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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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Snow may be a few weeks away (for some of us, anyway), and shop windows aren't yet filled with tinsel, but there's a chill in the air and a spring in the step of many a tech fan right now. Most of the latest gadgets are hitting shelves in time for the holidays, and we're here to give you the lowdown on the best gifts for your friends, family and, of course, you!

Google Pixel 2

It's no surprise that Google's Pixel 2 is good, but we're surprised by how good. Fast, fluid, with an impossibly good camera, the Pixel 2 fits well in the hand and provides the best Android experience out there right now.

$649 Buy now

Moto G5 Plus

Motorola got everything right with its "budget flagship" in early 2017, and it's still our favorite device under $300. With amazing performance, a better-than-the-price camera, and excellent software, there isn't one thing we'd change about this budget powerhouse.

from $229 Buy Now

LG G6

There's something to be said about the underdog, and the LG G6 fits in that category nicely. It's every bit a flagship, with one of the most fun, unique camera setups on the market, but LG has been forced to lower its price to make it more tantalizing. Well, their loss is your gain!

$449 Buy Now

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The best big phone you can buy, and there's a lot of competition. Samsung has crafted a phone with an incredible screen, effortless performance, and the best stylus implementation in the business. You'll pay for the privilege, but what a privilege!

$949 Buy Now

Samsung Tab S3

In a world of not-so-great Android tablets, the Galaxy Tab S3 is a bright spot. It's built extremely well, has a big wonderful display and with the optional keybord it can turn into a capable productivity tool.

$490 Buy Now

Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 8.0

It's fast, has a great display, and it's under $200. The Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 8.0 — that name is a mouthful! — is an easy choice as a gift or for yourself.

$199 Buy Now

Amazon Fire Tablet HD 10

The Amazon Fire Tablet HD 10 is good — not great — but extremely versatile considering it costs less than $200. If you're all-in on Amazon, this is the best tablet you can buy.

$150 Buy Now

Chromecast Audio

The Chromecast Audio is an easy and cheap solution for getting you favorite music to any speakers. A must-buy for audiophiles and audio fans alike!

$35 Buy Now

JBL Charge 3

This is a big speaker, but it has big sound to match. Inside is a huge battery that helps the speaker last a long time, but also charge up your phone so you're never without your tunes.

from $120 Buy Now

UE Roll 2

Waterproof, portable, and decent-sounding. That's all you really need to know about this incredible portable Bluetooth speaker from one of the most trusted names in the business. Oh — it floats.

from $67 Buy Now

Sonos One

It's the gateway drug of great audio and ridiuclously easy wireless music, at a price that's set to sell. Connect to Alexa now and Google Assistant next year, with Sonos's best-in-class audio quality.

$199 Buy Now

Bose QC35 II

They're known as a traveller's best friend, but their comfort, amazing noise cancellation and long battery life make them great for every day use. The second generation adds Google Assistant support as well, making them extra capable.

$349 Buy Now

Marshall Mode EQ

Premium in-ear monitors from a name you trust. These earbuds bring huge sound in a small package. Best of all, they're really comfortable, so you can wear them for a long time without fatigue. Win, win!

$75 Buy Now

AfterShokz TrekZ Titanium

Some headphones get high marks for isolating sound, but AfterShokz deserves a mention for making headphones that intentionally allow you to hear everything. These bone conduction headphones fill your head with quality sound, but also keep you safe when out in the world.

$100 Buy Now

LG Tone Infinim Headphones

Neckbuds — I know what you're thinking. But hear me out. LG has something great here, mainly because the Tone Infinims avoid all of the neckbud's traditional problems. They're comfortable enough to wear for hours, and sound fantastic. Oh, and they're priced right.

$104 Buy Now

Samsung Gear 360 (2017)

Samsung has discovered the perfect placement for a 360-degree camera that is fun for experienced photographers to experiment with and inexpensive enough for new users to try a new hobby. If 360-degree photography is something you are interested in, this is where you start.

$162 Buy Now

Moment Cases and Lenses

Take the best cameras on a smartphone, add a fantastic case, and then tighthen the sharpest, most versatile glass you can find. Those are the Moment lenses for the Pixel, Pixel 2, or Galaxy S8.

from $99 Buy Now

Chromecast Ultra

Google's TV dongle is mighty capable, especially when paired with a 4K TV and a Google Home speaker.

$70 Buy Now

Amazon Fire TV 2017

For less than $100 you get a capable 4K streaming box with access to all of Amazon — and so much more.

$70 Buy Now

NVIDIA Shield TV

The NVIDIA Shield TV is the best set-top streamer you can buy, and it doubles as a game console. It's extremely powerful, has an amazing built-in controller, and supports 4K HDR streaming!

from $179 Buy Now

Google Home

Google Home isn't just a helpful tool in the kitchen or office — it's a great-sounding speaker that plays music, podcasts, or your favorite radio station exactly when you want it. It's not new, but Google Home is a lot smarter than it was a year ago.

$129 Buy Now

Amazon Echo Dot

Don't think. Just buy. There's no easier way to get started in the world of connected tech.

$50 Buy Now

Philips Hue Starter Kit

It's not a new concept, but smart lighting is still the easiest, cheapest and best way to try out the smart home experience. It works with Google Assistant and Alexa and makes your house cozy. What more could you want?

$138 Buy Now

Echo Spot

This Echo fits the sweet spot between a bland Dot and an overpriced Echo Show with its small color screen. This is going to be the best bedside alarm clock ever!

$129 Buy Now

Nest Cam

The Nest Cam is still the best cam. Available at all times, with excellent video quality and a slick app that works with Google Assistant, you'll be spying on all the things.

$198 Buy Now

Samsung Gear Sport

It took several generations, but Samsung finally got all of its great design and features into a watch that's small enough for most people to wear. The Gear Sport is sleek, has a great screen and is packed with features. A perfect companion for workouts and daily wearing.

