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1 year ago

Smartphone cases, orange goo, a hammer and a blogger's good hand

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This is a smartphone case. A TPU smartphone case, to be exact. You've seen them before. We sell 'em at <insert shameless plug> ShopAndroid.com.

Tonight at CTIA in New Orleans, I spent a few minutes with Tech21, which makes cases like this out of orange goo.

What does that have to do with a rubber mallet, my knuckles and some old-school justice? Find out after the break.

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1 year ago

HTC EVO 4G LTE cases at CTIA

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"I'm just going to cover it with a case anyway." That's a sentence we've heard from more than a few of you in regards to the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE. Whether you really do think it's the most hideous device since the <insert really ugly device here> or if you're going to look for a case for the sake of protection <insert surprisingly rational reaction here>, cases certainly will be part of the EVO 4G LTE experience.

HTC had a few EVO 4G LTE cases under glass at its booth at CTIA in New Orleans. While we haven't yet gotten a chance to get our slippery fingers (blame the po boys) on them, from the looks of things we're looking at some slim shells, and that's a good thing. The other important feature is that the kickstand is allowed to do its thing.

We've got another couple pics after the break if you're looking for a little extra EVO 4G LTE case love.

More: EVO 4G LTE forums

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1 year ago

From the forums: Galaxy Nexus OEM Desktop Dock

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Patient British Galaxy Nexus owners have finally reached a once far away moment. OEM accessories for the device are starting to appear at retailers such as Clove Technology. One such patient Nexus owner is nhuth​ from the Android Central forums. The precious Desktop Dock has just shown up in the mail, and nhuth ​was good enough to share with us a couple of photos of the item along with a quick first impression.

I preordered the Galaxy Nexus desktop dock and vehicle dock from Clove.co.uk back in February and just received my desktop dock today. All that was in the box was the dock itself and quick-start guide. There are no cables included. The Galaxy Nexus fits in smoothly with a nice, quality feel. The pins work just as I would have hoped. Out back is a micro USB port and 3.5mm audio jack. Unlike the Nexus One dock, no bluetooth is included. So, there is no way to control your music with the phone out of the dock. The connection is solely through the three-pin connection.

Sounds like a bit of a mixed bag. A quality item, but functionality limited a little to what it might have been. Either way, we're glad to see these items are starting to appear in peoples hands. If anyone else has recently taken delivery of the same dock, let us know your own thoughts in the comments below. 

​Thanks nhuth!

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1 year ago

Galaxy Nexus case showdown - TPU vs. Silicone

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We know a lot of folks out there want a flexible "skin" case for their Galaxy Nexus. We also know that with so many available, it's often hard to figure out which one is the best. Luckily, you've got AC and Raul to help make the decision easier. Raul dives in and compares the Cruzerlite Androidified TPU case against the CaseMate Droid Creature case -- two very popular choices. 

Check out the video and see Raul's comparison. We don't want to spoil the ending, but you can buy the winner right here. Thanks, Raul!

Source and more discussion: Android Central forums 

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1 year ago

Samsung show off a whole range of Galaxy S III accessories

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Everyone likes accessories, right? At tonight's Unpacked event in London, Samsung unveiled a whole heap of official accessories for the Galaxy S III. From cases, to docks and even a "Pebble." 

So the Pebble isn't just a Pebble. It's basically an updated version of the old Pebble MP3 players Samsung used to sell. Covered in the "Hyperglaze" finish as with the phone, it's designed purely as an accessory to the Galaxy S III. It has 4GB of internal storage, and one use case is taking it out on a run to listen to your music, without the need to take your new, expensive Galaxy S III with you. 

Cases are cases, and it's hard to get excited about them. But we've got them nonetheless. There's a selection of hard shell and leather flip cases available to protect your shiny new Galaxy. 

There's a few different docks available too. As you would expect, there's an official Car Dock which is basically an official Samsung branded cradle. No contact less charging on the Galaxy S III. The desktop is also taken care of, with a Desktop Dock and a simple battery charging stand. 

Samsung are also offering up their own, branded HDTV adaptor which is pretty much a standard MHL adaptor. There's also a pretty cool sounding wireless charger, which didn't seem to be out on show. 

We've got a few shots of what was out on show for you after the break.

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1 year ago

Clingo Universal Hands-Free Mount [Accessory Review]

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1 year ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus accessories finally available in the UK

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It really seems like we've been waiting forever for UK stock of the Samsung OEM accessories for the Galaxy Nexus. After all, the phone itself arrived back in November, and it's taken more than five months for the accessories to arrive.

British online retailer Clove Technology is now stocking the official HDMI dock and the desktop dock for the Nexus. There's still no sign of the car dock, but the fact that anything at all is available is a positive development. Clove has also now received stock of the replacement battery and spare battery charger, as well as the Samsung branded MHL/HDMI adaptor. 

