Phandroid » Phan Giveaways http://phandroid.com Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:53:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Gift idea: 2 years later, the Mountek nGroove CD slot car dock is still our top pick [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/18/mountek-ngroove-cd-slot-car-dock-gift/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/18/mountek-ngroove-cd-slot-car-dock-gift/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:00:24 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155517 nGroove right angle

We’re back with yet another day of Phandroid’s Gift-a-Day Giveaway, giving you guys not only another great new gift idea, but a chance at winning some pretty awesome prizes. Today we’re showing you a Phan-favorite, a product we covered 2 years ago here on this very site and have used nearly every day since then.

The Mountek nGroove is car dock unlike most others. Instead of suction cupping to your dash, window, or fitting into your car’s cigarette lighter, the nGroove is outfitted with an adjustable fin that fits snugly inside your car’s now obsolete CD slot. The places the your smartphone in an optimal position for quick viewing and interaction — the same spot as your car’s existing controls.

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The model we’re showing you above is the “Grip” model and the one we actually recommend, but there’s also the “SNAP” version which requires placing a magnetic sticker on the back of your phone and is really only ideal for flat backed devices.

Now, it’s important to survey the car where this will be installed. The nGroove isn’t a perfect fit for all cars and can block certain controls and/or navigation displays. The beauty of the nGroove is its simplicity which doesn’t require any sort of glues, screws, or clips. Should the CD slot not be the most optimal place for the nGroove, keep in mind it can also fit in any of your cars other grooves and spaces.

You can buy the Mountek nGroove from Amazon for less than $20 via the link below.

[Buy on Amazon: Mountek nGroove $18.69]

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Gift idea: Nest smart thermostat and Dropcam webcam [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/17/nest-smart-thermostat-and-dropcam-webcam/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/17/nest-smart-thermostat-and-dropcam-webcam/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:37:34 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155409 nest dropcam

We’re back with yet another day of Phandroid’s Gift-a-Day Giveaway, giving you guys not only another great new gift idea, but a chance at winning some pretty awesome prizes. Today we’re kicking it up a notch with the Nest thermostat and Dropcam security cameras. Both of these products are very popular, and they also happen to be owned by Google. Let’s take a look.

Nest Thermostat

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The Nest Thermostat was the first device to shake-up the thermostat industry since perhaps the stone age. A thermostat may not seem like a sexy gadget to care about, but it controls a good chunk of your energy bill. The Nest learns your patterns and automatically adjusts to save you money. It also has great integration with Google Now.

  • Auto-Schedule – Remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself
  • Auto-Away – Saves energy by automatically turning itself down when you’re away
  • Remote control – Connect the Nest thermostat to Wi-Fi to control it from your smartphone, laptop or tablet
  • Easy install – Most people install the Nest thermostat in 30 minutes or less

Buy on Amazon: Nest on Amazon ($247)

Dropcam Webcam

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Dropcam is a series of wireless Wi-Fi webcams that can be placed around your house. Like Nest, the Dropcam webcams are a breathe of fresh air in the previously stale home security industry. You can monitor your home via mobile apps, speak through the webcam from afar, and get alerts when someone is in your house.

  • 60 Second Setup – Use your computer to find your Wi-Fi network, live stream in under a minute.
  • High Quality Video – Get into the details with 720p high-definition video.
  • Fast and easy setup – online and securely streaming 720p HD video in 60 seconds.
  • Field of View – 107 degrees diagonal, plus Night Vision and Zoom, means you don’t miss a thing.
  • Cloud Video Recording (CVR) – Review footage and make clips with optional secure offsite recording.
  • Stay connected with Two-Way Talk, Intelligent Alerts, Scheduling and Mobile & Web apps.

