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Pokemon Quest Review: A free, fun game made to make you feel good

Pokemon Quest Review: A free, fun game made to make you feel good

Pokemon Quest is an extreme rarity of a smartphone game. It's a mobile game that doesn't stay in business by getting users addicted to "chasing the dragon." You can actually beat this game. You can beat this game faster if you buy things with in-game purchases, but you absolutely, positively do NOT need to spend real money to play comfortably and have a good time passing your time. This game is fun, simple, and is available right now for Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad), and Nintendo Switch.

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iPhone SE (2020) Review: $400 whiplash

iPhone SE (2020) Review: $400 whiplash

Value may be subjective, but it's hard to argue that the new iPhone SE doesn't shake up what's reasonable to expect from a smartphone in 2020. Apple's most affordable phone is recycling refined to art, a blend of old and new with a barely-believable $400 price tag. Here's the thing about the iPhone SE, though. It may very well be the smartphone for you, but first you have to know what you want.

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OnePlus 8 Review: All you need?

OnePlus 8 Review: All you need?

The OnePlus 8 is the lesser of two OnePlus smartphones released in the Spring of 2020. This device and the OnePlus 8 Pro are very similar, in many respects. Knowing the difference between the two could allow you to avoid spending a couple of hundred dollars more than you need. Knowing the abilities of the OnePlus 8 could also allow you to decide whether you want this generation - or would be just fine owning a device originally released a year or two ago.

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Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Review: Your fingers will thank you

Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Review: Your fingers will thank you

It’s safe to say that I’ve waited 10 years for a proper iPad keyboard accessory from Apple. Was the wait for the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro worth it? Absolutely. It's probably better to be late to the game but have a solid product, than to deliver something that’s mediocre - I’m looking at you, Folio Keyboard - though I can't help but wish it hadn't quite taken a whole decade to arrive.

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Brydge Pro+ Review: The best iPad Pro keyboard doesn’t have an Apple logo

Brydge Pro+ Review: The best iPad Pro keyboard doesn’t have an Apple logo

Happy harmony is the new iPad Pro and Brydge's Pro+ keyboard, arguably the purest and best accessory out there for Apple's laptop-replacing tablet. If you want the simplest form of a keyboard attachment for the iPad Pro, I recommend skipping the review and heading straight to Apple.com to purchase the Magic Keyboard. If, however, you’re looking for the best typing experience available that happens to have an integrated trackpad and looks damn sleek, then keep reading my review of the Brydge Pro+. I promise it’ll be worth your time.

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2020 iPad Pro Review: Don’t call it a laptop replacement

2020 iPad Pro Review: Don’t call it a laptop replacement

The iPad is in many ways like the electric cars of the automotive world. Range anxiety is one of the biggest concerns for many EV buyers, which is why there are still so many gasoline engine cars on the road. Much the same, in laptops versus tablets, the biggest question is whether an iPad can do "enough" to replace a regular laptop. For would-be buyers of the 2020 iPad Pro, the most important question is likely whether it’ll tick all - or at least most - of the boxes to supplant a traditional laptop. While I can't make that buying decision for you, I’d like to lay out what’s new with the 2020 iPad Pro, why it's now the only "computer" I need with me on the road, and why the obsession with "replacement" may now miss the point.

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2020 Subaru WRX Series.White Review: Snow dancer

2020 Subaru WRX Series.White Review: Snow dancer

When all of the dreary, everyday driving is taken off the agenda, which keys do you reach for first? The 2020 Subaru WRX Series.White makes a solid argument for the return of some old-school values, taking what has long been a car to flatter enthusiasts and giving it a cold-as-ice revamp that doesn't break the bank.

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OnePlus Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger Review: Speed and sound

OnePlus Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger Review: Speed and sound

The OnePlus Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger was advertised as allowing you to charge a OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone from 0% to 50% in 29 minutes. This device has a single LED indicator light, a built-in fan, a vent, and a rubber bumper, as well as Qi/EPP cross compatibility (see disclaimer below). It also costs nearly $70 USD. Could such a charger be worth that kind of cash?

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OnePlus 8 Pro Review: No more illusions

OnePlus 8 Pro Review: No more illusions

Today we're taking a peek at the OnePlus 8 Pro, one of two devices released by OnePlus in the "OnePlus 8 family" of devices as of April of 2020. This device comes in several colors, including Onyx Black, Glacial Green, and the one we've got here: Ultramarine Blue. The OnePlus 8 Pro advances beyond its predecessors as it attempts a feat similar to that of the last several OnePlus smartphone releases. This phone attempts to combine the simple, effective marketing of the iPhone with the daring or otherwise cutting-edge feature cycle of the most major brands to come out of China.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review: Come sail away with me

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review: Come sail away with me

If you've read or watched anything related to Animal Crossing: New Horizons over the past month, you've probably heard people say that it's a remedy for a world in crisis. Indeed, it almost seems like the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons was perfectly timed, giving fans a much-needed escape from the uncertainty and tension of day-to-day living during a pandemic.

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After a year with North’s smart glasses, here’s why I’m all-in on Focals 2.0

After a year with North’s smart glasses, here’s why I’m all-in on Focals 2.0

For nearly the past year, on and off, the future has been balanced on my face. Smart glasses have long been the lodestar of wearables, and North's Focals promised a taste of that before the tech heavyweights had shown their hand. It hasn't been an easy path here, though, shaped by sci-fi movies and soured by projects like Google Glass along the way.

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Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box Review: Light Entertainment

Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box Review: Light Entertainment

TV is a welcome distraction these days, and with more movies skipping the theater and making their debut on streaming platforms, making your media room more engaging seems like a good idea. The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box may have an awkward name but the idea is simple: using the color-changing lights already a hit with smart home fans, expand what's happening on-screen beyond the bezels of your TV.

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