A Week With Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE on the Wrist

A Week With Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE on the Wrist


Mobvoi made their new TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE official this morning and since I’ve spent several days with one on the wrist, figured I’d share some additional thoughts on whether or not this could be your next Wear OS watch. While not a full review, because this is a re-release of a watch from a year ago, there’s stuff to talk about here.

What is the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE?

The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE is a re-release of the TicWatch Pro from last July, only now it has 4G LTE connectivity through Verizon, a full 1GB RAM, and a slightly lighter body. The rest of the specs are the same (processor, display, NFC, sensors, etc.) and the price tops out at $299. If you buy it during this first launch month, Mobvoi is slashing the price to $279.

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Moto Z4 Review: It’s Time to Move On

Moto Z4 Review: It’s Time to Move On


Motorola’s Moto Z4 arrives this month to extend the life of a phone line we weren’t sure would continue to exist after last year’s disappointing Moto Z3. Motorola mostly mailed in 2018 with a couple of Z phones that felt like they were created simply to fulfill the promise of three years worth of Moto Mods support before being able to exit the modular arena, yet here we are.

I don’t really know why Motorola is back with another Moto Z phone, but I have spent the past week or so with the Z4 to do some testing. I can tell you right now that I’m not a huge fan of this phone, though that’s not saying it doesn’t have some redeeming qualities. The problem for the Moto Z4, which we’ll dive into, is that Google released the Pixel 3a a few weeks ago, a phone that is really going … Read the rest

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Pixel 3a Review: Tough to Beat for the Price

Pixel 3a Review: Tough to Beat for the Price


A couple of days after Google announced its Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones, I wrote up a short piece suggesting that the phone was “boringly good” and an excellent choice if your budget is $400. After spending several weeks with the phone by my side since then, I still feel the exact same way, which again, is good.

This is a short Pixel 3a review.

Pixel 3a Review

What do I like?

Software

Because this is a Pixel phone made by Google, you get the cleanish Android software experience that Google thinks is the best. I tend to prefer their take on Android over others’, so as you can imagine, I like what the Pixel 3a offers.

You get Google’s Pixel Launcher with easy access at all times to apps, a news feed, and Google Assistant. You get Google’s always-on display, a feature that not even OnePlus can figure … Read the rest

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Lenovo Smart Clock Review: About as Exciting as a Clock Can Be

Lenovo Smart Clock Review: About as Exciting as a Clock Can Be


Here we are, reviewing smart clocks. 2019 is awesome! After waiting months for Lenovo to release the Smart Clock since its unveiling at CES this past January, the time has come! Priced at just $79, there isn’t a lot you need to know about this little device, though, I can tell you what not to expect from it.

This is a clock that features Google Assistant — nothing more. It’s not a smaller option to the Google Nest Hub or even a competitor to Amazon’s new Echo Show 5. All this device does is show you the time, play music, provide info via Assistant, and that’s about it.

If you’re okay with that, then let’s dive a bit deeper, shall we?

The Smart Clock is rather small, featuring a 4″ IPS touchscreen display. Navigating the UI is much like a larger Smart Display from any number of … Read the rest

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Review: Amazon’s Good Omens is very bit as entertaining as original novel.

Review: Amazon’s Good Omens is very bit as entertaining as original novel.

Heaven and Hell prepare to face off in the long-planned battle of Armageddon, but an angel, a demon, and a rebellious Antichrist aren’t quite as enthusiastic about the prospect in Good Omens. The six-part limited series is based on the original 1990 novel by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett, and it’s every bit as entertaining as the source material.

(Some spoilers for the book and series below.)

Confession: I am an uber-fan, having read the book multiple times over the last 19 years. I’ll likely read it several more times before I kick off this mortal coil, so I’m very much in the target audience for the series. Good Omens is the story of an angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and a demon Crowley (David Tennant) who gradually become friends over the millennia and team up to avert Armageddon. They’ve come to be rather fond of the

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OnePlus 7 Pro Review: Big Phone Lovers, Your Phone is Here

OnePlus 7 Pro Review: Big Phone Lovers, Your Phone is Here


It’s here, guys – the OnePlus 7 Pro is official and we’ve spent a lot of time with one in recent weeks getting to know its every capability. As you now know from the announcement, this is OnePlus’ most ambitious phone yet, where they basically spared no expense. Of course, going all out has meant a big price increase, but I would argue that consumers are willing to pay as long as the product delivers.

With its first QHD display, no notch or hole punch, next-gen storage, super fast charging, a familiar design, and a triple camera setup, is this going to be a phone worth paying for, even if it takes us well out of the OnePlus price range we’re used to? I don’t want to spoil much, so let’s talk about that.

This is our OnePlus 7 Pro review!

OnePlus 7 Pro Review

The Good


Display

At 6.67-inches and with a quad … Read the rest

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The Orville proves it’s one of the best sci-fi shows on TV with S2 finale

The Orville proves it’s one of the best sci-fi shows on TV with S2 finale

Enlarge / The crew of the USS Orville stands ready for new adventures in season 2 of The Orville. (credit: Fox Broadcasting)

Fox’s sci-fi series The Orville closed out a terrific second season with an ambitious finale that showcased all the elements that make this such an intellectually and emotionally satisfying show.

(Some spoilers below.)

Season 1 of The Orville admittedly had a rocky start, at least in terms of critical reception, garnering just a 19 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes when it debuted. Viewers begged to differ: they gave the freshman series a 91 percent favorable rating, won over by its skillful mix of humor and drama. That’s a tough balance to pull off, but The Orville succeeds admirably. Season 2 won even more fans. This is a smart series that combines humor and witty dialogue with cutting-edge science, ethical musings, the occasional literary reference, and genuine

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