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Today's best deals you won't want to miss

Today's best deals you won't want to miss

Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered.

Today you can get big discounts on Twelve South's Fermata headphone stand, Anker's powerful wall charger, and much more! Don't pass these up.

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1 day ago

Best Galaxy S9 Cases

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Best Galaxy S9 Cases

Find a sleek and stylish case to keep your S9 protected.

Whether you bought your Samsung Galaxy S9 at launch or have decided to upgrade to the S9 after reading the reviews, you're going to want to buy a case to keep it safe. here, which means it's time to ruminate over which accessories to buy!

Here are the best cases we've found for the Galaxy S9. We'll be updating this article as more awesome options become available.

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Samsung S-View Cover

We'll start out with some of Samsung's own cases, although they're not yet available for purchase.

The first one is the perennially awesome S-View case. This folio-style flip case features a clear cover for the screen that keeps it protected from scratches while also letting you see notifications and accept calls with a swipe. It can also be folded up as a hands-free stand.

Samsung hasn't listed a price, but the Note 8 S-View cover launched at $60 so we can probably expect similar pricing here.

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Samsung Hyperknit Cover

Google seemed to start the fabric case trend, but we're happy to see Samsung also embracing it.

Made of woven nylon, this case looks brilliant in red with a nice, soft finish. Everyone's going to want to see your brand new phone, so why not add a bit of extra flash while keeping it safe? With extra protection in the corner and clean cutouts around the camera and fingerprint sensor on the back you'll love the functional and stylish design on display here. You can get yours for just $35.

The Galaxy S9 and its Hyperknit case are a match made in heaven

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Samsung Alcantara Cover

First-party accessories are always on the more expensive side, so they really need to offer customers something unique. Samsung's Alcantara covers have been recent standouts, offering a combination of sound protection and a cozy finish for your Galaxy devices.

The Alcantara case won us over with the Note 8, so we're pretty happy to see it offered by Samsung for the S9. Made of Alcantara, a lightweight material that's rugged and durable while keeping a slim form factor, you'll get a stylish and grippy case that won't add much bulk to the phone. It's not yet available to buy but would be worth keeping an eye out for.

You can get this stylish case for $50 direct from Samsung or for $42 on Amazon.

Samsung's Alcantara case is the most luxurious way to protect your Galaxy S9 or S9+

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RhinoShield CrashGuard bumper

If you would really prefer not to put a bulky case on your phone but still want some added peace of mind for those rare times where your phone slips out of your hand, consider the CrashGuard bumper from RhinoShield.

This is a really well-designed bumper that's rugged and shock absorbing in the corners and along phone's edges — exactly where you need it most. It's quick and easy to install and lets you still fully show off the design of your phone.

You can get this minimalist case solution for just $25.

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OtterBox Commuter Series

Few names are as symonymous with phone cases as OtterBox. They're built a reputation as a trusted brand by designing really rugged cases and backing their products with superior customer service.

We'd recommend the Commuter series case which is a pocket-friendly case that still delivers the rugged protection you've come to expect from an OtterBox case. It's got one big cutout on the back for the camera and fingerprint sensor and includes port covers to keep dirt out. You can get yours for just $30 from Amazon.

We've highlighted the Commuter Series here, but OtterBox has over 10 different case styles available for the Galaxy S9 which you can check out on their site.

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Lifeproof SLAM case

When you're dropping over $700 on a brand new phone, you want to protect it from everything life might throw at it, especially if you plan on spending a ton of time outside this summer.

Lifeproof cases typically offer protection from dirt and snow, but the SLAM case focuses exclusively on drop protection. Lifeproof says this case can survive drops from up to two meters (6.5 ft) thanks to the reinforced bumpers. It's also got a rugged backplate that's clear to show off the phone's design and also compatible with wireless charging. While it's not quite as Lifeproof as you'd expect, it's also not as expensive as other Lifeproof cases at only $50. Plus, it looks pretty cool with the black and neon green, don't you think?

Looking for the classic FRE Lifeproof case? You can get the supreme Lifeproof case for a whopping $89. It's real pricy, and probably more than we could justifiably recommend to the average user, but if you want one you can buy it straight from the source.

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Speck Presidio

Speck has a full line of cases available for the Galaxy S9, but we'll focus on the Presidio case here because it's a great place to start. It's got a simple design with smart features where it counts like double protection in the corners and a slim profile that's compatible with wireless charging. It's been drop tested up to 10 feet and the matte finish is scratch resistant so it shouldn't show wear. Get this classic looking case for just $40.

This is just one of the many case styles Speck offers, so check them all out if you want something with a bit more flair.

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BodyGuardz Ace Fly clear case

Looking to show off your Galaxy S9 without leaving it prone to drop damage? BodyGuardz offers a clear case they say is built using the same impact gel used in padding and helmet technology for athletes.

Whether or not that marketing talk sways you, the Ace Fly clear case looks like a reliable clear case. BodyGuardz backs their products with a lifetime warranty and you have a 30-day money back guarantee so if you don't love it you can simply return it.

Available for $35, these cases are also compatible with the Pure Arc Tempered Glass screen protector, so if you've used BodyGuardz screen protectors before and trust the brand this would be a good combo to keep your Galaxy S9 fully protected right out of the box.

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Spigen Rugged Armor case

The Spigen Rugged Armor case is my go-to phone case. It's a sleek, one-piece case that adds good protection to your phone without much bulk. Thin enough to not impede wireless charging, this is a great minimalist case that still offers rugged protection.

More importantly, it always comes in at a great price. At just $12, it's one of the cheapest options currently available from a brand we trust.

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Spigen Liquid Crystal clear case

Looking for a clear case option under $20? Spigen's got you covered there, too. Just like the Rugged Armor case, the Liquid Crystal is slim and pocket-friendly. Made of flexible TPU, it's easy to slip on and will provide quality protection while still letting you show off your phone's design.

You can get the Liquid Crystal for $11.99 or add a funky print or some sparkles for just $12.99.

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VRS Design Clear Slim case

These clear cases from VRS Design basically offer it all. It's a clear case that shows off the body of the Galaxy S9 with a shockproof bumper available in the exact color to match your device.

Better still, these cases are thin enough to be fully compatible with wireless charging. Make sure you get the right color for your phone to complete the look.

You can get this case for just $14 on Amazon.

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Ringke Fusion Clear Case

The best way to protect your phone from drop damage is to not drop your phone. The latest Fusion clear case from Ringke includes a handy wrist strap built into the case.

