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5 months ago

Seidio SURFACE Case with kickstand for Galaxy Note 4

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A slim, tough and functional case with an added kickstand

If you've browsed for and bought a few cases for past phones there's a good chance you've looked at a Seidio Surface case, and the well-known slim case option with a kickstand is also available for the Galaxy Note 4.

Just like the version of this case for other phones, the Surface is a solid option for Note 4 owners who want a hard case with a little added grip and an integrated kickstand — read along for our full review.

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5 months ago

Case-Mate Naked Tough Case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Case-Mate Naked Tough Case for Note 4

Case-Mate brings us a sturdy yet unobtrusive case for the Note 4

As a general rule, the more protection a case offers, the bulkier it tends to become, and the more it tends to obscure the original design of your phone. Case-Mate's latest Naked Tough Case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 strikes a decent balance between the two, however, with a clear shell that promises to protect your device without making it unnecessarily cumbersome.

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5 months ago

ZENS Qi Wireless 4500mAh Power Bank review

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Charging on the go

Power for your pockets

External battery packs are something most smartphone users take for granted. They're not glamorous accessories like cases or headphones or car mounts, but they're important. When you're running out of battery while running through the airport trying to catch your connecting flight because your first flight was stuck on the tarmac for three hours, having a battery pack that is not only dependable but easy to use on the go is not a luxury, it is a necessity. And while I've been using the Zens Qi Wireless Power Bank, it has seen airports, long car rides, stormy nights, and the bottoms of a lot of different bags.

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6 months ago

iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount review

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Hold me tender with this smartphone car kit

The iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount is quite a mouthful. It's also quite a handful when you pick it up, as it resembles some sort of unholy union between a medieval torture device and a siege engine. Don't get me wrong, the iOttie is a wonderful mount with a lot of bells, whistles, and especially a lot of moving parts. It's also sporting a budget friendly price, but do all those moving parts add up to a stand that's worthy of your dashboard or a massive mechanical migraine?

Stick around.

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6 months ago

The world seems to be ending in Mophie's first Super Bowl ad

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Smartphone battery case company Mophie has decided to join the Super Bowl TV commercial train for the first time this year, and they have already posted their 30-second commercial online. The ad shows the entire world on the brink of destruction.

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6 months ago

TYLT promo knocks $25 off Energi Sliding Power Cases for Galaxy S5, S4

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For those of you looking to inject a little more juice into your Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S5, TYLT has announced a new promotion that knocks $25 off of its Energi Sliding Power Cases for the two devices. With the cases regularly priced at $80 for the S5 and $50 for the S4, this marks a fairly substantial discount.

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6 months ago

TYLT Vu-Mate Qi charging card for the Galaxy Note 4

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TYLT Vu-Mate Qi charging insert

A viable option for adding wireless charging to your Note 4, but read the fine print first

The Galaxy Note 4's lack of wireless charging leads owners to the decision of buying Samsung's own first-party wireless charging back, or going with a third-party charging insert, in order to add the capability. Unfortunately the replacement Qi charging back that Samsung sells is thicker than what the phone comes with and kills any chance that you can use a case with your phone, which is a deal breaker for many.

Coming to the rescue, TYLT offers a Vu-Mate Qi wireless charging card for the Note 4 — just like previous Notes and Galaxy S phones before it — that adds wireless charging capability right underneath the stock back cover with no discernible increase in bulk. But of course nothing's perfect — you'll still be giving up in a few different areas to add Qi charging to your Note 4 this way. Read along for our review of the TYLT Vu-Mate Qi charging card.

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6 months ago

Incipio Octane Co-Molded Impact Absorbing Case for Galaxy Note 4

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Incipio Octane case for Galaxy Note 4

A no-frills case that just keeps your Note 4 safe without adding much bulk

The Galaxy Note 4's metal frame is nice to look at, even nice to hold, but we all know it won't stay looking and feeling that nice for long without a case. If you're someone who's rough on a phone you'll need some protection, and the Incipio Octane case for the Note 4 adds solid coverage with no extra frills. There's no kickstand, screen cover or funky port system, but there is a great design with thick rubber in the places that need it while keeping full function of your phone available.

