Author: Mr. Cool

Best iPhone 8 Shock Absorption TPU Case

iPhone 8 Case, Apple iPhone 8 Crystal Clear Shock Absorption Technology Bumper Soft TPU Cover Case for iPhone 8 – Clear

  • This Apple iPhone 8 Case perfectly fits your iPhone 8 with precision cutouts for all buttons and ports. While featuring raised bezel to lift screen and camera off flat surface.
  • [Ultra clear hybrid case]: Clear TPU case is thin and lightweight for flexible durability. Clear View design of your iPhone 8 to preserve the natural, naked look.
  • [Shock Absorption TPU Bumper Cushion]: Corner bumpers protection for drops.Soft TPU materials offer maximum protection from bumps and hard-hits for the back and sides of your iPhone 8.
  • [Scratch resistant]: This iphone 7 cover case is more endure scratches and scuff marks more than a regular case. Longer life and cleaner look for your iPhone 8.

iPhone 8 Bumper TPU Cover Case

This case is a perfect balance of protection, with its corner bumpers, good looks, showing the Apple logo on the back, and light weight. It’s not too slick with a nice hand grip, and yet slides easily out of pockets without catching on fabric, etc. It has just enough lip around the front edges that you don’t have to worry about face downing the phone on most surfaces. The phone has taken several moderate drops in this case, and both the phone and the case were none the worse. Great case at a very reasonable price!

By John

Great case! Definitely feels sturdy and the plastic allows my phone color choice to be seen perfectly. I was worried there wouldn’t be enough of a lip to protect my screen and camera but luckily i was wrong and it definitely protects in that department. The only small thing is that dust can sometimes get in the back but honestly you just remove it for a second and wipe it down with a safe cloth and you’ll be fine. Might change the review if it begins to yellow quickly (I got this case Jun 1st 2017) but for now it’s a great case! Thanks!

By Jane

I love this case so far. It’s very sturdy and seems to be made of good material. The color is nice and clear. It is fairly easy to get on and off, but is still a tight fit–not flimsy at all. I’m so happy I found a case that can show off my rose gold phone and protect it at the same time. I have bought clear cases in the past that were flimsy and turned yellow in no time, I hope this one still looks as good in a couple of months.

By Smith

My boyfriend ordered the clear blue and he didn’t like it. I wrote a review explaining why we didn’t like it. A few days later, I received an email apologizing that we were unsatisfied and asking if we wanted a new case. We ordered another one in clear light grey and it just came a few days ago and we absolutely love it. It fits great, looks great and is the perfect color. Thanks for the great service!

By Olivia

iPhone 8 Bumper TPU Cover Case

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Moto G5 Plus Review: Great phone, fair price, minimal compromise

Moto G5 Plus Review
Moto G5 Plus Review

Offer Type: Standard Version – Without Offers & Ads|Size: 64 GB Storage + 4 GB RAM|Color: Lunar Gray|Verified Purchase

I’ve had this phone for two months now, with T-Mobile as my carrier, and have been very pleased, with just a few minor nits to pick.

It was a huge upgrade from the 1st-gen, 2014 Moto G LTE (XT1045) which had served me well for nearly three years, but whose limited memory (8GB flash and a mere 1GB RAM) had become frustrating to deal with, struggling to keep up with today’s heavier apps and web pages, no longer even able to follow links from an RSS reader without the reader app having to restart afterwards.

Hearing me complain about that phone, my husband nearly bought me a Samsung Galaxy S7, also looking at the Google Pixel, LG G5 or G6, Honor 8 and various OnePlus models, but I’m so glad he didn’t blow a lot of cash on one of those. This Moto G5+ is a better fit for my needs, and good value for money. I actually prefer it now over his pricey iPhone 7!

Switching my existing T-Mobile line required nothing more than moving the SIM – I was fortunate to already have a nano SIM in a nano-to-micro adapter. No need to contact anyone at T-mobile, manually set APNs, etc.

Some things I particularly appreciate:

– clean, near-stock Android 7.0 Nougat, like a Nexus or Pixel, without having to mess with third-party ROMs – no bloat, no Touchwiz, EMUI or other clunky skins. I did install Nova Launcher to stop Google Now from taking over my “swipe-left” home screen.

– excellent performance in common apps. I don’t play 3D action games, and so can’t address those. With 4GB, 8 cores, and internal flash memory that seems faster than average, there’s no lag even when rapidly switching between several large apps. Heavy multi-taskers should definitely spring for the 4GB model, and budget permitting, I’d recommend the same to anyone hoping to keep their G5+ for more than a couple of years, just for future-proofing. I didn’t want to get caught short again, especially thinking of an eventual upgrade to Android O.

– easy to obtain root access after unlocking bootloader (*NOT* true of the Amazon Ads version!). I need this for special network requirements (IPv6 tethering, firewall, VPN routing), but also like having full control over my phones, and being rooted allows working around a few G5+ foibles, like the missing notification LED and low speaker volume.

– microSD slot!! – far too many otherwise excellent phones (like Google’s Pixel) have been leaving this out. Even with 64GB, it’s nice to have options if space ever runs low. With the SD, I feel free to load up bulky media (music, podcasts, audiobooks, photos, movies or TV for long flights) and change those out as desired without worrying about excess wear on the internal flash, and with no dependency on a network connection or “Cloud” services. Android 7 (and 6) have an “adopted storage” mode to let the MicroSD become a part of main storage, but this is likely to slow the phone, even with a fast card, so I’d recommend keeping it separate.

– solid RF performance in weak signal areas, at least equal to my older G, and better than a friend’s HTC on the same carrier. This has always been a strong point for Motorola, and doesn’t seem to have slipped since the Lenovo takeover. 700 MHz (Band 12) works fine, making less of an improvement than I’d hoped in building penetration, but T-mobile only has deployed that frequency on a few towers so far in my area, so it should improve over time.

