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What Was the Most Disappointing Phone Release in Recent Memory?

We've become used to the typical phone releases at the expected times, often knowing well ahead of each announcement just what to look forward to. As numbers in specification sheets arguably climb up accross the board, and as phones implement more premium or durable materials, you'd think it'd be hard for us to complain about...

Telus Announces Essential Phone Availability for Canada

The founder of the Android Operating System, Andy Rubin, has been making plenty of headlines in the past few weeks with his latest ventures, which come in the form of the company Essential Products, which set up operations back in November of 2015. The company is releasing a couple of new products, with their main...

When and For What Reasons do You Upgrade Smartphones?

With new devices in the horizon, including the buzz-generating Essential Phone and much-hyped OnePlus 5, there's many of us looking to buy a new device in 2017 to take advantage of faster processors, richer screens, and minimal bezels in newer designs. However, we often don't have a reason to upgrade, and it seems people usually fall...

How Would You Rate Your Phone’s Real-World Performance?

Android has had a rocky path towards general optimizations and, ultimately, fluidity and smoothness. Updates and projects like KitKat and Project Butter and Svelte have definitely contributed improvements and made our phones feel smoother. But as mobile devices begin targeting 120hz refresh rates, how do our current phones stack up? There is a lot to performance, and...

What Do You Think of Bezel-Less Smartphones in 2017?

Going bezel-less is the new trend this year as popular OEMs continue to push the literal boundaries for the displays on their devices. Flagships are getting smaller without compromising the display size, although a few OEMs do employ different aspect ratios which affect the perception of the display's diagonal as a measure of size. With new bezel-less...

What Do You Want from the OnePlus 5?

The OnePlus 3T is ending its production run, so we now move on to the next flagship from OnePlus. The next flagship device will obviously have flagship specifications, like the Snapdragon 835 that OnePlus confirmed themselves. The competition this year goes beyond specifications though. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ pushed the envelope for smartphone design,...

HTC U11 Unveiled: Squeezable Flagship with Snapdragon 835 and a Pressure-Sensitive Frame

HTC has just officially unveiled the newest device in their latest "U" flagship line-up -- the HTC U11, a premium smartphone with some unique features and excellent hardware. What does this new vision for the company bring to the table? In terms of internal hardware specifications, the HTC U11 doesn't disappoint. While the HTC U Ultra...

The P10 Hardware Lottery Exemplifies the Kind of Decision-Making That’s Holding Huawei Back

Any press is good press, or so they say. That's a phrase often used when a company finds itself in a precarious situation -- but as Samsung learned first hand, in a hyperactive segment like this ever changing mobile space, the smallest misstep can turn out to have grave ramifications. Huawei is learning this first hand...

What are your first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were near the end of March, and Samsung's marketing and advertising machinery has been hard at work to ensure word about the devices and all of their new features and functionality reaches far and wide. Being Samsung's current flagships, there are a lot of expectations from the devices, and early opinions...

What Could Make Android Tablets Relevant/Interesting Again?

Just a few years ago, Android tablets were being churned out at ludicrous rates, with their year-on-year advancements almost matching those we found on smartphones. The growth of the tablet market has been stifling for the last couple of years, though, with seemingly nothing being able to jolt them back in motion. Other than Samsung, OEMs...

What Are Your Thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have finally been launched. Packing in some impressively-designed hardware with promising software features, the S8 and S8+ will be the phones that every other flagship will be pitched against this year. How OEMs react and what they bring out to compete against Samsung will also determine how well they will...

Google Introduces the #myAndroid Taste Test to Build your Homescreen. Share your results with XDA!

One of the main reasons why many people love Android over iOS is the extensive customizability of the UI. Through custom launchers, icon packs, wallpapers, and more you can personalize your device according to your taste. Some people, though, find the abundance of choice to be simply overwhelming. If you're one of those people, then Google's...