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OnePlus Nord 2: A great 5G phone for an affordable £399 starting price – CNET

The OnePlus Nord 2, also called the “flagship killer,” has some impressive specs and performs well all round.  Andrew Hoyle/CNET OnePlus calls its brand-new Nord 2 the “flagship killer,” and I get why. This phone has impressive specs, performs well and when paired with a reasonable starting price (only £399 here in the UK), it’s…

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OnePlus calls its brand-new Nord 2 the “flagship killer,” and I get why. This phone has impressive specs, performs well and when paired with a reasonable starting price (only £399 here in the UK), it’s designed to offer everything you’d need from a phone without emptying your bank account. A powerful processor, a solid dual rear camera setup, 5G connectivity, super fast charging — and it’s not bad to look at either. The phone became available for purchase yesterday for those living in continental Europe, the UK and India.Read more: OnePlus Nord 2 vs. Nord vs. Nord CE vs. OnePlus 9: Comparing OnePlus’ latest phonesLike the previous Nord — and the cheaper Nord CE, launched just a few weeks back — the Nord 2 will not be on sale in the US. It’s destined for the UK and wider Europe, where it’ll cost £399 for the version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or £469 with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For reference, £399 converts to about $540 or AU$740. But no, it doesn’t really “kill” any flagships. It’s not as powerful as a “true” flagship like the iPhone 12 Pro Max or S21 Ultra, nor will its camera skills attract the world’s most demanding photographers. The flagship that I feel is most at risk is OnePlus’s own 9 series, which shares many features with the Nord 2, yet has a much higher starting price of £629 ($729). 

I’ve spent a short amount of time with the Nord 2 ahead of its unveiling, and here are the five things I like most about it. A powerful MediaTek processor  OnePlus has typically used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line of processors for its phones but it went with MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200-AI chip for the Nord 2. You’ll notice absolutely no difference in use — it’s the same as any other Android phone — but you will notice that it’s surprisingly powerful for the price.  While it’s not up there with the iPhone 12 Pro Max in terms of benchmarks, it did beat the Pixel 5 and wasn’t far below the more expensive OnePlus 9. It’s certainly powerful enough for gaming, photo editing and video streaming and navigating around the Android 11 interface is smooth and stutter free. The OnePlus Nord 2 houses a powerful processor, a dual rear camera setup, 5G connectivity and super fast charging. 
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Android 11 software The Nord 2 runs Android 11 at its core, over which OnePlus has slapped its usual Oxygen software. I really like OnePlus’s software as it’s neat, easy to use and doesn’t try and load the phone up with too many bundled services and bloatware. As a result, the phone remains nippy and trouble-free for longer. It’s particularly important on lower and midrange phones that might not cope as well with being bogged down by services. The result here is a phone with smooth performance that I expect to remain for some time to come.  OnePlus says it’s guaranteed to get at least two years of Android upgrades — so an update to Android 12 this fall and Android 13 next year is a given — with an additional year of security updates after that.  The OnePlus Nord 2 runs Android 11 software. 
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Incredible fast charging The Nord 2 has the same 65-watt fast charging seen on the OnePlus 9 series and it’s amazing. It’ll take the phone from empty to full in only about 30 minutes, which makes it amazing for giving it a quick boost before you head out from home. The 4,500-mAh battery should still give you a day of use from a charge, but when you can recharge so quickly, battery life becomes somewhat less of an issue. Even better is that a 65-watt fast charger comes in the box, so you don’t need to scour Amazon for one. What the phone doesn’t have is wireless charging, but I don’t see that as a particular problem.  The OnePlus Nord 2 has speedy charging with 65-watt support.
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Vibrant, sharp display The Nord 2’s display measures 6.43 inches and boasts a resolution of 2,400×1,080 pixels, which is sufficient to make tiny text look nice and sharp. It’s an AMOLED panel, making it extremely vibrant too: great for videos, photos or playing whatever colorful game is currently making the rounds on the Google Play Store. It has a 90Hz refresh rate which is a touch lower than the 120Hz of the OnePlus 9 series, but I doubt you’d be able to tell any real difference in day-to-day use. It’s silky smooth when scrolling around the interface, but you can also turn it down to a more regular 60Hz, which will apparently help save battery life.  The main cameras on the OnePlus Nord 2 are a 50-megapixel lens combined with a 8-megapixel super-wide lens.
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Decent rear cameras We haven’t done our full suite of camera tests yet, but what we’ve seen from the cameras so far looks good. The main sensor is a 50-megapixel affair — the same one seen in the OnePlus 9’s ultrawide camera. Outdoor images look well-exposed, with plenty of detail and natural-looking colors.  OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera test, standard lens.
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OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera test, standard lens.
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OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera test, super-wide lens.
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OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera test, standard lens with 2x digital zoom.
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The 8-megapixel super-wide lens is noticeably less detailed, but it too seems capable of capturing good-looking outdoor images. There’s an on-screen option for 2x zoom but there isn’t a zoom lens, so that 2x is based on digitally cropping the shot. Results still look good, but it’s worth keeping in mind that you won’t get maximum quality doing this.  There’s also technically a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor, which is totally pointless in my opinion as a photographer. If you want good-looking black and white images, use the regular camera and apps like Adobe Lightroom or Snapseed to have full control over converting to mono. Frankly, I feel OnePlus could have pulled this out and lopped another 20 quid or so off the price.  OnePlus Nord 2 specs

