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3 years ago

Accessory review: Xperia Play DK300 multimedia dock

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Desk clutter is always something to be avoided, and smartphone stands have long been a great way to stop expensive chunks of technology from getting getting in your way as you go about your business. Alongside the Xperia Play, the first PlayStation-certified smartphone, Sony Ericsson has launched the DK300 multimedia dock, which keeps your Play safely locked in place, while adding some interesting new functionality.

Physically, the DK300's glossy plastic shell matches the look of the Xperia Play. On the whole, it looks good, though like anything made out of shiny black plastic, it's a magnet for fingerprints, smudges and dust. The Xperia Play drops into the DK300 in landscape orientation, and its micro-USB and headphone jack ports lock it in place. Once the phone detects the DK300, it switches into "nightstand" mode, giving you a large clock and weather display, alongside links to the gallery, music and alarm apps, as well as the launcher.

Around the back of the dock, you'll find an additional micro-USB port and headphone jack, allowing you to easily hook up the Xperia Play to a charger, computer or external speakers. Thanks to the fact that the dock works in landscape orientation, you're free to play back video content as well as music, though gaming using the built-in gamepad is probably out of the question.

Our only real beef with the DK300 is its RRP, which is definitely a on the steep side at £29.99 (~$45). However, if you shop around you'll be able to pick one up for as little as £15 (~$23). If you do, you'll find it's a great way to extend the multimedia capability of your Xperia Play, while making charging a little easier and freeing up surface space.

Join us after the jump for more photos of the DK300 multimedia dock for Xperia Play.

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3 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge case review: Otterbox Commuter

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You like smartphones but you know you're a little rougher than the average bear. You're not quite Chuck Norris-esque, but you still need something to make you (and your phone) feel secure. For that, you can't go wrong with the Otterbox Commuter for Samsung Droid Charge.

The Commuter is Otterbox's standard two-piece affair: a rubberized skin that goes directly on the phone, and a hard shell that snaps on the back. As a result, you end up getting protection all over, and a bit more shock absorption on the back, but lose the grippiness of the rubber on the palm of your hand.

The rubber skin ends up covering up all of the normally open ports on your phone, as well as all of the buttons. The physical buttons Sammy included on the bottom also get the wrap treatment, but for fortunately, there's still cutouts for the microphone.

It definitely feels like a solid case, right in like with what we've come to expect from Otterbox, and without adding too much bulk. If you're dying to feel the actual buttons on your Charge, I'd definitely look elsewhere. For those wanting a bit extra protection without reducing their phone to a brick, the Otterbox Commuter is a fine choice.

The Otterbox Commuter for Samsung Droid Charge can be found in the Android Central Store for $32.95.

More pictures of this beauty can be seen after the break.

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3 years ago

Amazon outs Motorola Droid Bionic desktop dock, car dock [updated]

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Update 2: ... And Amazon's pulled the pages.

Might we be getting our best look at the Motorola Droid Bionic here, from Amazon? If a pair of product pages are to be believed, we most certainly are. And is that a chrome ring we see around the phone?

At the left is the desktop dock, which is billed as "A station with an extra sense. With ESP technology, you decide which apps and short cuts to keep on your home screen and the dock remembers." In addition to charging the phone, it's also got a 3.5mm audio jack for outputting music, or taking calls.

And on the right is the vehicle navigation dock with rapid vehicle charger. It's also said to have that same ESP technology, which really is just a fancy way for saying the phone knows when it's docked and will switch to car mode -- just like other docks.

No pricing or release listed on either, though you can sign up to be notified when they're available.

Source: Amazon (car dock, desktop dock); via Droid Bionic forums; Thanks, sfay93!

Update: Droid-Life spotted a nice rear shot of the desktop dock, showing three USB ports and an HDMI out port. Pic's after the break

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D Accessories Roundup

The hottest accessories for your HTC EVO 3D

 

The launch of the new HTC EVO 3D on Sprint has brought new light upon the Android community with the device's stunning 4.3-inch 3D qHD screen, ability to capture pictures and video in full 3D, and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor underneath the hood to compliment its 4G capabilities.

The EVO 3D is without-a-doubt a precious investment-- and going the extra mile in terms of accessories for your device is absolutely crucial.  If you aren't already familiar with the Accessories Roundups here at Android Central-- we list the most popular accessories for the HTC EVO 3D chosen by our loyal customers here at the store, as well as the most essential EVO 3D accessories that we here at Android Central feel will bring your Android experience to the level of convenience and safety that you should be at.

