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MrMobile’s LG V30 Giveaway!

There are few things more useful when shooting a car review than a wide-angle lens, which is why I was so crushed to discover that I’d left my LG V30 at home when I flew down to Florida to film the Tesla Model 3 last week. Combine that oversight with the total destruction of my first review device while taking some sick underwater photos in Hawaii, and the story of MrMobile and the LG V30 is, at times,  [Read More…]

MrMobile’s two-month take on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The Mate 10 Pro was supposed to make Huawei a household name in the United States, with an AT&T logo on its back and a prominent place on store shelves. But thanks to the last-minute collapse of that deal, the Mate 10 Pro is instead stuck in the same no-carrier purgatory that relegated its predecessors to North American footnotes. The result is a smartphone that seems fated to retread the footsteps of those forerunners, however great it  [Read More…]

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…]