accessories

iHome for Android not just Apple any more

Most of us by now have heard of the company iHome, and their broad selection of iPod based music systems. Well, having heard the call and seen the desire of the Android fans, they have responded. Releasing three models that are designed to work with most Android based phones. Giving you the same options and sound that only the Apple fanboys had access to previously.

ASUS Transformer Prime GPS dongle pictured

We're going to need need a bigger dock. After months of complaints of low GPS reception on ASUS' flagship Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, the company has committed to sending out free GPS dongles for affected customers. Land of Droid managed to grab a photo of the purported dongle, and, well... it's more of an antenna. And assuming that this is indeed the final hardware, it's very, very big. From the fuzzy pictures provided it looks like the dongle  is about the same size as the locking mechanism on the Transformer Prime's keyboard dock.

Tenqa REMXD Bluetooth Headphones Review

Bluetooth headphones have not become the ubiquitous accessories that I hoped they would years ago. A lot of that's due to the shortcomings of the standard itself, but it's got more to due with the fact that the price has remained high. That trend is starting to reverse, however, and the new Tenqa REMXD are just a little pricier than standard earbuds at $39.99. At an impulse-buy price, they're hard to resist, so we asked Tenqa for a pair to review.

Sanwa USB Reader grants external storage, but not to everyone

Most of the Android phones on the market have some method of external storage, almost always in MicroSD card form. But a few notable phones like the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus lack this capability, as do several high-profile upcoming phones like the HTC One X. A little company called Sanwa aims to correct these oversights with the Sanwa USB Reader, a gadget that's nothing if not descriptive: it plugs into a standard MicroUSB port and adds a full-sized USB port and standard SD/MicroSD slots, plus another MicroUSB port, presumably for pass-through charging.

Spigen GLAS.t screen protector adds a second layer of glass for Galaxy Note [Review]

Cases and screen protectors come by the handfuls for smartphone but today we some new and unique screen protectors and cases from the company Spigen. No longer do you need to rely on a cheap thin screen protector. With Spigen you cover that large and precious smartphone screen with the next best thing -- another layer of hardened tempered glass. Below you'll see our hands-on video, thoughts, and installation on the GLAS.t screen protector for the Galaxy Note.

HTC One series docks and cases set for pre-order

HTC's One X, One S and One V Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones are easily their most-anticipated in months. While it'll still be a month or more before they start showing up at retail locations in the UK and US, And UK electronics giant Clove is already taking pre-orders. Happily they'll also accept pre-orders for a series of accessories, which Clove has been kind enough to show off for us. The add-ons should arrive with the phones in April. There's a mind-boggling assortmant of cases, docks and screen protectors already - take a gander below.

LEGO charging dock for Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Lets say you don't approve of the accessories out on store shelves for your device. What is one to do? Well, you could always design some out of LEGOs like XDA developer Tibow. He managed to create a rather nice looking LEGO dock that holds the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in a landscape orientation. The only thing missing when compared to other docks, is it doesn't initiate "dock mode" when plugged in.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus desktop dock available from Samsung

Since Google and Samsung first announced the Galaxy Nexus we have been waiting for some official accessories from Samsung themselves, especially for the Verizon LTE model. Thanks to a watchful eye it appears Samsung.com is all set and has recently started shipping the desktop dock for the Galaxy Nexus. Looking at the compatibility list the Verizon model is clearly listed.

Pre-order a Samsung Galaxy Note from Best Buy, get a free flip cover

Plenty of Americans have been patiently waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Note, and assuming they're OK with AT&T service, they won't have to wait much longer. The carrier has set February 19th as zero day for the oversized smartphone - but don't start camping out at your nearest AT&T store just yet. Pre-order the phone through Best Buy, and they'll give you a free flip cover for your trouble. Considering how large the phone is anyway, you could consider that a blessing or a curse, but if you want to get into the old-school PDA spirit, you've got to have  a faux leather book-style cover.

Visible Green charging cable tells you when your phone’s battery is full

In yet another entry in Android Community's "why didn't I think of that" series, accessory maker Dexim has a new product that should help you stay green and keep a watchful eye on your phone's battery. The Visible Green USB charge and sync cable is a standard MicroUSB cable with a trick up its sleeve: it actively monitors your Android phone's battery level. As the battery reaches its full capacity, the cord glows in a series of running lights, getting slower the longer it charges .When the battery id full, the lights switch off, letting you know that your phone's ready.
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