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Best Heavy Duty Cases for the HTC 10

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Best Heavy Duty Cases for the HTC 10

Keep your phone safe from harm with these great HTC 10 cases!

Heavy duty cases are not typically the most stylish accessories out there, but they're big, bulky, and sturdy by design for one purpose: keeping your phone as safe as possible.

If you're worried about damaging your HTC 10 from an accidental drop, you may want to pick up one of these...

Supcase Beetle Pro Series

Supcase Beetle Pro Series

The Supcase Beetle Pro series has everything you need to be protected. It has a hard polycarbonate shell that protects all sides and edges of the phone from scrapes; a built-in removable screen protector to prevent scratches on your screen; and dust covers for your phone's ports to keep out dust and pocket lint.

The case also comes with a detachable clip on the back, which is perfect if you're the type of person who needs quick access to their phone throughout the day, or simply likes the holstered phone look.

It comes in two colors, black or blue, but the blue case will cost you slightly more. You can find the Supcase Beetle Pro for around $18.

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Spigen Slim Armor

Spigen Slim Armor

Spigen's Slim Armor is the perfect balance between protection and style. Your HTC 10 slides into a silicone sleeve, which is then secured with a hard polycarbonate shell. Together, the two-piece case gives your phone the ability to come survive a big tumble with no significant damage.

The Slim Armor holds up to its name by not adding a lot of bulk or weight to the phone. Don't kid yourself, you will notice it, but unlike some other heavy duty cases it won't feel like you're holding a brick

The added feature of a metal kickstand lets you watch your favorite content in landscape mode hands-free. We'll just call that icing on the cake.

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i-Blason Prime

i-Blason Prime

The i-Blason Prime starts around $14 and offers excellent protection for everyday phone users.

It's composed of two different pieces, a flexible TPU plastic sleeve which will protect it from the shock when it first hits the ground, and a hard polycarbonate shell for added protection. The headphone jack and charging port are kept covered by a plastic flap to prevent dust from getting in when they are not in use.

It also has a few extra goodies to sweeten the deal. The detachable clip on the back of the case will allow you to holster your HTC 10 to your waist easily whenever you want, and it also has a built-in kickstand that gives you the ability to watch YouTube or any other content hands-free.

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Cimo shockproof

Cimo shockproof

The Cimo shockproof case is perfect for people who want to make sure slippery hands never get the best of them.

It's a one-piece case that is both a mix of hard polycarbonate and silicone, meaning it's protected from almost anything you can throw at it. The back of the case is incredibly textured; it isn't slippery at all, and it's thick enough around the camera to protect the lens from scratches.

It's available some bright funky colors — like pink and purple — in case you want to make a statement. Plus the Cimo shockproof case is about $8, making the cheapest heavy duty case option on this list.

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Kaesar Slim Fit Protector

Kaesar Slim Fit Protector

Starting around $10, the Kaesar Slim Fit Protector is a two piece case that offers great protection without adding a ton of bulk and weight to your HTC 10.

With an interior TPU sleeve that protects your phone from the shock of dropping it on the ground and a hard polycarbonate shell that prevents the back and the side of the phone from getting scratched up, the Kaesar case should keep your phone looking great!

The brushed metal finished on the back of the case not only looks cool, but minimizes scratches from showing on the case itself to ensure your phone always looking in mint condition!

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What do you use?

How have you been protecting your HTC 10? Let us know in the comments below!

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2 weeks ago

Best car chargers for Galaxy Note 7

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Best car chargers for Galaxy Note 7

What's the best car charger for the Note 7?

The Galaxy Note 7 has a mighty battery, but it may need a charge while you're on the go.

A car charger is a great investment (especially if you're out and about all day long), but the right one might be a tad hard to find.

Here are our favorites!

Tronsmart 33W dual USB car charger

Tronsmart

You can hardly go wrong with a Benson Leung-approved car charger, which makes the Tronsmart dual USB car charger top dog.

In fact, Leung had problems with the first Tronsmart charger he bought, so they redesigned it and now Leung specifically recommends it for devices that employ USB-C, like the Galaxy Note 7.

This particular charger is able to maintain solid voltage while your Note 7 draws significant amperage, meaning that fast charging is both fast and safe. If you're driving around all day but only in the car for maybe 15 minutes at a time, the Tronsmart will give you a relatively significant charge in those short bursts.

If you're looking for very reliable fast charging and a Google engineer-approved device, look no further.

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Vinsic high speed charger

Vinsic

Vinsic makes another solid, Benson-approved car charger that features a USB-A port, as well as a female USB-C output port.

