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5
Feb

Best LG V10 cases


The LG V10 is a great phone for a lot of reasons. Chief among them, the V10 looks very nice and feels very sturdy thanks to its stainless steel frame and rugged plastic back cover. The device can take more than a few hits, but of course you probably don’t want to tempt fate and walk around without any sort of protection for your investment.


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Even stainless steel can be scratched and nicked, so if you’re looking for some good cases for the LG V10, you’ve come to the right place. We have a selection of cases for all tastes and budgets, from minimalist clear ones to rugged creations designed to take a beating. Let’s get right to it.

Ringke Fusion Crystal Clear Bumper For LG V10

Ringke Fusion Crystal Clear Bumper For LG V10
Crystal clear protection! Introducing the Fusion Crystal Clear Bumper for the LG V10. A well rounded case that that is both slim and sturdy. Its construction can prevent scratches, bumps and drops. The back case allows you to see through the elegance of your smartphone. Perfect fit that with precise cutouts on all ports and buttons for easy access on all features. Innovative technologies such as Anti-Static Elements also prevents your phone against dirt and dust.

Spigen Slim Armor Protective Case for LG V10

Spigen Slim Armor Protective Case for LG V10
Innovative Air-cushion technology! Introducing the Slim Armor Protective Case for the LG V10 by Spigen. Authentic protection from an authentic brand of cases. This case will protect your smartphone against daily damage such as scratches, bumps, scuffs and shocks. It is made with premium quality polycarbonate exterior and TPU interior. Precise cutouts on all ports and buttons for easy access to all functions of your smartphone. Slim and simple yet protects.

LK Luxury Wallet Flip Case For LG V10

LK Luxury Wallet Flip Case For LG V10
Protect your smartphone with this stylish leather case. Introducing the luxury wallet flip case for the LG V10 by LK. Impact protection and tear resistance material provides total protection against scratches, scuffs and sudden impacts. Easy access to all ports and buttons for convenience. Built-in credit card slots and holder function so you can take your card or your money with you. This leather case is fingerprint and dust resistance.

Spigen Slim Armor Protective Case for LG V10

Spigen Slim Armor Protective Case for LG V10
Setting the boundaries of case design! Introducing the Slim Armor Protective Case for the LG V10 by Spigen. A slim armor case offering an excellent drop protection for your smartphone. Made from high quality polycarbonate and thermoplastic polyurethane material that is both sturdy and strong. Its 2 in 1 construction protects your smartphone against drops and impacts by absorbing and dispersing shocks. An air cushion technology has been designed for this case providing total protection. Brushed metal back design to give that sleek look.

Verus Minimalistic Crystal Bumper For LG V10

Verus Minimalistic Crystal Bumper For LG V10
Combining function with practicality. Introducing the Minimalistic Crystal Bumper for the LG V10. Let your phone shine its natural beauty with this transparent back case. A simple yet protective case that can prevent scratches, bumps, scuffs and sudden impacts. Covering all four corners and includes raised edges in front to protect the screen from scratches when laid face down on surface. Precise cutouts give you full access to ports and buttons for convenience.
Impact-resistant dual layer construction from premium TPU and polycarbonate.

Obliq Flex Pro Bumper Protective Case for LG V10

Obliq Flex Pro Bumper Protective Case for LG V10
Best choice case for the best smartphone today! Introducing the Flex Pro Bumper Protective Case for the LG V10 by Obliq. Premium case that is made from high quality Thermoplastic polyurethane that protects your smartphone from scratches, bumps, scuffs and sudden impacts. Fully compatible with LG V10 fingerprint scanner feature. All ports and buttons have precise cutouts for convenience. Added texture at the back and side to provide excellent grip.

Spigen Rugged Armor Case for LG V10

Spigen Rugged Armor Case for LG V10
A Robust appearance without any bulk. Introducing the Rugged Armor Case for the LG V10 by Spigen. Pushing the boundaries of design and technology, Spigen cases are crafted and articulated with a mindset on maintaining the highest quality standard. Made from premium thermoplastic polyurethane material that is able to protect your smartphone against scratches and drops. Singled TPU Construction yet maintains a slim profile with flexible and sturdy material. Textured pattern, glossy accents and an Air Cushion Technology. All cutouts fit precisely for unhindered use and comfort.

What do you think of our best LG V10 case list? which is your favorite V10 case?

