Qi Enabled Smartphone Car Mounts and Holders

Samsung continues to be one of the leaders when it comes to smartphone hardware technology.  Qi charging technology is another innovation where Samsung is leading the way.  Having to plug that lightning cable into my Apple iPhone 6s Plus every night is annoying.  The fact that I have an Otterbox Defender case makes it all that much more difficult.  I have great appreciation for this new charging technology.  The technology has been embraced by Samsung and a few other companies.  Sadly, not by Apple. The premise of Qi is pretty simple.  Place your phone on a wireless charging pad and your phone gets … Read more

My Quest for Wireless Charging with an Otterbox Ended with Companies Called Youshares and Saneo

My recent migration to a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge had me all excited about the prospects of wireless charging.  Right after selecting an Otterbox Defender as my day to day case, my excitement abated slightly as I remembered how thick this case was.  Thankfully I found two products that worked.  The first is called Seneo and the second was Youshares. Otterbox and Wireless Chargers Don’t Always Play Nice Settling on a wireless charging pad was no easy feat as I tried several other brands.  The issue is the Otterbox Defender.  While I am very fond of the Otterbox Defender, Qi … Read more

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Samsung just upped Apple on smartphones.  The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is another giant step forward in performance and feature specifications.  Weatherproof casing, 12MP camera, 4GB or RAM and finally a battery life that may actually last a full day. To no surprise, the size of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 is a little different from prior generations.  With a 5.1 inch diagonal screen this phone is 5.61 inches tall by 2.74 inches wide by .31 inches deep.  The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a lot different.  Moving up to a 5.5 inch diagonal screen, the S7 Edge is 5.94 tall x … Read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Case Comparison: Otterbox versus Spigen versus Supcase

The selection of a good case can save many hundreds of dollars in repair bills.  After moving to a new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, I wanted to be sure this thing wasn’t going to break with the first drop.  So I took a look at three of the leading cases which were Otterbox versus Spigen versus Supcase. I took a look at three of the leading cases for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.  Unlike a lot of “Best Case” reviews you will see around the internet, this is a real hands on review of three top cases.  I used each … Read more

NFC: What is it and what can you do with it?

Let’s discuss NFC technology and how this fairly new technology can make your everyday life a little easier.  NFC has become quite popular with certain Android based smartphones and tablets manufactured over the past few years.  Not so much with Apple, although you might be surprised to know it’s used for Apple Pay. NFC stands for Near Field Communication. This technology allows devices to communicate with other devices.  Your device looks for what’s called an NFC tag.  A tag looks like a round or square adhesive disk with a small circuit board embedded into it.  You might be using this technology without even knowing … Read more

Replace the Facebook App and Improve Android and iOS Performance

A bloated Facebook app manifests itself differently on the two major smartphone operating systems.  This article will talk about the symptoms and suggest a few good remedies. iOS and Facebook Circa late 2016, my Apple iPhone 6s Plus was beginning to run short of memory.  Granted, it only had 16 GB and probably should have been purchased with at least double.  Looking at the largest consumers of memory, Facebook was always at the top of the applications. There are a few tricks to get some memory back including trying to download a 5 GB movie and tricking iOS into freeing … Read more