Tag Archive: isn’t


Niantic Adventure Sync: Pokemon Go will now track your steps even if the app isn’t running

Incubating your eggs will never be the same again.

Niantic today introduced Adventure Sync, a tool that changes how its games operate.

If there’s one thing that Pokemon Go does well, it’s getting people out in the real world. If there’s a second thing, it’s that it rewards you for being active.

Raid battles, Community Day, and new Pokemon are all compelling reasons to open the game and get to the park. But, what about all of the other times  [Read More…]

Stock Android really isn’t all that great

Have you used a Samsung phone recently?

In the world of Android, one point of contention that comes up more often than just about anything else is the endless debate over “stock Android.” Starting first with the Nexus line and then continuing with Pixel phones, the software that’s on Google-made gadgets is seen as a representation of what Google thinks Android should look and feel like — a stock, default setup.

Manufacturers such as LG, HTC, and  [Read More…]

The best Google Home for apartments isn’t a Google Home at all

With a portable battery, big sound, and a small price tag, Insignia makes a better Google Home than Google does.

Google Home is no longer the only option for a great home speaker featuring Google Assistant and all of its goodness. Google’s AI has been added to speakers by big-name brands like JBL, Onkyo, Sony, and more, but the best buy in Google Assistant’s speakers comes from Best Buy’s in-house electronics brand, Insignia.

Insignia has two models  [Read More…]

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…]

The Nokia 7 Plus isn’t officially available in the U.S., but here’s why you should buy it anyway

This is your best chance to pick up the Nokia 7 Plus if you’re living in the U.S.

The Nokia 7 Plus is the best $ 400 phone you can buy right now, but unfortunately it isn’t officially up for sale in the U.S. HMD Global is currently focusing on Asian markets, and while the Nokia 6.1 is available direct from Amazon for $ 269, that’s the only Nokia-branded phone sold officially in the U.S.

However, the  [Read More…]

Your “waterproof” phone … isn’t (IP ratings explained)

You only need to drop your phone off a boat, or into a puddle, or (yes) into a toilet one time to start yearning for a world in which all smartphones are waterproof. The good news: these days, many of them are at least water-resistant, because they’re tested according to a body of standards called the International Protection codes (think: IP68, IP57). The bad news: they’re probably not as resistant as you think.

Today on the MrMobile  [Read More…]

The bezel-less OPPO Find X isn’t coming to the United States

OPPO’s not ready to tackle the U.S. market quite yet.

The OPPO Find X garnered a lot of attention when it was announced earlier this month, and for good reason. The phone has an absolutely striking design with a nearly bezel-less screen and slide-up camera system, but it also peaked our interest for being the first OPPO phone that’ll be officially sold in North America.

Image credit: The Verge

That opened the possibility of OPPO bringing  [Read More…]

Facebook isn’t the only company that plays loose with your data

Everyone focuses on the easy target when it comes to companies using your personal information, but it’s important to remember that it’s not just a Facebook thing.

Yes, it’s time for another post about Facebook, your privacy, and how everything is bad and makes us all want to hashtag things.

This time, I’m not railing on Facebook for the company’s vampiric harvesting of human dignity (I couldn’t resist) and instead want to remind us all that Facebook’s  [Read More…]

I tried living the dual phone life — it just isn’t for me

Having two phones and two SIMs to manage was just too much for me.

A couple of months ago, I wrote about carrying two phones at once; why you might want to, and some of the strategies that go into making it easier to manage. I’ve been dual-wieding phones since a little bit before then — right around the time I picked up an iPhone X — but I’ve finally given up on the prospect and gone  [Read More…]

The Galaxy S9 has dramatically faster LTE than the iPhone X, but that isn’t the whole story

The Galaxy S9 may be 42% faster than the competition, but that’s not as impressive as it may sound.

As technology advances and more of what we do transitions to the internet and cloud, it’s increasingly more important to carry smartphones that offer reliable LTE performance. Samsung recently revealed that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have demonstrated LTE speeds that are up to 42% faster than competing handsets in real-world conditions, and while that might sound like a seriously  [Read More…]