Alleged Pixel XL 2 case compared to original Pixel and Galaxy S8 – yeah, it's big

So, it has been reiterated time and again by the rumor mill that we will be seeing a Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 — a compact and a super-sized flagship by Google, just like last year. It’s expected that they will have the new 18:9 display ratio, which seems to be hip and cool in 2017, and it’s still unclear how that would impact their physical sizes.

A series of images compare a Galaxy S8 and a 2016 Pixel to what is allegedly a case for the upcoming Pixel XL 2. Now, that’s all well and good, and you can take a look at the photos below, but we couldn’t help but notice a headphone jack cutout on …


OnePlus 5 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Portrait modes compared

Dual cameras are all the rage in smartphones these days. Different companies have different ways of approaching the setup – Huawei, for example, last year started employing a monochrome shooter alongside the main camera in some of its phones, while LG has opted for a wide-angle lens as a supplement since the G5. And then there’s Apple and OnePlus who use telephoto lenses instead.

Whether you like the stunning black and white shots of the Huawei P10, or how much of a scene you can fit into one photo using the wide-angle camera of the LG G6, is entirely up to personal …

The best of prepaid? Verizon vs AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint plans compared

 SprintVerizon AT&TT-Mobile ONE1 GB-
-$30-3 GB-
$40–4 GB$40
–$456 GB-
-$40$557 GB/10 GB-
$50/$60–/$50 (limited time offer)Unlimited$50$80$60$75
*prepaid plan prices are after the auto-pay discount, where available
All major US carriers have had those scrappy prepaid phones since ages, for folks who didn’t really have the wherewithal to endure two-year contracts, or the credit history to get a subsidized expensive phone with set monthly outlays. The death of two-year contracts …

Pixel XL 2 size compared to current Pixel and Pixel XL, based on recent leak

A couple of days ago, we got our first glimpse at what the 2017 Google Pixel XL 2 would look like. A design that revisits last year’s look with a partially-covered-by-glass back and adopts the new trends of super-thin bezels and 2:1 screen aspect ratio.

After that leak made its rounds, serial leakster Benjamin Geskin sidetracked from leaking iPhone 8 bits for a while and made a couple of renders that showcase how the Pixel XL 2 would look in silver and blue. Then, he went ahead and visualized a size comparison.

In the below image, which is based on everything we (think we) know so …

Best unlimited wireless plan? New T-Mobile vs Verizon vs Sprint vs AT&T offers compared

 Sprint Unlimited
Savings until 6/30/18Verizon UnlimitedAT&T Unlimited PlusT-Mobile ONE Plus
Includes taxes & fees1 line$50
$80$90$802 lines$90
$140$145$1203 lines$90
$160$165$1704 lines$90
$180$185$2005 lines$90
$200$205$230Speed limitsAfter 23 GBAfter 22 GB After 22 GBAfter 32 GB
Well, well, well, it was bound to happen. T-Mobile increasing its prices a bit, that is, as one simple look at the quarterly profits of the four major US carriers would tell …

2017 Apple iPhone units might lag compared to rival handsets

It would appear as though Apple’s 2017 iPhones are going to have connectivity speeds lagging behind competing handsets. While iPhone rivals will be able to run at a download speed of as much as one gigabit per second, an issue that Apple is having now with its modem suppliers could very well have a negative impact on the iPhone later this year. Qualcomm can sell to Apple right now a modem that will support 1 Gb/sec data speeds. While Intel is working on a modem with similar capabilities, it won’t be ready for the next iPhone models, which are expected to be unveiled in September.

There are …

Twice as many app publishers reach the million-dollar mark on the App Store compared to Google Play

According to a recent report by market intelligence company Sensor Tower, more app publishers are likely to make their first $1 million in annual revenue on Apple’s App Store, rather than Google Play. Sensor Tower’s data shows that 66 iOS app publishers reached this milestone in 2016, while only 39 managed to achieve the same on Google’s online storefront.

Further, the data shows that the number of publishers who made their first million over the last year on the U.S. App Store has nearly doubled over 2015. Tower Sensor’s report takes into account in-app revenues, …

How tough is the sapphire edition HTC U Ultra? See it scratched and tortured in this video, then compared to other products

Earlier this year, HTC launched an oddball of a premium phablet — the HTC U Ultra, with a 5.7-inch main display and an extra ticker screen on top (a la LG V20), super-shiny finishes, and a missing 3.5 mm headphone jack (despite the device being quite large). To top it off, the company also announced that there will be a special edition of the phablet, which would rock a sapphire glass screen — allegedly the most unscratchable material for a screen that you can make.

Now, as we know, sapphire glass panels are super-hard to make — a couple of years ago, Apple hired …

This month's Alcatel Idol 5S leak shows the handset compared with last year's Idol 4

It seems that once each month the unannounced Alcatel Idol 5S appears in a story of some sort. Back in February, the sequel to the Alcatel Idol 4 was discovered on the Geekbench site with the Helio P20 chipset from MediaTek under the hood. The MT6757CH carries an octa-core CPU, and the Mali-T880 GPU; the phone went through the test with 3GB of RAM inside and Android 7.0 pre-installed. In March, the Alcatel Idol 5S was spotted on the GFXBench site, this time with a broader list of specs.

Some of the new information we learned from GFXBench last month included the 5.2-inch size of the display, …

Best smartphone cameras compared: Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S7 edge, LG G6

What do you call a turtle that’s taking up photography classes? A snapping turtle!
*ba-dum tss* 
Yeah, coming up with great puns may not be my strongest skill, but that’s fine. I’m pretty sure you’re not here for the comedy. So let’s get to the point, then. That Samsung Galaxy S8+ – is its camera any good? 
Of course it is. Samsung knows how to make a good smartphone camera. But so do Apple and LG. A question much more difficult to unknot is which of these three companies …