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5 days ago

Best Cases For Honor 8

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What are the best cases you can buy today for the Honor 8?

The Honor 8, as made by Huawei, is one of the most attractive budget smartphones available right now. Take care of it by housing it in one of these recommended cases.

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5 days ago

HTC Ocean: Could 'Sense Touch' feature come to the HTC 11?

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HTC Ocean

Concept video from HTC designer shows dual-camera phone with touch-sensitive frame.

It's not often we get an early look at a phone maker prototyping features for an upcoming handset, but that, it seems, what we have here. First spotted by Evan Blass, the personal site of HTC motion designer Danelle Vermeulen was recently updated with a sizzle reel showing "HTC Ocean," a phone with dual rear cameras that looks like a cross between an HTC 10 and a Google Pixel. The focus of the video: A new feature called "Sense Touch," which apparently lets you use touch-sensitive areas of the outer frame to perform certain actions in apps.

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5 days ago

Download every wallpaper from the 'made by Google' Pixel website

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Every wallpaper from the 'made by Google' Pixel website

Keep the Pixel hype going with these wallpapers from Google.

Google's announcement of an upcoming phone launch on October 4 was scant on details. But an accompanying website, https://madeby.google.com/, added a bit of weight to the thought that we may be in for a cool treat of a new wallpaper switching app that launches with the phone.

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5 days ago

HTC Desire 10 preview: Flashy outside, ordinary within

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HTC Desire 10

HTC's new Desire 10 comes in two varieties, but chances are only one — the higher-end Desire 10 Pro — is worth your time.

HTC's Desire family has seen it experiment with many polycarbonate-based styles over the past few years — from two-tone plastic to quirky micro-splash patterns more recently. Now it's time for Desire to get a bit more extravagant, with a duo of new Desires borrowing their name from HTC's flagship, and their look from the art deco style.

Meet the HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle — two new phones HTC hopes will bolster its mid-range brand.

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5 days ago

HTC Desire 10 Pro + Desire 10 Lifestyle specs

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HTC Desire 10

There are two versions of HTC's latest Desire phone — the Desire 10 Pro and the Desire 10 Lifestyle.

The HTC Desire 10 is official, and we've got full hands-on coverage of the latest in HTC's line of mid-rangers. This year there are two flavors of the latest Desire phone — the speccy Desire 10 Pro, and the decidedly entry-level Desire 10 Lifestyle. Read on to see how these two square up.

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5 days ago

Android Pay in the UK: Everything you need to know

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Android Pay

Want to pay for stuff in the UK using Android Pay? Great! Here's what you need to know.

Android Pay is Google's mobile payments service, and it's now live in the UK. Much like Apple Pay, this means that if you have a supported handset and your bank allows it, you can securely pay for things in the real world without fumbling around for cards or cash.

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6 days ago

Huawei Nova + Nova Plus review: Lean and mean

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Huawei Nova

Huawei's new pair of mid-rangers boasts impressive build quality and flagship-beating battery life.

Expensive, top-tier phones are all well and good. But over the past year, the £300-400 mark is where some of the most meaningful innovation has been happening. Huawei has dabbled in this market through its Honor brand, and its answer to this for the mainstream market is Nova, a new series of mid-tier phones. The Huawei Nova and Nova Plus bring similar specs to two different screen sizes, with a particular focus on camera performance and battery life.

So how do they measure up? Let's find out.

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6 days ago

How to tell if your Galaxy Note 7 is safe to use

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung's going to make it easy to check that new purchases — and replacement units — are unaffected by battery issues.

Samsung is replacing potentially dangerous Galaxy Note 7s purchased during the first few weeks of the phone's availability with new safe versions. As it does so, the manufacturer is also giving buyers a couple of ways to identify a safe Note 7.

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6 days ago

Five reasons the LG V20 may be your next phone

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Why the LG V20 might be your next daily driver.

On the inside, the LG V20 is a souped-up version of its flagship sibling, the decidedly lackluster G5. But on the outside, it's equipped with dual 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel rear-facing cameras that are meant to be used by serious content creators. And I don't mean serial Snapchatters.

