Karthik Iyer-

Karthik Iyer

About Karthik Iyer

An evergreen writer at XDA Developers serving up reviews, buying guides, deals, and more on smartphones that you care about. I have over six years of experience in covering smartphones and their companion products. Before joining XDA Developers, I was a senior reviewer at Digit, a popular tech magazine in India. I have an unhealthy relationship with gaming, so you'll either find me yelling at my monitors while playing an online shooter or simply lounging with an open-world RPG in my free time.

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Best Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro deals in 2023

Here are all the best deals on the new Google Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro right now.


The Google Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro are two of the best Android phones you can buy right now. They're not radically different from their predecessors, but Google has retained all the good features of the outgoing models while improving the overall experience. The Pixel 7 series phones are powered by Google's second-generation Tensor chip, and they have a slightly updated design with some fun colorways like Hazel and Lemongrass. If you're interested in buying these new phones in the U.S. and are wondering where to find the best deals, then you've come to the right place.

An image of the Samsung Galaxy A54 in Awesome Violet color resting on a leather mat next to its retail box.

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G: Here's everything you need to know about the new mid-range phone in town

Samsung's new entry in the mid-range Galaxy A-series is now official. Here's everything you need to know before buying the Galaxy A54 5G.


The Galaxy A series has been a heavy-hitter for Samsung for quite some time now, and it has given us some amazing phones in the mid-range segment. It's just as important as the Galaxy S series or the foldable lineup — if not more — for Samsung as it allows the company to establish a strong presence in the mid-range and budget markets. The Galaxy A53 was one of the best mid-range phones to come out of 2022 that ended up making it to many of our recommendations lists here at XDA. But it's time to talk about its successor because the Galaxy A54 5G is now official and is ready to hit the shelves in a couple of weeks.

Gamesir X2 Bluetooth Wireless controller in action

Best game controllers for Android in 2023

Looking to buy a controller for your Android smartphone? Here are the best options to consider right now.


Android has evolved into a platform where you can now play games that are not just Candy Crush re-skins. We're talking first-person shooters (FPS) and fast-paced titles such as Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile, which are full games playable on your smartphone. There's also the entire world of Android emulation that allows users to play games from older consoles.

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Best Intel LGA 1700 motherboards in 2023

If you're looking to buy the best LGA 1700 motherboard for your Alder Lake build, then you'll find some good options in this collection.

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Intel's Alder Lake CPUs are here and they unlock a whole new level of performance and feature set in the silicon space, including support for DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0. As we mentioned in our full review of the Alder Lake processors, these chips require a motherboard with a 600 or 700-series chipset. It also demands a new CPU socket — the LGA 1700, which is exclusive to the 600 and 700-series motherboards. We already have an elaborate list of the best motherboards you can buy right now, but we've narrowed things down further to the best LGA 1700 motherboards with 600 and 700 chipsets.

Best PC power supply units (PSU) in 2023

If you're looking for the best power supply units on the market, then we've got some really good options in this collection for you PC.

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The power supply unit (PSU) plays an incredibly important role inside any desktop PC. It's responsible for taking alternating current (AC) electricity from the connected power outlet, converting it to direct current (DC), and cleaning it up for better system stability. All computer parts support DC, which is what makes the power supply so important since it provides power to all parts. We've compiled a list of the best power supplies for you to use in your next PC build.

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Best Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra cases: 12 picks that we would buy

Protect the big and heavy Galaxy S23 Ultra with the best cases on the market.


During our review of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, it became clear it is the crème de la crème of Samsung's Galaxy S series in 2023. It brings some noteworthy improvements over its predecessor to live up to its Ultra moniker and is already shaping up to become one of the best phones of the year. It's a relatively big phone to carry around, though, and it might take a while for you to get used to it if you're coming from a smaller device. It's also on the expensive side, so you might want to consider buying a case to protect it from accidental drops and scuffs. If you're wondering which ones to buy, then here's a list of the best Galaxy S23 Ultra cases in 2023:

Black OnePlus 10 Pro on white surface with blurred background.

Best OnePlus 10 Pro screen protectors in 2023

Keep the OnePlus 10 Pro's curved screen safe from scratches, cracks, and more by grabbing one of these screen protectors.


