Trends are made for bucking, and no trend calls for more bucking than the disappearance of the headphone jack. There are so many headlines these days about phones losing their headphone jacks, courtesy of the bitten fruit. But, we have a surprise for you. There are still a lot of great Android phones with headphone jacks out there, some of which are practically brand new — it’s not like we’re talking about outdated phones here. These are great devices, beyond just being equipped with a headphone jack. That’s what you call a double threat. Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus/Note 8 Samsung is the leader in most Android rankings, including overall popularity. So the fact that Samsung kept the headphone jack in its first flagship of 2017 is no small thing. Accessory manufacturers around the world took notice. The jack is not dead. The Galaxy S8 also introduced the Infinity Screen, with a very high screen-to-bezel ratio. And for what it’s worth, the phone is … [Read more...] about The best phones with a headphone jack
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For today’s edition of Deals & Steals, we found an Xbox One X bundle for just shy of $500. We also serve up the practically childproof Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet for $30 off, a Roku 4 Streaming Media Player for $60, and a sweet deal on a smartwatch for runners (no, it’s not an Apple Watch Series 3, although we’ve got a deal on those as well). Note: On some of these deals, Cult of Mac might earn a small commission through an affiliate link. However, deals are picked strictly on their potential value to our readers. 12:46 pm PDT Lewis Wallace BeatsX wireless headphones for $90 We raved about Apple’s BeatsX wireless headphones when we reviewed them. Now you can grab a pair for $89.99 (as long as Amazon’s deal lasts and you don’t mind white, gray or blue color options). BeatsX earbuds pack the same W1 wireless chip as the AirPods. So, if you want Apple-style Bluetooth magic, and don’t mind a cord connecting your earbuds, these … [Read more...] about Get an Xbox One X bundle for over $175 off [Deals & Steals]
Here are some more apps that you might find useful! 10 best Android flashlight apps with no extra permissions Flashlight apps are a dying breed. Google began adding them to Android as early as Lollipop and OEMs have been including them on their OEM skins for far longer. The need for this dwindles as … 5 best apps for helping during a hurricane Hurricane Irma is currently blasting Florida. We're not even two weeks out from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The Southern United States in general is having a rough time. There are a bunch … Medical ID Price: Free / $4.99 Medical ID is one of the better emergency apps. It covers the basics like ICE information, medical contacts, emergency, and other such things. You can also add things like birthday, allergies, blood type, and current medications. The app also features a persistent notification on the lock screen in case emergency services need to see it. This one is best for those with chronic … [Read more...] about 5 best emergency apps and other emergency things your phone can do!
The Motorola XOOM: Ever since it was first teased at D: Dive Into Mobile, the Android community hasn't been able to take its eyes off the tablet's dual-core processor, gorgeous 10.1-inch display, and - last but certainly not least - Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system. Well now the device has officially gone on sale, and I've been testing falling in love with a review unit for the last few days. Typically, I end up hating devices that I adore at first blush, but the XOOM is an entirely different story - the device is far from perfect (where are the tablet apps?), but I have yet to find anything truly upsetting about it. That said, I find it hard to recommend forking over $800 for a tablet which, despite being among the best in its class hardware- and software-wise, lacks the multimedia options of the competition. But don't let that stop you from reading on for our full review of the XOOM and - perhaps more importantly - Android 3.0! At a Glance They say specs aren't everything, … [Read more...] about Motorola XOOM + Android 3.0 Review: Sweet As Honey
When it comes down to it, our main goal at Android Authority is to help readers to be as informed about mobile technology as possible. We’ve brought you news of wireless spectrum purchases and details regarding new service plans offered by the biggest American providers, among other noteworthy topics. But there’s been a key piece of the puzzle missing thus far, which is to distill and consolidate all this information into one concise resource. And that brings me to the important question that guided all the information you’ll find below: Which of the ‘Big Four’ wireless carriers is right for you? Obviously, this is quite the loaded question, and I don’t presume to believe I can provide a definitive answer for everyone. Instead, what I’ve done is broken down the process of answering this rather large question into a series of smaller questions that, through the process of elimination, should help you to identify the wireless provider that … [Read more...] about Which of the ‘Big Four’ wireless carriers is right for you?
