Phandroid » Accessories http://phandroid.com Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 30 May 2015 02:05:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Nexus Player sees price drop on Google Store, now only $80 with free shipping http://phandroid.com/2015/05/26/nexus-player-sees-price-drop-on-google-store-now-only-80-with-free-shipping/ http://phandroid.com/2015/05/26/nexus-player-sees-price-drop-on-google-store-now-only-80-with-free-shipping/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 19:17:20 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=165584 Nexus Player now 80 dollars

We’re barely a few days away from Google I/O and related or not, the ASUS-made Nexus player is now officially been marked down to $80 in the Google Store (that’s about $20 off from the original price). It’s not a bad deal, but still about $5 more expensive than the recent markdown on Amazon. Of course, the Nexus Player on the Google Store comes with free shipping, so that’s something you may want to factor into pricing. Not sure how long this will last (it very well could be permanent), but if you prefer to make your purchases with Google, have at it.

[Nexus Player $80 on Google Store]

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Best Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Accessories http://phandroid.com/2015/05/21/best-galaxy-s6-accessories/ http://phandroid.com/2015/05/21/best-galaxy-s6-accessories/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 13:04:28 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=164020 Tylt-Vu-Solo-2

Every phone deserves to have its fair share of accessories. Whether it’s a protective case, wireless charger, or even headphones, the right accessory can take your experience to the next level. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge are amazing phones on their own, but a few accessories can make the experience even better. We’ve compiled a helpful list of the best Galaxy S6 accessories to help you find your next favorite purchase.

Best Galaxy S6 Cases

Phone cases are one of the most common accessories to buy. They can add style, comfort, and protection to your device. Since cases are so popular we’ve given them their own separate lists. You’ll find rugged cases, slim cases, wallet cases, and much more. Be sure to check out both guides below, but first here are a couple that stood out.

Incipio Feather for Galaxy S6

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The Incipio Feather is one of our all-time favorite phone cases. It’s extremely thin and sleek, but still slightly flexible. You’ll barely notice it’s even there. The Feather isn’t going to save your phone from a major damage, but it will add some style and keep your phone scratch-free. [Amazon]

Check out our complete list: Best Samsung Galaxy S6 cases

Best Galaxy S6 Edge Cases

The magnificent curved screen of the Galaxy S6 Edge puts it in a class of its own, but with that prestige comes the need for a custom case for snug tight protection. We’ve taken a look at a number of S6 Edge cases and brought to you our favorites.

Speck CandyShell Grip for S6 Edge

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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. [Amazon]

Check out our complete list: Best Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Cases

Best Galaxy S6 Wireless Chargers

One of the best new features of the Galaxy S6 is the wireless charging. While most phones support either the Qi or PMA wireless charging standards, Samsung made the S6 support both. That means you can buy pretty much any wireless charger on the market and it will work with your device. Here are a few of our favorites.

Incipio Ghost 100

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It’s no secret that we love Incipio products. They make a lot of great high-quality accessories for Android devices, including wireless chargers. The Ghost 100 is very compact and it has an indicator LED light that displays the status. [Amazon]

Incipio Ghost 210

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The Ghost 210 has the same features of the Ghost 100, but it’s double the length so you can charge two devices at a time. [Incipio]

Tylt Vu

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The Tylt Vu has long been one of the best wireless chargers on the market. While most wireless chargers are simply flat “pads,” the Vu doubles as a stand. Your phone is propped up at a 45-degree angle while charging. It’s designed so you can place your phone in any position to charge. [Amazon]

Tylt Vu Solo

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The Vu Solo is a more traditional charging pad, but it’s much smaller, and it has a neat little trick. Tylt calls it the “Alignment Ledge,” which is essentially a little clip on the cable that you can set so you always put the phone in the perfect spot. [TYLT]

Best Galaxy S6 Fast Chargers

The Galaxy S6 is equipped with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, or “Fast Charging” as Samsung calls it. This technology allows you to charge your device to a usable level in a short amount of time. You can go from 10% to 50% in less than a half hour. Any Quick Charge 2.o charger will work with the Galaxy S6/Edge. Here are a few to check out.

Samsung Fast Charger

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The charger that comes with the Galaxy S6/Edge is Quick Charge 2.0 capable. If you need another one you can buy one from Amazon, or check out the alternatives below.