$299 Buy Now

Fitbit Ionic

The Fitbit Ionic is mostly a fitness tracker with some awesome smartwatch capabilities, but its best feature is its 5+ day battery life. Plus, you can take it swimming!

$299 Buy Now

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

Samsung made minor but important improvements to its best-ever fitness tracker, and the Fit2 Pro lives up to the suffix. It's waterproof and has incredible battery life. I like it more than most smartwatches.

$199 Buy Now

Sphero Star Wars R2-D2

Sphero delighted and surprised the world with its rolling BB-8 droid, and this year the company saw to it that every Star Wars fan had something to enjoy with multiple new droids. The most impressive of the batch is RD-D2 and its Imperial counterpart, R2-Q5. These droids are mirror replicas of the movie versions, come packed with attitude from the mobile app that controls the experience, and exceeds every expectation when it comes to being just plain fun to play with.

$165 Buy Now

Lenovo Jedi Challenges AR

Who hasn't picked up a toy lightsaber and swung it around as though it were the real thing? Star Wars: Jedi Challenges gives you a movie-accurate saber with an Augmented Reality headset filled with opponents for you to swing your weapon at as though they were really in the room with you. A must-have!

$199 Buy Now

DJI Spark

The DJI Spark is an portable and accessible entry point for anyone interested in flying drones as a hobby. It's smart, fun, and super quick — so pay attention!

$499 Buy Now

Google Pixelbook

Half laptop, half tablet, all awesome. The Pixelbook is the best — and priciest — Chromebook you can buy. It can run all your apps, including those built for Android, and with the Pixelbook Pen, can double as a note-taker.

from $999 Buy Now

Samsung Chromebook Pro

This is everything you could ask for from a Chromebook at a great price. And that screen! If you don't need the Pixelbook, the Chromebook Pro does everything you need at half the price.

$425 Buy Now

ASUS Chromebook Flip C100

An ultra-portable Chromebook that's perfect for students or anyone who's always on-the-go. This is our favorite budget Chromebook because it just works.

$255 Buy Now

RAVPower 20100 Battery

Charge the crap out of your gadgets with this RAVPower battery, which packs more than 20,000mAh of juice and supports Quick Charge 3.0, alongside 3A/5V charging over USB Type-C. Charge or discharge via Type-C, or charge over Micro-USB using older cables.

$50 Buy Now

Anker PowerCore 10000 Battery

This durable battery pack delivers ample portable power at a great price. A great stocking stuffer for anyone on Santa's list.

$26 Buy Now

SanDisk 200GB microSDXC card

This 200GB Sandisk micro SD card is a steal at just $76, but make sure their phone supports expandable storage first!

from $76 Buy Now

Aukey USB-C Car Charger

What's there to talk about? You need to charge stuff while you're driving, and this $16 Aukey charger has a USB 3.0 port and a USB-C port. Go buy it.

$16 Buy Now

Aukey Amp 6-port AC adapter

Aukey makes great chargers, and when you have a lot of devices, this one comes in real handy. It supports 60W total, with four USB-A ports and two USB-C ports. What's not to love?

$32 Buy Now

Daydream View (2017)

Google took the most comfortable VR headset of the last year and made it better for heat management, easier to fit smaller heads, and available in fun new colors. All you need is a great phone and a comfy chair to enjoy a wide world of VR experiences.

$99 Buy Now

Samsung Gear VR (2017)

If you have a modern Samsung phone and care at all about exploring VR, this is a nice option to have. Combined with the Gear VR Controller, you've got a mobile entertainment center with everything you could possibly want to watch or play right in front of you!

$129 Buy Now

Oculus Rift

If you've tried mobile VR and want to up your game, Oculus delivers the best bang for your buck right now. The best games come to Oculus Rift first, and this kit is one of the most portable you can get today.

$399 Buy Now

littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

More R2?! Yup! Teaching kids the basics of robotics and programming by showing them how to assemble their very own RD-D2 droid is incredibly cool, and the individual "Bits" can be used for much more when the kids are ready to explore outside of the instruction manual.

$99 Buy Now

Kano Computer

Team Kano has figured out how to make every aspect of building and maintaining a computer a game, right down to system updates and installing fun new hardware accessories. This is the golden standard in teaching kids about computers today.

$119 Buy Now

Sphero Mini

Sphero Mini may look like a marble, but it's got the brains of a genius. One of the best toys you can give your kid this holiday season, the $50 Sphero Mini is a smartphone-controlled robot that can do tricks, annoy the dog, and keep your little one occupied for hours.

$48 Buy Now

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo cleverly combined the gaming portability you expect from your phone with enough power to deliver new AAA games in both your hands and on the TV. Coupled with unique motion controls and Nintendo's incredible library of games, there really is nothing else quite like the Nintendo Switch available today.

$299 Buy Now

PlayStation 4 Pro

The Playstation 4 has been a crowd favorite forever, and the beefed up Pro version is even better. The new GPU and CPU are great for Playstation VR, too!

$399 Buy Now

Xbox One X

The Xbox One X is not only the best Xbox yet, but it's also the most powerful console ever built. And it's able to play plenty of the Xbox games you already have.

