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iPhone 11 Pro Review: Hands Down, The Best iPhone Ever

The most compelling and conspicuous feature of the iPhone 11 Pro is its triple-camera system, and after using it for the better part of the week, it’s definitely the best and most versatile set of cameras that Apple has ever put in any iPhone. The ultra-wide lens will feel like a pretty significant upgrade for anybody who has an older iPhone, but as the iPhone 11 has it too, it really comes down to the telephoto lens and how if you’ll take full advantage of it. This extra lens enables the two Pro models to take two different kinds of Portrait Mode photos, one that is really zoomed-in (which is similar to what the iPhone XS could do) and one that is more zoomed-out (which is exactly the same Portrait mode as the iPhone 11) for those who want to grab for background in the photo. If you find yourself taking a lot of photos of people and pets, rather than landscapes, this extra telephoto lens feels like a real selling point.

The nice thing about all three lenses is that they all take the same quality photo. Each is a 12-megapixel camera that has its own high-quality sensor, so you can expect a pretty decent photo nobody which lens you’re using (this is not the case for most other smartphones with a multi-camera system). Each of the three lenses is capable of shooting 4K video at 60fps, which is a nice feature for vloggers and videographers to have. It’s worth noting that despite the extra lenses, like the iPhone 11, the Pro’s Night Mode only really works while using the wide lens (you can technically use Night Mode with the ultra-wide lens, but it’s really just a blown-up shot taken by the wide lens.

Night Mode on the new iPhone 11 Pro is pretty incredible.

Aside from the size and triple-camera system, the third big selling point of the iPhone 11 Pro is its hardware. Its OLED display is significantly better than the LCD display of the iPhone 11, but it’s also better than the Super Retina display of last year’s iPhone XS; the new “Super Retina XDR” display is brighter (1,200 nits versus the iPhone XS’s 600 nits) with double the contrast ratio. It’s easy to get lost in the tech jargon, but the bottom line is this: iPhone 11 Pro’s display is the best and brightest display ever in a smartphone. So if you’re somebody who plays a lot of mobile games or streams lots of shows on your iPhone, that’s a good reason to upgrade to the Pro.

Battery life is the last big reason to upgrade to the Pro if you have an older iPhone. To date, the iPhone XR has been the gold standard of long-lasting iPhones, getting almost two days of juice, and the iPhone 11 Pros are almost at that level. Apple claims that both iPhone 11 Pros get four and five hours better than their predecessors, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, and it’s actually pretty noticeable. The secret to the improved battery life is, yes, the A13 Bionic chip helps with energy efficiency, but Apple also put a slightly larger battery in its newer phones. This is a pretty significant thing, as it also means that the new iPhones are ever-so-slightly heavier and thicker – Apple is sacrificing design for usability, which is actually a breath of fresh air.

There are a quick few things to add to round out the “good” features. Apple says the Face ID is 30-percent faster on the new iPhones and even better at recognizing your face when resting flat on a table; however, in the week I’ve had the phones I’ve actually had a difficult time telling the difference – it’s still fast. Apple also improved AirDrop on the new iPhones, allowing you to point your iPhone at other new iPhones and AirDrop files to whomever you’re pointing at (although the iPhones must have Apple’s new U1 chip and iOS 13). And, finally, Apple is including an 18-watt USB-C wall adapter and a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box, which makes the iPhone 11 Pro feel a little bit more “Pro.”

OnePlus 7 Pro

Before its official release, rumors were implying that OnePlus will be introducing two smartphone models instead of one. All of its past releases always featured one unit, but there always a first time for everything. The OnePlus 7 Pro is the high-end variant that is priced a little higher than what consumers expected. In fact, it’s up there with expensive flagships from other brands. However, with the specs it’s packing, we think it justifies the higher cost of owning this solid device.

First of all, we can see that the display does not have any cutout with super thin bezels. Moreover, the edges also sport a sleek curve just like recent Samsung flagships and promise a 90 Hz refresh rate. This means that you’ll experience buttery-smooth visuals and animations every time.

The Galaxy S10 is the first of it’s kind to use punch hole for the selfie camera. Meanwhile, OnePlus has a different strategy. Similar to the Oppo Find X, Vivo NEX, and Huawei P Smart Z, the Pro version touts a pop-up camera module. It even teases a fancy function wherein the motorized camera automatically closes in case the user drops it.

If you’re not happy with the speed of the face unlock security due to the pop-up front-facing camera, another option is available. Just use the under-display fingerprint reader, which tests show to be lightning fast. Just like the OnePlus 7, the OnePlus 7 Pro uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. RAM size, on the other hand, goes up to 12 GB for the 256 GB unit, and 6 GB for the 128 GB version. Another highlight is the rear triple-camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel standard lens, a 16-megapixel wide-angle, and finally an 8-megapixel telephoto with 3x zoom.

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Huawei P Smart Z Flaunts Pop-Up Selfie Camera

When it comes to technology, innovation is the key component to make your products stand out. There used to be a time when Apple was the shining star of the industry, but now, Android is clearly breaking the mold among smartphones. When the notch made its debut on the iPhone X, other brands were quick to copy the idea.

The goal is to finally offer a mobile phone that as close to being bezel-less or notch-less. Various unique workarounds were introduced, but it seems like a motorized pop-up camera is a solution. That’s why the new Huawei P Smart Z is relying on this unique function.

With flagship-tier smartphones such as the Vivo Nex S and Oppo Find X using the feature beforehand, Huawei is kind of late to the game. Nonetheless, it does not mean the P Smart Z is a doomed project. With a price of $313, it’s a worthy contender in the mid-range market.

The novelty of using a capable Android smartphone that does not sport a notch is still a good selling point. It’s a solid and premium design that comes with a stylish two-tone shade on the back cover. Buyers can choose from Emerald Green, Midnight Black, and Sapphire Blue.

