Posts From Eric Hulse

Eric Hulse
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Mechanical Engineer by degree, salesman by day, and a self professed technology lover on the side. Frequent user of iOS Android, OSX and Windows. Buyer of (way too) many flagships and fan of all things mobile. XDA member since 2010.

While the iPhone gets 5 years of support, my Galaxy S9+ still can’t get timely Security Patches

Apple’s WWDC took place this week, not long after Google’s I/O conference. Each company spent time announcing their planned new features as well as new APIs, new apps, and new ideas. It isn’t a stretch to say that both Android and iOS have become advanced operating systems with complete and competitive feature sets. I’ve been...

The Google Pixelbook is still a great experience

In lieu of the latest sale, I thought it would be an excellent time to write about my experiences with Google’s quirky little laptop. I’ve actually owned every iteration of Google’s laptops: the original Chromebook Pixel, Chromebook Pixel LS, and now a Pixelbook. I own the Intel Core i7 version of the Pixelbook, which I...

Essential is a Model Citizen and Losing Them Would Be Tragic

Not even a full year after the Essential PH-1’s August 2017 release date, things aren’t looking good for the plucky “startup.” Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Essential has canceled its next phone, is considering a sale, hasn’t sold many of the first phone, and that things internally within the company are not great. Andy Rubin didn’t take long to...

Essential Proves How Sensible Pricing and Software Updates Can Redeem a Failing Phone

Essential hasn't been around for too long, but it's been the subject of a disproportionate number of headlines in the Android world this year -- and often not for a good reason. Their first (and so far only) device shipped much, much later than promised. Even after shipping significantly later than promised, the Essential PH-1’s software...

How Bixby’s Incompleteness Pushes its Voice Assistant into Functional Redundancy

Around 3 months ago, Samsung took the stage at Unpacked 2017 to announce their new Galaxy S8 phones. During their keynote, the company spent around 10 minutes hyping up Bixby, their contribution to the newly-crowded virtual assistant space. Bixby was billed as “a new way to interact with your phone.” Essentially, Bixby aims to be...

Opinion: Huawei CEO’s Wearable Confusion Explains Why They Botched the Huawei Watch 2

Throughout Android Wear’s life thus far, there have arguably been two products that really stood out from the rest as “iconic” devices: the original Moto 360, and the Huawei Watch. The 360 ushered in a great, round design, and was leagues above something like the G watch or Gear Live in terms of aesthetics. However, the Moto 360...

Will Samsung Finally Put an End to their Long-Running Performance Woes?

Another year, another Galaxy S smartphone. We’re now a couple generations away from Samsung's new metal and glass re-imagination of their flagship smartphone line. The physical changes came with the S6 and along the way, TouchWiz was supposedly “lightened” significantly too. I specifically recall how in Samsung Unpacked 2015, the company made ambitious claims about real-world performance,...

To Fi and Back Again: Google’s Inconsistent Messaging Space Complicates Sticking with One Service

I’ve written on Google’s convoluted messaging strategy before, but this was prior to the launch of Allo, which further added to the confusion of Google’s messaging platform. Allo has since been launched and updated several times, becoming a better product in the process. Google even surprised us all with a completely out-of-nowhere update to Google Voice...

The OnePlus 3 and Axon 7 Show Affordable Phones Don’t Have to Come at the Cost of Software Updates

In the past, purchasing a "mid-range phone" meant a plethora of compromises: weak after-sales support, few and far between updates, and compromised feature sets (and, more often than not, an ugly user interface). OnePlus devices, too, had questionable software and update support. The OnePlus 2 took ages to get a proper marshmallow update. The OnePlus...

In Response to The Verge: Why We “Fretted” About the Note 7’s Performance

Last week, we published an article documenting some of the experiences we’ve had with the Galaxy Note 7, sourced from four different units from different XDA members. Shortly after our article went live, The Verge had a somewhat dismissive say in the matter. We were surprised by the spread of our article. In retrospect, the fact...

With the Note 7, Samsung Still Delivers Embarrassing Real-World Performance

Every year we notice the same pattern: new Galaxy device comes out, it gets positive reviews (excluding, perhaps, the Galaxy S5), and among one of the positive points, you usually find performance... somehow. This is something that, of course, varies from publication to publication. But in general, the story is the same year after year: we...

ZTE Axon First Look and Photos: Great Value Stained by Not-So-Great Software

ZTE is back again this year with round two of their ambitious Axon series smartphone. This year's Axon 7 brings an incredible package of specs and a great warranty with a $400 price tag. Check out our earlier look for a detailed read of the specs. Here in the USA we are offered the 4GB...