Interested in checking out more of what's in store for your EVO 3D smartphone? Check past the break for the complete 411 on accessories for the HTC EVO 3D.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D Video Dock available August 21st

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We let you know last month that the HTC EVO 3D dock was available for pre-order via Best Buy, but there was no official word on when exactly you'd be able to have it. We're hearing now that August 21 is the day you've been waiting for (assuming you're planning on picking one up) as the official "Video Dock" can be yours for $50 if you wish.  While you're at it you can grab the new Holster and Shield Combo for $25 that same day. And if you're itching to accessorize and don't want to wait a whole month, you can pick up some sweet phone covers from Sprint for $20 starting July 24.

Source: Sprintfeed

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D case review: Mobi Products Hard Shell

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You took the plunge. You're sporting Sprint's and HTC's latest and greatest, and now you need to protect your newfangled investment. Let me introduce you to the Mobi Products Hard Shell Case for HTC EVO 3D. It's thin and smooth, but without sacrificing protection.

The case comes in a two-piece, snap-on design, with front and back pieces. It's simple to click together the pieces and install, but once it's on your phone, it cuddles up nice and tight, not likely to come off in the event of a drop.

There are all the standard cutouts for the various ports on your EVO 3D, as well as a fitting hole for the phone's dual cameras. Despite the overall thinness of the case, there's just enough thickness added to keep your camera lenses from sticking out from the rest of the phone. You also get a few millimeters of thickness on the front of the case, ensuring your phone's touchscreen never makes contact with anything if it's set face down.

It also features that soft-touch plastic that's become all the rage these days, so it feels good in hand as well as slides in and out of pockets (and probably purses) easily.

The Mobi Products Hard Shell Case for HTC EVO 3D comes in black, blue, red, purple, and pink, and is available in the Android Central Store for $12.95. More pictures are after the break.

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3 years ago

ThunderBolt case review: Seidio Surface Extended

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So you've got an HTC ThunderBolt extended battery. Can't blame you there. Now you need a case that'll fit it. Enter the Seidio Surface Extended Battery Case for the HTC ThunderBolt. It's redesigned to fit the extended battery, but doesn't mask any of the phone's functionality.

Let's start without even putting the case on. The inside, where it touches the battery cover, is covered in felt, so you won't scratch the cover. You attach the case by starting on the side with the volume rocker, then snapping on the opposite edge. (You remove it in reverse.)

Once the case is on, the sides and rear of the ThunderBolt are completely covered. There are cutouts for the volume rocker, camera, flashes and microUSB port. The exterior of the case is done in soft-touch. It's got just a tad more of a plastic feel than the ThunderBolt's stock cover, but you might not even notice. The case covers the ThunderBolt's metal kickstand, but has its own plastic kickstand to replace it. It's not as elegant as what's on the phone, but it'll get the job done.

The case extends past the front of the phone just a millimeter or so, which should keep the glass from being scratched when left face-down.

The Seidio Surface Extended Battery Case for the HTC ThunderBolt fits the 2750mAh and 3200mAh extended batteries and is available in the Android Central Store for $27.95. We've got more pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

Accessory review: Seidio CONVERT Combo for Samsung Nexus S

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Tired of switching cases on your Nexus S (all models) anytime you need something extra rugged?  The Seidio CONVERT Combo case for the Nexus S is something you'll want to have a look at.  The first layer is the smooth and slim Seidio Surface, which offers a tasteful look and protection enough for everyday use, but combined with the top layer of rugged silicon skin and the plastic skeleton frame makes it perfect for outdoor activities or use on the job.  Top it off with the face-in belt holster and included screen protector, and you're ready for anything.

In either configuration you have access to all the ports and controls, and while the tough rubber skin is on everything is covered by a protective flap to seal out the dirt and dust.  These are easily opened for access to anything you would need to do, whether it be snapping a quick picture or using the microUSB port.  The headset jack has it's own cut-out, so the protective flap can be closed while you're jamming out or using a wired headset.

The included belt holster swivels and locks in place in seven different positions, so you're sure to find the one that feels just right.  It's also a great way to carry your Nexus S in the car while clamped to the sun visor.  The holding clip locks in place to keep it from opening when you don't want it to, but a quick flip of the latch allows you to open it easily.  No matter which flavor of Nexus S you're rocking, the Seidio CONVERT Combo case kit will give you just the amount of protection you need, and looks good while doing it.  Check out a slew of pictures after the jump, and grab it in the Android Central store for $47.95.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 Desktop Dock review

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What's the Droid 3 without accessories, right? Here's a quick look at the official Motorola Desktop Dock for the Droid 3, which offers up a stylish and simple way to present and use your Droid 3 on any flat surface, while providing HDMI and analog audio out, as well as charging it in the process.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with wireless charging for the HTC ThunderBolt with the Energizer Inductive Charging Pad

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If you've got an HTC ThunderBolt on Verizon, chances are you spend a lot of time charging the thing. I will never again be plugging in my ThunderBolt, however. Picked up Verizon's wireless charging battery cover for it recently and paired it up with an inductive charging pad -- it uses that newfangled Qi charging system -- and couldn't be happier.

