Profile

Cover photo
Brian Magsipoc
557 followers|2,997,671 views
AboutPostsCollectionsPhotosYouTubeReviews

Stream

Brian Magsipoc

Shared publicly  - 
 
Going small: how I learned to stop worrying and love the Moto E

A couple of weeks ago my beloved Nexus 6 died. It was a perplexing situation as it had been running relatively smoothly up to that point. I was browsing that other social network which shall not be named when poof! The screen shut off and nothing would bring it back. Tried various methods of restarting, factory reset, all to no avail. As I'd purchased it through Verizon and was still within the one year manufacturer warranty, I took it in and had them file a claim for me. The sales rep claimed the replacement would come in the next day, but the next day being Friday I was a little dubious. Friday came and went, no phone. Not wanting to spend the rest of the weekend with no phone, I went and purchased a Moto E.

Going from a nearly 6 inch screen to a 4.5 screen was a bit of a shock at first. It felt almost as though I was using my very first smartphone (an HTC Hero) again. But after a couple of hours spent downloading apps and setting up I grew to appreciate something I'd grown used to going without: one-handed use. It was truly amazing to hold the device in one hand and still be able touch all four corners of the screen with my thumb with little shift in grip. Also the build quality was better than I'd expected. I'd read that Motorola had done a great job but I guess I still expected it to feel like a 50 dollar phone. Nope. The second gen Moto E feels like a first gen Moto X that shrunk in the wash. All the ergonomics are familiar, from the curved soft touch composite back to the solid click of the volume rocker and power button to the signature Moto dimple. I was actually fooled for a minute into thinking the sides were aluminum, until I had to remove it to access the sim and storage cards. And unlike many smartphones in the sub-$100 segment, there was absolutely no flex or creak to the frame. This thing is built like a tank.

The software is everything we've come to expect from Motorola: pure Android plus a few additions on top. It's quick and mostly smooth all around. It starts to lag when running more intensive tasks like downloading multiple apps at once or loading multiple chrome tabs. But otherwise it performs well and even handles light gaming with ease. I loaded up Shadow Strike and noticed no sluggishness or dropped frames.

But what really surprised me was the battery life. Granted, I didn't use it anywhere near as much as my Nexus 6. The Nexus gets treated like a tablet: tons of media consumption, web browsing and gaming every day, enough that I usually end up having to plug up by mid afternoon. I cut my usage habits by about half when using the Moto E and still managed to make it to the end of the day with 50% or more. A combination of a sub-720p screen, a decent sized battery for the form factor, and my lower usage probably helped a lot. But Motorola really seems to have optimized their software to work with the hardware and it shows.

The Nexus 6 replacement finally came in last Monday and I've been back to my old usage habits. But if something befalls this one as well, I at least know I have a solid backup device. I've learned to stop worrying and love the Moto E.

22
2
Benchamas Resnik's profile photoBrian Magsipoc's profile photoMike LaTorre's profile photoStephan Schwöbel's profile photo
5 comments
 
very nice review. mirrors my experience with the g4+. an amazing stamina, battery wise. little niche products that so much aren't respected. 
Add a comment...

Brian Magsipoc

Shared publicly  - 
 
New Chromecast!
 
Famous tipster and leaker, Evan Blass, has given us a handful of information to predict for Google’s upcoming hardware event. We’re expecting it to be a fulfilled day with the announcement of new Pixel smartphones, the launch of Google Home, Google Wi-Fi,…
Famous tipster and leaker, Evan Blass, has given us a handful of information to predict for Google’s upcoming hardware event. We’re expecting it to be a fulfilled day with the announcem…
View original post
2
Add a comment...

Brian Magsipoc

Shared publicly  - 
 
Essentially the theory is that Andromeda would basically be kind of like Microsoft Continuum but for Android. Plug a keyboard/mouse up to an Android tab or phone and cast the screen to a Chromecast and you'd get the chrome OS layout. I like it.
 
Some food for thought on all the crazy new rumors. Prepare to digest:
Are Android and Chrome OS coming together for real this time? Some thoughts and a theory on how a string of saucy new rumors could play out.
14 comments on original post
4
Add a comment...

Brian Magsipoc

Shared publicly  - 
 
Ouch. Bad news for Smith & Wesson. This is one of the most popular 22LR rifles too.
The fact that a national rifle training program feels compelled to ban the entire line of M&P firearms because of these issues is disconcerting, to put it mildly.
1
Add a comment...

Brian Magsipoc

Shared publicly  - 
 
Not much difference from the leaks we've already seen. Still looking forward to getting some hands on time.
If you want to go into Google's upcoming Oct. 4 event with some of the mystery still intact, today's leak will spoil it for you. Venture Beat, corr...
1
tony moore's profile photo
 
It looks boring. That's it.
Add a comment...

