This is an updated review for the Gear VR on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. (See our original Gear VR Review here)
Samsung has updated the Gear VR, now it works for both Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Before the Gear VR only worked for Note 4 but not the Note Edge, which was particularly annoying since you had to make a choice between a curved display or a flat one with VR capabilities. If you own a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge though, this year you are both able to take full advantage of the new Gear VR for the Galaxy S6 as they both work flawless out of the box.
If you want to make a high quality 4K timelapse on your Android smartphone, you will definitely want to use the Camera FV-5 as it comes with intervalometer (that automatically takes photos for the interval you set). There are apps that make timelapse videos for you but the quality you get out of them will be nowhere near doing it this way by taking our photos then post-process them with desktop software Adobe Effects. And if your Android smartphone supports RAW images (like LG G4, OnePlus One, Nexus 5/6), you will have more control over your images in your final edit, even remove noise from low-light shots.
This morning I got up and found that the OnePlus Two invites are HERE! If you have been following HighOnAndroid.com since last year, you may remember how OnePlus One invite system sucked. Well, this year, the invite system is a bit different. For those of you who sign up early, you will be able to get your hands on the OnePlus Two simply by signing up.
I have been shopping around for a new steadicam for my Panasonic GH4 so I can add stable motion to my 4K YouTube videos. Well, recently I happened to watch DroidModder Shane’s YouTube video on a smartphone gimbal stabilizer. I did a few hours of research on Amazon and YouTube trying to find the best smartphone stabilizer on the market with good reviews and good real footage.
So, you want to make a cool hyperlapse video with your Android device or DSLR/mirrorless camera?
If you wanted to make something simple, you could possibly use Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile app for Android. Now, if you wanted something with higher quality and something you could actually use for professional-quality videos, you will want to used the advanced method of taking the photos individually/manually then post-process them using Adobe After Effects and Photoshop or Lightroom.
For those of you who have bought a new smartphone or own one with RAW image capabilities (LG G4, Galaxy S6 with Android 5.1.1, Nexus 5/6), you may want to know that you can do much more with RAW images then standard JPEG (JPG) image files.So, what is the difference between RAW and JPEG?
Probably my favorite Android game of all time is The Battle Cats. Although I try to stay away from games as I have very addictive personality and would not get anything done playing games, I was introduced to this game by my daughter Peony who plays a ton of games on her Galaxy S4 running Resurrection Remix ROM.
Xposed Installer is an essential app required to run various different Xposed Modules/Apps to add extra functionality to your Android device such as enabling tablet mode using Xposed App Settings or cloaking root through Root Cloak. In fact, some of you use it so much that you even refuse to upgrade to Lollipop. Xposed Installer has actually been available for awhile now and they actually work for most Android devices on Lolllipop including Android 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.1, and 5.1.1.
It’s probably near impossible to get your hands on the limited edition of Avengers Iron Man Galaxy S6 (which supposedly sold for almost $91K USD) but I have some good news for you. In my recent visit to South Korea, I spotted Avengers cases for Galaxy S6 (comes with Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, or Captain America) along with Avengers Wireless Charger that is Captain America’s shield.
Many people have asked me in the past about how to setup a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to do various things like accessing Netflix/Pandora outside the U.S., installing apps on Play Store only available to U.S., and making their internet traffic encrypted and anonymized. Whatever the case, I had the first hand experience to test out VPN outside the U.S. recently in my vacation to Thailand, which is a great test spot as it’s located on the other side of the earth (actually it’s located between the sun and earth).
I am constantly searching for the best wireless stereo earbuds/headphones for my Android devices as I am an avid listener of drum and bass and literally from the moment I wake up, I am bumpin’ Pandora all day long. Before I tried the SoundPeats QY7, I was using the LG Tone+ Wireless Headsets, which was also an eye openting experience when I got them couple months back.
I finally got my hands on the LG G4 Quick Circle case and have been using it for almost a week now. And boy, if you have an LG G4 you should definitely get one of these as they make your phone complete. Without it, I feel like the LG G4 is missing its core feature, the quick circle screen.
LG G4 giveaway is finally here folks! LG has sponsored our giveaway contest (huge thanks to LG!), make sure you enter!
