With the demand continually going up for budget devices that aren’t cheap pieces of plastic and silicon, BLU is an American company that appears to be leading the charge. Designed in Miami, one of BLU’s newest devices called the Life One X, has landed on our doorstep. The device is placed at the top of BLU’s lineup, a device that can surely compete against any other budget-priced smartphone from last year or the upcoming 2014 lineups.
The device features a 5″ 1080 display, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, a 2,000mAh battery, and comes running Android 4.2.1 out of the box. For the price of just $264.99 off contract, this is a steal for someone who doesn’t need access to 4G LTE, and can instead rely on HSDPA speeds to get them through a full day. (more…)
This morning, we received a package from LG, which contained a G Flex on AT&T’s network. In the near future, we will pump out a full review for the device, but until then, it’s time for everyone’s favorite – an unboxing video!
This is my first time with my hands on the device, since Kellen took those privileges at CES this year. If you would like to see his brief hands-on with the device, you can do so here. Now the device is in our territory, so we will be sure to put it through the paces. (more…)
Our custom made Moto X with a Walnut finish has arrived, so as is typical around these parts, we took it for a spin on camera to let you see and hear our thoughts on it. As one may have expected after seeing our Bamboo unboxing, we are pleased with the results. A real wood back with custom accents, on the phone that our staff unanimously gave “phone of the year” in 2013 to. How can you beat that? (more…)
It’s Wednesday, which means it is time for another Droid Life Show! Tonight’s show will feature the full crew, chatting about topics ranging from the launch of Beats Music, new natural backs for the Moto X (finally, Tato has wood), and which OEM’s 2014 flagship we are looking forward to the most. Well, we think we already know what Ron’s answer will be, but he may surprise us tonight.
On top of that, we will bring you our latest recommendations for apps and games, plus we might have time for a listener Q&A session. That would be fun, right?
The show kicks off at 6pm PST, 9pm EST. There is a livestream embedded below, which will automatically begin playing once the event starts. Until then, hang out in the Droid Life IRC channel and chat with us until showtime. (more…)
As much as I like the look and feel of most Google Play accessories for Nexus devices, many have been disappointments, especially at their price points. The Nexus 5 Bumper was close to being perfect, but the sticky button situation killed any hope it once had. The Nexus 7 Folio was similarly good in theory, yet couldn’t deliver on fit and finish. So with the current 25% off Nexus accessory sale through Google Play running for a limited time, we were trying to decide if any of the cases should really be considered by you. I think we found the one. Maybe. (more…)
With preorders for the LG G Flex on AT&T starting up this Friday, January 24, the carrier is pumping up awareness on YouTube, posting a walk-around of the unique device for all to see. The G Flex, when compared to other smartphones, is quite the attention grabber, sporting a 6″ HD Curved P-OLED display, while also housing top tier internal specs. (more…)
With Beats Music now live and available with a 7-day free trial for Android users, we decided to take it for a spin to see how it stacks up to Google Play Music, our current favorite streaming music service. It would take something special to pry us away from Google’s music service, but we are willing to give anything a fair shot. And since Beats Music has worked with special curators to bring you custom made playlists for any moment in life (the “Backseat Love” playlist is already a favorite), plus has the backing of music industry mega-powers, how can we not give it some serious thought? (more…)
I know this seems like it is three months late, but here we are, bringing you our latest in the “25+ tips and tricks” video series, this time for the Nexus 5. These tips and tricks clips became a regular feature here on DL over the last year, thanks to a great reader response both here and on YouTube. Since we had enough requests of, “Where is the Nexus 5 tips and tricks video?” we finally brought one to life.
As you can imagine with a tips and tricks video for the Nexus 5, a lot of what you will see is simple Android tips and tricks. With the Nexus 5 running (mostly) stock Android 4.4, many of the tips we show were already featured in our Kit Kat tips and tricks video that were released shortly after it launched. Still, we try to hammer through them quickly and efficiently, so that even novice users can learn a thing or two about their new device.
We touch on everything from wireless charging and turning off Google Now, to switching between 3rd party launchers using the newly introduced built-in setting and snapping photos with volume keys. (more…)