$499 Buy Now

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height: 100%; left: 0; padding-bottom: 0; top: 0; width: 50%; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .ggsubs > .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) p:last-of-type, #ctBoc .article .ggsubs > .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) p:last-of-type { left: calc(75% + 10px); } } @media all and (max-width: 1240px) { #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .ggsub p:first-of-type, #ctBoc .article .ggsub p:first-of-type { height: calc(50vw - 60px); } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) { #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .container:not(.expando) .ggsub, #ctBoc .article .article-body__section:not(.expando) .ggsub { flex: 1 1 100%; padding-bottom: 20px; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .container:not(.expando) .ggsub p:first-of-type, #ctBoc .article .article-body__section:not(.expando) .ggsub p:first-of-type { height: calc(66vw - 40px); } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .container:not(.expando) .ggsub p:last-of-type, #ctBoc .article .article-body__section:not(.expando) .ggsub p:last-of-type { bottom: auto; left: auto; position: relative; transform: none; } } @media all and (max-width: 600px) { #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .ggsub, #ctBoc .article .ggsub { margin: 10px; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .ggsub h2, #ctBoc .article .ggsub h2 { margin: 30px 30px 20px; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .ggsub h2 + p, #ctBoc .article .ggsub h2 + p { margin: 20px 30px 30px; } } /* EXPANDOPRESTO */ #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .narrow.expando, #ctBoc .article .narrow.expando { max-width: 1200px; overflow: hidden; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando input, #ctBoc .article .expando input { cursor: pointer; display: table; height: 60px; left: 50%; opacity: 0; position: absolute; top: 0; transform: translate(-50%,0); width: 350px; z-index: 1; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando input + p, #ctBoc .article .expando input + p { display: table; height: 60px; margin: 0 auto; position: relative; transition: 1s; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando input + p:before, #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando input + p:after, #ctBoc .article .expando input + p:before, #ctBoc .article .expando input + p:after { bottom: 0; border: 2px solid; border-radius: 50%; content: "|"; font-size: 20px; height: 30px; left: 50%; line-height: 32.5px; position: absolute; text-align: center; transform: translate(-50%,0); transition: 1s; width: 30px; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando input + p:before, #ctBoc .article .expando input + p:before { border-color: transparent; transform: translate(-50%,0) rotate(90deg); } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando input ~ .expander, #ctBoc .article .expando input ~ .expander { display: flex; max-height: 0px; transition: 2s; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando input:checked + p, #ctBoc .article .expando input:checked + p { margin-top: -25px; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando input:checked + p:before, #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando input:checked + p:after, #ctBoc .article .expando input:checked + p:before, #ctBoc .article .expando input:checked + p:after { line-height: 31px; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando input:checked + p:before, #ctBoc .article .expando input:checked + p:before { transform: translate(-50%,0) rotate(-45deg); } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando input:checked + p:after, #ctBoc .article .expando input:checked + p:after { transform: translate(-50%,0) rotate(045deg); } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando input:checked ~ .expander, #ctBoc .article .expando input:checked ~ .expander { max-height: 10000px; transition: 5s; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expander, #ctBoc .article .expander { display: flex; flex-wrap: wrap; } /* Expansion blocks */ #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub { padding-bottom: 60px; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub p:first-of-type, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub p:first-of-type { padding-bottom: 66%; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub h2, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub h2 { font-size: 200%; margin: 30px; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub h2 + p:not(:last-of-type), #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub h2 + p:not(:last-of-type) { display: none; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub p:last-of-type, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub p:last-of-type { bottom: 5px; 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} #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(5), #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(5) + .ggsub, #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(2), #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(2) + .ggsub, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(5), #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(5) + .ggsub, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(2), #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(2) + .ggsub { width: calc(50% - 40px); } } @media all and (max-width: 1200px) and (min-width: 801px) { #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub { width: calc(100% / 3 - 40px); } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(3n+2):nth-last-of-type(n+2), #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(3n+2):nth-last-of-type(n+2) ~ .ggsub:nth-of-type(-n+2), #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(3n+1):nth-last-of-type(n+1), #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(3n+1):nth-last-of-type(n+1) ~ .ggsub:nth-of-type(-n+4), #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(2), #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(2) + .ggsub, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(3n+2):nth-last-of-type(n+2), #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(3n+2):nth-last-of-type(n+2) ~ .ggsub:nth-of-type(-n+2), #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(3n+1):nth-last-of-type(n+1), #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(3n+1):nth-last-of-type(n+1) ~ .ggsub:nth-of-type(-n+4), #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(2), #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:first-of-type:nth-last-of-type(2) + .ggsub { width: calc(50% - 40px); } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) { #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub { width: calc(50% - 40px); } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd), #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { padding-left: 50%; width: calc(100% - 40px); } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) p:first-of-type, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) p:first-of-type { position: absolute; height: 100%; left: 0; padding-bottom: 0; top: 0; width: 50%; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) p:last-of-type, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) p:last-of-type { left: calc(75% + 10px); } } @media all and (max-width: 600px) { #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub { padding-bottom: 70px; width: calc(50% - 20px); } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd), #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { padding-left: 50%; width: calc(100% - 20px); } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub h2, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub h2 { font-size: 150%; margin: 10px 20px; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub p:last-of-type, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub p:last-of-type { font-size: 175%; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub a.cta.shop, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub a.cta.shop { font-size: 66%; padding: 10px 15px; vertical-align: 2px; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd), #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { padding-top: 10px; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expander > ul, #ctBoc .article .expander > ul { column-count: 1; } } @media all and (max-width: 480px) { #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub p:last-of-type, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub p:last-of-type { font-size: 150%; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .expando .ggsub a.cta.shop, #ctBoc .article .expando .ggsub a.cta.shop { margin: 0 0 20px; padding: 10px; } } .fb_like_and_share { margin-top: 25px; 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} #header-navigation-right>ul>li, .header #navigation ul ul, .header #header-navigation-right ul ul { border-color: #684fb4; } #header-navigation-left li, #header-navigation-right>ul>li { border-color: #684fb4 !important; } .header:after, .header #navigation ul li:hover, .header #navigation ul li.active, .header .header-navigation ul>li:hover, .header .header-navigation ul>li.active, .header #header-navigation-right .search.active, .navigation-right .menu ul li:hover a, .navigation-right .menu ul li.hover a, .navigation-right .menu ul li.hover-f a, .header #header-navigation-right ul ul li:hover a, .header #navigation ul ul li:hover a, .top-header__navigation-item a:focus, .top-header__navigation-item a:hover, .top-header__navigation-item button:focus, .top-header__navigation-item button:hover, .top-header__drawer-toggle, .top-header--scrolled .top-header__drawer-toggle, body.cb .header .logo:before { background: #747ba9; color: #fff; } .article-body .ggsite img { filter: sepia(0.5) hue-rotate(190deg); } body.im p.ggsite { background: #31334a; padding: 10px 20px; } #ctBoc a.cta.shop, #ctBoc ul.cta.shop { background-color: #ebde76; border: none; color: #000; } #ctBoc a.cta.shop:hover, #ctBoc ul.cta.shop:hover { background-color: #41d9ff; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-1, #ctBoc .article .gghero.gghero-color-1 { background: #28293b; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-2, #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-10, #ctBoc .article .gghero.gghero-color-2, #ctBoc .article .gghero.gghero-color-10 { background: #373e59; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-3, #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-9, #ctBoc .article .gghero.gghero-color-3, #ctBoc .article .gghero.gghero-color-9 { background: #46587a; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-4, #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-8, #ctBoc .article .gghero.gghero-color-4, #ctBoc .article .gghero.gghero-color-8 { background: #507499; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-5, #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-7, #ctBoc .article .gghero.gghero-color-5, #ctBoc .article .gghero.gghero-color-7 { background: #5697b8; } #ctBoc .article-body-wrap .gghero.gghero-color-6, #ctBoc .article .gghero.gghero-color-6 { background: #5ac0d7; } */ /* WC Seasonal */ body.wp { background: #ca1878; } body.wp .top-header__brand { filter: invert(1); } .wp .header, .wp .swiper-container, .wp .recent-posts, .wp #page-top, .wp .recent-posts .topics, .wp .header__navigation-item, .wp .top-header--scrolled .top-header-inner, .wp .nav-drawer__header, .wp .top-header-inner { background: #732978; color: #fff; } .wp .header__navigation-item a, .wp .header__navigation-item--icon a, .wp .header__navigation-item--icon button, .wp .header__navigation-item--special a, .wp .header__navigation-item--special button, .wp .header__navigation-item--icon a:hover, .wp .header__navigation-item--icon button:hover, .wp .header__navigation-item--special a:hover, .wp .header__navigation-item--special button:hover, .wp .top-header__offer, .wp .top-header__offer a, .wp .top-header__navigation-item a, .wp .top-header__navigation-item button, .wp .top-header--scrolled .top-header__navigation-item a, .wp .top-header--scrolled .top-header__navigation-item button { color: #fff; 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1 week ago

