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6
Jul

Micro-Flip brings reversible functionality to the microUSB standard


A curious project from Houston, TX aims to bring reversible functionality to the microUSB standard.

It would appear that you will not have to wait until the USB Type-C becomes standard in smartphones in order to have a reversible charger plug for your phone!

 

Codistas has started a Kickstarter for the Micro-Flip. The Micro-Flip is a 1-meter cable that is designed to work as a reversible replacement for standard microUSB cables.microflip_rewards

They plan to sell this 1-meter long cable for $20. Currently, you can pick one up off of Kickstarter for $12 (early bird special) or $15. Each reward tier has the option of adding $3 for a 2-meter cable.

The cable itself is made out of a tangle-free braided nylon. While they currently only have a black cable, they plan on making a white cable as well. Other product details are below.

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It is nice to see a reversible cable made for the microUSB, but I would be too scared of damaging my microUSB port with it.

The shape of the connector has been changed to allow it to be inserted in either direction, but that would also most likely cause it to be loose fitting.

For me personally, it is a simple task to check which way the cable is facing before I try to jam it into my device. In fact, I can tell just by touching the cable with some of them.

However, I can see how this will be of use to some people that can’t be bothered with menial tasks like making sure they are plugging in their cable the right way.

It could be added convenience, but there is still the fear that it will damage the microUSB port on my device in the back of my mind.

If you are interested in this cable, the Kickstarter runs from now until August with an expected delivery of October.

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This product would have been more successful if it had been released years ago when the microUSB was the only standard for mobile charging, but with the introduction of the USB Type-C standard that is already reversible, I can’t see the Micro-Flip picking up much interest.

People will most likely hold off on the $12 investment in anticipation for the USB Type-C ports and cables to come.

It could still very well be a product that you would want in your house. If you are interested in a Micro-Flip, you can back it on Kickstarter!

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3
Jul

Aukey 4-Port USB Car Charger, $14.99


Here’s a great solution to multiple devices and only one car charger port from Aukey. This 4-port car charger allows you to connect your tablet, phone and whatever other little gizmos you may be riding down the road with. Your price: $14.99.

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3
Jul

Aukey 4-Port USB Car Charger, $14.99


Here’s a great solution to multiple devices and only one car charger port from Aukey. This 4-port car charger allows you to connect your tablet, phone and whatever other little gizmos you may be riding down the road with. Your price: $14.99.

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3
Jul

Deal: iOttie car mounts are 40% off or more on Amazon today


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Mobile technology is slowly making it into our cars, though the progress seems painfully slow at times. There’s a variety of gadgets for the car out there, but for many users a good mount is all they need to bring a dose of Android smarts to the dashboard.

Today Amazon is bringing a selection of well-reviewed iOttie smartphone car mounts and related accessories with discounts in excess of 40 percent.

Here’s what you can get right now (or check out the full list):

Don’t let the iPhone imagery put you off: these are universal holders that will work with many Android devices. All of them have solid reviews (4.2 stars or higher), and the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 is even the best seller in its category.

This Deal of the Day is valid through tonight at midnight Pacific. Happy shopping!

3
Jul

The Hyperkin Smart Boy is a must-have for Game Boy nostalgics






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While much of the tech industry is forging ahead with wonderfully complex and futuristic-looking products, there’s one manufacturer out there who is still doing wonderfully complex things, but under a slightly different guise. That manufacturer is Hyperkin, and they’re most famous for bringing back video games from decades past in ways that can be played now, for nostalgia’s sake if for nothing else. Their latest product is the Hyperkin Smart Boy – as you can probably guess from the name and the image above, it’s a hardware and software emulator for the Game Boy, making use of your smartphone as the primary driver. Hyperkin has teased the device several times in the last year, bringing it to E3 2015 in prototype form:

We’re assuming that the Smart Boy uses a Game Boy emulator app, not unlike those already on the Google Play Store, and the hardware controller is just an awesome way to play the game. However it is that it works, I know I want one, and I hope Hyperkin comes out with the Smart Boy soon.

What do you think about the Hyperkin Smart Boy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Nintendo Life

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1
Jul

100-count Velcro cable ties, $7.58


Perfect for managing that clutter of HDMI, power, headphone and other cables, these self-adhering ties are official Velcro brand and come in a pack of 100 for less than eight bucks. Scoop them up for just $7.58 and tidy your home, office and workstation. These are going to go incredibly quickly so I’d suggest grabbing an order NOW!

