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2 years ago

D3O Flex protective cover for the HTC One S [case review]

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Looking for a case that will help your HTC One S take all sorts of abuse, and manages to not look like a big black box around your phone? The D3O Flex protective case may be what you're looking for. At first glance is appears to be a standard TPU case (our model here has a trendy blue and white pattern, but there are other colors available), with precision cut outs for ports and camera, and those fancy blocks of vinyl over the buttons that allow to work them while covered. But the 3DO goes a step further with the secret orange goo that provides an extra layer of impact protection. They say it has "intelligent" molecules that flow freely until they lock together on impact and absorb the force. It sounds like some complicated science they're trying to put in layman's terms, but we know for sure the stuff works. And we know it's there between the rest of the layers because there's a tell-tale orange stripe inside the case. Technology is neat!

For the time when you're not trying to break your One S, the case is a pretty nice looking affair that really does keep everything well protected. The cutouts are very precise and allow easy access to the USB port, and stay out of the way of the camera and flash so you won't see any shadows or odd objects in your pictures. The button blocks are a little hard to push, but that's the situation with pretty much all TPU cases, so I'm not going to fault this one.

A lot of phones go through our hands, and a lot of cases do as well. I'm pretty impressed with this one, and preliminary tests of tossing my One S around the room seem to agree that it offers nice impact protection. Just don't go beating it with a mallet. To get one of your own, visit your local T-Mobile store or their website.  We've got a handful of pictures after the break.

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2 years ago

Seidio Surface case for the HTC One X review

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I do love the feel of the thin HTC One X in the hand. I also worry about how it would weather an unforeseen drop. 

 

Putting a case on your HTC One X is probably a worthwhile thing to do. A decent case costs way less than “insurance” on your new device and it can also make your phone stand out a bit from the crowd.

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2 years ago

Blueant Q2 Smart Bluetooth headset review

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Using a Bluetooth headset – especially when you drive – should be standard practice. Some headsets, like the Blueant Q2 offer some very sophisticated features.

Bluetooth headsets come in lots of shapes and sizes. Some are bare bones and some utilize cutting edge noise cancelation technology and respond to voice commands.

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2 years ago

Review: Incipio Feather Ultralight Hard Shell Case for the Samsung Galaxy Note

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I have a real problem when it comes to buying cases for my Samsung Galaxy Note. I know I'm not the only one but I have a bad habit of putting on cases then taking them off a week or so later. Then, I'll buy another and repeat the whole process over again. Sadly though, naked devices have no protection against the accidental bumps, drops, scratches, dings and whatever else you can imagine bad happening in the run of a day. Luckily, I have found Incipio Feather Ultralight Hard Shell that offers a fine balance between offering protection, keeping things light and not adding a ton of bulk. Interested? Jump below for the full look at it and see if it's a right fit your usage.

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2 years ago

Win a Samsung Galaxy S III and other great prizes from Belkin and Android Central!

Itching to get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S III when it's available? We know you are, and we want to help you get one, free! We're teaming up with Belkin this week to give away some fun prizes as well as a grand prize pack that includes a Samsung Galaxy S III! Keep reading for details.

Today through Thursday this week we are going to be giving away 3 sweet prize packs from Belkin that include a Samsung Galaxy S III case, a PowerPack 1000, and a screen protector. On Friday, we're going to choose a grand prize winner who will receive not only the prize pack listed above, but a brand new Samsung Galaxy S III, and a $25 Starbucks gift card as well!  To enter, head on over to the contest thread at the link below and leave a comment. You can enter once per day, and all entries from the week will count for the final drawing for the grand prize. Of course, you must be a registered member of Android Central to enter, so if you're not already a member, what are you waiting for? As a bonus, you can head over to Facebook, "Like" Belkin and Android Central, and post “Hoping to win a Samsung Galaxy S III courtesy of Belkin and Android Central!” on Belkin's page for an extra entry!

This time around the contest is only open to US residents. Also worth noting, the prize is just the phone, service is your responsibility. If you're international and wanting to enter to win a Samsung Galaxy S III, we still have our photo contest going on, so be sure to check that out if you haven't already. The winners will be announced Monday in our regularly scheduled contest winner post. Good luck!

