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Deep discounts on Fire tablets: Fire HD 8 for $55 or Fire HD 10 for just $80, plus save on Fire Kids – CNET

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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Amazon’s Prime Day 2020 is all over, but if you missed it — or aren’t a Prime member — Best Buy is offering deep discounts on all of Amazon’s Fire tablets for a limited time as part of its 60-hour Amazon devices sale. (The sale ends at 10 p.m. PT tonight.) One of the deals is the Fire HD 10, Amazon’s best tablet, which has dropped to just $80 ($70 off), the lowest price we’ve ever seen for it. The Fire HD 8 is also down to $55, with the Fire 7 reduced to $40. Additionally, you can find discounts on Fire Kids Editions, which include a case and a year of Amazon’s Kids Plus subscription service, a $36 value.

Best Buy also has Prime Day pricing on all of Amazon’s Kindle e-readers.

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Amazon has come a long way from the first Kindle Fire tablet. The Amazon Fire HD 10 is Amazon’s biggest tablet with a 10-inch screen size and powerful speakers (and it now charges via USB-C). Just like its smaller 8-inch sibling, the Fire HD 8, the tablet is packed with benefits for Prime subscribers, making it easy for members to stream and download movies, TV shows and games. The Fire tablets don’t use a pure version of Android, but instead Amazon’s Android-based Fire operating system, and pull apps from the Amazon App Store. You can still get apps from Google Play, but you’ll have to install the store yourself — meaning gaming enthusiasts have access to all of their favorite mobile games for an excellent gaming tablet experience.

The Fire HD 8 was updated earlier this year with a faster processor, USB-C charging, better Wi-Fi performance, 2GB of RAM (up from 1.5GB) and a bump from 16GB to 32GB of storage in the base model. Its HD screen is sharper than the entry-level Fire 7, but it’s not nearly as sharp as iPad displays. Even so, it’s a decent deal at $90 and a great deal at $55.

The HD 8 Plus adds wireless charging and slightly better performance, thanks to 3GB of RAM. It’s on sale for $75, or $20 more.

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The Fire HD 8 Plus adds wireless charging and more RAM (3GB instead of 2GB), with performance that improves on the standard Fire HD 8. It’s $20 more but is arguably the better deal at $75. 

The tablet should charge just fine on most wireless charging pads.

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This child-friendly version of the Fire HD 8 tablet adds a padded case, parental controls, a two-year warranty and a one-year subscription to Kids Plus (formerly known as FreeTime Unlimited), which normally costs $3 a month and gives you access to a bunch of kid-friendly content. It’s not really suitable for remote learning, but it’s a much more affordable option than giving a young child a full-on iPad.

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We suggest spending a little more for the Fire HD 8, which has a sharper screen, but if you want to save a few bucks the entry-level Fire 7 is $40 (at checkout). We’ve seen it for less — as low as $30 to $35 — but $40 for this tablet is a decent deal. 

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This has all of the same extras as the HD 8 above, but it’s the childproof version of the smaller, more affordable Amazon Fire 7. You’re getting a 7-inch screen instead of 8, and a less robust processor.

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Best Buy’s Fire tablet deals match Prime Day: Fire HD 8 for $55 or Fire HD 10 for just $80, plus save on Fire Kids – CNET

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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Amazon’s Prime Day 2020 is all over, but if you missed it — or aren’t a Prime member — Best Buy is offering deep discounts on all of Amazon’s Fire tablets for a limited time as part of its 60-hour Amazon devices sale. One of the deals is the Fire HD 10, Amazon’s best tablet, which has dropped to just $80 ($70 off), the lowest price we’ve ever seen for it. The Fire HD 8 is also down to $55, with the Fire 7 reduced to $40. Additionally, you can find discounts on Fire Kids Editions, which include a case and a year of Amazon’s Kids Plus subscription service, a $36 value.

Best Buy also has Prime Day pricing on all of Amazon’s Kindle e-readers.

David Carnoy/CNET

Amazon has come a long way from the first Kindle Fire tablet. The Amazon Fire HD 10 is Amazon’s biggest tablet with a 10-inch screen size and powerful speakers (and it now charges via USB-C). Just like its smaller 8-inch sibling, the Fire HD 8, the tablet is packed with benefits for Prime subscribers, making it easy for members to stream and download movies, TV shows and games. The Fire tablets don’t use a pure version of Android, but instead Amazon’s Android-based Fire operating system, and pull apps from the Amazon App Store. You can still get apps from Google Play, but you’ll have to install the store yourself — meaning gaming enthusiasts have access to all of their favorite mobile games for an excellent gaming tablet experience.

The Fire HD 8 was updated earlier this year with a faster processor, USB-C charging, better Wi-Fi performance, 2GB of RAM (up from 1.5GB) and a bump from 16GB to 32GB of storage in the base model. Its HD screen is sharper than the entry-level Fire 7, but it’s not nearly as sharp as iPad displays. Even so, it’s a decent deal at $90 and a great deal at $55.

The HD 8 Plus adds wireless charging and slightly better performance, thanks to 3GB of RAM. It’s on sale for $75, or $20 more.

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The Fire HD 8 Plus adds wireless charging and more RAM (3GB instead of 2GB), with performance that improves on the standard Fire HD 8. It’s $20 more but is arguably the better deal at $75. 

The tablet should charge just fine on most wireless charging pads.

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This child-friendly version of the Fire HD 8 tablet adds a padded case, parental controls, a two-year warranty and a one-year subscription to Kids Plus (formerly known as FreeTime Unlimited), which normally costs $3 a month and gives you access to a bunch of kid-friendly content. It’s not really suitable for remote learning, but it’s a much more affordable option than giving a young child a full-on iPad.

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We suggest spending a little more for the Fire HD 8, which has a sharper screen, but if you want to save a few bucks the entry-level Fire 7 is $40 (at checkout). We’ve seen it for less — as low as $30 to $35 — but $40 for this tablet is a decent deal. 

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This has all of the same extras as the HD 8 above, but it’s the childproof version of the smaller, more affordable Amazon Fire 7. You’re getting a 7-inch screen instead of 8, and a less robust processor.

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OnePlus 8T review: 5G, 120Hz display and excellent camera, but the price isn’t right – CNET

OnePlus has announced the OnePlus 8T, a $749 5G phone that fits right in between the $699 OnePlus 8 ($700 at Amazon) and $899 OnePlus 8 Pro ($999 at OnePlus), which were released in April. (The OnePlus 8T’s UK price of £549 converts to about AU$1,000.) The OnePlus 8T has a similar design to the 8, but carries over some of the better specs of the 8 Pro.

