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2 months ago

Galaxy Note 8 cases: Zizo keeps it safe and stylish!

The Galaxy Note 8 is here! And Zizo is here to help you keep it safe.

There are a lot of case companies out there, but none protect your phone from the calamities of daily live quite as well as Zizo. With a full collection of unique, stylish options for the new Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung, you'll be able to stand out with Zizo's fun and powerful Bolt or color-forward and throwback Retro.

Check out all the options below!

Zizo cases for the Galaxy Note 8

All of Zizo's cases are built to withstand drops and scrapes, and most come with screen protectors.

The BOLT

The Zizo Bolt case is designed perfectly to suit all of your needs in any adventure. It is carefully structured to become the ultimate phone case. Additionally, the Bolt is 12 ft. military grade drop-tested (810-G Compliant), so you can adventure on, knowing your precious Note 8 will be protected.

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The ION

The crystal clear Zizo ION case is designed to accentuate the already elegant features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The case fits snugly to provide protection and durability up to and beyond that of military standards. This minimalist styled case provides that excellent protection you're looking for without adding bulk or extra weight.

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The STATIC

The Zizo Static case is engineered to protect your phone without adding bulk. It is made to absorb shock force when you drop your phone and it implements impact-dispersing technology so your phone doesn't take a beating.

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The PROTON

The Zizo Proton is the perfect ride-or-die sidekick for any thrilling adventure. The Proton is military grade drop-tested (810-G Compliant) and features multiple layers of protection to handle all of life's bumps and drops.

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The RETRO

The Zizo Retro allows you to carry your ID and Credit Cards in one retro case. This military grade, drop-tested Samsung Galaxy Note 8 side wallet case is designed to protect your phone and keep your ID and cards accessible. Everyone wants a protective phone case, but you don't need a phone cover that gets in the way! Slip your phone into our polycarbonate cover that offers a snug slim fit.

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2 months ago

Essential Phone 360 camera impressions: Solid accessory in need of some polish

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Essential Phone 360 camera

It's a relatively niche space, but Essential is innovating a bit.

The Essential Phone's first proper accessory attachment, its 360-degree camera, is finally slowly shipping to early buyers and is available to add to new Essential Phone orders. At $199, the 360-degree camera isn't exactly an impulse purchase and is in the same price range as other 360-degree offerings, like the Samsung Gear 360.

But just look at it: it's so small, and it's an interesting example of the types of things that are possible with the Essential Phone's pogo pins and fast wireless data transfer system. Even though the Essential 360-degree camera doesn't have any interoperability with other devices, it sure is a cool piece of technology and worth seeing how it works — and importantly, how that measures up to Essential's claims and expectations.

How it works

Essential Phone 360 camera app interface

As you'd expect, the Essential Phone's 360-degree camera is dead simple ... almost to a fault. Just snap the camera onto the back, where it attaches with a satisfying clunk of strong magnets, and the camera app will load up in a few seconds directly to the 360 capture mode. You can switch the camera between 4K and 2K resolution, tap a button to re-center the image, and then take a photo or capture video. Yup, that's it.

Unlike the Moto 360 Camera Mod, you can't actively switch between the 360 and standard cameras. In fact, the only way to get the 360 camera to launch is to remove the camera from the phone and reattach it. (Surely something that could be added with an update to the camera app.)

360-degree photos and videos are saved automatically into the photo gallery, right alongside all of your other photos and videos, where you can share them out — so no dealing with other storage media or transferring files. You can share the 360-degree photos and videos to all of the usual places like Facebook, YouTube, Google Photos, Flickr, etc. and they have all of the proper metadata to show up just perfectly.

Photos

Here are a few good photo samples that give you a feel for what the Essential 360-degree camera can do. One in harsh, one-sided lighting outside, one in consistent lighting outside, and one inside during the day.

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The photos look pretty good and have plenty of resolution to be competitive — even though it may not seem too impressive when you compare it with 13MP stills from the main camera. Colors are accurate and no part of the scene is really blown out or blurry, which is about what the average person is going to expect. The stitch between the two lenses is noticeable still, but is pretty well smoothed — it's only really pronounced in the first photo, which has very strong lighting only hitting one of the lenses. Each 360-degree photo is just 1-2MB.

Though it isn't necessarily surprising, it's disappointing to see that the Essential Phone's camera app doesn't seem really ready for the 360-degree camera. There's no option to shoot with just one lens or the other for great one-shot panoramas, nor can you actively switch between standard and 360 shots on the fly. The camera app itself is still quite slow, as you'd expect if you've read any of our previous Essential Phone coverage.

Video

In the above video clip, you'll get a good taste for a few different aspects of the Essential 360-degree camera. First, you get a feeling for how sensitive the microphones are — or at least, how they're primarily tuned to hear what's very near to the camera. You can in some cases hear me breathing at an arm's length away, and at the same time barely hear cars driving by at 20 mph.

A few small issues aside, this is really solid 4K 360-degree video out of a tiny camera.

Next, you see how much walking and movement affects the video quality. It's not too bad, actually, and there isn't too much of a jelly effect with the processing applied to it. Then you get to see what things look like when the camera is still (toward the end of the video) — things look really good here once you take the shaking and movement out of the equation. And remember, this is just handheld.

Across the whole video, you notice a couple of small downsides. There's some odd artifacting in a few places, and there seem to be unnecessary stitching lines where you wouldn't expect — like directly down the middle of one of the lenses, which is odd. Both of those things, and the sensitive microphones, can indeed be fixed in software. Those small quibbles aside, the core experience here when it comes to video is quite good. That's solid 4K resolution video out of what is a really small camera setup.

Bottom line

Essential Phone 360 camera

Essential got a whole lot right with its 360-degree camera. It's extremely compact by 360-degree camera standards, and is relatively inexpensive at $199 — and at the same time, it shows off the great capabilities of the phone's pogo pins and wireless data transfer. The quality of its photos and videos are quite good, too, which isn't always easy to do on the "first" try for a product like this.

