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1 year ago

Grab 5 USB-C cables in various lengths for just $15 right now!

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Right now you can grab a 5-pack of Aukey's USB-C cables for just $15 at Amazon, a savings of $21. This is a perfect way to pick up a bunch of cables at an affordable cost to start or build up your collection. They come in a variety of lengths, including three 3.3-foot, one 6.6-foot and one 1-foot USB-A to USB-C cables. Being USB 3.0 cables, they support faster charging and transfer speeds, and the cables are both flexible and durable to stand up to your usage.

This deal won't last long, and you don't need a coupon code to get the savings here. Be sure to act quickly if you are interested in these cables so that you can get them before they're gone.

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1 year ago

Best Workout Cases for Galaxy Note 7

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Whats the best way to work out with your Galaxy Note 7?

Working out in 2016 means you're going to want your phone with you at all times — whether it's for music to keep you energized while you run or lift weights, or so you can confirm plans with friends for later in the evening.

The most popular way to carry a smartphone while you work out is with an armband case. If you've got a Galaxy Note 7, you're going to need one that can accommodate phones with 5.7-inch screens. We've broken down some of your best options.

MoKo Sports Running Armband

Designed to be lightweight and comfortable, the MoKo Sports Running Armband is a great budget option that will hold your Note 7 securely. Made from sweatproof materials and featuring an adjustable velcro band which supports arm girth from 10.8 to 16.5 inches, the MoKo band should fit comfortably on an average sized arm. It also features a slot for a house key, as well as an interior pocket for storing a credit card and/or some folded bills, so you can head out for a run with peace of mind.

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TuneBand Go

This is one we've recommended in previous workout band articles, and there's a lot to like here. The TuneBand Go is a universal workout armband and will accommodate your Note 7 even with a slim case on. In fact, it's recommended that you use this armband with a case, so that the clips around the corner only make contact with the case and not the phone itself. It comes with two armbands that will fit arms from 8 to 18 inches in diameter. For its wide range of compatibility and smart design, the TuneBand Go may just be the last workout armband you ever need to buy.

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Armpocket Mega i-40 Plus Armband

The Armpocket Mega i-40 Plus was designed to carry everything you'd want on you for your run, with versatility to be used with big phones such as the Note 7 — even if you use a case. Everything is kept secure in the zip-up pouch, which holds your phone tight to the touch-through screen with a silicone strap and also includes space for a key and slots for cards and folded bills. The armband is made of soft moisture-resistant bamboo-rayon mesh fabric and available in three sizes, but you'll probably want to go to with the largest option just to be safe. It's machine washable with solid build quality, but at $50 might be a bit pricey for some.

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Belkin Fitness Belt

While armbands are the norm for working out with your phone, you do have other options such as the Belkin Fitness Belt. It's essentially a more stylish take on the fanny pack, that allows you to carry your phone, keys, energy gel and whatever else you want to put in the stretchable pouch. There are three compartment on the belt to help keep things organized, and with it's no-slip design you'll be able to wear it comfortably around your waist (adjustable up to 44 inches) without worrying about it slipping. The one downside about the fitness belt is the lack of a buckle or clasp, meaning you'll have to step into it or pull it down over your head. If you don't like the armband look or feel, Belkin's Fitness Belt might be a better fit.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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1 year ago

Google Home, Google Wifi and Chromecast Ultra hands-on preview

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Google expanded its presence in the Home with Chromecast Ultra, Google Wifi and, oh, Google Home.

Among Google's announcements at its Pixel event in San Francisco were three pieces of in-home technology that on their own are interesting, but together are hugely noteworthy.

In addition to the Google Home assistant-in-a-speaker, which was announced at Google I/O earlier this summer, the company unveiled a streaming stick, the Chromecast Ultra, and a brand new mesh-enabled Wi-Fi router called, appropriately, Google Wifi (yes, lowercase i). Let's break them down a little.

Google Home

This is the first time we're seeing Google Home, and it's quite the compact little speaker. With magnetic replaceable bases made of metal or fabric, the unit can be made to stand out (a bright red flourish, for instance) or blend in (a nondescript slate metal) depending on the environment, and because they're magnetic they can easily be exchanged for various situations.

