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This week Sprint and HTC unveiled their new flagship Evo phone, the EVO 4G LTE. This handset is already cause for much excitement, but what about the other flagship phone coming to Sprint soon? That would be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Both phones will run on Sprint’s as-yet-unveiled 4G LTE network. Both phones represent the pinnacle of Androidness in terms of software and specs. So which one should you pick when the time comes?

Read on to compare each phone’s software, operating system, hardware differences and more.

Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE vs Sprint Galaxy Nexus

Software and OS

Ice Cream Sandwich Screens

The difference that will matter to many hard-core Android lovers is in the operating system itself. Both the Evo and the Nexus ship with Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich, but the Evo adds HTC’s proprietary Sense 4.0 skin on top of that. Android purists will no doubt stick with the stock version on the Nexus, but there are pros and cons to both experiences.

The Nexus line of phones are Google’s flagship devices, so they tend to get updates — minor and new versions of Android — faster than other phones. That’s a big advantage for those who want the latest, greatest version available.

(Related: Guide to Android 4.0)

Phones with skins like the Evo and other HTC devices will usually get updates eventually, but eventually may mean weeks or months later. This doesn’t apply to updates that relate to security issues or bug fixes, mind. Still, it’s a sticking point for many users.

Aside from that, HTC’s Sense 4.0 changes Android’s user interface quite a bit when compared to the unmolested version. These changes smooth some of the rough edges off of Android by offering more widgets, bringing some settings and functions that are buried in menus more to the forefront, and adding functionality like the ability to launch any app you want from the lock screen.

HTC One X - HTC Sense 4.0 Recent Apps

HTC Sense 4.0 Recent Apps

The skin doesn’t take away any of Ice Cream Sandwich’s functions, it just sometimes re-contextualizes them.

(Read: Hands-On With HTC Sense 4.0)

Though ICS is designed to be button-free, HTC chose to provide hardware buttons for Home, Back, and Recent Apps. You’ll still need to find the Menu icon on apps that still use it.

The Evo will come pre-loaded with more apps than the Nexus. The Verizon version had a few apps specific to that carrier, but otherwise came with Google apps. This will likely be true for the Sprint version.

HTC has several apps of their own that work with or enhance Sense plus third-party apps (some unannounced at this time).

Design and Hardware

Thanks to their large displays — 4.65-inches on the Galaxy Nexus, 4.7-inches on the EVO 4G LTE — these are both tall, large phones. They have similar measurements, though the Nexus is slightly heavier:

Nexus: 5.33 x 2.67 x 0.37 inches, 5.3 ounces

Evo: 5.3 x 2.7 x 0.35 inches, 4.7 ounces

Both are very thin and light for their size, though the Evo is a bit more impressive considering that it packs in a 2000 mAh battery compared to the 1850 mAh one that ships with the Nexus. That’s due to HTC engineering — the battery is so integrated into the design that it’s not user removable, whereas the Nexus battery can be replaced or upgraded to an extended model.

On the hardware side, the two phones’ differences are minor. It may be interesting to see how the Snapdragon processor inside the Evo stands up to the TI OMAP one in the Nexus, but for most users it comes down to this: both phones will open and run apps snappily, play HD video smoothly, and make for great mobile gaming. Power isn’t going to be the differentiator here.

What may sway some customers are two design elements on the Evo: the kickstand and the shutter button.

People liked the kickstand on the original Evo and I’m happy to see it back on the new version, even if it isn’t as useful as the one on the Thunderbolt. Given that you have a large, beautiful screen perfect for watching video, it’s understandable that people will want and easy way to set it up for that. Plus, it’s useful for hands-free Google Hangouts.

The hardware shutter button is a nod to HTC’s emphasis on cameras with their 2012 phones. It helps cut down on shake and on focusing and feels more like a real camera. If you take a lot of pictures this feature is pretty enticing.

(Read: Why Mobile Photographers Should Choose the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE Over the One X)

Camera

Speaking of the camera, there are significant differences here, too.

Samsung and Google touted the Nexus shutter speed and it does indeed take pictures very fast. However, the resulting pictures aren’t that impressive. The app includes some features to help take better shots including scene mode and white balance, though it’s mostly no-frills.

Good cameras are one of HTC’s key features across all of their new phones, including the EVO 4G LTE. The hardware shutter button is just the beginning.

