4 years ago

Android Case Review: Aquapac weather-resistant case


Aquapac water-resistant case for Android

I love smartphones. And I love water. And, obviously, those two things don't exactly go hand-in-hand. But enter the Aquapac water-resistant case, and I'm no longer afraid to take my phones to the beach, on a boat -- or down a 17-foot water slide.

Check it out, after the break.

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4 years ago

Case Review: Mobi Products Clip Pouch for the Motorola Droid X


Mobi Products Clip Pouch for Droid X

The Mobi Products Clip Pouch is a no-frills way to protect your Droid X. The pouch is made out of a soft nylon that's stitched together and fits the biggest of Android smartphones. There's a Velcro latch on the front that keeps the phone securely inside.

The rear of the phone sports a belt loop and plastic clip, so you can attach it to a backpack, purse or bag. Inside the case is a small pocket that's just big enough for a full-size SD card or a bit of loose change.

If you face the phone toward the rear of the pouch, you'll have access to the 3.5mm headphone jack (so you can listen to music while it's in the case), the power button and the volume buttons.

All in all, it's a very basic pouch that does its job well without adding much bulk to the phone. The Mobi Products Clip Pouch for the Droid X is available for $9.95 from the Android Central Store. Check out more pics after the break.

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4 years ago

Review: Seidio Spring-Clip Holster for the Evo 4G


Seidio Spring-Clip holster for the Evo 4G

The Seidio Spring-Clip holster for the Evo 4G is a secure and protective way to carry your phone.  Your Evo fits snugly, face in for maximum screen protection, but the top spring clip allows for easy release.  The holster is designed so that all the ports and controls are still accessible even if the phone is locked in place.

On the rear of the holster is a second spring clip, perfect for wearing on your belt, or for hanging on the sun visor of your car.  This clip swivels 360 degrees, allowing for a comfortable fit and access to the volume rocker, headphone jack and USB/HDMI ports without removing the phone from the case.  Inserting your Evo into the holster is a piece of cake -- slip the bottom (face in!) into the molded shell, open the top spring clip, slide the phone in place and release the clip.  And once it's in place, the only way it's coming back out is if the clip is opened.  You can count on it staying put until you want to remove it.

To me, the only drawback to this sort of carry is that the screen isn't visible.  But that's also a big plus -- your Evo's screen isn't going to get scratched or damaged and bump dialing simply can't happen.  I'm stubborn and set in my ways like an old mule, but after receiving the review unit I'm impressed.  If I don't want or need to use Google Maps navigation, the Spring-Clip holster on my visor paired with our cars bluetooth beats the heck out of laying my precious on the dash or in the console.  The Seidio Spring-Clip holster is available at the Android Central Store for $29.95.  There's a video showing how easy it is to use, and some more images after the break.

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4 years ago

Review: Mobi Products skin case for the Sprint Evo 4G


Mobi producte skin case for the Evo 4G

The Mobi Products skin case for the Sprint Evo 4G protects your Evo from bumps and scratches and feels great in the hand while doing it.  Made of some secret variety of rubber, it feels like silicon without the slipperiness.  It wraps your phone completely, leaving only the touchscreen, capacitive buttons, and the speaker grille (including LED and prox/light sensors) uncovered for ease of use and maximum protection.  The skin has cutouts for all the ports and microphone, as well as the kickstand, camera/flash and rear speaker.  Most importantly for the Evo 4G, the skin is thick enough so that laying the phone on it's back still keep the camera lens from making contact with whatever surface it's laying on.  This alone makes the Mobi skin a perfect case for your Evo.

The material is also coated in a special anti-dust and anti-slip coating, and this is one time that a product lives up to it's billing.  I live on a dirt road, and everything in the office collects dust -- everything but this case that is.  It will grab a little pocket lint, but a quick shake (after taking your phone out of course!) and a flick of the finger will send that lint straight to oblivion.

