Yet Beats is all about the brand, as headphone enthusiasts and streaming audio fans will gladly tell you. With its copious engineering resources, Apple could build better headphones itself. And while Apple might indeed want to pursue a streaming music service to compete with Spotify, there’s no indication yet that Beats Music might be able to help do so. As my colleague points out, the service appears to have acquired fewer than 200,000 followers so far, compared to Spotify’s millions, and Apple wouldn’t be able to transfer Beats’ music deals to a streaming service of its own. … [Read more...] about What if Apple bought Beats not for headphones, but wearables?
On the other hand, the Pixel Buds feature a bass-heavy sound with a balanced midrange but a slightly recessed treble. The Pixel Buds can sometimes sound hollow and dull depending on what audio you're playing. Unfortunately, you won't be able to customize their sound because Google does not offer a first-party equalizer for the Pixel Buds. Of course, you can always use a third-party app to tune the Pixel Buds but it isn't as great as a first-party option. … [Read more...] about Sony WF-SP800N vs. Google Pixel Buds (2020): Which should you buy?
The Pixel 3A is a great phone. Though it shaves off a few features from 2018's Pixel 3 (it's not water-resistant, it doesn't have wireless charging and it maxes out at 64GB of storage), the phone still has a solid camera and a headphone jack. In addition, with the arrival of newer 2020 budget phones, don't be surprised if Google discounts the prices of the Pixel 3A and the bigger Pixel 3A XL in the coming months. Read our Google Pixel 3A review. … [Read more...] about Best phones to gift to your grad in 2020
Apple's latest iPhone SE for 2020 is a budget phone that serves as a sequel to its sleeper hit from 2016, the first iPhone SE. For the most part, the new iPhone SE follows Apple's original recipe. But it also added new upgrades like wireless charging and the A13 Bionic processor. At $399, the device is the most affordable iPhone in Apple's lineup today, offering modern hardware and iOS 13 features to more cost-conscious consumers. … [Read more...] about 2020 Budget phones: New iPhone SE specs vs. Pixel 3A, Galaxy S10E, Galaxy A51
To see our picks, check out the list below. A few of them have been fully reviewed by CNET editors, while others we hope to get in our hands soon (and we'll update this roundup once their respective reviews are up as well). Note that we've linked to the unlocked version of each smartphone, and they should run on most of the big four US wireless carriers, unless specified otherwise. … [Read more...] about Best budget phones under $200: Our picks for 2020 phones you can get for cheap