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MrMobile on the LG V40: Five reasons to buy it – and 900 to hold off

On paper, the LG V40 is the phone I’ve always wanted LG to make. Standard, ultrawide and telephoto cameras on the back plus narrow- and wide-angle options up front makes for a penta-camera powerhouse that seemed predestined for my pocket. But then two things happened: I used the phone in the real world for a week … and LG released its official pricing. When I factor in my own inconsistent experience with the spectre of spending $  [Read More…]

MrMobile on the Samsung Galaxy Watch: Buy it, but do it soon

In a sea of Gear Fit 2 Pros, Apple Watch Series 4s and Casio WSD-F30s, the name “Samsung Galaxy Watch” is something of a relief, isn’t it? It has the dual advantage of simplicity and cachet, with Samsung’s premium “Galaxy” brand not having been seen on a smartwatch since 2013. Paired with the early rumors that the Galaxy Watch would ditch Samsung’s proprietary platform for Google’s WearOS, many of us in the tech space expected it to  [Read More…]

Lenovo Yoga Chromebook: MrMobile is in awe at the size of this lap(top)

Bias alert: when I see the word “Chromebook,” normally I think either low-cost low-capability devices for schoolkids … or super-premium, super-portable Pixelbooks for, well, Google employees. The notion of a massive desktop-replacement laptop never enters my mind – but Lenovo’s Yoga Chromebook is just that.

The Yoga Chromebook is an utter monster of a machine, with a four-pound aluminum chassis that looks big enough to accommodate a 17-inch display (though it settles for a 15.6″ panel instead).  [Read More…]

MrMobile: The Galaxy Note 9 is a smartphone that’s actually worth $1000

I get it, you guys: no one thinks smartphones should actually cost a thousand bucks. Motorola kicks out incredible quality on the low end with its Moto G series; the OnePlus 6 delivers a truly exceptional experience at under $ 550; and buying last year’s flagships is another smart way to save coin. Given all these options, it seems ludicrous to drop ten Benjamins for any mobile device.

But the $ 1000 phone isn’t going anywhere, folks  [Read More…]

MrMobile goes hands-on with Motorola’s “5G” smartphone

Before yesterday, I did not care one lick about the coming 5G smartphone revolution. After all, 4G speeds were plenty for my needs – and more importantly, I’d been there for the early days of 4G. Not LTE, mind you, but Sprint-served WiMAX: the wireless world’s worst case of over-promising and under-delivering. The notion of going through that mess again seemed deeply unappealing.

That’s probably a big part of why Motorola flew a bunch of press out  [Read More…]

Lenovo Smart Display review: Single-handedly selling MrMobile on Google Home

I didn’t get the name “MrMobile” by covering a lot of home tech, folks – but when Lenovo revealed back at CES that it was working with Google to graft a display onto a Google Home, I decided that was something worth crossing categories for. Now, after a week of using the Lenovo Smart Display both at work and home, I’m here to tell you that my hunch was correct: this thing has almost single-handedly reinvigorated my  [Read More…]

Mod In A Box: MrMobile Tries (To Love) The Moto Z3 Play

Any phone that takes you from sunrise to sunset without dying is a pretty solid phone in my book. So when I came home from a day of Google Maps navigation, hotel hunting and shooting endless photos (while Instagramming my every meal, natch) I expected my Moto Z3 Play to be mere moments from auto-shutdown. But while its Moto Mod was indeed just ticking over to zero as I walked in the door, the Z3 Play’s onboard  [Read More…]

Sony WF-SP700N review: MrMobile finally tries “truly wireless”

Summertime is no time for over-ear headphones (as the sweat smears on my QC-35 earpads will attest). So when Sony asked me to review its new truly wireless WF-SP700N earbuds, the timing was perfect. Despite their unimaginative branding, these are actually good sport earbuds, with an acoustic noise canceling feature that’s a rarity in wearables this small. The WF-SP700N also gives you the option to disable that ANC to allow external sound though, keeping you from getting  [Read More…]

MrMobile can’t get his head around the LG G7

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The LG G7 is tough to wrap my brain around, even given the space of two videos in which to do it. On the one hand, the G7 packs some truly compelling differentiators: the old reliable wide-angle camera on the back; the new Boombox speaker system rumbling away beneath the Raspberry Rose paint; the return of both IP68 ingress protection and MIL-STD 810G ruggedization. On the other hand, it’s shaved off some  [Read More…]

MrMobile goes hands on with the OnePlus 6!

“From where I’m sitting, this is the last time the company can hike its prices without a significant upgrade in design or camera performance.”

That’s how I closed out my review of the last OnePlus smartphone, the OnePlus 5T released in November. Well, wouldn’t ya know it: the OnePlus 6 (announced moments ago) features an upgraded design, better camera specs, and –yes– a price hike to go with ’em. The former king of value in the smartphone  [Read More…]