Galaxy S7s are pretty fragile if dropped the right (wrong?) way. You're gonna need a case, so we went hands-on the Spigen Ultra Hybrid, to give you a better idea of whether or not it's the right fit for your phone and your habits.
If you want to let the beauty of your S7 shine through, with a case that feels a little sturdier than those soft TPU cases, then this is the one for you.
The Ultra Hybrid comes in three color options: Mint, Crystal Clear, and Rose Crystal. The colors are only around the outer rim, maintaining a transparent back to show off your S7 in all its glory.
With a hard polycarbonate back and a softer TPU bumper around the rim, the Ultra Hybrid can feel a bit slippery at times, especially if your hands get a bit greasy. However, there is a seam that runs all around the rim of the case, where the TPU and polycarbonate meet, that helps keep it stable in your hand.
This is by no means an "ultra-slim" case, but it doesn't add a ton of bulk or weight to the S7; although, it being clear may create an illusion of thinness.
The Ultra Hybrid is just about as basic as cases get, aside from being made of two materials, but the thinner polycarbonate backing does allow for wireless charging. Many polycarbonate cases are just too thick, but not Spigen's, which is a great feature, since you don't have to take it off your phone every night to charge.
This particular Spigen case underwent the military drop test, which the Department of Defense uses to approve devices for military applications. We still wouldn't take this one off to war, but it's built to withstand some pretty solid drops.
Each corner has a small air pocket that helps with shock absorption — an ideal feature for the Galaxy S7, since dropping it on its corner results in a big ol' spider web of cracks (Google "Galaxy S7 dropped on corner" and you'll see). The front features a raised bezel, so you can safely lay your S7 on its face without worrying about it getting dinged up.
The Ultra Hybrid covers all the buttons, but leaves all the ports at the bottom wide open, so you're entirely unencumbered for using third-party cables. The power button isn't an issue, but if you happen to get an ill-fitting Ultra Hybrid, the volume buttons might be a tad finicky.
This case is designed for those who want their phone to feel protected, because it certainly does feel sturdy and formidable in your hand, albeit a bit slippery.
The bottom line
This case is for you if you want a case that's easy to put on and remove, one that'll provide solid protection, and one that won't drastically change the look of your Galaxy S7.
Want to get the most out of your Nexus 6P? Check out these great accessories!
Your Nexus 6P is a powerful device, and right out of the box it works like a dream. Of course, you can always turn your Nexus 6P into a force to be reckoned with by getting a few little extras.
Accessories are the spice of life — they change your phone from ordinary to extraordinary. If you want to kick up the wow-factor with your Nexus 6P, take a look at these awesome accessories we have rounded up for you.
If you haven't heard of Chromecast you probably live under a rock! All joking aside, we can't recommend this great device enough.
Chromecast is a small, little receiver that plugs into your TV via the HDMI port and allows you to stream the display from your phone onto your TV screen. You can look at pictures, watch video, and even play music through Chromecast, making it great for entertaining everybody.
There are plenty of Chromecast-compatible apps and the number is growing. As long as you have Wi-Fi in your home (or wherever you plan on using it) Chromecast will take you to bigger and better screens!
It's hard to enhance the wow-factor of your Nexus 6P if the screen is cracked or smashed — that's why screen protectors are so great!
This is a tempered glass screen protector which means it's going to give you the best protection against scratches and scrapes. The Maxboost protector is hydrophobic and oleophobic which means you shouldn't have to keep wiping your screen as it will be resistant to the oil on your fingertips.
It's worth mentioning that Maxboost has a lifetime warranty for their screen protector, so if it ever does scratch they will ship you a new one free of charge!
If you are constantly running out of battery power on your Nexus 6P, we have the ultimate solution for you.
Anker's PowerCore+ is a beast! It has a huge capacity of 20100mAh, which means it can fully charge your Nexus 6P five times before you need to charge it again! On top of its huge capacity, it also has two USB ports, allowing you to charge multiple devices at once.
It's quite small for having such a large capacity, making it perfect for carrying around. It's also a rugged in design, so minor scrapes and drops shouldn't hurt it too much, making it great for camping or road trips!
You may be thinking this seems a little ridiculous, but you have no idea just how useful a long charging cord can be until you try it.
This 10-foot long cable will allow you to move around while still charging your Nexus 6P. Vacuuming the living room? Cooking in the kitchen? It's never been easier to have the freedom to roam around the room.