The fit is great, tight enough to stay on while slipping in and out of your pocket, but easy to put on by stretching it around the four corners of your phone.  The sides wrap completely around the bezel, and should offer great protection from an occasional bump on the corners.  The Mobi Products skin case is available in several colors at the Android Central Store for $9.95.  There's a slew of other pics after the break, check em out.

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4 years ago

Review: HTC Skin Case for Evo 4G


HTC Skin Case for Sprint Evo 4G

The HTC Skin Case for the Sprint Evo 4G is one of the easiest ways to protect your phone. It's a basic rubber skin that fits around the Evo with cutouts for the camera, speaker, flashes, kickstand and ports, and it leaves the phone's massive 4.3-inch touchscreen completely uncovered, so you don't lose any usability.

Marrying the Evo to the skin case is a simple matter of sticking the phone in it and making sure the rubber wraps all the way around the phone. The fit at the corners is snug, but not too snug. The case can be a little loose on the sides, but it's only a minor annoyance. It's not going to come off unless you want it to. The case wraps slightly around the front bezel of the phone, so it will keep the screen from hitting if it falls flat.

The biggest drawback to the skin case's rubber texture is that it's a little slick, and it's a bit of a magnet for dust and lint. But the occasional bath in soap and water (be sure to remove your phone first) should take care of that.

The HTC Skin Case for the Sprint Evo 4G is available in several colors the Android Central Store for $9.95. More pictures and video of it in action are after the break.

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4 years ago

Review: Smartphone Experts microUSB car charger with USB port


microUSB car charger 

The Smartphone Experts microUSB car charger with USB port ($14.95) is a great solution for making sure your Android phone stays charged up on the go. One of the things that makes this car charger especially great is that it is multifunctional -- with a USB adapter that will accommodate other devices (like an iPod/iPod Touch).

Let's take a look at it after the break.

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4 years ago

Verizon selling 32GB microSD card for $100 when you buy a Droid X


32GB microSD card

Our pals at PhoneScoop are reporting that Verizon is offering a 32GB microSD card for $100 when purchased with a Droid X, which conveniently goes on sale on Thursday for $199. Without a Droid X, the card will cost you $150. That's still a chunk of change either way, but you'll be the first on your block with the largest phone and the largest storage. And can you really put a price on that? [PhoneScoop]

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4 years ago

Going green: The Solio Rocsta-i hybrid solar charger


Solio Rocsta-i charger

If you're like me, you take your Android phone with you everywhere.  Sometimes you're stuck with a battery in the red, and no AC power in sight.  While there's plenty of gizmos out there that can charge your battery back up, very few are eco-friendly.  Enter the Solio Rocsta-i hybrid charger -- a solid piece of technology that can save your bacon, and plays nice with the blue marble we all live on.  Hit the jump to see more.

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4 years ago

Review: BodyGuardz Protective Skin for Sprint HTC Evo 4G


bodyguardz skin for the HTC Evo 4G

The Bodyguardz Protective Skin for your Sprint Evo 4G's 4.3 inches of glass definitely brings the protection.  Many of us (myself included) do not like a case interfering with the pocketability of our phones, especially when it's as big as the HTC Evo, so a full skin is the answer.  

Made from the same material used to shield the front of automobiles from stones, the Bodyguardz skin is tough and durable, and will keep your Evo 4G free from scratches.  Cut to fit the Evo, it provides screen and full body protection without adding in bulk, and best of all there is no case to grab all that pocket lint or interfere with docks or chargers.

It's also a pretty easy install, and comes with all the materials needed for two applications on your HTC Evo 4G.

Take a look after the break to see a video of the installation process, as well as a few pictures showing off the finished product.

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4 years ago

Gaming on the Droid X


Droid X gaming

Sure, you could use the Motorola Droid X's 4.3-inch screen to be productive and all, but let's get down to what we really want: Games. Fast, smooth, immersive games. And in our demonstration at the Motorola event in New York, that's exactly what we saw. Don't worry so much about specs, just know this: That 1GHz processor and dedicated GPU scream. It's fast. Real fast. We'll show you after the break.

