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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 flip case

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Here's a quick look at Samsung's devilishly simple flip case for the Galaxy S III. Some of you might remember this guy from the Galaxy Note as well, and the premise remains the same. You get a pretty slick way of protecting the phone's display while adding very little bulk to the device.

That's achieved by having the cover attached to a replacement battery door via a hinge made of the same material. The inside is suede-like, and the exterior of the cover is done in a textured sort of vinyl or plastic. It folds over the display and lays nearly flat (or, more likely, will lay nearly flat after a little more time in our pockets), covering the screen and the buttons below it. There's a cutout for the earpiece, so you can close the cover while on a call, which will save you from those unsightly oil slicks. (On the other hand, we're not sure what it'll do for the cover itself. Who wants to walk around with a yellow phone?)

The battery door part of the flip case is nearly identical to what came with your phone. If you've got a carrier-branded phone in the U.S., you'll lose that logo, though, and have Samsung's instead. (That'll be a feature for a number of you, we imagine.)

The whole thing adds just a tiny bit of thickness to the phone, which at 8.6 mm maybe could stand to eat a sammich anyway. We've got a slew of pics and some hands-on video after the break.

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2 years ago

Case-Mate Tough Case for HTC EVO 4G LTE

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The HTC EVO 4G LTE just set you back anywhere from $199 to $549; spending a small portion of that to protect it makes lots of “sense.”

The HTC EVO 4G LTE feels great in the hand. While it certainly seems well built and sturdy, I would not be very happy if I dropped this – either on the face of the device or on the back with the protruding camera lens.

A good case makes me feel better about the investment in the phone and it is good insurance against the unforeseen.

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2 years ago

Contest: Win 1 of 10 iBolt Car Docks for the EVO 4G LTE and HTC One X this week!

Got a shiny new HTC EVO 4G LTE or HTC One X and looking for a car dock to make travel more fun and efficient this summer? Look no further than the iBOLT Car Dock. (Like the one above with the HTC One X.) When driving, the Car Dock keeps your phone charged and in a secure and easy to view position. Signal for both cell phone reception and GPS are optimized when phone is placed inside the windshield area. Use with your preferred Bluetooth hands-free solution for a complete hands-free driving experience. The phone will will automatically switch to the Car Panel view when inserted, allowing quick access to Contacts, GPS Navigation, stored Music or any App. The Dock is designed to be compatible with most cases, simply remove the top insert. With an open back video can be recorded while driving.

Features include:

  • Charges HTC EVO 4G LTE or One X while docked
  • Adapter plates to fit a case or extended battery
  • Camera view open while mounted
  • Sturdy vehicle mount
  • Specifically for HTC EVO 4G LTE or One X
  • Vibration free
  • Micro-USB charging port
  • Charging cable NOT included

The iBOLT Car Dock is available from ShopAndroid for $39.95, but this week we have a special treat. Ten lucky Android Central readers will get to speed away with a free car dock from iBOLT and ShopAndroid! All you have to do to enter is head over to the contest thread at the link below and leave a comment. We're going to pick 2 winners from each day's entries so you can enter up to 5 times (once per week day this week). Please don't enter more than once per day. We'll announce the winners next Monday with the rest of the week's contest winners. Good luck!

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2 years ago

Vais Technology bringing major Android integration to car Toyota, Lexus stereos

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Vais Technology is a name synonymous with OEM car stereo integration. And coming this fall, it'll be bringing some major Android integration to the factory nav screen for Toyota and Lexus vehicles. As you see in the video above, you get a relatively traditional Android experience on what looks to be a pretty crisp display. 

Vais' unit is about 5 by 4 by 1 inches and connects to the back of the radio of Lexus models from 2006-12, and 2006-09 Toyotas. (Those year models are the ones with the compatible with the high-res screens, Vias tells us.) The whole deal will run about $600.

Any takers out there for what looks to be a pretty sweet Android ride?

More: Vais Technology; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Griffin stylus review

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The Grifin stylus  is a no-nonsense approach to a capacitive stylus.

