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2 months ago

Pick up a Vena case for your Galaxy S7, S7 edge or LG G5 for as little as $2 at Amazon with coupon

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Update: The codes are now all gone! Be sure to keep an eye out for the next set of codes to arrive!

If you are looking for a new case for your Galaxy S7, S7 edge or LG G5, you won't want to miss this deal from SFPlanet on Amazon. Whether you are looking for something slim and clear or protective and colorful, there are tons of choices available here. You don't need to break the bank to keep your new phone safe from scratches and dings.

When making your selection, be sure to pick SFPlanet as the seller, and not SFPlanet fulfilled through Amazon. If you select the fulfillment through Amazon, the coupons may not work, and you won't get the free shipping.

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If you are interested in any of these cases, you will want to act quickly. We don't know how long this deal will last, but if previous sales are any indication, it won't be long. Remember, select SFPlanet as the seller so you can use the coupons, and not SFPlanet with fulfillment through Amazon.

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2 months ago

Best drones for 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.

DBPOWER Hawkeye III

DBPOWER Hawkeye III

The Hawkeye II features all the bells and whistles you'd want from your first drone, in a slick package. It has a headless control feature, which just means that it's easy to maintain control, regardless of where the "front" is facing.

Once you've got the basics down, this is just a downright fun drone to fly. It's got stunt buttons built in to the controller, so you're able to pull off awesome flips at the press of a button. Its bigger size means it handles well, even on windy days. You also have the option to use FPV through a smartphone app using a VR headset (not included), but, given the camera quality, you're probably not going to feel comfortable flying it in first-person. Also, keep in mind that using the camera will cut into the overall flight time, since it drains the battery.

One thing to consider about this drone is the color. It sure looks sharp in all-white, but if you're flying it high in the sky on a cloudy day, you might find yourself losing visual contact with it.

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Specs:

  • Dimensions: 13.2" x 13.2" x 7.3"
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs
  • Camera: Yes (1MP, 720p)
  • Average flight time: 10 minutes (without camera)
  • 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, available on the Microdrone website, 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.

See at Microdrone.co.uk

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?:

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 clear cases for the LG G5

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The LG G5 is a beautiful phone that comes in four pretty colors. Why would you want to hide it in a big, bulky case when you can get decent protection in a clear case that lets you actually see your device? We've put together this list of the best clear cases for the LG G5.

Pleson LG G5 clear case

Pleson's clear case provides decent protection for your investment without sacrificing aesthetics.

The case itself has a clear, flexible back panel surrounded by a TPU bumper that wraps around the phone's edges for protection against drops. The bumper also forms a 1mm lip, so if you place your phone screen-down, it's protected from scratches.

The back panel also helps to repel water and grease which helps to prevent smudges and fingerprints from dirtying things up.

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Spigen Ultra Hybrid Air Cushion clear LG G5 case

Spigen's offering is called a hybrid, because it blends two types of plastic to give you a slim and transparent case that still provides protection from drops and scratches.

The case is composed of a clear polycarbonate backing and a TPU bumper that wraps around the edges of your device. Every part of the case is transparent so the beauty of your LG G5 shines through.

Another awesome feature of this case is how tactile and grippy it is — not only does it feel nice to hold, it helps prevents the phone from sliding out of your hands.

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Ringke Fusion LG G5 crystal clear case

Ringke's Fusion case offers one unique feature — it's customizable. It comes with a kit to help you put a photo or image between your phone and the clear case..

Made from flexible TPU that's coated to ensure maximum clarity, the case will blend in with the phone while offering protection from damage due to drops and scratches.

The bumper is further enhanced, with Active Touch Technology for easy access to all buttons and ports on the phone.

Additionally, flexible edges on all corners protect the phone's casing from scratches, and dust caps help to keep dust and pocket lint out of the charging port and audio jack.

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EasyAcc LG G5 clear case

EasyAcc's clear case for the LG G5 protects your phone with two layers: the bumper that absorbs hits to help prevent damage when you drop your phone and a firm shell that protects from scrapes and scratches.

Reinforced with a special coating that remains soft yet durable and scratch resistant, this case, like all other clear cases, is designed to show off your LG G5.

Another important feature of this case is the grippy TPU material that lets you hold the phone in one hand without worrying about slippage.

Finally, the case comes with a lifetime warranty against scratches and other damage to the case, so if anything happens, it should be easy to get a replacement.

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Orlegol LG G5 case

The Orlegol transparent LG G5 case is made from soft TPU that is flexible yet strong.

Thin and lightweight, this case completely surrounds your phone and offers protection from all angles. Furthermore, it feels nice in the hands, and prevents the phone from slipping when you hold it.

