Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Unboxing!

Hey, a Galaxy Note 7 in house! What a shocker, you know, that we finally have one. Like you, we were starting to wonder if we would ever hold this phone outside of the Samsung Unpacked event from a couple of weeks ago.

All complaining aside about PR politics, this is exciting! And here we are, ready to dive into the dirty details of Samsung’s new Note device. Even with early reviews out, we will do what we always do with new phones – give them our full attention as we lead up to a review. We’ll start with an unboxing (below), get touch-feely with the camera, show you all of the most meaningful features, and ultimately, help you figure out if this should be your next phone or not.

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Video: 20+ OnePlus 3 Tips and Tricks

The OnePlus 3 is a really good phone, especially for the price OnePlus is asking for it. At $400, you get a solid AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB RAM, 16MP camera, premium metal hardware, a decently sized 3000mAh battery with super fast charging, and one of our favorite software experiences. That type of package makes this phone an easy one to recommend to just about everyone, assuming they are a part of a GSM network like T-Mobile and AT&T.

Should you have taken that recommendation after reading our OnePlus 3 review or looking at 5 reasons to buy one, we now have even more for you because buying is only a small part of the journey with a new smartphone. After you buy a phone, you probably also want to know how to get the most out of it and so this video of OnePlus 3 tips and tricks will do just that today.

During this clip, we’ll talk through the Alert Slider, dark and night modes, utilizing gestures and buttons shortcuts, and even make sure you know how to launch the camera in four different ways.

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Video: Galaxy Note 7 First Look and Tour!

Hey, so we had our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 a bit today. Interested in taking a look at it? Hopefully, you just said “Yes.”

We spent time with all three colors that will hit the US, the black, blue, and silver. Overall, in hand, I can’t help but say that this phone feels ridiculously amazing. Samsung continues to do these really subtle curves to the backsides of phones that help them nestle in and hide a bit of their size shock. But with the Note 7, Samsung has also slightly curved the front side, so you get a phone that feels good in a way that not even the S7 Edge can lay claim to.  (more…)

Moto Z and Moto Z Force: First 10 Things You Should Do

With Moto Z reviews out of the way and the July 28 release day quickly approaching, our focus on both the Z and Z Force will now turn to helping you get the most out of each, assuming you plan to buy one or the other. To kick off the next series of posts, we wanted to start off with something we’ve been doing for all flagships recently, and that’s by offering up the first 10 things you should do upon receiving the Moto Z DROID or Moto Z Force DROID.

In this clip, we’ll walk you through using the fingerprint reader, Moto’s app suite (Display, Voice, and Actions), choosing a new launcher, disabling bloatware, firing up WiFi Calling, and even helping you pick a Moto Mod or two.  (more…)

Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus Unboxing and Tour!

With the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus arriving in the US on July 12, we now have them both in house for some review action. Motorola was kind enough to send over a couple of review units, so we’ll put them to good use and relay back our findings.

As a recap, the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are the newest members of Motorola’s highly successful G range. They are certainly budget-friendly, yet manage to pack in a lot of solid specs for the price. The regular Moto G4 starts at just $199 (or as low as $125 at Amazon), while the G4 Plus starts at $249. Both can be upgraded in storage and the Plus can also be upgraded in RAM.  (more…)

Android Nougat Statue Video Also Confirms Android 7.0

This morning, Google officially unveiled the name of Android N as Android Nougat, but this afternoon, they put a number to it as well. The next version of Android is Android 7.0.

That new number shouldn’t really shock anyone, since Google basically told us last year to expect a new version each year. We knew that meant a new name, but was anyone sold on their being a full digit jump each year? I don’t know! Either way, Android Nougat is Android 7.0 whether we were ready for it or not.  (more…)

Video: OnePlus 3 Software Overview

The OnePlus 3 is a sweet phone, I can’t deny that. For $400, you are getting a very nice hardware package, but on top of that, OnePlus throws in software tweaks and other functionality to spruce up what’s already a pretty solid Android experience.

For fans of Nexus devices, you undoubtedly like stock Android, and for me, that’s where the OnePlus 3 software shines. Not only does it provide that stock feel and look like on a Nexus phone, but certain OxygenOS features, such as gesture commands and icon pack support, really help get the most out of the possibilities for Android.  (more…)