Phandroid » Accessories Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:31:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Microsoft creates a great keyboard for Android devices Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:54:28 +0000 Universal Keyboard

Microsoft and Google are not the best of friends, but Microsoft has shown willingness to play nice with Google’s OS. Several of their services are available as Android apps, and now they’ve created a very nice-looking Bluetooth keyboard. They call it the Universal Mobile Keyboard, and it can work with almost any device you own with just the flip of a switch.

The headlining feature is a tiny switch in the upper right corner of the keyboard. You can switch it to Windows, Android, or iPhone/iPad. This allows you take advantage of special function keys on every device. Some of those keys include Home, Search, volume keys, lock, and play/pause. The other cool feature of this keyboard is the integrated tablet stand/case. You can easily set any size tablet on the stand and use it like a laptop. When the stand isn’t being used it can be closed to protect the keyboard.

The keyboard lasts 6-months on one charge, and can be recharged for a full day of use in just 10 minutes. Microsoft will be selling the Universal Mobile Keyboard in October for $79.95 in black and white.. What do you think about this keyboard? Will you be buying it for your Android tablet?

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Protip: Charge your Moto 360 using a portable charger when away from an outlet Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:18:11 +0000 Moto 360 portable charging DSC06849

After our post yesterday discussing the Motorola Moto 360′s battery life in great depth, by now you should know the smartwatch’s longevity shouldn’t be a huge concern (unless you plan on being away from a charger for 20+ hours).

But no matter how many hours you get on the smartwatch, there will be a time when you’ll have to charge the thing up. Thankfully, this isn’t a huge chore, as the Moto 360 and its tiny 320mAh battery can easily hit a full charge with little down time. While that’s all good and dandy, what if you forgot to charge the 360 in its dock overnight and have to rush out to make a plane trip?

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For those times when you are away from an outlet, we just wanted to remind you that the 360′s wireless charger can be paired with any old standard portable charger for charging on-the-go. We experimented with the official Motorola Power Pack Micro and sure enough, our Moto 360 charged up just fine. Of course, any old standard portable charger will work just fine, although tiny USB cables might not look at streamlined as the Moto charger picture above but it should still get the job done.

If the odd shape of the official Motorola Moto 360 wireless charger is still too much for you to carry in your pocket (or perhaps you just want to leave it at home), there are several portable wireless charging options available on Amazon, like the Qi-infinity (4,000mAh) for only $35. Simply strap your 360 to that and you should be good to go. We’re all about solutions here at Phandroid.

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This crazy Android stylus is a real life Photoshop Eyedropper tool Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:32:56 +0000 mozbii stylus

One of the most important tools every artist has is color. With colors you can convey a mood, the time of day, emotion on someones face, beauty, and so much more. Getting just the right color can make all the difference. Of course, color is all around us, but translating it into digital form can be hard sometimes. What if you could simply use the color picker tool in real life?

That is exactly what the Mozbii stylus does. All you do is hold the stylus over an object and it instantly identifies the color and allows you to use that color in the companion app. It really is amazing. This is the type of thing you see in a sci-fi movie. Drawing a picture of your car? Can’t find that perfect shade of blue? Just scan it! Drawing a self-portrait but can’t find your unique skin color? Scan your arm! Bring the real world into your drawings.

This device is currently being funded onKickstarter. So far they’ve raised well over their $30,000 goal. For just $64 you can get a Mozbii color capturing stylus. There will be a companion Android app once the stylus is released. If you’re into art and drawing you should definitely check out this cool gadget.

