Features

Xiaomi Mi A1 Review : Android One just got familiar

Xiaomi Mi A1 Review : Android One just got familiar

Xiaomi Mi A1 is the first in a wave of Android One smartphones to take advantage of Google's new price point target. That might not sound exciting to the average citizen, but to the future of low-cost, high-end smartphone enthusiasts like myself, that's something to get pumped up about. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is essentially a rebranded Mi 5X, this time coming with the most basic Google-approved Android on the market, meaning it's already market-tested and its hardware is solid enough to be taken out a whole new door.

Continue Reading

August Doorbell Cam Pro Review

August Doorbell Cam Pro Review

The smart home is flourishing right now, and connected security is probably the hottest area of them all. August's Doorbell Cam Pro arrives today to bring your front door into the 21st century, replacing your dumb doorbell with a camera and floodlight toting, WiFi connected upgrade that also plays nicely with the company's smart locks. The promise is that the rough spots of the original August Doorbell Cam have been polished away; I got out my screwdriver set to find out if that was true.

Continue Reading

10 ways iPhone X is best VS 8 (or vice versa)

10 ways iPhone X is best VS 8 (or vice versa)

The iPhone X was announced with its fair share of exclusive features, but just as many reasons exist to stick with iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus this Fall. Today we're having a peek at a number of reasons why the newest in new iPhone X technology is the way of the future. We're also looking at a number of ways in which the iPhone 8 (or 8 Plus) is the superior choice for the time being. Alternate title: Which iPhone is best? (10 ways it's X, 8, or Plus).

Continue Reading

Windows Phone just died (again)

Windows Phone just died (again)

Back in July of 2017 we declared Windows Phone dead - but it seemed like we might have been just a hair too early. In reality, there was a bit more software that needed dragging out. Now, here in October of 2017, Microsoft VP for Windows Joe Belfiore just confirmed it. Not the death of the platform, but the death of the future of the platform - which, it turns out, is a bit more important than just your regular, everyday ol' death.

Continue Reading

2019 Audi A8 First Drive: The new luxury

2019 Audi A8 First Drive: The new luxury

"Vorsprung durch Technik" doesn't translate to "know your place, human," but in the case of the 2019 Audi A8 it probably should. Fourth generation of the luxury sedan, it's the most technologically advanced, gadget-packed iteration to-date, paving the way for Audi's autonomous driving future among a host of other "firsts". While the new A8 won't find its way to US shores until fall 2018, Audi invited us to get an early preview - I just didn't expect to have a crisis of identity while I was there.

Continue Reading

Stardew Valley tips and tricks for getting started on Switch

Stardew Valley tips and tricks for getting started on Switch

Though Stardew Valley is a wonderful game, it's also guilty of throwing you in without much direction. There's no tutorial to really speak of in Stardew Valley, aside from a few quests that push you to different corners of the in-game world. With Stardew Valley launching on the Switch yesterday and thereby introducing itself to a whole new subset of players, I thought I'd put together a quick tips and tricks list that will make your opening days in the Valley go a little more smoothly.

Continue Reading

Dear smartphones: Why use any cord at all?

Dear smartphones: Why use any cord at all?

In the future, cords will only be used to run power across long distances and to facilitate the transfer of data only when the fastest transfer will do. Aside from those two items, everything else will be done without the ubiquitous USB, or Lightning plug, or headphone jack. No company can stop this from happening, and only the most extremely rare company will stick around to create retro hardware.

Continue Reading

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 First Look and Unboxing : Memories Reborn

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 First Look and Unboxing : Memories Reborn

My first impression of the Lenovo ThinkPad 25 is wholly positive - but it's not because this device is the latest and the greatest in high-tech innovation. Instead, this Lenovo notebook feels more like a fantasy - a good fantasy - in which the phrase "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" works in the world of devices that age out after 2 or 3 years of use. What we've got here is a real rarity - retro done right.

Continue Reading

Google Pixelbook first impressions and Pen hands-on: High End Again

Google Pixelbook first impressions and Pen hands-on: High End Again

The new most extravagant Chromebook comes from Google, and it's called the Google Pixelbook. Much in the same vein as the Chromebook Pixels that've come before it, this Pixelbook is a high-performance piece of machinery made for Chrome OS. Much like convertible Chromebooks and Windows notebooks that've come before it, this unit can fold down flat and back over itself to become two kinds of stand-up displays or a tablet.

Continue Reading

Google Pixel 2 hands-on (with XL) : Two tones up close

Google Pixel 2 hands-on (with XL) : Two tones up close

While the Google Pixel 2 is largely (not entirely, but largely) the same as last year, the Google Pixel 2 XL is taken out a whole new door. The Google Pixel 2 XL device is manufactured by LG instead of HTC while HTC's manufacturing still works on the smaller device. The Pixel 2 XL's look sits somewhere between the Pixel XL (first gen) and the LG G6 - especially when it comes to the device's display.

Continue Reading

Google Pixel 2 revealed in XL pack of details

Google Pixel 2 revealed in XL pack of details

This morning the folks at Google revealed the Google Pixel 2, a device that takes the original Pixel to a new level in functionality and power. This device is actually two devices, coming in as the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. The smaller of the two devices is quite similar to its predecessor save a new processor and camera setup, while the larger device has a significantly different display, as well.

Continue Reading

2018 Honda Accord first drive: No more bland

2018 Honda Accord first drive: No more bland

I know what you’re thinking: “It’s a Honda Accord. Skip to the mileage estimates and whether or not there’s room for a car seat in the back, and then we’re done here, Mr. Automotive Writer Guy.”

Continue Reading