Whether or not you want to use the wrist strap is up to you, but it's a thoughtful addition to a consistently stellar case style. Available as a clear case or with a Orchid Purple or Smoky Black bumper accent, you can get this case for just $11 on Amazon.

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SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Series case

The Unicorn Beetle case is one of those phone cases that people buy with every new device. It's got that classic rugged design with ridges to help with grip and it includes a built-in screen protector to keep your S9 in pristine condition.

Port plugs keep dust and pocket lint out of your charging port and headphone jack, and it also comes with an optional belt-clip holster. Rugged enough to keep your phone protected and yet thin enough to work with wireless charging, get your Unicorn Beetle Series case starting at just $15.

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dbrand Skins

Dbrand Skins are a consistently popular option for phone enthusiasts who want to customize the look of their phone without adding any bulk. They of course offer an awesome level of customization for creating a skin for your Galaxy S9.

You can pick between nine different texture styles for the back, the minimal bezels on the top and bottom of the display, and even around the camera sensor! You can mix and match and create your dream skin. Didn't get the phone color you wanted? Make it your own with dbrand!

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Update May 19, 2018: Updated pricing for these great Galaxy S9 cases. Now's a great time to buy a new case.

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2 days ago

Best Travel Accessories for PlayStation 4

Best Travel Accessories for PlayStation 4

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Hori portable monitor
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Whether you've got the original model, the Slim or the Pro, if you travel with your PS4 these are the accessories to get.

Traditionally you play your games console at home, that is unless it's a Nintendo Switch. But, it's not a totally ridiculous idea that you might want to carry your PlayStation 4 around with you, particularly if you're traveling on a lengthy trip.

It's not the most convenient thing you'll ever do, but with the right accessories you can certainly travel both (fairly) light and have a great experience on the road.

2 days ago

OnePlus still does first-party cases better than anyone else

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OnePlus still does first-party cases better than anyone else

OnePlus has hit the perfect blend of quality and affordability with its first-party cases.

So you're getting a fancy new OnePlus 6. I can't say I'm not jealous — congratulations! There's just one problem: with the shiny (or matte, if you're opting for Midnight Black) new glass backing, the OnePlus 6 will likely be much more fragile than previous OnePlus devices like the aluminum-forged 5T. It's also going to be a fingerprint magnet no matter which finish you opt for, and nothing ruins the sleek aesthetic of a new phone like a coating of finger oils and smudges.

Luckily, there's a pretty simple solution to this problem: just slap a case on your phone! The OnePlus 6 is still so new that there aren't many third-party cases to choose from just yet (at least not from major brands like Spigen or Incipio), but the good news is that with each new phone OnePlus announces, it also reveals a wide range of first-party cases made available directly from its own site.

OnePlus's cases this year are better than ever.

That's true this year more than ever; there's already a variety of great-looking new options including bumpers, silicone cases, wood-stylized cases, flip covers, and "karbon" cases. On top of that, there are other handy accessories for the OnePlus 6 like a tempered glass screen protector and the new Bullets Wireless headphones. Suffice to say, OnePlus is making sure that you can get everything you'll need for your phone straight from the source, and that's a really good thing.

This isn't to say that no other manufacturer offers its own line of cases, though. Samsung has some fantastic options available for its flagships — I've been using the Alcantara case on my Galaxy S9 for months, and Daniel adores the Hyperknit case. But as so many commenters are quick to point out, those cases aren't exactly cheap for how little protection they actually offer; they're more about fit and form than function.

The big differentiator with OnePlus is that its cases are not only protective and attractive, but they're also cheap. I paid about $50 for my Alcantara case, which is more than most people are willing to spend on a shell that doesn't even protect the bottom of the phone. For less money with OnePlus, I could get a fantastic bundle with case (karbon or sandstone) and a tempered glass screen protector. If I'm only after one or the other, each will only run me about $20. These aren't flimsy cases, either; a number of OnePlus's cases are made by Evutec, which has been making high-quality cases for years.

I love that the OnePlus mantra of offering more for less money isn't limited to just its phones. Every year that I've tested a OnePlus device, I've used one of the official cases (I tend to prefer the sandstone ones), and despite clumsy hands and the occasional drop to concrete or asphalt, my phones still look brand new because of them.

Have you used any OnePlus cases in the past? Will you be ordering one with your OnePlus 6? Let us know in the comments below!

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3 days ago

Google Assistant rolling out to Sony's two biggest wireless headphones

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Google Assistant rolling out to Sony's two biggest wireless headphones

Available now for the WH-1000XM2 and WI-1000X.

Sony announced at CES this January that it was updating many of its headphones with official support for the Google Assistant, and we're now seeing that promise come to light as Google's virtual helper is making its way to the WH-1000XM2 and WI-1000X.

Android Police first caught wind of this news, with screenshots showing what you can expect when the update comes your way.

A pop-up in the Sony Headphones Connect app will alert you once the update's arrived, and after upgrading your headphones' software to v2.0.0, the Google Assistant will be fully integrated into them.

Although you could technically access the Assistant prior to this update by using the call button, this now allows for faster responses, notifications can be read back to you, and if you've got the Assistant app installed on an iOS device, that works, too.

Once the update is complete, you'll want to make sure you dive into the settings and change the function of the noise cancellation button from Ambient Sound Control to Google Assistant.

The Assistant should also be arriving on the WF-1000X, WH-CH900N and the H.ear on 2 WH-H900N, but it's unclear when their respective updates will arrive.

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3 days ago

Best Moto G6 Accessories

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Best Moto G6 Accessories

Get the most out of your Moto G6 with the right accessories!

Motorola leads the pack when it comes to mid-range smartphones, and the Moto G6 is the latest and greatest. Covered with curved Gorilla Glass 3 and sporting a dual-camera setup and a bright, gorgeous screen (along with the snappy software Motorola is known for) this is a phone that absolutely looks premium without costing an arm and a leg.

Starting as low as $249, you get a lot of phone for a reasonable price — which leaves you with more money to spend on accessories!

Spigen Rugged Armor Case

Motorola kindly includes a thin and clear case with the G6, but if you're looking for something a bit more substantial, we have to recommend the Spigen Rugged Armor case.

It's got that carbon fiber look at the top and bottom with a matte finish elsewhere, along with Spigen's air cushion technology in the corners to help absorb impacts.

You can check this one-piece case out direct from Spigen for $13.

