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Xiaomi Mi A2 vs. Nokia 7 Plus: So close, yet so far

For two phones with so many shared specs, the Mi A2 and Nokia 7 Plus are very different.

Three months after its launch, the Nokia 7 Plus continues to be one of the best mid-range phones in the market. There really isn’t much the phone gets wrong — there’s a 18:9 panel at the front, proven dual cameras at the back, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage as standard, and to top things off, the device  [Read More…]

Vivo NEX vs. OnePlus 6: A close contest

The OnePlus 6 is the more practical choice, but the Vivo NEX is so much fun.

With the rise of affordable flagships, there really isn’t a compelling reason to shell out over $ 800 for a phone. The OnePlus 6 reinforces that belief by combining top-notch specs with a clean software interface, making it a great option over the likes of the Galaxy S9.

Vivo isn’t a household name in Western markets, but its latest device has  [Read More…]

Studio 19 Solo E500X-EQ review: This expensive speaker is close to perfect

In a world where you typically need to choose between outstanding sound quality or portability, the Studio 19 Solo EQ offers both.

There’s an abundance of speakers out there in 2018 to fit practically any need you have — top-end options from Sonos, smart assistant speakers from Amazon and Google, and a ton of Bluetooth speakers at practically every conceivable price point.

It can be hard to stand out from the pack — but Studio 19’s Solo  [Read More…]

U.S. and China reportedly close to undoing ban on ZTE

Are ZTE’s troubles finally coming to an end?

ZTE’s had a rough few weeks recently, but it would appear that the company may be due for some good news. According to two new reports, the United States and China are very close to finalizing a deal that would lift the Denial Order issued against ZTE.

According to sources that spoke with Reuters —

Washington neared a deal to lift its ban on U.S. firms supplying Chinese telecoms  [Read More…]

Nokia 7 Plus vs. OnePlus 5T: A close contest

The OnePlus 5T still offers the best specs in this segment, but the Nokia 7 Plus has a better camera and outstanding battery life.

HMD Global revived the Nokia brand last year, primarily focusing on the budget segment. After a relatively quiet start, the Finnish manufacturer saw increased momentum in the fourth quarter of 2017, where it managed to sell 4.4 million phones, outpacing the likes of OnePlus, HTC, and Google.

HMD is adopting a more aggressive  [Read More…]

Best Buy will close all of its 250 Mobile stores in the U.S. by May 31

Canada’s Mobile stores will remain intact.

Best Buy is one of the United State’s largest electronics retailers, but effective May 31, 2018, all of its Mobile stores will be shut down.

This news broke after Reuters obtained an internal memo that’d been sent out to Best Buy employees, and with this decision, 250 locations will be no more.

Best Buy Mobile outlets are much smaller compared to the main Best Buy stores, with their average size coming  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy A8+ vs. OnePlus 5T: Close encounters of the phone kind

Samsung is taking the fight to OnePlus in the affordable flagship segment.

Over the last three years, OnePlus has managed to carve out a niche for itself in the smartphone segment by offering top-of-the-line hardware for several hundred dollars less than the competition. This model proved to be incredibly popular, and we now have a wide range of options if you’re in the market for a feature-rich device that doesn’t break the bank. The culmination of those  [Read More…]

Essential Phone could finally be close to shipping

Despite the estimated date of shipping having come and gone, the Essential Phone could soon be ready to ship after all. Andy Ruben publicly informed those who pre-ordered the device that the delay was due to certification of the device with carriers. It seems that this delay may have finally been sorted as a new […]

Samsung now only trails Apple in wearable market share, but it’s not close

A new report claims that Samsung has moved into second-place when it comes to global wearable market share for Q1 2017, displacing Fitbit but still trailing the likes of Apple.

Amazon is dangerously close to being the new king of messaging

With Alexa gaining the ability to make voice calls and Echo Show bolstering the living room, Amazon moves a step closer to messaging ubiquity.

It was about three or four years ago when my wife and I decided to finally get rid of our landline. We weren’t really using it anymore — it was mostly an emergency backup, and a great way for solicitors to bug us. (That it occasionally made phantom 911 calls in the middle of the  [Read More…]