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Best HTC 10 accessories

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Get the most out of your HTC 10 with these great accessories.

The HTC 10 is one of the best Android phones you can own. If you've got one or are planning to get one, you'll also want to get some accessories to compliment your new device. We've outlined some of the best options — from cases and screen protectors to car mounts and microSD cards — to protect and enhance your HTC 10 experience.

Ice View Case from HTC

HTC Ice View case

The Ice View Case is the perfect combination of protection and functionality, specifically designed by HTC for their flagship phone. With a transparent screen cover, you're able take photos, read texts, switch between songs, and turn on the flashlight, while keeping your screen fully protected.

HTC Ice View also has support for third-party notifications, so you can keep up-to-date with social media at a glance.

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Not quite your style? Looking for a more heavy duty case perhaps? Check out our breakdown of the best cases for the HTC 10.


G-Colour Tempered Glass Screen Protector

G-Color tempered glass screen protector

If you decide to forego HTC's case with built-in screen cover, you're still going to want protect that beautiful 5.2-inch screen. G-Color's tempered glass offering for the HTC 10 is a great option.

It features an oleophobic coating to reduce smudges and fingerprints and, at only 0.24mm thick, you'll know you're protected without noticing the screen protector is there. We've also been keen on the Orzly's tempered glass screen protector, which purports to address the screen's curved edge. It's another option to check out if screen coverage is an important factor for you.

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Want more options for protecting your HTC 10 screen? Check out our roundup of the best tempered glass screen protectors for the HTC 10.


Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSD

Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSD

The HTC 10 supports expandable memory up to 200GB, via microSD — a feature you'll definitely want to take advantage of. One of the best options out there is the Samsung Evo Plus 128GB.

With write speeds of up to 80MB/s, this waterproof, magnet-proof microSD card will work great for storing your HD video, photos, music and games, and is a great choice if you're considering adoptable storage. It's an investment well worth the cost, especially if you're planning to take full advantage of the HTC 10's impressive cameras.

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Looking for more microSD options for your HTC 10? Check out our list of the best microSD cards for the HTC 10.


Belkin 6ft 2.0 USB Type-A to USB Type-C charging cable

Belkin 6ft 2.0 USB Type-A to USB Type-C charging cable

The HTC 10 has a new USB-C port, and uses Type-C cables for charging, so unless you've owned other devices that use this newer charging cable, you'll probably want to stock up on another for your car or office. With a length of 6 feet, this option from a trusted brand such as Belkin should give you all the versatility you require.

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TYLT Capio 2.0 Car Mount

TYLT Capio 2.0 Car Mount

The TYLT Capio 2.0 is a universal car mount that looks almost identical to the one HTC sells specifically for the HTC 10 — except at half the price. With a micro-gel suction cup that should securely adhere to any solid surface and a fully-adjustable swiveling arm, you should be able to set it up as you like in your car and be on your way.

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Still looking for another option for mounting your phone in your car? We've rounded up the best universal car mounts just for you.


Samsung LEVEL in-ear stereo headset

Samsung LEVEL in-ear headset

The HTC 10 features Boomsound technology, which means you'll enjoy fantastic audio quality when listening to your favorite music through the built-in speakers or through headphones.

This recommendation comes from our own Jerry Hildebrand's guide to choosing the best headphones. Samsung's LEVEL earbuds are perfect if you want good quality in a small, portable package, and they come with a hard zip-up case for storage and travel.

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Got an accessory you love that didn't make our list? Mention it in the comments below!

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Best camera drones

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5 best camera drones you can buy in 2016

What are the best camera drones I can buy right now?

Whether you're an independent filmmaker looking to step up your game with drone videography, or simply a hobbyist looking to record stunning video to share with friends and family, you'll want to invest in a top-of-the-line camera drone.

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Best leather cases for Note 7

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Best leather cases for Note 7

What's the best leather case for Galaxy Note 7? We've got a few favorites that are sure to dazzle!

The Galaxy Note 7 is sophisticated, so its case should be nothing less. Leather whispers sophistication in a dulcet tone that compliments your Note 7 elegantly. Here are the best leather cases you can find for the Galaxy Note 7.

Spigen Wallet S

Spigen Wallet S

Spigen makes some the best phone cases around and its Wallet S faux-leather case is perfect for anyone who wants a leather case for their Note 7, and especially perfect for the animal lover in all of us.

The shiny black finish is sophisticated and rather business-like but has this sexy quality that lets you know it's all pleasure.

In typical wallet case fashion, there're three slots for cards and a cash pocket inside, and the reversible magnetic latch is handy for keeping your case both closed and open. The cover folds back into a stand for hands-free usage, and the PU leather is flexible and easy to work with.

