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Best Gamepad For Samsung Gear VR

Updated April 19, 2017: The SteelseriesStratus XL is still the best Bluetooth gamepad for the Samsung Gear VR.

Best Overall

SteelSeries Stratus XL

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The folks at SteelSeries have a long history of quality controllers for mobile platforms, and the Stratus XL kicks that up a notch. Instead of focusing on portability and pocketability like the other controllers in this product line, SteelSeries focused on comfort and capability which makes it an incredible choice for the Samsung Gear VR. It has all the quality of a major console controller, with battery life to match and no quirky software. It pairs instantly to your Samsung phone and works with dozens of Gear VR games right out of the box. Stratus XL is an all around quality gamepad, with a layout that is easy to remember when you eyes are in VR.

Bottom line: If you want the best overall gamepad for your Gear VR, SteelSeries is where you want to be.

One more thing: This version of the controller only comes in black. If you see a white version of this controller, it's the iOS-only version and won't work with the Gear VR.

Why the SteelSeries Stratus XL is the best

Everything you need in a gamepad you'll be using without your eyes.

Three things matter most when it comes to a VR-friendly gamepad — comfort, battery life, and durability. SteelSeries has checked all three boxes with the Stratus XL. This is an Xbox-esque gamepad that looks and feels familiar with a button layout you will quickly become comfortable with despite not being able to look down at it while in VR. This gamepad will easily survive the occasional drop when you are spooked in VR thanks to its rugged plastic design, and the use of standard thumbsticks means the chances of breaking them on a drop is unlikely. On average this controller will get you through 30 hours of constant use, which means the only way you're charging this controller once a week is if you are really and truly invested in VR Minecraft. If you do run out of power in the middle of a game, the use of a microUSB port means just about everything can charge this controller quickly.

Best for portability

Moga Hero Power

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Having an Xbox-style gamepad is great for familiarity, but the Gear VR is a portable virtual reality platform and it makes sense that you'd want the gamepad to be equally as portable. That means it stows in a bag easily, and doesn't take up a ton of space. Moga's Hero Power gamepad offers this exact experience, with buttons and joysticks nearly flush with the casing and shorter palm grips that flow in line with the rest of the body. This gamepad also doubles as a more traditional phone gamepad with its foldable phone clip, so you can comfortably enjoy other forms of gameplay!

Bottom line: If you value portability above all, Moga Hero Power is what you want.

Best Value

Beboncool controller

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It's portable, it's plasticky, and it's way cheaper than most other Bluetooth gamepads that play nice with the Gear VR. Beboncool makes a bunch of gamepads for tablets and phones alike, but this smaller controller is perfect for portable Gear VR gameplay. The battery is rated for 12 hours of constant gameplay, but the auto-off feature ensures you'll only be using power when you're actually playing.

Bottom line: If you want a better Gear VR gameplay experience without spending a ton, Beboncool has you covered.

Conclusion

If you're looking for console-class gaming on your Gear VR, SteelSeries is where you want to spend your money. There's always a place for portability, though, and Moga has what you need if you're on the go. If all you really want is an affordable gamepad to save you from constantly tapping the side of the Gear VR while playing your games, Beboncool is a great gamepad at a reasonable price.

Best overall

SteelSeries Stratus XL

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The folks at SteelSeries have a long history of quality controllers for mobile platforms, and the Stratus XL kicks that up a notch. Instead of focusing on portability and pocketability like the other controllers in this product line, SteelSeries focused on comfort and capability which makes it an incredible choice for the Samsung Gear VR. It has all the quality of a major console controller, with battery life to match and no quirky software. It pairs instantly to your Samsung phone and works with dozens of Gear VR games right out of the box. Stratus XL is an all around quality gamepad, with a layout that is easy to remember when you eyes are in VR.

Bottom line: If you want the best overall gamepad for your Gear VR, SteelSeries is where you want to be.

One more thing: This version of the controller only comes in black. If you see a white version of this controller, it's the iOS-only version and won't work with the Gear VR.

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2 months ago

ShopAndroid has you covered for all your Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ accessory needs

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are likely to be two of the biggest smartphone reveals of the year, and you may be ordering one for yourself. While it features a beautiful design, it has a whole lot of glass and not a whole lot of bezel, which means you may be looking for a case to keep it in. Whether you are looking for something to show it off that adds a little protection or you want to go all-in on the protection, ShopAndroid has you covered.

