Sometimes it pays off and other times you’re left with a bunch of useless cases because of a last minute change or bad device info. Needless to say, we’ll have to wait and see how this one plays out but hey, at least we know if the Q30 does launch there will be some cases for it even if they aren’t really the best.
Yesterday we saw all kinds of HTC One (M8) news floating around the web. Even though we’re all BlackBerry lovers at heart, it’s okay to sneak a look at the latest and greatest in the Android world. While I can’t say that I’ll be running out to pick one up anytime soon, I am a bit jealous of one thing — that Dot View case.
Oh yeah. This is totally decadent. Totally. But that’s how Vaja does things,right? And the Lucy Clutch for [#protected_0#] is the opposite of an exception. A combination iPhone case, wallet, and carry bag, it’s hand crafted like all of Vaja’s creations, but is it practical?
The Vaja Lucy Clutch is small, easy to hold, easy to zip and unzip, and yet still has plenty of space for all of your cards, your money, and any other small item you may want to cary for example, lip gloss. There’s a dedicated iPhone pocket, 2 general purpose pocket, and card holder good for 3 cards. None of the pockets zip or otherwise close, however, so loose change and other small items can tumble around as you go.
Taking your iPhone in and out is also easy. It slips into the dedicated inside pocket so you can keep it safe and secure, and slips right back out again when you want to use it. If you’re the type of person who uses your iPhone constantly to game, text, etc., it might be inconvenient compared to a pocket case, but if you use your phone mostly as a phone — or you just want to enjoy a night out in style — it’s perfect.
Now If you’re worried that you might not hear your iPhone rings when it’s inside the Vaja Lucy Clutch, don’t. There’s a special mesh on both sides designed to make Marimba — or whatever ringtone you so wish — come through loud and clear. And because it’s on both sides, it doesn’t matter which way you insert your iPhone.
The Vaja Lucy Clutch is made of premium Caterina leather with a distinctive quilted finish. It’s well padded, so your precious iPhone and any other valuables are safe and secure. It’s also available in a wide variety of colors so you can customize it pretty much anyway you like.
A sturdy strap lets you carry the Vaja Lucy Clutch easily, either in your hand or around your wrist. Unfortunately, it’s not quite long enough to comfortably cary around your shoulder and keep your hands free, which I prefer. The zipper is also heavy duty, and works without a hitch. It does, however, open along the bottom of the clutch, which is a little worrisome — if I leave it partially unzipped, I may not notice, and things may fall out.
The hand crafting results in spectacular quality as well, with every stitch contributing to a functional, long lasting design. The leather comes in azalea (pink), rosso (red), birch (off white), nautical blue, and black. The padded interior comes in over 20 different colors — several shades of the entire rainbow. That means you can get the Vaja Lucy Clutch in just the right colors for you (or for your someone special.)
The Vaja Lucy Clutch is positively luxurious. It’s soft, protective, easy to use, and offers space beyond what it’s small size would suggest. If you’re looking for a high-end, premium carrying bag for yourself or for someone you love, I highly recommend the The Vaja Lucy Clutch. Fashion may change but the Vaja Lucy Clutch is beautiful and built to last.
S.Hackensack, New Jersey – IvySkin today is proud to announce the all new SmartCase(R) Pro 6000 for iPhone 5/5s is both iconic and legendary in design and performance, packed with a super durable 6000mAh battery pack, it is the world’s most intelligent and longest lasting battery pack case for iPhone 5/5S.
As the market pioneer in delivering enhanced Polycarbonate protection for digital devices, IvySkin continues to provide superior and cutting edge solution for the new iPhone. The iPhone 5s embodies the notion of what IvySkin stands for; thoughtful designs that make no compromises when it comes to protection.
SmartCase(R) Pro for iPhone 5 / 5S is a true professional grade iPhone battery case with 6000mAh battery powerhouse and features such as Glass touch-thru screen guard, Carbon fiber anti-shock body and speaker enhancing design.
The SmartCase(R) Pro for iPhone 5/5S is packed with an 6000 mAh battery that nearly triples the iPhone’s battery but compacted to fit this thin profile.
This case is a true road warrior, that can handle the harshest environments and still charges the iPhone 5/5S twice with its built-in high capacity battery.
The Package includes
* SmartCase Pro for iPhone 5/5S
* 6000mAh smart battery pack
* Xylo Glass Touch-Thru screen guard for maximum protection
* User guide
* Full IvySkin USA warranty
* This case uses the same cable as iPhone 5/5S so when plugged-in both the case and iPhone are charged simultaneously.
