After waiting patiently on an eBay order that never made it on time, I finally got hands on a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus through another eBay seller. And no, this year I am not getting any U.S. Snapdragon models as they have locked bootloaders.(See Which Model is Best for Galaxy S9/S9+ for Root? if you want to root your S9 or S9+) But I was able to finally get hands on a Coral Blue color which was rather surprising since previous Galaxy phones were literally impossible to get a blue version.
The most innovative Android smartphone of the year? It is definitely the ZTE Axon M, a dual-screen smartphone with two 5.2-inch 1080P screens built for super multi-tasking. If you have grown to love multi-window feature on phablet phones, you will love the double-screen that is built for multi-tasking without multi-windows. While Samsung is still working on a new dual-screen phone, ZTE has snatched the first place for dual-screen phones with the introduction of their Axon M.
I have been patiently waiting for a good deal on the international model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for few months now since Note 8 launch since it offers the better Exynos 8895 processor along with unlocked bootloader, meaning you can easily root and install custom ROMs. Well, around Black Friday I was able to pick up the SM-N950F/DS dual-SIM international model for about $779. (The price is even lower now at $739, check here) Certainly, this is a steal considering most U.S. retailers selling them at $950 or higher.
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?
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.
Although I ordered my Google Pixel 2 XL right as pre-orders were opened, I had to wait over 2 weeks to get my phone as the Black & White version wasn’t shipping until a few days. While the wait was rather long, I had plenty time to play with the regular Pixel 2 and the wait was well worth it as I like the Black & White version much more. The Pixel 2 XL is the bigger brother of Pixel 2 and I am really digging it, especially the curved design.
With purchase of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, SamsungPromotions.com offers a Samsung 360 4K camera or Samsung Wireless Charging Convertible plus 128GB EvoPlus microSD card. Since I got the 360 camera already(for free from attending the Galaxy S8 launch event earlier this year), I opted to go with the latter.
I haven’t found a reason to use a tablet for a few years so I haven’t really used them much. But recently, I did find a need for tablet, especially navigating cryptocurrency trading sites, which have a lot of small buttons and options in its desktop version. While I can use my Galaxy S8 Plus(my daily driver) to get my trades done, it was simply not efficient as my desktop computer but I needed something like a tablet that would help me trade on the go. Besides that, I have started also reading e-books and obviously tablet helps with reading a lot more than my phablet. So, I got a new tablet, all for the purposes of getting something done such as trading and reading.
After pre-ordering from a bunch of different eBay sellers and trying to get a hold of blue color, I ended up ordering a Maple Gold dual SIM model SM-G950FD as blue models were either not available or way overpriced. The main reason I got this over the U.S. models is because the bootloader is unlocked on international models and you can easily root the phone.