offers a retro gaming experience that will instantly take you back to those worry-free days of the early 1990’s. In fact I think you’d be pretty hard pressed to find a more fun gadget for $39.

The Othello Tab

This brings us to my final and favourite piece of tech from the last 12 months and for those of you who read the blog regularly this might not come as any surprise…the Othello Tab. When the Othello Tab was released on LightInTheBox it was our first tablet to have a capacitive touchscreen and got many people in the office excited, not mentioning any names (Andre). However there was more to the Othello Tab than just its 7 inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, it also came with a 1GHz Samsung processor which allowed for a silky smooth, lag-free user experience. The Othello Tab also looked great, with its simple clean lines and the black bezel flush with the touchscreen. Eight months on and I’m yet to find an Android tablet on LightInTheBox that I like more than the Othello Tab and at under $190 you get a hell of a lot for your money.

LITB Labs – Starlight HD2 (Android 2.3)

This week in the LITB Lab I’ll be putting one of LITB’s newest high-end Android Smartphones through its paces and seeing if it performs as great as it looks. The Starlight HD2 certainly has the look and feel of a serious handset and the specifications aren’t too shabby either. With a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen, Android 2.3, dual-camera and 3G connectivity the Starlight HD2 has everything that you could want from an up to date smartphone.

The Good…

There is a lot to like about this phone and I’ll start with the obvious, the large 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen. The touchscreen on the Starlight HD2 is fantastic and is without a doubt the best 4.3 inch screen that I have come across on a Chinese cell phone. The display is bright and clear, it’s extremely responsive and unlike some of the phones that I’ve seen with large screens, the screen on the Starlight HD2 doesn’t lag. For playing games, web-browsing and watching movies the large 4.3 inch screen really comes into its own.

The large, intuitive touchscreen isn’t the only impressive feature of the Starlight HD2, the Android 2.3 OS works beautifully on this device and includes useful features such as Wi-Fi hotspot, which allows you to tether your Starlight HD2 to your laptop so that you can use the phone’s 3G internet to connect to the internet via your laptop. This brings us on to the 3G connectivity of the Starlight HD2, which I found worked really well, simply by inserting my 3G enabled SIM card.

The Starlight HD2 also comes with front and rear facing cameras. The rear facing camera is a respectable 3.2MP with which I was able to take some fairly decent snapshots with and you can use the front facing camera for video chatting applications that are available for download from the Android Market.

The Bad…

There really isn’t much to say when it comes to the bad aspects of the Starlight HD2. The only really flaw that this handset has is the battery life, which can range between 4 – 8 hours depending on usage of 3G, video playback, talk time, game playing etc. Most smartphone users will know that battery life is one of the universal drawbacks to these devices, but most will admit it’s a sacrifice worth making. Other than that there are no other major negatives, the price could be seen as a drawback because at $249.99 it is a little on the pricy side, but I feel that this would be somewhat clutching at straws to consider price as a negative as you certainly get your money’s worth with the Starlight HD2.

The Summary…

The Starlight HD2 is a superb 3G Android smartphone that is ideal for anyone looking for a larger screen. The 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen is the crowning feature to an overall excellent phone. If $249.99 is within your smartphone budget then I would certainly recommend that you give the Starlight HD2 some serious consideration.

The Starlight HD2 is now available from LightInTheBox for $249.99.

LITB Labs – Fusion Android Phone

This week in the LITB Lab we’re checking out the latest low-cost Android phone available on LightInTheBox, known as the Fusion.

The Fusion Android phone comes with Android 2.2 OS, which has a hardly noticeable, but nicely functional UI overlay that I found actually improved on that of the stock Android 2.2. Usually when it comes to the Android I prefer the stock Google build, but every now and then the developers get it right (HTC Sense being the most notable example) and the developers of the build that is present on the Fusion phone did a great job.

The screen on the Fusion phone is a 3.5 inch resistive touchscreen, which I know could disappoint many people reading this. However despite being resistive, the touchscreen on the Fusion phone is pretty responsive and delivers a decent experience when navigating around the device. In fact it failed to give me any real frustration and is a long way from the resistive screens we used to see on the Chinese cell phones 18 months ago. The only slight niggle I had was with the “Home”, “Menu”, “Back” and “Search” buttons that are located along the bottom edge, but got used to them soon enough once I had worked out they required a little more pressure to be applied.

