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HTC U11 preview: Shiny and squeezy

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HTC's latest phone will try to convince you that squeezing is the next big thing in mobile. But beyond the quirky Edge Sense feature, the U11 dazzles with a shimmering metallic exterior and packs in all the power enthusiasts crave.

Unless you've already clawed your way to the top of the pile, standing out in the high-end smartphone market of 2017 is tough. These devices are commodities now, and making a phone — especially a high-end, high-priced phone — that's really different and better is more difficult than ever.

For an underdog like HTC, it's especially challenging. Last year the HTC 10 was praised for being a great all-rounder, but it didn't offer much besides the core formula of metal body + latest specs. Once upon a time, HTC had a near monopoly on high performance and great build quality in the Android space. The 10 served as a reminder of the extent to which the competition had caught up to, and in many cases, surpassed HTC.

There wasn't a great deal about the way the HTC 10 looked or what it did that was truly unique anymore. It did the same smartphone things as every other Android device, and it did them well, and that was about it. The foundations were solid, but relatively bare.

Forget the U Ultra and U Play — the is where the 'HTC U' brand story should have begun.

In its 20th anniversary year, HTC's new flagship is the U11, the name being a collision of old and new branding. Technically, it's the third member of the HTC U family, after the U Ultra and U Play — but honestly, forget those phones. The U11 is where the "U" brand story should have begun.

It's a phone with beautiful glass construction bathed in vibrant, shimmering colors — a leap beyond the relatively dull metal unibody of the HTC 10. On the inside, it has all the top-end specs and features you'd expect from a 2017 flagship, along with important improvements in HTC's own camera and audio tech.

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That's only part of it, though. What makes the U11 truly unique is Edge Sense, a feature built into the metal rim, which responds to a squeeze and which HTC is pushing hard with this phone's launch. And in a world where AI assistants increasingly compete for the same attention, HTC wants the U11 to serve as a hub, hosting Google Assistant, Amazon's Alexa, and more — in addition to its own Sense Companion app.

It's HTC's boldest flagship in years. Given that it's competing for shelf space and sales against the almighty Galaxy S8, it needed to be.

This past week we've spent a short time getting to know the HTC U11, and while it's made a good first impression, the jury's still out on a few of its core features.

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HTC U11 specs: Snapdragon 835, 5.5-inch QHD display, 12MP f/1.7 camera

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HTC's 2017 flagship boasts top-tier internals.

With the arrival of the HTC U11, the Taiwanese company kicks its new "U" brand into high gear, with a true 2017 flagship featuring suitably advanced internals. The short story: Snapdragon 835 — the first phone to use this chip across all regions — 4 or 6GB of RAM, 64 or 128GB of storage, 3,000mAh battery, new 12-megapixel UltraPixel 3 camera with upgraded HDR, and of course HTC's squeezy Edge Sense feature. Check out the longer version down below.

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HTC U11 is official: Snapdragon 835, UltraPixel 3 camera, Edge Sense squeeze input!

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HTC's 2017 flagship will be available unlocked in the U.S., and sold exclusively via launch carrier partner Sprint in the U.S.

HTC has hosted a special event in Taipei, Taiwan to officially unveil the new flagship phone for its 20th anniversary year: the HTC U11. The U11 follows in the footsteps of the U Ultra and U Play, released earlier in the year, with a refined version of that phone's "liquid glass" design — while introducing a pressure-sensitive, squeezable metal trim as part of the new Edge Sense feature.

It also boasts suitably high-end specs — the U11 is a 5.5-incher with a Quad HD SuperLCD 5 display, and it's powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 chip, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage in the U.S. and UK (some other regions will also carry a 6GB/128GB model). As is becoming increasingly standard for flagship phones, the HTC U11 is water and dust resistant, rated IP67. And the company has upgraded its 12-megapixel shooter — now dubbed an "UltraPixel 3" camera — with faster autofocus and an f/1.7 lens, and enhanced HDR capabilities thanks to the always-on HDR Boost feature.

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Squeeze to start the camera, take a photo, open Assistant or launch your favorite app.

Edge Sense is the big new hardware feature HTC is focusing on with this phone, turning the entire outer frame itself into a programmable shortcut area. Squeezing the phone — either with a short or long grip — can launch the camera, Google Assistant, or any other app. Many of HTC's own apps have Edge Sense capabilities built in, and an add-on app launching shortly after the U11 goes on sale will allow you to map certain features of third-party apps to a short or long squeeze too, without the developer needing to update it.

Speaking of Assistants, the U11 will launch with Google Assistant, and Amazon's Alexa will be made available via a Play Store software update in the weeks following release. HTC says it's working to bring more AI assistants to the phone, and that they'll be treated as equals, with the same access to wake-up voice commands and Edge Sense's capabilities. In China, Baidu's DuerOS will provide Assistant functionality relevant to that market on the HTC U11.

Like the HTC Bolt and U Ultra, the U11 also abandons the 3.5mm headphone jack, and instead comes bundled with a pair of HTC USonic USB-C earphones, which have now been upgraded to include active noise cancellation. And elsewhere, HTC's BoomSound Hi-Fi system has been enhanced to bring volume in line with the company's older front-facing BoomSound speakers, thanks to the entire body of the phone acting as a resonant chamber.

More: HTC U11 hands-on preview

The HTC U11 will go on sale later in May, starting in select markets next week. The unlocked HTC U11 will sell for $649 in the U.S., and it'll also be available on Sprint, the exclusive carrier launch partner. In the UK, it's £649 SIM-free from Amazon, Very.co.uk, Argos, and will also be available at Carphone Warehouse, EE and O2. More regional carrier announcements should start popping up in the days ahead.

For more on HTC's latest creation, you'll want to check out our hands-on preview!

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HTC Unveils New Flagship Smartphone Made for the Brilliant U: Meet the HTC U11

HTC U11 combines revolutionary new squeeze interaction with stunning liquid surface design, intelligent personal audio, amazing cameras, and multiple AI assistants for a smarter smartphone

TAIPEI – May 16, 2017 – You affectionately squeeze the hand of the one you love. A baby intuitively squeezes her mother's finger. A child squeezes his teddy bear to feel safe at night. Nothing feels as close, connected and personal as the sensation of touch or the warmth of an embrace. And no device is as personal in our lives as our smartphone. Inspired by the power of touch and the Brilliant U, HTC today unveiled HTC U11, the world's first smartphone with revolutionary new squeeze interaction. Made for "U" with design, materials, and experiences that reflect your inner drive, passion, creativity, and individuality, HTC U11 offers the most advanced features ever in a smartphone, including:

  • HTC Edge Sense, the next dimension in touch interaction with your phone.
  • Liquid Surface, a stunning, unique design that reflects you.
  • HTC USonic, our most advanced headset ever built for personal audio, now including Active Noise Cancellation.
  • Amazing cameras with the highest independent rating ever awarded to a smartphone camera1.
  • HTC Sense Companion, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa for a smarter, more helpful smartphone2.

All together, HTC U11 sets a new standard of what you can expect from a smartphone.

