On Black Friday a 2 days ago, I was visiting BestBuy(You can see my VLOG here) where BestBuy’s storefront featured a giant ad for their new Google Home Mini. Google is really trying to get Google Home Mini to the masses and at current sale prices of $29 plus $10 gift card, this is probably the best deal for Cyber Monday.But, is Google Home Mini worth it?
Want a KILLER deal on the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 this Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Traditionally, Note series have not been discounted during Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend but this year, you may just be able to save around $170 or 20% OFF its $950 retail prices.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend is FINALLY HERE where you can grab some Android phones for much less than usual. I tried my best to pick best deals based on price, specs, long-term re-sale value.Google Home Mini is on sale for $29(regular $49) plus $10 gift card. Check out Black Friday/Cyber Monday Google Home Mini Deal here. Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus are probably one of the best deals since Note 8 just came out. Check out Best Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus Black Friday Cyber Monday Deals here. Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge are still one of the best smartphones and you can get a used models for near $200 and new models near $400. Check out Black Friday/Cyber Monday Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge Deals here. LG is offering $400 cashback visa card for purchase of LG V30 or V30+ along with another LG purchase. Rebate matches your second purchase so make sure to buy something at least $400 to get the full rebate. Check out LG V30 Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal. LG V20 unlocked version(GSM/CDMA hybrid) that can be used on both GSM/CDMA(all AT&T/T-Mobile/Sprint/Verizon supported) is on sale for just $319.99. This may be the best deal on last year’s Android smartphone. Check out Black Friday/Cyber Monday LG V20 Deals.
OnePlus has just launched their latest OnePlus 5T, featuring an upgrade 6.01-inch 18:9 aspect ratio screen with a design that eliminates bezels as is the current flaghship trend. As far as design and feel, OnePlus 5T is definitely up there, feels great in your hands and best of all, the metal back finish keeps nasty, greasy fingerprint marks out. This is definitely a phone you can use naked and also considering price is half of most flagships, you probably wouldn’t have to worry about dropping it so much.
For those of you who may have took bad photos like all of us will do at some point in our life(or do it more often), here’s how to easily fix terrible, bad photos with blown-out highlights or too-dark scenes. If you have Galaxy Note 8, S8, or S8+ you can use the Photo Editor Pro which has load of options and customization just like Photoshop but better optimized for phones.
If you absolutely want to convert your Android smartphone into iPhone X, there’s an easy way using the XOutOf10 app for Android. With this app, you will no longer have ability to check all of your notifications nevermind checking how much battery percentage you have left. Best of all, you can even get the notch for your forehead which will fully convince your friends that you indeed have an iPhone X not Android. Now, we advise you use caution when using this conversion method as you may end up picking up a lot of girls. This app works on all Android smartphones so definitely give it a go and let us know if you are able to trick people into thinking you have iPhone X.
Can’t decide between the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Pixel 2 XL? Let me help you find the perfect smartphone for you.Design & Feel – Both phones features curved screen(while Pixel 2 XL is curved glass but flat screen) with sexy curves. Both phones feel very good in the hands. The Note 8 has slightly longer screen(taller) while the Pixel 2 has the same width as Note 8 but with bigger bezels, making it feel slightly wider. For people using the phone naked, the Pixel 2 XL back is mostly matte with glass on top. This will help you get less fingerprints. Screen – Both phones features the latest OLED screens, the Galaxy Note 8 has AMOLED made by Samsung and the Pixel 2 XL has POLED made by LG. The POLED on Pixel 2 XL displays some blue tint when viewed at an angle. However, the Galaxy Note 8 also has a blue tint when seen at an angle. This blue tint will NOT affect daily performance since it is only visible when viewing 100% white background, you won’t notice it much with regular images that have mix of different colors. I don’t think this is a huge deal breaker but some