Over half of Gen-Z respondents in the study referred to their phone as “a best friend.”

Smartphones are great. They connect us with friends and family members, allow us to capture memories through pictures and video, and can even be home to some truly excellent gaming experiences. It’s almost necessary for most people to own a phone these days, but as we all know, there’s a point where phones can become a problem.

Motorola recently partnered with Dr. Nancy Etcoff from Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry to ask a series of questions to 4,418 smartphone users in the U.S., Brazil, France, and India between the ages of 16 to 65. The goal of the study was to get a better idea as to how the average person uses and interacts with their phone, and some of the results are, honestly, pretty depressing.

  • 33% of respondents said they’d rather spend time on their phone than spend face-to-face time with friends
  • 53% of Generation Z respondents consider their phone to be “a best friend”
  • 44% said they feel compelled to constantly check their phone
  • 29% are “thinking about using it or planning the next time I can use it” when they’re without their phone

Thankfully, most people appear to be aware of their addictions and want to change things. 60% of those surveyed agreed it’s important to have a life away from phones and 61% said that they want to get the most out of their phone while on it and the most out of life when they’re not.

60% of people want to better their phone-life balance.

Following these findings, Motorola created a simple 10-question quiz you can take to see whether or not you need to improve your phone-life balance. Motorola is also working with the team behind the SPACE Phone-Life Balance App, so there’s a chance future Moto phones could come with exclusive trials, discounts, or features for the service.

Phone addition isn’t a cheery topic to talk about, but it’s also incredibly important. My eyes are on a screen for 8+ hours each day between my phone and computer for work, and while I can’t really give these things up because of the nature of my job, I do my best to make conscious efforts to use them as little as possible when I don’t have to. I don’t always succeed at this, but it’s something worth working on each and every day.

If you’re comfortable opening up in the comments below, how’s your phone-life balance? Is it something you think you’ve mastered, or do you often find yourself struggling with it?

Phone addiction is making me sad and anxious, but so is the idea of quitting

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With the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi is solidifying its position at the top of India’s handset market.

Xiaomi can do no wrong in India. The manufacturer sold nearly 10 million units of the Redmi Note 4 in the country last year, and is looking to maintain that momentum with the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Xiaomi built its entire business model on offering great value for money — and as the sales numbers indicate, the strategy has paid off handsomely for the brand. But following up on the Redmi Note 4 is a tough act, as there wasn’t much wrong with the device.

That’s why with its 2018 budget phone, Xiaomi is focusing on core upgrades in all the major areas. The Redmi Note 5 Pro introduces an 18:9 display, a dual camera at the back and a 20MP front camera with LED flash, a Snapdragon 636 chipset, and up to 6GB of RAM. Xiaomi led the category for battery life last year, and things aren’t any different this year — the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 4000mAh battery.

With the competition also fielding increasingly powerful phones, does the Redmi Note 5 Pro have what it takes to further Xiaomi’s cause in India? Let’s find out.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Specs

Category Features
Operating System MIUI 9.2 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Display 5.99-inch 18:9 FHD+ (2160×1080) IPS LCD panel
403ppi pixel density
450nits maximum brightness
SoC Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Eight Kryo 260 cores up to 1.8GHz
GPU Adreno 509
Storage 64GB/64GB
microSD slot up to 128GB
Rear camera 12MP with 1.25um pixel size and f/2.2 lens + 5MP with 1.12um pixel size and f/2,0 lens
PDAF, LED flash
1080p video recording
Front shooter 20MP with LED Selfie light
1080p video recording
Connectivity LTE with VoLTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS
Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster
Networks LTE: 1/3/5/40/41
GSM: 2/3/5/8
WCDMA: 1/2/5/8
Battery 4000mAh battery
Fast charging (5V/2A)
Fingerprint Rear fingerprint sensor
Dimensions 158.6 × 75.4 × 8.05mm
Weight 181g
Colors Gold, Rose Gold, Blue, Black

About this review

I (Harish Jonnalagadda) am writing this review after using the Redmi Note 5 Pro for over two weeks in Hyderabad, India. The device is a pre-production unit provided by Xiaomi India and is running a nightly build of MIUI 9 ( I tested the phone on Airtel and Jio’s 4G networks in Hyderabad.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Design

The Redmi Note 5 Pro marks Xiaomi’s foray into the 18:9 form factor in the budget segment. The brand led the way for bezel-less panels with the Mi Mix and the Mi Mix 2, and while the effect isn’t anywhere as striking on the Redmi Note 5 Pro, you do get a taller 5.99-inch display with significantly reduced bezels when compared to last year’s Redmi Note 4.