It may seem odd to start a leather case roundup with one that's made of pleather, but it feels the same (if not better) and happens to be the best of the best.

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Tauri wallet flip cover

Tauri

Tauri's wallet case for the Note 7 is the classic wallet case you'd expect: it has room for three cards, a bit of cash, and the front cover closes to enrobe your phone in luscious, genuine leather, secured by a magnetic clasp.

Its best feature, of course, is its ability to fold back into a stand so that you can watch YouTube and Netflix and play games hands-free. The leather is soft to the touch and feels great in your hand - it's not slippery.

Your Note 7 sits in a silicone shell inside, with a cutout at the back so you can take photos and video, and the charging port is left open so that you never have to take the case off.

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IstanbulLeatherShop

IstanbulLeatherShop

Etsy is an awesome place to find quality leather cases for just about any phone and the IstanbulLeatherShop always delivers. This handmade, genuine leather wallet case is gorgeous and understated, with a wan finish that gives it a modern look.

It has an inner shell that grips your Note 7, while keeping ports and buttons open, and the front cover secures tightly with a magnetic closure. Or, you can opt for "Book Style" and go without the closure.

The cover folds back into a handy stand for hands-free viewing, and the suede microfiber lining won't scratch up your screen.

Handmade means that every wallet case is unique, so if you want a case just for you, Etsy and the IstanbulLeatherShop is just the place.

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Ringke Flex S

Ringke Flex S

If you want a leather case but still worry about leather's durability, then why not go for a case that blends leather in with the protective qualities you already look for?

The Flex S series by Ringke is a really cool blend of flexible TPU and a faux-leather on the back that stylish, sophisticated, and very effective in the event of a drop or bump.

The softer TPU bumper is perfect for shock absorption and protecting your Note 7 from scratches and the pleather back gives it a cool, almost rugged look, like if Indiana Jones had a modern phone case, it'd be this one.

Ringke makes great-fitting cases all around, and starting at $13, you really can't go wrong.

You have your choice of Deep Blue, Sleek Gray, or Vintage Brown.

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Caseology Envoy

Caseology Envoy

I've only recently come to realize that Caseology makes some of the coolest cases around. Every time I research a roundup like this, its products just get better and better, and the Envoy is no different.

The Envoy is a dual-layer affair, with a flexible TPU shell that has a pleather back and a polycarbonate frame that sits around the whole thing to secure it all in place.

That's awesome on three fronts: 1. Your Note 7 is protected from drops and scratches, thanks to the rubbery TPU. 2. That protection is enhanced by the hard polycarbonate frame that helps disperse impact around the TPU. 3. The faux-leather back looks really cool and if you pick the right color, it'll have "you" written all over it!

You have your choice of beige, Cherry Oak, green, and navy blue leather, all with gold polycarbonate frames.

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Benittorre leather phone cover

Benittorre

Benittorre's option isn't so much a case as it is a pouch, but it's a freakin' sweet pouch, made of genuine leather. Some folks might be worried about a pouch and easy access to their Note 7, but this one features a pull ribbon that makes extraction a breeze.

The hand-stitching is expertly done and every cover is unique, meaning you'll have a one-of-a-kind case to show off that'll have everyone asking about it.

One of the most consumer-friendly options Benittorre offers is the choice to have its logo on your cover or not. If that doesn't say confidence in branding, then I don't know what does. They know you'll tell your friends about it.

There's also a slot on the front of the pouch where you can comfortably store a couple cards or your ID.

If you don't like this version, Benittorre has a few to choose from, including a camel-colored option and one without the front pocket.

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Samsung leather cover

Samsung Leather Cover

What would a roundup be without the phone manufacturer's version of the case in question? Samsung's leather cover is a gorgeous black case that fits onto the back of your Note 7, leaving the buttons, ports, and S Pen all open to easy access,

The matte-finished, black leather is understated elegance in its truest form and it'll had a bit of mystery and intrigue to the already enticing Note 7.

It doesn't seem to be available yet (except for a rather suspect Amazon listing), so keep your eyes peeled!

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Leather, anyone?

Are you using a sexy leather case with your Note 7 that you think deserves a mention? Sound off in the comments below!


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Save 30% or more on these awesome Anker accessories today!

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Anker is running a one-day sale at Amazon and is offering at least 30% off its great accessories. Whether you need some new cables, an external battery or even a computer mouse, you won't want to miss out on this sale! Anker makes some great accessories for all types of smartphones and other electronics, so if you are looking to save some money and grab some fantastic accessories, today is your chance.

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Best wallet cases for the Galaxy Note 7

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What are the best wallet cases for my Galaxy Note 7?

