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5 Best Google Phones in 2019

Android, as you all know, is an operating system that is owned and run by Google. The release of this open software operating system spawned a vast army of Android smartphones, and the trend hasn’t stopped to this date. However, with each passing year, the number simply increased, and with the platform being open, a bulk of the manufacturers had to add their own unique skin to the software. This obviously was a hit or a miss with the public. So what were the fans to do if they wanted a truly uncluttered “Vanilla” Android smartphone? Well, Google phones or Pixel phones are the answer today. The company started off its project with the HTC Nexus One, and the line has grown into the HTC made Pixel 2 today. Google also contracted its pure Android branding to other manufacturers like LG, Samsung etc. While these phones were manufactured by others, the software used was identical to vanilla Android with no bloatware or clutter included.

ProductBrandNamePrice
GoogleGoogle Pixel 2Buy on Amazon|$566.98(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:30 ET)
MotorolaMoto X (4th Generation) - with hands-free Amazon AlexaBuy on Amazon|$262.49(Price as of 02/14/2019 17:32 ET)
GoogleGoogle Pixel Phone - 5 inch display (Factory Unlocked US Version) (32GB, Quite Black)Buy on Amazon|$289.71(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
HuaweiHuawei Nexus 6P unlocked smartphone, 32GB Silver (US Warranty)Buy on Amazon|$289.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
LGLG Nexus 5X LG-H791 32GB GSM Factory Unlocked SmartphoneBuy on Amazon|$149.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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So if you’re in the market for a new Google phone next year, we’re going to talk about some of the options you have right now.

5 best Google phones in 2018

Pixel 2

The smartphone, manufactured by HTC, has made quite some news since it was launched. The phone refreshes last year’s moderately popular Pixel. The handset comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, and is one of the few phones to have the honor at this moment. In terms of features, the phone packs a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, the octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64/128GB of non-expandable storage, a 12.2-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, Android 8.0, and a 2,700 mAh battery. The phone is IP67 certified for water/dust resistance, which is quickly becoming a prerequisite among flagship phones.

In the era of borderless or bezel-less phones, the Pixel 2 somewhat disappoints with its relatively large bottom and top bezels. The design is pretty stunning, however, the dual tone colors on the back, offering a premium look. The Pixel 2 is sold in Kinda Blue, Just Black, Clearly White color variants. The handset can be bought via Verizon or Project Fi in the U.S. and through a handful of carriers and retailers overseas. You’ll have to shell out the big bucks for this 2017 Pixel, however, as it will cost $850.99 unlocked and off contract. If you don’t want to be held down by carrier restrictions, be sure to have a closer look at the handset on Amazon.

Moto X4 (Android One)

This particular smartphone can be likened to a Nexus phone of the past, as it comes with the same mid-tier hardware with some premium features on board. More importantly, the handset is more reasonably priced compared to the Pixel lineup, which makes this an appealing catch. What’s more important is that this is an Android One offering, which is Google ambitious project to sell Vanilla Android phones at developing nations. But this is the first Android One phone to ever make its way to the U.S., which makes it special. For a first, the Moto X4 is certainly an excellent start.

In terms of hardware, the Moto X4 comes with the same 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 12-megapixel dual-camera system on the back, a 16-megapixel front camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, the octa-core Snapdragon 630 SoC, Android 7.1 Nougat (can be updated to 8.0 Oreo), and a 3,000 mAh battery. The phone is IP68 certified water/dust resistant as well. Since this is an official Google product, the company promises consistent software updates for two years. This factor alone makes this a very exciting mid-range option for many customers. The handset can only be bought via Project Fi in the U.S., and will set you back by $499.

Pixel (1st gen)

The phone that started it all off for Google. This marked the official end of the Nexus lineup for Google, as the company replaced it with a premium smartphone lineup with a focus on features and new hardware. The resulting Pixel and Pixel XL (both made by HTC) managed to please the experts and users alike. Luckily, this particular model can be bought at a relatively cheaper cost thanks to the arrival of the next-gen models not too long ago. The handset comes with a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, the quad-core Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 32/128GB of non-expandable storage, Android 7.0 Nougat (upgradable to Oreo), and a 2,770 mAh battery. The phone also comes with a 12.3-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front shooter.

While getting the Pixel now might not make a lot of sense, if you’re getting the device for a decent price, it’s surely worth a look. You’re set for another year or two at least as far as software updates are concerned. Since this product comes directly from Google, updates will be prioritized to the lineup. The 32GB version of the first-gen Pixel can be bought for nearly $550 on Amazon right now.

Nexus 6P

Dialing back the clock even further, we take a look at the 2015 Nexus, the Nexus 6P. This handset showed a lot of promise and was manufactured by Huawei, making it the company’s only Nexus device in its history. The handset is pretty well packed in terms of hardware, boasting of a 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution AMOLED display, the octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32/64/128GB of non-expandable storage, a 12.3-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, Android 6.0 Marshmallow (upgradable to Oreo), and a 3,450 mAh battery. Given the kind of hardware it’s packing, we feel the Nexus 6P is a decent buy even today. The handset can be yours for somewhere around $450 in the U.S. today.

Nexus 5X

The smaller sibling of the Nexus 6P, the LG made Nexus 5X was designed after the massively popular Nexus 5. The handset comes with a pretty similar design as the Nexus 6P, albeit in a significantly smaller frame. The handset is sold in Carbon, Quartz, and Ice, although it’s hard to tell if all color variants are on sale now. The Nexus 5X comes with a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, a 12.3-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal storage, Android 6.0 Marshmallow (upgradable to Oreo), and a 2,700 mAh battery.

The phone packs the hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chipset. Overall, the Nexus 5X isn’t as powerful as the other phones we’ve mentioned on this list, but is still a good buy provided you find a good deal on it. Since it’s already two generations old, it’s likely that you’ll find a decent deal online. Refurbished models of the Nexus 5X can be sold for as low as $190, while brand new models are selling for $399. Be sure to head over to Amazon for more deals on the handset.

ProductBrandNamePrice
GoogleGoogle Pixel 2Buy on Amazon|$566.98(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:30 ET)
MotorolaMoto X (4th Generation) - with hands-free Amazon AlexaBuy on Amazon|$262.49(Price as of 02/14/2019 17:32 ET)
GoogleGoogle Pixel Phone - 5 inch display (Factory Unlocked US Version) (32GB, Quite Black)Buy on Amazon|$289.71(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
HuaweiHuawei Nexus 6P unlocked smartphone, 32GB Silver (US Warranty)Buy on Amazon|$289.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
LGLG Nexus 5X LG-H791 32GB GSM Factory Unlocked SmartphoneBuy on Amazon|$149.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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5 Best Budget MP3 Players in 2019

MP3 players are no longer in prominence thanks largely to the presence of smartphones which can let you play music at will regardless of where you are. Even though MP3 players are also known for their versatility and the ability to play music anywhere you are, smartphones have somewhat made these devices obsolete in the current day and age. But if you find that your smartphone is slow and buggy when you have music playing, it can help to get a dedicated music player. Luckily, most MP3 players today are available at a fraction of the cost, which again, is due to the industry pretty much going under.

ProductBrandNamePrice
AGPTEKAGPTEK M20S 8GB Mini MP3 PlayerCheck Price on Amazon
MYMAHDIMYMAHDI MP3/MP4 Music PlayerBuy on Amazon|$22.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
SonySony NWE395/B 16GB Walkman MP3 Player (Black)Buy on Amazon|$71.61(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
SanDiskSanDisk SDMX28-016G-G46K Clip Sport Plus MP3 Player, 16GB (Black)Buy on Amazon|$54.58(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
FenQanFenQan MP3 Player, Bluetooth 4.1 MP3 Music Player HiFi SoundCheck Price on Amazon

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So if you’re one of those users who likes to listen to music devoid of their smartphones, this list is going to help you out. We’ve gathered five of the best MP3 players that you can get on a budget today. So without waiting any further, let’s have a look.

5 Best Budget MP3 Players

AGPTEK Music Player

This is one of the best MP3 players going around and that’s primarily because of the design it features as well as the price it’s sold for. This music player by AGPTEK is only available in a Bluetooth model, however, so you can only use this if you have wireless Bluetooth headphones at your disposal. But given how wireless headphones are the norm today, we don’t see this as a much of a problem. The music player comes with a 1.8-inch display and a electroplated zinc alloy shell to keep it safe from drops. Despite the durable body, it is highly recommended not to drop it as the display could be prone to breaking with a single drop. The device comes with 8GB of native storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card (up to 128GB).

People familiar with the iPod Classic will be well at home with this music player thanks to the array of circular buttons on board. These buttons are touch sensitive, however, so you have to be very careful not to accidentally press these buttons. The navigation buttons are quite similar to the standard Android buttons, so there is some familiarity here if you’ve used Android before. Customer reviews are quite positive which tells us that this is a great product to buy at this price point. It’s only available in Black, however, which is perhaps the only caveat here.

MYMAHDI

This 8GB music player might not be much in terms of appearance, but it still gets the job done. It comes in a variety of colors, so you have the liberty to choose the color you’re most comfortable with. Choices include Black, Gold, Red, White, and Silver. This music player comes with 8GB of default storage, which can be further expanded by up to 128GB using a microSD card. Music transfer is relatively easy and you can even transfer entire playlists from your computer. It also comes with a speaker on board, although it’s not too loud.

The company claims that the device can last or up to 40 hours with a single charge, which is quite adequate for any music listener. It can play a wide range of audio formats including MP3, WMA, FLAC, APE, AAC, OGG and ACELP. It has a small display on board, which can play videos in the AMV or AVI format. The best part about this music player is that the company even offers a pair of wired headphones along with it, saving you the trouble of using your existing earbuds. All things considered, this is a pretty decent product especially at this price point.

Sony NWE395/B

Known for the original Walkman, Sony still offers decent music players meant for audiophiles. In terms of features, this offering by Sony comes with a compact design and a lightweight body, meant to be taken with you everywhere you go. It packs a rechargeable battery which can last up to 3 hours (audio) on a single charge as per the company’s estimate. It has a relatively small display, although you can still watch videos on it. As far as music syncing is concerned, users can transfer data using Windows Media Player or iTunes, so there’s no dearth of options available for the users.

Sony also offers a pair of wired earbuds as well as a charging cable with the retail packaging. It comes with 16GB of native storage which cannot be expanded.

SanDisk SDMX28

Known for memory cards and storage devices, SanDisk’s music player is pretty decent on its own. It comes with a compact design, which makes it ideal for long journeys. It has a smaller display, which means you probably won’t be able to enjoy videos on the go. But to make up for that, the company has built-in water resistance on the device, making it suitable for workouts or jogs. The player comes with headphones and can also work with wireless Bluetooth earbuds. It comes with 16GB of storage which is non-expandable. Taking these features into account, it’s clear that this is one of the most versatile music players on this list.

