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Amazfit Bip U review

Recently, I reviewed the Amazfit Band 5, a capable little fitness band at an affordable price. Today, I have the Amazfit Bip U, another fitness band from Huami with a larger display and a slightly higher price.DesignThe Amazfit Bip U uses a similar design to the Apple Watch with a square 1.43-inch display. While I’m not a big fan of square watch displays, it is highly effective, giving you plenty of screen real estate to view all the information that matters to you.I found the display to be bright, colorful, and easy to read. At the same time, the Bip U was extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear. All in all, as far as a fitness tracker goes, it does a fantastic job of being comfortable and providing a large display for viewing information. It also has a 5 ATM water-resistant rating making it possible to wear in the pool for tracking swimming.Plus, there’s a button on the side that can be used to turn on the screen or quickly open up the exercise tracking. That’s something I wish the smaller Amazfit Band 5 also had.User ExperienceThe Bip U is able to monitor your heart rate, blood oxygen level, stress level, steps, 60+ exercises, calories burned, and track your sleeping. Out of all of those, it monitors your heart rate and stress levels 24 hours a day, and automatically tracks your steps or when you’re sleeping.It appears the only measurements you have to manually initiate are exercise tracking and the blood oxygen readings. I wish it automatically tracked your blood oxygen levels throughout the day, but that’s only a minor complaint considering everything else it does.Additionally, the Bip U can show you the weather, control music playback on your phone, and view notifications. However, the notification support is rather limited only showing a few words and not allowing for any interaction such as replying or dismissing it from your phone.When using the Amazfit Band 5, I had to manually enable a lot of the 24-hour tracking of all of this data. I didn’t have to do that with the Bip U and I assume that’s because the app was already set up from my previous review of the Band 5. Just be aware that you may have to go in and manually enable all of this on yours, including toggling on app notifications and which apps you want to be notified by.Now that it’s tracking all this information, you’re going to need a way to view it. The large 1.43-inch display is perfect for showing you all of your stats, and there is a wide selection of watch faces to choose from, nearly 50 in the store. I settled on one called Sports Rainbow which is reminiscent of the Apple Watch and gives you a nice overview of most of your data.You can get an even better look at your data by using the Zepp app which you’ll need to set up the watch.AppI had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Zepp app in the Amazfit Band 5 review. This was mostly because it was a huge pain to set everything up. The app isn’t organized all that well and some of the English translation is a little off.However, with everything already set up from the Band 5, using the Zepp app this time around was a lot more pleasurable. That’s because after you get everything set up, you mostly stick to the main page for checking your stats.When that’s all you’re using the app for it works great. It’s easy to check your most vital stats, tapping on them gives you a more in-depth look, and additional useful information. This is a big reason I loved the Zepp app, for the way it presents your health data and the insight it provides about the information.Battery LifeHuami rates the Amazfit Bip U for up to nine-days of usage off a single charge. In my experience, I was getting closer to 5-6 days after a single charge.Surely, it’s possible to get nine days of usage off a single charge, but if you’re like me, then you want to enable all the sensors and get full use out of the watch. If that’s the case, you’ll be charging it up once a week to keep it running.Final ThoughtsThe Amazfit Bip U is an impressive little fitness band. It lacks the Alexa integration of the Band 5 I reviewed, but the larger display makes it much nicer to use. When comparing it to the Wear OS watch I typically use, I only found myself missing two main features, the always-on display and better notification support.If you’re not interested in having an always-on display or being able to read more of your notifications and reply to them, then the Bip U would be a fantastic choice. It is a device that helps bridge the gap between basic fitness bands and a full-blown smartwatch at a price that’s more than reasonable.Right now you can pick the Bip U up for $60 on Amazon or on sale for $50 from the Amazfit website.Buy from Amazon Buy from Amazfit

Tronsmart unveils new ANC headphones with Apollo Q10

Apple isn’t the only competition in town when it comes to wireless headphones. Other companies like Tronsmart has been making them for years. The brand is now set to do it again with the Apollo Q10 headphones.Hybrid Active Noise CancellationThe biggest selling point of this new entry for Tronsmart is the active noise cancellation. This has five mics that are filtering 35dB of noise. With this technology, you should be able to enjoy your music and phone calls with a much richer experience.The ANC features present you with three separate modes to enjoy your mood music and calls. You have full active cancellation where the mic array blocks out the entire 35-decibels of outside noise. If that’s a little much, you can turn it to Music mode that switches to passive noise cancellation with the physical design of headphones. Last, you can actually have the microphones feed outside noise in Ambient mode.Tronsmart has paired this with an impressive 40mm driver system. This should give the Apollo Q10 headphones a great listening experience.Touch Controls and Impressive BatteryNew headphones wouldn’t be complete these days without controls. Tronsmart has included a capacitive area on the outside of the Apollo Q10 cups to help interact with your playback. You can switch ANC modes, answer calls, change tracks, and control the volume.Another compelling bullet point is that Tronsmart estimates the Apollo Q10 headphones will get a whopping 100 hours of audio. While we will reserve judgment for our full review, this is a massive endurance for wireless headphones.New AppTo round it out, Tronsmart has developed a new app to customize your experience further with the Apollo Q10. This app will manage software updates for the headphones and allow you to have a more granular equalizer to help tweak the audio to your perfection.Available NowThe new Tronsmart Apollo Q10 is fully available for purchase today 12/31. While other new wireless headphones will cost you more than $100, and some hundreds more than that, Tronsmart is setting a new trend with the Apollo Q10 only costing $60.

