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Nokia XR20 review: A new dawn of brawn

Nokia XR20 review: A new dawn of brawn

The Nokia of yesteryear made incredible feature phones, some of which, like the Nokia 3310, were built so well that they attained cult status for their sheer ruggedness. The all-new Nokia XR20 is an attempt to rekindle that reputation with a design that doesn't look inherently rugged but will surely protect it from the elements.

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OnePlus Nord N200 long-term review: That classic OnePlus value

OnePlus Nord N200 long-term review: That classic OnePlus value

Time was, OnePlus phones were always incredible deals, but the price crept upward with each iteration, and now we're in a place where OnePlus is competing with Samsung in the flagship space. The company can still bring a great value to the market, just not at the high-end. The Nord N200 5G is currently the cheapest 5G phone in the US, and it comes with remarkably little in the way of "5G tax." For $240, you get a 1080p display, the brand new Snapdragon 480 SoC, and pretty good software.

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The big white wall in my apartment just got an Android TV upgrade

The big white wall in my apartment just got an Android TV upgrade

Forcibly uprooting your entire life isn't easy, just ask me about it. One day you have all the small luxuries of life that you've worked hard to get, the next you're in a strange apartment you don't own, that you have to momentarily share with others, and you're wondering how come you're starting from zero in your mid-thirties. There's also only one TV to share with people whose entertainment taste differs so much from yours. Then you look at the lifeless white walls surrounding you and you think, "huh, I have an idea." So you go get that Android TV projector, turn it on, point it at a white wall away from your roommates, and you've suddenly got a solution to both of your problems: no more white wall and a TV you can call your own.

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Review: The Orbitkey Nest is a pricey premium portable power provider

Review: The Orbitkey Nest is a pricey premium portable power provider

It’s just easier to get things done when you know where your tools are. However, if you’re anything like the forgetful oaf I am, that is almost never as easy as it should be. This is the very reason why I’m constantly on the lookout for organizers that reduce the number of places I store my things, thus making it that much easier to find them.

Of late, I’ve been carrying my everyday things in a portable desk organizer called the Orbitkey Nest, and I’ve saved a lot of time. No more do I struggle to find that one cable sitting among a hundred other things in my bag.

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Smartmi Air Purifier P1 review: A smart way to solve those seasonal sniffles

Smartmi Air Purifier P1 review: A smart way to solve those seasonal sniffles

Over the last year, air purifiers have changed from a luxury product for folks with allergies to a mainstream necessity. Many of us picked up HEPA filtration systems in the hopes it might make a dent in our at-home safety during the pandemic. Whether you're still in that mood or not, Xiaomi's Smartmi Air Purifier P1 is a surprisingly decent buy, with an attractive design, cheaper-than-average filters, and the sort of voice assistant integrations you expect in 2021. However, those integrations are a little limited, and the $180 price is on the steep side.

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Onyx Boox Nova3 Color review: Android + E Ink = awesome

Onyx Boox Nova3 Color review: Android + E Ink = awesome

Color e-ink is still far less capable than LCD and OLED, thanks to long refresh times and washed-out colors. So the Onyx Boox Nova3 Color might not be on everyone's radar. The 7.8-inch color screen is too small to read magazines and comic books comfortably, vastly limiting the usefulness of a color screen, but the Nova3 Color is still a capable e-reader for books. The built-in reading app offers a robust selection of settings, which is why text-based e-books format nicely on the screen. Plus, there are tons of benefits from the included Android app support, and the note-taking options are robust too.

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Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro review: So cheap the flaws almost don't matter

Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro review: So cheap the flaws almost don't matter

Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi has always focused on the budget segment, and its latest true wireless earbuds double down on that approach. The Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro have a lot of tricks up their sleeves, earning them their Pro moniker and a higher price tag compared to last year's model. But these sub-$50 TWEs still leave quite a bit of room for improvement in some key areas.

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Pixel 5a review, one month later: This phone craves Android 12

Pixel 5a review, one month later: This phone craves Android 12

For years, a certain type of smartphone enthusiast has cried, "Why are camera bumps a thing? Just make the phones thicker and use the extra space for a bigger battery!" With the Pixel 5a, Google invites every single one of you to put your money where your mouth is. The Pixel 5a is a great phone at a great value, but the utterly insane battery life is the big highlight.

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Five great cases for the Google Pixel 4a

Five great cases for the Google Pixel 4a

Your Pixel 4a has been a good phone, right? Its unflashy exterior may not be much to write home about, but for the price and pocketability — which is a real selling point given today’s expensively gigantic devices — it’s an undeniably endearing handset, even in 2021. If you’re looking to hold onto your Pixel 4a for another year or so, you should really consider wrapping it in one of our favorite cases below.

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Beats Studio Buds long-term review: In need of a remix

Beats Studio Buds long-term review: In need of a remix

Unless you own an iPhone, you probably haven't thought about Beats much in a few years. Apple bought the company for three billion-with-a-B dollars in 2014, and its more recent products have been increasingly Apple-focused, Lightning charging ports and all.

But the new Beats Studio Buds break with that tradition. Like newer iPads and MacBooks, they charge with the correct cable (USB-C, that is) and support Fast Pair, meaning they're equally at home on Android as on iOS — and at $150, they look like a bargain next to the $250 AirPods Pro. But while I've certainly enjoyed using them, some missing features stop the Beats Studio Buds from being an unqualified home run.

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