As is the case with the rest of the experience, the 360-degree camera is hamstrung by software.

As is the case with the rest of the camera experience on the phone, though, the 360-degree camera is somewhat hamstrung by its software. Being able to quickly take and share 360-degree photos and videos just like any other photo is really awesome, but the camera app lacks many features that would be very useful — like simply being able to switch between 360 and standard photos on the fly, or stream 360 videos to Facebook and YouTube.

The Essential 360-degree camera itself isn't going to sell anyone on the Essential Phone, but as proof of what its technology can do and yet another piece of the ecosystem, it definitely serves its goal. It's a really solid and not-too-expensive 360-degree camera option.

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2 months ago

Best Smart Switches for Amazon Alexa

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Because turning on things with your fingers is so 20th century ...

So you've got a home. You've got Amazon Alexa doing her thing, be it in an original Echo or an Echo Dot or maybe the new Echo Show. (Or in any one of the third-party offerings that take advantage of what she can do.)

It's time to ramp things up a little more. Let's talk switches.

This actually is a two-parter. It's absolutely possible to have a switch that works with Amazon Alexa. But you also have to ask yourself what the switch is controlling. That's going to factor into figuring out exactly what it is you want to buy.

Philips Hue light switch

Philips Hue SwitchI've got Philips Hue bulbs all over my house. And the ability to turn them off and on with my phone or my computer or my voice — or my new favorite, a motion sensor — is excellent.

But I also have switches. Because sometimes I just want to turn the things off as I'm walking by.

They have buttons for on/off and for increasing and decreasing the brightness. (And if you have color bulbs, hitting the on button over and over will cycle through the different scenes.)

As an added bonus, the switches themselves come off the wall plate (they're magnetic), so you can keep them more handy if you want, like on a nightstand. They're not inexpensive at $25 each, but they're definitely something I'd recommend if you're getting into smart lights.

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Note: If you want something a little more futuristic-looking, check out the Smart Tap Switch. It's also compatible with Apple's HomeKit.

If you don't have smart lights — Wemo Switch

Wemo DimmerI get that not everyone has switched to smart bulbs. (In fact, I haven't switched all mine.) For everything else, check out Wemo's switch. You'll have to do a little rewiring here — the same sort of thing if you've ever swapped out any other kind of switch. And after that, you've got something that's controllable by your phone, and Alexa, and all sorts of other things that hook into it. They've got options for dimmer switches as well.

And while you're at it, Wemo's got a good stable of smart outlets (I took a look at one a while ago) and plugs and stuff. So some things will require wire cutters, others will just plug into your regular outlet — and all of them make your home that much smarter.

Short version? It's a great alternative. Switches run between $48 and $80.

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If you also don't have smart lights — Lutron Caseta

LutronAnother great option for traditional light bulbs is Lutron Caseta switches.

One caveat here is that fan control isn't quite as complete as you'd hope. As in, we're talking about light control only. Without getting too far into the details there, you'll have to look elsewhere for that, and for now I'm just sucking it up and going old school.

But for everything else, Lutron Caseta is an excellent way to put dumb fixtures under smart control. Pricing starts around $50.

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What's your favorite Alexa-enabled smart switch?

Let us know in the comments below!

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2 months ago

Best Cases for Moto Z

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Best cases you can buy today for Moto Z Droid

What's the best case for the Moto Z?

The Moto Z, on its own, is very thin at just under 6 mm. If you're not planning on opting for any Mods, then you'll want a case with great protection against drops, since a spider-webbed screen is abstract art that's pretty hard to appreciate.

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2 months ago

Best Heavy Duty Cases for Galaxy Note 8

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Keep your Note 8 well protected with a rugged case!

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is here, and as expected it sports a gorgeous (and ginormous) all-glass design.

It's big, it's expensive, and no matter what phone makers say about the ruggedness of Gorilla Glass 5 it may shatter on you if it takes a nasty fall.

If you lead an active life (or just know you're prone to dropping your phone) you may need something a bit more heavy duty than your average case.

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Shield Series Case

Are you the type that can't be trusted with nice things? Needs to keep your phone fully encased in plastic to protect it from yourself? No judgments here — the first step is admitting you have a problem.

The next step is finding the right solution, which just might be the mighty rugged Supcase Unicorn Beetle Shield Series case. Combining a polycarbonate outer shell with a flexible and shock-absorbing TPU sleeve, this case goes an extra step further by including a built-in screen protector around front to prevent scratches from ruining your Note 8's display.

It's otherwise a pretty standard design for a rugged case — beefy in the corners where it needs to be yet slim and sporty enough as to not turn your phone into a thick brick of plastic. You can get yours from Amazon for just $20.

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UAG Plasma Rugged Case

The go-to rugged case for many smartphone users, the UAG Plasma is a rugged and lightweight case that's arguably the coolest looking case on this list — although that's always a matter of personal opinion.

It's a remarkably slim case with a great amount of texture and ridges along the side edges and back to assist with in-hand grip. With reinforced corners to take the brunt of any falls that also provides relief from your screen when you put your phone face down, this is a case style that's been perfected over the years to offer maximum protection for premium devices such as the Note 8. It's also thin enough to remain compatible for NFC and Qi wireless charging functionality.

But you will pay a somewhat steep price for all that premium design and build quality — $30 for some color options and up to $55 for the all-black model. Completely justifiable for smartphone peace of mind.

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Spigen Tough Armor Case

Spigen always offers a wide array of case options, but if you're looking for something rugged look no further than the Tough Armor case.

