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Best Gamepad For Samsung Gear VR

Updated April 19, 2017: The SteelseriesStratus XL is still the best Bluetooth gamepad for the Samsung Gear VR.

Best Overall

SteelSeries Stratus XL

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The folks at SteelSeries have a long history of quality controllers for mobile platforms, and the Stratus XL kicks that up a notch. Instead of focusing on portability and pocketability like the other controllers in this product line, SteelSeries focused on comfort and capability which makes it an incredible choice for the Samsung Gear VR. It has all the quality of a major console controller, with battery life to match and no quirky software. It pairs instantly to your Samsung phone and works with dozens of Gear VR games right out of the box. Stratus XL is an all around quality gamepad, with a layout that is easy to remember when you eyes are in VR.

Bottom line: If you want the best overall gamepad for your Gear VR, SteelSeries is where you want to be.

One more thing: This version of the controller only comes in black. If you see a white version of this controller, it's the iOS-only version and won't work with the Gear VR.

Why the SteelSeries Stratus XL is the best

Everything you need in a gamepad you'll be using without your eyes.

Three things matter most when it comes to a VR-friendly gamepad — comfort, battery life, and durability. SteelSeries has checked all three boxes with the Stratus XL. This is an Xbox-esque gamepad that looks and feels familiar with a button layout you will quickly become comfortable with despite not being able to look down at it while in VR. This gamepad will easily survive the occasional drop when you are spooked in VR thanks to its rugged plastic design, and the use of standard thumbsticks means the chances of breaking them on a drop is unlikely. On average this controller will get you through 30 hours of constant use, which means the only way you're charging this controller once a week is if you are really and truly invested in VR Minecraft. If you do run out of power in the middle of a game, the use of a microUSB port means just about everything can charge this controller quickly.

Best for portability

Moga Hero Power

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Having an Xbox-style gamepad is great for familiarity, but the Gear VR is a portable virtual reality platform and it makes sense that you'd want the gamepad to be equally as portable. That means it stows in a bag easily, and doesn't take up a ton of space. Moga's Hero Power gamepad offers this exact experience, with buttons and joysticks nearly flush with the casing and shorter palm grips that flow in line with the rest of the body. This gamepad also doubles as a more traditional phone gamepad with its foldable phone clip, so you can comfortably enjoy other forms of gameplay!

Bottom line: If you value portability above all, Moga Hero Power is what you want.

Best Value

Beboncool controller

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It's portable, it's plasticky, and it's way cheaper than most other Bluetooth gamepads that play nice with the Gear VR. Beboncool makes a bunch of gamepads for tablets and phones alike, but this smaller controller is perfect for portable Gear VR gameplay. The battery is rated for 12 hours of constant gameplay, but the auto-off feature ensures you'll only be using power when you're actually playing.

Bottom line: If you want a better Gear VR gameplay experience without spending a ton, Beboncool has you covered.

Conclusion

If you're looking for console-class gaming on your Gear VR, SteelSeries is where you want to spend your money. There's always a place for portability, though, and Moga has what you need if you're on the go. If all you really want is an affordable gamepad to save you from constantly tapping the side of the Gear VR while playing your games, Beboncool is a great gamepad at a reasonable price.

Best overall

SteelSeries Stratus XL

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The folks at SteelSeries have a long history of quality controllers for mobile platforms, and the Stratus XL kicks that up a notch. Instead of focusing on portability and pocketability like the other controllers in this product line, SteelSeries focused on comfort and capability which makes it an incredible choice for the Samsung Gear VR. It has all the quality of a major console controller, with battery life to match and no quirky software. It pairs instantly to your Samsung phone and works with dozens of Gear VR games right out of the box. Stratus XL is an all around quality gamepad, with a layout that is easy to remember when you eyes are in VR.

Bottom line: If you want the best overall gamepad for your Gear VR, SteelSeries is where you want to be.

One more thing: This version of the controller only comes in black. If you see a white version of this controller, it's the iOS-only version and won't work with the Gear VR.

