Best Cases for BlackBerry KEYone

What are the best cases for the BlackBerry KeyONE?

The BlackBerry KeyONE is easily the most unique Android phone released in 2017, bringing the physical keyboard back to the mainstream.

If you own a KeyONE, you appreciate that unique design, but you’ll also want to keep that new phone protected. That’s where a case comes in. We’ve rounded up a number of the best case options for the KeyONE, including a few clear case options for those who still want that design to shine through.

BlackBerry Pocket Case

For those who don’t like the idea of covering the KeyONE’s design in a case, BlackBerry offers the elegant pocket sleeve for your phone to keep your phone protected and accessible while you’re on the go.

Always a popular option with the BlackBerry crowds, this pocket case features a matte leather finish for a premium look and feel with a window cut out near the top of the screen so you can see the time, date, and your phone notifications at a glance and keep talking the phone is protected. It also features a built-in card slot for storing your ID, credit card or some emergency cash.

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BlackBerry Flip Case

Made by TCL Communication, the BlackBerry Flip Case is a precise accessory for your KeyONE. The soft TPU cover secures itself via magnets to the back of the rigid shell when open and features a window so you can see the time and date and your notifications.

The power button on the left edge of the phone is covered but still functional through the soft cover material, and the Convenience key and volume controls are left open on the right. It’s an elegant and professional case solution that matches the design of the KeyONE perfectly.

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Incipio DualPro Case

Incipio offers its rugged line of DualPro cases for all the top phones including the KeyONE. This case offers two layers of defence against nasty drops and other wear and tear, with a soft TPU inner core and an outer shell made of rigid polycarbonate.

Available in three color options, this opaque case will cover up the unique metal accents around the body of the phone, but it does preserve the overall design of the phone. The lip around the front offers protection for the screen and keyboard while the camera cutout offers ample protection as well. With a soft touch finish, this case will feel nice in your hand while keeping your KeyONE protected.

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Ringke Fusion Crystal Clear Case

Want to show off the KeyONE’s unique design while also keeping it protected from drops and scuffs? The Ringke Fusion case is the clear winner, offering a precisely designed clear case for the KeyONE.

This case features a dual-layer design with a rugged PC panel on the back and a grippy TPU bumper around the edge. The bumper is available in three options — Crystal Clear, Rose Gold Crystal, and Smoke Black (pictured) — and offers great protection around the corner of your devices and a lip for the screen and keyboard around front. For a slim and sleek case, check out the Ringke Fusion!

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Amzer Slim Protective Case

If you’re looking for a cheap, slim case for basic protection, check out Amzer’s line of cases on Amazon. They offer minimalist case options that are half the price of other KeyONE case options. We’ll feature their clear case option here, which is an ultra-thin TPU case that’s resistant to oil and scratches. Buttons are covered and accessible, and there’s an ample cutout around the camera and flash on the back.

Amzer sells a few other comparable cases for the KeyONE, and offers bundles that include a car charger and cable. It’s worth checking out if you’re looking to pick up a couple different cases or accessories.

What do you prefer?

Which case are you rocking? Got one you love that didn’t make our list? Let us know in the comments!

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Valve ‘Knuckles’ controllers — Everything you need to know!

Valve’s newest VR controllers, what are being called Knuckles, are fully-tracked motion controllers with a new design and a few neat tricks. Here’s everything you need to know about them.

Valve’s newest controllers are taking things in an interesting direction; they are immediately familiar but have quite a few new features and a new way to attach to your hands. If you’re wondering what they’re all about, we have everything you need to know.

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Amazon Dash Wand with Alexa: Should you buy it?

Alexa is a fridge magnet now? Alright, cool.

Amazon’s Dash Wand, the glossy stick aimed at making shopping on Amazon Fresh a little more convenient, now has Alexa support added. Among other things, this makes the Dash Wand the cheapest Alexa-enabled product you can buy at only $20. Before you go pulling out the wallet, there are a few things you need to know about the features and limitations of this superpowered fridge magnet.

