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Cheapest & Best Phones For Pokemon Go

Big fan of Pokemon Go? So are we. This wonderful game got so many people out of their homes, just walking around their local streets and towns to find the best Pokemon and hatch those eggs. It combined gaming lovers with fitness and is a great and enjoyable game to play.

You know that though, that’s why you’re here. Pokemon Go obviously being a mobile phone game, means you have to have a phone to be able to play it… Not everyone can afford the state of the art flagship releases though, it’s understandable, their thousands of dollars.

We’ve taken a look into exactly what is required to play Pokemon Go, what you should be looking at for a Pokemon Go phone and picked out some of the best cheap options, as well as slightly more expensive to help you catch your next Rattata or Gible if you’re extremely lucky.

You can skip the section you are most interested in by using the navigation below:

Before we start jumping into our article with the guide to what to look for and each of our top picks, we understand that you might simply just want a quick answer and take our word for it!

Not to worry, here are our top overall picks:

Best Cheap Phone For Pokemon Go: Samsung Galaxy S8+ 64GB Phone
Best Slightly Higher Budget Phone For Pokemon Go: Motorola Edge

Which phones can play Pokemon Go? (System Requirements)

Before you decide exactly which phone to go for, you’ll need to know the minimum system requirements suggested to ensure that you get a phone that is able to play it.

The requirements differ between Android and iOS devices, but here are the ones stated on the Pokemon Go website:

iOS (Apple)

  • Only iPhones 6s onwards will support the game
  • You are required to have iOS 12 or higher
  • You need a decent internet connection, 3G at the lowest is recommended
  • The phone needs to have GPS & location service functionality
  • Any devices that are Jailbroken are not supported

Android

  • Only Android 6 onwards is supported
  • 720×1280 pixels is the optimal resolution
  • You need a decent internet connection, 3G at the lowest is recommended
  • The phone needs to have GPS & location service functionality
  • Any devices that are rooted are not supported

They do also recommend that whatever device you are planning on using, it should have at least 2GB of RAM to stop it crashing and have the game run fluidly without any lag.

What are the most important things to consider for a Pokemon Go phone?

When you’re in the market for a cell phone suitable to play Pokemon Go, you aren’t just looking at the latest releases, there are a few things you should specifically care about. Here are a few things you need to put extra consideration into:

Battery life
Pokemon Go drains battery life, especially if you have AR mode enabled. You’ve constantly got it open whilst walking to find the nearby Pokemon, so your screen is always on and the app is always active, so you need to choose a phone that has a battery that can last as long as possible.

Cell phone batteries are measure in mAh (milliamp hours) and the higher the figure, generally speaking, the more powerful the battery. That’s not always true to form though, as there are so many variables with phones running different software have different screens and having different processors, some phones will draw power quicker than others.

How do you tell then? Well, you can look at a few figures and compare phones, such as on-screen time/standby time and compare, but often we find the best way is to watch Youtube videos of people actually running the device and timing it, it tends to give you a better indication of real-world performance.

Although it’s not convenient also do remember you can purchase a power bank to give you a few extra hours, we’d personally recommend: Solar Power Bank 30000 mAh

Download local maps
This isn’t so much the phone, but more of a network thing. Depending on your signal and data package, as Pokemon Go is powered by Google Maps you can download the maps to run offline. This not only reduces the data that you use, but it can also increase your battery life as the phone isn’t essentially having to work so hard.

4G & 5G capability
Now Pokemon Go says that you should have a 3G connection or higher, but if you want to maximize your play and have a lag-free, uninterrupted game, you should go for a phone that is more capable than that, especially in 2021. Most cell phones at the very least are 4G, as well as network providers, so you should look to get a phone that has that capability. Especially with 5G being released recently, it tends to reduce the cost of 4G capable phones, as they are less desirable.

Gyroscope capable phone (For AR Mode)
This depends whether you actually care about the AR Mode. Personally, I don’t recommend playing in AR mode, for one it’s harder to actually catch the Pokemon and second, it drains that all-important battery life faster. However, if you do want to have AR mode enabled, you’ll need a phone that has Gyroscope compatibility. It’s not something to be massively worried about, most phones nowadays, even the budget ones have it.

RAM
The RAM or Random Access Memory is the amount of local memory your device has, the higher the RAM the faster the device can place temporary data and it allows it to juggle more demanding games. They say you should have 2GB of RAM to run Pokemon Go and in all honesty, that’s probably about fine as it’s not that demanding of a game, however, if you can get a device with more RAM you’re likely to experience fewer issues or what feels like lag / slow loading times.

Decent processor
Most Android phones are run on Snapdragon processors which have various series, you shouldn’t need to be too concerned with this but ideally, you want to have a device that at least has 600 or above Snapdragon chipset.

iOS or Android for Pokemon Go?

This is actually quite a common question and if you’re familiar with the So Nerdy blog then you might already know, we’re not huge fans of Apple, and we don’t particularly keep it a secret.

I would always choose an Android phone over an iOS (Apple) device for playing Pokemon Go, but why? It’s logical and not just Apple hatred that powers this one. The main thing that we’ve mentioned previously about the features that you need to look at when buying a phone for Pokemon Go is the battery, and unfortunately, this isn’t a selling point of any iPhone, their battery life tends to be far inferior to well, almost all Android equivalents.

That is the biggest and well only reason we simply would not buy an iOS device or recommend one for playing Pokemon Go, Android all the way!

Are there any other things to consider?

If you’ve been keeping up, you’ll know that we’ve touched on what the main considerations are when buying a cell phone for Pokemon Go are, but there are a couple of less important “sub” considerations that you should think about.

There’s nothing wrong with an older phone
We’re not talking about buying used phones here, just older phones but brand new. In the last few years, there have been very few changes that actually matter to phones, and you don’t need to be sucked into all the latest marketing. As an example, a brand new mid-range phone might not actually be as good as a few year-old flagship phone, yet because the flagship is a few years old it’ll be considerably cheaper.

Why? A flagship phone when it first came out was likely in the region of $800+, meaning it was built with the highest quality parts available at the time. Sure it might have a slightly older chipset and camera, but it will generally be far better built than a phone that is priced at $300 today. Mid-range phones tend to cut corners, flagships don’t.

It’s something to consider.