FenQan MP3 Player

This is one of the most highly rated music players on our list and with good reason. It comes with a fairly streamlined design, which makes it light as well as portable. The onboard battery can last for up to 50 hours, which is more than decent for a handheld music player. It comes with 8GB of storage which can be expanded using a microSD card (up to 128GB). This offering comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds. It also comes with a built-in speaker, which may not be that loud, but it’s good to have that on board.

For workout enthusiasts, the MP3 players comes with a pedometer built-in, allowing you to track your steps as well as distance. With almost entirely positive reviews, this is surely the best budget MP3 player on our list.

ProductBrandNamePrice
AGPTEKAGPTEK M20S 8GB Mini MP3 PlayerCheck Price on Amazon
MYMAHDIMYMAHDI MP3/MP4 Music PlayerBuy on Amazon|$22.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
SonySony NWE395/B 16GB Walkman MP3 Player (Black)Buy on Amazon|$71.61(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
SanDiskSanDisk SDMX28-016G-G46K Clip Sport Plus MP3 Player, 16GB (Black)Buy on Amazon|$54.58(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
FenQanFenQan MP3 Player, Bluetooth 4.1 MP3 Music Player HiFi SoundCheck Price on Amazon

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5 Best Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combos in 2019

While most users rely on laptops for their computing needs, there’s a vast population of users who use desktops. Be it for gaming or just work, you cannot beat the utility of a full fledged keyboard and mouse combination. While some users prefer getting keyboards and mice separately, companies like Microsoft, Logitech, Dell and several others are heavily banking on their exciting keyboard + mouse combos. But given the number of combos that are available, it can be quite difficult to pick the best one.

ProductBrandNamePrice
LogitechLogitech Wireless Performance Combo MX800, Backlit Keyboard, Wireless USB Mouse for PCBuy on Amazon|$189(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
MicrosoftMicrosoft Wireless Desktop 2000Buy on Amazon|$37.14(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
DellDell KM117 Wireless Keyboard & MouseBuy on Amazon|$120.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
AnkerAnker 2.4GHz Wireless Keyboard and Mouse ComboBuy on Amazon|$32.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
Jelly CombWireless Keyboard MouseBuy on Amazon|$21.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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This is why we’ve decided to compile a list of the best wireless keyboard and mouse combos available in 2019. This list will help you ascertain the best keyboards and mice you can get for your money, while also making sure it performs on par with the best in the market. So without waiting any further, let’s have a look.

5 Best Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combos

Logitech Wireless Performance Combo MX800

This is an extremely versatile combo consisting of an ergonomic keyboard and a well designed mouse for easy operation. Starting with the keyboard, it comes with an palm rest pad on the bottom, which should make typing a painless affair. The keys are illuminated with a backlight, which is quite a rare feature among desktop keyboards. Thanks to the incurve keys, the keyboard makes no noise whatsoever when you’re typing at a quick pace. As for the mouse, it comes with laser tracking technology, making it capable of working even on smoother surfaces like glass. The mouse also has thumb buttons which can be customized as per the user’s preference.

There’s no Bluetooth connectivity here, so you will require a USB slot on your computer to operate these peripherals. But on the bright side, both the keyboard and mouse can connect to your desktop with just a single USB receiver, which is incredibly convenient. The keyboards and mouse rely on rechargeable batteries under the hood, so you won’t need to stock up on replacement batteries. The company also provides a USB to USB-C cable for charging.

Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000

If you’re looking for a keyboard/mouse that can stand the test of time and perform the same way as it did on day one, this offering by Microsoft should be high up on your list. This keyboard and mouse combo comes with a pretty attractive design, and is expected to run for a long time without needing change of batteries. The keyboard has no backlight illumination, so you will require adequate lighting to keep using it in the dark. This is not much of a problem since desktop monitors give out enough light to illuminate your keyboard. It also comes with an elongated palm rest pad on the bottom, which will surely take the pain out of typing long hours.

The mouse is pretty decent too and is designed to be ambidextrous, allowing both left and right handed users to operate with similar comfort. It uses a single USB dongle that allows wireless connectivity for both peripherals. Battery life is expected to be very good with some users claiming that it can easily last a few months without needing a change. It’s also extremely cost effective compared to some of the other expensive keyboard + mouse combos, which makes it an appealing product for prospective buyers.

Dell KM117

This is probably the most compact and space saving keyboard + mouse combo available out there. Dell’s offering comes with some of the same features as the products we discussed above. The keys are well designed and suited for swift typing, while the mouse gets the job done as well. The keyboard relies on AA batteries while the mouse requires AA batteries. The company recommends using Polaroid batteries for decent performance. Dell claims that the batteries on both peripherals can easily last up to 12 months, although it depends entirely on your usage patterns.

It comes with a bunch of shortcut keys and multimedia buttons for quick access to your favorite media. Connecting it to your computer is fairly easy as well, requiring a single USB dongle to pair them both. The company mentions that the keyboard and mouse can work at a distance of up to 10m, thanks largely to the powerful wireless receiver. Be sure to check this product out.

Anker

Anker, the company behind several powerful USB chargers and adapters also has a share in the peripherals market. With this keyboard and mouse combo, Anker has given users a decent product at a fraction of the price compared to its rivals. The keyboard has a full row of buttons, including indicators for battery. Speaking of which, the batteries on both devices are rechargeable, so you’re not required to change it up ever so often. The company claims that the battery can last up to 3 months with 2 hours of use everyday. So if you’re using it more frequently, expect the battery life to fall significantly.

The mouse utilizes a flat design, that blends in with pretty much any setup. But given the shape, it might take some time for you to get used to it. The company offers an 18-month warranty with this.

Jelly Comb

This might be a brand that you probably haven’t heard of before, but it still makes it to our list based on its popularity. What makes this keyboard really standout from the competition however is the fact that it is available in six colors, letting you spice up your desk at home or work. The keyboard and mouse are extremely lightweight as well, making it easy to take it with you wherever you go. Both peripherals will connect to your computer with a single USB connection, much like other products we have discussed on this list.

One caveat here is that the keyboard doesn’t come with a numeric keypad on board, so it’s ideally suited for smaller desks or as a replacement keyboard for your laptop. But that aside, this is an excellent keyboard + mouse combo which have been designed to be portable.

ProductBrandNamePrice
LogitechLogitech Wireless Performance Combo MX800, Backlit Keyboard, Wireless USB Mouse for PCBuy on Amazon|$189(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
MicrosoftMicrosoft Wireless Desktop 2000Buy on Amazon|$37.14(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
DellDell KM117 Wireless Keyboard & MouseBuy on Amazon|$120.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
AnkerAnker 2.4GHz Wireless Keyboard and Mouse ComboBuy on Amazon|$32.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
Jelly CombWireless Keyboard MouseBuy on Amazon|$21.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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5 Phones With The Most RAM In 2019

We often argue about whether having more RAM is necessary for a smartphone. There’s also the debate on whether RAM capacity is more important than the onboard CPU. The answer is no. You can’t really get the right kind of performance with either. So it helps to have the best of both worlds, which most manufacturers are offering right now. RAM is used to multitask or switch between apps. More RAM doesn’t necessarily mean you will be able to multitask better, but it helps to have more RAM on a smartphone. Processors or CPUs help you perform tasks on the phone much faster, be it opening an app or switching between 3-4 apps at a time, the processor defines the speed you get. Even in this case, having a bigger processor with more cores doesn’t always promise smoother performance, but it always helps to have a faster CPU on your device.

Let’s have a look at some of the phones with most RAM on board.  These five phones are currently the best phones with the most RAM on the market, all released in 2017 and all have 6 GB RAM or more, with the OnePlus 5 being the only phone that’s currently on the market with a whopping 8 GB RAM!

ProductBrandNamePrice
OneplusOnePlus 5 A5000 - Black - 8GB RAM + 128 GB - 5.5 inchBuy on Amazon|$364.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8+ 64GB Unlocked Phone - 6.2" Screen - International Version (Midnight Black)Buy on Amazon|$442.76(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
HuaweiHuawei P10 Plus VKY-L29 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM 5.5-Inch 4G LTE Dual SIM FACTORY UNLOCKED - International Stock No Warranty (BLUE)Buy on Amazon|$475(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
HonorHUAWEI Honor 9 STF-AL00 5.15 inch Kirin 960 Dual 20 MP + 12 MP (4GB+64GB) Smartphone (Charm Sea Blue)Buy on Amazon|$489.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)

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OnePlus 5

Launched only last month, the OnePlus 5 has already managed to garner widespread attention from the global media for its dual-cameras. But the phone also has up to 8GB of RAM (top-end variant), which is quite a lot. Not surprisingly, the OnePlus 5 is the only smartphone on this list with 8GB of RAM on board. It will probably take the manufacturers at least another year to have a phone with that much RAM on board. So as it stands, OnePlus dominates the RAM race.

The phone also comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display, a 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel dual-camera setup on the back, a 16-megapixel front camera, 6/8GB of RAM, 64/128GB of storage (non-expandable), the octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC, Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and a 3,300 mAh battery.

The phone will set you back by $479 and $539 for the 6GB and 8GB RAM variants respectively. This makes it one of the most attractive flagships available in the industry today as no other flagship phone is available at such low costs. The handset is available via OnePlus’ official online store in the U.S. and around the world.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is the bigger sibling of the standard Galaxy S8. While it looks pretty much like its smaller sibling, there are some significant changes under the hood. The large 6.2-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display makes it a full-blown phablet, putting it beyond conventional flagships. The phone is also equipped with up to 6GB of RAM, which is certainly a first for Samsung. There’s a 4GB RAM variant as well, while the standard Galaxy S8 maxes out at 4GB.

The phone also comes with the octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset, a 12-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, 64 or 128GB of internal storage (expandable), Android 7.0 Nougat, and a 3,500 mAh battery. The phone is IP68 certified water/dust resistant, which makes it a very versatile offering.

The international version of the Galaxy S8+ will set you back by around $650 or so, while the American models will be available for about the same price, or even higher. All major carriers are offering the Galaxy S8+ in the U.S. right now.

HTC U11

The HTC U11 is one of the most talked about phones, for mostly good reasons. The company shocked the mobile world with its offering when it was revealed that the phone came with one of the best mobile cameras that the industry had seen. However, it’s not a one trick pony and HTC has ensured that the handset is covered in almost all areas. The handset comes with 4 or 6GB of RAM, which appears to be the industry standard right now. This, coupled with the company’s UI prowess will no doubt make for an enriched user experience.

The U11 is packing a 5.5-inch Quad HD LCD panel, the octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC, 64/128GB of expandable storage, a 12-megapixel rear camera, a 16-megapixel front camera, Android 7.1 Nougat, and a 3,000 mAh battery. The phone also comes with the new USB C reversible connector, which is seen on every flagship mentioned in this list.

Amazon is currently offering the factory unlocked version of the HTC U11 for $649, while American carriers are also offering the device as of now.

