Friday, December 8, 2017

Sprint Gives $100 in PokeCoins When You Choose Their Unlimited Plan

It's a little strange how this game is still so popular, but it is and Sprint is going to help you hit that level 40. If you are a hardcore Pokemon Go player, you should pay attention to this.

To celebrate the release of 50 new Pokemon from the Hoenn region, Sprint will give you a gift of $100 in PokeCoins to anyone who signs up for Sprint Unlimited. That's 14,500 PokeCoins to use as you wish in the shop of the popular AR game Pokemon Go.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mobile Blast Podcast Episode 6: Black Friday Ads

There are so many Black Friday deals on the horizon, but not all of them fit our qualifications of a "deal". Matt and I thought we would share with you the same advise we share with our personal friends and family about what tech deals are a steal, and which ones to skip.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Unboxing Lenovo's Jedi Challenges Mobile AR Game

Lenovo, thank you! I'm so excited to try this out. The new Jedi Challenges mobile AR game. This game just released on November 3, 2017 and is set at $199.99 for the holiday season. Too much? I'll let you know how I feel about that after I get a full review of it. But first, let's check out everything that comes in the box!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Unboxing the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

I had to wait for the initial shipments plus a little bit longer for a demo unit from Verizon, but I finally got both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL in my hands. The XL version has already been through the ringer of the internet about screen issues, but I want to give it my fair shake. To get this review started, let's do the official unboxing of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Verizon Announces Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Partnership with Google

On October 4th, Google went on stage to announce a slew of new devices including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Both come is assorted variants and colors, and both are available for pre-order from the exclusive partner Verizon.

Arguably, it is a bit misleading with how this is all played out and advertised, because both phones work on any US carrier, despite where you purchase the device, from Verizon or Google. However, to at least be in one carrier store and have any partnership will indeed boost sales. In comparison to the previous Nexus line (pre-Pixel if you will) which were never really in any carrier store at all (albeit Nexus 6, or Galaxy Nexus), those sales figures were no where close to LG or Samsung.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Is Pixel 2 Kinda Blue Only Available on Verizon? (Updated)

Google is still on stage announcing their newest hardware for the year. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL being the 2 most hyped rumors. I found that the device page on the Google Store website updated as they were on stage. As I was pre-ordering, I couldn't help but notice that the new Kinda Blue, 1 of 3 color options, is only available to purchase if I choose the "Verizon" option.

Caseology Vault & Parallax Cases for the Galaxy Note 8

Being close to $1000, the Galaxy Note 8 needs to be protected from accidental tumbles. Caseology has a few options to choose from that has reinforced corners and TPU grip. The Parallax and Vault cases have their own textured design for both elegance and efficiency. My unboxing and first impressions are in the video below. Take a look and let me know in the comments if you want one of these cases.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Add a Little Wood to Your Phone from TOAST

If you recall, back in 2013, Motorola introduced the idea of having a real wood back cover on your Moto X. But did you know that a year before, in 2012, TOAST already has a successful Kickstarter project to add a wood cover to your phone? It started with iPhones, which makes sense given its popularity, and this was after all, a Kickstarter. But they were successful and moved on to putting a real wood cover on many different devices such as laptops, tablets, gaming systems, even the Google Home assistant.

There are so many options now, for TOAST covers. And available for so many different phones. Take a look at my video review for all my feedback, and then go to TOASTMADE.COM to check out their work for yourself. If you're into the natural real wood look, you'll be glad you did.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Verizon Wear24 Smartwatch: It Takes the Custom Out of Android

Android smartwatches are not nearly as popular as Google and Apple once hoped they would be. Both companies put forth major investments and effort into that category back in 2014 and 2015. But frankly, smartwatches are more of a “cool” accessory then they are a “must have necessity”.

So while many device manufacturers you’d expect a newer device to come have decided to concede to the lack of sales, Verizon has finally decided it’s time to give it a go. It came out of nowhere. There were no leaks, no rumors.  that could have helped us see this coming, and from Verizon nonetheless. 

I’m going to be a little untraditional, and I’m going to start with the bad. Because the bad, is bad. Bad enough that it is definitely a deal breaker.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Google Buys Into HTC mobile for $1.1 Billion

It's official! Just a few minutes ago, HTC and Google announces a $1.1 billion "coorperation agreement". In leiman's terms: Google buys into part of HTC's mobile division.

Official press release after the break!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pre-order the Essential Phone from Sprint Today

We've been hearing about the Essential Phone ever since Andy Rubin first teased the picture on Twitter back in the end of May. It's been a major roller coaster, though, as for availability, or even official release dates are concerned. What we knew up til now is that it's an edge to edge display with a widow's peak, it comes in black and white, and that it's Andy Rubin's first glory child since he has left Google  three years ago back in 2014.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Case GIVEAWAY Scavenger Hunt

The Android Anthem is giving away a few cases for the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, and the Google Pixel. To get one, all you have to do is fill out this form and be the first to ask for the specific case you want. BaldyPal will pay for the shipping, it'll be completely free to you. Once that case is gone, it's gone. I'll leave the responses open so that you can see if someone beat you to the one you are looking for, and maybe you can put your name in the hat for a different one. It's a limited supply, so act fast.