Try get a warranty
I’m not just picking you up on this, I’ve done it too. I’ve been so engrossed in Pokemon Go, with my head down looking at the screen that I’ve not realised the curb of the sidewalk and tripped, only to drop my phone and smash it.

For Pokemon Go players, you should seriously consider phones that have a warranty, to ensure that when you do inevitably drop your device – you can get it repaired free of cost.

Screen refresh rate
Should you be concerned with refresh rates? Measured in Hz (Hertz) the refresh rate is how the frequency in which the screen updates. It’s not majorly important for a game like Pokemon Go, but I wouldn’t settle for any less than 60Hz.

Choosing a reliable phone brand
There are so many phone brands out there nowadays, and if you research on the internet for phones suitable for Pokemon Go you’ll probably see a few brands you’ve never heard of, frankly because there cheap.

Now we’re not saying that you have to always go with a household name like Google, Samsung or Motorola because you don’t. We’re just telling you to research thoroughly if it’s a brand you haven’t heard of because it’s more than likely a Chinese phone brand and there’s nothing wrong with that because some are great, like Huawei (Yes Trump) and Xiaomi for instance, but there are others that, well just aren’t.

Cheapest phones for Pokemon Go (Budget)

Now that we’ve gone through what you need to consider when looking at buying a phone suitable to make you a Pokemon Master you should be able to decide which option is best for you.

We’ve picked out a few phones we consider to be the best budget Pokemon Go phones available on the market today and written a brief description and overview of the features for you to consider:

Samsung Galaxy S8+ 64GB Phone

Product Description
Right, I know what you might be thinking, we’ve included a cell phone from 2017 as the top one in our list, ew! Hold on a second though, it ticks a lot of boxes for a Pokemon Go phone.

The S8 was a top flagship phone in 2017 by Samsung, a highly reputable brand, and “renewed” it is available currently at just under the $210 price point. It’s a 6.2-inch smartphone that has a super AMOLED screen high-quality screen with a more than adequate 2960×1440 resolution.

It can operate at 60fps in Full HD and is powered by an Octa-core 2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad processor. The RAM is also double the recommended amount at 4GB, so it’s more than capable of easily playing the game. It also has GPS location, of course.

The S8+ can also be upgraded to run Android 9.0, although it comes out the box with 7.0 which is still more than adequate to play Pokemon Go.

Lastly, what about the battery? Well, that is pretty impressive too, with 3,500mAh it rivals most flagships today, with an acclaimed video playback time of around 18 hours and a talk time of 24 hours, that should leave you with a fair amount of gaming time.

Main Features

  • Android 9.0
  • Super AMOLED screen offer high quality game play
  • 3,500mAh battery
  • 4GB RAM – which is double the minimum requirement
  • 2.35GHz + 1.9GHz quad core processors (Octa-core combined)

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 128GB + 6GB RAM

Product Description
This brand isn’t necessarily a household name for most, although you might have heard of them as they are a bit of an up & comer. Xiaomi is a brand we personally love, they offer high-quality phones at a very low price, purely just because there lesser-known, so you can grab a great deal on these.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is a smartphone that was released in 2020, it’s not quite a flagship but it offers some respectable specifications that are more than enough to play Pokemon Go. I know what you’re thinking, a 2020 smartphone, with good specifications, that’s over my budget! But don’t worry, this phone will only set you back $266 currently.

This impressive phone boasts a 6.67″ full HD screen that operates at 2340×1080 with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front, which is great protection for those accidental drops! The processor is pretty handy too, and it’s more than what you need to run Pokemon Go with a Snapdragon 720G Octa-core and 6GB RAM, which is 3x the recommended minimum RAM.

The best part about this phone though is the battery, which is an amazing 5,020mAh! That shouldn’t let you down on your long walks hatching those eggs.

Main Features

  • 6GB RAM
  • 720G Snapdragon Octa-core processor
  • 5,020mAh battery for hours of uninterrupted gaming
  • Full HD screen at 2340×1080 resolution
  • One of the most resonably priced 2020 smartphones

 

Huawei P30 Lite

Product Description
Huawei isn’t a name that you might like, especially due to Donald Trump, but there’s no debate that they make very high quality phones and for very affordable prices. Seeing as though their P40 line has just recently been released, that means a huge price reduction on their previous P30 line, which offers a great opportunity for a cheap Pokemon Go phone!

For below $250 you can get your hands on the Huawei P30 Lite, a fantastic phone, perfect for Pokemon Go. This particular phone has 4GB RAM, which is far more than required, and a fantastic 6.15″ screen which operates at 1080 x 2312px, impressive.

It comes with Android 9 so that isn’t an issue either, and as for performance, it has an Octa-core set up under the hood, with 4 of the cores at 2.2GHz and the other 4 at 1.7GHz.

This phone is actually tailored towards its camera, which you might not be too worried about being a Pokemon Go phone, but it is a nice extra with an impressive triple camera system.

This phone operates with an OLED screen, so you can get a good display with minimal power usage. Which ties us nicely into the battery, which is a respectable 3,340mAh which isn’t bad and we think you’ll get a gaming time of around 8 hours, and it also has what it refer to as HUAWEI SuperCharge, with its 18W charger.

Main Features

  • 4GB RAM which is far more than the required minimum
  • Impressive OLED quality screen at 1080x2313px
  • Quad core processor that won’t have any issues with the game
  • For a phone released in April 2019, it’s really cheap!
  • Android 9 – so ticks that box too!

 

Google Pixel 3 64GB

Product Description
The Pixel line is a well-known one by the phone manufacturer, Google – you’ve heard of them right? We’ve actually selected Amazon “renewed” range here to really display how cheap you can get a good quality phone, as this is priced at $169.99 currently, but you can get one that isn’t used for around the $250 mark.

This phone again is a bit of an older one, released in October 2018, but it was a flagship in its day and is more than capable of playing Pokemon Go (and just about any other game).

This phone features a Snapdragon 845 processor that is a 2.5GHz quad-core chipset, which will have no issues at all with Pokemon Go. It also operates with 4GB of RAM, so again, there should be absolutely no performance issues whilst playing the game.

The display itself is smaller than most flagships, which some people favour, with a 5.5″ screen which is OLED and runs at 2160x1080px. There are no issues with the operating system either, as it operates with Android 9 Pie – so it ticks all the minimum requirement boxes.