Buy on Amazon: Dropcam ($150) | Dropcam Pro ($200)

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Gift idea: Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger for only $24 with free Amazon Prime shipping [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/16/qualcomm-quick-charge-20-wall-charger-on-amazon/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/16/qualcomm-quick-charge-20-wall-charger-on-amazon/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:52:27 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155333 Tenergy Quick Charge 2.0 charger 1

We’re kicking off yet another day of Phandroid’s Gift-a-Day Giveaway, giving you guys not only another great new gift idea, but a chance at winning some pretty awesome prizes.

You may remember our “must-have” charging accessories from week 1 of our gift ideas. I devoted a large section of Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 accessories because, at the time of writing, my favorite accessory was actually sold out on Amazon (with no date stock would be returning). But now, it looks like stock has finally returned, and you guy can now get your hands on the Tenergy 18W universal USB featuring Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology.

For as long as smartphones have been around, I dare say Quick Charge 2.0 is one of the single greatest advancements we’ve seen in the mobile space. I know, it sounds silly. But once you experienced it for yourself — and see how charging a nearly completely dead smartphone to 50% will only take a few minutes — you’ll become a believer.

Tenergy Quick Charge 2.0 charger diagram

The model we’re showing you today from Tenergy ($24) is not only cheaper than the Motorola Turbo Charger which runs $35 + shipping, but better in that it has a colored LED light to tell you when Quick Charge 2.0 is active. Because not all devices are compatible with Quick Charge 2.0, this takes the guess work out of wondering if your phone is charging at crazy Quick Charge 2.0 speeds, or just regular (it works fine for non-Quick Charge 2.0 devices too).

A partial list of some of the more popular Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 compatible devices can be found here and includes:

The best part is you can order the Tenergy Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger from Amazon today for only $24 and if you have Prime, it’ll be on your doorstep by Thursday. I’ve already ordered 3 (2 for myself, and 1 as a gift) and they work fantastic. Link provided below.

Buy: Tenergy Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 charger on Amazon

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Today is yet another chance to enter our massive giveaway for a chance to win Nexus devices and smartwatches. Be sure to enter every single day to improve your chances of winning. Entries for this day will remain open until 11:59 PM (Eastern) on December 21st. Good luck!

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Gift idea: Pulse smart LED light bulbs with built-in JBL Bluetooth speakers [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/15/pulse-led-lights-with-built-in-bluetooth-speakers/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/15/pulse-led-lights-with-built-in-bluetooth-speakers/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:21:10 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155201 LED light Bluetooth speaker

We’re back with another gift idea for our Gift-a-Day Giveaway! If you live in a relatively modern home, you might be fortunate enough to have a recessed speaker system wired throughout every room. A luxury for sure, for all us normals living on a budget, we’re forced to get a little more… creative. Especially when it comes to looking for thoughtful, unique gift for the holidays. The Sengled Pulse LED lights are just such a gift.

More than the typical “smart” bulbs you can find at your local hardware store, these Pulse LED bulbs actually pack JBL Bluetooth speakers in each bulb, making it possible to fill an entire room with surround sound music, and a speaker system that’s tucked away out of sight.

Installation is a snap. Simply screw the lights into the socket of your choice and pair them up with the companion Android or iOS app. Once paired, you can both dim the lighting or adjust speaker volume using the easy-to-use app. That’s it.

$170 lands you the master bulb with matching satellite bulb and they come in either Pewter (silver) or Candy Apple (red) colors. Users can purchase additional satellite bulbs (up to 8) that can be set up to 100 feet apart to really get the sound flowing throughout a house or apartment. The bulb — with audio — is only 15W with a peak of 30W. Anyone interested can get started by picking up the Pulse LED Bluetooth speaker bulbs from Amazon right here.

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Gift Idea: crank up the tunes with these headphones [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/14/gift-idea-headphones-contest/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/14/gift-idea-headphones-contest/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:00:50 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155213 active headphones

Happy Sunday, and welcome to another gift idea for our Gift-a-Day Giveaway! Today’s gift ideas are all about headphones. Everyone listens to music, podcasts, or watches videos with their gadgets. If you want to really immerse yourself (or not bother the people around you) a good pair of headphones is important. We’ve got a trio of headphones on sale right now from AndroidArea.

