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What to Know About the Waterproofing on Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Your new smartphone might be missing a headphone jack, but it’s probably got a cool new feature to make up for it: water resistance. Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones are the latest smartphones from the search engine giant that ditch the 3.5mm jack (boosting the effectiveness of its water resistance efforts)…Read more… […]

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How to Check if Your New Smartphone is Running Last Year’s Android OS

The latest version of Android, Oreo, was released in August, and brought with it a host of new features that made Android more user-friendly. It also bundled services that made it easier for hardware manufacturers to update their own device’s software. Unfortunately, buying a brand new phone today doesn’t guarantee…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The OnePlus 5T Is a Very Damn Good Phone for a Reasonable Price

The price of high-end smartphones has gotten out of control. The iPhone X starts at $1000, while Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 retails at $950, and as much as I like nice things, ponying up that much for a phone is kind of ridiculous. Do we really need a notch that lets you turn your face […]

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Turn Your Moto Z Into a Polaroid Camera With This New Accessory

Smartphones have made it ridiculously easy to capture any moment with a photo, but as a result, we’re all buried in so many digital photos that each one feels less special. Having moved on from their iconic instant cameras, Polaroid has a solution—but only if you have the right smartphone on hand.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How the OnePlus 5T Stacks Up to Its Smartphone Competition

OnePlus has carved out a niche for itself in the competitive smartphone market by offering high-quality hardware at bargain prices. The company’s latest phone, the OnePlus 5T is no different, offering the kind of tech you’d expect from the latest Apple or Samsung device, but for half the price.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Android Will Finally Show You Which Apps Are Draining Your Battery

Soon, Android will finally let you monitor which apps use the most battery life on your phone. If you’re confused and thought you already had this functionality, you might be right! Some Android skins, like the one on the Galaxy S8, and some apps, like Greenify, already make it possible to detect which applications…Read more… […]

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What Do You Like (or Hate) About iPhone X?

The recently released iPhone X poses a pretty radical shift in terms of how iOS users interact with their smartphone from the moment they pick it up. It’s got a sizable screen, face-scanning technology, and a pair of cameras designed to make your subjects pop without toting a fancy camera.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What You Need to Know Before Buying That First-Generation Smartphone

2017 is shaping up to be a pretty remarkable year for first-generation smartphones. Android creator Andy Rubin debuted his new company’s Essential Phone, which uses embedded magnets to connect to gadgets like 360-degree cameras and charging docks. Gaming accessory company Razer announced its entertainment-centric …Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Set Up Google Project Fi on Your Pixel 2

If you’re getting a Pixel 2 (or waiting for the bugs to get worked out in the Pixel 2 XL), you’re probably connecting it to your current wireless carrier as soon as it’s done charging. It’s pretty straightforward if you’re buying the phone from your carrier, but if you’re curious about switching providers, there’s…Read more… […]

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4 Situations Where a Dedicated Camera Still Smokes a Smartphone

Smartphones have revolutionized the way we take pictures and record our lives—it’s hard to remember a time when we didn’t always have a camera with us. For all their convenience though, and all the smartphone camera improvements we’ve seen in the last few years, the dedicated camera isn’t dead yet.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Pixel 2 Review: Google Sticks to What It Does Best

When Google released the Pixel last year, it was taking a stand. No longer would Google hardware be tainted with the brands and logos of other companies, even if behind the scenes, Google still needed help from those same companies to actually build its phones. And despite designs that were almost offensively ugly, a…Read more… […]

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Pixel 2 Review: Google Sticks to What It Does Best

When Google released the Pixel last year, it was taking a stand. No longer would Google hardware be tainted with the brands and logos of other companies, even if behind the scenes, Google still needed help from those same companies to actually build its phones. And despite designs that were almost offensively ugly, a…Read more… […]

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You Don’t Need a SIM Card for the New Google Pixel 2

Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the company’s newest smartphones, but they don’t exactly break the mold. Both run Android 8.0, ditch the headphone jack in exchange for IP67 water and dust resistance, and feature an aluminum body, all table stakes among high-end Android smartphones. But one cool feature inside the…Read more… Continue […]

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This Cheap Smartphone Has a Ridiculous Battery, and It Makes Me Want to Cry

Battery life is the number one concern when people think about buying a new smartphone, to the point that if a phone had nearly double the longevity of even the most expensive flagship handsets, it would be easy to overlook some of its faults. But at some point deficiencies start to drag down the novelty […]

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How Does Google’s Pixel 2 Stack Up to Its Predecessor?

Today, Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, sequels to its original Pixel smartphones. The two phones would seem to be identical—save for the larger screen on the Pixel 2 XL—and they both run Android 8.0. You might be thinking of upgrading from the original Pixel to the Pixel 2, but before you […]

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