As you now know, we have a Nexus 6 in house, which has already been unboxed. But for the tablet fans in the building who aren’t interested in Google’s new whale, we thought you would be interested in seeing one of the other new Nexus devices of the year, the Nexus 9. This is the return of a partnership between HTC and Google, something we haven’t seen since the original Nexus One. Many of us have been waiting years for this to happen.
As a recap, the Nexus 9 is currently up for pre-order from a number of retailers with an expected ship date of November 3. There are 16GB, 32GB, and 32GB LTE models that run $399, $479, and $599, respectively. Google and HTC have made Black, White, and Tan models, though the Tan model has yet to become available. (more…)
The Nexus 6 is in house! You know this already if you saw our post verifying that it works just fine on Verizon’s network, but for those who didn’t – we have a Nexus 6 in house! Yes, Google’s new premium flagship is in-hand, blubber and all, ready for us to get to testing.
Before we get there, obviously there are some things we like to do to kickstart the process. One of those is to unbox the device and then give you some initial reactions. So, that’s exactly what you will find below. (more…)
With the unboxing and hands-on gallery out of the way, we wanted to put the brand new DROID Turbo up against last year’s DROID MAXX, to see how far we have come, but also against the still-mostly-new Moto X (2nd gen), to see the leap Motorola made in just a couple of months.
As you may recall, Motorola took some flack last year with the new DROID line and original Moto X for using what most considered to be sub-standard specs. That is not the case at all this year. The Turbo tops almost every other phone on the market in terms of specs, from its Quad HD display to its Snapdragon 805 processor to its 3GB RAM and 21MP camera. The Turbo is a beast on paper. (more…)
In case you were wondering, yes, we have a DROID Turbo in hand and are ready to start testing the hell out of it, so that we can get into one of the most anticipated reviews of the year. With the device launching this Thursday online and in Verizon stores, I can imagine that plenty of you will want to know all there is to know before then should the Turbo be on your short list of potential new phones. Trust me when I say that we are going to tell you as much as we can before Thursday. Our review won’t be out then, since we like to actually test phones fully, but there are all sorts of things we can do to help you make an informed decision.
To start off our coverage, we have gone ahead and unboxed this DROID beast, walked through specs, made sure to show off the Turbo Charger, talked about in-hand feel, and even jumped into the mostly-stock-Android experience to show you what to expect when you first boot.
I will have some initial impressions shortly, comparisons too, but for now, check out the device in-hand and in action. (more…)
The DROID Turbo should be unveiled officially tomorrow. Until that happens, though, Verizon, Motorola and the @DroidLanding Twitter account are doing their best to get weird. In two teasers posted today for the phone, we didn’t learn anything new, only that James Franco is now a found-footage star who posts sponsored Tweets for the DROID brand and that the Turbo may have something to do with Gargoyles.
Again, things are getting weird. Really weird. (more…)
On episode 71 of the Droid Life Show, we recapped Android 5.0 features and highlights that we talked about over the last week, launch dates and pre-orders of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, news on the DROID Turbo, the beauty that is Google’s new Inbox, react to the G Watch R that is now in house, and finish with a couple of reviews for the Galaxy Alpha and Xperia Z3 Compact. It was a full show for a daytime show, so you won’t want to miss it.
By the way, we are toying with the idea of running the show much earlier in the day going forward, instead of our previous 6PM Pacific time slot. Feel free to weigh in through the comments with your thoughts on that.
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The other round Android Wear smartwatch is now in house at DL HQ. Or as LG would put it – the only fully round smartwatch. That’s right, the LG G Watch R is here and already on wrist after we filmed a quick unboxing and first impressions video. With its use of premium materials and upgraded specs over the original G Watch, LG is aiming at Motorola’s round effort, the Moto 360. Can it stand up to what we consider to be the best Android Wear watch on the planet? Let’s start to find out. (more…)
Inbox is Google’s new take on email, but as many of you have already noticed, the app is a lot like Mailbox, a popular email app that helps make you more productive by turning your inbox into a task manager of sorts. Both are pretty awesome. Both are also very different ways of attacking email, though. To use either, you really need to look at your inbox in a different way, which for some of you, may be too much to ask.
Since we received an invite for Inbox, we decided that we should show you how it works. If you decide to take Inbox for a spin at some point (assuming invites become available in the near future), then we want you to know what you are getting yourself into. Because again, this isn’t the typical email setup where you receive all emails into your primary inbox, many of which fill up that inbox and make you feel like an unproductive slug. (more…)