Today, we will go over the Top 10 Black Friday Android deals from Amazon, BestBuy, Target, HTC, and Huawei.
First, Target is offering Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 on Sprint or Verizon for just a penny with 2 year contract. If you are out of contract or you are eligible for an upgrade, this is a pretty good deal since it will cost you only one penny. Of course, Verizon phones have locked bootloaders so rooting may be impossible but Sprint doesn’t which may be a better deal so long as you get good Sprint coverage in your area. This deal starts on Thursday at 6PM and online all day at Target.com.
Here’s 4K video camera test using my Xperia Z5 Premium w/ SteadyShot on which is basically software stabilization. All of the shots in this video were hand held except the driving shots which was mounted on my Delkin car mount.
Also, when mounted on my car mount, there still is some shakes but SteadyShot really stabilized the shot near flawless, I feel like it’s better than anything else I’ve tried on my car mount so far.
After using the Nexus 6P for more than 2 weeks, if you asked me, “Is the Nexus 6P any good Max?”
I am gonna save you a bunch of time and money by telling you Nexus 6P isn’t good at all. In fact you don’t even have to watch the rest of this video. The Nexus 6P isn’t good, it’s f**king great.
Hey guys, we will be having another BIG Android Giveaway for November!
For this month’s giveaway, we have 7 total YouTubers putting in prizes each.
First, we have Flossy Carter, who makes awesome raw reviews of gadgets from New York giving out Blu Pure XL smartphone.
Second, we have Ash from C4ETech, who also makes awesome reviews of tech from India, giving out Lenovo Vibe Shot.
For those of you who want to take your Android smartphone’s camera to its limits, did you know you can do long exposure photography with Android and ND filters?
Phones like LG V10 or LG G4 come with long exposure mode out of the box, which works quite well in near dark or complete darkness. Now, if you wanted to do long exposure photography in sunlight during the day or even on cloudy days, it becomes nearly impossible to do long exposures longer than 1 second.
In this HighOnAndroid SOT (Screen-On-Time) Battery Test, we take the Galaxy Note 5 against the LG V10 and Nexus 6P.
With this test, we set the brightness of all the phones to the same brightness using LUX light meter (set to 300). Then we put all the phones in airplane mode with all the phones on same WiFi network.
For this week’s gadget of the week, I will be showing you 3 deals under $50.CompacLite – Ultra Portable Chair!
First, let’s start out with my new portable chair called CompacLite. Believe it or not, this compact bag transforms into a super comfy outdoor chair. For those of you who hike, tailgate at your football game, or simply going to the beach, you may want to get this awesome compact chair that costs only $29.99 on Amazon.
In this unboxing of Nexus 5X, we go through the setup, display brightness vs. Note 5, camera test, and first impressions.
Overall, the Nexus 5X is impressive at the price of just $379 with the same back camera as the Nexus 6P but it is definitely not considered a flagship device, rather a budget Android device. I should have a full review eventually but for right now, the Nexus 5X may be a great choice for those of you looking for a smaller smartphone with a 5.2-inch 1080P screen, great low-light camera, fingerprint sensor, and a price that doesn’t break your bank.
For those of you wondering what the 240fps slow-motion looks like on the Nexus 6P, what better way than hitting a bunch of golf balls?
This morning I had this idea and had to get out on the driving range. I haven’t played golf for over a year now but did better than I expected!
I wanted to find out if the Nexus 6P was bendable as JerryRigEverything has shown in his video yesterday. So, in my initial tests trying to put a lot of force on the device, it did not bend.
In this unboxing of the Nexus 6P, we go through cool things like egging of Nexus 6P to get our frustrations out from shipping delays, low-light quick test of Galaxy Note 5 vs. Nexus 6P, display brightness test, speaker loudness test, Antutu benchmarking and more!
Overall, Nexus 6P is the best Nexus smartphone Google has launched so far with the largest camera sensor size on a smartphone this year resulting in better low-light shots. At $499 for the 32GB model, the Nexus 6P may prove itself to be one of the best phablet smartphones to buy this year.
In this EXTREME low-light test, we take the Galaxy Note 5 and LG V10 to low-light extremities.
What I learned from this test?
In auto mode, the Galaxy Note 5 does an excellent job of setting the correct ISO, white balance, and shutter speed automatically to give you the best photos and videos with minimal noise while the LG V10 doesn’t do as well especially as the scenes got darker.