ZipBuds SELECT

ZipBuds SELECT

A good pair of over-ear headphones can make sitting at your desk all day a much more pleasant experience. The ZipBuds SELECT are comfortable to wear, and they offer professional sound quality. But the coolest thing about the SELECT headphones is the zipper cord. You can literally zip the cord up to prevent tangling and to make it comfortable to wear all day. It’s pretty nifty.

SPBEAT9 Bluetooth Headphones

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Our next pair of headphones is perfect for the active person in your life. Running with headphones can be super annoying. They fall out out of your ears; the cord is swinging around. It’s a mess. The SPBEAT9 Bluetooth headphones are great because they don’t have any cords, and the wrap-around design makes them sturdy on your head.

Toccs Feather Buds

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The TOCCs Feather Buds are the perfect mix of comfort, convenience, and high-quality sound. They’re super lightweight, and since they use Bluetooth there is a minimal amount of wires that can get tangled. The Feather Buds also come with a set of ear hooks so you can use them without worrying about them falling off.

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Gift Idea: become a master archer with BowBlade and your phone [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/13/bowblade-controller-android-ios/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/13/bowblade-controller-android-ios/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:00:33 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155187 bowblade

We are officially over halfway through our 20 days of gift ideas for the Gift-a-Day Giveaway! For today’s gift idea we’ve got an awesome accessory that turns your smartphone into a bow. You can play games (and excercise} with a bow just like if you were at an arcade or in the Hunger Games. It’s called BowBlade.

The BowBlade looks like a normal-ish bow, but the big difference is a mount for your phone. Where you would normally look down the sites to aim you place your phone in the grips. BowBlade pairs with your phone to act as a controller for over 80 Android and iOS games.

BowBlade is not only for fun and games. It can be used as a fitness device since you have to use more than just your thumbs to play, but it’s also great for people in wheelchairs since you don’t have to stand up. It’s a fun and healthy time for everyone. Just make sure your aim is good.

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Gift Idea: keep tabs on your car’s health and whereabouts with CarLock [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/12/gift-idea-keeps-tabs-on-your-cars-health-and-whereabouts-with-carlock-contest/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/12/gift-idea-keeps-tabs-on-your-cars-health-and-whereabouts-with-carlock-contest/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:22:38 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155146 carlockSketch

Cars. Some people love them, other people simply use them. Regardless of your feelings about cars you probably own one if you’re 16 years or older here in the U.S. Our latest gift idea for the Gift-a-Day Giveaway is all about your car’s health and security. The CarLock is a simple plug & play device that sends valuable information to connected apps.

Think of the CarLock as a baby monitor for your car. Once plugged into your car’s OBD port (all cars made after 1996 have one) a wealth of information is available in the CarLock app for Android and iOS. Here’s what it can do:

  • notification of vehicle moved
  • notification of device disconnected
  • notification of engine started
  • notification of vibration detected
  • automatically alert emergency contacts in case of a crash
  • notification of low car battery
  • notification of high battery drain
  • track your car’s location via GPS

If that sounds cool you can snag the CarLock for 57% off right now from AndroidArea. Get 24/7 car protection and never worry again.

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Gift Idea: keep your face looking clean with the USB travel razor [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/11/usb-travel-razor-gift-idea/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/11/usb-travel-razor-gift-idea/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:42:02 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155060 shavetech

We’re nearly halfway through our Gift-a-Day Giveaway already! If you haven’t been entering every day be sure to catch up here. Today’s gift idea is perfect for the man who travels a lot and likes to keep a clean hair-free face. When you’re traveling you don’t want to pack bulky razors and shaving supplies. That’s where the ShaveTech USB Travel Razor comes in.