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30
Jun

Deal: ZeroLemon 3500 mAh Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Slim Battery Case for $29






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Battery life on our devices are a big deal. While most, including myself, get through a single day fairly easily, others of us have an issue getting through the first 8 hours. When you are out and about for 12+ hours a day, it is even more critical that your device can keep up with you. The Samsung Galaxy S6 ans Galaxy S6 Edge are, arguably, the best two devices on the market, but the battery life is somewhat less desirable at time. Luckily the device can charge wirelessly and with fast charging so getting through a day isn’t all that difficult. What if you don’t have access to power often though? That is where one accessory manufacturer has constantly brought outstanding product to our devices, ZeroLemon. Right now you can pick up one of their Slim Battery Cases for your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge for 27%/28% off retail price.


The case in question brings some protection to your device along with a built-in 3500mAh battery. That equated to 125% battery life. If you routinely get 8 hours of battery life, then you should easily expect 16 hours+. It always depends on your usage of course. If you think because you have more power and turn up the brightness and watch 4 more hours of movies, well, expect less. No matter what you do though, the added power supply to your device will turn out to be a welcomed addition to your device. Hit the sales page below and get one, or five, ordered before the sale ends.

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28
Jun

Top 10 accessories for Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge






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With the launch of every new flagship smartphone from Apple, Samsung, and HTC, a bunch of accessory manufacturers come out with brand new products that people generally tend to buy,  be it something as simple as screen protectors or as niche as battery cases. Some of such popular flagship smartphones form current generation are the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 edge, LG G4, HTC One M9, and the Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus. I’ve been using the Galaxy S6 edge as my primary smartphone since the past couple of months, and since I bought it, I’ve been regularly searching for the best accessories for my device.

I’ve put down a list of top 10 accessories for Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, and if you are planning to buy the device, or have done that already, have a look at these accessories for your day-to-day needs. This list contains essentials such as a screen protector, a battery pack, a car charger, and some protective cases for the Galaxy S6 edge. Generally, people are not choosy when it comes to things like car chargers and screen protectors, but everyone likes to choose a case that reflects their needs and their fashion preferences, so I’ve selected some of the best cases for each use case.

1. Official Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Wireless Charging Pad

Official Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Wireless Charging Pad

The Galaxy S6 comes with wireless charging, and it supports two biggest wireless charging standards; Qi and PMA. Samsung has released its official wireless charging pad, that is very easy to set up and use. It comes in circular shape, and in two colours; black and white. It displays blue light when the device is charging, and a green light when it is completely charged. If you don’t place the device properly, the built-in LED light notifies you, and it even comes with over charge protection. I’ve been using it personally, and it takes around 3 hours to charge the device fully, almost double the time when compared to charging with the provided wired wall charger.

Buy Official Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Wireless Charging Pad – $52.99

2. Official Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Charging Desktop Dock

Official Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Charging Desktop Dock

If you want something that not only charges faster, but is also stylish and functional, have a look at the official desktop charging dock for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. You can dock your Galaxy S6/S6 edge at an optimum angle on this charger. It not only fast charges the device, there’s even a line-out port, so you can hook up a speaker system to it and enjoy music or videos in better sound quality. This charging dock looks really nice, and will definitely up the charm of your otherwise boring desk.

Buy Official Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Charging Desktop Dock – $33.49

3. Samsung Portable Battery Charging Pack – 9000 mAh

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The Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge lack removable backs, so there’s no chance for you to swap batteries, but you can always carry a portable power bank to charge up the device when the battery is low. The official portable battery charging pack from has a capacity of 9,000 mAh, a microUSB port for charging the battery pack, a USB port for charging the smartphone, four LED lights to indicate the charge level, and an on/off button. It has output current of 1.8A and output voltage of 5.2V, making it to nearly 10W of power, making it faster than usual run-of-the-mill wall chargers with 1A current output. This will not charge your Galaxy S6/S6 edge as fast as the supplied wall charger, but definitely faster than normal chargers. A fully charged portable battery charger is enough to juice up your Galaxy S6/S6 edge at least three times, good enough for a weekend trip away from the wall socket.

Buy Samsung Portable Battery Charging Pack 9000 mAh – $79.49

4. Olixar Dual USB Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge Fast Car Charger

Olixar Dual USB Samsung Galaxy S6 : S6 Edge Fast Car Charger

If you use your smartphone as your GPS device, you must have experienced that the battery drains pretty quickly while doing so. To help you with that, I’ve selected this car charger that supports Quick Charge 2.0, which is compatible with the Samsung’s Fast Charge technology. This means that the Olixar Dual USB Fast Car Charger outputs 15W of power, charging your Galaxy S6/S6 edge within an hour and a half. As it comes with two USB outputs, you can charge two devices at once, but make note that fast charging won’t be available when charging two devices at the same time.

