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Swedish accessory manufacturer Jays has started the pre-orders for the a-Jays Five series of earphones. Sporting a version for each mobile platform supported - iOS, Android and Windows Phone; flat, tangle free cabling; handy clip and MEMS microphone, every Windows Phone owner will find the new kit useful when out and about. How much are they going for? €89.99 ($120).

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Here's a sweet deal if you're looking for a charging plate for a Windows Phone (or other compatible Qi wireless charging devices). Daily Steals has the DT-900 wireless charging plate by Nokia on sale for just $25. It's the official accessory and one that has experienced numerous price drops in the past. Be sure to act quickly though, you've only got 14 hours left.

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One of the challenges Windows Phone owners may face is finding a quality, practical, car mount for their phone. If you're still in search for a solution, take a gander at the Aduro U-Grip Universal Car Mount.

The U-Grip is a clamp styled mount that pivots 360 degrees to accommodate portrait and landscape viewing, which is ideal for your navigational apps. Construction is solid, it affixes to your car dash or windshield firmly and holds your Windows Phone in place with very little wiggle room. The U-Grip comes across as very appealing option and may be the best car mount out there.

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Waiting patiently for the Lumia 1020 from Nokia? Amazon.com appears to be too and the online retailer has one of the wireless charging back covers (Nokia CC-3066) for the Windows Phone.

Available in black and yellow, the accessory is not yet in stock but is priced at $39.99. We don't believe AT&T will carry this add-on so it's certainly worth considering.

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Zound Industries, the company behind Marshall Headphones, Molami and Urbanears, is working with Nokia to bring consumers a range of affordable headsets, under the "Coloud" brand. Three new headsets have been customised for Nokia, including Boom, Knock and Pop, each with a unique design for those who wish to have a more personalised accessory for their Windows Phone.

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As we move forward in the world of computing technology, I cannot help to feel that we have left the keyboard behind. Open up the latest Windows 8 feather light Ultrabook or sit down at a gorgeous all-in-one desktop and you will most likely be facing a mushy keyboard of the 21st century.

You deserve the right to have the most comfortable typing experience, so today we are taking a look at the two kings of mechanical keyboards for your Windows computer – Razer’s BlackWidow Ultimate and Das Keyboard’s Model S Professional (tactile click).

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Following up on the Best Buy availability, for those who want to go straight to the horse’s mouth and purchase the Nokia Lumia 1020 via AT&T, you can now get your pre-orders in through their website.

Coming in at $299 on contract and that $659 we told you about over the weekend, the high-end camera phone with a 41MP sensor and advanced cropping comes in yellow, white and black.

For those who purchase online, you can opt for free priority shipping or pay $14.95 for overnight (we used to remember Sprint overnighting as part of the deal). Since this is for pre-orders though, there is no in-store availability option, meaning if you go this route you’ll have to wait for it in the mail. If however you want the Lumia 1020 the day it comes out, your best bet is to head to your AT&T store and have them take down your information to reserve one (if possible) on a first come, first serve basis.

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Over the weekend we showed you some internal AT&T training videos for the soon-to-launch Lumia 1020. Concentrating on its massive 41MP camera, the videos also revealed a few accessories that AT&T is planning to co-launch on July 26th (remember, pre-orders start tomorrow).

Windows Phone Central can now confirm a few of those accessories, including an elegant all-black leather case from AGF ($35) and an OtterBox Defender ($50) for you folks who work at industrial sites and want to protect your new $650 investment.

Both accessories should be available for in-store purchases on the 26th and online ordering as well.

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Having recently acquired both the Surface Pro and RT tablets at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, I’m now fully prepared to bring you a variety of Surface accessory reviews. The first of these is the Microsoft Surface 5-in-1 Adapter from Juiced Systems. The 5-in-1 Adapter is designed for the Surface Pro and RT, though it could also be used with other Windows 8 tablets that have standard USB ports.

The Surface Pro and RT have only one such USB port, so you’ll need to use a USB hub or the extra USB port included on the Surface Pro’s power supply if you want to connect multiple USB devices to either tablet. Juiced’s 5-in-1 Adapter plugs into those tablets’ lonesome UBS port, giving them a second port and a lot more functionality to boot.

We’ve got an exclusive coupon for our readers and video review after the break!

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In just two weeks’ time, consumers in the US will be given the opportunity to buy the most advanced camera and smartphone combo in the world. Fetching for $299 on contract ($659 off), the game changing Nokia Lumia 1020 is sure to raise a few eyebrows.

Now, three internal videos from AT&T have managed to find their way to our YouTube channel, which detail various aspects of the 1020, including Pro Camera, AT&T Locker and accessories. The videos appear to be meant for training of AT&T employees, to familiarize them with the new product and thus are not listed on AT&T’s public site. Such videos may be released later during the official release to help consumers as well.