U touch

  • Few things are as natural and intuitive as the sense of touch. HTC Edge Sense transforms this fundamental sense into a completely new and revolutionary interaction with your phone. With a simple squeeze, HTC Edge Sense lets you easily engage with your phone in an unprecedented yet intuitive way, helping you more naturally enjoy the things you love like taking photos, opening Facebook, or launching any of your favorite apps.
  • For example, with HTC Edge Sense, launching your camera has never been easier. No more fumbling for buttons or awkward hand positions. No more worrying about dropping your phone while you pose. Just lift, squeeze, smile, and snap.
  • You can also send texts faster and easier than before. Texting can be impossible when you are on the move, but using HTC Edge Sense for Voice to Text, you can speak your text messages without having to slow down. Lightly squeeze, speak your message and send your texts on the go.
  • You can even customize the squeeze gesture: open email with just a squeeze. Or launch your favorite game (or any other app). Or pick any one of a host of options. Want even more touch control? HTC Edge Sense gives you the ability to activate advanced touch and use a "short squeeze" as well as a "squeeze and hold" for even more functionality at your fingertips.
  • And because Edge Sense is based on actual pressure applied to the side of the device, it can be used in nearly any condition – including while wearing gloves or in weather such as snow or rain that would normally be a challenge with capacitive buttons.

Reflects U

  • HTC U11's liquid glass surface is crafted to impress using Optical Spectrum Hybrid Deposition. By layering highly-refractive precious minerals across the phone's back cover, we've created vivid new colors that transforms light with every movement you make.
  • The new seamless, curved look of HTC U11 is achieved with 3D glass on both front and back. Heating and then bending the glass using extreme pressure results in unique, 3-axis symmetry for a phone that is slim no matter which way you hold it.
  • HTC U11 has a 5.5" Quad HD 3D glass screen designed for vivid, crisp images and text in any light – even direct sunlight. With our best display and true-to-life color reproduction, we provide you a purer full-framed viewing experience. Our display avoids the cropped pictures or distorted colors at the edge that are the results you can expect from a curved screen.
  • Plus, HTC U11 is water-resistant3, so no need to worry about splashes, spills, or dunks.

Tuned to U

  • HTC U11 introduces the latest version of HTC USonic, which now combines Active Noise Cancellation with the ability to tune audio to your unique hearing. By leveraging built-in microphones on the headset and USB-C data connectivity, USonic earbuds map your inner ear with an advanced sonar-like technology and then adapt the sound profile to your unique biology. This creates an incredibly personal and optimized listening experience with vibrant audio shaped specifically for you.
  • USonic now incorporates Active Noise Cancellation, which reduces disruptions and distractions around you, so you can stay focused on your music. Active Noise Cancellation continuously monitors environmental sound levels, and quickly adjusts to any new noises or disturbances. You're free to stay focused on your music, videos, or games
  • HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition speakers got an upgrade, too. We've improved the speaker design to deliver more loudness and better Dynamic Range Audio. On top, the tweeter now offers an acoustic chamber that allows the highs and mids to sound richer. While below, the woofer sports a new speaker and improved magnetic circuit design for louder, clearer and deeper bass tones. You really have to hear it to believe the power of BoomSound.
  • We didn't forget to upgrade the microphones, either, using four optimally positioned omnidirectional microphones together with our new Acoustic Focus technology, HTC brings you our best 3D audio recording quality yet. HTC U11's microphones work together to record audio from all directions, and when shooting video with Acoustic Focus, you can visually zoom in to target your subject and amplify their specific sounds.
  • Out of the box, we will also ship an HTC USB-C to 3.5mm adapter with a built-in DAC that offers great audio performance and wide compatibility with all other devices and earphones.

Pictures that move U

  • HTC U11 has achieved the highest ever rating for a smartphone camera for both photo and video by independent metric DxOMark4. Our multi-axis optical stabilization system and super-fast autofocus in all lighting conditions make the camera quick, your pictures sharp, and videos smooth. We improved our camera and video for a more dynamic exposure range with HDR Boost without the lag, new white balance enhancement, a major reduction in noise, and excellent detail preservation.
  • HTC U11 introduces Auto HDR Boost to give you all the benefits of HDR without the lag. HDR Boost offers clearer, more balanced pictures by taking multiple shots that measure the darkest shadows and brightest highlights without any slowdown. HTC U11 enhances textures and colors, increases visible detail and brings out the best in every shot. When shooting video, Temporal Noise Reduction automatically uses information from the previous and next frames to remove unwanted noise and deliver the clearest video.
  • Great news for serious photographers: HTC U11 incorporates the new UltraSpeed AutoFocus with same full sensor auto-focus technology that's found in top DSLR cameras, so you can enjoy significantly faster focus speeds, with snappy and delightful performance. In addition, HTC U11's exceptional optical and electronic stabilization system will keep your photos and video steady and crisp even when your hand is shaking.
  • The new front camera now combines high-resolution 16MP detail and our UltraPixel light sensitivity for brilliant selfies day or night. It also utilizes the same powerful HDR Boost and noise reduction as the main camera.

The smarter digital companion for U

  • Three brains are better than one, so inside HTC U11 you can find three intelligent companions devoted to you: HTC Sense Companion, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa2. In mainland China, HTC U11 also offers Baidu DuerOS.
  • We've made HTC Sense Companion smarter than ever: it will get to know you and your daily patterns over time in order to offer you more convenience every day. For example, HTC Sense Companion is smart enough to notice if you have any late appointments that day and will remind you to recharge while you have time or bring a power bank. It will make sure your phone is running at its optimum speed by suggesting to clear junk files and unused apps for more free space. It will let you know if you need to dress for inclement weather conditions, track your fitness progress relative to your goals, recommend great nearby restaurants at mealtime, and much more5.
  • HTC U11 runs the latest version of Android, so it also includes Google Assistant, the helpful personal assistant powered by Google se arch and services for finding directions, getting answers, managing your tasks, planning your day, and entertainment.
  • HTC U11 is also the first smartphone on the market to feature hands-free wake word access to Amazon Alexa. By simply asking questions such as "Alexa, what's the weather today?" or saying things like, "Alexa, turn on my living room lights," Alexa will respond to your needs anywhere you go, making it easy to control smart home products, ask for news, weather, music, and the 12,000-plus skills in the Alexa skills store. The Alexa voice service is currently available to customers in the United States, U.K., and Germany.
  • And in mainland China, HTC and Baidu DuerOS have built a strategic partnership to create a voice-based virtual assistant with speech recognition and voice interaction to satisfy Chinese users' needs, which can better understand Chinese people and help them find what they want.

