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1 week ago

Galaxy S6 accessory roundup — Enter to win a case for your Galaxy S6!

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Check out which Galaxy S6 accessories we've had our hands on and enter to win the case of your choice from ShopAndroid.

We've spent some time covering accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S6 these past few weeks — from cases to wireless chargers — seeing what products not only keep us safe from from drops and scratches, but also manage to stay practical for most users. Our favorites of the bunch include Aukey's 10k Portable Battery Quick Charger for its snappy charging speeds and the Body Glove Satin Case for its slim form and excellent grip. Jump past the break to get a closer look at a few and find out how to become eligible to win a new case for your Galaxy S6.

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1 week ago

Lynk wants to add a physical component to mobile security and theft protection

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Securing your mobile experience is all about using what works for you, and lynk adds a potentially compelling option to the mix.

There are plenty of way to make your Android device more secure, but balancing usability with security is a constant problem to be dealt with. The folks behind lynk have created a physical option for tech savvy users who aren't usually far from their phone. It's a Bluetooth beacon capable of acting as an NFC proxy, with an app that acts as a password manager and helps you with an alarm system in case you've misplaced your phone. On top of all these promises, lynk claims multiple months of battery life.

It's an impressive laundry list of things to be capable of, and if it works even half as well as the demonstration video claims this could be an enticing option for users interested in new forms of device security.

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1 week ago

Body Glove Satin Case for Samsung Galaxy S6

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Featuring a brushed aluminum texture, Body Glove's Satin Case isn't your average skin cover — it's made to take a beating and resist bacteria.

Skin covers are vital for proper protection — serving as the backbone for many cases for the Galaxy S6. Their job of absorbing impacts and enhancing grip around your device can't be matched, unless doubled with a polycarbonate shell. Body Glove's Satin Case, however, does the job all on its own while keeping a reasonably slim form.

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1 week ago

Fingers on with the Neo Smartpen N2

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Neo Smartpen N2

NeoLAB has an Android-friendly pen that lets you bring your physical notes into the digital world.

The line between digital and physical gets blurrier every day, but for some folks you can't get rid of either. Taking notes is a perfect example — even though Google has an amazing new handwriting recognition keyboard, for some folks there's no replacement for a real pen and a pad of paper. The Neo Smartpen N2 gives you both by providing a physical pen that can record strokes. While this is not a new concept, the ability to sync with your phone and the app that processes everything is one of the better experiences out there today.

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1 week ago

Best cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Best Cases for Galaxy Note 4

There are a vast number of cases for the Galaxy Note 4 out there, but we've narrowed down the top 5 that have made the biggest impression with our staff and community.

Since the initial release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we've covered a variety of protective covers including the Seidio SURFACE Case, Case-Mate Naked Tough Case, and the Samsung S-View Flip Cover — just to name a few. Although those particular cases haven't made the cut for the top 5, they each have their unique qualities that make them excellent cases for the Galaxy Note 4.

Our selections here are based on personal favorites from the staff here at Android Central, along with the fantastic folks in the Note 4 forums. Dive in past the break for the complete lineup.

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2 weeks ago

Speck CandyShell Grip Case for HTC One M9

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Speck CandyShell Grip Case

Designed for those who need extra grip to prevent the slip, the CandyShell Grip Case for the M9 packs plenty of flavor without bulking your device's waistline.

It's been a while since I've sported anything from Speck, and using this dual-layer case on the M9 makes me appreciate that they're still keeping it simple without skimping on design or quality. Unlike our recent run with Qmadix's X-Series Cover, the CandyShell Grip has complete fusion going on, blending both its sleek polycarbonate frame and smooth TPU.

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2 weeks ago

Hands-on with Belkin's Qi Wireless Charging Pad

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Belkin joins the wireless charging club with their new Qi charging pad that sports a contemporary design with a couple extras.

We're always trying new products in the realm of wireless charging, finding what stands out in design and functionality. This latest addition from Belkin meets the 1A charging standard but doesn't scream originality with its looks.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Wallet Flip Cover for the Galaxy Note Edge

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When it comes to first-party cases, Samsung knows how to do it right.

