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Top accessories for the new Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+

Samsung Galaxy S10

 

When I upgrade phones, I like to take a look ahead of time to see what accessories are out there. I always purchase a case to have on hand for the moment my new phone is unboxed.  And I like to be prepared with any charging and other accessories I may need for on-the-go as well.  Here are a few of my favorites for the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus!  

 

LifeProof NEXT and FRE for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus – LifeProof has been a favorite brand of mine for phone cases.  The cases are protective and long lasting.  While the phone is already waterproof, the cases add extra protection from the elements.  Personally, the FRE is my case of choice as it has a built in screen protector for added protection.  

 

OtterBox has released a complete lineup of cases for the Galaxy S10 and S10+ including the Defender, Commuter, Symmetry, Strada, and Pursuit cases.  For ultimate protection, the Defender series is the way to go.  If you want something still protective but a little slimmer, check out the Commuter case.  The Strada case is a little different in that it is a folio style case that has space for a card.  If you are looking for style, definitely check out the Symmetry case – there is a variety of patterns and colors to choose from.  And last but not least, the Pursuit case is the thinnest of them all, still delivering great protection to your phone. 

 

If you need a screen protector, the Whitestone Dome tempered glass screen protectors are highly rated and compatible with the new Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.  The patented Liquid Optical Clear Adhesive that covers edge to edge makes these screen protectors second to none.  Android Authority has a great article about the installation and features of the Dome Glass.  

 

 

For those looking for extra charging cables, I highly recommend the Nomad Rugged Cables.  The universal 3-in-1 features a fast charging Micro USB tip, a USB-C adapter, and a Lightning adapter.  The cable is durable and I have been using mine for about 5 years now.  And did I mention, it does support fast charging?  < One of my favorite features as I have absolutely no patience to wait for my phone to charge!  The 0.3M is perfect for moms (or dads) to keep in their bag, car, or pocket.  It is super convenient and should last you through your next phone upgrade! 

 

If you are looking for a pair of Bluetooth earbuds but aren’t quite sure about the Galaxy Buds, I recommend checking out the Jaybird RUN True Wireless Earbuds.  They are comfortable and have great sound quality.  The battery life is great (the case holds extra battery for a quick on the go re-charge) and they are waterproof.  Keep an eye out for a sale as I have seen them as low as $89 before!  

 

While the S10 and S10+ come with various amounts of internal storage, all of which seem to be “enough” for most people, at some point you may see yourself needing to add storage.  I recommend checking out deals on the Samsung Evo MicroSD cards and having one on hand, especially if you plan to go on a trip.  It looks like the phones can take up to 512GB extra storage but you can start smaller if you don’t feel the need for that much.  

 

If you tend to take a lot of fun selfies with the family or your friends, I recommend the Joby GripTight ONE.  It can grip around something like a tree branch or even work as a tripod on a flat surface.  As I will be upgrading from an S7 to an S10, I can’t wait to experience and take advantage of all the new camera features and increased quality.  This accessory will definitely be one I look into purchasing.  Just set the timer (or purchase a bluetooth photo remote) and you will have photos to cherish forever.  

 

 

Now that most of us use our phones as our GPS, it is extremely helpful to have a car mount for our phone.  The iOttie Easy One Touch Dashboard Mount fits most phones and even supports landscape orientation.  A bit pricier is the iOttie Easy One Touch Qi Wireless Fast Charge version, which some may find to be a convenience they didn’t even know they needed.  

 

There are so many other great accessories out there that I haven’t even discovered yet.  Feel free to drop a comment below with your favorites or shoot me an email!  

Top Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Top Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas for 2018

 

 

Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablets are a must for anyone interested in design or photo editing. Each tablet can be registered with software that suits the user’s needs.  The wireless pen has an impressive 4096 pressure levels, delivering precision and control.  There is a variety of sizes of tablets, starting at just $79.

 

Jaybird RUN True Wireless Earbuds – these wireless earbuds would make a great gift for the runner and music lovers out there.  They are water resistant and the case holds another 8 hours of charge for recharging on-the-go.  After giving them a try myself, I can say that they are comfortable and have great sound quality.  

