Google IO 2015 Coverage

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 review: Living unlocked doesn’t mean compromising

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Unlocked or locked? That is the question that millions of people have to ask themselves when purchasing a new phone. The biggest factor, and it’s no surprise, is cost. Take a look at any of the latest flagship phones on the market today. The majority of them cost more than $500. The last two years, though, have seen off-contract prices of phones dramatically fall. Now it takes only a few hundred dollars to bring home a phone that is capable of very much. Alcatel OneTouch, a brand underneath TCL Communication, believes to have met a premium experience with an affordable price for everyone with the new Idol 3.

The Idol 3 is touted by Alcatel OneTouch for its ‘3-in-1 experience’ that centers on the display, camera, and sound. The company is not wrong for doing so because those are three areas that consumers look at when purchasing a new phone. Does it look good? Can I take clear photographs? Are the speakers loud? Alcatel OneTouch says yes.

We have our own take on those questions and more regarding the Idol 3. Hit the break for the full review.

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Phone Buddy smartphone stand review

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A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a coffee shop trying to watch a soccer match on my smartphone, and while the video quality was more than good enough, the actual experience was quite poor. The reason I say this is because I was having to hold the phone with my hand which in turn meant that the display was not exactly stable. When the display shook, it invariably caught a reflection that obscured the picture and causing me to miss vital moments.

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Satechi Spectrum iQ Bulb quick review

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Consumers are flocking to home automation products because of how fun and simple it is to operate electronics from a mobile device. Plus, it saves money. So consumers can only benefit from everything in the home earning a ‘smart’ counterpart. Light bulbs are one of the easiest areas to get started with, but also one of the costliest. Every room needs light and installing an appropriate amount of smart bulbs can quickly reach thousands of dollars. Satechi, however, has positioned its Spectrum iQ Bulb to be very competitive in terms of both price and performance.

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Living on the Edge: my week with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

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Aerosmith references aside, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is a rockstar. I haven’t gotten this much attention sporting a phone since I bought the Samsung Galaxy S II when it first hit the streets and all the iPhone wielders with their tiny screens stopped and stared at my smartphone’s majesty.

Unfortunately, like a rockstar, there’s a lot of glamour and glitz on the outside, but does it add value over the basic Galaxy S6?

In this review of the Galaxy S6 Edge, I’ll be walking you through the device and giving my thoughts on various things.¬†And if you’re curious about the non-edged Galaxy S6, check out Rob’s review of it by clicking here. He goes into some fantastic detail about things I won’t cover, like the camera, processor, and overall software because the two devices are the same in that regard. For this review, I will be concentrating on the Edge display, the software regarding the Edge display, and the battery life.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 review: Knocking on the door of perfection

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Samsung has been the leader when it comes to sales of Android devices, but they haven’t always been the favorite. They have often been criticized for the quality of their build and the overall software experience. Although they still lead all other Android manufacturers in 2014, it was a dismal year for Samsung. They missed their targets and consumers got bored with the fact that the Galaxy S5 really didn’t offer anything new. At the same time, lower priced handsets were taking a bite out of Samsung’s market share.

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Inateck USB 3.0 Hub quick review

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Transferring data from a storage device to a phone or tablet can be a little tedious. Think about what goes into transferring data to a mobile device when using a wired connection: dock the storage device, connect both devices with a wire, install drivers, locate the appropriate folder. Not too easy. The Inateck USB 3.0 Hub, when used in conjunction with a mobile device, wants to make the process of transferring data as short as possible. It reduces the processor to a intermediary-like accessory between the storage device and mobile device.

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HTC One M9 review: Refining beauty

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The HTC One was unveiled two years ago with a considerable amount of fanfare, and for good reason. It was the first Android phone that could go toe to toe with the iPhone in terms of quality. The full metal unibody screamed sexy and blew away every reviewer. Unfortunately it didn’t translate into the kind of success that HTC was hoping for as the company continued to lose money.

Back then, it was the One M7, signifying the 7th flagship phone since HTC embarked on their own brand. Last year’s version, the M8, did help bring the company to profitability, but it still wasn’t enough.

Now we are on the third iteration of the One, which is now referred to as the M9. The third chapter generally is a good time for a redesign, but HTC feels they already have something special. Instead, they chose to refine it rather than redefine it. By combining some of the best of the M7 along with the best of the M8, HTC is hoping the third time is a charm.

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Nyrius Smart Outlet review

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The conversion of everything in the home to be part of a wireless network is not all about the ‘cool factor.’ Home automation makes for convenient and cost-efficient living. Items will activate and shutdown when necessary rather than being turned on manually and staying on for an infinite amount of time. The Nyrius Smart Outlet works manually, with timers, or by proximity to control electronics in the home with a smartphone app. Each Smart Outlet costs less than $40, making home automation with Nyrius relatively affordable.

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Divoom Voombox-party rugged wireless stereo speaker review

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Choosing the perfect wireless speaker based on your needs is quite the task considering the vast array of options. There are trade-offs to be made between style, durability, portability, and sound. It is common for any device in any category to be rather bulky and unwieldy when built with durability in mind. Devices focusing on style and build quality lose out when it comes to durability. Divoom, manufacturer of various wireless audio products, believes it has the perfect formula packaged inside its rugged wireless stereo speaker. The Voombox-party has a simple design that remains portable despite the durability factors behind it.

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