Friday, October 6, 2017

Verizon Announces Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Partnership with Google


On October 4th, Google went on stage to announce a slew of new devices including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Both come is assorted variants and colors, and both are available for pre-order from the exclusive partner Verizon.

Arguably, it is a bit misleading with how this is all played out and advertised, because both phones work on any US carrier, despite where you purchase the device, from Verizon or Google. However, to at least be in one carrier store and have any partnership will indeed boost sales. In comparison to the previous Nexus line (pre-Pixel if you will) which were never really in any carrier store at all (albeit Nexus 6, or Galaxy Nexus), those sales figures were no where close to LG or Samsung.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Is Pixel 2 Kinda Blue Only Available on Verizon? (Updated)


Google is still on stage announcing their newest hardware for the year. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL being the 2 most hyped rumors. I found that the device page on the Google Store website updated as they were on stage. As I was pre-ordering, I couldn't help but notice that the new Kinda Blue, 1 of 3 color options, is only available to purchase if I choose the "Verizon" option.

Caseology Vault & Parallax Cases for the Galaxy Note 8


Being close to $1000, the Galaxy Note 8 needs to be protected from accidental tumbles. Caseology has a few options to choose from that has reinforced corners and TPU grip. The Parallax and Vault cases have their own textured design for both elegance and efficiency. My unboxing and first impressions are in the video below. Take a look and let me know in the comments if you want one of these cases.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Add a Little Wood to Your Phone from TOAST


If you recall, back in 2013, Motorola introduced the idea of having a real wood back cover on your Moto X. But did you know that a year before, in 2012, TOAST already has a successful Kickstarter project to add a wood cover to your phone? It started with iPhones, which makes sense given its popularity, and this was after all, a Kickstarter. But they were successful and moved on to putting a real wood cover on many different devices such as laptops, tablets, gaming systems, even the Google Home assistant.

There are so many options now, for TOAST covers. And available for so many different phones. Take a look at my video review for all my feedback, and then go to TOASTMADE.COM to check out their work for yourself. If you're into the natural real wood look, you'll be glad you did.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Verizon Wear24 Smartwatch: It Takes the Custom Out of Android


Android smartwatches are not nearly as popular as Google and Apple once hoped they would be. Both companies put forth major investments and effort into that category back in 2014 and 2015. But frankly, smartwatches are more of a “cool” accessory then they are a “must have necessity”.

So while many device manufacturers you’d expect a newer device to come have decided to concede to the lack of sales, Verizon has finally decided it’s time to give it a go. It came out of nowhere. There were no leaks, no rumors.  that could have helped us see this coming, and from Verizon nonetheless. 

I’m going to be a little untraditional, and I’m going to start with the bad. Because the bad, is bad. Bad enough that it is definitely a deal breaker.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Google Buys Into HTC mobile for $1.1 Billion



It's official! Just a few minutes ago, HTC and Google announces a $1.1 billion "coorperation agreement". In leiman's terms: Google buys into part of HTC's mobile division.

Official press release after the break!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pre-order the Essential Phone from Sprint Today


We've been hearing about the Essential Phone ever since Andy Rubin first teased the picture on Twitter back in the end of May. It's been a major roller coaster, though, as for availability, or even official release dates are concerned. What we knew up til now is that it's an edge to edge display with a widow's peak, it comes in black and white, and that it's Andy Rubin's first glory child since he has left Google  three years ago back in 2014.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Case GIVEAWAY Scavenger Hunt


The Android Anthem is giving away a few cases for the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, and the Google Pixel. To get one, all you have to do is fill out this form and be the first to ask for the specific case you want. BaldyPal will pay for the shipping, it'll be completely free to you. Once that case is gone, it's gone. I'll leave the responses open so that you can see if someone beat you to the one you are looking for, and maybe you can put your name in the hat for a different one. It's a limited supply, so act fast.

Monday, July 17, 2017

LG G6 Full Review: LG's Come Back King



Slim bezels, waterproofing, a metal chassis, and a headphone jack. LG decided to drop the modular failure of last year and instead bring forward a brand new display to review.

The Bezel Shrinking wars are in full force, and LG has brought a brand new weapon into the arena. Instead of the traditional aspect ratio of 16:9 which is on 98% of all the smartphones you’re used to today, The LG G6 sports a 5.7” Quad HD screen with a taller, but not much wider, 18:9 aspect ratio.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Unboxing the OnePlus 5


On June 20, 2017, OnePlus had a recorded announcement broadcast the interwebs in order to announce their newest flagship, just about 6 months after their latest. Their schedule is getting tight these days. Their news was the OnePlus 5, a dual camera spectacle which they want you to know that they are about the full package and not just the individual parts.

Before we can review any new device, we've got to take it out of the box to see what all is available. I'll run down the list of specs and show off everything that comes in tow as we unbox the OnePlus 5.