OnePlus 5 Photo comparison

Now that our podcast review of the OnePlus 5 phone is live, I thought it might be helpful also to those who are considering picking up the device to have some more info on the camera, one of the biggest concerns we had about the device.  Below you will find some sample photos taken in identical situations with both the OnePlus 5 and our test camera, the Galaxy S8 Plus.  Judge for yourself which picture(s) you think are best.

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New podcast – OnePlus 5 review

microphone-glyph-icon_Gk4HHa8O_LAt last!  Sean P and I review the OnePlus 5 phone and discuss what its pros and cons are. If you are considering making this your next mobile phone purchase (and at a base price of $479, it should definitely be on your short list of options) make sure you check our our podcast on your favorite podcasting platform first!  Links to the podcast are below, thanks for listening, and be sure to hit that subscribe button and leave us a review on either Google Play Music or iTunes.  You can find us on the Anchor app as well.

Silicon Theory podcast – iTunes, Google Play Music, SoundCloud

 

Photos is the Pixel’s iMessage lock-in

With the recent launch of the OnePlus 5, I was giving very strong consideration to selling my Pixel XL and picking up the new OnePlus device with the proceeds.  The specs on the OnePlus 5 are fantastic, but the more thought I gave the idea, the more I realized one thing – I can’t give up one of the main benefits of being a Pixel owner; that being the automatic and full resolution back up of my photos.

Padlock Icon On Computer Screen Showing Safety Security And ProtectedThere are many people who say that they want to make the switch from an iPhone to an Android device, but end up not doing it because of one app – iMessage.  It’s so much better and easier to use than anything that Android currently has to offer and so omnipresent that it becomes the single reason to keep people “locked into” the Apple ecosystem.  This is the “lock-in” effect many people commonly refer to with Apple and their iMessage product.  Turns out Pixel owners may also have a lock-in; Google Photos.  Let’s explore why.

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Review – Amazon Dash Wand w/Alexa

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Amazon has many many hardware products that they make and want to sell you.  From Kindles to Echo speakers, Amazon is involving themselves in just about every business segment you can imagine.  So when they released the Dash Wand with Alexa built it, it seemed like just another way for you to order stuff from Amazon instead of someone else.  But is it really that simple?  And does the Dash Wand have a useful purpose in your daily life?  Let’s explore what the Dash Wand is and what it does a bit more.

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Episode 32 – OnePlus 5 Discussion

microphone-glyph-icon_Gk4HHa8O_LThe latest episode of the Silicon Theory podcast is now uploaded and available.  We discuss the launch announcement of the new device from OnePlus, the OnePlus 5.  Is this a “flagship killer?”  Is this something that every Android enthusiast should buy?  What the heck is the OnePlus 5?  We answer all these questions and more in the pod.  You can find it on your favorite platform – Silicon Theory podcast – iTunes, Google Play Music, SoundCloud

 

Silicon Theory now on Anchor!

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If you enjoy the podcast, check us out now on Anchor as well.  We will have reviews and original content in a much shorter, more timely format there as well.  If you haven’t seen or heard of Anchor, check out their app on the Apple App Store or Google Play.  Once you’ve got the app, you can click the link below to connect with us!

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OnePlus 5 to launch (Tuesday) 6/20

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*Quick Note:  due to our error, the OnePlus was reported as launching Monday, when the 20th is in fact Tuesday.  Sorry for the confusion.

The newest offering from phone OEM OnePlus is scheduled to be unveiled officially on Monday.  I say officially since as most of you probably have seen, there have been many leaks surrounding this device.  The latest have the starting price point for the 6GB RAM/64GB storage model coming in at a modest $479.  For what you are rumored to be getting, this is a pretty terrific value. Continue reading

Amazon to buy Whole Foods chain for more than 13 billion dollars

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Amazon has a “Whole” lot of reasons to smile today…as they are going to purchase the health and organic focused food chain for a rumored 13.7 billion dollars.  While this might not seem a natural fit, as those shopping on Amazon are usually looking for deals, and those shopping at Whole Foods know that there is a premium to be paid for healthy living, there are good reasons for this purchase.  Amazon’s grocery business, Amazon Fresh, will no doubt be bolstered by this move, and its likely that Whole Foods may become an outlet for other Amazon goods and services.

The “Alexa, buy me Whole Foods” jokes aside, the fact that Amazon has the ability to make an all cash offer for a chain as big as Whole Foods (with over 400 locations in the US alone) speaks to how successful they have been as a business model and this purchase can only enhance their ability to deliver on their “everything from A to Z” promise.  Those who shop at Whole Foods should see no immediate changes, as it sounds like the corporate structure there will remain intact for now.  Although if you show up at your local Whole Foods location and there are drones flying out of it, don’t be alarmed.  A pic of Jeff Bezos arranging the deal is below.

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Of course this isn’t real….but it could be?