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1 month ago

Best heavy duty cases for the Galaxy S7

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Best heavy duty cases for Galaxy S7

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.

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1 month ago

How to restart your Fitbit fitness tracker

How to restart your Fitbit tracker

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:

  • Your tracker won't sync
  • Your tracker doesn't respond to button presses, taps, or swipes
  • Your tracker won't turn on even when it's charged
  • Your tracker isn't tracking your activity

The great thing about restarting your Fitbit is it won't delete any of your tracked activity. So you don't need to be too worried about all the hard work you have put in to reach your goals.

However, it is important to note that if your tracker stores calls, texts, or calendar notifications those will be deleted during the restarting process.

How to restart your Fitbit Zip

Since the Zip has a removable battery the restart process is essentially a battery pull.

  1. Open the door to the battery in the back using the battery door tool
  2. Remove the battery
  3. Wait 10 seconds
  4. Put the battery back in with the "+" facing up and close the battery door.

Your Fitbit Zip will now restart and you should see the version number on the screen followed by a series of smiley faces.

How to restart your Fitbit One

  1. Plug your charging cable into your computer
  2. Plug your One into the charging cable
  3. Press and hold down the tracker's button for 10-12 seconds
  4. Unplug your One from the charging cable
  5. Press the tracker's button.

Your Fitbit One should boot up in just a few seconds and be ready to track once again.

How to restart your Fitbit Flex

  1. Plug your charging cable into your computer
  2. Plug your Flex into the charging cable
  3. Insert a paperclip into the small pinhole on the back of the charger.
  4. Hold down the paperclip for 3-5 seconds
  5. Unplug the Flex form the charging cable.

Your Flex should show some flashing LED lights for a couple seconds and then the restart will be complete.

How to restart your Fitbit Charge

  1. Plug your charging cable into your computer
  2. Plug your Charge into the charging cable
  3. Press and hold the button for 10 to 12 seconds until you see the Fitbit icon and a version number on the screen
  4. Let go of the button

Your Charge should be up and running again. You should probably go do the same slacker!

How to restart your Charge HR

  1. Plug your charging cable into your computer
  2. Plug your Charge into the charging cable
  3. Press and hold the button for 10 to 12 seconds until you see the Fitbit icon and a version number on the screen
  4. Let go of the button

Now, strap on that Charge HR and get that heart rate up!

How to restart your Fitbit Alta

  1. Plug your charging cable into your computer
  2. Plug your Alta into the charging cable
  3. Press the button on the charging cable three times with a slight pause between each press but within 8 seconds. The button is on the end of the charging cable.
  4. After you see the logo on the Alta's screen you can unplug it from your charging cable.

Get that stylish band back on your wrist and start strutting your stuff!

How to restart your Fitbit Blaze

  1. Press and hold the Back and Select buttons - the button on the left and bottom right - until you see the Fitbit logo on the Blaze's screen.
  2. Let go of the buttons

That should turn that dumbwatch back into a smartwatch!

How to restart your Fitbit Surge

  1. Press and hold the Back and Select buttons - the button on the left and bottom right - until you see the Fitbit logo on the Blaze's screen.
  2. Let go of the buttons
  3. When your screen turns off, wait 10 seconds and press the Home button to turn your Surge back on.

Take that GPS tracker for a run you track star!

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1 month ago

Logitech ZeroTouch review: A pretty good way to go hands-free in your car

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Logitech ZeroTouch

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.

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1 month ago

Logitech's new car mounts bring smart hands-free to Android

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Logi ZeroTouch

Logitech has announced a new pair of hands-free car mounts that work in concert with a voice-controlled app to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

ZeroTouch is available either as a vent mount ($59.99) or a dash mount ($79.99). The free app then connects with the the mount via a small metal plate or a disk hidden underneath a case, triggering a Bluetooth LE connection. When you remove the phone from the mount, the ZeroTouch app shuts down, so you only have to use the voice commands when you want.

