The Nexus 5X and 6P Fingerprint Scanners are the Best.

Last week, I wrote an opinion piece that attempted to convince the world that rear-mounted fingerprint scanners were the ideal implementation, not the home button locations that Samsung and Apple have sold you all on over the past couple of years. I took some heat for it, and that’s fine. After all, it was an opinion piece and I expect people to disagree with my stance. Now, with that said, I’ve attached a video below of the Nexus 5X fingerprint scanner in action, along with what I would consider to be proof that this is indeed the best way to do fingerprints. If anything, the scanners Google is using are just that much better than everyone else’s.  (more…)

Nexus 5X and 6P Unboxing!

As you are now well aware, Nexus season has officially begun. We have both the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X in house and are well into getting reviews ready for you. But since we have only had the phones for a couple of days, we certainly aren’t ready to give our final thoughts, hence the missing reviews at this point. And truthfully, that’s the way it should be. No phone, especially phones that are this important, should be reviewed after having them in hand for all of 48 hours. It’s just not possible to give a real opinion without having lived and breathed a phone for much, much longer. Then again, that’s my opinion and I’ll now stop ranting.

Soooooo, let’s unbox each! It’s been a couple of weeks since we last held the two new Nexus phones. Unboxings are always a good refresher of things and help kill time while you await those previously mentioned in-progress reviews.  (more…)

Blackberry Officially Introduces the Priv in Short Video Tour

Oh boy, oh boy, the Blackberry Priv in action! And not in the hands of Blackberry’s CEO, who doesn’t even know how to use it! This is big, right? You tell me, keyboard enthusiasts.

In the short clip below, which was posted to Blackberry’s official YouTube channel, we get to see the phone in action, including its stock Android build, tweaks to the home-swipe gesture, Blackberry’s Hub (with calendar peaking), and yes, typing on that keyboard (with gestures!), and a quick search on Google Maps.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact First Look and Tour!

I have the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact sitting right here, next to the mouse on my desk, not more than a half-arm’s distance away from my hand. I am giddy about that. I am more giddy about that than I have been with any other phone released this year. I don’t know that Nexus review units of the 5X and 6P will even garner this much giddiness from my brain. That sounds crazy, I know it. I also know that few will share this joy because times are different and this phone is impossible to buy. I do not care, though. Ahhh, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, welcome to your new home.  (more…)

LG V10 Unboxing and First Impressions!

Hey, it’s the LG V10 in house! LG’s new flagship phone full of “stuff and things” has arrived and we are ready to put it to work. Even though a number of you probably believe that we have already written this phone off and won’t give it a fair shake, that couldn’t be further from the truth. We are actually quite interested in this phone and whether or not its “stuff and things” make it stand out from a crowded high-end Android tier.

As a recap, the LG V10 sports a 5.7-inch QHD LCD display, secondary ticker-like display, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage (with microSD support), 16MP camera with OIS, dual front-facing 5MP cameras, Snapdragon 808 processor, removable 3000mAh battery, and all sorts of droptest-worthy protection, like a steel frame on its sides.  (more…)

Since Your Nexus is Getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow, be Sure to Watch Our Google Now on Tap Tour

Android 6.0 Marshmallow has officially arrived for a number of Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 9. Over-the-air (OTA) updates will be rolling out slowly to those devices over the coming days, but if you want the goodness now, you can upgrade via factory images that were posted here.

The latest version of Android offers a bunch of new features, many of which hide behind the scenes to add stability, endurance, and polish to last year’s Lollipop release. They aren’t all back-end optimizations, though. One of the few forward-facing features you will run into and likely use on a regular basis, is Google Now on Tap(more…)

Samsung Gear S2 Unboxing!

The Samsung Gear S2 is now available at select retailers here in the US with a starting price of $299. To say that this is the first Samsung smartwatch to be taken seriously and worth at least considering, is probably an understatement. It features a beautiful round AMOLED display, solid specs, a clean minimal design, and works with all Android phones. It could also be a much needed alternate to Android Wear.

With that in mind, we went ahead and put together a quick unboxing of a Gear S2 to kick off the review process. Smartwatches are supposedly the next big thing, so we understand that a number of you are probably interested in what this particular watch has to offer.  (more…)