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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!

Top Travelling Tips!

Have you caught the pre/post university travelling bug? Or maybe you just want to leave behind the monotony of the every day at home and go do that spell in South America like you always wanted? Well, fear not – for this weeks LITB blog post we are going to give you some handy tips on what to take when you go travelling!
So, of course you need to think about weight. Do you really need that hand whisk you’ve got tucked away? Is that picnic hamper going to come in useful? The answer to this is probably not. To minimise on your own discomfort when you’re on the road you need to think what DO I need, not what MIGHT I need.

First things first, you need to make sure you’ve got yourself a decent bag, the last thing you want is your bag to break on you in the middle of a hike!
Secondly, you want to take a small collection of high quality, dark coloured clothing (3 T-shirts, 3 pairs of shorts & 2 pairs of trousers aught to do it). This will last you for a long time, and the dark colours means that they won’t get stained and dirty looking too soon. And remember, you can always buy clothes where you’re going!
Thirdly – Tech! Whilst you’re out having the time of your life, you need to stay in touch with the world back home – how else can you make them jealous with stories and pictures of all the amazing things you’ve seen? A good camera and case will ensure you can keep those pictures and experiences for years to come.
Now, I’m sure some of you are thinking about taking a laptop out there with you too, but they both weigh a lot and take up a lot of room, so why not take a smaller Tablet computer and use some USB Flash Drives to store any extra files? This helps you keep in touch with the world without having to give up too much bag space!


Fourthly, take a compass, you don’t need a fancy or a big one – just a key ring compass will do! But these will be great for those times you want to go hiking, or even just in countries that give directions in terms of North, South, East and West instead of up, down, left and right!
And remember, enjoy yourself – you’re about to have the adventure of a life time!
Do you have any great advice of your own you would like to share? Please leave your own personal experiences in the comment box below!

[LITB Labs] Sneak Peek: The Ouku Star 3G, Second Generation Ouku Tab

This week on LITB Labs we’ve got a special treat for all of you. We’ve been given permission to give you an early glimpse of our highly anticipated 2nd Generation Ouku Tab, the Ouku Star 3G. All we can tell you about a release date is that it’ll be coming out in the next few weeks, and will be available in 4 different colors!

The Ouku Star 3G comes with a few added features that were missing on the original Ouku Tab. First off it’s got a Capacitive Touchscreen instead of Resistive, giving the Ouku Tab 3G unparalleled responsiveness and speed. The Ouku Star 3G will also come packed with 2 cameras, one front-facing and one rear-facing, allowing you video chat as well as take photos and video!

Unfortunately that’s all we’re allowed to tell you so far, but keep a look out for a full review of the Ouku Star 3G in the next couple weeks!

[LITB Labs] The Huawei Ideos S7

This week for LITB Labs we’ve decided to continue on our hot streak of awesome world-class tablets, and introduce to you the Huawei Ideos S7 Android tablet. This is the second of our world-class tablets that we’re reviewing, the first being our the ever popular Malata Zpad. The Ideos S7 is a smaller 7″ alternative to the Zpad, but it’s still a powerhouse machine.

Hardware

The first thing you’ll notice when you take the Huawei Ideos S7 out of it’s box is it’s solid and sturdy feel. The weight reminds you that this isn’t a junk tablet made from just any material that was lying around at the time. It’s got a solid metal back that’s got a great looking aluminum looking finish. The screen is rock solid as well and extremely crisp. On the left side of the screen are the home, menu and return buttons, while on the right are the call/end call buttons as well as a touch sensitive select button that you can use to maneuver through Huawei’s build of Android 2.2.

As per usual we’ll first take a look at the hardware on the SOWILL OiOi S7 for the in-depth review of the device. I was utterly impressed when I first took the device out of it’s box. It’s light weight yet has a pretty sturdy feel despite the back being made out of some sort of plastic. The grooved back panel feels pretty nice on your hand and helps with grip as well. The sleek screen and touch buttons located on the front remind me of the Samsung Nexus S, and it’s got the same responsiveness as one. The OiOi S7 also comes stocked with an impressing 2MP front facing camera for all your video chatting needs!

