I got a new Incipio dermaSHOT case for my Nexus One, not just to review, but I needed one. The wife and I have this cat. Now I have no idea how to, or even who does the measuring of a cats sanity, but this particular cat would fail. I used to have a neat little neoprene pouch that came with my Nexus One. Any of you guys with a cat know right where this is going -- Bowie the cat (one green eye and one blue eye gets you named David Bowie if I'm around) decided to shred my Nexus OEM pouch. Since my desk and general work area is cluttered and full of things that can and will scratch up a phone, the search was on for a new case for a Nexus One. I ended up picking the Incipio dermaSHOT silicone case and am pretty pleased. Jump past the break and have a look at some pics and see why I chose it.
One of the hardest parts of owning my Motorola Droid has been keeping a battery that is charged in the device. But while on the go there is not always a charger that is easily accessible, so I had to explore some other options. After deciding on a spare battery, I began using it and quickly came to realize my next issue, how do I charge both batteries at the same time, with only one device? So let's take a look after the jump at the Motorola Spare Battery Charger, which is the option that was most fitting.
So you want a case for the Droid X, but not something that's going to add any bulk or weight. This is a big phone, after all. The Talon hard-shell case for the Droid X may be just what you're looking for.
The case is a basic two-piece design. There's a small ring that fits on the front of the phone, and a more substantial piece for the back and the sides. There are cutouts for the microUSB and HDMI ports, two on the back for the speakerphone and noise-canceling microphone, and you have full access to the power and volume buttons, and the physical buttons on the front of the phone.
There's no real screen protection here other than with the extra spacing you get from the case, but that's enough to keep it and the camera lens from getting scratched if left face-down on a table or desk, and the hard plastic shell leaves little doubt that the phone should be protected from a short fall.
Best part? That you get plenty of protection with minimal bulk. After a few minutes, you barely notice that the case is on. It fits like a glove and is easily installed, but it doesn't feel like it could come apart without warning, which is important, too. The Talon hard-shell case for the Droid X comes in three colors and is available now in the Android Central Store for $14.95. More pictures after the break.
The Mobi Products Cradle/Dock for the HTC Droid Incredible is a great way to hold your phone on your desk, whether at work or at home. The dock is made of solid black plastic and has rounded edges, which is a nice feature you may not find on cheaper docks. The dock's color goes nicely with the black trim of the DInc and your eyes could almost mistake the combination for a single device. I was surprised to find that the dock comes with three cables, each of which has a different purpose. Let's go more in depth about those cables and the rest of the dock (plus, more pictures!) past the break, shall we?
Google Maps for Android just got itself a nice little update, blending the navigation feature with walking directions to create -- you guessed it -- "Walking Navigation." Now you'll get the same three-dimensional view with walking directions as you would in a car, only a little more pedestrian-friendly.
Separately, there's an update for the Street View on Google Maps app that adds "smart navigation," meaning you can tap and drag to make your way through city streets. Check out video of that after the break.
And finally, the Google Maps search bar has been refreshed, filtering results, showing prices with dollar signs and adding cross streets. Nice. [Google]
The Krusell Gaia mobile pocket pouch is a great looking pocket pouch that fits many mid-sized phones. The sleek, executive style not only looks and feels good in the hand or pocket, it provides full protection from scratches to every part of your expensive Android phone. With no clips or hardware on the case, it slips easily in and out of a pocket, briefcase, or purse without snagging or being obtrusive. At only $17.95 in the Android Central Store, the price is right as well. Join in after the break to learn a little more, and see some pictures.
The Droid Incredible by HTC is, well -- nothing short of incredible (sorry, I just had to). What's not incredible is the meager battery life, with the stock 1300mAh power plant. That's where the 2150 mAh extended battery for the Droid Incredible comes in, getting you through the day -- and then some. Full review and pictures after the break.
The Talon hard shell case is a very slim and attractive way to protect your Evo 4G. Machined from a single piece of metal hard plastic, the Talon case fits snugly, yet is easy to put on your Evo, as well as remove. Very lightweight, this case adds no bulk yet completely covers the rear of your phone, keeping things protected and scratch-free. The graphics -- in this case the Cupid's Arrow -- are screened onto the surface, under the final finishing coat. It's not going to rub off. Want more? Let's continue after the break.
The Golla Gavin Phone Wallet for your Sprint Evo 4G lets you carry your phone and other essentials with you conveniently in style at your hip right where you need it. For a phone as beautiful as the Evo, I hate to put a case on it, so keeping it protected safely in a pouch is perfect for me. As an added benefit, a phone as large as the Evo completely takes over any pocket you put it in, so this gives you a pocket back as well as adding a few storage slots for the other things you need with you at all times. Hit the break for the full review.
