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2 weeks ago

Grab Aukey's car charger with two Quick Charge 3.0 ports for just $9

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a dual-port Quick Charge 3.0 car charger for under $10!

Right now you can pick up Aukey's car charger with two Quick Charge 3.0 ports for just $8.99 at Amazon with coupon code 3YBPE635. This $11 savings will help you prepare for the future and ensure that you get the fastest charge possible, whether you have five minutes in the car or five hours. You'll be able to charge compatible devices up to four times faster with Quick Charge 3.0, and you can use both ports at the same time.

Remember to use coupon code 3YBPE635 for the full savings. This deal likely won't stick around long, so be sure to grab one for each of your vehicles now!

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2 weeks ago

FLIR One Pro preview: An Android-powered thermal imaging camera made for professionals

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If you require thermal imaging to get the job done, the FLIR One Pro is one of the best solutions for doing so with your smartphone.

Contractors, road warriors, electricians, plumbers — whatever your occupation is, if it's dealing with scalding hot things or even temperate metal, chances are you'll get plenty of use from a little plug-in thermal imaging camera like the FLIR One Pro.

This is the professional version of the FLIR One, one of the few affordable thermal cameras powered by a smartphone. At $400, the FLIR One Pro is twice the price of the third-generation FLIR One, but it's equipped with a better camera sensor and more durability. Unfortunately, that extra cash doesn't pay for better battery life.

See the heat

If you're not familiar with thermal imaging, it's the best way to measure how much heat is being radiated by a person, object, or area. Almost everything around us either gives off or reflects heat in some manner, and if you're doing work that relies on the details of how hot or cold something is, a plug-in thermal camera could be especially useful.

Those of you who remember the last FLIR One may recall that it was a bit hard to orient in the way you'd like. That's because it used microUSB, which required that you plug it in a certain way. If the port was backwards, however, it meant that the camera was facing inward. That's fine if you're taking a thermal selfie, but how often is there a need for that? The FLIR One Pro features an adjustable 4mm USB-C plug to make it easier to plug in the camera even when there's a honking case on it.

The core camera of the FLIR One Pro has been upended a bit to offer more vivid imagery.

The thermal camera sensor in the FLIR One Pro is higher resolution than the more-affordable FLIR One. Like the rest of its device family, it utilizes MSX, which stands for Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging — essentially FLIR's proprietary thermal imaging processing. (You can read more about it here.) The tech relies on one regular camera for detail and one Lepton camera for heat, and together they morph their final product into a single image. The actual photos you snap are saved to your camera roll at 1440x1080 and they're relatively easy to export when in need.

A selection of samples shot with the FLIR One Pro. From left to right: Inside the house with the windows open; the flame of a burning candle.

Unfortunately, I didn't have a last-generation FLIR camera on hand to do the apples-to-apples test, but I can report that the One Pro seemed to capture even the most minor of heat points from around the room. It also works in the dark if you're requiring a bit of night vision action. However, it's still weird shooting at things with a camera placed at the bottom of the device, which can make it hard to maneuver the camera around smaller objects in tight corners. Thankfully there are additional features in the app, like the ability to use multiple spot meters, that can help with measuring polarizing surfaces.

FLIR One Pro video sample.

Battery life for the FLIR One Pro is up to an hour when it's fully charged, but I was lucky enough to eke out about 40 minutes — and that's with the device being on standby. Using the camera will suck a ton of energy from a full battery. With ten minutes of constant usage, the battery dropped about 11 percent after snapping some pictures. You can still use the One Pro while it's charging, however, which bodes well if you're carrying a separate battery pack.

About the app

Screenshots of the FLIR One camera app.

During my week with the FLIR One Pro, I was utilizing a beta version of the FLIR One app for Android so that I could preview the next-gen dongle. The app itself is not particularly impressive. Since the technology is technically cross-platform, the apps have been designed in a one-size-fits-all manner for both iOS and Android. The result is a Jelly Bean-esque interface with slow-to-load menu screens and permissions prompts that freeze on screen. In fact, due to the beta nature of the app, I experienced plenty of crashes as I attempted to use the device. At the very least, it uses a similar menu schematic to what you're used to on Android, so there's no learning curve there.

There are some added features that will make the droll-looking interface worth navigating.

There are some added features that will make the droll-looking interface worth navigating. As I mentioned, there is spot meter you can use to get the reading on a specific area — say you're shooting a power strip, for instance, and you want to see the heat coming out of a particular adapter. You can set the spot meter exactly where you want it and have the temperature readout just for that area. There's even a time lapse mode you can set up so that you can measure the heat of an object over time. You'll probably want the phone to be plugged in while it's set up to do this, however, since the battery on the FLIR One Pro is fast to go.

FLIR has also provided links for finding more reasons to use the One Pro. There's a community link available if you have a specific question that may seem unanswerable, as well as a link to download additional thermal imaging apps from the Play Store. And if you're really stuck, FLIR made all of its support pages readily available from the main menu screen.

A worthy work tool

The bigger sensor on the FLIR One Pro will cost you an extra $200, but if you're planning to use this device in conjunction with your smartphone in the field, the $400 investment may be worth it for the better imaging sensor.

If you're merely looking for one to use around the house, however, the third-generation FLIR One is just as viable, not to mention it'll save you some cash. And since both models are only meant to last up to an hour, it's not like you're getting any battery gain for buying the professional version.

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2 weeks ago

You won't empty your wallet for studio-grade headphones with the Status Audio HD One's at $25

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time bringing you studio-grade headphones for much less!