Buy Olixar Dual USB Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 edge Fast Car Charger – $26.49

5. Official Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Protective Cover Case

Official Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Protective Cover Case

If you want body coloured protective case for your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge, do check out the official protective cases from Samsung. They come in almost all the colours that the S6 and S6 edge are being sold in – blue, black, gold, green. Priced at $33.49, these cases are perfect if you want no non-sense protection for your Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. I’ve been using the gold coloured variant, and I am pretty happy with it. It gives me that extra amount of grip to the otherwise thin and slippery Galaxy S6, and its sturdy.


Buy Official Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Protective Cover Case – $33.49

6. Spigen Neo Hybrid Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Case

Spigen Neo Hybrid Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Case

Spigen is one of the best smartphone case makers out there, because it has been consistently churning out high-quality and well-designed smartphone cases since its launch in 2004. The Neo Hybrid case is one of its best as it provides good design and quality protection at a decent price. It’s a two-piece protective case, and the first protection layer is a soft TPU back cover, while the second polycarbonate frame adds rigidity and strength to the device. Unlike other cases that might scratch the device itself over the extended period of usage, the soft inner cover makes sure that the device stays free from such scratches. This two tone case comes in three colour variants – Champagne gold, Gunmetal, and Satin Silver –, and has a slim build that helps keeping the device light and easy to carry.

Buy Spigen Neo Hybrid Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Case – $26.49

7. Spigen Ultra Hybrid Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Case

Spigen Ultra Hybrid Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Case

One more case for Spigen, the Ultra Hybrid Case for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, it comes with a clear back and coloured bumper. If you want to show off the sexy glass back of your smartphone without exposing it to damages, this is the case to go with. It comes in five colour variants – Crystal Clear, Gunmetal, Metal Slate, Mint, and Space Crystal –, so you can pick up the one that looks better with your device. I personally used this case on my Galaxy S6 edge, and was quite satisfied with it, but don’t forget to apply a protector film on the back to save the glass back from scratches.

Buy Spigen Ultra Hybrid Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Case – $18.99

8. OtterBox Symmetry Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Case

OtterBox Symmetry Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Case

The OtterBox Symmetry case for the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge is one of the most rugged cases, and competes with the likes of UAG Protective Case, Spigen Tough Armor, Ballistic Urbanite, Verus Thor, and ArmourDillo. I liked this better than all the other competitors due to its sensible and easy to use design as well as non-weird looks. A tough protective case doesn’t need to look like a suitcase or a bomb defusing kit, and that’s what the OtterBox Symmetry case offers. It comes in three colours – Aqua Sky, Black, and Glacier –, and has a one-piece design, making it hassle free experience to use. It has two layers, a hard polycarbonate outer shell, and a soft synthetic rubber skin on the inside. The raised edges protects the display from bumps and drops, and all the ports can be accessed without removing the case.

Buy OtterBox Symmetry Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Case – $31.99

9. Mophie Juice Pack Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Battery Case

Mophie Juice Pack Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Battery Case

Mophie is the most well-known charging case manufacturer, and has earned its right to be listed here. The Mophie Juice Pack Battery Case for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge not only protects from drops, bumps, and scratches, it also provides one full charge when in need, thanks to a 3,300 mAh battery inside it. Mophie has managed to keep the whole package slim and manageable. There are opening for all the ports as well as the camera, LED flash, and the heart-rate sensor. When your battery is about to die, you just need to press a button at the back to use the inbuilt battery to recharge the Galaxy S6/S6 edge.

Buy Mophie Juice Pack Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Battery Case – $119.49

10. Amzer Kristal Tempered Glass HD Edge2Edge Clear Screen Protector For Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Amzer Kristal Tempered Glass HD Edge2Edge Clear Screen Protector For Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Screen protector is one of the most important accessories for a smartphone or a tablet. Even with the toughest glass protectors, be it the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 or the DragonTrail glass, can’t protect the display from minute scratches and scuffs that are bound to appear with day-to-day usage. You can either buy the Spigen Steinheil dry screen protector for the Galaxy S6 edge, or pick up the Amzer Kristal Tempered Glass HD Edge2Edge Clear Screen Protector (quite a mouthful, isn’t it?) that will give you a feeling that you a smooth touch feeling. It covers the whole front area of the device,  including the part below the home button as well as the dual-edge curved part of the display. It is not out for sale yet, but you can pre-order it from Amazon or Amzer’s official website right away and get it delivered sometime after July 17.