4
Feb

Best USB-C portable battery chargers


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While the USB Type-C standard has yet to find mass adoption in the mobile world, 2015 saw a decent uptick in the number of devices embracing such technology such as the OnePlus 2, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P. Things aren’t going to slow down any in 2016 either, as we anticipate that many other major manufacturers will be jumping into the fray, offering Type-C ports on their flagship, and even mid and low-end phones and tablets.

One of the biggest downsides to the new standard however, is that you have to either buy a ton of adapters so you can keep using your chargers, portable batteries, and other microUSB accessories — or you have to start over again from scratch. If you already have invested heavily into power packs and other accessories, going the former route might make the most sense. That said, a portable battery charger designed for USB Type-C has its advantages over using an adapter with one designed for microUSB. First, charging speed will be much faster with a Type-C connection. Second, less adapters and other cables to bring along with you.

It’ still very early days for USB Type-C portable battery chargers, but a quick look at Amazon turns up about a dozen or so options. Below we listed just five that we felt were worth highlighting due to their brand recognition, as well as their positive ratings and reviews.


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Anker PowerCore+ 20100 mAh

The Anker PowerCore+ packs 20100 mAh and is comes in at $50.99 on Amazon. Along with the 10 LED capacity indicator, the PowerCore+ has 2 USB ports outputting power at 2.4A each, and a USB Type-C port. Included in the box is the power bank, a USB to USB Type-C cable which is used to quickly charge the power bank, a travel pouch, and a micro USB cable. Keep in mind that you don’t just charge the power bank using type-C, there’s also Type-C output, meaning you can charge your Nexus 6P (or whatever have you) from the battery charger as well.

The Anker PowerCore+ is also utilizes a number of special technologies to help ensure the best experience possible, such as PowerIQ, a proprietary technology used to replicate the charging protocol of each device to ensure safe and efficient charging. VoltageBoost is another proprietary technology that detects cable resistance in order to provide a steady charge. It is worth noting that Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 is not supported with this one however.

Buy on Amazon

CHOETECH 10400 mAh

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The CHOETECH 10400 mAh portable battery pack can be yours for $31.99 on Amazon. The pack has two USB ports, one of which is compatible with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The USB Type-C port is compatible with a variety of devices such as the Macbook, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C. Included in the box, is the power bank, and a USB to USB Type-C cable. The warranty lasts for 18 months. The device can be charged via micro USB and by USB Type-C.

At half the capacity and only about $20 cheaper, the CHOETECH might not seem as impressive as the Anker, but it’s lighter size/weight and the offering of Quick Charge 2.0 support still make it worthwhile.

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RAVPower 20100 mAh

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The RAVPower 20100 mAh External Battery pack is offered for $59.99 on Amazon. The battery pack is a simple black box with a four dot LED battery indicator. The battery pack has a micro USB port used to charge the battery pack, a USB 3A Type-C port, a USB port capable of supporting Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 technologies, and an iSmart USB port.

The iSmart port is used for devices that have been identified by RAVPower, and is optimised on a device by device basis. There’s certainly plenty of juice here too, as 20100 mAh is enough juice to power a Galaxy S6 close to 5 times, and an iPhone 6S nearly 8 times. The pack has overcharge and circuit protection to protect your devices from the very thing that keeps them running.

While the RAVPower is the more expensive than the first two options, it’s big battery combined with Quick Charge 2 and 3 support make it a pretty compelling option.

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Talentcell 10400 mAh

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The Talentcell 10400 mAh power bank the least expensive device on the list, at just $26.99 on Amazon. The power bank is charged via micro USB 2.0 and has a USB Type-C port, a full sized USB port, and an LED flashlight. Included in the box is the power bank and a male to male USB Type-C. This power bank supports a variety of Type-C devices other than the 12 inch Macbook, and can charge up to two devices simultaneously.

If you are looking for the cheapest option out there, the Talentcell fits the bill, and is still relatively well reviewed. Of course, there’s something to be said for brand recognition and trust, so if that’s a factor for you — you may be better off considering one of the previous power banks.

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iVoler 10000mAh

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Once again, a lesser known brand name but the ivoler is aggressively priced at $31.99, making it a tad more expensive than the Talentcell. The ivoer 10000 mAh offers one standard USB port and one Type C that supports up to 5v 3a. While the iVoler doesn’t have Qualcomm quick charge support, it does claim to offer rapid recharge capabilities that lets it top off many devices from 0% to 100% in around 3.5 hours or less using Type-C.