It offers the rugged dual-layer protection you want while keeping the outer shell clean with a matte finish and a kickstand that's there if you need it, but otherwise kept flush with the back of the case and out of the way. It's all shock absorbing TPU around the top and corners — the main areas to take the brunt of a fall — with a polycarbonate shell around the back. If you're worried about adding a bunch of bulk to your phone, you can rest easy with the Spigen Tough Armor — it adds only 2.5mm of girth to the back of the Note 8. The buttons along the side are covered as you'd expect and kept flush with the design of the case, with the power button given some extra texture so you can always find it.

The Tough Armor is available in five different color options, with the base model (in black) starting at $16.99.

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Zizo Static Series Case

Some case makers add a whole bunch of "stylish" accents to the back of their case — Zizo is one such company.

These cases sure stand out from the rest of the pack with sharp angles around the corners and all the ridges and textures on the backside. Whether you like the look of these cases or not is a matter of personal taste, but there's no denying that all those ridges will help with your grip and if it still manages to slip out of your hands it should survive most drops. There's also a pop-out kickstand which is always a handy feature.

The Zizo Static Series is available in seven different color combinations, all for the low price of $11.

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OtterBox Commuter Series Case

OtterBox is one of the most trusted brands for offering rugged cases that are always backed by great customer service.

The OtterBox Commuter Series balances its dual-layer design while maintaining a fairly compact form for a rugged case. It's compatible with screen protectors (of course OtterBox recommends their own brand) and features a generous lip around the screen to protect the display from scuffs and scratches.

At $50 you may need to justify it as a practical way to ensure your ridiculously expensive Note 8 meets an untimely end. Backed by OtterBox's limited lifetime warranty, you can buy with confidence.

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What's your top pick for heavy duty cases?

How are you planning to keep the Note 8 safe? Or maybe you're one of those rebels who forgoes a case — even with a phone that costs nearly $1000. Plead your case in the comments below!

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These Android phones support wireless charging

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Wireless Charging

Does your phone support wireless charging?

Wireless charging has been around for a few years now, but sadly it hasn't become as widely adopted as we'd like. And while Qi and Powermat and the various companies backing them fight it out, smartphone users are left in the cold.

However, many popular phones are beginning to embrace wireless charging, and if that's something you're looking for in your next phone, here's a list of those lucky devices.

The best wireless charging pads for Galaxy S8

Note: All devices below support Qi charging. Devices marked with a * do not offer support for AirFuel or PMA wireless charging.

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Best microSD Cards for Galaxy S8

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What are the best microSD cards for the Galaxy S8?

Following in the footsteps of the Galaxy S7, the Galaxy S8 offers support for microSD cards so you can increase the storage of the phone. This time around, however, Samsung has increased the onboard storage from 32GB up to 64GB, so many people may find that more than enough. But if you're worried about filling that 64GB up with music, video or pictures, you should grab a microSD card and put it all there so you can easily access it.

Here are some of the best options to put in your new Galaxy S8, divided into performance and value options.

Performance options

These cards are all rated U3, which is a speed classification shorthand for UHS Speed Class 3, offering a minimum sequential write speed of 30MB/s. Why does this matter? Because without a card this fast, the Galaxy S8 can't record 4K video to an external card.

SanDisk Extreme 32GB

If the 64GB that Samsung gives you inside the Galaxy S8 isn't enough for your daily needs, adding a bit more doesn't have to cost a ton. SanDisk's high-performance microSDHC UHS-I Card ($19.99) offers transfer speeds of up to 80MB/s and with its U3 rating it is capable of handling 4K video.

Adding 32GB of storage to a 64GB phone may seem a bit weird, but if you aren't looking to spend a lot this may be the way to go at under $20 for the card. If you want a bit more storage, you can get the 64GB SanDisk Extreme for just under $34.

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PNY U3 Pro Elite 128GB

If you're planning to do a lot of 4K video recording, you'll want a fast and reliable card in your phone. PNY's U3 Pro Elite 128GB card (about $70) adds plenty of storage, and the speeds you need. Classified at U3, it is great for video, and it is capable of up to 95MB/s read and 90MB/s write. At around $59, this is a relatively inexpensive option, and it is highly-rated and reliable.

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Samsung 256GB EVO Select microSD

Samsung's own 256GB EVO Select microSD card (around $160) is one of the best to go for if you are ready to just go all out on storage. With read speeds of up to 100MB/s and write speeds of up to 90MB/s you can quickly and easily transfer files to and from the phone. It's also U3 classified which makes it perfect for 4K video.

With the speed and storage capacity comes a larger price tag on this card, but if you want the biggest on the market this is the way to go.

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Value options

If you don't care about 4K video capture and just want a card that stores media for playback, or captures exclusively 1080p video on the Galaxy S8, these cards cost significantly less than U3-speed options.

Samsung EVO 128GB microSD

Samsung's EVO 128GB microSD card (about $49) isn't the company's top offering, but it comes with decent speeds and a price tag to match. With up to 48MB/s read and write (Class 10 or U1 classification), it can handle 1080p video without a problem. If you want a Samsung-branded card that doesn't break the bank, this is the one to go with.

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SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSD

SanDisk is a well-known company when it comes to memory cards and storage products, and cards like this show you why. The SanDisk Ultra 128GB (around $44) is a Class 10 card that comes with a 10-year warranty, and has quick transfer speeds (up to 80MB/s), so it should check many of the boxes that you look for in a microSD card.

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SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSD

If you're looking to add a lot of extra storage at a relatively low cost, the SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSD card (around $74) is the way to go. This Class 10 card provides transfer speeds of up to 90MB/s and can record Full HD video. If you like to keep your digital library with you at all times, you'll want one of these.

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Your favorite?

Do you have a favorite microSD card that isn't listed here? Be sure to drop a comment below and let us know which card it is, and why you like it!

Update, November 2017: These are still our top picks for microSD cards for your Galaxy S8.

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5 Best Screen Protectors for the LG V30

Keep your LG V30's display looking pristine with a quality screen protector.

The LG V30 is shaping up to be one heck of a phone. LG has packed it with great features and packaged it in a beautifully designed chassis.

