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The best Android smartphones you can buy right now (Spring 2019)

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The wide range of Android phones on the market is one of the platform’s greatest strengths – there’s something for everyone. However, with all the choices available, trying to find the best smartphone an be like looking for a needle in a haystack. To help you out, we’ve compiled a short list of the best Android phones you can buy, from low-end budget devices to premium flagships.

Samsung Galaxy S10/10+

Samsung just released its two premium phones for 2019, the Galaxy S10 and S10+. They’re the most expensive Galaxy S phones yet, with the S10 starting at $900 and the S10+ starting at $1,000, but they also offer just about every smartphone feature imaginable. Both models have a high-end Snapdragon 855 processor (some international models use an Exynos chip), 8GB RAM, Samsung Pay, Android 9 Pie, wireless charging, fantastic AMOLED screens, waterproof designs. Both phones also sport a headphone jack — you can’t take that for granted anymore.

The main difference between the two models is the screen size. The smaller S10 has a 6.1-inch display, while the larger S10+ has a 6.4-inch screen. The S10+ also has slightly better hardware, including a larger battery (3,400mAh vs 4,100mAh), and an extra rear camera. Some models of the S10+ have 12GB RAM and 512GB of internal storage.

In our review of the Galaxy S10+, David wrote, “this is the very best smartphone you can buy right now, and I hope Google – and everyone else – is paying attention. Sure, Samsung has some things it needs to fix, but when you’ve just taken a big step out in front of everybody else, you can afford a few mistakes – and I have a suspicion Samsung won’t be the only one to make them in 2019, let alone with a phone that has such strong fundamentals to fall back on.”

The only major downside to Samsung’s phones is that you’ll be waiting a long time for major Android updates. Android 9 Pie didn’t start rolling out to the US Galaxy S9/S9+ until around six months after release, and the S8 with Android Oreo followed a similar pattern. Granted, Samsung’s flavor of Android has dozens of features not found in the stock version.

The carrier-unlocked Galaxy S10 base model currently goes for around $900, and the base model S10+ is around $1000. The unlocked phones will work on both GSM (AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.) and CDMA (Verizon, Sprint, etc.) networks.

Nokia 6.1

If you’re looking for a good mid-range phone, the Nokia 6.1 is probably the way to go. This is one of many Nokia-branded Android phones released by HMD Global, and this particular model came out in the United States a little under a year ago. It’s due for a refresh soon, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad choice.

For just $270, you get a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS screen, Android 8.1 Oreo (with a Pie update on the way), a Snapdragon 630 processor with 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and a headphone jack. Again, you can’t take headphone jacks for granted these days.

The main competition in this segment is the Moto G7, which has slightly better specifications and support for more carriers. However, the G7 also has a slippery glass design, and will undoubtedly receive system updates (including security patches) at a slower rate. The Nokia 6.1 shipped with Android 8.1 Oreo, and it received Android 9 Pie in October of last year.

In our review, Jordan wrote, “The Nokia 6.1 gets a lot of things right. Not only are its specifications top-notch for the price point, but it’s also an Android One device, which really helps to mitigate the update anxiety present in most budget phones (even Motorola’s, sadly). It’s well-built and gorgeous, too, sporting a very attractive industrial design with just the right amount of flair to make it unique.”

The only major downside to the Nokia 6.1, at least in the United States, is the carrier support. It only works on GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile, so CDMA networks like Verizon and Sprint are out of the question.

Google Pixel 3/3 XL

After months of rumors, speculation, and a healthy dose of leaks, Google’s 2018 flagships are finally out. Both phones have a clean build of Android, excellent cameras, and decent specifications. Unfortunately, they’re pricer this year — the small Pixel 3 starts at $799, and the base 3 XL is $899.

Both phones have a Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB RAM, a 12.2MP rear-facing camera, and dual 8MP front-facing cameras (one normal, one wide-angle). The Pixel XL has a 6.3-inch 2960×1440 screen, while the smaller Pixel is equipped with a 5.5-inch 2160×1080 display. The larger model has a 3,450mAh battery, and the smaller version has a 2,915mAh battery. Both phones work on both GSM and CDMA carriers.

