Smartphones & Gear

Nomad Anniversary Sale Brings Huge Site-Wide Discounts

One of our favorite smartphone accessory sources, Nomad, will run its annual site-wide Anniversary Sale from July 15th at noon PST to midnight July 22nd. Almost everything on the site will be discounted, with offers ranging from 10% to 50% off. On top of that, the outlet section will feature even deeper discounts. If you’re looking for some of the best gear to power, protect, or accessorize with, you’ll want to check it out! Expect the deepest discounts of the year during the Nomad Anniversary Sale, with no codes needed! Here’s a sampling of what’s in store for you. Nomad…


UGREEN Magnetic Power Bank Review: 5,000mAh & 10,000mAh Options Bring Wireless Charging Convenience in Slim Packages

UGREEN’s product line includes various accessories for the wireless world, including chargers, hubs, docks, banks, cables, and power stations. In this review, we’ll look at two of their power banks, specifically, the 5,000mAh & 10,000mAh Magnetic Power Banks. These two models are identical except for their thickness and capacity. UGREEN Magnetic Power Banks are available in black (sometimes called space gray) and white (beige).


Motorola Razr 50 Ultra Review: The Razr+ 2024 Proves That Mighty Things Can Come in Small Packages

I recently attended the Brooklyn launch for the motorola razr 50 ultra (razr+ 2024) and the motorola razr 50 (razr 2024). In a full-circle moment, Paris Hilton, known for using RAZR phones throughout the mid-200s, was the event’s headlining DJ act; the next day, she was testifying before Congress on her experiences with troubled teen facilities*. Like Ms. Hilton, the motorola razr has come a long way, earning respect; the razr+ 2024 is now a full-fledged Android 14 foldable smartphone with a compellingly large outer display, a nearly imperceptible crease on the folding display, and a highly capable Snapdragon processor.


Always Short on Power? You Can Win a Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 15, Pro, or Pro Max!

I was recently in London where I was able to enjoy several long days of sightseeing after an event. I knew I’d be short on charging opportunities while Kev and I were out and about, but I didn’t want to have to carry an external battery pack everywhere. With the mophie juice pack on my iPhone 15 Pro Max, my phone stayed charged, and I didn’t have to carry anything extra because my phone case was also my extended battery pack! If you’ve ever wished for a way to stay charged on the go without having to carry anything extra,…


Style, Sports, and Sound Are Present in the New Skullcandy Active Collection

I have a real love/hate relationship with most true wireless earbuds. They’re great for when I’m sitting in one spot but tend to pop out of my ears at inopportune times while I’m working out. I’ve tried and loved Skullcandy‘s active earbuds in the past, and they’re leaning into the need for more secure true wireless earbuds (TWE) with a major release of their all-new Skullcandy Active Collection!


UAG’s 4th of July Sale Brings 20% Off Sitewide, and Includes the New Limited Edition UAG Monarch Pro G-10 Case!

Urban Armor Gear (UAG) makes smartphone cases that offer exceptional protection in even the toughest conditions. They were the first major case brand to offer products certified to Military Standards, the first case brand to send an iPhone 6 into space (it survived), and they were the first brand to test their cases’ strength by throwing their phones out of a vehicle going 120 mph (they also survived)! They’ve expanded their offerings to include laptops, tablets, backpacks, and more, and for their July 4th sale, you can get 20% off sitewide — even on the new limited edition UAG Monarch…


The Easy Way to Make Your Dumb Smartphone Calculator a Little Smarter

If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember that PEMDAS was a mnemonic that many of us learned in Math class that stood for doing equations in a certain order, namely parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and then subtraction. We’ve all seen those posts on social media showing how the calculators on smartphones don’t understand the order of operations; apparently, they were absent from class on the day that PEMDAS was explained.


Motorola Razr 50 Ultra (AKA Razr+ 2024) and Motorola Razr 50 (AKA Razr 2024) Bring Exciting Features and Enhancements to Foldable Flip Smartphones

I’m in Brooklyn today for the motorola launch event for the exciting update to the 2024 razr family, which includes the motorola razr 50 ultra (also known as the razr+ 2024) and the motorola razr 50 (aka the razr 2024). Both foldable flip smartphones have a sleek, fashionable design, and they offer powerful AI-driven functions to bring a fresh, exciting experience when using them, coupled with excellent performance and capable cameras.