This premium hardware includes a silky 120Hz display and four cameras on the back. It also comes with a beefy 65-watt charger that juices up the phone quickly. The OnePlus 8T has a few software updates, too, including an always-on display and a refreshed interface, which will roll out to other OnePlus phones.

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  • 120Hz display is super smooth
  • Main camera is excellent
  • Long battery life so far
  • Charges quickly

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  • Macro camera is middling
  • No wireless charging

In and of itself, the OnePlus 8T is an excellent device and it’ll surely satisfy anyone looking for a high-powered, reliable Android. The brilliant display is my favorite thing about the phone, but there’s a more enticing and cheaper competitor available from OnePlus itself — the OnePlus 8. 

At time of writing, OnePlus has lowered the prices of the 8 and 8 Pro by $100. Going by the same memory configuration across all three phones (12GB of RAM and 256GB storage), the OnePlus 8 costs $700 and is $50 cheaper than the OnePlus 8T. Maybe if you’re already paying $700, that extra $50 won’t matter all that much to you. In that case, feel free to nab the 8T. But if you want to save as much as you can, get the OnePlus 8. Sure, you won’t get that 120Hz refresh rate, but it’s still a superb phone with a great battery life and a smooth 90Hz display. Though April may feel like a long time ago, the notion that the OnePlus 8 is an “old” phone just hasn’t settled in yet. And with its new lowered price, it’s the more compelling pick.

OnePlus 8T’s 120Hz screen is a winner

The best part of the OnePlus 8T’s design is its 120Hz display. Most phones have screens that refresh 60 frames per second. A few phones, like the OnePlus 8, have screens that refresh 90 times a second, and even fewer refresh as often as 120 frames. The effect of the 120Hz display means the phone feels buttery smooth and fast. Scrolling through social media feeds, thumbing through home screen pages and playing games like PUB-G feel super quick and responsive.

Besides from the boosted refresh rate, the OnePlus 8T looks similar to the OnePlus 8. The screen’s size and resolution is the same, so it’s just as vibrant and sharp. The jewel-like aquamarine green variant I received is flashy and eye-catching too, but its back is dominated by a large rectangular camera bump similar to the Galaxy S20 Ultra.  

The phone is also missing a few features that the more premium OnePlus 8 Pro has. The OnePlus 8T doesn’t have wireless charging or reverse wireless charging for other accessories, and the unlocked version doesn’t have an IP rating for water resistance (the T-Mobile variant, however, is rated IP68). If you’re getting the device unlocked though, it’s not completely vulnerable. OnePlus did say it’s still protected against accidental spills and when I submerged the OnePlus 7 Pro (which isn’t IP certified either) last year, it survived without issues.

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The 8T’s 120Hz display makes scrolling through apps and webpages feel liquid smooth. 

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OnePlus 8T’s refreshed interface and Android 11

Though the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro can update to Google‘s latest mobile OS, Android 11, the OnePlus 8T already has it out of the box. OnePlus also refreshed the interface for the better; menus and notifications look more streamlined, modern and clean. 

New to the 8T is an always-on display, which lets you check for the time, notifications and alerts without the need to unlock your phone and fully wake up the home screen. There are several options to choose from for your display, including one that shows notches of different widths along a single line. It helps visualize how many times in a day you unlock your phone, with the idea being that it’ll discourage you from spending time with your device. When I used this feature, it made me more conscious about how often I came back to the handset whenever I was bored or idle. Two other always-on options are coming later in November through an update. One will let you add your own Bitmoji character and another displays a stylized sketch of a personal photo.

Other software features include built-in editing tools for taking pictures of documents (think things like straightening out angles and detecting edges, which third-party scanning apps can also do) and voice transcription with the native Note app. This feature is fine and is responsive enough, but Google’s Recorder app also transcribes memos and can upload the text directly to Drive. OnePlus’ digital wellbeing app, ZenMode, still limits phone functionality when you want to focus. But now you can invite your friends to join in a group session of ZenMode — which is something I can’t imagine anyone ever doing.

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The 8T’s new interface is more streamlined and clean.

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OnePlus 8T camera: Can we trade 2 for 1?

The OnePlus 8T has four rear cameras, three of which are also on the OnePlus 8 (a standard, ultra-wide and macro camera) and a “monochrome” camera. This fourth camera doesn’t take photos itself, but helps out with lighting when you take black-and-white photos — something I hardly ever do.

If anything, it would have been great to swap the OnePlus 8T’s macro and monochrome for one superb telephoto lens, but alas, that didn’t happen. Instead, the camera has a 10x digital zoom that works okay, but I don’t recommend using it for getting clear shots. The OnePlus 8T’s 5-megapixel macro camera also works better than the 2-megapixel setup on the OnePlus 8. Colors aren’t as washed out and details are a bit sharper. I still prefer shooting closeup shots with the regular standard camera, but using the macro lens does indeed allow you to get closer to objects and more focused.

Read more: OnePlus 8T camera takes on Edinburgh’s fall colors

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The OnePlus 8T’s quad-camera setup.

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Photos taken with the standard and telephoto cameras are vibrant and sharp in good, ample lighting. And the phone’s low-light mode, Nightscape, is comparable to the Pixel 5‘s Night Sight feature. Though the Pixel 5 handles bright exposure from light sources better and its white balance is more accurate, the OnePlus 8T can still brighten up a dim environment and produce clean photos full of detail.

For video, I used the camera’s super stable mode while recording video on a bike. I was riding on even cement pavement and the video turned out steady and smooth. I was also impressed that the mic clearly picked up the soft strumming of an acoustic guitar I passed by. The OnePlus 8T has portrait mode for video as well, which blurs the background for a bokeh-like effect. The feature isn’t always perfect; there were a few instances when my flyaway hairs were blurred out unnaturally, or edges were patchy and inconsistently switched from being blurred to being in focus. But the new mode adds a tad more polish and drama to the video, similar to that captured on DSLR.

The OnePlus 8T’s main 48-megapixel camera can capture images in a 12-megapixel resolution for wider dynamic range.

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The phone’s macro camera allowed me to get close to these flower petals.

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The phone’s 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens has a larger field of view to fit more content.

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With the help of the monochrome camera, the phone’s main camera captures black and white images in great detail and variance.