Internals

Underneath the Ideos S7′s sturdy exterior lies the tested and powerful 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 processor, 512Mb of DDR2 Ram, and

Performance

The overall performance of the device is absolutely excellent, which is why we’ve labelled the SOWILL OiOi S7 a favorite! Swiping from screen to screen comes completely without lag. With a GPU built in, the OiOi S7 is capable of running any and all games that are available on the Android Market fluidly. This means that games like everyone’s favorites Angry Birds, and Fruit Ninja can be played without a hint of lag. Reading e-books was also simple and easy and the installed e-book reader ran beautifully.

Software

The SOWILL OiOi S7 runs on the popular and widely used Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. If you want to learn more about it, we’ve already created an All You Need To Know About Android Page where you can learn about all the exciting features the Android operating system has to offer!

Wrap Up

Like we said before, the SOWILL OiOi S7 is our favorite tablet so far! Not to say that we didn’t absolutely love the Othello Tab, but there was just something about this little guy that had us wanting to keep it after our testing. It’s portable, powerful, and a beautiful looking piece of technology, and at the end of the day there wasn’t much negative we could say about it. Get your hands on a SOWILL OiOi S7 here, we have no doubts that you’ll love it as much as we did!

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[LITB Labs] Introducing Our World Class Android Tablet, The Malata Zpad!

This week for LITB Labs we’re taking a look at our top of the line Android 2.2 tablet, the Malata Zpad. This solid piece of computing machinery has gained the attention of the global tech community, and has won praise from critics everywhere. The Malata Zpad is our very first dual-core processor tablet, and that meant that we had more fun reviewing this tablet than any other. This is a seriously powerful tablet for those looking to do more than just surf the web and play simple games on their tablet.

Hardware

First off, the hardware. When you take the Zpad out of the box the first thing you notice is it’s glossy screen yourself mirrored in it. It’s got a very simple and desirable design, with the front facing camera located at the top, and the search, home, menu, and return buttons located on the right side. The closest thing I can think to compare it to is the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The tab has an overall solid feel to it even though the back is made out of plastic. This means that the Malata Zpad is able to stay light even while being packed with some pretty serious internals.

Internals

The internal hardware running beneath the surface of the Malata Zpad is what has helped give the tablet such notability. The Zpad runs on the extremely powerful Nvidia Tegra 2 1Ghz Dual-core processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, and a 16GB Hard-drive. All of this allows for the Zpad to do some serious multi-tasking without a hint of lag. The Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) installed in the Zpad adds 3D acceleration and 1080p playback compatibility as well, making the Zpad a multimedia legend. If you’re worried about 16GB of hard-drive space not being enough, you can always add an additional 16GB with a TF card.

Performance

As a result of the Malata Zpad’s impressive internal hardware, the performance of the machine is better than that of the iPad. The dual-core processor allows for unbelievably fast speeds while playing any and all games. More importantly, the combination of the processor with an impressive GPU means that the Zpad is able to play 3D graphic games without breaking a sweat. Best of all, the Zpad has a very impressive battery life of 10 hours during normal use. It can also last about 7 hours while just surfing the web, and a whole 5 hours while watching video in 1080p HD.

Software

The Malata Zpad runs on the popular and widely used Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. If you want to learn more about it, we’ve already created an All You Need To Know About Android Page where you can learn about all the exciting features the Android operating system has to offer! Android 2.2 capabilities are only amplified by the Malata Zpad‘s powerful internals, making the operating system more fluid and fun to use.

Wrap Up

The Malata Zpad is considered by many to be one a world class tablet, and we agree. It’s impressive computing and graphics capabilities means that it’s a better tablet than the iPad. This is a tablet that combines a sleek look and feel with unhindered power, and is something that we’d get for ourselves in a heartbeat.

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[LITB Labs] An In-Depth Look At The SOWILL OiOi Android 2.2 Tablet

This week on LITB Labs we’re extremely happy to bring you our favorite tablet so far, the SOWILL OiOi S7! This little 7-inch tablet won over our hearts in no time with it’s sleek looks and amazing performance. Looking for a new tablet? With responsiveness and power like this, there’s no need to look any further!

