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Question: 61
What does access to iOS DFU mode provide an examiner?
A. Ability to decrypt the SD card of a Symbian device
B. Ability to acquire the info.mkf file on a Blackberry device and brute force the password
C. Ability to root an Android device and perform a physical acquisition
D. Ability to bypass the lock screen of an older iOS device
Answer: D
Question: 62
Examine the unpacked Android application below. Which important file, resident in most Android applications, is missing?
A. dalvik-cache
B. classes.dex
D. classes-dex2jar.jar
Answer: B
Question: 63
Which file, located on the Android file system, may be examined to correlate files related to external SD cards that were once used in an Android device?
A. Internal.db
B. Main.db
C. DataManager. Db
D. external.db
Answer: D
Question: 64
Which artifact(s) can be extracted from a logical image only if the device the image was acquired from was jailbroken?
B. Email
C. Call Logs
D. Photos
Answer: B
Question: 65
Which file system is mostly found on Samsung devices?
A. Yet Another Flash File System (YAFFS2)
B. Out of Bound (OOB)
C. Robust File system (RFS)
Answer: C
Question: 66
Which file type below is commonly associated with locational data and is an export option from within Cellebrite Physical Analyzer and XRY to provide detailed
visual output of geographic information?
A. .plist
B. .kml
C. .xry
D. .ipa
Answer: B
Question: 67
Using an emulator and running an application through a series of processes to figure out how it would behave on an actual device is called:
A. Forensic analysis
B. Dynamic analysis
C. Web analysis
D. Static analysis
Answer: B
Question: 68
An analyst is investigating files on a Nokia S60 Symbian device and looking for data that would contain possible cell tower locations, date and time stamps, phone
numbers and/or references to files saved on the device. Which of the follow files would contain user data that was created and stored on the device that meet this
A. MapView.r08
C. Lifeblog.db
D. PbkView.r03
Answer: C
Question: 69
You have conducted a keyword search over flash.bin and notice that multiple instances of the same data appear many times throughout the flash image. What is this an
example of?
A. Flash Translation Layer (FTL)
B. Logical Block Addressing (LBA)
C. NAND degradation
D. Wear-leveling
Answer: C
Question: 70
Which iOS backup file will contain the last time the device was backed up?
A. notes.sqlite
B. manifest.mbdb
C. status.plist
D. info.plist
Answer: D
Question: 71
Review the information contained within the Viber application running on an Android device. Which of the following can be determined?
A. A. message containing the string 8901260572525158741 was sent using the Viber application.
B. The Viber account used to send/receive messages can be tied to the user in possession of the SIM card with an IMSI of 8901260572525158741
C. The user account for Viber is 8901260572525158741
D. D. The Viber account used to send/receive messages can be tied to the user in possession of the SIM card with an ICCIof 8901260572525158741
Answer: D
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Do you know how often you use your smartphone? I didn’t — until I discovered Apple’s new feature, Screen Time, which tracks usage and sets parameters for how long you use certain apps. When I checked in on myself, I was shocked. Despite regularly “going dark” and taking one day a week “just to think,” my usage was super high. It made me realize I might be an addict, too!

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The scariest part about smartphone addiction is that it can affect our physical and mental health, our relationships and our productivity.  That’s because, just like drug or gambling addictions, smartphones provide an escape from reality.

Humans are, by nature, prone to distraction. With smartphones, we literally have a world of distractions at our fingertips. It’s time to acknowledge that our devices can negatively impact our lives — and we have to make a change.

Your Brain On “Smartphone”

Cell phones used to just be communication tools. Now, they’re GPS, cameras, gaming consoles, health trackers, and the list goes on. We turn to our devices for everything  — from waiting in line at the grocery store or memorizing the news, to filing our taxes or controlling the thermostat. We don’t just use our smartphones for everything — we rely on them.