Personally, we’d probably pick the TalentCell over this one, but it never hurts to have a few more options.

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Any other solid options you are aware of that didn’t make it onto our list? Give us a shout in the comments and we’ll be sure to take a look.

26
Jan

Infernal Innovations CD player magnetic phone mount: review


Ever since the first cell phones hit market companies have been making vehicle mounting systems. More recently those mounting systems have become less expensive and less permanent. Infernal Innovations has many innovative products, but in this review, I will be focusing on their CD player magnetic phone mount.

CD player magnetic phone mount overview

The  concept of Infernal Innovations CD player magnetic phone mount is simple. Use the existing CD player slot in your car to mount your phone. The best part is that you don’t have to remove the CD from the CD player to use it. The worst part is that you can’t remove the CD without removing the magnetic phone mount.

CD player magnetic phone mount
CD player magnetic phone mount
CD player magnetic phone mount

The mount contains 4 powerful magnets that grip a metal plate that can be attached to the phone using several available methods. All you need to do it place the phone on the mount where the metal plate is attached to the phone.

CD player magnetic phone mount setup

The setup is fairly easy. First attach the metal plate to your phone. If you have a phone with NFC and/or wireless charging, you’ll want to make sure that the plate is affixed below the coils or the plate will interfere with NFC and wireless charging operation. The plate can be attached either directly on the back of the phone, inside your phone’s case, on the outside of the case, or if your phone has a removable back, you may be able to mount the plate inside the back cover. To affix the metal plate, simply remove the adhesive cover and stick it where you want it.

In my case, I use a Zerolemon removable battery that adds a lot of weight to the phone. In order to have a good grip on the phone, I needed to mount to the plate to the outside of my phone case. This worked out very well.

The only other thing you need to do is attach the mount to the CD player slot. To accomplish this, all you need to do is insert the mount in the CD player slot and depress the lever. If there mount feels loose, there are 3 included rubber spacers to allow it to fit any CD player almost universally.

CD player magnetic phone mount usage

One of my concerns going into the review was whether the mount would hold my heavy phone with the plate mounted at the bottom. After setting everything up, not only did it hold up my phone, but the magnets were sufficiently powerful to hold it in a landscape position as well as portrait. In a portrait position, the phone did not move at all, even when hitting bumps. In a landscape position, the phone would drop ever so slightly after my car would hit a bump, but it took several bumps before I had to adjust the phone back up.


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In a portrait position, I never had to readjust the phone. It stayed upright the whole time.

CD player magnetic phone mount
CD player magnetic phone mount
CD player magnetic phone mount

Needless to say, I was rather impressed with how strong the magnets on the mount were. Not only did they hold my phone in position, but they did it with a huge extended battery adding a ton of weight and they did it with the plate mounted at the bottom of the phone instead of the middle, which is where they recommend the plate be mounted. This means that you don’t have to sacrifice your NFC and/or wireless charging to have the convenience of a magnetic mount.

The convenience is really the selling point of a magnetic mount. All you have to do is place your phone on the mount when you get in your vehicle and remove it when you get out. It’s that simple. No fiddling with adjusting the mount or anything. Just place and go.

4 out of 5 stars

Overall this is a great solution for mounting your phone in  your car. You don’t have to fiddle with suction cups or worry about one of your AC vent being blocked and the phone takes a whole 3 seconds to attach to the mount. There are only two downsides with using this type of mount. The

There are only two downsides with using this type of mount. The first I already mentioned. It takes up your CD players slot. The other downside is that not all vehicles have a conveniently placed CD player. If your CD player is mounted too low, it will cause you to take your eyes off the road

The other downside is that not all vehicles have a conveniently placed CD player. If your CD player is mounted too low, it will cause you to take your eyes off the road and reduce your reaction time. Plus not all vehicles have a CD player. If you fall into either of the latter categories, then you should look into a vent or suction cup style mounting system.

Luckily Infernal Innovations also has vent and suction cup magnetic mounting systems. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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18
Dec

Check out these limited time deals on Xiaomi’s latest mobile products


Xiaomi is definitely one of the fastest growing mobile tech companies in the world right now. It is currently the fourth largest smartphone maker in the world and with good reason. They make great products at reasonable prices and is now making its way into the U.S. market. They have a full featured activity tracker in the Mi Fitness band 2 for less than $15, a full featured 7.9″ Android 5.1 tablet for less than $200, and an all metal fully loaded smartphone in the Redmi Note 3 for less than $200.

