Google’s New Pixel Device Lineup 2016

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Google’s New Pixel Device Lineup 2016

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Googles Key Notes took place today October 4th 2016 and there was a lot of new tech devices announced everything from a New Chromecast with 4K capabilities to the new long awaited Pixel phones. The Key Note live stream was really good and if you missed it because you were working like me you can watch it HERE.

Google is really diving into Daydream which is Googles VR environment along with Google assistant. You can already get a great feel for how Google Assistant can help you with everyday task by trying out Googles new app ALLO. Google Assistant is driven by machine learning making it possible to have conversation with Google just like you are talking with a real person. Google Assistant understand the context of the conversation by understand past interactions and what you are currently doing on your device.

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Google Pixel

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ok ok enough about the software lets talk about all these new devices starting with Googles new flagship devices the Pixel and Pixel XL. Both device are basically the same spec sheet with the only major differences being battery 2,770-3450 mAh and display 5.0-5.5 inches. Base models start at $649.99 for the pixel and $769.99 for the Pixel XL. If you look at the specs below you will find that there are many comparable devices on the market right now that you can get for just 400.00 I think Google has priced there devices a little high this year. But if you are like me and have to have the latest and the greatest then you can pre-order your device HERE 

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Memory 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
Storage 32 or 128Gb
Processor Snapdragon 821; MSM8996 pro AB Quad Core 2+2 Kryo 2.15GHz / 1.6GHz
Main Camera 12.3MP IMX378 1.55μm PDAF + LDAF f/2.0 Aperture
Front Camera 8MP IMX179 1.4µm f/2.4 Aperture Fixed focus
Video 1080p @ 30fps, 60fps, 120fps 720p @ 30fps, 60fps, 240fps 4K @ 30fps
Ports and Slots
USB Type-C USB 3.0
3.5mm headset jack
Single SIM
Media
Single bottom-firing speaker
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WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO
BT 4.2
NFC
Works on all Major US carriers
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Google also introduce the Quick Switch Adapter. Just connect your old iPhone® or Android device to your new Pixel with the Quick Switch Adapter.* Then follow the on screen directions and all your content will get copied over to your new Pixel device. Look out Apple Google just joined the game.!!!

 Google Home

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Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google, always ready to help. Just start with, “Ok Google”.  This device is Googles attempt to compete with The Amazon Echo powered by alexa and I think Google is going to brings some stiff competition. Google Home can automate many task around your house, here are some examples.

Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Delight, Dictionary, Easter eggs, Facts & Info, Finance, Flight information, Games, IFTTT, Learn more, Light control, Local guide, Mobile app audio streaming, Multi-room audio, Music, My day, News, Nutrition, Podcasts, Radio, Shopping list, Smart plugs and switch control, Speaker streaming and control, Sports, Thermostat control, Timer, Traffic, Translation, TV streaming and control, & Weather
I am really looking forward to getting at least 3 Google Home device in my home and start the conversation with Google. If you are interesting in this kind of home automation then you can pre-order Google Home HERE

Google Home WIFI

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Google’s new home wifi device was also announced in the Key Note. Home WIFI from Google can be paired up with as many Home WIFI routers as need to create the coverage you need for from house.  you can control these routers with a simple app. The Google Wifi app gives you total control over your network. Easily share your Wi-Fi password, see what devices are online, and prioritize them for better performance. Google Wifi’s family controls allow you to pause the signal to your children’s devices, like at bedtime or dinnertime. Google Home WIFI isnt available at yet but should becoming later this year so keep a look out. I am planning on picking up 3 of them for amazing coverage in my home as soon as they become available.

Chromecast Ultra

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The Chromecast Ultra stream up to 4K Ultra HD & HDR picture quality over your WiFi network with Chromecast Ultra, a streaming device that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port. Chromecast Ultra provides fast, reliable performance with minimal buffering and smoother streaming. you can also use your iPhone®, iPad®, Android device, or laptop to stream thousands of Cast-enabled apps. If you loved last years model of chromecast then you will love this one with better hardware and 4K video. Google currently has this device marked as Coming Soon so check it out HEREI do think that at $69.99 it is priced a little high but I am sure Google will drop the price in a couple months down to 50 bucks and that will be the time to pick up a couple. If you dont need 4k you can still pick up the Normal Chromecast for just $35.

