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2 years ago

Friday Freebie: Win a free Energizer inductive charging pad

Since we're talking about keeping your phones charged today, let's give away a pretty cool charging pad. Energizer's wireless inductive charging pad (read our full review here) lets you charge your phone without actually plugging in the phone. OK, you still have to plug in the charging pad, but you gotta get the juice from somewhere, right?

To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. Need to keep this one to the U.S. only (sorry!), and your phone will need to have an inductive charging cover to get it to work. Lots of rules, we know. But leave a comment, and we'll close up shop at 6 p.m. EST. Good luck!

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2 years ago

Bluetooth keyboard review: Logitech keyboard for Android 3.0 tablets

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With tablets being all the rage these days, Bluetooth keyboards are rising in popularity. It's not that the on-screen keyboards are bad (well, some are), but having physicals key adds a whole level of familiarity, plus you don't have to try and balance a tablet on your lap or something.

The Logitech Bluetooth keyboard for Android 3.0 tablets seems specifically targeted at the Android crowd, and it works really well.

Pairing is a cinch, using the connect button located on the back of the keyboard, and once you're paired up, you're good to go. Typing is a breeze on the keyboard and works without a hitch. Hit some keys, letters pop up on the screen. Everything Most of it works as it should.

The only problem with Logitech's Android-centric keyboard are the Android function keys. Logitech was wise enough to include search, home, menu, and back keys, but their intended functions are murky, at best.

I'm not sure if the unit I got is defective or if the keys just aren't mapped correctly, but while most of the keys did something, it was usually not what you wanted. Back acted like home, search acted like menu, so on and so forth. It was an irritating little niggle that was the only smudge on an otherwise great keyboard experience.

Another cool feature is the keyboard carrying case that protects the keys. For transport, it folds up and becomes a carrying case for the keyboard, but once you're ready to get typing, the case folds into a triangular stand (with a ridge!) to hold your tablet in position on a table or desk. It should also be noted that the Logitech keyboard doesn't come with rechargeable batteries and runs on four AAA's.

More pictures of the keyboard and stand can be found after the break.

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2 years ago

Case review: Seidio Surface case for the T-Mobile G2X and LG Optimus 2X

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We all want to keep our phone looking good, even when it's built as tough as the LG G2X (and it's European twin brother the LG Optimus 2X) is.  For many, that means a hard shell case like the Seidio Surface.  It's tough, easy to use, and looks great on your phone.

 

It's a two-piece design that slides together and latches, built from a tough yet flexible material that is about 1mm thick.  Putting it on and removing it is a piece of cake, just press down on the shorter of the two pieces where they meet, and the interlocking latch will open and the sides slide right off.  Once together, it's a solid fit and feels great while holding and using your phone, thanks to Seidio's soft touch coating.  It gives the plastic a premium feel, without the lint collection superpowers that come with rubberized cases.  It's also easy to wipe clean, just be sure to remove it first.

The case is also perfectly cut to allow access to all the controls, ports, and even the dual speaker openings on the bottom of the G2X.  The camera and flash are left open as well, so you won't be seeing any shadows on that excellent camera the G2X has, and it even keeps the lens cover off any surface if you lay the phone down on it's back.  The case also wraps around the front edge and corners, keeping that expensive beveled glass screen safe. 

And the Amethyst looks hot!  Check out some more pics after the break

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2 years ago

HTC EVO 3D case review: Seidio CONVERT Combo

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You are the toughest of Android users. You punch bears in the face, drink motor oil, and grind rocks to dust with a simple clench of your hand. You're the fiercest of the lot, but you need to make sure your phone is equally protected. For you, there is but one option: the Seidio CONVERT Combo for HTC EVO 3D.

 

An all-around, full-phone protection solution, we're looking at three separate parts that, when combined, form the Voltron of the cell phone case universe. On the farthest inner layer, there's a Seidio Innocase II Surface, keeping your phone wrapped up nice and snug. On top of that is a tight-fitting, dust-proof, rubberized skin, ensuring your phone can survive any tumbles and drops (probably from your bear-punching escapades). On top of that is a six-prong hard plastic skeleton, wrapping it's insect-like hooks around the whole thing, like the terrifyingly safe hug from an armored beetle.

You're also looking at total lens coverage, with a folding rubber flap that exposes the lenses for when you just need to have proof to show your friends. As a matter of fact, the only part of the phone not completely dust covered and wrapped up is the 2D/3D switch next to the shutter button. Aside from that, nothing is breaking into this fort.

