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Although the Pixel and Pixel XL have been out on the market for a little while now, Google’s flagship family remains one of the best smartphone choices on the market right now. Unlike the Nexus family before it, the Pixel line not only appeals to techies but also to more casual users as well, as evidenced by the continued struggle to keep up with demand over at Verizon. There’s a lot to like about the Pixel and Pixel XL, including beautiful (though clearly iPhone-inspired) designs, fast internals, and stock Android with a few extras including the super powerful Google Assistant.

If you are the proud owner of the Pixel or Pixel XL, congratulations! Now it’s time to make a great thing even better by pairing it with the right accessories. Some of these add-ons are no brainers, like the new Daydream View VR headset and a quality case. What other accessories do we recommend? Keep reading to find out.

See also:

Google Pixel XL review: a Pixel’s perspective

October 27, 2016

Official cases

Best Google Pixel Accessories

One of the most obvious Pixel and Pixel XL accessories would be an official case, and Google has quite a few options here. First up is the clear case. As the name suggests, the transparent case lets you show off the design of your phone, and the ultra thin case barely adds any bulk or thickness to the device. There are precise cutouts for power button, volume rocker, speaker, charging port, camera, and fingerprint scanner. The clear case is priced at $30.

Get the Clear case for the Pixel
Buy the Clear case for the Pixel XL

The next case offers a little more protection, and is built with three protective materials, including a silicon exterior that offers grip and shock absorption, a polycarbonate core that adds support, and finally, a premium microfiber interior. The buttons are covered, and the case is available in a slew of color options, including pink, blue, green, and black. This case is priced at $35.

Buy the Pixel phone case
Buy the Pixel XL phone case

Finally, you have the Live case, that lets you create your own case design, from a slew of choices ranging from artwork, your own photos or others, or even maps of places of your choice. Every case will get a downloadable live wallpaper that complements it. As far as the protection goes, this case is at the same level as the clear case above. The Live cases are priced at $40.

Get a Live case for the Pixel or Pixel XL

Interested in more case options? Check out our official Pixel and Pixel XL case roundup.


Daydream View

Best Google Pixel Accessories

Daydream represents a big leap forward for Google’s VR vision, which first began humbly with Google Cardboard. The Google Daydream View is an official Google-made VR headset that is built with the Pixel and Pixel XL in mind. The headset is made of a fabric material that is super comfortable to wear and once connected you are immersed in a special UI that includes its own versions of Google Play, YouTube and more. The Daydream View also includes a special motion controller allowing you to become more deeply immersed in your VR world.

For more details on the Daydream View be sure to check out our full review.

Buy now from Google Store

Google Pixel Desktop Charging Dock

Best Google Pixel Accessories

Looking for an attractive and easy to use cradle for your Pixel or Pixel XL? The Encased Google Pixel desktop charging dock could be exactly what you’re looking for. With a built-in Type-C compatible port for charging, this nice dock keeps your phone charging while you are at your desk or at your beside table while you’re asleep. The design also makes it easy to still use your phone for things like video chatting, using Google Assistant, navigating through your music apps, and more. The dock not only charges your phone but includes a cable that works with syncing to your computer as well, which is a nice little extra.

At a hair over $26, this accessory is a bit more than the cost of a charger, but it could be perfect for those that are looking for a better way to prop up and display their phone instead of laying it on its back or display.

Get it on Amazon

Chromecast

Best Google Pixel Accessories

If you’re looking for a simple streaming device that works flawless with your Pixel or Pixel XL, there are no better options than the Chromecast. With support for all your favorite apps from Spotify to Netflix and even a growing selection of games, the Chromecast is a great buy that starts at only $35. With the Chromecast, your phone acts as the remote, with Google’s casting technology quickly passing things over from your phone to your TV.

If you are looking for full 4K support there’s also the new Chromecast Ultra. At $70, the Ultra is a great bit more expensive, but the added benefit of 4K could make it worth it for some buyers.

Buy the Chromecast
Buy the Chromecast Ultra

Dual Port USB Type-C Rapid Wall Charger

Best Google Pixel Accessories

While your Pixel or Pixel XL obviously came with a charger in the box, the reality is that many of us have multiple mobile devices these days so having extra ports comes in handy. Google’s official Type-C rapid charger might not be the cheapest option on the market, but it’s designed to quick charge the Pixel (as well as earlier Nexus devices) with support for up to 15W on a single port. There’s also a 1.8-meter long cable that gives you plenty of flexibility when it comes to ensuring you can reach the cable to plug in your phone.

Buy from Google Store

Anker PowerCore+ 20100 mAh

Best Google Pixel Accessories

While the Pixel and Pixel XL have pretty solid battery life, a power bank can always come in handy and Anker is one of the best bets when it comes to power bank brands. The Anker PowerCore+ packs 20100 mAh and is comes in at $50.99 on Amazon. Along with the 10 LED capacity indicator, the PowerCore+ has 2 USB ports outputting power at 2.4A each, and a USB Type-C port. Included in the box is the power bank, a USB to USB Type-C cable which is used to quickly charge the power bank, a travel pouch, and a micro USB cable. Keep in mind that you don’t just charge the power bank using type-C, there’s also Type-C output, meaning you can charge your Nexus 6P (or whatever have you) from the battery charger as well.

The Anker PowerCore+ also utilizes a number of special technologies to help ensure the best experience possible, such as PowerIQ, a proprietary technology used to replicate the charging protocol of each device to ensure safe and efficient charging. VoltageBoost is another proprietary technology that detects cable resistance in order to provide a steady charge.

Buy on Amazon

CHARGED Quick Charge 3.0/2.0 & USB C

Best Google Pixel Accessories

If fast charging is what you want then the CHARGED 3.0 has you covered with 4 ports including a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 port which is the latest tech and also a USB Type C along with 2 smart USB ports that will give your devices the proper power they need to charge as quick as possible. The QC 3.0 port also quick charges Quick Charge 2.0 devices. This charger has all the latest technology and will serve you for some time. While the Pixel doesn’t use these standards officially, it should still charge at faster speeds through this charger, and any existing mobile devices you have will also play nicely here.

The CHARGED Quick Charge 3.0 is currently priced at $14.99.

10% OFF Coupon Code: QC3CAR10 (Enter this code at checkout to receive 10% off)

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iOttie Universal car mount

Best Google Pixel Accessories

While car docks aren’t an absolute must, I think you’ll find that pairing your Pixel or Pixel XL with a solid car dock will make life in your car that extra bit sweeter. The iOttie Universal car holder features a one touch mount system that lets you lock the device in place and release with just a press of a single button. Sticky gel pads allows for the holder to be stuck to most surfaces, and comes with a telescopic arm to allow for closer viewing of the screen. The holder can accommodate almost every smartphone, with the allowed width going up to 3.5-inches. The iOttie car holder is priced at $24.95.

Get it on Amazon

Any other Pixel or Pixel XL accessories you feel are worth picking up that we didn’t list? Let us know about them down in the comments.

Top fitness trackers for your kids

In today’s modern, connected lifestyle it is pretty easy to get caught up in television, video games, and other less active forms of entertainment, but it’s important to keep moving in order to stay healthy and fit. This is equally important for young ones whose bodies are still growing and developing. For some kids, keeping active comes easy. For others, it’s a bit more of a challenge. That’s were fitness trackers could come in handy.

A good kid’s fitness tracker essentially gamifies fitness, giving kids goals that they can accomplish in order to level up, reach an achievement, and so forth. Parents can also create challenges between all the kids and adults to see who can get the most steps or find other creative ways to inspire younger children to get up and moving. It’s also worth noting that many kids fitness trackers have extras like the ability to set chore goals, again in a game-like way.

See also: Best fitness trackers for adults

Of course, finding a decent tracker for your kids might not prove easy. Thankfully, there are at least a few options worth looking at. In this post, we highlight just a few that we feel are worthy of your consideration.


Garmin vívofit jr.

