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5 Best Phones With The Most RAM In 2019

If you’re in search for a fast smartphone, one of the elements that you should consider is the amount of RAM — a lot of RAM allows you to run multiple applications, have two applications open at once and even switch between applications really fast. Smartphones that don’t have a lot of RAM are typically sluggish and have trouble running a single application at optimal levels in speed and stability.

Phone With Most Ram

ImgAmazon.com LinkBrandProductAmazon.com LinkPrice on Amazon.com
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S9+691
HuaweiHuawei P20 Pro639
OnePlusOnePlus 6499
SonySony Xperia XZ2 Premium489.99
MotorolaMotorola Moto G6 Plus267

For example, a phone that has 1GB of RAM might have trouble running more than just the operating system itself. If you throw an app into the mix, you might notice that response times are super sluggish. For a phone with, say, 4GB of RAM, you’ll have no problem running the latest version of the operating system, as well as a couple of apps (even multi-window apps) all at once.

So, if you’re in search of a phone with a lot of RAM, be sure to follow along below. We’ve got the best ones listed!

OnePlus 6

The OnePlus 6 is one of the latest smartphones on the market right now, featuring a massive 6.28-inch screen. It has a resolution of 2,280 x 1,080, so you’ll get one of the best displays on the market right now. But, most importantly, you get a ton of RAM. Powering this beast of a phone is a Snapdragon 845 processor, backed by a whole 8GB of RAM. This means that you have plenty of memory to run the latest version of Android — Android 8.1 Oreo, the skin on top OnePlus uses, as well as some of the most demanding applications.

Check the phone out for yourself below.

Buy it now: Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Next, you can’t go wrong with what Samsung has to offer in the Galaxy S9+. It has a similar display to the OnePlus 6, coming in at 6.2-inches with a massive resolution of 2,960 x 1,440. It has a little less RAM than what the OnePlus 6 offers, but you still get a considerable amount. Powering this phone is Samsung’s own Exynos processor, (or the Snapdragon 845 if you live in the States), which is backed by 6GB of RAM. That’s still plenty of RAM to run Android Oreo, as well as the TouchWiz UI and plenty of apps (you could even use them as a multi-window)!

Buy it now: Amazon

Motorola Moto G6 Plus

Next, we have the Moto G6 Plus. It has a smaller display than both the OnePlus 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ at 5.9-inches. It has a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080, so you’ll still get a crisp and clear display, making it perfect for all types of media. With it, you also get options of 64GB and 128GB of internal storage. With the latter amount, the Moto G6 Plus comes with a whopping 6GB of RAM, enough to run Android Oreo and all of your favorite apps.

Buy it now: Amazon

Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei also makes an impressive phone with plenty of RAM; the P20 Pro. The phone was announced in March and launched a month later in April. You get a massive 6.1-inch display with a resolution of 2,240 x 1,080. Powering it is Huawei’s own Kirin 970 processor with a whole 6GB of RAM. And, of course, consumers will love the 40-megapixel tri-camera.

Buy it now: Amazon

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium

The last phone up on our list is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium. It has a gorgeous 5.8-inch display with a resolution of 2,160 x 3,840 pixels. It has a massive pixel density as well — a whopping 760 pixels per inch. Keeping the lights on is a Snapdragon 845 processor, the same processor in most of these phones. You also get 64GB of internal storage along with 6GB of RAM. The RAM will keep the operating system and Sony’s overlay running smoothly in addition to as many applications as you want to open in the background.

Of course, that display is pushing a ton of pixels, but you don’t have to worry about how much batter you’re draining because you get a massive 3,540mAh battery. This should keep you running all day long.

Buy it now: Amazon

Closing

As you can see, there are a lot of great phones on this list with a considerable amount of RAM. If you want the phone with the most RAM possible, the choice is obvious: go for the OnePlus 6. Not only is it a really nice smartphone, but the 8GB of RAM will keep things running super smooth and fast. As an alternative, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the Moto G6 Plus are great options as well.

Phone With Most Ram

ImgAmazon.com LinkBrandProductAmazon.com LinkPrice on Amazon.com
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S9+691
HuaweiHuawei P20 Pro639
OnePlusOnePlus 6499
SonySony Xperia XZ2 Premium489.99
MotorolaMotorola Moto G6 Plus267

5 Best Phones With Stereo Speakers In 2019

One problem that almost all smartphones have these days is with their speakers. More often than not, the speakers in your phone just aren’t very loud, play music or podcasts quietly and generally just don’t sound good. If you want to have a good listening experience, it’s almost a requirement that you have a good pair of headphones to increase the sound quality. It’s unfortunate, because a good pair of in-ear headphones can cost up to a couple extra hundred dollars on top of your already expensive smartphone.

ProductBrandNamePrice
AppleApple iPhone X, GSM Unlocked 5.8", 256 GB - SilverCheck Price on Amazon
Nokia MobileNokia 6 - Android 8.0 - 32 GB - 16MP CameraBuy on Amazon|$159(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)
GoogleGoogle Pixel 2 XL Unlocked 128gb GSM/CDMABuy on Amazon|$819.97(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)
SonySony Xperia XZ Premium G8142 64GB Luminous ChromeBuy on Amazon|$424.95(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)
HTCHTC U11 Plus (2Q4D100) 6GB / 128GBBuy on Amazon|$509.79(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)

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But, what if you did some research and found good stereo speaker equipped smartphones, removing the need for headphones? There’s a few smartphones like that out there, but not too many. Be sure to follow along below, as we’ll show you the 5 best phones with stereo speakers in 2018.

Apple iPhone X

First up, we have the Apple iPhone X. This is Apple’s “revolutionary” smartphone, featuring an almost bezel-less display and high-end face recognition technology. It’s a move away from the traditional Apple design. It does have stereo speakers, so the Apple iPhone X can make just about anything sound good — music, podcasts, audiobooks, you name it. It’s got a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a crazy resolution of 2,436 x 1,125. You’ll love that crisp clear display.

On top of that, you get a great processing package. Under the hood is Apple’s own A11 Bionic chip backed by 3GB of RAM. The RAM might seem low, but it’s super efficient and is just like having 8GB of RAM in the OnePlus 6. Check the phone out for yourself at the link below.

Buy it now: Amazon

Nokia 6

You also might want to consider the Nokia 6. It’s got a Snapdragon 430 Octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. It’s a decent processing package and will handle most things you throw at the application. You get a 5.5-inch 2D Full HD display for crisp, clear media.

It has stereo speakers, but in addition to that has a Smart Amplifier with 7.2W peak output. In addition to that, you get Dolby Atmos technology built-in. All of that together, and you’re getting one of the best sound experiences you can find in a smartphone. It’ll be able to play music, podcasts and all other types of media just beautifully. Get it for yourself at the link below.

Buy it now: Amazon

Google Pixel 2 XL

The Google Pixel 2 XL is another formidable smartphone. It’s got a large 6-inch display, so you’re getting plenty of display real estate for watching your favorite video, TV shows and movies. It’s great for multitasking, too. Powering the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor as well as a humble 4GB of RAM. The phone will fly through any task you throw at it, and you’ll also be able to get long-lasting battery life with its large 3,520mAh lithium ion battery.

It has stereo speakers built into it as well, so you’ll be able to play your favorite music on this smartphone with the crisp and clear sound you would want out of a smartphone.

Buy it now: Amazon

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

You also have the Sony Xperia XZ Premium smartphone. Sony usually launches a new smartphone every year, but they’re not usually too mainstream or popular. However, the Xperia XZ Premium is something to not look away from.

The phone has a 5.8-inch display with a resolution of 2,160 x 3,840. It’s got a Snapdragon 845 processor and has 6GB of RAM. As you can see, it’ll be able to handle any app or task you throw at it — even some of the most high-end games on Google Play.

The phone is equipped with stereo speakers as well, so you’ll get even better sound quality than, say, the Samsung Galaxy S9.

Buy it now: Amazon

HTC U11+

Last up, we have the HTC U11+. It’s got a 6-inch Super LCD display, sporting a resolution of 2,880 x 1,440. This has one of the higher resolutions on this list, so you’ll get some of the most detail and clarity out of the HTC U11+ screen. It has a Snapdragon 835 processor as well as 6GB of RAM so you can fly through apps fast and efficiently.

It’s got the stereo speakers as well, so you’ll get deep bass and over crisp sound for a overall great sound experience.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

So, which smartphone should you pick up? We recommend going with either the Apple iPhone X or the HTC U11+. Both have phenomenal specifications and are able to play crisp and clear sound — you won’t mind listening to your favorite music or podcasts on these devices. You can’t go wrong with the Xperia XZ Premium either; however, just make sure the cell bands are correct for the region you’re in.

ProductBrandNamePrice
AppleApple iPhone X, GSM Unlocked 5.8", 256 GB - SilverCheck Price on Amazon
Nokia MobileNokia 6 - Android 8.0 - 32 GB - 16MP CameraBuy on Amazon|$159(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)
GoogleGoogle Pixel 2 XL Unlocked 128gb GSM/CDMABuy on Amazon|$819.97(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)
SonySony Xperia XZ Premium G8142 64GB Luminous ChromeBuy on Amazon|$424.95(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)
HTCHTC U11 Plus (2Q4D100) 6GB / 128GBBuy on Amazon|$509.79(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)

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Best Android tablets with the highest-resolution screens for watching videos

Looking for a large, uber-productive, robust, physical keyboard-boasting and/or stylus-supporting tablet to meet your enterprise needs? The answer to your prayers is only a couple of clicks away. How about a rugged, muscular, almost unbreakable Android slate? We have you covered there, too.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Don’t want much, just ultra-fast LTE connectivity and keeping non-vital expenses to a minimum? Here’s a list of the best inexpensive 4G-capable tabs available stateside. Meanwhile, students and teachers can browse our recommendations for classroom-ready gadgets, and the all-around top budget choices are indexed here.

