Accessories Reviews

Samsung Gear Live Review: Goodbye Tizen, hello Android Wear

Samsung Gear Live Review: Goodbye Tizen, hello Android Wear

Samsung isn't short on smartwatches right now, but it couldn't resist adding another to the roster with Android Wear, Google's play for the wearable space. Launching alongside LG's G Watch, the Samsung Gear Live borrows heavily from the Tizen-powered Gear 2 Neo, though with some Google Now sparkle thrown in too. I've reviewed Android Wear in full separately, so this review will focus on the Gear Live's own particular abilities and issues.

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Android Wear Review: Your wrist just got smarter

Android Wear Review: Your wrist just got smarter

I've wanted Google Now on my wrist since Google's contextual engine was officially announced. Android Wear, revealed at I/O last week, is the first stage in Google's mainstream play for the wearables space, at launch effectively the Android notifications tray delivered to your wrist. That's something we've seen tried before, from Pebble and others, but with Google Now there's the promise of interactivity too.

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Epson Moverio BT-200 Review: Smashing Glass

Epson Moverio BT-200 Review: Smashing Glass

Google didn’t invent wearable technology, it just made it contentious. Glass’ play for the mass-market isn’t going smoothly, but Google isn’t the only company pushing head-mounted displays. Epson’s Moverio BT-200 may have been dismissed by many as another “me too” Glass clone when it was unveiled at CES earlier this year, but in many ways it’s the true augmented reality headset we’d hoped Google’s might be, and all it took was pretending to be a drone pilot, an engineer, and a space explorer to figure that out. Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Adobe Ink & Slide Review: The iPad stylus grows up

Adobe Ink & Slide Review: The iPad stylus grows up

Adobe got tired of waiting for a great stylus for the iPad, and so it took on the challenge itself, coming up with Adobe Ink and its companion ruler, Slide. Pens for the iPad aren’t new, but neither have they been especially proficient, but Adobe is aiming to change all that with slickly designed hardware and tightly-integrated software. I’ve been using Adobe Ink & Slide with the iPad Air for the past few weeks; read on for my full verdict.

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Plantronics Voyager Edge Review

Plantronics Voyager Edge Review

Plantronics knows a thing or two about Bluetooth headsets, being one of the stalwarts of the industry, but the new Voyager Edge still has something unusual to it. Fitting in-between Plantronics’ Legend and Discovery lines of earpieces, the Voyager Edge claims to pair the performance of the former with the style of the latter, in a headset suitable for both home and office. There’s some strong competition from Jawbone’s Era, however; read on to find out which deserves a spot on your ear.

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iPad olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens Review

iPad olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens Review

The newest 4-in-1 Photo Lens clip from olloclip was made for the iPad family, and this week we’ve got one to work with in the field. This accessory is very similar to what we saw in our olloclip Macro 3-in-1 iPhone lens hands-on back near the end of last year. Here the clip is made for the iPad Air or either of the iPad mini models on the market today.

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D-Link WiFi Smart Plug Review

D-Link WiFi Smart Plug Review

Piecing together your own smart home used to be a headache; now, you can buy products off-the-shelf, like D-Link's new WiFi Smart Plug, and be up and running from your smartphone in minutes. We're not just talking remote control over lights, either: D-Link's system allows for power and heat monitoring, for the frugal and safety-conscious among us. Read on for our full review.

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Case+ for iPhone: Hands-on with Logitech’s catch-all kit

Case+ for iPhone: Hands-on with Logitech’s catch-all kit

With Logitech’s new Case+ accessory kit for the iPhone, you get just about every accessory trinket you could possibly want, and definitely everything you need. A battery backup is almost always necessary for iPhone users, and a car mount is something many take advantage of. With so much going on with the Case+, and the fairly large price tag, is it worth the investment? We went hands-on to find out.

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Duet Bluetooth Tag Review

Duet Bluetooth Tag Review

This week we’re having a peek at the crowd-funded Bluetooth Tag known as Duet by PROTAG. Created by the team at PROTAG, this tag is just about as simple as a Bluetooth Tag can get. It’s just large enough to house the replaceable Panasonic battery it comes with: 2.8cm square with rounded edges. It’s like a Cheez-it with Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

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iFrogz Tadpole Review

iFrogz Tadpole Review

This month we were sent the tiniest device we’ve seen in a long time. I opened the package that included several cases for our most recent HTC One (M8) case extravaganza, and in the box was the iFrogz Tadpole. What on earth does someone do with the world’s smallest Bluetooth speaker?

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Star Wars STREET by 50 on-ear headphones Review

Star Wars STREET by 50 on-ear headphones Review

What better way to ring in "May the 4th be with you" - unofficial "Star Wars Day," that is - than with a pair of Stormtrooper headphones? We’ve got one of the first pairs of Star Wars Stormtrooper STREET by 50 On-Ear headphones out in the wild this weekend and we’re having a listen while we sport the most obviously Star Wars-inspired of the collection.

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The big HTC One M8 best case round-up and review

The big HTC One M8 best case round-up and review

Consumers have picked up the HTC One (M8) in droves this Spring, creating a demand for cases the likes of which have not appeared for several generations in the HTC universe. Today we’re having a peek at a whole bunch of cases from several of the finest brands on the market. What we’ll be doing here is setting them up to battle in a bracket that’ll bring out the greats and leave the slightly less-great cases in the dust.

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