With a 5V/3A maximum, you'll receive a fairly significant charge, even if you're only in the car for 10 to 20 minutes at a time, and if you're charging other devices that maybe don't draw as much power when charging, the Vinsic won't accidentally overload them.

The one minor downside to this charger is its inability to maintain voltage when charging two devices, as outlines in Benson's review.

If you're looking for a reliable charger (who isn't?) and only plan on charging your Note 7, then the Vinsic high speed charger will meet your needs nicely.

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Scosche ReVolt

Scosche ReVolt

The 12W Scosche ReVolt is one of Amazon's best-selling car chargers and that's because it's inexpensive, provides up to 4.8V/2.4A of output, and it's a slick little device.

It's got a low-profile design and the light-up USB ports are super handy if you're disembarking after dusk (sounds like a romance novel title).

To be honest, the ReVolt is fairly run-of-the-mill, but it's at the top of that class. It comes in black, space gray, silver, or camo.

If you don't want too spend much but still want a quality charger, the ReVolt is definitely your best choice.

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Aukey Quick Charge 3.0 car charger

Aukey

Though the Note 7 only supports Quick Charge 2.0, the Aukey Quick Charge 3.0 charger works really well with Samsung's latest. And with three ports (two full-size USB and one USB-C), you'll be able to charge multiple devices on the go.

Aukey includes a USB-C to USB-C cable in the box, so you won't have to go out and get an extra one for the car.

You get the full range of Quick Charge options with the Aukey Quick Charge, so there's no worry of overloading devices that may draw less power. The Aukey Quick Charge is a versatile car charger that does exactly what it says it does, and you really can't ask for much more.

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Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging charger

Samsung adaptive charger

If your Note 7 dies while you're out and about, take solace in the fact that the Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging charger will take your from 0 to about 50% in as little as 30 minutes.

It features two USB-A ports that output up to 1A each, charging two devices quickly and at the same time.

The Samsung charger has a rather compact design, so it'll fit into wherever your vehicle power outlet happens to be and won't get in the way at all while you're driving.

Your lightning-quick charging on the go, Samsung's Adaptive Fast Charging charger is made for your Note 7.

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What do you use?

What's your favorite car charger? Is your favorite not included in our roundup? Let us know in the comments below!

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy Note 7 launched in India for ₹59,900, available from Sep. 2

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At a media event in New Delhi, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7 in the Indian market for ₹59,900. The phone will be available in three color variants: Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, and Gold Platinum. No Coral Blue for us folks.

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2 weeks ago

Three's Feel At Home inclusive roaming expands to 24 more countries

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Starting in September, new free roaming countries for Three UK customers include Germany, Greece, Belgium, Netherlands, Malta and Iceland.

One of the most attractive perks for Three UK customers has been its "Feel At Home" program — the ability to roam at no extra cost in a selection of countries — mainly territories where Three already has a local mobile network. From September that list will be expanding significantly to cover 24 new territories, including major European destinations like Germany, Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands and Malta, as well as the Isle of Man and Channel Islands.

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2 weeks ago

The LG V20 will be the first phone with a 32 bit Quad DAC

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The LG V20 not only will be the first phone to run Android 7.0, but news from Seoul tells us it will also be the first smartphone to feature a Quad DAC.

While the actual model isn't yet revealed, we do know LG is once again partnering with ESS to bring premium audio to the V20. ESS also provided the excellent 32bit DAC in the V10, which received pretty rave reviews for its audio performance.

Higher quality audio is simply the natural evolution of the smartphone, as the industry moves toward a more holistic multimedia consumption experience. — Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company.

LG says that they know users are now looking for more than a fast processor and a big display when they buy a high-end phone, and they aim to provide it with the V20. We'll know more — and hopefully get to put our hands on a V20 — on September 6 when LG unveils the whole package in San Francisco. In the meantime, we can read the press releases. This one is below.

LG V20, WORLD'S FIRST SMARTPHONE WITH QUAD DAC FOR BEST IN CLASS AUDIO

LG and ESS Technology Collaborate to Deliver One-of-a-Kind Audio Experience

SEOUL, Aug. 11, 2016 ― LG Electronics (LG) announced that its forthcoming flagship smartphone, LG V20, will be the first smartphone in the industry to feature 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analog converter) capabilities, bringing a superior audio experience to mobile for the very first time.

A Quad DAC delivers a crisp and clear sound that comes closest to a live performance when using compatible wired headphones. The sound is superior to that produced by a traditional DAC as it can reduce up to 50 percent of ambient noise levels. Videos taken with the V20 are accompanied by a soundtrack that can capture the roaring sound of waves crashing on a beach or conversations among two individuals at a noisy party.

