Wednesday Poll: Do You Prefer On-Screen or Capacitive Buttons?

We were recently asked on Twitter why we prefer on-screen buttons to capacitive. The fact is, there are many pros and cons to each setup. Don’t believe me? Check out our massive list. Personally, I enjoy the more immersive feeling I get when using on-screen buttons, but really, it comes down to what I would describe as a more sexy look.

Since the launch of the first OnePlus device, users have been able to choose which button setup they want, which I think is a major plus for OP. As far as I know, no other Android smartphone maker does this. On the OnePlus 3, I opt for on-screen buttons, but thanks to a slight bug with the software, I am currently restricted from using them. If it wasn’t for that software bug, though, I’d be rocking on-screen buttons all day.

What about you? If you have a preference, which do you prefer?

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DEAL: Buy a Moto X Pure Edition 64GB, Get a Free Moto 360 Sport

Now until June 28, anyone who purchases a Moto X Pure Edition directly from Motorola, so long as its a 64GB model, will receive a free Moto 360 Sport smartwatch. The price of a 64GB Pure Edition starts at $399, the same price as a new OnePlus 3.

Naturally, if you upgrade your Pure Edition to leather, you are looking at an extra $25 in cost. On the bright side, the Moto X Pure Edition is currently $100 off its original pricing, so not only are you saving on the phone, but you are getting the free Android Wear smartwatch, too.  (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…)

AT&T Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ are FINALLY Getting Marshmallow Updates

Back in February, we saw a first glimpse of a beta Marshmallow running on AT&T’s variant of the Galaxy Note 5. February. Today is June 22 and AT&T is finally pushing the stable update to not only the Note 5, but to its brother, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ as well.

The update is arriving as a big 1.4GB file that seems to be available to most owners of the phone. Heading into Settings>About phone to check for the update will likely allow you to pull it.  (more…)

Samsung’s Gear 360 to Cost $350 in the US, Who Knows When It’s Coming to Anyone but YouTubers

Back in April, Samsung announced that its Gear 360 camera, a device that will probably be the best 360-degree VR camera on the block, was headed to select countries. At the time, they failed to provide pricing or when anyone in the US could buy it. Now, as we close in on the end of June, we are one step closer to knowing all when it comes to US availability. We know a price!

According to Samsung, the Gear 360 will cost a semi-steep, but-sort-of-expectedly-steep price of $349.99. The device goes on sale in the US today…sort of.  (more…)

PlayStation Vue Coming to Android Next Week

Coupled with the announcement that it is now available for Roku, PlayStation Vue will be made available on Android devices beginning next week. If you are sitting there asking yourself, “What on Earth is PlayStation Vue?,” think of it as a Netflix-like cable TV competitor. With it, users get access to on-demand content, livestreaming TV shows (55+ channels on the basic package), as well as a feature called My Shows, which is a cloud-based DVR. To sum it up, it’s yet another option for those looking to ditch their dinosaur cable TV provider, angled directly at PlayStation console owners.

With PlayStation Vue available for Android, subscribers can watch all of their content directly from their smartphone or tablet, so long as it is running Android 4.4 or newer. Additionally, the app will support Chromecast or any Google Cast-supported device, such as an Android TV box (NVIDIA SHIELD) or HDTV with Google Cast built-in.  (more…)