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November 15, 2016

[App] Scan and save printed photos with the new Google PhotoScan

Have you ever found an old favorite printed picture that you wished you could convert to a digital photos? The folks at Google are here to help. They launched an app called PhotoScan which is currently available in the Play Store.

PhotoScan is a scanner app that allows you to have a digital file(s) of your pictures on your phone. Not only it saves the photos but it also lets you apply filters to them enhancing quality and reducing glare. Here are the rest of the features:

Get glare-free scans with an easy step-by-step capture flow Automatic cropping based on edge detection Straight, rectangular scans with perspective correction Smart rotation, so your photos stay [...]
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November 15, 2016

[Press Release] The OnePlus 3T is official, packs Snapdraon 821, 6GB RAM and more, launches 11/22 for $440

 

Five months after releasing the Oneplus 3, Oneplus is at it again. Meet the Oneplus 3T, a refreshed version of the flagship killer with some new and updated features and pricing.

The Oneplus 3T sports a 5.5-inch FHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB of RAM, 16MP rear camera, 16MP front camera, 64GB/128GB internal storage with microSD support, 3,400 mAh battery (OP3 has 3,000 mAh) and Oxygen OS atop of Android Marshmallow. Design-wise, this 3T looks identical to the OP3 with only one difference which the omission of the 3.5mm audio port.

As far as pricing is concerned, the Oneplus 3T will cost you about $40 more than its predecessor which I [...]

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November 11, 2016

[Press Release] HTC launches the HTC Bolt for Sprint, packs 5.5-inch display, USB-C and no audio jack

HTC and Sprint announced today the release of the Bolt, a phone that pretty much looks like an enlarged HTC 10 with the exception of some new features. The Bolt, as you probably guessed based on the name, is pegged to be fast, fast using Sprint new network upgrade to the 3 channel carrier aggregation 3x-CA with speeds reaching up to 450Mbps (theoretically).

Spec-wise, the HTC packs a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) display, Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage with microSD expansion, 16MP rear camera with OIS, 8MP front camera, 4G LTE support and Android Nougat with HTC Sense on top of it.

You can purchase the HTC Bolt from Sprint for $600 or [...]

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November 8, 2016

[Review] Google Pixel XL

You have seen the MANY commercials. Probably plenty of online ads. You may have even walked into a Verizon store or Best Buy and seen it in person. The Google iPhone killer. The Nexus predecessor. The Pixel XL.

 

Let me address a few elephants in the room right away…

 

Yes. It looks like an iPhone from the front. It is priced exactly the same as the iPhone. It even comes in the same 2 sizes as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

No. It is not “Only on Verizon”. It is available unlocked directly from Google and supports all 4 major carriers in the US.

No. It is not waterproof and who [...]

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November 7, 2016

[Review] Speck Presidio Grip For The Google Pixel XL

If you are looking for a “preminum” case to match your high end Pixel devices, look no more. The Speck Presidio Grip is the case you should be buying. I have been using it for the past few days and let me tell you that I enjoyed it a lot.

The Presidio Grip is unlike some of the old school Speck CandyShell bulky cases. It is thin. Ok. It is on the thin side. It is not as thin as a Spigen rugged armor case but it is pretty close. Speck claims that this case can withstand falls of 10 feet thanks to its IMPACTIUM shock-absorbing barrier. They also mention that it can “absorb 52% more shock from impact than traditional TPU rubber.”

On both sides of [...]

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November 7, 2016

[Review] Lander’s Neve USB type C Cable: designed to last

It is a known fact that not all charging cables are made the same. What I mean by that is not all of them are created equal. Most of our phones came with the usual flimsy USB cables which wear out within months of use.

Worry no more because a company called Lander wants to change that. They’re selling a cable called the Neve. I happened to have the USB C model which works awesomely with my Pixel XL.

The Neve cable is made out of nylon which helps avoid tangling. It also has reflective material called Illumiweave to help you finding in a dark place. What I actually think is really cool are the “Everpull” connectors which are designed to [...]