The Huawei P Smart Z will run on an in-house Kirin 710F chipset alongside 4 GB of RAM. Internal storage is 64 GB with the option to insert a microSD card to expand it further. The rear horizontal dual-camera are far from impressive being a 16-megapixel and 2-megapixel combo. The pop-up front-facing shooter is apparently a 16-megapixel sensor, albeit with an f/2.2 lens instead. Powering this mid-range unit is a 4,000 mAh battery.

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Google Pixel 3a

When people talk about high-end flagship phones, the brands that immediately come to mind are Samsung and Apple. Then, the arrival of the Pixel smartphones from Google introduced another big player. While these three are sitting the top-tier market, Chinese brands took the opportunity to corner the mid-range and entry-level segment.

These include OnePlus, Xiaomi, Huawei, and a whole bunch of others. The search giant has already proven that it can go up against the bigwigs so this time, it’s making a move to gain grab even more consumers. It’s doing this with the help of the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL.

While its flagship-tier brethren are sporting premium materials such as metal and glass, the 3a will be using plastic. In our opinion, it won’t really matter since most users will eventually slap on a protective case anyway. Google will be pricing the regular model at $399, while the 3a XL will go for $479.

The attractive price point means that sacrifices had to be made. It’s replacing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with the 670 and wireless charging and also removing wireless charging. Meanwhile, the good stuff such as the remarkable camera and OLED screens are intact.

What’s surprising about the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL is that there were some surprise upgrades included. A battery capacity increase of 3,000 mAh and 3,700 mAh are also in order for each model respectively. Most of all, the 3.5 mm headphone jack is apparently back in action as well. Additional details also reveal that both variants will come with 4GB of RAM and a 64 GB internal storage.

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Verizon Palm Smartphone

It’s time to face the facts—people now spend an unhealthy amount of time on their smartphones. In fact, researchers struggle to come up with ways to curb our addiction. We’ve seen apps that forcibly limit your screen time or access to some apps, but it’s not a foolproof solution. The latest build of YouTube shares how much time you spent watching videos and even lets you set a reminder to take a break. The Verizon Palm hopes to offer a solution with its latest device and we found it a little peculiar.

Over the years, mobile phones have evolved from being the size of bricks to that of a lipstick. However, as smartphone technology improved and the availability of multimedia content grew in proportion, the need for bigger screens soon followed. Modern handsets now flaunt phablet-size screens with pocket-friendly dimensions as bezels continue to shrink. Therefore, Palm intends to discourage users from prolonged usage with a smaller screen and limited functionality.

Despite its diminutive dimensions the upcoming device sports a classy appearance. Nonetheless, don’t be fooled by how it looks, because this unit acts more like an accessory. It pairs with your existing smartphone in order to access some basic functions such as calls, messages, and a few apps.

The Palm carries a 445ppi 3.3-inch display, which in our opinion effectively discourages us from messing around with it—other than to access basic telephony features. It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC with 3GB of RAM. The 32GB internal storage is non-expandable and the 800mAh battery is not really ideal for the long haul. It will be offered exclusively by Verizon for $10 on top of your monthly bill.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Other than Samsung and a select few smartphone brands, almost all of the newest models that came out recently sported a notch. Oppo drew a boatload of attention when it revealed the Oppo Find X’s motorized sliding mechanism—that cleverly hid its main and selfie cameras. The innovative approach ensures that the smartphone uses its display real estate to the fullest. Moreover, it makes the device look so sexy in our opinion. Now, a Chinese brand is ready to vie for your attention once again with the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.

Brands like Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo might be currently hogging the spotlight, but that’s likely changing soon. Even before the competition adopted the notch and other technology to reduce its bezels, Xiaomi paved the way with its Mi Mix lineup. These models sport some of the thinnest borders way ahead of their time. Moreover, the combination of premium materials and impeccable design was remarkable. The third-generation model plans to go overboard and reclaim its glory.

According to insider leaks, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will showcase an impressive spec sheet. However, its biggest feature appears to be a sliding mechanism akin to the Oppo find X. Nevertheless, unlike its aforementioned rival, it will only hide the front-facing camera. The device is reportedly flaunting a screen-to-body ratio bordering close to 99 percent. This apparently delivers a notch-free 6.4-inch OLED touchscreen with a built-in fingerprint sensor underneath. The smartphone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC (rumors suggest a newer chipset instead) sits alongside a whopping 10GB of RAM that completely blows everyone away. It will officially make its debut on October 25, 2018.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

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Nokia X7

HMD Global continues to push the Nokia brand forward in order to reclaim its former glory. So far, the tech industry’s response to its products has been favorable. A lot of consumers—us included—are glad that the company finally embraced the Android platform for its smartphones. It even threw a little fan service into the mix with the modern rework of the iconic 3310 and 8110 handsets. However, innovation is ultimately its agenda and the Nokia X7 is another step in the right direction.

For now, the manufacturer seems content to focus its resources on the mid-range market. Most industry analysts find it a brilliant move. As it currently stands, the high-end segment is fiercely contested by the likes of Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and others. Therefore, a careful approach starting with the middle ground and slowing pushing upward is the best course of action for now. The Nokia X7 is an ideal stepping stone towards that goal.

Looking at its spec sheet, the Nokia X7 definitely falls into the mid-range category. You have a fairly new Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset alongside 4GB or 6GB of RAM. Internal storage options available are 64GB and 128GB that corresponds to the size of the RAM respectively. Similar to the majority of smartphones in the same range, it’s marketed for its imaging capabilities. The 3,500mAh battery should give it enough power to last a full day of regular usage. Moreover, the handset sports a premium build and runs on Google’s Android 9.0 Pie platform out-of-the-box.

