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  • FlipGrip iPhone 5 Carrying Case Acessory kickstarter


    Sometimes you can find earth-shattering new technology on Kickstarter, gadgets so revolutionary, they change the way we think about tech. Other times, it's just a case a of a good, simple idea that fills a need. Definitely not a work of genius, the FlipGrip, a new multi-function iPhone carrying case falls into the latter category.


    That's not to say that this iPhone accessory isn't a worthwhile Kickstarter project. Sure, there are already plenty of iPhone cases and skins out there. But the FlipGrip does have a simple yet practical twist that'll let you keep a handle on your phone – literally.


    Its design centers around a unique, multi-function handle that acts as both a grip and multi-position stand. Why should you need a handle for your phone, you might ask? Well, you may have already found yourself in the same position that led the FlipGrip's creator to make the case in the first place:


    "FlipGrip was born out of the necessity to get a better "GRIP" on my smartphone. One day while lying in bed reading the news, the idea hit me!"


    FlipGrip iPhone 5 Carrying Case Handle Grip


    And so the FlipGrip was created, a protective plastic iPhone carrying case with a handle that doubles as a stand but which can snap shut to rest flush with the case when it's not in use.


    See what we mean about simple and practical ideas being worth their while? And though the current FlipGrip prototype is a model for iPhone 4/4S, models for other iOS devices, like iPhone 5 and iPad carrying cases, are on their way.


    On top of that, FlipGrip says theu'll be applying the same concept to cases for "other popular devices from Samsung, Google, Amazon and Microsoft in early 2013."


    Sure, the FlipGrip is hardly revolutionary in terms of iPhone accessories. But sometimes it's less important whether you're doing something someone else has done before, as long as you're doing it better.


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  • LINKASE-iPhone_5_case_absolutetech_red Absolute Tech's Linkase uses EMW to boost your Wi-Fi signal

     


    It seems every accessories maker out there is working on accessories for iPhone 5 that boost something. There are iPhone cases with external battery to extend your battery life. And now, a new iPhone 5 carrying case from Absolute Tech may just boost your Wi-Fi.


    Gizmodo reported this week on Absolute Tech's latest gadget, the Linkase, an iPhone 5 case that's supposed to help you get better Wi-Fi reception on your phone using electro magnetic waveguide (EMW) technology. For users with limited data plans, an iPhone accessory that helps lower overage costs probably sounds like a godsend.


    LINKASE-iPhone_5_Wifi_case_blue-absolutetech Absolute Tech's Linkase iPhone 5 case in Blue

     


    But Gizmodo isn't totally convinced and here's why. Though Absolute Tech's website runs through an explanation of how this EMW technology works, Gizmodo notes that this is still "a bit of a gray area that seems to border on snake oil."


    However, EMW isn't the only reason Absolute Tech says the Linkase works. Rather the accessory also seems to prevent users from covering the iPhone antenna, and even includes and antenna extension. Both of these things should actually help you catch a better signal.


    Though whether this iPhone carrying case can boost your Wi-Fi by 50 percent as promised is still up for debate. And at $50 a pop, taking a chance and testing out this  iPhone accessory isn't exactly cheap.



    As for the other aspects of the Linkase, it does seem to be a thoughtfully designed and well constructed case. WIth a multilayered design, it combines a polycarbonate backing with a raised rubber bevel and non-slip leather coating on the exterior.


    With a slim design, and available in some bright colors, it's also pretty attractive (aside from the whole raised antenna thing.)


    So would we recommend the Linkase? If it came from a trusted name like Griffin or Incase, we would in a heartbeat. But we're going to have to go with Gizmodo on this, and say that this is one iPhone 5 accessory that needs to be put to the test to see if it really delivers on everything it promises.


     


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  • New Moshi iGlaze Armour Case for iPhone 5 Moshi's new iGlaze Armour Cases for iPhone 5 comes in lustrous metallic finishes

     


    When it comes to cell phone accessories, Moshi is one of the best. And that's especially true in respect to their collection of iPhone 5 cases, which seems to be growing on a weekly basis. Their speciality is in combining sleek and compact designs with a style that borders on runway-worthy. In fact, the company describes itself as a "purveyor of electronics fashion," rather than simply a maker of carrying cases and covers.


    It's no surprise then that the latest Moshi iPhone 5 case is just as elegant (some would even say beautiful) as the rest of their accessories. A continuation of their popular iGlaze case series, the iGlaze Armour is a brilliant and lustrous iPhone 5 case with a sleek and rich-looking metallic finish.


