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This week’s top stories: Ditching Galaxy S8 for the OnePlus 5, best Android phones, Amazon Fire TV mod mimics Android TV, more

In this week’s top stories: OnePlus 5 has some real advantages over Galaxy S8, we round up the best Android phones available now, and a new Amazon Fire TV mod copies the look, feel, and functionality of Android TV.

We kick things off this week with the pros and cons of switching to the OnePlus 5. The phone has had a bit of a rough start with complaints of cheated benchmarks, an upside-down display, and a “jelly effect” while scrolling. Nonetheless, there are still many compelling reasons to make the OnePlus 5 your full-time phone. When booting up, you may be pleasantly surprised at the lack of carrier bloatware and unnecessary pre-installed apps. From a hardware standpoint, it also features a nifty alert slider similar to the iPhone’s.

Also, we have compiled for you a list of the best Android phones that you can buy at the moment. And there is now a mod that essentially turns your Fire TV into an Android TV.

These and the rest of this week’s top stories below:

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