The brain on “smartphone” is the same as the brain on cocaine: we get an instant high every time our screen lights up with a new notification. It’s all thanks to dopamine, the feel-good chemical that gets released every time you do something you enjoy, like eating your favourite meal or getting a hundred likes on your latest Instagram post. Dopamine reinforces (and motivates) behaviour that makes us feel good and, in turn, can create addiction.

At the same time, having access to a constant flow of information has all but destroyed attention spans: a few years ago, a widely publicized study proved goldfish can focus longer than we can. This increase in ADD-like symptoms has been linked to the overuse of smartphones.

The effects of smartphone addiction don’t stop there; our overuse of technology has completely transformed how we communicate and interact with other people. Instead of getting real face time with the people in our lives, we often hide behind a screen. While technology can be a useful tool for keeping us connected, we have to be careful with when and how we use it.

There’s A Time And A Place

This past summer, I took nine employees on a voluntourism trip to Kenya. We were in the middle of the Maasai Mara and literally had zero access to cell service or the internet. At first, everyone felt anxious and uncomfortable about not being able to check in online. But after a few days, we all realized how rare it is to fully disconnect like that. Going without our smartphones allowed us to connect more with each other and share the experience together.

I’m not saying we should get rid of smartphones and cancel our WiFi. There’s nothing wrong with using the technology available to us. But when our smartphone usage interferes with our health and relationships with others, that’s when it becomes a problem. There’s a time and place to use devices and, more importantly, times to put them away.

Most people are aware of when it’s appropriate (or inappropriate) to use their smartphones, such as in meetings or job interviews, or on a first date. The scary thing is that the majority of those people will use them anyway! That’s where addiction comes into play: they know it’s wrong but they can’t control the compulsion to pick up their phones.

Time For Some Smartphone Rehab

When I was in France with my family earlier this year, I was fascinated by how few cell phones we saw. People have them, of course, but they’re not constantly glued to their screens all day, every day. It’s rare to see someone walking down the street, phone in hand. Technology doesn’t control people’s lives there the same way it does in North America.

It’s been proven that smartphones interfere with productivity, and I agree this is a big issue. But the more critical problem is how they affect our mental health. We need to act now before the toll of smartphone addiction gets even worse.

France seems to be ahead of the game: last month, lawmakers enforced a ban on smartphones in schools. Last year, they gave people the legal right to disconnect from work — no checking emails or taking calls — outside of working hours.

We have a similar program at our company called “going dark.” When people go on vacation, we encourage them to have a colleague change their email password so they won’t even be tempted to check in. I do this every time I go away, too. This practice has done wonders for my mental well being and my productivity when I get back to work.

Where Do We Go From Here?

In North America, there’s constant pressure to be plugged in 24/7 and it’s causing serious health problems. I’m glad to see that companies in the smartphone industry are taking strides to combat problems. But giving people the ability to limit their own usage with programs like Screen Time isn’t enough. It’s the equivalent of telling an alcoholic to lock their liquor cabinet but letting them keep the key.

It’s truly incredible how much smartphones today can do. We all have the choice whether to use that power to our detriment or to our advantage.

Sat, 15 Aug 2020 17:13:00 -0500 Brian Scudamore en text/html
The Key To Modular Smartphones

Cellphone startup Fairphone is now taking pre-orders for their modular smartphone, which is expected to start shipping in December of this year. Although I’m much more familiar with Google’s project Ara, this is the first modular concept to make it to market. It does lead me to a few questions though: is this actually a modular smartphone, and how widely will modular concepts be adopted?

Great in Theory, Questionable in Practice

Camera module concept from Project Ara
Camera module concept from Project Ara

What if I told you that your smartphone camera was user upgradeable? When the next great gigapixel sensor comes out, just pop out that module and pop in a new one. What if the same went for the processor, the screen, or the charging circuitry? Surely everyone wants the USB type-C fast charging that is available in the new Google Nexus Phones.

