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The Google Pixel 5 is here, but should you wait for the OnePlus 8T?

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The wait is finally over. The Google Pixel 5 is here! With a more attractive price point than ever before, there’s a lot to like about Google’s latest flagship. However, the Pixel 5 isn’t without competition. The new price puts it right up against more cost-effective brands, including the ever-popular OnePlus.

Value for money has been a cornerstone of the OnePlus ethos for years, while Google is relatively new to the super mid-tier game. But Mountain View is a quick study, building on the success of the affordable Pixel 3a with its new lineup. So, is it worth waiting a few more weeks to see what the Shenzhen brand has in store with the eagerly-awaited OnePlus 8T, or is Google’s phone a safe buy today? Let’s take an early look at the OnePlus 8T vs Google Pixel 5.

Related: The best Google Pixel 5 alternatives

Google Pixel 5: Buy now?

Google is offering its first 5G-ready flagship smartphone with the Pixel 5, but unlike more expensive flagships it is using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G SoC to power the handset — the same chipset found in OnePlus’ budget phone, the OnePlus Nord. The integrated modem and the lower performance point are a boon for battery life and price, but that comes at the cost of peak performance compared to similarly-priced devices. That’s not to say that Google’s flagship is slow; there’s 8GB RAM for smooth multi-tasking. The phone will handle all your day-to-day needs and even most games just fine.

Deep dive: Snapdragon 765G vs Snapdragon 865: How will the Pixel 5 stack up?

What the Pixel 5 lacks in brute power, it makes up for in features. Google includes wireless charging, an IP68 rating, and a great 90Hz display. Let’s not forget three years of Android updates either. That’s pretty much everything that you’d want from a flagship handset, and many brands charge much more for these features. Google has struck a nice balance between performance, features, and price.

The US Pixel 5 model also supports mmWave. This promises even faster 5G data speeds on compatible networks than sub-6GHz 5G. Although this brings the price up a tad to $ 699, it’s a little more expensive than non-US versions of the handset. Still, that’s quite cheap for a mmWave phone.

Google is offering its best in class phone cameras for the most affordable price ever.

Of course, you’re also getting one of the industry’s best smartphone cameras. The formula feels very familiar, with a 12MP main sensor, an 8MP selfie camera, and Google’s software smarts to spruce up the results. The Pixel 5 throws in a new 16MP wide-angle sensor for a little more shooting flexibility, but it’s a considerably more retrained package than the quad-camera setups permeating the market. Still, quality is better than quantity, and the Pixel 5 almost certainly won’t disappoint here.

There’s also software to consider too. Fans of “stock” Android may prefer to pick up the Pixel 5 today. After all, you’re getting the latest Android 11 out of the box and three years of updates. Android 11 includes the new conversation notification, notification history, chat bubbles, a screen recorder, and media control features. Google’s OS is as feature-rich as any other these days.

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OnePlus 8T: Should you wait?

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We might be waiting on the finer details about the OnePlus 8T’s features, but what we can say for certain is that it will be the preferred pick for the performance enthusiast if the leaked specs are correct. The premium-tier Snapdragon 865 trounces the Pixel 5’s Snapdragon 765G in gaming, heavy lifting, and AI scenarios. Day-to-day, there’s unlikely to be much noticeable difference between the phones. Yet, there’s no doubt that the OnePlus 8T will win out where extra performance is concerned.

The 8T tweaks the existing OnePlus 8 formula.

There’s an overkill 12GB RAM model rumored, and OnePlus is also set to offer a 256GB storage option for media lovers, doubling the 128GB maximum storage option from Google. The OnePlus 8T looks set to win hands down here. The phone is also 5G-ready, but likely on with sub-6GHz support, if you’re on a compatible network.

The OnePlus 8T is also confirmed to support 65W wired charging and is rumored to house a bigger 4,500mAh battery. That’s twice as fast as previous 30W Warp Charge implementations. The phone should also have its own FHD+ 120Hz display, but is reportedly missing the wireless charging and IP rating of the OnePlus 8 Pro and Pixel 5. There’s a quad-camera setup on the way, with a 48MP main sensor, 16MP wide-angle, 5MP macro, and a 2MP monochrome lens. This is a very flexible package that offers more options than Google. However, we’ve had some reservations about the overall quality of OnePlus’ camera setups in the past, particularly when it comes to more gimmicky low-resolution cameras.

