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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 2nd-Gen Headphones review

The first generation Beoplay H4 headphones from Bang & Olufsen are my favorite headphones of all time. So you can imagine my excitement when they released a follow-up, aptly named the Beoplay H4 2nd gen. Long story short, I’m now in love with the 2nd gen H4 headphones and a big thanks to B&O for sending these out for review.DesignBang & Olufsen is a brand that takes design seriously, and that’s something I’ve always appreciated. The H4 2nd Gen are no exception, and not only do they look beautiful, but they are also lightweight and feel premium.When it comes to the materials used, B&O spared no expense here. Most headphones these days are constructed mostly from plastic, even the high-end ones. Not so with the Beoplay H4 2nd Gen, B&O mainly used leather, stainless steel, and aluminum with only some accents of plastic on the ear cups.This gives the H4 2nd Gen a luxurious feel, and it’s a real shame that B&O doesn’t include a protective case or even a pouch like so many other brands do to help protect them. That’s a small touch that would have been very appreciated, especially with such a stylish high-quality product like this.The controls on the H4 2nd gen bucks the recent trend of using touch-sensitive buttons like many other high-end headphones. Instead, B&O has continued using physical buttons, and there’s nothing wrong with that.In the past, I’ve not been a huge fan of touch-sensitive controls, but they have started to grow on me recently. No matter though, physical buttons work fine and at least they’ve upgraded to USB-C for charging this time. That in itself is a major upgrade in my opinion. Plus, there is still a 3.5mm jack for when you don’t want to or cannot use Bluetooth.Fit and ComfortNo matter how good a pair of headphones sounds, that’s all moot if they aren’t comfortable. I’m thrilled to report the Beoplay H4 second-gen are one of the most comfortable pair of headphones I’ve ever worn. They are lightweight with plenty of foam cushioning on the headband and ear cups to ensure a pleasant listening experience for hours.User ExperienceOne of the biggest upgrades to the H4 2nd gen is that Google Assistant support is now built-in. That means, not only do you have a quick way to access Google Assistant with the push of a button, but they will also read your notifications to you, and even allow you to reply to messages with your voice.Although, my favorite improvement might be that the H4 2nd gen supports Google Fast Pairing. This makes pairing infinitely easier with a pop-up notification on your phone as soon as you power on the headphones. It also walks you through the setup and teaches you how to use the Google Assistant features.AppThe Bang & Olufsen app is not essential, but it does provide some additional useful options. For example, you can enable or disable Google Assistant support, perhaps if you need a break from it reading your notifications or don’t enjoy that feature.It also has a fun and unique equalizer built-in, but it won’t please audiophiles who want more accurate control. Regardless, I happen to love the signature sound of Bang & Olufsen headphones, so I never need to play with the EQ that much. Lastly, you’ll need the app if you want to check for software updates, which can often include bug fixes or new features.Sound QualityThe Beoplay H4 second-gen uses the aptX Bluetooth codec, and the sound quality is everything I loved from the first generation, a spacious soundstage and deep reverberating bass. There are some things you can’t get from playing with an equalizer, and these are two of them.However, while I’m generally a huge fan of the B&O signature sound, I did find the second-gen H4s to be a little warm for my tastes. After playing with the equalizer a bit and tweaking the brightness, I found the sweet spot and couldn’t be happier with how they sound. The sub-bass is still deep and powerful, while the extra treble adds more clarity for a sound I can’t help but love.Battery LifeBang & Olufsen rates the battery life of the H4 second-gen for up to 19-hours. In my experience, they just keep going and going. If anything, I wouldn’t be surprised if they could surpass the 19-hour rating B&O gives them.However, if the battery ever does die on you in between charges, you can always use them with the 3.5mm jack. That is assuming you have a jack on your phone, or you didn’t forget your dongle.Final ThoughtsIt’s no secret, I’m a Bang & Olufsen fan, its products exude quality from the high-end materials they use to the stunning sound. Despite all of this, the B&O H4 second-gen are not perfect.I would have loved to have seen a case included to protect these beautiful headphones. The price is also a little on the high side. For not much more money, you can get headphones from Bose and Sony with class-leading active noise cancellation.While I absolutely love the Beoplay H4 second-gen headphones–and I would highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys high-quality audio–it might be worth waiting for them to go on sale, because $300 is a lot to pay without ANC or a case.Alternatively, it’s still possible to pick up the first-gen H4s for nearly half the price. They will allow you to experience Bang & Olufsen’s fantastic sound quality, only with slightly less battery life and no Google Assistant integration.Buy from Amazon Buy from B&O

The best Android phones at CREDO Mobile

As a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) that piggybacks off of Verizon’s towers, CREDO Mobile is a carrier that offers customers a number of lesser-priced monthly options. Moreover, it earmarks some of its revenue to help fund various causes and nonprofit organizations.If you’re on the hunt for a new wireless service provider and have a Verizon phone, you may want to check them out. The same goes for some unlocked handsets, too.In the off-chance you’re looking to make a carrier switch and want to pick up a new phone, CREDO has a few options. The selection isn’t very big, but there are a few worth checking out. What’s more, about half of them are refurbished and can save you money.Here are three of the best new Android phone options at CREDO Mobile as of today.Google Pixel 4aBest of the BunchThe newest phone at the carrier, this is an excellent option for pretty much any user. It’s powerful enough for a large majority of the population but priced about half of what other brands charge.Powered by the latest in Android, you’ll have a tough time finding a better camera experience. Small in stature, there’s a decent screen, generous battery, and solid array of hardware hiding inside.Shop Google Pixel 4a at CREDO MobileGoogle Pixel 3Great Everyman OptionDon’t fooled be into thinking this older handset is outdated. Google still supports it with software updates and monthly security patches. It’s Android as it’s intended and we love it.Notable features include a 5.7-inch display, 64GB storage, and resistance to water and dust. High marks for an terrific camera experience, too.Shop Google Pixel 3 at CREDO MobileSamsung Galaxy S10+Familiar FlagshipThe series of phones that we’ve come to adore over the last decade, you can never go wrong with a Galaxy S handset.For your money you get a giant 6.4-inch display, 128GB internal storage, and a processor and memory combo that beats all others here.Standout details include a triple camera array on the back and a capacious battery. Charge it up wirelessly or use the phone to charge your earbuds. Yep, it does that, too.Shop Samsung Galaxy S10+ at CREDO Mobile

Stone River: Access thousands of hours of online education on the cheap!