Daydream View

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Daydream View is a VR headset and controller by Google that lets you explore new worlds, kick back in your personal VR cinema, and play games that put you at the center of action. This is Google’s take on VR headset I and really like it. I have owned a couple Samsung VR headsets and while they are fun for a while they are a little uncomfortable. The fact that Google made the Daydream View out of mostly fabrics is really nice and the included controller implementation looks sick. Now that Google is entering the realm of VR I am really excited to see where they will take us. If you pre-order a Google Pixel then you will get a email to claim a free Daydream View and I for one cant wait to play with mine. If you want to see more on these products please subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel to catch all the coverage. what are your thoughts on these new products and price points? Please leave your comments below.

 

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Sony Xperia Bootloader Unlock Tutorial

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Sony Xperia Bootloader Unlock Tutorial

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Sony just like many other manufacturers has there own Bootloader Unlock program.  This program is designed for Developers but can be used by anyone to get greater control over there Android device.  In most cases unlocking the bootloader on your Sony Xperia device will void the warranty. The best practice is to fully test the operation of your device before you unlock the bootloader. Most of the time when you unlock your bootloader it will wipe data factory reset the device so make sure you backup everything of importance before starting this process. Now that the WARNINGS are out of the way lets get into this tutorial.

Directions you will need to unlock the bootloader on your Sony Xperia device

Install the Android SDK or just the ADB and fastboot files extract the adb and fastboot files to a folder.

If you are on windows you may need the drivers for your device also and HERE is a great place to look for them

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In your device, open the dialler and enter *#*#7378423#*#* to access the service menu.

Tap Service info > Configuration > Rooting Status. Check if Bootloader unlock allowed says Yes. Also write down your IMEI from this screen.

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Now that you have your files setup and your IMEI number written down you can go to the SONY DEVELOPER UNLOCK BOOTLOADER SITE

Select your Sony Xperia device from the list at the bottom of the site and click continue.

On the next page you need to enter your email address so that Sony can verify that you arent a bot and sent you a link with your unlock code.

Open your email account and look for email from Sony with this in it. “You have requested to unlock the boot loader of your Xperia™ device. To verify this, click the following link: Click Here To Proceed”

Once the website loads up you will need to enter your IMEI number that you wrote down earlier or dail *#06# from the phone dailer to view your IMEI number.

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Once you submit your IMEI you will get the rest of the directions to unlock the bootloader like below.

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Now that you have the full directions from Sony its time to unlock the bootloader on your Xperia device.

These direction will be for windows but it is basically the same for mac and linux.

  1. Turn on developer Options on your device and enable adb debugging. outlined in picture above.
  2. Open your adb and fastboot folder. Then with your mouse right click and select open a command window here. Alternative is to open command prompt and CD to the adb and fastboot folder.
  3. Now enter this command ( adb devices ) in the command window. you should have a popup on the phone to allow adb from this computer. allow it
  4. run command ( adb devices ) again this time you should see your serial number followed by the word device. if you get this far it means that your drivers and adb are working properly.  See picture below

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5.  From here lets reboot the device to bootloader mode with command ( adb reboot bootloader ) or follow sonys lead by powering off the device then press the Volume up button at the same time as you connect the other end of the USB-cable.  Either method will reboot the device to bootloader mode.

6.  Now run command ( fastboot devices ) again this will return with your device serial number and say fastboot after it.

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7.  Finally we can send the Unlock command that we got from Sony. Mine is ( fastboot -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0xE30FD3E75A61F33C ) but yours will very.

8.  look at your phone and follow any directions that come up on the screen and then thats it your done.

Once the process has fully finished then you can send command ( fastboot reboot ) to boot the device back up again. First boot up will take much longer then normal, it could take as long as 10 minutes to boot up.

Now that you have unlocked your bootloader you can easily install custom roms with cool hacks and mods. Root access and using root apps is in your near future. If you want to learn more about your sony device check out some of my video tutorials HERE

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Google Store

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The Google Stores Latest Tech

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The Google store keeps adding new products to its list of inventory all the time and unless you keep up you will miss out on some cool tech. One or the latest items is their Goggle Tech C1-Glass VR Viewer.  These simple to use and portable glass fold up and can fit in your pocket for travel. They are great for watching 360 video on youtube.  For just $14.99 the Tech C1 Glasses are tons of fun.

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Google Custom Live Cases

Google also just announced 2 new products just a couple days ago.  The Photos Live Case and Places Live Case are custom designed by you.  I am not sure how well these cases protect your phone but the idea of being able to design your own case picture is really awesome. I order a Photos live case and once i get it in the mail i will report on the quality a little more then. Google Store has also included in the design tools some cool filters you can a apply to the case to help with design. Check these new cases out for yourself at the links above.  The cases are a bit high priced in my opinion at $35.99 but if you really want a custom and awesome looking case it may still be a good chose for you.