Buy Amzer Kristal Tempered Glass HD Edge2Edge Clear Screen Protector For Samsung Galaxy S6 edge – $39.95

So here were my picks for the best accessories for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, and chances are that most of you will be happy with the accessories listed here. If you’ve come across some better options, don’t forget to share them here with us and other readers. If you already own the accessories listed here, do let us know your thoughts about them and how they performed over time.

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27
Jun

Disney has banned selfie sticks at Disney World theme parks, citing “safety concern”






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All it takes is a few to ruin it for everyone. In April, we reported that Disney had started banning the humble selfie stick from being used on its rides and attractions at its theme parks, however, it seems this safety measure hasn’t been effective enough to stop people from using them. Because of this, Disney has banned selfie sticks at Disney World theme parks, as well as Disney World water parks and DisneyQuest, and if you do decide to take a selfie stick to one of these locations, you’ll have to leave them at the bag check at the entrance. Spokesperson for Disney World, Kim Prunty, said:

“We strive to provide a great experience for the entire family, and unfortunately selfie-sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast.”

It’s no surprise that this ban is coming into effect after several incidents, one including someone taking out a selfie stick while on a roller coaster and closing it for an hour, have created too much of a safety hazard for all involved. If you’re planning to try and go to these venues once more before this new ban comes into force, you’ll need to be quick: Disneyland Resort in California will start its ban from June 30th, and the parks in Paris and Hong Kong will have its ban come into force on July 1st.


What do you think about Disney banning the selfie stick? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Orlando Sentinel via Phone Arena

 

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25
Jun

Best Android compatible car accessories


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Google may be making a big push cars with Android Auto, but not everyone wants or needs a brand new car. Thankfully there are plenty of ways to bring at least parts of your Android experience into your car, including 3rd party Android Auto in-dash units, newer smartphone-compatible in-dash units, cables for connecting your phone to your stereo, or even just convenient mounts and chargers.

With this in mind, here is a roundup of some of the best Android-related accessories for your car!

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Android Auto in-dash units

Pioneer

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If you really want Android Auto but aren’t looking to buy a new car in the near future, you do have a few options when it comes installing after market Android Auto in-dash units. Starting with Pioneer and their NEX line of infotainment systems. These systems come with Android Auto compatibility, letting you plug your smartphone to the device to enjoy the full Android Auto experience, while also being compatible with Apple CarPlay.  Three models that are available include the AVIC-8100NEX, the AVIC-7100NEX, and the AVH-4100NEX, priced at $1300, $1100, and $600 respectively.

The most expensive of the lot comes with a capacitive touch screen, that allows for pinch-to-zoom navigation, and 16 GB of storage, with the other two coming with resistive touch systems. All the devices feature 7-inch displays with a 800 x 480 resolution, as well as built-in Bluetooth support for hands-free calling and audio streaming. All units also feature built-in HD Radio, an HDMI input with MHL support, and DVD playback, allowing for a slew of options as far as connectivity is concerned. Finally, all three devices allow for rear seat passengers to enjoy audio or video content on additional rear seat monitors and headphones, even while the front passenger and driver listen to audio from other sources or operate navigation functions simultaneously.

Kenwood

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Kenwood also has a couple of options in this category, and offer a very similar set of features when compared to the Pioneer NEX systems, including built-in Bluetooth, HD radio, an HDMI input with MHL support, and DVD playback. Of course, these two systems are also compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and Kenwood also claims that these are the only after market in-dash units currently available that allow for a seamless transition between Android Auto and Apple CarPlay without needing to reset the system or change any settings. Instead users can just switch the device that is plugged in, allowing for a seamless transition. Both options come with 6.95-inch resistive touch displays with a resolution of 800 x 480. The two units, called the DDX9902S and the DDX9702S are priced at $750 and $700 respectively.


Smartphone-compatible automobile in-dash units

Pioneer DEH-X4700BT

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Looking for a new in-dash unit that integrates with your Android device, without paying top dollar? While it’s not Android Auto by any means, the Pioneer DEH-X4700BT Single-DIN In-Dash CD Receiver features Pioneer’s MIXTRAX technology, built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming, USB direct control of an iPod or iPhone, USB access to music on Android devices running Android 4.0 or later, and Pandora radio ready for both iPhone and Android. In addition to an updated cosmetic design, these new model CD receivers include updated feature enhancements like Bluetooth USB pairing. The Pioneer DEH-X4700BT is available on Amazon, priced at $92.95.