The slanted top is certainly a bold decision, but it definitely feels like something Google can get away with. The top is also touch-sensitive, and features a set of four dancing lights in the Google color scheme when a command is issued.

While the testing environment wasn't conducive to extensive testing, Google Home promises to be attentive and sensitive, able to hear a voice from across the room using far-field microphones. With Google Assistant built in, Home becomes a place to ask questions and solve problems, or just access information directly from Google Search. The upside is that Google's "knowledge graph" is in many respects the world's vastest and, with your permission, Home can access personal information culled from Maps, Gmail and more.

To convey those details, Home also sports a speaker — a 2" driver and dual 2" passive radiators for deeper bass — which sounds better than we expected, but it's not going to replace your Sonos Play:1 for music playback. What it can do, however, is reach into YouTube, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn and more to access tracks and podcasts, which is pretty great, and there are more services to come. There's also support for IFTTT and other smart home platforms like Nest, SmartThings and Philips Hue, so you can turn off your lights and turn on your thermostat with one command.

While Amazon's Echo has a pretty invested developer community, this is Google, and it's safe to say that after years of building developer relationships for Android's Google Play Store, Home should gain a lot of traction very quickly. Google is already planning that future with Actions, an SDK for developers to plug into Google Assistant, which works on Home as well as the Pixel phones.

At $129, Google Home appears to be a bargain, and a loss leader that Google is looking to capitalize on, not only to get Assistant into as many homes as possible, but to show off the multi-room synergies with Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, and the new Pixel phones. This is an ecosystem, folks.

Look for Google Home at the beginning of November.

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Chromecast Ultra

The Chomecast Ultra is a Chromecast, but better. Google demoed a number of 4K experiences for us at the event, and they looked great, with limited buffering and no skipping to speak of. Of course, much of that smoothness will depend on your broadband speeds and Wi-Fi bandwidth, but Google's got a trick up its sleeve for that: an ethernet adapter that attaches directly to the Chromecast Ultra's HDMI port.

Being nearly twice as fast as the previous Chromecast, it can handle 4K Ultra HD streams and HDR content, where supported, which is great to see.

At $69, the Chromecast Ultra isn't cheap, but it isn't replacing the existing Chromecast, which is highly resembles. Look for it in November.

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Google Wifi

Google Wifi is perhaps the most vexing announcement of the day. Alone it's a small puck whose user experience resembles that of the OnHub that was announced last year, but when paired with one or more friends, or an OnHub itself, it creates a mesh network that, according to Google, creates "fast Wi-Fi everywhere in your house, not just right next to the router." Each puck is AC1200 compatible, with 2x2 Wave 2 MIMO support and dual-band 2.4/5Ghz compatibility. On the back are two ethernet ports, one for a modem and one for a switch or something else.

Google Wifi itself is fairly nondescript, and considerably smaller than the OnHub routers from TP-Link and ASUS released last year, but the value proposition is the same: easy setup, and no maintenance. Plugging in a Google Wifi to your modem is the only thing you need to do, aside from pairing with the app that is set to unify with Google On later this year.

When paired with an OnHub or another Google Wifi puck, Wi-Fi creates a seamless mesh network that we hope truly solves the problem of dead spots throughout homes — my home is full of them, even with an OnHub. The good news is that OnHub isn't going anywhere, and Google is working hard to make sure it and the new set of Wi-Fi products work well together. Google also promises new features for both later this year, once Wi-Fi has launched, including Family Wi-Fi, which allows parents to pause connectivity on kids' devices.

Pre-orders for Google Wifi are expected in early November, starting at $129 for a single puck and $299 for a set of three.

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What do you think?

They're not as flashy as the Pixel phones, but these products represent a Google that is thinking beyond the handset, or the operating system — it's thinking of how the handset and OS are the center of a wide range of products in the home that enable continuous connectivity using either voice or touch.

We'll have lots more on Google Home, Chromecast Ultra, and Google Wifi in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

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1 year ago

Chromecast Ultra supports 4K streaming for $69, coming in November

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A better, more powerful Chromecast is coming next month.

