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5 days ago

Check out the upcoming PlayStation VR games we're most excited for!

PlayStation VR has some fantastic games coming to get excited about!

After a year PlayStation VR is off to a great start with tons of great games already available. Of course, the best is yet to come, and there are some fantastic games that are going to be making their debut on the platform soon. With so many excellent titles to get distracted by, we've collected the games that we're most excited about. Some of these will be appearing on the PlayStation store in the next few weeks, while we're still a few months out from others releasing.

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5 days ago

Best Unlimited Data Plan

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Unlimited plans are back, but which one is the best?

All four major U.S. carriers offer an unlimited data plan again. After years of hearing how they were unable to provide unlimited data to every customer and maintain the quality of service they wanted, new technology and a more competitive market means a 180-degree turnaround was in order and here we are.

We've previously written about how most people just don't need unlimited data, and you should have a look if you have any questions about how much you should spend or how much data you need. But if you're sure you need all the data you can get each and every month, let's look at which company you should give your business to. We'll start with a quick look at what each company has to offer and what it will cost you.

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AT&T

Feature Cost Price for single line $90 for Unlimited Plus
$60 for Unlimited Choice (data speeds are capped at 3M/s) Price for two lines $145 for Unlimited Plus
$115 for Unlimited Choice Additional lines $20 each (wearables are $10)

Features

There are a few differences between the plans, so let's break each down.

Unlimited Plus

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data
  • 10 GB mobile hotspot (tethering)
  • Unlimited talk and text to Canada and Mexico
  • Advanced messaging between compatible phones on the AT&T network
  • Unlimited talk, text, and data in Canada and Mexico with free Roam North America Feature (if more than 50% of use is outside the U.S. the plan can be terminated)
  • Unlimited music and video streaming with optional Stream Saver for less data use
  • $25 monthly credit for DirecTV services
  • Free HBO subscription

Unlimited Choice

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data
  • Data speeds capped at 3Mbps
  • Standard definition video streaming
  • Unlimited talk and text to Canada and Mexico
  • Advanced messaging between compatible phones on the AT&T network
  • Unlimited talk, text, and data in Canada and Mexico with free Roam North America Feature (if more than 50% of use is outside the U.S. the plan can be terminated)
  • $25 monthly credit for DirecTV services
  • Free HBO subscription

Like most carriers, the monthly fees don't include tax or regulatory fees and you may have other costs if you get your phone from AT&T.

Sprint

Feature Cost Price for single line $60 Price for two lines $100 Additional lines Free (with the current promotion) for phones
Tablets are $25 per month

Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan details

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data (with certain restrictions)
  • Unlimited data for streaming video up to 1080p
  • Unlimited data for gaming up to 8Mbps
  • Unlimited data for streaming music up to 1.5Mbps
  • 10GB high-speed mobile hotspot with VPN and P2P support
  • Add a tablet with unlimited data for $25 per month

Note: These features apply only to new accounts.

Again, you'll need to pay taxes and fees on top of these prices and equipment fees aren't included.

T-Mobile

Feature Cost Price for single line $70 Price for two lines $120 Additional lines $140 for three lines
$20 each for more

These prices include taxes and all fees

T-Mobile has a lot of feature fine print that goes with their T-Mobile ONE plan, and it might make a difference:

  • 200MB of roaming data per month
  • Unlimited talk, text, and data in Canada and Mexico
  • One hour of free Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi and unlimited texting on enabled flights
  • Unlimited data and texting in over 140 locations at 2x speed (264kbps) (limited time offer)
  • Netflix streaming included

T-Mobile also offers two Plus add-ons that are worth a mention here:

The $10 monthly T-Mobile ONE Plus add-on includes everything from the standard ONE plan plus the following:

  • Unlimited HD video streaming
  • 10GB of high-speed data tethering per month
  • Unlimited in-flight data on all Gogo-enabled flights
  • T-Mobile Visual Voicemail
  • T-Mobile Name ID

The $25 T-Mobile ONE Plus International add-on includes everything from the ONE Plus plan and adds the following:


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Verizon

Verizon offers two tiers of unlimited plans. Here's the breakdown.

Go Unlimited

Go Unlimited is the cheaper of the unlimited plans, aimed at users that don't necessarily need the fastest performance at all times or high-quality video streaming.

  • One line: $75/month
  • Two lines: $65 per line/month
  • Three lines: $50 per line/month
  • Four or more lines lines: $40 per line/month

Paper-free billing and $5/mo AutoPay discounts apply.

The Go Unlimited plan offers unlimited LTE data, but you're subject to reduced speeds (throttling) when the network is congested. Verizon may choose to throttle at any time of the billing cycle, which is unlike most other unlimited plans that only do so after a certain amount of data is used.

On Go Unlimited, all video streaming is capped at 480p on phones and 720p on tablets. And while the Go Unlimited plans offer unlimited mobile hotspot (tethering), the speed is capped at 600kbps, which is likely too slow for most people do anything other than browsing the web — slowly.

As of November 3, 2017, customers can pay $10 per line to remove streaming restrictions and have video delivered at its original resolution.

Beyond Unlimited

Beyond Unlimited is basically Verizon's original unlimited plan with some slight tweaks.

  • One line: $85/month
  • Two lines: $80 per line/month
  • Three lines: $60 per line/month
  • Four or more lines: $50 per line/month

Paper-free billing and $5/mo AutoPay discounts apply.