Now, we know many of you hate the idea of covering up a phone's design with a case, but a screen protector on the other hand is one of those accessories you may not even notice — until that fateful day when your phone slips out of your hand and falls to the concrete. Save yourself from dealing with a scratched or cracked display by using a screen protector. Most kits are under $10 so, really, what do you have to lose?

Wellci LG V30 Screen Protector [2-pack]

Tempered glass is always the best way to go for keeping your phone screen protected. This two-pack from Wellci is ultra thin — at only 0.26mm thick it will maintain the original touch sensitivity and clarity of the LG V30 display.

There are a couple cutouts along the top edge of the screen protector for the front-facing camera and ear speaker, and the kit includes everything you need to ensure a clean and perfect installation the first time. Get yours for just $8.

(We know the picture above is of the G6, but Wellci assures buyers that the protectors are indeed for the V30.)

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MoKo Tempered Glass Screen Protectors [2-pack]

This tempered glass screen protector, just .33mm thick, comes in a two-pack and is designed to be a bit smaller than the full size of the screen to avoid bubbles and the dreaded halo effect around the edge. This should also ensure that these screen protectors are case-friendly.

The includes everything you'll need to install both screen protectors clean, and MoKo backs their product with a lifetime warranty. Get your two-pack of screen protectors for just $8.

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IQ Shield Tempered Glass Screen Protector [3-pack]

IQ Shield has a great 3-pack of tempered glass screen protectors for the LG V30. It's been precisely designed to cover the entire display, with a small cut-out around the top for the front-facing camera.

All IQ Shield screen protectors are backed by a 100% hassle-free lifetime warranty replacement program, so you can buy yours for just $8 and be confident that your V30's screen will always be protected from harm.

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Skinomi Tech Glass Screen Protector [3-pack]

Skinomi is a trusted name in the phone protection game, so you can buy this three-pack of screen protectors for just $8. Each is made from quality tempered glass and feature an electro and oleophobic coated surface to prevent dust and oil from clinging to your V30's screen.

The kit includes everything you need to ensure a clean installation, and the product is also backed by Skinomi's lifetime warranty, so you can buy with confidence.

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Ringke Invisible Defender [2-pack]

Straying away from the tempered glass screen protector options, this compelling option from Ringke is unlike most screen protectors we've seen, in that it ensures full screen protection by wrapping around the sides of the phone to the back.

This is a film screen protector, so it's not as tough as tempered glass — but it's perfectly compatible with the best cases available so if you're out to fully protect your LG V30, this might be a compelling option at $8.

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Do you use a screen protector on your phones?

How important is preventing scratches and cracks on your display? Let us know in the comments.

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2 months ago

Best Clear Cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Show off your Note 8's design while keeping it safe with a quality clear case.

We get it — you just ordered your brand new Galaxy Note 8 and you can't wait to show it off to your friends and family. But you also want to keep it protected, right?

A clear case is a great option for those of us who love to show off your phone's sleek lines without worrying about the shattering from an accidental drop. We've rounded up our favorite clear cases for the Galaxy Note 8!

Spigen Liquid Crystal

A great clear case is going to offer protection for your phone without drawing attention to the fact that you've got a case on your phone. In that regard, the Spigen Liquid Crystal is an outstanding choice.

Made of lightweight and flexible TPU material, this single-layer case is easy to pop onto your phone while adding next to no bulk to the phone. Precise cutouts and buttons means that your phone's functionality is never affected, and it's thin enough to allow for wireless charging, too.

Spigen has a couple other clear case options you might be interested in — the Rugged Crystal ($12) features reinforced corners to help with drops, and the Ultra Hybrid S ($15) features a built-in magnetic kickstand for hands-free media viewing. But if you're just looking for a reliable and slim clear case, the Liquid Crystal is your best value at just $11.

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Ringke Fusion

The Ringke Fusion case is one of those case styles that's offered for nearly every major phone release, and it's a reliable option if you want to keep your phone protected without impeding the look and design of your new phone.

This is a two-layer case with a soft, shock-absorbing TPU bumper paired with a hard plastic back plate that offers serious protection against drops and scratches. There's tapered lips around the corners to ensure the screen isn't in direct contact with surfaces if you put your phone screen down on a table, and it's been precisely designed so that all the ports and buttons are functional.

You can get the standard all-clear version for just $7.99, or opt to add some character to the bumper — Rose Gold or Smoke Black — for just $9.99.

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Speck Presidio Clear

Speck's clear case is as minimalist as it gets — at a glance, you'd never know your phone has a case on it if not for the subtle Speck logo in the top-right corner.

This dual-layer case is rugged, having been test dropped from 8 feet by a third-party testing lab. If you've shied away from a clear case in the past because you've seen the yellowing effect that UV rays can have on them over time, you'll be happy to know that the Presidio case is made with a custom-engineered material that resists turning yellow over time.

At just under $20, this is one of the more expensive clear case options for the Note 8, but if ruggedness and anti-yellowing are important features for you, don't settle for anything less.

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Caseology Skyfall

The Caseology Skyfall series of cases for the Note 8 are the perfect choice for anyone who wants a clear case with accents around the edge to match the color of the phone.

These dual-layer cases combine a crystal-clear acrylic hard cover with an impact resistant PC bumper that comes in your choice of three colors — Blue Coral, Orchid Gray, and Warm Gray.

If you're set on a specific color for your Note 8 and want a clear case that actually accents your phone rather than attempting to be invisible, get at Caseology Skyfall case starting at $13.

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OtterBox Symmetry Series Clear Case

OtterBox is a brand that's become synonymous with outstanding quality and customer support — and that's important because OtterBox cases always tend to be on the more expensive side.

The OtterBox Symmetry Series is an ultra-slim offering, available as a clear case or your choice of six other stylish options. It's compatible with screen protectors and features a lip around the screen to protect the touchscreen from damage.