Wireless headphones have grown in popularity lately, but wired headphones are still invaluable for many since they don't need to be charged, offer a more reliable connection and more. Over-the-ear headphones can range in price from around $10 to over $300, depending what you are looking for. If quality is the main concern for you, but you don't want to go broke buying a new set of headphones, we've got just the deal for you.

Status Audio, a company that specializes in high-quality affordable headphones, is currently offering its HD One wired headphones for just $24.64 with coupon code THRFTR44. This is the lowest price these headphones have ever been, and $5 less than our previous mention. You won't want to miss this deal.

So, you've never heard of Status Audio? Don't worry, these headphones have a 4.3 out of 5-star rating at Amazon with over 700 reviews, and the company's other headphones, the OB-1, maintain a 4.7 out of 5-star rating with over 70 reviews. These are actually on sale as well, and with the coupon code THRFTR38 you can get them for just $48.98. This is a $30 savings.

With the HD One's you'll get:

  • THE STATUS AUDIO ADVANTAGE – No logos, no celebrities, just sound. Join the 100,000+ customers enjoying premium sounding, beautifully constructed headphones at a fraction of the price of the big name competition.
  • SLEEK AND MINIMAL – Prefer not to be a walking billboard? The HD One headphones are 100% free of logos and branding, and are coated in a rubberized matte finish that doesn't show fingerprints or reflect light. Perfect for a minimal look or for customizing.
  • STUDIO GRADE – 40mm drivers deliver an exciting sound signature that responds to all genres of music. Deep, articulated bass with a sizzling high end. Exceptional detail and clarity throughout the entire frequency spectrum. This is the big, crisp sound you've been looking for.
  • FIT AND FINISH – On-ear design that is lightweight and comfortable for long-term use. A unique foldable design collapses into a small form factor, ideal for travel and commuting. Substantial, yet highly portable, these are your go-to headphones for your morning commute and throughout the day.

You don't have to take our word for it that you'll be impressed with the quality of these, though. Try them for yourself now for just $24.64, which happens to be the best price we've tracked on them, and let your ears show you just how good they are.

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2 weeks ago

This rare Sonos discount makes it the perfect time to fill your house with wireless music

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a pair of Sonos discounts you won't want to miss!

If you've been looking into wireless speakers for your house, Sonos is likely a brand that you have seen pop up multiple times. It's no secret that Sonos products are a bit on the more expensive side, but there is a good reason behind that: they are amazing. I got my first two speakers over 6 years ago, and thanks to online updates from Sonos the older speakers have all the same features and functionality as my brand new addition that I got this year.

One thing about Sonos speakers is that they don't go on sale very often, so when they do you want to be sure to pick them up. Right now the company is offering $50 off the 2-pack of Play:1 speakers, and $100 off the Sonos Sub.

These deals are available at a variety of retailers, including:

Both the speakers and subwoofer are available in black and white, and you can mix and match the speakers if you want. Whether you are looking to get your Sonos system started, or want to expand one that you already have, you won't want to miss out on this deal!

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

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3 weeks ago

Best hard drive for upgrading your PlayStation 4 storage

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Get all the space you need with an external hard drive.

While your PlayStation 4 might initially seem like it has all the space in the world for games, apps, and movies, eventually you're going to run out of room. Instead of deleting old saves or removing games from your system entirely, you can upgrade your space with an external hard drive. We've got the details on how to pick the right one here!

Why you'll want to upgrade

Depending on the size of your PlayStation 4 hard drive, it may be months or even a year or two before you start to really run out of room. In the past when this happened, you'd have to delete games and try to wiggle enough room to install the new shooter you just picked up.

However that all changed back in March when PlayStation added external hard drive support to its consoles. This means that all you need to do to upgrade your storage space is go ahead and plug in your preferred external hard drive and format it to your PlayStation 4. After that, you'll be good to go!

There are a few things to remember when trying to pick out an external hard drive. First, be sure that it is USB 3.0, because your console is compatible with USB 3.0. You'll also want to consider what storage size you want to pick up for your external drive; while a 1TB drive might be sufficient for some folks, others may want to err on the side of caution for more storage space. Lastly, it's worth mentioning that while you might be tempted to pick up an SSD external drive, it isn't going to make much of a difference when you are playing.

Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB

The Toshiba Canvio Basics is your run-of-the-mill 1TB hard drive. It comes in three different colors, has USB 3.0, and has no required software to update or install.

With 1TB of storage space, you've got enough room for about 25 games, not including updates and save files. That means that 1TB might not be quite enough space for every gamer, and that's fine. For the ones who only need some extra space, this is a great external hard drive to check out.

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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable

If you want a slightly beefier external hard drive, then a 2TB might be more up your alley. Seagate delivers a great portable hard drive with enough room for 50 full games.

It's fully compatible with PlayStation 4 after the firmware update to 4.5 and comes in 4 different colors. It's also available for just $10 more than many 1TB models. That means that getting twice the space is more affordable than ever, which leads to having plenty of space for all the games you haven't discovered yet.

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WD 4TB My Book Desktop

If you don't really care about portability, and you're really just concerned with making sure you have as much room as is physically possible, then it's time to consider a desktop external drive. They may be a bit bulkier, but once you've got it set up, you'll never need to move it again, which can be handy.

This 4TB external hard drive from Western Digital has enough space to keep you downloading all of your favorite games, movies, and apps without any thought as to how much space they take up. It's even available in larger sizes if you really want every bit of space you can possibly get.

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Have you considered upgrading your storage?

Have you picked up an external hard drive for your PS4? Which one? Let us know about it in the comments below!

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3 weeks ago

Best Tempered Glass Screen Protectors for Amazon Fire 7" Tablet

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Protect your new Amazon Fire 7 tablet with a tempered glass screen protector.