Huawei Honor 9

The Huawei Honor 9 might not get a lot of media coverage in North America, but it’s still one of the best flagships going around in the markets today. The phone comes with 4 or 6GB of RAM on board and is beautifully designed to make sure users know they’re holding onto a premium device. The phone is incredibly thin at just 7.5mm, which is praiseworthy given the kind of hardware it’s packing.

The Honor 9 comes with a 5.15-inch 1080p display, the company’s homegrown HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core chipset, 64/128GB of expandable storage, 20-megapixel + 12-megapixel dual-cameras on the back, an 8-megapixel front camera, Android 7.0 Nougat, and a 3,200 mAh battery.

Unfortunately, the handset is only available in the Asian markets as of now. The company has only recently announced availability in European markets, although we haven’t heard much about a North American presence as of now. Expect the phone to cost around $600 when it makes its way to the region soon enough.

Huawei P10 Plus

Yet another Huawei product on this list, the P10 Plus is a pretty attractive flagship from the Chinese manufacturer. Much like the Honor 9, the P10 Plus also comes with dual-cameras on the back, with the company heavily pushing its Leica-branded cameras on its smartphones since last year. The phone is available in variants known as L29 and L09. The latter comes with 4GB of RAM, while the L29 comes with 6GB of RAM by default.

The phone also comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD LCD panel along with dual 20-megapixel + 12-megapixel rear cameras, an 8-megapixel front camera, 64/128GB of storage (expandable), the octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, Android 7.0 Nougat, and a 3,750 mAh battery.

ProductBrandNamePrice
OneplusOnePlus 5 A5000 - Black - 8GB RAM + 128 GB - 5.5 inchBuy on Amazon|$364.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S8+ 64GB Unlocked Phone - 6.2" Screen - International Version (Midnight Black)Buy on Amazon|$442.76(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
HuaweiHuawei P10 Plus VKY-L29 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM 5.5-Inch 4G LTE Dual SIM FACTORY UNLOCKED - International Stock No Warranty (BLUE)Buy on Amazon|$475(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
HonorHUAWEI Honor 9 STF-AL00 5.15 inch Kirin 960 Dual 20 MP + 12 MP (4GB+64GB) Smartphone (Charm Sea Blue)Buy on Amazon|$489.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)

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5 Best Bluetooth Meat Thermometer

Thermometers have been around for quite some time. Technology has advanced in such a way that we can now use technology to even measure the temperature of food. Although it’s technically the same as a standard thermometer, the margin for error with kitchen and meat thermometers is considerably slim. Having a meat thermometer allows users to get a better understanding of their meat and help them not to overcook or undercook them based on USDA’s recommended temperatures. If you have frozen meat at home, or a semi-cooked slab of meat, it helps to check the temperature before you consume it.

ProductBrandNamePrice
ARRISARRIS SURFboard SBG6900AC Docsis 3.0 16x4 Cable Modem/Wi-Fi AC1900 RouterBuy on Amazon|$159(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
iDevicesiDevices IGR0009CAP5 iGrill 2 Bluetooth Smart Meat ThermometerBuy on Amazon|$94.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
CAPPECCappec BTH02 Luxury Wireless Bluetooth Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe for BBQ Grill Smoker Oven, 150 Feet Range,Orange BacklightCheck Price on Amazon
ThermoProThermoPro TP-07 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Turkey Food Meat Thermometer for Grilling Oven Kitchen Smoker BBQ Grill Thermometer with Probe, 300 Feet RangeBuy on Amazon|$35.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
InkbirdInkbird IBT-2X-2 150' Bluetooth Wireless BBQ Grill ThermometerBuy on Amazon|$35(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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Taking these factors into account, a meat thermometer is a must have for practically any modern day kitchen. The best part about these thermometers is that they can be used for practically any foods given that they’re approved by the necessary authority. Further, these thermometers come with Bluetooth on board, helping users to track the temperatures directly from their smartphones from up to 150 feet away. All these thermometers are compatible with Android devices.

We’re going to discuss a handful of meat thermometers today, most of which you might be familiar with. Be sure to have a closer look at these products for a better understanding of which one to get.

GrillEye

This is one of the better kitchen thermometers you can get out there. It comes with six probe ports, allowing users to get a temperature reading from 6 different parts of the meat at the same time. The thermometer also comes with a digital display, which displays the existing temperature of the meat as well as the target temperature. The probes are FDA approved, which should put all safety related concerns to rest.

The GrillEye comes with a robust design, allowing it to withstand the nature of a regular kitchen. If we know something about kitchen’s it’s that there’s never a dull moment. So the build quality of a device like this is as important as the onboard features. The GrillEye can pair with your smartphones using Bluetooth. Using the companion app, you can track the temperature of your food from up to 300 feet away. This is a very convenient feature to have on a thermometer and assures users of being able to track the progress of their cooking without actually having to be physically present in the kitchen.

GrillEye is currently selling on Amazon for around $89.99, which makes it a very attractive offering overall.

iDevices iGrill2

This particular offering comes with only four probing ports, with two ports meant specifically for heavy duty stuff like steaming and other items with significantly higher temperatures. It comes with a Bluetooth range of 150 feet, which is still pretty decent considering how it can allow you the liberty to track your food from another room of your house. Users can set minimum and maximum temperatures of -22° F (-30°C) to 572° F (300°C) respectively. There is an alarm system to notify you when the meat has reached the desired temperature.

You might need an Android 4.3+ device to use this particular thermometer with your smartphone, but that’s not necessarily a caveat given how most modern day smartphones come with Android 6.0 or above. This particular offering is currently available for $116.99 via Amazon. The retailer specifies that this is the English Packaging. The French English packaging is even cheaper at just $70, which is worth a look as well.

Cappec BTH02

This device comes with a slightly larger display to better help you understand the kind of temperatures that it’s going to display. There are options like timer, target temperature, and current temperature. All these factors combined make for a truly pleasurable cooking experience. As for smartphone compatibility, the manufacturers claim that the device requires no syncing. You simply have to turn on the device and it automatically pairs with your phone. It comes with a Bluetooth range of 150 feet.

It takes three AAA batteries, and is expected to run for prolonged intervals. Given that it isn’t used all the time, the battery life will vary for every user. It comes with an aluminum magnetic stand, allowing you to snap it onto any metal surface around your home. The Cappec meat thermometer can sustain temperatures of -4° F (-20°C) to 482° F (250°C), The probe wires, on the other hand, can take temperatures of up to 716°F. You can get this particular thermometer for just $64.95.

ThermoPro

This particular offering comes with a lifetime sensor probe warranty, speaking volumes about the quality and the durability that the company offers with this product. Even if the sensor probe is damaged after prolonged use, the manufacturer will replace it for free. The thermometer has preset temperatures for commodities like ground beef, ground poultry, beef, veal, chicken, pork, poultry, lamb, and fish. You don’t have to setup anything when you get the product. The manufacturer mentions that you just need to install batteries and the device is synchronized automatically.

The probe comes can measure temperatures of up to 32°F to 572°F (0°C to 300°C), which is pretty decent given the size of this product. The ThermoPro comes with a range of 300 feet, making this only the second device on this list to have the feature. The device is priced at $32.39 and can be purchased right away from Amazon.

Inkbird

This thermometer comes with two probes and two different sensors, allowing you to get a detailed look of how your meat is being cooked. It comes with an Android app, allowing you to check the temperature of your food right from your phone. The thermometer has a range of 150 feet. Naturally, the device comes with preset temperatures to help you cook beef, pork, fish etc. There are timers and alarms that you can set for when the thermometer reaches a certain temperature.

You will require an Android smartphone with Android 4.4 or above for the app to work. Barring this caveat, the Inkbird thermometer is a decent offering with a handy set of features available by default. This particular thermometer with two sensors is currently priced at $27.99 via Amazon. Be sure to have a closer look at this. The manufacturer cautions the users against washing the cables with water, so be sure to read the instructions (if available) carefully before using.

ProductBrandNamePrice
ARRISARRIS SURFboard SBG6900AC Docsis 3.0 16x4 Cable Modem/Wi-Fi AC1900 RouterBuy on Amazon|$159(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
iDevicesiDevices IGR0009CAP5 iGrill 2 Bluetooth Smart Meat ThermometerBuy on Amazon|$94.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
CAPPECCappec BTH02 Luxury Wireless Bluetooth Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe for BBQ Grill Smoker Oven, 150 Feet Range,Orange BacklightCheck Price on Amazon
ThermoProThermoPro TP-07 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Turkey Food Meat Thermometer for Grilling Oven Kitchen Smoker BBQ Grill Thermometer with Probe, 300 Feet RangeBuy on Amazon|$35.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
InkbirdInkbird IBT-2X-2 150' Bluetooth Wireless BBQ Grill ThermometerBuy on Amazon|$35(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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5 Best Game Controllers for Galaxy Note 9

Mobile gaming is big today. Gone are the days of having to play the classic snake on your phone with mobile manufacturers upping the ante significantly. When we think about mobile gaming, it’s hard to leave out dedicated gaming controllers designed for hardcore gaming on the go. One of the most popular phones in the market today, the Galaxy Note 9 is a gaming powerhouse in its own right. It comes with features to rival the best in the industry, and as such, is an excellent gaming device. As a bonus, the massive display helps up your gaming credentials significantly.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SteelSeriesSteelSeries Stratus XL, Bluetooth Wireless Gaming ControllerBuy on Amazon|$34.68(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:30 ET)
cinseyFortnite PUBG Mobile Controller - Cinsey Game Controller, Cellphone Game Trigger, Ergonomic DesignCheck Price on Amazon
PowerAPowerA MOGA Hero Power - Electronic GamesBuy on Amazon|$27.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:30 ET)
GameSirGameSir T1 Wireless Bluetooth Game ControllerBuy on Amazon|$59.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:30 ET)
8Bitdo8BITDO Zero Wireless Game Controller for Android/ iOS/ WindowsBuy on Amazon|$24.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:30 ET)

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So are there any gaming controllers that are compatible with the Galaxy Note 9? Well, there are and quite a few of them too. But not all of them are equally decent, which is why we’ve created this list to ascertain which one is the best among the lot. We’re going to talk about five different gaming controllers that are compatible with the Galaxy Note 9.

So let’s have a look.

5 Best Game Controllers for Galaxy Note 9

SteelSeries Stratus XL

The gold standard among mobile gaming controllers, the SteelSeries Stratus XL is a powerhouse as far as gaming controllers are concerned. While most mobile controllers are basically smaller versions of console controllers, the SteelSeries Stratus XL is built for mobile gaming. It comes with handy controls to aid you with your gaming, and an exceptional battery life, two of the most important things in any gaming controller.

However, it’s slightly bulkier than a few other gaming controllers out there, making this somewhat difficult to carry around. Thanks to the design of the controller, the user will face no stress on their fingers or hands when they are involved in a long gaming session. In terms of design, it somewhat replicates the XBOX controller, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Ergonomics is key here, and the fact that it performs really well is just the icing on the cake. The Stratus XL has seen multiple price drops since it was launched, and it is currently available on Amazon for $43.90.