HTC EVO 4G LTE Camera App

The camera app offers a wealth of features and settings to help everyone from novices and amateurs to professional photographers take great shots. It’s probably not going to replace your DSLR, but the Evo does make a good case for leaving your good point-and-shoot at home. The 8MP camera plus large sensor make for great photos and users can apply settings, effects, even filters before or after taking a picture.

Though pretty fast, the Evo can’t boast a near-instant shutter speed like the Nexus. But the results are worth waiting for.

Multimedia

Another area that HTC is pushing is the inclusion of Beats Audio on the Evo. Any time users listen to music, watch video, or play games, the enhanced audio (mostly driven by good equalizer settings) kicks in. The difference is noticeable and very welcome.

HTC One X - HTC Sense 4.0 Music Hub

HTC Sense 4.0 Music Hub on the HTC One X

The Galaxy Nexus produces pretty good audio quality, though it’s nothing special. Thankfully, the speaker is pretty loud.

Since both phones have big, 720p displays they’re great for watching video and playing games. Again, not much difference.

Call Quality

The call quality on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is excellent and earned praise from the entire staff when we first reviewed the phone. The people we called reported very clear audio from our end even with some background noise. Callers came through the earpiece loud and clear.

While we haven’t had a chance to test the HTC EVO 4G LTE yet, it is HD Voice capable. Sprint is in the process of upgrading their network now to support HD Voice on the Evo and other phones. It works thanks to a combination of network upgrades and technology in the phone itself, including dual mics that help eliminate background noise.

HD Voice promises ultimate clarity and the demo we heard at the Evo launch event sounded very promising. However, Sprint hasn’t roll it out yet.

Price

HTC Evo 4G LTE

When the Evo comes to Sprint it will cost $199 with a 2-year contract. [Update 4/16] We learned today that the Galaxy Nexus will also cost $199 with a contract and come with a $50 Google Wallet credit. That’s $100 less than the Nexus price for Verizon Wireless. It looks like Samsung wants to take on the Evo directly.

The Galaxy Nexus is available for pre-order now and will be available on April 22. HTC still hasn’t announced when the Evo will hit stores, but it will be after the May 7th pre-order date.

Once both phones launch we’ll be able to make a more direct comparison, but the major differences above will remain the same.

Customers who want the “pure” Android experience will find the Samsung Galaxy Nexus a compelling choice. Shutterbugs and customers who are less comfortable with stock Android will gravitate toward the HTC EVO 4G LTE.

Which of these Android superphones do you plan to buy?

24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. thx1138

    04/07/2012 at 5:56 am

    BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BATTERY LIFEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    • M15ni3a

      04/11/2012 at 12:30 pm

      Thx1138, the battery life is always the downside. I’ve found that no matter what phone I have, I will always eat up the battery by the end of the day. For me it has more to do with consumption since I watch videos all the time. I use the Remote Access app from my employer, DISH, to watch my TV shows and the YouTube app to watch other random things throughout the day. I have a phone with a small screen right now but would love to upgrade to something like this so I can watch in HD like I do at home.

      • Jbaz

        05/01/2012 at 10:49 am

        The best way to having better battery life is having wi-fi on where possible, when all the background data is running through the wi-fi you will gain upwards three hours more battery life. Now the reason the Evo 4G LTE has a 2000 mAh battery is because HTC has never been good at holding a charge so they will both be around on an average 8 or 9 hours talk time then the rest is up to how you tweak your settings.

  2. nike air max shoes

    04/07/2012 at 7:23 pm

    Great post, thank you very much, please write more and more about this. Very interesting

  3. Stocklone

    04/07/2012 at 11:22 pm

    HTC is back.  They will matter this year again with the One X and the real successor to the original Evo. Though the HTC Evo One or Evo X would have been a way cooler name.

    • ANON

      04/10/2012 at 8:23 am

      while it may have sounded cooler it doesnt fit with the things that sprint is trying to push. Evo is a recognized brand for them. 4G is a major selling point. and LTE shows their push towards a LTE network. Hits all the right points. You know exactly what this phone is and how it’s different from the other Evo’s. 

      • Stocklone

        04/10/2012 at 1:07 pm

        Absolutely. The name is better for Sprint in terms of communication with their customers. I hope the rest of the carriers incorporate One X/S into the name or simply call it One X/S. HTC needs to develop that cross carrier flagship status for the One series like the Galaxy series. Minus the whole having tons of different slight variations for the Galaxy series that Samsung thinks we need.

