macmixing Tech Reviews, News, And Tutorials Fri, 10 Jul 2015 16:18:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NYC Meetup Details! (4/29/15) Wed, 27 May 2015 20:21:01 +0000 I’m having a small meetup in NYC and you’re invited! Most of you seemed interested in the idea, so let’s try to make it happen! ? You’ll find all of the details below! PLEASE RSVP… Link below.

Where: Outside of the 5th Ave Apple Store.

Address: 767 5th Ave, New York, NY 10153

When: Wednesday April 29, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Please RSVP using the new survey link below.


If you can’t make it exactly at 4 p.m. that’s not a problem. We’ll be hanging out in the area for a while and I’ll be sure to keep you updated on Twitter. Just leave me a comment below if you’re going to show up at a time later than 4:30 p.m. (5 or 5:30)? But I’ll be out there at around 4:15 p.m. waiting for all of you. Just let me know in the comments here if you’re showing up a tad later than 4 so you’re not alone if we leave.

We’ll meet outside of the Apple Store and just hang out for a little while. If anyone is hungry we can always find a place to grab food as well. No solid plans for this small meet up, just wanted to hang out with some of you out here. Thanks again! Look forward to meeting you!


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Google Android Auto vs Apple CarPlay – Comparison! Sat, 29 Nov 2014 09:51:43 +0000 Apple and Google are back at it again and attempting to bring a safe and friendly mobile experience to your car. Android Auto and CarPlay are the two company’s re-imagining of mobile user interfaces for the car and both are gearing up for a major rollout over the next year.

Each system is designed to work with its respective native mobile platform, but there are differences between the two that may appeal to different people. Today we’re comparing Apple’s CarPlay to Google’s Android Auto using the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. This car comes packed with both systems, so you won’t have to compromise either way, but there are some important differences between the two.

Check out the comparison video below for a close look at both systems:

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Google Nexus 6 Review! Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:26:51 +0000 Google’s Nexus 6 is in high demand. This is the latest and greatest that Android has to offer right now, but is it worth your hard-earned cash? Most of what makes the Nexus 6 so great stems from its pure Android experience. Essentially, you’re experiencing this mobile OS exactly as it was crafted and straight from the source.

Because of Android’s openness, many smartphone makers dilute Android with their own custom skins. This is mostly great for consumers as skins add features that help create the core concepts of devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, but there’s almost always a tradeoff. You’re sacrificing overall speed and fluidity thanks to the resources being consumed.

Google’s Nexus lineup is a series of devices without all of the added bulk. This is the cleanest Android experience you can find. While it may not be as feature-rich when compared to other devices and their skins, it might be the best Android experience you can get. Check out the full review in the above video to find out what makes this Nexus so great.

The Nexus 6 is running Google’s latest mobile OS Android 5.0 Lollipop and I think it’s the best software Google has ever released. It’s that good. Lollipop has completely transformed Android into something that puts it ahead of the competition in more ways than one. The user interface has been overhauled and Google’s Material Design language is an amazing work of art.

Lollipop has been optimized to run flawlessly and it’s definitely the change that Android needed. Even on older devices like the Nexus 5, Lollipop performs like boss, but to keep up with the times, Google’s Nexus 6 is packing some heat internally.

The Nexus 6 features a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.7GHz, an Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,220 mAh battery. The internal components are surrounded by a beautifully curved metal frame, plastic back, and a 5.96-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. This is the entire package as far as Android is concerned.

With the Nexus 6, Google has created a benchmark for future devices going forward and it gets me excited about what may be coming over the next year. There’s no doubt about it, the Nexus 6 is a fast device. Benchmarks scores will easily show the raw performance behind this device, but it’s more than just numbers at this point. Lollipop is the pretty little bow on this neat package and I’m loving every inch of it.

Should you buy it? Most of the information you need is in the video embedded above, but I’ll make it very simple for you. While the software features may be a bit lacking when compared to third-party Android skins, the Nexus 6 provides the smoothest experience you can find at this point. I’m a big fan of the build quality, dimensions, and technology inside of this smartphone. If you’re looking for the cleanest Android experience out there, the Nexus 6 is an insta-buy. It’s packing the latest specifications and will remain relevant from a software perspective much longer than its competition.

Since the Nexus 6 will be available through most major carriers, you’ll now have the ability to upgrade with your plan which makes the deal even better for some people. At its $649 entry price, I think the Nexus 6 is a great deal. This is one of the best, quite possibly the best, Android device you can buy this year.