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6 days ago

ShopAndroid has you covered for all your Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ accessory needs

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are likely to be two of the biggest smartphone reveals of the year, and you may be ordering one for yourself. While it features a beautiful design, it has a whole lot of glass and not a whole lot of bezel, which means you may be looking for a case to keep it in. Whether you are looking for something to show it off that adds a little protection or you want to go all-in on the protection, ShopAndroid has you covered.

We've got a number of great cases in stock already, and much more on the way. Beyond cases, we've got chargers, USB-C cables and much more, so let's take a look at some of the stuff you can get your orders in for now!

Update April 25, 2017: The Samsung LED Flip Cover is now available in, so get your orders in!


Samsung LED View Cover

Samsung's LED View Cover is always an extremely popular case, and there is a good reason for that. When you look at the case, it looks pretty basic, like any other folio case, except it isn't. The case actually lets you see what types of notifications you have pending without opening the case, as well as see what time it is. Inside the folio, you'll have a single card slot to carry your ID or credit card with you, and the case keeps the phone nice and thin.

This time around it comes in black, blue, silver, and violet, so you can pick one that matches your phone or just one that you enjoy the look of. At closer to $60 you're definitely paying more for this case than others, but it is worth it.

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Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case

Cruzerlite cases have been around for quite some time, and the Bugdroid Circuit ones are always super popular. The cases are made of a thin TPU material and make your phone stand out in the crowd. They come in a few different colors, including red, clear, black, and teal, so you can find one that matches your style the best. You can still easily access all the ports and the power button on the phone, but this is a great way to prevent scratches and dings without making your phone too thick.

Priced at just under $10, you can't go wrong with having one of these around the house.

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Amzer SlimGrip Shockproof Hybrid

Amzer makes some really great cases that are nice and thin but still add protection. One of the best features of these cases is generally their price points, but there is more to this one than just that. The smooth outer back shell provides a bit more grip to the phone, and the TPU bumper will protect your phone from the impact of falls or bumps.

You can go with a clear back with clear sides, or clear back with black sides for just under $15, which is quite a steal for the amount of protection you are getting.

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Krusell Leather Case

Cases aren't for everyone, and that is fine, but that doesn't mean that not everyone likes to keep the phone protected while traveling with it. Krusell's leather case is a belt holster that gives you a safe place to keep your phone when you are traveling between meetings or rushing to catch a train. The inside is lined with a soft suede to prevent it from scratching your phone, and the clasp has a strong magnet to keep it closed.

The case is under $30, and is a great option for those who prefer to use the phone without a case but still want protection while moving around.

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Cruzerlite Fender Case

This case is very similar to the Amzer SlimGrip case, but has a few differences as well. One of the key differences here is the color options, which means that you can also grab this one in a nice teal color. The durable TPU material does a great job of protecting the phone and also makes it very easy to put the case on or take it off whenever you want to.

At under $10, you may want to grab one of these in each color just to have around.

Shop Cruzerlite Fender Case for Galaxy S8 | Cruzerlite Fender Case for Galaxy S8+

Samsung 25W USB-C Fast Charger

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ use USB-C instead of Micro-USB for charging, so you may need to replace some of your old chargers around the house with newer ones. Sure, there will be one in the box, but are you going to want to carry that one around with you everywhere you go or is it easier to spend a little money to ensure you have them where you need them? This one will ensure you get the fastest charge possible when you plug it in, which is pretty important.

At right around $30, you'll want to have one of these at home and in the office.

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Samsung 3.3ft USB-C cable

The move from Micro-USB to USB-C means that a lot of the old cables you have laying around may not work with your new phone. The cables you used to charge the phone, sync it with your computer, and charge it in the car all need to be replaced with new ones. It may sound crazy to have to do it, but if you do it will make things much easier. This Samsung USB-C cable supports up to 3A of power for fast charging.

For under $15 each, you may want to pick up a couple of these to have around with your new phone.

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Gadget Guard Black Ice Liquid Screen Guard

There is a whole lot of screen on the front of the Galaxy S8+ which is great, but it also means there is a lot of potential area that can get scratched. Don't worry about the screen, and instead keep it protected with this liquid screen guard that is designed to protect the surface from abrasions and scratches. The instillation is pretty easy, and once it is all done you won't even be able to see that it is there.

At around $20, this may be one of the most important accessories that you buy.

