Phandroid » Accessories http://phandroid.com Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 02 May 2015 07:51:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 Samsung’s new Level On headphones and Level Link coming to US mid-May http://phandroid.com/2015/04/29/samsung-level-on-level-link/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/29/samsung-level-on-level-link/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:07:40 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=164294 SamsungLevelLifestyleImage_14

Samsung recently announced some new additions to their Level audio line, and news today has arrived that those in the US will have a chance to get their hands on these latest products starting mid-May. Both the Level On Wireless headphones and the unique Level Link audio peripheral take advantage of Bluetooth connectivity to offer cord-free listening experiences.

The Level On Wireless headphones are an update to Samsung’s previous over-ear offering, featuring active noise cancellation (calculated via input from six built-in microphones) and enhanced sound quality through a dual-layered diaphragm design. A touch control pad activates functionality like S Voice for connected Galaxy devices and can be used to send and receive calls.

The Level Link is a bit more unique, a wireless bridge that connects traditional stereo equipment like speakers, headphones, or even a TV to Bluetooth audio sources. The Link is built for low-latency audio playback and can stream up to two sources simultaneously.

Both new Level offerings feature an Android app to fully customize the listening experience. Exact pricing has not been disclosed at this time.

 

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Here’s a quick look at the LG G4’s Quick Circle cases [VIDEO] http://phandroid.com/2015/04/28/lg-g4-quick-circle-cases-video/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/28/lg-g4-quick-circle-cases-video/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:10:07 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=164224 Talk about the LG G4 at AndroidForums.com!

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If you’ve seen our LG G4 hands-on and decided that you’re going to bite the bullet on buying it, you might want to start looking at options for accessories. Thankfully LG gave us a good look at some early ones, including the various cases that will be available for the device once it goes on sale.

The company is bringing back their tried and true Quick Circle series. These  are folio cases with a circle cut out for the LG G4’s AMOLED display to show information and allow you to use mini apps, all the while merely sipping on battery as AMOLED displays have the ability to light up individual pixels.

The Quick Circle gives access to time and date, weather, music controls, a quick look at messages and even the camera without having to flip the cover. Its utility serves to solve the main annoyance people have with most folio cases, which is having to flip it open even for the smallest of tasks.

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The case comes in an assortment of different colors, including gold and silver, a light blue, a dark grey, pink and brown. The case materials appear to be a nice firm plastic, and they all feature a subtle diamond pattern to add to the looks.

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There’s also the Quick Circle Pop, which serves the same purpose but is seemingly made out of a shiny, gummy patent leather material. There’s no word on how much these will cost just yet, though previous releases tell us to expect them in the range of $30 to $40. Be sure to take a closer look at them in the video above.

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TYLT VU Wireless Charging Car Mount Review http://phandroid.com/2015/04/25/tylt-vu-wireless-charging-car-mount-review/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/25/tylt-vu-wireless-charging-car-mount-review/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:26:17 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=164101 TYLT-VU-Charger-2

Charging your phone, sometimes multiple times per day, has become a burden that we’re all conditioned to do as a normal task. Sure, it’s not that cumbersome, but you still need to find your charger, find the cable, and then attempt to plug it in correctly the first attempt – try getting it right the first time in the dark. Wireless charging tends to make life a bit easier in this regard, because it’s simple and highly convenient. All you have to do is place your phone on the charging area and watch the juices begin to flow into your device. A company by the name of TYLT, one of the more popular and higher quality wireless charging manufacturers out there, has brought wireless charging to your vehicle via a car mount. This is the TYLT VU Wireless Charging Car Mount review.

Before we get into the actual review of this phone accessory, let’s take a look at how I use my Android phone in the car. My current phone is the Nexus 6. With it’s ample screen real estate, I sometimes have Google Maps running in the foreground with Google Play Music streaming via Bluetooth to my car’s speakers in the background. If I don’t need Maps, I’ll still have Google Play Music streaming, with my screen set to never turn off, so that I can easily change songs with a simple finger swipe. Recently though, I’ve been using the AutoMate App, which keeps the screen on as well, shows directions, the current tune playing, my current speed and heading, etc. instead. My point is, my phone is always doing something while I’m safely paying attention to the road of course, and it’s always sucking away previous battery life.

I’ve been using the TYLT VU Wireless Charging Car Mount for a long time. In fact, this review is way overdue by a couple of months. I’ve been using the mount in my car as a daily charging tool with my near hour long commute to and from work and I’ve used it on a few long road trips, such as a three hour drive to the Big Android Meat & Greet last month in Alexandria, Virginia.