I’ve been using my Dash Wand for a week now, and this is what I’ve found.

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What is a Dash Wand?

Where the rest of Amazon’s Alexa-enabled lineup are things you plug in to a wall, the Dash Wand is built to hang around in your kitchen. The included adhesive hook lets you mount the wand anywhere convenient, or you can use the magnet built into the back of the wand to stick to your fridge or range hood or wherever is convenient. The whole point is for this wand to be within arms reach at all times when you’re in the kitchen, so when you need it you can just reach out and grab it.

The tip of this wand is a familiar glossy white plastic with Amazon branding, but the back half is a rubbery material which gives a nice grip and is easy to wipe down should the occasional grease splatter reach your Dash Wand. The whole back hand is removable, exposing a pair of AAA batteries which power the Dash Wand for months before it needs replenishing.

There are no volume buttons or mute keys on this Dash Wand, just a single large button for its many features. Pressing the button activates the barcode scanner and the Alexa microphone simultaneously, so you can either scan a nearby product or speak your command. The small speaker on the other side of the wand will either chime when you’ve successfully scanned something or when Alexa needs to respond to your command. There really isn’t much more to this little wand, which is a big part of what makes it so handy.

Amazon Fresh is still a cool idea, but not for me

If the product isn’t in Amazon’s database, suggested alternatives can be very hit or miss.

The big feature to the Amazon Dash Wand is the barcode scanner at the end of the wand. The original purpose of this product was to let you scan products in your home as they run out, so the next time you go to Amazon those items are already waiting in your shopping cart. If everything you normally buy for your house is available on Amazon Fresh or normal Amazon, this is a handy little tool to have. It doesn’t buy things for your automatically by scanning things, but they are all in your cart and ready to check out.

If the things you normally buy are not on Amazon or Amazon Fresh, your Amazon cart will list these items with suggestions for alternatives. This is very hit or miss, and winds up being more than a little frustrating to sort through if you have more misses than hits.

For example, Amazon Fresh didn’t have the brand of pastrami we usually keep in the house. Instead of suggesting a different brand of pastrami, Amazon suggested several other meats from the same brand. Each time this happens, the failed scan has to be cleared out and you have to manually search for the thing you want on Amazon Fresh. This isn’t a huge deal if you have a small shopping cart, but for my family of seven grocery day can be upwards of 60 items. When more than half require removal from the cart, it stops being helpful.

Amazon and Amazon Fresh are two separate entities depending on the item scanned, which can get confusing.

There’s also a functional difference between things ordered on Amazon Fresh and things ordered on Amazon. If you scan something that is available on Amazon, it shows up in your Amazon cart. This means those products may not show up with the things you ordered from Amazon Fresh, which offers specific delivery windows to keep your food from spoiling and ensure a secure delivery. For example, the tomatoes I ordered for my spaghetti sauce will arrive at 2:30 today but the grated Parmesan cheese won’t be here until tomorrow unless I adjust my order to have that jar delivered through Amazon Prime Now. This isn’t a big deal for me, but could easily become confusing to someone who isn’t aware of how differently these three different Amazon shopping carts function.

Alexa… more or less

Amazon is keen to put the “Now with Alexa” tag all over the order page for its updated Dash Wand, but it’s not exactly the same Alexa you may be used to. For starters, you can’t use any music streaming services on this Wand, which is fine because the speaker isn’t nearly good enough for that and Amazon says as much way down on the order page. What isn’t mentioned on the order page, or anywhere else I looked, are the other things Alexa will not do through the Dash Wand.

This version of Alexa isn’t that smart, or helpful.

Want to use your Dash Wand to send a quick message through the shiny new Alexa Messages service? Well, you can’t. Obviously that means calling doesn’t work either, and since Alexa is only available when you press the button down you won’t get things like notifications on the light ring or the ability to respond with just your voice when prompted. The big thing that’s missing, especially for an Alexa-enabled accessory built for the kitchen, is timers. You can’t set an alarm, you can’t set a timer, and you can’t ask to be reminded at specific times. All of these things will prompt the “X are not currently supported on this device” message from Alexa.

