New home construction in the US plummeted to a 5-month low in January

Housing starts tumbled in January to a five-month low.

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Housing starts fell 14.8% to a five-month low in January, Census Bureau data shows. 
Single-family starts dropped 4.7% following a 6.4% drop in December, the sharpest consecutive decline since the summer of 2022.
Economist David Rosenberg said it’s hard to blame winter weather, as declines were seen across the US. 

Housing starts collapsed 14.8% month-over-month in January to a five-month low, according to Census Bureau data released Friday.

The annualized rate of 1.331 million units came as as a surprise compared to consensus estimates, and the sudden plummet was even more stark relative to a big upward revision to December’s 1.562 million, up from an initial 1.46 million

Building permits also dropped 1.5% to 1.47 million, falling short of the forecast of 1.512 million. Private housing completions also disappointed, dropping 8.1% below the revised December estimate to 1.416 million. 

Building of single-family homes experienced a 4.7% decline following a 6.4% drop in December — marking the sharpest consecutive decline in that segment of the market since the summer of 2022. 

The decline in new construction flies against the trends of strong and rising demand throughout 2023 and into this year. It also marks a reversal from a period of rising supply seen recently, with new housing starts jumping 14.8% last November.  

But persistent inflationary pressure has dampened rate-cut hopes, keeping the rate on the 30-year mortgage elevated and weighing on the outlook for builders. The most popular US home loan jumped to 6.87% in the week ending February 9th, following a period of declines since mortgage rates topped 8% last October.

David Rosenberg, economist and president of Rosenberg Research, said in a note that it’s hard to determine how much seasonal factors like inclement weather played a part in sending construction starts tumbling last month. 

“After all, weather should not influence building permits which only involves a click of a button,” he said in a note on Friday, adding that the weather likely was not the culprit because the drop in housing starts was seen across regions, with a 20.6% fall in the Northeast, 30.0% in the Midwest, 9.7% in the South, and 15.7% in the West. 

Rosenberg added that a strong pipeline of multifamily construction will continue to impact the market for the foreseeable future. The silver lining here is that rising vacancies and lower property valuations in the sector will “act forcefully” to bring inflation down in the coming year, he said. 

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Sam’s Club CEO wants to use AI-powered cart scanners to ring you up automatically

Sam’s Club members must ring up their totals using the company’s phone app before heading to the exits, but that’s going to change.

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Sam’s Club’s new receipt-free exit tech is already wowing members at warehouses where it’s installed.AI-powered cameras recognize purchases that shoppers make with the phone app’s scan-and-pay feature.But Walmart CEO Doug McMillon says the scanning step will be eliminated too – “eventually.”

Walmart made waves last month when it revealed new AI tech that meant Sam’s Club would stop checking receipts at the door — and the process is expected to be even more streamlined in the future.

The high-tech system uses computer vision to recognize the contents of Sam’s Club members shopping carts to confirm their purchases as they exit the warehouse — dispensing with the need for physical receipt checks.

Currently installed in 10 stores, the big blue gateways are already a hit with customers, Sam’s Club CEO Chris Nicholas said on Walmart’s fourth-quarter earnings call Tuesday. Sam’s Club is a Walmart-owned company.

“I was in a club last week watching members just walk out, and the joy that it gives them — that some computer vision and AI is making their lives better without them knowing why or how — is really exciting,” he said.

Sam’s Club uses computer vision and AI to confirm purchases in shoppers’ carts in real-time.

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If the phrase “Just walk out” rings a bell, that’s of course because Amazon has been using it to market its own version of ultra-low friction convenience store-style shopping.

Sam’s Club US’s chief merchant, Megan Crozier, even threw some shade at the small-format tech during the company’s presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

“It’s one thing to enable this easy kind of exit tech in a small-footprint store for a handful of items,” she said. “You’ve all seen it: You can get an apple, a cheese stick, maybe something as big as a box of cereal, but we’re doing it at scale.”

Warehouse scale, that is.

Of course, one key difference between the retailers’ tech is that Amazon’s stores automatically detect and charge for whatever shoppers pick and leave the store with, while Sam’s Club members must ring up their totals using the company’s phone app before heading to the exits.

But that’s going to change, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said on Tuesday’s call.

“Eventually we want to remove all of that part of the process too,” he said.

“We do,” Sam’s Club’s Nichols added.

Amazon’s Just Walk Out tech doesn’t require scanning labels at all.

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Neither McMillon nor Nicholas detailed when this next step would occur, but it could be a while yet. The company is still in the process of rolling out the futuristic blue gantries to its nearly 600 warehouses across the US through the rest of this year.

Even so, it’s another shot at Amazon that Walmart has taken in recent months as the world’s largest retailer beefs up its e-commerce performance, marketplace partnerships, and digital ad business.

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American Airlines is raising its checked bag fees and overhauling how customers earn miles

American Airlines is changing up its baggage and AAdvantage policies.

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American Airlines is raising its bag fees beginning Tuesday.The Texas-based airline is also changing how customers earn frequent flyer miles and loyalty points.The changes incentivize customers to book directly with the airline. 

American Airlines is making checked bag fees more expensive while also tightening its policy on which travel agency bookings can earn frequent flyer miles.

Beginning Tuesday, the fee for a passenger’s first checked bag on a domestic flight is $35, if they pay online. If you pay in person, the fee is $40. A second bag will cost $45 to check regardless of whether you pay online or at the airport.

It previously cost $30 to check one bag with American Airlines, and a second bag was $40. The last increase was more than five years ago in 2018, CNBC reported.

Although the price for checking the bags is higher, the airline has come down on the fee for slightly overweight bags. Travelers on April 17 and going forward will see a $30 fee for bags up to three pounds over the 50-pound limit. Before the change, it would cost them $100.

As for booking, American Airlines is cracking down on where travelers can earn AAdvantage frequent flyer miles when they purchase a plane ticket. Starting May 1, flights must be booked with American Airlines, preferred travel agencies, and eligible oneworld and partner airlines to earn flyer miles.