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Google Nexus 9 Review! Mon, 03 Nov 2014 18:03:59 +0000 Google’s Nexus 9 seems to be a happy medium between the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, and like it or not, it’s here to replace both of them. Today we’re getting into my full review of the HTC-made Google Nexus 9. Has Google made a triumphant return to the tablet space or is this just something to tide you over until another company steps up to the plate? Well, let’s go ahead and find out…

Android tablets haven’t always offered the greatest experience when compared to smartphones, but there’s one word that perfectly describes the change this market needed: Lollipop. In my opinion, Android 5.0 is the best thing that has happened to the tablet space in a while, and the Nexus 9 is the first place you’ll get to see it in action. That being said, there are a lot of things that make the Nexus 9 a great device aside from its pure software experience.


The Nexus 9 is powered by a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 dual-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, a 192-core Kepler GPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 6,700 mAh battery. It’s bordered by a smooth brushed metal frame and delivers an 8.9-inch display with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 that’s covered in Gorilla Glass 3. Overall, it’s a bright, crisp, and colorful IPS display.


Based on design alone, it would be easy to convince someone that the Nexus 9 is the love child created from a Nexus 5 and the NVIDIA Shield Tablet. It takes on most the design characteristics from both of these devices, but in a slightly different package. That’s not a bad thing in any way, but if you’ve held either of those devices you’d know that the construction isn’t supreme, but it definitely has a quality build.

Hardware & Design

On the back side we have a soft touch plastic material with Nexus and HTC branding and an 8-megapixel camera with an LED flash. I’m not a huge fan of the matte finish of the plastic on the black version because it tends to get a little grimy after a while, but it’s nothing a small cloth can’t fix with a few passes. Also, on the front side is a 1.6-megapixel camera, but like myself, you’ll probably only ever use it for the occasional Hangout or Skype call.

One edge of the Nexus 9 is home to its lock button, volume rocker and a small microphone. Because the buttons sit so close to the body, I did find it hard to locate them at times. It’s not a deal breaker, but there’s not enough protruding feel to them when compared to other tablets. On the top you’ll find a 3.5mm headphones jack, while the bottom makes room for the Micro USB charging port and a secondary microphone.


If you’re into consuming media, the Nexus 9′s front facing speakers will deliver the goods. They aren’t the best speakers in the world, but if anyone knows about front-facing speakers, it’s HTC. These Boom Sound speakers are a little warm overall, but definitely loud enough to cut through the crowd. There are limited number of tablets with dual-= front facing speakers and I’m glad the Nexus 9 is a part of that club.


There’s no doubt that the Nexus 9 is built to perform and because its running Android 5.0 Lollipop, it has every opportunity in the world to do so. Lollipop makes this tablet a dream to use. This isn’t going to be a Lollipop review, but I’m definitely certain that Google’s latest mobile OS is a life-changing experience for all Android devices. If you’d like to hear my full thoughts on Lollipop and its features in a full review, be sure to hit that thumbs up button.

Thanks to its processor and GPU setup, the Nexus 9 flies through tasks like a boss. Multitasking is smooth, animations are slick, and if you’re a fan of Android, you’ll fall in love with the software experience here. Material design is a big change for Android. Everything is animated and you get a real sense of direction when navigating through the user interface. There’s a nice flow to every transition and the tablet apps have seen a lot of optimization which is always a welcomed improvement.


Gaming on the Nexus 9 is a breeze. Though it’s not a difficult task for most high-end flagships these days, the Nexus 9 took on top Play Store titles with ease and stability. One thing I did notice is that the Nexus 9 gets warm to the touch during heavy use. About 1/4th of my unit began to warm up in the top corner by the camera when playing games. It wasn’t hot, but warm enough that I noticed it regularly.

Battery Life

With a 6,700 mAh battery inside of the Nexus 9, I definitely expected above average performance. Under my average to heavy tablet usage (watching a couple of movies, playing games, using Twitter, Facebook, listening to music, and browsing the web) I experienced around 5 to 5.5 hours of screen-on time. This seemed like a fair number considering my usage, but we’ve also received an OTA update during the review period that has improved this area. That being said, I think Google’s estimated 9.5 hours of Wi-Fi browsing isn’t too far off, but it’s likely that future software updates will extend the battery life even more.

Camera Quality

As for camera performance, the Nexus 9 is just alright. It’s an 8-megapixel sensor, but I was never too impressed. I’m sure there won’t be many out in the wild shooting pictures with a Nexus 9, so I classify the camera on this tablet as a free extra feature.

Check out some Nexus 9 camera samples below:

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As you can see, it’s not great, but it’ll do okay if you’re in a pinch. Just make sure your shooting environment is perfectly lit and it’ll capture passable photos.

The Verdict    

So what’s the takeaway here? Well, at $399 for the 16GB model, the Nexus 9 is hard to pass up. It’s a sleek mid-sized tablet that’s perfect for those on-the-go and currently, it’s the only one shipping with Android 5.0 Lollipop. With the Nexus 9, you’re getting Google’s idea of the perfect tablet experience. It’s fast, thin, light, and optimized to run like a beast.