Xiaomi even makes accessories like battery packs and premium headphones too. Check out the Xiaomi specials running at everbuying.net. All items come tax free and with free shipping.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Smart Wristband – LINK ($12.59)

Stop spending hundreds on fitness trackers when you can buy the Mi Band 2 for less than $15.

Main Features:
Xiaomi 2: Magnesium-aluminum alloy dial surface that is very light; TPSiV band gives you ultimate wearing comfort.
30 days standby time: Top-level Bluetooth chip and military gravity sensor ensure 30 days ultra-long standby time for a full charging.
Call reminder: Xiaomi 2 will tell you when a call comes, you never need to worry about missing any important calls.
Sports tracking: Track your sports, record steps, distance and calories, help you achieve your sports target.
Sleep monitoring: Let you know your deep sleep and shallow sleep, also APP will give you periodical evaluation, help you develop good living habits.
Silent alarm: Wake you up every morning, will not be late for work; Remind you with vibration, never worry about missing anything.
Free password to unlock the phone: Forget complex unlock password and gesture, simply raise your hand to close to phones, immediate and safe unlocking. (Support Xiaomi 3 / 4 with Android 4.4 above system and other phones with Android 5.0 above system )

XIAOMI REDMI Note 3 3GB RAM 32GB version – LINK ($194.99)

Easily one of the best deals of 2015, the Redmi Note 3 is fully loaded at a spectacular price point. It is one of my favorite phones of the year and will have a full review in early 2016.

Main Features:
Redmi Note 3 retains Helio X10, adds full metal body, fingerprint sensor and massive 4000mAh battery!
13MP/5MP cameras on Redmi Note 3 take gorgeous pictures. 
The Redmi Note 3’s fingerprint sensor unlocks in just 0.3s. Body has a smooth sandblasted metal finish too.

Display: 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 Pixel Screen with 403 PPI
CPU: Helio X10 64bit Octa Core 2.0GHz
GPU: PowerVR G6200
System: Android 5.0
RAM + ROM: 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM
Camera: 5.0MP with f/2.0 aperture front camera + 13.0MP with 78 degree wide-angle, f/2.2 aperture back camera
Sensor: Light sensor, G-sensor, Proximity sensor, Hall Sensor
Feature: GPS/ A-GPS / Glonass / Beidou
Bluetooth: 4.1
SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby, dual Micro SIM cards
Network:
2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 1800/2100/2600MHz

XIAOMI REDMI Note 3 5.5 inch Android 5.0 4G Phablet Helio X10 Octa Core Fingerprint ID 3GB + 32GB 13.0MP Rear Camera

XiaoMi Mi Pad 2 – LINK ($185.99)

Main Features:
Original XiaoMi Mi Pad 2 Android 5.1 7.9 inch Retina Screen Intel Atom X5-Z8500 64bit Quad Core 2.2GHz 2GB RAM 16GB ROM WiFi Bluetooth 4.1 Cameras
Mi Pad 2 offers the same advanced graphics features of a gaming console with Intel Atom X5-Z8500 Quad Core 2.2GHz processor, which uses the same Intel HD Graphics architecture used in next-gen PC gaming
RAM + ROM: 2GB + 16GB gets the best out of gaming and HD videos with 2GB LPDDR3 RAM and 16GB eMMC 4.5 flash storage
7.9 inch display and 4:3 aspect ratio with retina
With 2048 x 1536 resolution at 326 PPI, Mi Pad’s IPS high resolution display renders text and images beautifully whether you are reading an e-book, browsing the web, watching videos or playing games
Android 5.1 OS system: The latest system, with more excellent interface and compatibility, makes your tablet PC run quickly with all your favorite apps and desktop software
6190mAh Lithium-ion Polymer Battery supports both 5V 2A power inputs
Dual cameras: With 1080P Full HD video recording and excellent low-light performance with back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensors, videos and photos look outstanding captured from either the 8MP rear or 5MP front cameras. Huge f/2.0 aperture also lets you get more background blur and bokeh out of your images
Type-C: High-tech Type-C interface, charging faster. The USB plug is reversible,so that you can connect it to the phone in whichever way you want
Bluetooth 4.1: Supports fast transmission of data, pictures and files
Support Gyroscope/Light sensor/Gravity sensor/Digital compass

XiaoMi Mi Pad 2 – 64GB version LINK

Xiaomi Quick Charge 10400mAh External Backup Battery – LINK ($18.45)