The OnePlus 10 Pro isn't the latest phone on the block, but it's still available to purchase and is a solid phone to consider if you don't want to spend top dollars on a flagship. One of the best things about this particular phone is its durability. It sports a Gorilla Glass Victus panel on the front that protects the display from accidental drops and bumps. It is, however, glass at the end of the day, meaning it's bound to get scratched or cracked over time, depending on how clumsy you are.

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Best OnePlus 11 chargers, cables, and accessories in 2023

Make the most out of your new OnePlus phone by pairing it with these accessories.


OnePlus 11 finally stepped out of the Chinese market to become globally available on Feb 7, and you can now pick it up in the U.S. The new flagship comes with improved hardware, including the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, upgraded ultra wide and telephoto lens, and more. It's easily one of the best OnePlus phones we've used to date and is shaping up to be one of the top contenders in our best phones list.

Best Apple Watch Series 8 deals in 2023

Looking to buy an Apple Watch Series 8? Here are the best deals to help you save some money.


The Apple Watch Series 8 belongs to the current crop of smartwatches from the Cupertino tech giant. It was announced alongside the iPhone 14 series at its "Far Out" event in September 2022. We got the Apple Watch Series 8, a more rugged-looking Apple Watch Ultra, and a new affordable model dubbed the Apple Watch SE. All these watches are now up for grabs, and they bring a unique set of features to the table.

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Here's how to customize the homescreen on a Samsung device

Samsung gives you a ton of options to customize the home screen. Here's how you can use them to make your phone stand out.


Customizing the home screen of your Android phone is one of the best and easiest ways to make it stand out from the rest. With so many Galaxy S23 units out in the wild, you can make yours look unique by personalizing and decorating it to your liking with any number of excellent Galaxy S23 cases. But Samsung's One UI skin also packs a ton of useful features and customization options that you won't find on other Android devices. So if you just bought a new Samsung phone and are wondering how to get started, then here are some ways in which you can customize your homescreen experience and take it to the next level. I swear by a lot of these customization options and made sure to set them up during the review of the Galaxy S23. So, I hope they help you improve your homescreen experience as well. Let's dive in!


Best deals on OnePlus 11 in 2023

Browse through the best OnePlus 11 deals and grab your new phone right now!


The OnePlus 11 is one of the first flagships to come out in 2023, and it's now available to purchase in most markets across the globe, including the United States. It's one of the best-performing phones you can buy right now, thanks to the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, and it goes head-to-head with the best Android phones out there.

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I used Samsung's Bixby to answer calls and respond to people, and here's how you can do it too

Samsung's Bixby text call feature can answer calls and respond to people for you. I tried it on my Galaxy S23 and here's how it went.


It's been nearly six years since Samsung introduced us to Bixby — the latest in the long line of Samsung voice assistants. The company's software has evolved a lot over these six years to become one of the main reasons why we love Samsung phones today. Bixby, on the other hand, is yet to reach its final form. I can't say I am a huge fan of Bixby, but I launch it occasionally to see if it has learned some new tricks to catch up with other digital assistants. I stumbled upon the Bixby call text feature this time while setting up and exploring all the settings on my Galaxy S23.

Best PC cases for gamers in 2023

There's no shortage of PC cases for gamers on the market. In this article, we'll be taking a look at the best PC case for gaming in 2023.

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A PC case is more than just an enclosure for the components. It acts as a solid platform for the overall build and plays a huge role in deciding a lot of other factors such as the radiator support for cooling, GPU support, and more. Besides that, a PC case also acts as a statement piece for your desk. If you're spending a ton of money putting together a high-end gaming rig, then why not give it some personality? In this guide, we'll be taking a look at some of the best PC cases for gamers.

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Best thin cases for Samsung Galaxy S23+ in 2023

Want a good case for your Galaxy S23+ but don't want to add too much bulk? Try these thin cases.


