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Smartphone glass types compared (Updated 08/2018)

Updated 8/13/2018 with Gorilla Glass 6

Original Equipment Manufacturers, or OEMs, use a number of different kinds of materials to make smartphone glass. Not to be confused with the tech inside of the displays, we’re referring to the actual glass that covers them.

Most modern smartphones feature some sort of toughened glass face, the most common of which is Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Less common is the Japanese-made Asahi Dragontrail glass; rarer still is a coating that’s not glass at all,  [Read More…]

Dark themes on Android should be the norm, not the exception

You don’t know the power of the dark side!

Once upon a time, Android cloaked itself in shadow and cerulean. Triumphant cries of #YOLOHOLO rang out throughout the net as users reveled in a mobile experience that didn’t blind them like the sun every time they checked their phone in bed. But then a shift came. Material Design ushered in a new age of bright, white Android apps, and one by one, even Google’s own apps were  [Read More…]

The Oppo R17 offers a glimpse as to what the OnePlus 6T might look like

Look at that itty-bitty little notch!

While it can be fun to look at OnePlus as an underdog in the smartphone space, it’s important to remember that its parent company is Oppo — one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world. OnePlus phones often take a lot of inspiration from Oppo handsets that come out before them, and should that pattern continue this year, the recently announced Oppo R17 looks like an excellent foundation for the  [Read More…]

Get to Know: Total Wireless

Most consumers are familiar with the big-name wireless carriers like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Not nearly as many, though, are as well-versed when it comes to the topic of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO).

It might surprise you to know that companies such as MetroPCS, Boost Mobile, and Cricket Wireless operate on the T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T networks, respectively. These network operators license the towers and coverage from the tier-one providers and offer their own phones, rate plans, and  [Read More…]

Grab a Choetech wireless charger for your car or nightstand on sale today

Stay powered up with no charging cables.

The Choetech wireless charging USB-C car phone mount is down to $ 15.99 with code MSBU35EC on Amazon. The charger normally sells for $ 30, and this price beats out previous deals by a couple bucks. It has never dropped this low directly.

Choetech’s Stand Fast wireless charging stand is also on sale today. Drop it to $ 12.99 from $ 18 with code NSYAANTF.

Choetech’s mount uses a suction  [Read More…]

What color Galaxy Note 9 should you buy?

Depends on your region as much as your taste.

The Galaxy Note 9 is undoubtedly going to be one of the best phones of the year — it’s packed with every top-end spec under the sun, and the S Pen is better than ever with its new wireless functionality. You probably already know if you’re going to buy one or not, so the only thing left to figure out is what color to get it in.

Samsung  [Read More…]

T-Mobile offers a free network trial in select locations across the US

Do you live in Boston, MA or Austin, TX or Atlanta, GA? If you do, we have an interesting piece of news to share with you.

T-Mobile is giving you the opportunity to experience its network for free for up to 30 days or up to 30GB of data (whichever comes first).

To take advantage of the offer you will have to sign up online to receive a small trial device that needs to be connected to your phone. There  [Read More…]

How to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 9

Learn it now, use it forever.

No matter what you use your Galaxy Note 9 for, you’re going to need to take a screenshot at some point. And because it’s a Note phone, you have more than one option for a simple screenshot — and plenty of features you can play with after you’ve taken it as well.

This is something you’ll learn now, and be able to use for the life of the phone. And even  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1: Divergence

You can choose between a great camera or outstanding battery life, but not both.

Earlier this year, ASUS turned the tables on Xiaomi with the ZenFone Max Pro M1, a budget phone with a huge battery and enticing hardware that went toe-to-toe with the Redmi Note 5 Pro and came out ahead in a few areas. ASUS not only managed to undercut the Redmi Note 5 Pro but was also able to make enough units available to  [Read More…]

4 things the Galaxy Home must do to challenge the Echo, Home, and HomePod

The Galaxy Home could be a total flop, but it doesn’t have to be.

On Thursday, August 9, Samsung hosted its Unpacked event in New York City to talk about its three biggest gadgets going into the second half of the year.

The Galaxy Note 9 was the star of the show, and while the Galaxy Watch wasn’t a huge focus, it was something we were expecting to make an appearance. What did catch us off guard,  [Read More…]