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9 months ago

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

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

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

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

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9 months ago

Best heavy duty cases for the LG G5

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Best heavy duty cases for the LG G5

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

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

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

Otterbox Commuter series

Otterbox Commuter series

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

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

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

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

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

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Supcase Rugged Unicorn Beetle Pro Combo

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

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

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Spigen Rugged Armor Case

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

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

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Poetic Affinity Series Case

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

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

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Lifeproof FRE for LG G5

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

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

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i-Blason Prime

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

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

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How 'bout you?

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

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9 months ago

Best accessories for the Moto 360

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Best accessories for the Moto 360

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

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

Moto 360 Replacement Bands

Moto 360, brown leather band with black buckle.

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

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

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Watch Strap Display Case

Swiss Watch International Display Case

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

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

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ArmorSuit Screen Protector

ArmorSuit Screen Protector

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

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

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Moto 360 Charger

Moto 360 2nd generation charging cradle.

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

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

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To accessorize, or not?

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

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9 months ago

Best tempered glass screen protectors for the LG G5

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

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

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

Joto LG G5 tempered glass screen protector

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

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

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

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

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iLLumiShield HD tempered glass 2-pack LG G5 screen protector

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

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

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

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

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Monoy LG G5 tempered glass screen protector

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

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

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YooTech LG G5 tempered glass screen protector

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

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

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

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

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Sooyo premium tempered glass screen protector

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

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

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

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

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Which screen protector is your favorite?

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

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

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9 months ago

Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX earbuds pictured in official shots

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

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9 months ago

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

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HTC 10

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

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

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

HotCool

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

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

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Safodo

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

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

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

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Mr. Shield

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

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

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Supershieldz

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

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

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

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Omoton

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

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

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G-Color

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

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

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Keep in mind

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

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

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9 months ago

LeEco starts selling accessories directly in India

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LeEco has set up its own e-commerce portal in India, and has started to sell accessories directly to consumers in the country. Dubbed LeMall, the portal is currently offering Leme Bluetooth Headphones, Letv All-Metal Earphones, and Letv Reverse In-Ear Headphones.

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9 months ago

Best cheap cases for Galaxy S7 edge

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge clear case

Protecting your phone doesn't have to mean you break the bank

Purchasing a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge may have you already looking at your bank account with tears in your eyes. If that's the case the most important protection for your phone may be the cheapest.

We live in a world where cases can get expensive pretty quick — especially when they've got the word "Galaxy" involved. But you might be surprised what you can find for just $10, and we've rounded up some of the best for you here.

EasyACC

EasyAcc's clear case is nothing special to look at. It's made out of TPU, which has plenty of give but retains its shape. If you are partial to that super grippy feel of rubber this would the case for you.

This case is transparent, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of your phone in its natural state. The edges around the front of the phone are slightly raised to help prevent damage to the screen when it's laying down on a flat surface.

TPU will absorb light super easily which can cause color discoloration, this is know as "yellowing." The color of this case will likely morph more and more yellow over time, especially if it's in the sun a lot.

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ArtMine window view wallet case

This case is pretty much the cheapest option out there, coming in at typically under $2.

It's a wallet case which means it has one card slot so you can always have your bank card or some cash at the ready, and the front cover flips over the screen of the phone to offer some additional protection. However, It has a big square hole in the front so it's definitely not the most protective case, but it is a good way to always be able to see the time.

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Spigen Exact-Fit

This simple, hard polycarbonate shell easily fits around the Galaxy S7 edge and will protect the phone from minor scratches to to back and sides. A little bit of a lip above the screen will protect the phone when it's laying down flat.

The edges of the Galaxy S7 edge are a little more exposed than you may like, especially at the bottom of the phone around the headphone jack and charging port. So it probably wouldn't be wise to use this case if you bump your phone against a lot of things.

All-in-all Spigen's Exact-Fit case is a basic case that will offer you a small amount of protection.

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Abacus wallet case

Yet another wallet case in our roundup of cheap cases, but this one packs a little more of a punch in terms of features.

Card slots on the front, inside of the flip cover offer you the ability to carry your important bank cards or cash around with ease and it even have a clear card slot that is perfect for your photo ID. It's made out of synthetic leather but, it does give the phone a nice unified look, so if you like that simple style this case has that in spades.

You can also use the case as a kickstand, so you can watch all those funny YouTube videos of people jumping into pools of jello, or you know, whatever the kids watch these days.