At Google's Pixel event in San Francisco, the company announced a new Chromecast, called Chromecast Ultra, that will debut in November for $69.

The main differences between the regular Chromecast, a puck that was introduced this time last year, and the Chromecast Ultra is speed and connectivity: Ultra supports 4K streaming, through a processor that is 1.8x faster than the previous version.

It also has integrated ethernet through the connector itself, allowing it to connect directly to a router or switch to avoid wireless signals altogether.

The new 4K feature will also work with a rollout of 4K streaming content set to hit Google Play Movies & TV in November. At launch, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube will support 4K at well, which is great to see.

The Chromecast will be available for $69, and will be sold alongside the existing HD Chromecast. The company says that it has sold over 30 million to date, and this update will sure to spur a few million more.

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1 year ago

Grab Samsung's 128GB microSD card for just $33 right now!

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Right now you can pick up a Samsung 128GB microSD card for just $33 at Amazon, a savings of $7 from its regular price. Whether you need extra space in your phone, tablet, camera or other devices, this is a great card to have in your collection. It is a Class 10 card with transfer speeds up to 48MB/s, so you'll be able to quickly move pictures, video and more to and from the card. If 128GB is more than you need, you can grab a 64GB card for $20 right now as well.

We don't know how long this deal will last, so if you need a new card be sure to act quickly. You don't need any coupon codes to take advantage of the discount here, just simply add it to your cart and check out at the lower price.

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1 year ago

Best Accessories For Honor 8

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What are the best accessories for the Honor 8?

The Honor 8 is a great Huawei phone, featuring stylish design and a dual-sensor camera for taking amazing photographs. But you'll definitely to invest in some accessories to make your phone that much more awesome.

We've broken down some of great accessories — from cases and car chargers to connected devices — that will make your Honor 8 experience that much better.

Huawei Honor 8 Case

One of the first accessories most people seek out for their new phone is a quality case. Here, we're inclined to recommend the one made by Huawei.

Made of clear TPU, you can still show off the color and design of your phone while keeping it protected. Since it's made by Huawei, you can be assured everything has been precisely designed for the Honor 8, with cutouts on the back for the camera and fingerprint sensor.

For other case recommendations, check out our list of the best Honor 8 cases.

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AUKEY 30W 2-Port USB Car Charger

When you're heading out the door, the last thing you need to be worrying about is whether your phone's battery is topped up. That's why a quality car charger is always a good accessory to have.

With the AUKEY 30W 2-Port USB Charger, you'll have a trustworthy way to charge your phone in your car without having to worry about excessive current, overcharging, or overheating. With two ports, you can charge your Honor 8 in the 2.4A port safely while a passenger charges their phone in the second port. It's a small and well-built car charger that's backed by a 24-month warranty.

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Belkin Certified 2.0 USB-A to USB-C Charging Cable

If you end up getting the car charger above, you're going to need at least one extra USB-C charging cable so you're not relying on carrying around the one that came with the phone. Whether you'll be using it solely in the car or leaving it at work, it's never a bad thing to have an extra charging cable kicking around.

This cable supports transfer speeds of up to 480MB/s and supports up to 3A of power output. Belkin is one of the most trusted brands in smartphone accessories, so buy with confidence.

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Honor Band Z1

If you're looking for a wrist accessory to go along with your new phone, you may want to consider the Honor Band Z1. Featuring an elegant design and a simple interface, the Band Z1 is a small, lightweight wearable with fitness and sleep tracking capabilities, as well as notification alerts. It has IP68 certification for dust and water-resistance and can pump out four days of usage on it's 70mAH battery, or 14 days on standby.

At well under $100, it's a stylish fitness tracker that will pair well with your Honor 8.

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Chromecast

Chromecast is a fantastic accessory that we can safely recommend alongside any Android phone.

This little dongle connects to your TV via HDMI and lets you cast all sorts of media from your phone over Wi-Fi. You can choose to mirror your phone display, or stream content from a growing number of Chromecast-enabled apps such as YouTube, Netflix, HBO Now and more. With its portable size and ease of setup, it's simply one of the best accessories you can buy.

