Everything different about the new PlayStation VR

The 2017 model of PlayStation VR has made some easy to miss, but fantastic changes.

PlayStation VR has been delivering awesome videos, games, and experiences for over a year now. While the original PlayStation VR is a great headset, Sony now has an updated model for 2017 that has made a number of small changes to the design of this VR headset. Everything from the earbuds, to buttons, extending all the way to the processor box has been updated.

Here are all the changes we’ve spotted!

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HomePod unceremoniously delayed until early 2018

The HomePod was supposed to have started shipping in December in Australia, the UK and the US. Not the case anymore, Apple needs extra time.

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O2 bundling extra data and free Xbox Live with the OnePlus 5T

British customers can snag some decent extras with their OnePlus 5T thanks to O2.

As has been the case in the past, O2 is the carrier partner for the latest phone from OnePlus and it’s making a pretty big deal about its launch. There’ll be a handful of pop-up shops opening on November 21 for folks to go down and buy, as well as a bundle that includes extra data and free Xbox Live Gold when you buy on a new contract.

The information is being sent out by OnePlus to previous customers and it dropped in our inbox this morning detailing a pretty nifty bundle. O2 will be offering 50GB of data per month for the price of 10GB as well as a free 12-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold, because, reasons. The only catch is that it’s a limited time offer and you have to pre-order or buy the OnePlus 5T before December 6 to claim the Xbox Live offer.

The 50GB tariff will cost £49 a month with a £9.99 upfront payment for the 64GB model and £52 a month for the 128GB.

The pop-up shops will be open from 2 pm on November 21 and will be the first places in the UK folks can get their hands on the new phone. And maybe some swag.

These Pop-Ups will be open at O2 stores at London 134 Oxford Street as well as London Westfield Stratford, Manchester Arndale and, for the first time, also in Belfast at O2 Castle Lane.

O2 will also be selling off-contract but with a £15 charge for pay-as-you-go credit, with both storage sizes available for £449 for 64GB and £499 for 128GB. They’ll probably not be available at these pop-up stores for long and lines are to be expected so if you’re keen, get yourself down to your nearest nice and early.

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Honor V10 specs reportedly include headphone jack, slightly smaller battery

What’s not found on one brand’s phone is found on the others. Some leaked firmware shows a few divides between Huawei and its sub-brand Honor.

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Best Phones for Rooting and Modding

Best overall

OnePlus 5T

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OnePlus phones have been fan favorites among Android enthusiasts since the company was started because they’re cheap and run well. The 5T is no exception.

OnePlus makes it easy to unlock the bootloader and install alternative software, and the relatively low price will make for a large development community. A strange positive is that issues with the factory software mean that more people are interested in modding the OnePlus 5T, which makes a large community even larger.

If you are looking to spend some money on a phone just so you can hack away at it, the OnePlus 5T is worth looking at.

Bottom line: High-end specs and a budget price make the OnePlus 5T a great phone. Easy modifications and a large community also make it an excellent choice for rooting and modding.

One more thing: If you are holding onto an older OnePlus device, like the OnePlus 3 or 5, there are already plenty of custom ROMs available.

Why best

The OnePlus 5T is open and affordable.

OnePlus phones all share one common trait — they are easy to root and mod the software. The reason we think the OnePlus 5T is the best is that the low price also means the community is huge.

When you want to go with custom software the best thing you can have is a large group of people that act as a support channel. The OnePlus 5T’s low price also makes it a great phone to get if you’re looking for a second device to play around with while you use your primary phone to hold all your personal data without compromising its security.

Whether you’re new to phone modding or an old hat, we can’t help but recommend the OnePlus 5T as the best phone to do any of it.

The flagship option

Google Pixel 2

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While the standard Pixel 2 is the cheaper of the two options, it’s still not a phone anyone would consider inexpensive. But it’s still an excellent phone if you want to customize your software.

The Pixel 2 is packed with a Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM. It’s available with up to 128GB of storage space. The thing simply flies, even without any tinkering. But because it’s a phone from Google, you’re able to unlock the software and do just about anything to it, all the while having a path back to “normal” in the form of factory software.

Bottom line: If you’re looking to mod the very best, the Google Pixel 2 is it.

One more thing: Unlocking the bootloader and installing other software doesn’t automatically void the warranty!.

Conclusion

You can root and mod almost every Android phone. We tend to focus on the ones you can’t because they are outliers. But being able to do it through an exploit or other sometimes difficult process isn’t ideal.

If you’re looking ahead and know you’ll want to change something on your next phone that requires custom software or root access, these phones are the best options.

Best overall

OnePlus 5T

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OnePlus phones have been fan favorites among Android enthusiasts since the company was started because they’re cheap and run well. The 5T is no exception.

OnePlus makes it easy to unlock the bootloader and install alternative software, and the relatively low price will make for a large development community. A strange positive is that issues with the factory software mean that more people are interested in modding the OnePlus 5T, which makes a large community even larger.

If you are looking to spend some money on a phone just so you can hack away at it, the OnePlus 5T is worth looking at.

Bottom line: High-end specs and a budget price make the OnePlus 5T a great phone. Easy modifications and a large community also make it an excellent choice for rooting and modding.

One more thing: If you are holding onto an older OnePlus device, like the OnePlus 3 or 5, there are already plenty of custom ROMs available.

Updated November 2017: Moved OnePlus 5T to the top spot and added the Pixel 2 as the flagship option. Goodbye, Nexus 5X, we’ll miss you and your $ 200 price.


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