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2 years ago

HTC EVO 3D case review: Seidio CONVERT Combo

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You are the toughest of Android users. You punch bears in the face, drink motor oil, and grind rocks to dust with a simple clench of your hand. You're the fiercest of the lot, but you need to make sure your phone is equally protected. For you, there is but one option: the Seidio CONVERT Combo for HTC EVO 3D.

 

An all-around, full-phone protection solution, we're looking at three separate parts that, when combined, form the Voltron of the cell phone case universe. On the farthest inner layer, there's a Seidio Innocase II Surface, keeping your phone wrapped up nice and snug. On top of that is a tight-fitting, dust-proof, rubberized skin, ensuring your phone can survive any tumbles and drops (probably from your bear-punching escapades). On top of that is a six-prong hard plastic skeleton, wrapping it's insect-like hooks around the whole thing, like the terrifyingly safe hug from an armored beetle.

You're also looking at total lens coverage, with a folding rubber flap that exposes the lenses for when you just need to have proof to show your friends. As a matter of fact, the only part of the phone not completely dust covered and wrapped up is the 2D/3D switch next to the shutter button. Aside from that, nothing is breaking into this fort.

There's also an included hip holster, because this whole operation adds a fair bit of bulk to the phone's otherwise svelte slimness. But you knew that, and for what you're doing, you're willing to sacrifice a little bit of pocket space to know your newest investment comes home as safe and sound each night as you do.

More pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Captain America Live Wallpaper

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We've briefly mentioned this one before, but I thought it was so awesome, it deserved a full-blown review. It's the Captain America Live Wallpaper, and while it looks good on a phone, it looks even better on a tablet.

It's as straightforward as they come, with no settings menu to speak of. You either use it as your wallpaper or you don't. In stock Captain America fashion, the shield repels bullets that you can activate by touching the screen.

Once you've picked it as your wallpaper, you can change the angle of the shield by swiping around your screens. When you're on your home screen, it's perfectly centered. Swipe left and right and the angle changes appropriately. Simple, but awesome.

Performance is fine, with the Tegra-2 never missing a beat, so there's no screen lag whatsoever. To top it off, if you tap on the Captain America icon that'll be added to your home screen, a menu pops up that allows you to set the wallpaper and buy the Sentinel of Liberty game, and it has some rockin', heroic music.

It's a free install, so if you enjoy the comic books, the movie, or just feel like being really patriotic, get to the Market and start downloadin'.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Acer Iconia Smart finally set to appear in September?

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Remember the Acer phone with the massive 4.8-inch screen? There's a good possibility not, but we first went hands on with the device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and things have been a little quiet since it appeared at the FCC in April.

Now though, according to the official Facebook page of Acer Germany, the device is slated to launch some time in September for €499 ($710). The device page is live on Acer's official site, but with no information on price and availability. 

Back at MWC the specs were pretty tasty, but as time has passed it by and the smartphone world is populated by dual core super phones, will the Smart still be able to cut it? 

No word as yet on availability in other countries, but if you like to get your mobile movie viewing on, this could still be worth a look. 

Check out our initial hands on video after the break.

Source: Acer Germany 

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid HD makes the Droid Bionic look downright thick

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What's all this then? Look, we're finally getting used to the idea that we might actually see the Motorola Droid Bionic released sometime in 2011, and now this little slice of sexy has showed up. Engadget was slipped a few pics of the as-yet unannounced device, with a couple of them showing it lounging next to the upcoming Verizon DB.

Let's start with what you can actually see in the pictures. There's no carrier branding on this thing, and note the different style of menu button. That could mean it's a prototype, or it could mean it's not intended for Verizon, never mind the Droid name. But we've seen EVO make the leap from Sprint in the U.S. to the GSM networks in Europe and in Canada, so there's that to consider.

The power button appears to have been moved to the right-hand bezel, a la every Samsung phone of the past year or so. It's sitting above the volume rocker. There's a front-facing camera, natch, and an "HD" camera with flash that will record video in 1080p. Been there, done that. HDMI and microUSB ports round things out. On that front.