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Spigen Style Ring

Given the Honor 8's design, it's a perfect candidate for the Spigen Style Ring.

If you place of the ring just off-center on the back of your phone, your finger should slip perfectly through the style ring and land right on the fingerprint scanner every time, giving you added peace of mind every time you go to pick up your phone. Beyond that, it's also an amazing kickstand and also works as a car mount with the included hook mount for your dashboard.

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1 year ago

Grab this Quick Charge 3.0 USB-C car charger for 50% off!

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Tronsmart is currently offering its Quick Charge 3.0 car charger for just $8 at Amazon with coupon code USBCCHAR, a savings of $8. The charger itself offers two ports, one USB-A (without Quick Chare) and one USB-C (Quick Charge 3.0), so you can charge multiple devices while on the go. Using a USB C-to-C cable you can get super-fast charging speeds, allowing you to get maximum battery life, even during a short commute. It is made from premium materials and is on the small side so you can easily carry it around with you when needed.

This deal likely won't last long, so be sure to act fast if you are interested. Remember, you'll need coupon code USBCCHAR for the full savings here. Don't let any of your vehicles go without a Quick Charge 3.0 charger in it!

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1 year ago

Samsung Gear IconX review: Bluetooth earbuds that do more

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Are the Samsung IconX worth your money?

Bluetooth earbuds have a single job: to deliver audio wirelessly from somewhere else. We muse about the quality of that audio and the battery life of the various products delivering that audio to help determine which is "best" for everyone. Sometimes we find models with nice things like touch controls or the ability to connect with Google Now, but the core feature of your average Bluetooth headset is to deliver audio wirelessly.

Samsung upended that idea with the Gear IconX earbuds, because looking at these as simply Bluetooth earbuds kind of misses the point. They work as fitness trackers, a MP3 players, audio filters, and while delivering audio wirelessly from somewhere else. Packing all of that into something that all but disappears into your ear is no small task, and like all first generation products some sacrifices are made along the way.

An absurd but useful set up process

The small pill-shaped container that slides out of the IconX box is everything you need to get started. The microUSB port on the back of the case and three small LED lights — one for each earbud and one for the case itself — tell you everything you need to know about the status of your earbuds. This little battery case slides into your pocket or your bag until it's time to slide the separate earbuds into your ears. A handful of pin connectors on the earbuds themselves rest on charging contacts, keeping each of the two buds charged while the lid is closed.

You need a PC to update these headphones, something you should never see in 2016.

Once the earbuds are removed from the casing, the infrared sensor on the body waits until skin is detected, and a quiet tone confirms to the user that these earbuds are ready to use. These are small earbuds with a simple set of instructions — push and twist. The small, flexible fin squishes the earbuds into place as you twist, and no amount of shaking your head or jogging will dislodge them. The earbuds just barely escape the ear profile, making them just difficult enough to see that you look extra crazy when talking on the phone in public.

Any other Bluetooth earbuds would be ready for pairing at this point. But Samsung instructs users to install the Gear Manager app and adjust settings accordingly. This is both tedious and incredibly important. It's tedious because Samsung will immediately prompt you to install software updates on the Gear IconX by connecting the battery case to a computer and installing a separate app, something no Bluetooth anything should ever do in 2016. Once you get over that hurdle, though, you're able to designate a "primary" earbud and access settings for things like having notifications read to you and workout guidance when in fitness mode.

There are no buttons on these earbuds, which is perhaps the most impressive part of the execution.

Setting a primary earbud is only important if you're ever planning to use your IconX as a Bluetooth headset, because that becomes the earbud used for calls. You can switch back and forth at will, and if you drain the battery on one you can easily switch to the other, but it's an important setting to be aware of when using them. This primary earbud connects to the phone, while the other connects directly to the other earbud. If there's a delay in audio created by connecting earbuds this way, I certainly couldn't hear it. Never once in the two weeks of testing these earbuds did the audio ever fall out of sync.

There are no buttons on these earbuds, which is perhaps the most impressive part of the execution. The outer shell is a touch surface, which allows you to control audio by swiping up and down, skip tracks by swiping left and right, and pause by tapping anywhere. If you want to access settings from inside this interface, you press your finger to the pad and listen as options are read off to you. When you get to the option you want, remove your finger and the option will be activated. It works very well given how small the touch area is on these earbuds, unless of course your hair gets stuck in between you and the touch pad.