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The phone’s Nightscape mode brightens up dim settings.

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OnePlus 8T performance and battery

The OnePlus 8T has the same processor as the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, and all three phones performed similarly on benchmark tests. The OnePlus 8T was also on par with the Galaxy S20, which shares the Snapdragon 865 chipset too. And for quick reference, compared to the Pixel 5, which has the Snapdragon 765G processor, the OnePlus 8T comfortably outperformed Google’s device in benchmark tests.

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The OnePlus 8T is equipped with a 4,500-mAh battery, which is in between the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro’s battery capacities (4,300 mAh and 4,510 mAh, respectively). Tests for continuous video playback on Airplane mode averaged 23 hours, 7 minutes. By comparison, the OnePlus 8 and the 8 Pro lasted a touch shy of 19 hours. I’ll update this piece with final results and ratings when we finish running streaming video tests.

The OnePlus 8T can charge extremely fast with its branded Warp Charge 65 charger. OnePlus says this new charger can juice up the phone to 58% after 15 minutes and 100% in 39 minutes. When I tested it out, the phone charged at a pretty standard rate during my first two trials (think 30% after 15 minutes and  about 1.5 hours for 100%). But on the third try, using a different outlet, the phone charged extremely quickly and matched the numbers OnePlus reported. The charging brick is compatible with devices that support 45W PD fast charge too, meaning it can quickly charge other devices you may have, like laptops. If you already have a OnePlus phone and want the 65W charger, the company will sell it for $40 separately.

OnePlus 8 specs vs. OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro

OnePlus 8T OnePlus 8 OnePlus 8 Pro
Display size, resolution 6.55-inch AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels 6.55-inch AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels 6.78-inch AMOLED; 3,168×1,440 pixels
Pixel density 402ppi 402ppi 513ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.33×2.92×0.33 im 6.3×2.8×0.31 in 6.51×2.93×0.35 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 160.7×74.1×8.4 mm 160×72.9×8.0 mm 165×74.4×8.5 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.63 oz; 188g 6.35 oz; 180g 7.02 oz; 199g
Mobile software Android 11 Android 10 Android 10
Camera 48-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide), 5-megapixel (macro), 2-megapixel (monochrome) 48-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (macro) 48-megapixel (standard), 48-megapixel (ultra-wide), 8-megapixel (telephoto), 5-megapixel (‘color filter’)
Front-facing camera 16-megapixel 16-megapixel 16-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Storage 256GB 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB
RAM 12GB 8GB, 12GB 8GB, 12GB
Expandable storage No No No
Battery 4,500 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,510 mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screen In-screen In-screen
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No No No
Special features 5G enabled; 120Hz refresh rate; T-Mobile version is water resistant (IP68); Warp Charge with 65W charger 5G enabled; fast charging; 90Hz screen refresh rate; T-Mobile and Verizon version is water resistant (IP68); Warp Charge 5G enabled; Warp Charge; reverse wireless charging; water resistant (IP68); 120Hz refresh rate; wireless charging
Price off-contract (USD) $749 (unlocked) $699 (unlocked, 8GB RAM/128GB); $799 (Verizon, 8GB RAM/128GB); $799 (unlocked 12GB RAM/256GB) $899 (8GB RAM/128GB), $999 (12GB RAM/256GB)
Price (GBP) £549 (8GB RAM/128GB); £649 (12GB RAM/256GB) £599 (8GB RAM/128GB), £699 (12GB RAM/256GB) £799 (8GB RAM/128GB), £899 (12GB RAM/256GB)
Price (AUD) Converts to AU$1,000, AU$1,180 UK converts to: AU$1,180 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$1,370 (12GB RAM/256GB) UK converts to: AU$1,570 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$1,770 (12GB RAM/256GB)

*prices are at launch

First published Oct. 14

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Does your phone have Android 11? Don’t miss out on these 7 best new features – CNET

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Get to know Android 11 to unlock all the new features. 

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Even though Google released Android 11 in early September, depending on who makes your phone, it could be a while before you’ll see the update and improvements. It’s worth nothing some of the more exciting changes. Or if you’d rather not wait for your older phone to get the latest flavor of Android, Google just announced two new phones — the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 — and both run Android 11 out of the box. Whether you buy a new Pixel phone, or wait for Android 11 to reach your current device, there’s much to get excited about. 

You’ll find subtle tweaks throughout the new operating system that make a big difference in how you’ll use your phone every day. For example, there’s a new Bubbles chat feature that makes it easy to keep messaging from any app. My personal favorite is the new quick controls page for accessing my smart home devices with a swipe and there’s a new screen-recording tool for showing off your favorite gameplay, or to help someone troubleshoot an issue. 

These are seven of my favorite Android 11 features and how to use them.

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Android 11’s quick controls are my new favorite controls. 

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Android 11 Quick Controls are a true highlight

The first thing you should do after installing Android 11 is long-press the power button on your phone to bring up the new quick controls screen. On the Pixel, at least, this screen gives you power control options along the top and provides shortcuts to your Google Pay cards and boarding passes. Then below that you’ll find my favorite feature of Android 11 — quick controls for smart home devices. 

My phone automatically picked a few devices I’ve linked to Google Assistant, like the Nest thermostat in my office and my Nest video doorbell. I can even view a livestream from my doorbell directly on this screen without having to open the Nest app, which is slow and a pain to use. It’s great. 

You can add or remove smart home devices from this grid by tapping the menu button and selecting add or edit controls.

Google Assistant can wait on hold for you

Instead of waiting on hold, listening to the same boring music on loop, Google is bringing a new feature to Assistant and it’s debuting with the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5

Called Hold For Me, Google Assistant’s new trick shows a prompt on the screen letting you know you can go about doing whatever it is you want to do and your phone will alert you when someone finally answers. 

In order for the feature to work, you need to turn it on by opening the Phone app, tapping on the three-dot menu icon, then tap Settings. Select Hold for me from the list of options, then turn it on. 

Going forward, when your phone detects you’ve called a customer service number and you have vibrate, silent mode or do-not-disturb turned off, the in-call screen will have a Hold for me button that you can press when you’re placed on hold. 

Tap Start and then a screen will show up reminding you not to hang up. You won’t be able to listen to music or use your phone to play a video while on the call. 

There will be a text transcript that’s shown, live, just below the call screen to let you know what’s been said before you return to the call, or for you to monitor whether or not it’s a recording thanking you for being patient, or if someone has actually answered the call. 