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Google Store

Google Offers much more the just Nexus phones and tablets.

PHONES   Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

TABLETS   Pixel C and Nexus 9

CHROMEBOOKS   Chromebook pixel, Flip, and a couple by Dell, Acer, and Asus

TV & AUDIO    chromecast, Nexus player Android TV, Nvidia Shield TV, and More

ANDROID WEAR   Watches from every manufacturer around like Asus, Motorola, Sony, huawei, and many more.

HOME   The home catagory has tons of cool tech for your house like IP cameras, routers, Thermostats, and Smoke alarms.

ACCESSORIES is full of every charger, cable, and case you could want for your Google Nexus devices.Android-Wear-17-new-watch-faces-Google-Play

If you want to live the Google automated life style then the Google Store is the place to do all your technology shopping. I am happy to see Google adding to the store all the time as these products and high quality and dependable, now go buy some cool tech.

 

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just wanted to report back on my experience with these cases. I have bee using mine on my Nexus 5x which is my work phone. I have been really surprised at how well the case has held up. The prgrammable button on the back it a little hard to use but over all these are some pretty cool cases.

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Fools For Android Giveaway

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April Fool’s (Fools For Android) Giveaway

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Well Android lovers, looks like it is time for another fun giveaway. This is just one of the cool ways that Rootjunky.com and some many other sponsors ( listed below ) like to give back to there subscribers and fans. So we have all decided to join up and throw this big giveaway. Good luck and make sure you follow all the Gleam.io rules and get as many entries as you can.

A Total of 26 Prizes

Nexus 5X
ISAW AIR Wi-Fi Full HD Action Camera White
Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch
$50 Amazon Gift Card
Samsung Gear VR
$20 Play Store Gift Card
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Studio Monitor Reference Headphones
Chromecast
Chromecast
$25 Play Store Gift Card
Inateck Bluetooth Speaker
Choetech: Fast Wireless Charger
Satechi USB C Micros SD/SD Reader
X4 & NuuMobile Swag Bag
X4 & NuuMobile Swag Bag
LG Electronics Tone Ultra HBS-810 Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset
Glyby Virtual Reality Glasses w/ Bluetooth Remote
Noot Bluetooth Selfie Stick
Tile (Bluetooth Key, Phone, etc. Finder)
Choetech: 3 Port Type-C Wall Charger
Honor 5X
Aukey BT Headphones
Quick Charge 3.0 Wall Charger
GateKeeper
Chromecast Audio
Chromecast Audio

 

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AndroidFileHost, Bane-Tech, BooredAtWork, c4eTech, Dope Tech Daily, DroidModderX, GadgtSpot, GameBros, Garwynn/GameTechnician, iTechTriad, NuuMobile, RootJunky, Rwilco12/EpicDroid.com, Scott Greenstone, Talk Android News, TeckGeeks.com, The Smoking Android, & TK Bay.

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If Smartphones were Star Wars Characters

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If Smartphones were Star Wars Characters

I just saw The Force Awakens (don’t worry, no spoilers), and I really enjoyed the movie.   In the days leading up to the movie I had Star Wars on the brain; I also had smart phones on the brain, which created a convergence in the force.   What came out of that convergence is this post.

Not all smartphones can be Star Wars Characters and not all Star wars Characters can be smartphones.  Other times the connections are so clear, that you can’t deny it.  Have a look at the connections that I made and let me know your thoughts.  Do you agree with my selections?  If you have other thoughts please share them.   Below are my connections.

ONE PLUS 2 – Han SoloHan Solo

 

In most people’s minds the One Plus started the “best bang for your buck” smart phone revolution.   Personally I think that the 2013 Nexus 5 should be wearing that badge of honour but hey, that is not what this post is about.  The one thing that I think we can all agree on is that the one plus is a rebel of a phone and so are those that carry it.  I have yet to see a One Plus 2 live, and I have only seen a OnePlus 1 twice but both times when I said “Wow, is that the One Plus 1?” The reply was not just yes or some other affirmative.  The first person replied with “yes and it is running Oxygen OS.”  The second person replied with “CM 12.1 nightly and he quoted the date.”  Who the heck actually knows the date of the last nightly they downloaded? That is bad ass!

