Tag Archive: Actually


Rebuttal: Hole punch displays are actually good

You can live with a tiny black dot on your phone. Trust me.

I have a lot of love for Russell. He’s a great guy, has a wonderful sense of humor, and is someone I have a tremendous amount of respect for. I do, however, disagree with his recent Hole punch displays are worse than notch displays editorial.

Hole punches are the latest trend when it comes to smartphone displays in our never-ending quest to eliminate bezels,  [Read More…]

Can a smart thermostat actually save you money?

Best answer: If you use a Wi-Fi smart thermostat to intelligently control the temperature in your home, you could save in the ballpark of 10%-25% on your energy bill compared to a standard thermostat.

Best Buy: Nest Thermostat E ($ 169)

Is the value on par with the convenience?

The novelty value of being able to control home temperature with your phone is high, but in terms of real dollars and cents, Wi-Fi smart thermostats are  [Read More…]

ASUS ROG Phone review: A gaming phone that actually deserves the name

Finally, a complete thought instead of an obvious cash grab.

If you’d asked me two months ago what my least favorite smartphone trend in the last couple of years was, I’d have said the rise of the “gaming phone” was pretty close to the top. And a lot of that has to do with the minimal effort that went into creating what I we’re supposed to believe is a premium experience for gamers. But when you sit  [Read More…]

Give the gift of a portable power bank that’s actually portable

Most battery packs and power banks are liars! They say they’re portable, but what they actually are is heavy, huge, and hopeless. Most need a backpack or a purse to carry them around — or else they might pants you on a busy, crowded street. If your portable battery pack doesn’t fit on your person to carry it around while you’re charging at a sporting event, on an all-day hike, or in a two-hour line at Disneyland, then your power  [Read More…]

Your next Android phone should actually receive regular software updates

One of the biggest reasons to buy a Google Pixel (or even an iPhone) is because of the frequent software updates. Not just major platform updates, either; just as important are the regular security updates that keep your phone from being vulnerable to exploits and tidy up minor bugs. While there are exceptions, most other Android phones don’t receive those updates nearly as often as a Pixel.

According to confidential documents obtained by The Verge, though, that may  [Read More…]

What do you actually get with an Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition?

Best answer: The Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition is quite the little bundle: an Amazon Echo Dot (2nd gen), a kid-friendly case in one of three bright colors, a power adapter and cable, a 2-year worry-free warranty, and a 1-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited.

Amazon: Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition ($ 70)

What’s in the box?

The Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition may not seem like a bundle, but indeed it is. This $ 70 bundle  [Read More…]

Android Pie actually fixes a smartphone’s biggest problem: battery life

Welcome to our new AI-powered battery saving overlords (please don’t kill all humans).

I carry around a BlackBerry KEY2 as my “daily driver” but my other phone — the one I use for work and do random things to and install random stuff — is a Pixel 2. The small Pixel. The best Pixel. Well, best in everything but battery life.

The smaller Pixel 2 has a 2,700 mAh battery compared to the bigger 3,520 mAh battery  [Read More…]

Google Assistant should actually take some notes from Bixby

Google Assistant may be bigger and better than Samsung Bixby, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing Google could learn from it.

Bixby isn’t all bad. There, I said it.

Samsung’s take on the AI assistant has been widely panned since it debuted back on the Samsung Galaxy S8, and few things have been more hated on the last few Samsung flagships than Samsung Bixby and it’s dedicated and mostly useless Bixby button — which you can’t disable  [Read More…]

MrMobile: The Galaxy Note 9 is a smartphone that’s actually worth $1000

I get it, you guys: no one thinks smartphones should actually cost a thousand bucks. Motorola kicks out incredible quality on the low end with its Moto G series; the OnePlus 6 delivers a truly exceptional experience at under $ 550; and buying last year’s flagships is another smart way to save coin. Given all these options, it seems ludicrous to drop ten Benjamins for any mobile device.

But the $ 1000 phone isn’t going anywhere, folks  [Read More…]

Five dog gadgets that are actually useful in 2018

Your best friend deserves the best, and these gadgets will help you be the best.

Dogs are wonderful companions, but they also require a lot of work. Besides obvious things like cleaning up messes, dogs also need to be groomed, well fed and above all, loved. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools available to make your pet parenthood easier.

Here are five dog gadgets that are actually useful!

Dyson V7 Animal HandsOn Grooming Gloves Whistle 3 GPS  [Read More…]