Anker Quick Charger

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Anker is popular for making affordable tech accessories. The Quick Charger isn’t flashy, but it’s cheap and it gets the job done. [Amazon]

Aukey Turbo Charger

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The Aukey Turbo Charger is another affordable option. [Amazon]

Incipio Auto Charger

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If you’re looking to get a fast charge while in your car the Incipio Auto Charger is your best bet. The one downside to this charger is it won’t charge quite as fast as a wall charger, but that is due to limitations with the power provided by cars. [Amazon]

Best Galaxy S6 Skins

A case is an easy way to customize the exterior of your device, but almost all cases add some bulk. If you’re more worried about looks than protection you should consider a skin. They provide tons of personalization without sacrificing the profile of your device.

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dbrand has been making skins for phones longer than most people have had smartphones. They use high-quality materials and offer an unrivaled level of precision. For the Galaxy S6 and Edge there are 18 colors/materials to choose from, and you can cover the front, back, and camera if you so choose. [Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge]

SlickWraps

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SlickWraps is another long-time phone skin maker. They offer nearly 50 different colors, materials, and designs that you can put on your device. You can do the whole device or choose the front, back, or sides. [Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge]

Best Galaxy S6 Screen Protectors

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The Galaxy S6/Edge is equipped with Gorilla Glass 4 on the front (and back). It’s incredibly tough and scratch resistant, but some people still worry. Screen protectors can add another layer of protection if you’re really worried.

Flexion Ballistic Glass [Galaxy S6]

Spigen Full HD [Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge]

Skinomi TechSkin [Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge]

Skinomi Tech Glass [Galaxy S6]

Best Galaxy S6 Car Mounts

Standalone GPS units are a thing of the past. Nowadays everyone has a GPS device in their pockets. The only thing you need to make the perfect travel companion is a car mount.

Mountek nGroove

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One of our long-time favorites is the Mountek nGroove. Most mounts require sticky pads or suction cups, but the nGroove uses the CD slot. Most people nowadays are streaming music from their phones, so why not put that CD slot to good use? [Amazon]

Tylt Vu

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The Tylt Vu is a great charging stand, but it also comes in a car mount version. The awesome thing about the Vu car mount is it still wirelessly charges your phone while being mounted. Check out our full review. [TYLT]

Best Galaxy S6 SD Cards

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Oh wait, Samsung removed the SD card slot in the Galaxy S6/Edge. How are you supposed to expand the storage of your phone now? The answer is cloud storage. Storing all your photos and videos in the cloud can be a little scary at first, but once you embrace it there are many benefits.

  1. Access your media from anywhere
  2. Automatic backup
  3. No more swapping SD cards
  4. More reliable

There are many great cloud storage services available. The Galaxy S6/Edge comes pre-loaded with two options: Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. If you haven’t used either one in the past you might want to give OneDrive a show. Galaxy S6/Edge owners get free 100GB of storage just for signing in on the device. Here are some other options if you’re not interested in Google Drive or OneDrive.

User Reviews on Android Forums

There are a boat load of users sharing their experiences with S6 accessories on the Galaxy S6 Forum  and Galaxy S6 Edge Forums forums at AndroidForums.com. You’ll find reviews from users just like you. Here are a few you might especially enjoy:

And hey – after you make your own purchase, how about returning to the forums and sharing your own experience?

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The world of accessories is a vast one, especially with phones as popular as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Hopefully we helped you uncover some of the best accessories available. What are some accessories that you use with your smartphone? Do you have any favorite accessory brands?

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Google unveils limited edition Skrillex cases with matching live wallpapers for select Android devices http://phandroid.com/2015/05/20/google-skrillex-live-cases-android/ http://phandroid.com/2015/05/20/google-skrillex-live-cases-android/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 21:47:31 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=165364 Skrillex Live Cases Edition

In a somewhat un-Googley move, the internet search giant is unveiling a new line of specialty cases now available on their online storefront. The “Live Cases” as they’re being called were designed in collaboration with world-renown artist Skrillex and not only feature unique designs, but matching live wallpapers as well.

The companion live wallpapers will change in real-time throughout the day with visuals of the Earth or constellations at night. Why? Apparently this has something to do with a balloon satellite named after Skrillex’s dog that Google sent up into the stratosphere to photograph the images. Once the satellite hits earth, Google will actually have it signed by Skrillex and mailed off to a lucky Android fan in an upcoming Twitter giveaway.

