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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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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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Xbox One X Teardown and Unboxing

Xbox One X Teardown and Unboxing

Now that we've got our very own Xbox One X, we're unboxing it, piece by piece. But we're not stopping there. We're going deeper, under the outer encasement into the guts of this machine. This unboxing and teardown of the Xbox One X precedes our full review which will quite possibly have appeared by the time this article is read by you in the future - look up SlashGear Xbox One X Review to be sure!

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Destiny 2 PC is the new port gold standard

Destiny 2 PC is the new port gold standard

Bungie has been away from the PC game for quite some time. The last Bungie title to launch on PC was Halo 2 way back in 2004, but porting duties were largely handled by a team within Microsoft Game Studios. Of course, back before the Halo series took off, Bungie developed exclusively for Mac and Windows, and with Destiny 2, we're seeing the studio return to the platform at long last. How does the port of Destiny 2 hold up after Bungie's 13-year absence from PC?

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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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iPhone X preorders: Are you buying?

iPhone X preorders: Are you buying?

If you want an iPhone X, you have to do your homework. Apple's flagship smartphone for 2017 isn't just expensive, it's undoubtedly going to be in short supply, and that means conceding that you're not going to get much sleep tonight. That said, with the potential for very limited devices, Apple's promise of in-store stock next week, and lingering skepticism about just how willing people are to put up with "the notch," the big question is how many will actually preorder the iPhone X?

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Super Mario Odyssey review roundup: Switch’s best game?

Super Mario Odyssey review roundup: Switch’s best game?

Perhaps only second to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (and very possibly second to none), Super Mario Odyssey is the most anticipated Nintendo game of the year. We're now less than a day out from its release, and this morning, many publications began publishing their reviews. So, what's the critical consensus? Is Super Mario Odyssey a worthy entry in a series that includes greats like Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine?

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Amazon Fire TV (2017) Review: 4K HDR, Alexa, and a problem

Amazon Fire TV (2017) Review: 4K HDR, Alexa, and a problem

Welcome to the age of 4K HDR and a brand new Amazon Fire TV (2017), complete with Alexa to hold your hand as you wade into High Dynamic Range content. Aggressively priced at $69.99, and thoroughly undercutting the latest Apple TV in the process, Amazon's newest media streamer boasts not only 4K HDR 60 fps, but all the skills and talents its virtual assistant can offer. As I found, however, the road to multimedia nirvana is seldom smooth.

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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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Amazon Echo Review (2017)

Amazon Echo Review (2017)

Amazon couldn't have hoped for a better response when it created the smart speaker market three years ago with the original Amazon Echo. What once seemed like a vaguely creepy gimmick - a virtual assistant housed in a slender black totem - has gone on to spawn multiple models along with numerous competitors. Now, Amazon has a new version of the Echo for 2017: smaller, and - at $99.99 - more affordable, but can it impress like the original did?

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