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4 years ago

Android Case Review: OtterBox Commuter Series for Droid Incredible

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OtterBox Commuter Series Case

The OtterBox Commuter Series Case for the Droid Incredible is truly a tank of a case. It wraps your precious DInc in two protective layers: a hard outer shell and a soft, shock absorbing inner layer. Join me past the break to get a closer look. 

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4 years ago

Review: Mobi Products Protector Case for the Motorola Droid

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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.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G accessory review: Seidio Innocase II Surface case and Holster

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Seidio Innocase II Holster

If you're looking for a case for your Evo 4G that fits well, and a secure and convenient way to carry it, look no further than the Seidio Innocase II surface case, and the Seidio Innocase Holster.  Follow the break and check out some more about the Seidio case and holster.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Vibrant accessory review: Body Glove Flex/Chrome case

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Body Glove Flex/Chrome Snap-On Case for T-Mobile Vibrant

If you want a case with some serious protection but without the oversized rugged look, check out the Body Glove Flex/Chrome case for the T-Mobile Vibrant. The three-piece case features a rubberized back cover, chrome front bezel and a removable belt clip.

Body Glove Flex/Chrome Snap-On Case for Samsung VibrantYou 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.

We've got loads more pictures after the break. The Body Glove Flex/Chrome case for the T-Mobile Vibrant is available in the Android Central Store for $24.95.

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4 years ago

From the Forums: Amazing carbon fiber Droid Incredible case

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Custom Droid Incredible case

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

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4 years ago

Accessory review: Radius Atomic Bass aluminum earphones

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raduis atomic bass headphones

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.

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4 years ago

Accessory review: Mobi Products cradle w/ spare battery slot for the Nexus One

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Mobi products cradle for the Nexus One

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.

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4 years ago

Android Case Review: HTC Skin Case for the Droid Incredible

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HTC Skin Case (Black)

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?

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson LiveView: For when your pocket is just too far away

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Sony Ericsson LiveView 

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]

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4 years ago

Review: Verizon Shell/Holster Combo for the Droid Incredible

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 Holster Combo for Droid Incredible

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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4 years ago

Evo 4G accessory review: Seidio Innodock Jr. Desktop Cradle

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Seidio Innodock Jr Desktop Cradle for Sprint HTC Evo 4G

The Seidio Innodock Jr. Desktop Cradle for Sprint HTC Evo 4G was one of the first desktop cradles to come out for the Sprint Evo 4G, and as such it holds a special place in the section of my heart reserved for gadget accessories. So, after the break, let us take a deeper look at it, shall we?

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4 years ago

Droid X Froyo update available now! (Update: Plus, root instructions)

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Droid X Froyo update

The Droid X Froyo update is now available, folks! Go to Settings>About phone>Check for updates, and it's all yours. It's a hefty 67.6-megabyte update, so pop on your Wifi and pop open a cold one. It's going to take a few minutes.

We've already discussed what's new in Froyo, and what's new for the Droid X specificially. So get your update on, and hit the Droid X forums to discuss what we've got. Thanks to everybody who sent this in!

Update: For those of you who worry about root access, the Droid 2 root method works after this official update. Instructions on that here.

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4 years ago

Review: Incipio dermaSHOT case for the Nexus One

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Incipio dermaSHOT case for the Nexus One

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.

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4 years ago

Review: Motorola Spare Battery Charger

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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.

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4 years ago

Android case review: Talon Hard Shell for the Droid X

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 Talon Hard Shell Case for the Droid X

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.

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