Part of the reason for the delay in my review is because this is actually my second TYLT VU car mount. The first one I was sent was a pre-production unit. The sticky suction cup, which I’ll talk about in a moment, gave me a few issues and the gripping arms on the side were peeling off. That’s not the best experience as you can imagine. After letting TYLT know about my issues, they said that I had a pre-production unit, they had never heard of this issue, and would promptly send out a replacement. I’m happy to say that 1) TYLT reviewed the returned unit and did state that it was in fact faulty and 2) the production charger that was sent to me is of the utmost quality and works as intended. If you happen to run into these issues yourself, though they should already be fixed in the production run, but the TYLT VU dock comes with a one year warranty just in case.

Hardware
The TYLT VU Wireless Charging Mount is a little larger and heavier than my previous, non-charging mount, but it’s also a TYLT product, so that means build quality is going to be higher than competitors. And that’s true. This car mount screams quality from every angle.TYLT-VU-Charger-1

Starting from the bottom, most car docks include a small puck shaped disc and double-sided tape for your mount. This provides your dock with a smooth, flat surface to grip onto and attach to your car’s dash. The VU Wireless Charging Car Mount did not include one of these to my surprise. Instead, the VU came with an ultra-sticky suction cup that is supposed to stick to various surfaces and textures with ease. The dash of my wife’s Jeep is much smoother and flatter than my Suzuki’s dash and the VU had absolutely no problems sticking to either surface for weeks at a time before moving between vehicles. If you happen to get some dust or dirt on the suction cup, a slightly moist cloth can do the trick to get it ready for use again. Also, TYLT states that you can use the suction cup on the windshield, I didn’t test that setup in either of my vehicles. And it’s also worth mentioning, the above pictured shot does include a disc from a previous mount, though in my testing, I did move the mount around various places before ultimately choosing a location where I already had a disc installed. I didn’t want to rip the old disc off of my dash and potentially leave a mark. I guess that’s another bonus feature of the TYLT VU, there’s no sticky doubled-sided tape to ruin your dash!

The base unit is fairly straight forward. On the back you’ll find a lever that allows the suction cup to clamp down on the surface of whatever you’re trying to place the mount onto. To release the suction, you can easily press in on the button area provided on the lower back.

As I mentioned above, the TYLT VU is a bit large. At the top of the cone shaped base, you’ll find a ball joint that pivots, allowing you to rotate your soon to be attached phone in various ways for your optimal viewing pleasure. The wireless charging pad then attaches onto the ball joint, which can be tightened with a plastic triangular nut. The VU charger won’t allow vertical adjustment, which is a bit of a bummer, but does allow for a reasonable amount of horizontal adjustment. I had no problems finding the perfect angle, I just wish the phone or mount wasn’t so tall or included an arm to position the wireless charging pad at an equal height or lower than the base itself.

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Along the sides of the wireless charging pad you find two rubberized arms for gripping your phone. To clamp down on your device, simply squeeze the arms until your device is secured. I had the most success when I squeezed the arms towards the back.

To release your phone from the mount’s grips, press the included button at the top of the wireless charging pad. The arms are spring loaded and will immediately release your phone. The first time I did this my Nexus 6 fell and bounced off of my car’s center console. Lesson learned. Since then, every time I press the release button with one hand, I use a second hand to hold my phone, just in case.

At the bottom of the wireless charging pad you’ll find a tiny charging port for plugging in the included vehicle adapter. One nice feature about TYLT’s offering? Even though the mount is taking up your vehicle’s charging port (cigarette lighter socket) the adapter includes a 5V 1.3A USB port so that you can charge another device if need be. Feel free to rub it in while you charge your significant other’s device like a barbarian with a cable, while you get to live in the future with Qi charging.

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The TYLT VU Wireless Charging Car Mount comes with two adjustable bottom brackets that slide into the bottom of the wireless charging pad. These brackets can be adjusted to accommodate your phone. For example, I had to position the bottom bracket just right so that the side clamp wouldn’t press the volume buttons on my Nexus 6. I’m not really sure why two brackets are included as one of them comes with a notch on the side which could be for USB cable management, which really isn’t needed, at least in my situation. This might be different if you chose the windshield as a mounting option.

