Archive for Accessories

ProClip releases Nokia Lumia 900 accessories

ProClip Lumia 900 Mount ProClip releases Nokia Lumia 900 accessoriesAre you enjoying the fantastic Nokia Drive app on the Lumia 900, yet frustrated that that you can’t find a good spot to place your phone on the car dashboard? Enter ProClip’s mount for the Nokia Lumia 900. The company has been around for some time now, but its accessories for Nokia’s latest smartphone have only just hit the market.

These device mounts, designed to perfectly fit Nokia’s hit Windows Phone, will work with any of ProClip’s vehicle mounts. Combined, the two accessories make it easy to mount your smartphone without damaging the device or the vehicle.

The holder for the Lumia 900 comes in four varieties: Holder with Tilt Swivel, Charging Holder with Tilt Swivel and Cigarette Lighter Adapter, Charging Holder with Tilt Swivel and Straight Power Cord for Fixed Installation, and Adjustable Holder with Tilt Swivel.

We’ve spent a lot of time using ProClip’s device mounts–at our own expense–so we can unequivocally say that they are completely worth the price tag.


HTC TITAN OEM kickstand case review

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I’ve found over the years that while I prefer my smartphone nude, there’s still plenty of reasons to wrap it in something comfortable and safe to protect my new toy. After I got my TITAN earlier this year, I had the unfortunate experience of having it slip out of my pocket while playing with my daughter and go crashing to the concrete. Luckily, I was sitting in some low slung chairs outside of one of our favorite seafood restaurants and didn’t end up with a broken phone. Instead, the concrete left my phone with some gnarly scrapes and scuffs on the top edge that will remind me of the importance of having some extra protection on a $500+ dollar piece of technology made out of metal and glass. That said, HTC is one of the only OEM handset makers that also make their own cases for its mobile lineup. How do its cases compare to its phones? Hit the jump to find out. Continue reading…

HTC adds a car cradle to the TITAN accessory lineup

HTC TITAN Car Upgrade Kit HTC adds a car cradle to the TITAN accessory lineupUnlike most Windows Phone OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), HTC has decided to support its second generation Windows Phone handsets with a lineup of accessories. The Taiwan-based company released docks for the TITAN and Radar last fall–which, contrary to the inaccurate reports of some websites, are indeed available for purchase–and it has begun selling a car dock for the TITAN.

Dubbed the “HTC TITAN Car Upgrade Kit CU S600,” the cradle comfortably fits the TITAN in the horizontal position, perfect for GPS and other in-car tasks. The device is designed to be mounted on the car’s windscreen, so it features a flexible ball joint and neck. In addition to charging the phone, the cradle “auto launches the car panel and Bluetooth.”

Overall, the cradle is very similar to that of HTC’s other accessories. It is currently available on HTC’s Accessory Store for £49.99 (approximately $79). HTC doesn’t specify whether or not the cradle is compatible with the upcoming HTC Titan II, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it was.

[HTC Accessory Store via WPCentral]

Fructel introduces Gametel, a game pad challenger to the Xperia Play

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This article is for you, the person who so desperately wants a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, but who doesn’t want that bulky, unprofessional-looking keyboard all the time. Well here is your solution, the Gametel Android game pad which is slated to be released sometime in December for £49.95.

The Gametel game pad—made by Sweedish company Fructel—is a slick add-on controller that is touted to be compatible with any Android device running version 2.1 (Éclair) or higher, which at this point of time is practically everything. It connects via Bluetooth and either snaps onto your smartphone in landscape mode, or you can just use it wirelessly as a normal controller.

An exciting prospect with this controller—something that the Xperia Play can’t do—is multiplayer. Once you download the controller’s app, you can connect up to 4 gamepads to one Android device. Now consider, if you will, the fact that any Android device worth its salt these days has an HDMI port.

If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, then we’re both thinking of epic Madden NFL and Need for Speed pickup matches anytime, anywhere. Sadly, right now neither of those games is on the fairly substantial list of compatible games, but hopefully it will only be a matter of time.

