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Mark Jansen

Mark Jansen


Mark Jansen is an avid follower of everything that beeps, bloops, or makes pretty lights. He has a degree in Ancient & Medieval History, which obviously makes him a shoo-in to write about technology for a living. He currently contributes to the Mobile section on Digital Trends, with a particular emphasis and expertise on exploring the weirder side of smartphones, from tiny rugged phones to massive gaming phones. You'll most often find him seeking out leaks and rumors on upcoming devices, and playing with a variety of new apps for both Android and iOS.

The Samsung Galaxy S24 laying on a shelf with its screen turned on.

The best Samsung Galaxy S24 cases: the 10 best ones so far

The Samsung Galaxy S24 may be the smallest of the new S-range, but it's no wimp. Here are the best Samsung Galaxy S24 cases to help it last for years.
Leaked design of OnePlus Watch 2.

The next OnePlus smartwatch is coming soon with a big upgrade

It seems we don't have long to wait to see the new OnePlus Watch 2. OnePlus's new watch also looks to have a big advantage the first watch didn't have, too.
Renders of the Samsung Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S23 next to each other.

Samsung Galaxy S24 vs. Galaxy S23: Should you upgrade?

The Samsung Galaxy S24 is the newest smaller Samsung flagship phone, and it's incredible. But should you trade in your Samsung Galaxy S23 for it?
A render of the front and back of the Moto G Play (2024).

Motorola’s newest cheap Android phone looks shockingly good

The new Motorola Moto G Play 2024 has been revealed, and it's clear Motorola has put a lot of work into upgrading the Moto G Play into a real budget competitor.
A green iPhone 15 lock screen.

Using an iPhone 15 showed me something Android phones get wrong

My time with the iPhone 15 has taught me that I love smaller flagship phones. But it seems only Apple offers what I now want: a top-tier smaller smartphone.
YouTube Premium on iPhone.

How to play YouTube in the background on iPhone and Android

Mobile YouTube is great for when you want to watch stuff on the go, but you may just want to listen to YouTube while browsing elsewhere. We'll show you how.
Garmin Forerunner 265 next to an iPhone running the Garmin Connect app.

The app for your Garmin wearable is getting a huge overhaul

Garmin has kicked 2024 off with a big redesign of its Connect app. It's now focused around customization and simplicity. Here's what to expect.
A render of the Belkin Auto-Tracking Stand Pro.

Belkin just announced one of the coolest iPhone accessories I’ve ever seen

It's CES 2024, and Belkin just announced the Auto-Tracking Stand Pro. It's a long product name, but it's one of the coolest iPhone accessories I've seen.
The Lock Screen on the Google Pixel 8 Pro.

Have Android 14? Here’s how to easily customize your lock screen

Android 14's lock screen is fully customizable, so you can make some pretty big changes to let it match your needs. Here's how to customize your lock screen.
Someone holding the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra with the display turned on.

The best Android phones in 2023: the 16 best ones you can buy

If you’re an Android fan in search of a new smartphone, then allow us to find the perfect partner. Here are the best Android phones at various prices.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra's screen.

The best Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra screen protectors in 2023: top 12 picks

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is here, and it's a stunning piece of craftsmanship. Here are the best Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra screen protectors to keep it safe.
Renders of the Google Pixel Watch 2 and Apple Watch Series 9 next to each other.

Google Pixel Watch 2 vs. Apple Watch Series 9: a new king?

Google's Pixel Watch line wasn't exactly a hit last year, but the Pixel Watch 2 has changed all that. Is it finally able to take down the Apple Watch Series 9?
Disney+ app on the iPad Air 5.

The best tablets in 2023: top 11 tablets you can buy now

Here are our picks for the best tablets in every category, so you can find the right one to fit your needs.
iBlason iPhone 15 Pro case sponsored

The best iPhone 15 Pro cases in 2023: our 20 favorites

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro is the iPhone to buy if you want the most powerful iPhone available in a smaller size. Here are the best cases to keep it safe.
The Fitbit Sense 2 in moss.

The best Fitbit devices in 2023: 6 best watches and trackers

It can be tough to pick a new fitness tracker. If you’ve been thinking of buying a new Fitbit this year, here are the best options to choose from.
A video playing on the Apple iPhone 15 Plus.

You’re all wrong — 60Hz on the iPhone is fine

As much as I hate to admit it, one of the most talked-about rumors for the iPhone 16 is a nonissue. A refresh rate of 60Hz works just fine on the iPhone.
A green iPhone 15 lock screen.