– great battery life, thanks mostly to the efficient Snapdragon 625 CPU. The screen being IPS rather than AMOLED, and 1920×1080 (plenty sharp to my eyes at 424dpi; compare iPhone 7’s 1334×750 326dpi!) rather than QHD, with its greater GPU demand probably helps also in conserving energy

– I didn’t expect to use the fingerprint reader, but found it surprisingly fast, accurate, and convenient. I wish the ones we use at work for door locks were so good! Having it easy to reach on the front (rather than back) is worth a slightly larger bottom bezel.

– good camera – not quite at the level of an iPhone or other flagships, but good enough for my modest use, and worlds better than the 1st-gen G. Photos taken in good lighting usually turn out well. Results in dim lighting can be iffy, possibly from lack of OIS. Moto’s camera app is fast and easy to use, with manual adjustment options for shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, etc. if desired.

– “Moto gestures” like the twist for camera, chop to enable flashlight, etc. even when locked, or inside another app are handy, and leaving these enabled seems to have little or no battery-life impact.

– Wifi supports 5 GHz as well as 2.4

– VoLTE (works well for me on T-Mobile, but apparently troublesome in some places, especially on Verizon; be ready to disable with Settings->More->Cellular->Enhanced 4G LTE = OFF in case of poor call quality) and Wifi Calling – this mysteriously stopped working one day for me, which turned out to be T-Mobile requiring a “911 Address” to be entered on their my.tmobile.com web site

– a real wired-headphone jack.

A few things I don’t like, and consider regressions from the original Moto G:

– lack of a notification LED for texts or missed calls, as earlier Moto G’s and even very cheap Moto E’s of the 1st and 2nd generations had. I guess the “Moto Display” feature, which dimly lights the screen to show alerts when the phone is picked up or moved was meant as a replacement, and this might work for someone who ALWAYS keeps the phone in a pocket or purse, but it’s not an adequate substitute for those of us who often leave it on a desk, nightstand etc. and appreciate being able to just glance at the phone to see if there are messages.

With root access, this can be partially restored by re-purposing a small white “Charging” LED hidden inside the G5+’s earpiece. I’ve done so, and it’s certainly better than nothing, but being dimmer than the older G’s LED, and recessed inside makes this harder to see, easily missed when the phone’s lying flat more than a short distance away. I had to start propping up the G5+ on a stand at my desk.

– the speaker’s volume doesn’t go high enough for a noisy area, probably due to one driver serving double duty as both an earpiece and loudspeaker. This can be improved with root access (edit /system/etc/mixer_paths.xml, replace all instances of 84 with 92, then reboot; it may be possible to go higher, at the cost of more distortion at high level, but 92 was loud enough for me). Also, though it’s nice and clear when playing general audio, such as a podcast, the speaker sometimes cuts in & out when on a voice call in speakerphone mode – but notably, this does NOT happen with a VoIP call (Zoiper), so I suspect a software issue, perhaps with the Dialer app, and hope to see this fixed in a future OTA update.

– speaking of updates, Motorola used to be very prompt with those, but they seem to come slower now that Lenovo has taken over. As of mid-June, US models are still at the January 1, 2017 Android security patch level (Build NPN25.137-35), although G5 Pluses in other regions, like India and Brazil have received a recent update bringing them to the March patch level. Maybe we will get that soon. [July update: earlier this month the software was brought up to the May 2017 security patch level, via OTA update NPNS25.137-35-5]

– no longer being able to take the back off the phone, as every previous Moto G allowed, is bad news for repairability, thinking especially of the need for eventual battery replacement. Even though older phones’ batteries were not officially user-replaceable, with a few tools and a bit of care it wasn’t especially hard to do. On this G5+, the only way in is through the front, by pulling off the fragile screen, after first loosening its adhesive seal with a heat gun! Watch a teardown video on Youtube for the harrowing details. Hoping to never have to do this for the life of the phone, I’ve avoided fast-charging it except when traveling, or otherwise actually needing a fast charge, and set it to accept USB power but not charge when left plugged into a computer for long periods, for tethering or development purposes (unless the battery’s low, in which case it stops at 70%). You do need root to control that.

– Screen brightness, at maximum seems slightly less than the original Moto G. It’s plenty bright indoors, but can be a little harder than the older phone to read under direct sun. Also, “Adaptive brightness” mode must be turned OFF in order to reach maximum brightness – it would be nice if the automatic setting had access to the full range, or provided max/min sliders.

– As a person with small hands, coming from a 4.5″ Moto G1 and my husband’s 4.7″ iPhone, I wish the G5+ was just slightly smaller, with perhaps a 5″ screen. I appreciate that its dimensions were slightly reduced from last year’s G4 Plus, and the larger display is nice at times, but one-handed operation can be a challenge. I know others probably disagree, and might prefer a 5.5″

– This is obviously subjective as well, but the new styling isn’t to my taste. I loved the previous G models’ understated “black monolith” design, pure dark glass front and rubbery plastic back, next to which this one, especially the plastic faux-chrome around the edges looks a bit cheap, like it’s trying to be something it’s not, and is prone to showing scratches. More practically, the smooth plastic rim gives less of a secure hold – I never worried about dropping the old G, but did with the G5 Plus.

Fortunately, this is easily remedied with a simple, thin case like this TUDIA one, which also helps protect the protruding camera “bump” and lets the phone sit flat on its back. If only there was something to be done about that tacky “moto” logo on the front. though it’s less prominent than photos suggest.

– The original Moto G was supposedly waterproof (to some degree), but G5 Plus is only splash-resistant

– reversal of the power button & volume rocker, compared to their placement on all previous Moto G’s and E’s was inconsiderate to loyal Motorola users who are upgrading. I’ve finally gotten used to the new layout, but still carry an older Moto E as a backup phone on another carrier, which doesn’t help.