  4. YEs2u

    04/10/2012 at 9:58 pm

    The thing that the votes failed to understand is that HTC EVO does not have  a removable battery, or a option for SD card. 

    • JaySix

      04/11/2012 at 9:45 pm

      actually it DOES have a micro sd card slot. the top portion of the back pops off (by the camera lens) and thats where the slot is. however its true the battery is not removable and that sucks. BUT can be worked around. but it would be so much nicer if it was removable. le sigh. 

      • K. T. Bradford

        04/13/2012 at 4:08 pm

        They made it that way to keep it thin. Sucks, yes, but you how people are about thinness.

      • Eric Olson

        04/23/2012 at 1:07 am

        Worked around – HOW??

    • ???

      04/16/2012 at 3:58 pm

      There is actually an expandable slot, the top glossy part on the back of the EVO actually comes off so you can add another 32 GB micro SD

      • Eric Olson

        04/23/2012 at 1:10 am

        Up to WHAT 32 GB micro SD Class # ??.  Class 10 or Class 4 or ???

  5. Joey Valdez

    04/11/2012 at 2:35 pm

    it does have an sd slot

  6. Michael Gardner

    04/14/2012 at 1:46 am

    If the HTC isn’t capable of S-Off I’ll opt for the GNex. 

  7. Oldrazzledazzle

    04/28/2012 at 2:38 pm

    I dont like the ‘one’s series, even the evolution, that HTC is turning to. Solid locked down battery and internal memory that cannot be upgraded is simply saying… I wish I was an iPhone. One of the major reasons I love true androids in the first place. Nexus all the way. Plus not having to wait 8 months for an OS upgrade by buying an AOSP device is a plus too

  8. NerdPower

    05/22/2012 at 9:23 am

    The Galaxy Nexus has 32GB Internal storage and is not expandable (it has NO micro SD card slot). This was deal breaker for me. The HTC EVO LTE has 16 GB of internal storage and 32 GB expandable (meaning it HAS a micro SD slot). I can deal with a non-user removable batter, but I need a micro SD slot. I would get the NEXUS but no micro SD = NOT the phone for me. Plus the HTC EVO has a faster processor, better camera, and more screen space, so I’ll wait for the EVO LTE one.

  9. alex

    06/10/2012 at 12:14 pm

    You’re aware that the galaxy nexus has been out since October and that you should be comparing the evo 4G LTE to the galaxy s3 instead, right?

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How to Fix Bad iOS 14 Performance

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As we push away from the iOS 14 release date we’re hearing about a number of issues including a variety of performance problems impacting iPhone models.

While a lot of the feedback about iOS 14 has been great, we’ve been having a good experience across most of our devices, we’ve also been hearing about bugs and performance issues.

The current list includes UI lag, freezes, lock ups, and random reboots. These are extremely common, particularly on older iPhone models. Newer iPhones aren’t immune to them though.

Unfortunately, performance issues such as these can be tricky to fix. While you might be able to fix them on your own, some might require a fix from Apple in a new software update.

If you can’t wait and/or you don’t have time to get in touch with Apple support, we have some fixes that could help alleviate the performance issue(s) you’re seeing on your device.

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Restart Your iPhone

If you start noticing UI lag or another performance issue on your iPhone, try restarting it. Power it down, leave it off for a minute, and the turn it back on.

Update Your iPhone

Apple will periodically release new iOS 14 software. Point updates (x.x.x) are usually focused on fixing bugs while milestone upgrades (x.x) usually deliver a mix of features and fixes. And while Apple might not call out performance fixes in an update’s change log, new software always has the potential to help (or hurt) your iPhone’s overall performance.

For more on the latest version of iOS 14, take a look at our guide.

Update Your Apps

If you haven’t done so already, try updating your applications to the latest version.

App developers are currently rolling out iOS 14 support updates and they could help stabilize iOS 14’s performance on your device.

Before you install the latest version be sure to go into the App Store and read reviews from other iOS 14 users. If the reviews are mostly good, you’ll want to download the latest version.

Reset Your Settings

If you’re still not getting the kind of performance you would like, try resetting your iPhone’s settings. Here’s how to do that on iOS 14:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Reset All Settings.
  • Enter your passcode if you have one enabled.

This will restore your iPhone’s settings to their factory defaults so be sure you have your Wi-Fi passwords handy. You’ll need to re-enter them.