Display size, resolution, refresh rate

6.43-inch AMOLED, FHD+ (2,400×1,080 pixels), 90Hz

Pixel density

410ppi

Dimensions (Inches)

6.25×2.88×0.32 in.

Dimensions (Millimeters)

158.9×73.2×8.25 mm

Weight (Grams)

6.66 oz; 189g

Software

Android 11

Camera

50MP (main), 8MP (wide-angle), 2MP (mono)

Front camera

32-megapixel

Video

4K

Processor

MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI processor

Storage

128/256GB

RAM

8/12GB RAM

Fingerprint reader

No

Battery

4,500 mAh

Price

In-display

Connector

USB-C

Headphone Jack

No

Special features

5G-enabled, 65W fast charging, 90Hz, dual stereo speaker, face unlock

Price (USD)

Approximately $540 (converted from UK price)

Price (GBP)

£399

Price (AUD)

Approximately AU$740

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YouTube TV review: The best premium live TV streaming service – CNET

Sarah Tew/CNET You’ve probably heard the saying, “change is the only constant.” It refers to life itself, but it could apply to live TV streaming services too. Prices at the high-end have been vacillating so much in the past 12 months, for example, that it has caused CNET’s Editor’s Choice to change twice. For a…

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You’ve probably heard the saying, “change is the only constant.” It refers to life itself, but it could apply to live TV streaming services too. Prices at the high-end have been vacillating so much in the past 12 months, for example, that it has caused CNET’s Editor’s Choice to change twice. For a brief period in 2020 the cheaper Hulu Plus Live TV snatched the title from YouTube TV. Inevitably though, Hulu raised its price to match YouTube TV’s ($65) making Google’s service our favorite higher-end TV service for cord cutters once again. The reason why it’s so good? YouTube TV has the most channels, the best features, and even offers the option of 4K streaming, just in time for the Olympics!

LikeMore channels than any competitor, and includes PBSSuperb cloud DVRExcellent on-screen interface and handy search bar

Don’t LikeExpensive4K content adds $20 to the priceRoku users need to access via YouTube proper

YouTube TV recently added extra channels such as Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon meaning it now offers 79 of the top 100 channels, handily beating Hulu, AT&T TV and Fubo TV. Its channel selection includes numerous cable staples and all four local networks — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — in most markets nationwide. YouTube TV is also the only multichannel streaming service with local PBS stations. In short, you might not even miss cable. Beyond channels, YouTube TV is easy to use, slick and speedy on a variety of TV and mobile devices. Its cloud DVR is the best in the business, with unlimited storage and pretty much all the capabilities of a hardware DVR such as TiVo and even more. 

The big snag is the price. Especially if you pony up the extra $20 for 4K. For people used to the myriad channels and easy DVR of cable or satellite, YouTube TV’s base package is worth the extra expense over an entry-level streaming service. For cord cutters who want more savings, however, Sling TV Blue at $35 a month is still pretty great and especially suited to people on tighter budgets. What do you get? YouTube TV is different from YouTube, the free video service with more than 2 billion users a month. YouTube TV offers an experience similar to cable TV, with live channels and on-demand content available on a variety of devices. It works with Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV along with numerous smart TVs, phones, tablets and web browsers. The service operates in much the same way as competitors — there’s a program guide, a DVR and dozens of channels. But what really separates YouTube TV from other premium ($60-plus a month) services such as AT&T TV, Hulu Plus Live TV and FuboTV? Let’s take a look.

Premium services compared

Premium services

YouTube TV

AT&T TV

Hulu Plus Live TV

FuboTV

Base price

$65/month

$70/month

$65/month

$65/month

Total number of top 100 channels

79

60

71

65

ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC channels

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Record shows for later (cloud DVR)

Yes (keep for 9 months)

Yes (20 hours, unlimited hours for $10/mo.)

Yes (50 hours, 200 hours plus commercial skip for $10/mo.)