Wireless Charging
If you’re not familiar with wireless charging, the simplest explanation is that wireless charging is extremely convenient, but definitely not fastest. You actually sacrifice charging speed for ease of use, the ability to just place your phone on a charging pad and forget about it. Wireless charging generally makes your phone very hot too, which, depending on what school you’re from, may not be the best choice for your battery in the long run. When we add larger batteries and rapid charging capabilities like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0, OPPO’s VOOC charging, and Samsung’s new quick charging technology to the mix, the argument in favor of slow Qi charging gets a little harder.

For example, I use Qi charging with my Nexus 6 every night. If I need a quick bump during the day, I won’t opt for wireless charging, I’ll grab my Motorola Rapid Charger every time. What I’m trying to say is that for long, uninterrupted charging sessions, wireless charging is great, but if you need more juice and don’t have a whole lot of time, a quick charger is probably going to be the better choice. However, the convenience of a high quality wireless charger in the car is enough for me to really enjoy this charger.

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As for device support, TYLT uses a 3-coil Qi technology in their VU Wireless Charging Car Mount allowing for a very long compatibility list, including 6-inch phones. My Nexus 6 fits perfectly, thanks to the large 3.6” wide grip clearance. To find out if your device is supported, you’ll want to head on over to the official TYLT VU compatibility guide before purchasing.

The question remains, can the TYLT VU Wireless Charging Car Mount keep my Nexus 6 charged while streaming Google Play Music, using Google Maps, and with the screen set to always-on? The VU won’t keep your device topped off at 100%, but it will definitely slow down the rate of battery drain. For example, I was able to drive for 3 and a half hours with everything mentioned in use and only lose 16% of battery. That’s pretty good, I’d say. During my daily commutes to and from work, I usually only drop a couple percentage points whereas before I’d drop an easy 10%. A wireless charger definitely helps.

Conclusion
The bottom line is that your phone isn’t going to charge as fast as it would with a USB cable and higher amp charger. That’s not really the point of wireless charging though. It’s about convenience. Before, I only charged my phone in the car if I knew my battery was low or I knew I wouldn’t be able to get to a charger later in the day. Picking up a USB cable off of the floor is a major first world problem, but it’s one that I opted to only do in dire situations. So, for the lazy and for the convenience seekers, the TYLT VU Wireless Charging Car Mount is a very tempting choice.

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You can buy the TYLT VU Wireless Charging Car Mount from directly from TYLT or head on over to Amazon and pick one up today for $79.99 in gray, blue, red, or green. TYLT stands by their high quality products and you generally get what you pay for when it comes to these types of accessories. Other, cheaper options exist on the market right now, but I’d rather take my chances with a company with a proven track record.

If you have any specific questions, let us know in the comments.

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Best Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Cases http://phandroid.com/2015/04/23/best-samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-cases/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/23/best-samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-cases/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:02:18 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163800 Speck CandyShell Grip Galaxy S6 Edge case DSC09490

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is one of the most attractive Android devices to date. It has a gorgeous curved display that looks like something you’d find in a sci-fi movie. With all of this beauty it would be a shame if something happened to the device. A simple case can add a personal touch while providing protection.

The Galaxy S6 Edge is actually one of the best devices for a case. Cases on a phones with standard displays often have a raised lip around the edge that makes it hard to swipe in from the side. This is a gesture that is used a lot in Android. Cases on the Galaxy S6 Edge don’t have that lip on the edges to account for the curved display, which makes it much nicer to use.

Note: Many of the cases in our Best Cases for the Samsung Galaxy S6 list also have versions for the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Rugged Cases

Incipio DualPro

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The DualPro is one of Incipio’s classic cases. It combines a flexible and soft silicone inner core with a hard polycarbonate outer shell. The result is great impact resistance and shock absorption. [Buy from Amazon]

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro

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At first glance the Unicorn Beetle Pro looks like a tank. It has dual layer (TPU and polycarbonate) protection with shock absorbing core and impact resistant bumper. If that’s not enough it also comes with a rugged holster clip. [Buy from Amazon]

Verus Thor Series

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The Thor Series is another case that combines the powers of TPU and polycarbonate. The unique thing about this case is the shape. It’s narrower towards the middle of the device, which makes it feel really nice in the hand. [Buy from Amazon]

Poetic Affinity

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The Affinity has a fortified bumper made of dense TPU for maximum drop protection at the corners. The frosted transparent back showcases the Galaxy S6 Edge and hides pesky fingerprints. [Buy from Amazon]

Case-Mate Tough Stand

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This dual-layered case offers a smooth finish and ultra slim design. Its lightweight, but still offers enhanced impact resistance and shock dispersion. The integrated stand is also a nice touch. [Buy from Amazon]