This electric razor has the footprint of a credit card and is about as thick as a pencil. It won’t take up much room in your suitcase or bathroom. The ShaveTech also doesn’t require any messy power cords or wall adapters. It has a USB port built-in to the body that can flip out plug into any USB power source.

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When you buy the ShaveTech USB Travel Razor you’ll get the razor (in black), a carrying case, and cleaning brush for just $18.99. If you’re interested in this cool device be sure to grab it soon. This sale ends in 2 days (or when out of stock). Happy shaving!

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Gift Idea: relive the glory days of gaming with the NES30 Bluetooth Controller [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/09/bluetooth-nes-controller-for-android-ios/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/09/bluetooth-nes-controller-for-android-ios/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:18:06 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=154861 NES30

Modern gaming consoles are amazing. They have HD graphics, powerful processors, high-tech sensors, and they can play incredibly immersive games. Still, there is something special about dusting off the old Nintendo and playing some 8-bit games. Not everyone has a NES lying around, but with the NES30 controller you can get the same feel while playing mobile games.

Today’s gift idea for the Gift-a-Day Giveaway will surely give you a touch of nostalgia. The NES30 is Bluetooth replica of the original Nintendo Entertainment System controller. The only difference is the four X, Y, B, and A buttons instead of the classic A and B. Everything else is the same 1980’s grey plastic and mushy Start and Select buttons.

NES30 stand

The NES30 is compatible with Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows. It can connect via Bluetooth or USB cable. The controller comes with a detachable kickstand to prop up your phone or tablet. For just $30 you’ll be able to play all your modern mobile games and emulators with the comfortable grip of an old friend.

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Gift Idea: Fly these drones into orbit and take crystal clear video from the sky [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/08/gift-idea-drones-for-every-price-point-and-experience-level-contest/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/08/gift-idea-drones-for-every-price-point-and-experience-level-contest/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:03:54 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=154730 DJI Phantom

We’re already a third of the way through our Gift-a-Day Giveaway, but the gift ideas keep on coming. Make sure to visit this page and improve your chances of winning by entering every single day. Today’s gift idea is all about the drones. They’re very popular these days, and will surely be on many wish lists this holiday season. We’ve got every angle covered.

Many different kinds of drones are available today. Some are super expensive and can hold heavy things, others are cheap, tiny, and barely strong enough to fly in the wind. It doesn’t matter how much you want to spend, or how much experience you have. There is a drone out there for you. We’ll start simple and work out way up.

Code Black Drone, $64

code black drone

The Code Black Drone is perfect for beginners. It’s easy to fly and hard to break. The CBD is about the size of the palm of your hand, which makes it easy to fly indoors while you practice. When you get good the CBD can do flips in all four directions, and it even has a camera for video footage.

Micro Drone 2.0, $75

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A slight bump up from the CBD is the Micro Drone 2.0. This drone is also very small and hard to break. It’s a great beginner drone for flying indoors, and it can also do flips. The thing that puts this drone slightly above the CBD is its camera. It’s the only micro drone in the world that can carry a camera with a swiveling lens to capture all angles.

Panther Drone UFO, $110

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The Panther Drone is much bigger than the previous “micro” drones, but it’s still lightweight and super durable. If you want to be able to fly outside in windy conditions you will want to upgrade to the Panther. It can also do 360-degree flips and it has an adjustable camera for video footage.

DJI Phantom, $450

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The DJI Phantom has been universally praised as the best drone for casual fliers and photographers, and it’s not even the most expensive on our list! It can be set up and ready to fly in just minutes. The Phantom has GPS that helps compensate for windy conditions, which makes it easy for you to control. For video and photo footage you can attach most GoPro’s.

3DRobotics IRIS+, $750

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The IRIS+ can be flown manually with the controller, or with the really cool “autopilot” mode. It can land itself automatically or return to a spot when it flies out of range. When you’re ready to take some video footage you can even attach a GoPro. If you buy this drone you better know what you’re doing.