There may be a few hit or miss areas about the Nexus 9, but overall it’s a complete package for those looking for an unadulterated Android experience on what Google and HTC consider the latest and greatest in tablet technology. While it may not be perfect in every area, the Nexus 9 is definitely a solid tablet that Google can lead the pack with for the next year or so.

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How to set up Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus! (iOS 8.1) Sun, 26 Oct 2014 15:06:59 +0000

Apple recently released iOS 8.1 and with that added Apple Pay. This is a brand new payment platform that will allow you to make payments at supported retailers and online store apps using nothing but an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It’s nothing revolutionary, but Apple is striving to make it a payment standard and has over 500 banks on board with a growing list of retailers. If you’ve just updated to iOS 8.1 and would like to set up Apple Pay, we’ve put together a nice tutorial to help walk you through the process. Check out the video above for more information…

Apple Pay is very simple to set up and easy to use. Once your information has been configured, you can pay for items at retailers without even unlocking the device. Just place your phone over the NFC terminal at any support point-of-sale system and Apple Pay’s interface will appear on the lock screen. It’s one of the easiest ways to pay.

Will Apple Pay survive?

Unfortunately, it’ll be quite some time before this catches on at an international level. At the time of this article, Apple Pay is only supported in the United States, but will roll out to other countries in the (hopefully) near future. It may not be able to fully replace your wallet, but Apple Pay is already off to a strong start and I have no doubt that it’ll pass up any competitors due to Apple’s influence on the market.

We haven’t seen the full extent of Apple Pay just yet, but with new banks and retailers being added to the list each week, it’s only a matter of time before this becomes mainstream. One this is certain, Apple will not give up on this. They’ve put a lot of time an effort into marketing and research. Even if it totally sucked, Apple is too stubborn to admit that. Luckily, it’s a great service and I’m looking forward to its expansion in the future. What do you think of Apple Pay?

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Epic Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Cinematic Camera Test! [4K] Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:35:49 +0000

Guess who has the best smartphone camera in 2014? Well, when it comes to video, it’ll be hard to beat the Galaxy Note 4! This awesome 16-megapixel camera shoots up to UHD quality video (3,840 x 2,160) with optical image stabilization. It’s probably some of the best footage I’ve ever seen from a smartphone and a fine example of how far mobile optics have come. Check out the above video for our Galaxy Note 4 cinematic camera test…

All of the footage in the above video was shot on a Galaxy Note 4 in UHD at 30 frames per second. It’s pretty amazing when you consider that it came from such a small camera sensor. The optical image stabilization on the Note 4 will drastically improve handheld video and photos. Low light performance is alright, but the Note 4′s camera really shines in appropriate lighting.

As mentioned, everything was shot right on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and then edited within Adobe Premiere Pro. When compared to other current smartphone video tests, the Note 4′s camera comes out on top. Recently, we shot an iPhone 6/6 Plus cinematic camera test and you can watch that video here, but the Galaxy Note 4′s camera is in a class of its own.

What do you think about the footage above? Do you plan on upgrading to the Galaxy Note 4? You may want to check out our full review before making a decision. Also, be sure to take a look at this full comparison between the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – Ultimate Comparison! Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:24:06 +0000

Looking for the best large screen smartphone? Well, Samsung and Apple have put together two of the most epic devices on the block, but which one is worth your hard earned dollars? Today we’re comparing Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 with Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. Check out the video above for all of the information you need to know…

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus specifications

Starting out with specifications, the iPhone 6 Plus features a 5.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 (401 ppi), a dual-core Apple A8 chip clocked at 1.4GHz, a quad-core PowerVR GX6450 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 2,915 mAh battery.

As for the Note 4’s specifications, we have a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 (515 ppi), a quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor (Exynos variant in some models), Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,220 mAh battery.

Which one is right for you?

This isn’t really a battle between iOS and Android, it’s a battle between what fits your needs the best. With the Galaxy Note 4, you’re getting a good amount of very specific software features along with S Pen functionality, but not everyone will take advantage of them. However, if you need a high quality device with a large 5.7-inch QHD display, it’ll be hard to find that combination at the moment.

If you’re looking for simplicity, the iPhone 6 Plus may be the route to go. Apple has a strong grip on its software and services and likes to keep them under a very manageable umbrella. This isn’t a bad thing in any way, and if you’re familiar with other iOS devices you won’t have any trouble figuring out the iPhone 6 Plus.

Find out more!

For a full rundown on each device’s features, be sure to check out the above video or head over to 9to5Google for a full written comparison. It’s very clear that these two devices are some of the best released in 2014, but it’ll be hard to directly compare iOS to Android because of the vast differences between each mobile OS.