Talk about something for everyone. Well, not quite everyone. Not yet, as we’ll cater to very particular sets of requirements in the next few weeks. Namely, we plan on rounding up the longest-lasting jumbo-sized Androids, the best tablets for gaming, and the ones that can support your obsessive Netflix binge-watching with the most grace.

Netflix Android tablet

We’ll start with the latter, and without further ado, here are the top ten Android tablets for video content playing. I.e., the tabs with the best, highest-resolution, crispest screens. We also have options for (almost) every budget, from $199 to $649:

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 – $649 with 32 GB storage; $748 in 64 GB configuration

Yes, this gargantuan laptop replacement is really that costly. And for the most part, it’s worth every penny. Which doesn’t necessarily mean you should buy it. Unless you absolutely, without a doubt need to have the extra screen real estate compared to 10 inchers.

samsung-galaxy-note-pro-122

Porn nature documentaries will feel almost as spellbinding as if you’d watch them in your living room, on a 50-inch 4K TV. Well, not exactly, but you get the point – the large 2,560 x 1,600 pix res Super clear LCD panel is outstanding.

Oh, before we forget, there is a way to score the Note Pro and save a buck – purchase it certified refurbished, at only $369.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

We know what you’re thinking, but the Xperia Z2 name inaccurately sends all the wrong signals. This is by no means outdated, although technically, it sounds like it’s two generations behind the times. Still, it’s a tad pricey, given the less-than-stellar 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution.

Xperia Z2 Tablet

That’s over the Full HD mark, but produces a ppi inferior to the Note Pro, even if Sony’s big guy is a “measly” 10.1 inches in diagonal – 224 vs. 247.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 – $448 in white or bronze

Ah, yes, now we’re talking. Crowned by countless reputable media outlets as the Android tablet with the best display in history, the 10.5-inch Tab S is ironically not the most expensive product on our roster. It’s roughly 73 percent screen (ultra-slim bezel alert), and delivers staggering 288 pixel density.

Galaxy Tab S 10.5

In comparison, the smaller iPad Air 2 merely touts 264 pixels per inch. And the icing on the cake is the Super AMOLED tech used to manufacture that remarkable 10.5-inch glass. Kevin Spacey has never looked this handsome on a tablet before. Or, you know, Crazy Eyes, whichever way you’re leaning.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact – $418 international version

Oh, hello there, our first sub-10 inch contender. Refreshing to see you in the mix, for diversity reasons and more. Yes, this thing is tiny, compared to the GNote Pro, but the 8-inch TFT LCD screen is pixel-packed: 1,920 x 1,200, resulting in 283 ppi. Not too shabby, and if squinting isn’t too big of an inconvenience, we highly recommend the compact, bang-for-buck-tastic Z3.

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Google/HTC Nexus 9 – $350 with 16 GB native storage; $430 in 32 GB variant

Not too large, and not too small, the N9 may well hit the sweet spot with its breathtakingly sharp 2,048 x 1,536 pix res 8.9-inch IPS LCD screen. The 4:3 aspect ratio is slightly unorthodox for the Android ecosystem, but if it works for Apple, why wouldn’t it for Google and HTC also?

Nexus 9

That said, old habits die hard, and most people unconsciously prefer 16:9 or so content players. Good thing the N9 is affordable, and has a slew of other things going for it besides video friendliness – Tegra K1 punch, 2 GB RAM, 6,700 mAh battery juice, etc., etc.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 – $348 in white; $400 in bronze

Reasonably priced, at least in white, Super AMOLED, 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, 359 (!!!) ppi density. Need I say more? Well, perhaps the octa-core Exynos chip and 3 GB RAM will help seal the deal, ensuring 2K movies and clips are shown glitch and stutter-free. Did we mention size isn’t everything? The 8.4-inch Tab S is ultimate proof.

Galaxy Tab S 8.4

Nvidia Shield Tablet

LTE on the cheap is Shield’s number one forte, then you have an interface designed with gamers in mind, stylus support and, last, an above-average 1,920 x 1,200 8-inch touchscreen sandwiched between a pair of slightly too thick horizontal bezels.

Shield Tablet

PPI? A cool 283. Graphics processing unit? A powerhouse 192-core (!!!) Kepler, meant to improve video quality in gaming first and foremost, but good for YouTube and Netflix optimizations as well.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 – $299 brand new; $220 certified refurbished

Slightly larger than the Shield, the 8.4-inch Tab Pro makes a lot more sense as a multimedia playing purchase for film buffs, even if it’s not as colorful and vibrant as its Tab S sibling. No Super AMOLED love here ergo, but the impressive 2,560 x 1,600 resolution remains impressive. And the quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU can breezily play Full HD+ vids.

Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

LG G Pad 8.3 – $280 Wi-Fi-only; $130 and up with Verizon LTE

In desperate need of a high-end, high-res refresh, the G Pad family relies on the aging 2013 8.3-inch model for a spot under the video-friendly sun. But really, the only way the 1,920 x 1,200 slate can be deemed a sensible buy is, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, when acquired on-contract at Verizon.

LG G Pad 8.3

No, the IPS LCD panel ain’t half bad, despite its advanced age, but the quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor can hardly keep up with content streaming advancements. Bottom line, go cheap or look away.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 – $199 (discounted from $239)

How in the world can a 7-inch tablet ever be a top-shelf entertainment-centric option? Simple, you take 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, generate 323 ppi, add 100 percent sRGB color accuracy on top, and wrap everything with a nice Amazon Prime Instant Video bow.

Kindle Fire HDX 7

Sure, nothing makes up for the cramped viewing surface, but as long as you’re young, and your eyesight as dependable as an eagle’s, you shouldn’t let anything stop you from procuring the best all-around sub-$200 Android-based slate.

Our work here is done, and so it’s time to pass the mic over to you, our dear, demanding readers. Did we forget your video-watching favorite? If not, which of the nominated ten is the best of the best?

Best small Android smartphones available today

Update: Here’s our new list of best small phones in 2018

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S5 Mini G800F 16GB Unlocked Cellphone - International Version (Black)Buy on Amazon|$450.49(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)

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Bigger doesn’t necessarily equal better. It’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it. We mean the phone, you perverted oddballs! You may find it hard to score a half-decent small Android handheld these days, but despite the undeniable mainstream rise of phablets, there’s still demand for devices you can easily slide in and out of your standard-issue trouser pocket.

A compact form factor, proper one-hand maneuverability and sensible design will always go a long way with certain mobile consumers, especially if they’re linked to affordability, a high-res screen, and generally respectable hardware specifications.

Before setting out on a quest to find the best small Android phone in the world prior to the 2015 holiday season, let’s land on a display diagonal range. Can we all agree 4.7 to 5.2-inch handhelds are “normal” nowadays, 5.5 inchers start feeling a bit uncomfortable, and anything beyond 6 inches is excessive, unless your job is to make a dozen slam dunks a few times a week in NBA games?

phone size evolution

Good, then we can probably also agree 4 to 4.5 inchers are “small” by today’s high-end standards, yet remain crowd pleasers for those who like to effortlessly manage mobile business with one normally-sized hand. That said, here are the top ten contenders to the title of best small smartphone, ordered as usual from cheapest to costliest:

LG Leon – $78 for MetroPCS; $83 for T-Mobile

LG-Leon

It’s perhaps not fair to compare unlocked and carrier-restricted prices, but at the end of the day, CDMA networks like Verizon or Sprint rarely support gadgets not specifically made for them, so the only important thing that’s lacking at the Leon is AT&T compatibility.

Outside of the connectivity spectrum, the elegant, slim-bezeled 4.5 incher also disappoints with 854 x 480 screen resolution, though the quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon 410 CPU isn’t half bad… for a lot less than 100 bucks. Oh, and you get Lollipop goodies pre-installed as well.

Motorola Moto E (second-gen) – $90

Moto E 2015

Possibly the most appealing sub-$100 proposition, the E2 can be had in US and global GSM configurations, including with 4G LTE speeds, and the 4.5-inch panel is slightly sharper than that of the LG Leon, at 960 x 540 pixels.

Too bad the 2015 Moto E is only around 64 percent screen, massive bezels occupying the rest of the space, and making it a tad cumbersome, with 129.9 x 66.8 mm height/width measurements. On the plus side, the ultra-low-cost Android soldier already runs 5.1 Lollipop, and should be further upgraded to 6.0 Marshmallow sometime next year.

Motorola Moto G (1st generation) – starting at $92

Moto G

It’s old, not very attractive from a design standpoint, lacks microSD storage expansion possibilities, provides a measly 8 GB ROM in an entry-level variation, and tips the scales at a fairly chunky 143 grams while sizing up at 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm.

But it’s super-affordable, offers close to stock Android 5.1 user experience, and above all, it sports a beautiful 4.5-inch 720p IPS LCD screen.

Huawei Ascend P7 Mini – $144

huawei_ascend_p7_mini

Don’t hold your breath for a Marshmallow makeover in the near future, as even Lollipop is yet to land on the China-imported qHD 4.5 incher. Be happy the P7 Mini is phenomenally skinny (7.8 mm and 115 grams), and pretty gifted in the selfie-taking department, thanks to a 5 MP front-facing camera.