There are still plenty of things Alexa can do through the Dash Wand. Almost all of your Alexa Apps work, which means this is a solid way to access Allrecipes for step-by-step tours through new things to cook. Basic measurement conversion still works, searching on Amazon still works, and of course ordering things with your voice still works. Most of Alexa is still here for you to use, but if you’re already familiar with using Alexa in the kitchen you’re likely to run into the limitations of this implementation fairly quickly.

Should you buy it?

If you’re already a fan of Alexa and want something a little more kitchen friendly, it’s hard to go wrong with the $20 Amazon is asking for the Dash Wand. Even though I’m unlikely to ever use it for Amazon Fresh, and I’d really prefer timers work out of the box, it’s an inexpensive way to keep Alexa in the kitchen.

If you’re not already a part of the Alexa ecosystem, and were hoping this ultra-cheap accessory would be a good starting point, I’d still recommend starting with the Echo Dot and maybe passing on this for now. Amazon is on the right track here by making something anyone in the house can use which also doesn’t require the use of my phone in any way, but there are parts of this experience for new Alexa users that can and likely will easily frustrate.

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OnePlus 5: Which model should you buy?

Do you require 64GB or 128GB of space? And is the extra RAM really that necessary?

OnePlus has certainly figured out its formula for selling smartphones: take a no-fuss design, shove in an all-day battery along with the latest processor, and keep the Android software tweaks at a minimum. The OnePlus 5 is a great depiction of that vision as it’s equipped with all the components that fit in with the company’s winning smartphone strategy.

This year, OnePlus is offering two different models of its marquee device in an attempt to appeal to those stray few who might still require a bit convincing to steer clear of a phone from a better-known manufacturer. Rather than go with a bigger screen, however, OnePlus is offering more storage space and more memory for an extra $60.

We’re going to help you choose the OnePlus 5 model that’s right for you.

Decide how much storage you need

There isn’t much of a difference between the two OnePlus 5 models. You either get 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage — and no, you can’t pick and choose your RAM and storage independently. In either case, you’ll get the same Snapdragon 835 processor, as well as a larger-than-average 3300mAh battery. You’re also getting a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 16-megapixel rear camera, and a near-stock version of Android, which is partly what’s helped make the OnePlus lineage of smartphones so attractive in the first place.

There’s no SD card slot, so get the storage right from the start.

Your primary decision here is whether you’ll need the full 128GB of storage — and that will depend entirely on your sort of usage. After all, there is no SD card expansion slot on OnePlus’s latest, so you’ll have to choose the right size from the start.

If you’re stuck, try thinking of it like this: are you planning to shoot a ton of 4K video with the OnePlus 5? Perhaps you’re planning a project where you document your life at a minute a day? Or maybe you expect to load up the device with movies and television shows you’ve purchased specifically for the long commute you endure daily? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you might want the extra space. For everyone else, 64GB of storage is probably sufficient, especially if you get into the habit of backing up your data regularly to several cloud services in tandem. On the flipside, if you’re simply too lazy, or maybe life leaves you feeling a little scatterbrained at times, the bigger storage unit might be the best solution as it offers plenty of wiggle room.

What about the extra RAM?

Don’t be fooled by the allure of having 8GB of RAM in the 128GB storage version of the OnePlus 5. Granted, it sounds like a good package, especially for the small additional cash, but that extra bit of RAM hardly factors into the performance of the smartphone. As explained by our own Andrew Martonik in his review:

…I’m using the model with 8GB of RAM, but this really doesn’t factor into the performance at this point. The highest average memory usage I ever reached, according to the phone’s settings, is 4.7GB — comfortably underneath the 5.5GB ceiling (500MB is reserved for the system) of even the standard 6GB RAM model.

You may personally decide that the added RAM is worth the price since it effectively helps future proof the phone — who knows what OnePlus may be able to do with software a year from now that uses the extra memory. That’s a totally fine way of thinking; but don’t expect the extra RAM to do much for overall performance in normal day-to-day usage today.

