While most of us buy our phones based mainly on specs and which version of Android it is running on, there’s no denying that many of us have a keen eye for detail when it comes to hardware… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
The term “midrange smartphone” is becoming a worthless misnomer. It used to be that if a phone lacked the premium features to match high-end phones, but was too powerful to fit the entry-level class, you’d just call it a midrange device. However, more than a few phones released today blur the line marking a phone as high-end that calling them midrange seems to be off-base. The Motorola Atrix HD is one of those phones that breaks the rules.
Can a high tech scale help you lose weight? I recently started a journey to slim back down, which started the day I stepped on my digital scale and noticed I was approaching 200 lbs. Over the last month I have made good progress, but I wanted to see if an expensive Wi-Fi scale could add any benefit to my training. After doing some online research, I decided to go with the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale . I’ve now been using the device for several weeks and I’m comfortable enough with it to share my experiences. Read on to see if it fits your needs and if I would recommend it to a friend
Growing up in South Texas, I became used to hot summers and high electricity bills. A winter electricity statement might only run $50, but it could easily climb to $200-300 in the summer months. Studies show that your thermostat controls half your energy bill on average, so it could be a wise investment to purchase a smart thermostat that learns your schedule and provides energy saving tips. This month I finally decided to purchase the Nest learning thermostat. Last year I got one for my parents and then I read a ton of positive reviews, so I felt I should give it a try as we entered the warmest months in Dallas.
Summer is here and all the Hollywood studios are releasing their blockbuster movies. So what’s the best Android app to feed your movie addiction? There are a ton of movie apps out there and I’ve tried most of them, but the one that has a permanent place on my home screen is IMDb (Internet movie database, for the few that have never heard of it). The site IMDb.com has always been one the most
Are you having trouble achieving your fitness goals? I’ve found that smartphone apps can help me improve my diet and exercise routines, but I’m always looking for that extra boost to keep me motivated and maximize my training time. Over the last couple of years I have tested a dozen different apps to track my running, but recently I decided to try out a Bluetooth heart rate monitor. After scanning the web and reading a ton of reviews, I went ahead and purchased the Zephyr HxM. Over the last couple of weeks I logged 60 miles with the Zephyr and now I’m ready to share my thoughts.
Gas prices are down from their highs of a couple months ago, but they are slowly climbing back up. If you plan to take a road trip this summer, make sure you download the free GasBuddy app before you hit the road. It can help you save money each time you fill up, so you can spend your cash on other things that will make your vacation more enjoyable. GasBuddy is a community of users working together to update gas prices.
Football and basketball season are over, but baseball is starting to heat up as we enter the second half of the year. Now is the time to head to the ball park, but make sure you check out StubHub before you purchase your next ticket. The service offers an online marketplace for tickets and their Android app allows you to purchase tickets at a moments notice. Last year I was working in San Francisco across the street from AT&T Park and I quickly became a Giants fan. They had just won the World Series so most of their series sold out, but I still caught a lot of games by getting tickets on StubHub. AT&T Park is a beautiful stadium and it was nice to be able to enjoy the games from the seat I chose.
Over the last couple of years I have desired a smartwatch, but I have yet to find one that had style and delivered all the features I needed. Sony’s LiveView accessory got me excited a couple of years ago, but the early reviews said it had some issues and didn’t live up to people’s expectations. After listening to customer feedback, Sony went back to work and delivered the new and improved SmartWatch. This time I wasn’t an early adopter, but I finally took the plunge and purchased the Sony SmartWatch after I played with one and a trusted friend gave it the thumbs up. I picked up my SmartWatch at a local Sony Store for $149, but they can be found online for as low as $114 .