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The best cases for the Moto G5 Plus

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Because metal scratches too easily.

Motorola's 2017 budget phone, the Moto G5 Plus, is a great option if you're looking to get a metal phone at plastic prices. (In other words, it's a great product.)

If you recently bought a Moto G5 Plus at a discount, you should reinvest some of that money you saved on a case to keep it in tip-top condition. We've rounded up a wide variety of cases here —from heavy duty and rugged to slim and sleek — so you can find the one that fits your lifestyle best!

Ringke FUSION case

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Striking the right balance between protection and thickness, the Ringke Fusion series is one of the most popular for a reason. Get the Moto G5 Plus version in three colors for just $10.

Ringke has a good reputation as a solid case manufacturer, and for good reason: its Fusion series always fits and protects well without adding too much bulk.

The Moto G5 Plus version, available in Clear, Rose Gold Crystal, or Smoke Black colors, is no exception. All versions leave a clear back while the two colored options merely accentuate the sides of the phone. The case covers the ports with little flaps, preventing water from getting inside, and the TPU covering is reinforced at the corners to ensure MIL-STD 810G drop protection

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro with Built-in Screen Protector

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The Supcase Unicorn is thick and bulky for a reason: it'll protect your Moto G5 Plus from anything life throws at you. It comes with a built-in screen protector, too. Get it for $18.

Do you regularly head out into the great outdoors with your phone and need a case that's rugged enough to take on the elements? Supcase offers its Unicorn Beetle Pro case, which features rugged, dual-layer protection and a built-in screen protector.

It combines a rugged polycarbonate shell with soft TPU to create a durable case with a sporty design. Supcase brags that this case exceeded military shock standards by surviving a 4-foot drop test 26 times so if you're prone to dropping your phone this is the case for you. All the ports are covered to keep out dirt and lint with access to the phone's ports and buttons, and also comes with an optional swiveling belt clip holster. It comes in sleek all black, or premium color cases.

Spigen Rugged Armor case

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Spigen's Rugged Armor lineup offers a great balance between style and functionality without adding a ton of bulk to your phone. This is one of the most popular cases in the world for a reason. Get it for $13.

This one-piece case is made from flexible TPU with an internal spider-web pattern to help disperse the shock from drops along with Spigen's Air Cushion technology in the corners. The screen is protected with a raised lip around the front, and on the back, you'll find a precise cutout around the camera along with glossy, carbon fiber textures at the top and bottom of the case which increases your ability to maintain a solid grip on your phone.

Precise cutouts around the ports and raised tactile buttons ensure the functionality of your phone is never impeded. For a great, lightweight case that offers rugged protection, you really can't go wrong with Spigen.

Incipio NGP case

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If you're looking for a lightweight rugged case, Incipio's NGP case is the right voice for you. It's a no-fuss choice that provides considerable protection, specifically around the sides and back. Get it starting at $14.

Featuring a textured back and bumper to ensure you maintain a solid grip, this one-piece polymer case is designed with enhanced drop protection — you'll notice the honeycombed interior which helps to disperse the shock when your phone inevitably hits a table or floor.

Precise cutouts mean you'll have full access to the charging port and headphone jack as well as the volume and power button on the side.

Tudia Ultra Slim case

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Tudia's carbon fiber Ultra Slim case is the perfect way to cover your Moto G5 Plus with minimal bulk. A stylish and inexpensive solution at $11.

Tudia's Ultra Slim case for the Moto G5 Plus is a very stylish option for protecting your phone. It features stylish carbon fiber designs at the top and the bottom of the backplate, which both looks great and helps with grip.

Made with high-quality TPU, this sleek case won't add much bulk to your phone, while the raised edge around the screen help keep your phone protected when it's face down on a surface. It's available in three color options: black, grey and navy blue.

For a really stylish and slim option for protecting your Moto G5 Plus, the Tudia Ultra Slim case can't be beaten.

Cimo clear case

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Cimo's cases are some of the highest quality you can find, and this clear case shows off the Moto G5 Plus's excellent looks. Grab it for under $10.

Cimo's cases always fit really well and their clarity is excellent. Made from flexible TPU, these cases have a great in-hand feel that's not slippery, so you won't be fumbling your Moto G5 Plus all the time. There's a raised bezel around the front of the case to protect your phone's screen when you lay it face-down, and the ports and buttons are cut out precisely. It's important to note that clear TPU will almost always yellow after some time due to the way it absorbs sunlight. But for around $8, you might as well grab a few.

Interested in checking out other clear case options? Check out the best clear cases for the Moto G5 Plus.

