Buyer’s Guide

OnePlus 5T vs Essential vs Razer Phone: newcomers showdown

OnePlus 5T vs Essential vs Razer Phone: newcomers showdown

MWC 2018 is almost upon us and with it new flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S9, the 2018 LG V30, the Huawei Mate P20, and more will most likely hog the spotlight, one way or another, and it might be too easy to think that these are the best that the Android world has to offer. Or that you have to pay premium to get the best stuff. Fortunately, there are some new upstarts, and one still young company, that is giving the big boys a run for their money. We look at the OnePlus 5T, the Essential PH-1, and the Razer Phone to see which of these three rebels might be worth your money and dethrone the smartphone kings.

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Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo showdown

Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo showdown

With the launch of the Apple HomePod, and pending the launch of a Bixby speaker, if there will ever be one, the major pieces on the smart speaker game board are now all in place. And so are the three major voice-controlled AI-driven smart assistants (sorry Cortana, you’ll have to sit this one out). That means, of course, questions on which one you should buy. “Should” is probably too strong a word, because it really depends on multiple factors. We can, however, give you the lay of the land so that you can decide better where to sink your hard-earned money into.

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DJI Mavic Air vs DJI Spark: Just that much better

DJI Mavic Air vs DJI Spark: Just that much better

This week we're having a peek at the new DJI Mavic Air vs the slightly older DJI Spark. Both devices are small, and both are ready to roll almost anywhere a drone-flying user might want to fly. The Mavic Pro is the most popular super-portable drone from DJI, and the Spark is their smallest. The Mavic Air fits right in-between the other two.

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Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

At CES 2018, the usual circus of new products, experimental devices, and moonshot projects seem to have a common undertone: AI assistants. At almost every turn, you’ll find something, be it a “smart display”, a TV, a car head unit, or a door lock that integrates with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or even Microsoft Cortana. The age of the personal AI assistants have come, and it all started with the somewhat unassuming and still really bewildering smart speakers. We take a brief look at some of the best ones in the market, and some still to come, and why, despite their appeal, they might not exactly be worth your money just yet.

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5 must-have Switch accessories for your holiday odyssey

5 must-have Switch accessories for your holiday odyssey

For a lot of people, travel goes hand-in-hand with the holiday season. Many people will spend this weekend driving or flying to spend Christmas with family, and those trips can be packed with a lot of downtime and general boredom. Luckily for us, 2017 saw the release of the great portable console in the Switch, but if you're going to take it on the road, you need be equipped with some accessories to both protect your Switch and make sure it doesn't run out of juice.

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Gaming Gifts that aren’t Games: Holidays 2017

Gaming Gifts that aren’t Games: Holidays 2017

Gamer gifts for gamers that already have all the games they want - what else could they possibly need? This week we're having a peek at a number of gifts for girls and boys, women and men, any and all people of the gamer persuasion. The only requirement for this list is that you have a general idea of what your gift-getter like to play, be it living room gaming console games, PC games, or the sort of head games that drive you wild - from there, we've got you covered.

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Star Wars Gift Guide 2017

Star Wars Gift Guide 2017

Over the past few months we've been rounding up some of the most epic or otherwise nice-yet-affordable Star Wars gifts for this holiday season. What we've got is what you'll see below. This list includes a Star Wars record player, an electric vehicle for kids, and some star wars stationary. Basically all levels of gift cost are included here - from the extremely inexpensive to the Favorite-Aunty-Costly.

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5 things to consider before buying Amazon’s Cloud Cam

5 things to consider before buying Amazon’s Cloud Cam

A connected camera is often the first place people experience the smart home, and the new Amazon' Cloud Cam wants to be the lens that's watching your rooms. Available from today, the $119.99 WiFi security camera promises easy setup, 1080p video both day and night, and handy extras like person detection and two-way audio. Still, it's not the first to the WiFi camera market, so is the Cloud Cam the best option today? Read on for five things to keep in mind.

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iPhone Upgrade Program: 5 things to know ahead of iPhone X

iPhone Upgrade Program: 5 things to know ahead of iPhone X

Rumor has it the upcoming iPhone X will cost upwards of $1,000, putting it outside of the pay-with-cash budget for many consumers. Now that two year contracts are gone and the discounted phone costs with them, consumers are left with a few options: get the phone through a carrier with a monthly device payment plan, buy with a credit card and pay it off in due time, or take advantage of Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program.

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5 things you need to know about the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn

5 things you need to know about the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn

What is there to say about a car like the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn, an ultra-luxury convertible whose price tag can easily approach a half-million dollars? It's certainly easy to run out of superlatives when discussing the Dawn (which replaces the Phantom Drophead Coupe as the ragtop of choice in the British brand's showroom), as the car is rarefied air even in the world of the billionaires who park them in their air-conditioned 10-vehicle garages.

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Best open source apps for Android & iOS in 2017

Best open source apps for Android & iOS in 2017

Our mobile devices, particularly our smartphones, have practically become extensions of our persons. And yet we do not treat them with the same guarded vigilance as we do our homes. Whereas we, most often than not, scrutinize almost everything that comes or is added into our abodes, we willy-nilly install apps sometimes with wanton disregard for what they might contain. Granted, the ease of installing and sheer number of apps make it statistically impossible to scrutinize each and every one. Not to mention technically difficult if the app's source code is unavailable.

Fortunately, there is a class of apps available under an open source license that makes it not only easier to inspect what gets installed on your phone but even take the app in new directions should the need arise. Here are some of the best open source apps for Android as well as iOS.

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iPad Pro 10.5 accessories: why you need these

iPad Pro 10.5 accessories: why you need these

The totally new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is the new darling in the tablet market, eclipsing even its larger contemporary. Sure, the iPad Pro 12.9 is an upgrade over its predecessor, but the 10.5 model is praised for hitting the Goldilocks size of being "just right" for creativity, productivity, and portability. But an iPad Pro alone does not productivity make. As capable as it is, the iPad Pro 10.5 needs a few buddies to deliver the best experience. Here are some of those best buds you can call on and why you'd want to have them by your side.

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