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The best accessories for the Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 is starting to get up there in years, but that doesn’t mean yours doesn’t deserve nice things anymore! Whether you’ve just picked up one for cheap or have been rocking your S8 since day one, you’ll get the most out of your phone by pairing it with the best accessories. From cases and headphones to battery packs and chargers — and other cool stuff — here’s what you need.

Pretty and protective

i-Blason Ares

Staff pick

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Don’t mistake this clear case for a dainty flower. Ares lives up to its warrior name with a durable hybrid design that lets the beauty of your S8’s glass back shine through the clear polycarbonate back, aided and complemented by bold accents like creamy pink or vivid green.

From $18 at Amazon

Slim protection

Spigen Rugged Armor

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The Spigen Rugged Armor case is a great option for any phone but looks especially good on the handsomely tall Galaxy S8. It’s a slim case that tapers a bit on the sides to let the curved display shine but delivers Spigen’s air cushion protection in the corners.

$10 at Amazon

Thin and colorful

Anccer Ultra Thin

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This hard candyshell case will offer some scratch protection without sacrificing its lithe look. It may not offer as much drop resistance, but at two years old, you’re probably less worried about it slipping out of your hands these day. Available in Smooth Red, Smooth Dark, Gravel Black, and Gravel Green.

$12 at Amazon

Keep charged

Samsung Wireless Charger Convertible

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Samsung unveiled this convertible wireless charger alongside the Galaxy S8, and it’s an even better option now that it’s down in price. Designed to be a nice functional show piece for charging your phone on your living side table or at the office.

$50 at Amazon

More storage, more movies

Samsung EVO Select 256GB

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With read speeds of up to 100MB/s and write speeds of up to 90MB/s, this is one of the fastest cards from Samsung that’s also U3 classified, perfect for 4K video. If the 256GB card is too much or too expensive there are smaller and cheaper options available, too.

$45 at Amazon

Pop it and swap it!

Popsockets Swappable PopGrips

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This upgraded grip from PopSockets lets you swap decorative PopTops without having to remove the adhesive base, and you can remove the PopTop to minimize thickness when wireless charging. Phone grips give you extra reach and prevent joint pain from pinky-propping.

From $10 at PopSockets

Portable power

AUKEY 10000mAh Power Bank with QuickCharge 3.0

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This phone-sized power bank from AUKEY is perfect for your S8 and any other technology in your life, thanks to one USB-C port with 18W Power Delivery input/output charging and two USB-A ports, including one with Qualcomm QuickCharge for your S9. Always be charging, my friends!

$30 at Amazon

Best battery case

Mophie Juice Pack

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The Juice Pack plugs into your Galaxy S8’s USB-C port to top it up with 2950mAh of additional juice, and the case itself, like the phone, charges wirelessly using Qi technology, so you can use the same wireless charging pad you do for your phone — all for around $60.

$50 at Amazon

Driven to recharge

Anker 49.5W PowerDrive Speed+ 2 Car Adapter

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Whether you plug into the USB-C or USB-A ports on this dual-port charger, you can charge your Galaxy S8 at 15W, along with any power banks or accessories you have along for the trip. 30W is fast enough to charge a laptop, and an 18 month warranty means you won’t be left hanging.

$30 at Amazon

Mobile VR

Gear VR w/ new controller

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If you’ve never tried Samsung Gear VR before, you’re in for a real treat. Samsung partnered up with Oculus to provide one of the best mobile VR experiences you’ll find, with compelling games to play alone or with friends, tons of streaming video apps and VR exclusive experiences, along with its own functional social media platform.

$95 at Amazon

Get active, stay connected

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

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$199 at Amazon

The Galaxy Watch Active is the best smartwatch for Android users on the market right now because it’s good at everything, even if it isn’t perfect overall. It’s light, comfortable, and easy to wear for long periods, and features fantastic fitness features. It also works best with Samsung phones like our lovely S8.

Truly wireless earbuds

Samsung Galaxy Buds

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The Galaxy Buds are Samsung’s new, truly wireless earbuds that get up to six hours of battery life on a charge. They’re splash-resistant, tuned by AKG, and can be adjusted to let in more or less ambient sound within the Galaxy Wearable app.