Moto X4 with Snapdragon 630 launches in India for just ₹20,999 ($325)

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Motorola's latest mid-ranger is now available in India.

The Moto G5 Plus turned out to be one of the best budget phones in India this year, and the Moto G5S Plus built on its success by introducing a dual rear camera at the same price point. Motorola is now turning its attention to the mid-range segment with the Moto X4, which is now available in India for ₹20,999 ($325).

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1 week ago

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 gets a price cut in India; 4GB variant now costs ₹11,999

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Xiaomi's bestseller gets an enticing price cut in India.

The Redmi Note 4 made its debut in India ten months ago, and went on to become the best-selling phone in the country. It isn't hard to see why the Redmi Note 4 was so well-received in the market: featuring a Snapdragon 625 and a 4100mAh battery, the phone offered decent performance and class-leading battery life, while undercutting the likes of the Moto G5 Plus.

The Redmi Note 4 variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage launched for ₹12,999, and starting today, the phone is available for ₹11,999, a discount of ₹1,000. Xiaomi has mentioned that it is a permanent price cut, making the device that much more alluring to buyers.

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1 week ago

Samsung's Black Friday deals include $100 off Chromebooks and more

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Samsung's Black Friday deals may have you making a few purchases!

There's really no better time than right now to start preparing for Black Friday. Nearly all of the big ads that we've been anticipating have hit already, and now we are continuing to see smaller ones hit.

Prices that are shown in the ad will take effect on November 19, so be sure to check the ad out now so you can be prepared for when the discounts kick off.

Samsung will be offering a bunch of deals on its hardware from mobile phones to Chromebooks, TVs and more. Some of best deals include $70 off the Gear S3 Frontier, $100 off the Samsung Chromebook Pro, and $50 off the Gear IconX (2018). There are some other deals you may be interested in as well, so be sure to check out the whole ad above.

Check out the Thrifter Black Friday Hub

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1 week ago

Upgrade your TV's built-in speakers with this $80 AmazonBasics sound bar

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A perfectly viable upgrade for your TV's speakers.

This AmazonBasics sound bar with a built-in subwoofer is down to $79.99. This is the lowest price ever compared to a regular street price around $95. It has never even dropped below $95 before.

Sound bars are a great way to step up the audio of any monitor that uses built-in speakers. Obviously, this isn't going to be the same as a huge home audio system like Sonos, but if you're trying to watch a movie with tiny speakers and no boom, you're selling yourself short. Upgrade with a sound bar like this at the very least.

Features include:

  • 31.5-inch sound bar with built-in subwoofer enhances home-audio systems (not compatible with universal or TV remotes)
  • Bluetooth technology v2.1 + EDR with A2DP & AVRCP for seamless streaming from various devices
  • Full-range stereo speakers; up to 92 dB (2.1 channels)
  • 4-piece 2-inch round frame; mid- to high-range drivers; 4-by-2.7-inch sub-range driver; 2-piece passive radiator
  • 3 sound modes: Standard, News, and Movie; remote control and wall-mount hardware included; measures 31.5 by 3.2 by 3.5 inches (W x H x D)

If you're a cord-cutter, you can really give your TV an upgrade with this OTA antenna, too. It has a 35-mile range for just $20, and paired with this sound bar maybe you'll actually start using your TV for more than just a living room decoration piece.

See at Amazon

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1 week ago

Keep an eye on your home and belongings for just $59

Let's face it: No matter what neighborhood you live in, your house could be broken into. You could also go your whole life without a break-in, but it'd still be nice to keep an eye on the kids or pets while you're away from home, no?

Thankfully, we now have the technology to keep an eye on our homes and businesses from afar, and all we need is a smartphone, an internet connection, and a Wi-Fi security camera.

