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5 hours ago

MrMobile reviews the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2


What if I told you there was a Bluetooth headset with killer battery life, built by the same people who made the headsets for NASA's Apollo program? And what if I told you that this headset costs much less than the Bose QC35 I love so much?

I'm telling you now. The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 wireless headset is here, and it's on store shelves for a starting price of $199. That puts it in roughly the same territory as that Bose monster and the FIIL Diva Pro I reviewed last month – but at a much more accessible price point.

Find out if the sacrifices in size and build quality are worth the trade-off in MrMobile's BackBeat Pro 2 review!

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1 day ago

Best Galaxy S7 Cases


What's the best case for Galaxy S7? These should do the trick!

The Galaxy S7 is Samsung's best phone and you'll want to protect it with a great case.

Here are our favorites!

Spigen Liquid Crystal

You don't have to hide the beauty of your phone to keep it protected, and the Liquid Crystal case from Spigen proves that. This case offers protection without sacrificing the ability to see the color choice that you made on your initial purchase.

You'll get a nice form fit from this case, and the embossed buttons are easy to press while the case is on the phone. You can grab one on Amazon for just over $10.

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LifeProof FRE

For the ultimate protection, LifeProof is a brand that sits at the top. While the Galaxy S7 may already be waterproof, some additional waterproofing along with drop protection is a no-brainer for many.

The case is designed this time around to be thinner than previous generations, while still providing the same amount of worry-free protection for your phone. You'll pay for the added protection, but it beats the constant worry about breaking your new investment.

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Speck Candyshell

If you want to keep your phone protected, but also want it to be as stylish as possible, you may want the Speck Candyshell case. Available in a variety of different patterns, Speck does a great job of combining style and protection in their cases.

The single piece construction makes it easy to slide your phone in, and keep it protected. From a clear case to show off the beauty of the phone itself, to a fully decorated floral pattern, there is a case here for just about everyone.

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Urban Armor Gear

Urban Armor Gear is known for its rugged designs and great protection with a unique style. The company has announced a variety of cases for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, including one that will also double as a wallet with a place to store some of your credit cards. You can order your case now, with shipments starting around the release date of the phone.

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Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro

Searching for something a little more on the rugged side? The Unicorn Beetle Pro provides front and back protection for the Galaxy S7, including a durable swivel holster for quick-draw access at your side. On the front is a built-in plastic screen protector that's surrounded by a thick rim to keep the display raised from flat surfaces. The case itself utilizes a shock-absorbent TPU and durable polycarbonate to handle harsh impacts. The Unicorn Beetle Pro's rugged design is great for enhancing grip, too, with plenty of texture on each side of the case. This protective bundle is only $10 and available for pre-order right now.

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Ringke Fusion Crystal Case

For those who prefer to protect their Galaxy S7 with a case while still showing off the phone's sleek appearance, Ringke's Fusion crystal case is definitely one the best options out there. Its simple design is protective enough to handle common drops without bulking things up. Port plugs on the bottom help to keep out dirt and debris, but can always be permanently removed if they're more of a nuisance. Side buttons are easily accessible through the clear flexible plastic along the edges, and the smooth polycarbonate shell sports a large cutout for the S7's camera features.

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Vena vCommute

This is probably the most innovative wallet case I've come across. It's basically a fusion-style case, featuring a TPU bumper and a PC shell, with a wallet slot on the back. The slot is covered by a strong magnetic flap that's three-tiered, so you can open it just a smidge to grab something quickly or open it all the way to fill it up.

I comfortably fit three cards in this one, but you can snugly fit four, though it's a little difficult to get a card out when they're that tight. If you have three, however, it's incredibly easy to remove cards, right down to the last one.

This case is the perfect blend of wallet and protective cover.

Comes in gold/black and silver/black.

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Spigen Tough Armor Case

Spigen's Tough Armor case rocks military-grade protection with its dual-layer design and Air Cushion Technology. The inner skin features a webbed design that the Galaxy S7 rests on, including air pockets in all 4 corners that help handle shock. The raised lip around the front ensures the Galaxy S7's display is always clear from rubbing on flat surfaces, and the glossy bezel around the camera grants clear photos at all times. Unlike the Spigen Slim Armor, the Tough Armor case comes without a flimsy kickstand, leaving a smooth look and feel to its exterior plastic shell. This case comes in gunmetal, champagne gold, and black, starting at $19.