Amazon has refreshed its line of Fire tablets, delivering a lighter and thinner tablet than its predecessor with Alexa built right into the OS. It's a compelling option at $50, and that means you should have some money left over to spend on accessories to keep your new device protected.

Here're your best bets for tempered glass screen protectors for the 7-inch Amazon Fire tablet.

Mr Shield 2-pack

When you're buying accessories, it never hurts to get a spare. Mr Shield offers a two-pack of screen protectors for the 7-inch Fire Tablet, giving you more bang for your buck.

Each screen protector is made of HD clear ballistic glass, which has been precisely cut with lasers with polished, rounded edges to exactly fit the dimensions of the Fire 7 screen. Not only do you get two screen protectors here, but Mr Shield backs up its products with a lifetime, no-hassle replacement warranty.

If you're planning to buy a Fire tablet for you and your loved one, this is a great deal to keep both devices safe from damage.

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AILUN Case-friendly Screen Protector

If you only need one screen protector for your device and don't want to spend more than $10 to get it, you'll want to check out this option from AILUN.

It includes all the features you'd want from a tempered glass screen protector — it's scratch- and shatter-resistant, features an oleophobic (oil-resistant) coating to prevent smudges and fingerprints, and is also compatible for use with a case. The package comes with guide stickers, wet and dry wipes, and dust removal stickers to ensure a clean, bubble-free installation.

AILUN offers a 12-month warranty for its Fire 7 tempered glass screen protector.

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Spigen GLAS.TR Slim

Spigen offers a two-pack of tempered glass screen protectors for the Amazon Fire 7 tablet. Regularly priced at over $45 (that's nearly the cost of the tablet!), you can get the pair for under $15.

Each screen protector is made of rugged tempered glass with rounded edges to help avoid any chips, and there's an oleophobic coating to help prevent your fingerprints from smudging up the screen.

Spigen offers really great customer support if you run into any issues during installation, and it consistently makes great accessories, so you can buy with confidence.

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Worth the price?

Are you upgrading to the new Amazon Fire 7 tablet? If so, will you be picking up a screen protector to keep that screen protected? Let us know in the comments!

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3 weeks ago

Getting the most out of the PS4 share function

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Share all your epic gaming highlights with the PS4's Share function!

Video game consoles can let you explore an irradiated planet, or try to survive the night while a pack of murderous Wendigos hunts down you and your friends. No matter what kind of adventures you are diving into, there may come a time when you want to share your epic quests with your friends. That is where PlayStation 4's share function shines. It allows you to quickly take screenshots and video clips, and you can even use it to broadcast your gameplay.

What is the share function

Unlike earlier game consoles where taking a screenshot or video was an involved process that often required extra accessories to pull off, PlayStation 4 has baked everything right into your console. This means that you can snag a screenshot, record a video, or even stream your gameplay, all with just the press of a few buttons on your controller.

This, of course, means that sharing and streaming your best gaming moments is easier than ever on the PlayStation. So the next friends you want to make your friends drop their jaws, be sure to have a few video clips of that epic firefight you've been talking about all week.

How do I use it?

Using the Share function is as easy as you might hope. In order to take a screenshot, all you need to do is press the share the button. A small icon of a photograph will pop up on the screen to let you know the screenshot has been saved.

In order to broadcast your gameplay, take a video clip, or take advantage of Share Play you'll need to press and hold the share button. This will open up a menu on the right side of your screen, with all of your options laid out for you.

To share a video clip all you need to do is select 'Video clip', and then decide where you want to share your video. Use this feature to easily share to Facebook, YouTube, and even Instagram. If you'd prefer to save your video clip instead of instantly sharing it, all you need to do is scroll down and choose 'Save video clip'.

You also have access to broadcast and sharing settings.

If you're more interested in streaming, then you have the option to Broadcast your gameplay directly to Twitch, YouTube, or Dailymotion. All you need to do is connect your account, and you're good to go. For those who like to have control over everything going on, you also have access to Broadcast and sharing settings from this menu. It's here that you can adjust the length of video clips, link with other services, adjust your audio sharing settings, and tweak your Broadcast settings.

You also have access to one final function from within the share menu — PlayStation Shared Play. This allows you to share your game with a friend using the internet, even if they don't have the game that you are playing. Essentially you're able to invite one friend into a private party so that the two of you can game together. You can even play a single player game in this manner, choosing to hand the controller back and forth, even if you aren't using the same console or aren't in the same place. The only catch is that both you, and your friend will both need to be active members of PlayStation Plus.

Have you used the share function for PlayStation 4?

PlayStation 4 makes it easy for you to save, share, and broadcast your gameplay, all with the press of a controller button. Whether you want to share your gameplay with one friend, or the whole of Twitch, that's an option that you can take advantage of. Have you used any of PlayStation 4's share functions? Be sure to let us know about it in the comments below!

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3 weeks ago

Motorola's GamePad Moto Mod is arriving this summer for $79.99 alongside other fresh Mod options

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Game better, charge better and listen better with new Moto Mods coming soon for the Moto Z lineup.

Back at Mobile World Congress, Motorola announced a number of interesting Mods for its Moto Z line, and we now know how much they'll be and when they'll be available.

If you're not familiar, Moto Mods are Motorola's take on augmenting smartphone features by magnetically attaching accessories through very strong magnets to a high-speed data port on the back of the phone. Exclusive to the Moto Z series, the accessories run the gamut from simple batteries to a Hasselblad-branded camera and portable pico projector.

Now, there are three new ones coming in July, with a fourth, the much-anticipated GamePad accessory, arriving later in the summer. And remember, these aren't exclusive to the new Moto Z2 Play — they're backwards-compatible to the rest of the Moto Z line as well.

