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Check out this Android charging cable super pack, just $16

While USB Type-C might be taking off as the new standard, there are plenty of products that still rely on microUSB. Take a look at some of your favorite gadgets around the house; we bet a lot of them still have microUSB ports.Chances are pretty high that you’ve either misplaced a cable or two along the way or worn them out. If it’s time for new charging cables, consider the Android Charging Cable Super Pack. Just $15.95 right now, it’s a four pack of microUSB cables in three different sizes: 3ft, 6ft, and 10ft.These braided cables are strong and won’t tangle any time soon so feel free to throw them in a bag or backpack. Moreover, they’re stylish, too, and come in your choice of silver, pink, or gold.Charge & sync data simultaneouslyGet 4 cables of different lengths, plus a keychain charger3′ x 16′ x 210′ x1Compatible w/ all devices with a micro USB portCharge iPhones w/ included Android/Lightning keychain cableOrder YoursIn addition to the four cables you’ll also receive a keychain that provides charging capability to microUSB devices and iPhones. Yep, all of that for just $16 today. Swing over to the AndroidGuys Deals Store and choose the color that speaks to you.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

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Social Distancing Bundle: Lifetime access to Rosetta Stone, VPN, and more

In today’s climate we find ourselves working from home and often staying away from others. We’re changing habits in both personal and professional settings as we grapple with the “new normal.”Some of us find that we have more free time because we’re not going out as often. What do you do with your evenings, weekends, or spare moments? Why not use it to learn new languages or become versed in various topics?The Social Distancing Lifetime Subscription Bundle, available in the AndroidGuys Deals Store for $199, is the well-rounded kit that you never knew you needed.Included in the bundle are lifetime subscriptions to Rosetta Stone, 12min books, and KeepSolid VPN. It’s everything you need to master up to 24 languages, immerse yourself in new fields, and stay safe in the process.12min Premium Micro Book Library: Lifetime SubscriptionNot enough hours in the day to get through your reading list? You’ll only need 12 minutes to finish your next book with 12min! This innovative platform gives you access to hundreds of micro books in text and narrative form for you to absorb in just 12 minutes each. Every month, you’ll get 30 new titles so you can keep learning new things well into the future.Rosetta Stone Unlimited Access: Lifetime Subscription (24 Languages)If your dream is to master a foreign language, there’s no better teacher than Rosetta Stone. With its intuitive, immersive training method, Rosetta Stone will have you reading, writing, and speaking new languages like a natural in no time. You’ll start by matching words with images just like when you learned your native language as a child. Then you’ll move onto interactive lessons where speech recognition technology works to evaluate and improve your accent with instant feedback.KeepSolid VPN Unlimited: Lifetime SubscriptionWhether you’re using a private internet connection or public Wi-Fi, your online privacy and security is far from guaranteed. With top-rated solution VPN Unlimited, you can regain control over your digital life with full security and anonymity online. There are no speed or bandwidth limits, so you’ll still enjoy full browsing speeds, without the dangers of leaving your data exposed or the geographic restrictions set on certain websites abroad.Buy the Bundle!Valued at more than $800 for the whole bundle, you can purchase it from the AG Deals Store for just $199. They’re all three yours for as long as you live.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+

Two years after the release of the Snapdragon Wear 3100, Qualcomm has decided to release two new processors, the Wear and Wear 4100+The focus of the announcement was the Snapdragon Wear 4100+, and for good reason, as the Wear 4100+ is the only one of the two certified for Wear OS. Here are some of the key improvements in the Wear 4100+:Sleep trackingLive ComplicationsConstant heart rate monitoringImproved Sports ModeSmarter Watch ModeBluetooth 5Upgraded 4G LTEIncrease in number of colors on display With the announcement of the Wear 4100 comes the race to be the first to adopt it, and that race has been won by imoo and Mobvoi. imoo is a manufacturer of smartwatches for children, and their newest release, called the Z6 Ultra, will feature the 4100.Mobvoi, on the other hand, needs little introduction to readers of this site. Producer of the TicWatch, Mobvoi will be putting out the TicWatch Pro 3 featuring the Wear 4100 at the end of the year.The Snapdragon Wear 4100+ brings the ability for a much improved Wear OS experience, though Google has quite a large hole to dig itself out of it with users.  