The Skrillex Live Cases will grant owners with early access to an unannounced record from Skrillex’s OWSLA label on Google Play and updates about Skrillex delivered straight to their phone. The cases even have a shortcut button built into them that either take you directly to Skrillex’s YouTube channel, or can be customized to launch whichever app you like. Needless to say, these aren’t your typical “dumb cases.”

That being said, that kind of tech doesn’t come cheap and the Skrillex Live cases retail for around $40 a piece. They come in 3 options — Space Shield, Circuit Bae, and Lil Planet — and are compatible with a very select few Android device (it’s still more than we expected). The Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are all included and can be purchased from the Google Store while supplies last and only until the end of June.

Skrillex is just the first artist Google will be teaming up with for these new limited-edition cases, with new “Editions” coming in the near future. We’ll be on the lookout.

[Skrillex Live Cases at Google Store]

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Samsung’s official Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Clear View cases scratch your screen more than they protect it http://phandroid.com/2015/05/15/samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-clear-view-case-scratches/ http://phandroid.com/2015/05/15/samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-clear-view-case-scratches/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 00:14:11 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=165136 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Clear View case scratches

Doesn’t matter if your smartphone’s screen is made of Gorilla Glass 1 or 4 — they’re still prone to scratches. Now, we’re not going to attach a “gate” at the end of this one (we know how much you guys hate it), but it seems Samsung’s own official Clear View case could actually do more damage to your Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge than if you left your display completely bare.

Some users on XDA are reporting tiny little scratches or pits on their glass screens caused by tiny dirt or dust particles that fall in between the display and the plastic clear case. This isn’t exactly an uncommon issue. Ask anyone that’s used a hard plastic case — the ones that only cover the back — on any previous phone and they’ll give you all kinds of horror stories about how the metal or plastic ended up with the exact same blemishes. How Samsung thought this would be a good idea on a flip case that covers the phone’s display with hard plastic is anyone’s guess. It’s just ironic how the very thing someone bought to protect their device, was its own undoing.

Might wanna think twice before buying one of these, or just double up with a screen protector as well.

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Deal: Get 50% off the Soundfreaq Sound Kick portable Bluetooth speaker http://phandroid.com/2015/05/15/50-percent-off-the-soundfreaq-sound-kick/ http://phandroid.com/2015/05/15/50-percent-off-the-soundfreaq-sound-kick/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 19:46:43 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=165120 soundfreaq

The sun is shining a little bit brighter, flowers are blooming, and the temperature is getting warmer. Summer is coming. When you’re outside by the pool or grilling burgers you’re going to need some tunes. A portable Bluetooth speaker is the perfect companion for summer cook-outs and pool parties.

There are tons of Bluetooth speakers to choose from, but many of them are very expensive. We’ve got a great deal on a speaker that usually retails for around $100. For the next 5 days you can grab the Soundfreaq Sound Kick speaker from AndroidArea.com for just $49. You get up to 7 hours of playtime with the built-in rechargeable battery, Bluetooth, and line-in connectivity. It can even charge your devices if you need some extra juice. Grab the deal while it lasts!

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Chromecast support arrives on FOX Now, FXNow, CBS All Access, and more http://phandroid.com/2015/05/14/chromecast-foxnow-fxnow-cbsallaccess-hgtv-pluto-tv-haystack/ http://phandroid.com/2015/05/14/chromecast-foxnow-fxnow-cbsallaccess-hgtv-pluto-tv-haystack/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 23:03:27 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=165068 Chromecast featured 2

The Chromecast is about to get a slew of new content. Google revealed today that their affordable little dongle is now officially supported by a handful of new TV streaming services, as well as their Android apps on Google Play.

Announced on the official Google Chrome Blog, streaming on FOX Now, FXNow, CBS All Access, HGTV, Pluto TV, or Haystack will now display that familiar Chromecast icon on the video controls. If castin’ from your computer is more convenient, you should have no problem when visiting any of the new respective websites above.

Of course, not all the above services are free, so you may have to subscribe to enjoy some of their shows on your Chromecast. While the Chromecast is probably the best $35 we’ve ever spent on a video streaming device, we’re still anxiously awaiting the Chromecast V2 with 5GHz support. Hopefully that’s coming very soon.

To check out all the apps and services that officially support the Chromecast, check out Google’s full list here.

