HTC U Ultra Review

When HTC showed up in January with the HTC U Ultra, we were skeptical about the entire schtick. While the phone has a solid set of specs and is quite the looker, the unlocked sales pitch that included a 2-month pre-order period was odd. We actually called it an HTC Kickstarter project. Yikes. So here we are two months later and the phone is now available. We’ve had one in house for a little over a week and have a whole bunch to say about it in this lengthy HTC U Ultra review.  (more…)

Verizon LG G6 Pre-Orders Now Live!

We weren’t expecting Verizon’s LG G6 pre-orders to go live until tomorrow, March 17, but Big Red surprised us this evening with availability right now. That means you can head over to Verizon’s site at the link below, drop in your pre-order, claim your freebies, and own one of the best phones of the year.

As a reminder, if you pre-order from Verizon, you have a chance to walk away with a free 43-inch LG Smart TV ($349 value) and a free Google Home. Details on all of that can be found at this post(more…)

LG G6 Launch Info: Pre-Orders Tomorrow, In-Store March 30 at Verizon, April 7 at AT&T and T-Mobile (Updated)

After a bit of a wait, we now know when we can pre-order the LG G6, when it’ll arrive in stores, which carrier has good promos, and exactly how much it will cost at most carriers. Yes, my friends, we have LG G6 launch information!

As far as pre-orders go, tomorrow is pre-order day for participating carriers. AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint have both announced pre-orders for the early hours of March 17, so if you have been waiting, your chance to order the G6 is almost here. Now, launch days or in-store days are a bit different.  (more…)

Google May Have Third, Larger Phone in the Works Under Codename “Taimen”

Yesterday, a report suggested that Google has codenamed the upcoming 2017 Pixel devices “muskie” and “walleye.” Today, I’d like to expand that conversation by tossing out a third device under codename “taimen.” The existence of the name and device comes to us via multiple sources, though the exact details of it are scarce.

Here is what we know.  (more…)

If You Buy an LG G6, You’ll Get a Free Google Home

When the LG G6 goes on sale some time in the next week or two (not fully confirmed on dates yet), LG is going to hand you a free Google Home if you pre-order or buy the phone by April 30. That’s a free $129 gift for buying into what we already believe to be one of the best phones of the year.

All you’ll do once the LG G6 is on sale is take your your purchase information to the link below, fill out a form, and sit back to wait for your free Google Home to arrive. The promo is a limited time deal, so if you want the freebie, you’ll want to order an LG G6 within the first few weeks.  (more…)

OnePlus is Releasing a Special Edition 3T That You Have Almost Zero Chance of Buying

On March 21, should you happen to be in Paris to get in a little shopping, you may want to stop by Colette to try and snag a special edition of the OnePlus 3T. The “global startup” has partnered with the Paris fashion boutique to offer a OnePlus 3T Colette Edition that is limited to just 250 phones.

The phones will be sold in a pop-up shop inside Colette and will cost EUR 479.  (more…)

This New Batch of Android Wear Devices is Not Good Enough

Let’s talk for a minute about Android Wear devices, particularly those that are new and should be feature-packed, checking all of the boxes of a 2017 smartwatch. And why are we doing this? Because as I was putting together all of the details of the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 this morning, I was reminded of a post I wrote up back in 2015 where I asked a simple question: Why do all of these new phones still contain a “but?” The “but” being a critical flaw, of course.

While phones – the topic of that post – have all but fixed the issues I pointed out two years ago, smartwatches, now that they are going through a 2nd attempt at life following the Android Wear 2.0 update, still can’t seem to get it all right. Like phones of years past, why do all of the new Android Wear watches seem to have a “but?”  (more…)