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Top five silicone bands for Huawei Watch

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Top five silicone bands for Huawei Watch

The best silicone bands for your Huawei Watch.

Sweat and water-resistant, silicone bands are perfect for handling any activity you can think of!

We found some of the best silicone bands you can use with your Huawei Watch, so you can sweat it out anytime you want.

Reri i silicone band

Rerri silicone band

The Rerii silicone band is everything you could want from a watch band.

It has quick release pins for easy and frustration-free installation, and it can be adjusted from 120 mm to 170 mm in length, so finding the size that fits you should be easy.

Available in multiple colors such as red, green, sky blue, and black, the Rerii silicone band will fit anybody's style.

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Barton silicone band

Barton silicone band

Barton's silicone band has a brilliant quick release system that anyone can do with one finger. You won't need to fiddle around with tools, so changing bands won't take time out of your day.

This band has a slightly textured back that is designed to allow airflow between the skin and the band, providing you with comfort throughout the whole day.

Available in a variety of colors such as cool grey, roarange, and soft blue, the Barton silicone band is great at being truly eye-catching.

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JP Leatherworks Rubbertech band

JP Leatherworks silicone band

We know leather is in its name, but the JP Leatherworks Rubbertech band is the real deal.

It's a little thicker than your average silicone band, which means it feels very solid on your wrist and more resistant to your average wear and tear.

The tire tread design may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it certainly stands out in the crowd of plain silicone bands out there.

If you want something a little different looking this could be the one for you.

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MOTONG silicone band

MOTONG silicone band

MOTONG makes a plethora of quality watch bands for all sorts of smartwatches and the Huawei Watch is no exception.

This comes with all the new hardware you need to install the MOTONG silicone band, so it's perfect if you want new pins to replace your old ones.

The clasp also comes with a push button close, meaning you never have to worry about your watch band accidentally coming undone.

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Mode bands

MODE bands

Google's Mode bands are perfect for people who want a permanent solution to dealing with those pesky pins.

The bands attach with a quick release mechanism that is super simple to use.

All you have to do is remove your old pins and put in the Mode pins. After that, you just clip on the Mode band and lock it in place.

There are tons of colors and styles available.

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6 months ago

How to clean and take care of your drone

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How to clean and take care of your drone

Treat your drone with the respect and care it deserves!

If you've just bought your first drone or are considering picking up the hobby, you'll want to get into a good habit of properly caring for your drone and its parts. It's important to keep your drone clean of dust and grime to ensure it's ready to fly the next time you grab it and head out the door.

Every drone is slightly different and will have its own specific upkeep requirements to make sure everything is good to go, but we'll break down some general tips, as well as some tools and products you should have on-hand to ensure you're keeping your drone in tip-top shape.

What you should use to clean your drone

Building yourself a small toolkit filled with everything you'll need to care for, clean, and repair your drone while in the field is a great practice to start from the get-go. Again, the specifics of some of these things are going to be dependent on the make and style of drone you're flying, so use the following list as a jumping-off point for creating your own drone kit. We've also included links to Amazon for everything mentioned below:

  • A small, soft cleaning brush: Good for wiping away dust or debris that might get into tight corners or crevices on your drone. Alternatively, you can use pipe-cleaners.
  • Canned air: Another great tool for clearing out dust and dirt from tough-to-reach spots on your drone such as around the motors or near the circuit boards. It also won't damage the electronics at all.
  • Isopropyl alcohol: Great for cleaning your drones shell. Should work well for cleaning off dirt, grass stains, blood, bug guts — pretty much everything. Make sure you get the 99% stuff so you don't damage your circuits.
  • Microfiber cloth: Another tool for wiping down and cleaning out dust and dirt. Helpful if you're able (and willing) to disassemble the quadcopter motor for a full-on clean. Works well with the isopropyl alcohol.
  • 3-in-1 lubricant: Check with your drone's manufacturer, but if your drone's motors require lubrication, you'll definitely want a bottle on you at all times when flying.

