Video: Pixel Launcher First Look and Tour!

With the Pixel Launcher floating around for sideloading fun (download here), we installed it on a couple of devices and decided to take it for a quick spin on camera. This version feels quite final and polished and completely worth a deeper look now that it has changed names from Nexus to Pixel. For those who missed out on previous Nexus Launcher coverage, now would be a good time to catch up with the name change going forward and new phones from Google under the Pixel name hopefully on the horizon.  (more…)

LG V20 First Look and Tour!

Oh the LG V20, the return of stuff and things. In all seriousness, after really learning to appreciate the “stuff and things” of the V10, last year’s surprise sensation, I’m pretty excited for the V20 even though Nexus Pixel phones are on the horizon and the Note 7 is/was available. The V20 is just a different kind of beast that focuses on media, which means dominating audio and video.

In my short time with the V20 earlier today, I certainly came away impressed by the overall package. I don’t know that anything is new here in the sense that none of this has been done before in a smartphone, but LG has packed in a bunch of pieces that other phones have used and created a single package.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review

Since the day the Galaxy Note 7 was released, Tim and I have each had one in hand, in pocket, next to us on a desk, or traveling by our side across the country, accompanying us through every move because this is one of those phones that offers so much, you have to dedicate every ounce of your mobile life to it to get the most out of it. In fact, for the two weeks we have been on the Note 7 full time, you still get the feeling that there is more to learn here.

Note phones have always been thought of as power user phones, though they are also becoming quite good as every-person phones, thanks to Samsung’s recent attempts at softening the software experience. Sure, Note devices still offer top tier specs and S Pens and multi-window fun and a big ass display, but they are also just really damn good phones, even if you don’t want to mess with all of that extra fluff. And I think that’s a lot of what Samsung is trying to do going forward, especially with the Note 7, is remind you that this isn’t just for power users any longer and can really be a great phone for anyone. Let’s talk more about that.

This is our Galaxy Note 7 review.  (more…)

Galaxy Note 7: First 10 Things You Should Do

Many of you probably already own the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, since it has been out now for almost two full weeks. On the other hand, many of you may have just picked one up within the past couple of days or are planning to do so in the very near future. Either way, we want to help you get started on a path to a greater Note 7 experience. To do so, we’ve whipped up another “First 10 Things You Should Do” post featuring, you guessed it, the new Note from Samsung.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Unboxing!

Hey, a Galaxy Note 7 in house! What a shocker, you know, that we finally have one. Like you, we were starting to wonder if we would ever hold this phone outside of the Samsung Unpacked event from a couple of weeks ago.

All complaining aside about PR politics, this is exciting! And here we are, ready to dive into the dirty details of Samsung’s new Note device. Even with early reviews out, we will do what we always do with new phones – give them our full attention as we lead up to a review. We’ll start with an unboxing (below), get touch-feely with the camera, show you all of the most meaningful features, and ultimately, help you figure out if this should be your next phone or not.

Ready to go?  (more…)

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…)