Cinsey Game Controller

This is a heavily customized gaming controller and designed for games like Fornite, PUBG etc. As long as you can allow the controls of a game to be changed, this controller will be compatible with it. The way it snaps your phone together is quite interesting, though. Thanks to the smaller frame of the case, the thickness of your phone doesn’t affect gameplay performance in any way. Since the game is designed for shooter games, there are no additional buttons on the front, with only a few triggers located on the controller.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it is sold to a specific kind of gamers. The controller also happens to be Amazon’s Choice, assuring users of the quality of the product. It is recommended to remove your existing phone case or cover in order to use this controller. If your device is too thick, it’s possible that the clamping mechanism on the controller might not work. This controller is cost effective with a price tag of only $13.95.

MOGA Hero Power

This company is no stranger to amazing controllers. The Hero Power is no exception to that rule. It comes with an XBOX key layout, so if you’ve got an XBOX at home, you’ll be well at home with the controls. This also means you get a full array of buttons like on the console, giving you enough freedom to customize the layout as you please.

The smaller size makes it a great companion for commuting, although the battery life is nothing to write home about. Still, however, you can eke out a day or two’s gameplay with this controller on a full charge. A clamp holds your phone together snugly with no chances of accidental drops or spills. It is always recommended to remove any protective covering from your phone to avoid making the whole thing cumbersome. This nifty game controller can be yours for just $20.21.

GameSir T1

This particular controller has a clamping mechanism, pretty similar to the MOGA Power Pro. It features an ergonomic design, ensuring a smooth and comfortable fit even after prolonged gaming sessions. It has four main buttons on the front, a D Pad, two analog sticks, two triggers on the back and two action keys right above it. This means that the layout is pretty identical to older gaming consoles like the PlayStation 3.

The onboard lithium ion rechargeable battery can last for up to 18 hours on a single charge as per the company’s estimations. In order for this controller to work on your device, you will need to be running Android 4.0 or higher. It’s a cheaper alternative to some of the expensive controllers. However, at $29.99, we feel it could have been cheaper. The reviews on Amazon suggest that it’s a great product, so if you’re looking for a dedicated gaming controller for your Galaxy Note 9, this offering should be high on your list.

8BITDO Zero

The most adorable gaming controller you will find, the 8BITDO Zero is so small that it can fit on your standard keychain. This makes sense too, considering how wireless mobile controllers are supposed to help you start gaming on the go. It comes with a bracket that needs to be attached to the controller, thus allowing you to pop your phone on it. It’s a pretty neat product, and all the essential controls are available here. What it’s lacking, however, is a primary trigger button.

This might take some getting used to for those who use bigger controllers for mobile gaming. Nevertheless, for something that’s this tiny, the feature set here is enormous. The 8BITDO Zero has mostly favorable reviews while several customers also vouch for the battery life on the Zero. However, the company has not discussed the battery life on the product listing. The 8BITDO Zero is priced at $16.98 on Amazon. Be sure to check it out.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SteelSeriesSteelSeries Stratus XL, Bluetooth Wireless Gaming ControllerBuy on Amazon|$34.68(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:30 ET)
cinseyFortnite PUBG Mobile Controller - Cinsey Game Controller, Cellphone Game Trigger, Ergonomic DesignCheck Price on Amazon
PowerAPowerA MOGA Hero Power - Electronic GamesBuy on Amazon|$27.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:30 ET)
GameSirGameSir T1 Wireless Bluetooth Game ControllerBuy on Amazon|$59.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:30 ET)
8Bitdo8BITDO Zero Wireless Game Controller for Android/ iOS/ WindowsBuy on Amazon|$24.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:30 ET)

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4 Best Pocket WiFi and Portable Hotspot Router for Japan in 2019

Japan is a widely popular holiday destination. The region sees innumerable tourists every year, including a handful of American citizens. Given that we live in the smartphone era, a life without internet is unimaginable, even more so when we travel abroad, leaving our loved ones and family behind. So what can you do to access internet at these international locations? Well, the logical option might seem like using your American carrier’s roaming plans and make sure you don’t get charged a lot. However, the roaming options among U.S. carriers are not very flexible, and you will probably end up spending a bomb on your monthly bill.

ProductBrandNamePrice
HuaweiHuawei E5770s-320 4G LTE 150 Mbps Mobile WiFi Pro (20 hours working, Power Bank Feature, Ethernet Port) (White)Buy on Amazon|$164.91(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:33 ET)
MobalJapan Unlimited SIM by Mobal. Get Unlimited Data and a Japanese Number. Now with Reduced Call Rates. No Contracts, No Termination FeesCheck Price on Amazon
KeepgoKeepgo Global Lifetime 4G/LTE Mobile WiFi Hotspot for Europe, Asia & The Americas + 1GB Credit - WhiteBuy on Amazon|$129(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:33 ET)

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So the best thing you can do is to make sure you get a Japanese number to keep with you, allowing you to use the data locally in the region without having to spend too much. Another option is to use your phone as a personal hotspot by using a local Japanese SIM card. The alternative is to get a pocket WiFi router so that you can get to keep your American number and use it for WiFi. These pocket routers are available for a nominal fee. If you don’t want to risk getting one directly in Japan, you can just as easily get one in the U.S. before you travel overseas. We are going to discuss some of these options today, so be sure to have a closer look at this list.

Pocket WiFi at Japanese Airports

Mobile carriers in Japan are highly competitive. They offer the ability to rent you portable WiFi routers directly at the airport as you arrive. If your flight’s late or if you cannot wait around at the airport, carriers will arrange for the device to be dropped by at your hotel. This is an incredibly convenient service, and will save you the trouble of having to manually look for a new SIM card. Given the ever increasing competition among mobile carriers, they are offering data and voice plans for throwaway prices.

You are allowed to rent the pocket WiFi between a minimum of five days and a maximum of 30 days. Rental prices will vary between ¥11,450 ($104) and ¥39,015 ($355) for a month. The carriers will also offer packs with varying validity, which is very helpful if you’re not planning to stay for a long time. Once you finish using the pocket WiFi, you can conveniently drop it off at any local post office in Japan along with the envelope that is supplied with the original shipment. It is mandatory to return the hotspot before you leave the country. If you lose the prepaid envelope that was originally offered with the device, you can contact the carrier or the authorities and they’ll guide you through the process.

If you send the pocket WiFi well after the 30-days rental period, you will be charged a penalty of ¥400 ($3) per day. Overall, it’s one of the most convenient and easy ways to get internet connectivity in Japan, and also one of the most cost effective options.

Huawei E5770s-320

This is a basic WiFi hotspot that you can purchase in the U.S. well in advance of your trip to Japan. The router can offer high speed 4G LTE connectivity with 150 Mbps download, 50 Mbps upload / 3G DC-HSPA+ 43.2 Mbps download, 5.76 Mbps. The hotspot can support 10 connected devices simultaneously, making it a worthy addition to your trip to Japan. It also comes with an RJ45 ethernet port on board to offer additional versatility as and when required. This device can be bought for just $154.19 via Amazon. It comes with a 5,200 mAh battery which can last for 20 hours at a stretch.

Naturally, you will need a SIM card to use this particular hotspot, and you can get one directly from Amazon. Most Japanese travel SIM cards come with some amount of free data and voice calls, so it comes highly recommended. Mobal is one of the most popular provider for tourists. The carrier’s SIM card will set you back by $19, and can be bought via Amazon without much delays. The SIM card comes with unlimited data, so you don’t have to worry about losing out on credit. Incoming calls are free, although you will have to deposit a certain amount of money to make outgoing calls. The carrier mentions that its prices are very reasonable.

Huawei/Keepgo Pocket Router

Also by Huawei, this particular WiFi hotspot is selling for $99. But unlike the offering mentioned above, this one comes with a SIM card by default, with 1GB of free high-speed data valid for one year (from the date of purchase). This data can be used in 70 countries across the world, including Japan. This particular option makes sense since you’re getting some data along with it. You can refill the data of the hotspot whenever you feel like it. If you find a cheaper option elsewhere, you can simply remove the SIM card on the device and add a new one.

The manufacturer promises to offer round the clock customer support. So should you face any issues with it, be sure to have your issues sorted in quick time.

Any Unlocked Smartphone

This is perhaps the simplest option available right now, and all it requires is your existing unlocked smartphone. You simply have to take your phone, use a Japanese SIM card, and you’re all set. This will ensure that you don’t have to invest heavily on a third party WiFi hotspot and ensure your family of a peaceful internet usage experience. Naturally, this option doesn’t apply to those without unlocked phones. But if you or someone present in the trip has an unlocked phone, this is the best option to go for. However, using hotspot for prolonged intervals can be quite taxing on the battery life. This is where hotspots can be really helpful as they can last for nearly 15-20 hours on a single charge.

If you plan to go the unlocked smartphone route, you will also need a compatible SIM card. You can get yourself started with the $19 Mobal SIM card we talked about above, as it works with practically any GSM phone. So if you’re planning a trip to Japan anytime soon, know that you have plenty of options with regards to getting internet connectivity in the region.

ProductBrandNamePrice
HuaweiHuawei E5770s-320 4G LTE 150 Mbps Mobile WiFi Pro (20 hours working, Power Bank Feature, Ethernet Port) (White)Buy on Amazon|$164.91(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:33 ET)
MobalJapan Unlimited SIM by Mobal. Get Unlimited Data and a Japanese Number. Now with Reduced Call Rates. No Contracts, No Termination FeesCheck Price on Amazon
KeepgoKeepgo Global Lifetime 4G/LTE Mobile WiFi Hotspot for Europe, Asia & The Americas + 1GB Credit - WhiteBuy on Amazon|$129(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:33 ET)

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Google WiFi vs Netgear Orbi Smart Home WiFi System Comparison

Getting a smart home WiFi system is imperative if you want the best coverage for your home or office. However, given the sheer number of devices that are available out there, it can be quite an ask to pick the best one suited for your needs. Two of the best routers that come to mind are the Google WiFi and the Netgear Orbi.

ProductBrandNamePrice
GoogleGoogle WiFi systemBuy on Amazon|$239.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:30 ET)
NETGEARNETGEAR Orbi Ultra-Performance Whole Home Mesh WiFi SystemBuy on Amazon|$310.98(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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If you’re looking for an extended WiFi router with massive range, then you can’t do much better than the Netgear Orbi or the Google WiFi. But we have to remember that both products aren’t the same. The Netgear offering seems more solid on paper, given the company’s expertise with network equipment. However, Google WiFi comes with three routers to give you the best coverage possible for your home or office. It is one of the best routers one can ask for really. Keeping this in mind, a comparison between these two routers is bound to be very close. That’s not to say that either one is better or worse than the other, but simply that the two routers cater to a very specific set of people. Since they are pretty identical in terms of functionality, it makes sense to have a detailed comparison between the two routers.