$130 at Amazon

Making your S8 last as long as it can

If your S8 is new — or new to you — you’ll absolutely want to get a trustworthy case like the i-Blason Ares on it ASAP. With that all-glass back, a heavy-duty case with a clear back is the best of all worlds and you can rock it with pride, but if you want some thinner protection, Spigen has your S8 covered with the Rugged Armor. For added grip — that is far easier on your joints — spring for some Qi-compatible Swappable PopSockets.

If you’ve had your phone for a while now, we’ll always recommend a quality battery pack like the AUKEY 10000mAh Power Bank or the Mophie Juice Pack to ensure your phone never dies on you.

Latest

Fitbit Charge 4 review

Fitbit has been producing fitness trackers for over a decade, with its products consistently considered as some of the best in its space.In March, Fitbit announced its latest premium fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 4, the first Fitbit tracker to feature a built-in GPS.I have been using the Fitbit Charge 4 for about a week now, and am now able to share my impressions of the deviceSetting Up The Charge 4 Fitbit Charge 4 Unboxing and Setup 1 of 10 Front of Box Back of Box What's Inside Extra Band for larger wrists Clip-on charger Fitbit app setup page 1 Setup Page 2 Setup Page 3 Setup Page 4 Feature List In the box was the Charge 4, an extra band that meant for larger wrists, and the charger, which clips to the device.The Charge 4 came mostly charged, so I could setup almost immediately, and I had already set up the Fitbit app prior to receiving the watch.You will have to create an account to use the Fitbit app but it may take around ten minutes. This includes account creation through pairing and a firmware update.DisplayThe Fitbit Charge 4 has a grayscale display, much to the dismay of many a reviewer. However, I heavily disagree that this is a bad thing. I do not want my fitness tracker to be a beautiful distraction. I want it to track my fitness. That being said, the display is easy to see in any lighting and the brightness automatically adjusts to the environment.The watch also has many watch faces that you can switch between, with the one pictured above being called Rightful Stats.Sleep TrackingThe Fitbit Charge 4 features sleep tracking, with a pretty extensive breakdown in addition to a Sleep Score. The sleep tracking page gets a slight layout change for Fitbit Premium users, as you will see below.The Fitbit Charge 4 also features an SPO2 sensor that works during sleep. The SPO2 sensor is meant to measure blood oxygen variation, which can help identify breathing issues during sleep Fitness TrackingThe Fitbit Charge 4’s main selling points as far as fitness are its integrated GPS and the new measurement system known as Active Zone Minutes. Although my walks don’t exactly create the most beautiful map, here is one of my walks including the breakdown of heart zones and pace. It is important to note that the GPS isn’t in use unless you initiate an exercise from the watch prior to starting it. Exercise Tracking 1 of 6 BatteryThe Fitbit Charge 4 touts a pretty solid mixed-use battery life, lasting around four days. This is where the embedded GPS hurts. With it on, the battery life drains dramatically.The GPS is only activated when an exercise is in progress and Fitbit says this only lasts around five hours. Though, with a half-hour walk every day, the battery lasted almost four full days. However, the Charge 4 recharges in around four hours, so if it dies, you aren’t without it for too long.General UsabilityThe Fitbit app is unremarkable and looks fairly similar to any other fitness app, mostly reminding me of the UI of Samsung Health, as shown side by side below. Each of the items that appear on the Fitbit app homepage are able to be moved around to better suit your particular needsThe watch is not completely waterproof, though it is “swimproof”, to use Fitbit’s term, and is water resistant to 50M.The watch face is customizable, with the one shown in the display section being called Rightful Stats. For the watch itself, there are about 10 alternative bands available on the Fitbit website at the time of me writing this article, and they will run you anywhere between $30 and $50.AvailabilityYou can purchase the Fitbit Charge 4 for $150 at the Fitbit website in Black, Rosewood, and Storm Blue/Black or at Best Buy in Black and Rosewood.

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