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3 months ago

Hands-on with the LG G3 QuickCircle case

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QuickCircle

LG improves upon last years QuickWindow case with a circle and better functionality

Much like its predecessor, the G2, LG's new top-of-the-line G3 comes with a special, windowed case. This time out they're calling it the QuickCircle and functionality is certainly improved in this years model. As the name implies, the window this time around has become a circle, and it's a circle that has its uses.

As before you get a variety of different clock faces to display when you close the case, some analog, some digital, and there's still the option to have the current weather conditions, too. You can still activate the window by double-tapping on the display and a swipe across in this years model opens up a whole host of things to do.

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3 months ago

Galaxy S5 wireless charging: Everything you need to know

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Samsung Galaxy S5 wireless charging

Looking for the best wireless charging options for your Galaxy S5? We can help.

When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S5, wireless charging is where it's at. There are a few reasons for that. The first is convenience. Because of its IP67 rating for water resistance, the Galaxy S5 has a flap covering the microUSB port. You have to remove that flap any time you want to charge your phone. The second reason also is for convenience. It's simply easier to plop your Galaxy S5 down on a Qi-compatible charging pad.

There is a trade-off, of course. One is that your phone won't charge quite as quickly. The other is that the Qi-enabled wireless backs for the Galaxy S5 make the phone a little thicker.

We're tracking the best solutions for Galaxy S5 wireless charging.

So what's the best way to get wireless charging on your Galaxy S5? We're breaking it down piece by piece:

And there's plenty more on the way.

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3 months ago

Xec by RevJams review

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Call me old fashioned, but the words “audio” and “Bluetooth” together tend to scare me. I’m a child of a time where Bluetooth audio was a fantastic concept that failed to produce passable results. I’ve had one too many bad experiences with loss of fidelity, cut out audio, and interference – not the most pleasant experiences when you’re trying to listen to music.

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4 months ago

Fugoo Style review

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Fugoo Style

Formerly known for their tinny sound, unreliable connections and bulky designs, Bluetooth speakers have come a very long way in the past two years – now, and for a fairly reasonable price, you can walk away with full, rich sound that can easily fit in a small bag and connect to your phone and tablet with little to zero interference. The future of mobile audio is here.

One such product is the Fugoo Style (Amazon), a compact and beautifully designed speaker that produces some seriously impressive audio. It fits six proprietary acoustic drivers, dubbed the Core-X, into a slim body that’s just 7.4 inches long and weighs 1.1 pounds. And what’s remarkable about the Style is that it’s not just beautiful, but durable as well – it’s IP67 rated to be dust proof and waterproof for up to one meter for 30 minutes.  Not only will it survive being jostled around in your bag, but it’ll also survive wind, sand, moisture, and more.

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4 months ago

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging S-View Flip Cover

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging S-View Flip Cover

We've already taken a good look at the S-View Flip Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5 — now it's time to peek at the wireless model.

If you're new to this sort of Galaxy S5 case, here's the deal: You remove the existing back to your Galaxy S5 and snap on this whole thing instead. It's also got a front cover that you flip open (thus the name) when you want to use your phone. There's a clear window that measures in at 4.5 square inches, and through you it you see certain notifications. You also can touch the screen through it to unlock the phone, accept or reject calls (which is really useful since you can still talk with the cover closed), and launch the camera. (And the camera, as you'll recall, shoots in a 1:1 aspect ratio when you're using it with the cover closed.)

The stitching is still on the case, as is the faux leather treatment. You still have the indicator for the volume up and down buttons, and the case adds a little bit of thickness to the phone, and just a smidge more than the non-charging S-View Flip Cover. And the window, for as nice as it is, still gunks up at the mere mention of fingerprints and dust.

The big difference here, of course, is wireless charging.

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4 months ago

Save 20% through May 28 for Memorial Day Weekend at ShopAndroid.com!

Memorial Day Weekend sale

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us here in the U.S., and it's time to remember and celebrate.

It's also the unofficial start of summer. And to celebrate after a long, long winter, we're kicking things in high-gear for a few days. You'll want to stock up on some toys for all your Android devices — and save 20% on ALL cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com during our Memorial Day Sale (now through May 28). To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter in coupon code MEM14 during the checkout process. FREE shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic U.S./Canada), and you have lots of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!

We have tons of accessories in stock for the Samsung Galaxy S5, Moto X, HTC One (M8), Galaxy Note 3 and more! Be sure to take advantage of the savings while they last!

And for those of you taking a spare device along for the ride, don't forget the **MEM14** coupon also works at the iMore StoreShopCrackBerry.com and our Windows Phone Central Store. Your shopping cart will follow you through all four stores, so you can buy from all four stores and checkout once. 

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4 months ago

Nest CEO reassures us that their thermostats won't show ads

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Following the big hubbub about Nest connected thermostats potentially showing in-home ads after an SEC filing from Google, Nest CEO Tony Fadell has stepped forward to assuage any worries. Here's what he said in a recent chat with Re/code.