What about the battery you ask? Well, it has a slightly less impressive battery, with a 2,915mAh specification, however, it’s got a much smaller screen to power and although they are always over-amped figures, they do claim you get an approximate 25 hours of on-screen usage, and even half of that would be fairly impressive! They also have fast charging with this device and it can charge wirelessly, unlike a few of the other competitors of its price range.

There are also a lot of additional benefits to buying the Pixel, as you get an unlimited storage thanks to Google Drive, you’ll get Google Assistant built-in, it automatically screens spam calls and warns you before you accept and the camera isn’t half bad either!

Main Features

  • Snapdragon 2.5GHz Octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM which is more than capable of running Pokemon Go
  • Smaller screen – OLED 5.5″
  • 2,915mAh battery which is on the low side, but Google claim it can last 25 hours of on-screen time
  • Android 9

 

HTC Desire 20 Pro

Product Description
HTC, remember them? They feel a bit like the forgotten phone brand, but they do and always have made high quality phones and this Desire 20 Pro is no exception.

This phone was released in 2020 – so for a smartphone of its age, to be priced under $300 with a reliable brand name is some going! This phone is more than capable of running Pokemon Go with an impressive 6GB RAM with a Qualcomm SM6125 Snapdragon 665 chipset which is Octa-core with 4 cores running at 2GHz and the other 4 at 1.8GHz.

It’s a fairly large phone with an impressive screen perfect for gameplay at 6.5″ which operates at 1080×2340 pixels although it is just an IPS LCD, not OLED.

This phone also operates on Android 10, so that’s not an issue with the minimal requirements. The battery is extremely impressive in this one, 5,000mAh in total which should do you for a full day of walking! If not, it also has quick charge, with its 15W charger.

Main Features

  • 6GB RAM, well and above the suggested minimum requirement
  • 2020 Smartphone priced below $300
  • Octa-core processor
  • Impressive 5,000mAh battery with quick charge
  • Android 10

 

Moto G Power

Product Description
Moto or Motorola haven’t quite been a household name since, well, since the Razer! Remember that phone? We’re old… But, that isn’t to say they don’t still make great phones, and due to their somewhat fading brand name, their pries are very reasonable when compared to some of the other brands, and the Moto G Power is no exception.

This is another 2020 phone that is available for under $240, so it makes a great budget buy. It features a decent processor as well, outputting 4GB RAM which is more than suitable to operate Pokemon Go, and it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core chipset at its disposal with 4 cores at 2GHz and the other 4 at 1.8GHz.

The screen isn’t a bad size either, it has a 6.4″ IPS LCD display that has a resolution of 1080×2300 that will offer clear and immersive gameplay. Furthermore, this phone operates with Android 10, so again, that won’t be an issue against the minimum requirements.

We’ve kept the best for last as always, it’s another one that specializes in its battery capacity, perfect for Pokemon Go! Motorola state that this phone can last 3 days on a single charge with its 5,000mAh battery, and they go on to say you can watch shows or movies for 23 hours – all caveated, of course. It’s impressive though.

Main Features

  • 5,000mAh battery that can get 23 hours life when watching shows or movies
  • 4GB RAM
  • Snapdragon 665 Octa-core processor
  • 2020 phone available below $240!
  • Android 10

 

Nokia 3.4

Product Description
Yes, another brand that you probably haven’t heard of in a while, or at least not since the 3310 days! Now that is showing age… But Nokia have consistently been releasing phones over the past few years, and there beginning to see some real improvements, especially now that they aren’t windows operated.

This is the cheapest “new” phone to make our list, the Nokia 3.4 is a mid-range phone that is priced reasonably at $179 currently. Released in 2020 this Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 – which is an octa-core chipset which has all 4 cores at 1.8GHz, so it isn’t the fastest in this list, but it’s still reasonable and will run the game easily as it’s also coupled with 3GB RAM.

The 3.4 has an LCD screen at 6.39″ and an average resolution of 720x1560px. The battery doesn’t support fast charge, however, it’s a reasonable size for a mid-ranged phone with a respectable 4,000mAh which should be more than enough to see you through a day of Pokemon Go.

Although this phone is operating on Android 10, it is planned to support an upgrade to Android 11, which obviously is more than enough to meet the minimum requirements to play Pokemon Go.

This phone is slightly behind a lot of the ones we’ve listed before, but like we’ve said it’s at a cut-price cost and it will be more than capable of running Pokemon Go with no trouble at all – so it really is a great budget option.

Main Features

  • Cheapest “new” smartphone in our list
  • 3GB RAM
  • 4,000mAh battery to see you through a day of gaming
  • Android 10 with plans to upgrade to Android 11
  • 2020 release at just $179 (currently)

 

Best phones for Pokemon Go (Flagship)

In our list above you’ll see we’ve mentioned a few of the older flagships, but we’ve decided to add a few more which are midway between – they could offer a great phone for everyday use as well as Pokemon Go. We’re not talking about brand new flagships, as they wouldn’t belong in a “budget” post, but here are a few newer flagships than the ones we’ve mentioned above.

These are perfect if you’re thinking that you have a little bit more budget than the phones we’ve talked about previously:

Motorola Edge

Product Description
The problem is that budget is depending on what you consider to be “budget” so this phone is priced about double what the previous picks are, and it’s another appearance by Motorola with their flagship device, the Edge.

This phone is capable of 5G so network performance should be really good when playing Pokemon Go. The performance of the phone is more than capable as well, with 6GB RAM and a Snapdragon 765G which delivers an octa-core CPU which runs with one core at 2.4GHz, 1 core at 2.2GHz and 6 cores at 1.8GHz and all powered with an Adreno 620 GPU.

What about the screen then? Well, that is a pretty impressive as well, operating at 90Hz which will give you a clear and lag-free picture and a 6.7″ OLED display which has a resolution of 1080 x 2340px. As you get with flagships, it also has corning Gorilla Glass 5, meaning it should be able to soak up a decent impact drop.

Now the all-important final part, the battery, how good is it? In this device sits a 4,500mAh battery which according to Motorola has a 2-day battery life, although I’m positive this is probably closer to one. They also have a technology called TurboPower? Which we assume just means fast charging, which is an 18W charger.