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Poetic Karbon Shield Case

Another great rugged option for the Moto G6 comes from Poetic. The Karbon Shield case is lightweight and slim with a carbon fiber-style finish on the back that's both stylish and functional.

Poetic is currently accepting pre-orders for this case. You can order yours for just $10, and it ships May 31.

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Mr Shield Tempered Glass Screen Protector (3-pack)

If you're worried about scratches or cracks for the screen, you should definitely invest in some tempered glass screen protectors. Tempered glass offers the best protection from drops and the daily shuffle and rub of your pocket.

Mr Shield is a trusted brand that offers a three-pack of tempered glass screen protectors for just $7. That way, if you mess up the installation (Pro-tip: Take your time, be sure to clean your work area, and be sure to wipe down the screen before installation) or if your first one takes the brunt of a nasty drop, you've got a couple backups waiting at home.

See at Amazon

Motorola TurboPower 15W Wall Charger

Motorola includes its TurboPower wall charger with the Moto G6 that it claims delivers hours of battery life in just minutes of charging. Suffice to say, not all wall bricks work the same with different phones.

If you want that same fast-charging tech in the office but would rather not transport your wall charger back and forth, pick up a second one for just $14 and keep the peace of mind that you're using charging accessories that were actually designed to work with your phone.

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Samsung EVO 128GB MicroSD Card

The Moto G6 comes with internal storage options of 32GB or 64GB, but also allows for expandable storage of up to 128GB with the microSD slot.

That's great news because you can get some great microSD cards, such as the Samsung EVO, that will max out your Moto G6's storage for just $40. That way you can load it up with your favorite movies, music, or whatever media you want to have on you at all times. It's a great deal and a fantastic way to increase the utility of your phone over time.

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Belkin USB-C Car Charger

The Moto G6 boasts impressive all-day battery life — but if you drive a lot for work or love to road trip you may want a car charger for your phone so you never arrive with a near-dead phone battery.

This car charger from Belkin is a great option. It features a hardwired USB-C that's capable of the same output as the Motorola TurboPower wall charger, and also features a second USB-A port for charging additional devices. Get it for just $35.

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Anker Powercore II Slim

It's always a sensible idea to travel with a battery pack, and the Anker Powercore II Slim is as compact and fast as they get. With 10,000mAh of charge, you'll be able to top up your multiple times as needed and with support for up to 18W output Anker is able to charge your phone quickly and safely. The pack comes with a charging cable and a travel pouch and is backed by Anker's worry-free 18-month warranty.

Get this ultra-portable battery pack for just $30.

See at Amazon

What are your go-to accessories for a new phone?

These are our recommendations, but we want to know what you'll be buying for the Moto G6! Let us know in the comments!

3 days ago

Best Google Pixel 2 XL Cases

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Best Google Pixel 2 XL Cases

What are the best cases for the Google Pixel 2 XL?

The Google Pixel 2 XL is a beautifully designed phone — especially if you snagged the panda/Stormtrooper Black and White edition. But as much as you'll want to show it off, you're also going to want to protect a phone that cost you close to $1000.

We've rounded up the best case options specifically for the Pixel 2 XL.

Google Live Cases

Just like the smaller Pixel 2, Google offers its customizable Google Live Cases for the Pixel 2 XL with a personal photo or a wide range of styles curated by Google.

Maybe you'll decide on a gorgeous satellite photo from Google Earth which also pairs with a matching live wallpaper for a cohesive look around your device. Looking to add a bit more of an artistic flair to your case? Check out the Artworks Live Case and find something that matches your style.

Google has curated a great selection of cases that feature artwork, photos from space, and naturally beautiful images that are really quite stunning. Prices start around $50 depending on whether you choose a minimalist shell or a more rugged dual-layer case. Create and customize your own case via the Google Store.

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Google Fabric Cases

If you prefer your phone case to have some texture for grip, you're probably going to love the Google Fabric Case. It features the same fabric finish look found on other recent Google products such as the Google Home Mini.

Designed in-house by Google, you can be sure of the build quality and fit for your Pixel 2 XL. These cases offer a premium microfiber liner to ensure your device stays scuff-free and your choice of four color combinations for $40.

See at Google Store

Bellroy leather case

Another great option offered by Google itself is the Bellroy leather case. This is a premium case that combines leather, flexible polymer, and a microfibre lining on the interior to create a great case that looks great with a streamlined design to keep things sleek in your hand.

It's available in four color choices — Black, Navy, Caramel, and Stone — and is backed by a 3-year warranty from Bellroy. You can get this premium leather case for your Pixel 2 XL for $49.

See at Google Store

Incipio Esquire Series

Like the concept of the Google Fabric Case but don't like the idea of spending $50 for it? You'll definitely want to check out the Incipio Esquire series case.

This case is made of an impact-resistant TPU frame that will keep your phone protected, but the real eye-catching feature here is the ultra-soft fabric finish on the exterior of the case. There is a nice-sized cutout around the fingerprint sensor and camera on the back but it's otherwise a very sleek and minimalist design.

You can get yours from Amazon for roughly $35.

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Spigen Tough Armor case

Spigen has a very solid lineup of cases for the Pixel 2 XL, but one of the more rugged and functional cases they sell is the Tough Armor style. The combination of a flexible TPU sleeve and a rugged outer shell provides great dual-layer protection for your phone, with Spigen's air cushion technology offering support in the corners. Despite its rugged design, the Tough Armor case is still mightly slim adding just 2.5 mm of thickness.

Another great feature is the pop-out kickstand built into the shell. There are so many handy reasons to have your phone propped up, and having this feature built right into the case means you don't need to add a pop socket or style ring. For all its durability and functionality, the Tough Armor case is just $17 on Amazon.

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Spigen Thin Fit

It can be an issue finding a case for larger phones like the Google Pixel 2 XL that doesn't add too much bulk to your phone. The Spigen Thin Fit case is about as minimalist as phone cases get.

Available in black, this case will match the look of the Pixel 2 XL and features precise cutouts around the fingerprint scanner and camera on the back. It's thin enough to keep the Active Edge compatibility fully intact and yet still features Spigen's Air Cushion technology in the corners for added drop protection.

Keep your Pixel 2 XL safe from scuffs and scratches without sacrificing the slim design with the Thin Fit case for just $12.

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Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro case

When you name your phone case after the Unicorn Beetle — one of the gnarliest looking armored bugs in the natural world — you better back it up with a rugged case. Combining a polycarbonate outer shell with a flexible and shock-absorbing TPU sleeve around back, the Unicorn Beetle Pro goes an extra step further by including a built-in screen protector to provide maximum protection for your Pixel 2 XL. There's also an optional belt clip holster if it's convenient for you.