What you should have to repair your drone

When you're out in an open field flying your drone, the last thing you want is to ground your drone because you weren't prepared. Crashes happen, parts come loose, and props fall off. Here are the essentials you should have in your kit when you're out flying:

  • Extra props: A no-brainer. Props are typically the first thing to fly off or get damaged if you crash; they're also one of the most essential parts keeping your drone in the air. Keeping an extra set of props (or two) on you at all times means that, if you damage or lose a prop in the field, you can just pop new ones on and get back to it. If you're forced to replace a prop or two, you're best off replacing the whole set, and always make sure you're buying the right size props to fit your drone. Your best bet is to check with the drone's manufacturer to confirm which props fit.
  • Small toolkit that's right for your drone: What we mean to say is, make sure you've got the tools needed for quick field repairs. Your drone might be designed so that you don't need any tools at all or it may have come with all the tools you need. Depending on your situation, you might only need a small screwdriver to ensure everything is tight and secure.
  • Soldering iron: You probably won't be taking the soldering iron out in the field with you, but if you end up causing some significant damage to your drone's wiring or electronics, a soldering iron will definitely come in handy. This is also the point that separates the hobbyists from the casuals. If you've never used a soldering iron in your life, ask a friend who has for help or venture onto YouTube for some DIY help.
  • Extra batteries: Again, this one is very specific to the drone you own. If your drone has replaceable batteries, you'll definitely want to have fully-charged spares for when your battery eventually dies or for worst-case scenarios where your battery gets damaged.

General tips

General tips for taking care of your drone

Do a proper pre-flight check

Before you start flying your drone, you should go through a basic pre-flight checklist. There might be some specific steps to check for, depending on the make and model of your drone or if you're flying FPV, but here are some general things you should be certain of before taking off.

  • Are you in a clear and open space where it's safe to fly? Eliminate your chances of getting into trouble by flying away from trees, buildings, cars, people, and animals.
  • Is your drone in good working condition? Check the props for damage and make sure they're able to spin freely.
  • Check the toggle switches on your controller. Make sure you've got things set up the way you want, so there's no surprises once you get into the air.
  • If you're in the U.S. you'll need to register any drone weighing over .55 pounds with the FAA.

Always fly with a fully-charged battery

Pretty much all quality drones come with a rechargeable lithium-ion or lithium-polymer battery, and you'll want to make sure you're taking extra good care of your batteries as you are the rest of your drone. That means flying with fully-charged batteries and removing them (if possible) when you're done flying.

Remove and clean props after every flight

As a novice drone pilot learning the ropes, you're likely going to be crashing early and often. A quality drone is built to withstand some wear and tear, but dirt and grime build up in your motors will force them to work harder and might result in locking up midair.

Therefore, best practice is to remove your props and give the motors a good spray of canned air to clean out any dust or debris that might have gotten into the motor housing. If you let that dirt and grime build up it will only require a more thorough cleaning later, so take the time after every flight to clean things out.

Give those motors a break

We know, once you start flying your drone, you just don't want to stop. You'll head out into the field with a couple fully-charged batteries to keep your drone in the air for marathon sessions.

Your motors need a break every now and again or else you risk them overheating and wearing out. This will largely depend on the size and quality of your drone, but if you've spent a whole afternoon flying, make sure to give those motors a rest before heading out for a twilight flight.

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Are you an experienced drone pilot? Share you tips for drone care in the comments below.

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6 months ago

Best accessories for the Moto G (2015)

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 Best accessories for the Moto G (2015)

Get the most out of your Moto G with these great accessories.

Having great accessories for your Moto G is a sure-fire way to enhance your mobile experience.

We have rounded-up a list of fantastic accessories for the Moto G that will help you get more from the device.

Motorola Moto G Shells

Straight from Motorola itself, the Moto G Shells are what the plates that cover the back of your phone are called.

The shells come in plenty of colors such as raspberry, turquoise, and lemon lime (pictured to the right), so they can add a bit of personal flair to your Moto G. However, the primary purpose of these shells is to provide some water-resistance to your Moto G so if you notice yours is cracked or broken at all, it's probably best to replace it.

They cost around $15 and are easily interchangeable, so get a bunch if you like to switch it up often.

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SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSD

SanDisk has always been one of the front-runners when it comes to expandable memory, and its microSD cards pack a serious punch.

The SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSD is a class 10 card, meaning it can handle all the HD video recording and playback you can throw at it. It has transfer speeds of up to 80MB/s, so it won't slow you down when you're downloading apps or backing up your files.

Motorola will tell you that the Moto G can only handle microSD cards up to 32GB in storage capacity; however, members of Android Central have used 64GB and 128GB cards with no issues as we mention in our review of the Moto G.

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Pleson tempered glass screen protector

Nothing makes a phone more useless than having a shattered screen.