The case also does not interfere with any of the phone's functionality. It is precisely cut to fit the LG G5, such that the buttons and ports remain easily accessible.

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Do you have a favorite clear case?

If you have a clear case that you adore that we didn't include, let us know in the comments!

Still haven't found the right case? Check out our breakdown of the best cases available for the LG G5.

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2 months ago

Amazon Echo vs. Dot vs. Tap: Which should you buy?

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 Which should you buy?

Control your music and way more with Amazon's line of Echo smart speakers.

The world of the connected home is still very much a disconnected mess. As Apple and Google each compete with their own standards — and other companies doing the same with their own — Amazon has quietly snuck in the side door with its smart, attractive and intelligent speaker. Or, rather, speakers. After more than a year with just the Amazon Echo to lead the way,

Amazon's line of smart speakers embodies that future. The Echo, Tap, and Dot are very similar smart speakers, in that they perform nearly all the same functions, with some minor differences.

If you're in the market for a smart speaker, but can't decide between these three, we'll outline the key differences and let you know which one is best for you.

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

The first of its kind, Amazon Echo is a 9-inch speaker that at first glance resembles a tube of Pringles. However, this unit is far more than just a speaker that can play all your favorite tunes from Pandora, Spotify, Prime Music, and more. (Tell it to "Play the [Android Central Podcast," too!) It can easily become the smart controller for your entire home, connecting to smart lights (like Philips Hue), Nest thermostats, Samsung SmartThings, and much more.

It's basically a smartphone search appliance without the screen. It can answer questions, read audiobooks, check traffic and weather updates, and essentially act as your voice-activated butler (aside from actually bringing you a snack, though you can use it to order pizza from Domino's…).

In a somewhat creepy display of semi-AI, the Echo is always connected to Amazon's Alexa network, which is in the cloud and always getting smarter. The more you use it, the more it learns your preferences, speech patterns, and vocabulary, to better deliver on what you're asking for. It's always learning.

Check out our review for more!

Is it for me?

You'll want the Echo if you want the total package. If you want a whole-home control center coupled with a decent speaker, then the Echo is your best choice. It's an especially prudent choice if you already have your home rigged with smart devices. This one is designed to truly integrate with your home and therefore become a relatively permanent fixture.

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Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

The Dot is essentially the Echo's "Mini-Me." It has a smaller, quieter speaker and, in size, is more akin to a hockey puck. It does everything the Echo does, but also has a 3.5mm output jack and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to connect it to your current sound system. Truly, it's as though someone just decapitated the Echo and then scrunched up the full-size speaker and jammed it up into the neck, and boom, the Dot.

Connect to and control all of your smart home devices, as well as your existing audio set-up, making the Dot perhaps the most desirable of the Echo family, especially since it's $100 less than the Echo.

Check out our review for more!

Is it for me?

It is if you have an existing audio setup and several smart devices around your home that you'd like to control with just your voice. Don't go looking for real sound quality from the Dot, though it will do in a pinch if nothing else is available. Like the Echo, the Dot is constantly learning and adapting to your voice and your preferences.

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Amazon Echo Tap

Amazon Echo Tap

The Tap is the next in line and brings most of the same features that the Echo has, with the added benefit of portability. With up to nine hours of playback, the Tap is rechargeable and comes with a handy wireless charging cradle.

Since it is battery-powered, the Tap isn't always listening, so — as the name would suggest — you have to tap it to activate Alexa, which only works over Wi-Fi.

The biggest difference between the Tap and the other two Echo models is its lack of ability to connect to your home smart devices. It won't be your futuristic controller, but it can still act as you futuristic assistant, adding items to your calendar and helping with searches. It connects to your phone and other smart devices, like tablets, via Bluetooth, but just for playback.

The Tap is the only somewhat customizable Echo option, with the Tap Sling cover available in six colors.

Is it for me?

It is if you want a portable speaker that also lets you stream music from many of your favorite services. The Tap can still do all of the assistant-related things that the Echo and Dot do; it just can't act as a controller for all of your smart home stuff. If you don't have any anyway and just want a Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a personal assistant (by using the Alexa app), then the Tap is your best choice.

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How do you choose?

If you want the total package — decent speaker, whole-home control, and a personal assistant, all controlled by your voice — then go with the Echo.

If you want the exact same thing, but smaller, since you already have a sweet home-audio setup, then go with the Dot. It's definitely the best value.

If you want a portable Bluetooth speaker that can also act as a personal assistant, but don't really care about the smart home stuff, then the Tap is your bag, baby.

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2 months ago

Best armband cases for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Best armband cases for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Take your phone with you wherever and however you work out.

If you're a fitness freak who loves to have their music with them as they work out, or simply looking to take up jogging as the summer warms up, an armband case is a smart way to keep your phone comfortably secure as you move.