When you’re taken off hold, your phone will vibrate and ring, as if you’re getting a call, to let you know “Someone’s waiting to talk to you” so you can then resume the call. 

I tested out Hold for Me by calling Comcast and I was able to almost immediately have the Assistant begin listening to the call for me. The live transcription was a nice bonus that I wasn’t expecting to see, but will surely make it easier to figure out if you need to answer the phone before Assistant alerts you. 

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Hold for me is a pretty darn cool feature. 

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New message notifications get the limelight

After installing Android 11, you’ll notice that alerts from all of your messaging apps, like Google Messages, have a dedicated “Conversations” section in your notification tray. 

The change makes it easier to find the alerts you likely care about most, but if you receive a lot of messages, even this section can get messy. 

Instead of letting Google sort your new alerts on its own, long-press the conversation you want to follow closely and select Priority. Doing this will move new messages in that thread to the top of all of your conversation alerts, turn on Bubbles (more on that below), and use the contact’s avatar as the alert icon in the notification tray and on the lock screen.   

Being able to glance at the notification tray and see a profile icon, instead of the standard text alert that doesn’t offer any really valuable information, is a nice touch. 

Messaging Bubbles for your friends look like they’ll be useful 

Remember Bubbles? This feature was supposed to be part of Android 10, but Google pulled it at the last minute. It made the cut for Android 11. 

Bubbles are similar to Facebook Messenger’s “chat heads” feature. When activated, a small avatar — or Bubble — shows up on your screen and is visible no matter what app you’re using. Tap on the avatar and it will open a small window for you to read and send new messages in that thread, without fully opening the app. You can drag the Bubble around your screen, or drag it to the bottom of the screen to delete it. 

In order to use Bubbles for a conversation, tap on the small Bubbles icon in the bottom-right corner of the notification. Tapping on it will immediately enable Bubbles for that thread. Alternatively, you can mark a conversation as a priority to always use Bubbles for that contact. 

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Bubbles are convenient, but will take some adjusting to. 

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You can then drag the icons for your various Bubbles chats around on your screen, or tap on the avatar for the person you want to talk to, and the thread will open up, all without ever leaving the app you’re currently using. I’m glad this is an opt-in feature, based on each thread, instead of an all-or-nothing feature like Chat Heads, which can be messy and downright overwhelming. 

To get rid of a bubble for a specific conversation, just drag the icon to the small X that shows up at the bottom of your screen. 

If you want to completely disable Bubbles, disallowing any and all apps from triggering the potentially annoying feature, open the Settings app and search for Bubbles. There will be a setting to turn off Bubbles altogether. 

App developers will need to update their app to work with Bubbles, and right now I can confirm that Google’s Messages app works. Facebook Messenger worked throughout the Android 11 beta program, but an update just a few days before Android 11 launched seems to have broken or disabled the integration. If you’re having trouble getting Bubbles to work, I recommend reaching out to the developer and seeing if they plan on adding support for Bubbles. 

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Android 11 gets fancier music controls

In Android 11, there’s a new playback control that no longer appears as a pending notification. Instead, there’s a small box that shows up as part of the quick settings panel. You can skip, go back, play-pause and switch the device the music is playing on all from the new control box. 

As soon as you start playing some music, the new media controls will be available. They’re so much better than the old notification. 

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You can finally record your screen with an official Google tool. 

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A built-in screen recorder

Screenshots are a quick and easy way to capture something on your screen, but there are times when a recording is better suited to the task at hand. For example, if you want to show off your gaming skills, or highlight the steps to reproduce a bug — screen recording FTW! 

You can find the Screen Record tool in the Quick Settings panel after installing Android 11. If it’s not visible, tap on the pencil icon to add it to your panel. 

Tap on the Screen Record icon and select whether you want your microphone to record audio and if you want your touch interactions to be highlighted in the video. To stop recording, tap the Screen Record notification. The video will be saved to your camera roll where you can then edit and share the recording. 

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App suggestions on the home screen are new. 

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For Pixel owners: App Suggestions replace your app dock

At some point after installing Android 11, you’ll see a prompt asking you to enable app suggestions on the home screen. Essentially, the new app suggestions will replace the app dock on your phone, leaving it up to your phone to swap apps in and out of the bottom row — or dock — on your phone, based on which apps you use at certain times of the day. 

The apps have a glowing border around them, letting you know your phone added them, and frequently change when you return to your home screen as you use your phone. You can long-press on any of the app icons to pin that suggestion to your home screen. 

You can also block apps from showing up as suggestions if you don’t want something like Gmail showing because you use a different email app. 

To access App Suggestions and tailor how it works for you long-press on your home screen and select Home Settings then Suggestions. There you can control suggestions in the app drawer and on the home screen or block apps from showing up on the list. 

Google also made some important changes to how Android handles privacy settings you should know, as well. If you’re looking for instructions to install Android 11, we have your back

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Pixel 4A 5G review: If you want affordable 5G, you’ll want this phone – CNET

Back in August, Google unveiled the Pixel 4A, an affordable $349 (£349, AU$599) phone with an excellent camera. Fast-forward to today and the company has launched its main flagship, the Pixel 5, and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, aptly called the Pixel 4A 5G. This phone not only connects to the next-gen mobile network; it also has a second, ultrawide camera, a bigger display and battery and a slightly more powerful processor. Naturally, the extra hardware goodies mean the phone costs more, at $499 (£499, AU$799).

The price bump is worth it, especially if 5G is available in your area or you’re preparing for its arrival. The Pixel 4A 5G’s solid battery life, fantastic dual rear cameras, reliable performance and robust software support from Google also make it a worthy choice among other 5G phones, like the Motorola One 5G ($445 at Best Buy), which will receive only one major OS update.

Like

  • 5G-enabled
  • Affordable price
  • Great battery life so far
  • Headphone jack

Don’t Like

  • No wireless charging

And while it’s easy to be tempted by the $699 (£599, AU$999) Pixel 5, I’d still lean toward the Pixel 4A 5G. True, Google’s marquee handset does have attractive features like a 90Hz display, wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. But outside of those differences (plus a few more that I’ll describe below), the two Pixel phones share the same cameras, processor and general look and feel. If you’re looking to save money, the Pixel 4A 5G isn’t quite worth that extra $200. 

Because of the similarities between the Pixel 4A 5G and the Pixel 5, be sure to check out CNET’s Pixel 5 review for more details on both phones’ cameras and Android 11 software. Otherwise, read on to know about the Pixel 4A’s key spec differences, design and performance.

