Nreal Light review: Hardware is only half the battle

Nreal has sold me on the appeal of watching TV with a pair of glasses, and I wish I could recommend buying the glasses that did it.

Nreal’s Light sunglasses, which Verizon will start selling later this month, are one of only a few consumer-focused augmented reality headsets. They’re an impressive technical feat: small for an AR or VR product, comparatively affordable at $599, and capable of full-fledged mixed reality that projects images into real space, not just a flat heads-up overlay like the North Focals.

Unfortunately, Nreal’s software doesn’t fulfill its hardware’s promise. The Light is hampered by a

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Pixel 6 review: Google Hardware finally lives up to its potential

Ron Amadeo

Google did it. The company finally made a phone that feels like a full-effort flagship device. It took six long, frustrating years, but with the Pixel 6 it finally feels as though Google isn’t holding back out of concern for its Android licensees or some other commitment issue. The Pixel 6 has a custom Google SoC, tons of AI software features that really work, and a new and exciting version of Android. These combine into the best Android smartphone out there—the One True Flagship of the Android ecosystem. With a great price, the Pixel 6 is an

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Intel Core i9-12900K and Core i5-12600K Review: Retaking the Gaming Crown

Intel’s $589 Alder Lake Core i9-12900K and $289 Core i5-12600K come to market with a powerful combination of competitive pricing and impressive performance, taking the lead in gaming over comparable Ryzen 5000 models and assuring a position on our list of Best CPUs for gaming. Intel’s newest chips are also incredibly competitive in productivity work, ranking among the top chips on our CPU benchmark hierarchy. Combine that with Alder Lake’s new next-gen connectivity technologies that bring big increases in throughput via DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0 interfaces, outstripping AMD’s venerable AM4 platform, and Intel has a winner on its hands.

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Android 12 review – tests


More than a year has gone by since Google’s release of Android 11, so you know what that means, right? Android 12 is here – well, “here” in theory, as the rollout for even Google’s Pixel phones is taking a while. Despite continuing with the ‘boring’ dessert-less naming scheme, the company has packed quite a lot of new stuff into this iteration of its mobile operating system, more than we’ve been used to lately, so we took a deep dive and explored what’s new in Android 12 – features that are going to be live very soon on Pixels

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AMD Ryzen 3 5300G Review: The Best APU Not on the Market

If it were available on store shelves, AMD’s as-yet unreleased-to-retail Ryzen 3 5300G would be the best value APU on the market. In fact, with four Zen 3 CPU cores and eight threads paired with the surprisingly still-powerful Vega 6 graphics engine, this chip could revitalize the value chip segment if priced in the $130 to $150 range. However, for now, this Cezzane chip and its surprisingly potent integrated graphics remain confined to often-crippled OEM systems — AMD hasn’t brought it to retail yet. But as we’ve seen with the 5300Gs’ more powerful counterparts, AMD could choose to open these

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Androids book review: A fascinating history behind the OS you know and love

Source: Andrew Myrick/ Android Central

Earlier this month, Android engineer Chet Haase released Androids: The Team That Built the Android Operating System. It starts with the origins of the Android team — before and after Google acquired it in 2005 — up to and just past the launch of Android 1.0 in 2008. It’s a fascinating story, and not just for hardcore engineers or programmers. Haase explains more about the book in this Medium post.

Most of the book dives into the nitty-gritty details of who made Android happen, as told through interviews with the engineers. From the

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Review: First Good Android Smartwatch

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I admit I’ve begun to give up hope that Android smartwatches would ever improve. Until recently, the market was messy and fragmented with so many issues that it seemed certain no one company could solve them. Over the years, Samsung’s smartwatches tended to be the best of the lot, but its watches, which ran on Samsung’s own Tizen operating system, also forced non-Samsung smartphone owners to make compromises with no good alternatives.

But I have good news. Samsung’s new Wear OS-based Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are here, and while they’re not

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Google Pixel 5A Review: Still the Best Deal in Android

Regardless, one of the biggest reasons I can recommend you buy this phone is the performance. Like previous A-series Pixels, you can comfortably run pretty much any app or game, and you’ll rarely encounter any slowdowns. I was able to play one of the most graphically demanding mobile games, Genshin Impact, and it was hardly frustratingly slow. (Granted, I had to play it with the Low graphics option, but the game still looked fantastic.)     

Then there’s the software. As is standard with Pixel phones of every stripe, Google has included some genuinely smart and helpful features that you won’t

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Beats Studio Buds review: Apple’s Android olive branch

Apple bought Beats all the way back in 2014, and it has been slowly pushing the famed brand further into the iOS ecosystem. At least until the Beats Studio Buds came along. These latest Beats-branded true wireless earbuds ditch the powerful Apple W1 and H1 chips for a universal appeal and a small olive branch towards the Android market. Is it enough to tempt Galaxy and Pixel users? Find out in our Beats Studio Buds review.

This Beats Studio Buds review comes from the audio experts at our sister site SoundGuys. Check out their in-depth take on the Beats
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AMD Ryzen 5 5600G Review: The Value iGPU Gaming King

The six-core 12-thread Ryzen 5 5600G comes to market as part of AMD’s first salvo of 7nm ‘Cezanne’ APUs for desktop PCs that AMD plans to use to plug big price gaps in its Ryzen 5000 lineup that dominates our Best CPU list and CPU Benchmark hierarchy. We’ve already taken the more expensive eight-core 16-thread Ryzen 7 5700G for a spin, and today we’re giving the $259 Ryzen 5 5600G the same treatment. When it comes to gaming on integrated graphics, the Ryzen 5 5600G takes the shine off its more expensive Ryzen 7 5700G counterpart by serving up ~96%

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