The iOS 11.1 update doesn’t have an official release date, but there’s a good chance it’ll touch down for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users in a few short weeks.
Apple continues to refine its iOS 11.1 update as we push through the fall.
The first iOS 11.1 beta came with some small tweaks and changes, but the second iOS 11.1 beta delivered new and redesigned emojis for the iOS keyboard. Apple employees are also testing the company’s upcoming Apple Pay Cash solution with the iOS 11.1 beta.
Apple recently released its third beta with improvements to iOS 11’s first milestone upgrade. With every beta release we get closer to the official iOS 11.1 release date.
The iOS 11.1 update is making progress which means you iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users can, and probably should, start shifting your attention from iOS 11.0.3 to the first major update to iOS 11. The emojis are exciting, sure, but iOS 11.1 should deliver a nice list of tweaks and bug fixes for lingering iOS 11 problems.
What’s the best iPhone X color to buy? A lot of it comes down to which color looks best, but there are a few factors that can help you make the decision on which iPhone color to buy for the new iPhone X.
Apple only offers two iPhone X colors, and while there is some chatter over a gold iPhone X listing from China, you shouldn’t plan on getting this color unless you are going to wait for a spring Apple event where the company might announce an iPhone SE 2 and new iPhone X colors.
If you plan to buy the iPhone X in October or November, you will need to decide which of the two iPhone x colors looks best to you.
iPhone X Colors
Unlike the iPhone 8 color options, there is one huge difference thanks to the iPhone X’s new nearly bezel-less design. The front of the iPhone X is almost all screen, and where the screen ends you see a little bit of black and the stainless steel band that runs on the edge. This is the same on the Silver and Space Gray iPhone X.
With this in mind there is no iPhone X color that is better for watching movies. Typically we tell people to buy an iPhone with a black front that looks similar to the black on the edges of your HDTV, but in this case both fronts are black and the bezels are super thin.
Most Stylish iPhone X Color
If you want the most fashionable iPhone X color option, go with Silver. This is the lightest option and it will pick up the colors in your clothing or accessories as the light reflects off the back of the phone.
There’s nothing wrong with the Space Gray color when it comes to looking good, but we think that Silver is the best bet for fashion focused buyers.
Best iPhone X Color If Scratches Worry You
The iPhone X and iPhone 8 use the same glass back. If you are worried about the iPhone X glass back scratching and showing scratches over time, you will want to go with the Silver color.
Lighter colors don’t show scratches as much as the a darker color like black. The good news is the glass back on the iPhone X and iPhone 8 resist scratches better than the back of the iPhone 7 backs.
Should I Worry About Fading iPhone X Colors?
While we haven’t had the iPhone 8 long enough to test if there will be color fading under the glass, we don’t expect either of the iPhone X color options to fade or to wear over time like aluminum can.
In the past we’ve seen users who don’t clean the iPhone often enough tarnish the aluminum finish on the iPhone back. We don’t expect that will be an issue with the glass back and with either iPhone X color option.
iPhone X Colors in Cases
If you plan to get a clear iPhone X case or you care about the color that shows through around the camera while using a case, you should consider what colors your case will be.
We’re seeing way more clear iPhone X cases this year and clear cases with text on them. If you have a specific case in mind, check out the sample photos online and see what the case looks like with the iPhone X in it.
Most iPhone X cases will cover up the color almost completely, which means the color you pick is less important than it used to be.
Which iPhone X Color Should I Buy?
With only two options to choose from, the iPhone x color you pick isn’t as important as it was in the past, but it is still something you need to think about. This is especially important if you use your iPhone X without a case. Instead of waiting for a rose gold iPhone X, you might be better off buying a silver iPhone X and a rose gold iPhone X case.
If you want an iPhone X color that will reflect the colors around it and is likely to show less scratches, go with the Silver option. If you prefer the darker look of Space Gray, and you are quick to order, go that route.