It sounds great, but the truth is that the majority of smartphone users don’t know what they have anyway. Orienting our modular design thinking to the high-end market is a miscalculation. The people who want the highest specs also want the thinnest, sexiest phones. Those are already slimmed down to the point of insanity — iPhone screws now have imperceptibly different lengths to account for this thinning of design. These tolerances make modularity nearly impossible.


iFixit shows how to replace all of the Nexus 5 "modules"
iFixit shows how to replace all of the Nexus 5 “modules”

You could say that I already have a modular phone. I have a Nexus 5 and I love it so much I decided not to upgrade to the Nexus 5X that was recently released. Instead I purchased a replacement screen (I had a small chip in one corner for 11 months), battery, and back plate. From the outside this makes it a brand new phone and restored my time between recharges. All of the pieces have connectors that allow them to be easily replaced.

What we’re really talking about with modular smartphones are standards that can be used from component to component across all phones. This involves settling on a physical form-factor, and making sure the software can handle each component that is developed. That increases code complexity and makes it harder to squash bugs. This is already an issue with single-manufacturer phones and is unlikely to get better when bringing in modules from different companies.

Currently, Google is working on their own modular standard which includes active data handling in the framework itself. The Fairphone design uses the frame as a substrate with conductors between each slot that don’t actively participate in the way the phone operates.

There is a Customer

midi-tower-pc-case-408x544Thinking back to the personal computer revolution, it’s easy to imagine a similar path for smartphones. We eventually had standards for motherboard mounting systems so that cases could be made to match multiple manufacturers. The same went for expansion cards which adopted ISA and later PCI. The list continues with processor sockets, memory sockets, even the power connectors for everything inside of that beige box.

That last part is of course the main problem. Who wants a beige box for their smartphone? These devices are a status symbol and a fashion statement. The established smartphone market is far too fickle for wide adoption of a modular standard that would make the phones look uniform, boxy, etc. I’m not saying this is impossible to get around, but before you can get around that issue you need to establish modularity as a proven smartphone technology. I think the early adopters of modular smartphones are going to be in the developing world.

Much of the population of the developing world doesn’t have computers, and they’re going to skip them in favor of a smartphone. The original PC revolution put up with beige boxes because they were cheap to get into, and could potentially be upgraded. I think the same will happen with modular smartphones. If you can drop 10% of the cost by having a 640×480 camera module instead of a 4k video sensor you’re making great progress. Especially so if you can later upgrade that camera. The same can be said for the pitiful 8GB of flash that many low-end phones still offer. What these phones lack in visual appeal will be made up for by aftermarket phone cases to protect the investment.

When I was growing up I was the “computer guy” that people knew and looked to for help with their machines. Time and again I’ve ordered memory upgrades for aging machines (all while encouraging the owners to try out Linux and get more out of their aging horsepower). I expect the same phenomenon to develop in the communities of people adopting modular smartphones as their first Internet technology.

Why Would Manufacturers Embrace This?

This is a question I cannot answer. Why would smartphone manufacturers go willingly toward modular design? As far as I can tell there are only disincentives here. It’s not surprising that Fairphone is a startup and not already in the market. Google — who is behind Project Ara — is not a hardware manufacturer. They are an advertising and content delivery company that uses third-parties like LG and Huawei to manufacture their gear.

For modular design to work you need to allow anyone to build modules. This is why I see my current Nexus 5 as having little to differentiate it from how Fairphone works. Google produces components for the Nexus 5, Fairphone produces modules for their handset. Fairphone paid for research and development of the standard and you can bet they’re not going to provide it away for free. If they do allow other manufacturers to make modules there will surely be a licensing fee and this has the potential to drive up the cost and erode the ability for this phone to capture the developing world’s hard-earned cash.

There are some ways around this. Sony and Microsoft have long sold their gaming consoles at losses, only to make up for it with licensing fees for game publishers. Amazon sells their new Kindle Fire Tablet for $50 but you have to pay an additional $13 if you don’t want to see advertising on the home screen. What if one of the hardware modules is the Google Play store, another the Apple Store, and yet a third the Amazon Store? Would these retailers pay a premium to have exclusive access to each phone?