One plus is still a relatively niche company with a non-conformist appeal.   In a sea of Galaxies and iPhones the OnePlus 2 has some roguish charm to help it stand out.  Even the company One Plus reminds me of Han with its crazy social media campaigns and invite system.   Plans never work out like they are meant to but somehow Han manages to keep things together only to fall into another mess, usually of his own making……. just like OnePlus

 

 

Droid Turbo 2 – ChewbaccaChewy

Star Wars had its fair share of tough guys but only one of them would rip off your arms if they started to lose at a Dejarik (Holo Chess).  Chewbacca is known for his strength and endurance, so is the Droid Turbo 2.   With a 21MP camera, a 3760 mAh battery and shatterproof screen this is a rough and tumble phone ready for anything.  Half of Han Solo’s charm came from the fact that his best friend was there through everything and would never let Han down.  Like Chewy, this phone is something to keep by your side through all of your daily adventures, something that will never let you down, even if you drop it into a trash compactor.    Motorola even calls the backing material Ballistic Nylon!   That just sounds cool to me.

The Droid Turbo 2 is not the smallest or prettiest of phones, but neither was Chewbacca.  The phone is definitely a man’s best friend or something that a princess would use to help her rescue her prince charming from carbonate status.

 

 

 

BlackBerry – Yodayoda

 

For eight hundred years has BlackBerry trained people to type with their thumbs, its own council will it keep on the use of physical keyboards.   Just like Yoda the BlackBerry can look old to young eyes but my fellow Canadians have been making phones and pages since 1984.  Before google existed and while Apple was planning to fire Steve Jobs, this company came up with the idea of seeing an email on your pager.  One thing led to another and the smartphone was born.

Yoda has been around for a long time and so has BlackBerry.  With hundreds of years training Jedi, Yoda’s influence can be felt throughout the force.   So too can the BlackBerry’s influence be felt thoughout the smart phone world.  Dependent on your age you may see the BlackBerry Passport as something irrelevant but market share matters not!  BlackBerrys are the phones that created the smart phone revolution and brought email on a phone to the world.  If you are close in age to me you can remember a time when texting was billed by the characters and you only had a number pad to type with.  Those were dark times, indeed. BB may not be doing much now, kind of like Yoda sitting in a swamp waiting for something to happen, but their genius can still be seen today in modern phones.  Have a look at the operating system of a BlackBerry from the 90’s and you can still see their influence on iOS and android even today.

These phones should have lasted forever, strong were they with the force, but not that strong.

 

 

iPhone – Emperor Palpatineiphone

 

This was perhaps the easiest connection.   Emperor Palpatine led the Galactic Empire through fear, fear of this battle station (Deathstar).   Apple leads in profit through fear, fear keeping up with the Jones’.   The empire was not an equal opportunity employer.   They used the Wookies and other species as slaves to build what the empire referred to as the ultimate power in the universe.   Replace wookies with Foxcomm employees and you can keep the arrogance of believing their creation to be the ultimate power in the universe.  Much like the Emperor, the iPhone’s overconfidence is its weakness.

There is no contradicting the fact that the Emperor was powerful, so is the iPhone.  The Emperor’s reach stretched across the better part of the Galaxy and the iphone’s reach stretches across most of North America and Europe.   The empire brought conformity to the galaxy and seemed unstoppable but rebellion comes to us in many forms.  With companies like Xiaomi, Obi, Wiley Fox, Microsoft, Nextbit,  OnePlus, and Nokia all looking to make their mark, or reclaim lost ground, there is a new hope!

 

I hope that you have enjoyed this fun little article.  If you have a few connections of your own, please leave them below.  I would enjoy hearing from others on this one.

 

Until next time…..

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Droidsgiving Giveaway

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Droidsgiving

Hey Everyone!

For many of you today is a day of Thanksgiving.  For those of you in the USA that means long drives to your families, stories of pilgrims and Indians, big meals consisting of turkey, yams, cranberries, more turkey, pie and then going around the table and telling everyone the the one or two things you are most thankful for.  Quite often those things we are thankful for are the things we value the most, things like family, friends, good health and so on.