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 flip case

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Here's a quick look at Samsung's devilishly simple flip case for the Galaxy S III. Some of you might remember this guy from the Galaxy Note as well, and the premise remains the same. You get a pretty slick way of protecting the phone's display while adding very little bulk to the device.

That's achieved by having the cover attached to a replacement battery door via a hinge made of the same material. The inside is suede-like, and the exterior of the cover is done in a textured sort of vinyl or plastic. It folds over the display and lays nearly flat (or, more likely, will lay nearly flat after a little more time in our pockets), covering the screen and the buttons below it. There's a cutout for the earpiece, so you can close the cover while on a call, which will save you from those unsightly oil slicks. (On the other hand, we're not sure what it'll do for the cover itself. Who wants to walk around with a yellow phone?)

The battery door part of the flip case is nearly identical to what came with your phone. If you've got a carrier-branded phone in the U.S., you'll lose that logo, though, and have Samsung's instead. (That'll be a feature for a number of you, we imagine.)

The whole thing adds just a tiny bit of thickness to the phone, which at 8.6 mm maybe could stand to eat a sammich anyway. We've got a slew of pics and some hands-on video after the break.

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2 years ago

Case-Mate Tough Case for HTC EVO 4G LTE

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The HTC EVO 4G LTE just set you back anywhere from $199 to $549; spending a small portion of that to protect it makes lots of “sense.”

The HTC EVO 4G LTE feels great in the hand. While it certainly seems well built and sturdy, I would not be very happy if I dropped this – either on the face of the device or on the back with the protruding camera lens.

A good case makes me feel better about the investment in the phone and it is good insurance against the unforeseen.

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2 years ago

Contest: Win 1 of 10 iBolt Car Docks for the EVO 4G LTE and HTC One X this week!

Got a shiny new HTC EVO 4G LTE or HTC One X and looking for a car dock to make travel more fun and efficient this summer? Look no further than the iBOLT Car Dock. (Like the one above with the HTC One X.) When driving, the Car Dock keeps your phone charged and in a secure and easy to view position. Signal for both cell phone reception and GPS are optimized when phone is placed inside the windshield area. Use with your preferred Bluetooth hands-free solution for a complete hands-free driving experience. The phone will will automatically switch to the Car Panel view when inserted, allowing quick access to Contacts, GPS Navigation, stored Music or any App. The Dock is designed to be compatible with most cases, simply remove the top insert. With an open back video can be recorded while driving.

Features include:

  • Charges HTC EVO 4G LTE or One X while docked
  • Adapter plates to fit a case or extended battery
  • Camera view open while mounted
  • Sturdy vehicle mount
  • Specifically for HTC EVO 4G LTE or One X
  • Vibration free
  • Micro-USB charging port
  • Charging cable NOT included

The iBOLT Car Dock is available from ShopAndroid for $39.95, but this week we have a special treat. Ten lucky Android Central readers will get to speed away with a free car dock from iBOLT and ShopAndroid! All you have to do to enter is head over to the contest thread at the link below and leave a comment. We're going to pick 2 winners from each day's entries so you can enter up to 5 times (once per week day this week). Please don't enter more than once per day. We'll announce the winners next Monday with the rest of the week's contest winners. Good luck!

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2 years ago

Vais Technology bringing major Android integration to car Toyota, Lexus stereos

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Vais Technology is a name synonymous with OEM car stereo integration. And coming this fall, it'll be bringing some major Android integration to the factory nav screen for Toyota and Lexus vehicles. As you see in the video above, you get a relatively traditional Android experience on what looks to be a pretty crisp display. 

Vais' unit is about 5 by 4 by 1 inches and connects to the back of the radio of Lexus models from 2006-12, and 2006-09 Toyotas. (Those year models are the ones with the compatible with the high-res screens, Vias tells us.) The whole deal will run about $600.

Any takers out there for what looks to be a pretty sweet Android ride?

More: Vais Technology; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Griffin stylus review

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The Grifin stylus  is a no-nonsense approach to a capacitive stylus.

The Griffin stylus is a no-nonsense, sort of bare bones stylus.  It does nothing in a spectacular fashion, yet is does everything “good enough” for most users. It feels like a short ballpoint pen, it has a nice pen clip and a spongy silicon tip.

Apps like Sketchbook Mobile, Note Everything and Handwrite will be used to judge the overall qualities of the stylus.

Read on for our full Griffin stylus review!

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