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Samsung S View Cover

Samsung's S View Cover series for the Galaxy S7 is just about as cool as it gets for phone cases. So long as you have NFC enabled on your phone, you essentially get a small window to your Galaxy S7 that lets you answer and decline calls, view message previews, activate the camera, and a bunch more.

Your Galaxy S7 clips into the bumper inside and then you just fold the cover over and, though the display is turned off, the preview screen still shows up through the window. Many folks want a flip cover to protect their phone, but it can be cumbersome to pull it out and open it up, and it's definitely conspicuous in class or at a meeting.

The S View Cover is available in black, gold, and silver to match your Galaxy S7. If you want a super cool, interactive case that does a lot more than just protect your Galaxy S7, then the S View Cover is definitely worth a look.

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Caseology Wavelength

Caseology's phone cases are excellent. I have yet to come across one that doesn't fit perfectly and doesn't feel great in the hand.

The Wavelength series has a wavy pattern on the back (duh!), which offers a wonderfully textured grip. The buttons are covered, but the tactile response is very present, so you're not pressing multiple times wondering if you're even hitting a button.

If you want a great-fitting case with precise cutouts, at phenomenal price (about $15), then check out the Caseology Wavelength. In fact, check out its whole collection — you can't go wrong!

Comes in five color combinations.

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What's your favorite Galaxy S7 case?

Those are just a handful of the best cases to consider protecting your Galaxy S7 with. If you're holding out for a different case, we'd love to hear about it!

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1 day ago

Essential Accessories for LG V20

LG V20

Gear out your new V20 with these solid accessory picks.

We all have specific needs from our phones, but when it comes down to it there's a handful of accessories most of us will need to pick up. Before you get too deep into more specific accessories, give this group a look to find a great starting point with the basics for your new LG V20.

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2 days ago

How to recycle or donate your old Android phone


Experts suggest that 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed of worldwide every year. We need to make sure we're doing what we can to help manage it all.

How many phones are you in your house right now? I'm not just talking about the one(s) in your pocket, I'm talking about the ones stuffed in drawers, under other obsolete pieces of electronics that will likely never get looked at again until you wake up one morning determined to clean, and stuff everything in the garbage. Your house may benefit from a good electronics purge every once in a while, but unless these devices are exposed of properly, they usually end up in landfills, wasting the potential to recycle the rare metals and other components responsibly.

Here's how to do just that: recycle your old Android phones responsibly.

Get all your stuff

Recycling a phone should be treated the same way reselling one is — don't leave anything personal behind.

Turn the phone on one last time and give it a good once-over. Make sure you're signed out of any accounts, have uninstalled all the things you've accumulated since you first got it and make sure things like pictures and music are taken off the phone (and backed up safely somewhere!). Take care to make sure any on-device address book entries are erased and any credentials you need to log in have been removed.

Never get rid of a phone without clearing your data from it.

Pull out your SIM card and any SD cards you might be using. If you're recycling an Android phone, we recommend a factory reset and wipe once you're sure nothing is left stored on the phone.You should also let things restart and skip through the setup process so you can double check that everything is gone.

We're not trying to imply that anyone at a recycling center is eager to dig through your phone, but you should always protect your privacy.

Sorting it all

You'll want to separate the electronics from the rest of the stuff. The box, the papers that came with it and the incidental stuff you've accumulated and will never use again needs to be gone over so it can go into the proper recycle bin.

Papers, cardboard boxes, and plastic or rubber phone cases can go with your normal household recyclables. The charger, any cables and the phone itself need set aside unless you have a pickup for discarded electronics. You should leave the back of the phone on if it's removable, and there's no need to pull off any skins or screen protectors. Use your judgment for other accessories, and a good rule of thumb is that if it needs power from a battery or a cord, it needs to go in the same bin as the phone itself.

Where to take the rest

Not everyone has easy access to a recycling center and some private centers will charge you when they take your stuff. Don't be discouraged if this describes your situation and be tempted to just toss the whole kit and kaboodle into the trash with the rest of your household waste. Some of the stuff inside a phone — especially the battery — is pretty nasty and is not something we want to be buried in a landfill. Do you want roving bands of mutant super ants? Because that's how you get roving bands of mutant super ants.

Recycling your phone is easy and it does make a difference.

There are plenty of places that want your old phone. Besides all that nasty battery stuff there are also a number of internal materials worth money to the right person. Aluminum. Copper. Gold. All of these fetch a good amount of cash if you have enough of it. You won't find enough in one old phone to make it worth the time to retrieve it, but there are people and companies who collect enough old things to make it worthwhile for them. You don't even need to look for those folks because they have bins at places you probably already visit.