In our review, Ryan wrote, “the build quality of these devices seems excellent with glass bodies that don’t immediately become a greasy mess. Performance is solid with smooth, fluid animations and efficient use of memory. Yes, you only have 4GB of RAM, but that hasn’t slowed me down. What some OEMs accomplish with brute force, Google accomplishes with finesse. The value of consistent monthly software updates cannot be overstated, either.”

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Samsung took a page out of Apple’s book this year, and introduced a cheaper flagship phone — the Galaxy S10e. It has most of the same functionality as Samsung’s $900+ phones, including a Snapdragon 855 processor, a 12MP wide-angle camera, a 16MP ultra wide angle camera, IP68 water resistance, a headphone jack, and Samsung Pay.

There are some downgrades compared to the base Galaxy S10, but most people either won’t notice them or won’t care. The S10e uses a lower-resolution 2280×1080 screen, but it’s still a gorgeous AMOLED panel with HDR support. There’s also not a telephoto lens, and the S10e is physically smaller (with a 5.7-inch screen). A side fingerprint sensor is present, instead of the in-screen sensors on the S10/S10+, but it’s much faster than the sensors on those phones.

In our review, David wrote, “The Galaxy S10e is probably the best Android phone for most people right now, and may well hold that title for the whole of 2019 at this rate. Given discounts are eventually likely, I’d say this phone will become a no-brainer the moment it drops to $650 or lower – I just can’t see anyone matching the price to experience ratio on this phone, unless a big screen and huge battery are very important to you.”

The Galaxy S10e will work on all major carriers worldwide. It’s available in five colors: Canary Yellow (pictured above), Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue. The models linked below are carrier-unlocked.

OnePlus 6T

OnePlus phones aren’t the fantastic value they once were, but they’re still very good devices in their own right. For just $549, you get a Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB RAM, 128GB of storage, a large 6.4-inch 1080p screen, and incredibly fast charging. If that’s not enough for you, there are two additional options — 8GB RAM/128GB storage for $579, and 8GB RAM/256GB storage for $629.

The hardware is great on its own, but OnePlus phones are perhaps best-known for their software. The company’s custom flavor of Android, OxygenOS, has plenty of added features but is still extremely fast. The OnePlus 6T ships with Android 9 Pie, making it one of the few phones available with that version.

OnePlus phones always have a few tradeoffs, and the 6T is no different. The headphone jack is gone, and there’s no official IP rating for water resistance. Carrier compatibility might also be an issue for Sprint customers, but it works on Verizon (LTE only) and all GSM networks.

In our review, Ryne wrote, “OnePlus fans with devices older than, say, the OnePlus 5 might consider the new phone a worthy upgrade — though even older models like the OnePlus 3 are still great phones in 2018, and expected to see an update to Android 9 Pie. Other Android enthusiasts that were put off by the Pixel 3’s slightly ridiculous pricing and laundry list of issues might be pleased with the 6T since it’s both cheaper and free of all those various problems, even if you miss out on the Pixel’s (many) benefits.”

Nokia 3.1

If your budget is extremely tight, and buying a used device is out of the question, the Nokia 3.1 might be for you. It’s one of the least-expensive phones that Nokia produces, at just $160, but it still has all the hallmarks of the company’s phones – good build quality, stock Android, and up-to-date software.

The Nokia 3.1 has average specifications for a budget phone, including a MediaTek 6750 processor with 2GB RAM, a 5.2-inch 720p screen, 16GB of internal storage (with a microSD card slot), and a 2,990mAh battery. There’s a model with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage, but it’s not available in the United States.

Since this is a lower-end device, Nokia had to cut corners somewhere. There’s no fingerprint sensor, the camera is mediocre, and it won’t work on CDMA networks (like Verizon and Sprint). Still, if you’re on a compatible carrier, the Nokia 3.1 is a solid phone for the price. You can see our full review here.

