Best Apple Watch Skins

Best Apple Watch Skins is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The best Apple Watch skins let you transform the look of your Apple Watch without upgrading or adding any bulk. Apple only offers a limited number of Apple Watch colors, but you can buy an inexpensive skin to dress up the look of your Apple Watch by changing more than just the band.

While there are not as many options as there are for iPhone 7 skins and iPhone 8 skins, but it is a nice way to change the look of your Apple Watch without adding any bulk with a case. It’s also a handy way of keeping your watch free from scratches if you find yourself wearing it in a tough environment, but you can’t put a case on it.

One of the best parts about these Apple Watch skins is that you will spend less than $10 for most of these options, so even if you decide you want to change colors down the line, you’re not out much money. All of these skins come off with no residue, so you can remove it when you get ready to upgrade and be ready to go.

Make sure you order for the Apple Watch model and the Apple Watch size that you own, since there are some slight variations.

SlickWraps Apple Watch Skins

The best Apple Watch skins with the most color and texture options are from SlickWraps.
The best Apple Watch skins with the most color and texture options are from SlickWraps.

SlickWraps will wrap just about anything, and they offer the widest range of Apple Watch skins and covers. There are six collections that you can choose from and you can also get a screen protector from SlickWraps, but I don’t feel the need to put a screen protector on the watch. Here are the collections, some of which are only available on the newest Apple Watch 3;

  • Carbon
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Leather
  • Color
  • Glitz
  • Stone – Series 3 Only
  • Camo – Series 3 Only
  • Hemp – Series 3 Only

Each of these offers multiple color options and various textures. The Apple Watch skin isn’t just a new color, it can change the feel of your Apple Watch, which is something you will want to keep in mind as you select one that you like. The wraps cover the back and edges, as well as the little bit of case that comes up to the front edge. You will need a hairdryer for the installation to get everything curved just right.

There are also stickers for the side button and the digital crown. Check out the Apple Watch Series 3 skins, Apple Watch Series 2 skins and Apple Watch Series 1 skins. You need to buy the skin for your exact model. Each skin is $8.95 and you can add a screen protector combination pack for an extra $4.95. It’s important to consider what your Apple Watch bands will look like with your new skin.

BodyGuardz Apple Watch Skin

Bodyguardz makes the best clear Apple Watch skins.
BodyGuardz makes the best clear Apple Watch skins.

The BodyGuardz Apple Watch Skins are designed to protect your Apple Watch without covering up the color or changing the texture dramatically. This is a clear skin that protects your watch from scratches without making it thicker.

This is perfect if you wear your Apple Watch while working around machines or if you plan to sell your Apple Watch after a year to upgrade to the new model and you want it looking perfect. This includes a tough screen protector that some users will appreciate in their quest for full body protection.

The Apple Watch Skin full body protection model is $14.95 at BodyGuardz and comes in a version for the Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 2, and one for the original Apple Watch.

dbrand Apple Watch 3 Skin

With dbrand, you can get a skin for the crown.
With dbrand, you can get a skin for the crown.

One of our favorite companies to get skins from is dbrand, and they offer an Apple Watch 3 skin that is very minimal. In fact, it’s basically there to cover up the red crown on the Apple Watch 3 with LTE.

This is something that comes with a full skin when you buy from SlickWraps and it is a very small skin. Instead of protecting your Apple Watch from scratches, this will hid the fact that it is LTE enabled if you choose a discrete color, or it will call attention to the crown. It’s all up to you.

The skin is $4.95 at dbrand, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it fit the older Apple Watch models as well.

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Answer Calls on the Apple Watch

Answer Calls on the Apple Watch

You can answer a call on your Apple Watch using it as a small Bluetooth speaker phone. You only want to use this for shorter calls because the audio quality isn't as good as when you are talking on speakerphone on your iPhone. 

The Apple Watch only allows you to answer your calls on Speakerphone, so you won't want to use this all the time. It is very handy when you are working on a project or busy with your hands. Definitely be conscious of where you are taking calls. If you wouldn't talk on speakerphone, you shouldn't talk on your Apple Watch.

If you buy the new Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE, you can even make calls on the Apple Watch without your iPhone nearby. This requires adding the watch to your plan for $10 a month. You cannot answer a FaceTime video call on the Apple Watch. 

