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Discussion: Should Samsung still launch a Galaxy Note this year?

Samsung announced the Galaxy S21 series earlier this week, putting all speculations and rumors to an end. With a radical design, improved performance, new camera features, and more, the Galaxy S21 series makes for an interesting package. But if there's one feature that is set to rewrite the fate of Samsung's flagship lineup, it is...

Discussion: What are you most looking forward to in 2021?

2020 definitely gave us much more than what we wanted. While it can unanimously be called more bitter than sweet, the tech industry saw major advancements. Last week, we asked you about your favorite smartphone features of 2020 and your favorite smartphone of 2020 and received some exceptional responses. But since we are already in...

Discussion: Would you pay for a charger separately with each new phone?

Apple is undisputedly the biggest trendsetter in the smartphone industry. Despite ridicule from Android fans and brands, these controversial trends by Apple end up materializing and being adopted by these very brands. The latest in the series is the removal of a charger from the box of the iPhone 12 and future phones. Whether you...

Discussion: What was your favorite smartphone of 2020?

2020 has been an unusual year in many ways. The global pandemic threw a wrench in the execution of plans by smartphone brands, especially in countries where a total lockdown on all forms of non-essential economic activity was imposed. However, these barriers were not enough to contain the strong momentum of the smartphone industry that...

Discussion: What was your favorite smartphone feature in 2020?

Over the years, our usage of and dependence on smartphones has increased multifold. Our smartphones are smarter, faster, and more capable than ever, data is cheaper, and we can charge our smartphone batteries much quicker than ever. However, when cabin fever hit most of us in 2020, smartphones became more than just objects of use...

Discussion: Is Samsung intentionally making the Galaxy Note series irrelevant?

Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series are the headliners of its multi-billion-dollar smartphone business. As the world's largest smartphone manufacturer by volume, Samsung has many hats to wear. But these two series have primarily driven smartphone innovation for nearly a decade. However, Samsung has lately diverted its attention towards nurturing its range of foldable...

What do you think of Apple’s new iPhone 12 series?

Today, Apple announced four new iPhones as part of 2020 iPhone 12 series phone lineup: the iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The new iPhones mark a big push towards 5G for Apple, and for better or for worse, the rest of the smartphone ecosystem...

Last year’s flagship parts make this year’s “flagship killers”

It's no mystery that 5G has a big impact on the prices of premium smartphones. Carriers see 5G as a marketing term they can tout even before it's actually widely available, resulting in manufacturers being pushed to include a feature not many people can use. 5G and the many components that are needed to support...

What do you think of the new Apple iPhone SE?

Here at XDA-Developers, we don't really talk about the Apple iPhone as much as we could. This is despite the fact that the latest iPhones have consistently been the benchmark against which Android flagships are compared against, and thus parallels will always be drawn. Everything that Apple does draws attention from competitors, and each of...

[Discussion] How long do you keep your phone?

Smartphone longevity is something we probably don't talk about enough. We tend to get caught up in the cycle of new phones being announced almost every week. The average person isn't buying a new phone every week, month, or even year. In fact, according to recent research, the average Samsung phone is active for 16.5...

[Discussion] Did you pre-order the Stadia Founder’s Edition bundle?

Google's game streaming service, Stadia, was announced back in March, but this week we learned many important details. We finally know how much it will cost ($10 per month), if there will be a free tier (yes), how many games will be available at launch (31), the price of the controller ($69), and more. Google...

[Discussion] What are your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S10 devices?

After months of anticipation and waiting, Samsung finally revealed the Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+. We're still digging through these devices and finding tidbits of information. At this point, it's a tradition for Samsung to release the S series of smartphones in late February. Unlike the last two or three years, we didn't see...