Misfit Command is a slick smart wearable that has year-long battery life

Misfit Command is a slick smart wearable that has year-long battery life

Looking for a slick, new wearable to slap on your wrist this holiday season? If style and long-lasting performance is high up on your checklist of must-haves, then look no further than the Misfit Command.

Distilled from the Android Wear 2.0-injected Misfit Vapor, the Command carries forward a similar design ID, but takes things a step further with waterproofing and a premium stainless steel chassis that’s available in multiple colors: black steel, black copper, navy blue, and steel.

In terms of highlights, its year-long battery life is near the top. Misfit’s previous hybrid smartwatch, Misfit Phase, could last up to six months, but at a year, we’re really seeing things push forward in a good way here. Especially compared to battery performance in a smartwatch, this is a whole new ballgame.

Misfit commands you

Sure, one-year battery life is swell, but at what cost? The Misfit Command’s regular asking price is $149, but is launching its pre-sale period today at a much lower cost of $119 and will see release on 11/28. Either price is acceptable, really, given the cost of analog watches can soar past the $500 mark fairly easily.

 We’ve only had a hands-on look at the Command so far, but like what we’ve seen. Its overhauled notification abilities are clearly laid out thanks to the new watch hand in the middle that points directly to the sort of notification you’re getting on your phone, – no more dealing with confusing color codes as we saw in the Misfit Phase.

Stay tuned for our full review going up soon to get the entire picture of what Command has to offer, but if you’re considering taking advantage of the lower launch price, it seems like a worthy purchase in our books.

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/misfit-command-is-a-slick-smart-wearable-that-has-year-long-battery-life

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HTC U11 deals: Save $50 and walk away with a free pair of $199 JBL headphones

HTC U11 deals: Save $50 and walk away with a free pair of $199 JBL headphones

It’s the perfect time of year for HTC U11 deals. So if you’ve been holding out on purchasing a new smartphone until Black Friday and Cyber Monday and an HTC fan, the time to act is now.

The biggest savings amounts to $50 off the HTC U11  from now until November 29 at 12 AM EST. It includes the HTC U11 for $599 ($50 off its original price and the price you’d pay on Amazon)

Even better, you’ll get more than just the phone. HTC is tossing in a set of JBL Reflect Aware C noise-cancelling headphones (a $199 value), as well as the Tile-like HTC Fetch key fob that can help you track down a lost set of keys, for free with purchase.

This cost covers the baseline model that comes stocked with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. However, if you add $80 onto the tag for a total of $679 (usually $729), you can double the storage to 128GB and increase the RAM to 6GB.

No matter how you cut it, the U11 is supremely powerful and designed like no other flagship smartphone from this year. It has made its way onto our list of the very best Android phones, and if you’re a stickler for awesome photography and performance, you’re in for a treat.

HTC deal ecstacy

If you’re low on cash, but still want to reap the benefits of HTC’s holiday price slashing, the HTC Bolt or HTC U11 Life might be more up your alley. Both phones start under $400 ($200 for the Bolt, $349 for the U11 Life) and will include the HTC Fetch that can help you keep track of your keys, and in turn, if you lose your phone, the Fetch will help you find it.

Some key points worth knowing about these phones: the Bolt only works on Sprint, making it an ideal choice for those on that carrier, but obviously not a great option for those on any other carrier. On the other hand, the U11 Life works with all GSM carriers, including T-Mobile and AT&T.

It’s possible that even better deals on HTC-branded gear will pop up between now and Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but you can be assured that we’ll be posting as soon as we hear of them.

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/htc-u11-deals-in-usa

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The best Moto Mods for Moto Z are 50% off for Black Friday

The best Moto Mods for Moto Z are 50% off for Black Friday

There’s no denying the fun-factor and utility of Moto Mods. Compatible with the Moto Z, Moto Z2 Play, Moto Z2 Force and a few others, they snap on and expand the overall battery capacity and list of abilities to include stuff like projecting films onto a wall, playing music out loud with grace and printing photos on-the-go, to name a few use cases.

Really, the only downside is that they come with a high price, – but not today. Verizon is offering a good selection of Moto Mods at 50% off today only, saving you cash in the range of $30 to $150 depending on the mod. This is one of the better deals in general that we’ve seen in the lead-up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

If the Moto Z2 Force is on your holiday list (and since it’s on our list of the best Android phones available, it really should be), you owe it to yourself and the loved ones who you and your Moto will provide with endless entertainment to pick up a few right now. Here’s a list of our favorites.

