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This week in Android: Budget phones abound!

We saw a number of budget phones this week from Motorola, Nokia, and DOOGEE. Plus, our testing reveals what we all suspected regarding 1080p screens.

Published onFebruary 10, 2019

Moto G7 series budget phones

This week, Motorola announced a trio of budget phones which run the gamut from pretty, to beefy, to svelte. Additionally, Nokia returns to the shores of the U.S. with a new offering on Cricket Wireless. This phone won’t blow you away in terms of specs, but our reviewer really likes what this phone has to offer. We also have a new modular phone with a rugged streak from DOOGEE.

Also, we took the top 50 projects that Google has cancelled over the years and ranked them. From iGoogle, to Google Reader, and of course including the Nexus line, Google has given us — and taken away — some great products over the years. It’s an extensive list, but well worth the read.

Finally, we confirm a myth we all suspectedwe compare the two wearables in an epic showdown, and HUAWEI stumbles against the U.S. Government… again.

Here are your top stories for the week

1:30 – Motorola Moto G7 series hands-on: A fine family

We go hands-on with a trio of new Moto budget phones. Motorola is attacking the space with some stylish looks and a 5,000mAh battery.

12:40 – Nokia 3.1 Plus review: A return to form for a beloved brand

Not to be outdone, Nokia is back in the U.S. through Cricket Wireless. Nokia really resonates with consumers, and this phone tugs at all the right heart strings.

Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL display front

There is an ongoing debate about 1080p vs 1440p and the battery life that comes with it. Finally, our testing labs have numbers to back up the speculation.

31:40 – Fitbit Versa vs Apple Watch Series 4: Which smartwatch is right for you?

Chief wearables nerd, Jimmy Westenberg, compares two of the more popular wearables on the market today. Which one is right for you?

38:25 – We ranked 50 failed Google products from best to worst

Google does love to work on things and then kick them to the curb. But what were the best projects that have shuffled off their mortal coil?

Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

DOOGEE S90 Review Screen
Reflect the screen much?

Mods aren’t just for Moto any more. The last of our budget phones, DOOGEE has a new rugged phone that you can expand with modules like a night-view camera, or extra battery.

Renders of very tall Sony Xperia XA3 show tiny chin, but huge forehead

Sony seems to have forgotten one half on the phone when designing its latest near-bezel-less phone. But at least it forgot the correct half.

Read this detailed description of an FBI sting on HUAWEI during CES 2019

If you were on the fence about whether HUAWEI was a “good company” or not, this FBI sting might plant you firmly on one side of the fence.

HUAWEI MateBook 13 review

In case you want to give HUAWEI a second (or third, or fourth) chance, maybe you can try out its latest laptop!

40MP shootout: HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro vs Nokia Lumia 1020

It was only a matter of time before we put the OG 40MP camera up against the latest 40MP camera from HUAWEIl. Does the Lumia 1020 still have it?

Who wants to win an HONOR View 20?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new HONOR View 20Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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