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Heather is a commerce writer with Android Police. She has been a full-time content writer since graduation from SAIT Polytechnic in 2018. She is an experienced article writer working for many brands over the years.
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What was their first phone?
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Enhance the look of your new wearable with a high-quality band
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro are two of the best smartwatches on the market. As good as the watches are, the included straps tend to draw mixed reactions from users. Whether it’s the tuck against your wrist you dislike, or you’re looking for a band that better fits your style, there are plenty of options to choose from.
When you need an affordable but feature-rich 4K TV, Fire TVs bring a lot to the table
Although the Amazon Fire TV brand is primarily associated with the company's media streaming devices, a fairly decent selection of TVs use the Fire TV as their operating system. After all, it's easy to use, offers access to all popular streaming apps, and has Alexa digital assistant for voice control. The Fire TVs are available from several manufacturers, including Amazon itself. The e-commerce giant joined the likes of Insignia, Pioneer, and Toshiba in 2021 to introduce its first Fire TVs.
Android phones that are built to take a beating
When buying a smartphone of any kind, one of the most important things you want is for the device to last, especially considering the outrageous prices of smartphones these days. It can be frustrating and costly to constantly have to replace broken phones and cracked screens. And while there are many rugged cases on the market for the best Android phones, a case might not be enough for you. If you're someone who might feel a bit odd bringing a $2,000 phone to a construction site, these rugged Android phones come packed with some crazy features.
There's a lot of competition out there to host your weekend binges and movie nights
Streaming devices are all but a necessity these days. Although cable TV is still around — as are online-exclusive cable replacement services like YouTube TV — most of us rely on streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, and HBO Max to discover and watch new releases or old favorites. If your television's new enough, it probably has some of these apps built right in. Yes, smart TVs can be pretty great, but a dedicated streaming device is absolutely worth the cost.
Despite Google taking forever to confirm and release it, the Pixel Watch has done a great job standing up against some of the best Android smartwatches while offering its own look and feel. And as with any smartwatch, you’ll want to pair it with a great band to fit your style and add some extra flair to your device. Although Google’s proprietary connector design doesn’t make it as easy to replace the band, there are plenty of great options out there, so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a new band that fits your style.
The right smart plug can turn nearly many standard electrical devices into smart home devices with ease
There's a huge wealth of user-friendly smart home devices that work with one or more of the popular voice assistant ecosystems. And while it might seem intimidating at first, putting a smart home together isn't all that difficult and doesn't require you to go out and buy a ton of new smart electronics. For simple stuff like lights and some coffee makers, you can just pop in a smart plug and program away.
Control your home temperature with ease with these smart thermostats and sensors
Smart thermostats are more popular and effective than ever. Buying and installing one might seem like a complex undertaking on the surface, but in reality, it's one of the most useful smart devices you can add to a home. Depending on your needs and budget, there's a wide variety of options with features ranging from remote access and simple schedules all the way to learning algorithms that tailor your HVAC system to your usage patterns. Just make sure you choose one that's compatible with your preferred voice assistant and smart ecosystem.
Smartwatches specifically designed for women with a better fit, feel, and style
When shopping for a smartwatch, there are so many to choose from that it can be overwhelming at times. There are several important factors you're going to want to consider before you drop any amount of money on a smartwatch. After all, you're probably going to be wearing the device every single day, so it needs to meet some level of requirements.
Mounts and stands for the Amazon Echo Show 5 that make sense
If Amazon Alexa is your smart home guide for everything, you probably already have at least one of the best Amazon Echo smart displays. What's great about Amazon's line of smart displays is that there are quite a few different devices to choose from, and they're all under $300, making them desirable pieces for your smart home.
Complete your smart home makeover with these Google Assistant compatible devices
Google Assistant is, without a doubt, one of the best virtual assistants you could ask for. With just a few words, Google Assistant and Google Home are ready to help with everything from turning on the lights, finding a great recipe, turning on the vacuum, and even turning down the temperature in the room. With thousands of smart home devices now compatible with Google Assistant, the possibilities to set up your smart home are almost endless.
