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1 year ago

Moto X 'Skip' unlocking accessory now available for $20

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Unlock your phone via NFC with a tap on this wearable accessory.

Motorola has just put up an odd Moto X accessory for sale called the "Skip" which unlocks your Moto X when you take it out of your pocket. The "wearable accessory" clips onto your shirt or pants near where you keep your Moto X in your pocket, and unlocks the device via NFC when you swipe past it. Yup, that's all it does and Motorola is asking $20 for this accessory to boot.

A support document showing setup and troubleshooting information for the Skip indicates that it's simple to set up by tapping your Moto X to it once and following the settings prompts. But we're still unsure how this is any notable amount faster to unlock your phone than pulling it out and hitting the power button with your thumb. Presumably you'll have to hold the phone for some amount of time over the NFC antenna in the device to make sure it works.

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1 year ago

The Samsung Galaxy S4 extra battery kit

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Samsung's official kit gives you an extra battery, an external charger and a protective battery case

 

Removable batteries in smartphones are becoming less common, but Samsung still includes a removable juicer with each of its handsets, allowing a second one to be swapped in on a long day. And Samsung's official extra battery kit for the Galaxy S4 provides you with a second battery, along with a couple of extra things to help you manage the switchover.

Check past the break to take a closer look.

Buy: Samsung Galaxy S4 extra battery kit on ShopAndroid.com ($47.95)

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1 year ago

Save on microSD cards from Amazon today

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Amazon's got SanDisk storage cards as its Gold Box deal today, should your phone still support expandable storage. Here's the breakdown:

Thumb drives and SD cards are on sale as well.

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1 year ago

Nexus 7 Sleeve hits Google Play in US and Canada for $29

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Neoprene and microfiber protection for every model of Nexus 7.

Along with the announcement that the Nexus 7 is now available in Canada, Google has also put up the first official accessory for the device in the Play Store. The simply-named "Nexus 7 Sleeve" is a neoprene and microfiber zip-up case designed to protect your tablet. The styling seems to be pretty basic and is black on the outside with grey cloth on the inside, and has a second pouch on the outside for other cables and accessories.

The Play Store listing indicates that the Nexus 7 sleeve will work with both 2012 and 2013 editions of the tablet, which is nice. The sleeve is now on sale in the U.S. and Canada for $29.99 and indicates that it will ship in 1-2 business days, with some pretty expensive shipping options starting at $17.98. If this design isn't your thing, Google also sells a generic 7-inch tablet sleeve from its own store for less.

Let's hope this is just the beginning of official Nexus 7 accessories from Google this time around.

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1 year ago

Loewe's Speaker 2 go is a premium speaker for your Android devices

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Premium sound does come at a price, but Loewe's portable works with pretty much everything

If you're in the market for a new home/portable speaker system for your mobile device, and you want something a bit special, this is well worth a look. I first came across the Loewe Speaker 2 go at the IFA Global Press Conference in Italy where it was announced, and now it's available here in the UK I've had the time to play with it. The full review is up over on iMore, so I won't duplicate it here, but it's well worth highlighting a few key points. 

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1 year ago

Incipio DualPro Carbon Fiber case for HTC One

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Flashy carbon fiber design meets seriously tough device protection

 

Ranging from no case at all to heavy duty hard cases, some people's phones need more protection than others. The Incipio DualPro Carbon Fiber case for the HTC One is certainly pushing that higher boundary of hard cases, and it offers some serious coverage without hindering usability in the process.

It's a tough line to walk but we think Incipio has done it with this case. Read along after the break and learn a little more about the DualPro CF case for the HTC One.

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1 year ago

Review: The ZeroLemon Nexus 4 Juicer Removable Battery Case

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With great power comes great hideousness ...

How badly do you want to have a battery case — with a removable battery — for your Nexus 4? Or, let's ask it another way. How much ugly are you prepared to put in your pocket — assuming you have oversized pockets and they don't turn inside-out out of fright — to use a battery case (again, with a removable battery) for your Nexus 4?

The ZeroLemon Juicer is huge. And it's quite possibly the ugliest accessory we've ever seen for a smartphone.

But, yeah. It brings extra power to your Nexus 4. So what's it worth to ya?

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1 year ago

Nexus 7 FHD travel cover - it's cheap, and it's cheap

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Here's a quick look at the Nexus 7 FHD Travel Cover from ASUS — and, frankly, it's not really worth more than a quick look. What you've got is a very basic "light but durable polymer" in a folio style that gives the tablet some basic protection while allowing full access to the microphones, speakers and ports, along with the power and buttons.

This is a no-frills cover — it feels like soft-touch rubber, and the glossy ASUS logo on the back stands out nicely against the matte finish on the rest of the cover. It's plenty easy to slip the tablet inside — too easy, really. The fit leaves a bit to be desired. The front cover flips over with no resistance whatsoever, but there's no magnet to turn the display on when it's opened. 

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1 year ago

Goal Zero solar charger review

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Off the grid and your battery's in the red? No problem.

The summer’s not over yet! If you’re finally getting around to that camping trip you’ve been putting off the last couple of months, or have the last in a long string of outings to finish off the season, odds are you’re mindful of keeping your phone and tablet powered. Never mind  those guys that keep harassing you to put away the technology and enjoy the great outdoors; you’ve got an e-book to enjoy, music to listen to, pictures to take, and hikes to navigate.

