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3 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 case review: Mobi Products Crystal Case

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The Mobi Products Crystal Case for the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is a solid choice for any Incredible 2 or S owner who is looking to protect their phone yet keep the lightness that the device boasts.

I also know many people who like the look of their phones and are hesitant to put a case on it because they want to see the HTC emblem or the Google logo on the back. The crystal case is transparent so you’ll never run into this issue; it’ll protect the phone yet allow you to see it in its entirety.

It has slots for the cameras, ports, speaker and screen so you won’t have to worry about missing any features while your phone is in the case.

It is a simple snap-on case that has been very durable in the time I’ve been able to test it. It hasn't come apart or even come close to breaking off from the device.

The Mobi Products Crystal Case, is available for $12.95 from the Android Central Store. More pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

Nexus S Seidio Innocell 3500mAh extended battery

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Extended batteries and Android go together like peanut butter and jelly.  The phones are powerful and connected, and need the juice.  The Seidio Innocell 3500mAh battery for the Nexus S takes the simple idea of a larger battery to the extreme.  Checking in at more than double the standard 1440mAh battery for the Nexus S, it delivers when it comes to keeping you up and running longer.  If you're one who still talks a lot on the phone (yes, they really are phones!) you'll love it. 

Here at the homestead, we dropped the landline ages ago.  My Nexus S is my phone, 24/7.  Whether I'm doing important business with Pizza Hut, calling Mom and Dad to say hello, or talking to my kids, it's all done with my Nexus S.  Phone calls can destroy the battery on an Android phone, but since I got the Seidio Innocell, I don't even worry about checking the battery status.  I still charge my phone every night, but I'll bet I wouldn't have to. 

Until battery technology catches up with everything else, that's how it's going to be.  Android phones in particular, because they are so connected, tend to be hard on batteries, and we spend hours trying and discussing tricks to get more from their batteries.  The best trick of them all?  Get a big extended battery and stop worrying about it.  The Seidio Innocell  adds some girth to the profile (about 1 cm extra width), and comes with it's own battery cover -- one with Seidio's soft touch coated plastic.  All the cut-outs for camera, speaker and USB ports are there, and it doesn't feel bad in your hand at all.  The little bit of extra weight is no problem on a phone that many thought felt too light to start with.  One thing that needs mentioned, there is no NFC antenna in the extended battery cover.  You'll lose that functionality, if you had plans on ever using it.  Other than that, there's just not much here not to like. We've got a handful of pictures after the break, have a look. 

If you find yourself fighting with your Nexus S battery more often than you would like, you can grab the Seidio Innocell 3500mAh battery from the Android Central store for $64.95.

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3 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G Accessories Roundup

The most popular accessories for the Samsung Infuse 4G

 

The new Samsung Infuse 4G is finally in your hands, and you're looking for the best way to compliment your new Android smartphone- whether it's a case to protect it, a charger to keep it powered up, or even a car kit to make your Infuse 4G the perfect hands-free solution.  Here at Android Central we've provided you with a simple roundup of the most popular accessories for the Samsung Infuse 4G.

And rounding out the four most popular Samsung Infuse 4G accessories, we have:

And we're just getting started. Head on past the break for our top choices.

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3 years ago

About Android Open Accessories

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It's another of those cool things from Google I/O that nobody is talking about enough -- Android Open Accessories.  Still in its geek-stage of development, Open Accessories have the potential to change the way we use and interact with our smartphones and tablets.  But what exactly are they?

Think of it as a new way to use the USB port.  It's different from the USB host support we've seen hackers and modders build in the past, and Google itself supports in Android 3.1.  Open Accessories are designed to be used on any Android device (2.3.4 or higher), because the accessory acts as the USB host.  A developer will build some hardware (using something like the Microchip PIC24F you see on the left in the picture above -- they'll get smaller, that's a dev board) that can set up a handshake with any Android device.  Once the handshake is complete, the correct app starts, or if it's not installed, it's market page opens so it can be.  Très cool.  After that, control is passed to the application that will use the accessory and everything is up to the great minds that develop Android applications.

We saw the demo using the excer-cycle at Google I/O, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.  I can see all sorts of gadgetry being possible -- IR transmitters, portable medical diagnostic equipment, multi-meters, and so on.  The tools are in place, both the reference hardware as well as the Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK), and the people I talked to at Google I/O seem pretty darn excited.  Hopefully the idea takes off, any bugs and kinks get worked out, and we start to see some offerings using this new technology.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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3 years ago

Sonos for Android review

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I can remember, on at least two occasions, my father greeting me with a foot-long drill bit and a wild look in his eye. This would have been in the mid-1980s or so, and we were running speaker cable through walls, around beams, inside attics, from the laundry room across the house to the living room, and a couple points in between. Or maybe we were going through wallboard, insullation and the brick facade to put a couple speakers outside on the desk. Either way, it was dirty work, and very much not fun.

That was before the age of wireless. And that brings us to Sonos.

There are a million ways to run a music system in a house, and I've tried a good number of them. And Sonos has just about been the easiest, most enjoyable of them all. Android makes it even better, having recently released a controller application, turning any Android smartphone into a whole-house music remote control. Let's do the full review thing after the break, shall we?