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CoverON Atomic series

CoverON's Atomic series is a rugged, heavy duty case that is typically around $10. So if you are looking for something that can take a little bit of a beating and won't put you in the red, this could be the case for you.

The textured back on this silicone and polycarbonate case feels great in your hand and gives the phone a lot of grip. All the buttons and ports are easily accessible and all the edge features you get with the Galaxy S7 edge work as normal.

This rugged case also has a kickstand built-in to the case which is great for hands free operation; however, it is a little flimsy so if you aren't careful with it, it may fall off.

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Money not an issue?

If you haven't found that perfect case in this line up and money isn't really an issue for you checkout the best cases we found for the Galaxy S7 edge.

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9 months ago

Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand review

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Samsung's Qi chargers haven't had the best designs, but this one gets it right.

Last year's Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5 brought along with them new faster wireless charging tech, but that also required a charging pad that was able to output enough power to make it all happen. Samsung's only fast wireless charging pad was a pretty solid improvement over the previous standard-speed model, but we weren't surprised when Samsung rolled out a new model with the launch of the Galaxy S7.

This new "stand" style fast wireless charger has a new look, and definitely takes up a little more room, but has a few advantages over what was previously your only fast wireless charging choice. Here's a look at Samsung's Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand.

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9 months ago

Android Central Mother's Day gift guide 2016

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Android Central Mother's Day gift guide

Not sure what to get Mom this year? Look no further than these great Mother's Day gift ideas.

Mother's Day can be a stressful time for sons and daughters all over the world. If you haven't yet found something for Mom, that is. Use this gift guide to help you through the process of buying for her in a way that will leave her speechless this Sunday.

Nextbit Robin

NextBit Robin - Mint color

If Mom loves taking pictures with her phone, the Nextbit Robin might be the ideal choice. Featuring a 13MP camera and dual-tone flash, this phone will have no problem capturing clear, vibrant images. The 32GB onboard storage is merged with 100GB of online storage, meaning she can take a picture a minute for about 75 days without running out of space. Expect a thorough catalog of children's and grandchildren's special moments.

The 100GB online storage can also archive things you're not using, meaning Mom can download more games and apps without having to delete old ones. This phone runs apps smoothly with 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 808 processor.

Let's talk about style. Users everywhere claim the same thing: this phone turns heads. Available now in mint color (think of a robin's egg) or a darker midnight, this phone has rounded edges while maintaining a rectangular shape that rests firmly in your hand. Mom will love this unique device that does it all at a fraction of the price of other flagship phones.

ON SALE MAY 4-10: And just in time for Mother's Day, the Robin will be reduced to just $299!

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Ring Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell

This is a perfect gift for mothers concerned with security. (Or you staying out too late.) The Ring Doorbell captures video the moment the bell is rung or when motion is detected. The camera has built-in night vision so that there is no lapse in security. The Ring app (available for Android and iOS, and with desktop versions for Mac and PC) displays alerts and video over Wi-Fi, and even lets you speak with whomever is at the door.

The best part really is that you never have to actually go to the door to see who's on the other side.

The Ring Doorbell is easy to install. It can be wired directly to existing doorbell wires, or it can be powered with the built-in rechargeable battery. There are four color options to choose from — antique brass, polished brass, satin nickel, or venetian bronze — meaning there is a stylish option for any house. And a new option lets you see things in 1080p.

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Ring Stick Up Cam

Ring Stick Up Cam

The Ring Stick Up Cam can be mounted anywhere and can be rotated to capture whatever angle you desire. The camera is designed to monitor your property but has many other uses. Because it features two-way talk, it can be used to keep an eye and ear on the kids when you're not in the room and, with night vision and forthcoming on-demand video, you will be able to make sure the baby is sleeping soundly without leaving bed.

Video footage can be saved to Ring's cloud service for playback later, and you can check footage any time you want from anywhere in the world. If you're strictly local, the camera can also save footage to a computer.

This camera is powered by a lithium-ion battery that can be charged with solar energy. Since it is generally installed outside and in sunlight, you will not be wasting power while the camera monitors every movement. The Stick Up Cam is a great addition to the Ring Video Doorbell, creating multiple layers of security for Mom's property.

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Moto 360 for Women

Moto 360 - Rose gold and blush leather band

Motorola combines tech and style with this watch (a staple Mother's Day gift!) designed exclusively for women. There are three options to choose from to best suit her style: a gold face with gold metal strap, silver face with silver metal strap, and rose gold face with blush leather strap. Moto 360 straps can be swapped out in seconds thanks to a quick-release mechanism, allowing simple customization. The display is fully customizable, and there are many Android Wear apps to augment your experience, including Spotify and Shazam.