The switch to an 18:9 panel also means there’s an all-new design up front. The capacitive navigation buttons have made way for on-screen keys, and you can change the orientation of the back and overview buttons from the settings menu.

Round back, things are more familiar. If you ignore the camera module, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is identical to the Redmi Note 5, which in turn shares the same design aesthetic as the Redmi Note 4. The Redmi Note 4 had an iterative design that was nearly identical to the Redmi Note 3, so what we have here is a design language that’s three years old.

Like previous years, the antenna inlays at the top and bottom of the device are made out of plastic, but feature a metallic finish. There’s a minor variance in color between the inlays and the metal back, particularly on the gold version. It isn’t as noticeable on the other color options of the device.

While the aesthetic has evolved over the last three years, the design at the back is starting to look stale. The design works for the Redmi Note 5, which starts off at ₹9,999, but it would’ve made more sense for Xiaomi to differentiate the Redmi Note 5 Pro from the standard variant.

Talking about lack of differentiation from the Redmi Note 5, the Note 5 Pro also comes with a microUSB charging port. The standard is becoming outdated, and the onus is now on Xiaomi to make the switch to USB-C in the Redmi series. That said, the IR blaster is intact, as is the 3.5mm jack. The volume and power buttons offer a decent amount of tactile feedback as well.

The 18:9 panel up front is one of the best in the budget segment.

The fingerprint sensor at the back is identical to what Xiaomi has used in the past, and it is quick to authenticate and the positioning is just right. The sensor is located in the top one-third section and is right next to the natural resting position of your index finger. There’s also a more prominent curve where the back meets the mid-frame, leading to better in-hand feel.

Coming to the display, the 5.99-inch LCD panel is one of the best in this segment. Xiaomi has made a habit of offering vibrant displays in this category, and the same is true for the Redmi Note 5 Pro as well. The panel offers a resolution of 2160×1080, which is becoming the standard for the 18:9 form factor.

Colors out of the box are excellent, and you can tweak the settings to your preferences by going into the settings. The phone also comes with a blue light filter that can be configured to automatically kick in from sunset to sunrise. If you’re one to use your phone a lot during the night, you should enable the feature as it reduces strain on the eyes.

For better or worse, the camera sensor — with the lenses arrayed vertically and the flash tucked in between — is identical to that of the iPhone X. It protrudes from the back as well, which makes the phone wobble when laid on a flat surface like a table.

Overall though, the build quality as well as fit and finish are all top-notch, with Xiaomi undertaking stricter quality control measures. At 181g, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is heavier than its predecessors, and the taller panel doesn’t make it conducive to use one-handed.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Hardware

Xiaomi is regularly in the first wave of manufacturers to roll out Qualcomm’s latest hardware. We’ve seen that in years past, and that’s the case with the Redmi Note 5 Pro as well, which is the first device to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 mobile platform.

The Snapdragon 636 is interesting as it introduces Kryo cores to the budget category. The Snapdragon 660 did the same for the mid-range segment last year, but a majority of the phones powered by the chipset — the OPPO R11 and the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 — were limited to the Chinese market.

The Snapdragon 636 features eight cores in total, with four performance cores complemented by four energy-efficient cores. We’ve seen that same combination in use in the Android space for a few years now, and it strikes the ideal balance between performance and energy efficiency.

The four high-performance cores are based on ARM’s Cortex A73, one of the fastest cores available today. The energy-efficient cores are based on the Cortex A53, a mainstay in the budget segment over the last two years. Qualcomm has offered fully custom cores in the Kryo platform before, but it is leveraging the “Built on ARM Cortex Technology” licensing agreement to build semi-custom cores.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is on par with flagship chipsets from just a few years ago.

