Author Archive for Stefan Etienne

Founded tech site LaptopMemo. 18-years-old, loves tea, tennis, reading, tech, gaming, + more.

Hands On With The Moto X Pure Edition

20150728_094544In the grand scheme of the things, it’s the Moto X Style that stands as today’s important announcement from Motorola. It could be argued that their best-selling phone to date, the Moto G, is also important, but the enthusiast (and I) market might say otherwise. Here, the metallic accents and grippy, soft grip of the Moto X Style actually shine, while also keeping a large device with a 5.7-inch screen in a 5.5″ body, wieldable.

Moto X Play Announced: A Longer Lasting, More Active Flagship Phone

20150728_093158The Moto X Play is Motorola’s second X-branded device announced today. Aimed towards battery life, up to two days on a single charge, and is advertised with a massive 3,630mAh battery to accomplish that. The same 21 megapixel sensor seen on the top-range Moto X Style carries over (capped at 1080p HD recording), with a 5.5-inch full HD display. A Snapdragon octa-core processor is the X Play’s heart, with 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB storage options, along with Moto Maker and a pure build of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

Motorla pegs the Moto X Play launch in August.

Motorola Announces The New Moto G: A Mid-Ranger With Customization

motog-2015The Moto G is no longer a secret — it never really was anyways, with a litany of leaks during the past few days. From the Altman Building in NYC, Motorola has brought in new devices, one of which is the Moto G. A Snapdragon 410 chip, a 5-inc 720p screen, a 13-megapixel back camera, 1GB RAM (2GB on the 16GB model) and 8GB of internal storage, with Android 5.1 Lollipop and some Motorola additions, per usual.

In terms of durability, the Moto G is now IPX7 water resistant and goes on sale around the world, starting today for $179.99 for the 8GB model.

Moto X Style: The Newest, Spec Heavy Flagship Phone From Motorola

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Starting with a front-facing stereo speaker, a coated silicone rubber soft-grip curved back (with anti-discoloration) and poise.  The new Moto X Style is designed to be stylish and customizable, via Moto Maker or out of the box, including leather and wooden back options with machined metal frames and metallic accents.

Availability will be across the world; the United States will see a launch in September, direct for Motorola, Amazon and BestBuy (and its stores) for $399.

The OnePlus 2 Makes Its Online Debut, With An August 11th Release Date

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The OnePlus 2 is the company’s self-described “flagship killer” for the year 2016. On paper, the OnePlus 2 is no slouch, I’ll give it that: a Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor (that apparently won’t overheat), 5.5-inch 1080p display, 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and laser focus (at 1.3 microns), a 5 megapixel camera on the front, a USB Type-C connector (and reversible USB-A at the other end of the cable), 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

The back plates make a return, however in Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood, and Kevlar versions. The leading security option is a fingerprint sensor that can store up to 5 prints, To top it off, a 3,300mAh battery that should get the phone through the entire day.

Android Lollipop is customized with the OnePlus UI enhancements, which includes customizable nav bar buttons.

Launch is pegged for August 11th in the US, Canada, India, the EU, and China. A Southeast Asia launch will occur in Q4 2015. Pricing is $389 for the 64GB, while the 16GB version will require $329.

Via: OnePlus

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Review: Audiophiles, Meet The Bourgeois

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Many high-end closed-back headphones have debuted — with equally high prices — in the hopes of being the “it” pair of stylish, technological and acoustically rich headphones. Over the course of the past year or so, I’ve taken a look at offerings in the same category from the likes of Sennheiser, Master & Dynamic and harman/kardon, to name a few.

But never Bower & Wilkins — the makers of the audio systems in Maseratis. So, how does the flagship P7 fair?

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Router Review: A Better Portal

20150723_142029No matter the speed of your ISP (internet service provider), it all boils down to the wireless router you have installed. Well, it turns out that FiOS Quantum in NYC comes with a mediocre dual-band router, and as a result, was not only resulting in high pings for my League of Legends sessions, but made working and watching HD and 4K content an unsavory process. Enter, Netgear’s R7000 smart router — dubbed Nighthawk or “the Batmobile router” — with enough specs to deliver high speeds throughout a three-level home.

Let’s continue, shall we?