Chances are the place you buy phones, like your carrier, will also take old ones back. They don't want to have something with their name on it responsible for those super ants, and many of them have ongoing relationships with electronics recycling companies. Best Buy is another place that you can drop off an old phone, and you'll find a bin right at the entrance. And if you purchase by mail you can ask for a prepaid bag to send your recyclable phone back in. Samsung has its own electronics recycling program, for both its own products and others.

If all else fails, ask the people who pick up your recycle bins.

Canadians can donate their devices at most carrier stores, or at drop-off locations hosted by Recycle My Cell across the country.

If your phone still works

If you want to recycle your phone because it no longer works, the above directions are the right way to do it. But if your phone is still functional, just not desirable, there are plenty of ways to donate it to the right cause.

In the U.S., organizations like Cell Phones for Soldiers and Verizon's HelpLine are wonderful ways to donate old devices, either for people to use, or for them to sell to raise money on their own.

We've only got one planet. Until we figure out a way to pack it all up and fly to some place better we all need to do everything we can to keep it clean and super ant free. Taking five minutes to sort out a phone and charger from your everyday refuse is easy and finding some place to take it isn't difficult, either.

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2 days ago

Cheap Chromecast Speakers: Best Under $35


Just because you want a great sounding speaker doesn't mean you have to spend more than you did on your Chromecast Audio.

Chromecast Audio provides us with an easy way to stream media from our mobile devices to our favorite speakers, whether they feature Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or neither. We've selected five of the best portable speakers that go great with this audio accessory and cost no more than the Chromecast Audio itself. Keep one in your bedroom, living room, kitchen, or bathroom — these speakers will give you the superior sound you crave without breaking the bank.

DKnight Magicbox Portable Speaker

This portable speaker has earned its place at the top of our list. As one of the highest rated speakers on Amazon, the DKnight Magicbox rocks your favorite tunes over its impressive sounding dual 6W acoustic drivers. There are plenty of buttons on top to manage your music if you wish to use them, and the 3.5mm auxiliary input for your Chromecast Audio is found on the side along with the power button, microUSB charging port, and a microSD card slot for turning the Magicbox into a standalone MP3 player. Take your pick of black, red, blue, or gray for a very reasonable price, usually starting around $27.

Read our in-depth review

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SoundPal F3 Portable Speaker

Providing rich bass and impressive volume levels is the SoundPal F3 Speaker which packs two 7.5W drivers along with a couple passive radiators. On a full charge this portable speaker will supply you with up to 12 hours of your favorite tunes while hooked up to your Chromecast Audio. A built-in mic allows you to manage your calls over the speaker, if that's your thing, and the 3.5mm aux-in on the side is easily accessible for connecting your Chromecast Audio. You can snag this miniature beast for only $29.99.

Read our review on the SoundPal F3

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Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3

While the Chromecast Audio may not be waterproof, the OontZ Angle 3 from Cambridge SoundWorks certainly is. This 5-inch speaker speaker has an IPX5 rating, making it completely splashproof for any setting. Inside is a long lasting 2200mAh battery that provides up to 15 hours of music through its dual drivers for a total of 10W of stereo sound. The OontZ Angle 3 sounds great on every level — mids, highs, and even bass are clear thanks to the passive subwoofer design. If you're after a speaker that's built for a tougher environment, this is a great option for you.

Read our in-depth review

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AYL Portable Mini Speaker

For something a bit more compact, but surprisingly loud, the AYL portable mini speaker is definitely one to check out. The 3W speaker on top provides quality sound that jams for up to 10 hours on a full charge. The unique design of this speaker makes it ideal for travel, quickly collapsing into a smaller size when needed. There's even a built-in 3.5mm headphone cable on the bottom for hooking up your Chromecast Audio, along with an extension cable if you need a little extra length. Priced around $15, you can't go wrong with this mini speaker.

Read our review of the AYL Mini

$15.40 on Amazon

Anker Classic Portable Speaker

Anker's Classic Portable Speaker, a box design that uses a single 2-inch, 4W driver and bass port to deliver its amazing quality sound. Powering the unit is a 2100mAh Li-ion battery that will keep the music going for up to 20 hours. The built-in mic allows you to use the Anker Classic as a speakerphone, but for keeping things simple just plug in your Chromecast Audio to the 3.5mm port on the side and enjoy what this crafty speaker has to offer. Included is a longer auxiliary cable, travel pouch, microUSB charging cable, and an 18-month warranty. You can grab one in black, blue, or white for around $35.

