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Pixel 2 XL screen and quality control : USA to South Korea

Pixel 2 XL screen and quality control : USA to South Korea

Today we need to talk about quality control on the LG-manufactured Google Pixel 2 XL. Far too many mistakes have popped up over the past few weeks that should never have made it past the last phase before packaging. Whose fault is it that these smartphones aren't up to snuff? Given Google's aims with the Pixel phone brand - does it even matter who's truly at fault?

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What Android gaming really needs

What Android gaming really needs

Razer has just unveiled its much anticipated first smartphone, a device it bills to be made by gamers for gamers. While the street creds of the Razer Phone, as far as specs go, is undoubtedly the smartphone equivalent of a top-tier gaming PC, at the end of the day, it is pretty much just that: a top-tier smartphone. Its mere existence necessarily raises the question of what a gaming smartphone really is. But perhaps the deeper question that needs to be asked is whether it is what Android gamers and Android gaming needs today. Sadly, it really isn’t and Android gaming needs more than just a self-proclaimed “for gamers” smartphone in order to thrive.

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Google Pixel 2 XXL Muskie is HTC’s Schrodinger’s Cat

Google Pixel 2 XXL Muskie is HTC’s Schrodinger’s Cat

A third Google Pixel smartphone for 2017 was just revealed - and it's not the machine we expected. Instead of remaining hidden behind the scenes in a forever-unmade form, HTC seems to have taken the Xperia Play route. Where the Sony Xperia Play was originally meant to be a Nexus smartphone, so too was the latest in a pair of HTC-made smartphones, the other of which was revealed in reviews today. At the same time, a great many of the truths we're meant to cling to today depend greatly on our own point of view.

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SNES Classic: With 2m sold, what does Nintendo do next?

SNES Classic: With 2m sold, what does Nintendo do next?

With Nintendo's latest round of financial results comes the opportunity to update all of us on how the SNES Classic Edition is doing. Considering the success of its predecessor, the NES Classic Edition, we were all assuming that the SNES Classic would do just as well (if not better). As it turns out, those who bet on the SNES Classic being a hit were right, which probably comes as a shock to precisely zero people.

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Were iPhone X stock fears overblown?

Were iPhone X stock fears overblown?

If you didn't get up at 12:01am PT today and start hammering the refresh button on the Apple Store or your carrier of choice, you probably didn't secure an iPhone X for release day. As expected, pre-sales of the new iOS flagship were so brisk, within minutes the Apple Store was out of stock for November 3. However, some of the more ominous fears we've heard about the iPhone X over the past few months don't look to have come true.

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Galaxy Note 8 and Dex – one month later: I almost ditched my PC

Galaxy Note 8 and Dex – one month later: I almost ditched my PC

I will confess. I am one of those who have been mesmerized by the likes of Microsoft's continuum, Ubuntu's Convergence, and all the other attempts at utilizing the computer in your pocket as your only, or at least primary, computer on your desk. So when Samsung came out with the oddly-named DeX and the promise of another “PC in your pocket” experience, I was naturally intrigued. Did Samsung succeed where many others have failed? Just a week of use might not be enough to truly judge that proposition, so I decided to do one better. I used the Galaxy Note 8 and the Samsung DeX exclusively for a month, for both work and play. This is how my adventure went.

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Pixel 2 XL screen saga keeps getting worse

Pixel 2 XL screen saga keeps getting worse

The Pixel 2 XL is still making headlines, but not for the reasons Google was hoping for. The early wave of generally glowing reviews may have given the Android smartphone a good start, but as devices reach buyers there are big, ominous concerns being raised about Google's choice of display. Right now, there are three big problems the Pixel 2 XL faces, and one awkward question.

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Best phone camera of 2017 : Seek out PDAF

Best phone camera of 2017 : Seek out PDAF

Today we're going to take a look at what it means to buy a smartphone with a camera "that just takes good pictures." You know, the sort of phone that just lets you snap a picture and it won't be blurry. I'm here to tell you that this phone does exist, but that actually snapping a reasonably sharp photo is not quite as simple as just pointing and shooting.

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We need to talk about the Polestar 1

We need to talk about the Polestar 1

Until now, Polestar has been relying on "I didn't expect a Volvo to drive like this!" to stand out in the auto industry. This week, we got to see the next act for the newly-established EV automaker. The Polestar 1 may have relatively tiny production numbers in mind - just 500 cars per year - but it stands a chance of starting some big dominos toppling.

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Are you still excited about iPhone X?

Are you still excited about iPhone X?

Buying a new smartphone can feel like a game of Russian roulette. Sure, in most tech segments there's that sneaking suspicion that "something great" is just around the corner, but none is so cutthroat and fast-paced as the phone industry. For once, though, if you've been holding out for Apple's new flagship, you've had the chance to see the main competition. That leads me to one big iPhone X question.

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You don’t need an expensive phone, so don’t buy one

You don’t need an expensive phone, so don’t buy one

This year is the first in smartphone hardware in a long time in which I felt like no game-changing changes came from any company. The smartphones revealed by HTC, Samsung, Apple, and the rest - they were all solid. But we've reached a point in the history of the smartphone where only the very rich should consider buying a new device every single year. Let me tell you why.

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Pixel 2 XL: A word of display warning

Pixel 2 XL: A word of display warning

If you're in the market for an Android smartphone the new Google Pixel 2 should be on your shortlist, but there's something you should know first. Google has two versions of the Pixel 2, the regular 5-inch model and a Pixel 2 XL with a 6-inch display. While they share the same name, and the same design language, in some key ways they're very different phones.

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