After using Tile tracking devices for years, I was skeptical when Apple released their AirTags, and I wondered why I would even consider making a switch. But then I got an AirTag and was sold on its tight integration with iOS. Now, there’s a collection of Speck AirTag accessories for holding AirTags that make them even more useful.
Smartphones & Gear
The wait is over, and the Google Pixel 6 series has now been officially launched for pre-order. With a new Tensor Chip designed by Google and custom-made for the Pixel, this smartphone series promises the most advanced Pixel camera and features, live translate (even when you are offline!), powerful performance, and next-gen Titan M2 Security. If you are an AT&T customer, they make it easy to get a Google Pixel 6 series device in your hands!
I covered a brief history of Samsung’s journey that led us to the Galaxy Z Fold3 yesterday; let’s pick up where we left off. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 ships in a surprisingly small, shallow box. Being used to so many smartphones coming in much larger packaging, this was kind of refreshing. Most people I know either throw the boxes away anyway or store them somewhere until they eventually sell their phone on eBay, anticipating their next upgrade. I’m fine with the slightly austere packaging, even on such a pricy phone.
If you had told me six months ago that I would be completely enamored with an oversized folding smartphone — a true phablet (phone+tablet) — I would have laughed at you; now, the joke is on me. I’ve been using an AT&T Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 for almost two months, and it has redefined everything I’ve ever thought I would ever want in a smartphone. This review will be a long one, which is why I’m splitting it into two parts.
I recently went digging through a junk drawer looking for some old photos; I found several USB cables, a calculator watch, some unidentified flash drives, and … an original iPhone. As in, the iPhone that I sat in line outside the Apple Store to buy on launch day back in 2007. Fourteen years have passed, and it’s honestly shocking to hold the original iPhone in one hand and my 12 Pro Max in the other!
I love the myCharge Hub Series charger. True story, Raina stole mine, and the company was kind enough to send me my own. They also sent me their new myCharge MAG-LOCK MagSafe Powerbank; it serves a different purpose than the Hub Series, and I’m quite pleased to have the 6000mAh version in my gear bag.
I’ve never been a PopSocket person; when you shove your phone into your pockets as often as I do, you don’t generally want anything that makes the phone any bulkier than necessary. However, as phones have gotten bigger, the argument for something that provides a grip and a stand becomes stronger. PopSocket has decided to jump into the crowded case market with their new PopSocket PopCase that claims to solve both my issues. Does it work? Read on to find out!
Are you looking for a great pair of true wireless earbuds? If so, you’re going to love the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro! They hit the sweet spot in size, features, and price! These flagship earbuds feature HearID active noise cancellation that automatically monitors outside ambient noise levels in real-time and in-ear pressure to tailor noise cancellation to match the situation. Add coaxial drivers, an ergonomic design, IPX4 water resistance, up to 32 =-hours battery life with the charging case, and a price well under $200, and you’ll see why the Liberty 3 Pro earbuds look like a winner!
So you just got the latest Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, and while you love the way the phone feels naked in your hand, carrying it around that way probably makes you just a wee bit nervous. That’s understandable, considering that this foldable costs almost $2000! You can give yourself peace of mind that it’s protected by putting the phone in an Incipio Grip for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3.
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.
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.