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Satechi 75W dual USB-C PD charging hub hands-on: Great for the home, office, and travel

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

We would love for USB-C to be as ubiquitous as possible, and to avoid using USB-A and MicroUSB cables and ports, but the truth of the matter is that we're still in a transition phase where smartphones have adopted the standard, computers are moving in that direction, and accessories are still (generally) lagging behind. If you have multiple devices that can charge over USB-C, a hub that only provides one C port isn't ideal.

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Satechi 75W dual USB-C PD charging hub hands-on: Great for the home, office, and travel was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

SanDisk A2 and 400GB microSD roundup review: Buy for storage, not apps

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

There are plenty of reasons to pick up a microSD card, should your phone support one. It can be a lot cheaper to get a phone with less storage and plan to add more. Media maniacs and data hoarders can also make use of the super cheap extra space. But if you think SanDisk's new A1 and A2-rated microSD cards are going to provide anywhere near the experience of your phone's built-in storage, think again.

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SanDisk A2 and 400GB microSD roundup review: Buy for storage, not apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 review: A must-have for anyone who plugs things in

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Odds are you didn't buy your phone or laptop because of the charger that it came with. They're an incidental feature compared to the gadget itself — some reviews don't even mention them — but you definitely need one. If that dependency drives you to buy another USB Type-C PD-compliant wall-wart, Anker's new PowerPort Atom PD 1 is among the best 30W chargers you can get. It's tiny, powerful enough to drive some laptops, and pretty cheap at a mere $30.

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Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 review: A must-have for anyone who plugs things in was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Philips Hue Play review: Impressive media-syncing light bars, but with room for improvement

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

As well as offering simple light bulbs and accessories for your home, Philips has been pushing its Hue lights for entertainment purposes more and more. The Zigbee-toting Hue lights can now be used as accent lighting for music, film, and even gaming, which may seem gimmicky or cool, depending on your outlook. I would say it’s a bit of both, or at least that’s how I view the latest addition to the lineup, the Hue Play.

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Philips Hue Play review: Impressive media-syncing light bars, but with room for improvement was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Mophie Powerstation USB-C 3XL: Lots of power for lots of money, but device compatibility is a deal-breaker

Friday, December 7th, 2018

It's weird to think that there's a high-end power accessory market, but there is. Mophie pretty much dominates it with just a few special characteristics: a slightly more premium build quality, better materials, and high-end specs. Of course, Mophie's products also typically come with a sky-high price tag, and that's the case here with the Powerstation USB-C 3 XL. You get 45W of power on both USB-C input and output (with pass-through and different ports for each, too), a voluminous 26,000mAh capacity, and an exorbitant $200 MSRP to go with it.

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Mophie Powerstation USB-C 3XL: Lots of power for lots of money, but device compatibility is a deal-breaker was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV re-review: Not the box you bought three years ago

Friday, November 30th, 2018

The device we currently know as the "NVIDIA SHIELD" is not the first one to carry the name. That honor goes to the handheld device launched in 2013, later renamed SHIELD Portable. After that came the SHIELD Tablet, and finally the SHIELD Android TV in 2015. It was not the only way to get Android TV, but NVIDIA's box is the only one that had any staying power. Three years on, this device has gotten 20 updates across three major Android versions. I can't think of another Android device that offers so much value after more than three years of use.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV re-review: Not the box you bought three years ago was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The joys, disappointments, and sorrows of using MIUI on the Poco F1 (updated)

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

We don't often discuss Xiaomi's software layer here on Android Police, but it isn't for lack of desire to. Most of our team lives in the US where Xiaomi doesn't officially operate and, even if we were to import units there, they wouldn't be compatible with most carriers' LTE bands.

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The joys, disappointments, and sorrows of using MIUI on the Poco F1 (updated) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The joys, disappointments, and sorrows of using MIUI on the Poco F1

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

We don't often discuss Xiaomi's software layer here on Android Police, but it isn't for lack of desire to. Most of our team lives in the US where Xiaomi doesn't officially operate and, even if we were to import units there, they wouldn't be compatible with most carriers' LTE bands. I'm based in Lebanon, and the first limitation applies here as well, but imported devices do work (we have LTE band 3), so I've been trying to get my hands on some of the companies' phones to test them out.

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The joys, disappointments, and sorrows of using MIUI on the Poco F1 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Optoma UHL55 Android projector review: There’s no point

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

We've reviewed a few Android-based portable projectors in the past, like Anker's Nebula Capsule and the AAXA P2-A. The Optoma UHL55 is something else entirely. It's still a projector, and it still runs Android, but it's closer to something you would find in a high-end home theater.

Forget about the 720p resolutions and low brightness of other portable projectors — the UHL55 is 4K with a brightness of 1,500 lumens.

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Optoma UHL55 Android projector review: There's no point was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel Stand review: A cool but tragically overpriced wireless charger

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

You could be forgiven for thinking Google was new to wireless charging if you haven't been obsessively following its products for years. The Nexus 4, 5, and 6 all had wireless charging capabilities, and Google even released its own wireless charging pad in 2013. After ignoring wireless charging for several years, the feature is back on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Google is also selling a wireless charger again: the Pixel Stand.

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Pixel Stand review: A cool but tragically overpriced wireless charger was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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