Cleanup Your Storage

If you’ve had your iPhone for several years there’s a very chance you’ve got a lot of clutter taking up space on its internal storage. Deleting this clutter could help speed up your iPhone.

To start, you’ll want to check and see how much space is free on your device. Here’s how to do that:

  • Head into Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Storage & iCloud Usage.
  • Select Manage Storage.

If you’re getting close to the threshold you’ll want to head back into General and scroll to where it says iPhone Storage. Here you’ll get a detailed rundown of your data.

Apple will make some recommendations based on your utilization of your storage, but you can also just go through each section manually and delete files you don’t need.

Stop Automatic Downloads

iOS’ automatic update feature can be useful, but a constant stream of updates will make your iPhone work in the background.

If you’re alright with manually updating your applications on the App Store, try disabling Automatic Downloads on your iPhone and see if performance improves a bit.

To do this you’ll head into Settings. From there, Tap iTunes & App Store. From there you’ll want to toggle Updates, located in the Automatic Downloads section, off. You might want to toggle the other options off as well.

Disable Widgets

iOS 14 brought some big time upgrades to iOS’ Widgets. That being said, if you don’t use Widgets on your iPhone, try disabling some or all of them to see if that helps.

To do that you’ll want to swipe to the right while you’re on your iPhone’s home screen. After that, you have two options. You can:

  1. Hard press on an individual Widget
  2. Scroll all the way to bottom of the screen and select Edit. This will cause them to start wiggling.

If you hard press on a Widget, a small menu will popup. To remove a widget you’ll want to tap on Remove Widget at the top.

If you selected Edit at the bottom, you can tap the minus sign on a wiggling Widget to remove it. You can also scroll down to the bottom and select Customize. This will allow you to quickly add or subtract Widgets.

We recommend disabling Widgets you don’t use. Remember, you can always turn them back on if you don’t notice a bump in performance.

Clear Browser Cookies & Data

Clearing your browser’s cookies and data will free up memory which could have a positive impact on your phone’s performance.

If you use Apple’s Safari browser go into the Settings app, tap Safari, and scroll down to where it says Clear History and Website Data. Tap on it.

Tapping this will remove your browsing history, cookies, and other data from Safari. History will also be cleared from any devices signed into your iCloud account. If you’re fine with that, tap Clear History and Data again.

If you use Google Chrome, you’ll want to head into the app and tap the three horizontal circles in the bottom right corner. They’re in the top right corner if you haven’t updated to Chrome’s new design.

Once there, tap Settings, tap Privacy, and now tap Clear Browsing Data. You can now select what you wish to delete. If you’re noticing heavy lag, you might want to clear everything.

Stop Using Background Refresh

iOS 14’s Background App Refresh refreshes apps in the background to show you the latest data when you open them up. It also makes your phone work in the background so if you don’t need this, you might want to shut it off.

Here’s how you disable it:

  • Go into the Settings app.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Background App Refresh.
  • At the top tap Background App Refresh and toggle it off.

If you want to keep it on for some apps, leave it on and then go down your list of apps and manually turn it off for apps you don’t use.

Downgrade

If you were having a good experience on the previous version of iOS, you could try downgrading your iPhone’s software. If you don’t know how to downgrade, have a look at our walkthrough. It’ll guide you through the steps you need to take.

Restore

If you can’t find a fix for your issue, and you want to avoid taking your phone into a store, you might want to restore your device. This should only be used as a last resort.

You can do this via Finder, iTunes, or iCloud.

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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8 Things to Know About the iPhone 6s iOS 14 Update

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The iOS 14 update is out of beta testing which means iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users around the world can now download Apple’s new operating system.

Apple’s decision to push iOS 14 to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus came as a bit of a surprise given their age. They were released all the way back in 2015.

The company’s decision means iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users now have another full year of software support to look forward to. That might convince some people to skip the iPhone 12 and hold onto their aging phone for another year or more.

The iPhone 6s’ iOS 14 update is a big one. The new operating system comes with a long list of changes including new features, under-the-hood improvements, and security patches.

Many users have already made the jump to iOS 14 which means we’re starting to get feedback about the software’s performance. So far, a lot of it is good, but we’ve also heard about various bugs and performance issues.

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If you decide to install iOS 14 on your iPhone, note that it requires a ton of free space on your internal storage. It’s a 2GB+ download.

If you’re running an older version of iOS on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, your iOS 14 upgrade could be larger because the features and fixes from iOS updates you skipped are baked in.

With that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iPhone 6s’ iOS 14 update.

