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3 years ago

Case review: HellBent horizontal pouch (Mike Lavallee edition)

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Mike Lavalee edition Hellbent horizontal pouch case

When it comes to cases for your Android smartphone, there's style, and then there's style. What you see before you here is the Mike Lavallee edition of the HellBent Horizontal Pouch Case. Lavallee, of course, is the name behind Killer Paint Inc., and you've seen his work on such shows as TLC's "Overhaulin'," "Miami Ink," and "Rides," as well as Discovery's "Monster Garage."  And now you can have his work protect your phone.

The patented process used to transfer the artwork to the case is done without changing the look or feel of the leather, and it's highly resistant to household chemicals, perfumes and cosmetics. Because the artwork impregnates the leather, it can't fade or separate from the case.

As for the case itself, it's your basic horizontal pouch with belt clip on the rear. The phone slips inside -- face in or out, it's up to you -- and the flap is held in place with a magnet. One down side is that depending on where the 3.5mm headphone jack is on your phone, you might not have access to it while the phone's in the case. But otherwise, the phone sits securely inside.

The Mike Lavalee edition of the HellBent Horizontal case fits a number of Android smartphones. (Be sure to use the device selector to make sure yours fits.) It's available now in the Android Central Store for $49.95. We've got more pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

Droid 2 Case Review: Seidio Innocase Surface

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The Motorola Droid 2 is a rather durable device on its own, but does that mean that you want to carry it around unprotected, leaving it exposed to the elements and potential damage? If you are someone who likes to protect your device with a slim, stylish, professional looking case, the Seidio Innocase Surface may be a good choice for you. Let's look at it a little more after the break.

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3 years ago

Review: Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery for the Evo 4G

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Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery

Let's face it -- Android phones use a lot of juice.  They do a lot, and need a lot of power to do it, and the Evo 4G's big screen doesn't help matters.  This makes a spare battery almost a must if you're on the go a lot.  That's where the Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery comes in to the picture.  While some folks prefer a much larger capacity battery, others (like myself) prefer something that uses the stock battery door, and fits into other accessories without any issue.  An extra 250 milliampere-hours may not sound like a lot (the stock Evo battery is rated at 1500 mAh), but I've found it extends my usage by several hours.  And I actually use my unlimited minutes, making several hours worth of calls daily.

Construction-wise, the Seidio Innocell 1750 is identical to the stock battery -- minus the color.  My inner child would love to see it in red, but how often do we really see the battery?  As you can see in the pictures (after the break) the Innocell is the same dimensions as the stock battery, and fits perfectly with the OEM battery cover.  I know many of us carry a spare battery and swap mid-day, and the Innocell is perfect for this.  It fits as you would expect, and offers a bit of extra oompf to make sure you're still up and running when you get to a charger.

If you use your Evo as intended, syncing mail and social networks, taking pictures, or playing games, you need to consider this one.  You can grab the Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery from the Android Central store for $44.95.  More pictures after the break.

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4 years ago

Droid X case review: Body Glove Snap-on Case

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Body Glove Snap-on Case for Droid X

The Motorola Droid X is no wimpy phone, but that's not to say it couldn't use a little protection. If you're looking for a form-fitting case that's as stylish as it is effective, check out the Body Glove Snap-on Case for the Droid X.

The case itself comes in two parts -- a thin plastic front and more substantial rear enclosure. The Droid X fits neatly inside, and the two parts snap together for a snug fit. (Take your time and make sure all of the sides of the case are snapped tight.) The inside of the case is lined with a felt-type material, so you shouldn't have to worry about your Droid X being scratched. The outside of the case is a textured rubber. That does a couple of things: You get a good grip on the phone, so you're less likely to drop it, and it's less likely to slide off a table or car dash.

You'll definitely notice when the case is on the phone, but it's still very form-fitting, and you get the feeling that it's protected. The case is just thick enough to keep the screen from touching the surface when it's placed face-down. Same goes for the camera. The are cutouts for all of the usual ports, buttons and camera lens, so you don't lose any functionality.

You also get a detachable belt clip with the Body Glove Snap-on Case. There's a little cutout in the rear of the phone that snaps off, so you can replace the belt clip nub with a flat back. The belt clip snaps onto the nub and has a spring-loaded catch. The short version is that you're unlikely to accidentally trigger it and drop your phone.

We've got more pictures after the break. The Body Glove Snap-on Case for the Motorola Droid X is available now for $24.95 in the Android Central Store.

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4 years ago

Game Gripper now available for the Samsung Epic 4G

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We've seen Game Gripper add support for plenty of other devices in the past and now, Game Gripper is sending out emails letting folks know their custom game controllers are now available to Sprint Epic 4G owners. Yes, you can head on over to the Game Gripper website and pick one of the 13 different variations available for your device. Of course it'll set you back $14.99 but like my Mother always tells me, "Maybe you can put it on your Christmas list". Check out the video of it in action after the break. Thanks, Brett! [Game Gripper]

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4 years ago

Evo 4G accessory review: Powermat wireless charger

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Powermat for the Evo 4G

Powermat's wireless charging system has been around for quite some time, but it's relatively new for the Evo 4G. The premise is simple: You replace the stock battery cover on the phone with Powermat's cover, which also plugs into the phone's microUSB port. The phone then rests on a charging mat, which in turn is plugged into an outlet. So all you have to do is pick up the phone and go, no messing about with plugging in cables.