Here’s me doing video camera test of LG V10. I used LG V10 for the entire video, mostly the 4K back camera and the front 120-degree front camera. I wanted to give you a demo of real life results and also results when using stabilizers like a tripod or camera sliders.
I used a mix of auto and manual mode depending on the shot. Manual focus is excellent and much better than Note 5 on the LG V10 and the directional microphone along with audio level control is awesome for precise audio control. LG V10 also allows monitoring of your audio with any earbuds/headphones while recording, the only smartphone that does that currently.
Here’s how to disassemble LG V10 for repairs like screen replacement, camera replacement, motherboard replacement, etc…etc… If you ever need to repair the LG V10 yourself perhaps because you are out of warranty or in situations where no one else can help you, it’s very easy to do so just follow along!
The LG V10 comes with a Snapdragon 808 processor w/ 4gigs of RAM, 5.7-inch 1440P screen with a secondary screen, 16MP back camera w/ laser focus, two 5MP front cameras, 3000mAh removable battery, microSD card slot, and nano-SIM card slot.
The new LG V10’s design is more or less rugged, features stainless steel rails on the sides with textured hard plastic back cover, which helps you hold the phone and does not get any fingerprints. While the LG V10 design doesn’t look pretty as the Note 5, it is more practical and functional in my opinion and I rather have practical design than a pretty lookin’ glass back that I would need to use a case anyways.
Okay, guys so I have to admit that I wrote the whole script for the OnePlus Two two weeks back but since I got the Moto X Pure and a bunch of new phones came out, it got delayed plus my thoughts on this phone changed drastically due to lots more phones coming at near the same price as the OnePlus Two. When I first got the OnePlus Two few weeks back, it was undeniably the best smartphone you could buy under $400. Well, fast forward a few weeks and the smartphone world has changed a LOT.
So, if you are watching this video, it’s because you are interested in buying a new smartwatch. I would presume so. Today, let me give you my thoughts on the Huawei Watch, which I really, really, really love.
When I first heard about the Huawei Watch, I thought, “Huawei watch?”, what kind of watch name is that? First of all, I’ve never heard of Huawei before. I know they make budget Android smartphones but I was like, Huawei Watch for $399? Serious?
Hey guys, we are proud to present you another BIG Android October Giveaway!
Ash from C4ETech will be giving away OnePlus 2. MrWhoseTheBoss will also be giving away a OnePlus 2. Shane from DroidModderX will be giving away LG G3 with VR Headset, Matt from MSTechCentral will be giving away a 3rd generation Moto G, Jordan from Twildottv will be giving away Nvidia Shield Portable and I will be giving away my LG G Flex 2.
LG V10 has been announced and is it better than the Galaxy Note 5? Let’s find out!
First, LG V10 and Note 5 both have 1440P screens. While the LG V10 has IPS LCD, the Note 5 has AMOLED screen. Of course, don’t forget LG V10 comes with a secondary screen on top of the phone while the Note 5 comes with a pressure-sensitive screen that allows for super accurate writing/drawing with its S-Pen. In terms of what you get, notifications/shortcuts versus life-like notebook, the Note 5 certainly wins in the display category nevermind AMOLED screens are about 20-30% brighter than IPS LCD.
Want to install the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow official firmware on your Nexus 5, 6, 7, or 9? You can use this method if you already have a rooted device with unlocked bootloader.
Step 1. Download fastboot.zip, USB drivers (for Windows), 7Zip (for extracting the firmware files), and the latest Nexus firmware for your model.
Official Android 6.0 Mashmallow was released yesterday. Today, let’s take a quick look at some of the new features with it.
First, you will notice a new easter egg by hitting on the Android 6.0 version a bunch of times. Tap and hold the marshmallow to access the new Android game with marshmallows.
So, you are wondering whether to buy the LG V10 or the Nexus 6P?
First, LG V10 and Nexus 6P both feature 5.7-inch 1440P screen. While the LG V10 features IPS LCD, the Nexus 6P features AMOLED screen. The screen on AMOLED screens are brighter than IPS but for normal usage, both should be pretty good for vibrance, contrast, and clarity. The LG V10 has a secondary screen on top of the main screen for notifications and shortcuts which is similar to the one found on S6 Edge Plus. For the screen, I would have to call it a draw between these two bad boys since one is brighter and the other has a “mini-Me” screen.