Main Features

  • 6GB RAM which is more than capable of running Pokemon Go
  • 5G Network capability (as long as your provider supports it)
  • Snapdragon 765G Octa-core CPU
  • 4,500mAh battery
  • 6.7″ OLED display at 90Hz

 

Google Pixel 4a

Product Description
This is a recent phone by Google, it isn’t quite their flagship though, it’s more aimed at those that prefer a smaller sized, but powerful phone. The Google Pixel 4a was released in August 2020. For a newer phone and being by a large brand like Google it’s very reasonably priced, currently sitting at $349.99.

Operating on Android 10 with a planned upgrade to Android 11, the Pixel houses a Snapdragon 730G processor which has a quad-core CPU with two cores at 2.2GHz and the other 6 at 1.8GHz and that is coupled with an Adreno 618 GPU. The device also has 6GB RAM which is what you can expect for the price.

As we touched on, it’s a smaller phone than your standard flagships with the screen measuring 5.8″, which is a fair way off when you compare it to some of the 6.7″ beasts on the market today. If that is what you prefer, it’s got some decent tech packed into it, with an OLED HDR display which operates at 1080x2340px and for extra protection has Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

It’s battery time. Now statistically speaking, it’s not the beast, but please bear in mind it’s a much smaller screen and size than all the other flagships, the Pixel 4a has a 3,140mAh battery. Coupled with the adaptive battery technology, it should see you through the day, however, if you’re one who likes longer Pokemon Go gaming sessions, this probably isn’t quite the phone for you.

Main Features

  • One for people who prefer a smaller screen, at 5.8″ with OLED display
  • Can upgrade to Android 11
  • Snapdragon 730G quad-core CPU
  • Smaller 3,140mAh battery – but it should see you through a day
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3

 

FAQs

Although this is a rather long article, we might not have answered your specific question about Pokemon Go phones, sorry about that! However, as a little bonus we’ve pulled out some of the most common questions we could find and answer them for you below:

Does Pokemon Go ruin your phone?
Believe it or not, a lot of people ask this. The answer somewhat surprisingly is yes, we guess. It means that you regularly drain your battery and are likely to charge it more often. Technically speaking every time you charge your battery, you’ll lose a bit of its life or total capacity, so it might cut down your cell phones lifespan if you play a lot, that being said, that is the same with any game.

Why is my device not compatible with Pokemon Go?
It’s likely that your device probably doesn’t meet the minimum criteria to play Pokemon Go, the main ones being Android 6 or iOS 12 as a minimum.

Will my iPhone 5 play Pokemon Go?
Unfortunately not, currently, the minimum iPhone that will work with Pokemon Go is the iPhone 6s.

What phones can you use for Pokemon Go spoofing?
Spoofing is a whole different topic, but you should look to spoof with the cheapest possible phone that meets the criteria. Generally, according to the Pokemon Go spoofing community, it’s much easier to spoof with an Android device than an Apple one.

Does Pokemon Go require data to play?
Not everyone has an unlimited data plan, so it’s a very valid question. Unfortunately, Pokemon Go does require you to have a data connection to play the game, but there is a workaround so you can significantly reduce your data usage. Quick Tip: Pokemon Go uses Google Maps to power the device, so if you are ever in a WiFi area you can download your local area on Google Maps by their Go Offline mode, and therefore when you come to use Pokemon Go again, it’ll use the offline downloaded map and therefore a lot less data.

JBL Charge 3 vs Charge 4 Review

The JBL Charge 3 was released on the 5th February 2016, so currently as we’re writing this, it’s almost 5 years old which in technology terms often means outdated. Since it’s release, there’s been another addition to the Charge line, the Charge 4, which was released on the 30th August 2018.

Naturally, you would think that Charge 4 is better right? Well, you’d like to think so, but it’s more to the point of whether it’s actually worth the upgrade, which is what a lot of people are questioning.

That’s why we’re here, let’s dig in and find out more, you can quickly navigate through the sections using the links below:

Overview of JBL Speakers

Ever passed by a field on a warm day only to hear booming music with crystal clear clarity? It’s probably a JBL Bluetooth speaker, well, at least it would have been back in the day, Bluetooth speakers are commonplace now, but JBL were one of the first to the party, and typically sat at the higher range of the products.

JBL is a brand that produces high-quality wireless Bluetooth speakers, with a large range to choose from including names such as the Charge which we’re featuring today, but also the Flip, Xtreme, Link & now they’ve even strayed into soundbars for your TV.

Although JBL is known for their higher-end and more expensive speakers, they do now have budget options in their range and you can pick up the cheapest ones for around $30. Generally, with JBL products, you find as you would maybe suspect, the more you pay the clearer the sound quality and the longer lasting the battery.

The quality of their range in terms of ranking for the Charge sits something like this:

  1. Xtreme
  2. Boombox
  3. Charge
  4. Flip
  5. Go
  6. Clip

Is JBL a Good Speaker Brand?

You’re looking at whether you should buy the Charge 3 or Charge 4, but before jumping in and doing so you’ll want to know if JBL speakers are actually any good.

When it comes to portable speakers JBL has a very good reputation of consistently releasing high-quality audio products and they’re known for having some of the top of the portable speaker range products. Their unique element with their Charge design is that they have bass coming from both ends of the device, which is preferred by many and is often the choice over popular names like Bose & Beats.

In summary, yes JBLs are a top quality speaker brand, at that high end of portable speakers, it simply depends what your preference is. They have lots of different options when it comes to the range of speakers, which we’ve touched on above, and the top speaker will set you back a cool $350, but the lowest in their range are only priced around the $30 mark.

Side By Side Comparison – JBL Charge 3 vs 4

Let’s get into it then, a side by side comparison of the Charge 3 vs 4, looking through all the main features, battery life, connectivity and more.

Main Features

In this section we’ll provide a bit of a brief overview of the main features for each of the devices, so you can get a like for like comparison of the unique selling points as detailed by JBL for each device:

Charge 3

  • You can wirelessly connect up to 3 Bluetooth devices
  • IPX7 Waterproof
  • Takes phone calls with crystal clear clarity & noise cancellation
  • You can connect it to other JBL connect speakers to create a speaker eco-system
  • The speaker can access your phones voice assistant

Charge 4

  • 20 hours of playtime
  • IPX7 Waterproof
  • JBL Bass Radiator – which is a dual passive radiator to deliver a more powerful and clearer sound
  • You can connect it to other JBL connect speakers to create a speaker eco-system
  • Can produce a louder sound than the JBL Charge 3
  • Only marginally larger and heavier than it’s predecessor

Verdict: In terms of features we actually think that the Charge 3 trumps it, yes you don’t have the JBL Connect+ so it won’t be compatible with newer JBL models, but it’s the microphone for phone calls and access to your phones voice assistant that makes it a better option than the Charge 4.