Insta-Share Projector is 50% off
This mod snaps on and instantly mirrors the screen onto a wall with surprising capability. It’s perfect for hosting a marathon session on Netflix or really any video content. Now discounted to $150, consider this one an essential.View Deal

JBL SoundBoost2 is 50% off
This mod provides a similar effect to pairing your Moto phone with a Bluetooth speaker, piping out impressive performance and style with its built-in kickstand and battery capacity. At $39, this one is a steal.
View Deal

Moto 360 Camera is 50% off
Seeing a pattern here? All Moto Mods are 50% off, but some are a better deal than others, including the 360-degree camera made by Moto itself. This one snaps on and acts as a standalone camera that shoots footage that’s perfect for VR, so you can watch your recordings inside of the compatible Google Daydream View headset. At $149, this is about as cheap as 360-degree cameras come.View Deal

Moto Gamepad is 50% off
Like to game? All Moto Z phones comfortably snap into place, providing a Nintendo Switch-like experience that lets you have greater control over your games. Normally $79, this one is a much more reasonable value at $39.View Deal

InstaPrint Polaroid MotoMod is 50% off
The recently-released mod actually prints photos, plain and simple, and is half-off at $99. Want to share an unforgettable honeymoon photo with a friend or family member over the holidays? There are a few ways of doing that, but none as easy or awesome as the Polaroid mod.View Deal

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/moto-mods-deal-for-moto-z-or-z2-force

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Moto G5 Plus is $130 off for Black Friday and cheaper than Amazon

Moto G5 Plus is $130 off for Black Friday and cheaper than Amazon

Some of the very best smartphones of the year also happen to be the best cheap phones, too. Case in point: the Moto G5 Plus masterfully strides the line between budget and premium in both its overall design and performance. 

The Moto G5 Plus is $169 on Newegg, it’s cheapest price ever just ahead of Black Friday. And it includes a set of free Motorola Bluetooth headphones, all of which is well below its regular asking price of $299.

This model, which features 32GB of onboard storage (and can be expanded with its microSD slot), 2GB of RAM and incoming Android Oreo support is a worthy fit for casual phone users as well as those who put their tech to task.

Cheaper than Moto G5 Plus on Amazon

Amazon sells a discounted version of the G5 Plus that features lockscreen ads and offers, but that’s even $70 more expensive than Newegg’s amazing deal. So this may be the best deal we see even through Cyber Monday 2017.

Before you buy, it’s always good to know if a phone will work on your network, and good news, the G5 Plus works with GSM and CDMA carriers alike, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon.

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/moto-g5-plus-deal-in-usa-black-friday

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You can get the best LG OLED TV for $700 off right now

You can get the best LG OLED TV for $700 off right now

An OLED television is likely to be high up on just about everyone’s holiday wish list, and thankfully, some awesome Black Friday deals will make that dream a reality.

LG is offering its acclaimed 55-inch LG OLED55B7A and the larger 65-inch LG OLED65B7A at their lowest prices yet. The smaller of the two will cost $1,500 and upgrading another ten inches will cost $2,300, according to CNET. This is a huge savings for each, bringing the price down about $700.

We’ve reviewed several LG-branded OLED televisions and they stand on par with Samsung’s, but well above what other manufacturers have put to store shelves. Compared to the LG OLED55C7, these discounted displays feature similar best-in-class picture quality and dynamic range abilities.

It’s difficult to decide between televisions, but if you’re on the hunt for an OLED TV in particular, this is all that you need to know: the 55-inch model is the cheapest OLED television available in this size range and the purchase window to take advantage of the deal is small. You’ll have to pull the trigger between November 19 and November 27, which is Cyber Monday 2017.

If you’re committed to purchasing one and are also in need of a smartphone. LG is holding a special promotion that can save you up to $400 on said television, or any other LG-branded appliance that you’re in need of.

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/you-can-get-the-best-lg-oled-tv-for-700-off-right-now

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The best cheap tablets of 2017

The best cheap tablets of 2017

The best cheap tablet in 2017 makes on-the-go computing easier, and keeps the price inexpensive. They’re thin-and-light in all ways, including their price, which sees many under $300, with some even falling below the $100 mark.

