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Essential accessories for Nextbit Robin

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Essential accessories for Nextbit Robin

Gear up your Nextbit Robin with some must-have accessories.

While there aren't a lot of accessories on the market yet for the Nextbit Robin, we've rounded up a few items that we think every Robin owner should have.

Universal 15 W USB Type-C charger

Do you use your Nextbit Robin a lot? If so, you need a charger that's able to give you the boost you need to take on the rest of the day.

This universal wall charger connects to your phone via a USB Type-C interface, which the Robin supports — with 15 W on hand, it's able to charge your phone faster than most other chargers.

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Fosmon Dura-T Ultra Slim Fit case

Fosmon Dura-T Ultra Slim case

As far as smartphones go, the Nextbit's Robin's aesthetics are unique in that they are simple. If you want to protect your Robin while preserving its minimalist charm, then a thin, clear case is the way to go.

The Dura-T from Fosmon fits that bill as it is quite slim, just 1.4 millimeters thick, and weighs not even an ounce. It's almost like not having a case on at all.

While this case isn't going to protect your Robin if you drop it out of a second-story window, its thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) composition will prevent the surface of your phone from getting scratched. However, be aware that clear TPU has a tendency to yellow over time.

This case also has a lip that comes out over the face of the phone, which is nice because it protects the screen from getting scratched if you lay it face-down. One user did report having some problems accessing the Robin's buttons because of this lip — it's just something to keep in mind.

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dbrand Nextbit Robin skins

dbrand skins

If you've gone with a Nextbit Robin, you're probably someone who doesn't run with the pack. Why not individualize your Robin even more by slapping a custom skin on it?

dbrand, best known for its iPhone and MacBook skins, has developed a line of Robin skins that are made from the same top-quality material — authentic 3M vinyl. This means that if you decide to remove the skin, you won't be left with any sticky residue.

With 20 shades and 6 textures, all of which can be mixed and matched with separate skins for the back, upper/lower sections, and the Robin logo, you can create a truly individual look for your phone.

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Atill Bluetooth earbuds

Atill Bluetooth earbuds

Wirelessly enjoy music from your Nextbit Robin with Atill's Bluetooth earbuds.

These noise-cancelling earbuds are perfect, whether you're out for an evening jog or sitting on the bus on your way to work or school. They will wrap your senses in sound, allowing you to tune out screaming kids or noisy seatmates.

Because they use Bluetooth 4.1 technology, you can pair them with up to two different devices at the same time. This is great for sharing a pair or just connecting them to your Robin and your tablet, without having to go through the pairing process every time you want to switch devices.

One issue with these that's worth mentioning is that a user reported finding them to be uncomfortable to wear after a period of time. They likened the feeling to having suction-cups in their ears. However, this might be a good thing for you, depending on how you're using them. It doesn't seem likely that these earbuds would slip out of your ears, even if you're going for the world record for jumping jacks.

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Nextbit tempered glass screen protector

Nextbit tempered glass screen protector

A scratched or cracked screen is bad, m'kay? There's no better protection for your fragile Robin's screen than tempered glass.

Tempered glass screen protectors offer the best protection because they are strong — four to six times stronger than annealed glass — and if they do break, they will shatter into small bits of blunt glass instead of sharp shards.

While Nextbit's tempered glass screen protector is a little pricey at $25, it's the way to go if you want to ensure a precise fit for your Robin.

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Eco-Fused 12 piece microfiber cleaning cloths

Eco-Fused cleaning cloths

Keep your Robin free of ugly fingerprints and smudges by wiping the screen with microfiber cleaning cloths.

Eco-Fused cleaning cloths are thicker than the average cleaning cloth and made from soft and durable microfiber. This means that you can safely use them to clean your Robin's screen without worrying that they will leave scratches behind.

The best thing about these cloths is that they don't leave any smudges, streaks, or lint on your screen, so you can wipe it down once instead of having to go over it again and again.

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Did we overlook something?

We've scoured the internet, looking for must-have accessories for the Nextbit Robin. We are human, however, so it's possible we missed something super-awesome. If we did, sound off in the comments and let us know!

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4 months ago

Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal for the Galaxy S7

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Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal for the Galaxy S7

Go Neo Hybrid for that soft, grippy feeling with solid protection.

