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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt case review: Mobi Products Hard Shell

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Find the latest HTC ThunderBolt accessories

HTC ThunderBolt Mobi Products Hard Shell Case

I'm not sure what I like more about this Mobi Products Hard Shell Case for the HTC ThunderBolt -- this red color here is dark red. A mean, dark red. It's like someone took a sort of metallic red and painted over the blackest of blacks, and the blackness is threatening to return. If light's not hitting it directly, the edges of the case cast shadows that I could swear are moving.

So, yeah, I'm digging the color. (It also comes in black and purple.)

And then there's the fact that it's your standard Mobi Products hard shell case. It comes in two pieces that, separately, don't seem very substantial. But snap them together, and your phone's protected from dings and scratches. The case doesn't add much bulk to the phone, but it's just thick enough to keep the screen from touching a table if left face down. You've got cutouts for the ports and buttons, as well as the kickstand.

And, again, there's that awesome color.

The case comes apart easily enough if you need to take it off, but there's also no movement if you squeeze at the seams. Speaking of the seams, the point where the front of the case and the back come together -- that's about the only ding we'll give this case. We'd love to have the seams a tad more invisible. It's not a deal-breaker, just a fit-and-finish sort of thing.

You can get the Mobi Products Hard Shell Case for the HTC ThunderBolt for $12.95 from the Android Central Store in red, black or purple. Check out more pics after the break.

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3 years ago

Review: Seidio Innocase II Surface for the Samsung Fascinate

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The Samsung Fascinate is one sexy phone with a smooth yet slippery plastic surface. One wrong move and the next thing you know you're helplessly watching as it transitions from sexy to scratched. Enter the Seidio Innocase II Surface: a high-quality case designed to add moderate protection while retaining the Fascinate's sleek appearance.

Assembly is quick and easy. There are two interlocking pieces that slide snuggly into place. Each 1 mm piece is constructed from durable soft-touch plastic and lined with felt for additional protection during assembly and removal. The soft-touch plastic gives you the grip you're looking for and feels oh so good in the hands.

 

There are cutouts for the the volume and power buttons, mic, speaker, USB port, 3.5mm jack, lanyard, and camera. The bottom raises the camera lens and speaker away from flat surfaces. The raised speaker provides the additional benefit of improved audio quality. If you're like me and carry a spare battery, you'll be happy to know that a push and slide of the bottom piece allows for quick and easy removal.  Overall I was pleased with the quality and appearance of this minimalistic case. If you're looking for a nice mix of style and protection; you can't go wrong with the Seidio Innocase II Surface for the Fascinate.   

The Seidio Innocase II Surface for the Samsung Fascinate comes in five colors -- black, blue, burgundy, amethyst and pearl white -- and is available in the the Android Central Store for $27.95. We've got more pics after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab Case Review: Samsung Leather Easle

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 Galaxy Tab case 1

If you’re looking for a great case for your Tab that protects it, feels good in the hand and also allows for easier typing, consider the Leather Easle Case from Samsung.

I have been thoroughly impressed after using this case for a while. My first impressions of the case were good. It reminded me in look and size of the Nook cases that are all over Barnes and Noble stores. This was instantly a positive in my mind because many of those cases have been known for their robust look and feel.

The Tab fits snugly into the right side of the case with slits for the buttons that of course don’t block any portion of them.

One of the aspects that I really like about the Tab is the size. The 7-inch device fits snug in my jacket pocket, so I don’t want a case that increases the size too much that it wouldn’t fit. Good news Tab owners, the case, while adding a little size, doesn’t drastically change it. It still fits in my pocket without any trouble.

The case is designed to allow consumers to use their Tab horizontally without having to hold it up. This is especially important while typing or consuming media. It’s simple to do; just bring the Tab towards the left jacket of the case and you will have a sturdy stand.

One small yet quality feature in my opinion is the elastic band that is included. Located on the back, it’s nice to be able to stretch it across the front to keep the case in place.

Overall, the case is fantastic and I would highly recommend it. The leather is good quality and feels good in the hand. The look resembles a journal or a notebook, which I really like about it.

The Samsung Leather Easle Case can be bought from the Android Central Store for $29.95. Check out more pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

ThunderBolt, Inspire accessories show up at Best Buy ahead of launches

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Find the latest HTC ThunderBolt accessories

Thunderbolt/Inspire accessories

Hmmmmmm. Looks like Best Buy is getting its accessories ready for the HTC ThunderBolt and Inspire 4G. The latter will be on sale in a week, that much is official. As for the T-Bolt? That's still up in the air. We can't glean too much from this, except that you have to have cases ready by launch time. So it's coming -- we just don't know for sure when it's coming. Thanks, J!

