Quick Look: Official Nexus 5 Bumper and Quick Cover Cases

Yesterday, the official accessories for the Nexus 5 started popping up on Google Play. Both the Bumper case (in a variety of colors) and the Quick Cover became available at $34.99 and $49.99 prices, respectively. By no means is either cheap, but if there is one thing we know about Google-branded accessories – they are made to fit like a glove. And that’s exactly the case here. (more…)

Review: Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Galaxy Gear

The Galaxy Gear smartwatch from Samsung is the company’s first attempt to enter a market in which the industry has adopted as the next opportunity for growth. There isn’t anything on the market that is quite like this device when compared to other smartwatches, as it runs a full-color display, has a built-in camera, and supports 70+ third party applications out of the box. It’s a brave attempt at breathing new life into a growing market, but did Samsung hit it out of the park? We are about to find out.

This is our full Galaxy Gear review.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review

The Galaxy Note 2 from Samsung was a very successful device, with millions of users falling in love with its massive display, excellent battery life, S Pen integration, and non-stop A+ performance. While the size of the device might scare a few people away, there is now a dedicated group of folks who can’t imagine having anything smaller in their pockets. Back in early September, Samsung introduced the newest member of the Note family, the Galaxy Note 3, giving Note 2 members a reason to upgrade and others a chance to reconsider their fear of tablet-phone hybrid category.

The key things we kept in mind  while putting this review together were the subtle differences between this device and the Note 2. The Note 3 features a larger 1080p display, up from the Note 2’s slightly smaller 720p display. The Note 3 also comes packed with a beefy Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM, up from the Note 2’s 2GB of RAM and less-powerful quad-core processor. Other little things to note are changes to the camera, overall hardware enhancements, and misc. S-Pen software additions.

Without further ado, let’s get to it. This is our Galaxy Note 3 review.   (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Gear Hands-on and Overview

samsung galaxy gear

The Galaxy Gear smartwatch from Samsung, along with the Galaxy Note 3 (review here), were the two biggest announcements the company made during September’s Unpacked event in Berlin (and New York City). It was already known that Samsung would more than likely be unveiling a smartwatch at the event, but it was very uncertain as to what it would look like or what it would be capable of. Without getting into all of the leaked images and phony rumors, it’s safe to say that we weren’t expecting anything this good looking.  (more…)

LG G2 Review

We knew that when the LG G2 arrived, it would be a smartphone more powerful than any we had seen before it. LG teased it for weeks, even announcing the phone’s Snapdragon 800 processor, display tech, and name before it ever took the stage to make the phone official. So when we finally got our hands on it, our concerns weren’t about the display quality or performance, they were going to be about the ecosystem that LG was trying to create with its new app suite, whether or not the camera could live up to its fancy spec list, and if those oddly placed volume and power buttons could win us over.

For the most part, I can easily say that LG has won us over on a number levels with the G2. The display is insanely good, the camera might be our favorite to date, and the UI over the top of Android isn’t as awful as we thought it would be. Let’s talk about all of that and more, to help you decide if the G2 is your next phone.  (more…)

Quick Look: Portenzo Nexus 7 Cases – Alano, BookCase, and HardBack

Portenzo Nexus 7 Case

Portenzo cases have been some of our favorites for a couple of years now, because who doesn’t easily fall in love hand-made, high-quality bookcase style cases for tablets such as the Nexus 7? We took a look at their N7 offerings last year, but as you would expect, the company is back with models that fit the newest 2013 tablet from Google. They were kind enough to send over review samples of their Alano (high-end leather case), BookCase (traditional bookcase style), and HardBack (minimal bookcase style) options for us to show off.  (more…)

Quick Review: Motorola DROID MAXX

Sorry for the wait, but here is our look at the DROID MAXX. After having already reviewed the DROID ULTRA, you should be able to get a general sense of what to expect if you plan on purchasing this device. The only differences between the MAXX and the ULTRA are the battery, bit of thickness that comes with it, and a matte finish over the ULTRA’s glossy exterior. The ULTRA features a 2,130mAh battery and is 7.2mm thin, while the MAXX sports a beefy 3,500mAh battery and measures in at 8.5mm. Other than that, the phones’ processors, display, camera, software and everything else are identical.

Again, for a deeper look at this phone’s software features and everything else besides overall feel and battery, check out our ULTRA review and Moto X review.

Let’s break it down and see if the MAXX will get you through a day’s hard work.  (more…)

HTC One Review [Verizon]

We have reviewed it once, we have reviewed it twice – Finally, the HTC One is available on Verizon. After months of waiting for Big Red to pick up the slack, HTC’s flagship for 2013 is available for purchase on their massive network. And what a time to launch, with many people who purchased the Galaxy Nexus two years ago due for an upgrade in the coming months. With that knowledge, we figured that it would be worth it to share our opinions on Verizon’s variant of HTC’s hero device. This isn’t a full review, since again, we did that twice already. These are simply some thoughts on Verizon’s variant that stood out.

Is it worth your upgrade? Let’s find out.  (more…)