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2 months ago

Fashionable Touchscreen Gloves: Text With Style and Warmth

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 Text With Style and Warmth

Keep in touch with your phone, even when it's cold outside.

If you hail from colder climes, then you likely can't text outside from October until March — at least, not without some protection. Touchscreen gloves are a great way to keep using your phone outside, and function oftentimes trumps fashion in that market. But we've found some stellar style options that'll stand out and make your hands feel like they won the lottery.

If you're more into function than form, then check out our roundup of the best touchscreen gloves.

Men's

Burberry check wool and leather

Burberry

These checkered wool gloves from Burberry are the perfect way to keep your hands warm, while remaining fashionable and still able to text. They're sort of like driving gloves, with their flared cuff and sheep leather palms. They're also lined with 100% cashmere, for the utmost in luxury.

They come in either charcoal or navy.

See at Burberry


Barney's New York Tech-Smart suede gloves

Barney's New York

These fine suede gloves from Barney's come in black, blue, and "open", which is a dark, rich brown (my favorite).

They have three top-stitched, raised seams on the back to add an accent and design to the 100% real leather suede. The insides are lined with soft and warm cashmere.

See at Barney's New York


Gizelle Renee Theodore Gentlemen's Wooly Glove

Gizelle Renee

If the leather or suede looks don't tickle your fancy, then check out these wool gloves by Gizelle Renee. They have a contrast leather trim, which stands out from the sandy colored wool and adds an accent of sophistication.

The bespoke velcro fastener adds a standout accent as well, and the wrist features elastic, so you can tighten it as much as you like and still feel like you can move your wrists around.

See at Gizelle Renee


Dents Shaftesbury Touch Classic cashmere-lined leather gloves

Dents Shaftesbury

If you're looking for the classic black leather glove, but you still want touchscreen capabilities, then the Shaftesbury gloves from Dents of UK are the way to go. They feature the raised stitching on the back, classic cuff, and are, of course, lined with cashmere.

See at Amazon


Mujjo Double Layer touchscreen gloves

Mujjo

Mujjo's Double Layer gloves are the perfect marriage of function and fashion, made from durable wool, with rubber grips on the palms, a magnetic snap closure, and leather trim around the cuff.

If you live in colder climes (CANADA), but you still need to use your phone outside, then check out Mujjo's gloves and keep your fingers warm and your form fashionable.

See at Amazon


Women's

Echo Touch Long Knit leather glove

Echo

Want to look like a fair maiden who might ride side saddle on a horse and then slap someone in the face for thinking they're a damsel in distress? These are the gloves for you!

The Echo Touch gloves are a gorgeous blend of wool and sheepskin leather, with a cozy design that extends up the forearms ensuring warmth and that no snow gets in there (isn't that the worst?). The lace on the back is a lovely, simple accent and the added bonus of a touchscreen fingertip means you can keep warm and snap those Instas all day long.

See at Echo New York


UGG Classic Leather Smart Glove

UGG

Love the feeling of UGGs on your feet? Wouldn't it be great if hands were feet? OF COURSE NOT; WHAT ARE YOU, INSANE? But wouldn't it be awesome if that comfort and warmth could somehow be molded to fit your hands in the form of, say, a glove?

Well it can and is! The Classic Leather Smart Glove from UGG has the classic black leather glove look with a black rabbit cuff that adds a bit of flair and some assurance that snow won't sneak its way and and freeze your grabbers.

Comes in black, brown, chestnut and "Stormy Grey". Make sure you select the right size before checking out!

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Rory Who

Marc Jacobs

If you love brand name, but want to have a bit of fun and stand out in the crowd, then the Rory Who gloves from the Spongebob tattoo-clad Marc Jacobs are a colorful way to stay warm and techy.

These gloves are red, yellow, blue, and white, with a fun striped pattern, made from 100% Merino wool with acrylic touchscreen-compatible fingertips.