Pleson's tempered glass screen protector is 0.3mm thick, which means it's thin enough to give you optimal sensitivity and high definition clarity at all times.

It covers the entire screen of the phone and has accurate cutouts, meaning it fits like a glove, and you shouldn't have to worry about catching your thumbs on the edges.

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Tudia Slim-Fit Merge

A case is a great way to protect your Moto G from damage.

The Tudia Slim-Fit Merge is a two-piece design, composed of a hard polycarbonate shell that protects the phone from scratches and scrapes, while the TPU skin envelops the phone with shock-absorbing protection.

It has a raised lip around the front of the phone to protect the screen when it's laying on a flat surface or when it falls face-down, and it also has a raised lip to protect the camera from getting scratched.

The Slim-Fit Merge will add a little weight and bulk to your phone but should be more than sufficient protection for the average user.

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UE Roll

If you want a cool gadget that will pair well with your phone, why not get a mini Bluetooth speaker?

The UE Roll has a high waterproof rating, meaning you can take it with you in the shower! Plus, it also comes with an air-filled life preserver that keeps it afloat. You can throw this into a pool and have your favorite tunes with you at your friend's next pool party.

This tiny speaker also manages impressive sound for its size. Granted, it may not have the highest quality bass tones, but it's great for what it's worth.

Which brings us to the next point: since the UE Roll 2 was just announced, this older model has dropped in price. You can find them as low as $85 now and chances are, the price will drop again as time goes on.

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What are your favorite accessories?

Which gadgets, cases, or tools do you like to use with your Moto G? Let us know in the comments below!

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6 months ago

Top 5 silicone bands for Moto 360 (2015)

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Moto 360 Silicone

Stay comfortable and flexible with silicone bands for your Moto 360 (2015).

If you like to keep active and prefer your Moto 360 bands to be extra comfortable, then silicone might just be your best bet. That's because metal bands can get dinged up and leather bands can become scuffed and ruined if you're not careful.

We've rounded up the top 5 silicone bands for your Moto 360 (2015).

TYLT athletic silicone band

TYLT

Straight from Motorola's site comes the athletic silicone band by TYLT, available for the men's 46mm version and the men's and women's 42mm versions. You'll just have to check whether your version has a 16mm, 20mm, or 22mm band.

It's lightweight, washable, and breathes so that it doesn't cling to your skin or arm hair when you sweat. It's quick-release design makes it easy to swap out so that you can claim a variety of styles.

It comes in black or blue, but certainly won't leave your wrist black and blue thanks to the magic of silicone.

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TRUMiRR

TRUMiRR

TRUMiRR makes bands for the 46mm and 42mm versions of the Moto 360 and they come in six fun and funky colors. If flash and guile isn't your fancy, you can opt for dark blue, black, or gray. If you're feeling wild, you can go for red, light blue, or green.

These bands are durable, comfortable, and easy to adjust, so you're good to go, no matter the activity. Unlike leather bands that can become soggy with sweat, silicone is water-resistant and won't become weighed down or stained.

Just make sure you're getting the right-sized band at checkout.

See 20mm band at Amazon

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Barton

Barton

Barton watch bands come in five rich colors and are available in 22mm and 20mm (sorry, ladies). You have your choice of black, white, Aqua Blue, orange, and Olive Green.

Unlike many other silicone bands, Barton's feature a groovy design on the outside, similar to tire tread, that offer a touch of flair.

Barton bands are water-resistant and washable so you can keep fit and have fun without having to worry about stink or stains.

Make sure you select the right size before you check out.

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Rerii

Rerii

Rerii has a great line of fairly basic-looking silicone bands that come in seven colors to suit your taste. Colors differ based on whether you choose the 22mm or 20mm version (there is no 16mm Rerii band).

Rerii bands start around $10, so there's no reason not to grab a few and change 'em up as you please. They're lightweight and have a stainless steel buckle, so go ahead and sweat all you want; you ain't staining a thing.

Quick-release pins make Rerii bands a great choice for folks who like to swap bands daily.

Make sure you choose the right size at checkout.

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Isofrane

Isofrane

I'll start off this one by saying it's not silicone — instead, it's made of a rubber compound — but should still be included in this list (even though it's actually silicone-free).

Isofrane bands are Austrian-made divers bands, designed to follow you to the ocean floor and withstand the toughest conditions. These are easily the most expensive bands on our list, starting around $129 and sold through Aquadive.