We will be choosing 1 winner on June 7th 3PM Pacific Standard Time. This LG G4 is an unlocked international H815 model that works on AT&T, T-Mobile, and any other GSM networks.
For those of you who don’t have a Nexus 6, you are probably bummed out you can’t try out the latest Android M Preview. But no worries, we’ve got you covered as it’s really easy to install the Android M launcher on any Android device.
Since many of you requested, I did make a comparison video comparing the latest Galaxy Note 4 versus the Galaxy S6. Before I begin, let me tell you that these are really two different devices, a phablet and a phone.
The Galaxy Note 4 is considered a “phablet”, a device in which the user can use as a phone and a tablet at the same time as its whopping 5.7-inch size isn’t exactly size of a regular phone while it can be considered as a small tablet. On the other hand, the Galaxy S6 is really considered a regular-sized smartphone, although it may be bigger than some of the average smartphones out there. Without a doubt, you should consider which size you are more comfortable using on a daily basis before considering other things like performance, display, camera, etc…etc… For me personally, I really like the 5.7-inch size of the Galaxy Note 4. Even LG G4’s 5.5-inch screen seemed a bit small for me. Although I love the camera on the Galaxy S6 and LG G4, I have recently returned to using my Galaxy Note 4 as daily driver. You should also consider the size of the phone before anything else as I think it’s the most important feature in a smartphone.
For those of you who own a phone like the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 4, Nexus 6, HTC One M9, or the LG G4, did you know there’s a USB power bank that can take full advantage of Quick Charge 2.0 technology on your phone?
Especially if you own a phone without removable battery, you may want to consider getting a USB power bank that supports Quick Charge 2.0 so you can charge on the go quicker and use your phone all day long.
Yes, summer time is almost here and we are having a big Android giveaway with a bunch of our YouTuber friends!
We will be giving out a a bunch of Android devices including a Zenfone 2 4GB, Nvidia Shield TV, Moto 360 with silver band, Nexus 7 2013 Edition, Moto E, and Cubot phone.
As many of you probably heard, Google has announced the arrival of next Android M and have released a preview version of it dubbed, “Android M”. For those of you with a Nexus 5, 6, or 9, you are in luck as you can easily install the Android M Preview.
If you are on the fence about buying a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or the LG G4, let me shed a bit of light to help you decide. Without a doubt, both Galaxy Note 4 and LG G4 are the top 2 best phablets on the market today.
Probably the biggest difference between Galaxy Note 4 and the LG G4 is the S-Pen stylus and pressure-sensitive screen. The Note 4 is the fourth iteration of world’s first phablet-type of device and its S-pen can do lots of things like draw, access full-sized websites more accurate, and allow you to use your phone all without your hands. Of course, this is a unique feature only found with Galaxy Note 4 (other copycats have something like S-Pen but no pressure sensitivity) and many artists can swear by their new found abilities of making art on the go. On the other hand, the LG G4 lacks this very feature that makes phablets cool to carry around. But if you don’t need the S-Pen, the LG G4 is probably the next best alternative without the added weight.
If you are on the fence between the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge or the LG G4, you may want to consider several factors like size, display, battery life, storage, and some more. These are probably the two of the baddest of Android smartphone this year and here’s my recommendations based on using both of them as daily drivers for more than 2 weeks.
Couple month back I made my own DIY Wireless Car Mount which worked quite well for me. Recently I found a new product that you can buy called iOttie Easy OneTouch Wireless Qi Car Mount. Upon trying it, I am happy to recommend it to anyone who has recently bought a Galaxy S6/S6 Edge or any other smartphone with wireless charging capability.
So, you are thinking about buying an LG G4? Maybe not sure what’s cool and what’s not cool about the LG G4?
In this review, I will be going over the LG G4, what it is and why you should get it.The Specs Display
The LG G4 sports a 5.5-inch 1440P screen with 538ppi, that’s 538 pixels per inch! The display has gotten slightly brighter from last year’s LG G3 along with the upgraded display.
If you don’t use a protective case for your LG G4, don’t ever expect it to survive a drop test and don’t cry because you forgot to get a case.
