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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.

The Best iPhones to buy in Summer 2021: Apple has a phone for every need!

In the market for a new iPhone? The good news is Apple has a myriad of options, from the newest and most cutting-edge 5G, 5nm handsets to older devices that are still very capable thanks to Apple's best-in-industry software updates. For example, the upcoming iOS 15 will be going to devices as old as the...

Need a tablet within your budget? These are the Best iPads right now!

Apple's iPad series has been considered the best tablet on the market for well over a decade, and while challengers running Windows and Android have stepped up their game in recent years, the most polished and well-rounded tablet with the best app ecosystem is still Apple's machine. But there are so many iPads out there that...

Huawei Watch 3 Review: A premium smartwatch, but HarmonyOS is a work-in-progress

Last month Huawei held a virtual launch event that saw the official global launch of HarmonyOS, the company's new operating system developed in response to the U.S. government's ban. Alongside the software announcement, Huawei also announced a slew of new hardware that will be among the first Huawei products to run the new OS, including...

These are the Best Motorola Phones to buy: Edge Plus, G Power, One Action, and more!

One of the few smartphone brands that existed in the "dumb" phone era, Motorola's smartphones are still churning along today, especially in North America where there are openings for those seeking alternatives to the Apple-Samsung duopoly. While Motorola mostly sells more affordable handsets -- some of which cracked our Best Cheap Phones list -- it...

Sharp Aquos R6 Hands-On: This huge 1-inch camera sensor can’t compensate for lackluster software processing

Japanese smartphones haven't been relevant on a global stage in many years -- partly because most non-Sony devices are not sold in chunks of the world, but also because the phones just didn't offer competitive hardware compared to Apple, Samsung, or Chinese brands like Huawei and Xiaomi. This year seems to be the year Japanese smartphone...

Games on Windows 11 will look better and load faster thanks to Xbox tech

One big advantage Windows machines have over Macs is that they're more suitable for gaming, and Microsoft is looking to further that lead with a series of new improvements coming to Windows 11. At today's big Windows event, Microsoft's corporate Vice President of Xbox, Sarah Bond, took to the virtual stage to announce a host...

Windows updates won’t be as painful with Windows 11

Microsoft's Windows 11 event is underway, and just a few minutes in, Microsoft has already announced a big change. When Windows 11 gets a software update, it will happen in the background and should finish much faster than before because updates will be 40% smaller. This is a major improvement for Windows, a platform on which...

Googlefier lets you easily install Google apps on Huawei devices

The Google ban imposed on Huawei by the U.S. government has led to the Chinese tech giant's once burgeoning phone business falling off a cliff, because as great as Huawei's smartphone hardware may be, not having access to core Google Mobile Services apps such as YouTube and Google Drive makes the phone's software very hard to...

These are the Best Huawei Phones you can buy in 2021: Mate X2, P40 Pro, and more!

It's hard to talk about Huawei smartphones without addressing the elephant in the room, so we might as well get it out of the way immediately. Any Huawei smartphone released in the last two years or so cannot run basic Google apps like YouTube and Google Docs due to ongoing US sanctions. The accusations thrown...

The new iMac’s color-matched Magic Mouse and Touch ID Keyboard look better than they perform

In the world of consumer tech, products usually get substantial internal upgrades or flashy design overhaul, but Apple's new 24-inch 2021 iMac managed to offer both. It upgrades to the industry-shaking M1 silicon, and gets a beautiful and sexy new body that's more colorful and thinner than ever. XDA's Rich Woods is still in the process...

Xperia 1 III Hands-on: Sony has finally hit its stride

It's hard to stand out in the Android smartphone space these days, but Sony's new Xperia 1 III manages to do just that with a couple of tricks: It's the first phone in the world to sport a 4K, 120Hz OLED panel and a variable Periscope zoom lens with a focal length that can switch...

iPadOS 15 Developer Beta 1 Hands-On: Quick Notes is a gamechanger, split-screen finally works well

I recently wrote an opinion piece about how iPadOS holds back the new M1-powered iPad Pro, because what good is having super-powerful silicon that can outperform Intel-powered desktops if the software on the iPad itself is just a blown-up version of the iPhone UI? Among my gripes were limited multi-tasking and a restricted homescreen. Well, Apple...