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2 years ago

Motorola RAZR i gets priced from Clove in the UK

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Hot off the heels of todays Motorola RAZR i announcement in London, Clove Technology has already dropped us a line with prices and pre-order details. The device is expected in stock in the first week of October (as mentioned at today's presser) so if you fancy one you won't have long to wait.

The new Android Intel super powered smartphone will set you back £285 (£342 inc.VAT) SIM-free, which isn't cheap, but considering the hardware inside, isn't too bad.

Also be sure to check out our hands-on video and photo gallery.

Source: Clove

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2 years ago

Scosche's new Rhythm pulse monitor includes Android fitness app

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Scosche has launched this cool new pulse monitor called the Rhythm that relays workout information over Bluetooth to your phone so you can monitor intensity, set schedules, and check progress through an app. Though Scosche previously only supported iOS, their newest app is now on Android with all of the same good stuff. Scosche Rhythm also includes a lot of audio functions, including the ability to set a Power Song to help you get through the most grueling parts of your workout, control music tracks from the armband buttons, and recieve audio prompts to pace your progress. 

It's definitely a neat idea, and for those that are serious about fitness, I could see this app and the accessory getting plenty of usage. What are your favorite smartphone accessories to use during a workout? Any suggestions for stereo Bluetooth headphones?

If you're interested, the Scosche Rhythm armband is available over here for $99.99. You can check out a video of the new app below.

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2 years ago

LG shows off Pocket Photo mobile printer, claiming to be the smallest of its kind

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Does anyone truly still print digital photographs all that often? LG thinks so, and has just pulled the wraps off their new mobile printing solution, the Pocket Photo, which claims to be the smallest device of its kind. The printer itself sizes up at just 2.8- x 4.7- x 0.9-inches and images are transferred via a combination of NFC and an Android application. 

The app can also be used to apply filters, a la Instagram, and also add items such as text and QR codes to the images before printing them. The printer also comes with a selection of colored accents, including silver, pink and orange. Hitting the shops in Korea the Pocket Photo will be priced around $169, although there is no word as yet on any potential release outside Korea. Click on past the break for a demonstration video.

Source: LG (translated)

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2 years ago

PowerSkin unveils their NFC-enabled battery case for the Samsung Galaxy S3

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While some folks roam the world with their devices unprotected, there is countless others out there who prefer to not leave such things to chance. Personally, I don't use cases normally but every now and then something interesting comes along that brings some new added functionality to a plain jane case that makes me want to give it a go. Such is the situation with the new PowerSkin NFC-enabled battery case for the Samsung Galaxy S3. Aside from offering protection, it has a whole set of other features built right into it, most notably NFC:

  • On / off button located on the side gives users power on demand
  • 1500 mAh rechargeable battery extends talk time up to 2.83 hours (up to 97 hours standby)
  • NFC enabled for quick information sharing
  • Smart Power Management shuts off PowerSkin when phone is fully charged for zero loss of power
  • Included cable allows users to sync data while re-charging
  • LED battery lights display charging status
  • One-piece, soft-touch, silicone case slides on seamlessly and protects against shocks, drops and dust

Rather than taking your device out of the case to use NFC, it's right there for you and ready use. If you're looking to pick one up and give it a go, it'll set you back $80. However; for a limited time PowerSkin is offering a free portable speaker bonus until September 19th. You can hit the link below for more details or to purchase one directly.

More Info: PowerSkin

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2 years ago

EarPods for ear holes on Android

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How does Android work with Apple's new EarPods? We take the $29 pair for a spin

 

Apple now has EarPods. For your ear holes. And you know what? They're not half bad, especially considering they're only $29. Actually, they're pretty darn good.

But what about using them on Android devices? Will they curl up their cute little white cables and slink away, their cries of "Noooooooooooooooo!!!" echoing in the distance? Of course not. That'd be, well, crazy.

So how do they sound? And how well do they work? Keep on keepin' on for a few more thoughts.

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2 years ago

Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV player review

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Ever since CES 2012 we've been hearing that a Google TV push is coming. First at bat comes from Sony, with their NSZ-GS7 (add in a Blu-ray to get the NSZ-GS9) which features everything you love about Google TV combined with new hardware and Sony's touch in the application drawer. Checking in at $199 puts it at odds with plenty of other (and often cheaper) competition like a Roku, or even a cheap HTPC.

