Nexus 5X Camera Review and Sample Bonanza

The Nexus 5X camera, a hardware feature that will probably be discussed more than any other. Is it good? Is it bad? Is it even decent? You want to know. I certainly wanted to know. Now, after spending the past couple of days with the camera, think I have a pretty good idea as to what this camera is capable of. As of right now, I’d have to say that I’m thoroughly enjoying a camera in a Nexus phone, similarly to how I enjoy cameras in phones like the Galaxy S6 and LG G4. This camera is very capable, maybe even very good. I’d probably already argue that it is Google’s best Nexus camera ever.

Below, you’ll find more camera samples taken from various situations this weekend than I can even count. There are outdoor shots taken in the early hours of a day here in Portland, mid-afternoon shots, indoor shots, and of course, macros and food close-ups. Unfortunately, Portland’s weather hated me all weekend and gave me the dreariest and greyest days I can remember in some time, which certainly affected lighting in certain situations, but for the most part, this camera powered right on through with positive results.  (more…)

Nexus 5X and 6P Unboxing!

As you are now well aware, Nexus season has officially begun. We have both the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X in house and are well into getting reviews ready for you. But since we have only had the phones for a couple of days, we certainly aren’t ready to give our final thoughts, hence the missing reviews at this point. And truthfully, that’s the way it should be. No phone, especially phones that are this important, should be reviewed after having them in hand for all of 48 hours. It’s just not possible to give a real opinion without having lived and breathed a phone for much, much longer. Then again, that’s my opinion and I’ll now stop ranting.

Soooooo, let’s unbox each! It’s been a couple of weeks since we last held the two new Nexus phones. Unboxings are always a good refresher of things and help kill time while you await those previously mentioned in-progress reviews.  (more…)

Nexus 6P Camera Review and Sample Bonanza

Could it be? Nexus devices with a legit camera? Yes, it may be hard to believe, but Google has apparently delivered the goods with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. We know many of you may want to know exactly what these smartphones are capable of, so we took both out on thorough test drives this weekend, and feel comfortable that we have a solid understanding of what they are capable of.

In the sample shots below, you will find the various situations I shot in, including low light, outdoor in daylight, outdoor at night, plenty of macros, and everything in between. As Kellen mentions in his Nexus 5X camera review, Portland weather this weekend was nothing but drizzles and grey skies, so outdoor shooting was a bit hampered. Even with the crappy weather, the Nexus 6P held up well and delivered fantastic results.

Before diving straight into the shots, let’s go over the software and performance.  (more…)

Motorola, What the Hell is Going on With You?

I don’t really know how to start this other than by repeating the title of this post – Motorola, what the hell is going on with you? I ask, because the current Motorola is so far removed from the revived Motorola we had really become to enjoy again over the last couple of years. Sure, that lovable Motorola was created in part by Google and the team of executives they put in place to run it and we now have new ownership in Lenovo, but who would have thought that things would have gotten this ugly this quickly under the China electronics giant.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact First Look and Tour!

I have the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact sitting right here, next to the mouse on my desk, not more than a half-arm’s distance away from my hand. I am giddy about that. I am more giddy about that than I have been with any other phone released this year. I don’t know that Nexus review units of the 5X and 6P will even garner this much giddiness from my brain. That sounds crazy, I know it. I also know that few will share this joy because times are different and this phone is impossible to buy. I do not care, though. Ahhh, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, welcome to your new home.  (more…)

Huawei Watch Review

First teased at MWC earlier this year, the Huawei Watch has finally landed in the US. During those months of waiting, Huawei was reportedly tweaking the device to no end, making sure it would be the perfect Android Wear smartwatch, capable of lasting buyers for years to come.

With such a premium design and build, the device also comes with quite the premium price tag. Starting at $349 for the base model, it is one of the most expensive Android Wear devices available, so we wanted to make sure to review it in depth to give you our opinion before you go dropping a few hundred dollars for it.

This is our Huawei Watch review.  (more…)

LG V10 Unboxing and First Impressions!

Hey, it’s the LG V10 in house! LG’s new flagship phone full of “stuff and things” has arrived and we are ready to put it to work. Even though a number of you probably believe that we have already written this phone off and won’t give it a fair shake, that couldn’t be further from the truth. We are actually quite interested in this phone and whether or not its “stuff and things” make it stand out from a crowded high-end Android tier.

As a recap, the LG V10 sports a 5.7-inch QHD LCD display, secondary ticker-like display, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage (with microSD support), 16MP camera with OIS, dual front-facing 5MP cameras, Snapdragon 808 processor, removable 3000mAh battery, and all sorts of droptest-worthy protection, like a steel frame on its sides.  (more…)

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) Review

The original Moto 360 was the best smartwatch released in 2014. It had the looks of a modern yet traditional timepiece, along with the feature set of the current vision of a smartwatch, all at a price that wasn’t insulting to consumers understanding that it was a first gen product. Sure, it had its faults, but in the end, when you are talking about a fashion accessory that also has smarts, it’s all about aesthetics – and the Moto 360 was king by a mile.

With the release of the Moto 360 (2nd gen), Motorola had a lot to live up to, but they also had a chance to improve upon last year’s best watch. We all know that this year’s watch needed a major bump in processor to help in performance, so Moto took care of that. They also introduced size options, because not everyone wants to lug around a tank on their wrist. They even tweaked the design a bit, making it more classic looking than ever, while offering even more custom options through their Moto Maker software. Overall, the new 360 is upgraded in all of the right places.

So is it still king? Let’s find out in our Moto 360 (2nd gen) review.  (more…)