Just because the big-name phones get all the attention, that shouldn’t preclude excellent devices like the Moto G5 Plus and Honor 6X from getting their fair shake. At under $300 each, both phones certainly have trade-offs compared to their more expensive counterparts, but each manages to bring a certain something, from fantastic performance and software to superb battery life and great camera optics, to make them worth your time.

At least that’s what Jacklyn says in her latest video, finding it hard to choose a winner.

Which phone would get your money? Leave a comment below with your favorite, and while you’re at it, go subscribe to AC’s YouTube channel if you haven’t already!

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Google Assistant may soon be available on iOS devices.

Google is still working to get its AI Assistant on every Android device you own, but if rumors are true, it will also be an iOS launch soon as a standalone app.

As reported by Android Police, Google may announce a new Google Assistant app for iOS in the next few days. While this is but a rumor at this point, the timing is pretty perfect what with Google I/O kicking off later this week and the early release of the Google Assistant SDK they unveiled in late April.

Technically, Google Assistant is already available for iOS, albeit as the very limited chat-based version baked into Google Allo. You’re able to use Google Assistant within the app to find restaurants and quickly look up answers to questions while you’re chatting with your friends, but let’s be real here — it’s a far cry from the full Google Assistant experience found on Android and stashed in an app that most iOS users don’t use. Then there’s Siri, of course, which is built into iOS the same way Google is including its own Assistant in Android Marshmallow and Nougat.

We’ll have to wait and see if this rumor has legs, but we likely won’t have to wait very long with Google I/O kicking off Wednesday.

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New phones for growing markets.

Motorola has announced two new budget phones for Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, the Moto C and Moto C Plus.

While both phones share design similarities with the Moto Gs announced earlier in the year, they expense with the metal pleasantries in order to keep the corners down. Instead, they focus on software experience and battery life.

The Moto C offers a “micro-textured back cover”, a quad-core Snapdragon processor and optional LTE capabilities, along with a 2350mAh battery and a 5MP rear camera. The 3G version ships for €89 for 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, while the LTE model offers the same memory configuration for €99. The phone is also available in a number of colors, including Metallic Cherry, Pearl White, Fine Gold or Starry Black.

The Moto C Plus is a dual SIM phone with 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM, along with a massive 4,000mAh battery and an upgraded 8MP rear camera. It starts at €119. Both models have 2MP front-facing cameras.

These aren’t particularly exciting phones to anyone used to massive spec sheets in North America or Western Europe, but devices like the Moto C are integral to Motorola’s growth in developing markets like India and parts of Latin America where the brand is extremely strong.

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