Maybe what they really want is a new ebook reader or a new tablet, but who knows which one is best and which one is available at the best price for the holidays?
Fortunately, Engadget has a handy gift guide loaded with the latest and greatest gadget, cell phones and tech accessories available.
This year's picks include Apple's iPhone 11, its cheapest flagship in years, and Google's Pixel 3a, whose sub-$400 price belies its amazing camera. We've also included our favorite portable battery pack from Anker and Amazon's latest Kindle Paperwhite, and the Brydge Pro remains one of the best keyboards for transforming your iPad Pro into something resembling a laptop replacement.
As an added bonus not everything on their list is a brand spanking new smartphone. There are tablets, accessories and gadgets galore. For each item, Engadget breaks down its specifications and the best price available. they also explain just who mgiht appreciate that particular piece of technology.
Engadget did a great job with this list and just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping! Check out the full list in this article by Engadget and then, don't forget to grab a new smartphone case from Luvvitt!
This is significant for a few reasons but mostly because that number is nearly 10 tens as powerful as current smartphone cameras.
It's a tremendous leap forward. But will it be the sort of leap which draws the attention of consumers?
High megapixel count doesn't necessarily mean better photos — Apple and Google use 12-megapixel cameras on their smartphones, and they're the best smartphone cameras you can currently find. Rather, it's good software and processing that is the key to making the iPhone 11 and Google Pixel 4 so good, including in low-light situations.
Looks as if the next iteration of the Motorola Razr will sport a new foldable design--something akin to a modernized flip-phone. We know this to be a fact because the company itself has released and image teasing the new design which is slated for official unveiling on Nov. 13.
Business Insider gathered what few details are available into one nice article:
Apart from its Razr-like design, little else is known about the device, and other details are left in the rumorsphere, which primarily originate from XDA-Developers. If you wanted to abide by rumors, you could expect mid-range specs from 4-6 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 710 processor. It's also suggested that the new Razr will have a 6.2-inch OLED screen when unfolded, and a smaller display on the exterior, just like the original Razr.
You can read the entire article here, including release information and expected details.
Way back when smartphones first came out, Apple iPhones dominated in the digital camera department. You could say that Apple made smartphones the defacto camera for everyone by forcing their competitors to drastically improve their own digital cameras. In fact, companies were so eager to dethrone iPhone as the best digital camera on the market - that they did just that. Google Pixel has had the best digital camera since it was released years ago. But all that changed this week when Business Insider proclaimed that the Apple iPhone 11 has the best smartphone camera on the market:
Ultimately, however, it's pretty clear that Apple's iPhone 11 Pro is the overall winner for the best smartphone camera of 2019 and most of 2020 until new phones are announced.
Apple's win is largely due to its fantastic regular and zoomed cameras, including the option of an ultra-wide lens. The iPhone 11 Pro is simply a more versatile camera than the Pixel 4, which only includes a regular camera lens and a zoomed lens. And unfortunately, Google's software magic for digital zooming doesn't make up for the missing ultra-wide camera on the Pixel 4.
The Business Insider article just a thorough breakdown of several different types of photographs, with side-by-side comparisons between the Google Pixel and the iPhone 11.
The questions becomes, what do you do with them?
Selling them is a fairly common option. Of course, you'll never get anywhere near what you paid for it, plus, you have to remember to factory reset the device so some stranger doesn't end up with your Flikster password information.
So, maybe selling them isn't the best option for everyone. Which is probably why we all have boxes, bags and drawers full of old phones.
Fortunately, if you don't want to sell there are some viable options. Like making it into a dashcam:
Plugging and unplugging, mounting and unmounting can be a pain. So if you have an old smartphone, make it your permanent dashcam by plugging it into a power source, mounting it and downloading an app like Autoboy Dash Cam.
or home security:
Popular Mechanics has a very cool article with some nifty ideas for getting further use out of your old smartphones without the hassle of having to sell them to strangers. Read the entire article here and let us know if they missed any in the Comments below!
A Elana Mugdan, a 29-year-old fiction writer from Queens, New York, has gone more than 8 months without a smartphone. Instead she uses an old-style Nokia flip-phone to send text messages or make phones. But that's all. No YouTube videos, Facebook feed or Instagramming for her. If she is still smartphone free in February 2020, she will win $100,000 from Vitaminwater, for her troubles.
