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Galaxy Note 4 vs. LG G4! – What Are the Differences?

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.

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Galaxy S6 vs. LG G4 – Which Phone Should You Buy?

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.

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Wireless Qi Car Mount for Galaxy S6/S6 Edge! [iOttie Easy OneTouch Wireless]

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.

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LG G4 Review!

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.

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LG G4 Cases! [Ringke/Spigen/Verus]

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.

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Gear VR for Galaxy S6/S6 Edge Unboxing!

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.

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LG Watch Urbane Metal Band Replacement! [HOWTO]

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.

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LG G4 HONEST Unboxing!

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.

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LG Watch Urbane Unboxing & Review!

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.

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Best Android Smartphones 2014 & 2015! [Buying Guide]

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.

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Galaxy S6 Edge vs iPhone 6 Plus Video Camera Comparison!

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.

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CM12.1 ROM with Android 5.1.1 Review!

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.

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Wireless Charging Qi USB Power Bank!

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!

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How to Install Flash Player on Android Lollipop!

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.

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Gel Suction Smartphone Car Mount Review!

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.

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Fastest Micro SD Card Shootout! – Samsung vs. Sony vs. SanDisk!

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.

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LG Tone+ Wireless Bluetooth Headset Review!

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!)

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How to Take Super Macro Photos/Videos with Android Smartphone!

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.

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Nexus 5 DROP TEST with a CruzerLite Case!

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.

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How To Add Pie Control To Any Rooted Android Smartphone/Tablet! [LMT Launcher]

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).