There's also an included hip holster, because this whole operation adds a fair bit of bulk to the phone's otherwise svelte slimness. But you knew that, and for what you're doing, you're willing to sacrifice a little bit of pocket space to know your newest investment comes home as safe and sound each night as you do.

More pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 Accessories Roundup

The best accessories for your Motorola Droid 3

Now that you've picked up your new Motorola Droid 3 it's time to take a gander at some of the best Motorola Droid 3 accessories chosen by the staff here at Android Central as well as our loyal customers.  If you need help finding out which case, charger, or mount is right for your Motorola Droid 3, then this is where you'll find the answers.

Kicking things off we have the four most popular accessories for the Motorola Droid 3:


Check past the break for our full roundup on Motorola Droid 3 accessories.

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2 years ago

The Bugdroid meets the Dragon

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If you've yet to watch anything form the Authors@Google series, you're very much missing out. And a recent guest was George R.R. Martin, who penned "A Game of Thrones," the first book of the "A Song of Fire and Ice" series. Perhaps you've heard of it.

As if an hour-long sitdown with Martin isn't cool enough, check out the shirt the Googlers presented him with. It's an Android Dragon T-shirt. How awesome is that? You can get your own at the link below. But head on past the break and watch the interview, too. It's well worth it.

Source: Google BooksSearch blog; Buy: Android Dragon T-shirt

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2 years ago

Logitech announces keyboard case for the Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Logitech this morning announced that it's teamed up with ZAGG and worked up a keyboard case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet. It's in the same vein as the keyboard case for the iPad 2 in that it's a keyboard that doubles as a protective case with a soft interior when the tablet's not in use. The exterior is made of aluminum.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will stand up in either portrait or landscape mode, connecting to the keyboard via Bluetooth. It's got shortcut buttons for common Honeycomb tasks, and the keyboard will charge via USB, so you don't have to worry about batteries.

No word yet on when the keyboard case will ship, but you can preorder one now for $99.

More: Logitech

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2 years ago

ThunderBolt case review: Seidio Active Extended Battery case

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Here's our second review of an HTC ThunderBolt cast that fits the phone with an extended battery. The Seidio Active Extended Case is a dual rubber-plastic design that features a custom-fit exoskeleton with a soft silicone interior for shock absorption.

 

The case itself is an interesting mix. It's sturdy -- almost rugged -- but it doesn't make your phone feel like a tank. The exoskeleton is stiff but has Seidio's signature rubber coating, so it retains a soft feel. It is, however, a bit of a lint magnet.

Fitting the ThunderBolt into the Active Extended case is a pretty simple thing. Slide the phone in, then work the case around it. You might have a bit of try with the final corner, but a little wiggling should get things in place. Removal is just as easy.

The case doesn't cover the phone's display, and there's a cutout for the camera flashes. But it's thick enough that it'll keep the display and camera lens from touching a table or desk when left face-down. The volume rocker works just fine through the case, but the ThunderBolt's kickstand is rendered moot. To that end, the Active Extended case has its own kickstand. It's plastic, instead of the ThunderBolt's metal design, but it gets the job done.

We've got more pics after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge case review: Body Glove Snap-On

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Let's say you're looking for protection, but not quite that tank-like protection. Maybe one notch down, if we had to choose. Fortunately, there's something for everyone, and for you, we've got the Body Glove Snap-on for Samsung Droid Charge.

Boasting a two-piece, snap-on body design, the Body Glove Snap-On promises to be there for you (and your phone) when things get a little dicey. It's got a kind of hard Styrofoam feel to it, but it's definitely tougher than that.

The not-really-Styrofoam material is unbelievably light in your hand, which is great for those people who worry about their case adding lots of weight and bulk. It doesn't add much thickness to the handset, and it also leaves all of your ports uncovered, so no fumbling with gel skins here.

The inside of the back piece is covered in a soft, felt-like material (might be real felt, come to think of it), which keeps the back of your phone nice and cozy while it's wrapped up in the loving hug of protection. You've also got the speaker uncovered on the back and a slit on the bottom of the case to help you take the case apart, which isn't something we see too often.

Overall, it feels like a great case designed to meet the needs of the average consumer, but not quite the Chuck-Norris-punching-bear-in-face consumer. If you're looking to pick one up, you can find the Body Glove Snap-On for Samsung Droid Charge in the Android Central Store for $24.95.

More pictures can be found after the break.

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2 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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