Google Home Review

After spending the past few weeks with Google Home running my home, the time has come for our review. Since this is one of those newish product categories, it wasn’t going to be fair to do this in less than 24 hours or even a week, because products like this aren’t smartphones. We all live with them differently, but also since we don’t use them constantly throughout a day like a smartphone, it’s impossible to know if your life needs one without thoroughly testing it for days on end.  (more…)

This is My Android: November 2016

Now that all of the major phones for 2016 have been released and are available for all to purchase, it seemed like the perfect time to catch up with another “This is My Android” segment. We tend to post these videos when things have calmed and we have had a chance to settle into a phone for a bit. That, of course, means that there is indeed a phone that will likely carry me through to next year’s Galaxy S8 and that phone is Google’s Pixel(more…)

Google Home Unboxing and Setup!

Google Home is available and we have a couple in-house to start our testing. No, we won’t be doing a 1-day review. Instead, we’ll actually do quite a bit of testing and get back to you with findings on whether or not this is an item your home needs. After all, with Google Assistant involved, these units should only get better the more we use them.

As a recap, Google Home is Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo. It costs just $129, though, so it’s quite a bit more affordable. But beyond the price, this thing is powered by Google, sports a built-in speaker, and also works with all of your Cast-ready devices, as well as a number of Google services (Play Music, YouTube, Calendar, Keep, etc.). It’s very much the hub that you may have been waiting for.  (more…)

Video: Google Pixel Review

Our written Google Pixel and Pixel XL review dropped last week, but we’ve had a number of you ask when the video review would be out. Does today work? It’s out now!

For those who weren’t interested in reading the thousands of words put down in that review, this 10-minute covers almost all of it. You’ll see the amazing camera in action, as well as Google Assistant, and some of the other standout software features. You’ll also get full hardware tours of each phone, see how battery performance has been, and whether or not these are the best Android phones you can buy today.

Enjoy and then get ready for the LG V20. It’s up next.  (more…)

Video: 25+ Pixel and Pixel XL Tips and Tricks!

At this point in our Google Pixel and Pixel XL coverage, we’ve pretty much talked about it all. We unboxed the phone. Posted our full Pixel review. Told you the first 10 things you should do. Gave you 5 reasons to buy one. We even reviewed the camera. But before we unplug from Pixel a bit and get on to the LG V20, we have to give you 25+ Pixel tips and tricks.  (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…)