Samsung's Galaxy S23 series is now official, and it comes with three new phones that offer flagship specifications and some cool new features. If you don't want to spend top dollar on the top-of-the-line Galaxy S23 Ultra but still want a relatively big screen and faster charging support, then you'll have to pick the Galaxy S23+. It sits between both the regular Galaxy S23 and the Ultra model with a 6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 120Hz display. This new device is protected by Corning's new Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on both the front and the back, but we still recommend using a case if you don't want to deal with scratches and cracks and keep it in a pristine condition.

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Best replacement chargers for Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro in 2023

Did you lose your Galaxy Book 2 Pro charger, or just need a new one? Here are the best replacements available.


The Galaxy Book 2 Pro series of devices are a solid alternative to the Galaxy Book 3 Pro series, which recently launched. Both the Galaxy Book 2 Pro and the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 are great lightweight laptops available in two smaller sizes compared to the Galaxy Book 3 Pro. There's the smaller 13.3-inch variant which is packed with a 63Whr battery, and the bigger 15.6-inch notebooks that come with a 68Whr battery.

Best Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 deals in 2023

Wondering where to get the best price for the new Galaxy Z Flip 4? Check out these deals right now!


Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the Galaxy Z Fold 4 bring some meaningful upgrades over their predecessors. These new foldable devices are already up for grabs, meaning you can now buy them from various retailers and carriers in the US. Like the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung's 2022 clamshell phone also carries the same $1,000 price tag for its base variant. We're glad the company decided to stick with the same pricing for the new phone despite making many improvements. In fact, Samsung offered some excellent pre-order bonuses and trade-in deals at launch, making it even easier to purchase the new Flip 4. But if you missed those deals at launch and are now wondering where to get the best price for the new Galaxy Z Flip 4, you've come to the right place. We've rounded up some of the best places to buy the new Galaxy Z Flip 4 online:

Black colored DDR5 RAM modules

DDR4 vs DDR5 RAM: What's different and which one should you buy?

DDR4 vs DDR5 RAM is one of the most discussed topics in the PC computing space right now. Here's everything you need to know.

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Now that Intel and AMD's latest CPUs both support DDR5, a new era in memory has begun. However, that doesn't mean DDR4 is all in the past. Intel's 12th- and 13th-generation CPUs support DDR4, as do AMD's more affordable Ryzen 5000 CPUs, which are a popular choice for anyone on a budget that's looking for good value.

Best Google Pixel 7 Pro cases in 2023

The Pixel 7 Pro is quite durable but we recommend using a case to protect it from accidental drops and bumps.


Google's new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro come with a slightly updated design compared to the previous-gen Pixel 6 models. You can also purchase them in some fun colorways like Hazel, Snow, Lemongrass, and Obsidian. While you might be tempted to use the new Pixel phones without a case to show off the new colors, we recommend one to protect them from accidental bumps and drops. We've already highlighted some great-looking cases for the Pixel 7 in a separate post. Now it's time to check out some of the best Pixel 7 Pro cases. Let's dive in!

An illustration for Samsung Galaxy S24 series.

Samsung Galaxy S24 wishlist: Here's how I want the Galaxy S series to improve next year

It's never too early for a wishlist, so let's see how Samsung can improve its Galaxy S series flagships.


Samsung's Galaxy S23 series has already made quite the splash in 2023, earning top spots in our collection of the best Android phones of the year. The Galaxy S23 Ultra is easily the best phone in the series, but the regular Galaxy S23 and the Galaxy S23+ have a lot going for them too. The new Galaxy S23 devices turned out better than I thought, but Samsung could have done so much more to blow us away with the Galaxy S23. They ended up playing it a bit safe, leaving plenty of room for improvement once again. This, however, has me excited and hopeful about the Galaxy S24 series, assuming that's what the lineup is called next year.

Best fitness trackers in 2023

From simple trackers to more sophisticated options that double up as a smartwatch, these are the best fitness trackers to buy in 2023.


Fitness trackers have evolved a lot over the years, both in terms of the form factor and functionality. Modern-day fitness trackers are no longer limited to just tracking your daily steps and sleep duration. They've now become reliable tools for helping you get more active on a day-to-day basis, helping you get quality sleep, and even tracking vital metrics like heart rate, oxygen levels, and more. As long as you're ready to find the right product, these fitness trackers can help you achieve all your fitness goals with ease.

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