You’ll find big names below. Samsung, Amazon and even Apple have affordable options with flavors that come in Android Nougat and iOS 11.

While the top-tier best tablet in the US got a shake-up three times over this year from the iPad Pro 10.5, New iPad 9.7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, the list below  benefits from hand-me-downs and tablet price drops. Basically, all of the best tablets around will eventually end up here, so stay tuned.

Here are the best cheap tablets you can buy at this point in the year.

Nvidia Shield Tablet K1

1. New iPad

Hands down, the best value for your dollar

Weight: 469g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 97.5mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 9.7 inches | Resolution: 2,048 x 1,536 | CPU: A9 processor | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32/128GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 10-hour battery | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Unbeatable value
Thicker than previous models
Accessories become costly

Apple’s latest 9.7-inch tablet sits just above the $300 mark, so by rule, it shouldn’t be on this list. But we’d be leading you astray if we didn’t tell you that the 2017 iPad is not only one of the best tablets out, period, but that it’s also one of the best values.

Despite its lineup of iPad minis being more affordable and palm-friendly for some, there’s no better place for an iOS fan to find a tablet fit than the new iPad.

Stocked with iOS 11, this tablet aligns in terms of performance with the iPhone 7 with its A9 processor, Retina display and FaceTime HD cameras.

Read the full review: New iPad

Amazon Fire

2. Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)

Not perfect by any stretch, but the best you can get for the price

Weight: 369g | Dimensions: 214 x 128 x 9.7mm | OS: Fire OS | Screen size: 8-inch | Resolution: 1,280 x 800 | CPU: Quad-core 1.3GHz | RAM: 1.5GB | Storage: 16GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: up to 12 hours | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: VGA

Sturdy design for the price
Fantastically cheap
Screen lacks sharpness
Dreadful cameras

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) is the best tablet you can get for under $100. That alone secures it a recommendation.

This is not a technological upgrade over the last Fire HD 8 (2016), but it takes the last version’s most important bits and lowers the price significantly by degrading a few of the less important parts.

If you’re a true gadget lover, you might want to consider spending a bit more on something with a better screen and more flexible software. However, if you’re happy to fit yourself into the Amazon system and can put up with the budget parts, this is an excellent buy. 

Read the full review: Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

3. Lenovo Tab 4 8

A premium mini tablet with power to spare

Weight: 310g | Dimensions: 211 x 124 x 8.2mm | OS: Android Nougat | Screen size: 8 inches | Resolution: 1,280 x 800 | CPU: Snapdragon 425 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 4,850mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 2MP

Decent performance
Quality design for a low cost
May not get Android Oreo
Easily scratched

In a sea of slates and smartphones, crafting a device that has enough personality to stand out and enough quality to be worth caring about is a difficult proposition.

With the Tab 4 8, Lenovo has succeeded in producing something with a flavor of its own, and something that makes the mid-range Android tablet market worth attention once again.

On its own merits however, the Tab 4 8 is an surprisingly solid all-rounder, with great performance, a decent screen, solid battery life and a comfortable design. 

Read the full review: Lenovo Tab 4 8

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8-inch)

A high-res screen and speedy performance is a potent mixture

Weight: 265g | Dimensions: 198 x 134 x 5.6mm | OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow | Screen size: 8.4 inches | Resolution: 2,048 x 1,536 | CPU: Exynos 5433 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32/64GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2.1MP

Excellent screen
Good battery life
A little behind on design
Small on-board storage

For those who are in love with Samsung’s lineup of Galaxy smartphones, this is the tablet for you. The most affordable variant in the Tab S line comes with an 8.4″ inch screen, but houses the same powerful specs as its 9.7″ counterpart.

When it was introduced it 2015, we called it “serious competition” to Apple’s iPad and the claim still stands. The Galaxy Tab S2 features a polished aesthetic and a fairly competent set of specs, but only recently has this been at a price that makes it an excellent tablet for those with less cash on hand.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Amazon Fire HD 8

5. Amazon Fire 7 (2017)

It’s so cheap they’re selling it in multi-packs

Weight: 295g | Dimensions: 192 x 115 x 9.6mm | OS: FireOS | Resolution: 1,024 x 600 | CPU: Quad-core 1.3GHz | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 8GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 7 hours | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: VGA

Sturdy design
Amazingly cheap
Poor selection of apps
Washed-out sceen

Amazon’s super-affordable Fire tablet is best suited for first-time tablet owners. It’s also a perfect fit for parents looking for strong parental controls, or for those already highly invested in the wider Amazon ecosystem.

