Combining a 1620×1080 IPS 4.5-inch touchscreen LCD with a tactile, quick-typing keyboard, the BlackBerry KeyOne is the brand’s latest attempt to claw their way back into the smartphone market. It’s as rugged as BlackBerries past thanks to a strong impact-resistant aluminum frame and Gorilla glass-lined display and runs Android 7.1 Nougat, so a bustling Google Play gives access to plenty of apps. Its main unique features include a massive (but non-removable) 3,505 mAh battery for all-day power, a capacitive touch keyboard that responds to gestures and super quick “flick” typing, and the ability to expand its paltry 32GB on-board memory to 2TB thanks to a microSD slot. Whether it’ll gain much traction is to be seen, but it’ll provide die-hard BlackBerry users with another device to ride out the next couple of years in high hopes.
Learn more at BlackBerry – $550
A month of battery life. Near indestructibility. And Snake. Sure, you’ll have to make some sacrifices, but the Nokia 3310 “dumbphone” will definitely reward you in ways modern smartphones can’t. The iconic device is back 17 years after its initial release, albeit with a slightly revamped form factor, a 2MP camera with LED flash, 16MB of storage that’s thankfully upgradeable to 32GB by MicroSD, and a sharp, 2.4-inch color LCD display. You won’t be able to kill time on Facebook or Twitter or get turn by turn directions but it’ll make calls and play your mp3s while costing next to nothing. And did we mention it lasts one month on a charge?
Learn more at Nokia – roughly $52
It’s not made of actual carbon fibre: instead the Pitaka Slim Aramid iPhone 7 Case is made of Aramid fibre, which looks very similar but is weaved from super strong and flexible synthetic fibre instead (think Kevlar and the like). This means it won’t interfere with your phone’s antennas (cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, etc) in the least but still provides solid protection in a super slim, 0.03-inch package that hugs your device’s every curve. Aramid also adds a lot of texture and grip to your otherwise slick device, is scratch resistant, and will almost definitely outlive the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus you snap it to — which is a shame considering it’s unlikely to fit their next form factor-modified iPhone 8.
The Croz DIY Digital Camera is the photography equivalent of a Raspberry Pi. Sort of. Despite its simplicity and size the Croz boasts a changeable lens — with wide-angle and fisheye included — and has but two buttons: one is the shutter and the other is a switch that toggles through photo effects. Its acrylic casing means you won’t need to build or 3D print your own and it runs on two AAA batteries, simply storing snaps to an SD card. Oh and there’s no digital screen to preview or review; instead it’s got a rectangular viewfinder to frame your shots, and the next time you’ll see them is on the device they’re uploaded to.
Grab one at the MoMA Store – $140
You may like whiskey. You may love whiskey, but to true connoisseurs of mash delight, the pinnacle of Kentucky’s bourbon offering is Pappy’s Old Rip Van Winkle 25 Year Old Bourbon. This limited edition 100 proof elixir comes from eleven barrels of bourbon originally distilled in 1989. Only 710 handmade glass decanters packaged in boxes made from the staves of the oak barrels, which originally aged the spirit, are available for purchase, each packed with a certificate of authenticity signed by Julian Van Winkle, grandson of founder Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle. So magnificent is this offering mere money won’t secure a bottle. In fact, so sought after are all varieties of “Pappy” that retailers often hold lotteries to decide who is lucky enough to purchase them. Old Rip Van Winkle 25 is likely to make winning the bourbon lottery akin to hitting the power ball. It may already be too late to get in on ORVW 25, but maybe you can find one the many ruthless bourbon scalpers willing to make a deal.
An ATV’s big high-profile wheels make quick work of trails full of rocks, dirt, sand, even a bit of water. On snow or ice though they don’t fare much better than your car’s tires. The Can-Am Apache 360 Track System expands the off-season off-road capabilities of your Can-Am all-terrain vehicle — including recent Renegade and Outlander models — by adding four sets of treads that take the place of wheels. Since their rubber treads spin over molded wheels they’re not as rough a ride as you might think, and they give plenty of clearance to smoothly roll over rocks and other sizeable obstacles. Plus swapping between wheels and treads (and vice-versa) takes just 20 minutes, which is quicker than the speed at which the weather can change by a good margin. So you’ll never be caught off guard.
Find it at Can-Am – $3,800
Riding on the coattails of the original Klos guitar comes the Klos Carbon Fiber Acoustic Electric Guitar, a similarly rugged, strikingly good-looking acoustic instrument that’s now fitted with Fishman pickups for optionally amplifying the guitar’s volume by plugging into an amp. It’s on the smaller side compared to traditional acoustic guitars which makes it all the more portable, the latter further aided by the fact that its mahogany and rosewood neck can be removed to bring down the space it occupies even further. It’s so durable you could use it as a baseball bat or golf club, and though you never would at least you won’t worry about damaging it while travelling or camping.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $560+
You’ve seen them in umpteen blindingly bright colors at your local department store. Maybe you even own one. Now it’s available in a more subdued 86th hue, albeit in limited edition, individually numbered fashion in the form of the murdered out KitchenAid Artisan Black Tie Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. The 5-quart mixer boasts a cast iron-like texture and incorporates more premium materials than its pedestrian brethren that include die cast zinc, satin, and black chrome. Each includes a black stainless steel bowl, a black coated flat beater and dough hook, and the same functionality, tilting head, and compatibility with hub powered attachments as the original model. Might be cheaper to have a DIY go at it and repaint your old one but it’s incontestably one good looking mixer — a phrase we never thought we’d utter.