While this is the priciest band on this list at $69.99, the Garmin vívofit jr. is about as good as it gets. The design is sturdy and weatherproof, so your child can wear it 24/7 should that be their desire (they can even wear it in the pool). The band also tracks more than just steps – it keeps a record of sleep and daily activities like sports or jumping on a trampoline. The band also comes with a companion app that parents can download on their mobile devices.

Through this app, parents can assign chores and view all of the data the band has tracked for each child. However, none of this is any good if the kids aren’t motivated to do it. Fortunately, the vívofit jr. also comes with a virtual reward system. If the kids complete a chore and mark it off, or reach their exercise goals for the day, they will receive virtual currency that can be spent on rewards such as playing a board game or getting more time on the TV. Topping it all off, the vívofit jr. is also available in three designs: broken lava, digi camo, and real flower.

It’s also important to note that the vívofit jr. doesn’t require charging thanks to the use of a replaceable coin cell battery, which should last about a year before it needs replaced.

Buy now on Amazon

Unicef Kid Power Band

Top fitness trackers for your kids

Getting your kids to exercise is a great task in and of itself, but what about helping the less fortunate? With the Unicef Kid Power Band, you get to kill two birds with one stone. As kids collect more steps, a therapeutic food packet will be sent to a child in need. The more steps they collect, the more food they will send. The band also has a set of missions that, when completed, unlock videos your child can watch to learn more about the cultures they are helping.

It doesn’t offer quite enough incentive for the kids themselves, but helping others through their activity is an ingenious alternative. The band also comes with a companion app that you can use to keep track of missions and monitor your taken steps. As for battery life? Unfortunately this in an area it’s not so great at, with a battery life of around 25 hours.

The Unicef Kid Power Band is currently available for $39.99 in multiple colors.

Buy now at Target

Nabi Compete

Top fitness trackers for your kids

If you have multiple kids around the house, the Nabi Compete are the bands to get. Starting off at $26 for the standard model or as cheap as $9.12 for the Hot Wheel Edition, Nabi Compete comes with two bands and encourages you to compete or work with a friend/sibling to reach certain goals.

So what kind of goals exactly? The first is a distance goal. Kids will be challenged to travel the distance of a landmark, such as the Brooklyn Bridge, to earn coins. The second is a caloric goal. Kids will be tasked to burn off the average amount of calories of whatever food they choose, such as a cheeseburger. As kids earn coins, they can be spent to acquire a virtual pet that they can raise and take care of. These pets are not just for show, though. They actually give a small boost for kids when they’re in the middle of a challenge, like adding steps to your total count to give yourself that slight advantage when going head-to-head. Keep in mind that the companion app is necessary in order to access all of these features.

On the battery front, the Compete uses a replaceable coin-cell battery like Garmin’s solution, though it only is said to last around 3 months.

Buy Compete at Walmart for $27
Buy Compete Hotwheels edition on Amazon for $9.12
Buy Compete Barbie edition on Amazon for $27

Leapfrog Leapband

Top fitness trackers for your kids

With all of these bands requiring a companion app, Leapfrog has taken a different approach. The Leapfrog Leapband, unlike most fitness trackers, bears a small screen with buttons at the very bottom. Everything in this band, from the daily goals to virtual rewards, are accessed through the device itself (at least they won’t ask to use your phone all the time). As such, the device is a bit clunky in design but still offers plenty to keep the kids moving.

Parents can set fun animal-based challenges for kids to overcome each day, like “pounce like a lion”, in order for them to receive virtual currency. This currency can then be spent on a pet that can be accessed on the band itself. The best way to take care of these pets and keep them healthy is by exercising and adding more steps to your total count. Furthermore, the Leapband is easy on the wallet, and will only set you back a mild $18.97 and has a battery life of around 3-4 days per charge.

Buy now on Amazon

Let us hear your thoughts! What fitness tracker do you have for your kids? Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Best Portable Battery Packs (January 2017)

Smartphone technology has come a long way in the past few years, but there is a lingering issue that is taking time to evolve – battery life. Sure, batteries are getting bigger and phones more resourceful, but many of us still have a problem keeping our devices alive.

One solution is to charge your phone throughout the day, something that proves to be an issue when there is no outlet around. The next best solution is to buy yourself a nice portable battery pack to charge on-the-go. With so many options around, we know it’s hard to find the best units in the market. This is why we have curated a list with our very favorite battery packs!

Shall we get started and show you the goods?


Anker PowerCore 20100 – $40

Best Portable Battery Packs (January 2017) You’ll notice the Anker PowerCore series shows up three times in a row on this list, and for good reason — Anker has proven itself both reliable and affordable. This particular model is obviously more than a little hefty, but you certainly won’t be running out of juice anytime soon thanks to the massive 20100 battery size. The pack doesn’t support Quick Charge tech unfortunately but it does utilize PowerIQ and VoltageBoost techs over its two USB type-A ports to deliver a reasonably fast charge — just not Quick Charge fast.

At only $10 more ($4o) than the 10,000 mAh model, this is a no-brainier if you don’t mind bulk and are looking for something that can last for long camping trips, emergencies, and so forth.

Buy on Amazon

 


Anker PowerCore 10,000 – $30

Best Portable Battery Packs (January 2017)

At 10,000 mAh, this PowerCore model is the perfect choice for those that want plenty of juice without tons of bulk. This particular model supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology via single USB Type-A port. While Anker doesn’t have the flashiest designs, if you want something reliable that can charge a single phone two to three times with ease, this is certainly a worth option.

Pricing isn’t bad either, at just $30. Sure, there are probably cheaper 10,000mAh options flooding Amazon and other e-tailers, but Anker knows what it is doing when it comes to designing quality packs and so they are pretty easy to recommend.

Buy on Amazon

 


Anker PowerCore+ Mini – $9.99

Best Portable Battery Packs (January 2017)

Have little space in your pockets thanks to that hefty wallet, phone, and keys? The Anker PowerCore+ Mini is very small and happens to be the cheapest option in this list. It is about the size of a lipstick container at 3.5 × 0.9 × 0.9 inches, and can fit in any pocket. It’s also no slouch with 3,350 mAh of battery capacity.

The Anker PowerCore+ Mini’s build won’t disappoint, thanks to its compact size and aluminum body that should result in a pretty durable pack that can handle a few bumps and clanks while in your pocket.

Buy the Anker PowerCore+ Mini

RAVPower 20,100 mAh Portable Charger – $59.99

Best Portable Battery Packs (January 2017)

This RavPower battery pack tackles two issues – speed and capacity. Not only does it provide an insane amount of juice with that 20,100 mAh battery, but it can charge your devices super fast. It supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which is said to top up devices 4 times faster than conventional chargers.

The design is nothing special, but it is a sleek charger with a smooth, plastic body. There’s 4 LED indicator lights, a 2.4A USB port, a Quick Charge 3.0/2.0 port and even a USB Type-C port. This bad boy is fast, powerful, safe, simple and future-proof.

Buy the RAVPower 20,100 mAh Portable Charger

Lepow POKI Series – $29.99

Best Portable Battery Packs (January 2017)

The Lepow POKI Series 5,000 mAh battery pack also gets our love thanks to its looks. It is portable and sleek looking, with an ergonomic design you won’t often find when it comes to battery packs. 5,000 mAh may not sound like much when compared to the batteries listed above, but it is enough to charge an average phone from 0% to 100% at least once, and then some.

The company claims this charger is thinner than 90% of all 5,000 mAh batteries. It doesn’t seem like an unrealistic claim, as it measures only half an inch in thickness and weighs only 5 ounces.

Buy the Lepow POKI Series 5,000 mAh battery pack

EasyAcc Solar Power Bank – $39.99

Best Portable Battery Packs (January 2017)

There are some very unique battery packs in this list, and we are starting with the EasyAcc Solar Power Bank. As its name implies, this charger can run off solar energy, making its juice practically endless, as well as green.