At the end of the day, it’s going to come down to preference, but hopefully this comparison video has made if a bit easier for you. Which device do you prefer? Leave a comment below!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review! Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:06:16 +0000

The industry’s most popular large screen smartphone is back again and better than ever, but will “better” be enough to call it your own? Today we’re getting into our full review of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 to find out if this phablet king can hold the throne. Check out the review video above for a closer look and be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts below…

Just prior to the Galaxy Note 4, we had the Galaxy Alpha. This was Samsung’s first attempt at a metal-framed smartphone and gave me an optimistic view on the future of its mobile devices. So as you can imagine, when the Galaxy Note 4 was announced, my optimism grew tenfold. Samsung is building things better, there’s no doubt about it. With that said, is the Note 4 still a worthy upgrade?

Galaxy Note 4 specifications:

The Galaxy Note 4 is shipping with top of the line specifications including a 5.7-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 (515 ppi), a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.7GHz (Exynos octa-core in some models), 3GB of RAM, an Adreno 420 GPU, and a 3,220 mAh battery.

Should you buy it?

There’s no denying that this is one of Samsung best smartphones to date. Of course, we expect innovation over iteration, but I believe that Samsung has hit the nail on the head with the Galaxy Note 4. Sure, there are little quirks and annoyances about it, but overall it’s a solid smartphone. The Galaxy Note 4 will provide you with most everything that was great about the Galaxy Note 3, but much needed improvements where it counts.

For a full comparison between the two, be sure to check out this “Ultimate Comparison” article. Nothing is perfect, but Samsung has done the right things in the right places with the Galaxy Note 4 and I think you’ll enjoy it. For a full written review, head over to 9to5Google.

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LG 34UM95 Ultra-Wide Monitor Review (Video) Fri, 10 Oct 2014 04:05:19 +0000

If you’re in the market for an ultra-wide monitor, the LG 34UM95 may just be the option for you. Check out the review video above to find out!

The most frequent question I get is: “Will my computer power this monitor?” If you have a Mac with Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics or newer you will most definitely be able to power this monitor.  It only takes about 35 percent more power to push the 3440 horizontal pixels versus the 2560 standard.  One caveat to running a strictly integrated graphics setup is the refresh rate is limited to 50Hz through thunderbolt.  If you have a Mac with any type of dedicated graphics you will most definitely be able to power this monitor at a 60Hz refresh rate no problem.

In addition to that, the hub functionality performs extremely well.  You can expect impressive transfer results from the USB 3.0 port on this monitor.  The two USB 2.0 ports on the other hand, perform as expected producing not so hot results.

The two 7-watt down firing internal stereo speakers performed decent enough to be your only source of audio, although that is not recommended.  But for the minimalist, the speakers hold up extremely well.

LG provides you with a nifty little application you can install on Windows or Mac that allows you to distribute up the application windows in a wide array of different layouts.  It’s a really handy tool that helps you structure layouts that work in way that is most efficient to you.  This monitor is built for the creative amateur/professional. If you use applications that utilize timelines and effects panes, this monitor is for you.

Finally, the gaming experience is decent, but nothing anything to get too excited about.  It does the job, but that’s all dependent on the gaming source you’re using and the support in place for the 21:9 aspect ratio.  Although I need to let you know I don’t do much gaming on my PC.

Ultimately, would I recommend this monitor to you?  Yes I would, but only in the event you have $999 USD to spend.  This monitor is directly targeted at those of you considering bringing an Apple Thunderbolt display into your workspace; therefore, if you’re thinking about getting a Thunderbolt display, don’t – get this!  It is much more flexible to dynamic office setups and you will not regret doing work on it’s 3440 X 1440 canvas.

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Comparison: iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 5s (Video) Sat, 04 Oct 2014 05:58:45 +0000

Having trouble choosing between the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 5s? They are all great devices, but having all of the details will make your decision ten times easier. In the above video, I compare Apple’s latest and great iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with the year old iPhone 5s. Which one is right for you? Check out the above video to find out!

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus specifications (from my full article on 9to5Mac):

Starting out with specifications, the iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1,334 x 750 (326 ppi), a dual-core Apple A8 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM, an 1,810 mAh battery, and up to 128GB of storage. As for the iPhone 6 Plus, most of the internal specifications (processor/RAM) are the same, but you’ll get a 5.5-inch display (1,920 x 1,080 resolution), optical image stabilization with the rear camera, and a 2,915 mAh battery.

In comparison, the iPhone 5s features a 4-inch display with a resolution of 1,136 x 640 (326 ppi), a dual-core Apple A7 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 1,570 mAh battery, and up to 64GB of storage. Based on internal specifications alone, there’s a magical difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s. Also, because the 6 Plus only provides a few benefits, most of this comparison will be based on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s. If you’re not a fan of large smartphones, it’s likely that you won’t appreciate the size of the 6 Plus. It’s huge.

