I've tried every case design and variation over the years, amassing a vast stash of smartphone cases (which I gradually give away!) I do try to be unbiased in my reviews and roundups for the 'All About' sites, but there's one particular style that I keep coming back to because it fits in so well with my lifestyle. The belt-mounted (slimline) vertical pouch may look a little geeky, but with my combination of sitting, walking, driving, forgetfulness and frequent access, it's the one design that ticks all the boxes. Here's the latest tweak, by PDair, for the Nokia Lumia 1020.
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The Lumia 920 and 1020 feel pretty good in the hand, but they're still shiny plastic and everything's horribly exposed, from screen to camera glass. Yes, the 920 (et al) has a great record for durability, but why take chances? If I said you could have a textured, grippy, ruggedised case that also included a serious kickstand, all for a tenner, would you bite my hand off? If (as I suspect) the answer is 'yes' then see my review of the 'Amzer Double Layer Hybrid Case with Kickstand' below - it's everything you might think from the product title. And looks, in modern parlance, 'bad ass' at the same time...
The Lumia 1020 is still pretty new and, arguably, something of a niche device, but there have still been some decent case designs for it. After all, if you're going to spend £500 on a smartphone and carry it to the ends of the earth, it would be nice to keep it protected as much as possible, and in a premium way that enhances the phone hardware rather than gets in the way. Noreve's Tradition case is just such an accessory, with only a couple of small quirks to complain about.
Depending on who you talk to, the Nokia PD-95G, otherwise known as the Lumia 1020 Camera Grip (or, hereafter in this review, just the 'grip'), is either a plastic monstrosity or a slice of engineering genius. As usual with these affairs, reality is somewhere in between. The grip is expensive, large, plastic and unwieldy, but at the same time there are some advantages and nice functionality bumps. Read on for my full review.
Transparent, waterproof pouches that enable us to use our tech in the pouring rain, down the beach or even, in extreme cases, underwater, have been around for a while, of course, I looked at Proporta's Beach Buoy last year. And now we have E-Case's eSeries 9, with smaller overall form factor and higher window-to-bezel ratio. Here's the eSeries 9 submersible case in action with a couple of likely candidate handsets. Summary? We have a winner...
Following on from our review of Nokia's DT-900 wireless charging plate, we now turn our attention to the DT-910, which takes the charging plate design and turns it into a desk stand for your Qi enabled phone. Before you read either review, you should check out our discussion on how wireless charging and the Qi standard actually works. Read on to see whether a desk stand that wirelessly charges your phone is worth the hefty price tag.
The eternal experiment in how best to case one's expensive smartphone - the Lumia 920 is a little on the slippery side, plus it's quite wide (and thus you can't get your fingers and thumb round it to grasp it securely). I've already reviewed the Case-Mate Barely There sleeve, but the Noreve one opts to also cover the front, courtesy of a padded fold-down flap. See below for photos and my thoughts on the Tradition Leather.
Impressing from moment one with its metal-tipped packaging, Case-Mate has earned a place on my Nokia Lumia 920 - it's not perfect, but this is mainly due to the challenge of the form factor. This won't help if you drop your precious smartphone face-down, but for other angles and for day to day abuse this 'Barely There' case will help a lot.
This, wireless charging, is supposed to be the future - but I approached this latest accessory with extreme caution. I understood the theory behind the Qi charging standard - electromagnetic induction, and so forth, but I was sceptical about the value proposition ('how hard is plugging in a cable, after all?') and I was even more sceptical about how much power could be transferred in this manner ('surely it's going to take five times as long to charge a phone?'). Well, I've been using the Nokia DT-900 Wireless Charger with the Lumia 920 for the last week and it has made me a believer. Turns out this really is the future.
Maybe I'm destined to always be something of an edge case in the smartphone world - but it's hard to see how I'm so unusual here. I want to listen to podcasts and music on my Windows Phone and I want a wired headset rather than Bluetooth - I want the 'perfect' audio quality and I don't want to have to keep remembering to charge up yet another accessory. What about the headset that comes in each device box, I hear you cry? Ah, but I also want something that I've loved from Symbian devices - control of playback volume. Whether it's a quiet track and I'm now jogging along a noisy road or vice versa, I need to have volume control without having to stop and take my phone out of its case/pocket.