There are a ton of drop tests online on YouTube that prove nothing. Without a case, your smartphone will break if you drop it in a certain way (usually face down) and you may have noticed numerous people carrying around their smartphone with broken screens (which look awfully funny, like someone who drives a car with a half-bent frame.
Want the best virtual reality headset for your Android smartphone? Well, if you own a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, you can grab Samsung’s latest Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6, which work for both S6 or S6 Edge.
Note: The actual experience on the Gear VR gives you full 3D experience that’s very smooth, I used a screen recording app in my video which doesn’t record at full frame-rate and you are only seeing half of the screen. But you get the idea, just imagine the video I showed you with 3D experience and smoothness.
I finally got hands on the 4GB version of Zenfone 2 that’s supposedly faster and better than the 2GB version I unboxed last month. Specifically, I wanted to find out if it was the higher $100 price tag which I paid around $326 for the 4GB version and $220 for the 2GB version.
While I do like the leather bands on my new LG Watch Urbane, I was really intrigued by the fact that the watch itself supports standard 22mm watch bands. Plus, I wanted to have something unique and make my new watch customized, just like my phone with a custom ROM.
Well, I ordered a 22mm metal watch band on Amazon and link removal tool (to re-size the band) with no knowledge of modding a watch except for my common sense. I usually go to my local watch repair shop but since it had closed down and there are not many watch repair shops around these days, I decided to do it all myself. Best of all, it only took me 5 minutes! I am sure many of you know how to do this already but for those who don’t, here’s some photos I took while I did mine.
Without a doubt, if you want the best Android smartphone cameras, you will want to go with either the LG G4 or the Samsung Galaxy S6. But which one has better camera in both photos and videos?
We decided to take both of them for a quick test drive around the town testing both 4K video recording and photo abilities in bright light/low-light.
I finally got my hands on the LG G4 and unboxing this new bad boy was a pleasure. First off, the LG G4 is a huge improvement over last year’s LG G3, which in my opinion had one of the best smartphone cameras with its laser-focus and 4K with OIS.
The LG G4 has pretty much all of those features from last year with a 16MP back camera (from 13MP last year) and F1.8 lens (from F2.4 last year) touted as the fastest camera lens for a smartphone ever.
LG Watch Urbane is probably the most anticipated Android Wear watch this year featuring a full 360-degree screen, just like a regular watch. Priced at $349 on the Play Store, is this the ultimate smartwatch to get this year? Let’s find out.
Fresh out of the unboxing, the LG Watch Urbane gave me this impression that it’s high quality. In fact, the watch band itself is made out of real leather with perfect stitches tricking you into the thought that this wasn’t a smartwatch but a luxury watch. Well, a quick look in the back of the watch shows us its heart rate sensor and 5-pin charging port.
If you have been following HighOnAndroid.com for awhile now, you probably remember when I ordered a Galaxy Note 4 and received a fake Note 4. Until then, I never knew such fake phones existed.
Whether you are thinking about getting a new 2015 flagship smartphone like the Galaxy S6 or maybe getting the 2014 LG G3 as prices have dropped in half, here’s some of my thoughts into the Android smartphones from 2014 and 2015.
Now, this buying guide is geared towards people who want to know some of the highlights of each of these phones and I wanted to include some of my thoughts on rooting and custom ROM development on each. This isn’t probably the best guide in the world but then again, I have personally bought all of these phones with my hard, earned money and yes, I have used them all as daily driver. If you are in the market to buy a new phone or used phone, this guide should help you.
In this video camera comparison test, we take on the Galaxy S6 Edge versus iPhone 6 Plus. Which has a better video camera when hand-held using your two hands?
The Galaxy S6 Edge and iPhone 6 Plus both have OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) with S6 Edge having up to 4K video recording (1080P/2K/4K modes) and iPhone 6 Plus having 1080P video recording. The results are actually rather interesting. With S6 Edge, there seems to be some warping effect when the phone is panning or when you are walking with the phone. This is most likely due to its OIS acting up but that’s one of the culprits of having too much OIS. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 Plus does a lot better for panning shots but it does seem to pick up more shakes than the S6 Edge. Of course, for most shots that don’t require movement of the camera (where the camera is held still with two hands), the S6 Edge will do better while the iPhone 6 Plus may do better in panning with landscape shots.