Choosing a color

Completely secondarily to internal specs that actually influence how the phone works, you’ll also have to keep in mind the chassis color.

The sleek “Midnight Black” finish of the OnePlus 5 shown off in our review is available exclusively on the 8GB/128GB version. The standard 6GB/64GB model is a lighter shade called “Slate Grey” that lands somewhere between the grey and black options offered in the OnePlus 3 and 3T. If you like wielding the special thing, the extra $60 may very be worth it for the midnight black color alone. But also consider that once you option up for it and hit the $539 price point, it’s not that much more money to get into the territory of buying an LG G6 or HTC U11.


Which model of the OnePlus 5 will you be picking up? Let us know in the comments!

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OnePlus 5: Which model should you buy?

Do you require 64GB or 128GB of space? And is the extra RAM really that necessary?

OnePlus has certainly figured out its formula for selling smartphones: take a no-fuss design, shove in an all-day battery along with the latest processor, and keep the Android software tweaks at a minimum. The OnePlus 5 is a great depiction of that vision as it’s equipped with all the components that fit in with the company’s winning smartphone strategy.

This year, OnePlus is offering two different models of its marquee device in an attempt to appeal to those stray few who might still require a bit convincing to steer clear of a phone from a better-known manufacturer. Rather than go with a bigger screen, however, OnePlus is offering more storage space and more memory for an extra $60.

We’re going to help you choose the OnePlus 5 model that’s right for you.

Decide how much storage you need

There isn’t much of a difference between the two OnePlus 5 models. You either get 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage — and no, you can’t pick and choose your RAM and storage independently. In either case, you’ll get the same Snapdragon 835 processor, as well as a larger-than-average 3300mAh battery. You’re also getting a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 16-megapixel rear camera, and a near-stock version of Android, which is partly what’s helped make the OnePlus lineage of smartphones so attractive in the first place.

There’s no SD card slot, so get the storage right from the start.

Your primary decision here is whether you’ll need the full 128GB of storage — and that will depend entirely on your sort of usage. After all, there is no SD card expansion slot on OnePlus’s latest, so you’ll have to choose the right size from the start.

If you’re stuck, try thinking of it like this: are you planning to shoot a ton of 4K video with the OnePlus 5? Perhaps you’re planning a project where you document your life at a minute a day? Or maybe you expect to load up the device with movies and television shows you’ve purchased specifically for the long commute you endure daily? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you might want the extra space. For everyone else, 64GB of storage is probably sufficient, especially if you get into the habit of backing up your data regularly to several cloud services in tandem. On the flipside, if you’re simply too lazy, or maybe life leaves you feeling a little scatterbrained at times, the bigger storage unit might be the best solution as it offers plenty of wiggle room.

What about the extra RAM?

Don’t be fooled by the allure of having 8GB of RAM in the 128GB storage version of the OnePlus 5. Granted, it sounds like a good package, especially for the small additional cash, but that extra bit of RAM hardly factors into the performance of the smartphone. As explained by our own Andrew Martonik in his review:

…I’m using the model with 8GB of RAM, but this really doesn’t factor into the performance at this point. The highest average memory usage I ever reached, according to the phone’s settings, is 4.7GB — comfortably underneath the 5.5GB ceiling (500MB is reserved for the system) of even the standard 6GB RAM model.

You may personally decide that the added RAM is worth the price since it effectively helps future proof the phone — who knows what OnePlus may be able to do with software a year from now that uses the extra memory. That’s a totally fine way of thinking; but don’t expect the extra RAM to do much for overall performance in normal day-to-day usage today.

Choosing a color

Completely secondarily to internal specs that actually influence how the phone works, you’ll also have to keep in mind the chassis color.

The sleek “Midnight Black” finish of the OnePlus 5 shown off in our review is available exclusively on the 8GB/128GB version. The standard 6GB/64GB model is a lighter shade called “Slate Grey” that lands somewhere between the grey and black options offered in the OnePlus 3 and 3T. If you like wielding the special thing, the extra $60 may very be worth it for the midnight black color alone. But also consider that once you option up for it and hit the $539 price point, it’s not that much more money to get into the territory of buying an LG G6 or HTC U11.


