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.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

UPDATED: Pokemon Go Buddy Update is Live for Android and iOS

During the process of updating a few phones to iOS 10 (work related), I noticed that the Pokemon Go update has now gone live. Immediately, I checked my personal Android and it was there too.

The new update has a few changes, minor bug fixes, text changes, Pokemon Go Plus support, Egg hatching issues (no animation sometimes), but most importantly the ability to assign a buddy pokemon. As always with this game, Niantic isn't very clear on how this system will actually work, but the premise is that the further you walk with your buddy, the more candy you will get of it's kind. 

Jump to the Google Play Store and update Pokemon Go as fast as you can, and get to walking!

Friday, June 24, 2016

We got a OnePlus 3 to Unbox

A few short days ago OnePlus held a release event in their virtual reality office called "The Loop". They gave away VR headsets to the first 30,000 who put one in their cart, only charging $5 for shipping, and they did this to help you enjoy The Loop experience. They could have settled for a Google Cardboard type device, or asked you to use one you already owned, but this is the company that asks you to "Never Settle".

They did all this because they wanted to outdo themselves since last year was a just a prerecorded video watched inside a Google Cardboard box headset. The experience made it obvious that they put a great deal of time and effort into the development, it was indeed more fun than years past. However, it was truly nothing more than a "choose your own story" type movie. To progress you had to go through 3 checkpoints to review the phones design, hardware, and charging evolution. But that's better than waiting for an invitation to buy their phone.

Then finally, after gathering all 3 checkpoints, you could buy the phone right then and there. And that's the point where they blew everyone else out of the water. Their brand new phone was announced and available to purchase immediately. No one else has done that, some have come close. To top it all off, shipping notices were sent out within 2 days.

The phone was announced and then in my hands within 1 week!!! Absolutely brilliant!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

OnePlus Announces the OnePlus 3 from The Loop: Official Specs & Everything You Need to Know

In a fancy VR setting in inter galactic space, OnePlus brings forth their new interation to the OnePlus line of Android smartphones, the OnePlus 3. Rightfully named as it is the 3rd iteration, the OnePlus 3 launch event took place in VR space, that's virtual reality. In an effort to outdo themselves, this year, OnePlus teamed up with ANTVR to build The Loop and Loop VR headset.

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Edge of a Galaxy is Not a Fun Place to Play (Opinion)

Starting with the Samsung Galaxy Round in 2013, Samsung started toying with the idea of a curved screen on a smartphone. They had been teasing the concept of curved and/or bendable screens for a year or so before that at events such as CES (Las Vegas; Consumer Electronics Show) or IFA (Berlin; Internationale Funkausstellung). Unfortunately, their first attempt (the Galaxy Round) was not successful. Tucking their tails, they evolved to the idea of only curving the screen slightly around the edge of the phone, as opposed to the whole screen being bent like a taco.

In 2014, Samsung released the Galaxy Note Edge. This time, they had a more welcomed response from consumers. It had a screen that curved around the right side of the phone. It stretched the 2560 x 1440 Quad HD display to 2560 x 1600, which provided a full HD screen with an extra 160 pixels dedicated to the "Edge". Their hopes were to provide a little more room for the owner to become more immersed in the Samsung app ecosystem. I say it that way because at that time, you could not utilize any third party apps, only Samsung apps. That included shortcuts to contacts for text, phone call, or email.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Let's Unbox the LG G5

After the LG G4 and it's miracle camera, LG set a high bar for itself. This year, LG has brought us a new phone that still has a removable battery (but in a new way), and they added a 3rd camera. Wow! If they still have great camera software, this could be a killer feature. But before we dive into a review, let's take a look at what comes in the box and run down of the hardware and internal specs.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The HTC 10 Was Just Announced, Pre-Order Now, but Release Date is Still Unknown

To say the least, HTC has had a rough couple of years in the smartphone industry. Four years ago, they introduced a beautifully crafted all metal body phone and called it the HTC One. The two follow ups, unfortunately, were not as well received. They lacked in software quality within the camera and had some visually unpleasing logo placement. The design was the same as the ones before it, and it wasn't marketed well enough to compete in the big game.

This year, obviously, HTC wishes to turn all that around, in fact, they've been obsessing about it. They've made changes in their executive management to start, and that traditionally means new, fresh, ideas for both design and marketing. So this morning, they announced the HTC 10, they dropped the "One" moniker, but kept the numeric iteration. Oddly as that may be because this is not the 10th phone in the lineup for them.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Mobile Blast Podcast Episode 3: S7, S7 Edge, G5, & SE

We fumbled a few times, but we made it through to the end. During episode 3 of the Mobile Blast Podcast, Matt and I discussed the few devices we had in hand, the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and LG G5, Plus 1 more we just had to talk about, the iPhone SE. Overall we're impressed with Samsung, want to be impressed but waiting to see with LG, and saw another typical Apple move to bleed you for cash.

If you weren't able to make it to the live show, you can watch it on youtube at no charge; our treat.