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Asus ROG Phone 5 review, one month later: Still the best gaming phone

Asus ROG Phone 5 review, one month later: Still the best gaming phone

There's no doubt that the Asus ROG Phone 5 is a beast — as a gaming phone, it packs all of the latest and greatest hardware, and that makes it a really chunky boy. Asus has a laser focus on gaming-centric features that will delight its core demographic, but the ROG 5 isn’t a complete nightmare to use outside of gaming either. The ROG Phone 5 offers stable everyday use with the added benefit of killer specs that can be tweaked and adjusted like a gaming PC. This is indeed a phone for gamers, but that means it lacks some popular features, and the software has some rough edges.

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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

Whether you're reading this article on a shiny new S21, or you're still waiting for your device to show up at your door, chances are you're going to need a case to protect your investment. Luckily, there are a lot of great options available, as long as you know where to look. These are our top five favorite cases for the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra.

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Wyze Robot Vacuum review, one month later: Better than it has to be at this price

Wyze Robot Vacuum review, one month later: Better than it has to be at this price

Wyze has made its name in the US by offering competent smart home hardware for startlingly little money—$20 for a camera, $50 for a smart thermostat, and so on. The $250 Wyze Robot Vacuum is by far its most expensive product, but it's still cheap compared to the competition. This device sports full 3D mapping, scheduling, and it's got an app that isn't terrible. Most importantly, it does a very good job cleaning, assuming you don't mind a little noise. Unfortunately, you can't control this device with Google Assistant, but that's one of the few drawbacks.

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Xiaomi Mi 11 Review: Such a shame you can't get it in the USA

Xiaomi Mi 11 Review: Such a shame you can't get it in the USA

Xiaomi's phones have long been known for their exceptional value proposition. You can always find the latest specs and features in a Xiaomi flagship phone, and it won't cost you an arm and a leg. It's something you don't often see these days when $1,000 has become the standard price for high-end hardware. That's not how Xiaomi rolls, though. With the Mi 11, Xiaomi has one of the best flagship phones on the market, offering killer specs and a great value, unless you happen to be in the US.

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Galaxy S21 review, one month later: Reclaiming the title

Galaxy S21 review, one month later: Reclaiming the title

"Good" and "bad" smartphones can have qualifiers — as in, "good but too expensive" or "bad but so cheap it doesn't really matter." After all, everything is worth something to someone. But Samsung's recent Galaxy S21 isn't just a good phone, now that we're starting to see the rest of what 2021 has to offer, it comes in at a good price, too. In fact, the more I use it, the more I like it. So, we're taking the rare step of giving the Galaxy S21 our Most Wanted award.

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Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) review: Sweet dreams are made of Gs

Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) review: Sweet dreams are made of Gs

Google released the original Nest Hub (née Home Hub) in 2018, and we liked it even at $150. That price came down substantially, giving more people a chance to try out what was arguably the best Assistant smart display. Google says one in five people put that device in their bedrooms, thanks largely to the lack of a camera. The second-gen Hub still doesn't have a camera, but it does watch you. Hiding inside the almost identical chassis is a Soli radar module, which monitors your movement and breathing to track sleep. Any technology product that watches you sleep is bound to come off a little creepy, but there's more to the Hub than sleep tracking.

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Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen review: A luxurious audio hamburger

Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen review: A luxurious audio hamburger

When a product is priced significantly higher than its competition, there are two potential reasons: either A) it's a legitimately superior option, or B) the company that makes it knows its target demographic will pony up regardless of how much it costs. Most luxury goods are some combination of the two (think Apple or Tesla). Bang & Olufsen's second-generation Beosound A1 also fits that bill: at $250, the Bluetooth speaker hardly reinvents portable audio — but it does everything it does so well, I'm inclined to put it more in column A than column B. I love this thing.

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Galaxy S21 Ultra long-term review: Samsung is back

Galaxy S21 Ultra long-term review: Samsung is back

Last year, Samsung released its most ambitious (non-folding) phone to date: the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It didn't go over especially well. A sky-high $1400 price tag and unremarkable camera performance torpedoed the phone outright in our final assessment, a rare miss for Samsung in the premium smartphone segment.

In 2021, Samsung is trying to reboot the Galaxy S20 Ultra formula with the S21 Ultra. And while the differences on paper (and often in practice) aren't what you'd call huge, the end result is a more palatably priced phone with a much-improved camera system — notably addressing our two biggest gripes.

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STORM 2 review: The coolest-looking, most data-rich battery around

STORM 2 review: The coolest-looking, most data-rich battery around

How do you get excited about something as utilitarian as a battery pack? We've reviewed plenty of them here at AP over the years, and generally it comes down to measuring the specs: What charges the fastest, puts out the most power, and has the largest capacity? But while anybody can construct a big, fast battery, when's the last time you chose a battery for its design, or because of its advanced features? With a slick-as-hell cyberpunk aesthetic and real-time detailed performance feedback, the crowdfunded STORM 2 is making me seriously reconsider what I look for in a battery.

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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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