Passengers will no longer be able to earn miles or loyalty points on basic economy tickets that aren’t booked directly through American Airlines or its partner airlines.

For those who aren’t sure if the travel agency they’re working with is preferred by American Airlines, the website recommends checking with the agency or staying tuned for more information by the end of April.

American Airlines competitor Delta maintains a $30 fee for a passenger’s first checked bag and $40 for their second. Meanwhile, budget airline Southwest is still letting travelers check two of their bags for free.

Are you a current or recent employee at a major airline? Reach out to this reporter via email at [email protected] with any tips.

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Private Jet Tracker Claps Back at Taylor Swift’s Attorney

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The litigious wrath of Taylor Swift is well-documented and much-feared in the industry, but Jack Sweeney, a college student with a passion for publicly documenting private jet journeys taken by the rich and famous, is pushing back against the pop star. On Monday, Sweeney announced on X that he had sent a dismissive reply to Katie Wright Morrone, Swift’s attorney, in response to a cease and desist letter Morrone sent that demanded that Sweeney stop posting Swift’s jet journeys online.

At the end of December, Morrone’s cease and desist to Sweeney insisted that he was guilty of engaging “in stalking and harassing behavior, including consistently publishing real-time and precise information about our Client’s location and future whereabouts to the public.”

“We request that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication of this information,” Morrone’s letter continued.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

The best Android phones of 2024

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The best Android phone has the features you want for a worthwhile price.

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Choosing the best Android phone depends on the features you prioritize and your target price range. There are many Android phone brands, each with distinct approaches to hardware and software, and price tags vary widely. 

To help you sort through the Android landscape, we’ve tested more than a dozen current phones to land on a definitive list of the seven best Android phones you can buy now. For transparency, we don’t aim to point out which Android phones have the most features; you can look at a publicly available specs sheet for that. Rather, we favor those with the highest quality features based on our testing.

Google’s Pixel phones dominate our 2024 guide for the best Android phones. Our top pick is the Google Pixel 8, a stellar overall phone that would suit the vast majority of Android users. If you’re not in the market for a high-end phone, we recommend the Google Pixel 7a as our top budget option. 

Our top picks for the best Android phones

Best overall: Google Pixel 8 – See at Amazon

Best budget: Google Pixel 7a – See at Amazon

Best budget alternative: Google Pixel 6a – See at Amazon

Best camera: Google Pixel 8 Pro – See at Amazon

Best battery life: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra – See at Amazon

Best small phone: Samsung Galaxy S24 – See at Amazon

Best foldable phone: OnePlus Open – See at Amazon

Best overall

We debated heavily whether Google’s Pixel 8 or Samsung’s Galaxy S24 should take the top spot, and we ultimately went with the Google Pixel 8. It has the best balance of performance, camera quality, battery life, and features for the best value out of all the Android phones we’ve tested. 

It’s true that Samsung’s Galaxy S24 has a more powerful processor and three cameras compared to the Pixel 8’s dual-lens camera. However, the Pixel 8’s performance is effectively on par in daily use, more than enough to run any app or game smoothly, and its photo quality is better than the Galaxy S24’s. 

Google’s Pixel 8 is the top Android phone overall and beats the Galaxy S24 thanks to superior camera quality and a better result in our battery test.

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Indeed, despite only having two cameras instead of three, the Pixel 8’s cameras have a lower tendency to overexpose photos, where some bright patches can be so bright that they’re void of detail. The Pixel 8’s cameras also showed they can better handle less-than-ideal lighting with sharper and clearer images than the Galaxy S24 produces. 

The Pixel 8 has a 6.2-inch OLED display that supports 120Hz and 1080p resolution. It’s missing the Galaxy S24 display’s 1-120Hz variable refresh rate designed to reduce power consumption. However, the Pixel 8 still managed to beat the Galaxy S24 in our battery test with a 61% result compared to 59%, even when the always-on display feature was enabled. 

Google also dramatically improved its support for the best Google Pixel phone models; the Pixel 8 series offers seven years of Android and security updates, which is on par with Samsung’s latest flagship series and a vast improvement from the five or fewer years of support Google offered for previous generations. 

We’d recommend the Galaxy S24 instead if you often use your phone’s zoom lens or wish you had a zoom lens to take better photos of subjects further away, as it has a dedicated 3x zoom camera that is more capable with zoomed photos than the Pixel 8.

See our guide to the best Google Pixel 8 cases to protect the phone. 

Best budget

Google’s Pixel 7a is essentially a premium device with high-end performance, features, and camera quality that’s dressed in somewhat less-premium materials. In return for the slightly diminished aesthetic of thick display borders and plastic back, the Pixel 7a typically costs $499.

The Pixel 7a’s MSRP is on the high side for a budget pick, especially compared to the $349 Pixel 6a. But unlike the Pixel 6a, the Pixel 7a comes with several worthwhile premium features, like a more recent flagship processor (Google’s Tensor G2), wireless charging, a smoother high refresh-rate display, and the option of fast mmWave 5G connectivity, all of which combine to make the Pixel 7a our top pick among the best budget Android phones

The Pixel 7a is the top Android phone you can buy in the budget range.

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In our intensive battery test, the 6.1-inch Pixel 7a’s 60% result is astonishingly good for a phone of this size; it matches some premium phones with bigger screens, like the 6.7-inch Galaxy S24 Plus (60%).

While the Pixel 7a’s 64MP main camera and 13MP ultrawide camera are ostensibly a significant upgrade from the Pixel 6a’s 12MP cameras, in our testing, we found little discernible difference between the excellent photos the two budget phones produce. We also found little difference in camera quality between the Pixel 7a and some high-end devices, many of which cost twice as much. 

Read our full Google Pixel 7a review, and see our guide to the best Google Pixel 7a cases to protect the phone.

Best budget alternative

We realize the Pixel 7a’s price stretches the definition of “budget.” With that in mind, Google’s Pixel 6a is the next budget Android phone we’d recommend, thanks to its performance and stunning camera quality for its $349 price. 