Some of the deals that pass through the ranks here at AndroidGuys focus primarily on improving your life through various courses. Among others, these could be business-related stuff for mastering Excel, IT & Security, or marketing. Sometimes we run promotions on topics that are just generally helpful, regardless of your field. Today is just that: Lifetime access to training on a wide variety of topics.The Stone River Academy is a set of 800+ courses with over 2,000 hours of online learning content. Within these courses you will be able to learn everything and anything you want about web/mobile programming, web design, and more. What makes this lifetime membership to Stone River Academy stand apart from the rest is how often new courses are being added.Every month, two to five courses are added to the already expansive library of courses designed to teach you what you want, when you want, and at your own pace. You won’t need to try and keep up with the class, whether for better or worse, and can move at your own speed when your schedule allows it.Access to all current content; 800+ courses & 4,800+ hoursAll level courses available on web & mobile programming, web design, game app creation, 3D-animation & moreInstruction for using Bootstrap, Unity 3D, Java, Python, MySQL, node.js, CSS & moreUnlimited free certification exams, personal guidance on what to learn, eBooks, & a 1-year subscription to CodeMagSkills for advancing your career or learning a hobbyValued in the the thousands, you can head over to the AndroidGuys Deals page and grab this deal for 99 percent off at only $89. That’s a crazy amount of savings for the sheer volume of courses that are included with the Lifetime membership to the Stone River library.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.

FreedomPop Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

While they each seem like a necessary evil, the big guns of mobile have gotten increasingly greedier and more expensive at every turn. The plans from the likes of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint sometimes cost more than some average households are willing to cough up each month.Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) may offer a solution. For those that don’t know, MVNOs lease the same towers from the aforementioned carriers to allow customers to connect at a discounted rate while the virtual network handles the customer service, etc.You may have heard of Boost, Cricket, or Straight Talk; we’d like to talk to you to about FreedomPop.AboutFreedomPop was founded in 2012 by a capital investment venture led by creators Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesar to start a new carrier that molds free, open Internet with the traditional mobile telecom services. The company has a base focus with phones that work completely over the internet via voice over IP and supplements that when you are away from Wi-Fi with carrier towers.FreedomPop originally launched with a limited run of phones compatible with Sprint. In 2016 the company expanded to “global compatibility” with a new partnership providing coverage with AT&T’s network. A year later it inked a deal with Target to sell service inside its stores to compete with Walmart and Straight Talk.What are FreedomPop Rate Plans?As mentioned above, FreedomPop starts at a free tier for just Wi-Fi enabled smartphone plans and moves towards more traditional monthly rates as you add data and voice away from Wi-Fi connections.Free PlansFreedomPop offers two versions of free plans. You can choose between either a CDMA backed line by Sprint or a GSM line with AT&T.CDMA option: 200 minutes talk time, 500 texts, and 500MB data per monthGSM option: 200 minutes of talk time, 500 texts, and 200MB of 4GB LTE dataWhat about plans with more data?FreedomPop has competitive rates for plans at 2GB, 5GB, and 10GB of data, and they get cheaper if you commit to longer terms.Discounts are applied when pre-paying quarterly, semi-annually (6 months), or annually — much like Mint Mobile. Suffice it to say, the longer your commitment, the bigger the discount.Here’s how it breaks down monthly when committing with various prepaid terms:2GB dataMonthly: $24.99/moQuarterly: $13.99/moSemi-Annually: $11.99/moAnnually: $9.99/mo5GB dataMonthly: $34.99/moQuarterly: $18.99/moSemi-Annually: $17.99/moAnnually: $14.99/mo10GB dataMonthly: $59.99Quarterly: $24.99Semi-Annually: $22.99Annually: $19.99What is the handset selection like at FreedomPop?There are a number of phones available to purchase from FreedomPop, including those from LG, Samsung, and Apple. Selection is fairly robust but you won’t find anything near the high end of the spectrum.Under Google, for example, the only options we see today are Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and Nexus 6P. Indeed, there are no Pixel models to choose from.Are there any deals at FreedomPop?There aren’t any special promotions or deals on rate plans or new accounts, at least at this time. Looking at the shop is a slightly different experience, though. Some phones have instant discounts; other devices are refurbished and cheaper than buying a brand new model.Can I bring my own phone to FreedomPop?Yes, FreedomPop does offer you the opportunity to bring your device to its network. Check the device’s compatibility  at the BYOD page to make sure your current model works well with its networks.

Streamline your restaurant management with tablet POS system for restaurateurs

When you run a restaurant, you need a POS or Point-of-Sale system that allows you to take your customers’ orders, charge them for the service, and receive payment.Traditional systems were stationary machines that restaurateurs used. However, the latest advancement consists of a mobile  tablet POS system for restaurateurs that you can take orders and receive payments directly from it.You may ask what kind of benefits offers this tablet system. This article will answer exactly that question and digs into the features of this modern system Point of sale system for restaurants. So, without further ado, let’s jump right in!Traditional POS Vs. Tablet POS System For RestaurateursWe’ll first start by comparing a traditional system with a both systems.With a traditional system in your restaurant, your waiter would take your customer’s order on a notepad, go back to the stationary system and punch in the order, and head to the kitchen to convey the order to the chef. As the food gets ready, the chef would yell to your waiter to collect the dish and take it down to the customer who waits patiently (impatiently, in all honesty) at their table. This is a typical scenario in a restaurant that incorporates a traditional system.In a tablet POS system, on the other hand, takes care of your customer as they arrive at your restaurant and are ready to place their order. The tablet system is capable of taking the customer’s order and charges them (even split the check, if need be) all from the mobile tablet.According to Business News Daily, the latest systems, with their advanced technology, may improve a restaurant’s customer retention, drive sales, and even secure customer data.Now that we have compared the basic functionality of a traditional and tablet system, let’s talk about the benefits of the new system.The Benefits Of the Tablet POS SystemBy shifting to a tablet system for restaurateurs, you can avail of these benefits.Streamline Operations With MobilityThe major benefit your restaurant can avail of with a tablet system is more mobility. A traditional system is restricted in terms of movement, and your staff has no option but to do back and forth with the customer order. This may cause exhaustion that leads to human error. In a restaurant, a human error can pose a negative impression on your customer, causing them to look for other options for dine-ins.A tablet system allows your staff to take in orders and place bills with the hand-held device on the spot. This saves both your staff and your customer’s time, and drastically reduces the chances of error.Fairly Easy SetupAnother great benefit of a tablet system is the easy setup it offers. All you would need is a tablet, a credit-card reader, and cloud software.After setting up your restaurant’s account, your staff can access the system and start taking orders from your customers! As nearly everyone knows how to handle a tablet, it will be fairly easy for your staff to use the tablet system without the need for training, as compared to traditional machines.In case your staff requires a little training, most system providers give detailed ‘getting-started’ support to their customers as well.Manage Your Inventory EfficientlyYour tablet system will also allow you to keep track of your inventory. The device will also notify you as you run low on various products or items and need refilling and restocking. For your own convenience, you may even set the system up in a way that it sends an email notification as soon as you require restocking.Cloud AccessWhen you use a tablet system, all the information that is processed is saved on the cloud software that the system is linked with. Since the data is saved on the cloud, you can access your account from any internet-enabled device, such as your desktop computer.Whenever you require any changes done on the inventory, or system, etc. you can do so on the cloud, and the changes will get updated on all of your devices in real-time. This is a great benefit for restaurateurs and allows in streamlining operations.Fast IntegrationsAnother benefit that tablet systems have is the fast integration that they offer. Since the tablet POS system for restaurateurs incorporates advanced technology, you’ll find it much easier to keep up-to-date and integrate it with other platforms that your restaurant may use.Due to their fast and easy integration, tablet systems can manage your staff data, your costs, your online orders, and deliveries, while integrating with your traditional systems to offer great overall value.Customer TrustWhen you incorporate a tablet POS system, your staff can process payments in front of your customers instead of taking their credit cards out of their sight to a traditional system. This will generate trust in your customers as they will be able to view the transaction in front of them.Moreover, you can store your customer’s data on your system and offer rewards and benefits for repeat visits. As you reward your customers for repeat visits and recognize them, your customers will feel welcomed at your restaurant, and would want to come back over and over again for your excellent hospitality, and what else do restaurateurs want more than that?Wrapping UpA tablet POS system for restaurateurs is a hand-held device that allows the staff to place orders and process payments at the spot. Because of the advanced technology that these tablet systems have, your restaurant can avail of streamlined operations due to the mobility they provide, easy setup, efficient inventory management, cloud access, fast integrations, and customer trust.Due to all of these benefits, greater efficiency, and excellent customer satisfaction, restaurateurs can receive a greater bottom line and help their business flourish in the long-run.Featured Image: PexelsEDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Eufy Video Doorbell 2K (Battery-powered) review