So what do you think? Is the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus worth the upgrade? Check out the full comparison video above or head over to 9to5Mac and read my full article. Leave your thoughts below!


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Top 20 iOS 8 Features! Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:49:14 +0000

Trying to figure out your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? Or maybe you’ve updated to iOS 8 and want to know what’s new. Well, I’ve put together a handful of tips that you need to know about iOS 8. These are the Top 20 new features found in iOS 8. Check out the video above for an in-depth look!

There are quite a few new features available with iOS 8. Apple has decided to open up its mobile operating system and we’re now seeing a bit more customization available within iOS. Keep in mind, iOS 8 is packed with more than just 20 new features, but these are some of the best. For more information on each feature, check out the links below for full articles on 9to5Mac.

Here are the top 20 features we’ve mentioned in the video above:

What do you think about iOS 8? Have you updated yet?

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Oppo Find 7 Unboxing & First Impressions! Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:15:55 +0000

Today we’re taking a look at the Oppo Find 7. This is the latest and greatest smartphone from Oppo featuring a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. It’s also packed with a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery.

Inside of the box you get a decent pair of earbuds with a selection of tips, a micro USB cable, and a special wall charge to take advantage of the Find 7’s Vooc charging technology. This technology will allow the Find 7 to be recharged from 0% to 75% in just 30 minutes.

For more info about the Find 7, read my full “first impressions” article over on 9to5Google and check out the unboxing video above. Feel free to let me know what you think about the Find 7. Stay tuned for my full review coming up in the near future.

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Henge Docks Gravitas Review – Best Dock Ever?? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:48:16 +0000 Looking for a solid (real solid) dock that works with iPhone and iPad? Meet Gravitas from Henge Docks. This mean little zinc alloy crafted dock has form fitting inserts for iPhone/iPad and claims to “stay put” when undocking your device. Does it live up to the hype? Find out in my video review above.

Read the full written review over a 9to5Mac:

I was very impressed with the way Gravitas is packaged. It has a clean Apple-like unboxing experience and inside of the box you’ll find everything you need to get it setup. No need to bring your own cable. Gravitas comes with a 3ft USB cable, and four dock inserts to accommodate the iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 5c, iPad Air/iPad mini, and fourth generation iPad. Henge Docks also includes an insert for Gravitas that’s compatible with most slim cases as well.

Gravitas is available for $89 on Amazon or the company’s website. Is it worth the money? I think so. This is a very high quality product and will last for years thanks to Henge Docks’ “life after device” program. They promise to continue manufacturing inserts for future Apple devices. So you know that it won’t go out of style for quite some time.

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[Video] OnePlus One Review! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:10:50 +0000 What’s the best Android smartphone in 2014? Well in my opinion, that would be the OnePlus One. Check out my video review above and be sure to read the full review over at 9to5Google.

OnePlus One specifications:

The OnePlus One features a 5.5-inch IPS 1080p display (401 ppi), 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, and a non-removable 3,100mAh battery. If you look closely at those specifications, it’s almost a budget mirror image of every other smartphone released in 2014 so far. Also, there’s just a $50 difference between the 16GB and 64GB models making it a no-brainer to get the model with more storage. Trust me, with no Micro SD card expansion slot, you’ll probably regret getting the 16GB version.

Check out my written review and watch the video above for a closer look at this “flagship killer.” What do you think about the OnePlus One? Is this the smartphone you’ve been waiting for?

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Top 5 Must-Have Smartwatch Features! Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:38:55 +0000 What do you think a smartwatch should do? There are a handful of important features that every smartwatch should have, but will they all live up to these simple expectations? Join Austin Evans, David Rahimi, and myself as we discuss the top 5 must-have smartwatch features.

What features do you want/need on a smartwatch?

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LG G Watch vs Samsung Gear Live Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:15:12 +0000 Android Wear is finally here. Today we’re taking a quick look at the new LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. Essentially both of these smartwatches are capable of the same thing, but sport different designs and specifications. Take a look at the comparison video above for more information.

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5.5-Inch iPhone 6 vs 4.7-inch, OnePlus One, And LG G3 (Mockups) Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:52:45 +0000 What’s better than one iPhone 6 dummy? Two! In this video we’re taking a look at the 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch iPhone 6 mockups. Along with that, I compared them to the LG G3 and recently released OnePlus One. The 5.5-inch dummy is incredibly large. Almost too big, but be the judge for yourself.

So what do you think about the 5.5-inch dummy’s size? Is this too large when compared to other devices? Leave a comment down below and don’t forget to subscribe for more videos like this in the future.