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Huawei Mate 20

Huawei’s late 2018 smartphone announcement is a perfect trifecta of cutting-edge technology. The range-topper, of course, is the Mate 20 Pro, followed by the Huawei Mate 20 and the gaming-centric Mate 20 X. Let’s start off with the base model and learn more about what it brings to the table. Visually, there’s really nothing to highlight at this point since a series of leaks were on point with that the handsets look like. However, we can take you on a short tour of what lies inside the frame.

Firstly, let’s refresh everyone with the build quality and design of the Mate 20. Unlike its beefier cousin, the Mate 20 Pro, the handset sports a slightly larger screen at 6.53 inches that uses IPS LCD technology. Furthermore, the edges lie flat compared to the curved structure of on the Pro. Nevertheless, we love that Huawei applied a teardrop notch that does not look too invasive like the regular ones.

The rear panel likewise sports the three-camera setup, albeit with the LED flash located on a different quadrant. The main shooters are equipped with Leica optics to deliver outstanding imaging performance. Don’t expect the smartphone to have the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, because Huawei installed its powerful HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset in its place. The Mate 20’s 4000mAh battery supports fast charging technology as well.

Huawei Mate 20

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Oppo R15 Pro

There was a time wherein Chinese-made smartphones were considered as nothing more than cheap knock-offs. These days, most of these brands are dominating the market with their flagship handsets. For example, the Huawei P20 Pro continues to earn praises from users and reviewers for its next-generation imaging capabilities. Others desire the Oppo Find X with its hidden camera and one-of-a-kind sliding mechanism that reveals it when necessary. Moreover, the latter plans to introduce another contender for the mid-tier segment with the Oppo R15 Pro.

Similar to most smartphone models available after the debut of the Apple iPhone X, it borrows some elements from the iOS-running device. You’ll love the generous space the 6.28-inch 2280 x 1080 AMOLED display provides alongside a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection from scratches. Oppo defines it as a camera phone so it touts a 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel dual-camera setup. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera is a 20-megapixel unit.

It’s available in Ceramic Black, Dream Mirror Red, and Cosmic Purple colors. The product description of the smartphone confirms that it uses a combination of glass, aluminum, and ceramic to deliver a premium feel.

The Oppo R15 Pro relies on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Soc with 6GB of RAM. The 128GB internal storage should be enough. Nonetheless, just in case you need more space, its hybrid dual-SIM nature can accept a microSD card in the SIM 2 slot. Lastly, the 3,430mAh battery supports fast-charging via the built-in VOOC Flash Charge tech.

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2018 Samsung Galaxy A9

It might still be a while before we can catch a glimpse of the cutting-edge features included with the Galaxy S10. Yet, Samsung is certainly not holding back when it comes to first impressions. We are talking about the new 2018 Samsung Galaxy A9 and its four main cameras. Yes, that’s definitely not a typo—the forthcoming imaging monster flaunts one sensor more than the Huawei P20 Pro and LG V40 ThinQ. The company is certainly reasserting its foothold on the mid-tier handset market.

The future is closer than we think thanks to the quad-camera setup on this smartphone. Let’s take an in-depth look at what each sensor has to offer for you. You have a 24-megapixel PDAF, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide, a 10-megapixel telephoto, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor—now that’s a mouthful. Samsung presumably wants to give you the proper equipment to handle any situation. All four are arranged vertically on the top-left portion of its rear cover with the LED flash located at the bottom.

A 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display dominates the front—thankfully minus the notch—and delivers bright and punchy colors. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chipset beats at its heart and is accompanied by 6GB of RAM. The 2018 Samsung Galaxy A9 provides a generous 128GB internal storage with a microSD card slot expansion if you need more space. The device draws power from a 3,800mAh battery with fast-charging technology. Lemonade Blue, Bubblegum Pink, and Caviar Black are the available colorways.

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Google Pixel 3

One of 2018’s most anticipated releases is Google’s latest Pixel smartphones. Ever since the first-generation model hit retailers, the brand established a new platform that consumers look forward to on an annual basis. You can’t really beat a stock Android experience. After all, it promises timely updates and all the latest gimmicks that come with the new software. With the Google Pixel 3, the search company aims to impress those who have eagerly waited to upgrade their handsets.

Google has a tough road ahead of its launch. Apple and Samsung are already in the lead with their respective flagship devices. Prior to its announcement, the rumor mill was already abuzz with speculation. Buyers worried that the Pixel 3 will sport the controversial “notch” that the industry considers a lame attempt to copy Apple. Ever since the iPhone X launched with the noticeable cutout, every other manufacturer found it necessary to copy the design.

Yes, the upcoming Google flagship will feature a notch on its P-OLED display that houses its new dual-lens selfie shooters (only on the XL model). Meanwhile, the smaller one will have a regular bezel on top instead. We think the notch is a necessary evil. It allows manufacturers to reduce the bezels of its smartphones. Moreover, the cutout houses its earpiece, front-facing cameras, as well as other sensors.

The rear retains the same design language of its predecessors with a two-tone glass panel that sits on the top portion of its metal back cover. We know that the imaging system on Pixel 3 will be its biggest feature alongside the fast wireless charging and unlimited online storage.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

It’s that time of the year when tech companies unveil their best just before the holiday shopping fever starts.  Samsung and Apple have exposed their flagship fangs with the Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS respectively. Therefore, the stage is wide open for Google to bask in the limelight. Multiple leaks and other fiascos threatened to derail the search company’s planned presentation. Nonetheless, it seems that consumers are still hyped for the Pixel 3 announcement. Now that it’s officially out in the open, we can spend some quality time to explore the nuances of the Google Pixel 3 XL.

Ever since the Cupertino-based tech titan started to release two variations of its flagship handsets, the competition was quick to follow suit. It looks like that this time around; screen size options are not the only thing Google copied. Yes, the latest Pixel smartphone now features the controversial cutout (on the XL variant only). We know that it’s a trend that almost everybody in the tech industry either loves or hates that’s not going away anytime soon.

