Tag Archive: Good


Nokia is taking over the mid-range market and I’m good with that

I’m happy to drool over a delicious new flagship like the Samsung Galaxy S10 — I have so many cases lined up to test with mine when it arrives this week — but when I was watching the livestreams and the hype from Mobile World Congress last month, what caught my eye wasn’t the folding screens or the in-screen fingerprint sensors. What caught my eye was Nokia, continuing to save the budget market and offer some of the  [Read More…]

Mint Mobile’s $20 data plan sounds too good to be true. It’s definitely not

Here at Android Central, we consider ourselves pretty thrifty people — it’s no accident we’ve partnered with the amazing folks at Thrifter, after all — and in the U.S., wireless service feels like a treadmill of endless fees and price increases.

That’s why, when we had an opportunity to check out Mint Mobile, we jumped at the chance. The MVNO runs on T-Mobile’s nationwide network, but does things a bit differently than the rest of the pack, and  [Read More…]

Skullcandy Riff Wireless headphones: Good sound on the cheap

Make the move from earbuds to comfortable on-ear headphones for less than you’d expect.

Anyone who wears headphones for hours a day is going to want to upgrade from earbuds to on-ear or over-ear headphones. The improvement in comfort alone is worth the switch, and then you get the benefits of dramatically better audio quality and often longer battery life. But despite the benefits, many people steer away from large wireless headphones for their cost: the going  [Read More…]

Rebuttal: Hole punch displays are actually good

You can live with a tiny black dot on your phone. Trust me.

I have a lot of love for Russell. He’s a great guy, has a wonderful sense of humor, and is someone I have a tremendous amount of respect for. I do, however, disagree with his recent Hole punch displays are worse than notch displays editorial.

Hole punches are the latest trend when it comes to smartphone displays in our never-ending quest to eliminate bezels,  [Read More…]

Google Assistant on Sonos is just as good as you hoped it would be

Every CES, there are the announcements you expect from companies that put together big, splashy keynotes and ornate, over-the-top booths on the Convention Center floor, and then there are companies like Sonos with nothing new to announce but everything to gain from being here.

To wit, when Sonos invited me to spend some time with their director of global product marketing, Dane Estes, I wasn’t expecting much — merely an overview of the company’s existing products and perhaps  [Read More…]

PlayStation Classic is a good buy now that it’s been hacked and is 25% off

Only 20 games you say? Nonsense.

The PlayStation Classic had gamers clamoring upon its announcement just a few months ago, wondering if it might be the next best retro gaming console on the market. Coming in at a full price of $ 99.99, it’s one of the more expensive retro gaming options out there, but fans hoped the pre-installed games would make it well worth the cost; the original PlayStation had plenty of now-beloved games, after all.

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Put your Instant Pot to good use with this free 500-recipe Kindle cookbook

Instant purchase.

Right now at Amazon, you can get this 500-recipe Instant Pot Cookbook for free. Other books by this author sell for around $ 3, and the paperback version of this one goes for $ 12. The reviews are excellent, too. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can read this for free on one of Amazon’s free Kindle reading apps for iOS, Android, PC, and Mac.

The Instant Pot is always a hit among Thrifter  [Read More…]

Curl up with a good book this winter with $5 off $20 or more on Amazon

Real books. Real savings.

Did you know Amazon actually sells books that aren’t made with E Ink? Crazy right? Used to be pretty big into books, too, if I recall. Well, now you can save on some print books by using the code GIFTBOOK18 to take $ 5 off when you spend $ 20 or more. As far as I can tell, this works on just about any print book you can find. Use it to save on holiday  [Read More…]

The Asus ZenBook 13 laptop for $706 is almost as good as Cyber Monday

Let’s go Cyber Monday.

The Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UA-AS51 ultra-slim 13.3-inch laptop is down to $ 705.99 on Amazon. On Cyber Monday, Amazon featured a whole bunch of laptops on sale. The Asus was the star of the show, but all the rest of the deals have since expired. Today’s deal is only $ 6 more than the Asus dropped to Monday. So you’re getting a second chance for this one. Don’t drop the ball.

The ZenBook  [Read More…]

Beat Saber Review: It’s as good as you wanted it to be with one exception

Beat Saber feels like the reason the PlayStation exists.

Most of you will have seen the videos online. Those crazy people who look like they could be Jedi, swinging their VR controllers around with wild abandon, killing those blocks with all the ferocity of a samurai? Those people have been playing Beat Saber for the PC VR headsets and now it’s the PlayStation VR owners chance to get in on the action.

Beat Saber is a simple  [Read More…]