Google WiFi vs Netgear Orbi Smart Home WiFi System Comparison

Google WiFi

Features

Google WiFi is the router you need to have to replace your aging low-frequency router. Although it can be bought individually, you can also add three of them, thanks to Amazon’s comprehensive package, which gives you a wider range in your home office. Each router comes with a range of 1,500 square feet, which means adding three of them together will give you a combined range of around 4,500 square feet, enough to cover any decently sized home. What makes this even better is the fact that you can add more routers depending on the size and range of your home/office. Google WiFi has received favorable reviews from experts and users alike, making it perfect for those who are still on the fence about its features.

Pros and Cons

A router like this doesn’t have a lot of cons, but if we’re talking about the pros, well, the Google WiFi mesh system is probably the best you can buy right now. A feature known as Network Assist ensures that you get the fastest speeds by accessing the clearest channel from your ISP. The speeds are catered for specific bands meant for your device. Google WiFi works with most internet providers, including Comcast, Verizon FiOS, and Time Warner. There’s a dedicated app for the Google WiFi, allowing you to connect and access the internet in just a few simple steps. Overall, the Google WiFi is just the router you need to get started on having high-speed WiFi throughout your home or office. The best part, as we mentioned above, is that users can add as many routers as they want to make sure they get the best range around. These devices work better than conventional range extenders, so it wouldn’t hurt to get three of them at once to get the optimum speed. One of the best features here is that Google WiFi comes with a dedicated Android and iOS app.

However, any great device isn’t without its faults. Users will need to get a Google account to use the app and set up their WiFi at home. This is not particularly a caveat since most users around have a Google account today. However, the fact that this is a necessity could be a problem for some customers. This is pretty much the only caveat we can think of right now, which tells a lot about the Google WiFi as a product. Mesh systems come with extensive WiFi range, making them suitable for entire homes. This is surely the way to go in the future, as we’re seeing more manufacturers coming up with mesh WiFi systems of their own.

Pricing

Getting one unit of the Google WiFi will set you back by $114.58. This makes sense if you have a small home of under 1,500 square feet. However, if you live in a bigger home or apartment, getting two or three of them makes a lot of sense. Amazon is currently offering three units of the Google WiFi for just $269.99. This is incredible given that you’re saving quite a bit on the third unit. This particular bundle makes a lot of sense even if you don’t have a large home. You can always replace the old one with a new router and so on, keeping the rest as backups almost.

Netgear Orbi

Features

Netgear is one of the most popular network equipment manufacturers out there. Their firewall security on some of the routers is one of the best in the industry. The company’s Orbi Home WiFi router comes with a fairly decent set of features, making it one of the most sought after routers in this range. Since this is a WiFi mesh system, customers can be assured of having their entire house covered with just one unit. The Netgear Orbi comes with a standard router and a satellite for range extension, thus making third-party range extenders pretty much obsolete. Many will consider this to be a step above Google’s offering in this segment, with the only setback being the pricing. However, that can be easily looked upon considering the fact that this is an industry topping router with state-of-the-art features on board. What’s even better is that this particular kit is compatible with Amazon Alexa, allowing Echo owners to basically control the router using just their voice.

Pros and Cons

One of my personal favorite features on this router is the ability to create separate guest accounts to allow guests in your house to browse the internet on your network. This will save you the trouble of divulging the home WiFi credentials with guests who won’t stay long at your place. Naturally, the service will pair with a multitude of existing internet service providers, so you simply need to have a functioning internet connection at home to setup the Netgear Orbi. The presence of Tri-Band WiFi means that you get the best speeds suited for every device at your home. Unlike the Google WiFi, this comes in a pack of two, which is sufficient given the kind of range it offers. This comes with an Android and iOS app as well, allowing you to conveniently set up your home WiFi without breaking a sweat. Overall, one can say that the pros far outweigh the cons of this particular device.

Each Netgear Orbi comes with a range of 2,500 square feet of range, so the two combined offer a comprehensive range of 5,000 square feet. The company also offers a satellite to extend the range of the network. If there’s one negative here, it’s with regards to the pricing. However, Netgear more than makes up for it with the wide net of range that it offers. Google WiFi, with three units comes up to only 4,500 square feet, whereas the Netgear Orbi comes with a range of 5,000 square feet with just two units. If you need more range, all you need to do is purchase some satellites (one offered with the device).

Pricing

Two units of the Netgear Orbi will set you back by $349. While this seems like an expensive proposition, for the reasons we’ve mentioned above, it’s a pretty fantastic offering. Considering the fact that Netgear is also offering a range extending satellite along with this bundle, the deal sounds even sweeter. Overall, one can find several mesh WiFi routers, but none can even come closer to the Netgear Orbi. This device is pretty much the best you can do at this price point, so we highly recommend you to give it a try.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for something that will give you unparalleled internet connectivity, you can’t really go wrong with either device. However, if you want simply the best home mesh WiFi router, you will have to pick the Netgear Orbi. Not just for the brand that it comes from, but also for the kind of features it offers. Sure, it’s slightly expensive compared to Google WiFi, but the manufacturer more than makes up for it with other features. When you’re getting a home WiFi router, it always makes sense to go with the best out there, so waste no time in getting this particular router if you’re pretty clear about your needs.

So what about the Google Home? Well, it comes with almost the same set of features, but at a much cheaper cost. You will get a range of around 1,500 square feet (per unit) with the Google WiFi, which should come up to nearly 4,500 square feet overall. If you don’t have a large home or an office space, it makes complete sense to go with Google WiFi. It’s a cost-effective option and something that offers exactly what most internet users are looking for. Setup is pretty easy and you simply have to download the app from the Play Store or the iTunes App Store if you’re an iOS user. And since it’s a Google product, customers don’t have to be too concerned about quality and performance. In short, users can’t really go wrong with either device, since they’re both pretty capable offerings.

ProductBrandNamePrice
GoogleGoogle WiFi systemBuy on Amazon|$239.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:30 ET)
NETGEARNETGEAR Orbi Ultra-Performance Whole Home Mesh WiFi SystemBuy on Amazon|$310.98(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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5 Best Android Wear OS Smartwatches in 2019

Smartwatches have been around for quite some time now. Prominent among these wearables are the ones running Android Wear or Wear OS, Google’s dedicated smartwatch operating system. If you own an Android device, having an Android Wear smartwatch makes a great deal of sense given the kind of integration it offers.

ProductBrandNamePrice
HuaweiHuawei Watch 2 Classic SmartwatchBuy on Amazon|$389.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
LGLG Watch SPORT Wi-Fi Unlocked GSM Smartwatch P-OLED Display Titan / Silver W280A (Certified Refurbished)Check Price on Amazon
CasioCasio Smart Watch WSD-F20X-BKAAU Protrek Smart Limited Edition Winter packBuy on Amazon|$550(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
TicwatchTicwatch E Super Lightweight Smart Watch Ice,1.4 inch OLED Display, Android Wear 2.0,Compatible with iOS and Android, Google AssistantBuy on Amazon|$129.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
FossilFossil Q Gen 3 Smartwatch - Smoke ExploristBuy on Amazon|$174.28(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)

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You will find that most Android apps have a smartwatch version as well. This means that in addition to just getting notifications, you can also use them as standalone apps from your wrist. So which are some of the best Android Wear smartwatches out there? Well, there are plenty. But there are five that pops out for us, and we’re going to talk about them. So here’s our pick.

5 Best Android Wear OS Smartwatches

Huawei Watch 2

Huawei is one of the most popular smartphone manufacturers today given the kind of smartphones the company is producing. However, it also has a premium Android Wear smartwatch, known simply as the Huawei Watch. The second iteration of the watch launched last year, and has been somewhat popular in the marketplace. This version doesn’t come with cellular support, however, so Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are the only two ways to access data on this device.

But that’s not particularly a problem given the kind of features it offers otherwise. The Huawei Watch 2 comes with a built-in GPS and a continuous heart-rate monitor, allowing you to get a leg up on your fitness regime. The Workout Coach within the device gives you access to data like recovery time and Vo2 Max. There’s NFC by default here, which can be used for wireless payments (Google Pay). You can also store music on the device to enjoy music without your phone. Taking these things into account, the Huawei Watch 2 is certainly one of the top Android smartwatches you can buy.

It is currently selling for $249.99 on Amazon, and is available in multiple combinations, with some band variants selling for cheaper.

LG Watch Sport

The LG Watch Sport might not have excited everyone initially, but it is without a doubt one of the best smartwatches available in the market right now. It comes with a rotating side button, allowing you to navigate the UI within the device. This is a feature that’s lacking on offerings like the Huawei Watch 2, giving the Watch Sport a significant advantage.

The Watch Sport comes with an IP68 certified body, making it suitable to be worn even while swimming shallow waters. It features an AMOLED display, which keeps it bright and readable throughout the day. This also translates to lower battery consumption overall, which is always a good thing. That’s not all as the Watch Sport also comes with LTE support out of the box, allowing you to use it without a smartphone. This can be extremely useful while navigating or going on a jog as it can sync with fitness app servers automatically.

The LG Watch Sport can now be snatched up for just $224.99 on Amazon. This particular version is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks.

Casio Protrek WSD-F20

This is one of the lesser known Wear OS smartwatches out there, given that it’s slightly expensive compared to the other offerings. The Casio Protrek WSD-F20X comes with a built-in GPS and is designed for the outdoorsy users. It is water resistant up to 50m, although the company recommends not to deep dive or snorkel with the device. What’s interesting about the watch is that it mimics a conventional timepiece and even comes with quartz movement, making it ideal for those who prefer older watches.

The Protrek also comes with a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, and a dedicated microphone. This allows you to speak directly on the watch without requiring to use your phone. It doesn’t come with a heart-rate sensor, though, which is a tad disappointing for an offering like this.

If there’s one caveat I found here, it’s with regards to the display. If you’re aware of the Moto 360, well, the display used here is pretty similar. This minor niggle, however, can be neglected given the kind of features the Protrek is packing under the hood. At $550, it’s one of the expensive watches on this list. The seller on Amazon is offering an interchangeable band along with the wearable, which is a nice little bonus for the buyers.

Ticwatch E

If you’re looking for a smartwatch with a truly circular display and a great set of features for a fraction of the price, the Ticwatch E is the answer. It comes with a heart-rate sensor, GPS, as well as a water/dust resistance (IP67), making it a complete wearable. Its design is also something that deserves special praise as it doesn’t look like a device that only costs $200.

It can also store music natively, allowing you to play your tunes without a phone. You will require Bluetooth headphones for this, however. It won’t please everyone with its design, but if you’re looking for a truly affordable Android Wear smartwatch with a great set of features, we’d be hard pressed not to recommend this. The Ticwatch E can be bought for as low as $149.99 on Amazon.