Not everyone loves a wallet case for their phone, but those that do love the convenience of having practically everything they need — money, ID, and smartphone — all in one package when they're on the go.

Given the beautiful design of the Galaxy Note 7, if you're going to cover it entirely with a wallet case, you'll want your case to look classy in it's own right. So we've broken down the best wallet case options that combine stylish design with functionality.

Story Leather Aspen

The Galaxy Note 7 is a premium device. That fact is reflected in the build quality and the price. If you want a case to match that premium quality, look no further than the offerings from Story Leather. They actually offer a range of wallet and other leather-backed cases for the Note 7 which are all custom made to order, but we'll specifically recommend the Aspen wallet case for it's stylish-yet-simplistic design.

Made with premium genuine leather and personalizable with a monogram or corporate logo, this case is perfect for the fashionable consumer. You can choose from over 50 different leather colours to truly make it your own. On the inside, the case features slots for three cards as well as a side pocket for holding cash. It's all built around a sturdy polycarbonate shell that will protect your phone.

With a production lead time of 25-30 days and prices starting around $100, this is not the case to buy if you're looking for a quick cover to protect your new phone. But the handmade quality you receive in return will be well worth the money spent for some folks.

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Spigen Wallet S Leather Case

Spigen is a trusted name for phone accessories, and their Wallet S case for the Galaxy Note 7 is one of the most versatile cases you can buy to protect your Note 7.

Made of faux leather, the Wallet S looks good without costing an arm and a leg. It features a magnetic strap that's reversible — it will securely hold the cover open and closed. The Note 7 securely snaps into the polycarbonate shell on the inside, which also features three slots for your credit cards and ID, as well as a pocket for money or other valuable items. The case also folds over into itself to create a horizontal kickstand for hands-free media viewing.

You have to be consciously aware of how you insert your cards in the case, because the placement of the magnet strap could wreck the magnetic strip on a credit card. Other than that design flaw, which is addressed in a leaflet included with the case, the Wallet S does a great job of combining a wallet and phone case into a stylish option for travelling or enjoying a night out on the town — and all at a reasonable price.

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Incipio Stowaway Credit Card Case

If you want a case that will store your ID, cash and a credit card, but want something a bit more inconspicuous than a fold-over wallet case, there's the Incipio Stowaway Credit Card Case.

At a glance, this case just looks like a sturdy and smooth polycarbonate outer shell to protect your phone — until you notice the compartments on the back. Open the bigger one and you'll find room for three cards (or an ID card and some cash), which are held down with a little lip that make sure they don't pop out if the case takes a hard fall. The smaller compartment reveals a kickstand which, admittedly, is probably not worth using. But the main stowaway compartment will be extremely convenient for travellers or folks that don't like taking their whole wallet or purse to the bar.

Incipio also includes a rear protective film for the back of your phone, so that it isn't scuffed or scratched by any of your cards — a little detail that goes to show phone protection is the top priority here. Best of all, it still mostly preserves the look of the Galaxy Note 7's sleek design and curves.

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J&D Wallet Stand Slim Fit

This wallet case option from J&D is quite similar to the Spigen Wallet S, but separates itself from the pack with a few small but important details.

It features three card slots and a pocket for cash, a magnetic strap to keep things secure, and can be folded over into a horizontal kickstand for media viewing. But we love the clear sleeve for the first card slot, making it the ideal spot to store your ID. Then there's the removable wrist strap which provides added security when you're carrying it around with you. And finally, it's available in four colours (aqua, black, brown, and red) as well as white Dog and Cat versions, that feature a cute graphic on the back. Starting at around $11, it's also one of the most affordable wallet cases you'll find.

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What's your favourite wallet case?

As we're still early into the Galaxy Note 7's product life, there will no doubt be more wallet cases coming out in the future. We'll add them as we find them, so let us know if there's anything we missed in the comments.

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3 weeks ago

Best cases for HTC 10

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HTC 10 Ice View

HTC's new flagship is handsomely designed. Protect it from bumps and scratches.

Like any responsible phone owner, you're probably considering a case for your HTC 10. It's a brand new phone and you want to keep it as pristine as possible for as long as possible.

With a new phone, it can be hard to find a good case because not everyone is jumping onboard the new phone train, so reviews are limited. For the most part, we're seeing TPU cases galore, but there are a few rubber and wallet cases and there'll likely be many more to come upon the phone's release.

We've rounded up the best cases (so far) for your gorgeous new HTC 10 that'll hopefully keep it looking like new until the HTC 11 comes out!

HTC Ice View

HTC Ice View

We'll start with the coolest case you can buy for your HTC 10, which is HTC's own Ice View. With the One M9, HTC had the Dot View to give us a peek at what's happening on the phone. Ice View adds more detail to match the 10's cleaned-up design.

