Keep your NVIDIA Shield safe and give it a new look with these official accessories
To go along with our review of Shield, we're also taking a look at a couple of accessories being released by NVIDIA. Today we're looking at the official custom carrying case as well as the custom lid. The hard case is exactly what you think it would be, along with a nice surprise around back. It's custom molded to fit Shield perfectly, with moldings on the inside for the triggers as well as a small mesh pouch for smaller accessory on the top half. The inside is lined with a soft felt, and we've yet to notice it leaving any marks on Shield. You'll see some nicely done Shield branding on the front, with "NVIDIA green" piping accenting the bottom half of the case. It also has a wrist strap, which is removable if it's not really your thing. I haven't dropped it, but it's built well enough to take a decent impact. I wouldn't go throwing it across the room, though.
The custom lid is something that allows you to personalize Shield more to your liking. Initially they will be available in glossy black and carbon fiber. I don't have the carbon fiber here, but the glossy black is very well done. I've used it almost exclusively, and it's held up well, with no nicks or scratches to be seen anywhere. Whatever NVIDIA used on this particular lid needs to be shared with other manufacturers — it's that durable. They are held on magnetically, and try as I might, I can't make it not line up the way it's supposed to. Initially NVIDIA used a type of clip to hold them on, but switched to magnets based on feedback from industry experts. It works really well, and kudos to them for listening to the feedback and making appropriate changes.
You can pick up the custom carrying case for $39.99 and the lids for $19.99 each from your local Shield retailer. We have a hands-on video and a few pictures after the break.
Have questions about Shield? We'll have all the answers you want in our Ask Me Anything thread.
We've seen the comparisons between the HTC One and the Galaxy S4, and we've read the reviews for both, also. Surely, that's all that we need to know, right? Questions still remain, like how the camera of the One stacks up in real world use. That's exactly the question that Android Central Forums member Bobbman asked:
Hello all. ... Strongly considering the HTC One. Camera quality is really important to me. I have heard some mixed opinions about the camera. Was hopping you could help me based on the following criteria:
- How do photos look on large computer screen. Do not care about cropping or zooming in. Just want them to look good on large screen.
- The low light photos are they really good on a consistent basis? I looked at the photo thread and it seems a bit hit or miss.
- Does the video capture record sound well? Also have seen mixed opinions about this.
- Do photos print well on to a standard 4x6 print? Again not worried about cropping.
Thanks for any input!!!
It's a lengthy conversation already, but the past couple of days have focused on how to get the best pictures out of the One. Some of these tips will apply to just about any device, though. Head past the break for some highlights.
There has been no shortage of discussion on this very subject. If you’ve been to the forums in the past month (if you haven’t, shame on you) then you’ve surely come across at least one thread with the question “Should I get the Galaxy S4 or the HTC One?” It’s a question that doesn’t have a right answer, or at least not one that anyone can provide for you. Hearing other people’s opinions can definitely help, though, especially if those people already own the devices you’re trying to decide between.
Mello_Asian asks this very question of our forum members:
“Hey, everyone! My contract is close to its expiration, and I was wondering what phone I should get to replace my LG Optimus S. Both the HTC One and GS4 are great phones, and I'd be very complacent to get either one of them since they are a HUGH upgrade from the Optimus S.
However, as a high school student, I was wondering which of them would be much better/more helpful/more convenient for me in the next two years under a new contract. I'll be using my phone more for the camera, music player, more accessible games to pass time, and to help me with certain tasks with the browser or certain apps (searching up things, sparknotes, AP notes, etc.)”
Coming from an Optimus S one thing is certain, either device will definitely be a huge upgrade. It seems that entertainment is a core use, as well as some specific features to help with school. So what are other members saying?
Dailysteals.com is offering the Samsung Galaxy S III i9300 for $599.99 today. As of this writing there's about 21 hours and 45 minutes left to pick one up. This is the unlocked international version, and although they all look the same, you won't get any carrier branding on this one. We recently reviewed this and found it to be an amazing phone, with plenty of horsepower and battery life to make it through all but the longest of days.
As a quick reminder, this is the version with the Exynos Quad SoC inside, and not the Snapdragon S4. That means it'll play nicely with AT&T 3G, but not T-Mobile as it lacks the necessarily 1700mhz AWS support. Not sure if this is the phone for you or still have some lingering questions that haven't been answered yet? Check out the Galaxy S III forums for all the answers to your questions.
The day has finally arrived, as the CyanogenMod team announced that 37 devices are receiving RC1 of CM9 today. This is a milestone, to be sure, as these builds should be more stable than any nightlies that have come before it. The issue tracker is also open now, so those of you that install this can report bugs and keep up on the progress of the fixes.
In the blog post, the team states that it took 225 days to get to this point since the release of Ice Cream Sandwich source code (and since work began), and because of the major changes Google made to Android they took the time to rework a ton of code for behind the scenes stuff. The changes they've made should make it easier to accept code changes and add new devices, because the "core" OS has been stabilized. Be sure to hit up your respective devices forums section to report back on your experience if you decide to flash this.
Dave Mayo, Senior Vice President of Technology for T-Mobile, boasted on the T-Mobile blog today that they've made "great progress in just three short months" since they announced a deal with cell technology companies Ericson and Nokia Siemens Networks to pump $4 billion into its network over the next two years. Included in the plan is the modernization of 37,000 cell sites and a move to Release-10 capable LTE equipment. That's right, T-Mobile is going straight to LTE-Advanced, and the trials have already begun.
They also expect to have 400 cell sites upgraded to the latest HSPA+ by the end of the month, with 2,500 being completed by July. As some people may have noticed, T-Mobile is also conducting small scale tests that will see HSPA+ in the 1900 mHz range, no doubt to help satisfy the millions of iPhones that are in use on their network. They plan on expanding this to more areas of the country as plans progress.
Now if only we could get some idea of what handsets they'll have to take advantage of these network enhancements. These enhancements along with some tantalizing new handsets might be enough to keep the subscribers coming.
Source: T-Mobile Blog