Packed inside is an 8,000 mAh battery, an LED flash light for those dark camp nights and a 2.1A USB output. It charges at up to 350mA under direct sunlight. Play your cards right and you may not even need to plug to an outlet anymore! Just keep in mind the solar charging is significantly slower than tapping off the battery via a traditional outlet.

EasyAcc Solar Power Bank

Zendure 2nd-Gen A8 Pro Portable Charger – $69.41

It’s time to start getting tough. The Zendure A8 Pro is made of crush-proof composite material, dual-injection molding and a shock-absorbing central belt. It is strong and happens to feature a whopping 25,600 mAh battery. The battery pack series comes from a very successful Kickstarter campaign, meaning Zendure has a strong background in the world of crowdfunding and has actually done a good job at delivering its goals.

Buy the Zendure A8 Pro

EasyAcc Rugged Outdoor Power Bank – $49.99

Best Portable Battery Packs (January 2017)

EasyAcc is the only company that made it onto this list twice, and that’s because we just couldn’t ignore a truly rugged battery pack. Think about it: these batteries are meant to go wherever you go. Especially when that’s places with no outlets, which could be rough terrain.

You don’t need to worry about this battery thanks to its IP67 certification. It is weatherproof, shockproof, dustproof and can be submerged under 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. It also helps that it has a large 20,000 mAh battery and a flashlight for emergencies. There are 2 charging ports in this EasyAcc rugged battery pack; one charges at 1A while the other goes up to 2.4A.

Buy the EasyAcc Rugged Outdoor Power Bank

PowerAll Supreme – $96+

Best Portable Battery Packs (January 2017)

Starting at $96 for the 16,000 mAh version or $137 for the massive 32,000 mAh model, the PowerAll Supreme not only offers two 2.1A USB ports for charging up your phone and tablets, but it can even jump-start a vehicle thanks to included battery clamps. There’s even a few cool extras such as an LED flashlight.

If you’ve been thinking about the perfect pack to keep in your vehicle for emergencies, you can’t do wrong here. Sure, it’s not exactly cheap, but the price is actually not half bad when you consider the capabilities it provides.

Buy on Amazon

 

Best Portable Battery Packs (January 2017)
4 Port Quick USB Car Charger
4 ports charge all your devices at the fastest speeds possible. Let's face it we all want our phone charges as fast as possible. Well you need not to worry. Our car charger has the BEST and LATEST technology. Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 & 2.0 means you can charge your devices up to four times faster than conventional charging. The USB Type C charging port is perfect for all the new upcoming tech that is launching with USB Type C.

There you have it, guys. Those are our favorite battery packs currently available! Now hit the comments and let us know which is your favorite. Do you have any other options you think your fellow Android fans would like?

Best T-Mobile Android phones (January 2017)

T-Mobile is the carrier everyone else is watching out for. They’re currently the third biggest mobile service provider in the United States, and they’re growing very quickly. Thanks to T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” plan of action, they’ve been changing industry standards for the better over the recent years. On top of all of the changes they’re making, they have one of the widest varieties of smartphones available on any carrier. We’ve already taken a look at the best phones you can buy on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, and now it’s T-Mobile’s turn.

Related: Best prepaid phones for T-Mobile

Since T-Mobile has done away with two-year contracts, you’ll notice the phones listed here are at full retail price. In some cases it’s cheaper to buy them from Amazon, so we’ve done our best to find you the best deals available. Also, if you don’t want to purchase your phone for full price, T-Mobile will let you pay in monthly installments. You can find out more info by visiting T-Mobile.com. Without anymore delay, let’s get started!

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.


Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samsung did a killer job with their 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Design-wise, many would say those two phones were close to perfect. The company forwent a plastic design and instead included glass front and back panels with an aluminum frame. They weren’t without their flaws, though. The S6 and S6 Edge didn’t offer expandable storage or removable batteries — two features Samsung has been known to include in all its smartphones for years.

Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4GB of RAM, great 12MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3600mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g

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Buy the Galaxy S7 from T-Mobile
Buy the Galaxy S7 Edge from T-Mobile


LG V20

Best T-Mobile Android phones (January 2017)

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The V20 is basically the phone for power users. It has a a big Quad HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, dual 16MP rear-facing cameras, and a removable 3,200mAh battery. Of course, the unique Second Screen makes a return this year, along with the addition of Quad DAC, military standard durability, and it’s already running Android 7.0 Nougat.

If top-of-the-line specs and an impressive feature set is what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with the V20.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS LCD display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 16 and 8MP rear cameras, 5MP front camera
  • Removable 3,200mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm, 174g

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Buy now from Amazon
Buy now from T-Mobile

LG G5

Best T-Mobile Android phones (January 2017)

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While the Galaxy S7 series is a minor refresh in terms of design, the LG G5 sees a massive departure from the design language used in the G series, ditching the rear volume/power setup that first debuted with the LG G2. The G5 also adopts a unibody metallic design that has a removable cap for access to the removable battery and a port for modules that allow users to expand the phone’s capabilities by adding a camera grip and other special accessories.

The distinctly different design of the LG G5 may not be for everyone, but there’s little denying that LG has went out of its way to try and innovate in a market where big changes like this aren’t all that common.

Spec wise, we’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4GB RAM, a 5.3-inch display, and 32GB storage with microSD for expansion. The specs here are certainly impressive all across the board. It’s also worth mentioning that LG has revamped its software, making it faster and less bloated. One controversial move with the software, however, is the removal of the app drawer in favor of what LG says is a “simplified experience.”

Specs

  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 16 and 8MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm, 159g

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Buy now from T-Mobile

If you don’t mind buying your next smartphone through another retailer, you should absolutely go for Google’s new Pixel or Pixel XL. When you buy one of these phones through the Google Store, you’ll be able to activate it on T-Mobile’s network. Plus, if you don’t feel like spending $650+ outright, Google also has some decent financing options.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Best T-Mobile Android phones (January 2017)

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Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are here, and they truly are some amazing smartphones.

Not only are they the first phones to ship with the Google Assistant on board, they also come with plenty of exclusive software features and some of the best smartphone cameras in existence.

Under the hood, they sport some killer specs, too. Both devices have an AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage and long-lasting batteries. The overall design of these phones may not be the most unique, but they do feel like premium phones through and through.

There are a few things about these phones that will turn some people away, though. For starters, they only sport an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning they’re not nearly as waterproof as the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. There are ways around that, but none that will make the devices truly waterproof. Plus, these phones don’t have the most durable build ever, so you may want to buy a case if you’re prone to dropping phones. 

If you’re in the market for a new flagship Android phone and don’t mind spending over $650, you should buy the Pixel or Pixel XL… these are two of the best Android phones out there.

Specs

Google Pixel

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,770mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm, 143g

Google Pixel XL

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,450mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm, 168g

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Buy now from the Google Store

How did you like our list? Do you have any other suggestions? If so, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below! And if you’re looking for a great T-Mobile phone that’s a little cheaper, be sure to check out our list of the best cheap Android phones.

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Best of Android 2016: Battery

What is Best of Android?                

In Best of Android, we take the most important smartphones of the year and compare them side-by-side and in-depth. This year, with so many good phones available, we’ve stepped things up a notch and brought the 10 biggest Android phones of the year to the competition.

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If you’re anything like us, you constantly get asked “what is the best phone?” and “which Android phone has the best battery life?” Rather than relying on the infamous “moderate-to-heavy usage” yardstick, we’re getting technical.

You will have undoubtedly read the battery section in each device’s full review throughout the year, but Best of Android 2016 puts them all side-by-side through a series of specially calibrated Android Authority tests using our own custom battery tests and benchmarks, so you can compare apples and apples.

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Best of Android 2016: Performance

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The tests include our custom “general” battery test, comprising a variety of different tasks aimed at replicating average daily usage. We also have dedicated battery tests for Wi-Fi browsing, gaming and video playback, along with a battery recharge test because we know just how important fast charging has become.