Space gray is the most popular choice among Gotta Be Mobile readers for the iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8. Rose Gold was slightly more popular for the iPhone 6s.
The iPhone X is going to be tough to find in stock at least through Christmas. This is how to buy the iPhone X, or iPhone 10, so that you get one as fast as possible. We’ll walk through how to pre-order the iPhone X, but you should also study up on the iPhone X pre-order tips that we’ve put together from years of ordering iPhones.
Once you walk through the whole set of tips to figure out what carrier you want, storage size you need and what color to buy you’re ready to go. There are three ways to buy the iPhone X on day one.
At this point you should plan to pre-order, since there is no guarantee that you will find any stock in stores on the iPhone X release date in November unless you pre-order for in-store pickup. We have heard that some stores plan to open early, like they did for the iPhone 8 release day, so there is potential for some in store stock.
You can buy the iPhone X from Apple, from your carrier or from a retailer like Best Buy. We expect that you will have the best luck buying directly from Apple. If you go that route, you will be able to buy on most carrier payment plans. The good news is that you can go through the steps of buying the iPhone X right now from Apple.
1. Open the Apple App or go to the Apple website.
2. Click or tap on iPhone X.
3. Chose Replace this iPhone or Buy a New iPhone.
4. Pick the Color, Storage and how you want to pay for the iPhone X.
5. Tap on the Heart in the upper right if you are doing this before pre-orders start.
6. When sales are live tap or click on continue and then pay for your iPhone or complete the carrier payment information.
This is all you need to do to buy the iPhone X through the Apple Store. You can use your carrier app, the carrier website or Best Buy’s website to buy the iPhone X through that retailer.
If you save your iPhone X as a favorite, you can go to your account when the sales start, tap on the iPhone in your favorites and it will take you directly to that option you want, the carrier and payment method. This way, all you need to do is tap on Continue and buy your iPhone X. This will save you precious time when the app and the website are overloaded.
10 Best iPhone X Cases
x-doria Defense Lux iPhone X Case
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The x-doria Defense Lux iPhone X case is amazing. This case looks great, feels awesome and offers military grade drop protection without adding much bulk.
We love the look of this case in Ballistic Nylon and Black Carbon on the iPhone X. These cases not only offer a cool look, but the back is actually textured like the material listed. The Ballistic Nylon case has a soft, but grippy feel to the back just like you'd expect from looking at it. The Black Carbon feels like textured carbon fiber and looks awesome.
x-doria designed this case to protect your phone from drops up to 10 feet on concrete and there is . sound channel to direct the speaker towards you instead of straight out the bottom. The raised edge keeps the screen safe when setting the pone face down on a table.
The 2017 Kia Sorento is an excellent mid-size SUV that includes great technology features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, new safety features like adaptive headlights and a long warranty.
You can buy the Kia Sorento in a five passenger or seven passenger setup with a third row. The Sorento is available with three engine options and available in front wheel or all wheel drive. Kia gave the mid-size SUV a major redesign in 2016 and it still delivers a modern, appealing look.
The 2017 Kia Sorento received a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The Autonomous Emergency Braking is rated Superior by IIHS, with great performance stopping the car at low speeds and at high speeds.
The 2017 Sorento starts at $25,600 and is available in seven trim levels up to a starting price of $44,100 for the SXL V6. We tested the 2017 Kia Sorento SXL V6 with AWD priced at $46,980 with Snow White Pearl Paint, metallic Nappa leather and destination charges.
2017 Kia Sorrento Review
The 2017 Kia Sorento is an excellent mid-size SUV that hits all the right spots. You'll find Apple CarPlay & Android Auto as well as handy safety features.
Modern looks and soft touch interior.
Smart tech features including CarPlay & Android Auto.
Safety teatures and Smart Cruise Control.
Quiet interior with optional third row.
Tow up to 5,000 pounds with AWD models.
You Won't Like
Limited options on base models.
Expensive to add safety and tech options to lower trim levels.
