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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom accessory review: Belkin Grip Sleeve

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Belkin Grip Sleeve

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.

All in all, it's a simple way to protect and carry your Motorola Xoom. The Belkin Grip Sleeve is available now for $37.95 from the Android Central Store. We've got more pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G case review: Case-Mate Barely There

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Case-Mate Barely There case for the Inspire 4G

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.

If you're looking for a case that's slim and attractive, you should have a look at the Case-Mate Barely there case.  You can find it in the Android Central store, in black, pink, white, and mirrored silver for $17.95. 

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt case review: Seidio Innocase II Surface

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Seidio Innocase II Surface for the HTC Thunderbolt

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.

You can purchase the Seidio Innocase II Surface for the Thunderbolt in black, sapphire blue, burgundy, and amethyst for $27.95 from the Android Central store, as well as the matching Seidio Innocase Holster in black for $27.95.  More pictures follow, after the break.

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3 years ago

Seidio Innocase Active X for the Mesmerize and Fascinate case review

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Seisio Active X for the Mesmerize and Fascinate

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're interested in purchasing the Seidio Innocase Active X for the Samsung Mesmerize, or the Samsung Fascinate, you can find it in Black, Blue, Burgundy or Amethyst for $24.95 in the Android Central store. 

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3 years ago

Body Glove Snap-On Case for the HTC Thunderbolt review

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Body Glove Snap-On case for the HTC Thunderbolt

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.

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt 2750mAh extended battery

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HTC ThunderBolt extended battery

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.

We'll talk actual battery life once it's broken in and properly tested. But for a good look at how it'll fit on your ThunderBolt, hit the pictures after the break. You can snag the HTC ThunderBolt extended battery in the Android Central Store for $49.95.

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt Skin Case review

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HTC ThunderBolt Skin Case

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.

We've got more pictures after the break. You can get the HTC ThunderBolt Skin Case is available in black, gray, blue or raspberry for $9.95 in the Android Central Store.

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3 years ago

HTC Inspire case review: Seidio Innocase II Surface

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Seidio Innocase II surface on the HTC Inspire 4G

The Seidio Innocase II Surface for the HTC Inspire 4G is a great way to protect your HTC Inspire 4G or Desire HD.  Yes, this is one time when our friends across the pond have the same body and outer shell on their version of a phone as we do here in the states.  The case is made of Seidio's unique soft touch material that flexes when needed but is a sort of hard composite material.  I'm not sure exactly what material it's made of, but I know it's tough.  The case is very thin so it keeps the thin profile of the Inspire and adds very little bulk, but offers protection from bumps and dings.

The case cutouts line up very well with all the controls and ports, and wraps around the corners to give just enough of a lip so that the screen won't touch the table if you lay your phone face-down.  On the back, the case is just thick enough so that the camera lens cover won't get scratched.  The two-piece design is coated with a soft flocked material inside to keep your Inspire from getting scratched while putting it on. 

The locking "mechanism" on this one seems to have been improved compared to when I've used the same model case on other phones.  It's the same slide and lock system, but it seems stiffer, and almost difficult to remove.  This could be the shape of the Inspire itself at play, but whatever it is the Innocase II Surface isn't going to come apart in your pocket.  The only drawback I found is the cutout for the power button makes it a bit more difficult to turn the phone on and off, but the way the button itself sits far forward on the Inspire's body it's the only way it could have been done.  Seidio does provide a large area to place your finger, and it's probably a matter of getting used to things.

You can get the Seidio Innocase II Surface for the Inspire 4G for $27.95 from the Android Central store in amethyst, blue, black, or burgundy.

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt case review: Mobi Products Hard Shell

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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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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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