OnePlus X: Value Meets Quality

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OnePlus has attracted quite a bit of attention since the release of their OnePlus One: their entry device into the smartphone market. It was referred to as “the flagship killer” because of performance, had a quality design, came out of the box with Cyanogenmod (a super customizable Android-based rom) and cost only $299 off contract with a unique but irritating invite system that made the phone very difficult to get your hands on. This was succeeded with the OnePlus Two (surprise, surprise). The Two came with an updated design, USB-C, a fingerprint scanner, those same awesome specs, Oxygen OS (a nearly stock Android customizable rom) and a new $389 price tag with the same invite system. Now we have the OnePlus X, with a new $249 price tag. Let’s talk about how it stacks up to its predecessors and the competition.

 

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Why Tablets Aren’t Yet Able to Replace Laptops

The world of computers is very dynamic. Manufacturers are always looking for ways to make computing easier, more portable and more powerful. Each new form factor of computing comes along with benefits and drawbacks. When the first generation iPad was released, Apple showed consumers that many tasks could be done with a flat, thin and light notebook.

Progressively, laptops have gotten thinner, lighter, more powerful and come with premium build qualities. Tablets now range in size from the seven inch form factor all the way up to the almost 19 inch form factor of the Samsung Galaxy View (see our thoughts here). This all raises the question, can one of these tablets really replace your laptop? In short, my opinionated answer is no.

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Four Free, Beautiful & Functional Customization Apps for Android

Whether you prefer Android, Apple, Windows or another mobile operating system, there is no arguing that Android offers granular customization options for nearly anything your heart desires. Users can take any approach from a minimalistic to feature-packed user experience. Here are four apps I use to make my phone look and perform to my liking.

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Is the LG Gram the Perfect Ultra-Portable Laptop?

With a name like Gram and a tagline “lighter than air”, it is clear that LG is aiming for portability with their newest laptop. Portable notebooks are great. You can carry them around in your backpack, carry it with one hand, and take it anywhere with minimal effort. The downside with many ultra-portable laptops are power and battery life. Because these laptops are so thin, there is less space to put a battery. With less battery power, manufacturers must build a laptop with less RAM and weaker processors. LG is looking to give users the best of both worlds with the Gram, and they did a pretty good job doing so. Continue reading

5 Free Apps That Everyone Should Use

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Apps are what turn your cellphone into a smartphone. These days, apps make nearly anything possible on mobile phones and tablets. Many apps are marketed to satisfy a certain audience or occupation. For example, some apps are designed for architects, some for college students, some for website owners, and the list goes on. Here, I list five apps that everyone should use, no matter their demographic group.

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Samsung’s 18.5 inch Galaxy View is Like a Portable Smart TV

This week, Samsung announced a gigantic 18.5 inch tablet called the Galaxy View. With phones getting bigger and bigger, consumers must choose when to draw the line between a phone and a tablet. For example, I’m not so sure that I’d call a seven inch phone like the Blu Studio 7.0 LTE a phone. Rather, I would call it a tablet capable of making phone calls! 

Pictured: Blu Studio 7.0

Instead of calling Samsung’s new tablet a tablet, I would call it a portable TV…but better! Here are my thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy View.
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