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?
We ran a poll back in May, asking you if support for Android apps on Chromebooks would convince you to pick one up. Not too surprisingly, many of you said, “Yes,” meaning there should be quite a few of you that are currently looking to purchase a Chromebook. The only issue is, much like Windows, there are countless varieties of Chromebooks from different manufacturers, ranging in specifications, and more importantly, ranging in price.
At the bottom there are Chromebooks available for a couple hundred bucks, while others, such as the Pixel line from Google, are priced at over $1,000. That’s the same price as a new MacBook laptop from Apple. Of course, there are plenty other options, ranging from $350 to $500 and up.
If you are in the market for a Chromebook, how much are willing to spend?
With the announcement and unveiling out of the way, along with all of the details made public that you might need to make an informed decision, what’s your take on the OnePlus 3? Going to pick one up? Maybe wait for official Moto Z pricing, or maybe new a Nexus later this year?
One could argue quite a few points to either purchase or not purchase this phone, but when it comes down to it, the OnePlus 3 is quite the smartphone package at just $399. The fact that OP decided to skip the invite system completely makes it all the more attractive, too. The company added in NFC, gave us a top-tier applications processor, 6GB of RAM, UFS 2.0, and even that awesome Alert Slider. On the downside, there’s no water resistance, expandable storage, wireless charging, or Verizon/Sprint support.
Our final take is, yes, we will definitely give this phone a shot. How about you?
Well, it’s time to vote or at least share your early reaction to the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, DROID Edition versions, and whether or not you plan to buy one when they arrive this summer and fall.
You’ve seen the announcement, checked out the specs, figured out how the Moto Mods work, now know that neither has a headphone jack, and probably punched a wall over the fact that Verizon gets a lengthy exclusive on both initially and the Force for the long haul. I think it’s safe to say that you have enough information to weigh in on some level.
Are you buying the Moto Z or Moto Z Force?
Tomorrow is a pretty big day for Moto(rola) and Lenovo. During the keynote of Lenovo’s Tech World conference in San Francisco (watch it here), Moto will get a chance to shine on stage as they unveil what we expect to be their next flagship phone, the Moto Z.
From what we have seen through a variety of leaks, the phone will take on new design language, ditch the “X” branding, and attempt to make modularity in a phone a real thing, something LG couldn’t do with the G5. At first leak, we weren’t exactly all that impressed by the Moto Z’s design, but have admitted to warming to it and maybe even becoming quite fond of it. As you guys know, I’m also excited to see companies like Lenovo and Moto taking chances with things like modules, because innovation doesn’t happen if everyone just place it safe. (more…)
VR, whether you are ready for it or not, is about to be everywhere. What’s that? You thought it already was? Honestly, I don’t think the big VR push has really even begun yet. Sure, we talk a lot about it because a bunch of big name companies are talking about it and it seems to be the next big focus, but a world filled with VR is really only in its infancy, if not pre-infancy.
I say that because the biggest player right now, is Samsung, with its mobile-powered Gear VR headset. Companies with big, stand-alone, PC-powered units, like HTC and Oculus, are just now entering with their more powerful options. Plus, Google has barely finished off announcing its VR platform for Android and Apple hasn’t said a word yet. Samsung should be given lots of credit for being one of the first out of the gate, but when you talk about all of these other players on the verge of entering the game, this really is only the early stages of the beginning.
Still, that doesn’t mean many of you haven’t already jumped into VR. You could have purchased (or been given as a bonus gift) a Gear VR, dropped hundreds on Vive or Rift, or picked up Google Cardboard for a couple of bucks at this point. And that’s where we go for today’s poll. Even though we asked you back in January if you were at all interested in VR (52% said “no”), we now want to know how many of you are already invested in the fun.
Way back in the day, Android widgets were my thing. I rocked Beautiful Widgets, a Gmail widget, DashClock, Sound Search widget, and a few more that I can’t recall right off. These days, I feel old and lame, using a single widget from the stock Clock app on my phone. It’s not very cool.
Times have changed, I suppose. I don’t feel the need to have all of that information cluttering my home screen, and instead, I was a minimalistic look with quick access to the apps I frequently use. It might have also been the performance drag some widgets caused due to improper optimizations made for Android. Whatever the cause was, at this point, I’m over widgets.
Tell us, do you still widgets? If so, which ones can’t you live without?
Google’s big day 2 announcement at Google I/O centered around the Google Play store and Android apps making their way onto Chromebooks. I followed up that news by writing up a bunch (probably too many) of words on why I think this is a major game-changer and potentially puts the final nail in the Android tablet coffin.
In the early days, we talked about Chromebooks not being powerful enough and lacking the utilities many of us needed to get by on most days. With Android apps, that could (and should) all change, since Google Play includes an app for just about every single one of our favorite PC services.
Obviously, I think this is a huge deal and will take a great deal of time to test out the new functionality once it arrives, but I’m curious to know what the majority of you are thinking now. Are Android apps on Chromebooks enough to get you to buy one? If not, why?