Recently, metal has become the preferred material for premium cell phones. Companies that primarily made phones with plastic builds have switched, in order to keep up with consumer demand. At this time, phones with metal bodies have batteries soldered into the device, making it impossible to remove or switch it out. This change has placed a level of dependence on locating outlets to quickly charge up a phone or other mobile device on the go. There is another option for times where wall charging may not be possible. This is a review of the Anker PowerCore+ 10050 portable battery charger.
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The Samsung Galaxy S6 is my favorite phone. When it comes to my needs and wants for a mobile handset, the S6 is close to perfect. Whenever someone tells me they are looking to buy one for themselves or if I recommend it to someone, I always warn them about the battery life. For a phone as premium as the S6, the battery life is unsatisfactory. There are a few ways that tech savvy consumers can counteract this flaw. One option is to simply carry around a charger and hope for an outlet. Another option is to carry around a power bank, which comes in capacities large enough to provide multiple charges for your device. Admittedly, these methods are too tedious for me. That’s why I decided to try a charging case. This is essentially an external battery built into a cell phone case. MoKo’s case is currently retailing on Amazon for a mere $24.99, here is our in depth review.
Wireless charging is awesome. We no longer have to fuss with pesky, tangled and undersized cables to recharge our phones. Now, we can simply drop our phones on a pad and they start charging! Sounds great right? Well, this elimination of wires doesn’t come without sacrifices.
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OnePlus has attracted quite a bit of attention since the release of their OnePlus One: their entry device into the smartphone market. It was referred to as “the flagship killer” because of performance, had a quality design, came out of the box with Cyanogenmod (a super customizable Android-based rom) and cost only $299 off contract with a unique but irritating invite system that made the phone very difficult to get your hands on. This was succeeded with the OnePlus Two (surprise, surprise). The Two came with an updated design, USB-C, a fingerprint scanner, those same awesome specs, Oxygen OS (a nearly stock Android customizable rom) and a new $389 price tag with the same invite system. Now we have the OnePlus X, with a new $249 price tag. Let’s talk about how it stacks up to its predecessors and the competition.