Also, the 2,000 mAh battery is decently spacious, all things considered, and the quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip takes good care of your basic web browsing, multimedia and even gaming needs.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini – $192

Galaxy S4 mini

The tiny Super AMOLED 4.3 incher has turned two a few months back, which amounts to 50 or 60 in human years, yet a timeless design, hefty 1.5 GB RAM, satisfactory 8 MP LED flash main cam, and appropriate 1,900 mAh cell keep it in the spotlight for fans of pocket-sized gizmos.

The screen borders aren’t exactly unnoticeable, but the diminutive sibling of Samsung’s 2013 flagship measures just 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm, and weighs 107 grams.

Samsung Galaxy A3 – $201

Galaxy-A3

Unusually inexpensive for an all-metal device, especially one manufactured by a profit-hungry company, the A3 falls short of impressive aesthetics, with a mediocre 65 percent screen-to-body ratio, and also settles for a so-so 960 x 540 Super AMOLED 4.5-inch display.

Then again, 1.5 gigs of memory, 16 GB on-board hoarding room, Snapdragon 410 muscle, 8 and 5 MP photographic equipment, and Android 5.0 software all feel like the absolute cream of the $200 crop.

HTC One Mini 2 – $239

HTC-One-mini-2

Why on earth didn’t HTC renew this aging thing to try to squeeze M9’s magic in a smaller package? Granted, the latest hero and the One M8 the Mini 2 is based on are extremely similar, but a One Mini 3 could have brought SD410 power, 1.5 or even 2 GB RAM, and a refined exterior to the table.

Nonetheless, the 4.5 incher on tap offers a lot for a reasonable price tag, starting with 13 and 5 MP cameras, and of course, a premium aluminum unibody build.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – $250

Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony made the sequel, confusingly named Z3 Compact, a bit too large to be considered here, and the Z5 Compact will also go on sale soon with a 4.6-inch display in tow. It’s all for the best however, as it allows us to remember this oldie but goldie 4.3-inch HD slab, capable of great things to this day.

Silky smooth multitasking? The 2 GB RAM have you covered. Overall system speed? There’s a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor inside. Shutterbug satisfaction? And then some, as the 20.7 MP shooter is simply amazing. And let’s not forget 2,300 mAh battery juice, 16 GB local storage, microSD support, as well as water and dust protection.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini – $267

Samsung_Galaxy_S5_mini

It seems Sammy inexplicably took a page from HTC’s undependable playbook, and decided to skip or greatly delay the Galaxy S6 Mini. Is last year’s Liliputian flagship still worth around 270 clams in this context?

Yes and no, given we very much dig the 4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 AMOLED panel, 1.5 GB RAM, quad-core Exynos SoC, 8 MP LED flash rear cam, microSD card slot, fingerprint sensor, and IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, but we’re not fans of the cheap plasticky construction or Android 4.4 KitKat flavor.

Kyocera DuraForce – $0 down with AT&T financing; $419 outright

Kyocera DuraForce

This expensive (off-contract), muscular 4.5 incher has a crystal clear target audience – people that constantly drop and damage their phones. By no means a featherweight, at a whopping 200 grams, the DuraForce withstands shocks of different nature, and produces HD images, driven by a Snapdragon 400 chip, and backed for stellar endurance by a colossal 3,100 mAh battery.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S5 Mini G800F 16GB Unlocked Cellphone - International Version (Black)Buy on Amazon|$450.49(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)

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5 Best IP68 Waterproof Phones In 2019

Do you need your phone to have good waterproofing capabilities? Then you’re going to want to search for a smartphone that has the IP68 waterproof rating. This is a military spec that devices have to meet to be considered submersible, or resistant against other things, such as dust, shock, drops, etc. IP68 certification is excellent for smartphones because it protects you against everyday accidents, such as dropping your phone in a pool, spilling water on it, or getting it covered in dust in a more dangerous work environment.

Best Waterproof Phone

ImgAmazon.com LinkBrandProductAmazon.com LinkPrice on Amazon.com
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S9 Unlocked Smartphone559.95
HTCHTC U11 Plus509.79
SonySony Xperia XZ2 Premium489.99
LGLG V30329.99
G7LG G7 Plus ThinQCheck Price

Unfortunately, it can be difficult in trying to figure out what phones have the IP68 rating and what phones don’t. That said, we’ve got all the best phones with IP68 listed below. Be sure to follow along with us!

Samsung Galaxy S9

One of the latest flagship smartphones to IP68 Waterproof rating is actually Samsung’s own Galaxy S9 smartphone. This hit the market just a couple of months ago, featuring a 5.8-inch display with a massive 2,960 x 1,440 resolution. And with a pxiel density of 570ppi, you’ll get the crisp clear clarity you would expect out of a smartphone. It’s got a Snapdragon 845 processor as well, so this phone will be able to breeze through tasks.

You’ll enjoy every bit of the Galaxy S9, as its display is a dual-curved display, giving you a sweet perspective on the media you watch. A large 3,000mAh battery will keep the phone running all day long.

Buy it now: Amazon

LG G7 ThinQ

LG is launching an IP68-rated smartphone in just a couple of weeks — the LG G7 ThinQ. It’s got a 6.1-inch display with a resolution 3,120 x 1,440. A 564ppi pixel density means you’re going to see crisp clear quality in every page you open — websites, movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, you name it. The IP68 rating will keep the phone protected against submersion, spills and any other accidental liquids you come in contact with.

It’s got a Snapdragon 845 processor, so you can expect the phone to do well with any app you put it up against. In addition, a 3,000mAh battery will keep the lights powered on all day long.

Buy it now: Amazon

HTC U11+

You also might want to consider what HTC is offering in the U11+. It, of course, has IP68 Waterproof rating, so you definitely don’t have to worry about ruining your phone if it were to come in contact with liquids. It’s got a 6-inch display with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,440. That said, you’ll get a viewing experience like no other. It runs Android Oreo and has a Snapdragon 835 processor that does phenomenally well in every aspect; it’s even great at battery efficiency!

Buy it now: Amazon

LG V30

You’ll also want to consider the LG V30. This is what LG considers to be its professional video phone. It has a ton of built-in manual video and photo controls, so you can capture that perfect shot or record perfect video with your own custom settings. And since it has IP68 rating, you’ll be able to continue recording even under a couple of meters of water!

It has got a 6-inch display with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,440. So, like the other phones in this list, you’ll get a good media experience. It’s military-grade as well, so this phone is able to put up with a lot — water, dust, shock, drops, you name it! It has a massive 3,330mAh battery as well, so you’ll be able to get quite a few hours of video recording out of this phone pretty easily.

Buy it now: Amazon

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium

Last up, we have the Xperia XZ2 Premium smartphone. It’s IP68-rated, so you don’t have to worry about losing this phone to water spills or other liquids. It’s got one of the most beautiful displays on this list — a 5.8-inch 2,160 x 3,840 IPS LCD panel. It’s got some built-in technology, such as X-Reality Engine and Triluminos Display to make details even clearer. Text is sharp and media looks great.

Of course, you need one hell of a battery to push all of those pixels, which is why you have a large 3,540 Quick Charge-capable battery. A Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB of RAM will keep your apps running super smooth, too.

Buy it now: Amazon

Closing

So, which smartphone should you pick up? We recommend going with the Galaxy S9 — you can’t get much better than what Samsung offers with its ecosystem. BUt, if you’re not a Samsung fan, you can’t go wrong with what Sony offers in the Xperia XZ2 or what LG is offering in the G7 ThinQ. The HTC U11+ certainly isn’t a bad choice either!

Best Waterproof Phone

ImgAmazon.com LinkBrandProductAmazon.com LinkPrice on Amazon.com
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S9 Unlocked Smartphone559.95
HTCHTC U11 Plus509.79
SonySony Xperia XZ2 Premium489.99
LGLG V30329.99
G7LG G7 Plus ThinQCheck Price

Top 10 Android selfie phones with front-facing LED flash cameras

It’s only been a little over a year since the first time we surrendered to the selfie trend, rounding up the Android handhelds with the best secondary cameras in tow back then, and already, we bring you a top ten list revised twice.  That’s right, the June roster is also obsolete, as we approach narcissistic smartphone enthusiasts slightly differently, and decide to neglect a front-facing snapper’s megapixel count in favor of a much more relevant tidbit.

Update (July 2017): Samsung Galaxy S8 was announced on March 29, 2017.  Galaxy S8 can now considered as the next best selfie phone.  It now comes with autofocus and wide angle shots for their front camera, although it appears that it still lacks the front facing LED flash light.

Best Overall Phone 2017 - Galaxy S8

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Best Selfie Phone (March 2017) – Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

Our second favorite for best selfie phone behind the Galaxy S8 is the Galaxy J7, which comes with front facing LED flash light.  Think about it, the undisputed top Android phone currently is the Samsung Galaxy S8, so let’s compare a few specs that’s important for a selfie phone.

  • S8 does not have a front facing led flash light, while the J7 does.
  • J7 actually has a slightly better 13 megapixel camera compared to the 12 megapixel for the S8
  • Slightly bigger battery for the J7, therefore longer battery life
  • J7 has a sufficient 2GB ram and expandable up to 128 GB of storage with MicroSD card
  • biggest selling point is the price.  The S8 runs in the $700 range while the J7 only runs in the $200 for the unlocked versions.
  • What else do you need in a selfie phone with front facing led flash light?

Best Selfie Phone 2017 - Galaxy J7

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Think about it, when do you typically capture the vast majority of your self-portraits? Definitely not in the morning, given your face often feels like a work in progress after waking up. At your place of business or school? Sure, sometimes, if you’re really bored… or a teacher isn’t looking.
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But nine out of ten selfies, according to our unfounded suspicions, are produced at night, while out in town, at a party, or in the club. Needless to highlight the surrounding conditions don’t always seem ideal and flattering, which is why a front-firing LED flash is a must-have.

