#ThrowbackThursday You’ve probably seen plenty of "I spent a week without my smartphone" articles based on short social experiments. Two things make this article different from all those others. First, I’ve been without my device for over a month now, not a week. And second, I didn’t choose to go this long without my phone, it was taken from me -- in a way.
The OnePlus 3T is a drop-in replacement for the OnePlus 3 that we had recently picked as the best phone value in our Best Smartphones feature. Set to arrive any day now for an extra $40 ($439), the OnePlus 3T is the exact same phone with a handful of updates: a faster Snapdragon 821 SoC, a slightly better front camera, and slightly larger battery.
For budget smartphone buyers, the phone series I continually recommend is the Motorola Moto G. Now in its fourth iteration, the Moto G has delivered excellent entry-level value since its inception, despite increasingly stronger competition from Chinese vendors. The recently-released Moto G4 Play is no exception.
The Xiaomi Redmi Pro immediately caught the eye of many budget smartphone hunters. It packs a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED, a dual-camera system for refocusing and creating bokeh effects, a massive 4,050 mAh battery, and a decent MediaTek Helio X20 SoC with 32 GB of storage. All of this can be had for just under $250.
Nexus is dead, and Pixel is here to replace it. It’s the biggest shift in Google’s homegrown smartphone strategy since the first Nexus launch in 2010. Pixel is the first true "Google phone" and they believe this is the right hardware and software to compete with the iPhones and Galaxies of the world.
Apple has been following a "tick-tock" cadence of releasing a newly designed iPhone and following it up a year later with an optimized "s" variant. This year, however, Apple broke precedent by launching a third model on the same design. Yes, the iPhone 7 Plus looks a lot like the two iPhones before it, however upon closer inspection there are some unmistakable differences.