There's a reason Cool Indie Filmmaker™️ Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the face of the V20. LG wants you to think of this device as mobile camera equipment, but is that realistic? The ultimate verdict will come down to our review of the device, which is coming soon. For now, here's a look at some of the features that come standard with the V20 and why you might want to consider it as your next Android smartphone.

Note: I'm using a preview version of the LG V20. Its software hasn't yet been finalized. Take heed that some of the features mentioned here might not be part of the final version.

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6 days ago

Galaxy Note 7 UK exchange program begins [Updated]

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Galaxy Note 7

Exchange program hits its stride in the UK starting today — but no new Note 7 sales yet.

Update: We've updated this post with confirmation from Samsung on the update to cap "unsafe" Notes at 60% battery, and show a green battery icon in replacement units.

From today, Samsung will start swapping out potentially dangerous Galaxy Note 7s with new, safe units in the UK. In line with the company's announcement a couple of weeks back today's the day anyone with an early Note 7 unit in the UK can get a new replacement.

Samsung halted sales of the Galaxy Note 7 right before the official UK street date of September 2, so the only people with UK devices will have been pre-order customers who took advantage of Samsung's offer to get the phone three days early. (A significant number, but far fewer than would be out there had the retail launch gone ahead as planned.)

Samsung says customers should get in touch with the place they bought their Note from in order to arrange an exchange, if they haven't already been contacted.

UK customers will be contacted by the provider or operator from which they purchased the product in order to arrange their device exchange. If customers have not been contacted before 19 September they should contact the provider or operator themselves to arrange the exchange.

Samsung has also confirmed earlier reports that it'll issue a software update to limit potentially unsafe Note 7s to 60% battery charge, and make new "safe" handsets show a green battery icon. Both updates (presumably as part of the same firmware package) will land on British Note 7s from tomorrow.

Samsung will issue new software to all pre-ordered Note7 devices in Europe that will limit the battery charge to 60%. This software will begin rolling out to existing customers' devices this week (from September 20th in UK and Ireland). By actively limiting the ability of the device to charge to full capacity, Samsung aims to reduce the risk of incidents and simultaneously reinforce the message to customers that they should immediately replace their existing device with a new Note7.

Customers who exchange their existing device for a new Note7 can be fully confident that their replacement device is not affected by the battery cell issue, courtesy of a new UX update to the battery icon. Any Note7 device that shows a 'green' battery icon (previous software version is white) on the device notification bar, the 'Power Off' prompt screen or the Always-On Display can be assured that the device is safe for charging. This UX update will be rolled out from tomorrow in UK and Ireland.

There's still no word on exactly when new sales of the Note 7 will begin; a Samsung told AC "Our first priority is to support current Note7 owners who are participating in the Product Exchange Program. We will confirm new in store dates shortly."

Independent retailer Clove says stock has been delayed until "early October," while Carphone Warehouse is more pessimistic, saying October 21.

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1 week ago

Note 7 owner sues Samsung, saying phone exploded in his pocket

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Florida resident Jonathan Strobel suffered a "deep second-degree burn, roughly the size of the phone," his lawyer says.

A Florida man has sued Samsung after his Galaxy Note 7 allegedly exploded in his pocket, causing second-degree burns. Reuters reports that Jonathan Strobel was in a Costco store in Palm Beach Gardens on September 9 when the handset caught fire.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi Redmi 3S review: Redefining the budget segment all over again

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Xiaomi Redmi 3S review

The Redmi 3S proves that $100 phones don't have to be terrible.

Quick take:

Xiaomi redefined the entry-level segment in 2014 with the Redmi 1S. Two years later, the brand is at it once again with the Redmi 3S. The phone offers a metal chassis, Snapdragon 430, and a massive 4100mAh battery that will last at least two days on a full charge. Combine all of the above with a price that's nearly half of that of the budget Moto G4, and you get an inkling of what Xiaomi is trying to achieve with the Redmi 3S.