When it comes to home security and smart doorbells, the first names that often come to mind are Ring and Nest. And while they maybe among the more popular options, they can also be among the more costly ones, too.As 2020 draws to a close we’ve seen the rise of other brands in the area of connected home, security cameras, and smart doorbells. In the thick of it now are names like Eufy, Arlo, Simplisafe, and Wyze.Eufy, a division of the Anker brand centered around smart homes (cameras, security, robot vacuum, etc) has a few products in the video doorbell space. Available now are both wired and wireless options, with kits starting as low as $159.99.We were recently provided a review sample of the eufy Video Doorbell 2k (Battery-powered), on sale for $199.99. After having it in place for about two weeks we’re happy to share our impressions of the product.Eufy Video Doorbell 2KOffered in black and white color options, this bundle is comprised of two key pieces: the doorbell and a Homebase. The former goes on your outside wall, of course, while the latter connects to your router and houses the captured footage.Features include real-time notifications for pressing the doorbell or activity detected within a particular zone. Want to know the moment someone steps on your porch? No problem. Prefer to wait until someone rings the bell? Easy peasy.Should you want to interact with someone at the doorbell, it’s as simple as responding in the mobile application. Moreover, you can record some preset messages that can be played at the tap of a button.Other details include an AI that knows the difference between a human or animal, interoperability with Google Home or Amazon Alexa, and military-grade encryption for footage.Setup and ConfigurationAs far as setup goes it doesn’t get much easier. There’s plenty of documentation and help, but it’s essentially plugging the Homebase into your router and mounting the doorbell wherever you want. An app guides you through it, but it ought to be a matter of minutes before you’re good to go.We really like the wireless aspect because it lets us add a doorbell to entryways that otherwise did not have one. Speaking of which, eufy makes extra doorbells available for just $119.99.You can opt to mount the doorbell straight out or at a slight angle; it’s a matter of screwing an insert in between the wall and the doorbell. This is handy if you have a spot where you’d prefer to capture a corner of the porch or driveway.Other DetailsThe camera is capable of capturing full-color 2K HD video at a 4:3 aspect ratio. Should you find the camera faces direct sunlight, you can opt for Wide Dynamic Range (WDR).The app provides a number of customizable options, including whether you want to be notified when someone steps in range. Or, maybe you’d prefer to just know when someone presses the button.You can also configure the notification sounds on the phone and Homebase. Indeed, you can have your hub ring so you hear when someone’s at the door. There are numerous chimes to select with personalized volume levels.One of our favorite features was recording messages that can be played at the press of a button. This is a convenient way to let solicitors know you’re not interested without having to open the door. It’s also a handy option for those times you might be unable to speak to the person on the other end.ConclusionWe’ve enjoyed having the extra eye on our property as it captures an area of our yard and porch otherwise unwatched. The app has worked as expected each time we’ve been prompted or go manually playing around.The eufy Video Doorbell 2K (wireless) is a great option for people looking to add smarts to their home. It’s priced affordably enough and is part of a growing portfolio of products. In other words, you’re not taking much of a risk on a brand that hasn’t done very much.With this and its other devices the eufy brand has established itself as more than an “up and comer” in the space.AvailabilityLearn more about the eufy Video Doorbell line at eufy’s website where this model is currently available to purchase for $199.99.

The best cases for your Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition

The Samsung Galaxy S20 and its S20 Plus counterpart are some of the most gorgeous phones on the market. Comprised from metal and glass, they are eye-catching and stunning, but they can be a bit slippery. The most recent addition to the family, the S20 Fan Edition (FE), is just as gorgeous.SEE: Samsung Phone Buyer’s GuideIf you’re worried about getting scratches and scuffs on your beloved phone, you’ll want to protect it with a case. Here, we’ve gathered up some of the best cases for the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. Some are fashionable, others are ultra-thin, and others are tough and rugged.Best Samsung Galaxy S20 FE CasesSamsung S-View Flip CoverNever miss a beat without having to be checking your phone every second. This case has a small window that allows various information to show at a glance. $50 at SamsungCase-Mate Soap BubbleDon’t be fooled by the flashy colors. This case has MicroPel® antimicrobial protection. Assuring ultimate protection at the touch of a finger. $40 at Case-MateCaseology ParallaxAvailable in two colors, this one has military grade levels of protection. Compatible with wireless charging, it’s slim and secure and the patterned back provides a great ergonomic grip. $25 at CaseologySpeck Presidio Pro Soft to the touch and slim, it’s like an extra layer of skin on your phone. An extra layer that lets you tumble from up to 13 feet and won’t complain about scrapes, that is. $30 at SpeckSpigen Rugged Armor Flexible, thin, and easy to grip, you’ll barely notice it’s there. That is until you knock it off the table. Not to worry, though, it’s tougher than you are. Bonus points for the built-in kickstand. $25 at SpigenUAG Pathfinder Series One of the tougher looking cases found on this list, it boasts an armor shell with an impact-resistant core. Oversized buttons make it easy to locate without fumbling. Sold in two colors, it has a honeycomb design which accents your phone in just the right way. $40 at UAGOsophter TPU Protective CoverProtection that doesn’t break the bank. Made from a mix of TPU and polycarbonate it assures your phone is completely safe. With 3 colors to choose from the price point ensures cases for every outfit. $8 on AmazonSupcase Uniform Beetle ProThis dual layer rugged case features a kickstand and rotating holster. With a 20ft drop test rating it ensures no matter where you use this phone its accessible and protected. $22 on Amazon