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Windows Phone finally gets optional dock accessories

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One of the shortcomings of Windows Phone is the scarcity of dock accessories. Microsoft’s device partners must adhere to certain performance standards and minimum specification requirements, but the manufacturers are free to operate within these constraints however they see fit. This flexibility leads to a wide variety of handset styles, but it also makes it more difficult for third parties to create Windows Phone accessories.

HTC revealed on Thursday that it plans to manufacture and sell optional dock accessories for its HTC TITAN and HTC Radar handsets. These docks will allow customers to turn their Windows Phone into an alarm clock, while simultaneously recharging the device’s battery.

A dock isn’t completely necessary–Windows Phone’s built-in alarm clock works quite well–but it can be very useful. More importantly, the availability of device accessories signifies a thriving ecosystem. The amount of accessories can often influence someone’s purchasing decision.

HTC should be applauded for rolling out dock accessories alongside its line of second generation Windows Phone handsets. Hopefully, more manufacturers will follow in its footsteps.


Otterbox Commuter Series case review

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With plenty of cases, covers and sleeves on the market, it’s always hard trying to figure out which one you should go with. Do you go for style, toughness, or a slim form factor? Well, that’s all for you to decide. But if you’re looking for a protective case with a rugged form factor that still comes off with a clean design, the Otterbox Commuter Case deserves to be at the top of your list.

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Wrap it before you tap it; an in-depth look at the Incipio Silicrylic

Written by: Jason Kresge, Photos by: Joanna M. Kresge

Typically, product reviews for smart phone cases relate only for that specific phone, however some companies adapt their one product across numerous devices – the Incipio Silicrylic is one such product. Today we’ll be looking at the Incipio Silicrylic on three devices; the HTC Droid Incredible, the iPhone 3G, and the iPhone 4.

The Incipio Silicrylic is a two-part case – the inner layer is a durable silicone, while the outer layer is a plastic shell. In theory, this gives you the benefits of each style of case. The silicone offers better shock absorption, but the plastic cases offer better looks (due to being molded to any design), and a better fit in the pocket due to not gripping the cloth. The Incipio Silicrylic, and other cases like it, such as the Seidio Active, manage this balance very well. You truly do get the better shock absorption from the inner silicone layer, and the better pocketability of the plastic shell from the outer layer. We’ve also seen from companies like Speck that an outer shell can be made to look attractive with the Candy Shell line as an example. However, you do lose some utility, as the Incipio Edge line is a two-piece where the bottom third slides off to allow for docking when needed. You can’t get this functionality on a two-material case.

So, how does the Incipio Silicrylic stack up as a case? It is durable, very durable. Even though the silicone feels thin and flimsy compared to other silicone cases, and the plastic shell is an ultra thin skeleton, both parts seem to last. My wife has used the Silicrylic on her iPhone 3G since 2008. The case’s reliability caused her to buy again for her iPhone 4, as well as caused me to consider it for my HTC Droid Incredible. The one knock that we both have is that the plastic case has a matte layer that can chip. Unlike the peeling of the Seidio Active, however, this is only noticeable under close inspection.

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We put the Incipio Silicrylic through rigorous testing.

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HTC HD7 Speck PixelSkin HD Review

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The HTC HD7 has to be one of the largest smart phones I have ever owned. Its increbily thin for a cutting edge phone but the width makes it just barely difficult to use with just one hand. I feel like it will tumble out of my hands at any time considering its slippery sides. I rarely use cases for my phones, but this was motivation enough to seek out a case for the HTC HD7.

One case I came across that I did like and use for a while on the Zune HD was the PixelSkin and this product line was also available for the HD7 so I picked one up for $30.

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Seidio Multi-Function Battery Charger Review

While this review is for the HTC Droid Incredible version, the charger itself will work with any battery provided you purchase the tray for it. So, if you have multiple phones, you only need to buy the charger once.

The charger itself comes in 3 parts. From left to right – wall charger (included), HTC battery tray (included), HTC Touch Pro 2 OEM battery (for review purposes), and universal USB cable (included, bottom).

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