The ultimate list of Moto Mods

JBL SoundBoost 2

Not sure that this one needed a sequel, but JBL's second SoundBoost speaker Mod is rounder and considerably more portable than the first, with the same excellent bassy sound and 10-hour battery life.

It now comes in black, red, and blue variants, with a reinforced metal kickstand that props it up when listening on the go. It's also splashproof, which is nice that, along with the Moto Z line's water resistant nano-coating, it can stand up to being by the pool or caught in the rain.

Coming in July for $79.99.

Moto TurboPower Pack

Love this one. A 3490mAh battery that's barely thicker than all of Motorola's previous battery Mods, the TurboPower pack charges using Moto's fast charge spec — up to 15 watts — which should bring any of the Moto Z products up to very, very quickly. It's also easily rechargeable using USB-C independent from the phone, which is a bonus.

Coming in July for $79.99.

Moto Style Shell with Wireless Charging

This one is fairly simple: it's a regular textured Style Shell that, for $39.99, adds both Qi and PMA wireless charging to your Moto Z. Looks pretty good but adds too much thickness to keep it permanently attached to the back of my Moto Z or Z2 Play. Maybe just leave it next to the bed and swap it in every night.

Coming in July for $39.99.

Moto GamePad

I got to try an early prototype of this one, and it's really neat. There are two analog sticks and nice, clicky buttons, and while Motorola won't currently comment on whether it is working with developers to optimize specific games for the GamePad, all games with built-in controller support will work out of the box.

We don't have a specific shipping date other than late summer, but we know that it's coming soon for $79.99.

More: Moto Z2 Play review

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3 weeks ago

Best Car Chargers for Google Pixel

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Keep your Pixel charged while out on the road. Here are our favorite USB-C car chargers.

We've all been there (some of us more than others): You hop in your car ready to rev on the road and then you check your phone — it's dying at a rapid pace! You've barely enough battery life to get to your destination. Well, that's what car chargers are for, and if you've a Google Pixel, this next list should be particularly resonant for you. Here are some of the best car chargers you can buy for your Pixel or Pixel XL.

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3 weeks ago

Does your PlayStation VR need extra cooling fans to avoid overheating?

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Heat is part of the deal when you're playing PlayStation 4.

PlayStation 4 delivers tons of great content — from VR experiences to Netflix and Hulu, to its massive library of great games for you to dive into. You might be worried about how hot your system gets when it's in use though, and whether you need to bite the bullet and pick up an additional fan for cooling. While this is a fairly normal reaction, it shouldn't be necessary! We've got the details for you here!

Heat is normal when using PlayStation 4

When you notice heat coming off of your console, it's easy to get pretty worried. After all, many gamers still remember not being able to play certain consoles for more than two or three hours before they started to heat up and affect gameplay. Here's the thing though — when it comes to playing your PlayStation 4, a certain amount of heat is pretty normal.

We mean it's going to be warm, bordering on hot, when you touch it. This is especially true if you're touching around the back of the console where the main exhaust fan is housed. Don't panic, though. So long as your system has adequate room to vent, that heat isn't anything to worry about. Just hot air.

This is a good time to remind that you do want to ensure there's adequate space around your console. Rather than putting it in a cupboard inside of your entertainment center, we suggest leaving it open to the air so that the exhaust fan can do its job properly. The fan in your system is fairly beefy and was designed to ensure that you wouldn't need any additional cooling options, so as long as it is working properly adding additional fans ought to be unnecessary.

How to cut down on excess heat

Now if your system is getting some serious heat, there are a few things you might want to take a look at before you start thinking about ordering an aftermarket fan. Namely, you'll want to consider how long the system has been running, as well as how dusty it's become.

PlayStation 4 is basically covered in vents on the side and back of the console and if these vents get choked up with dust they aren't able to do their job properly. To this end, if you notice your console getting particularly hot then a solid call is to ensure that no vents are obscured by dust.

Clearing out dust or debris from your PS4's vents will help keep things cool.

You can clean them out in about 10 seconds, provided you have a canister of compressed air on hand. All you need to do is use short, controlled bursts with the nozzle pointed towards the vents. This ought to clear out any dust or debris and allow the console to properly vent heat.

If you still notice more heat than usual then you might want to consider how long you've been running your console for. While PlayStation 4 is a pretty hardy console, it still has its limits. If you've been running the console for more than 6-8 hours then you might want to give it a break for an hour or so to return to a normal temperature.

Have you considered an external fan?

While your PlayStation 4 system is going to heat up after you've been playing for a clip, this isn't something that ought to worry you much. So long as the exhaust fan is running, there is no dust blocking the vents, and you've ensured that there is room for the heat to vent off, then you should be in excellent shape. Have you considered picking up an additional fan for your PlayStation 4 console? Let us know about it in the comments below!

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3 weeks ago

Best Case-friendly Screen Protectors for Samsung Galaxy S8

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Which screen protectors work best with cases for Galaxy S8?

Update May 31: The Whitestone Dome Glass is once again available on Amazon. Check it out!

To protect or not to protect? That is the question many of us are asking as we debate whether or not to buy screen protectors and cases for the beautifully designed Samsung Galaxy S8

In the forums, there's been a pretty great discussion on the merits of using a screen protector at all on the Galaxy S8. Some folks swear that improvements to Gorilla Glass over the years have made screen protectors obsolete and question why anyone would want to possibly affect the clarity or touch sensitivity of the GS8's beautiful display.

On the other hand, a number of people have had screen protectors take the brunt of drops or scratches, while keeping their phone's screen safe from harm and point out that a purse or something in your pocket (or even those little rivets just outside the front pockets on a pair of jeans) can cause damage seemingly out of nowhere. Fact is, as tough as Gorilla Glass has become, it is always possible for it to get scratched or broken.