Pre-order Gadget Guard Screen Guard for Galaxy S8+

Much More!

This is just some of what ShopAndroid has to offer for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. We've also got you covered with an assortment of memory cards, Bluetooth headsets, stylus's, and even keyboards. Be sure to browse all the accessories and see which ones you may be interested in.

Remember, ShopAndroid offers free, fast shipping on most orders over $50, so get your order in today!

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6 days ago

Best Tempered Glass Screen Protectors for Moto Z Droid

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Best Tempered Glass Screen Protectors for Moto Z Droid

These are the Droid screen protectors you're looking for.

The most important part of any phone nowadays is its screen, so you'll want to protect it with a high-quality screen protector. The best material for screen protectors is tempered glass, which won't shatter into sharp, scratchy shards if it happens to break.

To protect your Moto Z Droid's screen, check out these awesome tempered glass screen protectors.

Supershieldz

Supershieldz

This two-pack of tempered glass screen protectors is cut to perfectly fit your Moto Z Droid's screen. It does have curved edges, so no screen protector will cover it completely, but they will protect the bulk of the screen from scratches.

Supershieldz promises a bubble-free adhesive to make for a smooth and easy installation process, and its screen protectors are crystal clear, so you won't have any trouble seeing your screen or using all of its touch features to their full potential. Supershieldz are also covered in a hydrophobic and oleophobic coating, made to repel water and the oil from hands, so you won't have to constantly wipe your phone on your shirt.

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Dmax Armor

Dmax Armor

Dmax Armor is another high-quality tempered glass screen protector brand that offers clear protectors that are fingerprint- and scratch-resistant. They're easy to install, and Dmax Armor promises a bubble-free protector. In the box, you get a dust remover, screen wipe, and a lint-free dry cloth to make sure that you get your screen protector on cleanly with not bumps.

Dmax Armor a lifetime warranty, so if you notice any defects or anything, let Dmax know, and you'll receive a replacement. The screen also has a hydrophobic coating, so water will just bead off. This is a two-pack for around $7, which is an awesome value.

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Omoton

Omoton

Omoton's $5 two-pack of tempered glass screen protectors almost can't be beat. Just like most protectors, you get a laser-cut piece of tempered glass that's made to fit your Moto Z Droid's screen (aside from the curved edges), and it also repels water and fingerprints, thanks to its hydrophobic and oleophobic coating.

Omoton's screen protectors are scratch-resistant, so if you have your Moto Z Droid in your pocket with some keys, you won't pull out a phone that looks like a scratching post.

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Spigen

Spigen

Spigen, purveyor of fine phone cases, also makes some dynamite tempered glass screen protectors. This is another two-pack that comes with a lifetime replacement warranty, so you can rest easy knowing that Spigen fully backs its products.

Like all great tempered glass screen protectors, Spigen's come with rounded edges to prevent chipping, and the space that's left because of the curved edges means that these protectors are compatible with an awesome Moto Z Droid case.

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Do you use screen protectors?

Which ones? Let us know in the comments below.

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6 days ago

Make your house smarter with TP-Link's smart plug for just $25

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again with another great deal, this time saving you on this awesome smart plug!

Update: The older, bigger, smart plug is also available today for just $17.99, making it the perfect way to try one out and see if works well for you!

Right now you can pick up one of TP Link's smart plugs for just $25 (discount is taken when added to cart), its lowest price yet. If you're looking to make your house or apartment a bit smarter, this is the perfect way to get started or add to your existing setup. From being able to schedule when the power at the outlet goes on and off to having remote access to it, this is an awesome way to make things work better for you.

This deal won't last long, so you should act quickly if you are interested in it. Make your house smarter with only a small investment, you'll be thankful you did later. These are the best prices we've seen on both of these, so be sure to grab one now!

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6 days ago

PlayStation 4 Slim now comes with a 1TB hard drive for the same price

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PlayStation 4 Slim now offers a 1TB hard drive at the same $299 price point.

Back when the PlayStation 4 Slim made its debut in September, it came with a 500GB hard drive. Sony is now upgrading the storage to 1TB while retaining the $299 price point.

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6 days ago

Amazon's Fire TV Stick is finally available in India for ₹3,999

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Fire TV Stick lets you access Prime Video, Hotstar, Netflix, and other on-demand services.

