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How to factory reset a Galaxy S5

It's always a good idea to encrypt and wipe your smartphone if you plan to sell it or pass it on to someone else. Here's how to do so using the Galaxy S5.
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The best Google Pixel 3 XL screen protectors

We take a look at the available products for safeguarding your Pixel 3 XL's 6.3-inch OLED screen. It's slim pickings, but these are the best Google Pixel 3 XL screen protectors that are available right now. We've listed the pros and cons, so you can make an informed decision and get your screen covered.
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How to forward phone calls quickly and easily

Whether you want to forward calls to your mobile, you’re at home and want mobile calls to come to the landline, or you want to forward calls from one smartphone to another, we have you covered with this comprehensive guide on how to forward calls. We have methods for Android, iPhone, and landlines.
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Google Pixel: The most common problems, and how to fix them

Although the original Google Pixel is three years old, it's still an excellent smartphone. Here's how to fix common Google Pixel problems or work around them.
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How to turn on Dark theme in Android 10

Find out exactly how to use dark mode in Android with our easy guide. We'll show you how to select the dark theme, how it works in Android 9 Pie and how Google has expanded it into a proper dark mode in Android 10. Dark mode can be effective in extending battery life and reducing eye strain.
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OnePlus 7 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

We delve into the hardware, software, and main features of the OnePlus 7 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to find out which is better. Should you splash out on Samsung's finest, or save a bit of cash with the latest OnePlus phone. Learn precisely what sets these phones apart and which is for you.
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Best file managers for Android

If you want to dig into the files on your smartphone and organize them, then you should download one of the best file managers for Android. Most phones come with a basic option, but these picks afford you even greater control to rid yourself of junk files, back up to the cloud, share files, and more.
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Apple iPhone 8 review: A gate into Apple’s walled garden

Apple recently cut the price of the iPhone 8 to $450, following the announcement of its new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Is this a legitimate budget option that can stand up to Android phones? Or are you better off upgrading to the $700 iPhone 11?
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Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition review: Big screen on a budget

If you're buying a tablet for a child then Amazon's devices should be on your radar. The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids may be the one to buy for your little cherub. At $200, it offers two years of free replacement for damage, tons of free kid-centered content, and industry-leading parental controls.
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4 things I like about the Motorola Razr and 4 I don’t

The jury is still out on folding phones, and there's plenty room for innovation. Enter Motorola with a revamped Razr sporting a folding OLED screen. The nostalgia aspect makes me warm and fuzzy and that folding action looks sweet and seamless, but there are some less likable issues here.
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Amazon Kindle Kids Edition review: Great for little bookworms

Built specially for children, the Amazon Kindle Kids Edition is a basic e-book reader with some special extras. At an affordable $110, it's the perfect device to kindle your child's love of reading. Its parental controls could use some work but it offers kids a good bit of fun and incentive to learn.
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Michael Kors Access Lexington 2 review: Elegant form, average software

It's quite the looker -- Michael Kors is a designer brand, after all -- and you'll find most of the sensors you could ask for in a smartwatch. Better yet, you have battery modes that can take this watch beyond the average. But Google's Wear OS just can't help but hold it back, even with capable hardware inside.
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Google is buying Fitbit for $2.1 billion

In a move that makes its growing wearable ambitions crystal clear, Google is buying Fitbit for $2.1 billion. With the acquisition of the maker of activity trackers, Google is making a major push into the wearables space. Fitbit-designed hardware will run Wear OS in the near future.
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Can an app help your kids to sleep? I tested Moshi Twilight to find out

Many kids have trouble falling asleep after the lights go out, but the Moshi Twilight app is purposely designed to carry them off to the land of nod with special sleep stories. I tested it out with my seven-year-old daughter and spoke to the Mind Candy CEO to find out more about how it was developed.
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Why would Google want to buy Fitbit?

Why would Google want to buy Fitbit? Though Fitbit is a big player in the wearables market, it is struggling to transition from fitness trackers to smartwatches. Google's Wear OS has not given it much of a foothold, and it has smartwatch ambitions. Could this be a marriage made in heaven or a disaster?
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iPhone X vs. iPhone 8 vs. iPhone 8 Plus: What are the differences?

Apple announced "the future is here" when it launched the iPhone X back in 2017, flanked by the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus which represented the past. But you may be wondering what the actual differences are. Read our iPhone X versus iPhone 8 versus iPhone 8 Plus guide to find out which to buy.
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Google Pixel 4 review: Smooth, but lacking stamina

The Google Pixel 4 is a slick, smooth, charmer of a smartphone, but it may run out of steam before you do. In this Pixel 4 review, you'll find a deep dive into the new software tricks, air gestures, and the wonderful camera, but there are flaws here in the design and the battery life.
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The svelte Mu Two international travel charger can power your laptop and phone

This slim international travel charger has two USB-C ports and can deliver up to 63W of power, which means it can fast charge your laptop and your phone at the same time. If you're short on space in your suitcase, then the Mu Two could be exactly what you need. It has U.S., U.K., and European plugs.
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Google Pixel 4 XL vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: There can be only one