The license allows Qualcomm to take off-the-shelf Cortex cores and make modifications to tweak the overall performance. We’ve seen Qualcomm go down this road with the Snapdragon 820, 821, and the 835, and the chip vendor is now doing the same for the downstream Snapdragon chipsets. Going with a Cortex license has several benefits as it gives Qualcomm the ability to go to market faster — it doesn’t need to design a core from the ground-up — while retaining a competitive advantage.

Coming back to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Kryo cores make a tangible difference in terms of overall performance. You’re looking at anywhere from a 15-20% increase in CPU speeds and a 10% uptick in GPU performance. As we’ve seen in the benchmarks, the Snapdragon 636 is an underclocked version of the Snapdragon 660, which delivers performance equivalent to flagship chipsets from just a few years ago.

The performance on tap with the Redmi Note 5 Pro is nothing short of extraordinary, and it’s safe to say that this is the fastest phone in the budget segment by some margin. The GPU performance means that the phone can now handle visually intensive games as well, which was a limitation with last year’s Redmi Note 4.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro benchmarks

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is also decked out with LPDDR4X RAM, which thus far has been limited to the high-end segment. It would’ve been great had the device offered UFS storage as well, but the global demand for storage meant it wasn’t viable for Xiaomi to include it in the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The phone instead features eMMC 5.0 storage, and with both variants offering 64GB of internal memory, you’re not going to run out anytime soon.

Also new with the Redmi Note 5 Pro is Wi-Fi ac as well as Bluetooth 5.0, with both features limited to the Pro variant and not available in the standard version. Talking about connectivity, the Redmi Note 5 Pro had no issues with calls, and the speaker at the bottom is astonishingly loud. In short, if you’re looking for the most bang for your buck in the budget segment, this is the phone to get.

Battery life

Xiaomi prioritized the battery segment last year, introducing a 4100mAh battery in the Redmi Note 4. The huge battery combined with MIUI’s optimizations allowed the Redmi Note 4 to run rings around its rivals. A year on, that hasn’t changed. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a marginally smaller 4000mAh battery, you’re guaranteed the same great class-leading battery life.

You’ll easily get a day-and-a-half worth of usage from that battery consistently, even if you’re a power user and rely on your mobile primarily for your entertainment needs. In my usage, I averaged nine hours of screen-on-time spread over two days.

My main issue with the battery on the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the lack of fast charging. With the battery easily lasting more than a day on average, more often than not you’ll be looking to top up your device in the middle of the day, and that poses problems as the bundled charger maxes out at 5V/2A. The phone itself is not compatible with fast charging, taking an agonizing two hours to get from zero to a full charge.

Fast charging isn’t a big deal on a device with such great battery life, but the lack thereof is one of the few areas where the Redmi Note 5 Pro is behind the competition.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Software

On the software front, it’s business as usual. The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with the latest version of MIUI 9, but if you were hoping for Oreo, get ready to be disappointed. The phone is still based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with an Oreo update slated for sometime later this year.

Furthermore, with the Redmi Note 5 Pro being the first to run the Snapdragon 636, there are odd glitches along the way. My unit is on the nightly build, and the stable update is scheduled to make its way to the phone shortly after its release. The stable build should iron out the kinks and allow the phone to take full advantage of the Snapdragon 636.

Optimization could also be the reason why Xiaomi stuck with the Snapdragon 625 for the standard version of the Redmi Note 5. The manufacturer has been optimizing the chipset for well over a year now, to the point where it runs with nary a lag or stutter. It’ll take a few weeks at least to get the Redmi Note 5 Pro to the same level, following which we’ll hopefully see the Oreo update make its way to the device.

MIUI is a ROM that needed a visual refresh yesterday.

Apart from the lack of Oreo, the user experience on offer with the Redmi Note 5 Pro is similar to Xiaomi devices released over the course of the last twelve months. There’s a ton of customization options and more features than you’ll end up using, but that’s one of the main draws of MIUI. Xiaomi has invested considerable resources in building out features, and MIUI 9 has plenty to offer in the form of quick replies in the notification window, an all-new Mi Video app, native split-screen functionality, and much more.

