There's a lot to like about the Pixel 6a, but some things just don't work in its favor
We can easily list a ton of reasons why the Google Pixel 6a won AP's best budget phone award in 2022. There are so many of them! While its price is one important factor, what helps it stand out among the best budget Android phones is its superb software and camera experience. There's simply no other smartphone in its price range that can claim to take better photos than the Pixel 6a or provide day-one Android updates.
Your Galaxy S22+ has a nice large screen that needs protecting against nice large cracks
The Galaxy S22+ might not claim the crown as Samsung’s ultimate smartphone, but it holds a special place in the hearts of many. With a modest range of features, desirable specs, and a captivating design, it’s hard not to fall in love with this phone the very moment it touches your palm. And once you set eyes on its breathtaking display, adorned with sleek, uniform bezels, you’ll surely want to protect it from all harm.
Enhance the look of your new wearable with a high-quality band
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro are two of the best smartwatches on the market. As good as the watches are, the included straps tend to draw mixed reactions from users. Whether it’s the tuck against your wrist you dislike, or you’re looking for a band that better fits your style, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Swipe between pages directly from the lock screen
Among the myriad benefits of owning a Pixel smartphone is access to exclusive features like At a Glance — Google's dedicated lock screen and home screen widget — offering quick access to information on local weather, package deliveries, doorbells, upcoming events, and several other metrics. In its current form on Android 13, the At a Glance home screen widget provides swipeable pages when there is more than one alert pending in the stack. But users are unable to do so with the Always On Display (AOD) enabled or from the lock screen. But that seems to be changing now, at least with Android 14 Beta 4, with the At a Glance lock screen widget gaining swipeable cards, denoted with dots when there's more than one alert pending.
At night? During the day? Whenever it needs it?
We've seen a lot of excellent smartphones hit store shelves in 2023, but one particular bright spot this year has been battery life. A quick look at recent flagship and budget flagships reveals that many of our favorite products — especially those powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 or 8+ Gen 1 — are reaching multi-day battery life without breaking a sweat. Throw in fast-charging on phones from OnePlus or Motorola, and how — and when — you power up your device can really change.
Get serious protection for Google's latest budget smartphone
Google's Pixel 7a is the company's latest midrange A-series phone, boasting specs that put it even closer to the flagship Pixel 7. This makes it a fantastic pick for those who want nearly everything a Pixel phone offers without the higher price tag. In fact, it's among the best budget Android phones you can buy right now, edged out slightly by its predecessor, the Pixel 6a, only due to the much lower price of the older model.
Before you buy Samsung's latest watches, let's make sure you get the best deal on it
Samsung's Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro reign supreme as two of the best Android smartwatches for a number of reasons. Both introduce sleek new designs and features compared to the Galaxy Watch 4, but these upgrades come with a bump in price — with the premium Galaxy Watch 5 Pro clocking in at $450 and the standard Galaxy Watch 5 at $280, they can be quite an investment. If you're hoping to avoid paying full price for one of these stellar smartwatches, however, we've got some of the best Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro deals right here.
Samsung has gone super-sized with its iPad killers, but which one is right for you?
While the Galaxy S22, with its somewhat bizarre Bridgerton-themed unveiling may have gotten most of the attention during February’s Unpacked event, Samsung’s new trio of bigger-than-ever tablets were arguably the most interesting of the new products launched by the Korean manufacturer.
When style meets protection, your Moto G Stylus gets a whole new level of swag
When it comes to budget smartphones, the Moto G Stylus 5G (2023) offers one of the best experiences possible. This Android gem truly prevails with remarkable improvements over its predecessor, the Moto G Stylus 5G (2022). It offers very decent performance, and considering how affordable it is, every owner will surely be pleased.
Save your Yahoo messages on a PC
Although Yahoo isn't as popular as Gmail or Outlook, many still use the company's service to exchange personal and business emails. Yahoo pales compared to Gmail and Outlook's AI features, integration with company apps, and other add-ons. Many have moved away from Yahoo due to security concerns, a lack of useful features, and growing ads on the platform. If you plan to move on from Yahoo, export your important emails on the desktop.
Destress with these mobile puzzlers
Whether you're looking for a challenge or something chill to while away the days, puzzle games are often a go-to on mobile thanks to their simple designs and controls. This means you won't need a beast of a gaming phone to play most puzzle games, which keeps the genre accessible to all. From hardcore brain melters like Bab is You to titles built to relieve stress like Cessabit, there are tons of quality options out there, and AP has put in the work to dig up the very best Android games so you don't have to. Enjoy!
Share your love of Comic Sans with the world
Smartphones are personal objects. We carry them around all day and use them to manage the minutiae of our lives via calendars, contacts, and social media. Even if you buy a new phone every year, you at least arrange your apps or use a unique background, but why stop there? Why not change the font as well?
All Android phones come with the Google app and Google Assistant preinstalled. Ideally, that should be enough for your digital assistant needs, especially considering that the Big G's solution is one of the best around. However, budget and high-end Samsung Galaxy phones come with Bixby — bundled with One UI — on top of Google's defaults.
Plus, new builds for several Xiaomi and Poco phones
The Paranoid Android team began working on the Android 13 version of their ROM shortly after the release of the OS in August 2022. Within a few months, they dropped the first beta build for several phones, including the OnePlus 9 series. This gave users a decent OxygenOS 13 alternative to try on their phones. But since the ROM was in beta, it was filled with bugs and issues. Now, nine months after the first Paranoid Android beta was released, the ROM has gone stable for OnePlus' 2021 flagship phones.
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.
When you need an affordable but feature-rich 4K TV, Fire TVs bring a lot to the table
Although the Amazon Fire TV brand is primarily associated with the company's media streaming devices, a fairly decent selection of TVs use the Fire TV as their operating system. After all, it's easy to use, offers access to all popular streaming apps, and has Alexa digital assistant for voice control. The Fire TVs are available from several manufacturers, including Amazon itself. The e-commerce giant joined the likes of Insignia, Pioneer, and Toshiba in 2021 to introduce its first Fire TVs.
Is it worth going pro with your Ring doorbell?
A video doorbell is a simple tool in itself, but when paired with robust software, it can prove critical for your home's safety. Amazon-owned Ring has nailed that combination, which is precisely why the Ring Video Doorbell 4 and the Video Doorbell Pro 2 are so well-received in their class. The two smart doorbells share the same DNA and offer feature parity on many fronts, coming from the same brand. But their fundamental approach is quite different, which could make or break the deal for you.
Game away with your PlayStation controller
Many of our favorite Android games offer controller support, letting you bypass finicky touchscreen controls with the reliability of physical joysticks and triggers. However, while there are many fantastic Android-compatible controllers available, you may want to use a controller you already have.
Not all pop-ups are intrusive ads, Chrome
The Google Chrome pop-up blocker is useful for blocking annoying ads. But sometimes, it can be the problem instead of the solution. Some websites use redirects or pop-up windows to start a download and display verification checks, among other functionality. Your browser may flag them as intrusive ads because it's a default setting, but you can turn it off in the settings menu. However, you'll lose control of how ads and redirects appear on your screen.
Our complete guide to Kindle Unlimited explains what it is, how it works, the cost, the type of content available, and why you should try it
If you received a book recommendation along with the helpful tip that "it's on Kindle Unlimited," you might be intrigued to find out more. In short, it's an e-book subscription service from Amazon that launched in 2014. You can access a massive library of digital books, audiobooks, comics, and magazines for a monthly fee.