If you're after an Android phone and you want the best, then the Google Pixel 4 XL and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus will be on your radar. Which if these large powerhouses is the one to go for? Both are great, but we compare them in various categories to help you find the right one for you.
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The affordable HTC Exodus 1s puts a full Bitcoin node in your pocket

The newly announced HTC Exodus 1s is a cheaper version of the Exodus 1 that's capable of putting a full Bitcoin node in your pocket. The device is a pretty basic Android smartphone, so the fact it has a built-in hardware wallet is the unique selling point. Owners can buy, sell, trade, lend, and more.
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What I like and don’t like about Google’s new Pixel 4 phone

Now that we've had some time to let our thoughts stew on Google's Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, here are some of our favorite new features on the phone -- and things we hate. From radar-sensing tech that's genuinely helpful to a measly 64GB of internal storage, there's a lot to unpack.
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Google Pixel 4 vs. Pixel 3

If you're thinking about buying a Pixel, but you can't decide between the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 3, or maybe you're wondering if it's worth upgrading from last year's model, we've got the details you need to make a decision. We compare the Google Pixel 4 and the Pixel 3 to explain all the differences.
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Where is the Google Pixel Watch?

The Google Pixel Watch graced the stage at Google's October hardware event marking the company's first hardware release in the smartwatch market. The Google Pixel Watch runs on Google's Wear OS smartwatch software platform and supports the Google Assistant for voice commands. It comes in two sizes.
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Here’s why you might want to wait a few weeks to buy a Pixel 4

The Google Pixel 4 is about to be unveiled, but given past form it may be smart to wait a few weeks before you buy one. Every release going back to the original Pixel has some controversy around its release and problems that have been fixed within the first few weeks, or tempting discounts.
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OnePlus 7T Pro vs. OnePlus 7T: Find out what makes it Pro

The OnePlus 7T Pro and the OnePlus 7T have an awful lot in common, but if you look closely enough you'll find there are a few differences here. We break down the specs of both phones and explain exactly what's the same and what's different. Sadly, the 7T Pro is not coming to the U.S. market, just the 7T.
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Motorola One Zoom review: Four times the photography fun

With an incredibly versatile quad-lens camera, stamina for days, and a snazzy purple finish, the Motorola One Zoom is a midrange marvel at $450. But there has to be a compromise somewhere, right? Find out how well it performs in the wild as I put it through its paces in this Motorola One Zoom review.
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The Nubia Z20 is an Android phone that doesn’t fold, but it has two screens

The Nubia Z20 is an interesting Android phone with dual back-to-back screens. Underneath the blue glass on the back is a second AMOLED display which is handy for taking selfies via the main camera and allows the front to be almost all screen because there's no need for a selfie camera. Here's what it's like to use.
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Amazon Fire 7 (2019) Review

As the bargain basement model in Amazon’s Fire tablet range, the Fire 7 (2019) and the Fire 7 Kids Edition are amazingly cheap at just $50, but how has Amazon achieved such a low price? I took them for an extended test spin to learn what it can do and uncover the compromises lurking within.
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Amazon Kindle Kids Edition vs. Kindle (2019)

With an all-new Kids Edition of its Kindle e-book reader, Amazon has created a dedicated reading experience for children, but what sets the Kids Edition Kindle apart from the regular Kindle e-book reader? We have all the details for you here as we compare the two devices and explain what they offer.
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Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) vs. Fire HD 10 (2017): Big, budget tablet gets better

The Fire HD 10 is one of the few low price, big screen tablets around and Amazon has just refreshed it with an upgraded 2019 version. We compare the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) to the 2017 model and find out exactly what has changed and what has stayed the same, so you can decide whether to upgrade or not.
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Walmart Onn Android Tablet review

The Walmart Onn Android tablet has the potential to set a fire under Amazon, the current king of the budget tablet market. I tried out the 8-inch Onn tablet to find out exactly what it’s capable of and uncover the compromises that enabled Walmart to achieve such a low price.
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Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs. P30 Pro vs. Mate 20 Pro: How do they compare?

We take a look at how the Huawei Mate 30 Pro measures up against the P30 Pro and last year's Mate 20 Pro. Huawei has stepped up its game, but there's an important omission in the newest phone that may just turn you completely off it. Learn exactly how these three Huawei phones compare right here.
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OnePlus 7T vs. Asus Zenfone 6 vs. ZTE Axon 10 Pro: Affordable flagship face-off

You don't have to spend big to get a great phone, $500 to $600 is enough and these phones prove it. We compare the OnePlus 7T, the Asus Zenfone 6, and the ZTE Axon 10 Pro to learn how they differ, what they can offer, and which is ultimately the best. If you're struggling to decide, read our comparison.
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Should you leave your smartphone plugged into the charger overnight?

Have you ever wondered if it's dangerous to leave your smartphone plugged into the charger overnight? What's the best way to charge your smartphone? We spoke to experts about smartphone batteries, checked the manufacturer guidelines, and compiled all the answers you need for healthy smartphone charging.