The SmartCase(R) Pro 6000 retails for .99 USD and comes with a certified 6000mAh battery pack in addition to the glass touch-thru screen. It is now available on our web site and at retail stores in the coming weeks. Visit IvySkin.com today for additional information on these or other IvySkin products.
IvySkin(R) is an industry endorsed, multi award-winning accessories design house with several patented intelligent accessories for smart devices. From CNBC to Engadget, MacWorld magazine to iLounge, our accessories have been recognized and awarded. IvySkin is known as one of the premier Apple accessories provider, with products ranging from Smart Cases to battery pack and waterproof solutions. IvySkin brand names include SmartCase(R), SmartCase(R) Pro ,SmartCase(R) air, Denali(TM), XyloScreen(TM), SportCase(TM), CamelBack(TM), RUBICON(TM) and Touch-Thru(R) screen and cases. We are proud to be an all American company that design and manufacture bold, new accessories to protect, personalize, improve performance and enhance the Apple experience. We love what we produce and we hope you’ll love our products as well! Stay tuned for more surprises from us in the near future!
Welcome to another edition of Android Q&A! As always, we try to answer as many of your great questions as possible. In today’s show, we talk about the best mid-sized Android smartphone, help with game addiction, the best tablet case for protection, and a lot more. Let’s get started!
I have a very simple phone and I would like to upgrade to an Android phone, but find them too big for my liking. What is the best medium to small sized Android smartphone? – MikPoptart
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Depending on your budget (and location), a couple of the best mid to small-sized Android smartphones currently available are the Motorola Moto X and Moto G. Featuring budget-friendly price tags, but with a premium feel that we’ve come to expect from our smartphones, both Motorola devices are a great choice.
But, if you’re looking for a compact smartphone which also features flagship specifications, the recently-released Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the device for you. With its high-end specs, including a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB RAM, and Sony’s amazing camera technology, all in a relatively compact body compared to other Android flagships, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is certainly a game-changer in the “Mini” device category. You can find out relevant videos about the mentioned smartphones in the playlist below.
Can you please recommend the best case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, which is very protective? – Luke Harvey
Cases for tablets are generally more for style and functionality than protection, so it is often difficult to find really good protective cases for tablets. That being said, luckily there are some great options for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 that you can take a look at. If you’re looking for ultimate protection, the Otterbox Defender is the way to go. Featuring triple layer protection, along with a protective shield that doubles as a stand, and an in-built screen protector, the Otterbox Defender provides amazing protection against accidental bumps and falls, along with keeping the device dust and scratch free. Otterbox cases are slightly expensive though, so you can find some other decent alternatives in the list below.
Can you help me find more apps like the Power Line, Battery Bar +, and ChargeBar? – BlackBackBook
The apps in question are battery widgets, or battery monitoring applications. There are a lot of options for battery apps in the Google Play Store. A couple of the good options include Battery Percentage, and Live Battery Free (Status Bar).
Is it true that carriers are not allowed to carrier lock Nexus devices? Are they unlocked even if bought from carriers? – Nino
Unfortunately, the short answer is no. For example, T-Mobile sells both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 which are locked to the carrier. It’s almost impossible to pick up an unlocked device from a carrier, as it is in their best interest to keep you locked in to their services. Every carrier does have certain conditions that can be fulfilled before you can request an unlock code from them (you can see an example of these conditions from T-Mobile), but at the time of purchase, the device will be locked to the particular network.
If you’re looking to pick up an unlocked Nexus device, and it isn’t available from the Google Play Store, the next best option is eBay. If you do go this route, make sure that the seller has a high customer satisfaction rating and positive feedback before making the jump.
Is there any app available to control game addiction/play usage? Please recommend one. – Crytec
Instead of an app, what you can check out is a book called “The War of Art,” by Steven Pressfield. As it says on the cover, the book will help you “break through your blocks and win your inner creative battles,” which should inspire you to stop/control your gaming. Other than that, you can check out this list of apps that allow you to control app usage, along with setting time limits to how long an app is used.
As always, keep sending us your questions in the comments section below, in the comments section of the Youtube video, or on Google+, and we’ll try our best to get you the answers you need!
The HTC M8 might be just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean that HTC isn’t still working hard to improve the HTC One experience. Not only has the company been working to bring KitKat to carrier-branded handsets, it appears they want to bring a little customization to the outer look of your handset as well.
HTC is introducing a new customizable version of its Double Dip hard shell case, this time giving you the ability to choose from different colors for the top, center and the bottom of the case. There are six color choices in total: glacier gray, neon lemon, atlantis, bright peach, navy blazer and pastel blue.
Once you design the case to your liking you’ll be taken to a checkout page, where the case will set you back .99.
