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2 years ago

Wacom Bamboo stylus review

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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.

Read on for our full Wacom Bamboo stylus review!

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2 years ago

New at ShopAndroid.com: The Galaxy S III flip case

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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.

Note that ShopAndroid.com currently has the blue model in stock. The white version will follow.

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2 years ago

Just Mobile AluPen review

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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!

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2 years ago

Ever thought of mounting your Samsung Galaxy Note to a PS3 controller?

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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. 

Source: Clove

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2 years ago

ASUS teases multicolored Nexus 7 covers

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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.

More: Nexus 7 review

Source: @ASUS

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2 years ago

Qmadix QI-7 Stereo headset review

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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.

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2 years ago

Plantronics Voyager Pro HD Bluetooth headset review

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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. 

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2 years ago

Nexus Q torn down - think it's worth $299 yet?

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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.

Source: iFixit Nexus Q teardown

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2 years ago

Remote controlled, inflatable Android going on sale in September, if you work at Google that is

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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? 

Source: Pocket-lint

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2 years ago

NoiseHush NX80 Stereo headset review

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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.

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2 years ago

July 4th Celebration Sale - Use Coupon j412 to Save 15% on ALL Android Accessories!

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!

Take me to ShopAndroid.com so I can take advantage of the savings!

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2 years ago

Motorola MOTOROKR S10 HD Bluetooth headset review

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With the Motorola MOTOROKR S10 HD Bluetooth headset, you can have all the advantages of Bluetooth connectivity in a true stereo headphone.

Most of the Bluetooth headsets I have tried and reviewed are headsets that go in one ear. If they do play music, it is in mono with so so quality.  Other Bluetooth devices are speakerphones that are also mono music players.

 

The Motorola MOTOROKR S10 HD is a true stereo headphone with built in Microphone that is connected via Bluetooth. The idea sounds great; let’s see about the actual implementation.

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2 years ago

Jabra Drive Bluetooth speakerphone review

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For those who don’t want a Bluetooth headset in their ear but still want or need to take calls in the car, the Jabra Drive speakerphone might be just the ticket.

 

As we have pointed out   before, Bluetooth hands free calling is required in many states – it is also the smartest way to use your Smartphone in the car. Headsets can be uncomfortable for some. If you are not worried about others in the car listening to your conversations, a Bluetooth speakerphone – like the Jabra Drive – might work well for you.  Read on for a full review.

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2 years ago

If you're at Google I/O, be on the look out for Lloyd!

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Today is the last day of the Take Lloyd on an adventure and win 1 of 4 Samsung Galaxy S IIIs Contest. If you're in attendance at Google I/O, we're going to make it super easy for you to get a photo of you and Lloyd so you can submit it for your chance to win.

A few members of the Mobile Nations crew will be walking around the main floor of Moscone today (just look for them in the shirts above) and they're loaded up with sweet free Lloyd gear they're giving away. They have Lloyd pins, stickers and even some t-shirts. Don't be shy. If you see a person walking around with Lloyd on a t-shirt, just stop him and say hi. We'll hook you up.  

And while the contest to win 1 of 4 Galaxy S IIIs ends today, we've got a lot of Lloyd gear with us, so you'll be able to find us tomorrow too (before the keynote, look for us in front of the Cafe doors near the I/O Gear booth). That's it. Lloyd ​FTW!

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2 years ago

Contest Winners: iBolt car docks and a Samsung Galaxy S III and accessories from Belkin!

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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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