Hard-shell cases have become arguably the most popular solutions for protecting your smartphone. They offer decent protection from dents, dings and scratches while adding negligible heft and girth to your device. As the go-to choice, the market has become flooded with offerings from countless manufacturers, ranging from colorful and fashion-centric to the conservative and refined. Two great options for the Galaxy Nexus are from Mobi Products and Seidio. Both have great reputations for building quality products, but which of their basic hard-shell cases is the best solution to protect your Nexus?
The HTC One X is one phone that I hate to put in a case because I love the look and feel. But that's exactly why it needs to be protected.
HTC did an amazing job with the polycarbonate body on the HTC One X. It has a very Nokia Lumia-like texture to it ,and it looks and feels great. However, I need to also remember that this phone stores my life; it has all my contacts, calendar appointments, lots of apps and it wasn’t cheap.
The Google Nexus Q might be good enough for your garden-variety home media sharing for video, pictures, and music, but gamers will want to keep their eyes on a new Kickstarter project called Ouya. It aims to be an open Android-powered gaming console that retails for $99. One of the main goals is to provide a home platform that's free from the big-money competition and publisher pressures that plagues traditional console gaming and keeps hip indie devs away. Here's a spec rundown on the Ouya.
Tegra3 quad-core processor
8GB of internal flash storage
HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth LE 4.0
USB 2.0 (one)
Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
There's already a bunch of developer interest, including the guy behind Canabalt, the folks at Owlchemy Labs (Snuggle Truck and the upcoming Jack Lumber), Madfinger Games (Dead Trigger, Shadowgun, Samurai II), the devs behind Triple Town, and even Madden NFL 12 showed up on one screen, indicating EA is getting involved.
The one catch? All developers submitting their game has to provide at least some gameplay for free. That's awesome for end-users, even if that means that freemium upgrades, in-app purchases, and banner ads are likely to be found everywhere. Twitch.tv is also on board for streaming live sessions of StarCraft and other games, so we may very well see other non-gaming apps get involved.
Ouya's Kickstarter campaign is already well over half of the way to their $950,000 goal after launching just this morning, but there are still plenty of pre-orders available for backers. Ouya is expected to ship in March 2013, and backers will get their mitts on it before it hits stores.
Gamers, are you interested, or do you think there will be something just as cool (if not cooler) out by springtime next year? Will an open Android box be able to realistically compete with Xbox and PlayStation, or has Google TV already shown us just how well Android does on the big screen?
The Wacom Bamboo Stylus is one of your best options for handwriting and drawing on your Android phone or tablet. It also is a great alternative to your greasy fingers for day to day navigation around the device.
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, making that masterpiece in Draw Something 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.
Apps like Sketchbook Mobile, Note Everything and Handwrite will be used to judge the overall qualities of the stylus.
Here's a quick heads up for those of you who were eager to snag the Samsung Galaxy S III flip case and wanted to support your favorite Android site in the process. ShopAndroid.com now has the cool little case available in stock. As you'll recall from our first look at the case, it's a replacement battery door with a cover attached that wraps around the side, and then protects the phone's gorgeous 4.8-inch display. And because it's using a stock-style battery cover, it adds the bare minimum of thickness to the phone, and you can quickly flip the case open (thus the name) to get to the phone.
Folks have asked about access to the buttons and cameras. You'll have to flip open the case to get to the buttons and front-facing camera. The rear camera's as available as it is without the case, but you'll still have to flip it open to activate the shutter.
The Just Mobile AluPen is a unique design among other stylus pens. Designed to mimic an artist's pencil, it is, as expected, a great drawing and painting tool.
The difference is perceivable from a distance, as well as in the hand. The AluPen is about double the thickness of the typical capacitive stylus. It is slightly heavier than the Kuel H12 but actually feels a bit lighter than the Adonit Jot Pro.
The AluPen more closely resembles a thick artist’s sketch pencil – which certainly helps it in certain applications. The manufacturer’s web site actually refers to it as a “chunky penciled shape” stylus.
Read on for our full Just Mobile AluPen stylus review!
