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Best Wireless Earbuds (Part I)

Wireless earbuds are becoming more popular and these are the best on the market. 

Upgrading your earbud game can be a great journey into the world of sound quality. You may even learn something new about your favorite songs, like a song you’ve never noticed before or a distinct sound balance that your old generic earphones can’t handle.

With their big performance and small profile, it’s no wonder that earbuds have garnered such popularity among commuters, athletes, and more. They’re known for being little enough to put in a pocket while delivering top-quality sound that will drown out the noise around you. 

Regardless if you’re searching for an easy-to-carry, sleek way to listen to your music, or you need a pair of earphones that flow with you, you’re sure to find earbuds that work for your lifestyle. 

Sony WF-1000XM3

  • Great noise-cancelation
  • Solid sound quality
  • Intuitive controls
  • Long battery life

The former king of real wireless noise-canceling earbuds, the Sony WF-1000XM3, ultimately met their match in Apple’s AirPods Pro, but they are tops among this growing sector. A longtime juggernaut of audio supremacy, Sony’s mastery took a greater leap with these buds, which has noise cancelation in a sleek package. They aren’t as nimble as the AirPods Pro, but the added bulk in the WF-1000XM3’s chassis makes room for a slightly larger battery, which lets Sony advertise six-hour uptime. 

Jabra Elite 75

  • Water resistance
  • Long battery life
  • Sleek profile
  • Good price

Jabra creates audio products almost exclusively, so it should be no surprise that it’s Elite 75t earbuds are among the best in wireless. There are plenty of reasons to like the Jabra Elite 75t. They don’t sound the best, but you might come to love Jabra’s punchy sound signature that increases the bass just enough for a dance break. And there’s more, including 7.5 hours of battery life. The charging case can give you another 28 hours with 15 minutes of USB-C charging being all that is necessary for an hour’s worth of listening.

For calls, the Jabra Elite 75t packs four various microphones for noise cancelation to make your voice really clear to whoever’s on the other end.



Top Tablets with USB Ports (Part I)

If you want to use an external mouse or keyboard then you need a tablet with a USB port.

You most likely want to use a mouse or an external keyboard to make your tablet more user-friendly. So, you’re looking for the top tablet with a USB port. Though high-end tablets with full-size USB are limited in the market, you can still get a tablet with a mini USB port.

This will aid you in connecting your Tablet to a mouse, an external keyboard, Pen Drive, Hard Drive or a game controller with the help of an OTG cable. The OTG cable is available in the market for as little as 1-5USD.

Though, if you are wanting to purchase a cheap price tablet with USB port and searching for the best one, then you came to the right place. Here, this article will give you some info on the top-selling tablets with USB port and their features.

iPad Pro 11

The iPad Pro 11 from Apple with an 11-inch screen and A12X bionic chipset is, without doubt, the top iPad in the market presently. As is expected of any flagship Apple product, the iPad Pro 11 is pricey, but it is also the most powerful tablet rolled out by the tech titan so far that taps into the complete potential of the 2-in-1 design principle with its new keyboard cover folio.

With storage capacity in the range of 64Gb to 1TB, 12 MP rear and 7 MP front camera, the specs of this tablet are quite excellent. Even with its sleek dimensions calculating at 247.6×178.5×5.9 mm and lightweight, the iPad Pro is very capable of providing a laptop-like performance. 

The fine hardware design and incredible software functionalities make it a most irresistible gadget. If you are searching for the best 4G tablet without factoring in any budget constraints, iPad Pro 11 is it.



Best Waterproof Cellphones (Part III)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 can last 30 minutes in water. 

The best: Samsung Galaxy S10

Do you want a beautiful smartphone with the latest tech inside and a super-curvy screen? Then pick up the Galaxy S10 or the S10 Plus. These dazzling smartphones have IP68 certification, which means they can endure up to 1.5 meters of water for about 30 minutes.

The S10 boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with 8GB of RAM. Also, it has a good triple-lens camera on the rear, uniting two 12-megapixel lenses and a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens, not to mention a 10-megapixel camera on the front. The S10 Plus possesses a dual-lens front-facing camera. On the software side, it operates Android 9.0 Pie, with Samsung’s own user interface over the top, making it look somewhat different than Android on other phones.

