Category: Gadgets

The Essential Phone’s super slick, but it’s no iPhone or Google Pixel killer

The "father of Android" is ready for his next act. Andy Rubin, who co-founded Android more than a decade ago, is back with a new Android-centric startup. But instead of software, his new company, Essential, is tackling hardware. The company's first product is the highly-anticipated Essential Phone, an Android phone with flagship specs and, at $700, a flagship price tag. Considering that without Rubin, Android likely wouldn't exist, it's no surprise that the Essential Phone highlights the best parts of Android, even if there are a few bugs. SEE ALSO: Android phones could swipe the iPhone 8's most important new feature Read more...More about Tech, Mobile, Gadgets, Android, and Reviews

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This rollable, waterproof keyboard fits in your beach bag

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Summer can be the best time of year to take your work on the road—or at least to the nearest poolBut, getting a little work done out of office can be tricky, since most laptops we know of aren’t sand-and-margarita proof. And doing any serious typing on a portable touchscreen device is a total pain.  SEE ALSO: Never worry about a dull photo again with this mini flashlight clip That's the beauty of the Sungwoo Foldable Silicone Keyboard. It's perfect for your tablet, phone, or sub-notebook — and when you’re done with it, it rolls up like a towel and fits neatly in your beach bag (or wherever else you want to stow it.) Read more...More about Iphone, Ipad, Tablet, Wireless, and Keyboard

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Instrumments 01 might be the best way to measure anything on the fly

How things measure up is pretty important to us. We don't just look at objects, we automatically scale them in our minds, guessing about width, height, and how they might fit in our world. We make these assumptions because few of us carry rulers in our back pockets (where would we put our phones?), and you better be a Property Brother if you're in the habit of carrying a tape measures on your belt. If only there was a subtler way to have the power of dimensioning in your pocket. That's the simple idea behind the Instrumments 01, a pen-sized, laser-powered measurement stick. The $149 version, which I tested, also doubles as a retractable pen (there's a pen-free $99 version), so there's even more reason to always have 01 with you. Read more...More about Gadgets, Apps And Software, Tech, Other, and Innovations

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