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Best Reddit app for Android

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Updated May, 2017: Relay replaced BaconReader as the Best Reddit app for Android.

Best overall

Relay

Download on Google Play ($2.99)

Relay is the most beautiful of the Reddit apps and also one of the best explained. If you're new to Reddit or looking for an easy-to-navigate app, Relay has got your back with a simple layout and explainer tips the first time you use the app.

While many Reddit apps have implemented Material Design, none have done it quite as boldly or as well as Relay. It is also one of the few apps to offer themes beyond the simple light and dark, offering pink and blue as well. GIFs may not autoplay, but the image pop-ups that appear when you tap a thumbnail beat the heck out of the image loading in a new window or in a browser, and the material transitions out of these previews are gorgeous.

Bottom-line: Colorful, highly customizable, and material to a T, Relay is a Reddit app that's it's hard to go wrong with, especially for newer Redditors and lovers of long threads.

One more thing: Relay's great for longer posts with lots of threads, like popular AMAs, because you can use navigation controls in the floating action button to skip between one thread and the next.

Why Relay is the best

Relay is a Reddit app with a design that stands out, which is saying something considering how diverse Reddit apps can look, and it's a design that works well. From the handy clear button above the home button that clear posts you've already read to the floating navigation button in a Reddit post that allows you to easily skip from one thread to the next within popular or polluted Reddit posts like AMAs, Relay's UI is consistent and consistently productive.

Relay's themes are a good middle ground between those that only offer light/dark and those that let you pick all your own colors, with three light themes and two dark themes, and no matter what theme you pick, the app is easy to read, navigate, and act upon.

There are a lot of Reddit apps out there, and whether I'm going to be on it for two minutes or two hours, Relay keeps the front page of the internet readable, interesting, and fresh. It's the app that has outlasted all the others on my device, and I think it'll earn its spot on yours, too.

Best for beginners

Reddit: The Official App

Download on Google Play (free)

Reddit didn't have an official app for a long time, but now it's here and it's awesome. It's a clean and refreshingly simple app, great for users that don't want to hassle with a bunch of settings.

That simplicity can also be a problem. You can't resize the text which is a shame because it's a bit on the small side. The app's dark theme and card views are just okay, but it can auto-play GIFs and videos in card view, which is amazing for GIF-centric subreddits.

Bottom-line: It's the official app, and it's off to a great start, though it's a little simple. If you've already got your subreddit subscriptions where you want and browse a lot of GIFs, this is the app for you.

One more thing: Because of the concise feature set right now, the settings for Reddit: The Official App are wonderfully simple and easy to navigate.

Best Classic Reddit app

BaconReader

Download on Google Play ($1.99)

BaconReader has been around for a long, long time and users have enjoyed using it for just as long. It is one of the most-downloaded and most-reviewed Reddit apps on Google Play, and it got there by wooing users with slick features and maintaining them with stellar service and support.

BaconReader is carefully and pristinely laid out, making it easy to quickly browse and find something new and interesting to read, without stumbling around or leaving anything out. If BaconReader's beautiful design and feel seem familiar, their developer OneLouder is also the design of 1Weather, one of our favorite weather apps.

Bottom-line: BaconReader has robust features, support, and loyalty among its users. And while you can use it for free, it's more than worth upgrading to premium.

One more thing: If you ever need any help, BaconReader's subreddit is quite active and the developers are quick to answer most questions.

Best for Purists

reddit is fun

Download on Google Play ($1.99)

I said it two years ago and it still holds true: reddit is fun looks most like the Reddit site, which can be a good or a bad thing depending on your tastes. reddit is fun has a card view, and it also has three experimental beta themes if you're bored of the traditional views. Switching views isn't a simple toggle the way other apps do it, but at least you have more options when picking a theme and layout.

reddit is fun is great for users who need to watch their data usage or are using a slower device, allowing you to skip downloading thumbnails when off Wi-Fi. While most apps can't load user flair, reddit is fun can display what the flair would be if you were on desktop, for instance: usernamehere pikachu on r/Pokemongo.

Bottom-line: It's a traditional take on a Reddit app, but reddit is fun is more than willing to experiment in order to keep users happy and give them an old school Reddit feel on Android.

One more thing: You can unsubscribe from a subreddit from the navigation page rather than having to go a separate page or menu, nice for cleaning up your subreddit list while you browse.

Conclusion

There are so many great Reddit apps on Android. Even as the service has matured and gone mainstream, there is still a wealth of independent app development because Reddit is such a different service depending on how you use it. Relay is the best of the bunch because it looks great, is easy to use, and has a wealth of features. But the official Reddit app is great, too, especially for newcomers to the service. You can't go wrong with any of our picks.

Best overall

Relay

Download on Google Play ($2.99)

Relay is the most beautiful of the Reddit apps and also one of the best explained. If you're new to Reddit or looking for an easy-to-navigate app, Relay has got your back with a simple layout and explainer tips the first time you use the app.

While many Reddit apps have implemented Material Design, none have done it quite as boldly or as well as Relay. It is also one of the few apps to offer themes beyond the simple light and dark, offering pink and blue as well. GIFs may not autoplay, but the image pop-ups that appear when you tap a thumbnail beat the heck out of the image loading in a new window or in a browser, and the material transitions out of these previews are gorgeous.