Yes (250 hours)

Step-up packages with more channels

No ($20 for 4K only) 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Simultaneous streams per account

3

20 

2 ($10 option for unlimited)

3

YouTube TV’s channel selection is excellent, with more from our list of 100 top channels than any other competitor. That said, more channels doesn’t necessarily mean more of what you want: Some services such as FuboTV lean heavily on sports while others are increasingly wide-ranging. It’s best to check the list at the end of this article, which compares individual channels across services, to make sure you’re getting the channels you want. Previously, YouTube TV didn’t offer any add-on channel packages, instead relying on a handful of single-channel add-ons like Showtime, Epix, HBO and HBO Max. The service now includes the $20 4K Plus upgrade which offers a number of benefits including 4K sports like the Olympics and MLB plus on-demand content. It also ups the number of simultaneous streams to unlimited, which is good for football teams or something. I haven’t had a chance to test 4K Plus yet so it’s hard to say if it’s worth the money or not, but I’m hesitant about it. Especially since FuboTV includes 4K for no extra change.Another couple of other changes came with the 4K Plus update including 5.1 surround to all subscribers — most competitors only include stereo sound.  The other is that DVR recordings can now be searched for specific sports which will be helpful for events like the gigantic grab bag of the Summer Olympics. What’s it like to use? YouTube TV’s user interface is fairly simple. There are three top-level tabs broken into Library, Home and Live. Library is where your DVR content lives. Home is where both featured and live thumbnails appear. The Live tab is a familiar-looking program grid which displays currently playing and upcoming shows. You can search for content from the top of any page, which makes it relatively easy to jump straight to the programming you want. You can also perform searches with a compatible voice remote or Google Assistant. While this is easier if you have an Android TV streamer you can also perform searches on your Google Home and play it on a Roku.Be aware that Roku and Google are currently in negotiations, and new Roku users will need to access YouTube TV from the YouTube app, which is a little clunky. People who have the YouTube TV app preloaded or using other platforms like Fire TV are unaffected. You can connect to YouTube to watch related clips.
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The service’s tie-in to YouTube proper is welcome — with YouTube originals included in the TV app — though it could be more tightly integrated, especially on TV devices. For example, a content page appears when you press the Go To button on a show, and a Related on YouTube item appears at the bottom. It would be helpful to have thumbnails of related interviews and trailers appear more prominently on this page without having to delve into menus. The DVR works well and includes the ability to rewind and fast-forward freely through recordings, even ones that aren’t yet completed. The Roku interface offers a 15-second skip by default while the Apple TV’s control system is even better. You can use the touch pad to scroll through videos — and it’s glorious! It’s so much fun and the appearance of thumbnails make it relatively easy to get to the part you want. The DVR enables you to fast-forward and rewind, while Apple TV enables you to scrub through the timeline.
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In the past, when a show appeared in a network’s on-demand library, it would automatically replace the version in your cloud DVR. That means you’d lose the ability to fast-forward through commercials. YouTube TV says it got rid of that restriction in October 2018, but some CNET readers have complained that it still occurs at times. Additionally, YouTube TV’s DVR is not truly unlimited. The shows will expire after nine months, but this is still a lot longer than the 30 days you get with most rivals. YouTube TV won’t save you as much money When it only cost $50 YouTube TV was very attractive, but as the service has added more channels it has also added further costs. When you add that $65 monthly fee to the $50 you’re already paying for internet, it means you’re paying over $110 a month. Many cable TV providers will give you a TV-and-internet bundle for around the same money. Prices vary a lot, of course, and with cable you probably have to pay rental equipment fees, taxes and other extras. And cable providers usually reserve the best bundle pricing for people who sign a contract. The same goes for new “streaming” offerings such as Comcast’s Infinity Flex. Like Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and others, YouTube TV is contract-free, so you can cancel at any time. Streaming services also have other advantages over cable. They’re easier to watch on phones and tablets, for example. At $65 per month, however, you’ll have to be coming from a relatively expensive cable bill to realize substantial savings with YouTube TV.  The service comes with a comprehensive program guide.
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Should you get YouTube TV? If price is no object, YouTube TV is my favorite live streaming service, with a whole swathe of entertainment options and one of the best DVR and search combos on the market. It offers more channels than anyone else and the inclusion of 5.1 surround is great for sports and movie fans alikeIf you don’t want to be beholden to a traditional cable company it’s a great alternative. That said, $65 a month could be tough for some people, but without a contract to worry about you are free to jump ship to a better deal at any time. If you’re a hardcore cord cutter and determined to save money, Sling TV Blue offers a compelling alternative especially when paired with an antenna or an AirTV 2.  Below you’ll find a comparison of the top 100 channels offered by a few of YouTube TV’s competitors. For more information and comparisons with additional services, check out the full article. Top 100 channels compared

Channel

Sling Blue ($35)

Fubo TV ($65)