There’s only one reason I’m still using an iPhone in 2023

Spending two weeks with an iPhone 15 has taught me that I'm always going to be an Android user — but one iPhone feature is so good I'll really miss it.
The App Store on an iPhone, showing searching results for "stock trading apps."

The best stock-trading apps for iPhone and Android in 2023

Whether you're an experienced trader or newbie, you're spoiled for choice when it comes to stock-trading apps. Here are the best of them for iOS and Android.
QR code scanning shortcut on an iPhone.

How to scan a QR code on Android and iPhone

Here's how to scan a QR code on your iPhone or Android phone. Many phones have QR code scanners, but if yours doesn't, we also recommend some apps to help.
Holding the green Samsung Galaxy S23.

The best Samsung Galaxy S23 cases in 2023: our 20 favorite ones

The Samsung Galaxy S23 is a spectacular smartphone that can last years. Make sure it does with one of the best Samsung Galaxy S23 cases!
Google Pixel 8 in two different case colors.

The best Google Pixel 8 cases in 2023: 20 best ones you can buy

The Google Pixel 8 has landed. Make sure yours is protected from day one with the best Google Pixel 8 cases available right now!
Lock Screen on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

The best iPhone 15 Pro Max screen protectors in 2023

The iPhone 15 Pro Max is the biggest and most powerful iPhone money can buy. Protect its 6.7-inch display from harm with these screen protectors.
The home screen on the Google Pixel 8 Pro.

These are the 6 biggest Google Pixel 8 problems (and how to fix them)

The Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are two of Google's best devices in years, but they're not perfect. Here are some of the more common issues (and fixes) for them.
Google Pixel 8 in white and pink.

Google Pixel 8 Pro vs. Google Pixel 8: don’t buy the wrong Pixel

Google's latest flagships are here, but which is the better choice for you: the Google Pixel 8 or the Google Pixel 8 Pro? We compared them to find out.
The Garmin Vivoactive 5's main watch face.

I tried Garmin’s $300 Apple Watch alternative. Here’s why I love it

The Garmin Vivoactive 5 is Garmin's latest fitness smartwatch, with all the health, fitness, and safety tools you can expect. But how does it hold up?
Someone holding the Bay blue Google Pixel 8 Pro.

I refuse to buy the Google Pixel 8 Pro, and it’s all Google’s fault

The Google Pixel 8 Pro is out, and as a longtime Pixel fan, I should be frothing at the mouth to get it. Only, I'm actually annoyed. Here's why.
New cases for the iPhone 15.

The best iPhone 15 cases in 2023: our 16 favorites

The Apple iPhone 15 has had a big makeover, and it's the most desirable upgrade in years. Keep your new iPhone 15 safe with the best Apple iPhone 15 cases.
The Nike Globe watch face on the Apple Watch Series 9.

I’d love to buy an Apple Watch, but there’s something stopping me

The Apple Watch looks like it would be my perfect smartwatch, but I won't buy one for one very annoying reason.
Playing Asphalt 9: Legends on the iPhone 14 Plus.

The best iPhone games in 2023: 31 games you need to play right now

The iPhone has arguably the best games of any mobile platform. Come check out our picks of the best iPhone and iPad games, with selections from many genres.
Renders of the Google Pixel Watch 2 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 next to each other.

Google Pixel Watch 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch 6: Has Google done it?

The Google Pixel Watch 2 is here, and it's aimed at upsetting the Android smartwatch applecart. But can it beat the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6?
Made by Google logo at an event venue.

Everything Google launched at its big fall event: Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, Pixel Watch, more

The Made By Google event has left us with a bunch of new and desirable devices, including the Pixel 8. Here's everything that was announced at the event.
The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro next to each other.

Is the Google Pixel 8 waterproof?

The Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro have been announced, after many leaks. Are the two phones waterproof? Here's everything you need to know!
A Charge 6 being used on a wrist.

The Fitbit Charge 6 is a fitness tracker and smartwatch hybrid

The Fitbit Charge 6 has been announced by Fitbit, and this fitness tracker is blurring the lines between fitness trackers and smartwatches, thanks to Google.
Sage green Pixel 6a and Snow Pixel 7a in hand

How to track an Android phone, tablet, or smartwatch

Need to learn how to track your Android smartphone or other mobile device? Here are three great options, each of which can help you pinpoint your device.