It's very sad it took 9 years for Android smartwatches to finally get backups
If you're like most people, setting up new gadgets isn't a fun experience. Many even dread buying a new phone, tablet, or other bits of tech, because even with the different methods of moving from an old device to a new one, there will inevitably be some information, apps, or files that don't make the switch. It's been nearly a decade since Google brought Wear OS/Android Wear to the world with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, but it didn't take off until the original Moto 360 (R.I.P.) was released a few months later. The platform has only just now added support for watch transfers.
It's not the flashiest or most powerful, but this clamshell foldable is great for the space
Folding phones, once a thing of sci-fi movies, can now be found in the wild, with Samsung in particular already on its fifth generation of foldables. But despite the space gaining maturity, depending on where you live, seeing these devices your day-to-day may be a rarity. This is likely due to a few factors — one being unfamiliarity and another the high prices. While the latter isn't likely going to change anytime soon for book-style foldables, clamshell options like the new Motorola Razr (2023) are far more obtainable for the masses.
Smartphones have finally fallen in line, and it's time for wearables to do the same
The wearable market has been growing fast over the past decade, to the point where smartwatches and fitness trackers seem to be everywhere these days. Nearly every major and minor tech brand is offering a wearable accessory to pair with your favorite smartphone. The most ubiquitous, at least in the US, would be the Apple Watch. But for Android users, there are good options from a number of manufacturers. Though all the smartwatches for fans of the green text bubble run Wear OS, charging methods are anything but consistent.
From chargers to cables and hubs to card readers, UGreen has it all.
It's true. There are a lot of charging accessories on the market. But not all of these items are worth your money, as some don't possess enough power for today's best phones or the intelligence to charge safely. UGreen isn't one of those fly-by-night companies selling inferior accessories. In fact, some of my favorite cables, chargers, and hubs are from UGreen, and you can get them for up to 40% off for Prime Big Deal Days. I've put some of my top picks below to help you keep your beloved devices powered up, making even new iPhone 15 users happy.
If saving money on the Pixel 8 is what you're looking for, then you'll want to press pause and wait for Black Friday sales
October is an exciting time in the consumer tech space as many of our favorite brands announce new devices. It's also the time when a lot of really great discounts start floating around, and right now, Amazon has its second round of Prime Day deals going on. So, it would be understandable if you were hoping to find an amazing deal on the recently announced Google Pixel 8 series of smartphones. While you will find some special purchase options out there on the new devices, you're likely going to be better served by waiting about 45 more days. But not all hope should be lost.
You and your TV deserve this upgrade
Unless you're using an antenna to watch TV, chances are that you're streaming video content. These days, there are so many ways to find content from the top video streaming services, like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and more. Heck, there are even some really great options out there you can stream for free.
Whether you are expanding your smart home or starting up, Philips Hue is a prime way to do so
Getting started with smart home lighting can be a daunting task with so many excellent smart light brands on the market these days. But I have two deals on some of the best Philips Hue lights that will take the guesswork out of the process. What makes these Prime Big Deal Days discounts so good is that these work for those expanding their smart home lighting or just getting started. Now, onto the deals so that you can make your purchase, then move on to finding more great sales — which we've got collected for you here.
At impulse buy level pricing, don't let this bubble pop
Smart home devices are ubiquitous these days, with seemingly anything you put in your home offering some connectivity. Whether that's a good thing or not is for another article. But what is true is that if you don't have a way to control those devices, they might as well be dumb ones. One of the easiest ways to control your smart home devices is with one of the best smart speakers.
The Amazfit GTS 4 and GTS 3 are robust smartwatches that go for days on a single charge
There are a lot of great smartwatch deals during Amazon's Prime Big Deal Days. But with so many companies with options to pick from, both good and bad, sifting through all the options can be a bit overwhelming. One of those companies that sometimes gets overlooked for some of the bigger names in the industry is Amazfit.
Get a bird's eye view of your front door, all from a single doorbell camera
Doorbells have been a tried and true way of getting notified when someone requests your attention at home. But those devices are passive. This means that until the button is pressed, you have no idea if someone is there or not. Thankfully, Ring introduced us to its line of excellent video doorbells nearly a decade ago, and we can now keep tabs on what is happening at the front door at any time. With Prime Big Deal Days upon us, you can get an unparalleled look at your front door from nearly any angle for only $150 with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2.
