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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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 years ago

Jabra BT2080 Bluetooth headset review

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Using a Bluetooth headset – especially when you drive – should be standard practice. If you want the safety of hands free without breaking the bank, look at the Jabra BT2080.

More and more states are adopting laws that impose heavy fines for those who operate their phones while driving. While not getting caught and not having to pay a fine are certainly good motivators, the biggest one should be safety.  A distracted driver is a dangerous driver and a dangerous driver is someone we want to avoid – not someone we strive to become.

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3 years ago

Vizio announces its $99 Co-Star Google TV set-top box, with OnLive gaming included

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Vizio this morning announced its Google TV set-top box. Dubbed Co-Star Stream Player (Vizio really could have stopped at "Co-Star"), the $99 box has all the features we've come to know and love from Google TV. And as an added bonus, Vizio has thrown in OnLive gaming. A universal remote and Bluetooth keyboard around things out nicely.

Aside from all the usual services, we're still waiting to hear exactly what's powering this thing.

The Co-Star Stream Player will be available for preorder in July at Vizio's website, with free shipping for a limited time.

More: Co-Star specs

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3 years ago

Mobi Products Desktop Cradle for HTC One X [Accessory Review]

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Every good smartphone nowadays deserves to have a good docking solution available. It shouldn't be too hard to create either. As a functional item, they're pretty basic, but also incredibly useful at work, and at home.

 

The Mobi Products Desktop Cradle, is a third party charging dock for the HTC One X. As such, the charging contacts on the back aren't utilised, instead opting for a microUSB based charging solution. If you're the type of person that is forever docking and un-docking your One X throughout the day, this may not be for you. If, however, you go to work, and sit your phone besides your PC all day, then this could be for you.

As far as docks go, this one is pretty minimal in styling. The USB charging cable is fixed to the rear of the dock, and aside from the microUSB charger there is a simple blue LED on the top that indicates the dock is powered. This sits behind the phone too, so it isn't constantly catching your eye.

The One X sits really nicely in it too. It has the slightest of angles to it, so the phone isn't quite bolt upright, but isn't at an un-natural viewing angle either. All that is visible of the dock is the black front portion, everything else is hidden behind the phone. It works really nicely combined with a full screen clock application on the nightstand at home too. It sits at just the right angle for those blurry-eyed mornings when you roll over and just need to see the time.

Construction is solid, although bear in mind that as the phone is sat on a microUSB charger, if you knock the phone it is going to move about. The microUSB itself though is solidly fixed to the base of the charger.

So what about the not so good points? Well, if your One X is in a case, theres a higher than likely chance you're going to need to take that case off before docking your phone. 

And thats about that. If you're in the market for a reasonably priced, basic charging dock for your HTC One X, then definitely take a look at the Mobi Products Desktop Cradle.

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3 years ago

Double din car radio's can run Android too

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One of the best things about software being open-sourced is that it can be used in a variety of ways, and that is something we have definitely seen with Android. From appearing on devices, to smart style watches, kitchen appliances and now car radios, the possibilities are pretty endless. Double din car radios have become increasingly popular, and as of late we have seen them begin to run various applications like Pandora and others, but never really seen a whole operating system running on one.

Well, meet the Adayo AN6B01, a double din car radio that runs Android 2.2 as well. Featuring a 6.2-inch 800x480 resolution display, this unit packs a Cortex A8 1GHz processor as well to power the software, and also has access to Google Applications, so you will be able to access the market. Coming in at $650, justifying this purchase may take a little doing. This price is smack in the middle of most double dins, and while you may sacrifice a name brand you gain the Android portion. Pretty sweet unit for you Android and car fanatics, will you be picking one up?

Source: FlightInstrument

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3 years ago

Case-Mate Barely There Case for HTC One X/XL

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The HTC ONE X  is a beautifully designed phone. The polycarbonate body feels like it is tough – but I do worry about scratches and how it would weather a drop.

While it certainly seems well built and sturdy, I would not be very happy if  I dropped the HTC ONE X– either on the face of the device or on the back with the protruding camera.

A good case makes me feel better about the investment in the phone and it is good insurance against the unforeseen. However, these new HTC devices are pretty big and I don’t want to add to the size. The HTC One X is also incredibly thin and I wouldn’t want to compromise that feel either.

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