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7 months ago

Labor Day Weekend Sale: Save 15% on all Android cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com!

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In honor of the Labor Day Weekend in the USA and Canada, you, dear Android Central readers, can save 15 percent on all Android accessories this weekend when using coupon code LDW13 at checkout.

They've got tons of cases, batteries, chargers, Bluetooth accessories and more for both so many of the 35,000 (more or less) various Android devices, so be sure to browse around and take advantage of the savings.

If you don't have one yet, be sure to check out the awesome line of Lloyd Gear!

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7 months ago

Cruzerlite SPI-Force Galaxy Note 2 case review

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A phone case for the unapologetic Android fan among us

 

Trying to get a case for the Galaxy Note 2 that protects it but doesn't add too much more bulk to an already large device is tough, and Cruzerlite has decided to not even attempt to keep things small with its SPI-Force case offering. Instead, what you are getting for the extra bulk is serious protection around the entire device and a sturdy center-mounted kickstand for when you need it.

This is going to be a polarizing case design, but it's one worth looking at if you need some intense protection for your Note 2. Stick with us after the break and learn a little more about the Cruzerlite SPI-Force case.

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7 months ago

Hands-on with the HTC Mini+ and HTC Fetch

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A miniature companion for your smartphone, and a new security keyring

HTC is continuing to roll out accessories for its flagship “One” series, and today we’ve had the chance to go hands-on with two quirky new additions to the HTC accessory family — the HTC Mini+ and HTC Fetch.

First up, the Mini+ is the successor to last year’s HTC Mini, which shipped alongside the original Butterfly handset in China. As we’ve said before, this is effectively a phone for your phone. It pairs to your full-sized HTC handset over NFC and Bluetooth, allowing you to control your phone remotely as long as the Bluetooth connection is active.

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7 months ago

Moto X desk and car docks briefly available from Motorola [updated]

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Docks should ship the week of September 9, Motorola tells us

The desktop dock and the vehicle dock for the Moto X we told you about last week are now "officially" available from Motorola from their online store, and are shipping now. Update: We ordered one of each, and Motorola customer service got back to us a couple hours later to say there was a slight mix-up on the store side, and that the docks won't actually ship until the week of September 9. 

The docks are manufactured by Griffin, and each sell for $39.95.

The desktop dock is set up to hold your phone at a comfortable viewing angle while on your desk (hence the name), and has a micro USB connector pass through to provide power. It is designed to accommodate phones in a case up to 2mm thick. 

The vehicle dock has your basic suction-cup design to affix it to your windshield or dash, and the grip plate will hold "all but the bulkiest cases" in it's adjustable frame and arm. Motorola's driving mode on the Moto X is enabled when the phone is placed in the dock, and all the hands-free features will work as advertised.

We'll have a good look at both accessories as soon as they arrive, in the meantime you can have a look at the links below to learn more.

Source: Motorola (Navigation Dock); (Power Dock)

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7 months ago

Mophie Juice Pack for Galaxy S4 now available for $99

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A quick heads up that the Mophie Juice Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S4 — which we reviewed last week — is now available for $99 (plus shipping).

Our take? It's not inexpensive, and we'd still question the necessity of a battery case for a phone that has a removable battery — you can buy a spare and a nice case for less than you'll pay here. But Mophie has done a fine job with this new Juice Pack.

Check out our full review here, and you can order straight from Mophie.

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8 months ago

Nexus 7 (2013) official premium cover

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A premium Nexus 7 cover comes with a premium price — but it's worth it

This "official premium cover" for the 2013 ASUS Nexus 7 is not cheap. Of course, it kind of says so right there in the name. "Premium." But, still, this case and cover is $38 and change. That's going to be hard for a lot of us to stomach. But after just a few seconds with it attached to your tablet, you'll find it's quite deserving of that name.

Yes. It's expensive. But, yes. It's good. Very good.

Read on for our look at this expensive piece of kit.

(Note: This accessory is for the newer, 2013 Nexus 7 — not the older, 2012 Nexus 7.)

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8 months ago

Mophie Juice Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S4

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The premier name in battery cases brings an extra 2,300 mAh to your GS4 with a new Juice Pack

Behold, the Mophie Juice Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S4. This guy brings an extra 2,300 mAh to the GS4 in a big but stylish case. That's the gist of the Juice Pack, of course. Protect the phone while offering up more battery life. Specifically, this model adds about 80 percent more battery to the stock GS4. 

Obviously it adds a good bit of bulk, too. Specifically, it more than doubles the thickness of the GS4. It's more than a half-inch taller, too, and adds nearly a quarter-inch to the waistline.

The Juice Pack will run $99.99 direct from Mophie and will be available in black, white, pink and red.

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8 months ago

Barnes & Noble releases Nook Video app to Google Play, specialty version for Nooks

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A great step in the right direction for B&N's content store

Working to build up its digital media presence, Barnes & Noble has released a Nook Video app to both Google Play and its own range of Nook tablets. The new app, which is available today, gives customers access to thousands of movies and TV shows for either purchase or rental, which can then be watched on a variety of devices.

B&N is quick to point out that unlike some other services (we all know they mean Amazon), there's no annual subscription required to have access to their entire content catalog. The content is also flexible and can be either downloaded or streamed, whichever is more convenient for you.

The app is available from Google Play for Android phones and tablets, and will show up automatically on your Nook tablet when connected to Wifi. Smartly, B&N is also making iOS and Roku apps available the same day — having content available across multiple devices is the best way to go.

Source: Barnes & Noble

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8 months ago

Seidio Active Kickstand Case for the Galaxy Note 2

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A bit of that 'rugged' look with protection to match.

 

The Galaxy Note 2 is already and unapologetically large device, but if you don't mind making it just a touch larger you can pick up some serious protection and features with a new case. Today we're taking a look at the Seidio Active Kickstand case for the device, which gives a bit more ruggedness and better grip to the Galaxy Note 2, along with a kickstand to take advantage of that huge screen while out of the house.

Hang with us after the break where we give you a tour of the case and its features.

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8 months ago

Nexus 7 Sleeve review

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High quality, just the right amount of protection and a little Nexus flair

Google historically hasn't had the best track record with making a lineup of accessories available for their Nexus devices. Between the almost nonexistent Galaxy Nexus accessories and the horribly late Nexus 7 dock, there haven't been too many highlights. With the Nexus 4 Google stepped in the right direction offering a bumper, headphones, charging cables and a Qi wireless charger.

We now have our hands on the first official accessory in the era of the new Nexus 7, the aptly-named "Nexus 7 Sleeve", available directly from Google Play for $30. Original snafus about the absurd shipping prices aside, this still isn't a cheap case. After all, the Nexus 7 itself starts at just $229 so why spend so much on protection for it?

Well, we find that you get what you pay for.

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