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We asked for thinner and lighter phones — and now we complain about them?

You can’t always get what you want.

Over the past few years, there’s been a clear trend across the smartphone industry to go thinner, lighter and more compact in attempt to give you the most screen size per cubic millimeter of phone size. We were surprised when phones snuck under the 10 mm thickness threshold, and now 8 mm is about the norm. Bezels have consistently shrunk to accommodate ever-higher screen-to-body ratios. Battery capacities have generally stagnated  [Read More…]

I’m just not that excited about the upcoming Pixel 2

With the original Pixel already my daily companion, why should I imagine trading it in for something else?

Who needs a good smartphone when you’ve already got a great one? If you’ve been a longtime reader of Android Central, then you’ve likely seen the dozens of stories on how capable the Google Pixel is at being a daily companion. It takes great pictures in a variety of situations; its battery life is still humming along after nearly  [Read More…]

Vic Gundotra is wrong about Android photography

The iPhone has no monopoly on computational photography, and Android cameras are not inherently weaker. The latest arguments to the contrary, from the man who once led Google’s mobile efforts, are weird and wrong.

Former Google SVP and current AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra has thoughts on smartphone cameras. The man who was once in charge of Android, and everything else mobile at Google, gifted tech reporters with many a choice quote this weekend.

The iPhone is the  [Read More…]

Serious about photography? Grab this mobile phone Gimbal stabilizer for $60 off! (Promoted Deal)

Phones are getting better and better cameras. There are many phones that can completely replace top end prosumer DSLR at this point. The Pixel, HTC U 11, and LG G6 all stand out as strong competitors from the past year, but even the Moto Z from last year was good enough for Sports Illustrated to […]

Top 5 things you need to know about switching carriers

Switching phone service doesn’t have to be such a chore.

Changing your phone carrier can be stressful. Shopping around and seeing so many different choices and prices and crazy perks can leave anyone confused ready to throw in the towel.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you remember a few tips before you get started you’ll be able to weave your way through all the hyperbole and get what you need and what you  [Read More…]

What would you change about the OnePlus 5?

It’s been over a month since the latest OnePlus flagship was released.

The OnePlus 5 has had its fair share of ups and downs in the weeks since it launched, but one thing is clear: people are interested in this phone. Whether they already have it, are on the fence about buying or know it just isn’t the phone for them, the OnePlus 5 is in the discussion whenever we’re talking about high-end phones.

The phone has  [Read More…]

Snapdragon 836 in a Google Pixel 2 would be the least interesting thing about the phone

It’s slightly faster.

The Google Pixel 2 might ship with revised internal hardware from Qualcomm in the form of a new processor, the Snapdragon 836. That’s according to silicon rumormonger Fudzilla, which offers up the following plausible but completely unsurprising info, courtesy of its sources:

The Pixel 2 phones will be the first to ship with Snapdragon 836 The chip itself will supposedly be a minor revision to the 835, with a small bump to maximum  [Read More…]

Two guys talk about the Galaxy Note 8 and stuff [#acpodcast]

With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 8‘s launch date, we break down all of the latest rumors and what we think Samsung needs to do to knock it out of the park. Looking back at three months with the Galaxy S8 gives us some perspective as well. We also have some quick takes on Google Play Protect, Android O’s Bluetooth improvements and YouTube’s strong-handed new filtering of some search results.

Show notes

Android is an open road, not a  [Read More…]

What you need to know about dual-SIM on the OnePlus 5

Here’s what you need to know about one of the OnePlus 5’s most underrated features.

There are many reasons why you might want to pick up a OnePlus 5 — the price, the clean software experience, fast performance, or the bragging rights that go with 8GB of RAM. But one of the phone’s most useful features for travelers isn’t being heavily advertised. OnePlus’s latest phone, like earlier models, is a dual-SIM handset. And that can save you  [Read More…]

Top things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8’s SD card slot

SD cards are mostly plug-and-play, but you should know a few things to make the most of yours.

After a short blip with the Galaxy S6 series, Samsung is back to making a microSD card slot one of its core tenets. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have an SD card slot that lets users choose just how much storage they want to add, even though fewer people will need one with the new higher default storage of  [Read More…]