Then there’s older features like Dual Apps — which let you run two instances of an app simultaneously — and Second Space, through which you’ll be able to create a separate profile on your device. The SMS app has been tailored for Indian customers, taking the information from a ticket confirmation SMS and automatically creating a card with all the relevant details highlighted.

MIUI 9: Nine new features you need to know

As I said last year, MIUI is never going to adhere to “pure” Android in terms of a visual layout, and that’s because a majority of its users are in China. The unregulated nature of the Chinese app market is what led to features like a dedicated Security app and granular control over autostart permissions.

But with usage vastly increasing in markets like India, we may see a wholesale change heading to MIUI in the coming years. The retooled notification pane is definitely a step in the right direction, but the interface as a whole is in need of a refresh to make it more modern. The recents menu, for instance, hasn’t changed from the KitKat era, and if you need an app drawer, you’ll need to look to a third-party launcher. Xiaomi will hopefully address these issues and make much-needed changes to MIUI sooner rather than later.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Camera

If you ignore the fact that the dual-lens arrangement at the back is identical to that of the iPhone X, there’s plenty to like in the Redmi Note 5 Pro’s camera. The phone features a 12MP primary camera that’s joined by a secondary 5MP depth camera, and up front you get a 20MP camera with LED flash.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro does a stunning job in daylight conditions, with images offering plenty of detail and accurate colors. HDR is off by default, and while the mode was more of a hindrance in past Redmi devices, it’s actually usable in the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Finally, the phone does a decent job in low-light conditions, which is a huge deal seeing as how most budget phones struggle in this area.

The camera on the Redmi Note 5 Pro beats other phones in this category by a country mile.

I put the phone to the test by using it as my daily driver during Xiaomi’s launch event earlier this month, and came away impressed with the overall results. I normally rely on either the Pixel 2 XL or the Note 8 for launch event coverage as the lighting at these venues isn’t ideal, but the Redmi Note 5 Pro did an admirable job.

The dual camera setup also enables portrait mode, which we’ve seen in the Mi 6 and more recently the Mi A1. The background blur effect is more conservative this time around, but as Xiaomi pointed out at the launch event, its edge detection algorithm is spot-on.

On the video front, you get electronic image stabilization, but miss out on 4K recording. It’s unclear why the feature was removed as the Snapdragon 636 can handle 4K video, and as good as the Redmi Note 5 Pro is at taking photos, videos aren’t the device’s forte.

Sure, the Redmi Note 5 Pro won’t blow the Note 8 out of the water, but you have to remember that the phone is available for less than one-fourth the price of Samsung’s flagship.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Bottom line

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is Xiaomi’s strongest showing in the budget segment in the last two years, and puts the brand in a great position as we head into the launch cycle for 2018. The 18:9 display is a much-needed change to keep the device competitive, and the Snapdragon 636 ensures class-leading performance for the foreseeable future.

This is the first Redmi device I’d consider using as my daily driver.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is the first phone in the Redmi series I’d consider using as my daily driver. Previous phones in this series weren’t short on power, but the camera was the one area where Xiaomi lagged behind.

With the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the manufacturer is taking the lead in this category, and once again setting the benchmark for the rest of the field to follow.

Should you buy it? Absolutely

If you’re in the market for a budget phone, the Redmi Note 5 Pro should be at the top of your list. The combination of sheer hardware combined with the great camera, two-day battery life, and 18:9 panel makes the Redmi Note 5 Pro the device to beat in the budget segment.

The phone is offered in two variants — a model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and a version with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The 4GB model retails for ₹13,999 and is on sale, and the 6GB version will be making its debut at a later date for ₹16,999. With Xiaomi making a stronger push for offline sales, it’ll be easier to get your hands on the Redmi Note 5 Pro than in previous years. The phone should be making its way to Xiaomi’s offline partners shortly after its launch, and head to the 22 Mi Home stores in the country.

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Talk about savings!

We haven’t shared a deal on the Blue Snowball condenser mic dropping to $40 since December. This is a regular price drop we’ve seen before, but it is $10 off the street price and a match for its lowest ever. Only the Black version of the mic is on sale, as White is still as $49.

