About Karthik Iyer
An evergreen writer at XDA Developers serving up reviews, buying guides, deals, and more on smartphones that you care about. I have over six years of experience in covering smartphones and their companion products. Before joining XDA Developers, I was a senior reviewer at Digit, a popular tech magazine in India. I have an unhealthy relationship with gaming, so you'll either find me yelling at my monitors while playing an online shooter or simply lounging with an open-world RPG in my free time.
DDR4 vs DDR5 RAM is one of the most discussed topics in the PC computing space right now. Here's everything you need to know.
Now that Intel and AMD's latest CPUs both support DDR5, a new era in memory has begun. However, that doesn't mean DDR4 is all in the past. Intel's 12th- and 13th-generation CPUs support DDR4, as do AMD's more affordable Ryzen 5000 CPUs, which are a popular choice for anyone on a budget that's looking for good value.
Samsung's Galaxy Buds 2 Pro feature a dull exterior chassis. These excellent cases will offer both protection and a more vibrant outer design.
The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are excellent wireless earbuds for Samsung phone users. Not only do they come packed with technologies and features, but they also have a compact, modern-looking build. Despite that, though, they're still prone to cracks and scratches caused by everyday accidents. That's precisely why you should invest in a case for the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. Not only would a case protect it, but it would also liven up its dull exterior. To help you with the hunt, we've compiled a list of the best Galaxy Buds 2 Pro cases you can buy now.
From SSDs to mechanical keyboards and switches
We at XDA go through a lot of products that show up on our test bench to figure out if they're worth buying or at least considering over their counterparts. Some of these devices are flashier and more important than others, but that doesn't mean you should ignore them. Most, if not all, of these products will eventually make their way to our buying guides and recommendation lists, but I've highlighted some of my favorite products (in no particular order) from the ones we reviewed in August to help you stay on top of all the new and important releases.
Protect your brand new OnePlus 11 with these amazing cases, whether you want a thin case or something more protective.
The OnePlus 11 is one of the best Android phones this year and for good reason. It brings several big changes from last year's model, offering a better value proposition with top-of-the-line hardware at a great price. The device packs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, an impressive camera setup designed in partnership with Hasselblad, and a gorgeous high refresh rate AMOLED display, among other things.
Here are the best Galaxy S22 series deals to help you make them easier on your wallet.
The Samsung's Galaxy S22 series isn't the brand's latest smartphone lineup, but it's still an impressive set of smartphones nonetheless. And for that reason, the company has kept them around for those looking to purchase a quality handset at a lower price. Of course, if you're looking for the latest and greatest, you're going to want to go with Galaxy S23 series phones.
Why carry a big phone and a bulky wallet when you can use one of these wallet cases on your Galaxy S23 Ultra?
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is undoubtedly among the year's best phones. It has everything you could possibly ask for, including a gorgeous display, impressive cameras, great battery life, a built-in S Pen, and much more. It's a bit on the expensive side, but it offers great value for your money and is perfect for those looking to buy a reliable flagship. Another thing to note about this device is that it's among the tallest phones on the market, making it a bit difficult to use, especially if you're coming from a smaller phone.
Find out how the plus-sized iPhones compare this year.
Apple's new 2023 iPhone lineup includes four new models, all packing some noteworthy improvements over their predecessors. The regular iPhone 15 models also look very impressive this year with features like Dynamic Island, a USB-C port, upgraded cameras, and more. The Pro models look even better with a brand-new chipset, faster USB-C ports, and a new titanium chassis, among other things.
If you're on the lookout for the best DDR5 RAM modules on the market, then we've got something for you.
The launch of Intel's 12th-generation Alder Lake chips marked the arrival of DDR5 RAM kits on the market, which is the next evolution of system memory. DDR5 is faster than DDR4, and at least for now, that comes at a premium. But with AMD Ryzen 7000 as well as Intel 13th-generation chips out in the world and benefiting from it, it's worth the higher price tag. We're now entering the era of DDR5 for those wanting to extract the most from their systems, so these are the best DDR5 RAM kits you need to know about.
From the M series powering Macs and iPads, to the A chipsets fueling our iPhones, Apple produces plenty of silicon chips. Here's what you should know.
On top of making high-end consumer hardware including powerful iPhones, excellent iPads, and more, Apple also produces a series of system on a chip (SoC). These SoCs are designed to be used in Apple's own consumer hardware products, and it mainly uses ARM architecture. In addition to the new Mac computers, a variety of different Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, Apple Watches, and more, use Apple Silicon.
Immerse yourself in the best big-screen gaming experience with these 4K 120Hz TVs.
If you're planning to elevate your console gaming experience with a PlayStation 5 or an Xbox Series X, then you should also consider getting a good TV for gaming that can handle all the high-end gaming features. Yes, that ideally means buying the best TVs out there, but some features and qualities often go missing and unnoticed in even the best options. It would help if you considered things like input lag, variable refresh rate (VRR), and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), among other things, for the best gaming experience. Don't worry, though, because you've come to the right place if you're in the market to buy the best 4K 120Hz TV to pair with your gaming consoles.