The cord is wrapped in a fabric weave to give it a stylish look, but it also makes the wire inside fully protected from the outside. If you spill anything on this cord it could stain, but it shouldn't really affect it's performance at all.
Straight from Google themselves, the Photo Live case is meant to be as unique as you want it to be. It's a simple 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 also has an app you can download in order to turn your wallpaper into a rolling slideshow, making it feel like your case is integrated into your Home screen!
A case like this, could make you the talk of all your friends or even make a timeless gift for a close friend or loved one. The Photo Live case is available for all Nexus phones.
Right now you can pick up the Mpow Buckler, the company's latest waterproof Bluetooth speaker, for just $15 at Amazon with coupon code NJB5QCK7. It has an IPX4 rating, so it will work great by the pool, out camping and even in the shower with its suction cup.
Take your music with you with a portable Bluetooth Speaker.
Portable Bluetooth speakers are one of the best ways to take those awesome audio waves with you everywhere. Compatible with virtually any Bluetooth-enabled device, Bluetooth speakers will make sure that, as long as your phone, tablet, or laptop is around, your music is loud!
We've rounded up some of the best portable Bluetooth speakers that you can take with you just about anywhere!
Now, it's no secret that buying a really cheap case probably won't offer you the best degree of protection or the nicest look, but not all cases need to break the bank. So, for all you dollar-wise budget beaters, we've rounded up some of the cheapest cases we could find that still have something to offer.
EasyAcc's clear case is as simple as you can get and, while it's nothing special to look at, this case is made out of TPU, which is extremely flexible and feels super grippy.
This case is not only completely transparent, allowing you to enjoy the natural beauty of your Galaxy S7, but also totally seamless. The edges of EasyAcc's case are slightly raised to help prevent damage to the screen if you drop your phone on a flat surface.
Just beware of stretching and yellowing of the plastic. The TPU will absorb light super easily, which is what causes the discoloration.
The Tbaron series from Tekcoo is surprisingly rugged for only starting around $7.99. It's a two-layer system that consists of a silicone skin that your phone sits in and a back plastic cover that clips on over the silicone shell. Even with both layers, all the buttons and ports of the Galaxy S7 are easy to access.
The case looks and feels very similar to Otterbox's Commuter series except with one major difference: that hard plastic back cover feels pretty slippery, which means it will be great for sliding in and out of your pocket. However, slipping out of your hands could happen, so tread carefully with this one.
Coming in a wide variety of vibrant and bright colors is an added bonus of the Tekcoo Tbaron series. If you're looking for a cheap case that adds some bulk and some flash to your S7, this could be the case for you.
It's a simple and unassuming-looking hard polycarbonate shell that easily fits around the Galaxy S7 and will protect your phone from minor scratches to its back and sides. It does have a bit of a lip above the screen; however, it's not quite enough for us to say laying it down screen-first is 100 percent worry-free.The case does get a little thicker around the camera at the back to protect the lens from getting scratched. Even so, it still manages to feel pretty light.
The sides of the Galaxy S7 are a little more exposed that some of your average cases, especially around the headphone jack and charging port located at the bottom of the phone. So it probably would be wise to use this case if you expect to be bumping the sides of your phone on objects.
All-in-all if you are looking for a pretty simple case that is also highly functional and only around $9.99, look no further than Spigen's Exact-Fit.
Who says cheap can't mean fun? Cimo's heavy-duty shock-absorbent hybrid case is great for anyone looking to make a statement, especially if that statement is "I like pink!" And, although this case may cause your eyes to catch fire with it's brightness, it actually has some decent features.
It's a one-piece case that is both a mix of hard polycarbonate and silicone that adds a little bit of bulk, making you feel like the phone is safe in your hand. The back of the phone has a pleasant texture that isn't slippery at all, and it's thick enough around the camera to protect the lens from scratches.
Of course, the funky colors and embedded rhinestones aren't really going to make this case for everyone. However, we should mention that it does also come in non-eye-assaulting colors such as black, so for the low price of around $7.98, it's worth checking out.
This wallet case has one card slot so you can always have your bank account at the ready, and the flip cover will protect most of your phone screen. It does have a big square hole in the front cover, which is a good way to always be able to see the time whenever you want. This case is also very thin and won't make your Galaxy S7 seem bulky at all which is kind of rare for a wallet case.
Now, this case is probably best for people who are looking for a wallet case that won't break the break. After all, it starts around $8.90 which is pretty good for a case that has some screen protection built-in.