I don’t care about these, but others might:

– micro-USB rather than USB-C — I have a pile of other devices still using micro-USB, and it’s nice having to carry just one cable type

– lack of NFC – I’ve no interest in Android Pay, which is a pain on a rooted phone anyway due to CTS/SafetyNet checks. NFC Tags might be nice, but similar things can often be done with Bluetooth (or Wifi) pairing-triggered profiles using the excellent Tasker app ($4 on Google Play).

– US version (XT1687) accepts only one SIM card, NOT two. Beware that the included instruction paper implies otherwise, and also shows an incorrect placement for the SIM and MicroSD card! To avoid possibly getting a card stuck inside, go by the markings on the actual SIM-tray instead.

Note that G5+ models sold in Asia, Europe, and Latin America (XT1684, XT1685) do have NFC, and often Dual-SIM also (XT1685 only), but lack the US XT1687’s compass, and usually come with less RAM & flash. International models leave out CDMA also – so, if you really care about NFC or Dual-SIM and want to consider importing an XT1685, it should work on AT&T and T-mobile, but not Verizon or Sprint.

REGARDING ROOT ACCESS: I chose the unsubsidized “Standard” version without Amazon ads, partly because root access is near the top of my requirements in a phone. Be aware that the “Prime Exclusive” version with ads reportedly CANNOT have its bootloader unlocked! Presumably this is to stop the user from removing Amazon’s ad-serving app, but it means you’ll never be able to get full control over the device you just bought.

I don’t know if paying the ad-removal fee back to Amazon will also release it for unlocking, but suspect not — the unlock procedure requires going to a Motorola site and entering a unique hex string that’s programmed into each phone at the factory (possibly derived from the IMEI, ADB serial number, etc.), then getting another unique hex string in return – Moto keeps track of which phones are unlock-eligible and which aren’t, and would have to update their records after the fact based on whether Amazon’s subsidy has been repaid, which probably doesn’t happen. Please correct me if anyone knows otherwise.

If you have the version without ads, rooting is relatively easy, though it may void the 1-year limited warranty, so take a few days first to thoroughly check for defects. Beware that swiping right within TWRP Recovery to let it make its usual changes to /system may soft-brick the phone – this happened to me on my first attempt (it would cycle endlessly between Lenovo and Motorola logos on reboot, never reaching a lockscreen), but re-flashing stock firmware via fastboot fixed it. After that, I booted into TWRP again without flashing it (loading TWRP temporarily into RAM from the attached computer), then used it ONLY to install the Magisk ZIP.

I disabled Magisk’s “Hide” mode because I don’t need it (nothing I run uses SafetyNet), and it seemed to cause a slight slowdown and additional battery drain.

* For control of the charging (ad hoc notification) LED, the magic command is ‘su -c “echo 1 >/sys/class/leds/charging/brightness” ‘ to make this LED blink quickly; echo 0 to turn it off; echo 2 for a slow flashing, 3 for solid-on. Despite the name, you can’t actually control brightness, only the blink rate. I made a simple Tasker script to flash it on new texts or missed calls, and extinguish when the screen transitions off -> on (not counting motion-activated Moto Display wake-ups): pastebin(dot)com(slash)SsUCa3fe

Suggestions for Moto / Lenovo to consider in future software updates:

– please improve the One-Button Nav feature with more customization options. I’d love being able to double-tap the fingerprint sensor to bring up my recent-apps menu, or to quickly switch to the previous app, as when double-tapping the on-screen soft Apps key when One-button Nav is disabled. Android Nougat added that quick-alternation feature, but it’s much less handy when having to do a “swipe, swipe” gesture, as now.

Quick app-switching is the main reason I usually keep One-Button Nav turned off and use traditional software keys.

Also, consider giving the option for both One-Button Nav *and* the soft keys to be enabled at once. This would be useful quickly getting out of full-screen apps that make the soft-keys disappear.

– allow the earpiece Charging LED to optionally serve as Notification LED (off by default), without having to root the phone

In future phones (G6?), please consider improving the LED to be nice and bright/exposed as old early G’s, and also making the battery removable, like on the non-Plus Moto G5 sold in other countries, or at least reasonably serviceable as on previous Moto phones with their removable back covers, even if this adds an extra gram or two of mass, or a mm of thickness. Having to weaken adhesive with a heat gun, pry the screen loose without breaking its delicate cables, and essentially disassemble the entire phone just to replace its battery is a big step backwards. It’s sad to think how many of these otherwise excellent phones might eventually wind up in landfills, just because their batteries have worn out.

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Bring on the Fun – Dog Toys

With their captivating colors and shapes, dog toys can make for easy add-on sales—if marketed properly.

Look down the aisles of a pet store and you might see hundreds of different dog toys. It’s a big category, and retailers need to keep up with the latest advancements and trends to ensure that they maximize the sales potential of dog toys.

Mentally stimulating toys, and those that can be used to train dogs and correct behavioral problems, are some of the most important trends in the dog toy category today, according to industry observers.

“More and more people are now aware of the fact that mental stimulation of the dog is just as important as physical exercise,” said Lars Lund, sales director for Kruuse, based in Langeskov, Denmark. “In addition to being an important part of interactive play and, thereby, the bonding between dog and owner, toys are now used to solve several behavioral problems like separation anxiety, boredom, crate training, as well as digging and barking.”

Bryan Williams, general manager of Wag N’ Wash Natural Food & Bakery’s corporate stores, which are located throughout the U.S., said shoppers ask for dog toys that are durable and provide mental stimulation.

“Customers, particularly those with puppies, want something that will hold up to their dog’s physical demands as well as challenge them mentally,” he said. “For any breed of dog, puzzle toys are a great way to promote brain development in puppies, keep up mental stimulation in older dogs, regulate calorie intake when used as a feeder for overweight dogs, or help entertain a dog stuck inside on a rainy or snowy day. Our customers are also interested in locally sourced products and supporting small business.”

