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Android Accessory Roundup: zBoost 4G LTE Signal Booster, samDock Cable, Y-Cam HomeMonitor System and More

Android Accessory Roundup

The accessories industry is very large and continues to grow daily. Couple that with the fact that smartphones are starting to take over the world’s population, leaving you with entire conferences such as CTIA and CES, based solely on consumer items, such as smartphone accessories.

We wanted to try and highlight some of the accessories we have stumbled across in a roundup post, so allow us to introduce the Android Accessory Roundup. We will go over the basic function of the accessory, the pros and cons, the price of said accessory and that’s it. Hopefully this will help some folks find a neat new toy that goes will with their favorite gadget.

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CableJive’s samDock: ($24.95)

This little thing is pretty great. It’s an adapter, one side fitted with a female end of a 30 pin dock, just like you would find on older models of the iPhone. On the other side is a microUSB male piece, perfect for fitting into the Android devices we know and love, such as the Galaxy S3, S4, Galaxy Note 2, etc. You stick the microUSB into your Android phone, then with the 30 pin side, can place the device onto any dock made for iPhones, allowing you to charge your phone in times of need or even listen to music through the dock. It is a great little tool, especially if you have an old dock that sounds good, but don’t use an iPhone anymore. And if you are still using an iPhone, I don’t know why you’d be reading this.

Check out the samDock on CableJive’s website.

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SuperTooth Disco Twin Bluetooth Stereo Speakers: ($199.99)

Given that pretty much all smartphones are coming equipped with Bluetooth these days, it is only natural that you’d want a set of nice Bluetooth speakers for either your home or work space. What makes these speakers from SuperTooth intriguing is the fact that they deliver a true stereo sound, being that there are two of them. One right and one left. Once paired, the speakers sound pretty great and definitely deliver enough decibels to annoy anyone around you. I am no audiophile, but they do deliver clear highs and bassy lows. I listen to mostly hip hop and heavy rock/metal, each of which sounded just fine. No unwanted distortion or cracking. The major downside to having two speakers is that they take up two power outlets. If you are low on space, especially in terms of power, then there is that to consider.

More info on the Disco Twin from SuperTooth.

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zBoost Verizon 4G LTE Signal Booster: ($399.99)

The idea of a signal booster, allowing someone who lives in an area with 4G LTE, but with weak signal is intriguing. This model is specifically made for Verizon’s 4G LTE and allows multiple users to connect to it, improving signal strength and it even advertises improved download/upload speeds. If you have the initial investment of $400, this accessory has the ability to turn your cellular blackhole of a home into a data oasis.

As for setbacks, the price is certainly one of them, along with the fact that you must install the antenna of the unit onto your roof or somewhere that it can catch a signal. If drilling holes into your apartment or home isn’t possible, you will need to find alternate methods to your data problems.

Learn more about zBoost signal boosters at the Wi-Ex website.

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Y-Cam HomeMonitor System: ($199+)

For anyone with pets (mine can be particularity destructive at times when I am away) or if you just want to keep an eye on your home while gone, the HomeMonitor system is a great accessory, made with Android users in mind. After installation in your home or wherever you want to place them, the cameras connect to your WiFi network, allowing users to keep an eye on their homes through a specially-designed Android app. There is also an iOS app available if you must know.

Data from the cameras are stored on a cloud storage account for easy access, plus the cameras also record sound as well. The cameras produce a clear and crisp color image, as well as allow for recording in the dark. It’s a great system, but one that will set you back $200 for the indoor model and $350 for the outdoor camera.

To learn more about the HomeMonitor systems and their lineup of cameras, check out their website.

Android Accessory Roundup will be a monthly post where we find some neat products that will pair up nicely with your Android device. If there is something you would like us to check out, feel free to let us know.

  • http://www.minecraftgames.co/ Minecraft Games

    It is the perfect combination.