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JOMISE K7 Dash Cam review

There are plenty of good reasons for people to have a dash cam these days. For one, it can help prove fault in an accident. Or maybe you need to show the officer that you definitely did not run that red light. Whatever the use case, you’ll want one that will actually take a good video. After all a camera isn’t much help if the output is grainy or pixelated.Here, we take a look at a dash camera from JOMISE, a relatively unknown brand who sells its wares through Amazon. How does it fare in our testing? Read on for our review of the JOMISE K7 Dash Cam.JOMISE K7The JOMISE K7 1600P Dash Cam promises a resolution of 2,560 x 1, 600P @30fps or 1,920 x 1080P @60fps. Having that 60fps at full HD can come in handy if someone needs to slow the footage down. There are also other features of this device that can prove convenient, including built-in GPS, G-Sensor, and Loop Recording. The GPS, for its part, will embed your driving location, speed, time and date into the video file. If the G-Sensor detects an impact to the vehicle it will actually lock the video and save it into a separate folder so it’s not accidentally overwritten should the camera be set in Loop Recording. This will be useful if you have to go to court as the result of an accident.Green Light ReminderThere are other features and reminders which can be helpful in your day-to-day lifestyle, too. A built-in “green light reminder” will remind you that the stoplight has turned green, prompting you to snap out of a daze. This function has been hit or miss for me as I found it works much more reliably at night time. In fact, it almost doesn’t function at all in bright sunlight. This feature isn’t a deal breaker, to me and I assume no one would need to consistently rely on it.Front car move reminderAnother one of these types of reminders is the “front car move” reminder. I’m honestly not sure if this works less reliably than the green light reminder or if I’m just not giving it enough time to kick in. It seems a bit hit-or-miss thus far. I will add anecdotally that one day I was trying to locate my Covid mask at a stop light. I happened to be too far for the green light reminder to work, however, the camera did prompt me to keep up with the car in front of me. SensorsThankfully, I haven’t had to find out if the G Sensor works well or not. Outside of saving the video file in case of an accident, it can also “monitor” your vehicle in a way. For instance, if it detects someone attempting to steal your vehicle, it will turn the camera on and record the sound. Like I said, this is something I didn’t have to find out if it works or not, and I’m very thankful for that fact. I’m fairly comfortable with the “just trust me, bro” approach on this one.AppIn order to get everything set up you’ll have to go through the installation process in a mobile app. This was my least favorite part of the overall experience. For some reason it uses Wi-Fi to sync with the dash cam and that’s kind of a pain. The instructions aren’t super helpful, either. What you’ll need to do is make sure you’re in a good coverage area for data because you will need to go to a website to sync your cam with your app. In short, you’ll download the app and power on the cam. Then, you’ll get a QR code which will take you to a website and ask for a code on the device. Once it’s synced, you actually have to physically ‘add’ it to the app. When you realize this is what you have to do it’s pretty straightforward; I was stuck for about 10 minutes wondering why I couldn’t see any of the settings to the dash cam. Personally I would have liked to see Bluetooth in here.Video QualityOverall I would say the video quality is actually quite good. In bright daylight things tend to get blown out, which is totally understandable considering the size of the sensor in this thing. Night time video was surprisingly good. Everything was a lot more clear and not as noisy as I expected it to be. Overall, I think video quality here justifies the price tag.Parting ThoughtsWith all the features and, in my opinion, excellent night time video the JOMISE K7 dash cam is definitely something I would recommend buying if you’re in the market for a good dash cam. Having all the information it includes on the video file is reason enough. You can buy yours at Amazon and if you use the coupon code 8HN286QR at checkout before the end of 2020, it will bring your total down to $139.99 (from $199.99). Hurry, the coupon code is only valid until 12/31/2020!