Google continues to poke fun when it’s naming the colors for its handsets. The Pixel 3 XL and its smaller sibling can be bought in three shades: Just Black, Not Pink, and Clearly White. The 6.3-inch P-OLED display sits under a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 sheet for added protection. Look closely and you can spot two front-firing stereo speakers located on the forehead and chin of the smartphone (an excellent design choice to enhance gaming and multimedia).

Out-of-the-box, the device runs on Android 9.0 Pie and relies on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with 4GB of RAM. Internal storage options available are 64GB and 128GB. The Pixel 3 XL gets its power from a 3,430mAh battery that supports fast-charging as well as Qi wireless charging. Another sweet extra is that the package includes a nice pair of Pixel Buds.

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Nokia 7.1

When HMD Global revived the Nokia label, loyal fans of the Finnish mobile phone brand were hyped for what it had to offer. The announcement of its plans to finally embrace the Google platform gains positive feedback. Now that it has released several products that target multiple budget segments, you can look forward to even more improvements in the future. The Nokia 7.1 is a capable mid-range model that surprisingly looks upmarket—now that’s definitely a good thing in our opinion.

The company certainly did not disappoint when it released its first wave of Android smartphones. Although it might take a little longer for it to reclaim its former glory with all the competition firmly entrenched in the market. However, it can always rely on brand recognition to allow it to stand out from the rest. Moreover, launching with Android 9.0 Pie by default is a must-have feature for those planning to upgrade soon.

Just like some of its predecessors, the smartphone touts a dual-tone design. It’s not as flashy as the eye-catching gradient hues of Huawei’s handsets. Nevertheless, it’s classy enough to make it stand out. These are visible on the chamfered edges of the frame.  The design lends a subdued but striking contrast against its main shade. Meanwhile, some accents distributed around its body likewise follow the color. The Blue variant is paired with silver, while the Steel is mated to copper.

The smartphone runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC with 4GB of RAM alongside a 64GB internal storage. As most of you already expected, the 5.84-inch HDR-ready display does have the dreaded “notch” that’s might be a deal-breaker for some individuals. Nevertheless, the Nokia 7.1 is a solid device that’s easy on the wallet and top-shelf in the looks department at the same time.

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Motorola Moto Z3 Play

Despite being one of the most iconic smartphone manufacturers in the past, Motorola has struggled to catch up to the competition over the years. Some of its flagship entries such as the highly-customizable Moto X, Moto Maxx, and others had the right concept but failed during the execution. Now that the brand under Lenovo, it continues to release handsets under the familiar marque. Its latest entry is the Motorola Moto Z3 Play that still promotes its modular platform feature—otherwise known as Moto Mods.

Those who previously owned the first and second-generation models will notice a familiar design. At the bottom of its back panel, the smartphone still features the metallic contacts. These interface with the different optional accessories. The device looks and measures exactly like its flagship counterpart the Moto Z3. You get a premium-level device that flaunts a 6000 series aluminum frame with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panels on the front and back. Despite the claims of some users, the unit is not waterproof. In fact, it’s only dust and splash-resistant.

We’re glad to find out that Lenovo did not emulate the dreaded “notch” that’s on almost every other Android smartphone these days. You get a capable handset that touts slim bezels on each side of its 6.01-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 chipset with 6GB or 4GB of RAM (depending on the storage size). The fingerprint sensor sits on the side and it is compatible with a wide range of Moto Mods that expands its versatility.

Motorola Moto Z3 Play

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro

As 2018 is drawing to a close, smartphone brands are launching their latest flagships in time for the holidays. Samsung made the first move with the Galaxy Note 9. It was then followed by Apple’s announcement of the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. Now all eyes are on Google, as it prepares to unveil the third-generation Pixel and Pixel XL. These might be the biggest names when it comes to handsets. However, another beast is ready to change the game yet again—The Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

This is a follow up to their wildly-successful P20 Pro that delivered cutting-edge imaging tech never-before-seen on a smartphone. Several tech experts conducted their respective reviews and it seems that the Chinese brand hit pay dirt with the unique three-camera setup.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro will sport a three-camera setup yet again, but the configuration will be a little different. Instead of a single horizontal strip similar to the P20 Pro, the new flagship will arrange its lens in four quadrants situated on the top middle of the back cover. The mobile phone will sport the same eye-catching metallic gradient colors albeit with different shades this time around.

According to leaked details from insiders, the handset will rely on Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC. You have a gorgeous 6.3-inch OLED display that still sports that annoying cutout to house its front-facing cameras and various sensors. Moreover, the Mate 20 Pro will tout a new feature that wirelessly charges compatible devices via the charging coils under its rear cover.

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The 30 Best Wireless Keyboards


f your desk is slowly becoming a mountain of devices, screens, files, donuts, pens, and other obstacles, it may be time you got yourself a wireless keyboard. Instead of digging your way through the mess trying to find that paperclip, you could save desk space and tidy things up with a wireless keyboard. Wireless keyboards don’t just get rid of wires and trip hazards, they also consolidate devices.

A wireless keyboard can be paired with many different devices. They’re a true convenience item which will certainly make work and play seamlessly. We at Men’s Gear have been taking a good and hard look at these portable products and narrowed down our favorites to a top 30 – we actually shook our head at some, we promise!

To help you find the best wireless keyboard for your needs then check out our list below, but before we get into that, let’s give you a bit of a crash course on these products…

What Are The Main Benefits Of Wireless Keyboards?

Wireless keyboards have a lot of useful benefits to the right people. Some wireless keyboards have a multi-device capability. They can connect to more than one device at the same time, even if those devices are from different manufacturers.

This is especially true for those that connect with Bluetooth.

This makes switching between chatting on Facebook, taking a Skype call, and browsing Men’s Gear even easier. If you have your own home office and multiple screens on the go, then you’ll save a lot of desk space!

They also have the ability to transform your devices.

