Sometimes, you just want to keep the back of your expensive new phone from getting scratched up without putting on some thick case designed to survive the next world war. If you've got a Nexus 5, the Incipio Feather SHINE case for the Nexus 5 is a great way to do it.
If you've ever owned a BlackBerry in the past, there's a strong chance you paired it up with a pouch case – or at least it looks like every single owner did. They're not perhaps the first style we consider anymore for carrying our much larger Android phones, but there's still a lot to be said for one. Especially when they're sleek and stylish like this Ventev Glide Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5.
The BioLite Campstove has been around for a little while, offering the gadget-obssessed a way of keeping their toys alive when out in the wilderness. The whole affair uses a wood-burning stove paired with a thermoelectric generator that trickle charges a single device over USB. A smart design and built-in fan helps keep the fire stoked.
This summer I got to try out two cooking attachments for the stove: the KettlePot and the Portable Grill. If you think you can squeeze in one more camping trip before the summer wraps up, you'll want to check them out.
Two layers of protection keep your One M8 safe from the elements, and the rugged styling will stand out as well
Several different accessory makers have case models that offer up extra protection with a double-layer approach, and the Trident Aegis case for the HTC One M8 is no exception. Using the combination of a grippy and shock absorbing rubber case with a tough outer hard plastic shell gives you more coverage than a standard one-piece case, keeping that precious phone of your safe for the long haul.
It may be a bit too macho and rugged for the average case buyer who's just looking for some basic protection for their phone, but it'll be a good choice if you need a bit more — read along for more info on the Trident Aegis case for the HTC One M8.
Comparing the high-end cans from the names you know
I have a weird fetish for headphones. I have a handful of sets of my own, ranging from ones I spent too much money on to ones that were cheap but sound surprisingly good. Recently, Samsung sent me a sampling of their new Level Audio gear, and I just knew we had to compare the top-of-the-line Level Over headphones to a set from another company familiar to everyone interested in mobile — Apple's Beats Studio Wireless.
While neither of these headphones are going to suit the serious audiophile (or anyone who likes to play one on the Internet), I can't lie and say either is a bad purchase. Yes, if you came to knock either or both brands and are looking for someone to validate that, you didn't find the right place. Both companies have built headphones designed to be driven by something small — like a smartphone — and they each have their own unique sound. There's a very good chance that you'll really enjoy the sound from either of these headphones, so let's take a look and put them head to head in the categories that matter.
Stylish protection with a somewhat unnecessary kickstand
Kickstands on a phone case can be a great way of propping it up to watch videos, use as an alarm clock at night and any number of other purposes. Sadly in the case of this Seidio Ledger case for the Samsung Galaxy S5 the kickstand isn't going to win any awards but the rest of the case is well worth consideration.
And here we have a look at the Seidio DILEX Case with metal kickstand for the HTC One M8. This one comes in two parts — a rubber membrane that loosely fits around the phone, and a more sturdy shell that wraps around and really keeps things protected.
The idea is that the silicone layer helps with shock absorption, and the polycarbonate shell protects from impacts. It doesn't add much bulk to the phone, and the textured sides (as well as their angles) help you keep a grip on things. There's a little bit of a soft-touch feel to the outer shell that helps with that, too.
Patriot is a well known name in the memory space, where they've been active since 1985 supplying the computer and consumer electronics industry with memory modules and flash memory. Historically focused on business customers, more recently Patriot decided to leverage their design and manufacturing chops to offer consumers high quality accessories for their mobile devices. While Patriot has a growing range of accessories that they offer, we really loved the look of their backup battery and charging solutions - so much so that we're now selling them in our store. Their products are uniquely designed to give you peace of mind when you're out and about, away from outlets, computers, heck - even civilization. They'll keep your Android smartphones and tablets powered up when they hit the red, no matter where you are or where you end up.
One of our favorites is the FUEL Active Rechargeable 2000mAh Battery Flashlight. Built with a durable aluminum casing, it not only gives you extra juice on the fly, but sports a 3-stage LED flashlight that's handy for any occasion in the dark. For the avid travellers out there, the FUEL+ 9000mAh Battery is a sound choice for ample backup power and even charges two devices simultaneously.
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