See at Amazon


Glove.ly Metallic Leather touch screen gloves

Glove.ly

Glove.ly makes wonderful touchscreen gloves, and the metallic leather gloves are a shiny way to text in style. You have your choice of gold or silver, and you're not limited to one or two fingertips — you can use your whole hand on your touchscreen, thanks to what Glove.ly calls "Invisitouch" napa leather.

See at Glove.ly


Ralph Lauren Polo touch screen gloves

Ralph Lauren

If it's good enough for Rachel, then it's certainly good enough for all of us. These cashmere gloves from Ralph Lauren are beautifully knit and extended past the wrist for extra warmth.

If you don't think these are luxurious enough, just check out the colors they come in: Camel Melange, Belmont Purple Heather, Heritage Cream, and Montauk Purple.

They're all pretty and they're all touchscreen-compatible, so check it out.

See at Ralph Lauren


Your picks?

What's your favorite high-fashion touchscreen glove? Let us know in the comments below!

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2 months ago

This $15 accessory will transform the look of your Amazon Dot

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Accessorize your Echo Dot to fit the decor of every room in your house!

The Amazon Echo Dot allows you to access the power of Amazon's voice-controlled A.I. assistant Alexa from wherever you are in the room, with all that tech crammed into a package about the size of a hockey puck. And if you end up opting for the black color option, it'll really look like there's a hockey puck sitting on your end table. Or your kitchen counter. Or wherever you end up placing them around your house.

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2 months ago

Best Cases for the Blu Advance 5.0

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Get a quality case for your Blu Advance 5.0.

The Blu Advance 5.0 is a low-budget Android sporting a 5-inch display, dual-SIM card slots and a $60 price tag. You get what you pay for with these devices, making them ideal for kids, or as a cheap phone to take on your international travels.

Whether you're handing it off to someone young, or relying on it to keep in touch with friends and family back home, you'll probably want to buy a case to keep it protected. Here's some of the best case options from the Blu Advance 5.0, ranging from thin and light to tough and leather.

Miady PU Leather Wallet Case

If you use your Blu 5.0 Advance for your international travel needs, this wallet case ought to make things that much easier. With four slots for cards or IDs, a pocket for storing cash, and kickstand functionality for media watching, this is one functional case.

Featuring polyurethane leather for a stylish look, this is a great case for keeping your phone and cash all in one handy place.

See at Amazon

BNY-WIRELESS Transparent TPU Rubber Gel Thin Case

If you're a sucker for thin cases, this TPU case is your best bet for the Blu 5.0 Advance. It has precise cutouts for the charging port and headphone jack up top and the speaker on the back panel. And because it's TPU, it'll add some extra grip to the phone.

We'll clear up one thing here though — when they say "transparent," they mean to say "not quite fully opaque." The black case, for instance, is pretty much solid black.

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Tough Hybrid Armor Shock Resistant Case

The Tough Hybrid Armor case is for someone looking for a more rugged option, especially if you're handing the phone off to a younger person as their first phone. This case offers full protection for the back and sides of the phone, with a lip around the front display to help cut down on scratches and scuffs. There are precise cutouts for the charging port, headphone jack, and speaker.

You can get this case in your choice of color, with some options featuring a card slot on the back, or a kickstand.

See at Amazon

KuGi Ultra-Thin PU Leather Case

This folio case features a smart, leather look that wraps around to protect most of the front screen. There's a window that will let you spy in to see notifications or widgets, and there's precise cutouts for the front camera, along with the ones you'd expect for the charging port, headphone jack and speaker on the back.

This case also conveniently folds up to act as a kickstand for media viewing and is available in five colors.

See at Amazon

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2 months ago

Snag the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 for its lowest price yet!

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Right now you can pick up the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 for just $12.79, which happens to be the lowest price we've seen on it. It has a new telescopic arm which adds two additional inches to allow for closer viewing, and you can lock and release the phone with just a single finger. The sticky gel pad sticks well to most surfaces and is able to easily be removed and installed in a different vehicle.