We've got a number of great cases in stock already, and much more on the way. Beyond cases, we've got chargers, USB-C cables and much more, so let's take a look at some of the stuff you can get your orders in for now!

Update April 25, 2017: The Samsung LED Flip Cover is now available in, so get your orders in!


Samsung LED View Cover

Samsung's LED View Cover is always an extremely popular case, and there is a good reason for that. When you look at the case, it looks pretty basic, like any other folio case, except it isn't. The case actually lets you see what types of notifications you have pending without opening the case, as well as see what time it is. Inside the folio, you'll have a single card slot to carry your ID or credit card with you, and the case keeps the phone nice and thin.

This time around it comes in black, blue, silver, and violet, so you can pick one that matches your phone or just one that you enjoy the look of. At closer to $60 you're definitely paying more for this case than others, but it is worth it.

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Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case

Cruzerlite cases have been around for quite some time, and the Bugdroid Circuit ones are always super popular. The cases are made of a thin TPU material and make your phone stand out in the crowd. They come in a few different colors, including red, clear, black, and teal, so you can find one that matches your style the best. You can still easily access all the ports and the power button on the phone, but this is a great way to prevent scratches and dings without making your phone too thick.

Priced at just under $10, you can't go wrong with having one of these around the house.

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Amzer SlimGrip Shockproof Hybrid

Amzer makes some really great cases that are nice and thin but still add protection. One of the best features of these cases is generally their price points, but there is more to this one than just that. The smooth outer back shell provides a bit more grip to the phone, and the TPU bumper will protect your phone from the impact of falls or bumps.

You can go with a clear back with clear sides, or clear back with black sides for just under $15, which is quite a steal for the amount of protection you are getting.

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Krusell Leather Case

Cases aren't for everyone, and that is fine, but that doesn't mean that not everyone likes to keep the phone protected while traveling with it. Krusell's leather case is a belt holster that gives you a safe place to keep your phone when you are traveling between meetings or rushing to catch a train. The inside is lined with a soft suede to prevent it from scratching your phone, and the clasp has a strong magnet to keep it closed.

The case is under $30, and is a great option for those who prefer to use the phone without a case but still want protection while moving around.

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Cruzerlite Fender Case

This case is very similar to the Amzer SlimGrip case, but has a few differences as well. One of the key differences here is the color options, which means that you can also grab this one in a nice teal color. The durable TPU material does a great job of protecting the phone and also makes it very easy to put the case on or take it off whenever you want to.

At under $10, you may want to grab one of these in each color just to have around.

Shop Cruzerlite Fender Case for Galaxy S8 | Cruzerlite Fender Case for Galaxy S8+

Samsung 25W USB-C Fast Charger

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ use USB-C instead of Micro-USB for charging, so you may need to replace some of your old chargers around the house with newer ones. Sure, there will be one in the box, but are you going to want to carry that one around with you everywhere you go or is it easier to spend a little money to ensure you have them where you need them? This one will ensure you get the fastest charge possible when you plug it in, which is pretty important.

At right around $30, you'll want to have one of these at home and in the office.

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Samsung 3.3ft USB-C cable

The move from Micro-USB to USB-C means that a lot of the old cables you have laying around may not work with your new phone. The cables you used to charge the phone, sync it with your computer, and charge it in the car all need to be replaced with new ones. It may sound crazy to have to do it, but if you do it will make things much easier. This Samsung USB-C cable supports up to 3A of power for fast charging.

For under $15 each, you may want to pick up a couple of these to have around with your new phone.

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Gadget Guard Black Ice Liquid Screen Guard

There is a whole lot of screen on the front of the Galaxy S8+ which is great, but it also means there is a lot of potential area that can get scratched. Don't worry about the screen, and instead keep it protected with this liquid screen guard that is designed to protect the surface from abrasions and scratches. The instillation is pretty easy, and once it is all done you won't even be able to see that it is there.

At around $20, this may be one of the most important accessories that you buy.

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Much More!

This is just some of what ShopAndroid has to offer for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. We've also got you covered with an assortment of memory cards, Bluetooth headsets, stylus's, and even keyboards. Be sure to browse all the accessories and see which ones you may be interested in.

