more talk with less bulk

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY -

of­fender, but ev­ery im­prove­ment helps, no? — New York Times Spe­cial Fea­tures PHONE cases with built-in bat­ter­ies are cer­tainly a great way to keep your hand­set run­ning dur­ing marathon phone ses­sions.

One of the prob­lems with most of these cases, how­ever, is that a nor­mally svelte smart phone starts to look like Michael Dou­glas’ cell­phone in the first Wall Street movie (brick-size, in other words).

Ex­o­gear has cre­ated a bat­tery pack for the iPhone that, at 57g and roughly half the thick­ness of the iPhone, claims to be the thinnest, light­est bat­tery case for an iPhone 4.

The com­pany says the case, called the Ex­o­life, will dou­ble an iPhone’s run­ning time, adding as much as an ad­di­tional seven hours of talk time and 300 hours of ex­tra standby time. Be­cause it is also a bar­rier be­tween your hand and the ex­ter­nal an­tenna that sur­rounds much of the iPhone, it also can help de­crease dropped calls.

The Ex­o­life for the iPhone 4 is US$90 (RM280) from Ex­o­gear. — New York Times Spe­cial Fea­tures ++++ www.ex­o­

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