March 25, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
CTIA 2011 has come and gone. And while we saw plenty of great Android phones and tablets, there was also a healthy serving of accessories. That caught me off guard because since my first trade show in 2009, practically every smartphone accessory on display targeted iPhones.
But Android wasn’t the forgotten stepchild this time around. I saw several new bluetooth headsets, phone skins, tablet cases, and the like at CTIA 2011. Some were kooky ideas like a case with a bottle opener built-into the back, and others were bulky, ridiculous monstrosities that never should have made it out of the research and development labs.
My two favorite Android phone accessories at CTIA have already been highlighted: the LG Wireless Charging Pad, which has clever induction charging, and the BodyGuardz Carbon Fiber skin that makes my EVO both protected and prettier. Here are some of the other Android phone and tablet accessories that I saw at CTIA. Follow the links below the videos to visit the website of each company.
Your phone is boring. Gelaskins is not. These vinyl skins include front, side, and back covers that can be removed without leaving residue. Artists, comic book characters, and even wallpapers to go along with your design are all available for a variety of Android devices. More info at Gelaskins.
Stick, Peel, Repeat. Clingo makes it easy to stick your phone to a car dashboard, vent, or windshield. You can also put one on a desk and always have your phone or tablet stick to the proper viewing angle. More info at www.clingo.com
Enercell offers an emergy power boost when your phone can’t get to a power outlet right away. It ships with multiple sizes and supports multiple phones. Radio Shack sells it for $49.99. More info at RadioShack.
Jay Bird Freedom Bluetooth headset
Jay Bird is a Bluetooth audio set designed for people who want a headset that is comfortable and optimized for movement. More information is available at Jaybirdgear.com.
MusicSkins.com offers vinyl skins for anything you can think of. The online store is targeted mainly for album covers and photos of recording artists like The Beatles, Rihanna and Justin Bieber. However, there are also images of famous brands, artwork, and the ability to upload custom images to design a skin of any image you have the right to print. More info at MusicSkins.com.
Cellairis.com proved to be the biggest and flashiest of all the booths at CTIA. This company sells silicone skins and hard shells for several products, including Motorola Xoom cases, Samsung Fascinate cases, holsters, screen protectors, and more. Go to the website and shop by device or category. More info at Cellairis.com.