Remember, ShopAndroid offers free, fast shipping on most orders over $50, so get your order in today!

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

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

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

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

Specs

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

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2 months ago

Best Tempered Glass Screen Protectors for Moto Z Droid

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Best Tempered Glass Screen Protectors for Moto Z Droid

These are the Droid screen protectors you're looking for.

The most important part of any phone nowadays is its screen, so you'll want to protect it with a high-quality screen protector. The best material for screen protectors is tempered glass, which won't shatter into sharp, scratchy shards if it happens to break.

To protect your Moto Z Droid's screen, check out these awesome tempered glass screen protectors.

Supershieldz

Supershieldz

This two-pack of tempered glass screen protectors is cut to perfectly fit your Moto Z Droid's screen. It does have curved edges, so no screen protector will cover it completely, but they will protect the bulk of the screen from scratches.

Supershieldz promises a bubble-free adhesive to make for a smooth and easy installation process, and its screen protectors are crystal clear, so you won't have any trouble seeing your screen or using all of its touch features to their full potential. Supershieldz are also covered in a hydrophobic and oleophobic coating, made to repel water and the oil from hands, so you won't have to constantly wipe your phone on your shirt.

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Dmax Armor

Dmax Armor

Dmax Armor is another high-quality tempered glass screen protector brand that offers clear protectors that are fingerprint- and scratch-resistant. They're easy to install, and Dmax Armor promises a bubble-free protector. In the box, you get a dust remover, screen wipe, and a lint-free dry cloth to make sure that you get your screen protector on cleanly with not bumps.

Dmax Armor a lifetime warranty, so if you notice any defects or anything, let Dmax know, and you'll receive a replacement. The screen also has a hydrophobic coating, so water will just bead off. This is a two-pack for around $7, which is an awesome value.

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Omoton

Omoton

Omoton's $5 two-pack of tempered glass screen protectors almost can't be beat. Just like most protectors, you get a laser-cut piece of tempered glass that's made to fit your Moto Z Droid's screen (aside from the curved edges), and it also repels water and fingerprints, thanks to its hydrophobic and oleophobic coating.

Omoton's screen protectors are scratch-resistant, so if you have your Moto Z Droid in your pocket with some keys, you won't pull out a phone that looks like a scratching post.

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Spigen

Spigen

Spigen, purveyor of fine phone cases, also makes some dynamite tempered glass screen protectors. This is another two-pack that comes with a lifetime replacement warranty, so you can rest easy knowing that Spigen fully backs its products.

Like all great tempered glass screen protectors, Spigen's come with rounded edges to prevent chipping, and the space that's left because of the curved edges means that these protectors are compatible with an awesome Moto Z Droid case.

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Do you use screen protectors?

Which ones? Let us know in the comments below.

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2 months ago

Make your house smarter with TP-Link's smart plug for just $25

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again with another great deal, this time saving you on this awesome smart plug!

Update: The older, bigger, smart plug is also available today for just $17.99, making it the perfect way to try one out and see if works well for you!

Right now you can pick up one of TP Link's smart plugs for just $25 (discount is taken when added to cart), its lowest price yet. If you're looking to make your house or apartment a bit smarter, this is the perfect way to get started or add to your existing setup. From being able to schedule when the power at the outlet goes on and off to having remote access to it, this is an awesome way to make things work better for you.

This deal won't last long, so you should act quickly if you are interested in it. Make your house smarter with only a small investment, you'll be thankful you did later. These are the best prices we've seen on both of these, so be sure to grab one now!

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For more great deals on tech, gadgets, home goods and more, be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now!

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2 months ago

PlayStation 4 Slim now comes with a 1TB hard drive for the same price

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PlayStation 4 Slim now offers a 1TB hard drive at the same $299 price point.

Back when the PlayStation 4 Slim made its debut in September, it came with a 500GB hard drive. Sony is now upgrading the storage to 1TB while retaining the $299 price point.

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2 months ago

Amazon's Fire TV Stick is finally available in India for ₹3,999

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Fire TV Stick lets you access Prime Video, Hotstar, Netflix, and other on-demand services.

