Xiaomi looks to improve on Samsung and LG's use of eco-friendly charging

Xiaomi has filed a patent application for a smartphone that features a solar panel on the back of the phone, leaving enough room for a dual-camera set up and a flash.

Aug 04, 2019, 12:22 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  5 comments
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 hands-on: thin bezels, quad speakers, and a super-wide screen

We got some quality time with the tablet and are ready to share our hands-on impressions. Let's check it out!

Aug 01, 2018, 10:00 AM,  by Preslav Kateliev,  19 comments
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Apps for Earth: Apple teams up with WWF, will raise funds for environmental conservation

Do you know what's happening in a week's time, on April 22? That's right, we are celebrating Earth Day, the annual event that demonstrates humanity's readiness to protect the environment. Being one of the larger companies that put a lot of emphasis on their pro-environment policies, Apple has just kicked off a new "green" initiative...

Apr 15, 2016, 2:08 AM,  by Peter K.,  5 comments
Apple now carbon neutral in facilities across 23 countries, launches Apple Renew initiative

Right now, the world's tech community is fixated on their screens, watching every beat of Apple's livestreamed event. It's still ongoing, and company CEO Tim Cook has already addressed the ongoing FBI-Apple feud. That's pretty important, regardless of whether you're an iPhone user or not, as it will likely set a precedent moving forward. Another important issue that the world's richest company has long been working on and just launched a new initiative around? The environment...

Mar 21, 2016, 12:41 PM,  by Chris P.,  12 comments
Reduce, reuse, recycle: what to do with an old or broken phone

Today's hottest gadgets are tomorrow's electronic waste. That's the way thing are, and there's little we can do about it given the rate at which technology is advancing. What we can do, however, is to dispose of our old gadgets in a responsible manner. We can't just throw our old or broken phone in the trash. Well, technically we can, but that's an irresponsible, ignorant, and plain terrible way of dealing with outdated electronics...

Oct 30, 2015, 10:24 AM,  by Nikolay Todorov,  8 comments
Did you know that Samsung launched the first solar-powered cell phone?

There are well over a thousand models in Samsung's cell phone portfolio, ranging from basic handsets and pocket-friendly feature phones to top-of-the-line Galaxy smartphones. The phones we're highlighting today are far from smart, yet we do think their uniqueness makes them worthy of a spot under the sun... quite literally. In 2009, Samsung released the world's first solar-powered cell phone...

Mar 22, 2015, 8:32 PM,  by Nick T.,  17 comments
Off the grid: 10 awesome solar chargers for smartphones and tablets

How many times have you been stuck with a dead cell phone and no charger for it within a 10-mile radius? Okay, chances are you've never been in such a situation, but in case you were, we know what could have helped you get your handset up and running – a solar-powered charger with a convenient USB output.

Mar 10, 2015, 1:31 PM,  by Nick T.,  6 comments

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Just how much stuff goes into making a mobile phone? A lot. Building anything nowadays often uses...

Feb 02, 2014, 8:05 PM,  by Maxwell R.,  20 comments
AudioXperts EVA eco-friendly speakers hands-on

From a dedicated Bluetooth speaker solution in the EVA Blu, to the alarm clock baked-in feature of its EVA 400 series units, they all share one commonality that makes them uniquely different from today’s in-your-face speaker designs. To be specific, they all employ a very distinct wood...

Jun 28, 2013, 2:20 PM,  by John V.,  1 comment
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Checking out the various exhibitors on hand, all of which are somehow associated with AT&T Labs Research, we found quite a few interesting apps and services that are currently being developed – and of course, they're mobile related in some way. In fact, some of them are currently...

Apr 04, 2013, 10:14 PM,  by John V.,  5 comments
poll Would you buy a phone with no wall charger in the box?

British carrier O2, together with HTC, recently completed an experiment called "Charger Out Of The Box", where the Taiwanese supplied their One X+ handset without a wall charger in the box...

Jan 24, 2013, 9:03 AM,  by Daniel P.,  39 comments
featured Best ways to treat and discard smartphone batteries

Every smartphone has a battery, and every battery will eventually die. Before that happens, you should learn how to store and discard smartphone batteries so you can keep yourself and the environment safe...

