OtterBox Commuter Case for Google Nexus One – review

If you are one of the lucky few that made the switch to the Google Nexus One Android smartphone, then you’ll be well aware of its high price. One of the best ways to protect the phone is with a case – but the number of cases on the market is quite limited, and certainly not as easily available as say, the iPhone.

The OtterBox Commuter Series case for the Nexus One is a two-piece protection solution that actually keeps your phone looking pretty good while keeping it safe from bumps and minor drops.

Unlike some of the other OtterBox cases, this one won’t protect it from being dropped in a pool or onto a concrete floor, but it does help protect the front, sides and rear from day to day injuries. The case consists of a silicone jacket and hard plastic shell. Every part of the phone is still accessible, and ports are protected by silicone plugs.

Putting the case on takes no more than 10 seconds – simply slide the phone into the silicone jacket, and clip the hard shell on.

The case obviously adds a little bulk to your phone – but that is the price you pay for keeping it looking good. The layer of silicone and hard plastic help cushion drops. Power and volume buttons still work perfectly, and the camera, microphone, speaker and sensor openings mean everything works exactly as it should.

The case even comes with a very good screen protector – the three part screen protector went on without a single air bubble thanks to the included microfiber cloth and squeegee applicator.

There may not be many cases out there for the Google Nexus One – but if you regularly take your phone outdoors, this may be the only one you ever need. The OtterBox Google Nexus One case retails for $34.95 and is available directly from If you need a slightly lower level of protection, check out the OtterBox Impact series case – this case trades the hard plastic outer shell for an inner layer of special shock absorbing silicone.

Sun, sand, surf and awesome beach gadgets!

In the “old days”, a trip to the beach involved bringing a folding chair and plenty of sunscreen. Nowadays, that same trip means you’ll need even more sunscreen, but also ways to stay in touch with Twitter, Facebook, Email and the latest news in the Gadling RSS feed.

In this lineup, you’ll find 5 gadgets that can make your beach trip a little more fun, and help keep your gadgets safe from the elements.

Otterbox cases

Lets face it, even though the beach is one of the more relaxing places you’ll find yourself, there are plenty of us that insist on taking the Blackberry, iPhone or other email device along with us. And if there is one thing gadgets hate, it is sun, sand and water. Otterbox is here to protect those gadgets with a full lineup of awesome cases.

Their protection varies from basic, to full body armor with waterproof gaskets. Their mid-range lineup of cases will allow you to take your Blackberry or iPhone to the beach, without worrying about sand clogging your ports.

Price: from $19.95

TriSpecs Bluetooth stereo sunglasses

Look cool and listen to music – the TriSpecs do both. These high quality (Carl Zeiss optics) sunglasses house a pair of Bluetooth headphones, a microphone and music controls. Simply pair the headphones to a compatible Bluetooth device. For a full review of the TriSpecs, click here.

Price: From $199.95

Freestyle MP3 player

If you want music on the beach, but also want to be able to take your player for a dip in the ocean, then check out the Freestyle Audio MP3 player. We took a closer look at this fully submersible device last year.

Not only is the player itself waterproof, the headphones can come swimming with you as well! Included in the package is an arm strap, so you can attach the player to your arm and go our surfing while listening to your favorite tunes!

Price: $89.95

Loksak element-proof transport bags

Last year, Tynan wrote about the Loksak product lineup. Their basic bag is called the aLOKSAK and provides a watertight barrier for your most cherished items.

These are not your household Ziplok bag style container – the aLOKSAK is waterproof up to 200 feet, and is perfect for protecting items like the Amazon Kindle or your iPhone when you enjoy the beach.

Price: from $6.39

Callpod Fueltank

What’s a beach lover to do when halfway through the day, all your gadgets run out of power? The Callpod Fueltank may be able to help you out – its large internal battery and 2 charging ports can fully charge your gadget(s), and keep them running for the rest of the day. Power tips are available for almost every portable gadget out there, and the unit can be recharged using the included AC adapter or the awesome Chargepod.

Price: $69.95