Usually, when I write a review, I end up liking, disliking, or feeling ambivalent about the product. Even when a product isn’t something I need or might use, I can understand the target audience and give it a fair review. Even so, I’ve struggled while reviewing the Wristcam for Apple Watch, but not for the usual reasons.
Mobile Phones & Gear
As you may recall from my Google Pixel 5 review, I wasn’t a fan of not having an XL version option, and I didn’t care for the under-display ear speaker. The Google Pixel 5a addresses those complaints well with its 6.34″ display and a more conventional ear speaker; it also introduces IP67 water resistance to the budget-friendly a-series. If you don’t mind giving up wireless charging, the Google Pixel 5a has a lot to offer — including the largest battery found in any Pixel device yet.
Nomad makes some of the best cases for the iPhone; in fact, their Rugged Leather Case has saved my iPhone from drops countless times. It should be no surprise that their iPhone 13 lineup is impressive. The new Nomad iPhone 13 cases feature built-in MagSafe magnets and come with a new, killer feature — NFC Digital Business Cards! With a Digital Business Card, you’ll never need to worry about carrying business cards again. Here’s a close look at the new Nomad iPhone 13 case models.
AT&T is very excited about the new iPhone 13! They were the original carrier to take a gamble on the first iPhone; they should be excited and proud because — well, would you just look at the iPhone now?! In fact, AT&T is so excited about the new iPhone that they’re offering qualified customers some amazing iPhone 13 deals if they’re looking to upgrade!
If a large display with a fast refresh rate, a speedy processor, and a solid camera for content creation on the go is essential to you, then you’ll want to take a look at the two new Xiaomi 11T series devices launched today. Both the 11T and the 11T Pro offer what Xiaomi calls “Cinemagic” cameras; they say you can leave the expensive video and photography equipment at home (or better yet, not buy it in the first place), go out and explore and get your best shots. Best of all, both phones are affordable.
There are plenty of good reasons people develop a fondness for a particular brand; maybe it’s because the company’s hardware is always top-notch, their pricing is reasonable, or they have excellent customer service when something goes wrong. But the singular feature that’s made it hard for me to consider using any smartphone other than a Google Pixel as my daily driver isn’t related to hardware, pricing, or customer service. As I mentioned in our Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, and Pixel 5 reviews, beyond Pixel’s excellent cameras and pure Android experience, their killer feature is Call Screen.
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the newest and flashiest smartphones. But the best technology from prior years’ phones eventually trickles down to more wallet-friendly options as well. Combine that with AT&T’s drive to bring everyone with prepaid onto their 5G network and you get the shockingly affordable AT&T Radiant Max 5G!
You might feel like you have charger plugs all over the place, but do you have one in your travel kit exactly when you need it? And is it powerful enough to cover all your smartphone charging needs? Admit it; you’re not 100% sure now. It’s ok; the folks at Anker have your back with their new Anker Nano Pro plug.
Earbuds seem to keep getting better, and with the addition of active noise cancellation, they can allow users to just disappear in their audio. The Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro with targeted active noise cancellation fits the bill. Great sounding with long battery life and plenty of features make these a perfect option for any situation.
Nomad’s wireless chargers are among the best on the market. They combine elegant design with luxury materials and look great anywhere. They recently announced their new Nomad Base Station Mini Magnetic Wireless Charger. It is small. It is powerful. And it works with Apple’s MagSafe charging system to auto-align the phone, so you get optimal charging every time.
The MW07 was Master & Dynamic’s first true wireless earphones. The new Master & Dynamic MW08 Sport are active noise-canceling true wireless earphones that build on their predecessors’ success and take on-the-go audio to new heights. They look similar to the excellent MW08 that came before them, but they pack in numerous improvements.
It seems that most devices I use as of late are charged via USB-C. From my phone to laptop and everything in between, one charging solution works for them all. I often find myself stranded in various places needing to charge, so having another charging option strong enough for everything, including my laptop, is a game-changer; the Eggtronic Sirius 65W Universal Charger does just that.
We’ve known Nomad to create some of the best ways to charge, protect and connect your phones. Now they’ve come out with two new products that take protection to a minimum. The new Nomad Leather Skin and NomadScereen Protectors for the iPhone 12 Series promise excellent protection without the bulk.
The realme GT Explorer Master Edition has a solidly built glass slab design with an aluminum frame, as we’ve seen from just about every other brand’s flagship smartphone, or you can opt for something a bit different if you get it in the Voyager Gray option. As I catch myself admiring this smartphone’s expensive feel, brilliant display, and curved edges, I have to remind myself that with starting price of $499 for the 8GB RAM with 256GB user memory version, the GT Explorer Master Edition is a very decently priced flagship device. Who is realme? And why should you consider…
Jabra offers some of the best true wireless earphones available. Now they are taking their technological wizardry in a new direction. The new Jabra Enhance Plus true wireless earbuds deliver hearing enhancement, music, and calls in a state-of-the-art miniaturized true wireless earbud. They were specifically engineered to help people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss with a new design and special functionality.
It’s safe to say we’ve hit a point with smartphones where what makes a phone stand out is created on the margins. In other words, all phones are big slabs of glass with nice big screens, so what makes them stand out is what else they bring, from battery life to amazing cameras. Honor Magic 3 series is taking that to a whole new level with a camera they’re calling IMAX-enhanced for filmmaking, unlike anything you’ve been able to do before on a smartphone!
A few weeks ago, I reviewed one of Nomad’s new AirTag accessories, and more than once, it has already helped me locate my keys. Today we’ll take a look at their latest AirTag accessories, the Nomad Leather Keychain for AirTag and the Nomad Glasses Strap for AirTag. Both look great, but more importantly, both options offer handy ways to incorporate AirTags into your everyday items to help keep track of your stuff. The fact that AirTags are basically useless without accessories like this is troubling, but thankfully, Nomad has stepped up.
5G has gone from the “next big thing” to the default for all new devices in a very short time. Carriers are even offering customers deals to get them onto 5G devices, and there’s absolutely no reason in 2021 to buy a phone that does not support 5G. MediaTek is on it with their new Dimensity 920 and 810 chipsets!
Today’s Galaxy Unpacked event introduced the latest Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip3 5G. Samsung has made these third-generation foldables more durable — they are even water-resistant now. So if you’ve considered the previous generations of the Galaxy Z folding smartphones but weren’t quite compelled to buy one yet — whether because of their prohibitive prices, their perceived delicateness, or because you felt the technology was still too new — I suspect that you’ll be interested in today’s reveal.
We test a lot of earbuds around here. We also test a lot of fitness equipment. In a slightly strange crossover, we’re taking a look today at the Amazfit PowerBuds Pro, which combines quality headphones with fitness tracking. Are these the ultimate in workout headphones? Let’s dive in and find out!
If you want more proof that the smartphones we routinely see in the US aren’t quite as exciting as the smartphones other countries have to choose from, take a look at the brand new Xiaomi MIX 4. Not only does this phone have a durably elegant and lightweight ceramic unibody, but it also has a 6.67’’ AMOLED full-screen display with the latest CUP (Camera Under Panel) technology. That means there’s no blacked-out front-facing camera area when you’re looking at the display. But there is plenty more to be impressed by with this latest Xiaomi device.