The quality of plush toys has increased dramatically over the past few years as a result of consumer demand for well-constructed items that are more durable, said Bonnie Bao, vice president of PETWONE.

“Consumers are looking for products that last as opposed to ones that are cheaply made,” Cao said.

Mindy Montney, owner of Dog & Co. in New York, said food-shaped toys have become popular at her store.

“We are currently carrying a variety of plush, hand-knit and durable canvas toys in a variety of food shapes—and they are a huge hit,” she said. “Who doesn’t love a burger and fries, right?”

Matt Brazelton, co-owner of Four Muddy Paws, which has stores in St. Louis and Edwardsville, Ill., has seen an uptick in more-durable plush toys.

Still, he added, “We tell our customers that if you want the toy to last, don’t just throw it on the floor and leave it for the dog to totally destroy. Play with your dog and the toy. When not playing with him or her, pick it up. We also suggest rotating toys to bring in new fun for your dog.”

Eco-friendly toys are continuing to grow in popularity, as well.

“Consumers want to feel good about the purchases they are making and know that they aren’t contributing to harmful practices,” said Sarah Johnson, sales coordinator for P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle And You) in San Francisco. “Interactive toys are also very popular as people continue to focus on the significance of bonding with their dogs through activity.”

New Ways to Play

While plush remains popular, Stephanie Morsello, account manager for Fluff & Tuff in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., has seen a rising interest in toys that are silent.

“Customers want toys that are fun and made of the same high-quality construction and materials, but a quieter option,” she said.

In keeping with this trend, Fluff & Tuff launched Squeakerless toys this year, including a large Squirrel, small and medium-sized Zebra Balls, and a mini Guppy Fish.​

One of Kruuse’s most recent introductions is the mentally stimulating Buster ActivityMat, designed to allow dogs to complete varying tasks with different levels of difficulty, said Lars Lund, sales director for the Langeskov, Denmark-based company.

This year, PETWONE expanded its Z-Stitch durable plush toy line with Z-Stitch Grunterz, four prehistoric characters that grunt when squeezed, said vice president Bonnie Bao.

“Consumers are also drawn to trendy toys that are great photo props for social media,” she said. “Earlier this year, we launched the NomNomz, a line of six food-inspired plush toys that people love to buy for their dogs. Just a few months, after NomNomz were launched, the NomNomz were found all over social media.”

This spring, P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle And You) debuted its Safari Toy Collection. The toys’ size and unique-sounding supersized squeakers make them perfect for bigger dogs, said Sarah Johnson, sales coordinator for the San Francisco-based company.

“And we didn’t forget the little pups,” she added. “Each Safari toy has sliding hind limbs that even the little guys can use to grab, tug or carry. And with 2 percent of proceeds going back to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, it’s a feel-good item for everyone.”

P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle And You) also added to its food-themed collection of toys.

“Our International Classic toys offer a squeaky pretzel, tug-worthy sushi, and a pull-part crinkle taco for hours of fun and great photo opportunities as pups ‘chow down’ on these tasty-looking toys,” Johnson said.

Maximizing Playtime

Lars Lund, sales director for Kruuse, based in Langeskov, Denmark, noted that instructional videos and easy-to-understand descriptions and manuals are provided both on the company’s website and as printed material that can be handed out in stores.

“Instructional videos placed in connection with the products are almost essential for dog owners to understand the use of mentally stimulating dog toys,” he said.

At New York-based Dog & Co., the most frequent question employees get about toys concerns durability.

“We never have anyone coming in and saying that their dog never destroys a toy—but many come in asking what we stock for their doggie destroyer,” said owner Mindy Montney. “As a team, we share information on any new brands as they come in [and] information that’s important to customers, whether it’s fabrication, benefits or country of manufacture.”

At Four Muddy Paws, which has stores in St. Louis and Edwardsville, Ill., co-owner Matt Brazelton said that employees are trained to make sure customers know there is no dog toy that is indestructible but that there might be some that take longer to destroy.

“We also educate them on how to best play with the toys,” he said. “Not every dog owner knows how to best get use out of a toy for their pet.”

Stephanie Morsello, account manager for Fluff & Tuff in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., said the company works to provide guidance on monitoring playtime so pet owners can maximize not only the life of the toys, but also the fun.​

Make Displays Stand Out

Any store can put up a wall of toys, but savvy retailers will create special displays to call attention to these products.

“Create fun, themed displays and utilize endcap space to promote new toys or bring attention back to old favorites,” said Sarah Johnson, sales coordinator for P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle And You) in San Francisco. “It’s important to make them stand out and show the product’s personality.”

Bonnie Bao, vice president of PETWONE agreed, noting that retailers should look for toys that are eye-catching and colorful.

“Since most customers visit stores for necessities such as food, treats and medicine, attention-grabbing toys and accessories are perfect add-on purchases that increase each customer’s shopping cart value,” Cao said. “Look for products that customers can’t wait to share with their friends and social media following.”

As a small, city-sized shop (just 400 square feet), Dog & Co. in New York has to be creative with merchandising and displays, said owner Mindy Montney.

“We don’t use any vendor-provided POP displays, but prefer to keep our shop looking more special and curated by using various baskets and bins,” Montney said. “We love to mix our toys in with other categories to create themed merchandising stories.”

Inside Four Muddy Paws, which has stores in St. Louis and Edwardsville, Ill., toys are displayed in bins and on slat walls, said co-owner Matt Brazelton.

Regardless of how a store displays toys, it’s important that everything isn’t just lumped together so customers can easily find the products and features they seek.

​”There are so many toys on the market, so defining your selection with branding will help reduce confusion for your shopper,” said Stephanie Morsello, account manager for Fluff & Tuff in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. “Visual aids are a huge help, and we’ve found that sharing our customers’ photos and videos has been a great way to market our products.​”

Bryan Williams, general manager of Wag N’ Wash Natural Food & Bakery’s corporate stores, which are located throughout the country, said soft plush toys are displayed together so that it’s easier for customers to find the type of toy they are looking for.