The flip cover allows you to interact with your phone in so many ways that some people might not even need to lift it. You can take photos, read texts, control volume and music, turn on the flashlight, and tons more. Plus, the Ice View supports third party notifications like Instagram, Google+, and more.

If you struggle with covering up such a pretty phone but still want it protected, you might as well cover it up with a case that's super cool and offer a ton of functionality on top of that protection.

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Cimo Premium Slim Fit

Cimo Premium Slim Fit

A great standard for anyone who wants a simple, minimalist case that offers solid protection without breaking the bank, Cimo does it again. It's got a tactile, satisfyingly grippy feeling and leaves all the essential ports open.

The beveled front edge leaves you worry free when leaving your HTC 10 face-down and the slim design means no unnecessary bulk in your pocket. If you're looking for a case just because you know it's the right thing to do, then Cimo is a solid place to start.

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Spigen Neo Hybrid

Spigen Neo Hybrid

Spigen makes great phone cases. That's just a fact. The Neo Hybrid is no exception, with it's flexible TPU shell and hard polycarbonate bumper, it protects the most fragile points on your HTC 10 – those corners.

Some folks reported issues with previous versions of the Neo Hybrid, notably a loose polycarbonate bumper that was weak around the buttons. But Spigen has upgraded the design for the HTC 10 and now everything should fit snugly and feels sturdy in your hand. This is an excellent blend of protection and a slim form factor, since it really doesn't add a ton of bulk to your HTC 10. It's by no means a "slim fit" case, but it's also not heavy, nor is it too thick.

If you like a great-fitting case and having your phone truly feel like it's protected (without the extra weight), then go for Spigen's Neo Hybrid.

The PC bumper comes in champagne gold, gunmetal, and Satin Silver.

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SUPCASE Full-body Rugged Holster

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The HTC 10 is a solidly built aluminum phone that feels sturdy and strong in your hand, even without a case. That being said, it's still fragile and if you lead a fairly active lifestyle, a rugged case is a great investment.

SUPCASE's Full-body Rugged Holster is designed to protect your phone from some pretty harsh stuff. It's made of hard polycarbonate and soft TPU, so it's shock-absorbent and protects against bumps, scratches, and drops. Despite being a rugged case, the Full-body Rugged Holster is relatively slim, covering all of your HTC 10 except the screen. Even the earpiece is protected.

And if you're not one for carrying your phone in the pocket, this case comes with a belt clip, so you can wear it on your hip for easy access and a bit of extra stability.

You have your choice of black-on-black or black-on-blue.

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Diztronic full matte TPU series

Diztronic

This case from Diztronic is made entirely of flexible TPU, which means extra bouncy shock-absorption all around for your HTC 10.

The matte finish resists fingerprints and gives the case an overall grippy feel, so you know your phone isn't slipping out of your hand. The buttons are covered, but the TPU over them is very responsive and you can feel the click, so if you're controlling volume or shutting off an alert while it's in your pocket, you'll know you're hitting a button.

You have your choice of black, charcoal gray, or a very lovely navy blue.

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Love Ying Crystal Clear Ultra

Love Ying Crystal Clear Ultra

Another great TPU cover that offers minimal bulk with cushioned shock absorbency is the Love Ying Crystal Clear. Like Tauri, Love Ying offers as view different colors to match your style; theirs are a little more vibrant and playful.

The cover is raised both on the front and the back, so you're not putting your HTC 10 down right on its screen or right on the camera lens, which is a nice feature if you happen to drop it flat. It's dust and scratch resistant and fits like a glove.

As with other TPU cases, just be aware that your case may yellow over time thanks to the Sun. Also be careful putting it on your HTC 10 and taking it off too much, since it might stretch and stop fitting so well. Other than that, it's a great way to protect your phone without adding a ton of bulk or breaking the bank.

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What do you think?

When you get your HTC 10, let us know which case is your favorite by sounding off in the comments below!

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3 weeks ago

Anker PowerHouse Review: UNLIMITED POWER (kinda)

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Usually when I refer to portable power packs, I'm talking about the kind of battery you slip in your pocket to power your Pokemon hunt. The Anker PowerHouse … is not one of those.

With a theoretical capacity of 120,000mAh / 400Wh, the PowerHouse is hours and hours of energy in a nine-pound box. But the laws of physics are fickle things, and even such brute-force power density doesn't guarantee this battery bank will give you the endurance you're looking for. Join me as I take the biggest power pack I've ever seen for a spin in MrMobile's Anker PowerHouse review!

