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Taking your hard-earned dollars away from one carrier and giving them to another instead is not a decision to be made lightly, no matter how much you've grown to loathe your current provider of cellular services. If you're thinking about switching carriers to take advantage of big deals for cool new phones, than here are some key checks and preparations to make before you commit to switching your allegiances.

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Hi Gizmodo! I have a question for you, would love to get your expert advice. My Nexus 5x is still alive, but need to make an upgrade due to storage (16GB just doesn’t cut it these days…). Having been with a cheaper mid-range, I’m interested in what is the best out there at the moment?

I’m kind of leaning towards picking up a cheap Google Pixel seeing that prices are tumbling now the Pixel 2 is nearly here. What would you suggest?

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The Oppo R11 is a mid-range phone with a surprisingly good dual camera, and it's already available in black, gold or red. But what if you were an obsessive fan of professional football club FC Barcelona? Would you buy a red and blue and gold R11, complete with 18-karat gold plated FC Barcelona logo and FC Barça-themed Android skin?

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Unless they're trying to intentionally bury some news, most tech companies know by now to get out of the way whenever Apple hosts an event. However, it seems Qualcomm was feeling a little lonely and maybe a bit unloved, so it decided to go ahead and publish a blog post listing all sorts of "Android firsts" today, which we can only guess was an effort to remind people that Qualcomm still exists.

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RED, the makers of super high quality cameras that probably cost more than your car, has been working on an equally ambitious phone with some of the most far out tech any company has ever tried to put on a handset. Yesterday CEO Jim Jannard took to the RED camera forums to give more details on the sci-fi sounding holographic display, and to announce a partnership with Leia Inc., "the leading provider of lightfield holographic display solutions for mobile."

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The technology powering the display on your phone, or even your TV, is a lot different than it was even ten years ago. More colours, more pixels, and a whole lot more acronyms and complex terms that mean something — even if you have no idea what that something is. Display technology in 2017 is a complicated business, but if you understand some basic concepts and a few of the acronyms everything starts to be about as clear as that sweet iPhone display you might be reading this on.

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Android One is an essential version of Android, a bloatware-free version of the software curated by Google and designed with only the Mountain View giant's most necessary apps pre-loaded. The first not-terrible-and-basic phone to launch with Android One is from Xiaomi, and it's a mid-range 5.5-inch handset that looks more interesting than its circa-$300 price tag suggests it should.

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Motorola's mod-friendly smartphone, the Moto Z, is back. It's back in Z2 Play form, refining the original idea a little and bringing one of 2016's most interesting — if not exactly compelling — phones into late 2017. The base hardware is better, and Motorola is to be applauded for that, but the Moto Mods themselves have changed little.

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Many of us use our smartphones and tablets to stream videos and movies, but not before we plug them in to make sure there's enough battery life to last the viewing session. But cradling your device for hours at a time can get uncomfortable, especially when you've got a charging cable poking out of it. That's where this Podium-Style Charging Stand comes in handy, and it's on sale for nearly 80 percent off.

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Andy Rubin's Essential Products is having a rough winter. After first revealing its phone to throbbing hype back in June, actual delivery of the device has been plagued with delay after delay. Shipping problems have become almost comically bad, and even as it appears a few phones have finally made their way into the hands of frustrated customers, a new issue has cropped up, turning a bungled launch into a potentially dangerous security concern.

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Hot on the heels of the Galaxy Note8, LG's own new V30 looks to be the strongest competition that Samsung has ever had. A massive 6-inch display, dual rear cameras — including the brightest camera ever on a phone — and some serious hi-res audio chops should make for one hell of a high-end Android phone.

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It's been roughly two years since Microsoft released a new Windows Phone, and it looks like the company has basically decided its awful, single-digit market share warrants a reimagined approach which might not come for some time. So it's a little strange the NYPD, which is so much larger and well equipped than any other police force in the US it's won ominous comparisons to a full-size army, decided to equip its officers with Microsoft mobile devices.