 

Capacity (mAh) 10400mAh
Special Functions Long Lasting, Super Slim, Quick Charge
Connection Type Micro USB
Battery type Li-ion Battery
Material Aluminium Alloy

XiaoMi Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker – LINK ($45.08)

Original XiaoMi Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker Built-in Microphone Support Aux-in Function for iPhone 6S / 6S Plus / iPad Pro / Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 / Samsung S6

Main Features:
● Equipped with Avnera AV3102 chip, the tone is exquisite and balanced.
● Stereo loudness will up to 90 dB (A).
● Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0.
● With 2.0 sound channel.
● Built-in 1500mAh large capacity battery, which can achieve 8 hours music playback to meet your need.
● Features with volume control and songs track function, convenient to operate.
● Built-in microphone for hands-free calls

Xiaomi Foldable Hi-Fi Low Impedance Headset – LINK ($94.66)

Original Exquisite Xiaomi Foldable Hi-Fi Low Impedance Headset

Connectivity Wired
Connecting interface 3.5mm
Application Portable Media Player, Computer, Mobile Phone, Sport
Cable length 1.4m
Driver unit 50mm
Frequency response 20-20000Hz
Impedance 32ohms
Sensitivity 98 dB

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16
Dec

Didn’t spring for a touch screen Chromebook? AirBar can fix that



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Some love touch screen laptops, others can’t stand them. I am still a bit on the fence myself. While reaching up and tapping a link or image is sometimes easier than using a touch pad to move a cursor, I still rarely touch my screen. Which is odd since all our phones and tablets are touch screens. It is nice to have the ability for scrolling through lengthy pages of a website, document or book though. There are a number of Chromebook offerings that offer touchscreens as part of their feature set, but often times the price reflects the technology with a minimal jump in hardware additions. The other side of the coin is that your Chromebook, or even your Windows-based laptop, is a pre-touchscreen generation device and the added expense just isn’t worth it. Welp, there is an accessory for that called the AirBar.

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Swedish company Neonode Inc. will be showcasing the AirBar at CES in Las Vegas this January. The accessory is a small bar that you place just under your laptops screen and plugs into an open USB port. The AirBar uses invisible light to detect where on the screen you are actually touching. It is capable of recognizing your simple taps, swiping, pinching, zooming and scrolling. The additional perk is since it uses light, it will recognize your touches even if you are wearing gloves, have long nails or want to use a pencil eraser tip.


“Imagine taking a non-touch PC, and within seconds making it a touch interactive device. Our sensor does not require installation of new drivers or lengthy instructions. The user simply connects AirBar and can then start to interact with the display immediately – it´s Plug and Touch. Compared with today’s PCs with built-in touchscreens the AirBar sensor keeps your high quality matte display glare free and without greasy finger prints,“ said Remo Behdasht, SVP Business Development at Neonode.

You can order the AirBar today, but they aren’t officially available for shipping just yet. The first variant of the AirBar is designed for a fairly common 15.6″ screen and comes in the matte black finish seen in the video and images. It will work on all Windows 8 or 10 PC’s as well as Chrome OS devices with a minimal price tag of $49 to pre-order now. Feel free to check it out on more detail at www.air.bar and pre-order one for your device.

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8
Dec

White elephant gift ideas under $25 for tech lovers


That time of gift-giving is quickly approaching. Most of us don’t quite have the cash to gift full-on devices, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give something valuable to those among our friends and family who are tech-oriented. There are plenty of potential gifts under $25 which they would appreciate, so we’ve gathered up a list to assist with your brainstorming this holiday season.

Cases

This one might take a little reconnaissance on your part for who you plan to gift it to, such as what phone they have and if they have more preference for either form or protection. There are a ton of cases out there, so chances are that they’ve overlooked an offering they would really like.

Slim Protection Wallet
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OBLIQ Metal Note5 case – $13.99 Spigen Armor Nexus 6P case – $12.99 Spigen Galaxy S6 wallet case – $21.49

We’re seeing more and more phone compatibility for cases with integrated batteries. If that person you’re thinking about could always use more battery life and wouldn’t mind the extra thickness, a battery case could be a smart choice.

Skins and Screen Protectors

If you know that your giftee isn’t into phone cases, that’s not the only option. Skins are gaining popularity, because a quick 10-minute application transforms your device anew and blooms excitement once again. Here are a couple examples dbrand skins on the Nexus 5X and 6P courtesy of our own Derrick Miyao. They start at $10.