Selfie girls

What does that do exactly? Simple – it illuminates a dark scene by providing a “flash” of artificial light, and makes you glow even in a pitch dark room or outdoor space. Here are therefore ten of the very best Androids available today with this super-convenient feature onboard:

Best Selfie Phones

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HuaweiHonor 7 Octa Core Dual Sim474
SamsungGalaxy J7 Dual Sim301.36
HTCDesire EYE 4G LTE GSM279.01
SonySony Xperia XA Ultra271.5
SamsungGalaxy J5 SM-J500 GSM189.99

Sony Xperia XA Ultra – $329.99

Released in July of 2016, the Sony Xperia XA Ultra is the latest and greatest of all selfie phones with front facing LED flash light.  The 16 megapixel front facing camera is the same camera as the primary camera on the Samsung Galaxy S6!  You know this is a phone made for selfies when Sony decided to feature the optical image stabilization function on the FRONT facing camera, that is almost unheard of.  Of course, how can you have a selfie camera without the LED flash light that comes with this phone.  Additionally, it has an above average 3GB of RAM to power your multitasking habits.  The 2700mAh battery should be more than enough to last you through the day.

Huawei Honor 7 – $483

Bet you weren’t expecting our priciest proposition to come from Huawei of all device manufacturers. Unfortunately, the Amazon tariff isn’t quite in line with Honor 7’s specs on the whole, though the two cameras look positively dreamy, with 20 megapixels and a dual-LED, dual-tone rear flash, as well as an 8 MP sensor and single LED flash around the front.

Huawei-Honor-7

Yes, we’d certainly love it if the Honor 7 were priced closer to 400 bucks, since it only accommodates 16 gigs of data internally, and sports a Full HD 5.2-inch display.

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition – $399.99

Now that’s what we like to call irresistible bang for buck! The stock Android-running 5.7-inch giant is the perfect sub-$400 phone, what with its Quad HD panel, stereo sound, hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chip, 3 GB RAM, microSD support, Lollipop software goodies, and 3,000 mAh battery with TurboPower charging.

Moto X Pure Edition

And how can we forget about the wholesome 21 MP dual-LED flash main photographic unit, or the respectable secondary 5 MP LED shooter?

HTC Desire Eye – $380

One of the few devices that manages to retain its place in the spotlight nearly one year after its debut and fend off the invasion of newcomers, this overall mid-range 5.2 incher was always a selfie flagship.

HTC Desire Eye

There’s absolutely no performance gap between the rear and front cams, with a total of four (!!!) LED endowments, speedy autofocus either way, and double HDR. And yet the Desire Eye has shaven a cool $35 off its June valuation. Not too shabby!

Sony Xperia C4 – $379

It’s kinda costly for what it brings to the table, and it has stubbornly stayed perfectly still at $379 for many months now. It runs a relatively old Android version too, 5.0 Lollipop, and the octa-core MT6752 SoC is hardly a Snapdragon 810 alternative.

Xperia C4

Nonetheless, it’s thin and large, stylish and robust, and above all, equipped with a 5 MP Exmor RS and LED flash-toting selfie cam.

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra – $375

Oh, the irony! As the name suggests, the slightly cheaper C5 Ultra is a jumbo-sized, evolved variant of the C4, bumped up to 6 inches, and a phenomenal pair of identical 13 megapixel cams, featuring everything from Exmor RS sensors to autofocus, wide-angle lenses, superior auto modes, HDR technique, and SteadyShot video optimizations.

Xperia C5 Ultra

As Sony inspiredly puts it, “the main camera is on the front… and the back”, and the former not only lights up your mug, but does so “naturally”, automatically adjusting to the “ideal settings for your lighting conditions.” Translation – “the light’s always perfect.”

Asus ZenFone Selfie – $295

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Okay, so the name is tacky, the pink paint job a tad childish, and both the power button and volume rocker positioned awkwardly. But the ZenFone Selfie offers a lot for not that much money, including a 5.5-inch 1,080p screen, octa-core Snapdragon 615 CPU, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, Android 5.0 Lollipop, and a duo of PixelMaster cameras with 13 MP and dual-LED flash in tow each.

That’s two flash installations on the back, and two on the face, just to be clear.

Samsung Galaxy J7 – $265

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It’s odd, but in a Galaxy consisting of tens and tens of stars, the first two specifically targeted at selfie addicts only started shining a couple of months ago. And to be frank, they’re not shining very brightly. The 5 MP LED flash front cam is almost mundane compared to some of its opponents on this inventory, hiding no software tricks up its sleeve, wide angles, or proprietary enhancements of any sort.

It simply beams radiation in need, helping you snap better selfies than the average non-selfie-centric phone. It’s also decidedly meh as far as other specs go, with a 5.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED panel on deck, as well as 1.5 GB RAM, and a 3,000 mAh cell.

Sony Xperia C3 – $235

Xperia C3

The mid-2014-unveiled 5.5 incher is getting rather long in the tooth, albeit it’s inexpensive enough to stay in the public’s eye throughout the looming holiday season. It’s considerably cheaper than its C-series follow-ups, the design is clean and straightforward, Android 5.1 is close-by, and the 5 MP secondary cam furnished with a soft LED flash, smile detection, Superior Auto functions, and 25 mm wide-angle lens at 80 degrees.

Samsung Galaxy J5 – $219

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The J7’s smaller brother unsurprisingly feels even less remarkable, looks crappy on the outside, and lets you store a measly 8 GB data before you realize you absolutely have to get an external microSD card. On the bright side, the quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor under the hood is 64-bit-enabled, the pre-installed Android 5.1 OS likewise, and the 13 MP autofocus/LED flash rear shooter decent for the sub-$220 price.

The selfie camera? Well, you know, it’s one of those less-than-stellar 5 MP units with the same old LED flash as everyone else.

BLU Selfie – $177

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Our affordability champion doesn’t have a lot of cards to play in the high-stakes US mobile poker game, but the ace it’s not afraid to show off whenever it gets the chance should keep it in the tournament long enough to secure a reasonable paycheck.

We mean, of course, the astounding 13 MP LED flash front camera, even if the rear 13 MP dual-LED flash apparatus is itself pretty great. Oh, and you get octa-core power and 2 gigs of memory at the price of a refurb fourth-gen iPod Touch. Yes, we did go there.

5 Best Phones Running Snapdragon 845 Chip In 2019

Do you want your smartphone to have the best hardware? Then you should consider picking up a smartphone with the Snapdragon 845 chip. This is one of the top processors for the year 2018, and it’s being packed in all of the new flagships, including the already released OnePlus 6, Galaxy S9 and upcoming Galaxy Note 9. Paired with a few gigabytes of RAM, your phone will be flying through tasks like you wouldn’t believe.

Best Phone Running Snapdragon 845

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SamsungGalaxy S9595
OnePlusOnePlus 6499
SonySony Xperia XZ2 Premium489.99

Granted, smartphones with the Snapdragon 845 can get pricey, so you’re going to have to have some cash to throw down, but thankfully device payment plans like AT&T Next make things a little more possible.

If you want to pick up one of the best phones this year with the Snapdragon 845, check out what they have to offer below!

OnePlus 6

First up on our list is the OnePlus 6. This device just recently launched, sporting a massive 6.28-inch display. With a resolution of 2,280 x 1,080, you’re going to get the crisp and clear clarity you would expect out of a phone — movies and TV shows will look great, and so will video through your Camera app or YouTube. It has 8GB of RAM in addition to the Snapdragon 845 processor, so this phone will fly through tasks.

You’ll get a dual 16-megapixel camera for beautiful photos, and a 3,300mAh fast charging battery will keep the lights powered on. Check it out below!

Buy it now: Amazon

Galaxy S9

You’ll also want to consider the Galaxy S9. This is a slight upgrade from last year’s Galaxy S8, but it does have the Snapdragon 845 processor, so you’ll be able to play all of the high-end Android apps without skipping a beat. It’s got 4GB of RAM as well, so you’ll be able to multitask well, too.

It has a 5.8-inch display with a resolution of 2,960 x 1,440. Just like the OnePlus 6, you’ll get crisp and clear clarity for watching all of your favorite TV shows, movies and YouTube videos. It has up 256GB of storage, so there’s plenty of room for photos. It also has a 3,000mAh battery, so you can keep the phone going without needing to charge it for a good while.

Buy it now: Amazon

Galaxy Note 9

One phone you should look out for this Fall is the Galaxy Note 9. Samsung usually launches a new phone in its Note series every year, and the Note 9 will be the next iteration. Rumors say we’ll get a Snapdragon 845 processor (the Note series usually sports the same CPU as the S series), 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. It should have a massive 6.4-inch display, sporting a crisp resolution of 2,960 x 1,440. A microSD slot should allow storage expansion up to 400GB.

Powering the Galaxy Note 9 should be a close to 4,000mAh battery. With the large screen and high-end processor, the phone is going to take a lot of juice, so such a large battery would make sense.

Keep an eye out for this phone later this year!

HTC U12+

Another phone to keep an eye out for is the HTC U12+. HTC just announced the smartphone this month, with a planned release to happen at some point in June. It’ll sport a Snapdragon 845 processor, with 6GB of RAM. A microSD slot will be open to expand the 256GB of storage to an additional 400GB (so you’ll have 656GB total).

