AT&T HTC One M9 Unboxing

Hey, look, the HTC One M9! Not only that, but it’s the HTC One M9 for AT&T in Gunmetal Gray!

With one now in our possession ahead of the April 10 launch date, we thought we would take it for a spin in an unboxing video to share some initial thoughts before we get to fully testing this bad boy. How different is it than the One M8 at first look? Does it feel better, worse, the same when first held? How odd does that squared-off camera look in person? Is anyone really going to be able to tell the difference between the volume and power buttons without looking? We will hopefully answer all of that in this quick preview.  (more…)

Qualcomm Shows You Just How Much Faster Quick Charge 2.0 is on the Nexus 6

I think at this point, we have made our opinions clear on Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0we love it. We think every phone should have either this or some other form of quick charging. Wireless charging is still a really handy feature, but I would much rather be able to charge my phone in a shorter amount of time, or at least give it a burst of juice in a couple of minutes, than be able to lay it down on a charging pad that likely charges slower than a conventional charger.

To demonstrate the power of Quick Charge 2.0, Qualcomm put together the video featured below, which includes three Nexus 6 phones, all of which are using a different charger. Two of the phones are using conventional chargers (5 volts/1 amp and 5 volts/2 amps), while one uses Motorola’s Turbo Charger. You probably don’t need to watch the video to know who wins the battle to 50% from 0%.  (more…)

HTC Shows Off One M9 Features in Some Really Awkward Videos

When HTC isn’t reminding the world that the “Ultra Melt Your Face Off Mode” found in the new HTC One M9 is only an included feature because current handsets in the wild are running software that isn’t final, they are putting together promo videos to you know, promote their new flagship handset.

Through a series of clips released over the weekend, HTC walks us through the headline features of the One M9, which includes things like the new Blinkfeed, more personalization in home screens, a smart widget, advertisements suggestions for restaurants, the best low-light selfies (low-light selfies are a thing!), sleeveless jean jacket dance parties with the crew, and fairy dust sound effect-filled magic tricks with the moon.  (more…)

The DL Show Episode 80 Isn’t Afraid of Friday the 13th

How should you end your week, a week that features the always-fun Friday the 13th? With the Droid Life Show episode 80, of course.

On this week’s show, Ron re-joined Tim and I for a chat for the first time in a couple of months, which is enough reason in and of itself to watch. If you need more, well, know that we talked about Android 5.1 updates, the Apple Watch at length, my experience with the G Flex 2, and if anyone actually cares about VR outside of manufacturers making VR headsets (spoiler: nope!). We ran a little long, but the conversation warranted it.

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Samsung Talks Through Galaxy S6 Hardware, Samsung Pay, Charging and More in Latest Video

In the third installment for Samsung’s official hands-on videos of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the company takes a nerdier approach to explaining the phone by diving into the processor, RAM, UFS 2.0 memory, before going through software-related features like Smart Manager and Ultra Power Saving Mode. From there, it’s on to the phone’s “Fast Charge” capabilities, support for multiple wireless charging standards, and Samsung Pay.

This isn’t the best of the videos thus far, but it’s something, especially for those who can’t get enough of Samsung’s two new flagship phones.

To watch the camera hands-on and unboxing, check out the videos here and here(more…)

LG G Flex 2 Unboxing!

It only makes sense that the talk of the last few weeks has been focused on Samsung and HTC’s announcements at MWC. After all, they did give us the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and One M9, all of which should be incredible devices when they hit retail outlets. But let’s not forget that LG is giving us a new phone next week that was originally introduced at CES back in January. Yes, the LG G Flex 2 is still coming, if anyone is still interested. We picked one up, partly because we want to get our review out there for those interested in buying it, but also because we need something to pass the time while we wait for Samsung and HTC’s goodies to arrive. It has been too long since we had a new phone in house.  (more…)

Samsung Shows Off Impressive Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Camera Features

If Samsung’s new hands-on tour of the camera in their new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is to be believed, then they managed to greatly improve the camera experiences in the new their new phones over those found in the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 cameras, which is saying something. Both of the cameras from last year’s flagships were industry leaders, for the most part.  (more…)