Amazon has launched the Fire TV Stick in India for ₹3,999. The streaming dongle is now up for sale on Amazon India, and you'll also be able to pick up the accessory from 24 retail stores across seven cities.

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1 week ago

Cheap Chromecast Speakers: Best Under $35

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

Updated April 2017: We removed the DKnight Magicbox and the SoundPal F3, since they're no longer available, but did add the Photive Hydra to our list.

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.

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.

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Photive Hydra

Photive Hydra

The Photive Hydra is perfect for people that want a cheap speaker and are more concerned about sound quality than convenience. Sporting a passive subwoofer and two 40mm drivers, the Hydra delivers a fuller-sounding low end, while still providing pleasing, clear treble.

Its IP66 rating means it can get wet, but not submerged. Obviously, your Chromecast Audio is not water-resistant at all, but its a nice feature to have if you ever choose to use it away from the tether of your Chromecast Audio.

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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.

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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

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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 Chromecast Audio. Which speakers are you using or looking into getting for yours? Sound off in the comments!

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1 week ago

Anker discounts its most popular Bluetooth headphones & speakers in time for warmer weather

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with some big savings on various Anker Bluetooth accessories!

Over the past few weeks, winter finally gave way to spring and it's now nice enough to enjoy workouts without being cooped up in the gym. This is the running season you should ditch those old earbuds and go wireless. I'm hesitant to spend crazy amounts on Bluetooth headphones to workout with since no matter what manufacturers say, profuse amounts of sweat and electronics don't mix.

That's where Anker's SoundsBuds come in handy. They are lightweight, feature Bluetooth 4.1 (perfect for Apple Watch!) and aren't outrageously priced. In fact, they are even less expensive today since coupon code ANKER233 drops the black, green and blue models down to $22.99 (Reg. $30). Thousands of Amazon reviewers rate them 3.8 out of 5 stars so you know they'll hold up well. For those of you who have problems with earbuds popping out during workouts, you could give Anker's SoundBuds NB10 a try while they are on sale for $29.99 (Reg. $40) using coupon code ANKER260.

If you're looking for some wireless tunes for an upcoming picnic or BBQ, Anker's SoundCore Bluetooth 4.0 speaker boasts 24-hours of play time and is on sale for $30.59 (Reg. 36+) when you enter coupon code ANKMAY77 during checkout. There's also the SoundCore nano option for $18.66 (Reg. $25) with coupon code KINANK66, which is the perfect size for traveling.

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1 week ago

Best Cases for Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

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Best cases for keeping your Galaxy Tab S3 protected and functional.

If you've got a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, you're going to want to keep it protected. Determining which case you should get depends on how you plan to use it. We've highlighted some of the different styles available that are worth your attention. Whether you're looking for a folio case that folds over to protect the screen, a case with a built-in keyboard, or a more standard case, mainly for providing protection, just make sure you find the right case for your needs!

Samsung Keyboard Cover

We'll start with Samsung's new keyboard accessory for its newest tablet. Offering protection as well as functionality, this case includes Samsung's latest keyboard, featuring chiclet-style keys, along with intuitive POGO pin connectors, which let you set up your tablet in keyboard mode right quick.

Samsung offers a fairly standard look for this keyboard case, featuring a white folding back panel that provides protection for your tablet, while the keyboard is made of gray, physical keys.

While the Galaxy Tab S3 might not be enough to fully replace the functionality of a laptop, this stylish and functional keyboard will let you do more on the go. If adding a keyboard to your tablet is important to you, this is your best option.

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MoKo Galaxy Tab S3 Slim Folding Cover Case

MoKo's lightweight case for the Galaxy Tab S3 features a premium PU leather exterior that keeps your tablet protected from drops and scuffs, while the interior is lined with soft microfiber material to keep your screen scratch-free. Like most folio cases, you're able to fold the front cover into a viewing stand with multiple angles. The front cover closes with magnets in the corners that allow you to wake your Tab S3 when the front cover is opened, but it won't interfere with the S-Pen. The S-Pen also gets some attention itself, with MoKo including a stylus loop to ensure your S-Pen stays with your tablet.