No matter where you fall on the debate, the fact is that it's hard to find a screen protector — especially one made of tempered glass — that accommodates the curved screen of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and also lets you use the case of your choosing. Here are a couple options pulled from the forums that seem really promising.

Armorsuit MilitaryShield Galaxy S8 Screen Protector

Made with a durable military-grade film, the Armorsuit MilitaryShield is a thin screen protector that offers edge-to-edge protection. It requires a wet installation, with all the required tools and wipes included in the box. Armorsuit claims that this protector is virtually scratch-proof, with self-healing technology that will help eliminate any minor scratches from keys or pocket sand.

As with most wet install screen protectors, you need to let this thing sit and dry for a good long time (up to 12 hours) to ensure proper adhesion and get a nice clean fit. Attempt to put on a case too soon and you'll have issues around the edges.

This was recommended by PJRed2008 in the forums, who admittedly had issues with their first screen protector and had to get new ones sent out made from an updated template. Since receiving the replacement, they've had no issues. If you ever have an issue with it, you'll want to follow suit and contact Armorsuit's customer service to take advantage of that lifetime replacement warranty.

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Yootech Galaxy S8 Wet Applied Screen Protector

If you're not down to deal with applying a curved glass screen protector on the Galaxy S8, this ultra-thin PET film screen protector from Yootech is a great option. It's a wet-install protector and comes with everything you'll need to clean and prep your phone for a proper installation the first time.

This screen protector is only .15mm thick and offers 95% transparency to keep that beautiful display in full view. Yootech also sells these in two-packs, so if you mess up your first attempt at installing, you've got another shot. If you keep having problems, Yootech offers a lifetime, no-hassle warranty.

Some things to note if you've never done a wet install before: You'll need to let things settle and dry for up to 12 hours for the screen protector to properly set and for any bubbles to leave. If you try to put a case on it before it has set, you may get those ugly lifted edges, so you're best bet is to do the installation in a clean room right before bed, then your phone should be ready by the next morning. If you notice the edge lifting off, you can reapply the spray and let it rest for another 12 hours. Otherwise, you may need to try again from scratch.

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Whitestone Dome Glass

The Whitestone Dome Glass screen protector was another option that was getting people talking in the forums. The big selling feature for this wet install screen protector is its unique curing process, which uses UV light.

It's proven to be so popular that was out of stock on Amazon all month — but it's finally back in stock and available for a whopping $45. Why is it so expensive? Well, check out this review and installation guide to get an idea of how this tempered glass screen protector uniquely adheres like no other screen protector you've seen before. If the worst case scenario has already occurred and your screen is cracked, think of this as a second chance screen before dropping hundreds of dollars on a proper replacement screen. With a UV light packaged to complete the curing process, this is a pricier option than other screen protectors out there, but based on video review and reviews on Amazon it's an early favorite. I guess time will tell how well the Whitestone Dome Glass holds up in real-life use.

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Where do you land on the screen protector debate?

Are screen protectors and cases a must buy for any new phone you own or do you prefer the naked look and feel? Have you had hands-on experience with a screen protector that others should know about? Let us know in the comments!

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

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The Galaxy S8, and its larger sibling the S8+, are Samsung's top-end devices for 2017 meant to appeal to the general consumer and power user alike. The two phones are only differentiated by screen and battery size: 5.8 inches and 3000mAh, and 6.2 inches and 3500mAh.

The displays have a new 18.5:9 aspect ratio with a QHD+ resolution, meaning they're extra tall and narrow. Samsung moved to on-screen buttons and reduced bezel size dramatically in order to fit as much screen into the body as possible. That moved the fingerprint sensor to the back of the phones, where it sits somewhat-awkwardly next to the camera lens. Iris scanning makes its return in a new-and-improved version from the Note 7.

Though the batteries haven't increased in size from the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the hope is that the improved efficiency of the new 10 nm processor inside will provide some help. The processor is backed up by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Waterproofing and wireless charging are still here as well, plus a new USB-C port on the bottom. The rear camera is unchanged in terms of its 12MP sensor and f/1.7 lens, but has improved processing thanks to a new ISP and software.

Specs

Width Height Thickness 5.86 in
148.9 mm
2.68 in
68.1 mm
0.31 in
8 mm
5.47 oz
155g grams
  • Display:
    • 5.8-inch AMOLED display
    • 2960x1440 resolution
    • 18.5:9 aspect ratio
    • Dual-curve infinity display
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP ƒ/1.7 rear camera
    • Dual-pixel phase detection autofocus
    • 1.4-micron pixels
    • 8MP ƒ/1.7 front camera
  • Battery:
    • 3000 mAh battery
    • Non-removable
    • USB-C fast Charging
    • Qi + PMA wireless charging
  • Chips:
    • Snapdragon 835 processor
    • Samsung Exynos 8896 processor
      (varies by region)
    • 4GB RAM
    • 64GB internal storage
    • microSD card slot
    • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • GS8+
    • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    • 6.2-inch AMOLED display
    • 3500mAh battery
    • 6.28 in x 2.89 in x 0.32 in
      159.5mm x 73.4mm x 8.1mm
    • 6.10 oz / 73g

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Amazon's 1-day networking and storage sale is full of big price drops

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with some great deals on popular networking and storage brands!

Amazon Gold Box Deals of the Day is offering up to 40% off top network and storage brands like NETGEAR, TP-Link, ASUS, and more. Whether you are in need of a new router to replace your aging one, or a network extender to get a better signal in areas of your house, you won't want to miss out on this deal. You probably have a bunch of random flash drives laying around your house, but likely none of them can store 128GB and are the size of your fingernail. Pick up SanDIsk's super popular Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive in today's sale for only $25.

