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Now Serving: The Newest Moto G8 Plus

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Released on October 25th in the UK and Australia, and following the Moto G7 Plus, is the fresh release of another G-series member, the Moto G8 Plus. Focusing on affordably providing the best mobile experience on an Android interface, the Moto G8 Plus boasts its improved features with a versatile 48MP triple camera setup, Dolby Audio stereo speakers with a smart Power amplifier, and efficient battery management at a price of £239 / AU$499 (roughly $310).

The Superficial

Available in two colors – Cosmic Blue and Crystal Pink – the Moto G8 Plus’ plastic builds have a gradient-like, glossy back panel, with the camera modules on the top left corner, and the iconic Motorola batwing logo taking the middle spot.

While it is claimed to be water repellent, its little rubber gaskets still allow anything other than a splash of water to damage the phone. Additionally, the Motorola logo also doubles up as a fingerprint sensor that allows you to unlock it with ease. 

At its thickest, it measures 9.09mm and weighs 188g, making it heftier than the G7 Plus.

On the right edge of the phone is the volume rocker and another unlock button for better identification, whereas the left edge houses a hybrid SIM card slot for two SIMs or an extra microSD card.

The top edge is where a microphone and a 3.5mm headphone jack can be found, with the notch part stowing a speaker grill, while the bottom edge stores another microphone, a USB-C port, and a speaker grill.

The Moto G8 Plus’ box also comes with a soft plastic case to be used for added protection against regular wear and tear.

Display

The Moto G8 Plus has a 6.3-inch screen with a U-shaped top-notch – an IPS LCD panel with a Full HD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) resolution. Topped with a layer of Panda Glass, its 19:9 aspect screen ratio allows a decent experience in video viewing as videos automatically resize without additional cropping. Colors tilt towards the dimmer, cooler color spectrum by default, which can be changed by choosing among the three presets: natural, booster, or saturated. Narrow bezels adorn three sides of the phone, while a more distinct black border decorates the chin area.

In addition, the phone’s Peek Display and Attentive Display allows notifications on the screen when it’s locked and keeps it on while in use, respectively.

Battery Life

Powered by a 4,000mAh battery, the Moto G8 Plus allows a two-day battery life on casual use and one full day on a single charge for those who like binging videos, keeping their social media activity, and playing games. The phone’s battery management system efficiently saves power by dismissing inactive apps.

The box comes with a TurboPower adapter that supports 15W fast charging. To fully charge, the Moto G8 Plus takes approximately 150 minutes to reach its maximum mileage.

Cameras

The Moto G8 Plus cameras host a primary 48MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture; a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens with a 117-degree field of view; and a 5MP depth sensor, which assists in portrait mode. The 25MP front camera within the notch cutout has an f/2.0 aperture.

Built with electronic stabilization, the highest camera on the Moto G8 Plus is its ultra-wide-angle lens seen as an action-cam, which allows horizontal video recording in a vertical position. Subsequently, the primary camera can record 4K videos at 30fps and Full HD ones at up to 120fps. The wide-angle camera and the front camera, however, can only record at 1080p.

In terms of photography, Motorola’s quad-pixel technology allows the camera sensors’ susceptibility to light, enabling clearer and brighter pictures against any surrounding, which is more noticeable when used in low-light or at night.

The primary 48MP camera captures sharp and colorful images during the daytime, but night shooting could cause grainy shots. The Moto G8 Plus, however, is quick to autofocus on objects due to its laser autofocus system.

Confusingly, although the phone has an ultra-wide lens for video taking, it doesn’t really provide the option for wide-range imagery. Additionally, the phone’s telephoto lens is replaced by a depth sensor with a digital zoom of up to 8x, which could make one expect grainy and noisy shots when zooming.

Interface

The Moto G8 Plus’ stock Android 9.0 Pie is upgradable to Android 10 and promises users two years of Android updates. Its set of Moto Actions lets users control the phone using certain gestures and actions, like twisting to open the camera, chop-chopping for flashlight, and lifting to unlock.