Nexus 6P in copper and the Nexus 5X in carbon fiber.

Nexus 6P in copper and the Nexus 5X in carbon fiber.

A screen protector can also be a good idea. Shop online for these, you’d be surprised how much they’re marked up in stores like Best Buy. For instance, Skinomi screen protectors run from $7-$10.

Battery Packs

Battery life is often the largest pain-point with phones, hence why external batteries are aplenty on the market. You can really go wrong with giving the gift of extended battery life. I would just suggest to get a feeling if the person is a power user or just needs an extra boost here and there. Battery packs have a wide range of sizes depending on capacity. You may also want to consider one with an attached charging cable – most people prefer to not have to carry around extra supplies.

Anker Ultra Compact 10000mAh Power Bank

EasyAcc Cable 9000mAh Power Bank

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$21.99 $21.99

Headphones

If someone close to you is a music-lover and uses Apple Earpods as their daily driver, do them a favor and gift them a real pair of headphones. It doesn’t even have to be expensive to beat out Apple’s earbuds. However, first find out what type of headphone they like.

Over-Ear On-Ear In-Ear
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Sennheiser HD 202 II

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Sony MDRZX110 ZX

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Sennheiser CX 200

$24.50 $14.74 $24.53

Also, being that Bluetooth headphones are mainstream now, there are plenty of choices that won’t break the bank. We recently reviewed a set from Coocheer that goes for only $18.99.

Portable Speakers

Bluetooth-connectable speakers are a big thing these days. They can be pretty pricey when you look at well-known brands (Bose, UE, JBL, etc.), but you don’t necessarily need to spend an arm and a leg to get something that sounds decent.

SoundBot SB571 Bluetooth Speaker

VicTsing Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

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$21.99 $17.99

Android Collectibles

Everyone Android lover would welcome a collectible. There are tons! Most commonly collected are the mini Android figures. There are a multitude of different kinds.

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There are also other Android-relevant products available to decorate a space with, such as an Android plush, backpack clip, magnet set, and even a GoGroove speaker.

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Play Store Gift Card

play_store_gift_cardAnother great gift idea for Android users is a Play Store gift card. The Play Store has all the content we’d want – movies, games, music, apps, and books.

Google provides an easy way to email your friends and family Play Store credit as a gift, which they will be able to redeem instantly.

But wait…there’s more!

  • LG Optimus Exceed 2 (Verizon) prepaid phone – $14.99
  • TYLT Capio 2 Universal Car Mount – $20.63
  • TYLT Dual-port Car Charger – $7.99
  • Momoday Bluetooth Headset Beanie Cap – $13.69
  • Play Music Subscription gift, 1-month – $9.99
  • Netflix Subscription gift card
  • Samsung EVO Class 10 MicroSD card, 64GB – $18.98
  • POP! Google Cardboard VR kits – $14.90

I hope you found our list helpful. The end of the month is approaching fast, so you better get cracking!

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6
Dec

Zipbuds Slide Review: is the Slide still as much of a novelty without the zip?



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Zipbuds is an audio product company that has made a name for itself – literally – for having sets of headphones with a zip as part of its audio cable. As well as being a nice novelty and conversation starter, it was surprisingly practical as it gave users a way to store the headphones away without having to worry about excessive tangling. Well, Zipbuds is back with a new set of headphones called the Zipbuds Slide, and perhaps contradictory to their brand name, the Slide uses a unique new mechanism that replicates the same function as a zip without the “zip” part – so just how good is the Slide, and does it retain enough of the novelty that have made Zipbuds products unique? Let’s check it out.

What’s in the box

Zipbuds Slide ReviewThe contents of the box for the Zipbuds Slide in-ear headphones are very straight-forward: you’ll get the headphones themselves as well as two extra sizes of earbuds (small or large) to help you get on your way to enjoying tangle-free listening. There are quite a few colours for the Slide headphones that are available, but we’ve got the P.O.P (pink and purple) variation for review – you can also get it in All Black, White Sea (white and aqua), Black Neon (black and lime green), White Purple, Black and White and Black Sea (black and light blue).

Zipbuds Slide ReviewZipbuds calls its new zipper mechanism the “Zipperless Zipper” cabling, and enables two sets of silicon cables to be clasped together, might like a zip would keep two sides of a zip together. It’s incredible effective and is much easier (and quieter) to use than conventional zips courtesy of its smooth zipping. The rest of the cable is the same kind of silicon, but a single cable the rest of the way down – the cable is square, which is a bit different from the round or flat cables we’re used to seeing on most products, but they seem to do the job just as well.