Whether you spend a lot of time or just a little in the car, you should have a safe place to keep your phone. If interested, be sure to grab one of these now, as this deal is only good for today, December 28.

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2 months ago

It's a damn shame the Pixel doesn't have a Nexus-style 'carpet' case

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Nexus carpet case

I need that carpet in my life, Google.

With each hardware release, Google trots out a whole new set of accessories and cases. Some are bigger hits than others, but you can point to each Nexus release of the past few years and find a couple of truly uniquely designed cases or covers that actually approach being worth the super-high prices Google charges.

Last year, that was the Nexus 6P and 5X case affectionately referred to as the "carpet" case. It was a hard silicone case that offered plenty of protection for the phones, but on the back had something you don't see every day: soft carpet. The material that you wouldn't be surprised to find in a rug store had a neat geodescent pattern and "Nexus" lettering across the bottom.

The case stood out for sure, and gave you a feeling you couldn't find elsewhere. It was a bit of a polarizing design, but I love the design of that case. And when the Pixels launched, I was sad to see that the carpet case had died with the moving from the Nexus brand to Pixel.

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2 months ago

LG's latest audio product is a speaker you wear around your neck

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How about a speaker that you wear around your neck?

LG is all set to unveil two interesting audio products at CES. The first is the LG Tone Studio, which is a neckband with built-in speakers that blasts music up at your ears. The Tone Studio has four speakers — two at the top and two vibrating speakers at the bottom — that provide a "personal surround sound experience when watching a movie, playing a video game or simply streaming music."

LG says that it collaborated with DTS to bring a "realistic theater-like sound for a cinematic experience wherever you may be." The idea is intriguing, but it's hard to imagine anyone putting up with a neckband solely for streaming audio particularly when there are so many decent portable Bluetooth speakers around.

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2 months ago

Best Gamepad For Samsung Gear VR

Updated March 9, 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.

Samsung Gear VR

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2 months ago

Ring in 2017 with 25% off all the best Android accessories!

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Looking to spread a little more cheer while ringing in 2017? What better way is there to celebrate than with 25% off all the best accessories for your favorite Android device with coupon code END16?! Whether you are in need of a new charging cable, a new case to protect your phone, or even a Bluetooth speaker, we've got you covered.

There are tons of great accessories in stock for a variety of different phones right now. From the HTC 10 to the Google Pixel, Galaxy S7, and even the OnePlus 3T, you can find what you need at ShopAndroid. You can save now through January 1 with coupon code END16, so don't wait too long to pick up what you need.

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2 months ago

How to spend that Amazon Gift Card you received this Holiday Season

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Amazon Gift Cards make post-Christmas shopping a breeze.

There's a few different ways to send and receive Amazon Gift Cards — by e-mail, printed out as a card, or a gift card purchased from a store.

Regardless which method you received your Amazon Gift Card this season, we'll show you how to load it up to your Amazon account — while also pointing you towards some of our picks for the coolest tech and hottest deals you'll find on Amazon.

How to load an Amazon Gift Card onto your account

The main thing you'll need to redeem your Amazon Gift Card is the 15-digit claim code found on the back of the physical card, or in the email you received. You can add the balance of the gift card to your Amazon account, or spend it immediately by entering into the it during checkout. You'll see the entry field when you get to the payment methods of the checkout process

If you've received your Amazon Gift Card via email, it's super easy to add your gift to your account right from your phone. Simply open your email, tap the link, enter your Amazon credentials, then add the gift card to your account balance. You'll also find your claim code in the email if you'd rather enter it during checkout for a bigger purchase.

Go to Amazon's page for redeeming gift cards

How to spend your Amazon Gift Card

You can find a bunch of great gift recommendations available from Amazon in the Android Central Holiday Gift Guide. Here's some of the best from our list, along with some other cool deals you might not want to miss out on!