Instead of taking your bulky laptop with you on a business trip, just bring your tablet, smartphone, and one of these keyboards. You’ll have the same capabilities at a fraction of the cabin-bag space.

Most wireless keyboards are exceptionally portable too. They’re light, compact, and it’s not uncommon for them to fold up and fit in your pocket. One of the models we’ll show you below actually rolls up like a piece of sushi!

What Is The Average Range Of A Wireless Keyboard?

The range of a wireless keyboard can vary depending on the manufacturer. Most of the best wireless keyboards will have a range of around nine or ten meters. This is more than enough for most people’s needs. It’ll certainly let you float around the room during boardroom meetings or just let you control the TV without leaving the sofa.

One wireless keyboard below can even excel the standard ten meters by a couple more!

Overall, the range is more so measured with a clear need for a device to be present. If you take your phone with you and the keyboard can connect to it, then you’re good to go anywhere. The same for a tablet or another random mobile device.

The real issue truly is that most keyboards won’t leave the home or be separated from a device by much.

The major use for wireless keyboards tends to be Smart TVs or gaming. Considering the range won’t be too far with these needs, you should be good to go with any keyboard we list below.

What Products Are Compatible With Wireless Keyboards?

When it comes to compatibility, wireless keyboards can become a bit of a mixed bag. This tends to be where you need to do most of your research. No matter how awesome a wireless keyboard it is, if it doesn’t pair up with your devices, it’s as useful as a chocolate keyboard.

However, it’s far less tasty.

Most of these products can pair with smartphones, tablets, and laptops. However, it’s the manufacturers of these devices that will be of some concern. You need to make sure your chosen wireless keyboard will pair with the Apple Mac, the Galaxy phone, or the Windows PC you own.

You need to make sure your wireless keyboard will pair up to your device and its current software. Some keyboards will require a specific operating system, software level, or upgrade before becoming compatible.

Look for these three things in this order:

First, is the wireless keyboard compatible with *insert device type*? For example, is the wireless keyboard compatible with smartphones?

Second, is it compatible with *insert manufacturer* devices?

Finally, is the wireless keyboard compatible with *insert manufacturer* devices with *insert software*?

If these three questions match your needs then the wireless keyboard could be perfect for you. Fortunately, most manufacturers make their keyboards to cater for most people – why wouldn’t they?

1) Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch TV Keyboard

Logitech has been making several different types of computer accessories and technology for a long time. Wireless keyboards are just another among them. This model may not be flashy, but it has a lot of fans behind it online. Their wireless keyboard has been designed for your computer when connected to your TV.

It has a ten-meter range and a familiar layout you’ll mostly recognize from the office.

You can navigate the on-screen cursor with the touchpad or type to your friends on Facebook from the sofa. These wireless keyboards will last one-and-a-half-years before needing a recharge too. Due to being what they are, Logitech, they’re only compatible with most Windows, Android, and Chrome devices.

Sadly, they cannot connect to Apple devices.

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2) Matias Wireless Aluminum Keyboard

This QWERTY wireless keyboard comes available in four awesome colors, including space gray, silver, gold and rose gold. Unlike others on this list, you can actually pair these wireless keyboards up with the Apple devices. Both Macs and iPads will work.

However, they didn’t stop with Apple. They also made it for Windows devices and Android gadgets without trouble by simply using their Bluetooth feature. It has a one-year battery life, we’re serious, Clark…a year. It does come with its own charger, so this is actually a rechargeable long-lasting battery.

Impressed? We know we are.

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3) Logitech Living-Room Keyboard K410

Logitech is back again, showing off another wireless keyboard that’s thought about including your TV. You can navigate between both to create a convenient home-cinema setup. This is very convenient for people who truly need a product to do such.

These wireless keyboards have a built-in touchpad to maneuver around Netflix as you continue to be indecisive about what to watch and you can flick back to your laptop at any time. It has an exceptional 10-meter range and connects via a receiver.

Note, this product will only pair up with Windows devices.

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4) Lofree Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

Now, these are some really cool wireless keyboards! As you can see, it screams vintage. Well, not scream but more like a clicking sound that’s reminiscent of a typewriter. After all, that’s what it’s modeled after. It might look old, but it has USB and Bluetooth connectivity to pair to Mac, Windows, or Android devices.

You can even connect to all three at once and flick between them. This is great if you’re running a business and have multiple screens but want to save on desk space. If you do some overtime into the evening, you’ll also be aided by three different backlight settings

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5) iClever Bluetooth Keyboard

Definitely one of the most modern and sleek wireless keyboards on the market is this iClever Bluetooth Keyboard. It’s perfect for travel and suitable for those business trips. It’s exceptionally lightweight and can even be folded into a pocket.

Yes, it can actually fold up!

The aircraft-grade premium aluminum folds in three ways to become one of the most compact and best wireless keyboards on the market. Due to being Bluetooth, it’ll pair up with all the big device manufacturers too!

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6) LEXKING Sirius-III Folding Bluetooth Keyboard

LEXKING brings us another compact and foldable model that will work from the boardroom to the runway. It folds straight down the middle to let you take it across town or across the globe. You can wire these wireless keyboards up to your devices or use its Bluetooth to connect to a whopping four devices!

It’ll connect to most laptops, tablet, smartphones, and computers – but it won’t connect to Android gear. Sorry, Android.

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7) Desk Sushi Wireless Keyboard

These wireless keyboards are in a class of their own when you consider all that it offers. When buying this product, you also get an attached Bluetooth speaker and a microphone. This allows you to make Skype calls from distances without having to put the speaker on.

Speaking of the speakers, they’ll last around eight hours or so. This means there’s no reason you can’t get through at least a full season of Friends.

It’s also exceptionally portable as you just roll it – hang on did we were about to say roll it up? We were! Hence the name, this wireless keyboard rolls up and is even easier to carry. Roll it up and head to class!

