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Top 5 heavy duty cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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Putting your size concerns aside, a rugged case for your Galaxy Note 5 can extend the lifespan of your device quite a bit. Extra layers, built-in screen protectors and textured grip all play a role in keeping your Note 5 in your hand and off the concrete. Big names like OtterBox, Trident, and Urban Armor Gear are all making their return with the newly announced Galaxy Note 5 — and we're highlighting our top 5 that are up for grabs right now.

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OtterBox Defender Series Case

The OtterBox Defender Case for Galaxy Note 5 doesn't skimp on its multi-layer design, providing maximum protection against both scratches and impacts from front to back. This hybrid cover features a durable polycarbonate inner shell with foam padding, finished with a synthetic rubber slipcover. The built-in screen protector helps to keep the display clean, and the Defender's port plugs block liquids, dirt, and other debris from getting into the Note 5's openings. The OtterBox Defender Case is $69.90, but if you want the classic holster to match it, it's an extra $14.95.

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Urban Armor Gear Case

Sporting a rugged design that's excellent for enhancing grip, the Urban Armor Gear Case for Galaxy Note 5 is actually quite slim for the level of protection it provides. All four corners feature an extra thick TPU for handling impacts, with easy-grip edges that feel great in your hand. Since both its armored shell and TPU core have been fused together, installation is quick and simple, keeping things exceptionally lightweight. This case comes in solid colors including black, white, and orange. For a transparent look, take your pick from clear, gray, or red for $39.95.

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i-Blason Prime Dual Layer Case & Holster

For superior protection without with ridiculous price tag, the i-Blason Prime Dual Layer Case and Holster for Galaxy Note 5 is an option that looks as tough as it protects. This hybrid cover rocks a dual-layer design that packs a fold-out kickstand on its textured polycarbonate shell — great for convenient viewing on the go. Bundled with the rugged case is a matching swivel clip holster that works great on most belts or even your pocket. Snag this heavy duty combo in black, blue, or red for only $11.95.

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Trident Aegis Pro Case

Built for the rugged user in mind, the Trident Aegis Pro Case for Galaxy Note 5 features a hardened, bio-enhanced polycarbonate shell and shock absorbing TPE interior. Meeting military standards, this durable case has been drop tested 26 times at 4ft. There are port plugs to keep out dirt and debris, as well as a built-in screen protector to shield your Note 5's display from scuffs and scratches. Trident also uses degradable, compostable, and recyclable materials for this cover — making it an eco-friendly solution to protecting your Galaxy Note 5. The Aegis Pro Case is available in black, blue, or pink for $34.99.

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Supcase Unicorn Beetle PRO Series

Last up is Supcase's Unicorn Beetle PRO Series Combo for Galaxy Note 5, providing a more subtle rugged appearance that leaves easy access to ports, buttons, and the S-Pen. Next to its flexible TPU core and polycarbonate exterior is a built-in screen protector to keep scratches at bay without compromising touchscreen sensitivity. A strong, swivel clip holster is bundled with the cover for good measure, too. The Supcase Combo starts at $15.99 and is available in black, blue, green, pink, and white.

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What's your favorite Galaxy Note 5 rugged case?

That's our top 5 heavy duty cases for the Galaxy Note 5 available right now. In the coming weeks we're keeping our eyes open for other popular brands like LifeProof and Pelican — both great manufacturers for rugged covers. Have a different case in mind you plan on picking up for your new Note? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!

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2 days ago

Mobile Nations Community Update, August 2015

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Mobile Nations Community Update

Greetings all! Time for the Mobile Nations Community Update, your monthly look at the best contests, recent happenings, hottest forum threads, and more from Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.

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2 days ago

Huawei Watch pre-order goes live on Amazon [Update: it's been pulled]

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Update: It appears as though someone made a mistake, and the listing was not meant to go live just yet. The Amazon link is now dead. We are not sure what will happen to those who managed to pre-order, so be sure to let us know if you get any updates.

A listing for the Huawei Watch has made its way to Amazon, allowing customers to begin to pre-order the watch now. There are a few colors and styles available, ranging in price from $349 to $799, and the listing currently shows that the item is set to be released on September 2. There are four models being shown off, which are:

  • Stainless Steel with Black Suture Leather Strap for $349
  • Black Stainless Steel with Black Stainless Steel Link Band for $449
  • Gold Plated Stainless Steel with Brown Suture Leather Strap for $699
  • Gold Plated Stainless Steel with Gold Plated Stainless Steel for $799

If you have been waiting to be able to place your order for the Huawei Watch since its original announcement, your time has finally come. Hit the link below to place your order now.