    Available in either Silver, a gold-like Bronze, or a shiny jet Black, the iGlaze Armour combines a polycarbonate frame with a diamond-cut aluminum backplate, so you get strength at the core and a seriously sexy metallic outer.


    We at Pure Mobile are already carrying the Bronze version, and we hope we're not going too far in saying that it's so stunning and so elegant that, in the flesh, it's actually reminiscent of a gold brick.


    It's a sophisticated, and more importantly, a practical choice for your iPhone 5. Glamorous for women, and sophisticated for men, it reminds us of something either James Bond or Marilyn Monroe could carry around.


    Again, Moshi has proved itself not only one of the best, but possibly the most fashion-conscious of cell phone accessories makers, as the iGlaze Armour iPhone 5 Case goes beyond mere protection and practicality with an elevated and endlessly elegant appeal.


     


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  • Christmas is coming faster than you can say "a partridge in a pear tree," and for most of us that means decking our homes, ourselves, and yes, eve our phones, in the colors of the season.


    If you love your smartphone as much as you love Santa, we've got a holiday treat in store for you, with a round-up of the 10 coolest red, green and white cases and skins to dress your phone, tablet and laptop this Christmas.


     


    1. Griffin Moxy Python Case for iPhone 5 in Red


    This python-patterned iPhone 5 case from Griffin brings together festive and fashion, all in a bright and vibrant cranberry red.



     


    2. iSkin Aura Dragon Case for iPhone 4/4S in Red


    This dragon-motif iSkin case for iPhone 4 and 4S isn't just cool for Christmas but it's also a great way to top off 2012, the year of the dragon in Chinese astrology.



     


    3. Incase Neoprene Sleeve Plus for Macbook Pro in Green


    Show some holiday style with this green neoprene Macbook Pro sleeve from Incase. The elves would approve.



     


    4. Incase Animal SnapCase for iPhone 4S in White


    Not just festive, but a nice seasonal case for the whole of winter, Incase's Animal SnapCase for iPhone comes in a crisp snowy white, for that Siberian tiger look.



     


    5. Moshi iGlaze4 Case for iPhone 4/4S in Red


    Christmas style for minimalists: this sleek and simple iPhone case from Moshi comes in a ton of colors, but red is definitely the holiday choice.



     


    6. Otterbox Defender Case for Galaxy S III in Green


    Get the protection of Otterbox in a deep, wintery green with this Defender case for the Galaxy S III. Just don't lose it near the tree...



     


    7. Griffin View Twin Shell Case for HTC Evo 3D in Red


    Red Christmas sheen in double-layer protection and a kickstand to boot – Griffin's View Twin Shell case is perfect for looking all your holiday pictures and video.



     


    8. iluv Hardshell Diamond Case for Galaxy S III in White


    This hardshell case from iLuv has a distinctly wintery look, with its high-gloss diamond-cut angles and pristine white finish, the winter wonderland of Galaxy S III accessories.



     


    9. Otterbox Commuter Case for Galaxy SIII in Green


    One of Otterbox's leading models, the Commuter case, takes on a fresh and festive look in this bright green model with black accents.



     


    10. Hard Shell Case for BlackBerry Curve Touch in 9380 in Red


    Dress your BlackBerry like a cranberry this Christmas with this sleek red Hard Shell case for BlackBerry Curve Touch.





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  • OtterBox Defender 'Punk' Case for iPhone 5 in Green

     


    Happy Friday, folks!


    After staring our 'Mobile Accessory of the Week' feature on the Pure Mobile blog last week, we're back with another great accessory review. Last week it was all about toys, with an iPhone-controlled monster truck that we'll admit is more fun than practical.


    But this week, we're getting into the real essentials, with the only thing that stands between you and a busted iPhone – a good case.


    One of the top picks for iPhone protection, OtterBox has mastered the balance between rugged and cool, with their Defender line of ultra-resistent but design-conscious cases for iPhone 4, 4S and 5.


    OtterBox Defender Case for iPhone 5 in Pink Realtree Camo

     


    With a three-layer design that combines hard-shell and silicone layers with a built-in screen protector, OtterBox's Defender Case gives you the best of both worlds – the durability of a hard case and the shock absorption of a soft case.