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The LG G4 will officially support Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 in time for its retail launch http://phandroid.com/2015/05/11/lg-g4-supports-qualcomm-quick-charge-20/ http://phandroid.com/2015/05/11/lg-g4-supports-qualcomm-quick-charge-20/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 01:40:11 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=164883 LG_G4_15

There seems to be some confusion on whether or not the LG G4 officially supported Qualcomm’s super fast Quick Charge 2.0 technology. LG never mentioned Quick Charge 2.0 compatibility in any of their press materials despite the particular Snapdragon 808 chipset being more than capable of supporting it. It was disappointing for sure, especially given rival devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6 or HTC One M9 all offering support for the new quicker charging method. As we mentioned in those reviews, it really will change the way you look at battery life on your Android device.

Well, it appears LG may have finally wised up and is now confirming that the device will support Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 in time for its general retail release — even if it doesn’t support it right now. Whether it will have Quick Charge 2.0 compatibility out of the box or if this will come in the form of an over-the-air update remains to be seen. But Qualcomm seems to have gotten word and has already updated their Quick Charge 2.0 device page to include the LG G4. All’s well that ends well, I guess.

[Qualcomm]

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Get 4 Avengers-themed cases for free when you buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 [DEAL] http://phandroid.com/2015/05/07/note-4-avengers-deal/ http://phandroid.com/2015/05/07/note-4-avengers-deal/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 13:53:24 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=164659 avengers case note 4

Samsung’s really going in with their promotion of the latest Avengers movie, and the latest will be quite nice for those in the market for a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 soon. The company is offering up 4 different Avengers-themed cases whenever you buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in the United States.

No, you don’t get to choose 1 out of 4 — you get all 4! That’s a pretty insane deal, and even if you aren’t an avengers fan you can’t argue with free. It helps that they look badass, with The Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor all being well represented here. Samsung says the set is worth a retail value of a whopping $200, though we’d argue that only a madman would retail these cases at $50 each — there really isn’t anything special about them other than the Avengers designs.

The promotion lasts through June 1st or until they’ve given 4,300 of these sets away, whichever comes first. All you’ll need to do once you have your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and accompanying receipt in hand is head right here.

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Motorola Keylink (phone and key finder) is finally back in stock, only $25 http://phandroid.com/2015/05/06/motorola-keylink-phone-and-key-finder-is-finally-back-in-stock-only-25/ http://phandroid.com/2015/05/06/motorola-keylink-phone-and-key-finder-is-finally-back-in-stock-only-25/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 21:37:04 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=164633 Motorola Keylink FOB

It’s been awhile since we last saw the Motorola Keylink, Motorola’s handy Bluetooth enabled key fob. It seemed Motorola sent all of their stock to actual carrier retail stores, as their official site has been sold out of the Keylink since it debuted back in November. Today, Motorola finally has some in stock, although there’s no saying for how long.

Uses for the Keylink are twofold: not only does it help you locate lost keys or a misplaced phone, but it can also be used as a trusted Bluetooth device to keep your Android device unlocked while it’s in range (Lollipop only). At $25 ($5 for shipping), it’s the perfect gift for yourself, or the absent minded Android user in your life. You can find the Motorola Keylink direct from Motorola via the link below.

Buy from Motorola: Motorola Keylink $25

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HTC Re discounted to $150 for Mother’s Day, comes with $60 in free accessories http://phandroid.com/2015/05/05/htc-re-150-mothers-day-sale-free-accessories/ http://phandroid.com/2015/05/05/htc-re-150-mothers-day-sale-free-accessories/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 22:06:42 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=164565 htc-re-standing-colors

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for mom this Mother’s Day, the HTC Re portable camera is just as good a gift as any. The go-anwhere camera is seeing a $50 discount, dropping from $200 to only $150 for a limited time. While that’s not the lowest we’ve price we’ve seen the camera listed for (Best Buy was recently selling them for $100), HTC’s deal does come with $60 in free accessories.

It’s nothing too crazy, just a protection pack, bar mount (for bikes and whatnot), and clip mount (backpacks) — but it’s enough that it’ll make a complete gift. Or, pick up an HTC Re for yourself. Don’t worry, we wont tell anyone. We were wary at first, but fell in love with ours during our recent trip to Barcelona. You’d better hurry, the deal is only available until May 10th. Link provided below.

[HTC Re Deal]

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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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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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