Honor 8

The Honor 8 is one of the best phones released in 2016, and a great option if you're looking for a new phone for the New Year. The Honor 8 gives you almost everything you expect in a flagship phone, but does it at a dramatically lower price. You get all of the top-end specs, great features and excellent camera performance. It's a great buy, for you or someone else.

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Nextbit Robin

If you're looking for something even more affordable and unique, the Nextbit Robin is worth considering. Its cloud-based storage offers 100GB of space, including 32GB onboard, for your apps and data. With a 5.2-inch screen and a very good 13MP camera, it's a capable device — and it's also currently on sale via Amazon for under $150.

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UE Boom 2

The UE Boom 2 is a tough and compact Bluetooth speaker that's even waterproof. It features excellent battery life and delivers incredible sound for its size. You can also pair two of them together to fill an entire room with music.

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Roku Premiere+ Streaming Media Player 4K

The Roku Premiere+ is a capable streaming box available for under $100. You'll find apps for all your favorite streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Video, Pandora, and many more. The Roku Premiere+ is compatible with 4K televisions and includes a lot of really awesome features, such as an included Wi-Fi remote control with a headphone jack, so you can watch your favorite shows without disturbing anyone else in the room.

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Amazon Echo Dot

Make your home smarter with the power of Alexa. The Amazon Echo Dot comes in a small package, but comes with the power of Amazon's Alexa. The Dot is so cheap you might as well buy one for your kitchen, one for the living room, and one for the bedroom — all for the cost of the full-size Amazon Echo. Once you get yours set up, there's a lot you can do with the Amazon Echo.

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2 months ago

Best Galaxy S7 Cases

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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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2 months ago

How to spend the Google Play gift card you received this holiday season

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Looking for the best way to spend your new Google Play gift card? Here are some great ways!

Google Play gift cards are awesome gifts, and if you got some for presents this holiday you should be very thankful. Having them is only half the battle though, spending them in the best way is the other half. There are lots of things you can use those great gift cards on, and getting creative helps out.

Some like to play games, other prefer to watch movies or listen to music, and luckily your gift card can assist with all of it. Here are some of the best ways to spend those new gift cards in the Play Store on things you won't regret.

Apps

There are tons of awesome apps available in Google Play. So many that sometimes it can get overwhelming trying to find the best ones for what you need. There are generally a bunch of options that do the same or similar things, but sometimes some of them do it a bit better. Whether you know what you need or are looking for something completely new, here are some of the best out there.

Games

Not everyone likes to game on their phones, but it can actually be a great way to pass some spare time. Whether you are looking for something you can pick up and put down as you want, or something you can get lost in for hours on end, there are tons of options that you will like.

Media

Google Play has more than just apps and games. There are tons of movies, TV shows, and albums available to explore as well. From full series to individual episodes, new movies to old ones, you'll likely be able to find your favorites with ease. Google Play allows you to not only own the titles but also rent a bunch of them. This is great for those random family movie nights, or those times when you aren't sure you want to own it but still want to watch it.

There is a lot to look through, and it is always being updated with new content. Google often times offers various sales, so be sure to check frequently to score some sweet deals.

Subscriptions

Did you know you could use your gift cards to pay for a Google Play Music or YouTube Red subscription? How cool is that?! This is a perfect way to try things out for a month or more, depending on your balance, without having to spend any of your own cash.

Your favorite?

Do you have a suggestion that isn't listed here? If so, be sure to share it in the comments so others can check it out as well!

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2 months ago

Best Drones Under $300

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Best drones for under $300

You don't need to break the bank to buy a fun, reliable drone.

If you're looking to buy your first drone, whether for racing or just for the fun of it, searching for the top-rated drones might result in sticker shock. Sure, the DJI Inspire 1 looks AMAZING, but at nearly $3,000, it's not worth the investment if you're a novice hobbyist.