There’s no guesswork to interpret here, just cold, hard data to reveal the true lay of the land. Each device was ranked for each individual test with those scores averaged out at the end to declare our overall winner. But first, lets get our hands dirty in each tested category. For reference, here are the actual battery capacities of each tested device:

Huawei Mate 94,000 mAh ZTE Axon 73,250 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge3,600 mAh LG V20 3,200 mAh
Moto Z Force Droid3,500 mAh HTC 103,000 mAh
Google Pixel XL3,450 mAh Xiaomi Mi 53,000 mAh
OnePlus 3T3,400 mAh Sony Xperia XZ2,900 mAh

Charging time

When it comes to charging times there are two main things to consider: the capacity of the battery and the charging tech involved. All things being equal, a smaller battery will charge faster than a larger battery (although all batteries charge faster at the beginning and slow down as they near a full charge). But each manufacturer also has their own custom fast charging tech, some of which is better than others. So, to keep things on an even keel, we’ve ranked our devices in two different ways.

The first is obvious: which device charged fastest, regardless of how large its battery cell is. This is the “real world” test. The second takes a more apples-to-apples approach so you can tell which device’s battery charges faster pound-for-pound. Based on the time taken in the real world test, we calculated the charge rate for each device, so you can see a relative comparison per unit of battery capacity, kind of like miles per gallon for your car. All tests were conducted using the supplied charger.

In 2016, the fastest phone to charge a full battery was the OnePlus 3T with its phenomenal Dash Charge tech. The 3T’s 3,400 mAh battery took just 87 minutes to charge completely. Second place was tied at 89 minutes, with the Huawei Mate 9 and ZTE Axon 7 sharing the podium, but considering the Mate 9 has a 4,000 mAh battery compared to the Axon 7’s 3,250 mAh capacity, the Mate 9 clearly has the edge. The LG V20 took fourth place, taking 90 minutes to charge its 3,200 mAh battery.

On the slow side of things, the Sony Xperia XZ won on all counts: the smallest battery that took the longest time to charge (2,900 mAh in 143 minutes). However, this is primarily due to the XZ coming with a standard 1.5A charger in the box rather than a fast charger that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge. The Xiaomi Mi 5 wasn’t far behind though, taking 139 minutes to charge its 3,000 mAh cell and it does have a Quick Charge 3.0 charger in the box.

As promised we also calculated how many mAh each device could charge in a standard time, in this case, one minute. This lets you know which device has the most efficient battery charger. The winner? The Mate 9, which juiced up 45 mAh per minute on average (remember, batteries charge slower as they near completion). The One Plus 3T was next, with 39 mAh/minute, followed by the S7 Edge with 37.5 mAh/minute and the Axon 7 with 36.5 mAh/minute. Not surprisingly, the slowest rates were the XZ (20 mAh/minute) and Mi 5 (21.5 mAh/minute).

Use time (Wi-Fi browsing)

The first benchmark test we ran was Wi-Fi browsing. Our Wi-Fi test repeatedly loads a selection of webpages until the battery goes from 100% to zero. Device displays are set to 200 nits brightness and pages are loaded over Wi-Fi with airplane mode enabled. Auto-updates and any battery saver modes are also disabled during the test.

Wi-Fi browsing isn’t such a taxing task, so we saw some pretty epic battery durations. Best of all though was the Huawei Mate 9 and it’s massive 4,000 mAh battery (the largest on our list) which managed to keep the lights on for an impressive 14 hours and four minutes.

Best of Android 2016: Battery

In second spot was the ZTE Axon 7 (3,250 mAh) with 11 and a half hours of browsing time, followed by the Xiaomi Mi 5 (3,000 mAh) and the Google Pixel XL (3,450 mAh) at around 10 and three quarter hours.

Interestingly, the device with the second largest battery capacity on our list – the Galaxy S7 Edge with a 3,600 mAh battery – came in second last, with just 8 hours and 11 minutes of web browsing before shutting down. But the HTC 10 was the worst of all with just shy of 7 hours and a half hours of browsing time.

Use time (gaming)

The next benchmark tests battery life for gaming. Games tax battery life more than browsing due to the enhanced graphical demands. Our test runs Epic Citadel, a 3D gaming simulation on a device with a fully charged battery on 200 nits brightness until the battery is depleted. The simulations run at the maximum resolution of the device (so keep that in mind when comparing devices with Full HD resolution versus QHD).

Best of Android 2016: Battery

3D gaming is amongst the most demanding tasks you can ask of your smartphone, but some phones are better equipped to handle those demands than others. In this test, our best battery duration was the HTC 10 with 8 hours and 29 minutes. A very impressive feat, especially considering the HTC 10 came in dead last on the Wi-Fi browsing test.

Second place went to the ZTE Axon 7 with 8 hours and 15 minutes, followed by the OnePlus 3T just short of 7 hours and the Xiaomi Mi 5 with just under 6 and a half hours. The Galaxy S7 Edge had the worst gaming performance of all, with just 3 hours and 46 minutes.

Use time (video playback)

Our last dedicated battery test is for video playback, perhaps the most common way to deplete your battery by doing just one thing. As you have probably guessed, our test runs an endless loop of video to see how long each device lasts before the battery runs from full to empty. The Full HD video file at 23.9fps, was stored locally and Wi-Fi was turned off.

Best of Android 2016: Battery

This test resulted in similar, but not identical, results to the Wi-Fi browsing test. The Huawei Mate 9 took first place, with 14 hours and 12 minutes, followed by the OnePlus 3T with just under 12 hours and the Xiaomi Mi 5 with 11 hours and 51 minutes. The worst performer here was the Google Pixel XL, which barely limped past 7 hours of video playback despite having the fourth largest battery of the bunch and the newest version of Android.

General battery test

Our general battery test uses a combination of the above three dedicated tests and extrapolates run time based on “general” usage. Of course, your mileage may vary, but because the test is identical on each device, it gives a good indication of how well each phone handles a variety of tasks. As you can probably tell from the results above, different devices excel at different tasks, so this test is designed to provide an “all-rounder” rating.

Best of Android 2016: Battery

In the general usage test, the results were a lot closer. The Xiaomi Mi 5 ultimately came out on top with 7 and a quarter hours, with the Huawei Mate 9 hot on its tail with just over 7 hours. But considering the Mate 9 has a 33 percent larger battery than the Mi 5, the Mi 5’s dominance in this category is even more impressive.

Third place went to the Axon 7, followed by a cluster of devices with very similar run times: the HTC 10, OnePlus 3T and the Moto Z Force Droid. The weakest performer was the Galaxy S7 Edge with 4 and a quarter hours.

Wrap up

While it’s interesting to know how each device performs on an even playing field, the fact of the matter is that all batteries aren’t created equal. Some devices have larger batteries, some have faster charging tech and some have better software optimizations for prolonging battery life. So, given the tests we ran on each device and the combined results, which Android smartphone has the best all-round battery in 2016?

The Huawei Mate 9

The Huawei Mate 9 has the largest battery of all the tested devices, but it also has the fastest per-minute charge rate and very good all-round performance. It’s clearly your best bet if you spend a lot of time watching videos or browsing the web, but hardcore mobile gamers are probably better off looking elsewhere. Second place overall went to the excellent ZTE Axon 7 and the OnePlus 3T’s battery bump helped it score third spot.

1. Huawei Mate 98.66. HTC 104.6
2. ZTE Axon 78.07. Google Pixel XL3.8
3. OnePlus 3T7.67. LG V203.8
4. Xiaomi Mi 57.09. Sony Xperia XZ3.6
5. Lenovo Moto Z Force Droid4.810. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge3.2

A note on results: Our overall battery scores were calculated by assigning points between 1-10 to each device in each category. The best performer scored 10 points, second place 9 points and so on, regardless of how close the margin was. Those category scores were then averaged for the final grading you see above.