This watch also features a built-in fitness tracker that monitors heart rate, counts steps, and tracks calories. Keep in mind that while this watch is smart, it cannot make or take calls — Motorola advertises "Updates, not interruptions." Not a bad idea for the mother who can't find enough time in the day to get it all done.

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Bose QuietComfort 25

Bose QuietComfort 25

Featuring Bose's incredible sound and noise-canceling technology, the QC25 headphones are a great idea for the music lover. Choose from two color options — white and gold or black — to fit Mom's style. The headphones are large enough to fit over the ear while maintaining a lightweight design, and the suede-like material on the headband rests lightly for extra comfort.

While these headphones are advertised as Apple-compatible, they are also compatible with most Android devices. You'll be able to listen to music on any device, but double-check compatibility before making calls or controlling music playback.

Whether Mom flies a lot or simply yearns to listen to music without interruption, she will love these noise-canceling headphones.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

No matter the role Mom plays, she will love Samsung's Tab S2. Her professional side will enjoy Microsoft Office Tools, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The Tab's Multi Window capability allows easy multi-tasking; edit documents while simultaneously sharing photos with grandparents.

If Mom enjoys gaming, she will be pleased with the Tab's vibrant AMOLED display that is available in 8- and 9.7-inch sizes. The tablet comes stock with 32GB flash memory and is expandable using a microSD card, ideal since Mom will take a lot of pictures with the 8MP camera.

This tablet is light, mobile, and will complete the tasks Mom throws at it. If she is upgrading from another tablet, Samsung's Smart Switch makes transferring data a breeze.

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Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast

Chromecast is a small, unobtrusive device that plugs into the back of your TV or speakers and allows streaming content from your laptop or smartphone. Mom will love how easy Chromecast is to set up, and will love how soon she can take a well-deserved break with her favorite TV show or movie. Although Chromecast works best with Android devices, it is also compatible with Mac products.

Chromecast also has hundreds of compatible apps, including Netflix, HBO GO, and Hulu Plus. Keep in mind that some of these services require an extra subscription — not a bad idea for an add-on gift.

Mom is also able to turn her TV into a talking piece using Chromecast's customization options. Create personalized slideshows with your own pictures that turn your TV into a backdrop for the day's activities, from entertaining guests to giving a professional presentation. Overall this is a very versatile gift with an attractive price tag.

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Huawei smartwatch

Huawei smartwatch

Watches are a common gift for Mom on her special day. If you feel like changing things up a bit this year, Huawei's brand new smartwatch does stuff your standard watch does not do. Not to mention she'll be one of the first rocking this fancy accessory.

The 1.4 inch AMOLED display shows notifications and alerts when paired with your phone (compatible with Android and iOS). Help Mom keep up with text messages and apps; she can even answer or make calls through the watch. This is a great idea for the mother in perpetual motion. Add a fitness tracker and heart-rate monitor to the equation and you have a top competitor for smartwatch supremacy.

Having mentioned function, let's now discuss style. This smartwatch is designed with luxury in mind. Featuring a stainless steel body colored with gold and a white genuine leather wristband, this watch attempts to make a statement. Not satisfied with the watch's strap? Check out these other options. Huawei's smartwatch is a strong option if Mom is looking for something suitable for any occasion or with any outfit.

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9 months ago

Best third-party wristbands for the LG Watch Urbane

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Best third party wristbands for the LG Watch Urbane

You've already got sleek and sexy covered with your LG Watch Urbane. Now, accessorize.

We've reached a point where we can accessorize our accessories. The LG Watch Urbane is where fashion meets functionality in a big way, so why not continue to amp up the fashion with different bands?

You don't have to stick to just LG's bands. If you want to truly personalize your Watch Urbane, then you need to look at some third party options.

We've assembled a quick roundup of the best third party LG Watch Urbane straps out there. Strap in!

MODE Band

MODE Band

The days of annoying pins and cumbersome tiny tools are over! Google has released its MODE bands (currently only manufactured by Hadley Roma BND) and they might just be the most interchangeable watch bands of all time. At least for Android Wear. There's a neat video on the MODE site that shows you exactly how these bands connect to your LG Watch Urbane, and we have to say, it's pretty sweet.