These solidly made bands are comfortable and pliable, and backed by a 1-year warranty. You have your choice of black, orange, yellow, NATO Green, Coffee, Turquoise, or navy blue.

Isofrane's been making straps since the 60s, and they've only gotten better as time has passed.

These bands come in 20mm and 22mm, so make sure you order the right size for your Moto 360.

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Moto 360 (2015)

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6 months ago

Android Central Graduate gift guide 2016

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Android Central graduate gift guide 2016

Perfect gift ideas for every graduate this year.

Anyone celebrating a graduation this year deserves a gift. A heartfelt handshake and a card are nice enough, but wouldn't you like to treat your special graduate to something more? We've done the research and come up with a list of gifts suitable for any graduate at any age.

Dell Chromebook 13

Dell Chromebook 13 non-touch

A well-built laptop is an essential tool for students and professionals alike, and whether your young grad is finishing high school or completing college, the Dell Chromebook 13 is a gift every graduate will appreciate.

The magnesium frame and soft outer coating makes for a sturdy build that's easy to hold onto. The battery lasts up to 12 hours so reports of any kind will be filed long before a recharge is needed. Grads can plug in a USB 3.0, USB 2.0, or HDMI cable and turn their new Chromebook into a multimedia, multitasking machine.

You'll have the option to purchase the Dell Chromebook 13 with or without a touch screen; it will add a few ounces to the overall weight of the unit, but it's a worthwhile investment.

See at Dell

Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13 non-touch

A more cost-friendly option for a celebratory laptop this graduation season is the Dell XPS 13. It's lightweight and exceptionally portable, so whether it's college-level literature they're headed for, or an entrepreneurial endeavor after college, your graduate will be work ready.

With or without a touch screen, the InfinityEdge Display is impressive and the first of its kind. With two USB 3.0 ports, a three-in-one Card Reader, and a Mini DisplayPort, not to mention the 15 hours of battery life, the Dell XPS 13 is an impressive machine for its price point.

See at Dell

Google Chromecast

Chromecast

If you own a smartphone, streaming video to your television doesn't get much easier than a Chromecast. This WiFi video dongle plugs hides behind your TV and waits patiently for you to tap the Chromecast icon in your app of choice on your phone.

Access to Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and dozens more without pesky buffering will let your new grad unwind with some binge-watching of favorite shows. They'll also have access to loads of free and inexpensive games that are fun to played on a big screen. An added bonus? Google's Chromecast app regularly offers free Play Movies rentals and credits for free apps in the Play Store.

See at Best Buy

NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1

NVIDIA SHIELD Table K1

If your grad is a dedicated gamer the right gift for them is the NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1. They'll be able to download popular and yet-to-be-discovered Android games with the SHIELD games app, or access PC games galore with a subscription to GeForce NOW.

The front facing stereo speakers and eight inch HD display make for an impressive game experience. There are also some must-have accessories for the SHIELD, like the wireless controller, stylus, kickstand, and a microSD card that provides up to 128GB of storage. You can purchase the tablet by itself, or choose from a number of bundles if you want to spoil your graduate just a little bit extra.

See at Amazon

UE ROLL wireless mobile Bluetooth speaker

UE Roll wireless mobile Bluetooth speaker

Let your young graduate take their music everywhere and anywhere with the UE ROLL wireless mobile Bluetooth speaker. The bungee cord it comes with attaches to just about anything, from bikes to backpacks, so longs walks or days celebrating graduation on the beach or poolside will have the perfect soundtrack.

The waterproof shell can withstand half an hour of submersion and the battery will keep the music going for nine hours. With a 65-foot range and the ability to pair with multiple devices and additional speakers, a little backyard get together will sound more like a nightclub.

The UE ROLL 2 is also available, but the the first generation speakers are a little less expensive, still provide stellar sound, and are some of the best mini Bluetooth speakers around.

See at Amazon

VIZIO M-Series 4K 43 inch TV

VIZIO M-Series 4K TV

If it's time for the graduate to move out, it's time for a new TV. Treat them to a Smart TV; we're fans of the VIZIO M-Series 4K. It's Ultra HD and the perfect size for any room.

It comes with five HDMI ports and one USB port to accommodate gamers and those in need of a second screen. The two-sided remote is easy as pie: one side gives you one-touch access to selected apps while the other is a full QWERTY keyboard. Apps like YouTube, Twitter, Netflix, and Spotify are already in place with the M-Series so movies and social media will be even more addictive and fun. Come to think of it, maybe this gift would be better for you...just give your grad your old TV and they'll be none the wiser, right?

