Despite the obvious different in form factor, the Pixel 8 Pro and Razr+ share a few things in common
At first glance, the Google Pixel 8 Pro and Motorola Razr+ might not have much in common, but if you strip away the folding display — easier said than done — the devices become much more comparable. Both have great performance, solid battery life, and user-friendly software experiences, but buying a foldable is a different kind of commitment.
Ready for a new phone? AT&T makes is easy with support for a wide range of Androids and a growing 5G network
Whether you're completely new to AT&T or looking to upgrade your current device, there are plenty of quality options to fit almost any budget. Even though buying an unlocked device is always the best option, smartphone price tags can be staggering. Because of this, AT&T offers carrier financing options that allow you to spread the cost out over time — instead of paying all at once, you pay monthly over 36 months.
It's not perfect, but the OnePlus Open should be a wake up call to the competition
Although the OnePlus Open is the company's first foldable, realistically, it's a third-generation device, with Oppo’s Find N series paving the way. Even still, the Open features improvements that top the fifth-generation Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and add functionality that Google Pixel Fold users could only currently dream of. The OnePlus Open earns its status as a great foldable phone because it feels like it was designed and engineered by people who learned from previous foldable mistakes. And while the creature comforts might seem small, the result is definitely more impactful than the sum of their parts.
If you're looking for an eco-friendly way to take and sort notes, a good smart notebook is for you
If you’re tired of keeping stacks and stacks of notebooks around, smart notebooks provide a great solution, which gives you all the ease and organization of notebooks without the extra mess by scanning your notes into your smartphone.
Google's Pixel tablet goes up against Apple's compact iPad
Google's history with tablets is a bit of a mixed bag, featuring hits and misses with the Nexus 7 tablets and Pixel Slate devices, respectively. While the Google Pixel Tablet is a step in the right direction, it still suffers from a few first-generation shortcomings.
Spending $600 on a smartphone gets you a lot more than it used to
It wasn't long ago that premium features and performance were reserved for the best smartphones around, devices that regularly clock in at prices north of $1,000. But over the past couple of years, that's changed, with a range of offerings all for around $600. However, none of these phones come without compromises, with each manufacturer deciding how to cut costs on these “budget” flagships. With that in mind, let’s look at the most essential elements that separate a good budget flagship from a bad one.
The Pixel Tablet may be the better device, but if your tablet usage is limited to binge-watching, do you need to spend more?
The Google Pixel Tablet was a highly anticipated release that hit the market midway through 2023. Its impressive spec sheet and competitive pricing made this Pixel device one of the most sought after Android tablets of the year. But for anyone looking to save a few dollars on their next purchase, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 might still prove to be the better option.
Even though they are remarkably similar, there are important differences based on age groups
Amazon has released two new Fire HD 10 tablets catering to kids. And while the children will be the ones who benefit, we know the parents have to decide which tablet is the best fit. Unlike most tablet comparisons, the decision between the Fire HD 10 Kids and Kids Pro has nothing to do with price, as they cost the same. Nor will it have anything to do with specs — the devices are nearly identical. Instead, we'll discuss the different age groups and software restrictions on both to ensure you decide which tablet is right for your child.
It performs like a gaming keyboard but offers a refined low-profile design
I appreciate a thocky gaming keyboard as much as the next person, but if you’re looking for a sleeker, more Instagram-worthy setup, Razer may have the answer with its DeathStalker V2 Pro. The company aims to maintain the performance you’d expect from a high-end mechanical keyboard while looking slim and professional on your desk.
Motorola offers three colors of vegan leather to choose from
If you’re a fan of the Motorola Razr+ but don’t want to shell out close to $1,000, Motorola has another option worth considering. The Razr 40, previously released overseas, is coming to the United States as the Razr (2023). It still looks likely to be one of the best foldable phones around, but at a much friendlier $700 price point.