Even if you’re just looking for an extra tablet to have around the space, the Fire is a relatively easy sell. 

But for the wider public, if a premium build and a fat stack of features is what you’re after, you won’t find it here.

Read the full review: Amazon Fire 7 (2017)

iPad Mini 2

6. iPad mini 4

A powerful, yet portable iPad for those on a budget

Weight: 304g | Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 7.9-inch | Resolution: 2048 x 1536 | CPU: A8 processor | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 128GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Amazing screen
Unparalleled build quality
Similar-spec rivals are cheaper

The iPad Mini 4 is a solid tablet choice if you’re gunning for something small, but powerful. This mini and mighty slate packs in all of the bells and whistles found on the larger iPad, including the TouchID fingerprint sensor, Retina display and a surprising amount of gusto thanks to its A8 processor.

Like the iPad above, the Mini 4 tends to hover slightly above the $300 mark, but it’s fairly common to find a deal that plunges it well beneath it. And for that price, it’s definitely worth it if sticking to iOS is crucial.

Read the full review: iPad mini 4

Asus ZenPad S 8 0

7. Asus ZenPad S 8.0

A high-res screen and speedy performance is a potent mixture

Weight: 350g | Dimensions: 203 x 134 x 6.6mm | OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop | Screen size: 8 inches | Resolution: 2048 x 1536 | CPU: Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core | RAM: 2/4GB | Storage: 16/32/64GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 8 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 05MP

Superb high-res screen
A lot of pre-installed apps
Average camera

Asus‘ ZenPad S 8.0 is a tablet focused on value, but you wouldn’t guess as much by looking at it. This 8″ slate covers a lot of ground for its asking price, and even goes as far as providing a good-looking, sturdy build and handy features, like a microSD slot and 10-hour battery life.

This is an easy choice if you consume a lot of content and want to look good doing so, but don’t want to completely shell out your laptop budget on a tablet.

Read the full review: Asus ZenPad S 8.0

Amazon Fire

8. Huawei MediaPad M3 8.0

An Android tablet with a particular focus on design

Weight: 322g | Dimensions: 215 x 124x 7.3mm | OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow | Screen size: 8.0-inch | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,600 | CPU: Octa-core | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 8MP

Sharp screen
Fantastic design for the price
Iffy gaming performance
Cameras aren’t anything special

The Huawei MediaPad M3 is a tablet with lots of admirable qualities. High screen resolution, ultra-low weight and speakers that go loud enough to become an anti-social menace in some situations earn a big thumbs-up.

It should be known that we encountered some issues with keeping a steady framerate during intensive games. The casual games everyone gets obsessed with for weeks at a time run fine, but those with console-like graphics tend to struggle to an extent that’s quite rare for a tablet of this quality.

You’ll need to think carefully about whether this is going to be an issue for you before choosing the Huawei MediaPad M3 over, say, the iPad mini 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab S, or any of these other fine options. 

Read the full review: Huawei MediaPad M3 8.0

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/tablets/best-cheap-tablets-top-budget-options-1314545

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iPad 2018 could borrow the best features from the iPhone X

iPad 2018 could borrow the best features from the iPhone X

Apple is planning to overhaul its iPad for 2018, slicing away bezels along with the TouchID fingerprint sensor. This move follows in step with the iPhone X, which has seen success, both critically and commercially, thanks to its refreshed design, improved performance and future-looking feature set.

Perhaps the biggest change going into Apple’s 2018 flagship tablet is the removal of the TouchID fingerprint sensor. As we’ve seen with the iPhone X, it will be replaced with FaceID as the sole method of logging in via biometrics, according to Bloomberg. To unlock the device, simply look at the front-facing camera and the TrueDepth face-sensing technology will authenticate.

While some will miss the ease and reliability of the fingerprint sensor, opting for FaceID technically allows for a larger screen and smaller bezels. Speaking of screens, this is a potential point of delineation between Apple’s next flagship tablet and its new, nearly all-screen smartphone: it won’t utilize OLED screen technology, but will instead likely stick with a tried-and-true LCD panel.

