While the Galaxy Note 7 gets recalled due to an exploding battery issue, I put together my top 5 features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Android smartphone. Bad timing, right? While Samsung takes care of fixing its latest flagship device, check out this list of the top 5 Galaxy Note 7 features. This is a solid device, and one of the best smartphone designs I've ever had the pleasure of using.
Stay tuned as we head toward my full Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review!
Are Lightning headphones better than the tried and true 3.5mm jack headphone style? In this challenge, I put Lightning Headphones vs the 3.5mm headphone port to see which one sounds better. The challenge took place at YouTube Space LA as part of the YouTube NextUp event that I got to be a part of. What you see in the background is the haunted hotel stage. YouTube NextUp was an amazing experience, and I'll have a video showcasing it shortly. Back to the headphones though, Audeze currently makes the best Lightning headphones that I have found for the iPhone, but you can be sure that more will be coming from a bunch of different manufacturers.
The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 headphones are impressive. They come in at a relatively inexpensive price when compared to other headphones in this category, and sound fantastic. The new models are foldable, with nice stainless steel accents, and a closed-back over-ear design that does a great job at noise isolation. When ordering, be sure to select between the Android and iOS versions so you get the right ones. I think that these are the best $200 headphones you can buy right now - I explain why in my Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 headphone review. Great job Sennheiser!
My testing playlist:
You can pick up the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 now.
HTC threw a big coming out party for its new HTC 10 Android smartphone, which I am still calling the best Android phone of 2016. I was on hand at the event, and in this episode I bring you a look at what went down at Canoe Studios in Chelsea.
HTC brought in a bunch of journalists, bloggers, YouTubers, and tech influencers to check out the new HTC 10 smartphone, learn about all of its features, enjoy some great food and music, and pick up our review units of the device. During the event I was also able to sit down with HTC's Nigel Newby-House for a one-on-one interview, and played with the HTC Vive as well.
You can pick up the HTC 10 now.
Miami based smartphone maker BLU has been making great strides over the course of the last year. Known for its affordable set of smartphones, they’re continuing the trend with the BLU Vivo 5, which interestingly enough, is actually with its most premium design to date. Great hardware combined with an amazing price? This may be the budget Android phone you’ve been waiting for.
You can pick up the BLU Vivo 5 now.
In this LG G5 camera review, you'll find out why I think the LG G5 is the best smartphone camera available right now. This is a follow-up to the LG G5 Review that I published a few weeks ago, which if you haven't seen, you should check out.
The LG G5 features a dual-camera system, with one 16 megapixel camera with 75-degree field of view, along with an 8 megapixel wide angle shooter with a 135-degree field of view. You get full access to both modules for photos and video, and I give you examples of what each can do so you can see for yourself.
All video and image content is taken directly off of the LG G5 smartphone with no filters or effects added.
You can pick up the LG G5 now.
This is the HTC One A9 - this isn’t an iPhone. But, if you wish you could get an Android device in the shape of an iPhone, well, here you go. HTC says that it sold aluminum unibody devices before Apple did, and they’re right. Ever since the One M7 at the start of 2013, HTC has been promoting its signature aluminum unibody design, characterized by a particular mix of subtle curves and precise straight lines. But hey, the camera, camera flash, and even corner radius on the A9 device matches the iPhone 6 and 6s, and those antenna bands look awfully familiar as well.
If you read the One A9’s spec sheet, you’d probably think of it as a mid-range phone with nothing special about it. But that’s why spec sheets should be ignored for the most part. Using the One A9 shows what happens when a phone makes the most of its components, resulting in a device that compares favorably with most other companies' flagship smartphones.
The HTC One A9 is a good phone. However, the price is the issue. $500. Decent battery life, above average performance, decent software options, decent camera. This is a mid-range phone with mid-range specs with an expensive price tag. It doesn’t compete in a market where you can drop $500 on a Nexus 6P flagship, Galaxy S6, or the iPhone 6.
When the A9 launched at $399 In the United States, that was the time to pick one up, despite the insane backorder. The metal unibody frame is nicer than what you will find on the Nexus 5X.. But after a week, the price increased to $499, and that 25% jump in price means that the One A9’s value diminishes greatly. Now you compare it to the Nexus 6P, which many consider to be the best Android smartphone to date. No way HTC is winning that contest, even if simply for the fact that the Nexus device includes long-term assurance that you will get Android updates faster and for a longer period of time.
You can pick up HTC One A9 now.
The Philips Hue Go personal wireless light might be the coolest lighting accessory I've ever used. As you can see in the video, it looks like a cereal bowl that's been filled with light that you can carry around with you. You can turn on the natural dynamic effects feature for a living light color show, or set it to one of 16 million different colors of light with a 300 lumen light output. It's controllable with the Hue Light app for iOS and Android, but also has a button on the back that allows you to cycle through a bunch of different colors without the need for a smartphone or tablet.
The only downside is that you do need to have a Philips Hue Starter Kit or Hue Bridge in order to use it to its full potential, so if you don't already have a Hue system set up, that will set you back an extra $50 or so. Still, it's a great lighting accessory.
You can pick up the Philips Hue Go now!
Play-Fi is the whole-home wireless streaming technology from the audio experts at DTS. With Play-Fi, compatible speakers and receivers can be controlled from your smartphone, tablet, or PC, sending music from your favorite music services like Spotify, Rhapsody, SiriusXM, and Deezer, as well as songs stored on your local home network DLNA server.
You can find Play-Fi compatible audio components from companies like Phorus, Definitive Technology, Polk, Wren, and Hewlett-Packard.
You can get Play-Fi-compatible devices now!
We're giving away an Absolute LoJack Premium Family Pack--protect up to five of your mobile devices for a year with guaranteed recovery in the event of theft! We also talk about what happened when we went #DigitallyDark for 24 hours, giving up smartphones for a full day to see if we could do it. The results are in.
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