Fossil Q Explorist (Gen 3)

Fossil is yet another manufacturer that has actively pursued the production of Wear OS based smartwatches. The third gen Q Explorist comes with a fully circular display, which makes for a beautiful smartwatch experience. It works as an activity tracker, although there’s no heart-rate sensor on board here. The Q Explorist pairs to your smartphone using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so there are multiple options to pair it with your phone. There’s a built-in speaker too, which can be handy at times.

While it’s lacking in some areas compared to other wearables mentioned on this list, the design alone wins points for us. It can be bought on Amazon for $199.99, making it one of the cheapest wearables out there along with the Ticwatch E.

ProductBrandNamePrice
HuaweiHuawei Watch 2 Classic SmartwatchBuy on Amazon|$389.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
LGLG Watch SPORT Wi-Fi Unlocked GSM Smartwatch P-OLED Display Titan / Silver W280A (Certified Refurbished)Check Price on Amazon
CasioCasio Smart Watch WSD-F20X-BKAAU Protrek Smart Limited Edition Winter packBuy on Amazon|$550(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
TicwatchTicwatch E Super Lightweight Smart Watch Ice,1.4 inch OLED Display, Android Wear 2.0,Compatible with iOS and Android, Google AssistantBuy on Amazon|$129.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
FossilFossil Q Gen 3 Smartwatch - Smoke ExploristBuy on Amazon|$174.28(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)

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5 Best Skype Headsets in 2019

Conference calls is one of the most important needs of any business. Keeping this in mind, apps that aid with this are extremely helpful. Skype is one of the most used apps out there, and with good reason. But not everyone can talk on Skype on their speaker, which is where Bluetooth headsets come into the equation.

ProductBrandNamePrice
JabraJabra Stealth Bluetooth HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$94.5(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
PlantronicsPlantronics Voyager 5200 Wireless Bluetooth HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$78.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
PlantronicsPlantronics Voyager Legend Wireless Bluetooth HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$62(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
Sennheiser Enterprise SolutionSennheiser Presence UC ML (504575)Buy on Amazon|$133.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
MpowMpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth HeadsetCheck Price on Amazon

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We’re going to talk about five of the best Skype headsets available in the market today to help you get the best out of your Skype calls. The app is used for business as well as personal use, and these Bluetooth headsets can handle both video and audio calls with relative ease. We’re going to talk about headsets across a range of price segments, so there’s something for everyone. So let’s have a look.

5 Best Skype Headsets

Plantronics Voyager 5200

This is one of the most advanced Bluetooth headsets out there with a total of four microphones on board for crystal clear audio during calls. It makes use of Plantronics’ voice sensing technology to answer or reject phone calls based on your voice. The cushion tip on the Voyager 5200 fits perfectly for most ears, although it will likely depend on the user. The headset can pair with your smartphone or computer using NFC/Bluetooth, so you’re not limited to just one option with the Voyager 5200.

The company’s WindSmart technology makes sure most of the background noise is cut off from your call, ensuring a smooth and hassle free conversation. The headset allows the user to dictate messages, but it cannot read out incoming messages out to the user. So its feature set goes beyond Skype, and can be used in other apps as well. The Voyager 5200 has a battery life of 6-7 hours, which is pretty decent for a mono Bluetooth headset. The headset has decent reviews from customers on Amazon and can be purchased for $86.69, which is pretty decent considering the kind of features it has on board.

Mpow Pro Trucker

This headset also comes with four noise cancelling microphones on board, so you should have no trouble having a clear conversation with the Pro Trucker. The best part about this headset is that it’s adjustable, allowing you to get the perfect fit before you get on those long calls. The headset can also play music, although it’s likely to be irritating to have music playing in just one ear. The company mentions that the headset has a talktime of 12 hours, which is extremely useful during travel.

Further, you can pair two smartphones with this device, which is handy if two people are sharing the headset or if you want to pair this with your smartphone and tablet together. The headset offers a range of 30 feet, allowing you to walk freely around your home or office even when you’re away from the connected device. The headset is available in three attractive colors on Amazon. Each variant costs only $20.99, making this one of the budget friendly options.

Sennheiser Presence

Sennheiser is a brand synonymous with premium audio products, and the Presence headset does not disappoint one bit. The headset comes with HD Voice Clarity Technology on board, allowing for a smooth and hassle free conversation with your loved ones. The headset also comes with SoundGuard technology on board, which will remove noises from your call that are too loud (decibels). This is a very important feature to have as it can protect your ears from unnecessary harm.

There are several other technologies on board that the company talks about. These are no gimmicky features, however, as they help you eliminate background noise as well as any wind that comes your way. It’s pretty advanced as far as headsets are concerned. It pairs over Bluetooth, and the company mentions a battery life of up to 10 hours, which is decent with the kind of features that it’s packing. The headsets can be bought for around $150 from a multitude of sellers on Amazon.

Plantronics Voyager Legend

This is the second Plantronics offering on this list, which is no surprise given the kind of quality equipments the company makes. The Voyager Legend is slightly older in the market and was originally built with Bluetooth 3.0 support. However, it supports Bluetooth 4.0 on newer devices, so it’s not a major concern. The headset comes with a P2i coating which makes it water resistant. A combination of three microphones are used here to cancel out unnecessary noise from the background.

Much like the other Plantronics headset we talked about above, this can also answer and ignore calls using a single word voice command. So as far as features are concerned, the Plantronics Voyager Legend is certainly up there with the best. We have to mention the design here as well, which is sleek yet very durable. This is one of the company’s most popular headsets, so it makes sense to snatch this up, especially if you’re in the market for a new headset.

You can get the headset for as low as $69.99 on Amazon, although it won’t come with the company packaging on board. You will still get the headset as well as the accessories and documentation with the packaging, however. If you’re too concerned with all this, you can get the standard packaging by paying an additional $4.

Jabra Stealth

Jabra is no stranger to Bluetooth headsets for conference calls, and the Stealth doesn’t disappoint one bit. It comes with a pretty exciting design and an ear-tip specifically designed for prolonged usage.

One of the features I personally love is the fact that you can locate the headset when it’s lost within your home or elsewhere. It uses GPS tracking to trace your headset, so thanks to the Jabra Assist app, you can locate it even outdoors. Given the small size of the headset, a feature like this ensures that the headset isn’t lost for good.

It can handle audio and calls with relative ease, with Amazon only asking $68.95 for it. Be sure to check it out.

ProductBrandNamePrice
JabraJabra Stealth Bluetooth HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$94.5(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
PlantronicsPlantronics Voyager 5200 Wireless Bluetooth HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$78.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
PlantronicsPlantronics Voyager Legend Wireless Bluetooth HeadsetBuy on Amazon|$62(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
Sennheiser Enterprise SolutionSennheiser Presence UC ML (504575)Buy on Amazon|$133.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
MpowMpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth HeadsetCheck Price on Amazon

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5 best car headrest mounts for your tablet

Road trips on the car are fun and often filled with excitement. However, it can get a bit irritating at times for the person driving, especially if there’s too much talk coming from the background. The solution for this is to have a monitor on the headrest to keep the passengers on the back entertained. Car manufacturers have often offered built-in systems within the headrest (at a hefty price), to keep the consumers happy. However, the trend is fading quickly, especially given the advent of modern technology and the fact that there are tablets today that can double up as a full blown display. Not to mention the fact that tablets can also offer games and other interactive content to keep the passengers fully entertained.

ProductBrandNamePrice
BestrixBestrix Universal Ipad Holder for Car Suitable with iPad Air2/3/4/Mini, Galaxy Tab 3/4, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD 6/7 Fire HDX 7/8.9 Fire 2 and All Tablet Devices 7" to 11" 360° RotatingCheck Price on Amazon
ExogearEXOGEAR ExoMount Tablet HRM Universal iPad / 7" - 10.1" Tablet Car Seat Headrest Mount w/Multi-Angle 360-Degree Rotation ViewingBuy on Amazon|$39.95(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
MacallyMacally Adjustable Car Seat Headrest Mount and Holder for Apple iPad Air / Mini, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire, Nintendo Switch, and 7" to 10" Tablets (HRMOUNT)Buy on Amazon|$15.28(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
TFYTFY Universal Car Headrest Mount Holder, Fits ALL 7 Inch to 11 Inch Tablets - Apple iPad, iPad 4 (iPad 2 & 3), iPad Air, iPad Mini 2/3/4 - iPad Pro 9.7" - Samsung Galaxy Tab & Note and MoreBuy on Amazon|$24.3(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
LilGadgetsLilGadgets CarBuddy Universal Headrest Tablet Mount (For 7"-11" devices such as iPad, Galaxy, Note, Fire, Nook, and Surface tablets)Buy on Amazon|$14(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to talk about some car headrest mounts today that are perfectly suited for your tablet. These mounts have decent amount of openings to accommodate practically any tablet, even if it’s not from an Android manufacturer. These mounts are cheaper than you think, which is a real bonus if you’re looking to upgrade the look of your automobile.

Bestrix

This is one of the more simple yet elegant car mounts that does the job perfectly. It can take any 7-inch or 10-inch tablet, making it an incredibly versatile offering. The manufacturer has made sure that the mount has necessary cushions to ensure the safety of your tablet. It snaps on just like any other mount would, although the build quality is expected to be significantly better with this particular offering. The mount also offers 360 degree rotation, allowing anybody in the back seat to enjoy media to their heart’s content. The grip needs a special mention as well especially since this is one of the key factors to determine the longevity of a mount. The company offers 100% lifetime guarantee which is commendable and speaks volumes about the quality of this particular product.

Heading over to Amazon will immediately fire up multiple positive reviews from customers who have bought this product. Its design is very simple, but the quality of the product more than makes up for that. You can use your tablet in either portrait or landscape modes without worrying about any blockages of essential device ports. You can snatch this offering from Bestrix via Amazon for just $16.49.

ExoGear ExoMount Tablet HRM

This is one of the most versatile car headrest mounts we could find, although it can be a bit daunting to set up. However, once it’s in place, this offering will give you a wide range of viewing options for people of all ages, thanks to the vertically adjustable mechanism. It works with tablets ranging from 7-inches to 10-inches, thus covering a broad spectrum of tablets sold in the market today. The tight grip ensures that the mount and your tablet remains firmly in place without any issues. Overall, this is easily one of the best mounts you can buy today.

The mount also comes with built-in storage, which can be very handy at times. The mechanism consists of a clamping lever and a tightening wrench tool. It has been designed in a way to accommodate charging your tablet while on the move. This provision is necessary as tablets can run out of juice pretty quickly if they’re in continuous operation. All the buttons on your tablet will be easily accessible thanks to the design here. It’s a fantastic product and well worth a look. The pricing might pull back some customers, though. However at $43.45, this is one of the best car headrest mounts you can get today.

