Opinion: F*ck Android Software Updates

The year is 2016 and I’m officially sick of talking about Android software updates because the whole system is still broken. I’ve just had enough of the lack thereof, the slowness and inconsistency of them, the bugginess when they arrive, and the number of players involved that have allowed this platform, which is the best mobile platform in the business, to continue to stay such a disaster in one of its most important areas.

Let me try and explain what I mean through a handful of examples that have all popped up within the past couple of weeks.  (more…)

Video: 20+ OnePlus 3 Tips and Tricks

The OnePlus 3 is a really good phone, especially for the price OnePlus is asking for it. At $400, you get a solid AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB RAM, 16MP camera, premium metal hardware, a decently sized 3000mAh battery with super fast charging, and one of our favorite software experiences. That type of package makes this phone an easy one to recommend to just about everyone, assuming they are a part of a GSM network like T-Mobile and AT&T.

Should you have taken that recommendation after reading our OnePlus 3 review or looking at 5 reasons to buy one, we now have even more for you because buying is only a small part of the journey with a new smartphone. After you buy a phone, you probably also want to know how to get the most out of it and so this video of OnePlus 3 tips and tricks will do just that today.

During this clip, we’ll talk through the Alert Slider, dark and night modes, utilizing gestures and buttons shortcuts, and even make sure you know how to launch the camera in four different ways.

Enjoy!  (more…)

Video: Galaxy Note 7 First Look and Tour!

Hey, so we had our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 a bit today. Interested in taking a look at it? Hopefully, you just said “Yes.”

We spent time with all three colors that will hit the US, the black, blue, and silver. Overall, in hand, I can’t help but say that this phone feels ridiculously amazing. Samsung continues to do these really subtle curves to the backsides of phones that help them nestle in and hide a bit of their size shock. But with the Note 7, Samsung has also slightly curved the front side, so you get a phone that feels good in a way that not even the S7 Edge can lay claim to.  (more…)

It’s the End of July and I Keep Coming Back to the Galaxy S7

After reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S7 back in March, I have since reviewed the LG G5, HTC 10, OnePlus 3, and Moto Z. I’ve also spent dozens of hours using the Moto G4 Plus and Galaxy S7 Active, while tossing in some Nexus 5X time here and there whenever a new Android N preview arrives. That’s basically me admitting that I’ve used just about every single major 2016 phone enough to spit out thousands of words on each in a review format, yet there is one common action that happens after I’ve finished up – I immediately jump back onto the Galaxy S7 without hesitation.

In recent years, I have often found that as new phones come out and I spend increasing amounts of time with one, that I tend to just adopt them until the next phone arrives. But not this year. I just think that Samsung absolutely nailed it with the Galaxy S7.

Here are some of the reasons I just keep coming back to it after all these months and phones.  (more…)

Moto Z DROID Review

In 2016, if you aren’t Apple or Samsung and you make smartphones for a living, you need to find new ways to stand out or you may not be around for long. This industry is tougher than ever and has become increasingly difficult for anyone to sell enough phones to remain (or become) profitable. For Motorola, they think that could all change through modularity and the idea that a smartphone can be improved depending on the situation, thanks to swappable hardware.

With the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, Motorola has introduced phones that are not only high-end devices with top-tier specs, they are also compatible with Moto Mods, a line of modules that attach to the backs of each via pins and magnets that could help improve an audio experience, battery life, etc. Motorola may not be the first to usher in the era of modules (that would be LG), but they more than likely are the first to at least get it close to right.

Over the past week, we’ve spent time with both the Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID, the Verizon versions of Motorola’s new phones, to see if 1) they are any good at being high-end phones, and 2) if this Moto Mods deal is worth your attention and investment. I took on the Moto Z, which you’ll find out all about below, while Tim has the Moto Z Force. You can read his review right here.

This is our Moto Z DROID review.  (more…)

Moto Z Force DROID Review

Introduced as the Moto Z Force DROID Edition, now launched sans Edition, the Moto Z Force DROID could be described as a follow-up to last year’s DROID Turbo 2, but it’s much more than that. On paper, the Moto Z Force DROID attempts to bring the best of specs and modular functionality into a single device, offering a big battery and stellar camera to get people excited for this year’s lineup of DROID phones. Combine all this tech nifty-ness into an incredibly thin body and you would think Moto and Lenovo are positioned to have themselves one very popular device.

The Moto Z (DROID) and Moto Z Force (DROID) were announced on June 9, meaning we have had quite a long time to get unexcited about these devices, but putting the delayed launch aside, let’s find out how they fare after a week in our pockets.

Here’s our Moto Z Force DROID review.  (more…)

Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID Camera Samples

Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID reviews will be a long shortly, as you probably guessed, but in the mean time, we’re still doing what we can to share all that these two phones have to offer. That means running through unboxing videos, doing software tours, and showing you how the Moto Mods system works. It also means taking a look at camera capabilities, which we are about to do here.

While we aren’t ready to give final scores to each phone’s camera, we did want to at least share a bunch of initial shots taken with each to show you what to expect when these phones are available for purchase. Our review units, as far as we know, are running software that you will see should you buy either and so these images do give a good representation of each phone’s camera.

UPDATE: Final reviews are out, which means final thoughts. Read the Moto Z review here. Read the Moto Z Force review here.

Let’s take a look.  (more…)

Video: Moto Z DROID Moto Mods Tour!

Now that we are back from our Moto Z DROID meeting in NYC and have the new Moto phones in house, along with their launch line-up of Moto Mods, we have a big ol’ modular-focused tour to share with you. Thanks to Motorola, we walked away with not only the Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID (unboxing here), but we have Moto Mods like the JBL SoundBoost speaker, Moto Insta-Share Projector, Tumi Power Pack, and Style Shell as well.

In the lengthy video below, we’ll show you how this whole modular thing works inside-and-out. From attaching and detaching modules to charging them and updating their software, this video covers it all. We even have a Moto Mods carrying case to show you, in case you plan on catching them all.

Let us know if you have any Moto Mods questions after watching!  (more…)