While the HTC One is such a beautiful handset that it seems like a shame to throw it into a case, at least HTC’s customization option will let you bring a little bit of flare to phone’s case. On the downside, we find the color palette is pretty limited — especially if you aren’t into super-bright colors. At the very least, we wish they’d give us black as a color choice.
What do you think, anyone planning on picking one of these cases up?
Nokia seems to be raking in legal points in Germany as it scored yet another patent win against HTC. This time, the patent in dispute is quite an essential one that lets devices be compatible even with older network technologies.
HTC is probably feeling the heat as it loses one by one the patent cases levied against it by Nokia across the world. In Germany alone it has already had three strikes, making this newest one its fourth. HTC has also lost cases in the US and the UK and there are still others coming.
The patent in this case is related to how mobile devices adapt their revision levels depending on the network’s own revision level. This practically determines how a device can adjust to the technology being used in a network, which can be crucial to how newer device are able to be backwards compatible with older networks. Unfortunately, while this feature is crucial to complying with certain technical standards, the patent is not included in Nokia’s standards-essential patents, which HTC has already licensed.
While the Mannheim Regional Court has determined HTC to have infringed on Nokia’s patent and is ordering it to pay damages, HTC isn’t throwing in the towel yet. It states that it is fighting to invalidate the patent in Germany and remove its use from its own handsets, believing the patent to be redudant and no longer in use in the country.
In what would give Google Glass supports reason for good cheer, a San Diego court has dismissed charges against Cecilia Abadie, one of which was related to her wearing of the smart eyewear while driving. But while Abadie was cleared of charges, her victory doesn’t necessarily let Google Glass off the hook.
Late last October, Abadie was stopped by Officer Keith Odle of the California Highway Patrol. Her initial offense was for speeding at 85 miles per hour beyond San Diego Interstate 15′s 65 miles per hour limit. Odle, however, decided to also cite her for using a visual monitor while driving, something usually imposed on cellphones, when Abadie supposedly got argumentative about the legality of wearing Google Glass under the same circumstances.
San Diego Court Commissioner John Blair dismissed both charges, but mostly because of technicalities. The state failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt Abadie’s actual speed when an expert failed to appear in court to testify to the accuracy of the speedometer that Odle used. Regarding the Google Glass side of the case, Blair held that there was no hard evidence that Google Glass was even turned on while Abadie was driving.
However, it should be noted that Commissioner Blair also stated that Google Glass falls within the purview and intent of California’s law banning the use of such devices while driving, leaving the legality of Google Glass still open for debate. Google, for its part, cautions users to act responsibly and err on the side of safety.
Samsung’s new Galaxy NotePRO and Galaxy TabPRO are gigantic and they might not be the easiest things to handle. You’ll probably want to keep these things well covered but at the same time still maintain productivity with these laptop-sized mobile devices. That’s where Logitech comes in with its new Logitech PRO case that it’s announcing at CES 2014.
For protection, the folio case uses a durable and wipeable exterior that keeps your tablet safe from bumps and scratches but still keeps it looking classy. SecureLock clips keep the device from falling off but at the same time keeps it easy to remove. The slim profile tries not to add any more weight to these tablets, which are already heavy beyond comfort.
Logitech adds a keyboard into the mix, turning the case into a laptop-like contraption. Given how Samsung is propositioning these large tablets to so-called prosumers, that might be the most common configuration it will be used in. The keyboard features well-spaced chiclet-type keys and includes a row of keys for Android shortcuts like recent apps and email. When not in use, the tablet can fold over the keyboard for a flat viewing or touch-friendly angle.
The Logitech PRO protective case with keyboard will cost around 9.99 when it launches in the US. Retail availability, however, won’t start until February 2014 and will cover the US as well as selected markets in Europe and Asia.
There’s a lot to love about the Xperia Z Ultra and Z Ultra GPe, such as their high-end specs and the massive display size. For those looking to improve the camera experience on the Z Ultra by adding a QX10 or QX100 however, there is one problem: it’s impossible to properly mount these lenses on Sony’s behemoth of a smartphone.
With that in mind, Sony has now announced a new hard case for the Z Ultra that will house the QX-series without a hitch, all while adding further protection for your device. These cases are pretty much the same as we’ve already seen for the Xperia Z, only bigger.
So how much does the case cost and where can you get it? Price wise, the case is about , but there is a catch — it’s only been announced for Hong Kong. That said, it’s probably only a matter of time before it launches in other markets as well.
Anyhow, if you’re an owner of the Z Ultra that’s been interested in picking up a QX lens, you’ll want to keep an eye out for this one.