The Pixel 6a runs on Google’s Tensor processor from the flagship Pixel 6 series released in 2021. By expensive premium standards, the Tensor processor may be getting on with age, but it’s a powerhouse for the Pixel 6a’s price. 

Google’s Pixel 6a is undeniably the top “true budget” option thanks to its performance and incredible camera quality for the price.

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The Pixel 6a also includes two 12MP cameras, one main and one ultrawide, that deliver stunning results for the price. In fact, we’d be hard-pressed to tell a Pixel 6a photo from a Pixel 8 Pro photo without pixel peeping and examining closely. 

With a 60Hz display, the Pixel 6a lags behind other budget Android phones with higher refresh rates, but we think it’s an easy compromise to make, considering its performance and cameras.

Read our full Google Pixel 6a review, and see our guide to the best Google Pixel 6a cases to protect the phone. 

Best camera

The Android phone with the best camera is Google’s Pixel 8 Pro because, quite simply, it takes the best photos out of all the Android phones we’ve tested so far. 

The Pixel 8 Pro’s cameras capture memories in beautifully natural colors while maintaining the best balance of brightness and contrast. The result is photos that are less prone to overexposure and gorgeous depth thanks to superior dynamic range. 

The Pixel 8 Pro might not have four cameras like the Galaxy S24 Ultra, but its photo quality is consistently better.

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We also found that the Pixel 8 Pro isn’t as dependent on optimal lighting conditions as Samsung’s Galaxy S24 Ultra to capture sharp photos of moving subjects, like kids and pets. Indeed, photos taken in less ideal lighting conditions with the Galaxy S24 Ultra can appear somewhat blurry and grainy. 

The Pixel 8 Pro’s three cameras include a 50MP main camera, a 48MP 5x zoom camera, and a 48MP ultrawide camera, and they offer plenty of versatility. 

The Pixel 8 Pro uses a highly effective digital zoom when going between its main and 5x lenses, combining the main and ultrawide cameras to produce a photo nearly as sharp as a dedicated optical lens at 3x zoom, for example. 

Still, Google’s solution for digital zoom isn’t quite as high quality as a dedicated zoom lens, like the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s 3x zoom lens. And Samsung’s Galaxy S24 Ultra takes slightly better photos at 10x zoom, too. With that said, we stand by our pick for the Pixel 8 Pro, as overall photo quality is still better and more balanced on the Pixel 8 Pro. 

The Pixel 8 Pro also takes high-quality videos with equally excellent color, brightness, and contrast as its photos.

Read our full Google Pixel 8 Pro review, and see our guide to the best Google Pixel 8 Pro cases to protect the phone. 

Best battery life

Phones with bigger displays almost always have the best battery life, and the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra with a 6.8-inch display and 5,000mAh battery obtained the best result in our battery stress test among flat Android phones, ending the test with a whopping 66% remaining. 

That’s a phenomenal result. The traditional Android phone with the next best score is the Google Pixel 8 Pro with 62%. Indeed, most phones with large displays score between 60% and 62%.

The Galaxy S24 Ultra holds the highest score in our battery test for a traditional phone (non-foldable).

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The battery stress test is designed to simulate a blend of lighter and heavier workloads. It includes five runs of the Geekbench 6 app, two runs of the intensive 20-minute 3DMark Wild Life Stress Test, two hours of video streaming, and one hour of music streaming while connected to a Bluetooth speaker.

While you’re unlikely to change your charging habits too much, the Galaxy S24 Ultra has the most potential out of any Android phone we’ve tested to last a couple of days of light use. The Galaxy S24 Ultra’s battery life also offers more confidence that it’ll last through your typical day.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review, and see our guide to the best Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra cases to protect the phone.  

Best small phone

You’d think our top pick, the Pixel 8 with a 6.2-inch display, would also win the best small phone category, but technically, the best, most compact phone we’ve tested is Samsung’s Galaxy S24. Additionally, we thought the Galaxy S24 deserves a spot on this list, as it’s a very close second to the Google Pixel 8.

Indeed, the Galaxy S24 also has a 6.2-inch display, but it’s among the most compact and lightest Android phones available in the US. It’s incredibly lightweight at only 5.9 ounces, whereas the Pixel 8 weighs in at 6.6 ounces. 

The Galaxy S24 is slightly more compact and lighter than the Pixel 8, and it deserves a spot on this list.

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Many associate large phones with the most power, but the Galaxy S24 is a compact powerhouse with the same processor as the $1,300 Galaxy S24 Ultra. When paired with a supreme OLED display with adaptive 1-120Hz refresh rate, the Galaxy S24 offers a fast and fluid experience for whatever you’re doing. 

The Galaxy S24 is one of the few phones in the $800 range that includes a 3x zoom lens in addition to the main and ultrawide cameras that most phones in the price range come with. 

To be transparent, the Galaxy S24’s cameras are somewhat flawed, at least compared to the Pixel 8. The Galaxy S24 can take excellent photos when lighting conditions are good, and subjects stay still, but it’s prone to overexposing brighter details. Additionally, when lightning conditions aren’t optimal, moving subjects like kids and pets can appear grainy and occasionally slightly blurry. 

The Galaxy S24 surprised us with its battery life. It ended our battery test with 59%, which is not only a good score for a small phone but also for a large phone. The Galaxy S24 Plus, for example, scored 60% in the same test.

See our guide to the best Samsung Galaxy S24 cases to protect the phone. 

Best foldable phone

When it comes to foldable phones, we prefer the book-style design over clamshell flip-style designs. Book-style foldables are significantly more expensive, but they offer vastly greater functionality with their tablet displays, and you don’t have to worry as much about battery life or performance as you do with clamshell foldables. 

The first foldable phone we’d recommend to anyone who asks is the OnePlus Open, thanks to its premium, solid design and build quality, large cover and tablet displays, and excellent performance. The OnePlus Open’s cameras are stellar, too, even if they’re a little dependent on ideal lighting conditions, and battery life proved solid in our tests.

