Tag Archive: Review

Note 10+ review, Android 10, and rebranding [#acpodcast]

Ara Wagoner and Andrew Martonik join Daniel Bader for a conversation about their Galaxy Note 10+ impressions, including a worthwhile detour into USB-C Power Delivery and PPS charging technology.

Google has ditched letter/food naming conventions for Android in favor of numbers. What we know as Android Q will simply become Android 10. The company has also redesigned Android branding and is putting tighter restrictions on its use.

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Visible review: Unlimited access to Verizon’s network for $40/month

Worth every penny…if you have a supported phone.

Signing up for a new phone carrier is usually met with a lot of headaches. It entails being put on hold countless times, trying to figure out which of the multiple “unlimited” plans is right for you, and then finding a heap of taxes and fees tacked onto your final monthly cost.

When Visible debuted back in May 2018, it offered an enticing proposition — $ 40/month for unlimited  [Read More…]

Back Bay Duet 50 review: $45 AirPods alternatives that don’t suck

Cheap earbuds keep getting better and better.

Following the release of Apple’s AirPods in 2016, there’s been a rush from all sorts of companies to create their version of truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds. Some of them, like Samsung’s Galaxy Buds and the Jabra Elite 65t, have been great, whereas options targeted at budget-conscious consumers have left a lot to the imagination.

As such, when Back Bay reached out to me about reviewing its Duet 50 earbuds, I  [Read More…]

JBL Tune 120TWS review

With truly wireless headphones slowly becoming the norm, I finally decided to take the plunge and check out the JBL Tune 120TWS headphones. Below you’ll find my impressions after using them for a few weeks.


Similar to many other truly wireless headphones on the market, the JBL Tune 120TWS are lightweight and compact in size, and include a carrying case for charging.

The buds and case come in two main colors, black and white, with a range of accent  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Mi A3 review: More than the sum of its parts

The 720p display is a letdown, but the Mi A3 has plenty to offer in other areas.

Xiaomi has followed a similar pattern when it comes to Android One. The Mi A1 was a rebranded Mi 5X for global markets running pure Android, and last year’s Mi A2 series was a rehash of the Mi 6X series. Basically, Xiaomi takes an existing product it sells in China, switches out MIUI for Android One, and releases it globally.

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Google extends review time for approving new Play Store apps

Developers are unhappy about not being notified regarding the changes in the review process ahead of time.

What you need to know Google is now taking more time to perform a thorough review before approving new apps for the Play Store. The change has reportedly been made to protect users from malicious apps. Developers can no longer schedule the release of their apps.

Google has silently made a few significant changes to the review process for approving  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Our first impressions after 24 hours

Here’s where our heads are at after 24 hours with Samsung’s latest.

Our full Galaxy Note 10+ review is underway, but that doesn’t mean we need to hold back our thoughts as we go. We’ll have a complete and comprehensive Note 10+ review in due time, but until it’s finished, we want to give you a peek into what our thoughts are on the phone at various milestones.

To kick things off, here are our first impressions  [Read More…]

Earbuds on your wrist: Aipower Wearbuds review

With the rise of cheap tech making its way across the ocean, we’re constantly getting a look at cool little gadgets that we may never have dreamed of before.

One of my favorite rising trends is in high-quality truly wireless earbuds that completely remove the need for any kind of wires. I hate wires and don’t need the best audio in the world; truly wireless headphones have been a boon for me.

Similarly, I also love wearables. Whereas Wear OS  [Read More…]

RHA TrueConnect wireless earbuds review

Up for review today are the RHA TrueConnect wireless earbuds. But, before diving in, I’d like to drop a quick disclaimer. I honestly didn’t know much about RHA prior to the company sending me its latest wireless earbuds. Read on for the full review.


The first thing that struck me when opening the Trueconnect earbuds was the overall quality. From the packaging to the battery case, the overall design of these wireless audio devices is top-notch. There’s also USB-C  [Read More…]

Black Shark 2 review: Turning up the heat for gaming phones

With an aggressive design and ultra-low touch latency, the Black Shark 2 is one of the best gaming phones you can buy.

Gaming phones are increasingly becoming more and more common, with ASUS, Razer, and Xiaomi offering devices tailored to this category. The first Black Shark device was unveiled last April, followed by the Black Shark Helo in November, and Black Shark 2 earlier this year.

There’s a lot to like in the Black Shark 2: the  [Read More…]