 

Best Apple Watch Skins is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

10 Best Official OnePlus 5T Accessories

10 Best Official OnePlus 5T Accessories is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Now that the new OnePlus 5T is available buyers will want to consider getting some official accessories. Many of the best options are OnePlus 5T cases, covers, spare dash chargers, and headphones made by the company themselves. These are the official accessories you need to know about.

Being the latest and greatest budget phone we expect countless accessories from popular 3rd party manufacturers. That said, buying them right from OnePlus ensures the best experience.

Read: 7 Best OnePlus 5T Screen Protectors 

Official OnePlus 5 accessories and cases start as low as $17.95, which is far cheaper than the $150 or more it will cost to replace a broken screen. As usual, OnePlus has a wide array of options this year. From screen protectors to flip cases and spare chargers. You can even get a bundle deal and save a few bucks.

Get some accessories for your OnePlus 5T

Instead of buying the latest Galaxy S8 or iPhone X, get the OnePlus 5T for under $500. Then use that extra money for some accessories that will help you get the most from your new phone. If there’s one problem, it’s that OnePlus isn’t a household name. So heading to a carrier retail store or Best Buy you likely won’t find any on sale.

However, the company offers a decent selection right on its own website, and there are plenty of 3rd party sellers on Amazon with great accessories too.

Read: OnePlus 5T vs Galaxy S8: What to Know

Most of OnePlus’ cases offer plenty of protection, and they’ll keep that big 6-inch screen safe from life’s daily hazards. Then, they have the popular Sandstone case, a real Kevlar case, or premium headphones. We always recommend owners buy an extra charger, and that’s especially true with the OnePlus 5T. Mainly because the companies own Dash Charger delivers the fast recharge possible. Get one for each room of the house, and your office at work.

Everything detailed below is available at the OnePlus website. These are brand new released exclusively for this phone. We recommend buying at least a case and screen protector, or one of the bundle deals. Click the slideshow arrows below and buy one today.

OnePlus 5T Sandstone Case

OnePlus 5T Sandstone Case

OnePlus makes a few different cases and covers, and the most popular one is the Sandstone case. That's because the first OnePlus phone didn't have a metal back, it was made out of Sandstone. Now, buyers and fans want that same style on new phones.

The textured but durable feeling of sandstone on the phone is something you'll truly enjoy. And while the last few phones didn't come in Sandstone, the company still offers that beautiful finish in a case.

It's worth noting that this is a snap-on cover more than a case, so it doesn't cover the body of the phone 100%. However, it's still more than enough to protect it from the occasional damage or drops.

Get it from OnePlus for $19.95

10 Best Official OnePlus 5T Accessories is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review

Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a smart doorbell that lets you see who is at your door, talk to them and it even sends you motion alerts when someone is at your door without ringing the doorbell.

Ring’s updated Video Doorbell 2 offers a removable battery so you can charge it up if you are installing without electrical wires without taking the whole doorbell off your house and it supports better motion detection.

We love knowing when someone is at our door, talking to delivery people and getting motion alerts when someone simply walks up. We also use the Live View feature to watch for pizza deliveries so we can beat two barking dogs to the door.

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a great way to secure your front door.
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a great way to secure your front door.

We’ve combined the Video Doorbell 2 with the Ring Floodlight Cam in our backyard to cover most of our house with motion sensing and video recording. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is $199, though you can find it on sale occasionally for as low as $150. We also tested the Ring Chime Pro which can add a chime alert anywhere in your house and it can act as a wireless connection for the Ring if it is too far from your Router.

Like the original, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 earns a Gotta Be Mobile Editor’s Choice award for the value it offers and the convenience it delivers along with ease of use for everyone in the house.

Is the Ring Video Doorbell 2 Worth Buying?

Hands down, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is worth buying if you want to know what is happening at your front door. We have it set up to ignore motion during the time I am working from home, but to alert both of us when someone rings the doorbell.

We use the Live View when we are expecting a delivery or looking for someone to arrive. We definitely like being able to dial down the motion alerts so that it doesn’t send us an alert when someone drives past. The only false alerts we’ve had is when a big truck drives past quickly completely blocking the sun. When a delivery person stops, we can even ask them to put the package in our garage, and open it remotely using the Chamberlain app.

Ring Video Doorbell 2
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a great way to keep an eye on your front door, and it's easy to install and use.
Pros
Easy to install and setup.
Good video and audio.
Super simple to use for all household members.
Removable battery pack.
Cons
Need to pay for video recording.
Limited partner connectivity.