Basically, all you do it remove the original pin that presently in your Urbane, then you add the MODE pin, slide your MODE band over the pin, and lock it shut, kind of like a carabiner. That's it.

So, once you have 10 different bands (when cheaper ones become available; Hadley Roma's models start around $50), you'll be able to make a change on the fly with ease. Just remember that when you go to order yours you need the 22 millimeter band.

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GadgetWraps silicone wristband

Gadgetwraps

Let's get things started with the most versatile of the wristbands we'll discuss: the GadgetWraps silicone wristband. These bands are great for those who put comfort and durability above all else, but still want to maintain the dapper design of the LG Watch Urbane.

GadgetWraps are available in eight colors to match your style and with a price tag starting around $20, they won't break the bank.

There's also beauty in the GadgetWraps installation process, since they feature quick-release pins, which means no tools necessary.

Some of the bright colors might not really match the sophistication of the LG Watch Urbane, but, like I said, they're there to match your style.

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Ritche mesh stainless steel wristband

Ritche

The problem with many "cheap" mesh wristbands is that they can be incredibly inflexible to the point of not even forming to the contour of your wrist. You just end up with a weird square around your wrist.

No problem with the Ritche mesh band, which is super flexible and surprisingly comfortable. You do need a watch band too, but that's provided and it means a little more security when you do attach it to the watch unit itself.

You'd probably want to pair this with the silver Urbane, though it may add some funky flair to the gold watch, again, depending on your style.

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Barton Quick Release

Barton

Add a big splash of color to your LG Watch Urbane, with Barton's line of quick-release watch bands. They're made of soft silicone, so they're comfortable and won't tarnish the way leather or metal bands will.

You can choose from nine colors, ranging from a very punchy bright orange to a more muted charcoal. Starting around $15, you can grab a few and switch them out daily, thanks to the quick-release – no need for annoying tools and tedious installation!

Barton also claims that their bands will fit 95 percent of wearers and that, if you happen to be in the 5 percent their bands does not fit, they'll gladly refund your purchase.

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Yesoo stainless steel wristband

Yesoo

Getting back to a more traditional steel band, Yesoo offers a flashy band with a quick-release butterfly buckle, making this easy to put on and take off, with none of the painful pinching that can come with some other types of buckles.

The Yesoo band comes with the necessary installation tools and shouldn't present too much of a hassle in that department, since it's just like any other metal wristband. You can remove links if it's initially too big and you're on your way to shiny urbanity.

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RaySun genuine leather brown wristband

RaySun

Let's look at some brown leather, the way leather was meant to be (or so I've heard). This offer from RaySun is has an anti-slip texture and it's waterproof, so it won't dry and crack like leather generally does.

With the many buckle holes, this strap is designed to fit even the slimmest wrists, which makes it an ideal option for slighter folks. Like all the other bands we've discussed that are traditionally installed, RaySun provides all the necessary tools to get this breathable band on your LG Watch Urbane and out where everyone can ogle it.

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The Urbane Professional

Do you have a watch strap that you absolutely love that's not on our list? Make sure to leave a comment and tell us which band you have and why you think your strap is the best one ever made!

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9 months ago

AKG N60NC noise-canceling headphones review: Flip a switch and shut out the world

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AKG N60NC noise-canceling headphones

AKG keeps these headphones compact, while also bringing all of the features you want at a solid price.

If you travel, work in a busy office or just have trouble concentrating on tasks at home, chances are you've looked into noise-canceling headphones. The basic technology behind noise cancellation is pretty much commoditized at this point, but companies add their own flavor to it, with varying levels of effectiveness. Beyond that, these of course work as standard headphones, too, giving companies more ways to differentiate.

AKG is a well-known name in audio, but definitely doesn't have the general brand awareness that a company like Bose does when it comes to noise-canceling headphones (just walk through any airport and you'll see). AKG's new N60NC on-ear noise-canceling headphones are out to take a slice of the market, bringing a few neat features to differentiate from other options — and to make you feel a bit better about dropping big money on a set of on-ear headphones.

AKG sent us a set to check out. Here's how we've been enjoying them over the past few weeks.

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9 months ago

Amazon's Alexa devices can tell you what happened on your favorite Syfy TV show

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Syfy is the first cable TV network to add support for Amazon's family of devices that use the Alexa digital assistant such as the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot speakers and the Fire TV boxes.

