Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review

I reviewed the Galaxy S6 Edge last year, coming away impressed overall with Samsung’s design, camera, and display technology. There were a few shortcomings, such as battery life and the usefulness of the Edge Panel, but as Samsung announced when they introduced both the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge, most of the problems I had with last year’s device have been addressed. There’s a bigger battery, they completely reworked Edge Panel, and even threw in water resistance and expandable storage as a bonus. On paper, this should be the ultimate phone.

I will say, the Galaxy S7 Edge is much like the Galaxy S7, so instead of diving deep into features that have already been touched on in Kellen’s review, I will attempt to primarily speak about features specific to the Galaxy S7 Edge. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty to talk about.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

In 2015, Samsung finally took design seriously. By doing so, they created a line-up of Galaxy S and Note phones that featured metal frames and glass panels with jewel-like appearances, on top of next-level specs. The S6 series, along with the Note 5, were nothing short of amazing. They were all, without a doubt, phones that few could match up to not only in 2015, but maybe even beyond. It was the first time we were able to look at a phone (or phones) and realistically say, this phone might be better than phones released a year from now. OnePlus claimed they were making the 2016 flagship killer, but in reality, it was Samsung.

Now that we are in 2016 and Samsung’s first two flagship phones are out – the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge – one has to wonder if Samsung has bested their previous efforts? Or better yet – has Samsung done enough from last year to this year? After spending the past couple of weeks with the Galaxy S7, I can safely say that they certainly have in many ways. The Galaxy S7 fixes all of the issues we had with the Galaxy S6, yet still puts forth an even better overall design.

As I mentioned, I have had the regular S7 and am about to tell you all about it. If you were looking for the full Galaxy S7 Edge review, Tim will have that shortly. Edit: Our Galaxy S7 Edge review is now ready. You can read it here.

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Quick Review: Tronsmart Titan 5-Port Quick Charge 2.0 Hub

I’m guessing that your household is a lot like mine – there are multiple people in it, all of which have smartphones and tablets and other gadgets that need to be charged on a regular basis. With products like the Tronsmart Titan, you get a 5-port hub that can charge them all simultaneously. Not only that, but it can charge many of them quickly, since it has been equipped with Quick Charge 2.0 support in all ports.

The folks at Tronsmart sent us over a Titan to review and so we took them up on it. After all, we feature a number of their products when they see discounts and figured we should probably get even closer to one of their most popular.

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TAG Heuer Connected Review

I don’t know that I would consider myself a full-blown “watch guy,” but I’ve certainly come to appreciate some finer, mechanical wrist candy here or there in recent years. So when TAG Heuer, a brand known for making Swiss luxury watches, announced that it was dabbling in the smartwatch game, I was interested on both personal and professional levels. It’s not that I’m personally a fan of TAG Heuer watches (though I do own one), it’s just that the idea of a luxury watchmaker seeing potential (or threat) in smartwatches is sort of fascinating. I don’t think anyone in the Swiss watch world is scared of a Smartwatch Crisis like we saw in the 70s with Quartz, but to see one of the more well-known brands jump onboard this early is worth talking about.

Over the past month, I’ve spent off-and-on-again time with the TAG Heuer Connected on my wrist. In other words, I’ve spent a lot of time with a $1,500 smartwatch on my wrist, but it came off and on as regularly as any of my other watches. Does that mean it didn’t win me over? Or does that mean it slotted in nicely with the rest of my watch rotation? Let’s find out.

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BlackBerry Priv Review

The BlackBerry Priv is, in my opinion, the most important phone of the year. That’s not something I say lightly. The Priv gets so many things right and has a uniquely beneficial experience that you can’t get on any other device, but like every other phone there are flaws. Is the Priv the phone of the year or just another nail in BlackBerry’s (née RIM) coffin?

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LG V10 Review

I think it’s safe to say that LG’s G4 wasn’t exactly the smashing success the company had hoped for and so it makes sense that they would put together another offering to end 2015. At a time when everyone outside of Apple is struggling to find ways to make boatloads of money, releasing another phone just before the holiday season isn’t a bad move. And that’s what we have here with the LG V10.

The V10 is a phone very similar to the G4 on the inside, but on its outside LG has improved things dramatically. The phone is large, but it should be very durable with its steel reinforced sides and new Dura Skin cover. It’s also quite lovely looking, with its mix of industrial yet minimal aesthetic. Yes, I just called an LG phone “lovely looking.” (Hey, times are changing!) It even has a somewhat unique new feature that LG hopes will help it standout from a crowded market, and that’s a secondary front display with numerous features of its own.

But is this the phone that can push LG back up the leaderboard? Is it even a phone you should consider, knowing there are at least three or four other phones worth buying? Let’s find out.

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DROID Maxx 2 Review

Verizon and Motorola partnered together yet again this year, giving us two devices in the DROID lineup for the holiday shopping season. We have the DROID Turbo 2 and DROID Maxx 2. The DROID Turbo 2 has a lot to highlight, including its Shatterproof display, as well as the ability to customize it through Moto Maker. The DROID Maxx 2, on the other hand, really does not have as many marquee features, with the exception of its large battery.

When compared to the DROID Turbo 2, no doubt, the DROID Maxx 2 is its little brother. It features a few mid range to high-end specs, coupled with a somewhat reasonable price when compared to current flagship models on the market. So, is the DROID Maxx 2 worth the nearly $400 price at full retail? Let’s go ahead and find out.

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