1 month ago

Quick look: Wasserstein solid wood wireless charging pad


Wasserstein's wireless charging pad keeps your Qi-compatible devices powered while looking good anywhere it ends up.

Measuring nearly 3-inches in diameter and a half-inch in thickness, this wood wireless charger makes sure to fit in most cluttered work areas, providing a cable-free way to charge your device. The top of the pad features a white rubber ring that helps to keep even glass-backed devices from sliding of its surface. On the bottom are 3 rubber feet that do an excellent job at keeping the pad in place. There's nothing too special about the wood used here — at least nothing the company is bragging about — but it looks good. You can see the seam just slightly between the two pieces where they put the guts in.

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1 month ago

These are the official Galaxy Note 5 accessories from Samsung


Take a gander at Samsung's latest and greatest accessories for the Galaxy Note 5 that are soon to hit stores.

Whether you're holding out for that new fast charge wireless charger or a new OEM case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, you can't go wrong with accessorizing your new device. With the Note 5's launch just around the corner, now's the time to gear-up and get ready. Let's take a closer look at the accessories for the Galaxy Note 5 straight from Samsung.

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Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Pad

As long as wireless charging has been around, we've mostly accepted its convenience over the subpar charging speeds. Finally we're starting to see some improvement, and this new fast charge wireless charging pad from Samsung is leading the way. While this model will most definitely work with all other Qi-compatible devices, its fast charge feature is strictly for the new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+.

Available in white and black sapphire, it comes bundled with a microUSB cable and charging block — strongly suggested for optimal performance. The multi-colored LED halo indicates your charging status, similar to the previous version.

Buy from Samsung ($69.99)

Samsung S-View Clear Flip Cover

It's no surprise we're seeing a new S-View Clear Cover for the Galaxy Note 5 — its quick access to key features without ever opening the case makes it a great option for flip-case enthusiasts. The new cradle design provides simple installation along with extra protection around each corner of the Note 5.

As soon as the front flap is closed, the built-in Samsung ID chip provides instant access to your most important information through the case. Accept or reject calls, manage alarms, check the weather — it's all done easily while your Galaxy Note 5 stays completely protected. Available colors include black sapphire, clear gold, and clear silver.

Buy from Samsung ($59.99)

Samsung Level U Wireless Headphones

Samsung's Level U wireless headphones are an over-the-neck design that manages to stay fairly lightweight when worn. When used with Samsung's Level App, you can adjust different audio levels to suit your needs. Off a complete charge you can expect around 10 hours of music playback or 21 days of standby time.

The 12mm speaker units provide excellent sound quality, while dual-mic noise reduction and echo cancellation block outside banter during those important calls. When the earbuds aren't in use, they are magnetically attached together for a clean look.

Read our Level U Headphones review

Buy from Samsung ($69.99)

Samsung Clear Protective Cover

Those after simple protection for their Galaxy Note 5 that allows the original look to shine through, this clear OEM hard case is one to consider. Its simple snap-on design is great, providing complete access to everything including the camera, stylus, and charging/auxiliary ports. Each edge of the case is slightly thicker to add extra protection around the major impact points. This clear cover is available in gold, silver and black sapphire.

Buy from Samsung ($34.99)

Samsung Fast Charge Battery Pack

Packing a 5,200mAh capacity, this OEM power bank is designed to offer compatible devices an efficient way to juice-up on the go. Devices such as the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 edge+ can all utilize this backup battery's snappy speeds, while others will charge at a normal 2A rate.

Unfortunately, Samsung's unusually high $70 price tag for this power bank is a bit absurd. The Aukey 10,000mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge easily doubles the capacity at half the cost, adding an extra USB port for simultaneous charging. Maybe with a larger battery and more USB outputs with fast charging capability this power bank would be worth the investment.

Buy from Samsung ($69.99)

Samsung S-View Flip Cover

Proving a clear window to manage the basics, the Galaxy Note 5 S-View Flip Cover sports a pebble grain texture with access to all the device's features. Similar to its clear sibling, this S-View Case allows quick access to key features without ever opening the case. Take pictures, record video, accept or reject calls — all through its front window. There's plenty of protection against minor drops from front to back, adding a thick plastic around the corners. You can grab this cover in black sapphire, white, gold, and silver.

Buy from Samsung ($49.99)

Samsung Glitter Cover

Samsung's Glitter Cover for the Galaxy Note 5 adds shimmer and shine to really make your new device stand out. The edges sport the solid color of your choice with access to all ports and buttons, leaving the back as the real star of this case. It's smooth to the touch, slim in design, and is available in gold, silver, teal, and red.