Pre-order the Huawei Watch from Amazon

Via: Tim Moore (Twitter)

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2 days ago

Should I upgrade from the Galaxy Note 4 to the Note 5?

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Galaxy Note 5 and Note 4

If you can take two notable losses in stride, you'll be happy with this switch.

The time comes each year when the phone you have is thoroughly supplanted by a newer version. In the case of the Note 4, just shy of a year on we have ourselves a new Note 5 to look at — and of course the next step is questioning whether you should upgrade or not. The Note 5 isn't all that exciting to anyone who has a Galaxy S6 right now, but if you're sitting with a last-generation Note 4 you're likely looking to see if the grass is greener.

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2 days ago

LG G4 with brushed metal finish now available in India

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Two new variants of the LG G4 have launched in India, sporting back covers with a brushed metal finish. Dubbed Titanium Black and Gold, the phones feature a similar back pattern as that of the ceramic models, and are also made out of plastic.

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2 days ago

Xperia Z5 promo images surface ahead of launch, 23MP camera rumored

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Sony has teased a smartphone with "greater focus" earlier this week, and it looks like the handset may turn out to be the Xperia Z5. A series of promotional photos of the phone were inadvertently published on Sony's social media channels, with the folks at Xperia Blog managing to get a hold of them before they were taken down.

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2 days ago

Vine now supplies you with beats for your looping videos

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Vine is allowing its user base to add music to their loops. Featured artists will supply the beats to add a new dimension to your submitted content. Once you've finished capturing a new video on your smartphone, which in itself is now easier with the new Snap to Beat feature, the network will provide a selection of songs that can be added to the looping video.

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2 days ago

App suggestions in Google's mobile search results get a makeover

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It looks like Google has debuted a new look for app suggestions in Google search results on mobile. Now, when searching for a specific category of app, you'll be presented with a colorful list of popular suggestions from Google Play at the top of your results.

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2 days ago

Staggered launch will see most HTC Vives shipping in Q1 2016

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If you were hoping to get your hands on HTC's Vive virtual reality headset before 2015 is out, it looks like your chances may be a bit slimmer than anticipated. According to a new press release, it sounds like HTC and Valve are gearing up for a somewhat staggered release for the consumer launch, pointing to the first quarter of 2016 for mass availability.

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2 days ago

Samsung offers extra goodies for Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ and S6 edge buyers after 'Test Drive'

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It turns out that those who decide to purchase a new Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+ or Galaxy S6 after taking part in Samsung's "Ultimate Test Drive" program for current iPhone users are in for a treat. The manufacturer is offering buyers $100 in Google Play credit for purchasing, along with an extra $100 check if they traded in their iPhone to their carrier or retailer.

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2 days ago

Moto G 2015 now available from U.S. Cellular

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If you call U.S. Cellular your wireless home and are looking for a budget-friendly smartphone, the carrier is now offering up the Moto G 2015.

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2 days ago

OnePlus 2 camera tips and tricks

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OnePlus 2 Camera

It's a simple camera app, but there are a few tricks to know.

There isn't much to be said about the Camera app on the OnePlus 2. That's not to say there isn't anything to be said about the camera itself, in fact it's one of the better cameras you can get on an Android phone today, but the user interface that powers this experience isn't much to look at and doesn't include a ton of features. It's a solid point and shoot app, with modes for video, panorama, slow motion, and timelapse — but several of these modes include no settings at all. What you see, in most cases, is what you get.

That having been said, there's a couple of things you should know about poking around in the few settings that do exist, and we've got them here for you.

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2 days ago

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, HitRECord and LG to collaborate on series of upcoming projects

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LG has announced a new partnership with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his production company, HitRECord. The new partnership will build upon LG's ambition to support creators across the world, as the two companies work together on a series of projects over the coming year.

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2 days ago

Sprint takes aim at AT&T, offers DirecTV customers a full year of free cellular service

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Sprint has announced its latest bid to pull customers away from one of its biggest rivals, and it's a doozy. To "celebrate" the AT&T and DirecTV merger, Sprint is offering DirecTV customers a full year of service for free.

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2 days ago

ARCHOS announces the Diamond Tab, available in October 2015 for £179

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ARCHOS has announced its newest Android tablet, the Diamond Tab, which follows shortly after revealing its all-new Diamond S smartphone. The tablet, which features a 7.9-inch display, will be available in October 2015 for £179. Running Android 5.1, the Diamond Tab will be powered by a Mediatek MT8752 Octa-Core 1.7 GHz processor partnered with 3GB of RAM.

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