The handset’s rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is a snappy physical sensor, whereas its optional face unlocking system can’t say the same.

Other Features

The Moto G8 Plus is not necessarily a gaming phone, although it runs PUBG Mobile at low settings by default, wherein higher settings could result in frame drops and lags. Its 4GB DDR4 RAM also provides no option for power users.

Performance

Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 665 chipset, the Moto G8 Plus is paired with an octa-core CPU clocked at up to 2.0GHz and Adreno 610 as the GPU. The chip brings in third-generation AI Engine that supports Vulkan graphics library at a 20% less power consumption than the previous generation. It also has 64GB of storage with an option of expansion of up to 512GB via microSD card.

Final Verdict

The Moto G8 Plus is packed with much-needed upgrades and features essential for daily use at a budget price; however, caveats in the phone, such as camera optimizations and low RAM model could be quite an issue. Still, if a few novel features, like an action-cam feel for video recording, in a new smartphone is what you’re looking for, the Moto G8 Plus can deliver what it promises.

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Good Quality For A Good Price: Best Phones Under $500

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You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on a high-quality phone. You might be thinking, the better the phone, the higher the price. That isn’t necessarily true. There are plenty of different options out there of budget phones that can do everything an expensive phone can do. Here are some of the best phones under $500.

11 Of The Best Phones Under $500

iPhone 8 (Apple)

Apple released the iPhone 8 in 2017 but is still one of the best iPhones out there. It has features like that of the newer models, but you can buy it for $449 on their site. It has a great camera, is water-resistant, and can charge wirelessly.

Galaxy A50 (Samsung)

At $249 on Amazon, you can get the Samsung Galaxy A50. It’s great for taking pictures with three rear cameras. One of which is a wide-angle lens and another lens is for dramatic background portraits. It also comes with a display of 6.4 inches and an in-screen fingerprint scanner.

Galaxy S8 (Samsung)

Like the iPhone 8, the Galaxy S8 was released quite some time ago but is still one of the best phones on the market. Its curved OLED screen gives it a classy but contemporary look. Some of its great features include expandable storage and wireless charging.

Moto Z4 (Motorola)

One of this phone’s distinct features is its ability to connect to 5G. It’s one of the few that can. The phone itself is $500 flat, but if you want to use the most out of it, you will need to pay extra for the Moto Mod modular accessory.

Moto G7 (Motorola)

This Motorola smartphone does look not only cool with its sleek style but also has dual rear cameras. Its battery life is its best feature as it charges quickly and lasts long.

G7 Play (Motorola)

This is cheaper than the Moto G7 but still has a lot of great features. It’s water repellent and smaller with a 5.7-inch display. With a single 13 MP back camera and a camera flash in its front camera, taking pictures will be awesome with this phone.

Moto G7 Power (Motorola)

The great thing about this phone is its battery. With 5,000-mAh, it can last around 23 hours.

Pixel 3A (Google)

For $399, you can have a phone with a great camera. It can take beautiful pictures in the light. It can also capture great photos in the dark with its Night Sight camera.

Pixel 3A XL (Google)

The Google Pixel 3A XL is a slightly improved Pixel 3A. With all of its amazing features, it also has a bigger 6-inch display (Google Pixel 3A has 5.6 inches). It also has a big battery that has 3,700-mAh.

G8 ThinQ with Alexa (LG)

This phone is not only water-resistant but also has a bright, sharp screen. With a fast processor and dual rear cameras, taking pictures is a dream. Especially since one of the cameras has a wide-angle lens.

Razer Phone 2 (Razer)

This phone is perfect for gaming. It has a bright and sharp 120Hz display and a great quality speaker. To make things better, it has a lot of extra storage. It’s compatible with 2TB microSD cards. It’s also water-resistant and can charge wirelessly.

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Trying Out The G3 15 3590, Dell’s Entry-Level Gaming Laptop

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At first glance, the G3 is flimsier and thinner than the larger Dell G5 and its display panel could still use some work. However, when it comes to performance, however, looks can be deceiving – in a good way, for this case.

