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Gadgets galore: A rundown on the latest innovative devices

01 Apr 2015

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HTC One M9

HTC's One family of flagship phones has been well-received from tech reviewers, but they've had a tough time competing against powerhouse competitors like the Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S and Note series. Will the HTC One M9 change that?

HTC One M9

The phone's design and specs are solid. Its tapered, all-metal frame is sturdy and stylish. Front-facing stereo speakers have a built-in amp and Dolby Audio surround. The 5in, 1920 x 1080 display (440ppi) holds its own among high-end smartphones. The 20MP rear camera and the front-facing 4MB UltraPixel shooter (good for low-light selfies) are impressive. Consumer response remains to be seen, though. We'll know more in the coming weeks, when the One M9 begins shipping at prices rumoured to start in the $650 to $700 range.

Ikea Wireless Charging Furniture

Ikea Wireless Charging Furniture

OK, this product line doesn't exactly qualify as a "gadget," but it's certainly gadget-friendly. Ikea is launching a collection of tables and lamps with built-in wireless chargers, including the Riggad work lamp (pictured), Varv table and floor lamps, and Nordli and Selje bedside tables (prices not announced yet). The benefit? Rather than plugging your smartphone or tablet into an outlet when you get home, you place it atop your item of Ikea furniture, which charges the device via the Qi wireless standard. This is far from ideal, of course, particularly if Ikea's limited selection of charging tables and lamps don't match your home decor. And sceptics argue that setting your device on a designated charging spot isn't much easier than connecting it to a wall charger. But until true wireless charging arrives, say, when your devices began recharging automatically when you come home, no effort required on your part, Ikea's solution may be the next best thing.

Saygus V2

Saygus V<sup>2</sup>

Hate cloud storage? Or maybe you're fond of storing stuff, lots and lots of stuff, on your smartphone. Either way, the Saygus V2 smartphone may be the gadget of your dreams. In addition to 64GB of onboard storage, the Android-based Saygus V2 has dual MicroSDXC slots for an additional 256GB, meaning it maxes out at a whopping 320GB.

Priced at $600, the Saygus V2 has a host of worthy specs, including a 21MP rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), and a 13MP front camera, also with OIS. Using Wireless HD (WiHD), it can project whatever is on its screen to a TV monitor equipped with a WiHD dongle (attached to a USB or HDMI port) from up to 40ft away. The Saygus V2 includes a 5in, 1980 x 1080 (445ppi) display, and a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as well.


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