One part silicone shell, one part polycarbonate spine, this HTC One Max case will protect your phone, and throws in a kickstand for good measure.
Here's a look at the Seidio Dilex case for the HTC One Max. This is sort of two cases in one — a silicone membrane protects the back and the sides of the phone, wrapping along the edges to ensure a good fit. It's not too tight, and not too loose, so you can remove it whenever you want. The silicone shell also extends past the face of the phone a few millimeters, so you can put the phone face-down without worrying about scratches.
The second part of this HTC One Max case is the polycarbonate spine. Think of it as a sort of exoskeleton that adds rigidity and also serves as home for the metal kickstand.
Yes, the kickstand is back — and it's perfect for this sort of phone, with its 5.9-inch display, turning it into a perfect vehicle for watching movies on planes, or even while you're sitting at work. (We won't tell.) The kickstand is spring-loaded and easy to extend. Note that it only keeps the phone upright in the landscape (horizontal) orientation.
The short, short version? It's a pretty cool stand/charger, but it's expensive. And it only charges the Nexus 7 (2013) horizontally, not vertically. It does, however, work just fine with the Nexus 5, or Nexus 4, or other Qi-compatible devices you've got laying around. And you can charge through cases, which is always good.
The Asus Dock for Nexus 7 (2013), aside from having a tremendously descriptive name, is a fancy USB dock. The dock is designed to work in vertical and portrait orientations, supporting the tablet when turned on its side with a little ledge, and in both orientations kicking back a few degrees to make the viewing angle more comfortable. It also has an HDMI-out port so you can use it to hardwire a line to your TV (or you can get a Chromecast).
The Asus PW100 Wireless Charging Stand, on the other hand, it's Nexus 7-specific, but it's still designed to work with it. It's a Qi charger, but tilted up at 60° so as to hold the tablet up at an angle you can use instead of sitting flat on a table. The charger also has a handy little light at its base that illuminates when it's done charging. Unlike the plug-in dock, the PW100 Wireless Charging Stand works with Nexus 7 cases (assuming they're not too thick).
We have to confess the name is why we stopped to look at the LG homeBoy. Perhaps offering more hilarity in the west than LG's native Korea, the device itself is basically a large Bluetooth entertainment system for the LG G Pad 8.3. You dock and connect the tablet, then all sound from apps or music comes out through the actually pretty good sounding speakers on your homeBoy.
You can also connect your homeBoy to your TV and use it to mirror content to the screen while still retaining the sound through the devices speakers. It looks pretty good, has NFC and is personally tuned by a chap called Mark Levinson. But you'll still have to go into a store and ask if you can buy yourself a homeBoy. Thanks, LG!
Standard LG cases kick off the accessory market for these new phones
We've seen the recently announced LG G Pro 2, as well as the G2 MIni, here at Barcelona, but we haven't yet seen the range of accessories LG has on tap for its latest devices. A big feature since the launch of the original G2 is the so-called "QuickWindow" case that gives your device full protection — including the screen — while also giving you glanceable information through a cutout window on the front.
The cases come in a wide variety of colors — we have a salmon-like one on the G Pro 2 and silver on the G2 Mini — and are a nice woven cloth-like material all around for extra grip. The functionality seems to be the same as we've experienced on the G2 and G Flex as well. While cases that cover the entire front of the phone aren't always well-liked by the majority of people, the folks who want (or need) the extra protection will have this now-standard LG accessory for these new devices.
Be sure to hit the break for a closer look at the QuickWIndow cases for both the LG G Pro 2 and LG G2 Mini.
At Mobile World Congress, SanDisk announced the world's first 128 GB microSD memory card. It's Class 10 UHS-I with read speeds around 30 MB/s and should be compatible with any device that can support SDXC, which includes most Android devices launched over the last few years. SanDisk also took the opportunity to announce a 64 GB embedded NAND module tailored specifically to Android devices, though right now they're just sampling it to partners.
If we're going to be going around shooing 4K video on our devices, it's a good thing that memory is increasing so we can actually save that footage. Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S5 ROM size may also make you wish for a little bit more room. Beyond that, it's hard to imagine loading up that much music manually. Still, at times like this I really feel for those that don't have access to their SD card slot.
Amazon and Best Buy are going to be the exclusive outlets for the new cards, which are available right now for $119.99. How much room do you have free on your device storage? Are you going to pick up one of these 128 GB cards? Does having this much room enable any new use cases?
Flip covers, S View covers, batteries, wireless chargers, watch straps and more!
Samsung has unveiled its new Galaxy S5 smartphone and Gear wearable devices, and along with it the company is launching a slew of new accessories, which were on show at its Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona today. There's the standard array of cases, including wireless charging backs, S View covers and regular flip covers, together with replacement batteries and straps for the Gear devices. Some cases and straps even come in designer variants, with offerings from Samsung partner Nicholas Kirkwood.
We've got pictures of all the accessories on show at Unpacked after the break, so go check 'em out. And hit up the ShopAndroid newsletter to learn when these accessories go on sale.
The Samsung Gear Fit will track your exercise routines and look snazzy while doing it
In addition to taking the wraps off the Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress, Samsung also announced their next wearable device dubbed the Gear Fit. As you can see, the big sell here is a curved 1.8-inch 432 x 128 Super AMOLED display. It's dust and water resistent to keep up with whatever brutal fitness regimen you're undertaking. As usual, you'll be able to get smartphone notifications from just about everything on the Gear Fit thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Keep in mind that the Gear Fit will only work with Samsung devices, but given all of the tracking software built in, that limitation may be worthwhile. The 210 mAh battery should last you 3 - 4 of typical usage.
Responding to complaints of skin irritation from Fitbit Force users, Fitbit has stopped sales of the fitness band and is conducting a recall of the product. They're offing a refund direct to consumers for the full retail price of the Force ($130) and have set up a dedicated webpage and call center to handle the recall.
Fitbit CEO James Park said that "only 1.7% of Force users have reported any type of skin irritation," that test results have shown "are likely experiencing allergic contact dermatitis." The growing chorus of reports about skin irritation was likely a factor in pushing the company towards the recall.
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