Tag Archive: Needs


These are the screen protectors your Pixel 3a XL needs

The Pixel 3a XL’s screen doesn’t have a big, controversial notch like the Pixel 3 XL, but that front glass needs protecting all the same! The Pixel 3a XL has slightly different port configuration, so Pixel 3 XL protectors will not fit well, so grab a protector that does. Most of the screen protector offerings right now are tempered glass for superior impact protection, but some film protectors are still out there if you prefer them.

Premium protection for your  [Read More…]

Lenovo Smart Tab P10 review: This Android / Alexa collab needs more work

The smart display that’s also a tablet for work and play

Smart displays aren’t some new product on the block, technologically speaking. With the Google Home Hub, Lenovo Smart Display, Amazon Echo Show and Facebook Portal running around, the form factor — at least for the foreseeable future —isn’t going away.

However, every smart display is essentially a sedentary device, designed to be a set piece in your home or office. What if there was a way  [Read More…]

Stadia promises an exciting future but everyone else needs to be there, too

It’s time for the gaming industry to grow up.

If you read my piece a few weeks ago about the greatest phone that ever existed (go ahead, fight me on it), you knew how excited I was for GDC. That’s because I knew Google was about to announce one of the biggest threats to the gaming industry’s status quo since Battle Royale games became mainstream.

Google’s Stadia, as it’s known, is very forward-thinking stuff. It’s a gaming  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy A50, A30 arrive for mid-tier needs

It might be the week of Mobile World Congress and the season of big, flagship phones, but that’s only part of the story. Indeed, there’s plenty on the horizon for mid-tier consumer needs, including a pair of new Samsung phones, the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30.

Although they share physical similarities each features slightly different internal hardware. On the surface they’ll look the same but will just enough unique to merit standalone models.

As to what’s identical, the two have  [Read More…]

The 4 things Google Fi needs to change before I switch

Fi’s already pretty great, but with a few changes, Google can make it perfect.

Google Fi has changed a lot since it first debuted as Project Fi all the way back in April of 2015. More phones have been added, family plans are a thing, and you can now use your Fi service in over 200 countries around the globe without having to pay any travel/roaming fees.

All of this has resulted in Google Fi being one  [Read More…]

Samsung’s Viewing Area in One UI needs to make its way to stock Android

We want this on stock Android. Like, right now.

Samsung has gotten a lot of flack for its various software interfaces throughout the years, but ever since the company announced its new project, One UI, there’s only one thing I’ve been able to think about. While One UI brings a lot of new features to the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9, the most important one (at least, if you ask me) is the new Interaction Area  [Read More…]

A power bank for your Google Pixel Slate needs USB PD — and these have it

The Google Pixel Slate’s battery can run up to 12 hours, but some days, that just won’t be enough. Any power bank worth buying for the Pixel Slate needs USB Power Delivery in order to charge it at a reasonable speed. The maximum USB-PD charging speed supported by the Pixel is 45W, and if you’re looking to travel with this battery pack — really, why else would you have one — 100Wh is the largest capacity you can legally bring  [Read More…]

The Snapdragon 855 is a benchmarking beast in a year that needs the power

Bring it on.

Last year, we told you that while the Snapdragon 845 was an incredibly powerful chip that pushed Qualcomm forward in a number of ways, its benchmark numbers didn’t really matter. At least they didn’t back in February, before the first devices running the new flagship processor were on the market.

See, every year, prior to releasing its biggest-and-best platforms into the wild, Qualcomm builds a bunch of bulky, nondescript Android devices that manufacturers and,  [Read More…]

Android doesn’t need a dark system theme — it needs something more powerful

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me six times, shame on us all.

The whispers have started up again, the way they do every few months before the next Developer Preview or the next version release. Maybe this will finally be the year Android N brings back the dark theme. Android O will have a system dark theme! Android P has to have a dark theme!! It’s a new year, and now the song has started  [Read More…]

Samsung’s smartphone business really needs to have a great 2019

Samsung’s smartphone business is definitely the most public example of its growth and success over the past 10 years, but it’s certainly not the most profitable. That falls to the company’s memory division, which supplies DRAM modules for most smartphone makers, including Apple.

Well, as we know, Apple’s been experiencing some struggles of its own in recent months, warning of an multi-billion-dollar revenue shortfall due to slowing iPhone sales. Samsung is Apple’s biggest provider of memory chips, and thanks to  [Read More…]