New video – Peel Pixel 2 XL case overview

If you own a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL and don’t want to hide the awesomeness of your device behind a case, check out this video and the Peel Super Thin Pixel case.  Leave us a comment if you want more info on this or any of the products we review, and as always thanks for watching!

**Update:  someone in the comments on this video asked me about the glass screen protector I was using, and I wanted to provide the link: Amazon Link – I’m also going to be picking up the Whitestone Dome product as well, to test – which you can find at this link:  Amazon Link

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UPDATED: AT&T withdraws from arrangement to carry Huawei phones in its stores

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The Wall Street Journal reported earlier in the day that AT&T had backed away from a deal that would have seen AT&T Wireless carry and sell an undisclosed Huawei “flagship” mobile phone in its retail locations.  Sean P and I have discussed that this might have been a solid way for Huawei (currently one of the top smartphone OEMs in the world, but who’s made limited inroads in the US market as of yet) to get a foothold in the very lucrative United States sales territory.

We’ve both argued back and forth during our podcasts in the past about whether carrier support is necessary for sales success, and what it boils down to is how you define success.  Huawei is very large and isn’t having any issues selling phones, period.  But if they want to grow even further, a deal with a US carrier seems likely.  WSJ also reported today that Huawei is seen as a “spy threat” and this may have had something to do with AT&T withdrawing from the deal.  Considering the current US government climate and attitude towards wired and wireless broadband carriers, and its support of the end of net neutrality, it probably wouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that nationalism played a role in this whole dance.

Huawei will have to find another partner in the US carrier market to tango with.

**UPDATE:  9to5Google is reporting that it was indeed “political pressure” that scuttled the AT&T and Huawei deal, with Huawei reportedly suprised by the news.  This makes snese, considering that Huawei was poised to make a major announcent at CES 2018 this week which was presumed to be that they had indeed landed a carrier deal with AT&T.

**2nd UPDATE:  Android Police is now reporting that Verizon may be under similar pressure to end a deal with Huawei that was scheduled for later on this year.

New podcast available – the Moto X4 and LG V30 reviews are up!

The extended audio from our video reviews are now available for your listening enjoyment on your favorite podcast platform – Sean P talks about the pros and cons of each device in our seperate reviews.  Links for the podcast are below.

Silicon Theory podcast – iTunes, Google Play Music, SoundCloud

You can of course still watch the video reviews (and we hope that you do, or did) – you can find all of our video content at youtube.com/c/silicontheory – leave any questions you might have in the comments here or on the videos – and as always, thanks for listening or watching!

What you need to know about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

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You may or may not have heard about the new “hacks” or “vulns” for most Windows and Mac computers – but if you haven’t,  you want to make sure that you find out.  Before you get some bad information and do something that could expose you, your computers, tablets, and smartphones, as well as your data to these exploits.  The most important thing you’d need to know right now is that malware (software with bad intentions) would have to installed locally on your devices to be exposed to these risks.  Either by someone else or you under false pretenses.  So BE CAUTIOUS when installing new software until the proper security updates can be delivered by your OEM of choice (Microsoft, Apple, or any of the smartphone makers)  More details follow after the jump.

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Silicon Theory Podcast – Best & Worst of 2017 in Smartphones

microphone-audio_zyMq_LId_LIn case you missed it, or just plain old didn’t want to watch (and I don’t blame you, Sean P. isn’t pretty to look at) we now have our most recent video available in podcast form – our Best & Worst of 2017 show.  We cover a lot of ground here, and the show is about a half hour long, but if you’d prefer to listen to us ramble than watch us – by all means, feel free to do so.  It’s been uploaded and should be available on all the platforms you love soon.  Links are below.  Thanks for listening, and if you have any questions – leave a comment too!

Silicon Theory podcast – iTunes, Google Play Music, SoundCloud

 

 

Apple to offer reduced cost battery replacements as part of ThrottleGate

In the time since Apple admitted to throttling performance intentionally on older versions of its devices, they had offered a reduced price on a battery replacement for any device starting with the iPhone 6 and up as a solution.  Fresh battery, no need to throttle performance.  They had initially indicated that this service (which was $79 and will now be $29 through the end of 2018) would be available by the end of January – it’s been reported that you can take advantage of this program effective immediately.

You’ll still have to make an appointment with the Genius Bar and the replacement will take about 3 days, but you’ll have a “freshie” right after that.  And for those of you looking to prolong the life of your existing iPhone, this might be a very good and inexpensive way to do that.

You can read the full Apple apology statement here and you can find the Apple support page to start your request for a new battery in your device here.  I know I’m going to take advantage of this program for my iPhone 6s – are any of you?  Let us know in the comments!

New Video – Best & Worst of 2017!

Check out our year end recap in the world of smartphones!  We cover a lot of ground…so make sure you block out your day to check it out!  We get creative with the smartphone awards, so stay til the very end to see who we pick as smartphone of the year!

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New video – iPhone X review

This is the one you’ve been waiting for!  Make sure you check out the iPhone X review, and subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you get all of our content as soon as it drops.  Feel free to leave any comments here or on the video…thanks for watching!

Photo comparison – iPhone X versus Pixel 2 XL

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Let me start off by saying I think these are both tremendous cameras.  That should be the starting point for any photo comp here – you can’t really go wrong with using either of these 2 devices’s cameras.  But my intent is to showcase a bit of the differences in the primary camera of both of these phones, and let you as the reader decide what info you want to take from it.  Below you will find some unfiltered and unedited photos taken on both the Pixel 2 XL and the iPhone X – who is the winner?  Let’s find out.

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