Powerful U

  • HTC U11 is the first smartphone to be commercially released worldwide that is exclusively powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform. So no matter what region of the world you live in, you get an octa-core processor with breakthrough speeds, jaw-dropping graphics, impressively smooth performance and outstanding battery life. Every HTC U11 also includes UFS 2.1 for an extremely fast processor paired with the fastest memory performance. Experience Gigabit Class LTE (up to 1Gbps) with the integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, which is designed to deliver fiber optic speeds on the go for lightning-fast music and video downloads and to get almost instant access to the web, social media sites or your content in the cloud. You get 25% faster graphics than the HTC 10, with 35% or 3 hours more video playback, 30% or 8 hours more music playback and 43% or 3.5 hours longer web browsing time via a LTE network6.
  • A blazing fast processor with amazing camera and incredible HTC USonic sound means you'll want a lot of storage for apps, games, photos, music, and entertainment: HTC U11 offers 4GB RAM/64GB storage and 6GB RAM/128GB storage options, so fun on your phone is always available.
  • HTC U11 also offers a fingerprint reader for enhanced privacy and security. Requiring just a few minutes to set up, the fingerprint reader will unlock your phone with the press of your finger – making it faster and easier to jot the note, capture the photo, or do anything you want with your phone on a moment's notice.

The HTC U11, available in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red, and will be available worldwide from May 2017 onward. Please see htc.com for detailed specifications and more information.

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Why Motorola bringing Lenovo's laptop strategy to smartphones is not the right move

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New models in the C, E, G, X, and Z series will confound potential customers.

Motorola has a clearly-defined strategy for its smartphones: the Moto E series is aimed at the entry-level segment, the Moto G lineup is catered to the budget category, and the Moto X and Z phones traditionally serve the mid-range and high-end segments. However, a recent leak suggests that the company is getting ready to significantly expand its smartphone lineup in 2017.

The list includes the mid-range Moto Z2 Play and high-end Z2 Force with Moto Mods support, a mid-range Moto X with a Full HD display and so-called SmartCam, new entrants in the Moto E series, and the introduction of an "Ultimate Essentials" Moto C series that starts at €89.

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The Nokia 3310 is coming back to India on May 18 for ₹3,310

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The Nokia 3310 will go up for sale in India from later this week.

The Nokia 3310 is one of the most anticipated devices in India in 2017, and we now know when the phone will go on sale. HMD Global has announced that the Nokia 3310 will be heading to retail stores across the country starting May 18, with a retail price of ₹3,310.

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Moto G5 Plus vs. Honor 6X: The ultimate budget battle

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Just because the big-name phones get all the attention, that shouldn't preclude excellent devices like the Moto G5 Plus and Honor 6X from getting their fair shake. At under $300 each, both phones certainly have trade-offs compared to their more expensive counterparts, but each manages to bring a certain something, from fantastic performance and software to superb battery life and great camera optics, to make them worth your time.

At least that's what Jacklyn says in her latest video, finding it hard to choose a winner.

Which phone would get your money? Leave a comment below with your favorite, and while you're at it, go subscribe to AC's YouTube channel if you haven't already!

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Best Phone For Gamers

Update May 2017: The Samsung Galaxy S8 has surpassed the Galaxy S7 as the best phone for gamers — but the GS7 is still remains a great option! Moto Z Play is still the best for battery life, and the HTC 10 still has the best touch responsiveness.

Best overall

Samsung Galaxy S8

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It should come as little surprise that the Samsung Galaxy S7 has been dethroned as the best phone for gamers by its follow up, the Galaxy S8. Whether you go with the Galaxy S8 or the slightly larger S8+, you'll be getting an outstanding device that can handle pretty much any game you throw at it.

It features a brilliant AMOLED display capable of scaling up to QHD+ resolution — that's 2960 x 1440. Depending on your region, the Galaxy S8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895 processor with a beefy 3,000 mAh battery tucked into the phone's thin frame. It combines beautiful design with raw processing power to create a phone that delivers all the gaming action you can handle with nary a hiccup in gameplay.

On top of just being a fantastic phone with top-tier specs and a brilliant display, Samsung has done a great job of revamping the Game Tools first introduced on the S7. If you're serious about mobile gaming and can afford the upgrade, the Galaxy S8 or S8+ is a quality investment to make.

Bottom line: Samsung has done a better job integrating Game Tools features with the Galaxy S8. On top of that, it's easily the best phone you can buy right now.

One more thing: Make sure to turn on the setting that stretches the game to fill the Galaxy S8's unique aspect ratio.

Why the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best

The best just keeps getting better.

What else can we say? Samsung has gone in and improved nearly every aspect of the things that made the Galaxy S7 the best phone for gamers in 2016, making the Galaxy S8 and easy pick in 2017. The Samsung Galaxy S8 has all physical components needed to handle the most resource-hogging games in the Google Play Store.

Both Game Launcher and Game Tools are back and better than ever, with Samsung making strides to improve their integration into the overall experience of the phone. Game Tools especially, which has been built into the navigation bar and appears any time you load up a game. It includes the same features for turning off distracting notifications while also including important new features for addressing the curved edges of the screen and temporarily turning off the "invisible" home button so you don't accidentally press it during gameplay. If you're the type that likes to stream as you game, you'll love the built-in screen recorder tools which let you record at 720p and use the front-facing camera to record your reactions as you play.

Simply put, the Galaxy S8 is packed with all the specs and features you need for the gaming performance you desire.

Best value

Samsung Galaxy S7

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Samsung's 2016 flagship is still a great phone to pick up in 2017, and you'll be able to get one at a discounted price with the Galaxy S8 now available.

Featuring a brilliant 5.1-inch AMOLED display powered by a Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of RAM, the S7 will have your games looking great and running smooth as butter no matter how much of a resource hog they happen to be. With 64GB of on-board storage and a dedicated microSD slot you should easily be able to load up all your favorite games. Not only will current games run will on this phone, but Samsung's decision to jump ahead of Google in supporting Vulkan APIs for higher quality gameplay meant the S7 was among the first to usher in a new wave of graphically superior mobile games.

On top of all the standard features that make the S7 an outstanding device, Samsung's software includes built-in features that make gaming both fun and social. If you're a serious gamer, you'll definitely want to dive into the advanced settings and turn on the Game Launcher and Game Tools. They help to optimize the phone for gaming so you never feel bogged down or distracted from your game, and let you share that game with others through live streaming.

Bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy S7 was seemingly designed to be a gamer's best friend, from the top-tier hardware to its convenient software tools for gaming.

One more thing: There are deals to be had for the Galaxy S7 as carriers and electronics stores look to clear out last year's flagship.

Best for battery life

Moto Z Play

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We've all dealt with the battery drain of extended gaming sessions when you're gaming on the go. There's nothing worse than getting all caught up in the heat of the action, only to have a low battery warning ruin things. If you suffer from battery anxiety when gaming off charger, the Moto Z Play is the perfect device to alleviate that stress.

The latest in Motorola's modular lineup, the Moto Z Play comes with a massive 3,510 mAh battery that's optimized by a more efficient processor and a lower-resolution display. Granted this your display won't get quite as bright as other displays, but the color calibration and viewing angles remain great. You'll definitely enjoy the outstanding extended battery life you'll get in exchange. When it's time to top up, you'll be able to give your phone up to 9 hours of charge in just 15 minutes with Motorola's TurboPower wall charger.

Still not enough power? Take advantage of the Moto Z Play's modular design and slap on the Incipio offGRID Power Pack and add an extra 2,260 mAh battery to your phone, along with charging efficiency and the added ability to wirelessly charge both the pack and your phone.