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3 years ago

External battery review: 3GJuice Android Lunchbox (We've got 12 to give away!)

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3GJuice Android Lunchbox

We travel quite a bit, which means we're always looking for ways to keep our phones charged while on the go. And the folks at 3GJuice sent us a fun little charger to try out. It's called the Android Lunchbox, and it's a nifty little 1000mAh battery that can keep you going in a pinch.

First off, it's a tiny little thing, about 1.5-inches square, 5/8 of an inch thick, and weighs 1.5 ounces. So you can slip it in your pocket and not get goofy looks. The front of the battery has a mirror finish. When you're charging the Lunchbox, little red arrows tell you its progress, and they blink when it's all juiced up.

Then there's the shining feature. While most external batteries need to be charged using the old miniUSB plugs (not many phones use them anymore, so it's one more cable to carry), the Android Lunchbox charges with miniUSB and microUSB. Nice.

But wait, there's more. tucked inside a little rubber flap on the back are miniUSB and microUSB plugs for charging your devices. Handy, indeed, though don't try to charge two devices at once. And you'll need to remember that this only a 1000mAh battery -- most phones now have a 1500mAh battery (or thereabouts), so you're not going to get back to 100 percent from dead. But it's great for keeping topped off, or in an emergency. You can buy a 3GJuice Amazon Lunchbox on Amazon for $30.

We've got more pics of it in action after the break. And as a special treat, we've got a dozen of the Lunchboxes to give away! Head into the Android Central Forums to enter!

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3 years ago

HTC Evo 4G Case Review: Otterbox Defender

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Otterbox Defender for the HTC EVO 4G

You have a big, two-year investment in your HTC Evo 4G, and it makes perfect sense to protect it while you carry it day-to-day.  While some can get by with less protection, say from a silicon case or skin, others need serious armor for their phone.  Enter the Otterbox Defender series case for the HTC Evo 4G.

The Defender series case comes in three sections -- a tough polycarbonate shell (including a protective clear membrane for the screen), a thick silicon outer skin, and a face-in holster.  With everything assembled, the Evo 4G is ready for a duty belt, on an ALICE pack I.E.B., or a tool-belt.  It's also perfect for people who work in less stressful situations, but are a bit tough on their equipment. 

Even the screen is protected, and the touchscreen works better than expected under the clear shell.  The outer silicon layer wraps around all edges, and has well sealed rubber flaps over all ports and controls.  The only part of your Evo that isn't completely covered is the earpiece and the microphone, which has it's own deep tapered opening.  The trade-off of course is added thickness.  The Defender does add a good bit of bulk to an already large phone, but nothing unnecessary, and it's very tasteful in design.  If you need this level of protection for your expensive Evo 4G, you will understand and appreciate the way it is done here.  And of course, the Defender series case offers its own kickstand since it covers the original.

There are more pictures after the break, and the Otterbox Defender series case is available in the Android Central store for $47.95.

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3 years ago

Droid X Case review: Otterbox Commuter

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Droid X Otterbox Commuter Case

The Motorola Droid X is synonymous with awesome smartphone, and Otterbox is synonymous with awesome smartphone protection. And with the Otterbox Commuter Series case for the Droid X ... you see where this is going. It's one solid case for your Droid X.

The Commuter Series case actually comes in two parts. There's a rubber skin that wraps around your phone, and then a plastic shell you slide on top. You might be tempted to only use the rubber skin, but it's a little too loose to use alone.

Every part of the phone save for the touchscreen is protected by the case. The buttons are all covered by the rubber skin yet remain completely accessible. The 3.5mm headphone jack and HDMI and microUSB ports have little rubber flaps that fit inside for protection. It can take a little finagling to get everything in place just so.

The plastic shell covers the back, top and sides of the Droid X. You'll likely need to work on the HDMI-microUSB cover a little bit to get it to fit right. And once it's in place, you have one solid case. It's important to note that the Droid X's secondary microphones are completely uncovered, so their performance isn't attenuated. Same goes for the camera.

The Commuter Series case adds a little bit of thickness to the Droid X. But the phone is so thin to begin with (despite being tall and wide thanks to its 4.3-inch screen), it really doesn't bother us much. It's also just thick enough to keep the screen from touching when left face-down.

We've got more pics after the break. The Otterbox Commuter Series case for the Motorola Droid X is available in the Android Central Store for $24.95.

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3 years ago

MyTouch 4G case review: BodyGlove snap-on case

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myTouch 4G Body Glove snap-on case

The Body Glove Snap-on Case for the HTC myTouch 4G follows in the tradition of the other Body Glove snap-on cases. You've got a two-part hard case covered in a textured rubber. The two parts snap together, thus the name.