At $50 it's a decidedly a pricy investment, but so is the Note 8 itself. Backed by OtterBox's limited lifetime warranty, you can buy with confidence.

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Which clear case will you get?

These are our picks for best clear case — which one are you going with? Got a favorite that didn't make our list? Let us know!

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2 months ago

What is wireless charging and how does it work?

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Qi transmitter coil

Wireless charging isn't magic, but it can be convenient.

Wireless charging, such as the Qi charging tech many Android phones use, isn't new technology. My Panasonic electric razor used it many years ago, and most of us have seen toothbrushes that charge wirelessly in a cradle. And of course, we can't forget Palm and the way it brought wireless charging to the masses with the Touchstone. Now that size, cost, and efficiency constraints have all eased up a little, putting wireless charging in something like your Android phone or watch makes more sense.

We get more than a few questions about wireless charging and how it works, so let's take a few minutes and talk about the basics; what it is, how it works and why you would want it in your next Android purchase.

More: The best wireless charging pads for Galaxy S8

What is wireless charging?

Wireless charging isn't magic — you still need a wire. The difference is that the wire is connected to a charging base instead of your phone, so you can just drop your Android onto the charger and things get to work without hooking anything up to your phone. The charging base can be almost any shape or size, and can even be in something like your car dash or the base of a lamp from IKEA. As long as you're able to get the right spot on the rear of your Android on the right spot on the base of the charger, it will work.

A good example would be having a wireless charging base on your desk at work. When you're not using your phone, you set it on the charger. When you need to use your phone, pick it up and it has a charge. Wireless charging isn't as fast as Quick Charge, but it's easy and something you're more likely to use to keep your phone topped off throughout the day (in our example). That's where wireless charging shines — ease of use.

How does wireless charging work?

Wireless charging uses two resonant inductive couplings to transmit low-power signals between two devices. These are specially designed to transmit electricity without touching each other like a normal wired connection does. The base station, which is plugged into the wall through its own power supply, has a transmitter coil and your phone has a receiver coil. The base station regularly sends a signal out, and when a receiver coil gets close enough, a resonance change (the base station changes the amplitude of its oscillation — it vibrates faster) happens in the signal. The waveform of the signal is then modulated (changed to let the coil in the phone know power is being sent) and inductive charging begins.

Wireless charging uses the same electrical theory as a generator: mechanical energy creates electrical energy.

Inductive charging uses those two specially designed electromagnetic coils to create a magnetic field between two devices. There is an intricate process involved that allows a magnetic field to produce electricity through the difference of potential and oscillation. Oscillation is a timed repetitive variation, and in the case of an electromagnetic coil, you can think of it as vibration.

The coil in your Android device is also connected to the battery charging circuit, and your battery is charged using the energy induced by the magnetic field.

Electromagnetic induction is really cool, and the basics are that if you move an electrically conductive material, like a coil or winding, in the presence of a magnetic field you make electrons flow. Things like a gas-powered generator also "create" electricity by using mechanical energy to create EMF (electromotive force). Electromagnetic induction is also used in transformers and current measuring devices.

Wireless charging isn't very efficient, but it is getting better with each iteration of the standard.

Excess heat is created as well, and that's part of why wireless charging isn't the most efficient way to transfer power from the wall to your battery. This is also why it takes longer to charge your phone on a Qi pad than it does to plug it into the wall. While new methods and materials use higher frequencies and thinner coils than past iterations, wireless charging is still less efficient and more costly than standard charging over a wire. It will stay this way for the foreseeable future.

To simplify:

  • Your Android and the charger each have special electrical coils in them.
  • When the two coils get close enough, they use magnetism to create small oscillations (vibrations) in the coil and an EMF is created by the coil inside your phone.
  • This EMF sends a small amount of power through the charging circuit in your phone and charges the battery.
  • It costs more and takes longer to charge than it would if you plugged your phone in, and creates more heat because this is less efficient than connecting wires the traditional way.
  • Faraday's law of induction is awesome and the Maxwell–Faraday equation is like mathematical chocolate: sweet and decadent. Wireless charging is also pretty awesome when you're using it, too.

A word about Powermat

Powermat

Qi is not the only wireless charging standard. Other standards like Powermat are used to build wireless charging solutions. These use a different standard than Qi but the science behind them all is the same. Powermat has partnered with companies like AT&T and Starbucks to provide base stations in public places, and using a special case or charging block attached to your phone lets you wirelessly charge. They are also partnered with General Motors and are working to bring built-in wireless charging bases in vehicles.

Powermat does some really great things (great if you're an electrical engineer, anyway) and some would argue that it's the better standard. In any case, Qi is more prevalent.

While the same basic electrical theory applies to both Powermat and Qi, the different standards mean they are not compatible. Your Qi-enabled phone won't charge on a Powermat base because the signals sent and received are different. If you have Powermat equipment, you'll need to be sure you're buying more Powermat equipment to get everything working.

There are exceptions, like Samsung Galaxy phones, which include both Qi and Powermat standards.

Why do I want wireless charging in my next phone?

Now that we have a widely accepted standard — we're talking the Qi standard here — we have to remember that any Qi charger will work with any device that is Qi-certified. That means the charger you buy, whether it's a $6 Chinese unbranded unit from Amazon or a name-brand like Samsung or Zens, will work with the device you have now and any devices you buy in the future.

You don't use wireless charging because it's "better". You use it because it's more convenient. A lot more.

Couple this with the convenience factor — and until you've bought a couple Qi chargers and put them in the places you're likely to set your phone you don't really understand how convenient it is. You might have a Qi charger at your desk, on the table in the living room, one in your car and one on your nightstand. Your Galaxy S8 will almost never have less than a 50% charge. Not because the battery life on the Galaxy S8 is great, or because Qi chargers work "better", but because whenever it's not in hand it's charging.