Read: Our Logitech ZeroTouch review

ZeroTouch focuses on four basic hands-free operations — text messages, phone calls, navigation and music playback. You also can share your location via voice, with built-in Glympse support.

ZeroTouch is available today at Logitech's website, or on Amazon.

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1 month ago

Samsung's 256GB EVO Plus microSD hits the market in June for $250 with blazing speeds

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Samsung has announced plans to release the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card. The card, which can store up to 12 hours of 4K UHD video, will go on sale in June worldwide for $249.99.

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1 month ago

Limited edition Jeff Koons Live Cases now available at the Google Store

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If you are looking for something a bit more unique from your Live Case, you'll want to check out these limited edition Jeff Koons cases. You can grab one at the Google Store for either the Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P, with each case having its own individual number. That's right, being a limited edition case, each one will be numbered so you can feel a little more special when using it.

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1 month ago

Best external battery packs for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

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Galaxy S7 battery

Give your GS7 and GS7 edge a second life with a battery pack.

I know, camping is supposed to be a way to get away from society for a while. But some of us just can't fall asleep without crushing some candy before beddy-byes. If you're going to be on the go for a day or two and simply don't have any time to waste near a wall socket, then you should consider an external battery pack or power bank.

They're entirely portable, relatively inexpensive, and could keep your phone going when you need it most.

We've rounded up the best battery packs for your Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge — and for your lifestyle.

Aukey Portable Power Bank (10,400 mAh)

Aukey

The Aukey Portable Power Bank will charge your Galaxy S7 twice over with a little bit of gas left in the tank, just in case. It offers over-current and short circuit protection, and it won't overheat or become overcharged itself.

As a portable bank, it's a little on the thick side, at nearly two inches, but it is relatively inexpensive, often starting around $20.

This one's for those of you who just want a basic fast-charing battery pack and only need it for a day at a time. If you're having to go days without seeing a wall socket, then you'll want to consider one of the bigger battery packs below.

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EasyAcc Monster (20,000 mAh)

EasyAcc

Charge your Galaxy S7 and up to three other devices at the same time with the EasyAcc Monster. They're not kidding about the name. This baby has enough juice to charge your GS7 around six times over, which makes it great if you're headed out of town for a few days and aren't sure if you'll see a wall socket any time soon.

It's got a built-in flashlight and can auto-detect components and adjust the maximum output accordingly, which makes it great if you've got multiple devices on the go. Does the whole family have Galaxy S7s? Charge them all at the same time.

No need to worry about overcharging and shorting, since the EasyAcc has a built-in surge protector, which is ideal since you'll have to wait 6 hours for this one to charge fully.

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KMASHI (20,000 mAh)

KMASHI

KMASHI's external battery bank can charge two devices simultaneously, making this ideal for anyone who's carrying around the Galaxy S7 and tablet (because if both die on you, that's one long bus ride home from work or school). It's got one regular USB charging port, and another Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 port.

At 20,000 mAh, this bank has enough juice to charge your Galaxy S7 around 6 times, so you could go for days without seeing a wall socket and be just fine.

This battery pack comes with a flashlight for emergency situations and offers a sleek, somewhat rugged design, which means you can take it more or less anywhere with you. Size-wise, it's about average for an external battery pack of the capacity, at around 6 inches by 4 inches.

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Samsung Fast Charge Battery Pack (5,200 mAh)

Samsung Fast Charge Battery Pack (5,200 mAh)

If you're brand-conscious when it comes to accessories and also want a reliable battery pack, then consider the Samsung Fast Charge Battery Pack. At 5,200 mAh, it'll give you at least one full charge nice and quickly.

Samsung claims that their battery pack will take you from 0 percent to 50 in about half an hour, thanks to its Quick Charge 2.0 support. Best of all, it's sleek enough to fit in a pocket, being around the same size as a Galaxy S7 edge.

You can also match your GS7 or GS7 edge with your battery pack, since it comes in gold and silver.

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Unifun 10,400 mAh Waterproof Power Bank

Unifun 10,400 mAh Waterproof Power Bank

Calling all campers! Unifun's power bank is rugged and waterproof, so you can charge your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge when you're really on the go. It's rated IP66 for water and dust resistance, while also having anti-shock and anti-skid protection.