Here are some of the best deals from the sale:

This one-day offer is valid on May 31, 2017, or while supplies last.

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3 weeks ago

Best Galaxy S7 Cases

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Best Galaxy S7 cases

What's the best case for Galaxy S7? These should do the trick!

Updated May 2017: Added the durable OtterBox Symmetry and the blinged out MagicSky cases.

If you have a Galaxy S7, then you probably didn't upgrade to the Galaxy S8, because the S7 still holds up wonderfully a year later.

That being said, if you want you phone to feel brand new, why not dress it up in a new case? Here are the best available.

Here are our favorites!

Spigen Liquid Crystal

Spigen Liquid Crystal

You don't have to hide the beauty of your phone to keep it protected, and the Liquid Crystal case from Spigen proves that. This case offers protection without sacrificing the ability to see the color choice that you made on your initial purchase.

You'll get a nice form fit from this case, and the embossed buttons are easy to press while the case is on the phone. You can grab one on Amazon for just over $10.

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LifeProof FRE

LifeProof FRE Galaxy S7

For the ultimate protection, LifeProof is a brand that sits at the top. While the Galaxy S7 may already be waterproof, some additional waterproofing along with drop protection is a no-brainer for many.

The case is designed this time around to be thinner than previous generations, while still providing the same amount of worry-free protection for your phone. You'll pay for the added protection, but it beats the constant worry about breaking your new investment.

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Speck Candyshell

Speck Candyshell Galaxy S7

If you want to keep your phone protected, but also want it to be as stylish as possible, you may want the Speck Candyshell case. Available in a variety of different patterns, Speck does a great job of combining style and protection in their cases.

The single piece construction makes it easy to slide your phone in, and keep it protected. From a clear case to show off the beauty of the phone itself, to a fully decorated floral pattern, there is a case here for just about everyone.

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Urban Armor Gear

Urban Armor Gear Galaxy S7

Urban Armor Gear is known for its rugged designs and great protection with a unique style. The company has announced a variety of cases for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, including one that will also double as a wallet with a place to store some of your credit cards. You can order your case now, with shipments starting around the release date of the phone.

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Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro

Searching for something a little more on the rugged side? The Unicorn Beetle Pro provides front and back protection for the Galaxy S7, including a durable swivel holster for quick-draw access at your side. On the front is a built-in plastic screen protector that's surrounded by a thick rim to keep the display raised from flat surfaces. The case itself utilizes a shock-absorbent TPU and durable polycarbonate to handle harsh impacts. The Unicorn Beetle Pro's rugged design is great for enhancing grip, too, with plenty of texture on each side of the case. This protective bundle is only $10 and available for pre-order right now.

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Ringke Fusion Crystal Case

For those who prefer to protect their Galaxy S7 with a case while still showing off the phone's sleek appearance, Ringke's Fusion crystal case is definitely one the best options out there. Its simple design is protective enough to handle common drops without bulking things up. Port plugs on the bottom help to keep out dirt and debris, but can always be permanently removed if they're more of a nuisance. Side buttons are easily accessible through the clear flexible plastic along the edges, and the smooth polycarbonate shell sports a large cutout for the S7's camera features.

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Vena vCommute

Vena vCommute

This is probably the most innovative wallet case I've come across. It's basically a fusion-style case, featuring a TPU bumper and a PC shell, with a wallet slot on the back. The slot is covered by a strong magnetic flap that's three-tiered, so you can open it just a smidge to grab something quickly or open it all the way to fill it up.

I comfortably fit three cards in this one, but you can snugly fit four, though it's a little difficult to get a card out when they're that tight. If you have three, however, it's incredibly easy to remove cards, right down to the last one.

This case is the perfect blend of wallet and protective cover.

Comes in gold/black and silver/black.

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Spigen Tough Armor Case

Spigen's Tough Armor case rocks military-grade protection with its dual-layer design and Air Cushion Technology. The inner skin features a webbed design that the Galaxy S7 rests on, including air pockets in all 4 corners that help handle shock. The raised lip around the front ensures the Galaxy S7's display is always clear from rubbing on flat surfaces, and the glossy bezel around the camera grants clear photos at all times. Unlike the Spigen Slim Armor, the Tough Armor case comes without a flimsy kickstand, leaving a smooth look and feel to its exterior plastic shell. This case comes in gunmetal, champagne gold, and black, starting at $19.

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Samsung S View Cover

Samsung S View Cover

Samsung's S View Cover series for the Galaxy S7 is just about as cool as it gets for phone cases. So long as you have NFC enabled on your phone, you essentially get a small window to your Galaxy S7 that lets you answer and decline calls, view message previews, activate the camera, and a bunch more.

Your Galaxy S7 clips into the bumper inside and then you just fold the cover over and, though the display is turned off, the preview screen still shows up through the window. Many folks want a flip cover to protect their phone, but it can be cumbersome to pull it out and open it up, and it's definitely conspicuous in class or at a meeting.

The S View Cover is available in black, gold, and silver to match your Galaxy S7. If you want a super cool, interactive case that does a lot more than just protect your Galaxy S7, then the S View Cover is definitely worth a look.

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Caseology Wavelength

Caseology Wavelength

Caseology's phone cases are excellent. I have yet to come across one that doesn't fit perfectly and doesn't feel great in the hand.

The Wavelength series has a wavy pattern on the back (duh!), which offers a wonderfully textured grip. The buttons are covered, but the tactile response is very present, so you're not pressing multiple times wondering if you're even hitting a button.

