What Else is New in Android O? A Recap of the Little Things

Android O is official today and available for those with supported devices to start poking around in. We’ve already shared the official changelog, gave you the new Android O wallpaper to download, and have a nice video overview on the way to show off most of the new stuff, but we also wanted to put together a post that touches on some of the smaller changes. These are the changes that Google won’t highlight, yet you might find them really useful.

These are the other changes to Android O.  (more…)

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…)

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…)

HTC U Ultra: First 10 Things to Do

The HTC U Ultra is going to be a tough sell, I fully understand that. The phone is expensive, it’s not sold through a single US carrier, and HTC already told us to expect another upgraded phone in the near future with a Snapdragon 835. Still, we know that some of you will go through with buying a U Ultra (hopefully at a discounted price) and we’re here to help you out.

After unboxing the device earlier in the week, we’re now diving into the good stuff – the stuff where we help you get the most out of your new phone. With pre-orders of US models supposedly shipping, some of you may have devices on doorsteps within a matter of hours. For you, let’s dive into the first 10 things to do with your HTC U Ultra.  (more…)

LG G6: First 10 Things You Should Do

The LG G6 doesn’t have a firm launch date just yet, but once it does show up at your local carrier store, we want you to know exactly the types of settings to consider as you unbox and then begin setup. As we have done with top-tier phones for some time, we’ve put together a video list of the first 10 things we think you should do to help get you on your way to getting the most out of your new phone.  (more…)