The Kodak 180-degree panoramic Wi-Fi security camera is just such a device, and what it does is right in the name. Set this device up anywhere in your home and you'll be able to stream in HD from anywhere in the world, using the companion app. The Kodak security camera regularly retails for $149.99, but at Android Central Digital Offers, you can snag it for $69.99, 53% off.

This isn't just a camera, though, since you can talk to loved ones or pets via the built-in two-way microphone. It also acts as a Wi-Fi range extender, expanding your home network coverage. The Kodak Wi-Fi security camera has a host of automation and detection features, including the ability to detect people so that you can be alerted when someone's in your home when they shouldn't be. Your motion-triggered clips can be stored in the cloud for 24 hours, so you can watch them back. You can also choose to add on 14- or 30-day cloud storage for a fee.

If you want to keep an eye on your abode while you're away, check out the Kodak Wi-Fi security camera at Android Central Digital Offers and save 53%. For a limited time, use code GIFTSHOP15 for additional 15% off ($59.50)

See at Android Central Digital Offers

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1 week ago

Chromebook Holiday Gift Guide

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Chromebooks make great gifts! Here are the best choices for everyone on your list..

The holidays are on us once again. For many of us, the spirit of giving is a chance to make someone's Christmas or Hanukkah a little more special by finding just the right gift. Good thing there is something that's easy to find, won't hurt your wallet and is something that anyone would love — a new Chromebook!

They come in plenty of sizes, styles and capabilities, so you'll be able to pick the perfect model no matter who you're buying for. And what you're giving — the full internet experience with the Chrome browser, thousands of apps and extensions that go with it and a secure system that is quick and almost maintenance free. Of course, you also get Google Play and over 1,000,000 Android applications on select models.

Since different people have different needs, let our expertise help you pick the right Chromebook to make the perfect gift.

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1 week ago

Our smartphone predictions for 2018

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Some thoughts on where it's all going.

We're not yet done with 2017, but we're about to wrap up the last few big phone launches of the year. So, with a mostly complete picture of the current year in smartphones, it's time to look ahead to the next generation. Here's what I think we'll see out of Android, and the smartphone world in general, in the next twelve months.

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Where to buy the LG V30

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When and where can I get the LG V30?

The LG V30 is one of the most interesting devices of the year so far. It's got a big, near-bezelless design that eschews many of the design characteristics of its predecessors, the V10 and V20, but maintains their focus on high-quality audio and unique camera features.

The V30 is getting a wide release in North America, with a number of carriers supporting the product.

Let's break it down individually by country and carrier.

U.S. carriers

T-Mobile

T-Mobile is now selling the V30 starting at $80 down and $30 per month for 24 months, or an outright cost of $800. Like Sprint, you also get a free Daydream View and content pack with purchase.

The V30 is T-Mobile's first phone to support its nascent 600Mhz spectrum, which will give the phone better performance in low-density rural areas.

T-Mobile is offering a pretty great deal for the V30, too: buy a phone on a new or existing line and get a $500 rebate when purchasing a second V30 with a second new line. When buying with an Equipment Installment Plan (EIP), users get an LG G Pad X or G Pad X2 PLUS for free with purchase.

T-Mobile has also announced that it is going to carry the LG V30+, the version with 128GB of storage, starting November 17. It will cost $130 down and $30 a month over 24 months, with a retail price of $850.

See at T-Mobile

AT&T

The V30 is now available at AT&T online and in-store. It costs $27 per month for 30 months on AT&T Next, or $810 in total. AT&T has a deal for a "free" second V30, but there are a lot of conditions:

"For a limited time, buy an LG V30 and get one FREE when you add a line and buy both on AT&T Next with monthly eligible wireless and have eligible DIRECTV service."

It works on the company's so-called 5G Evolution network, which is equivalent to the fastest 4G LTE speeds today. That's because the V30 takes advantage of new technologies like 4x carrier aggregation, 256QAM modulation, and 4x4 MIMO antenna placements, as well as unlicensed spectrum standards like LTE-U and LAA.

See at AT&T

Verizon

The LG V30 is now available at Verizon for $35 per month for 24 months, or $840 outright. Verizon is giving away a $200 prepaid credit card and a free Google Daydream View with every purchase, which is nice.

See at Verizon

Sprint

Sprint is one of two U.S. carriers selling the LG V30+, which is the 128GB version of the regular LG V30. It's now available for $0 down and $38 per month for 24 months, which works out to $912 outright. Like AT&T, users signing up for a second account and service will get a second LG V30+ for free.

Sprint is going deep on the V30+, too. It's offering a free Daydream View headset and "Top VR content bundle" with every unit, and is the only carrier bundling LG's QuadPlay earbuds in the box.

See at Sprint

US Cellular

U.S. Cellular is the second carrier selling the LG V30+, but unlike Sprint, it also sells the standard V30. The regular V30 costs you $19.50/month on a 30-month installment plan, or you can choose to pay a prepaid price of $799.99. As expected, the V30+ is slightly more expensive at $21.16/month or $849.99 on prepaid.

No matter if you purchase the V30 or V30+, U.S. Cellular will also throw in a free Daydream View headset and Top VR Content Bundle similar to what Sprint is offering.

See at US Cellular

U.S unlocked

The LG V30 isn't available unlocked yet, but at least we know when it will be, and for how much. B&H Photo has a listing of the device for $829.99 with availability on December 5. The phone is only available in Cloud Silver.

LG also says on its website that the phone will be available at Amazon and other retailers in the coming months.

See at B&H


Canada

On October 12, LG Canada announced that the LG V30 would be available in Canada starting October 20.

It's sold at Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Fido, Koodo, and Freedom Mobile.

The phone starts at around $300 on a 2-year contract with optional financing and subsidy, $500 with just subsidy, and $1100 outright.

Updated November 11, 2017: This article has been updated to reflect the addition of the LG V30+ to T-Mobile's lineup.