This pack even has a strap hole, so you can attach to a belt loop or clip, which is great if you're working outside all day or constantly on the go; just run a cord to your pocket and away you go.

It's a little bulky, at 6 inches, by almost 3 inches, but you'd expect something so rugged to be a little on the bulky side.

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What's your favorite?

Which battery packs are you using to charge your Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge? Sound off in the comments below!

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1 month ago

Pick up a Vena case for your Galaxy S7, S7 edge or LG G5 for as little as $2 at Amazon with coupon

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If you are looking for a new case for your Galaxy S7, S7 edge or LG G5, you won't want to miss this deal from SFPlanet on Amazon. Whether you are looking for something slim and clear or protective and colorful, there are tons of choices available here. You don't need to break the bank to keep your new phone safe from scratches and dings.

When making your selection, be sure to pick SFPlanet as the seller, and not SFPlanet fulfilled through Amazon. If you select the fulfillment through Amazon, the coupons may not work, and you won't get the free shipping.

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If you are interested in any of these cases, you will want to act quickly. We don't know how long this deal will last, but if previous sales are any indication, it won't be long. Remember, select SFPlanet as the seller so you can use the coupons, and not SFPlanet with fulfillment through Amazon.

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1 month ago

Best drones for under $300

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Best drones for under $300

You don't need to break the bank to buy a fun, reliable drone.

If you're looking to buy your first drone, whether for racing or just for the fun of it, searching for the top-rated drones might result in sticker shock. Sure, the DJI Inspire 1 looks AMAZING, but at nearly $3,000, it's not worth the investment if you're a novice hobbyist.

If you're a beginner, you'll want a drone that's easy enough to fly to get a handle on everything but also tough enough to survive a crash caused by human error or technical malfunction. Fortunately, there are a number of great drone options out there for under $300. They often include cameras (of lesser-quality, of course) and first-person view (FPV) flying options, as well as bumpers to protect the blades and hardware while you're still learning the basics. Then, once you're confident in your skills as a drone pilot, you can decide whether to upgrade to a more expensive, professional drone.

Two of these drones fall below the FAA requirements for registration, which only costs $5 per aircraft and will save you from dealing with fines (or worse) if the authorities catch you flying an unregistered drone.

DBPOWER Hawkeye III

DBPOWER Hawkeye III

The Hawkeye II features all the bells and whistles you'd want from your first drone, in a slick package. It has a headless control feature, which just means that it's easy to maintain control, regardless of where the "front" is facing.

Once you've got the basics down, this is just a downright fun drone to fly. It's got stunt buttons built in to the controller, so you're able to pull off awesome flips at the press of a button. Its bigger size means it handles well, even on windy days. You also have the option to use FPV through a smartphone app using a VR headset (not included), but, given the camera quality, you're probably not going to feel comfortable flying it in first-person. Also, keep in mind that using the camera will cut into the overall flight time, since it drains the battery.

One thing to consider about this drone is the color. It sure looks sharp in all-white, but if you're flying it high in the sky on a cloudy day, you might find yourself losing visual contact with it.

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Specs:

  • Dimensions: 13.2" x 13.2" x 7.3"
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs
  • Camera: Yes (1MP, 720p)
  • Average flight time: 10 minutes (without camera)
  • FAA registration required?: Yes

Microdrone 3.0

Microdrone 3.0

The MicroDrone 3.0 raised over $3 million on IndieGoGo and, like the name suggests, is the smallest drone on this list, but don't let its small size fool you. This is a fully-capable drone with a ton of features jam-packed into a small, minimalist package.

Included in the full set combo, available on the Microdrone website, you get the drone, a 2.4 GHz handset, propeller guards, four replacement blades, four blades for inverted flying, the Wi-Fi Camera module, a smartphone holder that attaches to the handset, as well as a VR headset that holds most smartphones for FPV flying. Basically, it's everything you need to get started.