This year we decided it was time for us to go “around the table”, so to speak, and to tell all of you what we are grateful for.  All of us have been brought together by our love of Android and all that that brings with it.  There are those of us who have taken that love of Android and turned it into hobbies, jobs, and so on.  Without all of you we wouldn’t be where we are at today and we wouldn’t have the success that we have had.  So if I had to pick two things I was grateful for, I would pick Android and all of you!  Yes, I know that is a lot more than two things but you get what I’m saying. 🙂

To show you how grateful we are to you we have partnered up with a lot of big names in the Android community like Android File Host, Zedo Max, QBKing77, DroidmodderX, EpicDroid, Bane Tech and myself Rootjunky to bring you a HUGE giveaway!  We call it Droidsgiving!  There are over $1,000 in prizes!

The giveaway will be done via Gleam.io.  The giveaway will open for entries on 12/1/15 at 12:01 AM MST and will go through 12/7/15 at 11:59 PM MST.  There will be ten winners drawn from all valid entries.

Be sure to be watching here, as well as on Twitter and YouTube to see when the contest goes live!

Check out the list of the prizes and sponsors we’ve got lined up (hint: we’ve hyperlinked each of the sponsor names above to their Twitter or YouTube sites.  You might want to follow/subscribe so you are ready for the giveaway)!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Droidsgiving!

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Nexus 6P

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Nexus 6 P

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What does it mean to be a nexus phone? Is it a cutting edge flagship? Perhaps something meant for developers and enthusiasts? A bang for your buck champion?  It should be easy but it is a hard thing to explain the nexus brand.  Nexus phones have meant a lot of different things to people over the years.  Even Google’s own vision has shifted a little after each year.  Each time trying to adjust, trying to find the perfect vision and never quite getting there.  Knowing that you can’t please all the people all of the time, Google decided to have two phones this year, two visions of perfection. We are going to look at the phone marked with a P, the Nexus 6P.

The one trait that has remained the same about nexus phones; they push the limits.  They try to take what is current and improve it.  They take new technology and implement it.  Has Google succeeded with this year’s vision? Let’s review a few key areas and find out.

 

Look and Feel

The first thing that I actually noticed about this phone was how thin it felt in my hand; then I notice how good it felt, sturdy and well built. That something that told my fingers “this phone needs to have some thickness to it” faded after using it for a while. The phone does have some heft (178g) and I like that.  Huawei has made a solid phone for Google and that is a feeling that has not faded.

 

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The speakers are on the front, the only place for speakers in my opinion, and they blend in very well with the front fascia.  The antenna lines on the four corners works well and I have even started to like the camera visor. Early leaks on the internet made the visor look as if it protruded out like an ugly growth.  Even now pictures don’t do it justice.  In the hand and in person the visor looks to be part of the phone, a natural extension.  The power and volume rocker are located on the right hand side.  They sit just above half way to allow some single handed use.  The SIM card slot can be found on the left side.  Look to the back for a fingerprint sensor.  Perfect placement!  I would like to see the volume and power back there as well.  LG really has something with their “Buttons on the back” phone design. I hope more companies take inspiration from their design. Overall this makes for a very elegant phone and I would like to stop there but I can’t.

On the bottom portion of the back side of the phone is a plastic cover.  The plastic cover is there for antenna signals access and covers a few screws used to keep this thing together. The plastic cover really hurts the phones look.  There is a lot of effort to match the plastic and aluminum but plastic is plastic and aluminum is aluminum. You can’t hide that. Most people will put a case over their phone and that will moot the point but I still find this to be a hard pill to swallow.  80% of the phone is beautiful; the plastic cover is the other 20%.

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Multimedia experience

At 5.7 inches this is a big and beautiful display.  The colours really pop and this is to be expected from an AMOLED screen.  If there is too much colour for your eyes to handle you do have a built in option.  You can use the sRGB colour mode found in the developer settings if you want the screen to pop a little less. The colours tend to be more true to life with the sRGB enabled.  I have used both settings and I have to admit that I prefer the default settings.  The popping colours look really great when playing any game.  It made the experience come alive, even if it looks to bold to be real.  The only fault I have with the display is the blue/purple haze that washes over the screen when viewing it on an angle. This is most evident when you have a complete white background.  The coloured background of various apps and games can make this effect nonexistent. Just make sure that you are viewing straight on when opening gmail.

Viewing angles aside, this phone seems to be made for Netflix.  The visuals come in clear and crisp with the 518 PPI (pixels per inch) screen and the speakers are great.  This combines to produce a fantastic multimedia experience.  Five minutes into any show or movie and you are hooked.  You will forget that you are watching this on a phone and just enjoy the entertainment.