The Beyond Unlimited plan offers unlimited LTE data, but you're subject to reduced speeds (throttling) at times of network congestion if you exceed 22GB in a billing cycle (customers that sign up on a two-year contract get 25GB per month before throttling).

Video streaming is capped at 720p on phones and 1080p on tablets. Mobile hotspot use is unlimited, with 15GB of LTE data in each billing cycle. Laptops or other devices used through the hotspot have a 1080p hard cap for streaming video.

As of November 3, 2017, customers can pay $10 per line to remove streaming restrictions and have video delivered at its original resolution.

The best unlimited wireless plan

There are a few things in common with all four carriers: The listed prices in all advertisements are for customers who use autopay for their monthly bill. Each carrier can slow down your data to 3G speeds once you hit an invisible cap on data, which is right around 20GB per line. And no carrier guarantees great coverage, no matter what their coverage maps might say.

T-Mobile offers the best unlimited plan in the U.S.

Overall, T-Mobile has the best unlimited plan you can buy. We considered price, coverage, and features equally and while we can't say T-Mobile will work for everyone, it's where you should look first. Here's how we reached the decision.

  • Which companies offer the coverage you need? Having a cheap cell phone bill isn't so great if your phone doesn't work where you need it to work. There are large areas of the U.S. where T-Mobile has no coverage at all but for the most part, these are rural areas. While we think rural areas are awesome, we can't ignore that T-Mobile does offer coverage where most people live. As always, if total overall coverage is your main criteria when buying an unlimited plan, you should have a look at Verizon.

  • How much are your monthly taxes and fees going to be? In some places, these extra fees will add up. When you add upwards of $30 (or more) to each month's bill, T-Mobile bundling them into the plan price might make a difference. Once you add in all the fees that find their way into your monthly bill, there probably won't be much difference between Sprint and T-Mobile unless you have three or more lines. Sprint is cheaper, but T-Mobile picking up the tab for those fees makes a big difference.

  • Do you need any of the other services that come with a particular plan? If you have to pay extra for things like texting or calling people in other countries be sure to add those costs into the price unless it's included in the plan. T-Mobile offers roaming data, calls, texts and data in all of North America as well as texting and data in 140 other places around the world. They even offer free in-flight Wi-Fi with Gogo. This is a great set of useful extras.

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The best news is that everything here is subject to change at any time! Because the market has become so competitive for unlimited data, companies will constantly be adjusting prices and features. When one company makes a move the rest will soon follow with their own new pricing or other offers.

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Updated November 2017: This article was updated with the latest plan details, but T-Mobile still gets the number one pick.

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6 days ago

PlayStation 4 Pro vs. Xbox One X: Which should you buy?

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Welcome to 4K gaming, Sony and Microsoft.

Gamers have been politely discussing the merits of owning an Xbox verses owning a PlayStation for a long, long time. Some years, the scales tip one way, some years the scales tip the other way. The truth is there's never been a "winner" in this particular conversation for very long, but if you have no loyalty toward one or the other it's not uncommon to pick based on which is more popular or more capable at the time.

This year, the conversation lands squarely on the shoulders of the latest console heavyweights. Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro and Microsoft's Xbox One X aren't so much a new generation of console as they are more capable versions of the existing generation. These are the versions built to be a little more future-proof, and help set the stage for new gaming experiences.

Here's how the two compare with one another.

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Way less interesting on the outside

There's no nice way to put this, both the Xbox One X and the PlayStation 4 Pro look kind of bland.

Microsoft successfully shrunk the massive bland box that was the original Xbox One, and the result is a slightly less boring thing that will easily be mistaken for a generic DVR when it is not powered on. Sony took the slanted box look of the PlayStation 4 and made it bigger to hold more hardware, but it's still just a slanted box with curved edges.

The PS4 Pro design has a little more character than the Xbox One X, but not enough to really matter. When you fire up both consoles you get either the iconic blue pulse of the PlayStation 4 or the glowing white pulse of the Xbox and that winds up being enough to make these things feel a little more alive. What's more interesting is how similarly wide these machines are. The Xbox One X is just slightly wider than the PlayStation 4 Pro, but it makes up for it by being appreciably smaller going the other way. The slanted design of the PlayStation 4 series has always made the console feel longer than it needed to, but this design decision feels particularly exaggerated with the larger Pro model and the Xbox One X looks positively dainty by comparison.

I guess it's not what's on the outside that counts though. Here's a quick look at how the specs compare.

Category Xbox One X PlayStation 4 Pro Dimensions 11.8in x 9.4in x 2.4in 11.61in x 12.87in x 2.17in CPU 8-core AMD custom Scorpio Engine
Liquid-cooled vapor chamber AMD Jaguar 8-core (x86-64) GPU 40 custom AMD GCN cores (6 TFLOP)
12GB DDR5
326GB/s memory bandidth 36 AMD GCN cores (4.2 TFLOP)
8GB DDR5
218GB/s memory bandwidth Storage 1TB 1TB Optical out Yes Yes AV out HDMI 2.0 HDMI 2.0 Power consumption 245w max 310w max 4K Streaming Yes Yes USB USB 3.0 (x3) USB 3.0 (x3) VR support No Yes (PSVR Enhanced)

A few other interesting things to note:

  • Sony includes a headset in the box so you can use voice commands and chat right away. Microsoft does not.
  • Xbox One X still fully supports TV passthrough, complete with HDMI-in and IR out. PS4 Pro has none of these features.
  • Both Xbox One and PS4 Pro have internal power supplies, so no more ugly bricks!