LG worked closely with ESS Technology, a leader in high-performance analog and audio devices, to ensure that the Quad DAC, delivered the best audio experience for owners of the LG V20. The Quad DAC is the lynchpin of the many cutting-edge multimedia features included in the LG V20. ESS Technology previously provided its 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC in the V10, LG V20's predecessor.

"As smartphones mature, we're seeing more and more customers looking beyond just fast processors and big displays in their devices," said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company. "Higher quality audio is simply the natural evolution of the smartphone, as the industry moves toward a more holistic multimedia consumption experience. We're pleased to continue this long-term partnership with ESS and bring best in class audio to LG V20 users."

"We are extremely excited that our Quad DAC technology will be featured in the V20, LG's latest flagship smartphone for consumers who demand the best media experience," said Robert Blair, president and chief executive officer of ESS Technology. "As a technology more typically available in high-end audio equipment, Quad DAC on the V20 will make users feel as if they are carrying around a professional home-audio system on their smartphone."

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2 weeks ago

Canadian court ruling on SMS privacy means you shouldn't be using SMS

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Having nothing to hide doesn't mean you should ignore your privacy. Especially when keeping messages secure and private is so easy.

An Ontario Court of Appeals has ruled that your SMS messages are not private and once "sent to the ether" are no longer under your control. Vice has a full write up about the decision that interested parties should read, but the short version is this: SMS messages are like email and not subject to the same protection that voice calls have. They aren't a private conversation, and you shouldn't keep thinking they are private.

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2 weeks ago

Kapture: Part Wearable Microphone, Part Time Machine

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What if you could mix wearable tech, spy gear and a dash of audio-only time travel? You'd have Kapture: a wristwatch-sized microphone that's always listening to the world around it.

Kapture stays constantly connected to your smartphone and activates with a tap, so saving a recording of the past 60 seconds is as simple as flicking your wrist. As one of those weird kids who used to bring a tape recorder to school to document his days, Kapture instantly struck a chord with the young Michael Fisher inside me – but as it turns out, Kapture is a quirky little device.

Is the privilege of acoustic time travel worth the Kapture's hardware handicaps (and its steep price tag)? Join me for the latest MrMobile video to find out!

Go forth and socialize!

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2 weeks ago

Don't miss this awesome deal on Tronsmart's Wireless Fast Charger

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Right now Tronsmart is offering its fast-charging wireless charger with a sweet discount in the U.S., UK and Canada. Depending where you are ordering the charger from, you can save up to $6 on the recently-announced charger. It has a built-in LED that will let you know things are working, and that your phone is charging once you place it on there. It can work as both a standard charger and a fast charger, meaning you can top off that Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S7 or other phone nice and quick.

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2 weeks ago

Best travel apps for Android

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Best travel apps for Android

What's the best travel app for Android?

Whether you're planning your first trip away from home or you're a frequent flier, there are a ton of travel apps available for Android that will help you find the best flight, learn a new language, or get the best information about your desired destination. Here are our favorites.

Update, August 10: This article was updated with new information about improvements to TripIt in version 5.0.

TripIt

TripIt lets you store all of your travel plans, including information about your itinerary, hotel, and car rental bookings in one convenient location. It can import this information direct from your email box, and you can easily share your travel plans with your family and friends. It'll even add your trips to your calendar.

TripIt is a free app and service for a basic set of features, but the real benefits come in when you subscribe to TripIt Pro for $49 per year. You get updates on any changes to your flights such as delays or gate changes, and it will also inform you when a better flight becomes available and will let you change your flight plans in-app.

If you travel a lot, or even if you simply want an easy way to share your travel plans with people you know, give Tripit a try.

Download: TripIt (Free)

Airbnb

Airbnb

If you're traveling on a budget or you're after an alternative travel experience, give Airbnb a try. It's free and helps you find places to stay, which are offered by private hosts in over 34,000 cities worldwide.

Whether you're looking for a luxurious house with a pool and hot tub for just you and your family, or you're open to sharing a room or suite with another traveler, Airbnb will help you find the right accommodations for you.

Communicate with the host directly through the app, as well as view pictures and get information about the offered amenities, the area the space is located in, price, and much more.

Download: Airbnb (Free)

LiveTrekker

Livetrekker

LiveTrekker is a free travel diary app that lets you document your travels through interactive maps, pictures, video, voice, and text. In addition, you can share your travel experiences in real time or upload them to the cloud to view or share another time.

With the tap of a button, the app starts tracking your movements via GPS and displaying your route on a satellite map. Annotate this map with photos, video, or text, and you have a detailed documentation of your journey to share with others or play back at any time.