You can always spot a Samsung phone due to its distinctive styling (particularly with the Note Edge), and when you put one of Samsung's own cases on the phone it doesn't muddy the waters. Samsung's flip cases are just as easy to spot as the devices, and the Wallet Flip Cover for the Note Edge is no exception.

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2 weeks ago

Seidio Surface case with kickstand for Galaxy Note Edge

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Extra protection and a kickstand come with a little extra bulk on your Note Edge.

You can find a Seidio Surface case for just about any major phone out there, and it brings the same solid feature set to cover your Galaxy Note Edge. This hard case makes your Note Edge considerably more rugged, and adds in a kickstand to prop it up at the same time.

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2 weeks ago

Hands-on with Trident's Kraken AMS Case for Galaxy S6

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Trident Kraken AMS Case

When it comes to all around protection, Trident's Kraken AMS Case gives 110%, but certainly doesn't win the award for slimmest cover.

There's a time and place to use rugged cases, and although they're not ideal for the majority of us — they serve their purpose for those who need the extra security. Trident provided us with their Kraken AMS Case for the Galaxy S6 to try out, and one thing is for certain — it's the epitome of heavy duty protection.

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2 weeks ago

Darkside features have come to the Orbotix Ollie app

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An update to the Ollie controller app applies a fresh coat of paint and new features if you're running the Darkside variant.

While most of the rolling robots made by Orbotix have a cute, harmless look to them, the Darkside version of their Ollie robot is all about attitude. The murdered-out design extends from the two sets of tires and glossy shell all the way out to the packaging, including a little card with glossy red letters letting you know just how serious this little toy is about being hardcore.

When we first tried out the Darkside Ollie, the one place you didn't get this goth teen vibe was the app. Since both versions of Ollie use the one app, and the theme for that app was designed to compliment the friendly blue and white Ollie, it was to be expected. An update to the Ollie app last night has changed things, and now when you pair a Darkside Ollie to the app you get a darker, redder experience to match the angry little robot you just removed from the box.

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2 weeks ago

Amzer Pudding TPU case for the Galaxy Note Edge

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Protecting the curves of a Note Edge isn't easy, but the Pudding TPU case is a simple way to do it.

Just like its Pudding cases for other devices of any size, Amzer's offering for the Galaxy Note Edge is a simple way to add some basic protection to this big phone with a funky curve. There aren't any fancy features, but when you just need some durable rubber and plastic to protect your Note Edge from occasional bumps and small drops, this one will do.

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2 weeks ago

A quick look at HTC's Clear Hard Shell Case for One M9

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HTC keeps transparency a top priority with their clear hard shell for the One M9, so you don't have to feel bad about using a case.

There seems to be a large number of users that would prefer not to use any cases for their HTC One M9, and that's completely understandable — everyone has their own opinion on how they want their device to look. However, not every case still lets the sleek design of the M9 to shine through like this OEM hard shell does.

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3 weeks ago

Naztech 10400mAh Universal Power Bank review

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With the ever growing number of devices that people are carrying around with them, there is more need than ever for ways to keep said devices charged.

Some people, like myself, carry around at least one usb power brick with them so that they can charge their devices throughout the day. This effort is useless if you are somewhere without outlets or if you want to charge on the go. Thankfully with the use of the Naztech 10400mAh Universal Power Bank you can charge up to 5 separate devices at once and still have enough juice to recharge your devices again later.

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3 weeks ago

Top 6 cases for Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

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Cases for Galaxy S6 Edge

Are you protecting your Galaxy S6 edge with a case or leaving it up to chance that its curves will offer enough grip to keep it off the ground?

When it comes to cases, most of us have our favorites that we tend to stick with — whether they be affordable for your budget or designed to deal with damage better than the rest. Once in a while, though, it's good to branch out from that comfort zone to try something new for an even newer device.

We've selected 6 cases for the Galaxy S6 edge that include staff favorites, as well as community choices from the forums. Simply great cases that will keep your device safe from wear and tear.

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