Connecting to people in your circles and data on your devices gets easier every day. Here are some of the latest gadgets for that type of sharing and access:
The Burg 12 smartwatch/phone can make you feel like the coolest person around. Created by Hermen van den Burg, world-renowned lifestyle designer to Ikea and Target, it features a 1.5-inch (240 x 240 resolution) touchscreen display.
In addition to time and phone calls, the smartwatch/phone has a list of abilities that include audio recording, messaging (SMS and MMS), multimedia, Bluetooth (3.0) and a built-in camera.
Burg 12 also a microSD storage slot, and you can upgrade the included 4GB card up to 16GB. The touchscreen is scratch- and splash-resistant and is used to access the calendar, contact list and calculator.
The phone needs a SIM card, which is simple to install by taking off the back plate. One comes with the watch to get you going with $25 worth of prepaid talk and text.
All-in-all, it’s pretty easy to operate. You do have to get familiar with what button does what, so that means you’ll have to do one of the things I hate most: Read the directions. But fortunately it’s a quick starter guide and takes only a few minutes.
The camera is limited but it’s there if you really need one. It has a 1.3 megapixel sensor and a 3X zoom.
There’s also a very handy stylus built into the wristband. Slide it out and extend it out to its 1.75-inch length. Don’t be fooled by the size, it fits in your hands easily and is really handy to access anything on the display.
It’s powered by an internal 450mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which charges in 1-3 hours with the included USB cable. $199 with a black or purple strap at http://burgsmartwatch.com.
IZZI Remix is easily the most advanced accessory for iPhoneographers and is now available for the iPhone 6.
On the back of the metal case is an innovative rotating 5-in-one lens system. Included are a 170-degree fisheye, a circular polarizing lens, a 2X zoom, an ultra wide angle and a 13x macro.
While a smartphone (or watch) camera cannot approach the image quality of most standard cameras, the lens system does an amazing job of complimenting the smartphones camera.
Each lens does what it sets out to do, and the rotating system lets you switch lenses in less then a second. It rotates in both clockwise and counter-clockwise directions.
As for the case, it’s made of aircraft-grade aluminum and gives you access to all of the iPhone 6 ports and controls.
Since the lens system is mounted on the back and extends out about a half-inch, you won’t be able to carry it in your back pocket, but the benefits of the lens system far outweigh that. $130 in black, red, blue, purple and silver at www.izzigadgets.com.
Sennheiser’s Momentum In-Ear earbuds are just as you would expect from a company that makes an endless line of great sounding and well-built products.
The sound is crystal clear and pumps a good amount of bass into your ears. The cable has an in-line microphone with volume and changing music selection controls and a right-angle 3.5mm connection.
In-ear headphones are made of high-quality stainless steel to help produced the powerful sound. A carrying case and four sets of earbud sizes (XS, S, M and L) are included to get the proper fit. $99.95 at http://en-us.sennheiser.com.