Amazon has launched the Fire TV Stick in India for ₹3,999. The streaming dongle is now up for sale on Amazon India, and you'll also be able to pick up the accessory from 24 retail stores across seven cities.

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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.

Updated April 2017: We removed the DKnight Magicbox and the SoundPal F3, since they're no longer available, but did add the Photive Hydra to our list.

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.

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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.

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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 $35.

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 every want to use your Chromecast beside the pool or when your 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.

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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!

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2 months ago

Anker discounts its most popular Bluetooth headphones & speakers in time for warmer weather

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with some big savings on various Anker Bluetooth accessories!

Over the past few weeks, winter finally gave way to spring and it's now nice enough to enjoy workouts without being cooped up in the gym. This is the running season you should ditch those old earbuds and go wireless. I'm hesitant to spend crazy amounts on Bluetooth headphones to workout with since no matter what manufacturers say, profuse amounts of sweat and electronics don't mix.

That's where Anker's SoundsBuds come in handy. They are lightweight, feature Bluetooth 4.1 (perfect for Apple Watch!) and aren't outrageously priced. In fact, they are even less expensive today since coupon code ANKER233 drops the black, green and blue models down to $22.99 (Reg. $30). Thousands of Amazon reviewers rate them 3.8 out of 5 stars so you know they'll hold up well. For those of you who have problems with earbuds popping out during workouts, you could give Anker's SoundBuds NB10 a try while they are on sale for $29.99 (Reg. $40) using coupon code ANKER260.

If you're looking for some wireless tunes for an upcoming picnic or BBQ, Anker's SoundCore Bluetooth 4.0 speaker boasts 24-hours of play time and is on sale for $30.59 (Reg. 36+) when you enter coupon code ANKMAY77 during checkout. There's also the SoundCore nano option for $18.66 (Reg. $25) with coupon code KINANK66, which is the perfect size for traveling.

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2 months ago

Best Cases for Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

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Best cases for keeping your Galaxy Tab S3 protected and functional.

If you've got a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, you're going to want to keep it protected. Determining which case you should get depends on how you plan to use it. We've highlighted some of the different styles available that are worth your attention. Whether you're looking for a folio case that folds over to protect the screen, a case with a built-in keyboard, or a more standard case, mainly for providing protection, just make sure you find the right case for your needs!

Samsung Keyboard Cover

We'll start with Samsung's new keyboard accessory for its newest tablet. Offering protection as well as functionality, this case includes Samsung's latest keyboard, featuring chiclet-style keys, along with intuitive POGO pin connectors, which let you set up your tablet in keyboard mode right quick.

Samsung offers a fairly standard look for this keyboard case, featuring a white folding back panel that provides protection for your tablet, while the keyboard is made of gray, physical keys.

While the Galaxy Tab S3 might not be enough to fully replace the functionality of a laptop, this stylish and functional keyboard will let you do more on the go. If adding a keyboard to your tablet is important to you, this is your best option.

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MoKo Galaxy Tab S3 Slim Folding Cover Case

MoKo's lightweight case for the Galaxy Tab S3 features a premium PU leather exterior that keeps your tablet protected from drops and scuffs, while the interior is lined with soft microfiber material to keep your screen scratch-free. Like most folio cases, you're able to fold the front cover into a viewing stand with multiple angles. The front cover closes with magnets in the corners that allow you to wake your Tab S3 when the front cover is opened, but it won't interfere with the S-Pen. The S-Pen also gets some attention itself, with MoKo including a stylus loop to ensure your S-Pen stays with your tablet.

All buttons and ports are left exposed so that there won't be any fit issues with your accessories, and there's also a convenient hand strap for one-handed use.

You can get this case in classic single color options or choose from more stylish designs — the choice is yours!

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SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro Series Case

SUPCASE makes some outstanding rugged cases for phones under its Unicorn Beetle branding, and you should expect the same level of protection for your Galaxy Tab S3 here as well.

SUPCASE offers full-body protection for your tablet, which includes a protective front casing with a built-in screen protector and a raised bezel to keep that beautiful screen protected. On the back, a dual-layer hybrid casing designed with a shock-absorbing TPU bumper will keep your tablet well-protected from any accidental drops and also features a pop-out kickstand for hands-free viewing.

