Google's new phones are beautiful ... but can be fragile.
Not everyone uses a case on their phone, and those who do may not even use a case every day. But one thing is certain: your Google Pixel or Pixel XL is a very expensive piece of hardware, and that means you should consider the options for protecting it.
We're not just talking about a drop from shoulder height onto concrete. There are...
This is shaping up to be a big phone ... but not as big as you'd think.
We're still over a month away from an expected announcement of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and that means we're well into the flow of leaks. The latest, which comes from @evleaks, details purported specs for the larger Galaxy S8+ — and aside from physical size it looks to be very similar to the smaller Galaxy S8.
Update: As of February 2017, the LG V20 still provides the best overall video experience. The Pixel is in a close second place.
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The LG V20 builds on its predecessor's vision of offering a fantastic imaging experience — and that goes for both still shots...
Pokémon Go isn't just a short-term thing, so you're going to need a battery pack.
It's no secret that keeping your phone's screen, processor, mobile network and GPS ramped up for hours on end is going to kill your battery off pretty quickly, and those are precisely the things you're doing when out in the wild playing Pokémon Go. If you haven't had a need for a portable battery pack before, you...
Update February 2017: Google's Pixel still remains our top unlocked choice, and we've added a caveat to our Galaxy S7 recommendation denoting its age.
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When you're buying an unlocked phone, our recommendation is unchanged from our overall best Android phone pick: it's the Google...
I still mourn the loss of MagSafe, but this charger interoperability over USB-C certainly helps ease the pain.
In this massive transition to USB-C connectors across all of our devices, there are a few victories dotted along the path of annoyances and dongles. I've found some exciting USB-C adaptors in the past few months, but one thing that's fantastic over and over again is the seamless...
Watches are all about personalization — yes, even the hardware buttons.
Android Wear 2.0 opens up new hardware possibilities for wearable makers, including the inclusion of extra hardware shortcut buttons on the case. These buttons typically land above and below the power button on the side of the watch, and can be customized to launch any app that you have installed.
So if you have a watch...
Samsung's latest Chromebooks are here, and you have plenty of places to buy them.
With the two new laptops, Samsung has tossed its hat into the ring to be considered for the best mid-range Chromebooks available today. With a thin-and-light metal frame, brilliant QHD display and a stylus, it's worth taking a look at these machines. Your only decision is whether to buy the $550 "Pro" model with...
Watch faces aren't just for looks anymore — now they can give you tons of useful information.
Android Wear 2.0 brings a ton of new features to your smartwatch, but one of the more noticeable is the addition of customizable "complications" on your watch faces. Complications are a two part system — watch face developers can design their faces to have open slots of the complications, and app...
A combined strategy of in-house hardware and strong partnerships can work — under the right circumstances.
Google has been riding a wave of consumer confidence the past couple of months following its late-fall hardware launch of the Pixels, Google Home and Chromecast Ultra. But this week, we saw the other side of its strategy: launching products with its long-standing hardware partners running...
The sleek and beautiful LG Watch Style is available for an affordable price.
At just $249 and with a size that appeals to a wide range of buyers, the LG Watch Style has the features for success. The final part of the equation is where to buy it — and thankfully, Google has a big partner on board in Best Buy to supplement availability online from the Google Store.
The LG Watch Style is now...
At launch you have three places to buy the latest LTE-connected Android Wear watch.
The new LG Watch Sport is here, and Google is giving you three different places to buy it at launch: its own Google Store, as well as AT&T and Verizon, its U.S. carrier partners.
To simplify things, every LG Watch Sport includes an LTE radio is sold unlocked — meaning you don't have to make up your mind...
There will be plenty of Android Wear watches in 2017, but LG has the latest crop to look at.
Lots of people are getting excited about Android Wear 2.0, and that means answering the next inevitable question: do I want the LG Watch Sport, or the LG Watch Style? Though both watches run the new software and launched at the same time, they are on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of size,...
This line is an excellent one-two punch that brings Samsung back into the conversation of lust-worthy Chromebooks.
If you haven't noticed by now, Chromebooks are definitely A Thing™. Unfortunately, until about the last year they have typically been low-end machines that didn't offer much to get excited about in terms of component quality or features. Models like the Dell Chromebook 13,...
Verizon is offering its own smartwatch, because why not?
Riding on the news of the the LG Watch Sport being announced, Verizon is also releasing a self-branded exclusive smartwatch running Android Wear 2.0 called the Wear24. Much like its own Ellipsis tablets, the Wear24 watch is a less-expensive option that Verizon can offer without managing a partnership for a big brand name company.
This small watch has the basics covered.
Looking at the previous crop of Android Wear watches, many wanted something that was a bit smaller, thinner and easier to manage on an average wrist. LG answered with its LG Watch Style, which comes in with a smaller display, compact case and subtle thickness. Inside that case you get all of the basic specs, though, and simply miss out on some of the...
LG was a launch partner for Android Wear, and now it's leading the charge for Android Wear 2.0.
After being quite exciting in its early days, Android Wear really lost whatever luster it initially had over the last two years. Google did a great job getting a good variety of more traditional fashion brands on board for new and interesting hardware throughout 2015 and even into 2016, but with the...
Welcome to a new era of Android Wear smartwatches.
Google is ready to launch its newest revision of Android Wear, version 2.0, and it has paired up with LG for two new smartwatches to showcase the latest software. The LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style are launching in tandem to show both sides of what Android Wear can be — big and powerful, but also slim and beautiful.
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If you like bells and whistles, you get them on the LG Watch Sport.
On the opposite end of the spectrum from the LG Watch Style, we also have the big and brawny LG Watch Sport. The name gives it away — this is a sport-focused watch that includes some nice features. Its big circular display offers ambient brightness sensing, and the thick case gives you a speaker, LTE, a top-notch heart rate...
Update, 8 February 2017: The Google Pixel is still our favorite phone for taking photos, but we've replaced the OnePlus 3 with its venerable (and slightly improved) successor, the OnePlus 3T.
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Google's new Pixel phone comes out on top when you look at photo quality,...