The speakers were so good that I had to compare them with an HTC phone and their Boom Sound speakers.  I assumed the sound would have been closer but you can definitely perceive better sound emanating from the HTC.  I am not an Audiophile but even my dull ears noticed the depth of sound that came from One M9.  Both are great, both are loud, but HTC had a richer and fuller sound.  I hope that more OEMs bring front facing speakers to their designs; it really makes a world of difference to the multimedia experience.

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For those that like specs, the Nexus 6P does not disappoint.  Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 v2.1 is the chipset that powers this unit.  This Octa-core setup is split in two with a Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57 64-bit setup, mated to an Adreno 430 GPU.   Memory comes in at 3 GB of DDR4 RAM and your choice or 32, 64 or 128 Gigabytes of storage.

Does that translate to a fast phone? Yep it sure does!  This phone is like a big block V8 with Android 6.0 Marshmallow at the wheel.  It handled almost anything that I could throw at it.  Even jumping from Clash of Clans to Star Wars Commander and back again, was handled thoroughly.  Marshmallow many not have come with a change in design language but it put a lot of grease in the gears.  Everything is silky smooth. The phone did get a little warm under heavy use but not noticeably warmer than any phone I have played with in the past.  The only thing that made the phone hiccup or stutter was the camera.  It was an odd thing for me; I tried to replicate the stutter but could not get a consistent result.  Sometime is just wanted to be a little slow getting in or out of the camera app.  Thankfully this was the exception and not the rule. Speaking of the camera…….

Camera

When I first read about DxO Labs giving the Nexus 6p a place beside the Galaxy s6 I was impressed.  The new Samsung combination of hardware and software has walked away with all the prices this year.  Even Apple and Microsoft (Nokia) fanboys have been forced to admit that it is the best Camera of 2015.  The new iPhone 6s may change that but early reviews don’t give me that impression.  Either way the 6P had something to prove.

Does it live up to the hype? In my opinion, no.  Don’t get me wrong, it is a very good camera.  I would even say great comparing it to other nexus phones but I personally do not think it can hang with the Galaxy s6 camera.  Over all the pictures come out rather nice, but there is a tendency to overexpose the whites.  It reminds me of the large megapixel camera HTC was pushing.  Both cameras are great in low light but both tend to overexpose or wash out bright whites.  This may be an effect of larger pixels.  The pixels size for the 6P is 1.55 microns which really isn’t that large considering the HTC’s were 2 microns across each length.  It has the ability to record 4k video but the results are not always great.  Too much motion with the camera or the subjects and things get pixelated, fast. It also suffers under poor lighting conditions compared to the 1080p videos.

That is the bad news and the good news is……. there is lots of good news.  The camera has an eloquent and simply designed interface.  Some have said that it is too simple but I disagree.  Most people want to just point and shoot.  If you are a shutterbug you already have a dSLR camera for adjusting exposure and ISO, etc.  If you really want to have the dSLR experience with a smartphone you could always download and app and have your fun.  Personally I really like the simple design, it make it easy.

The 8 megapixel front facing camera is a dream.  The photos are nice and crisp with great low light performance. The camera will focus quickly and keep the colour very true to life.  It is really one of the best selfie cameras that I have used.  It does not have the “beautification” mode that some cameras sport, but I find that a blessing.   I would rather have my ugly mug look crisp and clear than that waxy makeup image that comes from “beautification” mode.

The 12.3 megapixel Sony sensor is for your rear facing photos and even though it does occasionally overexpose like I mentioned earlier, it is still a great camera.  It is generally quick to launch, fast to focus and the colour representation is pretty good.   The AMOLED screen can throw you off a little but set it to sRGB or put you picture on your monitor to show your true colours shining through.  With an aperture of F2.0 you can get some nice effects playing with your depth of field.025024

 

With an aperture of F2.0 you can get some nice effects playing with your depth of field.  Notice the focus on the background and then the for ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The indoor or low light performance is better than most but still tends to pixelate when there are not enough photons buzzing around.  Optical Image Stabilization would have helped out in this area and could have taken this camera from very good to great.

The video quality is better than most but I recommend sticking to the 1080p resolution settings.  4K sound awesome but the results are for from superior.  It is acceptable for basic scenes with little motion but the camera seems to handle 1080p much cleaner when pushed to the limits.  Try chasing your kids around with the video on you will see lots of pixilation at 4k.  With most TVs and monitor still pushing 1080 I don’t see the need for the 4k video at this time.  I just wish Google would have done it better if they were going to offer it. Even with the nitpicking it is a great camera and great phone.