It's otherwise a pretty standard design for a rugged case: beefy in the corners where it needs to be yet slim and sporty enough as to not turn your phone into a thick brick of plastic. You can get yours from Amazon starting at $18 for the black style, with three other styles available for $20.

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Ringke Fusion

Looking for a reliable clear case for the Pixel 2 XL at a very reasonable price? Check out the Ringke Fusion case.

Starting at just $10 for a crystal clear version, these cases offer two layers of protection for your phone — a rugged and shock-resistant TPU bumper combined with a ridged PC panel covering the back. There's a protective lip around the front to save the display glass from harm, and there are precise cutouts around the fingerprint sensor, camera, and USB-C charging port.

Get the clear version if you want to preserve the original look of the Pixel 2 XL, or opt to spend $11 on the Rose Gold or Smoke Black versions.

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Caseology Vault Series

Caseology has a couple different cases available for the Pixel 2 XL. We recommend the Vault Series ($15) because it's got a classic design. Made of flexible TPU, it features a sleek finish along the back and textured grip around the edges. It's available in black and should look great whether you went with the Just Black or Black and White Pixel 2 XL.

If you're looking for something a bit more substantial, check out the Parallax Series ($16) which offers a slim, two-piece design to keep your Pixel well-protected. It's also available in some really cool color combinations. Or consider the Legion Series ($14), which offers a more rugged matte shell around the back of the case.

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i-Blason Ares

If you're looking for a solid case that provides optimum protection for your Pixel 2 XL, and you're ok with adding a little bit of bulk to your already large phone, then i-Blason's Ares case is the one you want. It has extra reinforcement in the corners to provide superior drop protection, has a built-in screen protector, and a transparent back so you can still enjoy the look of your phone.

Pricing starts around $18 for the black version, but you can also snag four other color combinations for around $20 apiece.

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Vena vCommute wallet case

Vena's sleek wallet case isn't your typical folio-style wallet case, and it's the perfect way to cut down on pocket carry with your Pixel 2 XL. This case features a magnetic flap on the back that covers a slot big enough for about three cards or a couple cards and some cash. There's a raised lip in the card slot, so even if you only have on card, you can still slide it out easily.

The folding magnetic flap doubles as a kickstand so you can watch video hands-free, at starting at $16, it's an excellent value.

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Carved wooden cases

Carved has a bunch of great case options available for phones like the Pixel 2 XL, including 52 stylish pre-made option featuring a mix of cool prints and fancy cut wood designs with prices ranging from $29 to $55, along with a selection of classic wood grain cases for just $24.

Carved also allows you to create your own custom case using an online case designer. They also offer the option to get a section of a map engraved or printed onto the case. With the right eye for design, you could design a case that uses the fingerprint scanner as part of your case's decoration.

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Are you going to be picking up a case for your Pixel 2 XL? Let us know if you're getting one off our list or opting for a different option in the comments below!

Updated May 2018: Added the Bellroy leather case and Carved cases to our list. Your phone will have never felt so good in your hand!

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3 days ago

These are the official OnePlus 6 cases you can buy at launch

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These are the official OnePlus 6 cases you can buy at launch

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This is how you'll protect your new phone from Day 1.

The OnePlus 6 is here, and it has a shiny new glass exterior that's gorgeous to look at ... and also far more susceptible to damage than the OnePlus 5's metal frame. That means you'll probably be checking out a case, and on Day 1 your best option is to pick up one of the first-party options directly from OnePlus. The set of cases mostly follows what's available for the OnePlus 5T, plus a couple little changes and one entirely new case. Here's how the group lines up.

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The first set is what I'd call "full protection," which are all a bit on the thick side but have a sizable lip around the display and enough thickness to survive bumps and small drops. This includes the "silicone protective case," the "wood bumper case" and the all-new "nylon bumper case." I'm not sure why they call the latter two "bumpers" because they are more than just protection for the edges of the OnePlus 6 — like the silicone case, they cover everything.

You can't go wrong with the silicone case, but the nylon bumper offers the most protection.

If you've used a first-party OnePlus case from the past couple generations you know what these are all about. The silicone case is nice, and comes in black or this beautiful bright red, plus a nice felt interior — though it has the one downside of being a little too grippy on pants pocket fabrics. The wood case (the one shown here is "ebony") is obviously thinner and stiffer on the back, offering less grip, but feels oh-so-nice in your hand and is handsome looking. The new nylon case is the most protective of the bunch with a thick nylon weave on the back that's built for more abuse — it's highly reminiscent of the ballistic nylon Moto Z shell, and that's a good thing.

On the other end of the spectrum is the pair I'd call "shell" cases, providing less drop protection but keeping the shiny OnePlus 6 safe without adding bulk or obstructing buttons and ports in any way. There's the well-known grippy "sandstone protective case," and also the faux carbon fiber "karbon protective case" option.

The shell-like cases are a great choice for keeping the OnePlus 6 safe (and stylish) but not adding bulk.

Both cases are the type that I usually put on my own phones. They're thin and completely unobtrusive, adding protection from bumps and scratches but also don't get in the way. I like the sandstone one more personally, as the karbon is just a little gaudy to my eyes — to each their own, though. One note on the textures is that the sandstone isn't quite as gritty as previous iterations of the case — it still gives you tons of grip, but it's something worth noting. The karbon finish doesn't offer any additional grip, which means it isn't going to snag on clothing but also won't help you hold onto the OnePlus 6 any better than its own glass exterior.

If pricing follows the current crop of cases for the OnePlus 5T, the silicone and sandstone cases will be $20, the karbon will be $25 and the bumpers will be $30 each. They'll be on sale at the OnePlus store coinciding with the launch of the phone.

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4 days ago

Amazon Echo vs. Dot vs. Tap vs. Spot vs. Show: Which should you buy?

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Amazon Echo vs. Dot vs. Tap vs. Spot vs. Show: Which should you buy?

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Which Amazon Echo is best for you? I have no idea. But here's how I'd approach each one.

I own too many Amazon Echo speakers. From the original Echo to the Echo Dot and the newfangled Echo Show with its screen and camera. Plus the Amazon Tap, and Echo Look, which you can't even buy without an invitation. (And you probably shouldn't but it, for reasons I'll get into in a second.)