Keep in mind that there are a whole bunch of factors at play when considering battery life: screen brightness, stability of your network connections, display resolution, whether GPS and location sharing are on, screen timeout settings, battery capacity, Android version, battery saving modes, background processes, syncing, auto-updates and so on. Each user will have different habits that greatly affect their battery mileage.

Of course, you may not be a gamer or perhaps you never watch videos on your phone. In these cases, our overall winner based on equally weighting each test may not be compatible with your particular needs or preferences. If so, just take a closer look at the categories that do apply to your usage habits and draw your conclusions from there.

Want the best phone for gaming? Get the ZTE Axon 7. The best phone for watching YouTube videos or browsing? Then you’ll want the Mate 9. The phone you can juice up the fastest as you rush out the door? The OnePlus 3T, and so on. Thanks for reading and be sure to check out the other categories in the Best of Android 2016 series.


Credits

Tested by: Gary Sims, Andrew Grush, Nirave Gondhia, John Velasco, Joshua Vergara, Lanh Nguyen
Series Contributors: Rob TriggsEdgar Cervantes, Kris Carlon
Series Editors: Nirave Gondhia, Bogdan Petrovan, Andrew Grush

8 awesome tech gifts you can still get before Christmas

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Are you an extreme procrastinator? Or did you end up adding a friend, family member, or co-worker to your holiday list unexpectedly? Whatever the reason, the good news is that it’s not too late to still get an awesome gift ahead of Christmas day. The great news is that we’ve gathered up just a few affordable (sub-$50) options in this list — all of which are currently guaranteed by Amazon to arrive in time.

Odds are if you waited this long to get a gift, you’re probably looking for something affordable, but if you have a larger budget, you can find more great options on our main holiday gift guide here. Also be sure to check out the following guides for more great ideas:


Amazon Fire tablet

The Amazon Fire tablet isn’t going to win any awards for speed or special features, but if you are looking to get that person on your list a capable basic tablet for light gaming, e-book reading, watching YouTube videos, and more — it’s hard to go wrong with this one. The Fire normally starts at $50, but is on sale for $40 right now. At the time of this writing you can get free 2-day shipping that will arrive just in time for Christmas.

Available on Amazon for $40

 


Misfit Flash

8 awesome tech gifts you can still get before Christmas

The Misfit Flash is a solid affordable fitness band that lets you track various activities including walking, running, cycling, swimming, playing tennis and other sports, as well as the quality of your sleep. The battery needs to be changed once in six months, and while it isn’t waterproofing, it can handle splashes. A few different color options are available, and the device is priced starting at just $21.

Available on Amazon for $21

 


CB3 Metal in-ear headphones

8 awesome tech gifts you can still get before Christmas

If you are looking for an affordable pair of durable earphones, the CB3 Metal in-ear headphones are the one for you. As the name suggests, the earbuds feature a metal build, and the cable is braided to to make it last longer. The sound quality is good, and there is a built-in microphone and controls to play/pause your music and answer calls. The CB3 Metal earphones are priced at just $19.99.

Available on Amazon for $19.99

 


TaoTronics 3D VR headset

8 awesome tech gifts you can still get before Christmas

This VR headset comes with a pair of aspheric biconvex lenses that help reduce eyestrain, and lets you enjoy the experience up to 30% longer than with other similar devices. You get full control over the focus, and you can completely control the VR experience with a side-mounted magnetic button. The headset can accommodate smartphones with display sizes between 4-inches and 5.5-inches.

Available on Amazon for $23.99


JAM Classic Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (Black) HX-P230BK

8 awesome tech gifts you can still get before Christmas

If you are looking for a portable bluetooth speaker that offers good sound quality and is affordable, this speaker certainly fits the bill. Connectivity goes up to 30 feet and the device offers up to 4 hours of audio playback on a single charge. The JAM Bluetooth speaker starts at just $16, making it one of the most affordable bluetooth speakers around.

Available from Amazon for just $16

 


KMASHI 10000mAh External Battery Power Bank

8 awesome tech gifts you can still get before Christmas

The KMASHI power bank is an affordable external battery pack that offers a very high capacity of 10,000 mAh, that should allow you to comfortably charge most smartphones at least twice. It comes with two ports to let you charge two devices simultaneously, and also offers protection from overcharging and short-circuits. The KMASHI 10,000 mAh power bank is currently priced at $13.99.

Available from Amazon for $13.99

 


AUKEY Ora lens

8 awesome tech gifts you can still get before Christmas

The AUKEY Ora lens is a camera extension that clips on to your smartphone. It comes with a macro lens, that allows for a 10x zoom for extreme close ups, and a 140 degree wide angle lens, to capture more of the scenery, landscapes, and more. If you are looking to get the most out of your smartphone photography experience, this is a great device to have. The AUKEY Ora lens is priced at just $29.99.

Available from Amazon for $29.99


Touchscreen gloves

8 awesome tech gifts you can still get before Christmas

Winter is coming, and with that is a lot of frozen fingers as you attempt to send that urgent message while out in the cold. Most touchscreens aren’t sensitive enough to recognize a touch through a glove, and that’s where specialized touchscreen gloves come in. These sleek and stylish winter gloves come with three tips to be able to easily use your device while keeping your hands warm. The gloves are priced at just $7.99, making them a great last minute gift for a co-worker, casual friend, and so forth.

Available on Amazon for $7.99

 

Amazon Echo commands – our guide to everything Alexa can do

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While Google Home is quickly expanding its library of commands, the reality is that Alexa still remains the most robust digital assistant when it comes to smart speakers — at least for now. Alexa is a powerful assistant that is capable of fetching all sorts of information for you, but the trick is knowing all the commands you can ask it.

Some of the Amazon Echo commands are pretty straight-forward like asking it “What’s the weather”. However, there are a ton of additional commands that you might not even realize exist. With that in mind we’ve gathered up all the Alexa commands (that we’re aware of) in one place.

Editor’s note: Looking to dive into the world of smart assistants and don’t have one already? We highly recommend the Amazon Echo Dot for its affordable pricing and flexibility. You can get here from Amazon for just $40.

Starting with the basics

First, it’s important to note that summoning Alexa can be done a number of ways with the Echo and Echo Dot. The default wake word is “Alexa”, but other optional wake words can be set in its place. Currently the alternative wake words are Echo, Amazon, or Computer.

Okay, now you have her listening. So what’s next? The most basic commands are “Alexa, help”, “Alexa, mute”, “Alexa, unmute”, Alexa, stop”, and “Alexa, set volume to 6”. There are also some variations of these that Alexa understands including telling Alexa to shut the **** up… not that I’ve ever done that before (Okay, I have).

News and weather

Alexa has the option of conducting Flash Briefings with the command “Alexa, what’s my flash briefing”. You can also ask it “Alexa, what’s the news”, “Alexa, what’s the weather”, and so forth.

Want an extended forecast? You can ask Alexa about tommorow, this weekend, etc, with commands like “Alexa, what’s the weather going to be like this weekend?”

For those looking for traffic information, you can also ask Alexa, “What’s the traffic like?”

Asking the time, setting alarms, etc

Amazon Echo commands – our guide to everything Alexa can do

The Echo family make for excellent alarm clocks. Setting an alarm is dead simple, just ask “Alexa, set an alarm for 6am” or “Wake me up in 3 hours”, etc. You can even ask it to set a repeating alarm by saying, “Alexa, set a repeating alarm for weekdays at 6 a.m.”

Timers are another great feature. “Alexa, set a timer for 20 minutes”. “Alexa, set a second timer for 5 minutes”. “Alexa, how much time left on my timer?”

Surprisingly I love using Alexa as a clock by simply asking it, “Alexa, what time is it?”

Additional time related commands are:

  • “Alexa, when’s my next alarm?”
  • “Alexa, what’s the date?”
  • “Alexa, cancel by alarm”
  • ”Alexa, snooze”

Media controls

For many, their Amazon Echo will most dominantly be used for playing music, and the good news is that Alexa supports quite a few music services and commands right out of the box.