If you want a great-fitting case with precise cutouts, at phenomenal price (about $15), then check out the Caseology Wavelength. In fact, check out its whole collection — you can't go wrong!

Comes in five color combinations.

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OtterBox Symmetry

Everyone's perennial favorite case, OtterBox comes through yet again with the Symmetry Series, which offers guaranteed protection and comes in a wide range of colors and patterns so that you can add a bit of your own flair.

Keep in mind that this case will add some bulk to your S7, but it'll also make it feel substantial in your hand, protected all around by the blend of silicone and polycarbonate plastic for excellent shock absorption and drop protection.

If OtterBox has always been your go-to, then why mess up a good thing? Check out the Symmetry Series.

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MagicSky

If you really wanna dress up your Galaxy S7 and bling is the name of the game, then check out MagicSky's studded rhinestone dual-layer cases, which feature and array of patterns and colors. The edges are a soft silicone bumper, while the rest is harder plastic, which makes for great shock absorption and drop protection.

These cases go on and come off easily, thanks to a snap design, and the prints are actually gorgeous, not tacky (unless you opt for the tackier few that are available — to each their own!).

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What's your favorite Galaxy S7 case?

Those are just a handful of the best cases to consider protecting your Galaxy S7 with. If you're holding out for a different case, we'd love to hear about it!

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3 weeks ago

Best Wallet Cases for the Galaxy S8

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Cut down on your pocket carry with a sleek wallet case for your Galaxy S8!

If you're going to cover your Galaxy S8 in a case, you might as well choose one that includes some extra functionality. Wallet cases fit the bill, offering quality protection for your precious new phone while also letting you carry around a few cards and maybe even some cash.

Ditch your wallet and keep your phone, ID, and payment cards all in one place with a wallet case for your Galaxy S8.

Spigen Wallet S Case

The Spigen Wallet S case is perennially one of the best wallet cases you can get for your phone. With a premium design and build quality, you won't be disappointed.

This folio case provides full protection for your phone when closed with three card slots on the inside and a pocket for storing some cash. Your phone is held in place by an embedded TPU casing that offers protection around the corners (always important), and the front cover can be folded over to create a kickstand.

It's available in your choice of black or brown synthetic leather. While it's one of the more expensive case options on the list, it's a fantastic option that won't leave you disappointed.

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Abacus24-7 Galaxy S8 Wallet Case

For a cheaper folio wallet case option, consider Abacus24-7. Its case offers two card slots, which provide RFID protection and include a clear window that's perfect for your ID. There's also a hidden pocket for storing cash.

Your phone is held in place by a sturdy polycarbonate case, while the synthetic leather on the front and back protect your phone from scratches, dirt, and damage; the cover also folds over to create a kickstand. This case is available in four different colors, but you'll get the best value if you stick with black.

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ProCase Galaxy S8 Genuine Leather Case

Looking for a genuine leather wallet case for your phone without paying an arm and a leg? Get the ProCase wallet case for your Galaxy S8.

Made of premium, vintage leather and crafted with care, this case looks, feels, and smells of the highest quality. It's got all the features you'd expect from a folio wallet case: three card slots and a cash pocket on the inside, a magnetic lock to keep things secure, and the ability to fold over the front cover into a kickstand. It's available in your choice of black or brown leather, and since it's made of genuine leather, you can expect this case to look better with that distressed look as it ages.

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Spigen Slim Armor Wallet Case

The Spigen Slim Armor Wallet case looks like a standard case to the average person, but it features a slide-out panel on the back with room to store two cards — your ID and a debit or credit card.

On top of its card-carrying function, this is also just a really rugged case, constructed with a shock-absorbing TPU inner sleeve and a polycarbonate shell that includes the secret card panel. For a sleek wallet case that doesn't look like a wallet case, check out the Spigen Slim Armor wallet case — available in five different colors!

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Trianium Galaxy S8 Wallet Case

From the picture, you might expect this wallet case from Trianium to be made from a hard plastic, but it's actually a more rubber/silicone build that's grippy in hand. This case features a slot on the back that's cable of carrying cards, cash, or some combination of the two.

Unlike other cases on this list, the slot just remains open on the side, so if you only plan to keep one card and a couple of bills in this case, you might find that your card slips out a bit too easily. However, if you keep at least two cards and a bit of emergency cash in there, you should be fine. This case features a front bezel to protect the screen and also airflow channels on the inside that help your phone keep its cool and help with shock absorption.

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Q Card Wallet Case

Another back-panel wallet case, the Q-Card case from CM4 stands out from the rest with its back pocket made of premium fabric. This texture is also along the edge of the case which helps to make this a very grippy case in your hand.

This case also features all the protective elements you'd want from a case, including air-cushioned corners to help disperse shocks away from your phone, a bezel around the front to protect the screen, and even includes a slim slot along the edge that can be used with a credit card to create a kickstand for hands-free media viewing.

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What's in your wallet (case)?

Do you have a preferred wallet case for your Galaxy S8 that didn't make our list? Let us know in the comments below!

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

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The Galaxy S8, and its larger sibling the S8+, are Samsung's top-end devices for 2017 meant to appeal to the general consumer and power user alike. The two phones are only differentiated by screen and battery size: 5.8 inches and 3000mAh, and 6.2 inches and 3500mAh.

The displays have a new 18.5:9 aspect ratio with a QHD+ resolution, meaning they're extra tall and narrow. Samsung moved to on-screen buttons and reduced bezel size dramatically in order to fit as much screen into the body as possible. That moved the fingerprint sensor to the back of the phones, where it sits somewhat-awkwardly next to the camera lens. Iris scanning makes its return in a new-and-improved version from the Note 7.

