Mobile Phones & Gear

Huawei Mate Xs Hardware Is a Solution, but There’s Still a Problem

There’s a lot of buzz about folding displays right now; in the US, we have the OG Samsung Fold along with the new Samsung Z Flip and Motorola Razer flip-style phones from which to choose. Huawei dazzled us last year with the China-only Mate X. Today, Huawei has introduced its next-gen Mate Xs with almost worldwide availability.


10,050mAh MyCharge Hub Turbo Is an All-You-Need All-in-One Battery Pack

Greg recently reviewed the 6,700mAh myCharge Hub Turbo portable battery pack. He describes it as the “Swiss Army Knife of Portable Battery life.” MyCharge recently sent Judie and me the 10,050mAh MyCharge Hub Turbo, and we are pleased to report that Greg was more than correct in his description and, perhaps, even a bit understated; it is a fantastic external battery.



A Review of the Dop and Dop Ring

Over the last month or so, my wife and I have been trying out a hands-free accessory simply called “the dop.” Designed for everything from content creation to taking that Facetime call when your hands are occupied, the dop resembles a PopSocket but with many more functions. The dop kit is a two-piece set of products that can be used in tandem to secure your device to any surface, including…


Samsung Unveils New Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra Flagship Lineup

Earlier today, we got the sad news that due to concerns over the Corona Virus, Mobile World Congress was canceled. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing great new hardware this spring. Samsung led the way at their Unpacked event, announcing the new Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra.



Moto G Brings Power and Styluses to Their Affordable G Line

It’s hard to find a way to stand out in a sea of smartphones, but Motorola has managed to stake a nice niche with its low cost but high-quality Moto G line. They’re expanding the Moto G offerings even further, so you can add a stylus or extreme battery power!


Senstone Portable Voice Assistant: Take Easy Notes with Transcriptions

Senstone began life as a Kickstarter project; in fact, Dan was an early backer. I missed that window but then received one for review. It’s an impressive voice recorder that goes anywhere and quickly delivers accurate transcriptions that are available on your phone. Senstone can be worn clipped to your clothes or with the optional pendant.



Bodyguardz PRTX Line of Screen Protectors Is Something New

Bodyguardz has long been one of the top-selling makers of screen protectors. Their products, reliability, and warranty put the company at the top of their game. Now, with the introduction of their PRTX line of screen protectors, the company is offering a new take on an important accessory. There are three different “models” in the PRTX line; here’s a look.





Nomad Base Station Stand Offers Convenient Power When You Need It

A few weeks ago, I shared the news that our friends at Nomad had released a new wireless charging stand. The Nomad Base Station Stand is a premium wireless charger whose thoughtful design and premium features make it stand out in an ever-more crowded market. Now that I have one in and I can share some of my personal impressions.





Gear Diary’s Best of CES 2020 Awards

Another CES has come and gone, and as we have in the past, we’ve sorted through hundreds upon hundreds of products to bring you the ones we thought were the most exciting, useful, disruptive, or clever. Take a look at our Best of CES 2020 award picks, and see what you think!


Make Your Workout Enjoyable with Both the FWD-01 and RPT-01 Headphones from Adidas

These days, Bluetooth headphones are pretty much a commodity and they come in lots of different shapes, sizes and prices. So naturally, companies are trying to offer headphones for specific audiences that are designed for a certain purpose. Adidas has the FWD-01 in-ear headphones and the RPT-01 on-ear headphones that provide you with a fantastic way to complete your workout while listening to whatever makes that time go by faster.



Resolve to up Your Charging Game in 2020 with Aukey Omnia Series

Everything we own these days needs to be charged. Phones, computers, earbuds, toothbrushes, watches, hats…if it’s an item you carry, it probably has a charging cable. Which means you need lots of power bricks. Aukey wants to help, and their new Omnia Series will make your life at least a little easier, even if you need to charge your shoes.