Macally

This is yet another multipurpose mount designed with a wide range of tablets in mind. The design allows users to mount any tablet, regardless of its width. You can also adjust the mount to make sure the tablet is perfectly aligned with your eyes. This is a necessary feature and could significantly reduce the strain on your eyes that can be caused due to bad positioning of your tablet. One of the key benefits of having a car headrest mount is that you can operate your devices completely handsfree, almost as if they’re a part of the seat. This offering from Macally does this job perfectly well. The arm extension, which is the part that rests on the seat, can be adjusted to accommodate a wide range of seat sizes. The design also offers a support stabilizer to ensure that you stay hooked on to your tablet even during bumpy roads.

The best part here is that you don’t need any additional tools to set up this car headrest mount and you can snap it in yourself when you get the product. The mount also supports 360 degree viewing, offering complete entertainment for everyone in the car. It will only set you back by $20.83, which is pretty good considering what it brings to the table. Be sure to check it out on Amazon.

TFY

This is a pretty basic headrest mount that supports a wide range of tablets (7 to 11-inches). Once placed within the mount, the tablet is easy to remove, offering you the choice to move it around as much as you want. The mount is extremely portable as well, which means that you can easily carry it in your luggage bag for future use. The best part is that this accessory can also be used during flights to have your tablet as a dedicated in-flight entertainment system. The mount has no parts protruding outside, making it safe for use around infants and children. You can use this mount even if your tablet has a case installed. The best part is that all of this will only set you back by $24.30 on Amazon.

LilGadgets CarBuddy

Car mounts mostly have to serve one purpose, that is to offer convenience and ease of use to the customers. This particular offering from LilGadgets is no different. It comes with soft cushions around the mount to ensure your tablet is safe. It supports devices of 7-inches up to 11-inches, thus covering every popular tablet in circulation today. The company ensures that the users will be 100% satisfied with the product and is even offering 1 year limited warranty with the product. It can fit into any car headrest, and the adjustable clamps help as well. Much like the accessory we spoke about above, this one too doesn’t have any complicated setup mechanisms, allowing practically anyone to fit this in their cars. Tablets can be used in portrait or landscape mode and all the essential ports as well as coverings are kept open to allow easy access when mounted. You can snatch up this offering for only $16.95 via Amazon.

ProductBrandNamePrice
BestrixBestrix Universal Ipad Holder for Car Suitable with iPad Air2/3/4/Mini, Galaxy Tab 3/4, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD 6/7 Fire HDX 7/8.9 Fire 2 and All Tablet Devices 7" to 11" 360° RotatingCheck Price on Amazon
ExogearEXOGEAR ExoMount Tablet HRM Universal iPad / 7" - 10.1" Tablet Car Seat Headrest Mount w/Multi-Angle 360-Degree Rotation ViewingBuy on Amazon|$39.95(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
MacallyMacally Adjustable Car Seat Headrest Mount and Holder for Apple iPad Air / Mini, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire, Nintendo Switch, and 7" to 10" Tablets (HRMOUNT)Buy on Amazon|$15.28(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
TFYTFY Universal Car Headrest Mount Holder, Fits ALL 7 Inch to 11 Inch Tablets - Apple iPad, iPad 4 (iPad 2 & 3), iPad Air, iPad Mini 2/3/4 - iPad Pro 9.7" - Samsung Galaxy Tab & Note and MoreBuy on Amazon|$24.3(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
LilGadgetsLilGadgets CarBuddy Universal Headrest Tablet Mount (For 7"-11" devices such as iPad, Galaxy, Note, Fire, Nook, and Surface tablets)Buy on Amazon|$14(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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5 Best Fitbit for Women in 2019

Fitness accessories are available in abundance out there. While most fitness bands are gender neutral, we are not surprised if you find that some of them are more comfortable for men. However, there are some truly gender neutral fitness accessories, prominently from Fitbit that we’re going to talk about today. These fitness bands are ideally suited for women (and men), while the company doesn’t sacrifice on its performance aspect either. So without waiting any longer, let’s have a look at the 5 best Fitbit for women.

ProductBrandNamePrice
FitbitFitbit Alta HR, Blue/Gray, Small (US Version)Buy on Amazon|$128.9(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
FitbitFitBit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker - Charcoal GrayBuy on Amazon|$99.95(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
FitbitFitbit Flex 2, Black (US Version)Buy on Amazon|$95.03(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
FitbitFitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch, Black, Small (US Version)Buy on Amazon|$159.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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5 Best Fitbit for Women

Fitbit Zip

This is a pocket sized Fitbit ideal to be carried around in your bag. It’s small, which means it can fit inside your pocket as well, while there’s provision to use it as a clip. A slight shift from Fitbit’s traditional hand-worn activity trackers, the Zip was designed for those who want the elements of fitness tracking without having to wear a silicone strap around their arm all day. The downside here is that it can’t track your sleep, which makes it limited to being a fitness tracker that can count steps and provide calorie burn information.

The small display on the Zip offers a smiley face which expands in stature as you increase your activity everyday.

But for a product that’s marketed as the entry level Fitbit, we don’t have much to complain about. The Fitbit Zip is available in a handful of colors, including Charcoal, Lime, Magenta, and White. It is currently selling online for roughly $60.

Fitbit Flex 2

The Flex 2 is an everyday activity tracker with the goodness of Fitbit. While it’s slightly more expensive than conventional fitness bands, it’s certainly one of the best in the league. Unfortunately, it lacks a display, so you can’t read the data right there. However, thanks to seamless syncing over Bluetooth with the Fitbit app, you can be assured of getting the accurate results for the distance you’ve covered over a period of time.

To compensate for the lack of a display, the Flex 2 can track your sleep and offer additional insights through the dedicated app. It also gives you information on the amount of calories you’ve burnt. There are colors like Black, Lavender, Magenta, and Navy, offering something for everyone. You will have to shell out $54.99 for this fitness band. As far as affordable fitness bands are concerned, the Flex 2 is certainly an appealing prospect.

Fitbit Alta HR

A slightly modified version of the Fitbit Alta, with the major change being the presence of a heart-rate sensor. The Altra HR comes with a multitude of customization options, offering you the ability to pair it with your outfit of the day. The device also offers all-day continuous heart-rate tracking, which will give you crucial insights on the patterns of your heart beat. This can be a life saving feature as several cases have already indicated.

In addition to being an excellent fitness tracker, the Fitbit Alta HR can also receive notifications like messages, incoming calls etc from your paired smartphone. So it’s a lot more than just a fitness band. It’s slightly thicker than the Flex 2 given that there are more sensors on board, but it doesn’t feel heavy on the wrists, making it ideally suited to be worn throughout the day. The Alta HR can be purchased in colors like Black, Black/Gunmetal, Blue/Gray, Coral, Fuchsia, and Pink Rose Gold, so there’s no dearth of available color options.

The Alta HR is a decently priced offering and can be purchased for just around $149.95 on Amazon right now.

Fitbit Charge 2

The Charge 2 can offer pretty much the same kind of metrics like the Alta HR, but with a few notable additions. It’s slightly bigger and includes a feature which tells you the number of floors you’ve climbed in a day. You can also set personalized breathing sessions determined by your heart rate. The Charge 2 is basically one of the higher end fitness bands available from the manufacturer and is designed for athletes and those who want access to all the detailed metrics involved in fitness.

Naturally, it can also receive notifications from your smartphone, which is in line with any other Fitbit smart wearable. You can set customized alarms to be woken up peacefully by gentle vibrations on your wrist. My favorite feature, however, is the ability to track your workouts and find out the fat burn rate, peak, and cardio data using the simplified heart rate zone feature. It’s no surprise that the Charge 2 is the #1 Seller on Amazon, given that it offers the best in terms of data tracking and overall performance.

You can get the Fitbit Charge 2 in Black, Blue, Plum, Teal, Special Edition Lavender Rose Gold, and Special Edition Gunmetal, so there are plenty of options for prospective buyers. In terms of pricing, you will be shelling out $148.95 on Amazon.

Fitbit Surge

This is an even more advanced Fitbit for the enthusiasts as it comes with features like GPS, allowing you to go on runs without your companion device or smartphone. The device also comes with continuous heart rate monitoring, and simplified heart rate zones as well, making it an extremely versatile fitness band. The touchscreen display gives you access to music control as well as device notifications, which explains why the company calls this a “Superwatch”. Sleep tracking is included by default, naturally, and there are silent alarms to wake you up peacefully.

Given that it’s slightly more feature packed than the rest of the Fitbits trackers on this list, it is slightly heavier on the arms too. But the weight is not significant, so the users probably won’t even notice. It is advised to refer to the size guide offered by Fitbit on its site before getting the band suitable for you. The company currently offers Small and Large bands in Tangerine and Black colors. You can pick up the Fitbit Surge for anywhere near $200 to $220 on Amazon right now.

ProductBrandNamePrice
FitbitFitbit Alta HR, Blue/Gray, Small (US Version)Buy on Amazon|$128.9(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
FitbitFitBit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker - Charcoal GrayBuy on Amazon|$99.95(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
FitbitFitbit Flex 2, Black (US Version)Buy on Amazon|$95.03(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
FitbitFitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch, Black, Small (US Version)Buy on Amazon|$159.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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5 best Verizon prepaid phones available today in 2019

Getting prepaid phones makes a lot of sense. Given the kind of smartphones there are on Verizon’s prepaid network, one doesn’t have to worry about finding the best device for themselves. This wasn’t the case a few years ago when only mid-ranged and budget handsets used to be sold on prepaid, but things are clearly different today.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S7 32GB Unlocked (Verizon Wireless) - GoldBuy on Amazon|$269.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
GoogleGoogle Pixel Phone - 5 inch display (Factory Unlocked US Version) (32GB, Quite Black)Buy on Amazon|$289.71(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
MotorolaMoto G Plus (4th Gen.) Unlocked - Black - 64GB - U.S. WarrantyBuy on Amazon|$162.95(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
SamsungSamsung J3 - Verizon PrepaidBuy on Amazon|$99.98(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
Verizon WirelessMoto G Play - Verizon PrepaidBuy on Amazon|$126.98(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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Just to make it clear to you, prepaid devices are the ones that you have to pay for a month in advance. There are no monthly bills that you pay after your usage. It’s basically a pay-as-you-use kind of a deal, really. So you won’t need two-year agreements or any other major forms to fill. You simply have to head over to the carrier, express your interest in getting a smartphone on prepaid and you’re good to go.

It’s also important to note that Verizon allows you to bring your own device to its prepaid network. Barring some fees like activation charges and others, you won’t have to shell out much either. The activation charge is waived off in some cases if you’re lucky enough. Keeping these factors in mind, getting yourself on the carrier’s prepaid network makes a lot of sense. But what if you want to get a new device for yourself? Well, we’ve got you covered as we have compiled a list of the best Verizon prepaid handsets available for purchase today.