All this battery life business would be pointless if the Moto Z Play was a pain to use, but fortunately that's not the case. As AC's Daniel Bader wrote in his Moto Z Play review, if you're a fan of the Motorola's past offerings — including their handy gesture and voice controls — you'll be happy to know they're all present in the Moto Z Play.

Bottom line: Starting at just over $400, the Moto Z Play is the perfect companion for the mobile gamer with battery anxiety.

One more thing: Other awesome Moto Mods available for the Moto Z Play include a JBL Soundboost speaker, Hassleblad True Zoom camera mod and the Moto InstaShare Projector.

Best for touch responsiveness

HTC 10

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Serious gamers know that input lag is simply unacceptable. Any amount of lag can have a devastating effect whether it's a coming down to a photo finish, or a frantic deathmatch shootout. While traditional gaming allows for full controller customization (whether we're talking keyboard and mouse or controller), mobile gaming on a touch screen ultimately relies on the touch responsiveness of the sensors on the phone.

In that regard, there's no better phone than the HTC 10. With its 2016 flagship, HTC boasts the 10 has the lowest touch latency of any smartphone on the market — iPhones included. While that's not typically a frequently touted spec, it does make a difference for gaming.

Beyond touch responsiveness, as mentioned in our official review the HTC 10 is a fairly impressive phone that features outstanding high-definition audio output, a capable 12 megapixel camera, and fast performance thanks to the Quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB RAM. It's all wrapped up in an aluminum unibody design with a curved back that's ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hand.

Bottom line: Never blame your poor performances on lag again with the super responsive HTC 10.

One more thing: The beautifully designed HTC 10 is available in three stylish colours: Carbon Gray, Glacier Silver, and Topaz Gold.

Conclusion

For the best Android gaming experience, look no further than the Galaxy S8. It's got all the top-end specs you need to any game in the Google Play Store at the highest settings, and that's not going to change anytime soon. If battery life is your biggest concern, the Moto Z Play is your best bet, especially with an optional Moto Mod to expand that battery life further. If you think lag is a real drag, the HTC 10's touch responsiveness is what you want.

Best overall

Samsung Galaxy S8

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It should come as little surprise that the Samsung Galaxy S7 has been dethroned as the best phone for gamers by its follow up, the Galaxy S8. Whether you go with the Galaxy S8 or the slightly larger S8+, you'll be getting an outstanding device that can handle pretty much any game you throw at it.

It features a brilliant AMOLED display capable of scaling up to QHD+ resolution — that's 2960 x 1440. Depending on your region, the Galaxy S8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895 processor with a beefy 3,000 mAh battery tucked into the phone's thin frame. It combines beautiful design with raw processing power to create a phone that delivers all the gaming action you can handle with nary a hiccup in gameplay.

On top of just being a fantastic phone with top-tier specs and a brilliant display, Samsung has done a great job of revamping the Game Tools first introduced on the S7. If you're serious about mobile gaming and can afford the upgrade, the Galaxy S8 or S8+ is a quality investment to make.

Bottom line: Samsung has done a better job integrating Game Tools features with the Galaxy S8. On top of that, it's easily the best phone you can buy right now.

One more thing: Make sure to turn on the setting that stretches the game to fill the Galaxy S8's unique aspect ratio.

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1 week ago

Best Bands for the Samsung Gear Fit 2

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Update the look of your Gear Fit 2 with these stylish band options!

Update May 2017: Added some handy clasps for those who are happy with the stock bands but want a bit of added wrist security.

The Samsung Gear Fit 2 is a pretty good fitness band that includes a feature typically found on smartwatches: the ability to swap out the 22mm bands for other colors or styles.

If you prefer to wear yours 24/7, having a couple extra bands can help you accessorize your Gear Fit 2, whether you're attending a formal affair or just like to spice things up with a fresh splash of color. There's a number of great, affordable options out there, so let's dive in!

MoKo Soft Silicone Replacement Sports Bands

MoKo offers a wide range of color options of their silicone straps for the Gear Fit 2. Each strap is adjustable to fit small or large wrists (4.96" - 8.38") via the same style of metal plug used on the strap that came with the Gear Fit 2. Bands can be swapped in and out quickly with the one-button quick release for locking the watch band, making it convenient to have a fresh strap to swap out after a sweaty workout. With a price of only $10 compared to Samsung's stock replacement for the black, you can economically afford to get a couple of these in your favorite colors, then keep them in a bit of a rotation so your wrist always feeling fresh and looking fine.

See styles at Amazon

Moretek Fit 2 Wrist Straps

Moretek offers two different style of wrist bands for the Gear Fit 2: a more traditional strap available in 12 different color and pattern options and a rugged strap (pictured) that offers impact protection for your tracker's watch face. Everything is made of a skin-friendly silicone material and held on your wrist with a traditional watch strap buckle. The rugged bands are definitely going to add some bulk to your wrist, but whether you're playing a high-impact sport or simply prone to banging it against doorways, that extra protection might save you from incidental damage.

See styles at Amazon

V-Moro Metal Replacement bands

If you're after a metal strap option for a more stylish look, V-Moro has you covered with two distinct styles — a classic metal link band and a Milanese loop band featuring a magnetic clasp. Both styles are available in silver or black, with the Milanese band (pictured) sold in small and large sizes, so choose accordingly.

The metal band includes a tool for adding and removing links for adjusting sizes. Both are great for incorporating your Gear Fit 2 as an accessory in a professional wardrobe. V-Moro also offers a medium-sized silicone strap on the same Amazon listing. In stark contrast to the stylish metal offerings, these are extremely utilitarian and offer that "classic" fitness tracker look, with five colorful options to choose for.

See styles at Amazon

MDW Security Clasps

Not digging the band recommendations above? We get it. Frankly, it's quite alright to love the band that came with your Gear Fit 2. However, there have been reports of bands coming unclasped or otherwise falling off people's wrists. Maybe this has happened to you!

Allow us to share this recommendation from the comments. You can get a 7-pack of these colorful security clasps that fit over the band and ensures your band never pops off. They should offer the extra protection from your Fit 2 falling off your wrist while also letting you add a splash of color.

See at Amazon

How do you accessorize your Gear Fit 2?

Are you a band swapper? What's your favorite style for your Gear Fit 2? Let us know in the comments!

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1 week ago

Amazon is dangerously close to being the new king of messaging

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With Alexa gaining the ability to make voice calls and Echo Show bolstering the living room, Amazon moves a step closer to messaging ubiquity.

It was about three or four years ago when my wife and I decided to finally get rid of our landline. We weren't really using it anymore — it was mostly an emergency backup, and a great way for solicitors to bug us. (That it occasionally made phantom 911 calls in the middle of the night was another impetus.)

This presented a problem, though. Our kids ride the bus home, and family members pick them up there. But what happens if for some reason nobody shows up at my house? The kids need a way to call their parents so they're not stuck home alone.

I had a brief flirtation with Google Hangouts for this. But it was clunky at best, and now is a nonstarter, since Hangouts is dying. And so this is how our eldest daughter got "her" first phone way earlier than I would have liked.

This is also why I'm ridiculously excited about Amazon's recent announcements. Let's start with the more important of the two.