This isn't a cookie-cutter list of all the Echo speakers and why you should buy them. Hell, a couple I think you probably should stay away from. This is a list of how I see things after having used them all for months and months. Hit the links below to jump on down to the Echo that tickles your fancy.

Echo Dot: The best Amazon Echo for starting out

Start simple. If you're just not sure about this whole Alexa thing and really don't know how much you'll get out of an Amazon Echo, it's best to not spend a lot of money. Start with an Echo Dot.

The Echo Dot costs $49 retail, but it's not uncommon to see it on sale for as low as $30. And at that price it's kind of a no-brainer. Buy one and give it a go.

Another pro tip here is to buy more than one at a time. Amazon typically has deals if you buy multiple Echoes Dot at one time — $20 is the usual savings. So if you're like me and you know you'll want to stash a few of these around the house, save yourself a few bucks and take advantage.

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The redesigned Amazon Echo: A great mid-range option

Amazon has completely redesigned the basic Echo for 2017. It's shorter than the original and more squat in stature. And you can get one clad in fabric for $99. That's not a bad buy, and it's what I'd recommend for someone who wants to get something better than the Dot, but still not spend more than a hundred bucks. The sound quality is decent for that price. Can you get something better? Yeah. But not for less money.

If you want to spend a little more, though, $119 will get you a new Echo with a wood veneer, or in matte plastic. I've found the fabric to be plenty good, though.

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Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition: You know, for kids

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Amazon has a new Echo Dot that is made especially for kids. Or, really, it's a perfectly ordinary Echo Dot that comes with a nice little case (because kids apparently will be prone to breaking these sorts of things that aren't really meant to be moved in the first place) — and a free year's access to Amazon Freetime Unlimited.

That's the part that actually justifies the $80 price tag. (That's $30 more than the Echo Dot at retail, and $40 more when it's on sale.) Amazon Freetime Unlimited gives you (and your kid) access to a whole bunch of kid-friendly content, including books, music, games and more. Plus parents get access to the Amazon Parent Dashboard, which lets you set how long the kid can use any of this newfangled tech. It'll also block non-kid-friendly content, shut off the Echo Dot at bedtime, and teach your kids to remember to say please and thank-you to not-quite-sentient tech. (We have a feeling that'll be more important than we realize at some point.)

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Amazon Echo Plus: The best-sounding Echo yet

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Amazon decided to keep the tried and true Echo design, but give it better internals. That gives us the $149 Echo Plus. It sounds a little better than the previous-generation Echo, and definitely better than the current 2017 model. It comes in the same matte plastic, but now you can get silver in addition to black and white.

Also new for the Echo Plus is the ability to serve as a smart home hub — if the devices you're looking to support use Zigbee to connect. (You're forgiven if you don't know what Zigbee is — it's not something an end user should ever have to worry about.) It likely won't solve all your smart home problems, but it's a nice little addition nonetheless.

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Amazon Echo Spot: An expensive, but cool, bedside Echo

If you take the Echo Show and shrink it down, this is what you'd get. It's a $130 Echo clock with a decent (but not overly great) speaker and a 2.5-inch display. You'll get the time, of course, along with weather information and the same semi-useful headlines as on the Echo Show. Plus it'll make phone calls and video chat with other Spots or Shows. (Yes, that means there's a camera pointed into your bedroom.)

This is a great-looking device, but it's not inexpensive, and it's only $10 less than the much larger Echo Show, which will be better for the video it can still display.

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Amazon Tap: Smaller, portable, expensive

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For whatever reason, this isn't an "Echo" device. It's "Alexa-enabled." OK. (Maybe it's because the "Alexa" hotword isn't enabled by default, and instead you're supposed to push the microphone button.) But no matter. For all intents and purposes it's an Echo, and it's meant to be portable.

The Tap has a charging base that allows you to just pick up the speaker and take it wherever you want. And it sounds decent. Not great, but good. Good enough for $129 retail, though? Eh, now Amazon is starting to ask a lot — particularly when you can get a portable battery base for the original Echo for just $50 and get a much better speaker for your troubles. Or you could stick an Echo Dot in this little cordless speaker and get a decent experience — again, for just $50.

Personally, I don't really see the necessity of a portable Alexa speaker — especially since the speaker itself is going to need to be connected to the Internet at all times for the Alexa stuff to work. And hotspotting to your phone just isn't something I want to bother with.

Your money probably is better off with any other Echo — or just a traditional Bluetooth speaker.

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Echo Show: Will it ever get better?

I was an early fan of the Echo Show — the potential for an Alexa-enabled device with a large touchscreen is enormous. Unfortunately, it's yet to pan out in the first few months. The headlines you get are pure fluff, with very little actual news, if ever — and Amazon says it's done this on purpose.

Then Google decided to not let YouTube videos play on the Echo Show — likely because Amazon's implementation was doing so without advertising. That killed one of the few reasons I'd actually recommend the Echo Show.

And then there's the fact that very few Alexa Skills actually take advantage of the display in the first place. It's a novelty at this point, not a necessity — even though making video calls on the Echo Show is still a great experience.

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Echo Look: How much do you care about what you wear?

There's a pretty good chance you shouldn't buy the Echo Look. Unless you really care about fashion — to the point that you want to take a picture of what you're wearing and send it to Amazon for cataloging and analysis — then you'll just want to ignore this. For that's what Echo Look is good at. It's got a camera and its own app for taking your picture from head to toe, and it does a nice job of highlighting you while downplaying everything else.

From there it lets you flip back through what you've worn day after day, and you can have it compare two outfits and decide which it thinks looks better on you. (To varying degrees of success, I found.)

You very much will get out of Echo Look what you put into it. I don't care so much about what I'm wearing, so this wasn't really $200 well spent for me. Your wardrobe mileage may vary.

And to be fair, you can't just go out and buy an Echo Look. You'll have to tell Amazon you're interested in it, and then wait for an invitation.

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Updated May 2018: Added the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition. You know, for kids.

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4 days ago

Pixel Buds updated with gestures for skipping tracks and power controls

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Pixel Buds updated with gestures for skipping tracks and power controls

It's also easier to switch between paired devices.

Google's Pixel Buds may not be as elegant or seamless as AirPods, but they're a solid first attempt and have us excited for what we'll see with version two later this year. Before that, however, Google's updating the current model with three highly-requested features that are rolling out to users now.

The first new addition is the ability to manually turn Pixel Buds on/off with a triple tap on the right earbud. Triple-tapping while the Pixel Buds are on will shut them off, and doing the same gesture while they're off will boot them up.

