Verizon Launches Stream Pass, a Free Sports Package for go90 That Includes Free NBA League Pass

Starting today, Verizon customers will have access to a new service called Stream Pass, “unmatched access and worry-free streaming to the best live sports through” Verizon’s go90 app. The streams are all free, for the most part, but depending on your monthly data plan you could land a really sweet free deal on NBA League Pass.  (more…)

5 Reasons the Pixel and Pixel XL are Worth Buying

If you decided that reading the 4,000 or so words in our Pixel and Pixel XL review wasn’t something you had time for, maybe this post will give you a quicker overview that will get you on your way to making a purchasing decision. Like we have done with most flagships this year, we have 5 straight forward reasons you may want to pick up one of Google’s new flagship offerings.

From the excellent camera to the best-in-Android software experience, there is a lot to like with the Pixel and Pixel XL, even if they are missing a few features, like true water resistance and an SD card slot. I don’t know that I would call either the “perfect” Android phone, but they sure are my favorites at the moment.

Here are 5 reasons the Pixel and Pixel XL are worth buying.  (more…)

Google Pixel / Pixel XL Review

What happens when Google ditches its beloved Nexus program to take smartphones seriously? You get Pixel and Pixel XL, two phones with high-end specs that are “Made by Google” (in Taiwan by HTC), price tiers that typically only Samsung and Apple can compete in, and a massive marketing campaign. Another way to put that is – Google is finally ready to be your next smartphone maker, and not in a back-alley tinkerer, “You can only come to my website to buy the discounted goods,” hacky and cheap kind of way. The Pixel phones are supposed to be as good as any phones and Google is telling you about them.

Google is using its premium Pixel line to now not only highlight their vision for Android, but also to present an exclusive set of features that they hope will allow these phones to stand out. I’m talking Google Assistant, for the most part. However, Google has a special launcher for Pixel, is super hyped on the cameras they used, and will more than likely continue to add on new features as these phones receive updates.

Did Google succeed this time around? They sure did build a couple of really nice phones, I can tell you that much. I’ve spent the better part of the past two weeks switching between the regular Pixel and the Pixel XL. It’s now time to talk about the experience.

This is our Google Pixel review.  (more…)

Smartwatches, Not Exactly Selling Well These Days

IDC released their latest smartwatch market info this morning and it certainly appears to paint a bleak picture for the smartwatch industry. From Q3 of last year to Q3 of this year, shipments of watches dropped 51.6%. That’s, um, a big drop.

Their numbers show smartwatch shipments dropping from 5.6 million last Q3 to 2.7 million this Q3. Part of the drop could be attributed to the fact that the new Apple Watch only arrived with two weeks left in the quarter, but it could also be because no one else really seems to be releasing new watches worth jumping on.  (more…)

DEAL: Moto G4 With Amazon Ads is Just $120 Today ($30 Off)

For one day only, Amazon is slashing another $30 off its special ad-filled Moto G4, dropping the price to $119.99. While that “ad-filled” description may turn you off, it’s not actually the worst situation should be in the market for a new cheap phone.

The Moto G4 is a great budget phone with solid specs and really good performance that normally retails for $200, but this particular version sees extra discounts because it shows Amazon ads here and there. We’re talking about ads on the lock screen that are personalized to you, so it shouldn’t be complete spam. You can’t get rid of them either; keep that in mind.

Outside of the ad stuff, this is a phone that works universally on all the big carriers (Verizon and AT&T included) and has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP camera, and turbo charging. It really is a solid phone for those of you on a budget.

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Samsung Offers Note 7 Owners in Korea Half-Off Upgrade Program for Galaxy S8 or Note 8

One can hope that Samsung offers something similar here in the US, but for now, owners of the Galaxy Note 7 in Korea are getting a really great upgrade option should they stick with Samsung until next year’s Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 arrive. According to Samsung, owners of the Note 7 in Korea will be allowed to trade in their bad device for a Galaxy S7 (or S7 Edge) today on a payment plan, then upgrade to a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 when they arrive next year.  (more…)

If You Just Got a Pixel or Pixel XL, Watch These Videos First

Yesterday was technically Pixel launch day (share those thoughts on yours!), so as those orders arrive over the next few days, you may want to take a minute to run through some of our early videos for Google’s new phone. Like with most flagship phone launches, we put together a series of short videos to highlight some of the better features of the Pixel and Pixel XL.  (more…)