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3 weeks ago

Labor Day Sale: Save 20% on your favorite Android accessories

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We're slashing prices on Android accessories, so getcha some while they're on the cheap.

Some of us will be enjoying our long Labor Day weekend by grilling up some BBQ with friends and family or getting our splash on at the beach. No matter how you spend your day off, starting today you can save 20% on everything from ShopAndroid through midnight, September 6. There's plenty to choose from for the latest devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S7, LG G5, HTC 10 and more.

Use coupon code: LD16 at checkout to apply the 20% discount to your entire order, and remember that we offer free shipping on orders over $50 within the continental US.

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3 weeks ago

Best Nexus 6P cases

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What are the best cases for Nexus 6P?

Picking out a Nexus 6P case for day-to-day use can be challenging. The case needs to be durable and protective enough for your liking without being too thin or overly bulky, the design and colors should speak to your sense of style, and the case's individual, specific features should jump out at you and draw you in.

As you hunt for the perfect Nexus 6P case, here are a couple of options to help you narrow down your list.

MoKo Halo Series

MoKo Halo Series

Lightweight and minimalistic – yet protective – the MoKo Halo Series case for your Nexus 6P is a great option if you're looking for a basic looking, high-quality phone case.

The MoKo comes with cutouts for all ports and buttons, so you won't have to remove the case to adjust your volume or charge your Nexus 6P and risk dropping and shattering your screen. But if you do happen to drop your phone while in the MoKo case, a TPU shock-absorbent layer is designed to absorb the majority of the impact with minimal damage to your phone.

While the front portion of the MoKo is clear — including the raised bezel for edge and screen protection — the back of the case is a sleek, stylish matte black with an anti-slip feel to give your phone more security on surfaces and in your hand.

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Lizimandu pattern case

Lizimandu pattern case

Definitely designed for more creative, colorful people, the Nexus 6P pattern case from Lizimandu is a bright and bold alternative to most plain phone cases out there today.

The Lizimandu case isn't particularly known for its overall protection, but the case is designed with a rubber bumper to protect your Nexus 6P from breaking. It also comes with a raised bezel, meaning your screen won't scratch if you lay it down on a flat surface.

The case is snug-fitting, so it won't slide off easily, and is secured with a hyper-vibrant patterned TPU shell. This particular Lizimandu design comes in eight different styles, including an Africa style, blue flower, colorful puzzle, green fragment, marble black, marble white, mystic compass, and white flower.

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Nexus 6P Folio

Nexus 6P Folio Case

Available directly from the Google Store, the Nexus 6P Folio offers a stylish and functional option for your Nexus 6P protected. Available in Carbon or Amber, this case features a polycarbonate shell with leather exterior inlay and flap.

Not only will the front flap keep your Nexus 6P screen protected, simply opening the Folio will wake the screen. Close it and the Nexus 6P screen will go to sleep, ensuring you don't waste valuable battery life when you're not looking at your phone. This should help save your battery life as well as make life more convenient. The shell features a raised bezel around the screen for an added layer of drop protection along with large cutouts around all the buttons and ports to help with accessibility.

Also see the regular Nexus 6P case if you're looking for an official, non-folio case that is also of very high quality. It is increasingly difficult to find, however.

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Suensan Leather Elegance cover

Suensan Leather Elegance cover

If you're looking for a classic, elegant, high-quality case for your Nexus 6P, then the Suensan Leather Elegance cover is a timeless option to consider.

The outside of the leather case is made from a smooth, thin leather, while the inside lining is soft and gentle to keep your screen free of scratches. With Suensan's design, the case has openings for all ports and buttons, so you won't have to remove your Nexus 6P from its case to charge your phone and run the risk of knocking it off a counter and breaking it.

While the Suensan is a beautiful case for your Nexus 6P, it isn't the most durable, but the case will give you minimal protection in the event of slight drops. On a more stylish note, the case comes in rich brown, black, or deep red leather.

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Speck CandyShell Grip

Speck CandyShell Grip

Another great case from a proven accessory manufacturer.

The Speck CandyShell has been military-grade drop tested, so it's not only a neat looking case, it's also pretty durable. A hard outer shell and rubber stripes across the case protect it from high, perilous falls, while a raised bezel prevents scratches from appearing on your screen if you lay it down flat.

The case only comes in two different color combinations, including black and white/black, making it a minimalist, fashionable Nexus 6P accessory.

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What's your go-to Nexus 6P case?

What's the best Nexus 6P case in your honest opinion? We'd love to hear it!

Let us know in the comments below which case your Nexus 6P can't live without.

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3 weeks ago

This $5 Bluetooth speaker will surprise you with its sound

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Update: Looks like the sale for $5.50 has ended, but you can still pick one up for $9 with the coupon code below, which is still a pretty great deal.