Bottom-line: Colorful, highly customizable, and material to a T, Relay is a Reddit app that's it's hard to go wrong with, especially for newer Redditors and lovers of long threads.

One more thing: Relay's great for longer posts with lots of threads, like popular AMAs, because you can use navigation controls in the floating action button to skip between one thread and the next.

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Google wants your next car to have Google Assistant built in

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Your next car could come with Android Auto and Google Assistant pre-installed.

Android is the world's most popular mobile operating system, powering devices we use every day such as our smartphones, TV set-top boxes, and wearables. You may even use Android in your car via Android Auto. Google is continuing its work to make our cars smarter via Android, announcing new partnerships with automakers in its latest blog to get Android Auto and Google Assistant built right into the infotainment console of cars coming off the lot.

Android Auto has been around for nearly three years and is already available in a variety of car makes and models, as well as aftermarket stereos. Furthermore, at last year's Google I/O, the company announced a native Android Auto app for smartphones, which opened up access to the millions of Android users around the world who now only need a cheap car mount for their phone to enjoy Android Auto in any car (even if yours is still rocking a tape deck). Despite all that, Android Auto may still feel like a work in progress to some and an unnecessary luxury feature to others.

Google wants to change that perception, so at this year's developer conference, Google will be unveiling the next phase of Android Auto's development, which includes partnerships with car companies such as Audi and Volvo who will be including Android Auto and Google Assistant integration in their new lineup of cars — bringing us that much closer to making Knight Rider a reality.

Google will discuss these new Android Auto innovations at an informational session Wednesday at Google I/O and will also have some live demonstrations available on site. According to Bloomberg Technology, Google will demo the updated OS running on the Audi Q8 and Volvo V90 SUVs. You can learn all about the latest Android Auto developments at the informational session Wednesday afternoon which will also be livestreamed for those not in attendance.

All About Android Auto

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2017 Father's Day Gift Guide

Dads and tech: It's a cliché. But it's also true! Who wants a tie when there's a new Sonos speaker, or a book when there's a Galaxy Tab S3 on sale? This year, be the best kind of cliché and get dad a gift he'll want.

Samsung Galaxy S8

If Dad needs the best of everything, look no further. The Galaxy S8 is the best phone you can buy right now, both because it's beautiful, fast, and has one of the best cameras on the market. Samsung did a lot to improve its flagship phone this year, including outfitting it with a huge Infinity Display and adding ultra-fast iris scanning abilities. The future is here.

from $750 Buy Now

Nest Learning Thermostat

What do you mean dad can't control the thermostat from the couch — at home or at the cottage? Nest's Learning Thermostat is easy to set up and incredibly useful, connecting to the internet so dad can turn on the AC from anywhere. The Android app works really well with all of Nest's other products, too, and it's always being updated with new features.

from $239 Buy Now

Sony RX100 V

Dad's phone may take great photos (especially if it's a Galaxy S8), but nothing compares to the versatility of a great point-and-shoot. The Sony RX100 V is a DSLR in the shell of a compact camera. Featuring a 20MP sensor and some of the fastest autofocus on the market, the RX100 V takes beautiful shots in any situation, and the 24-70mm lens means you don't have to be right in front of the subject to capture it.

$998 Buy Now

The best phone accessories

Your dad's new Galaxy S8 needs some accessories, including a great case and a way to charge it without wires. We've got all the best accessories for his new phone, including this amazing convertible wireless charger, which cushions your phone in a horizontal or vertical position.

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UE Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker

Ultimate Ears' Wonderboom takes everything we love from UE's more expensive Boom and Megaboom speakers and shrinks it down into a little floating cube that stays waterproof while sounding great. It's seriously one of our favorite things, and it will be a perfect gift for dad.

$99 Buy Now

Sonos Play:1

Sonos is the ultimate music gift. If your dad loves music, the Sonos Play:1 is the gift to get. Pair a couple of them for whole-room sound, or a bunch of them to get the entire house jumping. The good news is that Sonos knows dad wants one, since you may be able to find it on sale right now.

$199 Buy Now

Google Home

For a Google/Android fan, Google Home is a no-brainer. It's got all the makings of Alexa, in the proper ecosystem, with the full force of Google behind it. It plays music, answer questions, and makes restaurant reservations. It's like a new best friend.

$120 Buy Now

Samsung Tab S3

There's really only one good Android tablet, and it's made by Samsung. Thankfully, the Tab S3 is really good, and dad will love it on its own or with its optional keyboard cover. Made with the same high-quality metal as the Galaxy S8, the Tab S3 features a beautiful 9.7-inch display, and comes with the popular S Pen stylus for note-taking.

$599 Buy Now

Ring Pro Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

An essential piece of the connected home, the Pro version of Ring's connected doorbell, which alerts you when someone is by the front door and allows you to see and chat with the person on the other side, is absolutely incredible. A great app, inexpensive cloud subscription, and excellent video and audio quality, Dad will love that Ring monitors what's happening at the front of the house, and it pairs well with Ring's Stick Up Cam to keep track of everywhere else.

$249 Buy Now

Chromecast Ultra

If using with a TV that has a 4K display or can playback HDR content and want to stream media at UHD, the Chromecast Ultra is for you. It's super easy to set up, and at $70 it's the perfect gift that won't break the bank. It may break that binge-watching streak, though.