LG rolled the V30 out late last year with a few notable features, at least for LG. That phone had the first OLED panel on an LG phone in several years, and it didn't have the extra ticker display that defined older V-series phones. It turns out LG isn't done with the V30 yet. As rumors indicated, LG is releasing a new version of the V30 called the V30S ThinQ (yes, that's the name) with AI camera goodies. With a new name and features, you might expect this phone to be at least modestly different than the last V30. Well, ThinQ again. Not a new phone The convoluted tale of the V30S ThinQ can be told in two parts: hardware and software. Let's talk a bit about the hardware first. This phone is the LG V30 with 6GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage. That's literally all that's different on the inside. The regular V30 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (128GB in the V30+). It comes in either moroccan blue or champaign gray colors. Here's the spec sheet just for fun. SoC: … [Read more...] about [Hands-on] LG announces the LG V30S ThinQ, which is just a V30 with camera AI and more RAM
When it comes to choosing the right smartphone to suit your needs, the task can be pretty daunting at times. More and more smartphones are coming to market every day, making the choice next to impossible unless someone is pointing you in the right direction. If you’re in the market for the best US Cellular phones and are considering Android as your OS of choice, look no further. We’re here to round up the best Android phones you can buy on the nation’s fifth-largest mobile carrier. Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 See more Galaxy Note 8 photos After a controversial 2016, Samsung’s Galaxy Note line is back in full force. With top-of-the-line specs, a stunning design, an all-new dual-camera setup, and new software features, the Galaxy Note 8 is the best Android phone you can buy right now. The Note 8’s near-bezel-less 6.3-inch QuadHD+ Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 … [Read more...] about Best US Cellular phones (February 2018)
Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so. Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info. Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here. Featured App Power Button FlashLight /Torch Power Button Flashlight is a neat little app that lets you toggle your phone's camera LED (which everyone and their dog uses as a flashlight) by quickly tapping the power button. Three taps when the screen is on or four taps when the screen is off, and bam! Instant flashlight. It's actually a common feature of custom ROMs, but this app needs no root or modification. The app is free with a single in-app purchase to enable tapping the power button to toggle the light off. -- Start flashlight by pressing phone's Power button 3 times within 3 seconds. Now you have the fastest flashlight - a hardware … [Read more...] about 24 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (2/10/15
There’s no doubt about it: comparing the year-on-year data, interest in new smartphone launches is falling, and falling dramatically. It hasn’t just been over the last few launches, either – this downswing has been happening for years. Google Trends data shows it clearly, whether you’re looking at recent Galaxy S line launches: or Apple iPhone launches: No phone launch has come close to the iPhone 6 launch in terms of interest. Just so we’re comparing Apple with Samsung directly on the same scale, here’s Samsung’s biggest launch compared to the iPhone 6: It’s a stark difference but not altogether surprising. We may be less interested in new launches, but sales aren’t falling. In fact, global sales of smartphones have risen. That has been driven by increased adoption in emerging markets like India. Apple and Samsung products aren’t as relevant there, but more cost effective smartphones are finding enthusiastic consumers. … [Read more...] about Why is interest in new smartphones falling?
It's getting increasingly hard to justify a smartwatch purchase when so many of them are launching with such high price tags. Paying $400 or $500 for a watch that works the same as one that costs half as much is a tough sell, not that a cheaper watch is an easy sell either. That's what makes the ZTE Quartz intriguing. This is an Android Wear device that costs less than $200 and has a dedicated cellular connection on T-Mobile. The Quartz is a bit large and clunky, and it's missing some of the features you get with more expensive watches. However, the design is solid considering the price, and it runs Android Wear just as well as more expensive watches. The cellular connectivity is an interesting bonus that coincides with important changes over at T-Mobile. This isn't the best smartwatch, but it might be the best deal on a smartwatch. Design and display I feel like a broken record here, but the ZTE Quartz is another big watch. Most smartwatches I've used lately are in this … [Read more...] about ZTE Quartz review: Missing a few features, but an impressive value