Jan 21, 2013, 4:18 AM,  by DJ Miller (guest writer),  12 comments
featured 10 Android apps that can make the world a better place

Wouldn't it be nice if we all got together and worked towards making the world a better place to live in? You know, the kind of place where everyone is healthy, happy, educated, and safe from harm? It may sound like a goal virtually impossible to achieve, but the truth is that there are ways, in which those who wish can contribute towards reaching it. In fact, once can do so by using their own smartphone with the help of these 10 handy apps...

Nov 15, 2012, 6:26 AM,  by Nick T.,  7 comments
featured 10 unusual, innovative, eco-friendly cell phone chargers

Everyone knows how frustrating it is when your phone's battery dies and a power outlet is nowhere in sight. Just think about it: you are camping in the woods, enjoying the great outdoors, and you can't even tweet about it. Fortunately, a whole bunch of alternative cell phone chargers exist and suck power from built-in batteries or renewable energy sources like the wind or Mr Sun. In fact, we have collected 10 of these unusual, eco-friendly cell phone chargers and put them together just for you...

Aug 22, 2012, 9:15 AM,  by Nick T.,  8 comments
AT&T releases the eco-friendly LTE-powered Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate on June 10

If you've always wanted your lifestyle to be as nature-friendly as it is high-tech, AT&T will soon have a solution for you, in the form of the LTE-powered Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate...

Jun 05, 2012, 10:30 AM,  by Ray S.,  2 comments
LG Viper might fittingly arrive in time for Earth Day, April 22nd

From the looks of it all, a leaked screenshot from Sprint’s internal memo mentions the date of April 22nd as being its launch date for all sales channels. Although it’s not exactly an official confirmation just yet, it does appear to be a likely candidate seeing that the date...

Apr 11, 2012, 4:05 PM,  by John V.,  19 comments
LG A340 for AT&T combines eco-friendly construction and a $19.99 on-contract price

You can pick up eco-friendly the LG A340 through AT&T right now for the 2-year on contract price of $19.99 after a $30 mail-in-rebate. Indeed, you can probably find some kind of Android powered device priced the same or lower, but with the A340, you can sleep knowing...

Apr 11, 2012, 11:32 AM,  by John V.,  4 comments
Samsung Exhilarate announced for AT&T; LTE-powered, eco-friendly smartphone for under $50

The Samsung Exhilarate is built with the environment in mind. The smartphone is made out of 80 percent recycled post-consumer materials and meets a number of sustainability standards...

Jan 09, 2012, 1:58 PM,  by Ivaylo Ivanov,  2 comments
featured LG Viper is a 4G LTE smartphone for Sprint, which also happens to be ECO-friendly

Yeah, Sprint's LTE network might be in its very infancy right now, but the carrier must be feeling pretty confident, as it has just announced its very first 4G LTE devices – the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot and... the LG Viper smartphone...

Jan 09, 2012, 1:04 PM,  by Ray S.,  8 comments
featured Sprint - surfing the airwaves with nature in mind

Sprint is a champion of the green cause in the States - its wide-ranging efforts in that direction have been recognized...

May 17, 2011, 8:22 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  3 comments
T-Mobile harvests the energy of the sun to power its cell tower signal

The carrier has placed its first eco cell phone tower, that is entirely fed with power via solar panels, in Chalfont, PA...

Sep 24, 2010, 9:17 AM,  by Daniel P.,  7 comments
Eco-friendly Motorola GRASP WX404 shows off its conscious style

The Motorola GRASP is an eco-friendly portrait QWERTY device that will be making its name by focusing on the still profitable business of feature phones...

Jul 31, 2010, 4:48 PM,  by John V.,  1 comment
Verizon to offer BlackBerry Bold 9650 by direct fulfillment; order June 3rd, in stores June 10th

With the BlackBerry Bold 9650 available online from Sprint, Verizon is playing catch-up by accepting direct fulfillment orders June3rd...

May 29, 2010, 6:17 AM,  by Alan F.,  1 comment
Eco-friendly Samsung Seek joins the ranks of Sprint

Sprint is really into the environment these days, as it has officially announced the immediate availability of a new eco-friendly phone, the Samsung Seek...

May 10, 2010, 9:23 AM,  by Ray S.,  7 comments
LG Remarq LN240 Review

The LG Remarq LN240 follows on the heels of the successful Samsung Reclaim, but does it follow too closely? The Remarq uses the same portrait-sliding form-factor as the Reclaim, but the similarities end there...