You've heard about modules for the G5, now where can you get them?
The LG G5 has been designed so you can swap in and out component modules to add extra function or utility to your phone. This is a cool option for people who hope to customize their phones for enhanced photo-taking abilities, improved audio playback, or functions yet to be imagined. But when talking about the G5, what exactly is a module?
Modules are attachments which add new or expanded capabilities to your LG G5. LG has created an accessories category for the G5 called "Friends." This means every module is a Friend; however, not every Friend is a module. Make sense? Sorry.
The generic term LG is using to classify its tech accessories for the LG G5 is "friends." These Friends include modular devices that can be swapped on and off of the phone, but among the Friends there are non-modular accessories like the LG Rolling Bot, LG 360 Cam and LG 360 VR headset.
If you're looking for current, first-party modules available for your LG G5, your options are limited at this point.
What modules are available?
At this point there are only a few available modules, but LG and third party manufacturers will presumably be creating new ones to add to your phone in the future:
LG Cam Plus — Makes your LG G5 feel and function like a professional camera. It includes physical buttons for shooting and focusing, as well as a zoom wheel, for added convenience when taking photos or video.
LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play — Designed in collaboration with Bang and Olufsen (B&O), this module is for true audiophiles who want the best audio quality from their smartphone. Currently unavailable in North America. Learn more about the LG Hi-Fi Plus here..
LG Tone Platinum Wireless Stereo Headset — These futuristic, wireless headphones feature a stylish design with retractable earbuds, and provide you with quick access to all sorts of features and controls via Bluetooth.
LG 360 Cam — The perfect pair for your 360 VR headset, this LG Friend lets you take epic 360 degree pictures and video — including directional sound — so you can share exactly what you're seeing and hearing are with friends, family and the rest of the world.
Right now you can purchase the LG Cam Plus which is a camera grip accessory for your phone to make it feel and function more like a traditional digital camera.
Where do you buy modules for the LG G5?
The LG Cam Plus is the only module that is available right now in the U.S. for the LG G5. It's available through certain carriers and online retailers. LG allows you to search for a retailer near you on their website.
If you don't want to go that route, you can also put in an order through Amazon for this handy camera accessory.
The Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play module is only available in Europe for the time being, and until the U.S. models of the phones receive software updates the module won't work with devices stateside anyway. So unless you have a European LG G5, you're going to have to wait for the B&O Play module.
The LG G5 is already an excellent phone right out of the box with its 5.3 inch Quad HD display, lightweight body, and versatile camera. If you have specific areas you want to improve your G5 in, then adding a module might be advantageous. Overall, modules for the G5 are a nice-to-have but not a need-to-have.
From car mounts, to screen protectors, to wireless chargers, here are the best accessories for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
Every year without fail, more accessories come out for the latest Samsung devices, and this year is no different. There are cases, car mounts, and new and sparkly things you can use with your new phone . Here's a roundup of some of the best add-ons for your new Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.
With those hands-free laws about phone use while driving, it's worthwhile getting a car mount for your new Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.
iOttie's Easy One Touch XL features a simple lock and release system that holds your device firmly in place while allowing you to release it with an easy one-finger push. Its powerful suction cup can attach to a dashboard, windshield, or any other surface that is flat and smooth. Additionally, it can turn a full 360 degrees, so that you can change your phone's orientation from portrait to landscape and back again quickly and easily.
Another great thing about this car mount is that if you need to re-locate it, you can return the suction cup to mint-condition by rinsing it in warm water and letting it air dry.
The Samsung Gear S2 is a smartwatch that works especially well with the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. It lets you view text alerts, calendar alerts, and much more right from your wrist.
Choose between the elegant classic flavor, or the futuristic regular edition. With its genuine leather band and fancy watch faces, the Classic edition looks like a high-end watch. On the other hand, the regular edition looks like a watch of the future, all sleek and clean-lined. Both flavors have the same functions, so choosing between them is a matter of aesthetic appeal.
The innovative S-View Cover case gives you access to the most-used features of your phone right through the front cover.
Using the Samsung ID chip, the case relays information to the front cover from your phone's screen. This lets you to cool things like answer calls without having to flip the front cover open. All of the important notifications, like text message and calendar alerts are just a swipe away, too. You can even access the camera from the front cover.
Finally, this case installs with a snap and protects the vulnerable corners of your device with hard plastic bumpers.
If you frequently find that your GS7 runs out of juice too early in the day, you'll benefit from this battery case from Samsung.
