The Best of Gizmodo This Week

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First off, there were lots of new phones to play with this week. We reviewed the iPhone 6s and played with two new-and-improved Nexus phones while livebloggin’ from Google’s event. We were also at Tesla covering the big reveal of the Model X, and debuted the Indefinitely Wild video series with an explainer on how to change a flat. A great week. Here are some highlights.

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iPhone 6s Camera Review: Apple Is No Longer the King of Mobile Photos

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As an Apple-toting photographer, the thing I look forward to most about each iPhone update is the camera. This year’s 6s and 6s Plus promised not only higher resolution, but better all-around pics, 4K video, and more. Now that there are other terrific smartphone cameras in the mix, the iPhone has to try extra hard to capture your photo-loving heart.

There’s a Reliable Therapy for Sex Offenders — But Nobody Wants Them to Get It

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In June of 1994, a convicted child molester named Charlie Taylor moved into a small apartment in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, across the street from a community center. He had no family. He had no parole officer. At the time, sex offenders deemed too dangerous to be let out of prison early were, paradoxically, released at the end of their sentences with no ongoing oversight or treatment from the Correctional Services of Canada.

Our Google Nexus Liveblog Is Here

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Welcome to our Google Nexus liveblog, where we’ll be feeding you all kinds of Google goodies from new Nexus Android phones to maybe a Chromecast or two. And hey! There might even be some sort of tablet!

The Nexus 5X Is the Resurrection of the Best Phone Google Ever Made

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In 2013, LG made the Nexus 5, and I loved it. It was a simple device, a slab of a phone really with 1080p LCD display and matte plastic finish. But at $350, it was incredibly cheap and held its own with the very best. Now, LG and Google return with the Nexus 5X.

How To Fix A Flat Tire When You’re Stranded In The Middle Of Nowhere

If you’re going to go off-road in your car or on your motorcycle, you need to know how to fix a flat tire. You’ll often be a long ways from help and likely without cell reception. Luckily, it’s easy to do. We just made a video showing you how.

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Tesla’s Model X Is Finally Here: The Stuff We Didn’t Already Know (UPDATED)

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Tease much? We’ve known Tesla’s SUV was coming since 2012, back before the Mayan apocalypse. Today, though, it has finally arrived, and I’m at the grand unveiling outside of the Tesla factory in Fremont, CA. A lot of information has already been released in the lead-up, but I am here to find out the things we don’t already know and to attempt to rub my face on this sweet-looking vehicle.

What Kinds of Life Forms Could Actually Live on Mars?

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Yesterday, NASA reignited our hopes of finding alien life when it announced the first direct evidence of liquid water on Mars. But before we start indulging in fantasies of space crabs and reptilian beings, we ought to remember that Mars is a frigid world with a thin atmosphere. And that raises an obvious question: What sorts of life forms could actually live there?

Everything You Should Know About the New EMV Chip Credit Card Payment System

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Today is the deadline for US retailers to switch over to a payment technology called EMV. That means you’ll have to start verifying your credit card with a chip, as well as a swipe. We talked to payments industry experts about how EMV works, what’s happening today, and what it means for the average shopper.

What Killed the Dinosaurs Was More Devastating Than an Asteroid

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For nearly 40 years, paleontologists have argued over what really killed the dinosaurs. Was it an massive asteroid impact, or a spate of volcanic eruptions? Or what if a powerful impact ignited volcanoes, walloping Earth’s biosphere with a deadly 1-2 punch?

The Best Ways to Get to Work, According to Science

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Commuting affects your mental health, your physical health, and even the way you think about other people. And these changes are more profound than you might think.

Meanwhile in the Future: To Stop Climate Change, We Must Genetically Engineer Humans

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A lot of researchers are thinking about how to genetically engineer crops and food animals to help them withstand post-climate change heat and parched conditions. But what about genetically engineering humans to slow our constant carbon contributions?

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DISCUSSION

This is mainly a response to that picture up top:

Where I live, the Nexus 5X and 2015 Moto X are within £10 of each other, if you buy the 5X from Carphone Warehouse and the Moto X from Amazon. This is assuming you want the 32GB version; I don’t think the 16GB Moto X is even on sale here.

With that in mind, which do you reckon I should buy? I do generally prefer smaller screens, but the Moto seems to offer so much more, hardware-wise, that it’s hard to pass up for basically the same money. I’d be coming from an old Nexus 5, which has been great, but the performance is starting to leave something to be desired, and I’ve recently found myself in a situation - regular drives along roads with rather poor signal coverage - where continuing to rely on Google Play Music streaming to supplement my meagre 16GB of storage has become untenable, so the Moto X’s expandable storage does hold some significant appeal.

I would have to forsake Moto Maker - extra £40 to buy the phone from Motorola themselves - and I’m not too keen on the idea of buying my first non-Nexus since the Galaxy Nexus, but the new N5X just isn’t the sure thing I was hoping for.

Any advice would be appreciated. I just keep going back and forth on this.