Opinion: The Huawei Mate 9 is the best Android alternative to Google’s Pixel XL

I love the Google Pixel. Since the day I bought it I’ve been a fan of almost everything about it and even recommended it to some close friends. Despite how good the Pixel is, though, it’s important to remember that it’s not the only great Android smartphone on the market.

There are several others that are fantastic, and I’m lucky enough to have gotten my hands on most of them. After spending time with almost every major flagship smartphone released in the past several months, I can easily say that my favorite option that’s not the Pixel, is the Huawei Mate 9

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Smart light switch w. built-in OLED panel is an interesting alternative to smart bulbs [Video]

One of the key decisions you need to make when adding smart lighting to a home is whether to have the smarts in the switches or the bulbs. Switches tend to be the easier option if you have non-techies in the home, while bulbs offer more flexibility.

A new smart switch system called Noon Home aims to offer the best of both worlds …

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Opinion: Two months later, Google Pixel is still a worthy iPhone alternative for normal people

I’ve been using my Google Pixel for more than 2 months now (check out my full review in case you missed it), and I have to say it one more time: This is easily my pick for best Android phone of the year. If you’re looking to buy a phone for a friend or a loved one, I can’t recommend the Pixel enough…

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Xiaomi launches Mi 5s/Plus as low-cost alternative to iPhone 7/Plus, China-only for now

Xiaomi has announced a high-end version of its popular Mi 5 smartphone, the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus. The new models are very much geared to going head-to-head with Apple’s new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, with very similar specs and form-factor. We first heard it was on the way back in June.

The Mi 5s offers a 12MP camera using a Sony 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor for the same large pixels we’ve already seen on the Nexus 6P and HTC 10. There’s a wide aperture f/2 lens, and a dual-tone flash for more accurate colors for both outdoor and indoor shots. Video is 4K at 60fps. The Mi5s Plus goes one better with a dual-camera setup similar to that used by Huawei and Apple, though Xiaomi has opted for a combination of color and black-and-white sensors rather than a wide-angle and telephoto lens.

The most advanced new feature is an ultrasonic fingerprint reader embedded into the display …

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