They may be mini, but these JBuds punch above their weight
When I use the Jbuds Mini, I’m reminded of a scene from the movie Moneyball. A recently acquired player learns that, unlike other teams around the league, the Oakland A’s make players pay for soda in the locker room. When he asks management about it, he’s informed that the team likes to keep the money on the field — giving them the best chance to win.
$100 may be a significant increase, but Google's latest phones justify their cost
Google's latest smartphones are here, and with a new generation of AI goodness comes higher prices. I found myself mildly surprised when Google announced the costs for both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, charging $100 over their predecessors, and I know I'm not alone. Even with inflation, I expected the company to maintain its place as the value flagship king — effectively insulating itself from the additional scrutiny a higher-priced device would receive.
The Pixel 8 may be out now, but Google is making us wait for some cool features
While watching Google announce the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, I was reminded of a scene from Star Trek: Generations. Captain Kirk is invited to christen the new Enterprise and join her for a maiden cruise. An emergency develops, and Kirk is forced into command to help save the day, leading to something of a crisis. Because the ship wasn’t meant to head into battle, several key systems are missing. Every time an exasperated Kirk asks for the tractor beam or photon torpedoes, he's met with the same response from the crew — that won't be installed until Tuesday.
It's not a flashy upgrade, but that's not what the Pixel Watch needed
In preparation for the Google Pixel Watch 2’s arrival, I spent a week with the original back on my wrist. I wanted to see what I liked about the watch in the first place and what areas needed improvement, even after a year of software updates. The more I thought about it, the more I realized the original Pixel Watch wasn’t all that bad — it was just frustrating. It had almost every feature you could want in a modern smartwatch with a premium build quality, but the battery life couldn’t keep up. What good is all that functionality on your wrist if it’s a paperweight by evening?
The Blink Outdoor 4 camera system would make Ron Popeil proud with its outstanding two-year battery life
Outdoor camera setups can be quite a pain. Depending on the type of coverage you desire, you may need to run cables and connectors, all the while hoping there is a power outlet close enough to make it all work. While there are plenty of wireless options, Blink throws its hat back in the ring with the Outdoor 4. It boasts a wider viewing angle, better picture quality, and improved motion alerts for an overall enhanced experience over the Outdoor 3. In addition, Blink claims to have maintained the two-year battery life on a pair of AA batteries, keeping it relatively low maintenance.
While both feature lots of tracking options, the Charge 6 has more to offer
If you want to update your fitness tracker, Fitbit has some enticing options, especially with the newly announced Fitbit Charge 6. While the Charge 6 doesn’t represent a huge design change over the Charge 5, there are still some important internal improvements to this year’s model.
Google's put some excellent colors on devices over the years — here are our five favorites
I don’t know what happened to smartphones. Companies used to create vibrant devices with multiple enticing colorways to choose from. Today, Apple, Google, and Samsung seem to be competing to see which can ship the most muted hues. It wasn’t always like this. Google, in particular, used to embrace beautiful colorways, but all hope is not lost. With the Pixel 7a, it proved it could still embrace pigment — and the upcoming Pixel 8 series promises even more choices. With that in mind, I want to look back at some of our favorite Google Pixel colorways over the years.
The Nord N30 is a scratch magnet, so you'll want options to protect it
Over the years, cheap smartphones have continued to get better and better. We see this with OnePlus’s Nord N30, which, although it isn’t so much of an upgrade from the Nord N20, offers a relatively close to flagship-level experience.
Both offer great tracking experiences, but the ScanWatch 2 does enough to justify the price
Hybrid smartwatches are an attractive option for many people. You get most of the health-tracking benefits of the best smartwatches but also the aesthetic and flexibility of an analog watch. It’s a combination that works well in a more formal setting or if you just prefer the look of an old-school watch on your wrist.
It will largely depend on which phone you own, but there are some important differences
With Apple showing off its shiny new Watch Series 9, many customers may be considering an upgrade of their smartwatch. While the Series 9 features some impressive enhancements, it’s not the only smartwatch in the marketplace, and if you’re using an Android phone, the experience is not a pleasant one.