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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.
A person wearing the Humane AI Pin.

Humane’s AI Pin looks like a miserable smartphone replacement

The Humane AI Pin is the latest mobile gadget billed to change the world, but its joyless future holds no appeal for me. Here's why.
A person holding the Motorola Moto G, showing the back panel.

10 years ago, this small Android phone changed smartphones forever

Ten years ago, the Motorola Moto G changed the way we thought about cheap phones. And with some help, it changed the industry too.
A person using the OnePlus 11.

The worst thing has happened to one of 2023’s best Android phones

2023 has given us a lot of really exciting, great to use smartphones, and this has unfortunately had a negative effect on the OnePlus 11.
The iPhone 15 Pro Max inside the Adore June pouch.

I figured out how to protect my iPhone without an ugly case

I don't want a case on my iPhone 15 Pro Max, but I still want to give it a fighting chance of survival. This is what I chose to help protect it.
The MediaTek Dimensity 9300 processor in a case.

I’m anxious and excited about this bonkers, industry-changing phone chip

MediaTek has taken a risk with its latest flagship phone processor by throwing out the established rule book. This is why I'm anxious and excited about it.
The G-Shock GW-9500 Mudman on some mud and grass.

I wore a G-Shock watch that rivals the Apple Watch Ultra 2

I left my Apple Watch Ultra at home and wore a new G-Shock Mudman instead, and I saw how it could possibly replace Apple's big smartwatch.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Mint Green color along with a coaster and leaf in the front.

You need to hear the crazy origin story behind this Samsung phone

The Galaxy S23 FE is the latest in Samsung's FE model range, but what does FE mean? Sure, it stands for Fan Edition, but how it came about is crazy.
A person holding the Oura Ring in the Equinox Ring Cover.

I did something ridiculous to my Oura Ring

There's a case for the Oura Ring, and as weird as it may first sound, it actually makes a lot of sense. I've tried one out.
A person folding up the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5.

How a tiny, fun phone changed my mind about foldables

I returned to the Galaxy Z Flip 5, and feared it may make me yearn for the Galaxy Z Fold 5, but it did not. Here's why it has changed my mind about foldables.
A person holding the Apple iPhone 15 Plus and Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max.

I did an iPhone 15 Pro Max camera test and the results shocked me

How different is the camera on the iPhone 15 Pro Max from that on the iPhone 15 Plus? I put the two against each other to find out, and the results shocked me.
The Motorola Razr 40's cover screen, with the Moo character.

Why this cheap folding phone from Motorola is a must buy

If you want your next phone to be fun, exciting, and a bit futuristic — all without breaking the bank — then you need to look at the Motorola Razr (2023).
A person wearing the TCL RayNeo Nxtwear S XR glasses.

I wore smart glasses that made me excited for the future

I'm really looking forward to having true smart glasses on my face, and wearing the TCL RayNeo Nxtwear S reminded me why I'm so excited.