Time is precious — Instaread helps you knock out book in just 15 minutes

Time is the one precious commodity that we can never get more of, no matter how hard we try. It’s the one thing we can ill-afford to waste. In today’s ever-busy and distracting world, finding and/or taking the time to read can be a real challenge.As much as we may like to read for pleasure or knowledge, it’s not always easy to carve out the time necessary to dive into a book. At best we often find that we’ve only got a few patches of time throughout the week to read — and that’s only if you have the desire to read at that particular moment.Instaread Book Summaries, designed for frustrated readers, offers fully digestible overviews of the books you’ve been meaning wanting to get around to reading. And right now, a one-year subscription to Instaread is on sale for almost 80 percent off its regular price, or just $19.99 from the AG Deals Store.Through Instaread’s curated library of non-fiction books, each volume in the collection has been read and interpreted by a team of experts who then condense them into summaries that are less than 15 minutes long.Whether a biography, self-help book, best-seller about finance business, or something else, you can choose from both audio and text versions that consolidate the main takeaways.Instaread FeaturesGet the insights & takeaways from bestselling books in 15 minutes or lessRead Instaread on your phone or tablet, or stream audio formats for thousands of booksEnjoy a steady stream of new releases every single monthSave money on books by avoiding high prices on physical copiesTake in bestsellers like Getting Things Done, The 4-Hour Workweek, The Untethered Soul, The Art of Thinking Clearly, & many moreThanks to Instaread, you can essentially read a great book that can enrich your life in the span of a single commute to work. The Instaread library is large, and grows monthly, with more than 1,000 titles available today. Reads include classics like The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie, modern bestsellers like Moneyball, and best-sellers like Getting Things Done.A 12-month access pass to the entire Instaread Book Summaries library is valued at around $90, but AndroidGuys readers can pick up a year for just $19.99. Alternatively, you can also opt for longer periods, including subscriptions of 3 years ($59.99) or lifetime access ($199.99).Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

How to crossplay Arena of Valor on Mobile with other platforms

Arena of Valor is a 5v5 Multi Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game available for Android, iOS and Nintendo Switch. Developed by TiMi Studios, it is published by Tencent Games, the same publisher behind PUBG and COD Mobile.With various platforms to play on, it would be great if you could take on friends on different operating systems, right? Indeed, you can. This guide aims to help you cross-play Arena of Valor on mobile with other players of the game, regardless of platform.Pre-Requisites:None. All you need to do is install the game and have a preferred method of login, just like COD Mobile or PUBG.To The Guide!When you finish installing Arena of Valor, you will be prompted to sign in. Choose whatever method you prefer and reach the main menu of the game.Once you’re at the main menu, tap on the icon at the top right of the screen. This should be where a profile picture sits.Here you will see your name in the game. You can share this with your friend; or, have your friend find their name by guiding them through these steps.Once you have a user name you wish to add, hop back to the main menu.Tap on the people icon on the top-right, to the left of the mail icon.Head on over to the Find Friends tab, and you will see Search Results with a box to the right of it. Enter your friends username here or share yours with a friend and have them enter it on their side.Tapping the add button will send your friend a Friend Request. Should you be the recipient of said friend request, tap on Requests which is a tab below Find Friends.Now you have to accept your friends request or wait for them to accept yours.From here on, all you have to do is choose the game mode and when you are in the lobby, you should have the option of inviting the friend into a lobby with you.Tap on the “?” next to your portrait and select Invite from the box on the right to the friend you wish to bring with you.Once they have joined all you have to do is tap on Find a Match and wait for the queue.This should work between Android, iOS and Nintendo Switch devices.

T-Mobile is notifying customers about a security breach

If you received a text message from T-Mobile about a security incident, then you’re not alone. It appears the Uncarrier experienced a security breach and began notifying its customers yesterday. A post regarding the text message about the security alert was submitted to the T-Mobile subreddit a little over 24 hours ago where several users confirmed receiving the same message.The good news is, the issue has already been resolved, and the data accessed did not include “names on the account, physical or email addresses, financial data, credit card information, social security numbers, tax ID, passwords, or PINs.”However, the data that may have been accessed could include your “phone number, number of lines subscribed to on your account and, in some cases, call-related information collected as part of the normal operation of your wireless service.”A spokesperson from T-Mobile confirmed with Android Police that the security breach happened and it has now been shut down. The article also mentions that the incident took place back in November.As far as security incidents go, this one is pretty benign. However, just because the culprits didn’t get access to your name, password, PIN, credit card info, social security number, or tax ID doesn’t mean it’s not serious. The information that was accessed could provide details about your device and even your general location.If you’ve been affected and want more information about the event, T-Mobile suggests calling its customer service number 1-800-937-8997 to speak with a representative.

Head into 2021 well equipped to be financially stable with this $20 bundle

For all the uncertainty that we have in this world, the one thing we don’t want to worry about is our finances. No matter how old you are, what sort of job you have, or what your family situation is like, you’d be wise to lock your current financial situation up and plan for the future.For 2021 why not resolve to learn how to budget and manage your money in a responsible way, and even eliminate debts? The 2021 Master Your Finances Bundle, a $20 bundle of online training available in the AG Deals Store, is your ticket to a less stressful future.Across more than 16 hours of content, the six-part bundle will provide you with the tools to help improve your credit score, plan and budget, and help you climb out of a financial hole.The online training bundle, features 135 lessons, and is yours for as long as you want. It can be accessed in both desktop and mobile capacities and you’ll even earn certificates upon completion.FeaturesPersonal Finance: Master Your Finances in 30 Days: Practice Actionable Strategies to Immediately Grow Your WealthPersonal Finance for Beginners: Ultimate Guide to Master Your Finances: All the Necessary Tools & Knowledge to Help You Live a Very Comfortable LifestyleThe Personal Finance Masterclass: Learn the Basics of Personal Finance Together with Great Resources Such as Books for Investing & Identifying Assets and LiabilitiesThe Path to Wealth & Financial Freedom: Master How to Put Money in Various Investment Options & Save More by Being Smarter in Your SpendingImprove Your Credit Score & Get Out of Debt: Focus on Building Your Credit Back UpHow to Get Out of Debt, Improve Finances & Build a Future: Simple Steps to Free Yourself from Debt & Live a Solid Financial LifeOrder Yours TodayGet started on your financial freedom immediately and hit 2021 with a step in the right direction. Purchase the 2021 Master Your Finances Bundle for just $19.99 in the AG Deals Store.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Registrations for the Samsung Galaxy S21 pre-order have officially opened up