In the hand the Fusion phone feels well-built; looking and feeling better in the hand than the $139.99 price tag would have you believe. It comes with sleek rounded edges and really does have a very stylish look to it. On the rear side you’ll find a 2MP camera with which I was able to take plenty of snapshots. There’s also a 0.3MP camera located on the front so you can take those all important profile pictures for Facebook and your various other social network sites.

With the MTK6516 processor it certainly isn’t the fastest Android phone in the world, but it can cope with most of the tasks you would require from your Smart Phone on a daily basis. At $139.99 the Fusion phone provides a stylish and functional Android phone that won’t leave a dent in your wallet and for the casual user would be worth the money. If however you’re a more serious phone user, who really likes to put their cellphone through its paces, then you should probably opt to spend a little more money and buy a phone with a bit more power.

The Fusion phone looks great, performs well and is available at Lightinthebox.com for just $139.99!

LITB Labs – Tech Showdown

This week in the LITB Lab we’re taking a look at three of our favorite Android tablets competing for the title of “Best Sub $200 Android Tablet” and we want you to pick the winner.

Battling for this title the Supremo, the Incheon and Othello Tab. All these Android tablets come with a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen, Android 2.2 or above and all cost less than $200.

Supremo

First up for consideration is the new kid on the block…the Supremo. The Supremo has a sleek clean cut design that is very hard to find fault with. The Supremo is not going to win any awards for its design, but it certainly won’t be making any enemies with its classic style. Inside there is an adequate 800 MHz Cortex A9 processor and 512MB of RAM powering this machine, which leaves you with a smooth and almost lag-free user experience. On the downside there is no in-built camera on the Supremo, so if you a person who loves taking snapshots, this may not be the device for you. At just $188.09 the Supremo is definitely a worthwhile contender in this “Tech Showdown”, providing an excellent user experience, in a sleek and stylish design.

Incheon

Next up we have the Incheon, the only tablet in the “Tech Showdown” running the Android 2.3 operating system. The Incheon tablet isn’t the best looking tablet in the world, largely thanks to the slightly chunky bezel, but what the Incheon tablet lacks in style, it makes up in performance and features. The Incheon has a 1GHz processor that keeps the tablet running smoothly, even with a number of applications running at one time. There is very rarely any lag, allowing your fingers to fly around the tablet quickly and comfortably. The Incheon also comes with a built-in camera and the Android 2.3 OS will be considered by many to be a huge plus over the other two contenders. At $165.99 the Incheon is the cheapest of the three Android tablets, but performs like it should cost a lot more.

Othello Tab

Finally we have the Othello Tab and the old favorite with the tech fans at LightInTheBox, a tablet that many people around here have a large soft spot for. The Othello Tab looks great, so good in fact that it has been adopted by Pierre Cardin for their stylish entry into the tablet market. The Othello Tab also has it going on inside as well as out; packing an excellent Samsung 1GHz processor and 256MB RAM means that lag is virtually non-existent. With the Othello Tab you also get a built-in digital camera, which is ideal for taking snapshots and videos. For me the only negative that I would have for the Othello Tab, would be the weight, as it’s slightly heavier than you’d expect, but this would not stop me from buying one. At $199.99 the Othello Tab is the most expensive contender but sometimes you get what you pay for and it would be my pick everyday of the week!

You’ve heard what I have to say about these Android tablets, now it’s your chance to tell us what you think. Which one would you choose? And which one deserves the title “Best Sub $200 Android Tablet”?

LITB Labs – The $100 Android Phone!

In the LITB Lab this week, we’re taking a closer look at the latest low cost Android offering from LightInTheBox. The Neo Android cell phone comes in a compact design with a 3.2 inch resistive touchscreen, an in-built camera, Android 2.2, Wi-Fi connectivity and an impressively low price tag. The Neo is the lowest priced Android cell phone on LITB at just $99.59, but can this sub $100 handset really deliver a decent user experience? Let’s find out.

The Good…

First up is the compact design of the Neo, which I personally find rather attractive. It has a 3.2 inch touchscreen that I know some people will find insufficient, but I found that it was large enough to perform the usual smart phone functions including web browsing and mobile gaming. However if you’re looking for an Android phone to spend a lot of time watching videos on, then you may want to go for something a little bigger. Of course the price is worth mentioning again here, $99.59 is a fantastic price for an Android 2.2 cell phone and allows you to get a taste of Android without having to commit to a lengthy contract or spend a lot of money. The in-built camera is a nice feature for a handset of this price and is good enough for taking snapshots of you and your friends.