If you've ever seen a Galaxy S7 that's been dropped on its edge or corner, then you know why you should have a case on yours (hint: it ain't pretty).

We went hands-on with the Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal to to see whether this case is right for your S7, based on your needs. We'll break things down for you in terms of style, features, and design.

Style

Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal for the Galaxy S7

Spigen's Neo Hybrid Crystal is elegant and simple in appearance — clear, with a colored outer rim. The rim comes in Champagne Gold, Gunmetal, and Satin Silver, so you can accessorize based on your S7's color. The choices aren't abundant, but at least you have some options (pro tip: Champagne Gold doesn't look good on anything but the gold S7).

The most disappointing aspect of this case is how it feels in your hand. The main body is made of soft TPU, but it has a glossy finish, so it will slip-slide around in your hands. It doesn't instill much confidence when you're holding it. The plastic outer rim adds nothing for grip. That being said, it's considerably less slippery than a bare S7.

Note: Clear TPU can and almost certainly will turn yellow over time due to sunlight absorption.

Features

Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal for the Galaxy S7

In this case, it's a lack of features that we'll talk about. Though the Neo Hybrid Crystal is a two-piece, with soft TPU and a plastic outer rim, it features none of Spigen's patented Air Cushion Technology, leaving the corners of your S7 susceptible to drops and the inevitable spider web cracks that befall most dropped S7s (when they're not properly protected).

This case still supports wireless charging, so you won't have to constantly take it off at night to charge your phone. That's an added benefit from the softer TPU — It's relatively thin, adding negligible bulk to the S7 and since you won't have to take it off very much, you can avoid stretching that softer plastic rim.

Design

Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal for the Galaxy S7

As mentioned, this is a two piece case: a soft TPU shell with a plastic outer rim. That outer rim does nothing. It feels cheap and flimsy when it's not on the case and adds no real feeling of stability when it is on; all of the substance of this case is in the TPU shell.

All of the buttons are covered by the TPU, which is then left open through the plastic rim, but if the plastic rim doesn't fit quite right, then pressure along the rim can inadvertently activate the volume and power buttons. It's annoying and altogether inconvenient, especially if you're trying to text with one hand.

The bottom line

Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal for the Galaxy S7

This case is decent, but it is pretty slippery with an outer rim that does absolutely nothing for the overall structure, nor any added protection. You're better off spending your money on a 100 percent TPU case or a polycarbonate/TPU hybrid.

If you're looking for some better clear cases, check out our roundup of the best clear cases for the Galaxy S7.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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4 months ago

Spigen Slim Armor case for Galaxy S7 edge

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 Spigen Slim Armor case for Galaxy S7 edge

Military-grade protection in a slim case...could it be true?

Your Galaxy S7 edge has a beautiful screen and body that requires protection from everyday wear. In the over-saturated market of phone cases it is sometimes difficult to decide which is best for you and your smartphone. If you're looking for something rugged yet slim, this might be your case.

Let's break things down in terms of style, features, and design.

Style

Spigen Slim Armor case for Galaxy S7 edge

The Slim Armor case has a two-piece design made up of an anti-stretch TPU sleeve and a polycarbonate outer shell. This gives your phone some protection against pressure (e.g. if you sit on it or lean against something while it's in your pocket) while giving you something to grip when it's in your hand. We found it fared well against in-hand slippage, but hand moisture and other conditions might change its gripping potential.

You can choose from five colors to best suit your style: Gunmetal, Champagne Gold, Metal Slate, Violet, and Shimmery White. Note that the TPU sleeve remains black in all versions except violet, in which the sleeve is a shade of violet to match the outer shell.

Features

 Spigen Slim Armor case for Galaxy S7 edge

This case will allow your phone to charge wirelessly at full speed, great if you're sick of worrying about your phone being knocked off its charger while not in a case. As mentioned, its two-part design offers double protection against the elements. The outer shell features a kickstand that lets you horizontally prop up your phone on any relatively flat surface.

Design

Spigen Slim Armor case for Galaxy S7 edge

The beautiful S7 edge screen does not fare well when dropped on its corner while not in a case. Slim Armor has certified military-grade protection, complete with air cushions on the corners for extra drop protection. Expect it to handle corner drops. The TPU sleeve also acts as a shock absorber to protect your phone's brains from everyday use.

