The best accessories for your Samsung Droid Charge
So you've picked up your brand new Samsung Droid Charge, and surely protecting your investment is a top priority. The good news is that the hottest Samsung Droid Charge accessories are available right here, and we lay them all out for you to pick and choose what accessory options are best for your Samsung Droid Charge.
And rounding out the five most popular Samsung Droid Charge accessories, we have:
What you've got is a simple but durable skin that wraps around your phone. Or you slide the phone inside it. Your call. Regardless of how you get it in there, the case protects the shell of your phone from scratches or dings and helps improve your grip, which is good, seeing how the Droid Charge is a large device. It slips on and off fairly easily, but not so easy that it should come off without warning.
The skin case also sports an anti-dust coating, which is good for these rubberized types of skins. It has cutouts for the camera, microUSB port, lanyard holder, microphone and HDMI port. The volume rocker and power button are covered, but you can use them easily through the case.
It's the same plastic two-piece construction we're used to. And save for a tiny serial number and a couple of lines, it's a perfectly clear case. Same cutouts for the ports and buttons (and the kickstand).
Just like its colored counterparts, the crystal case gives you basic protection with minimal thickness. It'll keep the camera lens and touchscreen from touching when it's left face-up or face-down on a tablet.
Putting the case together, and removing it afterward, were simple procedures -- everything locks into place nicely.
Here's the deal: It's a two-part case that snaps together. It's plastic, but the feel of the plastic is nearly identical to the case of the Droid Incredible 2 itself. The inside is glossy, but the exterior is soft and smooth and is really makes you think you're carrying around a naked phone.
The are the usual cutouts for all the ports and camera lens, and the seam where the two halves of the case snap together are visible but are cut so well (at least in the unit we have) so that you don't really notice it. There's a notch in the left-hand bezel for removing the case, which can be done easily enough.
The short version is this: I've had this case on the Droid Incredible 2 for a few days now and completely forgot about it. That's as much because I got the black version (it also comes in blue and purple) and because the look (it's got the same plateaued back cover) and feel (see above) are almost exactly like the phone itself.
So you want a case that's sturdy, but doesn't feel like a hard case? The Case-Mate POP! for the HTC ThunderBolt is a good middle ground. It's molded out of a hard plastic for strength and rigidity, plus a soft rubber for a more friendly touch.
The bulk of the case -- which comes in black, pink or white -- is made of a glassy plastic, with the Case-Mate logo plenty visible. But on the sides are a textured rubber, which really softens the feel of the case and gives you good grip when you pick it up. There are cutouts for the antenna, camera and flashes, microphones, microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack, and the volume and power buttons are of the same rubber as the sides and interior of the case.
You've got a little extra thickness that helps protect the screen from touching when it's left face-down, and the camera lens is kept well clear of any flat surfaces, too.
It's not a minimal case -- you'll definitely know it's on there. But it's a nice middle ground between a skin case and something more rugged. It's a one-piece unit, so the ThunderBolt just slips in and out. But it's a snug fit, and the phone shouldn't be going anywhere once it's in.
I use my phone for everything so I made the choice early on to spring for the extended battery. The additional hours it’s given me are well worth the few ounces it adds to my Incredible. Unfortunately, this limits what cases I can use.
I’m not much of a case guy. I don’t want a plastic cover to show off my favorite team, and I don’t have some overwhelming desire to have a blue, white, or green phone. I use a case because I want to protect the device. The problem is that once you move out of the fitted case market, the cases become “one-size-fits-all” monstrosities that claim to fit everything from the Samsung Juke to the Galaxy Tab.
The Smartphone Experts Top Case for the Droid Incredible (among other phones) is a welcome change from that norm. Instead of trying to make a single case for everything, they focused on a specific form factor (in this case, 3.7inch screens) and gave it just enough give to accommodate the extra battery without adding a ton of unnecessary bulk. The case is available in two additional colors (red or tan) but I settled on the standard black since I planned on clipping it to my belt.
The case is made out of high quality leather that’s soft to the touch. With an extended battery, the fit is a little snug, but after a few days the sides loosen up enough so that you can easily pull your phone out when needed without becoming so loose that you’re phone will fall out of it whenever the top isn’t secured. The top flap is secured by using magnets, which give the front a smooth appearance.
