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2 months ago

Best Heavy Duty Cases For OnePlus 3

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What are the best heavy duty cases for protecting your OnePlus 3?

The OnePlus 3 is a stylish and capable smartphone featuring a unibody design carved out of aluminum, with its AMOLED display protected by Gorilla Glass 4.

OnePlus offers a collection of stylish protective cases options when you purchase through their site. Alas, if you're feeling like it could use some added protection from drops and other accidental damage, there are rugged case options available to give you better peace of mind.

Otterbox OnePlus 3 case

Otterbox is one of the most trusted names in smartphone cases. Their case for the OnePlus 3 is featured prominently right on the OnePlus website, which should tell you that the manufacturers themselves trust this case to keep your device protected.

Featuring a hard shell outer layer to defends against drops and scratches and a coupled with a shock-absorbing silicone layer designed to stay snug to your phone. All this comes in a slim package that doesn't add too much bulk to your phone, and available in three color schemes — Dark Matter, Saharan White and Cardinal Red.

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Spigen Rugged Armor

Looking for a rugged case that doesn't sacrifice your phone's sleek design too much? Look no further than the Spigen Rugged Armor case.

This one-piece case is made of flexible TPU, and features a spider-web pattern on the inside that helps distribute the shock from drops along the entirety of the case. There's raised lips to protect the screen and back camera, Spigen's air cushion technology in the corners, and a glossy finish with carbon fiber features on the back to complete this stylish, protective case.

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TUDIA Ultra Tough Hybrid

Looking for a case that provides full protection from all angles? The TUDIA Ultra Tough Hybrid case will keep your OnePlus 3 protected from front to back.

It features a polycarbonate outer shell — available in four colors — with an inner sleeve made of TPU to protect against the shock from drops. along with a polycarbonate front plate with a built-in protector to keep your screen free from scratches. This also means that your tempered glass protector won't fit with this case, but unlike other cases that have this issue, at least TUDIA provides its own layer. Rounding out the protection are covers for the charging port and headphone jack to keep out dust and pocket lint.

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OEAGO Tough Rugged Protective Case

The OEAGO Tough Rugged Protective Case is the most rugged-looking case on this list by far. The soft TUP inner sleeve helps with shock absorption, and is covered by a polycarbonate shell, featuring a tactile gridwork to help you maintain a good grip on your phone at all times. The outer shell also features a built-in kickstand, which is convenient for hands-free movie watching, and the inner shell is available in eight different colors so you can find the one to fit your style.

Best part? It's currently available for under $10. You can't beat that value!

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Tell us your favorite!

How do you keep your OnePlus 3 protected? Got a case recommendation that didn't make our list? Let us know in the comments below!

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2 months ago

PlayStation 4 vs PlayStation 4 Slim: What's the difference?

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How much thinner is the new PlayStation 4?

While all eyes were on Sony's big PlayStation 4 Pro during the announcement, a new slimmer PlayStation 4 snuck onto store shelves. Instead of being called a Slim model like previous generations, it's simply also called PlayStation 4.

The goal is to replace the current PlayStation 4 on store shelves eventually, leaving only this new model and the PlayStation 4 Pro for shoppers to choose between. Until that happens, there are a pair of boxes labeled PlayStation 4 on shelves and it's not entirely clear what the differences between them are. Here's what you need to know!

In keeping with Sony's previous slim PlayStation releases, the goal with this new PS4 is mostly aesthetic. Sony claims the new PlayStation 4 consumes less power, but the big feature here is size. The new PlayStation 4 is noticeably thinner, and slightly narrower. As you can see by comparing the two side by side, the updated design drops the even split on either side of the big black line in the middle of the console and instead makes the top way thinner. This updated design is also matte black instead of glossy on half, and the under side of the casing swaps out streaks of anti-skid rubber for PlayStation themed anti-skid marks.

