New products of Sept 8

BLUETOOTH HEADSET

Jabra Stealth

$128

This Bluetooth headset aims to improve the hands-free feature of your smartphone. Its dedicated voice-control button lets you launch Siri on the iPhone, or Google Now on Android devices, so you can make calls and control music playback without touching your smartphone.

Noise Blackout technology filters out ambient background noise, while HD Voice technology allows for higher quality voice calls. It weighs less than 8g and is just 6.5cm long.

The Stealth's rechargeable battery lasts for up to six hours of talktime and up to 10 days on standby.

TABLET

RugGear Ultra Tab 7.0

$830

If you cannot do without a tablet even when camping, check out the RugGear Ultra Tab 7.0, which has a 7-inch LCD screen (800 x 1,280 pixels).

IP67-certified waterproof and dustproof, it has a polycarbonate frame to protect the tablet if it is dropped by accident.

It runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and has 1GB of RAM.

It is available from RugGear's South-east Asia headquarters here, at 06-06 Katong Shopping Centre.

USB CABLE

Belkin Mixit Metallic Lightning to USB Cable

$39

This new MFI-certified Lightning to USB cable by Belkin comes in an aluminium finish of three metallic colours to match your Apple iPhone 5s - gold, silver and grey. The cable is compatible with any USB2.0 or higher port, so you can use it almost anywhere to sync your music and pictures quickly.

The 1.2m cable is $39 and the 15cm one is $34.

HEADPHONES

Noontec Zoro Wireless

$189

Get your groove on with these over-the-ear headphones, which use a patented surround closed-cavity body acoustic technology for precise acoustic tuning throughout the entire frequency range.

Dynamic 40mm Neodymium drivers provide high quality audio, while breathable hypoallergenic cotton earpads keep the headphones feeling comfortable.

A built-in microphone lets you take calls, while the headphones' steel-reinforced frame folds down for portability. The device provides up to 20 hours of music playback before it needs recharging. It is available in black or white.

SMARTPHONE

Nokia Lumia 530

$159

This affordable smartphone uses the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1, which lets users clear all notifications with a single swiping gesture and type quickly using the Word Flow keyboard.

It has a 4-inch LCD display (854 x 480 pixels), is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and has 512MB of RAM, with 4GB of on-board memory. It supports an SD card of up to 128GB.

A dual SIM feature lets users swop easily between two microSIM cards The battery is good for 13 hours of talktime and up to 22 days on standby.

COMPACT CAMERA

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

$419

Made to capture high-quality long distance shots, the SX520 HS should appeal to travel and sports photographers.

Its 24mm to 1,008mm 42x optical zoom lens is extendable to 84x using Canon's ZoomPlus technology.

It uses Canon's intelligent IS to detect and reduce image blurring from camera shake, while Advanced Zoom Framing Assist technology helps maintain clarity of the subject.

The SX520 HS is powered by a Digic 4+ image processor and 1/2.3 type 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, providing rapid auto-focusing and speedy start-up for capturing moments quickly and clearly. The camera can record video in full high-definition resolution at 30 frames per second.

This article was published on Sept 3 in Digital Life, The Straits Times.

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