The back clip is made out of metal, and whatever they used is strong enough to resist warping or bending. This also means that it’s magnetic, allowing you to secure the top flap to it if you prefer to have the top of the case open for easy access. When I wore the case, I never fell off my belt, and the clip is positioned in such a way so that the case sits low and won’t bite into your side if you sit down while wearing it.
If you’re looking for a new case for your Incredible, the Top Case is an excellent choice. The build quality is top notch, and the leather gives it a professional look. For those of you with the HTC extended battery, it gives a near perfect fit without becoming so large that someone might mistake it for a man-purse. The Smartphone Experts Top Case for HTC Droid Incredible is on sale right now for just $24.95, so be sure to check it out. More pictures after the break.
The Seidio Innocase Active X is a case for the Nexus S is built like a tank and perfect for protecting your phone while you're out and about. It's two-piece design really wraps your phone up well, and while it adds in a bit of bulkiness, it fits really well and doesn't take away from the unique styling that some of us really love about our Nexus S -- myself included.
The case consists of a flexible rubber polymer skin and a hard skeleton that holds the skin in place and protects each corner of your phone from bumps and falls. Preliminary testing using clumsy hands and parking lots or hardwood floors have been successful :)
It's easy to put on and take back off, and your ports and controls are just as easy to use as they would be without a case, with the USB connector and the headphone jack being cut-out in the rubber skin, and the skin itself designed to operate the power and volume switches via raised spots on the case. It works just fine.
Also available is the matching Seidio Active X holster, which holds your Nexus S face-in right on your belt or clipped to your pocket. It's easy to get the phone in and out of it, and the clip swivels (and locks into place) in six different angles to keep things comfortable.
A lot of Android phones pass through our hands here, but the Nexus S is my personal phone. I carry it daily, and highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a way to protect their Nexus S. You can grab the Seidio Innocase Active X case in the Android Central Store for $27.95, or as a bundle with the matching holster for $46.40. More pictures are after the break.
Now that everybody who's anybody has an HTC ThunderBolt (what, you don't have yours yet?) let's take a quick look at some of the best HTC ThunderBolt accessories, as determined by you, the buying public. First and foremost, to no one's surprise, is the massive HTC 2750mAh extended battery with extended battery door (seen above). Face it, the thing eats batteries for breakfast, and this ThunderBolt extended battery is the first thing most people are buying.
And rounding out the your five hottest HTC ThunderBolt accessories, we have:
If you're going to do any light traveling with your Motorola Xoom, check out the Belkin Grip Sleeve. It's more than just a basic sleeve. Along with the durable neoprene (think wetsuit), it's got a textured surface so you don't lose your grip while holding it. (Thus the name.)
The sleeve sports a dual-zipper closure, is lightweight, and you can wash it off with soap and water. The inside is plenty soft, and it's not going to scratch your Xoom. It's also loose enough to allow you to store a few papers inside, too.
Some of us don't need a big, bulky case that protects our phones from rough treatment, and prefer a slim case that keeps things from getting scratched and slips easily into a pocket or purse. The Case-Mate Barely There case for the Inspire 4G is that case.
It's a one-piece, very thin (hey, it's barely there!) hard, yet flexible and impact resistant shell that neatly covers the rear of your Inspire 4G or Desire HD. It's designed to leave all the ports and buttons on the top and bottom of the phone open, and the volume switch on the side is cut-out for easy use. It's simple to put on and take off, and is going to do a great job keeping the back of your phone from getting dings or scratches. While the case covers the back and corners, the included Case-Mate screen protector covers the big 4.3-inch piece of glass up front.
The Seidio Innocase II Surface for the HTC Thunderbolt will give you great protection for your phone, and doesn't hit your wallet too hard. It's two-piece sliding design is easy to put on and off, with a soft interior so you don't scratch your Thunderbolt while using it. The locking mechanism is nice and tight, and seems to be the improved version like we have seen for the HTC Inspire, so this one isn't going to come apart in your pocket. The case is made from a hard plastic material, and has a soft touch coating that feels very nice in your hand while using it.