If you need a mic for podcasts, streaming, or making any sort of online videos the Snowball is a great option on a budget. It uses easy plug-and-play features that let you connect to your Mac or PC with no drivers to install. It also ships with the stand so you don’t have to buy that separately. Users give it 4.4 stars based on more than 2,900 reviews.

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Recommendations include the Pixel 2, BlackBerry Motion, and others.

As a regular consumer, deciding which Android phone is best for you can often be a real struggle. When you’re in charge of a company and trying to find the best phone for your employees and co-workers, this struggle is exacerbated even more. To help alleviate some of the headaches that can come with this, Google is launching the Android Enterprise Recommended program.

Android Enterprise Recommended will highlight phones that Google deems to be the best fit for businesses/enterprises, and devices that are part of the program must be running Android 7.0 Nougat or later, offer zero-touch enrollment with bulk deployment to employees, run the latest Android security patches within 90 days of their release, and more.

These guidelines will be updated alongside the release of each new Android version, and for OEMs that have handsets within the program, they’ll receive “an enhanced level of technical support and training from Google.”

Android Enterprise Recommended is launching with 22 phones that meet its requirements, including:

  • Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL
  • BlackBerry KEYone and Motion
  • LG V30 and G6
  • Moto X4 and Z2 Force Edition
  • Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P10, P10 Plus, P10 Lite, and P Smart
  • Nokia 8
  • Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium

More devices will be added to this list over the next few weeks and months, and Google says the framework for Android Enterprise Recommended will be expanded to other areas in 2018, including rugged and “dedicated” devices, mobile carriers, enterprise mobility management providers, and systems integrators.

Google’s Reply app is here and works surprisingly well

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Now it takes twice as long to get the goodies you want.

Along with supporting older MST terminals, another area where Samsung Pay has an advantage over Android Pay (well, now Google Pay) is with its rewards program. Samsung Pay gives its users points they can redeem for gift cards, raffles, and more as they continually use the app, but in an unexpected move, Samsung’s making this rewards system not nearly as fun.

According to multiple users, Samsung Pay is taking the points you earn with its multiple tiers and cutting them in half. Because of this, the rewards system now looks like the following:

  • Member users earn 5 points per purchase instead of 10
  • Silver users earn 10 points per purchase instead of 20
  • Gold users earn 15 points per purchase instead of 30
  • Platinum users earn 20 points per purchase instead of 40

This move wouldn’t be so crummy if Samsung adjusted the cost for prizes to go along with the reduction in points that are earned, but this doesn’t seem to be the case. In other words, you’ll now have to make twice as many purchases as you used to in order to accumulate enough points for the things you love. Yay 🙃.

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Don’t let dumb AI kill the mood.

When you think of “night mode” on a device, you think of a dimmed screen and muted notifications. I’d never really thought about it on something that doesn’t have a display.

That is, until I stashed the Google Home Max in my bedroom.

Because there’s nothing quite like enjoying a day full of Norwegian death metal in the comfort of one’s own chambers, only to retire to bed in the evening and command Google Assistant to turn off all the lights and OK TURNING OFF NINE LIGHTS — IT LOOKS LIKE FOUR LIGHTS AREN’T AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW GOODNIGHT PHIL SORRY ABOUT WAKING THE KIDS AND FOR TOTALLY KILLING THE MOOD BUT DON’T WORRY I’M SURE THIS SORT OF THING HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.

Google Home — and especially Google Home Max when kept where the magic happens — badly need a night mode.

Turns out Google Home has a night mode.

Head into the Google Home app and hit that awful little devices icon to get to the list of all your Googles Home. (Or is it Google Homes? Whatever.) Then find the device you want to enable night mode on. Hit the three-button overflow menu and choose settings. Then choose Night Mode.

From there, you can set the Night Mode schedule (mine is now at a depressingly early 9 p.m.), adjust the LED brightness (less of a big deal) and maximum volume (a very big deal).

What you can’t do is set this from the Google Home itself — you’ll have to go into the app to do the deed. So much for smart assistants, eh?

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If you’re on AT&T, these are the hottest deals to keep an eye out for.