Here’s a list of media-related commands:

“Alexa, play some music.” – this command randomly plays some music through Amazon’s music services. You can also specify songs or artists with commands like “Alexa, play music by [artist],” “Alexa, play latest Drake album”, or “Alexa, play Lose Yourself by Eminem”. You can also go to the next song with “Alexa, next” or restart the song at any time with “Alexa, restart”.

You can even add songs to Spotify or Amazon Prime music libraries by telling Alexa to “add this song”.

Not sure what the song you want to listen to is called? You can even say stuff like “Alexa, play that song that says ‘I would have stayed up with you all night’ — and it’ll play “How to Save a Life” by the Fray.

Music app specific commands for Spotify and Pandora are as follows: “Alexa, play [song] on Spotify” and “Alexa, play [artist] station on Pandora.” TuneIn can be fetched by saying: “Alexa, play [radio station] on TuneIn.”

You can like or dislike songs on services like Pandora and iHeartRadio by saying “Alexa, I like this song” or “Alexa, thumbs down”.

Additional music commands include the following:

  • Song info: “Alexa, what’s playing?”
  • Set a timer: “Alexa, stop playing in 20 minutes.”

Audio books

Amazon Echo commands – our guide to everything Alexa can do 

Playing audiobooks: “Alexa, play [title] on Audible,” “Alexa, read [title]” or, “Alexa, play the book, [title].” You can also ask it to resume by saying “Alexa, resume my book”. Other commands include “Alexa, next chapter” and “Alexa, previous chapter”.

Audible isn’t the only option. You can also ask Alexa to read you a Kindle Book with “Alexa, read me a Kindle book”.

Entertainment and eating out

Amazon Echo commands works great for finding information about movies, actors, and what’s playing. It’s also pretty useful for finding out about local restaurants.

First, here’s all the movie/show related commands that we know of:

  • “Alexa, what movies are playing?”
  • “Alexa, tell me about the movie [whatever it’s called]”
  • “Alexa, what is the IMDb rating for [show/movie]?”
  • “Alexa, who plays in [show/movie]?”
  • “Alexa, what is [actor]’s latest movie?”
  • “Alexa, who plays [character] in [movie or TV show]?”

Here are the commands relating to music:

  • “Who sings the song [title]?”
  • “What year did [band] release [song or album]?”
  • “Who is in the band [name]?”
  • “Alexa, what’s popular from [artist]?”
  • “Alexa, sample songs by [artist].”

And finally the commands related to restaurants and businesses:

  • “Alexa, find me a nearby [food type] restaurant.”
  • “Alexa, what restaurants are near me?”
  • “Alexa, find the address for Target”
  • “Alexa, find business hours for Walgreens.”

Sports

There are a number of different sports commands including getting a briefing on all the latest happenings in the world of sports by saying, “Alexa, give me my Sports Update.”

Other sports commands include:

  • “Alexa, when do the [team] play next?”
  • “Alexa, what was the score of the [team] game?”
  • “Alexa, did [team] win?”

Shopping lists and to-do lists

Alexa can be great for creating to-do and shopping lists as well. Here’s the commands related to this:

  • “Alexa, creat a to-do list”
  • “Alexa, add ‘buy food for guinea pig’ to my to-do list”
  • “Alexa, add milk to my shopping list”
  • ”Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?”
  • “Alexa, I need to make an appointment to see the vet”
  • “Alexa, what’s on my calendar for tomorrow?”
  • “Alexa, add [event] to my calendar for [time/date]”

Asking questions and general information

You can ask Alexa a ton of general questions like “How hot is the sun”, “How far is Mercury from Earth”, and so on. You can also ask it how many people live in certain towns or countries, and so forth.

Looking for more detailed information? Alexa also has Wikipedia integrated out of the box, just say “Alexa, Wikipedia: [subject].” It will give your some brief info, but you can hear even more by saying “Alexa, tell me more”.

Not only does it know basic questions about science, geography, trivia, and more, but it’s also useful for math questions. Converting units is easy enough with a command like “Alexa, how many tablespoons in a cup”. You can also ask it “Alexa, what’s 10 times 6”, and so on.

Alexa also is great if you need to know the definiton of a word (“Alexa, what’s the definition of [word]?”) or how to spell it (“Alexa, how do you spell [word]?”).

Purchasing

Amazon Echo commands – our guide to everything Alexa can do 

It wouldn’t be an Amazon product if there wasn’t some way to sneak in the e-tailers main business into the deal, right? The Echo family has the ability to track packages from Amazon (Alexa, track my order), or even re-order items like shampoo, with the command “Alexa, buy more shampoo”.

You can also add things to your shopping cart with “Alexa, add [item] to shopping cart” — from there you can just load up your phone or tablet and complete the checkout.

Other purchasing and service related commands are:

  • “Alexa, order an Echo”
  • “Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride” or “Alexa, ask Lyft for a ride”
  • “Alexa, shop for new music by [artist]

Smart home

Amazon Echo commands – our guide to everything Alexa can do

Easily one of the coolest and high-tech tricks up Alexa’s sleeve is the ability to control your home. Alexa can be used to turn off lights, adjust temperatures, and so much more. Obviously 3rd party accessories like smart plugs, smart lightbulbs, smart hubs, and smart thermostats are required to make this happen.

The cost of investing in these smart add-ons varies considerably. For example, I bought a smart plug for our Christmas tree so I could turn it on and off without reaching behind the couch each time. This was a $25 purchase, on top of the $40 cost of my Echo Dot of course.

Some of the basic commands here include:

  • “Alexa turn on (or off) lights”
  • “Alexa, dim lights to 40 percent”
  • “Alexa, set temp to 73”
  • “Alexa, lock my front door”

The full list of ‘smart home’ commands is obviously much more extensive than this, and varies depending on the products being used.

That’s really just scratching the service on what Alexa can do

Amazon Echo commands – our guide to everything Alexa can do

Alexa can do a ton out of the box but what really makes it shine is the ability to add extra skills to the mix. This skills can do anything from adding specific support for smart products or giving you the power to look up recipes or find out the balance on your Capital One card.

Some of my favorite skills also include Glad Leftovers (Alexa, talk to Glad Leftovers) which lets you tell Alexa what leftovers you added into the fridge, freezer, or pantry — and on what dates. This is super useful for those who have that leftover chicken casserole in the fridge and can’t remember if it’s two days old… or two weeks.

There’s also plenty of fun extras like Magic 8-Ball, 20 questions, a bartender skill that tells you how to make your favorite drinks, and more.

Fun easter eggs

If you are just looking to mess around, there’s a ton of commands here that Alexa will recognize. Here’s just some of the ones we’ve encountered:

  • “Alexa, good morning.”
  • ”Alexa, how are you?”
  • ”Alexa, beam me up.”
  • ”Alexa, tell me a joke.”
  • “Alexa, party time!”
  • ”Alexa, tell me a riddle.”
  • “Alexa, are you SkyNet?”
  • “Alexa, nice to see you, to see you…”
  • ”Alexa, would you like to play a game?”
  • “Alexa, what’s the first rule of Fight Club?”
  • “Alexa, will you marry me?”
  • “Alexa, open the pod bay doors.”
  • “Alexa, when am I going to die?”
  • ”Alexa, do you think I’m sexy?”
  • ”Alexa, where is Waldo?”
  • ”Alexa, where in the world is Carmen San Diego?”
  • “Alexa, surely you can’t be serious.”
  • “Alexa, don’t mention the war.”
  • “Alexa, show me the money.”
  • “Alexa, set phasers to kill.”
  • ”Alexa, I want the truth.”
  • “Alexa, my name is Inigo Montoya.”
  • “Alexa, party on, Wayne.”
  • “Alexa, what is your quest?”
  • “Alexa, what is your cunning plan?”
  • “Alexa, how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”

And so ends our list of Amazon Echo and Alexa commands. Admittedly we call this a “full list” but there are so many new commands being added everyday that odds are we’ve missed at least a few. These are the most popular though and we’ll continue to add more to the list as we discover them.

