3 Android Apps Worth Owning: AfterShip, Reddit News Pro, theScore

Last week, in our first “3 Android apps worth owning” feature, Tim told you about Fenix, Zooper Widget Pro, and Mailbox, all of which are apps that the DL team can’t live without because of their ties to Twitter, phone customization, and organization. In this week’s version of the same feature, I’m going a little more personal, choosing instead three apps I use on a daily basis and can’t imagine not being included in the first apps I install on every single new device.

From better shipment tracking for all of the products that are sent my way, to keeping up on the latest in reddit, to staying up-to-date on my favorite sports teams, these are three apps worth owning (two of which are free).  (more…)

Dell Venue 8 7840 Unboxing and Hands-on

After months of anticipation, we now have the Venue 8 7840 from Dell in our possession. Teased back in late 2014, the tablet is purchasable by anyone on Dell’s website (or Best Buy), priced at $399 for 16GB. While the storage may seem a tad low, Dell spared no expense when it came to the design and feel of the device, giving it a 8.4″ OLED QHD display, featuring a resolution of 2560 x 1600.

Powering the 6mm thin slate is an Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. Other specs include a 2MP front-facing camera, three cameras on its backside for a combined resolution of 8MP, 802.11 ac WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD card support (up to 512GB of capacity), and runs Android 4.4.4 out of the box.  (more…)

5 Ways HTC Can Make the One (M9) “Hima” the Phone of the Year

The new flagship device for 2015 from HTC is weeks away from its unveiling. At this point, we aren’t sure if it will be called the One (M9) or “Hima” or something else, but we are pretty sure that we caught a glimpse of the updated model today. Early reports (and those images) suggest that this phone will look incredibly similar to last year’s One (M8), only with updated specs inside to make it a modern day powerhouse. You could argue to either side that sticking with the same design is either bad or good for HTC, but I would say that we tend to be somewhere in the middle, leaning towards “good” – it could potentially be a really good move. What I mean is that we loved the look and premium feel of last year’s phone, so sticking with it makes sense. It’s just that there were some glaring issues with the phone that kept it off of our chart for Android phone of the year.

Since we are so close to a reveal and we have seen what may be our first looks at the device, we thought it was time to talk about how HTC can improve upon last year’s model to make a phone that few Android OEMs will know how to compete with. HTC was so close last year (and the year before), they just needed to ditch the camera gimmickry and focus on some of the smaller details.

Here are 5 ways this new HTC flagship can be the phone of the year.  (more…)

3 Apps You Need to Own Right Now

Apps are what make our smartphones so important to us, not just the phone itself. Without so many great applications available on Android, then who knows, maybe we would all have iOS devices. Thankfully, that is not the case.

Whenever we are setting up a new device, there is a set list of apps we instantly download from Google Play, as using our phones without them would just be unfulfilling.

Below, we will go over 3 apps that always get loaded onto our devices. The point being, if you don’t already have these apps installed yourself, then we recommend you check them out immediately.

Ready to blow some of that Google Opinion Rewards money?  (more…)

Download: Android 5.0.2 OTA Updates for Nexus Devices (Updated)

Updated 1/20:  Nexus 10 link added.

Now that Android 5.0.2 factory images have been posted for more devices (Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 10) and over-the-air (OTA) updates are starting to rollout, it’s about time that we give you a post to bookmark that will continue to be updated. So even as the update hits the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and other Nexus tablets or phones, we will update this post.  (more…)

3 Games You Need to Own Right Now

Instead of listing out the best games for the month, we feel it necessary to tell you which games you need to be playing right now. Here, there is no room for debate. Of course, our preference on mobile games may differ slightly than yours, so we are always willing to take your suggestions in the comments below.

Below, we have three titles that we think should be on your device, no questions asked. They range in quick pick-me-up titles, to the longer, more involved players. Moving forward, you can expect to see many more quick recommendations from us.

Now, prepare your wallets.  (more…)

This is How Beautiful the Leather Looks on a Moto X (2nd Gen) After 3 Months

As you can imagine, there were plenty of skeptics who questioned Motorola’s decision to offer Horween leather as an option through Moto Maker with the new Moto X (2nd gen). Leather certainly isn’t as durable, at least in most cases, when compared to plastic or wood. It’s soft, after all, so on one level, I can understand that point of view. But I can tell you that from the minute I first held a leather-backed Moto X in my hand at the phone’s unveiling, I knew exactly which version I would go with if I were to buy one – you guessed it, leather. What a fantastic decision that was.  (more…)

Forget Wireless Charging, Your Next Phone Needs Quick or Turbo Charging

A year ago, maybe even six months ago, I was fully invested in Qi wireless charging. There was a time that I couldn’t even envision life without a phone that had Qi wireless charging built-in. In fact, I used to complain about phones not having the technology built in and chastised carriers for removing it from their phones. Today, I couldn’t care less about it. I can still acknowledge the convenience it brings by not having to plug your phone in, but at this point, I’m much more interested in charging phones faster than without wires. Yes, I’m talking about Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which has more recently been marketed as “Turbo Charging,” thanks to Motorola. This is the future of charging. (more…)