Of course, there's the initial cost of buying the charging bases, but they are pretty cheap — about the same cost as a good wall wart and USB cable. As more and more handheld devices and smartphones move towards the Qi standard, more and more devices will be able to take advantage of the chargers.

Wireless charging doesn't make your phone work any differently, but it can change the way you use it.

Update September 2017: Clarified some of the electrical theory and made sure the latest versions of the Qi standard were represented.

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2 months ago

Cheap Chromecast Speakers: Best Under $35

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Just because you want a great-sounding speaker doesn't mean you have to spend more than you did on your Chromecast Audio.

Chromecast Audio provides us with an easy way to stream media from our mobile devices to our favorite speakers, whether they feature Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or neither. We've selected five of the best portable speakers that go great with this audio accessory and cost no more than the Chromecast Audio itself. Keep one in your bedroom, living room, kitchen, or bathroom — these speakers will give you the superior sound you crave without breaking the bank.

Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3

While the Chromecast Audio may not be waterproof, the OontZ Angle 3 from Cambridge SoundWorks certainly is. This 5-inch speaker speaker has an IPX5 rating, making it completely splashproof for any setting. Inside is a long lasting 2200mAh battery that provides up to 15 hours of music through its dual drivers for a total of 10W of stereo sound. The OontZ Angle 3 sounds great on every level — mids, highs, and even bass are clear thanks to the passive subwoofer design. If you're after a speaker that's built for a tougher environment, this is a great option for you.

You can pick one up for around $25.

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Photive Hydra

Photive Hydra

The Photive Hydra is perfect for people that want a cheap speaker and are more concerned about sound quality than convenience. Sporting a passive subwoofer and two 40mm drivers, the Hydra delivers a fuller-sounding low end, while still providing pleasing, clear treble.

Its IP66 rating means it can get wet, but not submerged. Obviously, your Chromecast Audio is not water-resistant at all, but its a nice feature to have if you ever choose to use it away from the tether of your Chromecast Audio. For about $35, the Photive Hydra could be yours.

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AYL Portable Mini Speaker

For something a bit more compact, but surprisingly loud, the AYL portable mini speaker is definitely one to check out. The 3W speaker on top provides quality sound that jams for up to 10 hours on a full charge. The unique design of this speaker makes it ideal for travel, quickly collapsing into a smaller size when needed. There's even a built-in 3.5mm headphone cable on the bottom for hooking up your Chromecast Audio, along with an extension cable if you need a little extra length. Priced around $15, you can't go wrong with this mini speaker.

Read our review of the AYL Mini

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Anker Classic Portable Speaker

Anker's Classic Portable Speaker, a box design that uses a single 2-inch, 4W driver and bass port to deliver its amazing quality sound. Powering the unit is a 2100mAh Li-ion battery that will keep the music going for up to 20 hours. The built-in mic allows you to use the Anker Classic as a speakerphone, but for keeping things simple just plug in your Chromecast Audio to the 3.5mm port on the side and enjoy what this crafty speaker has to offer. Included is a longer auxiliary cable, travel pouch, microUSB charging cable, and an 18-month warranty. You can grab one in black, blue, or white for around $30.

Read our review of the Anker Classic

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VTIN Cuber

If you're looking for a speaker to use with Chromecast audio that is ultra portable, check out the VTIN Cuber.

With an IP67 rating, this small square speaker is made to withstand the elements, which is great if you ever want to use your Chromecast beside the pool or when you're outside grilling.

Believe it or not, this tiny thing actually has a pretty solid battery life, giving you up to 8 hours of listening time. It comes with a strap you can attach to make it even easier to carry, and if you want to venture away from your Chromecast you can always use it with standard Bluetooth.

The VTIN Cuber will run you about $32.

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What speakers are you using with Chromecast Audio?

Those are our top picks for an affordable speaker to use with Chromecast Audio. Which speakers are you using or looking into getting for yours? Sound off in the comments!

Updated Spetember 2017: Added prices for all the speakers listed.

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2 months ago

Best Accessories for the LG V30

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What are the best accessories for the LG V30 so far?

The LG V30 is the latest great phone that's got us excited. It's got all the features we love such as waterproofing, wireless charging, and a rad dual-camera setup — plus it just looks beautiful!

Here are some of the best accessories you'll find for the LG V30. We'll start out with some cases, then move onto some essential charging accessories and the like. Be sure to update this list as more accessories are released.

Spigen Rugged Armor Case

There are a ton of great case options out there for the LG V30, but if we had to recommend just one it would have to be the Spigen Rugged Armor case.

Made from shock absorbent TPU material with a matte finish and carbon fiber detailing, this case looks slick and keeps your phone protected without adding much bulk. Wireless charging should still work with this case on, and precise cutouts around the fingerprint scanner and dual-camera setup around back ensure that all the phones functionality is unimpeded.

Spigen's Rugged Armor case is always a reliable case option and is always a highly recommended case for any new device. If you want to keep your phone protected while keeping it looking sleek and thin — all for just $13 — nothing beats Rugged Armor.

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UAG Plasma Series Case

Part clear case and part rugged protection, UAG never compromises on the construction of its cases. Despite the premium materials and heavy-duty design, the case manages to remain feather-light while including thoughtful design elements like non-slip rubberized edges so your phone will never slip off a table when you put it down.

It's passed military-grade drop-test standards, but you probably won't be dropping it too often thanks to all the textures and edges for your fingertips to cling to. You can get the premium Plasma Series case for a premium price from UAG's website — yours for $40.

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Ringke Fusion Case

Looking for a clear case to show off your LG V30? The Ringke Fusion case offers a clear case design that doesn't skimp on offering protection.

This case combines a tough polycarbonate back plate with a soft and shock-absorbing TPU bumper. There are dust caps over the charging and headphone ports, and you can get yours as a crystal clear case, or with rose gold or black accents. This case starts at just $8 on Amazon, so it's also a great budget case option, too.