CyanogenMod Team has announced official CM12.1 nightlies, which are the latest CM12.1 ROM based on the latest Android 5.1.1 (not Android 5.1) Lollipop. I’ve flashed these official and unofficial CM12.1 ROMs on many of my Android smartphones and boy, these are definitely the best CyanogenMod ROMs I’ve seen so far.
Couple weeks back I was looking for a product that is truly wireless, a wireless Qi charger that doesn’t require wires. Well, my search didn’t go too well until I saw one of Flossy Carter’s YouTube videos, where he was testing the Galaxy S6 cases and finding out if thicker cases affected the wireless charging. In that video, he was using one of these truly wireless Qi USB power banks!
For those of you with latest Android 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, or 5.1 Lollipop OS, here’s how to install Adobe Flash Player to view legacy Flash Player-enabled websites. You will need to use a Flash Player-compatible browser like Dolphin browser (which I highly recommend btw). This will allow you to enjoy all your flash content even on Lollipop. And yes, if you have a newer device like the Nexus 6 or Note 4 with latest Qualcomm 805 processor or higher, flash runs really fast.
For those of you who live in the U.S., did you know it’s illegal in over 50% of the States to have a suction cup phone mount on the windshield of your car? (See my article here for list of illegal States). Cops will probably not pull you over but if they wanted to find a reason, this could be one reason to pull you over. If you like to carry illegal stuff in your car (not that I recommend it), pay attention, I may save you from going to jail. Besides that, having a suction phone mount on your windshield does get in the way of your view.
For those of you looking to root your LG G Flex 2, LG G2, LG G3, or other LG devices on Android 5.0.1/5.0.2 Lollipop, we have some good news, WE HAVE ROOT!
I use a lot of microSD cards, mostly because I flash a lot of custom ROMs on my Android smartphones and I wanted to find out which microSD card is the fastest in the world.
For this shoot, I am using three of the best Class 10 microSD cards from Samsung, Sony, and SanDisk, the Samsung 64GB PRO rated at 90MB/s, Sony HighSpeed MicroSD rated at 95MB/s, and the SanDisk Extreme PRO rated at 95MB/s.
The LG Tone+ Wireless Bluetooth headset is a wireless and stereo earbuds that will allow you to listen to music and talk on your phone easily all without wires or being tangled up.
If you talk a lot on your phone, listen to music all day long like myself, or perhaps you work out, you will definitely want to get one of these. My last wireless bluetooth headset before this one was Motorola bluetooth headsets, which were really uncomfortable to wear and the battery didn’t last long, it’s still collecting dust somewhere in my garage. (I hope it dies!)
The other day, Twitter user M14xr2 asked me, “hey can you use a macro lens on a Nexus 6?”
And I said, “hell yeah, let me go ahead and test one out, will get back to you.”
Well, I got one of those strap-on macro lenses and boy, they work not too bad out of the box. This particular version I got on Amazon is called Pocket Lens but there’s actually a ton of generic ones on Amazon, I think they are all pretty much the same thing.
For those of you looking for a good, reliable high-capacity USB power bank to recharge your Android gadgets, look nowhere other than EC Technology’s 22,400mAh high capacity Power Bank!
It seems to me pretty obvious that the Nexus 5 screen will crack if you drop it without a case. So to prove the point, I did a drop test of my brand, new Nexus 5 with a CruzerLite case, which I have been using for many of my other Android devices and it protects your phone well, especially the screen.
Most U.S. carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon, will charge you an extra “tethering monthly fee” (around $20-30) if you want wifi tethering enabled on your phone so you can share your phone’s internet with other wifi devices you own such as Android tablets, desktop computer, etc…etc…
What’s hot around town right now? Of course, it’s the PIE Control!
If you are running the latest ParanoidAndroid ROM, you can get PIE Control, a new way of accessing your home buttons.
Now, the good news is that you don’t need to install ParanoidAndroid ROM to get this feature. You can install LMT launcher app on “any” Android smartphone/tablet device and also even customize the buttons (up to 10 buttons + another 10 for long-press on the buttons).