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Deal: Amazon has up to 60% off SanDisk microSD and SD cards today only Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:07:02 +0000 sandisk-64gb-microsd

Amazon has another great deal up for those looking for cheap memory. SanDisk’s catalog of tiny memory products — including flash drives, microSD cards — are up for grabs for up to 60% off today only. Phone users in particular will no doubt be interested in the collection of microSD cards available:

And for those with Chromebooks and the few tablets out there with full-sized SD card slots:

SanDisk also has a cool 64GB microUSB drive with USB OTG support for Android phones and tablets. It usually runs $50 but today’s sale brings it down to $29.99. Not a bad price if it’s something you’ve had your eye on. These deals don’t sound too bad so be sure to take advantage at the retailer’s site before the day expires.

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Never lose your phone or keys again with Motorola’s Power Pack Micro and Motorola Keylink Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:50:38 +0000 Power Pack Micro

Motorola’s big announcements this morning included two new phones and a highly anticipated smartwatch, but they also showed off two new accessories. The first was a tiny futuristic wireless earbud called Moto Hint, and the second was a cool battery pack called Power Pack Micro. Like the Moto Hint, the Power Pack Micro is more than what meets the eye.

A typical battery pack is a plain and bulky accessory that does one thing: charge your phone. That’s it. The Power Pack Micro can do that, but also help you find your keys or phone. First and foremost it can provide up to 7 hours (1500mAh) of extra life when you need it, and it looks good doing it. You can get it in 8 colors, and it has a handy clip and with detachable cap so you can hook it to your keys or bag.

That’s where the Power Pack Micro stops being a typical battery pack. With the built-in Motorola Keylink feature you can press a button on the Power Pack to find your phone, or use the companion app to find the Power Pack. Manufacturers have tried making cheap “Find Me” devices like this, but they lacked the extra functionality of a battery pack. Plus, if the Power Pack Micro is connected to a Moto phone it disables the lockscreen.

The Power Pack Micro is available right now from for $39.99. It is currently available in violet, royal blue, turquoise, lemon lime, and dark canvas. Are you buying one?

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Motorola’s Turbo Charger adds 8 hours of battery life to your Moto X (2nd Gen) in 15 minutes Fri, 05 Sep 2014 08:29:27 +0000 Moto Turbo Charger

It was back in February we told you guys about Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, a new feature that was said to be soon arriving on Snapdragon powered devices allowing them to charge up to 75% faster than the other guys. A lot of time has passed since then, with Qualcomm promising the first Quick Charge 2.0 devices would hit early this year. True to their word, we watched as the first Quick Charge 2.0 devices began trickling in, as devices like the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8 all launched with the technology baked in.

With today’s Motorola announcement, it looks like you can add another device to that list, with the all new Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) officially supporting the new technology. Not only does the device support Quick Change 2.0 out of the box, but Motorola will actually soon make available their own Quick Charge 2.0 capable wall plug dubbed the Turbo Charger.


According to Motorola, it only takes the new Moto X (2nd Gen) 15 minutes reach an additional 8 hours of battery life. While you’d assume another 15 minutes would bring it to a full charge, that’s not exactly how Quick Charge 2.0 works. The quick battery boost is only provided when the device is completely empty, after which it brings charging to more normal levels (we’re sure this has to do with battery health).

At $35, the Motorola Turbo Charger isn’t exactly light on the wallet, but could prove invaluable when you’re in a tight spot. The best part about the charger is it’s backwards compatible, meaning it can deliver up to 15 watts of power to larger devices like tablets. You can learn more about Quick Charge 2.0 in Qualcomm’s video below. The Motorola Turbo Charger doesn’t have a firm street date, but you can find it on Motorola’s site via the link below.


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Last chance: Spigen Galaxy S5 Tough Armor bundle from AndroidArea Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:51:01 +0000 spigen-androidarea-bundle

Attention Galaxy S5 owners: today is your last day to score exclusive savings on several great accessories for your smartphone courtesy of Featuring durability only Spigen can offer, this special bundle is priced at $37.99 and includes:

  • Spigen Tough Armor case for Samsung Galaxy S5
  • GLAS.t NONA SLIM tempered glass screen cover
  • LCD cleaner set (liquid spray cleaner, microfiber cloth, and squeegee)

Spigen’s Tough Armor case features air cushion technology that provides maximum protection without the bulk of similarly rated cases. The GLAS.t screen protector offers an extra layer of scratch resistance while still maintaining its status as one of the thinnest on the market. Separately, these items would normally set you back upwards of $75, but through this bundle they can be yours for nearly 50% off retail value. It’s a small price to pay to help preserve your investment in this top-of-the-line Android smartphones.