Polar adds Unite fitness watch to its lineup

Polar is one of the most recognizable companies out there when it comes to fitness tech. When I was a strength & conditioning coach I highly advocated for their heart rate monitors. Plain and simple, they were accurate. When dealing with anything that helps monitor your health accuracy is key.The Polar Unite is the newest fitness watch from Polar that combines world class features and technology into a simple, stylish product that can be worn 24/7. This is definitely more than just a heart rate monitor and considerably more than “just a watch”.Part of those features start with FitSpark. To put is very simply FitSpark is a training guide. If you’re just starting on your fitness journey (congratulations by the way), FitSpark will recommend a workout plan for you and provide animated instructions to help you through it.For the gym rat, FitSpark will help keep you from that dreaded “plateau” by recommending differing workouts to keep your body guessing. Not only that, it will help keep you from over-training (yes, it’s real) and regressing in your progress.FitSpark keeps the recommendations personalized by taking into consideration your sleep, recovery, fitness level, and training history. All of this is available in the watch, so you don’t have to fumble with your phone.Weighing in at only 32 grams, it’s light enough to be worn comfortably even while you sleep. This isn’t just a fitness watch, the Polar Unite can display notifications from your smartphone as well. You should be able to expect up to 4 days battery life in watch mode, and up to 50 hours in training mode with GPS connected.Other Polar Unite FeaturesNightly Recharge – measures your autonomic nervous system (ANS) recovery to give you insight into how well your body has recoveredSerene – will help you relax with guided breathing exercisesSmart Calories – helps keep track of calories burned, and can track your total calories for the day to help keep your diet in checkThe Polar Unite is available today at a retail price of $149.95 and comes in your choice of black, white, pink, or blue bands. Small, medium, and large bands are included in the package so you don’t have to worry about ordering the right size for your wrist.

Poco F2 Pro Review

Android has become the lion share of the smartphone market. The operating system is literally the biggest software project in the world and is installed on over 2.5 billion devices globally. With that, there always seems to be new competition from numerous companies. One such company is Poco, and its latest is the flagship F2 Pro.With the F2 Pro, Poco wants to find a balance between market price and premium experience. This is not an unfamiliar story previously portrayed by OnePlus, Nokia, and Motorola in the past. Even so, let’s take a deep dive into the F2 Pro to see how well it finds that middle ground for consumers.DesignThe industrial build of the Poco F2 Pro is strikingly good. If you stripped the branding, you could easily convince me this was built by Samsung or LG. Honestly, the overall design to me is like the OnePlus 7T and 7 Pro from last year had a baby. You have the slide up camera (more on this later) and similar lines of the 7 Pro and the back circular camera and flat screen of the 7T. – neither of which is a bad thing.A quick Google search will also show more similarities to OnePlus in that the Poco brand is a direct competitor to OnePlus and is actually a sub-brand of Redmi. OnePlus is a sub-brand of Oppo in China. The F2 Pro is heavily based on the Redmi K30 Pro.The right side of the F2 Pro is flanked by the volume rocker and a metallic red power button. As a Pixel owner, I’m always fond of a colored power button. The left side is completely void of any buttons.Atop the F2 Pro, you have the motorized camera housing and an almost retro 3.5mm headphone jack. Flip the phone upside down and you see one down-firing speaker, the SIM tray, and the USB-C power port.SpecificationsInternally, the Poco F2 Pro is well-powered without overkill. It has a Qualcomm 865 processor, Adreno 650 GPU, and 6GB of RAM. Pair that with 128GB of onboard storage and you are ready for almost any mobile task.The screen is a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 2,400 x 1,080 resolution. Both the front and back glass are Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and should be able to take a normal regimen of punishment. The refresh rate of the screen is sadly only 60Hz. In the new age of 90Hz-120Hz it’s worth a mention, but not a deal-breaker.I should also note that the Poco F2 Pro does have 5G support, but due to the lack of local options, I was unable to test this feature. Verizon was not an option with the internal radios, but T-Mobile performed well in my time with the phone.What’s omitted? There’s not an official IP rating for water and dust resistance. This is most likely done to lower expenses as the certification process is a paid license.The other missing feature is wireless charging. I’m in the camp that almost any phone above $500 should have this feature.Software and PerformanceThe software on the F2 Pro is a mixed bag for me. While at first glance it looks crisp and colorful, it slowly started to frustrate me. It comes installed with MIUI and adds layers and layers of menus, swipes, and system options that just don’t need to be there. The overlay reminds me of Samsung from a few years back in that it’s just overkill.I get that other people love Samsung, but it hurts the end-users experience when they can’t pick up two phones running Android and have them act the same way. I long for a world where changing phones due to a multitude of reasons such as money, availability, or carriers doesn’t lead users to being lost for weeks in a new UI. 1 of 6 I had very few issues in performance while using the Poco F2 Pro, however. The phone is snappy and performed very well in normal tasks. I saw no lag or stutter in multi-view or switching between apps.The only hiccups I have are that I struggled to find any way to interact with a notification from the lock screen and the notification shade didn’t always want slide down on the first try when using the swipe down gesture on the home screen.My final issue would be the embedded fingerprint sensor on the display. It’s not good. Yes, it will open the phone… eventually. And only most of the time on the first try.This tech still needs to be further brewed on most phones I’ve used with this option, but the Poco is behind in most regards to its peers here.CamerasLet’s start with the rock star of this section: the motorized selfie camera. While it’s the camera I will use the least, it’s the more impressive one. The mechanical engineering around hiding the camera is something that just makes me smile.Being able to tuck away and save screen real estate without notches or pinholes is amazing. And then you throw in the “whoa” factor of having it pop up like submarine periscope is just nerd candy.How does it work? It’s fine. It takes self-absorbed pictures just waiting to be shared on social media. It’s perfectly serviceable.On the flip side, you see a blacked-out circular camera housing four sensors. The main camera lens is a 64-megapixel shooter. This Sony sensor takes pretty good photos. I’d put the standard shots above say a Moto phone but still behind Samsung, Apple, and Google.Portrait mode is also better than average. This mainly due to the fourth sensor being dedicated specifically to depth with 2-megapixels. Images result in a good, sharp photo with nice edge detection and blurring.The macro camera on the Poco is much like most macro cameras in that it works. None that I’ve used have been great and many just… frankly seem like a gimmick. You can take super zoomed-in photos, but most are not great and don’t add much value.The ultra-wide 13-megapixel camera, on the other hand, gave great results that made me wish it were on more phones. Being able to shift from normal to a much wider focus was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be. The resulting photos also didn’t seem to be washed out or over-processed. 1 of 4 Normal camera Ultra-wide Normal camera Ultra-wide Battery lifeThis is one place the Poco F2 Pro excels. With a 4,700mAh power pack, the F2 Pro gave me a full day’s battery life without fail. Some days of less heavy usage, I could get almost two full days before needing to top off the tank.When you do need to reach for a cable there’s a 33-watt charger included in the box. This is great news as the F2 Pro supports fast-charging up to 30-watts. Smart power delivery has seen a nice evolution in recent years, and having quick charging options is a must-have feature in today’s top phones.ConclusionI really like most things about the Poco F2 Pro. It has good hardware, better than average cameras, and a great screen.Unfortunately, I think smartphone users fall under two camps: hardware people and software people. There are shades in between and I fall under the latter of needing software to be a much larger proportion of my experience pie.Despite my reservations, I think many people will find the $529 price tag to be about right. It’s a good alternative to what OnePlus and Moto provide.You can purchase through many avenues, but the most widely available one is Amazon. The F2 Pro can be purchased in Cyber Grey, Electric Purple, Neon Blue, and Phantom White.