This is one of the big selling points for the iPhone X over its predecessors, and even though it’s disappointing to hear that it won’t come to next year’s iPad, it’s understandable given that Apple had enough trouble securing enough OLED supply for its phone, let alone much larger contrast-rich screens for this rumored tablet.

Omission aside, we’ll still get to appreciate a larger screen and smaller bezels thanks to the removal of the TouchID sensor.

Other iDifferences

Apple’s tablets have traditionally been a half step more powerful than the most recent iPhone, and the 2018 tablet looks to be no exception. Sources close to its development told Bloomberg that the company is readying a faster version of its A11 Bionic chip, as well as a new graphics processing unit (GPU) for the next iPad, both of which will push it past the iPad Pro.

Additionally, Apple is said to be at work on the next iteration of Apple Pencil stylus, as well as some new use cases on the software end of things to squeeze more utility of it. Hopefully, that work translates in an iPad stylus that doesn’t require being recharged.

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/ipad-2018-could-borrow-the-best-features-from-the-iphone-x

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Best Apple Watch bands of 2017

Best Apple Watch bands of 2017

You change your clothes everyday, so why not switch up your Apple Watch, Apple Watch 2 or Apple Watch 3 band, too?

Your Apple Watch is stylish on its own, but just like you have a new change of clothes each day, you owe it to yourself to have a repertoire of bands that suit your mood.

Thankfully for you, there are a ton of Apple Watch bands to choose from. In fact, there are so many that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s where we step in.

These are the best Apple Watch bands currently available from both Apple and third-party manufacturers.

On a tight budget?

Southern Straps Nylon strap

A cheap, yet high-quality option

Available in a variety of colors
A bit stiff until you wear it in

NATO bands are an affordable option to strap up your Apple Watch, but they aren’t the best option. Why’s that? Well, because their wrapping style covers up the smart heart rate monitor on Apple’s smart wearable.

This is where Southern Straps shows its stuff. Starting at $35, you can get a NATO-style band that doesn’t inhibit the Apple Watch’s abilities. Of course, you can spend more to snag yourself a leather band, but the baseline nylon option suits many styles and better yet, small budgets.

Apple Sport Band

A tough, sweatproof option

Simple, yet bold
Can be easily washed
Not the flashiest band
Also not the most breathable

Apple’s own Sport Band is perfect for those with an active lifestyle, as well as those who simply prefer the look and feel of silicon over that of metal or fabric.

At $49, the Sport Band sits at the low end of the price spectrum for Apple-made bands, but features the same simple connectors and comfortable, reliable clasping mechanism as the more expensive options.

Better yet, it’s available in a ton of color options to suit just about every taste.

Casetify Saffiano Leather band

Dip your leather in vibrant colors

More expressive than Apple’s
Tons of design variety
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If you like the leather-clad look (who doesn’t?) for the Apple Watch, consider the Casetify option.

Each of these bands offers comparable build quality to that of Apple’s in-house bands, plus they’re available in a much wider variety of colors and design types.

Baseus Apple Watch Band

A cheaper leather alternative

Available in many colors
Looks more premium than it costs
Synthetic leather

The Baseus is a subtly different styling from the Apple leather straps and the large golden buckle is striking. The same gold effect is found on the connectors that attach the band to the Watch. Thankfully, this works just as well with the Apple Watch Sport as the real gold Edition. 

Apple Nike Sport Band

A more breathable Sport variant

Porous design is breathable
Can be washed
Only available in mega-vibrant colors

Priced the same as the regular Sport Band, the Nike Sport Band is a bit different in a few ways. 

First off, the design is more aerated than Apple’s, which yields a much more breathable experience if you find yourself sweating frequently (and profusely). It’s also available in a few color options: black, white, and black with fluorescent green detailing.

The clasping mechanism takes advantage of the dotted design by locking securely into the band.

Although it’s made in collaboration with Nike, you won’t find much branding here. From what we’ve seen it’s just on the inside of the band.

Lastly, Apple and Nike are constantly collaborating on new color schemes, so be sure to check back for new inclusions in this list moving forward if one sticks out as being more popular than the others.

Apple Woven Nylon

A regal, unique look for AW

Tons of design options
Can get dirty more easily

Now, for something completely different.

Apple’s Woven Nylon variety will suit those looking for something a bit more traditional, while still being quite expressive at $49.

