Tag Archive: Second


Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A second opinion

In a post-Galaxy S8 world, the Note 8 is safe, predictable and arguably overpriced. But it’s still one of the very best Android phones you can buy right now.

Until recently, the last Galaxy Note I could actually buy in the UK was a model released almost three years ago. 2015’s Note 5 never reached European shores, and the Note 7 was canned just before the official Euro release could begin. It’s been a rough couple of  [Read More…]

LG V30 will have a second year of warranty in the U.S.

The LG V30 and V30+ will be available soon from all major U.S. carriers.

After leaks and pre-announcements, the LG V30 was made official at this year’s IFA conference. However, availability and price were not announced at the event, leaving potential buyers curious as to when the phone would be available. We now know that it’ll be arriving on October 5.

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have already announced their availability for the V30, but in a press  [Read More…]

Moto Z2 Force, a second opinion: Just not enough

Motorola had one shot at the high-end market in 2017.

By all accounts, Motorola hasn’t exactly taken the high-end smartphone market by storm with its new Moto Z2 Force. Its lukewarm response is partly due to the fact that the competition is so good this year, but primarily due to Motorola’s handful of odd decisions that dull the experience of what is mostly a great phone.

I’ve been using the Moto Z2 Force as my only phone  [Read More…]

OnePlus 5 review: A second opinion

OnePlus’s latest is the fastest phone out there right now. And despite some reservations around its highly finicky camera setup, it’s hard not to recommend for the price.

Contrary to its marketing mantra, picking up a OnePlus phone has always involved “settling” in some way or other. When the very highest of the high-end sell for almost twice the price of the company’s latest, something’s got to give.

What’s more important is the question of whether the  [Read More…]

HTC U11 review: A second opinion

HTC’s 2017 flagship is an excellent handset that sets the tone for the future of HTC’s smartphone business.

When you can pick up a pretty good smartphone for around $ 400, why would you cough up the extra 250 bucks for an HTC flagship? That question has been central to the Taiwanese manufacturer’s decline over the past couple of years. The company would target the likes of Apple and Samsung, miss, and get trounced by OnePlus, Huawei,  [Read More…]

LG’s Second Year Promise gives the G6 an extra year of warranty

LG is making a big move to win customer loyalty.

The LG G6 has consistently been heralded as one of the best smartphones of 2017, all but erasing the negative impression of the G5 before it. Now, LG wants to continue that goodwill with a new program called the Second Year Promise, which extends the G6’s regular warranty from one year to two in the U.S.

While this isn’t quite like HTC’s Uh-Oh Protection, which acts more  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S8, a second opinion

Samsung continues to make a phone that appeals to a massive number of people, but it comes at a small cost of frustration.

The Galaxy S7 was easily my favorite phone of 2017 until the Google Pixel XL took its place in my pocket, and just as is the case for millions of consumers out there I couldn’t resist the call of the Galaxy S8. It’s a stunningly gorgeous phone to both look at and hold, while  [Read More…]

Add a lifetime second line to your smartphone for $25

You might not realize it, but you need a second phone line for your mobile device. We can think of a number of reasons for you to consider getting one. Buying and selling items online in venues such as Craigslist Keeping work and personal lines separate A throwaway number to use for signing up on websites […]

Google Wifi UK review: A second opinion

Google Wifi is simple, friendly, and most important of all, just works.

A wireless router is not what you’d call an exciting product. When you buy a new one, generally it’s a “distress purchase” — you part with your money because your old one broke and a replacement is a necessity. Like most of us, if my Wi-Fi works pretty well, or even adequately, I’m not about to rock the boat.

Routers as a product category also  [Read More…]