Hardware

As per usual we’ll first take a look at the hardware on the SOWILL OiOi S7 for the in-depth review of the device. I was utterly impressed when I first took the device out of it’s box. It’s light weight yet has a pretty sturdy feel despite the back being made out of some sort of plastic. The grooved back panel feels pretty nice on your hand and helps with grip as well. The sleek screen and touch buttons located on the front remind me of the Samsung Nexus S, and it’s got the same responsiveness as one. The OiOi S7 also comes stocked with an impressing 2MP front facing camera for all your video chatting needs!

Internals

Underneath the sleek look and feel of the SOWILL OiOi S7 is some pretty great internals. It’s got a 7-inch capacitive display with 1024 x 600 pixels of resolution which allows for you to watch 720p HD videos right in the palm of your hand. The device runs on an 800MHz Freescale iMX515 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. These specs allow the OiOi S7 to multi-task smoothly. The tablet also comes with an HDMI out port that allows you display movies on any TV with an HDMI port.

Performance

The overall performance of the device is absolutely excellent, which is why we’ve labelled the SOWILL OiOi S7 a favorite! Swiping from screen to screen comes completely without lag. With a GPU built in, the OiOi S7 is capable of running any and all games that are available on the Android Market fluidly. This means that games like everyone’s favorites Angry Birds, and Fruit Ninja can be played without a hint of lag. Reading e-books was also simple and easy and the installed e-book reader ran beautifully.

Software

The SOWILL OiOi S7 runs on the popular and widely used Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. If you want to learn more about it, we’ve already created an All You Need To Know About Android Page where you can learn about all the exciting features the Android operating system has to offer!

Wrap Up

Like we said before, the SOWILL OiOi S7 is our favorite tablet so far! Not to say that we didn’t absolutely love the Othello Tab, but there was just something about this little guy that had us wanting to keep it after our testing. It’s portable, powerful, and a beautiful looking piece of technology, and at the end of the day there wasn’t much negative we could say about it. Get your hands on a SOWILL OiOi S7 here, we have no doubts that you’ll love it as much as we did!

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[LITB Labs] Introducing The Stargate 3.5-Inch Capacitive Touchscreen Android 2.2 Phone!

This week on LITB Labs we’ve decided to take a look at your newest and favorite Android smartphone, the Stargate! It’s our Top-Selling phone so far this month, and for a very good reason. We took it home with us and had an extended look to get a real feel for the device. We got a feel and we absolutely loved it…

Hardware

As will be the usual on LITB Labs, we start with the hardware on the Stargate phone. When we first took it out of the box was its matte black looking finish which actually feels quite smooth in your hands. At the bottom of the device you’ve got the Home, Menu, Select, Return, and Search buttons that allows you to get the most functionality out of the Android 2.2 operating system. The tough glass covering the screen of the Stargate is nice and smooth as expected and, after a few weeks of use, has proven its durability and resistance to scratches.

There’s a small slit on the lower back side of the device for the speaker, which is quite powerful. We tested the speaker by playing music, watching shows, and using it while testing the speaker phone test. Each time we got more sound than expected out of the little guy. One weird thing about the device is that it’s actually got a 2.5mm headphone jack located on the top of the device next to the power button, as the typical headphone output size these days is 3.5mm. It’s very easy to solve this issue though, by buying a 2.5mm to 3.5mm converter that you can get right here for a mere US$ 2.44!

The camera (which is 2 mega-pixels) and flash are located at the upper back side of the phone, as is standard practice these days. At the bottom of the phone you’ll find a Mini-USB port and the power socket. There are volume buttons on the left side of the phone and the power/standby button is located at the top, again, pretty standard.

Internals

The Stargate Smartphone is packed with some decent internal hardware that gives the device an impressively smooth feel during use. It runs on a MediaTek MTK6516 460MHz+280MHz processor, 512MB ROM, and 256MB+32MB RAM which means it handles everything from movies, games, and multi-processor pretty cleanly. It also comes with WiFi and GPS capabilities that make it great for navigating through cities or while on road trips.

Performance

When it comes to performance we were pleasantly surprised by the Stargate. The screen was clear and very bright, and one other major positive of the screen is that it’s glare isn’t a problem even in direct sunlight. It has got a pretty decent battery life during regular usage (ie: making phone calls, using WiFi, etc), but where it really hit it’s stride was when he used it as a media player. We were able to listen to Mp3′s, watch videos, and play video games constantly for about 6 hours before we had to think about charging the thing. When it came to making phone calls we were surprised by how clear the sound game through and how well others were able to hear us on the other end. The speaker phone worked perfectly especially with such a loud speaker.