Act quick, though. This offer will only be available for the remainder of the evening then it’s gone. Gone for good. While you’re there, check out some other great deals from AndroidArea and double down on your savings.

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Leaked: Sony’s E-mount compatible APS-C sized lens camera for Android devices Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:58:14 +0000 Sony QX1 featured

After Sony’s IFA invite hinted as much, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to find the manufacturer has been hard at work on an all new lens camera. Last year’s models — the QX10 and QX100 — were met with relatively fair reviews, but it seems Sony could be changing things up for this year.

The folks at Sony Alpha Rumors nabbed the leak showing press renders for the all new Sony QX1, an attachable APS-C sensor for mobile devices. Unlike last year’s models which were essentially an entire camera squeezed inside a lens-style body, the QX1 ditches the lens completely and accepts the same Sony E-mount lenses as the Sony a500, a600, and NEX 5T or other NEX interchangeable lens cameras. This opens up a new world of possibilities when shooting from your mobile device.


The real question on everyone’s mind is how much Sony was able to cut on costs by essentially stripping away one of the more expensive components in digital cameras: their display. According to sources, the Sony QX1 will retail for around $400 body-only, or $650 with a 16-50mm lens. Of course, for those who’ve already invested in Sony’s mirrorless cameras (that’s really who Sony is targeting here) all those lenses will work just fine on the QX1.

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Tomorrow is Sony’s IFA event in Berlin, where we’re sure to learn more about the Sony QX1 and more. Stay tuned.

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Android Deals: $200 off the Galaxy S5, 75% savings on Jump Desktop, and more Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:32:37 +0000 deals

What’s in the old Android Deals goody bag this week? How about savings on a new Galaxy S5 or LG G Watch? Steep discounts on remote desktop software for Android and Disney’s Castle of Illusion? We’ve even got the tipoff on some audiobook and eBook deals that will give your brain a bit of exercise. Remember, all deals were active at time of posting but they won’t last forever. Read on and act quick to save.

Hardware & Accessories

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Take $200 off the price of an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 for AT&T. Normally priced at $649.99 off-contract, Samsung’s latest flagship device can be yours for only $449.99 as part of eBay’s Daily Deals. The savings of over 30% also include free shipping. Act fast before supplies run out and this deal ends. [eBay]

Get a 50% discount on a 4G-compatible Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage and pick up this Jelly Bean-powered tablet for only $159.99. Google’s 7-inch slate features an HD display and will soon be among the first to receive the highly-anticipated Android L update. [eBay]

Save $50 on an LG G Watch when you buy from Best Buy and be among the first to own an Android Wear-powered smartwatch. This smartphone companion and stylish timepiece sees its regular price of $229.99 slashed to $17.99. [Best Buy]

Become a master at presentations with the discounted X-Presenter Smart bundle. For $23.99 (50% off the regular price), you get the X-Presenter Smart Laser laser pointer and USB dongle, which turns any smartphone with a headphone jack and the X-Presenter app into the ultimate presentation tool. [AndroidArea]

Knock more than 50% off the price of select ruggedized cases for all the latest Android smartphones. These protective cases are reduced to prices as low as $10 and are available for handsets like the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5, and HTC One M8. [Amazon: LG G3, Galaxy S5, One M8]

Apps & Games


75% Jump Desktop for Android: Control your desktop from anywhere with your Android phone using Jump Desktop. This easy-to-use remote desktop software for mobile devices gives you access to all of your applications and files without the need to lug around a laptop or log into a PC. [AndroidDeals]