As silly as this may seem, the biggest update to the new PlayStation 4 design is the inclusion of discrete buttons on the face of the console. These two buttons, instead of the touch sensitive strips on the face, make it abundantly clear when you're powering on/off and ejecting a disk. It's a fairly small update in the grand scheme of things, but anyone who regularly tapped the front of the original PlayStation 4 only to have nothing happen will welcome the change.

Sony's DualShock 4 controller has also received a slight update, though you wouldn't know it by looking at them powered off. The touch pad in the center of the controller now shows you a sliver of light coming from the light bar. This means you know when the controller is producing light without looking at the back of the controller, and no extra power is consumed in the process. It's a nice little detail, but not something that will send most folks scrambling to replace their existing controllers.

The new PlayStation 4, which is currently being sold in a 500GB bundle with Uncharted 4, is exactly what we've come to expect from Sony with its "slim" releases. It's a physical update so this standard PlayStation 4 looks like a sibling to the PlayStation 4 Pro. It looks nice unless you're a fan of the white version of the PlayStation 4, and as the packaging suggests it's everything you need to get ready for PlayStation VR. Just like choosing between this new PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 4 Pro, the biggest reason anyone would choose the original version over this newer version is price.

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2 months ago

Samsung's Galaxy S7 camera lens case is a wonderful, hard-to-justify accessory

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Just about everyone's taking smartphone pictures with the same focal length — but you can change that.

Since the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were released, I've been enamored by the official Samsung "camera lens case" that lets you attach two high-quality camera lenses — one wide-angle, one telephoto — to the phone for unique shooting possibilities. Then Samsung just didn't launch the cases in the U.S., or pretty much any big market around the world. Being a self-proclaimed photography nerd I just had to try them, though.

So when the good people over at MobileFun offered to send me a Galaxy S7 camera lens case for review, I took them up on it right away. Here's what I've found using is odd-looking contraption for my photographic escapades.

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2 months ago

How much faster are Samsung's Fast Wireless Chargers?

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How much faster are Fast Wireless chargers?

Wireless charging is one of those things most folks tend to ignore for two reasons. No Android phone that supports wireless charging has ever included a wireless charger in the box, and wireless charging is never as fast as the charger you do get in the box. It's only marginally more convenient to set a phone on a little tray than it is to plug it in, so the list of positives has never really been high enough to justify mass adoption.

Samsung's recent phones have included a new kind of wireless charging — dubbed Fast Wireless Charging — which aimed to do something about the charging rate. With more Samsung phones arriving with this Fast Wireless support, we decided to take a look at the difference between these new chargers and the older Qi chargers from the Nexus 5 days.

Your average wireless charger

Qi and Powermat chargers have been around for a while, and while most of them look like small platters you connect Micro-USB cables to there are a few that have drifted from this design. Zens has a cool Qi car charger you just slip your phone into, Fonesalesman makes a battery pack with a Qi coil on top, and the list goes on. The problem with these chargers is rarely design, and usually output. These chargers had a maximum output of 5V/1A, which charges a Galaxy S7 from 9% to 100% in about five hours.

This is fine if you're charging your phone overnight, or if you're leaving your phone at your desk all day during work, but when your power cable can replenish 30% of your battery in 10 minutes that wireless charger becomes a lot more difficult to justify. The only real benefit here is less stress on your Micro-USB or USB-C port, which is frequently not worth the cost of a wireless charging accessory. Even a really cool one.

Fast Wireless Charging

Setting the same Galaxy S7 on a new Samsung Fast Wireless charger offers a mostly similar experience. You get a notification that your phone is charging wirelessly with a fun animation, and the phone starts charging. There's a small indicator for faster charging, like you get with Samsung's included rapid charger, but the results are a little different.

On a Fast Wireless charger, our Galaxy S7 charged from 9% to 100% in just over two hours, cutting the total charge time in half. A quick look at power input through Ampere confirmed that Fast Wireless Charging was delivering almost exactly twice the amount of energy to the phone. This isn't quite as fast as a rapid charger, which will take this same Galaxy S7 from 9% to 100% in 90 minutes, but it's still pretty great when compared to the alternative.

