Tag Archive: Editors


From the Editor’s Desk: Nothing on your phone is worth looking at while you drive

Smartphone addiction is a real thing. And it has serious consequences when it’s combined with driving.

In the last couple weeks, both my girlfriend and I have come within inches of being hit by cars while walking, in crosswalks, in downtown Seattle. Unfortunately this isn’t the only time that’s happened to us, nor is it exclusive to us or this city. Every single day in every city I visit, I see drivers blow through lights, stop in crosswalks and  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Why do we want ‘foldable’ phones like the Galaxy X?

So … foldable phones, huh?

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ haven’t even been announced yet, and we know so much about them. So that means it’s time to start looking at the next thing, right? If that’s your thought process, you’ve no doubt been keeping up with the Galaxy X rumors — the “foldable” phone supposedly coming from Samsung this year. Samsung isn’t the only company working on this sort of thing, but if any company is  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Post-CES hot-takes

So long, CES 2018. You were kinda weird.

As we come crashing out of CES week and into 2018 proper, it’s time to reflect on a big (and slightly weird) week in tech.

It’s a working weekend, so I’ll just touch on a few of the show’s major highlights for Android and Google followers. I could go way longer on a lot of these, so consider this assembly of CES hot-takes to be my initial, largely unfiltered  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: A reminder to keep CES announcements in context

It’s good to remember that just because something is newsworthy doesn’t mean it’s going to be a real-world product.

Amazingly, CES 2018 is less than a week away. Though the “show” doesn’t officially open until January 9, the press will be heading to Las Vegas this week and the news will start pouring out this coming weekend before CES has technically started. Heck, you’re going to start seeing CES announcements in the first couple days of January,  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: The Android Naughty + Nice List 2017

We’ve made our list. We’ve checked it twice.

With the Christmas weekend in full swing, and the end of 2017 rapidly approaching, it’s time to reflect on the highs and lows of the year in Android. That means we get to call out some of the heroes and villains of the smartphone world — brands and companies that had a bumper year, and others that blew it spectacularly.

This is the Android Naughty & Nice list for 2017. Enjoy!

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From The Editor’s Desk: Let’s gush about Star Wars

2017 wasn’t supposed to be this complicated, but at least it’s ending on a high note.

It’s been a busy fall, so I kind of forgot that back in October when tickets went on sale, I snatched up a couple of Thursday evening IMAX 3D tickets to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Like most of you, I don’t go out to movies as often as I used to — somewhat due to rising costs but mainly due  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: A great time to re-evaluate 2017’s best phones

For many of us, December is the time to buy a new phone.

Whether for ourselves or as a gift, the holiday season presents a good opportunity to get a new device with all of the discounts being handed around. And as such, it’s a great time to re-evaluate where 2017’s top phones rank. Obviously the newer phones released later in the year will compare favorably to those from the first quarter, but at the same time  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Late-breaking Pixel predictions

Hunches, predictions and gut feelings about what’s next from Google.

Pixel season is upon us, as Google prepares to show off next-gen hardware across several categories this coming Wednesday, October 4. It’ll also be the sixth Google fall hardware launch I’ve covered (either in person or remotely), the first being the venerable Samsung Galaxy Nexus back in 2011.

Usually that’d give you a fair bit of perspective — background knowledge to help you see what’s coming next  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: How much longer do we wait for Essential to figure it out?

Excitement can only last so long before we start expecting the product to match.

I published my initial Essential Phone review on August 18. 11 days later, after a few more software updates and extra time with it, I solidified the review with my final thoughts on the phone. But somehow, today, as we hit one month since Essential deemed its phones available and ready to review, the phone still doesn’t seem … complete. Though the Essential  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: HTC x Google

Is HTC on an inevitable path towards acquisition? And how might a Google buyout in 2017 look different to the Motorola deal of 2012?

So, Google might buy HTC’s smartphone business — or at least make a sizeable investment in the struggling phone maker. This story from the Taiwanese press, which broke on Thursday, has understandably invited rampant speculation around the future of what was once one of the biggest names in mobile.

To recap:

Chinese-language publication  [Read More…]