Just $49.99, the TUNAI Wand adds Bluetooth to your TV, Xbox, PS4, and more

Let’s face it, TV speakers sound better than ever. And there are sound bars, wireless speakers, and other ways to enjoy audio content, and they get cooler with each generation. But, sometimes we need to keep things quiet.Let’s say you’re wanting to get in some time on the PlayStation or a few episodes of your favorite Netflix series. The problem? It’s 1AM and your house is otherwise quiet. You can’t really immerse yourself into things because it will wake the family or roommates.The TUNAI Wand, on sale for just $49.99 right now, is the solution. It’s a small device that connects directly to your TV or game console and broadcasts a Bluetooth signal. Powered by USB, it transmits up to 150 feet and allows for two connections at once.This low-latency device is perfect for playing your Xbox and PlayStation, or watching TV without distraction. And without distracting others in the process, too.TUNAI WandUpgrades your TV, game consoles, home stereo into Bluetooth devicesaptX Low Latency Support prevents lags & lip-sync delaysUSB-powered so you won’t have to worry about battery running outAllows connection within 150ft wireless rangeConnects up to 2 sets of headphones; share the fun w/ family/friendsOne of the few Bluetooth transmitters on the market that supports aptX Low Latency for two Bluetooth devices at the same timeBuy Yours Today!Purchase your TUNAI Wand from the AndroidGuys Deals Store for just $49.99 right now, and take advantage of the limited-time discount.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Boost Mobile Buyer’s Guide