Samsung’s latest flagship smartwatch Gear S2 launched officially today. This is Samsung’s first attempt at a circular smartwatch and it comes with a navigational dial to help you navigate through the apps.
First off, the Gear S2 has surprisingly small screen, smaller than any other smartwatches on the market today. This smaller form factor may be a deciding factor in buying the watch in the first place. If size matters to you, Gear S2’s screen may be too small for you to use. While the original Gear S had almost double the screen size, the Gear S2 is a totally different animal that has much smaller screen with much smaller resolution.
Google has revolutionized how many people stream videos and movies to TVs by selling over 20 million units of the original Chromecast, which cost less than $40.
Well, this year Google has announced a new product called “Chromecast Audio” that does pretty much the same thing but for audio. You can use Chromecast Audio to make any of your speakers wireless using your home WiFi network.
Google has released Chromecast 2nd generation yesterday and I was able to receive it today. The new Chromecast 2nd gen features a completely new look with Chrome logo on a circle shape with a short HDMI cable that’s also magnetic.
The biggest change with this year’s Chromecast is support for dual-band 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz with 802.11AC. For those of you with a 5Ghz router with 802.11AC, now you will be able to stream many times faster. There’s also new feature like “Fast Play” that will reduce loading times up to 80%.
Today, we will take a quick comparison between the Nexus 6P and Apple’s new iPhone 6S Plus.
Nexus 6P and iPhone 6S Plus both feature metal unibody design, I would say design is both great on its own right but the Nexus 6P is a bit lighter with a larger screen size.
Nexus 6P comes with a 5.7-inch 1440P AMOLED screen with 518 PPI while the iPhone 6S Plus comes with 5.5-inch 1080P IPS LCD screen with 401 PPI. The Nexus 6P kills iPhone 6S Plus in screen resolution and for viewing latest 4K videos on YouTube or playing back 4K videos, the Nexus 6P will come real handy as it can replay both YouTube and 4K videos in full 1440P. If you tend to watch a lot of videos, Nexus 6P is definitely the winner here.
Can’t decide between Nexus 6P or Note 5? Let us help you look into details of the differences between the two.
Google has finally released the official Nexus 6P, which is Google’s latest premium smartphone for the masses, let’s go take a quick look at Nexus 6P versus the Galaxy Note 5 based on specs.
Can’t decide between the Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X? We pretty know everything about the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X already so let’s go ahead and do a quick comparison of the two latest Google flagship smartphones.
First, the Nexus 6P ships with a 5.7-inch 1440P screen while the Nexus 5X comes with a 5.2-inch 1080P screen. The Nexus 6P is definitely a phablet, a large smartphone while the Nexus 5X is somewhat smaller, regular sized smartphone. Depending on your preferred size, you may want the Nexus 6P or the Nexus 5X.
Today, we will look at the specs and price of Nexus 6P versus the Moto X Pure!
First, both Nexus 6P and Moto X Pure have 1440P 2560×1440 resolution screens. The Nexus 6P will use AMOLED technology similar to the Note 5 while the Moto X Pure has an IPS TFT LCD screen. In terms of viewing angles, the AMOLED screens are much better and have brighter screens. Also, AMOLED screens are much more energy efficient so the Nexus 6P should have a much better screen. In real life usage, it’s probably not a huge deal but Nexus 6P wins in display category.
The Nexus 6P presentation slides were leaked this morning and here’s my thoughts on the new device.
Nexus 6P will feature a 5.7-inch AMOLED 1440P (2560×1440 resolution) screen, which I think is a great idea as that puts it in the same class as the Note 5 and Moto X Pure (both which also have 1440P screen). 1440P has really become an industry standard for smartphones these days and especially on a larger phablet devices like the Nexus 6P, I think it’s absolutely essential.
Moto X Pure is a new phablet device from Motorola with the same size class as the Galaxy Note 5. It’s certainly not for those of you who want a small phone but for those of you who want to enjoy a large 5.7-inch screen for easier viewing and typing. So bear that in mind before deciding to get the Moto X Pure (or the international version Moto X Style which is identical in hardware specs).