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How To Jailbreak iOS 7.1 And 7.1.1 Untethered With Pangu Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:33:52 +0000 Yes, the reports are true. An untethered jailbreak has been released for iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1. The jailbreak is compatible with all iOS 7 devices and the process is very similar to other “one click” tools we’ve seen in the past. Check out the video tutorial above for more information.

Download the Pangu jailbreak tool here and if you’re in need of more instruction through the process, I’ve put together a written tutorial over at 9to5Mac.

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LG G3 Review! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:00:34 +0000 For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to test out the LG G3. It’s a very impressive smartphone with a beautiful 5.5-inch Quad HD display (2,560 x 1,440), but does it live up to all of the hype? Check out my full review above to find out if the LG G3 is worth your hard-earned dollars.

From my written review on 9to5Google:

When the LG G3 was first announced, I wasn’t exactly sure what to think about it. Sure, the G2 was nice and had a beautiful display with some quirky software features, but it wasn’t something I was ever interested in using on a daily basis. I considered it to be nothing more than a mediocre device in a big race. Don’t get me wrong, it was definitely a step up for LG, but the G2′s late release put it up against some tough competition in 2013.

Fast forward to the LG G3. Even with its recent announcement and small-scale initial launch, the G3 has captured the attention of many. It’s nothing short of a 2014-standard as far as flagship specifications go, but will the LG G3 be the best smartphone this year? That remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, this is the best smartphone that LG has created thus far

Taking a look at specifications, the LG G3 packs a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM (32GB model) or 2GB of RAM (16GB model), a 3,000mAh battery, 16/32GB of internal storage, and a micro SD card slot that’s expandable up to 128GB. At its core, the G3 is a definite contender, but these specifications don’t make it much different from any other flagship devices we’ve seen this year.

For my full written review, check out the article here on 9to5Google. It’s a long read, but well worth it if you’re considering buying this beastly flagship smartphone. Overall, I’ve enjoyed my time with the LG G3, but 2014 still has quite a few more offerings. Check out the video review above and click here for the full written review.

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OnePlus One: Unboxing and First Impressions! Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:54:17 +0000 This is the phone we’ve all been waiting for. The OnePlus One is here to take out the flagship competition offering high-end specifications on a budget. This is one of the most anticipated devices this year, but not everyone can get their hands on it yet due to the drawn-out invite system. Check out my first impressions video above for a closer look at the OnePlus One.

From my article on 9to5Google:

As mentioned above, this device is loaded with specifications that put it in the same category as the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and LG G3. Inside you’ll find a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, and a vivid 5.5-inch 1080p display (401 PPI). The 64GB model is featured in Sandstone Black ($349), while the 16GB model comes in Silk White ($299). Not only is this device made from quality components, but the entire experience screams high-end. The OnePlus One is packaged very nicely and every inch of the unboxing experience feels very premium.

What do you think about the OnePlus One? I’m a fan so far, but stay tuned for my full review in the near future. Leave a comment below and give me your thoughts.

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LG G3 Hands-On & First Impressions! Sun, 08 Jun 2014 15:35:27 +0000 The LG G3 is finally here (well sort of.) This device is now available in South Korea, but I was able to acquire one thanks to the good people at LG. This device has a beautiful 5.5-inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. Along with that it’s packing some high-end specifications and could be the best smartphone of 2014. Check out my hands-on and first impressions video above.

From my article on 9to5Google:

Inside of the LG G3 you’ll find a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery, 32GB of internal storage, and a micro SD card slot that’s expandable up to 128GB. The backside features a 13-megapixel camera with OIS+ (optical image stabilization), Laser Auto Focus and is capable of capturing UHD video. The G3 is thin, light, and comfortable to hold, but the curved faux-metalic rear cover does tend to be a bit slippery though not as much as the HTC One M8.

On the software side of things, this device is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box and LG has redesigned its interface skin to be simplistic and flat. We haven’t had a lot of time to explore everything that the G3 has to offer yet, but this device is definitely shaping up to be the flagship smartphone of the year. Stay tuned for more coverage and our full review in the near future.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the LG G3, including my full review coming up in the near future.

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Oppo R5 Hands-on and First Impressions! Sun, 01 Jun 2014 20:08:22 +0000

Progressive technology. It is what we desire. We have smartphones in our pockets that rival the power of home computer setups 3 or 4 years go. Miniaturization of components keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible on a mobile device. We marveled over many devices being thin and powerful before but never like this one. Popular Chinese manufacturer Oppo introduces the new R5 claiming it to be the thinnest smartphone ever made. The R5 boasts an impossibly thin 4.85mm profile made of a combination of high quality metal and glass.

When I held the Oppo R5 for the first time it was almost surreal. I just couldn’t believe how thin it was but also how good it felt in the hand at the same time. The design is more like a hybrid of Oppo’s classic design and a Apple iPhone 5S. For how thin the device is it boast some heavy duty specs including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa Core processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP Sony made camera sensor capable of 4K video recording.