Preorder Echo Show

But first ... a word on your contacts

When you first set up Alexa calling you have to give the app access to your contacts. Don't do that without some hesitation. You're giving Amazon the ability to see every person in your contact list. Same goes for anyone who has you in their contact list.

That in and of itself isn't evil, but it's poor implementation. I have at least one person in my Alexa contacts now who I had to look up. They'd emailed me for an Android Central thing back in 2012. And now I have their phone number and the ability to call their Amazon devices wherever they may be? That's ridiculous.

Amazon must (and I'm sure will) add granular controls as to who is allowed to contact you through Alexa calling. And it needs to do it ASAP.

Alexa calling

Alexa calling changes everything

If you have young kids or aging parents, Alexa calling and an Echo Dot is a no-brainer.

What I really needed was a way for my kids to be able to call their parents without needing a phone. The new calling (and messaging) feature in the Alexa app makes this a reality.

Alexa messagingSetup was super simple. You'll need the Alexa app, (available for Android and on iOS — and of course on Amazon's Fire tablets) and you'll need to give it access to your contacts. Once you do that it'll match the peeps in your phone with the peeps who own an Echo or have the Alexa app installed. (There's a pitfall here, but we'll get to that in a second.)

And that's it. Once that's done you can call anyone in your Alexa contacts. And when you do so it'll ring their mobile devices and any Echo devices. If you don't want to have a live call, you can just leave a voice message, or send a basic text message through the Alexa app.

Don't mistake these for regular phone calls and SMS messages — they're not. But that matters less and less these days. So long as the meaning gets through, who cares what the mechanism is?

And my kids aren't the only ones who are going to take advantage of this. My grandparents are 90 and still ridiculously awesome. (One's on an iPhone, and the other on Android. Along the same lines as my wife and I, now that I think about it.) But smartphones at 90 aren't necessarily as easy as smartphones at 40. Simpler is better, especially if an emergency happens. And is there really anything more simple than a $50 Echo Dot that can call me in mere seconds?

For young kids and aging relatives, this is a game-changer.

Amazon Echo Show

Echo Show — we'll see ... and it will, too

The other major announcement from Amazon was Echo Show — an Echo with a touchscreen and a camera. That's a big deal, too, for a few reasons.

All this connected stuff at home is great. But we've yet to see a proper visual hub that could finally tie it all together. Sure, there are DIY smart mirrors, and Apple TV and Android TV have the potential to serve as display hubs. But none of that has really happened yet.

A home hub display and cross-platform video calls will be a BIG deal for a lot of people.

And none of them has the Skills that Alexa has. That is, Alexa is the endpoint for thousands and thousands of APIs for so many services. A visual hub makes so much sense here.

It's also a big deal for video calls. While Apple's FaceTime has always been excellent for this, it's limited to someone having an Apple device nearby. Same for any other video chat service. Mobile devices are, by definition, mobile. But video calls on a home hub mean it's always there, and always available, for everyone.

I'm less bullish on the "Drop-in" calls — wherein someone — after you've granted them access — can literally drop in on you with a video call, basically saving them the trouble of accepting the call themselves. (They'll still have the option to reject it, though.) But I'll just have to wait and see how well that actually works.

And Echo Show will do more traditional things like watch videos and play music and order things from Amazon. And surely that's just the beginning.

While having a camera in the living room isn't a novelty anymore, I get that folks will still be hesitant to let Amazon (or any other company traditionally outside of the security space) have a look at what's going on so easily. But I also think the ease of communication will trump that fear.

An imperfect, huge head start

Messaging through Amazon Alexa is a big deal. But it's far from perfect and definitely has room to improve. A few thoughts off the top of my head:

  • Again, the contacts thing is ridiculous. That never should have happened.
  • So technically my kids are calling my through my own account, but whatever. It just works.
  • But having more than one person in the home is a little clunky, even with the Amazon Household stuff. You have to tell Alexa to change accounts. Google has that beat with voice recognition for multiple accounts on Google Home.
  • (That also means anyone who has access to an Echo device can listen to your messages. So keep things SFW, folks. Or not.)
  • Know what else I want? Some sort of web or (even better) native computer support for when I'm sitting here working.
  • The Alexa app is still not great, if you're looking to actually use it as a messaging app. In fact, it's bad for that.
  • And Amazon needs to give more assurances that your messages are secure.

The simple fact of the matter, though, is this: While Apple beat everyone to the mobile assistant game with Siri, and Google Assistant is very good and growing all the time, neither has reach ubiquitous status, leaving Amazon to fill in the large gaps left by anything that's not traditionally mobile.

Google Home has helped with that, but there's no denying Echo has a huge lead. Microsoft is even farther behind with its Cortana speaker, and anything similar from Apple is still in the rumor status. Will Echo Show extend Amazon's head start? There's almost no way it can't at this point.

For now, it's still Amazon's game to lose. And with Alexa calling and soon with Echo Show, it's making nothing but winning moves.

See the entire Echo family at Amazon

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1 week ago

Google Assistant may be coming to iOS quite soon

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Google Assistant may soon be available on iOS devices.

Google is still working to get its AI Assistant on every Android device you own, but if rumors are true, it will soon be launching a standalone app for iOS.

As reported by Android Police, Google may announce a new Google Assistant app for iOS in the next few days. While this is but a rumor at this point, the timing is pretty perfect what with Google I/O kicking off later this week and the early release of the Google Assistant SDK they unveiled in late April.

Technically, Google Assistant is already available for iOS, albeit as the very limited chat-based version baked into Google Allo. You're able to use Google Assistant within the app to find restaurants and quickly look up answers to questions while you're chatting with your friends, but let's be real here — it's a far cry from the full Google Assistant experience found on Android and stashed in an app that most iOS users don't use. Then there's Siri, of course, which is built into iOS the same way Google is including its own Assistant in Android Marshmallow and Nougat.

We'll have to wait and see if this rumor has legs, but we likely won't have to wait very long with Google I/O kicking off Wednesday.

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1 week ago

Moto C and C Plus bring Motorola simplicity to under-€120 crowd

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New phones for growing markets.

Motorola has announced two new budget phones for Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, the Moto C and Moto C Plus.

While both phones share design similarities with the Moto Gs announced earlier in the year, they expense with the metal pleasantries in order to keep the corners down. Instead, they focus on software experience and battery life.

The Moto C offers a "micro-textured back cover", 5-inch 854x480 pixel display, a quad-core MediaTek processor and optional LTE capabilities, along with a 2350mAh removable battery and a 5MP rear camera (fixed focus for the 3G version and autofocus for the LTE model). The 3G version ships for €89 for 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, while the LTE model offers the same memory configuration for €99. The phone is also available in a number of colors, including Metallic Cherry, Pearl White, Fine Gold or Starry Black.

The Moto C Plus has a 5-inch 720p display, a slightly faster MediaTek processor, 16GB of storage and 1GB or 2GB of RAM depending on the market, along with a massive 4,000mAh battery and an upgraded 8MP rear camera. It starts at €119. Both models have 2MP front-facing cameras.

These aren't particularly exciting phones to anyone used to massive spec sheets in North America or Western Europe, but devices like the Moto C are integral to Motorola's growth in developing markets like India and parts of Latin America where the brand is extremely strong.

