Posts From Tarek Baay

Tarek Baay
Tarek Baay 26 posts

Tarek Baay (also known as “TK”) is from Los Angeles. He is a tech professional that likes to get his hands on new things, and share his experience with the world the same way a friend would tell you if something is good. He has been on XDA for along time starting with the t-mobile MDA running windows mobile 5. Since 2012 he’s been doing video for XDA TV. His interests include mobile technology, PC Building, and gaming.

honor 5X Review: What Do You Get for $199?

Just last week at CES 2016 honor announced that they are coming to the United States. XDA TV Host TK received one and unboxed it. Additionally, XDA Editor Mario got one as well and gave his initial impressions and followed them up with a discussion about Emotion UI. While, you’re at it make sure you enter...

Win One of Three honor 5X! Also: First Impressions + Forums Launched

We're pretty jazzed about the new honor 5X announced yesterday at CES. While technically it's made by Huawei, it's not branded as such. We're excited about it because it's an unlocked GSM phone with solid midrange specs (shown below) at a pretty unbeatable price point of $199, available for pre-order now from Amazon with an official...

OPPO’s AOSP ROM: Interview About a Delightful OPPOrtunity

At the Big Android Barbecue 2015, we had the pleasure of checking out OPPO's latest efforts in ROM making -- an AOSP ROM that sits in stark contrast with their traditional software offerings. With said AOSP ROM, OPPO aims to provide the software that power users, enthusiasts and developers around the world would love on OPPO...

Meet IonVR: Sick VR That Eliminates VR Sickness

The Big Android Barbecue 2015 has come and gone, and as attendees know, going to such an Android gathering rewards Android fans with new experiences. This year, the best of the show was all about Virtual Reality. And as is the case with every emerging technology at any event, the people involved in pushing Virtual Reality...

Device Overview: LG G4

With the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and LG G4, 2015 looks to be the year of great cameras on smartphones. Today we will be looking at the LG G4. At first glance, the device looks a lot like the G3 from last year. Add to that the slight curve on the display and you may think...

Device Review: No.1 X1 Rugged Smartphone

We are almost at the end of Q2 for 2015, and we have seen most of the flagship phones for the year already. While flagship phones usually offer bleeding-edge specs and are the most sought after phones, there is a huge market for non-flagship phones. Some offer value, others offer unique differentiating features. Today, we are going...

Moto E 2nd Gen 2015 – Device Review

The year 2015 just started and the list of flagship devices that came out at Mobile World Congress 2015 this year is short. Motorola decided to release a little surprise at the same time in a new way. They sent a press conference in a box to the media. This was the unveiling of a...

Device Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the successor to Samsung's wildly popular Galaxy Note 2 and 3 phablet devices. The Note 3 was a giant-sized phone with a 5.7” screen display, with the Note 4 still sporting the same 5.7” display but with a higher QHD resolution. The Note 4 was released on October 17, with some US release dates lagging a...

Device Review: Blackphone BP1

When you hear about a phone that is secure and has the means to be give you control over your personal data, an Android device might not the first thing that comes to mind. Two companies, Geeksphone and Silent Circle, are working together to get you to associate PrivatOS (a customized version of Android 4.4.2)...

Device Review: Moto 360

This year at I/O, Google announced its wearable effort, uniquely named Android Wear.  To help show they were serious they announced three Android Wear devices, but only two were immediately available. The last of the three announced devices was the Moto 360. Motorola, formerly Google owned, entered the game of wearables with a round smartwatch. This...

Device Review: Samsung Gear Live

Recently, Google announced Android Wear to the world. Android Wear is the Android-based initiative from Google to standardize the world of wearable devices. This year at their I/O event, Google showed off two Android Wear devices: the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. Today, we will be reviewing the Samsung entry into the Android...

Device Review: OnePlus One

Seemingly every day, there are a bunch of new devices being released. Some are budget devices and some are flagship devices. Naturally, there are budget conscious enthusiasts who would like to have both. Recently, a device has made a big splash in the tech industry, and is called by some as the Nexus killer. Then...