AT&T is one of the largest and most well-known carries in the United States, and as a result of this, you can often find some pretty sweet deals being offered. Whether you’re in the market for new phones or television service, AT&T has something for just about everyone. Here are the top deals we recommend the most.

Get a new Samsung phone, get another one for free

Between the Galaxy S8/S8+, S8 Active, and Note 8, Samsung had a pretty incredible year for its smartphones in 2017. Samsung’s handsets are never cheap, so to help out with this, AT&T is letting you get two of Samsung’s latest for the price of one.

This deal is available for all of the phones mentioned above, and it means that if you buy one Galaxy Note 8, you can get another one at absolutely no extra cost. You’ll need to purchase both phones through AT&T Next on monthly installment plans, but you’ll receive a bill credit for one of the phones for a total of 30 months.

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Buy one get one free for the LG V30

The LG V30 might not have gotten as much hype or attention as the Note 8 last year, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad phone by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, the V30 is pretty darn great. The phone has a gorgeous design, features excellent dual rear cameras, and performance is top-notch.

Similar to the above Samsung deal, AT&T is letting customers order two LG V30s and then get a monthly bill credit to essentially make one of them free.

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Save 25% on Belkin wireless charging pad

If you decide to get a phone like the Galaxy S8 or LG V30, you’ll be able to take advantage of wireless charging pads so you can top up your new phone without having to worry about pesky cables. Lucky for you, AT&T is also running a sale that lets you get 25% off Belkin’s Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad.

You’ll pay just $44 instead of the regular $59 MSRP, and support for 15W charging means you’ll be able to wirelessly charge your new phone in the blink of an eye. Even better, you can still use the Boost Up pad to charge your phone even if it has a lightweight case on it.

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Buy three accessories and get 20% off

Getting a new phone is great, but what’s even better is outfitting it with a pile of awesome accessories. Right now at AT&T, buying three accessories in one transaction will score you a discount of 20% off your entire order.

This deal applies to cases, screen protectors, and car chargers, but you can also use it to save on wireless charging stations, Apple’s AirPods, Bluetooth speakers, the Google Home, Amazon Echo, Nest Security Camera, and more. This deal is available even if you’re not an AT&T customer, and if you were already planning to pick up a few new gadgets, you might as well do it this way and get 20% off all your new tech.

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Updated 2/20/2018 – Replaced Axon M deal with 25% off Belkin chargers.

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Amazon and Best Buy are also offering student discounts.

Chrome OS still isn’t for everyone, but for those who are already fans or want to give it a fighting chance, the Pixelbook is the best way to experience Google’s desktop/tablet operating system. The Pixelbook is expensive with a starting price of $999, but a new sale drops it to just $899.

For that $899, you’ll get the base model of the Pixelbook with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. That’s the Pixelbook I personally use, and it runs like an absolute champ. The next model up has the same processor and RAM, but you get double the storage thanks to a 256GB SSD. You’ll pay $200 more for it, but since it’s also discounted, it’ll end up costing just $1099.

If you want as much power as possible, the Pixelbook with a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB NVMe SSD also gets a $100 price cut and drops to $1549.

These $100 discounts are available at all retailers the Pixelbook is sold, including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Newegg, the Google Store, and Walmart. However, if you’re a student and get the Pixelbook at either Amazon or Best Buy, you can score an additional 10% off any model. Thanks to that, you’ll pay just $809 for the base Pixelbook before taxes.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, the $100 discount is good through March 3.

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Anker’s USB-C to HDMI adapter is only $16.79 with code ANKER836. It’s $24 without the code and has not had a direct price drop from that price in many, many months.

In The Wirecutter‘s roundup of the best USB-C adapters, they consider this one the best for anyone who wants to hook up a modern USB-C only laptop to an HDMI monitor or high-definition TV. Not only does this tiny adapter have a solid build quality and support 4K video and 60Hz refresh rates, it’s also designed to work with the newer Chromebooks. Users give this adapter 3.8 stars based on 192 reviews.

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The HTC Desire 12 isn’t a phone that most of you probably care about, but that doesn’t change the fact that it will soon be on the market as an entry-level smartphone – something we haven’t seen from HTC is … Read More

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