How to reach maximum security on your Android device in 2020

Let’s face it, the world is a pretty scary place right now. That’s why it’s more essential than ever to stay connected with family, friends, and work mates.While we feel secure sheltering inside our homes, not all external threats are protected by walls and social distancing. We want to be able to rely on secure, stable connections wherever we’re located.Each year, there are more security risks targeting us than the previous year. Not only do we have to deal with new threats almost daily, hackers are coming up with innovative twists on old exploits.How bad is the problem?Here’s some Android security information that may surprise you.Android Devices and SecurityAccording to a study conducted at the University of Maryland, there is a new cyber attack launched every 39 seconds. What’s more, hackers are tailoring common PC exploits to reach smartphone users. For example, SMiShing is a new approach to phishing that uses your messaging platforms to insert malicious code into your phone.[Image: https://www.dailyhostnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Capture3.png]The top risks to your mobile computing sessions are:Public WiFiData leaksPhishing exploitsNetwork spoofingBroken cryptographySpywareImproper sessions handlingWith the right tools and information, you’ll have added layers of protection against hackers and other cyber threats.Common Security Issues and How to Fix ThemWhether you’re streaming movies or using your smartphone to conduct business remotely, security is the number one concern. While no device is perfect, Android-powered phones are more secure than models using iOS. The most common security issues with Android devices center around access control and malicious apps.There are 5 ways that you can harden your phone or tablet against the existing threats and beat the odds of suffering from whatever attacks develop in the future.Practice Strong Access ControlThis should be a no-brainer, but you would be surprised by how many people fail at the simple act of locking their phones. I know it’s a pain to remember a code or a pattern. However, it’s even more of a pain to lose your device and all of the information in it rather than to take a few seconds longer to call your mom.Believe it or not, the simplest ways to control access are still the most effective. Choose a pin that’s easy to remember without resorting to insecure, easy-to-guess pins like birthdays, phone numbers, or the last four digits of your SS number. Make sure to choose a different pin for each device and change them once a month or so. The same goes for passwords.You can use a password manager to create and store strong passwords. Using two-factor authentication (2FA) is a viable option, and most devices have this capability built into the system. You could also use Google’s own 2FA. Many models include built-in device encryption that you can access through your settings. Simply go to Settings>Security>Encrypt Device and follow the directions.Another important consideration for stronger access control are authorized apps that could potentially allow third parties to gain access to your financial accounts. Authorized apps are given varying levels of control over email accounts and logins. We recommend using secure invoicing and financial apps if authenticating with a bank account or email address. Vulnerabilities in the authorized app can create larger security issues.Remember That Who Makes Your Phones and Apps MattersGoogle releases regular smartphone security patches. Unfortunately, not all manufacturers release them right away. Some don’t bother to release them at all.It may be tempting to purchase a phone because it’s cheap or aesthetically appealing, but it’s more important to choose a model from a manufacturer you can trust. That means buying a phone from a company that puts customer security first.Keep in mind that it’s not just phone manufacturers that you should concern you. Thousands of unsecured apps are released on the market each day. Consider whether any app you use is necessary before installing it on your phone, and only use apps from reliable developers that offer regular support and security patches. As for apps that are just fun but not critical to your daily life, think twice about platforms like Facebook and popular games that are not always secure, but are often invasive. Do they really need access to your phone, contacts, and cameras in order to function?Delete any apps you’re not using rather than simply disabling them. This will not only remove access from hackers, it will free up some of your phone’s resources and improve performance.As an alternative to downloading apps from Play Store, consider a platform like F-Droid that has a large catalog of open source apps and doesn’t sell your info third parties. If you are downloading apps from Play Store, make sure to enable Google Play Protect in your settings. Just go to Setting>Security>Play Protect and enable full scanning via the Scan device for security threats option.Use the Right Security ToolsMost Android devices include hidden security features that not a lot of people are aware of or use. Don’t be afraid to explore your system and put them to good use to secure your tablet or phone. Make sure to also deploy tried-and-true tools like properly configured firewalls, antivirus and anti-spyware apps, and anti-malware scanners. Keep all device firmware and software up to date.Will Ellis from Privacy Australia explains further:“The number one way that you can protect your information is by installing a VPN from a reputable company. This allows you to browse securely while masking your identity, location, and activity from prying eyes and cyber criminals. Using suspiciously cheap or free VPN services is dangerous because that means your data is being sold on the Dark web or to the advertisers. Make sure you choose a VPN with a strong encryption protocol – IKEv2, OpenVPN, and SoftEther are considered to be the most secure nowadays.”Other ways to protect yourself is by using a secure browser, like TOR’s Obit or the private search engine, DuckDuckGo.Secure Your Messaging PlatformsOne of the most common uses of smartphones is messaging. This is an area where you have to worry about more than hacking. Government agencies and some employers also try to access messaging platforms to spy on citizens and employees. The most popular of these is WhatsApp, which is supposed to be an encrypted platform owned by Facebook. However, they have been legally allowed to track and release user data for more than a decade.Instead of following the crowd, consider private messaging systems like Signal, which is free, or a low-cost messaging app like Threema.Backup, Backup, BackupWe can’t stress enough how important it is to backup your databases. This is a solution for a worst-case scenario, but it will make recovering contacts and other important files, like those vacation videos and pics of your kids, easier when you replace your device. Your phone has a built-in backup and restore function that’s worth a few minutes of your time.Just make sure to inform banks and credit card companies if your device is stolen, and change any passwords and login information.Final ThoughtsIn a time when most of us rely on our smartphones and tablets for staying connected, entertainment, work, and education, remember to put safety first. Our tips and recommendations are designed to work on virtually any Android-powered device.We hope you’ll continue to enjoy your device with confidence wherever you are. Stay safe!EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

OnePlus 8T announced for October 23

OnePlus on Wednesday announced its newest phone, the 8T. Priced as low as $749, it builds on the flagship 8 announced earlier in the year.The OnePlus 8T has a faster refresh rate than its predecessor at 120Hz and features a 65-watt fast charging battery. In a related note, the battery is a smidge larger at 4,500mAh.According to OnePlus, the 8T can get a “full day’s charge” in just 15 minutes. A full charge takes just 39 minutes on the charger. To make this possible, the 8T relies on two batteries and a dozen temperature sensors.Other noteworthy differences include a video portrait mode and always-on display options. Perhaps most interesting, and welcome, change is that it uses a flat glass for the screen and not a curved edge.Similar to the OnePlus 8, the 8T has a 6.6-inch HD AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint reader, 8/12GB RAM with 128GB/256GB storage. The rear houses a quad-camera experience centered around a 48-megapixel main camera sensor.The OnePlus runs Android 11 and will be offered in Lunar Silver and Aquamarine Green, The phone goes on sale October 23 at OnePlus and Amazon; pre-orders are available immediately.T-Mobile will be the exclusive carrier for the OnePlus 8T 5G in the United State. Its version will also be available October 23 with pre-orders starting October 16. Pricing will be $31.25/month for 24 months.