Software

The Starlight Smartphone runs on the popular and widely used Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. If you want to learn more about it, we’ve already created an All You Need To Know About Android Page where you can learn about all the exciting features the Android operating system has to offer!

Wrap Up

In closing, the Stargate Smartphone is definitely our favorite phone so far. It’s solid performance on all fronts meant that at the end of our testing period we really didn’t want to give it back. This is the perfect phone for day to day use, and because it’s priced at only US$ 199.99 it’s the ideal smartphone for anyone on a budget.

The only way to find out if it’s perfect for you is to get one yourself, so buy one now here!

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Check out more photos over at the product page!

Stargate Smartphone

[LITB Labs] Introducing The Othello Tab, Our First Capacitive Touch-Screen Tablet!(Updated: Added Video)

This week we’re happy to introduce to you the first installment of LITB Labs, our latest weekly technology column. The goal of LITB Labs is to give you, our customers, an in depth and behind the scenes look at the our Tech devices and gadgets so that you can make the most informed decision when making your purchases!

For our inaugural post we’re excited to introduce you to the Othello Android 2.2 (Froyo) Tablet, our first ever capacitive touch-screen tablet! This is by far our favorite device yet, and with impressive speed and responsiveness it’s no wonder why.

Tablets are becoming the go to devices these days for everyone’s browsing, gaming and communicatons needs. With apps that allow you to do everything from read free e-books, to apps that let you video chat with friends for free. We’ve been personally excited for quite some time about going hands-on with this tablet. It’s not only our first ever capacitive touchscreen we’ve gotten at Lightinthebox, but it’s also the first that’s got some serious power under the hood.

Hardware

To begin our in-depth hands-on review of the Othello Tab we’ll start with a look at the hardware. The first thing you’ll notice when you take the Othello Tab out of the box is the fact that it almost looks like a large iPhone 4, except of course for the big Camera that’s placed on the tablet just above the screen. It’s got a sleek looking black plastic back casing with a silver lining like side casing. The front of the tablet is a tough glass that’s very smooth to the touch and helps to make the usage more seamless. It’s got one external speaker on the back that looks more like two tiny paper cuts in the back of the casing.

Internals

The Othello Tab has got a glossy 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, with a 800×480 (16:9) resolution. The responsiveness of the capacitive screen is excellent and almost completely lag free, probably mostly thanks to the heart of the tablet. Beating beneath the surface is a 1GHz SAMSUNG S5PV210 Cortex A8 processor that’s got a built in graphic processing unit (GPU) to power through any 1080p (1920×1080 resolution) HD videos you plan on watching. The processor is coupled with 512Mb of RAM to allow for some truly excellent multi-tasking speeds.

The device comes with an internal WiFi card, and has a slot for an external 3G USB dongle. The slot is compatible with WCDMA networks using any of the following 3G dongles: HUAWEI E220/E1750/E156G and ZTE MF637U. The Othello Tab also comes with a built HDMI slot for playing videos on your television or computer monitors.

Performance

The overall performance of the Othello Tab is really quite great, and in fact better than we were expecting. Web browsing is a breeze, and any other basic tasks. The built in GPU allows you to play any and all games available on the Android Market without a hint of lag. Games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja run exceedingly smoothly making for an overall awesome gaming experience.

Software

The Othello Tab runs on the popular and widely used Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. If you want to learn more about it, we’ve already created an All You Need To Know About Android Page where you can learn about all the exciting features the Android operating system has to offer!

Wrap Up

Overall we’d say that the Othello Tab is really an excellent device. It’s got a great screen that, because it’s capacitive, has top of the line responsiveness. The size and portability of the tab are an added bonus as well. All of that wrapped around a 1GHz Samsung processor, and we’re talking some serious speed and power.

We really did love spending time playing with the Othello Tab, and are sure you will too! With more and more manufacturers finally realizing that capacitive touch-screens are the way to go, you can definitely expect us to be getting our hands on more of these!

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