Prices rising, errors piling: 5 flagship phone 'fails' inflicted on us in 2017

Most of the spring and summer flagships have already been announced and are in the hands of consumers, so the first mishaps, grand and small, are starting to trickle down on forums and in customer complaints. 
The average selling price of a high-end smartphone will be quite a bit higher this year, given that what we called the “$400 flagship” seems to be a concept of the past, used to gain market share and customer awareness, then seeing its price slowly get jacked up with each subsequent model.

That’s not even mentioning juggernauts like Samsung or Apple …


Dirty dozen: top 12 best dual SIM Android phones (Mid 2017)

Sometimes one SIM card is just not enough: being able to have two numbers active on a single phone is liberating for those who have a second line reserved for work, but what are the best dual SIM phones around?
While dual SIM phones were not as common in the recent past, in the middle of 2017 there are a bunch of great options to choose from. There are high-end flagships offered with dual SIM connectivity and affordable phones for those on a tighter budget.
We take a look at the top options and list them right below, …

By the end of 2017, Apple Pay should be running in Sweden, Finland, UAE and Denmark?

Since Apple does get a small percentage out of each credit card transaction that is paid for using mobile payment service Apple Pay, this provides the company with the easiest money that it will ever make. On Tuesday, Apple held a conference call after reporting that it had topped estimates during its fiscal Q3 report by announcing that it had sold 41.3 million units iPhone units during the third fiscal quarter. During the call, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said that sometime before the end of the fourth fiscal quarter, Apple will offer Apple Pay to iPhone users in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the UAE.

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Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) starts receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update

After months of waiting, the cheapest smartphone in the Galaxy A (2017) series is finally getting Android 7.0 Nougat update. Back in May, Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) was spotted at GFXBench running a new version of Android, but it took the South Korean company more than two months to actually start pushing the update.

If you happen to live in Russia, then you’ll be among the first to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update for Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017). Actually, the rollout began on July 26, so many Galaxy A3 (2017) users should have already received the update.

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Best unlocked smartphones under $200 (2017)

Unlike some years ago, in 2017, cheap unlocked smartphones are not at all terrible. Thus, if you don’t have more than $200 to spend, you can still find a brand new, reliable handset that runs a recent version of Android and doesn’t skimp on features seen as high-end a while back (like LTE connectivity).

If you’re looking for the best such handsets – under $200, but with decent features and performance – we have a list that should help you find what you need. 

For this article, we’ve considered only unlocked phones that are officially sold …

Google CEO promises 11 Daydream VR-compatible Android phones by the end of 2017

VR and AR capabilities will undoubtedly turn into a must have feature on smartphones, as the tech gathers pace in the mainstream. Only a few years ago, headsets that take you to whole new worlds and immersive virtual realities were entertained only as gimmick gadgets in sci-fi productions, and no one could even begin to picture a VR-capable smartphone.

But only few years later, big-name tech manufacturers are in a tight competition to deliver devices that are capable of offering as real a virtual experience as imaginably possible, and do not feel heavy or unnatural on …

Best new Android and iPhone apps (late July, 2017)

A new week starts and what better way to celebrate it than freshen up that ole phone of yours with some new apps, straight out of the oven? Yeah both the Play Store and the App Store get hundreds of new pieces of software poured into them on a weekly basis, so it may be a tough job to forage through them, but don’t worry, we do that on your behalf.

This week around, we’ve got a couple of cool utility apps, some awesome tools for iOS musicians, Google’s Motion Stills finally arriving to Android, and some more cool stuff. Check them out!

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Best new Android and iPhone games (late July 2017)

Looking for your weekly doze of gaming adrenaline? Look no further as we slice and dice, and look in the depths of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store to hunt and gather the best new games on mobile.

Expect no restrictions to genre: from RPG to strategy, to shooters and puzzlers, sports games and all else. Everything as long as it’s fun, well made and not choke full of ads.

What do we play on? We use a couple of iPhones to test the best new games, but we’ve got a Pixel, a Galaxy S8 and a few other phones that we switch whenever we like. With …

July 2017 security update starts rolling out to T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 5

T-Mobile subscribers with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 might be feeling a little more secure today as the phablet has started to receive the latest security update. This isn’t much of an update as these things go, since it weighs in at a paltry 24.39MB. Included with the new files is the July 2017 security patch. The Baseband Version is N920TUVS4EQG1. When you receive the notification telling you that the update has arrived on your Galaxy Note 5, there are certain things you need to do in order to make sure that the update is properly installed.

Before you proceed with the downloading and installing …

Update absurdity: Samsung's 2017 Galaxy A phones are still on Android 6

Here’s a riddle: octa-core processor, great battery life, glass-metal body, IP68 water/dust resistance, released in 2017. Which Samsung smartphone comes to mind? We wouldn’t blame you if your answer is either the Galaxy S8 or S8+, as both of these flagships possess such characteristics.

However, these features can also be found on another series of Samsung phones introduced in the last 7 months and 21 days. Namely, we’re talking about the company’s A lineup and its three representatives for this year – the A3, A5, and A7.

While the three handsets do differ …