5 Best Verizon prepaid phones available today in 2017

Samsung Galaxy S7

This Samsung flagship needs no introduction as it has been one of the most popular handsets last year and even today. You can get this beauty from Amazon in the 32GB format for just $485. For this price, the smartphone is an absolute steal, so we can’t recommend this highly enough. Packing a super powerful Quad HD Super AMOLED display, the Snapdragon 820 SoC, and a 12-megapixel rear camera, the Galaxy S7 is certainly the flagship phone you deserve.

One caveat here is that the phone is only offered in Black, but barring that, we think you can’t get a better deal than this at the moment. The smartphone can be paired with Verizon’s prepaid network, obviously. Which means you can enjoy Big Red’s blazing fast network on the handset. Given that Verizon offers a comprehensive list of 4G LTE plans, you won’t be disappointed with this arrangement.

Google Pixel (32GB)

This shiny new Google handset is selling for just $795 on Amazon. Most people don’t need a proper introduction of the handset, but it’s one of the most popular smartphones to come out of Google’s sheds and for pretty obvious reasons. Not only does it pack the best hardware (designed by HTC), but it also comes with the latest software that one can ask for, making it a very desirable handset. The Pixel is fully compatible with Verizon’s prepaid networks as well.

It is packing a 5-inch 1080p display, the slightly advanced Snapdragon 821 processor, and a groundbreaking 12.3-megapixel rear camera which can take some of the best photos you will see from a smartphone. The retailer is offering the handset in a 32GB configuration and in the “Quite Black” color variant. If you’re looking for the best Vanilla Android experience and don’t mind the steep price tag for the premium hardware, the Google Pixel is pretty much the best device you can get right now.

Moto G4 Plus

One of Moto’s most popular mid-rangers, the Moto G4 Plus is a no frills handset that will only set you back by $249. It comes with what many would consider a value-for-money hardware, something that’s pretty common in the current market environment. Naturally, the smartphone will work smoothly with Verizon Wireless’ networks in the country as well.

This handset is perfectly suited for those who are not looking to spend too much up front, but still want a high-end experience from their handset. The fact that it comes with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM allows you to do a multitude of things without breaking a sweat. There’s a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a pretty capable 16-megapixel rear camera on board as well, making this a highly capable smartphone on this list.

Samsung Galaxy J3

The Galaxy J3, or the J3, as it is known, is a mid-ranger as you would have expected by now. It only costs $84.84 via Amazon currently. But considering the kind of hardware you’re getting with this device, you wouldn’t worry too much about the price tag. It helps that the smartphone is coming directly from Verizon Prepaid, thus avoiding you the trouble of having to manually take it to a Verizon outlet to get it activated.

It comes with a 5-inch Super AMOLED display sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720. This is pretty commonly found on mid-ranged and budget devices, so it’s not particularly a surprise. There’s a 5-megapixel rear camera, and 8GB of onboard storage, so it’s a pretty capable device for the price you’re expected to shell out. The fact that the camera comes with decent low-light features is a major bonus here. If you’re planning to try out Verizon Prepaid but also want to purchase a new smartphone at the same time, this particular smartphone comes highly recommended. The reviews for the Galaxy J3 have been pretty favorable as well.

Moto G Play

Yet another offering from Verizon Prepaid directly, this 2016 mid-ranger has managed to impress a vast number of customers. It will only set you back by $54.58, which is yet another highlight worth mentioning here. The smartphone comes with a 5-inch HD display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and an 8-megapixel rear camera, so it’s a pretty capable offering even with the low price tag. What’s particularly interesting about the Moto G Play is the fact that it comes with Moto’s suite of software features to enhance user experience.

You will be able to purchase the handset in a solitary black version, so there appears to be a dearth of color variants with this particular handset. But considering how Black is the preferred version for most handsets, we don’t think prospective customers should worry about this much. You will be pleased to know that the handset comes with an all-day battery life, thanks to the 2,800mAh unit packed underneath.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S7 32GB Unlocked (Verizon Wireless) - GoldBuy on Amazon|$269.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
GoogleGoogle Pixel Phone - 5 inch display (Factory Unlocked US Version) (32GB, Quite Black)Buy on Amazon|$289.71(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
MotorolaMoto G Plus (4th Gen.) Unlocked - Black - 64GB - U.S. WarrantyBuy on Amazon|$162.95(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
SamsungSamsung J3 - Verizon PrepaidBuy on Amazon|$99.98(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
Verizon WirelessMoto G Play - Verizon PrepaidBuy on Amazon|$126.98(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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5 Best Tablets for College Students in 2019

Tablets are no longer a luxury afforded to the students. It is something that’s become a vital part of the education system, especially given the dependence on ebooks instead of standard books and textbooks. As such, it is imperative that students have a tablet for themselves to make their lives relatively easier. But given the versatility of the tablet industry, it can be quite an ask to find the best one suited for their needs.

ProductBrandNamePrice
MicrosoftMicrosoft Surface Pro 4 (128 GB, 4 GB RAM, Intel Core i5)Buy on Amazon|$819.95(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
SonySony Xperia Z4 Tablet 10.1\" 32 GBBuy on Amazon|$589.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
AmazonFire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa, 10.1" HD Display, 16 GB, Silver Aluminum - with Special Offers (Previous Generation - 5th)Buy on Amazon|$121.43(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-Inch Tablet (16 GB, Titanium Bronze)Buy on Amazon|$137.94(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
LenovoLenovo Yoga Book- FHD 10.1" Android Tablet - 2 in 1 Tablet (Intel Atom x5-Z8550 Processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD),Carbon Black, ZA0V0224USBuy on Amazon|$349.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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Students also have a variety of needs and it’s not the same for everybody. There are a few things to keep in mind before getting a tablet for yourself. The key is to look for the most portable tablet that comes with the best performance underneath and at the price that’s meant for you. If you keep these three aspects in mind, your buying experience will be richly enhanced.

And we’re going to make the job that much easier for you today with this list, which will help you ascertain the best tablet you can get with a varying budget. So without wasting any time, let’s have a look at a few of them.

5 Best Tablets for College Students in 2017

Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5-inches)

This Samsung offering from a couple of years ago might not exactly be the smartest tablet out there, but for the needs of a student, it fits the bill perfectly. You are getting an AMOLED display here, which is a rarity for a tablet. The only other tablets that come with AMOLED displays right now are the Galaxy Tab S2 and the Tab S3, both from Samsung. So the Korean manufacturer’s expertise in this field is unparalleled.

The AMOLED display is not its only highlight feature, however. The tablet also comes with a capable Exynos 5420 chipset on board, 16GB of onboard storage (expandable), and 3GB of RAM to run your apps smoothly. This is plenty for any student who wishes to do some casual reading on the device, with plenty of room for gaming and multimedia content. The tablet is being offered in Titanium Bronze via Amazon for $639.06, so it’s not the cheapest offering out there, but it’s certainly the best in terms of display clarity.

Lenovo Yoga Book (10.1-inches)

The $400 Lenovo Yoga Book tablet should certainly be high up on your list if you’re contemplating the purchase of a cost-effective tablet for college. Coming from a renowned manufacturer of tablets, the Lenovo Yoga Book is no slouch when it comes to performance, either. What makes it special is the fact that it’s a 2-in-1 tablet, which can be folded as well. Since art and sketching is a big part of the tablet, some exclusive apps will be on board the device. Reviews have been very favorable towards the tablet, which is no surprise when we have one look at its hardware.

It comes with a 10.1-inch Full HD display panel accompanied by a pretty attractive Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor, 64GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM. The device is sold in a solitary black variant as of now, so you don’t have too many choices. This is an incredibly unique tablet, especially at this price range, so be sure to check it out via Amazon.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (12.3-inches)

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a slightly expensive option on the list, but something that’s worth every dime given the suite of features that it brings forth. Pricing starts from $649 and ranges all the way up to $1720, so you have a large stream of options to choose from. But we’re going to discuss the mid-level variant with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage with the Intel Core i5 chipset on board. This particular model comes with a 12.3-inch display, which is an upgrade over the predecessor. It also comes with a Full-size USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader, so you can easily hook this up for your presentations at college.

The Surface Pen comes bundled with this product, which means you’re getting the very best in terms of in-box accessories. The company claims that the battery onboard can last for up to 9 hours of video playback, which is pretty spectacular for a tablet. Considering the fact that it comes with the Intel Core i5 processor on board, there is no doubt that the device will be a powerhouse when it comes to running menial or heavy tasks on the machine. The fact that it comes with Windows 10 Pro is also worth noting here. This particular model is priced at $735.99 and can be bought via Amazon right away.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet (10.1-inches)

Sony might not be the first name that comes to mind when we talk about tablets, but that’s not to say that the company doesn’t have anything to offer in this area. The Xperia Z4 Tablet was launched by the company a couple of years ago as an alternative to the several Android tablets that are available out there. Featuring an attractive all-glass design, the tablet is basically a larger version of the Xperia Z handsets that we’re very familiar with. The company has left no stone unturned in making the tablet a desirable offering in the mobile industry.

It comes with a 10.1-inch 1080p display, the octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage. There’s an 8.1-megapixel rear camera as well, just in case you feel the need to take pictures from your tablet. Naturally, a 5.1-megapixel shooter is present for video calls on the device. It is currently priced at $699 via Amazon, which is a good price considering what it brings to the table.

Fire HD 10 (10.1-inches)

Amazon has also been involved in the tablet industry for quite some time now. Starting off with the Kindle Fire tablets, the company slowly changed the branding to just Fire, which has no doubt set the tablet space on fire (pun intended). One of the best features of this tablet is that it comes with the Amazon Alexa voice assistant on board, which we’ve seen in detail with multiple Amazon Echo models. The tablet is no slouch in the hardware department either as it sports a 10.1-inch HD display on board, coupled with a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor on board.

Don’t mistake this for a budget tablet, though, as it comes with an aluminum back cover, giving it a premium look and feel. You’ve got a VGA camera on the front for video calls and a 5-megapixel rear shooter, so you’re well covered in the camera department. The Fire HD 10 comes with 16GB of internal storage, which can further be expanded with the help of a microSD card. It runs a skinned version of Android, so you won’t get Google’s services on board (Play Store, Play Books etc). The tablet can be purchased exclusively via Amazon for $229.99.

ProductBrandNamePrice
MicrosoftMicrosoft Surface Pro 4 (128 GB, 4 GB RAM, Intel Core i5)Buy on Amazon|$819.95(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
SonySony Xperia Z4 Tablet 10.1\" 32 GBBuy on Amazon|$589.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
AmazonFire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa, 10.1" HD Display, 16 GB, Silver Aluminum - with Special Offers (Previous Generation - 5th)Buy on Amazon|$121.43(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:31 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-Inch Tablet (16 GB, Titanium Bronze)Buy on Amazon|$137.94(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)
LenovoLenovo Yoga Book- FHD 10.1" Android Tablet - 2 in 1 Tablet (Intel Atom x5-Z8550 Processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD),Carbon Black, ZA0V0224USBuy on Amazon|$349.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 16:32 ET)

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