The Droid 4 isn’t even out yet and it looks like it will be receiving some accessories support. The Droid 3 as you may remember did not receive this treatment, so it’s nice to see the Droid 4 getting some accessories love. It appears that the device will get multiple LapDocks and a wireless keyboard with trackpad. This is different from a bluetooth version so it will be interesting to see how this compares.
This phone follows the same form factor as the Razr, and is dubbed the “Razr with a keyboard”. Given the specs, I would say this is pretty close to being accurate. Given it’s slated launch of December 8th, the phone is coming quick. What do you think? Will you be getting one, if so, will you be getting some of it’s fancy accessories?
Some of us do some moderate to heavy gaming on our Androids. Of course we know there are limitations with most phones, namely the lack of physical gaming buttons like those found on the Sony Xperia Play phone. A Swedish company called Fructel came up with a rather ingenious solution for Android owners to be able to play games in a much more traditional manner. They created a device called the Gametel Wireless Controller and it’s a third-party gamepad add-on to your Android device. The gang at Pocket Gamer were able to get their hands on a prototype and share some of their thoughts of how the device worked for their phone. The pad itself works in a neat way as all you do is download a specific driver to your Android phone and physically attach your phone to the gamepad. You then pair the gamepad to your phone’s Bluetooth signal and you’re good to go. Also mentioned is the ability to connect a tablet to the gamepad, though you obviously can’t clamp the tablet onto the gampad. Of course every game isn’t compatible with the gamepad, but there’s a nice list of major games out there that will work.
Hit the link below to check out the full preview of the cool add-on.
We know that the Galaxy Nexus will see the light of European day on November 17th. We also know that the Euro version will be shipped with a 1750mAh battery which has some of us stateside 4G LTE users a bit worried. Reports have been suggesting that the U.S. version may actually ship with a larger battery and said rumor has been up for debate until now. The leaked image of an internal document shows that in fact the GN will ship with a bigger power-plant, 100mAh bigger to be exact.
If you look at the image above, you will notice that the “in box” line shows that the device will come equipped with a 1850mAh standard battery, a welcomed change if you ask me. Further down the list you can notice a couple things we have already seen pictures of, and a couple items we haven’t. Also on the list is a $60 HDMI portrait-style desktop dock (picture after break) and a vehicle mount. It’s great to know that while not having an HDMI out on the device, you can still get media from the phone to the big screen. And I am curious to see this vehicle mount, I am hoping it will utilize the Nexus’ three pin connection located on the side of the device. We have yet to receive confirmation on why Sammy added that option.
A few days ago we noticed that Verizon retail stores started to receive a couple different cases already for the Galaxy Nexus. Well, today we are seeing that Samsung has now even added replacement batteries and battery covers onto their website as well.
Earlier in the month we had a little bit of hope that the actual device would carry as little branding as possible. Based on the pictures from Samsung’s website, we see that Verizon has added their obnoxious logo on top of the previously pictured 4G LTE emblem putting all wishful thinking to a rest. At least the screen is beautifully vacant though, right? Now only if we had an official release date! These new website additions leads me to believe that the wait is finally almost over. Are you ready?
It’s really a shame that Verizon hasn’t given us a Galaxy Nexus launch date yet, leaving us to only go off of speculation. We have heard a bunch of different rumors surrounding the device’s launch: November 10, 17, 21 and as late as sometime after black Friday. Which is it Big Red? Your starting to piss a few of us off already. This launch should be epic. One that goes down in history. Instead they are just sitting back for some reason, watching all the speculation, all the while brick and mortar stores are receiving shipments of accessories! You read correctly, accessories already!
Reports are showing images of Galaxy Nexus cases showing up in Verizon’s retail stores. There is a case with kickstand/holster combo and a silicon cover that has arrived in-store before they have even announced the official release date. It’s gonna be hard to sell a Galaxy Nexus case without a damn phone to put in it! So please Verizon, cut us some slack here and give us some kind of release date! We have been patient for a good while now.
Whether you’ve already ordered the new Motorola Droid RAZR or you’re still doing a little window-shopping on it before you make any commitments, you’re fancy will surely be tickled by a newly leaked accessory pricing sheet for the device. Accessories include a standard HDMI Dock for $59.99, navigation windows mount for $39.99 and rugged MotoACTV fitness watch starting at $249.97 (with 8GB). Note that the watch is available as “direct fill launch”, meaning you must order the item directly from Verizon as they won’t be made available in stores; the same goes for their Lapdock 500, which you can snag for $299.97 by the way.
Hit the break for the full DROID RAZR accessory price sheet.
For those of you that live and die with the accessories you buy for your phone, you’ve problem come to a rather annoying discovery: Every time you get a new phone or upgrade you find yourself buying new accessories. Whether it’s a car mount, a tripod for you picture savvy types, or whatever, Capta means to replace that. Capta works by being the perfect dock for your phone. As long as your phone has a flat back (or close to one), your device can stick to Capta. And by stick, I mean stick stick. You can see some of their demonstration videos at their site here, and it has the best grip I’ve ever seen. It leaves no residue on your phone either. Any accessory with a 1/4-20 stud (which is pretty standard) is compatible. It’s difficult to explain all the things Capta can do in words, so why don’t you go check out the demos over at their website!
To me it’s never a big deal when accessories start appearing online for unreleased devices because it generally just confirms that we know the device exists and that’s about it. Well, the multimedia dock (EDD-H1F8BEG) and vehicle mount (ECS-K1F8BEG) for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has surfaced online at Cartronics. Take a look at the release date which says November 21. Usually accessories like this are released at the same time as the device so if this is correct, we won’t see the Galaxy Nexus until November 21. We have been hoping for November 10, but those MAP dates are not always spot one are they?
We are hoping to get our hands on the HTC Rezound (aka Vigor) on November 10, but for now we have this beautiful image that shows off this beast along with its hard shell case accessory. It was originally rumored to drop in October, and on the device’s home screen you will see October 4 which probably means that it might have been the original release date. Maybe it had something to do with the iPhone? Either way, we are looking forward to November because we have this one to go along with the Galaxy Nexus and DROID RAZR. We will have some great choices for our holiday shopping this year. What’s on your wish list for this year?
It’s rare that recommendations from Verizon for generic accessories like their Bluetooth headset and portable power pack can make much news at all, but what’s newsworthy here is that they come as recommendations for the “Vigor By HTC”. Rumors for the official name of this device have been anything but scarce, with guesses including the Droid Incredible HD and HTC Rezound as recent as earlier this week. No “official” announcement for a launch accompanies Verizon’s recommendation web pages, however the fact that they are setup at all is quite telling don’t you think?