See at Dell

Huawei Nexus 6P

Huawei Nexus 6P

Whether your graduate is heading off to college or heading out into the workforce, you're going to want to keep connected. How about a shiny new phone for a graduation gift? We recommend the Nexus 6P. It features Nexus Imprint, a built-in fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone.

The solid, smooth aluminum phone features two front-facing speakers, a camera users can't stop raving about, and runs on the Marshmallow operating system that Android fans were wishing for. The battery provides a full day of online searches, texting, calls, and some casual gaming. If your grad needs a phone upgrade, this is the one to grab.

See at Amazon


Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR

Give your graduate the gift of ridiculous amounts of fun with a Samsung Gear VR. It's compatible with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Galaxy S6, S6 edge and S6 edge+, and Note 5 phones, and the headset is lightweight and comfortable.

Tour amazing cities around the globe without ever leaving home, watch blockbuster movies in a whole new way, and feel surrounded by the 360-degree view in any of the outstanding available games. You might find yourself begging to play with this gift. Better just buy one for you and one for them.

See at Amazon

SteelSeries Stratus XL controller

SteelSeries Stratus XL controller

What to do if your grad already owns the Samsung Gear VR? Accessorize! We think the SteelSeries Stratus XL controller will do nicely.

It pairs to any Android device via Bluetooth and takes the world of VR gaming to an entirely new level. Two AA batteries provide up to 40 hours of play time and the triggers are completely customizable within the SteelSeries Engine 3 interface. Now your graduate can up their speed and accuracy...and maybe let you take a turn every now and then.

See at Amazon

What's your gift of choice?

Have you come up with a fabulous gift idea for your favorite graduate this year? Tell us about it in the comments and be sure to let us know why it's the perfect present for a graduate.

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6 months ago

Amazon's Alexa devices now have over 1,000 third-party skills

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Amazon has announced that the hardware devices that use its Alexa voice command features, like the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot speakers, can now access over 1,000 third-party skills.

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6 months ago

Top five mens leather bands for the Moto 360 (2015)

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Top five mens leather bands for the Moto 360 (2015)

The best leather bands you can find for your Moto 360.

Leather bands have the ability to make your Moto 360 look formal and sophisticated, making them perfect for all occasions.

We've compiled a list of some of the best leather bands you can find for your Moto 360.

Important note: These bands are for the mens version of the Moto 360 and they come in two different sizes.

  • 42mm case requires a 20mm band
  • 46mm case requires a 22mm band

All the bands we feature here are available in both sizes, so make sure you know what size you need before you purchase. Where we can we will provide links to both sizes.

Rerii leather watch band

Rerii leather watch band

The Rerii leather band has a quick-release mechanism that makes it easy to snap on and off whenever you want.

The stitching along the sides of the genuine leather band blends in with the rest of the the band giving you a classic, uniform look.

The size can also be adjusted from 13.5cm to 17.5cm, so you should be able to find the most comfortable size to fit your wrist.

See the 20mm band at Amazon See the 22mm band at Amazon

Clockwork Synergy

Clockwork Synergy

The leather bands found at Clockwork Synergy are extremely stylish and come in many different colors and styles, giving you more options than you could possibly want. Plus, you can even customize the finish on the clasp, allowing you to find the perfect combination to fit your style!

All the genuine leather watch bands are pretty thick — around 4mm —making them plenty durable to normal wear and tear.

See 20mm bands at Clockwork Synergy

See 22mm bands at Clockwork Synergy

Mode bands

Mode bands

Mode bands are Google's response to people who want a permanent solution to watch bands that are difficult to install.

The bands attach with a quick-release mechanism that couldn't be easier to use.

You just have to remove your old pins in your Moto 360 and replace them with the Mode pins. After that, you just clip on the Mode band and lock it in place.

There are a whole slew of colors and styles available and the more MODE bands you have, the more useful the Mode system is; it can turn you into a band-swapping machine!

See at Google

KasetaLeather on Etsy

KasetaLeather on Etsy

If you are truly looking for something unique that no one you know will have, take a look at this stunning leather band from KasetaLeather on Etsy.

It's all handmade; the stitching, the tanning, and the dyeing are all done with leather from the UK, from which it ships.

Make sure you order the right size, but don't worry; both 20mm and 22mm widths are available.

