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Do you wish BlackBerry was still making Android phones?

Chatting with the AC forums.A little over four months ago, it was announced that BlackBerry was no longer making/selling Android

How BlackBerry built Android but Apple perfected it

BlackBerry started the smartphone craze and Apple changed how we use them. Android has its roots in both and that's

You can still buy BlackBerry phones — and these are our favorites

There aren't that many BlackBerry phones available anymore. When TCL took over the manufacturing of BlackBerry's handsets, it decided to

AC Podcast 459: New Motorola devices; Farewell Blackberry phones

Android Central writer Joe Maring swings by for a report on the Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power after

Are you sad that BlackBerry Mobile is no longer making phones?

Chatting with the AC forums.If you are a BlackBerry fan, this likely hasn't been the best week for you. On

I’ll miss you, BlackBerry, even if nobody else does

One of the pioneers of the smartphone age is officially gone because it just couldn't keep up.I cut my smartphone

TCL won’t make BlackBerry phones anymore, sending the brand back into limbo

TCL Communication will stop making BlackBerry-branded smartphones. It has held the license since 2016.

BlackBerry smartphones are dead, sales officially ending in August

Post-purchase support will continue through August 2022.What you need to knowAs of August 31, 2020, TCL will stop selling BlackBerry

Here’s why I’m switching back to the Pixel 3 from the BlackBerry KEY2

The Pixel 3 might not be my favorite phone, but it's the phone I'm using for a while because of

Best unlocked phones between $150-$250

When it comes to purchasing a mobile device, buying an unlocked phone might be one of the smartest routes to take. There are plenty of reasons to consider an unlocked phone, including freedom to select and change carriers.While it’s tempting to lump your phone’s cost into a monthly cell phone bill, doing this for multiple people can get expensive. Before you know it, you’re looking at hundreds of dollars extra each month.Given that technology outpaces consumer demands, most of us don’t really need a brand new flagship phone. In fact, even the devices that are 1-2 years old are more than sufficient for the typical user. That’s largely where we are here in this list of best unlocked budget phones.Where can I buy an unlocked phone?Buying an unlocked phone? Consider these questionsIf you’re shopping around for a new phone, and want to work with a budget, we’ve got good news. There is a lot to choose from as it pertains to unlocked handsets that don’t cost all that much.We’ve gathered up a handful of attractive options that fall in the price range of $150 to $250. Here, we showcase a variety of phone makers and models with some of the standout features.Samsung Galaxy A20 – $170One of the few here which can also be purchased through a wide variety of service providers, we recommend going unlocked if you’re on a GSM carrier. For your money you’ll get a sprawling 6.4-inch screen with a minimal cutout at the top. A pair (13-megapixel, 5-megapixel) of cameras are located around back with the fingerprint reader. Inside is a 4,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging.Works with: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and respective MVNO brandsAmazon | Walmart | Newegg | B&H | Various carriersMotorola Moto G7 Power – $220Incredible battery life and a big screen are two key concerns for users and both are delivered here. When most phones offer all-day battery, this one boasts up to three days. Its 6.2-inch display is larger than most phones at this price and the water repellent coating protects against spills, light rain, and sweat. As one of the best unlocked budget phones available, it’s compatible with all of the major US carriers.Works with: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and respective MVNO brandsMotorola | Best Buy | Amazon | Various carriersBlu G9 Pro – $250The newest of the bunch presented here, you’ll get a generous screen (6.3-inches), three cameras with AI smarts, and 128GB worth of internal storage. Need more room? Toss in a microSD card and double it. Other standout features include 4GB RAM and a 4,000mAh battery that supports wireless and fast charging. Oh, and it looks really sharp with its Nightfall gradient.Works with: AT&T, T-Mobile, and respective MVNO brandsAmazonHuawei Honor 8XStunning in design, this phone packs a punch, too. Among the most powerful models in this price range, you get a massive 6.5-inch display, 4GB RAM, and a 20-megapixel camera with AI and a secondary depth sensor. The powerful Kirin 710 processor rivals the likes of Samsung and MediaTek; the 3,750mAh battery gets more done in a day than you do.Works with: AT&T, T-Mobile, and respective MVNO brandsAmazon | WalmartMetro Buyer’s GuideMint Mobile Buyer’s GuideCricket Wireless Buyer’s GuideAT&T Prepaid Buyer’s GuideNokia 6.1 – $200Black is sexy again as this aluminum phone offers up a distinct two-tone appearance the belies its price. A solid mid-range experience with every man appeal, you’ve got a 5.5-inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor with 3GB RAM, and 32GB storage. Perhaps most intriguing, though, is that it’s an Android One device, meaning two years of updates and three years of security patches.Works with: AT&T, T-Mobile, and respective MVNO brandsAmazon | Best BuyBlackBerry KEYone – $220One of the few devices on the planet that has a physical keyboard, this one marries excellent hardware with the software you love. Anodized aluminum casing, textured soft grip, and a 4.5-inch display make the phone as appealing as it is practical. The 3505mAh battery goes all day, and the quick charge 3.0 means less time plugged in.Works with: AT&T, T-Mobile, and respective MVNO brandsAmazon | WalmartZTE Blade Max 2s – $150Although not the most powerful one here, it’s a good all around device that works with both GSM and Sprint networks. In other words, still one of the best unlocked budget-rpcied phones. With a 6-inch display, 13-megapixel camera, and 4,000mAh battery, it ticks the boxes that are important many users. Powered by Android 8.1 Oreo, it draws strength from an octa-core processor with 2GB RAM, 32GB storage (w/ microSD expansion card).Works with: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and respective MVNO brandsZTE | Amazon