Our walkthrough will take you through the software’s initial problems, the downgrade status, the iOS 14 jailbreak, and the iPhone 6 iOS 14 update’s performance.

We’ll start with the software’s performance. We’ve been testing iOS 14 on the iPhone 6s update for a short time and here’s what we’ve learned.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Impressions & Performance

We recently installed the iOS 14 update on an iPhone 6s that was previous running iOS 13.7. The download and installation took quite awhile, more than 20 minutes, so that’s what you should expect if you decide to install it this week.

So far, the software’s performance has been excellent. iOS 14 feels faster than iOS 13. Animations and transitions are snappy and apps open up quickly.

While the user interface would sometimes lag on iOS 13, that hasn’t been the case on iOS 14. We haven’t noticed any lag in problem areas like Control Center, Notification Center, or the keyboard.

We’ve only been using the software for a short time, but battery life is stable. We haven’t seen any abnormal battery drain and that’s a good sign right out of the gates.

Our core applications, which include Slack, Asana, Spotify, Chrome, and Gmail, are all stable. The Netflix crashed once while trying to watch a show, but we’re not going to pin it on iOS 14 just yet.

Developers are rolling out iOS 14 support updates so if you’re having issues with one of your apps, make sure you’re running the latest version.

As of right now, iOS 14 is running smoothly on our phone. We haven’t run into any game-changing performance issues and we’ll let you know if that changes in the days ahead.

Right now we’re recommending iOS 14 to most iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users. If you’re feeling leery, have a look at our reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14 right now.

You Should Prepare for iOS 14

If you plan to install iOS 14 in the near future, make sure you prepare yourself, and the device, for the move.

While some of you might see a performance boost after moving up from iOS 13, others will run into trouble. This is why it’s important to prepare.

If you don’t know where to start, we’ve released a pre-installation guide that will take you step-by-step through the process we typically use before we install new iOS software on our iPhones. If you’re new to the iPhone and iOS, or you just want to play it safe, it could help.

At the very least you’ll want to make sure all of your data is backed up before you move your phone to the new operating system.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Problems

We haven’t run into any major issues during our time on iOS 14, but many users have.

The current list of iOS 14 problems includes abnormal battery drain, UI lag, issues with first and third-party apps, Touch ID issues, touchscreen problems, Exchange issues, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth problems, and more.

This is only the beginning. You can expect the list to grow as more iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users upgrade to the new firmware.

If you’re nervous about the current state of iOS 14 problems, you might want to hang back and wait for Apple’s next batch of bug fixes. They should arrive soon.

How to Fix iPhone 6s iOS 14 Problems

If you run into an issue on iOS 14 you might be able to fix the problem(s) on your own.

If you don’t know where to start, our list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems is a great place to start.

If you’re noticing horrendous battery life after the move to iOS 14, our tips should help you improve battery life going forward. And if you’re experiencing bad performance (lag, slow download speeds, etc), take a look at our guide to fixing bad iOS performance.

iOS 13 Downgrade Open

If you move your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus to iOS 14, and you run into bugs or performance issues, you could try moving back to iOS 13.

Apple is currently signing on iOS 13.7 which means you can drop your iPhone’s software back in an attempt to improve its performance.

The company won’t sign on iOS 13 forever so if you really want to get your phone off of iOS 14, you’ll need to drop back soon. Once Apple stops signing on iOS 13.7, there won’t be a way back to the previous operating system.

If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Update: What’s New

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus get a pretty stacked version of iOS 14. While the devices do miss out on a few features, the key features are all there.

Some of the highlights include Widgets on the home screen, improvements to Messages and Maps, the new Translate app, and a laundry list of changes to Siri.

We’ve put together a guide that will take you through some of iOS 14’s best features and it’s worth a look if you haven’t dug into the new operating system yet.

If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS 13 you’ll, again, get the features and fixes from the updates you skipped. We also have a guide that goes over the latest iOS 13 features and you should check it out if you’re running old software.

What’s Next for the iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus

If your device is struggling on iOS 14, or you’re leery about upgrading, you won’t have to wait long for Apple’s first batch of bug fixes.

Apple recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.” It didn’t call a version out by name.

The company recently confirmed an iOS 14.2 update and there’s also been chatter about an iOS 14.1 release alongside the iPhone 12 series in October. We could also see a fast iOS 14.0.1 release.