Poetic Revolution

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If rugged protection is the name of the game for you, you'll want to consider this Poetic Revolution case for the Moto G5 Plus. It offers full protection for your phone, including a front plate with a built-in screen protector that also adds water resistance to the mix. Starts at just $13.

This two-piece case combines polycarbonate and TPU on the back to provide a balance of shock absorption and scratch protection, while the front plate is made of solid PC and includes a screen protector to keep your screen protected better than any other case on this list.

There's a lot of smart design elements in play here, including grippy textures along the side edges of the phone, lint/dust flaps over the ports at the bottom, and 'edgy' corners that give the phone a fresh and unique look. Despite all the features and protection built into this case, the profile remains relatively slim so you're not carrying around a plastic brick in your pocket.

LK Leather Wallet Flip case

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If you're looking to keep your phone, ID, credit cards and cash all in one place when you're heading out for a night on the town, the LK wallet case is your best bet. Pick it up for just $7!

Available in both black and brown color options, this case features three card slots on the inside cover, including a windowed slot that's perfect for your ID, and also includes a pocket for carrying cash as well. Your phone is held in place via a soft TPU shell that offers quality protection in the spots you need it most: the corners. Fold over the front cover to use it as a kickstand for viewing, then use the magnetic clasp to keep your screen protected in your pocket.

Do note that some of the Moto G5 Plus' functionality may be impeded when the front cover is closed, including the twist and chop gestures for launching the camera and flashlight respectively. Those require the infrared sensor to work properly which is covered by the case when closed. It certainly shouldn't be a dealbreaker for most, but it's worth mentioning before you make the purchase.

Updated August 2018: We've updated pricing for these awesome cases.

This 64GB Samsung Galaxy S8 for T-Mobile is down to $350 today

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Replace your current device with this sleek smartphone at a discount.

Samsung is offering the T-Mobile edition of the Galaxy S8 smartphone for just $350 today. As it regularly costs up to $600 at retailers such as Amazon, this deal saves you around $250. Only the Arctic White version of this phone is priced this low today, and it is only compatible with the carrier T-Mobile.

The Galaxy S8 received rave reviews from the team here. It features 4GB RAM, a 5.8-inch bezel-less display, and a 3000mAh battery which can last for up to 30 hours of talk time. It also comes equipped with an 8MP front camera and a 12MP rear camera.

There's a whole lot of glass on this phone, so be sure to protect it with a nice case. You can also upgrade its storage with up to a 256GB microSD card.

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How to install Linux applications on Chrome OS

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

One of the most exciting new features in Chrome OS is the ability to run applications designed for Linux. Most software that can run on Ubuntu, Debian, or other Linux distributions will work. This is the first time it has been possible to (officially) run traditional desktop software on Chromebooks, and the possibilities are endless.

Unfortunately, the feature is a bit tricky to figure out if you don't already have experience with Linux.

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How to install Linux applications on Chrome OS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Cover your home in smart devices with three Echo Dots for just $25 apiece

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

The ultimate smart home.

If you add three Echo Dot smart devices to your cart and use the code DOT3PACK during checkout, the price will drop from $119.97 down to $74.97. That's $45 off the price and brings the Echo Dots down to about $25 apiece. The Echo Dot is $40 on its own, and that's only because there's a sale dropping it from $50. It's even bigger savings if you consider that $120 price is usually $150.

With three Echo Dots, you can group them altogether and add each one to a different part of your house. That way you'll always have Alexa within earshot when you need to ask her about the weather or turn on a light or play some music. This sale is part of a larger sale on Amazon hardware and includes several other devices as much as $100 off. Add to your smart home with those as well.

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31 best new Android games released this week including Bendy in Nightmare Run, PUBG Mobile Lite, and Hot Guns

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. This week I have a dope looking auto-runner with a '20s cartoon theme, a lite version of PUBG that is only available as a soft-launch title in limited regions, and a re-release of a solid run and gun game that now has a way to remove advertisements.

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31 best new Android games released this week including Bendy in Nightmare Run, PUBG Mobile Lite, and Hot Guns was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Mirage Solo Daydream headset: VR finally without a smartphone!

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Lenovo sent us the Mirage Solo Daydream headset. So, we put on the VR glasses to report on our first attempts to traverse virtual reality.

(This is a preview - click here to read the entire entry.)

4 of our favorite tech deals this week: We hope you like headphones

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Waiting for good tech deals can be like watching a pot of water boil — stare too intently and it seems like nothing's ever going to happen, but sit back and relax and you'll eventually get what you wanted. Last week, the deals we found were pretty sparse, and by the time the weekend rolled around, pretty much all of them were dead. Some shoppers would get discouraged at this, but not us.