The OnePlus Open is the most impressive foldable phone we’ve tested thanks to its build quality that feels a step above, and its larger cover and tablet displays.

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We’ve tested and considered other book-style phones, including the Google Pixel Fold and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. However, the OnePlus Open’s build quality and large 7.6-inch tablet display sets it apart from the others with 7.6-inch tablet displays. To be sure, the other foldables we mentioned have great build quality, but the OnePlus Open is simply a step above. 

We also love the OnePlus Open’s large 6.3-inch cover display, as it’s wider than the Galaxy Z Fold 5’s awkwardly narrow cover display and larger than the Google Pixel Fold’s stout 5.8-inch cover display. It offers a comfortable experience familiar to a regular phone’s display, which is important, as you don’t want to feel like you constantly need to unfold the phone for basic tasks, like replying to a message or quickly searching the web.

See our guide to the best foldable phones for other top options. 

What is the best Android phone?

The best Android phone we recommend to most people is the Google Pixel 8. For its $699 starting price, it offers an ideal balance of performance, camera quality, and features. Samsung’s Galaxy S24 comes in at a close second.

Specs

Google Pixel 8

Google Pixel 7a

Google Pixel 6a

Google Pixel 8 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S24

OnePlus Open

Starting price

$699

$499

$349

$999

$1,299.99

$799.99

$1,699.99

Processor

Google Tensor G3

Google Tensor G2

Google Tensor

Google Tensor G3

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Optimized for Galaxy 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Optimized for Galaxy 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

Release date

October 2023

May 2023

July 2022

October 2023

January 2024

January 2024

October 2023

Display

6.2 inches, 1080p OLED, 120Hz

6.1 inches, 1080p OLED, 90Hz

6.1 inches, 1080p OLED, 60Hz

6.7 inches, 1344p OLED, 1-120Hz

6.8 inches, 1440p OLED, 1-120Hz

6.2 inches, 1080p OLED, 1-120Hz

7.82 inches, 2268p, AMOLED, 1-120Hz (unfolded); 6.31 inches, 1116p, AMOLED, 10-120Hz (folded)

Rear cameras

50MP main, 12MP ultrawide

64MP main, 13MP ultrawide

12MP main, 12MP ultrawide

50MP main, 48MP ultrawide, 48MP 5x zoom

200MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x zoom, 10MP 5x zoom

50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x zoom

48MP main, 64MP 3x zoom, 48MP ultrawide

Storage

128GB, 256GB

128GB

128GB

128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB

256GB, 512GB, 1TB

256GB, 512GB

512GB

How we test Android phones

Every phone is put through the same tests, including several days of personal use.

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We test Android phones as if they were our daily drivers for at least several days, often much longer. That way, we can get the best anecdotal feel for their performance, battery life, cameras, and new features.

We also conduct standard tests on all the phones we review and include in our guides.

For performance, we put the phones through a gamut of benchmarking apps to check for performance discrepancies between phones, at least on paper. These benchmark tests also help us evaluate how many years a phone could maintain its performance compared to other phones. We’ve used Geekbench 6 for general performance and the 3DMark Wild Life Stress Test to get a sense of extended heavy gaming performance. 

For camera testing, we photograph a set gamut of scenes with every phone; you may have seen our barn photos repeatedly. We take photos and videos with each lens on each phone and compare them to their direct competitors. We even compare premium phone cameras to budget options to evaluate the difference. 

For battery life, we run each phone through a stress test that simulates a mixture of typical daily workloads, like streaming a video and music, and high-intensity workloads, like playing demanding games. The battery stress test includes five runs of the Geekbench 6 app, two runs of the 3DMark Wildlife Stress Test, two hours of video streaming at a set average brightness, and one hour of music streaming with a Bluetooth speaker connected. At the end of the test, we note the remaining battery percentage on the phone.

Other Android phones we tested

Aside from the phones listed or mentioned above, we’ve tested a variety of the latest Android phones available. From Samsung, we also tested the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy A54, the latter of which is our best Samsung phone for budget value. 

We’ve also tested the latest OnePlus 12 and OnePlus 12R. We were convinced they’d feature in this guide, but we faced issues when using the Geekbench 6 benchmarking app, which we use to test battery life. 

For some reason, both the OnePlus 12 and OnePlus 12R obtained significantly lower scores in Geekbench 6 than we’d expect from their processors, which put our battery test results for the phones in doubt. The odd benchmark results also questioned whether we were experiencing the intended performance and full potential of both OnePlus devices. 

We are communicating with OnePlus to figure out the issue, and we’ll update this guide once we’re sure we’re getting the correct performance from the two phones.

FAQs

Who owns Android? 

In simple terms, Google owns the Android operating system. Other companies like Samsung and OnePlus can run Android on their phones because Google makes it freely available as an open-source operating system for anyone to use on their phones. Even you, the reader, could build your own phone that legally runs the Android operating system.  

The Android operating system looks and works differently on phones from different companies because phone makers modify it by adding their own software layers on top of Android for users to interact with.

For example, while Samsung phones run the core Android operating system that gives them access to the Google Play Store apps, they also run Samsung’s user interface (UI) layer called One UI, which adds a distinctive look and feel to the company’s phones. 

Which Android phone gets the most updates?

The best support window for Android phones is the seven years of Android operating system and security updates offered by the Google Pixel 8 phones and Samsung Galaxy S24 series.

Relative to the Pixel 8 phones, Google offers a smaller support window for two of the earlier phones we’ve included above, the Pixel 7a and Pixel Fold, both of which will get three years of Android updates and five years of security updates from their respective release dates. 

Best overall

Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Plus is our top pick because we don’t have to spend time talking about compromises like we do on most other Android phones — if you have a necessity in an Android phone, it’s more than likely that the Galaxy S23 Plus has it, and it has it in high quality. The only trade-off for such a complete experience is its $1,000 starting price.