Read more: OnePlus 8T: All the rumors and everything we know so far

When it comes to software, OnePlus’ much-lauded Oxygen OS has taken a controversial turn recently. OnePlus’ Oxygen OS 11 software is a bit more heavy-handed on the UI tweaks than previous generations. The OS offers some handy new features though. Those include a new always-on display, tweaks to Zen Mode, and dark mode scheduling. Google’s take on Android is far from bare-bones either, but Android enthusiasts may start leaning towards Google’s implementation.

OnePlus 8T vs Google Pixel 5: Should you wait?

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We don’t know exactly how much the OnePlus 8T will cost just yet, but rumors point to a competitive price. One that looks set to see the phone go head to head with the Google Pixel 5.

Rumors point to a €599 ($ 695) entry point for the OnePlus 8T. That’s a smidgen cheaper than the €629 launch price for Google’s Pixel 5, but pretty much the same as the Pixel 5’s $ 699 US price with mmWave in tow. An Amazon Germany listing (now taken down) mentioned a price set at €693.18 (~$ 815) for the more beefy 12GB RAM, 256GB variant of the 8T, which is a bit more expensive. While final and regional pricing may vary by a small amount, these two handsets definitely fall into the same affordable 5G phone category.

Pick OnePlus for raw performance, Pixel for refined software

On paper, the OnePlus 8T should be best placed to cater to performance enthusiasts and will have a speedier 120Hz display too. It’s also expected to offer a more flexible camera setup, more internal storage, and should shave a few dollars off the price tag. However, it’s the Pixel 5 that offers a slightly wider range of features including wireless charging, 5G mmWave in the US, a more refined imaging experience, and perhaps the better software experience too. It’s a very close call between the two, as expected.

The OnePlus 8T looks set to be another very competent handset from OnePlus, but the formula feels very familiar to the OnePlus 8. If you weren’t contemplating a OnePlus handset already, there’s no major reason for fans of Google’s ecosystem to delay any further. Especially after such a long wait for the Google Pixel 5!

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Here are the best HBO miniseries

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The HBO cable TV network has been the home for a ton of acclaimed original TV series. However, many HBO miniseries have generated lots of critical and award-winning TV to watch as well. They include looking back at some of the biggest historical events of all time to some hard-hitting crime dramas, and even a look ahead at a possible future. Here are our picks for the best HBO limited series you can stream now.

Read: Best HBO Max shows

We suggest accessing these series via HBO Max, the new streaming service that has all of HBO’s content, plus a lot more. You can sign up for the service at the link below. It costs $ 14.99 a month but you might be able to get the service for free.

Best HBO miniseries

1. Band of Brothers

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This may be the first great HBO miniseries. Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, who acted and directed Saving Private Ryan, teamed up again to help produce this World War II series for HBO. It’s a richer look at the American foot soldiers of the war, specifically a team of paratroopers who battle it out in Europe just before, during, and after D-Day. Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, and Donnie Wahlberg are some of the main cast members, and you will also see some appearances by Friends’ David Schwimmer and even Jimmy Fallon.

2. Catherine The Great

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Helen Mirren plays the powerful Empress of Russia in this HBO miniseries. The four-part limited series shows her leading the country for over 50 years in the mid-to-late 18th century. Mirren gives a great performance as Catherine, as she rises to become one of the most powerful world leaders of all time.

3. Years and Years

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This series, co-produced with the BBC, first takes place in the very recent past, 2019, as it follows an extended British family. It then moves into the near future, as a highly conservative politician, played by Emma Thompson, rises in the ranks to become the UK Prime Minister. The series shows how her actions, along with rises in technology, influence this British family, with lots of unexpected twists and turns.

4. Chernobyl


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In April 1986, the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, located in the Soviet Union, exploded. This acclaimed HBO limited series examines the reasons behind the worst nuclear plant disaster in history. It also covers the fallout, both literally and metaphorically. As tens of thousands of people get evacuated from the immediate area, the Soviet Union tries to cover up the event. The series shows that the government’s lies about the disaster might have helped in the fall of the Soviet Union a few years later.

5. The Plot Against America

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This HBO miniseries is based on the novel from Phillip Roth. It takes place in the United States in 1940, but in an alternate timeline. In this universe, the famed aviator Charles Lindbergh waged a campaign to run for President against Franklin Roosevelt, and eventually wins. The show, which centers mainly on a Jewish family in New Jersey, examines how it deals with Lindbergh’s rule as he slowly turns America into a fascist state. The HBO limited series stars Winona Ryder and John Turturro.

