Tag Archive: Actually


Huawei says its mobile OS won’t actually launch in June

The Huawei-made OS has been ready since January 2018.

What you need to know The new OS that is replacing Android is known as HongMeng internally and is expected to launch next month. Android apps are expected to work with it and will be available through Huawei’s AppGallery. Huawei doesn’t expect the U.S. ban to affect them because of its self-reliance in both hardware and software.

Updated 12:02 PM ET: Following this report, Huawei reached out to  [Read More…]

New leak shows us how the new Moto RAZR will actually work

We’ve seen months of speculation that Moto will soon enter the mix of foldable phones. Better yet, it’s rumored it will revive the RAZR moniker and as the in-house “Moto guy” I’m understandably excited about the latest video leak.

This new video hit popular Chinese social site, Weibo, earlier this morning and seems to show a promo render of the RAZR in all its glory. You can see the full folding phone that has an obvious influence by the classic  [Read More…]

Oculus Quest made me actually care about VR

I never cared about VR, but the Oculus Quest made me a believer.

I’ve always been wary of virtual reality headsets. I’m that person who gets motion sickness easily — an obvious obstacle for VR since the dawn of time — but I’ve also had issues with accessibility. I’ve been jumping from apartment to apartment for the past decade, so not only is space an issue but so is portability. I already have to pack and lug  [Read More…]

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…]