    And though the Defender case acts like a bullet-proof vest for your iPhone, it certainly doesn't have to look like one. OtterBox has been clever enough to offer looks for all tastes.


    There's the sporty, modern look of the 'Punk' model for iPhone 5, which features solid colors in high contrast, as well as the more feminine iPhone 5 model in Pink Realtree Camo, which is kind of like the Powerpuff Girls of iPhone 5 cases – cute and sweet but mega tough.


    OtterBox Defender Case for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S in Black Realtree Camo

     


    Sometimes, OtterBox's choice of design even goes beyond looks. The company itself has recommended their Realtree Camo Defender case for iPhone 4 and 4S as an accessory for hunters, promising "we've got the protection that withstands the punishment you endure."


    Sounds pretty legit.





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  • Rumors swell about an iPad Mini launch as a mockup video suggesting its design details emerges

     


    As this week opened, the major news at all the top tech sites was, well, mini.


    Amid all the buzz is Apple's much-anticipated, diminutive successor to the iPad.


    The iPad Mini, of course, isn't even available yet, but techies and Apple fanatics alike nearly blew a gasket this morning when rumors of an upcoming iPad Mini event began to swirl.


    Now, don't get hasty. The rumors aren't even about a supposed date for said event, but rather about a date for the first invitations to get sent out. Citing a major Apple investor as a source, Fortune reported that the press should expect invitations for October 10.


    That date led 9to5 mac to speculate that an iPad Mini launch could be expected for mid-October, followed by shipping in November. Since that would be an apt time for Apple to capitalize on the Christmas shopping frenzy, we tend to lean toward that projection holding true.


    But if tablet and Apple junkies got excited about mere rumors about event invitations, just imagine how they must have felt when a leaked mock-up of the new tablet showed up on Japanese Apple blog Macotakara.



    The video, which shows a non-functioning iPad Mini dummy, seems to confirm all "previous design rumors," says BGR. That includes the conjecture about a 7.85" display, thinner bezel, and a thickness comparable to an iPod – most of which had already been hinted at by the discovery of third party cases for the iPad Mini.


    Among the conjecture is that the iPad Mini will be about as thick as an iPod

     


    The new tablet also appears to have speakers at the bottom rather than at the rear, which is in line with yet more rumors.


    But that's not the last bit of tantalizing gossip to emerge this week. Macotakara also reported that production for the iPad Mini has, in fact, begun in Brazil. though, they say, they "don't have information if it has been produced in [a] Chinese factory, yet."


    Nor do we at Pure Mobile expect this to be last we hear about the next big – or is it little – thing to happen to the iPad.




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  • The terms "Scratchgate" and "Scuffgate" have surfaced as early adopters of the iPhone 5 complain of unsightly marks on the aluminum back

     


    Okay, so it's not exactly a national scandal on the scale of Watergate, but there's a kerfuffle all across the web over the reputed inadequacy of the new iPhone 5's aluminum back.


    The fact that the aluminum is prone to scratching has users and tech sites shouting Scratchgate and Scuffgate, and even led to cries of "oh, the humanity!" Proud new owners of the iPhone 5 have already been complaining of unsightly scratches and scuffs on the black-coated aluminum of their new prized possession.


    And, as 9to5 Mac reported, one such user actually garnered a response from Apple's Senior VP of Marketing, Phil Schiller, who told him: “Any aluminum product may scratch or chip with use, exposing its natural silver color. That is normal.”


    Fair enough. The aluminum backing of the iPhone 5 may be prone to wear, but it is actually less fragile than the glass backing of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. And even in a Gizmodo video where one user is determined to “scratch the hell” out of the new device within store, the iPhone 5 holds up pretty well, though it's never rubbed against sharp metal objects like keys or rings.



    Still, all of this brings us to an important, if awkward, discussion:


    It's fun to have the latest smartphone. You love Apple ever so much, and you and your new iPhone are planning to make a life together – at least until the next model comes out, that is.


    But the fact is, just because you trust your smartphone, there's no reason not to use protection. It's for your iPhone's good as much as your own. So glove the love.


    Yes, we're talking about cases and covers. In the case of the iPhone 4 and 4S, a rugged case is best (we've all seen those tragic shots of shattered glass.) But for the iPhone 5, a simple skin just to protect the black finish may be enough to do the trick.


    The result of unprotected smartphone love: the cracked glass panel of an iPhone 4

     


    Meanwhile, the moral of this story extends beyond Apple's products, to any smartphone you want to keep in good shape. To paraphrase Beyoncé, if you liked it then you should have put a skin on it.