Way more interesting on the inside

Microsoft managed to make the smallest Xbox it has ever made, and at the same time made it noticeably more powerful than the larger PlayStation 4 Pro — at least on paper. As impressive as the gap between the six-teraflop performance cap on the Xbox One X is compared to the mere 4.5 teraflops on the PlayStation 4 Pro, there are a few things you need to know about how that translates to real-world performance in games.

By the time these consoles have fully matured it's possible there will be obvious visual differences between an Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro version of the same game.

The original versions of a lot of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 games were barely capable of "full HD" 1080p gaming at 30fps. The target for a lot of Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro games is 4K gaming at 30fps, but that's not the limit. There are a bunch of games on both PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X capable of 4K gaming at 60fps with HDR enabled. Currently, all of these 4K games are being labeled as "enhanced" because they support these more advanced gaming modes, but still play on regular Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.

Here's where things get interesting. Over time, developers are going to be able to do more with the Xbox One X. We're already starting to see some enhanced games for the Xbox One X that look a little better than their PS4 Pro counterparts. Right now the differences are subtle, and only really apparent when the games are subjected to thorough analysis. By the time these consoles have fully matured and developers have started to really push the limits of the hardware, it's possible there will be a clear visual difference between an Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro version of the same game.

One really important caveat to all of this performance talk is that it only matters when you're playing on a 4K television. In fact, in some cases, it only matters if you're playing on a 4K HDR television. That's far from everyone, and if you're playing on a 1080p television there's a limit to how much of these improvements you're actually going to see. The performance on either console will still be well above what you saw on the original Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but the potential performance gap we're discussing here won't be something you'll experience until you make the jump to a 4K television.

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Virtual Reality Gaming

This section was originally going to be a lot more interesting than it ended up being in real life. Sony's PlayStation VR headset works best with the PlayStation 4 Pro, and so far in the VR world this headset has been remarkably successful with well over a million headsets sold in the first year of its existence. PlayStation VR games continue to roll out at a healthy pace, and have started to include big name developers like Bethesda and Capcom. It is the most popular VR platform by a fairly healthy margin, and continues to grow quickly.

Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality headsets are new to the Windows world, but will not be coming to the Xbox One X. Despite the Xbox team's insistence that the console is capable of delivering the full Windows Mixed Reality experience, Microsoft has made it clear the Xbox won't see a Mixed Reality headset until there can be a wireless option. Microsoft doesn't want users to trip over wires in the living room, or have extra hardware going in between the Xbox and the television like you have with the PlayStation VR.

Bottom line? If you're an Xbox fan eagerly awaiting VR, don't expect it to happen anytime soon.

Which should you buy?

There's a lot to consider when buying a game console, but for most folks, it comes down to a couple of things:

  • What are my friends playing on right now?
  • Where are the best games?
  • How much does it cost?

While that first one is up to you to answer, the other two are really easy this go around. If you want the best single player games, you probably want a PlayStation 4 Pro. Not only are there more really good single-player games on the PlayStation right now, but with the addition of a PlayStation VR, there's an entire category of fun local games that are not coming to the Xbox anytime soon. If you care about these kinds of games, the PlayStation 4 Pro is absolutely the console you want to go with. Xbox is more focused on multiplayer gaming right now, and that is also a good thing.

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As for the price tag, that $399 PlayStation 4 Pro price isn't really that much smaller than the $499 Xbox One X price. It's cheaper, sure, but there's an argument to be made for this Xbox being $100 better than its PlayStation counterpart if you own a high-end 4K television. If you care about having the best graphics, the Xbox One X is going to be the best thing for you to buy long-term. Even if you don't have a 4K television right now, a lot of you probably will make the upgrade before the next big update to the Xbox hardware.

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6 days ago

Best apps for Samsung Phonecast right now

If you want to use phone apps that aren't built for VR, Samsung Phonecast allows you to take advantage of that virtual screen real-estate.

One of the drawbacks of the Gear VR is that not all apps are built to be immersive. But that doesn't mean you can't watch your favorite videos on a gigantic virtual screen. Samsung Phonecast VR places you in a picnic with a view of a 200 inch screen that can play videos from popular services such as YouTube, Sling TV, and more.

The viewing experience is very similar to using the Netflix app on the Gear VR and is a great way to feel like you're in a cinema while you're in a much smaller space. Here are some of the best apps to use with Samsung Phonecast right now.

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6 days ago

Grab a 2nd-gen Fossil Q smartwatch in various colors for $123

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Strap some style on your wrist at a crazy price!

Fossil's 2nd-gen Q smartwatches are now available at Amazon for as little as $123.19, which is a huge discount. These normally sell for between $255 and $275 and have never dropped below $175 in the past. These Android Wear-powered smartwatches can deliver your notifications to your wrist, track your steps, and much more with ease. If you've been considering trying out a smartwatch, but couldn't swallow the price tags, you won't want to miss out on these deals.

The options available at this price include:

Target also has some of these available, and you may be able to pick them up today if you need that instant gratification.

If you can't find a watch band color or style that you like, don't worry. There are a lot of other band options available, like these silicon sports options or this milanese loop band. You should also probably invest in a screen protector to keep the display safe from scratches and cracks.

TL;DR

  • What makes this deal worth considering? - This is a huge discount, and by far the lowest price we've seen on these watches. It's a great way to get started in the Android Wear space without a huge investment, and they look great as well!
  • Things to know before you buy! - There are a few different options at this price, and if you don't see one with a band you want, you can always buy a band that you like and replace the existing one with it.