LG V30

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1 week ago

Broadcom buying Qualcomm could grind innovation to a screeching halt

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Qualcomm is a tech success story that might be coming to an untimely end.

Most everyone has heard about Broadcom positioning itself to buy out Qualcomm. I'll leave the complete financial strategy for the experts to sort through, but the gist is that Broadcom is trying to spend $70 per share (over $100 billion in total) to buy out Qualcomm, who wants no part of it. Many on Wall Street like the idea, as Broadcom will likely be able to play nice with Apple and Intel so stock prices rise for all three companies, and there is a good chance the deal could happen and not be rejected by regulators.

There's a darker side, though, and it has to do with the abstract idea we call innovation. Specifically, that this takeover will kill the entrepreneurial spirit that Qualcomm fosters and new breakthroughs in the semiconductor space will suffer. Our own Daniel Bader goes into great detail about how this will affect the mobile space, and it is a must-read.

Why Broadcom's $130 billion Qualcomm deal would be bad for mobile innovation

But the same issues that surround this potential deal that are bad for mobile are also bad for tech in general. And it goes a bit deeper because this would be a case of a company solely driven by profit suddenly overseeing the ideas and engineers that fuel much of the innovation for what comes next.

Qualcomm is pulling out all the stops

Qualcomm's x50 5G modem.

I have no love for many of Qualcomm's business practices, specifically their licensing of SEP (Standards Essential Patents) required for LTE connectivity. Their recent legal struggles over their fees is a worldwide story, but much of the press focuses on the case from Apple over SEP licensing fees. Many pundits and industry analysts think the way they charge for these necessary ideas and technology is unfair, and I've expressed the idea myself a time or two. But ultimately what industry experts think doesn't matter because this is for the courts to decide. And so far, courts have sided against Qualcomm.

Qualcomm has to innovate or die once the courts are finished with them, and they know it.

But these very practices that put a tick in the "evil" column of Qualcomm's business checklist also are the best thing that will ever happen to mobile semiconductor tech. Once the Apple (and Samsung and Intel and Huawei and MediaTek and every other company who makes products with an LTE connection) cash cow dies, Qualcomm will need a substantial source of income to make up for it. That means it is doing what it does best — innovate with a fury.

Excellent mobile ARM SoCs, 5G networking tech, image processing systems and likely plenty of things we haven't seen are coming from Qualcomm at an incredible pace. These great products provide an affordable turnkey solution that any company can purchase to make its own products better. Simply put, there is no other company that can provide a single solution for connectivity, application processing, image acquisition and processing and audio capture and playback as good as Qualcomm's. Individual pieces might not be the best-in-class, but the total package is unbeatable for use in the products we want to buy.

Qualcomm's engineers are hungry, smart, and free to try the crazy ideas that make breakthroughs happen. This is a golden age of tech in action.

Broadcom and the status quo

Image courtesy Wired.

Broadcom equipment is expensive and everywhere even if we're not as familiar with the name.

Broadcom is able to afford a $100 billion-plus purchase of Qualcomm because of what the company is. Starting as a company selling networking circuitry and ASIC (Application-specific integrated circuit) processors designed for industrial and commercial communications, the Broadcom Corporation was purchased by Avago Technologies Ltd. in 2016 for $37 billion. Avago CEO Hock Tan is universally accepted as a financial wizard who has perfected his craft at General Motors, PepsiCo, and Commodore. He promptly split and sold Broadcom to shape it into what it is today — a manufacturer of radio equipment for consumer products, but also a major supplier of analog and mixed-signal chips for the automotive industry as well as ASIC processors for communications and data-center equipment.

Part of the streamlining was of course killing or selling off ideas and projects that weren't profitable. That's how business works and why engineers and their passion for experimentation don't usually make for a good CEO. There have been more than a few less than flattering words written about Tan, especially since the bid for Qualcomm was announced, but I can't agree with any of them; the man seems to be incredibly good at what he is supposed to be good at. He knows how to make money.

Enough money that $130 billion can be waved around to attempt a purchase of a rival corporation.

Oil and water

The whole "problem" here, and rest assured that much of the financial sector doesn't see any of it as a problem, is that a pragmatic businessman buying a company innovating to save its own life takes away a driving force in next-generation technologies.

We don't need another company with billions in the bank; we need a company that makes great ideas work.

Had Qualcomm been unable to see problems coming with their current business model or failed to execute on the great ideas coming from their engineering departments, none of this would matter. Apple, Intel, Samsung and the FTC would punish Qualcomm to the point where it was no longer profitable and Broadcom could buy the pieces to try and squeeze a few more dollars from it. But that's not how it played out.

Taking Qualcomm as it exists in the now and carving it up in order to keep what's profitable and to satisfy regulators (so that one company doesn't make every mobile Wi-Fi radio, for example) means one less company doing great things. And it just so happens that it would be the company doing the greatest things right now. This is easy for a mobile enthusiast to put into perspective: look at your phone. Does it take great photos? Can you connect to a data network at speeds that are double or triple what they were 24 months ago? Does your battery last all day? Qualcomm is a big part of anything you said "yes" for.

Keeping these two companies apart is best for the entire industry, including the companies themselves.

We should want a strong and profitable Broadcom, and I hope they can pick up NXP now that they've made Qualcomm's bid on the company more difficult. But we need a strong Qualcomm, too. A future where the courts have forced Qualcomm to play nice with other companies but leaves it to come up with new and better ways to compute is in everyone's best interests.

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1 week ago

Google says it has fixed Pixel and Nexus trade-in issues [update]

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Since its launch in October, the Google Store's trade-in program has been causing a lot of problems.

Update: Since this story gained traction, Google has posted to its help pages to say that it has identified and fixed many of the issues customers were having with the trade-in program. Customers are encouraged to contact support if they're having issues.

Leading up to the Pixel 2's announcement, Google launched a new trade-in program on its Google Store online storefront. Similar to other retailers and carriers, customers can choose to send in their current device to Google after receiving their new phone, and in doing so, get a certain amount of money back – helping to offset the cost of their new phone.

