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Bose SoundWear Review: MrMobile’s first wearable speaker

When CrackBerry Kevin first suggested I try out the Bose SoundWear, I thought it looked an awful lot like a toilet seat. But it’s not, nor is it an airline pillow, horseshoe, or boomerang. The Bose SoundWear is actually a wearable speaker, and while it’ll never replace your headphones, it does complement them in a way that’s more useful than I ever expected.

If you’re at all like me, with a lifestyle that’s got you running around so much  [Read More…]

Galaxy Note 8 hands-on: MrMobile’s first impressions

Last year’s Galaxy Note 7 was perhaps the most famous Samsung smartphone in history – for all the wrong reasons. The company kicked off its recovery with the excellent Galaxy S8 earlier this year, and now it hopes to complete the comeback with the mobile world’s biggest do-over.

I’m MrMobile, and I spent an afternoon with the new Galaxy Note 8. It’s a squared-off, stylus-packing version of its Galaxy S siblings … and if that sounds familiar, it should:  [Read More…]

MrMobile’s Moto Z2 Force review

The Moto Z2 Force Edition should be the best smartphone Motorola has ever released – and with its unbreakable screen, powerful internals and excellent camera, it comes close. But elsewhere, the Z2 Force bears the unmistakable scars of cost-cutting: a smaller battery; an absent headphone jack; no StyleShell or 30W Turbo Charger in the box. And while those cut corners might be acceptable on a discount smartphone, they’re awful tough to swallow on a $ 720 “flagship.”

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Sony XZ Premium review: MrMobile’s mirror-plated time machine

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the first Sony smartphone to hit MrMobile’s review roster, and it’s not playing around. It’s not every day you review a phone with a Snapdragon 835 and a 4K HDR display crammed into an ostentatious and water-resistant mirrored chassis, after all. But I’ve always found 4K screens on smartphones to be serious overkill, and the XZ Premium’s high price combined with Sony’s bizarre legal troubles that force it to disable fingerprint scanners on  [Read More…]

What’s in MrMobile’s bag for 2017?

It’s been a full year since I last gave you a peek into my pockets for a tour of MrMobile’s Everyday Carry. That’s equivalent to four years on the planet Mercury, seven years for the common canine – and roughly a century when it comes to mobile technology. In that time, I’ve traded Windows Mobile for BlackBerry; shed the Microsoft Band in favor of some even bigger smartwatches; and upgraded to the new iPad Pro, while leaving my MacBook  [Read More…]

TYLT Energi Pro review: MrMobile’s favorite battery backpack

I knew I needed to review the TYLT Energi Pro when I first saw Daniel Bader rocking one on an overseas trip a few months back – and even though he’s beaten me to the official take with his own excellent review, I’ve gathered some followup thoughts on the backpack in the weeks since. See, the TYLT Energi Pro isn’t just any old backpack. It’s a bag with a built-in 20,100 mAh battery beefy enough to recharge your tablets,  [Read More…]

MrMobile’s OnePlus 5 video review

Almost a year ago to the day, I kicked off the MrMobile YouTube channel with a review of the OnePlus 3 – so it seems fitting that MrMobile’s one-year anniversary lands alongside the debut of the next phone in the family formerly known as “flagship killers.”

Like its immediate predecessor the OnePlus 3T, the OnePlus 5 is better described as a killer flagship, with top-of-the-line specs packed into a very affordable package. That’s OnePlus’s game, after all, and the  [Read More…]

MrMobile’s HTC U11 review: A study in contradictions

In five years reviewing smartphones I don’t think I’ve ever seen one so full of contradiction as the HTC U11. A stunning backplate mated to a forgettable face; fast software blunted by extraneous gimmicks; slick multimedia features without a big battery to back ’em up. Even the name “U11” seems an awkward compromise of last year’s simplicity and this year’s … peculiar claptrap.

But despite all the flip-flopping, the HTC U11 is a good smartphone with some unique features;  [Read More…]

MrMobile’s Essential Phone impressions: Everybody just chill

The father of the Android platform just announced a smartphone, which is kind of a big deal.

It’s called the Essential Phone – not just because Andy Rubin wants you to think it’s indispensable, but because it represents the essence of what Rubin believes a smartphone should be: personal, open, premium, helpful and simple. The Essential Phone PH-1 was built to correct some of the problems Rubin says Android created, with an open ecosystem and intuitive software wrapped  [Read More…]

What’s on MrMobile’s phone?

As we approach the one-year anniversary of MrMobile’s launch, it seems only right to fulfill one of the most common viewer requests. You see a variation of the question in the comment section of nearly every video: “what’s on your phone, MrMobile?” And while I personally find my app selection really predictable, I figure there’s probably a gem or two in here that some of y’all haven’t heard of yet. So dive on in to the How MrMobile Works  [Read More…]