If you're a beginner, you'll want a drone that's easy enough to fly to get a handle on everything but also tough enough to survive a crash caused by human error or technical malfunction. Fortunately, there are a number of great drone options out there for under $300. They often include cameras (of lesser-quality, of course) and first-person view (FPV) flying options, as well as bumpers to protect the blades and hardware while you're still learning the basics. Then, once you're confident in your skills as a drone pilot, you can decide whether to upgrade to a more expensive, professional drone.

Two of these drones fall below the FAA requirements for registration, which only costs $5 per aircraft and will save you from dealing with fines (or worse) if the authorities catch you flying an unregistered drone.

Last updated December 22, 2016: Added the Aukey Black Sparrow to the list!

Aukey Black Sparrow

The Aukey Black Sparrow offers a great value for anyone looking to take control of a full-sized drone for under $100. Some assembly is required out of the box, as you'll need to install the landing gear and blade guards with the included screwdriver. You'll also need to charge the built-in battery for a few hours before it's ready to fly.

Once it is, you'll get an average of 10 minutes of flight time. The included 2.4 Ghz controller all plastic, but capable with switches for calibrating the drone and switching to headless mode for easier controls. It allows for over 1000 ft of range, and the bright LEDs on the bottom also make night flying an option. You definitely need to take this drone out to a wide open field and fly it far away from buildings, people and powerlines. That's sound advice for flying any drone, but especially for the Black Sparrow — due to its combined power and lightweight, you don't want to lose control of it and cause damage or injury. The on-board 6-axis gyro helps to keep the drone stable in flight — a must-have feature for novice flyers — but can be difficult to control in windy conditions.

While the Black Sparrow doesn't come with a camera, you'll notice a video port and threads for mounting a camera attachment in the bottom. A camera accessory is not currently available, but is featured in the user manual as an optional upgrade.

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Specs:

  • Dimensions: 21.3" x 21.3" x 6"
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs
  • Camera: No
  • Average flight time: 10 minutes
  • FAA registration required?: Yes

Microdrone 3.0

Microdrone 3.0

The MicroDrone 3.0 raised over $3 million on IndieGoGo and, like the name suggests, is the smallest drone on this list, but don't let its small size fool you. This is a fully-capable drone with a ton of features jam-packed into a small, minimalist package.

Included in the full set combo, now available from Amazon, you get the drone, a 2.4 GHz handset, propeller guards, four replacement blades, four blades for inverted flying, the Wi-Fi Camera module, a smartphone holder that attaches to the handset, as well as a VR headset that holds most smartphones for FPV flying. Basically, it's everything you need to get started.

It's a capable flyer with three control modes (slow, fast, and insane), as well as a toggle switch for stunt mode, which lets you perform impressive flips and rolls. The camera literally snaps on in a second thanks to proprietary magnets that also deliver power to the camera. Connect your phone to the camera's Wi-Fi and control and record video through the Microdrone app.

Note that the folks behind the Microdrone are still working to fulfill their crowdfunding backers first, so you'll probably end up having to wait some time before it arrives.

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Specs:

  • Dimensions: 5.7" x 5.7" x 1.9"
  • Weight: .12 lbs (56 g) without camera, .16 lbs (71 g) with camera
  • Camera: Yes — removable, shoots 720 x 1080 HD at 30 FPS
  • Average flight time: 10 minutes (without camera)
  • FAA registration required?: No

Syma X8G

Syma X8G

This is another great option for beginners. It flies well right out of the box with a gradual learning curve and a build that's reportedly strong enough to survive multiple crashes into trees. It's also the biggest drone on the list and comes with the best camera with the ability to swap in a GoPro.

You'll get up to eight minutes of flight time on a full battery charge, but you'll want to invest in multiple batteries because it takes up to 3 hours to charge the 2000mAh battery, which is by far the biggest drawback for this drone. Otherwise, given the build, size, and price, this is a fantastic option for a novice drone pilot or someone looking to get sweet aerial shots on the cheap.

