Tag Archive: Phone


Essential Phone gets 8.1 Oreo beta with fix for jittery scrolling

Available as an OTA update for previous beta testers.

The Essential Phone‘s received a heap of updates since its release, and following up on its word, Essential is now releasing the Android 8.1 Oreo update in the form of a beta. Previous beta testers for 8.0 Oreo will get an over-the-air update to 8.1, and if you’re not currently enrolled, Essential will add a link to sideload the new software on its website.

So, what’s new with  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro preview: Possibly the best budget phone of 2018

Yes, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is that good.

Xiaomi played it safe with the Redmi Note 5, offering the same chipset and a design aesthetic that’s similar to the Redmi Note 4. Instead, the manufacturer is rolling out the Redmi Note 5 Pro for those looking to upgrade from last year’s device.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is the first device to be powered by the Snapdragon 636. Xiaomi says that it worked closely with Qualcomm  [Read More…]

How to set your favorite song as alarm on your Android phone

Alarms – we hate them, but we simply can’t live without them. The best we can do to make the whole experience more pleasurable is to try to find an alarm tune that will gently nudge us to wakefulness. Although heavy sleepers might need a different one. Now if music is the thing that gets […]

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Only 88,000 units of the Essential Phone were sold in 2017

Despite numerous software updates and price cuts, Essential still has a lot of work to do.

It’s no secret at this point that the Essential Phone has had a rough life. Relentless software updates and a dramatic price cut have resulted in the device finally being at least worthy of your consideration, but its blundering launch appears to have hurt Essential where it counts.

IDC Research Director Francisco Jeronimo recently announced on Twitter that the Essential shipped  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Nothing on your phone is worth looking at while you drive

Smartphone addiction is a real thing. And it has serious consequences when it’s combined with driving.

In the last couple weeks, both my girlfriend and I have come within inches of being hit by cars while walking, in crosswalks, in downtown Seattle. Unfortunately this isn’t the only time that’s happened to us, nor is it exclusive to us or this city. Every single day in every city I visit, I see drivers blow through lights, stop in crosswalks and  [Read More…]

This $13 Kobra OBD-II reader tells your phone all about your car

You know when mechanics charge you $ 75 to tell you you need air in your tire? Figure it out for yourself.

Kobra’s Wi-Fi OBD-II car code reader and scanner is down to $ 13.29 with code ALUA3DVB on Amazon. This is the best price we’ve ever seen on it. The last deal we shared on it was about five months ago and that was a little over a dollar more expensive than the current deal above.

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Latest Essential Phone update finally adds Auto-HDR

Eight months later, the Essential Phone finally has Auto-HDR.

Ever since its launch in late May, the Essential Phone‘s camera has been, well, a bit of a mess. While the camera hardware seemed awfully promising, the Essential Camera app was slow, buggy, and just a pain to use out of the box. Essential’s regularly been updating the app to provide the best possible experience, and the latest one finally adds Auto-HDR.

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Gear Up: Carved wood phone cases for Pixel and other smartphones

Not all smartphone cases have to be rugged and tough or durable enough to withstand a drop from two stories. Sometimes we just want people to pay attention to our favorite phone. We spent $ 800 on this thing and we want everybody to look at it. That’s where you get yourself a nice fancy case […]

Smart buyers guide for phone accessories in 2018

How to live your best accessory life.

Phone accessories are ubiquitous these days. Anyone who owns a smartphone in 2018 is likely to use a variety of accessories during an average day of using your phone: charging cables and bricks, wireless charging pads, Bluetooth headphones, or some dongle so you can use your old earbuds.

The annual release of new phones brings us an inevitable new wave of accessories. If you’re planning to upgrade to a new  [Read More…]

Qualcomm gets 5G commitments from major carriers and phone makers, with a few exceptions

Qualcomm is preemptively boasting about its 5G advantages — because it can.

Qualcomm today announced that it has received intense interest from worldwide telecom operators and equipment manufacturers, including smartphone makers like LG and HTC, to test its burgeoning X50 5G platform, which is set to be released next year.

The move from LTE to 5G promises to bring enormous improvements to speed, capacity, and latency in the worlds of fixed and mobile wireless service. It also  [Read More…]