When a new Android tablet like the Nexus 9 arrives, third-party cases soon follow. The folks at our store are working out exactly what we're going to carry for the Nexus 9, but we know two things about early adopters who already have their Nexus 9 in their hands — nobody likes to wait, and we all want something to cover and protect our new (and expensive) tablet.
Both the official Magic Case and Keyboard Folio are really nice cases, but we know they won't be perfect for everyone. I spent the last week or so digging through Amazon and trying out a slew of third-party cases. We've put together a list of the "best of the best" for you to have a look through while you are waiting. The list of available accessories keeps growing every day, so I'm not done here. But this is a great start and chances are you'll see something that would work well for you.
Amazon has started shipping the Magic Cover for the Nexus 9, but only in a single color. Should you be looking out for a new cover through the online retailer, you'll have to make do with Coral Amethyst (pictured above), though at least it's something, right?
In addition to being available on the Google Play Store, Amazon, and through HTC, the leather Nexus 9 Magic Cover is also arriving at Best Buy. Retailing for $49, the black leather Magic Cover is currently listed as out of stock at Best Buy online and through most local stores, so you may want to check the big box retailer's inventory before headed out to your nearest Buy Buy store to snag one.
HTC is selling several of their accessories for up to 50 percent off. Accessories for devices like the the HTC One M8, the recently-released Nexus 9, and even HTC's new RE Camera are all part of this sale.
$39 gets you a capable, easy-to-use cover for your Nexus 9
Here we have a quick look at the retail version of the Magic Cover for the Nexus 9 tablet. And fortunately a quick look is all we need to tell you that this is a capable, easy-to-use cover. We've had origami-type covers leave us frustrated in the past, but that fear quickly subsided with the Magic Cover.
One side is polyurethane and is meant to face outward, with the inward-facing side a softer suede-like material. Don't be surprised if you find yourself forgetting which is which though. (Hint: the "nexus HTC" logo goes on the inside.) Magnets keep everything in place when the cover's flat on the front or back of the tablet, though we are a little curious how it holds up to be jostled around inside a gear bag. They're strong, but they're not that strong.
The new Nexus 9 tablet may be branded as a Google hardware product, but its made by HTC. Now the company has quietly added the Magic Cover accessory for the tablet that combines the features of a cover with a stand.
Verizon's super-affordable Ellipsis 8 now has a solid cover and Bluetooth keyboard folio available. The Logitech Type - V has all of the important Android shortcut keys available, a hole in the back for the camera to keep taking pictures with the device camera, and added protection against everyday bumps and scratches.
Microsoft has started teasing Friday's "12 Days of Deals" promotion that will offer a Jawbone Mini Jambox speaker for just $69.99 both online and in-store, with an even lower price of $49.99 for folks who are first in line to get the speaker at their local Microsoft Store location.
Amazon is offering developers an outlet to publish their HTML5-based apps to the company's Fire TV set-top box and their Fire TV Stick HDMI dongle. Developers who have already released web apps for Amazon's Fire tablets and its Fire smartphone can also release those same apps for the Fire TV devices.
If you managed to hold off on buying the Chromecast during Black Friday, you'll be glad to know that Google is now offering a $20 Play Store credit toward purchasing movies and other digital content to stream to the device. The deal is in addition to three months of free Google Play Music All Access (for first-time subscribers) and two months of Hulu Plus that Google is already giving away to all buyers of the Chromecast.
You spent hard-earned money on the Galaxy Note 4, and particularly if you bought off-contract you're aware of the price of this device. If you're tough on devices they're bound to pick up scratches on the screen — mine already has two after a couple months use — but a screen protector can dramatically reduce the chances of that happening.
Phil gave us a nice introduction to the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio when a weary UPS delivery person dropped it off the day before Thanksgiving, but we wanted to revisit it after using it for a few days. It's the first accessory available for the Nexus 9, and with a hefty $130 price tag, we know that it's important to learn all you can learn before you plunk any money down.
HTC is planning to launch a successor to the RE camera accessory next year. In an interview with Focus Taiwan, HTC North Asia president Jack Tong announced that the manufacturer is working on a new standalone model aimed at the "mass consumer market."
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