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8) OMOTON Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard

Now we turn to these QWERTY Bluetooth wireless keyboards by OMOTON. It will connect to your laptop, smartphone, and tablet from an impressive distance of ten meters. This will make meetings much more convenient and help you to multitask – yes even us men!

Other impressive features include an automatic sleeping mode after idle use and six-month battery life. It even comes with a terrific one-year warranty.

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9) Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard

We don’t feature many refurbished products on our Men’s Gear buyer guides, but this refurbished wireless keyboard is worth all the hype. The refurbishment process includes a lot of testing to make sure you’re still buying quality and it comes with a 90-day warranty.

It doesn’t pair to devices with Bluetooth like a lot of them, however.

Instead, it uses a unifying receiver. Yet, the most noteworthy thing about this wireless keyboard is that it runs on solar power. That’s right! You can help the planet and equip yourself with a cool gadget at the same time.

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10) Airfox K60 Ultra Slim Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard

Next up might be one of the coolest looking wireless keyboards to date by Airfox. It’s a very compact Bluetooth keyboard that can fold into a third of its operational size, yet it actually has standard-sized keys.

What sort of wizardry is this?

It pairs with all the major operating systems and it’s made from durable quality aluminum. However, that isn’t what’s going to get you too excited. What will raise your eyebrow is that you can choose from three backlight colors at different levels of intensities.

Therefore, you can always use it in airplane cabins and those dim hipster cafes.

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11) Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard

We promise that solar-powered wireless keyboards are unique. It just so happens there are a few more on our list and this just happens to be one of them. There’s no hassle thinking about batteries and there’s no reason to leave all the lights on at night because it will keep going for three months in utter darkness.

The Men’s Gear worm community will be happy. These wireless keyboards connect with a receiver and will pair up with all Windows models. However, this is another Logitech model, meaning Mac owners should keep scrolling. Sadly, they still cannot work with Apple devices.

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12) KVAGO Slim Bluetooth Keyboard

The best thing about these wireless keyboards from KVAGO is that you get seven backlight options. All seven colors can be enjoyed as you pair your keyboard with Apple, Samsung, and other well-known devices via Bluetooth.

You also get to set the brightness of those cool backlights between three different intensities as your eyes prefer. You may get this model to help you take notes in lectures or to be the talk of the office canteen – for the right reasons!

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13) 1byone Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard

These are lighter wireless keyboards that aren’t going to break the bank, made by the 1byone brand. One by one, they’re becoming better known for their cool products, and this keyboard is part of their journey. The Bluetooth connectivity will allow you to pair up with many devices but be aware that that touchpad will not function with iOS software.

This is mostly a wireless keyboard for Android and Windows owners. Grab yourself 2 AAA batteries as you checkout and enjoy composing emails without getting a crank in your neck.

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14) Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard

If you’re a freelancer or someone working at a desk with a lot of screens on the go, this Logitech design could be your space saver and your lifesaver. It will pair up to three devices at once and memorize each one, allowing you to flick between them with ease.

There really is no more need for three keyboards when you can have this wireless version at your fingertips. What’s also impressive about this wireless keyboard is its substantial battery life. Most people will be able to use it for an astonishing two years before having to put it back on charge.

Your only problem will be remembering where you kept the charger. Two years is a long time, so just put it in a nice storage space.

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15) Telesthesia Bamboo Design Keyboard

Maybe one of the top performers and one of the best-looking wireless keyboards you’ll find today is this Telesthesia Bamboo Design keyboard. It’s not a Bluetooth connecting product but instead uses a small receiver in the accompanying wooden mouse.

All keycaps are manufactured with bamboo, allowing you to type in silence.

All of these nice aesthetics on the keyboard will marry up with a wide variety of devices and stay that way for up to a whopping 15-meters!

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16) Logitech MK320 Wireless Desktop Keyboard

These might not be the most stylish-looking wireless keyboards or the most attractive, but not everything worth having is an oil painting. This model from Logitech is especially useful to Windows device owners. It pairs with Windows computers without any issues, allowing you to enjoy surfing the web without worries or wires.

It’s a smooth operator with quiet keys and comes complete with a mouse – even more value for money. This smart and light wireless keyboard is a solid option!

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17) Nulaxy KM12 Bluetooth Keyboard

If you’re a meticulous window shopper and have been following our every word, then you may be getting sick of hearing about connectivity and the devices they can match with. Sorry, but it’s important. The other readers randomly scrolling won’t even know we’re talking about them.

Unless they took a scrolling pitstop here because of this keyboard’s cool image above. We don’t blame them.

These universal full-size wireless keyboards by Nulaxy have something else worthy of discussion. It has a leather cover to protect itself, and it can be folded to become a stand for your smartphone, tablet, or iPad. This is very rare and very cool!

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18) Seenda Mini Bluetooth Keyboard

If you want something from the past then you no longer have to wait for our Men’s Gear top 10 Time Machines of 2065 buyer guide. These wireless keyboards may have you reminiscing about the game consoles of your youth because it looks like a retro game console control.

It’s about the same size as one too, as it fits in your hand. This will bring you convenient typing and allow you to scroll down your Mac, Android, or Windows device from a distance.

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19) Jelly Comb Wireless Keyboard

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but Apple has kept the wireless keyboards away again instead. The Jelly Comb Wireless Keyboards are only suitable for various Windows operating systems. Jelly Comb give you a cool mouse with their keyboard.

The mouse even has increased sensitivity! Apparently, it isn’t sensitive to cheese. Shocking!

This is perfect for gaming needs as well as everyday use. It will stay connected up to eight-meters as long as you throw in the correct batteries.

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20) Jelly Comb K025 Wireless Keyboard

Jelly Comb Wireless Keyboards this close together? The horror! They might be made by the same bunch of tech-savvy types, but they’re definitely different from the last. It’s also one exclusively for Windows owners. These wireless keyboards include a small stand to make typing more comfortable – now that’s a key feature! Sorry!