To that end, I’ve been trying out the Goal Zero Nomad 13 solar charger and Sherpa 50 Power Pack. You can also get an optional inverter and cable pack to charge your laptop or other gadget - say, a mattress inflator. The solar panel is built extremely well, surrounded by a tough canvas material. A wide array of loops all over provide plenty of fastening options. I’m not a huge fan of the mesh backing used to contain the charging cables. If you’re outside, you want to keep that stuff good and dry. Also, the front is kept shut with a rather flimsy magnet. Velcro or some kind of mechanical latch would make me feel more confident.

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1 year ago

Best Buy finally looks to have Pebble smartwatch in decent numbers

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If you've given up hope on Pebble actually fulfilling your Kicksktarter reward, it's worth swinging by Best Buy's site today. The big-box retailer appears to actually have the smartwatch in stock — and indeed our order is already showing as having shipped. 

You can have any color you want, too, so long as it's black. And at this point, Best Buy may be your best bet. 

More: Pebble at Best Buy

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1 year ago

Incipio FIXIE Universal Tablet Stand review

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The Incipio FIXIE stand is one of the handiest accessories for the Nexus 7 that I've ever used

You've just found a review one of the handiest little gadgets for tablet owners ever made. The Incipio FIXIE Universal Tablet Stand takes a simple concept — something to hold your tablet so you can see the screen while it's on a table or desk — and fleshes it out so that it will work great for almost any situation.

It's universal, hence the universal bit in the name, and works for 7-inch and 10-inch (and any sizes in-between) tablets with or without a cover or folio case. You set your tablet in the rubber coated cradle arms at the bottom, and it faces you rather than point towards the ceiling like it does while laying flat. This makes it great for reading, watching a movie, or as a digital picture frame.

But the secret here is the adjustability of the whole works. The stand is a two piece design, with an aircraft aluminum build the uses a "cam" effect to hold the screen at several different viewing angles. Want your tablet to sit upright at a steep angle so you can read an article on the web or an e-book? It can do that. Want to lay your tablet back so it's at the perfect angle for typing out an email? Move things around and that's covered, too. The same goes for landscape viewing of movies, or just sitting with a nice slides show while charging or not in use.

I like to keep my tablet on my desk in case I need to play a game in the middle of the day do some work with it, and I've never really cared about how it was sitting there. But the past few days I've been trying the FIXIE stand, and I'm not going back. With the angle that suits me perfectly, it gives me yet another bit of screen real estate that I can keep my instant messages open in while using my computer monitors in full screen. The flexibility of the FIXIE stand means you'll probably find the right use for it, too. 

You can grab the Incipio FIXIE Universal Tablet Stand from ShopAndroid via the widget in the beginning of this post or by clicking on this link. Head past the break to see a slew of images of it in action and how it works.

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1 year ago

Urban Armor Gear Composite Hybrid Case for Samsung Galaxy S4

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Protect your Galaxy S4 and give it a bold look at the same time

 

The Samsung Galaxy S4 can get a little slippery. I'm not going to knock it for being made of polycarbonate, I get Samsung's reasons for doing it and they're good ones. But with no texture and humid east coast summers, a case is a must for this one. The phone is tough, and can withstand a fall as well or better than any other, but these things aren't cheap — protecting it with a case is a smart investment.

If you want a case that looks bold and tough, and actually is pretty darn tough, the Urban Armor Gear Composite Hybrid case for the Galaxy S4 might be what you're looking for. It's two-part construction, where a hard outer shell is mated with a soft impact resistant core, makes it easy to put on and use and will protect your S4 from the things life can dish out. And the styling will make it stand out in the crowd.  Read along after the break for a closer look.

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1 year ago

ZENS Wireless Single Charger review

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ZENS is taking Qi charging to the next level in style and function

 

I've been looking at Qi wireless chargers here lately, and every time the subject comes up someone wants to know more about the ZENS charger. We've all heard good things, and often enough that it was evident I needed to get one and have a look. I've used plenty of them, had some varying results, but I had never heard anything bad about the ZENS unit. At ShopAndroid.com, it has a solid five star rating after 26 reviews.

I think I understand why, after using one for a few days.

There's no secret, it's a Qi compatible coil housed in a casing that rests quietly on your desk or nightstand. As long as the Qi standard is followed faithfully (looking at you, first-run Nexus 4 and your weird issues in this area), setting a Qi compatible device on top of the coil should charge it. The Zens charger does just that, but someone put a little thought behind the rest of the unit.

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1 year ago

Review: Lloyd Flex Case for HTC One

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Show off your Lloyd loyalty with this light and simple case.

 

Most are in agreement that the HTC One is one of the best-looking and best-built phones out there, but sometimes you want a little protection from the elements. If you're going to cover up that beautiful aluminum shell with something, it might as well have our very own Lloyd stenciled on the back.

The Lloyd Flex Case is a light and durable TPU case that protects your HTC One without adding much bulk and looks darn cool doing it. Hang on after the break and see what it has to offer.

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1 year ago

Seidio SURFACE kickstand case for Nexus 4 review

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Protect your Nexus 4's fragile exterior and pick up some style points at the same time.

 

The Nexus 4's design has a lot of great features, but one of them isn't durability. With big plates of glass on both sides of the device and easily scuffed plastic around the sides, we wouldn't blame you one bit for wanting a case wrapped around it. Or like many of us, you may have gone without a case on your Nexus 4 at first, and now about 6 months in it has picked up some wear and is in need of a little facelift. 

Seidio makes many great cases, and it now offers what is called the SURFACE kickstand case for the Nexus 4, and it's designed to take a beating and add a little bit of functionality and style while it does it. Read along after the break for a closer look.

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