Also new is the ability to double-tap on the right earbud to skip the song you're listening to. This double-tap gesture currently prompts your notifications to be read aloud, but you can switch this to skip songs via your Pixel Buds' settings in the Google Assistant app on your phone.

Last but certainly not least, Google's making it much easier to switch the Pixel Buds back and forth between devices it's already been paired with. Following this update, you can simply select the Pixel Buds from the Bluetooth menu on a paired device to have them disconnect from whatever else they're connected to.

This is how most all Bluetooth devices work, but for whatever reason, Google didn't have this in place with Pixel Buds. I'm still not sure why a system like this wasn't available from Day One, but in any case, it's here now.

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5 days ago

Best Bands for Samsung Gear Sport

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Best Bands for Samsung Gear Sport

Summer is here! It's time to get sweaty with your Samsung Gear Sport.

The Samsung Gear Sport is a really nice smartwatch that just happens to focus on fitness. You're able to load it up with your favorite Spotify playlists, pair your Bluetooth headphones, and hit the trail. When you're done your run and your watchband feels a bit sweaty, the quick release pins make swapping out bands a breeze.

Whether you hate wearing a gross sweaty band after a workout or you simply want some stylish band options to switch between throughout the week, we've rounded up the best bands for the Gear Sport!

Barton Watch Bands

We'll start by highlighting a great collection of bands from Barton Watch Bands. Barton makes bands for a wide selection of smartwatches, and they offer 48 unique styles for the Samsung Gear Sport.

We've highlighted one of the gorgeous leather bands crafted out of top grain leather ($24), and there are 12 leather colors to choose from. Barton also offers bands made of canvas ($20) and silicone ($14) and they all look great.

Barton offers $2 shipping worldwide and you can also save 15% on any order with 4 or more bands by using the coupon code SPRINGTIME18.

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KADES Breathable Soft Silicone Bands

If you bought the Gear Sport because you lead an active lifestyle, then you'll want a watchband that's designed to be lightweight, breathable, and affordable.

These are made from high-performance fluoroelastomer making each band durable and strong with a soft-touch finish that feels great on your wrist. The holes in the strap let the air get so your wrists don't get gross and sweaty, and they're also safe for swimming.

You can buy these bands individually for just $9, or buy a three pack for just $18 so you can mix and match your bands based on your outfit or mood.

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ANCOOL Silicone Watch Bands

ANCOOL offers a selection of third-party bands that closely resemble the band that comes with the Gear Sport. Made of soft silicone, these bands are lightweight and easy to wear — perfect if you wear your Gear Sport on the daily.

Available in 5 color options, you can buy the bands individually for $8 each, or get a five-pack that gives you the choice of all five colors for just $17. It's a great deal if you're the type who loves to accessorize your smartwatch with your outfit.

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LoveBlue Stainless Steel Bands

Moving from silicone and leather to more stylish stainless steel varieties, these LoveBlue bands offer a high-end look at a reasonable price.

These bands are available in black, gold, silver, or rose gold color options and are perfect if you're looking for a classier band for those fashionable events where you still want to wear your favorite smartwatch but a silicone strap just won't do.

LoveBlue's products are custom designed for the Gear Sport with the quick-release pins and included tools for removing links if the band is too big for your wrist. Get this luxurious band for your Gear Sport for just $16.

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Fintie Milanese Loop Bands

Another stylish option that's very popular these days is the Milanese loop bands. Made of a premium stainless steel mesh, these are great bands for those who wish to find a mix of something that's both stylish and breathable.

The strap is held to your wrist with a magnetic clasp design that stays secure even when you're active. Fintie offers five color styles for these bands, from standard black and silver designs to a rainbow-like style, rose gold, and a very stylish navy blue model.

These bands are priced between $11 and $15, depending on the color style you opt for.

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Acestar Stainless Steel / Milanese Loop (2-pack)

Having a hard time choosing between a stainless steel link band and a Milanese Loop band? Why choose when you can get both from Acestar in this great bundle.

This two-pack of bands are available in classic black, so they'll blend right in with the Gear Sport itself and add a touch of class to any outfit. You don't get the removal tools for the link band, so you may need to visit a jeweller if you don't have the proper tools on hand.

Otherwise, getting two stylish stainless steel watch bands for your Gear Sport for just $22 is one heck of a deal.

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How do you accessorize your Gear Sport?

Do you own any of the replacement straps on our list? Got a recommendation that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

5 days ago

5 great reasons to buy your first drone this summer

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5 great reasons to buy your first drone this summer

Grab a drone and see the world from a new perspective.

In the past decade, drones have gone from an expensive tool almost exclusively for filmmakers to a swelling consumer industry filled with drones at every price point.

Needless to say, it's a great time to get into the drone hobby and there's no better time than the beginning of summer to touch the skies with a drone of your own.

NOTE:As of 2018, the U.S. has reinstated the law requiring all unmanned aircraft to be registered with the FAA. It costs only $5 per aircraft to register and the government requires your email address, physical and/or mailing address, and the make and model of your unmanned aircraft. Once you're registered, you're valid for 3 years and are required to label your drone with your registration number.

It's cheap to get started for beginners

If you've never owned a drone before, the idea of buying a $1000 piece of flying technology and crashing it on its maiden voyage might terrify you. And let's be clear — that's absolutely a possibility. Give a novice drone pilot a top-end, super fast drone and a crash landing of some sort is almost guaranteed.

Fortunately, there are quality drones available to fit into any budget. Sure, you'll be exchanging some cool features like HD video and auto-piloting modes — but if you're a complete novice to drones and other remote-controlled toys you're best off getting something that lightweight and replaceable. Especially if you're buying for a younger child, you want a drone that won't cause too much harm if it comes crashing into someone, and also at a low cost point so you're not absolutely heartbroken if it crashes and breaks.

Once you feel entirely comfortable piloting a cheap, plastic drone, you'll feel that much more confident flying a more substantial product with higher top speeds and better features.

Great excuse to go outside and explore

So much of the technology we buy for entertainment purposes these days is designed to keep us staring at screens while sitting comfortably indoors. Drones, with rare exception, are strictly for flying outdoors, and can offer a great excuse to simply go out for a hike and see your world from a new perspective.

Now, it's here that I should reemphasize that you shouldn't be flying drones in congested urban areas, over busy streets, or anywhere that's considered restricted airspace. You should be able to get away with some low-key practise flying at a local park, but ideally you'll want to go be sure you're flying legally and safely away from buildings, trees, people, and other vehicles.

