Nick Gray

Editor in Chief

I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at nick@phandroid.com.

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Tesla’s upcoming battery chemistry change is a double-edged sword

Oct 21st - We don’t cover a lot of automotive news here on Phandroid, but when Tesla decides to make a dramatic shift in the battery chemistry it uses in its electric vehicles, there’s the possibility of larger implications to the entire lithium battery industry.Tesla is working on changing the battery chemistry of all its standard-range electric vehicles …

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Google’s Play Store subscription service fees to be cut in half

Oct 21st - Developers that offer subscription video, audio or book apps, and services that are available through the Google Play Store will soon be able to pocket quite a bit more of the subscription revenue they get fro their customers. Google has announced that it will be dropping its 30% subscription fee rate to just 15% or …

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Lenovo Smart Clock 2 review: wireless charging makes everything better

Oct 20th - When Lenovo unveiled its original Smart Clock back in January of 2019, we were pretty impressed. They essentially took all the features that we love about smart displays and shrunk the size down into something that’s better suited for the nightstand.Since it’s been a few years since the first one made its debut, we now …

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How to SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Oct 20th - Buying the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the larger S8+ from a service provider typically means you can save a bit of cash, but the device will be locked to that specific service provider’s network. If you want to switch networks, you’ll have to get a SIM unlock code for the Galaxy S8. Here’s how to do that.

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Realme Book Slim review: a solid first try

Oct 14th - Realme has quickly become a household name in the smartphone space, but the company has ambitions to break into the laptop segment as well with the Realme Book Slim. This isn’t quite as unexpected as it might seem since Xiaomi did the same things a few years back. Rather than go after the budget segment …

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Realme GT Master Explorer Edition review: good for gaming, but not much else

Oct 1st - Realme apparently can’t stop itself from releasing new smartphones with great specs at a fairly reasonable price point. The new Realme Master Explorer Edition is one of the latest devices to be added to the companies lineup, featuring the impressive Snapdragon 870 from Qualcomm, 5G support, up to 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and …

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iPhone 13 Pro versus Pixel 5 camera comparison: surprising results

Sep 28th - Everyone is talking about the ne iphone 13 series, especially the Pro and Pro Max since they offer improved hardware for the cameras. While new sensors usually leads to improved image quality, Google’s been relying on the same camera hardware for its Pixel devices for the past few years. Despite this unconventional move, Google’s new …

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Nothing Ear 1 review: redefining the average earbuds

Sep 22nd - With the sheer number of truly wireless earbuds on the market, you might think that the category has been around for decades. THat’s definitely not the case as the first products we got that created the new category didn’t show up until 2015. But growth within the category has been explosive, so much so that …

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OnePlus Buds Pro review: great audio without the hype

Sep 11th - Another week, another pair of true wireless earbuds to buy. OnePlus has been casually playing in the Bluetooth audio space for a few years now, but the new OnePlus Buds Pro are the first pair to make a big enough splash that you should actually pay attention to.The OnePlus Buds Pro are now available for …

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72 hours with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: is it any good?

Aug 30th - Like many of you, I spent quite a bit of time this weekend with the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. On the surface, the device isn’t much different than its predecessor, but the $999 sticker price has made this foldable smartphone significantly more appealing for those who have no qualms paying $1000 for a …

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How to SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 for free

Aug 30th - The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is probably the first foldable smartphone worth buying. Chances are if you’re reading this article, you already own the Galaxy Z Flip. Besides its incredible foldable AMOLED display that offers a 120Hz refresh rate, the phone’s $999 sticker price is likely its most appealing feature since, up until now, …

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip unboxing and camera test

Aug 27th - With the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hitting store shelves and showing up on people’s doorsteps today, we’ve put together an unboxing and camera test with the new device to give you an idea of what you can expect if you’re among those who decide to purchase the new foldable smartphone. Today’s best deals: Samsung Galaxy …

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Pixel 5a versus Galaxy S21 Ultra camera comparison: can it take down the giant?

Aug 25th - The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is one of our favorite devices of 2021, delivering incredible performance and industry-leading cameras for those looking for an extremely versatile device that can capture photos and videos in nearly any situation. The only downside of the Galaxy S21 Ultra is its $1200 price tag. While that’s not a bad …

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Pixel 5a versus OnePlus Nord camera comparison: battle for mid-range supremacy

Aug 23rd - There’s a lot of excitement around the Pixel 5a from Google since the mid-range smartphone delivers the same camera hardware and software from last year’s Pixel 5 inside a $450 smartphone, possibly making it one of the mid-range smartphone cameras for capturing photos. Another mid-range smartphone getting a lot of attention this summer is the …