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3 years ago

Accessory review: HTC Micro-USB Dual Car Charger

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The latest addition to my Bentley BMW Civic is so simple, I'm not sure what took me so long to do it. It's the HTC microUSB dual-port car charger. One standard 12v outlet, one charger, two USB ports. It comes with one coiled microUSB cable that's perfect for connecting to a car dock, or for charging a phone directly. The coiled part of the microUSB cable's pretty tight, so it'll return to its original shape after multiple stretches. For short runs, like stashing a phone in a cup holder while it's charging, it's perfect.

And if you're like me and have more than one (or two or three) devices on hand, the second charging port becomes a lifesaver. No more having to choose which phone's going to be juiced up, and which will be left to suffer from battery envy. You're on your own to provide the second microUSB cable, though. Only one is included with the charger.

The HTC microUSB dual-port car charger is available for $19.95 in the Android Central Store. We've got more pics after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge Accessories Roundup

The best accessories for your Samsung Droid Charge

 

So you've picked up your brand new Samsung Droid Charge, and surely protecting your investment is a top priority.  The good news is that the hottest Samsung Droid Charge accessories are available right here, and we lay them all out for you to pick and choose what accessory options are best for your Samsung Droid Charge.

And rounding out the five most popular Samsung Droid Charge accessories, we have:

And we're just getting started. Head on past the break for our top choices.

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3 years ago

Droid Charge case review: Mobi Products Skin Case

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Here's the Mobi Products skin case for the Samsung Droid Charge, one of the first cases for the new 4G LTE phone on Verizon. And it's a simple case, providing basic protection.

What you've got is a simple but durable skin that wraps around your phone. Or you slide the phone inside it. Your call. Regardless of how you get it in there, the case protects the shell of your phone from scratches or dings and helps improve your grip, which is good, seeing how the Droid Charge is a large device. It slips on and off fairly easily, but not so easy that it should come off without warning.

The skin case also sports an anti-dust coating, which is good for these rubberized types of skins. It has cutouts for the camera, microUSB port, lanyard holder, microphone and HDMI port. The volume rocker and power button are covered, but you can use them easily through the case.

The Mobi Products Skin Case, available in black, clear (seen here), purple or pink, is available for $9.99 from the Android Central Store. We've got more pics after the break.

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3 years ago

ThunderBolt case review: Mobi Products Crystal Case

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Want a hard case but want to still show off your phone? The Mobi Products Crystal Case for the HTC ThunderBolt does just that. It's your standard hard-shell case, same as we've reviewed previously. But the big difference this time is that you can see through it -- making sure your ThunderBolt can see and be seen.

It's the same plastic two-piece construction we're used to. And save for a tiny serial number and a couple of lines, it's a perfectly clear case. Same cutouts for the ports and buttons (and the kickstand).

Just like its colored counterparts, the crystal case gives you basic protection with minimal thickness. It'll keep the camera lens and touchscreen from touching when it's left face-up or face-down on a tablet.

Putting the case together, and removing it afterward, were simple procedures -- everything locks into place nicely.

The Mobi Products Crystal Case for the HTC ThunderBolt is available for $12.95 in the Android Central Store. We've got more pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 case review: Mobi Products Hard Shell

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Fun fact about the Mobi Products Hard Shell case for the Droid Incredible 2 -- I completely for got it was on the phone, and that's not something I can say too often about a case.

Here's the deal: It's a two-part case that snaps together. It's plastic, but the feel of the plastic is nearly identical to the case of the Droid Incredible 2 itself. The inside is glossy, but the exterior is soft and smooth and is really makes you think you're carrying around a naked phone.

The are the usual cutouts for all the ports and camera lens, and the seam where the two halves of the case snap together are visible but are cut so well (at least in the unit we have) so that you don't really notice it. There's a notch in the left-hand bezel for removing the case, which can be done easily enough.

The short version is this: I've had this case on the Droid Incredible 2 for a few days now and completely forgot about it. That's as much because I got the black version (it also comes in blue and purple) and because the look (it's got the same plateaued back cover) and feel (see above) are almost exactly like the phone itself.

The Mobi Products Hard Shell Case for the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is available now in the Android Central Store for $12.95. We've got more pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

ThunderBolt case review: Case-Mate POP!

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Case-Mate POP! For HTC ThunderBolt

So you want a case that's sturdy, but doesn't feel like a hard case? The Case-Mate POP! for the HTC ThunderBolt is a good middle ground. It's molded out of a hard plastic for strength and rigidity, plus a soft rubber for a more friendly touch.

The bulk of the case -- which comes in black, pink or white -- is made of a glassy plastic, with the Case-Mate logo plenty visible. But on the sides are a textured rubber, which really softens the feel of the case and gives you good grip when you pick it up. There are cutouts for the antenna, camera and flashes, microphones, microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack, and the volume and power buttons are of the same rubber as the sides and interior of the case.

You've got a little extra thickness that helps protect the screen from touching when it's left face-down, and the camera lens is kept well clear of any flat surfaces, too.