Interface

How easy is it to use and what kind of functionality differences are there between the two? We’ve answered that for you in this section below:

Charge 3

  • Play / Pause button
  • Power button
  • JBL Connect button
  • Bluetooth pairing
  • Answer calls / voice assistant with the same button as play & pause

Charge 4
The only difference between the Charge 4 & the Charge 3 in terms of the interface is that the new iteration, the 4 doesn’t allow you to answer calls or use the voice assistant from your phone. Everything else is the exact same.

Verdict: There’s nothing in it here, the interfaces are almost identical, so we can’t really pick a winner.

Connectivity

Want to know a bit more about the tech side of it, the types of connections they each have? How they charge? What Bluetooth versions they are? & We’ve got all that good stuff here:

Charge 3

  • Bluetooth version 4.1
  • Single USB output in which you can use for charging other devices like your phone
  • 3.5mm headphone jack, so you can plug an AUX cable in and play music directly from another device
  • Micro USB cable to charge – The older one!

Charge 4

  • Upgraded Bluetooth version 4.2
  • The same USB output which can charge other devices
  • Also comes with the 3.5mm audio jack
  • USB-C charging – The newer one!

Verdict: We actually think the Charge 4 marginally wins this one, mostly for the USB-C charging, Micro USB is old school and isn’t widely supported anymore.

Output & Frequency Range

The technical specifics, what types of speakers are these two packing & what frequency output do they have.

Charge 3

  • 65Hz
  • Two 10W

Charge 4

  • 60Hz
  • Single 30W

Verdict: The Charge 4 has a slightly improved sound profile, in comparison to the Charge 3, so we guess that wins, but we’d stress the word, slightly.

Battery Life

It’s important for a Bluetooth speaker, which of the two boasts the better battery life? We’ve detailed that for you below:

Charge 3

  • 20 Hours battery life
  • Full charge takes roughly 4.5 hours

Charge 4

  • 20 Hours battery life
  • Full charge takes roughly 5.5 hours

Verdict: The Charge 3 takes this one, the batteries they have are very similar, but as you can see the Charge 3 charges quicker.

Dimensions

They look pretty similar, but are they? We’ve detailed all the dimensions and weights for you to compare:

Charge 3

  • L: 8.4in x H: 3.4in x D: 3.5in
  • Weight: 1.76lbs

Charge 4

  • L: 8.7in x H: 3.7in x D: 3.6in
  • Weight: 2.1lbs

Verdict: There’s very little in it when it comes to size and weight, but the whole idea of the speaker is to be compact and portable so you can carry it around, so we guess we’re going to have to give this one to the Charge 3.

Our Overall Verdict

To summarise all the above, we would actually choose the Charge 3 ahead of the Charge 4. There’s not enough change between the two in order to warrant the price jump for us, you’re getting a fantastic speaker with the Charge 3 that’s going to last and give you almost as good sound quality.

Pro’s & Con’s of JBL Charge Speakers

It’s all well and good looking at the individual technical specification, but it can be quite hard to determine which one actually suits you. The best way of doing so is breaking down the pros and cons of the Charge 3 & 4 for you below, that way you should be able to determine which your best option is:

Pros:

  • We absolutely love the fact they both have 3.5mm, it might be somewhat expected of the Charge 3 as it’s the older model, but the Charge 4 was released at a similar time to when they were removing all the audio jacks from phones. Sometimes connecting an AUX can be extremely useful, and it’s not a function you get with a lot of Bluetooth speakers, especially top of the range ones.
  • For their size compared to a lot of speakers in the market, they sound brilliant and both really weigh very little. Their build quality is very strong as well, in our opinion better than that of the Beats Pill.
  • Price wise, they’re both reasonable, especially for JBL high range Bluetooth audio products, and compared to the competition.
  • IPX7 meaning they are completely waterproof, you can throw them under a meter of water and they’ll operate just fine. Drop them in the bath? Not a problem. Again this is a fantastic feature a lot of Bluetooth speakers don’t have, and it would be particularly useful if you use it next to the pool or bath.
  • The battery life is impressive, for something of its quality to last 20 hours on a single charge is brilliant. In practice, according to the reviews on Amazon, a lot of people have had it come really close to achieving the on the packet figure.
  • You can charge your other devices, which namely, your mobile phone, of course, useful feature!

Cons:

  • Right, so the biggest issue we have here is that we honestly don’t think that there is enough of a difference between the Charge 3 & the Charge 4 for them to have warranted a new device, it’s not that significant of an upgrade. All that being said, there’s only $30 price difference, but still, if you’re going to release a new version you would expect it to be significantly better, and the 4 just isn’t!
  • The fact the newer Charge 4 loses the ability for it to be able to be used as a speakerphone is annoying, and if you want this functionality, you’re better off buying the older version, which is poor by JBL.
  • JBL Connect which the older Charge 3 is on isn’t cross-compatible with Connect+ which is what the Charge 4 is on, annoying, and it means they’re starting to alienate some of their older devices.

Is the JBL Charge 3 Better Than The Charge 4?

We’ve given our verdict and opinion earlier in the post, but is the Charge 3 actually better than the Charge 4.

Yes, partially and no in some cases, it really depends on the features you’re looking for in a Bluetooth speaker! The single 90mm transducer which is equipped to the Charge 4 makes it slightly better sounding than the two 50mm from the Charge 3. That doesn’t really tell the full story though, it’s fine if you can justify the current $30 price difference between the two with a minor increase in sound quality, however, the Charge 4 is missing some features like the voice assistant.

So is it better? It depends on your personal preference really. We personally would be happy with choosing the Charge 3, and living with the fact it’s only ever so slightly lower quality, but is much lighter and the voice assistance and call answering is a big plus.

Are There Better Alternatives?

There are a few more comparable speakers to the JBL, but as for whether they are better really depends on personal circumstances. Here are a few of your options in a similar range with a little bit about each of them:

Beats Pill +3

The Beats Pill+ is a speaker that is slightly more expensive than the JBL Charge 4, but is it better? In our honest opinion, no it’s not. The speaker has around roughly 12 hours playtime compared to the JBLs 20. The device also is not waterproof and comes with a lightning cable charge port, which for all non-iPhone users is rather annoying.

