Posts From Eric Hulse

Eric Hulse
Eric Hulse

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...

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...

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...

The Ultimate Showcase of dBrand Skins

In the search for ways to protect, accessorize, and personalize; a user has many options. One could choose a case, a “skin”, “armor”, or “wraps.” In fact, the global mobile accessory market is poised to reach a high of $62 Billion in 2017. dBrand is one of the more creative and friendly vinyl skin manufacturers...

Music Company Marshall Announces Smartphone

Back in 1962, Marshall created their very first amp. Since then, Marshall amps have been well known in the music world and front stage at plenty of concerts. Certainly Marshall isn't the first name that comes to mind in the smartphone arena. However,  just today Marshall announced their "Marshall London" smartphone. The device itself carries over much...

Nokia Comments on Mobile Device Plans

Nokia took to a blog post today to comment on their mobile device strategy going forward. For over a decade, Nokia was far and away the largest cell phone OEM in the world. Nokia had plenty of fans and was a common household name. Unfortunately, after Apple and Android's relentless growth, Nokia was squeezed out of the market it once...

T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Battery Woes

I've been using a T-Mobile Galaxy S6 since the device launched with T-mobile's service. However, over this past holiday weekend I knew I would be in an area without reliable T-Mobile service. So, I opened up T-Mobile's default "Device Unlock" app , pressed unlock, and placed my AT&T SIM card in the device. Everything seemed to be...

OnePlus 2 Marked for July Release Date

A little over a year ago, OnePlus launched one of the most talked about Android devices around. From the company’s much maligned invite system to the great specs at a low price, the OnePlus One has certainly made waves. A recent rumor from MyDrivers pins a release date of “July” for the next iteration. Current...