In December, Vitaminwater chose Mugdan from a pool of more than 100,000 applicants for their "Scroll Free for a Year" challenge. If she can go an entire year without using a smartphone or tablet, she gets the money....Nearly eight months into the challenge — and still going strong — Mugdan says it's been one of the best adventures of her life."Getting away from the smartphone has been freeing, and it has opened my eyes and made me more aware of some of my other bad health habits." Mugdan told CNN."Now I'm working on turning my life around, slowly but surely, day by day."You can read more of Mugdan's interview with CNN right here.We're interested in knowing what it would take for you to go an entire year without a smartphone. Could you even do it? Tell us in the Comments below.
Nobody was expecting Microsoft to drop these new phones, and they represent a big shift if smartphone tech for the company which has until now mostly played it safe.
“This is industry-pushing technology, and it’s technology pushing possibilities,” said Panay while revealing the gadgets.
The Surface Neo features a pair of 9-inch screens and a 360-degree hinge that allows you to fold it around completely or close it like a book. It’s sleek, silver, and looks like a shrunken Surface Book when closed. The hinge lets the Neo assume multiple positions, similar to other 360-degree laptops....
...The Surface Duo and Neo are both slated for release next year as Microsoft works with developers to create software for the devices. It’s too early to tell whether Microsoft’s adoption of Android for the upcoming Duo will end better than the company’s previous attempt with Windows Phone, but the adoption of Android could make the device more appealing to developers already familiar with the platform.
Fortunately for us, Yahoo! has the scoop on the new devices in this fabulous article.
Apple had been crowing about these new displays because it's the result of years of engineering work to create an enhanced display in a smaller space that uses less energy. And it seems they may have achieved it.
Apple touted that the iPhone 11 Pro features the best display it has ever produced, the Super Retina XDR display, that sets new records for smartphones. Now DisplayMate is out today with its highly detailed review and has given Apple’s Super Retina XDR its “highest ever A+ grade” and given it the “Best Smartphone Display Award.”
The award for the iPhone 11 Pro comes after Apple won the same with its iPhone XS. This year, the display improvements coming with the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max include new brightness level records giving users up to 1,200 nits and more.
There's a great story with lots of details in the complete article from 9to5Mac.
The newest iPhone will ship later this month and come with levitating jets to lift users up in the sky when they are lost...or something. Essentially, the iPhone 11 appears to be little more than just a slightly improved iPhone X.
The real news breaking this week (if the gossip mill is any judge) concern the latest Google Pixel (coming in October) and the latest Huawei Mate series smartphone coming just a day before Apple is scheduled to start shipping the iPhone 11.
Here's what ArsTechnica had to say about the Pixel:
Key features of the Pixel 4 include a 90Hz OLED display (just like the OnePlus 7 Pro), two rear cameras and a time-of-flight sensor (the first multi-rear camera setup for a Pixel phone), and a thick top bezel packed with sensors for things like face recognition (apparently the only supported form of biometrics) and air gestures. Air gestures—which requires you to wave your hand above the phone screen to control it—have been tried on phones before, usually with poor results. For the Pixel 4 though, Google is using a "Soli" radar sensor that it developed in house, which will hopefully make the feature more useful.
Here's what BGR has to say about the latest Mate 30 phone:
The Mate 20 Pro delivered a bunch of features that were not available on other Android devices last fall, including a 7nm chip that would only arrive on other Android handsets this year. The Mate 30 Pro will do something similar this year, packing a brand new Kirin 990 chip built on 7nm EUV tech just like the A13 Bionic that powers all three iPhone 11 phones. But the 990 comes in 4G and 5G versions, something that Apple can’t offer...But even so, the Mate 30 Pro will be more interesting, having a few advantages over Samsung’s best phone, including a more daring curved display design, 3D face recognition support, and an improved quad-lens rear camera.
we're curious: Which smartphone are you most excited about? Tell us in the Comments below.
But now Motorola appears ready to take plunge into the nostalgia-verse with a new smartphone design whose camera lens pop-ups from inside the body of the phone.
One of the photos confirms that the smartphone will have a pop-up camera elevating from the right side of the top bezel. And the other image, showing off small bezels on the top and the sides, tells us that the smartphone will run Motorola's version of Android instead of stock Android.
It's hard to know when the phone might be ready for release, or even what else it might offer aside from the pop-up camera, but there plenty of rumors. Suffice to say it is only a matter of time until Motorola takes the wrap off their new design and shows it off to the world!