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In the off chance that you didn’t know it, Amazon is holding its Prime Day festivities on October 13-14, giving consumers a chance to save big on products. But, not to be outdone, our partners at StackCommerce are holding their own promotion.Through October 14, you can save an extra 20% on things site-wide in the AG Deals Store. All you have to do is enter promo code OCTSALE20 at checkout and you’ll get the added discount.Look around there’s plenty of great things to be had in a wide variety of categories. We’re talking products, software, services, training, and more.Take for instance the Star Galaxy Night Light Projector.Bring in the outdoors in and enjoy the celestial magic of the night sky indoors! Just plug in this night light projector into any room of the house and watch the most beautiful clouds moving and a sky full of stars twinkling.It has eight color modes and projects the sky in four different ways. It comes with a remote so you can operate easily and efficiently to make clouds move faster and stars shining brighter. Make the most of your evenings and feel the relaxing ambiance under the starry night.Projects the sky in 4 different ways with 8 color modesCreates the most romantic & relaxing atmosphere in your homeComes with remote for easy operation & adjusting modesEconomical, environmentally, & kids friendlyRight now, the Star Galaxy Night Light Projector is available for nearly 69 percent off its regular price, and is only $69.99 from the AG Deals store. Toss that coupon code on (OCTSALE20) and you’ll get it down to $55.99. Or grab two at just $96Best 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.

Waterfield Field Sling Bag review

What do you use to carry your “things” around? Whether it’s coming and going to school, commuting to and from work, or just heading out for a few hours, you need something to hold your stuff.In some instances a full messenger bag or backpack is in order. In other scenarios, a tote bag or pouch might suffice. Somewhere in the middle is where you’d find the Waterfield Field Sling.Introduced in September, the Field Bag comes in two designs: Sling and Backpack. In short, it’s a difference between one strap that goes around the body and chest or two that are worn over the shoulder.The Field bags are designed to carry essential items like laptops, notepads, tablets, chargers, cables, and/or wallets. It is available in waxed canvas with chocolate leather and ballistic nylon with black leather.Our team was provided the Sling version of the bag in waxed canvas for review purpose. Given the choice between the two colors, we’re likely going to opt for these materials as we’ve fallen in love with them in other bags.This is not the first sling-style bag from Waterfield; it also has the Sutter Tech Sling and Sutter Sling Pouch in its portfolio. This is, however, the biggest of the three. But to say that it’s big isn’t exactly accurate. It’s more or less a small backpack with one strap.One of things we really like about the waxed canvas and leather combination is the unique patina that comes with usage. See, once you get a few scrapes or worn spots you’ll start to bring out the character. The longer you own and use these bags, the more antique and unique they become.As we’ve seen in other Waterfield bags, there are numerous pockets and pouches to work with, each a different size. The main sleeve, which has an incredibly soft plush material, is big enough to hold most 12″-14″ laptops and Chromebooks.The general compartment can expand nicely to accommodate a jacket, hat, files, or other daily use items. It’s a nice size that doesn’t get too big or allow for any overly heavy items. that’s not to suggest the stitching or straps couldn’t handle it, though. It’s quality stuff everywhere you look.There are also a pair of side pockets that are big enough for portable chargers, a notepad, or Nintendo Switch. It’s also an easily accessible spot for your phone or wallet.A front pocket, however, might be where you toss keys, a wallet, or to better tuck away your phone. There’s a dedicated key hook and pen slot to ensure these things don’t toss about or get lost.The inside of the Waterfield Sling Bag has the brand’s familiar gold nylon liner that’s both eye-catching and sturdy.There are also a couple of Sling-only features worth pointing out.A 180-degree rotation D-ring strap attachment helps the bag rest flat.Two lower D-ring strap attachments accommodate a right-handed or left-handed preference.A leather, removable shoulder pad distributes weight for enhanced comfort.A Cam Lock buckle easily adjusts the strap with one hand.Custom designed, sturdy snap hooks attach the strap to the bag.We like the size of this bag. It’s perfect for not only getting to and from destinations, but also comes in handy while you’re there. We’ve found it convenient for toting phones, chargers, cables, notepads, a Chromebook, wallet, and a key fob. WaterField Field Sling Bag 1 of 9 ConclusionWaterField has another hit on its hands with the Field Sling Bag. The build quality is among the best we’ve seen for bags with strong stitching and reinforced straps. The hooks and buckles are secure, lock tightly, and figure to hold up to long-term usage.Should you have any sort of defect in the materials or workmanship, WaterField will gladly take care of it through its lifetime warranty.We’ve really come to appreciate the little scuffs and rubs that come with owning its waxed canvas bags. The longer you own them, the more “you” it becomes.AvailabilityLearn more about the Field Sling Bag and other WaterField products at the brand’s website. There are tons of bags, backpacks, totes, tech cases, wallets, and other accessories to check out. As of publication, the Field Sling/Backpack is $249 and is offered in Waxed Canvas with Chocolate Leather or Ballistic Nylon with Black Leather.

The best Android phones available at Tello (October 2020)

Sprint is one of the largest wireless network providers in the United States, serving more than 54 million subscribers. As you’d expect, it features quite the handset selection, including models with 5G support. But what about its prepaid brand, Tello?Tello, as is the case with other MVNOs, has its own rate plans, customer service, and phone selection. Here, we’ll dig into the devices offered at Tello.READ: Tello Buyer’s GuideWe’ve gathered up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at Tello today. Although we do select one as the best overall (Editors’ Choice), the list below offers phones that work for a variety of user types.For what it’s worth, the handset selection at Tello is really limited light. Moreover, it’s fully comprised of refurbished models. We always suggest buying an unlocked phone for use with a carrier.Samsung Galaxy A51The Samsung Galaxy A51 gives users all of the great features found in the Galaxy S line and leaves out the unnecessary bleeding-edge stuff. It ticks the right boxes and leaves money in your wallet.The phone comes with a big 6.5-inche Super AMOLED screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and packs a 48-MP (wide), 12-MP (ultrawide), 5-MP (wide) macro, and 5-MP depth sensor. Inside is a generous 6GB RAM with 128GB storage capacity for videos, music files, images, and documents.Shop Samsung Galaxy A51 at TelloSamsung Galaxy S8It may be a few years old but that doesn’t mean it won’t handle your tasks. There’s plenty in here that can manage your tasks, play your games, and keep track of your social media.Features include a 5.8-inch display, 12-megapixel camera, and 3,000mAh battery. An octa-core processor is paired with 4GB RAM while storage is listed at 64GB. Need more room for files? Throw in a microSD expansion card slot for external media.Shop Samsung Galaxy S8 at TelloMotorola Moto E4Don’t need anything fancy or aren’t concerned with spending much money? That’s alright, there’s still something nice to be had. The Motorola phone has a decentWe absolutely love what Motorola does with its Android phones. They run a bare bones software experience that leaves things the way Google intended, and feature affordably priced alternatives to flagships.Here, you get a 5-inch screen, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, enough for first-time buyers.  Other things we appreciate? A water resistant coating and 3.5mm headphone jack.Shop Motorola Moto E4 at Tello