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4 of our favorite tech deals this week: We hope you like headphones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Note 9 is the best waterproof Android phone you can buy

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

The Galaxy Note 9 combines a beautiful industrial design with ultra-powerful specs, superb cameras, and the ever-capable S Pen. Starting at $1000, it isn't cheap by any stretch, but it's as premium as they come.

Our pick

Galaxy Note 9

$1000 at Samsung

The most powerful phone Samsung has ever built.

The Galaxy Note 9 isn't just the best waterproof phone — it's one of the best overall phones money can buy. It packs everything from wireless charging to a massive 4000mAh battery, dual cameras, a remote control S Pen, and even a headphone jack. All without a notch.

Who should buy this phone?

Customers with deep pockets (both literally and metaphorically) who want to be able to run their entire life from their phone. The Galaxy Note 9 has a seemingly endless list of features, both in hardware and software, and can even act as a makeshift desktop computer using DeX through an HDMI to USB-C adapter.

Whether you're a gamer, a businessman, or just a high-rolling power user, the Note 9 offers best-in-class performance, massive storage (up to 512GB internally, plus microSD expandability), and the same excellent pair of rear cameras found in the Galaxy S9+ — one a 12MP sensor with dual apertures, and the other a telephoto lens of the same resolution.

Is it a good time to buy this phone?

It is! There's rarely a better time to buy a phone than just ahead of its launch. Samsung is offering a bundle deal with early orders of the Note 9, throwing in a free pair of AKG headphones or in-game currency for Fortnite (you can also get both for $100), and some carriers are further sweetening the deal with BOGO promotions.

Reasons to buy

  • Huge, gorgeous 6.4-inch display
  • Improved S Pen functionality
  • Great dual cameras
  • Long battery life
  • Top-of-the-line specs
  • Industrial curved glass design

Reasons not to buy

  • It's $1000
  • Samsung Experience still not everyone's cup of tea
  • Likely won't receive Android Pie update for a while

There are other great waterproof phones

The nice thing about looking for a great waterproof phone is that almost every phone is waterproof these days. While the Galaxy Note 9 is arguably the best phone currently on the market, there are plenty more options to choose from.

Runner-up

Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL

$649 from Google Store

Pure Android comes in a waterproof package.

The Pixel 2 delivers Google's Android software as intended, with fast updates for the latest features and security issues for a full three years. Many have said the Pixel takes Apple's iPhone approach and keeps things simple and running smoothly, and we have to agree.

The Pixel 2 represents the best of Google's software. But the hardware is no slouch, either. That IP67-rated exterior holds the same muscle as most every other high-end Android phone with a Snapdragon 835 chip and 4GB of RAM. Add in front facing speakers and one of the best cameras on any phone you can buy today for a great water-resistant experience!

Best for videography

LG V30

$699 from B&H

Great for content creators and consumers alike.

Besides being "waterproof," the V30 has some other really great features. Video capture is second to none with LG's Cine Log mode, top-shelf mobile audio components make the V30 sound as good as (or even better than) your stereo at home, and it's the first phone to support T-Mobile's 600Mhz network.

Samsung isn't the only one holding onto standards like expandable storage and a headphone jack — in fact, the LG V30's Quad DAC offers the best wired audio experience around. Add to that LG's constantly improving ultra-wide angle camera, and the V30 is an outstanding content-creating and -consuming machine.

Best for one-handed use

Galaxy S9

$690 from Amazon

A Note 9 you can fit in one hand.

If you want most of the features of the Galaxy Note 9 but don't want a massive, two-handed device, the Galaxy S9 has a nearly-identical spec sheet, along with the same curved glass design and even the exact same camera sensor. Of course, it's IP68 waterproof, too.

With a 5.8-inch 18.5:9 display, the Galaxy S9 still isn't a small phone by any means, but it's much more manageable than the Note 9, without compromising on features or specs. You won't get the S Pen that makes a Note a Note, but you'll still enjoy the same great software experience and fantastic camera.

Bottom line

Here's some great news: ingress protection is all but mandated in a flagship phone these days, so when you're looking for a good waterproof phone you can pretty much just choose whatever phone catches your eye — with a few exceptions like the OnePlus 6 and Moto Z3 Play, both of which have "splash resistance" but no full-blown certifications.

You'll be hard-pressed to find a better waterproof phone than the Galaxy Note 9 — at least, until the rest of 2018's lineup rolls out.

Updated August 2018: This list has been updated with the Galaxy Note 9 now taking the crown as our top recommendation.

The Note 9 is the best waterproof Android phone you can buy

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

The Galaxy Note 9 combines a beautiful industrial design with ultra-powerful specs, superb cameras, and the ever-capable S Pen. Starting at $1000, it isn't cheap by any stretch, but it's as premium as they come.

