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These $2,000 Samsung desserts are the second-priciest but only fourth-tastiest I've had this week

These $2,000 Samsung desserts are the second-priciest but only fourth-tastiest I've had this week

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Z Fold2, it came with a revamped Galaxy Z Premier service that aimed to provide a bit more than mere software support or troubleshooting. It started to come with exclusive rewards, gifts, and promotions. One of the most recent (if you consider six weeks ago recent) was for a dessert box from Michelin star Chef Daniel Boulud. At a $75 value, Samsung and Daniel included a total of 6 desserts, 2 Lemon Madeleines and 4 Cannelé de Bordeaux. (Though the image showed off some sort of open-face macaron, that sadly wasn't included.)

In the usual Android Police fashion, that meant we had to take a break from sailing the world on a yacht with our $2,000 folding phone to take a look.

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I've traveled 4 years with this backpack and I wouldn't trade it for any other

I've traveled 4 years with this backpack and I wouldn't trade it for any other

I love traveling. I enjoy throwing on some comfy clothes and shoes and going on adventures, exploring new cultures and places, discovering new activities, and meeting new people. But I also love gadgets and I research every accessory that I buy for days before committing to the purchase. So when it comes to what I take with me on any trip, I'm very selective with what makes the cut, regardless if it's a weekend getaway or a 10-day work + leisure vacation. Over the past four years, one item has been a mainstay of all my urban and wild adventures, and that's the Bobby backpack by XD Design.

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Polestar 2 Android Automotive review

Polestar 2 Android Automotive review

In all likelihood, Android Automotive is a flavor of Google's near-ubiquitous operating system you've never actually used, and probably won't (statistically) for a long time yet. It's also, in my eyes, the most important version of the platform since the original. About two weeks ago, I spent four days with Automotive in the Polestar 2, an EV from the sister brand of Swedish carmaker Volvo, that launched in the United States in 2020. I also drove it last year for a few short hours, and didn't exactly have the time to fully flesh out my thoughts on the car, the software, and how it all works together in a cohesive way.

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Five great looking cases for your Galaxy S21, S21+, or S21 Ultra

Five great looking cases for your Galaxy S21, S21+, or S21 Ultra

Samsung's trio of Galaxy S21 phones are already several months old, and by all accounts, they've been a huge success. We even went as far to say that the S21 is the 2021 smartphone to beat (so far) while the S21 Ultra is quite simply a hugely good phone. Like any great device, the S21 in your hand deserves to have quality protection. These are our top five favorite cases for the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra.

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Seven great cases for your Pixel 4a 5G

Seven great cases for your Pixel 4a 5G

Google may not have launched a Pixel 5 XL last year, but the 4a 5G is the next best thing. With the same processor, a big screen, and some cost-saving feature omissions (pour one out for wireless charging), the Pixel 4a 5G is a pretty great device in its own right. Even though it undercuts the Pixel 5 by several hundred dollars, you'll still want to protect it from bumps and spills. Here are our seven favorite cases for the Pixel 4a 5G.

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Can you make a de-Googled phone feel like a Pixel? This custom ROM wants to

Can you make a de-Googled phone feel like a Pixel? This custom ROM wants to

Google will have gathered a bucketload of your private data, especially if you use Android. What's worse, if you ever do something the company doesn't approve of, you might get locked out of your account and lose access to years of emails and photos in the process. If you want to mitigate these risks and stay more private online without leaving Android behind, you might want to turn to an emerging custom ROM that de-Google-ifies your phone: /e/OS.

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Five great cases for your new Pixel 5

Five great cases for your new Pixel 5

The Pixel 5 may look durable with its fancy speckled bio resin coating, but any slab of metal and glass can crack under the right amount of pressure. Luckily, even users with the worst bout of butterfingers can rest easier knowing there are ways to protect their prized Pixel. Here's a list of our top five case options for the Pixel 5.

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Five great cases for the Google Pixel 4a

Five great cases for the Google Pixel 4a

Even after seven months, the Pixel 4a is still a phone worth picking up, thanks to its reliable performance and value-driven price tag. Although affordability is a key feature of the 4a, you're probably going to want to grab a good case to keep your phone looking clean and pristine for years to come. Here are some of our favorite cases for the Pixel 4a.

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Microsoft Surface Pro X review, one month later: ARM laptops are the future, but Windows is stuck in the past

Microsoft Surface Pro X review, one month later: ARM laptops are the future, but Windows is stuck in the past

From the new Apple M1 powered Macs to the Microsoft Surface Pro X I've been using, ARM-based computers are the new craze in mobile computing. The Surface Pro X was Microsoft's second big consumer push to get into the ARM platform and it really nails the essentials. Microsoft provides a fast and stable Windows on ARM experience, which is impressive despite the underpowered hardware on Microsoft’s latest SQ2-based machine. At the same time, some important features are missing while we wait for proper 64-bit emulation to arrive. That makes the price harder to swallow, but I've still really liked using the Surface Pro X.

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Eero Pro 6 review, one month later: The solution to all your Wi-Fi problems

Eero Pro 6 review, one month later: The solution to all your Wi-Fi problems

Millions of people transitioning to working from home this year has led to more than a few problems. Products like webcams and laptops have been in short supply, and home Wi-Fi networks are pushed to their breaking point with dozens of connected devices, Zoom calls, Netflix sessions, and email threads. In most cases, a mesh router is the best way to build a home network that deals with these new demands.

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