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Casio G-Shock takes a beating from the ugly stick

Choices for ruggedized Android phones are a little sparse in the United States - at the moment, your best option is probably the Casio G'z0ne (AKA Commando) from Verizon. It's a little small and out dated, but it will (to borrow a competing slogan) take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. If the current model is too small, conservative and, well, attractive for your manly tastes, wait a few months and you might be able to pick up the G-Shock, a new model based on Casio's well-known tough watches. It's covered in rubber and steel, waterproof to ten meters, and it looks like a bag full of pig knuckles. G-Shock Zone got a hold of some photos from the CES booth.

Sony Slate concept tablet “grows” a kickstand

Kickstands are awesome. No arguing: a built-in angled prop is the perfect companion for a large-screen, video-friendly device. But one of the (admittedly numerous) problems with implementing them is that they mess up the smooth fascia of a device's back - while Archos and HTC are willing to have an "ugly" element turn the back of their device into a utilitarian eyesore, more style-conscious manufacturers aren't. Sony may have found a way to have its cake and eat it too. A concept device shown under glass at CES includes a metallic cloth back with an expanding kickstand that simply "grows" out of the back of the device. They call the concept Slate.

Sensics 3D SmartGoggles concept brings Android on board

Head-mounted displays haven't quite caught on yet, but they're sure to be the breakthrough product of 2007 2008 2010 sometime soon. Startup company Sensics wants to try a different approach than products currently on the market. Instead of releasing a pair of glasses as a simple screen for other devices, their SmartGoggles concept is a stand-alone unit, with a full version of Android on board.

LG Switch: More dreams of a dual-screen phone [Video]

Whoa, check out this awesome new concept design featuring an LG phone with two displays. Yes this is just a concept but it's still fun to imagine and the video below is worth a look in itself. This isn't the Kyocera Echo idea, instead we have a display on the front -- and on the back. a two-sided Android smartphone for the ultimate multitasker.

Google Nexus Prime concept design looks amazing, and accurate

We have another awesome concept design by Federico Ciccarese and this time it is of the much rumored Google Nexus 3. Also known as the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus Prime, DROID Prime or whatever else you wanna call this Samsung Nexus device. This isn't the first time we've seen his stunning work, but with all the hype surrounding the next Google Experience device this was too awesome to pass up. Check out the photos of his amazing Nexus 3 concept design below.

GameStop testing Android Gaming Tablet pre 2012 launch

Word on the street is that there's going to be a new gaming tablet… on the streets. GameStop company president Tony Bartel has commented this week about how they're currently in testing mode for an Android-based tablet that they've also already started working on a gaming controller for as well. This tablet will be, as Bartel calls it, a “GameStop certified gaming platform” and that it'll start with a few games and build up and up and up and explode all over the gaming industry similar to what we've seen (to a degree) with OnLive with HTC and other related groups.

Glance Android Concept Phone Made for Skinny Jeans

If you're not one of those people who has the biggest pockets in the world so wide and deep that they're able to keep an Acer Iconia Tab A100 in them without a problem, we've got the phone for you. This is a conceptual design, meaning that it's certainly not based in reality at the moment, and given what it's got going for it, we're looking at a few years at least before something like this can become a reality. The greatest and most obvious feature here is the thinness of most of the device.

Paper Smartphone using Android?

One of the cool gadgets shown in the SyFy series Caprica was an interactive piece of paper that would send email, surf the web, and do just about anything else a computer can do. Then the character could fold it up and place it in their pocket or purse. Genius. Too bad we couldn't do that now. Oh wait, WE CAN. Check out this smartphone made completely of paper and plastic.

Israeli company offers Kosher Smartphone

I admit, I'm not Jewish, much less Orthodox. But I do have several friends who observe the sabbath whom this new "smartphone" could be beneficial for. It's called a "Kosher, Sin Free Smartphone," and it's being developed by a company in Israel. The phone provides no internet access, no Facebook, no text messaging or email.
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