If you enjoy documenting your travels and sharing them with others, download LiveTrekker.

Download: LiveTrekker (Free)

Skyscanner

Skyscanner

Skyscanner is a great little app for searching for the cheapest flights to anywhere you want to go. You can book flights directly from the app, and you can also search for and book hotels.

Pick a location you want to travel to and the app will quickly find flights to that location and sort them by the cheapest price. Skyscanner is simple to use, and lets you quickly get the information you want.

If you want to find the cheapest flight to anywhere, or you just want to check prices and dream about your next vacation, Skyscanner is for you.

Download: Skyscanner (Free + IAP)

LoungeBuddy

LoungeBuddy

If you're a frequent flier or you know you're going to have a long layover somewhere, having a spot to relax, nosh on some tasty food, and have a little drink while you wait for your next flight may appeal to you.

Almost every airport in the world has lounges that are off-limits to the general public but open to people who have certain perks. Don't worry, though, lounges aren't just for the rich and famous — you may have the needed perks to get in without even knowing it, and that's where LoungeBuddy comes in.

Give the app a little information about yourself, such as whether you're flying business or first class, if you belong to the military, and which credit cards are in your wallet, and the app will let you know if you qualify for lounge access in over 900 airports worldwide. It will even let you book your chosen lounge in-app.

In addition, you can browse photos of each lounge and read reviews from other travelers.

Download: LoungeBuddy (Free + IAP)

XE Currency

XE Currency

When you want to know how many pesos your dollar is worth while you're in Mexico, XE Currency, an app from the makers of the trusted currency exchange site, XE.com, will let you know in an instant.

XE Currency updates its rates every minute, so you always have the most accurate information, and it can also be used offline using saved data — no internet? No problem.

In addition to current rates, XE Currency offers market analysis information as well as charts that track your selected currency's rate over time.

If you want up-to-the-minute currency rate information, XE Currency is a must have for you.

Download: XE Currency (Free)

Evaneos Travel

Evaneos Travel

Evaneos Travel is a free travel guide app with absolutely no in-app purchases or advertising. Using information compiled by seasoned travelers, it offers a wealth of information on destinations all over the world.

Evaneos is especially handy for people who want to veer off the beaten path a little bit. Each destination has reviews from other travelers that tell you what you can expect, sights you must see, what to avoid, the best time to go, and much more.

If you crave an adventure on your next trip, pick up the Evaneos Travel app.

Download: Evaneos Travel (Free)

Duolingo

Duolingo

Learn another language for free with Duolingo, a language app that's similar to Rosetta Stone.

As of this writing, you can learn the following languages from Duolingo: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish Gaelic, Danish, Swedish, Russian, Ukrainian, Esperanto, Polish, and Turkish.

Each lesson includes a segment where you match a word in your chosen language to a picture and a section where you hear a sentence spoken and must translate it, as well as other types of learning tools.

You can take as much time to complete each section as you like and can also go back and repeat lessons you've already completed. If you're diligent about working with the app, you'll be speaking another language in no time.

If you want to learn another language for free, Duolingo is the app for you.

Download: Duolingo (Free)

Google Maps

Google Maps

You probably already have Google Maps installed on your device, but if for some reason you don't, you can download it from Google Play for free.

Google Maps is a great map app that lets you plan your route and gives you directions to help you get there. It even has indoor maps for large places such as airports, stadiums, and malls. It will even tell you where the nearest restaurants and stores are based on your location.

If you haven't tried Google Maps yet, try it out next time you're traveling.

Download: Google Maps (Free)


Hipmunk

Hipmunk

While Hipmunk does essentially the same things as many other travel apps that let you find and book flights and hotels, it has an interesting sorting metric for finding the best flight for the lowest cost.

It's called Agony and it's a combination of price, number of stops, and layover time. Flights that score low on Agony will be at the top of the list while flights that score higher will be sorted lower. So if you want the shortest flight with as few layovers as possible, for the cheapest price, you can quickly find it with Hipmunk.

If you're looking for the cheapest and least onerous flight for your next trip, try Hipmunk.

Download: Hipmunk (Free)

What do you use?

Do you use an awesome travel app that we missed out on? Sound off in the comments below!

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How to move your Pokémon Go account to a new Android phone

Can I move my Pokémon Go account to my new phone?

Pokémon Go can be rough on a phone. Some users are realizing their battery just doesn't cut it anymore, and some are accidentally walking into lakes. Whatever the reason for your old phone needing to be replaced, Pokémon Go players around the world are left asking a simple question about their game data: If you move from an old phone to a new Android phone — even if that old phone was an iPhone — will your game data travel with you?