The Griffin stylus is a no-nonsense, sort of bare bones stylus.  It does nothing in a spectacular fashion, yet is does everything “good enough” for most users. It feels like a short ballpoint pen, it has a nice pen clip and a spongy silicon tip.

Apps like Sketchbook Mobile, Note Everything and Handwrite will be used to judge the overall qualities of the stylus.

Read on for our full Griffin stylus review!

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2 years ago

Seidio Active case for HTC EVO 4G LTE review

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The HTC EVO 4G LTE just set you back anywhere from $199 to $549; spending a fraction of that to protect it is a must.

The HTC EVO 4G LTE is a beautiful device to hold in your hand. While it certainly seems sturdier than say that “other” device from Cupertino, I would not be very happy if I dropped this – either on the face of the device or on the back with the protruding camera lens.

A good case makes me feel better about the investment in the phone and it is good insurance against the unforeseen.

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2 years ago

Contest Winners: ShopAndroid Daily giveaways, Lookout party tickets, BlackBerry Premium Charger!

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to the winners!

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2 years ago

HTC Media Link HD review

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HTC makes sending high-definition content from your phone to the TV easier than ever

The prospect of magically sending content from your phone to your TV isn't new. The DLNA (or Digital Living Network Alliance) protocol has been around for some time now, though there's a decent chance you've never used it.  Of newer interest to us is Wifi Direct, in which two Wifi-enabled devices talk to each other directly, no router or access point necessary.

Then there's the HTC Media Link HD, which can connect as a peer-to-peer device or go through your home network. This is the second iteration of HTC's stream-to-the-TV solution. And as the name implies, it's bumped things up to high definition in a package about one-third of the size of one of its smartphones.

What kind of sorcery do we have here? Is it worth the $90 or so you'll have to shell out for it? Read on for our full HTC Media Link HD review.

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2 years ago

Maybe a matte EVO 4G LTE isn't that bad after all ...

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OK, maybe I was wrong. Me, the guy who from Day 1 stuck up for the EVO 4G LTE, saying that the plastic section above the kickstand -- the glossy, fingerprint-loving, mirror-finish plastic section that nearly caused wars on both coasts before the phone was ever released -- the section that nearly led apple to cancel its complaint with the International Trade Commission ("Let them have it!" Tim Cook reportedly never said) -- the section that ...

You get the point. Some folks hated it. Some didn't. 

Me? I never thought it was that bad. But check out what Android Forums member yocubed did to his EVO with $23, a few minutes of time and some Ghost Armor. Be gone, Glossy finish, and hello, marvelous matte! And it looks pretty damn good, even if it's not a perfect match. Hit the link below for more info on the mod.

More: Ghost Armor Matte Backing on the HTC EVO 4G LTE

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2 years ago

This Galaxy Nexus desktop dock is the perfect car dock

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What do you do if the official car dock for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus just isn't good enough for you? If you're like ItsDrew in our forums, you put the ol' noodle to good use and make things work. ItsDrew tells it pretty good, so here's his story:

I was really excited to see Google selling these accessories so I purchased two desktop docks and one vehicle dock. The desktop docks rock! The vehicle dock, however, was the worst dock experience I have ever had. It takes tremendous force using both hands to push the phone into the dock and twice the amount of force to get it out. Twice, my phone popped out so hard that it flew into my back seat. The Audio worked when I put it in the dock for the first time, but then never worked again after that. I sent it back to Google and didn't have to pay re-stock fee because the Audio was broken.

Now I simply use a Desktop dock in my truck, and it works perfectly.

Brilliant! Let it never be said that the folks in the Android Central forums aren't resourceful.

Anybody else have some accessory hackery they'd like to share?

Read: "I just returned the Galaxy Nexus Vehicle Dock - Fail!"

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2 years ago

Adonit Jot Pro stylus review

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The Adonit Jot Pro  is possibly the most unique stylus we have come across. If you are looking for a way to take notes and capture your handwriting on your Android phone or tablet - look no further.

The Adonit Jot Pro is unlike any other stylus on the market today. What makes the Jot Pro unique is that it uses a thin clear disk instead of a typical stylus nib on the end.

The clear disk rotates to provide an ideal writing angle –always giving you maximum contact on the screen.