It's a capable flyer with three control modes (slow, fast, and insane), as well as a toggle switch for stunt mode, which lets you perform impressive flips and rolls. The camera literally snaps on in a second thanks to proprietary magnets that also deliver power to the camera. Connect your phone to the camera's Wi-Fi and control and record video through the Microdrone app.

Note that the folks behind the Microdrone are still working to fulfill their crowdfunding backers first, so you'll probably end up having to wait some time before it arrives.

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Specs:

  • Dimensions: 5.7" x 5.7" x 1.9"
  • Weight: .12 lbs (56 g) without camera, .16 lbs (71 g) with camera
  • Camera: Yes — removable, shoots 720 x 1080 HD at 30 FPS
  • Average flight time: 10 minutes (without camera)
  • FAA registration required?: No

Syma X8G

Syma X8G

This is another great option for beginners. It flies well right out of the box with a gradual learning curve and a build that's reportedly strong enough to survive multiple crashes into trees. It's also the biggest drone on the list and comes with the best camera with the ability to swap in a GoPro.

You'll get up to eight minutes of flight time on a full battery charge, but you'll want to invest in multiple batteries because it takes up to 3 hours to charge the 2000mAh battery, which is by far the biggest drawback for this drone. Otherwise, given the build, size, and price, this is a fantastic option for a novice drone pilot or someone looking to get sweet aerial shots on the cheap.

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Specs:

  • Dimensions: 19.7" x 19.7" x 7.5"
  • Weight: 3.4 lbs
  • Camera: Yes — removable, 8 MP, 120p and 1080p video quality. Also compatible with GoPro cameras
  • Average flight time: 5-8 minutes
  • FAA registration required?: Yes

Walkera Runner 250

Walkera Runner 250

If you're interested in the emerging world of drone racing, this would be the drone to start with — but it's not recommended for beginners. Made from lightweight carbon fiber, it's built to take a licking and keep on ticking. It doesn't look as pretty as the other drones on this list, but again, this one is built for speed over style and sure delivers on that front.

The Runner 250 is capable of going extremely fast — up to 24 miles per hour — while still offering good control with up to 1000 meters of range. Flying at those speeds, you'll want to make sure the battery is well secured, as it's been reported to come loose and cut power to the camera after major crashes. Everything comes assembled in the box, along with a tool set for making repairs as needed. Happy racing!

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Specs:

  • Dimensions: 18.5" x 11.3" x 5.2"
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs
  • Camera: Yes (800TVL built-in)
  • Average flight time: 12-15 minutes
  • FAA registration required?: Yes

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition

Parrot is a trusted name in drones, and the AR 2.0 is a fantastic entry point for someone interested in the hobby.

Unlike other drones on this list, this one is controlled strictly via a Wi-Fi connection with your smartphone; no handset is included. Simply download the Parrot control app to your phone and you're able to control and record video in 720p. There's also an optional Director Mode available for purchase within the app that allows you to set up cinematic shots if you fancy yourself an amateur filmmaker. There's even a USB plug in the base of the drone so you can record video straight to a removable drive.

The built-in sensors and navigation system allow the AR 2.0 to maintain stability, even in winds gusting up to 15 miles per hour, so you shouldn't lose control of your drone on a windy day. Even if you do, simply attach the foam blade protectors to help take the brunt of any crashes. Oh, and the Elite Edition means it comes styled in your choice of camo: jungle, desert, or snow.

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Specs:

  • Dimensions: 23" x 23" x 5"
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • Camera: Yes — 720p HD video
  • Average flight time: 11 minutes
  • FAA registration required?:

LaTrax Alias Quadcopter

LaTrax Alias Quadcopter

This one is a fine option for beginners and experts alike. Built with a solid, molded composite frame, this thing is both rugged and extremely lightweight.

Including a 2.4 GHz handset for controls, this thing is built for speed and stunting. There's no camera or options, so if that's an important feature for you, you'll have to look elsewhere. It does come with multiple flying modes, from easy mode that keeps the speed in check, to a full manual mode that puts you in full control of stabilization and everything.

