Samsung Galaxy Alpha Unboxing (AT&T)

When Samsung first introduced the Galaxy Alpha back in August, we weren’t exactly sure what to make of it. Was Samsung trying to take on the iPhone by using premium materials like metal? Was Samsung trying to set a new standard for their design going forward? Were they trying to enter Sony’s “Compact” arena, where you have a smaller device that still packs mostly high-end specs? They may have been trying to do a little of all that.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Unboxing

Sony may not have a presence at all in the US mobile market anymore, but within the last year, they really grabbed my attention thanks to their introduction of the Compact series. While other manufacturers continue to release flagship phones followed by mini, low-spec, just-because-it’s-small-it-has-to-be-cheap, variations of those flagships, Sony is taking the opposite approach.

They first introduced the Xperia Z1 Compact as the still-powerful-but-not-oversized version of the flagship, Xperia Z1, earlier in 2014. It was a solid little phone with high-end specs that I tested for a good month or so before moving onto the heavy-hitters released by Samsung and HTC for the year. But then just over a month ago, Sony came back with the Xperia Z3 Compact, the compact, yet equally as powerful and impressive version of their newest flagship, the Xperia Z3. Don’t call it a “mini.” This is by all means a flagship phone packed into the body of a much smaller device than we are used to seeing. As a fan of the original Compact, I couldn’t help myself and picked up the new one too.  (more…)

Sony Posts Two Marketing Videos for Xperia Z3, Highlights Photography

Two promotional videos were published by Sony this morning, showcasing the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. The videos speak highly of the phones’ rear-facing camera, claiming each is a smartphone that is serious about photography.

The commercials are quite cool, too. In the night, they lit up a few snowboarders and had them cruise down the hill, while a man snapped photos with the phone. It probably won’t be the type of scenery you photograph when the Xperia Z3 lands in the States, but again, it does look very nice.

Both videos are watchable below.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 69

The Droid Life Show episode 69 is live tonight at 6PM Pacific!

On tonight’s episode, the crew will talk about our review and final thoughts on the Moto X (2nd gen), Moto 360 review, the jank that lives inside Android Wear, Hangouts and Google Voice merging, gauge interest in the HTC Nexus 9, share the latest on the DROID TURBO, and the fact that we have an iPhone 6 in house. The Galaxy Note 4 is also doing its pre-order thing, plus the Galaxy Alpha is coming to the US. We have a lot to discuss, so be sure to join us.

We are live tonight at 6:00PM Pacific (9:00PM Eastern).

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HTC’s GoPro Camera Gets Teased in New Video (Updated)

HTC posted a teaser video this afternoon for a product that will be unveiled on October 8 at a press event in NYC. The video (at least to us) seems to hint over and over at a camera rather than a phone. We say that in part because a report from a couple of weeks ago suggested that HTC was getting into the GoPro market, but also because at one point in the video, two women are seen setting the device down on a tablet to snap a photo, something not easily done with a phone.  (more…)

Video: Moto 360 vs. LG G Watch

Even though we have already reviewed both the Moto 360 (review) and LG G Watch (review), we have yet to do a full comparison of their specs, design, and performance on video. Since these are arguably the two Android Wear watches to consider at this time (sorry, Gear Live), thanks to either their price (G Watch at $179) or premium circular build (Moto 360), we are finally doing that today.

This isn’t a video that will talk battery life or viewing in sunlight, since we did that in each of those reviews, but we will instead focus on the design when compared next to one another, and also the performance of each when thrown through a variety of tasks. In this clip, you will see each device run through a series of voice actions, all of which seem to struggle at times thanks to the beta-ness that is Android Wear. It’s hit or miss from one command to the next between each wearable. That can’t be user error, right?  (more…)

iPhone 6 First Impressions – Yes, Really.

For years, we have debated whether or not we should do an iPhone review of some sort. And for years, we always decided against it for one reason or another. But this year, with iOS 8 reinventing all of our favorite Android features, along with a reinvention of the big phone (“bigger than bigger,” people) through the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we thought that it was finally time. So yes, we have an iPhone 6 and we are going to review it.  (more…)