6. From The Earth To The Moon

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After starring in Apollo 13, Tom Hanks extended his time in space with this 1998 HBO miniseries. This 12-episode series chronicles the history of US space exploration, from the founding of NASA, to the first Apollo missions, all the way to the end with the last manned lunar landing with Apollo 17. Hanks directs the first episode of this series, and wrote or co-wrote several others. There are a ton of well-known actors playing roles in this mini-series, including Tony Goldwyn, Bryan Cranston, Cary Elwes Gary Cole, Sally Field, and many more. It’s perhaps the best TV series to depict the real events of the Apollo space program. 

7. John Adams

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Paul Giamatti plays John Adams in this excellent mini-series. It goes into detail about the life of one of the most important, but perhaps one of the most little known, Founding Fathers of the United States. After helping to form the country, Adams is elected as its second President. The mini-series depicts Adams’s life from just before the American Revolution to his death in 1826. 

8. The Night Of

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This is a dark, grim, and gritty crime drama set in New York City. A Pakistani-American college student, played by Riz Ahmed, is charged with the murder of a young girl. The series takes a brutal look at the criminal justice system, as we see Ahmed’s character trying to prove his innocence. He’s helped with his attorney, played to perfection by John Turturro. 

9. Sharp Objects

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Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, this is another HBO miniseries with a crime and murder theme. Amy Adams plays a newspaper reported in St Louis who returns to her rural hometown. Her stated goal is to report on and look into the unsolved murder of a pre-teen girl, and the disappearance of another girl. in the town. However, she also has to deal with some unresolved family issues of her own.

10. Watchmen


This show has been put on our HBO miniseries list as a bit of a cheat, at least in our eyes. Watchmen is being labeled as an HBO limited series by the cable network itself. However, we are still hopeful that a second season of this show might come down the pike at some point. For now, we are putting this sequel to the classic alternate history-superhero graphic novel on this list. Developed as a sequel to the graphic novel, it is an excellent continuation of the story originally told by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons. It also serves as a look at how racism has and continues to be a major problem in the United States.


That’s our look at the best HBO miniseries you can watch right now. Again, you can stream and view them right now via an HBO Max subscription. You can sign up for it at the link below:

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Staff picks: Here are 11 things Jimmy uses every day

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Here at Android Authority, we have a diverse staff. We come from all over the world and we use all kinds of technology. This staff picks series shows you what tech we use for work, play, and health.

Hello! Jimmy Westenberg here, AA’s resident Star Wars and fitness nerd. Most of the time, you can find me in the background editing just about anything you see on Android Authority, from news to reviews.

I’m not really your average technology user. I like what I like, and by no means do I need the best on the market. Though, I’m happy to spend more money than I’m comfortable with if it means I’m getting a product that will last me years. I’ll spend over $ 100 on a keyboard that I’ll use for hours a day, but save money by building my own standing desk. I also refuse to upgrade my technology just because something is new and improved — you’ll find hints of this throughout the article.

Here are some of the things I use on a daily basis.

Google Pixel 4 XL

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I upgraded to the Pixel 4 XL after my Pixel 2 XL started feeling a little long in the tooth. I don’t totally regret my decision — there’s a lot to like about the 4 XL — but I don’t think the upgrade was entirely necessary.

The main things keeping me on the Pixel 4 XL are the fantastic 90Hz display, the smooth and simple software, and the easy-to-use camera. Those are three of the most important aspects of a phone to me, so I’m overall happy with it.

We all know this phone isn’t perfect. I hate that the battery can’t last me an entire day. And while I like the design overall, I know it’s glass under that smooth matte finish so I’m not totally comfortable using it without a case. The design, oddly enough, is the thing I miss most about my 2 XL.

Jaybird Vista

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I run a lot, so I need comfortable earbuds that can last hours on a single charge. My favorites are the Jaybird Vistas.

These are by no means the best true wireless earbuds out there, but they do score highly on SoundGuys‘ best running earbuds list. The Jaybird smartphone app lets you completely customize the sound of the Vistas, which not many other earbuds offer. They’re also sweat-resistant and come with a nice case. I’ve worn these for over two hours at a time and haven’t experienced any ear pain.