Should you upgrade?

Samsung's Fast Wireless Charger certainly delivers a much faster charge than the previous generation of Qi and Powermat chargers, but it's still an additional accessory you need to buy for your phone. That means shelling out around $50 for one of these accessories from Samsung, or keeping your eye out for a deal on third-part Fast Wireless Chargers. Now that Fast Wireless chargers exist for the house and car, it may be worth considering a full replacement to wireless charging. On the other hand, your included power cable still delivers the fastest overall charge.

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2 months ago

Grab Seneo's fast wireless charger for 50% off right now!

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Right now you can pick up Seneo's fast wireless charging pad for just $20, a 50% savings with coupon code 8WXEUCWC. The charging pad stands the phone in an upright position so you can easily see notifications as they come in, and other stuff on the screen without having to lift it up. Being a fast wireless charging pad, this will get your battery powered up around 1.4 times faster than a standard pad.

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2 months ago

Essential accessories for the LG G5

Essential Accessories for the LG G5

Turn your LG G5 into a workhorse with the right accessories.

Do you have your phone on you at all times ready to respond to every call, text, and email that comes your way? Do you use your phone as your primary TV, game console, and music player? If that sounds like you, then you my friend, are a power user.

Great accessories are the icing on the phone cake. You already have the the phone you want that works amazingly well, not you want those little extra pieces of hardware that just make your life that much easier. We've rounded up some accessories for the LG G5 you won't want to miss out on.

Aukey dual-port car charger

aukey dual-port car charger

If you use your LG G5 for literally everything you possibly can, then you might find yourself tethered to a power outlet more often than you'd like. If you find yourself needing a charge on the road, then the Aukey dual-port car charger is a great solution.

This car charger plugs into your car cigarette lighter and has two USB ports, so you can charge double the devices! The top port is a 3.0 Quick Charge port and is specifically meant to get the fastest charge out of the USB-C connection. So, grab the Aukey dual-port car charger, ditch the wall socket, get out on the road, and charge your G5 in no time.

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LG G5 official battery charger

The LG G5 is one of the few devices on the market with a removable battery, which means — obviously — that you can buy a spare one to keep around in an emergency.

LG's official G5 battery charger comes with a spare battery and a convenient little case that can charge it independently from the one in your phone. If you run out of juice and can't charge your phone on the go, having a fully-charged battery backup comes in pretty handy. Trust us, we've been through it! With a 2,800mAh charge, the G5's battery should last you all day, but just in case it doesn't, this spare one is a great addition to your kit.

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Encased desktop charger

Charging your phone in your office can be a bit of a nightmare. If you are trying to do your work, and use your phone at the same time you probably start wondering why you only have two hands.

Encased makes a neat charger that allows you LG G5 to remain upright. It may not seem like much, but when you think of how many times you touch your phone in a day, having the ability to do so without holding it sounds pretty nice doesn't?

You can plug the charger into your computer's USB port but we suggest plugging it in directly to a wall socket for the best effect.

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Joto LG G5 armband case

For anyone who uses apps to workout - whether it's heavy cardio or pumping lots of iron - an armband case is a great accessory to have. You can strap your phone to your arm and not worry about dropping or damaging it.

Joto's armband cases is specifically made for the LG G5 so it fits the phone really well and feels really secure. The back of the armband also has a few card slots for you to store bank cards or a little cash so you can even run to do your errands no problem!

Added bonus of this armband is it's sweat-resistant, so it works well even for those really long runs, or intense workouts.

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IQ Shield screen protector

Screens are delicate, and can too easily be scratched and chipped but that doesn't need to happen to your LG G5. Screen protectors are life savers - or more accurately phone savers - that are a really good investment for anyone who want to keep their phones screen looking brand new.

IQ Shield offers a screen protector that is a little difficult to put on, but once you do it right it is immaculate. It uses a mild amount of liquid (very minor, don't be afraid) to really make that protector stick to the screen. IQ Shield offers a lifetime warranty and will send you a new screen protector free of charge anytime the product is damaged or defective in anyway.