Music & Media


Download The Four-Hour Chef audiobook for free and improve your culinary skills almost instantly while learning valuable lessons that could even better your life beyond the kitchen. Tim Ferriss guides you through the building blocks of cooking in this free release normally priced at $20. [AndroidArea]

Save 85% on a selection of eBooks for Students and get ready for the new school year (or do some learning on your own time). With over 1000 titles to choose from, there is a little something for everyone. [Amazon]

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[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]

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Become a master of the skies with the DJI Phantom drone, on sale for over 25% off Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:00:58 +0000 dji-phantom

Looking to get lifted this Labor Day weekend? Take to the skies with the DJI Phantom FC40 drone, available over at for over 25 percent off its regular price. Normally retailing for $649, you can buy the FC40 for $499 outright (plus free shipping). If you use the code “PHANTOM35” at checkout, you can score an additional $35 off, bringing the final price to $464.


So what do you get for that price? For starters: the world’s #1 rated personal drone. Its claim to fame is a WiFi-connected HD Smart Camera, which will let you record your escapades in 720p at 30fps or beam video back to your smartphone in real time using 2.4G connectivity.

Everything you need is in the box:

  • DJI Phantom
  • Built-in 700 mAh Li-on Battery & Charger
  • DJI FC40 camera
  • Remote Control Transmitter – 5.8G Control and Receiver (will not interfere with 2.4G Wi-Fi)
  • Getting started guide

Never been behind the controls of a drone? Don’t worry. The Phantom FC40 is packed full of features that make it easy to fly even for the most novice of operators. Auto-hover prevents crash landings should the user accidentally release flight controls, and a failsafe GPS-based auto-pilot will bring your drone home should you fly it out of range. Speaking of range, the included 5.8G controller allows for operation from distances as great as 1640 feet, giving you the ability to reach some truly great heights without lifting the soles of your shoes from the earth.

Act quick because this deal will be ending in a matter of days, then take to the skies and get a totally new perspective on your world. And don’t forget to check out for even more great deals on Android gadgets, accessories, apps, and more!

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Android Deals: $50 off Gear Fit, Name Your Own Price gamer bundle, and more Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:03:32 +0000 deals

As labor day nears on the calendar it can only mean one thing. OK, two things: summer is nearing an end and it’s time for all of the customary end-of-summer sales that come with the territory. Android users are not left out this year, and we’ve got the deals to prove it. This week save big on the Gear Fit, LG G2, and some great charging accessories as well as a choose-your-price gaming bundle and Google Play’s nod to Emmy-winning TV.

Hardware & Accessories


Pay $25 for the portable ChargeKey charging cable and never be without a way to quickly juice up your smartphone. As small as a key, this durable charging cable fits on your keychain, allowing you to easily charge your Android device from almost any USB port. [AndroidArea]

Take awesome photos with the iStabilizer flexible tripod mount for $14.99, universally compatible with a variety of smartphones. The mini tripod is easy to position and holds your phone securely, providing steady focus for photos and videos shot with your Android handset. It’s a cheap and effective way to improve your shots instantly. [AndroidArea]

Save $50 on a Samsung Gear Fit and take your fitness game the the next level. The Samsung Galaxy-compatible smartwatch and fitness tracker offers the most basic feature set of Samsung’s Gear line, but it does plenty for $149.99 if you buy now from Newegg. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, check out our full review first. [Newegg]

Get a 64GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC memory card for $24.99 and expand your smartphone storage on the cheap. This Class 10 microSDXC memory card comes with an adapter for devices supporting standard SD card sizes, allowing for easy data transferability between phone and computer. [Woot]

Snag an LG G2 for $239.99 as part of eBay’s Daily Deals. While the followup LG G3 is all the rage these days, the G2 remains a solid Android handset, and a $240 off-contract price is nothing to turn your nose up at. [eBay]