The Galaxy S23 Plus’ performance goes beyond expectations for high-end Android phones in 2023 by running on a specially optimized processor that’s exclusive to the Galaxy S23 series — the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Optimized for Galaxy. The gains aren’t massive over other Android phones running the standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, like the OnePlus 11, but the Galaxy S23 Plus does occasionally open apps a little faster in side-by-side testing.

The rear triple-lens camera on the Galaxy S23 Plus delivers photos anyone would be happy with, and Samsung has also improved the selfie camera year-over-year, with surprisingly good HDR, portrait mode, colors, contrast, and brightness. Battery life on the Galaxy S23 Plus is excellent; among comparably sized Android phones, its 59% result in our intensive battery test was bested only by the Google Pixel 8 Pro, which scored 62%, and the OnePlus 11, which scored 61%. 

The Galaxy S23 Plus has a fairly large screen at 6.6 inches, which may be too large for some people, but its light weight at 6.91 ounces makes it incredibly comfortable in the hand. And, as expected for a high-end Android phone, the Galaxy S23 Plus’ display runs at a silky smooth 120Hz, which pairs beautifully with the phone’s powerful processor — every swipe and animation on the screen glides effortlessly. 

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus review.

Best budget

The Google Pixel 7a is essentially a premium device with high-end performance, features, and camera quality that’s dressed in somewhat less-premium materials. In return for the slightly diminished aesthetic of thick display borders and a plastic back, the Pixel 7a costs $499.

The Pixel 7a’s MSRP is on the high side for a budget pick, especially compared to the $349 Pixel 6a. But unlike the Pixel 6a, the Pixel 7a comes with several premium features, like a recent flagship processor (Google’s Tensor G2), wireless charging, a smoother high refresh-rate display, and the option of fast mmWave 5G connectivity — all of which combine to justify the price gap between the Pixel 7a and the Pixel 6a and make the newer model the top pick in our best budget Android phone guide. 

In our intensive battery test, the 6.1-inch Pixel 7a’s 60% result is astonishingly good for a phone of this size — it matches and outperforms some premium phones with bigger screens, like the 6.6-inch Galaxy S23 Plus (59%) and 6.8-inch Galaxy S23 Ultra (54%).

While the Pixel 7a’s 64MP main camera and 13MP ultrawide camera are ostensibly a significant upgrade from the Pixel 6a’s 12MP cameras, in our testing, we found little discernible difference between the excellent photos the two budget phones produce. There’s also little difference in camera quality between the Pixel 7a and some high-end devices, many of which cost twice as much. 

Read our full Google Pixel 7a review.

Best camera

Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra is the ultimate camera phone with its four lenses, including a 200-megapixel (MP) main camera, a 12MP ultrawide, a 10MP 3x zoom, and a 10MP 10x zoom.

Despite the very high-resolution main camera, you might not notice much of a difference in photo quality compared to other premium phones with around 50MP cameras — most high-end devices achieve a similarly good balance of color, brightness, contrast, and sharpness. 

What sets the Galaxy S23 Ultra apart from the other best Samsung phones, and from any other phone for that matter, is its fourth 10x optical zoom lens. It takes crisp, clear photos and videos in full detail significantly further than any other phone, making it the most versatile camera phone you can buy in the US.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra comes with a built-in stylus, the S Pen, which comes in handy for editing photos on the phone’s giant 6.8-inch screen — it offers precision and functionality that simply can’t be achieved with a fingertip. 

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra review.

Best battery life

Phones with bigger displays almost always have the best battery life, and the Google Pixel 8 Pro with a 6.7-inch display obtained the best result in our battery stress test among Android phones, ending the test with 62% remaining. 

The battery stress test is designed to simulate a blend of lighter and heavier workloads. It includes five runs of the Geekbench 6 app, two runs of the intensive 20-minute 3DMark Wild Life Stress Test, two hours of video streaming, and one hour of music streaming while connected to a Bluetooth speaker.

The Pixel 8 Pro’s 62% is a great result, but it’s not far ahead of other Android phones with similar screen sizes. The Galaxy S23 Plus (6.6 inches) ended the test with 59% remaining, and the OnePlus 11 (6.7 inches) with 61%. Surprisingly, the Galaxy S23 Ultra with a 6.8-inch display did remarkably poorly with 54% remaining at the end of our test. 

At the end of the day, the Pixel 8 Pro’s result doesn’t mean it’ll last significantly longer than the Galaxy S23 Plus or the OnePlus 11 — you’ll still need to charge the Pixel 8 Pro whenever you usually charge your phones. That’s to say, if you’re not a Google Pixel fan, you can pick either the Galaxy S23 Plus or OnePlus 11 and be just as happy with battery life. Choice is one of the best things about the Android ecosystem.  

Best small phone

The Android phone market is flooded with large screens, and you’d think fans of smaller phones are underserved, but not when the 6.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S23 is around. 

One of the best Samsung phones you can buy, the Galaxy S23 is essentially a smaller version of our pick for the best overall Android phone, the 6.6-inch Galaxy S23 Plus — it offers the same high-end performance, the same cameras, and the same design. 

Its battery life isn’t quite as good as the Galaxy S23 Plus (47% vs. 59%), but that’s understandable and expected in smaller phones. The only baffling compromise is its 25W charging speed compared to the Galaxy S23 Plus’ 45W charging speed, and it also has a lower base storage option at 128GB. 

At its starting price of $800, the Galaxy S23 is still on the expensive side, so we alternately recommend the Google Pixel 7a, which also has a 6.1-inch screen and currently starts at $499. 

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S23 review.

Best foldable phone

The Google Pixel Fold, Google’s first entry into the foldable phone market, immediately stood out on its release as the premier offering in the realm of Android foldable devices for one key reason: Its folded, exterior display offered a closer approximation to a traditional phone experience than any previous foldable phone. 