It will have a 6-inch screen with a clear resolution of 2,880 x 1,440. Any media will look phenomenal on this phone. It will run Android Oreo out of the box, with a planned upgrade to Android P shortly afterwards. A 3,500mAh battery will keep the lights on.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium

Last up on our list is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium. The phone has a 5.8-inch screen and a gorgeous resolution of 2,160 x 3,840. Any media you play on this phone will look simply phenomenal on it. It, of course, has the Snapdragon 845 processor as well as 6GB of RAM for flawless multitasking capabilities. Keeping the phone powered is a large 3,540mAh battery, and, of course, it’s not removable so you’ll have to throw it on the wire to charge it up.

Check it out at the link below!

Buy it now: Amazon

Closing

So, which smartphone should you get? If you’re in a hurry, your choices are either the OnePlus 6, Galaxy S9 or Xperia XZ2. If we had to pick right now, we’d go with the OnePlus 6, just because of the sheer amount of RAM it has. A whole 8GB will keep your phone moving! But, if you’d rather stay in the Samsung ecosystem, the Galaxy S9 is a great choice as well.

Best Phone Running Snapdragon 845

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SamsungGalaxy S9595
OnePlusOnePlus 6499
SonySony Xperia XZ2 Premium489.99

Best 4G LTE-capable Android tablets available today stateside

If you’ve been following our website lately, chances are you’ve already purchased a tab… or ten. You’re only human after all, and probably couldn’t resist the temptation of a stellar bargain, the best 7 inch+ gamers around, the 2015 endurance champions or ultra-high-res media streamers.

4G LTE

But there’s one market segment we haven’t tackled in a while. And even back when we did, in October 2014, the budget was restricted, so technically, you never got a list of the top 4G LTE-enabled Android pads. Just the finest low-cost soldiers.

Now, it goes without saying not everyone can afford to cough up $600 or $700 for a high-speed, always connected laptop replacement. Nor does everybody want to pay that much with the large-screen Google “ecosystem” deeply flawed and app support lowly at best.

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So, instead of narrowing our search to a predefined price range, we’ve decided to bring together the low-enders and high-enders, the budget contenders and no-nonsense flagships. Here they all are, with advanced connectivity options their sole feature in common:

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 – starting at $650 for Verizon

Going after Microsoft Surface Pros and Apple iPad Airs with comparable price tags never felt like Sammy’s smartest strategic move. And indeed, the Note Pro is a decidedly nichey product, which could never appeal to the masses.

Galaxy Note Pro

But boy, is it colossal, literally and figuratively, with a 2,560 x 1,600 pix res 12.2-inch screen in tow, S Pen functionality, Snapdragon 800 muscle, 3 GB RAM and 9,500 mAh battery juice. Just think of how sharp the high-def YouTube vids will play on the move.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet – $500 and $650 respectively on and off-contract at Verizon

The name may send an old-fashioned vibe, yet the 10.1-inch Z2 is very much “contemporary”, what with its 1,920 x 1,200 display, S801 chip, Android 5.0 Lollipop software, 3 GB RAM and 8.1 MP rear camera.

Xperia Z2 Tablet

Plus, for a large 10 incher, it’s extremely easy to transport, thanks to a 6.4 mm waist and 439-gram “heft”, not to mention it’s dust and water-resistant, ergo ready for whatever nature throws at it.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 – $500 and up with Verizon

Oh, come on, another Verizon exclusive? Technically, no, but Big Red does cut you the best Tab S deal at the moment, and Amazon always endorses steals. Well, steal might be a bit of a stretch, at five full Benjamins.

Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Let’s call the bang for buck factor… adequate. Enticing. Almost unrefusable if you’re in the market for a super-slim 10 incher with fingerprint recognition, LTE speeds, Snapdragon 800 SoC, 3 GB RAM, 7,900 mAh cell capacity… and only 16 GB internal storage.

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 – $529 and up for AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon

Fire HDX 8.9

Finally, something you can activate on your network of choice. As long as it’s not Sprint. Too bad the HDX is a little steep for what it offers – forked Android (an archaic iteration, no less), 2 gigs of RAM, bland design, somewhat awkward albeit ultra-sharp screen, and “sponsored screensavers” to begin with.

Luckily, $15 rids you of pesky ads, and $50 bumps up the storage from 32 to 64 GB. Remember, there’s no microSD card slot.

Google/HTC Nexus 9 – $469 unlocked with 32 GB storage

Nexus 9

Ah, a purist’s wet dream, now at an all-time low tariff. What can be sweeter than that? Perhaps a smidge of extra battery serum or CDMA carrier compatibility, but beggars tablet buyers on a tight budget can’t be choosers.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 – starting at $380 for AT&T; $350 GSM unlocked

How is this any different from the Tab S, you wonder? Well, actually, their specs couldn’t be further apart. The Tab 4 is almost ridiculously low-end, and ultimately, it’s not worth the $350 and up Amazon charges for it. With or without operator agreements.

Galaxy Tab 4 10.1

Yes, it’s compact, fairly handsome (in a non-standout way), and equipped with 1.5 GB RAM, which isn’t that bad. But the 1,280 x 800 panel is pretty crappy, and the same goes for the quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 6,800 mAh ticker and especially 3.15/1.3 MP cams.

LG G Pad 10.1 – $150 with Verizon pacts; $380 sans obligations

LG G Pad 10.1

All in all not much better than the 10.1-inch Tab 4, the G Pad 10.1 is at least cheaper on-contract. And it’s upgradeable to Lollipop, slightly prettier, courtesy of narrower bezels, plus longer-lasting, with an 8,000 mAh pacemaker. And in case you’re one of those weirdos that takes photos with a big-ass slate, there’s a respectable 5 MP autofocus shooter around the back.

LG G Pad 8.3 – $130 on-contract at Verizon; $350 outright

LG G Pad 8.3

Sometimes, it pays to wait. And oftentimes, smaller and cheaper doesn’t equal weaker and lower-end. Case in point, the almost two year-old 8.3 incher under the microscope here, which features 1,920 x 1,200 screen resolution, Snapdragon 600 power and 2 GB memory in addition to LTE capabilities. At $130, that’s a positively dreamy inventory of hardware components.

Oh, and as far as software goes, Android 5.0 is reportedly nigh.

Verizon Ellipsis 8 – $49.99 on-contract, $299.99 off

We’ll give it to you straight, as usual. If you can do better, ignore the Ellipsis. Don’t buy it outright either, it’s a waste of money. The only wise ploy would be to score it at 50 clams, even if that means pledging a two-year allegiance to the Big Red flag.

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Not quite a disaster, the inexpensive 8 incher is probably stuck on KitKat for good, and it provides a lousy gig of RAM. Translation – it’s slow as hell, and opening more than a couple of browser tabs while on 4G may freeze the system instantaneously.

LG G Pad 7.0 – $150 GSM unlocked; $100 with AT&T contracts

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It’s petite, it’s good-looking (all things considered), soon-to-run-Lollipop, quad-core, can work as a universal remote for TVs, sound systems, DVD or Blu-ray players, and “optimized” to last up to 10 hours between charges.

Of course, it’s not high-res (1,280 x 800 pixels), a multitasking beast (1 GB RAM), or photography champ (3.15 and 1.3 megapixels). But it’ll do if $100 is all you have lying around.

Best dual SIM Android smartphones available today

Very rarely mentioned in the same breath as zippy 64-bit processors, Quad HD screens, OIS cameras or massive batteries with fast charging capabilities when it comes to top selling points of today’s best and brightest Android smartphones, dual SIM support remains an extremely convenient feature to have for several classes of mobile users.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920FD Factory Unlocked CellphoneCheck Price on Amazon
SonySony Xperia Z3 Plus E6533 32GB WhiteBuy on Amazon|$199.6(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)
HTCHTC One E9 Plus 32GB Gold Sepia, Dual SimBuy on Amazon|$233.99(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)
HTCHTC Desire 820U 5.5 inch Android 4.4 64bit Octa CoreBuy on Amazon|$219(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)
Sony(Black) - International Stock No WarrantyBuy on Amazon|$280(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)
MotorolaMotorola XT1068 Moto GBuy on Amazon|$449(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)

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Dual SIM smartphone

Businessmen often want to keep their professional and personal lives separate, budget consumers in emerging markets need multiple SIM cards to avoid spending a fortune on calling different people on different operators, while travelers may find it easy to use a number domestically and another one abroad.

Clearly, getting a dual SIM smartphone is wiser and cheaper than buying two distinct devices, each with its own subscriber identity module, and the best news of all is you can find such models of popular gadgets in essentially every possible price bracket. What is the best dual SIM smartphone, you ask? It really depends on how much you’re willing to cough up and what other requirements you have.

Here’s a comprehensive top ten list, including both dual active and dual standby products, ordered from costliest to most affordable:

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Duos – $719

Galaxy Note 5

The best phone with dual SIM on the market for power users, the GNote 5 unfortunately doesn’t grant microSD storage expansion, and obviously rejects CDMA networks such as Sprint or Verizon. LTE connectivity on many GSM carriers stateside, AT&T and T-Mobile included, may also be a tad patchy, on account of this N9200 model being imported from China.

We’re afraid that’s the case for the vast majority of dual SIM devices available on American shores, as Asia and Europe always seem to get the most dedicated love on this front. Still, the Note 5 is a beast, one or two SIMs in tow, with S Pen support, a 5.7-inch Quad HD screen, 4 GB RAM, 16MP cam, and 3,000 mAh battery among its technical highlights.

Samsung Galaxy S6 – $552

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It’s smaller, less expensive, loses a gig of memory, as well as the bundled stylus accessory, but it’s just as stylish, silky smooth in the software department, and loaded with LTE speeds on a wide range of US-friendly bands. It’s headed for the Marshmallow bandwagon for sure too, and, oh, did we mention it’s pretty cheap for what it has to offer?