Use code ‘ANKERFTW’ at checkout to get an Astro Mini portable battery pack for $13.99 as part of Anker’s Off to College sales event. This 3000mAh extended battery would pair great with the above listed ChargeKey, creating the perfect on-the-go charging kit for smartphone users. [Anker]

Apps & Games


Name your own price for the Handheld Hero Android Gamer Bundle and snag seven great Android games at steep savings. Combined these games would cost you close to $20, but as part of this great bundle you can score titles like Icredipede, Bad Hotel, and Waking Mars for whatever price you feel is far. The current average is just north of $4. [AndroidArea]

Knock 75% off Jump Desktop for Android and take control of your desktop from anywhere. This easy-to-use remote desktop application for Android devices helps keep you connected with the software and files on your home computer and is compatible with a variety of Bluetooth accessories to enhance productivity even further. [AndroidArea]



Music & Media


Whether you want a feel-good flick or some new tunes for the back-to-school season, or if you want to relive (or catch up on) the shows the stole the show at this week’s Emmys, we’ve got you covered. Find great deals below on True Detective, Breaking Bad, and more.

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[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]

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New Motorola Skip outed in FCC filing with Bluetooth proximity unlock Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:28:33 +0000 Motorola Moto Skip 2014 FCC

Last year’s Motorola Skip may not have been the “must have” smartphone accessory of the year, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t pretty damn cool in theory. An NFC clip that allowed users to tap to unlock their smartphones, it was convenient enough that someone could find a use for it (but not enough that everyone would want one).

Following up on last year’s design, Motorola is preparing to give it another go with a newly design model for 2014. Outed in an FCC filing, the newly designed Moto Skip actually comes equipped with Bluetooth, taking its convenience to another level. Not only can the new Skip be attached to keys and beep when misplaced (works the other way around too in case you misplace your phone), your Motorola smartphone can actually detect when it’s in close proximity to Skip, allowing you to bypass any sort of normal lockscreen security you may have on your phone.

Here’s the full feature list according to the FCC docs followed by some screenshots of the user manual:

  • Find your keys: Attack Skip to your key ring and never lose your keys. Use the Moto app on your phone to make Skip beep if you lose it, or find it on a map with the last known location.
  • Find your phone: Double-press Skip’s Power button to make your phone ring.
  • Keep your phone unlocked: Keep your Motorola phone unlocked and ready to use as long as Skip is nearby. Forget about having to entire your password at home, in the office, or on the go.
    Note: This feature works with Motorola phones only.

Motorola Moto Skip 2014 user manual

Keep in mind the proximity unlock functionality will only work with Motorola smartphones and because the new Skip is always-on, the device features a tiny battery that will need to be replaced regularly (about once a year with normal use). Of course, real world battery life remains to be seen.

Also, the Skip is not water/dust proof, so you might want to leave it in the car if you plan on hitting the beach. We should learn more about the Skip come September 4th during Motorola’s event in Chicago.


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Coin delayed until Spring 2015, but a handicapped early access beta version is coming soon Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:29:39 +0000 Coin-beta-edition

Last week, the makers of Coin announced that they’d be emailing early backers this week, allowing them to claim their e-cards. Today, that email has arrived but it includes a few surprises we weren’t exactly expecting. Once the mobile apps have been released (iOS August 28th, Android September 25th), Coin backers will have the choice to either opt in for the beta version (launching as planned), or wait for the final 100% bug-free version which, as it turns out, has been delayed until Spring 2015.

Here’s what Coin said to backers after claiming their Coin from the email:

“We realize that our devoted Backers and early supporters are anxious to get their Coins and we understand the desire to finally have Coin in hand. However, we also recognize the desire for a product that is 100% successful and offers all the features we’ve been developing and promised.