Huawei Mate 20

If you’re outside the United States, there’s another smartphone worth your attention — the Huawei Mate 20. It’s a high-end flagship device, with a Kirin 980 processor, 4-6GB RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a 4,000mAh battery, three rear cameras, and even a headphone jack. The phone also has a gorgeous design, with two-tone colors and minimal bezels.

Like all of Huawei’s phones, the Mate 20 uses the custom ‘EMUI’ skin. It makes Android feel a lot more like iOS, but there are also some strange quirks. Compatibility with third-party launchers is spotty, the gesture navigation isn’t great, and so on. However, it is running Android 9 Pie under the hood, so at least you get the latest and greatest.

The main selling point of the Mate 20 is its cameras. Each rear camera has its own focal length, allowing the phone to still take great photos in challenging light conditions. Under the right circumstances, it can match (or even outright beat) the Pixel 3.

In our review, Ryne wrote, “Paired with a fantastic triple-camera setup, the Mate 20 (and by extension, the Mate 20 Pro) is one of the best Android phones out there right now, but only if you’re willing to accept Huawei’s myopic software vision.”

The Mate 20 isn’t officially sold in the United States, and even if you do find one in ‘Murica, it won’t work on CDMA networks like Verizon or Sprint.

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How you lock your smartphone can reveal your age: UBC study

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Older smartphone users tend to rely more on their phones’ auto lock feature compared to younger users, a new UBC study has found. They also prefer using PINs over fingerprints to unlock their phones.

Researchers also found that older users are more likely to unlock their phones when they’re stationary, such as when working at a desk or sitting at home.

The study is the first to explore the link between age and smartphone use, says Konstantin Beznosov, an electrical and computer engineering professor at UBC who supervised the research.

“As researchers working to protect smartphones from unauthorized access, we need to first understand how users use their devices,” said Beznosov. “By tracking actual users during their daily interactions with their device, we now have real-world insights that can be used to inform future smartphone designs.”

Analysis also showed that older users used their phone less frequently than younger users. For every 10-year interval in age, there was a corresponding 25 per cent decrease in the number of user sessions. In other words, a 25-year-old might use their phone 20 times a day, but a 35-year-old might use it only 15 times.

The study tracked 134 volunteers, ranging from 19 to 63 years of age, through a custom app installed on their Android phones. For two consecutive months, the app collected data on lock and unlock events, choice of auto or manual lock and whether the phone was locked or unlocked while in motion. The app also recorded the duration of user sessions.

The study also found gender differences in authentication choices. As they age, men are much more likely to rely on auto locks, as opposed to manually locking their devices, compared to women.

In terms of overall use, women on average use their phone longer than men, with women in their 20s using their smartphones significantly longer than their male peers. However, the balance shifts with age, with men in their 50s logging longer usage sessions than women of the same age.

While the study didn’t look at the reasons for these behaviours, Beznosov says the findings can help smartphone companies design better products.

“Factors such as age should be considered when designing new smartphone authentication systems, and devices should allow users to pick the locking method that suits their needs and usage patterns,” he said, adding that future research should look into other demographic factors and groups of participants, and explore the factors involved in authentication decisions.

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The study was presented at last month’s CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Glasgow, Scotland.

Source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uobc-hyl061919.php

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3 VR Myths That Are Unreal

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Virtual reality (VR) has generated a lot of interest over the years — some good and some not so good. It uses computer technology to create simulated environments that allow users to feel as though they’re fully immersed — physically and mentally — in these compelling 3D spaces.

Not surprisingly, tech workers and other professionals who understand the ins and outs of technology have been among the first to dabble with VR software and hardware solutions. (For more on the hype surrounding VR, check out Tech’s Obsession With Virtual Reality.)

“I’m actually an early adopter,” says John Bruno, vice president of productmanagement at Elastic Path, an e-commerce company. “I’ve had a VR headset at home – PlayStation VR – for two years. I’ve also used other hardware setups to do everything from explore new destinations, consume educational content, build configurable products, and interact with a physical workspace.”