Apple's new iPhone 15 Plus is a solid option for those who prefer an iPhone with a large screen but don't want to pay a premium price for the iPhone 15 Pro Max model. The new Plus variant also has a Dynamic Island this year, meaning it looks more similar to its expensive siblings. It features a massive 6.7-inch display on the front, though, making it a sizable device that may take some time getting used to, especially if you're coming from a relatively smaller phone. That's why I highly recommend putting a case on it to ensure you protect it from accidental drops and scuffs.
Looking to buy an Apple Watch Series 8? Here are the best deals to help you save some money.
The Apple Watch hasn't changed a lot over the last few years, but they've definitely gotten better and offer some noteworthy features now. The Apple Watch Series 8 may not be the newest wearable out there, but it remains one of the best smartwatches solid pick, especially since you can get it at discounted prices. So if you're looking to buy an Apple Watch Series 8 and are wondering where to find the best deals, then check out the listings below.
Pip and Python go hand-in-hand to help you execute both simple and complex programs.
Pip is one of the most important tools to have at your disposal when you're getting started with a Python project. It allows you to install and manage millions of Python packages and libraries to help you set up the right software environment for a project, be it a simple automation task or a complex artificial intelligence or machine learning project. But how do you install Pip on Windows to ensure you have no issues working on Python projects? Thankfully, installing Pip on Windows is a fairly simple task, and you can do it following a few simple steps. There's also a chance that you may already have Pip installed on your system, so read on to learn more about it.
"You may not like it, but this is what peak protection looks like."
Smartphones are getting more expensive and fragile with every new release, making it more important than ever to protect them with a case. In fact, a case is one of the first accessories I recommend buying for a new phone, as it goes a long way in protecting your phone from accidental drops and scuffs. Personally, I am a huge fan of rugged cases as they tend to offer the best protection for these expensive gadgets along with some thoughtful extras, and I almost always prefer them when picking a phone case over a regular one. But is a rugged phone case really necessary and, more importantly, worth the added bulk? Let's find out.
Looking into getting a new phone on AT&T? We have you covered. This is our list of the best AT&T phones currently available.
AT&T is one of the most popular carriers in the U.S., thanks to its reliable nationwide coverage. It also has a huge selection of devices and plenty of deals, making it a solid choice for those looking to upgrade their phones. Whether you're looking for the latest bleeding-edge flagship, a good value mid-tier device, or a budget phone, AT&T has something for you. To ensure carrier compatibility, every phone listed here is directly available through AT&T. If you're not necessarily tied to the carrier, you can check out our selection of the best phones of 2023 for devices that aren't available on AT&T.
Our collection of the best liquid coolers reflects the ever-evolving market, with fresh options updated overtime to include new coolers.
When planning to push the best CPU beyond its factory-set limits, you're going to require some serious cooling. Air coolers that consist of a heatsink and fan are generally good enough for standard use, but when you're looking to up clock speeds and power draw, a closed-loop all-in-one (AIO) liquid cooler is the preferred option. In this guide, we'll be taking a look at some of the best AIO liquid coolers you can buy to help take the heat away from the CPU.
For one, you'll get a much better keyboard as a result!
I've been using mechanical keyboards for as long as I can remember, but it wasn't until recently that I started building custom keyboards instead of just buying them off the shelf. In fact, my quest to find a good mechanical keyboard ended only after I built one myself.
Apple makes a few Apple Watch models, so if you don't know which one is best for you, we're here to help you choose the right option.
If you have bought one of the great iPhones, there's no better smartwatch than the Apple Watch. Other manufacturers don't offer the same level of deep integration that the Cupertino firm provides between the Apple Watch and the iPhone. With so many versions having been released so far, however, it's easy to wonder if you should opt for the newest one and why the newer ones are the best options. That’ll require some explaining.
Even a rugged titanium watch can use some protection from drops and scuffs.
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is just as durable as the original Watch Ultra model, making it one of the most durable smartwatches out there. It's built specifically for those with an active lifestyle, and it carries an IPX6 dust resistance rating and MIL-STD 810H and EN13319 certifications. Apple has built this watch to last for a long time, but it doesn't hurt to add a bit of extra protection to ensure it's well-maintained and works as advertised for a long time.
The new rugged Apple Watch gets updated bands for more customization.
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 builds upon the strengths of the original Ultra model and brings a few noteworthy improvements in the performance department. It's powered by the new S9 chip, which is the same one found inside the Apple Watch Series 9 model, too. It also has the new U2 chip for ultra-wideband communication, but it shares a lot of similarities with the older watch besides that. But what about the color option for the new Ultra watch? Has Apple done anything new to make the newer watch stand out from the older one visually? Read on to find out.