Moto G4 Play is now available for purchase

Lately, I've really loved the Moto G4 Plus, as a great phone to almost supplant just about any flagship.

Well, for those not looking at quite as strong a power house, there's the Moto G4 Play, a little less powered, but a strong battery to boot.

Now, it's available for those who are interested via Telus, Koodo, Bell, Virgin or Wind for on average $200 or free on a plan

What do you get for that price?

  • 5" 1280x720
  • 1.2GHz x4 Snapdragon 410
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage + microSD
  • 8MP / 5MP
  • 2800mAh
  • IPX7 water resistance (1m @ 30min)
  • Android 6.0.1

It's not that strongly powered, but we all know a fellow or 2 that this will be more than enough for them, and then with that 2800mAh battery, with those specs it should provide you a long amount of play time.

I came home from my camping trip to one on my desk for a review, so I'll be diving into that soon to let you know what I think of it.


Master & Dynamic delivers the ME03 for the mass market to enjoy music again!

After delivering a high-end verdict on the Master & Dynamic MH30 in my previous review for their great work on a what I consider a stunning piece of pure listening enjoyment, M&D approached me to see how far I'd take the experience with the ME03.

Turtleback offers some of the best leather cases for smartphones on the market

If your part of the business world making a first impression is really important. Nothing stands out more than a nice leather holster for  your smartphone while getting to one of your high-end clients. Turtleback cases are designed to give that impact statement all the while being chic and useful.

Dedicated USB-C Charger? CHOETECH with their 29W wall charger is what I had in mind

Whether you're at work, home, the office or on a vacation, being able to charge your smartphone is very important. CHOETECH has been in the field of providing power solutions for various devices for quite some time and they've come back to me with another power block.

Pokémon Go IV stats 101

If you have been playing Pokémon Go for a while, you probably heard of the term Pokemon IVs. This term is used a lot especially with the recent Pokémon Go app update that introduces Pokemon appraisals. With the new appraisal feature, you can finally get a sense of the quality of your Pokémon. But what do all these stats and appraisal wording mean? I put together a basic guide that would hopefully help you understand how to detect the best Pokémon and decide who to invest your Stardust and candy in.

Missing night mode from Nougat 7.0? There's an APP for that!

With the latest release of Nougat, Android 7.0, we've seen that some users after a factory reset lost the ability to use the "Night mode" tile that was available during the preview. Mike Evans released an app just for that.

Milo is a smartphone stand with micro suction cups and it looks damn fine on my desk

Bluelounge which produces "Milo" is a micro suction desktop stand. This little baby is looking mighty fine just there on my desk. I wanted something different than a typical stand and I was ready to pay the price. Ok, not an overly crazy price... When it comes to accessories, we have an abundant amount of choices, this includes smartphone stands. Mostly usually plastic or aluminium base. However, Milo set itself apart by offering something different.

Android Nougat is out!

The next major version of Android was released today called Android Nougat, which brings the version number to 7.0.

There are already a ton of articles talking about this today, so instead of being redundant, I’ll list out some of the best content to check out;

Early OTA access and Night Mode

If you were part of the Android beta program to try out Android N before Nougat was released, you are fist in line for the Nougat OTA. I, along with several people I know who were also beta testers, got our OTA’s earlier today, and the size was only 30MB or so, rather than the full ~1GB for the full deal from Marshmallow to Nougat.

If wanted to rush the OTA, people, including a friend of mine, who was able to sign up for the beta today, and got the Nougat OTA very shortly after! It’s like cutting in line, but it works!

Also, for those of you who’ve been on the beta program, may have used Android’s Night Mode. This feature tints the screen red, making it easier on the eyes in low light or darkness. I use it often when I read in bed, right before I sleep. It’s been great. There was word this feature wouldn’t make it into Android Nougat though, so I had expected it to disappear after updating. It did not!

However, as +Martin Guay just confirmed, he factory reset his Nexus 6P to give the phone a clean slate. He too had the beta option, Night Mode. After the reset, he lost that. Just a heads up in case Night Mode is very important to you.

Axum's new wireless earbuds make IndieGoGo goal in 12 minutes

Lately it's all been about the sound... or so it feels.  Having good music in the background or on your ears is very important.  It was kind of funny actually trying to explain to a coworker what exactly Bluetooth means for headphones.

I think these new ones from Axum will just blow her mind.

AxumGear comes in part from the folks that brought us MicFlip cables, which I love so much, and they launched the company with a set of earphones on IndieGoGo and hit their $15,000 goal in 12 minutes.  Currently sitting at $60k in backing, the project is not just your ordinary set of wireless headphones.

These are just little earbuds, similar to the Moto Hint (if you remember those) where it's literally just a simple earpiece that goes in your ear, and then it's made specifically for some rugged wear as it's advertised for "sports" by having good resiliency as well as a special 'hook' to stay in, no matter what you do

Coming up: In-ear headphones from Master & Dynamic ME03

In a little while, I'll be talking about another interesting product from Master & Dynamic. I'm going to talk about a different style of headphones, mainly the ones that many teenagers and young professional on the go tend to grab; In-Ear headphones.