It’s wonderful to see what is going on with these concepts. But for now I see them as phones that are much easier to repair, and may have the capacity to be upgraded. They’re not modular, but with continued decreases in the size and cost of electronic components it’s conceivable that there will be a modular-phone movement — as long as a clear design standard that works like a champ finds wide adoption among manufacturers.

Sat, 29 Apr 2023 12:00:00 -0500 Mike Szczys en-US text/html
Top Security Threats of Smartphones (2022)

You might be surprised by the hidden security threats lurking inside your trusty mobile device.

Our smartphones are always an arm’s length away, but how many of us are wise to the risks of using them? Mobile security threats are on the rise: Mobile devices now account for more than 60 percent of digital fraud, from phishing attacks to stolen passwords. Using our phones for sensitive business such as banking makes security even more essential. “The more you depend on your phone for everyday tasks, the more it will impact you if your device is compromised,” says Randy Pargman, senior director for Binary Defense, a cybersecurity company. That’s also one of the reasons you should never store certain things on your smartphone.

Luckily, you can still use your phone safely by staying informed and taking precautions. To that end, we rounded up this year’s biggest threats to smartphone security, as well as some expert tips that will help you protect yourself, your phone, and your info.

Data leaks

Before installing a new app on your smartphone, you might want to read the fine print. Nearly every smartphone app collects data from your phone, according to Pargman. That info could include your name, date of birth, credit card and bank account information, location history, contact list, photos, and more. “It’s a little scary when you realize just how much of your activity is collected on servers maintained by the app developers,” Pargman says. If those servers are hacked or if a technical error leaves them vulnerable, all of that data can be stolen and used by criminals for fraud. Pargman suggests adjusting the security controls on your device to limit the data collected by each app and thinking twice before downloading any new app that requests a lot of permissions. FYI, if these apps are on your phone, someone may be spying on you.

Open WiFi

Connecting to open WiFi networks that do not require a password or use encryption is convenient when you’re in a pinch. But doing so could allow anyone nearby to easily spy on all of your online activity, Pargman says. Even worse, a cybercriminal can create a phony WiFi hotspot in order to trick users to connect to it and steal their data. For example, instead of going to your bank’s website, the WiFi network could direct you to a page that looks just like it and swipe your password when you try to log in. “The safest approach is to only connect to WiFi access points that you know and trust,” Pargman says. “Don’t just connect to anything you find.” If you really have no choice, make sure you never do these things when using public Wi-Fi.

Phishing attacks

Cybercriminals often use email, text messages, and even voice calls to fool their targets into giving up a password, clicking on a link to obtain malware, or confirming a transaction—a practice known as phishing. “Phishing remains one of the most often-used and successful tricks that cybercriminals use to compromise victims,” Pargman says of this mobile security threat. To avoid falling for a phishing scam, always verify who is contacting you for your personal information. For example, Pargman recommends telling the caller claiming to be your bank that you’ll call back using the bank’s official phone number. You should also delete these texts immediately because they are likely scams.


Beware of apps that promise to monitor the activity of your loved ones and children—in reality, they are spyware that is “designed to allow extremely invasive digital surveillance through a smartphone,” Pargman says. Abusers can use these apps to read texts and emails, track the phone’s location, secretly listen to nearby conversations, and take pictures, among other activities. Even less insidious apps can still collect data about what you do on your smartphone, Pargman says. While making your phone impossible to track can be hard, it’s still quite possible to do it to a certain extent to ensure safety. He suggests avoiding apps that request a lot of permissions or any permission having to do with accessibility. “Those permissions provide apps the ability to read the text in other apps or control other apps—that’s a lot of power that can be abused,” he explains. Watch out for these red flags someone is spying on your computer, too.

Malicious apps

If you think an app is too good to be true, it probably is, according to Pargman. He calls this the Trojan Horse trick: An app may appear to be beneficial—offering free access to something that should cost money—but it actually contains a virus. “People who take the bait and install these malicious apps are often surprised to find that instead of the promised free material they were hoping for, their entire smartphone is locked, or their data is stolen, and they are faced with threats,” Pargman says. Other times, the virus might secretly transfer money to the attacker’s accounts through the phone’s online banking app. “The best cure for these malicious apps is prevention,” notes Pargman. Steer clear of apps that promise free access to premium content, aren’t listed in well-known app stores, and don’t have a history of reviews. These are the apps security experts would never have on their phone.