Woven with nylon (hence the name), these bands feel smooth and comfy, yet durable against the elements and the test of time.

There are plenty of options to select from, some solid colors and others are multi-colored, and each joins at a shiny metal clasp that offers an even more secure fit than the Sport Bands.

Clockwork Synergy Classic Nato Bands

Cheaper, but just as nice as Apple’s

Great variety
No cons to speak of

Looking quite similar to Apple’s own Woven Nylon, the classic NATO option gives off a charming casual look. Not just that, this type of band is generally the most comfortable and lightweight, especially when compared to stainless steel or leather. 

As is this case with many third-party bands, this one is about half the cost of Apple’s version. This NATO band is an obvious choice for those who like to have many different color options when customizing the look of their Apple Watch.

Hoco Original Stainless Steel Strap Buckle

Link bracelet on a budget

Matches Apple’s premium styling
Adjustable link sizing
Reportedly doesn’t come with link pins

If you’ve bought the Space Black Watch with its elegant Sport band in black, you might be yearning for the Link Bracelet mentioned on the previous page. But the $449 price tag would likely be putting you off. 

This one is a fraction of the price and looks pretty good, too. The clasp isn’t as intricate as Apple’s but it’s still comfy and effective, especially considering its much lower price. 

Grovemade Leather Band

A classy, casual band that won’t break the bank

Looks like a classic leather band
Available in different colors
Price is a bit high
Doesn’t ship until September

The Grovemade leather band for Apple Watch makes Apple’s wearable look even more like a traditional timepiece. 

Made with American vegetable-tanned leather, the band is said to age gracefully, just like the Apple Watch.

This is one of the nicer leather bands that we’ve seen come from companies outside of Apple, but you’ll need to wait until September to get your hands on it.

Have a little extra spending money?

Apple Classic Buckle

A seriously good look

A high-fashion choice
An office-friendly choice
It’s expensive
Not gym-friendly

While some might argue that the Woven Nylon band is perfectly presentable, others might be after something that really makes a statement. That’s where the leather-clad Classic Buckle band comes in.

Available in multiple colors of leather for $149, Classic Buckle is the obvious choice for those after a more distinguished look.

Like the Woven Nylon, the fit here is comfortable and adapts to fit your wrist better over time.

Apple Milanese Loop

An iconic look

Adds a very premium look
Comfortable, breathable
Many cheaper 3rd party alternatives
Can snag on arm hairs

Possibly the most sought-after Apple Watch band, the attention that the Milanese Loop band receives is warranted.

At the same price as the Classic Buckle, owners can get their feet wet with a cool-to-the-touch stainless steel band that ekes elegance and simplicity in its design.

You’ll know at first glance if this band is for you, and if it is, you can choose between traditional silver and black options.

“I have money and I’m not afraid to use it”

Apple Link Bracelet

The more serious, high-end option

Customizable links
Stainless steel won’t wear over time
Costs more than the Apple Watch
Adds heft to the smartwatch

OK, now we’re getting up there in price. For $449, Apple offers up its brushed stainless steel Link Bracelet.

Build materials aside, this couldn’t be any more different than the Milanese Loop. Rocking a look akin to high-end analog watches, the Link Bracelet possesses a sophisticated sheen that the others don’t.

Equipped with a watch tool, you can customize the size to perfectly fit your wrist and if silver doesn’t suit you, it’s also available in black.

Paired with the Apple Watch, this is probably one of the slickest bands you can make your own.

Hermès Fauve Barenia Leather Single Tour

A more premium leather band

Hermès quality on the wrist
Arguably the best leather you can get

One look at the name and you know this is going to be pricey. However, at $339, it’s actually a good amount cheaper than the Link Bracelet.

For your money, you’re getting industry-leading Hermès design in a band, complete with master-class fabric stitching and leather quality that’s unparalleled in the vast batch of Apple Watch bands available. 

It might cost a lot, but if you’re a watch aficionado, there’s not substitute for quality.

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/best-apple-watch-bands

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Samsung Galaxy S9 might not be as advanced as you’d hoped

Samsung Galaxy S9 might not be as advanced as you’d hoped

The home button on the display of the Samsung Galaxy S8 makes one thing very clear: the company had fallen just shy of implementing a futuristic fingerprint sensor under the glass. 