While the LaTrax Alias lacks features found in other options on this list, the build design and price make this a great option for someone looking for something fast, cheap, and fun to fly.

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Specs:

  • Dimensions: 12" x 12" x 1.6"
  • Weight: .22 lbs (100g)
  • Camera: No
  • Average flight time: 10 minutes
  • FAA registration required?: No

What did we miss?

Are you a drone enthusiast? Got any experience with the drones we've listed here? Got a suggestion for one that we missed? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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1 month ago

Best clear cases for the LG G5

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The LG G5 is a beautiful phone that comes in four pretty colors. Why would you want to hide it in a big, bulky case when you can get decent protection in a clear case that lets you actually see your device? We've put together this list of the best clear cases for the LG G5.

Pleson LG G5 clear case

Pleson's clear case provides decent protection for your investment without sacrificing aesthetics.

The case itself has a clear, flexible back panel surrounded by a TPU bumper that wraps around the phone's edges for protection against drops. The bumper also forms a 1mm lip, so if you place your phone screen-down, it's protected from scratches.

The back panel also helps to repel water and grease which helps to prevent smudges and fingerprints from dirtying things up.

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Spigen Ultra Hybrid Air Cushion clear LG G5 case

Spigen's offering is called a hybrid, because it blends two types of plastic to give you a slim and transparent case that still provides protection from drops and scratches.

The case is composed of a clear polycarbonate backing and a TPU bumper that wraps around the edges of your device. Every part of the case is transparent so the beauty of your LG G5 shines through.

Another awesome feature of this case is how tactile and grippy it is — not only does it feel nice to hold, it helps prevents the phone from sliding out of your hands.

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Ringke Fusion LG G5 crystal clear case

Ringke's Fusion case offers one unique feature — it's customizable. It comes with a kit to help you put a photo or image between your phone and the clear case..

Made from flexible TPU that's coated to ensure maximum clarity, the case will blend in with the phone while offering protection from damage due to drops and scratches.

The bumper is further enhanced, with Active Touch Technology for easy access to all buttons and ports on the phone.

Additionally, flexible edges on all corners protect the phone's casing from scratches, and dust caps help to keep dust and pocket lint out of the charging port and audio jack.

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EasyAcc LG G5 clear case

EasyAcc's clear case for the LG G5 protects your phone with two layers: the bumper that absorbs hits to help prevent damage when you drop your phone and a firm shell that protects from scrapes and scratches.

Reinforced with a special coating that remains soft yet durable and scratch resistant, this case, like all other clear cases, is designed to show off your LG G5.

Another important feature of this case is the grippy TPU material that lets you hold the phone in one hand without worrying about slippage.

Finally, the case comes with a lifetime warranty against scratches and other damage to the case, so if anything happens, it should be easy to get a replacement.

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Orlegol LG G5 case

The Orlegol transparent LG G5 case is made from soft TPU that is flexible yet strong.

Thin and lightweight, this case completely surrounds your phone and offers protection from all angles. Furthermore, it feels nice in the hands, and prevents the phone from slipping when you hold it.

The case also does not interfere with any of the phone's functionality. It is precisely cut to fit the LG G5, such that the buttons and ports remain easily accessible.

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Do you have a favorite clear case?

If you have a clear case that you adore that we didn't include, let us know in the comments!

Still haven't found the right case? Check out our breakdown of the best cases available for the LG G5.

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1 month ago

Amazon Echo vs. Dot vs. Tap: Which should you buy?

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 Which should you buy?

Control your music and way more with Amazon's line of Echo smart speakers.

The world of the connected home is still very much a disconnected mess. As Apple and Google each compete with their own standards — and other companies doing the same with their own — Amazon has quietly snuck in the side door with its smart, attractive and intelligent speaker. Or, rather, speakers. After more than a year with just the Amazon Echo to lead the way,

Amazon's line of smart speakers embodies that future. The Echo, Tap, and Dot are very similar smart speakers, in that they perform nearly all the same functions, with some minor differences.

