BlackBerry Bold, Storm Get Digital Camera Telescope for $17
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
This has got to be one of the most useless bizarre BlackBerry accessories I’ve ever come across—and I come across a lot of ’em—but I can’t help wanting one just the same. Hong Kong’s Brando, known the world over for its impressive collection of USB gadgets and gizmos, has released what it’s calling a “Mobile Phone Telescope” for the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and Storm 9530.
Never mind the fact that the 2.0 megapixel camera on the Bold takes pictures about as well as I can draw them, and I’m no artist. (The Storm’s 3.2 megapixel shooter is better, but its shutter-lag-time, or the time it takes for the camera to actually take a picture after you tell it to, seriously impedes overall usability.) You can now “[o]vercome the short coming of camera cellphone that can only near-sighted, it also makes distant view for you at the moment.”
The lens ships along with a see-through-plastic case that looks a bit like Seidio’s Innocase and a strap that attaches to the back so you can…uh…dangle your telescope-equipped BlackBerry from your wrist? And it costs just $17.00, plus shipping.
Apparently you fit your device with the special case, attach the lens to its backside and you’re ready for some sharp-shooting. The setup seems a bit bulky to me, as you’d need to lug it around everywhere you might want to use it. But if you need to increase the zoom functionality on your BlackBerry’s camera, Brando’s Mobile Phone Telescope is an option, albeit an awkward one.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.