Weighing about 5.5 pounds (2.5kg) and 0.9-inch in thickness (21.6mm), the G3 15 welcomes Intel’s and Nvidia’s newer processors that run cooler than their old chips in this thinner body.

The G3’s slimmer bezels on the sides of its 15.6-inch full-HD display make it more modern-looking while reducing its overall footprint. The display is up to par, but again, could benefit from a higher quality panel. Its brightness peaks when plugged in but dims as the battery power lowers.

It does, however, have both a full-size HDMI port, a USB-C port, and a built-in SD card slot to easily connect an external display. Additionally, if the display’s color is a critical setting for you, this, frankly, is just passable.

What makes it a considerable option, you ask?

This review G3 15 sample was running on a ninth-gen Intel Core i5-9300H and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650. With the former chip performing at almost the same capacity as its eighth generation, the GTX 1650 excels in terms of better frame rates than its older version. Although gamers are advised to look for at least a GTX 1660 Ti or ideally a GeForce RTX 2060 in their gaming laptops, what you’re getting with the G3’s GTX 1650 is over 30fps at a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution.

The price gap may not be as big as expected, but investing in the G3 can leave you a little extra for upgrades, such as more storage or memory.

See below its summarized specifications:

Dell G3 15 3590

Price as reviewed                                                $949

Display size/resolution 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 display

CPU                                                                        2.4GHz Intel Core i5-9300H

Memory                                                                   8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2667MHz

Graphics                                                                  4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650

Storage                                                                    128GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Networking                                                             802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0

Operating system                                                    Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

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Google Businesses Predicted To Climb In Near Future

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A number of Google businesses are predicted to propel GOOGL stock higher. In the next couple of years, Fitbit, Google Cloud, and driverless cars are going to grow at an enormous rate. This forecast is already making investors excited about the possibilities. 

Waymo, the driverless car unit of the company is getting ahead of the competition. The autonomous vehicles of Waymo already have driven 20 million miles which is an impressive feat. It has also provided ride-hailing services for the public around the Phoenix area for more than a year now. 

Plans for expanding this service to more people is set this year. However, the scope of this expansion is not yet definite. So far, the reception of the public on driverless cars is showing that they’re confident about the technology.

None of Waymo’s competitors like GM, Baidu, and Uber are currently offering the public true driverless services. And it seems like expanding this service is not in their plans yet. 

As for Google Cloud, it is growing at a fast rate and is gaining share. This growth may be attributed to the leadership of Thomas Kurian who has been heading the unit since 2018. He has been able to bulk up the global sales muscle of the unit. There were also several high-profile acquisitions and partnerships that helped in attracting more customers onto the cloud platform. 

Kurian also pioneered pricing that is tied to successful outcomes as well as industry-specific solutions. They are also providing ways of helping companies to figure out different ways that Google Cloud can be used to solve problems. Google Cloud is predicted to generate about $10 billion in revenues this year. 

With Fitbit, it is becoming more popular as well as extremely profitable. It allows users to easily, cheaply and quickly identify health issues such as low glucose levels, heart issues, and sleep apnea. Fitbit devices are appealing to employers as well as health insurers. Fitbit is much more affordable compared to the Apple Watch, too. 

More developments are on the way for Fitbit. And with Google acquiring it, there will be plenty of resources to conduct research and development. A huge number of sales teams can also be hired to market the device to employers and insurers. Another is that health professionals can be recruited to be able to interface with the FDA for the approved sleep apnea detector and other features. Google’s resources will allow Fitbit to reach its full potential. 

Lastly, 5G can be a great boost for Fitbit. With 5G, location sensors will be more accurate. This will allow Google to be able to serve effective and relevant location-based ads. Stores will soon be able to advertise their products before the Fitbit user will walk past them. It’s going to be a kind of advertising that’s effective for businesses and will be lucrative for Google. 

Waymo, Fitbit, and Google Cloud are rapidly growing. At this rate, these businesses will definitely raise Google’s profits. Investors should take advantage of this and buy their GOOG stock as early as now. 

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