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.

S7 Edge Throttling & Thermals: Stress-tests Comparing SD820, 810, 808, A9 & Exynos 7420

Now that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have arrived to consumer hands, we can finally begin exploring the nature of the Snapdragon 820 thanks to our first set of tests. While no amount of single-device testing will reveal the true nature of the 820, we can, at the very least, see how the 820 behaves inside...

Apple vs. The Panopticon: The War on Privacy Rights Affects us All, on All Platforms

Smartphone encryption has become an increasingly popular topic in the public space. Just recently,  the United States FBI has asked Apple for help with a passcode-locked deceased criminal’s iPhone 5C. Apple has, commendably, thus far resisted. You can read Apple’s letter to customers here. It’s worth noting that the EFF and Google have both sided with Apple in...

This is TouchWiz Lag — And it Better Not Show its Face in the S7

Before buying my Note5, the last Samsung phablet I owned or used was the Note 2. Suffice it to say, the Note 2 TouchWiz experience made me quite weary of Samsung’s offerings. I’ve been an unapologetic Nexus/Motorola fan for a while now. I’m a huge fan of the hardware and build quality of the 2015 Samsung...

Nextbit’s Robin Has New Release Date, February 16

Last year, Nextbit, a start-up from some industry veterans, introduced its soon-to-be-released phone - the Robin. The eye-catching Robin quickly nabbed almost 3 times the $500,000 Kickstarter pledge goal. For XDA readers, the device appears to tick a few boxes that are important to our community. While the specs are pretty standard fare (1080p, SD808, 3GB, 32GB...

Is Privacy a Privilege? Blackberry Thinks So

This year, we finally received a long-rumored Android device from Blackberry. Aside from the hardware uniqueness, the Blackberry Priv boasted some other features that would make the Priv worth owning. According to Blackberry, and written right on the box, the name “Priv” stands for privacy and privilege. The CEO of Blackberry, John Chen, has repeatedly stressed...

OnePlus Aims to Rectify USB Type-C Cable Woes

One of OnePlus's most interesting products launched this year was a reversible (on both ends) USB cable. Naturally, to accompany the company's flagship, the cable is reversible USB Type-C on one end. The compelling feature however is the other end having a reversible USB Type A connection.     These cables were sold "at cost" (according to OnePlus) and seem like...

A Personal Step Forward of a Phone: Moto X Pure Edition Quick Review

Few electronics companies have a history as long and as storied as Motorola. The OEM just recently celebrated its 87th birthday. In 1983 the FCC approved the first commercial cell phone from Motorola: They DynaTAC 8000X. The following 30 plus years were a roller coaster of highs and lows. Today, the former American brand is...

Voyage to the Dark Side: A Fair Glance at the iPhone 6S+ From a Google Lover

As a fan of all things technology and mobile, I’ve owned countless Android devices but also every single iPhone. I remember in 2007 when I was a symbian user and the iPhone was just coming out; I thought a full touchscreen phone was completely idiotic. On a whim I ventured out to an Apple store...

Data Broker Experian Hacked

Global information service company Experian has reported an unauthorized acquisition of customer data. The breach occurred September 15th, 2015 on a server that contained data regarding T-Mobile USA, an Experian customer. The data acquired includes some personally identifiable information for 15 million consumers in the US. More specifically, consumers who applied for T-Mobile USA postpaid service from...

Speedy Hi-Fi Metal on a Budget: ZTE Axon Quick Review

The Axon was announced at a New York event on July 14th after plenty of mystery and rumors of a new brand: “Axon Phone.” As it turned out, Axon is a new label for ZTE’s high-end smartphone offerings. Even the Axon Website downplays their link to ZTE quite a bit. ZTE is not the first brand...

Snapdragon 820 Reveal Date – A Misunderstanding

This has been a rough year for the leading provider of Android chipsets: Qualcomm's much talked about Snapdragon 810 has been plagued with issues in multiple devices. For some of us, the awaited Snapdragon 820 sequel cannot come soon enough. Among other changes, the 820 is also planned to be manufactured on a 14 nm...

HTC Delivering Ads Straight to Sense Home

HTC's 2015 has been a year marked by a desperate search for revenue. The HTC One M9 launched with its own launcher complete with a Smart Folder in the Sense Home Widget. This automatic pseudo-folder would populate with "suggestions" that were nothing more than thinly-veiled ads.   Just over a month ago, HTC began placing advertisements (that can thankfully...