Monday, January 26, 2015

Google & Motorola Bring Us the Nexus 6: Here's the Review


When it originally began, the Nexus program was a Google adventure to help developers get their hands on hardware that was best suited for the latest and greatest version of the Android software. The devices were very cool, elite, and expensive. Expensive mostly because they couldn't be purchased with subsidized contract prices from carriers. As the years pass though, Nexus products reduced in price while remaining high in standards and quality. 

The Nexus series is owned by Google, but Google doesn't make their own hardware. So they would partner up with a manufacturer such as HTC, Samsung or LG. The plan was to take one of their top of the line phones, tweak the hardware a bit, and then match it up with the perfect Android software. The first was the HTC Nexus One which was first released in January 2010. Five more iterations later, and today we have the Motorola Nexus 6. My friends over at AT&T let me borrow one for a few weeks and take it on a test drive. I'm ready to bring you the Nexus goodness in the package. And some unexpected lows as well. Stick with me to learn more.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Which One Will You Choose? A Comparison of Samsung's Note 4 & Note Edge



For the past 4 years, Samsung has released a large screen phone and they pioneered the phablet concept. They call it the Galaxy Note series. They have been big hits too. The thing is four years ago people would joke about phones that large, but today its pretty much expected. I, for one, am not a phablet guy. One thing is different this year, though. Instead of just releasing one new Galaxy Note, Samsung decided that they needed to release two.

And we are talking about Samsung here. Something has to be significantly different about the second device in order to release two Notes in one year. Once you put your eyes on them, you'll immediately recognize one has a screen that wraps along the right edge. 

Welcome to the Android Anthem, and this is a comparison of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Two new phones in Samsung's most popular line of phones, one very distinct difference. Let's compare them both in order to find out all the other unique factors.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Verizon Droid Turbo from Motorola (Review)



The Verizon Droid series. Many would say its how Android got its start. They would be right to a certain degree, as it is the series that brought Android out into the public eye with the original Motorola Droid in October 2009. With a 3.5 inch screen and a sliding keyboard, both of which are pretty much unheard of these days, it was the must have in Android for its time. There have been many iterations of a "Droid" phone, many times there were more than one released in a single year. I couldn't begin to name them all, but I think you're starting to understand my point that it all pretty much started with "Droid". (Queue the robotic voice in your head from those early commercials "DROOOIIIIID".)

The newest to the Droid family is the Motorola Droid Turbo, unlike its predecessors, the Droid Turbo was built with top of the line...everything: Battery, display, processor, software. If you name the spec, and this puppy probably has the latest and greatest. Verizon and Motorola really put everything on the line with their partnership phone this year. Thanks to my friends at Verizon Wireless, I was able to take this baby on a test drive for two weeks and I'm prepared to address all the hardware and software concerns. Leave me a question in the comments if I accidentally leave anything out.