Here’s 4K cinematic video camera test with my new Moto X Pure (same as Moto X Style). It has no manual focus for video recording. The auto focus is not bad but fluctuates and gets confused, something that could have been eliminated with manual focus. But the video stability is EXCELLENT over phones with OIS as it does not have wavering effect like the Note 5, G4, OnePlus Two. If Motorola can add manual focus, this could be the best 4K video camera on the market.
For those of you who haven’t heard, the latest Motorola Moto X Pure Android smartphone is an “all-carrier” phone that has GSM and CDMA radios to support all AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon networks. Not only that, the Moto X Pure also has 4G LTE bands for all carriers, meaning you will be able to use it on any U.S. carrier.
For those of you who want to take advantage of Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus new “fast” wireless charging feature, you will need to get a Fast Charge Wireless Charger. Now, you will also need to pair it with a fast charge adapter (9V 1.65A) otherwise it won’t actually fast charge wirelessly. Also, this charge is backward-compatible with normal wireless charging and will auto-switch if you are using a smartphone that doesn’t support fast wireless charging (like Galaxy S6).
Xiaomi has been selling their budget device over in China like hotcakes literally. Well, I had to get hands on one of their newer Redmi Note 2 Android smartphones to test it out.
The Redmi Note 2 retails for $125 USD over in China and many places in Asia but I paid $159 from Oppomart.com, which was the lowest price I could find at the time I ordered it. Prices may be higher for those of you ordering from the States but even at $159, I find this budget Android device pretty amazing.
4 years ago, Samsung launched the first big smartphone with its first Galaxy Note Android smartphone. At the time, no one knew that phablets like the Galaxy Note would become popular. In fact, most media outlets called it a ridiculously large phone that’s not going to fit in your pocket. Well, fast forward to 2015 and everyone is using a large phone these days. Even Apple introduced their iPhone 6 Plus to satisfy the people’s urge to use large smartphones. Phablets are like the SUVs of cars and if you want the best SUV, the Galaxy Note 5 is really the best you can buy right now.
I know many of you actually requested me to review my motorcycle in the past so I figured this would be a great time to do a 4K cinematic video test with my OnePlus Two camera.
The OnePlus Two camera has OIS (optical image stabilization) which has much better stable videos than last year’s OnePlus One. I do feel that OIS is great for handheld shots but it interferes with your shots when using a tripod or camera sliders. Some of the scenes have unwanted “bubbly” effect while sliding and that’s clearly due to the OIS trying to over-correct itself. Unfortunately, there’s no way to turn it off and again, I wish smartphone manufacturers started adding these simple new features as it will make these 4K smartphones completely usable for professional videography. Clearly, Note 5 I tested yesterday had much better stabilization over the OnePlus Two.
So, I took my Galaxy Note 5 and my new Edelkrone Slider Plus to test out the full 4K abilities of my new phone. Overall, I am pretty satisfied but there are moments where the Note 5’s auto mode changed the exposure during sliding shots. I feel like there should be manual control to the video recording mode, which could give the camera much more control and end up with better quality videos.
Huawei announced the Huawei watch yesterday, this new fully circular watch comes with a whopping 400×400 pixel display (286ppi) and a choice of stainless steel in silver/black, and leather. Oh yeah, Android Wear now can be used with iOS users, so for all you iWhores, you will be able to use any Android Wear watch such as the Huawei watch with your iPorn. I am actually rather impressed at Huawei for making such a beautiful watch, I think it’s 10 times better than the new Moto 360 2nd generation, which looks nearly identical to its predecessor with a painstakingly ugly flat tire, slight bump in display resolution and faster processor, meh.
For those of you who have broken your S-Pen detection sensor, perhaps because you yanked your S-Pen out while stuck or didn’t use a straw, plastic film, or piece of paper, you may want to replace the S-Pen detection sensor.
Whether you need to replace the screen/digitizer, faulty USB module, battery, camera, or even a stuck S-Pen, disassembling the Galaxy Note 5 can be done with simple tools.
For disassembling the Galaxy Note 5, you will need:
– Heat Gun or Hair Dryer
– Gel Suction Cup Car Mount – see review of the ones I have, cheap and works also well for your car.
If you’ve accidentally put your S-pen backwards, you will have a problem where your S-Pen gets stuck. Now, there’s a way to fix this so just don’t try to yank it out as that will break your S-Pen detection sensor.
Step 1. Cut out a 1/2inch (1.3cm) piece of plastic film from the Note 5 wrapper.