The Google Store allows you to send in a decent variety of phones, with last year's Pixel and Pixel XL offering the highest dollar amounts (up to $410 back for a 128GB Pixel XL). When buying a new Pixel 2, all you need to do is confirm you'd like to trade in your current phone, choose what brand and model it is, complete your purchase, and then send your phone to Google with the shipping kit that's sent to you.

The whole process is quite simple, but the experience that users have been reporting with it has been anything but.

What's happening

Since the launch of this trade-in program, customers have been voicing their complaints about a myriad of issues they've been having after actually sending their phone off to Google. Some users have reported that Google claimed their Pixels were "unknown devices", trade-in values have decreased by $100 for no clear reason, and plenty of complaints of Google saying devices weren't in the condition originally stated are plentiful.

On top of all these pre-existing issues, it's also being reported that Google is lowering trade-in values for phones because they weren't factory reset despite users saying that they were.

In one of the most troubling cases, Redditor Nirecue sent in a mint Pixel XL with 128GB of storage that they'd only had since September 6 with a case and screen protector on since owning it. The estimated trade-in value was $410, but they only received $162 because Google claims the device wasn't factory reset and the condition wasn't as it was reported.

Even if the device wasn't factory reset and wasn't in pristine condition, lowering the value by nearly $250 is insane.

Rough patches and bumps in the road are to be expected when launching a new service like this, but seeing as how there have been steady complaints for more than a month since Google launched this program, it's clear that some precautions should be taken should you take part in it.

For its part, Google later updated its help pages with a statement that it has fixed the issues so many people were having, including claims of phones not being factory reset and phones not being the correct models identified:

We are always looking at ways to improve the program and if anyone is unhappy with their offer, they should contact us. We have identified and fixed the issue related to Pixels not being found to be factory reset and/or misclassified as another device. If you believe you were impacted, please contact customer support.

What you can do to protect yourself

It's no secret that Google's got a lot of kinks to work out for its trade-in program, but we don't blame you if you still want to give the program a shot – espeically if you own a 2016 Pixel and are looking to upgrade to this year's model.

If you do decide to go through with the trade-in, it's a good idea to record the entire process. Record yourself factory resetting the phone, showing off the condition that it's in, putting it in the packaging, everything. Customer service agents certainly aren't out to get you, but having ample proof to back up your claims will save for a lot of potential headaches if you happen to run into an issue like so many people are.

This is a good practice to follow when trading in a phone with any company, but we recommend it even more when doing so with the Google Store based on how many complaints have popped up in such a short amount of time. We'd expect Google to get a lot of these issues resolved in the near future, but for now, make sure you cover your bases as much as possible.

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

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1 week ago

Your opportunity to save 60% on a Ring Doorbell Pro ends tonight

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ep·ic: particularly impressive or remarkable.

Drumroll, please! Thrifter finally took the wraps off the doorbuster deal that they have been teasing, and revealed how you will be able to purchase one for yourself.

First up, the prize. Ring's Video Doorbell Pro, priced at just $99.95. You read that correctly — a hundred bucks.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro Exclusive Doorbuster

Let us break down what a steal this is. The best deal that Thrifter has ever seen for the Ring Video Doorbell Pro was $185. Typically it sells for $240. On Black Friday, at multiple retailers, it's going to be on sale for $200. The non-pro version is a great deal at $100, so getting the better model at that price is killer. ModernDad called it the best $200 you could spend on your home.

What exactly is a Ring Video Doorbell Pro, you ask?

With this doorbell, you can see, hear, and speak to anyone at your door using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It has a built-in wide-angle lens, microphone, and speaker. No more wondering who is at your door - just use your free Ring app and you'll be able to see them. It connects to your existing doorbell connection and home Wi-Fi network, and you can use it with Alexa devices as well. This is the most advanced model that Ring makes. Thanks to the motion detection and infrared vision, you'll even be able to see if someone nefarious comes along. It features four interchangeable faceplates to match your home decor, and your purchase is protected for life.

It's got 4 out of 5 stars based on over 9,000 customer reviews and it's the #1 bestselling doorbell kit on Amazon.

So how do you get one?

Team Thrifter has been planning this for weeks. There is a limited quantity available for this promotion. Thrifter knows that this deal will be popular, and they would like for dedicated readers to be able to purchase it. In an effort to prevent eBay scalpers and drive-by sales from depleting stock in the blink of an eye, Thrifter decided the fairest way to distribute the doorbuster is to choose buyers at random.

Fill in the widget above if you're interested in getting in on this deal. You can enter now! It will stop accepting entries at the end of the day on Thursday, November 16th. The morning of Friday the 17th, Thrifter will randomly draw a selection of people. If your name is drawn, you'll receive an email from them with a unique coupon code. Head to this listing at B&H Photo to redeem your promo code. After you receive your email, you'll have until the end of the day on Friday, November 17th to use your coupon; if it isn't used, it will be voided and a new winner will be drawn for your spot! That means if you aren't part of the first batch of names drawn, you'll be placed on a waitlist. Thrifter will randomly draw names from the waitlist as needed and notify winners via email until the supply is depleted.

Getting your name into the pool is super simple. You'll just need to subscribe to Thrifter's awesome daily newsletter (which you already are, right?!). Since this is such a hot deal and the demand will be high, there is a strict limit of one doorbuster per person.

We hope you're just as stoked as we are about this doorbuster! After you put your name in the virtual hat below, make sure to keep an eye on your email the morning of the 17th! Good luck!

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1 week ago

Take a break and join in this weekend's comments thread

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The place where you can talk about anything with anyone.

We do this thing every weekend here at Android Central. Our weekend comments thread is a place where people who first came here because they are Android users and fans can talk about anything with the people they've come to know.

It's a nice break from the discussion (often passionate discussion) that surrounds tech and phones and Android and everything else. This is just a place to chill out and talk about what's going on with you and what you might be doing for the weekend.