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Need more things?

This is just scratching the surface of cool things you can buy to go along with your LG G5. Check out these sweet clear cases for the LG G5.

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2 months ago

The best gamepad for Samsung Gear VR

There's no shortage of Bluetooth gamepads for Android, but with your eyes unable to see your fingers you should be a little pickier about what you are gripping when gaming on a Gear VR.

Russell has been covering Android since the G1, and has had his head in VR headsets since the first Oculus Rift dev kit. Managing editor at VRHeads, video and podcast host, you can follow him on Twitter @russellholly. For suggestions and updates, you can reach him at russell@androidcentral.com

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Best Overall

SteelSeries Stratus XL

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The folks at SteelSeries have a long history of quality controllers for mobile platforms, and the Stratus XL kicks that up a notch. Instead of focusing on portability and pocketability like the other controllers in this product line, SteelSeries focused on comfort and capability which makes it an incredible choice for the Samsung Gear VR. It has all the quality of a major console controller, with battery life to match and no quirky software. It pairs instantly to your Samsung phone and works with dozens of Gear VR games right out of the box. Stratus XL is an all around quality gamepad, with a layout that is easy to remember when you eyes are in VR.

Bottom line: If you want the best overall gamepad for your Gear VR, SteelSeries is where you want to be.

One more thing: This version of the controller only comes in black. If you see a white version of this controller, it's the iOS-only version and won't work with the Gear VR.

Why the SteelSeries Stratus XL is the best

Everything you need in a gamepad you'll be using without your eyes.

Three things matter most when it comes to a VR-friendly gamepad — comfort, battery life, and durability. SteelSeries has checked all three boxes with the Stratus XL. This is an Xbox-esque gamepad that looks and feels familiar with a button layout you will quickly become comfortable with despite not being able to look down at it while in VR. This gamepad will easily survive the occasional drop when you are spooked in VR thanks to its rugged plastic design, and the use of standard thumbsticks means the chances of breaking them on a drop is unlikely. On average this controller will get you through 30 hours of constant use, which means the only way you're charging this controller once a week is if you are really and truly invested in VR Minecraft. If you do run out of power in the middle of a game, the use of a microUSB port means just about everything can charge this controller quickly.

Best for portability

Moga Hero Power

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Having an Xbox-style gamepad is great for familiarity, but the Gear VR is a portable virtual reality platform and it makes sense that you'd want the gamepad to be equally as portable. That means it stows in a bag easily, and doesn't take up a ton of space. Moga's Hero Power gamepad offers this exact experience, with buttons and joysticks nearly flush with the casing and shorter palm grips that flow in line with the rest of the body. This gamepad also doubles as a more traditional phone gamepad with its foldable phone clip, so you can comfortably enjoy other forms of gameplay!

Bottom line: If you value portability above all, Moga Hero Power is what you want.

Best Value

Beboncool controller

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It's portable, it's plasticky, and it's way cheaper than most other Bluetooth gamepads that play nice with the Gear VR. Beboncool makes a bunch of gamepads for tablets and phones alike, but this smaller controller is perfect for portable Gear VR gameplay. The battery is rated for 12 hours of constant gameplay, but the auto-off feature ensures you'll only be using power when you're actually playing.

Bottom line: If you want a better Gear VR gameplay experience without spending a ton, Beboncool has you covered.

Conclusion

If you're looking for console-class gaming on your Gear VR, SteelSeries is where you want to spend your money. There's always a place for portability, though, and Moga has what you need if you're on the go. If all you really want is an affordable gamepad to save you from constantly tapping the side of the Gear VR while playing your games, Beboncool is a great gamepad at a reasonable price.

Best overall

SteelSeries Stratus XL

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The folks at SteelSeries have a long history of quality controllers for mobile platforms, and the Stratus XL kicks that up a notch. Instead of focusing on portability and pocketability like the other controllers in this product line, SteelSeries focused on comfort and capability which makes it an incredible choice for the Samsung Gear VR. It has all the quality of a major console controller, with battery life to match and no quirky software. It pairs instantly to your Samsung phone and works with dozens of Gear VR games right out of the box. Stratus XL is an all around quality gamepad, with a layout that is easy to remember when you eyes are in VR.