Apps with weak security

Without strong security standards, many smartphone apps can make your information vulnerable to malicious actors. App developers might use weak encryption algorithms that are easy to hack, or unintentionally share digital “tokens” that allow hackers to impersonate real people online. Unfortunately, there is “very little that the average person can do to know which apps don’t do a good job with security,” according to Pargman. A good guideline is to be smart about the data you want to entrust to each app, he says. While you may feel comfortable allowing an app to save your email address, you should be more cautious about giving an app permission to access your contacts or store sensitive information such as your Social Security Number or date of birth. You can check out these mobile security apps to help protect your information.

Poor password security

More than half of Americans reuse passwords across multiple accounts, a 2019 Google/Harris poll found. Those passwords are catnip for cybercriminals, who can gain access to hundreds of accounts by purchasing massive lists of hacked and leaked passwords on the dark web. To protect your accounts from hackers, Pargman suggests setting up multi-factor authentication, as well as using a password manager app to generate and store unique passwords for every account. “That way, you don’t need to use your pet’s name as your only form of protection to keep your money where it belongs and out of the pockets of thieves,” he says. As you secure your accounts, avoid the password mistakes hackers hope you make.

Out-of-date devices

When was the last time you updated your phone? It may be key to protecting your device against malware and other cyberattacks. Phones that are too old to receive security updates should be replaced, according to Pargman. “Even if it seems to still run, there’s risk in using an old phone that hasn’t received the latest security updates,” he says. You can find out how long your device will be updated by checking the “end of life” or “end of support” date on the manufacturer’s website. Samsung updates devices for up to four years, Apple provides regular updates for iPhones for about five to six years, and Google supports its Pixel line of phones for at least three years. FYI, that’s not the only warning sign it’s time for a new cell phone.

Identity theft

Reports of identity theft have sharply increased in the past few years, with millions of cases detected since March 2020 alone. Recently, thieves have used stolen identities to open new mobile phone accounts, or hijack an existing account and upgrade phones or add phone lines. Victims may receive large bills from their carrier or charges from accounts with other carriers that identity thieves opened without the victims’ knowledge. Secure your mobile phone account by creating a password or PIN with your carrier, which will be required to make any changes to your account in the future. Hackers can also do these scary things with your cellphone number.

How to safeguard your device

In addition to taking specific precautions for each of the mobile security threats listed above, Pargman recommends downloading anti-virus programs for your smartphone. Apps like Norton Security and Antivirus, McAfee Mobile Security, and Kaspersky Antivirus and Security can help to spot malicious apps if they have been installed. You should also make sure to keep your smartphone’s operating system (Android or iOS) up to date at all times, he says. Here are more tips to protect your phone from viruses. Also, learn how to make a private phone call to keep your phone number safe.


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Best Android phones in 2023

If you're shopping for a new smartphone in 2023, it can be hard to sort through all of the options -- which is the best for your family? For parents? For a student on a budget? What about battery life? To help, we've compiled a list of the best phones of 2023 across different categories. Explore this guide to find the smartphone that is best for you. 

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Best Google Pixel phone: Google Pixel 7 Pro (128 GB, unlocked), $800 (reduced from $899)   

Best Samsung Android smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S23, $860 and up

Best budget Android smartphone: Samsung Galaxy A14 5G, $200

With so many excellent smartphone options and new releases to keep up with, it can be challenging to find the best Android smartphone to fit your needs and budget. To help, we've compiled the best Android phones in 2023 and created a buying guide to help you find your next phone.

Keep memorizing to explore the best Android phones in 2023. 

The best Samsung android phones to buy in 2023

Explore the best Android phones in 2023, including the best Google and Samsung phone options.

