Moto Z Play Review

For the Moto Z Play, being a mid-range phone that we wouldn’t typically review, we took a different approach to sharing our final thoughts on it. Hey, look, a video review from Droid Life! This should be interesting.

If you have watched the DL Show in recent weeks or follow us on Twitter, you probably know that I’ve actually become quite a big fan of this phone. It might be the legitimate 2-day battery life that has me brainwashed. Seriously, I have never in all my years reviewing phones, seen one that can last this long on a single charge. You get battery estimates from companies as they announce new phones, yet none ever live up to those numbers. This phone does and I am incredibly impressed.  (more…)

Video: Google Allo First Look and Tour!

Google Allo launched last night and is fully available to almost everyone on Google Play at this point. We know that many of you have had a chance to install Allo (download here) and take it for a spin, but there are potentially just as many of you who are wondering if this is even worth your time. For those who are curious but not yet ready to make the jump, the 15-minute video tour of Allo we just put together should help.

Below, we walk through Allo from just after you’ve signed in to whether or not it is the app that could replace your current messaging choice. We dive into group chats, SMS integration (or lack thereof), show what happens when you send a message from Allo to someone who doesn’t have it, talk about multi-device support (spoiler: there isn’t any), and of course, spend time with Google Assistant both by itself and in conversations.

Allo.  (more…)

Video: Pixel Launcher First Look and Tour!

With the Pixel Launcher floating around for sideloading fun (download here), we installed it on a couple of devices and decided to take it for a quick spin on camera. This version feels quite final and polished and completely worth a deeper look now that it has changed names from Nexus to Pixel. For those who missed out on previous Nexus Launcher coverage, now would be a good time to catch up with the name change going forward and new phones from Google under the Pixel name hopefully on the horizon.  (more…)

LG V20 First Look and Tour!

Oh the LG V20, the return of stuff and things. In all seriousness, after really learning to appreciate the “stuff and things” of the V10, last year’s surprise sensation, I’m pretty excited for the V20 even though Nexus Pixel phones are on the horizon and the Note 7 is/was available. The V20 is just a different kind of beast that focuses on media, which means dominating audio and video.

In my short time with the V20 earlier today, I certainly came away impressed by the overall package. I don’t know that anything is new here in the sense that none of this has been done before in a smartphone, but LG has packed in a bunch of pieces that other phones have used and created a single package.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review

Since the day the Galaxy Note 7 was released, Tim and I have each had one in hand, in pocket, next to us on a desk, or traveling by our side across the country, accompanying us through every move because this is one of those phones that offers so much, you have to dedicate every ounce of your mobile life to it to get the most out of it. In fact, for the two weeks we have been on the Note 7 full time, you still get the feeling that there is more to learn here.

Note phones have always been thought of as power user phones, though they are also becoming quite good as every-person phones, thanks to Samsung’s recent attempts at softening the software experience. Sure, Note devices still offer top tier specs and S Pens and multi-window fun and a big ass display, but they are also just really damn good phones, even if you don’t want to mess with all of that extra fluff. And I think that’s a lot of what Samsung is trying to do going forward, especially with the Note 7, is remind you that this isn’t just for power users any longer and can really be a great phone for anyone. Let’s talk more about that.

This is our Galaxy Note 7 review.

UPDATE: As you all now know, the Galaxy Note 7 has been officially killed off by Samsung because it kept exploding on customers in hand, on airplanes, and at night when they were sound asleep. That really sucks because this phone was awesome. Either way, we’ve leave this review up as a way to remember what was more than likely the best phone of 2016. RIP, little guy.  (more…)

Galaxy Note 7: First 10 Things You Should Do

Many of you probably already own the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, since it has been out now for almost two full weeks. On the other hand, many of you may have just picked one up within the past couple of days or are planning to do so in the very near future. Either way, we want to help you get started on a path to a greater Note 7 experience. To do so, we’ve whipped up another “First 10 Things You Should Do” post featuring, you guessed it, the new Note from Samsung.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Unboxing!

Hey, a Galaxy Note 7 in house! What a shocker, you know, that we finally have one. Like you, we were starting to wonder if we would ever hold this phone outside of the Samsung Unpacked event from a couple of weeks ago.

All complaining aside about PR politics, this is exciting! And here we are, ready to dive into the dirty details of Samsung’s new Note device. Even with early reviews out, we will do what we always do with new phones – give them our full attention as we lead up to a review. We’ll start with an unboxing (below), get touch-feely with the camera, show you all of the most meaningful features, and ultimately, help you figure out if this should be your next phone or not.

Ready to go?  (more…)