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  • LifeProof's new Nüüd iPad case promises "barely there" waterproof protection

     


    Humankind's fascination with gadgets can only be rivalled by our longstanding fascination with water.


    So, even though we quake with fear at the thought of submerging our iPads, iPhones and other devices, it shouldn't really surprise us that, when people go swimming or surfing, they want to take their tablet or smartphone along.


    We've already seen something of the waterproofing trend from LifeProof – the San Diego-based company boasts what's been called the slimmest waterproof case for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.


     


    But now, the New York Times' Gadgetwise blog is reporting on the company's latest in elemental shielding for Apple devices.


    This time, LifeProof has taken its efforts to tablets, with the waterproof Nüüd iPad case. The product gets its name from the fact that there's actually no screen covering – your iPad's naked glass screen is already waterproof, and adding an extra film on top only reduces clarity.


    Instead, the Nüüd case seals around the glass and provides a waterproof backing for the rest of the iPad. There's also access at the bottom for charging and syncing, so you don't have to constantly take the case off and put it back on again.


    As Gadgetwise points out, you still may not want to do any serious snorkeling with your iPad, since it wasn't really designed for that. But the new iPad case is great for poolside, a day at the beach, or any other routine encounter with water.


    You may swear to have never texted on the toilet, but show me the techie who says they've never brought their phone or tablet into the bathroom, and I'll show you a liar. In any case, waterproofing just makes solid sense.


    Any survival expert will tell you that where there's life, there's water. But as we at Pure Mobile know, where there's life, there's also tech.





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  • Accessorizing the HTC EVO 3D
    Posted on August 22, 2012 by Pure Mobile

    Accessorizing the HTC EVO 3D


    The HTC EVO 3D is one of the newest HTC Smartphones to be released specifically by Sprint during the past year.  The HTC EVO was originally released in June 2011 but the good news remains is that is popularity has not waned. The HTC EVO 3D features a 4.3-inch, glass-free 3D display and a dual megapixel camera. The HTC EVO 3D also includes a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera, support for 1080p video playback via the HDMI out and a Android 2.3 with Sense. With those thoroughly defined 3D features, we must also include thoroughly defined 3D accessories for the  HTC EVO 3D Smartphone.


    1)      Every beautiful and bountiful Smartphone needs protection especially if its the  HTC EVO 3D Smartphone. The Griffin View Twin Shell HTC EVO 3D Case is featured in a Majestic Red and features a two layers of protection for this majestic Smartphone. The Griffin View Twin Shell HTC EVO 3D Case also features a inner sheer silicone cushion and a hard outer polycarbonate shell for duality and durability. The “Twin Shell” name says it all as it fits snug around the HTC EVO 3D Smartphone's cutouts of connectors and controls to keep the dust and dirt out and to protect your smartphone from scratches and scrapes.


    2)      Some other skillfully crafted HTC EVO 3D Cases include the Incipio HT199 NGP for HTC EVO 3D in Matte Black and the Incipio HT200 NGP for HTC EVO 3D in a magnificent Magenta. The Incipio HT199 NGP for HTC EVO 3D and Incipio HT200 NGP for HTC EVO 3D comes accessorized with an Incipio Vanity Kit that includes a surface protector and an applicator card and cleaning cloth. Both of these cases are soft shell cases, that are slim, flexible and compact all at the same time.


    Accessorizing the HTC EVO 3D


    3)      Every good and smart smartphone needs a smart battery such as the Seidio Innocell Slim Extended Battery for the HTC EVO 3D. The  Seidio Innocell Slim  Extended Battery is specifically designed for Smartphone users who need some extra battery life without the extra weight. This particular model fits in your HTC EVO 3D existing battery space and doesn't require a replacement door and is a perfect replacement for your original HTC EVO 3D Battery itself.


    4)      The Sony Mobile Smart Wireless Headset Pro is a multifunctional Bluetooth Headset that is compatible with a variety of Smartphones including the HTC EVO 3D. The Sony Mobile Smart Wireless Headset Pro features a professional display of caller names, media titles, text messages and Email. The  Sony Mobile Smart Wireless Headset Pro also includes a MP3 player & FM radio perfect for those especially on the go.