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6 days ago

Apps using Accessibility Services improperly could be removed from the Play Store

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Apps like LastPass and Tasker could be in danger because of this.

If you've ever used apps like LastPass, Tasker, Clipboard Actions, or Universal Copy, you've likely benefitted from Android's Accessibility Services. Accessibility Services were initially created as a way for app developers to create special tools and features to make their applications or games easier to use for those with disabilities, but certain titles have been tapping into Accessibility Services to allow for features that all users can take advantage of.

Unfortunately, according to emails that Google is sending out to numerous developers whose apps use Accessibility Services, some changes will need to be made soon.

In emails that these developers are receiving, Google states that applications using Accessibility Services should only make use of the system if they're directly benefiting those that have disabilities. Developers are told that they need to explain how using the service benefits these users, and if they don't meet requirements Google has created, their apps stand to be removed from the Play Store.

Within the email under the subtitle of "Action required", Google states –

If you aren't already doing so, you must explain to users how your app is using the 'android.permission.BIND_ACCESSIBILITY_SERVICE' to help users with disabilities use Android devices and apps. Apps that fail to meet this requirement within 30 days may be removed from Google Play. Alternatively, you can remove any requests for accessibility services within your app. You can also choose to unpublish your app.

Along with this, Google continues by saying that "serious or repeated violations of any nature will result in the termination of your developer account, and investigation and possible termination of related Google accounts."

As someone that uses LastPass's App Fill feature on a daily basis, this is worrisome news. Users on Reddit have expressed plenty of concern over this move, and while this concern is justified, Joao Dias (the developer of AutoTools) told Android Police that Google's statement on this is too vague to be taken literally at the moment.

Google has yet to respond to the complaints following this news, but we'll be sure to let you know if/when they do.

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6 days ago

Razer Phone review: Don't go outside

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Razer Phone

Razer's first Android phone is a striking piece of hardware with excellent performance, undone by a dim display and a calamitous camera.

The quick take

The Razer Phone is supposed to be a device for enthusiasts, but for it to make sense at the $699 price point, you need to be the kind of enthusiast who doesn't care about water resistance, a good camera, or display daylight visibility.

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6 days ago

Qualcomm officially rejects Broadcom's deal to buy the chip-maker

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That was close.

At the beginning of the month, a report popped up indicating that Broadcom (the largest manufacturer of Wi-Fi chips for mobile devices) was going to propose Qualcomm with a deal to buy the company for a total of $100 billion. The possibility of such a deal made us rather nervous, so we're relieved to hear that Qualcomm's Board of Directors has officially rejected the offer.

Qualcomm issued a press released on November 13 saying that its board made a unanimous decision to pass on the deal that Broadcom has proposed, with Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Qualcomm Incorporated, Paul Jacobs, stating –

It is the Board's unanimous belief that Broadcom's proposal significantly undervalues Qualcomm relative to the Company's leadership position in mobile technology and our future growth prospects.

Steve Mollenkopf, Qualcomm's CEO, also chimed in to say that the company is currently in the best position possible for leading the semiconductor industry in regards to mobile, Internet-of-things, and more. Mollenkopf continued with –

We are confident in our ability to create significant additional value for our stockholders as we continue our growth in these attractive segments and lead the transition to 5G.

With this potentially devastating deal put to rest, Qualcomm can now continue its neverending battle with Apple.

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

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6 days ago

Best Android Phone Under $400

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Moto X4

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The Moto X4 is the long-awaited sequel to the Moto X Pure Edition, and at $399.99, it's the best phone you can buy under $400. It has a striking design, clean software, a great display, and a pretty good pair of cameras on the back. It's also one of the few phones in its price range with an IP68 rating.

Bottom line: If you're buying an unlocked phone and have a $400 budget, the Moto X4 is your best bet right now.

One more thing: The model made for Project Fi is the only Moto X4 with Android One, and the only model that's guaranteed to receive updates for at least two years. Given Motorola's poor track record with updates, this is the one we'd recommend buying, though the experience is otherwise nearly identical on both versions.

Why the Moto X4 is the best

The phone to get if you want bang for your buck.

The design of the Moto X4 is just as nice to hold as it is to look at, thanks to its gentle curves, and it's relatively durable with IP68 water and dust resistance. The software is as close as it gets to stock Android without bearing the Pixel brand (even more so with the Android One variant on Google Fi), but you still get all of Motorola's useful motion gestures for quickly launching functions like the camera and flashlight.

You won't get support for Motorola's extensive collection of Moto Mods like on the Z2 Play, nor is the battery life from its 3000 mAh cell the best we've seen. But the display is terrific, performance with its Snapdragon 630 chipset is smooth and speedy, and its dual cameras can take some really great photos.

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Best for Europe

HTC U11 Life (Android One)

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If looks are a priority for you, the U11 Life is a great way to get the eye-catching style of HTC's U11 flagship at about half the price. All it's missing is that stunning Solar Red finish — or better yet, the translucent look on the new U11+.

The HTC U11 Life is available for $300 from T-Mobile in the U.S., but the model we recommend is the $349 Android One variant you'll find globally. In our review, we found performance on the Sense version to be slower and less consistent than its specs (Snapdragon 630, 3GB RAM) are capable of, and just like with the Moto X4, only the U11 Life running Android One is guaranteed to receive at least two years' worth of software updates.