The Jot Pro more closely resembles writing with a ballpoint pen than any other stylus. It takes some getting used to, but it is a unique and unparalleled experience.

Read on for our full Adonit Jot Pro stylus review!

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2 years ago

ZAGGsparq Contest Winners!

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to the winners!

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2 years ago

SGP Kuel H12 stylus review

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The SGP Kuel H12 is a great alternative to using your finger for everything from navigating and activating your icons to playing a game of Draw Something.

 

The beautiful screen on the new Android phones calls out to be touched. But maybe not by your fingers. We have all found, at one time or another, that touching the screen leaves fingerprints and grime on the screen. We have also found that our fingers are fat and clumsy when it comes to painting and writing.

So, we need something with a capacitive end or nib to touch the screen in a far more precise way to really take advantage of some of the newer apps. Enter the SGP Kuel H12 stylus. It's got the look and feel of a pen, minus all the messy ink. For this review, we're going to use apps like Sketchbook Mobile, Note Everything and Handwrite to judge the overall qualities of the stylus.

Read on for our full H12 stylus review!

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2 years ago

Accessory Tip: BlackBerry Premium Charger rapid-charges Android phones, too

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The Mobile Nations World Tour continues, and this time instead of asking Android Central readers for accessory advice I'm offering up a tried-and-true BlackBerry tip that also works for Android phone owners. Specifically, if you own an Android phone with a microUSB connection and are in the market for a spare charger, you may want to give the BlackBerry Premium Charger a try.

 

RIM released this charger last year with the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook, and to keep the juices flowing with the bigger battery they cranked up the charging rate to 1.8 amps (most phone chargers that ship in the box tend to be in the 750 mAh to 1 amp range). We quickly put it to the test on our BlackBerry Smartphones and found we could charge them almost twice as fast!

On Android Central Podcast 98 we found out that both AC's Jerry Hildenbrand and Chris Parsons have been using this same charger with their microUSB Android devices for a long time now with great success. If you're going to spend the money on a spare charger, you might as well invest in one that charges at a higher amperage rate. Not every phone will allow for rapid charging, but for the ones that do you'll be glad you have a charger that takes advantage of it (and no, you won't damage your phone even if it doesn't make use of the higher amperage). In the last two days I've already receiveda hand full of tweets and emails from Android Central podcast listeners who went out and bought the BlackBerry Premium Charger after listening to the show and they are loving it. Good stuff.

Win a Free Charger Courtesy of CrackBerry Kevin: The BlackBerry Premium Charger has a MSRP of $39.99 but you can get it for a lot less at ShopAndroid.com. But just to share some Mobile Nations World Tour love, I'm going to give a lucky Android Central member a chance to win one for free, on me. To enter, just leave a comment to this post and you're in. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PT. Good luck.

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2 years ago

Galaxy S III case review: official clear TPU case

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If you've just blown £500 or so on a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S III (or committed to a new 24-month contract to get a subsidized model), you'll want to do everything you can to prevent it from knocks and scrapes. One of the first cases to appear for the S III on the European launch day was the official clear TPU case, manufactured by Anymode. This is a basic flexible plastic shell that matches the curved design of the S III, and features raised areas along the sides to allow easy pressing of the power button and volume rocker. And you've also got cut-outs for the LED flash, camera, rear speaker, mics, headphone jack and microUSB port. The case extends around the edge of the device, covering the corners, which are most susceptible to damage from falls or sudden impacts.

Texture-wise, the case is typical of most TPU offerings -- it's flexible and a little plasticky, without awkward rubber-like feeling that characterizes some silicone cases. Its flexibility means it's easy enough to put on or remove from the phone, while the patterned area inside the case grips the back of the phone securely to avoid slippage.

As it's transparent, you won't be upsetting the aesthetics of the Galaxy S III too much. The extra thickness isn't all that noticeable during regular use, or when the two are pocketed. Our only design concern stems from the slightly rough edges of the case, likely caused by the molding process, though that's true of many cases of this kind.

The clear TPU case for the Samsung Galaxy S III is available for around £15 from retailers in the UK. We've got more photos after the break.

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