$70 Buy Now

Amazon Echo Dot

A smaller Echo, the Dot is easy to set up around the house — and because they're significantly cheaper, you can get a few and pepper them around the house. A great gift, in packs of one, or six!

$49 Buy Now

Amazon Echo

If the smaller Echo Dot doesn't do it for dad — if he wants to belt out some tunes at a decent volume — the larger Amazon Echo is worth the investment. And now that Alexa can make calls and send messages, you can drop dad a line when you need something, or just want to say 'I love you.'

$179 Buy Now

Bose QC35 wireless headphones

Bose is the name in noise-cancelling wireless headphones, and for good reason: the QC35s have become the standard for long-term wear comfort, style and sound quality. If dad is a frequent traveler, or just needs a break from the outside world, you can't do much better than the QC35s.

$350 Buy Now

SodaStream Source

There is nothing better than bubbly water — seltzer if you're fancy — to start or end a day with your loved one. SodaStream Source is the best, and cheapest, way to a bubbly water future, and it doesn't even need to be plugged in. You can add juice and cola flavors if you want, but even by itself, the Source is worth it.

$99 Buy Now

Aeropress Coffee Maker

Aeropress makes a great cuppa, because it is simple: grind the beans, pour it in the cavity and press. Easy to pick up but difficult to master, Aeropress emulates espresso for a fraction of the price. If dad is tired of the pods, an Aeropress is an essential purchase.

$30 Buy Now

Samsung Gear VR

Mobile VR is on the precipice of going mainstream, but that shouldn't stop you from getting dad hooked. It's an amazing experience being able to travel the world or play games or watch movies, and there is more 360-degree content being added every day.

$129 Buy Now

HTC Vive

As impressive as the Gear VR is, you'll need to invest in something like the HTC Vive to see virtual reality's true potential. And while dad will also need a beefy PC to power Vive, those are getting significantly cheaper. Help dad become a technology pioneer and get him addicted to VR!

$799 Buy Now

Fitbit Charge 2

Counting steps may be boring, but if you're concerned about dad's health, there is nothing more important. Get him walking 10,000 steps per day, and then get him running 10,000 more, with the Fitbit Charge 2, which not only measures heart rate, but guides you through custom workouts.

$150 Buy Now

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1 week ago

How to manage who gets notified when you stream your Gear VR to Facebook

For now, everyone is going to know when you are livestreaming to Facebook.

The update which brought the ability to livestream your Gear VR adventures directly to Facebook. While this feature allows you to easily share many of the games, apps, and experiences on your Gear VR. There is one small issue. That being that when you livestream, everyone that you are connected to gets a notification. While there is a way around this, it definitely isn't ideal, and won't let your friends watch while you play.

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1 week ago

Samsung DeX does a pretty good job turning the Galaxy S8 into a desktop

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Samsung's "desktop experience" is not only a curious concept, but it's quickly becoming something I like to use.

There's more to the Galaxy S8 an S8+ than its vibrant screen, cascading glass edges, and shiny back cover. Samsung would also like you to try its new Android-powered phone to unlock a desktop operating system that can be used on a whim.

The Samsung DeX — which stands for desktop experience is a hockey-puck shaped dock with a pop-up cooling fan for the Galaxy S8 and various ports for the necessary peripherals. We've talked about Dex before, but we haven't been able to actively try one until now.

I've been using the $150 device for casual tasks for the last few days, and it's already got me fooled. I keep turning to my monitor thinking that it's my Mac plugged into it — and then I start using it. DeX looks and feels like Mac OS (it's more like Windows 10, actually), but it's when you attempt to deviate off the path that you realize there are limitations.

The Samsung DeX dock.

The honeymoon period

Samsung DeX is exceptionally easy to set up and it's way easier than setting up a brand new computer. Granted, I've already put in the leg work of setting up the Galaxy S8+ in the way that I like it, and downloaded the apps that I like to use, but isn't it neat to be able to set up something once and then have it work like a desktop, too? DeX is definitely meant for anyone who thinks so.

Samsung dex dock

Various ports on the DeX include an Ethernet port, USB Type-C, and HDMI.

As I was saying, DeX requires no learning curve to set up. I paired the Galaxy S8+ with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and then plugged in the HDMI cable from the monitor into the dock. Once the interface appeared on the monitor, my trained computer-brain instinctively knew what to do from there.

It's neat to be able to set up something once and then have it work like a desktop, too.

DeX uses the same navigations buttons and imagery as its Android interface to denote the different parts of the operating system. For instance, there's the apps drawer icon in the corner, right next to the recent apps screen icon and the Home button, in its simple squareness. Move your eyes a bit to the right, and you'll start to see squircles populated with the icons of any apps that were already fired up and ready to go before the Galaxy S8+ was plugged in.

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There are also some apps that won't even launch at all, like Spotify.

As you launch apps, they'll pop up in their own individual windows just as they would on any regular desktop operating system. You can minimize and maximize the windows, too, though you can't resize all apps. Any apps that are coded specifically for smartphones will remain in that form, while apps that were coded for multiple screen sizes will have an easier time conforming to the DeX interface. There are also some apps that won't even launch at all, like Spotify, because they aren't optimized for anything like the DeX format.

