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About Heather Comeault
Heather is a commerce writer with Android Police. She has been a full-time content writer since graduation from SAIT Polytechnic in 2018. She is an experienced article writer working for many brands over the years.
While a professional content creator, Heather has worked with various organizations, businesses, and events to create captivating content for media streams. Heather enjoys photography, videography, and producing on top of writing, and says her creative abilities outside of writing allow her to think outside the box when creating unique and original content.
Kiss your existing strap collection goodbye
Google now has two smartwatches ,with the newer Pixel Watch 2 and previous Pixel Watch, all with a variety of stylish and functional bands to make either watch feel even more personalized. A lot has changed since the original Pixel Watch launched, where you can find Google's replacement straps costing anywhere from $50 to a whopping $200 for the Metal Links band.
Android phones that are built to take a beating
It's no secret that inflation is real, and it's reflected in the steep prices of modern smartphones. With some of the best Android phones costing upwards of $1,500, it's more important than ever to protect your investment. Investing in a good phone case is a start, but it's also wise to choose a phone that's capable of withstanding falls and other accidents, especially when you're spending a significant amount of money.
Control your home temperature with ease with these smart thermostats and sensors
Smart thermostats are more popular and effective than ever. Buying and installing one might seem like a complex undertaking on the surface, but it's worth it for one of the most useful smart devices you can add to a home.
Smart scales can do much more than just display your weight
Smart scales provide great utility for anyone interested or concerned with monitoring their health. The best smart scales do so much more than tell you your weight, incorporating emerging technologies to track and measure critical health metrics for your health and fitness. These new smart devices have a broad appeal, but selecting the best smart scales can be challenging as there are many models with varying specs and features.
These smart coffee makers are sure to start your mornings off on the right foot
Smart homes are getting bigger and better all the time, bringing in new and exciting smart tech to help make your life easier. With the growing lineup of smart home devices, it was only a matter of time until we started seeing things like smart coffee makers. Of course, they're not all new, and some have been around longer than you'd think. The technology is growing, and products are upgrading.
Control the flow of natural light within your home with these smart blinds
With today's technology and the ever-growing list of smart home appliances, accessories, and other additions to build your smart home, you may find yourself wondering to what extent you can automate your own home. Although there's an endless list of possibilities to generate an automated smart home, two accessories that may be overlooked are your blinds and curtains.
The right smart plug can turn nearly many standard electrical devices into smart home devices with ease
Smart plugs add flexibility and utility to your home as they can turn almost any electrical device into a smart device. They can also take the hassle out of managing a ton of devices that use different smart hubs and technologies, streamlining your smart home ecosystem. Though most smart plugs are unassuming and easy to overlook, we consider them an essential buy if you are serious about having greater connectivity and coordination within your home.
Your shiny new superphone needs the ultimate in protection and practicality
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is one of the best Android-powered smartphones on the market for 2023. It’s got a lightning-fast processor, an intuitive user interface, a great camera, and plenty of other impressive features, but guess what it’s not great at? Getting dropped on concrete from pretty much any height.
Pixel Watch Bands to suit any style
It's undeniable: the Pixel Watch is one of the best Android smartwatches currently available in what is a fairly competitive market. Aside from being one of the most stylish and premium-looking smartwatches, it also packs some serious hardware, all backed by Google's best-in-class exclusive watch faces. The single hardware button also gives it a classic, elegant feel that's rare among smartwatches, and while the Pixel Watch may not boast the greatest battery life, it's a remarkable first effort.
Before you buy one, make sure your color choice reflects your style
Now that we've had plenty of time with the Samsung Galaxy S23+, we're confident that it's one of the best Android phones of the year. If you set your sights on the Galaxy S23+ for its larger screen and increased battery life, then all there is left to do is explore the colorways and pick the one that is going to reflect your own personal style.
Keep your OnePlus 11 protected from your slippery fingers
The OnePlus 11 has been built to match up directly against some of the best Android phones you can buy today. It's a powerhouse smartphone, with a solid, Hasselblad-powered triple-camera system, good battery life, and a stunning AMOLED display. That’s before even considering the inclusion of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor.
Complete your smart home makeover with these Google Assistant-compatible devices
Controlling your smart home equipment with a virtual assistant and voice commands really makes you feel like you're living in a home of the future. Digital companions like Google Assistant are the web-connected tools you'll need to customize and automate everything from lighting and security to TVs and Bluetooth speakers.
If you're buying a Samsung Galaxy S23 you'll have a few colors to choose from
Choosing the perfect device from the Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup can be a bit overwhelming, especially with three distinct phones to consider. To add to the complexity, Samsung offers each of these phones in a diverse range of colors.
With a new phone comes new colors and new way to enjoy your Galaxy S23 FE
The Fan Edition is back, and you can expect big things from the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE, after Samsung ditched the more affordable FE from last year's lineup.
There's a lot of competition out there to host your weekend binges and movie nights
When it’s time to kick your kicks off at the end of a long workday, sinking into your couch and watching TV is about as tried and true of a decompressing activity as they come. But when you’re sick of cable and broadcast news, there’s always Netflix, Hulu, and a host of other streaming platforms you can unwind with. Of course, these services require a smart TV to use, and if your living room set is a few decades old, you’ll need to invest in a streaming device to get access to the above services and more.
The three color options for the Google Pixel 8 offer something for everyone
With the Google Pixel 7 proving so popular in 2022, we've been expecting big things from the Google Pixel 8, and it has not disappointed.
Illuminate your world with any (or all) of these fun and colorful smart lights from LIFX
LIFX is one of the best smart lighting brands today, sitting midway between premium Philips Hue lighting and bargain-basement alternatives like Wyze. It seamlessly integrates with Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, the two most prominent voice assistants on the market today.
Enhance the look of your new wearable with a high-quality band
Where Android smartwatches are concerned, the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro are hard to beat. Despite all the glowing reviews of the watches themselves, however, the included straps tend to be a little divisive. Luckily, as is the case for most of Samsung's releases, a flourishing aftermarket has sprung up around the smartwatch offerings; there's a dizzying array of 3rd party bands available to suit nearly any budget or aesthetic.
Need a smart doorbell, but can't work with Ring devices? Here are some excellent Ring video doorbell alternatives.
The Ring doorbell has been a runaway success, but for many homeowners in 2023, the honeymoon with Amazon's popular security company is over. Like Eufy, Amazon's Ring has been embroiled in a security scandal with suspected hacking, with Ring in particular racking up a multi-million dollar settlement over privacy violations.
Create a customized smart home experience that works with Matter
While smart home devices are all unique, they all share one important goal: to help make your life easier. The only issue is that with so many smart home devices by so many different manufacturers, each with a dedicated app, it can make a mess of your phone pretty quickly. Wouldn't it be easier if there was just one central app for everything?