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The 5 best things about the OnePlus 8 Pro

The higher price of the OnePlus 8 Pro hasn't gone down too well in some quarters, but there's no doubting that you still get a lot of phone for the money. Let’s take a look at the five standout features of the latest OnePlus flagship. And don't worry, we've got a post outlining the five worst aspects coming up, too.

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Android Auto should bring back calendar integration and reminders

Android Auto saw some big changes last summer, including removal of the Google Feed-inspired home screen and the addition of semi-persistent audio controls in the navigation bar. While most of the changes were welcomed, a few things were lost in the transition. Complaints have been stacking up over the sacrifice of calendar integration, or more specifically, that there are no appointment reminders or a convenient way to kickstart navigation to the places you need to go.

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The iPad is the only tablet worth buying during lockdown

Between marathon Netflix binge sessions and Zoom calls with the family, we're all spending a lot more time online these days. And though we might be encouraged to stay six feet apart in public, we're closer and more connected with one another than ever before. So if you're getting tired of carrying your laptop between rooms at home, and your phone just isn't cutting it, tablets are the perfect middle-ground for content consumption and communication. But even if you're a die-hard Android fan, you should probably consider the iPad before anything else.

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OnePlus's new Sandstone cases for the 8 and 8 Pro are pretty amazing

Many of our readers are probably debating the merits of the OnePlus 8 Pro, and though we touched on it briefly in our review, there's one major perk to ownership you should probably remember if you decide to buy one. OnePlus's first-party cases are always pretty great, but the new Sandstone cases for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are, frankly, fantastic. If you buy either phone, don't slum it with a third-party case unless you need some specific feature.

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The time for a pair of OnePlus true wireless Bullets earbuds is now

When OnePlus announced the Bullets Wireless Z earlier this week, we already knew we were in for a new generation of the company's neckbuds. And perhaps the most compelling thing about them is the price: they're just $50 (free if your pre-ordered a OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro), and you can probably expect the same respectable sound and strong battery life previous generations have offered. But in 2020, neckbuds are decidedly not the kind of audio accessory befitting a $900 smartphone: it's true wireless or bust, OnePlus, and everyone knows it.

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Android's backup and restore features still haven't caught up to the iPhone

Android’s built-in backup system has improved immensely over the years, but it still falls short in a number of key areas, leading to much frustration for users. Its shortcomings are even more apparent when compared with Apple’s iCloud backup for iPhones, which — while not perfect — is better at copying over app data so users don’t have to spend hours setting up a new phone.

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OnePlus still makes using Android 10's dark mode needlessly annoying

Ever since the company's short-lived relationship with Cyanogen, Inc. collapsed, OnePlus has shipped a custom build of Android called OxygenOS on its phones. It's generally regarded as one of the best manufacturer skins, since it adds useful features on top of stock Android, while not modifying the core Android experience (which can sometimes break apps). However, there is one aspect of OxygenOS that is a clear regression compared to stock Android: dark mode.

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6 months with Face Unlock on the Pixel 4: Anecdotes, surprises, and disappointments

Although some form of face unlocking has been available on Android for years now, the secure method that relies on IR only started popping up on devices in the last year or two. Adoption of the feature has skyrocketed in recent times, and Google finally added face authentication to the biometrics API in Android 10. Since most flagships are now launching with no fingerprint scanner and just face unlock as a security method — to the joy and dismay of many — I decided to step back and take a look at my personal experience with the feature.

If you've used face unlock before, be it on an iPhone or other Android device, my observations should be very obvious to you.

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Google completely ruined shared folders in Drive (Update: Workaround, Google shares longterm plan)

Several weeks ago, Google rolled out a change to Drive that lets you create shortcuts to files and folders. The feature had been in testing since August 2019, and its goal is to help you better organize shared files and folders without duplicating them, thus saving you storage and reducing the redundancy and confusion when you move things around. However, this seemingly benign improvement has completely ruined shared folders for anyone who syncs Drive locally to their PC or Mac.

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