“We also display products nearby that may complement a certain toy,” he said. “Toys that are hollow get coupled with things like dog-safe peanut butter or small treats to increase the sales of both items.”

LG G6 Hands-on Review: A Great Android Phone

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LG G6 Hands-on Review

I waited until I used the G6 for nearly two months before writing this review. I wanted to see how it held up. The G6 is one of those rare phones that hit when a maker looks back at their pervious phones, picks the best parts, and just goes with it.

PROS

Nice Screen, Awesome Camera, Water Resistant, Solid Build, Good Performance, Wireless Charging, Headphone Jack

CONS

Terrible Launcher, Too Many Junk Apps, Average Battery Life, 32GB of Storage, Mono Color Flash

As it stands now, the 18×9 screen looks nice, but it’s more of a gimmick than anything else. Very few little content / apps are available in a 18×9 format. The LCD screen gets the job done and looks nice, but I can’t help but wonder what this phone would look like with an AMOLED. You’ll ask that question at night, if you are using always on display. You’ll notice some light bleed that is very hard to avoid with an LCD screen.

The camera on the G6 is one of the best you are going to find on a smartphone in 2017. Not only is the quality top notch, but it’s usable. A lot of dual lens phones use both for bokah or image enhancement. LG has proven that you do not need two lenses for that. Instead they deliver the stellar wide angle lens to supplement the standard lens. It makes for a powerful duo and leaves me wishing that others would adopt a similar format.

The G6 feels good in your hand. It feels much more solid than the G5 did, thanks to its solid, one piece construction. The design meant going away from the removable battery, which is a big drawback for some, but it also allowed them to make the phone water resistant. I’ll take that any day over a removable battery, especially now that cheap, compact battery packs are so readily available.

The wireless charging is a feature I love, but there is an oddity here. You only get that in the US version. In fact there are a couple versions of the G6 out there depending on where you live. For the price, it would have been nice to merge all the features together and only offer one model. Instead you are stuck deciding if you want more internal storage, wireless charging, or high def audio.

LGs biggest weak point is its software. Why can’t they adopt Motorola’s philosophy? I like a phone that is close to stock with no duplicate apps and no bloatware. The G6 is neither of those. The stock launcher is a total nightmare. You can quickly add the version with an app drawer, but it’s not much better. You’ll get very few options to customize anything. You’ll quickly find yourself downloading Nova Launcher or the Google Now Launcher. I’ve forced myself to use the standard app drawer launcher that LG provides since it was designed to work with the phone, but it’s not great.

The battery life is about average. I list that as a con, because this is a flagship running an 821. It should be better than average. I went to this from a Moto Z Play. The SOT difference between the two phones is about 7hrs. That is not a typo. The average user is not going to notice the performance difference between the two phones, only the battery life. Power users are going to see the performance difference.

32GB of storage might seem like an okay option considering this phone also has expandable storage. Here is the problem with that – if you add enough storage, you don’t need also have expandable storage. For a flagship 64GB is quickly becoming standard and many makers have started offering higher options. I honestly think this is going to be one of the last flagships we see with 32GB of storage.

The flash annoys me. I haven’t had a phone with a single color flash in years. The last ten phones I have used have had a dual or even a triple color flash, and for good reason. The flash on the G6 will wash your subjects out. It’s a little thing, but little things can make or break a flagship.

Should you buy this phone?

The price of this phone has been dropping like a rock. If you can land it for less than $500, you’ll have an amazing phone in your hand at a good price point. Overall this is an amazing phone. It could have been the best, but a few cut corners kept it from being as good as it could have been. For those of you who really like to take photos with your phone, this is the one for you!

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Best Pocket Drone with HD Camera

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MAIN FEATURES

  • FPV CAMERA:REAL TIME Video Camera (0.3MP), which provides you FIRST PERSON VIEW, is able to take aerial videos and photos horizontally with the smartphone device (both IOS and Android systems are ok). Images and videos will be shown in both app and mobile album system.
  • MOBILE/APP CONTROL:Control the drone with the APP in a smartphone. And multiple functions can be activated.
  • ONE KEY TAKE OFF/LANDING:When get started, the drone would fly to a preset altitude. And during the flying, the altitude is adjustable which makes the drone easy to control, especially for beginners who are not skilled yet.
  • LIGHTING SYSTEM:Equipped with LED Navigation lights for night flights.

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The JJRC quadcopter is pretty awesome. Yes, it flies using the app on your cell phone (once downloaded and installed) and I prefer using a transmitter, but for what you get with portability and easy setup and operation, it’s worth the trade-off to use and fly this quadcopter when you need it.

I won’t say this is my daily go to quadcopter, but it has its time and place like everything else. This folds up and is very light weight and makes it very easy to shove in a pocket or bag and carry with you when you leave the house or are going somewhere. This comes with a velvet carrying bag with a drawstring to carry this around with and store all the parts that come with it, which include 4 extra props and the battery charger.

The camera looks to be a 0.3 MP camera capable of shooting 720p. Not the greatest, but still holds detail and isn’t grainy looking and some people can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p anyway. The attached video has some video in from the drone camera in it.

This has three speeds at 30, 60 and 100% and with this being so lightweight, you need to be at 100% if there is any wind out in order to control this and fight the wind. The altitude hold on this (without GPS) is spot on and holds very well. It may float side to side but holds the altitude. The yaw and pitch on this are also pretty good and reactive and actually has some pretty good range on it for a WIFI drone.

You connect your phone to the drone WIFI, start the app and connect the app to the drone and away you go. The controls take a little getting used to and if you play games on your phone, should be no problem for you at all.