All your ports and buttons are covered to prevent dust and debris from getting in, making this an ideal case for anyone who likes to take their tablet into the great outdoors. It's also available in your chose of color — black, blue, pink, and white — so you can pick the one that fits your style.

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BELK Leather Viewing Stand w/ Wallet

Featuring high-quality PU leather, BELK offers a very stylish option for keeping your Tab S3 protected. Your tablet is held in place by the rugged inner shell made of rigid polycarbonate, which leaves ample cutouts around the headphone jack and USB-C charging port

What also sets this case apart from the others on the list is the slip pockets on the inside cover, which let you store credit cards, business cards or even IDs, along with a pocket for storing cash, passports — whatever you want to have on you at all times. There's also elastic hand strap which lets you confidently hold your tablet with one hand.

This folio case also lets you fold up the front cover as a kickstand for hands-free viewing, and the whole thing is available in a couple stylish colors.

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Using a sweet case with your Tab S3? Sound off in the comments below!

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2 months ago

Best Heavy Duty Cases for Samsung Galaxy S8

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Best Heavy Duty Cases for Samsung Galaxy S8

Protect your new Galaxy S8 with a sturdy, rugged case, and have some peace of mind while you're at it.

The Galaxy S8 might not be here just yet, so no, we haven't had time to test out all the cases, but we know some dynamite brands that are sure to protect your Galaxy S8 from drop, bumps, scratches, and more.

Check out these awesome cases if you're looking for rugged protection. Consider these the… Guardians of your Galaxy.


Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro

The old standby of rugged cases, the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro is the utmost in heavy duty protection for your Galaxy S8. These three-piece cases feature a front cover, back cover, and a holster so that you don't have to carry a heavier phone around in your pocket. With that in mind, the Unicorn Beetle Pro doesn't actually add a ton of bulk to your phone, but there still is a difference. You want thin, go with a slim case.

The Unicorn Beetle Pro is made of tough polycarbonate plastic and provides extra protection in the corners — the killshot for just about any phone in the event of a drop. You have your choice of black, blue (doesn't match the S8 coral blue color), pink, and white.

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Zizo Static Series

Zizo Static

Zizo's cases are military drop tested, so they're actually guaranteed to protect your phone from drops, according to military standards. The Static Series features a fold-out kickstand and two layers of protection: a hard polycarbonate shell with a silicone layer to disperse impact and cushion your phone. This is especially necessary in the corners, which are incredibly vulnerable in a drop situation.

On top of excellent protection, the Zizo Static Series also looks really cool. You have your choice of seven color combinations, which feature a black layer and then a vibrantly colored layer. If you're looking for heavy duty protection for your Galaxy S8, along with a flash of style and a convenient kickstand, then check these out. Especially since they're only about $11.

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Caseology Legion

Caseology Legion

I love Caseology cases. They always fit well and they're fantastically protective. I generally use a Wavelength, and I had my phone knocked out of my hand onto a gym floor. After cleaning up my drawers, I picked up my phone and it was absolutely fine. That was a slimmer case, too. Check out the rugged Legion series. It features a layer of flexible a shock-absorbing TPU with an outer layer of polycarbonate. You're protected from hard bumps and scratches, as well as shocks and drops.

All the buttons are covered, but the coverings provide great tactile feedback, and your ports are completely accessible. You have your choice of black or orchid gray, which is meant to match the S8 color, though we haven't seen this one in person to verify that.

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Poetic Revolution

Poetic Revolution

The Poetic Revolution is a two-piece case that you sit your Galaxy S8 into, and then you snap on the front. Most Poetic cases have a screen protector, but this one doesn't because of the Galaxy S8's curved screen. That being said, the raised bezel around the front protects your screen when you lay it face-down, and the raised cutout around the camera protects the lens.

The inside of the Revolution is made of flexible TPU, which is designed to disperse impact and protect your S8 from scratches. The outside of the back is a layer of polycarbonate, which takes the brunt of any bump or drop. The outer edges of this case are textured to give it a great in-hand feel that isn't slippery, so you can hold onto your phone. You have your choice of black, a very vibrant blue, and pink.

