No matter how you exercise, you'll want to protect your phone from the inevitable strain of being your workout companion
Whether you're going for a run or just heading to the gym for some weight lifting, most of us nowadays are bringing along a phone for music, video entertainment or workout guidance to help us get through the fitness routine. The last thing you want to worry about when you're out exercising is how your phone is going to stay safe and be easy to manage, though — a couple of problems that can be fixed by the proper use of a case. Whether you want an armband-style case for keeping the phone up and out of the way, or just a hefty option for saving your phone from inevitable drops and bumps, we have you covered here.
We've picked out a handful of great cases for some of the most popular Android phones out there today, and hopefully they can keep your phone safe the next time you head out to the gym. Read along with us and see our picks for the best phone cases to exercise with.
Samsung's controller accessory aims to turn your phone into a portable console
As smartphones become larger and ever more powerful, their gaming potential continues to increase, to the point where many high-end phones now match the graphical prowess of console titles from the previous generation. But while touchscreens are great for web browsing, apps games specifically designed around them, they're less ideal for traditional titles. There's something about playing a racing game, a shooter or a platformer on a touchscreen that just feels fuzzy and imprecise. Sometimes you just need an analog stick and some buttons.
As such, gaming accessories are big business, with the likes of Moga pushing portable controller accessories designed to fit your phone. Never one to turn down the chance to bolster its accessory lineup, Samsung recently entered the fray with its own gamepad accessory. The Samsung Gamepad — available now on ShopAndroid.com — has been a long time coming, first revealed in mid-2013 and having gone through some serious design changes since then.
Building on its strength in the Android smartphone space, Samsung's aiming to set its controller apart from the competition with a companion app, dubbed "S Console," to help gamers find compatible titles. So what's the end result? Join us after the break to find out.
After yesterday's announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S line-up, Belkin has followed with their own accessories for the tablet. Specifically, a set of folding flip covers that serve double protective and standing-up duties. The aptly-named "Tri-Fold Cover with Stand for Galaxy Tab S" comes in both 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch sizes, and purple or black flavors.
Logitech tonight has announced its own keyboard case — the Type-S keyboard — for the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S. It'll retail for $99. Like Samsung's own keyboard, it's Bluetooth-enabled and will fold around for different viewing angles, as well as back over the tablet to keep it protected when not in use.
Using technology to try and improve your fitness is becoming more and more common these days. There are a variety of devices available, however one of the lower cost and simpler to use options is a fitness tracker. These trackers are coming from a variety of well known companies such as Jawbone, Nike, Garmin and even Samsung. They are also coming from some newer companies such as Misfit Wearables.
But while wearables, and fitness trackers in particular, may be somewhat of a new trend -- there is one company that seems to have a slight edge in terms of name recognition. That company is Fitbit, and despite this all being a new trend, they have already been around for more than a few years.
If you're heading to Google I/O 2014 later this month, you need this app. It has the schedule, it has a map of where everything will be, it lets you build your own schedule, see what people are talking about on Google+ (naturally), and even watch videos from previous I/O events. Google I/O 2014 is even good for those that won't be heading to San Francisco, with the option to set things up for your remote viewing of presentations.
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HTC's Dot View Case for the One M8 is a pretty nifty piece of gear that adds a little flair to your phone will also protecting it on all sides. While ShopAndroid has carried the case in both Imperial Blue and Baton Rouge colors up until now, those who have been waiting for the Warm Black and Orange Popsicle versions now have those color options as well.
No matter the color choice, you'll find ShopAndroid offering up the HTC One Dot View Case for just $44.95.
LG has today announced the availability of its QCircle SDK, through which developers can tailor their apps to work with the QuickCircle flip case that was announced along with the LG G3. And as it prepares to host a developer event in San Francisco, the company has also announced new SDKs for a handful of other LG G3 features.
A mere $50 gets you a good Bluetooth music streaming device from Motorola
This, folks, is the Moto Stream. It's a Bluetooth device that kicks music from your phone into a proper set of speakers. And that's all it is. It's not the Nexus Q reborn. For one, it's much smaller. And while it's cute in that icosahedronic sort of way, it just doesn't have the same feel that the Nexus Q did. Yes, both flash lights at you, but the Motorola Stream does so in a more muted, understated way. Not in that same sort of "Take me to your leader" way.
What the Moto Stream is, we'll tell you, is about $250 cheaper than the Nexus Q — which by the way was never actually sold — and is available now from Motorola for $49.99.
If you want to take things seriously with protecting your Galaxy S5 from the elements, the Incipio DualPro Shine case may be the choice to go with. This durable two-piece case combines the protection and shock resistance of a rubber case with the hard outer shell of a plastic case, bringing the two together with some nice design to boot. This is the so-called Level 3 of 4 in terms of protection, according to Incipio, and once you toss this case onto your phone you'll know why.
While it takes some time to properly align the rubber and hard plastic pieces together, once you do your phone feels like it's built to take a beating. The added thickness and somewhat slippery hard plastic portion of the case make it slightly more difficult to handle the phone, but this is going to be the case with any high-protection case. The best part about this two-piece solution is that the rubber inside can protrude out, giving you some grip to work with around the exterior.
When it announced the Moto X a little less than a year ago, Motorola also brought forth a partnership with SOL Republic for accessories, and with that the DECK Bluetooth speaker that allows up to five people to serve as DJs through a "Heist" mode. Today we've got a new accessory — Moto Stream — which connects directly to your stereo and lets adds that same Heist functionality.
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