Just about everyone knows the names of the “Big Four” top-tier wireless service providers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. But, for every one of these major network operators there are a number of others with their own rates, customer service, and phone selection.These prepaid Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) license towers from the big names in the space.Let’s take a closer look at Boost Mobile and learn about it the brand, its rates, and features.About Boost MobileBoost Mobile operates in the United States as a Sprint subsidiary and utilizes the tier-one carrier’s CDMA/LTE network for coverage. It offers pre-paid rate plans which means no long term contracts or obligations.Taxes and fees are included and include unlimited talk, text, and data. Additionally, the come with mobile hotspot capabilities and unlimited music streaming.What deals does Boost offer? Boost Mobile offers a four-line rate plan for $100 when switching from another carrier. Each line gets unlimited data, talk, and text and provides for up to 1GB of hotspot.Which major prepaid carrier has the best $40 rate plan?What are Boost’s rate plans?Boost does not charge for going over your allotted data and taxes are included in the cost. Each plan comes with unlimited data, but only a set amount of it is high speed.$35/month: Unlimited talk, text and 3GB of high-speed data$50/month: Unlimited talk, text, and high-speed data w/ 12GB hotspot$60/month: Unlimited talk, text, and high-speed data w/ 30GB hotspotAlthough Boost offers three plans with “unlimited” data there are differences between each. Consumers can choose the option that works best for video and music, international calling, and customer service needs. For instance, some may not care whether video is streamed at 1080p or if audio is at 1.5Mbps.SEE: How to unlock your Sprint phoneCan I do multiple line accounts at Boost Mobile?Customers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so with discounted pricing. As of today Boost Mobile offers a $20 discount when adding a line to one of the unlimited plans.There are currently two rate plans which offer Boost subscribers unlimited data, one for three-line accounts and one for four lines.Other Boost features and offeringsBoost Mobile provides a handful of extras (Boost Extras) to its customers, most of which can pair with the various rate plans. Details include international calling, extra data, HD video streaming, and phone insurance.Boost Mobile offers a $25 referral credit for anyone you have sign up for its service. Both get an account credit once your friend activates, pays for an eligible monthly plan and registers their new number.A Boost Perks mobile app lets customers save money with partner brands such as AMC, Papa John’s Sams’s Club, Costco, and others.What phones does Boost offer?Take a peek at the current lineup of Android phones offered through Boost and you’ll find familiar names from brands like LG, Samsung, and Motorola. There are also devices from the likes of Coolpad, ZTE, and Wiko, too.As we often see with a lot of prepaid providers, phone selection is a mixed bag, leaning more more toward affordability as opposed to performance. With that said, we do recognize there are some incredibly robust and current models, including the Samsung Galaxy S10e.For those looking to save money there are also a handful devices which are certified pre-owned, meaning that although they were once used by someone else, they come with a guarantee/warranty.Can I use my own phone with Boost Mobile?You can often use your current CDMA phone, especially if it was previously paired with Sprint. Head to Boost’s website to check whether your specific model is supported. Also, we’re seeing a growing trend of unlocked phones with support for Sprint/Boost bands.

mophie and InvisibleShield Announce UV Sanitizer Solutions

I think we can all agree that being ‘clean’ has sort of taken on a whole new meaning over the last few months. As we all continue to find our way through fighting a global pandemic, we also have to make sure the things we touch daily are clean. The obvious things come to mind; light switches, door knobs, your hands. One thing that I don’t think many people think about are their phones.We all touch our phones many, many times per day, just the same as our door knobs and light switches. However, we wash our hands and grab our bacteria filled smartphones.Think about this: The Center for Disease Control estimates that 80% of common infections are transmitted by hands, while another study found an 82% overlap between bacteria on test subjects’ fingers and their phones. Yeah, that’s kind of gross.Two trusted brands in the tech world have introduced a way to help with cleaning your smartphone.InvisibleShieldInvisibleShield, who you probably know from the screen protector on your phone, has introduced its UV sanitizer.It uses UV-C bulbs to kill up to 99.99% of all surface bacteria, not only on your smartphone, but it will also kill bacteria on your keys, earbuds, and any other non-porous objects you can fit in it.To make things even more convenient, it is powered by a USB-C cable (included). The InvisibleShield UV Sanitizer is available for $60.mophieAnother company that you’ve probably heard of, mophie, has its own UV Santizer on the market, too.Mophie does mophie things with their version, and took it up a notch. It provides the same bacteria killing power as the InvisibleShield version, while also adding 10W wireless charging. Indeed, you can charge a Qi compatible device while sanitizing something else.It is powered via the included micro USB cable and it does cost a bit more than the InvisibleShield version. The mophie UV Sanitizer with wireless charging, for its part, costs about $80.

Grab a 3-pack of 10ft braided USB-C cables for just $22 today

While today’s phone batteries last much longer than they have in the past we still have to charge them up. Whether that means once a night while sleeping, or the occasional top-off over lunch, we appreciate having cables and chargers within reach. And we can always do with more cables.We have a great offer in our store today — a 3-pack of 10ft nylon braided USB-C cables. Available in six different color choices, they’re yours for just $21.99.Not only are these cables long at ten feet, they’re durable, too. Best of all, they won’t get all tangled up.Durable braided nylon design doesn’t tangle easily10ft long so you can comfortably access your device from a convenient distanceFast charges most Android phones, tablets & other USB-C devicesHigh performance w/ fast charging & overheating/overcurrent protectionHeavy duty cable that resists pet chewing, kinking, tangling, & extreme temperatureBuy Yours Today!Head over to the AndroidGuys Deals Store today and pick up your cables for $21.99. Choose from black, red, silver blue, pink, orange, and green options.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

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