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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Getting feet wet with mobile photography

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Messing about with photography is something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. Recently, perhaps aided by COVID-19 in some strange way, I’ve taken to snapping photos on my quarantine walks.

The photos below are similar thematically and show my soft spot for the colors of dawn. Working with low light is also something I’ve found to be a lot of fun.

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How to Access Your Voicemail on OnePlus 6 (Android 9.0)

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Accessing your voicemail with the OnePlus 6 without using voicemail notifications, while seemingly hidden from plain view, is very simple. I myself am a new(ish) owner of the OnePlus 6, and didn’t have Android Oreo running on the phone too long, so keep in mind that I’m using Android Pie 9.0. I would imagine the navigation is similar in Oreo and prior OnePlus models, but it’s all in the details when it comes to major Android updates.

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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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