Tag Archive: Good

Moto Z2 Play review: Midnight in the garden of good and sequel

The Moto Z2 Play is a great phone, but it’s not a great sequel.

The quick take

Motorola went iterative for its Moto Z Play sequel, announcing it just nine months after the original. It’s not a complete overhaul, and in two major ways is a downgrade, but it’s also one of the most well-rounded and enjoyable-to-use Android phones on the market.

The Good Excellent performance Beautifully made and well-designed Good battery life Commendable camera quality Moto  [Read More…]

Review: LG’s Tone Ultra neckbuds are as good as it gets

LG is still the best neckbud company out there.

Love them or hate them, Bluetooth earbuds you wear around your neck aren’t going anywhere. They’re inexpensive enough to be purchased on an impulse, the battery will never not last you a full day, and the connection to your phone is usually pretty strong. LG has dominated this category for years now with its quality and price, and after a week with the LG Tone Ultra (HBS-820) it’s  [Read More…]

Samsung DeX does a pretty good job turning the Galaxy S8 into a desktop

Samsung’s “desktop experience” is not only a curious concept, but it’s quickly becoming something I like to use.

There’s more to the Galaxy S8 an S8+ than its vibrant screen, cascading glass edges, and shiny back cover. Samsung would also like you to try its new Android-powered phone to unlock a desktop operating system that can be used on a whim.

The Samsung DeX — which stands for desktop experience is a hockey-puck shaped dock with a  [Read More…]

TPO: Why Saving Money on Cellular Service Never Felt so Good

An introduction to TPO (The People’s Operator), an MVNO that saves you money on cellular plans and helps you initiate change.

The People’s Operator, or TPO, is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) based in the UK that has been servicing the US since 2015. It’s mission is to save you money on your monthly cellular bill, while bringing about social change via charitable donations to various causes.

If you’d like to help out folks in need with your  [Read More…]

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…]