There are cutouts for the camera, camera button, volume rocker, power button and 3.5mm headphone jack, plus the microUSB port.

Putting the case on your phone is simple. You lay the phone in the larger, back half of the case, then snap on the front ring. It might take a little bit of tweaking, but once it's on, it's on. The inside of the case is lined in a soft felt as to not scratch the plastic.

The case comes with a rotatable belt-clip preinstalled, but you can swap it out with a little insert, giving the case a flat back. Fun fact: the belt clip folds out and turns the case into a handy tripod.

More pics are after the break. The Body Glove Snap-on Case for the myTouch 4G is available in the Android Central Store for $24.95.

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3 years ago

HTC Evo 4G Case Review: HTC Hard Shell Case

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HTC Hard Shell Case for the Evo 4G

The HTC Evo 4G and it's massive 4.3-inch screen make for a pretty big package, and unless you want to holster it, a thin, form fitting hard plastic case like the HTC Hard Shell Case is a great way to protect it without adding too much bulk.  The case is made from a textured hard plastic, and the matte finish helps maintain your grip even when your hands aren't completely dry.

Its two-piece slide-on design is easy to put on and take off, and there are cutouts for access to all the buttons and features that come with the Evo.  The cut-out on the bottom of the phone that allows access to the micro USB and HDMI ports is unique, and while the open-ended design may not be the best looking option, it allows the use of just about any USB or HDMI cable, even those with a thick jacket and wide plug.  All the cutouts are raised with tapered edges so buttons aren't likely to be pushed while riding in the pocket, and the case is just thick enough to keep the camera lens off the surface if you lay your Evo down on its back.  And of course there's full access to the kickstand.

Putting the case on and taking it off is easy, just place the red ( red for this one, the HTC Hard Shell Case is also available in gray and black) side on, then slide the black side over, lining up the interlocking tabs.  The case isn't going to slip apart on its own, but it doesn't take much force to unlock and slide the case off.  On the front, the case wraps around the sides of the phone and creates a raised lip to protect the screen when the phone is lying face down.

The HTC Hard Shell Case is a great way to protect your Evo without losing the slim profile, the cut-outs line up very well so the controls aren't awkward to use.  You can get it for $8.24 in the Android Central store, and there are more pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

Droid X case review: Seidio Spring-Clip Holster

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Droid X Seidio Spring Clip holster

Carrying around the Motorola Droid X in a holster is no small matter. Literally. The phone has a 4.3-inch screen. But the Seidio Spring-Clip Holster makes short work of it.

The holster itself is really simple. You slide the phone face-first into the holster from the bottom, then affix the clip at the top. The holster itself is made of a soft-touch plastic, and the inside is covered in felt to protect the screen. The holster actually doesn't add much bulk to the phone. You'll certainly know you're carrying it around, but it's not overly bulky.

Releasing the phone is as simple as lifting up on the spring clip. The clip doesn't lock into place, so you'll want to be a tad bit careful about accidentally knocking it against something. But at the same time, we're not worried about the spring giving way during normal everyday use.

There's a belt clip on the back of the holster. Its spring is pretty tight, too, so no worries about it falling off your hip. The belt clip can be rotated, too, for a custom fit. It's not removable (hey, it's a holster), but neither does it stick too far off your body.

We've got more pics after the break. The Seidio Spring-Clip Holster for the Motorola Droid X is available in the Android Central Store for $24.95.

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3 years ago

Accessory review: Seidio Innocell 3500mAh Extended Life Battery for HTC Evo 4G

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Seidio Innocell 3500 mAh extended life battery for HTC Evo 4G review.

The stock battery on the HTC EVO 4G leaves much to be desired, and many of us with an EVO 4G can't go a whole day on one charge.  The Seidio Innocell 3500mAh extended life battery just might be the solution.  Checking in at a massive 3500mAh (more than double the capacity of the stock battery), this extended life battery by Seidio met and exceeded my expectations right from the get-go, which is good, as it's priced at $64.95.

You'll never read a review about the HTC EVO 4G that doesn't mention its battery life.  It's a lot of phone, and it needs a lot of power.  I've been using this battery exclusively since I got it last week, and to say I'm impressed with its performance is an understatement.  Right from day one, I couldn't believe how well it was holding up.  I really want to break it down for you, so join me after the break for some pictures, additional thoughts, and most importantly -- benchmark results.

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab Case Review: Samsung Skin Case

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Skin Case

When you have a 7-inch tablet, you're likely not going to want a massive case. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Skin Case is a thin rubber option that will protect your tablet without making it feel like it's clad in armor.

The skin case is made of a premium silicone. It's smooth, but with grooves cut into it. Not so much for function, but for design.The rubber definitely helps you keep a better grip on the tab than if it's naked.