I was a big fan of the first generation of Google TV hardware, so I was excited to have a look how it works with newer, better spec'd units. Read on to see how it went.

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2 years ago

iPhone what? Let's all save 15 percent on our Android accessories today instead

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Don't over think it. We're tired of all the iPhone hype. So let's stir up a little Android love, shall we? The fine folks at ShopAndroid.com are taking 15 percent off your total order through midnight Friday. That's 15 percent off Android cases, headsets, wires, cables, shirts, batteries -- whatever we got, you're getting it for 15 percent off!

Just use coupon code ROUNDCORNERS (see what we did there?) when you check out. And be sure to check out the latest in LloydGear, and don't forget about our new international shipping options!

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2 years ago

10Terra Eco Friendly bamboo case for the Nexus 7

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We love our Nexus 7 tablets here at AC. We know that the 7-inch size means they are perfect for throwing in a gear bag, where they get all sorts of abuse (see Phil's poor Thunderbolt), so they need a good case to keep them from turning into a busted mess. The 10Terra Eco Friendly bamboo case fits the bill perfectly.

It's 100-percent natural bamboo, 100-percent made by hand. Bamboo is tough as nails, and looks beautiful. That translates perfectly into a case for your Nexus 7. Everything fits as intended, with generous and precise cut-outs for the speakers, controls, and ports. I mention it in the video (you'll find that after the break) but there is zero wiggle or play. Every cut is exactly where it needs to be.

Because bamboo is tough, it's also going to protect your tablet from getting dinged, and especially protect the fake leather-like soft back -- the same material that I have already gouged to hell and back on mine. The corners are reinforced, and everything but the screen is well protected.

To top it all off, the 10Terra case is a thing of beauty. Your Nexus 7 has that same classy look that bamboo gives to hardwood flooring, and it's going to stay looking good for a long time. I'm not a case guy, but I realize I need one on my Nexus 7, and this is the one I think I'll be buying for myself.

As of today, the 10Terra Eco Friendly case is a Kickstarter project. That means they need our help to get proper funding, which we can do by pre-ordering (or just tossing them a bone if you're low on funds at the moment). A pledge of $44 gets you a case for a Nexus 7 with free shipping in the US. See the link below for information about pledging and Kickstarter in general. Be sure to read through to see an image gallery and a hands-on with this one.

More: 10Terra; Kickstarter

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2 years ago

Jabra Stone2 Bluetooth headset review

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The Jabra Stone2 is a slick-looking Bluetooth headset with a portable, pebble-shaped charging dock. The Stone2 follows closely in the design footsteps of its predecessor, leaning towards a subtle, classy, and unique form factor. 

I was particularly happy with how volume control was handled through a touch-sensitive layer on the face of the headset itself; just glide your finger up or down in order to adjust. Volume on music doesn’t go very high, even with it cranked up all the way on the device, but call volume is excellent.

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2 years ago

Naztech N15 Mini Boom Speaker review

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The Naztech Mini Boom speaker is a compact, affordable external speaker that plugs into your device with a built-in 3.5 mm jack. The interesting thing about this little guy is that it doubles as a reasonably good stand-alone music player too, thanks to a microSD memory card slot, playback control keys, and a dedicated headphone jack. Of course, if you want to share the music, the Naztech N15 Mini Boom Speaker unscrews and opens slightly to allow sound to spread evenly in all directions.

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2 years ago

Spigen Ultra Flip Case for Samsung Galaxy S3 review

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Flip cases are becoming increasingly popular, as phone owners look for an easy way to protect both the front and back of their devices. Spigen's Ultra Flip Case is one of the latest to emerge for the Samsung Galaxy S3, offering a solution for S3 owners who want to protect their phone's back cover and screen without adding too much extra bulk.

The body of the case is similar to Spigen's Ultra Thin Air Series -- it's a similar shape, and constructed to protect vulnerable areas of the phone, with cut-outs for ports, buttons, speakers and the camera. The main difference with the Ultra Flip Case is its synthetic leather cover, which extends around the back of the case, protecting the screen fro, scratches and scrapes. On the inside of the cover there's a microfiber coating, designed minimize abrasions while the front cover is closed. Like the Ultra Thin Air Series, the case is a snug fit, and it's easy to securely snap the phone into place.