Bruno, who previously served as senior analyst at market research firm Forrester, says that the VR solutions available today are only a glimpse of what’ll be possible in the future.

But it’s precisely this future that Bruno alludes to that have many critics questioning whether the benefits of VR outweigh what they say are the possible negatives. No technology is perfect, and any technology can be misused or abused — and VR is no exception. This does not mean, however, that criticisms leveled against the technology hold any water — literally or virtually.

What follows is a look at three VR myths or misconceptions that don’t hold up to proper scrutiny.

Myth 1: VR Is a Passing Fad

According to Zion Market Research in a report early this year, the global VR market was worth $2.02 billion in 2016 and will be worth $26.89 billion by the end of the 2017-2022 forecast period. Looking at VR hardware and software for consumer and business applications, the research firm says that Oculus VR, Sony, HTC and Samsung Electronics are some of the key vendors of virtual reality worldwide. These players across the VR market are, it adds, focusing on innovation and on including advanced technologies in their existing products.

Dr. Hala ElAarag, who earned a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Central Florida and who works as a professor of computer science at Stetson University, says that the convergence of artificial intelligence and VR will change both in important ways. (One area where VR and AI intersect is wearables. Learn more in How AI Is Enhancing Wearables.)

“The merging of artificial intelligence and VR will revolutionize both fields and will be very important for [the] entertainment industry,” says ElAarag, also a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

It will also help the hearing impaired by detecting sounds and the visually impaired by detecting objects. The wide spread of 5G will empower VR. The high speed and the low latency of 5G technology will enable computationally intensive applicationsto be executed in the cloud. This will also have a significant impact on the esportindustry.

Perhaps it should not come as much of a surprise that VR has been on the receiving end of some pushback from different groups in society. After all, says Dr. Mehran Salehi, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analyst with Southland Engineering, this isn’t the first time that a new technology has encountered opposition before eventually being widely accepted.

Salehi, who earned his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo, adds that negative sentiments surrounding VR will likely let up over time. In 10 years, for instance, VR could very well be the norm in the day-to-day lives of many people.

“My first experience in VR comes with the gaming industry,” he says.

I loved it. I was in a tech exhibition and they were showing a virtual reality setup … I loved it. I was like, “Wow this is amazing.” You go and by the time that you put on those, basically, glasses and the controller you really feel like you’re inside that environment and the way that you interact with the game changes a lot. After that, when I heard that VR is basically finding its way towards industry, I became more interested. I was like, “Oh, yeah, there are people developing code in that area.”

Myth 2: VR Is Just for Gamers & Tech Geeks

One research report shows that the size of the worldwide VR gaming segment is expected to climb to $45.09 billion by 2025. So growth is on the horizon, but it’s not just about gaming.

Bruno, for instance, highlights how VR could revolutionize the car buying experience in the future. While there are some people who love heading down to the dealership lot, looking at vehicles, and haggling to get a great deal, many don’t enjoy the process at all. But VR stands to make the entire process less overwhelming and more consumer friendly.

“VR doesn’t just flood the user with the sensation of being transported,” he says.

It floods the user with data. If you take the car purchasing process today, you identify a make and model you like and you then walk around a car lot to sit in different vehicles with different specs and trims. Imagine a VR experience of the future. Now if you want to see the difference between a black interior and a tan interior, instead of finding a different car with a potentially different exterior color, all of those options and others can change in front of you in real time.

And the benefits extend beyond dealership lots. VR technology will enable consumers to virtually pick up products, to spin the products around in their hands, and to examine every minute detail before making a purchasing decision.

Myth 3: VR Will Create Mindless Zombies Incapable of Living in the Real World

Will VR create a generation of people who are so removed from the real world that they can’t relate to, much less empathize with, other people? Quite the contrary, according to recent research. A study shows that research participants who took part in a VR experience focusing on losing a job and becoming homeless demonstrated stronger and more sustained empathy towards people who are homeless compared to people who simply read an article focused on homelessness. Other benefits of VR include, but are not limited to, boosting retention and recall, simplifying complicated issues and situations, and helping people with different learning styles.