The Bad…

The resistive screen isn’t as responsive as the capacitive screens you find on many phones, but then it isn’t as expensive either. With a low priced product there is always going to be a trade-off between price and features, however the Neo’s screen seems to be a worthwhile trade-off. Obviously I would take a capacitive touchscreen over a resistive any day of the week, but the Neo’s resistive touchscreen is responsive enough to avoid any real frustration. The Neo is also slightly underpowered with the 460MHz processor and this can cause some mild lag if too many Apps are running simultaneously. However thanks to the smaller screen the Neo gets away with the lack of power and generally runs pretty smoothly.

The Summary…

Overall the Neo is a solid little handset and when you take into account the sub $100 price tag, it’s certainly hard to beat. The Neo is an ideal choice for anyone who wants an Android phone without it costing an arm and a leg. The Neo can do everything you would want from an Android Cell Phone, it won’t blow your mind like a Samsung Galaxy Nexus S, but it certainly won’t disappoint either. At $99.59 the Neo is worth every penny.

The Neo is now available at Lightinthebox.com!

LITB Labs – Tech Showdown


This week in the LITB Lab we’re taking a look at three of our favorite Android Cell Phones competing for the title of “Best Cell Phone Under US$ 200” and we want you to pick the winner!

Battling for this title are the Ouku Horizon 3G, the Starlight HD and the Griffin. All these phones come with Android 2.2, capacitive touchscreens and all cost less than US$ 200!

OUKU HORIZON 3G

First up for consideration is our very own Ouku Horizon 3G. This popular handset comes with dual SIM card slots, one of which can support 3G SIM cards, meaning that you can get online almost anywhere. The Ouku Horizon 3G also has a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen, a fast 600 MHz processor as well as front and rear facing cameras. The clean cut simplistic design is hard to find fault with and I found this phone to be a solid all-rounder. At just $179.99 the Ouku Horizon 3G has features and functions that you’d expect from a much pricier handset and certainly provides value for money.

STARLIGHT HD

Next up we have the Starlight HD… This substantially sized handset packs a massive 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen making it the ideal choice for those who subscribe to “the bigger, the better” philosophy. The Starlight HD runs Android 2.2 and comes with a rear facing camera. Unlike the Ouku Horizon there is no 3G internet, only Wi-Fi. But when it comes to media, the Starlight HD is surely the pick of the bunch, thanks to the 4.3 inch display, which is superb for watching TV shows and movies. At $199.49 the Starlight HD is the most expensive of the three choices, but it will win over many fans with its large HD display.

GRIFFIN SMARTPHONE

Finally we have the Griffin …The Griffin is the cheapest of the three cell phones at just $169.74, but don’t let that low price tag fool you as the Griffin certainly packs a punch. Like the other two competitors the Griffin comes with Android 2.2, a capacitive touchscreen, a built in camera and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Griffin Android phone has a sleek and stylishly curved design that’s sure to be popular with a lot of people. And the unique design on the back panel is one of the most interesting I’ve seen on any handset. As one of the cheapest capacitive Android phones on the market, the Griffin manages to pull off the fine balancing act of style and value.

You’ve heard what I have to say about these phones, now it’s your chance to tell us what you think. Which one would you choose? And which one deserves the title “Best Sub $200 Cell Phone”?

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[ LITB Labs ] Titan Android Tablet

Continuing with the high–end tablet computers, this week in the LITB Lab we’re taking a look at the Titan Android tablet computer. The Titan is one of the few 10” tablets available on Light In The Box and on paper the Titan has everything you’d expect a decent tablet computer to possess. From the responsive capacitive touchscreen and impressive 1GHz Dual Core processor to the 3G connectivity and 1080p HD video the Titan looks like a great alternative to some of the more common Android tablets and perhaps even the iPad.

How Is it?

When you first hold the Titan you’ll immediately feel the solid build quality of the device and instantly understand why this tablet is named the Titan; it feels strong and sturdy without feeling cumbersome or bulky. I kept this tablet with me for a couple of days, and carrying the Titan tablet around certainly wasn’t an annoyance or an inconvenience, in fact it fit perfectly into my bag that usually contains my ultra-portable netbook.

Design wise, the Titan is pretty non-descript, it has the typical (tried and tested) Chinese tablet design, which is pretty clean and should appeal to most people. Along the top edge there’s a microphone, an On/Off button, a lock button (for the auto-rotate) and a back button. Down the right edge there is a volume bumper button, headphone jack and hidden neatly away, a TF card slot, USB Port and a HDMI Out port. The Titan runs a customized version of Android 2.2 with an interesting build, clearly attempting to optimize Android 2.2 for tablets. It certainly adds to the tablet experience, but I did find myself missing the classic Android icons.

