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2 years ago

Accessory review: Seidio CONVERT Combo for Samsung Nexus S

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Tired of switching cases on your Nexus S (all models) anytime you need something extra rugged?  The Seidio CONVERT Combo case for the Nexus S is something you'll want to have a look at.  The first layer is the smooth and slim Seidio Surface, which offers a tasteful look and protection enough for everyday use, but combined with the top layer of rugged silicon skin and the plastic skeleton frame makes it perfect for outdoor activities or use on the job.  Top it off with the face-in belt holster and included screen protector, and you're ready for anything.

In either configuration you have access to all the ports and controls, and while the tough rubber skin is on everything is covered by a protective flap to seal out the dirt and dust.  These are easily opened for access to anything you would need to do, whether it be snapping a quick picture or using the microUSB port.  The headset jack has it's own cut-out, so the protective flap can be closed while you're jamming out or using a wired headset.

The included belt holster swivels and locks in place in seven different positions, so you're sure to find the one that feels just right.  It's also a great way to carry your Nexus S in the car while clamped to the sun visor.  The holding clip locks in place to keep it from opening when you don't want it to, but a quick flip of the latch allows you to open it easily.  No matter which flavor of Nexus S you're rocking, the Seidio CONVERT Combo case kit will give you just the amount of protection you need, and looks good while doing it.  Check out a slew of pictures after the jump, and grab it in the Android Central store for $47.95.

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 Desktop Dock review

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What's the Droid 3 without accessories, right? Here's a quick look at the official Motorola Desktop Dock for the Droid 3, which offers up a stylish and simple way to present and use your Droid 3 on any flat surface, while providing HDMI and analog audio out, as well as charging it in the process.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with wireless charging for the HTC ThunderBolt with the Energizer Inductive Charging Pad

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If you've got an HTC ThunderBolt on Verizon, chances are you spend a lot of time charging the thing. I will never again be plugging in my ThunderBolt, however. Picked up Verizon's wireless charging battery cover for it recently and paired it up with an inductive charging pad -- it uses that newfangled Qi charging system -- and couldn't be happier.

Here's how it works: You pop the wireless charging cover onto the ThunderBolt. It looks nearly identical to the stock cover -- same soft-touch coating and HTC logo, though it is just a tad bigger. Not nearly as big as the ThunderBolt's extended battery, but you will notice a very slight bulge.

Then there's the Energizer Inductive Charging Pad. It's just as simple. Plug the AC adapter into the wall, then put the phone on top of it. It's that easy. But probably the best thing about it are the Qi logos, which help you properly position the phones for charging. You really don't have to think about it at all. And as an added bonus, there's a USB port on the back of the pad, so you can plug in a third device without taking up an extra wall plug. Nice.

We're using the ThunderBolt here, but Verizon has wireless charging backs for the Droid 3, Revolution and Droid Charge as well, and there are third-party backs for some other devices, too.

We've got video and a couple more pictures after the break.

More: Verizon; Energizer

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2 years ago

Harman hops on the Android Open Accessory Protocol train

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Harman International Industries -- the company behind such audio giants as Harman Kardon and JBL -- has announced it is supported the Android Open Accessory Protocol. That's the feature announced back at Google IO in May that will let you connect your Android 3.1 tablet and Android 2.3.4 smartphone to, well, anything.

The obvious play here is for car audio, and Harman specifically mentions its Aha Radio service. But also look for navigation and steering wheel control, as well as being able to share music and movies to passengers' seats as well.

No word on when we'll see AOAP-enabled dash units, but it's gonna be pretty sweet when we do. Check out the full press release after the break.

Source: Harman

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2 years ago

Sizzlin' Summer Android Accessories Roundup

Grab the hottest summer accessories for your Android smartphone and tablet

As things heat up this summer, it's important that you keep your Android device cooled down with these great summer accessories available here at Android Central.  As we break in to this brief summer edition of Accessories Roundup, we'll be covering the most popular waterproof cases and wireless solutions to accommodate your Android smartphone or tablet.