If you're in the market for a smart speaker, but can't decide between these three, we'll outline the key differences and let you know which one is best for you.

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

The first of its kind, Amazon Echo is a 9-inch speaker that at first glance resembles a tube of Pringles. However, this unit is far more than just a speaker that can play all your favorite tunes from Pandora, Spotify, Prime Music, and more. (Tell it to "Play the [Android Central Podcast," too!) It can easily become the smart controller for your entire home, connecting to smart lights (like Philips Hue), Nest thermostats, Samsung SmartThings, and much more.

It's basically a smartphone search appliance without the screen. It can answer questions, read audiobooks, check traffic and weather updates, and essentially act as your voice-activated butler (aside from actually bringing you a snack, though you can use it to order pizza from Domino's…).

In a somewhat creepy display of semi-AI, the Echo is always connected to Amazon's Alexa network, which is in the cloud and always getting smarter. The more you use it, the more it learns your preferences, speech patterns, and vocabulary, to better deliver on what you're asking for. It's always learning.

Check out our review for more!

Is it for me?

You'll want the Echo if you want the total package. If you want a whole-home control center coupled with a decent speaker, then the Echo is your best choice. It's an especially prudent choice if you already have your home rigged with smart devices. This one is designed to truly integrate with your home and therefore become a relatively permanent fixture.

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Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

The Dot is essentially the Echo's "Mini-Me." It has a smaller, quieter speaker and, in size, is more akin to a hockey puck. It does everything the Echo does, but also has a 3.5mm output jack and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to connect it to your current sound system. Truly, it's as though someone just decapitated the Echo and then scrunched up the full-size speaker and jammed it up into the neck, and boom, the Dot.

Connect to and control all of your smart home devices, as well as your existing audio set-up, making the Dot perhaps the most desirable of the Echo family, especially since it's $100 less than the Echo.

Check out our review for more!

Is it for me?

It is if you have an existing audio setup and several smart devices around your home that you'd like to control with just your voice. Don't go looking for real sound quality from the Dot, though it will do in a pinch if nothing else is available. Like the Echo, the Dot is constantly learning and adapting to your voice and your preferences.

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Amazon Echo Tap

Amazon Echo Tap

The Tap is the next in line and brings most of the same features that the Echo has, with the added benefit of portability. With up to nine hours of playback, the Tap is rechargeable and comes with a handy wireless charging cradle.

Since it is battery-powered, the Tap isn't always listening, so — as the name would suggest — you have to tap it to activate Alexa, which only works over Wi-Fi.

The biggest difference between the Tap and the other two Echo models is its lack of ability to connect to your home smart devices. It won't be your futuristic controller, but it can still act as you futuristic assistant, adding items to your calendar and helping with searches. It connects to your phone and other smart devices, like tablets, via Bluetooth, but just for playback.

The Tap is the only somewhat customizable Echo option, with the Tap Sling cover available in six colors.

Is it for me?

It is if you want a portable speaker that also lets you stream music from many of your favorite services. The Tap can still do all of the assistant-related things that the Echo and Dot do; it just can't act as a controller for all of your smart home stuff. If you don't have any anyway and just want a Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a personal assistant (by using the Alexa app), then the Tap is your best choice.

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How do you choose?

If you want the total package — decent speaker, whole-home control, and a personal assistant, all controlled by your voice — then go with the Echo.

If you want the exact same thing, but smaller, since you already have a sweet home-audio setup, then go with the Dot. It's definitely the best value.

If you want a portable Bluetooth speaker that can also act as a personal assistant, but don't really care about the smart home stuff, then the Tap is your bag, baby.

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1 month ago

Best armband cases for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Best armband cases for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Take your phone with you wherever and however you work out.

If you're a fitness freak who loves to have their music with them as they work out, or simply looking to take up jogging as the summer warms up, an armband case is a smart way to keep your phone comfortably secure as you move.

There's a number of options out there that purport to support a number of different phone styles. We'll touch on some of the best of that bunch, but first we'll focus on the ones specifically designed for use with the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge.

