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Four best designed phones of 2020 anyone would fall for

Four best designed phones of 2020 anyone would fall for

Smartphones will come and go but only a few will leave their mark when remembered years down the line. Although coronavirus pandemic disrupted virtually everything on this planet, that didn’t hold back smartphone makers from experimenting with mainstream phone designs that shout out loud thanks to their unique look and functionality. Putting together a form factor that’s not only distinct but also functional in more ways than one is an art, and a few smartphones in 2020 are a testimony to that fact. Here’s a rundown of the best-designed phones we came across this year – ones that captured the interest of the mainstream industry unprecedentedly.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini preorders are up for grabs

iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini preorders are up for grabs

Today, two more iPhones are going up for preorder, with Apple opening up orders on the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Those are two very different phones, and they're arriving several weeks after the standard iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro. These phones also cover two different ends of spectrum in terms of pricing, with the iPhone 12 mini being the least expensive phone Apple introduced this year and the iPhone 12 Pro Max being the most expensive.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 256GB removes another hindrance

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 256GB removes another hindrance

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE) 5G was released with a newly sizeable allowance of internal stoage. This smartphone is a version of the Samsung Galaxy S20 that'll deliver the basics of the Galaxy S20 without the top-tier features that make the non-FE version cost more. The Galaxy S20 FE 5G with 256GB internal storage, for example, will cost users approximately $320, or "$13.34 a month with eligible trade-in value up to $450" via Samsung.

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Xiaomi’s retractable lens promises huge phone camera improvement

Xiaomi’s retractable lens promises huge phone camera improvement

Xiaomi is working on a retractable lens for smartphones, promising a big increase in quality by borrowing strategies from traditional cameras that phones have in so many cases replaced. The Retractable Wide-aperture Lens Technology sees the lens normally collapsed inside the body of the phone, but when you need extra low-light performance it can unfurl to deliver a significantly larger aperture.

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Samsung One UI 3.0 beta update: Note 20, S20 family releases

Samsung One UI 3.0 beta update: Note 20, S20 family releases

This week the Samsung One UI 3.0 beta update was released for a set of Samsung Galaxy smartphones in both S20 and Note 20 families. The Samsung Galaxy S20 series was gifted its fourth One UI 3.0 beta release (yes, 4th 3.0 beta, if that makes any sense at at all,) and another (the second) beta for both the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. If you are in the beta program, now's the time to check for an update.

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Bigger Galaxy Fold 2 (W21) revealed as exclusive edition

Bigger Galaxy Fold 2 (W21) revealed as exclusive edition

There's a new version of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 called W21, and you can't have it. You won't likely be able to purchase this phone, that is to say, unless you live in China. The W21 is a smartphone that'll roll with a larger display than the Galaxy Z Fold 2, and won't be available for markets outside China proper.

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Tablets are back, apparently

Tablets are back, apparently

In the third quarter of the year 2020, worldwide tablet shipments grew by nearly 25%. That's absolutely bonkers, considering the way the world is today. Or is it? According to ICD, it was our current global pandemic that pushed "demand for affordable access to basic computing and larger screens to facilitate remote work, learning, and leisure." IDC also noted that throughout the year "consumer spending on technology has also been on the rise."

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WhatsApp update finally lets you bulk delete

WhatsApp update finally lets you bulk delete

The latest update to WhatsApp allows the user to bulk delete their content. This system has a "new and improved way to manage storage on the app," as it were, allowing users to "easily identify, select, and bulk delete content that may be filling their phone." This update should be available for all users on iOS and Android this week, so long as they've downloaded the latest version of the app.

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Galaxy Fold’s big update with Galaxy Z Fold 2 features now rolling out

Galaxy Fold’s big update with Galaxy Z Fold 2 features now rolling out

In recent years, Samsung has been bringing features from new phones to older devices through software updates. This, obviously, is a good thing for owners of those older devices, and today, owners of the original Galaxy Fold are being shown some love. Samsung announced last week that it's bringing a number of features from the Galaxy Z Fold 2 to the original Galaxy Fold, and that launch begins today.

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Moment MagSafe accessories transform iPhone 12

Moment MagSafe accessories transform iPhone 12

The folks at Moment just revealed a whole bunch of MagSafe accessories for iPhone 12. They've opened up a whole new door. Moment is focused on camera action in everything they produce, so that's the starting point for this set of items - but the sky is the limit. There's a Moment Tripod Mount, Pro Tripod Mount, Cold Shoe Mount, Wall Mount, Car Vent Mount, and Multi Threaded Mount. And cases, of course - so many cases.

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Pokemon GO login logout error – It’s not just you

Pokemon GO login logout error – It’s not just you

Today Pokemon GO issues appear to be hassling users with Android devices inside the USA. The issue seems to focus on Android devices, but may also affect users on other platforms. Starting in the early hours of November 2, 2020, users were logged out of their games on their smartphone devices and were "unable to login." This should ring a bell if you've been playing Pokemon GO since the beginning. Login issues like these were exceedingly common in the first several months of the launch of the game.

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DJI event sure to bring Mavic and/or Mini action this week

DJI event sure to bring Mavic and/or Mini action this week

Today DJI revealed that they'd be running an event this week where they'll reveal a new drone. Part of the event seems to be focused on the DJI Store APP, which is available for Android and iOS devices now. The image used for this event is... not helpful. It features three boys holding an oversized paper airplane, walking in a desert near a sign that says DON'T PANIC. That's almost certainly a reference to the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which also features the words DON'T PANIC printed in large bold letters on its front.

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