Monthly Archives: July 2016

Here are the videos you don’t want to miss this week – July 30, 2016

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The week is over and you can bet we’ve been keeping busy. But we know you can’t always be on the lookout for new videos, so every weekend we put together a list with the hottest ones.

So what’s all new? The Android Authority team has updated the best apps and games lists. In addition, we had the opportunity to review the ZTE Axon 7, BLU R1 HD and even the all-new Segway miniPRO. We even had a chance to check out a brand new BlackBerry phone!

There’s a lot to see, so let’s jump right in and show you this week’s videos.

In the news: Nintendo shares plummet? Note 7 Leaks & Samsung responds to failed S7 Active

Looking to catch up on the news? Jayce has put together a video talking about the hottest topics of the week. Maybe you would like to start there! He covers the craze on Nintendo not making Pokemon Go, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 leaks and more. Sit back and catch up on what matters.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air: What You Need to Know

Xiaomi is known for making great smartphones at incredible prices, but they are definitely not afraid of stepping into stranger territories. This week they announced the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air, a computer that will definitely catch your eye. It comes with great specs and a price point that will prove to be very hard to beat.

Favorite Tech under $50

Want to get some cool tech on a $50 budget? There’s plenty of great stuff out there, just like there is a lot of cheap, worthless products. If you need some help finding the right gadgets, our very own Lahn has put together a list with his favorite gadgets below this price point. The list includes speakers, mounts, lighting equipment and more.

10 best new Android apps from July 2016!

Every month we update our list of favorite new apps, and this time Joe Hindy has given us a very neat portfolio of great additions to the Google Play Store. Among them are Bitly, Evie, Expeditions, Discogs and more.

10 best new Android games from July 2016!

We have an updated list of new games too! And yes… Pokemon Go is in there.

Reviews and hands-on coverage

ZTE Axon 7 review

This week Bailey Stein got to review the ZTE Axon 7. It is clear that ZTE has put a massive amount of time and effort into the Axon 7, making it one of the best smartphones we’ve encountered. It’s surprisingly similar to popular offerings like the Galaxy S7 and HTC 10, while costing much less. Want to learn all about it? Check out the video or read our full written review.

BLU R1 HD Review

Need something more affordable? The BLU R1 HD costs only $100 for the base version. That is incredibly affordable, so we know you are asking yourself if it will be good enough to meet your needs. There’s definitely a good list of sacrifices that were made, but this phone gets a lot right. It has a solid design, decent performance, a clean software package and an unbeatable price point.

Moto Mods review – Blast, power, and project in a snap!

Though few and pricey, Moto Mods have been all over the news, making us wonder if Motorola has finally found the right balance between a modular design and user friendliness. If you have been asking yourself the same, go ahead and check out our Moto Mods review, where we give you a closer look at some of these modules.

Segway miniPRO by Ninebot review

This is not something we would usually cover, but there is an Android app that controls it and the Segway miniPRO happens to be one really awesome product. The Segway miniPRO by Ninebot promises reliable, green and easy to carry transportation. Does it fulfill its promises? Take a look at John Velasco’s full review to find out!

BlackBerry DTEK50 hands-on

When John Velasco is not riding around in a Segway miniPRO, he is playing around with a BlackBerry DTEK50 (at least this week). Yes, this is BlackBerry’s new phone, which is very competitively priced at a mere $299. Now we have your attention, right? Watch the video and read the full review to learn why it’s so affordable.

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Nexus 6P CaliCase International Giveaway!

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone or tablet each and every Sunday!

A big congratulations to last week’s winners of the OnePlus 3 Giveaway: Chris S.  (Greece).

This week we have teamed up with CaliCase to giveaway a Nexus 6P & 25 CaliCase Waterproof pouches!

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Phones and water don’t mix well together and CaliCase is here to help keep you protected. With CaliCase you get:

  • 2x protection – Double protection thanks to the 2 layers of PVC Plastic, most competitors use just 1.
  • Floating –  No need to worry about your phone sinking to the bottom of the ocean.
  • 16 fun colors –  Including the American Flag, Camo & glow in the dark.

