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After Just 6 Months, the Phone Notch Is Already Deeply Uncool After Just 6 Months, the Phone Notch Is Already Deeply Uncool

When Essential debuted the first-ever notched display on the PH-1, it was a bold, divisive statement about smartphone design. Then Apple put one on the iPhone X, and while some people still didn’t get it, the sentiment around the notch shifted from confusion to curious appreciation, or even adoration. But now, after…

This Wild Concept Phone's Got All the Sweet Gimmicks the Rest Should Have

I’m not going to lie, despite all the hype about 5G and new phones announced at MWC 2018, it still felt kind of like a down year. LG didn’t have much, HTC, Xiaomi, and Motorola were essentially no shows, and while I appreciate that Samsung went hard on the S9's camera, aside from a new processor, the rest of its new…

Asus Basically Made a More Affordable iPhone X Ripoff with Android Asus Basically Made a More Affordable iPhone X Ripoff with Android

While better known for its various PCs and gaming products, Asus has been making smartphones for quite some time. Over the previous four generations of Zenfones, Asus had always skipped the world’s largest smartphone trade show, MWC in Barcelona. The reason? According to Asus’ head of global marketing Marcel Campos,…

Can Nokia's Breezy New Sirocco Phone Stand Up to Samsung's Mighty Devices? Can Nokia's Breezy New Sirocco Phone Stand Up to Samsung's Mighty Devices?

As slick as the designs on the Galaxy S8 and the brand new S9 are, some people just can’t get down with all the changes Samsung makes to Android on the inside. It’s an understandable complaint, especially since just a few year ago, Samsung’s TouchWiz skin (which is now called the Samsung Experience), was often…

Sony's New Buds Have Holes in Them for Your Own Good Sony's New Buds Have Holes in Them for Your Own Good

How many times have you seen this: A guy or gal walking down the street with one earbud in, while the other hangs loose around their shoulders and neck like some ridiculous techie bolo tie. If you’re like me, it’s a daily occurrence, and a sad symptom caused by design that doesn’t quite work.

Sony Is Getting Serious About Smartphones Again, and It's Great Sony Is Getting Serious About Smartphones Again, and It's Great

You wouldn’t know it, because Sony never seems to have brought its phones to the US until well after the fact, but not too long ago, Sony was a force (at least design-wise) in the smartphone world thanks to devices like the OG Xperia Z and the innovative Xperia Play. It was making cool looking phones while also…

Alexa and Cortana Will Duke It Out in the Update to the Best Laptop Under $1,000 Alexa and Cortana Will Duke It Out in the Update to the Best Laptop Under $1,000

Alexa already dominates a ton of living rooms and kitchens thanks to Amazon’s huge line of Echo smart speakers. But there’s still one major category of devices Alexa has yet to conquer: PCs. However, at CES 2018, Amazon announced that Alexa would be making its way onto computers too. That brings us to now, at MWC…

Here's What Is Actually New About the Samsung Galaxy S9 [Updated]

When a delayed launch left an S8-sized hole at Mobile World Congress last year, the start to the spring smartphone season felt a little so-so. Samsung wasn’t going to make the same mistake again, so here it is, the new Galaxy S9 and S9+.

Nokia's Latest Retro Revival Is Making Me Crave Bananas Nokia's Latest Retro Revival Is Making Me Crave Bananas

Some folks have started to take exception to companies that rely on people’s nostalgia to peddle their tech. But that ain’t stopping Nokia.

Huawei's Matebook X Pro Is a Slick Challenger to the Very Best Windows Laptops Huawei's Matebook X Pro Is a Slick Challenger to the Very Best Windows Laptops

In the laptop world, Dell’s XPS 13 gets a lot of credit for having a great design, excellent battery life and that nifty Infinity Edge display that started the trend of slimmer bezels on laptops. But what most people don’t know is that the laptop with the thinnest bezels in the world isn’t a Dell, it’s now a Huawei.

Phones This Cheap Shouldn't Look This Good Phones This Cheap Shouldn't Look This Good

Look, it’s hard to give a shit about budget phones. They often sport uninspired designs, lack any sort of innovative features, and frequently cut corners to hit those low, low prices. And with previous phone names like Pixi, Pop and Idol, Alcatel’s previous phones seemed more concerned with the latest saccharine teen…

Google Just Pushed Out a Bunch of Updates for Three of Its More Promising Android Features Google Just Pushed Out a Bunch of Updates for Three of Its More Promising Android Features

Just a couple days before the world’s biggest smartphone convention kicks off in Barcelona, Google is rolling out updates for a number of its most interesting Android features.

Samsung’s Answer to Animoji Could Make You Look Like a Nintendo Mii Samsung’s Answer to Animoji Could Make You Look Like a Nintendo Mii

When Apple unveiled Animojis alongside the iPhone X, it was only a matter of time until other smartphone makers pushed out their own versions. Some look like straight-up clones of Apple’s tech, like the kind you get on the mid-range Honor View 10. However, Samsung appears to be going for something a little different…

Here’s Everything We Think We Know About Samsung’s Galaxy S9 So Far

With Mobile World Congress coming up at the end of the month, the smartphone world is ramping up to peak hype in preparation for the Samsung Galaxy S9’s expected debut there on February 25th. The rumors are flying so we scoured the net and gathered up the most credible leaks and rumors to give you the best idea of…

Can You Spot Anything Different About the Galaxy S9 in These Leaked Pics?

Even though we’re still a month out from the Samsung Galaxy S9's official debut, as usual, in the run up to Mobile World Congress, leaks about Samsung’s upcoming flagship phone are starting to swirl. But today, we might have just hit the motherlode thanks to info found by noted smartphone sleuth @evleaks (aka Evan…

LG G6 First Impressions: Back to the Basics LG G6 First Impressions: Back to the Basics

Smartphone design just isn’t as interesting as it used to be; top phones are all basically beautiful slabs of glass and metal with glimmering displays that make you go “ahhhhh.” Last year, in an effort to combat the boredom, LG launched the G5, an ambitious disaster of an Android phone, which was most notable for its…

What Happens When an Army of Geeks Descends on Barcelona What Happens When an Army of Geeks Descends on Barcelona

You’ve probably seen the instantly classic photo of Mark Zuckerberg cheerfully strutting past a crowd blinded by VR headsets at Mobile World Congress during Samsung’s press conference. Well, if you can believe it, that was just one of the many totally absurd moments from this year’s conference. Photographers snapped…

Here's All the Cool Stuff From Mobile World Congress (So Far) Here's All the Cool Stuff From Mobile World Congress (So Far)

We’ve just wrapped up the second day of Mobile World Congress, the annual mobile technology conference in Barcelona. We’ve seen smartphones, VR headsets, and some batshit crazy stuff (see photo above)—and almost all of it has been awesome. Here are some of our favorites:

The Most Important New Smartphone Feature Is a Little Magic Slot The Most Important New Smartphone Feature Is a Little Magic Slot

When LG announced its new flagship smartphone, the G5, at Mobile World Congress yesterday, it did something radically different. At the base of the phone, LG built a small slot that might just change everything.

Samsung Put Me in an Absurd Hell Chamber of Virtual Reality Headsets Samsung Put Me in an Absurd Hell Chamber of Virtual Reality Headsets

Today was weird. Samsung’s events are not something that usually fall under the definition of normal, but today was particularly crazy. See, I sat in a gigantic dark room filled with 5,000 other people while we watched the new Galaxy S7 phone being revealed—through a VR headset. It was terrifying and cool, but mostly…

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