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IQ Shield Tempered Glass Screen Protectors (3-Pack)

The LG V30 has a sweet dual-camera set up and a nearly bezel-less 6-inch OLED display. You'll be able to take beautiful photos and then show them off — as long as that display glass stays intact.

IQ Shield has a great 3-pack of tempered glass screen protectors for the LG V30. It's been precisely designed to cover the entire display, with a small cut-out around the top for the front-facing camera.

All IQ Shield screen protectors are backed by a 100% hassle-free lifetime warranty replacement program, so you can buy yours for just $8 and be confident that your V30's screen will always be protected from harm.

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Samsung EVO+ 256GB microSD

LG has always been good about including storage expansion in its flagship phones, and that feature has been extended to the V30.

While the V30 can handle up to a 2TB microSD card, those don't quite exist yet. We're getting closer though, what with SanDisk releasing a 400GB microSD card soon.

Until then, your best bet for expanding your phone's storage is Samsung's 256GB EVO+ microSD card. Featuring read speeds of up to 95MB/sec and write speeds up to 90MB/sec, this card is plenty fast enough to handle storing all the photos and videos you take with your V30 while also letting you load up all your favorite media so you have your favorite music and movies with you on the go.

At $179, it might be too pricey for some, and that's ok. Check out our other microSD card recommendations for your Android phone.

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ONSON USB Type-C to USB A Braided Charging Cables [4-pack]

It seems like all the Android phone manufacturers are finally getting on board with USB Type-C, which is great not only for faster charging speeds but also because you can never plug it in the wrong way.

If you're in short supply of extra USB-C cables for around the house, in your car, or at the office, this set is sure to come in handy. You get four braided cables of varying lengths — one 3ft cable, two 6ft cables, and a 10ft cable. They're built to last and are backed by a 12-month worry-free warranty.

At just $15 for the 4-pack, you're paying just over $3 each for quality braided USB-C cables — you just can't beat that value!

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Anker PowerPort Qi 10 Fast Wireless Charging Pad

Speaking of charging, the LG V30 also supports Qi wireless charging.

Looking to keep avoid cables altogether and have your phone charged up and ready to go at a moment's notice? LG is supposed to be releasing a new wireless charging pad for the V30, but until then you should look into the Anker PowerPort Qi 10 Charging Pad. It's got a premium design with LED indicators around the edge and a non-slip pad so your phone stays put. It supports all Qi-compatible devices and also supports fast wireless charging, so you'll be able to get up and go further.

Anker is a trusted name in charging accessories and backs all their products with an 18-month warranty and great customer service. Get the only wireless charging pad you'll ever need for just $30.

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

These are our recommendations, but we want to know what you buy for a new phone? Are you getting a V30? Let us know in the comments!

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2 months ago

Peak Design Everyday Sling is a great daily carry bag for more than just photographers

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Peak Design Everyday Sling

I rarely leave the house without a bag on my shoulder.

Like many, I enjoy the security of knowing I have necessary gear with me (think laptop, battery, cables, camera) everywhere I go, and I understand that that means I also have to deal with that gear — typically in a bag. Size, comfort, flexibility (physically and conceptually) and style are all factors when choosing one. I've tried a lot of different bags for this sort of "daily essentials" set of stuff I carry on most days, and my current favorite is the Peak Design Everyday Sling.

You may recall that I previously used a different messenger-style bag from Timbuk2, and I actually still do! That's a great general-purpose messenger bag that can hold a whole lot of stuff and do a whole bunch of different things. But what I love about the Everyday Sling is that it isn't as multi-purpose oriented — it's small, structured and doesn't have a ton of expandability. It's just the right size for the things I need to carry every day, and that's it.

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Peak Design, as a company, is primarily focused on photographers — but the features and quality of the products in produces are often applicable to more than just that small set of people in that specific use case.

The compact size and structure of the Everyday Sling has many benefits. First and foremost is comfort. With a bag this small, I'm never tempted to load it up with more than I should carry. That's because the bag just simply won't hold that much stuff, and that keeps the weight down and my shoulder happy. The frame of it is relatively structured with little stretch or play, meaning you can't even force more into it if you wanted to. At the same time, that structure makes sure your things are safe inside if you get bumped when standing on the train or walking down the street.

The tight size and structure of this bag is exactly what I need to keep from killing my shoulder.

Peak Design markets the Everyday Sling as being 10 liters in size — but thinking about a bag in terms of liters doesn't always equate. Here's what I typically carry in my Everyday Sling: a 13-inch MacBook Pro (just barely), a micro four-thirds camera with an extra lens, a bundle of a couple cables and a small backup battery, and a few knick-knacks like keys, business cards, a pen and a pair of earbuds. That's basically all this thing can hold, and that's exactly why I love it.

The main compartment has a slot for a laptop or tablet, and then two of Peak Design's amazing padded separators. If you haven't seen them in action, basically they're stiff foam dividers (positionable with velcro) that are split down the middle that can be folded down in various configurations to properly secure and separate items in the bag so they don't slide around. They keep things accessible and also properly managed, which is key to a bag this small.

It's amazingly easy to swing the bag around, get what you want and be on your way.

The focus on accessibility carries over to the way the bag compartment opens: it zips around the back and hinges on the front, so the inside is wide-open accessible when you're still wearing it and simply sling it around to your side. Most messenger-style bags open toward you, and the flap of the bag gets in the way of seeing or reaching into the compartment. With the Everyday Sling, it's super simple to swing the bag around to your side, open it up, grab what you want, zip it closed and be on your way.

On the outside of the bag you get a small compartment with dividers where you can toss all of the aforementioned smaller items. From the outside, there's another shallow pocket that's perfect for an extra phone or couple of cables that you want to separate from the larger items inside and have easily accessible without opening the full bag compartment.

A great daily carry bag at any price.