The Slide headphones are priced at a regular retail price of $79.95 USD, which puts them in a relatively premium part of the market – that said, they are also marketed as a pair of sports headphones, which is a use case that many fitness-conscious people will appreciate.

 

How does it perform

Zipbuds Slide ReviewThe last time I reviewed a pair of Zipbuds headphones, I was struck by how good the audio quality was – to put it simply, I wouldn’t put the Slide headphones in the same bucket, at least, not anymore. Having mostly reviewed headphones over the last few months, it’s clear that the Slide headphones lack a lot of depth particularly in the bass department. That’s not to say it’s not there – it can certainly be remedied a little with careful equalization control, but they aren’t particularly bad sounding either. Suffice to say that if you’re an active person and need a solid pair of headphones, the Slide headphones will do the job admirably.

Zipbuds Slide ReviewComfort-wise, on the other hand, I was extremely impressed with the Slide headphones. The structure of each earphone looks a little bulbous, but that’s primarily to give the Slide headphones a more stable seating in your ear – and it works. And it works two-fold: while it creates a stable seal, it also takes some of the pressure out of jamming the earbuds in your ears. This is also made partially possible by the silicon earbuds that come with the Slide headphones which are firm, but textured and soft enough not to cause any discomfort for many hours of listening.

Of course, the piece de resistance of the Slide headphones is how they handle transport and general day-to-day use, and for which they get top marks. The silicon cabling makes it easily cleanable and pretty much perfect for the fitness lifestyle, and the new zipping mechanism doesn’t take away from that at all. Of course, the best thing about the zip mechanism is that once you’ve finished listening, you can zip up your headphones all the way to the top and put them in a bag without the fear of them getting tangled up.

Zipbuds Slide ReviewIf there’s only one gripe about the overall design of the Slide headphones is that the in-line microphone and answer call button are located quite far down. This is of course necessitated by the zipping mechanism, but it pretty much means you have to hold the mic to your face if you’re taking a call in public – note though that Zipbuds do claim the Slide headphones have noise-filtering of unwanted sounds.

 


What I like about the Zipbuds Slide

Zipbuds Slide ReviewOne of my biggest gripes with the older Zipbuds headphones were that the hard plastic zip parts would rub against whatever I was sitting behind, which created unnecessary conducted noise along the cables. With this new Zipperless Zipper, that gripe is entirely dealt with. What’s more, now because heavy, hard plastic doesn’t have to be used, the Slide headphones also benefit from pretty significant weight loss, which also helps with the overall comfort of the headphones.

Speaking of the new Zipperless Zipper, it can never be overstated how good this mechanism is for preventing tangling of audio cables – even if you somehow manage to get the whole cable in a knot, it’s still only one simple knot so it will never take you ten minutes just to start listening to your music (that is, as long as you use the zipper in the first place).

 

What I don’t like about the Zipbuds Slide

Zipbuds Slide ReviewFor me, it’s still a little weird that a set of Zipbuds headphones doesn’t have a real zip mechanism – while I absolutely love how much better this new Zipperless Zipper cabling works, I feel like the novelty aspect of having a Zipbuds product has been lost a little. The last Zipbuds review I did resulted in many a conversation about why the headphone cables had a zip growing out of them, whereas that conversation never surfaced during this review. If we flip the argument around, we could instead say that the Slide headphones are much more subtle than its predecessors – of course, it’s an intensely personal decision to decide which is better for you.

When it comes to colours, I’m a pretty simple guy, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the available colours of the Slide headphones is a little daunting to me. Aside from the All Black and Black and White versions of the Slide headphones, all the other colours scream “contrast” – I admit that this generally fits with the fitness community and their generally brightly coloured attire, but if you’re looking for something a little reserved, your choices are limited.

 

Final Thoughts

Zipbuds Slide ReviewThe Zipbuds Slide headphones are a step in the right direction for Zipbuds – while I might have some extremely specific gripes about them, the new zipper mechanism and overall design choices make the Slide headphones Zipbuds’ most usable product to date. The best part of it is that while the regular retail price of the Slide headphones is $79.95 USD, it is available in every colour on Amazon for $49.95 USD at the moment which in my opinion is a bit of a steal – we’ve got the Amazon links below if you’re interested.