The 10 inch capacitive touchscreen is excellent, extremely responsive and almost no lag (largely thanks to the powerful dual-core processor). Web browsing with the Titan’s touchscreen is incredibly smooth and I was able to fly around web pages, swiping, flipping, pinching and zooming as I went along. The screen does however have a 16:9 aspect ratio (as opposed to a 4:3) so anyone looking for an iPad clone will be in for a disappointment.

I was able to take some decent snapshots and videos with the in-built camera, and sent them to my colleagues via my Gmail account. There is also 3G support on the Titan tablet (via 3G dongle) but unfortunately we were not able to try that out as we didn’t have access to a 3G dongle.

HD video is excellent on the Titan and is a huge selling point for anyone who is looking for a tablet to enjoy HD movies on. The Titan can support 1080p video playback on the 10” screen and with the HDMI out port you can watch your movies on your HD television too.

The Verdict

Overall the Titan is a decent tablet, the only major drawback being the price. At $369.99 it’s a little steep, but you certainly get your money’s worth. The specifications and build quality of the Titan more than justify the price, it all depends on if you are willing to spend that much.

The Titan tablet is now available at Light In The Box.

[ LITB Labs ] Aurora Windows 7 Tablet

Introduction

This week we have a rather unique product for review in the LITB Lab and it comes in the form of the Aurora Tablet. The Aurora tablet is a little different to the majority of the tablets currently on the market as it is one of the few touchscreen tablet computers that runs Windows 7 operating system and the only Windows 7 tablet available at Light In The Box.

After spending the last year or so swamped with tablets running various versions and builds of Google’s Android OS, which is now as familiar and natural to me as signing my name on a piece of paper, this is the first Windows 7 tablet that I have ever used and I was excited to get my hands on it and to see what it can do.

At this point I should probably note that I’m not overly familiar with Windows 7, I spend the majority of my time on OSX, Jolicloud, Android and unfortunately the old workplace favorite Windows XP, so I am by no means a Windows 7 advocate. In fact I generally avoid Windows whenever possible!

My first thoughts when I turned on the Aurora tablet were, “this is weird”, but at the same time “this is interesting and kind of cool”. Using a Windows 7 touchscreen tablet computer was a completely new experience for me, so I thought back to the first time I used the Android OS way back in 2008 to see if the two experiences could in anyway compare.

I remembered that with Android, even though it was a completely new OS that I had no experience of, it just felt right. From the first time I picked up my T-Mobile G1, I knew how to use it, I knew how it worked and it worked well. Having Windows 7 on a touchscreen tablet however was a different story.

Once I had gotten over the initial novelty of seeing Windows 7 where I was so used to seeing Android 2.2, 2.3 or 3.0, I started to explore the device. Navigation around Windows 7 OS felt clumpy and awkward, but then that is no real surprise when you remember that Microsoft did not develop Windows 7 with touchscreen tablets in mind.

Web-browsing was also a little frustrating, scrolling was awkward using the scroll bar at the side and the pinch and zoom function didn’t work as well as on Aurora’s iOS and Android counterparts. This said I did enjoy being able to use full versions of Chrome and Firefox browsers on the Aurora tablet, even if it wasn’t the slickest of browsing experiences.

The Good…

There is a lot to like about the Aurora tablet, it has a 9.7 inch screen like the iPad, that has superb HD video playback. There is the speedy 1.66GHz processor, which keeps the tablet running smoothly. The in-built camera is perfect for video calling with Skype, Gtalk or other VOIPs. The build quality of the Aurora tablet is excellent and if you’re a fan of Windows 7 then the OS itself will be a huge positive.

The Bad…

For me the major drawbacks lie with the fact that Windows 7 is not an OS designed for a tablet. The Aurora is not as good as a Windows 7 netbook nor is it as good as an Android tablet or an iPad, it is caught in the middle and doesn’t perform as well as the alternatives. The lack of an application market is also off putting and I know will be a big turn-off for most people. Then of course there is the price, at $439.99 it is probably not cheap enough to attract many people.

The Summary

As expected the Aurora tablet isn’t for everyone, if however you’re a fan of Windows 7 and have been looking for a Windows 7 tablet, then the Aurora tablet is definitely worth considering. For everyone else Android tablets are a far better option.

The Aurora touchscreen tablet computer is now available at Light In The Box for $439.99.