 

Conclusion

 

When I started to write the conclusion, I was looking at value for your dollar along with what it means to be a Nexus phone.  I am going to leave price off to the side for now and discuss it in a follow up article.  So, that leaves us with the question of what is means to be a nexus phone.  Does this phone push the limits? Is it a cutting edge flagship? Perhaps something meant for developers and enthusiasts?

What I know is the Nexus 6P is the best you can get from Google today.  Does it push limits?  Camera and Battery have never been so good with Nexus phone but others have pushed their limits further. Is it a cutting edge flagship?  Yes, it can run with the flagship crowd but it is part of the pack, not the leader.  Is it meant for developers and enthusiasts?  Despite the e-fuse that will let everyone know this phone’s bootloader has been unlocked, I would say yes.  There are already all kinds of support for this device in the libraries of XDA.  That will only grow over time.

So Google has succeeded? Yes! This is the best Nexus phone to date, as it should be, it the newest.  Is it a perfect phone? No, but it comes close and for the money it may be the best value for your dollar.  This is a phone that you can recommend to anyone, the power users or the casual Facebook viewer will both enjoy this phone.  I comes close to being all things to all people.

 

 

 

Until next time

E. Tuesday

 

P.S.

Well it may be the best value for your dollar unless you are Italian.  Why am I picking on the Italians?  Well I am not but come back to view my next post and find out who is.

 

 

 

 

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The Microsoft Event – Spotlighting Lumia phones

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Lumia 950XL

“We see our opportunity with Lumia as we once looked at the Surface, to reinvent the category and make people more productive in new ways.” These are the bold words form Terry Myerson, spoken at the Microsoft on October 6, 2015. The event was done well and there were more than a few things to be excited about but will the new Lumia reinvent the category like the Surface did? Currently it is hard to find a PC manufacturer that does not have its own 2 in 1 tablet/laptop convertible. Will the new Lumia inspire new hardware as the ground braking Surface?  Let’s have a closer look.
There were three phones introduced but I would like to focus on the 950 and 950XL; essentially the same phone but for the processor and size.  The 950 covers 5.2″ and the XL variant will take up 5.7″ of your pocket. I will get to the processor in a minute.   First let us look at the hardware as they introduced it earlier today.
Adaptive antenna technology seemed like it was introduced only to allow Panos Panay the ability to say “No matter where you hold it”; a cheap but funny jab at Apple’s “you are holding it wrong”. Not sure it was meant that way but I am happy to pretend it was.

ThMicrosoft-Lumia-950-Smartphonee next thing discussed was the processors referred to as a Hexa-core and Octa-core processes. This is where things get a little interesting.  Microsoft initially listed the processors as Hexa-core ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 processors for the 950 and Octa-core ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 processors for the 950XL. Some of you may know these as the Snapdragon 808, and 810 respectively. The 950XL even has a contained water cooling system. I have to admit water cooling on a phone sounds cool but really, is that the best thing to do? Seem like a lot of engineering effort to work around the 810’s over stated heating issue. Although I understand why they may have wanted to stay way form referencing their processors the same way android phones do, it still did not sit well with me. Microsoft has a lot riding on these phones and the last thing they want is to have their product viewed as a lame alternative to an android device. So i understand avoiding the Snapdragon 810 name during the press release.   Still i would have respected them much more if they had the guts to say the phone runs a liquid cooled, fire breathing, SnapDragon 810 and screw you if you can handle it.  If you view their webpage now the processor is listed as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, in the Tech Specs area.  Good for you Microsoft. You came clean in the end.
Lumias have always tried for a good camera experience and I think that they do the job well. Apple has lead the market in overall quality and ease of use when it comes to cameras and camera apps but that is changing. Yes the LG G4 and Galaxy S6 are at least at the same level as Apple and many say superior but before they hit the seen we had the Lumia1520 to challenge the might fruit. It will be hard to judge this new camera until we can put it to use but it comes from good stock. I have faith that it will be a better than average experience.

Charging will be a quick. Half an hour for 50% battery life and that will be done with a usb-c cable. These items and the points above all lead to a good phone. But is it reinventing the category? Is this Lumia the next surface, ready to spawn a dozen copy cats? The short answer is, no. It looks like a really good phone with some neat features but that is just not enough to have people change their minds about the Lumia phones.

Add in the Display Dock and it just may be enough.