With a raised lip at the top and bottom of the case, your phone can be set screen-down without suffering any damage. Because there are no lips on the sides (to allow full use of the edge screen), dropping the phone on its side or on the edge of the screen could result in damage.

This case covers the side buttons but does not mess with their functionality. The bottom ports and speaker are left open and the entire face of the phone is uncovered. If you're looking for extra water protection this is not the case for you. It is, however, a relatively thin case that offers decent protection.

The Bottom Line

Spigen Slim Armor case for Galaxy S7 edge

Easy to put on and easy to remove, this is a snug and sleek option as far as phone cases go. With the added functionality the kickstand provides, you can save some money by avoiding two purchases.

If this type of case isn't your thing, check out the best clear cases or best overall cases for your Galaxy S7 edge.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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4 months ago

Spigen Liquid Crystal case for Galaxy S7

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Spigen Liquid Crystal case for Galaxy S7

Let's take a look at Spigen's flexible, clear case for the Galaxy S7.

The Galaxy S7 deserves some protection against the wear and tear you throw at it, but you don't want to carry around the something so big it can't fit in your pocket. This might be the case for you!

Let's break things down in terms of style, features, and design.

Style

Spigen Liquid Crystal case for Galaxy S7

This case is a one-piece, flexible TPU sleeve that is easy to put on and easy to take off. As you might have already guessed, this case is completely clear. There is not a lot of grip when holding in your hand, although it is definitely better than having no case at all.

Spigen's Liquid Crystal case allows you to show off your phone's original style — note that clear TPU cases are known to yellow as they age.

Features

Spigen Liquid Crystal case for Galaxy S7

You will no longer be forced to remove and replace your case when you wish to charge wirelessly. This case is thin enough to charge through so you won't have to worry as your phone sits unprotected on the charger.

This case is designed to be simple and thus does not have a built-in kickstand. Although, the back of the case is entirely flat, and will accept any third-party kickstands you choose. Spigen makes their own multipurpose accessory called a Style Ring that is compatible with this case.

Design

Spigen Liquid Crystal case for Galaxy S7

With a raised lip around the camera cutout, Spigen's case offers protection for your lens when your phone is on its back. If you prefer setting your phone on its front, a raised bezel along the edges of the case keeps your screen away from any damaging surfaces.

This case does not feature air-cushion technology in its corners, so if you're particularly concerned about corner drops and resulting webbed cracks, you might want to opt for one with more protection.

The side buttons are covered by the case, but you will experience no change in functionality. The bottom ports and speaker are left open, as is the entirety of the S7's screen. This case is indeed thin and lightweight, perfect if you prefer a slim everyday carry.

The bottom line

Spigen Liquid Crystal case for Galaxy S7

Truly minimalistic and designed to show off your phone's original beauty, the Liquid Crystal case is a fine option for anyone avoiding bulk or extra features. If you'd like a case that moves your phone toward bulletproof, you will want to look elsewhere.

If this type of case isn't your thing, check out the best clear cases or best overall cases for your Galaxy S7.

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Spigen Thin Fit case for the Galaxy S7

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Spigen Thin Fit case for the Galaxy S7

If you're okay with minimal protection and want maximum natural style, Spigen has a case for you!

Your Samsung Galaxy S7 is a beautiful phone and if you want to show it off without adding bulk, going with a slim case is your best bet. Spigen's Thin Fit case for the Galaxy S7 adds protection in the most important areas without adding much size to your phone.

Style

Spigen Thin Fit

The Thin Fit case is mostly rigid with just a small amount of flexibility, which makes it easy to snap on and off. It's designed with a minimalist's taste in mind, not adding much size or weight to the phone. This means it won't protect your phone quite as well as some other Spigen cases, but this is the tradeoff you accept when settling on the Thin Fit case. It is available in three colors: black, white, and mint.

Features

Spigen Thin Fit

As is the idea with most minimalist cases, there are no additional bells or whistles on this case. It was designed to allow your Galaxy S7 to wirelessly charge in compatible cradles and stands. Placing the phone on the charging pad doesn't require much effort or fine-tuning to activate the charging mode, which is a big advantage over some thicker cases which need to be positioned just right or else charging won't work.

Design

Spigen Thin Fit

This case was designed to show off as much of your phone as possible, which means all ports and buttons are accessible. The case leaves the top and bottom of your phone exposed, allowing access to the microphones, charger, headphones jack, and speaker. The only spot on the phone that has excess material is the slightly raised lip around the screen (0.8mm) and a raised window around the camera and health sensor (1.2mm) to give protection to the most vulnerable areas, should your phone ever get dropped.

The bottom line

Spigen Thin Fit

If you're shopping for a minimalist case you've probably already come to terms with the fact you're going to have to sacrifice protection for style. If you're okay with this, then the Spigen Thin Fit case is a great option. It provides basic protection, thanks to its raised edges around your S7's screen, and the back cover will help with minor scratches and marks from keys, coins, and whatever else may be in your purse or wallet. To keep your phone looking stylish with minimal defence against falls and scrapes, Spigen's Thin Fit case for the S7 is a good option at a good price.

If you're looking for more thin case ideas, check out our roundup of the best minimalist cases for the Galaxy S7.

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4 months ago

Spigen Neo Hybrid for the Galaxy S7 edge

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Spigen Neo Hybrid for the Galaxy S7 edge

Get a grip with Spigen's Neo Hybrid case.

Your Galaxy S7 edge is worth around $1,000. You should probably protect it with a decent case.

We went hands-on with Spigen's Neo Hybrid for the Galaxy S7 edge to help give you determine whether this is the right case for you and your phone. We'll explore the Neo Hybrid's style, features, and design.

Style

Spigen Neo Hybrid for the Galaxy S7 edge

This case is for all you folks who don't really care about maintaining the original look of your S7 edge. It's made of black TPU with your choice of a Gunmetal, Champagne Gold, or Satin Silver plastic rim.

The best part of the Neo Hybrid is its texture. It's got matte-finish TPU, unlike its clear Spigen counterparts, so it doesn't feel like you're going launch it like a shotput if you whip it out of your pocket too quickly. The back is also textured with hundreds of teeny plus signs to prevent any slippage when you're hands are sweaty or greasy.

All three colors of the plastic outer rim look sharp against the black TPU, so you really can't go wrong. Pro tip: the Champagne Gold looks best on the gold S7 edge; Satin Silver looks best on the silver one; Gunmetal looks pretty good on either the silver or black S7 edge.

Features

Spigen Neo Hybrid for the Galaxy S7 edge

As mentioned, the back of the Neo Hybrid case is textured, which some might tend to overlook, but it really improves how secure your S7 edge feels in your hand.

The inside of the TPU shell is also textured into a wide, rounded grid pattern, which helps distribute the shock from a fall to the ground throughout the entire case.

Design

Spigen Neo Hybrid for the Galaxy S7 edge

The Neo Hybrid is really well-designed to protect, but not hinder, the uniqueness of the Galaxy S7 edge's build. The outer bezel come up just enough to secure the edge if the screen without hindering the edge functionality at all.

This is a two-piece case and, generally speaking, the outer plastic rim adds nothing to the overall feel; however, with the TPU's matte finish, it feels like the plastic rim fits better and holds tighter, making the phone feel sturdier all around.

The volume and power buttons are completely covered by the TPU shell, but the necessary ports and sensors are all left open, so your S7 edge can operate fully and unfettered.

The bottom line

Spigen Neo Hybrid for the Galaxy S7 edge

This is a great case. It feels strong in your hand and won't be slipping out like glossy-finish cases. The body of your S7 edge will be completely protected from scratches and drops, while maintaining all of its functions without hindrance. You'll definitely want a screen protector as well for total protection.

If you like the Neo Hybrid, but you don't love it, then check out our roundup of the best cases for the Galaxy S7 edge.

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4 months ago

Google OnHub router: A second opinion

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Google's OnHub router saved my marriage.

The importance of simplicity cannot be overstated. It's the reason GUI-based Windows 95 was exponentially more popular than command line-based DOS, and why the confusion of early PDA operating systems were subsumed by the confluence of capacitive screens and apps.

In the smart home space, a similar trend has been taking hold, popularized by the powerful simplification of the thermostat through Nest. The home router, too, has been awaiting a similar disruptive force, which we got last summer in the form of Google's OnHub platform, a series of products from TP-Link and Asus that reduce the typically-frustrating workflow of maintaining a router to "download-and-plug-in".

Of course, the above intro is facetious, but there is truth to it: a router is the central nervous system of a home network, and a misbehaving box in the corner can be a constant source of frustration. From buffering streams to dropped Skype calls to interrupted FaceTime sessions, I was desperate for something that just worked. I spent dozens of hours with different routers, loading new software, custom firmware, and more. Eventually, I pegged the problem at the source: my Hitron modem, which is known for poor handoff with routers. But after replacing the Hitron and seeing no relief, my options were thus: change ISPs (and risk the same thing happening again), or try to find a router that would work harmoniously with the demon box. I chose the latter, which led me to OnHub.

After spending years with routers that would require daily reboots, or a monk-like commitment to maintenance, transitioning to an Asus OnHub router was nothing short of breathtaking.

A nice Camry

I've tried routers from D-Link, Linksys, Netgear and TP-Link — even Asus — and none of them have been as consistently reliable as the OnHub. While the latter doesn't boast the ultra-powerful tri-antenna compositions of many of its competitors, like a dependable four-door sedan (with a sunroof) it gets the job done, day after day. Would you rather have broken-down Boxster that can't go anywhere over a brand new Camry? Call me old, but I don't think I would.

Don't get me wrong, OnHub is fast: it supports the latest Wireless-AC standard, with 13 antennas for MIMO (multiple-in, multiple-out) for speeds of up to 1900Mbps, and wonderful whole-home coverage. Even with the aforementioned beastly routers from companies like Netgear and Linksys I was never able to get a reliable signal in my bedroom, two stories above the box. I even tried repeaters, but they too would peter out after a few days, requiring a reset of the entire system — the more links in the chain, the easier it is to break.

Indeed, my ISP gives me 100 megabits down and 10 megabits up, which the OnHub maxes out in all but the farthest reaches of my house. Even in that bedroom my Galaxy S7 gets 25 megabits down and seven or eight megabits up, more than adequate for all but the most onerous of video streams.

The app just works

The OnHub is administered through an app, available on iOS or Android, that just works. It's ultra-simple, perhaps to a fault, but it gets the job done.

One of my favorite things about it is that it maintains a single access point for both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz signals, offering the most appropriate one depending on a number of circumstances, including signal quality and potential throughput. Most routers divide their SSIDs between those two networks, forcing devices to cycle between them.

Moreover, and perhaps more importantly, those two networks are not always transparent to peripherals; on my Linksys router, I often had to manual revert back to my 2.4Ghz AP because an AirPlay speaker here or connected light there wasn't compatible with 5Ghz. With OnHub, that experience is invisible to the user.

The app experience makes administration particularly easy. Guests to my home have a separate network, the password of which is generated by and can be shared from my smartphone. Features like NAT control, and enabling DHCP, are not entirely hidden from the user, but Google wisely deemphasizes them in favor of a cleaner, more approachable user experience.

Instead, the app lets you do what's necessary to ensure enjoyment; a network map shows the devices connected, along with the option to prioritize a particular one to ensure smooth streaming performance — helpful when up to 30 phones, tablets, laptops, wearables, and smart home accessories are connected at once.

Unspoken potential

For all of its benefits as a router, Google has a nascent connected home platform in OnHub. Not only does the router have an LED light and a speaker, but its USB port can interface with any number of unannounced accessories. As promised with Google Home, OnHub could be included as part of Google's Trojan Horse strategy in the living room, something that Amazon is seeing so much success with in the Echo.

A connected home is a happy home

Most people don't realize how many devices connect to their network. Even as someone who does what I do I was surprised to see 29 active devices, each requiring cycles of bandwidth at different times. That the OnHub obviates the need to constantly oversee the process is not only appreciated, but worth the $199 or so investment.

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4 months ago

Xiaomi's first drone will take off on May 25

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Considering the wide variety of products Xiaomi offers, it should come as no surprise that the vendor is getting into drones. The Chinese manufacturer posted a teaser earlier this week showing a Bamboo-copter, and has followed up with a post on Weibo detailing the upcoming launch of its first drone.

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4 months ago

Best accessories for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition

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Best accessories for the LG Urbane Watch 2

Bluetooth earbuds, screen protectors, and chargers are great companions for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.

After a short-lived release in late 2015, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is finally ready to adorn your wrist! A key difference between the second generation and the original Urbane is the LTE connectivity, which means your watch doesn't need to be connected to your phone. AT&T was the first carrier to begin selling this watch with Verizon following suit.

Once you have your shiny new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, you'll want to make sure you also have the best accessories to keep it looking and working its best!

Supershieldz Ballistics screen protector

Supershieldz Screen Protector

That 1.38-inch circular P-OLED display on your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is gorgeous! First things first, you'll want to protect that thing from scratches and bumps by getting a top-quality screen protector.

Supershieldz is an established name thanks to their excellent screen protectors for phones and they're bringing their proven designs to the Urbane. Their tempered glass screen protector is easy to install thanks to their "bubble free" adhesive, so you won't see any of those unsightly bumps when you try to smooth out your protector after installing it. The glass film has been precisely cut to match the Urbane's screen perfectly and the anti-fingerprint finish prevents your beautiful screen from getting smudged up as you tap and swipe.

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Jaybird X2 Sport Bluetooth Headphones

Jaybird X2 Sport Bluetooth Headphones

The prime feature of the second generation of the LG Watch Urbane is its LTE connectivity. Sometimes you won't want to speak into the Urbane's tiny microphone (like a secret agent speaking into their wrist) and often, you might want to listen to music off of your phone. Enjoy the best of both worlds by picking up a high quality pair of Bluetooth earbuds like the Jaybird X2 Sport.

These are superior headphones first and foremost. Jaybird has been on the Bluetooth scene for a long time and developed a reputation for their great audio tones and comfort. The X2 sport buds were designed to fit and stay comfortably in your ear for leisure listening or pumping the jams from your Urbane's internal storage during an intense run. These earbuds last for eight hours on a charge, are sweat-proof, and come with a lifetime warranty. In addition to having superior audio playback, the call answer button and microphone are strategically placed so you can flip between music and calls with minimal effort.

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Artifex Charging Stand

Artifex Charging Dock Stand

The biggest feature of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition happens to be its biggest battery drainer: LTE connectivity. In normal conditions you should be able to make it through a day without problems, but if you're making a lot of calls or in an area with limited cell coverage, you may end up burning through your watch battery faster than you expect, so a second charger for work could be a good idea.

The LG Urbane 2 is still pretty new, which means there is limited selection for really cool charging stands and cradles. However, the Artifex charging dock stand has a really great design and does the job. The primary purpose of a charger is to top up your battery, but why not look cool while you do it? The Artifex tilts your beautiful Urbane faceup, showing it off so you can still monitor the display for notifications, or just admire you sleek new tech accessory.

Note: you cannot use a charger from the first generation of Urbane because the charging pins will not line up with the connector on the watch, so make sure whatever charger you buy, it has been designed for the latest the Urbane.

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Accessorized

The basic things you need to enjoy and use your second generation LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition come with it in the box, but it's always nice to have a few extra accessories to personalize your device for your tastes. If you've been fruitlessly searching online for sweet watch bands to swap in and out and are wondering why you can't find them, that's because the bands cannot be removed from the latest generation of Urbane. That's because the receiver for the LTE connection is built into the band, which makes it important to choose a color you won't grow tired of when you select your watch.

Do you have a favorite accessory for your new LG Urbane watch? If there's something you think should be on our list, make sure to leave a comment below telling us what you have and why you love it!

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4 months ago

Spigen Wallet S case for the Galaxy S7

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Spigen Wallet S case for the Galaxy S

Spigen aims to combine the best of wallets and phone cases with their Wallet S case for the Galaxy S7

Between Samsung Pay and third party digital wallets there is less need to carry your wallet with you everywhere you go. A few taps with the right app can replace your credit and loyalty cards at many stores with tap-and-pay terminals. If you need an in-between step before you fully embrace a digital wallet, Spigen may have a solution. The Wallet S phone case is designed to hold your Galaxy S7 and the most important cards from your wallet.

Style

front view

The S7 clips securely into a hard-shell, non-removable plastic holder within a synthetic leather case. The leather edge of the folio extends a few millimeters around the inner shell giving your phone an extra buffer protecting it from drops and bumps. A flap opens and closes over top of your S7, which may eliminate the need for a screen protector.

The leather cover is held firmly closed thanks to a magnetic clasp preventing your phone from accidentally flipping open when you're holding it. To get the best access to your phone's screen when texting or using an app, you need to fold the wallet flap all the way to the back of the phone so you can reach all corners of your screen with your thumbs.

The case adds to your phone's thickness, but also helps protect it, so it provides a good compromise between form and function.

Features

Kickstand

If you're shopping for wallet cases then having places to keep your money and cards will definitely be important. The Wallet S has three sleeves on the inside of the cover flap to hold your credit and loyalty cards and your licence. The sleeves are flexible enough that you can double-up and add more than one card into each slot. Beneath the sleeves is a thin pocket, which you can use to hold cash (though it needs to be folded to fit properly).

Aside from the wallet features, this case also folds into a kickstand for convenient media viewing. This case was also designed to work with your Galaxy S7's wireless charging capabilities, but when you place this case on the charger, you might have to make a few adjustments to find its sweet spot.

Design

Front view

There are a few compromises you'll have to make if you want to have your phone case function as a case and a wallet. The inner plastic shell leaves access to all ports, the microphone, the speaker, and the power button on your S7. However, your volume buttons can't be easily adjusted unless your case is open, since the flap of the wallet case covers these.

When the case is open, the magnetic clasp curls slightly overtop of your screen. This could be distracting when you're trying to see itn, but you can tuck the clasp behind your phone and pin it there when the front flap is flipped open.

Your Galaxy S7's camera and health sensor are fully accessible and protected, thanks to tapering around the plastic shell and the thickness of the synthetic leather case.

The bottom line

Bottom view

As far as wallet cases go, the Wallet S has all the features you want. The magnetic clasp can be a little annoying when you have the screen open, but it can be tucked out of the way so it does not hang over your screen when in use. This case works with wireless payment methods through Samsung Pay and third party services (assuming the merchant has a modern tap-and-pay terminal) but also provides a safety net by having a spot to store your payment cards as well. If you're looking for a good wallet case that doesn't significantly impact your phone's ease-of-use, the Wallet S is a good option.

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4 months ago

Save $20 on the Wi-Fi-enabled WeMo Switch at Amazon

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Right now you can save $20 on the WeMo Switch at Amazon, dropping the price to just $29. For those not familiar with this switch, it is a Wi-Fi enabled outlet that lets you turn it on and off remotely. Want to turn your curling iron on before you even get out of bed? No problem. Want to turn on a nightlight for the little ones without walking upstairs? It's simple.

The WeMo Switch works with any smartphone or tablet running Android 4.1 or iOS 8 and above. If you've been waiting to make your house a bit smarter, this may be the deal that pushes you to take the first steps.

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4 months ago

Spigen Rugged Armor case for Galaxy S7 edge

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 Spigen Rugged Armor case for Galaxy S7 edge

Will military-grade protection really keep your phone safe?

The Galaxy S7 edge deserves a case that does not detract from its sleek design. You want a case that protects your device from everyday wear and those dreaded corner drops. Does this case meet these requirements?

Let's break things down in terms of style, features, and design to determine if this is the case for you.

Style

Spigen Rugged Armor case for Galaxy S7 edge

The Rugged Armor case is a one-piece sleeve made of TPU that slides easily over your phone. It has two carbon-fiber texture pockets on the back that do not seem to serve any functional purpose. They do, however, give a bit of variation to the otherwise flat case.

Black is your only option for color, so if you bought your phone as a fashion statement you might want to pick a case available in more colors.

Because the sides of the case are fairly smooth (other than the buttons), it tends to slip from the hand quite easily. Moisture conditions might change this, but testing with dry hands and dry case saw the phone on the ground.

Features

Spigen Rugged Armor case for Galaxy S7 edge

If you've ever watched your cat knock things off a shelf, you understand the pain of leaving your phone uncased while it wirelessly charges. Worry not — Rugged Armor is compatible with your wireless charger. Unfortunately the simplicity of this case does not allow for a built-in kickstand. The case is, however, flat on the back and can accept Spigen's Style Ring (sold separately).

Design

Spigen Rugged Armor case for Galaxy S7 edge

The beautiful S7 screen does not fare well when dropped on its corner while not in a case. Rugged Armor has certified military-grade protection featuring air cushions on the corners for extra protection against dreaded corner drops. The entire case acts as a shock absorber to protect your phone's innards against everyday damage while it rides around in your pocket.

The case has a raised bezel along the top and bottom to protect the screen when it's laid flat. Because of the S7 edge's screen design there is no raised bezel on the sides. Dropping your phone on its side or on the edge of the screen could result in damage.

Although this case is form fitted for the S7 edge, it seemed to be a bit loose — perhaps due to the lack of outer shell or perhaps just a faulty model. Either way, keep this in mind when purchasing and remember there might be some extra stretching as the case ages.

The buttons on the side of the phone are covered without impairing functionality. The bottom ports and speaker are uncovered, as is the entirety of the phone's face. Nice if you're fighting against creating a bulky everyday carry.

The Bottom Line

Spigen Rugged Armor case for Galaxy S7 edge

This case lives up to the claim of being slim, however it does seem less rugged than other cases featuring an outer shell.

If this type of case isn't your thing, check out the best clear cases or best overall cases for your Galaxy S7 edge.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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4 months ago

Spigen Slim Armor case for Galaxy S7

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Reviewing the good, the bad, and the ugly of Spigen's Slim Armor case for the Galaxy S7.

Today we're checking out Spigen's Slim Armor case for the Galaxy S7 that promises dual-layered structure for extra protection, air cushion technology, and a kickstand feature that lets you prop up your phone conveniently for watching videos or gaming.

We'll be reviewing the phone's style, features, and overall design to see why (and if!) this case is worth picking up.

Style

Spigen Slim Armor case for the Galaxy S7

Right out of the box, the Slim Armor case is stylish and sturdy. The sleek, silver back with contrasting black edges makes the case sharp to look at, but if you have a white version of the phone, you may not be too thrilled about the thick black border. When the case is on the phone, it's not uncomfortable or bulky, and makes holding the phone feel a lot more secure in your hand.

If you pinch the sides of the case without the phone in it, there's very little give. The box claims the case is drop tested military grade, which means Spigen's protective cases have been tested by a third-party lab to have been certified by Military-Grade protection (so is this case durable? The short answer is yes.)

You can pick up the case in Shimmery White, Gunmetal Grey, Champagne Gold, Violet, or Metal Slate (but keep in mind, these color options are only for the hard outer shell. The inner rubberized protector stays black except for their violet model color, which is a more pastel-purple.)

Features

Spigen Slim Armor case for the Galaxy S7

A unique feature on this case is the kickstand on the back, which helps prop your S7 with ease. While the stand supports the phone, it's not the most sturdy piece — the thin little stand is made of plastic, not metal, and bends if any additional weight is exerted on it.

Design

Spigen Slim Armor case for the Galaxy S7

Even though the slim armor case comes in two pieces (three if you count the stand), it's nearly impossible to take it off that way. Once the case is on your phone, don't bother trying to remove the hard plastic shell from the protective rubber bumper. Instead, peel off the entire case by gently lifting the edges away from the screen.

You can also choose not to have the kickstand installed if you find it annoying (but it snaps to the rubber part of the case securely, so you don't have to worry about it flapping around or potentially breaking off.)

The Bottom Line

Spigen Slim Armor case for the Galaxy S7

All-in-all, Spigen's Slim Armor case for the Galaxy S7 is a good quality, non-bulky piece of equipment that will have you feeling secure if you ever drop your phone. Even though taking the case on and off is a bit of a pain and the quality of the kickstand isn't as high as the rest of the product, this piece of equipment is still worth checking out.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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4 months ago

You can grab six microUSB cables of various lengths for just $7 at Amazon with coupon code

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Right now you can pick up six Tronsmart microUSB cables for just $7 at Amazon with coupon code 6USBCORD, a savings of $4. The set comes with various cable lengths, including (1) one-foot cable, (2) three-foot cables and (3) six-foot cables. If you are the one who never seems to be able to find a cable when you are in need of one, you'll want to grab this collection.

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4 months ago

Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos is a pretty neat, albeit imperfect, Android media player

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The Quick Take

The Tronsmart Vega S95 is an Android powered 4K media player that comes in three flavors: Pro, Meta, and Telos with more RAM and better networking capabilities as you go up the range.

I've been using the Telos variant for a month, and while it's a pretty good device, it could've been much better with just a few small improvements. It works well for the most part, and you wonder why Tronsmart didn't go the extra little bit to make it truly compelling.

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