Samsung is set to launch its latest lineup of flagship phones on January 14, 2020, at the Unpacked event. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve seen the multitude of leaks surrounding the new Galaxy S21 devices. We’ve learned almost all there is to know about the new S21 smartphones, including support for the S Pen on the Ultra model, and there’s even an unofficial video review out for the Galaxy S21 Plus.If you’re all aboard the hype train and can’t wait for the official unveiling, you can now reserve a pre-order for the Samsung Galaxy S21 ahead of the Unpacked event. Registering will also net you some bonuses, such as $50 towards accessories and an additional $10 off if you use the Shop Samsung app.If you have even the slightest interest in the new Galaxy S21 phones, then it would be a good idea to sign up now. Doing so ensures that you’ll be first in line for the device once pre-orders go up, and there is no commitment to buy. Samsung won’t charge you anything for registering and the form only requires your name, email address, and zip code.However, you will be able to get a quote on the trade-in for your current device. As always, Samsung is offering a great deal for users who want to send in their old phones. For example, trading in a Galaxy S20 or iPhone 12 will save you up to $700 on the brand-new S21 smartphones. Plus, you can even trade-in phones with cracked screens, albeit for a lower value.Rest assured, if you don’t sign up to pre-order the Galaxy S21 you should still be able to get most of these bonuses later after it launches. Samsung is usually good about providing plenty of incentives to order its latest smartphones for the first month or even longer after launch. Still, there’s no downside to registering now and seeing how you feel after the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S21 in a couple of weeks.

This ZTE Axon 20 5G teardown gives a better look at the first under-screen camera

A little over a week ago, ZTE launched the Axon 20 5G, the world’s first commercially available smartphone featuring a camera under the display. Unfortunately, the first impressions of the under-screen selfie camera are not all that positive.The Verge notes the Axon 20 5G takes “hazy, soft photos with weak colors and blown-out highlights” in good light. You can imagine, if photos are that bad in good light, they must be atrocious in low-light situations. Despite disappointing results, the ZTE Axon 20 5G can still claim it is the first smartphone to launch with a camera under the display.That’s a huge accomplishment in itself, and the technology that goes behind it is fascinating. Now that we have a commercially available phone featuring this tech, it’s time to examine it, and who better to show it off than Zack from the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel.In the video, Zack shows off how bright lights can cause halos in photos. Additionally, we see the camera doesn’t hide that well behind the screen. In close-up images, there is a distinctive patch of pixels where the camera is housed that become most visible when using a light-colored background. At certain angles, it’s even possible to see some of the camera itself hiding behind the display.The visible patch of pixels is actually a lower resolution panel that is used to allow more light to reach the camera, as well as making it possible to take photos through the screen. Even though the panel is a lower resolution, the camera still cannot “see” through it. When using the selfie camera the display goes dark turning off the pixels and allowing the camera to capture images.For a first-generation product, the ZTE Axon 20 5G is still impressive from a technology standpoint. If you’re someone who takes a lot of selfies though, you’re going to want to shop around for a different phone. Regardless, the Axon 20 5G is a $450 device, and that’s a small price to pay to try out what could be the next big thing in smartphone tech.

Google has disabled astrophotography for ultra-wide-angle photos on these Pixel phones

