Tag Archive: Really

Motorola study sheds light on how addicted we really are to our phones

Over half of Gen-Z respondents in the study referred to their phone as “a best friend.”

Smartphones are great. They connect us with friends and family members, allow us to capture memories through pictures and video, and can even be home to some truly excellent gaming experiences. It’s almost necessary for most people to own a phone these days, but as we all know, there’s a point where phones can become a problem.

Motorola recently partnered with  [Read More…]

The U.S. government’s beef with Huawei isn’t really about phones

One-liner quotes from intelligence agency officials aren’t telling the whole story about the U.S. government’s feud with Huawei.

In case you missed it this week, the heads of the FBI, NSA, CIA, and others recommended that we (meaning you and me and all consumers in the U.S.) stop using products from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE. None of the speakers had any explicit reasons why we should heed their advice, but FBI head Christopher Wray offered this  [Read More…]

Dual cameras are the future, and the Huawei Mate 9 does it really well

The Huawei Mate 9 may have two cameras, but its implementation is arguably the best of the bunch.

Dual camera setups on smartphones are growing in popularity, not only with device makers, but with users as well. Each manufacturer tries to set itself apart from one another. The likes of Apple, OnePlus, Motorola, Huawei, and more recently, Samsung, have all released devices with two camera modules.

Apple’s Portrait Mode uses both lenses to add depth to a  [Read More…]

The Note 8 and the LG V30 won’t have Oreo at launch but does it really matter?

It depends on just who you ask.

So we’re going to be able to buy the Note 8 or the LG V30 (or both) soon. They have more in common than being the “luxury” model from the companies who make them: they are both launching with Android Nougat instead of Oreo. How much does this really matter, and to whom?

These two phones are important to the companies selling them, the people who will be buying them,  [Read More…]

Yes, the LG V30’s camera really does have an f/1.6 aperture

Let’s all take a deep breath.

Could the LG V30 be its best-ever flagship phone? There’s a good shout for it, and part of that comes down to its cameras. LG is making a big deal about the primary shooter in particular: a 16MP sensor with improved optics and an industry-leading f/1.6 aperture. With all of that focus on the camera, somewhere along the way a rumor has started that LG is lying about the aperture, claiming that it  [Read More…]

Modern Dad really likes the HTC U11

Another great phone from HTC, but the same question remains: Can they actually sell it?

My first smartphone was from HTC — the Treo 750. Over the years I’ve used more HTC devices than I can even remember, from the Nexus One up through today’s flagship, the U11. Not every phone has been a winner, but more often than not I (and others, of course) came to the conclusion that basically went “This is a hell of a phone.  [Read More…]

Will the OnePlus 5 work on Verizon? Not really

Unlike its previous OnePlus 3T, this year OnePlus announced the new OnePlus 5 will be released in one version for the entire world. The phone boasts 34 distinct cellular bands thus covering at least one band in every country, but even so, folks on certain networks might not be able to use OnePlus’ latest and […]

OnePlus 5: Do you really need 8GB of RAM in a phone?

Nope. But it opens a lot of possibilities.

You can buy a OnePlus 5 that has 8GB of RAM on board. That’s 4GB more than most other high-end Android phones (and Chromebooks and cheap Windows Laptops) have and about 6GB more than the absolute bare minimum you can get away with. We’ll answer the question right here in the first paragraph: No, you do not need 8GB of RAM in a phone.

But it does mean some  [Read More…]

Nex Band review: What I really wanted instead of a smartwatch

Finally, a wearable that does exactly what I want it to do.

I hate what we’re doing with smartwatches right now. I don’t want to talk at my wrist; I couldn’t care less about a cellular connection; and I’m not interested in a smaller version of my phone giving me turn-by-turn directions in a place that still requires me to look away from the road. If I turn off the features I don’t care  [Read More…]

Google is now making its own podcasts, and the first one is really good

Google is getting into original podcasts, and you should listen.

I’m obsessed with podcasts. When I’m not writing or listening to music, I’m usually walking down the street with someone’s voice in my head (😱). And increasingly, podcasts are big business. Companies like Slate, Gimlet and even we here at Mobile Nations have made a pretty good dent in the universe with series that appeal to every type of person.

Well, after Spotify announced that it was  [Read More…]