BE Sport3 from NuForce made for the active lifestyle- But does it sound good?

This is my first go at an Optoma product and in this case it's the NuForce BE Sport3. While I've been testing plenty of Bluetooth headphones from on-ear, to over the hear, I decided to take a crack at something which is more affordable for most of us. While I do like the high-end experience, I realised that it's also a good idea to bring forth products that will fit in almost everyone's price range.

Out of Montreal Canada GET is being launched! What is it?

The first truly portable 24-bit wireless headphone amplifier

An Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive phone was picked for ZTE's crowdsourced new device

Recently, we talked about the final 5 projects from ZTE's CSX project (CrowdSource X) and the community was to vote.

An interesting winner was chosen ... not my first (or even 2nd pick), but apparently it was the clear leader with 70% more votes than even the the runner up:

Eye Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone – 36%
Intelligent Smartphone Covers – 21%
Stock Android Flagship Phone – 19%
VR-Interactive Diving Mask – 16%
Powerglove – 8%

Essentially it's looking to be a device with Galaxy S3 tech for eye tracking and that gecko skin (who remembers Pugoo) for a back.

I cannot imagine how this is going to work, but hey, it's different and all the power to it.  I think it'll be all sticky in your pocket.

What's not explicitly covered is a 'split screen' tech that makes it more private (I guess if you look at it from the wrong angle you can't see the main screen).  Again, now sure how that's going to work.

I think that would be the 'killer feature' they should have mentioned, rather than eye tracking (an older tech) and a sticky back.


The individual who suggested it and ultimately won will get to go with ZTE to the 2017 CES show when they unveil it  That'd be pretty fun.

Do you think they picked the right project?

Moto Z versus the Z Play (specs and features)

So, I've written up my reviews of both the Moto Z and the Z Play.  But how do they stack up against each other in terms of specs and features.

How do they stack up on paper?  Well, here's the basic specs

Moto Z
Moto Z Play
ProcessorSnapdragon 820
2.2GHz x4
Snapdragon 625
2.0GHz x8
Camera13MP f/1.8
5MP f/2.2 (1.4um)
16MP f/2.0 (1.3um)
5MP f/2.2 (1.4um)
OtherSuper thin
nanocoating for splash protection
(no IP rating tho')
no headphone jack
comes with wood style shell
comes with plastic bumper
nanocoating for splash protection
(no IP rating tho')

So there's definitely some differences there.  QuadHD vs. FullHD.  I know I've talked about it before that I see the difference, whereas most do not.

There's the battle of the Snapdragons, and as you saw in my Play review, it didn't make a difference.  Same with the RAM.

The cameras... well, you saw the samples, and I'm hoping to have a separate article reviewing each, doing a shot for shot comparison.

Battery, well, it's no comparison there.  But, sure.  The Play lasts a long time, but with the Z I never once complained about a short life (plus with TurboCharge, a few minutes and I won't have to worry).

Price is the big differentiator.  Saving $250 is pretty tempting.  But it comes at a cost ... and for me it's the bulk.  The Z Play is just that much larger ... and it sounds like such a first world problem, that I'd be willing to shell out extra money for a thinner phone.

But then there's the other bonuses.

Sure, I didn't see any performance difference, but knowing 4GB will get me a bit further into the future than 3GB will be a nice settling point.

Plus, with the Z I'll be getting a free Style Shell mod, and a bumper case (if you like that sort of thing).

And then there's the  added feature like the Driving Mode, which I couldn't seem to find on the Play model.

It may just be me, but I have the sense that the Z would be 'treated' more in the long run than the Play model might.  But that's just a hunch.

So it comes down to what you think will happen in the future.  If you're buying the phone for the long haul I'm thinking you're going to want to pay the extra; but if it doesn't make much difference to you, and you just want your phone to work then the Play will still be a very good choice.  

Personally, after the week with the Play I'm happy to go back to the Z just as it fits in my pocket better.