Bottom line: If you want the best overall gamepad for your Gear VR, SteelSeries is where you want to be.

One more thing: This version of the controller only comes in black. If you see a white version of this controller, it's the iOS-only version and won't work with the Gear VR.

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2 months ago

BB-8 now comes in a battle-damaged Special Edition with Force Band!

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It still won't give you a thumbs up, though.

BB-8 is adorable, fun to play with, and without a doubt one of the most successful Star Wars toys to arrive with The Force Awakens last year. Sphero, the company behind this clever robot ball, promised several updates to BB-8 over time and so far has delivered in big ways. BB-8 will sit with you and watch The Force Awakens now, and holographic projection messaging has improved several times over the last year.

The biggest update to BB-8 is coming in the form of a wristband that will control the bot instead of your phone. It's being cleverly dubbed Force Band based on how you move your body to control BB-8, and to celebrate its launch Sphero is releasing a battle-damaged special edition of BB-8 with one of these bands in the box.

While you can absolutely buy the BB-8 Force Band without a new robot attached, the updated visuals on the Special Edition reflect BB-8's journey in The Force Awakens. Spoiler alert, this little robot has seen some shit and his outer shell absolutely reflects this by the end of the movie. If you never got around to picking up a BB-8, this could be the perfect way to get everything in one box. If you already own a BB-8 and can't help yourself, that's cool too. No judgement here, just happy little bloops and smiles as this robot rolls on by.

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3 months ago

SanDisk's 200GB card is back to its lowest price for today only!

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Amazon's Deal of the Day can once again score you SanDisk's 200GB microSD card for just $60, a savings of $20 from its regular price. We've seen a number of deals over the past few months on this card, with this being the lowest price that the card has hit. Whether you need some additional storage for your phone, tablet, camera or other electronic devices, you won't want to miss out on this deal.

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3 months ago

Save $70 on the ASUS OnHub router for a limited time!

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Amazon is offering a $70 savings on the ASUS OnHub router for a limited time, bringing the price down to just $130. If you've been eyeing this router, you won't want to wait long to place your order since this deal is only good for today, September 7.

Using the Google On app, you can easily set this router up right from your phone, and its high-performance internal antennas will make sure that you have a wide range of wireless coverage in all directions. The firmware will automatically update, keeping your router up to date and as secure as possible at all times.

Whether you need a new router or have been looking to try something different, you won't want to miss this deal. At just $130 this router packs quite a value, so you won't want to pass up these $70 worth of savings.

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3 months ago

Best HTC 10 accessories

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Get the most out of your HTC 10 with these great accessories.

The HTC 10 is one of the best Android phones you can own. If you've got one or are planning to get one, you'll also want to get some accessories to compliment your new device. We've outlined some of the best options — from cases and screen protectors to car mounts and microSD cards — to protect and enhance your HTC 10 experience.

Ice View Case from HTC

HTC Ice View case

The Ice View Case is the perfect combination of protection and functionality, specifically designed by HTC for their flagship phone. With a transparent screen cover, you're able take photos, read texts, switch between songs, and turn on the flashlight, while keeping your screen fully protected.

HTC Ice View also has support for third-party notifications, so you can keep up-to-date with social media at a glance.

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Not quite your style? Looking for a more heavy duty case perhaps? Check out our breakdown of the best cases for the HTC 10.


G-Colour Tempered Glass Screen Protector

G-Color tempered glass screen protector

If you decide to forego HTC's case with built-in screen cover, you're still going to want protect that beautiful 5.2-inch screen. G-Color's tempered glass offering for the HTC 10 is a great option.