See at Etsy


MOTONG genuine leather watch band

MOTONG genuine leather watch band

The MOTONG genuine leather watch band is great if you want something that is simple yet striking.

The high-contrast stitching around the edges really makes this stand out, giving it a well-defined look. The clasp is thick stainless steel, so you don't have worry about water causing it to rust. Plus, it also has a push button lock, so your watch band should never accidentally fall off or come undone.

See 20mm band at Amazon

See 22mm band at Amazon

What's your favorite leather band?

What leather band do you love for you Moto 360? Let us know in the comments below!

Moto 360 (2015)

Motorola Best Buy

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6 months ago

Best accessories for LG G4

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Best accessories for LG G4

What are the best accessories for LG G4?

These days a phone on its own will receive gasps and comments — Aren't you afraid of dropping it? Won't the screen get scratched? Well, even if you aren't worried about physical damage to your LG G4, there are tons of great accessories out there to enhance your daily use of this solid phone.

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6 months ago

What I'm using: Aukey Quick Charge 3.0 car charger

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Aukey QC3.0 Car Charger

Quick chargers help your phone charge quickly. Here's a quick look at one.

I tend to not overthink charging. There's been so much ink spilled over Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 standard and USB-C cables that are out of spec and whether my phone is going to melt or irradiate my brain ... or worse.

I don't worry about such things. I just want to plug in and charge and trust the companies that are making the products I use. And to that end, I've been rocking the Aukey's dual-port car charger with Quick Charge 3.0 for a few months now. And as I've said before, this sort of product has changed the way I look at my phones.

Here's a quick look.

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6 months ago

Ricoh Theta S review: 360 degrees done better

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Ricoh Theta S

The quick take

If you're looking to get started with 360-degree photography but don't want a huge rig with loads of cameras — and don't want to spend a fortune — then this is the camera to look at. It does very well with still images, but struggles some with video — as do many cameras of this type. Ricoh also has its own ecosystem for sharing pictures and videos, which is good since nobody else does just yet.

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6 months ago

SanDisk announces faster, higher-capacity USB-C Dual Drive flash drive

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SanDisk is one of the big names you expect to see at a show like Computex 2016, and this year it has a brand new version of its Dual Drive flash drive to show off. As we've seen in previous versions of the product, the Dual Drive is a dual-sided flash drive that gives you a full-sized USB-A plug for use with a computer on one side, and a USB-C plug on the opposite side from use with a smartphone, tablet or one of the handful of computers with the port.

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6 months ago

Here's why Amazon doesn't sell the Chromecast anymore

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There's a reason Amazon doesn't sell the Chromecast anymore, and it has to do with the lack of Prime Video on the platform. The retailer de-listed the product — as well as the Apple TV — last October, and according to CEO Jeff Bezos, the company wants "acceptable business terms" before it can bring its video service to the platform.

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6 months ago

Best accessories for Nexus 5X

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Best accessories for Nexus 5X

Take your Nexus 5X to the next level with these great accessories.

LG's Nexus 5X is a great phone that you can make even greater with the right accessories, and we are here to help you choose the right ones.

We have compiled a list of fantastic accessories to enhance your experience with your Nexus 5X.

Vinsic USB-C car charger

Vinsic USB-C car charger

If you find your Nexus 5X always crying out for more battery power due to an on-the-go lifestyle, you may want to consider picking up a Vinsic USB-C car charger.

Rated at 5V 3A output, you should be able to rapid charge your Nexus 5X, meaning your battery will get a significant boost during your daily commute. Plus, this charger features over-voltage protection and short-circuit protection.

The Vinsic charger has both a USB-A and USB-C port, allowing you to plug in two devices at once.

See at Amazon


Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable

Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable

If you have misplaced the cable that came with your Nexus 5X or you just want an extra one for your workplace, the Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 cable is a solid choice.

It's 3.3 feet long, which is a pretty standard size for a charging cable and it supports USB 3.0. Since the Nexus 5X supports USB 2.0 you will always get great transfer speed for data.

See at Amazon


Cambond 6.6 foot USB-C to USB-C cable

Cambond 6.6 foot USB-C to USB-C cable

If you find yourself in need of a longer charging cable for the Nexus 5X, or in need of a cable that's a little more durable, the Cambond 6.6-foot USB-C to USB-C cable is perfect for you.