My real concern here is the smaller 2000 mah battery and the lack of a 3.5 mm headphone jack. There is an adapter that can be used through the micro USB port but many will not be happy with this omission. Is overall thinness worth sacrificing useful features on a new modern day mobile device? Is shock factor worth the giving up something as crucial as battery life? Watch as I take a first look at the thinnest smartphone in the world: The Oppo R5. Check out the above video for a closer look!

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Epic Office Tour In 4K! Tue, 27 May 2014 20:58:11 +0000 Welcome to my office tour (watch it on YouTube here). Many of you have been asking for a revised tour since my setup changed, so here we are once again. If you’d like to check out any of my gear, I’ve created a dedicated audio/video gear page that can be found here, or you can find other individual items in the description of this video on YouTube (Click here).

I truly appreciate all of the support! Words can’t describe how grateful I am for each and every person who watches my videos. Thanks again and be sure to leave any questions you may have in to comments here or on YouTube.

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Wood + iPhone 6 = Awesome?! (Vesel Wood Series) Sat, 24 May 2014 17:06:10 +0000

Vesel has a new lineup of cases/bumpers for the iPhone 6 that are made from wood and aluminum. The company’s “Wood Series” offers a unique spin on the bumper case and looks pretty damn sleek while doing it. It may not provide a ton of protection, but it’s perfect for those looking for some kind of coverage without all of the bulk…

Inside of the box, you’ll find the Wood Series bumper of course, along with a small tool for installation that can easily be attached to a keyring for removal on-the-go, a very unique serial number certificate plate (see video), a quick start guide, two extra screws, and a Vesel-branded microfiber cloth.

As you would expect, the case is rather simple to install. First, you’ll need to use the included tool to unscrew the top portion of the case. After that, simply slide in the iPhone 6 and put the bumper back together.

I haven’t used the Wood Series long enough to tell you how it holds up over time, but over the past couple of weeks, it has been pretty solid. It’s definitely not for everyone, but such a combination of materials can certainly be appreciated by most people. Vesel’s Wood Series for iPhone 6 is available in four different combinations which are all variations of the Frozen Titanium Gray and Frozen Brilliant Silver top aluminum colors and either walnut or oak wood for the sides.

To find out more about Vesel’s full lineup of cases or for pricing and availability, check out the company’s website. If you’d like to save some cash on Vesel’s Wood Series case, use promo code “DOM20″ for a 20 percent discount! This bumper is also available for iPhone 5/5s and is coming soon for iPhone 6 Plus.

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Moto E vs Moto G vs Moto X – Unboxing & Comparison Thu, 22 May 2014 14:24:18 +0000 Today we’re taking a look at the Moto E and comparing it to Motorola’s other “budget” devices. Check out the unboxing and comparison video above. Which Moto device do you prefer?

Moto E specs:

  • 4.3-inch display 540 x 960 (256 PPI)
  • Dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor
  • Adreno 302 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of storage (Expandable via SD card slot)
  • 1,980mAh battery

If you’d like to find out more, visit my full comparison article on 9to5Goole. Want to buy one? You can find these devices here: Moto X, Moto G, Moto E.

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This Is What iOS Looks Like On An iPhone 6 (4.7 inch Display) Mon, 19 May 2014 17:26:45 +0000 It’s been widely rumored that Apple’s iPhone 6 will feature a 4.7-inch display. So guess what? We decided to make one… Well, kind of. Either way, here’s what iOS will look like on a 4.7-inch display. It’s pretty interesting. Check out the video above.

From my article on 9to5Mac:

In order to create a physical representation of an “iPhone 6,” we needed a qualified candidate to replicate the display size. It just so happens that Motorola’s Moto X has a 4.7-inch display that matches up very closely with the fake display found on numerous iPhone 6 dummy units in the wild. After scouting our display, we took the bezel from an iPhone 6 dummy and modified it to show a clear 4.7-inch space that allowed the Moto X’s display to shine through. Check out the video below for a closer look.

So what do you think? Does the larger display work? Leave a comment.

It’s been widely rumored that Apple’s iPhone 6 will feature a 4.7-inch display. So guess what? We decided to make one… Well, kind of. Either way, here’s what iOS will look like on a 4.7-inch display. It’s pretty interesting.

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Augment Modular Charging Solution For iPhone 5/5s Fri, 16 May 2014 14:03:22 +0000 Augment is a very unique and useful case system for iPhone that will give you all of the benefits from a battery case, without all of the bulk. This is a product was recently listed on Kickstarter to gain funding, but I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to test out a sample of Augment and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. The case works great and the battery module will provide an addition 60 percent battery life. Check out my hands-on video above for more info or click here to visit the Kickstarter page.