We find the exterior screens on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series awkwardly narrow to the point of providing a sub-par experience as a phone, while the Pixel Fold’s 5.8-inch exterior display is wider and more functional when using apps. (The latest entry in the foldable realm, the OnePlus Open, has an exterior display that improves on both the Z Fold phones and the Pixel Fold by striking a middle ground between the narrowness of the former and the width of the latter, but we’re still in the process of testing it fully.) 

The Pixel Fold’s exterior and interior screens operate at a smooth 120Hz, and the phone runs on Google’s proficient Tensor G2 processor, which we’ve found to be essentially on par in everyday use with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor that runs Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 5, despite the latter processor’s superior benchmark performance.  

If you’re looking for a new phone that can double as a tablet, the Pixel Fold is more than worth your while if its $1,799 starting price tag is within your budget. 

Read our full Google Pixel Fold review.

Best Android phones compared

Specs

Galaxy S23 Plus

Pixel 7a

Galaxy S23 Ultra

Pixel 8 Pro

Galaxy S23

Pixel Fold

Starting price

$1,000

$499

$1,200

$999

$800

$1,799

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Optimized for Galaxy 

Google Tensor G2

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Optimized for Galaxy 

Google Tensor G3

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Optimized for Galaxy 

Google Tensor G2

Release date

February 2023

May 2023

February 2023

October 2023

February 2023

June 2023

Screen size

6.6 inches

6.1 inches

6.8 inches

6.7 inches

6.1 inches

5.8-inch exterior; 7.6-inch interior

Rear cameras

50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x zoom

64MP main, 13MP ultrawide

200MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x zoom, 10MP 10x zoom

50MP main, 48MP ultrawide, 48MP 5x zoom

50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x zoom

48MP main, 10.8MP ultrawide, 10.8MP 5x zoom

Storage

256GB, 512GB

128GB

256GB, 512GB, 1TB

128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB

128GB, 256GB, 512GB

256GB, 512GB

How we test Android phones
Every phone is put through the same tests, including several days of personal use.

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We test Android phones as if they were our daily drivers for at least several days, and often much longer. That way, we can get the best anecdotal feel for their performance, battery life, cameras, and new features.

We also conduct standard tests on all the phones we review and include in our guides.

For performance, we put the phones through a gamut of benchmarking apps to check for performance discrepancies between phones, at least on paper. These benchmark tests also help us evaluate how many years a phone could maintain its performance compared to other phones. We’ve used Geekbench 6 for general performance, and the 3DMark Wild Life Stress Test to get a sense of extended heavy gaming performance. 

For camera testing, we photograph a set gamut of scenes with every phone; you may have seen our barn photos over and over again. We take photos with each lens on each phone and compare them to their direct competitors. We even compare premium phone cameras to budget options to evaluate the difference. 

For battery life, we run each phone through a stress test that simulates a mixture of typical daily workloads, like streaming a video and music, as well as high-intensity workloads, like playing demanding games. The battery stress test includes five runs of the Geekbench 6 app, two runs of the 3DMark Wildlife Stress Test, two hours of video streaming at a set average brightness, and one hour of music streaming with Bluetooth headphones connected. At the end of the test, we note the remaining battery percentage on the phone.

Best Android phone FAQs

Who owns Android? 

In simple terms, Google owns the Android operating system. Other companies like Samsung and OnePlus can run Android on their phones because Google makes it freely available as an open-source operating system for anyone to use on their phones. Even you, the reader, could build your own phone that legally runs the Android operating system.  

The Android operating system looks and works differently on phones from different companies because phone makers modify the operating system by adding their own layers of software on top of Android for users to interact with.

For example, while Samsung phones run the core Android operating system that gives them access to the Google Play Store apps, they also run Samsung’s user interface (UI) layer called One UI, which adds a distinctive look and feel to the company’s phones. 

Which Android phone gets the most updates?

The best support window for Android phones currently is the seven years of Android operating system and security updates offered by the new Google Pixel 8 phones.

Samsung’s current flagship phones offer a shorter support window; the company has said that its Galaxy S23 series phones will get four years of Android software updates and five years of security updates following their February 2023 release. 

Relative to the Pixel 8 phones, Google offers a smaller support window for two of the earlier phones we’ve included here, the Pixel 7a and Pixel Fold, both of which will get three years of Android updates and five years of security updates from their respective release dates. 

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See the hectic flight deck operations aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier in the Red Sea, where warplane pilots and crews are ‘on alerts all the time’

A fighter jet prepares for takeoff on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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The US Navy has been regularly striking Houthi missiles and drones before they launch.Planes from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower are always flying and ready to execute these strike missions.Business Insider recently traveled to the Ike in the Red Sea and saw these activities firsthand.

Flight operations aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower are chaotic to watch, with sailors and aircraft constantly in motion. That flurry of activity though allows the warship to put a tremendous amount of combat power in the air, including heavily armed jets that are ready to strike at a moment’s notice.

The Eisenhower, a nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier operating in the Red Sea, is a lead ship in the US Navy’s battle against the Iran-backed Houthis, who have spent the last few months firing missiles and drones into the international shipping lanes off the coast of Yemen.

Fighter jets from the Ike have been involved in intercepting these threats in the air and striking the Houthis directly in Yemen. It’s a large-scale operation for the crew to keep the aircraft ready for flight and airborne, with aircraft taking off from the carrier all the time.

Business Insider recently embarked on the Ike as it carried out its mission in the Red Sea and observed the flight ops firsthand. Here is what it looked like from the carrier’s massive flight deck.