Many people will scoff at the Everyday Sling's $149 price tag, but for a bag that I'm going to carry just about every day and just exudes quality craftsmanship it's worth it. Every seam is perfect, zippers are tight and lock into place (and are water resistant), the materials are hearty, and most importantly it's clear just how much engineering and thought went into every aspect of the bag. Like the way there are dedicated spots on both sides for Peak Design's own Capture Camera Clip, how the dividers work, or how the excess bag strap stows away in the back of the bag so it doesn't flap around at the ends.

I wouldn't take a weekend trip with the Everyday Sling, nor would I expect to carry around my full rig of trade show gear. But those situations aren't what the bag is designed for — and it shows restraint in having a specific vision and usefulness. Right now it's the perfect bag for me to keep all of the necessities handy on a daily basis without being overbearing or goading me into carrying more than I should realistically be putting on my shoulder. To fulfill this need, it's a damn good bag at any price.

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2 months ago

Best Wireless Charging Pads for LG G6

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What's the best charging pad for LG G6?

The LG G6 supports wireless charging the U.S. and Canada, and if you want to keep it conveniently charged, without having to plug it in, then you'll need a great wireless charger. Keep in mind that the LG G6 does not support fast wireless charging, so you needn't worry about the speed of any wireless charger — they'll all work just as quickly.

Here are our favorites.

Choetech wireless charger with smart lighting sensor

Choetech's wireless charging pad has roughly the footprint of a coffee mug, so it's the perfect desk or table accessory, taking up minimal room while keeping your LG G6 charged. Its LED indicator has a smart sensor that dims it or shuts it down completely in the dark so that you can place your G6 on it before bed and not be kept up by its blue hue.

Choetech's pad has a 4-foot Micro-USB cable and comes with an 18-month warranty and starts around $13.

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Samsung wireless charging pad

Samsung's $23 wireless charging pad is the most popular wireless charger on Amazon, with over 8,000 reviews, 70% of which are 4- or 5-star. This charger is stylish, with your choice of a black or white finish, and can be plugged into a wall socket or into another device via USB. As with all great wireless chargers, you can still use your phone while it charges up, and Samsung offers a 1-year warranty just in case anything goes wrong.

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Choetech T511 wireless rubber charging pad

Another great Choetech charger, the rubber wireless charging pad features an anti-slip surface, so you can pop your LG G6 on it and won't have to worry about it sliding off and interrupting charging. This charging pad is 3.6 inches x 3.6 inches, so it's plenty big enough to accept your LG G6 without you having to balance it precariously, but it's compact enough to not be intrusive on your desk space or coffee table.

Choetech doesn't provide a wall plug, but the one that came with your G6 will work just fine. Grab this pad on Amazon for around $12.

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Spigen Essential F300W wireless charging stand

If you prefer more of a stand design for your wireless charger, then check out Spigen's $26 stand, which sits at an angle, so you can see your LG G6's screen while laying down. Since this charging stand has three coils, you can place your G6 vertically or horizontally and still have it receive a charge.

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Sojitek wireless car charger

If you like to keep your LG G6 charged up on the go, but hate having to plug it in and unplug it in the car, then check out Sojitek's $50 wireless car charger and mount. You just plug the mount into your car's USB port or to a USB-12V adapter and then you can mount your G6 and unmount it as you please, charging it while you drive.

Sojitek's mount sticks to your dashboard or windshield via suction cup, so you'll want a flat dashboard for it to stay put properly. Double-check laws where you live to make sure accessories on your windshield aren't illegal (they are where I live!).

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Your favorite?

Do you use a wireless charger with your LG G6? Let us know which one in the comments below!

Update, September 2017: Added pricing information for each charger. These are still your best options for wirelessly charging your LG G6!

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img { width: 100%; height: auto; } .devicebox ul { display: table; margin: 0 0 10px; width: 100%; } .devicebox ul li { background: #f7f7f7; margin: 2px 0; padding: 4px 15px; } .devicebox ul li:hover { background: #fff; } .devicebox ul li:before { display: none; } .devicebox p ~ p { line-height: 1.25; } .devicebox p:first-of-type + p { padding: 15px; } .devicebox a.buy-link { border-radius: 5px; display: inline-block; font: 14px/31px "Proxima Nova Extrabld",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; text-align: center; } .devicebox a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:link, .devicebox a.buy-link:active, .devicebox a.buy-link:visited { background: #37B5D7; color: #FFF; } .devicebox a.buy-link:hover { background: #2694B2; text-decoration: none; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { content: "\e61e"; font: 40px/0 "ac_iconset" !important; margin: 0 3px 0 -8px; vertical-align: middle; } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { /* div:not(.columns-3) excludes help menu content */ .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p img, .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 660px) { .devicebox h3 { text-align: center; } .devicebox ul, .devicebox p { display: block; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox p img, .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 661px), all and (max-width: 500px) { /* 2x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(even) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { width: 100%; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 659px) and (min-width: 501px) { /* 3x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(100%/3 - 10px/3); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(3n):not(:nth-last-of-type(2)) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:only-child { width: 100%; margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(odd) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } } @media all and (max-width: 500px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { display: none; } } .page-admin .devicebox {max-width: 350px;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe {position: relative; height: 0; padding-bottom: 56.9%;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe iframe {width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;} /*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/

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Best Mesh Wi-Fi Router Kits

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Best Mesh Wi-Fi Kits

What are the best mesh network kits?

Mesh Wi-Fi kits are becoming popular for people who are sick of dead spots in their network coverage. Whether you have a large home or a small place with thick walls, grabbing one of these kits can alleviate a poor signal. The idea is simple — connect a few satellite Wi-Fi points to the main point and spread out the signal evenly around your house.

Why not just grab an extender or a powerful router? You certainly can, but extenders don't usually work in unison, and powerful routers can be just as expensive as one of these mesh kits.

If you're interested in setting up a mesh network, here are the standouts of the current mesh network kits on offer.

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