When you download your Coin app, you’ll have the opportunity to opt-in for Coin Beta, or opt to stick it out and wait for Coin. As always, we are grateful for our community in helping us to revolutionize the way we pay. Let’s do this.”

Coin backers will receive their shipping dates only after downloading the required mobile app and choosing either the beta or final version. Keep in mind that although opting for the Coin Beta version gets you non-delayed access to Coin, you’ll still have to purchase the final version later (although at a discounted $30). For those looking to get their hands on Coin as soon as possible, here’s what you’ll have to sacrifice in the beta version:

  • 85% swipe acceptance
  • No Left-Behind Alert
  • Coin Beta users should carry a back up debit or credit card should they identify a machine that can’t yet accept Coin
  • Not available for international Backers (US only)

As we’ve seen so many times in the past with crowd-funding projects like this, unforeseen issues during the manufacturing process typically pop up out-of-the-blue and delay a product’s release, sometimes substantially. It appears Coin wasn’t immune to this and even if it shouldn’t come as a surprise, we have to admit — we’re a little disappointed.

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The ‘world’s most connected man’ is helping us reevaluate our obsession with gadgets [VIDEO] Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:59:58 +0000 Chris Dancy

As we sit and obsess over the next great gadget or connected devices hitting the scene — Google Glass, smartwatches, WiFi powered thermostats, Bluetooth door locks — sometimes we have to take a step back and reorganize our priorities. As someone who owns both Google Glass and an Android Wear smartwatch, there was this almost embarrassing moment where I stepped out the house wearing both. Not that there would be anything inherently wrong in it, only that it seemed a little… much.

Make no mistake, I love technology and in most cases, embrace it with open arms. But after seeing this new featurette by Mashable about 45 year old Chris Dancy — the self-described “most connected man in the world” — I have to wonder where my gadget obsession could be take me in a few years.

Dancy owns upwards of 700 tracking and life-logging devices, valuing somewhere around $40,000. According to Dancy, this is helping live a more “quantified life,” but to the ordinary Joe Schmoe, this probably looks more like hoarding. A caricature of our future selves, tech experts say this is this is future that is, indeed, coming. We can only hope it doesn’t swallow us whole like it did Dancy.

As crazy as Dancy may look now, it’s entirely possible all these little gadgets could one day come bundled inside a single smartphone or wearable computer. Video below.

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Samsung introduces a single micro USB cable that splits into 3 (but the price may surprise you) Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:46:45 +0000 Samsung Multi-Charging Wall Charger 1

We’re living in a multi-device world and thanks to the very common micro USB standard, there’s a good chance most of your devices can be charged using the same micro USB cable. But what if you have only a single charger and 1 USB cable? You’d have to wait for your phone to charge before plugging in your smartwatch, headphones, or Bluetooth speaker — not good.

Although there are plenty of options when it comes to chargers with multiple USB ports, for a single USB cable solution, your options are far more limited. Sure you can find 3-in-1 USB cables just about anywhere, but for the most part, the connectors are made to support multiple devices (an iPhone 4s, iPhone 5s, etc.. For whatever reason, finding a single USB cable that can split into nothing but multiple micro USB connectors is much less commonplace.

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Samsung knows this, which is why — given their vast product portfolio of devices featuring micro USB ports — they’ve introduced their “Multi-Charging Wall Charger.” Because there’s nothing fun about our devices fighting over a single USB charger, the cable allows for 3 devices micro USB devices to connect to a single port charger. Pretty nifty if you don’t feel like carrying around multiple USB cables or find yourself somewhere with only a single port charger available (like an airport or someone’s house where it’s built into the wall socket).

Speaking of the charger, the wall wart portion only outputs at 2A and distributes the power flow evenly between connected devices. This means with 2 devices, each will only receive 1A (or 667mA for 3 devices). It’s this, in addition to the steep $40 asking price, that will likely be a deal breaker for some. Especially considering multi-port USB chargers, although much more bulky, offer just as much value (and for much less).


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