In this episode of Budget Tech Buys, I give you a look at the fantastic Francois et Mimi Hydrolix #Waterproof #Bluetooth speaker! Let's see how it holds up to playing music from the iPhone 7 Plus, being submerged in water for a waterproof test, and more!
You can get the Hydrolix speaker now!
Let me know what kind of devices you'd like to see in future Budget Tech Buys episodes!
Did you know that the Samsung Galaxy S7 isn't waterproof? Samsung says that it is water resistant, but has never claimed it to be waterproof. However, with the Ghostek Atomic 2.0 case, you can actually add a protective layer that makes your Samsung Galaxy S7 waterproof. I give you a look in this episode!
You can pick up the Ghostek Atomic 2.0 now.
The new Xbox One S is Microsoft's redesigned game console that brings 4K Blu-ray, 4K streaming, HDR gaming, and more to the Xbox One platform.
Microsoft announced the #XboxOneS back at E3 this past June, just three years after the release of the original Xbox One. It’s a revised version of the original Xbox One hardware that features a streamlined form factor. The S stands for Slim, and the Xbox One S is 40% smaller than its predecessor, and that’s even when including the power supply inside the Xbox One S, rather than requiring the large, bulky external power supply that the Xbox One needs in order to function. It also now supports HDR gaming, 4K HDR streaming, 4K HDR Blu-ray, and 4K upscaling of games.
You can pick up the Xbox One S now.
Microsoft has launched the Xbox One S, a newly updated version of the classic Xbox One that it released back in November of 2013. In this episode, I highlight all of the key differences between the first Xbox One and the new Xbox One Slim, giving you a look at what's changed and if those changes are worth your attention. I'll cover:
- The Hardware Changes
- 4K Blu-ray Support
- 4K Video Streaming
- 4K Game Upscaling
- HDR Support
Are you picking up an Xbox One S? Or are you waiting for Project Scorpio?
You can pick up the Xbox One S now.
We visit Toyota Headquarters to bring you a look at Entune, Toyota's in-car multimedia system. Andru Edwards brings you a look and demo of Entune in a few different vehicles. Check out what you get with the different trim levels of Entune:
- Entune Audio: 6.1" - 8" Touchscreen, AM/FM/CD, iPod/USB2.0/AUX, Bluetooth Streaming, Phonebook, Advanced Voice Recognition
- Entune Audio Plus adds: SXM Radio, HD Radio, HD Traffic, Weather
- Entune Premium Audio adds: AM/FM Radio Cache, Navigation, Entune App Suite
- Entune Premium JBL Audio adds JBL speakers and amp for high-quality sound
Thinking about picking up the Apple iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus? Make sure you check out my full review of both Apple 2015 flagship smartphones in this episode! I give you a rundown of all the new iPhone 6s features - things like 3D Touch, Live Photos, the new 12 megapixel iSight camera, 5 megapixel FaceTime HD camera, second generation Touch ID, Taptic Engine, 7000 series aluminum body, Retina Flash, 4K video recording, and so much more!
Join me as I walk you through each new feature, as well as specify the subtle differences between the iPhone 6s and the larger iPhone 6s Plus (spoiler: battery life and optical image stabilization!)
You can pick up the iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus now!
Apple's new iPad mini 4 has hit the streets, and in this episode I bring you my full iPad mini 4 review and unboxing. Find out all about what's changed between the iPad mini 3 vs. iPad mini 4, as well as what makes it different from the iPad Air 2. If you're thinking about buying the new iPad mini 4, be sure to check out the review first for a full rundown of the hardware, as well as the new software features found in iOS 9 that bring new multitasking capabilities to the iPad mini 4 as well. Feel free to comment and let me know what you'd like to see me review next!
You can get the Apple iPad mini 4 now!
Back when we brought you our first-look at the HP Elitebook Folio 1020 G1, many pointed out just how amazing this enterprise-level notebook looked. Obviously, this line of thinking is referring to the fact that business laptops in the past have been plain, mostly matte black affairs that lack any sort of desirability from a consumer perspective. Sure, IT departments get excited about the security features and how cheap they are, but the accompanying bulk, weight, and poor battery life leave much to be desired. HP is aiming to change that with the Elitebook Folio 1020 G1, fancifying what a business laptop can be. Is it worth your attention? Follow along in our HP Elitebook Folio 1020 G1 review for the answer.
Using Apple Pay on the Apple Watch is easy, and in this episode I give you a look at how it's done. First, I show you how to use the Apple Watch iPhone app to set up Apple Pay, which is where you input all of your credit and debit cards. Then, I show you how easy it is to put your Apple Watch into Apple Pay mode with two simple taps.
You can pick up the Apple Watch now from the Apple Store online.
Somehow, 10 years have already passed since the release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas--arguably the most innovative game in the series. To coincide with the recent anniversary, Rockstar re-released the game on Xbox 360, replacing the Games on Demand version with a slightly improved version. And while the game itself remains an enjoyable experience, this may not be the best way of revisiting it.
I find myself occasionally in the mood to play one of the classic GTA III-era games (GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas), which are among my all-time favorite games. I typically ignore this compulsion or simply spend a few minutes with the iPhone version of GTA III; I get my small dose of nostalgia but invariably stop playing because, despite Rockstar's best efforts, these are not games that work well on a touchscreen.
An improved re-release of San Andreas was exciting news for me--while a release on Xbox One or PS4 would have been ideal, a cheap Xbox 360 version with improved graphics, better draw distance, and achievements sounds like a great way to revisit the game.