It’s time for our latest look at the tech toys that make our lives fun, and often more productive.
LG OPTIMUS 7 WINDOWS PHONE
Try the new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system that allows you to do everything a touchscreen smartphone does. Do a search using Bing, keep up to date on your social networks and even work with Office documents. Download apps and integrate with your Xbox Live account.
LG Optimus 7 Windows Phone, $100 on a three-year plan with Telus.
POWERMAT RECEIVER FOR BLACKBERRY
Get a Powermat wireless charging mat and then get a receiver “door” for your BlackBerry. Just replace your BlackBerry’s back cover with a receiver door and charge your phone wirelessly by just placing it on the mat. Get one for the BB Curve 8500 to 9300 series, and the BB Bold 9700 and 9780.
Powermat Receiver for BlackBerry, $25.
LOGITECH WIRELESS SPEAKER Z515
Why use wires when you don’t have to with this wireless stereo speaker. Pair it with your laptop using the included adapter to listen to whatever you want wirelessly up to 50 feet away, or plug in your phone or iPad directly. Keep it around with a full battery charge for up to 10 hours of listening.
Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515, $110.
Use this to shoot at least one hour’s worth of 720p HD video. Plug into your PC or Mac and use FlipShare to upload your clips to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, or share them privately with friends and family. Personalize it with your own design on Flip.com.
Flip UltraHD, starts at $160.
SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB
Surf the Web, download apps and read books on the bright 7-inch screen. Watch Flash video, listen to music, view photos and do tons of cool stuff with the Android 2.2 operating system. Use the dual cameras to video chat with friends.
Samsung Galaxy Tab, $650 with Bell or Rogers.
Have fun being a faux rock star by jamming with a paper thin guitar or drums. Control the rhythm to the three included songs, or go freestyle and create your own tunes, using real chords and drum sounds. Get an amp or two and jam with other Paper Jamz players to start a band.
Paper Jamz, starts at $25.
Connect this proprietary little box to your TV and you can rent movies and shows from iTunes (Apple deserves more of your $$$ right?) or stream stuff from Netflix and YouTube. Stream video, music and photos saved on your Mac directly to your TV—also stream from your iPhone, iPod or iPad with a simple software update. Control AppleTV using your iPhone, iPod or iPad by downloading the free Remote app.
Apple TV, $119.