Available exclusively at Amazon you can pickup a CaliCase for $14.95. To celebrate the giveaway CaliCase is offering a 10% off coupon this week only, enter promo code: CALI1010 at checkout.

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Nexus 6P CaliCase International Giveaway!

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Waze will soon remind you not to forget your kid in the car

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Drivers lose track of a lot of things, but it’s always hard to believe people are forgetting kids in their cars. One would think walking away from a baby you are always with would feel like walking outside with no shoes. You would instantly notice something is missing, right?

It seems this issue is more common than one would think. According to San Jose State University’s Department of Meteorology & Climate Science, kids forgotten in vehicles has been the cause of 23 infant deaths in the USA this year. It’s kind of a big deal, especially as the summer heat creeps up on us. This is why Waze wants to help a bit.

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The popular navigation app is getting ready to launch a feature that would remind users not to forget their kids every time they reach their destinations. These notifications can be personalized and are now available in Waze’s beta app.

But of course, if people are forgetting their kids, nothing can assure they will be paying attention to their notifications. This is a nice addition, nonetheless. If you find you don’t need it, it’s also possible to disable the feature.

We don’t know how long this feature will stay in beta, but if it is to save some lives we certainly hope it comes to the official app sooner rather than later.

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The Akyumen Holophone Phablet dual-boots Android and Windows 10, features a projector

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There’s no shortage of good smartphones in the market, but there is definitely a need for more unique devices. This is why our heads always turn when we see gadgets like the Akyumen Holophone Phablet (yes… they literally put the word “phablet” in the name). But that moniker is about the only bad thing this device seems to have.

This phone is a one-of-a-kind in multiple ways, and it happens to be pretty powerful. For starters, it is bigger than even the biggest smartphones at 7 inches. It’s pretty much a tablet with cellphone capabilities. But that is only part of what makes this phone odd.

This device can dual-boot both Android and Windows 10. No, not the mobile or simplified versions of Windows 10; full-on Windows 10. And you definitely don’t want to be using Windows 10 on  7-inch screen, so the manufacturer has added a 35-lumen, 720p pico projector that can display at up to 100 inches.

Other specs include the following: 

  • Windows 10 and Android Lollipop
  • 7-inch 1080p display
  • 720p pico projector
  • Intel Cherry Trail 8300 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB of internal storage (upgradable)
  • 13 MP rear-facing camera
  • 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 2910 mAh battery

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Needless to say this idea is pretty crazy, but we can see it working great if well implemented. Making a device do too much can sometimes translate to a bad experience all around. But if done right, this could be an amazing tool for the road warrior.

Interested? You can pre-order this device now. Prices vary from $600 to $950, depending on your needs, or whether you are in education or not.

Basic Package ($750) : Sabertooth pen, high quality ear buds, basic device stand, screen protector.

Premium Package ($850) : Sabertooth pen, high quality ear buds, screen protector, external wireless Bluetooth speaker, Saber stand with built-in battery, allowing up to an additional 5 hours of battery life.

Advanced Package ($950) : Sabertooth pen, high quality ear buds, screen protector, external wireless Bluetooth speaker, game controller, Saber stand with built-in battery, allowing up to an additional 5 hours of battery life.

Education Package ($600) : Basic Saber Stand, Sabertooth Pen, DNA Earbuds, Basic DNA Speakers, Screen protector and Akyumen School Bag.

Are any of you signing up?

Pre-order the Akyumen Holophone Phablet

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[Deal Alert] 32GB Nexus 6P on sale for just $347 at Jet.com

6p ftwThis deal may disappear fast, so I’m not going to waste time with needless banter. Jet.com currently has the 32GB Nexus 6P on sale for just $347, with free shipping, thanks to a coupon code and a couple of other stipulations. Here’s what you need to do to see that price in your cart.

  1. Go to product listing at Jet.com.
  2. Select the payment option that opts out of free returns and requires payment by debit card.

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