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1 year ago

Hands-on the Case-Mate Naked Tough Case for LG G4

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This hard case rocks transparent, dual-layer protection against damage for your LG G4.

It's hard to find a decent case for the LG G4 that's compatible with the leather battery door. Many claim they'll fit, but end up putting way too much pressure on the leather, stretching it out, and just looks terrible. We got our hands on Case-Mate's Naked Tough Case this time around, and found that while installation is certainly easier on the plastic back of the LG G4, the fit around the leather was surprisingly good.

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1 year ago

LifeProof FRE case review for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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LifeProof has made a name for itself by making some of the best-known waterproof phone cases out there. We took the FRE case for a dip with the Samsung Galaxy S6 to see just how well it fared.

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1 year ago

This portable wireless charger doubles as a 10400mAh power bank

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Great for home and travel, the Vinsic 2-in-1 charger keeps you cable-free.

Wireless chargers come in all shapes and sizes, but more often than not, you'll see the traditional flat pad style similar to the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad or ZENS Wireless Charger. The 45° angled design of the Vinsic 2-in-1 Charger makes using your Qi-compatible devices quick and easy while it's getting juiced up. And to be honest, it's refreshing to see — especially when they're built well.

Weighing slightly less than a pound, the charger does have some bulk to it, but still looks great on any desk or coffee table. It features a circular rubber pad on top that keeps your device from sliding every which way, and a matching pad underneath that keeps the entire charger in one place — regardless of how smooth the surface is. On the front are 6 tiny LED lights in total; 4 of which are green and signify how much life of the internal 10400mAh battery remains. The last 2 shine blue — one for power and the other when wirelessly charging. Even with every light on it's not bright, and they compliment the entire charger's aesthetics. Not to mention, once your device is sitting pretty it covers up the lights anyhow.

On the back of the charger is a USB and microUSB port. Vinsic only includes a single 28-inch microUSB cable, which can be used for both charging its power bank or a second device. As I expected, anything charged via the wireless pad gets a slow-going 1A rate, but if plugged directly into the USB port on the back you'll get a more acceptable 2.1A. While simultaneously charging with both, Ampere measured approximately 350mA on the pad and 1000mA connected. So if you're in a hurry, skip the cable-free convenience.

To turn the charger on, simply tap the power button located on the right side. It will instantly light up, showing how much battery life is left. You can tap the power button at any time to check this, too. When you place your Qi-compatible device on the charger, you'll get an audible beep to let you know when it's recognized.

The verdict

$49.90 Buy Now

It's definitely not a bad deal with both the wireless charger and 10400mAh power bank features bundled together. It's case-friendly, which is kind of a big deal in my book, and doesn't blind you while at your bedside. For $49.90, I think Vinsic could have tossed in a 2nd (longer) USB cable and AC adapter, though. The Vinsic 2-in-1 Charger also comes in white, if the black doesn't suit your current setup.

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1 year ago

Razer Serval Gaming Controller makes its way to the Google Store for $79

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Google has added the Razer Serval Gaming Controller to its lineup in the Google Store for $79. While there are already a few gaming controllers available, like the Gamepad for Nexus Player, the Razer Serval has a dedicated holder for your phone built in. The controller is the same one that comes included in the Razer Forge TV Gaming Bundle, except now you can grab just the controller for half the price.

If you are a big mobile gamer, this controller is for you. The minimum requirements to use it is Android 4.2 or above. You can purchase the Razer Serval controller from the Google Store for $79 now, with free shipping.

Purchase the Razer Serval Gaming Controller for $79

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1 year ago

OnePlus will soon sell anyone its USB-C cable for about $5

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The OnePlus 2 is one of the first phones to be announced with a USB-C port, and that means OnePlus had to have a USB-C cable in the box. It didn't just take any old USB-C cable off the shelf, though — it designed its own cable from the ground up and it's pretty awesome. With so few vendors currently offering USB-C cables OnePlus thought it was a good idea to sell it directly, though, and it plans to do just that.

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1 year ago

HTC One M9 Active Waterproof Case review

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An IP68 rated OEM solution to preventing water damage for the HTC One M9.

Some of us are milking the Uh-Oh protection that was promised with the purchase of our HTC One M9, but I'm all about testing the options when it comes to cases and covers. HTC has crafted their own Active Waterproof Case for the M9 featuring 2 polycarbonate pieces that snap around the phone, sealing it safely inside from water, dirt, and other debris. Although its design is somewhat rugged, it manages to stay slim compared to many other cases for the HTC One M9 we've had our hands on.