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Nokia has pushed an update for its Accessories app. Available exclusively to Lumia Windows Phone hardware, the app enables consumers to take full advantage of connected hardware, be it a wireless charging cradle or speaker. The app will launch through NFC and will offer unique functionality and features depending on what's connected.

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Garmin has announced the release of heads-up display (HUD) that connects to your Windows Phone via Bluetooth. The HUD unit will project navigation information on to your windshield.  This will help increase safety and reduce driver distraction when using your Windows Phone as a navigational tool.  By projecting the navigational information in the driver's line of sight, it keeps their eyes more on the road.

The Garmin HUD is compatible with any Bluetooth enabled smartphone running Garmin Streetpilot or NAVIGON apps. HUD displays turn arrows, distance to the next turn, current speed, and the estimated time of arrival. Additional display options include alerts for when drivers exceed the speed limit, traffic delays and safety camera locations.

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If you follow all things Windows Phone you’re no doubt aware that when it comes to premium accessories, it’s fairly slim pickings out there. Like all things for our beloved ecosystem though, one OEM is taking things seriously enough to push manufacturers for accessories designed to work perfectly with Windows Phone; Nokia. Through partnerships with JBL, Monster and Fatboy, the Finnish giant’s sponsored accessories are squarely aimed its own Lumia line of course, but as they’re designed to work best with Windows Phone you’ll still get a great experience from your HTC 8 series or Samsung Ativ phones.

All of which brings us nicely to today’s review, the Monster/Nokia Purity Pro headset. This isn’t Monster and Nokia’s first dance together, the ‘Purity’ brand has already been applied to another set of over-the-ear cups and also to a set of ear buds, and yet those forays into the brightly coloured accessory world have been met with some mixed reviews, and in my personal opinion the wired Purity HD earphones leave a lot to be desired. We initially went ‘ears on’ (last time I use that phrase I promise) with the headset at the Mobile World Congress this year, and came away impressed, but a little bewildered by the initial cost of entry. Now we’re lucky enough to say we own a pair and have spent a week using them out and about to gauge just whether or not you can justify the relatively high price point.

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Independence Day is July 4th, but we're kicking off the celebration savings a little early and going a little long this year, just to make sure all Windows Phone Central readers have a chance to take advantage of this special offer.

Starting now and going until midnight PST on July 7th, customers can save 15% on their Windows Phone Central Accessory Store orders using coupon code 7413 at checkout (and yes Canadians, the coupon will work in our Canada store too!).

The 15% coupon code covers all of our accessories, including those for the Nokia Lumia 928.  So don't delay, head on over to the Windows Phone Central Accessory Store now and start saving!

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Nokia has updated its Accessories system app, which enables compatible Lumia Windows Phones to connect with compatible devices and offer unique functionality. Version 2.5.3.1 is quite the update, implementing numerous new features and functionality that will please those who utilise official hardware from the manufacturer.

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The Nokia CR-200 Wireless Car Charger is a nifty way to keep your compatible Lumia Windows Phone juiced up in the car without the need for twisty cables. We've eyed the new charger since Mobile World Congress and it looks like it's finally going to hit store shelves. At least with one retailer.

Clove UK is noting inventory for the Nokia Wireless Car Charger is due on June 14th with a price tag of 45.83 excluding VAT and delivery costs (about $71 US).

The charger also features NFC support which will allow your Nokia Lumia to launch predefined apps such as Nokia HERE when placed in the charger. It's a nifty device and for ordering information, you can head over here to Clove for all the details.

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Review - Amzer Shellster ShellCase for the HTC 8X

The Amzer Shellster ShellCase isn't a stranger to Windows Phones. We took a look at the Amzer ShellCase for the Nokia Lumia 900 and found it to be a nice shell/holster combo.  The Shellster recently landed in the Windows Phone Central Accessory Store for the HTC 8X and we recently took it out for a test drive to see how things translated to the HTC 8X.

The ShellCase is a two piece case that has a half-shell that wraps around the HTC 8X and a belt clip holster that the shell slides into. The case is made of hard plastic that has a rubbery, textured finish. As with the Lumia 900 model, the Amzer Shellster ShellCase isn't a bad option if you are looking for a belt case solution for your HTC 8X.

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In honor of the Memorial Day Weekend, if you're in the United States you will receive FREE SHIPPING on your Windows Phone Central Accessory Store order. This special offer is valid all weekend long until Monday night (midnight PT).

We have tons of cases, batteries, chargers, Bluetooth accessories and more for your Windows Phones, so be sure to browse around and take advantage of the savings on shipping.  Just hit this link to head over to the Store and start saving.

 

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