Author Archives: Nate Swanner


Here’s your Amazon Fire Phone, everyone

At the Amazon event today, we got exactly what we bargained for: a smartphone, which Amazon calls the Fire Phone. The device will tie directly into Prime, too. Specs aren’t bad either, and we’ve confirmed the SoC that will power the device as well!

We’re here at the Amazon event!

Ready for an Amazon smartphone? We sure are. We’re here in Seattle, waiting to get our first look at whatever it is Amazon has in store for us. While we’re all anticipating a smartphone, it can’t be just hardware, can it?

Five great last-minute gifts for Dad this Father’s Day

Need a gift idea for Dad this Father’s Day? The day is fast approaching, and if you need some ideas for a last-minute gift, we’ve compiled a few you can typically pick up while out and about. Dads can be hard to shop for, but our list will have you looking like the best kid he’s ever had.  

Android 5.0 hinted at by Google in Twitter post

Google may have tipped their hat to Android 5.0. In a recent Twitter post announcing a fun new Google Now utility, some users noticed the time on the clock said 5:00. That’s uninteresting move, considering Google has hinted to new Android iterations via the same method in the past.

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 hands-on; big screen, small price

What if Android looked more like iOS? What if a 6-inch screen were somehow normal? In the world of Android, anything goes, including the Huawei Ascend Mate 2. Originally unveiled at CES, the device is an impressive, natural iteration from the Ascend Mate, but is it worth merit? More importantly, we attempt to find out if you should spend your hard-earned cash on this one as we go hands-on with the Ascend Mate 2.

ZTE reveals the Grand S Pro; high performance, low cost

ZTE is announcing a new device today, the Grand S Pro. Set for release on US Cellular, the Grand S Pro delivers top-end performance at a rock-bottom price. For $99 with a two year contract, US Cellular customers can get LTE service and quad-core Snapdragon performance.

Sony SmartBand, hands-on and first impressions

The Sony SmartBand, first shown off at CES this year, has arrived. The wearable wants to monitor your life, accompanied by an app that works with many Android phones. We’ll be strapping this to our wrists for a week or so, but our first look at the device has us excited to give it a shot.

Hands-on with the full TYLT Energi+ battery pack lineup

With removable batteries not available for every phone, it’s often a wise choice to have a back-up battery pack on hand. NO matter what your needs, TYLT’s lineup has you covered. Even if you’re OS agnostic, some TYLT chargers can power both Android and iOS devices quickly and easily. After checking out their massive 10,000mAh pack, we recently got a look at their entire lineup of power packs to find out how they stack up.
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