Unihertz Titan is a rugged BlackBerry clone for QWERTY lovers

Unihertz says the Titan has been designed for working professionals, outdoor enthusiasts, and QWERTY lovers.What you need to knowUnihertz is

Miss physical keyboards? Unihertz is creating a rugged phone that has one

Recently, only BlackBerry's phones have offered a physical keyboard. Not any more. Chinese manufacturer Unihertz is preparing to launch the Unihertz Titan -- a rugged phone with a built-in physical keyboard.

RIP BlackBerry Messenger: Gone, but not forgotten

It's been a long time coming, but the day is finally here. BlackBerry will pull the plug on BlackBerry Messenger

BlackBerry Messenger to shut down in May, be replaced by enterprise version

BlackBerry Messenger for consumers will shut down at the end of May, nearly six years after it was launched. The app is going back to its roots, in a way, as it is being replaced by the much simpler BlackBerry Messenger Enterprise.The post BlackBerry Messenger to shut down in May, be replaced by enterprise version appeared first on Digital Trends.

BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition is now on sale in the U.S. for $700

The BlackBerry KEY2's bold new color option is now available in the U.S.Brands often turn to new color options as

BlackBerry Messenger Shutting Down at the End of May

BlackBerry Messenger, aka BBM, is set to shut down on May 31, 2019, BlackBerry announced today. Prior to when the

Treat your thumbs to a BlackBerry KEY2 or KEY2 LE from just $330 today only

Get physical with these keyboards for less.Woot is offering some significant savings on both the BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE

TCL shows off its 5G-capable USB data terminal at MWC 2019

MWC 2019 isn't just about the big flashy devices -- it's about the more subtle stuff too. TCL has followed up its foldable smartphone prototypes with the news that it's very close to releasing a 5G-enabled USB data terminal.The post TCL shows off its 5G-capable USB data terminal at MWC 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.

Wrap it or bend it. TCL’s foldable concept phones can put a screen in any format

TCL has taken to MWC 2019 to show off its new DragonHinge for foldable phones, as well as some new budget offerings from Alcatel, and a brand-new and bold red variant for the BlackBerry Key2.The post Wrap it or bend it. TCL’s foldable concept phones can put a screen in any format appeared first on Digital Trends.

BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition aims to spark lust for the aging phone at $749

The same phone you know, in a gorgeous new color.A full 8 months after launch, BlackBerry is hoping to refresh

Latest Reviews

Reviewing the ASUS ROG Phone II one year later

I am not a gamer. Well, let me clarify that; I’m not a “mobile gamer”. I’ve been gaming on PC and console for basically my entire life but mobile gaming has never really taken off for me.I’ve had top of the line Android and Apple phones capable of playing whatever games were out there. I’ve had an NVIDIA Shield TV that can play games from the Google Play Store. Hell, I even have a Nintendo Switch. For whatever reason, they just don’t do it for me.So, when I started my review of the ASUS ROG Phone II, I knew I was going to have to approach it a little bit differently. I can’t speak intelligently about the gaming performance of this phone, because frankly, I don’t have experience with Android gaming.I decided to look at it through a different lens. I might not be a gamer, but I am a “power user”. And as much as I hate that term, I do fit it. I’m on my phone for 7-8 hours a day working, entertaining myself, and keeping in contact with friends and family. Even though ASUS wants this to be known as the best gaming phone out there, I think they need to accept that they didn’t make the best gaming phone of 2019. They made the best phone of 2019. Period.While every phone manufacturer wants to market its device as “an experience” or a life-changing event, they’re just phones. They’re a collection of components that run Android and live in either our pocket or our hand. The ASUS ROG Phone II is exactly that, but it’s one of the devices that I feel ends up being more than the sum of its parts. Very few phones are able to jump this hurdle but the ROG Phone II does.So, what does that actually mean?Picture this: you’re in the carrier store looking for a new phone. Lined up on the wall you have the newest releases from Samsung, Apple, LG, and OnePlus. They’re all same-y looking with displays that cover the entire face of a phone, almost no bezels and bright screens. They’re sleek, they’re sexy, and they scream out to be held.The ROG Phone II is not that. It is huge and is unconcerned about being skinny or small. Its design is aggressive, not svelte. It is powerful and unapologetic about it.The 6.59-inch 120Hz AMOLED display isn’t the biggest on the market, but it’s close. But the phone feels absolutely massive in your hands because above and below that display are front-facing speakers.Between the beautiful display and the class-leading speakers, this is a media powerhouse. Sure, it’s great for gaming but if you watch videos on your phone, this is the phone you want. The speakers sound better than some Bluetooth speakers I’ve reviewed and max volume is insane. You could sit this thing down in a corner at a party, pump the volume and provide music for the whole crew. It’s that good.Poco F2 Pro ReviewAnd that display is excellent. While I was happy with the 90Hz options last year, the ROG Phone II pumps it up a notch to a 120Hz refresh display. That means the display is refreshing itself 120 times a second.The standard in the past has been 60Hz, or 60 times a second. This added refresh rate gives us silky smooth animations that makes everything feel faster and more fluid. While this is a feature that most can live without, I think it adds to the overall package in a way that most features can’t. It enhances everything else.Speaking of enhancements, the 6,000mAh battery means you can keep all of those enhancements enabled. Battery life is the biggest feature for me when selecting a device because nothing else really matters if my phone is dead halfway through the day, or if I’m unable to use it because it’s sitting on a charger.Simply stated, this is the best battery life I’ve ever seen on an Android device and comes second only to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max in my in-person testing.I don’t run benchmarks or do scientific battery testing because real people don’t do that either. In my experience I was getting 1.5 days of usage with close to 10 hours of screen-on-time. Again, take note that I’m not a gamer and mostly work in documents, read Reddit, watch YouTube, message, and deal with a ton of email. You will absolutely get through a day of use with this unless you’re playing PUBG all day.One of the last things I want to focus on here is software. ASUS has a reputation of putting terrible skins on its devices in the past, but I’m happy to report you can pretty much bypass that here on the ROG Phone II.ASUS does give you the option to use its theme, but you can choose stock Android if you like, and that’s what I did during my usage. It felt quite a bit like the Nexus/Pixel experience with some added features.We’ve seen this approach by more and more companies over the last few years. Motorola started the trend and others like OnePlus have picked up the mantle.ASUS let Google focus on the core of Android while putting its focus into features like Armory