When you are a business attempting to sell products and services, you may find yourself becoming a master of optics. When it comes to US carriers and throwing around the word “unlimited,” you can’t help but meddle with how the public may perceive an idea, versus what is actually taking place.
Take Sprint’s latest promo for example. For $20 a month, folks can purchase an “unlimited” data plan for a supported tablet device. With that data, users can stream movies, listen to music, play games, or even tether. We, being the consumer, hear this and think, “Wow, that’s a great deal for unlimited data, sign me up!”
It’s at this point that you have to adjust your reading glasses and dive into Sprint’s fine print. (more…)
The LG V20 certainly has plenty of “stuff and things,” but what if LG made a phone that had a bit more stuff and things, was more compact, and featured water resistance? That’s exactly what the V34 (aka isai Beat) is, available exclusively in Japan.
Specifications for the newly announced V34 include a 5.2″ WQHD display, Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, microSD card support, dual rear-facing cameras, 3,000mAh battery, IP67 water and dust resistance, and Android “Nougat” at launch. (more…)
Google is really going to push the Google Assistant on its Pixel phones. You know that already, of course, because Google started off its October 4 Pixel event by talking about the Assistant and AI for a good 15 minutes before ever announcing a thing. This is the future of Google’s software advancements and with it front and center on their new phones (soon Google Home too), it’ll only get better, smarter, and more valuable the more you use it. (more…)
Starting today, Instagram users will begin to see Stories inside of the Explore tab. For those who may have missed it, Stories are a collection of photos and videos made by users, just like you would find on Snapchat. (more…)
Starting today, Amazon Prime members in the US can invite up to five people to share Prime Photos benefits, at no extra cost. These benefits include unlimited photo storage, plus 5GB for videos and other files. Doing so will result in everyone sharing what Amazon is calling the “Family Vault,” a safe place for all of your memories and moments to be saved. (more…)
At the unveiling of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Google couldn’t help but brag about the 12.3MP Sony camera they included in each phone. With 1.55um pixels, f/2.0, video stabilization, and a supposed speedster of a shutter, the level of hype surrounding this shooter is up there with the best of them. But we all wanted to know if it could actually deliver on that hype during testing. Well, I spent the past several days with the Pixel and have pretty good news to share.
Is this the best smartphone camera ever in a smartphone as some of its early reviews suggest? I don’t know that I’m ready to go that far, but it’s certainly right up there with the best of them. Not only that, but it’s probably the camera I prefer of any smartphone at the moment. That’s right, I’ve fully bought into the hype. (more…)
Your Google Pixel and Pixel XL orders will be arriving by the end of the week, since October 20 is launch day, so let’s go ahead and start getting you prepared for the big day. As you can probably tell by the wave of Pixel content that just hit our front page, we have been lucky enough to test a Pixel XL for the past several days and already have all sorts of fun stuff to share.
First, though, we have to get this Pixel unboxing out of the way. Traditions are traditions, right? (more…)
Once your Google Pixel or Pixel XL arrives on Friday and you finish watching our Pixel unboxing, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with your new phone by walking through the setup process and maybe even use Google’s new transfer tools to bring over info from your old phone. After that completes, well, we have 10 things you should consider doing right away. (more…)