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8 of our favorite tech deals this week: Chromebooks, cheap Pixels, free music, and more

It was just Independence Day in the States, and normally a holiday week threatens to be a slow period for tech news. But even with workers taking a few days off, the discounts and sales have shown no sign of slowing down, and this week we've got a bumper crop of offers for you to peruse.

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[Deal Alert] Get a refurbished 2016 Google Pixel for as low as $200, XL for $230

The first-generation Pixel holds up surprisingly well. It was never really praised for its looks, and its big-for-2016 bezels look even sillier in mid-2018, but it's responsive and it has a good camera, even by today's standards. You can grab a refurbished unit on Amazon for as low as $200 for the standard size and $230 for the XL, depending on your storage and color preferences.

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Remember: You aren't just buying a phone, you're buying an accessory ecosystem

Pretty much the first question that I am half-jokingly asked once a new acquaintance discovers my profession is: What phone should I buy? In fact, when you boil it down, that's what most of this job really works out to. All this news, all these reviews, most everything we write is with the goal of educating our readers to answer that question for themselves. But one thing we often neglect to mention when you pick out a new phone is that you're buying a lot more than just one piece of hardware. 

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After 5 years with Samsung and LG, I moved to a Pixel 2 XL and... nothing has changed

I still remember when we used to bicker over iPhone vs Symbian, before Android took over the second part of that argument. I also remember when Xenon vs LED flash was the most controversial discussion in the smartphone world for several years - some of you may have been toddlers when that started. And I remember when apps weren't a thing, when 3G was the hottest novelty, when we thanked our lucky stars because companies stopped using massive proprietary charging and earphone ports, and when a smartphone with a 2.8" display (Nokia N95 8GB) counted as monstrous. Nowadays, we feel cheated when the second back lens in a phone doesn't bring a lot of improvement, or when the display's color shifts at an angle as if everyone is side-glancing at their phones all the time, when a device has a MicroUSB port and not USB-C, or when it takes a fraction of a millisecond longer for a swipe to register.

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Opinion: Google has quietly become one of the world's most important hardware companies

As we say goodbye to 2017, I'd like you to think back to five years ago - specifically, Google five years ago. At that time, if I had told you Google was one of the world's most important consumer electronics manufacturers, you'd probably have laughed at me.

Mentally put yourself in 2012: Google's just announced the fourth Nexus phone, the Nexus 4, running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, along with the Nexus 10 tablet. At Google I/O six months prior, it unveiled the Nexus Q - a device intended to be some sort of smart entertainment hub... and proceeded to cancel its public launch.

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[Update: Winners] Giveaway: Win a BrexLink Google Pixel (2016) battery case, or get 25% off with our code [US only]

The Pixel 2 reviews might be up, but Google's original 2016 Pixel is still a capable device. It's not as if the old one has gone bad just because a new model has arrived. But, if you've been using your OG 5" Pixel to its utmost, your battery might not be what it once was. Thankfully, BrexLink's Pixel battery case can give you a big bump in capacity, and the 15 lucky winners of this giveaway will get one for free.

If giveaways aren't your thing, or your phone's battery just can't last until the drawing, you can also pick one up right now for 25% off with our coupon code.

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October OTA for Pixels should fix some Bluetooth issues, additional patches coming soon

Despite numerous software updates attempting to fix the problem, one bug has persisted on Google's Pixel and Pixel XL - Bluetooth. Ever since release, both phones have had problems connecting to (and staying connected to) Bluetooth devices, and the recent Android 8.0 Oreo update seemed to make things worse. Google is once again trying to fix the Pixels' Bluetooth woes.

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[Deal Alert] Best Buy is already knocking $100 off the Pixel 2 and $25 off the Pixel 2 XL (Verizon models)

Google unveiled its latest and greatest phones yesterday at its big event in San Francisco, as you'll all be well aware of by now. Anyone wanting a piece of the action has to first work out if they can afford it, as these things aren't cheap. If you live in the US and you buy the phones directly from Google, you're looking at paying $649 for the Pixel 2 or $849 for the Pixel 2 XL (64GB models). That's a pretty penny, but there are already ways to bring the cost down a bit.

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Opinion: The new Pixels will have the same problem as the current ones - they're just Android phones

A little-acknowledged but persistent problem has plagued every Google handset since the original Nexus One: Their most defining characteristics - Google's services and Android itself - are not unique to them.

With each new Google phone, consumers do often get their first chance to buy (well, assuming they're in stock - a big assumption) a device that ships with the latest version of Android. Or, they can wait four or five months and buy one that ships with that same version of Android from another, better-known vendor, typically with all of the major improvements and new features intact. Such a limited window of exclusivity on a highly iterative and admittedly quite geeky facet of a product all but ensures most people cannot be bothered to understand any of this.

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Google's new 'Data Transfer Tool' shows up in the Play Store, likely a Pixel 2 system app

Going by last year's timing, we can probably expect this year's Pixel phones sometime next month. Likely in preparation for the launch, Google has uploaded a new 'Data Transfer Tool' app to the Play Store, which appears to be a system app for the next Pixel phones.

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