The Moto Z and Moto Z Force are Lenovo’s first crack at the high-end smartphone market since acquiring Motorola, and they’ll likely be a make-or-break phone for Lenovo’s chance at being a big player in the premium U.S. market.
Both phones are touted as extremely high-end devices with unique modular accessories called Moto Mods, and both phones are exclusive to Verizon for now. It’s odd for an OEM to tackle a tough market by tying themselves to a single carrier right out of the bat, but it’s a strategy that worked for Motorola in the past.
Hit the break for our review of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force.
Strong customer service just isn’t easy to come by these days, but Samsung is trying to change the game by bringing all the help you need to the phone you’re already using. With the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the company relaunched its customer service app with a fresh coat of paint and an array of new features. Samsung+ is an all-in-one app that encourages you to get the most out of your Galaxy device, so it covers everything from customer service with live support to device diagnostics to exclusive deals to workshops. There’s almost nothing that you won’t find on Samsung+.
Sony announced a brand new line of Xperia phones this year, replacing the Xperia Z line that we all shared a love/hate relationship with. Now we have the Xperia X series of devices, which includes the Xperia X and other mid-range devices.
Sony has always struggled to really find their groove in the Android market, which might explain the entire reboot of their phone models. The Xperia Z was bogged down with confusing names (they skipped from the Xperia Z3 to the Z5, depending on what country you’re in) and poor advertising, so an entirely new series of phones might be just what the
doctor marketing department ordered.
Both the HTC One (M8) and One M9 shipped with a special accessory known as the Dot View case, but the company surprised people when that didn’t return for its most recent flagship. It’s actually for the better since the replacement is a lot more useful. When the HTC 10 launched in April, the Ice View case was introduced as the primary accessory. The Ice View case is a window to the phone, providing a quick look at information so you don’t have to press a physical button and swipe through menus for the essentials.
Hit the break for our review of the HTC Ice View case.
Something is different about the Nextbit Robin. This isn’t your usual new company showing up with bold claims that the mobile industry will go through a shakeup following the launch of its phone. Nextbit is a small, smart group of experienced individuals who worked with giants like Google and HTC over the years. Now these people are together to pour their knowledge and ambition into a device unlike we’ve ever seen before.
Nextbit’s Robin is the first phone in the world to heavily leverage the cloud. Since the phone ships with a limited amount of internal storage without any on-device expansion possible, Nextbit is relying a newer method to store everything on your phone. We’ve never seen a phone like the Robin, but it’s selling point may not matter if the seamless cloud storage the company claims isn’t a reality.
Hit the break for our review of the Nextbit Robin.
Samsung released the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge a few months ago, and the pair has easily become the best devices of the year. In fact, it was reported that, by the end of June, Samsung would sell 25 million combined units worldwide. That’s a staggering amount, and there’s not really another company seeing that many sales this year. It’s a popular handset, but there’s one small problem: essentially being encased in glass, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are extremely fragile. I know this firsthand, as working out of a garage, and even with a case, my Galaxy S7 Edge didn’t take many beatings before the back glass completely shattered.
Enter the Galaxy S7 Active as Samsung’s answer to many of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge’s durability problems. With the Galaxy S7 Active you get the entire Galaxy S7 experience, but this time encased in a worry-free protective polycarbonate shell. If you want something high-end but with built-in protection, the Galaxy S7 Active is Samsung’s answer.
So chances are you’ve never heard of YI Technology, but I’m willing to bet they’ll become a familiar brand in the United States very soon. It’s an imaging technology company, whose name stands for “Your Innovator,” with big ambitions to knock competitors by releasing strong products that carry shockingly low price tags. YI is like the Xiaomi of its industry, which is ironic because Xiaomi is an investor in this company. But unlike Xiaomi, YI is ready right now to battle in the country where new brands and products vanish as fast as they appear.
Late last year, YI’s Action Camera went on sale in the U.S. when Amazon signed on as its exclusive seller. The portfolio then expanded with the introduction of the Home Camera right before the end of 2015, but that was quickly succeeded by the new Home Camera 2 in April. This device from YI is similar visually to the original Home Camera; the real differences are inside. YI slightly altered the design but ushered in entirely new internal components that elevate this affordable home monitoring system.
Hit the break for our review of the YI Home Camera 2.
By now, you are probably well aware that Chinese electronics giant Huawei is making great strides in the global phone market. Thanks to its collaboration with Google to produce the Nexus 6P, the recently released P9, and the success of its budget brand Honor, Huawei is fast becoming a brand to be reckoned with. Huawei also manufactures Android tablets, with its latest model being the MediaPad M2 10.0 featuring four speakers.
Hit the break for our review.
Power banks have exploded in popularity over the past few years, but they’ve also been steadily dropping in price and capacity. We’re slowly reaching the point where it’s not feasible to just keep increasing the capacity of the battery while chipping away at the price, so some companies are venturing out into new features for their portable batteries.
ZeroLemon’s take on this involves baking a solar panel into the top of an enormous battery, and that’s how we end up with the SolarJuice power bank. Not only can you charge this thing with your standard micro-USB chargers, but you can also leave it out in the sun to juice up on its own, too. It’s a neat concept, but does it work well in day-to-day usage?
Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 is going to rise in 2016 and become a common technology in every phone and tablet you buy. We’re already seeing the technology in popular devices like the LG G5 and HTC 10, but this is only the beginning. Now accessory makers are joining the Quick Charge 3.0 craze, and EasyAcc has two external batteries with large capacities and multiple ports to get you charged and ready to go in no time.
Let’s check out EasyAcc’s Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank.