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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt case review: Seidio CONVERT Combo

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I hate making decisions. I'm one of those people that when given the choice between hard ice cream and soft-serve, I have a panic attack. I love all ice cream! How is someone supposed to make that choice? So whenever there's an opportunity for me to choose “both” instead of one or the other, I jump on it. No, this isn't an advertisement for Dairy Queen. This is a review of the Seidio CONVERT Combo for the HTC Thunderbolt. Why choose between hard and soft when you could have both?

Let's break it down, after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G case review: Trident Cyclops Series

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If you're looking to strike the perfect balance between full-phone protection and still maintaining a slim phone, the Trident Cyclops Series Cases for HTC EVO 4G are the way to go. You're still getting all of the dust and particle-covering rubber that you get from some other offerings (like the Seidio CONVERT Combo) but without the same bulk and heft that mandates it goes on a belt holster.

The Trident Cyclops Series actually comes in two parts: the hard, plastic shell that surrounds your phone, and the rubberized skin that goes around the outside edges of the shell. The rubber feels fine in hand, and that's where you're actually getting all of your dust rejection powers. The rubber skin covers all of the open ports on the phone as well as volume rocker and power button, ensuring nothing gets in.

One of the cooler features of this case is that it comes with a built-in screen protector, not unlike the Otterbox Defender line of cases. When the phone is in the case, you can't even tell there's a thin plastic screen separating you from your phone's screen, but if you're anal like me, you'll be spending a lot of time trying to make sure there's no dust on the phone and the screen protector before finally locking your EVO inside.

Best part? You don't lose access to your kickstand! That might sound silly, but I use my kickstand often, so getting to keep my phone massively protecting and getting to flip out my kickstand at a moment's notice is too sweet a deal for me. You can pick up the Trident Cyclops Series Cases for HTC EVO 4G in the Android Central Store for $32.95.

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3 years ago

Get your Vizio tablet screen protector at Walmart, while you wait for your Vizio tablet

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We already know that Walmart is going to be stocking the upcoming Vizio 8-inch tablet in their stores, but seeing accessories already on the shelf is always welcomed.  In this case, you can grab the Griffin screenkit (which appears to be a screen protector and a microfiber cloth) for the Vizio tablet and look lovingly at it while you're waiting for the tablet itself to turn up in the next aisle.  Of course if you're Blake Griffin, you probably have these on your own shelf, next to your own Vizio tablet.

via the Android Central app

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3 years ago

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

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Not everyone is interested in the biggest and bulkiest case designed for their phone. Some keep their phones in their pocket, some in their purse, and for these people, I suggest the Case-Mate Barely There Case for the HTC EVO 4G.

The case is a single, thin-yet-hard impact resistant shell that fully covers the backside of your EVO 4G, sans camera, flash, and speaker. It doesn't cover the top or the bottom of your phone, so your headphone jack, power button, USB port, and HDMI part all still uncovered, as is the volume rocker on the side of the phone. It literally just snaps around the phone and isn't very difficult to get off. For the front of the screen, Case-Mate includes a screen protector that'll cover up your whopping display.

If you're after a case that'll protect the minimum essentials of your phone without adding the heft of other brands, the Case-Mate Barely There Case is for you. You can find it in the Android Central Store in black and pink for $17.95. More pics are after the break.

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic cases on the shelf at Meijer

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A tipster just sent us a few pictures of Motorola Droid Bionic cases sitting pretty on the shelves at Meijer.  According to our friend, these just got stocked today.  While this doesn't mean anything about a release (see the HTC Thunderbolt ), they sure look lonely sitting there empty.  Maybe Meijer knows something we don't, or maybe it's all wishful thinking.  Either way, nobody makes or stocks accessories for things that won't show up eventually.  We just have to be patient.  There's another pic after the break, check it out.

Thanks, John Trojan!

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3 years ago

Android Accessory Review: Body Glove Snap-On Case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab

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If you’re a Samsung Galaxy Tab owner (of the 7-inch variety -- the Tab, of course) who has been looking for a good case that’s doesn’t add a ton of bulk, the Body Glove Snap-On Case may be for you.