Samsung Phone Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

When it comes to smartphones, Samsung is one of the biggest names in the game. As a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance back in 2007 it has been around since the very first days of Android.You’d be forgiven if you think Samsung has a new phone announcement every few weeks. They do stay quite busy with a seemingly constant barrage of devices.What started as a slow trickle and almost annual release, its Galaxy S series has expanded to include a handful of models.Moreover, it introduced a Galaxy A line a few years back and has been refreshing it with regular consistency. Most recently, it has offered up a Galaxy Z family of phones and is fast at work growing it with successors.While it may feel daunting to try to make sense of all of the different models, it’s not quite as confusing as it seems. Here, we’ll help you get an understanding as to what Samsung offers consumers in fall of 2020.Galaxy SThe flagship series of phones, its new models are typically introduced in the spring. If you’re looking for the best of what’s available in the smartphone space, the latest Galaxy S is going to be part of that conversation.You’ll have no problem finding these handsets as pretty much all wireless providers and major retailers offer versions of the Galaxy S. And while it was originally just one model arriving each year, the Galaxy S now comprises multiple devices and price points. The specs vary slightly from model to model, but largely share the same features.The current generation is made up of the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. You’ll still find the predecessor (Galaxy S10) at a variety of carriers.Galaxy AIf the Galaxy S is considered the flagship line, the Galaxy A might best be described as the junior flagship line. It’s a great way to get most of the tech and features, including quality build materials. In short, the Galaxy A is a less expensive way of getting a quality Samsung experience.Instead of one model released each year, the Galaxy A is more of a family of phones that runs the gamut of entry-level all the way up to high-end. These are not as widely available as the Galaxy S but they’re becoming more popular.As of today, the key phones include the Galaxy A71, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A21, and Galaxy A01.Galaxy NoteThe biggest of what Samsung has to offer, the Galaxy Note arrives in the fall with bleeding-edge hardware. While the Galaxy S keeps getting a little bigger each year, the Galaxy Note is the only one with support for the built-in S Pen.Instead of one singular model to choose from, Samsung gives consumers multiple options in the Galaxy Note line. The key differences often being screen size and technology, battery, memory, and even color.You shouldn’t have trouble finding the Samsung Galaxy Note at the bigger wireless carriers; the selection sometimes varies from one provider to the next.The current model is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. In many cases you’ll also find the Galaxy Note 10 still available.Galaxy ZThe newest line from Samsung, this is where you’ll find its folding phones. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is more or less a tablet that folds in half while the Galaxy Z Flip is a clam shell experience.These models don’t have the high-end hardware found in the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note, but that’s offset with unique designs with custom functionality.Folding devices are still new to the market so these are going to be among the most expensive products. What’s more, they’re a bit tougher to get your hands on. They’re not produced in the same volume levels and not all carriers offer them.Where to BuyOf all the phone makers using Android, Samsung devices are probably the easiest to find. Check with your wireless provider and you’re bound to see a couple of options to choose from.In addition to carriers, Samsung phones can also be found at major retailers. Samsung also sells its handsets direct to consumer in both carrier-branded and unlocked capacity.Quick LinksVerizonAT&TT-MobileAmazonBest BuyB&H Photo VideoWalmartTargetSamsung

Anker has some great Amazon Prime Day deals

We are big fans of Anker. The company makes solid accessories that don’t break the bank. It also has a long-standing partnership with Amazon as it’s main retail storefront. So, unsurprisingly, Anker has some really good Prime Day sales for today’s big discount campaign.While there are many more, these are the top five favorite reductions Anker has going today.Soundcore Liberty Air 2The Liberty Air 2 by Anker’s audio sub-brand are great Airpod competitors for much less. In our review, we pointed to great battery life and above-average audio as big selling points. Add that to a wireless charging case and comfy fit, and you have a winner.Prime Day will a large $30 discount off the normal $100 pricetag too! This applies to both the black and white variations.Buy now at Amazon: $69.99 normally $99.99Soundcore Flare +Want to share great audio with all your friends instead of keeping it to yourself? Then check out the Soundcore Flare +. This 360-degree speaker has amazing audio for the size with four 25Watt drivers. Pair that with IPX-7 waterproofing, 20 hours of playback, and an LED ring for some “flare” and you have a great Bluetooth speaker for your next party.This price reduction isn’t quite a large, but at $85 it’s still a good value.Buy now at Amazon: $84.99 normally $99.99Anker PowerPort CubeI love a good power strip and Anker has a great on in the PowerPort Cube. This compact charger gives you three full power outlets and three more PowerIQ USB ports in one devices the size of a tennis ball. The USB ports support adaptive charging up to 18W fast charging as well.It’s down to $17… what are you waiting for to buy?Buy now at Amazon: $16.99 normally $19.99Anker PowerPort Atom II Need something a little more just dedicated for your mobile devices? Check out this 60W PowerPort Atom II is an awesome addition to any travel bag. Both Power Delivery ports allow for full 60W charging via USB-C. This should give you one power brick for everthing from your phone to even a full size laptop with USB-C ports.And it’s cut by a steep dollar amount of $30 off.Buy it now at Amazon: $30.99 normally $50.99

