The Nord N30 is a scratch magnet, so you'll want options to protect it
While the OnePlus Nord N30's performance holds its own with the best budget Android devices of 2023, its build quality leaves a lot to be desired. Unlike other phones with plastic frames and backs, the Nord N30 needs a case to keep it in good condition. Even putting a Nord N30 in the same room as car keys will pick up micro scratches, and fingerprints and smudges display prominently on its glossy charcoal plastic back. Although this isn't the case selection you'd get from a flagship, there are still some excellent, affordable choices to help protect your N30.
Can a $700 tablet compete with one barely costing $150?
While premium tablets with high-end features always seem more attractive, it's often the low-cost option that is the best fit for most people. I'm not immune to the allure of flagship processors and truckloads of RAM, but I'm also honest about my tablet usage. Couch binging does not require a top-of-the-line Snapdragon; you can watch YouTube cooking tutorials with less than 8GB of RAM. The choice between the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 and Lenovo Tab M10 Plus is a decision that needs to be both personal and practical.
Ready for a new phone? AT&T makes is easy with support for a wide range of Androids and a growing 5G network
If you are completely new to AT&T or looking to upgrade your current device, there are plenty of quality options to fit almost any budget. Even though buying an unlocked device is always the best option, smartphone price tags can be staggering. Because of this, AT&T offers carrier financing options that allow you to spread the cost out over time — instead of paying all at once, you pay monthly over 36 months. While this is a nice option, please keep in mind that it keeps you locked to AT&T until all the payments for that phone are made.
Will you dare to be bold or perhaps Darth Vader is your idol
In the category of flip phones, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 has gone largely unopposed in the United States, but Motorola is looking to change that with the Moto Razr+. With this version of the Razr, Moto no longer relies on nostalgia. The design breaks free from earlier iterations in an attempt to be a legitimate alternative to the Z Flip 4. It features an impressive spec list headlined by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and a stunning 3.6-inch pOLED 144Hz external display.
Despite Apple's restrictions, the iPad is still one of the best values in tablets
It just works. Nothing causes an Apple critic’s blood to boil faster than those three words used to defend a product from Cupertino. And while that phrase has practically become a meme, not enough people understand what it means to the average user. It’s not to imply Apple products are bug-free — they aren’t. It certainly isn’t meant to suggest that Apple always makes decisions in the best interest of the customer — it doesn’t.
Why settle for an RGB strip when you can have an RGB wall
Ever since childhood, I’ve been obsessed with colored lights. In 2023, that’s not a hard itch to scratch, but in the late 80s, it was a big deal to have a red or green LED in a toy. So while my inner child has enjoyed watching the RGB volcano explode in the last ten years, I can admit that some products go overboard. Thankfully, in a sea of light strips and RGB bulbs, the Govee Curtain Light does serve a purpose — albeit for a rather specific niche.
The Pixel Tablet may be the better device, but if your tablet usage is limited to binge-watching, do you need to spend more?
With the long-awaited Google Pixel Tablet now fully announced, we have a clear picture of what to expect when it releases on June 20th. With an impressive spec list and competitive price, the Pixel device promises to be one of the most popular premium tablets of the year. But for those looking to save a few dollars, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 might still prove to be the better option.
I have never been more confused by a smartphone than by the OnePlus Nord N30 5G. Its predecessor, the Nord N20, was one of my favorite budget devices of last year. It offered a near-flagship quality OLED display, stellar battery life, and a sleek build — all for $300. And with such an impressive platform to build on, the N30 should’ve been an easy layup.
For Chromebook users looking to tackle more than just spreadsheets
I absolutely love what Chromebooks offer for under $300. Aside from helping vanquish the horrid netbooks, Chromebooks provide low-cost, quality solutions for most people's daily computing needs. The challenge for manufacturers has been bridging the gap between the reliable Chromebooks we love and the more robust features of Windows machines that some people need.
It's safe and reliable but is that really enough when you're spending $300
Motorola phones have always held a special place in my heart. Whether it was the innovative StarTAC, the sleek Razr, or the BlackBerry-esque Moto Q, the company’s devices were must-haves because of their combination of style and function. As times — and parent companies — have changed, Motorola has moved to a more sensible, restrained approach to its modern smartphones.
Your eyes will thank you after your next 8-hour marathon
As a kid, I remember going through ads in PC Magazine and seeing all those top-of-the-line laptops displayed. I would read down the list of specs: a 266MHz Pentium II processor, 32MB of RAM, a cutting-edge TFT active matrix display — and yes, I know I’m dating myself here. And I knew that the sticker shock at the end of the listing would hit me harder than a Shohei Ohtani fastball. Sure enough, I’d see figures as high as $5,500, and I would keep dreaming.
The Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition favors style over substance, which leads to shortcomings as a smartwatch
When I think about the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition, I remember an old Top Gear episode. Jeremy Clarkson was reviewing the first all-electric Mercedes SLS supercar. It was an absolute monster, capable of producing 739HP and a top speed of 155MPH. There was only one catch: battery life. The Mercedes could only sustain that performance for less than 10 miles before needing to charge.
The Galaxy A54 washes away a lot of the sins of its predecessor
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G was my most disappointing device of last year. I'd anticipated a great battle between the A53 and the Google Pixel 6a — with the A53 offering a fantastic display and impressive battery, while the 6a countered with its raw performance and camera capabilities — all for the same $450 price tag. Instead, Samsung’s mid-range model was plagued by lag at every turn, making it painful to complete even the simplest tasks like pulling down the notification shade or taking a photo. Even for the price, it was hard to recommend a phone so prone to stalling harder than a pug walking up a steep hill.
A high-quality home security solution that won't break the bank
Since the introduction of the Ring Security Camera, consumer home surveillance has become a significant addition to many smart homes. Whether finding out who stole your Amazon package or seeing what your kitty Muffins is up to during the day, the home security camera has proven its worth in most people's lives.
It won't turn many heads, but the M10 Plus is a great media tablet at a reasonable price
Not long ago, if someone asked for a 10-inch tablet recommendation under $200, I would have told them, without hesitation, to get an Amazon Fire 10 HD. It had the best mix of value, performance, and display quality in the category. Sure, they'd have to install the Play Store manually, but similarly-priced Android competitors couldn't compete on functionality alone.
The Unihertz Tank delivers up to 100 days on a single charge and better performance than most rugged smartphones
Rugged smartphones tend to only be good at one thing: being rugged. They can survive going through a window, but scrolling Instagram or watching videos on a decent display is often too much to ask. It’s that perception that the Unihertz Tank is seeking to change. It has all the qualities you want in a good rugged device without losing out on essential smartphone features.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite gives the Amazon Fire 8 a run for its money as the budget king for streaming content
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite reminds me of my childhood dog. He was a cute and cuddly little guy, but if you pet him the wrong way, he would bite you. However, if you knew how to approach him, he was your best friend, but you had to know his limitations.