There's a number of options out there that purport to support a number of different phone styles. We'll touch on some of the best of that bunch, but first we'll focus on the ones specifically designed for use with the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge.

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2 months ago

Best water-resistant Bluetooth speakers

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Best Water-Resistant Bluetooth Speakers

Choose a great water-resistant Bluetooth speaker and singing in the shower will sound better than ever!

Bluetooth speakers are one of the most convenient ways to listen to music from pretty much any device. If you get yourself a water-resistant one, you don't have to worry about it getting wet. Enjoy a poolside singalong by getting yourself a quality, water-resistant Bluetooth speaker. We've rounded up some of our favorites!

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2 months ago

Best wallet cases for the Galaxy S7

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Best wallet cases for the Galaxy S7

Protection, style, and sensibility. Galaxy S7 wallet cases have it all!

Wallet cases offer a blend of protection and functionality. They feature full coverage of your phone's screen and have room to store basic wallet items — like credit cards and cash — so that you have the option to ditch your wallet completely!

We've rounded up some of the best wallet cases for the Galaxy S7 that you can find. Take a look at the cream of the crop and pick one that suits your fancy!

rooCase Prestige Wallet Case

They call this case the Prestige, and with good reason — three card slots, a cash pocket, and a magnetic clasp that attaches to the front to keep it all together.

This case's two-piece design makes it stand out from the others on this list. The phone sits in a polycarbonate shell that attaches to the synthetic leather case via magnets. Taking photos with a wallet case can sometimes be difficult because the flip cover can get in the way of the rear camera, but not with the Prestige. Just pull it out of that stylish leather casing, take all the beautiful photos you want, and just plop it back in the case when you are done. It also features a kickstand ability for watching videos.

Because leather stretches over time, most leather cases take a while to break in. The rooCase is no different, so don't be too discouraged when it takes you a while to get your cards in and out of those slots for the first while.

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OtterBox Strada Series

OtterBox is well known for being the Fort Knox of phone cases and the Strada series is no different. OtterBox puts all their cases through rigorous testing, which includes dropping them on the ground and putting them through durability tests in various situations. So if you are looking for a strong wallet case, this could be the one for you.

The Strada series is a one-piece case. The phone snaps into a polycarbonate shell covered by genuine leather, with a cover that flips over the screen to offer full protection. The case fits snuggly and gives you the feeling of true security when it's in your hand.

The one downside of the OtterBox case is that it only has one card slot. You can fit more than just one in there, but it does lack the ability to be as organized with your cash and cards as some other wallet cases.

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VRSDesign slim fit leather wallet case

The first thing you will notice about this case is its size. It's made from genuine leather which gives it a great feel. The thickness the leather adds does make the phone feel a lot more secure.

Designed with three card slots and a spot for cash, the VRSDesign case is great for staying organized. The clasp around front is magnetic so it's easy to close the case and keep everything together. The cutouts around all the buttons and ports keep the functionality of the Galaxy S7 accessible at all times.

One thing you should know is this case seems to have trouble accommodating wireless charging. The thickness of the leather seems to impede the ability for most wireless chargers to function properly. If wireless charging is an important feature for you, this may not be the right case for you.

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Spigen Wallet S

The Spigen Wallet S is a solid entry into our round up because it seems to have a little bit of everything. Three cards slots, a slim design that doesn't add bulk to the phone, and a snug fitting polycarbonate shell that the S7 snaps into effortlessly.

The Spigen Wallet S can be used as a kickstand, so you can prop it up to watch videos or play games without having to hold the phone yourself.

The one bad thing about this case is the clasp at the front doesn't have a place to go when the case is open, so it is a little bit in your way when you are trying to use your phone.

If you want to learn more about the Spigen Wallet S, check out our full review.

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Snugg leather wallet case

The Snugg leather wallet case is the thinnest wallet case featured in our round up. The case doesn't seem to add any extra weight or bulkiness to the phone at all, which is highly uncommon for a wallet case.

With three card slots and a cash slot, the Snugg case has more than enough room to fit your most important wallet items, and it also has a kickstand feature.

The best feature of the Snugg case is the magnetic clasp attaches to the back of the case when the cover is open, allowing you to always have full view of the screen without the clasp getting in your way.

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Want more selection?

Check out the best cases we found for the Galaxy S7.

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2 months ago

Best minimalist cases for the Galaxy S7 edge

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Best minimalist cases for the Galaxy S7

Give your phone basic protection but natural style with a minimalist case on your S7 edge!

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is a real looker. If you've got one, you want to be able to show off those curves so everyone can admire your shapely new device. If you're willing to compromise safety for style, then a minimalist case is the best way to show off your phone while protecting it from minor scratches and bumps.