Cricket Wireless Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

A growing number of US consumers are becoming familiar with Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) like Metro, Boost Mobile, and Straight Talk. They operate using the towers and infrastructure from the big players but have their own rates, customer service, and phone selection.Let’s take a look at one of them in particular: Cricket WirelessAboutCricket Wireless (Cricket) initially launched in 1999 and is a US-based prepaid wireless service provider; it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T. It offers its own lineup of GSM phones, many of which are also found at other carriers. As one might expect, it uses AT&T for its coverage.Does Cricket have any special deals?Currently you can find a number of phones discounted with new phone numbers, upgrades, and porting your existing number. Some models are even free with the right combination of port-in and signing up for a particular rate plan.READ: Buying an unlocked phone? Consider these questionsAdditionally, Cricket has discounted phones from Motorola, Nokia, and Samsung with some of them potentially free with a plan.What are Cricket rate plans like?Cricket rate plans are no-contract, meaning you can go month-to-month with no long-term agreement or cancellation fees. Moreover, they do not charge for going over your allotted data and taxes are included in the cost.$30/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 2GB of high-speed data$40/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 10GB of high-speed data$55/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited data$60/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed data 15GB mobile hotspotCustomers can save $5 per month on most plans with automatic bill payment. The $55 plan has data speeds which are limited to a max of 8Mbps while the $60 option is quicker and includes the hotspot feature. Depending on location and phone, subscribers may see 5G speeds on the $60 plan.Does Cricket offer multiple line plans?Customers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so with discounted pricing. Cricket will let you calculate rates for two to five lines. On the $55 Unlimited Plan, for instance, you get at the following monthly rates:2 Lines – $80/mo ($30 discount)3 Lines – $90/mo ($75 discount)4 Lines – $100/mo ($120 discount)5 lines – $125/mo ($150 discount)Which major prepaid carrier has the best $40 rate plan?Are there any other Cricket features or offerings?Cricket offers a handful of other options to its customers, most of which can pair with the aforementioned rate plans. Details here include international calling, insurance against lost and stolen phones, extra data, and mobile hotspot.Cricket also sells Data Only options with 20GB ($35), 40GB ($50), and 100GB ($90) allotments.What phones are available at Cricket?Taking a look at the current lineup of phones offered through Cricket we find familiar names from brands like LG, Samsung, and Motorola. There are also devices from the likes of Nokia, and Alcatel, too.Like most prepaid providers, phone selection skews toward affordability as opposed to performance. With that said, we do recognize there are some compelling devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S20+ and the LG Stylo 6.Can I use my own phone at Cricket?You can often use your current GSM phone, especially if it was previously paired with AT&T. Head to Cricket’s website to check whether your specific model is supported. You’ll want to ensure that your phone is unlocked prior to purchasing the SIM card kit currently priced at just $10.

Mous case: Get the iPhone 12’s magnetic charging and accessories on your Android phone

Apple held its big iPhone event today, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you already knew that. Among the usual upgrades such as a faster processor, improved cameras, 5G, and more; the new iPhones now include magnets for attaching accessories and charging.It’s not the first time Apple has used magnets in its devices, the iPad Pro models and new iPad Air also use strategically placed magnets for attaching the Magic Keyboard. Apple even uses magnets on the Apple Watch and charger to make it as effortless as possible to use.If all of this has you feeling some Apple envy over there, we wouldn’t blame you, but did you know its already possible to add this capability to your Samsung Galaxy or Pixel phone? All you need is the right case, like the ones from the Limitless 3.0 collection by Mous, a London-based tech accessory brand.By using one of the Limitless 3.0 cases on your device, you can hot-swap between car mounts, wall mounts, attach card wallets or flip wallets, and yes, Mous even has a range of magnetic Qi-enabled wireless chargers. No longer will you have to painstakingly slide your phone around on the pad to ensure its perfectly lined up and charging.Mous made this all possible by using its in-house AutoAlignPlus technology and engineering the magnets to work with its accessories without interfering with how your phone operates. That means the case attracts the various mounts and accessories by directing the magnetic field outwards, which avoids causing any interference with the compass and other components inside of your phone.While it’s not exactly the same as having the magnetic tech built into your phone, the Mous Limitless 3.0 system is an easy and effective way to add the same features to the phone you already own.You can pick up cases and accessories from the Limitless 3.0 lineup for your Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel phone starting as low as $40 from either Amazon or Mous’s online store.

Unlock a new career in Google Cloud with this mastery bundle

You may not realize this, but you interact with AI technology on a consistent, if not daily basis. And if you do recognize it, chances are good that you take it for granted. Whether it’s a Spotify playlist, an Alexa reply, or one of the myriad cool things Google Assistant does, it’s powered by AI and cloud technology.More and more, companies are turning to cloud technology for AI applications, and that means the demand for developers and architects is steadily rising.The Google Cloud Platform, one of the largest in the space, is a suite of computing services and tools that power Google’s Search, YouTube, and much more. According to Glassdoor, a GCP Cloud Architect can pull in a starting salary of $120,000- $160,000. Ready for a piece of that?Google Cloud computing isn’t exactly something you master overnight. Hell, it could take you weeks just to form a basic understanding of it. It takes time to learn topics like deploying and implementing cloud solutions, software-defined networking, or virtual private clouds.Fortunately, you can kick-start your education with some online training. Take the Google Cloud Certifications Practice Tests + Courses Bundle, for instance. This comprehensive online training features 43 hours of lectures and other tools to help prepare you for a career in the emerging field.Sign up, and you’ll get lifetime access to the training so feel free to really dig in and learn things. Or, if you’re like many of us, drop in and out and spend the rest of the pandemic period fine-tuning yourself.Considering how incredibly valuable the information in this 7-course bundle is, $29.99 is a small price to pay. It’s worth more than $630 if you were to purchase yourself, but we’d never let you pay that much.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!

The best apps on Android to track cryptocurrency prices [2020 List]

Cryptocurrency becomes more and more popular that is why hundreds of people join this market every day.Whether you are a cryptocurrency trader or just a curious observer, these apps on Android are sure to keep you interested. They make it easy to keep track of the movements of the cryptocurrency market, and you’ll never miss a nerve-racking bitcoin price spike.Crypto ProCrypto Pro Portfolio Tracker is a cryptocurrency market tracking application. It allows you to monitor prices, manage your portfolio, receive price alerts, and read news from the crypto world.You can add currencies to the Crypto Pro portfolio by simply importing data from popular Bitcoin exchanges. If any currency exists, it will mean it is available in the application.CryptoTraxCryptoTrax is simple yet effective.Thanks to its transparent design, you can check the status of major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, NEM, NEO, etc. and see the value of your cryptocurrency portfolio fluctuating every second.The pie chart view gives you a visual overview of the latest crypto, ICO, and blockchain news.The main advantage of CryptoTrax is its ease of use. You don’t have to worry about security or anything else.The app is available for both Android and iOS, and both provide the same simple interface.BlockfolioBlockfolio is a one-stop app for buying / selling Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It has many easy-to-use tools to track your investments.In the cryptocurrency portfolio overview section, you can see all of your blockchain assets, as well as a candlestick chart, an order book, and market information.No cryptocurrency app is complete without price notifications. Blockfolio has an extensive warning system when the price of currency crosses a threshold you set.More than 2,000 different cryptocurrencies can be tracked and the app will provide you with all the latest news.Blockfolio is available for both Android and iOS.Investing.comInvesting.com is a well-known name in the field of investment, and it should come as no surprise that its cryptocurrency app – the result of experienced mobile app development services activity, is a strong competitor.Clear and easy to use, this application provides real-time data tracking for various currencies and shows the history of their change in the foreseeable past.Investing.com offers quotes for over 1,300 altcoins and fiat currencies with tracking of market dominance and trading volumes.Investing.com can be considered a pretty comprehensive app that can satisfy even financial geniuses. It imports news and analysis from a variety of sources including CoinDesk, NewsWire, Yahoo, Reuters, and many more.With it, you can track your total profit and loss over the past 24 hours, identifying trends and predicting price changes in the near future. Alerts and price notifications can be set up quickly and easily.This is the list of the best, according to our opinion, tracking apps. Their design is very user-friendly, and the availability of services is on a high level.Feel free to choose the best app for you to know all the cryptocurrency changes!EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