One way or another, we should see a new version of iOS 14 roll out soon and that’s great news for those of you looking to squash bugs or performance issues.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Jailbreak

Developers have released an iOS 13 jailbreak tool that’s compatible with iOS 13.5 and older versions of iOS 13. However, we haven’t seen anything for iOS 14.

Earlier this year the developers behind the “unc0ver” jailbreaking tool released version 5.0.0. It’s compatible with iOS 13.5 and most versions of iOS that fall between iOS 13.5 and iOS 11.0.

It doesn’t work with iOS 12.3-12.3.2, iOS 12.4.2-12.4.5, or iOS 13.7-iOS 13.5.1. It doesn’t work with the current version of iOS 14 either.

We don’t know when or even if we’ll see a public iOS 14 jailbreak tool so keep your eyes peeled for new information as we push deeper into the month.

For more on the iOS 13 jailbreak, head here.

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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5 Xbox Series X Pre-Order Tips & Tricks

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Do you want to make sure that you get an Xbox Series X pre-order? Or the Xbox Series S? We have a collection of tips that will help you avoid pre-order problems and increase the chances that you get a new console on release day.

The Xbox Series S is $299 and the Xbox Series X is $499. Pre-orders start at 11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific on September 22nd.

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Check Account Passwords Now

When the Xbox Series X pre-orders start you need to be ready to go. This is not the time to be resetting a Best Buy or Walmart password or creating an account.

Spend 10 minutes this weekend making sure that you can log in to Microsoft, GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Target, and Walmart.

This can mean the difference between getting a new Xbox on day one and waiting months.

Update Payment Information

While you are logged in make sure that your credit card is up to date and that shipping and billing information is updated.

The time that you spend updating any of this, could be long enough to miss out on getting the Xbox Series X or Series S in November.

Be Ready to Checkout

Now that you can log in and your credit card is up to date, you need to be prepared to checkout as soon as the console is in your cart.

Some links to Amazon may even put the Xbox Series X directly into your cart.

Don’t wonder about tax, warranties, or look for coupon codes. Check out and get a confirmation. The console can disappear from your cart. This is not like a ticket checkout process where you are holding an item for a few minutes.

Use Websites Not Apps

Websites tend to offer a better chance to get a console this year. The PS5 pre-orders worked best on websites, with some apps just showing the landing pages while other people were ordering.

It’s a good idea to have apps available as a backup, but start on the website and be on the lookout for links directly to the products on social media.

You Can Always Cancel Later

If you really want the Xbox Series S, but it is out of stock, you may want to lock in the Xbox Series X pre-order and then decide later.

You can cancel your pre-order pretty easily at most retailers if you find the version that you really want somewhere else.

It is best to lock in pre-order and fine-tune it later.

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Cyberpunk 2077 PC Requirements: 3 Things to Know

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While it would be great if Cyberpunk 2077 ran beautifully on every single PC, that obviously won’t be the case. CD Projekt Red has finally shared the game’s PC requirements and we want to go over the most important details and show you how to check if your computer meets the threshold.

A lot of companies wait until just before a game’s released to unveil the PC requirements. CD Projekt Red isn’t your typical company though.

The Cyberpunk 2077 release date doesn’t land until November, but the company has already released the game’s minimum and recommended PC requirements. This is great news if you’ve been thinking about putting in a pre-order.

If you plan to buy the game for a console, you have nothing to worry about. Open up the game, install it and you’re good to go. Cyberpunk 2077 for PC is a different beast because your PC needs to meet certain hardware specifications.

Today we want to share three important details regarding the Cyberpunk 2077 PC requirements. If you’ve been thinking about buying the game for PC, here’s what you need to know before you pick up the game for yourself or someone else.

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Cyberpunk 2077 PC Requirements

First, we’ll start with the requirements themselves. If you’re familiar with your PC’s internals, you can simply check out this list and compare them to your specs.

Cyberpunk 2077 Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 or 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K or AMD FX-8310
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 70 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SSD recommended

Cyberpunk 2077 Recommended Specs:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon R9 Fury
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 70 GB available space
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Will Cyberpunk 2077 Run On My PC?

You can use a simple tool to quickly find out if your computer is capable of running Cyberpunk 2077.

Sites like Can You Run It and PCGameBenchmark provide a quick and easy way to determine if your PC meets the minimum and/or recommended specs.

Some of you might need to upgrade your video card. Many others will meet the thresholds with ease. If you’re unfamiliar with your CPUs internal specifications, or you don’t consider yourself an expert, these tools will save you sometime.

