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Trying iOS made me appreciate these 8 Android features a lot more

Trying iOS made me appreciate these 8 Android features a lot more

Late last year, I decided it was time to move from my Huawei MediaPad tablet and get a new iPad. That wasn't my first foray into iOS/iPadOS — I'd previously had an iPod Touch and an iPad Mini — but it had been a few years since I'd last used Apple's mobile operating system. I was excited to discover what it offers and to explore all the big and small differences between it and Android. My journey uncovered some frustrating truths, but over the months, I've also come away with a newfound appreciation for features I'd taken for granted on Android, but that are either missing or aren't as good on iOS/iPad OS.

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It took a pandemic for Chromebooks to finally start making sense in India

It took a pandemic for Chromebooks to finally start making sense in India

Much like smartphones, most laptop purchases in India happen in the bottom section of the price spectrum. By that measure, you might expect Chromebooks to be all over the local storefronts, but that couldn’t be any further from the truth. India is very much a Windows laptop market, and that patronage has left Chromebooks with practically no room to be relevant. But things started to take a positive turn for these budget Google laptops when the world suddenly came to a halt last year.

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After 4 years with a smart robot vacuum, I’m happier with a dumb one

After 4 years with a smart robot vacuum, I’m happier with a dumb one

My best friend likes to use the term "germ freak" when describing me. Although she might be exaggerating, she's not too far from reality. I'm also a very practical person and don't like spending too much time on chores, which is why I bought a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner back in 2017. Although I've been very happy with it, I've recently bought a "dumb" cordless vacuum-mop combo that I literally use several times a day. In fact, I'm so satisfied with my purchase, the Roomba now sits in the corner collecting dust (which I then clean).

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The Pixel 5's camera is so good that I've ditched my mirrorless cam while traveling

The Pixel 5's camera is so good that I've ditched my mirrorless cam while traveling

A few years ago, the only camera in my pocket/bag was my phone. Starting with the LG G2 and going up to the G3, G4, Galaxy S7 Edge, then Pixel 2 XL, all that I could rely on was my phone and nothing else. I took good photos, great even, but I wanted to learn, improve, and capture better ones, so I bought a mirrorless Olympus cam with several lenses. It accompanied me on my trips to Nepal, the UAE, Spain, and Greece, and I loved using it. But as I was packing for my most recent trip to Belgium, I looked at my Olympus then at my Pixel 5 and made the rash decision to skip the former and rely solely on the latter.

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I can’t believe how actually convenient it is to get a new eSIM while traveling

I can’t believe how actually convenient it is to get a new eSIM while traveling

Whenever I plan a trip to a new country, the first thing I research are prepaid SIMs. Messaging family, urgent work matters, on-the-spot research, all of these require some form of connectivity and I'd much rather have my own SIM than use free, unprotected Wi-Fi access points. During my recent trip to Brussels, I thought I wouldn't need to bother with that because of EU data roaming regulations. I was mistaken, and as a result, I had to scramble for a last-minute solution. That's how I found Mobimatter and GlobaleSIM, and my experience with them was excellent.

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The best Bluetooth headphones or buds aren't the highest spec'ed

The best Bluetooth headphones or buds aren't the highest spec'ed

Over the last decade, I've had the privilege of testing and reviewing dozens upon dozens of Bluetooth audio headsets. From big over-ear headphones to tiny in-ear buds, from powerful active noise cancellation to open-ear bone conduction, I've had enough experience with nearly every form factor out there, but no matter what the design, materials, features, sound, or price are, I keep coming back to one conclusion: the best headset is the one I can wear comfortably.

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9 cool features you can find in Google apps on iOS, but not Android

9 cool features you can find in Google apps on iOS, but not Android

After buying an iPad Air several months ago, I was curious about the Google services experience on iOS. Over the previous years, I've frequently heard about features that roll out to Google's apps on its rival platform before making it to its own OS, so I wanted to dig into the biggest Google apps and services to see if they offered anything new on iOS that we haven't seen on Android. My investigation turned up several examples, nine of which are quite significant, plus a few other less substantial ones.

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Should you buy the Galaxy A51 in 2021?

Should you buy the Galaxy A51 in 2021?

The Galaxy A51 is Samsung's middle-of-the-road smartphone for 2020. It's now 2021, so is it still worth a second look? In short, we think the answer is probably not — unless you're getting a particularly compelling discount. With its successor the Galaxy A52 now available (though tough to find), the A51 simply lacks the kind of premium features you'd expect of a $400 smartphone right now, even if your options might be limited at the moment.

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I went to Google's new retail store, and it's nothing like Apple's

I went to Google's new retail store, and it's nothing like Apple's

On June 17th, Google finally opened the doors to its first full-time official retail store. And while Google has hosted a few special-occasion popup stores and experience centers around the US to celebrate what the company's hardware and Pixels can do, it's never had a true store until now. Apple, on the other hand, is the largest tech company in the US (if not the world) with over 250 stores here alone. The obvious question then becomes: Who does stores better, Apple or Google?

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