The case comes as a single piece. It's easiest to slip the Galaxy Tab into either the top or bottom, then stretch the opposite end around the front. And that's where we had our one real complaint -- it seemed a tad loose. Not so much that it'd slip off, but you'll need to keep an eye out for dust and dirt getting between the skin and the rear of the Tab.

Speaking of the back end, there are cutouts for the Tab's camera and flash -- as well as the dock connector, speakers, and 3.5mm headphone jack. The volume and power buttons are covered by the case but are still fully usable. So you don't lose that functionality when using this case (though some docks could possibly have issues). The skin case is thick enough to keep your Tab's screen from touching the table when left face-down.

All in all, you get a simple rubber case that will protect the back and sides your Galaxy Tab, and keep the screen from getting scratched if it's left face down. It's easy to slip on and off, and has a cool design with the grooves on the back. The Samsung Skin Case for the Galaxy Tab is available for $19.95 in the Android Central Store. More pics are after the break.

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3 years ago

Accessory review: Aaxa P1 Jr. Pico Projector [video]

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 Aaxa P1 Jr. Pico Projector

The Aaxa P1 Jr. Pico Projector is a small, portable projector designed to work with cameras and camcorders. However, having the right cables and adapters will allow the savvy Android phone user to display content directly from their phone onto the projector. I used my Droid Incredible A/V cable to demo the device and was left with a very positive opinion. The P1 Jr. is easy to set up and use and would get a lot of use from someone who likes to show off pictures and videos to others. 

The P1 Jr. has an A/V plug along with a composite video adapter, a micro USB plug with a full USB adapter, and a slot for an SD card for getting content from your device onto the wall. It has an internal batter which will last about 3 hours when fully charged and has a built-in speaker for audio. Aaxa ships a small tripod with each projector, so you don't need to worry about having your own. Because the projector is not specifically designed to work with Android devices it is not listed in the Android Central Store. However, you can find it from several online retailers for around $110, including Amazon. Jump past the break for a video walkthrough.

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible Case Review: Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo

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 Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo

The Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo is a case for the Droid Incredible that would be more accurately described as a tank than as a case. The case itself has three separate layers: the Seidio Innocase II case goes around your phone first and is then itself encapsulated inside a thick rubber lining and a rigid plastic skeleton shell. This by itself would be a case worthy of respect, but Seidio has gone even farther by including a set of screen protectors and a holster to keep the entire thing strapped to your belt or waist. 

The great thing about this case is that it can really be used as three separate cases. The Seidio Innocase II is a great thin case in its own right, and there is nothing preventing you from simply using it as your daily in-pocket case to keep the phone from getting scratches. Adding the rubber and stiff plastic layers creates a much more durable case, which would offer much better protection from drops. Using the holster makes sure your phone is within easy access on your hip and would be great for someone who needs quick and constant access to their phone. The screen in turned inward when held in the holster by a slide-locking clip, so you have no worries about your phone falling off the holster. Considering the versatility, this is a great buy for someone who may want a super rugged and durable case but is not sure they would want to carry their phone in it at all times.

Our very own Jerry Hildenbrand reviewed this very case for the Evo 4G and shot a great video showing you how to assemble this monster step-by-step. Check out his review for the video and check out more pictures of the Droid Incredible version past the break. The Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo for the Verizon Droid Incredible will run you $49.99 in the Android Central Store.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Bluetooth swivel dock review

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MyTouch 4G Bluetooth swivel dock

The myTouch 4G is T-Mobile's top-of-the-line Android phone, so it was a given that you would want a great media docking and charging station for it.  They delivered. True to its name, the dock swivels so you can use the device horizontally as well as vertically, and the Bluetooth connection when combined with the 3.5mm audio output from the dock itself make for the perfect desktop media center.

Usage is simple -- slide your myTouch 4G into the dock, making sure that the micro USB connector is aligned, plug the dock into a power supply via its own micro USB connector, and go.  The fit is good, and the non-slip surface on the inside of the recessed area makes sure that your myTouch 4G won't slip out.  It's also designed to be used with the standard USB to micro USB cable and connect to your computer, making for easy syncing and charging at the same time, and any audio accessories that use a 3.5 mm jack can be connected for great sound.

The dock itself is well built, with a weighted non-slip base, and comes in a glossy black finish that looks great as long as you keep your fingerprints off of it.  The swivel feature is actually pretty useful, as well.  I went into it figuring it was a gimmick, but being able to have your phone horizontal to watch video or surf the web, and vertical to use for calling and messaging is handy after all.  If you have a myTouch 4G, it's something you should have a look at, and to me is well worth the investment.  Hit the break for some more pictures.

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