From my article on 9to5Mac:

Augment is a modular charging case for iPhone 5/5s that allows you to snap on a 1,200mAh power module when you need it. The idea is very simple, but very effective and will add an additional 60 percent battery life to your iPhone. The Augment Charge module is designed to be small enough to fit in a coin pocket and take up very little room when attached to the case.

The Augment Charge unit comes with a Micro USB charging cable that will also charge and sync the iPhone when connected. There’s also a small LED status indicator on the side of the module to help keep you aware of the remaining power. Augment Charge has also received MFI (Made For iPhone) approval from Apple and will continue with the final certification process once the project meets its funding goal.

As far as the case goes, I’m a big fan of its design. This is definitely different than any other case I’ve seen and the added charging functionality makes it a winner in my book. The outside of the case is covered in a durable TPU rubber, while the inside has a polycarbonate shell to add reinforcement. Both the charge module and case are available in black, blue, and red.

If you’d like to find out more about Augment, check out the official Kickstarter page here. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Gold And Space Gray iPhone 6 (Mockup) vs iPhone 5s And iPod touch 5G Thu, 15 May 2014 13:55:28 +0000 Thanks to the rumor mill, we now have physical mockups of what may be Apple’s iPhone 6 design. There’s no confirmation that these mockups will reflect Apple’s official design, but they are based on rumors/schematics that have been leaked. Either way, it’s fun to look at and compare to other devices. For more iPhone 6 coverage, check out my YouTube channel or my recent articles on 9to5Mac.

Check out the video about and let me know what you think about the new design. Are you a fan of having a larger 4.7-inch display? Do you like the rumored redesigned body style? I can’t wait until the iPhone 6 is released later this year, but these kind of things will definitely help hold me over.

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Thank you for everything!!!!!!!! #100K Wed, 14 May 2014 01:55:28 +0000

Hello friends,

I just wanted to take this time to seriously thank all of you for every ounce of support. YouTube has changed my life in so many ways. Everything I do today is thanks to YOUR support and I wouldn’t be here without it. Every time I upload a video, I’m reminded of your loyal support. I’m literally speechless. Words can’t express my gratitude, but I’ll try.

I started uploading videos on YouTube as a “hobby” back in late 2011. It was just for fun. I never knew/expected that this would grow into something this amazing. Since starting YouTube I’ve had the pleasure to work/write at several blogs as well, most recently 9to5Mac and 9to5Google. It’s been such a great honor to be a part of this community and I’m looking forward to many more exciting years ahead. We’re just getting started.

Just for fun, if you’d like to see the first “hobby” video I uploaded to YouTube I’ve embedded it below. This video now lives on a channel I created for my audio production tutorials, but those originally started on my main channel. Many of you may not know it, but “macmixing” has an explanation behind it. Mainly it was due to the fact that I mixed audio on a Mac. I uploaded audio production tutorials for fun and somehow (thanks to you) that flourished into something beautiful.

I want to add more to this post, but I don’t want to take up your time any longer. Just know this, I am thankful for every view, like, dislike, share, retweet, mention, comment, subscriber, and everything in-between. Also, all of the wonderful people I’ve met along the way who have helped me with everything deserve some of this success as well. I’m grateful for every ounce of support.

I’d like to also give a HUGE thank you to my brother Anthony Esposito (Twitter link), my wonderful wife, beautiful daughter, and my mother. These people have been there for me from day one. Anthony has helped me with so much, that I owe him some of this success. Fact is, you all motivate me. Thank you. Thank you SO MUCH!!

Check out my first video below:

Dom Esposito

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Cover Wed, 07 May 2014 14:39:31 +0000 With the release of the Galaxy S5, Samsung launched new accessories to protect and enhance the new smartphone. Samsung’s new S-View Flip Cover is designed with simplicity and functionality in mind, but is it worth the money? Check out my video review above for more information.

From my full review on 9to5Google:

The S-View Flip Cover is available in a handful of colors and also comes in a wireless charging version that adds Qi charging capabilities to the Galaxy S5. The main benefit of the S-View Flip Cover is to provide quick access to features and information without the need to unlock your device.

Overall, this is a high quality case. It’s definitely not the only case available for the S5 as we recently pointed out in our budget accessory roundup, but it does have the perfect blend of protection and features to compliment the Galaxy S5. The S-View Flip Cover will set you back $49.99 and the wireless charging version is priced at $69.99, but you can often find the standard version available at a discounted price here on Amazon.

So is it a worthy purchase? If you’re willing to spend $40 to $50 on a case, I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed with the S-View Flip Cover. It’s made from high quality materials and simplifies specific tasks on the Galaxy S5.

So what do you think about this case? Watch the video above or read my full review on 9to5Google. If you’d like to find out more information check out Samsung’s official accessory page, or click here for pricing and availability.

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