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14
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Google Pixel 5 review: new phone, old tricks

The amount of effort Google seems to put into its Pixel phones while simultaneously ensuring that they look and feel mundane never ceases to astonish me. The new Pixel 5 is the epitome of this trend, though it’s been present since the beginning.

The Pixel 5 is unassuming. Instead of pushing the state of the art forward, Google has seemingly retreated to simpler, more reliable, and less expensive technology. The Pixel 4 had face unlock, squeezable sides, and a literal radar chip. The Pixel 5 has a simple rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that harkens back to Android phones from 2018, not 2020.

And yet, it’s still a very good phone for $699. It’s not impressive or flashy. By spending just a little (or a lot) more money, you can get better specs, larger camera arrays, prettier screens, and fancier designs. The Pixel 5 is trying to sell something else, sometimes to a fault:

Simplicity.

The Google Pixel 5 in “Sorta Sage” green

The Google Pixel 5 in “sorta sage” green.

Pixel 5 hardware design

Here are words I’ve used to describe Pixel hardware in past reviews, all of which apply to the Pixel 5: utilitarian, humdrum, unassuming, and premium. That last one seems like it doesn’t fit, but once you hold the Pixel 5, you’ll feel it. There’s so little hardware flash that it can be easy to miss some of the design substance.

The Pixel 5 has a 6-inch OLED screen, rounded on the corners and interrupted only by a (somewhat large) hole punch for the selfie camera. There’s no XL version with a bigger screen, which might annoy some

04
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Tips and tricks to shop Amazon Prime Day 2020 in Canada

For more Prime Day sales, deals and must-haves, check out all of our coverage here.

Use these tips and tricks to make the most of Amazon Canada's Prime Day 2020.
Use these tips and tricks to make the most of Amazon Canada’s Prime Day 2020.

Prime Day 2020 is just days away, and for the second year in a row, Amazon Canada Prime members around the world have 48-hour access to more than a million exclusive deals and top products for the holiday season including toys, TVs, electronics, fashion, beauty, kitchen and home.

As we eagerly countdown the days until the official kickoff of Amazon’s biggest shopping event of the year, Prime members can already shop early offers and deals every day leading up to Prime Day on Oct.13 to 14.

This year’s early Prime Day deals include mega-savings on Amazon devices like the Echo Dot, unlimited access to tens of millions of songs with Amazon Music for just $0.99, gift card bonuses with Prime Video, savings of up to 20 per cent off on select smart home products, $30 when you spend $150 on select Bosch tools, savings on Zinus Mattress favourites, up to 20% on select smart home products, $30 when you spend $150 on select Bosch tools, and so much more.

ALSO SEE: When is Amazon Prime Day 2020 in Canada?

As we expect this year’s Prime Day to be just as successful as the last, we’re anticipating new deals launching every five minutes. And because we consider ourselves shopping experts, we’re circling back to our Prime Day notes from last year for a little refresher to help you score the best deals before they sell out.

Below are shopping tips from Cem Sibay, former Vice President of Amazon Prime Day and current Vice President of Amazon, on how to shop Prime Day like a pro.

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