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4 years ago

New BlueAnt apps for Android provide message reading assist


BlueAnt, the maker of innovative Bluetooth peripheral devices, has just announced the availability of new Android apps that work with the S4 True Handsfree Car Speakerphone and the T1 Rugged Bluetooth Headset -- enabling users to hear incoming text messages read aloud automatically.

BlueAnt already considers T1 and S4 to be groundbreaking devices. The T1 provides the excellent wind noise reduction, delivering clear audio in wind speeds up to 22 mph, and the S4 is the world’s first true handsfree car speakerphone, allowing drivers to communicate on the road using just their voice AND without needing to touch their phone or car speakerphone at all. 

Key features of both applications:

  • Listen to your text messages – When you receive a text message your BlueAnt device will automatically read out the full message using Text To Speech technology.
  • Help and Support – The BlueAnt Android apps provide a direct connection to BlueAnt’s customer service center to help users with any product need.
  • User Manual – Both apps also feature a user-friendly searchable manual that has been customized and formatted to fit the phone’s screen.

The apps work with any Android handset running Android OS 2.0 or above, and are available as a free download for all S4 and T1 owners.  Users can download them from the Android Market.   For more information about all BlueAnt’s hands-free device, see www.blueantwireless.com.

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4 years ago

Review: Smartphone Experts Desktop Stand


Looking for a convenient way to prop up your Droid Incredible? Let's take a quick look at the Smartphone Experts Desktop Stand.

Made of genuine leather, black with contrasting stitching, it provides a convenient way to prop up your Droid smartphone on your desk. Small and lightweight, it can lay flat for transportation (i.e. taking it to and from the office).

The video after the break will give you an idea of how it looks and how to assemble -- a simple process that involves bending the leather stand and tucking a tab into one of two holes, which sets the prop angle.

This stand is simple but does its job well. You can get the Smartphone Experts Desktop Stand for $14.95 in the AndroidCentral Store.  Also, note that it will work with most other Android smartphones.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X accessories hands-on


Motorola Droid X car dockMotorola Droid X desktop dock

Motorola Droid X Desktop dockMotorola Droid X Desktop Dock

What's a new phone without a few new accessories to go with it, eh? The Motorola Droid X will have desktop and car docks available at launch, for $49.99 and $39.99, respectively. And the desktop dock also will serve to stream media to your TV over HDMI our DLNA, so it's got that going for it, too, which is nice. Rest assured our own Android Central Store will have accessories, too, and you can check out what else Verizon will be pimping here. (pdf link)

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4 years ago

Google Maps adds ratings, public transit schedules, Latitude improvements


Googleg Maps 4.3Google Maps 4.3

Hot on the heels of Google Voice opening up, here comes an update to Google Maps for Android. Version 4.3 brings the following improvements:

  • Location ratings: Service suck? You'll find out here. The atmosphere less than romantic? You'll know in advance.
  • Public transit schedules: Knowing how to get to the station is important. And now you can get there in time to catch a ride.
  • Latitude friends: You can more easily share your location, and friends are now suggested by Latitude.

Head on over to the Android Market and update your Google Maps now. [Google Mobile blog]

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4 years ago

Shapewriter being pulled from Market; get it while you still can



We're a tad behind on this, but better late than never: If you're a fan of the Shapewriter keyboard, it's being pulled from the Android Market on June 20 -- that's tomorrow. Here's the notice from Shapewwriter:

Please note: We plan to take ShapeWriter off the Android Market on
June 20, 2010 for an indefinite period of time, If you have purchased
or downloaded ShapeWriter Keyboard on your Android device, please
update it to the latest Version 3.0.9 which will not expire as the
previous versions do. We thank you for your interest and support.

Looks like this is all part of Shapewriter being acquired by Nuance, which should be another name you know, namely for its Dragon line of software. We've reached out for more information and will update if and when we know more. [Shapewriter via Android Central Forums]

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