Slim Cases

Incipio NGP

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Incipio’s classic NGP case features soft shell technology that provides a barrier between your device and everyday wear and tear. It’s translucent, stretchy, grippy, and tear resistant, but very thin and lightweight. [Buy from Amazon]

Incipio Octane

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The Octane blends soft TPU with hard polycarbonate. The sides of the case are lined with the shock absorbing TPU, while the back of the case is rigid. It’s the perfect combination for protection and a slim profile. [Buy from Amazon]

Speck CandyShell Grip

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The CandyShell Grip case has become one of the more popular phone cases around. It has a dual-layer design that mixes hard plastic with grippy rubber. The rubber makes it very easy to hold the phone, but if you still drop it it will be protected. [Buy from Amazon]

Caseology Threshold Series

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The Threshold Series is a TPU case with a lot of style. It’s made of two interlocking layers that come with cut-outs and different colors. When put together you get a really unique and personal look. [Buy from Amazon]

Verus 2Link Series

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Most cases just snap on, but the 2Link comes in two parts that slide together. This makes for a perfect fit that adds a bit of two-tone style. The case is made of hard polycarbonate with a soft grippy finish. [Buy from Amazon]

Obliq Slim Meta

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The Galaxy S6 Edge has a beautiful glass design, but if you prefer metal the Slim Meta is a nice choice. This case is super slim and it has a brushed metal back section that looks a little bit like the iPhone 5. [Buy from Amazon]

Battery Cases

Mophie Juice Pack

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The Juice Pack offers up to 100% extra battery life for your Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s not overly bulky, and it adds some protection to your device as well. It comes in three colors that are designed to perfectly match the Galaxy S6. [Buy from Mophie]

Comsoon Ultra Slim Rechargable

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If you’re looking for something a little cheaper the Comsoon Ultra Slim is a nice option. It has a 3500mAh batter packed into a decently slim body. You’ll get extra juice, a little added protection, and it won’t add too much bulk. [Buy from Amazon]

Wallet Cases

Incipio Corbin

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Incipio’s Corbin Wallet case is a sophisticated, lightweight carrying solution that offers the convenience of protection and functionality. The front flap protects your screen and provides a place for cards and cash. [Buy from Amazon]

Spigen Wallet S

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The Wallet S has 3 card slots and an interior compartment for extra cash. Premium faux leather encompasses the hard polycarbonate casing that firmly holds your phone in place. Spigen has also included a bunch of magnets that hold the screen cover and can double as a kickstand. [Buy from Amazon]

Rearth Ringke Discover

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The Ringke Discover is a high quality protective cover that has three card slots for extra convenience. It also has a standing view to give you hands-free experience. The case is slim and very premium feeling, it was handcrafted by Italian designers. [Buy from Amazon]

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Once again, be sure to check out our Best Cases for Samsung Galaxy S6 list for more case ideas. A gorgeous phone like the Galaxy S6 Edge deserves an equally gorgeous case. Are you going to put a case on your Galaxy S6 Edge? Do you usually leave your phone case-less?

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OnePlus One gets $1 price cut to celebrate one-year anniversary (and other actual deals inside) http://phandroid.com/2015/04/23/oneplus-one-1-year-anniversary-sale/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/23/oneplus-one-1-year-anniversary-sale/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:02:29 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163917 OnePlus One DSC06073

The OnePlus One has now hit its lowest price point ever — you can grab it for a whopping $1 cheaper from here on out! Not exciting news, I know, but it is a symbolic gesture by OnePlus to celebrate the phone’s one-year anniversary.

Thankfully they have some actual deals to celebrate the occasion. Any T-Shirt available in their gear store can now be had for 50% less than its usual cost for a limited time.

The same deal also goes for select accessories, including JBL E1+ earphones, USB OTG cables, screen protectors, every case except the Bamboo StyleSwap cover and the  replacement USB power adapter. Not a bad time to stock up on some of this stuff if you’ve been putting it off.

PS: OnePlus is also hosting a nice contest if you are feeling lucky. You can enter to win a free OnePlus One with a Power Bank, as well as a t-shirt of your choice. Four of these bundles are up for grabs so be sure to do everything you can here to increase your chances of winning. Good luck!