Some of the apps are properly optimized for DeX, though, and those are pleasant to use. Adobe Lightroom Mobile, for instance, lets me work in a variety of window sizes, and the Slack app, which is optimized for tablets, lets me use a mouse right-click in the selection field like on the desktop version.

Multiple apps on Dex

Multiple apps screens on the DeX interface!

Any apps that don't work well with DeX just go unused, for the most part. Or, I'll turn my chair the other way and get back to work with the MacBook Pro. I'm still uneasy about the concept of getting work done with this sort of desktop experience, especially since I'm still have trouble finding a productivity groove with the Chromebook Flip.

I don't think that Samsung intends for DeX to replace your full computer, however – not in this implementation, at least. But I do intend to explore what else a DeX can do besides help you get some work done.

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Got questions?

If you've got questions about the Samsung DeX experience, let us know below! We'll be posting our review in the coming weeks.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

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The Galaxy S8, and its larger sibling the S8+, are Samsung's top-end devices for 2017 meant to appeal to the general consumer and power user alike. The two phones are only differentiated by screen and battery size: 5.8 inches and 3000mAh, and 6.2 inches and 3500mAh.

The displays have a new 18.5:9 aspect ratio with a QHD+ resolution, meaning they're extra tall and narrow. Samsung moved to on-screen buttons and reduced bezel size dramatically in order to fit as much screen into the body as possible. That moved the fingerprint sensor to the back of the phones, where it sits somewhat-awkwardly next to the camera lens. Iris scanning makes its return in a new-and-improved version from the Note 7.

Though the batteries haven't increased in size from the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the hope is that the improved efficiency of the new 10 nm processor inside will provide some help. The processor is backed up by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Waterproofing and wireless charging are still here as well, plus a new USB-C port on the bottom. The rear camera is unchanged in terms of its 12MP sensor and f/1.7 lens, but has improved processing thanks to a new ISP and software.

Specs

Width Height Thickness 5.86 in
148.9 mm
2.68 in
68.1 mm
0.31 in
8 mm
5.47 oz
155g grams
  • Display:
    • 5.8-inch AMOLED display
    • 2960x1440 resolution
    • 18.5:9 aspect ratio
    • Dual-curve infinity display
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP ƒ/1.7 rear camera
    • Dual-pixel phase detection autofocus
    • 1.4-micron pixels
    • 8MP ƒ/1.7 front camera
  • Battery:
    • 3000 mAh battery
    • Non-removable
    • USB-C fast Charging
    • Qi + PMA wireless charging
  • Chips:
    • Snapdragon 835 processor
    • Samsung Exynos 8896 processor
      (varies by region)
    • 4GB RAM
    • 64GB internal storage
    • microSD card slot
    • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • GS8+
    • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    • 6.2-inch AMOLED display
    • 3500mAh battery
    • 6.28 in x 2.89 in x 0.32 in
      159.5mm x 73.4mm x 8.1mm
    • 6.10 oz / 73g

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1 week ago

Get your own endoscopic camera for only $17.50

Typically when you hear the word endoscopic camera it's being said by a doctor for the purpose of looking inside a patient. But these bendable snake cameras can be used for many everyday things beyond medical applications.

Get your very own endoscopic camera for only $17.50! Learn more

The versatility of an endoscopic camera can allow you to investigate what's clogging a drain, peer inside the tight spaces of your car, or give you an inside look at any tough to reach areas of your home. The camera head is adjustable and waterproof, making it perfect for inspecting underwater areas, gaps or holes.

Best of all, you can get your very own endoscopic camera for just $17.50 via Android Central Digital Offers! This camera plugs right into your Android phone's micro USB port and lets you view everything your camera sees on your phone.

Typically, endoscopic cameras like this are sold for $139, but you can get yours and save 87%! What a deal!

Save 87% on this handy endoscopic camera! Learn more

So what are you waiting for? You never know when you may need a versatile endoscopic camera to get you out of a jam. But act fast — this deal won't be around forever!

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1 week ago

How to use Oculus Touch like a Vive Tracker

How to use Oculus Touch like a Vive Tracker

Can I use my Touch controllers like a Vive Tracker?

HTC's Vive Tracker, unveiled at the beginning of 2017, promises to bring pretty much any real-life object (as long as it fits in your house) into VR. Attach the Tracker to a golf club or a baseball bat and do your best impression of an athlete, or attach it to a fake gun and get real tactical real fast.

To compete with the Vive Tracker, Oculus has included a mount with their Touch controllers. It's not nearly as exciting, but it sort of delivers the same experience. Officially branded with a Rock Band VR logo, it's primarily intended to work with the plastic guitar accessories required to play the game. In our testing, it worked really well, and it got us thinking about what sort of other things we could track by attaching a Touch controller.

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1 week ago

What's in Andrew's gear bag for Google I/O 2017?

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Andrew's gear bag

This is everything I'm packing to Mountain View.

Every time there's a launch event or conference, it offers us an opportunity to reevaluate the gear we carry that helps us do our job. CES and MWC gave us two chances to tune things up, and now we have Google I/O 2017 down in Google's own backyard — Mountain View, California.

What I'm carrying to I/O this year hasn't changed a ton from my pre-CES gear bag evaluation, but a few key parts have been swapped out and I'll have some extra gear with me specific to this event. As I get everything packed up, let's take a look inside my gear bag.

