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The 5 best things about the OnePlus 8 Pro

The 5 best things about the OnePlus 8 Pro

The OnePlus 8 Pro is still a lot of phone for the money, even if its high price hasn't gone down well with a large section of the company's fan base. And the new features it adds like rapid wireless charging and proper waterproofing are unarguably big and long-sought improvements that bring OnePlus' new flagship to the level of phones like Samsung's Galaxy S20+, which costs hundreds of dollars more than the 8 Pro. Altogether, we still think there's a lot to like about this $900 phone, and here are the top five, standout features we think make it shine.

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OnePlus 8 Pro vs OnePlus 7T Pro — is the big price hike justified?

OnePlus 8 Pro vs OnePlus 7T Pro — is the big price hike justified?

The OnePlus 8 Pro is by far the most expensive smartphone OnePlus has ever produced. At $900, it's within shouting range of "proper" flagships like the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 Pro. While it does come with the company's most impressive array of features ever, there's no doubt that fans of OnePlus have balked at the idea of a near-$1000 OnePlus smartphone — a phone from the company that debuted the original OnePlus One at just $300. Compared to even the outgoing 7T Pro, the 8 Pro comes with a big price hike, and that's what we're taking a closer look at in this article.

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The Pixel 4a has already lost to the iPhone SE

The Pixel 4a has already lost to the iPhone SE

Apple launched brand-new iPhone SE this spring, and it's already been pitted against the expected Pixel 4a as the budget smartphone war of the year. But it's a war I think Google has already lost. With the Pixel 4a nowhere in sight, the iPhone SE continues to win praise from critics, is selling well, and no major flaws or issues have emerged. With Google not expected to launch the Pixel 4a until later this summer, I think the budget phone battle ended before it even had a chance to begin.

Let's take the two side by side. First, you've got the iPhone SE: a 4.7-inch display, a single 12MP rear camera, "iPhone 8"-ish battery life (so, totally fine), 64GB of storage, the powerful A13 Bionic processor, gigabit LTE with dual SIM (via eSIM), Touch ID, no headphone jack, IP67 water resistance, 18W fast wired charging, and wireless charging.

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Of course Google should make a successor to the Google Home

Of course Google should make a successor to the Google Home

The original Google Home was a wildly successful product. Google sold millions of its debut smart speaker, and when it came on the scene in late 2016 to challenge Amazon's Echo, while it lost the market share battle, Google showed the world a smart speaker didn't have to feel quite so dumb. It is plainly obvious Google should build a successor to this now-discontinued product.

The Home was the Volkswagen Golf to the Home Mini's Polo.

Subsequent launches of the Home Mini (replaced by the Nest Mini) and Home Max filled out Google's smart speaker range, and the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max later offered a more visual stationary Assistant experience.

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Google Play Music vs. YouTube Music: Everything you need to know

Google Play Music vs. YouTube Music: Everything you need to know

As YouTube Music's migration tool continues to roll out, many Play Music subscribers are likely asking themselves if it's finally time to just give up on holding out and switch to Google's new music streaming service. But as Play Music will die by the end of 2020, it could also be just as good a time to take your music collection to a personal cloud (or offline entirely) and switch to something like Spotify or Tidal as your paid streaming solution.

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CES 2021 is a bad idea

CES 2021 is a bad idea

At earliest, the top infectious disease official in the United States says a coronavirus vaccine may be deployable at scale by the very tail end of 2020. If everything goes right, and the vaccine works. And not for everybody, at least not until early 2021. Again, this is at the earliest if everything goes exactly right. In unrelated news, CES thinks it can hold a giant convention next January.

CES brings well over a hundred thousand people down on the city of Las Vegas via airplanes from every corner of the globe. CES is known for its extreme human density, not just in the convention center, but in hotels, restaurants, public transit (yes, people use the monorail at CES), event venues, taxis, buses, clubs, and bars.

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Switching from Spotify to YouTube Music: Everything you need to know

Switching from Spotify to YouTube Music: Everything you need to know

I've been a loyal Spotify user since what feels like the year the service launched, and a premium subscriber since 2014. Spotify premium has tons of great extra features, and I absolutely think it's worth the money if you're considering a paid music streaming subscription. But as I've been spending a lot more time at home of late, I've started watching a lot more YouTube, and the various pre-roll and mid-roll ads were starting to grate on me. Of course, you can remove those ads—by signing up for YouTube Premium. But that would also give me access to YouTube Music, meaning I'd technically be paying for two music services.

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Is it too late for Wear OS?

Is it too late for Wear OS?

Google's smartwatch operating system, then called Android Wear, debuted six years ago on the LG G Watch. Since then, the platform has had ups and downs, just like the full-blown Android OS it was based on. Some hardware manufacturers gave up on Wear OS, while others came in and embraced it.

Today, Wear OS is in an interesting place. It has received very few meaningful software improvements over the past year, while new watches have continued to be released quarter after quarter. That being said, with over a year since Wear OS's last real update (and it was a small one at best), I think it's finally time to ask the question: is it too late for Wear OS?

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T-Mobile's mid-band 5G network is now cracking 1Gbps, showing Verizon and AT&T are seriously screwed

T-Mobile's mid-band 5G network is now cracking 1Gbps, showing Verizon and AT&T are seriously screwed

If you ask Verizon, they'll tell you gigabit 5G is only possible with the power of (seriously difficult to deploy and expensive) mmWave technology. Recent tests of T-Mobile's fully live 5G mid-band network in New York City would like to have a word with Verizon on that point, though: testers have begun cracking the gigabit barrier on some handsets, as revealed in SpeedTest.net's latest reporting.

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Should you buy a Chromebook?

Should you buy a Chromebook?

With more and more people buying laptops to work or learn from home, a lot of folks are probably looking into the prospect of switching to a lighter, cheaper Chromebook instead of a traditional Windows or Mac laptop. Chromebooks come at a wide range of price points and with a variety of features, but the big question for most people is about Chrome OS itself. How hard is it to switch? What are Android apps like? Does Linux support really work, and how well? Do Chromebooks make good tablets? Can I use Firefox on one? We'll cover as much of that as we can in this post.

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