With either model, the U11 Life has some pretty compelling features: IP67 water resistance, a fast fingerprint sensor, HTC's Edge Sense squeeze functionality, and even a pair of active noise-canceling USB-C headphones included in the box.

Bottom line: If you want flagship style on a budget and don't mind losing the headphone jack (or living the dongle life), the U11 Life is a great option.

One more thing: Android One is the only software shipping on global units, so if you do want to use the U11 Life with Sense, you'll need to buy it from T-Mobile in the U.S.

Best audio experience

ZTE Axon 7

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You might have forgotten that ZTE is a major player in the U.S. smartphone wars, but that's okay. The good news is that the company is the brains behind the very impressive Axon line and the Axon 7 is a worthwhile choice if you don't mind dealing with a clunky Android interface.

The ZTE Axon 7 offers a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 3250mAh battery. It also has a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, though it's not the best shooter in low light environments. But if you're an audiophile, the Axon 7 might make your ears perk up.

Bottom line: If you're tired of the same old smartphone brands in your life, the ZTE Axon 7 might be that "something new" that becomes your "something constant."

One more thing: The Axon 7 is over a year old, so if you're considering it today, you will likely have to settle for slow security updates and no more platform updates.

Best for even less

Moto G5 Plus

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The Moto G5 Plus is a wonder of cost-cutting in the right places. For either $229.99 (2GB RAM/32GB storage) or $299.99 (4GB/64GB) you get one of the most well-rounded budget phones out there. Featuring an excellent 5.2-inch display, a great 12MP rear camera, and awesome software touches, the Moto G5 Plus is truly a remarkable achievement.

Bottom line: You can't go wrong with the Moto G5 Plus, one of the best budget smartphones available right now.

One more thing: The Moto G5 Plus has a smaller, cheaper sibling in the Moto G5, but it's not officially available in the U.S.


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Conclusion

The sub-$400 market is both extremely competitive and a little confusing, but there's never been more great options readily available, and with the emergence of Android One, you can finally count of getting consistent updates without having to buy a flagship phone straight from Google. The Moto X4 and U11 Life are both great examples of attractive, affordable phones with premium features like water resistance and fast fingerprint sensors. At the same time, devices like the Axon 7 continue to offer tremendous value for the money, while the newer Moto G5 Plus redefines what it means to be a top-tier budget device.

Best overall

Moto X4

See at Motorola

The Moto X4 is the long-awaited sequel to the Moto X Pure Edition, and at $399.99, it's the best phone you can buy under $400. It has a striking design, clean software, a great display, and a pretty good pair of cameras on the back. It's also one of the few phones in its price range with an IP68 rating.

Bottom line: If you're buying an unlocked phone and have a $400 budget, the Moto X4 is your best bet right now.

One more thing: The model made for Project Fi is the only Moto X4 with Android One, and the only model that's guaranteed to receive timely updates.

Update, November 2017: The Moto X4 is our new best phone under $400, while the U11 Life with Android One has become our top recommendation for European shoppers.

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6 days ago

Things to know when switching from iOS to Android

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Making the switch from one operating system to another isn't easy, and these are some things our forum users recommend knowing when going from iOS to Android.

The debate between Android and iOS has been going on for years, and despite both operating systems being quite similar to one another at this point in time, that debate won't go anywhere anytime soon.

One of our forum users recently created a thread letting others in the community know that they were thinking about making the switch from iOS to Android with a few questions they had regarding the change –

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mach1man 11-11-2017 08:43 AM “

Ok so I'm looking at jumping ship from Apple to Samsung. I have the iPhone X and I'm not impressed with it at all. I haven't been with an Android phone since the note 5, so coming back is gonna be a little hard. I have a few questions for those that have made the jump. 1. How did you deal with switch back to sms instead of imessage, Most of my friends and family have iPhones. 2. How well do...

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As you'd expect with a question of this nature in the Android Central Forums, a lot of our members were quick to respond to help mach1man out. Here's what some of you had to say.

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cwbcpa 11-11-2017 09:02 AM “

I have had every Note since the Note 2 and loved them all. I had used the iPhone 7 Plus for the last year since the Note 7 debacle and picked up the 8 Plus a month or so ago. Most of my family (100% of immediate family), friends and clients use iPhones. Being on the same OS with them has been seamless. While android has apps that do the same thing as iMessage or FaceTime, good luck getting iOS...

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mhunter6378 11-11-2017 09:04 AM “

You'll be the green bubble guy, lol. Text messages are just text messages. The difference comes in mms, where iMessage is capable of sending high res images and videos and standard mms is not, they're reduced in quality. There are many ways to deal with this though. The more frequent issue is group messaging, if your in group messages as an iPhone user and then switch, the iPhone users will need...

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Morty2264 11-11-2017 11:26 AM “

Hello! As I have never switched from iOS to Android (I've never had an iPhone!), I'll do my best to answer your questions. Regular SMS is still pretty fluid (of course, it depends upon which messaging app you're using - some experiences are better than others), though admittedly, nothing is as good as iMessage - that's a really amazing messaging app. There are a bunch of third party...

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There are a lot of solid answers already, but we'd still like to hear from you – What are your tips for switching from iOS to Android?

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6 days ago

iPhone X: The Android Central review

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The iPhone X isn't an Android phone, but it's a very good phone that Android users should understand.

It's a well-known refrain: Apple releases a new product and half the world claims it's the best thing ever, while others claim it's the equivalent of refried beans.