people just simply don’t like the blue tint. The Pixel 2 XL has 6″ 18:9 aspect ratio screen while the Note 8 has 6.3″ 18.5:9 aspect ratio screen with resolution of 1440P on both. Performance – Both phones run Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Note 8 having 6GB of RAM vs. Pixel 2 XL’s 4GB of RAM. Since Pixel 2 XL runs 100% pure Android, you won’t find more optimized Android phone out there and RAM shouldn’t be an issue. As for overall performance, both phones will give you nearly same performance, Storage – The Pixel 2 XL has no micro-SD card slot but offers unlimited free cloud storage of all your photos/videos in original resolution for the next 3 years(until 2020). This also means free storage of any 4K videos in original size. This will work out great for those of you with fast WiFi or unlimited 4G LTE but the Galaxy Note 8 offers a micro-SD card slot which you can easily expand using 256GB+ micro-SD cards. S-Pen – The BIGGEST difference between the two smartphones is the S-Pen. A 4,096 pressure touch-sensitive S-Pen on the Galaxy Note 8 can help the user in jotting down notes, drawing art, browsing websites in desktop-mode, and a whole lot more while the Pixel 2 XL does not offer anything close to it. For students, artists, business owners, and many others who would benefit from the S-Pen, the clear choice is Galaxy Note 8. Battery – The Note 8 has 3300mAh while the Pixel 2 XL has 3540mAh. You can expect slightly better battery life out of the Pixel 2 XL but Note 8 does quite well even with much smaller 3300mAh. But if it came down to battery, I would go with Pixel 2 XL. Also Google’s latest Android operating system can give you extra battery life due to its more-efficiency. Camera – The Pixel 2 XL has the “best” smartphone camera this year, you will get the best low-light/dynamic range than any other phone out on the market.(See Pixel 2 vs. Note 8 vs. LG V30 comparison) The Note 8 is also excellent and you can actually get the best of both worlds by installing the Google HDR+ camera, that can give you similar results to Pixel 2 XL. Pixel 2 XL also has portrait mode for both front and back camera, both which work better than the Note 8. Stabilization is also wildly awesome as seen in my handheld 4K test video here. But be aware, the Pixel 2 XL offers no manual video mode while the Note 8 does. The Galaxy Note 8 has an extra zoom back camera that also has OIS(Optical Image Stabilization) and it is one of the best 2X zoom cameras I’ve used on a smartphone. And as for front camera videos, the Note 8 offers 1440P, making it king of front-camera vlogging. The Note 8 may have a better overall camera experience while the Pixel 2 XL is going to give you the best low-light performance along with awesome portrait modes. Carriers & Rooting – If you are buying the Galaxy Note 8, you will have to buy at a carrier that supports your network. For Note 8, that means different models for each carrier if you are in the U.S. If you have a GSM network like AT&T or T-Mobile, you can grab the international version of Note 8 that also has unlocked bootloader so you can root it. Unlike Note 8, Google offers 4-carrier unlocked version of Pixel 2 XL, meaning you can use it on any U.S. network like AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, or Verizon. The Pixel 2 XL is a hybrid GSM/CDMA phone and also it is easily rootable without voiding your warranty(Google does not penalize you for rooting). Speakers – The stereo speaks of the Pixel 2 XL is one of the loudest I’ve tested and if you need good smartphone speakers, Pixel 2 XL is the way to go. Security – The Galaxy Note 8 offers variety of security measures including fingerprint, IRIS, and face recognition. The fingerprint sensor position is very odd but so long as your index finger can reach it, you will get used to it. IRIS scanner comes in really handy when your fingerprint scanner stops working in water(e.g. while in spa) and will easily unlock your phone with IRIS. The Pixel 2 XL does not offer extra security other than fingerprint sensor but it works very well and you should have no problemo.
Lumion Galaxy Note 8 Case “Guardian” is a slim 2-layer case with matte back that is going to give you optimal balance between comfort and protection. This is my #1 pick and I like it because it’s not too bulky with non-fingerprint-magnet matte back and the screen lip is high enough to protect front-facing screen drops.
Spigen sent me some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL cases, here’s a quick review.
Spigen Liquid Crystal Case has been my all-time favorite for many phones and I love the transparency of the case so I can see through yet it is not bulky and has good lip for protecting the screen.