Saturday, August 30, 2014

Huawei Ascend Mate2: A Full Review


There are some phones out there that you can't find by walking into your favorite carrier store. These phones are a great advantage to those of you who don't wish to dedicate 2 years at a time to a single cellular carrier, by signing a contract. Most of those type phones, however, are rather low end, or don't have the pep of a great top tier device from a manufacturer you recognize by name. But I want to help you understand that the game of contract free wireless is changing. Almost all mobile manufacturers are releasing budget friendly smartphones with mid to higher end specifications. Some of which could compete with those names you know by heart, even though they are built to do so.

One specific company that is trying their best to break into the West mobile market with low priced smartphones is doing so with one of the largest phones I've ever touched. I'm speaking of the Huawei Ascend Mate2. The company's name is pronounced "wah" (like the first syllable in 'water') and then "way", Wah-way. You've might have seen their logo on phones you would typically buy at a contract-free wireless store such as StraightTalk or Cricket Wireless. But because they are trying to make a bigger name for themselves they are now selling direct from their website with more competitive specifications. This is a mid-range phone with a large screen and a small price. If you like contract free and big devices, I think you should really pay attention. Let me tell you why.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Review of the Elusive OnePlus One


I was able to do it! I was able to get my hands on one of the most elusive smartphones that exist today. It's a phone that is boasted to make you "Never Settle" for what a smartphone could be, or should be. It's a phone that has been popular amongst the Android tech fans for 3 months before it was even released, which was in May 2014. It's a phone that wants to raise the bar on smartphone expectations. This phone is by far, today, the highest spec'd mobile device for its price, which is half of that of the competition. Half way around the globe from China, from a brand new company who calls themselves OnePlus, ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the OnePlus One.

I know, that was a big build up for such a simplistic (and repetitive) name. Unfortunately, that's pretty much how the experience with this company has gone, though. Before the release of their device they are talking about never settling, and this phone will break records. Then right before the release they state that due to manufacturing dilemmas and high demand, you can't buy this phone from them unless you're invited to do so. And then they start holding contests to give away a few thousand phones invitations at a time. In June, they held a contest called "The Storm of Invites". With over 500 thousand entries, they gave away 2,500 invitations. That right there should tell you how lucky I was to win one of those 2,500 invitations. And when I did, I only had 3 days to decide whether or not I would spend my money on this phone. When I started writing, I promised myself, and my wife, I wouldn't spend hundreds of dollars on devices. The price, however, is the only reason why I felt I could afford to do so. Despite its elusive presence, the choice of hardware, their choice of software, the build quality, and the price have made a perfect recipe for a brand new top of the line smartphone.