Video: Huawei Mate 9 Unboxing and Tour

Made official last week, the Mate 9 from Huawei is said to be bound for the US market. While we still don’t have specifics for that launch, the device is currently on its way to be available for customers in Europe and China, priced at €699. That price puts it up against the best smartphones currently available, but thanks to the inclusion of top-tier specifications, as well as a very premium build, Huawei thinks they can compete just fine.  (more…)

This is My Android: November 2016

Now that all of the major phones for 2016 have been released and are available for all to purchase, it seemed like the perfect time to catch up with another “This is My Android” segment. We tend to post these videos when things have calmed and we have had a chance to settle into a phone for a bit. That, of course, means that there is indeed a phone that will likely carry me through to next year’s Galaxy S8 and that phone is Google’s Pixel(more…)

Google Home Unboxing and Setup!

Google Home is available and we have a couple in-house to start our testing. No, we won’t be doing a 1-day review. Instead, we’ll actually do quite a bit of testing and get back to you with findings on whether or not this is an item your home needs. After all, with Google Assistant involved, these units should only get better the more we use them.

As a recap, Google Home is Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo. It costs just $129, though, so it’s quite a bit more affordable. But beyond the price, this thing is powered by Google, sports a built-in speaker, and also works with all of your Cast-ready devices, as well as a number of Google services (Play Music, YouTube, Calendar, Keep, etc.). It’s very much the hub that you may have been waiting for.  (more…)

Video: Google Pixel Review

Our written Google Pixel and Pixel XL review dropped last week, but we’ve had a number of you ask when the video review would be out. Does today work? It’s out now!

For those who weren’t interested in reading the thousands of words put down in that review, this 10-minute covers almost all of it. You’ll see the amazing camera in action, as well as Google Assistant, and some of the other standout software features. You’ll also get full hardware tours of each phone, see how battery performance has been, and whether or not these are the best Android phones you can buy today.

Enjoy and then get ready for the LG V20. It’s up next.  (more…)

Video: LeEco Le Pro 3 Unboxing and First Look

The Le Pro 3 from LeEco is the company’s first big push into the US market, and from the buzz we have seen so far in the community, I would say they are doing a pretty good job at getting folks excited. Leading the LeEco charge is this smartphone, scheduled to go on sale November 2 for a special promotion price of only $299, which is $100 off its list price of $399.

The phone competes with the best of them in terms of specs, with the Pro 3 equipped with a 5.5″ FHD display, Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, 16MP rear-facing camera, 64GB of built-in storage, 4,070mAh battery, fingerprint reader, and LTE bands for support on any major GSM network in the US.  (more…)

If You Just Got a Pixel or Pixel XL, Watch These Videos First

Yesterday was technically Pixel launch day (share those thoughts on yours!), so as those orders arrive over the next few days, you may want to take a minute to run through some of our early videos for Google’s new phone. Like with most flagship phone launches, we put together a series of short videos to highlight some of the better features of the Pixel and Pixel XL.  (more…)

Video: What’s New in Android 7.1.1 on Nexus

Moments after Google released factory images and OTA .zip files of the Android 7.1.1 developer preview for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C, we flashed it and accepted the over-the-air beta to see what other kinds of goodies were baked in that didn’t make the 7.1 announcement. We posted a few of the changes to Twitter, but figured a short video was needed for the others.

So far, we’ve found the new 24/7 support tab that we thought might be a Pixel-only feature, new Moves section (think Moto Actions), the restart option in the power menu, slight tweak to quick toggles, Smart Storage settings, and more. We haven’t yet found Night Light, which appears to have been left out. (Sad face)

What else are you seeing in the newest Android beta?  (more…)

Video: Google Assistant on the Pixel

Google is really going to push the Google Assistant on its Pixel phones. You know that already, of course, because Google started off its October 4 Pixel event by talking about the Assistant and AI for a good 15 minutes before ever announcing a thing. This is the future of Google’s software advancements and with it front and center on their new phones (soon Google Home too), it’ll only get better, smarter, and more valuable the more you use it.  (more…)