Tech Product Evaluator, Commerce Writer
20 articles published since October 07, 2022
About Steve Smith
Steve is a tech enthusiast and an avid gamer. He loves writing about, tinkering with, researching, and reviewing the latest technology. When not doing something tech related, he enjoys spending time with his family, running, and hiking.
You need to protect the best compact Android phone to date with a quality case
The Asus Zenfone 9 sports a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and a 5.9-inch display, making it a compact powerhouse compared to many other high-performing smartphones. But don’t let the smaller nature of this device fool you; it’s still one of the best Android phones you can buy.
The Galaxy XCover6 Pro is durable but not invincible
If you are looking for something different and more durable than the Samsung Galaxy S23 series, then the Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro may be what you are looking for. This phone is strong enough to pass the rigorous MIL-STD-810H testing and can withstand whatever you throw at it. The Galaxy XCover6 Pro is hands down one of the best rugged Android phones on the market.
Keep that beautiful OLED screen unblemished
Typically, in a roundup like this, we'd sit here extolling the virtues of the many excellent screen protectors available and why they're all great and easy to use. But we're also committed to providing objective, helpful information, so we'll give it to you straight: It's a bit of a tricky business to keep the glass on your Google Pixel 7 Pro in perfect condition.
A road warrior's dream, if you can deal with the size and weight
Chromebooks are an interesting breed of laptops and have developed quite a following over their decade-plus run. What started as a low-cost option in the laptop market has ballooned to cover every price point and include many of the same features as a Windows laptop or MacBook.
Keep your OnePlus 11 protected from your slippery fingers
The OnePlus 11 has been built to go toe-to-toe with the best Android phones available today. It has a solid Hasselblad-powered triple-camera system, good battery life, and a stunning AMOLED display. That’s before we even talk about it being a pure workhorse with the inclusion of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor.
Keep the best compact display on the market free from cracks and scratches
In the old days, getting an excellent flagship phone means you’d usually have to settle for a bulky device that won’t fit comfortably in your hand or pocket. However, the Asus Zenfone 9 shatters this stereotype with its powerful, sleek, and compact design. This makes it not just one of the best small phones but one of the best Android phones overall. And preaching about how important it is for you – a Zenfone 9 owner – to protect your device would be stating the obvious. Therefore, we’d jump straight into showcasing our selection of the best screen protectors to keep your pristine 5.9-inch display safe and sound!
The best smartwatches tend to share some common traits, such as a large display, software customization, fitness tracking, and various apps. To carve out a niche, Withings has chosen to go in an entirely different direction with the ScanWatch. Withings designed a striking and classically designed timepiece offering a wide range of health-tracking features.
A classic watch design with modern smartwatch features
Hybrid smartwatches are a wonderful fusion of an analog watch design blended with current technology, giving them a unique feel. Fossil's latest smartwatch, the Gen 6 Wellness Edition Hybrid, attempts to marry old and new to carve out a piece of the smartwatch world dominated by watches like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.
Keep your display looking smooth and scratch-free with these great screen protectors.
With an improved 1080p display, the Samsung Galaxy A14 is already making its case for one of the best budget Android phones of the year. The Galaxy A14’s display is covered in Gorilla Glass 5, which does an admiral job in its own right, but will get scratched up over time. Everyone hates looking at their display and seeing scratches reflect off the surrounding lights.
Keep your OnePlus 11's display looking great for the long haul
The OnePlus 11 is here, toting flagship-level specs. With a QHD+ display, a Hasselblad-tuned camera system, and the latest powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, this device is poised to become one of the best Android phones this year. The only catch? It's not quite as durable as other recent flagships; OnePlus went with Corning’s slightly older Gorilla Glass Victus on the display rather than the second-generation Gorilla Glass Victus 2.
Save your phone from yourself and protect your Samsung Galaxy A14 from the inevitable tumble
The Samsung Galaxy A14 is the latest entry in Samsung’s Galaxy A series lineup and the successor to the Samsung Galaxy A13. While the good-looking Galaxy A14 is already shaping up to be one of this year’s best budget Android phones, it will need extra protection from a great case to keep up its attractive exterior.
Need a good budget phone? Here are your best options from Motorola.
Motorola has been around for generations, and the release of the Moto Droid in 2009 helped usher Android into the dominant force it is today. The company has a wide range of devices covering every conceivable price range. It even has some devices capable of challenging the best Android phones.
Flagship performance for less
For the past few years, Google's Pixel lineup has offered a rare combination of flagship performance for an unbelievable price. As a result, it competes with the best Android phones on the market — at a much lower price. The Pixel 7 is Google's latest device to carry this torch, and it does so with fantastic results.
A battle between two big and capable devices that are very similar in performance
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra continues Samsung's legacy of providing a stunning device that is unapologetically expensive. Samsung crams as many specs into its Ultra devices as it possibly can to differentiate this behemoth from the rest of the Android landscape. It does about anything you would expect a smartphone to do in 2023 and often does it with class-leading performance.
Samsung sets the benchmark and OnePlus easily hits it
For better or worse, Samsung remains the standard for excellence in the Android world. It consistently produces some of the best Android phones on the market and, every year, set the benchmark that all other companies are judged by. OnePlus is a company that isn't afraid to go toe-to-toe with this juggernaut and often creates phones that can take on the best that Samsung offers at a variety of price points.
Moving on to faster pastures
When Samsung launched the Galaxy 21 Ultra a few years ago, it instantly became one of the best phones you could get. It was so good, that it negated the need to upgrade to the S22 Ultra a year later. It’s not that the S22 Ultra wasn’t an improvement over its predecessor, it's just that Samsung packs so much into its Ultra devices that a year's time isn't enough to make a substantial leap forward. Now that the S21 Ultra is two years older, and Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S23 Ultra, it's time to see how they stack up in a head-to-head comparison. While these two devices are more similar than they are not, the Galaxy S23 Ultra brings some new enhancements to the table.
Before you buy one, make sure your color choice reflects your style
With the debut of the Samsung Galaxy S23, the Android community can finally get its hands on what is sure to be one of the best Android phones of the year. If you have set your sights on the Galaxy S23+ for its larger screen and increased battery life, then all there is left to do is explore the colorways and pick the one that is going to reflect your own personal style. Samsung is giving you a variety of color options this year, and each has its own distinct feel.
Do you want maximum power or maximum value?
Samsung and Google release some of the best Android phones you can get every year. This duo isn't afraid to push the Android envelope and, to a large extent, each other to achieve a better phone every year. The Google Pixel 7 launched a few months before the Galaxy S23, but don't let that fool you. Both devices are beautifully designed and packed with features. The best one for you will come down to what you value most in your device. Let's find out which of these devices checks all of your boxes.
We pit the Nothing Phone 1 against the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G for a battle of the midrange greats.
While the Nothing brand is a newcomer to the industry, the man behind it is not. The founder of Nothing is Carl Pei, who also co-founded OnePlus. In similar fashion as Pei's former company, Nothing is beginning its story by releasing a device that punches above what its mid-range price tag would suggest.
Nothing took a page from the OnePlus playbook
Nothing and OnePlus are smartphone companies that share similar roots and DNA. The philosophical underpinnings of Nothing and OnePlus are similar in that both were created to shake up the smartphone industry by the same man, Carl Pei. While the companies share common traits, their approach to design and implementation are different. This is readily apparent in our battle today: the Nothing Phone 1 and the OnePlus Nord N20.