At this stage in the smartphone world is 'WATERPROOF' really required?

I'm really questioning if 'WATERPROOF' is really required. I'm personally not prone to drop my phone in water, whether this is the sink, toilet, lake, pool etc. I have yet to see any concrete numbers on the amount of break/fix from carriers to demonstrate a need for waterproof.

You also don't see a rush of people jumping up and down at the store to get a replacement for water damage neither. Could this simply be a "WANT" rather than a "NEED" for waterproofing smartphones? Surely, people aren't that clumsy to just go OOPPS I dropped it in water? Can they?

What's your take on this? Here's a POLL!

[review] Mpow Crescent is a nice take on the bluetooth earpiece

With all the anti distraction driving laws out there, so trying to ensure you have an earpiece to use and be compliant.

The solution that came across my desk is the Mpow Crescent.

Normally, I don't like those earpieces.  I used to call them 'douche-tags' as it used to be just the really douche folks who would want to let you know they're THAT important.

But this is a nice new take.  What's nice is that it's not just a thing that sticks in the ear and has some microphone that sticks forward on your cheek.  The whole business is all on the hook part.

Sure it makes it a little thicker behind the ear, but it's not at all uncomfortable when I was using it.

The buttons are all on the main piece and there's really not a lot.  There's a switch for the power (which I love switches rather than a power button that you had to long press for 3 seconds or 5 seconds...) and then vol+/- buttons.

The main call answer button is on the ear piece and you can use it for not only answering phone calls, but for playing music too.

Yeah, I haven't had many devices that are earpieces (mostly headphones/earphones that can do the earpiece as an afterthought) so being able to have it double so I can listen to music kinda opens up some options for me.

I was due to get a new earpiece while I drive, and $31 it makes for a pretty good option.

Comfortable and the sound isn't too bad.  I wasn't expecting it to be too well (especially as it's mono), but it was pretty good.  Not as good as a good set of headphones, but you didn't buy headphones.  You can't use headphones in your car to help answer calls (it looks goofy, and would be more distracting than probably using your phone).


The Moto Z Play will save you a few shekels while still feeling like a flagship

So there's a burgeoning field of phones out there that aren't top of the line devices, but for the money you save it's either barely noticeable or easily liveable.

Recently I reviewed Lenovo's top of the line Moto Z.  A phone that really has me enamoured right now.  But it's $900.  Not a lot of people can pull together that kind of scratch for their new phone.  I'm guessing Lenovo thought of that too and put together the Moto Z Play for only $650.

The Play ditches a couple of the top end features to bring the price down, and long story short, you probably won't notice.  You might even prefer it!

Do you have lots of devices to charge? Here's a simple solution!

We are in an age where every piece of technology we have will need to get charged. The problem I see with this is all the charging power block that will occupy the wall outlets around the place. A solution to this is to get yourself a charging solution which aims to liberate your wall outlets. CHOETECH does have a great way to do that and at a reasonable price!

Google launches wallpaper app

One of the first things I tend to see whenever new devices are launched is the inevitable article of "leaked wallpapers".

Well I think Google is going to stay in line with the leakers by releasing their own wallpaper app.

The app browses through your phone as well as their own album of fancy shots (potentially these are where they'd put future device wallpapers ).

You can also set it based on one of the tools to cycle the background daily should you like that daily change.


Google Widget gets a little more useful

So, it's been Small Business Week(TM) and I've been grinding through a full week of workshops and events and scrambling to keep up on the news as they happen, and apparently I missed this one feature of the Google app update.

Personally, I love the Google Launcher, as I love Google Now. Then I heard about the new update and turned it on.

Do you see it?

A recent update to the app now brings that little 'mini card' just below the search bar. 

That's very handy if I just turn on my device to see when I have to leave, or what I have promised to get done by a certain time, or whatever Google Now sees as important for you at the time. A small but handy feature. 

Just go into the Google Now portion and go into settings and click 'widget' to get the option to click on.