[via OnePlus]

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Android 5.1.1 (LMY47V) officially uploaded to AOSP and here’s the full changelog, Nexus Player factory images also available http://phandroid.com/2015/04/21/android-5-1-1-lmy47v-aosp-changelog-nexus-player-factory-images/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/21/android-5-1-1-lmy47v-aosp-changelog-nexus-player-factory-images/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:05:00 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163821 Lollipops

While some still anxiously await Android 5.1 to hit their devices, Google is onto bigger and better things. Android 5.1.1 (officially 5.1.1_r1 build number LMY47V) has just been uploaded to AOSP and as the small .1 increase suggests, looks to bring smaller bug fixes. That’s not to downplay the software update which probably maybe hopefully patches up that nasty memory leak plaguing some devices.

While Nexus devices will have to wait a little longer before an official rollout begins, a factory image is currently available for the Nexus Player (Fugul) if you feel like getting a head start. If you’re looking for exact changes, a detailed developer changelog from Android 5.1.0_r5 to 5.1.1_r1 can be found right here.

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Best Samsung Galaxy S6 cases http://phandroid.com/2015/04/21/best-samsung-galaxy-s6-cases/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/21/best-samsung-galaxy-s6-cases/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:18:54 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=161468 Speck-Inked-Galaxy-S6-case

Now that you have a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S6 it’s time to customize and protect it. Samsung designed the Galaxy S6 with Gorilla Glass 4 on the back and front, which may be incredibly strong, but is certainly not invincible. Almost every phone is susceptible to a nasty crack if it lands in the perfectly wrong way. Don’t let that happen to your Galaxy S6. We’ve got some excellent cases that can protect your phone and make it stand out from the crowd.

Note: Many of these cases have variants for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Here is a list of cases just for the Edge.

Rugged Cases

Rugged cases are the most extreme form of protection you can use. These cases add extra bulk to the device, but they also add a ton of protection.

Spigen Rugged Armor

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The Rugged Armor is a flexible TPU case featuring an industrial design. It has a mix of glossy lines and carbon fiber texture, which provide decent protection without being overly bulky. This case is more for a rugged look than rugged protection. [$11.99]

Spigen Tough Armor

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The Tough Armor case is the beefiest Spigen has to offer. It’s the perfect combination of a soft TPU layer and a hard polycarbonate backing. The case is reinforced with Air Cushion Technology that absorbs shock from bumps and falls without the bulk. [$18.99]

Spigen Neo Hybrid

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The Neo Hybrid case is a mix between TPU, polycarbonate, and metal. It has all the benefits of a tough, rugged case, but it’s lightweight and relatively slim. This case is the best of both rugged and slim cases. [$19.99]

Speck MightyShell

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The MightyShell boasts “2x military-grade protection.” It has three different layers of materials for excellent impact protection, but yet is only 0.18-inches thick. The MightyShell also comes with a lifetime warranty (if for some reason you never upgrade your phone). [$49.95]

Slim Cases

A slim case can add a little bit of extra protection, mostly against scratches and dings, but they also add some style. Using a slim-fitting case is a nice way to personalize your phone without bulking it up and losing the attractive profile.

Spigen Capsule Solid

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The “Capsule” name comes from the encapsulated protection that this case offers. The flexible matte TPU wraps tightly around the device for a snug fit that offers extra grip and protection against dings and scratches. [$14.99]

Speck CandyShell Grip

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The CandyShell Grip case has become one of the more popular phone cases around. It has a dual-layer design that mixes hard plastic with grippy rubber. The rubber makes it very easy to hold the phone, but if you still drop it it will be protected. [$34.95]

Speck CandyShell Inked

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The CandyShel Inked is an artistic twist on the original CandyShell case. It comes in five unique designs to add some style to the phone, and it’s still certified to meet military drop test standards. [$39.95]

Spigen Slim Armor

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The Slim Armor case keeps things secure without adding a lot of extra bulk The dual layer of TPU interior and hard polycarbonate exterior keeps your device protected in a minimal design, and the kickstand is a nice addition. [$16.99]

Spigen Thin Fit

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If you want protection against bumps and scratches, but don’t want to sacrifice the feel of your device, the Thin Fit case is a good choice. The Thin Fit is a hard case that stays true to its name and only adds a negligible amount of weight for a case-less feeling. [$10.99]

Spigen Neo Hybrid EX

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The Neo Hybrid EX is a TPU bumper case. It only protects the sides and edges of the phone. If you’re worried about corners being dinged and the phone slipping out of your hands this is a great little case. [$23.99]

Incipio Feather

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An Incipio classic, the lightweight Feather case features a hard polycarbonate construction for rigid device protection. As the name suggests, this case is very light and thin. You won’t even notice it’s there. [$24.99]

Battery Cases

The Galaxy S6 battery life woes have been well documented, and while Fast Charging helps the situation, it’s not a perfect solution. Fast Charging doesn’t help if you’re away from a power outlet. A battery case, on the other hand, can add juice wherever you are.