Caseology Skyfall

Caseology Skyfall

Like the James Bond film of the same name, these cases are highly regarded for their style, class, and skill with a PP7 (...or maybe just the first two). The really good thing about these minimalist cases is you can choose a color that matches your phone really well. One of the keys to a minimalist case is the way it blends in with your phone's natural shade, and if you don't want to have a completely clear case, there are a few good option in the Skyfall lineup.

This case has a scratch-resistant back cover which should protect it from keys and coins in your pocket or purse. The lip of this case raises up just a hair to curl around the the top and bottom corners of the screen to give a little extra protection in a prone area without adding a lot of bulk.

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Spigen Thin Fit

Spigen

Spigen's Thin Fit case snuggly hugs the shape of your S7 edge to add only a few millimeters to the overall size of your phone. The Thin Fit model gives a little extra protection compared to other minimalist phones since the top and bottom of your S7 edge will be fully enclosed, except for openings for your charger, headphone, speakers and microphone.

The lip around the edge of your screen is 0.8 mm and the case design is raised to 1.22 mm around your camera lens so you'll never have to Instagram a meal with a cracked camera. The back of the case is a hard, polycarbonate material designed to provide you with a good grip, and at just 0.6 oz, this case doesn't add a lot of weight to your S7 edge.

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Pleson Protective Bumper Case

Pleson Protective Bumper Case

Pleson makes a case for your S7 edge that is barely there, which is exactly what most people look for from a minimalist case. The thermoplastic polyurethane (more commonly called TPU) that makes up your case is a perfect compromise between protection and style, as it envelops your S7 edge only in the most crucial spots, leaving most of your phone highly visible.

This case has been built-up with bumpers that are very strategically placed. Put your phone facedown on a table, and these bumpers are just high enough to keep your screen from making contact. Place your phone on its back, and the bumpers are the perfect height to lift your camera lens up so it doesn't get scratched. This case does cover your side buttons rather than leaving cut-outs, but overall this case embraces the full minimalist spirit.

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Ringke Slim

Ringke Slim

Even though it's thin, the Ringke Slim is pretty strong for a minimalist case. This durability comes from its full, four-side, coverage. Even though all four sides of the phone are protected, this case still wants to show off your phone. With gaps exposing your phone's side buttons, you'll actually be able to feel the buttons when you turn the volume up or down or power your S7 edge on and off, instead of pushing through the side of a case.

The Ringke Slim case was designed with a minimal lip on the top and bottom of your phone so if you place it screen-down on a table there will be 0.7 mm of clearance to protect your phone from scratches or debris on the surface. Available in five colors (including two variations of clear) this case can blend so well with your phone you'll forget it's even there.

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Samsung Clear Cover

Samsung Clear Cover

If you like to stick with first-party accessories, then you're in luck! Samsung has designed a clear case for the S7 edge. Manufactured to fit your phone with absolute precision, Samsung's case was designed to offer basic protection without hiding the gorgeous curve of the S7 edge's screen.

The ultra-slim form of this case hugs barely adds any extra width to your phone except around the corners. These are bulked up to protect your phone from corner drops and to prevent the camera or the screen from getting scratched if you lay the phone flat. Cutouts around the side buttons and bottom jacks of your S7 edge allow you to see and feel as much of the phone as possible, even while it's in your case.

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Personal Picks

Do you have a minimal case you absolutely love? If it's not on our list, leave a comment, and let us know what case you use and why you love it!

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The best microSD cards for the HTC 10

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HTC 10 microSD cards

Expandable (and Adoptable!) storage is where it's at with the HTC 10. But you'll need a good card to do it.

One of the best features of any Android phone that's lucky enough to have it is expandable storage. The launch of Marshmallow saw Adoptable Storage come into play, wherein your microSD cards become a part of your system to seamlessly expand your storage rather than act as a separate partition.

Adoptable storage can bring some headaches if you don't have the right microSD card. You need something blazing fast and of course reliable; otherwise, the card could go and take your whole system with it.

That's why we've rounded up some of the best fast microSD cards out there, so that when you bring home your HTC 10, you're not wondering where to turn for extra storage.

The best microSD cards for the HTC 10

SanDisk Extreme 64 GB

SanDisk Extreme

SanDisk long has been the go-to for expandable storage cards and there's a very good reason for that: they're great.

The SanDisk Extreme line is where it's at if you're looking for an SD card to use in your HTC 10. It's lightning-quick, with read speeds up to 90MB/s and write speeds around 48MB/s, and has no trouble with 4K video, so anything you shoot on your HTC 10 won't be an issue.

