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Moto G5 Plus review: Back to being the best mid-range phone

Over the last couple of years, a massive number of consumers around the world have shifted their buying preferences for phones. It’s no longer guaranteed that the biggest and most expensive phones should be the only ones considered. That change in philosophy can be credited in large part to the Moto G line, which was started by Google and lives on today under Lenovo’s lead.

When Lenovo took over the Moto brand, it started changing another perception: a low price doesn’t have to be for a low quality phone. The Moto G5 Plus doesn’t borrow anything from the competition. It carves out its own spot in the sub-$300 field while competing with phones that cost $400 or more. Lenovo created value here, and it’s why this phone will likely end up being one of 2017’s best overall.

Hit the break for our review of Lenovo’s Moto G5 Plus.

Moto Z2 Play leaks, confirms designs for the Moto Z2 family

The Moto Z Play was an excellent midrange phone from Lenovo last year that actually ended up being my pick for 2016 phone of the year.¬†For anyone else that really enjoyed the modular entry into the Moto Z line, you’ll be very pleased to know it’s definitely getting a second generation with just a few small tweaks. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right?

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 iris scanner may help users unlock financial transactions

New reports out of Korea indicate there may be some growing interest from financial firms like banks or credit card companies to incorporate iris scan security into the methods used to secure financial transactions. Iris scanning may be familiar to more users now with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ which both make use of the technology as a way for users to unlock their devices. The latest interest shown in this technology could open the door to its use for security purposes when consumers make use of mobile payment platforms.

Microsoft poised to take on Chromebooks with Windows 10 Cloud?

A little over a week from now Microsoft will be holding an event focused on education and it is expected the company will announce some new initiatives targeting Google’s Chromebook market and in particular, Google’s growing presence in the education market. The keys to the move by Microsoft to mount a challenge to Google is going to be the launch of Windows 10 Cloud that will run on hardware similar to a typical Chromebook. That latter point is important as it helps keep the cost down for school systems that may be interested in Microsoft’s solution.

Software update rolling out to T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S8

Before its official release date, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 for T-Mobile is getting a software update. It’s actually a substantial one, too. T-Mobile is preparing the year’s most popular device for showtime on Friday despite a number of customers receiving their phones early. The software update rolling out tonight is merely to ensure everything is set for when the masses begin using the Galaxy S8 in the United States.

[Deal] Two-for-One Samsung Galaxy S8 through Sprint

Riding on the release of the Samsung Galaxy S8 hitting retail stores on Friday, April 21st, Sprint announced a special deal to try to bring customers over to their network. For one week, from April 21st through April 27th, users who activate a new line with Sprint can lease not one, but two Samsung Galaxy S8 devices for the price of one lease, which is currently $31.25 per month.

Why the Samsung Galaxy S8 is better than the Apple iPhone 7

It’s spring. It’s time for a new Galaxy. Samsung just released its 2017 flagship, the Galaxy S8, so now’s when every place you look compares this phone to the competition. Probably the most popular comparison being made is between the Galaxy S8 and Apple’s iPhone 7. People love to see how Samsung and Apple’s phones stack up against each other.

We’ll cut right to it: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is better than the iPhone 7. Today we’re going to tell you why Apple can’t beat Samsung this time around.