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Does Your iPhone 4 Need A Back Pack?

The iPhone has become an invaluable gadget for everyone I’ve meet with an iPhone.  It gives the user instance access to email, the internet and a variety of applications and games.  Clearly the heavy users who depend on the iPhone will run into issues with battery life.  Since the product is portable, not everyone sits with the iPhone at their desk tethered to their USB port for charging and synchronization, must just leave it out for the quick grab-n-go while on the move.

iPhone USB charger

Proporta has a product which will help those gassed phones, the iPhone TurboCharger Back Pack.  The back pack is a iPhone case with a built in battery charger.

The TruboCharger has 1700mAh of power which will quickly and easily charge your iPhone and double it’s battery life.  The TurboCharger can piggy back the iPhone during charging and use.  The TurboCharger can be connected to the iPhone while connected to the PC…or you can connect the back pack seperatly for charging.

When together, the back pack will not effect performance or sync ability of the iPhone with iTunes.  In addition, the TruboCharger will charge itself and the iPhone when connected to the computer.

To connect the TurboCharger, simply

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GPS Keychain From Proporta – Verdict: Smaller Lighter Better

Back in September of 07 GetUSBinfo reported on the GPS Keychain from Proporta. Today I just got news from Hannah, their marketing guru, the new GPS 2000 Keychain is smaller, lighter and stronger.

gps keychain

Well, the new GPS keychain model weighs 8 grams less and connectivity strength that’ll reach through your handbag, purse, glovebox or just about any other place you could stash your keys.

Compatible with all mapping software Proporta can currently find along with state-of-the-art Bluetooth Technology, Proporta now challenges you to lose your keys.

For those with separation anxiety the GPS 2000 Keychain is ideal for connecting to your notebook, PDA or mobile phone, the receiver also comes with USB charger cable and car charger cable making it very portable for home or office use.

Bonus: The GPS 2000 Receiver is capable of connecting simultaneously to up to

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Try and Lose Your Keys Now – GPS Keychain

Proporta is calling out a challenge. Try and lose your keys while clipped to their all new, world’s smallest GPS Keychain.

The Freedom Keychain GPS receiver is ideal for connecting to your…wait for it…keychain, notebook, PDA or mobile phone.

gps freedom keychain

The Freedom GPS Keychain works will all popular mapping software such as Google maps and you can hone in via 20 satellite channel connection.

The tracking device is powered by Lithium Polymer batteries battery and working time is rated at 9 continuous hours.

USB charger cable and car charger are provided with the package. At $180 it’s a mighty expensive GPS keychain , but a priceless GPS tracker for your laptop.

Freedom GPS Keychain product page.

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Review: iPod FM Transmitter From Proporta

I received the iPod FM Transmitter from Hannah over at Proporta and today had a chance to play around with it.

ipod fm transmitter

The iPod FM Transmitter is a compact, light and simple product to use. Using the iPod connector you click the FM transmitter into your iPod Nano (also supports iPod mini, Photo, 4 & 5GB pods and video iPod – but today tested with Nano) which is nice to have the direct connect because no extra cables or wires are needed to make your iPod work with a 3rd party radio.

proporta fm transmitterUpon connection you get a confirmation the FM transmitter is sending a signal on FM frequency 88.8Mhz channel. This is the default setting, however, you have 9 memory channels to set the FM transmitter to.

The Proporta FM transmitter has three buttons. A memory button to select one of nine preset channels, a scroll up button and scroll down button to navigate through the radio frequencies. It’s simple. It’s easy.

Using the iPod FM transmitter I had mixed experience. Overall a good product – this is what I found:

Using the iPod FM transmitter without a power connection I had decent reception.

Using the iPod FM transmitter indoors gave much better reception to the radio than using the transmitter in the car. I can attribute the poor performance in the car due to many other electrical disturbances. The same results where found on different frequency settings. I did find the best reception was having the iPod close to the radio itself to boost signal strength over distance.

Using the iPod FM transmitter with a power connection did yield slightly better performance.

When the Proporta iPod FM transmitter is connected it’s best to set it and leave it. I found the connection between the two devices didn’t like being moved around and upon picking up and moving there would be static across the radio. This isn’t a big deal to me as I figure most users would set it and forget it. If you plan on walking around with your iPod forget the FM transmitter and use your headphones.

ipod nano fm transmitter

Bottom Line: For the $24 price tag it’s a good product for getting your tunes to a radio; however, we’d like to see some more signal strength to make the music clear in all situations.

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Poll Results: Is Your Primary Computer a Laptop?

poll results

I love my laptop. My wife loves her laptop. It’s powerful, widescreen and portable. What more could one ask for? (I asked for a 19″ widescreen for the office)

First things first: Congratulations to S. Wastgate of Florida for winning the Proporta Laptop Sleeve. Mr. Westgate visits GetUSB at least once a week, pockets a huge 8GB flash drive, works from his HP laptop and claims his GPS unit as his favorite gadget (I would too if lost in the Everglades). Thank you Proporta for sponsorship.

Okay – back on track: It seems about half our visitors are on the same page, “love the laptop.” Not that a PC has it’s merits and provides an environment for complete customization of hardware. With laptops getting much more powerful and wide screen viewing it’s an easy decision to go that route when making the next computer purchase. I recently saw an article where $100 laptops should be out before 2008 (educational tool). Crazy.

Be sure to visit GetUSB web pages and vote. Please remember to CLICK AND ENTER TO WIN if you’d like a chance and this rounds gift.

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