Read along and see our quick review of the Incipio Octane case for the Note 4 — it may be the right choice for you.

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6 months ago

Sony's memory products are discounted by as much as 69 percent on Amazon

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If you're looking to get an SD card or a USB drive, be sure to check out Amazon's Gold Box deal of the day, through which the retailer is offering heavy discounts on Sony's memory products.

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6 months ago

Big Game Day Sale! Save 15% on all Android accessories

It's time to gear up and buckle down for this weekend's big game! No matter what team you're rooting for this year, we can all agree that 15% off all accessories here at Android Central is a pretty sweet deal.

We've got cases, chargers, batteries, etc. for the hottest Android devices including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S4, Motorola Droid Turbo and many more.

To receive 15% off your entire cart, use coupon code: GAME15 at checkout and you're all set! We also offer FREE shipping on all orders over $50 and provide expedited shipping options for those that need their order on the fly.

So, place your bets for your favorite team and save some serious cash on your favorite Android accessories because this deal is only going on until midnight, February 2.

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6 months ago

Amzer SlimGrip Hybrid Case for Nexus 6

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Amzer SlimGrip Hybrid Nexus 6

Slim case that allows you to enjoy the beauty of the Nexus 6

The Nexus 6, with its enormous 6-inch display, is a handful to comfortably hold for most people. Since one of the main fears about owning and handling a phone this large is that you might drop it, many choose to protect it with a case. If you are like me, you love the way Motorola designed the back of phone and like to display the Nexus branding while using the device. With the Amzer SlimGrip Hybrid Case you get complete protection of your Nexus 6 while also having the ability to see the beautiful Nexus logo.

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6 months ago

M-Edge Echo case for Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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M-Edge Echo case for Samsung Galaxy Note 4

There are plenty of choices when it comes to protecting your Note from scratches and scrapes — M-Edge brings something different to the table

Like most major smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is backed up by a wide range of cases and other accessories. Many of them aim to blend in with the Note 4's original styling, but M-Edge's latest offering is a bit different, allowing you to choose from three designs while also keeping your device safe from knocks and scrapes.

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6 months ago

Nakamichi Bluetooth Speaker with NFC review

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Music makes me better

All about controls

My most-used app is Google Play Music. I never leave the house without my Bluetooth headphones if I can help it. Safe to say that I'm a heavy Bluetooth user and a somewhat picky Bluetooth user. I've used the Nakamichi Bluetooth Speaker with NFC heavily over the last month and a half with my Moto X and while I love most aspects of this speaker, and while I have loved that time, there are also some times when I have found myself at odds with some of the design choices made here. You may think these choices are fine, and this speaker may fit nicely into your life.

Just don't expect it to play nicely in your bag.

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6 months ago

These are Samsung's Qi charging backs for the Galaxy Note 4

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Galaxy Note 4 Qi charging backs

Qi doesn't come free on the Note 4 — get ready for a couple of compromises

Samsung put a big 'ol battery in the Note 4, and didn't even cover up the USB port with a flap like the Galaxy S5 — but that doesn't mean many of us aren't still wishing that the phone came with wireless charging capabilities out of the box. Just as it's done for the past few flagships, Samsung instead sells replacement back covers for the Note 4 that add Qi charging capabilities.

Both a standard back and S-View Flip Cover style are available — coming in at $30 and $60, respectively — that each add a little extra bulk but get your Note 4 charged up without any wires involved. There's a trade-off to be had here in either case, but for most folks it'll be worth it to forego plugging in every night — read along for a review of these two replacement charging backs.

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6 months ago

Watch the Google Cardboard presentation for Sundance in your living room

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VR experiences are making a big splash at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and Google is among the names showing up to deliver a visual thrill to attendees. Rather than leave those of us who aren't attending in suspense, you can install and watch two of the experiences being shown off inside of Google Cardboard right now. Kaiju Fury is a cinematic short that Oculus Rift users may already be familiar with, which lets you sit in the middle of a city being ravaged by giant monsters, while VRSE should be new for just about everyone. The VRSE app is actually a collection of VR experiences, with the all new Evolution of Verse headlining. Both are well worth checking out if you've got your Cardboard handy, but Evolution of Verse in particular will leave your jaw on the floor.

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