A stylish new makeover for T-Mobile's spokeswoman, a new rumor that the next iPhone may be made of a substance called "liquidmetal," and Spotify's partnership with Coke made for an exciting week in tech. But some special gadgets also arrived in the world on this fine spring week.
For Apple users, we have the only iPhone case that can stop bullets, and the first iPhone compatible smart watch. On the Android side, we have a way to control a DSLR camera with an Android phone and a beautiful new smartphone from HTC. There's something for everyone in our top picks from the gadget world this week.
|Pebble Smart Watch|
This week the Pebble Smart Watch made waves in the fairly new pond of smart watches. The Pebble is the first iPhone compatible smart watch and features an e-paper display and a backlight, making the display readable in both bright sunlight and darkness. Like other smart watches, it allows you to pair it to your phone via Bluetooth to check texts, calls, and social media alerts right on your wrist. And it can be synced with your smartphone using the Pebble app. You can order one now for $115 on Kickstarter; it will be shipping in September. (Pebble)
|Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover|
One of the biggest downsides to the iPad is how difficult it is to use a touchscreen for typing up emails or expense reports. Plenty of attachable keyboards have tried to solve this problem, but the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is one of the most elegant solutions we've come across. It is a Bluetooth keyboard that doubles as an aluminum screen cover, with light magnets that connect it to the iPad's screen. If used for two hours per day, according to Logitech, a full charge will last you six whole months. It is available this week for $99. (Logitech)
|Marudai Bulletproof iPhone Case|
Ever found yourself dodging bullets and wishing that you had a bulletproof iPhone to save you? Okay, neither have we, but a new Bulletproof iPhone Case from Marudai that is guaranteed to stop a bullet and turn your phone into a monster at 4.6 pounds. Unless you're James Bond, you probably won't find yourself needing one of these, and if you are, then you probably have a sleeker way to make this happen than this bulky case. The case is only available through its Japanese creator for $650. (Marudai)
|HTC One S for T-Mobile|
T-Mobile's spokesperson is not the only one getting a makeover, the first of the new HTC One line -- the HTC One S -- is hitting the U.S by way of T-Mobile. The HTC One S runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich, rocks an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, and is only 7.8mm thick. It also has a beautiful 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display. The only issues the phone runs into are the carrier's network limitations. T-Mobile is the only network thus far without an LTE network, and is still running HSPA+ under the guise of 4G service. It's available starting April 25 for $199.99 with a two-year contract. (T-Mobile)
|Nikon D3200 with WU-1a Dongle|
Nikon's newest addition to its DSLR collection is the Nikon D3200, which features one of the coolest add-ons we've seen for a DSLR camera. The WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter allows you to upload photos wirelessly to your smartphone, without having to deal with cables or card transfers. In addition, it connects to a smartphone for an extra view screen or a remote shutter trigger. On the downside it is only currently available for Android and will not be getting an update for iPhones until much later this year, and only works with the D3200. The camera will go for $699.95 with a kit lens and the dongle will be $59.95. (Nikon)