Our pick

Galaxy Note 9

$1000 at Samsung

The most powerful phone Samsung has ever built.

The Galaxy Note 9 isn't just the best waterproof phone — it's one of the best overall phones money can buy. It packs everything from wireless charging to a massive 4000mAh battery, dual cameras, a remote control S Pen, and even a headphone jack. All without a notch.

Who should buy this phone?

Customers with deep pockets (both literally and metaphorically) who want to be able to run their entire life from their phone. The Galaxy Note 9 has a seemingly endless list of features, both in hardware and software, and can even act as a makeshift desktop computer using DeX through an HDMI to USB-C adapter.

Whether you're a gamer, a businessman, or just a high-rolling power user, the Note 9 offers best-in-class performance, massive storage (up to 512GB internally, plus microSD expandability), and the same excellent pair of rear cameras found in the Galaxy S9+ — one a 12MP sensor with dual apertures, and the other a telephoto lens of the same resolution.

Is it a good time to buy this phone?

It is! There's rarely a better time to buy a phone than just ahead of its launch. Samsung is offering a bundle deal with early orders of the Note 9, throwing in a free pair of AKG headphones or in-game currency for Fortnite (you can also get both for $100), and some carriers are further sweetening the deal with BOGO promotions.

Reasons to buy

  • Huge, gorgeous 6.4-inch display
  • Improved S Pen functionality
  • Great dual cameras
  • Long battery life
  • Top-of-the-line specs
  • Industrial curved glass design

Reasons not to buy

  • It's $1000
  • Samsung Experience still not everyone's cup of tea
  • Likely won't receive Android Pie update for a while

There are other great waterproof phones

The nice thing about looking for a great waterproof phone is that almost every phone is waterproof these days. While the Galaxy Note 9 is arguably the best phone currently on the market, there are plenty more options to choose from.

Runner-up

Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL

$649 from Google Store

Pure Android comes in a waterproof package.

The Pixel 2 delivers Google's Android software as intended, with fast updates for the latest features and security issues for a full three years. Many have said the Pixel takes Apple's iPhone approach and keeps things simple and running smoothly, and we have to agree.

The Pixel 2 represents the best of Google's software. But the hardware is no slouch, either. That IP67-rated exterior holds the same muscle as most every other high-end Android phone with a Snapdragon 835 chip and 4GB of RAM. Add in front facing speakers and one of the best cameras on any phone you can buy today for a great water-resistant experience!

Best for videography

LG V30

$699 from B&H

Great for content creators and consumers alike.

Besides being "waterproof," the V30 has some other really great features. Video capture is second to none with LG's Cine Log mode, top-shelf mobile audio components make the V30 sound as good as (or even better than) your stereo at home, and it's the first phone to support T-Mobile's 600Mhz network.

Samsung isn't the only one holding onto standards like expandable storage and a headphone jack — in fact, the LG V30's Quad DAC offers the best wired audio experience around. Add to that LG's constantly improving ultra-wide angle camera, and the V30 is an outstanding content-creating and -consuming machine.

Best for one-handed use

Galaxy S9

$690 from Amazon

A Note 9 you can fit in one hand.

If you want most of the features of the Galaxy Note 9 but don't want a massive, two-handed device, the Galaxy S9 has a nearly-identical spec sheet, along with the same curved glass design and even the exact same camera sensor. Of course, it's IP68 waterproof, too.

With a 5.8-inch 18.5:9 display, the Galaxy S9 still isn't a small phone by any means, but it's much more manageable than the Note 9, without compromising on features or specs. You won't get the S Pen that makes a Note a Note, but you'll still enjoy the same great software experience and fantastic camera.

Bottom line

Here's some great news: ingress protection is all but mandated in a flagship phone these days, so when you're looking for a good waterproof phone you can pretty much just choose whatever phone catches your eye — with a few exceptions like the OnePlus 6 and Moto Z3 Play, both of which have "splash resistance" but no full-blown certifications.

You'll be hard-pressed to find a better waterproof phone than the Galaxy Note 9 — at least, until the rest of 2018's lineup rolls out.

Updated August 2018: This list has been updated with the Galaxy Note 9 now taking the crown as our top recommendation.

TWRP support arrives for HTC U12+, Xiaomi Mi Max 3, and more

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

About a month has passed since our last TWRP installment, and several more Android devices have joined the ranks in that time. This time around, new entrants include the HTC U12+, Xiaomi's Mi Max 3, the minuscule Unihertz Jelly Pro, as well as some Samsung and ZTE Nubia phones.

Here's the full list:

If you need to download TWRP for one of these devices, you have two options: hitting the links above or grabbing the official TWRP app via the widget below.

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TWRP support arrives for HTC U12+, Xiaomi Mi Max 3, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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