This does have one touch, takeoff and landing and will also autoland when the battery gets too low, so it doesn’t fall out of the sky and crash, nice feature. This also can be flown using the gyros on your phone and you can fly this by tilting your phone side to side and forwards and backward instead of using the on-screen controls.

This also has a 360 button on it to allow you to do flips. It’s not great at flipping but it does work, but it loses a lot of altitude, so you need to be up high enough not to crash it into the ground when you do it. It’s a selfie drone and not a sport drone, so I wouldn’t expect much in flips.

The lights on this (front white and back red) are very bright and easy to see and make this great for flying at nighttime as well.

Overall, nice portable and foldable quadcopter that takes decent pictures and videos (you’re not making a movie here) and flies pretty decently.

No Fly away tip: Turn off your mobile data on your phone/tablet and go into your settings and tell it to forget any WIFI connection you may have in the area you are flying this at the time. You do not want the WIFI to drop the connection to the drone and connect to another WIFI while you are flying this or you will lose connection to the drone and may get a fly away drone and possible lose it forever.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Hands-on Review

Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8

The first thing I want to talk about is screen: it’s big, it’s high resolution, it’s bright. Its aspect ratio is stretched out, so wide-screen content fits it better. The extra visual real estate is nice but using it one-handed is not very easy.

The second thing is the design. I mean, visually it looks amazing but it’s more than that. This is the first phone that I’ve used where the curved screen felt really comfortable in my hand. When it comes to phones, I don’t care too much about millimetres and grammes and stuff like that I just want to feel comfortable my hand and most curved screens just don’t feel good in the hand. But this one does and that’s because of the frame. The transition from the front glass to the frame and then to the back glass feels almost seamless, there’s just nothing with texture. It’s really nice to hold but it’s also really slippery. I would strongly recommend getting a skin for S8, or even a case.

The other things I like are the wireless charging, the headphone jack and Bluetooth 5.0. I love the micro SD slot, the USB-C port and the performance feels really quick so far.

The camera hardware is similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge. But, let’s be honest, the camera on the S7 was awesome, so it’s not too big of a deal to me that they didn’t upgrade the camera. The front-facing camera has improved quite a bit and considering how many selfies I take every day I think this was a good call.

So this device has a large screen that is super bright and has high resolution so there’s a lot of pixels to process and the battery size isn’t huge, so I wasn’t expecting amazing battery life. The first full day of use I end up the day with thirty-one percent left. Relatively heavy use over the course of the day. At night I charged it back up, watched some YouTube videos with maximum volume and maximum screen brightness, highest resolution (WQHD+) and when I checked it eight hours later it was at thirty-six percent. The screen on time was basically the same. I think that’s not bad I mean on iPhone 7+ I’d probably got some very similar numbers.

The facial recognition is awesome – it works fast and it’s reliable. I tried it with sunglasses and it didn’t work very well.

Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8

The fingerprint scanner isn’t in the best location. I have to stretch for it but since the facial recognition is so good I’m totally fine with it being on the back.
The Galaxy S8 is packed with a lot of cool techs. But hardware specs aren’t everything. For me, the user experience is by far the most important thing when it comes to any kind of device. And with this, there are a couple things that kind of detract from the user experience.

The first is that on-screen home button. I think it could or should be a little bigger. And the haptic feedback isn’t good, it feels like a regular phone vibration.

The speakers are also not stereo and I know a lot of people don’t care about this. But I consume most of my media on my phone and it’s so weird watching a super high-res video that looks gorgeous on the screen while having tinny audio that just comes out from one side of the phone. It just feels off.

The screen is also difficult to use one-handed. So a wide phone like the Google Pixel XL is already wide and a little bit uncomfortable to use but it’s okay – I manage. The S8, because of the tall screen, the vertical stretch is crazy.

The last thing is, probably, my most personal opinion I know a lot of people are going to disagree with this, but I don’t love where they’re going with Bixby. And this time it comes with a dedicated hardware button which you cannot reassign to some other function.

So if you’re interested in this phone and you enjoyed the S7 Edge user experience (as I did) you’re going to love the S8. It’s just a basically an elevated version of this phone. Truly next level hardware, you’re going to love it.

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3 Best Samsung Galaxy S8 Cases

Power your phone and show off your style. There’s a whole range of cases and accessories made just for Galaxy S8.

1. Defender Shockproof Protective Case for Samsung Galaxy S8

defender case cover for samsung galaxy s8At first, I was skeptical about the fit. When I took the case out of the packaging, the gold part fell right off. I was scared that my phone could slip out if the it ever fell off while I was using my phone. However, once on your phone the case is snug. There is no way that bottom part is falling off without you intentionally pulling on it.

All of the cut outs align perfectly with the buttons and I am able to use my charger and headphones with the case on. The case is not “ultra thin” but it’s a good size that does not make your phone feel bulky. The coral and gold colors are the exact shade as they are in the picture. The layer of felt/cloth inside the case is a nice touch. It feels so soft and will definitely help keep the back of your phone scratch free.

I use my phone all the time. It also spends a lot of time flying around in my purse. I’ve had it for a week so far and I don’t see any discoloring or scratches on the case yet. I will keep you updated if/when I do see something.

Overall I’m very happy with the case. It looks classy and protects your phone very well. The quality of this case is great.

2. Slim Leather Case Flip Cover for Samsung Galaxy S8

leather case flip cover for samsung galaxy s8Usually, they are simply as expected and don’t warrant anything being said. That is not the case for this product. First, the packaging is fantastic. The box looks and feels really good. The case itself comes in a little felt pouch which I thought classed up the joint a bit. There is also a little card thanking the customer for purchase and giving warranty details. Very nice touch.

The wallet itself is great. I bought this one specifically because I tend to break screens and a portfolio case is the only way I have found to keep from doing that. I do not plan to keep cards or money in this wallet as I have a small wallet that I really like, so I can not speak to that portion of this product. However, I can say that without cards in the wallet, the magnet is very strong. I have the utmost confidence that I will not be breaking this screen while my phone is in the case. The stand portion seems to work fine. I have a feeling it will be even better once I break in the leather a bit more.

