A couple of weeks ago, Google began selling an official Nexus 7 sleeve through Google Play for a reasonably bloated price of $30. We offered up a handful of alternatives at that time, all of which were available from Amazon for well under $20, some even for under $5. We now have all of those featured options in house, and wanted to do a quick overview of each to show you which are really worth your money and which are better left in the “too good to be true” category.
Below, you’ll find a hands-on of the Poetic Slimline (our personal favorite), MoKo Case, and rooCase. All three are available in a variety of colors from blue to purple to green to pink, and with customer ratings of 4-stars and above.
Again, there are so many solid options out there that are worth exploring before you go diving into anything over $20. These are just a few to get you started. (more…)
Because I’m impatient, and grew sick of waiting for Motorola to release the official PowerDock for the Moto X, I went ahead and ordered a similar dock made by Griffin that was built specifically for its half-robotic DROID brothers on Verizon. This is the DROID PowerDock, that while being made by the same company, is still strikingly different than the modern, minimal design we are expecting to see with the official dock for the Moto X. It has definitely been DROID-ified with a boxy, all-black exterior. (more…)
As of this morning, we have a number of cases in transit for the new Nexus 7, all of which we plan to show off and share thoughts on to some extent over the next week or so. The first batch to arrive is from our friends at Cruzerlite, who sent over an entire box of almost every single color or design they currently offer. (Yes, that means a contest will be in store before long.) These are their TPU cases, which they have continued to sell successfully for more devices than I can probably keep track of. (more…)
With the Moto X reaching AT&T stores at the end of last week, and with carriers like Verizon preparing to launch it this week, the official accessories for Motorola’s new flagship are starting to arrive as well. The Griffin PowerDock desktop dock that we first spotted a couple of weeks back can now be had for $39.95 (plus shipping). The PowerDock holds your phone in an upright position that Motorola claims to be at a “comfortable viewing angle,” allowing you to use your phone hands-free with Touchless Control. The dock also supports a Moto X with a case up to 2mm thick, so there is no need to unsheathe your phone every time you dock it. (more…)
Even as mobile technology advances year after year, there is one area that continues to be nothing other than a pain point – battery life. We’ve got quad-core processors, X8 Mobile Computing Systems, and 4-PLUS-1 architectures that are all designed to extend the battery life of phones because the actual batteries in them seem to be stuck in 1989. Companies like Mophie are trying to change that in a way. They realize that battery life is essential, but they also understand that many of you use a case to protect your phones. So they’ve created the Juice Pack which is a combination case/battery extender. (more…)
Over the years, Motorola has proven to be one of the best when it comes to having accessories available for its flagship phones at launch. While other smartphone makers (read: Samsung and Google) show off fancy accessory lineups during unveilings of products, we almost never see any of them for months, if ever. But Moto almost always seems to have top quality docks, cases, and other gadgetry around so that you can make the most out of your recently purchased smartphone. With the Moto X, that appears to be the case once again. (more…)
We have a few Jambox speakers in the DL office, and we like them very much. They are loud, look sexy and hook up well with whatever device we are currently running. For a very limited time, you can grab a Big Jambox for $50 off the $300 price tag, making the new price just $250. These deals don’t happen all of the time, so if you have been contemplating throwing down the money, now would be a good time. (more…)
Today, along with our custom Moto X, we received one of the new Motorola Skip accessories that allow you to quickly unlock your phone with a single tap. To recap, the Skip is a wearable cloth accessory that can be clipped (using magnets) to your shirt, pants, or even a bag, and then programmed through NFC to unlock your device. The Skip is designed for those who use pattern or PIN unlocks, since this would allow you to quickly unlock your phone without having to type in a PIN or swipe a pattern, yet would leave that level of security on there should your phone fall into the wrong hands. (more…)