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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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