This year marks a significant shift for Samsung, a company with five generations of the Z Fold series under its belt. What sets this year apart is the emergence of new competitors in the US market, with the Google Pixel Fold already making its presence felt and an upcoming OnePlus foldable on the horizon. With these fresh contenders in the arena, the question naturally arises: Now that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 isn’t necessarily the only choice, is it still the best choice for someone who wants a phone that can unfold into a tablet?
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Pivo is a California-based company that makes a line of content creation tools, including camera tracking pods and related accessories such as lights, microphones, and tripods. They offer three versions of their main product, the AI-powered Pivo Pod: Pivo Pod Lite, Pivo Pod, and Pivo Max. In this review, we’ll be looking at the Pivo Max + Essential Kit.
During their keynote titled “Unfold Tomorrow,” CEO George Zhao introduced the Honor Magic V2 as the brand’s slimmest and lightest inward-foldable smartphone. Not content to announce only one impressive new foldable at IFA, Zhao then segued to the Honor V Purse. This outward-foldable smartphone concept was described as blurring the lines between technology and fashion. While the Magic V2 seems like the natural progression for Honor’s foldable line, the V Purse concept (if ever made) will be a tougher sell that begs answers to many immediate questions.
According to CASETiFY’s internal research, over 90% of screen cracks happen when the smartphone hits its corner during a fall. To combat that, they’re introducing what they say may be the most protective phone case, the CASETiFY Ultra Bounce Case. Not only can it handle being dropped from up to 32′, but it also sports 10X Military Grade Standard (MIL-STD 810G 516.7) shock protection, and it can be personalized.
Hey, are you on the hunt for a flip phone that’s not only compact but also folds like a champ? Well, guess what? The OPPO Find N3 Flip might just be your dream come true! Freshly announced today and already up for pre-sale in China, it won’t be long before they spill the beans on when the rest of the world can get in on the action.
TCL has made some really impressive phones that punch well above their category. They’re budget devices loaded with eye-popping screens and excellent cameras. Now TCL is adding a new angle to what makes their phones great by combining it with a different area of screen expertise — NXTPAPER’s paper-like screens on the TLC 40 NXTPAPER Series!
How often have you been at the lake or pool while enjoying good music and great company, only to have the battery on your portable speaker die or for someone to drip all over your speaker? With the Urbanista Malibu, neither of these problems would be an issue; not only is it IP67 waterproof and protected against sand, dust, and dirt, but it uses integrated Powerfoyle solar cell technology, so it can self-charge any time it is exposed to indoor or outdoor light! The sustainability doesn’t end there; the Urbanista Malibu is made from recycled plastic and fabrics!
The next big thing is always around the corner in the tech world, and artificial intelligence is the newest and most exciting innovation. Sure, AI can power ChatGPT and other engines, but it can also make devices more efficient, learn our habits to adjust our tech to meet our needs, and even improve everything from emailing to photography. MediaTek is looking to help boost that to the next level with their partnership with Meta, Facebook’s parent company, to use the Meta Llama 2 LLM (Large Language Model) to bring on-device generative AI to our pockets and homes.
In my opinion, NomadNomad makes the best cables on the market. They are rugged, available in various lengths, and transmit power and data quickly. With the announcement of the new Nomad 130W Power Adapter, they now make some of the best wall adapters too. They are fast and powerful with three USB-C ports and up to 100W output.
TL;DR: Keep your desk clutter-free this school year with the 3-in-1 USB-C Charging Cable For Apple Watch, iPhone & AirPods. Purchase it through our Back-to-School campaign for $16.97 (reg. $34.99).
The Pixel Fold is the first foldable phone from Google, and like other foldables on the market, it’s priced at a premium. If you decide to get one, you will not only want to protect your pricy investment but also find the best gear for it. Here are the six Pixel Fold accessories I’m using and why I think they are the cream of the crop.
If you’re a fan of Google Pixel devices, as I am, and you’re curious about their first folding device, you’re going to want to check out these deals on the Pixel Fold from Verizon. I’ve had the 512GB version in Obsidian for a couple of weeks, and I really like it!
My first high-end headphones were from Beyerdynamic and Ioved them. I was amazed by the nuances in my favorite tunes that I missed when using headphones of lesser quality. That’s why I was excited to learn about their new Beyerdynamic Blue BYRD ANC wireless headphones. They’re the company’s second-generation in-ear head ones, and they look impressive.
If you haven’t yet upgraded to the OnePlus 11 5G and are a Genshin Impact fan, your wait has paid off. For just $50 more than the regular price of the OnePlus 11, on July 21st, you can order the OnePlus 11 5G X Genshin Impact Custom Gift Box. This limited collectible will only be available in an edition of 1000, so you’ll likely have to act fast to score one!
Connectivity isn’t just about being able to post fun selfies on Instagram. It’s a lifeline to a world that’s become increasingly digital. So it’s become incredibly important to offer 5G at every phone level, whether the budget line or the ultimate flagship. MediaTek aims to bring 5G to the masses, and they’re getting one step closer with the new MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ series!
The Zhiyun Crane-M 3S is a beautifully designed lightweight camera stabilizer perfect for those who shoot with smartphones, action cameras, and mirrorless cameras with small lenses. Despite its small size and light weight, the gimbal offers some impressive features, including multiple shooting modes and a built-in light. The captured footage is much smoother than is possible to achieve through handheld shooting or in lens or body stabilization.
We’re in an era where there’s a plethora of phone options, especially for Android phones. If you need a bigger screen, a sharper camera, or a more pocketable device, there’s one out there to fit your criteria. We had the chance to test the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G, and the camera blew us away!
TL;DR: Tired of carrying around a separate cable for each device? Get one that works for all of them. The InCharge X Max 100W 6-in-1 Charging Cable has adaptive charging heads that can plug into USB, Lightning, Micro, and USB-C devices and is only $19.97 until July 14!
We depend on our phones for so much, and the baseline expectation of what you expect just keeps getting higher. Luckily, Qualcomm is ready to keep up with the demand, and they’re consistently refining their Snapdragon platform, from the highest flagships to everyday devices. Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 is coming to bring the power to more budget-friendly devices worldwide!
The OnePlus Nord series is known for mid-range smartphones that deliver better-than-expected cameras, impressive performance for their class, vibrant displays with fast refresh rates, ample RAM, and features that are generally found on more expensive models; the new OnePlus Nord N30 5G is no exception. The unlocked N30 features a refined slab style, a 108-megapixel main camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G processor, 8GB RAM (adjustable to 16GB), 128GB user memory, a 5,000mAh battery, and more for just $299.99. Read on to see if this might be a good choice for you.
Nomad’s cases have been my go-to cases for the past few years. They are well-designed, look sharp, and are highly protective. They’ve saved my phone from drops more often than I want to admit. Their new Nomad x Peak Design Rugged Case for iPhone 14 Pro is something different, and it’s quickly become my new favorite.