I really like my S8e, and only issue has been finding the right screen protection and case that works! Problem is whatever screen protector applied would have edges popped up when typical cases were installed making the screen protector bubbled to the point of wanting to rip it off the device. So decided to try a flip wallet cover again to use without a screen protector and let the wallet flap be the protector . Problem with past flip wallets I have tried on previous devices is the “clasp” or magnetic closure was a pain, and made slipping the phone in and out of a pocket difficult. Bottom line on case is it has clean minimal lines, good looks, fits in pocket easily, slim profile, and simply just works well. Since it is new can not attest to durability- only thing could be the point of wear on the leather at the “hinge” ? Just will have to see how it holds up!

3. England Series Leather Cover Case for Samsung Galaxy S8

leather cover back case for samsung galaxy s8

This is a back cover and not a full phone case so if you are considering this you (hopefully) understand that this offers minimal protection from drops. If you want that, go with an Otter Box or one of the Spigen armor cases. That said, I wanted a case for my new S8 that offered a little more grip and would offer some protection. I also wanted something that would work with the wireless charging feature of the S8.

The case is still new but appears to be well made, fairly rigid and fits surprisingly well. All buttons are easily accessible and the fit is great but not too tight to take off. The leather has just enough grip when compared with just the phone without case.

I love this case. Fits great, looks really nice and the quality is pretty good. It’s rubbery enough that it seems like it should offer pretty decent drop protection. Also there isn’t any cheesy looking logo stamped anywhere, giving the case an understated, classy look. The case fits great over the buttons and doesn’t hinder functionality in any noticable way. I bought three cases when I got my new S8 and this is by far the best. Highly recommended.

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HUAWEI P10 Hands-on Review

I’ve said this many times: Huawei makes great phones. They’re built to last and their software won’t cause you many headaches after you get used to it. All the Huawei phones I’ve tested in the last couple of years worked very well, even after I’ve been using them a while (which can’t be said for many Android phones).

But while the company’s latest flagship, the Huawei P10, follows in that path, it has one pretty big flaw: it’s boring. It doesn’t bring any truly exciting features, and it’s not even keeping pace with competitors.

There’s no huge screen. No waterproof design. No significant design changes compared to the last year’s model, the Huawei P9.

The only major change between this model and that one is the placement of the fingerprint sensor, which also replaces Android menu buttons, from the back of the phone to its front.

That’s right: When every other major phone maker is removing buttons from the front of their flagships, Huawei is actually adding one.

HUAWEI P10
HUAWEI P10

A new button and little else

So let’s start with the fingerprint sensor. It’s a nice thing: No moving parts, resides under the glass, reads your fingerprints fast, and after a while it’s nearly as good as using the standard Android menu buttons (which can be enabled in the settings).

But does it offer any advantages over the onscreen buttons? Absolutely not. It’s located right below the screen, so it prevents Huawei from making the screen any larger, contrasted by the big screen of the LG G6, which also launched during this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The button’s “home” and “back” gestures (a simple long and short presses) worked well, but getting the recent tasks to show up — which is supposed happen when you swipe the button left or right — didn’t always happen for me.

Regardless of your experience, the button is just another way to do things, and perhaps it’s a mid-step toward actually placing the fingerprint sensor under the screen. And while that would be pretty cool (Apple is rumored to be planning something like that for its next iPhone), it’s not here now, and I don’t really care for learning new gestures to perform the simplest of operations on the phone.

Beyond the button, the design of the phone can best be described by an anecdote. When Huawei handed out the review units to journalists in Barcelona, absolutely everyone opted for the blue one. Why? Because it’s the only one that stands out — the standard white and silver colors look bland.

Don’t get me wrong: The Huawei P10 is a nice-looking device. But besides that button on the front, and a rougher surface on the back that prevents slippage, it’s very similar to the P9, which is in turn very similar to the P8. It’s an OK design that won’t wow anyone, and it’s getting pretty old.

HUAWEI P10
HUAWEI P10

A healthy mix of features

Specs-wise, the P10 is actually a hybrid between the P9 and Huawei’s bigger flagship, the Mate 9. It has all the Mate 9’s innards: the Kirin 960 chipset, the 20-megapixel monochrome/12-megapixel color camera combo, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage.

On the outside, the P10 is more similar to the P9, but it has a smaller screen — 5.1 vs. 5.2 inches. It’s once again a full HD (1080p) screen — a notch down from the current flagships, which typically boast 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. If you want that many pixels, look towards the 5.5-inch Huawei P10 Plus, which I haven’t had a chance to try out yet. It also has a slightly larger battery (3,200 vs. 3,000 mAh), a nice improvement but not one that will make you rush to buy it.

With GeekBench 4 benchmarks, the Huawei P10 performed a little better than the (already great) Huawei Mate 9. Its multi-core score was the best around, while the single-core score lagged only behind Apple’s iPhone.

There’s absolutely nothing bad about these specs; in fact, the Huawei P10 performs great and has never felt slow in daily use, no matter what I threw at it. But there’s also nothing entirely new; it’s essentially the Mate 9 in a smaller body.

Software gets smarter

The Huawei P10 comes with Android 7.0 and the latest version of Huawei’s UI software, EMUI 5.1. You won’t notice many visual differences compare to EMUI 5.0, which was introduced on the Huawei Mate 9.

For this version of the software, Huawei decided to focus on performance. The phone now responds to touches quicker and even prepares the next app you might want to use in advance for an even faster response. A feature called Ultra Memory is a RAM optimizer that learns from your usage habits and frees the RAM from the stuff you probably won’t need.

