While crowdsourcing traffic data generally has improved the quality of navigation services, it’s also possible that the data could be manipulated. Berlin artist Simon Weckert shows how he was able to create non-existent traffic jams on Google Maps by walking through empty streets while pulling a wagon full of 99 cell phones.
THE BEST Smartphones
Want to shoot ultra-wide angle images with your iPhone? This high-quality glass fisheye lens has an 8mm focal length, increasing the width of the standard camera up a massive 238° field of view. Attaches securely to Lemuro’s case (sold separately).
Motorola’s classic Razr flip phone is back. It features a foldable 6.2″ OLED display in its center, offering up an Android 9 UI on a gadget that folds down to half its height in your pocket. It also has a 2.7″ “Quick View” display when closed. It’s not the most advanced phone, but it’s some really slick design work. Exclusive to Verizon.
While name-brand phones keep getting thinner and more fragile, DOOGEE has gone against the grain with this ruggedized Android 9.0 model. It’s IP68 dropproof, waterproof, and dustproof, with protection from every side. It’s got a triple Sony AI rear camera, a 5.9″ 1080×2280 IPS display, Helio P70 CPU, and a huge 6300mAh battery.
LG’s versatile Android smartphone comes with a hinged case with a second screen, allowing not only for more content to be displayed, but the ability to use it as a keyboard or gamepad. It’s not as slick as a flexible screen, but it’s much cheaper, and likely to be more durable. Available now from AT&T and coming to Sprint.
The cameras in smartphones today all seem pretty good, but if you want the best possible visuals, drop by Ubergizmo, who recently launched a precise and easy-to-digest camera rating system that consistently evaluates their image quality and hardware so you can make the most informed buying decision.
This dual-purpose charging cable doubles as a battery pack for iOS devices. When plugged into a USB port or charger, power is passed through to your device, but when unplugged, it uses the battery pack, providing 2800 mAh of power. Save an extra 15% with code FIREWORK15 through 7/7/19 in The Awesomer Shop.
Our favorite phone case at the moment, the MagCase offers slimline and durable protection by wrapping your phone in resilient and lightweight woven Aramid fiber. Better yet, each case has embedded metal plates built in to adhere to a companion magnetic mount, and they don’t interfere with wireless charging.
The OnePlus 7 Pro has a 6.67″ 90Hz 1440p AMOLED display with nearly no bezel, an in-display fingerprint sensor, 6GB/8GB/12GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB storage, a Snapdragon 855 CPU, a pop-up 16MP front camera, and three rear cameras. It also charges to 50% in just 20 minutes.
Google’s Pixel 3a and 3a XL are more affordable than today’s flagship phones. But they have a 5.6″ or 6″ (respectively) 1080p OLED display, the same 12.2MP rear camera and camera software that’s in the Pixel 3, which has HDR and the miraculous low light mode, Night Sight.
Samsung’s latest flagship phones continue to push bezels away, utilizing a cutout for the front cameras to maximize space. The S10 and the S10+ also have fingerprint sensor under the display. They also have three rear cameras, including one with a super wide angle lens.
With a ceramic unibody design, the Meizu Zero is first smartphone with no exposed openings – no holes for cables, speakers, or other sensors means a sleek design and better waterproofing. It hides a fingerprint sensor beneath its OLED screen, which doubles as a speaker.
Xiaomi co-founder and president Lin Bin teased the company’s prototype for an OLED phone that folds on both sides. This allows it to transition from a mini tablet to a smartphone with no bezels on the side. It’s certainly impressive, but its palm rejection better be on point.
Pivo is a smartphone accessory and app combo that lets you capture a variety of styles of videos and photos. It has face and object tracking, and can be triggered to take photos in a variety of ways. It also has lots of fun modes such as “many me,” “double take” and “flash.”
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