Pixel 4A 5G vs. Pixel 5: What’s the difference?

To see what makes all of the 2020 Pixel phones and the Pixel 4 ($390 at Back Market) different from each other, check out this full spec-by-spec rundown. You can watch CNET’s video, a Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5 spec comparison, for a deep dive on just the two new Pixel phones, too. In any case, the main takeaways about the Pixel 4A 5G and the Pixel 5 are:

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Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5 differences

Pixel 4A 5G Pixel 5
Display 6.2 inches 6 inches
Headphone jack Yes No
Battery 3,800mAh 4,000mAh
Refresh rate 60Hz 90Hz
Water-resistant No Yes (IP68)
Wireless charging No Yes
Reverse wireless charging No Yes
RAM 6GB 8GB

Pixel 4A 5G’s bigger screen and budget looks

Aside from the Pixel 4A 5G’s slightly bigger size, it looks nearly identical to the Pixel 4A. They both have a smooth, matte design made out of polycarbonate, or plastic. While I do like that it has a hole-punch camera display and thinner bezels than last year’s Pixel 4, overall the Pixel 4A 5G still feels as “budget” as the Pixel 4A. It definitely lacks the high-gloss, elevated looks of its competitors, like the Motorola One 5G and the lustrous LG Velvet ($600 at AT&T).

The phone’s display is sharp and bright, and easy to view in direct sunlight. Like most phones, the Pixel 4A 5G’s display refreshes at 60 frames per second. If you want a higher refresh rate, which makes scrolling through news feeds and webpages feel smoother and peppier, the Pixel 5 and the Motorola One have 90Hz displays. And still other phones have 120Hz screens, like the OnePlus 8 ($699 at Amazon) and Galaxy S20, but they cost much more. 

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The Pixel 5 (left) and the larger Pixel 4A 5G.

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Pixel 4A 5G performance and battery

The Pixel 5 and 4A 5G have a Snapdragon 765G processor. It’s a slight upgrade from the Pixel 4A’s Snapdragon 730G chipset, but not as powerful as many other high-end phones, including the Pixel 4’s Snapdragon 855 processor. Still, the Pixel 4A 5G is speedy and scored comparable benchmark numbers to other devices with the same chipset, like the Motorola One and LG Velvet. Keep in mind the Pixel 4A 5G also has less RAM than the Pixel 5 (6GB compared with 8GB), but between the two I didn’t notice any difference in performance for daily tasks like launching the camera and opening apps.

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The Pixel 4A 5G has a 3,800-mAh battery, which has been observably great so far. It lasted more than 24 hours without a charge with mild usage. I remember back in 2019, the Pixel 4’s battery drained noticeably fast through the day. Thankfully, that’s not happening with this phone. Battery tests on the Pixel 4A 5G for continuous video playback on Airplane mode clocked an average of 22 hours, 30 minutes. That’s nearly the same as the LG Velvet, which has a 4,300-mAh battery. The Motorola One’s massive 5,000-mAh battery outlasted both phones, however, with nearly 25 hours. If you’re really worried about battery life, though, the Pixel 4A 5G has a new Extreme Battery Saver mode that severely limits app usage to extend battery life. 

Pixel 4A 5G spec comparison

Google Pixel 4A 5G Google Pixel 4A Motorola One 5G LG Velvet Google Pixel 5
Display size, resolution 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels 5.81-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels 6.7-inch LCD; 2,520×1,080 pixels 6.8-inch OLED; 2,460×1,080 pixels 6-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels
Pixel density 413ppi 443ppi 409ppi 395ppi 432ppi
Dimensions (inches) 6.1×2.9×0.3 in 5.7×2.7×0.3 in 6.61×2.91×0.35 in 6.58×2.92×0.31 in 5.7×2.8×0.3 in
Dimensions (millimeters) 153.9x74x8.2mm (Sub-6 only) 153.9x74x8.5mm (mmWave + Sub-6) 144×69.4×8.2mm 168x74x9mm 167.2×74.1×7.9mm 144.7×70.4x8mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.93 oz; 168g (Sub-6 only) 6.03 oz; 171g (mmWave + Sub-6) 5.04 oz; 143g 7.41 oz; 210g 6.35 oz; 180g 5.33 oz; 151g
Mobile software Android 11 Android 10 Android 10 Android 10 Android 11
Camera 12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (ultrawide) 12.2-megapixel 48-megapixel (main), 5-megapixel (macro), 8-megapixel (ultrawide), 2-megapixel (depth camera) 48-megapixel (standard), 8-megapixel (wide-angle), 5-megapixel (depth-sensing) 12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (ultrawide)
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 16-megapixel (main), 8-megapixel (ultrawide) 16-megapixel 8-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Storage 128GB 128GB 128GB 128GB 128GB
RAM 6GB 6GB 4GB 6GB, 8GB 8GB
Expandable storage No No Up to 1TB Up to 2TB No
Battery 3,800mAh 3,140mAh 5,000 mAh 4,300mAh 4,000mAh
Fingerprint sensor Rear Rear Side In-screen Rear
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Special features 5G-enabled; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); fast charging Dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); fast charging 5G-enabled, TubroPower charging, Macro camera ring flash, HDR 10, 90Hz-refresh-rate display 5G-enabled; water-resistant (IP68); wireless charging, Fast Charging 4.0 5G-enabled; water-resistant (IP68); 90Hz-refresh-rate display; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); reverse wireless charging; fast charging
Price off-contract (USD) $499 $349 $445 (AT&T), TBD (Verizon) $600 (AT&T), $700 (Verizon) $699
Price (GBP) £499 £349 Converts to about £341 Converts to about £460 £599
Price (AUD) AU$799 AU$599 Converts to about AU$618 Converts to about AU$830 AU$999

*prices are at launch

First published Oct. 14

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Best phone deals still available after Prime Day: Galaxy Note 10 Plus for $1,050, Moto G7 Power for $80 and more – CNET

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Amazon’s Prime Day is officially in the rear-view mirror, but we have good news for those who missed out: There are still some great discounts to be had on phones from Apple, Samsung, Motorola and more. Plus, plenty of phone deals are expected to return between now and Black Friday. Walmart for one is giving shoppers three chances to save big in November with its upcoming “Black Friday Deals for Days.” 

