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Ben Sin
Ben Sin

I'm a senior editor at XDA Developers. I have been a journalist for a decade, the last five years covering the mobile tech scene closely, reviewing just about every phone and attending trade shows and launches. I also run a gadget review channel on YouTube.

Galaxy S21 Ultra, 72 hours later: 5 takeaways after using Samsung’s best phone

I've had the Samsung Galaxy S21 series in my possession for 72 hours now. During this time, most of my attention has been focused on the top dog, the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Three days isn't quite long enough for a full review, but enough time to form a lot of opinions. Here are my five...

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Hands-on: The new Zoom King by a mile

Samsung has just announced its Galaxy S21 series, which as expected includes three phones. We will have coverage of all three devices, but in this piece, we're focusing on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which is Samsung's new top dog smartphone and represents the very best Android has to offer right now – and perhaps for...

Xiaomi Mi 11 Hands-on: A gorgeous screen and Snapdragon 888 at a good price

Considering the world has been stuck in a pandemic for the better part of 2020, one might think the consumer tech space would slow down in 2021. Nope, not in the ever-competitive Android smartphone space. 2021 is not even a week old and the first flagship smartphone of the year has already arrived in the...

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold Hands-On: Foldable PCs are the Future

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from testing foldable devices over the past couple of years, it’s that the gen-two version is always much better than the original — so much so that the gen-one version immediately looks clunky and outdated. This was the case with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, the Motorola Razr...

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is hard to use with one hand because of iOS, not screen size

If you use an iPhone or have been around iPhone users long enough, you will likely have pulled off, or have seen others do this move in the gif below. This "loosen grip to slide a hand up the phone so the thumb can reach the top of the screen" action is as much a...

These are the best 5G phones you can buy right now in December 2020

5G in 2020 left a lot to be desired -- reception areas for high-band or mmWave (the speedy type) were hard to find, and mid and low-band (the slower, sub-6 type 5G) didn't quite reach true game-changing speeds. But with Apple officially on board the 5G train, this should push carriers into stepping up their...

Best Cheap Android Phones in December 2020: Google, Motorola, Samsung, OnePlus & More

2020 has been quite a rough year, but if we must find silver linings, one of which is that smartphone brands seem to have finally realized that phone prices have escalated out of control. Sure, the tip top flagships are still priced well into the four-digit range, but now there are plenty of really good...

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Camera Shootout

Even though us phone geeks know there are more than a handful of brands that put out great premium smartphones, to the average consumer their only real options appear to still be Apple and Samsung. And so every year around this time, it's worth comparing the latest iPhone against the latest Galaxy Note, because they represent...

Best Samsung Galaxy Phones For Any Budget Or Need (December 2020)

There's a reason why Samsung is the world's largest smartphone maker (by market share), with a loyal fanbase. The South Korean tech giant produces some of the most cutting-edge mobile tech in the world, but they also have a diverse range of products that fill other needs. So whether your budget is particularly tight, or...

These are the Best Android Phones to buy in 2020

As 2020 comes to a close — thank God! — we have a more finalized idea of the entire Android landscape for this year. And it’s been a good one, with slab phones arguably reaching the apex in fluidity and screen-to-body ratio, while brands also pushed out adventurous new form factors that bend or swivel. No...

Save $100 on the Marshall Action II Bluetooth Speaker this Black Friday

When it comes to audio amplifiers, British brand Marshall is one of the more iconic ones, having been the amplifiers of choice for many legendary rock and roll acts like Guns N' Roses and Jimi Hendrix. While music has gone from analog to mostly digital today, Marshall has nonetheless turned its iconic amplifier look into...

Pick up a 55-inch 4K Sony TV for $518, or a 75-inch model for $898, this Black Friday

With the pandemic not looking like it's ending anytime soon, more and more of us will be stuck at home for the next few weeks -- if not longer. This is where a gorgeous huge screen television can make the difference between feeling trapped and bored inside to finding the experience somewhat enjoyable. If your...