The one thing it does have going for it is the speaker can be used as a microphone so you can make & receive calls, like the Charge 3 but not the 4.

The sound also isn’t particularly up to scratch when you compare it to the likes of JBL and even Bose, it struggles at the higher volume ranges. I suppose it looks cool though? You can check it out below:

Bose Soundlink Revolve +

The Bose Soundlink Revolve is a fantastic speaker, but it’s almost twice the price of the Charge 3, so it’s hard to offer it as a comparable. If you have the extra money though, it’s definitely a brilliant option with an impressive 360 speaker that offers really immersive sound, quality and water-resistant aluminum body, respectable 12 hours charge time makes it a strong competitor.

SONY SRS-Xb32

The SRS-Xb32 doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as the Charge, Pill or Soundlink Revolve, but it’s a great option as an alternative. Priced very similarly to the Charge 3 this Sony Bluetooth speaker offers a full day of battery life, yes 24 hours! The speakers on it aren’t quite up to scratch of either the Charge 3 or 4, but it does offer very similar features. Essentially with this device, you’re trading a bit of speaker quality for a larger battery, if that’s important to you.

FAQs About The JBL Charge

Now we’ve talked about, reviewed and compared the JBL Charge 3 and 4, we hope we’ve answered all your questions and you’re now confident with which one you want to purchase. If we haven’t however, we’ve pulled together some of the most common questions and answered them for you below:

Should I buy a refurbished version of the Charge?
We wouldn’t recommend it. Whilst buying at a refurbished price might seem like a great option because you’ll save a few bucks, the quality of the battery is going to be much lower than if you bought it new. That 20-hour battery life the Charge 3 & 4 boast won’t be achievable with a refurbished or used product as the more you use it, the less charge the battery can hold.

What about buying the JBL Flip 4 instead?
The Flip 4 is the baby brother of the Charge 4, it’s perhaps smaller and more portable, but you sacrifice some of the features like extra battery life and sound quality, however, it’s a fair amount cheaper than the Charge options (both of them) and is still a great Bluetooth speaker with most of the same features – apart from the charging other phones. It’s a good option if you want to save a bit of money.

Which is the best JBL speaker?
Are the Charge 3 & 4 not quite meeting your requirements for a Bluetooth speaker? The top of the range speaker that JBL has on offer in their wireless range is the JBL Xtreme 3. It’ll set you back a pretty penny though, priced at $349.99 currently, you can check it out here.

Can I leave the JBL Charge speakers permanently plugged in?
Yes, of course, you can, and you can use it as just a static speaker in your home. If however, you leave it plugged in for long periods you’re likely to damage the battery, so it may not last as long as it says on the product description. That being said both the Charge 3 & 4 are high enough quality speakers to use around your home.

How To Use Snapchat Filters (& Get / Unlock Hidden Ones)

Snapchat has many features like symbols, signs, icons, filters, and hidden Snapchat filters. The users cannot enjoy and have fun without the Snapchat filters. Before we go further, let’s clear a misconception about Snapchat filters and Snapchat lenses.

Snapchat filters:

These are simple videos and photos. The users can add special effects, speed, color, and location on their videos and pictures by overruling them. The users can use them by swiping left or right on your mobile camera screen on Snapchat. There are some location-based filters. Brands and individuals create these. They can be accessible within a geographic region. They are called as Geofilters. These are available on both front and rear cameras.

Snapchat lenses:

These are special sound and visual effects. You have to scan your face with the Snapchat camera, and then you will be able to add them to your selfies and videos with those special sounds and visual effects. Lenses can be used after scanning the facial features. Both rear and front camera can be used for Snapchat lenses. Dog or puppy face, flower crown are some most famous Snapchat lenses.

Both Snapchat filters and lenses can be used interchangeably. Lenses are some kind of filters. In order to clear the confusion, we can use a dog filter in place of a dog face lens.

Snapchat is a cool way to connect with friends. It is a fun time to send silly snaps to your friends. Even stories can be created. Snapchat does not get you bored. They will give you New filters to add brightness to your life.

This very app has various filters like Geofilters And lenses with which people are obsessed. They can use special effects after taking videos or pictures of them.

It is one of the best features. It allows users to apply special effects while taking a photo and changing their faces into a cat, lion, dog, funny things, and much more.

How to get Snapchat filters?

It is easy to add Snapchat filters. Just to go to the profile, click on the tag in the right corner. This is called the setting menu. Now go to manage> Filters. When you will start the camera, just tap on the screen. A number of circles will appear alongside the button where are you click a snap. Now scroll and have fun. These filters change and vanish frequently. With access to Snapchat filters, you can easily have a size to Geofilters and location-based filters, so you have to give access to your location to Snapchat.

How to use Snapchat filters and lenses?

There are eight Snapchat filters by default. They have different colors like Sapia, black and white, etc. there are speed filters, time filters, and temperature filters. You can use them by simply adding layovers to your videos and photos. You will also get Geofilters available in The radius of your location along with the day filter.

You can use Snapchat filters by taking a photo, and video using the Snapchat camera then swipe the screen left or right. By swiping, you will have a size to all the filters and lenses. You can use three filters at one time. For this, you have to select a filter. Then tap and hold onto the filter with one hand and swipe across the screen with the other hand. Now, set up the second filter and repeat the same swiping process across the screen to assess another filter. One thing to note down is that filters are only available when you have clicked the photo or video on Snapchat.

Lenses:

The next filters include dog filters, flower crown filters, voice changers, face web filters, etc. There are almost 26 lenses in Snapchat. Most lenses can add special effects to your voice and face. Some lenses are made for the rear camera. To use the lens, you have to open the Snapchat camera, switch to the front camera, then tap and hold to the middle of the screen. Then the app will scan your face, and the lens will appear on the screen. The lenses will appear as circles on the screen. Your face should be in front of the camera. To capture the effects, tap and hold on the circle; as long as you want to record a video and photo, simply tap on the big circle at the bottom of the screen.

Snapchat birthday filter:

For this filter, go to settings> My account> Birthday. Enter your birthday and confirm your age. This filter is available only for one day in a year.

