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For a long time, Google’s Nexus program has been the warrior of “pure Google”. Enthusiasts and power users alike have gravitated towards Google’s often low key, but powerful devices designed and built in cooperation with hardware manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung, Huawei and more. For 2016 however, Google has done something many didn’t see coming, and something that many aren’t fond of – they killed the Nexus program. More accurately, Google has replaced the low margin, low volume “pure” experience with something that is higher revenue (for them), has the possibility to be much higher volume relatively speaking, and still…

Many weeks after its release, the HTC 10 has somewhat faded from the public eye. While the same story rings true for most things in the tech world after awhile — That’s just how tech is! — it seems like the HTC 10 faded faster than others. Is it a bad phone, poor marketing, average specs, or something else? Is the HTC 10 even a good phone? In terms of hardware, the HTC 10 is a more than capable phone. A Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, 32/64 GB of builtin storage, and 5.2″ 1440 x 2560 display make…

It seems like every year LG ends up getting the short end of the stick in terms of phone hype. The devices they create are often slotted into a category some would call “sleeper hits”. The devices themselves generally aren’t overly flashy, the design isn’t really “wow”, and the specs are in line with other flagship devices. But more often than not we come away impressed and happy to use one of LG’s flagships as the weeks go on and the newness factor wears off on some of its competition. For 2016 however, LG got crazy. That is, they went…

It’s been just shy of two weeks since we received our Galaxy S7 from T-Mobile U.S. Over the last couple weeks, a couple of the “wait and see” features we talked about in our initial impressions article can now be turned into fully formed thoughts — things that you just can’t get a good grasp of only a few hours or days into a device. The first and probably most important thing to talk about these days is battery life. Throughout the last 3-4 years, every Android device we’ve used has typically lasted between 2.5-4 hours of screen on time.…

We’ve only had the S7 in our hands for a short couple of hours, but already have some solid ideas. That said, we’ll hold off on a full review because let’s be honest, you can’t give a real review after spending an hour with the phone. Such an experience takes many days, if not a week or two for your eager nerd hands to relax and the constant poking and prodding to subside to more “normal” levels. With that said… Hardware The hardware of the S7 while similar to the S6, is different enough to be noticeable. The biggest change…

Every year the smartphone junkies look to a few select manufacturers for their next-gen purchase. At least in the U.S., the Android field is primarily HTC, Samsung and LG at this point with Motorola and Nexus phones being more niche (but still great) products. And while we’ve already seen Samsung’s hand with their S6 (review here) and HTC with the M9 (review soon), it is time to look at the final piece of the Android trifecta, LG. The G4 as it is called may not feature a clever or overly thought out name. But what it does have, is a…

After the more or less disappointing sales of the Galaxy S5 (and several years of people constantly lambasting Samsung for making plastic phones), Samsung really had to do something different with the S6. And while they chose to again take a design from something that’s already been out on the market as opposed to something totally original, we’re to the point where we simply don’t care anymore. If it’s a good ph one through and through, then that’s that. And after 2 weeks with the Galaxy S6 Edge, we have to say we’re pretty sure it’s “that”. Hardware With an…

Google’s flagship whale phone, “Shamu” as it was internally called, the Nexus 6 has been upon us for a couple months now. The release is at an odd time. This time of year there isn’t much in the way of new hardware. Come spring, though, it’s a mad race through summer and into the fall. That said, Google’s Nexus 6 marks a new journey for the Nexus program as it abandoned the mid-range(ish) hardware and affordable unlocked pricing for a more traditional method that involved hardware with more premium design and materials as well as playing nice with carriers and…

Samsung started up the big screen race back with their original Galaxy Note. And in 2014, it would seem that they’re just as far in the lead as ever as far as large screened devices (or more appropriately, “Phablets”) go. With this year’s iteration, Samsung has provided more power, more pixels more features… just a lot of more into an ever thinner frame. That said, “more” in and of itself doesn’t automatically make a good device. In fact, one of the criticisms of Samsung’s flagship devices is often that they try to cram too much into their products, turning them…

Samsung is the undisputed king of Android. The anti-Apple, they are, offering up large, removable batteries, SD card slots and lots and lots of extra features on top of stock Android. But is this new generation inherently “better”? In terms of raw specs, the S5 is a nice though marginally faster device. The screen is bigger and better looking. The processor is faster. Battery life, too, is supposed to be better. All that said, Samsung has taken a step towards hypocrisy by way of hardware design. For years they have lambasted Apple and their “S” model year upgrades that feature…

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