It's rated for use with 2A wall chargers, meaning you should be able to rapidly charge your 5X in less time with the right charger. It's 6.6 feet long, which is double the length of the cable that ships with the Nexus, so you aren't tethered so close to the wall every time you plug in.

The cord is well-protected and features nylon fiber wrapped around the outside of the cable, which help prevent the wire from becoming frayed.

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Anker USB-C to MicroUSB adapter (2 pack)

Anker USB-C to MicroUSB adapter (2 pack)

Although it seems that USB-C might become the preferred connection for phones in the future (because it is), you've probably got a lot of MicroUSB cables lying around. Good news! With the Anker USB-C to MicroUSB adapter, you don't have to let those old cords sit around collecting dust.

This simple adapter can be placed on the end of any MicroUSB cable to make it compatible with a USB-C port. The adapter is capable of receiving USB 2.0 transfer speeds and 2A charging speeds, so as long as your cable is up-to-snuff, this adapter won't feel any different than a standard USB-C cable.

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iCarez tempered glass screen protector

Protecting your screen is important and getting an iCarez tempered glass screen protector can go a long way to making sure your phone lasts for the long haul.

This screen protector covers the entire screen and features a dry application method meant to prevent bubbling.

See at Amazon


NXET USB-C charge dock

NXET USB-C charge dock

Keep your desk, counter, or nightstand looking neat and tidy, while charging your Nexus 5X with the NXET USB-C charge dock.

This dock will keep your Nexus completely accessible, making it super easy to swipe through the news of the day, check your calendar, or reply to messages all with one hand. The dock adjusts to three different viewing angles, which means you will always be comfortable when you are looking at it.

It's worth mentioning this dock won't allow you to charge your 5X rapidly; however, it's a good quality dock that still supports USB 2.0 transfer speeds for when you plug the dock into your computer.

See at Amazon


Anker PowerCore+

Anker PowerCore+

If you find your Nexus 5X is always dying on you when you aren't around outlets of any kind, you may want to consider getting a Anker PowerCore+ power bank.

With a huge capacity of 20100 mAh, the Anker PowerCore+ can fully charge your Nexus 5X seven times and still have some juice left. It has two USB-A ports and a USB-C port allowing you to charge three devices at once, meaning all your favorite electronics will always be charged and ready to go.

While this is a great power bank, the cord that it comes with is not as high quality. We recommend using a better cable to ensure your devices are properly charged and protected from damage. The Cambond cable we mentioned earlier in this list would be a perfect choice.

See at Amazon


Photos Live case

Photos Live case

The Photos Live case is a case for your Nexus 5X that is as unique as you are. It's a one shell case that features a photo of your choosing, making it perfect for treasuring a precious moment, highlighting your favorite photo, or even using a unique print from your favorite artist.

The Photos Live case has a companion app you can download to turn your wallpaper into an entire slideshow, making it seem as though your case is integrated into your Home screen!

A cool case to make you the talk of the town, or a timeless gift for a close friend or loved one.

See at Google


Ringke Fusion clear case

Ringke Fusion clear case

If you want a case that offers your Nexus 5X some protection while keeping the beautiful natural look of the phone, the Ringke Fusion case is perfect for you.

It's a one-piece TPU sleeve that fits the 5X snuggly and doesn't block the usage of any buttons or ports. It has a dust cover over the headphone jack, so you can rest easy knowing dirt will stay out of there.

It's a little thicker around the edges of the phone to protect the phone from falling damage, and it even comes with a screen protector, so it protects the entire phone.

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UE Roll/UE Roll 2

UE Roll/UE Roll 2

The Ultimate Ears Roll is a mini Bluetooth speaker you can take with you wherever you go. It has a fantastic water-resistance rating, meaning you don't have to sing alone in the shower anymore. Plus, it also comes with a floating life preserver, meaning you can bring this speaker to a pool party and have it float along the surface.

The sound quality of this tiny guy is impressive, and you can pair two together for a stereo experience. Download the UE app to control playback so you can control it from afar.

UE has released the Roll 2, which includes all the features of the older model along with a few key improvements. The Roll 2 has better sound — both in volume and tone — while also increasing the Bluetooth range to 100 feet.

The Roll 2 costs about $99; however, you can find the original Roll on sale, and it could be worth keeping an eye on the price as time goes on.

To some people, the value of the upgraded UE Roll 2 is offset by the potential savings of the original Roll. We have links to both versions below, so you can decide between the new and the old.

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