Move over Apple, because consumer reports just named the Samsung Galaxy S7 ($99+) it's top smartphone. With the Samsung S7 Edge coming in second.When taking a look at the phones, Consumer Reports say the main features that put the Galaxy S7 over the top were its water-resistance, expandable memory, camera performance and its battery life.Consumer Reports says their test show the battery life of the S7 lasts more than 24 hours of simulated talk time. This is more that twice the results from the iPhone 6S.When testing water-resistance the Galaxy S7 and the edge did extremely well. Both phones can handle immersion for up to 30 minutes in 5 feet of water. So all of us who have inadvertently dropped our phones in the toilet or took a dive with a phone in your trunks, have options.The Samsung camera features a dual-pixel technology, combined with a fast autofocus to help eliminate blurry pictures. They've also added a new advanced sensor that lets you capture amazing images in low light conditions. Additional features include the ability to shoot Ultra HD (4K) video and a microSD slot so you can add 200GB of storage.I never thought I would ever consider moving away from the Apple ecosystem, but after looking at these specs, I'll be taking a closer look at the Samsung S7.
If you think even a bow and arrow give you an unfair advantage, then you might want to check out the Kniper Multi-Tool Throwing Knife ($75). Not only is it weighted perfectly, making accurate throws a breeze, but it has everything you need for those weekend camping trips. The Kniper is milled from a single piece of 420 high-carbon stainless steel, and features twenty-two tools, including: a combination hex hole, inclinometer, sundial, latitudinal finder, tobacco pipe, saw, rangefinder, nail remover, wire stripper, ruler, wire breaker, closed wrench, blade, bottle and can opener, pry bar, flathead and philips head screwdrivers, and a fork. Whew. That's a lot of stuff on a 13 inch knife.
These new kicks by adidas, just make me want the soft glow of the summer sun all that much more. The adidas Originals EQT Running Support '93 Bright Yellow ($166). Just like the latest in the EQT line you'll immediately notice the different textures in the upper. The toe box is made from a nubuck leather, while the heel and side panels are made from a textile material. The adidas stripes are carried down into the sole which makes for a great visual effect. You'll want to pair these bad boys with your favorite joggers, so you're sure to show them off.
The new NASA Mars Rover Concept Vehicle ($NFS) looks like it came out of the latest post-apocalyptic Mad Max flick. This futuristic concept was recently unveiled at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. They wanted to use it to inspire and educate as NASA gets closer to actually reaching their goals of sending people to the red planet.This concept operates on a 700-volt battery powered by solar panels. The cool part is that it splits in the middle of the chassis. Where the front is designed for scouting with radio and navigation equipment. The rear section acts as a laboratory which can also disconnect for autonomous research.
On your next camping trip or backyard cookout, make sure you do it in style with the EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove ($129). The Versa allows you to cook with your choice of fuel, including wood, charcoal, or solid biomass fuel. It features a fully insulated vertical combustion chamber, a combustion chamber and top door lined with refractory metal, a reinforced metal frame, a three-prong stove top and stainless steel handles covered with silicone grips to make sure they stay cool to the touch.
The Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit by Gerber ($35) has everything you need to get out of a sticky situation. To start the Survival kit has Gerber's miniature multi-tool, a waterproof bag, hand saw, miniature light, signaling mirror, fire starter, survival blanket, and much much more. Put this survival kit in your glovebox or trunk for emergencies, or bring it along in your backpack. More than likely you may never need it, but it's nice to know it's there.