Monday, July 17, 2017

LG G6 Full Review: LG's Come Back King

Slim bezels, waterproofing, a metal chassis, and a headphone jack. LG decided to drop the modular failure of last year and instead bring forward a brand new display to review.

The Bezel Shrinking wars are in full force, and LG has brought a brand new weapon into the arena. Instead of the traditional aspect ratio of 16:9 which is on 98% of all the smartphones you’re used to today, The LG G6 sports a 5.7” Quad HD screen with a taller, but not much wider, 18:9 aspect ratio.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Unboxing the OnePlus 5

On June 20, 2017, OnePlus had a recorded announcement broadcast the interwebs in order to announce their newest flagship, just about 6 months after their latest. Their schedule is getting tight these days. Their news was the OnePlus 5, a dual camera spectacle which they want you to know that they are about the full package and not just the individual parts.

Before we can review any new device, we've got to take it out of the box to see what all is available. I'll run down the list of specs and show off everything that comes in tow as we unbox the OnePlus 5.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The OnePlus 5 is Official

The OnePlus 5 is now official. For the third year now, OnePlus has set out to become a "Flagship Killer" with awesome state of the art specs at lower than flagship prices. It's been a somewhat rocky three years being that the inaugural year had a great phone with a not so great launch, they left some arguably necessary specs off the second phone, and the third phone was replaced by the fourth phone within a few short months.

Carl Pei (CEO) claims that this year, it's all lessons learned taken into account to build the OnePlus 5. And although they pack a punch, the specs are not the star of the show. Here is a run down of the OnePlus 5 spec list:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Verizon Wear24 Unbox Ceremony

And out of nowhere, Verizon enters the wearable ballgame in 2017 with the release of the Wear24 smartwatch. Brought to us from an unknown manufacturer, the Wear24 smartwatch released in May 2017 and is packed with Android 2.0 goodness.

With three colors to choose from (Stainless Steel, Gunmetal Gray, and Rose Gold), the Wear24 theoretically should have the design to bring a personal touch to your daily decor. Since it includes an LTE radio and sim card capabilities, the Wear24 will become a true extension of your smartphone aside from just the occasional notification.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Father's Day Sale on Caseology Cases for all Models

Don't forget about those wonderful dads out there! Father's Day is coming up and Caseology is running a special deal. Get 25% off your favorite case with promo code DAD2017.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

X-Doria Defense Cases for the Galaxy S8's: Unbox, Impress, Giveaway

X-Doria sent me a few cases for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ to review for you guys. Today we're going to take a look at the Defense Clear, Defense Shield, and Defense Lux. All three are available for each phone and they are $24.99, $29.99, and $34.99 respectively. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

40+ Cases to Giveaway for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+

I've got about 40 cases that I've quickly reviewed and they are from my friends at Caseology, VRS Design, and UAG. This huge lot of great cases for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. They all have their own unique design and durability.

After you watch the video, I encourage you to leave a comment and tell me which one you want. If you're the first to ask for it, I'll send it to you.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pure 2 Tempered Glass by BodyGuardz

Admittedly, I've been very hesitant to try out the Pure 2 tempered Glass screen protector, or any tempered glass for that matter. I received one from my friends at BodyGuardz for my personal Google Pixel which I had already installed, what I thought, was the best screen protector money could buy. This is because the installation process was so easy, it's warrantied, and it doesn't peel off easily. 

Also, it's because with all my experience and knowledge about Android phones, and mobile tech in general, I don't necessarily trust tempered glass to stay "scratch free" or even keep my phone's actual glass display from breaking. You should also know that I work at a 9 to 5 where I support 1,600 customer's and their smartphones, and their #1 complaint about tempered glass is that it doesn't get close enough to the edge and that the edge of the tempered glass distorts the image under it, as if it were a small magnify glass trying to blow up the image underneath it.

None the less, this is what I do of my own accord, and I felt it would be a disservice to you, and my friends at BodyGuardz. I have to bite the bullet and remove my "perfect" screen protector to do this review.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Samsung has done a great job this year with it's design choices. Looking at the pics from other blogs, the hands-on videos from the press release, and now finally getting the set in my hands. These phones have topped the style charts. I'm blessed that my friends at Verizon were generous enough to let me review both models side-by-side. But first "What's in the box?"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Unboxing the LG G6 from Verizon

In true "Better Late then Never" tradition, I've finally been able to get my official LG G6 unboxing video edited and published. And guys, it was worth the wait. I really like this phone. It had some great surprises when I laid my eyes on it for the first time.

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.