Unfortunately, the latest word from the rumor mill suggests that we won’t see the innovation in the Samsung Galaxy S9, either. But there appears to be a silver lining in this development that, at the very least, Samsung is adjusting the location of the sensor, according to TechnoCodex. Chances are good that it will be placed in the middle, as we’ve seen on the LG V30 and Google Pixel 2, to name a few other smartphones.

Shifting the fingerprint sensor away from the awkward spot it sits at on both the S8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a step in the right direction, though. Our reviews of both phones note that the sensor’s placement right next to the rear-facing camera makes it tough to find, and once you do find it, you’ve probably smudged up your camera along the way.

Who will implement it first?

It’s disappointing that Samsung hasn’t figured out how to tackle embedding the fingerprint sensor under the display just yet, but it’s a likely indicator that this company isn’t the only one having trouble accomplishing it. 

Just like bezel-free displays were this year’s white whale for manufacturers to dash toward, we expect these “invisible” biometric sensors to take off in 2018. We’ll just have to see if Samsung solves the puzzle for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, or if another company will beat it to the chase.

  • Or, like the iPhone X, Samsung could skip fingerprint scanners altogether

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s9-might-not-be-as-advanced-as-youd-hoped

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iPhone 9: what we’d like to see

iPhone 9: what we’d like to see

The iPhone 9 was skipped over, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple isn’t going to bridge the gap between the recently launched iPhone 8 and iPhone X in 2018.

We could finally see some iPhone 8 Plus features come to the theoretical 4.7-inch iPhone 9 with a September 2018 release date, while we also see an iPhone X2 available in two sizes.  

While we currently don’t have any solid information on the iPhone 9 at this point, it will likely be a continuation of the traditional iPhone design – one final step before Apple completely merges the old with the new, bezel-free look brought by the iPhone X.

Until we know more about the iPhone 9, the article below will act as a wishlist of sorts, comprised of features that we really want Apple to double-down on for 2018’s flagship smartphone.

What we’d like to see

A Home button, one last time

What once was a hardware staple for the iPhone is well on its way out. If you buy an iPhone X, you’ll get a glimpse into Apple’s home button-less future, which is now, well, its present.

After some adjustment time, most will forget about the trusty button’s absence in the iPhone X, but it’d be a nice send-off if Apple kept the home button for one last appearance in the iPhone 9.

AirPods included

Apple is ahead of most smartphone manufacturers in that it includes a set of earbuds in each and every box. But once the headphone jack disappeared in the iPhone 7, you could either listen to music with the Lightning-connected EarPods or charge the phone, but not both.

While it’s unlikely, it’d be a dream come true if the iPhone 9 came with AirPods included in the box. Apple’s easy-to-lose but beloved wireless headphones would be a huge selling point for the next iPhone.

This way, you can enjoy some tunes wirelessly while your phone is charging.

Wireless charging

Apple’s investment in wireless charging is young, though it’s essential enough that we’d be pleased to see it show up in the iPhone 9.

Moving from the iPhone 7 to the 8, enabling the wire-free charging feature required Apple to make the phone’s back all-glass, as to allow the charging signal pass through the device.

Keeping this feature hints that the iPhone 9 might not look all that different from what’s available today, and will likely be just as easy to break.

AMOLED display

Apple reportedly lacked the resources to put AMOLED displays in any phone except its new iPhone X. Give the supply chain about six to eight months to calibrate and Apple should see about using the impressive display tech in the iPhone 9.

It’s a bit baffling for the company to dodge including a AMOLED display in the iPhone 8, only to reserve it for the high-end iPhone X. We’d like to see the richer colors and deep blacks that only this type of screen can provide to come to the next iPhone, namely the iPhone 9.

Dual rear-facing cameras

The iPhone 9 will feature a set of dual rear-facing cameras – that much is almost certain. However, as it has done in the past few years, Apple will only include it in the plus-sized model, the iPhone 9 Plus.

It’d be an awesome move for the company to give this feature to those who don’t want to shell out plus-sized dollars, but still want all of the bells and whistles associated with Apple’s nifty feature. 

Adjusting portrait lighting and shooting photos with depth is great to have on your phone as a DSLR replacement. And as Apple continues to pour its efforts into these competitive features, it’d be wise to homogenize the results from its broad range of devices moving forward.

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/iphone-9-release-date-news-rumors

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