All buttons and ports are left exposed so that there won't be any fit issues with your accessories, and there's also a convenient hand strap for one-handed use.

You can get this case in classic single color options or choose from more stylish designs — the choice is yours!

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SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro Series Case

SUPCASE makes some outstanding rugged cases for phones under its Unicorn Beetle branding, and you should expect the same level of protection for your Galaxy Tab S3 here as well.

SUPCASE offers full-body protection for your tablet, which includes a protective front casing with a built-in screen protector and a raised bezel to keep that beautiful screen protected. On the back, a dual-layer hybrid casing designed with a shock-absorbing TPU bumper will keep your tablet well-protected from any accidental drops and also features a pop-out kickstand for hands-free viewing.

All your ports and buttons are covered to prevent dust and debris from getting in, making this an ideal case for anyone who likes to take their tablet into the great outdoors. It's also available in your chose of color — black, blue, pink, and white — so you can pick the one that fits your style.

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BELK Leather Viewing Stand w/ Wallet

Featuring high-quality PU leather, BELK offers a very stylish option for keeping your Tab S3 protected. Your tablet is held in place by the rugged inner shell made of rigid polycarbonate, which leaves ample cutouts around the headphone jack and USB-C charging port

What also sets this case apart from the others on the list is the slip pockets on the inside cover, which let you store credit cards, business cards or even IDs, along with a pocket for storing cash, passports — whatever you want to have on you at all times. There's also elastic hand strap which lets you confidently hold your tablet with one hand.

This folio case also lets you fold up the front cover as a kickstand for hands-free viewing, and the whole thing is available in a couple stylish colors.

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Using a sweet case with your Tab S3? Sound off in the comments below!

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1 week ago

This $7 car charger will look like it is built into your car

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again with another great deal, this time saving you big on a 2-port car charger!

Update: This popular deal is back again with a new coupon code. Be sure to use code AUKECAR7 at checkout for the savings!

Right now you can pick up Aukey's 2-port USB car charger for just $7 with coupon code AUKECAR7. This car charger, unlike many others, sits pretty flush with most of the cigarette adapters, so you won't really even notice that it is there. Being relatively flush, there is less of a chance that you'll knock it out or bang it around by accident while moving in your car, and being able to charge two devices at the same time is a great feature.

Remember, you need coupon code AUKECAR7 to get the discount here. Odds are it won't last long at this price, so be sure to act quickly if you want one!

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1 week ago

Best Heavy Duty Cases for Samsung Galaxy S8

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Best Heavy Duty Cases for Samsung Galaxy S8

Protect your new Galaxy S8 with a sturdy, rugged case, and have some peace of mind while you're at it.

The Galaxy S8 might not be here just yet, so no, we haven't had time to test out all the cases, but we know some dynamite brands that are sure to protect your Galaxy S8 from drop, bumps, scratches, and more.

Check out these awesome cases if you're looking for rugged protection. Consider these the… Guardians of your Galaxy.


Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro

The old standby of rugged cases, the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro is the utmost in heavy duty protection for your Galaxy S8. These three-piece cases feature a front cover, back cover, and a holster so that you don't have to carry a heavier phone around in your pocket. With that in mind, the Unicorn Beetle Pro doesn't actually add a ton of bulk to your phone, but there still is a difference. You want thin, go with a slim case.

The Unicorn Beetle Pro is made of tough polycarbonate plastic and provides extra protection in the corners — the killshot for just about any phone in the event of a drop. You have your choice of black, blue (doesn't match the S8 coral blue color), pink, and white.

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Zizo Static Series

Zizo Static

Zizo's cases are military drop tested, so they're actually guaranteed to protect your phone from drops, according to military standards. The Static Series features a fold-out kickstand and two layers of protection: a hard polycarbonate shell with a silicone layer to disperse impact and cushion your phone. This is especially necessary in the corners, which are incredibly vulnerable in a drop situation.

On top of excellent protection, the Zizo Static Series also looks really cool. You have your choice of seven color combinations, which feature a black layer and then a vibrantly colored layer. If you're looking for heavy duty protection for your Galaxy S8, along with a flash of style and a convenient kickstand, then check these out. Especially since they're only about $11.

