Being a heavy Droid Incredible user, I grew sick of the ever-dying stock 1300mAh battery from HTC. Some days, while using the stock battery, I would barely make it through lunchtime. Nothing is worse than trying to get through the day and to have that low life battery icon pop up. If you're looking for a battery to get you through the day, and don't want to sacrifice the slim design by buying the bulkier extended batteries -- this Seidio Innocell 1750mAh Extended Battery is for you.
Right away, the only difference you will notice in the design of the battery, is the black finish, and the 1750mAh branding. Otherwise, it's exactly the same size as the stock 1300mAh from HTC. Even though this battery carries a longer battery life, there is no difference in weight or thickness. There is absolutely no need for a new battery door or case -- this battery fits within HTC's original design. My only complaint in terms of aesthetics, is Seidio's choice of color. I wish they kept in line with HTC's firetruck red. But then again, when are you walking around with the battery exposed?
Jumping into the numbers -- the real meat of this review -- the 1750mAh battery will last the whole day through. On a daily basis, I was able to get a full 12 hours in before I found myself reaching for my power cable. In contrast, the stock 1300mAh battery would only last about five hours on moderate use.
For somebody like myself, who always is 3G connected, and has constant running sync services for Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook -- this battery is for you. Having the longer battery life, without having to choose a bulkier extended battery, is an option most welcomed. Head on over into the Android Central Store, and scoop the Seidio Innocell 1750mAh Extended Battery for $49.95. More photos after the break.
I had been resistant to put a case on my Nexus One because I could never find one that I was happy with. They were always either too bulky or felt too cheap.
Having said that, I have been very pleased with the Case-Mate Tough Case; it does not weigh the phone down at all and feels very robust to the touch.
The outer-layer of the case is an ABS plastic shell that has enhanced dust protection. The phone slips inside a smaller rubber skin that then fits inside the tougher case. All buttons and and ports can be accessed without hindrance.
The screen is not covered, but it is protected by the rugged outer layer of the case, so don’t worry if you leave it upside down.
The case also comes in four different colors: black, pink, green and blue, so everybody should be able to find something that fits their lifestyle.
If you're looking for a basic case for your Motorola Droid X, check out the Smartphone Experts Skin Case. It has a slim and sleek design that gives your Droid X a simple layer of protection without taking away from the design of the phone, or adding any bulk.
The case is made out of a durable and flexible rubber-like material with a special anti-dust coating. It provides a bit a grip, but not so much that it feels sticky. The phone slips inside, covering the entire rear, top, bottom and sides. Your Droid X's screen is uncovered, but the slight extra thickness of the case helps keep free of scratches when placed face-down.
There are cutouts for all of the Droid X's buttons and ports -- including the all-important noise-canceling microphone on top of the phone. And it looks good, too, with a diamond-argyle pattern, which makes the case -- and your phone -- stand out from all the rest.
I think we can admit that we're all just a bit jealous of Palm's Touchstone charging station. The act of simply plugging your phone into its charger doesn't pose any real challenge, and it's nothing new in the world of electronic devices. But there's no cool factor there, and fumbling around for your charger in the dark is no fun.
Perhaps that's what drove forum member d94 to sacrifice his warranty, time, and potentially his Epic 4G to bring us this impressive mod. In the nine pictures posted in his thread, it almost looks like an easy mod with minimal soldering and "Oh god I hope I don't break this" moments. Perhaps an easy task for the seasoned modder.
According to d94, not a single one of the Epic's basic functions had to be sacrificed for this mod either. The charging LED still behaves the same way, and when mounted in his car, GPS is fully functional.
Ever since I got my Motorola Droid the decision of whether or not to keep it in a case was one that I swayed back and forth on. Having tried several cases, none of them ever met all the needs and wants I had for a case, so most of them ended up getting removed to sit in a drawer in my room. Once I saw the Mobi Products Protector Case I was intrigued by the various different designs, and it looked as though it would protect the device well without adding any additional bulk. Curiousity got the best of me on this accessory again, so I gave it a go, so join me after the break to take a look at some more information as well as some pictures of the case in action.