Below, you’ll find the best phone deals still available at Amazon, Best Buy and Apple. While you’re not going to see any discounts on the new iPhone 12 (sorry), Apple has slashed prices on older models including the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR. And there are tons of deals on phones from other manufacturers, including savings on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the Sony Xperia 1.

Note that prices and availability were accurate at the time of publication, but are subject to change. 

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Though it’s not technically part of Prime Day, Apple cut $100 off the price of last year’s iPhone 11, which CNET had called “the best $700 iPhone Apple has ever made.” With the iPhone 12 coming soon, you can now pick up an iPhone 11 for as low as $599. It has fast speeds, improved battery life and excellent cameras, including a Night Mode feature. Read our iPhone 11 review.

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The 2018 iPhone XR includes most of the same features as the more expensive iPhone X and XS, including an excellent big screen in a comfortable body, fast performance, Face ID and wireless charging, and a great camera. Now that it’s an extra $100 off, it’s a great less expensive iPhone option that still gets you a lot of great features. Read our iPhone XR review.

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In 2019, CNET’s review called the Galaxy Note 10 Plus “the most premium Android phone for your money.” A year later, the phone still holds up, with it’s large 6.8-inch screen, all-day battery life and excellent camera tools. At Best Buy, you’ll find the phone for $1,050. Read our Galaxy Note 10 Plus review.

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Sony’s 2019 Xperia 1 flagship phone has a large 6.5-inch screen with 4K resolution, and uses OLED and HDR technology to make colors look vibrant. You’ll find the standalone phone on sale at Best Buy for $650. Read our Xperia 1 review.

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The Moto G7 Power is a 2019 member of the Motorola G budget phone family, offering a wallet-friendly price, several premium features and a gigantic battery (the same size as the one found in the $1,400 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra). The 2020 Moto G Power — that’s G, not G7 — is faster and newer, but it currently costs $70 more than this model (keep scrolling to find that deal). If you’re on a budget and looking for a phone with a super strong battery life, the Moto G7 Power is worthy of consideration. You can find the Moto G Power on sale at Best Buy for $80 for the 32GB version. Read our Moto G Power review.

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Three more Motorola phones have gotten nice price drops at Best Buy. 

The 2020 Moto G Power features a wallet-friendly price, a gigantic 5,000-mAh battery and 64GB of storage, along with a 6.4-inch display and triple-rear camera array. Motorola promises that the phone will last up to three days of regular use on a single charge, and in our testing, it’s held up so far. It’s on sale for $150 at Best Buy.

The Moto G Fast has many of the same features as the Moto G Power, including the 6.4-inch display and triple-rear camera array. However, it does have a smaller battery, less RAM and half of the storage, as well as lower screen resolution. It’s on sale for $150 at Best Buy.

The Moto G Stylus is also the same as the Moto G Power at its core, with the same processor, RAM, screen, fingerprint reader and selfie camera. But the stylus adds a level of precision that makes navigating the phone more efficient. You can pick one up for $240 at Best Buy.

Note you can save another $50 on each phone if you choose to activate today. See 2019 Moto G7 models compared.

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The Motorola One Zoom is a midpriced phone with great value and a smooth matte finish, so you won’t get fingerprints all over the back. It also has four high-quality cameras on the back (and the one on the front) and a large battery for up to two days of charge.

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The much-anticipated 2020 Motorola Razr marked the return of the flip phone, along with new cameras, support for 5G and useful enhancements to the external quick view display. Not to mention that it folds down to conveniently fit in your pocket. (Note that you can get bigger Razr 5G discounts with trade-ins and line activations from wireless providers, too.) Read our Motorola Razr 5G review.

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The LG Stylo 5 has a 6.2-inch screen, and, as the name suggests, a built-in stylus pen for writing and drawing. It also features face recognition and a fingerprint sensor. You’ll find it at Best Buy for $250.

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The LG K30 is a budget phone with a 5.3-inch HD display, a 2,880-mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. You’ll find it at Best Buy for $90.

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The 4G Nokia 5.3 smartphone includes a 6.55-inch HD Plus display and a quad rear camera with low light and portrait modes. It was released earlier this year.

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The Galaxy S20 Ultra is Samsung’s most advanced (and expensive) flagship phone, released earlier this year. It’s greatest feature may be its camera, with a 108-megapixel sensor, a 100x zoom lens and a 40-megapixel selfie camera. The phone also has a huge 5,000-mAh battery for extended battery life. There are Prime Day deals on the 128GB phone in cosmic black and cosmic gray for $1,050. Read our Galaxy S20 Ultra review.

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The midtier S20 Plus has a 6.7-inch screen and supports the fastest 5G speeds, released earlier this year. It also offers excellent camera image quality. The 128GB phone deal is available in cloud blue, cosmic gray and black. Read our Galaxy S20 Plus review.

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Of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 5G phones, the S20 is the smallest and cheapest — and our reviewer’s favorite. It’s just as stuffed with top-shelf features as the Galaxy S20 Plus and S20 Ultra, from its tack-sharp screen to advanced camera skills. Apart from screen and body size, there aren’t many big differences between the three phones. You can get the 128GB phone in cloud pink, cloud blue or cosmic gray for $750. Read our Galaxy S20 review.

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The 2019 Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are nearly identical, except for size and battery. Their best feature? A top-notch camera, with two telephoto lenses. While Google discontinued the phones in August, you’ll find them at a large discount on Prime Day (note: as of Wednesday afternoon, only one Pixel 4 model was left, and appeared to be running out quickly). However, it’s also worth noting that you can get the newer Pixel 4A for $350, and the Pixel 5 with 5G for $649.

Read our Google Pixel 4 review.

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The Galaxy Note 20, released in August, has several of the same premium features as the pricier Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, including a strong battery life. While it can’t quite keep up in terms of screen technology, camera specs, build material and RAM, it’s a solid option — especially for $750 on Prime Day. You can find the 128GB version of the Note 20 in mystic bronze, mystic green and mystic gray for $750 on Amazon.  Read our Galaxy Note 20 review.

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Samsung’s 2019 flagship Galaxy S10 phone, along with its premium version Galaxy S10 Plus and budget version Galaxy S10 Lite, gets a discount for Prime Day. The Galaxy S10 is a high-end phone with a reasonable price tag, especially when on sale. It doesn’t have 5G capabilities, but it does have a sharp screen, long battery life and some noteworthy camera features, along with reverse wireless charging.

For Prime Day, you’ll find the following Galaxy S10 phone deals:

Read our Galaxy S10 review.