The top rugged waterproof phone: Caterpillar Cat S61

If all you care about is a phone that will still work after it is dropped, beat about a bit, or fallen in a good amount of water, then the Cat S61 is really the phone for you. It’s very chunky, but the IP68 rating is great for 60 minutes in the water down to a depth of 16 feet, plus the MIL-STD-810G rating keeps it safe and secure from radiation, dust, and shocks. The tough body of this phone will handle a fall from 6 feet onto concrete like it was nothing.

By chance, if during all this hurt the need for thermal imaging comes up, the S61 will step up to this job too. In a partnership with sensor company Flir, the S61 has a distinct thermal camera alongside its standard 16-megapixel shooter. It works with a special app to show temperature, heat palettes, and hot spots, which can come in handy for all types of professions, from auto mechanics to vets.

 



Best Waterproof Cellphones (Part II)

The Galaxy S10e might be waterproof, however, it’s curved front and back makes it easy to break. 

Samsung Galaxy S10e

If you’re searching for Samsung style, but you flinch at the prices of the S10 and S10 Plus, then try the littler Samsung Galaxy S10e. It has the same great processor, the same IP68 rating, a great display, and lots more for a few hundred dollars less. It’s an excellent water-resistant alternative.

That 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen is the lead of the show, with a 3,040 x 1,440-pixel resolution and supreme brightness and vibrancy. There’s a 3,400mAh battery inside, which is enough to see you through the day. While the IP68 rating denotes the ability to deal with liquids, the S10 has a curved glass back and front, so there’s a real risk of damage if you drop it.

If you’re able to spend a little extra, you can get the S10 Plus, which has a 6.4-inch screen, a larger 4,100mAh battery, and the same IP68 certification. If your budget doesn’t stretch, then consider last year’s Samsung trio, the Note 9, Galaxy S9, or S9 Plus, or its trio from the year before, the Note 8, Galaxy S8, and S8 Plus. All are IP68 rated and available at a low-cost.

The best waterproof iPhone: iPhone XS

Apple got on board a bezel-free smartphone future when it created the iPhone X. The iPhone XS has the same elegant design, but with some more power under the hood and an even greater IP68 water resistance rating which means it can endure submersion in water up to two meters in depth for up to 30 minutes without damage.

The OLED screen’s deep inky blacks and vibrant colors make it difficult to pull your eyes away from it, and Apple’s True Tone tech alters the color warmth of the screen to account for the ambient lighting surrounding you. But it’s not just about the 5.8-inch screen.



Best Waterproof Cellphones (Part I)

You won’t have to worry about getting these phones wet.

The best waterproof cellphone in the market today is the Samsung Galaxy S10. It unites topnotch display with lots of power and a versatile camera suite, all in a waterproof, IP68-rated package that can endure a dunk in water up to 1.5 meters in depth for up to 30 minutes without getting any damage. If you desire an iPhone or want something more rugged, we have other phones below.

Apple iPhone 8 or 8 Plus

While they may not have the Face ID and the space-age design of the iPhone XS, last year’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus still have lots of processing power, as well as the same smart iOS and IP67 rating. If you can’t do the $999 for the iPhone XS, then the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are also excellent choices.

Apple’s exceptional record on smartphone photography continues blemish-free. The iPhone XS has two 12-megapixel lenses with one zoom lens and one wide-angle lens. It sounds the same as last year’s iPhone X on paper, but the image sensor is bigger, which means the iPhone XS is even sturdier with low-light photography. 

Also, you get Apple’s Portrait Mode, which selectively blurs the background around your subject, offering your images a DSLR-style effect that gives your pics a professional look. Then there’s Portrait Lighting, which provides you the choice of different lighting effects to truly make your images pop.

Apple’s newest A12 Bionic chip is efficient and fast, beating out all the competitors. Though Touch ID is not coming back, Face ID has been enhanced, so it’s a little faster. There’s no headphone jack, but the iPhone XS has Bluetooth 5.0 for a stable and strong connection to your Bluetooth headphones.