With a massive screen such as the one on the Samsung Galaxy Note, chances are it's going to be used to play some pretty sweet games. On-screen game controls still take something away from the gaming experience though, and while there are ways to use controllers, it's never the most elegant way of gaming.
One thing we can never accuse the Android community of, is a lack of creativity. What we see here is a bit of a homebrewed effort at creating a portable games console using a Galaxy Note, a PS3 controller, and some bits and pieces. The results are pretty impressive, and just goes to show what a bit of desire and creativity can do.
Clad in blacks and grays, the Nexus 7 itself may be an unassuming beast, but it seems manufacturer ASUS is looking to spice things up a bit with its range of covers. The Nexus 7 maker teased a first look at its official accessories for the soon-to-be-released tablet on Twitter, showing some more colorful versions of the grey case that's listed -- though not yet available -- on Google Play. There's no info on pricing or availability just yet, but we're sure Nexus 7 early adopters will be looking to protect their investment with something like this following the tablet's release.
If you are looking for an upgrade to your Android headset, the Qmadix QI-7 Stereo headset will give you better sound and the ability to field your phone calls.
The reality is that most included headsets with Android phones are just OK; they are a step up from what some competitors include – but they are rarely “audiophile quality.” Enter the Qmadix Qi-7 stereo headset – read on to see if this is a worthy upgrade to what you are currently using.
The Plantronics Voyager Pro HD is one of the most sophisticated Bluetooth headsets around. A Bluetooth headset can do much more than just answer calls.
We’ve talked before that Bluetooth headsets, while once simply trendy, are now pretty much a necessity to those who drive to and from work. Actually, in many states, if you simply drive, you need a headset.
Ever since the Google Nexus Q was announced last week at the Google I/O developer conference, folks have been trying to rationalize (or pan) its $299 price tag. We've been using it for a week now and believe it's justified. But if you're still not convinced, you need to check out iFixit's teardown photos.
We couldn't care less about the reparability of the Q, but it's obvious that some serious design and manufacturing work went into this spherical streaming wonder. IFixit also points out that any number of components could have (and likely were) sourced from outside the United States, taking a little luster off the "Made in the USA" claim, but for a device as complicated as the Q, that never really should have been taken as more than a bit of marketing speak anyway.
Hit the link below for the full gallery. It's definitely worth a gander.
See this, looks pretty sweet doesn't it? Would look great rolling around the office, or even at home wouldn't it? Well, from September, and if you work at Google, you could be in luck.
This remote controlled, inflatable Android mascot is the work of Bladez Toys, and is awaiting the approval of the mighty Google. It will go on sale initially only to Google staff, as a kind of trial run to gage the items popularity before any possible release to joe public.
The unit sits at 65cm tall, will go forwards and backwards, and can spin through 360-degrees left or right. There's also the ability to control upto three at any one time. Your own personal, little Android army. Expected price is around £45/$70, but you know what, that doesn't matter. I'd love one of these to roll around my house, how about you guys?
Your New HTC One X or Evo 4G or Galaxy S III all have amazing audio features built in, yet the phones are bundled with terrible headphones or none at all.
Just like with a nice home stereo, usually the single biggest “upgrade” for the sound of your music is your speakers. For Android phones, that means the headphones. Because this is for your phone, you need an included microphone with a control to take calls and control your music. There are lots of options, but the NoiseHush NX80’s are worth a look.
NoiseHush makes all kinds of headsets, car kits, Bluetooth accessories and more. The NX80 is touted as a bass-driven headset with a noise-cancelling microphone for taking calls. While competitively priced, this is a crowded market – so let’s see if this is the headset to buy.
The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year (as in, tomorrow), so we're going to have some additional celebration savings on either end, for the ultimate Android accessories sale!
To save 15 percent on your orders, which includes all Android accessories -- cases, batteries, chargers, Bluetooth, everything! -- all you need to do is use coupon code j412 at checkout (note - software not included, not available in Canada store). Offer ends midnight PST on Thursday, July 5. That's all there is to it. Jump over to ShopAndroid at the link below and let the savings begin!
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