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Samsung’s Galaxy A71 5G phone first went on sale this summer, with a 6.7-inch FHD Plus Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O display, quad-camera array with a 64-megapixel main lens, and 25-watt fast charging. It has 128GB of internal storage, 6GB of RAM, 4,500-mAh batteries and onscreen optical fingerprint sensors. It also comes with microSD slots, letting you add up to 1TB of additional storage. It’s one of the least expensive 5G phones on the market in the US, especially with the Prime Day discount.

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The LTE version of Samsung’s budget Galaxy A51 went on sale in the spring, and includes a 4,000-mAh battery, 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM and expandable storage up to 512GB. During Best Buy’s sale, you’ll find the A51 in black, blue and white for $275. 

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The budget Samsung Galaxy A21 sports a 6.5-inch HD Plus Infinity-O display, 4,000-mAh battery, 15-watt fast charge support, 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. It also has a 13-megapixel front-face camera and four camera lenses on the back: a 16-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultrawide, 2-megapixel macro and 2-megapixel depth camera. The phone can be expanded to 512GB of storage through a microSD card. 

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Chinese electronics giant TCL‘s 10L phone was released in May as a solid budget phone. While it doesn’t have many flashy features, it admirably handles basic tasks and has an elegant design. Read our TCL 10L review.

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Get an unlocked Galaxy S20 for $660 (save $340) – CNET

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The Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus are on sale for hundreds less than usual.

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Cheap phones come to those who wait, I always say. Witness the iPhone XR, which debuted two years ago at $749 and can now be had for just $499. And then there’s the Galaxy S20, the Samsung flagship that arrived earlier this year with a $1,000 starting price.

You were wise to sit tight. For a limited time, and while supplies last, B&H has the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S20 dual-SIM 128GB smartphone for $660. That’s just about the lowest price I’ve seen not involving cash back or some kind of rebate. It’s available in blue, gray or pink.

Not sure yet whether this is the right phone for you? Read CNET’s Galaxy S20 review to find out. One big complaint was the $1,000 price tag, but this deal certainly softens that blow.

If you don’t mind waiting a bit, there’s a deal that’s arguably even better: The Galaxy S20 Plus dual-SIM 128GB for $700. All three colors are out of stock at this writing, but you can still make the buy at that price. Expected availability is two to four weeks, according to B&H. Everything you need to know about that model can be found in CNET’s Galaxy S20 Plus review.

These deals prove my oft-repeated adage up top: You should never, ever buy a new phone when it’s released, because prices will always come down. That S20 Plus is literally $500 less than it was back in April, with absolutely zero strings attached to that discount. Buy it and take it to the no-contract GSM carrier of your choice. (Mint Mobile is one great option of many.)

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Is Microsoft Office still an important job skill? If it’s between you and a candidate who doesn’t know how to use the suite, the position might just go to you.

There are countless ways to learn it, but sometimes nothing beats a good old-fashioned book. Like this one: For a limited time, you can get Learn Microsoft Office 2019 for free from TradePub. The only requirement is a work email address or connection to your LinkedIn account.

The ebook teaches you everything you need to know about using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access. It has illustrated explanations and real-world usage examples.

This 10,000-mAh power bank is just $10 right now

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I was planning to include this in yesterday’s deal roundup, but the promo code wasn’t active in time. But it is now: For a limited time, and while supplies last (there are about 2,000, I’m told), Amazon seller Onetek US has the Easay 10,000-mAh power bank for $9.99 with promo code NLTTXUZC. That’s 50% off the regular price.

This compact mobile charger sports three ports: an 18-watt USB-C with PD, an 18-watt USB Type-A that supports QuickCharge 3.0 and a Micro-USB for charging the charger (though you can also use the USB-C port for that).

As you’d expect, though, it’s BYO wall plug. Need some help there? This ESR 20-watt mini PD charger is just $9.59 with the on-page 15%-off coupon and promo code 20WPDMFICTL.


CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and check out our CNET Coupons page for the latest promo codes from Best BuyWalmartAmazon and more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page.

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Get an unlocked Galaxy S20 for $660 (Update: Expired) – CNET

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The Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus are on sale for hundreds less than usual.

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Cheap phones come to those who wait, I always say. Witness the iPhone XR, which debuted two years ago at $749 and can now be had for just $499. And then there’s the Galaxy S20, the Samsung flagship that arrived earlier this year with a $1,000 starting price.

You were wise to sit tight. For a limited time, and while supplies last, B&H has the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S20 dual-SIM 128GB smartphone for $660. That’s just about the lowest price I’ve seen not involving cash back or some kind of rebate. It’s available in blue, gray or pink.

Not sure yet whether this is the right phone for you? Read CNET’s Galaxy S20 review to find out. One big complaint was the $1,000 price tag, but this deal certainly softens that blow.

If you don’t mind waiting a bit, there’s a deal that’s arguably even better: The Galaxy S20 Plus dual-SIM 128GB for $700. All three colors are out of stock at this writing, but you can still make the buy at that price. Expected availability is two to four weeks, according to B&H. Everything you need to know about that model can be found in CNET’s Galaxy S20 Plus review.

These deals prove my oft-repeated adage up top: You should never, ever buy a new phone when it’s released, because prices will always come down. That S20 Plus is literally $500 less than it was back in April, with absolutely zero strings attached to that discount. Buy it and take it to the no-contract GSM carrier of your choice. (Mint Mobile is one great option of many.)

Your thoughts?

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Learn Microsoft Office with this free ebook

Is Microsoft Office still an important job skill? If it’s between you and a candidate who doesn’t know how to use the suite, the position might just go to you.

There are countless ways to learn it, but sometimes nothing beats a good old-fashioned book. Like this one: For a limited time, you can get Learn Microsoft Office 2019 for free from TradePub. The only requirement is a work email address or connection to your LinkedIn account.

The ebook teaches you everything you need to know about using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access. It has illustrated explanations and real-world usage examples.

This 10,000-mAh power bank is just $10 right now

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Charge two devices at once for $10.

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I was planning to include this in yesterday’s deal roundup, but the promo code wasn’t active in time. But it is now: For a limited time, and while supplies last (there are about 2,000, I’m told), Amazon seller Onetek US has the Easay 10,000-mAh power bank for $9.99 with promo code NLTTXUZC. That’s 50% off the regular price.

This compact mobile charger sports three ports: an 18-watt USB-C with PD, an 18-watt USB Type-A that supports QuickCharge 3.0 and a Micro-USB for charging the charger (though you can also use the USB-C port for that).