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Pioneer AVH270BT

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The interface of the NEX line makes its way to a far cheaper system in the Pioneer AVH270BT. Featuring a 6.2-inch resistive touch display, this device comes with built-in Bluetooth support for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and DVD playback capabilities, along with the usual USB and Aux support as well. Even though the suggested retail price is $280, the Pioneer AVH270BT is available for as low as $199 on Amazon.

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BOSS Audio BV9976B

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The BOSS Audio in-dash unit comes with a motorized 7-inch widescreen touchscreen digital TFT monitor that slides out and up from inside the unit with a high quality 800 x 400 pixel resolution. The device offers built-in Bluetooth support for hands-free calling and audio streaming, as well as USB and Aux support, along with DVD playback. A remote is available to control the system, and depending on your vehicle type, is also compatible with the controls available on your steering wheel. The BOSS Audio BV9976B is available on Amazon, priced at $127.99.

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Pyle PLDNB78i Headunit receiver

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The Pyle Headunit receiver comes with a motorized fold down 7-inch HD touchscreen, and offers built-in Bluetooth support for hands-free calling and audio streaming. There is also an integrated GPS navigation system with features such as text-to-speech and turn-by-turn voice prompts, as well as a CD/DVD player. Apart from Aux support, the device also comes with a built-in SD card reader, giving you an additional media storage option. The Pyle PLDN78i can be found an Amazon for $212.19.

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Easy solutions for phone audio playback

Nyrius Songo wireless Bluetooth receiver adapter

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The Nyrius Songo Wireless Bluetooth Receiver Adapter allows you to wireless stream music instantly from your smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth audio device to your car speaker by simply plugging the device into your car Aux port. Simple to set up and very easy to use, you can easily enjoy audio in your car without worrying about needing to dock your smartphone anywhere. The device also stores up to eight paired mobile devices, making it very easy to switch between them all. The Nyrius Songo wireless bluetooth receiver adapter is available for $24.99 on Amazon.

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Etekcity Roverbeats Unify

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The Roverbeats Unify wireless receiver by Etekcity connects to any powered speakers or even your A/V receiver with a 3.5mm to 3.5mm or 3.5mm to 2RCA audio cable. Enabling Bluetooth capabilities in traditional speakers, the Roverbeats Unify allows users to stream music directly from Bluetooth devices to their favorite speaker. Any Bluetooth device, including tablets, smartphones, and computers, can play and control music on a sound system. Setting up a connection is very easy, and from then on, re-pairing is automatic and hassle-free. For phones with NFC, holding it to the Multi-Functional Button also allows for an instant connection. This device is available on Amazon, priced at just $19.49.

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Keedox FM wireless radio transmitter

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If you’re looking for an option that doesn’t require Bluetooth, or if your vehicle doesn’t have an aux port, the Keedox FM wireless radio transmitter is the device for you. The device has to be plugged into the lighter socket for power, and then all you have to do is connect it to your mobile device using the headphone jack. Select the right FM channel and then you can transmit audio from your mobile device to your car speaker system. The device also comes with an additional USB port to simultaneously charge your device as well. The Keedox FM wireless radio transmitter is available on Amazon, priced at just $13.99.

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iXCC auxiliary cable

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The iXCC auxiliary cable is a sturdy 3.5 mm Aux stereo cable wire that is ideal and convenient for connecting portable audio devices, smartphones, tablets, and MP3 players, to a car stereo (with AUX port), portable speaker system or other 3.5mm-compatible output devices. Built with dual-shielding, high-quality polished metal connectors, and corrosion-resistant gold-plated 3.5mm connectors, the plugs are durable enough to withstand heavy usage. The design prevents tangling, which makes it easy to store without worrying about knots or kinks. Available lengths include 3 feet, 6 feet, and 10 feet, and can be found on Amazon, starting at $4.99. 

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RCA car cassette adapter

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Just because your car is getting up there in age, doesn’t mean you can’t easily hook up your phone for listening to your favorite tunes. As the name suggest, the RCA car cassette adapter lets you play audio from any mobile device or portable audio player with a 3.5 mm headphone jack using the convenience of the cassette deck in your older car. All you need to do is plug the device into the cassette deck to enjoy your music. The RCA car cassette adapter is available on Amazon $6.35.