Flawless fitness

The same sensor that detects when you've inserted the earbuds into your ear acts as a fitness tracker that plays nice with Samsung's S Health app. With the earbuds connected you get a constant stream of heart rate data during workouts, and the earbuds work with the app to keep you informed of your progress. When you tell S Health you're going to go a certain distance, you get notifications when you reach the half way point, and weird robotic encouragement messages when you get close to the virtual finish line. This kind of extra data is fantastic if you're actively using S Health, but it's limited to only chatting with that app right now.

Basically, these earbuds are great if you're only using them for a commute or if you're hitting the gym before or after work.

On top of logging fitness data, you can store up to 4GB of music in the earbuds themselves and go running without bringing your phone along. You load music by connecting the battery case to a PC with the Gear Manager app or directly to your phone with an adapter cable. This is a little outdated and tedious, but the end result is an MP3 player baked in to your earbuds, which is quite useful. The same touch controls exist in this standalone playback mode, which works great even when you're running. You lose access to the cheery robot messages and the GPS data that comes from having your phone in your pocket, but it's a nice option if you'd prefer to avoid strapping something as big as an S7 Edge to your arm for a run.

If you're the type to run to a specific location, maybe for a bottle of water or a snack break, the Gear IconX offers another fantastic feature to help you out. Press and hold on the earbuds to activate audio pass through mode, and the microphones on the earbuds will let you hear the world around you. This works really well, especially if you're going to be speaking to other people. It means you don't have to remove the earbuds, and can quickly get back to the task at hand. It'd be nice if every Bluetooth headset could offer this, but since it requires decent stereo microphones in order to do it well it's not surprising that so many don't.

Mediocre music for minutes

It's a good thing these earbuds do so much more than play music, because they don't do that particularly well. Even compared to other Samsung Bluetooth earbuds, which admittedly all include cables and batteries in conveniently stashed places that don't exist on the Gear Icon X, the experience is lacking. There's no bass to these earbuds at all, and the highs couldn't get much more tinny if they were $10 at Radio Shack. It could be argued that no Bluetooth headphones produce "great" audio, but this experience is especially lacking.

If you're looking for earbuds that will get you through an entire day of music listening, these are not what you want.

Unfortunately, the same can be said for battery life. If you manage three hours of constant audio streaming with your Gear Icon X, consider yourself fortunate. The average is around 2.5 hours on a single charge, after which you'll need to put the earbuds back into the battery case to charge. The case itself is good for at least one full charge, but it's going to take nearly an hour, and you can't use the earbuds at all during this process. Once you reconnect the earbuds you're good for another couple of hours, but if you find yourself needing a second charge there's a good chance you'll come back to one one earbud being mostly charged.

Basically, these earbuds are great if you're only using them for a commute or if you're hitting the gym before or after work. If you're looking for earbuds that will get you through an entire day of music listening, these are just not what you want.

Should you buy this? Probably not

Samsung has crammed a ton of great ideas into a very small space. These earbuds easily outpace all of the other earbuds out there when it comes to features, especially when it comes to acting as a fitness accessory. If you're looking for earbuds that help you when you work out, these might be for you.

If you're looking for the traditional Bluetooth earbud for listening to music all day, this isn't for you. There are other, cheaper options with better audio that aren't limited to Samsung's hardware. But a second generation IconX that addresses some of these issues is something you should absolutely keep your eye out for.

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1 year ago

Charge quickly while on the go with this $22 battery pack!

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Jackery is currently offering its 10050mAh Quick Charge 3.0 battery pack for just $22, a savings of $8 with coupon code THUNDERJ. That's right, Quick Charge 3.0 on the go, right from your bag, without needing to be tethered to a wall. Now, as you walk between business meetings or wait for the bus to arrive, you can charge your phone up quickly and easily. At just over 10000mAh, you'll be able to charge most phones up to four times, and thanks to its dual USB outputs you can charge more than one device at a time.

