DROID ULTRA Review

Two weeks ago, we posted our review of the Moto X. We raved about its features, build quality, design, mostly stock Android, and customizable exterior. It’s probably safe to say that it’s our favorite phone of the moment, just for the overall package that it delivers, even with a set of specs that most would look at on paper and second-guess. So when I got my hands on the DROID ULTRA early last week, a phone that sports almost identical specs to the Moto X, I expected to go in and receive a similar experience. And sure enough, you do get a similar experience in terms of software, but the hardware design is so drastically different that I’m struggling to fall in love here. Let’s talk about it.

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Moto X Review (2013)

Now that the Moto X is official, priced, and ready to arrive on the five major U.S. wireless carriers, it’s our job to try and figure out if this “mid-range” device with its premium price tag and handful of tricks is worth every penny that Motorola thinks it is. We know that you have all seen the spec sheet – it tells a story of a device that certainly can’t compete on paper with the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. But that’s not what Motorola cares about. They want to win you over with a customized phone assembled in the U.S. that runs as smooth as butter, has a simple approach to Android, and carries a set of features that should make your life easier without confusing or overwhelming anyone.

After dedicating my life to the phone since it was handed to me at Motorola’s press festivities on August 1, I think I have plenty of thoughts to share on all of that. It’s time to talk Clear Pixel camera. It’s time to talk 720p vs. 1080p display. It’s time to talk performance. And most importantly, it’s time to talk about that damn price. Let’s do this.  (more…)

NVIDIA SHIELD Review

NVIDIA SHIELD

Unveiled at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NVIDIA’s SHIELD portable gaming console has changed quite a bit from when it was first shown off. We were one of very few sites that were able to get an early hands-on experience with the device, falling head-over-heels for the “Project SHIELD” almost immediately after playing with it. Now in late July (thanks to a delay or two), the device is ready for the general public, undergoing a few cosmetic changes and other enhancements to make it into what NVIDIA hopes is a superb Android-powered gaming device.

SHIELD is capable of performing an extremely long list of tasks – some jaw-droppingly awesome, some just plain awesome, but with a price tag of $299, is SHIELD worth the investment to everyday buyers or best suited for only the hardcore gaming elite? Let’s take a look.  (more…)

Quick Look: Rearth Fusion Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4

rearth fusion galaxy s4

Thanks to the success of the original Fusion case for the Nexus 4, Rearth has brought its see-through case back once again, though this time for the Samsung Galaxy S4. For those not familiar, the Fusion case is a hybrid design that attaches a TPU bumper to a clear plastic back plate, so that if your device has something interesting to show off on its backside, it can. With the Galaxy S4, it’s not quite the same as with the Crystal Reflection back of the Nexus 4, but say you have a 3rd party battery cover with some color that you’d like to show off, this is a great option for doing so.  (more…)

Android Accessory Roundup: zBoost 4G LTE Signal Booster, samDock Cable, Y-Cam HomeMonitor System and More

Android Accessory Roundup

The accessories industry is very large and continues to grow daily. Couple that with the fact that smartphones are starting to take over the world’s population, leaving you with entire conferences such as CTIA and CES, based solely on consumer items, such as smartphone accessories.

We wanted to try and highlight some of the accessories we have stumbled across in a roundup post, so allow us to introduce the Android Accessory Roundup. We will go over the basic function of the accessory, the pros and cons, the price of said accessory and that’s it. Hopefully this will help some folks find a neat new toy that goes will with their favorite gadget. (more…)

Camera Comparison: HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S4

Camera Comparison

Not that we have been avoiding it, but we felt the time was right to do a bare bones breakdown of the cameras found on the top two Android devices on the market right now, the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. What makes both of these cameras unique is that on paper, both are basically complete opposites. The Galaxy S4 features a whopping 13MP sensor while HTC employed a “Ultrapixel” camera inside the One, which is actually a 4MP sensor. At first, the idea of having a 4MP camera in a 2013 flagship device threw some people off, but HTC seems to know what they were doing.

Down below, we cut the crap and just give you a side-by-side comparison of both cameras in everyday real-life scenarios. Seemed like the best way to do this type of thing, considering that this is not a photography blog. We hit the low light, the macro, the video tests, and more.  (more…)

Quick Look: Spigen GLASt.R Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Galaxy S4

spigen tempered

As you all know, we’ve been on the tempered glass screen protector bandwagon for some time now. We have done our best to bring you all of the best in tempered glass for all of the top devices over the last year, to help you decide if spending this kind of money on screen protection is worth it. One of our long-standing favorites has been the GLASt from Spigen because not only does it provide great protection, but Spigen tends to toss in extra goodies like screen wipes, back protectors, squeegees, button covers, etc. So when we heard about their new GLASt.R, a thinner, lighter, and rounded tempered glass protector, we had no choice but to take a look.  (more…)