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3 years ago

Accessory review: Seidio Innocell 3500mAh Extended Life Battery for HTC Evo 4G

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The stock battery on the HTC EVO 4G leaves much to be desired, and many of us with an EVO 4G can't go a whole day on one charge.  The Seidio Innocell 3500mAh extended life battery just might be the solution.  Checking in at a massive 3500mAh (more than double the capacity of the stock battery), this extended life battery by Seidio met and exceeded my expectations right from the get-go, which is good, as it's priced at $64.95.

You'll never read a review about the HTC EVO 4G that doesn't mention its battery life.  It's a lot of phone, and it needs a lot of power.  I've been using this battery exclusively since I got it last week, and to say I'm impressed with its performance is an understatement.  Right from day one, I couldn't believe how well it was holding up.  I really want to break it down for you, so join me after the break for some pictures, additional thoughts, and most importantly -- benchmark results.

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab Case Review: Samsung Skin Case

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When you have a 7-inch tablet, you're likely not going to want a massive case. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Skin Case is a thin rubber option that will protect your tablet without making it feel like it's clad in armor.

The skin case is made of a premium silicone. It's smooth, but with grooves cut into it. Not so much for function, but for design.The rubber definitely helps you keep a better grip on the tab than if it's naked.

The case comes as a single piece. It's easiest to slip the Galaxy Tab into either the top or bottom, then stretch the opposite end around the front. And that's where we had our one real complaint -- it seemed a tad loose. Not so much that it'd slip off, but you'll need to keep an eye out for dust and dirt getting between the skin and the rear of the Tab.

Speaking of the back end, there are cutouts for the Tab's camera and flash -- as well as the dock connector, speakers, and 3.5mm headphone jack. The volume and power buttons are covered by the case but are still fully usable. So you don't lose that functionality when using this case (though some docks could possibly have issues). The skin case is thick enough to keep your Tab's screen from touching the table when left face-down.

All in all, you get a simple rubber case that will protect the back and sides your Galaxy Tab, and keep the screen from getting scratched if it's left face down. It's easy to slip on and off, and has a cool design with the grooves on the back. The Samsung Skin Case for the Galaxy Tab is available for $19.95 in the Android Central Store. More pics are after the break.

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3 years ago

Accessory review: Aaxa P1 Jr. Pico Projector [video]

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The Aaxa P1 Jr. Pico Projector is a small, portable projector designed to work with cameras and camcorders. However, having the right cables and adapters will allow the savvy Android phone user to display content directly from their phone onto the projector. I used my Droid Incredible A/V cable to demo the device and was left with a very positive opinion. The P1 Jr. is easy to set up and use and would get a lot of use from someone who likes to show off pictures and videos to others. 

The P1 Jr. has an A/V plug along with a composite video adapter, a micro USB plug with a full USB adapter, and a slot for an SD card for getting content from your device onto the wall. It has an internal batter which will last about 3 hours when fully charged and has a built-in speaker for audio. Aaxa ships a small tripod with each projector, so you don't need to worry about having your own. Because the projector is not specifically designed to work with Android devices it is not listed in the Android Central Store. However, you can find it from several online retailers for around $110, including Amazon. Jump past the break for a video walkthrough.

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible Case Review: Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo

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The Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo is a case for the Droid Incredible that would be more accurately described as a tank than as a case. The case itself has three separate layers: the Seidio Innocase II case goes around your phone first and is then itself encapsulated inside a thick rubber lining and a rigid plastic skeleton shell. This by itself would be a case worthy of respect, but Seidio has gone even farther by including a set of screen protectors and a holster to keep the entire thing strapped to your belt or waist. 

The great thing about this case is that it can really be used as three separate cases. The Seidio Innocase II is a great thin case in its own right, and there is nothing preventing you from simply using it as your daily in-pocket case to keep the phone from getting scratches. Adding the rubber and stiff plastic layers creates a much more durable case, which would offer much better protection from drops. Using the holster makes sure your phone is within easy access on your hip and would be great for someone who needs quick and constant access to their phone. The screen in turned inward when held in the holster by a slide-locking clip, so you have no worries about your phone falling off the holster. Considering the versatility, this is a great buy for someone who may want a super rugged and durable case but is not sure they would want to carry their phone in it at all times.

Our very own Jerry Hildenbrand reviewed this very case for the Evo 4G and shot a great video showing you how to assemble this monster step-by-step. Check out his review for the video and check out more pictures of the Droid Incredible version past the break. The Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo for the Verizon Droid Incredible will run you $49.99 in the Android Central Store.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Bluetooth swivel dock review

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The myTouch 4G is T-Mobile's top-of-the-line Android phone, so it was a given that you would want a great media docking and charging station for it.  They delivered. True to its name, the dock swivels so you can use the device horizontally as well as vertically, and the Bluetooth connection when combined with the 3.5mm audio output from the dock itself make for the perfect desktop media center.

Usage is simple -- slide your myTouch 4G into the dock, making sure that the micro USB connector is aligned, plug the dock into a power supply via its own micro USB connector, and go.  The fit is good, and the non-slip surface on the inside of the recessed area makes sure that your myTouch 4G won't slip out.  It's also designed to be used with the standard USB to micro USB cable and connect to your computer, making for easy syncing and charging at the same time, and any audio accessories that use a 3.5 mm jack can be connected for great sound.