The bag: Timbuk2 Classic Messenger

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger

I picked up my Timbuk2 Classic Messenger (size large) over two years ago, and I've been very happy with it as both a daily carry bag and for traveling. Most of the bag inside is just open space to use as you please, minus a divider in the back to fit a laptop. You get two internal side pockets that are great for bigger items, plus two zipped pockets for small things and a couple more open pockets for essentials.

The bag can go anywhere and take a beating.

Most days I have the external straps tightened down, which collapses the bag for a slimmer profile since I don't have much to carry. But you can also loosen those straps out and fit a weekend's worth of clothing and gear or a full set of camera equipment for a day of shooting. The versatility of the big open bag is great, even if I'm carrying the same things most of the time.

The bag has held up to years of travel, but you just can't beat Timbuk2's warranty, particularly if you have a store where you live. You'll never have to worry about being caught without a bag or being charged for replacements if manufacturing-related issues arise.

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Also inside: Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Insert

Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Insert

I use this bag for photography gear on a regular basis, so I also invested in a Timbuk2 "Snoop" camera insert; and I went for a medium size for my large bag so that I have extra room for non-camera gear.

This is a fully-contained zip-closed camera bag with two movable dividers and a soft cloth interior that can easily hold my camera, two extra lenses, cables, batteries, and usually another phone or two. It has a handle on it so you can quickly yank it out of your bag, and because it's self-contained it means I can quickly turn my messenger back into a standard carry-all bag in a snap.

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And finally: Peak Design Capture Camera Clip

The Peak Design Capture Camera Clip came as a recommendation from several people, and I just don't carry a camera without it anymore. It's a simple and secure way to mount your camera on a bag strap or belt, letting you quickly remove the camera for shooting and then clip it back on the bag until you need it.

No more camera swinging around your neck from a strap, and no more stashing it in your bag where it's hard to reach. This thing is absolutely crucial for trade shows, but I've started to use it any time I carry a camera with my bag.

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The laptop: MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch)

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

I've had my new MacBook Pro for nearly five months now, and after initial bumps with my first model having a defective keyboard I'm well into the swing of using this laptop.

There have been plenty of complaints about what's wrong with the new MacBook Pros — many of which I agree with. Yes I miss MagSafe. Yes the lack of USB-A ports can be frustrating. Yes the battery life can be a little finicky. But that being said, I'm still happy with it overall.

It isn't the laptop for every power user, but it's great for me so far.

The screen is absolutely gorgeous, the power on tap here (I have a 3.1GHz Core i5 and 16GB of RAM) is immense, Touch ID is a great addition and it's actually a smaller overall package than my four-year-old MacBook Air. I've fallen in love with using USB-C to charge from any of my myriad wall chargers and battery packs. The extra-shallow keyboard isn't an issue for me at all, and the non-clicking trackpad is just fine as well.

Is the new MacBook Pro a dream machine for every professional and power user out there? Hardly. But it's more machine than I need (even without maxing out the specs or getting a 15-inch model) in terms of internal hardware, and fits my needs very well as someone that most of the time relies on a laptop as my primary machine and travels upwards of 100,000 miles a year.

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The phone: Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

I'm a few weeks into using the Galaxy S8 as my primary phone, and I'm still enjoying it. The hardware and display are great, the software is quick and I feel like I have things dialed in as best as I can get them in terms of disabling unnecessary apps and getting Samsung's features scaled back so they're not in my way. I expect the camera to get the job done on my travels as well — most of the photos you see on Instagram at Google I/O will be from the GS8.

I tossed a thin case on it to protect it from the eventual bumps and scrapes of travel and to give the fingerprint sensor some separation, and I'm ready to see how the battery life can hold up to the rigors of travel.

The carrier: T-Mobile

I've had a personal T-Mobile line for several years now, and it's the SIM that lands in whatever phone I'm using that isn't my Pixel. T-Mobile has great service in the big cities that I travel to, and my North America plan gives me full-speed service for free when I travel to Canada and Mexico a handful of times a year.

The rest of the industry has improved its international offerings to the point where I don't jump to T-Mobile as my primary SIM to use outside of North America, but it's great to know I have access to those free 2G speeds on the phone as a backup wherever I am in the world. I'm not sure how I'd feel about T-Mobile's offering if I was paying some $20 more per month on the new T-Mobile ONE plan, but on my current plan it's worth keeping around.

The other phone: Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL

Ideally I'd be using the smaller Pixel because it's easier to manage in one hand, but unfortunately its shortcoming in battery life just isn't practical for travel. The bigger screen and extra battery of the Pixel XL are crucial for long days with lots of screen-on time and bad wireless signal, and so that's the one I'll have in my bag.

The camera on the Pixel XL is still proving to be fantastic, and Google's software is still stable and quick even several months on. I keep my Pixel XL charged, updated and ready to go at all times, no matter what other phone I'm using primarily. (You may also notice my Places Live Case ... it's working a bit better than before, so I'm keeping it around.)

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The other carrier: Project Fi

Whenever I'm using my Pixel XL I'm also using my preferred carrier, Project Fi. Sure it's a little on the spendy side in terms of raw price-per-gigabyte, but I love the consistency of the service and the extra flexibility afforded by its use of three different networks and Wi-Fi for calling.