ShiftCam SnapGrip and SnapLight Review: Better iPhoneography on the Go

A few years ago, I backed a Kickstarter project for a photography grip designed for the iPhone. This nifty gadget transformed the iPhone into a DSLR-like camera, making it easier to capture high-quality photos. Fast forward to today, and the iPhone’s MagSafe technology has revolutionized how accessories connect to our devices. Enter the ShiftCam SnapGrip and SnapLight, two products that leverage MagSafe to enhance your mobile photography experience.


Shokz OpenSwim Pro Review: The Ultimate Multi-Purpose Bone Conduction Headphones

Doing laps in my inground pool is a great full-body workout, but let’s face it, swimming laps can get monotonous. Enter the Shokz OpenSwim Pro, a game-changer designed to revolutionize your swimming experience and beyond. Let’s explore how these headphones stand out from their predecessor, the Shokz OpenSwim, and why these Bluetooth-enabled headphones are so impressive.



OPPO’s Bold Plan: Making Generative AI-Powered Phones Accessible to 50 Million Users in 2024

AI is everywhere, but it is particularly useful in smartphones because it powers features like virtual assistants, improved photography, battery management, and personalized content. It boosts security with facial recognition, offers real-time translation, improves text prediction, tracks health metrics, and enhances accessibility, making smartphones more intuitive and efficient. But sometimes, budget phones miss out on all of these features. With that in mind, OPPO has announced its plan to make AI-powered smartphones even more accessible by bringing generative AI features to around 50 million users this year.


MediaTek Dimensity 7300 and 7300X Chipsets Will Bring Enhanced AI, Gaming, and Photography to Foldables and More

The MediaTek Dimensity 7300 and 7300X chipsets have just been announced with an emphasis on making smartphones even faster and more efficient. These new chipsets use advanced technology that makes them more power-efficient and boosts their overall performance. The Dimensity 7300X is specifically tailored for foldable phones, allowing it to support smartphones with two screens.


BoGo Flash Sale on Nomad iPhone Cases This Weekend!

Just when you thought this weekend might be boring, a Buy One Get One Flash Sale has been rolled out on Nomad iPhone cases. Nomad cases look great, offer amazing protection, and stand up over time. I know this because they have protected my iPhone for the last few years.



MediaTek Dimensity 9300+ Is the Latest Flagship Mobile Chip for Enhanced AI Experiences

MediaTek has just announced its newest flagship mobile chip, the Dimensity 9300+, joining the Dimensity lineup. The MediaTek Dimensity 9300+ boasts increased clock speeds and is specifically crafted to elevate on-device generative artificial intelligence (AI) processing capabilities. With broader support for Large Language Models (LLMs) and various performance enhancements, it offers an enhanced user experience over its predecessor, the Dimensity 9300.


TCL 50 XL 5G Brings Budget-Power to T-Mobile Metro!

TCL is wildly underrated in the phone space. They’ve been popping out excellent Android phones for several generations, constantly improving speed, displays, and cameras. Best of all, they’re reasonably priced and make an amazing bang for your budget. If you haven’t been paying attention yet, here’s your chance with the TCL 50 XL 5G on Metro by T-Mobile!




Xiaomi 14 Review: A Perfectly Pocketable Flagship Smartphone

Not everyone wants to wrangle a larger smartphone, so it’s always nice to find a slightly smaller flagship, like the Xiaomi 14, that doesn’t feel like a compromise. It boasts all the bells and whistles, including a top-of-the-line processor, a stunning AMOLED display with a dynamic refresh rate, super thin bezels around the display, all-day battery life with fast wired and wireless charging, and an IP68 dust and water resistance rating. Xiaomi’s partnership with photography icon Leica is also a 14 feature, with its Summilux optical lenses, 75mm floating telephoto lens, and Leica photo tuning. Intrigued? Well, let’s dig in!