More intriguing are the pictures of what appear to be a humungous removable battery. No doubt it's larger because it's also thinner, and the entire device is shown as being thinner than the Droid Bionic. And there's also the side-loaded (as in on the outside of the phone, on the left-hand bezel) SIM and microSD card slots. External SD card slots are few and far between, never mind SIM card slots.

Anyhoo. Place your bets as to where this puppy will end up. But if it's a sign of Motorola design to come, the next crop could be very interesting.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Don't forget to vote in the Readers Choice awards for best Android phone

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Friendly reminder time folks -- the polls are still open so don't forget to vote for the best Android phone in your region or on your carrier!  If you do, you're not allowed to come back later and complain -- them's the rules.  We rounded up a list of currently available or announced phones for each category, and all you need to do is vote for your favorite:

Get in the forums and let your voice be heard! Voting will end at the end of the month.

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2 years ago

'Official' Gingerbread build leaks for the HTC ThunderBolt

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Anybody up for a little Gingerbread on your HTC ThunderBolt? The Android 2.3 update that we're all oh so patiently waiting on hasn't yet been pushed, but a new leak -- and this is about the 16th ThunderBolt ROM leak, for those of you playing at home -- has emerged.

Build 2.07.605.0 is said to be an "official" build -- as in not a janky test build -- but it's not yet the "final" one that will be pushed. And you know how that goes -- ain't nothin' officially final until it's officially final.

Anyhoo, ol' Chingy's got the virgin RUU worked up alongside a few rooted builds. So if you're the brave type, give it a shot.

Source: ThunderBolt Gingerbread leak; via Rootzwiki

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix Gingerbread update now available in Korea

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The Korean version of the Motorola Atrix has a tasty western treat available, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is now live and available for installation.  The update looks just about the same as we saw here recently in the states, including the newer version of Blur that allows customization of the launcher bar and app folders.  The under-the-hood changes should be the same, too -- look for a nice performance boost if you're installing this one.  The update is available at Motorola customer care centers, and via Motorola's website.  If you're signed up with Blur, you can also get the download OTA style.  For the full details and instructions, visit the source links.

Source: Motorola.  More: Motorola (Korean)

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2 years ago

Help with firmware updates, Tab as a laptop replacement? [From the Forums]

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Although today was far less exciting then yesterday, some good stuff still happened. We can't have crazy corporate buyout news everyday anyway. If ya missed out on any of the news today, make sure you take a step back and have a look. Make sure you hit up the Android Central forums as well.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

U.S. Cellular adds Samsung Gem, HTC Merge to its prepaid lineup

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The HTC Merge and the Samsung Gem are now available on U.S. Cellular's month-to-month plans, joining the LG Apex and Optimus U in the carrier's prepaid lineup. The Merge, which will cost $299.99, is global-ready with a 3.8 inch touch screen, a slide out QWERTY keyboard, and Android 2.2. The Gem has a 3.2 inch WQVGA display, an 800 MHz processor, and is also Froyo flavored, with a price tag of $139.99. U.S. Cellular prepaid plans start at $40 for 450 minutes and 200 MB of data, and continue up to $70 for unlimited calling and 2 GB worth of data, and all activation fees on plans over $50/month are currently being waived. Hit the break for the full presser.

Source: U.S. Cellular

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2 years ago

Asus launches Eee Pad Slider page, still no release date

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The Asus Transformer is one of the coolest Honeycomb tablets on the market. It's as yet unreleased sibling, the Slider, seems to be getting ever closer to release, as Asus have launched its official page for the tablet.

The spec list isn't showing up any surprises, and curiously is shipping with "Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS (3.2 upgradable)." The 3.2 update for the Transformer is already live, so hopefully this means that the Slider is complete and ready to start shipping soon. Battery life is said to be 8 hours, and you get most of the ports available on the Transformer, but no full SD card slot.

Included software goodies will be familiar to any Transformer owners, with Polaris Office 3.0, Zinio Magazines and Asus' own cloud and media applications. 

All we need now is the release date, won't you help us out Asus? 

Source: Asus

 

 

 

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