Right now you can pick up Adfilic's Bluetooth speaker for just $5.50 at Amazon with coupon code BROU46GY. This $6.50 savings drops the price to impulse buy territory, and the reviews indicate that it will be well worth the money you spent. Offering a clean and crisp sound, the speaker is nice and small so you can carry it around with ease. Whether you are looking to play some music while cooking, fishing or working out in the garage, this speaker is one you should check out.

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3 weeks ago

MrMobile uses the Moto Z Play and Hasselblad camera Mod!

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Whatever else you can say about the Moto Z – and there's no shortage of opinion on the subject — you have to admit it's an interesting smartphone. The problem for many is that it's also an expensive smartphone, and while its camera has some useful features, it also has a fair number of drawbacks.

Lenovo's answer to these concerns: a less-expensive Moto Z, and a brand new Moto Mod from a legendary camera maker. I spent about a week with the Verizon-exclusive Droid Edition of the Moto Z Play and the True Zoom Moto Mod from Hasselblad. I came away with a new appreciation for the Snapdragon 625, oversized batteries ... and steady hands. Join me for MrMobile's Moto Z Play review, and Hasselblad True Zoom review!

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3 weeks ago

This is the Hasselblad True Zoom, the essential camera add-on for the Moto Z

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Motorola and legendary camera manufacturer Hasselblad have created the essential smartphone camera add-on.

The moment I learned about Moto Mods, the magnetic add-ons for the Moto Z line, I yearned for a camera. Batteries, sure; a speaker, fine. But a camera: to me, that made the platform truly compelling.

Now, months later, we are getting just that, in the form of the Hasselblad True Zoom. The Mod is the first mainstream smartphone accessory the legendary Swedish camera company has ever attached its name to, and while it doesn't quite live up to my admittedly high expectations, it's a truly remarkable piece of engineering, and at $249, a compelling proposition.

The hardware

The Hasselblad True Zoom celebrates the medium-format camera company's 75th anniversary with the insignia '4116' imprinted on the inside of the frame. 1941 to 2016: a long time to perfect a craft.

When installed, the True Zoom replaces the Moto Z's built-in camera. Indeed, the Mod has a small foam slot for the phone's camera module to rest to avoid getting it scratched. Being independent, the True Zoom has its own sensor, lens and optical image stabilization module, and uses the phone's screen as a viewfinder and its battery as a power source. As I quickly found, lacking its own battery and generating an enormous amount of heat means that the True Zoom is better suited to the thicker, more capacious Moto Z Force or Play, but it will work with the flagship as well.

It's clear care was taken in designing the True Zoom, since it attaches to any of the Moto Z phones with a satisfying click and immediately initializes. A modest grip on the right side makes it easy to hold in one hand, and the dual-stage shutter button mimics the responsiveness of much more expensive cameras. A separate power button extends and retracts the optical lens, and the zoom slider attached to the shutter button engages the zoom — all familiar ideas to anyone who has used a digital camera since, oh, 2003. A real Xenon flash attaches to the left side, making me nostalgic for the Nokia Lumia 1020.

It's inside that the True Zoom loses some of its luster: I had a chance to speak to Motorola's head of product marketing, Jim Thiede, and President of Hasselblad's American arm, Michael Hejtmanek, and it quickly became clear that this is a partnership in name only. None of Hasselblad's actual technology is inside the True Zoom, which, given its modest $250 price tag, is not surprising. Akin to Huawei's partnership with Leica, it appears Motorola sought expertise and brand alignment more than intellectual property.

Still, the 1/2.3" sensor and f/3.5-6.5 lens, with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 25-250mm, is superior to anything you'll find on a smartphone today, and the photos that come out of this thing are stupendous.

Using the camera is not always stupendous, though. Because its weight is biased to the right side, near the grip, your thumb is forced onto the glass just to the right of the screen in landscape mode, jutting up against the navigation keys. I cannot tell you how much times I accidentally pressed the home or multitasking button as I depressed the shutter, and that Motorola doesn't include an option to temporarily disable those touch areas when the True Zoom is connected confers a dearth of consumer field testing. Thankfully, you can hold down the power button (next to the shutter) once the Mod is connected to quickly launch the camera app from any app.

None of Hasselblad's actual technology is inside the True Zoom, which, given its modest $250 price tag, is not surprising.

It's unclear whether people will want to keep the True Zoom attached while they're out and about, since even attached to the lithe 5.2mm frame of the Moto Z it doesn't comfortably fit in a pants pocket. In my week using the Mod I was constantly caught in between attaching and removing the attachment depending on what I was doing.

