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2 years ago

Gadgets of the week: DJI Osmo, August Doorbell Cam, and more!


May we interest you in some fine gadgetry?

We're gathering up the best new product releases over the last week, spanning the gamut of connected home, wearables, wireless audio, and whatever else plays nice with your Android phone or tablet. With the new DJI Osmo rig, you can shoot super-steady videos with an electric gimbal stabilizer. Your Android phone acts as a viewfinder to make sure everything stays in frame. August's new Doorbell Cam lets you see who's at your front door, and if you're rocking their smart lock, you can let them in easily from your device. There are plenty more goodies in our weekly gadget roundup, so take a look!

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2 years ago

A quick look at Incipio DualPro Cases for Galaxy Note 5


The Galaxy Note 5 DualPro Cases double up on grip and impact control without the look or feel of too much bulk.

We're looking at the regular DualPro and DualPro SHINE from Incipio, both featuring identical designs apart from the SHINE's brushed aluminum polycarbonate shell. These cases use a stretch and tear resistant TPE core that does most of the protecting when it comes to drops. There's a cutout for just about every feature of the Galaxy Note 5, including the S-Pen, which is a bit tight without using a fingernail to snatch it out. Side buttons are raised on the skin itself, allowing for a more accurate press while both layers are worn.

The standard DualPro Case has a softer shell on the back that adds slightly more grip than its SHINE sibling, but also tends to pick up fingerprints and smudges a lot easier. If you use your pockets to tote your Note 5, you may want to opt for the SHINE version since that smooth shell slides in and out way easier. Both options have their strengths, but I find myself using the DualPro SHINE more often for its looks and smooth exterior.

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Wireless charging and NFC work great through both DualPro Cases on the Galaxy Note 5. With the screen faced down, the TPE lip keeps the display elevated enough from scuffing any surface. The camera cutout on the back leaves plenty of room for unhindered shots along with easy access to the heart rate sensor.

As a whole, the Incipio DualPro Cases for Galaxy Note 5 are decent options for moderate protection against drops and scratches. Aside from the S-Pen being a bit hard to access, both versions are crafted quite well. If you're after more grip, I'd suggest the regular DualPro Case, but if you like the smooth, brushed aluminum finish of the DualPro SHINE, your pockets will appreciate your choice.

DualPro Case on Amazon $20

DualPro SHINE on Amazon $20

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2 years ago

Get some defense with these NFL cases for Galaxy S6


Kick off this football season with your Galaxy S6 in hand while protected in your favorite NFL case.

No matter what team you're rooting for this year, there's an NFL case for your Galaxy S6. For slimmer protection, hybrid cases and clear covers keep things low profile while still adding enough defense against scratches, scuffs, and fumbles. If you need all the grip you can get, opt for an OtterBox NFL Defender Case of your choice to handle those heavier hits.

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2 years ago

Best Quick Charge 2.0 car chargers


If your device can utilize Quick Charge 2.0, you should be using a car charger that takes advantage of that technology.

There are a good number of devices that support Quick Charge 2.0 these days, but many still haven't added a Quick Charge car charger to their vehicle. We've selected 5 of our favorites that will provide a snappy boost in juice so that you're ready to roll by the time you reach your destination. And while we know Quick Charge 3.0 is coming, we've still got some time before we see devices packing that kind of heat. In the meantime, these are excellent options to consider for any commute.

Anker PowerDrive+ 1 Car Charger

This miniature car charger from Anker features a single USB port on the front that packs Quick Charge 2.0, Power IQ, and VoltageBoost technology. Connected devices are protected from surges, overheating, overcharging, and short circuits. Its compact design is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and is wrapped in a glossy polycarbonate with a single charging LED on the front. The Anker PowerDrive+ 1 comes with an 18-month warranty and is CE, FCC, and ROHS certified.

$6.99 on Amazon

Nekteck Quick Car Charger

Measuring 2.95-inches in length, the Nekteck Quick Car Charger sports 2 USB ports on the front that both offer Quick Charge 2.0 speeds. You can happily share this charger with any device — QC 2.0 compatible or not — and never need to second guess whether you're using the right port. Standard devices will be charged at a max of 2.4A, while the charger's built-in safety features keep all connected devices safe from over-current, overcharging, and overheating. Included with the Nekteck Quick Car Charger is a 3.3ft microUSB charging cable and a 1-year warranty.

$15.99 on Amazon

Tronsmart Dual USB Turbo Car Charger

Rocking a more durable design that doesn't collect fingerprints is Tronsmart's Dual USB Turbo Car Charger. Both ports on the front utilize Quick Charge 2.0 and feature premium circuitry that keep your connected devices safe from overcharging and overheating. The VoltIQ technology intelligently delivers the fastest possible charge for any device connected, QC 2.0-compatible or not. Bundled with the car charger is a 20AWG 3.3ft microUSB cable.

$19.99 on Amazon

Incipio Quick Car Charger

Incipio's single port Quick Car Charger features a sleek black matte exterior that's built very well and lined silver accents along the sides. It's great addition to the front or back of any vehicle and the LED charging light above the USB port lets you know when your device is properly connected. Although you're limited to only charging one device, it's a solid option if you don't need any more than that.

