Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID Unboxing!

You may have heard, but there was indeed a media gathering in New York today, hosted by Motorola and Verizon, that allowed the press to get a second look at the Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID (those are the official names now, by the way). Maybe even more importantly, it was a chance for us to all get review units as we approach launch day. And get review units did we ever.

We have them both – in hand! So, we unboxed! Of course we did.

I know that you have all watched Tim’s initial hands-on videos from the Lenovo Tech World unveiling, but this is a chance to see final units, in boxes, and to see what comes in those boxes.

We’ll have a lot more over the next few days, so stick with us!

UPDATE: Software tour now posted as well(more…)

Pokémon GO: Tips and Tricks to Make You the Very Best, Like No One Ever Was

Pokémon GO is literally taking over the world. As awful as the launch of the game has been due to countless server issues, no one can seem to stay indoors anymore. Even the White House and the Pentagon are getting in on the action.

True to the original Pokémon games, Nintendo and Niantic didn’t explain much about the game in terms of “How To,” so to help you level up quickly and find the best Pokémon, let me be your Professor and give you some Pokemon GO tips and tricks while out playing. (more…)

OnePlus 3 Review

After what I can only describe as a confusing 2015 for OnePlus, the upstart Chinese manufacturer is back for 2016 with another flagship phone. This time, though, the hypetrain has departed, there are no gimmicky feature trollouts per week, promises of it destroying 2017 phones are no where to be found, and that f*cking invite system that stayed around for far too long, might be gone for good. Oh, and that phone is the OnePlus 3, a phone that on paper, stacks up with the best without any major sacrifices and even has NFC. Yes, NFC is here.

I’ve spent the better part of the past three weeks with the OnePlus 3 in hand and can’t help but nod in appreciation or congratulation to OnePlus. There just aren’t any glaring issues with this phone, nor is OnePlus doing and saying a bunch of annoying things to turn us off. They, for lack of a better descriptor, seem to have done a great job. Let’s talk about it all in greater detail.

This is our OnePlus 3 review.  (more…)

Video: OnePlus 3 Software Overview

The OnePlus 3 is a sweet phone, I can’t deny that. For $400, you are getting a very nice hardware package, but on top of that, OnePlus throws in software tweaks and other functionality to spruce up what’s already a pretty solid Android experience.

For fans of Nexus devices, you undoubtedly like stock Android, and for me, that’s where the OnePlus 3 software shines. Not only does it provide that stock feel and look like on a Nexus phone, but certain OxygenOS features, such as gesture commands and icon pack support, really help get the most out of the possibilities for Android.  (more…)

OnePlus 3 Camera Review

Looking over the spec sheet for the OnePlus 3, the device checks off a whole lotta boxes. From what we can tell, as the technology has improved, many people are relying on their smartphones more than ever to deliver high-grade photography. Not everyone carries around a professional camera, so having a smartphone shooter that can capture all of life’s joys is pretty important. Plus, you don’t want to be posting pixelated photos of that gorgeous dinner you devoured last night, right?

So how does the OnePlus 3 camera stack up to others in the field? For specifications, the camera features a 16MP sensor, as well as OIS (optical image stabilization) and EIS (electronic image stabilization). The stabilization tech works to ensure that your photos come out looking crispy and not a blurry mess. Additionally, the OnePlus 3 supports shooting in RAW, allowing for post-shot advanced editing work. Much like other top-tier smartphones on the market, the OnePlus 3 also features a comprehensive Manual shooting mode, granting users access to more mid-shot adjustment tools.

Below, we go over the OnePlus 3 camera’s software, then take a look at a few example shows to give you an idea of what you can expect if you decide to purchase the OnePlus 3.  (more…)

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Review

As the first wave of rumors arrived for Samsung’s Gear Fit 2, I’ve got to be honest in admitting that I was not at all excited. In fact, I probably winced, shook my head a couple of times, and contemplated schemes that would force Tim to review it. I say that because I had the displeasure of reviewing the first version of the Gear Fit, a fitness wearable that was a terrible fitness tracker with a cool display. But then we had a chance to spend some time with the Gear Fit 2 during a media briefing and I was immediately sold on this latest version for a number of reasons.

Let’s talk about what you get with the Gear Fit 2 and if that initial hype stuck with me through to this review. This is our Gear Fit 2 review. (more…)

OnePlus 3: First 10 Things You Should Do

Thanks to OnePlus’ stellar launch of the OnePlus 3, a number of you already have the device in hand and have spent most of the weekend with it. For those of you with your shiny new phone or for those of you with one still on the way, we’ve put together a little video today with 10 tips or suggestions for things you may want to consider doing out of the box.

We do this for all of the major flagship phones, but if you are new to the series, expect to see tips that remind you to setup the fingerprint reader on your phone or show you ways to get the most out of your display (turning on ambient, proximity modes; tweaking color balance). The tips here also talk through choosing between on-screen or capacitive navigation buttons, utilizing gestures, and launching the camera in various ways.

Here we go, here are the first 10 things to do with the OnePlus 3(more…)