You can't beat the simplicity and billing transparency of Project Fi.

The transparency of Project Fi in how it bills you and refunds for unused data is fantastic, letting me seamlessly use a large amount of data one month — like at a conference — and then go back to using less than 2GB the next with no fear about changing plans or managing data buckets. My average Fi bill is about $50 per month, and that includes some really big $125+ bills when I had to tether a bunch while traveling. I'd say the cost works out well in the long run.

As I regularly travel internationally I really appreciate how things stay exactly the same when I'm abroad. It's a real shame that Project Fi is limited to just Pixels and Nexuses, but when I'm using my Pixel XL there's no other carrier I'd prefer to use.

The tablet: Galaxy Tab S3 + keyboard

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

I don't normally travel with a large tablet in addition to a laptop, but in for this latest trip I'm actually traveling elsewhere leading up to Google I/O and like to have the tablet for long flights. Not only is it easier to manage in relatively small airplane seats, but it has a better screen and content selection than any in-flight entertainment screen can offer.

The Galaxy Tab S3 has replaced my Pixel C, for now, and part of that is because of how much lighter and more compact it is. Yet it still offers me a capable keyboard case, so I can use it to get a little work done if I want without pulling out my MacBook Pro. Because of its flexibility, the added weight in my bag is worth it.

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The camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II

Olympus OM-D E-M5

This is now my third Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera, and the OM-D E-M5 Mk II really shows off what this format of camera can offer. Just like my E-PL1 and E-PL5 before, the E-M5 Mk II offers fantastic images from a really compact camera. Interchangeable lenses are great, the addition of a viewfinder is welcomed and the extra dedicated buttons and knobs compared to the lower-end model are useful.

Perhaps the nicest thing about these cameras is just how "point and shoot" they can be if you don't have a need for tweaking extra settings. In "Auto" mode with a prime lens it's tough to take a bad shot with the OM-D E-M5 Mk II, and that's super useful when you're in a tradeshow setting crowded in a group of people in bad lighting. I never feel like I need to manage my camera, but all of the manual controls are there if I need to.

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And lenses

While the OM-D E-M5 Mk II is a great camera with its 14-42 mm kit lens, it turns into an entirely different experience with a good prime lens on it. Olympus' own 25 mm f/1.8 lens (a 50 mm equivalent for a full-frame sensor) is my go-to lens and it's absolutely fantastic. It's extremely fast and bright, meaning you can go into point-and-shoot mode and never miss a shot, even in bad lighting. Whereas you have to work a bit with the kit lens, you don't even have to think about it with this prime.

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Micro Four Thirds lenses tend to be dramatically less expensive than their counterparts from the likes of Sony, Canon and Nikon, which is really great. I often carry a 14-150mm for longer shots and a 12mm f/2.0 (okay, $799 is a bit steep, but it's fantastic) for some video shooting as well.

Other gear and accessories

Andrew's gear bag

I used to wear in-ear headphones as I traveled to/from/through airports, but now I've gone all-in on my Bose QC35s. Yes they're big, but they're just so damn comfortable that I have no issue wearing them from the moment I step out of my apartment all the way through to boarding the plane. I don't have to get tangled up with headphone wires, and the battery life is so long I never have to worry about charging even on the longest of travel days. The noise cancellation is superb for all sorts of environments, particularly on a big plane. Best $350 I spent this year.

Bose QC35s are the best $350 I spent this year.

My laptop bag has three USB-C cables: Apple's 6 foot charging cable, the excellent OnePlus charging cable, and a generic 6 inch USB-C cable. The combination makes sure I have a cable of different lengths for different jobs. Even though I still have a couple of Micro-USB devices hanging around (looking at you, Bose), I no longer carry a Micro-USB cable — instead, I bought these awesome USB-C to Micro-USB adapters that let me charge up these old devices with my new USB-C cables. What a life saver.

No matter how long I'm traveling for I bring the same wall charger: an Anker two-port unit that offers Quick Charge 3.0 tech on one port and up to 5V/2.4A on the other. It's just small enough (with a foldable plug) that it's not a burden to carry around in my bag every day, and the extra power output — a total of 31.5W — with the flexibility of two USB-A ports is necessary for me. This is a great charger to power up everything I travel with.

A battery this small means I can always carry it with me.

Anker also makes my current favorite daily carry battery pack, the 10,000mAh Power Core Speed 2. When it comes to mobile battery packs I just want the most capacity in the smallest package, and this one is just impressively tiny considering its 10,000mAh battery. It's smaller than some of my old 5000mAh batteries, and even though it only offers one USB output that's considering how easy it is to have on me all of the time. My only wish is that I could get one that charges over USB-C (which would then also offer two outputs at the same time) — perhaps Anker will update it soon.

We're often doing video voiceovers and podcasts while we're on the road, and for that reason I always carry my handy Samson Go Mic. This little USB-powered microphone is really small and has sound that'll blow away any laptop microphone or lapel mic, making it a perfect companion for the road.

So that's what inside my bag when I travel. Have any comments or thoughts on what you carry and how it differs? Shout out in the comments!

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1 week ago

Snag the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 for its lowest price yet!

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with the awesome iOttie Easy One Touch 2 at its best price yet.