The new battery design lets you quickly remove the battery if you need to recharge it. We have a wired connection and have yet to find ourselves needing to recharge it. If you don’t have a wired connection Ring says the battery should last a year.

One of the really nice features is that the camera offers a very wide field of view, which allows us to see the entire porch and out to our mailbox. The Ring Neighborhood feature helps clue us in when a nearby house with Ring reports suspicious activity. The 1080P camera delivers crisp video and works very well during the day and at night.

Our installation was incredibly easy, and so was connecting it to WiFi to stream video. We connect directly to our home WiFi without any issues, but you may want to connect to the Chime Pro if your door is pretty far from your WiFi router. You can choose from two colors for the Ring Video Doorbell 2, and both are in the box. There are also some small adjustments that help you angle the doorbell just right so that it captures your door even if the doorbell you are replacing is low or off to the side.

You can share Ring access to other users so everyone has their own access to Ring cameras and doorbells. Ring devices connect to Wink, Kevo, Lockitron and other partners. Ring will add HomeKit support to the Video Doorbell 2 with an update later this year.

Sample capture from the Ring Video Doorbell 2.
Sample capture from the Ring Video Doorbell 2.

When you get a notification for someone pushing the doorbell, you have video access nearly instantaneously as long as you have a good connection. When you turn on Live View you may need to wait a second or two for it to connect. There is an option to favor battery life over speed of connecting Live View so you can choose which is more important to you. The app offers lots of customization for alerts, motion zones and sharing. Ring updates the app regularly and it runs reliably.

One catch to the system is that you need to pay $3 a month per Ring camera if you want the videos to be saved to the cloud. You can use the Ring without video recording, which allows you to get motion alerts and answer rings, but if you want activity saved like a security camera you need to pay Ring. There is no option to record locally to storage on the Ring or on your home network. We are paying $6 a month for our two cameras. If you have more devices, you can pay $10 a month for unlimited Ring cameras.

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is easy to install and there are adapters included to help you find the right placement.
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is easy to install and there are adapters included to help you find the right placement.

If you are an existing Ring Video Doorbell user, this may not be enough of a bump in features to upgrade, but for first time buyers it’s definitely worth buying for peace of mind and convenience. We found that we don’t need the Chime Pro, but it’s a nice addition and we like that you can customize the doorbell noises. If you are going with a truly wireless doorbell system you will want to add this to the mix.

You can buy the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $199 at Amazon, Best Buy and direct from Ring. Costco has a great Black Friday deal that includes the Ring Video Doorbell 2, the Chime Pro and a year of online recording for $149 for Costco members. You can buy a spare battery for $20.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Best Black Friday 1080p TV Deals (2017)

Best Black Friday 1080p TV Deals (2017) is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The best time of the year to buy a new HDTV is Black Friday. And while there are tons of impressive Black Friday TV deals available in 2017, they’re almost all 4K HDTVs. Not everyone needs a 4K TV or wants to spend the extra money for one. With that in mind, below we’ve gathered a list of the best Black Friday 1080p TV deals of 2017.

I’d love to own a beautiful 65-inch curved 4K television, but I just don’t need one. If that sounds like you, these are the deals you’ll want to consider come Thursday night.

Read: Top Best Buy Black Friday Deals

Almost every major store is offering huge discounts on 4K TVs. However, if you look around you’ll see that those aren’t your only option. It’s the deals you’ll see the most, but there are a few 1080p TVs at steep discounts. Below is a continuously updated list of deals on TVs that aren’t 4K.

It’s worth noting that some of the TVs in our roundup below are only 720p. At this point, we don’t really recommend a 720p TV, unless it’s a backup for a spare room. That said, everyone has different wants and needs. Most TV deals this year are 720p or 4K, but if you look you’ll find some great 1080p HDTVs.

These are a few of the many deals we’ve found so far. This list is in no particular order, and some have no brand name attached.