You start by putting the phone in the back cover, and then snapping on the front bezel. It's a pretty sung fit, and you won't have to worry about it coming undone. The back cover is clad in a textured rubber, giving it great grip in the hand, or on a table or car dashboard. There are cutouts for all of the buttons, ports and microphone. And the case is thick enough so that the camera lens is well-protected if the phone is left face up.
The belt clip fits snugly and secures with a snap mechanism. You release it with a spring-loaded button on the bottom of the clip. If you want, you can remove the belt clip nub from the back cover of the case and replace it with a flat insert. That lets it ride much more comfortably in your pocket.
The Droid Incredible is a great phone, but what could make it even better? User-created accessories of course! The case you see above comes courtesy of Android Central Forums user benjamin_, who took a standard red battery door straight from Verizon and put carbon fiber pieces bought from the Internet all over it. Quite simply, this case is awesome -- and I want one. I really, really want one. [Android Central Forums]
Man, do these radius Atomic Bass earphones pack a punch! I consider myself an armchair audiophile -- I can tell the difference between what sounds good, and what doesn't sound good, but want the audio hardware to do the work without having to fiddle around with settings. We all know that most smartphones are lacking in the deep bass department, and Android phones are no exception. This can be helped a lot, with the right headphone design. The radius set has an impedance rating of 32 ohms, versus a standard set of earphones at 16 ohms. This allows lower power devices (like Android phones) to drive them easier, creating more sound at much less power loss. Then you factor in the angled design that seals well in any ear -- thanks to the three sets of different sized earcaps, and you simply get better sound.
They're also built pretty well. The earphone body is solid aluminum, the earcaps are very soft silicone, and the wiring is rubber coated right down to the gold plated plug. The U-shape wiring design is perfect for keeping your phone in your shirt pocket (remember when you used to do that Evo 4G and Droid X users?) or on your desk. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these to anyone. You can grab a set of radius Atomic Bass earphones in several colors, for $29.95 in the Android Central store. Full specs and a set of pictures of the set after the break.
Nexus One users are a peculiar lot. If you use one, you know what I mean. Sure, other, debateably better, Android phones have come and gone, but the N1 is hard to let go, and we're still in the market for great accessories like cases and cradles. Since my order for an OEM Nexus One desktop stand is on perpetual back-order, I decided to give the Mobi Products cradle and spare battery charger a shot. And I'm glad I did. See why, after the break.
I've just wrapped up a week with the HTC Skin Case for the Droid Incredible. The case is made of a flexible black rubber which wraps around the sides and back of the phone, but leaves the front uncovered save for a slight bump around the edges. The back features the love-it-or-hate-it "stepped" ridges that you would find on the back of the phone itself. Join me past the break for a closer look?
Bluetooth watches aren't exactly new, but Sony Ericsson's new LiveView accessory is, and it's looking to keep your phone in your pocket. The basic idea is that it connects to your phone via Bluetooth and then repeats information such as Facebook updates, music controls, calls, texts, RSS feeds, calendar reminders and so forth -- all on a 1.3-inch OLED display.
What's missing, you ask? We would love to have seen an integrated noise-canceling microphone, so that we could slip on a leather jacket, poof up our hair, summon our Pontiac Trans Am and fight crime at a moment's notice. A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. A young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.
But, alas, that dream will have to wait. Again.
The LiveView is compatible with Android 2.0 and up (and, says SE, the Xperia line, even though it's still stuck on Donut) and will be available in the fourth quarter. Check it out in action after the break. [Sony Ericsson]
Verizon's Shell/Holster Combo for the Droid Incredible packs a one-two punch of a minimalist case along with a waist holster, complete with clip. The case itself is black, but not the matte black you will find along the front of your Incredible. Rather, it is the same shade as the rear plastic cover on the DInc. It is held in place by a pair of gripping sides the run the length of the phone on either side. Check past the break for the rest of the review, along with tons of pictures.
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