 

 

Nomad Rugged Universal Cables – I cannot stop raving about these cables! They are truly my favorite.  With a 3-in-one connect, durability, and fast (4.5A) charging capability, these cables have it all. They come in two sizes – 0.3m and 1.5m.  

 

 

myCharge Wireless Power Bank – this item is all about convenience!  Simply pull this little device out and set your Qi compatible phone on top…voila, instant quick charging anywhere!  This power bank is about the same size 2 phones stacked on top of each other, and the 10k version packs enough power to charge most phones about 5 times before having to recharge the power bank itself. 

 

 

Turtle Beach Recon 200 – every gamer needs a reliable headset and Turtle Beach makes just that.  There are several to choose from with different features, game console compatibility, and price range.  The Turtle Beach Recon 200 is a great medium range set that works with multiple gaming platforms. 

 

 

Lynktec Reeljuice  – This all-in-one power bank has a built-in cable and requires no additional pieces.  There are two versions – the 3x and the 5x – each charging the typical phone just that.. 3 or 5 times.  The Reeljuice can plug directly into the wall to recharge and has as a built in 4 ft micro USB cable with lightning adapter.  

 

 

Gear Best Universal Cell Phone Lanyard – I often find myself without pockets and this cell phone lanyard is a life (or phone) saver!  It keeps your phone accessible and safe from drops, but hands-free when you need to be.  Comes in a variety of colors and a pocket style that even has a pocket to hold your card or money!  Gear Beast also has other hands-free accessories such as running arm bands and bottle holders.  

 

Echo Dot  – this voice controlled speaker allows you to play music on command, will tell you the weather, call or message anyone (hands-free of course!), and even connect to other smart devices.  If your recipient already has one, they can pair them to have stereo sound throughout the house.  Check out the Kids Edition for those with little ears around – it even comes with access to over 1000 kid-friendly Audible books, ad-free music, and fun activities.   

 

KiiPix Smartphone Picture Printer – print pictures on-the-go straight from your phone with the KiiPix printer.  Simply place phone, place film, and print!  This is such a fun device for all ages.  

 

 

Tile Anything Finder – I know a lot of people who could use this!  The Tile device helps you find lost items.  Connect it to your keys and the phone app can tell you where to find them or play a loud tune on the Tile.  You can even press the button on the tile device to find your phone.  

 

 

Healbe GoBe2 – doing what most smart bands don’t, the Healbe GoBe2 has several impressive features.  Not only can it detect your calorie intake (without bothersome counting on your part) but it can also detect your hydration levels, quality of sleep, and stress level.  It is a fantastic all-in-one wellness tracker.  

 

 

Olloclip Active Lens Kit – add more creativity to your iPhone camera shots with this fun clip on lens set.  Comes with Fish-eye, Super-Wide, and Macro.  

 

WD 1TB My Passport Portable External Hard Drive – everyone needs an external hard drive to back up their important photos and documents.  You can fit massive amounts of photos and videos in the palm of your hand with the My Passport External Hard Drive. It will back up automatically, can be password protected, and is more than enough space for the typical user.  This is a great gift idea for anyone from students to professionals.  

 

Lifeproof FRE Case – if you know someone getting a new phone for Christmas, this is the perfect gift!  Lifeproof cases are known for their quality.  They are waterproof, shock proof, and come with a built in screen protector.  New phones deserve the kind of protection Lifeproof offers.  Please note: be sure to get a case for the correct phone model as they are not interchangeable.    

 

 

Kontrol Freek Thumbsticks & Grips – a gift your gamer will appreciate!  Kontrol Freek makes a variety of controller thumbsticks and grips for PS4, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.  These increase precision, accuracy, and control.  

 

Cut the Cord and Save Money With Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player

Our family spends a lot of time together, when we can.  Of course, things get in the way sometimes – errands, jobs, house repairs, and everything else that life demands of us before we get to the fun parts.  So when we sit down and want to watch something together, or put something specific in the background to match the mood of our activity, we realized that cable and satellite TV just weren’t for us.  DVR helped, but we really preferred the ability to avoid wasting time with commercials, and pick exactly what we want to watch instead of hoping it happened to be on tonight (so much has changed since we were young, right?!).  We really just couldn’t justify the cost of the television service when it didn’t fit our needs, budget, or lifestyle.

Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player

 

So we did it.  We cut the cord.  We use streaming services.  Even paying a subscription for multiple services has cut our bill drastically.  Our TV is a Smart TV, but to be honest, it’s pretty slow.  Bringing up menus or apps is almost worse than sitting through commercials, so we needed another option.  That’s when we added a little sibling to our Google Home, in the form of a Google Chromecast.  The Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player has made streaming easy, since we can go straight from our phones or our Google Home devices to the TV.  It doesn’t have a confusing software system to set up or navigate, you just pick what you want, and it plays.  We definitely recommend heading to BestBuy to see if it might be the perfect fit for your family, or some lucky friends, this Christmas!

 

Product Specs: 
Features
All together now
Watch movies, shows, live TV, YouTube, and photos streaming on your TV from all your family’s devices.¹
 
Stream from your phone to TV
Plug Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV and to power and stream your favorite entertainment right from your phone with just a tap. Watch shows, listen to playlists, and more. And while streaming, you can still use your phone as you normally do.
 
Works with the streaming apps you know and love
Enjoy TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports and more from over 2000 apps like Netflix, YouTube, YouTube TV, and HBO NOW. Find more at g.co/chromecast/¹
 
Start streaming with just your voice
Just say what you want to watch from compatible apps and control your TV hands-free, with Chromecast and Google Home working seamlessly together.²
 
“Ok Google, play Stranger Things from Netflix on my living room TV.” ¹
 
Upgrade your TV for less
Expand your home entertainment without buying a new TV. It’s so affordable you can get one for every TV in the house.
 
High-speed wireless connectivity
Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network (wireless router required and sold separately).
 
Compatible with your existing HDTV
Easily connects to high-definition televisions with HDMI connectivity.
 
¹ Subscriptions are required to view some content.
 
² Google Home, Chromecast, and compatible content required to cast to a TV using Google Home.
 
Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.
 
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored. I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

30 Hours of Battery Life with @SonyElectronics WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones at @Best Buy #ad

Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones available at Best Buy

My husband is a major music enthusiast.  If he’s not listening to it, he’s playing it.  Between his upcoming birthday and Christmas, I better start shopping early!  And I’ve got the perfect first product for the list: the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones available at Best Buy!  

What’s so great about the Sony WH-1000XM3?  They really do just about everything you could ask for from a pair of headphones! 

Hands Free Calling and Google Assistant: simply double tap to answer a phone call or press and hold the noise-canceling button to ask the Google Assistant something.  

Industry-leading noise canceling: Sony’s proprietary HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1 brings the WH-1000XM3 to the pinnacle of noise cancellation.  While mowing the yard or even getting in a workout, my husband appreciates being able to block out the other sounds and focus on the music.  This is definitely a feature he will love!  

Premium Sound: The 40mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms are Hi-Res Audio compatible, reproducing a full range of frequencies.  Anyone who plays music will appreciate the quality of sound these headphones put out!

All-day listening with quick charging: Listen all day with up to 30 hours of playback and quick charging that gives five hours of playback with just 10 minutes of charge time.  My husband is a busy dad, homeschooling our boys during the day and helping out with his mother’s small business by evening.  The length of charge these headphones hold is fantastic for those who not only will use them for hours at a time, but also for those who might not have time or remember to set them on a charger every night.  

Smart Listening: Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control automatically detects your activity and balances noise canceling levels accordingly.  This feature intrigues me and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in day to day listening.  You also can hold your hand over the housing to turn the volume down in an instant.  

 

Sony WH-1000XM3 What's in the box

 

What’s in the box:

  • Audio cable for wired connection
  • Carry case
  • Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones
  • USB-C charging cable

 

Overall, this pair of headphones seem phenomenal and perfect for my music-loving husband.  I can’t wait to check them out in person at Best Buy!  

 

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones at Best Buy

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored. I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

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