For more details about the Zipbuds Slide headphones, be sure to visit its product page on the Zipbuds’ website here. What do you think about our Zipbuds Slide review?

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Zipbuds Slide Review: is the Slide still as much of a novelty without the zip?
Build Quality100%
Sound Quality60%
Comfort90%
Value for Money70%
The good
  • Great new zipper mechanism
  • Tangle-free
The bad
  • Not as novel as predecessor
  • High contrast colour choices

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Dec

T-Mobile launches new ‘Un-carrier Unwrapped’ deals


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T-Mobile has introduced a handful of new deals as part of its ‘Un-carrier Unwrapped’ holiday promotion. This time the gifts are put out there to tempt AT&T customers to switch to T-Mobile by offering them with up to 50%, or $125, off selected accessories, such as Bluetooth speakers, wired headphones, portable chargers and smartwatches.

The deal is available to all AT&T customers regardless of their tariff. Even if they are locked into a GoPhone contract, they will still be eligible for T-Mobile’s initiative. The carrier will also pay up to $650 towards early termination fees or the remaining balance of their AT&T branded smartphone.

Source: T-Mobile

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3
Dec

This $19.99 OnePlus iPhone case will net you a OnePlus X invite



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No doubt many of you will be confused about the title of this article, but don’t be alarmed – it’s just a OnePlus marketing campaign. In a bid to presumably win over iPhone users this Holiday season, OnePlus is trying to cash in on its greatest resource – its fans. The strategy is thus – if you buy a OnePlus iPhone case for $19.99 USD (it’s compatible with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S), the case will also come with a free invite for the recently released OnePlus X. I’m assuming this is the case (pun not intended), otherwise if the invite is locked to the person that buys the case, that kind of puts them $20 out of pocket if they buy the case for the iPhone and then the OnePlus X. Well, actually, it puts them however-many-dollars-the-iPhone-cost out of pocket.

This campaign definitely showcases OnePlus’ textbook bravado, but it’s yet another that might have missed the mark. Owners of the iPhone 6 and 6S will only be coming off a year, maybe even a year and a few months, with Apple’s flagship device, and while we would love nothing more than people changing from iOS to Android, we’re not sure the $249 USD OnePlus X holds a torch to the iPhone as a whole package. That’s my opinion though – for all I know, this might be a genius ploy to get all frustrated iPhone owners onto a OnePlus X, but we’ll let the numbers talk for themselves somewhere down the track.


What do you think about the OnePlus iPhone case marketing campaign? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: OnePlus via Mashable

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1
Dec

Moto 360 Sport set to launch later this month in the UK with the US shortly after



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The fitness centric variant of the Moto 360, dubbed the Moto 360 Sport, isn’t a totally new device from Motorola. However, it is finally getting a launch date set after being shown earlier in the year alongside the Moto 360 2nd gen device. the Moto 360 Sport still brings all the wonderful things that the Android Wear toting brothers offer, except it isn’t geared towards being the traditional watch you wear to work and dinner parties.

Instead, the Moto 360 Sport is constructed of a durable silicone which doesn’t absorb sweat and is resistant to fading and staining. It carriers a IP67 water-resistant rating which clears it as being completely protected against dust and protected against immersion between 15cm and 1 meter. Although, Motorola is quick to note that it is not water proof. The Sport carriers a 1.37-inch LCD-based round AnyLight display that is designed to give you optimal viewing indoors and outdoors. It carries a pixel density of 263ppi with a resolution of 360 x 325. You will also find built-in GPS to track your workouts along with the usual accelerometer, gyroscopes, ambient light sensor, and vibration motor.

Official additional spec details:


•AnyLight Hybrid Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
•45mm diameter case, 11.5mm thick
•Weighs 54g
•300mAh battery (full day life with mixed ambient use)
•Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor
•Adreno 305 graphics with 450MHz GPU
•4GB storage
•512MB RAM
•Bluetooth 4.0
•Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
•Heart rate monitor
•Dual digital mics

The Moto 360 Sport will launch in Black, White and Flame Orange. As for pricing and availability, well, those in the US wanting to put one on their Christmas wish list will miss out. The Moto 360 Sport is set to launch in the UK and France on December 18th. The US will be seeing the device live on January 7th through Motorola.com with a price tag of $299. On January 10th is goes to other locations such as Best Buy and the Moto store in Chicago. Motorola will be pushing the device to Brazil, Canada, China and Mexico later next year.

Source: Motorola

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