The Display Dock was introduced by Brian Ropert. It is a very cool accessory to the Lumia phones and something that just may change the minds of some users. This actually may reinvent the category. The Display Dock works with the Lumia phones and Windows Continuum for phones to create PC “like” productivity.  Not all of us work in the Microsoft Office world but many of us do. For those of us that do, this could really change what we do with our phones. I am impressed but hesitant. All things look good on a demo but if this works as advertised, it will change things. The really key here is phones for work.  Many of us have work issued devices, from laptops to phones.  If you where the buying your employee an phone for work, after seeing this demo, what phone would you pick?  The phone that can has Instagram or the one that can modify a PowerPoint with ease?  After a close look at these phones there is still one question that needs answering. It’s not about the processors or its incognito introduction. The question does not concern the camera or its low light performance. I don’t even want to ask about quick charging or usb-c data transfer rates

The one question is ….. can you root this thing?

 

 

OnePlus 2 Specs

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The OnePlus 2 is sporting some amazing specs and great features as well. If you missed the unvailing event that was in VR, which i have to say was a fun experience then you should check out this live show me and some friends did on it. HERE  Looking over app the specs listed below there are a couple little features missing like NFC, wireless charge/ turbo charging, SDcard slot, and a IR blaster. If you really dont need these features and love the price point of $389.99 like i do then this will be a great phone for you. I will for sure be picking on a OnePlus 2 as soon as i can get a Invite.

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One of the Features that i am really drawn to on this OnePlus 2 is the theme. I think that all device should come with a built in theme engine and from what i am seeing I think that it will be built into stock Android at some point. For now i am willing to settle for what OnePlus has to offer. If you would like to see more on the OnePlus 2 then check out the OFFICIAL SITE HERE release date looks to be set for August 11th 2015 

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OnePlus 2 Specs

Basic Parameters

Color:
Sandstone Black
Dimensions:
151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm
Weight:
6.17 ounces (175 g)
Operating System:
OxygenOS based on Android 5.1
CPU:
64-bit Qualcomm© Snapdragon™ 810 processor with 1.8GHz Octa-core CPUs
GPU:
Adreno™ 430
RAM:
4 GB/3 GB LPDDR4
Storage:
64 GB/16 GB eMMC v5.0 (available capacity varies)
Sensors:
Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light
Battery:
Embedded rechargeable 3,300 mAh LiPo battery
Max. SAR:
Head: 0.795 W/kg, Body: 1.447 W/kg

Connectivity

Connectivity:
GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17
Wi-Fi:
Dual-band Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n and 5GHz 802.11a/n/ac
Bluetooth:
Bluetooth 4.1
Positioning:
Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
Digital Compass

Audio

Speakers:
Bottom-facing speaker
Microphones:
Dual-microphone with noise cancellation

Camera

Sensor:
13 Megapixel (1.3um)
Lenses:
6 lenses to avoid distortion and color aberration
OIS:
Yes
Laser Focus:
Yes
Flash:
Dual-LED
Aperture:
f/2.0
Front Camera:
5 Megapixel – Distortion free
Video:
4K resolution video, Slow Motion: 720p video at 120fps

Display

Size:
5.5 inch
Resolution:
1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 PPI
Type:
LCD In-cell
Protection:
Corning© Gorilla© Glass

Ports, Slots, Buttons & Indicators

Ports:
Data & Charging: USB Type-C
Audio: Jack 3.5mm
Buttons:
Power Button
Volume Rockers
Alert Slider
Capacitive / On-screen buttons
SIM:
2 slots – Nano SIM (DSDS)
Indicators:
1 LED notification light (multicolored)

Huawei P8 Lite Android Phone

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Huawei is a newer phone company here in the US. I am really looking forward to what they will bring to the table. Rumors around the Android community say that Huawei may be making the next Nexus device. For this reason, and the fact that I have never owned a Huawei product, I decided to check out the Huawei P8 Lite. Hopefully it will come soon and I can do a review on it and you can join in my journey to discover all the Huawei has to offer. Check out all the specs on this bad boy below and if you are interested in the Huawei P8 Lite.  Gearbest has a great price on them right now CLICK HERE

Display: 5.0 Inch HD 720 Screen
CPU: Octo Core Hisilicon Kirin 620 1.2GHz
RAM+ROM: 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM
Cameras: 13MP rear camera + 5MP front camera
OS: HUAWEI EMUI 3.1 compatible with Android 5.0 system
GPS: GPS/AGPS/Glonass
Bluetooth: 4.0
Networks:
2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G FDD-LTE 1800/2100MHz

Battery Capacity (mAh): 2200mAh

Micro SD Card Slot

 

 

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