Samsung Galaxy S23 


The Samsung Galaxy S23 offers a 6.1-inch screen with a dynamic AMOLED display. It features a super smooth 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate in Game Mode. It runs on the Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 mobile platform. It is compatible with wireless charging and includes Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 for a more efficient charge. It is also Samsung's first smartphone made with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 for advanced screen durability.

The S23 features a 50-megapixel wide camera, 10-megapixel telephoto camera, 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera and an upgraded 12-megapixel selfie camera to help you take clear photos.

Samsung Galaxy S23, $860 and up

Samsung Galaxy S23, $800 and up

The Samsung Galaxy S23+ features all of the top-of-the-line features included in the S23 along with a few extras, such as a larger 6.6-inch display screen and longer battery life. 

Samsung Galaxy S23+, $1,000 and up

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra also offers a pro-grade camera. Samsung even filmed the presentations shown during the Samsung Unpacked event with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra to demonstrate the high camera quality. The smartphone's camera can film in 8K at 30 frames per second. It also includes a new 200MP adaptive pixel sensor to easily adapt to different lighting conditions.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, $1,200 and up

Samsung Galaxy S22


Even though it is no longer the latest model in the lineup, the Samsung Galaxy S22 is still one of the best Android smartphone options for 2023. It has a high-quality camera, a durable design and fast charging capabilities. One luxe feature of the Samsung Galaxy S22 is its aluminum-Gorilla Glass construction. It's a protective design that is perfect for those prone to dropping their phones.

Samsung Galaxy S22 (128GB), $700 (reduced from $800)

Samsung Galaxy S22 (128GB), $700 (reduced from $800)

Samsung Galaxy S22 (256GB), $850

The Samsung Galaxy S22+ features all of the top-of-the-line features included in the S22 along with a few extras, such as a larger display screen and larger battery capacity. The S22+ model also comes with an 8K camera -- so you can capture all of your memories in stunning quality.

Samsung Galaxy S22+ (128GB), $789 (reduced from $1,000) 

Samsung Galaxy S22+ (256GB), $903 (reduced from $1,050)

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra features a 6.8-inch screen, compared with the standard S22's 6.1-inch screen. The S22 Ultra also offers a 40MP front camera, compared with the standard 10MP front camera for better selfies. Plus, the back camera is enhanced with a better wide-angle camera and stronger zoom functionality. 

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (128 GB), $800 (reduced from $1,200) 

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (512GB), $1,000 (reduced from $1,400) 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4


The Galaxy Z Flip 4 offers enhanced charging support, an upgraded processor chip and some notable camera upgrades. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 includes two rear cameras -- a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide. The rear cameras convert to front-facing selfie cameras with a flip of the phone. The Galaxy Flip 4's Flexcam camera captures vivid photos at a wide range angles. It also offers a mode to capture better photos at night.

The smartphone features a 6.7-inch foldable display screen with Gorilla Glass Victus Plus. This upgraded Gorilla Glass offers improved scratch resistance and durability. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 supports 25 W wired charging and features 15 W wireless charging support, another upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 (128 GB), $900 (reduced from $1,000)

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 (256 GB), $1,053 (reduced from $1,100)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4


The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 offers a 6.2-inch outer display with a folding design. The Galaxy Fold 4 is also a bit lighter than the previous model and includes a slimmer hinge. 

The smartphone offers a 50-megapixel primary camera, 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera and 10-megapixel telephoto camera on the back. It also includes a 10-megapixel selfie camera on the front. A new taskbar is designed to make multi-tasking easier. The 120 Hz refresh rate supports seamless gaming when in immersive mode (that is, when the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is fully folded out for a flat tablet-like design).

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (512 GB), $1,919

Best Google Pixel Android phones to buy in 2023

Google Pixel smartphones are another popular Android option for 2023. Check out the top Google Pixel phones below.

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Best Buy

The Google Pixel 7 Pro features a 6.7" QHD display with 25% higher peak brightness and a polished aluminum finish. 