The 2017 Kia Sorento handles very nicely. It’s something you can easily drive around the city hauling kids or cargo, or take a longer trip in. The V6 is plenty powerful for this mid-size SUV. The high-end engine option delivers enough acceleration to easily merge onto the highway and zip into an opening in traffic around town.
Even with larger wheels on the higher trim levels, the ride is smooth and pretty quiet on the EX trim and up, which include a sound reducing windshield. You can choose from three drive modes: Normal, Sport and Eco. These change the shift points and steering. We could feel the changes in shifting, but not much change in steering. The SX and SXL trim levels use a different steering system than the lower trim levels.
There are three engine options, from a 2.4L four-cylinder on the L and LX to the 2.0 L turbocharged four cylinder engine on the EX 2.0T and the 3.3L V6 that is an option on the LX and EX and standard on the SX and SX Limited. We tested the SX Limited (SXL) with the V6 that delivers 19 MPG combined (17mpg city and 23mpg highway).
If you need to haul a small trailer or other gear, the front wheel drive Sorento is rated for 3,500 pounds while the all wheel drive models can haul 5,000 pounds.
2017 Kia Sorento Design
The 2017 Kia Sorento carries over the looks from the 2016 model. It’s a visually appealing model with a nice grille that doesn’t draw too much attention to this mid-size SUV. If you are looking for a modern mid-size SUV, with good looks and an upgraded interior, the SXL trim level is an SUV you need to test drive. When you approach the car with the key in your pocket, the mirrors fold out and exterior lighting turns on. On select models you’ll find a hands free smart powergate that can open easily when you are behind the vehicle with the key in your pocket.
We like that most of the interior is covered in soft touch materials and textured so it’s pleasing to touch. The SXL trim level comes in at $45,000 and the interior certainly feels like it’s designed for a vehicle in that price range. The dash looks modern and controls are laid out in a very nice way, so that everything you need to do is right where you expect it.
The front seats are quite comfortable and the second row offers good legroom for passengers. The middle row includes a fold down center console with cupholders and there are charging points available for the second row. Kia also includes built-in window shades for the second row. You can recline these seats slightly and they fold down for more cargo area. The third row provides seating for up to seven in the vehicle, but you’re limited to kids or very small adults in this section. There are vents and controls for the third row AC on the EX V6 and up. Access to the third row is good and you still have room to haul groceries with the third row in use. You can fold this down for more cargo area.
In the cargo area there are a few tie down points, clips to keep the third row seat belts from getting in the way and handy releases to lower the seats from the back of the vehicle.
2017 Kia Sorento Tech
Kia offers a range of technology and safety features across the seven trim levels. We recommend buyers at least upgrade to the LX and add the Convenience package so they have UVO services plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This is an option on the LX and LX V6 and standard on the EX and EX V6. The SX and SXL come with a larger 8-inch screen and an Infinity 10 speaker system with subwoofer.
We tested the 8-inch touch screen and found it looked very nice and was very responsive to touch. The speakers sound good, with the upgraded sound system. You can connect your phone with Bluetooth or Aux on any of the trim levels. Calls sound good on this system. We like the option to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for calls, music, audiobooks and navigation.
2.1amp USB ports are available on all models from the LX up, which can charge your phones without the need for a car charger. There are 12V outlets on all models and there is even a 110 V power inverter as an option on the EX and EX V6 and standard on SX and SXL which allows you to charge a laptop or other standard plug device.
2017 Kia Sorento Safety
A rear view camera is standard on all trim levels LX and up. With the SLX you get a surround view monitor that gives you a bird’s-eye view of your car so you can maneuver out of spots easier. An available Blind Spot monitoring system and rear cross traffic alert make you a more confident driver. You get alerts while backing out of parking spots and changing lanes on the highway.
The Advanced Smart Cruise Control system is standard on the SXL and an option on the LX through SX V6. This lets you set your top speed and keeps you in the flow of traffic if the people in front of you are going slower. This feature is a must have for road trips. Combined with the Autonomous Emergency Braking it’s a good reason to opt for the Advanced Technologies package. Smart braking can stop the car when it senses a crash that you aren’t going to respond to. This earned high marks at low and high speeds.