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Spigen Tough Armor

Spigen Tough Armor

Spigen makes a phone case for every occasion and its Tough Armor series is perfect for heavy duty protection. It has an inner layer of TPU for shock absorption and to protect against scratches, as well an outer shell made from durable polycarbonate. There's also a handy kickstand on the back, so you can watch videos hands-free.

This may look a bit like Caseology's Legion, but the button layout is a bit different, with a space between volume up and volume down, so you can control your music on the go without having to pull your phone out of your pocket. The Tough Armor series comes in gunmetal, black, coral blue (which looks like it matches the coral blue S8, but we can't say for sure yet), and maple gold.

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Looking for something a little slimmer or a bit different?

Best Cases for Galaxy S8

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

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

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

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

Specs

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

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2 months ago

Xiaomi's latest headphones are designed to be supremely comfortable

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Xiaomi is bringing the Mi Headphones Comfort to India.

Xiaomi is adding to its arsenal of affordable audio products by launching the Mi Headphones Comfort in India. The 3.5mm closed-back on-ear headphones are set to go on sale in the country starting tomorrow, April 18, and will retail for ₹2,999 ($45). The headphones incorporate a lightweight construction and ear cups made out of breathable polyurethane foam that make them comfortable to wear throughout the day. The have a frequency range of 20Hz to 40,000Hz, and are Hi-Res certified.

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2 months ago

Best Camera Drones for 2017

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5 best camera drones you can buy in 2017

What are the best camera drones I can buy right now?

Update, April 2017: Added the DJI Mavic Pro to the list, but the DJI Inspire 1 is still tops!

Whether you're an independent filmmaker looking to step up your game with drone videography, or simply a hobbyist looking to record stunning video to share with friends and family, you'll want to invest in a top-of-the-line camera drone.

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2 months ago

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) preview: Fun all the way around

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When thinking of great tech, often what comes to mind is the best quality, the best specs, the best design … but we sometimes forget what really drew us to it in the first place: the fun factor. 360 cameras came onto the scene in a big way in 2016, and while they may not be quite as hot a commodity this year, Samsung's new Gear 360 stands a good chance of rekindling the public's love for these special gadgets. And not just because it's the most adorable little droid this side of BB-8; the Gear 360 2017 unlocks a whole new dimension in spherical storytelling.

I'm Michael Fisher, aka MrMobile, and believe it or not, I'm considering buying a selfie stick just for this camera. Since picking it up at Samsung's big Galaxy S8 announcement, I've been having a blast using the new Gear 360 to shoot … well, everything in sight. But unless you're like me and you want to see everything past the edge of the lens in every photo or video you shoot, you might want to steer clear. Hit that video up top and see what I mean.

And if you want to know more, check all of Android Central's coverage on the Samsung Gear 360!

Stay social, my friends

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2 months ago

Best Cases for the Samsung Galaxy J7

What are the best cases for the Samsung Galaxy J7?

Samsung's annual flagships steal all the attention, but their mid-range phones like the Galaxy J7 are surprisingly solid options for significantly less coin.

If you've got yourself a Galaxy J7, you're probably going to want to keep it protected with a case, no? The compromise here is that the bigger accessory makers don't typically make cases from mid-range phones like the Galaxy J7, however, that doesn't mean there aren't quality cases available. Better yet, all the cases we've featured here are under $10!

TJS Hybrid Carbon Fiber Slim Fit Case

If you're looking for rugged protection for your Galaxy J7, this two-piece case should fit the bill. The first layer of protection is a flexible TPU sleeve that includes shock-absorbing patterns on the inside, offers grip around the sides, and provides ample protection for the camera on the front. Around the front, a raised lip ensures your phone's screen is protected when you lay your phone face down on a surface. It also ships with a tempered glass screen protector which is a nice bonus.

The most arresting feature of this stylish and protective case is the carbon fiber pattern on the backside. Of course, this is just one of the styles available through Amazon if you're looking for a more flashy case.

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LK Ultra Slim Clear Case

If you're looking for a slim, clear case for your phone, LK has you covered. This case barely adds any bulk to your phone while keeping it protected with tough, shock-absorbing TPU. Precise cutouts ensure you always have easy access to all the buttons, controls and ports.

This case also helps with grip, both in your hands and when you've placed your phone on a surface. If you're looking for something with a bit more color to it, you'll find four other options on Amazon — Black, Hot Pink, Mint, and Purple.