One new feature that will be familiar to anyone who’s ever used Google Photos is Highlights. The phone will automatically sort your photos and create highlight reels of the best ones; this happens in the background when the phone is idle, so you don’t have to worry about slowdowns. To see how it works, open the Gallery app and tap on the Discover tab.

Generally, I like the last few iterations of EMUI and the new version is not an exception. It’s solid, stable, easy to get used to and fairly unobtrusive. Die-hard stock Android fans might disagree, though.

An evolutionary upgrade

There’s absolutely nothing bad about this phone. It’s a hybrid of last year’s P9’s size and the newer Mate 9’s features, and it looks OK and performs great.

That said, there are few innovations here, and the new fingerprint sensor is not reason enough to go for this phone — in fact, I’m not even sure it’s a step forward.

Furthermore, while competitors such as LG are showing waterproof phones with beautiful, large screens, Huawei appears to be lagging behind. The price is 649 euros in Europe, which is on par with top Android flagships and a hundred euros cheaper than the iPhone 7. But it is also a whopping 100 euros more expensive than its predecessor, the Huawei P9, was at launch, and I don’t see how that price jump is warranted with what the P10 has to offer.

Huawei P10

The Good

Good specs – Great build quality

The Bad

Too similar to its predecessor – New fingerprint sensor isn’t an improvement – Pricey

The Bottom Line

The Huawei P10 is an all-around solid phone, but it does not stand out in the crowd.

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Best Fly Catcher – Sticky Fly Ribbons

Flies like heat, light, low wind and are attracted by odors, and usually enter a building through open doors and windows near garbage and food. Trap flying insects. No pollution, no fumes and no chemical odor. Attracts and holds. Use as much or as little as needed. Just hang and cut off when full.

  • EASY USE – Pull-out tubes, easy for use avoid dirty your hand.
  • Can be wrapped around trees for gypsy moth control.
  • No Baiting, No Poisons, No Vapors, No Mess.
  • Indoor and outdoor use. Catches over 100 flies per ribbon, Catches and kills flying insects.
Sticky Fly Ribbons
Sticky Fly Ribbons

These are by far the best to eliminate mosquitos from my yard. I have tried everything over the past 3 years and these work the best. I do have to hang about 10 or so from the rafters on my porch to not get bit, but it does the job. If you think about how a mosquito breeds these are effective.

Catches tons of flies in my garage. Totally solved my fly problem in just a couple days.

To avoid a mess, I recommend put a tack or nail into a rafter before unrolling the strip. Once you have the thing unrolled, it can be difficult to then push a tack into wood — and that’s when things get messy. After doing it that way once, I switched over to driving nails into rafters around the garage and then hanging the strips from those nails. No muss, no fuss. Just lots of dead flies shortly thereafter.

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Sticky Fly Ribbons

Since flies are attracted to light, I left the lights on in the garage overnight for a couple nights and the strips nearest the light fixture were soon covered in flies.

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Best Mini Camera Quadcopter Drone 2017

Up Up and away!! The CX-10W mini Wi-Fi drone lets you taker to the sky and with its first person view (FPV) this tiny drone beings a great aerial view as you fly high.

Mini Camera Drone for Minimum Size but Maximum Fun

Your very own pocket size eye in the sky, the CX-10W mini drone brings a bird’s eye view and lets you enjoy flying without having to invest $$$$ on an expensive camera drone. A great way to get into drones this inexpensive mini drone is control directly from your Android or iOS Smartphone and the intelligent app brings a FPV of your aerial antics direct to your phones screen.

The 0.3 megapixel camera will let you snap pictures as you fly around so you can experience the fun of photography with this mini drone. At just 17 grams and able to sit in your palm this little drone makes for great entertainment as you can take it anywhere you go. Its small enough to go where big drones can’t so you can explore the world around you in great detail.

A six-axis gyroscope brings extra stability to flight so even kids can fly the CX-10W mini drone with relative ease. It has a 15 to 30 meter range and works with both Android or iOS phones by just downloading and syncing it to the special app.

Amateur pilots, outdoor enthusiasts, adventures and kids will all love the possibilities this drone brings and at such a cheap price it’s the ideal learning tool for budding drone pilots with boundless potential for fun and excitement.

Key Features…

  • 720p-compatible 0.3MP Camera
  • Six-axis Gyroscope for Extra Added Stability
  • 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi Control That Works with Android and iOS
  • Tiny 17-Gram Drone That Can Fit in Your Bag or Purse
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CX-10W Mini Drone – 6-Axis Stabilizing Gyro, 0.3MP Camera, Wi-Fi, 15 To 30M Range, 3D Flip, Android & iOS Compatible, FPV

This is a small fun camera drone. This doesnt come with a remote or screen. This is a wifi drone camera. Have 4 small motors and plastic blades. This comes with charging cable and extra plastic blades (which is extremely useful).

How it works:

First charge the drone completely through supplied USB cable.

Then there are QR codes on the outside of box, scan and download for appropriate mobile phone i.e. ios, android etc.

After download then you have to switch on the drone

Main thing is to change your wifi setting from home network to CX-10W…. (this will show up when you search for wifi network in your phone).

Once you selected this CX-10 from your mobile phone wifi setting then your phone will connect to drone

Now open the app and click play

app will connect to drone and you will see the first image of camera drone.

Once you click the right hand side button to top then 4 motor will start working and drone will fly.

The height this small drone can attend is amazing. (please see photos)

I am impressed with the height it attend but also its to remember that its small, light weight drone with small plastic blades. Its little hard for me to handle it as its fast and quick. It falls down from that height for me and blade bent (its good that it comes with additional blades so I change it). Pretty easy to change the blades just pull it out and insert new one.

There are some option in the app. to take photo, video etc I am not sure, why they provide the reverse screen option and it turn to reverse while you are busy flying drone (see photos).

Photos are normal and clear. I clicked one photo from the height when drone is flying.

You will get good fun things with this drone. Need training as it take speed immediately. Good fun drone!

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