Category: Android Smartphones


Galaxy S9 Plus Unboxing! [Exynos/Coral Blue]

After waiting patiently on an eBay order that never made it on time, I finally got hands on a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus through another eBay seller.  And no, this year I am not getting any U.S. Snapdragon models as they have locked bootloaders.(See Which Model is Best for Galaxy S9/S9+ for Root? if you want to root your S9 or S9+)  But I was able to finally get hands on a Coral Blue color which was rather surprising since previous Galaxy phones were literally impossible to get a blue version.


Galaxy S6/S6 Edge Android 8.1 Oreo + Root! [Review & Install Guide]

Samsung has stopped updating the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge since Android 7.0 Nougat and for those of you who want to still get latest Android 8.1 Oreo + root, here’s how to do it.  Now, this is NOT a Samsung Touchwiz firmware, rather custom ROM or AOSP(What is AOSP?)  But you will get much better performance and battery life over Samsung Touchwiz plus the latest and great Android 8.1 Oreo so I don’t see why not.  The NexusOS ROM comes with all the standard features of latest Android 8.1 Oreo and a few additions like Always On Display.


Galaxy S9/S9+ Cases from Spigen!

Check out Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus cases from Spigen.   These are the latest cases for the Samsung flagship and depending on your needs, one of them could suit you.  I find the clear cases much more stickier and less prone to dropping while the smooth-surfaced cases have very soft feel, very therapeutic.   And if you tend to drop your phone often, check out Spigen’s thicker cases which will prevent you from cracking your brand new S9 or S9 Plus.


Galaxy S9 ROM for Galaxy S8/S8 Plus!

For those of you who want to get Galaxy S9 ROM on your Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, I do highly recommend using the Alexis ROM, which is a “full port” of a real Galaxy S9 Plus.  What is a full port?  Basically, all of the software has been slightly modified to work on older devices like Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus.  And best of all this ROM works on both Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus.   Of course, you WILL need an exyno-based Galaxy S8/S8 Plus with an unlocked bootloader.  No, it will NOT WORK on any Snapdragon models such as all U.S. models(sorry, Samsung blocked it on purpose I have no idea why).

Which Model is Best for Galaxy S9/S9+ Root?

In this video, I explain why you should buy the international Exynos model of the Galaxy S9 or S9+ so you can enjoy full root.  If you want FULL root with ability to install custom ROMs, you will definitely want to go with an international/Exynos model, which comes with unlocked bootloader and easy to root.  Qualcomm models (U.S. & Canada) ALL have locked bootloaders (even U.S. unlocked model) so stay away from them if you want to enjoy full root.

Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus Case! [Ringke]

If you have ordered your Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus, you may want to consider getting cases BEFORE you get your phone and save a bunch of money by buying them online (as you will end up paying twice more at a retail store).  Plus, the best S9/S9+ cases are usually found online.  For this video overview, Ringke sent me all of their latest cases for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.  Amazingly, the cases fit perfectly on my Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus as they have exact same outer dimensions as the S9/S9 Plus.  Of course, the only real changes this year is the new fingerprint sensor position and you may be able to re-use your older S8/S8+ cases by cutting a hole.

HTC One M8 Android 8.1 Oreo Review![Lineage OS 15.1]

If you are still stuck on older Android OS such as Android 6.0 Marshmallow or even Android 7.1.2 Nougat, you may want to upgrade your OS to the latest Android 8.1 Oreo by using the Lineage OS 15.1 custom ROM for the HTC One M8.  This is a full-feature packed custom ROM that will get your aging HTC One M8 to the greatest and latest Android OS.  You will get ALL of new Android 8.1 standard features plus couple customization that Lineage OS brings.

Top 5 Reasons NOT to buy Galaxy S9/S9+ over S8/S8+!

If the Galaxy S9 and S9+ worth getting over the last year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+?  Well, if you are undecided, here’s some new features of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus that you may not need.

Galaxy S8+ vs S9+ F1.7 dual setup vs. F1.5/F2.4 dual setup  (Only S9+ have dual cameras) 240fps vs 960fps slow motion Snapdragon 835 vs. 845 (Exynos 8890 vs. 9810) 4GB vs. 4GB of RAM for S9 but 6GB for S9+ Mono vs. Dual AKG stereo speakers Weird fingerprint sensor location vs. center fingerprint sensor Nougat vs. Oreo

ZTE Axon M Dual Screen Smartphone Unboxing!

The most innovative Android smartphone of the year?  It is definitely the ZTE Axon M, a dual-screen smartphone with two 5.2-inch 1080P screens built for super multi-tasking.   If you have grown to love multi-window feature on phablet phones, you will love the double-screen that is built for multi-tasking without multi-windows.  While Samsung is still working on a new dual-screen phone, ZTE has snatched the first place for dual-screen phones with the introduction of their Axon M.