Tech Shopping Alert: Lots of Gadgets & Apps for Android Lovers!
This article was written by colleague and friend Nancy Lichtenstein and it was featured on YAHOO News. Nancy is a lot more than a fashionista– I just wish she had sent the significant other a copy first.. before he THOUGHT he was finished. (anything here in italics, is my commentary. Just a heads-up on that)
Looking for holiday gift ideas for the Android owner? The following are some reasonably priced options that are still available and are equally appropriate for birthday gifts for the Android user or on other gift-giving occasions.
- Due to Yahoo rules, I can’t reprint more than 3 lines of her article so you need to hit that link (there are three links above– all lead to the article)
However I did find some other great items that I think should be featured for Android users.
Cradles make charging easy and you can easily see the face of your “droid” phone and thus be able to catch the time, answer calls, see an incoming text. I have one and it made charging much simpler and I didn’t drop the phone! Depending on the brand of phone (Motorola or HTC or others), there is a cradle for you in the Amazon.com store
Bluetooth devices are required here in California for safe driving. Other states have enacted similar legislation. There are tons of different headsets for bluetooth but given that I have tried 3 since I bought my Android phone this year, I would suggest the following one as really great phone that has voice activation to allow you to call others, disconnect or connect phones etc. Blueant has a lot of options in what you might want in a bluetooth device and I found a slew of them on amazon.com. They are also available at Bestbuy.com as well. There are many different options available from this brand, so research and choose wisely! Personally I went for the Blueant T1 Bluetooth headset
Cases are one of the things that often get lost or come loose when you drop your phone– particularly with Motorola. Yes you can use a case to protect the phone and that’s an option- though not all cases fit well and I have not exhausted the research to find an interesting cover. I wound up with a boring blue one that does the trick but doesn’t satisfy my desire for color and ease of removal. I did try the skin case but when I needed to remove the case, it was like taking off a wetsuit when you are wet. It takes some dexterity and if you need to get it off quickly, then you should try a hard case or a slide case. Sena has some good ones and Mobi does as well. I have tried a pouch and found it colorful, safe but inconvenient if I need to answer a call quickly if I have to dig in my handbag to find the pouch then pull it out of said pouch.
Battery Covers are something you might not think you need but given that there are a couple brands being featured and the store manager where I got my Droid suggested I get one because he saw a lot of people coming in to buy one after they lost the cover and dropped their battery, I thought it was a wise idea.
Beyond the Amazon.com Android Evolve community store, there is another site worth checking out for all the doohickeys you might need or want to gift an Android user. AndroidCentral.com . They cover the spectrum of Android phones and even have cool things like Dooney & Bourke covers, chargers/cradles ( Mobi has a great charger with a spare battery slot for the HTC Droid Incredible something I wish that was available for the Motorola version because I would buy that extra battery).
Memory cards are definitely a worthwhile buy if you plan on taking photos or video and installing more apps. My motto is “bring on the memory” .
Other miscellaneous accessories includ signal amplifiers, GPS receivers (!!!) and a speaker system to turn your Motorola Android smartphone into a sound system (sounds like a great thing to me)
Apps make the Android fun and that’s what it’s all about. While I haven’t installed too many things– and I like the Android Market– I want to investigate how good something is and the AndroidCentral.com Apps section gives you reviews and different ideas about what is available. I consider more a curated collection and am considering Graffiti as well as some of the AndroidCentral Editors Picks for Dec 2010 as apps worth checking out and adding to make your phone even “smarter”
Make sure you check out Nancy Lichtenstein’s piece on Yahoo News. She has a lot of fun stuff in there (tees, mugs, toys) as well as serious devices.
Stevie Wilson, LA-Story.com
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