In this episode of Budget Tech Buys, I give you a look at the fantastic Francois et Mimi Hydrolix #Waterproof #Bluetooth speaker! Let's see how it holds up to playing music from the iPhone 7 Plus, being submerged in water for a waterproof test, and more!
You can get the Hydrolix speaker now!
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Did you know that the Samsung Galaxy S7 isn't waterproof? Samsung says that it is water resistant, but has never claimed it to be waterproof. However, with the Ghostek Atomic 2.0 case, you can actually add a protective layer that makes your Samsung Galaxy S7 waterproof. I give you a look in this episode!
You can pick up the Ghostek Atomic 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.
Fully armed and operational, there's no other notebook like it in the galaxy. With a Galactic Empire-inspired design, commanding Intel Core processor, and extensive collection of rare Star Wars content, you won't be able to resist the power of the dark side.
What sets this apart from standard laptops?
It's an impressive special edition notebook with an ominous dark side design. Fans of Star Wars can customize the look of the device with rare wallpapers, screensavers and more from the Star Wars archives. There's also the cool Star Wars Command Center, where you can browse the content galleries and adjust theme settings. Choose from special Star Wars sound schemes for Windows notifications.
You can pick up the HP Star Wars Limited Edtition Laptop 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.
The HP EliteBook Folio G1 is a slim ultrabook laptop that aims to take on the Apple MacBook with an optional 4K display and dual USB-C ports. I chat with HP about the new EliteBook Folio G1 in this interview to get the details on what went into making this device special.
As you'll see, aside from the 4K UHD panel and the two USB-C ports (one of which supports Thunderbolt 3,) you also get premium Bang & Olufsen speakers, and a 12.4mm thin body with the 12-inch display. The hinge also goes to a full 180 degrees, and it's all powered by second-generation Intel Core M processors.
You can pick up the HP EliteBook Folio 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.
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