Samsung Keyboard Cover

This Galaxy Note 5 case has unique written all over it. The slim hard cover snaps around the device, providing just enough protection against minor drops, while the keyboard cover snaps on top. The QWERTY keyboard is designed for those that prefer the textured press, adding a dedicated UI when snapped into place. When you're finished using the keyboard, pop it off and snap it to the back of the case. Although the response of this particular cover hasn't been too positive thus far, there may be room for improvement.

Samsung Level On Wireless Pro Headphones

As Samsung's Level lineup continues to grow, so do the design and features of each product. These new wireless on-ear headphones feature Ultra High Quality Audio (UHQA), boasting a sound quality that's better than that of a CD. "Talk-in Mode" allows you to enjoy your tunes as well as ambient sound simultaneously. Packing Bluetooth 4.1, aptX technology, and NFC pairing, these new headphones provide up to 10 hours of consistent music playback while noise cancelling is active, and 20 hours turned off. Samsung's original Level On Wireless Headphones were some of the best we've ever used, so these certainly seem promising if the price is right.

Samsung Flip Wallet

Wrapped in Samsung's signature polyurethane leather, this wallet case for the Galaxy Note 5 sports a single storage slot inside for a card, cash, or ID. With complete coverage on the front and back, the Note 5 stays secured inside with your essentials. When opened, the auto-wake feature activates your display for quick and easy access. This flip case is available in white, gold, silver, and black sapphire.

Buy from Samsung ($34.99)

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1 month ago

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick can now access HBO Now


In July, the HBO Internet cable TV service officially launched for Android along with Amazon's Fire tablets. Now the same service is available on Amazon's Fire TV set-top box and the Fire TV stick HDMI dongle.

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1 month ago

Top 5 wireless chargers from ShopAndroid


Why mess with cables when you don't have to?

If you haven't thought about picking up a wireless charger already, it's only a matter of time. They're convenient in just about every scenario, whether you're at your office desk or on the road. There's no fumbling for lost charging cables or adapters, just a clean and simple solution that only requires you to drop your Qi-compatible device on a pad, puck or dock and go about your business.

Need help choosing the best wireless charger for your device? We're here to help. Take a look at our 5 favorite wireless chargers available right here at ShopAndroid.com.

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1 month ago

OnHub is Google's new Wi-Fi router that's supposed to offer better connections


Google is getting into the Wi-Fi router business with the just revealed OnHub. The router was developed in partnership with TP-LINK, and is designed to be easy to set up and use and is supposed to offer users better wireless connections.

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1 month ago

LG Nexus 5 2015 design gets shown off again by a case maker


Following the first live image of the LG Nexus 5 2015, new images of cases for the said-to-be upcoming phone have surfaced as well. Recently, renders based off the blueprints for accessory manufacturers showed off a general feel for the phone, and the newly leaked image and this case seem to point towards the same design.

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1 month ago

A quick look at the Moto Pulse Bluetooth headphones

Moto Pulse

Along with three new smartphones, Motorola at its annual products event last month dropped a couple new Bluetooth kits on us. This one's the Moto Pulse, an over-the-ear set that brings decent sound without burning a hole in your wallet.

Let's take a look. (And for those of us on this side of the keyboard, a listen.)

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1 month ago

Gadgets of the week: JayBird X2 earbuds, Coolest cooler and more!


Ready for another fresh batch of Android gear?

Every weekend, we pore over the latest connected home, wireless audio, and mobile accessory releases and show off the best of the best. This go-around, JayBird launched the latest version of their sporty Bluetooth headphones this week, and the greatest cooler known to man has an ungodly pricetag. Dig in to read more of our favorite gadgets to hit shelves this week.

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JayBird X2

$180 Buy

JayBird has a great reputation for super-light wireless headphones, and their latest set bumps things up a notch in terms of comfort, sound quality, and style. The JayBird X2 has a wide range of new color options are available, too. You'll still get 8 hours of playback, and be able to subject the buds to sweat without any problem whatsoever. Pick these up if you're having trouble enjoying your tunes while at the gym.

iHome iSP5 Smartplug

$40 Buy

For those looking to beef up their home automation, iHome released a new wall plug called the iSP5 that plays nice with Android and Apple HomeKit. Using the app, you can remotely turn on or off any connected appliance, set schedules for them to flip later, and organize scenes that activate multiple Smartplugs at once. You won't have to get a separate router for this to work, just connect it to your existing Wi-Fi router. Though other systems like Belkin WeMo are out there, iHome's family of products promises to grow in the future.

YONO Fertility Friend

$100 Buy

One particularly interesting Kickstarter project went live this week that aims to ease along the baby-making process. A big part of figuring out times of maximum fertility is determining basal temperature, that is, the lowest temperature a woman's body reaches. This nifty earplug called YONO reads that temperature during sleep, pairs it with a mobile app, which then offers suggestions for when to take a crack at conceiving. Though very niche, this is an interesting take on helping couples overcome important challenges. YONO Fertility Friend earbuds are expected to start shipping in November.