The Software

A quick note: my Hasselblad True Zoom has been paired with the Moto Z Play, a phone that has yet to be released, and is running pre-release software. When I first got the Mod, it frequently crashed the camera app and overheated the phone, but Motorola released an update to its Moto Mods platform a few days into my testing that considerably improved the True Zoom's stability.

Using the True Zoom is easy, since it merely subsumes the existing camera experience. It takes advantage of the same simple camera UI, and automatically turns on when entering the app — or any app that uses the camera — so the learning curve is relatively low. Still, due to the larger sensor and more versatile zoom lens, Motorola has surfaced a number of unique camera modes, including monochrome capture, and the ability to save RAW files in addition to vaguely useful presets like "Sports" and "Night landscape". While Motorola is hedging right now, claiming these modes are still works in progress and will be more useful by the time the Moto Z and Z Force are updated in mid-September to support the Mod, I rarely noticed any improvements to my photos with these turned on.

Hasselblad also plans to release a version of its Phocus PC software to make it easy for users to offload and edit the RAW files captured by the camera. That and Motorola's offer of two years free full-quality backups to Google Photos, and users won't need to worry about on-device storage.

The Photos

So what about the photos themselves? A 1/2.3" sensor in a phone is not unheard of — Sony's Xperia Z and X line have housed one that size for years — the combination of relatively large pixels and an optically stabilized zoom lens should make for some good results. And they are good. Don't believe me? Have a look for yourself.

Let's be clear: These are not of the same quality as you'll find on a mirrorless camera, or even most point-and-shoots these days. If you're expecting otherwise you'll be disappointed. The photos captured by the True Zoom are merely very good for a smartphone, with the added benefit of being able to optically zoom with no loss in quality — just a slightly narrower aperture.

The good news is that at its widest the lens is sharp and focuses quickly, with vibrant, warm colors that will please most users. That the photos are captured directly to the phone and can easily be shared to social media is a bonus. Like many zoom lenses, though, the True Zoom becomes more difficult to stabilize the longer it extends, and with a fairly unforgiving minimum focus distance I've had trouble getting the thing to lock onto a subject, even stable ones.

But it's also that zoom function that most users are going to love. Here are some samples of the True Zoom at its widest and longest.

Left: Hasselblad True Zoom — widest (25mm equivalent) / Right: Hasselblad True Zoom — longest (250mm equivalent) — click image to view larger

And here's a typical sample comparing the True Zoom to the Moto Z. Both have 12MP sensors, though the one on the True Zoom is slightly larger. As with all of its photos, the Hasselblad is warmer and more true to life, but due to its slightly narrower f/3.5 aperture at its widest focal length it doesn't let in quite as much light as the Moto Z's fixed f/1.8 lens.

Left: Hasselblad True Zoom — (f/3.5, 25mm equivalent) / Right: Moto Z (f/1.8)— click image to view larger

Should you buy it?

When everything comes together, the True Zoom is a wonderful piece of technology, and almost justifies the $250 cost — but I can't help but feel that most people would be better off spending a bit more to get a proper zoom camera to get better results.

If the Moto Z line takes off, and Moto Mods with it, I can see a family investing in a True Zoom and sharing it between members when necessary.

The Hasselblad True Zoom will be available starting in September from Verizon for $249, and Motorola for $299, and will be coming to other markets in the coming months. An update will be issued to the Moto Z and Moto Z Force on September 15 to add compatibility with the True Zoom.

More: Moto Z Play preview: The most accessible modular phone yet

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3 weeks ago

Top Amazon Echo tips and tricks

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Top Amazon Echo tips and tricks

Optimize your Echo experience with our handy tips and fun tricks!

The Amazon Echo, Amazon's smart speaker, is taking the home automation game to another level, thanks to Alexa and the fact that "she's" constantly learning to serve you better.

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If you have an Echo of your very own or are considering buying one (you really should!), then we've got some tips and tricks that'll help you get the most out of your experience and/or entice you into picking one up (Did I say you should? You really should!).

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3 weeks ago

MrMobile goes hands-on with the Samsung Gear S3

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Samsung's smartphones have matured into some of the best on the market in 2016, and its smartwatches seem poised to do the same.

With the Gear S3, Samsung evolves some of the solid ideas behind last year's S2, while further honing its software and industrial design to produce a device that's a wristwatch first and a smartwatch second – an often-touted but seldom realized ambition in the wearable world. Whether Samsung ultimately meets that goal will have to wait for MrMobile's full Gear S3 review; for now, join me for a quick Samsung Gear S3 hands on!

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4 weeks ago

Best car mounts for Galaxy Note 7

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What are the best car mounts for the Galaxy Note 7?