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1 week ago

Put your Galaxy S8 or S8+ in a Vena case for as little as $2 right now

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great set of deals on Vena Galaxy S8 and S8+ cases!

Cases can be a necessary evil, especially on new phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The phone itself is so beautifully designed, but that design always makes it quite fragile (just ask our buddy Matt Brown). If a case isn't something you really want or will be using often, odds are you don't want to pay a lot for it. The folks at Vena understand this, and we've partnered with the company to offer some of its great cases for as little as $2 with free standard shipping.

In order for the coupons to work, you'll need to pick the non-Prime listing when adding it to your cart. Be sure to copy the correct coupon code for the case that you are looking at.

Galaxy S8

Galaxy S8 Plus

These deals won't stick around long, so be sure to grab one for yourself now, before they are all gone!

For more great deals be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now!

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1 week ago

Best Reddit app for Android

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Updated May, 2017: Relay replaced BaconReader as the Best Reddit app for Android.

Best overall

Relay

Download on Google Play ($2.99)

Relay is the most beautiful of the Reddit apps and also one of the best explained. If you're new to Reddit or looking for an easy-to-navigate app, Relay has got your back with a simple layout and explainer tips the first time you use the app.

While many Reddit apps have implemented Material Design, none have done it quite as boldly or as well as Relay. It is also one of the few apps to offer themes beyond the simple light and dark, offering pink and blue as well. GIFs may not autoplay, but the image pop-ups that appear when you tap a thumbnail beat the heck out of the image loading in a new window or in a browser, and the material transitions out of these previews are gorgeous.

Bottom-line: Colorful, highly customizable, and material to a T, Relay is a Reddit app that's it's hard to go wrong with, especially for newer Redditors and lovers of long threads.

One more thing: Relay's great for longer posts with lots of threads, like popular AMAs, because you can use navigation controls in the floating action button to skip between one thread and the next.

Why Relay is the best

Relay is a Reddit app with a design that stands out, which is saying something considering how diverse Reddit apps can look, and it's a design that works well. From the handy clear button above the home button that clear posts you've already read to the floating navigation button in a Reddit post that allows you to easily skip from one thread to the next within popular or polluted Reddit posts like AMAs, Relay's UI is consistent and consistently productive.

Relay's themes are a good middle ground between those that only offer light/dark and those that let you pick all your own colors, with three light themes and two dark themes, and no matter what theme you pick, the app is easy to read, navigate, and act upon.

There are a lot of Reddit apps out there, and whether I'm going to be on it for two minutes or two hours, Relay keeps the front page of the internet readable, interesting, and fresh. It's the app that has outlasted all the others on my device, and I think it'll earn its spot on yours, too.

Best for beginners

Reddit: The Official App

Download on Google Play (free)

Reddit didn't have an official app for a long time, but now it's here and it's awesome. It's a clean and refreshingly simple app, great for users that don't want to hassle with a bunch of settings.

That simplicity can also be a problem. You can't resize the text which is a shame because it's a bit on the small side. The app's dark theme and card views are just okay, but it can auto-play GIFs and videos in card view, which is amazing for GIF-centric subreddits.

Bottom-line: It's the official app, and it's off to a great start, though it's a little simple. If you've already got your subreddit subscriptions where you want and browse a lot of GIFs, this is the app for you.

One more thing: Because of the concise feature set right now, the settings for Reddit: The Official App are wonderfully simple and easy to navigate.

Best Classic Reddit app

BaconReader

Download on Google Play ($1.99)

BaconReader has been around for a long, long time and users have enjoyed using it for just as long. It is one of the most-downloaded and most-reviewed Reddit apps on Google Play, and it got there by wooing users with slick features and maintaining them with stellar service and support.

BaconReader is carefully and pristinely laid out, making it easy to quickly browse and find something new and interesting to read, without stumbling around or leaving anything out. If BaconReader's beautiful design and feel seem familiar, their developer OneLouder is also the design of 1Weather, one of our favorite weather apps.

Bottom-line: BaconReader has robust features, support, and loyalty among its users. And while you can use it for free, it's more than worth upgrading to premium.

One more thing: If you ever need any help, BaconReader's subreddit is quite active and the developers are quick to answer most questions.

Best for Purists

reddit is fun

Download on Google Play ($1.99)

I said it two years ago and it still holds true: reddit is fun looks most like the Reddit site, which can be a good or a bad thing depending on your tastes. reddit is fun has a card view, and it also has three experimental beta themes if you're bored of the traditional views. Switching views isn't a simple toggle the way other apps do it, but at least you have more options when picking a theme and layout.

reddit is fun is great for users who need to watch their data usage or are using a slower device, allowing you to skip downloading thumbnails when off Wi-Fi. While most apps can't load user flair, reddit is fun can display what the flair would be if you were on desktop, for instance: usernamehere pikachu on r/Pokemongo.

Bottom-line: It's a traditional take on a Reddit app, but reddit is fun is more than willing to experiment in order to keep users happy and give them an old school Reddit feel on Android.

One more thing: You can unsubscribe from a subreddit from the navigation page rather than having to go a separate page or menu, nice for cleaning up your subreddit list while you browse.

Conclusion

There are so many great Reddit apps on Android. Even as the service has matured and gone mainstream, there is still a wealth of independent app development because Reddit is such a different service depending on how you use it. Relay is the best of the bunch because it looks great, is easy to use, and has a wealth of features. But the official Reddit app is great, too, especially for newcomers to the service. You can't go wrong with any of our picks.

Best overall

Relay

Download on Google Play ($2.99)

Relay is the most beautiful of the Reddit apps and also one of the best explained. If you're new to Reddit or looking for an easy-to-navigate app, Relay has got your back with a simple layout and explainer tips the first time you use the app.

While many Reddit apps have implemented Material Design, none have done it quite as boldly or as well as Relay. It is also one of the few apps to offer themes beyond the simple light and dark, offering pink and blue as well. GIFs may not autoplay, but the image pop-ups that appear when you tap a thumbnail beat the heck out of the image loading in a new window or in a browser, and the material transitions out of these previews are gorgeous.

Bottom-line: Colorful, highly customizable, and material to a T, Relay is a Reddit app that's it's hard to go wrong with, especially for newer Redditors and lovers of long threads.

One more thing: Relay's great for longer posts with lots of threads, like popular AMAs, because you can use navigation controls in the floating action button to skip between one thread and the next.

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Google wants your next car to have Google Assistant built in

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Your next car could come with Android Auto and Google Assistant pre-installed.

Android is the world's most popular mobile operating system, powering devices we use every day such as our smartphones, TV set-top boxes, and wearables. You may even use Android in your car via Android Auto. Google is continuing its work to make our cars smarter via Android, announcing new partnerships with automakers in its latest blog to get Android Auto and Google Assistant built right into the infotainment console of cars coming off the lot.

Android Auto has been around for nearly three years and is already available in a variety of car makes and models, as well as aftermarket stereos. Furthermore, at last year's Google I/O, the company announced a native Android Auto app for smartphones, which opened up access to the millions of Android users around the world who now only need a cheap car mount for their phone to enjoy Android Auto in any car (even if yours is still rocking a tape deck). Despite all that, Android Auto may still feel like a work in progress to some and an unnecessary luxury feature to others.