Mophie Juice Pack

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The Juice Pack offers up to 100% extra battery life for your Galaxy S6. It’s not overly bulky, and it adds some protection to your device as well. It comes in three colors that are designed to perfectly match the Galaxy S6. [$99.95]

Jazer Ultra Slim Rechargeable

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If you’re looking for something a little cheaper the Jazer Ultra Slim is a nice option. It has a 4200mAh batter packed into a decently slim body. You’ll get extra juice, a little added protection, and it won’t add too much bulk. [$39.99]

Wallet Cases

If you’re low on pocket real estate you might want to consider combining your phone and wallet into one item. A wallet case can offer protection to not only your phone, but also your cards and cash. Your phone and wallet are always with you, so why not merge them?

Spigen Wallet S

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The Wallet S has 3 card slots and an interior compartment for extra cash. Premium faux leather encompasses the hard polycarbonate casing that firmly holds your phone in place. Spigen has also included a bunch of magnets that hold the screen cover and can double as a kickstand. [$17.99]

Speck CandyShell Card

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The CandyShell Card builds the card-holder right into the back of the case. There’s room for cards and cash, plus you still get the cool design and protection of a the classic Speck CandyShell case. [$39.99]

Verus Damda Slide

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The Verus Card Slot Case is built like a tank. It has a special compartment in the back that can hold up to 2 cards and some cash. On top of that it has a tough dual-layer design and rubber edges for easy gripping. It’s available in five colors. [$19.99]

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These are just some of the many cases you can find for the Galaxy S6. Are you a fan of any of these cases/manufacturers? Which case do you plan to use on your Galaxy S6? Are you going case-less?

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Sony’s upcoming Sound Bars and A/V receivers feature Google Cast functionality, launching this May http://phandroid.com/2015/04/20/sony-sound-bars-av-receivers-2015-with-google-cast/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/20/sony-sound-bars-av-receivers-2015-with-google-cast/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:13:11 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163724 Sony Sound Bar HT-ST9

Hot on the heels of Sony’s 4K Ultra HDTV announcement, the manufacturer is following up with a few new details on their upcoming 2015 soundbars and A/V receivers. While not normally Android-related news, a couple of Sony’s new soundbars (along with both of their new A/V receivers) feature Google Cast technology built right in, meaning you can “cast” any audio streams from apps like Google Play Music straight to the speakers themselves.

Here are the new soundbars and A/V receivers launching in May and July:

Sony Sound Bars

Sony Electronics - HT-ST9

  • HT-ST9 (July) $1,500 – Comes with a wireless subwoofer and features 800 watts and 7.1 channel surround sound from seven amplifiers and nine speakers and a wireless, front-firing subwoofer with passive radiator. There are 3 HDMI inputs along with Bluetooth reception and transmission so you can enjoy music/movies with your Bluetooth headphones. Sony’s LDAC technology provides enhanced wireless listening for all music with compatible products. Sound was tuned by Academy Award-winning Sony Pictures engineers and is Hi-Res capable. Also supports Google Cast and Spotify Connect.
  • HT-NT3 (July) $700 – Hi-Res Sound Bar with 2.1 channel audio and wireless subwoofer with 450 watts of power. Also incorporates Sony LDAC technology, single HDMI connection with 3 HDMI inputs, and audio streaming with Bluetooth and NFC connections. Google Cast ready.
  • HT-CT780 (May) $450 – 330 watt 2.1 Sound Bar with wireless subwoofer and wall-mount. Features 3 HDMI inputs with one supporting 4K with HDCP 2.2, HDMI TV connectivity with Audio Return Channel support.
  • HT-CT380 (May) $350 – 300 watt 2.1 Sound Bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth/NFC support. Like the CT780, it can also be mounted on the wall.

Sony A/V Receivers

Sony AV Receiver 2015

  • STR-DN860 (May) $600 – Hi-Res Wi-Fi Network A/V Receiver offers 7.2 channels and 165 watts of power per channel. Also comes with 4K resolution upscaling and pass-through, flexible connectivity with ten HD inputs, support for two separate powered zones, and hi-res audio compatibility. Wireless connectivity includes streaming of music with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth reception and transmission, along with support for Google Cast, Apple AirPlay, and Spotify Connect.
  • STR-DN1060 (May) $500 – 7.2 channel Hi-Res Wi-Fi Network A/V Receiver offers 7.2 channels and 150 watts of power, Wi-Fi music streaming, Bluetooth reception and transmission, Google Cast for Audio and Apple AirPlay. Adjust settings, change inputs, and confirm volume levels on-screen using graphical user interface, refined remote control, or SongPal App.