It's not a minimal case -- you'll definitely know it's on there. But it's a nice middle ground between a skin case and something more rugged. It's a one-piece unit, so the ThunderBolt just slips in and out. But it's a snug fit, and the phone shouldn't be going anywhere once it's in.

The Case-Mate POP! for the HTC ThunderBolt is available for $27.95 in the Android Central Store. We've got more pics of it after the break.

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3 years ago

Review: Smartphone Experts Top Case for HTC Droid Incredible

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 Smartphone Experts Top Case for HTC Droid Incredible

I use my phone for everything so I made the choice early on to spring for the extended battery. The additional hours it’s given me are well worth the few ounces it adds to my Incredible. Unfortunately, this limits what cases I can use.

I’m not much of a case guy. I don’t want a plastic cover to show off my favorite team, and I don’t have some overwhelming desire to have a blue, white, or green phone. I use a case because I want to protect the device. The problem is that once you move out of the fitted case market, the cases become “one-size-fits-all” monstrosities that claim to fit everything from the Samsung Juke to the Galaxy Tab.

The Smartphone Experts Top Case for the Droid Incredible (among other phones) is a welcome change from that norm. Instead of trying to make a single case for everything, they focused on a specific form factor (in this case, 3.7inch screens) and gave it just enough give to accommodate the extra battery without adding a ton of unnecessary bulk. The case is available in two additional colors (red or tan) but I settled on the standard black since I planned on clipping it to my belt.

The case is made out of high quality leather that’s soft to the touch. With an extended battery, the fit is a little snug, but after a few days the sides loosen up enough so that you can easily pull your phone out when needed without becoming so loose that you’re phone will fall out of it whenever the top isn’t secured. The top flap is secured by using magnets, which give the front a smooth appearance.

The back clip is made out of metal, and whatever they used is strong enough to resist warping or bending. This also means that it’s magnetic, allowing you to secure the top flap to it if you prefer to have the top of the case open for easy access. When I wore the case, I never fell off my belt, and the clip is positioned in such a way so that the case sits low and won’t bite into your side if you sit down while wearing it.

If you’re looking for a new case for your Incredible, the Top Case is an excellent choice. The build quality is top notch, and the leather gives it a professional look. For those of you with the HTC extended battery, it gives a near perfect fit without becoming so large that someone might mistake it for a man-purse. The Smartphone Experts Top Case for HTC Droid Incredible is on sale right now for just $24.95, so be sure to check it out. More pictures after the break.

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4 years ago

Nexus S case review: Seidio Innocase Active X

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Seidio Innocase Active X for the Nexus S

The Seidio Innocase Active X is a case for the Nexus S is built like a tank and perfect for protecting your phone while you're out and about.  It's two-piece design really wraps your phone up well, and while it adds in a bit of bulkiness, it fits really well and doesn't take away from the unique styling that some of us really love about our Nexus S -- myself included.

The case consists of a flexible rubber polymer skin and a hard skeleton that holds the skin in place and protects each corner of your phone from bumps and falls.  Preliminary testing using clumsy hands and parking lots or hardwood floors have been successful :)

It's easy to put on and take back off, and your ports and controls are just as easy to use as they would be without a case, with the USB connector and the headphone jack being cut-out in the rubber skin, and the skin itself designed to operate the power and volume switches via raised spots on the case.  It works just fine. 

Also available is the matching Seidio Active X holster, which holds your Nexus S face-in right on your belt or clipped to your pocket.  It's easy to get the phone in and out of it, and the clip swivels (and locks into place) in six different angles to keep things comfortable.

A lot of Android phones pass through our hands here, but the Nexus S is my personal phone.  I carry it daily, and highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a way to protect their Nexus S.  You can grab the Seidio Innocase Active X case in the Android Central Store for $27.95, or as a bundle with the matching holster for $46.40.  More pictures are after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt Accessories Roundup

The best accessories for your HTC ThunderBolt

HTC ThunderBolt accessories

Now that everybody who's anybody has an HTC ThunderBolt (what, you don't have yours yet?) let's take a quick look at some of the best HTC ThunderBolt accessories, as determined by you, the buying public. First and foremost, to no one's surprise, is the massive HTC 2750mAh extended battery with extended battery door (seen above). Face it, the thing eats batteries for breakfast, and this ThunderBolt extended battery is the first thing most people are buying.

And rounding out the your five hottest HTC ThunderBolt accessories, we have:

And we're just getting started. Head on past the break for our top pics.

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom accessory review: Belkin Grip Sleeve

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Belkin Grip Sleeve

If you're going to do any light traveling with your Motorola Xoom, check out the Belkin Grip Sleeve. It's more than just a basic sleeve. Along with the durable neoprene (think wetsuit), it's got a textured surface so you don't lose your grip while holding it. (Thus the name.)

The sleeve sports a dual-zipper closure, is lightweight, and you can wash it off with soap and water. The inside is plenty soft, and it's not going to scratch your Xoom. It's also loose enough to allow you to store a few papers inside, too.

All in all, it's a simple way to protect and carry your Motorola Xoom. The Belkin Grip Sleeve is available now for $37.95 from the Android Central Store. We've got more pictures after the break.

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