What If My PC Doesn’t Meet Cyberpunk 2077 Specs?

We can’t tell you exactly will happen if your PC fails to meet the minimum requirements, but you can count on horrible performance that will, in a lot of cases, make the game unplayable.

If you want to have the best possible experience on PC, you’ll want to make sure your computer meets the recommended specifications.

While Cyberpunk 2077 will work on PC’s that barely meet the minimum requirements, you probably won’t be able to run the game on the highest settings.

If you barely meet the threshold, be on the look out for deals on PC equipment as we approach the game’s release date.

6 Reasons to Pre-Order Cyberpunk 2077 & 4 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

If you pre-order a copy of Cyberpunk 2077, you'll get some nice bonuses. 

Everyone who pre-orders a copy of the game will get a collection of physical and digital items. Here's what you can expect if you buy a copy before the release date:

Physical Items

  • Case with game discs
  • World Compendium detailing the game's setting and lore
  • Postcards from Night City
  • Map of Night City
  • Stickers

Digital Items

  • Game soundtrack
  • Art booklet featuring a selection of art from the game
  • Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook
  • Wallpapers for desktop and mobile

There are also some unique pre-order bonuses through retailers like GameStop and GOG. 

If you pre-order through GameStop you get a Samurai Medallion. The retailer says this offer is only available to PowerUp Rewards Members.

If you pre-order through GOG you get an exclusive digital game booklet, additional wallpapers and avatars, print quality posters, and 30% off official Cyberpunk 2077 merch store.

If any of these sound interesting to you, think about pre-ordering.

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6 Reasons to Pre-Order Cyberpunk 2077 & 4 Reasons to Wait

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Cyberpunk 2077 is almost here. We have an official release date and retailers are taking pre-orders. While some of you might want to buy a copy right now, many others are better off waiting.

It took awhile, Cyberpunk 2077 was originally confirmed all the way back in 2012, but we’re finally inching closer to the game’s release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Google Stadia, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.

If you’re just catching wind of it, the game is a sequel to Mike Pondsmith’s pen and paper RPG Cyberpunk 2020. Cyberpunk 2020 was released all the way back in 1988.

CD Projekt Red’s taking its time, but fans of Cyberpunk and The Witcher series are hoping the developer can recreate the magic it delivered back in 2015 with The Witcher 3.

The developer initially confirmed the release date for April 16th, but decided to push it to September 17th to add some additional polish.

Unfortunately, the game got delayed again and the new Cyberpunk 2077 release date is now set for November 19th. Fortunately, it sounds like this is the final delay. CD Projekt Red says it doesn’t expect to push the game’s release date any further than November.

If you’re looking to buy Cyberpunk 2077 for Google Stadia, it looks like the release date might come a little later. CD Projekt Red says the game will debut on Google’s platform “by the end of the year.”

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Retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, and GameStop are taking pre-orders for two versions of the game. There is the standard $60 version and there’s also an expensive Collector’s Edition that comes with a bunch of extras.

Now that we know more about the direction the game is taking, some of you, particularly those of you who are fond of CD Projekt Red’s games, might be thinking about pre-ordering a copy.

In this guide we’re going to take you through the best reasons to pre-order Cyberpunk 2077 right now. We’ll also take you through some reasons to think about holding off for a few more weeks or longer.

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

If you pre-order a copy of Cyberpunk 2077, you'll get some nice bonuses. 

Everyone who pre-orders a copy of the game will get a collection of physical and digital items. Here's what you can expect if you buy a copy before the release date:

Physical Items

  • Case with game discs
  • World Compendium detailing the game's setting and lore
  • Postcards from Night City
  • Map of Night City
  • Stickers

Digital Items

  • Game soundtrack
  • Art booklet featuring a selection of art from the game
  • Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook
  • Wallpapers for desktop and mobile

There are also some unique pre-order bonuses through retailers like GameStop and GOG. 

If you pre-order through GameStop you get a Samurai Medallion. The retailer says this offer is only available to PowerUp Rewards Members.

If you pre-order through GOG you get an exclusive digital game booklet, additional wallpapers and avatars, print quality posters, and 30% off official Cyberpunk 2077 merch store.

If any of these sound interesting to you, think about pre-ordering.

Last update on 2020-09-19. This post may contain affiliate links. Click here to read our disclosure policy for more details. Images via Amazon API

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