In case you missed it, we wanted to remind you that of Sony’s 4 soundbars, only the HT-ST9 and HT-NT3 feature Google Cast functionality, as well as both of their new receivers. If home audio is your thing, Sony’s new products should be an interesting prospect.

[Press Release]

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18000mAh battery pack for an insanely low $30 at AndroidArea.com http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/18000mah-battery-pack-for-an-insanely-low-30-at-androidarea-com/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/18000mah-battery-pack-for-an-insanely-low-30-at-androidarea-com/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:25:15 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163624 power-vault-battery-pack

18,000mAh of stored power, 2 devices charged simultaneously, and $80 cheaper than you can expect to pay elsewhere — the lightweight and compact Power Vault USB-enabled backup battery pack is available now from AndroidArea.com for 72% off.

The Power Vault is perfect in a pinch when an outlet is far away; it can charge even the highest capacity Android smartphones nearly six times over before needing a recharge itself. A sleek aluminum design is not much bigger than your average smartphone, making it easy to carry in your pocket or bag.

Normally priced at $109, you can pick up the Power Vault from AndroidArea.com now for only $29.99, effectively eliminating dead batteries from your life altogether.

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Last chance to save over 50% on wireless feather Bluetooth earbuds from AndroidArea.com http://phandroid.com/2015/04/16/last-chance-to-save-over-50-on-wireless-feather-bluetooth-earbuds-from-androidarea-com/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/16/last-chance-to-save-over-50-on-wireless-feather-bluetooth-earbuds-from-androidarea-com/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:54:42 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163557 feather buds

Only two days remain to pick up a pair of featherlight wireless Bluetooth earbuds at a special discount through AndroidArea.com. This compact set of headphones doesn’t skimp on features with its tangle-free design (don’t worry, only a short chord tethers the two earbuds to each other), noise-canceling shell, and a built-in microphone for voice calls.

These earbuds make a great companion for any smartphone user. Less inherently dorky than a standard Bluetooth earpiece, they are perfect for listening to your favorite music or making a call. Optional ear hooks keep them in place and insure an effortless fit. You might just forget you are wearing them.

Normally priced at $60, you can pick up your own for only $24.99. You better act quick, though. In less than 48 hours this offer will evaporate.

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Deal: Up to 70% off Lexar memory at Amazon http://phandroid.com/2015/04/13/amazon-lexar-deal/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/13/amazon-lexar-deal/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:48:41 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163277 lexar memory 1

Lexar is the latest dealer of storage cards to be featured on Amazon’s Gold Box deal of the day. A good number of their products are going for steep discounts today. For starters, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB microSD cards are going for $23.99, $39.95 and $87.99, respectively.

These are all Class 10 UHS-1 / U3 cards that can transfer at up to 95 megabytes per second, and they all come with a USB 3.0 memory card reader for use with a computer if you need.

They also have a number of USB 3.0 jump drives on sale, ranging from 32GB to 128GB. You can get those for $12.99, $19.99 or $29.99, respectively. Be sure to check out the full list of goods at Amazon’s site right here if you’re looking to add to your memory pool.

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Snag this portable Bluetooth speaker for just $20 from AndroidArea http://phandroid.com/2015/04/08/snag-this-portable-bluetooth-speaker-for-just-20-from-androidarea/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/08/snag-this-portable-bluetooth-speaker-for-just-20-from-androidarea/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 20:01:30 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=162977 speaker

Having a good speaker is not something you can find on every Android device. For most you will need an external feature in order to get loud and clear audio quality from your phone. Bluetooth speakers can be very pricey, but if you’re just looking for something small and easy to carry we’ve got a great deal for you.

The Icon Bluetooth Speaker is just 4-inches wide and 2-inches tall. With 4 hours of playback time, the Icon will keep your tunes rolling and calls streaming straight from your device. It’s easy to recharge, and it even has a built-in mic for taking speaker calls. The range for the Bluetooth is up to 30-feet, which should be more than enough. The Icon usually goes for $100, but for just a few more hours you can get it for only $20 (with free shipping).

Grab this awesome deal while it lasts! Head over to AndroidArea.com to snag this speaker.