Here's how it works: You pop the wireless charging cover onto the ThunderBolt. It looks nearly identical to the stock cover -- same soft-touch coating and HTC logo, though it is just a tad bigger. Not nearly as big as the ThunderBolt's extended battery, but you will notice a very slight bulge.

Then there's the Energizer Inductive Charging Pad. It's just as simple. Plug the AC adapter into the wall, then put the phone on top of it. It's that easy. But probably the best thing about it are the Qi logos, which help you properly position the phones for charging. You really don't have to think about it at all. And as an added bonus, there's a USB port on the back of the pad, so you can plug in a third device without taking up an extra wall plug. Nice.

We're using the ThunderBolt here, but Verizon has wireless charging backs for the Droid 3, Revolution and Droid Charge as well, and there are third-party backs for some other devices, too.

We've got video and a couple more pictures after the break.

More: Verizon; Energizer

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3 years ago

Harman hops on the Android Open Accessory Protocol train

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Harman International Industries -- the company behind such audio giants as Harman Kardon and JBL -- has announced it is supported the Android Open Accessory Protocol. That's the feature announced back at Google IO in May that will let you connect your Android 3.1 tablet and Android 2.3.4 smartphone to, well, anything.

The obvious play here is for car audio, and Harman specifically mentions its Aha Radio service. But also look for navigation and steering wheel control, as well as being able to share music and movies to passengers' seats as well.

No word on when we'll see AOAP-enabled dash units, but it's gonna be pretty sweet when we do. Check out the full press release after the break.

Source: Harman

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3 years ago

Sizzlin' Summer Android Accessories Roundup

Grab the hottest summer accessories for your Android smartphone and tablet

As things heat up this summer, it's important that you keep your Android device cooled down with these great summer accessories available here at Android Central.  As we break in to this brief summer edition of Accessories Roundup, we'll be covering the most popular waterproof cases and wireless solutions to accommodate your Android smartphone or tablet.

Whether your going to the beach for a family vacation, a weekend deep-sea fishing trip or even just simply jogging the trails at your favorite park-- you'll want to make sure that your Android device is safe and secure from moisture, heat and all other elements that are presented to us during the hottest season of the year. 

Ready to get this party started?  Head past the break for more information on sweet summer accessories for your Android.

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3 years ago

Android Accessory Review - Seidio Active Case for the EVO 3D [from the forums]

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Accessories are always an important part of owning any Android device, and keeping it protected while on the go is something that many of us look for as a must have. Usually, we are the ones doing the reviews, but this time forums member ATC Buckeye decided to take matters into their own hands and let us know their thoughts on the Seidio Active Case for their HTC EVO 3D, along with a bunch of pictures of the fit on the device. 

"This case solves one of the biggest problems with the EVO 3D. Without a case, the camera pod sticks out beyond the back of the phone, just asking to get scratched or cracked. Well, this case is the fix. It surrounds the camera pod and extends beyond it just a tad, so setting the phone down on its back doesn't cause the cameras to come in contact with anything. The cameras aren't actually covered, but the fact that they are now recessed is exactly what I was hoping for. As far as the rest of the phone goes, I'm confident this case will protect nicely against bumps, drops, etc, although I've done none of those things yet to actually test its shock protection abilities."

For the full review, along with the rest of the pictures be sure to hop in the forums and check out what ATC Buckeye has to say. If you have any accessories that you are using daily that you love and want others to know about, be sure to leave some words in our forums with your thoughts!

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3 years ago

LG Revolution Accessories Roundup

The best accessories for your LG Revolution

 

Verizon's LG Revolution packs a punch with its LTE capabilities as well as its stunning 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen for displaying media in a rich and crisp format.  However what we often overlook in terms of protection and stability for our device is the most crucial and can inevitably mean life or death for your LG Revolution.

The good news is that we've established a brief roundup of all of the most popular accessories for the LG Revolution based off of reviews from our customers here at Android Central as well as our loyal readers and expert team of Android enthusiasts.

Interested to see what all is in store for your LG Revolution smartphone? Check past the break for more of the good stuff.

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3 years ago

Droid 3 accessories leaked in inventory list

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While you're waiting for official word about the Motorola Droid 3, and tired of looking longingly at the Motorola Milestone 3, you can start thinking about what accessories you'll be picking up.  This leaked list from Verizon includes the inductive charging battery door, a 1930mAh extended battery, and a pair of docks -- one for multimedia and one for your car. 

Nothing we can do to hurry it to market, (July 13 anyone?) but it's nice to see that some accessories should be available, hopefully on day one.

Source: Droid-Life

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