The BlackBerry Priv is, in my opinion, the most important phone of the year. That’s not something I say lightly. The Priv gets so many things right and has a uniquely beneficial experience that you can’t get on any other device, but like every other phone there are flaws. Is the Priv the phone of the year or just another nail in BlackBerry’s (née RIM) coffin?
This is our BlackBerry Priv review. (more…)
We already went over the best Android phones you can buy today, so why not share that same love with the smartwatches, too? This year has seen a ton of new devices for the wrist, even from companies that had not previously launched a smartwatch. Why would they want to get into the smartwatch market? Well, because it’s growing like crazy. According to Allied Market Research, the global smartwatch market is expected to reach nearly $33 billion by 2020, so we can all rest assured new smartwatches won’t go away any time soon.
This year saw the sequel to last year’s highly-popular Moto 360, Huawei’s first Android Wear-powered device the Huawei Watch, the luxurious Watch Urbane from LG, a watch from luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer, and Samsung decided to go back to their roots with Tizen in the Gear S2.
With all that said, let’s get into the best Android smartwatch you can buy today. (more…)
Like we do most years, we are once again putting together a decent Black Friday round-up of the deals that might interest the good people here at Droid Life. This isn’t going to be the ultimate in Black Friday guides, because well, there are dedicated Black Friday websites that do that better than we could ever think of doing. This one, like in the past, is focused on the Android stuff and the accessories that go with the Android stuff and the occasional other electronic that may or may not go with Android stuff, but still might be of value thanks to a deep discount.
As the we close in on November 27, Black Friday day, we’ll continue to update this post. Feel free to check back! (more…)
My, oh my, how things have changed in five months. The first time we told you what the best Android phone was that you can buy today, we easily picked the Galaxy S6, even saying that it would be difficult for anyone to top it throughout the year. In our new list of the best Android phones (that you are about to read), surprisingly, it didn’t even show up.
That’s pretty wild if you think about it. A phone, that was easily the best Samsung had introduced in two years, topped everything on the market and then some, yet five months later isn’t even one we would suggest as a must-buy today. It just shows you how good phones are today and how improvements are still showing from one to the next within a few month period.
So what did top today’s list of the best Android phone you can buy? Let’s find out. (more…)
Well, we went ahead and grabbed the TAG Heuer Connected. Yep, the $1,500 Android Wear watch from the Swiss luxury watch maker is in house and almost on wrist (once it charges). We figured, hey, this is the first true “luxury” Android Wear device and we should probably see what the experience is all about. While I’m sure there aren’t a whole bunch of you lining up to spend that kind of money on a watch that will more than likely be outdated in a year or so, it’s still an important moment in the history of smartwatches and should be tackled by someone. That someone might as well be us. (more…)
I think it’s safe to say that LG’s G4 wasn’t exactly the smashing success the company had hoped for and so it makes sense that they would put together another offering to end 2015. At a time when everyone outside of Apple is struggling to find ways to make boatloads of money, releasing another phone just before the holiday season isn’t a bad move. And that’s what we have here with the LG V10.
The V10 is a phone very similar to the G4 on the inside, but on its outside LG has improved things dramatically. The phone is large, but it should be very durable with its steel reinforced sides and new Dura Skin cover. It’s also quite lovely looking, with its mix of industrial yet minimal aesthetic. Yes, I just called an LG phone “lovely looking.” (Hey, times are changing!) It even has a somewhat unique new feature that LG hopes will help it standout from a crowded market, and that’s a secondary front display with numerous features of its own.
But is this the phone that can push LG back up the leaderboard? Is it even a phone you should consider, knowing there are at least three or four other phones worth buying? Let’s find out.
This is our LG V10 review. (more…)
Oh, hey, physical keyboard lovers. We have a special treat for you today in the form of the Blackberry Priv. What’s that? There aren’t any real keyboard lovers left, only those who once thought they loved physical keyboards before realizing that on-screen keyboards were better but now are trying to re-convince themselves that maybe, just maybe, a physical keyboard made by Blackberry that is attached to mostly stock Android could be a winner? Yeah, well, this is for you! (more…)
In late October, we attended a press event in San Francisco, where we got to go hands-on with the newly announced OnePlus X. As we draw closer to the device’s launch date on November 19, we now have the device in-house, so we can deliver a more personal account with OnePlus’ budget-friendly smartphone.
Nothing has changed from the last time we saw the OnePlus X. It still features the same 5″ Full HD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 13MP rear-facing camera, as well as Oxygen OS on top of Android 5.1.1. What it lacks also has not changed, and that would be NFC, USB Type-C, and a few pretty important LTE bands for US consumers.
The OnePlus X launches in the US on November 19 via invite system, priced at just $249.
Below, we unbox the OnePlus X, detailing everything you will find inside the box, then give a brief software tour. (more…)