Google recently released the latest and final beta of Android Q (version 10 for those keeping track at home) for Pixel devices to test drive prior to the general production release in the coming weeks. I decided to take the plunge with this final beta (Beta 6), and it’s been marvelous!
Mobile Phones & Gear
If the era of the $1000 flagship phone is over, someone forgot to tell Samsung. At their Unpacked event in New York, they introduced their new flagship Note phablet in three varieties, and also highlighted a couple of other recently announced products.
Some people buy a case with their phone, and never take it off. Others see a case as a fashion statement and swap them based on mood, needs, and what matches. Casely has a plan for the case-swappers, offering a new case every 1 or 3 months. We tested their cases to see if they’re worth a rotating spot on your phone!
I covered the OnePlus 7 Pro announcement with excitement. This flagship smartphone features a gorgeous 6.67″ AMOLED display; it has a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip, and you can get yours with 6, 8, or 12GB RAM and 128 or 256GB user memory.
InvisibleShield describes their Glass Elite for the Google Pixel 3a, and I assume other smartphones, as, “Our strongest screen protection ever.” I don’t know if that is true, but I do know that it is the easiest screen protector install I have ever done. The $39.99 screen protector is also crystal clear and maintains the screen’s touch sensitivity.
It is hard to believe that my Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is nearly a year old already, and it’s still my main daily driver due in large part to the awesome S-Pen. In case it isn’t obvious – I have long since decided I would upgrade to the Note 10 based on the many rumors of enhanced performance, upgraded cameras and AI, and of course the all-new S-Pen features.
When I used to travel, I would take numerous power adapters and cables so I could make sure my gear stayed charged. I moved to carrying an adapter with multiplied inputs, but the new mophie powerstation hub has taken things to a new level. It’s great for home but awesome for travel. Here’s why.
I own several pair of true wireless headphones. The least expensive of the are more than $150. I have avoided the inexpensive offerings coming to market but when iFrogz offered a chance to check out their sub-$60 iFrogz AIRTIME true wireless earbuds, I figured I would check them out. I have to admit; I’m rather impressed.
Over the past 5-6 years, I’ve used plenty of external battery packs when I travel, but none like the Renogy Phoenix. Built with virtually every option that you can imagine, No matter where you are, there’s never a worry of what, or how the portable power bank will charge your device.
Satechi is a favorite brand here at Gear Diary, from everything including their aluminum peripherals down tot heir travel chargers that charge everything from a MacBook to a Google Pixel, the popular brand is announcing quite a few deals for Prime Day this year.
This is a love story, but it ends in tragedy. It begins on a ranch in West Texas, travels to New York City, then Tel Aviv and then Jerusalem, and then it all ends tragically in Paris. I’m talking about my experience with the myCharge HubMax Universal, the best battery pack I’ve yet owned … and then lost.
We’re still more than a few months away from Christmas and the other stereotypically gift-giving holidays, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t start shopping early. Plus, there’s nothing stopping you from picking up a few ‘just because’ gifts — except perhaps, the challenge of not knowing what to get for someone. With that in mind, here are a handful of quirky gifts for the person who has everything —…
Back in 2018, I reviewed Adonit’s original PhotoGrip, a stellar camera shutter attachment that made for better group photos and selfies. While I enjoyed it, one thing I grew to really want from it was a bit more comfort holding while shooting footage with my phone. And looks like the company listened in their updated PhotoGrip Qi.
A brand that I knew absolutely nothing about prior to receiving their products to check out on a whim have really convinced me that sometimes it’s not the name branded on the device, but the actual items themselves After testing them for the last month, Cleer’s headphones and Bluetooth speaker have left quite the impression on me.
I’ve reviewed plenty of oversized connected speakers, but the JBL Partybox 300 takes that concept to the next level. It’s cordless when you need it to be, it has microphone and guitar inputs, it can put on a light show, it’s loud enough to fill your backyard, and man — it sounds amazing!
While I’m no real audiophile, when it comes to quality listening, I will never shy away from a good set of earphones. While I’m partial to Bluetooth wireless types, I’ll truthfully say being tethered to your device will give you better quality every time. So if you’re looking for that, SIMGOT’s EM-2 Hi-Res IEM Earphones are just that.
So here’s the thing: Yes I have AirPods, and yes they fit in my ear and I enjoy them. But the Skullcandy Indy Bluetooth truly wireless earbuds are in every way a more pleasant listening experience, for half the price.
The days of having to pay big bucks to get a decent mobile phone are officially over; I’m declaring them dead. We have lots of choices for better than basic phones under $500 now; the Nuu Mobile G3+ is a well-built, unlocked phone with a few compromises, and it is less than $250 with no contracts or obligations. No, really.
Choetech’s made a name for itself by making high quality products at an affordable price without compromising the integrity of the item you’re using it for. And if you’re looking for reliability, their latest Type-C products are worth adding to your checkout bin.
For a company to claim that their headphones have advanced audio quality is one thing, but when they throw our the term “HDR sound,” you might be more interested in checking them out. I was sent a pair of Origem HS-3 Bluetooth headphones, and the question I have is: Should you believe the hype?
The Oculus family just got bigger with the release of the Oculus Quest. Building on the success of the Oculus Go, the Quest is a wireless VR device that allows you to explore digital worlds without being tethered to a PC. Oculus also released the upgraded Rift S that requires minimal setup and no external sensors.