Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Waiting in Line for 12 Hours: A Nintendo Switch Story

My whole family of four are big Nintendo fans. Up until Minecraft, my wife and I had never purchased any other system other than a Super NES and a Nintendo Wii. Minecraft is the one and only reason why I picked up a used Xbox 360 for the kids. I ended up playing it just as much too though. Needless to say, we do not see ourselves as "gamers". 

When I first saw the Nintendo Switch trailer on YouTube in October 2016, I couldn't wait to share it with the rest of the family. Every one of us gathered around the TV to watch a 3 and a half minute teaser trailer, and we watched it several times. But this teaser trailer came out a little over 4 months ago. I knew there was a "pre-order" date, but it was in the middle of the night on the Eastern seaboard and I haven't made up my mind to spend the money. On January 13th though, the pre-orders were gone like yesterday is gone. The way I saw it, i had a month and a half left to make up my mind. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Unbox & Setup of an Insta360 Air Panoramic Camera

This is a brand new device that hasn't even hit the market yet. Still in a very successful Indiegogo campaign, the Insta360 Air is a 360 degree panoramic camera that attaches directly to your smartphone's USB port.

This cool little camera is smaller than a golf ball and still fits nicely in your pocket. I'm probably going to have a lot of fun reviewing this bad boy. But before we can get started, we need to take a look and see whats all involved with this hardware and it's packaging. Now begins, the unboxing of the Insta360 Air Panoramic Camera.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Unboxing the LG V20

With the whole left behind by the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the LG V20 couldn't have come at a better time. The footprint is similar and it has some extra options no one else had (at the time). Not all of it's internals are as "new" as could be, but from what I've seen from other phones, it shouldn't have any problem keeping up with the "task" at hand. 

This video was recorded in November 2016. Due to some bittersweet personal circumstances, I'm just now getting it uploaded. Sorry for the delay. But before we can review a phone, we have to do a ceremonious unboxing video. Thanks to my partners at Verizon, here it is, the unboxing of the LG V20.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Video Review Pebble 2 Smart Watch

With everything going on with Pebble this month, I wasn't sure that I'd be able to keep up and still release this review in time for the New Year. The watch itself is a very decent option as far as smart watches go. The price is/was affordable ($129) and the kickstarter project went [seemingly] well.

If you haven't heard already, though, Pebble was bought out by Fitbit and all hardware production has ceased. Will this watch remain to be a viable option? Fitbit has guaranteed support through 2017, and nothing more. Typically, new hardware is supported for at least 18 months. That doesn't appear to be the case for the Pebble 2.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Google Home: Unboxing & Setup

On October 4, 2016, Google held a press event to announce several new pieces of hardware. One of them being their new voice activated home automation assistant properly named "Google Home". This device is a cylindrical piece of hardware that resembles an air freshener. It sits on any flat surface in your house and the best part is you interact with it by just using your voice. However, if necessary, you can interact by touch, but you'll still have to talk to it for it to actually do anything.

"OK, Google, play Nyan Cat on the living room TV", that's my kids favorite action for it. Their second favorite is "Ok, Google, turn on the kitchen light please". I wish they were that polite all the time. As you can see here, it's so easy to use. My kids are 10 and 8, they are becoming pros at this already.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Unboxing a Pebble 2 Smart Watch

Back in May 2016, a new Kickstarter project launched for the Pebble 2 smart watch. They were looking to gain $1 million in backing for Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and a new device called Pebble Core. They ended up getting 66,673 backers who pledged a total of $12,779,843. Very successful Kickstarter project! And that's why I decided to support them this year. They've had successful kickstarters year after year. Although, it will retail at $129, I pledged $99 a piece and got two Pebble 2 smart watches.

I had never used Pebble and being the Android/mobile tech enthusiast that I am, I was very excited. This is the first Kickstarter project I've ever supported. Finally, after many update emails, my first one arrived. I do have another one on the way, but I'm going to go ahead and unbox this one and see if this smart watch is something you may be interested in yourself.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Unboxing Pixel XL, Phone by Google

When Google announced the Pixel and Pixel XL on October 4th, I bought one of each as soon as the pre-order screen went live. I've bought into Android and I just knew that these phones were going to be the cream of the Android crop this year. It took a while to get the phones in my hands, it included chasing down a FedEx truck too, but here they are, so let's unbox them!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pixel Orders Are Processing (UPDATE: Now Shipping)

Just a few weeks ago, October 4th to be exact, Google unveiled the new Pixel phone. A phone they say is designed and engineered both inside and out, by Google. That's something they have never done before.

On the date of the announcement, the Pixel and Pixel XL became available for pre-order, both in 3 colors and both in 2 sizes: Black, Silver, Blue and 32GB as well as 128GB. I ordered a variant of each. And I've been sitting on pins and needles ever since.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Motorola Announces Their Android 7.0 Nougat Update List

What a day for Android lovers!? The Pixel and Pixel XL was announced, but wait Motorola wants to try to get in on some of this "good news" action. Today, Motorola published their official list of phones that will be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat. Let's see if your Moto phone makes the list.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

We've Got a Moto Z Force Droid to Unbox

This is a mouthful: Moto Z Force Droid. Originally, they wanted to tag "Edition" to the end of that, which would have tongue tied us even more. This phone was announced officially in June but wasn't available until July. Even then, it will be a Verizon exclusive. It's little brother, Moto Z Droid, will have an unlocked version but it's availability isn't until October. 

There is one distinct feature about this phone which i'm dying to try out though, the Mods. Unfortunately, my Verizon friends weren't able to provide any for me. So I can only speak on the swappable back plate. More on that in the full review. Take a look at this unboxing and let it hold you over as I begin my review of the Moto Z Force Droid.