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The Dallas Cowboys checked on a trio of prospects at the Cal Poly pro day earlier this week. Mustangs quarterback Chris Brown,...
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Ha.  I just used Android Pay to buy a bag of Fritos from the vending machine at work.  

Of course, that already-expensive $.085 bag of chips cost me $1.25 for paying that way (the machine only appears to have added a dime so I guess the rest is going to Google) but at least I've got that going for me when the apocalypse happens!
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That's not a bad price. They are $1.50 in our machine without paying via card or phone. 
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Is it Christmas already? 
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OnHub was really easy to set up and seems to be working just fine.  Probably needs to have a few more options (being able to block/rename network devices, for example).  Hopefully that will come in an update at some point.
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Can't say I ever recall seeing that line so flat before installing Marshmallow this afternoon. 
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Is that good
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After sitting in a box in my garage for over a year, the Eibach Pro springs finally find their way onto my G. I wasn't expecting this much drop and I love it. And I think they actually ride smoother than stock.
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Love the cars! Rims? ughh
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Just called home from 30k feet over Texas and had an SMS conversation with my son.

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Gotta love technology:)
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People keep saying, "Dude, why isn't your flash going off?" And then they see the photo.

Nexus 5X. 
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John say what's up
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5 Days with the 5X:

Performance is butter.  I clear apps maybe one a week and haven't had any stuttering.  Only issue has been some skipping with the Bluetooth audio connection in my Tundra.

Battery life is phenomenal.  I haven't tried it yet, but I could no doubt go two days without charging.  And that's with playing with my new toy a lot more than normal.  I've used the quick charger once for a half hour and gained 45% charge during that time.  I've been using my standard phone charger at night and the Type C connector is really solid and actually clicks in and out.

Project Fi is the bomb.  I'm getting LTE almost everywhere and getting coverage in place I had no signal at all on T-Mobile.  Drove from San Diego to Southern Utah yesterday and every time I picked up the phone (even in the middle of nowhere Nevada) I had an LTE signal.  My wife used the hotspot almost the whole way.

Having the fingerprint reader is awesome.  Picking up a dark phone and getting right to your business is way cool.  And I didn't think I'd ever care about paying for things with my phone, but now that my Amex has a chip in it, the transactions on the phone (especially using the fingerprint reader) are way quicker.

Every time I pick up my N5 now, it feels like a brick.  The N5X feels really light and thin.  Reaching notifications with one hand is a bit more difficult (and I have big hands) but not horrible.

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My first day I got 5 1/2 hours screen time and still had almost 20% battery remaining. 
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5 vs. 5X Less than 24 hours in.

Hardware:
The 5X is larger but is much lighter and at least feels much thinner.  The back material on the 5X isn't quite as grippy.  I LOVE that they've moved the headphone jack to the bottom and the speaker to the front.  My pinky no longer blocks the speaker as I'm holding it.

Speaking of fingers, the fingerprint reader is really easy to set up and use.  It's really quick and convenient.  Kind of a pain to use when your phone is flat on a table, but really easy when it's in your hand or pocket.  I also kept touching the camera lens instead of the reader the first few times but now I'm used to it.

The new placement of the buttons is taking some getting used to.  I keep reaching to the top of the phone to shut off the screen.

Display:
Can't see any difference in resolution but the screen on my old 5 is definitely a little brighter and the 5X has a slight yellow tint to it. 

Battery:
You can see battery in the images, they came off the charger at around the same time this morning.  The 5 had 1hr 37min of screen time at that point, the 5X had 2hr 11min.  I haven't had the chance to use the quick charger yet, I used one of my old chargers overnight last night.  Don't figure I'll use the quick charger until I actually need it.

USB-C is really cool.  It fits really snugly (at least for now) and it was nice getting into the bed last night and hooking it up to the cable in the dark without thinking about which way to plug it in.  It actually took a surprising bit of tugging to get the cable out of the phone this morning.

Performance:
Smooth as butter.

Camera:
Have yet to take a photo.

JUST 5 minutes ago got my number transferred over to Fi so this has all been on WiFi.
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+Chris Harrington it uses T-Mobile, Sprint or public WiFi hotspots.  And my bill is likely going to be even less than what I was paying T-Mobile.  My wife is on Sprint, and while she doesn't always have LTE, she almost always has a signal and I'm seeing much better coverage results already.
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Ok, Doze. Now you're just showing off... 
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+Gerald Hines any improvement is a welcome improvement, I say.

Like I said, I look forward to the upgrade. Hopefully I don't have to wait too much longer on my Moto X Pure...
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Very thorough and a good bargain.
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A little cramped, but it's a nice place with a terrific wine list, great appetizers and good food.
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They don't take anything but clothes.
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reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brand new hotel, very clean. Good value.
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The one star they're getting is for the tech that came out and hooked up service. He was excellent. Nothing but nice people, but you won't believe how lame this company is until you see it in person. I went in to sign up for service and there was one person working at the drive-thru taking bill payments and one guy working at the counter handling everything else. And he was new, so everything he did required him to get confirmation from the gal working the drive-thru. When he finally finished getting me into the system, he handed me a receipt for my payment, but they had nothing in place to allow me to walk out with ANYTHING in writing confirming anything I had signed up for and what my account number might be. The service itself has been solid (and the internet is snappy, I'm getting 48MB down on the regular) but the variety of channels I'm getting for my $91/month is horrible. It's like cable from 20 years ago (ok, actually 10 years ago) and is almost not even worth watching. Then today, I went in to the office to try and get a couple of longer cables. The woman working the counter went back and looked through a bunch of random cardboard boxes with a bunch of random cables thrown in there. Then she went into the back office and came out with audio cables. "These don't look right, they have different ends on them, they're supposed to look like this, right?". Seriously. So I asked her if maybe one of the drivers had a longer cable on his truck, at which point she went "next door" to find me a cable and came back 20 minutes later with one the tech had made from scratch. And when I asked the drive-thru gal a question about the lineup while I was waiting, she just had to guess. Like I said, nice folks, but this cable is really lame. Wish I hadn't ignored the reviews I read here.
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The new store setup is nice. It's trying to be an Apple Store and it's done pretty nicely. Service was very friendly.
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Excellent burger and fries, awesome vanilla shake, fast service.
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