Hulu with Live TV ($65)

YouTube TV ($65)

AT&T TV ($70)

Total channels:

38

65

71

79

60

ABC

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

CBS

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fox

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

NBC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

PBS

No

No

No

Yes

No

CW

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MyNetworkTV

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Channel

Sling Blue ($35)

Fubo TV ($65)

YouTube TV ($65)

Hulu with Live TV ($65)

AT&T TV ($70)

A&E

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

ACC Network

No

$

Yes

Yes

$

AMC

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Animal Planet

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

BBC America

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

BBC World News

$

$

No

Yes

$

BET

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Big Ten Network

$

Yes

Yes

Yes

$

Bloomberg TV

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Boomerang

$

No

Yes

No

Yes

Bravo

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Channel

Sling Blue ($35)

Fubo TV ($65)

YouTube TV ($65)

Hulu with Live TV ($65)

AT&T TV ($70)

Cartoon Network

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

CBS Sports Network

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

$

Cheddar

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

$

Cinemax

No

No

$

$

$

CMT

$

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

CNBC

$

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

CNN

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Comedy Central

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cooking Channel

$

$

$

No

$

Destination America

$

$

$

No

$

Discovery Channel

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Disney Channel

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Disney Junior

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Disney XD

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

DIY

$

$

$

No

$

E!

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

EPIX

$

$

No

$

$

ESPN

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ESPN 2

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ESPNEWS

No

$

Yes

Yes

$

ESPNU

No

$

Yes

Yes

$

Channel

Sling Blue ($35)

Fubo TV ($65)

YouTube TV ($65)

Hulu with Live TV ($65)

AT&T TV ($70)

Food Network

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fox Business

$

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fox News

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fox Sports 1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fox Sports 2

$

Yes

Yes

Yes

$

Freeform

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

FX

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

FX Movies

$

$

Yes

Yes

$

FXX

$

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

FYI

$

Yes

Yes

No

$

Golf Channel

$

Yes

Yes

Yes

$

Hallmark

$

Yes

No

No

Yes

HBO/HBO Max

No

No

$

$

$

HGTV

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

History

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

HLN

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

IFC

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Investigation Discovery

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Lifetime

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Lifetime Movie Network

$

Yes

Yes

No

$

Channel

Sling Blue ($35)

Fubo TV ($65)

YouTube TV ($65)

Hulu with Live TV ($65)

AT&T TV ($70)

MLB Network

$

$

No

Yes

$

Motor Trend

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MSNBC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MTV

$

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MTV2

$

$

No

Yes

Yes

National Geographic

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Nat Geo Wild

$

$

Yes

Yes

$

NBA TV

$

$

No

Yes

$

NBC Sports Network

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Newsy

Yes

$

No

Yes

No

NFL Network

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

NFL Red Zone

$

$

No

$

No

NHL Network

$

$

No

No

$

Nickelodeon

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Nick Jr.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

$

Nicktoons

$

$

No

Yes

$

Olympic Channel

$

Yes

Yes

Yes

$

OWN

No

Yes

No

Yes

$

Oxygen

$

Yes

Yes

Yes

$

Paramount Network

$

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Channel

Sling Blue ($35)

Fubo TV ($65)

YouTube TV ($65)

Hulu with Live TV ($65)

AT&T TV ($70)

Science

$

$

$

No

$

SEC Network

No

$

Yes

Yes

$

Showtime

$

$

$

$

$

Smithsonian

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

$

Starz

$

$

$

$

$

Sundance TV

$

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Syfy

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tastemade

$

Yes

No

Yes

$

TBS

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

TCM

$

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Telemundo

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

$

Tennis Channel

$

$

No

No

$

TLC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

TNT

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Travel Channel

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

$

TruTV

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

TV Land

$

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

USA Network

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

VH1

$

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Vice

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

WE tv

$

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Channel

Sling Blue ($35)

Fubo TV ($65)

YouTube TV ($65)

Hulu with Live TV ($65)

AT&T TV ($70)

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Airman killed, 3 others hurt in crash on Keesler Air Force Base

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — An airman was killed and three other people injured in a vehicle accident on a U.S. Air Force base in Mississippi, military officials said.In a statement, Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi said the wreck occurred Wednesday on the base and involved pedestrians. The statement called the crash an accident, and…

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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — An airman was killed and three other people injured in a vehicle accident on a U.S. Air Force base in Mississippi, military officials said.In a statement, Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi said the wreck occurred Wednesday on the base and involved pedestrians. The statement called the crash an accident, and said that it was not a training incident.The airman who died was assigned to the 81st Training Wing at Keesler. No details were given about the three others who were hurt.Military officials say the name of the airman who died won’t be released until 24 hours after relatives are notified.

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