Sounds simple. And it should be. But it's kind of not. The charging mats are pretty finicky about where you place the phone. And the little dongle that plugs into the phone's microUSB port popped off of our battery door, which means it'll get lost any minute now.

It's not a bad idea, really -- a semi-universal wireless charging system. But unless you really have to have wireless charging, the kinks might be a bit much for you. You'll see what we mean in the video after the break. More Powermat for the Evo 4G in the Android Central Store

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4 years ago

Verizon Fascinate case review: Mobi Products Hard Shell Case

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Mobi Products Hard Shell Case

The Mobi Hard Shell Case for the Verizon Fascinate and U.S. Cellular Mesmerize comprises two pieces that quickly snap together around the perimeter of the Fascinate. Each piece is made of durable hard plastic, with a soft touch matte finish.

Once assembled, the case feels tight and secure, without adding significant weight. Without a case, the Fascinate's battery cover scratches easily and feels slippery in the hands.

The Mobi Hard Shell Case provides a solid grip and protects against unsightly scratches. Fingerprints were virtually invisible and the case easily cleaned with a damp towel. Perfectly aligned cutouts provide sufficient access to the buttons, speaker, camera, microphone, headset jack, and micro SD door.

The top front portion of the case covers the Verizon logo. A 1mm protrusion around the perimeter of the screen and camera protect against everyday bumps and contact with flat surfaces. A notch on the right side allows for disassembly. However, I had a difficult time separating each piece. If you swap batteries on a regular basis, this will prove somewhat of a challenge.

Overall, the Mobi Hard Shell case is a solid, stylish product, that feels great in the hands and provides moderate protection. It's available for $12.95 from the Android Central Store. More pics of it in action are after the break.

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4 years ago

Droid 2 Case Review: Mobi Products Snap-On Case

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My Motorola Droid 2 is one of my favorite phones, and the clean blue and silver appearance is one that I really like. After having the device for a little while, and trying other cases, I decided that maybe it was best to just have something to prevent scratches from occurring and keep the clean, simple look that attracted me to the device. When looking through the various cases offered for the device the Mobi Products Snap-On Case caught my attention with its clear, slim design. Let's hit the jump and take a look at some of the pro's and con's of this case as well as some more images.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G accessory review: Mobi Products charging cradle with spare charger

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Mobi Products - HTC Evo 4G Charging Cradle with spare battery charger.

If you're currently thinking about buying an external wall charger for your spare Evo battery, an extra USB charging/sync cable, or some sort of charging/media dock for your Evo 4G, then the Mobi Products Charging Cradle with Spare Battery Charger might be a better investment, simply because you get all three of these in one unit.

If you're anything like me, the last surface you want to rest your shiny new smartphone on is a hard, unforgiving desktop; peppered with scratch-happy microscopic dirt and debris that are going to do nothing but reak havoc on your device's nice clean finish. I avoid setting my Evo down on tables and countertops at all cost. If I've got to, I make sure to give it a good once over with my hand, and then set it down very gently. Although the Evo comes with a built-in kickstand, it's not quite sturdy enough for my liking, but that's not to say I don't use it, because I do, and rather frequently. But for my money, nothing beats a nice sturdy charging cradle, complete with USB sync capabilities, and a spare battery charging slot.

Check out some more pictures and get my thoughts on this unit after the break.

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4 years ago

Droid 2 Case Review: Body Glove Snap-On Case

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When looking for a case for my Motorola Droid 2, the Body Glove Snap-On Case immediately caught my eye as one of the top contenders. Cases are generally one of the accessories that I am most hesitant to purchase due to my compulsive personality and I tend to overanalyze the design, protection, bulk and comfort. Body Glove is a trusted brand that provides a lot of protection and generally tries to keep the bulk of the case to a minimum so I decided to give it a shot. Let's look at it further after the break.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G accessory review: Seidio Innotraveler car kit

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Seidio Innotraveler car mount

We all love using Google Maps' turn-by-turn navigation on our Android phones, but it's so much better with the right car dock.  Enter the Seidio Innotraveler car kit for the Evo 4G. The dock is easy to use, infinitely adjustable, and is designed to work with two of Seidio's other very popular accessories -- the Seidio Innocase II, and the 3500 mAh extended battery.

The dock comes with a mini USB DC car adapter, and has a separate DC out for charging other accessories while driving.  It's very well built, has a huge suction cup, and will keep your Evo 4G safe and at your fingertips.  You can get the Seidio Innotraveler car kit in the Android Central store for $49.95.  Check out the features, and the pictures after the break. 