  • Dan

    I have found in the past that zBoost work OK only if you already have a decent signal outdoors. If you have a weak signal outdoors and no signal indoors I recommend Wilson Electronics boosters instead. I am looking at getting one of their new tri-band boosters that does all of Verizon bands, 2G, 3G and 4G LTE. Significantly more money but worth it if you need the signal. http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=805165-ANT-DBL&d=Wilson–805165ANTDBL-TriBand-Cellular-Signal-Amplifier-for-Verizon-4G-LTE-With-7002700-MHz-Dual-Band-Panel-Indoor-Antenna-And-7002500-MHz-Outdoor-Antenna-(-805165-ANT-DBL)

  • Austin Scott

    Also, if you don’t want to shell out a ton of money for a homemonitor system, you can always use one of your old cell phones running android. Install this one your old phone: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pas.webcam&hl=en

    and this one your new phone https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alexvas.dvr

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  • XvierX

    Great post. Thanks for the info!

    • wizteknet

      Yep enjoyed it too!

  • Mike Hilal

    That sucks you have to mount an external antenna. I wonder why they didnt just do it like the old vzw network extenders.

    • snowblind64

      Because those network extenders use your wired internet connection (cable, DSL, etc.) and this signal booster works more like a WiFi repeater by capturing a 4G LTE signal and repeating it via it’s own antenna.

  • Anon

    Please Kellex, find us some good bedside and car docks for the flagship phones. Since OEMs aren’t making them, I’d like to ensure they’ll be available for my next phone.

  • RAZR_FANN

    Props, Tim, for using a Zenbook instead of a MacBook. I have a Series 9 myself.

  • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

    Tim-o rockin the Zenbook? Awesome!

  • Brent Cooper

    Great addition to the site! Id like to see this become a weekly thing!

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    Instead of doing an easy wireless camera installation that can have crap image quality due to bandwidth issues (or wireless interference), get a Night Owl wired security set up. I got mine for under $400 I think and it came with EIGHT (count em, 8) cameras (with IR for night viewing), a DVR, and all the cables.

    Sure it’s a bitch to drill holes and drop cables but it runs buttery smooth. Plus I can view it online on my phone (it works on iOS and Android) with a free app with no ads.

    • Chris Stefanescu

      I have a Y-cam HomeMonitor outdoor set-up on WiFi and it works fantastic. Very high quality image plus you do not need to spend days on end installing the system (or if your like most users of the old analog tech from the 1940′s, you are still planning to run all those wires one of these weekends). Night owl also needs their DVR (read PC) running at all times for the system to work, HomeMonitor is stand alone can be unlimitedly expanded and works in more than one location.

  • Dylan Patel

    Tim, what laptop is that? Zenbook Prime?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Yes, it’s the UX31A.

      • Dylan Patel

        So yes, a Zenbook Prime. :)

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          I said “yes.” There are several different variants, so I was being specific for you :P

          • Dylan Patel

            I skipped the “Yes” part. I am sorry Tim, AKA the 2nd best DL’er on DL after Eric

          • Tyler

            OUCH! Way to say it to his face that he isn’t the best.

          • Dylan Patel

            Noone can beat Eric and Team #bayble. We will never die.

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  • Ed Cerqueira

    The Verizon 4G extender is also on Amazon for a lot cheaper, about $256. http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Extenders-DataBlast-Networks-YX550-VLTE-AWS/dp/B009UNGTCQ

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Good find!

      • michael arazan

        A couple years ago when ATT came out with it’s signal booster for iphones and others that couldn’t connect through walls of buildings at home and work there’s was only $150, wonder why $400

  • sith77

    WOW , that HTC One looks awesome . just sitting there it looks cool …………… well too bad being on verizon maybe ill be able to get the HTC TWO When that comes out if verizon deems it a good enough phone.

    • http://twitter.com/jimbohurt James

      Youre right man the HTC One is sexy. Still cant decide whether or not to get that or the s4! I need decide quick tho and start my 2 years.