VR — The Road from Here

While there is plenty of upside on the VR front, that doesn’t mean that it’s perfect. A lot of the factors limiting the mass market appeal of VR are hardware related, notes Bruno. But he’s hopeful that time will sort everything out.

“If Moore’s law holds true, we’re not too far off from closing these gaps and building truly immersive experiences,” he says. “Today, VR is ideal for scenarios where the user can be stationary and where the cost of the real-world experience is exorbitant or simply not possible.”

Source: https://www.techopedia.com/3-vr-myths-that-are-unreal/2/33864

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The 9 Best Telecom Stocks To Buy Now

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With global saber-rattling over China’s Huawei , domestic debates over the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint and ongoing excitement over the build-out of 5G, there has been no dearth of headlines for the telecom sector. Not surprisingly, several MoneyShow.com contributors see opportunities in the rapidly changing telecom landscape.

Tom HutchinsonCabot Dividend Investor

Crown Castle International CCI +0% Corp. (CCI) is a REIT that owns and leases roughly 40,000 cell towers, 65,000 small cell towers and 70,000 miles of fiber optic cable primarily to wireless service providers — predominately in the largest U.S. cities.

These properties enable mobile data traffic and access to the internet from mobile devices. This traffic, and the infrastructure it requires, is expected to grow like crazy. Mobile data traffic is expected to grow at a staggering rate of 36% per year through 2022. Mobile data is how devices connect to the cloud and supercomputers.

Crown Castle is king of the small cell area. A small cell is basically an antenna placed on structures such as streetlights, the sides of building, or poles that supplements a main cell tower. It is typically about the size of a pizza box. The purpose is to increase the area that is covered by a main cell tower and relieve congestion.

Small cells are a huge deal in the 5G buildout because the new ultrafast connectivity has a very limited range. Small cells are crucial infrastructure for delivering service to a wider area and allowing more users. The country is going to need a ton of these things and CCI leases them out.

As a REIT, Crown Castle pays no income tax at the corporate level provided it pays the bulk of earnings to shareholders in the form of dividends. The yield is currently a respectable 3.58%. The dividend is also incredibly well supported by the company’s operations.

This is not only a growth story but a defensive one as well. It’s not only immune from the China trade situation but it might actually benefit as competition in technology increases between China and the U.S.

Jon MarkmanPivotal Point

T-Mobile US (TMUS) is the best wireless company in the country, by many accounts. John Legere, its quirky chief executive officer, embraced customer service. And new subscribers followed.  T-Mobile’s Q1 2019 revenues were $11 billion.

In the first quarter of 2019, the company added 1.7 million net new customers. It was the 24th-consecutive quarter T-Mobile added at least 1 million new subscribers. The churn rate, the percentage of customers who stopped subscribing, was a record-low 0.88%. Sales advanced 6%, $11.1 billion, year-over-year. Profits grew 35%, to $908 million.

Now the company is getting into banking and other ventures like wireless cable TV. T-Mobile is about to leverage its dominant position in wireless to win millennial banking. Shares trade at only 16x forward earnings for a market cap of $63.3 billion.

I have been bullish on T-Mobile since the middle of 2018. The stock has been a steady winner, and that trend should continue as investors wake up to its huge platform opportunity. It turns out that bigger is better when a business makes customers happy.

T-Mobile can be bought into any significant weakness. Shares recently traded at $74. Based on sales growth estimates alone, shares could reach $125 in two years.

Eddy ElfenbeinGrowth Stock Advisor

With speeds 100 times faster than current networks, 5G will enable transmission of huge amounts of data with little time delay.  With the new 5G technology, more devices than ever before can be connected in real time, bringing the concept of the “Internet of Things” closer to reality.