The Android best phones at UScellular (October 2020)

The fourth largest carrier in the United States, UScellular, has a fairly robust selection of devices. With phones at the top of the line and products at the entry level, there’s plenty in between, too.If you’re on the hunt for a new smartphone from UScellular, and are considering an Android, we’re here to help. What you’ll find below is a collection of the best phones at UScellular, as we see it.The following models have been assigned “categories” which should help to identify the target user base. All of them, though, are worth your time and interest.Samsung Galaxy Note 20 UltraAll the Bells and WhistlesIf you’re looking for the biggest and most powerful all-around device from Verizon, this is it. With a screen size (6.9-inches) that rivals early tablets, it packs an upgraded S Pen stylus and cutting-edge hardware. Oh, and then there’s a first-of-its-kind 108-megapixel camera, too.Powered by Android 10 with Samsung’s custom UI, the handset has generous battery, tons of (expandable) storage, and support for Verizon’s Ultra Wideband 5G network. Choose from Cosmic Black and Cosmic Gray color options, both of which are stunning.Shop Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra at UScellularSamsung Galaxy S20 Fan EditionIf you’re on the hunt for a phone that you plan to own for a few years, you don’t want to cut corners. You want a flagship phone. The problem is that too many of them cost way more than we’re willing to spend.The Fan Edition of the flagship S20 is what happens when you keep the most important stuff and toss aside the frills (and extra cost).Here, you get a large screen with high refresh rate, a large battery, three rear cameras, and a modern Android and user interface. Offered in two attractive colors, it’s the S20 you deserve.Shop Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition at UScellularGoogle Pixel 4aEveryman AppealSure, there are plenty of other devices with considerably more robust hardware at Verizon. Do you want, or need to spend hundreds for that luxury? Nope. This phone is a mid-range phone that punches above its weight.The stock Android experience stays as current as anything you’ll find and it only get better with each, timely update. Toss in a camera that wows anyone and everyone, a solid battery, and a surprising $350 price tag and you’ll just why we like it so much.Shop Google Pixel 4a at UScellularMotorola G PowerFirst-time BuyerWhen you care more about messaging, social media, and tasks than gaming, you don’t need to worry about high-end hardware. But that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the important stuff.This phone runs a lean and mean Android 10 and features a sizable 6.2-inch FHD+ screen. The inner workings are sufficient enough to get the job done for many users and the 5,000mAh battery ensures it goes all day.Shop Motorola Moto G Power at UScellularSamsung Galaxy Z FlipThe Future of Folding PhonesThe Galaxy Z Flip 5G brings back the familiar clamshell design that your parents had at the turn of the decade but with a much smarter operating system… and a heftier price tag.Fully opened, you’ve got a 6.7-inch screen that rivals other phones in size and quality. Under the hood are a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G support, and more than enough storage. Grab it in Mystic Gray or Mystic Bronze.Shop Samsung Galaxy Z Flip at UScellular

Motorola Phone Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

When it comes to phones, Motorola is no doubt a familiar name to all. It’s the brand behind the iconic Razr phone of the mid 2000’s as well as the Droid line that helped take Android to the stratosphere. It’s also the company with a lot of “firsts” in the mobile space.If you’ve ever looked at the phone market and found yourself confused by the numerous Motorola brands and models, you’d not be alone. Motorola has its fair share of product lines and devices.It may feel challenging to try to make sense of everything, but it’s not quite as bad as it seems. Here, we’ll help you get an understanding as to what Motorola offers consumers in fall of 2020.Moto EFirst introduced back in 2014, this is the durable, low-cost experience geared toward first-time smartphone buyers. Moreover, it’s a great way to buy an affordable unlocked phone that works with a variety of wireless service providers.The Moto E line is often sold through prepaid and MVNO carriers; it’s also popular in emerging markets. It is currently in its seventh generation.Moto GMoving up a notch, the Moto G line is more robust and features hardware that’s mid-range and just short of what might be considered a “flagship” experience.The Moto G family of phones, now in its eighth cycle, is split into slightly different versions, with each catering to a slightly different user type.The Moto G Power, for instance, is big on battery, touting three days of usage per charge. The Moto G Stylus, for its part, comes with a removable stylus for jotting down notes.You’ll find different versions of the Moto G series at a variety of carriers, including post-paid and prepaid.Motorola OneThe Motorola One is where the phone maker starts putting forward some of the more interesting technology and higher-end hardware.Like the Moto G, this line of phones is split into a number of options, each a little different from the next. The materials used in these devices is a bit more premium and the phones are definitely more stylish.It’s not just the physical stuff, either. Motorola has added some AI smarts and custom touches to take advantage of that cool hardware. All the while keeping things user-friendly and a software experience that’s about as clean as it comes.The current Motorola One lineup includes the One Fusion+, One 5G, One Hyper, One Action, and One Zoom. Although they are not widely available with carrier partnerships, they can be easily purchased through Motorola and online retailers.Motorola EdgeThe true flagship in Motorola’s armada, the Motorola Edge and its sibling, the Motorola Edge+ are the brand’s all-around best devices. The latter of which offers up a generally more robust hardware suite.The Motorola Edge models are constructed using an anodized aluminum frame and feature spacious screens with curved edges and hole-punch cutouts for front-facing cameras. Motorola includes some custom software to take advantage of the edges, giving users quick access to notifications, apps, shortcuts, and more.One noteworthy detail as it pertains to the Motorola Edge+ is that it’s only available through Verizon. To that end, it does support the carrier’s Ultra Wideband 5G network.Motorola RazrThe folding phone is back. Indeed, this is a 2020 approach to the clam shell device that was all the rage about 15 years back. The Motorola Razr maintains the look and feel of the classic phone, but this time it’s Android running the show.The exterior has a Quick View display for notifications, at-a-glance GPS turn-by-turn, music control, and more. Opened up, there’s a 6.2-inch display and the same Motorola and Google experience you’ve come to appreciate.In terms of true power, this is more of a mid-range phone so you’re paying for the aesthetics and convenience of its design. The first generation was exclusive to Verizon, but an unlocked 2nd-geneation (2020) version is on the way.Where to BuyAs indicated above, you’ll find various versions of the Motorola portfolio at wireless carriers and retailers. You may find the occasional one-off name or exclusive model, but they’ll still fit with the breakdown we’ve created.Here are a number of places to look for buying Motorola phones.Quick LinksVerizonAT&TT-MobileAmazonBest BuyB&H Photo VideoWalmartTargetMotorola

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