Friday, April 14, 2017

Looking for a Rugged Case that Won't Break the Bank? Check Out UAG

I've never been a fan of rugged cases for my smartphone. They are thick, bulky, and generally are hard to put on and take off, as well as trap dirt and lint. But that's just not the "case" with UAG. (See what I did there?) Urban Armour Gear makes some rather nice rugged cases for your top end smartphones. They look to hold up well to regular drops while keeping the phones physically in tact.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Full Review of the LG V20

What's the first thing I should say about the LG V20? It's a big phone. It has a massive screen! In fact its a 5.7" Quad HD screen. You can get a lot done with a screen that big. Which is good. It's also an LCD screen, which means it shines a little bit brighter than LED, so in the dim light, it has some light bleed along the side. Its got an extra two inches of screen across the top. This two inches are used to access quick toggles, notifications, the time. You can in even personalize it with font and letters. On the top of mine I wrote "The Android Anthem".

My 5 Favorites Things About the LG G6

Every new phone has a few gimmicks. Sometimes, a new phone will have more than one. Not all of these gimmicks are brand new. The LG G6 brings a few of it's own to the table. Here is a short list of my 5 favorite things about the LG G6. Feel free to share!

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!