"Nest is being run independently from the rest of Google, with a separate management team, brand and culture. … For example, Nest has a paid-for business model, while Google has generally had an ads-supported business model. We have nothing against ads — after all Nest does lots of advertising. We just don't think ads are right for the Nest user experience."

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4 months ago

LG shows off their new Quick Circle case for the G3

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Although the LG G3 hasn't quite fully been unveiled as of yet, LG hasn't really made it a secret that it's coming next week. They've already dropped one official video teasing the upcoming announcement and now they've dropped another. This time around though it's more in the accessory department as it offers up a look at what LG has called the Quick Circle Case.

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4 months ago

The Samsung Galaxy S5 official extra battery kit

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Galaxy S5 extra battery kit

Samsung's extra battery kit gives you a second battery for your GS5, a protective case and an external charger

If you've got a phone with a removable battery, like the Samsung Galaxy S5, you might as well put it to good use. Sure, you can use an external USB battery pack with just about any mobile device, but that doesn't beat the instant refill you get by swapping out a dead battery for a fully-charged replacement.

And that's exactly what Samsung's official extra battery kit for the Galaxy S5 lets you do, while also providing an easy way to charge your spare battery outside of your phone.

Buy: Samsung Galaxy S5 extra battery kit on ShopAndroid.com ($47.95)

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4 months ago

Luxi for All: This Kickstarter project wants to bring a real light meter to mobile

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Professional photographers who use a light meter can now use their phones instead to get proper exposure information thanks to the Luxi Kickstarter campaign. Luxi, which was previously available for iPhone, is now expanding the campaign to support Android and iPad tablets. The Luxi for All attachment is a small accessory that clips onto your device and measures the light level that will be available so that you can program in the correct exposure settings for your photographs, resulting in photos that are properly exposed so that the images aren't too bright (overexposed) or too dark (underexposed).

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4 months ago

Incipio NGP Impact Resistant case for Galaxy S5

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Incipio NGP case for Galaxy S5

We recently took a look at the Incipio Feather Ultra Thin case for the Galaxy S5 and found it to be a fine minimalist choice, but for those who need a bit more protection there's the NGP Impact Resistant case. The styling of these two cases is nearly identical, but for extra protection this NGP model is extra thick and provides a bit more cushion.

It's easy to notice the extra material surrounding the phone on the top and bottom, which are more comprehensively covered to protect from unexpected tumbles. You can also see extra coverage around the power and volume buttons, which are completely covered due to the extra thickness on the sides. Thankfully none of the extra rubber and plastic changes the usability of your phone — it just gives you a little more to hold onto.

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4 months ago

LG's Lifeband Touch and heart rate monitor now at Best Buy

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Last week we told you that LG's new wearables were to be available starting May 18, and now the LG Lifeband touch and LG's own heart rate monitor are now available online at Best Buy.

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4 months ago

Amzer Snap On Case with Kickstand for the Galaxy Note 3

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Amzer Snap On Case with Kickstand for the Galaxy Note 3

Every time someone says the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is too big, another person just smiles and opens a video file and watches it on the big, vibrant screen. The only thing missing is a kickstand. A phone like this needs a kickstand. Amzer's Snap On Case with Kickstand for the Galaxy Note 3 is the affordable answer. Add in the protection that a hard snap-on case provides, and a nicely done textured look that gives plenty of grip, and you've got a great accessory.

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4 months ago

The Samsung Galaxy S5 official wireless charging cover

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Samsung Galaxy S5 wireless charging

The Samsung Galaxy S5 wireless charging cover adds a little bulk — but it also helps you keep your GS5 topped up throughout the day

The daily chore of charging our phones is one we're all familiar with. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S5, this process is a little more fiddly than most, due to the plastic flap protecting the phone's ports from water damage. Fortunately Samsung's preparing to launch a wireless charging back for the GS5 — officially dubbed the "S Charger Cover" — which allows you to place the phone on a Qi-compatible wireless charging mat and charge it without messing around with USB cables. And we've today managed to get hold of one to give it the full hands-on treatment.

Head on past the break to learn more.

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4 months ago

The Nexus 5 Snap Case

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Nexus 5 Snap Case

It's plastic, and it protects your Nexus 5

A day after it first went on sale on Google Play, we now have the official Nexus 5 Snap Case in our hot little hands. It's a $29.99 plastic shell that fits onto the back of your Nexus 5, and it's available in five colors — black (which has that nice matte, nearly soft-touch finish), aqua, gray, white and clear.

The phone sort of clicks into the case, and at that point it's not going anywhere. (It actually takes a little bit of prying to get it back out again.) The entire back of the phone is protected, as are the sides. The top and bottom are left exposed, as is the camera house and, of course, the display. The case keeps the display from touching the desk when it's left face-down, though, so you get a little extra protection that way. The power button and volume rocker are left exposed by cutouts in the case. It's thin enough so that Qi wireless charging still works.

Google's got its logo on the back, so bye-bye LG. We're fine with that. Can't say the same for the phone's manufacturer.

All in all, not a bad little accessory, though it's maybe a wee bit expensive. The matte finish also tends to pick up fingerprints, so keep that in mind when you're picking a color.

Want more pics? We've got 'em.

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