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Samsung’s crazy egg-shaped speaker delivers radiant sound to every seat http://phandroid.com/2015/04/06/samsungs-crazy-egg-shaped-speaker-delivers-radiant-sound-to-every-seat/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/06/samsungs-crazy-egg-shaped-speaker-delivers-radiant-sound-to-every-seat/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 19:23:29 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=162825 wireless-audio-radiant-360-r7-6-970x646-c

What looks like an egg, could be found on The Jetsons, and produces pretty decent sound? The Samsung Radiant 360 speaker. This thing might look a little weird, but it’s actually a nifty device. Samsung unveiled the device back at CES and now they’ve announced it will go on sale later this month for $500.

The Radiant 360 has been designed to use Samsung’s “Ring Radiator” technology. It can deliver balanced audio within a 360-degree radius. You can set it up anywhere and it will deliver sound to every corner of the room. You don’t have to worry about where it sits or points. The odd shape of the speaker also helps evenly disperse the sound.

Since this is a Samsung product you can bet it works with tons of other Samsung devices. The Radiant 360 can integrate with other speakers, and with Samsung’s audio app you can wirelessly control the music and rooms. This device would also be perfect as something like the Amazon Echo. A centralized hub that can answer questions and perform basic tasks. Samsung hasn’t announced anything like that, but we could see it in the future.

What do you thin of this crazy-looking device?

[via Digital Trends]

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Samsung’s Dropcam competitor is called Perch, helps you monitor your home from an Android phone http://phandroid.com/2015/04/06/samsungs-perch-dropcam-competitor-patent/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/06/samsungs-perch-dropcam-competitor-patent/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:18:15 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=162806 samsung cameraSamsung SmartCam HD (not the Perch)

One of the biggest trends in technology right now is home automation. Before smartphones it was nearly impossible to know what was going on at your home while you were away. New products, like the Google-owned Dropcam, have made it possible for ordinary people to easily monitor their home from afar at a reasonable price.

Samsung is the another company looking to break into home automation. Last year they acquired SmartThings, a company who has created a popular open platform for connected devices. A new patent from Samsung suggests they are ready to create their own hardware or software for the platform, and it could be a direct competitor to Dropcam.

The patent filed on April 1st, 2015 is for something called “Perch.” Here’s what the description says:

“computer application software for mobile devices for remotely controlling and monitoring video cameras and video feeds; computer vision system for home automation comprised of methods for image and signal processing, object detection and recognition, and motion analysis”

It’s not far of a stretch to see how this is a competitor to Dropcam, a device that you can perch on a shelf to watch your home. The patent is for a mobile application, but we would be surprised if Samsung didn’t have hardware to go with it. They’ve already created home WiFi surveillance cameras in the past. The interesting thing is that Dropcam already works with the SmartThings system, but a device from Samsung could offer more tightly integrated features and software.

This would be a huge move for Samsung. With Samsung’s ability to pump out hardware, and the excellent SmartThings platform, there is massive potential here. Many companies are dabbling in home automation, but there are no clear front-runners yet. Samsung could be the one to step into that position. Have you bought any home automation devices? Would you buy a Dropcam competitor from Samsung?

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Last Chance Offers at AndroidArea.com: Organize your keys or win a Galaxy Tab S 8.4 http://phandroid.com/2015/03/31/last-chance-offers-at-androidarea-com-organize-your-keys-or-win-a-galaxy-tab-s-8-4/ http://phandroid.com/2015/03/31/last-chance-offers-at-androidarea-com-organize-your-keys-or-win-a-galaxy-tab-s-8-4/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:51:25 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=162440 galaxy-tab-s-8.4

A few last-chance offers are currently ticking away their final hours at AndroidArea.com. You won’t want to miss your chance to win the excellent Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, especially when the cost of entry is nothing more than a few minutes of your time.

Submit your email address at AndroidArea.com and you will have a chance to take home the super slim, ultra hi-res, blazing fast Galaxy Tab S. You are limited to one entry, but you can increase your odd of winning by sharing the contest to your Twitter followers. The cutoff for entry is a little over 24 hours away, so get them in before 11:59PM on April 1st (and that’s not a joke).

As a consolation for those that don’t win we can offer up the KeySmart 2.0 Compact Key Organizer. Don’t be fooled by its name; there is absolutely nothing high-tech about it. It won’t interface with your smartphone, it won’t alert you if you lose it or track your keys via GPS. Nope, it’s just a simple keyring crafted from high quality aluminum and designed to keep you smartly organized. You have 6 more hours to get it for only $16.99.

 

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