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iPhone X Review: This changes everything

iPhone X Review: This changes everything

Over the past few years I’ve openly cheated on my iPhones with Android and, on few occasions, with Windows Phone. Moving forward, as much as a serial cellular cheater can, I can see myself being monogamous with the iPhone X. Apple's most controversial smartphone is also its most compelling, and while this little slice of the future may take some getting used to, I suspect the pay-off will make it worthwhile.

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Review: The AR Force is strong

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Review: The AR Force is strong

Is there a science-fiction franchise more ripe for an augmented reality game than Star Wars? Disney and Lenovo don't think so, hence Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, a new gaming system that promises lightsaber battles, Holochess, and more in your own home, powered by your smartphone. Affordable VR has had its tipping point; now, it's time for AR to do the same.

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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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Xbox One X Review [UPDATE]

Xbox One X Review [UPDATE]

Microsoft is winning the media war with Sony here in late 2017. Just as the holiday season rolls up here in 2017, it almost feels as though Microsoft's Xbox is the only competitor in their class. The PlayStation 4 Pro is already on the market, but it's already old hat, having been released all the way back in November of 2016. As should be apparent, we're no longer dealing with the gaming market as it existed in 2001.

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HTC U11 life Review: Squeezable style on a budget

HTC U11 life Review: Squeezable style on a budget

It's a sad fact of cellular life that there's something about "lite" versions of flagship smartphones which is invariably disappointing. Trying to take what makes a flagship phone special, and distill down from it those core competencies and emotional appeal to a more affordable price point all too often results in a subpar device with a name that over-promises. Trying to escape that black hole of mediocrity is the HTC U11 life, a $300 version of the well-reviewed but niche-selling HTC U11.

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HTC U11 life looks great, but the price looks even better

HTC U11 life looks great, but the price looks even better

HTC has a new smartphone, but if you were holding out hope for the U11+ flagship, reset your expectations. Instead, the big news today is the HTC U11 life, a trimmed-down version of the U11 that the phone-maker is hoping will give it some action amid the midrange. Taking the best of the full-sized phone, and shrinking it down to something more accessible, the U11 life will be offered as a T-Mobile USA exclusive in the US.

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iPhone X Face ID is a learning curve worth teaching

iPhone X Face ID is a learning curve worth teaching

Goodbye home button, goodbye Touch ID, hello iPhone X and facial recognition. Apple can be ruthless about getting rid of features it thinks have overstayed their welcome (headphone jack, I'm looking at you) but few have been so controversial as the new iPhone flagship's switch from fingerprint security to facial recognition. Unsurprisingly, it hasn't been a change that's been universally loved.

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Amazon Kindle Oasis Review (2017)

Amazon Kindle Oasis Review (2017)

The medium may not be the message but, when it comes to the new Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017), it's hard to ignore the fact that this is a highly covetable - and expensive - ereader. The original Oasis promised lighter, more portable ebook consumption than ever before, and now its successor arrives with long-awaited features like audiobook playback and waterproofing. Even the price has taken a dip, albeit only by a little. So, is the new Kindle Oasis the must-have gadget for ebook fans?

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iPhone X first impressions: The 10 year itch

iPhone X first impressions: The 10 year itch

Dear friends and SlashGear readers, if you pre-ordered the iPhone X in time for delivery on November 3, or even within a week of that, congratulations. If you didn’t pre-order for whatever reason, and have even the slightest interest in Apple's new flagship, then I’m very sorry to tell you that when your friends, family, and colleagues show up with their shiny new iPhone X, you’re really going to wish you did. As of writing, the current shipping estimate is five to six weeks out. It's time to cash in whatever connections, favors, or blackmail material you have with your carrier’s rep to have them set aside a unit for you. Either that, or get in line to buy one at an Apple Store this Friday. Trust me, it's worth it.

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Amazon Echo Plus Review

Amazon Echo Plus Review

Amazon's smart home dream sounds an awful lot like living on the Starship Enterprise, and in that dream the new Echo Plus is there gateway to an automated future. At $149.99, it undercuts the original Amazon Echo it so closely resembles, but counts on better audio quality and an integrated smart home hub to warrant its premium over the 2017 Echo and the bargain Echo Dot. As I found, though, Alexa's insistence on treating all her Echo children as equal may undercut some of the Echo Plus' advantages.

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Samsung Gear IconX (2018) Review

Samsung Gear IconX (2018) Review

Calling Bluetooth earbuds "cordless" when they still have a cord connecting them always seemed like a cheat to me, so I had high hopes for the Samsung Gear IconX 2018 edition. Revamping the original wire-free earbuds of last year with more battery life and faster charging, they're a second chance for the company to take on Apple's widely-esteemed AirPods. And, given they'll play nicely with iOS devices just as they will Android, even iPhone owners are invited to the party.

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Super Mario Odyssey First Impressions: The Jumpman Cometh

Super Mario Odyssey First Impressions: The Jumpman Cometh

It isn't often that a game comes like Super Mario Odyssey comes around. That's true from both a gameplay standpoint and a release one. Since Super Mario 64 launched way back in 1996, we've only had three other open-ended 3D Mario games: Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Nintendo, it would seem, likes to take its sweet time on these games, and that's an approach that has paid off time and again, as 64, Sunshine, and both Galaxy titles can be counted among the best games ever made.

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