The inclusive mouse can also be adapted to your preferred sensitivity setting. Where it does outshine the previous model is in its connectivity range. You can get an extra seven feet of distance out of this version. That may not seem like much, but it’s massive when you truly think about how far that is and add the other amount to it.

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21) Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard

These Logitech wireless keyboards look like it just fell from a spaceship because it’s that sleek and modern. Whether you choose the black or white keyboard, they’re both super cool.

The built-in slot lets you hold your device in front of the keyboard. This is perfect if you want to turn your tablet or smartphone into a laptop for the evening. Another awesome aspect of this wireless keyboard is that you can pair it up to three devices using Bluetooth technology, and switch between them seamlessly.

If any of those devices are Windows ones you can also make the most of shortcut keys!

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22) Rii Mini K12 Wireless Keyboard

Hook your laptop up to your Smart TV and control it with this Rii Mini K12 Wireless Keyboard. Did you just realize we already arrived into “the future?” It’s better than your ordinary TV remote because it’s compact enough that it won’t be a nuisance, yet it’s big enough so you don’t lose it.

Obviously, these wireless keyboards are more than a remote and can be a convenient alternative to sitting really close to your laptop or smartphone all evening. It works with all the usual devices and has a rechargeable battery to prevent you scraping through the drawer!

You know the one – the drawer with rubber bands, pens, batteries, egg cups and of course, that paperclip you were looking for earlier.

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23) Jelly Comb BK230 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard

Reduce your cables, stop trying to trip up the cat and make more space with this Jelly Comb Bluetooth keyboard. Using sophisticated Bluetooth technology, you can pair this keyboard with an array of devices. Well, so long as it’s within a ten-meter radius.

You’ll be able to enjoy these wireless keyboards between two devices for up to 40 hours upon each two-hour charge.

To help you manage two devices at once, the product includes a stand for them. Place your smartphone or tablet on the stand and it’ll be like building your own laptop. It’ll also make the device sit at the perfect angle for unparalleled comfort.

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24) JOYACCESS Wireless KeyboardJOYACCESS Wireless Keyboard

We’ve shown you a lot of models that have excluded Apple-product owners. Well, it’s time for some revenge. The cool aesthetics of these wireless keyboards look like they belong to a Mac. The colors have even been chosen based on what colors Apple designers opt for.

While it will work with a Windows device, it certainly won’t match.

The fact you can operate the device at a ten-meter distance means it doesn’t exactly have to match. Simply stand next to your white-and-metallic goods in the kitchen and peer through your office door to do so.

The connection is made from a receiver rather than Bluetooth and operates at exceptionally low frequencies. It’s one of the slimmest keyboards out there and has the unique feature of letting you know the keyboard’s battery life. This is more impressive when you realize it doesn’t have a rechargeable battery.

We’re afraid the 2 x AA batteries are on you.

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25) TeckNet Ultra-Slim Wireless Keyboard

Another wireless keyboard that hits the benchmark of a ten-meter connectivity radius is the TeckNet Ultra-Slim Wireless Keyboard. This product has an energy-saving feature to ensure you don’t drain the battery unknowingly. The battery is rechargeable and lasts for around 200 hours.

This is a light and small keyboard, perfect for business trips and for students in those hungover seminars. No matter in which part of the Apple-Windows argument your loyalties lie, everyone will be able to take advantage of this quality wireless keyboard.

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26) Logitech K350 2.4Ghz Wireless Keyboard

These next wireless keyboards come with an option of adding a wireless mouse along with it. This is a wireless keyboard for men who suffer from wrist strains, arthritis, or even carpal tunnel. It has a curved layout to allow your hands to sit in a comfortable position.

The palm rest is cushioned to enhance your experience even further.

Finally, Logitech made a keyboard that connects with Apple products. Simply use it by plugging a receiver into your Mac. If you thought that the wireless keyboard we showed you earlier with two-year battery life has some stamina, this one is even better.

It’s the Michael Wardian (American marathon runner) of wireless keyboards. Slightly obscure references aside, it’s a top-quality wireless keyboard and good value!

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27) Adesso Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard

Another phenomenal option for men suffering from niggles or aching fingers is the Adesso Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard. It has a design that looks like an apprentice messed up, or something that should be in a modern art museum. However, it was made this way for a specific reason.

The problem with keyboards is that they’re straight and as we type our hands come in at an angle. Look at your elbows, they’re pointing outwards right now! To cater to our natural position and to make your working-from-home days easier, they’ve made their keyboard reflect how we actually type!

It will wirelessly connect to most devices within an estimated 9-meter radius and isn’t the bulkiest of wireless keyboards so you can enjoy it here and there.

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28) Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard

The Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard is certainly special. It’s naturally aimed for Windows device owners, but our Men’s Gear birdies have been telling us it will pair with some Apple products too. A bit shocking, for sure. However, it’s true.

You can get it in a retail or business option with the only difference being the business one is longer in length.

It connects to other devices using Bluetooth and has light keys to make typing easier – now that’s a key feature! These wireless keyboards also include a battery-status indicator. This will allow you to never get caught out before the big presentation and the cover transforms into a stand.

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29) Logitech K810 Wireless Keyboard

This extremely light wireless keyboard comes from a brand you’ve become familiar with now – if you weren’t already. This might be one of Logitech’s better-looking models if you’re asking us. It’s made from brushed aluminum to give it a sleek and ultra-thin appearance.

You can pair it with smartphones, tablets, and laptops from most manufacturers up to 9-meters away. You can even stay connected to all three and switch between them with the press of a single button. The coolest thing about these wireless keyboards is that the backlight will automatically adjust to the light in the room!

Phew, these wireless keyboards are getting smart. They’ll be entering quiz night soon!

