DL Daily Driver: The Android Phones We’re Using Today

In this business, we change phones a lot. From one month to the next, we could go through three phones or we may be waiting for the next wave, which means we’re locked into a single personal favorite for an extended amount of time. Since we are always testing the next thing, readers often wonder what’s in our pocket at the moment. In the past, you’d have to guess based on photos we feature in posts or by hearing us talk about them on the DL Show. And that’s why this post has been born.

This is our DL Daily Driver list. It’s a list of the phones we’re using at the moment, along with the launcher we prefer, 5 apps we can’t live without, and a quick note or two on why this phone is along for the ride (even if temporarily).

We will also update this post regularly, assuming we continue to change phones regularly. We’ll even toss a shortcut to the post in our sidebar on the main page, so that you can quickly find it. (more…)

Samsung Gear Fit Review: Terrible Fitness Tracker and Smartwatch, Cool Display

As you guys know, I’m kind of into the whole fitness band thing. I’ve talked about my dedication to Nike’s platform, including the Fuelband (which I recently retired). I’ve picked up random Kickstarter items like the Misfit Shine, all because I’m constantly looking for something to help track my fitness goals, which mostly includes speed and distance training with some strength exercises worked in.

When Samsung unveiled the Gear Fit during their Galaxy S5 launch event, I was actually somewhat excited – a fitness band, with a beautiful little AMOLED display, that works on Android, isn’t terrible looking, and doesn’t have single-day battery life. What’s not to like? I picked one up last week when it arrived in stores and have been using it daily ever since. I’ve logged 8 mile runs, shorter sprint workouts, worn it as a smartwatch, and even tried once to get it to track my sleep. In other words, I’ve tried to make this my daily fitness tracker and more, just like Samsung claims it can be.

With that said, I’ve got a ton of thoughts to share. Let’s talk about the Samsung Gear Fit.  (more…)

Galaxy S5: 25+ Tips and Tricks

A new flagship has landed, so as always, we want to make sure you know how to use all of its best features with 25+ tips and tricks. Actually, most would consider the Samsung Galaxy S5 to be the flagship of the year, that is, until someone comes along and dethrones it. So since this device is as important as any, we spent some extra time running through this series of feature highlights. 18-minutes worth, to be exact.  (more…)

Video: Google Camera Quick Look and Tour

As you now know, Google released a stand-alone camera app, called Google Camera, to the Play store this morning. The app is a major step towards bringing an excellent camera experience to not only Nexus devices (which have sorely needed it), but other Android handsets as well, since it runs on any device with Android 4.4+.

The new camera app introduces a brand new UI that replaces the old, confusing, and difficult-to-navigate UI of the stock Android app for Nexus phones. It’s refreshing actually, with a slideout camera options menu, a 100% viewfinder, and a massive shutter button that you likely won’t miss.  (more…)

5 Reasons: Galaxy S5 Camera is Better Than the One (M8)’s

We have heard from Kellen as to why he is already missing the One (M8)’s camera thanks to a few of its features, but the Galaxy S5 shooter is nothing to mess around with. While HTC did a great job at marketing the One’s somewhat gimmicky features, the camera leaves a whole lot to be desired, especially in regards to editing photos after the fact, as well as overall picture quality.

As stated in the previous 5 Reasons post, the One’s UltraPixel sensor does do a fine job at creating photos that are share worthy on Instagram and Twitter, but for anyone looking to get more out of their photos, 4 megapixels probably won’t cut it.

After our time with the Galaxy S5, we have compiled another five reasons which make the shooter on Samsung’s newest flagship device better than the one found on the HTC One (M8). 
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5 Reasons: HTC One (M8) Camera is Better Than the Galaxy S5′s

Cameras – one of the ultimate talking points when it comes to smartphone reviews. Some are great, some are terrible, and some try to recreate the category all together with marketing speak. The HTC One (M8) falls into that category, thanks to the UltraPixel technology that HTC has used for the 2nd year in a row on their flagship phone. UltraPixel or Megapixel, though, the camera on this phone has some great qualities that we would argue may help it stand above the latest from Samsung, the Galaxy S5(more…)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Unboxing and Quick Tour

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available across the country (and much of the globe) starting tomorrow, April 11. And since that’s the case, we wanted to start showing you all there is to expect from a device that could end up being the most popular Android device of the year, like its predecessors. In other words, we’re going to bombard you with Galaxy S5 coverage, just like we did with the HTC One (M8) over the last few weeks.

To kick off the party, we have your standard unboxing. In house, we have the AT&T model in white, though the packaging experience shouldn’t differ greatly on other carriers. In this clip, we’ll pull all of the goodies out of the box, take you on a tour of the outside, talk specs, and then cruise through a couple of software points.

Who is ready for the Galaxy S5 launch? More coming! (more…)

HTC One (M8) Review

HTC is back this year, with a new flagship device titled the One (M8). Last year’s One (M7) was mostly well-received, as the company announced they would be refocusing more on creating the best device possible and stepping away from over-the-top marketing and flooding of the market with mid-range devices. The company wants the consumer to do the marketing for them, and as we all know, word of mouth is by far the strongest form of advertising.

In 2014, major devices are on the roadmap from all of the top OEMs such as Samsung, Apple, Motorola, and LG. If HTC wants to remain competitive, it is without question that the One (M8) would need to blow the socks off of anyone who touched it. It needs the right specs, the right features, and the right build quality.

While the company was able to do most of these things, the M8 did fall somewhat short in a few categories, but if you have been paying attention, there is no shortage of people willing to argue that the One (M8) is one of the greatest smartphones ever made.

Both Kellen and I have had more than a week with the One (M8), so we have tag-teamed our full review, going over the pros and cons of the device.

This is our HTC One (M8) review.  (more…)