Tag Archive: learned


NFC just learned a new trick — wireless charging

Just don’t expect it to charge your phone any time soon.

What you need to know The charging rate via NFC will be slow at 1W max. This new charging method will allow smaller devices to take advantage of wireless charging. Since NFC charging won’t require an additional antenna for power transfer, it could help keep the cost of implementation down.

Wireless charging isn’t new; however, in recent years, it has seen some changes. Now, NFC —  [Read More…]

Top 5 things I learned traveling with the Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei’s P20 Pro offers an incredible camera and all-day battery life.

Starting last year, I decided not to take a dedicated camera with me when going on vacation. I relied on compact shooters like the Sony RX100 in the past, but with smartphone cameras getting significantly better over the course of the last two years, I decided to use my phone primarily for taking photos while traveling.

The Galaxy Note 8 served me very well in Thailand  [Read More…]

5 things I learned traveling with the OnePlus 5

Travel revelations from OnePlus’s latest creation.

As a person who has to travel with lots of smartphones to do his job, choosing which one to use as your main device on a trip can be quite a conundrum. Nothing tests a phone to its limits like travel, where you’re pushing the phone’s storage, battery, camera and other features harder than ever.

This time around, as I start a four-week stint in Taiwan, my device of choice has  [Read More…]

6 things I learned traveling with the Galaxy S8 Plus

Travel revelations from Samsung’s super-tall, super-specced flagship.

It takes time to get to know a new phone and understand all of its various quirks, strengths and foibles. Traveling with a device can rapidly accelerate that process, though. Nothing pushes a phone to its limits like juggling airport navigation, boarding passes and in-flight antics — and that’s before you start on however much work or play awaits you at the other end.

That’s exactly what I’ve been doing  [Read More…]

Chromebook Diaries: How I learned to live with Chrome OS

I’m chronicling my journey with my first Chromebook, the Asus Chromebook Flip. Join me.

In spite of my obvious allegiance to Android, the truth is that I’ve never owned or operated a Chromebook. Between two MacBook Pros and a Windows PC, I hardly had a reason to adopt a not-quite-a-desktop laptop. But now that Android apps are a big part of Chrome OS, I’m ready to see what that Chromebook life is like.

I bought the 12.5-inch  [Read More…]

What I learned from playing Pokémon Go for 6 months

Catching Pokemon in the real world brought childhood dreams to life.

I am what you might call a member of the Pokémon generation. I played Pokémon Red on Gameboy Color, I collected the cards, and I definitely watched the television shows and spent what little money I had on checking out the movies. So when plans for Pokémon Go were released by Niantic, I was all in to play. I spent hours hunting for Pokémon, walking miles  [Read More…]

What I learned from watching my family try virtual reality

The holidays are a great excuse to use your family as guinea pigs for new technology.

This year, I put my family and friends in the virtual reality hot seat with Google’s Daydream View. I loaded up my really blue Pixel XL (I’m obligated to remind you of that in every mention) with apps like Hello Mars, Evil Robot Traffic Jam, and the BBC’s The Turning Forest. I didn’t see my phone for about six hours, but  [Read More…]

5 things I learned traveling with the Honor 8

Travel lessons from a week with the Honor 8 at IFA.

If you’re a frequent traveler, you’ll know that nothing taxes a phone like dragging it halfway across a continent, through airport security bins, onto planes and back again. So whenever I take a phone with me on a trip — as I did with the Galaxy S7 edge earlier this year — it’s fun to reflect on the lessons learned.

This time around my phone  [Read More…]

I rooted my Nexus 5X for themes, and here’s what I learned

Believe it or not, I like simple.

That may not sound quite right for a themer, but I do. I well and truly do love simple. That’s why I loved Motorola’s phones and the Nexus approach to Android. But there are limits to what you can do in the simple sandbox, while your bootloader is locked and your phone is stock. You can replace your launcher, but you can’t replace the blinding white in all the  [Read More…]

Five things I learned traveling with the Galaxy S7 edge

Travel revelations from Samsung’s latest phone.

Nothing taxes a smartphone like travel, and the past month has been a unique chance for me to push my Samsung Galaxy S7 edge to its limits. I’ve been on the road for a little over three weeks — first covering Google I/O in Mountain View, Calif., then a quick stop-over in Seattle, then on to Taipei, Taiwan, for the Computex show. During that time I’ve been pushing the phone  [Read More…]