Apple calls iPhone X the future of the smartphone, and after using it for a week — coming from months of Android use — I can comfortably say that it's a really great phone. In fact, it is the best iPhone to date, and I've had a tremendous time with it, but it doesn't drastically change my opinion of the iPhone as a product, nor of iOS as an ecosystem.

That's not to say Google and its hardware partners can't stand to learn a few things from the iPhone X.

Let's cut to the chase.

Face ID

Face ID is awesome. I disabled my fingerprint sensor on the Note 8 to see whether Samsung's iris scanner (which approaches the same security level as Face ID) could compete, and it just couldn't. And while Samsung's Face Recognition feature is indeed faster than iris scanning, it's also much less secure.

Here are the major differences: Face ID combines the best of iris scanning and face recognition. It creates a three-dimensional map of the face, so it has more planes of data to work with than just the iris, and uses infrared to match the data stored in its secure enclave against the person standing in front of it.

Face ID is so good and so consistent, you don't even need Touch ID. Until Android manufacturers can get there, they should stick to fingerprints.

With the Galaxy S8 or Note 8, you must choose one or the other; iris scanning, which is far more finicky and requires the phone to be close to the face to work (although it works great in the dark); or face recognition, which is faster and more forgiving, but uses the front-facing camera, which makes it fail more often in the dark.

I was admittedly skeptical of Apple's decision to remove the fingerprint sensor from the iPhone X — other than aesthetics (and perhaps cost), what reason did it have for not putting a Touch ID sensor on the phone's back? — but the adjustment has been relatively seamless.

Face ID works faster and more consistently than the Note 8's iris scanning.

The reliability has been close to perfect for me; whether indoors or in bright sun, the screen turns on as I take it out of my pocket, or I tap it once to turn on the display, lift it slightly towards me, and it unlocks. I've gotten into the habit of turning on the screen and swiping in one motion, and only a handful of times it hasn't caught up with me. Face ID also has the added benefit of working when I'm wearing gloves which, as I've recently discovered in a spate of cold Canadian days, is very helpful. Neither of Samsung's facial biometric solutions works reliably enough outside for my liking.

Moreover, Face ID APIs use the same biometrics hooks as Touch ID, so apps like 1Password, which I open dozens of times a day, just work out of the box. Android doesn't have that luxury; Google added cross-platform fingerprint APIs in Marshmallow, but there's no equivalent for iris or face recognition, so unless I use the fingerprint sensor on the S8 or Note 8, I have to manually enter my not-fit-for-human-consumption password every time.

I've spent a lot of time trying to make the S8 and Note 8's combination of biometrics work for me over the past months. Neither iris scanning nor face recognition is consistent enough for me to use by themselves (and remember, you can only use one at a time), and the fingerprint sensor is very poorly placed.

Face ID is about the same speed as Samsung's face recognition, but it's far more reliable.

Smart Lock does help, especially if you're connected to a wearable or in a trusted environment like a home or workplace, but for security reasons, it only works in four-hour stints. The dissonance is just enough to put me off; you have to be so close to the screen and so deliberate that every time it fails I just want to disable it completely.

On the other hand, though, I dislike having to swipe up to unlock the phone every time; Face ID should let me bypass the lock screen altogether as Samsung's pressure-sensitive home button facilitates. Just tap the screen, authenticate, and let me in.

The upside is this: Apple nailed biometrics on the iPhone X, and Android manufacturers are going to have to think about whether they can and should try to compete, or just stick to the tried-and-tested rear or side fingerprint sensor, which is working well for them so far.

The size, weight, and materials

Apple calls the Gorilla Glass substrate covering the front and back of the iPhone X "the most durable glass ever made in a smartphone," but it's still glass, and it still scratches. I haven't dropped my unit yet, but judging from some tests it's not unbreakable, either.

That said, I really do like the overall design of the phone. It's slightly shorter and wider than the Galaxy S8, which also advertises a 5.8-inch bezel-less OLED display, but the stainless steel frame (shiny and chrome on my silver unit) looks expensive and feels distinctive. Given the $1000+ price, though, I'm not about to use this thing without a case, so I won't be seeing much of that chrome, for better or worse.

The iPhone X is also substantial — kind of like the Essential Phone in that regard. It's 174 grams, some 19g heavier than the Galaxy S8, and nearly identical to the much-larger S8+. Apple knows how to build a solid phone — it's been doing so for years — but the industrial design here doesn't feel worlds ahead of, say, Samsung or HTC. It's a luxury product that looks and costs the part, but doesn't feel considerably more so than the similarly-priced (and unapologetically aluminum) Galaxy Note 8.

What is does offer is a "Plus" set of features in a standard-sized body. I'd love to see Samsung offer a dual camera on its smaller Galaxy S9 flagship next year, because that size — the iPhone X, Galaxy S8, Essential Phone — hits the sweet spot for media consumption and one-handed use.

The screen and the notch

OLED is a big point of discussion right now, but the reality is that there's nothing particularly special about the iPhone's Samsung-made OLED screen. Like the latest displays on flagship Samsung phones, it's both incredibly sharp and vibrant, with near-perfect calibration, while also butting up against the limitations of modern OLED technology. Even Samsung hasn't figured out how to make an OLED display with an RGB stripe, so the iPhone X's sub-pixel array forms the same diamond shape as its Samsung rivals.

Blue shift is a thing, though not nearly to the same extent as the Pixel 2 XL, and even though the iPhone X's 2436 x 1125 pixel display is some 57 ppi denser than the iPhone 8 Plus's, you're still dealing with all the inherent properties, good or bad, of OLED. I like the screen and think it's probably among the best out there right now, but it's also Apple playing catch-up in a big way.

