iPhone Gloves

touchscreen glovesBack in the day, cellphones came with square plastic things on them called buttons. Then the iPhone arrived and touchscreens replaced buttons on almost all smartphones.

The great advantage of touchscreens is that the screen size can be far larger when a physical keyboard is no longer needed. Just compare the screen size on a qwerty Blackberry to an iPhone or Android touchscreen if you need convincing.

The downside of most touchscreens is that they need your fingers to physically touch the screen as they rely on your skin conducting electricity. This means that these “capacitive” touch screens just won’t work when used with gloves. Try sending an emergency text message when you’re stranded in a blizzard and you’ll find that the screen just won’t recognise your touch when wearing even relatively thin gloves. This is because the gloves act as an insulator to your body’s electricity so rendering the device useless.

This is where specialist iPhone gloves come in. They have a thin layer of metal fibres built into the gloves which conduct electricity so that you can use your iPhone, iPad or other touch screen device whilst still keeping your hands from freezing. The perfect solution to a chilly problem.

Where to buy: iPhone Gloves

iPhone Killer? Motorola Droid RAZR unveiled

Back in the pre-iPhone 2000s, the mobile to be seen with was the original Motorola RAZR. In the days when most mobiles were candy bar fat, the RAZR was ultra-thin and ultra-desirable. It was launched in 2004 and became the best-selling clamshell phone in the world. However the launch of the iPhone with its touch screen consigned the RAZR and most other clamshells into the tech dustbin of history.

Motorola is back in business though with the launch of the Droid RAZR, a touchscreen phone which pays homage to the original RAZR by being RAZR thin. Motorola is touting the Droid RAZR as the thinnest 4G phone on the market and, at only 7.1mm/0.28inches thin, it will take some beating.

Despite being light and thin, the Droid RAZR should be strong as it has a Gorilla Glass screen and a Kevlar fiber case.

The phone is available for pre-order now and will hit the stores in November 2011 priced at $299. We’ve put the Droid RAZR up against Apple’s latest iPhone 4S to see how they compare.

Based on the announced specs, the Motorola Droid RAZR seems to have the power to take on the iPhone 4S head to head. In terms of look and feel, its larger screen and lighter and thinner form factor could mean that Apple finally have some real competition in the most desirable phone stakes.