Google wants to change that perception, so at this year's developer conference, Google will be unveiling the next phase of Android Auto's development, which includes partnerships with car companies such as Audi and Volvo who will be including Android Auto and Google Assistant integration in their new lineup of cars — bringing us that much closer to making Knight Rider a reality.

Google will discuss these new Android Auto innovations at an informational session Wednesday at Google I/O and will also have some live demonstrations available on site. According to Bloomberg Technology, Google will demo the updated OS running on the Audi Q8 and Volvo V90 SUVs. You can learn all about the latest Android Auto developments at the informational session Wednesday afternoon which will also be livestreamed for those not in attendance.

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2017 Father's Day Gift Guide

Dads and tech: It's a cliché. But it's also true! Who wants a tie when there's a new Sonos speaker, or a book when there's a Galaxy Tab S3 on sale? This year, be the best kind of cliché and get dad a gift he'll want.

Samsung Galaxy S8

If Dad needs the best of everything, look no further. The Galaxy S8 is the best phone you can buy right now, both because it's beautiful, fast, and has one of the best cameras on the market. Samsung did a lot to improve its flagship phone this year, including outfitting it with a huge Infinity Display and adding ultra-fast iris scanning abilities. The future is here.

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Nest Learning Thermostat

What do you mean dad can't control the thermostat from the couch — at home or at the cottage? Nest's Learning Thermostat is easy to set up and incredibly useful, connecting to the internet so dad can turn on the AC from anywhere. The Android app works really well with all of Nest's other products, too, and it's always being updated with new features.

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Sony RX100 V

Dad's phone may take great photos (especially if it's a Galaxy S8), but nothing compares to the versatility of a great point-and-shoot. The Sony RX100 V is a DSLR in the shell of a compact camera. Featuring a 20MP sensor and some of the fastest autofocus on the market, the RX100 V takes beautiful shots in any situation, and the 24-70mm lens means you don't have to be right in front of the subject to capture it.

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Your dad's new Galaxy S8 needs some accessories, including a great case and a way to charge it without wires. We've got all the best accessories for his new phone, including this amazing convertible wireless charger, which cushions your phone in a horizontal or vertical position.

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UE Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker

Ultimate Ears' Wonderboom takes everything we love from UE's more expensive Boom and Megaboom speakers and shrinks it down into a little floating cube that stays waterproof while sounding great. It's seriously one of our favorite things, and it will be a perfect gift for dad.

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Sonos Play:1

Sonos is the ultimate music gift. If your dad loves music, the Sonos Play:1 is the gift to get. Pair a couple of them for whole-room sound, or a bunch of them to get the entire house jumping. The good news is that Sonos knows dad wants one, since you may be able to find it on sale right now.

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Google Home

For a Google/Android fan, Google Home is a no-brainer. It's got all the makings of Alexa, in the proper ecosystem, with the full force of Google behind it. It plays music, answer questions, and makes restaurant reservations. It's like a new best friend.

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Samsung Tab S3

There's really only one good Android tablet, and it's made by Samsung. Thankfully, the Tab S3 is really good, and dad will love it on its own or with its optional keyboard cover. Made with the same high-quality metal as the Galaxy S8, the Tab S3 features a beautiful 9.7-inch display, and comes with the popular S Pen stylus for note-taking.

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Ring Pro Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

An essential piece of the connected home, the Pro version of Ring's connected doorbell, which alerts you when someone is by the front door and allows you to see and chat with the person on the other side, is absolutely incredible. A great app, inexpensive cloud subscription, and excellent video and audio quality, Dad will love that Ring monitors what's happening at the front of the house, and it pairs well with Ring's Stick Up Cam to keep track of everywhere else.

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Chromecast Ultra

If using with a TV that has a 4K display or can playback HDR content and want to stream media at UHD, the Chromecast Ultra is for you. It's super easy to set up, and at $70 it's the perfect gift that won't break the bank. It may break that binge-watching streak, though.

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Amazon Echo Dot

A smaller Echo, the Dot is easy to set up around the house — and because they're significantly cheaper, you can get a few and pepper them around the house. A great gift, in packs of one, or six!

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Amazon Echo

If the smaller Echo Dot doesn't do it for dad — if he wants to belt out some tunes at a decent volume — the larger Amazon Echo is worth the investment. And now that Alexa can make calls and send messages, you can drop dad a line when you need something, or just want to say 'I love you.'

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Bose QC35 wireless headphones

Bose is the name in noise-cancelling wireless headphones, and for good reason: the QC35s have become the standard for long-term wear comfort, style and sound quality. If dad is a frequent traveler, or just needs a break from the outside world, you can't do much better than the QC35s.

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SodaStream Source

There is nothing better than bubbly water — seltzer if you're fancy — to start or end a day with your loved one. SodaStream Source is the best, and cheapest, way to a bubbly water future, and it doesn't even need to be plugged in. You can add juice and cola flavors if you want, but even by itself, the Source is worth it.

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Aeropress Coffee Maker

Aeropress makes a great cuppa, because it is simple: grind the beans, pour it in the cavity and press. Easy to pick up but difficult to master, Aeropress emulates espresso for a fraction of the price. If dad is tired of the pods, an Aeropress is an essential purchase.

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Samsung Gear VR

Mobile VR is on the precipice of going mainstream, but that shouldn't stop you from getting dad hooked. It's an amazing experience being able to travel the world or play games or watch movies, and there is more 360-degree content being added every day.

$129 Buy Now

HTC Vive

As impressive as the Gear VR is, you'll need to invest in something like the HTC Vive to see virtual reality's true potential. And while dad will also need a beefy PC to power Vive, those are getting significantly cheaper. Help dad become a technology pioneer and get him addicted to VR!

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Fitbit Charge 2

Counting steps may be boring, but if you're concerned about dad's health, there is nothing more important. Get him walking 10,000 steps per day, and then get him running 10,000 more, with the Fitbit Charge 2, which not only measures heart rate, but guides you through custom workouts.

