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The ASUS ZenFone 8 is the small phone to beat in 2021

I remember the first time I was ever truly excited about a smartphone. When HTC (remember when they were relevant?) released the Evo 4G on Sprint, it was the first Android phone to be widely considered a proper iPhone competitor. It was also considered a huge smartphone at the time as its 4.3-inch display dwarfed...

Surface Laptop 4 Review: Microsoft plays catch-up with Intel Tiger Lake

Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop 4 is, well, mostly a spec bump from the Surface Laptop 3, but it’s a pretty significant one. The laptop’s predecessor was offered with Intel’s Ice Lake processors with Iris Plus Graphics in the 13.5-inch model, and AMD Ryzen 3000 chips in the consumer-focused 15-inch variant. Unsurprisingly, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4...

Android 12 DP3 Analysis: Here are all the hidden features!

In less than a month, Google will take the wraps off of Android 12 at Google I/O, but before then, we've just been given the third Developer Preview to sift through. DP3 contains a handful of new APIs and noticeable user-facing changes, but it also, as usual, contains loads of hidden changes under-the-hood. We've been...

Android 12 DP3 Changelog: All the new features we’ve found!

Google released the third Developer Preview for Android 12 earlier today. Officially, the release is once again aimed at developers, with new APIs for haptics, camera, and more. As usual, there are a couple of new user-facing features that we've found from a quick hands-on. If you're interested in finding out what new features are...

These are the best Xbox Series X, S, and Xbox One Games to play right now!

Whether you’ve just picked up a precious Xbox Series X/S, or you’re an Xbox One gamer who wants to know what to play next, we’ve got you covered. We’ve listed out the 23 games you must play if you’re an Xbox console owner. The Xbox Series X is one of the most powerful consoles ever created,...

The Mi Band 6 is yet another great-value fitness tracker from Xiaomi

Xiaomi's Mi Band series has been one of the best-selling fitness trackers globally for good reason — they offer a solid set of features, long battery life, and an affordable price around the $50 range. The new Mi Band 6 offers more of the same as the excellent Mi Band 5 but with two big...

LineageOS 18.1 Review: Android 11, coming to an old phone near you

LineageOS was created in 2016 as a stock-like Android custom ROM, following the collapse of the corporate-backed CyanogenMod project. It has gone through several major updates since then, but LineageOS has continued to bring a stock-like Android (and optionally Google-free) experience to dozens of phones and tablets. The most recent release — LineageOS 18.1 —...

The Definitive Guide to 5G: Everything you need to know about 5G

It's fair to say that since the last couple of years, there has been no buzzword having as strong a marketing impact as the word 5G. The word signifies so much that the industry has been promoting it every nook and corner. New smartphones support 5G. New carrier deployments talk about 5G services. Chip vendors...

The Huawei Mate X2 made me realize how much I was missing out on

The future of the smartphone is foldable. It's not a matter of if, but when foldables are priced low enough to overtake traditional flagships in popularity. Ask any person who's used a foldable phone, and they'll tell you the same thing: They're the future. Until this week, though, if you asked me about foldables, I...

OnePlus Watch Review: A Promising First Attempt at a Smartwatch

It's been a few years since OnePlus deviated from its roots as a smartphone-only brand, but apart from a limited venture selling TVs in a handful of markets, the company is still primarily a smartphone and smartphone accessory brand. OnePlus' latest accessory for smartphones is a wearable device called the OnePlus Watch. Launching this week,...

These are the Best Android Apps in April 2021: Tasker, VLC, Poweramp, Lithium, and more!

So you just got a new Android phone. You unbox it, take the plastic films off, and turn it on for the very first time. And then, you add your Google account and finish setting it up. Now it's time to download some apps! But if you're new to the Android ecosystem, you might not...

Pitting the Vivo X60 Pro Plus’ Gimbal Camera against the iPhone 12 and Galaxy S21 Ultra

Last month, I got my hands on the China version of the Vivo X60 Pro Plus and due to limited time I focused my testing on two areas -- the 50MP main camera co-engineered with Zeiss, and the quirky OriginOS software that sits somewhat buried inside the phone's standard Android skin. Now I have the global...