If you don't want to spend hours waiting for your phone to charge, you'll want to grab one of these before the deal runs out. Remember, you'll need coupon code THUNDERJ for the full savings here.

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1 year ago

Save $35 on this Bluetooth speaker that will keep your party going!

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Right now you can grab Sharkk's Commando+ Bluetooth speaker for $75 at Amazon, a savings of $35 with coupon code Sharkk35. This powerful speaker has a 20w driver inside to get your music going loud, and the battery will last around 16 hours per charge to keep it flowing all night. The rugged design is paired with an IP65 rating so you can get it wet, just not fully submerge it. Unlike some other speakers, this one has the play/pause, volume adjustments, skip track and answer/end call buttons on the top of it, so you can do things without reaching for your phone.

If you are looking for a portable speaker that gets loud and gives you great sound, you'll want to check this one out. This discount won't last long so be sure to get your order in before it is gone! Remember, you'll need coupon code Sharkk35 for the full savings.

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1 year ago

Grab two of these keychain USB-C adapters for just $6

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Update: We've got a new coupon code for this one! Use DEZU2DFW for the savings!

Right now you can pick up this awesome little USB-C adapter for just $6 with coupon code DEZU2DFW, a savings of $2 on the two-pack. Why would you need something like this? Well, ever been out and about and everyone has either a Lightning cable or a Micro-USB, and no USB-C cables? Now you can take that Micro-USB cable and turn it into a USB-C cable with this adapter that you can fit right on your keyring.

It has a built-in 56KΩ resistor to for safety and reliability, and even better is that two come in the pack. For the cost of what many spend on a cup of coffee or some afternoon snacks, you'll be able to ensure that your phone is able to be charged while on the go. Remember, you need coupon code DEZU2DFW for the full savings here.

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1 year ago

Best Minimalist Cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Show off the sleek design of your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with these minimalist cases.

If you're the type who shies away from putting a case on your phone because you don't like all that added bulk in your pocket, then you need to consider a minimalist case. They offer protection from scratches and scuffs while keeping the overall look and feel of your phone intact.

Without further ado, let's dive in and look at the best minimalist options for your Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Clear Protective Cover

Let's start with a minimalist case offered by Samsung themselves. Offering basic protection for your Note 7, this slim and clear case is an ideal option for showcasing your phone's beautiful design. This case also features harder plastic around the corners to help protect against drops.

And since it's made by the same company that makes the phone, rest assured that this case is precisely designed to stay snug to your phone while keeping all your ports, speakers and the S Pen perfectly accessible.

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CUVR Carbon Fibre Ultra-Light PC Case

Ultra-light with a slick carbon fibre look along the back plate, this case brings its own stylish touches to your phone while barely adding any bulk to the Note 7. This is a two-piece case, with a tough polycarbonate bumper — available in either rose gold or grey — and a shell that features the carbon fibre pattern on the exterior and soft TPU material on the inside to help with shock absorption from drops.

Of course you'll have full access to all your ports and the S-Pen, and the CUVR case also fully supports wireless charging. It's all backed by a one-year warranty with a 30-day return policy if you're not immediately satisfied with your purchase.

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Spigen Slim & Soft Liquid Crystal

The first of two minimalist Spigen cases to make this list, the Slim & Soft Liquid Crystal is a pliable TPU case that offers solid protection against scratches and scuffs from drops while remaining virtually invisible once installed. This case is about as minimalist as they come, offering about a millimeter of raised lip around the camera on the back, and roughly the same for the lip around the display. If you're bothered by the sight of fingerprints you'll want to look elsewhere, as the glossy finish is a magnet for them.

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CaliCase Premium Ultra Thin Case

The CaliCase Premium is the perfect case for those looking for a paper thin option. Featuring a thickness of just 0.35mm, you're really not going to get much real protection from a serious drop, but it will help prevent your phone from getting scratched and scuffed. It's made of polypropylene and adds virtually no bulk to your phone, with a matte finish that won't show fingerprints or dirt and cutouts for the S Pen, ports, buttons and speakers.

It's available in clear white, clear black and solid black, so you can opt for the style that suits you best.