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Specs:

  • Dimensions: 19.7" x 19.7" x 7.5"
  • Weight: 3.4 lbs
  • Camera: Yes — removable, 8 MP, 120p and 1080p video quality. Also compatible with GoPro cameras
  • Average flight time: 5-8 minutes
  • FAA registration required?: Yes

Walkera Runner 250

Walkera Runner 250

If you're interested in the emerging world of drone racing, this would be the drone to start with — but it's not recommended for beginners. Made from lightweight carbon fiber, it's built to take a licking and keep on ticking. It doesn't look as pretty as the other drones on this list, but again, this one is built for speed over style and sure delivers on that front.

The Runner 250 is capable of going extremely fast — up to 24 miles per hour — while still offering good control with up to 1000 meters of range. Flying at those speeds, you'll want to make sure the battery is well secured, as it's been reported to come loose and cut power to the camera after major crashes. Everything comes assembled in the box, along with a tool set for making repairs as needed. Happy racing!

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Specs:

  • Dimensions: 18.5" x 11.3" x 5.2"
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs
  • Camera: Yes (800TVL built-in)
  • Average flight time: 12-15 minutes
  • FAA registration required?: Yes

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition

Parrot is a trusted name in drones, and the AR 2.0 is a fantastic entry point for someone interested in the hobby.

Unlike other drones on this list, this one is controlled strictly via a Wi-Fi connection with your smartphone; no handset is included. Simply download the Parrot control app to your phone and you're able to control and record video in 720p. There's also an optional Director Mode available for purchase within the app that allows you to set up cinematic shots if you fancy yourself an amateur filmmaker. There's even a USB plug in the base of the drone so you can record video straight to a removable drive.

The built-in sensors and navigation system allow the AR 2.0 to maintain stability, even in winds gusting up to 15 miles per hour, so you shouldn't lose control of your drone on a windy day. Even if you do, simply attach the foam blade protectors to help take the brunt of any crashes. Oh, and the Elite Edition means it comes styled in your choice of camo: jungle, desert, or snow.

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Specs:

  • Dimensions: 23" x 23" x 5"
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • Camera: Yes — 720p HD video
  • Average flight time: 11 minutes
  • FAA registration required?: Yes

LaTrax Alias Quadcopter

LaTrax Alias Quadcopter

This one is a fine option for beginners and experts alike. Built with a solid, molded composite frame, this thing is both rugged and extremely lightweight.

Including a 2.4 GHz handset for controls, this thing is built for speed and stunting. There's no camera or options, so if that's an important feature for you, you'll have to look elsewhere. It does come with multiple flying modes, from easy mode that keeps the speed in check, to a full manual mode that puts you in full control of stabilization and everything.

While the LaTrax Alias lacks features found in other options on this list, the build design and price make this a great option for someone looking for something fast, cheap, and fun to fly.

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Specs:

  • Dimensions: 12" x 12" x 1.6"
  • Weight: .22 lbs (100g)
  • Camera: No
  • Average flight time: 10 minutes
  • FAA registration required?: No

What did we miss?

Are you a drone enthusiast? Got any experience with the drones we've listed here? Got a suggestion for one that we missed? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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2 months ago

Best Kid-proof Cases for Amazon Fire Tablets

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What's the best Amazon Fire case for kids? The one that keeps it in one piece!

Tablets are basically half glass, and the Amazon Fire is our top pick for kids. Did you get an Amazon Fire tablet for the holidays? Here are our top picks for cases that'll keep your little ones from destroying it before New Year's.

Fintie Casebot Honey Comb Series

Fintie Casebot Honey Comb

Bouncy, durable, flexible silicone is totally the way to go if you have kids who can't wait to get their sticky mitts all over your Amazon Fire.

The honeycomb design helps to disperse the force of impact, so that your Fire stays in one piece when dropped from a short height. It wraps around the front of your tablet to protect the bezel and create a bumper between your screen and whatever your kid happens to lay it down on.

Comes in 10 colors and only fits the 2015 7-inch Fire.