While Samsung offers its own official flip case ($28.95), this replaces the S3's battery door, meaning it's not quite as easy to fit and remove the case on-the-go -- and it also means the sides and back of the phone aren't protected. If you're looking for something that's easier to hot-swap, Spigen's case is a better bet. If that's not a concern, check out our review of the official flip case for more on that model.

All in all, if you're looking for something to protect the entire body of your Galaxy S3, both front and back, Spigen's Ultra Flip Case for Samsung Galaxy S3 is definitely worth a look. It's available for $34.99 from ShopAndroid.com, and comes in blue (shown in our photos) as well as white, green and yellow. We've got more images after the break.

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2 years ago

RIP CrackBerry Kevin's HTC One X ...

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Gorilla glass is tough, but it doesn't protect from stupid.

D'Oh!!! I decided to start the week on a healthy note and went for a jog this morning. I find the One X a little too big to jog with comfortably (whether in pocket or worn on arm), so I put it to use in another way... I start the clock app's stopwatch when I leave my house, and hit stop when I get back. Sounds pretty safe, right? 

Wrong. With my 5-miler finished, I panted my way back in the house. I picked up the phone. I hit stop on the stopwatch. But between my sweaty hands and post-run shaking, the phone fell out of my hand and landed screen side down onto the hardwood floor. Game over. Gorilla glass is tough, but it doesn't protect from stupid. :/

Lesson learned. Yet again. It's always safer to wrap your phone in a case. If you don't have one yet, click on over to ShopAndroid.com. Seriously. Be smarter than me. Protect your investment.

As for my stop on Android for the Mobile Nations World Tour, I'll take this as a sign that it's time to move on. I have a couple final posts in the hopper. We'll get those posted this week then it'll be time to move on and try out another mobile platform.

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2 years ago

Spigen Ultra Thin Air Series case for Samsung Galaxy S3 review

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Not every smartphone case has to be a heavy-duty, rubberized monster. Sometimes, you just want something slim and light to protect vulnerable areas of the phone, without adding too much extra bulk and weight. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S3, Spigen's Ultra Thin Air series of cases fits that bill.

Lightweight and constructed of polycarbonate, the Air Series case protects the edges and back of the Galaxy S3 without introducing too much additional heft. If you've used a Galaxy S3 for a few weeks, you'll know how susceptible the back can be to scratches and knocks, and a case like this will protect those plastic areas from damage. There are also cut-out areas for all the major ports and keys, so the case shouldn't get in the way of regular use. And a screen protector is included in the box too, if you're concerned about keeping the front of your phone pristine.

A larger, bulkier case may offer more protection against falls onto hard surfaces, so if you're accident-prone, that's worth bearing in mind. However, as a basic safety precaution, it's hard to beat a lightweight case like this. 

The Spigen Ultra Thin Air series is available from ShopAndroid.com for $19.99. We reviewed the satin silver version, but it's available in a wide range of colors, including black, white, pink and orange. We've got more photos after the break.

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2 years ago

Krusell Aspero Leather Pouch review - classy protection with easy ejection strap

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The Krusell XXL Aspero leather pouch is a simple, classy way to keep your phone protected from scratches.  Much like their Hector leather holster, it’s tight-fitting, lined with soft material, and has heavy stitching around the outside. It differs, however, by using an extendable velcro strap instead of a magnetic latch, and there aren’t any gaps along the side or bottom. That strap doubles as a subtle ejection mechanism; a slight tug on it pulls pulls your phone out just enough to get a grip and remove it completely. 

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2 years ago

Amzer Shellster ShellCase and Holster review

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The Shellster ShellCase by Amzer is an inexpensive but solid snap-on case and holster for the HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC EVO LTE, and Samsung Galaxy S 3. Both the case and the holster have steep, pronounced horizontal ridges that add a ton of grip, though the edge of the case is simple and smooth. The holster’s clip doubles as a kickstand and works great in both landscape and portrait orientation. Best of all, the combo is really affordable at $14.95. 

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