OnePlus 6 could have a notch, glass back and a new way to multitask

The new OnePlus 6 will likely have a notch, a glass display and a new way to multitask.
How do we know?
While we have not seen the OnePlus 6 itself, we know that all OnePlus phones from the very first one are basically carbon copies of phones by Oppo. This is not unexpected: Oppo and OnePlus share offices in the same building and are both part of the same corporation, the BBK Electronics company, based in China (Vivo is also part of BBK).
So when we saw the new Oppo R15 phone leak out in detail, we knew that the next …

The best film and glass screen protectors for the Galaxy S9 and S9+

The screen replacement prices for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were not for the faint of heart, and the ones for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are unlikely to fall much lower than the $200+ price that their predecessors’ repair now commands.
Granted, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have a thicker Gorilla Glass 5 layer on top of their OLED displays, and more reinforced frame that is more resistant to bumps and scratches than the one on the S8 and S8+, but it’s still a good chunk of change. Samsung, after all, has a monopoly on these slightly curved flexible OLED displays sealed with copious …

Motorola's newest Style Shell Moto Mods feature Gorilla Glass 5 and interesting designs

Motorola this week stared selling brand new Moto Mods from the Style Shell series. In case you’re not familiar with the Style Shell Moto Mods, these are swappable back covers that can change the aspect of Moto Z smartphones, with little added thickness. 
The new Style Shell models are the first Moto Mods made out of polycarbonate and Gorilla Glass 5, and they should be able to survive drops from up to 5.2 feet (1.6 meters). Five different interesting designs are available: Colored Leaves, Expressive Curves, Graphic Flowers, Retro Stripe, and Overlapping Triangles. …

Zagg's new Glass Curve Elite screen protector may be the best thing that happened to your Galaxy S8 or Note 8

Curved glass protectors are a pain to get right, and most of them, even from reputable brands, are a tradeoff when it comes to side touch functionality or aesthetics. Enter Zagg’s new Glass Curve Elite series for handsets with flexible OLED displays that are sloping to the sides, such as the Galaxy S8 or Note 8. Zagg’s previous curved protector efforts were as good as anyone else’s, barring those that have to be installed using ultraviolet baking. 

Most of the curved shields so far suffered from the usual touch sensitivity problems due to the adhesive being used at …

Apple iPhone SE 2 rumored to feature glass back for wireless charging capabilities

A new report published today says that the Apple iPhone SE 2, the rumored sequel to the iPhone SE, will come with some new features. The model is said to include a glass back so that it can offer optional wireless charging to users of the device. This would allow the lower priced model to join the three 2017 iPhone units, all of which have glass backs and support wireless charging.

On China’s weibo messaging board, someone posted an image that claims to show several back panels belonging to the iPhone SE 2. Also in that picture, you can see a document that refers to the back panels as being …

Apple to eschew glass for a metal body in the rumored iPhone 9 with LCD display

Hot on the heels of the report that all 2018 iPhones will sport the “notch and horns” design indeed, comes another tidbit straight from the Land of the Rising Sun. This time, the Japanese sources deal with one particular member of Apple’s expected 2018 family, the rumored “budget” model with a 6.1″ display. 
It is apparently prepped as Apple’s silver bullet for getting away from over-reliance on Korean suppliers (read: Samsung), as not only is it supposed to come with an LCD, instead of OLED display panel, but now Nikkei is also reporting that it will sport a …

Best glass screen protectors for iPhone X

One of the first things you might want to do after getting the iPhone X is put a case and a screen protector on Apple’s most expensive phone.

Protect your $1,000+ investment!We’ve looked through some of the most popular iPhone X screen protectors to recommend you a protector that will look good, have a reasonable price and protect your screen from shattering.

After all, repairing a broken iPhone X screen costs a whopping $280! For that much money you could as well buy an affordable new phone. To help you protect that OLED display …

Poll results: go away, glass phones?

In the past, we used to love glass-backed phones. They were rare and unique, and their shine brought about something different. Nowadays, most major manufacturers have glass-backed phones. Is that a bad thing?

Glass looks nice, sure — it’s shiny, it’s cool to the touch, it just reeks of “premium”. But being exposed to it with every flagship out there revealed one ugly truth — it’s a magnet for fingerprint grease, can be slippery, and feels particularly unpleasant when your hands are sweaty. Thus, not everyone is a fan of glass backs.

But glass isn’t there …

Would you rather get rid of glass backs, even if it costs wireless charging?

Over the past few years, wireless charging has been all the craze in the smartphone world. Most major manufacturers have steadily been moving towards making the feature a standard and are working on making it work faster.

But since the current version of wireless charging — that’s inductive charging — doesn’t work then the phone’s exterior is pure metal, manufacturers have turned to glass backs.

And glass looks nice, sure — it’s shiny, it’s cool to the touch, it just reeks of “premium”. But it’s also a magnet for fingerprint grease and feels particularly …

Android manufacturers now prefer 3D sensing, Face ID over a fingerprint reader embedded under glass?

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the top analysts in the business right now (and certainly one of the most quoted). According to Kuo, the introduction of the Apple iPhone X last month has Android manufacturers shifting their focus from trying to figure out how to embed a fingerprint scanner under the display, to how they can make a version of the TrueDepth camera with 3D scanning and facial recognition for their upcoming Android models.

Ironically, this comes after both Samsung and Apple spent months trying to get their respective fingerprint scanners to work while embedded under the …