The good

  • Excellent performance
  • Class-leading battery life
  • Metal chassis
  • Great value for money

The bad

  • Software niggles
  • Camera strictly average
  • Availability issues

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1 week ago

Best Unlocked Phone

Best unlocked phones

When buying unlocked, our top pick doesn't change — the Galaxy S7 is still the best phone to buy.

Best overall

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

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The Galaxy S7 is the complete package. All of the hardware features you could ask for, inside a beautifully designed metal-and-glass frame with a wonderful screen. There's something refreshing about the compact body on a 5.1-inch phone, and Samsung has executed it perfectly here, while also filling it with top-end internals.

Samsung's software gets better with every iteration, and everything you do with the phone just flies. The 12MP camera leads the industry, as does its display fingerprint sensor. Even though it's over six months old, the Galaxy S7 is still the pinnacle of Android right now.

Bottom line: The unlocked Galaxy S7 is expensive, but it's worth it.

One more thing: Even though it's unlocked, this Galaxy S7 does work on the U.S. carriers — yes, even Verizon.

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1 week ago

Best Android Phone Under $100

It's possible to get a decent Android experience, even on a shoestring — and unsurprisingly Motorola dominates this field.

Best overall

Moto G Play (with ads)

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The Amazon-exclusive Moto G Play is a $150 phone reduced to $100. The catch? You'll get ads and offers from the retail giant on your lock screen, which may or may not be a deal-breaker depending on how you like to use your phone. (We've got a good breakdown of what it means here).

Otherwise, you're getting a decent entry-level Android phone for not a lot of money at all. The Moto G Play (a.k.a. Moto G4 Play) packs the same soft-touch polycarbonate body as its big brother, the Moto G4, and runs a Snapdragon 410 processor, which has plenty of power to run [Android 6.0 Marshmallow](/./marshmallow on a 5-inch 720p display. There's a reasonable 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD, and an 8-megapixel camera that handles the basics well.

Bottom line: Putting up with lock screen ads allows you to get a $150 phone for $100. It's not perfect, but it's a lot better than you'd otherwise get for the cash.

One more thing: It's unlocked, so you can use it on any carrier of your choice. And if you know where to look, there are some places on the Internet that'll help you take care of those pesky ads.

Why the Moto G Play is best

Amazon plugs the price gap with offers on your lock screen.

With ads from Amazon, or without ads from Verizon, the Moto G Play gets you a great core Android experience — fast software, thanks to Motorola's hands-off approach towards customization, and decent specs all-round.

It's not the flashiest or showiest smartphone, with a relatively generic design, but you don't expect pizzaz when you're paying less than a Benjamin for a full-featured smartphone. Same deal with bonus features like water resistance and swappable backs, like you might get from last year's Moto G (third generation).

Instead, the Moto G Play is just a solid all-round phone for not a lot of cash.

Best ad-free

Moto E LTE

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The unlocked Moto E LTE can be used on any supported network, and doesn't come with any of the bloatware you'd expect from the U.S. carriers. And better still, it's only $81. It's powered by the same Snapdragon 410 chip that's inside the Moto G Play, however you do lose a few important features compared to that phone — a smaller 4.5-inch screen with a less impressive qHD (960x540) display. And there's only 8GB of storage, so an SD card will be an essential purchase.

Bottom line: You're getting less phone than a Moto G Play, but also at a lower price without bloatware, carrier locks or ads.

One more thing: You'll definitely want to snap up a microSD card.

Best on Verizon

Moto G Play Droid

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If you're settled on Verizon as your carrier of choice, you can get the Moto G Play (Droid) for $85 without the need to see any ads on your lock screen. Droid branding aside, this is the same phone as the Amazon version, just running on Verizon's network with the expected loadout of pre-installed bloatware apps. On paper it's close to last year's third-gen Moto G, with a Snapdragon 410 processor, a 5-inch 720p display and 16GB of storage.

The main trade-offs between last year's G: Lack of water resistance and a less spectacular camera. The Moto G Play is splash-resistant however, which means you won't need to worry about using it out in the rain.