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November 7, 2016

[Review] Google Pixel XL Incipio Cases

The Google Pixel is a hit not only with Android fans but also with the average consumer. With a price tag ranging between $650 to around $900, having a case is probably a great idea to protect your expensive gadget. Picking the right case can be daunting task. Thankfully, the folks at Incipio have a whole lineup depending on the lever of coverage/protection you may want to get for your Pixel phone. The DualPro sells for $29.99, the Octane is $24.99 while the Carnaby is $34.99.

Incipio carries 3 cases for the Pixel phones which are the DualPro, Octane and my favorite Carnaby. I was able to get a hold of the first 2 and did the following unboxing:

Hope this helped you [...]

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September 1, 2016

HTC Tuesday Deal gets you a free UA Band with the HTC 10 or $100 Off

HTC is back again with another good deal. Today, they’re offering a free UA band if you purchase the HTC 10. On the other hand,  there is also a $100 off discount on the phone if bought without the band.  Let’s not forget about HTC’s UH OH Protection which gives you the peace of mind of getting your phone replaced in case you break it.

Other than the promotion, the HTC 10 is a top notch Android phone in line with all of the other flagship devices in the market. You can read our review here. Here are more details about the promo:

Bold new colors, hot new deal: Starting  September 1st only at HTC.com, we will be re-launching the incredible deal of $100 [...]

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September 1, 2016

[Press Release] TomTom unveils 3 fitness wearables for the US

At IFA, TomTom announced three new fitness trackers/wearables called Touch, Spark 3 and Adventurer. All 3 are designed for folks who are into working out, outdoors and other physical activities.  The Touch and Spark 3 are set to launch on September 8 for $129.99 or more depending on which options you get with the Spark 3. The TomTom Adventurer will launch October 18 for $349. Here are the specs:

TomTom Adventurer

GPS Tracking and Route Exploration –users can upload unexplored routes, freely discover new places and find their way back to the starting point by following their GPS trace Built-in heart rate monitor Equipped with barometer and compass 24/7 activity [...]
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August 25, 2016

[Rant] AT&T takes the liberty to swap Galaxy Note 7 retail box with their ugly, flimsy packaging

As you all know, the Galaxy Note 7 is not a cheap phone by any means. Sitting at close to a $1000 with taxes, it is one of the most expensive Android phones around. With a price tag that high, you’d expect to get the phone with whatever Samsung decided to package it in. They usually use a really nice and durable box with their logo on it and yes, it does look premium as it should be (see picture below).

On Monday, I picked up my AT&T Black Onyx Note 7 to find out that it is packaged in the ugly-flimsy carrier blue box. The phone is probably safer being on its own than inside it.

I call this practice bullshit. For $930, I expect to get an original [...]

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August 11, 2016

T-Mobile gets rid of the HTC 10

The HTC 10 is definitely one of my favorite Android phones for 2016. HTC upped the bar and actually put a great phone together. I reviewed it a few months back and was, and still impressed by it. The phone isn’t perfect by any means but it offers an awesome experience for those looking for a stock-like software and top of the line hardware.

As of today, T-Mobile quietly took the HTC 10 off his website and probably did the same in their brick and mortar stores. You don’t have to be a genius to know that it has not been selling great for Big Magenta. AT&T avoided selling it  from the get-go, maybe Tmo should have done the same 2 months ago. The only HTC phone [...]

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August 9, 2016

[Review] A quick look at the Tudia cases for the Oneplus 3

In this world, there are people who use cases for their phone and there are people who do not. I consider myself a part of the first group. I hate getting dings on my phones. Today, I am taking a look at a couple of Tudia cases: The Tudia Merge and the Tudia Arch.

Tudia Arch

The Arch is considered an “Ulra-Slim” case. It is made out of a “high Quality Thermoplastic Polyurethane TPU rubberized gel silicone” according to Tudia. It offers a soft touch finish which gives you a better grip of the phone.

The Arch case wraps nicely around the Oneplus 3 covering all of the edges and camera bump without adding bulk. The volume and power buttons cutouts [...]

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