This is an excellent card for performance and it's relatively easy on the wallet, starting around $30.

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Netac Pro 128 GB

Netac Pro

Netac isn't a huge brand, but it does offer some great microSD cards. Their Pro line is just what you need if you're considering expanding your HTC 10's storage the adoptable way.

It's got read speeds of up to 80MB/s and write speeds of up to 40. Again, it's relatively easy on your wallet, starting around $40.

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Samsung EVO Plus 128GB

Samsung EVO+

Octuple your HTC 10's memory with a 128GB microSD from Samsung. The Plus line almost doubles the transfer rate of regular EVOs at 80MB/s. Even if you hate Samsung phones and are an HTC die-hard, don't discount their peripherals. These are solid cards that pack a performance punch.

If you're looking for an SD card that's super quick and is super-compatible with just about everything, then this is the one for you. Worry-free and quick like a bunny.

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PNY U3 Turbo Performance 64 GB

PNY Turbo Performance

Turbo by name. Turbo by reputation. The PNY Turbo Performance brings speed and reliability into the fold with a 90MB/s transfer rate and a lifetime warranty. Like all the cards mentioned so far, the Turbo is waterproof, magnet-proof, shock-proof, and temperature-proof. It won't let you down on a frigid winter day and it won't let you down if you drop it in the dog's water dish when you're trying to install it.

The PNY Turbo Performance is a stellar card that'll only cost you around $20.

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SanDisk Ultra 200 GB

SanDisk Ultra

Your HTC 10 can support up to 2 TB of external storage, so we may as well get as close as we can with a microSD card. The SanDisk Ultra is one of the quickest and most reliable cards around and 200 GB helps take up a nice big chunk of that 2 TB, so if you're going to use it as adoptable storage, you'll be incredibly hard-pressed to fill it up (depending on your habits, of course).

These suckers are pricey, so if you can get them on sale, jump on it; they can run up to $250.

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2 months ago

Xiaomi 20000mAh Mi Power Bank review: High quality for $25

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The $25 Xiaomi 20000mAh Mi Power Bank has it all.

Xiaomi is primarily known for its phones, but the vendor also makes a slew of accessories, including power banks. The latest product in this category is the 20000mAh Mi Power Bank, which offers the largest battery capacity yet.

The Chinese vendor approaches its accessories the same way it handles phones, which means that you can expect a well-designed power bank offering great value for money. And that's true for the brand new 20000mAh power bank as well, which is available for just ₹1,699, or the equivalent of $25.

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2 months ago

Best heavy duty cases for the LG G5

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Best heavy duty cases for the LG G5

Get a case designed to handle wear and tear, so your LG G5 doesn't have to.

No matter how careful you are with your phone, sooner or later you're gonna drop it or it's gonna fall. When the inevitable happens, you want to make sure it's protected from getting scuffed, scratched, cracked, and smashed.

Not all cases are built equal. If you're an outdoorsy type, you'll want some added protection and only the most rugged cases can stand up to everything Mother Nature throws your way. Let's dive right in.

Otterbox Commuter series

Otterbox Commuter series

Otterbox is well-known for making tough cases that can take a beating. Their Commuter series cases are no exception.

We tried this case out on our G5 and found that it fit perfectly. When on the device, the case forms a lip around it that protects the vulnerable corners from shattering. It also protects the LCD screen from getting scratched when the device is lying facedown.

For an Otterbox case, the Commuter feels quite light. It's comprised of two pieces: a hard polycarbonate outer shell and an inner silicone liner. The hard plastic shell protects the phone from scratches and dents while the softer inner lining absorbs impacts. The inner lining also has flaps that cover the charging port and audio jack so that dust and debris cannot get in.

You won't have to fiddle with removing the case to access important features of your device — the case has a triangular cutout in the back for the camera and the fingerprint scanner, cutouts along the bottom edge for the speaker and microphone, and along the top for the microSD card slot.

While not the heaviest-duty case around, the Commuter series is rugged enough to protect your LG G5 from damage from most everyday situations. If you're taking your phone with you while skydiving, well, maybe this isn't the case for you.

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Supcase Rugged Unicorn Beetle Pro Combo

If you want a strong combination of solid protection and sporty design, this is the case for you. The Supcase Rugged Unicorn Beetle Pro Combo includes a built-in screen protector and a swiveling belt clip holster so your phone is secure and protected, yet easily accessible if you're out hiking in the wilderness. With a dual-layer back cover offering shock absorption and port covers to keep dust and debris out, your phone is protected 360 degrees.

It's available in three distinct colors and, according to one reviewer, is even better when paired with a tempered glass screen protector, in lieu of the one the case provides. It's worth considering if you trust the protection that tempered glass provides.