The short answer is yes, and here's how it works!

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Celebrate the Rio Olympics with these sporty wallpapers!

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While most of us can be forgiven if we show our patriotism on the inside, but during the Olympics it's time to let the flags and face paint fly... or, you could put an Olympic wallpaper on your phone to remind yourself to check out the results every now and then. Whether you're rooting for athletes you watch all year long or athletes you've never seen before (and never will again), the Olympics has something for everyone...

Let's just hope it's not Zika.

Olympic Flame

While there have been many awesome Olympic flames over the years, the one in Vancouver remains my favorite. Even if it did mess up during the opening ceremony. We don't talk about that, though. Isn't it pretty? Does it light the fires of patriotism and athletic competition in your heart?

Olympic Flame

Rio Olympics

This stylized poster feels like ti could fit on your home screen long after the closing ceremony, with its subtle rings and beautiful layers. With the moon and the stars, it kinda takes my breath away...

Rio Olympics

Flags Collection from GaryckArntzen

Want to cheer on your country of choice? Well, they may not have every country, but these spattered flag wallpapers are messy enough for real life yet still easy enough to recognize instantly and stir some national pride within you! U! S! A! U! S! A! U! S! A! Oh, and the rest of the other countries. Go for gold!

Flags Collection from GaryckArntzen

The Olympic Pokeball by wazzy88

There's something about the Olympic motto that makes it feel like it applies to Pokemon Training...also, this beautiful lunar Poké Ball looks like it's ready to hold the strongest Pokémon a country can find. Which Pokémon would you want to compete in Olympic events? I'm saying Manaphy for the 100 meter freestyle.

The Olympic Poké Ball by wazzy88

2020 Olympics

The closing ceremony will be here before we know it, but never fear! There'll be another one in four years, and guess what?! NEXT ONE'S IN JAPAN! Pardon me for a moment as I squee at the idea of being able to both see an Olympics, take in the culture of Japan, and then pop over to Tokyo Disney and die of happiness at all of the magic in there. Well, it may be four years away, but it's never too early to start planning the trip of a lifetime, right?

2020 Olympics

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Sizzlin Hot Summer Sale: Save an extra 20% on your favorite Android accessories

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The heat of summer is still here, so don't miss out on this hot sale.

Feeling bummed that summer will soon be winding down? Well, how about an extra 20% off on the already-reduced ShopAndroid.com accessories? Don't miss out on this opportunity to stock up with cases, charging cables and more for your favorite Android phones and tablets. Whether you are looking for something to accompany your Galaxy Note 5, Nexus 6P, HTC 10 or something else, we've got you covered.

The savings runs now through Sunday, August 14, and all you need to do is enter coupon code SS16 to save the additional 20% on your favorite accessories. What will you be adding to your collection? Let us know in the comments.

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Coolpad unveils Coolpad Mega, a nicely designed budget smartphone for India

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Coolpad has unveiled the Coolpad Mega, its latest budget smartphone for India.

In a press conference in New Delhi today, Coolpad unveiled the Coolpad Mega, a lightweight, nicely designed affordable smartphone. Powered by the latest CoolUI 8.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Coolpad Mega supports dual SIM dual standby with VoLTE support and offers 4G LTE network.

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Selling your Android phone or tablet: The ultimate guide

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How do I sell my Android phone or tablet for the most amount of money? With these tips and tricks, you'll get the best return!

So a new Android phone has caught your eye — maybe the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 — and you want to get on the boat as soon as possible. You'll need to sell your old phone in order to make up some of the money you're spending on that new device, but luckily there are a wealth of options available. We're going to get you through some of the best practices out there for preparing your Android phone or tablet for sending off, and some places for sale that would best suit your needs.

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Kyocera Duraforce PRO doubles as a wide-angle action camera

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The new Duraforce PRO is a unique waterproof phone with a wide-angle action camera!

Kyocera has announced the Duraforce PRO, its latest rugged phone that has a built-in wide view action camera. Mainly known for its waterproof and shockproof devices, this will be the first time that Kyocera adds an action camera into its phone to combine the best of two worlds into one. Sporting a 5-inch 1080p display, the Duraforce PRO features 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. On the back you've got a 13MP camera, and the front has a 5MP shooter for capturing those selfies. The rear camera features a number of new modes, such as underwater mode, sports mode, slow motion, time-lapse and other camera filters/applications.

With its 3420mAh battery, you should get all-day battery life and solid recording time on the action camera. The phone will be available later this fall, but no word on pricing yet.

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