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible Case Review: Seidio Innocase Active

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The Seidio Innocase Active for the HTC Droid Incredible is a unique case. Seidio has built a case that combines rubber polymer and hard skeleton, to create a protective but elegant case -- all while accommodating the "active" lifestyle. Its unique build is what differentiates it from other cases out there.

When I first received this case to review, I was a bit confused. I said to myself, "Did they package this case wrong? Why is there two cases?" After realizing what was going on, I immediately began to appreciate the design. Let me start off with the under part of the overall case -- the rubber polymer. The rubber is very bendable and squishy, but hugs the DInc's form factor well. It almost could serve as a case in and of itself. The rubber under layer, is designed to collect the shock and soften the blow from drops -- or for some people, throws. But why would you throw your Android?

The outer layer is its shell -- kind of like a turtle. This outside skeleton has the same soft rubber feel as the Droid Incredible's stock battery door, but is cut to highlight and secure the edges of the Incredible. Once the rubber polymer is on, the shell can snap into place. The hard shell fits securely by inserting the left side of the Incredible first, by lining up the volume buttons. Though, when I first snapped it into place, I was a bit concerned that I would be crushing the corners. But once you see how it lines up, it makes sense.

The Seidio Innocase Active is designed for those who want a strong case that will protect the Droid Incredible from breaking from hard blows and high drops. If you happen to fall into this category, I highly suggest you head on over the Android Central Store and pick this one up. For you "active" folks out there, the case will cost you $29.95.

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4 years ago

Samsung Captivate case review: Seidio Innocase II Surface

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 Sedio Case for Captivate

The Seidio Innocase II Surface for the Samsung Captivate is a solid case that will keep your phone light while protecting it from scratches. 

It comes with two pieces that fit together. At first, I was skeptical at this approach as I felt it would easily fall apart, making it nearly unusable. But I have never had it come apart thus far, and it's still easy to remove it in order to reach the battery, microSD or SIM card slot. 

One of the best aspects of the Galaxy S hardware in my opinion is how lightweight all of the devices are. This case does its best not to add much bulk to the phone and it does a good job (it's only 1mm thin). The interior of the case boasts a felt lining that will work to protect the Captivate from wear and tear of the product.

To put it on your device, separate it into two pieces. Then slide them onto the phone with the bottom part fitting just underneath the top. Pick it up to ensure that it fits snuggly and you're good to go. 

If you've been looking for a good case for the Captivate that doesn't add bulk, consider the Seidio Innocase II Surface, available from the Android Central store for $29.95. Find more pictures after the break. 

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4 years ago

Evo 4G case review: Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo [video]

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Seidio Innocase Rugged

When Chuck Norris chooses an Evo 4G case, this is probably the one he uses.  The Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo is some serious battle armor for your Evo.  It's a four-part system, consisting of the Seidio Innocase II Surface for the interior shell, a rugged rubber skin and skeleton protective outer shell, an authentic Seidio Ultimate Screen Guard screen protector, and a locking holster to keep it where you want it to be.

When completely assembled, not a bit of your Evo 4G is exposed.  Even the ports and controls are covered by the rubber skin, yet easy to open flaps give quick access to ports and the case is designed so that all the buttons and controls work without removing the rubber.  Of course, with everything covered up tight you won't have access to the kickstand, but if you are out and about in a place where you need this level of protection -- on the job, doing outdoor activities, or chasing down aliens, it's a fair trade.

When you don't need the extreme protection the Innocase Rugged offers, the rubber skin and skeleton is easily removed, leaving the Innocase Surface to keep your Evo safe from minor bumps and scratches.  You can grab the Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo in the Android Central store for $39.95.  Hit the break to see a slew of pictures, and a quick video showing how the kit is assembled. 

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4 years ago

Droid X dock review: Motorola Multimedia Desktop Charger

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Motorola Multimedia Desktop Charger for Droid X

The Motorola Droid X is a a looker to be sure. And to properly show it off on your desk or bedside table, you're going to want to check out the Motorola Multimedia Desktop Charger. But it's more than just a way to keep your Droid X charged. 

The Motorola Multimedia Desktop Charger also will serve up high-definition video from your Droid X to your television, via a port in the rear of the charger. You'll have to provide your own HDMI cable, though. But it does come with a lengthy microUSB charger, so you'll have no problem keeping your phone juiced.

The dock itself is a matte black plastic.There's a large, metal bar that extends about halfway up the rear of the phone, to keep it from falling out and damaging the microUSB and HDMI ports. It also has a magnet that senses the Droid X nearby and launches the multimedia desktop mode (more on that in a second). The bottom of the dock is made of a nonstick rubber, so it won't go sliding around your desk.

The Droid X sits sideways and automatically switch into a special multimedia desktop mode when inserted. You get a big clock with the date, weather info, plus easy access to alarm settings, a dimmer button, and music and photo icons.

The Motorola Multimedia Desktop Charger for Droid X is available now in the Android Central Store for $39.95. We've got more pictures of it in action after the break.

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