Tag Archive: Buying


Buying a new phone every year is actually kind of crazy

The phone that was great last August is probably still great this August — so is saving a bunch of money.

2019 has shown off some really cool phones. 5G is now officially a thing, screens are now fingerprint sensors, and paint jobs look a lot like magic. The temptation to pick one of them up is pretty strong, especially when we grab our current phone and see how it no longer has that new car smell.  [Read More…]

Tips for buying games and gaming hardware on Amazon Prime Day

Prime Day boot camp for the uninitiated.

Amazon Prime Day promises 48 uninterrupted hours of the best deals around the internet. It’s so big that Amazon even threw a ridiculous Prime Day concert with Taylor Swift. Seriously. With nearly unbeatable deals on games and gaming hardware, and we have a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind while shopping.

Keep in mind which console the game is for

If you’re a parent wanting to  [Read More…]

5 things parents need to know about buying their kid a phone

Buying your kid a new phone? Read this first.

Buying a new phone is a big decision — especially if you’re buying one for your kid. Ensuring your child has a way to stay connected to friends and family is becoming more and more important these days, but with so many handsets out there vying for your attention and dollars, it can be difficult to decide which one is really best for your kid.

That’s where we  [Read More…]

The art of buying the right chargers and cables

With so many to choose from, it can be hard to find the right one. Here’s how.

Amazon Prime Day is right around the corner, and if you’re a lover of tech (or gardening, or tools, or home audio, or anything else) it’s like the best days of the year to spend money. While spending money is fun in its own right sometimes, it’s even more fun when the stuff you bought is the right stuff.

I  [Read More…]

How much money do you save when buying an Alexa Built-In Phone?

Best answer: Alexa Built-In Phones can save you $ 100 or more during big sales like Black Friday or Prime Day, but you should always back the price against the regular model, which can sometimes drop to a lower price on older models.

Save $ 44 with Alexa Built-In: Moto G6 4GB/64GB ($ 276 at Amazon) $ 140 off in pre-Prime Day deals: LG Stylo 4 ($ 160 at Amazon) What are Alexa Built-In Phones?

Amazon has  [Read More…]

Buying an unlocked phone? Consider these questions

While most US consumers are content to purchase their handsets directly from a wireless carrier, an increasing number of buyers are opting for other routes. That is, they buy the phone directly from the manufacturer, often in an unlocked manner.

We’re big fans of buying unlocked phones around here. If for no other reasons, it gives us flexibility and choice. We’ve never been all that excited about signing long-term contracts or exclusive carrier deals.

Other factors that might make buying  [Read More…]

Is the Pixel 2 still worth buying in 2019?

Taking a look back at 2017’s Pixel.

The Pixel hype train is in full force right now. Even though the still excellent Pixel 3 and 3 XL are still relatively fresh in our minds, Google’s early promotion of the new Pixel 4 has us eager to see what the company has in store for us this year.

However, let’s take a second to stop looking forward and instead go back to 2017’s Pixel 2. The Pixel 2  [Read More…]

Will you trade in or stop buying Huawei phones now?

It’s not clear what happens to Huawei’s phone business now.

It hasn’t been a great week for Huawei. The company is embroiled in a pretty messy situation: it’s been placed on an Entity List, making it illegal for U.S. companies to transact with it, be it hardware or software. This has forced Google to stop providing Android updates and security patches, though existing devices have received a three-month reprieve. It’s also forced ARM, the maker technology that  [Read More…]

How I find the best smartphones for me (or anyone else buying one)

Get a smartphone that you’re almost guaranteed to love.

It’s spring! While we’re gearing up to enjoy the coming warmth, sunshine, and fresh flowers, many smartphone makers are preparing the new wonderful devices they want you to spend your money on.

I like to call it upgrade season. There are two of those, actually, with the other coming right around autumn when the inventory-clearing holiday sales urge more people to spend money.

It’s not enough to simply  [Read More…]

Coolpad Dyno Review: The only kids smartwatch worth buying

Peace of mind without the worst parts of the Internet? I’ll take two.

My son has finally reached that age where not every school field trip fits into the normal school day. I drop him off a little earlier than the day normally starts, and he’s not back until late that night. That last part can be a little stressful, because traffic can cause significant delays and being stuck in a parking lot with other nervous parents  [Read More…]