Between foldable smartphones just like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5, the Pixel Fold, and the OnePlus Open, it’s simple to neglect the Motorola Razr Plus exists. The flip telephone is a throwback to Motorola’s roots, solely the sharp-edged quantity pad departs to make room for the 6.9-inch OLED show that greets you when opening it. (You may nonetheless journey the nostalgic wave with a software-based dialer resembling the traditional design.) Due to a steep 45 % low cost at Woot that’s solely round for the following couple of days (or whereas provides final), you should buy the most recent Razr Plus in black for simply $549.99 ($450 off). That worth is even cheaper than the $699.99 base mannequin and about $150 cheaper than we’ve seen at different retailers throughout final 12 months’s vacation gross sales.
Initially launched in 2023, the Motorola Razr Plus is beginning to fall behind the pack by way of processing energy with its Snapdragon Eight Plus Gen 1 and 8GB of RAM, however that equipment remains to be lots to run Android 13 in the event you don’t fancy your self an influence consumer. The three.6-inch cowl show is bigger and extra helpful on this premium rendition in comparison with different telephones within the lineup, and The Verge’s Allison Johnson discovered it joyful to make use of regardless of falling in need of the Z Flip 5’s wits. She was on the fence concerning its unique $999.99 asking worth, however its shortcomings are way more forgivable at this approachable worth.
Amazon’s third-gen Echo Present 8 launched final 12 months with pace enhancements and richer sound high quality with spatial audio, but in addition an even bigger price ticket. The latter blight is nonexistent in the present day, nonetheless, as Amazon, Finest Purchase, and The House Depot have it right down to $89.99 ($60 off), which is the bottom worth we’ve seen and $15 cheaper than the sale worth we noticed throughout Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
You possibly can purchase one solely as a bourgeois Alexa speaker with an immensely useful sensible show to assist your queries, however you’ll get essentially the most out of it as a sensible house controller. Amazon in-built a full suite of interoperable protocols that assist gadgets converse to one another, together with Matter, Zigbee, and Thread. You may set as much as 4 major widgets to manage your most important sensible house devices with one contact, and others are simply accessible by means of an intuitive consumer expertise. The Verge’s resident sensible house knowledgeable Jennifer Pattison Tuohy says it’s “nonetheless the sensible show to beat,” although we’d admire much less bloatware and extra video choices.