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Review: Sony’s $350 WH-1000XM3 headphones live up to the hype

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

In today's $350 wireless, ANC-equipped over-ear headphones space, there are two primary competitors: Bose's QuietComfort 35 II and Sony's WH-1000XM3. Bose has long been championed as the king of the segment by many, but it seems impossible to talk about the QC35 II these days without someone butting in about how the identically-priced 1000XM3 is superior. After some time with the 1000XM3, I understand why everyone has been talking about them.

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Review: Sony's $350 WH-1000XM3 headphones live up to the hype was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Arlo Audio Doorbell and Chime review: Easy setup, questionable value

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Ding-dong; the future's here! With smart-home technology making it more affordable than ever to outfit your domicile with everything from high-resolution, subject-identifying security cameras to wireless, effortlessly hooked up door and window sensors, who's really thinking about installing something as seemingly archaic as a doorbell and chime? We've already spent some time getting to to know Arlo's wireless camera systems, and I recently set out to see how that setup might be enhanced by the addition of the $80 Arlo Audio Doorbell and the $50 Arlo Chime.

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Arlo Audio Doorbell and Chime review: Easy setup, questionable value was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Philips Hue Play review: Impressive media-syncing light bars, but with room for improvement

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

As well as offering simple light bulbs and accessories for your home, Philips has been pushing its Hue lights for entertainment purposes more and more. The Zigbee-toting Hue lights can now be used as accent lighting for music, film, and even gaming, which may seem gimmicky or cool, depending on your outlook. I would say it’s a bit of both, or at least that’s how I view the latest addition to the lineup, the Hue Play.

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Philips Hue Play review: Impressive media-syncing light bars, but with room for improvement was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nanoleaf Canvas review: The funkiest smart lights get cooler, better

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

Over the past couple of years, Nanoleaf has made a name for itself as the brand for cool, funky, unusual, and colorful smart lights. I dubbed its Aurora panels "the coolest and most extravagant smart lights you can own" when I reviewed them, and they're still just as awesome as they were back in 2017. But you can't sit still while the world moves on, so Nanoleaf is back again with the Canvas.

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Nanoleaf Canvas review: The funkiest smart lights get cooler, better was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG ThinQ View smart display review: It’s $250, loud, and kind of ugly

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

Google Assistant-powered smart displays all do pretty much the same things, and, except for the Google Home Hub, run identical software on similar internal hardware. That uniformity leaves device-specific critiques to nuances in external hardware, and while LG's ThinQ View display doesn't outright fail in any respect, for $250, its functional similarity to cheaper, prettier devices makes it a bad buy.

The Good

Sound The ThinQ View's big speakers deliver big sound.
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LG ThinQ View smart display review: It's $250, loud, and kind of ugly was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ExaGear app review: A Windows emulator with questionable utility

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

Wine, the popular cross-platform Windows compatibility layer, has been officially available for Android since early 2018. However, it only translates API calls; there's no built-in emulator to convert x86 instructions for ARM processors. ExaGear is a paid emulator for Android that attempts to solve this problem, by adding an x86 emulator to a modified version of Wine.

ExaGear's current price of $29.99 doesn't seem unreasonable to me, especially considering its the only Windows emulator on the Play Store with anything close to decent performance (CrossOver aside, which only works on x86 devices).

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ExaGear app review: A Windows emulator with questionable utility was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

RHA TrueConnect true wireless earbuds review: You can do better

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Everyone is trying to make true wireless earbuds these days, but most of these products aren't very good. The technology has gotten cheap enough that any white label OEM can throw together a true wireless setup that does the bare minimum. Unless you simply refuse to have wires under any circumstances, these cheap options aren't worth the tradeoffs like sync issues, poor sound quality, and A/V lag. At the high-end, there are true wireless systems that can almost match a nice set of regular Bluetooth earbuds, but there's a lot of variation.

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RHA TrueConnect true wireless earbuds review: You can do better was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Anker Soundcore Model Zero and Zero+ review: Premium wireless speakers, with or without Google Assistant

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

Anker's Soundcore sub-brand sells all kinds of wireless audio gear, from earbuds to soundbars. They generally target a pretty midrange market; they're not chintzy by any means, but historically, they haven't been expensive, either. Starting at $200, though, Anker's new Soundcore Model Zero and Model Zero+ speakers are decidedly more premium than the company's previous offerings. And while they're not quite a home run, there's a lot to like here.

The Good

Sound quality Impressive for the speakers' size, with the potential to get very loud.
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Anker Soundcore Model Zero and Zero+ review: Premium wireless speakers, with or without Google Assistant was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Jaybird Tarah Pro review: Jaybird’s best wireless earbuds yet

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Jaybird has had a busy few months. Following September's release of both the flagship X4 and budget Tarah, the company released last month the Tarah Pro, a second high-end headset that evidently shares enough in common with Jaybird's entry-level offering to share its name.

Tarah, it seems, is Jaybird's name for these devices' particular form factor, rather than an indicator of budget-friendliness. While the Pro take a number of design cues from the vanilla Tarah, they certainly don't take inspiration from their price: at $160, the Tarah Pro are Jaybird's most expensive earbuds.

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Jaybird Tarah Pro review: Jaybird's best wireless earbuds yet was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG Watch W7 review: A smartwatch that shouldn’t be ignored

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

If we're to listen to complaints about Wear OS, the one thing everybody agrees on is that OEMs should try new things. That's why it's interesting to see that LG's announcement of the Watch W7 instantly became the most criticized smartwatch of 2018 — possibly ever. It had an old chipset, a small-ish battery, and hands that obscured the screen. The watch was mocked so relentlessly, we had our doubts that it would ever come out.

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LG Watch W7 review: A smartwatch that shouldn't be ignored was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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