Brian Magsipoc

Shared publicly  - 
 
This goes along with my theory that Pixel phones will be just another branch of the Android family while Nexus will remain the developer baseline.
With Google seemingly going all-in on "Pixel" for 2016, we'd assumed the Nexus line was dead. That belief fostered deep down inside of us early on due to long-time rumors that Google was looking to move on from the brand. But one trustworthy individual says "Nexus isn't dead."
2
2
Add a comment...

Brian Magsipoc

Shared publicly  - 
 
Poor Moto. Let's hope this doesn't affect support for current or future devices.
 
According to a trustworthy source, Lenovo has recently laid off hundreds of employees at Motorola. Estimates range as high as 700+ employees, which translates to more than 50% of the remaining 1200 workers.
According to a trustworthy source, Lenovo has recently laid off hundreds of employees at Motorola. Estimates range as high as 700+ employees, which translates to more than 50% of the remaining 1200…
View original post
2
1
tony moore's profile photo
 
CNBC had it at 95%.
Add a comment...

Brian Magsipoc

Shared publicly  - 
 
The polls have been rigged for some time now. 
“It’s not a perfect system,” Williams said.
1
Add a comment...

Brian Magsipoc

Shared publicly  - 
 
PlayStation coming to iPhone and Android, for real this time. Apparently. 
Sony seems to have seen the light when it comes to mobile device gaming, creating a new company by the name of ForwardWorks to engage with iPhones,...
1
Add a comment...

Brian Magsipoc

Shared publicly  - 
 
Hmm... Interesting idea.
 
Google Pixel conspiracy alert: The back is a touchpad for use with Andromeda.

This is just a theory that I have...and it's purely speculation, nothing more.

What if the back glass or plastic is actually a touchpad that will be used for controlling the 'desktop' mode of Andromeda?

You connect the Pixel phone via Chromecast or USB-C to a TV or Monitor to enable desktop mode. You then use the front of the phone as a keyboard and the back of the phone as a touchpad for navigating your way around your new Andromeda powered 'desktop'.

Thoughts?

Have fun!

57 comments on original post
2
Add a comment...

Brian Magsipoc

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
In just over a week from today, Google will take center stage and unveil a range of new hardware products. Previous reports, leaks and teasers suggest two Pixel smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL, a new Chromecast, Google Home, and more. Now we have details…
In just over a week from today, Google will take center stage and unveil a range of new hardware products. Previous reports, leaks and teasers suggest two Pixel smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL, a n…
View original post
2
Add a comment...

Brian Magsipoc

Shared publicly  - 
 
I need this in my life.
Two independent and reliable sources have confirmed to us that Google is planning a new Pixel laptop to be released in Q3 2017. The project, known internal... by David Ruddock in Exclusives, Google, Leaks, News, Rumors
8
rich mitchell's profile photo
 
I love Google!!!!!!!!!!!
Add a comment...
Brian's Collections
Story
Tagline
Google fan, Gamer, 2A supporter and Guitarist.
Collections Brian is following
View all
Links
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Great place. Staff is always friendly and helpful and there's a decent selection of firearms for rental. The facility is one of the biggest I've been to, there are two separate sides with lanes for approximately 20+ total lanes. And the attached deli serves fantastic sandwiches and potato salad. One of their ongoing deals is a date night special: 2 boxes of ammo, 2 targets, 2 meals and a lane for $50 which is pretty good considering the price of certain types of ammo. Not only is it a shooting range; they also offer a variety of classes from ranging from introduction to firearms to advanced gunfighting. All in all, one of the best ranges in the mid south.
• • •
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
One of my favorite Asian food places. Where else can you get Chinese, Thai, Japanese in the same place? Granted it's not 100% authentic but it still tastes great. Huge menu with lots of variety.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Great hole in the wall place. It's tiny and I mean it seats maybe 20 people max. It's literally a renovated 2 bedroom house with a restaurant kitchen added in the back. Don't let that put you off however. Food is very good, if a little bland at times. Great for any vegans, vegetarians or anyone just wanting healthy food that actually tastes good. Their Memphis bbq sandwich platter is quite tasty.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
11 reviews
Map
Map
Map
This is a small no frills type of place. You place your order, pick it up from the window and sit outside on park style benches and tables. The area is covered so you don't get drenched by the unexpected downpour. There is a drive through window. Service is quick and easy. And the food. If you haven't tried frozen custard, well, it is simply the closest thing on earth to ambrosia. More rich and creamy than ice cream and far more addictive.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
As a previous reviewer noted, this place isn't a campground. It's a rundown trailer park that lets you pitch tents. The bad: our campground had a pile of trash, broken glass and dog feces littered across it. No fire pit. Location was next to a busy road. Bathhouse, while relatively clean, had no toilet paper, soap or paper towels. Grounds poorly maintained. The good: it was cheap. Also when we complained about these issues they apologized and gave us a discount.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Food and service were both top notch. Moussaka and chicken shawarma were amazing and the falafel and hummus were good as well.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago