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5 months ago

Grab two of these keychain USB-C adapters for just $6

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Update: We've got a new coupon code for this one! Use DEZU2DFW for the savings!

Right now you can pick up this awesome little USB-C adapter for just $6 with coupon code DEZU2DFW, a savings of $2 on the two-pack. Why would you need something like this? Well, ever been out and about and everyone has either a Lightning cable or a Micro-USB, and no USB-C cables? Now you can take that Micro-USB cable and turn it into a USB-C cable with this adapter that you can fit right on your keyring.

It has a built-in 56KΩ resistor to for safety and reliability, and even better is that two come in the pack. For the cost of what many spend on a cup of coffee or some afternoon snacks, you'll be able to ensure that your phone is able to be charged while on the go. Remember, you need coupon code DEZU2DFW for the full savings here.

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5 months ago

Best Minimalist Cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Show off the sleek design of your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with these minimalist cases.

If you're the type who shies away from putting a case on your phone because you don't like all that added bulk in your pocket, then you need to consider a minimalist case. They offer protection from scratches and scuffs while keeping the overall look and feel of your phone intact.

Without further ado, let's dive in and look at the best minimalist options for your Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Clear Protective Cover

Let's start with a minimalist case offered by Samsung themselves. Offering basic protection for your Note 7, this slim and clear case is an ideal option for showcasing your phone's beautiful design. This case also features harder plastic around the corners to help protect against drops.

And since it's made by the same company that makes the phone, rest assured that this case is precisely designed to stay snug to your phone while keeping all your ports, speakers and the S Pen perfectly accessible.

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CUVR Carbon Fibre Ultra-Light PC Case

Ultra-light with a slick carbon fibre look along the back plate, this case brings its own stylish touches to your phone while barely adding any bulk to the Note 7. This is a two-piece case, with a tough polycarbonate bumper — available in either rose gold or grey — and a shell that features the carbon fibre pattern on the exterior and soft TPU material on the inside to help with shock absorption from drops.

Of course you'll have full access to all your ports and the S-Pen, and the CUVR case also fully supports wireless charging. It's all backed by a one-year warranty with a 30-day return policy if you're not immediately satisfied with your purchase.

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Spigen Slim & Soft Liquid Crystal

The first of two minimalist Spigen cases to make this list, the Slim & Soft Liquid Crystal is a pliable TPU case that offers solid protection against scratches and scuffs from drops while remaining virtually invisible once installed. This case is about as minimalist as they come, offering about a millimeter of raised lip around the camera on the back, and roughly the same for the lip around the display. If you're bothered by the sight of fingerprints you'll want to look elsewhere, as the glossy finish is a magnet for them.

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CaliCase Premium Ultra Thin Case

The CaliCase Premium is the perfect case for those looking for a paper thin option. Featuring a thickness of just 0.35mm, you're really not going to get much real protection from a serious drop, but it will help prevent your phone from getting scratched and scuffed. It's made of polypropylene and adds virtually no bulk to your phone, with a matte finish that won't show fingerprints or dirt and cutouts for the S Pen, ports, buttons and speakers.

It's available in clear white, clear black and solid black, so you can opt for the style that suits you best.

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Spigen Galaxy Note 7 Thin Fit Case

The Thin Fit case by Spigen offers a stylish, sturdy shell for your Note 7 — and that's about it. The buttons are left fully exposed on the sides and there are cutout on the bottom for the S Pen, ports and speakers.

There are breaks in the plastic around the corners so it's easy to slip on and off, but this also means that there's less protection for drops on the corners. That just the sort of compromise you need to be comfortable making when you're in the market for a minimalist case.

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Did we miss anything?

Are there any minimalist cases for the Note 7 that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!

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5 months ago

Anker celebrates its birthday with 20% savings for all!

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Anker is currently celebrating its fifth birthday with 20% off most of its accessories at Amazon. Whether you need a portable battery pack, some new cables or even a vacuum for your house, you can get it discounted right now. There are a few different models of each available, some higher capacity or longer than others, so be sure to see what you can add to your collection at this nice savings.

Here are some great accessories on sale:

There are a bunch of other items on sale, so be sure to hit the link below to check them all out. Which will you pick up? Let us know in the comments!

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5 months ago

360fly 4K review: The future of action cams

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360fly 4K

The quick take

If you're looking for a fun way to capture yourself doing something cool or mildly dangerous, this is absolutely the camera for you. 360fly has polished nearly every rough edge from the previous model and delivered something that deserved to be considered among action cam fans.

The Good

  • Fun design
  • Single button makes quick captures easy
  • Relatively easy to upload and share

The Bad

  • Does not capture a full sphere
  • Wi-Fi Direct is still awkward
  • Massive lens is delicate, prone to scratching

Everything is better in 4K

360fly 4K Review

Last year, 360fly seemed like a camera in need of a market. The original design was clearly aimed at action cam folks, but offered few of the features necessary to hook those users and an app that was downright clunky. At the end of my original review I warned users would probably want to wait for the upcoming 4K model, and that time is now. 360fly 4K is here, and with it you'll find a camera that lives up to the promise of the original — a 360-degree action camera.

Check out 360fly 4K side by side with the original 360fly!

360fly 4K

Same same, but different, but still same.

360fly Hardware

360fly is a weird angular sphere with a single massive fisheye lens, a single physical button, and no ports. It's nearly identical to the original 360fly design, which is solid. The single lens doesn't capture a complete 360-degree sphere, but there's also no need for stitching software either. It's a single lens you mount on a bike or in your car or even on top of your head if you really wanted. The standard camera tripod screw on the bottom means it'll work with about every camera mounting accessory, and the included GoPro adapter in the box means it'll adapt to everything else. The single button gives you a single option — push once to record and go do your thing.

The magnetic socket on the bottom of the orb lets the camera sit flat when it isn't mounted somewhere, and when you set 360fly on top of its charging dock you gain the ability to transfer video over USB to a PC. Needing to carry around a separate charging plate is as tedious for this camera as it is for anything else, but through that you get a camera that can be submerged 30ft without any damage. Compared to the barely splash resistant 360-degree competition or action cams that regularly require special cases for submersion, it's a small compromise.

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Surprisingly, the most useful addition to the design has been the light ring on the base of the camera. The big button on the side of 360fly glows several colors to indicate the current state of the camera, and the ring on the bottom now glows that same color. It's slightly more noticeable in bright sunlight with a protective helmet on, and it's way more noticeable on the bottom of a glossy drone 10ft above your head. The change is subtle, but so important.

Making the whole top of this camera a giant lens means there's very little protecting the glass. This isn't a huge problem for most cameras, where care is implied, but action cameras by nature are exposed to some roughness. For example, 360fly included a suction cup mount for its camera that is rated for well over 100 mph and we decided to test that claim on the front of a 2016 BMW k1300s Motorsport Edition.

The suction cup did in fact handle 120 mph without issue, but shortly after the motorcycle came to a stop the suction cup dropped to the asphalt and the camera became irreparably damaged. This four foot fall is fairly mild compared to the more intense GoPro footage you find out in the world, which is a serious problem for those looking to do something crazy with this camera.

THIS is Halloween!

Oh hey, a kitchen sink!

360fly Software

While little has changed about the overall design of the 360fly app, there are way more features now. 360fly now lets you edit photos and videos through the app in several significant ways, as well as use the app as a real time viewfinder with live filters and camera modes that can be applied while you're shooting.

Editing photos and videos directly in the app is a huge improvement.

You can capture the whole scene around you, positioned vertically or horizontally just in case you're drone surfing with your camera, or you can narrow the field of view down and have some fun with what almost looks like panoramic video. If capturing and sharing later isn't good enough for you, 360fly has partnered with a Livit to allow live streaming a 360-degree sphere over your phone's cellular connection.

It's clear from the single big friendly button on the front of 360fly — which only allows you to record video — that photos aren't the main priority for this camera. Many competing cameras are photo first, video second, but 360fly clearly feels most of its users will want to tap that big button and go do something worth sharing on video. The photo suite in the app is enough for great single photos or time lapses, complete with manual control over ISO and other details if you're interested in a specific kind of shot. The resulting photos are on par with what you'd get from a Ricoh Theta S, save of course for the small black space on the bottom of the sphere where there is no image.

360fly app

Easily the most important feature for action cam enthusiasts is the ability to add a little control to the viewer's focus. You can publish a video and let the viewer pan around on their own, or you can create a viewing path that follows a specific object in the video. This could be a face, a bike, or even a cloud in the sky. The target will be the focal point until the user decides to try and look elsewhere, which means you have some control over the story being told with your video. While there is a Desktop client for all of this, you can do it all through the app with no issue.

This team wanted to throw every conceivable feature into its app, and for the most part succeeded. The app feels complete, and letting a third party handle steaming means the heavy lifting can happen elsewhere. Even sharing to other networks has improved, which is so important now. Quick sharing to Facebook or YouTube is a button press away, but if you'd prefer to keep using the 360fly hosting service for the best possible quality, that option is always right next to the others.

The only thing missing from this app is more defined audio control. Currently you can either keep the audio included with your experience, cut the audio entirely, or add a song of your choosing. These options are fine as long as you aren't doing something louder than the microphones can handle, in which case what would really be helpful would be something that simply cut the audio in half so it wasn't deafening to the viewer.

I need a snowboard and some duct tape.

360fly Experience

If you're capturing yourself doing something crazy, it makes all the sense in the world to capture the entire moment. Using a regular action cam means you get to share a small window of what has happened in front of you. Using a 360-degree camera means the viewer get the whole picture. The look on your face as your take the turn, the faces in the crowd as you skate by, or the stuff happening behind you that you didn't even know about until later. Action cams should always be 360-degree, especially when the creator can control the viewer's focus with software as easily as you can with the 360fly app.

No matter how you look at it, 360fly 4K is a more capable and higher quality camera than its predecessor.

Fragility is a concern with every 360-degree camera with exposed lenses, but using 360fly placed a real emphasis on potential damage to the lens. There's nothing to be done about the scuffs on the review unit we have here, and you can see the damage in every photo and video captured after the accident. On the other hand, there's very little chance many of the other competing cameras would have handled the drop quite as well.

Having a light ring on the bottom of this camera makes a huge difference in how often you need to check and make sure it's still recording. The app does a great job keeping you informed, but if you're recording something dynamic it helps to not have to reach into your pocket and check quite as frequently. It's dead simple to see the glowing red and know you're still recording.

A fully charged battery isn't quite enough to completely fill the included 64GB of internal storage, but it's more than enough to record for an hour or capture a timelapse over four hours. The larger file size hasn't made any significant difference in battery drain, which is fantastic. Despite being one of the physically smaller cameras of its kind, the battery lasts more than long enough to have lots of fun.

Coming in for a landing!

Should you buy it? Sure!

No matter how you look at it, 360fly 4K is a more capable and higher quality camera than its predecessor. Images and video are much nicer, it's much more user friendly now, and the original design has held up well with some minor improvements. That having been said, it's still a 360-degree camera aimed at folks wondering what comes after a GoPro, with a price tag that competes directly with the GoPro Hero 4 line.

If you're looking for a fun way to capture yourself doing something cool, this is absolutely the camera for you. If you just want to take 360-degree photos and maybe a video every once in while, this is probably not your camera.

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5 months ago

What to look for when buying a pair of Bluetooth headphones

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Buying accessories like Bluetooth headphones can be frustrating, but we can help.

There are so many different Bluetooth headphone models from different companies — and of course, they all claim they are the best — and so many different opinions that it's easy to feel lost and end up buying something that doesn't work for you. And they aren't exactly cheap, which can make it a costly mistake.

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5 months ago

Best Tempered Glass Screen Protectors For Honor 8

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Protect the glass on your Honor 8 with these tempered glass screen protectors.

The Honor 8 features a crisp 1080p 5.2-inch display that you'll want to protect from scratches and drop damage. Tempered glass screen protectors are hands-down the best way to protect the glass on your phone.

The issue here, along with screen protectors for many other phones, is with the slight curve along the edge of the Honor 8's screen. You'll never quite get full screen coverage with a Tempered glass screen protector on a curved screen. Even still, investing in a $15 screen protector on day one could save you from having to shell out to replace a cracked screen sometime down the line. Silver lining to the lack of edge-to-edge protection, they should pair well with all sorts of cases for your Honor 8.

With that disclaimer out of the way, here are some of the best options for protecting your Honor 8 screen — and even a bonus protector for protecting the glass on the back!

Nillkin H+Pro Anti-Explosion Tempered Glass Screen Protector

This screen protector from Nillkin comes with everything you'll need to clean your screen and get a perfect application the first time. It advertises itself as "anti-explosion" (insert Note 7 joke here), which means that even if (or when) the screen protector shatters, the shards won't go everywhere thanks to a thin film along the surface. A good feature to have considering the precision cutouts near the top the front-facing camera and ear speaker.

With 9H hardness and 2.5D edging to provide maximum scratch protection and comfort, and an oleophobic coating to help prevent fingerprints and other dirt, this screen protector will keep your Honor 8 looking good.

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J&D Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Honor 8

Two screen protectors are better than one, because it's always good to have a backup in case your primary takes the brunt of a fall.

It's hard to find significant differences between screen protectors, but J&D's tempered screen protectors feature a cutout along the top that goes under the camera and ear speaker. That's either a positive or negative feature depending on your perspective — either you don't like that there's less screen coverage, or you appreciate that there isn't a tiny bridge of tempered glass around the ear speaker that will likely be the first part to break. Both protectors included here come with hydrophobic and oleophobic screen coating and the standard 9H surface hardness you'd expect from a tempered glass option. When you consider the cost and the fact you get two screen protectors for under $10, this is a great deal.

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Ultimate Shield Black Tempered Glass Screen Protector

Ultimate Shield's tempered glass offering for the Honor 8 features a colored border at the top and bottom especially match whichever color of the phone you own. We've linked to the black option below, but it also comes in blue and white as well. The kit includes a microfiber cloth, wet cloth, and dust stickers to ensure you get a perfect installation. Cutouts around the camera and ear speaker along with a window around the Honor logo at the bottom should help with lining things up during installation.

Based out of the UK, Ultimate Shield boasts free shipping worldwide on all orders.

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SANMIN Tempered Glass Back Protector

Given that the Honor 8 features glass on the front and back, you're playing with fire if you don't put a case on it. However, many people simply prefer the 'naked' look for their phone.

With the SANMIN Tempered Glass Back Protector, you can add some extra protection to the back glass of your Honor 8 without having to compromise the sleek look and feel of your phone's design. At just .33 mm thick, this is an ultra-thin sheet of glass that features cutouts around the fingerprint sensor and the cameras and flash. Just like the tempered glass protectors for the screen, this won't exactly reach to the very edge of the curved back panel of glass, but it will prevent fingerprints and dirty smudges with it's oleophobic coating. Paired with a screen protector on the other side, your Honor 8 will be secretly protected from cracks and scratches.

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Protecting curved screens

As we mentioned, tempered glass screen protectors can't go edge-to-edge on phones with curved glass screens. Given the choice, which do you prioritize more: sleek style, or rugged durability?

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5 months ago

Best MicroSD Card For Android

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Behold: The best tiny cards for storing your stuff.

microSD cards, where they're supported, are a great way to add extra storage to an Android phone or tablet. You can easily offload photos, videos and music to the external card, thus freeing up valuable internal space for apps. And certain Android 6.0 and above phones even let you plug in a microSD and use it to directly boost your storage for all things — including apps.

But the microSD standard has been around for longer than Android, and not all cards are equal. So we've rounded up the best out there.

Best top-tier

Samsung EVO+ 256GB

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Samsung's very-highest-of-the-high-end microSD card isn't cheap. In fact, it's the priciest on this list. But you're also getting a winning combination of performance and storage capacity, with 90MB/sec write speeds and 95MB/sec reads, and an enormous 256GB of space.

That's more than you'll never need in a smartphone, and the high read/write speeds will help if you're shooting lots of 4K video on a high-end phone like the Galaxy S7 (as too will that enormous capacity.) Better still, it's water, temperature, X-ray and magnetic proof, so you needn't worry about it getting damaged while you're out and about.

Best value - capacity

PNY Elite 128GB

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If you want a nice high storage capacity without breaking the bank, PNY's UHS-I 128GB card is a good option — $34.89 gets you a staggering amount of storage, and with pretty fast read speeds to boot — up to 85MB/s. It's about the lowest price we've seen for a 128GB card, and a great way to free up a ton of space on your phone or tablet.

What's more, you can pay an extra $10 at checkout and get an OTG reader thrown in too.

Best value - speed

Lexar Professional 1000x 32GB UHS-II/U3

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If speed is more important — for example, if you're using Android's Adoptable Storage feature to keep apps on your SD card — you might want to give this Lexar card a shot. It uses UHS-II flash memory and boasts read speeds of up to 150MB/sec. The capacity isn't the greatest, but if you're up for paying $14 more you can double your capacity to 64GB.

The Lexar card also comes with a USB reader for plugging into your PC.

Best Balanced

SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB UHS-I/U3

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This SanDisk card won't break the bank at a little under $45, but offers a great balance of speed and capacity. 64GB should be enough for most people's photo, video and offline music needs, while the card's speed rating offers up to 90MB/sec writes and 95MB/sec reads.

The card also comes with a full-sized SD adapter, for plugging into a laptop or camera.

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5 months ago

Spigen Style Ring Review: The ultimate phone accessory

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Spigen's Style Ring is a multipurpose minimalist phone accessory you may just fall in love with.

So many smartphone accessories claim themselves to be a must-have accessory, but rarely do they actually live up to the advertised hype. More often than not, they end up in some drawer after a month or two for one reason or another — you've upgraded to a new phone that's not compatible with it, or you just got bored with using it.

The Spigen Style Ring may just be able to buck that trend. By incorporating so many handy features into one universal smartphone accessory, it basically become more and more essential the longer you use it.

And if you're also among the millions of folks swept up in Pokémon Go mania, you've spent countless hours running through your city trying to catch 'em all. During our own hunting adventures, we've come to realize the Style Ring is also the perfect Pokémon Go accessory.

No more death-gripping your phone

If you've own a smartphone for long enough, drop damage is inevitable. If you're lucky, it falls the "right way" and doesn't cause any permanent scuffs or cracks. With the Style Ring, you get an added layer of security when your phone is in hand. Slip your finger in the ring and you really don't have to worry about dropping your phone.

For Pokémon, the idea of not having to death grip your phone as you weave your way down streets and through parks tracking an elusive Pokémon is pretty novel. The Style Ring gives you the confidence and freedom to take off running when you hear someone yell about a wild Vaporeon — without ever having to worry about dropping your phone.

Perfectly car compatible

Another simple accessory included with every Style Ring is the Hook Mount, a little rubberized-plastic nub with mounting tape on the back. Wipe down a spot on your car's dashboard, adhere the Hook Mount, and you just installed one of the most minimalist car mounts for your phone on the market.

To mount your phone, you simply extend the ring, hook it on the mount, and push until you feel it pop into place. BAM! Your phone is secure and accessible to you as you drive. Perfect for controlling your music on the go, following along with turn-by-turn directions from Google Maps, or a quick swipe if you're near a PokéStop at a red light.

For Pokémon players who love to play while being driven around, the Style Ring lets you confidently lean out the window like a dog and really stretch your phone to get into range of distant PokéStop. As long as you've got the Style Ring on your finger, your phone is secure. We're definitely not recommending such behavior, we've just seen people doing it and it's only a matter of time before someone's phone slips and shatters on the pavement below.

Also works great on bike

If you're more of a Pokémon purist, maybe you prefer to bike around as you hatch and catch. With the Style Ring, you're able to maintain much better control of your bike while still managing to keep your phone literally on hand. This allows you to conveniently swipe PokéStops as you bike past, or pop off your bike at a moment's notice when you feel that vibration informing you a Pokémon is around.

This goes without saying, but as the game warns on load up, always be careful and alert when you're out and about. Heed the words of Professor Oak who frequently scolded you — there are time and places where you simply shouldn't be on your bike. Be considerate to your fellow trainers!

Better range for one-handed Pokéball throws

So we've talked about how the Style Ring can help you keep a better grip on your phone, but let's talk about how the Style Ring might help with some Pokémon Go fundamentals: catching Pokémon!

Spigen highlights how the Style Ring grants you a wider reach across larger smartphones. This added range will give you more control over your Poké Ball throws.

Once you're on that XP grind to to level up your trainer, every little addition helps. That means maximizing every Pokémon catch with a throw bonus. One of the coolest (and often frustrating) techniques is the curveball throw. It nets you an extra 10 XP, which should become automatic when you get the curveball down pat.

If you need to work on your curveball throws, we've got a guide for that!

And it's got other uses beyond Pokémon Go, too

On top of everything previously mentioned, the Style Ring also doubles as a kickstand, which is awesome. With the ability to tilt and swivel the ring 180 and 360 degrees respectively, you have the freedom to set up your phone any which way you want. Prop it up in portrait orientation on your work desk, or flip it to landscape for watching YouTube videos or Netflix.

There are many other clever uses for the Style Ring — you just need to use your imagination. Mobile Nation's own Kevin Michaluk is a huge fan of the Style Ring. On top of all the awesome functionality of the Style Ring mentioned above, he enjoys using it as a spin-the-phone game for determining who's going to pick up the cheque when out for dinner with friends.

Because of how the Style Ring secures to the back of your phone, removing it does takes some elbow grease. Best practise is to wedge something thin such as a guitar pick under a corner then slowly peel it back. But you can swap the Style Ring to another phone, which is great. Take care of your Style Ring and it may just outlive your device.

Oh, and if you're wondering, it doesn't quite work as a beer bottle opener. We tried.

Get it to match your phone

Spigen offers the Style Ring in five familiar colors — Space grey, Champagne Gold, Black, and White — so you should be able to find the right color to match your phone.

If only they came in Valor red, Mystic blue and Instinct yellow. (Psst! Spigen, you listening?)

An essential accessory, for average phone user, or the ultimate Pokémon Go fan!

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5 months ago

Grab this five-pack of Micro-USB cables for just $3!

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Right now you can pick up a five-pack of Aukey's Micro-USB cables for just $3 at Amazon with coupon code AU5CABLE. The cables come in a variety of sizes, including (2) 1-foot and (3) 3.3-foot cables. Whether you need some extra cables for the car, your office, or just to have around, this deal makes it extremely affordable to take them everywhere you could imagine. And thanks to its durable TPE coating these cables should be able to withstand some use and abuse.

Remember, you'll need coupon code AU5CABLE for the full savings on these cables. Picking some up? Let us know in the comments!

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5 months ago

Best leather cases for the Galaxy S7

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Galaxy S7

The Galaxy S7 is a sophisticated phone. It demands a sophisticated case.

Many cases that are meant purely for protection aren't necessarily the prettiest. Leather cases are a great and durable way to protect your Galaxy S7 while maintaining a sense of upscale style and really making your phone stand out.

We've rounded up the best (and sexiest) leather cases we could find, just for you.

Piel Frama FramaSlim

Piel Frama FramaSlim

Piel Frama's line of FramaSlim leather cases for the Galaxy S7 are the epitome of haute couture. The height of fashion also means top price, with these cases starting at 60€ (around $70 US).

That being said, you get what you pay for, which is one of five types of handcrafted genuine leather cases made in Spain. You have your choice of cowskin, cowskin-crocodile, iForte Style (a more rugged cowskin), lizard, and stingray. These are all blends of calfskin and other material that add a truly personal touch to your S7. "Oh, your case is from Best Buy? Mine was hand-made by an old man in rural Spain."

Piel Frama has been making leather cases for cell phones since 1984, so if anyone knows how to craft a case that fits your phone perfectly, offering a bit of protection and maximum style, it's Frama. Form meets function, in that there is no need to open your case when you want to talk, so that you don't have the cover awkwardly flapping away.

Something to note is that your phone doesn't actually sit in these cases, rather it sits on them via an adhesive pad. This pad, however, has deep "craters" in it so that no residue is left on your S7.

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Leather wallet case by Sarac Leather

Sarac Leather

We mined Etsy for leather cases because some of the finest craftspeople in the world sell their good there. This leather wallet case by Sarac Leather is a gorgeous and stylish cover that offers your S7 some solid protection, while accenting it with personal style.

Hand-made of genuine leather, this unit comes in either brown or purple suede and has two slots on the inside for debit or credit cards. The cover also flips back and folds to provide a handy stand for hands-free video watching or calling.

Since these are hand-made items, no two are alike, so if you want a case that's truly unique to you and your S7, then consider Sarac Leather's offer.

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Leather wallet case by Jinapple

Jinapple

Jinapple's handmade leather case for your GS7 is one of rustic beauty and somewhat rugged protection. It's made of the type of leather that you're not worried about scuffing up, since that would just add to its appeal.

The leather comes in a few different shades of brown and then you have your choice of brown for the thread. You can make everything uniform or your can make the thread pop by choosing a dark leather and light thread. There are many combinations, meaning your case will truly be yours. For an extra five bucks you can even have your initials etched into it.

There are three slots for cards on the inside and a larger cash slot that can fit cash. The thin leather won't add a ton of bulk to your S7 and you won't be able to fill it with credit cards so no worry of bulk there either.

If you want a splash of rugged style and like the feel of leather but don't want a case that you have to preen over and worry about scratching, then give Jinapple's offer a look.

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Leather wallet case by Istanbul Leather Shop

Istanbul Leather Shop

This is the type of leather case that you'd associate with a glass of 12 year old scotch and a deep leather chair, with a roaring fire next to it and a portrait of Ron Swanson on the mantle – refined.

This elegantly designed case has three slots inside for credit and debit cards, with a little more room that some of the other cases in this roundup. So, the front cover is a little bulkier, but it'll still fit comfortably in your pocket.

There are speaker holes on the front so that you can talk with the cover closed. You can also fold the cover back to create a stand for hands-free video watching.

There is only one choice for color, but it's a deep and rich brown that will suit any Galaxy S7 color.

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Leather wallet pouch by Benittorre

Benittorre

This case is a little different from the others in this roundup in that it's a pouch rather than a folio. Your S7 easily slide in and out of this handsomely crafted pouch without being scratched up, since the inside is made of soft microfiber. Heck, it might even clean your screen as you slide it out.

The front pocket is only really designed to fit one card, but you might sneak two in if you don't mind a bit of stretch. You have the choice of a bare case, one with the Benittorre logo, or a monogrammed case, which makes this one an excellent and personalizable gift idea for someone special.

This is the best-reviewed case in our roundup, so Benittorre is clearly doing something right. If you're looking for a case that easily flips open and stands when you want to watch videos, this isn't for you. However, if you're wanting more of a sheath to protect your S7 while it's in your pocket or purse, then this pouch is beautifully ideal.

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Samsung leather cover

Samsung leather cover

This still isn't available on Samsung's website, but you can find it on Amazon for around $35. Looking more like a textured bumper case, Samsung is joining form with function in a sophisticated-looking package. It's made from genuine leather that's hardened to make your Galaxy S7 feel substantial, though it likely won't protect your phone from a big drop – you do compromise protection for style.

However, it will indeed protect your Galaxy S7 from scratches and bumps and the raised bezel on the front will protect the screen should you lay your phone face-down.

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If leather cases just aren't doing it for you, check out our roundup of the best cases for the Samsung Galaxy S7.


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5 months ago

Grab this 3-port travel charging hub for $6.50 right now!

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Ugreen is currently offering its USB travel hub with cradle for just $6.50 with coupon code JR958YZF, which happens to be the lowest price the company has offered it at. Normally priced at $11, you'll save $4.50 on the purchase. It offers 3 USB ports to plug in the cables of your choice, as well as a cradle to place your phone for safe keeping while it is charging. You'll have a single 2.1A charging port, as well as two other 1A charging ports, and it has its own on/off switch to prevent wasting power.

If you are looking for a portable way to charge more than one device, this may be your best bet. Remember, you'll need coupon code JR958YZF for the full savings.

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5 months ago

PlayStation 4 vs PlayStation 4 Slim: What's the difference?

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How much thinner is the new PlayStation 4?

While all eyes were on Sony's big PlayStation 4 Pro during the announcement, a new slimmer PlayStation 4 snuck onto store shelves. Instead of being called a Slim model like previous generations, it's simply also called PlayStation 4.

The goal is to replace the current PlayStation 4 on store shelves eventually, leaving only this new model and the PlayStation 4 Pro for shoppers to choose between. Until that happens, there are a pair of boxes labeled PlayStation 4 on shelves and it's not entirely clear what the differences between them are. Here's what you need to know!

In keeping with Sony's previous slim PlayStation releases, the goal with this new PS4 is mostly aesthetic. Sony claims the new PlayStation 4 consumes less power, but the big feature here is size. The new PlayStation 4 is noticeably thinner, and slightly narrower. As you can see by comparing the two side by side, the updated design drops the even split on either side of the big black line in the middle of the console and instead makes the top way thinner. This updated design is also matte black instead of glossy on half, and the under side of the casing swaps out streaks of anti-skid rubber for PlayStation themed anti-skid marks.

As silly as this may seem, the biggest update to the new PlayStation 4 design is the inclusion of discrete buttons on the face of the console. These two buttons, instead of the touch sensitive strips on the face, make it abundantly clear when you're powering on/off and ejecting a disk. It's a fairly small update in the grand scheme of things, but anyone who regularly tapped the front of the original PlayStation 4 only to have nothing happen will welcome the change.

Sony's DualShock 4 controller has also received a slight update, though you wouldn't know it by looking at them powered off. The touch pad in the center of the controller now shows you a sliver of light coming from the light bar. This means you know when the controller is producing light without looking at the back of the controller, and no extra power is consumed in the process. It's a nice little detail, but not something that will send most folks scrambling to replace their existing controllers.