I’m often skeptical when it comes to snap-on cases because I’ve had experiences where they haven't been as durable as the alternatives, snapping apart in the first couple days of use. Thus far, however, this case has performed extremely well. It actually took a fair amount of prying to get it off, which is a good sign.

The hard shell feels very solid and comfortable in the hand, particularly when compared to some cases that are all plastic and feel a little "cheap."

I’ve also had experiences where some very nice cases were unusable because they covered up some of the ports or cameras; this case leaves everything open.

Since the case fits right around the Tab, it really doesn’t add that much bulk to it. It adds a bit of thickness that is actually welcomed by me because of the protective layering that it adds.

The only thing I miss from this case is the ability to prop it up when playing games or watching movies. I originally thought it was going to be a deal breaker for me but I have yet to switch back because of how unobtrusive this case is turning out to be.

If you're interested in the Body Glove Snap-On case, you can get one for $29.95 from the Android Central Store. More pictures of the case after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Accessory Review: Body Glove Case for the Motorola Droid 2

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Like many of you out there I have a love/hate relationship with cases on my device, I love the protection, but often times hate the feel. With a recent change of career I found myself looking for a nice rugged case that I could use with a belt clip, or without if I wanted, and while this may seem like a lot to look for in a case, I was able to find it all with the Body Glove Case for the Motorola Droid 2. Let's hit the break and take a deeper look at this case, along with some more pictures of the fit.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G case review: Seidio CONVERT Combo

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When I look at the Seidio CONVERT Combo for the HTC EVO 4G, I think it's definitely for the most rough-and-tumble of Android users out there. This is for the types who need to check their email while scaling a mountainside, the people who send a text while skydiving, or those prone to dropping their phones on the ground (a lot). Or not.

Let's check it out, after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid X2 Accessories Roundup

The best accessories for your Motorola Droid X2

It's that time again, folks.  The Motorola Droid X2 -- successor to the extremely popular Droid X is out for grabs from Big Red and that means that it's time to gear up your new dual-core beast with all the essentials that make the Motorola Droid X2 even more robust and user-friendly.  As always, here at Android Central we round up all of the most popular accessories for you- making your decision on what's best for you and your Motorola Droid X2 much more simple.

Starting out this edition of the Android Central Roundup we have the top four Motorola Droid X2 accessories:

We're just breaking the ice here folks. Head on past the break for our top choices.

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3 years ago

Flip case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Let's talk Galaxy Tab 10.1 cases. We're still not sure exactly what's going to be available at launch in a couple weeks, but Samsung's Gavin Kim gave us a sneak peek at a flip case he's using (on that very cool metallic gray Galaxy Tab no less).

It's a simple yet elegant case. Made of thin plastic, it snaps to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, completely protecting the Honeycomb tablet. It closes like a folio, snapping into place. And then you can turn the case back around on itself, turning it into a stand for the tablet for easier typing. Not exactly a new concept, but it looks simple enough. We've got a few more pics and video after the break.

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 case review: Mobi Products Crystal Case

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The Mobi Products Crystal Case for the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is a solid choice for any Incredible 2 or S owner who is looking to protect their phone yet keep the lightness that the device boasts.

I also know many people who like the look of their phones and are hesitant to put a case on it because they want to see the HTC emblem or the Google logo on the back. The crystal case is transparent so you’ll never run into this issue; it’ll protect the phone yet allow you to see it in its entirety.

It has slots for the cameras, ports, speaker and screen so you won’t have to worry about missing any features while your phone is in the case.

It is a simple snap-on case that has been very durable in the time I’ve been able to test it. It hasn't come apart or even come close to breaking off from the device.

The Mobi Products Crystal Case, is available for $12.95 from the Android Central Store. More pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

Nexus S Seidio Innocell 3500mAh extended battery

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Extended batteries and Android go together like peanut butter and jelly.  The phones are powerful and connected, and need the juice.  The Seidio Innocell 3500mAh battery for the Nexus S takes the simple idea of a larger battery to the extreme.  Checking in at more than double the standard 1440mAh battery for the Nexus S, it delivers when it comes to keeping you up and running longer.  If you're one who still talks a lot on the phone (yes, they really are phones!) you'll love it. 