Astrophotography has been a huge selling point on the Pixel series of phones ever since it launched with the Pixel 4, where it was available for the wide and telephoto cameras on the device. This year, when Google launched the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G, both of which have an ultra-wide-angle camera, astrophotography was again a main feature for the smartphones.Now, it appears Google has removed the star gazing feature from the ultra-wide-angle camera on both the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G. No reason has been given, and Google hasn’t responded to a request for comment when The Verge reached out.All we know is the feature has been removed with the Google Camera 8.1 update, and Google has updated the support documentation to reflect that “astrophotography only works on zoom settings equal to or greater than 1x.”Digging a little deeper, we can see users posting about issues on the Pixel Phone Help forum when using astrophotography with the ultra-wide-angle lens. In one example, a user shows off a massive difference in quality between the ultra-wide and wide-angle camera when using the astrophotography mode.As you can see, the top image has an awful green color cast and what appears to be some banding in the image. None of which are present when using the wide-angle camera.It’s not often a feature is removed from a product without any acknowledgment or announcement. Considering Google failed to mention it was being removed, and the support documentation has been updated, it’s unlikely we’ll ever see the feature return.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is billed as the flagship phone experience for 2020, but if we’re being honest with ourselves, it’s likely “too much” phone for most people. The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE), arrived a few months after the standard bearer, bringing about most of the S20’s top features, but with a price that’s a few hundred bucks cheaper.How does the Galaxy S20 FE fare? Is it worth spending the extra money to pick up those extra features or does this work for typical users? Read on to see what I thought of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.DesignThe Galaxy S20 FE is Samsung’s budget flagship device for 2020, and as such, some corners have been cut. The most noticeable of these has to do with the design of the phone.For starters, the back is plastic, and this is undoubtedly the thing most people will notice when looking at the S20 FE. While I’ve always found metal and glass backs add to the premium feel of a smartphone, I’ve also never been one to look down on a smartphone for using plastic when it makes sense.In this case, plastic makes perfect sense for the Galaxy S20 FE. It’s lightweight, durable, won’t show scratches, allows for good signal strength, works with wireless charging, and it helps keep the cost down. Plus, the S20 FE is still IP68 water-resistant so you’re not giving up much at all. The only real downside is the lack of “premium feel”, and that’s something I can live with at this price point. If you’re like me you’re going to put a case on it anyway.While the back is plastic, Samsung did use a metal frame and that still provides the S20 FE with a superior feel you wouldn’t get from a full plastic build.Around the top of the device, you’ll find the nano-SIM slot that also includes a cutout for a microSD card allowing you to expand the storage on the S20 FE. The bottom houses your main speaker supplemented by the earpiece speaker that produces clear loud audio for streaming videos or playing games.No Headphone Jack or DongleFinally, the only port on the phone is the USB-C port at the bottom. Unfortunately, you won’t find a headphone jack on the S20 FE. As a massive fan of headphones, I’m still salty over the removal of the headphone jack, and will forever hate Apple for making this the standard.Even worse, the Galaxy S20 FE doesn’t include a dongle, something I found out on the first night when I wanted to plug in my favorite pair of IEMs and listen to some music. Instead, I had to wait a couple of days for Amazon to deliver a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter before I could do this. The two other headphone dongles in my possession wouldn’t work with the S20 FE because they lacked an audio processor.Just another reason I am still salty about the removal of the headphone jack. If you’re looking for a compatible headphone dongle for the Galaxy S20 FE, then I recommend the official one I ordered from Amazon linked here. It has worked perfectly for me.DisplayOne reason I’ve always gravitated towards Samsung phones is the incredible displays. The S20 FE is no exception here, sure the bezels are larger, it’s not curved, and the display is only FHD+ instead of QHD, but it looks stunning.The display gets extremely bright, the blacks are inky, and the colors are vibrant–everything you’ve come to expect from a quality AMOLED panel from Samsung. Videos and games looked fantastic, and the 120Hz refresh rate made everything buttery smooth.There’s something about scrolling and watching animations in 120Hz which makes the phone feel so much more responsive. Plus, for years I’ve been irked by the black smear you’d see when scrolling on AMOLED panels. The high refresh rate makes this nearly unnoticeable.My only real complaints was the lack of curved edges, lack of HDR support, and the larger bezels around the edge. I know many people will see the flat display as a pro, but I’ve never had any issues with the curved displays on Samsung’s phones and I’ve always preferred that aesthetic. It also went a long way towards making the bezels seem slimmer, and the S20 FE could have used some help in that department.As far as HDR support goes, the Netflix app shows the S20 FE doesn’t support HDR. YouTube and Prime Video both supposedly support it, but when