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30) Rii i8+ BT Mini Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard

We’re finishing with a bit of color! This Rii QWERTY wireless keyboard has a lot to offer. It’s available in many colors, has gaming and multimedia controls, an LED backlight, and a touchpad. The touchpad recognizes single-finger and double-finger commands.

Overall, it looks amazing and something we’re pretty sure most of our office has now!

It’ll connect to nearly every device using Bluetooth from your Xbox 360 to your Amazon Fire TV. It’s a really small option and one of the better models for convenient travel.

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Have You Wired Down Your Choices?

We certainly gave you a lot of food for thought in this buyer’s guide. It’s one of our most packed guides to date and offers lots of different wireless keyboards for different guys. All of which will have, well, different wants and needs. We’ve seen models from various brands including the likes of Microsoft, Logitech, and more.

There have been different ways of connecting, different connection ranges and of course a wide range of different features to get your head around. We hope you found the best wireless keyboard for you!

We also hope you browse more of our buyer guides soon – even if it’s ten meters away from your screen!

BlackBerry KEY2

As smartphone manufacturers come up with new innovations, consumers get to enjoy increased performance, improved battery life, slimmer frames, and even bigger screens. All of the aforementioned details can be found on most modern and upcoming handsets from AAA brands. However, for some of us, nothing can ever measure up to the tactile feel of pressing a physical button. That’s why the Blackberry KEY2 stands out from the rest.

Haptic feedback can only do so much to emulate the experience, but if you want an old-school feature alongside all the modern bells and whistles, you might want to check out the BlackBerry KEY2. Fans of the brand were excited to learn that it finally embraced the Android platform back then. However, the Priv did not really create a blazing trail for succeeding models to follow. Even though it features a full QWERTY keypad, users presumably didn’t like the hybrid nature of its design.

Following the footsteps of the KEYone, The BlackBerry KEY2 brings back the familiar form factor users know and love. Everything about the design screams premium and business. It sports an angular top edge that eventually curves on the bottom of the aluminum alloy frame. You have a 4.5-inch IPS LCD touchscreen (sorry no AMOLED panel here) with a 1620 x 1080 display resolution. Meanwhile, scratches are a minimal threat thanks to Corning’s Gorilla Glass technology. The rear cover touts a diamond pattern texture to improve your grip during use.

BlackBerry opted to use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM for this unit. You can choose between 64GB and 128GB models that are available in Black or Silver. The KEY2 is powered by a 3,500mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 technology.


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2018 Samsung Galaxy A7

Just as the smartphone industry started to turn dual-camera modules into a standard configuration for mid-range to flagship models, Huawei broke the mold and threw in a third sensor for the P20 Pro. Moreover, experts found that the additional component was more than just a gimmick. It actually improved the imaging performance of the unit. This is most likely why The South Korean brand took the hint and packed three lenses into the 2018 Samsung Galaxy A7.

For those who are not aware that this is actually a mid-range handset. Yet, you can easily mistake it for the rumored successor of the S9. However, it does showcase some decent specs that border close to the top-shelf category. The device exudes a premium vibe with its metal frame and unique camera setup.

You get a 6-inch 2220 x 1080-resolution Super AMOLED Infinity display that thankfully does not feature that annoying cutout above. Instead, you get thicker bezels on the forehead and chin. Moving on the shooters, the combo includes a 24-megapixel main sensor with a 5-megapixel unit for depth and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens.

Samsung has yet to reveal the chipset used by the 2018 Galaxy A7. However, we do know that it will run Android 8.0 Oreo by default. You might think that it houses an under-display fingerprint reader, but it’s actually on the side. It relies on a 3,300mAh battery and comes in 64GB and 128GB variations.

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Apple iPhone XR

Prior to its official announcement, industry insiders have continuously speculated that Apple will revisit the concept of the iPhone 5C. It was also rumored that the iPhone X will be redesigned and repositioned as the more affordable model for 2018. It looks like those suspicions were on point when the Cupertino-based firm revealed the Apple iPhone XR.

Despite it being defined as the budget-friendly variation, its price is still considerably prohibitive for certain buyers. With a starting price of $749 and as high as $899, you might want to explore your other options. Yet, if you really desire an iPhone, it is a viable option.

What you’ll get is a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display instead of the OLED screen on its pricier siblings. it equips the company’s new cutting-edge A12 Bionic chip that flaunts a next-generation Neural Engine. The teach apparently pushes its imaging performance on top.  It likewise sports a single camera instead of the dual-unit setup of the XS and XS Max.

Overall, other than the screen technology and main camera configuration, the iPhone XR is hardly a deal breaker when it comes to performance and quality. Furthermore, at a slightly lower price point, you can select from more colors such as Black, Blue, White Coral, Yellow, and Red.

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XS

Even though Apple’s 2018 reveal event was marred by multiple leaks, the manufacturer still managed to make a significant impact with its upcoming product lineup. We want to point out that its fourth-generation smartwatch obviously stole the show. Nonetheless, everyone is eager to learn more about its latest range of smartphones. This year, consumers can look forward to a total of three versions of the handset. We start off with the Apple iPhone XR and then the Apple iPhone XS. Meanwhile, we also get the biggest one of them all, the Apple iPhone XS Max.

We already had a gut feeling that the Cupertino tech giant will stick to its tried-and-true practice of adding the “S” to its incremental upgrades. Yet, we did not expect it to name the bigger flagship device differently. It’s now designated as the “Max” instead of “Plus” like with the older iPhones. Furthermore, it looks like the company revisited the idea of including a new gold color finish.

Despite rumors suggesting that the Apple is abandoning the notorious notch, which almost every other brand seem to be mimicking on their smartphones, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are still holding on to the distracting cutout. Other than the new classy shade, the new smartphones only showcase minimal advancements made to its cameras and processor. We are still waiting for the next iPhone to finally come with fast charging technology and even more tweaks.

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