While it does add some bulk to the phone, it doesn't add as much as other battery cases thanks to Qi wireless charging — all of the phones ports and jacks remain unobstructed.
The case will get your phone up to about 50% charge in 2 hours, which isn't as fast as plugging it into an outlet but you still have the ability to use the phone just as you would normally while it's charging up this way.
Are you looking for a cool case for your Galaxy S7 edge? Then look no further than this neat case from Samsung.
You don't have to flip open the cover in order to check your phone's status. LED lights on the cover give you information about missed calls, incoming calls, and even the music that's currently playing on your device. Furthermore, you can see text notifications and find out the status of your battery, too.
Another useful feature of this case is that inside the cover is a pocket where you can store up to three credit cards and some cash.
Over time, micro-USB cables can wear out from consistent use. Give them a rest by wirelessly charging your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge on a wireless charging stand.
With this stand, charging your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge is as simple as placing it on the stand. That's it. No more fumbling around trying to connect your charger to your phone in the middle of the night. No more messing around with wires (except the one supplying power to the charging stand, of course). Neat, huh?
Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge can use any wireless charger, but Samsung's Qi charging stand offers even faster charging speeds. This Fast Charge wireless charger will fill up the phone about 40% faster than a standard wireless charger — that's a big deal.
If you want a case that can take a beating while maintaining the GS7 edge's sleek profile, UAG's composite ICE case is a great choice.
As its name implies, this case is very light, but extremely durable. It features an armored shell combined with a soft internal sleeve to protect your expensive phone from impacts. In addition to this, the case is quite grippy, which is helpful given the fact that the S7 edge's curves make it prone to slipping out of your hands.
For even more recommendations on great cases, check out our best clear cases article over here.
If it's colored like a robin's egg, you should probably protect it like one.
The Nextbit Robin isn't flashy in the same way a metal or glass phone is, but it is pretty to look at with its square edges, unique colors and porportions and rather thin design. That being said, you drop that sucker on its corner and it's bye bye birdie.
We've rounded up the best cases that you can buy today to keep your Robin safe and sound, so you can keep Tweeting.
Early adopters of the Philips Hue bulbs are used to messing around with third-party apps by now. Philips opening up its APIs at an early stage was a smart move, and the number of incredible apps to have come from that are well worth talking about. At the same time, one of the big reasons many users turned to third-party apps in the first place was due largely to how confusing and downright featureless the Philips Hue app was.
Recently Philips released Hue Gen 2, a replacement to the original Hue app. We've been using it for a few days now, and it is without a doubt the most complete app you can have for your smart bulbs today.
If you are looking to add some storage to your phone or tablet, you'll want to check out this deal from Sony on microSD cards at Amazon. You can grab a 128GB card for just $33, its lowest price yet. Should this be too much storage or more than you wanted to spend, Sony is also offering discounts on its other cards as well.
ShopAndroid now carries all the best LG G5 accessories, including the LG 360 CAM, CAM Plus and 360 VR. If you recently picked up a G5 and have been looking to add some of these accessories to your collection, there is no better time than now. From the immersive virtual reality experience that the 360 VR brings to the stunning 360-degree pictures and video you can capture on the 360 CAMm, these accessories are great for just about anyone.
Treat your phone a little less than kind? Get a heavy duty case!
Let's face it, sometimes keeping your phone protected is the most important thing. After all, you carry it around everywhere so it's bound to be put into some dangerous situations. If you are prone to dropping your phone on the ground, down the stairs, or even in the water, you may want to think about a heavy duty case.
When it comes to solving problems, sometimes the best thing you can do is restart.
Ideally, you shouldn't have to ever restart your Fitbit. Alas, we don't live in a perfect world. Each model has different method to initiate a restart, and usually the process only takes a few minutes. The following problems could potentially be fixed by restarting your Fitbit:
If you just want to safely do the basics in your car, hands-free, ZeroTouch is mostly aces.
One of the most important things you can do with your smartphone is to not use it in your car while you're driving. You're going to ignore that advice, of course. We all have. So the trick is to use your phone as safely as possible. And that means keeping it out of your hands.
There are myriad ways to do this. Android Auto is a good one. (And I've been using it for more than a year.) Various car docks are available, too, so you only have to touch the phone when you need it to do something — or let you use your phone's built-in hands-free options.
Logi (née Logitech) has just unveiled its own option. Dubbed ZeroTouch, it's an excellent system for safely doing four basic things while driving. Let's take a look.