The Google Pixel 7 Pro features an enhanced three-camera system. It has a 50-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera and 48-megapixel telephoto camera. The ultra-wide lens is 20% wider than the prior model and offers stronger autofocus. The smartphone includes enhanced zoom capabilities for clearer photos up to a 30x zoom.

Google Pixel 7 Pro (128 GB, unlocked), $799 (reduced from $899)   

Google Pixel 7

Best Buy

The Google Pixel 7 has a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with improved brightness. The device offers up to a 72-hour battery life when using Extreme Battery Saver mode. The Google Pixel 7 includes Google's new Tensor G2 processor for improved performance. The chip provides enhanced voice assistant functionality. 

The Google Pixel 7 includes five years of guaranteed security updates. The device features a protected computing feature to provide Google Pixel users increased data privacy and a built-in VPN.

Google Pixel 7 (128 GB, unlocked), $499 (reduced from $599)

Google Pixel 7a

Google Pixel 7a

The Pixel 7a is marketed to users looking for a more affordable experience. But don't mistake this budget phone for a downgraded version of from last year's Pixel 7. It's actually got some upgrades hiding inside.

Each model comes with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, powered by the same Tensor G2 processor featured in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Its display is crafted from Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and supports 90Hz, which is great news for mobile gamers and folks who love watching their favorite shows and movies on the go.

The Pixel 7a looks to be a great phone for the price, which is about half of what you'd pay for a premium smartphone from a competitor. Whether you're interested in an upgrade to your old Pixel phone or you need a new one, period, this one will serve you well for less.

Google Pixel 7a with $50 gift card, $449 (reduced from $499) 

Best budget Android phones to buy in 2023

Find the best Android phone to fit your budget.

Samsung Galaxy A14 5G 


The Samsung Galaxy A14 5G is the latest addition to Samsung's A-series smartphone lineup. The ultra-affordable Samsung smartphone will feature a 6.6-inch display screen with upgraded FHD+ resolution. It offers 5G connectivity for better performance and minimal lag. At $200, this is the Android phone that will provide you the best value for your money.

The camera also got an upgrade with the Samsung Galaxy A14 5G. The smartphone featurez a 13-megapixel front camera for better selfies. It also includes a triple-lens rear camera system with a 50-megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth camera.

It is available in black with 64GB of storage. Buyers have the option to expand up to 1TB with a microSD card. 

Samsung Galaxy A14 5G, $200

Moto G Stylus


The Moto G Stylus is a great, affordable smartphone option. The Moto G Stylus offers a two-day battery life, making it a smart choice for busy students or professionals. It also features a built-in stylus and a 50 MP camera. 

Moto G Stylus (128 GB), $170 (reduced from $300) 

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G


The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G offers a long-lasting battery, fast performance and expandable storage. It features an intelligent camera with image stabilization to help you take great photos and videos. The phone also includes multi-layered security to keep your device and information secure.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, $350 (reduced from $450)

Your buying guide for the best Android phones in 2023

Still not sure how to pick the best phone for you? Check out our phone buying guide to get answers to your most common smartphone shopping questions.

Which Android phone is best to buy in 2023?

There are several great Android models to choose from in 2023. If you want the latest model with the most advanced tech, consider the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. If you prefer Google's Android phone interface, consider the Google Pixel 7 Pro. The Google Pixel 7 Pro is currently the best Google Pixel phone in terms of specs and features.

Should you buy an iPhone or Android phone?

Choosing between an iPhone and an Android phone is a matter of personal preference. Some people will say that an Android phone is better than an iPhone, while others feel that iPhones are superior. Most people like to stick to one operating system. If you're thinking of switching from one to the other, test out the interface for yourself and see if you like it.

Which Android phone has the best camera? 

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the Android smartphone with the best camera in 2023. It features a 200-megapixel main camera.

How long will an android phone last?

Android smartphones generally last about two to three years -- though, Samsung has designed its latest smartphones for better durability and longer lifespans. Samsung committed to supporting the S23 throughout four years of software updates during the Samsung Unpacked event.

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