One of my recent gadget posts was about the XPAL PowerSkin for HTC Thunderbolt. As soon as I knew it was available, I ordered one. Now, having double the battery life is going to be fabulous, but I’ve been using it for about four hours and I already don’t like it overall. Supposedly it is designed so you can use the kickstand…which is true, except that you have to open the kickstand and shove it through a tiny little slit in the case as you put it on the phone. As soon as you hook it up to the phone, it starts charging the phone’s battery…which I guess works, but seems silly to me. When the case is on and you use the USB charger in a computer, it is automatically charge only…no more docking, no more using it as an external drive, no way to transfer files between the two…it doesn’t even show up under “My Computer” unless you remove the case and plug it in directly. I’m going to be taking the case off and putting it on several times a day, because it won’t allow the phone to function normally. And the last thing: the microUSB to USB cable that came with it is literally six inches long including connectors. So while having double the battery life will be great, I’m not convinced it was worth buying the case instead of a second battery. Ah well…live and learn. I’m just glad I pre-ordered, so it was $10.00 off with free shipping.
Pure Overclock spends some time with the Sapphire Edge-HD2 Mini PC