The notch, on the other hand, is interesting. A lot of early reviewers said that it "disappeared" into the experience of using the phone, but there I have to disagree. I see the notch, and am occasionally distracted by it, but here's what I've found: when an optimized iPhone app understands how to work within the confines of the notch, it's great. Google Photos, for instance, works beautifully by using the notch area as an accent; everything important — tabs, search bars, dialog boxes — are all below it.

There are still far too many apps that either haven't been optimized properly, and are therefore pillar-boxed, or haven't had enough time to really embrace the UX changes the iPhone X necessitates. Instagram, for instance, asks you to swipe up from the bottom to open a link in Stories — I've given up trying that move because it takes me home every time.

Even with its quirks, the notch is relatively innocuous in portrait mode. Switch to landscape, though, and nearly every situation looks odd. Safari doesn't wrap the design around the notch, which makes sense, while some games and video apps just ignore it altogether, so a portion of the content just isn't there.

It's inevitable that Apple will try to shrink the notch area until it disappears altogether, but until then we're stuck with a landscape experience that is truly problematic.

The gestures

The iPhone X's gestures are fine. I still think swiping down from the right side of the screen to access Control Center is a mistake, but given the way iOS is programmed, I don't see much of an alternative.

Android users will actually prefer the new system-wide gestures that return to the home screen with a swipe up from the bottom or switch quickly between apps with a horizontal flick of the thumb. There's still a learning curve, but it's neither insurmountable nor unintuitive; it took me a day or so to get used to.

In fact, the ability to quickly swipe between open apps is my favorite part of the new UX, since that's something I've been utilizing to great effect since Android 7.0 Nougat implemented the ability to tap twice on the multitasking button to switch between the last two active apps.

I've often wondered if Android will ever move away from a dedicated navigation bar and, if so, how it would work. Companies like Huawei and Motorola are moving in that direction with virtual or physical gesture areas that negate the need for static keys, but I've yet to find a solution that's reliable enough to switch to full-time. If and when Google decides to address this, I'm sure the solution will feel more natural for the platform.

The haptics

Haptics don't get a tremendous amount of attention, but they should: Apple's Taptic Engine is awesome, and should be fiercely emulated by every Android manufacturer. LG did a good job with the V30 — its haptics are precise, subtle and extremely satisfying.

I don't love the way iPhone X conveys notifications, but if left on a desk, incoming pings don't vibrate my coffee mug off the table; instead, it's more directional and therefore more effective. Given that Android uses haptics for so much of its OS-wide interaction, I'd love to see a company like Samsung spend more time on this.

The cameras

I'm pleased that Apple managed to fit a second stabilization module inside the iPhone X's secondary camera, because telephoto shots benefit from the additional gyro data, but it's clear to me, despite what DxOMark says about the phone's still photo fidelity, that it can't compete with the Pixel 2 for sheer delightful output.

iPhone X (left) | Pixel 2 (right)

What the iPhone X offers, as most iPhones have since 2010's iPhone 4, is consistency. Every photo taken with the iPhone X is usable — realistically grainy in low light, or properly exposed in bright, harsh sun — if not spectacular.

I also think it's interesting, and kind of hilarious, that Apple got beaten by Google in the race to the selfie portrait; even with all of the miraculous Kinect-like tech inside the notch, portrait selfies don't look any better — and in some cases are notably worse — than those transmuted by Google's tiny little front-facing camera and machine learning algorithms.

As I found with the Note 8's secondary telephoto lens, I appreciate its presence, but rarely use it. That it's stabilized, with a slightly wider ƒ/2.4 aperture, should help with the occasional video I shoot — the fact that the iPhone X can deliver 4K video at 60fps is one of the few standout features of the A11 Bionic chip, which is close to twice as fast as Qualcomm's flagship platform these days — but I haven't noticed an appreciable boost in quality over the iPhone 8 Plus.

In low light, the Pixel 2 is better, but not by much — Google is doing a better job with post-processing, since the above photo, taken in almost total darkness and lit only by the street lights and my wife's phone screen, is ISO4800 on the Pixel 2 but not as grainy as the iPhone's ISO2000.

I want to like the new Portrait Lighting modes that avail themselves of both the front and rear cameras. I almost always prefer the "Natural Light", or default, version of a photo, but I have also come across a few examples that really impress me.

As for Animoji — well, I'm having fun with them.

Battery life

I find Apple's descriptions of iPhone battery life to be confusing at best and frustrating at worst. On its specs page for the iPhone X, Apple claims that it "lasts up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7," which is not helpful to me at all considering the iPhone 7 runs completely different silicon and, when it was released, was priced more than $300 less.

I'm getting all-day battery life, but an iPhone 8 Plus this isn't.

Instead, I want to be able to judge the iPhone X compared to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and the only useful metric Apple gives me is something called "Internet use," which is neither specific nor helpful.

I've learned that despite claiming "up to 12 hours" of internet use on both the iPhone 8 and X, and 13 hours on the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X falls somewhere in the middle of those legacy designs. I usually get to sleep with 10-15% battery left, which is what I'd have remaining from a Galaxy S8, and slightly less than from the Pixel 2. In other words, larger Android flagships still wipe the floor with the iPhone X for longevity, but I've yet to find an Android phone other than, say, the Huawei Mate 9, that can compete with the iPhone 8 Plus.

iOS and the ecosystem

I spend a lot of time these days going between phones — between phones running "stock" Android and others running stock Android, and others still running versions of Android you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy (but fewer of those every year, thankfully), and iOS.

iOS still feels like a static mess in some ways, full of stolid, uncaring icons, red badges shouting at me to clear them, and a home screen completely unwilling to work with my aesthetic sensibilities.

