Tech Product Evaluator
35 articles published since February 11, 2022
About Jesse Hollington
Jesse is a lifelong technology enthusiast who has been exploring smartphones and mobile tech for more than two decades. He started his career change into tech journalism in 2007 with iLounge where he handled roundups and reviews of smartphones, mobile apps, headphones, speakers, smart home devices, and more. He has since written for iDrop News, Lifewire, and Digital Trends, and authored three editions of iPod & iTunes Portable Genius for Wiley Publishing.
Defend your gorgeous Galaxy S23+ screen against scratches and scuffs
The Samsung Galaxy S23+ is the Goldilocks of the S23 family, a happy middle point between the underwhelming S23 and the very pricey S23 Ultra. While the improvements over the previous model are iterative at best, it's faster, boasts more storage space, packs a bigger battery than the previous generation, and is a great compromise between its two S23 siblings.
An extra $50 makes a really big difference
Sonos recently dropped the Sonos Move 2, a new second-generation version of its household-portable Sonos Move that upgrades just about everything that was arguably lacking in that earlier model. The Sonos Move 2 packs in better sound quality, substantially improved battery life, and a refined design with nicer touch controls.
How do Apple's big camera improvements stack up against Samsung's middle-ground S23?
Apple has unveiled its 2023 iPhone lineup, in what's become its typical arrangement of two standard models — the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus — joined by two higher-end, flagship "Pro" models. As one of Samsung's biggest rivals in the smartphone market, it's always interesting to see how Apple's smartphones compare with the best of what Samsung has to offer.
Protect your versatile smartphone and express yourself with these great cases
Even an affordable phone like the Moto G Stylus 5G (2021) needs protection against the drops, bumps, and scrapes of everyday life. This is especially true when you consider that the bigger they come, the harder they fall, and the Moto G Stylus has an expansive 6.8-inch screen and a larger body to go with it.
Get the best protection for your Galaxy A54 right out of the gate
If you don't need all the fancy special features from the Galaxy S23 series, then the Samsung Galaxy A54 is an affordable phone that still packs solid performance and features. It's no surprise that it's become one of this year's best budget Android phones, a position its predecessor also held.
Get serious protection for Google's latest budget smartphone
Google's 2023 mid-ranger, the Pixel 7a, is a tempting choice for those who crave the Pixel experience without breaking the bank. Boasting specs that flirt with its flagship sibling, Pixel 7, the Pixel 7a rightfully earns its place among the best budget Android phones you can buy right now. But let's get real—no matter how pocket-friendly this phone or its price tag is, it still needs protection.
The Galaxy S21 may be a few years old now, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for yesteryear's earbuds
Samsung's Galaxy S21 may feel like an older model now, but it still holds its own against all but the most expensive flagship smartphones on the market today, with solid performance, battery life, and camera features. However, just because it's been on the market for a couple of years now doesn't mean you can't equip it with a great set of modern true wireless earbuds.
Affordable smartphones need love and protection too
If you're looking for an affordable smartphone, Samsung's Galaxy A03s should be near the top of your list. It comes at a seriously wallet-friendly price without cutting too many corners, making it the cheapest of the best budget Android phones right now.
Protect your phone and leave your wallet behind with these fun and elegant cases
Samsung's Galaxy S23 delivers amazing performance in a small package. It has the same powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip as its larger siblings, giving you top-notch performance without the extra bulk. It's right up there with the best Android phones, and it's an especially great choice for those who like to travel light. So why not go the extra step by putting it into a wallet case? You'll have one less thing to carry with you.
You don't need to fear getting it wet, but be careful at the beach
This year's version of Samsung's slick Galaxy Z Flip 5 foldable has arrived with some exciting upgrades, including a new 3.4-inch cover screen that can show you much more information at a glance. As fun as it is to flip the Galaxy Z Flip 5 open and shut, this screen should reduce the need to do so as often.
Is a powerful new chip enough to unseat Google as king of the Android hill?
Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra has more than earned its place among our favorite Android phones, and the Galaxy S23+ is a great middle-ground for those who want the performance and power of the S23 series without cashing out for the Ultra. But how does that mid-runner stand up against the best that Google has to offer, the Pixel 7 Pro? Let’s take a look.
Samsung brightens things up a bit this year
Last year, Samsung changed the tablet game in a big way — literally — with the introduction of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, a ginormous 14.6-inch tablet with an expansive OLED screen and performance to spare. While it's a premium pick to be sure, it's the best Android tablet for those who want to pull out the stops for maximum productivity.
Samsung's Classic smartwatch returns in two classy colors
After a one-year hiatus, Samsung's classically-styled smartwatch is making a comeback. Although Samsung went in a slightly different direction with the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro last year, it wasn't enough to displace the early 2021 Galaxy Watch 4 Classic among the best Android smartwatches. And this year, the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic brings back many of the great features of its much-loved predecessor.
They're similar, but there are key differences
If you're looking for an affordable voice assistant, Amazon's Echo Dot models are among the best smart speakers you can buy. While they don't provide the kind of sound quality that will make you want to use them as primary speakers, they're affordable enough that you can drop one in nearly every room, letting you call on Alexa from anywhere in your home.
How does OnePlus' debut tablet stand up against an established player?
While the OnePlus Pad is classic OnePlus style through and through, it's up against other established midrange tablet makers like Lenovo, which recently unveiled a second-generation Lenovo Tab P11 Pro that offers competitive specs at an even more affordable price.
Keep your OnePlus 11's display looking great for the long haul
This year's OnePlus 11 takes the company back to its enthusiast-brand roots and packs in flagship-level specs, thanks to the superpowered Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. It also features a gorgeous design with a smooth glass back and a Hasselblad-tuned camera that stands out and looks the part. Plus, the phone has stellar battery life, which, when factored in with the other features, makes it one of the best Android phones of the year — it's the phone to buy for anybody who was a fan of OnePlus in its heyday.
These devices will change how you use Android Auto
If you regularly rely on your smartphone to provide music and navigation in your car, then there’s little doubt that Android Auto is the best way to go about this. Rather than docking your phone somewhere on your dashboard, you can tuck it away safely and rely on a more readable and intuitive interface directly on your car’s infotainment screen.
Does Samsung's latest A-series entry have what it takes to unseat the reigning under-$500 champ?
Samsung's Galaxy A54 is setting the stage for what could be another exciting race among mid-range smartphones. Of course, the recent launch of the Google Pixel 7a may have been a giant leap forward for Google's budget phone lineup, but the Google Pixel 6a is still one of the best budget Android phones because of everything it offers. The Samsung Galaxy A54 has had some pretty cool upgrades over its predecessor —the Galaxy A53 — but will it be enough to beat the Pixel 6a head-to-head? Let's find out.
A beefier Snapdragon chip and Android 13 make this Samsung's 'Goldilocks' tablet
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 Lite raised quite a stir when it arrived on the scene three years ago, offering a solid alternative to the ever-dominant iPad for those who preferred to stay within the Android ecosystem. While it naturally didn’t pack in everything that the more premium Galaxy Tab S6 had to offer, Samsung cut just the right corners to make it an affordable — and popular — choice.
Motorola delivers a Samsung-like smartphone for a third of the price
Motorola recently unveiled this year’s Moto G Stylus 5G, the latest upscale entry in its popular lineup of budget phones. With the 2023 edition of the Stylus 5G, Motorola cut a few corners compared to last year’s model to deliver it at a more wallet-friendly lower price, becoming an even more tempting alternative to other phones in its class.