Coolest Cooler

$485 Buy

For those that need to go absolutely overboard at their beach outings, barbecues, and tailgating, this cooler is the way to go. The Coolest doesn't just keep your beers chilly. There's also a blender for mixed drinks. There's a built-in Bluetooth speaker. There's a USB port to charge your phone or other gadgets. There's a bottle opener. It's also crazy expensive, but it will be the end-all-be-all cooler of your every summer from here on out. Take a deep breath and get one of these if your summers are full of cold drinks outside.

Spigen Wallet case for Note 5

$21 Buy

If you're sold on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, you'll probably want to get it covered. Spigen has made some great cases in the past, and they had one available for the Note 5 right after the announcement. The simple and stylish wallet case lets you carry around three cards and some cash inside the front cover while the magnetic clip keeps everything cozy when closed. When the case is open, it can prop up your Note 5 as a stand. Check out our hands-on with Spigen's S6 wallet case for an idea of what to expect. If you're hauling around a big phone anyway, you might as well double up on storage.

Your favorite new Android gadgets?

That's the best of the new stuff that we've been able to see. Notice any other exciting releases for your phone or tablet? Let us know below!

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1 month ago

Aukey 10,000mAh Dual-USB Power Bank with Quick Charge


Compact and portable, Aukey's new 10,000mAh power bank sports 2 USB ports — 1 dedicated to Quick Charge.

I've had no reason to abandon my original Aukey single-USB Quick Charge power bank — which I use more often than I like to admit — until this new and improved backup became available. While the capacity of the internal lithium-polymer battery hasn't changed, the solo USB output has. Aukey's added an extra USB output to juice up 2 devices head to head.

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1 month ago

Android Central's back to school guide


It's time to go back to school, and we'll make sure you're well-equipped.

For many students, it's time to hit the books again. Whether you're loading up for your first day at high school, finding your stride in college, or you're making the long haul in university graduate programs, we've got the best tech for back to school season right here.

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1 month ago

Of course the new Samsung phone keyboard has a parody Twitter account


Because you haven't really made it anywhere in 2015 unless you've got someone pretending to be you.

Still, that's pretty funny.

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1 month ago

Samsung brings back the hardware keyboard for the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+

Samsung keyboard cover

There's a certain segment of smartphone users — and we're not judging here — who just have to have a hardware keyboard. (We hear you. We grew up on Treos and Droids and Motorola Q9s that all had buttons with letters on them. (Some of us even used ... what was it called ... Blackberry!) But hardware keyboards have mostly gone the way of the dinosaur — until today.

Samsung has a keyboard cover for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ (and soon the original Galaxy S6 and S6 edge as well) that brings the hardware keyboard back to the phablet family. It's a four-row deal, complete with hardware buttons for home, multitasking and back. It'll cost $80, and be available in black, silver and gold. It's capacitive, actually, so the keys strike down on part of the display. That means no Bluetooth connection, and it doesn't have a built-in battery or anything. Just a cover, and and keyboard.

The keyboard itself is detachable, so you can use the cover without blocking the bottom of the phone all the time. That's not a horrible tradeoff. Plus you get the added protection of a case and cover.

And perhaps most important is that Samsung remembered secondary functions, including symbols — and a dialer section.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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1 month ago

Best Buy is once again offering the HTC RE for only $99


The HTC RE spends a lot of time on sale at Best Buy, but if you missed the previous sales, here's another chance. The retailer is once again offering the RE for only $99, a savings of $100 from the camera's regular price. Currently, all the colors are on sale, so you can select from white, blue or orange, depending on your preference.

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1 month ago

Quick car mounting with iBOLT's magDock 360


The magDock 360 uses magnets to secure your device in place, even when things get bumpy.

I've used my fair share of car mounts, and all of them eventually end up back in their box and packed away where they'll most likely never be used again. Things I look for in a car mount: Low profile design, no extra cables to clutter up my dash, and a secure hold that doesn't leave my phone flying when I take a sharp turn. The iBOLT magDock has surprisingly met my criteria, and is even case-friendly.

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1 month ago

Back to School Sale: 20% off all accessories at ShopAndroid!

Load up on mobile essentials and stay ahead for semesters to come.

Starting today, you can save 20% on everything here at ShopAndroid you see fit for making planning, note-taking, and partying more efficient throughout the rest of school year. Stay powered up during those long days on campus with a trusty power bank, take notes with absolute precision with a quality stylus, and keep your go-to Android smartphone or tablet protected from the inevitable drop with a durable case.

To score your 20% savings, use coupon code: ABC15 at checkout to apply the discount to your entire cart. Our back to school sale is in session through midnight, August 18 — so don't be late!



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