Blackberry's newest Android phone - the DTEK60

So how do we pronounce it?  dee-tek-sixty or spell the letters?

It's a weird name however you spin it, but what's interesting in this is that it has been Alcatel who produced the hardware for Blackberry to brand under their auspice and put their BB apps in.

There's lots of folks who love the Hub, or their BBM, so it makes perfect sense to keep at it.

And for $650 out of contract it's not a bad price.

What do you get for that?

Well, on their site, you'll get a bundle of the phone, rapid travel charger (a spare one, mind you) and a softshell case.  As for the phone itself, it's packing:

  • 5.5" QuadHD (2560x1440)
  • Snapdragon 820 (2.15GHz x2 + 1.6GHz x2)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB storage + microSD
  • 21MP (f/2.0) / 8MP (f/2.2 1.125um)
  • 3000mAh
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Android 6.0

That's pretty decent specs right there, for just $650.

And Alcatel's done some great work with their phones lately.  You can see the hints of the Idol in this phone with the dual speakers and the 'convenience key' (or 'boom key' if you were on the Idol).

I wish them the very best with it.  The price is right.  Now, will the customers be willing to bite?

Source:  ShopBlackberry

The LG V20 is going on sale tomorrow (Oct 28)

So, I'm pretty excited, the LG V10 looked like an awesome phone and we were passed over for an opportunity to get it in Canada.

The V20 is out and will start sales in Canada tomorrow via Wind or Videotron.  Now, it's not listed on either of the carrier's sites as of yet, but hopefully soon, and then we'll know how much it sells for

According to Australia - the G5 will get Nougat in November

So, I've really enjoyed the G5.  It's snappy, has a great camera and is just the perfect sweet spot for size.  And according to the Australian carrier Optus, the device will be next in line to get Android Nougat 7.0 (tho' I'm hoping they mean 7.1).

That would be a nice feather in the cap for LG as it'll be the first official update after Google's own line up of Nexus devices.  Sure, there's rumblings of the Moto G4 Plus getting it in India, but that's yet to be seen ... and then we have to consider what will happen on these shores.  In Canada the updates tend to come way after anybody else (except for LG they tend to be pretty quick).

So, I'll be checking the update option on my device in just a few more days.


Source: Optus via PhoneArena

Google changed the Chromecast app again

First it was Chromecast ... simple.  Worked for your Google Chromecast, a wildly popular accessory.

Then it became Google Cast.  Well, because there was audio casting and chromecast, etc... more stuff, so make a more generic term.

With more devices out there it was time for another change.
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This latest change of name, to Google Home, is really pointed again back at a single device (at least in name only).

Which is a pretty sore point for us in Canada (well, definitely me) as we cannot get the Google Home device up here.  It's not listed in the Play Store for us, and if you try to do it from the US site it just gets you to the main store.


I would so buy that Home device...

Get it on Google Play

iLuun Air - the USB key you don't have to plug in for your phone

Recently, +Martin Guay had covered a neat little wireless USB stick, the SanDisk Connect.  Well, it looks like there's a new option up on KickStarter at the moment by a company called iLuun Air.

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!