Crate, which allows you to fine-tune almost every aspect of your device from the clock speed of your processor to hiding notifications while you’re gaming.You can even dial in custom settings depending on which app or game you have open. It’s crazy good and gamers and average users alike will find features in there they love.ASUS also took the time to add in an audio wizard. This is an area that most companies are shying away from, just like how they’re getting rid of the headphone jack. The headphone jack is a feature here on the ROG Phone II and the audio wizard makes sure you get the most out of it. There are a ton of EQ scenes and DTS X spacial audio so you can dial in audio exactly how you want it.My biggest issue with the ASUS ROG Phone II’s software is the unknown. Who knows how many updates this phone will get? Who knows how fast they’ll come?ASUS is not the company you think of when you think of fast updates or long-term support. If those things matter to you, I’d tell you to really do your research first-hand and make sure you’re comfortable with whatever the results are before dropping your money on one of these.If you do decide to pick one up, I think you need to be prepared to be stuck on that software for the duration of the phone’s life.Cameras and pictures are an area where the big boys tend to separate from the other guys. You used to get what you paid for in this area, but then Samsung, Google, and Apple started putting class-leading cameras in their mid-range devices and that all changed. Now, you can get a great photography experience by spending a few hundred dollars less than flagship prices.All that being said, if photography matters to you, you’ll want to grab one of those other devices. That’s not to say the ASUS ROG Phone II has a bad camera, but it’s nowhere near class-leading. Pictures come out cool and the lack of OIS is a real bummer when you’re trying to get that perfect action shot or shoot some video.The ultra-wide camera is a ton of fun but the sharpness is a disappointment. As long as you don’t try to push in too much on these pictures, you’ll enjoy them but once you do, it’s a different story.The most frustrating part for me was the over-sharpening on the main camera. Everyone seems to do it these days, and ASUS isn’t among the worse, but there have been some pictures that could have been better with some better photo processing. Are the pictures still fine for social media and sending to friends and family? Sure. But not much more than that.ConclusionDespite its flaws, I truly believe that the ASUS ROG Phone II was the best phone released in 2019. In fact, I think its still the best buy on the market right now. If you can find one of these used or open-box for the $500-$600 price range, you should absolutely do it.That is to say, as long as you’re comfortable using an absolutely massive phone. I can’t overstate just how big this thing seems in the hand. It’s definitely a two-hander if I’ve ever seen one.I’m not a big phone guy, but I don’t mind it here. It’s allowed ASUS to pack in a ton of stuff I love like a 6,000mAh battery that supports reverse charging (but not wireless charging), a 120Hz AMOLED display with 240Hz touch-sampling and HDR10, amazing front-facing speakers, and a headphone jack.I’d say this is a phone you can buy and use for years upon years as long as you’re comfortable with the software situation. I never felt a slowdown nor did I see any stuttering when using the device and I used it for well over a month. It’s flawless in that regard. Even with apps getting bigger and demanding more processor resources, I still think that the ROG Phone II will keep up with newer devices many years down the road.The ASUS ROG Phone II is one of my favorite Android devices of all time and I can’t recommend it enough.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G with focus on gaming

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 865, powering the Samsung Galaxy S20, the OnePlus 8, and many more phones in the first half of 2020.Now, Qualcomm has decided to give the 865 a little bit of an upgrade with the Snapdragon 865+ 5G.The Snapdragon 865+ 5G is focused on gaming, with Snapdragon Elite Gaming Features, such as updateable GPU drivers, better rendering, up to 144fps gameplay, 10-bit HDR, and more.The Snapdragon 865+ 5G also features upgrades to the CPU, GPU, AI Engine, and connectivity technology over the original 865.Considering the 865+ 5G is focused on gaming, it’s no surprise that the first devices to be announced with the processor are the ASUS ROG Phone 3(Read our new review of last year’s ROG Phone II here. ) and new devices coming out of the Lenovo Legion sub-brand later this year, though hopefully we’ll see more announcements within the third quarter.You can read more about the 865+ here.

Sony Xperia 1 II review: Sony finally made a phone I’d love to keep in my pocket

The Sony Xperia 1 II is a fantastic smartphone built around a "just okay" camera. Even so, it is a

Poco M2 Pro review: A better Redmi Note 9 Pro

Excellent battery life, good performance and no ads. What's not to like?