Tag Archive: Good


MIUI is never going to be close to stock Android, and that’s a good thing

Don’t hold out for a MIUI build based on pure Android.

With over 200 million users, Xiaomi’s MIUI is one of the most popular manufacturer skins in the world. Its usage has skyrocketed in recent years as Xiaomi made its foray into the Indian market, where the company has set up an R&D unit to cater to localization needs.

MIUI has come a long way in the last three years, adding a host of new features that  [Read More…]

Is the Galaxy S8 too tall for its own good?

How tall is too tall, and does the Galaxy S8 breach that invisible divide?

“This porridge is too hot!” she exclaimed. So, she tasted the porridge from the second bowl.

“This porridge is too cold,” she said. So, she tasted the last bowl of porridge.

“Ahhh, this porridge is just right,” she said happily and she ate it all up.

Sometimes it feels like there’s no perfect phone out there for you. After each announcement, you weigh the pros  [Read More…]

Samsung DeX: What is it and what’s it good for?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a host of improvements and new feats, but one of the most interesting is brought about by an accessory called the DeX dock. Much like Microsoft’s Continuum, the dock allows owners of the Galaxy S8 to hook up their Android smartphone to an external monitor in order to get […]

There’s a good reason your smartwatch doesn’t have Android Wear 2.0 yet

Eagerly awaiting the Android Wear 2.0 update? You’re going to have to hang tight.

Delays happen all the time, but if you’ve been waiting for the update to Android Wear 2.0, you’re likely going to be a little bummed by this news. Particularly if you consider that Android Wear 2.0 has already hit a few currently-available watches.

In a statement to 9to5Google, Google confirmed the update to Android Wear 2.0 will be delayed because of a bug  [Read More…]

Google makes sure developers know how to build an app that looks good on the Galaxy S8 and LG G6

“Super widescreen” phones need some special attention if you want your app to look great.

The age of larger display format phones is here. LG’s G6 sports an 18:9 screen aspect ratio and the Galaxy S8 brought an 18.5:9 display to the party. Since those two phones will be the most popular high-end Android models for 2017, Google has posted a quickie on the Android Developers blog to make sure everyone building an app knows how to  [Read More…]

ZTE Blade V8 Pro review: Remarkably good for the price

The ZTE Blade V8 Pro is better than it has any reason to be.

I’m always a little shocked at how little people know (or care) about the Chinese companies slowly (and in some cases, not so slowly) eating into market share in the West. Through missteps and massive marketing campaigns, giants like Huawei and ZTE are encroaching on the feeling, if not the actual doorstep, of popular culture, largely because they have found success in their  [Read More…]

The beauty of having a good camera in every pocket

Cheaper smartphones that don’t suck mean better cameras, and better photos.

While the rest of the team has been playing with phones that border (or safely fall into) the designation of ‘expensive,’ I’ve been erring on the side of budget, switching between four devices that are, to me, just as interesting, as much for what they lack as what they offer.

One of those phones is the ZTE Blade V8 Pro, a phone that barely got any  [Read More…]

Cog: Endless games have never looked so good (Review)

In a marketplace where more and more endless games are trying to compete for new users, developers are just starting to realize that they need a differentiating factor in order to survive the app carnage. Cog, by Interactive Monster, offers gamers what is expected from an endless game: simple gameplay, no-nonsense controls, and challenging gameplay. […]

Android Pay on Android Wear 2.0 just isn’t that good

I can’t quite decide whether being able to pay with my Android watch is good or bad. (And that probably means it’s the latter.)

I was relatively late coming to Android Pay on phones, mainly because my bank was one of the last in the UK to adopt the payment service. But I’ve gotten in on the ground floor with Pay on Android Wear, and I return with tales from an almost-convenient future where it’s nearly really  [Read More…]

Insta360 Air review: Here, have a weird (pretty good) selfie camera

Finally, a plug and play 360-degree camera.

As much as I love taking photos with my trusty Ricoh Theta, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to use. I have to remember to keep it charged, the Bluetooth connection with my phone can occasionally be a little finicky, and while it’s thin enough to be pocketable it’s also long and needs a protective sleeve to keep the lenses safe. Most other 360-degree cameras are worse, especially  [Read More…]