As you’d expect, though, it’s BYO wall plug. Need some help there? This ESR 20-watt mini PD charger is just $9.59 with the on-page 15%-off coupon and promo code 20WPDMFICTL.


CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and check out our CNET Coupons page for the latest promo codes from Best BuyWalmartAmazon and more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page.

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4 best phones you can get for $300 or less: iPhone 8, Galaxy A50 and more – CNET

If you’re on a tight budget but need a new phone, there are a few solid options that cost $300 or cheaper. Most of our favorite devices are from Motorola, which is unsurprising given that the company has made feature-rich budget phones for years now. In addition to its latest phones, which include the Moto G Stylus and G Power, we also recommend Samsung’s Galaxy A50.

A budget phone may be less expensive, but many of these options for the best phones under $300 still offer features that enthusiasts crave, including fingerprint sensor readers, solid cameras and the elusive headphone jack. To see our top picks, check out the list below and read CNET’s reviews. We’ll update this list as we review new phones. Note that we’ve linked to the unlocked version of each phone, and they should run on most of the big four US wireless carriers, unless specified otherwise.

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If you’re looking for a cell phone that serves as a cheaper Note 20 alternative, the Moto G Stylus device features a stylus that you can store inside the phone along with built-in Notes app to help with productivity. The Android phone also has a triple-rear camera, 128GB of internal storage and a robust 4,000-mAh battery. Read our Moto G Stylus review.

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Although the Galaxy A50 came out last year (and is the predecessor to the Galaxy A51), it’s still a great phone. Plus, you can find it cheaper than when it first launched, with current prices hovering around $250 to $300. The phone has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen, an in-screen fingerprint reader and a headphone jack. On the back, the triple rear camera includes a wide angle lens as well as a “depth lens,” which is used to take portrait shots with blurry, dramatic backgrounds. The phone also has a 25-megapixel selfie camera. Read our Samsung Galaxy A50 review.

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The Moto G Power is currently $40 cheaper than the G Stylus, but it packs a robust 5,000-mAh battery for long battery life. During our testing, this mobile phone lasted an impressive four days without a charge. The phone has three rear cameras (one of which is a macro lens), a 6.4-inch display and expandable memory. Read our Moto G Power review.

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Best phones under $500: iPhone SE, Pixel 4A 5G, Galaxy A51 and more – CNET

With the launch of its iPhone 12 lineup this year, Apple has discounted a few of its older models, including reducing the 2018 iPhone XR to $500. That pricing tier has been popular of late, and many big-time phone makers are offering great new phones in that range. One of them is Google’s new Pixel 4A 5G, which joins the Pixel 4A from August.

Now more than before, people on a tight budget have more options to choose from. In addition to those new phones, there are plenty of reliable handsets from 2019 as well — and all of them cost about $500 or less. And despite their low prices, budget phones are getting more advanced and pack features akin to a premium phone, like amazing cameras, fast processors and modern-day software features. 

To see our top picks of the best budget smartphone, check out the list below of the best phones under $500 (which we’ll be updating regularly), and read CNET’s reviews. Note that we’ve linked to the unlocked version of each phone, and they should run on most of the big four US wireless carriers, unless specified otherwise.

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With a four-year gap between the 2020 iPhone SE and the previous one, Apple packed its latest budget phone with a bunch of upgrades. That includes wireless charging, better camera specs and water resistance. (Unfortunately, for wired headphone users, it doesn’t have a headphone jack.) If you’re looking for a new iPhone but want to save as much money as possible, the $399 (£419, AU$749) iPhone SE is your best bet for a cheap phone option. Read our Apple iPhone SE (2020) review.

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If you want an affordable 5G phone, the Pixel 4A 5G is a worthy consideration. Available for preorder and shipping out Nov. 19, the  $499 (£499, AU$799) handset has a solid battery life, fantastic dual rear cameras and robust software support from Google. 

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In addition to its main Galaxy S20 phones, Samsung has a more cost-conscious A series line of phones. This year it launched the Galaxy A51 5G, which has four cameras including a selfie camera, an in-screen fingerprint sensor and expandable memory. CNET reviewed the non-5G version that goes for $399, though we’ve seen it go on sale for as low as $280. Read our Galaxy A51 review.

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The $445 One 5G is one of the best, most affordable 5G phones available. This cheap smartphone option has a total of six, yes six, cameras, a 90Hz high-refresh rate display and fast-charing technology. It’s available now in the US on AT&T and on Verizon at a later date. Read our Motorola One 5G review.

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Released in August, Google’s Pixel 4A costs $349 (£349, AU$599). The 5.81-inch Google Pixel phone only comes in one color (black) and one size (as in there’s no Pixel 4A XL unlike past years). This Google Pixel features a headphone jack, a slightly larger screen and a bigger battery than the Pixel 4 and 128GB of storage right off the bat. Read our Google Pixel 4A review.

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The iPhone XR may be two years old, but second to the SE above, it’s one of the cheapest iPhones you can get new from Apple. Currently starting at $499 (£499, AU$849) off-contract with 64GB, it features a 6.1-inch LCD display, a 12-megapixel rear camera and the A12 Bionic processor. It’s also compatible with Apple’s latest iOS 14 software update. Read our Apple iPhone XR review.

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Although the Galaxy A50 came out last year (and is the predecessor to the A51 phone mentioned above), it’s still a great phone for $350. This Samsung phone has a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, an in-screen fingerprint reader, front facing camera for selfies and a headphone jack. Read our Samsung Galaxy A50 review.

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If you’re looking for a cheaper Note 20 alternative, the Moto G Stylus features a stylus that you can store inside the phone along with a built-in Notes app to help with productivity. Currently priced at $240 from Motorola, the phone also features triple-rear cameras, 128GB of storage and a robust 4,000-mAh battery. Read our Moto G Stylus review.

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It’s been two years since its launch, but the Galaxy S9 is still worthy of consideration. Discounted at about $400 to $500 from Samsung and other retailers, the Android phone is water resistant, has wireless charging, expandable storage and a headphone jack. Plus, its curved OLED screen display lends the phone a modern-day look that still endures.

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The Moto G Power is a tad cheaper than the G Stylus at $200, but it packs a robust 5,000-mAh battery. During our testing, it lasted an impressive four days without a charge. The phone has three rear cameras (one of which is a macro lens), a 6.4-inch display and expandable memory. Read our Moto G Power review.

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