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Spigen Rugged Armor Case

This offering from Spigen is sleek and elegant, with a carbon fiber texture that offers a better grip in your hand. Made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU for short), it's flexible enough to be easy to install your LG G5, while still providing fantastic protection, thanks to military-grade certified air cushion technology to protect when your phone falls and lands on its corner.

When you put your G5 down, your screen and camera is always protected with a 1.2 millimeter lip around the display and 1.5 millimeter of space between your camera lens and the table or ground if you drop it. And, for all the protection Spigen provides, you'll also retain easy access to all the buttons, ports, and speakers.

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Poetic Affinity Series Case

If you want full-protection but also want to show off the LG G5 design, this is the case for you. Made of clear polycarbonate with TPU accents around the corners, this case is slim and stylish with extra protection provided for those detrimental impact areas. If you've found other cases to be slippery and hard to hold, you're going to love the side grip pattern they've included. The extra texture will make your phone easier to hold without adding unnecessary bulk.

The X-form strips of black TPU running down the back aren't just there for looks — they also provide shock dissipation without sacrificing the thin form factor. With raised bezel protecting your display and the same level of protection for the camera lenses on the back, it's perfect for protecting your new phone while still allowing you to show off its design.

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Lifeproof FRE for LG G5

If you've had a Lifeproof case before, you know what you're getting here. This case is waterproof, dirt-proof, drop-proof and even snow-proof, making it arguably the best full-protection case you can buy. This is the case for you if you're constantly out exploring in the wilderness and want to make sure your phone is protected from the elements.

It has received the highest ratings on the Ingress Protection scale, meaning it's guaranteed for full immersion in up to 6 feet of water for an hour. It also meets the U.S. Military Standard for drop and shock protection. Also included is a headphone adapter, so you can enjoy your music while surfing or snowboarding without worrying about compromising the waterproofness of the phone. All in all, if you never want to worry about your phone being damaged by the elements or drops, this is the case for you.

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i-Blason Prime

Combining rugged protection with stylish design, the i-Blason Prime features a dual-layer back cover that includes a convenient kickstand built right in. Featuring a polycarbonate hard shell with carbon fiber patterns on the inlay coupled with a shock absorbing silicone sleeve, your G5 will get a snug fit with maximum protection. And, all the ports are precision-cut with ample space for all your cables and headphones.

It also comes with a side-mount holster that clips onto your belt, and the raised bevel around the display won't affect your ability to install a screen protector.

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How 'bout you?

Not finding what you're looking for here? Check out our guide to the best cases for the LG G5. Or, do you have a favorite rugged case for your LG G5 that isn't on the list? Drop us a line below in the comments!

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2 months ago

Best accessories for the Moto 360

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Best accessories for the Moto 360

From screen protectors, to straps, to storage — here's a roundup of the best Moto 360 accessories!

You've got yourself a smartwatch, sweet! You chose the Moto 360, awesome! Immediately you start tapping and swiping and customizing the Moto 360 to work exactly the way you want. But once that's done a hollow feeling begins to settle ... is there no more customization to do with your brand new watch? Not at all! Customize your Moto 360 from the inside out by pairing it with the absolute best accessories.

Moto 360 Replacement Bands

Moto 360, brown leather band with black buckle.

From leather, to steel, to whatever that rubbery sport stuff is, the world of Moto 360 watch straps is wide and deep! Between Motorola-created designs and the big world of third party styles you have a lot to choose from. We created a list of the best third-party watch straps for the Moto 360, but for the time being, here's a recommendation for great replacement band.

From Motorola itself, you can choose from a nice variety of leather or metal bands in different colors to give yourself some more variety instead of just using the one that came with your watch. The main advantage of choosing a strap for Motorola is so you can choose a second generation strap (assuming you have the latest model) with the quick release button. This was not available on the first-gen line of Moto 360 and is hard to find with most third party straps. If you use a third party strap, you usually need a small tool to swap your straps, but using straps designed with the quick-release button allows you to simply switch between sporty and classy strips with minimal effort.

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Watch Strap Display Case

Swiss Watch International Display Case

As you amass a large collection of straps in a full pallet of colors and materials you're going to have this stylish rainbow of accessories to choose from. The problem is, when these straps aren't organized nicely, you forget what you have, top and bottoms can get separated, and ultimately you stop harnessing the full power of your stylish accessories and default to always wearing your favorite all the time.

Prevent this dilemma by picking up a handsome watch strap case. These don't have to be smart-watch specific so this gives you more shopping options. Moto 360 straps are generally 22mm in size so keep that in mind when checking out cases. Swiss Watch International has slots for 24 straps held inside of a velvet interior to protect your straps from damage. It can be zipped shut and tossed in a drawer or propped open to display your lovely collection.

