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Utility Kit: Portable accessories that add value to your smartphones

To make the most of smartphones,there are a wide range of accessories available in the market.

To make the most of smartphones,there are a wide range of accessories available in the market. Here are two new ones — LG Pocket Photo and Lava W200 — to help you print your memories or stay connected via WiFi.

LG Pocket Photo

LG Pocket Photo printer is a great choice for those who want to print photos instantly. It works like a Polaroid camera,printing photos as soon as they are clicked.

The dimensions of this printer are 12 cm (l) x 7cm (b) x 2cm (h) and it weighs around 200g. This means that the gadget is portable,though it’s not pocket-sized as its name suggests. It is easy to carry it around in backpacks or handbags.

LG Pocket Photo printer uses two modes of wireless connections — Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC). Printing photos with this device is easy. All you need is a device that runs Android or iOS and the LG Pocket Photo app,which is available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. The app has a few preset effects to add zing to printouts. It lets you edit images — you can add a frame to pictures and type a caption or message on it. Once you edit the picture and hit the print button,you get a 2×3 inch photograph. LG Pocket Photo uses ZINK or zero ink technology. Users get colourful ZINK sheets (2×3 inch) with the device. The reason it needs no ink is that the ZINK sheets themselves carry the colours. The printer simply heats the dye in the sheets to reproduce colours and deliver prints. These sheets can be easily loaded by opening the device’s back flap.

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An additional pack of 30 ZINK sheets costs Rs 1,099,so the cost per print is about

Rs 37. The printing cost is high,but there aren’t many portable wireless printers in the market. The quality of prints is good,but not great. Depending on the colours in the image,prints take up to 40-50 seconds.

At Rs 14,990,it is a good buy because of its ease-of-use and instant photo-sharing features.

Lava W200

Lava W200 is a WiFi router with 3G capability. If you use a USB modem (such as Tata Photon Max) to connect to the internet,this router will be very useful. You can plug your USB internet dongle to the router and it will create a WiFi network for you. The router’s range is 30m and it can be shared by up to 32 users. It is highly recommended for those who can’t get a broadband connection due to lack of documents or have an erratic connection. The sleek gadget is about the size of a chocolate bar,weighs about 120 g and has an in-built 1800mAh battery that lasts up to seven hours.

You can easily put it in your backpack or or in your office drawer to surf the internet over WiFi. You can pair any WiFi-enabled device to Lava W200. It works well with popular USB dongles such as those provided by Airtel,Idea,Tata,MTS and Reliance. Besides its WiFi capability,Lava W200 doubles as a battery pack for your smartphone or tablet as you can charge your gadgets using its USB port.

Lava W200’s MRP is Rs 2,400 but you can get cheaper deals on online shopping websites such as Flipkart or Snapdeal. n