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9 months ago

Samsung Gear 360 launches in Korea alongside Galaxy J series

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Samsung has launched the Gear 360 in South Korea for 399,300 Korean Won, or the equivalent of $350. The 360-degree camera is now available for purchase online in the country, and will be heading to over 450 stores starting from May. At launch, the Gear 360 is compatible with the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy S6.

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9 months ago

Best minimalist cases for the Galaxy S7

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Best minimalist cases for the Galaxy S7

Protect my phone, fine, but don't bulk it up!

Aside from the edge, the Galaxy S7 is Samsung's thinnest offer right now. Sure, you want to protect it, but you definitely don't want any of the bulk that comes along with some of the heavy duty cases.

We've rounded up some of the best minimalist cases for your S7; just remember that toning down the thickness of the case may make your phone a little more vulnerable when dropped from on high.

REDShield gel skin case

REDShield gel skin case

If you want minimal, you've got it with REDShield. This case is so thin, you can't even really see it in photos. Clear is a great way to go if you want to protect your phone while making it seem like your phone is naked. If clear is what you're after, we've rounded up the best clear cases for the Galaxy S7 just for you.

The RedShield gel skin case has a rubberized matte finish, so grip won't be an issue and there won't be any glare off the back of your phone. Your volume and power buttons are left easily accessible, so it's really like your phone is wearing nothing at all (stupid, sexy Flanders!).

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Cimo Premium Slim Fit

Cimo Premium Slim Fit

This is the little black dress of phone cases, offering sleek protection in the form of soft TPU. The benefit of having a case made out of black TPU as opposed to clear TPU is that the black stuff won't yellow over time due to sunlight.

Though this one is quite form-fitting, there is still a touch of a lip (0.8 mm) on the front, so when you place your phone face-down, it's not sitting on the screen. The non-slip TPU feels grippy in your hand and it's dust-resistance helps with an all-black case. If you couldn't care less about goofy designs or bling, then pick up a slim, black case and be done with it.

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Maxboost Vibrance Series Protective Slider

Maxboost Vibrance Series Protective Slider

If you're looking something with a little more pizzazz, but don't want any bulk, then the Maxboost Protective Slider is a solid choice, combining just enough protection with some cool colors to give you just what you want: slim sexiness.

This line isn't called the "Vibrance Series" for nothing; these cases come in two color combinations: turquoise and "Champagne Gold" or "Italian Rose" and "Champagne gold." It comes in black, too, but I don't see how that's very "vibrant."

It's got a soft interior to protect from scratches and a grippy exterior, so you're styling and protected with minimal bulk.

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Caseology Skyfall Series

Caseology Skyfall Series

You just know that a case with a James Bond-related name is going to be sleek, sexy, and slim. The Caseology Skyfall Series case is a two-piece with a rubberized cover and harder wraparound edge piece. This case is best for those of you who chose the gold S7, since that outer edging is gold. So, you'll have a seemingly 100 percent clear case.

There are air pockets in each corner of the Caseology Skyfall, so if you drop your S7 from a reasonable height, you probably won't shatter the entire outer layer of your phone.

That harder polycarbonate edging won't impede buttons, since it wraps around your phone behind the buttons.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Clear Protective Cover

Samsung Galaxy S7 Clear Protective Cover

Some folks are brand-loyal all the way to their accessories, so we've included Samsung's minimalist offering, since it's a great choice.

This one covers less of your phone than any of the other cases we've discussed, but that doesn't mean your GS7 is any less protected. There are full openings for the buttons, so that you're guaranteed to be unimpeded when pressing them.

Protection-wise this would only be a vulnerability if you were to drop your phone on the edge of something like a table or a curb. It is a harder plastic, which some folks might not trust, but it is a great choice if you're looking for something less bulky.

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Bear Motion

Bear Motion

Looking for customizable minimalism? Then get going with Bear Motion. These cases come in nine colors, with a matte finish, which give them an excellently grippy feel, so you know your phone is protected and won't be slip-sliding out of your hands.

At only 0.3 ounces, these Bear Motion cases add no real bulk to your phone, but protect it from drops while leaving the necessary ports, buttons, and sensors open for easy use.

Starting around $6, there's no reason not to give Bear Motion a try, especially if you're after a very thin case that feels great in your hand, looks great on your phone, and adds a splash of color to your S7.

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Sick of cases altogether?

If you just plain hate cases, but still feel like your phone is naked and vulnerable, you may want to consider a skin, like the ones Dbrand makes.

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