5.5
Apr 21, 2010, 4:52 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  6 comments
Samsung Restore is a new eco-phone for Sprint

The Samsung Restore for Sprint is a new, 84% recyclable eco-friendly feature phone, equipped with a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard, 2MP camera and...

Apr 20, 2010, 9:42 AM,  by Ray S.,  4 comments
Sony Ericsson Elm Review

The Sony Ericsson Elm is a compact device with a promising feature set and appealing design. However, is the likeable newcomer to the Greenheart Family destined for glory or rather, doomed to join the ranks of the greatest “could have beens”...

7.8
Apr 07, 2010, 5:17 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  5 comments
Sony Ericsson Aspen is the first official Windows Mobile 6.5.3 phone

Sony Ericsson officially unveils its GreenHeart smartphone running Windows Mobile 6.5.3, the Sony Ericsson Aspen…

Feb 02, 2010, 2:56 AM,  by Ray S.,  0 comments
The Motorola MOTOCUBO A45 is now on sale in the US

The handset made from recycled materials does not offer awesome extra features, but comes with a pretty reasonable price tag for a device equipped with QWERTY keyboard...

Jan 26, 2010, 6:25 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  4 comments
Sony Ericsson Naite Review

The Sony Ericsson Naite (J105i) is part of the company's GreenHeart initiative. The GreenHeart mantra is that your mobile phone can match your priorities in being responsible and conscientious with regards to energy efficiency. In that vain, the Naite springs into the world from an impossibly compact cardboard box, which is barely taller than the handset itself. The packaging is impossibly small, and a taste of the mobile phone's functional yet generally unremarkable constitution.

7.0
Jan 12, 2010, 4:43 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  4 comments
vs Sony Ericsson Hazel and Elm Preview

The Sony Ericsson Hazel and Elm are eco-friendly handsets with identical functionality but different form factors. They are both equipped with capable hardware for their class, like 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS...

Dec 23, 2009, 7:09 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  1 comment
LG Pop GD510 Review

The LG Pop GD510 is an ultra compact and truly likeable, affordable handset with touch-sensitive screen and design that allows for installation of a solar panel. In our opinion, this is one of the best cell phones in its class. How come? Well, read on and you will find out...

8.0
Dec 14, 2009, 10:16 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  6 comments
The Sony Ericsson Hazel and Elm - the youngest members of the Greenheart family

Aside from the two handsets designed with our environment in mind, the manufacturer also announced the new hands-free set VH700…

Dec 14, 2009, 6:10 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  0 comments
LG Pop GD510 Preview

The LG Pop GD510 is today´s latest pop icon… erm, what we mean is it´s a brand new affordable handset with touch-sensitive screen that is impressive with its compact size and likeable design. Is this the killer of the Samsung Star S5230 and successor to the LG Cookie KP500? Perhaps…

Nov 30, 2009, 8:32 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  1 comment
Samsung Blue Earth S7550 Review

The Samsung Blue Earth S7550 has been designed with our environment in mind - it´s body is made from recycled plastic entirely, while its back hosts a solar panel that extends the phone battery life in a eco-friendly way. Is the handset THE cell phone for a new, more environmentally conscious generation of people? That´s what we will try to find out in the current review...

7.5
Nov 05, 2009, 9:21 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  1 comment
The eco-friendly Samsung Blue Earth launches in October

Finally, Samsung has revealed the launch timing of the Blue Earth. It will be available this month in Sweden, while other countries will get it…

Oct 14, 2009, 10:10 AM,  by Ray S.,  0 comments
Samsung Blue Earth S7550 Preview

The Samsung Blue Earth S7550 is created with environmental protection in mind. The phone body and packaging are both made from recycled materials and the device features a solar panel that extends its battery life. Unlike most similar devices, this is not all about it...

Aug 26, 2009, 3:34 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  6 comments
Samsung Blue Earth showcased in a video

Finally we can see the "sunny" Samsung Blue Earth S7550 in action...

Aug 13, 2009, 10:53 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  5 comments
Samsung Reclaim M560 Review

Green is in, there’s no doubt about that. Everything from cars to computers and even water is marked as green and eco-friendly these days, but oftentimes it is just that - marketing. The Samsung Reclaim M560 is not...

8.5
Aug 13, 2009, 5:06 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  0 comments
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