The iPhone X was IP67 rated, which makes it less water-resistant than the Samsung Galaxy S10, but the iPhone XS equals the S10’s IP68 rating.



Best Waterproof Cameras (Part III)

Fujifilm FinePix XP130 is great for taking pictures on family vacations. 

Fujifilm FinePix XP130

Cheerful and cheap waterproof compact

Paralleled to ultra-rugged competition, the FinePix XP130 doesn’t possess the same credentials. That means that it may not be quite up to some of the more energetic users, but still more than up to the job of a skiing or family beach holiday. There are plenty of fun filters included, and Wi-Fi connectivity, but no GPS. Easy to use, this is a great choice if you want a durable point-and-shoot compact camera for family use, though don’t expect too much from it. 

Ricoh WG-60

A rugged waterproof compact with built-in LED lights

The WG-60 from Ricoh has some very strong credentials. It’s waterproof and shockproof from a fall of up to 5 ft, while it should resist a force of up to 220lbs. Also, it’s dust-proof and can function in temps down to -10°C. 

The 5x optical zoom has a very broad focal zoom range while there are six LED macro lights dotted around the front of the lens barrel to give bright and uniformed lighting round your subject, perfect when shooting underwater subjects. Also, the macro lights provide other useful functions like the LED Lighting mode, which uses the lights for attaching the light to portraits in poor light. It should offer a more flattering look than the WG-60’s flash. 

GoPro Hero7 Black

The best action camera out there

Action cameras have overshadowed committed waterproof cameras a little over the last couple of years, but it’s based on what you need to shoot. If a video’s your chief priority, then GoPro’s Hero7 Black is an excellent choice. It’s the top pick of the action cams and can shoot super-smooth 4K video at up to 60fps and has an incredible image stabilization system. Not only can it also take a really decent 12MP still photo, but it can also even shoot raw files too. 

 



Best Waterproof Cameras (Part II)

 

Olympus Tough TG-6

Not just durable but with a spec sheet that goes way past the waterproof norm

Olympus’s Tough line of waterproof cameras has no doubt the strongest reputation here, and the business has kitted its most recent TG-6 model with features definitely towards the premium end of the scale. GPS? Hell yes. Raw shooting? Check. 4K video? Yep.

The Nikon Coolpix W300 can get you some stunning underwater images. 

Nikon Coolpix W300

The perfect choice if you desire to go deep underwater

The Coolpix W300 is completely loaded with a lot of features. There’s 4K video, a great GPS system, an interactive world map, and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as an underwater depth gauge. Also, the W300 gives a high resolution, 921k dot OLED monitor, but maybe most impressive of all is that the W300 can operate at a depth of 30 meters. 

Panasonic Lumix FT7 / TS7

Possesses a built-in viewfinder

Panasonic’s new Lumix TS7 (referred to as the Lumix FT7 outside the US) is the latest waterproof camera here. As opposed to Olympus, which decreased the resolution of its TG-5, Panasonic has gone in the other direction, raising the pixel count from 16.1MP to 20.4MP. Lens coverage stayed the same as its predecessor, with a 4.6x zoom range that covers 28-128mm, but fascinatingly, the lens loses its Leica branding. 

The Lumix TS7 / FT7 does have something distinct feature for a waterproof camera that is in today’s market: a built-in electronic viewfinder. The 1,170k-dot, 0.2-inch display may not be the biggest out there, but it does provide a useful alternative to shooting with the rear display, particularly in bright light, which can make composition problematic. There’s plenty to like about the Lumix TS7 / FT7 such as its exceptional tough credentials but is let down by a sensor that stuffs too many pixels onto a somewhat little area.

 



Best Waterproof Cameras (Part I)

Water is no match for these cameras.

Regardless if you’re going to the beach, hiking, or diving, we’ve got a camera for you. If you’re going on holiday, the odds are you’ll get near the water, it doesn’t matter if it’s the deep ocean or the hotel pool.

Also, it’s likely you’ll desire to capture some pics of your aquatic adventures. Though, most cameras won’t thank you for carrying them anywhere near water.