The Eisenhower’s air wing includes F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters, E-2 Hawkeye early-warning aircraft, EA-18 Growler jets for electronic warfare and surveillance, and helicopters.
Sailors work on the flight deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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Most of the 70 aircraft on the carrier are on the flight deck. The rest of the planes are below in an area known as the “hangar bay,” where maintenance is performed.
The flight deck on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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The personnel on the flight deck wear different colored vests to indicate their jobs, such as handlers, landing signal officers, arresting gear and catapult officers, and so on.
Sailors work on the flight deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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These service members are constantly in the process of receiving planes, launching them, or getting aircraft ready for their next launch.
Sailors work on the flight deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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These preparations include refueling and rearming the aircraft with munitions, especially if any are released during the previous flight.
Sailors transport munitions on the deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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During a typical day on the Ike, dozens of planes may take off over multiple launch and recovery cycles that in total can last up to 12 hours — sometimes longer if needed.
A fighter jet prepares for takeoff on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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“We are on alerts all the time,” Capt. Marvin Scott, the commander of the Ike’s carrier air wing, told BI. “And then inside of those alerts we also have cyclic flight operations where we fly regularly over the course of half a day. We can go longer, we can go shorter. It just depends on exactly what the operational need is.”
A fighter jet is towed across the flight deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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Fighter jets carrying heavy payloads are launched from one of the Ike’s multiple catapults, which on this carrier are steam-powered mechanisms that slingshot the aircraft forward at fast speeds.
A fighter jet prepares for takeoff on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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When they take off, reaching speeds of 150 mph in just seconds, fighter jets make an incredibly loud roar and leave a trail of hot exhaust in their wake. It has a real “Top Gun” opening scene vibe to it, just without “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins playing.
A fighter jet takes off from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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Upon landing, the aircraft is slowed down in seconds from speeds of 150 mph by the Ike’s arresting gear, which are belts that help the aircraft quickly decelerate.
A fighter jet lands on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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Even though flight operations are chaotic with lots of moving parts, there are still moments of resounding peace and quiet on the flight deck between missions. But then it’s right back to operations again.
The flight deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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Ruby Franke, sobbing at sentencing, blames child abuse on being ‘deceived’ into thinking the world was ‘evil’

Disgraced YouTube mommy vlogger Ruby Franke has been sentenced.

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Former momfluencer Ruby Franke was sentenced to serve between four and 60 years in prison. Franke, known for her YouTube channel “8 Passengers,” was charged with four counts of aggravated child abuse.Franke’s business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, faced the same charges.

Disgraced momfluencer Ruby Franke was sentenced Tuesday to up to 60 years in prison after the mother-of-six pleaded guilty, along with her business partner, to abusing two of Franke’s children.

Moments before a Utah district court judge sentenced Franke to serve consecutively one to 15 years behind bars for each of the four aggravated child abuse counts she pleaded guilty to, Franke tearfully addressed the court, saying she never meant to harm her children.

The former mommy blogger told the court she was “deceived” and had a “distorted version of reality” that went “largely unchecked.”

“I was led to believe that this world was an evil place, filled with cops who control, hospitals that injure, government agencies that brainwash, church leaders who lie and lust, husbands who refuse to protect and children who need abuse,” Franke said, adding, “My choice to believe and behave this paranoia culminated into criminal activity, for which I stand before you today ready to take accountability.”

Franke’s business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, was handed down the same prison sentence on Tuesday.

Franke rose to fame with her family’s YouTube channel 8 Passengers. She was arrested at 9:33 p.m. on August 30, 2023, in Ivins, Utah, and later charged with six felony counts of child abuse.

The arrest followed years of controversy and allegations of child abuse.

“8 Passengers” had over 2 million subscribers at its peak, and it followed the lives of Franke, her husband Kevin, and their six children.

At the end of August, one of the children, Franke’s 12-year-old son, climbed through a window to get help for himself and his 10-year-old sister, prompting a neighbor to call the police.

At the time, police described the child as emaciated and injured, with duct tape around his ankles and wrists.

Franke’s eldest daughter, Shari Franke, 20, is estranged from her family and celebrated her mother’s arrest.

“Today has been a big day,” she wrote in an Instagram story. “Me and my family are so glad justice is being served. We’ve been trying to tell the police and CPS for years about this, and so glad they finally decided to step up.”

Hildebrandt received the same charges because the children were found at her house.

Franke and Hildebrandt set up the controversial parenting channel ConneXions, which they described as a mom’s “support group.” They claimed to “help treat those lost and stranded in the darkness of distortion — which addictions, fear, sadness, and all other self-destructive behaviors derive from.” But, their methods were criticized as damaging, extreme, and authoritarian.

Both the 8 Passengers and ConneXions YouTube channels have now been terminated.

Since Franke and Hildebrandt’s arrest, more details have emerged about the abuse Franke’s young children were subjected to.

Both women pleaded guilty and struck plea deals after court filings alleged they tortured the kids.

In the agreement, prosecutors said Franke forced her son’s head underwater, smothered him with her hands, and kicked him while wearing boots. It said she also forced her daughter to run barefoot on roads, withheld food and water, and scolded her for being “evil and possessed,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Documents also stated Hildebrandt “physically forced or coerced” Franke’s daughter to repeatedly jump into a cactus.

Franke’s lawyer, LaMar Winward, said in a statement that Franke was “manipulated” by Hildebrandt.

He said Hildebrandt “systematically isolated” Franke “from her extended family, older children, and her husband, Kevin Franke.”

That gave her a “distorted sense of morality,” he said.

Hildebrandt has faced allegations of misconduct dating back years, including leaking confidential information about a client to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Her attorney also gave a short statement after the hearing, saying there were “a few details” in the deal that they were “not in full agreement with,” but he did not elaborate further.

Franke’s husband Kevin has kept quiet through the hearings but has made several statements through his lawyer Randy Kester.

Kester released a statement on February 19 to Law & Crime Network. He said they trusted the judge to sentence both women to “1-15 years for each of the four counts, to run consecutively.”

“The treatment these children received at the hands of those whom the children had a right to trust, was horrific and inhumane, both physically and psychologically,” Kester said. “Kevin remains focused on the rehabilitation of these sweet and vulnerable children so that they might return to a normal life as soon as possible.”

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My daughter attends an IB charter school. Her student-driven classes are more about mastery than memorization.

The author, left, and her daughter, who attends an IB charter school.