Any epic commands we missed? Let us know down in the comments.

Best Huawei Mate 9 cases

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With the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 out of the picture, a few great alternatives have popped up since then, and one of the best options available if you are looking for a large display smartphone is the Huawei Mate 9. Huawei’s latest flagship features the same solid all metal construction that we’ve come to expect from the series, features a Leica-powered dual-camera setup that impresses, and comes with a battery that is made to last. If a large screen smartphone is what you are after, the Huawei Mate 9 is the one to consider.

An extra layer of protection to keep your new smartphone safe from accidental bumps and drops is never a bad idea. Which is why, we’ve rounded up some of the best protective cases and covers that are currently available for the Huawei Mate 9!


Ringke Fusion

Best Huawei Mate 9 cases

The Ringke Fusion is a clear case that features and polycarbonate body and a TPU bumper that allows you to show of the look and design of the phone. The slim and light case barely adds any bulk to the phone, but manages to offer a lot of safety from bumps and drops, with the case coming with a MIL-STD 810G-516.6 certification for shock protection.

There are precise cutouts for the charging port, speakers, camera, and fingerprint scanner, and the buttons are covered. The polycarbonate section of the case is clear, but you can choose the color of the bumper, with choices including clear, rose gold crystal, ink black, and smoke black. The Ringke Fusion case is priced starting at just $11.99.

Buy now from Amazon

Nilkin Frosted Shield

Best Huawei Mate 9 cases

The Nilkin Frosted Shield is a polycarbonate case that comes with a soft touch matte finish. This allows for a lot of grip, and will be useful for those who find the metal unibody of the Mate 9 to be too slippery. The case doesn’t offer as much protection as some of the others on this list, with the top and bottom sections being open up front, while the buttons are also uncovered. A slight raised lip will keep the display safe when the phone is placed face down however.

There are precise cutouts for the fingerprint scanner, camera, and the buttons. The available color options include black, gold, and red, and also included in the package is a super clear screen protector. The Nilkin Frosted Shield is priced starting $9.49.

Buy now from Amazon

Tudia TAMM

Best Huawei Mate 9 cases

The TUDIA TAMM case is another ultra slim TPU case that features a durable and flexible shell. The case comes with a soft touch feel and patterned sides that provide a lot of grip, and carbon fiber elements on the back give it a stylish look as well. Precise cutouts allow for easy access to the charging port, fingerprint scanner, speaker, headphone jack, and camera, while the buttons are covered. A raised lip keeps the display safe when the device is placed face down.

Available color options include black, gray, and navy blue. Something to keep in mind is that the TUDIA TAMM case will be available only from January 10, but is currently up for pre-order, and is priced at just $9.90.

Buy now from Amazon

Spigen Rugged Armor

Best Huawei Mate 9 cases

The Spigen Rugged Armor case, as its name suggests, offers a lot of protection, but surprisingly, without adding a whole lot of bulk or thickness to the device. The corners feature Air Cushion technology that provides military grade protection against impacts. There are precise cutouts for speakers, charging port, headphone jack, camera, and fingerprint sensor, while the buttons are covered.

The covered power button also comes with a ridged texture to make it easy to differentiate from the volume rocker. The case features glossy accents and carbon fiber textures that makes it look great. The Spigen Rugged Armor case is priced at $12.99.

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TopAce Flip cover

Best Huawei Mate 9 cases

The TopAce Flip cover is made with a premium faux leather material, and there is a polycorbonate casing that holds the phone firmly in place. The flip cover comes with a window that lets you see basic information like the time and if you have any notifications, and the inside of the cover comes with a microfiber lining, to keep the display scratch free.

Precise cutouts for easy access to all ports and buttons are also available. The TopAce Flip cover comes in black, brown, red, and white color options, and is priced at $14.98. The case will be available from December 21.

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PDAir wallet case

Best Huawei Mate 9 cases

The PDAir wallet case is made with a high quality genuine leather, and the case is light weight, but durable. The phone actually slots into a pocket that comes with a soft microfiber interior that keeps the device and screen scratch free. Also available with the case are four card slots for your credit cards and ID, as well as a large pocket to keep some cash. This PDAir case features a slightly steep price point of $49.99, but is a great option if you are looking for a professional looking wallet case.

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Suensan rugged case

Best Huawei Mate 9 cases

The Suensan case comes with a ruggedized dual layer design that includes a TPU inner layer and a hard polycarbonate shell that combine to provide military grade protection. Patterned sides offer a lot of grip, and precise cutouts allow for easy access to the charging port, fingerprint sensor, camera, headphone jack, while the buttons are covered. The case also comes with a kickstand to let you watch videos in the landscape orientation.

The exterior shell is black, but the TPU case is available in different colors, including green, red, purple, white, and black. The Seunsen rugged case is priced at just $9.98.

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MicroPioneer Armor case

Best Huawei Mate 9 cases

This armor case is another ruggedized dual layer case that comes with a hard polycarbonate outer layer and a snug, form-fitting TPU inner layer. The case comes with a sturdy kickstand that lets you enjoy videos hands free in the landscape orientation. Precise cutouts provide easy access for all ports, fingerprint scanner, camera, and headphone jack, while the buttons are covered. The MicroPioneer case is priced at just $7.90.

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So, there you have it for this roundup of some of the best cases that are currently available for the Huawei Mate 9!

Best OnePlus 3T cases

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Though the OnePlus 3T may be an affordable gadget, we all know the Chinese startup is not one to skimp out on anything. Their phones offer top quality experiences for prices that simply can’t be beat. This one happens to have a gorgeous unimetal design that competes with the best in the industry. You don’t want to see this investment damaged, right?

The best way to keep your phone protected from scratches, dents and the usual dangers of life is buying a good case. But we do know there is a sea of options out there. Which is the right one for you? We have curated a list of our very favorite OnePlus 3T cases. These are varied and each offer their own benefits, so let’s see which one better suits your needs.

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OnePlus 3T review

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OnePlus Sandstone Cover

Best OnePlus 3T cases

OnePlus’ sandstone texture has become iconic within their smartphone design portfolio. You can recognize a OnePlus sandstone cover from meters away, but that is not the only benefit. Its texture offers a comfortable grip, as well as great looks.

The Chinese startup opted for a metal design with the OnePlus 3T, but this doesn’t mean you have to give up on sandstone. They are also offering their own cases, among which there is a sandstone option. It costs $19.95 and you can get it straight from the company’s website.

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OnePlus Black Apricot Wood Cover

Best OnePlus 3T cases

Those who are fans of more natural materials can also opt for OnePlus’ wood case selection. Our favorite is made of black apricot and reinforced with kevlar.

These cases are thin and light, as well as good looking. Wherever you go, the black apricot wood case is sure to turn some heads and possibly even start a conversation or two. It’s a little pricier at $24.95, but definitely worth the investment.

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RhinoShield Bumper

Best OnePlus 3T cases

I recommend bumper cases to anyone who wants to keep a phone safe without sacrificing on design or thickness. These protect the edges of the phone while creating a space between the front/back and whatever flat surfaces these may go against.

At $22.99, this RhinoShield bumper case is not too cheap, but is still a good investment, especially for those who value the device’s thin profile and good aesthetics.

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Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case

Best OnePlus 3T cases

Bumper cases are nice, but there’s no denying they are not always the best way to protect your smartphone. After all, a bumper alone leaves pretty much the whole front and back open to the elements. The lips may protect it from flat surfaces, but you will not have much luck with uneven planes.

The Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case finds a good balance between protection and the benefits of a good bumper cover. This option offers a clear TPU bumper, along with a PC clear case along the back of the device. We also believe it is very reasonably priced at only $12.99.