Right now you can pick up the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 for just $12.75 at Amazon, which happens to be the lowest price we've seen on it. Normally, this popular mount sells for right around $20. It has a new telescopic arm which adds two additional inches to allow for closer viewing, and you can lock and release the phone with just a single finger. The sticky gel pad sticks well to most surfaces and is able to easily be removed and installed in a different vehicle.

Whether you spend a lot of time or just a little in the car, you should have a safe place to keep your phone. If interested, be sure to grab one of these now, for each vehicle you own!.

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1 week ago

TPO: Prepaid plans with zero compromise

Saving money on your mobile bill doesn't mean losing out on features or service.

TPO (The People's Operator) is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that leases coverage from Sprint. MVNOs piggyback on the bigger networks in order to bring you great service at a lower price.

Does going with an alternative carrier mean you'll be getting second class service compared to customers of the Big Four (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon)?

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If I switch to TPO, will I get worse service that proper Sprint customers?

Absolutely not! TPO leases coverage from Sprint's fast 4G LTE network, meaning that you're on the Sprint network, but you're not paying Sprint prices. You'll still get nationwide calling, texting, and data coverage, and you'll get full 4G LTE speeds.

Will I really save money?

Absolutely! The Big Four carriers push unlimited plans on you, making you believe you need all the 4G LTE data in the world, when most Americans really only use 3 to 5 gigabytes of 4G LTE per month. That's a far cry from the 22 to 30GB you'd get — and pay for — on a big carrier's unlimited plan.

Take a look at your actual data usage and take stock of how much you could actually be using Wi-Fi instead. Then take a look at TPO's plans!

As you can see, if you're an average American who uses roughly 3GB of data per month, TPO's caring plan is more than enough for you. When you consider that Sprint itself no longer offers tiered data plans, and your baseline is $60/month for unlimited data, talk, and text, there's really no reason not to try TPO.

At the end of the day, if you go with TPO's Noble or Caring plans, you're paying roughly half of what the big carrier's charge for unlimited plans, and you're only paying for data you actually need — not overpaying for data you don't.

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Great! But how's customer service?

TPO's customer service is top-notch. Since TPO isn't like the big carriers; its customer service reps can offer your personalized care and attention. It's the difference between shopping at Walmart and shopping at your local mom 'n' pop for groceries.

TPO's U.S.-based customer service center is open seven days a week to make sure you're taken care of, and if you're outside of business hours, send a message and a TPO rep will get back to you within 24 hours.

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What's the catch?

There isn't one. TPO is an alternative carrier that saves you money with zero compromise. You don't have to compromise on data speeds, call quality, customer service, or price.

You don't have to sign any annual contract; there are no activation fees; there's no credit check, and there's no deposit required. You can even bring your existing number.

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1 week ago

These cheap adapters let you use your old Micro-USB cables with USB-C

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They're not expensive, but it would be a good idea for more companies to bundle a USB Type-C adapter in the box.

Updated May 2017: This post was updated with additional information and refreshed links.

Over the course of 2016, most phones have transitioned from Micro-USB to USB-C. The change is ultimately good, both for charging speeds and convenience. But what about all those old Micro-USB cables you have in a drawer somewhere? Should you just throw them away? No, you need a USB Type-C to Micro-USB adapter, which makes it easy to use all of those legacy cables.

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1 week ago

Sprint and SoftBank start informal talks over T-Mobile merger

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Sprint's parent company starts mulling a merger with T-Mobile.

Executives from SoftBank — Sprint's largest shareholder — have started "preliminary conversations" about an eventual merger with Deutsche Telekom, which owns 65% of T-Mobile, according to Bloomberg. Sprint tried acquiring T-Mobile back in 2014, but the deal fell through over regulatory hurdles. Specifically, the Federal Communications Commission barred any mergers as it was conducting an $19.8 billion wireless spectrum auction. That ended on April 27, opening up the door for potential mergers.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile Buyer's Guide: Everything you need to know

 Everything you need to know

Check out what T-Mobile has to offers.

T-Mobile is the third largest wireless carrier in the U.S. with over 72 million subscribers. It provides nationwide voice and data coverage using GSM and LTE technology, primarily on bands 2, 4, 12, and 66.

T-Mobile offers unlimited talk, text, and data plans for individuals and families and carries all of the latest phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as the LG G6. Since T-Mobile only offers one kind of postpaid plan, things are a bit pricey, but T-Mobile's got solid coverage and decent extras that make it worth it for you to switch.

Here's what T-Mobile has to offer.

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Individual and family plans

T-Mobile has just one postpaid plan: T-Mobile ONE. The carrier does not offer plans with tiered amounts of data, nor does it offer a true "family" plan; instead, every plan features unlimited talk, text, and data, as well as Music Unlimited, and the only difference in price depends on how many lines you have on your account.

Note: T-Mobile claims that you have unlimited 4G LTE data, but a small percentage of users, once they hit 30GB per month, will be throttled to slower speeds, and even then it's only likely to happen during times of congestion.

For a single line, it's $70 per month; two lines is $100 per month ($50/line); three lines is $140 per month ($47.50/line); and four lines is $160 per month ($40/line).

Keep in mind that those prices don't include monthly payments on devices.