But it's also, like, so fast. Android could only dream of maintaining the touch responsiveness and consistent frames per second that iOS so effortlessly achieves. You may think your Galaxy or Pixel is buttery smooth, but compare it to the flawless movement of the iPhone X home gesture and you'll be quickly humbled.

Those apps, too, are still better. I want to believe, now that we're in 2017 and not 2012, that developers care as deeply about feature parity on Android, but they don't: the best indie apps still don't come to Android (although one can argue, and I'd agree in some cases, that the indie app scene is extremely vibrant on Android — just in a way that doesn't make them much money); games arrive months late, if at all; and beloved products, especially camera-based networks like Instagram and Snapchat, lack specific features or optimizations that drive me crazy.

It's 2017 and you still can't count on Android apps to be of the same quality as their iOS counterparts.

My banking app, for instance, brought Touch ID (and, thanks to transferrable APIs, Face ID) support to its iOS app two years ago; the Android version forces me to enter my password like a chump every time. My favorite writing app, Bear, has no intention of building an Android version, and my formerly favorite meal-planning app, Grocery King, hasn't updated its Android app in over two years.

Of course, given that I spent the vast majority of my year with Android, I have come up with viable cross-platform alternatives — Google Docs is pretty good, and Mealime is great, too — but it still feels like Android apps play second fiddle to their iOS counterparts.

Apple deserves a lot of credit here, too. Android creation is known to be more cumbersome, both in app development due to Java, and in maintenance thanks to the sheer number of devices in use, but Apple has built an extraordinary ecosystem of dedicated developers that want to try to eke out a living on iOS. Apple's curation services are pretty great, too, especially with iOS 11: I always feel like there are great new apps to check out in the App store, but with Google Play I never know what the algorithm is going to feed me.

But Android is still better in these ways...

After spending any length of time with iOS, a few things really stand out to me: notifications are still much better on Android; the typing experience is more enjoyable on Android; using Android is much more flexible; and the variety of Android hardware is breathtaking.

Notifications are among the most critical details in any operating system today, and Android nailed it years ago and only continues to get better with every iteration. Google's lead in this regard is so absolute it might as well as insurmountable. In contrast, I loathe dealing with notifications on the iPhone.

Android and iOS are now very similar, but Google's platform has a couple of important advantages.

Typing, too, is considerably more enjoyable on most Android phones, mainly due to Gboard, which (ironically) started out as a third-party iOS app and brought its best features to its own mobile OS. Gboard's autocorrect is smart and reliable and its performance is near-perfect even on older hardware. And like Android itself, you can modify it to look and act the way you want. Apple added a bunch of that stuff to QuickType in iOS 10 and 11, but I always prefer to peck out long-form emails on my Pixel than my iPhone X.

I also love spending time with new Android phones, from the no-nonsense metal chassis of the $229 Moto G5 Plus to the mesmerizing light shifts of the Solar Red HTC U11. Android's openness has facilitated a revolution of smartphone construction and deconstruction, and Google's OS continues to allow practically anybody, at any price point, to get on the internet.

Should you buy an iPhone X?

Apple deserves a lot of credit not just for pushing the envelope of smartphone hardware innovation — look at iFixit's teardown of the iPhone X to see just how elegantly the whole interior is laid out — but for creating an ecosystem where, once you're in, you don't want to leave.

And while I know it's gauche to want us all to live in harmony, in my ideal world I'd have every devoted Android user try the iPhone X for a few days, and every devout iPhone addict use, say, a Galaxy Note 8 or Pixel 2 for the same amount of time. There are lessons to be learned from exploring the differences between the two and, in the end, realizing that they're not so different.

Android devotees probably have little interest in buying an iPhone X, especially one that costs $1000. That's fair: this is a very expensive phone. But if you're aghast at the presence of this review on Android Central, you're exactly the person who should try it, both to see what you hate and what you like.

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6 days ago

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

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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.

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Google Home

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

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Echo Spot

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Xbox One X

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} } @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; } .wp #header-navigation-right>ul>li, .wp .header #navigation ul ul, .wp .header #header-navigation-right ul ul { border-color: #684fb4; } .wp #header-navigation-left li, .wp #header-navigation-right>ul>li { border-color: #684fb4 !important; } .wp .header:after, .wp .header #navigation ul li:hover, .wp .header #navigation ul li.active, .wp .header .header-navigation ul>li:hover, .wp .header .header-navigation ul>li.active, .wp .header #header-navigation-right .search.active, .wp .navigation-right .menu ul li:hover a, .wp .navigation-right .menu ul li.hover a, .wp .navigation-right .menu ul li.hover-f a, .wp .header #header-navigation-right ul ul li:hover a, .wp .header #navigation ul ul li:hover a, .wp .top-header__navigation-item a:focus, .wp .top-header__navigation-item a:hover, .wp .top-header__navigation-item button:focus, .wp .top-header__navigation-item button:hover, .wp .top-header__drawer-toggle, .wp .top-header--scrolled .top-header__drawer-toggle { background: #943b73; color: #fff; 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Motorola's latest mid-ranger is now available in India.

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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.

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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.

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