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1 month ago

Best water-resistant Bluetooth speakers

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Best Water-Resistant Bluetooth Speakers

Choose a great water-resistant Bluetooth speaker and singing in the shower will sound better than ever!

Bluetooth speakers are one of the most convenient ways to listen to music from pretty much any device. If you get yourself a water-resistant one, you don't have to worry about it getting wet. Enjoy a poolside singalong by getting yourself a quality, water-resistant Bluetooth speaker. We've rounded up some of our favorites!

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1 month ago

Best wallet cases for the Galaxy S7

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Best wallet cases for the Galaxy S7

Protection, style, and sensibility. Galaxy S7 wallet cases have it all!

Wallet cases offer a blend of protection and functionality. They feature full coverage of your phone's screen and have room to store basic wallet items — like credit cards and cash — so that you have the option to ditch your wallet completely!

We've rounded up some of the best wallet cases for the Galaxy S7 that you can find. Take a look at the cream of the crop and pick one that suits your fancy!

rooCase Prestige Wallet Case

They call this case the Prestige, and with good reason — three card slots, a cash pocket, and a magnetic clasp that attaches to the front to keep it all together.

This case's two-piece design makes it stand out from the others on this list. The phone sits in a polycarbonate shell that attaches to the synthetic leather case via magnets. Taking photos with a wallet case can sometimes be difficult because the flip cover can get in the way of the rear camera, but not with the Prestige. Just pull it out of that stylish leather casing, take all the beautiful photos you want, and just plop it back in the case when you are done. It also features a kickstand ability for watching videos.

Because leather stretches over time, most leather cases take a while to break in. The rooCase is no different, so don't be too discouraged when it takes you a while to get your cards in and out of those slots for the first while.

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OtterBox Strada Series

OtterBox is well known for being the Fort Knox of phone cases and the Strada series is no different. OtterBox puts all their cases through rigorous testing, which includes dropping them on the ground and putting them through durability tests in various situations. So if you are looking for a strong wallet case, this could be the one for you.

The Strada series is a one-piece case. The phone snaps into a polycarbonate shell covered by genuine leather, with a cover that flips over the screen to offer full protection. The case fits snuggly and gives you the feeling of true security when it's in your hand.

The one downside of the OtterBox case is that it only has one card slot. You can fit more than just one in there, but it does lack the ability to be as organized with your cash and cards as some other wallet cases.

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VRSDesign slim fit leather wallet case

The first thing you will notice about this case is its size. It's made from genuine leather which gives it a great feel. The thickness the leather adds does make the phone feel a lot more secure.

Designed with three card slots and a spot for cash, the VRSDesign case is great for staying organized. The clasp around front is magnetic so it's easy to close the case and keep everything together. The cutouts around all the buttons and ports keep the functionality of the Galaxy S7 accessible at all times.

One thing you should know is this case seems to have trouble accommodating wireless charging. The thickness of the leather seems to impede the ability for most wireless chargers to function properly. If wireless charging is an important feature for you, this may not be the right case for you.

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Spigen Wallet S

The Spigen Wallet S is a solid entry into our round up because it seems to have a little bit of everything. Three cards slots, a slim design that doesn't add bulk to the phone, and a snug fitting polycarbonate shell that the S7 snaps into effortlessly.

The Spigen Wallet S can be used as a kickstand, so you can prop it up to watch videos or play games without having to hold the phone yourself.

The one bad thing about this case is the clasp at the front doesn't have a place to go when the case is open, so it is a little bit in your way when you are trying to use your phone.

If you want to learn more about the Spigen Wallet S, check out our full review.

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Snugg leather wallet case

The Snugg leather wallet case is the thinnest wallet case featured in our round up. The case doesn't seem to add any extra weight or bulkiness to the phone at all, which is highly uncommon for a wallet case.

With three card slots and a cash slot, the Snugg case has more than enough room to fit your most important wallet items, and it also has a kickstand feature.