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Spigen Galaxy Note 7 Thin Fit Case

The Thin Fit case by Spigen offers a stylish, sturdy shell for your Note 7 — and that's about it. The buttons are left fully exposed on the sides and there are cutout on the bottom for the S Pen, ports and speakers.

There are breaks in the plastic around the corners so it's easy to slip on and off, but this also means that there's less protection for drops on the corners. That just the sort of compromise you need to be comfortable making when you're in the market for a minimalist case.

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Did we miss anything?

Are there any minimalist cases for the Note 7 that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!

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1 year ago

Anker celebrates its birthday with 20% savings for all!

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Anker is currently celebrating its fifth birthday with 20% off most of its accessories at Amazon. Whether you need a portable battery pack, some new cables or even a vacuum for your house, you can get it discounted right now. There are a few different models of each available, some higher capacity or longer than others, so be sure to see what you can add to your collection at this nice savings.

Here are some great accessories on sale:

There are a bunch of other items on sale, so be sure to hit the link below to check them all out. Which will you pick up? Let us know in the comments!

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1 year ago

360fly 4K review: The future of action cams

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360fly 4K

The quick take

If you're looking for a fun way to capture yourself doing something cool or mildly dangerous, this is absolutely the camera for you. 360fly has polished nearly every rough edge from the previous model and delivered something that deserved to be considered among action cam fans.

The Good

  • Fun design
  • Single button makes quick captures easy
  • Relatively easy to upload and share

The Bad

  • Does not capture a full sphere
  • Wi-Fi Direct is still awkward
  • Massive lens is delicate, prone to scratching

Everything is better in 4K

360fly 4K Review

Last year, 360fly seemed like a camera in need of a market. The original design was clearly aimed at action cam folks, but offered few of the features necessary to hook those users and an app that was downright clunky. At the end of my original review I warned users would probably want to wait for the upcoming 4K model, and that time is now. 360fly 4K is here, and with it you'll find a camera that lives up to the promise of the original — a 360-degree action camera.

Check out 360fly 4K side by side with the original 360fly!

360fly 4K

Same same, but different, but still same.

360fly Hardware

360fly is a weird angular sphere with a single massive fisheye lens, a single physical button, and no ports. It's nearly identical to the original 360fly design, which is solid. The single lens doesn't capture a complete 360-degree sphere, but there's also no need for stitching software either. It's a single lens you mount on a bike or in your car or even on top of your head if you really wanted. The standard camera tripod screw on the bottom means it'll work with about every camera mounting accessory, and the included GoPro adapter in the box means it'll adapt to everything else. The single button gives you a single option — push once to record and go do your thing.

The magnetic socket on the bottom of the orb lets the camera sit flat when it isn't mounted somewhere, and when you set 360fly on top of its charging dock you gain the ability to transfer video over USB to a PC. Needing to carry around a separate charging plate is as tedious for this camera as it is for anything else, but through that you get a camera that can be submerged 30ft without any damage. Compared to the barely splash resistant 360-degree competition or action cams that regularly require special cases for submersion, it's a small compromise.

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Surprisingly, the most useful addition to the design has been the light ring on the base of the camera. The big button on the side of 360fly glows several colors to indicate the current state of the camera, and the ring on the bottom now glows that same color. It's slightly more noticeable in bright sunlight with a protective helmet on, and it's way more noticeable on the bottom of a glossy drone 10ft above your head. The change is subtle, but so important.

Making the whole top of this camera a giant lens means there's very little protecting the glass. This isn't a huge problem for most cameras, where care is implied, but action cameras by nature are exposed to some roughness. For example, 360fly included a suction cup mount for its camera that is rated for well over 100 mph and we decided to test that claim on the front of a 2016 BMW k1300s Motorsport Edition.

The suction cup did in fact handle 120 mph without issue, but shortly after the motorcycle came to a stop the suction cup dropped to the asphalt and the camera became irreparably damaged. This four foot fall is fairly mild compared to the more intense GoPro footage you find out in the world, which is a serious problem for those looking to do something crazy with this camera.

THIS is Halloween!

Oh hey, a kitchen sink!

