The hottest tech for April: Tablets, phones, wireless speakers and more

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo made a huge comeback with recent hits Pokemon Go, Super Mario Run, the Nintendo Classic and now the Switch. The Switch aims to be your home and portable gaming console; it has a docking station for home use and converts to a tablet with wireless controllers for on-the-go use. Good luck finding one on store shelves for the next several months. What makes the Switch even more unique is the Nintendo only titles such as Mario Kart and Zelda.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

UE is back with the new Wonderboom wireless speaker which is available for preorder now. It has everything you want in a wireless speaker with its small form factor, ability to pair up with another for stereo sound, IPX7 water resistance, long battery life and affordability at just $99. UE frequently updates its speakers with software and firmware updates keeping them relevant for several years.

iPhone & Product (Red) Edition

Sure the new iPhone Product (Red) edition didn’t change on the inside, but in this case, it’s what’s on the outside that matters. If you have an iPhone 6S or 7, you don’t need to upgrade your iPhone to a red one, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want it. It’s gorgeous.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Samsung just announced its all new flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S8 which comes with an Infinity Display that will make any iPhone user jealous. It comes in 5.8″ or 6.2″ display sizes in a body with barely any bezels and it runs the latest version of Android. One thing to note, while almost all manufacturers are moving ahead without the reliable 3.5mm audio jack, Samsung left it in allowing users to go with their wired headphones. Both versions can be preordered now for release on April 21st.

LG G6

Maybe you don’t like curved displays and we don’t blame you. They’re too easy to touch and can make navigation more difficult than it needs to be on your smartphone. LG’s G6 manages to minimize its bezels without curving the screen and it does it in a smaller package than the S8 and S8+. It comes with a 5.7″ display, runs the latest version of Android and might be easiest large display phone to use in one hand. The LG G6 is available now.

Apple iPad

Only Apple can make users excited over its new iPad which uses an old design with old technology. Rather than dialing up the specs and doing away with bezels, Apple built a new iPad at a very affordable $329 price point. Apple’s products are very usable and run for several years with software updates that Android counterparts rarely ever see. This price point makes the iPad good for anyone who wants to consumer media, or for children who need technology for school. The iPad is available now across retailers.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung couldn’t let Apple and Microsoft own the premium tablet market and came out with the ultra-powerful Galaxy Tab S3. It’s designed to be a professional series tablet that runs the latest version of Android and is compatible with an attachable keyboard and stylus. It has four speakers and a gorgeous HDR AMOLED display. Prices start at $599.

Sonos PLAYBASE

Sonos, who is known for premium home audio, just announced the all new PLAYBASE which is designed to pair up with your TV. Following the design cue of its wireless speakers, the PLAYBASE has a minimalist design that measures at just 2″ tall and can support televisions that weigh up to 77 pounds. It only requires two cords to set it up – one for power and one for connected to your TV for true 5.0 sound. If you want more bass, simply connect the SONOS wireless subwoofer for richer sound. The PLAYBASE will be available for purchase on April 4th.

Sony Wireless Speakers

Sony has been an industry leader in portable audio for decades. In recent years, it lost some of its popularity to BEATS, Ultimate Ears and SONOS. Sony isn’t sitting in the backseat any longer with the release of its new wireless SRS-XB speakers that are waterproof, have all day battery life, can pair up to 10 speakers at the same time, and come with built-in lights to bring life to any party. If you like rich and detailed sound without excess bass, these new speakers from Sony are perfect for you.

Marshall Monitor Bluetooth Headphones

Marshall, who is known for its world-class amplifiers, released its latest Bluetooth headphones called the Monitor. They carry Marshall’s signature design and sound, with a ridiculous playback time of 30 hours! The Monitor is available now at Marshall for $249.

Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch

Tag Heuer’s newest Connected Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch is the best looking wearable you can get your hands on today. It’s modular – you can change out the bands, lugs, main module and clasp to give your Connected smartwatch a look unique to you. It’s not cheap starting at $1700, but no watch from Tag Heuer can ever be called cheap. If you’re looking for a Tag, you know that you are getting years of experience and design that is only matched by a few select manufacturers across the world. Learn more at Tag Heuer.

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