I'm starting way too late to try and get a chess set made for a family friend in time for Christmas. I just found out he wanted one and when a respectable young man (he's 13) admires a wooden chess set and tells his mom he'd like one of his own, the tools come out and the hands get busy.

Besides, it's fun and it always feels good to look at something you made once it's finished. Now to hope I can get it finished in six weeks. Heck, here's hoping I can even get the right wood delivered in six weeks!

What are you up to this weekend? It's awesome talking to other people and just being friends.

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1 week ago

OnePlus 5T: Details, Specs, Release Date, and Price!

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What does the OnePlus 5T have in store for us? Quite a bit.

The OnePlus 5 may not have stirred as much interest as previous OnePlus devices, but it has proven to be a solid handset with plenty to like — especially at its $479 starting price. But as OnePlus did with the OnePlus 3T, released just five months after the OnePlus 3, the company has a successor to its flagship, the OnePlus 5T.

This year, though, things are a little different: OnePlus has kept the internal specs identical to the preceding phone, but changed the design a bit to accommodate a larger, taller display. It made a tweak to the rear camera, and introduced a new Face Unlock feature.

Care to learn more? Here's everything you need to know about the OnePlus 5T.

Meet the OnePlus 5T

The OnePlus 5T isn't a grand reinvention of the smartphone, or even of the OnePlus line, but at $499 is one of the best values for money you can get in the smartphone world. It's fast, smooth, and has a new secondary camera module that promises to be great in low light.

So how does it fare in the real world? Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for one full review!

OnePlus 5T review

OnePlus 5T specs

If you're familiar with the OnePlus 5's specs from earlier in the year, you know exactly what you're getting in the OnePlus 5T. The only spec changes come down to the larger screen with a corresponding higher resolution, and a new secondary camera sensor and lens arrangement.

Category Spec Operating system Android 7.1 Nougat Display 6-inch Optic AMOLED, 2160x1080 (18:9 aspect ratio) Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core
Adreno 540 GPU Storage 64/128GB UFS 2.1 RAM 6/8GB LPDDR4X Rear camera 1 16MP (IMX 398), 1.12-micron pixels, f/1.7
Dual LED flash, 4K 30 fps, 1080p 60 fps, 720p 120 fps video Rear camera 2 20MP (IMX 376k), 1-micron pixels, f/1.7 Front camera 16MP (IMX 371), 1-micron pixels, f/2.0
1080p 30 fps video Battery 3300mAh
Non-removable Charging USB-C
Dash Charge Water resistance No Security One-touch fingerprint sensor Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 2x2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, aptX HD
USB-C (2.0), NFC
GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo Network 3xCA, 256QAM, DL Cat 12, UL Cat 13
FDD-LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/ 19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66
TDD-LTE Band 34/38/39/40/41
TD-SCDMA Band 34/39
HSPA Band 1/2/4/5/8 Dimensions 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm
162 g Colors Midnight Black

Should you upgrade over the OnePlus 3 or 3T?

OnePlus isn't waiting to upgrade its hardware, settling into a regular six-month refresh cycle, so does that mean you shouldn't wait, either? That's the question posed in our comparison between the OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 5T? What difference does a year make in these phones' lives? Well, not a whole lot, as it turns out.

OnePlus 5T vs. OnePlus 3T: Should you upgrade?

A new secondary camera

The primary camera on the OnePlus 5T is the same as the OnePlus 5's, but the secondary camera has changed quite dramatically. It's still 20MP, with 1-micron pixels, but it's a different sensor entirely. It's also behind a new lens with the same focal length and f/1.7 aperture as the main camera. The goal of the second camera is to help the OnePlus 5T in low light, as it's tuned to only be abled in very dark conditions.

It seems counterintuitive to have a 20MP sensor with small pixels and no OIS be used for low light photos. But OnePlus claims that because it's tuned for those situations and has a lot of resolution to work with, it can take photos that combine adjacent pixels to theoretically smooth out noise typically found in these low-light shots. We'll have to see how it plays out in real-world situations.

It has a headphone jack

The number of flagship phones with headphone jacks is dwindling every year, so OnePlus wants to reassure its user base that it isn't part of the trend.

OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau, actually took to the company's very popular forums to talk about how the headphone jack, and high audio quality in general, is a high priority with the OnePlus 5T.

Wireless audio technology has a lot of potential. And if you prefer wireless headphones, our flagships have excellent Bluetooth capability for this choice. But our goal from the beginning has been to bring better technology to the world. That's why we prioritize the user and make good technology accessible.

Sometimes, industry trends go against our core beliefs. This is one of those times when we respectfully disagree on what it means to be courageous. That's why we're proud to announce that we're keeping the headphone jack for the OnePlus 5T – and confident that our product decisions for our upcoming device will offer the best flagship experience possible.

There you go. The OnePlus 5T has a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Oreo is coming ... soon

Despite initial rumors pointing to the OnePlus 5T launching on Oreo, the phone is actually shipping with a build of Android 7.1.2 Nougat that's near-identical to the OnePlus 5 — which makes sense, since they're almost the same phone. OnePlus is committing to bringing a beta version of Oreo to both the 5T and 5 by the end of 2017, but the stable build won't make it out to phones until "early 2018." Interestingly, the OnePlus 3 and 3T will get stable Oreo builds first on account of their early participation in the beta program.

Oreo is here for the OnePlus 3 but we'll have to wait for the 5

Price, launch date, and availability

The last thing we need to talk about is pricing and availability.

OnePlus isn't waiting long to take orders, and isn't doing anything to restrict availability. The OnePlus 5T goes on sale on November 21 in several countries, and the hope will be that the stock can hold up to the demand.

The hardware changes have led to yet another price increase, with the OnePlus 5T coming in at $499. An extra $60 gets you the top-end model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, if you're that sort of spec junkie.

Your thoughts?

Is the OnePlus 5T enough of an upgrade for you? Or is OnePlus ridiculous for once again replacing its flagship less than six months after it debuted? Let us know in the comments below!

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