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ArmorSuit Screen Protector

ArmorSuit Screen Protector

You interact with your Moto 360 by tapping and swiping on your phone. The interface is designed to very intuitive; however, oil from your fingers can smudge up the screen pretty quick. Choosing a great screen protector for your Moto 360 can help reduce screen glare, hide fingerprints, and even add some durability to your Moto 360's screen.

The [ArmorSuit] screen protector is a great third-party option, specifically tailored to your Moto 360. Remember, the Moto 360 comes in two display sizes (46mm and 42mm), so whichever screen protector you choose, make sure you get the right size for your model. ArmorSuit has made protectors for each generation and size of the Moto 360, each designed to prevent glare and reduce the appearance of fingerprints. One additional feature that is pretty cool is ArmorSuit's self-healing screen protectors which automatically repair themselves from minor surface scratches.

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Moto 360 Charger

Moto 360 2nd generation charging cradle.

Generally your Moto 360 should last you through the entire day, but if you're sitting at your desk for extended periods of time, a frequent traveller, or want to have an extra option to charge and display your smartwatch picking up an additional charger might be worth the money.

Whatever charger you decide to go with, make sure it works with the generation of Moto 360 you're on (as the charging points on the Gen 1 and Gen 2 chargers are slightly different). If you order the genuine Motorola charger for the second generation of this smartwatch you can count on it to function exactly like the one that came in the box. While your watch rests in the cradle, it will automatically display the time, which is a handy feature if you want to use this as a bedside clock.

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To accessorize, or not?

Aside from straps, screen protectors, and maybe an extra charging dock for work, you're Moto 360 is ready to go right out of the box. What do you do to dress up or your Moto 360? Do you have any accessories you can't live without? Make sure to let us know in the comments!

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Best tempered glass screen protectors for the LG G5

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What are the best tempered glass screen protectors for the LG G5?

You've got your brand new LG G5 and, of course, you want to protect your investment. The latest in smartphone technology is never cheap and shattering that nice LCD would suck big time, right?

Worry not, we've got you covered — here's our roundup for the best tempered glass screen protectors for the LG G5.

Joto LG G5 tempered glass screen protector

Joto's tempered glass screen protector offers superb protection from most forms of damage, while not interfering with the functionality of your LG G5.

You'll hardly realize that you've got a screen protector on your phone at all, since it weighs just under an ounce, so it doesn't make your phone feel heavier. And, at 0.30millimeters, it's ultra thin, too.

Forget worrying about nasty fingerprints and marks from sweaty hands. The tempered glass is coated with an oleophobic film that repels sweat and oil.

Finally, installation is easy and worry-free. There are no bubbles to deal with and, if you ever have to remove the protector, it leaves behind no residue.

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iLLumiShield HD tempered glass 2-pack LG G5 screen protector

Offering a lifetime replacement warranty, iLLumiShield's HD tempered glass protector for the LG G5 comes in a pack of two.

It's a little thicker than some of the other tempered glass protectors on this list, at 0.33millimeters, but 0.33millimeters is still ultra thin and hardly noticeable. Like most of the other protectors, it can protect your screen from even the toughest scratches. Additionally, its curved edges prevent chipping.

Of course, it also protects against fingerprints and smudges with its "Clear Tech" anti-fingerprint, oil-repellant screen coating.

Last but not least, iLLumiShield's "Pure Placement" installation method avoids most installation frustrations by ensuring that you don't have to deal with the bane of all screen protectors — bubbles screwing up the process.

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Monoy LG G5 tempered glass screen protector

Monoy's thin but solid screen protector gives you protection without sacrificing the sleekness of your LG G5. Why buy a slim phone if you're going to bulk it up, right?

It has rounded edges that blend in with the contours of the phone and, like most other tempered glass screen protectors, it is thin, at 0.30millimeters. Since tempered glass is around four times as strong as regular glass, it is built for resisting scratches and other damage.

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YooTech LG G5 tempered glass screen protector

YooTech's tempered glass screen protector for the LG G5 is the lightest and thinnest one on this list. Out of all of the other screen protectors, this is the one you want if you want protection but dislike knowing that it's there.

Measuring a scant 0.26millimeters thick and weighing less than half an ounce, you won't be able to tell where your LG G5 ends and where the screen protector begins.

However, even though it's very thin and light, it protects just as well as thicker screen protectors. It prevents your phone's screen from scratches and from shattering in the event you drop it. It has rounded edges that prevent chipping, too.

Due to its silicone adhesive, installation is hassle-free and without bubbles and it comes with a lifetime warranty.

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Sooyo premium tempered glass screen protector

Another tempered glass screen protector with a lifetime warranty comes from Sooyo. In the event that anything happens to the screen protector (like, ever) Sooyo will send you a replacement.