It features an oleophobic coating to reduce smudges and fingerprints and, at only 0.24mm thick, you'll know you're protected without noticing the screen protector is there. We've also been keen on the Orzly's tempered glass screen protector, which purports to address the screen's curved edge. It's another option to check out if screen coverage is an important factor for you.

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Want more options for protecting your HTC 10 screen? Check out our roundup of the best tempered glass screen protectors for the HTC 10.


Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSD

Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSD

The HTC 10 supports expandable memory up to 200GB, via microSD — a feature you'll definitely want to take advantage of. One of the best options out there is the Samsung Evo Plus 128GB.

With write speeds of up to 80MB/s, this waterproof, magnet-proof microSD card will work great for storing your HD video, photos, music and games, and is a great choice if you're considering adoptable storage. It's an investment well worth the cost, especially if you're planning to take full advantage of the HTC 10's impressive cameras.

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Looking for more microSD options for your HTC 10? Check out our list of the best microSD cards for the HTC 10.


Belkin 6ft 2.0 USB Type-A to USB Type-C charging cable

Belkin 6ft 2.0 USB Type-A to USB Type-C charging cable

The HTC 10 has a new USB-C port, and uses Type-C cables for charging, so unless you've owned other devices that use this newer charging cable, you'll probably want to stock up on another for your car or office. With a length of 6 feet, this option from a trusted brand such as Belkin should give you all the versatility you require.

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TYLT Capio 2.0 Car Mount

TYLT Capio 2.0 Car Mount

The TYLT Capio 2.0 is a universal car mount that looks almost identical to the one HTC sells specifically for the HTC 10 — except at half the price. With a micro-gel suction cup that should securely adhere to any solid surface and a fully-adjustable swiveling arm, you should be able to set it up as you like in your car and be on your way.

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Still looking for another option for mounting your phone in your car? We've rounded up the best universal car mounts just for you.


Samsung LEVEL in-ear stereo headset

Samsung LEVEL in-ear headset

The HTC 10 features Boomsound technology, which means you'll enjoy fantastic audio quality when listening to your favorite music through the built-in speakers or through headphones.

This recommendation comes from our own Jerry Hildebrand's guide to choosing the best headphones. Samsung's LEVEL earbuds are perfect if you want good quality in a small, portable package, and they come with a hard zip-up case for storage and travel.

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3 months ago

Best camera drones

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5 best camera drones you can buy in 2016

What are the best camera drones I can buy right now?

Whether you're an independent filmmaker looking to step up your game with drone videography, or simply a hobbyist looking to record stunning video to share with friends and family, you'll want to invest in a top-of-the-line camera drone.

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3 months ago

Best leather cases for Note 7

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Best leather cases for Note 7

What's the best leather case for Galaxy Note 7? We've got a few favorites that are sure to dazzle!

The Galaxy Note 7 is sophisticated, so its case should be nothing less. Leather whispers sophistication in a dulcet tone that compliments your Note 7 elegantly. Here are the best leather cases you can find for the Galaxy Note 7.

Spigen Wallet S

Spigen Wallet S

Spigen makes some the best phone cases around and its Wallet S faux-leather case is perfect for anyone who wants a leather case for their Note 7, and especially perfect for the animal lover in all of us.

The shiny black finish is sophisticated and rather business-like but has this sexy quality that lets you know it's all pleasure.

In typical wallet case fashion, there're three slots for cards and a cash pocket inside, and the reversible magnetic latch is handy for keeping your case both closed and open. The cover folds back into a stand for hands-free usage, and the PU leather is flexible and easy to work with.

It may seem odd to start a leather case roundup with one that's made of pleather, but it feels the same (if not better) and happens to be the best of the best.

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Tauri wallet flip cover

Tauri

Tauri's wallet case for the Note 7 is the classic wallet case you'd expect: it has room for three cards, a bit of cash, and the front cover closes to enrobe your phone in luscious, genuine leather, secured by a magnetic clasp.

Its best feature, of course, is its ability to fold back into a stand so that you can watch YouTube and Netflix and play games hands-free. The leather is soft to the touch and feels great in your hand - it's not slippery.