Though the batteries haven't increased in size from the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the hope is that the improved efficiency of the new 10 nm processor inside will provide some help. The processor is backed up by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Waterproofing and wireless charging are still here as well, plus a new USB-C port on the bottom. The rear camera is unchanged in terms of its 12MP sensor and f/1.7 lens, but has improved processing thanks to a new ISP and software.

Specs

Width Height Thickness 5.86 in
148.9 mm
2.68 in
68.1 mm
0.31 in
8 mm
5.47 oz
155g grams
  • Display:
    • 5.8-inch AMOLED display
    • 2960x1440 resolution
    • 18.5:9 aspect ratio
    • Dual-curve infinity display
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP ƒ/1.7 rear camera
    • Dual-pixel phase detection autofocus
    • 1.4-micron pixels
    • 8MP ƒ/1.7 front camera
  • Battery:
    • 3000 mAh battery
    • Non-removable
    • USB-C fast Charging
    • Qi + PMA wireless charging
  • Chips:
    • Snapdragon 835 processor
    • Samsung Exynos 8896 processor
      (varies by region)
    • 4GB RAM
    • 64GB internal storage
    • microSD card slot
    • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • GS8+
    • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    • 6.2-inch AMOLED display
    • 3500mAh battery
    • 6.28 in x 2.89 in x 0.32 in
      159.5mm x 73.4mm x 8.1mm
    • 6.10 oz / 73g

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Best GPS trackers for kids

Best GPS trackers for kids

What are the best GPS trackers for kids?

Updated May 2017: We've removed the KOREX Waterproof Babysitter Smartwatch from our list because it has been discontinued.

It can be difficult to keep track of your children, and it can also be hard to gauge when it's appropriate to get them a cell phone or something a bit more mature in order to keep in contact with them.

GPS trackers are fantastic, potentially life-saving tools that help keep track of your little ones, so you won't have to worry about where they are. Just have them wear their GPS tracker like a watch, and the rest is up to your watchful eyes.

Here are a few great options to check out if you're looking for the best GPS trackers for your kids!

Tinitell

Tinitell

Stylish looking with a simple, modern design, the Tinitell GPS tracker is an innovative new smartband that worked effortlessly with an app from your smartphone.

Tinitell isn't only an interesting-looking, modern device, it's also an incredibly durable and resilient GPS tracker. Tinitell is designed to take some abuse, including splashing water and dirt (although the device itself isn't 100% waterproof by any means).

With your smartphone, you can connect and monitor your child with a precise GPS tracker, and you can even call your child using the Tinitell app. The smartband can have up to 12 contacts listed, so they never have to worry about being stranded without anyone to reach out to if they're in trouble. To make a call, all they have to do is press the front of the band, say the name of the person they'd like to contact, and that's it!

The Tinitell comes in four different, vibrant colors, including aqua, coral, charcoal, and indigo. You can use a Ting SIM card with your Tinitell for around $12 a month.

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GBD-GPS Tracker Kids Smartwatch

GBD-GPS Tracker Kids Smartwatch

With all-day tracking, three-way positioning, and even an additional fitness tracker element, the GBD-GPS Tracker Kids Smartwatch aims to make monitoring your children as effortless (and as accurate!) as possible.

Using a micro-SIM card, the GBD-GPS tracker is not only able to make two-way calls, but also immediate SOS emergency calls if your child comes in contact with unexpected danger. While some GPS tracking devices use one or two ways of triangulating your child's location, the GBD-GPS uses GPS, AGPS, and LBS positioning to paint a more accurate picture of where your child may be.

The GBD tracker allows parents to erect an Electric Fence, giving your child boundaries that will set off an alarm on your smartphone if crossed. If need be, parents can also call their child on their smartwatch for easy two-way talking, and can even use the app to set remote alarms and reminders for their children.

The GBD-GPS comes in three neon colors, including blue, green, and bright pink, so there's a color option to match almost every child's favorites.

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LG GizmoGadget

If you're a Verizon Wireless customer and are looking for a tracker that will allow your child to use text and voice to check in with you, then the LG GizmoGadget is an excellent option.

The GizmoGadget sports a 1.3-inch touch screen display, but in order for your child to make a call, they will have to press the physical button, and then use the touch screen to choose a contact. The GizmoGadget also allows you to pre-program up to 9 different texts messages that your child can send to 10 whitelisted numbers.

PC Mag rated the LG GizmoGadget 4.5 out of 5 stars.

"The LG GizmoGadget is an excellent smartwatch for primary schoolers who need to stay in touch with their caregivers via voice and text."

The wearable also has a handful of other useful functions, including an activity tracker, a stopwatch, and a timer.

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dokiWatch

dokiWatch

Though the dokiWatch is designed for children 6 to 12, its sleek and modern looking design, high-quality, reliability, and wide range of color options make it a stylish (and incredibly practical) GPS tracker for people of all ages.

The dokiWatch claims that it's the world's most advanced 3G smartwatch for kids, and there's a lot to support that statement. The dokiWatch combines precise GPS, GSM, and Wi-Fi tracking technology with video call capabilities, voice calling, one-way text messages, fitness tracking, and so much more.

The smartwatch automatically uploads location data directly to your smartphone, meaning you'll never have to guess where your child is. Video and voice calling is almost instantaneous, while parents can remotely schedule their child's appointments and reminders from the dokiWatch's compatible app.

With the dokiWatch, children can send out SOS alerts if they're in immediate danger to their preset contacts, including their location and a recording of their surroundings. Parents can even enable Class Mode which will remove the distraction of the device while their child is in class by deactivating it at specific times.

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What's your favorite?

Is there a GPS tracker you've been using that you're extremely happy with? Please let us know which model is your favorite in the comments and we'll be sure to check it out!

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