    5)      The HTC EVO 3D Headset with Remote Controller allows its users to talk on the phone, watch video clips, play games or listen to songs in stereo without holding the phone.  The HTC EVO 3D Headset with Remote Controller features  lightweight and comfortable ear-buds that readily reduces noise in the surrounding areas and is perfect for those users who are once again on the go. Of course the built in remote controller allows you to to pause, play, fast forward and rewind on your HTC EVO 3D Smartphone.


    6)      The HTC HS U110 3.5mm Audio Adapter with Headphone is also another perfect accessory for your perfect HTC EVO 3D Smartphone. The HTC HS U110 3.5mm Audio Adapter features an audio adapter cable lets you listen to music on your HTC EVO 3D and the headphones allow you to listen to your own music selection with your own favorite headphones. The HTC HS U110 3.5mm Audio Adapter with Headphone also include an internal microphone and an answer call and end call button.


    Accessorizing the HTC EVO 3D


    7)      The BlackBerry Music Gateway for HTC EVO 3D is one of the HTC EVO 3D's newest accessories that has been released in recent months. The BlackBerry Music Gateway for HTC EVO 3D allows you to wirelessly play music from your HTC EVO 3D to your Bluetooth enabled laptops, personal computers, smartphones and tablets with just the click of a button. The BlackBerry Music Gateway for HTC EVO 3D can be connected to a speakers on the bookshelf, a car stereo system or an MP3 Player Docking Station. The BlackBerry Music Gateway for HTC EVO 3D is compatible with any devices such as tablets and smartphones supported by A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles, the devices must also be supported by a Near Field Communication connect feature and must be connected with the include 3.5mm auxiliary cables.


    8)      The HTC Scribe Digital Stylus Pen is perfect digital pen for the HTC EVO 3D that allows you to digitalize your smartphone without scratching and scraping its exterior.  The HTC Scribe Digital Stylus Pen allows you to ink on photos, notes and screen captures of your favorite websites and even allows sharing on your favorite social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. This digital pen can also be used to scribble and scribe your very own thoughts onto your HTC EVO 3D Smartphone interface.


    9)      The HTC Desktop Docking Station is perfect for your HTC EVO 3D Smartphone. The  he HTC Desktop Docking Station allows you to to quickly and easily place your phone in the dock where  it can and will synchronize your files with your PC and fully charge your device. The HTC Desktop Docking Station is specifically designed for the HTC EVO 3D Smartphone allowing you to ensure its convertibility and compatibility, it also hold your smartphone at such an angel to allow you the ease of surfing the internet, play some games or even watch movies.


    10)  The HTC EVO 3D Screen Protectors are not only designed to protect your smartphone from scrapes and scratches and clean from dirt and dust but is also meant to enhance your smartphone screen viewing. The HTC EVO 3D Screen Protectors are designed with unique materials to enhance your your screen by reducing the distracting glare that is caused by reflected light. The Screen Protectors are very easy to remove and use on your HTC EVO 3D Smartphone.




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    The first time you picked up that Galaxy S III at the store, you fell in love with it. It had such a sleek, smooth feel, and so thin… Your service provider had it in that gorgeous pebble blue color. Sold!


    Then the clerk recommended hiding its beauty with a case or skin and a screen protector. Really?


    Sorry to say, you have to consider it. Here are a few reasons:


    Drops. Your phone will fall out of your pocket or slip out of your hand at some point. Given that you are probably hanging out on the concrete more than at home on the carpet, you know even the strongest case is going to get damaged. (And if that dent is in a spot where you hold the phone, you’ll get irritated again every time you make a call.) Besides, a cracked screen would really ruin your day.


    Germs. You’ve heard the horror stories. Most devices carry more germs than a toilet seat. That’s not just an ugly rumor. Study after study proves it. If you’re bothered by that, clean your phone regularly. If you’re the kind of person who likes that Spring cleaning feeling, wrap your phone in a skin and change it out if it really gets gooey or stained. A screen protector is even easier to swap out, so you can do those even more frequently.


    Look. A white Case is a beauty, but sometimes you need to show some personality. You want to show a little red once in a while, but not all the time. That red skin will look really good over that marble white case during the holiday season.


    Price. Even on contract, that S III set you back $200. Replacing it would hit you for at least $500. For that kind of money, you could buy a skin for every day of the month.


    Cases are designed to be smooth. That makes them slippery. That makes them more likely to be dropped. Hmmmm. Maybe that’s another reason that manufacturers make them that way…




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