Your Note 7 sits in a silicone shell inside, with a cutout at the back so you can take photos and video, and the charging port is left open so that you never have to take the case off.

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IstanbulLeatherShop

IstanbulLeatherShop

Etsy is an awesome place to find quality leather cases for just about any phone and the IstanbulLeatherShop always delivers. This handmade, genuine leather wallet case is gorgeous and understated, with a wan finish that gives it a modern look.

It has an inner shell that grips your Note 7, while keeping ports and buttons open, and the front cover secures tightly with a magnetic closure. Or, you can opt for "Book Style" and go without the closure.

The cover folds back into a handy stand for hands-free viewing, and the suede microfiber lining won't scratch up your screen.

Handmade means that every wallet case is unique, so if you want a case just for you, Etsy and the IstanbulLeatherShop is just the place.

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Ringke Flex S

Ringke Flex S

If you want a leather case but still worry about leather's durability, then why not go for a case that blends leather in with the protective qualities you already look for?

The Flex S series by Ringke is a really cool blend of flexible TPU and a faux-leather on the back that stylish, sophisticated, and very effective in the event of a drop or bump.

The softer TPU bumper is perfect for shock absorption and protecting your Note 7 from scratches and the pleather back gives it a cool, almost rugged look, like if Indiana Jones had a modern phone case, it'd be this one.

Ringke makes great-fitting cases all around, and starting at $13, you really can't go wrong.

You have your choice of Deep Blue, Sleek Gray, or Vintage Brown.

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Caseology Envoy

Caseology Envoy

I've only recently come to realize that Caseology makes some of the coolest cases around. Every time I research a roundup like this, its products just get better and better, and the Envoy is no different.

The Envoy is a dual-layer affair, with a flexible TPU shell that has a pleather back and a polycarbonate frame that sits around the whole thing to secure it all in place.

That's awesome on three fronts: 1. Your Note 7 is protected from drops and scratches, thanks to the rubbery TPU. 2. That protection is enhanced by the hard polycarbonate frame that helps disperse impact around the TPU. 3. The faux-leather back looks really cool and if you pick the right color, it'll have "you" written all over it!

You have your choice of beige, Cherry Oak, green, and navy blue leather, all with gold polycarbonate frames.

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Benittorre leather phone cover

Benittorre

Benittorre's option isn't so much a case as it is a pouch, but it's a freakin' sweet pouch, made of genuine leather. Some folks might be worried about a pouch and easy access to their Note 7, but this one features a pull ribbon that makes extraction a breeze.

The hand-stitching is expertly done and every cover is unique, meaning you'll have a one-of-a-kind case to show off that'll have everyone asking about it.

One of the most consumer-friendly options Benittorre offers is the choice to have its logo on your cover or not. If that doesn't say confidence in branding, then I don't know what does. They know you'll tell your friends about it.

There's also a slot on the front of the pouch where you can comfortably store a couple cards or your ID.

If you don't like this version, Benittorre has a few to choose from, including a camel-colored option and one without the front pocket.

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Samsung leather cover

Samsung Leather Cover

What would a roundup be without the phone manufacturer's version of the case in question? Samsung's leather cover is a gorgeous black case that fits onto the back of your Note 7, leaving the buttons, ports, and S Pen all open to easy access,

The matte-finished, black leather is understated elegance in its truest form and it'll had a bit of mystery and intrigue to the already enticing Note 7.

It doesn't seem to be available yet (except for a rather suspect Amazon listing), so keep your eyes peeled!

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Leather, anyone?

Are you using a sexy leather case with your Note 7 that you think deserves a mention? Sound off in the comments below!


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3 months ago

Save 30% or more on these awesome Anker accessories today!

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Anker is running a one-day sale at Amazon and is offering at least 30% off its great accessories. Whether you need some new cables, an external battery or even a computer mouse, you won't want to miss out on this sale! Anker makes some great accessories for all types of smartphones and other electronics, so if you are looking to save some money and grab some fantastic accessories, today is your chance.