Sony Xperia Z3 Plus – $499

Xperia Z3 Plus

The Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium must wait, which gives the “OG” hero one final chance to shine. At 500 bucks, the quality-pricing ratio isn’t too bad, with octa-core Snapdragon 810 muscle on deck, 20.7 MP photography greatness, water resistance, and active dual SIM capabilities, where you can talk on one number and still receive calls from the other, instead of the caller being automatically sent to voicemail.

LG G4 – $474

LG G4

There are plenty of good-looking phones up for grabs nowadays, but only the G4 wraps up premium hardware like a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chip and 3 GB RAM in a leather-clad package. The microSD slot and hefty 3,000 mAh user-removable battery also stand out as unique fortes, and to make sure cell endurance is all it can be, LG made its latest flagship dual SIM standby, with a smart forward function on hand.

That way, you can make the most of the juicer, and at the same time, easily direct calls from your backup SIM to the primary card. Perfect convenience score!

HTC One E9 Plus – $375

HTC One E9 Plus

Technically unreleased in the US, the 2K 5.5 incher lands on Amazon straight from Asia, and will thus have great difficulty accessing 4G LTE networks on T-Mobile or AT&T. Even capped off at 3G though, this is one of the best dual SIM Android smartphones out and about, offering octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 power, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, microSD support, a 20 MP rear shooter, and 2,800 mAh ticker in addition to the large, high-res display.

HTC Desire 820 – $269

HTC Desire 820

Brought back in the limelight by a long overdue Lollipop update, the mid-range 720p 5.5 incher features dual standby SIM, but it’s nonetheless way more user-friendly than similar past gizmos. You’ll get a notification every time someone looks for you on the secondary SIM, and you can seamlessly switch between active cards.

Also, Lollipop… in Taiwan and India for now. And Snapdragon 615 heat. And 8 MP selfie muscle.

Huawei P8 lite – $237

huawei-p8-lite

This ultra-slim bad boy is sold with a US warranty, 4G LTE support on “all” GSM networks in the United States, plus Lollipop goodies pre-installed, a 13 MP dual-LED flash main camera, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, and microSD storage expansion possibilities. Not too shabby!

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua – $237

Xperia M4 Aqua

The only reason we’d recommend this thing over all the other dual SIM contenders, save for the Z3+, is its excellent IP68 certification for water protection up to 1.5 meter and 30 minutes. Just don’t be tempted to snap 13 megapixel pics deep in the ocean or at the neighborhood swimming pool, because chances are Sony’s warranty will not have you covered.

Motorola Moto G second-generation – $164

Moto G second-gen

Bet you had no idea last year’s featherweight low-cost champion of the world could be had in an optional dual SIM variant. Or that Motorola’s proprietary software optimizations for this particular model include something called “Automatic SIM selection”, where the system identifies the card you use the most, and tries to make your selection life easier.

A 2014 blockbuster, the G2 isn’t as hot in late 2015, with its 1 GB RAM and 8 GB on-board storage in particular feeling archaic.

BLU Studio C – $99

BLU Studio C

Now that’s how a super-affordable phone should look in this day and age. The 5-inch Studio C is colorful, respectably powerful, touts a phenomenal camera… for $99, massive 3,000 mAh battery, Android 5.0, beautiful HD screen, and last but not least, dual SIM with nationwide GSM HSPA+ compatibility. That’s not full 4G LTE, but it’s remarkable nevertheless at a measly Benjamin.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920FD Factory Unlocked CellphoneCheck Price on Amazon
SonySony Xperia Z3 Plus E6533 32GB WhiteBuy on Amazon|$199.6(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)
HTCHTC One E9 Plus 32GB Gold Sepia, Dual SimBuy on Amazon|$233.99(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)
HTCHTC Desire 820U 5.5 inch Android 4.4 64bit Octa CoreBuy on Amazon|$219(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)
Sony(Black) - International Stock No WarrantyBuy on Amazon|$280(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)
MotorolaMotorola XT1068 Moto GBuy on Amazon|$449(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)

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Top 10 super-slim smartphones you can actually buy today – April 2015

Update:  Check out our updated article on the latest Android phones available that are considered the best slim phone 2017

The world’s thinnest smartphone title has become a thorny affair in recent years, as new contenders basically pop up out of nowhere once every few weeks. Most of the times, no-name Chinese manufacturers are behind these designs that defy gravity common sense, and the goal is to score free publicity for future products with better build quality.

BLU-Vivo-Air

Essentially, while there’s nothing inherently wrong with scouring the market for sub-7 or even sub-6 mm “supermodels”, there is such a thing as too slim. Too slim to handle daily use and abuse, too slim to offer decent hardware performance and, especially, too slim to last more than a few hours between battery charges.

At the same time, it’s important to distinguish the obvious vaporware from handhelds destined for a long, happy life on the catwalk. Here are ten ultra-slender gadgets available via the world’s largest e-commerce outlet that aren’t going anywhere in the coming months and aren’t too svelte for their own good:

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Alpha G850a 32GB Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Smartphone (Gold)Buy on Amazon|$94.94(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)

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BLU Vivo Air – $190 in black; $200 in white gold

BLU Vivo Air

At 5.1 mm, aka approximately a fifth of an inch, the 4.8 incher promises up to 24 hours of continuous juice in talk time. Via 2G networks, that is, with 3G speeds draining the 2,100 mAh cell twice as fast. That’s far from impressive, but compared to other ridiculously thin phones, the Vivo Air is at least quite cheap and, according to folks who’ve touched it, not as frail as you’d expect.

It’s compatible with every US GSM carrier you can think of, caps off at HSPA+ in the connectivity department and tips the scales at, get this, 97 grams. Fashionistas, that’s probably your cue!

Huawei Ascend P6 – starting at $170 unlocked

Huawei Ascend P6

6.2 mm won’t break any records… anymore, yet it allows the P6 to come in at a 120 grams weight with 4.7-inch glass in tow and a robust all-metal chassis. Even less expensive than the Vivo Air, the P6 is old news, having seen daylight in June 2013, but rumor is it’ll nab over-the-air Lollipop treats eventually.

Samsung Galaxy A7 – $444

The mobile ruler’s newfound fondness of swanky, graceful gear has recently translated in not just the company’s handsomest flagship to date, but prettier-than-ever-before mid-rangers as well. Case in point, the aluminum framed A family, headlined by a fairly steep 5.5 incher with Full HD screen resolution, octa-core punch and 2 GB RAM.

Samsung Galaxy A7

The middle spectrum of the Android décor has sure come a long way. Alas, the A7 can’t possibly deliver respectable autonomy, given the 6.3 mm profile forces battery capacity to cap off at 2,600 mAh. With such a bright Super AMOLED panel, plus an Exynos Octa powerhouse in the equation, that’s a goner in a few casual gaming hours.

Huawei Ascend P7 – $324

Huawei Ascend P7

The follow-up to the critically acclaimed P6 is, as you’d presume, better-looking, more technically impressive and pricier. Also, slightly thicker, at 6.5 mm, which is a good thing, proving once again a little meat on the bones comes with its share of advantages. Most prominently here, a significantly larger 2,500 mAh ticker.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra – $288

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

This oldie but goldie gargantuan phablet measures 6.4 inches in diagonal, weighs in at 212 grams yet touts a 6.5 mm wasp waist. It’s almost a paradox, but one you’d be lucky to get at less than $300. Yes, you’ll bear your charger with you at all times (or maybe an external power bank), however the 1,080p Triluminos display, IP58 water resistance and 2 GB RAM will make the efforts and sacrifices all worth it.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha – $298 and up unlocked; starting at $0.01 with AT&T

Galaxy Alpha

Credited as the one that started Samsung’s metal revolution, the 6.7 mm Alpha preserves plastic remnants of an age past, standing out with amazing construction prowess in addition to style and slimness. Also, fingerprint recognition technology, Lollipop software (on Ma Bell at least), octa-core muscle, 2 GB RAM and generous 32 GB internal storage space.

Oh, but how tiny the 1,860 mAh cell sounds!

Samsung Galaxy A5 – $321

Samsung Galaxy A5

The middling member of the middling Galaxy A family looks a lot like the Alpha, measuring the same 6.7 mm in depth, only it’s bigger, at 5 inches, heftier (123 grams), and longer-lasting, presumably, courtesy of a 2,300 mAh battery.

Definitely longer-lasting, since a frugal quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor runs the performance show, paired with 2 gigs of random-access memory.

Samsung Galaxy S6 – $750 factory unlocked; $200 with AT&T, Sprint and Verizon pacts

You can’t have a “best of” list sans the as-yet uncrowned heavyweight champion of the world, the 6.8 mm/138-gram “next big thing.” Sure, it’s costly opposite every other mobile on our roundup, but it’s most likely a battery champ too, which is certainly no easy feat.

Galaxy S6

Okay, maybe not a champ per se, yet I think we can all agree 17 hours of “moderate usage” is a substantial number for an octa-core Quad HD beast with an eating disorder. What more can we say about the S6 we haven’t already said? It’s a must-buy. Period.

Samsung Galaxy A3 – $238

Samsung Galaxy A3

Practically tied with the S6 in physical narrowness, the SIM-free A3 is less than a third of the top dog’s price, and consequently, offers specs that are thrice as humble. A lackluster 4.5-inch 960 x 540 pix res screen, quad-core 1.2 GHz S410 CPU, 1.5 GB RAM, 1,900 mAh heart, etc., etc. On the plus side, the metal-clad budget trooper can probably keep the lights on from dawn to dusk if you take good care of it and don’t exert too much pressure on the average qHD display/64-bit processor combo.