Regarding their rugged qualifications, this bunch of waterproof beauties are right at home getting subaquatic scenes and will allow you to dive as deep as 30 meters to get the perfect shot. They’re all freeze-proof, shock-proof and some cameras are also crush-proof.

The fun doesn’t end there. Also, you’ll find several rugged, waterproof cameras come filled with features like Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS location tagging, and even action-orientated extras such as altimeter or a compass.

Choose the right waterproof camera and image quality will give the standard land-loving compact a run for its money. The only compromise you’ll have to make in exchange for the chance to shoot during some tumble and rough is a below-average zoom range.

If you desire a camera for a vacation with a longer zoom range, take a look at our pick of travel zoom compacts. Likewise, the video may be your key priority, which in that case, take a peek at a listing of the best action cameras and best GoPro cameras available (you can find the info on the web).

Therefore, don’t let your camera hold you back. All these waterproof and rugged cameras are created for wet and wildlife.

Best waterproof cameras at a glance

  • Olympus Tough TG-6
  • Nikon Coolpix W300
  • Panasonic Lumix FT7 / TS7
  • Fujifilm FinePix XP130
  • Ricoh WG-60

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to own a solid all-weather camera that takes high-quality, impressive photos. 



The iPhone 11 – The Phone You Should Get (Part II)

 

Apple’s states of enhanced battery life over the earlier phone aren’t really based on those tests. Instead, the business takes a big dataset of real-world iPhone usage and operates it against a model of the new phone that accounts for the different chipset, processor, display, and OS power improvements and the bigger battery capacity. One thing Apple phones and Apple products, in general, are known for being top dog at is having a fabulous battery life. 

It’s smart, but there’s no way for folks to repeat and authenticate that test. But consumer companies have run tests and the iPhone 11 easily went a full day and then some. It’s possible you can manage to destroy this battery in less than a day, but you’d have to truly try. The battery life is good just like the iPhone XR’s battery life was good.

The iPhone is great, but their charger’s need an upgrade.

Not So Good

What’s not so good is that Apple is still putting its old 5W charger in the box, even though the iPhone 11 Pro has an 18W USB-C quicker charger. If Apple doesn’t want to update the whole line to a quicker charger, it should just do the earth a favor and don’t put the 5W charger in the box. There are practically millions of them in the world. Chances are, you have one or more in your possession. 

Last year, the iPhone XR consistently beat out the XS models in battery life. Though this year, that gap has closed a bit with the iPhone 11 Pro models. The iPhone 11 is still on par as the best, but it didn’t get as huge of a jump in battery life as the Pro models did. This year, other models came out with batteries that gave Apple phones a run for their money (Samsung Galaxy phones). 

 



The iPhone 11 – The Phone You Should Get (Part I)

Apple has always had some great phone’s but the iPhone 11 takes the cake.

The iPhone 11 is the phone most folks who are upgrading to a new iPhone this year should buy. It’s a great phone with one of the top cameras available on a smartphone and a solid battery life.

None of this connotates the iPhone 11 is the perfect phone or that it possesses all the top features and specs you can get. It doesn’t. But it’s excellent where it counts, and it’s completely fine everywhere else. If you want to live on the edge of tech, you can splurge over $300 and get an iPhone 11 Pro. Or, you can take a look at one of the numerous high-end Android choices available. But most folks don’t need to over-process it. They will buy an iPhone 11.

The iPhone 11 is practically an S update to last year’s quite popular iPhone XR. From the front, it appears precisely the same. It possesses the same design, the same 6.1-inch 720p LCD with fancy rounded corners, the same big bezels, and the same aluminum body.

The Differences

However, that design has been created just a little better: the water resistance is somewhat better, and Apple states the glass on the back and front is a bit stronger. The camera bump on the back is now milled directly into the glass, which is sort of neat, but it’s a camera bump. The complete design is a tad surfboard-y, and it’s not little. If you’re wanting to upgrade from an iPhone SE, this thing will feel huge to you.

Apple states the iPhone 11 will last for 60 minutes or longer on its battery than the iPhone XR, which already got a fabulous battery life. But the only concrete battery life numbers Apple publishes now are tests of single actions, such as audio and video playback on a loop. 

 




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