Lumia 950XL Unboxing & First Impressions

The two Microsoft Lumia 950 flagships are finally here, after what seems like the longest wait in the history of niche mobile phone fandom ever. It’s been since early 2014 since the last Lumia flagship was released in the U.S., even if that was the ill-fated Verizon exclusive Icon. It’s been even longer if you’re on AT&T. Like many stupidly obsessed fans and many blog sites, I picked up my Lumia 950 XL on the day before Thanksgiving, as I’d pre-ordered mine at my local Microsoft mall kiosk. What’s the first thing I did? Well, open it up of course. … Read more…

Samsung Galaxy S6 – Better, but Still Dumb

I had a really hard time figuring out whether I wanted to post this article or not. With this site, I give my honest opinion and reviews on things, but I try to follow a general rule of ignoring things that I know for a fact that I’m going to hate, in order to prevent adding fuel to an already vitriolic fire within the internet. While I did only cover Windows-based MWC devices this year, this was not necessarily by design. I do pay attention to Android and iOS announcements and carefully consider whether or not I actually want to … Read more…

On Mobile Innovation

I’m sorry to say that I’ll be inundating you with editorials for the next couple of posts. Be rest assured that I will be getting back to reviews eventually, but I have a few things and opinions that I wish to get out every now and then, and as in tune to the theme of this site, these opinions will all be in an attempt to curate the internet into a more hospitable place to hang around at. That is to say, these will be editorials that will attempt to get people off their high horse and realize that each … Read more…

Nokia’s Big Product Announcements

While most of us were sleeping last night, Nokia was hard at work at Nokia World in Abu Dabi announcing new devices. They also announced many other things, but I’ll talk about their other announcements in future articles. Nokia Lumia 1520 The 1520 was the star of the show this morning. This is Nokia’s newest spec monster, but it goes in a slightly different direction than the 1020. I see this device as more of a replacement of the year old Lumia 920 than the 1020. The spec barf is below. So, notice a few things on the specs. First … Read more…

HTC officially unveils the giant fingerprint scanning HTC One Max

After months of rumor and speculation (which I typically avoid), HTC finally made it official. The HTC One Max is HTC’s first entry into the phablet market. While its clear there are some compromises that were made, and it doesn’t truly compete in the same sphere as the Note 3, it still seems like it will be a fairly solid device. For all intents and purposes, this device is a big HTC One. Ginormous Screen The HTC One Max earns its Max moniker (although it slightly steals it from Motorola) by having a freaking giant screen. It still has the … Read more…

LG G2: Will it matter?

Yesterday, the hyped-less-than-the-moto-X flagship LG G2 was announced alongside its more budget oriented cousins, the Optimus F6 and Optimus F3. Obviously, the lionshare of the coverage is going to the G2, and many are wondering how this handset compares. Its a powerhouse that will sell decently at first, but ultimately I think it will be a forgettable handset. Hah! Take that Samsung! Most of the internet is comparing this to the Galaxy S4, and for good reason. From its cheaper plasticky body to its beefy spec sheet, to the S-View-like QuickWindow optional covers, LG is clearly targeting Samsung’s typical M.O. … Read more…

Moto X (officially)

    So, its official. The most badly kept secret of late has been released as the Moto X. Many have complained, many have shown interest. I, for one, am intrigued. First the Bad News… The Moto X’s relatively weak specs were not a surprise. It’s been widely understood that the Moto X be coming with an older dual-core processor, so lets just get this out of the way. The Moto X will be featuring a modified Snapdragon S4 processor dubbed the Motorola X8, which is the same chip in their new Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini. Its not an octo-core processor, bur … Read more…