The Droid Life Show: Nexus and DROID Turbo Special

A special rendition of The Droid Life Show is set to take place today at 1:15pm Pacific, focusing entirely on Google’s new lineup of Nexus devices. We are fortunate to have the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player in-house, so we will be going over our initial impressions and answering any of your potential questions regarding the devices.

If the Nexus lineup isn’t on your shopping list, we also have the DROID Turbo in-hand, which we will talk about as well.

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Nexus 9 Unboxing and Gallery

As you now know, we have a Nexus 6 in house, which has already been unboxed. But for the tablet fans in the building who aren’t interested in Google’s new whale, we thought you would be interested in seeing one of the other new Nexus devices of the year, the Nexus 9. This is the return of a partnership between HTC and Google, something we haven’t seen since the original Nexus One. Many of us have been waiting years for this to happen.

As a recap, the Nexus 9 is currently up for pre-order from a number of retailers with an expected ship date of November 3. There are 16GB, 32GB, and 32GB LTE models that run $399, $479, and $599, respectively. Google and HTC have made Black, White, and Tan models, though the Tan model has yet to become available.  (more…)

Nexus 6 Unboxing and Gallery

The Nexus 6 is in house! You know this already if you saw our post verifying that it works just fine on Verizon’s network, but for those who didn’t – we have a Nexus 6 in house! Yes, Google’s new premium flagship is in-hand, blubber and all, ready for us to get to testing.

Before we get there, obviously there are some things we like to do to kickstart the process. One of those is to unbox the device and then give you some initial reactions. So, that’s exactly what you will find below.  (more…)

New Video Shows TouchWiz Running on Top of Lollipop, Samsung Trying Its Best

For many users, TouchWiz, Samsung’s custom skin, leaves much to be desired in the performance and aesthetics department. And sadly, every time Android receives a major update, which brings new design guidelines, we hope TouchWiz receives the same type of makeover, making it more attractive and less processor intensive.

With the Android 5.0 update, the OS is receiving a major makeover from Google, but as we saw previously in a leaked build of the Android L developer preview running on a Galaxy S5, it appeared that Samsung was sticking with TouchWiz’s current state. However, a new video, running what appears to be a full build of Lollipop, shows that Samsung is trying their best to conform to Google’s “standards,” while not compromising the TouchWiz we have known over the past few years.  (more…)

Friday Poll: What is Your Typical Screen on Time in a Day?

How many hours per day do you spend looking at your phone? That’s essentially what we are looking for when we ask, “What is your typical screen on time in a day?” Actually, it’s deeper than that, because it’s a metric (if you can call it that) that we look at while doing reviews to give you a sense of the battery life we are getting with a particular device.

I can tell you that I average around two hours of screen on time per day, but that can jump up to three or four hours during a review period. I would consider myself to be a pretty average user, since I sit at a computer doing most of my work during the day, with the phone acting as a sidekick until it becomes my main computing device at night. But I know that many of you are using your phones for everything, from the minute you wake up until the minute you lay your head on a pillow. With that type of use, I can imagine that five hours could be average.

So, let’s find out what the official Droid Life average is for screen on time.

For those new, you can find screen on time by jumping into Settings>Power/Battery and then tapping on “Screen” in the list of items gobbling up battery power.

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Lease a Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S5 Sport Through Sprint for $20 a Month for Two Years

Starting today, Sprint has expanded its phone lease program to include the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 Sport. For those unaware, Sprint allows individual customers and business customers to lease a smartphone for two years, ending with either you paying the device off in full, turning the phone in for another lease, or continuing the lease month-to-month.  (more…)