If you ask Motorola, Mods are the story with Moto Z. If you ask most smartphone enthusiasts? The Mods are decidedly not the story - they're just accessories. Well, which is it? Are Motorola's modular pieces central to the authoritative and complete Z experience, or are they forgettable add-ons? I've had a few days to play with them, and while I am not "reviewing" any of them here, I am going to share some thoughts on them.
First, we have the not-really-Mods: the style shells.
Moto sent out two woodgrain shells and one that I would describe as a black nylon fabric weave. Read More
Hey, remember that Google Arts & Culture tool that the company talked about for exactly one day? No? Well now it's back. The hub for all things historically and artistically relevant has been given a fresh coat of paint, so to speak. Both the web portal and the app (which was previously little more than a web wrapper anyway) have been overhauled with a new interface, including a more contextual search bar that allows users to hunt for specific articles or pieces. Check out the difference in the app below: Read More
The Nexus 6P is one of the finest Android phones you can buy, but it's getting on toward the end of its life cycle. It'll probably be replaced soon, and that means there are deals to be had. Best Buy is selling a refurbished Nexus 6P for the incredible price of $319. That's $181 off the regular price. Read More
The Xperia Z series has marked the high-end of Sony's smartphone line for years. The M5 sits somewhere lower on the food chain, but not much lower. You're looking at a 5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, a 21.5MP camera, plus both water and dust resistance.
Now you also get Android 6.0. Sony has begun pushing out an over-the-air update to this device. Read More
In what I am tempted to say may be the stupidest news I've read all morning (give me an hour, though, I just grabbed my coffee), the US Army's Special Operations Command is allegedly dumping its current Nett Warrior embedded tactical smartphone solution - a 4-year-old Galaxy Note II - for an iPhone 6S. Because, and I quote DoDBuzz's source here, the iPhone is "faster; smoother. Android freezes up." Wait, you're telling me a smartphone that's four years old trying to run a specialized government app isn't very fast or stable? I am shocked, sir - simply taken aback!
This staggering conclusion has led the US Army Special Forces to decide that, after testing those same applications on an iPhone 6S - a phone benefitting from four years of technological advancement over its replacement - iPhones are simply better. Read More
Motorola has had a strange couple of years. It was making some interesting, though mediocre phones, then it was acquired by Google. Then, it started making great phones. Before we could truly enjoy the new Motorola, the company was sold off to Chinese mega-firm Lenovo. We all worried what this would mean for Motorola, and now we're seeing the first products from the new-new Moto—the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. Read More
The ZTE Axon 7 was announced to much "fanfare" at the end of May with famous pianist Lang Lang endorsement, BMW Designworks input, and Dolby Atmos surround sound. Sure, that's a lot of talk that means next to nothing to most of us, so I'll switch to a language we all understand: Snapdragon 820, 5.5" QHD display, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, USB-C, 20MP rear camera, and 3250mAh battery. Better? Alright.
The phone went up for pre-order last week for $400, an arguably nice price for what you're getting. But what if I told you that you could get it for more than $100 less at B&H? Read More
Most of the intrepid users who tried the most recent Android N developer preview were none too pleased with the new notification toggle behavior. Google changed the WiFi and Bluetooth buttons from simple toggles to connection list triggers. After more than 1,500 issue tracker stars in just a few days, Google has relented. Read More
LG has already released a couple of "Friends" with its G5, with mitigated usability and user response. Having tried four of them, I can assure you that my absolute favorite is the LG 360 Cam, not only because of its super cool and "immersion" feel, but also because of its relative independence from the G5 and the fact that it works with different Android and iOS devices.
This seems to be the case for this newly announced "Friend" too. The LG Action Cam LTE is a standalone rugged action camera with IP-67 water, dust, and sand-resistance (up to 1m of water for up to 30mins), as well as WiFi and LTE connectivity to live stream to YouTube Live. Read More
Aziz Ansari's cultishly popular Master of None is a show you should watch (and also a Netflix exclusive). Ansari plays Dev, a not-convincingly-struggling actor in New York City. At one point, he is cast as a doctor in a film called The Sickening. Which, in the words of the show, is a "black virus" movie. The plot is familiar: there's some kind of unstoppable super-plague that turns everyone into not-zombies, and Dev's character is the one man who is trying to stop it. He, too, of course, succumbs to The Sickening in the end.
The purposely generic and vague namesake of that fake movie, though, I find is perfectly fit to be coopted and molded for use in describing a common Android smartphone phenomenon: the slowening. Read More