Reminder: You can get a Samsung Gear S3 for just $99 when buying any Galaxy S9

Last month, when Samsung announced two upgraded versions of its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones (with 128 GB and 258 GB of storage space), it also revealed a new promotional offer that’s available throughout May. The offer is aimed at US customers who are buying a Galaxy S9 or S9+, allowing them to get a Gear S3 smartwatch at a low price, or receive a pair of Gear IconX earbuds for free.
When purchasing any Galaxy S9 or S9+ model, you can add a Gear S3 Frontier watch to your cart for just $99. Normally, a Gear S3 Frontier costs $349.99, …


Consumer Reports: This is what you need to look for when buying a refurbished phone

Last month, we told you that with the price of high-end handsets more expensive than they ever have been, refurbished smartphones are in demand. But with so many different refurbished models and so many different places that offer them, what can you do to protect yourself from purchasing a lemon? Non-profit magazine Consumer Reports (CR), which does not accept advertising so that it can be perceived as neutral, has some advice.

CR says that consumers need to make sure that they are getting a phone that really has been refurbished and not merely cleaned up, placed in a box, and put back on …

Which is the best Amazon Echo for you? A buying guide

Amazon Echo is among the first and biggest smart speaker devices to live in the homes of millions. It houses Alexa — Amazon’s own voice-activated AI assistant, which helps you with general inquiries, ordering takeout, calling for an Uber and other such services, controlling some smart home devices, and also makes it very, very easy to shop from Amazon’s massive catalog.

In order to get Alexa to as many customers as it can, Amazon offers the Echo in 7 different variants, coming in all shapes, sizes, and with different price tags. Basically, if you want an Echo, Amazon made sure that it’d …

Increase the odds of buying tickets to a movie you'll love with Google's new feature

There are so many movies in the theaters to choose from, and you don’t want to waste time and money by seeing a film you end up disliking. Is there a way to improve the odds that the movie you select will be one you like? Thanks to Google, the answer is “Yes.” A new update being pushed out now for the Google Search app allows users to compare movies based on the factors that you care about most.

With the new feature, you can find movies based on how they rank using the criteria you find important, such as ratings, showtimes, …

iPads 2018 buying guide: choose the best iPad for you

Since Apple’s restructuring, which began back in 1997, the company’s product philosophy has been this — make only one product per category, but do it right. Since then, however, Apple’s portfolio has been growing. Slowly, sure, but steadily. So, while back in iPhone 4s days, we only had the choice between a white iPhone and a black iPhone, nowadays, we have plenty of phones, tablets, and computers to pick from. From super-compact, to gargantuan sizes, from less-powerful to bleeding-edge-of-hardware levels.

So, while back in the day we had a choice between “that new iPad or the one …

Will display aspect ratio affect your buying decisions in 2018?

2017 brought us some pretty amazing phones and an entirely new form-factor and aspect ratio. Since manufacturers wanted to reduce all bezels — sides, top, and bottom — they introduced this new, elongated ratio (ranging from 18:9 to 19.5:9), making phone displays taller and more immersive. But then again, 16:9 is still pretty much the standard when it comes to online media, so it’s a bit awkward when watching letterboxed YouTube clips on your extra-wide phone screen.

So, some people like the new step, while others insist that 16:9 is good enough and there’s no need …

Consumers prefer receiving software updates to buying a new phone

In the old days, when carriers would subsidize the purchase of a new phone every other year, smartphone users were on a defined two-year cycle. But now, with consumers shouldering the cost of buying a new phone themselves, people are treating their handsets with kid gloves. Instead of buying a new phone every two years, consumers prefer to receive timely software updates that add new features to older handsets.

According to Jan Dawson, founder and chief analyst of Jackdaw Research, consumers are changing their behavior. “We all know people still carrying around a 4- or 5-year-old smartphone …

Save hundreds by buying the certified pre-owned iPhone 7 from T-Mobile

If you want to replace your Apple iPhone 5 (which didn’t get the iOS 11 update) with a newer model, here is a suggestion. T-Mobile has the certified pre-owned 32GB iPhone 7 on sale for $366 or $15.25/month over 24 months. The 2016 model might not have the support for wireless charging that the newer units have, nor is it powered by the A11 Bionic chipset. Still, the A10 Fusion chipset remains a powerful smartphone driver.

As far as the phone being refurbished is concerned, T-Mobile has put the device through its tests which is why it is a “certified” pre-owned model. The refurbished unit …

Is the iPhone X worth buying?

The iPhone X is the long-awaited “all-screen” iPhone. It has been imagined numerous times over the years by various concept artists. And when rumors and leaks confirmed it to be a thing in 2017, the tech world braced for the coveted announcement. That announcement has now come and past and every iPhone user out there is probably wondering “Should I upgrade to the iPhone X or stick to one of the cheaper models?”. Well, here’s what the iPhone X has over any other handset in Apple’s lineup:

Design
Hands down, it’s the most futuristic-looking iPhone ever. …

Apple threatens to stop buying Western Digital parts if it continues with Toshiba deal

Back on the last day of August, we told you that Apple was part of a group seeking to buy Toshiba’s memory chip business. But it appears that a rival consortium, led by Western Digital, could be signing a deal with Toshiba as soon as Wednesday. That group is offering $17-18 billion USD. Apple, though, is concerned that a Western Digital purchase of Toshiba’s chip business would eliminate a rival flash memory chip producer that it could use as a stalking horse in order to get better pricing for the component that Apple uses on the iPhone.

As a result, Apple is threatening to stop buying Western …