But costs will be a major headache. This means the ‘pick and shovel’ companies that supply the equipment and components for 5G are going to make a lot of money. That leads me to my top 5G pick, which is Ericsson(ERIC).

The Swedish telecom player is making a big bet on 5G, and that bet seems to be paying off. The company’s recovery plans are closely tied to an uptick in spending by network operators on 5G networks along with restructuring and cost cutting.

The restructuring is already taking hold and shows signs of momentum. Ericsson’s gross margin in Q4 of 2018 rose to 36.3%, a nice uptick. And here’s what caught my eye: in 2018, Ericsson returned to full-year top-line growth for the first time since 2013.

In April, the company reported adjusted earnings of nine cents per share. That nearly doubled Wall Street’s estimates of five cents per share. That’s their fifth earnings beat in a row.

Consider that about 40% of the world’s mobile phone traffic is currently carried through Ericsson networks. In addition, 5G should create more opportunities for tits software and services within Internet of Things device networks. Clearly, Ericsson is benefiting from a major turnaround as it helps usher in the Age of 5G.

Jason WilliamsThe Wealth Advisory

President Trump’s executive order banning U.S. telecoms from installing foreign-made equipment that could threaten national security was directed right at Huawei. This is way better for Nokia NOK ) than anyone else seems to realize.

Nokia has  the capability to pick up all that extra slack as the world progresses to 5G wireless. You see, Nokia is the only end-to-end 5G provider with global coverage. It’s already locked down its spot in the U.S. market through a major deal with T-Mobile.

And China, the only country that’s never going to ban Huawei, is already Nokia territory thanks to another major deal to build out the network at China Mobile (CHL).

The company has been dumping money into R&D for the past three years. Its focus was on the long-term future, not the short-term numbers. Now, the company has a cost savings program in place that should result in nearly $1 billion in extra cash from operations this year.

Analysts are starting to take notice as well. They’re expecting to see double-digit growth next quarter. I highly recommend adding shares before the rest of the market picks up on the potential brewing at Nokia. With Nokia trading right around $5, there’s a good case to make that the shares will double over the next year or so.

Jim PowellGlobal Changes & Opportunities Report

Verizon Communications VZ +0% (VZ) that looks very attractive to me; its mix of products and services have considerable promise. They include a growing presence in the fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) industry.

The potential IoT market is huge — and is still largely untapped.  Verizon produces “smart” household appliances, door locks, heating & air conditioning systems, baby monitors, home security systems, and other devices with Internet capabilities that owners can control with their mobile phones.

All of Verizon’s wireless services will benefit from the company’s upgrade to the new 5G Ultra Wideband system that will carry more data — and deliver it faster — than the 4G technology that’s the current standard.

Verizon already has 5G in Chicago and Minneapolis — and plans to have it in 20 more cities later this year. 5G will be a game changer for mobile communications, mobile Internet, entertainment, virtual reality, IoT, — and more.

Verizon is also active in wired services including local exchanges, long-distance service, voice messaging, conferencing, customer contact centers, and TV access.

Although Verizon’s stock price is volatile, I think it has the best prospects for long-term growth in its industry. A recent price dip pushed the dividend yield up to 4.21%. Patient investors should see excellent returns from Verizon.

In every industry there are usually a few companies that supply the front runners with the equipment and services they require. The companies that operate behind the front lines take few of their customer’s risks.

Richard MoroneyUpside Stocks

Wireless carriers are racing to build 5G networks, the next generation of cellular connections. Network upgrades promise to be capital-intensive projects, creating multiyear opportunities for network equipment makers, semiconductor companies, contractors, and others involved with the production of 5G components.

More complex than prior networks, 5G will employ a lacework of connection points that involve both traditional cell towers and small cells. Three top picks with meaningful 5G exposure are reviewed below.

Semiconductor company Diodes (DIOD) figures to gain new business as wireless carriers roll out their 5G networks. Diodes has already secured design wins for several 5G applications, such as those in base stations, data centers, and small cells — radio equipment and antennas placed on streetlights and utility poles.