Here at the homestead, we dropped the landline ages ago.  My Nexus S is my phone, 24/7.  Whether I'm doing important business with Pizza Hut, calling Mom and Dad to say hello, or talking to my kids, it's all done with my Nexus S.  Phone calls can destroy the battery on an Android phone, but since I got the Seidio Innocell, I don't even worry about checking the battery status.  I still charge my phone every night, but I'll bet I wouldn't have to. 

Until battery technology catches up with everything else, that's how it's going to be.  Android phones in particular, because they are so connected, tend to be hard on batteries, and we spend hours trying and discussing tricks to get more from their batteries.  The best trick of them all?  Get a big extended battery and stop worrying about it.  The Seidio Innocell  adds some girth to the profile (about 1 cm extra width), and comes with it's own battery cover -- one with Seidio's soft touch coated plastic.  All the cut-outs for camera, speaker and USB ports are there, and it doesn't feel bad in your hand at all.  The little bit of extra weight is no problem on a phone that many thought felt too light to start with.  One thing that needs mentioned, there is no NFC antenna in the extended battery cover.  You'll lose that functionality, if you had plans on ever using it.  Other than that, there's just not much here not to like. We've got a handful of pictures after the break, have a look. 

If you find yourself fighting with your Nexus S battery more often than you would like, you can grab the Seidio Innocell 3500mAh battery from the Android Central store for $64.95.

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3 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G Accessories Roundup

The most popular accessories for the Samsung Infuse 4G

 

The new Samsung Infuse 4G is finally in your hands, and you're looking for the best way to compliment your new Android smartphone- whether it's a case to protect it, a charger to keep it powered up, or even a car kit to make your Infuse 4G the perfect hands-free solution.  Here at Android Central we've provided you with a simple roundup of the most popular accessories for the Samsung Infuse 4G.

And rounding out the four most popular Samsung Infuse 4G accessories, we have:

And we're just getting started. Head on past the break for our top choices.

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3 years ago

About Android Open Accessories

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It's another of those cool things from Google I/O that nobody is talking about enough -- Android Open Accessories.  Still in its geek-stage of development, Open Accessories have the potential to change the way we use and interact with our smartphones and tablets.  But what exactly are they?

Think of it as a new way to use the USB port.  It's different from the USB host support we've seen hackers and modders build in the past, and Google itself supports in Android 3.1.  Open Accessories are designed to be used on any Android device (2.3.4 or higher), because the accessory acts as the USB host.  A developer will build some hardware (using something like the Microchip PIC24F you see on the left in the picture above -- they'll get smaller, that's a dev board) that can set up a handshake with any Android device.  Once the handshake is complete, the correct app starts, or if it's not installed, it's market page opens so it can be.  Très cool.  After that, control is passed to the application that will use the accessory and everything is up to the great minds that develop Android applications.

We saw the demo using the excer-cycle at Google I/O, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.  I can see all sorts of gadgetry being possible -- IR transmitters, portable medical diagnostic equipment, multi-meters, and so on.  The tools are in place, both the reference hardware as well as the Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK), and the people I talked to at Google I/O seem pretty darn excited.  Hopefully the idea takes off, any bugs and kinks get worked out, and we start to see some offerings using this new technology.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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3 years ago

Sonos for Android review

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I can remember, on at least two occasions, my father greeting me with a foot-long drill bit and a wild look in his eye. This would have been in the mid-1980s or so, and we were running speaker cable through walls, around beams, inside attics, from the laundry room across the house to the living room, and a couple points in between. Or maybe we were going through wallboard, insullation and the brick facade to put a couple speakers outside on the desk. Either way, it was dirty work, and very much not fun.

That was before the age of wireless. And that brings us to Sonos.

There are a million ways to run a music system in a house, and I've tried a good number of them. And Sonos has just about been the easiest, most enjoyable of them all. Android makes it even better, having recently released a controller application, turning any Android smartphone into a whole-house music remote control. Let's do the full review thing after the break, shall we?

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