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3 months ago

Best wallet cases for the Galaxy Note 7

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What are the best wallet cases for my Galaxy Note 7?

Not everyone loves a wallet case for their phone, but those that do love the convenience of having practically everything they need — money, ID, and smartphone — all in one package when they're on the go.

Given the beautiful design of the Galaxy Note 7, if you're going to cover it entirely with a wallet case, you'll want your case to look classy in it's own right. So we've broken down the best wallet case options that combine stylish design with functionality.

Story Leather Aspen

The Galaxy Note 7 is a premium device. That fact is reflected in the build quality and the price. If you want a case to match that premium quality, look no further than the offerings from Story Leather. They actually offer a range of wallet and other leather-backed cases for the Note 7 which are all custom made to order, but we'll specifically recommend the Aspen wallet case for it's stylish-yet-simplistic design.

Made with premium genuine leather and personalizable with a monogram or corporate logo, this case is perfect for the fashionable consumer. You can choose from over 50 different leather colours to truly make it your own. On the inside, the case features slots for three cards as well as a side pocket for holding cash. It's all built around a sturdy polycarbonate shell that will protect your phone.

With a production lead time of 25-30 days and prices starting around $100, this is not the case to buy if you're looking for a quick cover to protect your new phone. But the handmade quality you receive in return will be well worth the money spent for some folks.

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Spigen Wallet S Leather Case

Spigen is a trusted name for phone accessories, and their Wallet S case for the Galaxy Note 7 is one of the most versatile cases you can buy to protect your Note 7.

Made of faux leather, the Wallet S looks good without costing an arm and a leg. It features a magnetic strap that's reversible — it will securely hold the cover open and closed. The Note 7 securely snaps into the polycarbonate shell on the inside, which also features three slots for your credit cards and ID, as well as a pocket for money or other valuable items. The case also folds over into itself to create a horizontal kickstand for hands-free media viewing.

You have to be consciously aware of how you insert your cards in the case, because the placement of the magnet strap could wreck the magnetic strip on a credit card. Other than that design flaw, which is addressed in a leaflet included with the case, the Wallet S does a great job of combining a wallet and phone case into a stylish option for travelling or enjoying a night out on the town — and all at a reasonable price.

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Incipio Stowaway Credit Card Case

If you want a case that will store your ID, cash and a credit card, but want something a bit more inconspicuous than a fold-over wallet case, there's the Incipio Stowaway Credit Card Case.

At a glance, this case just looks like a sturdy and smooth polycarbonate outer shell to protect your phone — until you notice the compartments on the back. Open the bigger one and you'll find room for three cards (or an ID card and some cash), which are held down with a little lip that make sure they don't pop out if the case takes a hard fall. The smaller compartment reveals a kickstand which, admittedly, is probably not worth using. But the main stowaway compartment will be extremely convenient for travellers or folks that don't like taking their whole wallet or purse to the bar.

Incipio also includes a rear protective film for the back of your phone, so that it isn't scuffed or scratched by any of your cards — a little detail that goes to show phone protection is the top priority here. Best of all, it still mostly preserves the look of the Galaxy Note 7's sleek design and curves.

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J&D Wallet Stand Slim Fit

This wallet case option from J&D is quite similar to the Spigen Wallet S, but separates itself from the pack with a few small but important details.

It features three card slots and a pocket for cash, a magnetic strap to keep things secure, and can be folded over into a horizontal kickstand for media viewing. But we love the clear sleeve for the first card slot, making it the ideal spot to store your ID. Then there's the removable wrist strap which provides added security when you're carrying it around with you. And finally, it's available in four colours (aqua, black, brown, and red) as well as white Dog and Cat versions, that feature a cute graphic on the back. Starting at around $11, it's also one of the most affordable wallet cases you'll find.

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What's your favourite wallet case?

As we're still early into the Galaxy Note 7's product life, there will no doubt be more wallet cases coming out in the future. We'll add them as we find them, so let us know if there's anything we missed in the comments.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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