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LK Armor Defender Case

LK's Armor Defender case looks to deliver a tough case that feels comfortable in your hands. So what you get here is a rugged two-piece design that combines a shock resistant silicone sleeve coupled with a hard back PC bumper. The back plate features a pattern of raised bumps which will greatly help with grip.

This case includes precision cutouts for the ports, buttons, and camera on the back, so your phone's functionality is never affected. It's also available in a range of color options, from the standard black to two-color combos. You're sure to find one that fits your style.

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Abacus24-7 Slim Bumper Wallet Case

Looking for a premium leather look for your phone without paying a premium price? Abacus24-7 offers a very stylish case option for your Galaxy J7 that doubles as a card holder on the back. it's made with a combination of TPU and synthetic leather materials, this case offers basic protection for the back, sides and corners of your phone while also providing a raised lip around the front of your phone.

On the back, you'll find the card pocket with can accommodate up to two cards — say a credit card and your ID. This is a slim and functional way to reduce the number of items on your personal carry while also providing protection for your phone.

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LK Luxury PU Leather Wallet Case

If you really like the idea of keeping your phone and your wallet in one place, you should get an LK luxury wallet case for your Galaxy J7. It allows you to carries the phone, some cash, and three credit cards in one pocket.

The synthetic leather comes in four colors, from a classic black to more vibrant color options. The magnetic closure is secure and the TPU inner shell offers shock resistance, covering the edges and corners of your phone.

LK's wallet case also folds into a sturdy kickstand for hands-free operating. You'll still have access to all the buttons and ports, including your camera, without removing your phone.

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2 months ago

Why I'll only drink coffee from this $150, Android-connected mug

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Only peasants drink coffee from a mug that doesn't have its own battery and heating element — to say nothing of not having Bluetooth and an app an upgradable firmware, right? RIGHT?

How much would you pay to keep your coffee hot for up to two hours? If you said $150 — well you're a little crazy. But that's what I spent on the Ember Mug. (OK, I spent more than that. I'll explain in a minute.)

Here's the gist: Ember Mug is, first and foremost, a mug. And it's a really good mug. (Damn well better be for $150.) The feel of the thing is great, from the soft-touch coating to the position of the "shoulder." And the 360-degree, spring-loaded lid is brilliant.

That's not what makes this thing $150, though.

No, what makes the Ember Mug ridiculously expensive for a coffee mug is what's tucked into the bottom of it. Mainly, a battery, heating element and Bluetooth radio.

This is a smart mug.

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OK, here's the real gist. ... Ember Mug has this "phase change cooling system" thing that helps bring it down from scalding to something more survivable, and then keep the temperature wherever you choose. Well, between 120 degrees and 145 degrees, anyway. You tap the logo on the mug to turn it on, then twist the bottom of the mug to set the temperature, with a little hidden dot-matrix-style display showing you what's what.

Me? I'm liking things at about 135 degrees. Some quick (unscientific) testing at home points to the mug being accurate within a couple degrees or so, which is good enough for me.

By the way — yes, the mug will heat room-temperature water just fine, but it's not terribly quick about it, and that definitely eats at the battery. This really is meant to keep hot things hot, not to reheat cool things.

Yes, this is more than a little bourgeois. But it's also very good.

And of course there's an app. (Because how did you ever drink coffee without an app, right?) The app has presets for various drinks — coffee, tea, latte, etc. And you can use it to set a custom name on the mug, and to update the mug's firmware. (Because how did you ever drink coffee without updated firmware, right?) It's the same experience on Android as it is on iOS. Or you can forget the previous sentences and just drink hot coffee from your $150 electric mug like a semi-normal person.

One sort-of major headache with this thing, though. If you want to use your Ember Mug at more than one location — say, at home and at the office — you're going to need a second charger, right? The good news there is that Ember sells spare chargers for exactly this purpose, for another $40. That brings you up to $190 for the mug and a spare charger. (Plus the $18 in shipping I paid for said extra charger. WTF.)

On the other hand, if you're the sort of person who has to have a $150 smart heating coffee mug in the first place, maybe that's not so bad.

You can pick one up inside of a Starbucks store, at Ember's site, or at the link below.

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