Best Black Friday 1080p TV Deals (or 720p)

  • Proscan 32-inch LED HDTV – $99 at Shopko
  • Polaroid 32-inch LED 720p TV – $89 at Target
  • Samsung 32-inch 720p Smart TV – $129 at Walmart
  • TCL 32-inch 720p LED Smart TV – $135 at Walmart
  • Element 39-inch Smart TV – $125 at Walmart
  • Element 40-inch 1080p LED TV – $179 at Target
  • Premium brand 40-inch 1080p Smart TV – $279 at Amazon
  • Element 43-inch 1080p HDTV – $198 at Walmart
  • Sharp 43-inch LED Smart HDTV – $249 at Best Buy
  • Vizio 43-inch 1080p LED TV – $198 at Walmart
  • Vizio 48-inch Smart TV – $199 at Meijer
  • Hitachi 49-inch 1080p HD Smart TV – $299 at H-E-B
  • Toshiba 49-inch 1080p LED TV – $279 at Best Buy
  • LG 49-inch 1080p LED TV – $299 at BJ’s
  • RCA 50-inch 1080p HDTV – 199 at STAGE
  • Sharp Aquas N5000 50-inch 1080p Smart TV – $369 at Jet.com
  • Samsung 55-inch Smart LED TV – $449 at Meijer
  • Magnavox 50-inch 1080p Smart TV – $279 at BJ’s

Again, these are some of the best Black Friday TV deals for 2017 that aren’t 4K TVs. This list is in no specific order, and we’ll continuously monitor ads and update this post with more deals as they’re announced. We’re expecting some last-minute “doorbuster” announcements too, so stay tuned.

Additionally, we could see more savings for Cyber Monday. When those details arrive, we’ll add them to the list. Then, even though we said no 4K TVs, you can get a 50-inch Sharp 4K Smart TV for $180 at Best Buy. In closing, if you see any big Black Friday TV deals let us know in the comment section below.

While you’re here, stop by our Black Friday Portal for all the latest deals.

Best Black Friday 1080p TV Deals (2017) is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

10 Best OnePlus 5T Cases

10 Best OnePlus 5T Cases is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

These are the best OnePlus 5T cases to protect your phone and keep it looking new. Our buying guide will go over the different cases available and what they each have to offer. With a big new 6-inch AMOLED display on the 5T, a case is highly recommended.

In an effort to take on the Android and iPhone competition, the latest OnePlus 5T comes with a nearly bezel-free screen. This makes it look great, but also more fragile. The phone is still new so case options are somewhat limited. That said, we’ve found a few different styles from brands we know, use, and trust.

Read: OnePlus 5T Release: 5 Things to Know

We have everything from thin cases, cheap options, to heavy-duty protection. Our list details some cases as low as $5, which is better than paying $200+ to repair a broken phone. You’ll need to spend more to get the most durable cases, or upwards of $30 for something directly from OnePlus. We’ll continuously update this list once more cases become available.

While we recommend investing in a quality case from OnePlus themselves, even cheap $5-$10 TPU cases on Amazon are better than nothing. In fact, some of those cheap TPU cases offer the most protection. The more expensive options offer thicker and durable materials or a premium design with more features, like a flip wallet case.

And while the new OnePlus 5T looks nearly identical to the OnePlus 5 from earlier this year, even with a bigger screen, the design is different. That means you’ll need a new case if you’re upgrading from another OnePlus phone.

Read: 7 Best OnePlus 5T Screen Protectors 

Additionally, many users skip buying a case because they don’t want to cover up the premium design. If so, look out for clear cases in the near future. In the weeks following the release date, we’re expecting to see a lot of case options.

A case will help prevent damage or scratches to the dual cameras on the back of your phone, make it easier to hold and keep the 6-inch screen safe. While some of the biggest brands like Spigen and Incipio have yet to launch OnePlus 5 cases, owners still have more than a few options to choose from. We’ve done the hard work for you, so pick a case from our slideshow below.

OnePlus Sandstone Protective Case

OnePlus Sandstone Protective Case

Our first recommendation is a case by OnePlus themselves. They continuously offer excellent accessories for every phone released, including the OnePlus 5T.

One of the most popular OnePlus cases is the Sandstone case, which matches the styling of the original first few phones from the company. 

The Sandstone Protective hard case is the perfect blend of protection, style, and texture. Meaning it will keep your phone safe, it looks good, and the Sandstone finish on the back makes it very tactile and easy to hold. That way you won't accidentally drop this otherwise slippery phone. 

OnePlus reinforced the corners, and added raised edges and lips to the camera lens, fingerprint scanner, and screen to keep the entire phone safe. This is still one of my favorite cases ever released. 

Get it from OnePlus for $19.95

10 Best OnePlus 5T Cases is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.