Bottom line: Trading ads for bloatware gets you Moto's best super-cheap phone for less — if you're on Verizon.

One more thing: Don't expect software updates to be as quick as the unlocked version.

Best on AT&T

Samsung Galaxy Express Prime (GoPhone)

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In AT&T's GoPhone range, the somewhat ridiculously named Samsung Galaxy Express Prime stands out as offering the best bang for your buck. You'll get Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the latest version of Samsung's TouchWiz UI on a 5-inch 720p SuperAMOLED display, powered by Samsung's own Exynos quad-core processor. And an ample 2,600mAh battery should be enough to see you through the day.

The Galaxy Express Prime also looks a little more eye-catching than other devices in this range, appearing like a shrunken-down Galaxy S5. Other specs aren't the greatest — only 1.5GB of RAM and a mere 5-megapixel camera, but at least there's a reasonable 16GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD.

Bottom line: Probably the best Samsung phone you're gonna find for under a hundred bucks.

One more thing: Don't expect an update to Android Nougat anytime soon, if ever.

Best on T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy On5

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A distant cousin of the AT&T Express Prime, T-Mobile's Galaxy On5 packs in the essentials for a good deal less than $100. Once again you're dealing with Samsung's own Exynos 3475 Quad processor and 1.5GB of RAM and a similar style of chassis.

The biggest difference is the network — if you're in a great location for T-Mobile coverage, you'll get largely the same experience as the AT&T GoPhone offering, only for less cash on a network that might suit you better.

Bottom line: The Galaxy On5 is about a year old at this point, but still a decent buy for the money.

One more thing: You'll need to buy a refill pack to get the On5 for this price, which nudges the price a little over $100 in total.

Best on Sprint

Virgin Mobile Moto G (third gen.)

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The third-generation Moto G is getting a bit long in the tooth, but it's still a fantastic budget phone, and for under $100 on Virgin Mobile, well worth considering. For starters, it's the only phone on this list boasting water resistance, and Motorola's swappable back covers let you easily add some flair to the device.

On the inside, you're looking at a Snapdragon 410 processor and 2GB of RAM, along with 16GB of storage — all standard entry-level stuff. The display is a passable but not spectacular 5-inch 720p panel, while around the back you've got a surprisingly good 13-megapixel shooter.

Storage-wise, there's 16GB internally, with the option to expand via microSD.

Bottom line: The Moto G has aged well, runs great on Marshmallow and is definitely worth a hundred bucks, even in late 2016.

One more thing: The Moto G is now more than a year old, so don't hold out for timely updates to future Android versions.

Conclusion

You'll need to put up with the occasional ad, but Amazon's offer of a Moto G Play for under $100 is really hard to beat.

Best overall

Moto G Play

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The Amazon-exclusive Moto G Play is a $150 phone reduced to $100. The catch? You'll get ads and offers from the retail giant on your lock screen, which may or may not be a deal-breaker depending on how you like to use your phone. (We've got a good breakdown of what it means here).

Otherwise, you're getting a decent entry-level Android phone for not a lot of money at all. The Moto G Play (a.k.a. Moto G4 Play) packs the same soft-touch polycarbonate body as its big brother, the Moto G4, and runs a Snapdragon 410 processor, which has plenty of power to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a 5-inch 720p display. There's a reasonable 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD, and an 8-megapixel camera that handles the basics well.

Bottom line: Putting up with lock screen ads allows you to get a $150 phone for $100. It's not perfect, but it's a lot better than you'd otherwise get for the cash.

One more thing: It's unlocked, so you can use it on any carrier of your choice. And if you know where to look, there are some places on the Internet that'll help you take care of those pesky ads.

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1 week ago

Which color Honor 8 should you get?

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Which color Honor 8 should you get?

Which color Honor 8 should I buy? There are so many to choose from!

Pearl white, midnight black, sapphire blue, and sunrise gold. Which one, which one?! It's always hard to make the decision, especially when you're going to have to look at the Honor 8 every five minutes for the next year or two.

We know that the color you choose often comes down to personal preference, but we've got some tips that might help those of you still struggling to make a choice.

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