The Galaxy Note 7 is such a beautifully designed phone, you may never want to put it down. Of course, you should always put your phone down when you're behind the wheel. Beyond it becoming increasingly illegal in different jurisdictions, it's just good common sense.

That's where a convenient car mount can make all the difference. You'll still have one-touch access for accepting calls or skipping tracks on the road trip playlist. Car mounts keep your phone accessible by attaching to your windshield, dashboard, air vent or even your car's CD changer. There's a ton of variety, so find the one that will be most convenient for your vehicle.

Spigen Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount

Spigen makes a lot of really ingeniously designed smartphone accessories, and their Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount is as convenient as it gets. The mount itself quickly and securely clips onto an air vent on the dash.

As the name suggests, this mount secures using magnets. That will require you to attach a metal plate to the back of your phone, or better yet to your Galaxy Note 7's case. Once installed, all you have to do is hold your phone close to the mount and it pops right on. With no clips or holsters to deal with, you can easily grab your phone with one hand as you leave the car. You can also take the Spigen clip with you and use it as a portable kickstand which holds your phone at the perfect hands free viewing angle.

But for all the positives, there are some drawbacks to this design. Adhering the metal plate on to back of the phone may potentially interfere with wireless charging and the NFC-based Samsung Pay service. If these are important features to you, you may want to look elsewhere, or slap the metal plate on the inside of a thin case so you can quickly pop your phone out when you want to wirelessly charge or pay via NFC.

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iOttie Easy One Touch Wireless Qi Car Mount

From a car mount that might interfere with wireless charging to a car mount that supports wireless charging, the iOttie Easy One Touch Wireless Qi is the ideal mount if you prefer your Galaxy Note 7 to be fully charged when you reach your destination.

This mount attaches to your dashboard or windshield and features a two-step locking mechanism to accommodate both smooth and textured surfaces. It includes a micro USB charging cable to provide power to the Qi wireless charging pad, so you'll also need a USB car adapter to get full functionality. Mounting your phone is simple. The one-touch button on the back closes the arms around your Galaxy Note 7, holding it securely in place. It features a telescopic arm that's adjustable up to 180 degrees along with a ball joint so you can set your phone exactly where it's most convenient for you. Grabbing your phone is just as easy — simply press in the two arms to release your phone and be on your way.

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Anker CD Slot Magnetic Universal Phone Holder

If your car has a CD changer, but you've moved beyond physical media thanks to, say, cramming all your favorite music onto your new Galaxy Note 7, you can still get use out of that CD slot — with the Anker CD Slot Magnetic Universal Phone Holder.

The CD changer is typically the centerpiece of a car's console, so using it as a place to mount your phone just makes sense. Anker's mount uses a rubber-coated clamp provides a firm grip while keeping the CD slot scratch-free. Installing is as easy as inserting the mount into the cd play and flipping the lever on the bottom.

Like the Spigen above, this car mount also uses magnets to securely hold your phone, meaning you'll need to mount a metal plate to the back of your phone or to a thin case. Similar issues may arise regarding regarding wireless charging or your phone's NFC capabilities, so keep that in mind.

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Kenu Airframe Plus Portable Car Mount+

Minimalism and simplicity are important features for a lot of people. The Kenu Airframe Plus+ is a simple car mount that's slim enough to comfortably fit in your pocket, but securely holds your phone by clipping to an air vent.

There's really not too much to this one — no suction cups, adhesives or adjustable arms — so there's less places for this mount to break or fail. The clip is able to mount to any vent type, whether they be horizontal, vertical, angled or circular. It's so portable that you can take it with you and also use it as a kickstand. Simply slip a business card or something of a similar size in the clip on the back and it will stand on its own.

Versatile, simple and portable — what more could you want?

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Spigen Style Ring

This little accessory from Spigen is handy in a bunch of ways, but we'll be focusing on the car mount feature.

While the Style Ring might be the star of the show, the adhesive-backed hook mount is so incredibly handy. Simply clean off an area of your dash, peek off the backing and press and hold it onto the dash until you've got it securely mounted.

Once you've installed the Style Ring on your phone or phone case, the next time you hop in the car you simply loop the style ring around the hook mount and press. There's a little divot built for the swivelling post in the center so you can push the phone until you feel it pop in to know that phone ain't going anywhere — that is until you arrive at your destination and pop it off the hook mount. The way the Style Ring swivels lets you easily rotate your Galaxy Note 7 from portrait to landscape mode and since there's no arms or attachments gripping your phone around the edges, it will appear as if your phone is just sort of floating on your dash.

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How do you drive with your Galaxy Note 7?

Did we miss your favorite car mount on our list? Leave us a comment below!

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