New video – Pixel 2 XL hands on & first impressions

Now that our unit to review is here, I put together a short video on some of my thoughts after having it in hand for a little bit.  There is a lot of controversy going on around the display right now, and I’ll dive into that a little more in depth as the week goes on for my full review but check out what I think about the device after having it for a few hours.

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Google Pixel 2 Fabric case review


Even though my Pixel 2 XL review device has still not yet arrived due to the incompetence of OnTrac here in Southern California, what wasn’t delayed by almost a week was this case I ordered for it.  The fabric cases are new this year, and offered direct from Google.  There are 4 different colors, and while I’ve got a little bit of time on my hands waiting for my device to come, I thought I’d give a quick rundown on what these cases look like and whether or not you might want one for your new Pixel 2 device.

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New video – updated Essential Phone review

Essential Home

A new video is live on our channel – we take a closer look at the Essential Phone now that it has received a few major software updates.  Have these updates made the Essential device worthy of your attention – watch and get our take on this one of kind device.

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Updated Camera comparison: Essential Phone versus Google Pixel

IMG_20171010_214948Now this may not be a fair comparison, considering the Google Pixel may have the best mobile smartphone camera in existence, but I wanted to give a comp for what the updated Essential camera app is capable of.  This is strictly a “pull the phone out of  your pocket and snap away” test, so no ISO or white balance correction or any of that professional photog speak.  I’ll share a few samples of the Essential camera at work, and then share a few low light shots (since that’s the Pixel’s strength) as it relates to the Essential’s camera.  Ready – here we go!

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There’s a new Blackberry phone – the Blackberry Motion

BB-motion 2

Blackberry fans have had a rough go of it lately, but there are now a few options to choose from.  After announcing the Priv and KEYOne devices, there is now a 3rd Blackberry in the stable – the Blackberry Motion, advertised as Blackberry’s “all screen phone” which as you can probably tell from the photo, not exactly accurate, but this device still exists nonetheless.

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New podcast – 2017 Google Event, parts 1 & 2

In the latest episodes of the Silicon Theory podcast, Sean P. and I cover all of the highlights of the 2017 Google Hardware event,  which touches on their new mobile phones, Google Home additions, as well as a new laptop and some wireless headphones.  Each part is about 30 minutes long to make it easier to jump right into.  Make sure you subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform so you don’t miss any of our great content.  Feel free to leave us a 5 star review if you listen on Apple Podcasts as well.  Find all the links below – and thanks for listening!

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