360fly Software

While little has changed about the overall design of the 360fly app, there are way more features now. 360fly now lets you edit photos and videos through the app in several significant ways, as well as use the app as a real time viewfinder with live filters and camera modes that can be applied while you're shooting.

Editing photos and videos directly in the app is a huge improvement.

You can capture the whole scene around you, positioned vertically or horizontally just in case you're drone surfing with your camera, or you can narrow the field of view down and have some fun with what almost looks like panoramic video. If capturing and sharing later isn't good enough for you, 360fly has partnered with a Livit to allow live streaming a 360-degree sphere over your phone's cellular connection.

It's clear from the single big friendly button on the front of 360fly — which only allows you to record video — that photos aren't the main priority for this camera. Many competing cameras are photo first, video second, but 360fly clearly feels most of its users will want to tap that big button and go do something worth sharing on video. The photo suite in the app is enough for great single photos or time lapses, complete with manual control over ISO and other details if you're interested in a specific kind of shot. The resulting photos are on par with what you'd get from a Ricoh Theta S, save of course for the small black space on the bottom of the sphere where there is no image.

360fly app

Easily the most important feature for action cam enthusiasts is the ability to add a little control to the viewer's focus. You can publish a video and let the viewer pan around on their own, or you can create a viewing path that follows a specific object in the video. This could be a face, a bike, or even a cloud in the sky. The target will be the focal point until the user decides to try and look elsewhere, which means you have some control over the story being told with your video. While there is a Desktop client for all of this, you can do it all through the app with no issue.

This team wanted to throw every conceivable feature into its app, and for the most part succeeded. The app feels complete, and letting a third party handle steaming means the heavy lifting can happen elsewhere. Even sharing to other networks has improved, which is so important now. Quick sharing to Facebook or YouTube is a button press away, but if you'd prefer to keep using the 360fly hosting service for the best possible quality, that option is always right next to the others.

The only thing missing from this app is more defined audio control. Currently you can either keep the audio included with your experience, cut the audio entirely, or add a song of your choosing. These options are fine as long as you aren't doing something louder than the microphones can handle, in which case what would really be helpful would be something that simply cut the audio in half so it wasn't deafening to the viewer.

I need a snowboard and some duct tape.

360fly Experience

If you're capturing yourself doing something crazy, it makes all the sense in the world to capture the entire moment. Using a regular action cam means you get to share a small window of what has happened in front of you. Using a 360-degree camera means the viewer get the whole picture. The look on your face as your take the turn, the faces in the crowd as you skate by, or the stuff happening behind you that you didn't even know about until later. Action cams should always be 360-degree, especially when the creator can control the viewer's focus with software as easily as you can with the 360fly app.

No matter how you look at it, 360fly 4K is a more capable and higher quality camera than its predecessor.

Fragility is a concern with every 360-degree camera with exposed lenses, but using 360fly placed a real emphasis on potential damage to the lens. There's nothing to be done about the scuffs on the review unit we have here, and you can see the damage in every photo and video captured after the accident. On the other hand, there's very little chance many of the other competing cameras would have handled the drop quite as well.

Having a light ring on the bottom of this camera makes a huge difference in how often you need to check and make sure it's still recording. The app does a great job keeping you informed, but if you're recording something dynamic it helps to not have to reach into your pocket and check quite as frequently. It's dead simple to see the glowing red and know you're still recording.

A fully charged battery isn't quite enough to completely fill the included 64GB of internal storage, but it's more than enough to record for an hour or capture a timelapse over four hours. The larger file size hasn't made any significant difference in battery drain, which is fantastic. Despite being one of the physically smaller cameras of its kind, the battery lasts more than long enough to have lots of fun.

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Should you buy it? Sure!

No matter how you look at it, 360fly 4K is a more capable and higher quality camera than its predecessor. Images and video are much nicer, it's much more user friendly now, and the original design has held up well with some minor improvements. That having been said, it's still a 360-degree camera aimed at folks wondering what comes after a GoPro, with a price tag that competes directly with the GoPro Hero 4 line.

If you're looking for a fun way to capture yourself doing something cool, this is absolutely the camera for you. If you just want to take 360-degree photos and maybe a video every once in while, this is probably not your camera.

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