Moto X (2nd Gen): 25+ Tips and Tricks

Sorry this took so long to make, but our Moto X (2nd gen) 25+ tips and tricks video is ready!

For those new to the 25+ Tips and Tricks series, just know that this is our way of showing you how to get the most from your brand new flagship smartphone. We rattle off at least 25 tips and tricks that involve anything from the quickest way to launch the camera of your phone to fully controlling it with your voice. In the case of the Moto X (2nd gen), there is a lot of voice involved.

Beyond the voice actions, we give you a full set of tricks for Moto Display, how to set up a Trusted Device, a way to let your display stay awake as you look at it, and more.

Anything else you would like to see from this year’s Moto X?  (more…)

iPhone 6 Review

In short, the iPhone 6 is not the phone for me. Shocker, right?

I spent the last two weeks with the iPhone 6 by my side out of both curiosity and to become even more familiar with Android’s biggest competitor. I have seen all that iOS 8 has to offer (at least at this point). I have experienced Apple’s finest. I have experienced Apple’s vision for Android. Yes, I just said that.

If there are two conclusions that I can take from this experience, it’s that I now understand why millions upon millions of people want this phone each year, but also that I am still confused at the obsessive, often times obnoxious, need for all-things-Apple, especially involving the iPhone. This is a nice phone, don’t get me wrong. However, this is not something to obsess over or to use as a prop to help you look down upon people who don’t own one. The iPhone is not a status symbol. You should not stand in lines for days to own one. It’s a really good smartphone – it just isn’t the best smartphone. It certainly isn’t running the best mobile OS.

Here are some final thoughts to put this experiment to bed.  (more…)

Video: iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy Alpha vs. Xperia Z3 Compact

We are in the process of wrapping up final thoughts on the iPhone 6, but while it’s still in hand and on our minds, we wanted to compare it to a couple of interesting Android devices that are doing the opposite of today’s smartphone trend – going smaller. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact carry flagship-level specs, but weigh in with smaller bodies and slightly lower-resolution displays, which just so happen to match up nicely to the new iPhone. Funny how Apple went bigger by using a 4.7-inch display, yet these Android phones are technically “small” with their 4.7-inch and 4.6-inch displays.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Unboxing (AT&T)

When Samsung first introduced the Galaxy Alpha back in August, we weren’t exactly sure what to make of it. Was Samsung trying to take on the iPhone by using premium materials like metal? Was Samsung trying to set a new standard for their design going forward? Were they trying to enter Sony’s “Compact” arena, where you have a smaller device that still packs mostly high-end specs? They may have been trying to do a little of all that.  (more…)

BREAKING: Verizon Cancels Plans for Network Optimization of Unlimited Data Users

That title says just about all you need to know. Verizon has informed us that they are canceling plans to move forward with Network Optimization of unlimited data customers. In other words, Verizon is not going to slow down the data connection of customers with unlimited data plans who fall in the top 5% of the carrier’s data users. Instead, Verizon is going to focus on delivering exceptional mobile service to every customer, while continuing to work with industry players to make sure that  you and I are receiving “world-class” mobile service.

The statement Verizon provided to us can be read in full below.  (more…)

Does the Moto 360 Really Have Dramatically Better Battery Life Now? Yes.

On Monday morning, Moto 360 owners couldn’t help but take to the internet to talk about the “dramatic” increases they were now seeing with their smartwatches thanks to an update that rolled out to the masses on Friday. Even Tim pinged me that morning to mention that the 360 was a “bossy little watch now” because of the battery life he had witnessed over the weekend. After posting about the potentially amazing news, our comments filled up with others who were experiencing similarly extended single-life charges. Some were even considering switching Ambient Mode back on. Seriously.  (more…)