compared to other phones I have that support HDR playback, the S20 FE looks muted.Don’t get me wrong, the display still looks beautiful when playing videos, but HDR would make it look all that much better.Fingerprint SensorNaturally, I can’t mention the display without referencing what’s underneath it, and that’s the fingerprint sensor. This is one other area Samsung saved some money by using an optical sensor instead of an ultrasonic one.Optical sensors have come a long way and are much quicker than they used to be, however, they are generally less secure than ultrasonic sensors. Despite being less secure, optical scanners are some of the most widely used fingerprint sensors in phones these days, so I find it to be an acceptable cost-cutting measure on the S20 FE.SoftwareSamsung’s software has had its fans and critics over the years. However, most seem to agree that One UI has matured into a well thought out and designed skin. It puts an emphasis on one-handed use and positioning elements within reach for an enhanced user experience.Furthermore, Samsung tosses in tons of extra features and settings that help you personalize your phone. There are themes, custom always-on display graphics, a one-handed mode, double-tap to wake, dual messenger, and the list goes on and on.Some might say this makes Samsung’s software bloated, and they wouldn’t be wrong. There are many features here that I never touch and I don’t care for, Bixby anyone? Regardless, I love the extra features and flexibility One UI provides me.CameraThe Samsung Galaxy S20 FE camera setup consists of a 12MP f/1.8 wide camera, an 8MP f/2.4 3x telephoto camera, and a 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide camera with a 123-degree view. This selection of focal lengths is perfect for almost any occasion. The 3x telephoto gives just enough reach to justify its existence, while the ultrawide and wide camera ensure you can capture everything in the frame that your eye sees and more.I’d describe photos taken by the S20 FE as overly bright and sharp. They don’t look bad by any means, but you can tell Samsung’s processing has been tweaked to make photos look super bright and crispy because that’s what most people tend to gravitate towards in camera shootouts.Personally, I would have preferred the processing to be a bit more subtle, because you lose some shadows that can really add a nice mood to your photos or give a sense of dynamic range. Plus, it doesn’t match what I’m seeing with my eyes in the scene.In the end, the S20 FE still produces good photos, even in low-light situations. Furthermore, there is optical image stabilization on the wide and telephoto lenses, and you get plenty of shooting modes and options to choose from, including pro, panorama, live focus, super slow-mo, and night mode.Speaking of night mode, the S20 FE does an impressive job of retaining detail and balancing the exposure in extreme night scenes. For example, it’s able to balance the exposure between the Christmas lights here, the night sky, and a mix of outdoor and indoor lighting. That’s a big challenge and one it was able to pass with flying colors.The front-facing camera is a 32MP f/2.2 shooter that uses pixel binning. That means, it’s technically capable of taking photos at 32MP, but unless you specifically choose that option, your photos will be at 6.5MP or 10MP if you choose the wide-angle option. Also, if you decide to shoot at 32MP you’re going to lose the ability to capture in HDR. In my opinion, the extra resolution isn’t worth the extra storage space or losing HDR.Overall, I was disappointed in the front-facing camera. It suffers mostly from Samsung’s processing which applies face smoothing and brightness, even if you disable it. This has been an issue with Samsung selfie cameras for years now. You can often get around it by using the Google Camera app, and then you see just how much more detail the camera is capable of capturing.PerformanceSamsung may have cheaped out on the plastic back, but if that allowed it to include the Snapdragon 865 then I’m all for it. Granted, it’s only using 6GB of RAM and I know that sounds bad considering flagships these days are running 8GB of RAM.However, I haven’t noticed the lack of that 2GB of RAM to be that limiting while using the S20 FE, but I have noticed how blazing fast it feels with Qualcomm’s latest processor and the 120Hz display.In other words, Samsung cut corners in all the right places and made a phone that is capable of speeding through most tasks, including loading up large mobile games. The only downside is that it will drop some larger apps from memory more quickly than phones with 8GB and you’ll have to wait for them to reload.Battery LifeWith such a large 120Hz display on the Galaxy S20 FE, I was concerned about the battery life. After using it for the past few weeks, those concerns were completely unfounded. I was ending the day with the battery around half full, and that was with a mix of gaming, browsing Reddit, and streaming videos.That all added up to a combined four hours of screen time most days, and still the battery never dipped below 40%. I was even able to make it last two days without a charge with moderate usage.Final ThoughtsThe Galaxy S20 FE is much more than a Fan Edition, it’s the phone that Samsung needed for 2020. The prices of the flagship phones has grown out of control, combine that with a worldwide pandemic, and it was clear something needed to be done. Fortunately, Samsung cut corners in all the right places to deliver a phone with flagship performance for a reasonable price.For $700 or less with trade-in, you get a stunning display, top-notch performance, fantastic battery life, and a great set of cameras. Pretty much everything you’d expect from a high-end phone in 2020, with only a few drawbacks like thicker bezels or a plastic back.Buy from Amazon Buy from Samsung