I finally got my hands on the Galaxy Note 5 and while unboxing it, I was testing out the S-Pen which got stuck.
Now, this is probably possible to fix by disassembling (which I should have a video of) but for right now, I am stuck with a brand, new phone that has a serious flaw.
I finally got hands on Google’s new Project Fi, which is a new type of carrier-switching smartphone plan from Google. Basically, Google uses T-Mobile and Sprint’s network to give you best of both worlds at a low monthly cost. The best part about Google Fi is that you only pay for data that you use and all unused data carryover to the month. While carriers like AT&T do carryover, their carryovers expire after only a month while Google allows you to carry over as long as you want. In essence, it’s somewhat prepaid data plan.
In today’s video, we will be comparing the cameras of the OnePlus Two vs. LG G4 and the Galaxy S6. Since the LG G4 and Galaxy S6 are the two best cameras on the market, this should show you real world performance differences between the OnePlus Two and best of the market right now. And since Note 5 has the same camera as the Galaxy S6, you can assume the results of S6 are nearly identical for Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus.
Just got my OnePlus Two in the mail and boy, this is definitely one of the more fun phones you can buy this year (so long as you can grab an invite somehow).
The OnePlus Two this year comes upgraded from last year’s OnePlus One with a Snapdragon 810 processor, same 1080P screen, and new features.
First, we have the SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 flash drive. This is one of the fastest USB flash drives you can buy for the money you spend, currently the 64GB version is being sold for just $38 on Amazon. In real world usage, I found I get about 190Mb/s for read and 150Mb/s for write to my PC. Overall, that’s really good for a USB 3.0 flash drive that cost me less than $40. If you use tend to transfer a lot of data using USB flash drive, this may definitely one of the best deals right now. Of course, if you have an OTG cable, you can hook it up to your Android device, which I got pretty decent speeds of 38Mb/s for read and 40Mb/s for write.
For this week’s green news, we discuss the Qualcomm 820 quad-core processor, New Nexus 5/6 leaks, and Android Stagefright exploit and how to fix it easily.
Here’s transcript of the video:
To say 2015 hasn’t been a great year for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon flagship would be a severe understatement. The Snapdragon 810 was supposed to be the latest and greatest processor. Instead, words like ‘overheating’ and ‘throttling’ accompanied any talk of the 810 in a new phone throughout the year. The disaster began in January with the LG G Flex 2 and continued with the HTC One M9 a few months later. By the time we arrived at the release of the G4, LG opted for the Snapdragon 808 instead of the 810 to curtail any heating concerns.
Let me go into what’s on my phone this week and talk about some of the apps I am using this week. This week, I have both the Android Wear and Samsung Gear apps installed for my LG Urbane watch and Gear S watch. Android Wear app doesn’t let you pair more than one watch at a time but if you have an Android Wear watch and Samsung watch, you will be able to use two watches simultaneously. I find this part kinda odd, I wish Android Wear allows you to pair multiple watches and I am sure those of you super high on Android would like to wear different watches for different outfits.
When I first got the Amazon Echo, it was a pretty cool device that you could talk to when you are bored but there were limits to the device as I was used to doing complex things with my Google Now already. Of course, I also find playing music rather convenient, especially when I am doing dishes, I can turn on music without bothering to dry my hands, I really like that. But at the price of near $200, is this gadget worth it?
Gear S or LG Watch Urbane? Probably the two best smartwatches out this year are these two bad boys from Samsung and LG and you probably couldn’t go wrong with either of them. But which one is the right one for you? Let’s find out!
Last October I bought my Gear S smartwatch in South Korea within a few days of its release. I’ve swore this watch really set the bar high on the smartwatch world with its curved 2-inch AMOLED screen with a whopping resolution of 360×480. That sounds small but for a small device like a watch, it gives you that pixel-free life-like display that’s going to beat any other smartwatches on the market. Compare that to LG Urbane’s measly 320×320 resolution and Apple Watch’s 270×340. Sometimes, Samsung does the display right and this time they killed it months (or maybe years) before their competition.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
This page lists all the HighOnAndroid Smartphone reviews of 2015:Galaxy Note 5 – Best Phablet Smartphone!
Although the Galaxy Note 5 has some major overhaul and Samsung decided to reinvent the Note series by making a bunch of changes, this is still the king of phablet-sized smartphones.