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Gift idea: charge your devices and keep everything connected with this smart travel router [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/06/gift-idea-charge-your-devices-and-keep-everything-connected-to-the-internet-with-this-smart-travel-router/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/06/gift-idea-charge-your-devices-and-keep-everything-connected-to-the-internet-with-this-smart-travel-router/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 15:06:49 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=154718 Satechi travel power router

It’s yet another day of our Gift-a-Day Giveaway and we’re not only giving you guys a great new gift idea, but another chance at winning some awesome prizes. Traveling is probably one of the leading causes of headaches in the world (maybe not, but you get the picture). And because we all have enough to worry about while traveling, messing around with power outlets/internet shouldn’t be one of them. Enter the Satechi Smart Travel Router.

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The Satechi Smart Travel Router makes your life while traveling easier in 2 main ways. First, it’s a power adapter so no matter where you are in the world, you’ll always have a place to plug in all your devices. With a plug for over 150 different countries — US, Canada, Mexico, England, or even China — you’ll be hard pressed to find a place where the Smart Travel Router doesn’t fit. It’s also got 2 USB ports so you can plug in your mobile devices while still keeping the main outlet free for a laptop.

The other big feature is that it also has built in router capabilities which allow it to either act as a normal router, a repeater (amplifying your wireless signal), access point (in the event your hotel only provides wired ethernet for internet), or a client (to connect non-WiFi devices to the wireless network).

Again, you have enough to worry about while traveling. Let the Satechi Smart Travel Router ease some of the pain and frustration that comes from leaving home. With retractable prongs, the Smart Travel Router is easy to pick up, pack up, and be out the door in time for a flight. It really is a great gift for any frequent globetrotters.

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Gift idea: KICK personal lighting studio with companion app [CONTEST] http://phandroid.com/2014/12/05/gift-idea-kick-personal-lighting-studio/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/05/gift-idea-kick-personal-lighting-studio/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:00:02 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=154614 The KICK

We’re kicking off another day of our Gift-a-Day Giveaway and we’re not only giving you guys a great new gift idea, but another chance at winning some awesome prizes.

With the speedy advancement of mobile photography, just about everyone with a smartphone these days is an amateur photographer. The problem? Our tiny smartphone sensors still aren’t capable of handling low situations very well. That’s why we wanted to show you guys The KICK personal lighting studio from our friends at AndroidArea.com.

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The KICK is a tiny, rechargeable, LED lighting system that is capable of illuminating even the darkest of shooting conditions with 40 adjustable RGB LEDs for a total of 400 Lumens. But that’s only the half of it. When paired with the Android/iOS companion app, the KICK turns into a smart lighting system capable of recreating real-world lighting conditions. For the really artsy types, you can even use the app to adjust colors, brightness, or use some of the built-in effects. Here’s some of KICK’s other features:

  • Works With Any Camera – Smartphones, DSLR cameras, compact cameras and more.
  • Manual or App-Controlled – Use it standalone, or use the iOS/Android app to take full control.
  • Multi-Control – Link multiple KICKs via WiFi, and remote control them via the app.
  • Portable Size – Small and lightweight enough to take along everywhere.
  • Tripod Mount-Capable – If it’s time to get serious.
  • Rechargeable – Built-in Li-ion battery, with micro USB charging cable included.

You can find the KICK priced at $139 on AndroidArea or $199 with the diffuser set. The diffuser set creates a softer light, that’s great for portraits when you’re not looking to create harsh shadows on your subject. That’s actually a pretty good deal too given the KICK is currently going for $160 on Amazon and the diffuser set for another $60. Check out the video below for a little more info about what the KICK can do.