On the day of your birthday, cake emoji will appear by the side of your username. Your friends and well-wishers can send their wishes. This filter helps everyone use this filter and post your Photos with the filter on it. You can have a custom Snapchat birthday filter. Go to www.snapchat.com/on demand and design your own filter. Snapchat has numerous pre-design templates to use.

Snapchat Dog filter:

It is one of the most popular filters on Snapchat. Many celebrities like Kylie Jenner have also used it. This filter is a lens and is easily available in all the updates. Use dog filter tap on the Centre Circle to take a picture, now open your mouth and keep your tongue out to create the dog face.

Snapchat flower filter:

Like the dog filter, the Snapchat flower filter is also a lens. It is easily available in all the updates of Snapchat. When you activate it, the filter will put a crown of flowers on your head as your face appears on the camera screen. This filter adds special effects to your eyes and face. The face becomes brighter, and the color is added to your eyes. This appearance is like a fairy.

Snapchat speed filter:

This filter has been misused and caused accidents and even debts. So be very careful while using it. This Filter is like of speedometer. It actually measures the speed when you are taking a snap or a video.

How to get hidden Snapchat filters?

There are hidden Snapchat filters and lenses that are available. They are not readily available. To assess these, you have to scan snap codes to unlock these filters. These snap codes are special Snapchat codes. By scanning them from your Snapchat app, you can unlock the hidden filters and lenses that can only be four a limited time period or addition. By unlocking the hidden Snapchat filter on lenses, you will prompt a new lens found or A new filter found.

How to create a Snapchat filter?

You can design, create, or purchase your own Snapchat filter from inside the Snapchat app. There are a lot of templates to choose from. So you can make or design your own Snapchat filter.

  • Tap on “my profile” to open settings
  • Tap “On-demand Geofilters” and tap “filters.”
  • Select an occasion and choose a template

To edit your filter:

  • Please tap on the existing text to edit it.
  • Or Drag it into the trash.
  • Tap on add stickers
  • Add to your and your friends a bit more G, tab, and search for the friends you want to add.
  • Tab when your filter looks just as you want.

Trivia Crack – Tips & Tricks Guide

Trivia Crack is a mobile app. Players compete with and against friends and people around the world in a game. This game is a question-based game, which has six categories like entertainment, sports, art, history, geography, and science. Six cartoonish Iconic characters represent the six categories. Players can start a new game by pressing the new game button on the app. The player can play against their friends or a random opponent. The player begins the game with six empty slots. The first player cannot get more than three characters in the first round if the first player gets the third character in its first turn than the turn ends. The second pair can get all six characters in the first round. The game is over when one of the players gets all six characters.

First, tackle your weakest subjects

Always tackle your weakest grounds just while choosing a crown. By doing this, you will be lucky on the first try. If the opponent answers the questions correctly, then you may get a chance to steal that ground. If you become used to the subjects, which are not your favorite ones even in the beginning, it means that the game is going to be an easy one.

Buy unlimited lives

Two extra boosts, you have to pay extra coins or freeze spins. The $25 fee is one time, and you can play how much you want.

Help rate questions to gain an advantage

In the menu section, the player can choose to help trivia Crack out by rating questions. Both Google Play and the App Store have been filled with trivia-based games to test the knowledge of the players. These games have “guess the word” puzzle to full-on trivia mania.

It gives a chance to know what is coming for you. So the next time, if you are cut of lives, skip paying money to refill them but give the rating to the questions. You are also helping in weeding out tough questions.

Give a challenge to friends in the area are you XL.

When you take into the side menu, you can choose a ranking. You can watch the rankings of your friends and opponents. By tapping on their photos, you can see their profiles. Then scroll down and observe how they have performed in each subject until now. So to boost your ranking faster challenge your friends as well.

Use challenges to compete in weaker areas.

If in the game, your opponent has already won the crown that you have wished the most. Now take the chance to steal it from your friends. Always try to increase your chances in your week subject.

The airplane mode cheat

This mode cheat has mixed results, but one should feel free to try it. According to this mode, by giving a wrong answer, it will not be counted. The question will be repeated and will give a chance to answer correctly after seeing the answer.

  • Let the question load.
  • Swipe up the control center
  • Toggle on Airplane Mode
  • The answers can be recorded.
  • Turn off Airplane Mode after knowing the correct answer.
  • Open trivia crack again, answer the repeated question.

Screenshot difficult questions for review

If you have a difficult question, then you have to take a screenshot for the future. You can create an album on your iPhone or iPad with trivia crack screenshots. Therefore, you can get a chance to read and see repeatedly to see the questions.

Turn-lock screen notifications off

Trivia crack alerts the players even the small little things. Turn off the lock screen notifications if you do not want to finish off your battery. You can swipe down from the notification center and see all the alerts. You can save the battery.

Gems and diamonds in trivia crack

The diamonds or gems in trivia crack are used to activate the card machines and collect cards. The diamonds or James-meter increases with each correct answer. You can use your James to purchase gods, and that cards are used four extra lives, coins, and freeze pins.

The hearts in trivia crack are the number of lives you have on the game. Therefore, to start a game you will need lives. The more you play the more lives you will learn.

Trivia crack spinning wheel

To begin with, in the game, will have to spin the wheel. Choose if you want to play the category or not. If yes, then answer the questions. In addition, if it is correct, then spin the wheel again.

The crown bar in trivia crack

When you are answering, you will see a bar with a crown icon at the bottom of the screen. This bar indicates the number of questions you need to answer before you will get a crown question to start a challenge. If you give two answers correctly and your third answer is wrong, you do not have to worry, and then you get the turn, to answer the question correctly.

Time to read the answer

You will have 30 seconds to answer the questions. Read the answer and then give the correct answer.

Focus on the trivia crack characters you can excel.

There are six characters. Try to focus on the characters at which you are good enough to excel.

Open ends

Start with the category at which your opponent is banned. This will irritate the opponent.

Extra moves

There are some extra moves and power-ups. This will cost coins.

Bomb move

In this, you will get rid of the two wrong answers. This leaves you with the two answers. Only use trick when you do not have any Notion about which of the four can be the correct answer.

Skip move

This is very powerful. You can skip the question by using this power-up.

Second chance move

If your answer is wrong, then you will be given a second chance to answer again.

By using these tips and tricks, you can win the game. Trivia Crack increases your knowledge and make you eager for more information.