Lenovo Vibe X – $127

Lenovo Vibe X

How is this “anorexic” 6.9 mm fellow so cheap? Well, it’s ancient for one thing, turning one and a half recently, and it’s also still on an archaic Android iteration – 4.2 Jelly Bean. Then again, the quad-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT6589T SoC is probably good for cell endurance, while the 5-inch FHD IPS display, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP and 5 MP cameras are really mind-bending features for Vibe X’s price range.

Forget Moto Es and Gs, this is the real low-cost MVP!

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Alpha G850a 32GB Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Smartphone (Gold)Buy on Amazon|$94.94(Price as of 02/22/2019 03:31 ET)

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5 Best 4K Smart TVs In 2019

Watching media on a smartphone or tablet can be an excellent experience, but when you’re at home, maybe you want to throw that media up on the big screen. 4K Smart TVs are perfect for just that these days, offering a certain clarity, detail and quality we haven’t seen before. Not only that, but just a few years ago, 4K technology was insanely expensive. Now, 4K options are getting more and more affordable.

Best 4K Smart TVs

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SamsungSamsung UN50MU6300 50-inch TV549
VIZIOVizio D50U-D1 50-inch 4K TV479.99
SonySony KD43X720E 43-inch 4K TV463
TCLTCL 49S405 49-inch 4K Smart TV319.99
SamsungSamsung Curved UN49MU7600 49-inch TVCheck Price

If you follow along below, we’ll show you some of the best and most affordable options on the market right now.

TCL 49S405 49-inch 4K Smart TV

If you’re looking for an affordable 4K Smart TV solution, this offering from TCL is a great choice for any budget. It has the Roku streaming software built-in, giving you access to over 4,000 different streaming channels. On top of that, you get things like High Dynamic Range (HDR) as well as a tablet/smartphone app.

It’s got a 120Hz refresh rate, meaning that you’ll get a clear picture in action-intensive movies and TV. Dual-band Wi-Fi will ensure you have a constant wireless connection to your router so that you don’t miss a thing.

This is easily one of the cheaper alternatives out there, coming in at just $360.

Buy it now: Amazon

Samsung UN50MU6300 50-inch TV

If you’d rather purchase something for a wider and more reputable brand, Samsung offers the UN50MU6300 as a 4K Smart TV at an affordable price as well. Samsung has always done an excellent job putting vibrant and pure colors in its display panels, and you get that seem realistic experience here.

You get a 120Hz refresh rate so that you don’t get any blur or flicker in fast-paced action scenes in movies or TV. Similar to the TCL option, you get dual-band Wi-Fi for a quality and consistent wireless connection.

You can’t go wrong with this particular Smart TV from Samsung. It’ll set you back $550, but improve your entertainment setup tenfold.

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Sony KD43X720E 43-inch 4K TV

Sony is well known for its abilities to create a quality picture, whether that be in camera technology or in media avenues, like smartphones and TV. It’s created something great with the KD43X720E. It’s a smaller 43-inch 4K TV, but the picture quality is crystal clear.

It has smart functionality, giving you access to a wide range of popular apps, such as Netflix and YouTube. Not only that, but there are quick access buttons for Netflix and YouTube on the included remote, allowing you to access your favorite streaming services in seconds. Sony’s goal is to offer the most lifelike picture by pairing clarity, contrast, color and HDR technologies together.

You can pick up this Smart TV for just $550 on Amazon.

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Vizio D50U-D1 50-inch 4K TV

Vizio is another brand that offers great Smart 4K TVs. The D50U-D1 is no different. With a 120Hz refresh rate, Smart TV software, HDR and dual-band Wi-Fi, Vizio puts together an excellent package in a big, 50-inch TV.

It’s an extremely realistic TV as well, with many online buyers complimenting the TV on its sheer clarity and lifelike picture qualities. You can pick this TV up on Amazon for $530.

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Samsung Curved UN49MU7600 49-inch TV

Last up on our list is a unique TV. Instead of the standard traditional 4K TV display, Samsung takes things a step further with the UN49MU7600. You get a curved 49-inch display here for a much more immersive feel. Beyond that, you get a whole lot of extra software technology to produce a more vibrant and lifelike picture.

4K Color Drive Pro gives you a much wider range of realistic colors. You also get 4K HDR Pro, which enhances upon that by improving contrast and the vibrancy of those colors. It also has something called One Remote, which automatically detects and controls your connected devices, such as a Blu-Ray player, a set-top box like an Apple TV, etc.

You can’t go wrong with this TV from Samsung. At almost $700, it’s well worth the purchase.

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Verdict

There are a lot of excellent TVs on this list, but which one should you pick up? Ultimately, it depends on the price range you’re looking to stick between. If you need something on the cheaper scale, the offering from TCL will do just fine. If you want to go extravagant and revolutionize your entertainment setup, the Samsung Curved 49-inch UN49MU7600 TV is an excellent option. Everything else on this list are still great options, but are for those that don’t have the budget of $700, but want to spend more than $350.

Best 4K Smart TVs

ImgAmazon.com LinkBrandProductAmazon.com LinkPrice on Amazon.com
SamsungSamsung UN50MU6300 50-inch TV549
VIZIOVizio D50U-D1 50-inch 4K TV479.99
SonySony KD43X720E 43-inch 4K TV463
TCLTCL 49S405 49-inch 4K Smart TV319.99
SamsungSamsung Curved UN49MU7600 49-inch TVCheck Price

How to fix a Sony Xperia XZ Premium smartphone that keeps disconnecting from Wi-Fi network [Troubleshooting Guide]

A problem on random Wi-Fi disconnects is one of the widespread issues encountered by smartphone owners regardless of the device and platform. This is because network problems are inevitable. In most cases though, the transpiring symptoms are attributed to minor software errors and therefore rectifiable.

Highlighted below are potential solutions to minor Wi-Fi connectivity issues particularly on random disconnects. The steps I’ve mapped out below are particularly applied to a Sony Xperia XZ Premium device. Read on to find out what methods to try on whenever you’ll get to encounter an issue in which your Xperia XZ phone keeps disconnecting from the Wi-Fi network.

Before we proceed, if you’re looking for a solution to a problem with your phone, try to browse through our troubleshooting pages to see if we support your device. If your phone is in the list of our supported devices, then go to the troubleshooting page and look for similar problems. Feel free to use our solutions and workarounds. Don’t worry it’s free. But if you still need our help, then fill up our Android issues questionnaire and hit submit to contact us.

How to troubleshoot Xperia XZ Premium that keeps disconnecting from WiFi?

Before you troubleshoot software problems that may cause intermittent Wi-Fi Internet connection on your device, consider these quick tips. First, remove any third-party casing from your device. Some third-party made accessories may tend to bar the Wi-Fi antenna or obstruct the signal between the router and your phone. Also, ensure that you are within range of your wireless router. Make sure that the Wi-Fi signal strength in the status bar of your phone is in full bars. If the signal strength is low or no signal at all, try to move closer to the wireless router or the very source of your Wi-Fi internet.

If your Xperia XZ Premium smartphone is still experiencing intermittent wireless Internet or Wi-Fi drops, then move on and try these highlighted workarounds.

First solution: Power cycle your wireless router/modem.

If you’re relying on a wireless router or modem for your phone’s Wi-Fi access to the Internet and suddenly you’re having trouble with your Internet connection, then you will need to consider looking into some possible issues with the wireless router/modem as well as your phone. Routers and modems also give into firmware issues and this is when all connected devices will start having problems with wireless Internet connection. That said, test the Internet connection on your other devices that are connected to the same Wi-Fi router. If they’re also experiencing intermittent connection to Wi-Fi network, then the wireless router is likely to blame. To clear out minor firmware errors, reboot or power cycle your wireless router/modem. If you can access the network equipment, then follow these steps:

  1. Press the Power button to turn the router/modem.
  2. When it’s turned off, unplug the AC adapter from the power source.
  3. After 30 seconds to 1 minute, plug it back in and then press the Power button to turn it on again.

Wait for your phone to reconnect to the Wi-Fi network (is set automatically). Otherwise, manually reconnect to your Wi-Fi network. If that won’t work, then try the next possible solutions.

Second solution: Soft reset your phone then restart your Wi-Fi connection.

What you’re experiencing could be just a random software issue on the phone that affects its Wi-Fi functions. To rule this out, performing a soft reset on the phone can help. Here’s how to perform a soft reset on the Xperia XZ Premium:

  1. Press and hold down the Power button until the menu opens.
  2. Tap Restart. Doing so will trigger the phone to shutdown and restart automatically.

After the phone reboots and the problem continues, toggle the Wi-Fi switch off and then on again. This will help refresh the phone’s Wi-Fi connection. Here’s how:

  1. Tap to open Settings app.
  2. Select Network & Internet.
  3. Tap Wi-Fi.
  4. Tap the Wi-Fi slider to turn the feature off. After a few seconds, tap the slider again to turn Wi-Fi back on.

Wait until the phone reconnects to your Wi-Fi network and then test to see if the problem is already fixed.

Third solution: Reset APN/network settings on your phone.

Network errors can also be a direct outcome or immediate symptom of incorrect network configurations on the phone. This can be the underlying cause if the problem started after altering some settings on the phone or after installing a new system update. Some updates would override the phone’s settings when implemented. As resolution, try to reset the APN or network settings on the phone to restore the default or original network configurations and then manually configure options accordingly. Here’s how to reset APN/network settings on the Xperia XZ Premium smartphone:

  1. Tap to open Settings app.
  2. Select Network & Internet.
  3. Tap the Menu icon (three vertical dots) to view more options.
  4. Tap to select Network settings reset.
  5. Then tap RESET SETTINGS to confirm.