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Caseology Legion

Caseology Legion

I love Caseology cases. They always fit well and they're fantastically protective. I generally use a Wavelength, and I had my phone knocked out of my hand onto a gym floor. After cleaning up my drawers, I picked up my phone and it was absolutely fine. That was a slimmer case, too. Check out the rugged Legion series. It features a layer of flexible a shock-absorbing TPU with an outer layer of polycarbonate. You're protected from hard bumps and scratches, as well as shocks and drops.

All the buttons are covered, but the coverings provide great tactile feedback, and your ports are completely accessible. You have your choice of black or orchid gray, which is meant to match the S8 color, though we haven't seen this one in person to verify that.

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Poetic Revolution

Poetic Revolution

The Poetic Revolution is a two-piece case that you sit your Galaxy S8 into, and then you snap on the front. Most Poetic cases have a screen protector, but this one doesn't because of the Galaxy S8's curved screen. That being said, the raised bezel around the front protects your screen when you lay it face-down, and the raised cutout around the camera protects the lens.

The inside of the Revolution is made of flexible TPU, which is designed to disperse impact and protect your S8 from scratches. The outside of the back is a layer of polycarbonate, which takes the brunt of any bump or drop. The outer edges of this case are textured to give it a great in-hand feel that isn't slippery, so you can hold onto your phone. You have your choice of black, a very vibrant blue, and pink.

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Spigen Tough Armor

Spigen Tough Armor

Spigen makes a phone case for every occasion and its Tough Armor series is perfect for heavy duty protection. It has an inner layer of TPU for shock absorption and to protect against scratches, as well an outer shell made from durable polycarbonate. There's also a handy kickstand on the back, so you can watch videos hands-free.

This may look a bit like Caseology's Legion, but the button layout is a bit different, with a space between volume up and volume down, so you can control your music on the go without having to pull your phone out of your pocket. The Tough Armor series comes in gunmetal, black, coral blue (which looks like it matches the coral blue S8, but we can't say for sure yet), and maple gold.

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Looking for something a little slimmer or a bit different?

Best Cases for Galaxy S8

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1 week ago

Xiaomi's latest headphones are designed to be supremely comfortable

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Xiaomi is bringing the Mi Headphones Comfort to India.

Xiaomi is adding to its arsenal of affordable audio products by launching the Mi Headphones Comfort in India. The 3.5mm closed-back on-ear headphones are set to go on sale in the country starting tomorrow, April 18, and will retail for ₹2,999 ($45). The headphones incorporate a lightweight construction and ear cups made out of breathable polyurethane foam that make them comfortable to wear throughout the day. The have a frequency range of 20Hz to 40,000Hz, and are Hi-Res certified.

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1 week ago

Best Camera Drones for 2017

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5 best camera drones you can buy in 2017

What are the best camera drones I can buy right now?

Update, April 2017: Added the DJI Mavic Pro to the list, but the DJI Inspire 1 is still tops!

Whether you're an independent filmmaker looking to step up your game with drone videography, or simply a hobbyist looking to record stunning video to share with friends and family, you'll want to invest in a top-of-the-line camera drone.

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1 week ago

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) preview: Fun all the way around

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When thinking of great tech, often what comes to mind is the best quality, the best specs, the best design … but we sometimes forget what really drew us to it in the first place: the fun factor. 360 cameras came onto the scene in a big way in 2016, and while they may not be quite as hot a commodity this year, Samsung's new Gear 360 stands a good chance of rekindling the public's love for these special gadgets. And not just because it's the most adorable little droid this side of BB-8; the Gear 360 2017 unlocks a whole new dimension in spherical storytelling.

I'm Michael Fisher, aka MrMobile, and believe it or not, I'm considering buying a selfie stick just for this camera. Since picking it up at Samsung's big Galaxy S8 announcement, I've been having a blast using the new Gear 360 to shoot … well, everything in sight. But unless you're like me and you want to see everything past the edge of the lens in every photo or video you shoot, you might want to steer clear. Hit that video up top and see what I mean.

And if you want to know more, check all of Android Central's coverage on the Samsung Gear 360!

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At just $21 you won't be afraid to try some tricks with this mini drone

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