Like the other screen protectors, it will protect against scratches, falls, and any other little bumps or dings your phone may accrue throughout the day.

Get thee behind me, fingerprints! Yes, it's hydrophobic and oleophobic, so fingerprints and smudges marring your phone's display are things of the past.

Installation is super-easy with this screen protector, too. There won't be any of those frustrating bubbles and if you ever decide to take it off, it leaves nothing behind.

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Which screen protector is your favorite?

Do you have a go-to favorite screen protector? Let us know in the comments!

If you still want to protect your G5, but don't want a screen protector, then check out our roundup of best cases for the LG G5.

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Following a recent leak that showed off both devices in the flesh, Samsung itself has leaked official images of the upcoming Gear Fit 2 fitness wearable and IconX wireless earbuds ahead of their announcement.

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Best tempered glass screen protectors for the HTC 10 (so far)

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HTC 10

Scratches, and pits, and chips, oh my! Get a screen protector!

Tempered glass is about four times stronger than regular (annealed) glass, making it an ideal choice for screen protectors. Rather than shattering into jagged and potentially harmful shards, it breaks into small, relatively harmless bits. So, if you have a tempered glass screen protector on your HTC 10 and, for whatever reason, it breaks, the bits won't scratch up your screen.

It can be difficult to figure out which screen protector is the right one for your HTC 10, which is why we've rounded up some of the best available.

HotCool

HotCool's tempered glass screen protector is tough to withstand big time abrasion without getting scratched, scuffed, or pitted, while maintaining all of the HTC 10's screen sensitivity. It cuts down the glare on your screen, giving the impression of sharper images and clearer text, since light isn't messing with your view.

There is a rounded design so that it doesn't block the front camera and other important sensors on the front of your phone, so keep in mind that all of the glass on your screen isn't covered, though those spots are minimal and shouldn't really affect the overall protection.

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Safodo

Safodo's protector is right up there with HotCool's and offers a lifetime replacement warranty, so that if your protector starts to peel off your HTC 10 (as it inevitably will), they'll replace it for free.

These ones come in a two-pack and are incredibly clear, which means you'll sometimes look at screen and wonder if you actually put one on or not. That means that there isn't much of an anti-glare factor involved, so if you like the look of your HTC 10 the way it is, then you'll like this screen protector.

The cutouts for the light sensor, front camera, and home button are all precise, so the only issue will be putting it on correctly the first time!

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Mr. Shield

Mr. Shield, that's his name. That name again is Mr. Shield. Offering a lifetime replacement warranty and two to a pack, Mr. Shield throws ultra-thin into the mix as well. These tempered glass screen protectors are 0.3 millimeters thick, which means you'll have optimum sensitivity and high definition at all times.

Again, the cutouts are all accurate and the rounded edges means you won't slice your thumbs on the edges where your protector ends.

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Supershieldz

With so many phones now having curved screens, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find a screen protector that doesn't suffer from the "halo effect" where it starts to peel up all around the edges of your phone.

Supershieldz, like other screen protector manufacturers, makes their protector a little smaller than the actual screen size, so that you're not getting that ugly lifting at the edge — your protector actually stays on your phone (apparently a key factor in screen protection–who knew?!).

Just like the other tempered glass screen protectors in our roundup, Supershieldz maintains and slightly enhances the high definition of your HTC 10's screen, while also maintaining all of the touch sensitivity.

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Omoton

Omoton claims to have the thinnest tempered glass screen protector in the world, at 0.26 millimeters thick. That's a whole 0.04 of a millimeter thinner than the rest!

All that means is that Omoton offers a crystal clear protector that won't hinder any of your HTC 10's sensitivity and won't affect the resolution of your screen in the slightest. It also claims to be fingerprint-resistant and uses an adhesive that promises not to leave any bubbles during installation.

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G-Color

G-Color provides another great oleophobic option, which means you shouldn't have to deal with smudges or fingerprints with the screen protector applied. As with all the other tempered glass screen protectors, you'll get great scratch protection for your HTC 10, and should be a quick and easy bubble-free installation.

It's all backed by G-Color's no-hassle lifetime replacement warranty, so you can buy with confidence.

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Keep in mind

Most tempered glass screen protector manufacturers will claim that their products are rated "9H" on the pencil hardness scale, which is a way of measuring the durability of a particular coating. "9H" refers to how hard the pencil lead (graphite) is. Something that is rated 9H means that the hardest pencil lead out there won't leave a permanent mark. That doesn't say much about the material's resistance to dents or pits.

Tl;dr? Don't pay any attention to this 9H rating; it's virtually meaningless.

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