The best feature of the Snugg case is the magnetic clasp attaches to the back of the case when the cover is open, allowing you to always have full view of the screen without the clasp getting in your way.

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Want more selection?

Check out the best cases we found for the Galaxy S7.

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1 month ago

Best minimalist cases for the Galaxy S7 edge

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Best minimalist cases for the Galaxy S7

Give your phone basic protection but natural style with a minimalist case on your S7 edge!

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is a real looker. If you've got one, you want to be able to show off those curves so everyone can admire your shapely new device. If you're willing to compromise safety for style, then a minimalist case is the best way to show off your phone while protecting it from minor scratches and bumps.

Caseology Skyfall

Caseology Skyfall

Like the James Bond film of the same name, these cases are highly regarded for their style, class, and skill with a PP7 (...or maybe just the first two). The really good thing about these minimalist cases is you can choose a color that matches your phone really well. One of the keys to a minimalist case is the way it blends in with your phone's natural shade, and if you don't want to have a completely clear case, there are a few good option in the Skyfall lineup.

This case has a scratch-resistant back cover which should protect it from keys and coins in your pocket or purse. The lip of this case raises up just a hair to curl around the the top and bottom corners of the screen to give a little extra protection in a prone area without adding a lot of bulk.

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Spigen Thin Fit

Spigen

Spigen's Thin Fit case snuggly hugs the shape of your S7 edge to add only a few millimeters to the overall size of your phone. The Thin Fit model gives a little extra protection compared to other minimalist phones since the top and bottom of your S7 edge will be fully enclosed, except for openings for your charger, headphone, speakers and microphone.

The lip around the edge of your screen is 0.8 mm and the case design is raised to 1.22 mm around your camera lens so you'll never have to Instagram a meal with a cracked camera. The back of the case is a hard, polycarbonate material designed to provide you with a good grip, and at just 0.6 oz, this case doesn't add a lot of weight to your S7 edge.

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Pleson Protective Bumper Case

Pleson Protective Bumper Case

Pleson makes a case for your S7 edge that is barely there, which is exactly what most people look for from a minimalist case. The thermoplastic polyurethane (more commonly called TPU) that makes up your case is a perfect compromise between protection and style, as it envelops your S7 edge only in the most crucial spots, leaving most of your phone highly visible.

This case has been built-up with bumpers that are very strategically placed. Put your phone facedown on a table, and these bumpers are just high enough to keep your screen from making contact. Place your phone on its back, and the bumpers are the perfect height to lift your camera lens up so it doesn't get scratched. This case does cover your side buttons rather than leaving cut-outs, but overall this case embraces the full minimalist spirit.

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Ringke Slim

Ringke Slim

Even though it's thin, the Ringke Slim is pretty strong for a minimalist case. This durability comes from its full, four-side, coverage. Even though all four sides of the phone are protected, this case still wants to show off your phone. With gaps exposing your phone's side buttons, you'll actually be able to feel the buttons when you turn the volume up or down or power your S7 edge on and off, instead of pushing through the side of a case.

The Ringke Slim case was designed with a minimal lip on the top and bottom of your phone so if you place it screen-down on a table there will be 0.7 mm of clearance to protect your phone from scratches or debris on the surface. Available in five colors (including two variations of clear) this case can blend so well with your phone you'll forget it's even there.

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Samsung Clear Cover

Samsung Clear Cover

If you like to stick with first-party accessories, then you're in luck! Samsung has designed a clear case for the S7 edge. Manufactured to fit your phone with absolute precision, Samsung's case was designed to offer basic protection without hiding the gorgeous curve of the S7 edge's screen.

The ultra-slim form of this case hugs barely adds any extra width to your phone except around the corners. These are bulked up to protect your phone from corner drops and to prevent the camera or the screen from getting scratched if you lay the phone flat. Cutouts around the side buttons and bottom jacks of your S7 edge allow you to see and feel as much of the phone as possible, even while it's in your case.

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Personal Picks

Do you have a minimal case you absolutely love? If it's not on our list, leave a comment, and let us know what case you use and why you love it!

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