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margin: 0 0 20px 5px; padding: 15px 25px; text-transform: uppercase; vertical-align: 7px; } .article-body-wrap .ggsub a.cta.shop:before { display: none; } /* Odd Number End Subs */ @media all and (min-width: 801px) { .article-body-wrap .ggsubs > .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { padding-left: 50%; width: calc(100% - 40px); } .article-body-wrap .ggsubs > .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) p:first-of-type { position: absolute; height: 100%; left: 0; padding-bottom: 0; top: 0; width: 50%; } .article-body-wrap .ggsubs > .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) p:last-of-type { left: calc(75% + 10px); } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) { .article-body-wrap .container:not(.expando) .ggsub { padding-bottom: 20px; width: 100%; } .article-body-wrap .container:not(.expando) .ggsub p:first-of-type { padding-bottom: 66%; } .article-body-wrap .ggsub img, .article-body .ggsub img, .article-body .ggsub img.image-large, .article-body .ggsub img.image-xlarge, .article-body .ggsub p img.image-large:only-child, .article-body .ggsub p a img.image-large:only-child, .article-body .ggsub p img.image-xlarge:only-child, .article-body .ggsub p a img.image-xlarge:only-child { height: auto; max-width: 100%; top: 50%; transform: translate(-50%,-50%); } .article-body-wrap .container:not(.expando) .ggsub p:last-of-type { bottom: auto; left: auto; position: relative; transform: none; } } @media all and (max-width: 600px) { .article-body-wrap .ggsub { margin: 10px; } .article-body-wrap .ggsub h2 { margin: 30px 30px 20px; } .article-body-wrap .ggsub h2 + p { margin: 20px 30px 30px; } } /* EXPANDOPRESTO */ .article-body-wrap .narrow.expando { max-width: 1200px; overflow: hidden; } .article-body-wrap .expando input { cursor: pointer; display: table; height: 60px; left: 50%; opacity: 0; position: absolute; top: 0; transform: translate(-50%,0); width: 350px; z-index: 1; } .article-body-wrap .expando input + p { display: table; height: 60px; margin: 0 auto; position: relative; transition: 1s; } .article-body-wrap .expando input + p:before, .article-body-wrap .expando input + p:after { bottom: 0; border: 2px solid; border-radius: 50%; content: "|"; font-size: 20px; height: 30px; left: 50%; line-height: 32.5px; position: absolute; text-align: center; transform: translate(-50%,0); transition: 1s; width: 30px; } .article-body-wrap .expando input + p:before { border-color: transparent; transform: translate(-50%,0) rotate(90deg); } .article-body-wrap .expando input ~ .expander { display: flex; max-height: 0px; transition: 2s; } .article-body-wrap .expando input:checked + p { margin-top: -25px; } .article-body-wrap .expando input:checked + p:before, .article-body-wrap .expando input:checked + p:after { line-height: 31px; } .article-body-wrap .expando input:checked + p:before { transform: translate(-50%,0) rotate(-45deg); } .article-body-wrap .expando input:checked + p:after { transform: translate(-50%,0) rotate(045deg); } .article-body-wrap .expando input:checked ~ .expander { max-height: 10000px; transition: 5s; } .article-body-wrap .expander { display: flex; flex-wrap: wrap; } /* Expansion blocks */ .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub { padding-bottom: 60px; } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub p:first-of-type { padding-bottom: 66%; } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub h2 { font-size: 200%; margin: 30px; } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub h2 + p:not(:last-of-type) { display: none; } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub p:last-of-type { bottom: 5px; font-size: 200%; } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub a.cta.shop { font-size: 55%; vertical-align: 4px; } .article-body-wrap .expander > ul { column-count: 2; column-gap: 40px; margin: 20px auto; max-width: 800px } .article-body-wrap .expander > ul li { padding: 20px 0 0; } .article-body-wrap .expander > ul li:before { display: none; } .article-body-wrap .expander > ul li a { color: #484848; } .article-body-wrap .expander > ul li a:hover { color: #72b825; text-decoration: underline; } @media all and (min-width: 1201px) { .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub { width: calc(25% - 40px); } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(4n+3):nth-last-of-type(n+3), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(4n+3):nth-last-of-type(n+3) ~ .ggsub:nth-of-type(-n+3), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(4n+2):nth-last-of-type(n+6), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(4n+2):nth-last-of-type(n+6) ~ .ggsub:nth-of-type(-n+6), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(4n+1):nth-last-of-type(n+9), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(4n+1):nth-last-of-type(n+9) ~ .ggsub:nth-of-type(-n+9), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:nth-of-type(3):nth-last-of-type(3), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:nth-of-type(3):nth-last-of-type(3) ~ .ggsub, .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(3), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(3) ~ .ggsub { width: calc(100% / 3 - 40px); } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(5), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(5) + .ggsub, .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(2), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(2) + .ggsub { width: calc(50% - 40px); } } @media all and (max-width: 1200px) and (min-width: 801px) { .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub { width: calc(100% / 3 - 40px); } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(3n+2):nth-last-of-type(n+2), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(3n+2):nth-last-of-type(n+2) ~ .ggsub:nth-of-type(-n+2), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(3n+1):nth-last-of-type(n+1), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(3n+1):nth-last-of-type(n+1) ~ .ggsub:nth-of-type(-n+4), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(2), .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(2) + .ggsub { width: calc(50% - 40px); } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) { .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub { width: calc(50% - 40px); } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { padding-left: 50%; width: calc(100% - 40px); } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) p:first-of-type { position: absolute; height: 100%; left: 0; padding-bottom: 0; top: 0; width: 50%; } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) p:last-of-type { left: calc(75% + 10px); } } @media all and (max-width: 600px) { .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub { padding-bottom: 70px; width: calc(50% - 20px); } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { padding-left: 50%; width: calc(100% - 20px); } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub h2 { font-size: 150%; margin: 10px 20px; } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub p:last-of-type { font-size: 175%; } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub a.cta.shop { font-size: 66%; padding: 10px 15px; vertical-align: 2px; } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { padding-top: 10px; } .article-body-wrap .expander > ul { column-count: 1; } } @media all and (max-width: 480px) { .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub p:last-of-type { font-size: 150%; } .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub a.cta.shop { margin: 0 0 20px; padding: 10px; } } .fb_like_and_share { margin-top: 25px; } /* SEASONAL */ body { background: #553d9d; } body.im .header__brand { filter: brightness(50%) invert(1) sepia(1) hue-rotate(300deg); } .header, .swiper-container, .recent-posts, #page-top, .recent-posts .topics, .header__navigation-item, .top-header--scrolled .top-header-inner, .nav-drawer__header { background: #44318b; color: #fff; } .header__navigation-item a, .header__navigation-item--icon a, .header__navigation-item--icon button, .header__navigation-item--special a, .header__navigation-item--special button, .header__navigation-item--icon a:hover, .header__navigation-item--icon button:hover, .header__navigation-item--special a:hover, .header__navigation-item--special button:hover { color: #fff; } #header-navigation-right>ul>li, .header #navigation ul ul, .header #header-navigation-right ul ul { border-color: #684fb4; } .header:after, .header #navigation ul li:hover, .header #navigation ul li.active, .header .header-navigation ul>li:hover, .header .header-navigation ul>li.active, .header #header-navigation-right .search.active, .navigation-right .menu ul li:hover a, .navigation-right .menu ul li.hover a, .navigation-right .menu ul li.hover-f a, .header #header-navigation-right ul ul li:hover a, .header #navigation ul ul li:hover a { background: #684fb4; } .article-body .ggsite img { filter: sepia(0.5) hue-rotate(200deg); } a.cta.shop, ul.cta.shop { background-color: #d6ff41; color: #000; } a.cta.shop:hover, ul.cta.shop:hover { background-color: #41d9ff; } .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-1 { background: #684fb4; } .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-2, .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-10 { background: #553d9f; } .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-3, .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-9 { background: #503b9a; } .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-4, .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-8 { background: #4c3794; } .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-5, .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-7 { background: #44318b; } .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-6 { background: #3b2a7a; } /*-->*/ /*-->*/ //-->

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