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Gift idea: the insanely thumpin’ Supertooth Disco 4 Bluetooth speaker for $54 http://phandroid.com/2014/12/04/gift-idea-supertooth-disco-4-bluetooth-speaker/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/04/gift-idea-supertooth-disco-4-bluetooth-speaker/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:00:34 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=154524 Supertooth Disco 4 hero

Kicking off yet another day of Phandroid’s Gift-a-Day Giveaway, we’re not only giving you guys a great new gift idea, but another chance at winning some awesome prizes. Today we’re giving you our editors pick for the best Bluetooth speaker under $100: the Supertooth Disco 4 Bluetooth speaker.

With so many Bluetooth speakers on the market, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices available. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, products like the Bose Sound Link Mini, Logitech UE Boom or the Beats Pill (seriously, stay away from that one). Just about all these have their pros and cons but the one thing they have in common? They’re all about $200. Because we wanted to give our best ideas to gift out, we wanted to keep the price as low as possible. Without sacrificing sound quality, of course.

Supertooth Disco 4 Bluetooth Speaker $54

Supertooth Disco 4 Bluetooth speaker

At $60 for the Supertooth Disco 4, you’d be hard pressed to find a better Bluetooth speaker for the money. We know what you’re thinking — there’s no way this speaker can deliver on sound quality or features. But you’d be wrong. Dead wrong. Although it doesn’t have stereo sound (it’s just a single speaker), the Disco 4 delivers big sound. We’d say it rivals some of your home theater systems (not really, but you get the picture) thanks to its bass reflex. The Disco 4 also comes equipped with NFC for easy pairing, Bluetooth 4.0 for the best wireless sound quality available, a rechargeable battery via micro USB with up to 12 hours of battery life, and comes in a variety of colors. Oh, and did we mention the bass?

We actually found the bass was so deep, often times we were forced to turn down the 32-125Hz frequencies in our equalizer to keep from upsetting the neighbors. Simply put, you will not find more bass in a speaker this size and for this amount of money. Period. It’s for this reason we recommend the Supertooth Disco 4 as one of the best and most affordable Bluetooth speaker money can buy.

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Gift idea: charge your Android devices quickly and easily with these must-have accessories http://phandroid.com/2014/12/03/gift-idea-android-chargers/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/03/gift-idea-android-chargers/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 22:15:58 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=154444 Android charging

It’s December 3rd and we are officially in the thick of the holiday season. Kicking off yet another day of Phandroid’s Gift-a-Day Giveaway, we’re giving you guys not only some great new gift ideas, but another chance at winning some awesome prizes. Today’s items may sound a little basic, but they’re absolute essentials for any Android user. Take a look.

Poweradd 4ft micro USB cables (4-pack) $8

Poweradd micro USB cables

Because you can you never have too many USB cables (they’re constantly getting lost, worn out, or chewed up), we found a nice pack of USB cables from Poweradd that are sure to make the perfect stocking stuffer for your special little Android user.

A pack of 4 for only $8, we found the cables offer a great mix of quality and value. They even come with a 12 month hassle free replacement warranty in the event something goes wrong. Amazon Prime shipping means they’ll be on your door in 2 business days.

HTC Rapid Charger 2.0 $18.77

HTC Rapid Charger 2.0

We’d be willing to guess that most consumers are still in the dark when it comes to Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 2.0 technology. Available in a handful of 2014 flagship smartphones (you can find the full list here), Quick Charge 2.0 is the best thing to happen to the smartphones since… well, high speed data.

Whether you forgot to charge your device the night before, or you played an intense session of Clash of Clans during your lunch break, painfully long charging times are a thing of the past thanks to Quick Charge 2.0 technology. Delivering charge speeds up to 75% quicker than conventional chargers, the hardest part is actually finding them available for purchase online.

Our favorite? The all new HTC Rapid Charger for $18 on Amazon. It’ll work with any device (not just HTC-made phones/tablets) and it’s significantly cheaper than the Motorola Turbo Charger for $35. The best part is these charges are fully backwards compatible with any smartphone/tablet/accessory that needs charging. Seriously though, do yourself (or a loved one) a favor and throw out all your old chargers and upgrade your life to Quick Charge 2.0.

