Active Stories June 7, 2016

The summer is here, and that means we’ve seen a lot of new Android smartphones announced in the first half of this year. Starting off the year was the Huawei Mate 8 and Honor 5X at CES in January, of course followed later by Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge as well as the LG G5 in February at Mobile World Congress. But which ones are the best buys? Keep reading to find out…

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Active Stories June 6, 2016

Samsung and AT&T today came out to announce the Galaxy S7 Active, the latest iteration of the duo’s super-rugged smartphone tradition. Just like last year’s Galaxy S6 Active, the phone is basically an S7 with a beefy case built in — which isn’t a terrible idea considering so many people slap an OtterBox on their phone anyway… expand full story

Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

Active Stories March 15, 2016

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Refurb Galaxy S6 $330, GoPro’s HERO4 Silver camera $299, more

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End the madness – stop renting your cable modem with these refurb Motorola deals from $35 shipped (Orig. up to $130)

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How-to: Use your car and an inexpensive inverter to replace the need for a home generator

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Philips introduces new ambient Hue Lights that automatically simulates the sun

WD’s new internal hard drive for Raspberry Pi brings 314GB of additional storage

Active Stories September 21, 2015

If you don’t want to spend $50 for a case every time you upgrade your smartphone, you still have great options: cases with comparable quality are available for much less money if you do your research. One of the best brands for that is Poetic, maker of many accessories we’ve reviewed in the past and loved, and now the company’s high quality, sub-$20 cases are available for the latest lineup of flagship Android devices including the Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus, the S6 Active, and the new Galaxy Note 5.

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Active Stories July 10, 2015

If you’ve been following our thoughts on this year’s flagship smartphones, you know that we think that Samsung’s offerings are some of the best. The Korean company really stepped up their game with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, introducing a much more premium build, a cleaned up version of TouchWiz, and internals that are worthy of 2015. In that vein, the Galaxy S6 Active is pretty much identical. It has a really nice hard plastic body, the same less-horrible TouchWiz, and the exact same internal specifications as its standard S6 brethren. But it’s not perfect, and there are always going to be compromises. Maybe fewer compromises than ever before, but compromises nonetheless… expand full story

Active Stories June 12, 2015

The Galaxy S6 Active was made official by AT&T earlier this week following several leaks, and now the company has made the much-anticipated rugged S6 variant available on its online store… expand full story

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