Video: Nextbit Robin Unboxing and Tour

After a bit of waiting, we have a Nextbit Robin in-house at last. Back in September, I declared that Robin, a phone featured on Kickstarter, might not suck, and for the most part, reviews from across the web have somewhat validated my claims. While it is 2016, and the Robin ships with only a Snapdragon 808 processor, the device delivers what it promised, which is intelligent cloud storage in direct partnership with built-in storage.

For those new to Robin, Nextbit created a system which loads and offloads non-used apps to the cloud, allowing storage to be freed up on the device for when you need it. When an app is needed, a user simply reloads the app (plus app data) onto their device. With that said, the plus side is that a user does not need to dictate which apps are important and which are not. The Nextbit OS, built on Android 6.0 “Marshmallow,” handles the learning and cloud storage aspect.

As a freshening up, specs on the Robin include a 5.2″ 1080p display, Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, 100GB of online cloud storage, a fingerprint reader built into the power button along the side of the device, 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, front-facing speakers, USB Type-C, NFC, 2,680mAh battery, and the Nextbit OS running atop Marshmallow. For all of this tech, the price of Robin is set at $399, and the phone is available in two color options. (more…)

Video: LG G5 is in House, Let’s Take a Deeper Look

The LG G5 won’t launch in the US until early April, but we now have one in house to get more familiar with. While that doesn’t mean full testing or an incredibly early review (because this is a really early unit and that wouldn’t be fair to LG or the phone), that does mean we can show you all of the G5’s features in greater detail, take software and hardware tours, and get all up in the comparison game with the Galaxy S7.

In the video below, you won’t find an LG G5 unboxing, since we don’t even have retail packaging, but you will find all of what I mentioned above – a better hardware and software tour than we gave you a few weeks ago at the launch event, along with impressions after using the phone for a full day.  (more…)

Video: A Quick Look at What’s New in Edge Panel on the Galaxy S7 Edge

During my review of the Galaxy S6 Edge, I turned off the Edge Panel features. Why? Franky, because they sucked. On the Home screen, there was one panel, People Edge, and it wasn’t all that great. On the lock screen, there were plenty of tickers to choose from, but in real life scenarios, they weren’t helpful or fun to use. In 2016, Samsung is offering the Galaxy S7 Edge, with a completely remodeled Edge Panel. But, does it have any worthy features? Surprisingly, yes, it absolutely does. Unlike the Galaxy S6 Edge, the Edge Panel found on the Galaxy S7 Edge is highly useful, and I intend to use it quite often. With that being said, let’s go over what’s new.  (more…)

Whaaaaaaat: Lil Wayne is Pouring Champagne All Over his Galaxy S7, and Delivering Baby Elephants in VR

Hopefully, you enjoy Lil Wayne and champagne, because both are about to be all over your commercial breaks as the stars of Samsung’s new line of Galaxy S7 commercials. We first saw Wayne in Samsung’s Oscar commercials alongside a bunch of other celebs, but he seems to have emerged as the lead in the S7 and S7 Edge campaign.

The commercials aren’t bad. Lil Wayne can be a funny dude, especially when he’s mocking his own lifestyle and his friends and the thought of wasting really expensive champagne to show that his phone is water resistant. Will these help Samsung sell lots of phones? They might. I don’t know.

Whaaaaaaaat.

UPDATE: Weird, Samsung made two of the champagne videos private. (more…)

Video: Android N’s App Switcher is Pretty Awesome Now

When Google first introduced the swipe-up gesture for Google Now, our minds start racing over the future and possibilities of navigation buttons. Before then, we all just sort of took those buttons to mean simple functions: back meant back, home meant home, and the app switcher (or menu at one point) meant switching to recently used apps. In recent years, though, we have seen long-presses pop-up multi window functionality on some phones, new options added to the swipe-up gesture, and even old school menu access brought back. With Android N, Google is looking to take these buttons another step forward, specifically, through the app switcher.

In yesterday’s Android N preview tour, we showed you how multi window works and how you activate it (long-press on the app switcher). But after playing around with this first N preview, we realized there is so much more to that button than just activating multi window.  (more…)

Android N: A Quick Video Tour (Part 2)

Earlier today, we took a quick tour of the new Android N Developer Preview, showing you how Google’s take on Multi Window works, along with a brief overview of the new notifications, quick settings shade, and settings menu. It was really a video made to focus on the big upfront changes in Android N, so now we’re focusing on some of the smaller, less obvious items.

In this part 2 video, we take a look at what’s new in the hidden System UI Tuner (Night Mode, DND toggles, etc.), show a quick method for accessing Multi Window, discover Data Saver, and some new accessibility features, like Display Size adjustments.

To catch the tour one, head over to this post(more…)

Android N: A Quick Video Tour (Part 1)

So yeah, Android N is now official and available as a first developer preview for all of you to take for a spin if you live life on the wild side. You’ll find the factory images for it here, along with a pretty detailed look at the major changes here. Still not ready to go there? That’s OK too, because we have a 2-part video series on the way to show you what’s new and if you should even consider putting this on your devices.

In this first part, we take a look at the biggest upfront changes, like how the new notifications look and are handled. We also dive into the new quick settings shade, show you the new and improved settings menu, and of course, take Multi Window for an official spin.

Let us know what you think about Android N!  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Unboxing!

Apologies for the delay on this, but we have finally run through a Galaxy S7 Edge unboxing. I know, we should have done this a week ago. However, the regular S7 just needed some lovin’ for a while and now the S7 Edge will get the same.

As you can tell from that top image, we have the T-1000 model of the Galaxy S7 Edge, which is officially known as Silver Titanium. It is, without a doubt, the sexiest phone I have ever laid eyes upon. Wow, Samsung, this is absolutely stunning. It’s like looking into a mobile phone shaped puddle of beautiful liquid metal. Man.

I don’t need to run through specs, do I? You can find those here. If you want, you can also compare this to our Galaxy S7 unboxing, then see what 10 things we think you should do upon setting up your S7, and then…ahh the hell with it. Just watch this video and get ready for a review. (more…)