Also read: The best running gear | The best true wireless earbuds

The North Face Lumbar Pack

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I like big phones, but even the smallest phones you can buy nowadays are too big for pockets. Between my wallet, my phone, and my bulky car keys, I said “Enough!” and bought a fanny pack. I literally never leave the house without it.

My pack of choice is The North Face Lumbar Pack. It’s cheap compared to some others you can buy, and it has plenty of room inside. I carry my phone, wallet, keys, earbuds, and some hand sanitizer (because, you know, COVID-19).

Go ahead and call me a dork for wearing a fanny pack. While you’re doing so, just know that my pants are probably more comfortable than yours.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music

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Since reviewing the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music in May 2019, I have yet to take it off my wrist. The battery life is awesome and it has just enough smart features to keep me happy. It’s a really powerful little GPS running watch.

The 245 helped me run my very first half marathon in August 2019, and I’m on track to do another one (but faster!) in July of this year.

You should definitely check out the Forerunner 245 Music if you need a relatively inexpensive running watch.

Casio W-218H digital watch

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When I’m not keeping track of my activity, I’m usually wearing the Casio W-218H. I love this thing. It’s just the right size for my wrist, it’s durable, and most importantly it doesn’t give me smartphone notifications. I don’t like my wrist constantly buzzing throughout the day, especially when I’m at my desk (I get all my notifications sent to my computer anyway). So, a simple Casio watch is my favorite smartwatch alternative.

Google Nest Hub

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The Google Nest Hub (formerly Google Home Hub) might be the best smart photo frame you can buy. I keep it on my desk, right next to my main monitor, and ask it questions (mostly about the weather) and stare at old pictures cycling through throughout the day. It gets pretty loud too, so it acts as a decent music player in a pinch.

Especially at a discounted price, the Nest Hub is basically an insta-buy.

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The North Face Borealis backpack

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I think I’m one of the only people on the AA staff that doesn’t carry a Peak Design Everyday Backpack. For me, a good outdoor backpack does the trick, and the North Face Borealis Backpack is one of the best I’ve used.

It’s comfortable to wear around during trade shows and longer hikes, and there are plenty of big pockets to store battery packs, computers, and the like. It’s also inexpensive at under $ 100.

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Logitech Easy-Switch K811 keyboard

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When my old Apple keyboard stopped working, it was the excuse I needed to justify buying the Logitech Easy-Switch Keyboard. It offers exactly what I need in a keyboard.

It’s compact, has a backlight, and can connect to three different Bluetooth devices like a laptop, tablet, and smartphone. I wish this version had a number pad, but oh well. It’s not really officially available anymore, and you shouldn’t buy it from Amazon for $ 300 (I think I paid ~$ 90 or so for mine). 

The Logitech K780 is probably the best alternative to the K811. It’s a similar price and it has a number pad!

Homemade standing desk

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Jimmy’s standing desk — please excuse the poor cable management!

This one’s a little out there. I built myself a standing desk a few years ago and absolutely love it.

Why not just buy one? Because that costs money. If you’ve never looked them up, standing desks aren’t cheap. The models that are cheap still aren’t very cheap (~$ 250 from Ikea) and are made with cheap particleboard. Screw that. I needed something inexpensive that would last me for years on end.

So, I got to work.

I ended up following Taylor Martin’s instructions from his MOD YouTube channel. I used different measurements because my desktop was a different size, but that tutorial helped me get 90 percent of the way there. I spent about $ 70 on my desk and I couldn’t be happier.

A few of my desk essentials:

Topo by Ergodriven standing desk mat

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This standing desk mat is a bit on the pricey side, but to me it’s totally worth it. When you’re spending over nine hours a day at a standing desk, you need something to keep your legs from wearing out.

Many of the inexpensive standing desk mats on Amazon just offer a flat sheet of foam, but the Topo by Ergodriven mat gives you different terrain levels to keep you moving throughout the day.

I couldn’t work without this thing. It’s well worth the $ 100 price tag.


Google Pixelbook

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The Google Pixelbook is a fantastic machine. I love Chrome OS, and I love the design of this laptop. I don’t necessarily love the price tag, though you can pick up a refurbished model for around $ 699 nowadays.

I’m still not at the point where I can use Chrome OS as my daily laptop OS, but I’m close. Photoshop and Lightroom are just too powerful on macOS for me to be able to switch.

The original Pixelbook is getting a little old at this point, and I think it’s still a worthy computer. However, the Pixelbook Go might be your best bet for buying a Google-made Chrome OS device in 2020.

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