Don’t Miss These Android Stories: September 4, 2015

Just as we expected, it was a really big week for Android Wear fans, as a ton of new devices were announced and shown off during Berlin’s annual IFA. Not only was Android Wear at the center of the news, but Moto X Pure Edition, Moto 360 (2nd Gen), and Huawei Watch pre-orders kicked off, plus a report claims we might see two new Nexus devices later this month.

Beyond IFA news, Google and Verizon changed their logos, we reviewed the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, and we took a look at a Kickstarter phone called Robin that might actually be kinda cool.

If you missed any of the craziness, see all of the news below.  (more…)

DL Deals: Extra 5% Off Clearance for Labor Day Weekend – Cables, Lenses, and Bluetooth Earbuds

As we cruise into the weekend, there are couple of deals in the DL Deals store that are on clearance with an extra 5% for Labor Day. The deals include the popular MMOVE Bluetooth earbuds, a 3-in-1 smartphone lens photography set, and a 2-in-1 extra long cable that works on both Android and iOS.

The MMOVE Bluetooth buds were featured by us back in June for $32 and have been quite popular with readers. They have since dropped to $29.99, with an extra 5% for the weekend. The 2-in-1 cable is as you expect, a big 6-foot cable that can be plugged into either Android or iOS devices that have USB or Lightning ports, respectively. The 3-in-1 photography set allows you to attach lens to your phone to take fisheye, macro, and wide-angle shots.

All are solid accessories, but they all include rock bottom prices for the next few days.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review

No time for the pageantries, let’s cut straight to the chase. The Galaxy Note 5 is the best Note device Samsung has released up to this date. Featuring a completely reworked design in addition to top tier specifications, if a big phone is something you want, it is likely you will end up purchasing the Galaxy Note 5. But hey, don’t be so surprised, this is a very good choice you are making.

A redesigned exterior is something we have seen coming, thanks to the massive overhaul we saw in the Galaxy S lineup, and frankly, it is super nice. With the combination of a sexy look, ridiculously awesome display, superior camera, and a few added benefits of TouchWiz, the Galaxy Note 5 is “Phone of the Year” material in its purest form. But enough with the small talk, let’s get into it.

This is our Galaxy Note 5 review.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 91

On episode 91 of the Droid Life Show, we’ll walk through the big week for Android Wear and smartwatches. We spent plenty of time with the Moto 360, Gear S2 and Classic, and Huawei Watch, and have all sorts of thoughts to share on which we like the most. We also have a Note 5 review to talk about, the pre-order of the Moto X Pure Edition, Google and Verizon’s new logos, and more.

We will kick the show off live at 2:00PM Pacific (5:00PM Eastern). We have a live video embedded below, along with an IRC chat, so you can kick it with us during the show. 

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Moto X Leather: 1 Year In

The minute the Moto X (2nd gen) went on sale last year, with leather as an option, I bought one. I bought not only because I’m a fan of how Motorola creates a phone, but also because I was curious how leather would last and age on a smartphone. My hope was that it would age like wine, show character through daily wear and tear, and become as soft and beautiful as your favorite pair of leather boots or belt or jacket. If you are fan of quality leather goods, you know exactly what I mean.

So after buying a Moto X with a natural leather back on day one, I then spent the better part of three months using it as my go-to phone. I then presented it to you all after those three months to show you how well I thought it was aging. In fact, I called it nothing short of beautiful. But I’m a leather guy who likes the way leather ages. Not all of you loved it because you thought my phone looked dirty and wasn’t pristine. And that’s fine, we all have different tastes, even if yours are incorrect (Kidding!).

Now that the Moto X Pure Edition is available, with leather as an option, we have had a number of you ask for an update on my leather Moto X (2nd gen). You want to know if it held up over a year and if it’s still something I would consider.

Well, here you go. This is what it looked like on day one (phone on the left).  (more…)

DEAL: Nexus 6 Drops to $349 at Amazon ($150 Off)

What’s a good sign that Google (or any company for that matter) is about to unveil a new product? We see massive discounts on last year’s product in order to make room for the new guy. That could be happening at the moment with the Nexus 6, which just dropped $150 in price at Amazon to $349. Seriously, the Nexus 6, a whale of a phone that started at almost $700 a year ago, can be bought for $349.

Amazon has both white and blue in both 32GB and 64GB configurations available. The 32GB model is at the $349 price point, while the 64GB model has dropped as well, down to $399. That’s a hell of a price!

For those still scared of its size, I’ll just say this – the people who own the Nexus 6, love the damn thing. It’s one of those phones with a cult following, where those who took a chance on a 6-inch phone have found that they absolutely love the size. And hey, it’s stock Android after all.

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Manual Camera Updated to Include Effects, Burst Mode, RAW Support for Galaxy S6

The Manual Camera application received an update on Google Play today, the camera app we recommend to anyone who is looking for a more comprehensive take on mobile photography. With the update, users of the Galaxy S6 can take advantage of RAW support, bringing big time editing capability to photographers.

In addition, anyone with a Lollipop-running device can take advantage of new effects to place on photos, a burst mode, the ability to change picture resolutions, built-in image previews, and more.  (more…)