Whether your going to the beach for a family vacation, a weekend deep-sea fishing trip or even just simply jogging the trails at your favorite park-- you'll want to make sure that your Android device is safe and secure from moisture, heat and all other elements that are presented to us during the hottest season of the year. 

Ready to get this party started?  Head past the break for more information on sweet summer accessories for your Android.

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2 years ago

Android Accessory Review - Seidio Active Case for the EVO 3D [from the forums]

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2 years ago

LG Revolution Accessories Roundup

The best accessories for your LG Revolution

 

Verizon's LG Revolution packs a punch with its LTE capabilities as well as its stunning 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen for displaying media in a rich and crisp format.  However what we often overlook in terms of protection and stability for our device is the most crucial and can inevitably mean life or death for your LG Revolution.

The good news is that we've established a brief roundup of all of the most popular accessories for the LG Revolution based off of reviews from our customers here at Android Central as well as our loyal readers and expert team of Android enthusiasts.

Interested to see what all is in store for your LG Revolution smartphone? Check past the break for more of the good stuff.

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2 years ago

Droid 3 accessories leaked in inventory list

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While you're waiting for official word about the Motorola Droid 3, and tired of looking longingly at the Motorola Milestone 3, you can start thinking about what accessories you'll be picking up.  This leaked list from Verizon includes the inductive charging battery door, a 1930mAh extended battery, and a pair of docks -- one for multimedia and one for your car. 

Nothing we can do to hurry it to market, (July 13 anyone?) but it's nice to see that some accessories should be available, hopefully on day one.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt case review: Qmadix Snap-On Cover with Holster

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The Qmadix Snap-On cover for the HTC Thunderbolt is durable, slim, and easy to install case ideal for a basic level of protection. Qmadix leaves much of the Thunderbolt revealed while protecting the corners, back, and sides. It's easy-on/easy-off, with no snapping, pulling, jamming or contorting necessary.

It's ribbed surface gives you some confidence when you're pulling it out of your pocket-- one thing you can't call this case is slippery. One thing about the ridges, though, is a bit of bulk: you'll notice a thickness that the Barely There case lacks, but by no means is the Qmadix a porker. The case has a nice rubberized finished that makes it feel pretty great in hand.

The Qmadix cover comes with a holster that also looked and felt really nice. It too has ridges to match the cover, as well as a super-soft inner surface that's oh-so-gentle on your Thunderbolt's screen.

The Qmadix cover isn't going to cut it for the super clumsy, and the platicky holster isn't designed for mega impact. But if you're looking for a stylish cover that doesn't add much bulk and will protect your Bolt from the perils of your pocket, you'd be hard pressed to complain about Qmadix. Hit the break for a few more pics.

The Qmadix Snap-On Cover with Holster for the HTC Thunderbolt is on sale now in the Android Central store for $24.95.

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2 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt case review: Case-Mate Barely There case

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Case-Mate has a pretty good reputation for making solid, affordable smartphone cases, and its Barely There case for the HTC Thunderbolt is no exception. It offers protection from scratches, dings, and other miscellaneous boo-boos in a slim, stylish form factor.

The Barely There case lives up to its name-- covering only the back and corners of the Thunderbolt, the case is noticeably skimpier than the competition. This isn't necessarily a bad thing: Barely There looks great, and adds almost no distinguishable heft or girth to the smartphone. I love how simple it is to apply and to remove the case-- there's no voodoo here, and you're not going to kill yourself trying to pry this thing off. This simplicity comes with a downside, though, as one solid drop to the floor will send the Barely There case flying off your phone. If you're a true klutz, look elsewhere.

If you're looking for some added style for your Thunderbolt and aren't worried about maximum protection, the Barely There case is a slim, lightweight, and durable choice. It comes in your choice of Black, Pink, and Metallic Silver, all of which look really nice on the Bolt. The Barely There case is on-sale now in the Android Central store for $17.95.

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