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Phone craddles

Mountek nGroove CD slot mount

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If you’re looking for a reliable high-quality mount and have a CD slot in your vehicle, the Mountek nGroove Mount is a great choice. This mount installs directly into the CD player slot, and doesn’t use any suction cups, clips, screws, and is therefore very easy to install, and is perfectly calibrated to snugly fit without damaging your vehicle. Firmly mounts most current smartphones, but it always a good idea to check for size compatibility, especially if you use a large device like the Nexus 6. The holder can also be rotated to any angle, depending on your convenience. The Mountek nGroove CD slot mount is available on Amazon, priced at $19.95.

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Kenu Airframe

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The Kenu Airframe is an ultra-portable car mount that weighs under an ounce and is small enough to fit in your pocket. The device fits into the vents in your car, and the clip can be rotated to securely fit onto any vent, be it horizontal, vertical, or angled. Given its rather small frame, the only limitation with the Kenu Airframe is that it can accommodate smartphones with a display size up to 5-inches, and you will have to check for compatibility with your smartphone first. The Kenu Airframe is available on Amazon for $24.95.

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Aduro U-Grip Plus

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The Aduro U-Grip Plus is a car mount that uses a suction cup to hold on to either the dashboard or the windshield of your vehicle, and does not leave any residue when removing the mount. The device holder can accommodate devices with a display size up to 5.5-inches, but seems to also be able to manage slightly larger smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The holder can be rotated by a 360 degree angle, allowing you to adjust the angle to your liking. The Aduro U-Grip Plus is available on Amazon, priced at just $9.99.

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Best Bluetooth speaker systems

Jabra DRIVE

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The Jabra Drive is a wireless bluetooth speakerphone for your car that can be clipped on to the sun visor. No setup is required, and it is very easy to operate. Voice guidance talks you through as you pair it up with your mobile for the first time, and after that, it will connect automatically whenever you get into the car, and is a great way for hands-free calling. The device also features A2DP technology, which allows you to stream music from a smartphone or Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player, listen to directions from your GPS applications, and more. The Jabra Drive is available for $36.99 on Amazon.

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Kinivo BTC450

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The Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Car Kit is designed to provide a simple hands-free solution for answering and receiving phone calls while on the go, and also allows you to stream stereo music from your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth capable devices. The device provides audio through your 3.5 mm input in the car stereo when playing music and answering phone calls, and so requires a car that has one. There is also an additional USB port available to charge your smartphone or tablet simultaneously while using the device. The Kinivo BTC450 can be found on Amazon, priced at $35. 

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Belkin AirCast Auto

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The Belkin AirCast Auto lets you easily connects your smartphone to your car stereo without the need for any professional installation. All you have to do is simply plug the device into the aux port of your car and use Bluetooth to pair it with your smartphone or tablet. A convenient light ring makes it visible at all hours and blinks when calls come in. The power adapter comes with an USB port that lets you charge your smartphone while you drive. After an initial pairing process, just push the AirCast Auto button to reconnect, even if your smartphone is in your pocket or a bag. Wth built-in echo cancellation technology specifically designed for in-car use, this device ensures that you get optimal sound during calls. The Belkin AirCast Auto is priced at $47.99 on Amazon.

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Car chargers

AmazonBasics car charger

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This AmazonBasics device is a handy car charger that features a dual-port design, which allows for charging two devices at the same time. Each USB port delivers a 2 amps of power (4 amps max total) for safe, high-speed charging of any 5V device. There is a discrete and non-distracting LED light to indicate when a connection is established and the device is charging. The AmazonBasics car charger is available for $9.99.

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BESTEK Dual AC outlets and USB charging ports

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This 300W device comes with dual AC outlets and two USB charging ports that should cover all your charging needs while on the road. It is quite compact, and there are no loose parts to worry about, with the plug that connects to the lighter port permanently attached to the device. The device allows for a maximum of 3.1 amps when charging mobile devices using the USB charging ports, and can charge two devices simultaneously. The Bestek charger is available on Amazon for $32.99.

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Anker 4-port USB car charger

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This Anker car charger not only allows for the charging of up to 4 devices simultaneously, but its exclusive Power IQ technology detects your device to deliver its fastest possible speed, up to 2.4 amps per port. Built with industry grade materials and premium circuitry, this product is CE and FCC certified to ensure complete safety and reliability. Keep in mind though that this device is not compatible with Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 technology. The Anker 4-port car charger is priced at $14.99 on Amazon.

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Any other accessories you recommend for making the most out of your Android device while in your automobile? Let us know about it in the comments!

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