Snag this 15-course Lean, Six Sigma, and Minitab training bundle for just $32

Whether you or your business wants to build better software, assemble a more streamlined organization, or simply get new projects off the ground, it takes a deep understanding of project management. Ideas are one thing, but execution is another. Are you just an idea guy or are you ready to get results?Our deal for you today is a 15-course bundle of training aimed at educating in the space of management, organization, goal setting, and production. In other words, it’s all you need to prep for Lean, Six Sigma, and Minitab exams and certifications.Priced at just $32, you’ll go from entry-level business noob to an outright master of project management, teams, and more. We’re talking statistical analysis, problem solving, communication, working with multiple leaders, team dynamics, waste reduction, and more.All told, you’re looking at around 45 hours of content all aimed at making you proficient in the ways of Lean, Six Sigma, and MinitabWhere to BuyThe 2021 Complete Six Sigma Training Suite Bundle can be yours for just $32. At 97% off its overall value, this is a proverbial drop in the bucket for a new career path.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Xiaomi Mi 11 launched, Snapdragon 888 and 108MP Camera in tow

, we were made aware of the launch date of the Xiaomi Mi 11. Now the device is official, confirmed to have the Snapdragon 888. Here’s what you need to know.InternalsAs mentioned above, the Xiaomi Mi 11 features a Snapdragon 888 and comes in three variants:8GB of RAM/128GB of storage8GB/256GB12GB/256GBBatteryThe phone features a 4,600mAh battery, 55W wired fast charging, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging.CameraThe back of the Xiaomi Mi 11 features a triple camera setup, with a 108MP main sensor, a 13MP wide-angle sensor, and a 5MP macro sensor. Flip to the front, and you get a 20MP selfie camera set in a corner hole punch.Display and DesignThe Xiaomi Mi 11 sports a 6.81″ QHD+ AMOLED display covered by Gorilla Glass, with a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 480Hz touch response rate. It also features 10-bit color.There are five colorways:Midnight Gray, Horizon Blue, and Frost White in anti-glare frosted glassLilac Purple and Honey Beige in Vegan LeatherSoftware and other featuresThe device runs MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11.In addition, the Xiaomi Mi 11 features simultaneous audio sharing on two devices, features a USB-C port, and Stereo Speakers tuned by Harman Kardon.PricingThe device is currently available for pre-order in China, beginning at about $612 and topping out at about $719, depending on the variant you choose. Open sales begin on January 1, 2021.

Lirica: Educational app uses music to teach you Spanish, just $20

Learning a second language can be a big boost for your career. It can also be quite helpful in your personal life, too. Learning Spanish could be particularly beneficial as it’s one of the most commonly spoken languages in the United States.If you’ve been waiting for the proper time to get started, there’s nothing quite like today. Stop putting it off and begin now. Like right now.If you’ve ever tried and failed to learn Spanish using other apps, consider Lirica. Available for both Apple and Android platforms, Lirica utilizes songs and music to help you learn Spanish.The songs you’ll listen to are based on hits, but tweaked by language experts to help teach listeners/users Spanish. There are two modes to use so you can focus on specific skills.Lirica FeaturesLearn ModeCurated lessons on key vocabulary & grammar from the songTrack your word learning progressionBeginner to intermediate level coursesPlay ModeMusic videos with lyrics synced in both Spanish & EnglishFun listening & translation games played to the pace of the songGet Started Today!You can purchase Lirica in one-year and three-year options as well as a lifetime subscription. Pricing breaks down to $20, $35, or $50, respectively.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

This 10-course bundle boosts your knowledge on all sorts of Google apps

How much do you know about Google? Surely, you know it as a search tool and email provider, but what else do you know about Google? Are you familiar with its other apps and services?The Complete Google Master Class Bundle ($40), over 90 percent off in the AG Deals Store, can help you become familiar with many of the important, and perhaps lesser known apps to help you boost your productivity and brand visibility.With more than 36 hours of instruction, this 10-course bundle explores some Google features that many readers don’t even know exist. Among them are four courses on Google Analytics, the traffic analysis tool used by a vast majority of web users. There’s also a course on using Google Data Studio, Google Docs, Google Ads, and more.Ultimate Google Ads Training 2020: Profit with Pay Per ClickG Suite – Google Docs Introduction: Increase ProductivityGoogle Trends for Insane Growth for Your Business & BrandMarketing Analytics in Google Data StudioGoogle Analytics CourseGoogle Analytics for Beginners: Hands-On Training CourseGoogle Analytics Certification: Become Certified & Earn MoreGoogle AnalyticsGoogle Docs Part Of G Suite: Learn Google Docs in 1 DayGoogle App – Gmail: Increase your Email ProductivityBuy it Now!Each course in the collection is valued at about $200 each, but as part of The Complete Google Master Class Bundle, you can get all 10 courses for just $40.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Degoo Premium: A 10TB cloud is yours for life, just $100

What do you do with all of your downloaded music, pictures, documents, and other media? As an Android user we suspect you rely on Google Drive and/or Google Photos for a decent amount of data.What happens when you get close to filling up your allotted storage space? What do you do with really massive files? Before you break out that credit card and purchase more storage through your cloud hosting, consider the deal we have in the AndroidGuys Deals Store.How would you like a lifetime account with 10TB (terabytes) of storage for the price of a nice date-night dinner?Head to the AndroidGuys Deals Store and you’ll find an incredible offer: lifetime access to 10 terabyates (10TBs) of 256-bit AES encrypted cloud storage from Degoo. Available for Windows, Mac OS, iOS (10+), and Android (4.1+), it  lets you keep everything that’s important to you all in one place.It doesn’t matter where it originates; you can back it up to the same cloud. What’s more, you can also share links to the files for friends, family, or co-workers.FeaturesSend files easily to friends via email or linkBackup up to 10TB of data under ultra-secure 256-bit AES encryptionReplicate your backup as you perform it, giving you extra peace of mindPerform backups to all of your devicesGet more backup space than Dropbox, OneDrive, & Google Drive combinedKeep your backup automatically up to date thanks to automatic file change detectionWhere to BuyYou pick up the lifetime account of Degoo 10TB storage for only $100 through the AndroidGuys Deals Store. Valued at well above $3,00 if you were to go it alone, we’re only too happy to give this discount to our readers.Also available are 1TB ($50), 2TB ($60) and 3TB ($70) options. No matter which way you go you’ll have a lifetime account.Best SellersSave even more!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Telegram brings voice chats to groups in latest updates

