Tag Archive: Fantastic


Xiaomi Mi A2 review: A great sequel with a fantastic camera, but it isn’t for everyone

Xiaomi once again shows that it understands the value market better than anyone else.

The Mi A1 was one of the best phones of 2017. It combined Xiaomi’s hardware chops with the simplicity of Android One, resulting in a device that was a delight to use. While the premise of the Mi A1 was great, Xiaomi failed to follow through on a few initial promises — the Oreo update didn’t arrive until the start of the year,  [Read More…]

Republic Relay hands-on: A fantastic take on a kid-friendly ‘phone’

It’s still early days, but there’s a lot of potential to these fun little squares.

My 9-year-old came home from the first day of school this year and asked for a phone of his very own, and I laughed. His 13-year-old sister doesn’t even have her own phone yet, and I didn’t have one until I was much older that they are now. But as we talked, he explained many of the kids in his class had  [Read More…]

Google’s Grasshopper app is a fantastic way for beginners to start coding

There’s no shortage of coding tutorials or programs that aim to teach coding to beginners — but Grasshopper is something special.

Google’s workshop for experimental projects, Area 120, released a really interesting new app for Android and iOS.

Grasshopper: Learn to Code for Free is an app that offers basic lessons in coding with Javascript in a gamified format along with coding puzzles built around a realistic code editor. Marc Lagace and Russell Holly spend some time  [Read More…]

Amazon made a lightweight browser for India, and it’s fantastic

Amazon’s lightweight web browser is designed for low-powered devices.

Amazon introduced the Kindle Lite app late last month, offering a similar experience as the full-fledged Kindle client for a fraction of the size. Now, the retailer has rolled out a lightweight web browser dubbed Internet, which comes in at just 2MB and takes up just 26MB of storage space on your phone.

One of the key highlights with Amazon’s browser is a private mode, which is  [Read More…]

Galaxy S8 review, one year later: Much cheaper, still fantastic

The Galaxy S8 is still a great phone, one year after release.

While the Galaxy S9 holds the lion’s share of our current attention, the Galaxy S8 is still chugging along. It’s been a year since the S8’s release, but it’s still worth your money today.

In fact, it may be worth your money more than the S9 is right now. The S9 has the benefit of newer hardware, better cameras, and… not much else, really. The S9 launched  [Read More…]

Xiaomi made a $100 mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches, and it’s fantastic

Black color scheme. Red LEDs. Cherry MX Blue switches. Xiaomi’s mechanical keyboard ticks all the right boxes.

Xiaomi sells over 2,000 products in its home market, collaborating with local vendors to create a vast ecosystem of lifestyle products. The list of products on sale at Mi Home stores in China include the likes of robot vacuums, smart shoes, affordable smart lights, smart weighing scales, and even luggage.

A more recent entrant to the list is the mechanical  [Read More…]

5 fantastic apps for eating healthier in 2018

Eat healthier with a little help from these apps!

While subsisting off takeout and fast food might be fine for some people, there are definitely those of us who are hoping to start eating healthier in the new year. Whether you’re just tired of feeling like crud from too much processed sugar, or you just want to keep a better eye on what you eat, this can be a task that’s easier said than done. But thankfully  [Read More…]

Android Auto is fantastic with the addition of Google Assistant and wireless connectivity

Android Auto didn’t get an overhaul, but these new features are fantastic.

In case you hadn’t heard, CES 2018 is Google’s platform for showing how Google Assistant can be deployed everywhere. One of the places where it makes perfect sense to have a hands-free intelligent assistant is in the car, so naturally Google added it to Android Auto. At the same time, it announced the public availability of wireless Android Auto, which was first shown off conceptually at Google  [Read More…]

AIAIAI TMA-2 modular headphones review: Fantastic sound, compromised comfort

AIAIAI’s TMA-2 headphones are extremely customizable and sound fantastic, but may not be for everyone.

Headphones are an odd product to review. There are a lot of variables involved, particularly music taste and comfort levels. I may think one pair of headphones fits fantastically, while others find that same pair puts too much pressure on their head, ruining the listening experience.

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AIAIAI is a company looking to combat these issues. Its TMA-2 headphones are completely modular:  [Read More…]

The UE Roll 2 is a fantastic Bluetooth speaker for only $50

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a sweet deal on UE Roll 2 Bluetooth speaker!

Dell has the black and gray UE Roll 2 for $ 50 with code UEROLL1. That price is $ 20 better than Amazon and almost as good as previous deals where the UE Roll 2 dropped to $ 45, which only worked on some of the uglier colors. The deal comes with free shipping.

If that coupon code feels like  [Read More…]