No customer accounts for more than 10% of Diodes’ revenue, limiting any fallout from the U.S. ban on China’s Huawei, a maker of smartphones and networking gear.

Our proprietary Quadrix ranking system awards the stock an to an Overall rank of 99 out of 100. The company has delivered eight straight quarters of double-digit sales growth, and management’s Junequarter guidance impressed analysts.

The stock trades at 12 times trailing earnings and 11 times estimated 2019 profits — both more than 25% below the medians for semiconductor stocks in the S&P 1500 Index. Diodes is rated a “ Best Buy ”.

Generac (GNRC) is a key supplier of backup-power systems for all of the major U.S. wireless carriers. These backup-power systems are crucial for its customers to provide uninterrupted service for connecting everything from smartphones to cars to their networks.

Management sees an extended cycle of investment from the 5G upgrade that began in the second half of 2018, accelerated in the March quarter, and could last another couple years. R

Residential-power generators are Generac’s biggest product, accounting for slightly more than half of its sales growth. That business remains strong, growing 14% in the March quarter and 20% in 2018.

The shares trade at 12 times estimated 2019 earnings, well below the median of 16 for the S&P 1500 Index industrials sector. At less than 12 times trailing earnings, the stock trades near its lowest level in a decade. In Quadrix, Generac earns scores of 70 for both Value and Momentum. Generac is a Best Buy.

Billing itself as the largest wireless contractor in North America, MasTec(MTZ) is behind the engineering and construction of the 5G networks. With 5G still in its early stages, management says the upgrade will be a significantly bigger opportunity for MasTec than it had first thought.

As with the prior network rollouts, MasTec will be modifying cell towers, changing antennas, and putting in new lines. But 5G involves a denser web of touchpoints — light poles and utility poles will be outfitted with cellular equipment to help handle the higher data loads.

Management says the bulk of the 5G activity won’t begin until 2020. With that in mind, analyst estimates for 2020 seem conservative, given the consensus currently targets 12% profit growth on 6% higher sales.

MasTec shares trade at just 10 times estimated 2019 earnings and nine times projected 2020 profits — more than 15% discounts to the medians for construction and engineering stocks in the S&P 1500 Index. MasTec, earning an Overall score of 99, is rated Buy.

Ben ReynoldsSure Retirement

Our favorite stock in the telecom industry is AT&T T +0% (T), which has a compelling mix of a high yield, low valuation, and solid dividend history as a dividend aristocrat.

AT&T’s biggest growth catalyst is its recent $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner TWX +0% Inc., a content giant that owns multiple media brands, including TNT, TBS, CNN, and HBO. Time Warner also owns a movie studio as well as sports rights across the NFL , NBA , MLB , and NCAA.

AT&T scores extraordinarily well in terms of dividend safety, particularly relative to the company’s exceptionally high yield. To start, the company has increased its dividend for 35 consecutive years, which qualifies it to be a member of the Dividend Aristocrats Index.

Separately, AT&T is on pace for a dividend payout ratio of just 57% in the ongoing fiscal year. And importantly, AT&T paid off over $2 billion of debt in the first quarter, ending the period with a net-debt-to-adjusted-EBITDA ratio of 2.8x. AT&T will pursue additional debt reduction in part through asset sales, such as the recent deals to sell its stake in Hulu , as well as the $2.2 billion sale of its Hudson Yards space.

AT&T traded at an average price-to-earnings ratio of 13.4 over the last decade; we have set a fair price-to-earnings ratio of 12 for AT&T. If AT&T’s price-to-earnings ratio can expand to our fair value estimate over the next 5 years, this will boost its total returns by around 7.4% per year during this time period.

Overall, we believe that AT&T is capable of delivering annualized returns of 16.9% per year from its current price thanks to its high yield (6.4%), earnings growth (3.1%), and compelling potential for valuation expansion (7.4%).

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/moneyshow/2019/06/05/the-9-best-telecom-stocks-to-buy-now/#1add67cd1704

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