Candy Crush Saga – Order Levels

Candy crush saga is considered to be free to play match-three puzzle game which was released in 2012 by King. The Candy crush saga is compatible with iOS, Windows phone, android and Windows 10 as well.

In this game, the players have to accomplish different levels by swapping and clearing candies of different colours which are matched together.

The game Candy crush saga is further categorised into five different types of levels:

  • Target score levels
  • Daily levels
  • Ingredient levels
  • Time and levels
  • Order levels

In this we will be focusing on the candy order level:

The main goal of the candy order level is to clear out a specified amount of candies whether they are the normal ones or the special ones in a designated number of moves. The moment you complete the task of clearing out the normal and the special candies the leftover ones are converted into the strip candies which will be sugar crushed.

Many times the candy order levels can be very tricky. The Candy crush Saga has 110 candy order levels. There is a level icon which is pink in colour which denotes that it is an order level.

Since the order levels are quite tricky, we are here to provide you with some tips and tricks which can help you clear all the order levels.

Starting with the tips:

Before starting the game, you should have knowledge about the symbols and what do they mean. When you start playing the order level, there are a number of symbols that will guide you to words finishing the particular level and passing on to the next. If you are new with Candy crush Saga order levels, you might find the symbols a bit confusing, but with the regular candies, it is a bit easier to complete the level.

With the increasing levels, the colours of the candies also start increasing. In an order level, you should go for the candy which is more in number. Start pairing the ones which are more in number. The ones which are lesser in amount can be taken care of by making cascading combinations.

In case you are dealing with the one particular colour in the candy crush on that level, you can simply activate a colour bomb for a different colour which will enable you to have a few more moves.

The order levels start from level 126 and go up till level 493.

To make the tips and tricks for clearing Candy crush saga order levels much clearer. We can take the example of particular levels.

So let’s get started…

Level 126 (order levels)

Level 126 happens to be the first colour order level. In this level, you have to clear a designated amount of colour candies. In this particular level, you need to clear out 20 red candies, 20 green candies, 20 blue ones that too in just 25 moves and you have to score 10,000 points.

Many times you get stuck at the bottom so in order to clear up those candies the best Tipu we can give you is to use a colour bomb for clearing it up.

Candy crush Saga order levels appear to be easy but the gate quite complicated when the colour demands are intensified.

Next, we have picked up is…

Level 202

The requirement of clearing this level is scoring at least 30,000 points in just 50 moves or less along with forming 25 colour bombs.

The best tip which we can offer at this level is that you should start clearing the colours one after one with the help of colour bombs. Once you reduce the number of colours on the board itself, you can easily form new colour bombs. In this level of Candy crush saga, you do not have to worry about making special candies. Just focus on colour bombs.

The foremost thing which you have to do is to clear the frosting. You are provided with colour bombs and 19 sprinkle candies at the start of this level. The colour bombs, sprinkle candies and striped candies will help you clear all the candies, and it will be a clear shot to your win.

Next up Candy crush, saga order level is…

Level 321

To clear this order level, you have to collect 60 yellow candies, 60 blue candies and make a score of a minimum 10,000 points in just 45 or fewer moves.

In this level, you have to be aware of the time bombs which are located at the bottom. You need to plan your moves very carefully in order to get rid of them. You also have to keep a check on the colour changing candies which are also present at the bottom. Many times they change the colour right before you are about to create a colour bomb.

Marmalade and meringue blocks are located at the bottom. These are the things you need to deal with at first. These blocks will act as a hindrance while you are trying to reach the bombs. But the moment you clear these, it will be very easy for you to make special candies and matches as well.

Use the special candy is very wisely because they will help you remove the blocks and get rid of the time bombs at the bottom. They will also help you in collecting orders.

Moving further the next week I have is…

Level 493

This is the last order level of Candy crush saga. The best we can advise you is to create striped candies and try matching them vertically. This will help you clear the entire column of the candies.

The eliminated candies which are eventually converted into jellies will take you much closer to your goal. It would be best if you started making strip candies in order to clear the ones in the jellies. This way, you can complete the level very quickly.

The best thing you can do is to match your colour bombs with the stripped candies this can eliminate all of them together.

The finest way to clear this order level is two divided into halves. Try clearing the bottom half first and then step on to the top half.

Note: These were random levels which we picked for explaining different tips and tricks.

To clear the Candy crush Saga order levels, you need to keep all these tips and tricks in mind, and I am sure that you will have no hindrance in completing all your levels.

Good luck!

Bejeweled vs Bejeweled Blitz: What’s The Difference?

When was the last time your favorite video game got a facelift?

If your favorite game is Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook, the facelift came out recently offering blitz fans, even more, to get all worked up about.

The same trick and tips from original Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook are a good start to getting a top score, but that’s just the beginning. Some of the new features of Bejeweled Blitz blow away the competition and the original.

Just like before, speed is one of the key components of getting a high score in Bejeweled Blitz, but making combinations that include four or five gens just got even more important.

One of the nice improvements of the Bejeweled Blitz over the original is the ability to get special gems when you combine five gems with three horizontal and three vertical. The combination, sometimes shaped like a cross yields an all-new special gem – the star gem. Once you create the star gem, match it with two others of its base color and unleash its power.

Once the star gem is activated, it destroys all the gems in its row and in its column, substantially adding to your points and remaking the look of the board.

Connecting five gems of the same type in a vertical or horizontal line still results in a hypercube, but the hypercube just cooler too. In addition to a new graphic which looks something like a rotating die, the game makers also added a special feature when you exchange two hypercubes. Exchanging two cubes explodes every gem on the board, resulting in a huge jump to your score.

Another nice addition of the new version of Bejeweled Blitz is the “Last Hurrah” at the end of the game. Fans of Bejeweled Blitz will remember that you have just one minute to outscore your friends and enemies on Facebook. In the original game, nothing was more frustrating than leaving behind all those nifty special gems that you just hadn’t used yet.

Now, during the last hurrah, speciality gems including multiplier gems explode adding a bit more to your final total.

Speed is still the most important factor in the game, though, with a base speed bonus of 1250 points available with every exchange. Get the multiplier gems going and the speed bonuses are multiplied too.

The other way that speed is a factor in the game is the speed of your download ability. Players on dialup may find that the gems refresh slower and therefore make it harder to get the really great top scores.