Military-grade protection in a slim case...could it be true?
Your Galaxy S7 edge has a beautiful screen and body that requires protection from everyday wear. In the over-saturated market of phone cases it is sometimes difficult to decide which is best for you and your smartphone. If you're looking for something rugged yet slim, this might be your case.
Let's break things down in terms of style, features, and design.
The Slim Armor case has a two-piece design made up of an anti-stretch TPU sleeve and a polycarbonate outer shell. This gives your phone some protection against pressure (e.g. if you sit on it or lean against something while it's in your pocket) while giving you something to grip when it's in your hand. We found it fared well against in-hand slippage, but hand moisture and other conditions might change its gripping potential.
You can choose from five colors to best suit your style: Gunmetal, Champagne Gold, Metal Slate, Violet, and Shimmery White. Note that the TPU sleeve remains black in all versions except violet, in which the sleeve is a shade of violet to match the outer shell.
This case will allow your phone to charge wirelessly at full speed, great if you're sick of worrying about your phone being knocked off its charger while not in a case. As mentioned, its two-part design offers double protection against the elements. The outer shell features a kickstand that lets you horizontally prop up your phone on any relatively flat surface.
The beautiful S7 edge screen does not fare well when dropped on its corner while not in a case. Slim Armor has certified military-grade protection, complete with air cushions on the corners for extra drop protection. Expect it to handle corner drops. The TPU sleeve also acts as a shock absorber to protect your phone's brains from everyday use.
With a raised lip at the top and bottom of the case, your phone can be set screen-down without suffering any damage. Because there are no lips on the sides (to allow full use of the edge screen), dropping the phone on its side or on the edge of the screen could result in damage.
This case covers the side buttons but does not mess with their functionality. The bottom ports and speaker are left open and the entire face of the phone is uncovered. If you're looking for extra water protection this is not the case for you. It is, however, a relatively thin case that offers decent protection.
The Bottom Line
Easy to put on and easy to remove, this is a snug and sleek option as far as phone cases go. With the added functionality the kickstand provides, you can save some money by avoiding two purchases.
This case is a one-piece, flexible TPU sleeve that is easy to put on and easy to take off. As you might have already guessed, this case is completely clear. There is not a lot of grip when holding in your hand, although it is definitely better than having no case at all.
Spigen's Liquid Crystal case allows you to show off your phone's original style — note that clear TPU cases are known to yellow as they age.
You will no longer be forced to remove and replace your case when you wish to charge wirelessly. This case is thin enough to charge through so you won't have to worry as your phone sits unprotected on the charger.
This case is designed to be simple and thus does not have a built-in kickstand. Although, the back of the case is entirely flat, and will accept any third-party kickstands you choose. Spigen makes their own multipurpose accessory called a Style Ring that is compatible with this case.
With a raised lip around the camera cutout, Spigen's case offers protection for your lens when your phone is on its back. If you prefer setting your phone on its front, a raised bezel along the edges of the case keeps your screen away from any damaging surfaces.
This case does not feature air-cushion technology in its corners, so if you're particularly concerned about corner drops and resulting webbed cracks, you might want to opt for one with more protection.
The side buttons are covered by the case, but you will experience no change in functionality. The bottom ports and speaker are left open, as is the entirety of the S7's screen. This case is indeed thin and lightweight, perfect if you prefer a slim everyday carry.
The bottom line
Truly minimalistic and designed to show off your phone's original beauty, the Liquid Crystal case is a fine option for anyone avoiding bulk or extra features. If you'd like a case that moves your phone toward bulletproof, you will want to look elsewhere.
If you've got the time and resources, this is a fun weekend project.
The first Daydream-ready phone is still a couple of months away, as is the controller to use it, but Google wanted developers to be able to jump in right now and start testing their own apps. To make this happen, Google has included Daydream frameworks in the Android N Beta and offered up a handy guide for testing a simple app. Since we had a Nexus 6P on hand running the preview, it seemed like a good opportunity to see what this Daydream experience would be like.
Indian handset maker, Intex, today announced the launch of its latest smartphone, the Aqua Secure. The smartphone is first device from the vendor with a fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor on the Aqua Secure allows you to scan and authenticate, as well as supports features like clicking selfies, phone unlock, access to gallery, et al.
If you're okay with minimal protection and want maximum natural style, Spigen has a case for you!
Your Samsung Galaxy S7 is a beautiful phone and if you want to show it off without adding bulk, going with a slim case is your best bet. Spigen's Thin Fit case for the Galaxy S7 adds protection in the most important areas without adding much size to your phone.
The Thin Fit case is mostly rigid with just a small amount of flexibility, which makes it easy to snap on and off. It's designed with a minimalist's taste in mind, not adding much size or weight to the phone. This means it won't protect your phone quite as well as some other Spigen cases, but this is the tradeoff you accept when settling on the Thin Fit case. It is available in three colors: black, white, and mint.