That said, it's a great reason to grab the drone and go explore a National Park, or some other really cool natural areas. If you've got kids, buy them a drone and take get them hooked on playing with tech that gets them outdoors!

Take breathtaking photos and video

Lets be real — most of us see some of the epic footage and cool photos taken from drones and thing "I want to do that, too".

The good news is that you can absolutely replicate some of those super awesome shots that look like it was shot by a professional without investing in a $21,000 rig capable of carrying a Hollywood film camera.

You'll find capable camera drones for as low as $400 and some of the more premium models for closer to $2000. Typically, you get what you pay for in terms of video quality and other features such as the ability most DJI drones have to automatically lock on and track a moving object for excellent action shots as you bike down the side of a mountain or skateboard around like your Casey Neistat.

They're easier to fly than ever

If you were an early adopter when consumer drones first started hitting the markets, you'll know that they were crazy expensive and near impossible to control outside of near-perfect weather conditions.

These days, even the smallest drones you can buy will typically have on-board tech to keep your flight relatively steady. While I would certainly recommend starting out small and cheap with your first drone, if you gotta have a full-featured drone DJI has made incredible strides in making their industry-leading drone tech available in entry-level drones like the DJI Spark Mini Drone.

For just over $300, you get a full-featured drone with gesture and TapFly controls, active obstacle detection, and an HD video camera with subject tracking features. Just be assured that even the best-featured drone can still get away from you…

Join the ever-growing FPV drone racing community

I personally consider this the supreme end to becoming a hobbyist drone pilot. First-person view drone piloting takes an extreme amount of skill and technical ability to fly your drone with pinpoint accuracy, wearing a VR headset strapped to your face feeding you live video as your drone zips through the air.

If you're curious, your best off Googling around to find any local drone racing communities in your area. It's a great way to network with other likeminded individuals, and could also open your eyes to a bustling community that you never knew existed.

To become an elite drone racer will require serious investment of time and money to keep up regular practise and build a kit of replacement parts. Before you start investing on tech, you're best off trying a drone racing simulator to get a feel for the insane speeds and dizzying twists and turns you'll hope to experience in real life.

Have you hit the skies with a drone?

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5 days ago

Best streaming solutions for Android users

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Best streaming solutions for Android users

NVIDIA Shield TV NVIDIA Shield TV ($179 at Amazon) is the best full Android TV experience you can buy.

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You have options.

When it comes to streaming TV, Android gets the short shrift. All the love tends to go to Roku and Amazon and Apple TV. And those are fine solutions.

But for many folks — particularly those who also rock Android devices in their daily lives — Android TV, and Chromecast along with it, shouldn't be overlooked.

Here's what I'd recommend an Android lover look at when it comes to cutting the cord.

At the very least, get a Chromecast

Chromecast UltraIf nothing else, spend $35 and get yourself a Chromecast. This is the little HDMI dongle that'll allow you to "cast" damned near anything on a TV in 1080p. You're not streaming content directly from your phone — it's the Chromecast itself that's doing the heavy lifting. But you control it from your phone.

And it doesn't just work with Android — you can cast content from an iPhone or iPad, and from a desktop browser.

How's it work? You plug it in, and set it up through the Google Home app. Whenever you see the little cast icon, you hit it, then sit back and enjoy whatever content you want on the big screen. And all of the streaming services — Sling, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, etc. — support Chromecast.

And if want an upgrade, the $69 Chromecast Ultra will do all this, plus 4K resolution.

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Even better is Android TV itself

Now we're really getting serious. Chromecast is great, but it's not my favorite solution here. For one, you control it with a phone, not a proper remote. That's fine, but it's not great.

Shield TV is downright ancient by tech standards, but it's still remarkably powerful and 100% usable.

Android TV is, as the name suggests, Android's full TV experience. You can get it one of two ways — it can be built in to a TV itself and serve as the operating system, or you can get a standalone Android TV box.

Android TV has scores of Android apps available, including the obvious ones for streaming content — all the major services, Facebook, Twitter, Pluto, etc. — as well as a whole bunch of games and individual channels. If your TV also sports an OTA tuner, that'll feed in there as well. Plus there's a great YouTube experience.

A number of display manufacturers use Android TV as their OS of choice. Sony Bravia and Sharp Aquos are two of the major examples.

You also can get a set-top box that runs Android TV. There's currently only one of those that we actually recommend — the $179 NVIDIA Shield TV. It's a little long in the tooth, but it's aged remarkably well. The software is kept current, it's still ridiculously powerful, and you can hook it up to external drives and use it as a local entertainment server, if you that's how you like to control your media.

Shield TV also is a more-than capable gaming platform, with tons of titles available through Google Play, and even more serious gaming through NVIDIA's Geforce program.

By the way, Chromecast may already be built in

If you get a full on Android TV experience, Chromecast is built in already. You don't need a separate puck. And a number of TVs that don't run the Android TV operating system also have Chromecast support baked in.

Vizio is a big proponent of that. Toshiba is another. It's a great option that won't cost you anything extra.

The bottom line

Here's the short version: Chromecast is great. Android TV is better. It ties in directly with your Google account, so all the movies and shows and music you've bought on one magically appears on the other. It's got Chromecast built in, so it'll work well with your Android phone — as well as with an iPhone.

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5 days ago

Best Battery Cases for Samsung Galaxy S8

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Best Battery Cases for Samsung Galaxy S8

Easily double your phone's battery life with a protective and functional battery case!

The Samsung Galaxy S8 doesn't have great battery life, so you may be in search of an extra boost of battery life after a long day of use.

That's where a battery case comes in real handy, offering you essentially an extra battery pack that's attached to your phone and doubles up with some added protection. Before we dive into the options below, we should say from the outset that some battery cases may prevent your phone from using NFC due to their thickness and density — something to keep an eye out for.

With that out of the way, let's take a look at our options!

Mophie Juice Pack (2950mAh)

If you've bought a battery case for your phone in the past, chances are it was made by Mophie. It's one of the leading manufacturers and has a good track record of making quality products. For the Galaxy S8, it's released a version of its classic Mophie Juice Pack, which offers up 2950mAh of extra battery life for your phone, perfect for giving you an extra boost of juice when you're phone's running low near the end of the day.

If you've noticed your Galaxy S8 battery is slipping a bit, now's a great time to pick one up. You can get one for $58 — $40 off the regular price. It's worth noting that despite the added protection in the corners, the drawback from Mophie's low-profile design means the case is nearly flush with the screen so you may want to look into a tempered glass screen protector to add a bit of protection around the front.

