PSA: Don't buy the OnePlus 5 via Amazon (US)

If you didn’t manage to pre-order a OnePlus 5 on the day of its announcement, and you can’t make it to one of OnePlus’ pop-up events, perhaps you’re tempted to buy the phone via Amazon, seeing as it’s available (in the US) via several third-party sellers. However, we certainly don’t advise you to purchase the handset through Amazon, as this is not the official channel to get it from.

Right now, the US version of the OnePlus 5 – warranty included – can be found on Amazon for the insane prices of $779 (64 GB model), or $899 (128 GB model). The phone’s international …


5 Essential phone ideas we'd like to see in the next iPhone… and 5 we don't

Whatever the new Essential phone lacks, it certainly isn’t innovative spirit. A showcase of intriguing, forward-looking, and slightly bone-headed decisions, the device is exciting and thought-provoking to an extent only commanded by top of the line smartphones by the likes of Samsung, Apple, and Google. 
And that’s a device made by a virtually unknown company whose sole highlight is Andy Rubin, the man who sold an early operating system named Android to Google in 2005. Then again, that’s quite the highlight!
At least five characteristics …

Don't be frightened! Xiaomi Jason is merely the 'more affordable' mid-range Mi 6c?

Ever since the Xiaomi Mi 4c made its appearance in 2015, Xiaomi has followed the introduction of its flagship phones with a more affordable mid-range “c” model. Last year it was the Xiaomi Mi 5c and this year, it will be the Xiaomi Mi 6c. Speaking of the latter, a phone has been benchmarked on GFXBench which sources believe to be the Mi 6c.

With the code name Xiaomi Jason, you might expect the phone to come to market on Friday the 13th, wearing a hockey mask and holding a machete. According to GFXBench, it will be carrying a 5.1-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. The recently introduced …

Don't forget about these beautiful political bromances, too

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Some would argue that the word “bromance” does not belong in the world of politics, but they’d be wrong. It’s hard not to get swept up in the budding friendships of international leaders with all the photo ops and viral videos. 

You may be familiar with Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s solid relationship, but that’s not the only political bromance you need to know. Here are some friendships that have lasted through the rumble-tumble of public affairs. 

Barack Obama and Joe Biden

I mean, this one is a given. 

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Samsung details all the Galaxy S8 features you don't have access to (unless you're in China)

China, as most of you may know, has a very different smartphone market from the one in most Western countries – the four big local smartphone manufacturers, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi, have sort of carved their own niche in terms of design. But this applies even more so to their smartphones’ user interface, which often relies more on maximizing usable screen space rather than minimalism; or in other words, a Chinese UX is way busier than what most of us are used to.

Meanwhile, a company such as Samsung, which pretty much dominates the worldwide …

29.1 million Americans don't make purchases on their smartphones for some reason

VentureBeat turned up some interesting stats on smartphones’ relevancy to online shopping. Although $140 billion worth of sales were entirely made on smartphones in 2016, a significant count of American consumers – 29.1 million, to be exact, are yet to jump the gun and order something online completely through their mobile phone.

There’s still hope for these millions of people, however. Their numbers have been coming down over the last six months, while the number of mobile shoppers has been steadily increasing. About 60% of US consumers carried out a purchase through …

Don't buy the iPhone 7 – if you are an American in Turkey!

Nice things don’t always have to cost much money, but they usually do. The iPhone 7 is no exception – it’s an expensive handset, but one you enjoy having. And if the price you paid for it gets put in perspective against what people in some other countries are paying, you might enjoy it an extra bit more!

Deutsche Bank pinpointed Turkey as the place where you’ll have to plunk down the equivalent of $1210 US dollars to buy a 128GB iPhone 7. Suddenly, $815 for the same model in the US seems like a fair deal, no? Unfortunately, the price in Turkey is driven by factors …

Don't feel like a 200-page manual? With this short Galaxy S8 video tutorial, Samsung covers all the basics

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been finding their way in their rightful owners’ hands here in the US for a week already, and Samsung felt that now is the time to release a short video tutorial on what the phones are, and how to engage with them on a daily basis. Nothing groundbreaking, but it’s clean, concise, and in the trendy sharing format with subtitles, so you don’t even have to put your headphones on to learn about your Galaxy S8 without reading the 200-page manual.

Despite comments from Verizon CEO McAdam, analysts don't see Big Red buying Disney or CBS

Ready to play a new game? It’s called “Who is going to merge with Verizon?” Here’s how you play. Take the following sentence, “Verizon is going to merge with _____________. Fill in the blank with the name of a well known company. Use your common sense and stick to wireless content providers and distributors, large media firms and communications companies. Be smart. Verizon isn’t going to buy Dairy Queen. Some of the names that Wall Street has bandied about recently include Disney, Comcast, Charter and CBS.

Last week, Verizon announced that it lost 289,000 postpaid phone subscribers …

Sprint to position pre-paid service as an alternative for consumers who don't need unlimited data

Sprint has made things quite easy for consumers. $50 a month gets you a single line of unlimited talk, text and data. The plan also comes with 10GB per month of mobile hot spot data. Streaming video arrives at a resolution as high as 1080p, music is streamed at 1.5Mbps and games are streamed at 8Mbps. Sprint customers no longer have tiers to choose from with different data buckets, and the nation’s fourth largest carrier eliminated its plan that takes 50% off the rates charged by Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile.

While Sprint’s new pricing obviously appeals to those who need unlimited data, …