Reboot your phone when the reset is complete and then continue to set up your Wi-Fi network properly.

Fourth solution: Update phone software to the latest version.

Keeping the phone’s software up-to-date is recommended to keep the device at its optimum performance and free from random glitches and errors. Updating the phone wirelessly or via over-the-air won’t be a good option since your device doesn’t have a stable Internet connection. In that case, you need to update your device manually. If you have the Xperia Companion software installed on your computer, then try to check for and install the latest software update for your phone. Download and install Xperia Companion on your Windows or Mac computer.

Once you have the software installed, connect your Xperia XZ Premium smartphone to your computer using the supplied USB cable. When your device is connected, open the Xperia Companion software on your computer then wait until it reads your phone. Then follow the onscreen commands to check for the latest software version available to download and install.

You can visit Sony Mobile Support site then follow the given instructions and provided link to download the Xperia Companion software on your computer.

Fifth solution: Reset your phone to its factory defaults (master reset).

If your Xperia XZ Premium still keeps disconnecting from Wi-Fi after exhausting all prior solutions, then you may have to consider performing system resets. There may be some fatal system errors that caused the phone’s network system to fail or become unstable. One of the best possible solutions to deal with such errors is a master reset or factory data reset. This will erase everything from the phone including complex errors that cause wireless connectivity issues. But before you do so, back up all your important files for safekeeping. Then follow these steps to factory reset/master reset your Xperia XZ Premium smartphone:

  1. Tap to open Settings app.
  2. Go to System.
  3. Select Reset.
  4. Tap Factory data reset.
  5. Tap Reset phone.
  6. If prompted, enter your screen lock pattern, password, or PIN to continue.
  7. Tap Erase everything to confirm.

After the reset, your phone will restart automatically and then restores the factory defaults. To use your device again, you need to set it up as new. Just follow the onscreen instructions or setup wizard to complete the entire process. Be sure to properly set up Wi-Fi and connect to your Wi-Fi network using the correct network credentials.

Other options

You may contact the manufacturer of your wireless router/modem and ask help on how to update the device firmware. Or you can escalate the problem to your Internet service provider/carrier so that they can double check the current status of your account and network services from their end. If it suddenly occurs on your Xperia XZ Premium phone to experience Wi-Fi connection drops without making any changes to its settings or installing new apps, then the problem could be due to a network outage. In that case, you don’t have to do anything but to wait until the outage is over and the network services are back up and running again.

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5 Best Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones In 2019

Noise cancelling headphones can be a godsend in most respects. Whether you’re trying to tune out outside sounds to better listen to a track you’re editing, to get the full experience of some piece of music, or to simply listen to a piece of dialog from a movie, noise cancelling headphones can do all of this for you. They tune out ambiance — all of the outside happenings — so that all you can hear is the audio before you. These type of headphones are super useful particularly for studio setups so that Sound Engineers and audiophiles are able to edit tracks so that all that can be heard is the music itself.

Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones

What are the best Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones out there, though? With so many on the market, it can be difficult to tell which is the right one to buy. Cheap looks attractive, but it’s not always going to keep the right amount of ambiance out. That said, below we’ve put together a list of our favorites. Here’s our top picks.

Bose QuietComfort 35

First up on our list is the Bose QuietComfort 35’s. This is Bose’s second rendition of these headphones, working out all of the quirks from the first rendition as well as making a few improvements. Bose is a reputable brand when it comes to noise cancelling headphones, offering nothing but quality. These are certainly the most comfortable pair of over-ear headphones that you can get right now — if you have a long studio session that you have to complete, the Bose QuietComfort 35 won’t leave your ears feeling ache-y. These headphones not only sound great, but they’re super portable as well — fold them up and throw them in your backpack, they won’t take up much space at all.

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Sony WH1000XM2

Sony also makes great pairs of headphones, and the WH1000XM2’s are no different. They have a frequency response between 4Hz to 40KHz, which is a rather wide range. They can connect up by way of Bluetooth, as well as the much rarer NFC. A single charge can last you up to a whole 30 hours, which is absolutely crazy battery life. Sound is great, and comfort is almost unmatched — one neat thing that Sony includes is touch gestures on the sides of the ear cups for answering phone calls and music control.

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Bose QuietControl 30

If you need something a little more low profile, look no further than the Bose QuietControl 30 — these aren’t full-size headphones, but are actually earbuds. These are in-ear headphones that are actually quite comfortable, and are still able to cancel out any outside ambiance for an immersive audio experience. These might be more manageable for, say, calls while you’re in the car or even for going out on a run. Bose has worked to make these as comfortable as possible, as in-ear headphones have traditionally been really bothersome to ears. You should be able to use these for a prolonged period of time before experiencing any discomfort — besides that, sound is excellent, and you can make or take phone calls with the QuietControl 30’s.

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Sennheiser PXC 550

If you’re looking for comfort, you might want to pick up a pair of Sennheiser PXC 550. They have super comfortable ear cups, as they fit over the entire ear. There should be no pressure on your ears whatsoever, just because of how large the ear cups are. This means that you can use the Sennheiser PXC 550’s for hours with any discomfort. Not only that, but these headphones sound great and cancel out any ambient noise in the room (up to 110dB).

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V-MODA Crossfade

Last, but certainly not least, we have the V-MODA Crossfade’s. If you’re looking for something modern and stylish, you’ll love the two tone red and black design. These headphones fit comfortably over your ear. They’re able to go wired or wireless, whatever you need base on your situation, and they sound phenomenally well, too. You can listen to music for a straight 12 hours off of a single charge, but if your battery is running low, you can always turn on wired mode in order to power them while continuing your music listening. Overall, these headphones sound great, with a lot of thanks to the 50mm driver built-in.

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Verdict

As you can see, there are a lot of phenomenal Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones on the market. If you’re having trouble picking one, we recommend going with the Sennheiser PXC 550, if you’ve got the cash. They’re great sounding, professional headphones that are hard to pass up.

Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones

5 Best Gaming Earbuds In 2019

One thing that’s important for gaming is what you’re using for your headset. It’s especially important if you’re on Android playing multiplayer games, and need to communicate with your team for the strategy you’re approaching. Unfortunately, on Android devices, you don’t need a full-size headset. In fact, they look a little awkward when you’re just playing on a phone or tablet. Gaming earbuds look a lot more natural, and they’re easier to hit the road with, as they take up little to no space.

Best Gaming Earbuds

You might be surprised, but gaming earbuds sound phenomenal as well, sometimes better than a lot of headphones. However, with as many good ones as there are out there, there are even more horrible quality ones. That’s why we’ve put together this list, to show you some of the best you can get on the market. Here are our five favorite gaming earbuds.

Turtle Beach Call of Duty Earbuds

If you haven’t heard of Turtle Beach before, you’re probably living under a rock. They are a giant in the industry of providing gaming-style peripherals to gamers. One of the peripherals that they do extremely well with are their audio products, and their earbuds are no different. These earbuds by Turtle Beach are themed off of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, so they have a sleek and stealth-y appearance to them. They have a noise isolating design, so you’ll be able to block out all of the outside ambient noises with these earbuds, giving you more focus on your game. Not only that, but these earbuds sound phenomenal, which is why we have them first on our list.

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ISURUS Pro Earbuds

The ISURUS Pro earbuds are a great choice for gamers. They sound excellent — you’ll be able to hear your games with crisp and clear audio quality, as well as sharp dialog. One of the unique aspects of these earbuds is that they are the world’s first for featuring a detachable microphone up near the earbud. You have an in-line remote for controlling volume, and these earbuds have a flat-cable style to reduce tangling in the pocket. It’s worth noting that, if you detach the microphone, there’s also a mic within the in-line remote, so you’ll still be able to use a microphone, even if the dedicated mic isn’t attached to the earbud.

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Razer Hammerhead Pro V2

Razer is another massive company known for providing all sorts of gaming peripherals and hardware to consumers. They’re most known for their computer mice and keyboards, but they also do a solid job with their headphones and earbuds. The Hammerhead Pro V2 will make your games sound great, and will be a huge upgrade over the stock speakers in your phone. There’s a flat cable design to reduce tangling and increase toughness. This even comes with a carrying case as well as a bunch of different inserts so you can make the Hammerhead’s fit your ear type better.

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GranVela V1S

The GranVela V1S is a sleek looking pair of earbuds, taking on a really neat red and black dual-tone design. The earbuds are just a little larger to accommodate better sound drivers, but as a result, you’ll get some of the best audio experiences out of gaming with these earbuds. With noise isolating technology, you’ll be able to tune out all of the outside ambient noise and focus more on the games you’re playing. The GranVela V1S even comes with an adapter so in addition to using them for your phone, you can use them on almost any PC as well.

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PlayStation Vita In-Ear Headset

Last, but not least, we have Sony’s own PlayStation Vita style in-ear earbuds. Sound out of these earbuds are phenomenal, as you might expect. You get great noise isolation, and these earbuds can even turn up quite loud for some of the quieter games (or for dialog scenes). One of the most notable features is the high quality in-line microphone, providing you with crystal clear communication abilities. These headphones are right up there with Razer and Turtle Beach on a quality scale, that’s for sure.

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Verdict

As you can see, there are a lot of great gaming earbuds out there. That said, it can be difficult to pick just one of them. If you’ve got cash to spend, we recommend picking up the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 earbuds — you’ll get the best experience out of these, backed by great customer support. Both the Turtle Beach and Sony PlayStation earbuds are great options, too.

Best Gaming Earbuds