The case comes with a USB-C charging cable and wall charger but does not offer compatibility with Samsung's Fast Charge feature. But on the upside, the case itself offers wireless charging, so you can still use it on all of your various wireless chargers around the house. Mophie states on its website that its products are covered by a 2-year warranty, and it also offers a variety of wireless charging docks to keep your phone and your case topped up throughout your day.

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Mophie Charge Force Case

Another great option from Mophie for wirelessly charging your Galaxy S8 phone is its Charge Force series of accessories. Instead of having the battery pack built right into the case, the Charge Force Case is a slim case made of leather with built-in magnets that are used with other Charge Force accessories to top up your phone.

The case itself sells for $50 and is compatible with most wireless charging pads you may already own while being thin enough to not impede Samsung Pay or Google Pay. For wireless charging on the go, you'll also need to pick up a Charge Force Powerstation Mini ($25). It's a compact 3,000 mAh battery pack that securely attaches to the back of the case via magnets and will wirelessly charge your phone whenever and wherever you need it. The advantages here are obvious as you only add the extra bulk of the charging pack when you absolutely need it without blocking the headphone jack or charging port at the bottom of your phone.

Mophie also offers Charge Force charging docks for your home, office, or car, and since everything is modular in nature and would work with other Charge Force cases for the Note 8 or any future Samsung flagships. These accessories, along with the Powerstation Mini, should work with newer Juice Pack cases that are compatible with Charge Force technology.

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Trianium Atomic Pro Battery Case (4500mAh)

The Trianium Atomic Pro case offers a good combination of protection and extra battery life, packing in a 4500mAh external battery on the back panel, with a front-plate bumper that protects the edges and adds a lip of protection for the screen. This case also features quick-charge sync-through technology which lets you charge your phone and your battery pack simultaneously.

On the back, you'll find an LED indicator for how much battery life is remaining in the case. Trianium has also included a headphone jack extender so you don't lose that functionality on your phone. Get this battery case for $40 in your choice of black or white.

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Vproof Power Bank Cover (5000mAh)

So if you were to search for battery cases for the Galaxy S8 on Amazon, you'll find a seemingly endless list of lesser-known brands offering essentially the exact same battery case for about the same price. So instead of linking to five nearly identical products, we'll point to one of the better reviewed of the bunch from Vproof.

Offering a 5000mAh battery, this case is as beefy as you would expect it to be but in exchange, it offers an extra 24+ hours of talk time (if you still do that) or up to 13 hours of added web browsing. It's designed with ample cutouts around the speakers, charging ports and headphone jack so the bulkiness won't interfere with your phone's functionality (aside from the NFC issue mentioned above). There's protection for your phone around the corners, but the case sits pretty flush with your phone's screen so you'll want to be aware of that going in. It's also available on the cheap, for just $22.

Vproof also offers a 12-month hassle-free warranty as well which is always nice.

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Best Keyboards for Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

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Best Keyboards for Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

The Galaxy Tab S3 is one of the few high-end Android tablets left. Here's how to turn it into a productivity machine!

High-end Android tablets may not be so common these days, but Samsung is one of the few manufacturers still offering a high-end option with its Galaxy Tab S3. But sometimes you need a tablet to be a bit more powerful, and that's where a keyboard comes in handy.

Here are the best keyboards for your Samsung Galaxy Tab S3!

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Keyboard Cover

Usually, the best accessories are made by the same people that made the device. That's true with Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 Keyboard Cover, which is the perfect companion for your tablet. The keyboard connects directly to pins on the keyboard, so you won't have to worry about connection issues or Bluetooth interference. The keys are well spaced out and offer a comfortable amount of travel, with dedicated buttons for search and multi-tasking. The cover itself won't be as rugged as other cases, but it'll protect against short drops.

The suggested price for this keyboard is $130, but at the time of writing Amazon has it in grey for $72.

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Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard

If you want a keyboard you can stick in the back of your pocket, Microsoft has you covered. The Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard can remember two Bluetooth devices, so you can switch back and forth between your tablet and your phone if need be. Turning the keyboard on and off is super easy; just open it to power it up, and close it again to shut it off. There are dedicated keys for Home, Back and Search, and the battery lasts up to three months on a single charge. When it is time to charge the keyboard, just use one of the dozens of Micro-USB cables you have lying around. One downside of this keyboard is there's no way to mount the tablet, so you'll need to pick up a tablet stand or a case with a stand built-in.

At the time of writing, the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard is available in black for $82.

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Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480

This keyboard from Logitech isn't as compact as Microsoft's, but has more features and a much lower price. The K480 pairs to up to three Bluetooth devices, so you can use one keyboard for your tablet, desktop, and phone. Better yet, there's an integrated cradle to hold your phone and tablet. It may not be as stable as a laptop, but it'll be much more portable. There are dedicated keys for home, multi-tasking, back, and search, as well as media control keys to keep you from blasting your mixtape for the whole coffee house. The K480 includes two AAA batteries, which should be better in the long term than an internal battery.

At the time of writing, Logitech's K480 keyboard is available in black or white for $25, though retail price is $50.

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EC Technology Multi-Device keyboard

If you want something even less expensive, EC Technologies has the keyboard for you. Its keyboard also remembers up to three Bluetooth devices, and includes a fold-out stand for your tablet. The stand isn't padded, so be wary of scratches. There are dedicated media keys, but no other controls for Android. The keyboard is powered by two AAA batteries, though there aren't any included in the box. The keyboard should last for three months with two hours of use per day.

At the time of writing, EC Technology's Bluetooth keyboard is available in black for $20.

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DREVO Calibur 71-key keyboard

A wise man once said to speak softly and carry a big stick. I say, type loudly and carry a small keyboard. The DREVO Calibur 71-key keyboard fits that bill nicely. This is a mechanical keyboard, and it offers your choice of black, blue, brown and red switches. Each switch type has its trade-offs, but I prefer the blue switches because they sound amazing and don't require much force to press. The keyboard can remember three Bluetooth devices, but can also connect to a device through the keyboard's Micro-USB port. You won't have access to any of the Android navigation keys, which is unfortunate, but the keyboard has an internal battery that charges with its Micro-USB port, and two adjustable feet to make your loud typing that much more comfortable.

At the time of writing, the DREVO Calibur keyboard is available in black for $61. There is a white version, but it is currently out of stock.

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Which keyboard do you use with your Galaxy Tab S3? Let us know down below!

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