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My daughter switched from a traditional education to an International Baccalaureate (IB) program.The IB system focuses on skill mastery over rote memorization and allows for student-led learning.My daughter is prepared to be a global citizen; the school emphasizes cultures and languages.

My daughter began her formal education at a standard, large American public school. She learned basic skills and made progress. However, the focus on rote memorization, testing, and standardization left her largely uninspired by school. 

Studies showing declines in achievement across the board for US students supported my belief that the current American education system was not the best choice for my daughter. 

That’s when she enrolled in an IB program, and everything changed for her. 

I knew different educational systems existed

While in college, I studied abroad several times and traveled extensively. While I didn’t study education, my experiences gave me insight into how children are educated worldwide. Raising my kids in Washington, DC, also gave me insight into how different countries educate their children. I heard from friends about educational approaches that gave students more control over what they learned — without sticking to an extremely rigid timeline that was expected to work for every child in every subject.  

When my daughter finished elementary school, I started looking for a school that would be a better fit. Even though my daughter is a dual citizen, moving abroad wasn’t feasible for my family. I started looking for alternatives closer to home. 

When my daughter started middle school, she enrolled in a public charter school with an International Baccalaureate (IB) program. I was thrilled that she would be following a curriculum that is used worldwide with consistently high results. 

My daughter has now been enrolled in an IB program for three years. Out of all the different learning environments my children have tried, I am most impressed with the IB approach to education.

The IB program focuses on mastery of skills — not memorization

One of the things that drew me and my daughter to the IB program is its emphasis on mastering skills instead of rote memorization. 

Instead of aiming for straight As for the sake of “good” grades, my daughter is now encouraged to push herself to demonstrate how much she knows on any given topic. This system encourages her to dive deeper into subjects, adding complexity and nuance — even after proving she knows the material. 

While other schools send home lists of requirements with checkmarks showing that an assignment was completed, teachers in my daughter’s IB program provide more thoughtful feedback about how she can push her mastery to the next level.

Feedback is also consistent throughout the term, and my daughter can resubmit most assignments after a teacher has looked at her work. She can show that she has learned from her teacher’s feedback and try again instead of simply being handed a grade a few times a term.

This grading approach differs greatly from many schools that simply hand a grade to a student and move on to the next topic.  

Learning in the IB program is more student-driven 

One of the first classes my daughter took at her IB school was called Student-Led Learning. The class focused on teaching students the skills they would need to be successful throughout their middle school years and beyond, allowing them to choose their topic and work at their own pace. 

As she moved through the IB program, she was allowed to progress quickly through math. She now takes science quizzes at her own pace, as she feels ready to demonstrate what she has learned. 

At the end of each term, my daughter is encouraged to engage in self-reflection. Instead of parent-teacher conferences, I attend Student-Led Conferences with my daughter, where she and I discuss her progress and challenges with her advisor. Together, we develop concrete plans for my daughter’s success

The program is preparing my daughter to be a global citizen

IB programs emphasize world cultures. My daughter’s program offers immersion classes in several languages and gives students the opportunity to participate in cultural traditions from around the world. 

The program also attracts like-minded families who value diversity and want to prepare their children for an increasingly global world. Because learning about people with lives very different than hers is an integral part of the curriculum, my daughter will be better prepared to enter the world as a global citizen. 

Whatever my daughter winds up doing in life, I am confident that her IB education will be an asset. 

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That airless Wilson basketball you see influencers trying out? It costs $2,500, and it’s already sold out.

Wilson’s new airless basketball is selling for a whopping $2,500.

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Wilson debuted its limited edition airless basketball on Friday.The Airless Gen 1 comes with a $2,500 price tag, and it’s already sold out.The 3D-printed ball is the topic of discussion on X, TikTok, and Instagram.

Wilson created a futuristic airless basketball that’s getting all the hype on social media, and the $2,500 price tag didn’t stop it from selling out.

The limited edition Airless Gen 1 is a 3D printed basketball that allows air to pass through it — unlike a traditional basketball that’s pumped with air. Still, it can be dribbled and nearly fits the required specifications of a regulation ball, according to Wilson.

At $2,500, the Airless Gen 1 is more than 10 times the price of Wilson’s official NBA game ball, which goes for about $200 on the official site.

And yet, it’s sold out of all three color options.

Wilson’s airless basketball is getting a lot of hype online.

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The airless ball, made in collaboration with retailer New Era, has been the topic of discussion for influencers and sports enthusiasts curious to see how it holds up next to modern basketballs.

Early reviews of the basketball have gotten millions of views across social media platforms. The most immediate difference between the Airless Gen 1 and a regular basketball — other than appearance — is the sound.

Reviewer Marques Brownlee dribbled the 3D-printed ball next to a regular NBA ball, and the airless ball bounced to the same height without a sound.

But, viewers weren’t easily convinced in the comments. Some compared it to a whiffle ball while others were put off by the price.

“The EVs of Basketballs,” one comment read.

Despite the naysayers, the limited edition basketball has sold out on Wilson’s website, and it’s unclear if it will return any time soon. Wilson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

Those who manage to snag one will receive a carrying case, a display stand, and a customized luggage tag.

Time will tell if the Airless Gen 1 will become a collectible or the foundation of a new era of basketball.

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‘Boy Meets World’ Stars Discuss ‘Horrifying’ Past Defense of Convicted Child Abuser

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Boy Meets World stars Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel, and Will Friedle used the latest episode of their rewatch podcast to address their experiences with convicted sexual abuser Brian Peck.

On the Monday edition of Pod Meets World, the hosts were joined by family therapist Kati Morton in a discussion about Peck, who guest-starred on two Season 5 episodes of Boy Meets World. In the podcast episode’s intro, Fishel explained that they felt the need to address Peck because his episodes are coming up in their recap podcast, and because both Strong and Friedle were recently contacted for statements about Peck.

(Though she didn’t explain why, it’s likely because Peck’s story is set to be featured in an upcoming docuseries, Quiet on Set, about past alleged abuse and grooming at Nickelodeon.)

Read more at The Daily Beast.