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Review: BlueAnt S4 Bluetooth Speaker

BlueAnt has released its latest Bluetooth Speakerphone, the S4. The S4's main features center around the use of voice commands to enhance the "hands free" experience. While you can still control the speakerphone with buttons, with the S4 you can say "answer" or "ignore" to manage incoming calls.

In addition to offering hands free calling, the S4 also puts BING information at your disposal through BING 411 and allows access to audible text messages by being Vlingo compatible. All in all, the S4 hopes to keep your hands more on the wheel and less on your phone.

We had the opportunity to take the S4 out for a test drive and found it to offer some "cool" features. We also found some features still needed a little work. Follow the break to what type of impression the S4 left.

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Review: PDF Scanner

 

PDF Scanner by Melon Mobile utilizes your Windows Phone camera to create .PDF documents. The $7.99 application is presented in a very straightforward manner and captures rather decent .PDF files.

Once launched, the choices presented are simple. In pressing scan, you launch your Windows Phone's camera to capture the image. Once you've lined up your shot with the camera simply hit the shutter button. PDF Scanner will then give you a preview of the image and if you need to add additional pages to the file, tap "scan" and capture the additional images.

When your file is complete, pull up the Menu to "save as" or send the file via email.

In testing PDF Scanner, operation is simple and quality is decent. I experienced no bugs, glitches or crashes with the application.

Why .PDF files over .JPEG files?  PDF scanning does allow you to capture multiple images in one file making it easier to email one, multiple page .PDF than multiple .JPEG files.  File size maybe?  Some .PDF files are smaller than .JPEG, again making it easier to send.  But when you get into multiple page files, the .PDF size is the larger. 

Regardless of the reason, if you're looking for a .PDF scanner for your Windows Phone, PDF Scanner is available over at the WMExperts' Software Store. There is a 7 day trail version that will allow you to try before you buy. Follow the break to see a comparison of PDF Scanner's image quality compared to a .JPEG image.

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Review: BlueAnt T1 Rugged Headset

The T1 is the latest Bluetooth headset offering from BlueAnt.  Billed as a durable, reliable device to give high quality audio in the most challenging condition, the T1 is sure to turn heads.

The T1 headset ($79.95) is the first to feature BlueAnt's Wind Armour Technology that boasts clear audio in wind speeds up to 22mph. The BlueAnt T1 also features voice commands similar to the BlueAnt Q1 headset.  Instead of pressing a button to answer calls, you simply have to say "Answer" or "Ignore" to handle things. Other voice commands may be available dependent on your Windows Phone.

We had the opportunity to take the T1 out for a test drive and ease on past the break to see how it measured up.

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One of the first accessories that I purchase for any smart phone that I’ve ever owned is a case to protect my new investment. I’ve mentioned before that choosing a case for your phone is very similar to the process of choosing the phone itself. A large part of the decision is based on your lifestyle and how you use your device.

OtterBox makes some of the most rugged cell phone cases on the market, though they sometimes sacrifice in the portability/usability department. The OtterBox Commuter Series case makes a reasonable compromise between protection and usability.

 

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Review: Sportypal

Sportypal is outdoor exercise tracking application for your Windows Phone. Sportypal tracks activities such as running, cycling, hiking, skiing, and horseback riding. It collects performance measures from each activity, logs them on your Windows Phone and gives you the ability to upload the sessions to an online component.

To see how well SportyPal stacks up, ease on past the break.

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