New bands to keep the Samsung Gear S3 looking fresh and renewed
The Samsung Gear S3 may look like an ordinary watch from the outside, but this classic-looking timepiece packs a whole lot of tech underneath. While the Gear S3 is not one of the newer products in the lineup of the best Android smartwatches, it continues to be a popular choice among consumers.
There are many quality models available to help keep your home safe without the wire
Whether you have already established a smart home or are just starting, investing in one or more quality Wi-Fi security systems is one of the best ways to give yourself a sense of safety when you are home or away. Not only is it reassuring to have the ability to check in on your property from anywhere via a few taps of your smartphone, but you can also sidestep the hassle of installing a wired smart camera by opting for a quality battery-powered model instead.
Fun and functional mounts and stands for your Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen — and the upcoming 5th Gen.
The Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) is a favorite for those who love hands-free smart devices. While we know there are so many other Amazon Alexa-compatible devices with the Echo Dot, there is also a great variety of stands and mounts for this favorite home device, something you'll need as it is very easy for these little speakers to get obscured or hidden behind decor or clutter on your desk or table. These stands — ranging from sleek to creative — help elevate your Echo Dot and the speaker's whole experience by making them easier to see, hear, and interact with.
Practical and functional stands for your tablet or e-reader devices
Tablets and e-readers are every tech lover's dream come true, with endless benefits that make reading, browsing, and streaming a breeze. However, one pesky downside that plagues us all is the discomfort of holding them up for extended periods. We've all been there, reaching for anything nearby to prop up our device and save our wrists from strain, only to repeatedly watch our device tumble over.
Build your Echo-powered smart home with the best plugs, lights, locks, cameras and more
Alexa is the simplest and most prevalent voice assistant, with compatibility baked into some of the easiest smart home devices out there. The Alexa-compatible roster includes thousands of smart home appliances, including security cameras, smart thermostats, robotic vacuums, and more.
Customize your Google Nest Mini with these mounts and stands
The Google Nest Mini is one of the most affordable and convenient smart speakers, and it's perfect for smart homes already built around multiple Google-friendly smart devices. Its small size and low price make it an especially good addition to an existing set of smart speakers scattered throughout your house. To make it even more accessible and improve microphone range and accuracy, consider one of the various stand and mount types available. Whether you want to mount it to the wall, hide it near an electrical outlet, or put it in a place of honor atop an artistic statue, there's a Nest Mini mount or stand that's right for you.
Smart doorbell devices to guard your home and protect your family
Security has always been a top priority when it comes to protecting yourself and your family; however, alarm and home security systems used to be considered a luxury. With expensive packages and hundreds of feet of cable needing to be wired within your home, security for your living quarters was much less attainable. Today, home security is affordable, attainable, and smart. Plus, you can set up most smart home security devices within minutes.
Need a smart doorbell, but can't work with Ring devices? Here are some excellent Ring video doorbell alternatives.
Ring is one of the best names when it comes to smart home security, especially in the smart security camera market. However, Ring's doorbell cameras only work perfectly with Amazon's Alexa; they won't play nice with Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit, and their subscriptions can get pricey. But that's okay because there's currently plenty of competition in this segment.
Up your Ring Video Doorbell game with these additional accessories perfect for any existing smart home setup.
When it comes to your home, security is generally going to be a top priority. Video doorbells have made huge waves in the past, allowing users to intermittently check up on their homes while they're away at work or receive a notification if a package has been delivered.
The best budget tablet deserves only the best case
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 has impressed us at every turn with its affordable price point combined with an excellent display that has kept it in the conversation of best Android tablets. While its midrange performance keeps it best used as a media device, it's still a tablet you're going to want to protect with a case to ensure you don't damage it when you're carrying it around. With that in mind, we've gathered some ultra-premium cases and a handful of well-constructed but considerably more affordable choices. Whether you need something rugged, fun, or packed with storage pockets, one of these great Tab A8 cases has you covered.