Prepaid plans

Keeping things ever-simple, T-Mobile offers two prepaid plans: $45/month for up to 4GB of 4G LTE, unlimited talk and text, and unlimited 2G data, as well as $55/month for up to 6GB of 4G LTE. Each plan also gets Music Unlimited, which lets you stream as much music as you want without eating into your 4G LTE allotment.

Bring your own device to T-Mobile

T-Mobile makes it incredibly easy to bring your own phone over, since just about any unlocked phone will work with the network. Before making the switch, you should just double-check it will work on T-Mobile's network.

Best phones

If you don't have a phone to bring over to T-Mobile, you can purchase the latest and greatest devices straight through the carrier.

Here are the best phones T-Mobile has to offer:

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Samsung's newest flagships are the best Android phones on the market, with their slick design, featuring minimal bezel, curved screens, a new aspect ratio, and industry-leading displays. These phones have huge displays, but they don't feel huge, thanks to the fact that they're thinner than other big phones. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ also have phenomenal cameras, both rear and front, offering excellent image quality, thanks to updated processors.

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LG G6

The LG G6 is LG's latest flagship, featuring a glass back, a dual camera setup, a rear fingerprint sensor, and a whole host of other delightful features. The LG, like the Samsung Galaxy S8, has the new tall aspect ratio, making for a longer screen and a slightly thinner phone. It's an excellent phone with a great camera setup and it feels sturdy in hand. If you're looking for great battery life and a fun user experience, check it out.

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iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

The latest iPhones have phenomenal cameras, excellent battery life, and fast fingerprint sensors that make for an excellent user experience if you prefer Apple's devices. The iPhone 7 Plus features a dual camera setup and "Portrait Mode", which makes for some neat effects and some excellent depth-of-field shooting. These are the first iterations of the iPhone to exclude the headphone jack, though they do come with an adapter if that's a huge concern. If you're already ingrained in Apple's ecosystem, you might consider sticking with iPhone and the 7 and 7 Plus are great devices to do so with.

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Best deals on T-Mobile

Right now, T-Mobile has the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge on sale for only $20 per month with $0 down. The total price of the phone is only $480, down from $600. It's actually cheaper than the Galaxy S7!

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The LG G6 is on sale for $500, down from $650. You put $20 down and then pay only $20/month. Plus, you receive a free LG G Pad X, LG's stylish tablet.

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How to cancel T-Mobile

The easiest way to cancel T-Mobile, like any carrier, is to simply switch carriers and have your number ported over. Then you're not having to deal with customer service reps who try to sweet-talk you into staying.

Just remember that you'll have to pay out anything you owe on devices you bought from T-Mobile. If you don't want to just switch carriers, then try this:

  • Call T-Mobile customer service at 1-877-746-0909 or dial 611 on your T-Mobile phone.
  • Head into a T-mobile store near you and chat with a rep.

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How to unlock a T-Mobile phone

To unlock your T-Mobile phone, you'll first have to make sure it meets eligibility requirements. Your account will have to be in good standing; the phone can't be reported as lost or stolen, and you can't have requested more than two unlocks per line of service in the past year.

After that, you can use T-Mobile's Device Unlock app to unlock your phone. Keep in mind that fees may apply.

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Finding an alternative carrier that uses T-Mobile's network

If you like T-Mobile's coverage but aren't thrilled about it's lack of plan options or prices, then you may want to consider a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) or "alternative carrier". These carriers lease coverage from the big carriers and then sell it to you for less. You'll still get 4G LTE coverage, as well as calling and texting coverage, but you'll probably find that you'll pay a lot less.

There are roughly 26 MVNOs that piggyback on T-Mobile's network, so you have a wide range of options and should shop around to find out which one will cover you and fit your needs the best.

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1 week ago

Intel and Samsung lend support to FTC's lawsuit against Qualcomm

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Qualcomm is facing litigation on several fronts.

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission leveled a lawsuit against Qualcomm for resorting to anti-competitive tactics to maintain its position in the semiconductor segment. According to the lawsuit, Qualcomm imposed "onerous and anti-competitive supply and licensing terms on cell phone manufacturers" in a bid to weaken competition. Qualcomm has since filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, but Intel and Samsung — Qualcomm's main rivals in the semiconductor category — are throwing their support behind the FTC.

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1 week ago

Motorola to release nine phones from C, E, G, X and Z lines in 2017

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Motorola brings back old favorites and adds a Moto C line that offers "Unlimited Essentials."

The latest leak from Evan Blass should get fans of Motorola phones excited.

In a leaked slide we get to see Motorola's 2017 lineup, including the introduction of a new Moto C line. According to the photo, there are nine phones expected this year to cover everything from value shoppers to enthusiasts.

While seeing a return most of these phones isn't unexpected, the new addition of the Moto C is intriguing. According to the leak, it will offer "Unlimited Essentials" which could mean anything. We expect it will be a budget-friendly model that can offer a no-frills experience for folks who aren't looking for things like Moto Mods or other bells and whistles. It all depends on the meaning of essential to Motorola's marketing team.

We're also looking forward to some features from the existing lines, like 3D Glass for the Moto X (which promises "Unlimited Perfection") and a dual-camera setup in the 2017 Moto GS+ which appears to replace the Moto G5 and G5+. No word on exactly when Motorola will make any of these phones official, but considering the source of the leak we're betting that this is exactly what we'll see from Moto throughout the year.

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