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9 Reasons You Should Buy a Pixel 5a Over the iPhone SE

9 Reasons You Should Buy a Pixel 5a Over the iPhone SE – By Jake Peterson Lifehacker

The Pixel 5a with 5G (which, let’s be real, we’re all just going to call “the 5a”) is Google’s latest “budget” smartphone. At $449, it isn’t cheap, but it’s far more affordable than other flagship devices. Of course, Apple has a budget phone of its own in the iPhone SE. If you’re in the market for a ~$400 smartphone, there are at least nine reasons you might want to go with Google over Apple.

Pixel Features You Can’t Get on Other Android Phones

7 Cool Pixel Features You Can’t Get on Other Android Phones – By David Nield gizmodo-com.cdn.ampproject.org
The Google Pixel series of phones hasn’t really caught the imagination or attracted the sort of sales in the same way that its big-name Android rivals have, but Google actually introduced Android features first on its Pixel lineup. Here are a few of the most important Pixel exclusives that make it more tempting to buy one—besides the obvious advantage of getting access to new Android software before anyone else.

Google Pixel phones stop charging at 80% to improve battery health in certain scenarios

Google Pixel phones stop charging at 80% to improve battery health in certain scenarios – By Ben Schoon 9to5Google

Battery technology nowadays generally means that a phone will last a couple of years before longevity issues start to set in. However, a known trick to extend battery health is to stop charging around 80% capacity, and that’s something Google has quietly been doing on Pixel phones in some situations.

I Gave Up My Pixel for a Galaxy S21 and I Hate It

Lesson Learned: I Gave Up My Pixel for a Galaxy S21 and I Hate It – By Suzanne Humphries www-reviewgeek-com.cdn.ampproject.org
Although Google’s Pixel smartphones typically aren’t the most powerful, they consistently pack the most intuitive and thoughtful software on the market. So, what on Earth was I thinking when I traded in my Pixel 4a for Samsung’s terrible Galaxy S21?

Forget the Camera, the Real Google Pixel Superpower Is Phone Calls

Forget the Camera, the Real Google Pixel Superpower Is Phone Calls – By Cameron Summerson Review Geek
While talking on the phone might not be as cool as it once was, Google has done a lot to make the call experience less awful on Pixel devices. Experimental features like Call Screening and Assistant’s Hold for Me have fundamentally changed the way I use my phone over the last year or so. I don’t want to live without them now.

YubiKey 5C NFC review: Everybody should have one of these

YubiKey 5C NFC review: Everybody should have one of these – By Taylor Kerns Android Police
If you’re at all serious about online security, you’re sure to have at least a passing familiarity with two-factor authentication, or 2FA. Single-use codes sent in text messages or emails are probably the most common type of 2FA, but there are more secure methods. The YubiKey 5C NFC facilitates several of those methods in a small, affordable package: at 55 bucks, it’s a pretty fantastic little gadget. Honestly, everybody should have one of these things.

Holiday 2020: The Best Affordable Phones

Holiday 2020: The Best Affordable Phones – By Eric Schoon reviewgeek.com

A shiny new phone is sure to be a gift that anyone can appreciate. The issue is, there are a lot of extravagantly expensive phones on the market today. While these phones may receive a lot of attention, they’re hardly your only options for gifts this year. And to prove that, we selected five phones that all cost under $500 which would make excellent gifts for those in need of a new phone.

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