Tag Archive: Better


For better or worse, gestures are the new Android skin

Longtime Android faithful will surely recall the early days of Android UI and “skins”. Every company had its own take on what Android should look like and did their best to create a custom, signature experience. Moto had MotoBlur while Samsung came out swinging with it’s iOS-inspired TouchWiz, and HTC had Sense.

In these first generations of Android we found the UI to be heavy, in-your-face stuff that devoured system resources. In 2019 these skins are heavily understated, or completely  [Read More…]

Is the Amazon Echo Show 5 better than the Google Nest Hub?

It can be hard to determine which smart home display to purchase, especially given that there are so many on the market. To help you out, we’ve compared the Google Nest Hub against the new Echo Show 5 so you can see which is the better device. Here’s what we discovered.

Google Nest Hub

The better touchscreen

$ 130 at Best Buy

Pros Larger screen Isn’t constantly recording Light sensor Gives better directions Better access to  [Read More…]

The Vilta SE gimbal is an affordable way to capture better videos on your phone

As much as we’ve seen camera quality improve on phones over the last few years, they can’t quite replace a DSLR camera. At least not yet.

There’s something to be said about having dedicated gear and tools. The problem for many people is that making the jump to an expensive camera is just that, costly.

One way to increase the quality of your videos is to employ the use of a gimbal. This accessory alone can lead to smoother and more  [Read More…]

Is the Echo Show 5 better than the Echo Spot?

If you’re looking for an inexpensive Alexa display, the cheapest options are the Echo Show 5 and the Echo Spot. We’ve compared the two to see which one is best.

Echo Show 5

The Best Choice

$ 90 at Amazon

Pros Inexpensive Camera cover for privacy Can turn off microphone Cons Isn’t available yet Screen has low resolution Camera isn’t very powerful

At just $ 90, this is Amazon’s least expensive home display. It doesn’t  [Read More…]

How to take better photos with a Galaxy phone

Shooting phenomenal photographs with your DSLR can be relatively easy, but getting the same stunning quality and clarity with your smartphone is a bit more of a challenge. Luckily, there are some surefire ways to get high-quality photographs with your Galaxy phone. Here are a couple of things to try the next time you’re lining up a shot to capture that picture-perfect moment!

Accessories to improve your picture game Stabilize your shots: UBeesize Phone Tripod ($ 14 at  [Read More…]

Google Pay is gaining better online transactions and transit pass support

Google is making its Pay platform much more robust and convenient.

What you need to know Online checkout with Google Pay now displays total cost and shipping options. You can now check into flights directly from Google Assistant. Boarding passes and transit tickets can now be stored in Google Pay.

During this year’s I/O keynote, Google showed off a number of ways that it’s improving its Google Pay service for online businesses and, in turn, their customers.  [Read More…]

Is the Echo Show 5 a better option than the Echo Show?

Since there are so many options, it can be difficult choosing the right Alexa display in 2019. We’ve broken down the pros and cons of both the Echo Show (2nd Gen) and the Echo Show 5 to determine which is a better fit for most people.

Echo Show 5

The right price

$ 90 at Amazon

Pros Inexpensive Camera shutter for privacy Can turn off microphone Compact Cons Small screen Low camera resolution Lower sound quality  [Read More…]

Motorola debuts Moto Z4 with better camera, bigger battery

Motorola on Thursday introduced the Moto Z4 smartphone, the latest in its line of handsets with modular capabilities. The Moto Z4 not only improves the camera performance and battery life over its predecessors, but it also manages to sneak in a bigger screen and a few other goodies.

The Motorola Moto Z4 will be offered in two versions: one that is unlocked for all carriers and for Verizon customers. The unlocked  [Read More…]

Android Q features you’ll love: Games will be better on weaker hardware

By borrowing a tool from Chrome, Android Q will run OpenGL ES features on your phone’s GPU no matter the version.

One of the coolest under the hood changes of Android Q is the implementation of ANGLE, the Almost Native Graphics Layer Engine. It’s one of those things that you’ll never see or know is there if it’s working properly, but will let your phone run games using it’s native GPU hardware APIs even if it was  [Read More…]

Is Eero Pro better at mesh networks than TP-Link Deco M9 Plus?

At Android Central, we love being connected and hate Wi-Fi dead spots. We have studied every feature and option from Eero and TP-Link so we can help you know exactly which mesh router works best for your home network.

More in every category TP-Link Deco M9 Plus

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$ 140 at Amazon

Pros AC2200 speed Tri-band connection ZigBee smart home hub 2 Ethernet ports 2,000 sq ft coverage MU-MIMO support Cons Larger footprint Less subtle appearance [Read More…]