DROID Turbo 2 Review

It’s late 2015 and Verizon and Motorola are showing no signs of slowing this exclusive DROID partnership that once stood for everything we loved about Android. This year, to follow-up last year’s DROID Turbo, the franchise has been given two new robotic, manhood-enforcing options in the DROID Turbo 2 and DROID MAXX 2.

I have had the pleasure of reviewing this year’s flagship, which is the Turbo 2 and have had just enough time to hopefully give you the full scoop on whether or not this should be your next phone. I’ve taken its shatterproof display for a drop or ten, made sure its camera is as good as the shooter found in the Moto X Pure, and even tried to find out if we have a new battery king on our hands.

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HTC One A9 Review

The HTC One A9 has received a lot of attention for looking a lot like the iPhone, and rightfully so. It looks a lot like the iPhone, but there’s a lot more to the phone than that. This isn’t an iPhone running Android; it’s an HTC phone through and through. The A9 feels like the culmination of everything that HTC began to do back in 2013 with the release of the original HTC One (M7). HTC has come a long way since then and it shows in the A9.

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Nexus 6P Review

Leading up to the announcement of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, there was plenty of excitement throughout the Android world. We were finally getting two Nexus phones from Google, one for the fans of larger phones, and one for fans of smaller phones. It was like a dream come true.

Once the devices were shipped to reviewers and the spec sheets were released, a clear picture was painted – the Nexus 6P was the flagship phone with premium specs and build, and the Nexus 5X was the more affordable, Nexus 5 (2013) sequel made out of plastic that everyone seemed to be clamoring for.

Without further ado, let’s find out if the Nexus 6P is everything Google envisioned when they set out to create it – a premium device with awesome display, powerful camera, and long-lasting battery.

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Nexus 5X Review

“The all around champ is back.” That’s Google’s description of the Nexus 5X, which in a way marks the return of a phone that most people would consider to be the best Nexus phone ever made. They are referencing the original Nexus 5 in that quote, of course, a phone that like this 5X was made by LG. Google heard the cries last year of people not wanting an oversized phone when it introduced the whale-esque Nexus 6, and they answered those tears for 2015.

The Nexus 5X is a lot like the original Nexus 5. Again, it’s made by LG, but it also looks very similar, is finished very similar, and carries that similarly low price tag. The goal seems to have been to make the Nexus 5 all over again, but upgrade its parts and hopefully, address the one weak point – the camera. In our early tests, we found the camera to be quite good. So if they made right on that weak point, what about the rest? Is this really the return of the champ? Let’s find out.

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OnePlus X Hands-on and First Impressions

It does not have NFC, and it does not have USB Type-C. With that in mind, say “hello” to the new OnePlus X from OnePlus. To be marketed as a budget-friendly smartphone, yet still offering a premium in-hand feel and gentlemanly aesthetic, the OnePlus X will launch on November 19 in the US for a price of just $249. As I just mentioned, the OnePlus X lacks a few things that made the OnePlus One (NFC) and OnePlus 2 (USB Type-C) attractive devices, but does offer the most luxurious look we have seen to date from OnePlus.  (more…)

Video: HTC One A9 Hands-on and First Impressions

We have the One A9 from HTC in-house, and what better way to kick off our coverage than with a hands-on and initial impressions post. Our opinion on the device and HTC as a company has been posted numerous times, most recently here, but I will attempt to cover the device as I would any other. Yes, it looks like an iPhone, but regardless of what it looks like, it’s a solid little mid-range device priced at just $399. Why not give it a chance?  (more…)

Activating a Nexus 6P or 5X on Verizon: Some Things to Know (Updated)

So, you picked up a new Nexus 5X this week or are expecting to receive your Nexus 6P in the near future and want to use them on Verizon, eh? There are some things to know first, as is always the case with unlocked phones that work on Verizon’s network. Like with the Moto X Pure Edition and Nexus 6 before it, getting the new Nexus phones up and running may not be the smoothest process depending on your stance with Big Red as a customer and whether or not they plan to certify these devices for use.

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