Read our review of the Anker Classic

$34.99 on Amazon

VTIN Cuber

If you're looking for a speaker to use with Chromecast audio that is ultra portable, check out the VTIN Cuber.

With an IP67 rating, this small square speaker is made to withstand the elements, which is great if you every want to use your Chromecast beside the pool or when your outside grilling.

Believe it or not, this tiny thing actually has a pretty solid battery life, giving you up to 8 hours of listening time. It comes with a strap you can attach to make it even easier to carry, and if you want to venture away from your Chromecast you can always use it with standard Bluetooth.

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What speakers are you using with Chromecast Audio?

Those are our top picks for an affordable speaker to use with the new Chromecast Audio. What speakers you're currently using or looking into getting for your new audio accessory? Sound off in the comments!

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2 days ago

Best external battery packs for Pokémon Go

Best external battery packs for Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go isn't just a short-term thing, so you're going to need a battery pack.

It's no secret that keeping your phone's screen, processor, mobile network and GPS ramped up for hours on end is going to kill your battery off pretty quickly, and those are precisely the things you're doing when out in the wild playing Pokémon Go. If you haven't had a need for a portable battery pack before, you definitely do now.

Since you're going out for hours on end, and you're buying the battery pack just for your gaming sessions, chances are you're more worried about capacity, ports and charging speed than you are portability and looks. We have a few solid battery packs that will offer you just that, and keep you out there catching new Pokémon without looking for a wall charger.

Update: Niantic is throwing its first Pokémon "event" between October 26 and November 1, to celebrate Halloween. During this time, you'll get double the candy for all Pokémon caught, hatched or transferred. Buddy Pokémon earn four times the candy! That means you'll want to keep your phone charged at all times if you want to level up fast.

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3 days ago

Best Car Chargers for Google Pixel


Looking to keep your Pixel charged on the road? Here are our favorite car chargers!

We've all been there (some of us more than others): You hop in the car for a road trip or are on your way to work, you look at your phone, aaaand you're at 33% — with the WHOLE day to go!

You need a car charger for your Google Pixel so that you never miss a message or a call. You also need it to be compatible with USB-C, and we know exactly what to look for. Here are some of the best you can buy for your Pixel.

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4 days ago

Best Alcatel Idol 4S Cases

Here's how to protect your Alcatel Idol 4S

What's the best case for Alcatel Idol 4S? Really, whatever's available!

The Alcatel Idol 4S isn't exactly a mainstream phone, and that's made rather apparent in the selection of cases available for it, or, rather, the lack of cases available for it.

That being said, the cases that are available will work just fine for you and your Idol 4S. Here's what's out there!

Incipio DualPro


Incipio makes great phone cases and it's really the only bigger brand that's making cases for the Idol 4S.

The DualPro is a hard shell case, made from strong and durable polycarbonate, which protect your phone from bumps and scratches. The inside of the case is flexible TPE, which is soft and great for shock absorption in the event of a fall.

Incipio's DualPro cases come in black, gray, pink with gray accents, and rose gold with pink accents.

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Vinve flip case


Vinve's flip folio case is made of synthetic leather and is for those who want their Idol 4s to look sophisticated while being protected from scratches and dings.

The flip cover folds back into a convenient stand for hands-free viewing, and all the necessary ports and buttons are uncovered for easy access. The opening in the cover also lets you check the time and see if you have notifications without needing to open the case.

The interior lining is soft, so your Idol 4S won't get scratched up, and your phone is securely place by the snap-on shell inside.

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J&D Tech

JD Tech

J&D Tech's case for the Idol 4S is a slim TPU bumper that's flexible, providing shock absorption in a fall.

Being so slim, this case won't add any bulk or weight to your Idol 4S, and it won't add a ton of rugged protection either.

The textured TPU won't feel slippery in your hands, so you won't feel like you're going to drop your phone every time you use it, and all the ports and buttons are left open so that you don't have to remove the case to charge your phone.

Comes in black, blue, and red.

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Mama Mouth PU leather wallet case

Mama Mouth

Mama Mouth's pleather wallet case is for folks who want their phone case to stand out, while also conveniently holding credit cards and a bit of cash, so they can ditch their wallets.