You Need These 10 Must Have Car Features: Find Out Why
Smart Cruise Control
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Do you hate constantly adjusting your cruise control, or giving up on cruise control because of traffic or due to a driver in front of you who keeps changing speed? You need a smart cruise control system.
Smart cruise control goes by many different names. You may see it listed as Radar Cruise, Adaptive Cruise or Intelligent Cruise control. Whatever it is called, it will allow you to set your cruise control and then stay with the flow of slower traffic.
Here's why we love it and why you need it. You get on the highway and set the cruise at 76 miles per hour. You also set the distance you want kept between you and the car in front of you. There are typically three or four settings so you can be close or keep a lot of space. Now you simply steer and your car will go 76 mile per hour when traffic allows it or there is no one in front of you. When someone is in front of you going 73 mph, the car automatically slows down to keep you the distance you choose from that car. This is indispensable in traffic and on long road trips.
Not all smart cruise control systems are the same. Some of work at all speeds, while others only work above a specific limit. Some systems can bring you to a complete stop in traffic and then restart without you needing to touch a pedal.
You can find adaptive cruise control on cars as cheap as $18,500 like the Toyota Corolla, and as an option on many cars below $30,000. Even on pricier cars you may need a higher trim level or special package to get this feature.
With the new Google Pixel 2 XL finally here potential buyers are weighing all of their options. Including upgrading from the Nexus 6P, Google’s last big-screen smartphone. If you passed on the original Pixel XL and are considering an upgrade, here’s how the Pixel 2 XL compares to the Nexus 6P.
Both of these phones have plenty of neat features, along with big screens and stock Android. That said, there are some major differences between the two considering the Nexus 6P is two years old.
In this post, we’ll go over everything you need to know about each device. What is similar, like dual front-facing speakers, what makes them different, and if the Pixel 2 XL upgrades are worth the higher price tag.
If you’re like me, you don’t upgrade to a new phone every single year. And even if you do, some skipped the Pixel XL because it was impossible to buy for months on end. Or because some of the features and changes weren’t big enough to convince you to switch.
Well, now the Nexus 6P is two years old. If you didn’t see enough to warrant an upgrade, we recommend looking again. That’s because some major changes took place over the last two years. The Pixel 2 XL is made by Google “inside and out” and they put a lot more focus into it than Nexus devices. Google went back to dual front-facing speakers for the Pixel 2 XL, the camera is better, and you get a bigger screen in a smaller package.
Most who bought the Nexus 6P did for a few different reasons. It runs stock Android, had great sound, the camera was decent, and because it was a Nexus phone. Take everything you love about the Nexus 6P and put it in a better package, and that’s the Pixel 2 XL.
The Nexus 6P is still a great phone, but it’s getting a little old and does have a few cons. Our information below breaks down all of the changes, upgrades, and new features. If you’re still on the fence, here’s how the two stack up against each other and what you’ll get from Google’s latest and greatest.
Pixel 2 XL vs Nexus 6P: Display
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First things first, we need to talk about the display. The Nexus 6P was the last big-screen smartphone from Google. Even the Pixel XL from 2016 only had a 5.5-inch screen. A lot of users love the Nexus 6P because it had a huge 5.7-inch screen.
However, that is a fairly standard screen size on Android smartphones here in 2017.
If you're interested in getting a phone with a big screen, so you skipped the Pixel XL, consider the new Pixel 2 XL. It has a giant 6-inch Quad-HD OLED screen that looks great. It's bigger than the Nexus 6P, has a slightly higher resolution, it's more durable, and you'll love the rounded edges of the actual screen.
Google is using an LG-made P-OLED display on the new Pixel 2 XL, so you'll enjoy excellent colors, vibrant videos, and the new Always-On Display feature is a nice touch.