Which model of the OnePlus 5 will you be picking up? Let us know in the comments!

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Alcatel Idol 5S unveiled with Snapdragon 625, heads to Amazon for just $199

Save $80 off the retail price of an Alcatel Idol 5S by picking up a variant with lock screen ads.

Alcatel has unveiled the successor to the Idol 5, the Idol 5S. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 625, and will go up for sale on Amazon starting July 10 for $279. If you don’t mind seeing lock screen ads, you can pick up the Prime Exclusive edition right now for just $199, an $80 discount from its retail price. Alcatel is also making the A50 and A30 Plus available on Amazon for $99 and $79 respectively.

The $80 discount is the largest offered for a phone in the Prime Exclusive lineup, which recently added the Nokia 6 and Moto E4.

For $199, there’s plenty to like in the Idol 5S, which has a 5.2-inch Full HD display with 2.5D curved glass, Snapdragon 625, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, microSD slot, 12MP camera, 8MP front camera with a flash module, stereo speakers at the front, and 2620mAh battery. The Idol 5S is initially compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, but a software update that will be rolled out over the summer will add support for Sprint and Verizon.

The highlight of the A50 is its customizability, with Alcatel offering snap-on cases called Snapbak that bring added functionality. The LightUp Snapbak case, for instance, adds an LED ring around the frame of the device, lighting up for calls, texts, and other notifications. There’s also a speaker accessory called the Sound Snapbak that adds a 2.5W speaker with a built-in kickstand to the back of the A50.

The standard variant of the A50 retails for $149, with the ad-subsidized model available for $99. Amazon is also offering a bundle with a Snapbak LED case for $129, a $70 discount from its retail price of $199.

Both the A50 and A30 Plus are compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, and a software update will allow the A50 to work on Verizon later this year. The Idol 5S runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, whereas the A50 and A30 Plus come with Android 7.0 Nougat. Head to the link below to take a look at Alcatel’s latest phones.

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Ad-subsidized Nokia 6 goes up on Amazon for $179 along with $99 Moto E4

Amazon’s lineup of ad-subsidized phones now include the Nokia 6 and Motorola’s latest entry-level phone.

Ahead of its availability in early July, the Nokia 6 is now up for pre-order on Amazon for just $179. Like the Moto G5 Plus, Amazon is offering a Prime Exclusive edition of the Nokia 6 with lock screen ads, knocking $50 off the retail price of the device. Amazon is also kicking off sales of an ad-subsidized version of the Moto E4 — which will retail for just $99 — along with the Alcatel Idol 5S, A50, and A30 Plus.

The Nokia 6 is the first Nokia device to be sold in the U.S. following HMD Global’s acquisition of the brand name, with the phone featuring a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, microSD slot, 16MP f/2.0 camera, 8MP front shooter, 3000mAh battery, and dual Dolby Atmos speakers. The phone will be compatible on AT&T and T-Mobile, and runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.

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Meanwhile, the Moto E4 comes with a 5.0-inch 720p display, 1.4GHz Snapdragon 425, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, fingerprint sensor at the front, 2800mAh battery, and Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. Amazon is knocking $30 off the retail price for the Prime Exclusive version, and the phone itself will work on all four major carriers in the U.S. — AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon.

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Amazon is adding three new Alcatel phones to its lineup — the Idol 5S, the A50, and the A30 Plus. The Idol 5S is the most interesting of the lot, offering a Snapdragon 625 and a 5.2-inch Full HD display for $199 if you’re willing to put up with lock screen ads — or $80 off the retail price of the standard variant. The A50 is available for $99, and the A30 Plus is listed for $79.

The Moto E4 will start shipping out on June 30, and the rest of the phones in the lineup will be heading out to customers starting July 10. Interested in taking a look at all the new additions? Head to the link below to explore Amazon’s Prime Exclusive collection.

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