There are three slots for cards and ID and an inner pocket for a bit of cash, all held in by the flip cover and a magnetic closure. The PU leather is tear-resistant and will protect your Idol 4S from scratches.

There are eight gorgeous colors to choose from, and starting around $9, you might as well grab a couple and switch it up daily!

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Harryshell Dream Catcher wallet case


Another wallet case for your Idol 4S, Harryshell's is one for folks who like more than just solid colors. The dreamcatcher design on the front is striking, and the case comes with a handy mini stylus, which is great for certain games and other activities.

The front cover folds back into a stand for hands-free gaming or video-watching, and there are slots for two cards, as well as a larger pocket for a bit of cash. You can leave your wallet at home and just carry the essentials!

Your Idol 4S is held in place by a bumper that provides shock absorption, while the folio protects your screen from scratches, dirt, and bumps.

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Starhemei slim wallet case


Starhemei's wallet case is a slim addition to your Idol 4S that won't add too much bulk or weight, but will hold up to three cards and a bit of cash in the larger pocket. Cutouts at the top and bottom let you take calls with the cover shut, so you can answer and then close it up instead of awkwardly trying to hold and open folio case.

These PU leather cases have a magnetic closure, and the front cover folds back into a stand.

They're available in black, blue, brown, and red.

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What protects your Idol?

Are you using an awesome case with your Idol 4S that we didn't mention? Sound off in the comments below!

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6 days ago

Best Galaxy S7 edge Cases


If you want to keep your Galaxy S7 edge protected, check out these great options available!

So you bought the Galaxy S7 edge but didn't bother to order a case, but now you really want one? Well, luckily there are already a bunch of different options that are available for the phone. From slim cases to clear ones, wallet cases and super protective, you can find just the right one for you.

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1 week ago

Chromecast Ultra now on sale online with arrival as early as Nov 7


Google's faster, more capable Chromecast Ultra is now on sale.

The $69 media streamer that's now faster, handles 4K video and has a bulit-in ethernet port can now be yours ... well, at least in a couple weeks. Sales are now live on the Google Store and Best Buy, with orders arriving as early as November 7 depending on the shipping method.

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1 week ago

Best Google Pixel Cases

The phone is out, now get a case ready to protect it from Day 1.

Many of us are waiting for our Pixel or Pixel XL to arrive, and that means it's time to get some accessories so we're ready to go when it's delivered. A case is the most basic accessory — some use one every day, and others keep one around for when they travel or expect to be a little rough on the phone.

It's early days so the options are slim and duplicative when you look around the internet, but we have a few picks to consider. Here are the best cases, so far, for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

We'll be updating this list as more cases are released from big name accessory companies like Otterbox, Lifeproof, Tech21, Spigen, and more!

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1 week ago

Keep track of your fevers with this smart thermometer for just $15!


Right now you can grab this awesome digital smart thermometer from Kinsa for just $15 at Amazon. If your family spends a lot of time on the go, this thermometer is a great addition to any bag so you can quickly and easily check your child's temperature if they aren't feeling great. To keep kids sitting still, the app offers a bubble-popping game, and the flexible tip makes it more comfortable in their mouth.

Beyond just telling you the temperature, the thermometer can also give you real-time guidance on what to do next, which is gathered from sources like Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic. You'll be able to track your health history for each member of the family with ease, and all for just $15 right now.

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1 week ago

What to look for when buying USB-C cables and adapters


Buying a cable shouldn't be difficult. It doesn't have to be if you follow these simple tips.

USB standards have a long history, and they've gone through plenty of changes since first implemented in 1996. The premise behind it all is providing a way to standardize cables, connectors, communication, and power transfer between electronic devices. Some of the first equipment to use USB were the really old, brightly colored iMac and speakers. USB was designed to be the one standard that does it all, and that's pretty much how it all worked out.

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1 week ago

Best Wireless Charging Pads For Galaxy S7


Don't fumble around with charging cables anymore — get a wireless charging pad instead!

So you just got the Galaxy S7 and now you want to charge it without having to plug it in each time? Samsung has once again opted to include multiple wireless charging standards on their latest phone, so you will have a variety of options available to purchase. Qi and Powermat have some differences, and not everyone will have the same needs in their chargers.

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1 week ago

Best Car Mounts for Google Pixel


What's the best car mount for Google Pixel?

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are gorgeous and you're going to want to hold onto them all the time, but that's just plain unsafe when you're driving, and in most cases, it's illegal. You need to pick up a great car mount and we have some favorites to share with you!

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