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1: Android Basics > ACCESSORIES

ACCESSORIES

With Android sales rising rapidly, more and more accessories are becoming available all the time. Following is a list of some of the most essential accessories to consider purchasing. You can find many of these accessories at the same store where you purchased your phone or online at sites such as www.androidcentral.com.

  • Car charger (see Figure 1.1). You are likely going to want to invest in a car charger to keep the phone charged while you drive. This is particularly important if you're going to use Navigation, the turn-by-turn GPS directions application (see Chapter 7 for details on Navigation). Navigation is one of the truly awesome applications available, particularly since it is free, but it will drain your battery very quickly, so I always make sure to keep my phone plugged in when I use Navigation. Most Android devices charge via a USB port, so car chargers may be interchangeable between them. Unfortunately, almost all current devices have moved from a mini USB port to a smaller and appropriately named micro USB port, so my G1 charger would not work with my Droid X, but the Droid X charger works fine with my wife's LG Ally Android phone. In the interest of completeness, I should mention that most tablets unfortunately use a custom charger, so if you want to keep your tablet powered on the road, you will need a special car charger for it.

  

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