The dock itself is well built, with a weighted non-slip base, and comes in a glossy black finish that looks great as long as you keep your fingerprints off of it.  The swivel feature is actually pretty useful, as well.  I went into it figuring it was a gimmick, but being able to have your phone horizontal to watch video or surf the web, and vertical to use for calling and messaging is handy after all.  If you have a myTouch 4G, it's something you should have a look at, and to me is well worth the investment.  Hit the break for some more pictures.

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3 years ago

Samsung Captivate case review: Body Glove Snap-on Case

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The Body Glove Snap-On Case is an interesting, multipurpose accessory choice for the Samsung Captivate. It has some great features as well as areas that could use improvement.

The Good: The Snap-On Case feels good in the hand. Its textured material feels better than a lot of the plastic options on the market, as well as provides solid protection for the phone. This is also a lot more than a case as it has an attachable clip and kickstand. The kickstand is built into the clip so no need to worry about looking after two detachable parts. The knob can also be removed if you don't want to sport the extra additions, which makes this case extremely flexible. 

The not as good: It's a snap on case, and because of that it is more difficult to put and keep together than other cases. You need to push the two parts together pretty hard to make them stick. Even after it was together, I wasn't sure it was going to stay connected. It should be noted, however, that the parts have not separated after heavy use.  

Overall, it's a solid case if you're looking for a multipurpose accessory. It feels good once it's put together and is pretty robust once snapped on. If you have a Captivate and are looking for a case with a kickstand and clip, consider the Body Glove Snap-On Case, available from the Android Central Store, for $24.95. See more pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

Case review: Hellbent Green Skull Top Pouch

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A little secret: I'm a metalhead. I like skulls. (And flames.) And so I like the Hellbent Green Skull Top Case. As far as cases go, it's your basic leather top case. Your phone slides in vertically, and there's a flap with magnetic clasp to keep it in place.

There's a belt clip on the back of the case for (what else?) riding on your belt. It's not detachable, which is too bad. But, frankly, with a killer design like this, you're not going to want to hide it in your pocket anyway. Our biggest niggle with this case is that you can't get to the phone's 3.5mm headphone jack on a lot of devices. So no listening to music while riding at your hip.

So more about the artwork: It's not just painted onto the case. It's not going to wash or rub off. It's embedded into the leather using a process that allows museum-quality prints without sacrificing the performance of the leather. Same toughness. Same look and feel. And it's resistant to perfume, cosmetics and household chemicals. It won't fade. It will not separate from the leather.

The Hellbent Green Skull Top Case -- which fits a wide variety of phones -- is 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

Review: Mobi Products skin case for the Samsung Fascinate and Mesmerize

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The Mobi Products skin case is a single-piece, wraparound case for the Samsung Fascinate and Mesmerize. The case material is a flexible rubber with a grippy matte surface. The phone easily slides in and out, which is a benefit for those who swap batteries frequently. On the other hand, the top parameter might be a little too flexible and loose for others.

I'm somewhere in the middle. I fall into the category of those who do not typically use a case. However, I found myself using it more often than not, because of the ability to pop it on and off with ease. Perfectly aligned cutouts provide sufficient access to the buttons, speaker, camera, microphone, headset jack, and micro SD slot. The material was fingerprint-free after extended use and was easy to clean with a drop of dish soap and water. The volume rocker and power buttons are easy to push. If you're a person, who on average, prefers the feel of a naked phone but wants some level of protection while your phone is in a coat pocket or lying on a table, this could be the perfect case for your needs.  Grab the Mobi Products skin case in one of four different colors from the Android Central store for $9.95.  Hit the break for some more pictures.

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3 years ago

Samsung Captivate case review: Smartphone Experts Skin Case

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If you’re looking for a way to protect your Samsung Captivate, but don’t want a case that adds bulk or weight, consider the Smartphone Experts Skin Case.

Available in three colors, the SPE Skin Case is a one-piece item that fits snuggly around the Captivate. It’s made of highly flexible material that can be bent and shaped, so no need to worry about breaking it.

Once it’s on your Captivate, it feels good in the hand and doesn’t add bulk in the pocket. The anti-dust coating ensures that the case and your phone stay clean.

I have enjoyed my time with this skin case because of the light, rubbery feel. Some of the Captivate cases feel alright at first, but then become more of a hindrance. Thus far, I have not felt the need to switch the case or take it off because it’s so unobtrusive; it allows you to focus on the phone and not the phone and the case, which is often what happens.

Captivate owners: if you’re looking for a simple, protective layer to fit around your phone, consider the SPE Skin Case, available from the Android Central Store for $9.95

  

   

  

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3 years ago

Droid 2 Dock Review: Motorola Multimedia Desktop Charger

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Picking out accessories for my Motorola Droid 2 is almost as exciting as the device itself or the applications that it will be running. The Motorola Multimedia Desktop Charger is an amazing accessory, and a must-have for everyone that owns this device. How many times have you sat down at your desk, looked around for your charger, only to realize the cable has dropped behind the desk or become buried under all your paperwork? Well, fear no longer, let's take a look at this unit, and find out exactly why it is a must have for everyone.

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