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BEAM review: Strap a funny GIF on your jacket for $85

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

A lot of the stuff we review here at Android Police has genuine utility behind it. Things like phones, Chromebooks, and wearables can enhance your quality of life and your productivity. The BEAM will do none of those things, but it will let you stick a funny meme on your chest for $85, and I call that a win.

I confess it's taken some time to review the BEAM. The company sent it to us earlier this year, but we ran into some trouble at the time getting it to work reliably, and my attention was later diverted (i.e., I forgot to check back and see if things changed after updates).

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BEAM review: Strap a funny GIF on your jacket for $85 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tribit X-Boom review: An incredible-sounding Bluetooth speaker for the money

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

I'll be honest - when we were first contacted about checking the new Tribit X-Boom out, I wasn't expecting much from it. I had never heard of the company, and the design looked a little cartoonish. On top of all that, the $69.99 price tag was much lower than competing models from companies like UE and JBL. But after using it, I've learned that the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" is quite appropriate here.

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Tribit X-Boom review: An incredible-sounding Bluetooth speaker for the money was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ASUS Zenfone Live L1 review: The best phone you can get for $110, but you shouldn’t buy one (yet)

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

We've been critical when it comes to Android Go-powered phones in the US, but Asus' new Zenfone Live L1 is set to change our mind. It's the first genuinely good experience I've had with the platform, and combined with a Snapdragon 425, 3,000mAh battery, and price-defying 5.5" 720p IPS display, I think it could be the best phone you can buy for $110. At least, it will be once Asus fixes a serious issue it has with randomly locking up, which the company promises with a future update.

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ASUS Zenfone Live L1 review: The best phone you can get for $110, but you shouldn't buy one (yet) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Titan Security Key review: A $50 hardware 2FA bundle with outdated connectors

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Those of us that care about our online security probably use some form of two-factor authentication to secure our most important accounts, but even the strongest password and the longest authentication code are still subject to something as simple as a phishing attack, which is why so many have switched to hardware security keys. Google helped to create the Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) hardware authentication standard, and now it's releasing its own product to consumers: the $50 Titan Security Key.

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Google Titan Security Key review: A $50 hardware 2FA bundle with outdated connectors was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Lenovo Smart Display review: The best new kitchen appliance since the dishwasher

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

So-called smart speakers became the darling of every big tech company in the last three years, with Amazon, Google, and Apple all trying to push their digital assistants as a complementary and indispensable part of their locked-in ecosystems. Incremental advancement continues, and the Assistant-powered responses to Amazon's trailblazing, screen-equipped Echo Show have started to land, the first one being this: Lenovo's Smart Display. And far from just being an interesting first try, Google's Assistant on a screen has already become an indispensable part of my home, especially in the kitchen. 

The Google Home and Home Mini have operated like decentralized, Assistant-powered satellites.

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Lenovo Smart Display review: The best new kitchen appliance since the dishwasher was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Asus Zenfone 5Q review: Pretty on the outside, but full of questionable decisions

Monday, July 30th, 2018

At MWC, Asus showed off its 2018 Zenfone lineup. Most of the attention fell on the 5Z and 5, with their display notches and fresh designs. Perhaps left to the wayside was the lower-end device of this family, the Zenfone 5Q (or Lite, depending on where you are). It doesn't resemble its brethren whatsoever, right down to even lacking a notch.

As is typical with Asus, the focus on this budget phone is on cameras, namely four of them.

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Asus Zenfone 5Q review: Pretty on the outside, but full of questionable decisions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Acer Chromebox CXI3 review: The ultimate Chrome OS desktop

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Chrome OS has always been designed with low-power laptops in mind. There have been a few desktop machines over the years, like the ASUS Chromebit and LG Chromebase, but they're vastly outnumbered by Chromebooks. Seemingly out of nowhere, several companies announced new Chrome OS desktops at CES earlier this year - all of which are capable of running Android apps.

Acer's new desktop is the 'Chromebox CXI3,' which went on sale back in April.

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Acer Chromebox CXI3 review: The ultimate Chrome OS desktop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Review: RAVPower’s two solar-charging batteries are ready for your next summer trip

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

For many of us, an external battery pack comes in near the top of our accessory priority list. Whether you travel for work or pleasure, topping up your gadgets on the go can be important, and that need can extend into durations or locations that require a few extra features or added durability. So, for all you outdoorsy types prepping for summer trips, we're taking a quick look at two new RAVpower batteries.

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Review: RAVPower’s two solar-charging batteries are ready for your next summer trip was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps now lets you quickly, and mindlessly, rate places from a notification

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

There's a passionate love story between the Google Maps team and Android's notifications. Every few months, sometimes even weeks, a new type starts surfacing up, and it's gotten to a point where the notifications settings in the Maps app don't fit on one screen and require sub-categories. The latest isn't a new notification per se, but it's a change to an existing one: you can now directly rate a place from the notification drop-down.

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Google Maps now lets you quickly, and mindlessly, rate places from a notification was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Weekend poll: How do you like our new review format?

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

Starting with the recent UTC 12+ and continuing since then, we decided to switch up our review format for phones a bit, breaking down the facts to be more direct and less prosaic. After all, brevity is the soul of wit (and tedious reviews the limbs and outward flourishes). Our original style for assessing hardware hearkens all the way back to 2011 and phones like the HTC ThunderBolt and Inspire 4G, but we know some of you may have grown attached to it.

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Weekend poll: How do you like our new review format? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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