Telegram is an encrypted messenger which is essentially similar in look and functionality to Whatsapp. With Telegram group chats, you can include polls, mention other users, view group stats, all in a group of up to 200,000 people. Now, you can also have a voice chat.Any Telegram group can be a voice chat room, with the voice functionality being always on. You can join and leave the voice chat at anytime, maybe as a good function for coworkers to discuss something really quickly.Voice chats will always have a bar at the top to show who is actively in it, with the option to join immediately. On all platforms, once you join the chat, you can continue to move around Telegram with the quick ability to mute and unmute. On Android, this functionality is further expanded with a floating button that can follow you anywhere throughout your phone.With this new update, animated stickers will load faster, as well as showing an outline of the stickers available while it loads. There’s also:Ability to move data to SD Card on AndroidNew Android app animationsAbility for Siri to read your messages out loudBetter editing capabilities – equal on both iOS and AndroidEven more animated emojiIn addition to all of this, Telegram founder Pavel Durov has announced plans to monetize Telegram in the most privacy-friendly way possible, including paid features for businesses or power users as well as an ad platform that is more user friendly. Any revenue resulting from this move will also be paid forward where possible, such as paying artists for their stickers.

Save 50% on the award-winning EarFun Free true wireless earbuds

Wireless headphones and earbuds are some of our favorite accessories. Time and again we hear from others that once they’ve removed cords and cables, it’s hard to go back to something that’s physically tethered.The EarFun Free true wireless earbuds, on sale today for just $39.95. These wireless earphones offer up to 30 hours of playtime with the charging case.As our featured offer of the day, the EarFun Free picked up a few awards earlier this year. And once we had a chance to check them out for ourselves, we understood why. They’re sweat and water resistant, feature four microphones, and pack a tremendous amount of battery life.FeaturesErgonomic design for long-wearing comfort & stabilityEarbuds automatically turn on & pair after one-time setupWorks flawlessly within a range of 49 feetBluetooth 5.0 enhances stability & connection of the earbuds100% IPX7 waterproof & SweatShield technology to get you through all weather conditions6 hours of listening time plus extra 24 hours of playtime from the handy charging caseUnique design helps to ensure you don’t easily lose your earbudsAdvanced wireless charging via Qi charging padBuilt-in 6mm graphene drivers offer powerful deep bass & premium soundBuy Now!You can purchase the EarFun Free True Wireless Earphones for only $39.95 in the AG Deals Store. Hurry, take advantage of the 50% discount while you can!Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Ring in 2021 as a certified AWS practitioner with this $25 bundle

Cloud computing is growing in popularity, and, as such, many businesses are embracing it. Just about every major business has a go-to person for IT and back-end administrative technology.The ever-changing structure of how work is done creates huge opportunities, particularly for aspiring IT professionals and developers. Amazon Web Services is the perhaps the biggest name in the space, offering its leading cloud computing platform with reliable and scalable services. AWS cloud services are where it’s at.The AndroidGuys Deals Store has a 6-piece set of training around AWS architecture and development. Valued upwards of $300, we’re offering it for just $25, a savings of more than 95 percent.SEE ALSOGoogle Takeout: What it is and how do you use it?How to delete your Google Search historyTips and tricks for Google PhotosHow to change your Google Assistant voiceThere are nearly 400 lessons spread out over more than 25 hours of education awaiting you. You’ll start with a general understanding of what AWS is and how it works and then move into more specifics.Your full bundle includes:Introduction to Cloud Computing on AWS: Learn general cloud computing concepts & AWS from fundamentals right through to advanced conceptsAWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Video Course: Over 12 hours of instructor-led training including Hands-on Labs, exam-cram lessons for quick revision of the important facts, and quizzes to test your knowledgeAWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Practice Exam Course: Prepare for the real AWS exam with 390 practice questionsAWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam Reviewer Walkthrough: Learn the strategies and test-taking techniques for answering AWS certification exam questions so you can easily pass your AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam first timeAWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Training Notes: Over 200 pages of exam-specific information, detailed facts, tables, and diagramsAWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Offline: Take your AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (CLF-C01) studies offline with these downloadable practice tests (PDF)Where to buyYou can purchase the entire AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner All-in-One Bundle for just $25 in the AndroidGuys Deals Store. Hurry, though, this incredible deal will not last forever. If you want the 91% discount, you will need to act fast.Save even more!In addition to the savings above, when you buy through AndroidGuys Deals, for every $25 spent, you get $1 credit added to your account. What’s more, should you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.If this is your first time buying, then you are also eligible for a further 10% discount when you subscribe for email updates.How about a freebie?Not looking to spend any money today? That’s alright, we understand. Why not visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and take something anyhow? Go ahead, grab two!

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Amazfit Bip U review

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