As is the idea with most minimalist cases, there are no additional bells or whistles on this case. It was designed to allow your Galaxy S7 to wirelessly charge in compatible cradles and stands. Placing the phone on the charging pad doesn't require much effort or fine-tuning to activate the charging mode, which is a big advantage over some thicker cases which need to be positioned just right or else charging won't work.
This case was designed to show off as much of your phone as possible, which means all ports and buttons are accessible. The case leaves the top and bottom of your phone exposed, allowing access to the microphones, charger, headphones jack, and speaker. The only spot on the phone that has excess material is the slightly raised lip around the screen (0.8mm) and a raised window around the camera and health sensor (1.2mm) to give protection to the most vulnerable areas, should your phone ever get dropped.
The bottom line
If you're shopping for a minimalist case you've probably already come to terms with the fact you're going to have to sacrifice protection for style. If you're okay with this, then the Spigen Thin Fit case is a great option. It provides basic protection, thanks to its raised edges around your S7's screen, and the back cover will help with minor scratches and marks from keys, coins, and whatever else may be in your purse or wallet. To keep your phone looking stylish with minimal defence against falls and scrapes, Spigen's Thin Fit case for the S7 is a good option at a good price.
The fantastic fingerprint sensors in the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X have been a revelation when it comes to simplicity of unlocking your phone, keeping apps secure and authenticating payments, and it turns out a lot of Nexus users have jumped on board. Speaking at the 3rd Annual Google Security Update session at Google I/O 2016, Stephan Somogyi from Google dropped an interesting statistic on us — since the launch of the Nexus 6P and 5X, 90% of Nexus users have a secure lock screen on their phone.
Google has unveiled a new chip for Project Soli, which reduces the footprint of the chip and makes it more efficient. The technology is being demonstrated inside of a smartwatch. Since you don't have to actually touch the display more information is able to be shown on it.
Soli allows you to expand the interactions beyond just the watch. You'll be able to interact around the watch as well, which is split into two different zones. With this, you'll be able to navigate the elements of the watch by simply moving your hand closer to the watch. Rubbing your fingers together will let you change the time, move between messages and more.
Moving your hands closer or further from the watch will change the amount of information that is displayed, with more appearing as you get closer to the watch.
Beyond wearables, Google worked with JBL to show how Project Soli could work in the living room. You'll be able to control the speaker by moving your hand closer or further from the speaker. Virtual knobs can be used to turn it on, change the tracks, and waving at it will turn it off.
Development kits for Project Soli will be available in 2017. They will be low-power module designs, and allow you to bring Soli to your hardware and see what it can do.
Google has announced the first Project Jacquard item to come to life which is made in collaboration with Levi's. The Levi's Commuter Jacket will let bikers navigate their smartphones by simply using their sleeve as a touch sensor. It works by attaching a sensor to the jacket which will allow the smartphone app to communicate with the phone.
Your Galaxy S7 edge is worth around $1,000. You should probably protect it with a decent case.
We went hands-on with Spigen's Neo Hybrid for the Galaxy S7 edge to help give you determine whether this is the right case for you and your phone. We'll explore the Neo Hybrid's style, features, and design.
This case is for all you folks who don't really care about maintaining the original look of your S7 edge. It's made of black TPU with your choice of a Gunmetal, Champagne Gold, or Satin Silver plastic rim.
The best part of the Neo Hybrid is its texture. It's got matte-finish TPU, unlike its clear Spigen counterparts, so it doesn't feel like you're going launch it like a shotput if you whip it out of your pocket too quickly. The back is also textured with hundreds of teeny plus signs to prevent any slippage when you're hands are sweaty or greasy.
All three colors of the plastic outer rim look sharp against the black TPU, so you really can't go wrong. Pro tip: the Champagne Gold looks best on the gold S7 edge; Satin Silver looks best on the silver one; Gunmetal looks pretty good on either the silver or black S7 edge.
As mentioned, the back of the Neo Hybrid case is textured, which some might tend to overlook, but it really improves how secure your S7 edge feels in your hand.
The inside of the TPU shell is also textured into a wide, rounded grid pattern, which helps distribute the shock from a fall to the ground throughout the entire case.
The Neo Hybrid is really well-designed to protect, but not hinder, the uniqueness of the Galaxy S7 edge's build. The outer bezel come up just enough to secure the edge if the screen without hindering the edge functionality at all.
This is a two-piece case and, generally speaking, the outer plastic rim adds nothing to the overall feel; however, with the TPU's matte finish, it feels like the plastic rim fits better and holds tighter, making the phone feel sturdier all around.
The volume and power buttons are completely covered by the TPU shell, but the necessary ports and sensors are all left open, so your S7 edge can operate fully and unfettered.
The bottom line
This is a great case. It feels strong in your hand and won't be slipping out like glossy-finish cases. The body of your S7 edge will be completely protected from scratches and drops, while maintaining all of its functions without hindrance. You'll definitely want a screen protector as well for total protection.