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Orzly Fusion Bumper Case

Best OnePlus 3T cases

Orzly takes the bumper case concept to another level. This one offers much more protection by featuring a dual-material design that strengthens the bumper case. In addition, there is a clear protective cover guarding the back of the smartphone.

Of course, the bumper does offer a raised lip for front protection against flat surfaces. And this case happens to be a great idea at only $9.99.

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Spigen Neo Hybrid Case

Best OnePlus 3T cases

This one is a bit of an odd ball, as it dumps yet another factor to the combo. It is a regular case, bumper case and even touts a dual-layer design of sorts. This is looking like a great option among the thinner cases in this list, as it manages to offer great protection, keep the phone thin and happens to look great.

The TPU shell offers a patterned design that will make your device much less slippery, creating a more comfortable grip. All while the polycarbonate bumper creates a stronger frame for drops. It even has metalized buttons that should create a much better feedback and overall improved experience.

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Tudia Ultra Slim Merge

Best OnePlus 3T cases

The dual-layer construction is a proven method, and Tudia brings this level of protection at a good price. Including materials like TPU and rubber, this is a good option considering the $11.90 price point. There’s multiple color options and the product stays true to its name, adding very little weight and girth to your super thin smartphone.

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Spigen Rugged Armor Case

Best OnePlus 3T cases

Want something with a bit more of a punch? This one can take a few hits. The Spigen armor case features a rugged design that also happens to look nice and doesn’t add too much bulk.

It is made of TPU and features “air cushion technology” for shock absorption. The protective cover will cost $12.99, so it also happens to be a pretty good deal.

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Poetic Revolution Series Hybrid Case

Best OnePlus 3T cases

Poetic continues making great cases for all types of phones, and their Revolution series promises a rugged protection that should keep your phone safe at all times. This is a hard case to break, built with a dual-layer design consisting of TPU and polycarbonate materials.

In addition, it comes with a front cover, which ensures water resistance. You don’t need to worry about getting it wet! All of this for $19.95. Not bad, right?

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OEAGO Tough Rugged Dual Layer Protective Case with Kickstand

Best OnePlus 3T cases

This OEAGO case offers multiple advantages over the competition. For starters, it is a steal at only $6.69. You can’t get much cheaper than that for a case like this one!

Want to hear the best part? It has an integrated kickstand for enjoying media, as well as a dual-layer design consisting of TPU and a hard plastic shell. It offers both peace of mind and entertainment.

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There you have it, guys! Those are our favorite OnePlus 3T cases around. Do you have any others you can recommend? Hit the comments to help your fellow OnePlus 3T users!

Best LG G5 cases

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The LG G5  is no longer be the latest flagship from LG, with the LG V20 taking on that honor. Even though it’s no longer the most recent flagship from the company, don’t let that fool you — it’s still an amazing handset worthy of your consideration. With the G5, LG adopted a whole new new design language and modular body that really set the phone apart from the competition, even if the modular aspect arguably hasn’t been given as much support as many of us would have liked.

The LG G5 features an aluminum (and plastic) body that will likely make it more solid and comfortable to hold, but remember metal tends to be prone to scratches. And though it does have a Gorilla Glass screen, a hard enough drop can still crack it.

Also read: Best waterproof pouches for your LG G5

Want to keep your LG G5 safe from scratches, scuffs and other damage? Your best bet is to grab a good case; but there are so many options in the market! We understand it can be hard to choose the right one, so we have made a list of our very favorite ones to make your purchase a little easier. Let’s go through them.

Best LG G5 cases
Verus Single Fit Rugged Case for LG G5
Introducing the Single Fit Rugged Case by Verus. Complementing your smartphone in a clear and practical way. Made from high quality and premium Thermoplastic PolyUrethane material that protects and shows the beauty of your smartphone. Every hole for functions and buttons have detailed cutouts for hassle-free usage. It features a non slip material for excellent grip. Curved shape with glossy accent to give that classy look. Elegant design with protection.
Best LG G5 cases
Spigen Wallet Case Cover for LG G5
Preserve the feel and look of your smartphone! Introducing the Wallet case for the LG G5 by Spigen. It features three slots for securing your cards, an interior pocket for storage like money and other important notes. The case can be used for viewing or watching your favorite videos in a landscape mode. Made from the finest and strongest synthetic leather in combination with a sturdy polycarbonate casing capable of protecting your phone from scuffs and drops. The case can be secured by a reversible Magnetic Clip to hold cover when open or closed.

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Best LG G5 cases
Spigen Ultra Hybrid Crystal Clear Bumper for LG G5
Introducing the Ultra Hybrid Clear Clear Bumper for the LG G5. This case exhibits a unique elegance and combination of function. It features a transparent constructions that maintains the appearance of your smartphone. It has perfect cutouts for all buttons and ports for convenience. It also includes the Air Cushion Technology which allows your smartphone to withstand any sudden impacts and or bumps. A combination of clear polycarbonate backing providing you with a secured grip.

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Best LG G5 cases
Spigen Rugged Armor Case for LG G5
Single yet strong! Introducing the Rugged Armor Case for the LG G5. This case is constructed with single layer Thermoplastic Polyurethane that is flexible, strong and sturdy and has a matte texture for additional grip. It also features an Anti shock technology called "Air Cushion", this will make the case capable of handling stress through drops, sudden impacts and scratches. The innovative design of this case has an enhanced tactile function and combines a premium carbon fiber texture with glossy accents. All ports and buttons have precise cutouts for convenience.

Best LG G5 cases
Spigen Tough Armor Rugged Case for LG G5
Going beyond boundaries of design and protection! Another Tough Armor Case from Spigen for your smartphone. Innovative constructions made from dual layer TPU and Polycarbonate materials that are capable of absorbing shocks and resisting scuffs. It features a one of a kind Air Cushion Technology that has been proven to protect your phone against daily damages and sudden impacts. A dual layer material has been placed on this case to work together to prevent damages when dropped. A sturdy kickstand has been provided as well so you can watch your favorite movies in landscape mode. All ports and buttons have precise cutouts for convenience so you can access all functions.
Best LG G5 cases
Spigen Premium Matte Finish Hard Case for LG G5
Flexible, Simple and slim! Introducing the Premium Matte Finish case by Spigen. The case is covered in a high-quality SF coating that is smooth and has a soft feel to touch. This coating has a matte surface with excellent grip in combination of high grade polycarbonate and urethane coating to prevent discoloration. The case is so flexible that can last 2 times than the expected durability. All ports are readily available and are cut precisely to provide convenience.
Best LG G5 cases
i-Blason Combo Holster Cover case for LG G5
Transforming your smartphone to a sleek and sporty design! Combined function and innovation! Introducing the Combo Holster Cover case by i-BLason. An easy to install case that has all the features you can find on an everyday case. It has a kickstand that is well hidden in the backing case and can be easily be pulled to turn it into a stand so you can watch your movies in a landscape mode. Constructed with dual layer material that is made from premium polycarbonate and silicone. Capable of resisting shocks, drops, scuffs and scratches. Outer shell is constructed from impact resistant polycarbonate and double enforced inner silicone for shocks. It also includes a belt clip swivel holster for a secure hold. All ports and buttons have precise cutouts for convenience.
Best LG G5 cases
Caseology Wavelength Series Case for LG G5
Fashionable and classy! Introducing the Wavelength Series Case by Caseology. Subtle construction with excellent protection capabilities. Able to protect against scratches, scuffs, and or sudden impacts. Patterned with wavelength design providing excellent grip yet comfortable in the hand. Sturdy TPU Material excellent protection from drops. All ports and buttons have precise cutouts for convenience. Raised lips and backing plate protects the screen and the camera from scratches when laid on flat surfaces.

Wrapping up

So there you have it, guys. These are our favorite LG G5 cases currently on the market. Are you buying any of these? Hit the comments to tell us which of these is your favorite. Or tell us if there is another one out there you are personally fond of!