Powermod Quick Charge 2.0 car charger $25

Powermod Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 car charger

We’ve already explained the benefits of having Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 compatible wall charger in the above gift idea, now you can take it in your car where it’s arguably the most useful. Given you’re probably only in your car for short bursts of time, juicing up your phone as quickly as possible is an absolute godsend. We found this Powermod charger on Amazon for an affordable $25. It might not look that pretty, but it certainly gets the job done. Don’t think: just buy.

If you have an Android smartphone or tablet that isn’t Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 compatible, we also recommend the Mpow 6Amps 30W (3A per port) car charger. At 3A per port, it can take even the most power hungry of devices currently available, and even ones that might be released in the future (tablets cap out at 2.4A).

Bolse Desktop Charging Station $36

Bolse 7-port charging station

You can find multiple USB port charging stations just about anywhere on the net, but most are practically useless at charging multiple devices at full speed simultaneously. That’s why we love the Bolse desktop charging station. It’s about the size of an iPhone and with 7 ports, it’s probably got more holes than you have electronic devices. At 60W of total power, this thing has a combined output of 12A meaning you can charge around 5 tablets at full speed, or 7 smartphones (depending on the device).

The detachable 5ft power cable means you’ll have more than enough room to string the station anywhere you need it and still use your device while it’s charging, not matter the USB cable length. I have one of these in my bedroom, living room, and in my bag (for traveling). Needless to say, you’re probably going to want to get a few extra USB cables to go along with it (see our first gift idea).

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Now here comes the fun part. Enter below for a chance to win one of 20 prizes, including new Nexus devices and smartwatches. Entries for this day will remain open until 11:59 PM (Eastern) on December 21st. Good luck!

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Gift Idea: Android collectibles and merch to feed your inner geek http://phandroid.com/2014/12/02/gift-idea-android-collectibles/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/02/gift-idea-android-collectibles/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:25:20 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=154376 AF_Poster_Propoganda

To start the Gift-a-Day Giveaway we have some awesome gift ideas for Android lovers. If you’re a big fan of Android you’ve probably seen or heard about Dead Zebra. They are makers of tons of geek-tastic Android collectibles and accessories. Google also sells a bunch of official Android-related merchandise. Let’s check out some of the best stuff!

Android Foundry Posters, $48

(Shown above) The Android Foundry posters are one of the most popular products Dead Zebra offers. These four posters feature Andy in World War II-inspired poses with geeky slogans.

Mega Android, $70

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Nothing says “I love Android” more than a $70 figurine. This giant green robot is 9 3/4-inches tall, 8 1/2-inches wide, and has movable arms.

Android Foundry Stickers, $10

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The Android Foundry stickers are a cheap way to show your Android pride and personality. This pack includes 10 fun designs of the Android robot.

Android Foundry Ice Cube Tray, $12

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Drink feeling a little warm? That’s because it doesn’t have Android! With this ice-cube tray you can inject your favorite OS into your favorite drinks.

Android Dog Bowl, $16.25

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Since dogs don’t have opposable thumbs they can’t use phones, but with this doggie bowl your dog can enjoy Android while eating. That is so fetch.

Android Superhero T-Shirt, $14.45 – $17.25

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What operating system runs Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit? Android of course. Show how “super” Android is with this fun flying hero t-shirt.

Android Beanie, $9.60

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The weather outside is frightful, but this Android beanie is warm and delightful. Show your Android pride and keep your head warm at the same time. It doesn’t get better than that.

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Do you own any of these Android collectibles? Will you be gifting any of these items to your friends or family? Enter below for a chance to win one of 20 prizes, including new Nexus devices and smartwatches. Entries for this day will remain open until 11:59 PM (Eastern) on December 21st. Good luck!

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