Newest iPhones, Android Devices Hit the Market​

Vivid displays, professional cameras and other impressive display and performance features attract a lot of attention on the latest generation of top-of-the-line smartphones.

Whether you’re a techie or not, you have to admit that taking a decent photo has never been easier, phones have never been faster and you might at least be toying with buying something new. But with prices starting at $599 and going up from there, deciding which phone best suits your needs and lifestyle is key.

The latest features for iPhones and Androids

Apple. Apple, which had about 55 percent of the cellphone market in the US as of September, was betting on security with its iPhone 14-series models debuting in the same month for upwards of $799. The Emergency SOS feature, which lets you call for help via satellite when cellular and Wi-Fi are unavailable, is a potential lifesaver.

So does the phone’s ability to detect a serious car accident and automatically call for help if the driver or passengers don’t respond, a feature that’s been available on Google Pixel Android phones for a while. Of course, this feature is one you’ll hope never to use, but it’s definitely a sign of the future.

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Apple also beefed up the processor in the pricey iPhone 14 Pro devices, replacing the oval “notch” at the top of the display on other iPhones with a clever new way of presenting notifications called Dynamic Island.

Google. Among the features that might lure people to Google’s new $599 Pixel 7 or $899 Pixel 7 Pro Android smartphones is an exclusive tool called Photo Unblur. It might not always work perfectly, but it can automatically sharpen your fuzziest photos as well as those taken with other devices.

Another attractive Pixel feature for the visually impaired is the new Guided Frame, which uses audible cues and vibrations to help you snap a selfie.

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When calling certain toll-free numbers with the Pixel, you may see wait times on the call button before you tap it. When you make a call, transcribed menu options for various companies appear on the screen before being spoken. For example, if you’re calling Home Depot, you’ll see an option you can tap: “If you’re calling about a major home appliance, press 1.”

And Google added an opt-in pixel bedtime cough and snore detection feature to help you better understand why you’re or aren’t sleeping well.

Samsung. People fascinated by unconventional hardware designs might want to take a look at a foldable Android phone. If budget allows, they might be willing to afford the Galaxy Z Fold 4 that Samsung unveiled in August.

In its rolled-up position, the phone features a small, tablet-sized 7.6-inch display, the largest available smartphone screen. The screen can make work easier when you need to multitask. When folded, it fits in your pocket.

But the phone comes at a high price. The Fold 4 costs around $1,800, about three times the price of the Pixel 7 and twice the price of some new iPhones. And iPhones aren’t known for being cheap.

Options to make smartphones more affordable

If you need a new phone but are on a tight budget, you can reduce sticker shock by trading in an older phone or extending payments to 24 to 30 months. You can also seek excellent, feature-packed smartphones at slightly lower prices by considering models from reliable brands like Motorola, OnePlus, and TCL. Samsung also sells mid-range models.


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