Archive for July, 2018


How to Measure and Boost Wi-Fi Signal Strength

Does the Wi-Fi in your home suck? Here are some tips for getting better coverage from your wireless router!

Sure, it might be considered a “first-world problem”, but shoddy or unreliable Wi-Fi is absolutely frustrating — especially when it’s your home Wi-Fi network giving you fits.

If your Wi-Fi signal strength seems to be lacking, there are several issues that could be contributing and a number of ways you can diagnose and address the issue.

Common sense  [Read More…]

Oukitel WP2 rugged phone coming soon with 10,000 mAh battery (Promoted)

If you are looking for a rugged phone you can toss around without worrying how it might land, listen to this.

Chinese brand Oukitel, which is known for producing rugged phones, is preparing to release another one. It’s called the WP2 and it will be a successor of Oukitel’s original rugged phone, the K1000 Max.

And like the K10000 Max and WP5000 before it, the WP2 will be marketed as a tri-proof smartphone. This means, the device will boast IP68  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review, 11 months on: Big, powerful, and due for a refresh

This phone doesn’t need anything more than a few minor tweaks to be amazing.

Perhaps it’s all of the similarities between Note and Galaxy S releases nowadays, but it sure doesn’t feel like it’s been 11 months since I published our Galaxy Note 8 review. But now, as we approach the launch of the Galaxy Note 9, here I am using a nearly year-old Note 8.

Before we’re all wrapped up in the hype of its successor,  [Read More…]

BMW-branded smartwatches made by Fossil are coming in 2019

Next year you’ll be able to buy a BMW smartwatch. Fossil announced this week it has partnered up with the iconic German car maker for a series of watches and smartwatches.

The BMW-branded smartwatches will be manufactured by Fossil and will be sold across 4,000 BMW retail channels. Obviously, you’ll also be able to pick one up from Fossil.

Fossils have been on a never-ending quest to offer smartwatches for everyone’s taste and the latest collaboration comes to expand the  [Read More…]

A great single camera is always better than a mediocre dual camera

Look no further than the Pixel 2 or Galaxy S9 for proof.

One of the biggest shifts in mobile photography over the last couple of years has been the move from one camera to two on most high-end smartphones. Flagships like the HTC U12+, LG G7 ThinQ, and Galaxy S9+ have all adopted this trend, with some phones like the Huawei P20 Pro going even further and adding a third lens.

Even budget phones have started shipping  [Read More…]

Do updates come to Amazon Prime Exclusive phones at the same time as other models?

The short answer: It depends.

No one could blame you for looking into Amazon’s Prime Exclusive range of phones. They’re the same phones you’ve probably been eyeing anyway, with a reduced price in exchange for putting up with a few pre-installed Amazon apps — don’t worry, the vast majority of them can be either uninstalled or disabled.

Aside from the bundled Amazon services, there’s no difference in the software experience of a Prime Exclusive phone compared to  [Read More…]

Apple’s AirPods work great with Android phones, and today they are just $145

These don’t go on sale all that often.

Amazon is currently offering the popular wireless headphones from Apple for $ 144.99, which is about $ 15 off the normal going rate. We don’t see many discounts (outside of Costco’s recurring one) for these truly wireless headphones from Apple, so if you have been looking for a set, this is a deal you won’t want to miss out on.

Don’t forget, just because Apple makes the headphones doesn’t  [Read More…]

OnePlus just surpassed Samsung’s flagship phone sales in India for the first time

Counterpoint Research shows Samsung’s drop-off was steep and poorly timed.

Here’s something we didn’t see coming: OnePlus just sold more high-end phones than Samsung in India. According to Counterpoint Research, OnePlus was the top-selling manufacturer in the flagship segment (₹30,000+, or $ 435+) in India for Q2 2018, hitting an all-time high of 40% market share. Adding to the surprise is that this is data for the entire quarter (April, May, June) where the OnePlus 6 was  [Read More…]

Logitech is buying Blue Microphones for $117 million

Logitech is venturing into the audio recording segment with its latest acquisition.

Even if you haven’t heard of Blue Microphones, there’s a high chance you saw a YouTube video or heard a podcast where one of the presenters was using the brand’s USB condenser microphones. Blue carved out a niche for itself in recent years in the audio recording space with the Yeti and Snowball, and that hasn’t gone unnoticed, as Logitech is acquiring the brand for  [Read More…]

UMIDIGI One and One Pro pre-sale prices will start as low as $139.99 (Promoted)

UMIDIGI recently announced that its latest pair of nochy phones, the One series, will become available for pre-sale starting on August 6.

The company has partnered up with giant online retailer AliExpress for the One and One Pro exclusive sale. Prices will start as low as $ 139.99.

UMIDIGI One series offers the notch on the cheap

For those who don’t know, the One series comes boasting a 5.9-inch 19:9 full-screen display which takes up to 90% of the front  [Read More…]