The new PlayStation 4, which is currently being sold in a 500GB bundle with Uncharted 4, is exactly what we've come to expect from Sony with its "slim" releases. It's a physical update so this standard PlayStation 4 looks like a sibling to the PlayStation 4 Pro. It looks nice unless you're a fan of the white version of the PlayStation 4, and as the packaging suggests it's everything you need to get ready for PlayStation VR. Just like choosing between this new PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 4 Pro, the biggest reason anyone would choose the original version over this newer version is price.

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5 months ago

Samsung's Galaxy S7 camera lens case is a wonderful, hard-to-justify accessory

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Just about everyone's taking smartphone pictures with the same focal length — but you can change that.

Since the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were released, I've been enamored by the official Samsung "camera lens case" that lets you attach two high-quality camera lenses — one wide-angle, one telephoto — to the phone for unique shooting possibilities. Then Samsung just didn't launch the cases in the U.S., or pretty much any big market around the world. Being a self-proclaimed photography nerd I just had to try them, though.

So when the good people over at MobileFun offered to send me a Galaxy S7 camera lens case for review, I took them up on it right away. Here's what I've found using is odd-looking contraption for my photographic escapades.

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5 months ago

How much faster are Samsung's Fast Wireless Chargers?

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How much faster are Fast Wireless chargers?

Wireless charging is one of those things most folks tend to ignore for two reasons. No Android phone that supports wireless charging has ever included a wireless charger in the box, and wireless charging is never as fast as the charger you do get in the box. It's only marginally more convenient to set a phone on a little tray than it is to plug it in, so the list of positives has never really been high enough to justify mass adoption.

Samsung's recent phones have included a new kind of wireless charging — dubbed Fast Wireless Charging — which aimed to do something about the charging rate. With more Samsung phones arriving with this Fast Wireless support, we decided to take a look at the difference between these new chargers and the older Qi chargers from the Nexus 5 days.

Your average wireless charger

Qi and Powermat chargers have been around for a while, and while most of them look like small platters you connect Micro-USB cables to there are a few that have drifted from this design. Zens has a cool Qi car charger you just slip your phone into, Fonesalesman makes a battery pack with a Qi coil on top, and the list goes on. The problem with these chargers is rarely design, and usually output. These chargers had a maximum output of 5V/1A, which charges a Galaxy S7 from 9% to 100% in about five hours.

This is fine if you're charging your phone overnight, or if you're leaving your phone at your desk all day during work, but when your power cable can replenish 30% of your battery in 10 minutes that wireless charger becomes a lot more difficult to justify. The only real benefit here is less stress on your Micro-USB or USB-C port, which is frequently not worth the cost of a wireless charging accessory. Even a really cool one.

Fast Wireless Charging

Setting the same Galaxy S7 on a new Samsung Fast Wireless charger offers a mostly similar experience. You get a notification that your phone is charging wirelessly with a fun animation, and the phone starts charging. There's a small indicator for faster charging, like you get with Samsung's included rapid charger, but the results are a little different.

On a Fast Wireless charger, our Galaxy S7 charged from 9% to 100% in just over two hours, cutting the total charge time in half. A quick look at power input through Ampere confirmed that Fast Wireless Charging was delivering almost exactly twice the amount of energy to the phone. This isn't quite as fast as a rapid charger, which will take this same Galaxy S7 from 9% to 100% in 90 minutes, but it's still pretty great when compared to the alternative.

Should you upgrade?

Samsung's Fast Wireless Charger certainly delivers a much faster charge than the previous generation of Qi and Powermat chargers, but it's still an additional accessory you need to buy for your phone. That means shelling out around $50 for one of these accessories from Samsung, or keeping your eye out for a deal on third-part Fast Wireless Chargers. Now that Fast Wireless chargers exist for the house and car, it may be worth considering a full replacement to wireless charging. On the other hand, your included power cable still delivers the fastest overall charge.

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5 months ago

Grab Seneo's fast wireless charger for 50% off right now!

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Right now you can pick up Seneo's fast wireless charging pad for just $20, a 50% savings with coupon code 8WXEUCWC. The charging pad stands the phone in an upright position so you can easily see notifications as they come in, and other stuff on the screen without having to lift it up. Being a fast wireless charging pad, this will get your battery powered up around 1.4 times faster than a standard pad.

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