All your ports and controls are easy to access, with precision cutouts that are well designed and large enough to use the buttons and ports without any trouble while the case is on. The corners and edges wrap around the front of the phone, and give enough of a lip to keep the screen off the surface of whatever its laying on. I'm especially liking the way the power button was cutout, as often hard cases leave you fumbling to hit the button -- not so this time around. There's even a cutout below the kickstand for the magic antenna button.
Possibly the nicest aspect of the Seidio Innocase Surface series is the matching Seidio Innocase Holster. It's hard plastic with a felt lined interior, and it's face-in design makes for a great way to carry your phone with no fear of bumps and scratches. The retaining clip is large and easy to operate, and while the phone is in the holster you still have access to the power button, volume rocker, and USB port. The swiveling belt clip offers a choice of carrying options, and the clips are easy to open while still having a strong grip.
We love getting guest writers for reviews -- it gives you guys the perspective of the user, whether they be a casual one, hardcore smartphone geek, or someone in-between. This time around Android Central forums adviser Runs with scissors gives his take on the Seidio Innocase Active X case on his Mesmerize. I won't spoil it for you, it's all after the break along with a few more pictures. Big thanks go out to ya, Runs with scissors!
If you need a sturdy hard-shell case for your HTC Thunderbolt, the Body Glove Snap-On Case might be just the ticket. It's a two-piece case, with a rubberized outer shell over a hard plastic protective case, that wraps around all four corners. You have the option of using the included belt clip, or switching out the removable knob for the flush insert for pocketability. The belt clip also doubles as a sturdy, adjustable vertical kickstand.
The case itself goes on easily, and once it is on you'll need a flat screwdriver or a coin to remove the interlocking pieces. Just place either in the slot on the lower right, and twist. This one's not coming apart on its own. Make no mistake -- this case adds in a bit of bulk, but it's providing a lot of protection, too. The case lip keeps the screen off the surface if it's laying face down, and is plenty thick enough to protect the camera lens cover when placed on its back. The cut-outs for the ports and controls are well placed, and they are all easy to use while the case is on, and ample space is provided for all the noise cancelling microphones. Of course, the kickstand is cut-out, too.
If you're looking for a sturdy case that gives the maximum protection from bumps and dings, and want or need a non-slip texture, you can grab the Body Glove Snap-On Case for the Thunderbolt for $27.95 from the Android Central store. Hit the break for more pics.
When it comes to extended batteries, there are a couple things I worry about. First and foremost is having more juice. That's a given, though. With the 2750mAh extended battery for the HTC ThunderBolt, you're getting nearly double the miliAmp/hours of the stock 1400mAh battery. So it's going to last longer. (Or in the case of the ThunderBolt on LTE, which sucks through a battery, you might actually get a day's use out of it.)
But the other thing -- and for a lot of us the only real concern -- is how the extended battery looks and feels on the phone.
First things first: It's bigger. Along with the battery, you get a new battery cover. And the cover has the same cutouts for the camera, dual flashes and 3.5mm as the standard battery. And it also has the same internal antenna connections, which is important, too. It's also made of the same soft-touch plastic as the stock battery cover and has the same HTC and 4G LTE markings.
As for the size, it's definitely larger, sticking out from the back of the ThunderBolt, whereas the stock battery and cover are flush. That's to be expected, of course. Funny thing is, it doesn't feel too bad in the hand. It's noticeably heavier -- about 1 ounce -- but, again, that's to be expected. But our fingers rest comfortably on the top lip. So despite the added size and weight, it's not horrible.
If you're looking for a simple, inexpensive case for your HTC ThunderBolt, the HTC Skin Case may be the way to go. It's a very basic rubber case and if you're used it on other phones, you'll be plenty familiar with it here.
It's a single piece of non-slip rubber that you fit the phone into. There are cutouts for the 3.5mm headphone jack, power button, camera, kickstand and microphone, so you don't lose any functionality there. It'll protect your phone from basic dings and scratches. And while there's no direct protection for the touchscreen, it will keep the screen from touching the surface when placed face-down.
Our only real ding on this case is its propensity for collecting dust and lint in a pocket, and that the case could be a little more snug. That said, it's easily removed, but doesn't feel like it could come off at any moment. And because it's rubber and you can remove it easily, you also can give it a light rinsing if need be.
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