I love smartphones. And I love water. And, obviously, those two things don't exactly go hand-in-hand. But enter the Aquapac water-resistant case, and I'm no longer afraid to take my phones to the beach, on a boat -- or down a 17-foot water slide.
The Mobi Products Clip Pouch is a no-frills way to protect your Droid X. The pouch is made out of a soft nylon that's stitched together and fits the biggest of Android smartphones. There's a Velcro latch on the front that keeps the phone securely inside.
The rear of the phone sports a belt loop and plastic clip, so you can attach it to a backpack, purse or bag. Inside the case is a small pocket that's just big enough for a full-size SD card or a bit of loose change.
If you face the phone toward the rear of the pouch, you'll have access to the 3.5mm headphone jack (so you can listen to music while it's in the case), the power button and the volume buttons.
All in all, it's a very basic pouch that does its job well without adding much bulk to the phone. The Mobi Products Clip Pouch for the Droid X is available for $9.95 from the Android Central Store. Check out more pics after the break.
The Seidio Spring-Clip holster for the Evo 4G is a secure and protective way to carry your phone. Your Evo fits snugly, face in for maximum screen protection, but the top spring clip allows for easy release. The holster is designed so that all the ports and controls are still accessible even if the phone is locked in place.
On the rear of the holster is a second spring clip, perfect for wearing on your belt, or for hanging on the sun visor of your car. This clip swivels 360 degrees, allowing for a comfortable fit and access to the volume rocker, headphone jack and USB/HDMI ports without removing the phone from the case. Inserting your Evo into the holster is a piece of cake -- slip the bottom (face in!) into the molded shell, open the top spring clip, slide the phone in place and release the clip. And once it's in place, the only way it's coming back out is if the clip is opened. You can count on it staying put until you want to remove it.
To me, the only drawback to this sort of carry is that the screen isn't visible. But that's also a big plus -- your Evo's screen isn't going to get scratched or damaged and bump dialing simply can't happen. I'm stubborn and set in my ways like an old mule, but after receiving the review unit I'm impressed. If I don't want or need to use Google Maps navigation, the Spring-Clip holster on my visor paired with our cars bluetooth beats the heck out of laying my precious on the dash or in the console. The Seidio Spring-Clip holster is available at the Android Central Store for $29.95. There's a video showing how easy it is to use, and some more images after the break.
The Mobi Products skin case for the Sprint Evo 4G protects your Evo from bumps and scratches and feels great in the hand while doing it. Made of some secret variety of rubber, it feels like silicon without the slipperiness. It wraps your phone completely, leaving only the touchscreen, capacitive buttons, and the speaker grille (including LED and prox/light sensors) uncovered for ease of use and maximum protection. The skin has cutouts for all the ports and microphone, as well as the kickstand, camera/flash and rear speaker. Most importantly for the Evo 4G, the skin is thick enough so that laying the phone on it's back still keep the camera lens from making contact with whatever surface it's laying on. This alone makes the Mobi skin a perfect case for your Evo.
The material is also coated in a special anti-dust and anti-slip coating, and this is one time that a product lives up to it's billing. I live on a dirt road, and everything in the office collects dust -- everything but this case that is. It will grab a little pocket lint, but a quick shake (after taking your phone out of course!) and a flick of the finger will send that lint straight to oblivion.
The fit is great, tight enough to stay on while slipping in and out of your pocket, but easy to put on by stretching it around the four corners of your phone. The sides wrap completely around the bezel, and should offer great protection from an occasional bump on the corners. The Mobi Products skin case is available in several colors at the Android Central Store for $9.95. There's a slew of other pics after the break, check em out.
The HTC Skin Case for the Sprint Evo 4G is one of the easiest ways to protect your phone. It's a basic rubber skin that fits around the Evo with cutouts for the camera, speaker, flashes, kickstand and ports, and it leaves the phone's massive 4.3-inch touchscreen completely uncovered, so you don't lose any usability.
Marrying the Evo to the skin case is a simple matter of sticking the phone in it and making sure the rubber wraps all the way around the phone. The fit at the corners is snug, but not too snug. The case can be a little loose on the sides, but it's only a minor annoyance. It's not going to come off unless you want it to. The case wraps slightly around the front bezel of the phone, so it will keep the screen from hitting if it falls flat.
The biggest drawback to the skin case's rubber texture is that it's a little slick, and it's a bit of a magnet for dust and lint. But the occasional bath in soap and water (be sure to remove your phone first) should take care of that.
The Smartphone Experts microUSB car charger with USB port ($14.95) is a great solution for making sure your Android phone stays charged up on the go. One of the things that makes this car charger especially great is that it is multifunctional -- with a USB adapter that will accommodate other devices (like an iPod/iPod Touch).
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