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Topsky heavy duty case

Topsky

These Topsky cases are made of polycarbonate and flexible silicone, so that they're easy for your child to hold and durable enough to withstand playtime, even if playtime means playing with your Fire tablet instead of on it.

The kickstand is perfect to help you set up your tablet for the little ones when they want to watch cartoons or play games.

Comes in seven colors and fits the 7-inch Fire tablet (2015).

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Avawo convertible handle stand

Avawo

Tablets can be awkward for the kidlets to hold onto without dropping, so having a case with a handle made for little hands is perfect.

The handle folds into a convenient stand, and the case is thick and made with heavy duty EVA foam, which protects your Fire tablet from drops and the odd toss.

Comes in purple, green, red, or black and fits the 2015 (5th generation) Fire tablet only.

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Tinkle One EVA case

Tinkle One

EVA foam is where it's at for shock-proof cases that help kid-proof your Amazon Fire tablet. It's wipeable with a damp cloth and durable enough to survive short drops.

That being said, drops shouldn't be common, since the case is designed with little hands in mind, and it comes in six fun colors (well, five and black) to appease even the most discerning of toddlers.

Fits the 7-inch Amazon Fire tablet (2015).

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EpicGadget hybrid case

EpicGadget

EpicGadget's hybrid case is shock-proof and provides great drop protection, thanks to its flexible silicone and hard polycarbonate makeup.

The vertical kickstand lets you stand your Amazon Fire tablet upright or horizontally, so your young'uns can watch cartoons or play games hands-free.

The color combinations are fun and bright, and you can count on the silicone to be grippy and easy to clean.

Fits the 7-inch Amazon Fire tablet.

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Amazon FreeTime

Amazon FreeTime

Amazon's own FreeTime case is totally designed with kids in mind, with a shape meant for little hands, reinforced corners for extra drop protection, fun colors, and made from a material that's kid-safe and easy to clean.

All the buttons and ports are easily accessible for adults and children alike, and raised bumps on the inside help to further disperse impact.

Fits the 7-inch Amazon Fire tablet (2015).

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What's on your Fire?

Do you have an awesome go-to case to make sure your kids don't destroy your Amazon Fire tablet? Let us know in the comments below!

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2 months ago

SnapPower Guidelight and a USB charger is a smart way to fix a dumb outlet

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Never fear the dark again — or have a dead phone — with this ingenious way to make the most out of your home's power outlets.

Seriously, the SnapPower Guidelight is one of those simply little things you'll wonder how you lived without. I got in on the Kickstarter campaign, so I've had them for a little while and saved a little money in the process. (They're great, but they're not necessarily cheap.) I've got them spread out through my house in the hallways and in dark rooms someone might stumble into late at night.

If you've never seen these before, they're replacement faceplates for your power outlet that leach the electricity off the terminals. That means you don't have to do any rewiring, which is great! You literally just unscrew the old one, snap on the new one (I see what they did there!!!) and screw it back in. There's even a USB charging option, if you want. (It'll trickle charger, which is definitely better than nothing.)

Check 'em out!!!

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3 months ago

The Pixel C is almost a laptop with this USB-C dongle

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The Pixel C is almost a laptop with this USB-C dongle

Sometimes the addition of a single accessory can change your perspective on a device.

Even a year on, Google's own Pixel C remains on sale and for many is just enough of a productivity machine that it can sometimes replace a large and cumbersome laptop. I've actually taken quite a liking to the Pixel C after completely writing it off for the first six months of its life, but its shortage of ports limits its viability for the kinds of things I so often do on a laptop. USB-C itself isn't the issue, actually — it's the fact that the Pixel C offers just a single port. As anyone with a new Apple MacBook will tell you, having a single port isn't all that great.

As I awaited the delivery of my own new MacBook Pro, which of course only has USB-C ports, I actually took to using a couple of my new USB-C dongles with my Pixel C. In what shouldn't have been a surprise, the dongles "just worked" exactly as intended. And with the addition of one of these multi-function adapters, the Pixel C has become more of a laptop for me than ever before.

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