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The back of the Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate.

The gaming smartphone is dead

The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro has arrived at CES 2024, but it seems to have put the final nail in the coffin of the gaming smartphone as we knew it. Here's why.
A person making a gesture using Doublepoint's gesture control system.

How one company is giving your Wear OS smartwatch superpowers

A company is showing off a complex gesture control system for Wear OS smartwatches at CES 2024, and we found out how it's improving on Apple's Double Tap.
Someone holding the Withings BeamO up to their head.

These are the weirdest mobile gadgets we’ve seen at CES 2024

CES 2024 isn't only about big, mainstream products. There are many fun, quirky products hidden away throughout the halls and hotel suites in Las Vegas.
A person holding the Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro, showing the back.

One of the first Android phones of 2024 isn’t what you expect

The first major Android phone release of 2024 has come at CES, and it's the Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro. But this gaming phone isn't quite what we expected.
Fossil Gen 5 Wear OS

How one company made CES the best place for Wear OS watches

Here's why Fossil helped make CES one of the best shows for smartwatches, and how it will be missed at CES 2024 should it not bring as many styles as before.
CES 2018 Show Floor

CES is a missed opportunity for Android phones

The CES show in Las Vegas traditionally isn't all about smartphones, but that should change. One company is pushing ahead and trying something new.
Hey Siri

How Siri helped me out in an almost impossible situation

Siri, Apple's voice assistant, doesn't always get much attention. But I recently found its help invaluable in a really difficult situation.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra's camera lenses.

I’m worried about the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

A specific rumor about the Galaxy S24 Ultra is making me worry that 2023 may be the last year we see one of the best smartphone camera features.
Man wearing a Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro review: buy with your heart, not your head

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is big, powerful, and has a long-lasting battery. But is it worth the steep price tag? We find out in our review.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro against some leaves.

This old Samsung smartwatch still tugs at my heartstrings

I put the old Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro back on, and was instantly reminded why I liked it — but also why you probably shouldn't buy it today.
A person holding the Nothing Phone 2, with the lights active.

Nothing Phone 2 review: the new phone to beat in 2023

Never heard of Nothing? That's about to change, because the excellent Nothing Phone 2 deserves everyone's attention. It really is that good.
A person holding the Nothing Phone 2, showing the back panel.

This quirky phone is still one of 2023’s best smartphone buys

Going back to the Nothing Phone 2 reminded me what a fun phone it is, and why it's still worth buying — despite Nothing's recent PR disaster.
A person holding the iPhone 5.

How bad is a 2012 iPhone camera in 2023? Take a look for yourself

After finding an old Apple iPhone 5, I used the camera alongside the iPhone 15 Pro Max, Galaxy S23 Ultra, and OnePlus 11. Here's how things have changed.
Clockwise from top: natural titanium iPhone 15 Pro, Nothing Phone 2, green iPhone 15, and Obsidian Black Google Pixel Fold.

A very strange thing happened to smartphones this year

The choice of smartphone to buy has never been so great, but over the past year an interesting trend has emerged that has made choosing the right one easier.
The back of the Viva Magenta Razr Plus.

Using this Motorola folding phone was an emotional roller coaster

The Motorola Razr Plus is a lovely little phone — but it also likes to play on your emotions. Let me explain what I mean.
A person holding the Google Pixel 8.

2023 was the best year for Google Pixel devices yet

Here's a bold claim: I think 2023 has been the best year for Google Pixel devices yet. Let me explain why this is.
A person holding the Ultrahuman Air ring, showing the sensors.

This smart ring maker has some wild product plans for 2024

Ultrahuman, the company behind the Ring Air smart ring, spoke to Digital Trends about its plans for 2024 — which include some really exciting new products.
A person wearing the Google Pixel Watch 2.

Google Pixel Watch 2 review: Google really did it

Google really had a challenge on its hands with the Pixel Watch 2, but happily, it has returned with a wearable that impresses in almost all areas.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 is the most innovative wearable of 2023.

The most innovative smartwatches and wearables of 2023

These are the wearables that have made a real impact in 2023 by including clever tech that changes the way we use and enjoy them.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra lying on a large rock.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra review: the best, most complete Android phone yet

Our Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra review will tell you why this is the most complete Android phone you can currently buy, and why it'll last you for years.
The back of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.

Don’t wait for the Galaxy S24 Ultra. Just buy this phone instead

Going back to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and its unique features proved to me why it's still a great phone to buy at the end of 2023.
Samsung Health widget on the Galaxy Watch 6.

This is the one product I don’t want Samsung to launch in 2024

I'm looking forward to a lot of Samsung products in 2024, such as the Galaxy S24 Ultra. But there's one I fear may be coming that I don't want at all.
Android 14 logo on the Google Pixel 8 Pro.

Your Android phone is getting lots of fun new features this month

Google has announced plenty of new features for the Google Messages app, Wear OS, and even Google TV in a big update expected to land very soon.
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra's rear panels.

I compared two of the year’s best phones in an extreme camera test

Does Apple or Samsung make the best flagship camera phone? We put the iPhone 15 Pro Max against the Galaxy S23 Ultra to find out.
Ceramic Shield on the iPhone 14 Pro, with light to show scratches.

This is what an iPhone looks like after a year with no screen protector

What does an iPhone look like after you use it for an entire year without a screen protector? We found out so you don't have to.
A person holding the Sony Xperia 10 Plus, showing the screen.

This forgotten Android phone did something incredible 4 years ago

In 2019, Sony began releasing phones with 21:9 aspect ratio screens, and while they didn't really take off, they're still influencing smartphones today.
Android 14 easter egg on OnePlus 11 with OxygenOS 14 beta.

There’s a big problem with smartphone software updates

Software updates are an essential part of any smartphone. But they're also broken and messy — and they need to change.
The Double Tap symbol on the Apple Watch Series 9.

Why the Apple Watch’s newest feature is doomed to fail

The Double Tap gesture control for the Apple Watch is great, but unfortunately, history shows similar tech doesn't always survive.
An iMessage sent through the Nothing Chats app.

I used the worst app of 2023

Nothing Chats let you send iMessages from an Android phone, but it turned out to be a privacy nightmare. I tried it before it was removed from the Play Store.
A person taking a photo with the Apple iPhone 15 Plus.

I reviewed 20 phones in 2023. These are my 5 favorites

2023 has been great for new smartphones, no matter how much you want to spend. These are my 5 favorite new phones I reviewed this year.
A person using Double Tap on the Apple Watch Series 9.

Double Tap is the coolest Apple Watch feature I’ve used in ages

Double Tap may be a bit limited in what it can do, but that doesn't stop it being one of the coolest Apple Watch features I've used in a while.
A person holding the OnePlus 11 and Google Pixel 8.

I did a Pixel 8 and OnePlus 11 camera test. Picking a winner wasn’t easy

The Google Pixel 8's camera has a good reputation, but how does it fare when it goes up against the OnePlus 11? Surprisingly, it's a very close comparison.
Someone holding the OnePlus 11.

OnePlus 11 review: a real OnePlus phone, and a true return to form

The OnePlus 11 is an important phone, as it needs to impress and rescue the brand's reputation. We've spent plenty of time with it, and have very good news.