Tag Archive: Phone


Why the OnePlus 5T is the best Android for Windows phone converts

Is the OnePlus 5T the right phone for those coming from Windows phones? Yes.

Last year I reviewed the OnePlus 3T as a Windows phone user, and I called it the best Android phone for Windows phone converts. Its price, software, and design made it a no-brainer for Android newcomers, and it was a great option for those who are looking to switch from Windows phone.

But it’s been almost a year, and OnePlus is now selling  [Read More…]

Essential Phone gets January security patches, fixes for Spectre and Meltdown

Days after Google released the January 2018 Android security patches to Pixel and Nexus phones, the Essential Phone has started receiving them, too.

Essential says that it’s now pushing update NMJ88C to the Essential Phone. The update includes the January 2018 security patches as well as fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws.

We’re rolling out a software update (build NMJ88C) with the January security patches and fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws.

— Essential  [Read More…]

An essential guide to customizing your Android phone

Be different, not the same is more than a tagline when it comes to Android.

Android provides us the freedom to change nearly everything about our phones, especially when it comes to our home screens. We aren’t stuck with a bland grid of icons; we don’t live in our app drawers the way iPhone users do. We can add widgets; we can add search bars and gestures; we can have blank space wherever we want, not just at  [Read More…]

Best tip ever: Set up Find My Device as soon as you get your phone

Signing into Find My Device is one of the first things you should do after setting up your phone.

There are several options available for remotely tracking your phone, but Google’s own Find My Device service is one of the most convenient around. In addition to locating your phone, Find My Device lets you ring your device, lock it remotely, or even erase the data if your phone goes missing or stolen.

Find My Device isn’t enabled  [Read More…]

Charge your phone in over 150 countries with the Omnia TA502 Travel Adapter

Are you an international jetsetter, always boarding planes? If you’re a traveler, you don’t have time to concern yourself with particular charging standards. You need chargers that will work no matter the country and/or standard, but you find yourself always grabbing American chargers when you need international ones. Blame your down time for the charger […]

How much local storage do you use on your phone?

The constant battle of cloud vs. local.

Now more than ever, phones are shipping with larger storage configurations and getting rid of 16 and 32GB variants. Seeing 64GB of internal storage slowly become the new norm is pretty exciting, and with Samsung already producing a mobile chip with 512GB, we’re now living in the best time for saving local files on our mobile devices.

But then again, do we really need all of that space?

So much  [Read More…]

Essential Phone review, four months later: The sun is setting on this experiment

Again, how long do we wait for Essential to figure this out?

With big money and big names involved, Essential was a deserved recipient of intrigue when it launched as a company with the promise of a great Android phone (and so much more). Weeks later, I wrote my original review of the Essential Phone in mid-August, and followed it up after a couple software updates with a definitive review on August 28. Even then, it clearly  [Read More…]

Connect Anker’s compact Bluetooth keyboard to your phone for $19

Freshen up your desk space with some new accessories by Anker

Anker’s ultra compact Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard is now on sale at Amazon for just $ 18.99 when you enter promo code ANKERKYB at checkout. This deal saves you $ 5 off its regular price.

This slim keyboard has a rechargeable battery that lasts for six months between charges (based on two hours of use per day). It can be used with your smartphone, tablet or computer  [Read More…]

How to restore your apps and settings to a new Android phone

Got a new phone? Awesome! Here’s how you can restore your apps and settings from your previous device.

Google has always synced calendar events, contacts, Drive documents, Gmail settings and other account-related information across devices, and since Android 5.0 Lollipop the company started offering the ability to restore apps to a new device. With Marshmallow, the feature was expanded to include app data as well as system settings, with all the information stored in the cloud. Android  [Read More…]

Essential Phone picks up 360 livestreaming for YouTube

There’s also “various stability fixes” for the regular camera.

We’ve still yet to see the full potential of the Essential Phone‘s two-pin modular system, but the 360-degree camera attachment that launched aside the Phone has proven to be a fun little accessory if you can find it at the right price. With the latest update to the Essential Camera app, the 360 camera picks up one feature that we’ve been waiting on since its release.

The update  [Read More…]