Best budget and affordable phones of 2018: a buyer's guide

When it comes to technology, some people just don’t find it reasonable to spend crazy amounts of money on a gadget that gets old in just a couple of years. Yet, those same people still want the full smartphone experience, the camera, the apps, and the speed. Are there any affordable phones that would fit all those criteria?

Affordable without being ‘cheap’ in an embarrassing wayGood news is that with recent launches the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. We now have phones that are cheap without being downright ruined by terrible issues – those affordable devices do not lag terribly, they …


The hidden cost of affordable high-end phones in China

“Affordable high-end phones.”
This phrase sounds like a self-contradicting mix of words, but it is exactly what flagship phones in China seem to be. Launching at prices severely undercutting high-end phones like Samsung Galaxies and especially Apple’s iPhones in the West, these devices claim to have an identical set of features and hardware, just for a lower price.
But there is a catch.
One of the big stars of the Chinese smartphone market is Xiaomi, a poster child for the “affordable high-end …

Garmin Vivofit 4 goes official: year-long battery life and affordable price

Garmin has just launched a brand new affordable wearable fitness tracker with a color display and a claimed 1-year battery life: enter the Garmin Vivofit 4.
The newest Vivofit 4 comes as a successor to the Vivofit 3, and is $20 cheaper at a recommended retail price of $80. You can get replacement bands for around $20, and the fitness tracker will be available exclusively on Amazon today.
The Vivofit 4 has an interesting, textured band that stands out and an always-on color display that allows you to see your activity, …

Affordable phones in 2018 could have high-resolution, Quad HD screens

Qualcomm is allegedly working on a new chip for mid-range phones in 2018, the Snapdragon 670, that will high-resolution Quad HD displays and dual cameras on phones that do not cost a fortune. The information comes from German blogger Roland Quandt, who has been able to source some very accurate information in the past.
The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 that is under development is said to come to replace the current Snapdragon 660. The Snapdragon 660 was what powers a lot of very popular devices in Asia – the Oppo R11 and R11s series, a few …

The Vernee Active: rugged, good-looking, affordable, and it's available for pre-order

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The world of rugged smartphones is a sparsely populated one. Usually, the phones that are meant for active folk are kind of underpowered, kind of ugly, yet weirdly costly. In other words, they have a tough time drawing buyers considering that one can achieve the same effect with a “normal” phone and a rugged case.

This is how the Vernee …

Deal: Need a great affordable phablet? LG V20, brand new and unlocked, is on sale for $270!

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Looking for a great phablet on a budget? If that’s the case, you’re in luck, as the price of the LG V20 just hit a new low on eBay. You can currently buy the device in Titan Gray for $269.99 on the e-commerce site. The cheapest Amazon listing we were able to locate quotes $319.99 for the popular 2016 phablet, so you’ll be saving $50 with this deal. 

The units sold by the eBay reseller are new and unlocked. They are compatible with GSM carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T, but won’t have LTE if you choose to get a SIM card from CDMA carriers …

Honor 7X, sporting the premium thin bezels look at an affordable price, is coming to the U.S.

Looking for a phone that looks like an expensive new handset with thin bezels, an 18:9 aspect ratio, but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? Then buddy, have we got news for you. Last month we introduced you to the Honor 7X, a mid-range offering from Huawei’s sub-brand that aims to look like an expensive top shelf model. Launched in China on October 17th, word came out today that other countries are destined to receive the Honor 7X. We should be hearing more about this on December 5th.

The Honor 7X features a 5.93-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160. Even if you failed basic math 101, …

Lenovo launches two affordable Android tablets: Tab 7 and Tab 7 Essential

Lenovo already has a huge portfolio when it comes to Android tablets, so it’s probably hard to keep track of everything the Chinese company launches almost on a monthly basis. In any case, if you’re looking for a brand new Android tablet that’s on the cheap side, Lenovo sure have the answer (quite a few as a matter fact).

The company’s latest duo of Android tablets doesn’t even go over the $100 price mark. Lenovo Tab 7 and Tab 7 Essential are now available for purchase for just $99.99 and $79.99, respectively.

Naturally, at these prices, you shouldn’t expect …

2017 Holiday season gift guide: Affordable and premium accessories

Turkeys all along the US are already feeling quite uneasy due to the nearing Thanksgiving Day, which means that the Christmas holidays are just around the corner, too. On its own, it means that you should probably get on with your holiday shopping. The time is right, and if you are smart, you will start planning your gifts and shopping as early as possible. You do really want to avoid the hellish shopping nightmare that early December will be.
Well, rest assured we are here to help you get the best available gifts for your loved ones with a dedicated gift …

This affordable action camera is perfect for outdoor adventures

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You don’t have to keep it a secret anymore; we know you’ve been yearning for a GoPro ever since you saw that insane first-person POV skydiving video a few years ago. But is a GoPro worth the investment when the most exciting POV videos you could make on a daily basis are you drinking a beer in the shower? (We get it, you like IPAs.)

Thankfully, the Activeon CX 1080p WiFi Action Camera is a much more affordable action camera. The camera, which has a built-in battery, simple two-button control, and four fields-of-vision also features advanced components that allow you to record 1080p HD video at 30fps. You can even take time-lapse photos and videos and upload them directly to Instagram with Activeon’s built-in WiFi system and video recording app. The camera’s 5M Pixel CMOS sensor and F/2.0 lens will capture anything and everything, from the exciting outdoor adventure selfies to the mundane home videos. Read more…

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