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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...

[Discussion] Display holes, slider phones, or notches: What trend will dominate 2019?

It has been nearly two years since manufacturers started racing to make a truly bezel-less device. As you may have already figured, packing in the camera, microphone, speakers, accelerometer, and other kinds of components, is not so easy in a phone without bezels. That's why OEMs came up with notches - a temporary workaround while...

[Discussion] What keyboard are you using on your Android phone?

Thanks to the open nature of Android, it's extremely easy to go on the Google Play Store and pick out a keyboard of your liking for typing. While most keyboards are remarkably similar, you occasionally will get something a bit more unique included. The Google Keyboard (Gboard), for example, can translate into another language directly...

[Discussion] What is your favorite smartphone announced in October?

We're already well into the last quarter of 2018, and the cool fall weather reminds us that we're not too far away from 2019 now. But while it's not quite done yet, it's safe to say 2018 has been a pretty exciting year for the smartphone scene. Lots of cool technology, including different kinds of...

[Discussion] Do you think 4GBs of RAM is enough for a smartphone today?

As time goes, smartphones keep getting better and better. Manufacturers come up with new ways to cram beefy specs inside little packages. They learned how to reduce the size of bezels, put the fingerprint scanner underneath the display, and, unfortunately, remove the 3.5mm headphone jack. One thing that has been a topic of controversy is...

[Discussion] How’s your older smartphone or tablet holding up?

Before the time of triple cameras and screens with notches, there was the time of Android tablets, "phablets," and smartphones that sported the "bleeding edge-to-edge technology" like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. In today's world, there's a myriad of new features and hardware accessories being launched every single day. From features like facial recognition, the...

Do you prefer having fewer options in a camera app, or more?

Over the last few years, we've seen OEMs really put a lot of effort into improving the quality of the photos taken with smartphone cameras. Some companies have begun implementing AI into their algorithms, while others are using it to detect what is on the screen so it can adjust some settings before the photos...