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1 year ago

Motorola announces the Moto Pulse and Moto Surround, two new Bluetooth headsets available starting today

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Motorola has announced two new Bluetooth headsets, the Moto Pulse and Moto Surround. Both sets of headphones are available starting today, with pricing at $59 and $69 respectively. The Moto Pulse offers up to 18 hours of playtime per charge, and fits over the ears. They are great for travel, and fold flat. The Moto Surround is the company's waterproof offering, that fits in the ear. This set offers 12 hours of music, and has an integrated mic for hands-free calling.

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1 year ago

Christmas in July Sale — 20% off Android accessories

'Tis the season for hot days and even hotter savings on everything Android.

Share the summer cheer this week here at ShopAndroid where you'll find your favorite Android accessories at an amazing 20% discount through midnight, July 31! Take a peek and you'll see sleighfuls of popular items like wireless chargers, cases and covers, batteries, quick chargers, and plenty more for all the latest and greatest Android devices.

Once you've stuffed your cart, use the coupon code: CJ715 for an instant 20% discount on all your items. Also, don't forget that we offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50 within the continental US, as well as expedited options at reasonable rates.

Take me shopping!

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1 year ago

Five super rugged Bluetooth speakers

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Your extreme lifestyle demands some extreme speakers.

We've rounded up the best rugged Bluetooth speakers we could find. You'll want to have one of these for a soundtrack while hitting the trails, beaches, slopes, or whatever other rough-and-tumble environment you like finding yourself in. These speakers are even good for taking calls in a pinch. In some cases, they'll also be waterproof, but not always. We're focusing primarily on impact and dust protection for this batch.

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1 year ago

Quick look: TEHTYS waterproof case for Samsung Galaxy S6

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Seal your Galaxy S6 in this waterproof case for maximum protection.

The TETHYS waterproof case shares a similar design to other pouch-style cases we've been looking at this past week, but it's a bit different in that the durable TPU border on the front and back keeps a cozy fit for the Galaxy S6. While the front display is clear for complete touchscreen use, the back is mostly covered, with the exception of the top — for camera use in mind. The secure swivel lock system is what seals your device inside from water, salt, and sand.

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1 year ago

Samsung's latest monitor can wirelessly charge your smartphone

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Samsung has introduced the SE370, a full-HD monitor that can wirelessly charge gadgets compatible with the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi standard. The monitor comes with a wireless charging area integrated into the stand, allowing you to top up your devices with ease. An LED light notifies you once charging commences.

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1 year ago

Best Android gadgets of the week: Incipio OffGRID, Sony Smart Speaker, and more!

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We've got another batch of the best Android accessories released recently. There's a full range of gadgets here to consider, including Bluetooth speakers, fitness trackers, cases, and anything else that might improve life with your Android phone or tablet. We've also been writing a ton about accessories perfect for the summer this week, namely in terms of stuff that's rugged or waterproof. Be sure to catch up on the stuff we think is perfect for the beach or the campsite.

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1 year ago

OtterBox Defender series case for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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I've spent the last two weeks rocking the OtterBox Defender Series case, and it's been doing a fine job of keeping my Samsung Galaxy S6 secure, both out on the trails while camping (more on that here) and at home at my desk.

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1 year ago

Inateck MercuryBox Waterproof Speaker review

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Bluetooth speakers are great for gatherings and even better when they're water-friendly.

The Inateck MercuryBox is compact enough to easily fit in your backpack or pocket, measuring 6.5-inches in length and nearly 2.5-inches in height. Most of its construction is made of an anodized aluminum that features a unique perforated design on the front. Inside are two 5W drivers that provide impressive full-range sound for all your mobile music, regardless of genre.

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1 year ago

Goal Zero Venture 30 waterproof battery pack review

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This summer I went camping with the Goal Zero Venture 30 7,800 mAh backup battery. My grand ambitions of getting a tan from something other than a computer screen led me to find a battery that could handle all sorts of treacherous terrain, and the Venture 30 is built for the job. Not only does it have a grippy, rubberized rim for impact protection while stomping around in the woods, it is waterproof without needing extra gaskets to cover up the plugs.

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