Have a busted Motorola mobile phone? You may be able to fix it yourself. To make that task a little easier and less intimidating, Motorola has partnered with iFixit to sell do-it-yourself repair kits for some of its smartphones, including the Moto G4 and G4 Plus, Moto X, Droid Turbo 2, Moto G5 and G5 Plus, and Moto Z. The kits range from $40 to $200 and include all the parts and tools you'll need, plus a step-by-step guide, to replace a dead or damaged battery or a cracked or malfunctioning display. The partnership makes Motorola the first smartphone manufacturer to provide iFixit with replacement parts. The Best Phones We've Tested Samsung Galaxy S9+ at $839.99MSRP Google Pixel 2 XL at $849.00MSRP Samsung Galaxy Note 8 at $930.00MSRP Apple iPhone 8 Plus at $799.00MSRP Motorola Moto E4 at MSRP Motorola Moto X4 at $399.99MSRP Jitterbug Flip (GreatCall) at $99.99MSRP Apple iPhone X at $999.00MSRP LG V30+ … [Read more...] about Need to Repair Your Motorola Phone? Try One of These DIY Kits
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(OnePlus 7T) T-Mobile is ditching the OnePlus 7 Pro for the OnePlus 7T because "OnePlus in the US wants to focus on a single model, which will be the upcoming OnePlus 7T," according to a new report from Wave7 Research. The carrier confirmed that it has removed the 7 Pro from its website "due to low inventory," and is only carrying it in limited stores. This is a bit of a change from the strategy OnePlus told us about at the 7T launch, where the 7 Pro and 7T would coexist. It's a more sensible strategy, too. The OnePlus 7T is a mishmash of upgrades and slight downgrades from the 7 Pro (better processor, different cameras, no pop-up selfie camera) to the point where it's difficult to tell if it's truly an upgrade or a lower-end alternative. Wave7 compiles its reports from data collected at carrier stores. From a high of 5 percent just after the OnePlus 6T launch in late 2018, OnePlus' share at T-Mobile is now down to 1.3 percent, according to Wave7. The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is on sale … [Read more...] about T-Mobile Trades in OnePlus 7 Pro for 7T
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Advertisement The latest web traffic statistics show that 78% of all web surfers using a tablet after the holiday season were on an iPad. Though its dominance is slowly dwindling, Apple’s device remains on the throne.You may wonder – why? Is the iPad all that, or have better Android devices been ignored because of Apple’s famously effective marketing? That’s a difficult and controversial question, but not impossible to answer.Why Does The iPad Dominate?Before looking at rivals we should first clarify why Apple’s iPad has done so well. Some fanatics from the Android camp cling to the belief that Apple’s products sell to brainwashed yuppies that don’t know any better. That’s simply not the case. There are several reasons for the iPad’s dominance.Display QualityThe iPad offered much higher display quality than most competitors even before Retina was revealed. After Retina, competitors have struggled to provide higher pixel density. … [Read more...] about Are Any Android Tablets as Good as the iPad?
Like many tech enthusiasts, I’ve been using a $180 Amazon Echo intelligent speaker at my home for a year or more. And, while I love using it for some things — playing music and podcasts, setting timers, and re-ordering items from Amazon — I’ve come to realize that, like Apple’s Siri and all other virtual assistants, its Alexa voice-driven artificial intelligence system disappoints a lot. So I was excited to test Google Home, the $129 Echo competitor that puts the search giant’s much-touted new Google Assistant intelligence technology inside a small, but powerful Echo-like speaker and microphone unit. Surely, I thought, after collecting all that info about the world (and about me) for years and years, Google would crush Amazon in the home-intelligence race. But after nearly a week of using two Google Home units in two different rooms, my conclusions are decidedly mixed. Google Home does beat Alexa and the Echo in some ways, but it’s remarkably … [Read more...] about Mossberg: Google Home shows promise, but needs work