Saving money and securing your home has a nice ring to it
We have officially reached the last few months before 2023 ends. So, that means the holiday season is rapidly approaching, with packages and guests arriving more frequently. One of the best ways to watch for both is with a video doorbell on your front door. Of course, these handy devices are also great to have all year round. But if you haven't gotten one just yet, don't worry because it's Prime Big Deal Days, and Amazon has the excellent Ring Video Doorbell marked down to $55.
Google's Wear OS restrictions leave the personal assistant experience lacking
Google Assistant is one of those features that many of us rely on daily, even if it might seem that Amazon is doing more to improve Alexa than Google is on its end. Regardless of your personal use for the digital assistant, users can find it accessible on a wide range of devices — from televisions and speakers to smartphones and wearables. It's been that way for many years now, and the ubiquitous nature of Google Assistant is part of what makes it so helpful.
How many times have you wondered how hot your pan was?
Device manufacturers are constantly trying to find ways to make each new product more personal and helpful. Over the past few years, one of those trends has been to improve and add health sensors to provide deeper insights into the user's wellness. While we're still waiting for blood pressure measurements via smartwatches to arrive in more countries, including the US, we do have temperature sensors in wearables. With the Pixel 8 Pro announcement and the inclusion of a dedicated temperature sensor, like many others, I'm left wondering why I'd want that.
Samsung's latest Fan Edition phone is official — here's everything you need to know
Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE was a surprise hit when it launched in 2020 and immediately made it to our favorite mid-range Android phones list. It packed the best parts of its more expensive siblings while making a few compromises to reach a lower price point. A year later, the company followed it up with the Galaxy S21 FE, but it arrived too late and offered too little. And then, thanks to the semiconductor crunch, the Korean giant outright canceled the Galaxy S22 FE's launch.
This was my favorite smartphone until it wasn't, but I'm keeping my hopes alive for its successor
Before I found myself lucky enough to cover consumer tech for a living, my daily driver of choice was always a Google Nexus or Pixel. There's always been something about these phones that has drawn me in — in fact, it's only the Pixel 5 that I never personally owned. The hardware itself has never been the most powerful, or had the most impressive feature set. But the launcher UI and excellent camera performance have always nailed the experience for me, which is why the Pixel 7 Pro instantly became my favorite release of last year when it hit the streets.
Seven years of OS support would top the entire mobile industry — including Apple
At the risk of sounding too much like an old-timer, kids these days are so lucky. Okay, maybe that's a bit broad — let me narrow it down. When smartphones first hit the market, software updates weren't really a priority the way it is now. You'd buy a phone and either accept it as it was, or take to rooting it so you could install custom ROMs. The exception to the rule of updates has always been Apple and its iPhones, which have long been the kings of long-term software support.
With great editing power comes great responsibility
Well, Google has done it again. Its upcoming smartphones, the Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro, have managed to leak in what seems to be their entirety weeks before the official event on October 4. Whether intentionally or not, it has become something of a tradition to know nearly everything possible about Google's new hardware before any planned unveiling can get underway. While this does limit some of the excitement, it also gives us a chance to try and wrap our brains around what's coming down the pike — and considering recent leaks about some new camera features are the kind of information we need to digest, that's a good thing.
As Google seems complacent, Amazon continues to push forward with smart home innovation
We've had smart speakers for nearly a decade now, with the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo kicking things off in 2014. Since then, there have been loads of changes in this space, with multiple companies trying to beat the competition by providing users with the best smart speaker experience possible. Some opted to use Google Assistant while others partnered with Alexa, but regardless of the choice, these digital assistants work to make our lives easier — sometimes.
Smart displays once seemed like the future of Google, but now, these devices feel like they're heading off into the sunset
Digital voice assistants, smart speakers, and folding phones — if I didn't know better, I'd say we've entered the sci-fi world Hollywood promised us for decades now. But while these products definitely provide some useful benefits, in many ways, we're still waiting for that glorious utopia. I've been using smart speakers since the first Amazon Echo in 2014. I remember being blown away by the convenience it provided with quick answers, streaming music, and nailing simple tasks like timers. At the time, I thought to myself about how great having a Google variant inside one of these as the space matured.
The Pixel Fold is relatively compact for a foldable, but a clamshell version could be better
On the off chance that you've been living a simple life under a rock, you have probably noticed that foldables have grown into one of the hottest trends in the smartphone world. Initially, it seemed like the form factor was going to be an expensive fad, especially after Samsung unveiled the first-gen Galaxy Fold, which ran into some technical issues prior to launch. However, with the success of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Z Flip, all the major smartphone OEMs took notice. Well, except for one fruit-inspired brand.