$15 on Amazon

Aukey Dual USB Quick Car Charger

Since our initial review of this Dual-USB Quick Car Charger from Aukey, its held up to consistent use in both hot and cold climates. While its construction doesn't feel as solid as the Tronsmart charger, its much smaller in size and features a dedicated Quick Charge 2.0 port next to a standard 2.4A port for all other devices. Built with a full array of safety features, this car charger is still a favorite for its incredibly low profile design. Included is a 20AWG 3.3ft microUSB charging cable and an 18-month warranty from Aukey.

$16.99 on Amazon

What's your favorite?

Those are our top 5 best Quick Charge 2.0 car chargers that'll keep your compatible devices powered up quicker than the norm. Let's hear what quick chargers you're using while on the road in the comments!

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2 years ago

Choetech's Fast Wireless Charger is effective and affordable


If you're not going OEM, Choetech's Fast Wireless Charging Pad is easier on the eyes and wallet.

Last week, Andrew gave us a closer look at the Fast Charge Qi Wireless Charging Pad from Samsung that we've all been eager to get our hands on. It met our expectations, charging both the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ approximately 40% faster than the traditional 1A rate we've seen for a while now. That's certainly a sweet upgrade in speed, but its bright lights weren't ideal for bedside use, not to mention its steep cost. Choetech's Fast Wireless Charging Pad offers the same functionality, only with smarter lighting and a more reasonable price point.

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2 years ago

Pick up a Google Cast-ready LG Music Flow H3 speaker for just $99


If you're looking at getting a speaker to pair up with a new Chromecast Audio, you may want to check out this killer deal on an LG Music Flow H3 speaker instead. Regularly retailing for a smooth $179 (that's Sonos territory, folks), hhgregg has this solid Google Cast-enabled speaker available for just $99.

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2 years ago

Save 20% on accessories at ShopAndroid through October 19

Now's the time to accessorize your Android devices while everything is 20% off at ShopAndroid.

As we welcome the cooler weather and leaves changing colors this fall season, we're also inviting you to save 20% on all accessories here at ShopAndroid.com. That includes popular cases, the latest wireless chargers, power banks, Bluetooth speakers, and plenty more. We also carry gear for hot devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, S6 edge+, and Galaxy Note 4.

Once you've added your accessories to your cart, use coupon code: FALL2015 at checkout to apply 20% off to your entire order. Don't forget we offer free shipping on all orders over $50 within the continental U.S. as well as expedited options for a little extra. Offer ends midnight October 19, so don't miss out!

Let's go shopping

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2 years ago

Mophie launches its Samsung Galaxy Note 5 battery case for $99


Mophie is adding to its lineup of battery smartphone cases this week with a new addition made for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The case is now on sale at Mophie's online store for the price of $99.95.

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2 years ago

Spotify's Chromecast approach is the start of an unfortunate new chapter


Today marks the last day all Google Cast devices were treated equally, and that sucks.

The internet erupted with applause when Google announced on stage that Spotify would finally be added to the ever-increasing list of apps that support Chromecast. The cheers seemed well deserved, especially since Spotify sat as one of the few big audio experiences without Chromecast support in recent months. Now we not only have Spotify, but the new Chromecast Audio meant it could be enjoyed on just about any speaker you could find.

Unfortunately, now that Chromecast support for Spotify has arrived we see there's a giant caveat to this new feature, and it's hard to look at this as anything other than the start of something bad for all Chromecast users.

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2 years ago

Huawei Watch charging cradle now available on the Google Store for $40


Fancy a spare charger for your Huawei Watch? Well, you can now order one from the Google Store, as the charging cradle has moved from "Coming Soon" to available.

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2 years ago

Magellan announces the eXplorist TRX7, its Android-based off-road vehicle navigation unit


Magellan has announced the eXplorist TRX7, its Android-based off-road vehicle navigation solution. Featuring a 7-inch weatherproof LCD touchscreen display, the TRX7 is IP67 certified to keep you safe in the less-than-ideal conditions you may face off-road.

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2 years ago

Save up to 65 percent on select Crucial and Lexar products from Amazon


Amazon is currently hosting a big sale on select Crucial and Lexar memory products, offering you a chance to save up to 65 percent. Whether you are looking for a new hard drive for your computer, or to add some additional storage capacity to your mobile phone, Amazon has the savings for you.

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2 years ago

Gadgets of the week: ZenWatch 2, Roku 4 and more!


So many toys, so little time.

It's another week, which means another batch of excellent connected home devices, wearables, and other gadgetry that works with your Android phone. We're rounding up the best new releases we've found right here. The ZenWatch 2 refines an already-excellent form factor for Android Wear, and the Roku gets an update for 4K streams. Want more? Keep scrolling!

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2 years ago

Best 10 Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ cases


Protect your Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ with one of these great cases.

We're rounding up the top ten cases for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. These span the gamut of slim cases, heavy-duty rugged cases, wallet cases, and anything else that will keep your edge+ covered.

As always, we're eager to hear what you're using, too. Leave a link in the comments to your favorite Galaxy S6 edge+ case.

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2 years ago

Hands and eyes on View-Master for Google Cardboard


Mattel is wielding nostalgia to spectacular effect, but this is also a well-made Cardboard kit.

Just in time for holiday sales, Mattel's kit for Google Cardboard is starting to hit shelves. The View-Master Virtual Reality box takes the classic design from our childhood, makes some room on the inside for a phone, and offers a unique content ecosystem alongside Google's increasingly popular Cardboard platform. It's a fantastic combination of virtual reality, augmented reality, and a universally appreciated hardware profile.

Let's take a look.

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