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The dream of an all-screen phone has introduced significant technical challenges — not just for smartphone makers, but when it comes to high-quality accessories, too. Not every screen protector will play nice with your in-display fingerprint sensor. But Spigen's new Glas.tR Platinum tempered glass screen protector for the Galaxy S21 series has been fully re-engineered with the thinnest liquid adhesive layer possible, ensuring a perfect fit, full functionality, and maximum protection for your new Galaxy S21.
Samsung really talked up the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10 when it launched. It was supposed to be faster and more secure than other methods. We knew the first part wasn't true soon after launch, but we only found out how easy it was to fool the sensor a few days ago. Cheap screen protectors could allow any fingerprint to unlock the S10 and Note 10 phones, but Samsung promised a quick update.
According to a recent report making its rounds on the internet, the in-display fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy S10 doesn't offer much in the way of security if you are using the wrong accessories. For one UK couple using an inexpensive "gel" screen protector (or case, it isn't immediately clear which), their cheap accessory compromised the phone's fingerprint recognition capabilities by allowing any finger to unlock the phone, eliminating the security offered by the in-display reader.
Caseology isn't a company traditionally known for its screen protectors, but it looks like its glass screen protector 2-packs for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are pretty well-reviewed. If you have a Pixel 3 or 3 XL and need a screen protector, these screen protectors are currently free — yes, $0.00 — on Caseology's site.
With phones getting as expensive as they are, you'd have to be nuts not to get a case to protect your investment. A base model Pixel 2 is nearly $700 out the door, with the 128GB Pixel 2 XL going into four-figure territory. But even after you've made the decision to spend a few bucks on a case, you might be wondering which one in particular you should buy.
In seven years of smartphone ownership, I can't say I've ever bought a screen protector for any of my handsets. They feel weird, they put a layer between you and the screen, and I really just don't like the way they look. But, there's no denying that a proper tempered glass sheet can save your phone from catastrophe along with reducing the signs of general wear and tear, and a plastic one can at least do the latter.
As smartphones start to adopt curved screens, though, screen protectors have become less practical, and manufacturers are more and more touting the inherent toughness of their devices when it comes to resisting impacts (if not so much scratches).
Spigen is one of my personal favorite phone case manufacturers. Its cases are consistently well made, with quality materials, and precision crafting. They also are affordable, which makes this deal lovin' nerd very happy. If you've pre-ordered an LG G6 or are planning on picking one up soon, then Spigen should be on your list of companies to choose from when selecting your case. Especially since they just handed us some exclusive Amazon coupon codes that will drop the price of six different LG G6 cases and a tempered glass screen protector by 60%. Nice cases, at nice prices, what's not to like?
If you're looking for a Samsung flagship with an enormous amount of storage and a relatively low price, then look no further than B&H Photo today. The online retailer is selling a GSM unlocked, off-contract version of the Galaxy S6 in the top-tier 128GB capacity for $599.99. This is a brand new phone in black or white, and the SM-G920I model includes LTE radio bands for AT&T, T-Mobile, and most of the GSM-based MVNOs in the United States. It's a hell of a deal - and it's only available today.
At the moment the going rate for the 128GB model seems to be about $800, which means you're saving a cool 25% at this price.
British gadget site Mobile Fun has some fantastic stuff for us to drool over today. After seeing some premium Nexus 7 accessories just a couple days ago, these new leaked photos show us even more Nexus 7 accessories including (brace yourself) a rotating stand case. In case those words don't make sense to your brain when placed together, here's how it works: it's a protective case that can turn into either a landscape or portrait stand. This is kind of awesome.
Is that not enough for you? Well, there's plenty more where that came from. If you prefer to use your Nexus 7 solely in landscape mode (we'll just assume you're not using the stock interface; to each his own), there will be a landscape-only case/stand along the same vein as one for the Xoom.