The HDMI dock will run you for £42 inc VAT and the desktop dock slightly more at £49.99. More details can be had at the source link below, but the advice is clear. If you've been waiting, and waiting, and waiting, now is the time. Have at it, folks. 

Source: Clove Technology

More: Samsung Galaxy Nexus OEM desktop dock review

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1 year ago

HTC One X case: Clear hard shell gets some forum love

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We know, we know. You folks are chomping at the bit -- especially here in the U.S. -- to get your hands on an HTC One X. (We've still got a couple weeks before it drops on AT&T here.) But for the moment, let's talk about the HTC One X case.

We've already given you a little preview of HTC's own slim case. (Actually, that's us calling it a "slim case." HTC didn't even have a name for it yet when we saw it last week.) It's a really thin plastic deal that snaps onto the phone, offering some pretty basic protection. We've seen two versions -- one with a series of circles, and another that kind of looks like window blinds. The idea was that HTC didn't want to break up the underlying look and feel of the device. But while the cases certainly are slim (and they do fit very nicely), the designs are a bit on the extreme side. We'll just have to see how popular they are when they're finally made available. (And, no, we don't know when that will be.)

And we've done a full-blown review of the HTC One X Hard Shell Case with a flip stand.

But now we're getting another look at a new case -- and one that definitely lets the design of the phone shine through. Chrisjcks has posted a series of pics in our HTC One X forums showing the phone in the official HTC clear hard shell case. No crazy designs this time, just some pretty basic protection that still lets the polycarbonate shell of the phone show through.  One piece of bad news is that it looks like the charging contacts are covered, which means you'll need to remove the case to use the phone in one of HTC's docks. (The crazy-designed cases we played with last week will actually work with the docks -- no removal required.)

Check out more pics and full rundown in our HTC One X forums!

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1 year ago

Review: Samsung Battery Charger Stand for Galaxy Note

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While digging around for accessories for my Samsung Galaxy Note I wasn't really looking for anything specific. I knew that I wanted to pick up a spare battery due to the fact that I always enjoy knowing I have a spare ready to go but other than that, I wasn't sure what I really wanted until I noticed the Samsung battery charger stand. One small product that actually has quite a few uses all things considered.

When you open the package and get it all unwrapped from the plastic that Samsung chose to wrap it in, the first thing you'll notice is that the stand itself is incredibly light, yet not light enough to say swipe off the side of your table without some force behind it. Basic stuff really, it's made of plastic while the bottom is made of rubber and has rubber soles at the bottom to avoid it sliding around on things that may be slippery.

It's also slim enough that when not using it as a stand for your device, you can close it up toss in your bag or purse and not really worry about it taking up too much space. Also included in the package is a standard microUSB wall charger for the port on the back or you could just simply use it as a spare charger for your device. In addition to that, you also get a standard 2500 mAh battery that sits nice and snug into the slot it was meant for.

 

As a stand, it works as it should. Simply pop up the door to the charger portion and just sit your device in there, be it portrait or landscape. Both will work just fine though landscape will require some adjustment of the plastic door to ensure that it holds your device up. The stand portion has a rubber liner in it so that it grips your device and prevents it from moving about, it passed my test which is to go ahead and bang my hands on my desk to see if it would tip or fall over with any sort of ease -- it didn't so that's a win.

Given its thin profile, it also looks great sitting there. Also, I found it pretty easy to navigate around with my Galaxy Note in the stand. I mention that because you know you're going to do it anyway, be it on your desk or beside your bed watching some Netflix or whatever -- you're going to want to touch it at some point and knowing it won't tip over is good.

Overall, for the $39.95 you'll pay for it in the ShopAndroid Store you're essentially killing off multiple accessory purchases. You're getting a spare charger, a spare battery, a spare battery charger and a stand. If you were to buy them all separate, you'd be paying out a bit more then $39.95 that's for sure.

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1 year ago

Nikon releasing wireless DSLR dongle, allowing control of your camera from your Android device

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Heading to market in late May, camera manufacturer Nikon are launching a wireless dongle that will enable control of your DSLR from your Android device. Quick wireless transfer of your photos is also on the menu, bringing a whole new world of quick photo sharing with it. Imagine, sharing high res, professionally shot photographs through Instagram, Facebook or Google+ without the pain of transferring between devices. 

The dongle will also open up your Android device as a live display and remote shutter for your camera. This sounds like a pretty useful feature, and seeing a company like Nikon embrace mobile technology is refreshing. Initially the dongle will only be compatible with the Nikon D3200, and will cost $60. 

Source: Nikon; via Droid-Life

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