How long should your phone last?

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With flagship phones regularly pushing $1000 it’s no wonder why sales have started to stagnate while people strive to hold onto their devices as long as possible. Features like high refresh rate displays, quad camera setups, and foldable screens are all novel, but they’re ultimately things the majority can go without.

Phones, much like laptops, have reached a point of maturity where more isn’t necessarily better in terms of price to performance. From casual gaming to productivity, most devices are plenty capable of taking on today’s modern demands.

And if you’re like most consumers, you’ve begun to see this when stacking up your own device against the flash of advertisements for upcoming hardware. Even still, it’s natural to wonder exactly how long – whether the latest iPhone or dated Samsung – you can expect your phone to last.

Thankfully, as long as your device is relatively modern, you can go a good while before you’ll need to upgrade.

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Google Stadia fumbles out of the gate

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2 minute read As inevitable as a streaming focused future for video games is, it doesn’t look like Google Stadia will be the one reign it in. By all accounts, it’s not a half bad implementation when networking kinks are accounted for. It’s just that, currently, its business model and failure to deliver on promise … Read more Google Stadia fumbles out of the gate

The Video Game Streaming Wars Have Begun

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7 minute read The massive increase in engagement across music, movies, and TV shows all have one thing in common – convenience. From CDs to MP3s, Walkmans to iPods, and dial up to broadband access, music is now with us always – on demand via streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube Music. A … Read more The Video Game Streaming Wars Have Begun

Android Pie on OnePlus 6 and Behind

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2 minute read

I’ve owned the OnePlus 6 for about a week now, and while I want to do a full review after some more time with mid-range heartthrob, I will say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the transition from the Samsung Galaxy S7 thus far.

And with yesterday’s announcement of Android Pie’s (Android 9) official release for not only Google Pixel devices, but the Essential Phone as well, the rush of the honeymoon phase had a bit of fuel thrown into the fire.

This news, in conjunction with OnePlus’s prompt participation in the Android P beta, are signs that we could be seeing the official release of Android Pie for the OnePlus 6 sooner rather than later.

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Google Pixel 3: What I Want From the Titan of Search

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It turns out that for all the care and attention you throw at an expensive modern smartphone, there’s always technological quirks right around the corner to provide free, and endless frustration.

For me, it’s a bug surrounding my Galaxy S7 that prevents cable charging due to a moisture detected message, and the irritation provided knows no bounds. It’s the reason I’ve been eyeing up the Google Pixel 3 as a possible candidate for a new phone, provided the issue doesn’t correct itself or I can’t troubleshoot it into oblivion.

It’s not the only reason the Pixel 3 looks so tempting, others include becoming fed up with the dreaded Samsung lag over time, Samsung’s slow updates, and an interest in experiencing a pure Android experience, or Android’s iPhone as I like to call it.

In the meantime I’ll be making due with wireless charging, and idealizing the perfect scenario for Google’s upcoming flagship.

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