HOA Weekly Wrap: Nexus Devices Cometh


We’re still right in the middle of the crazy season for device releases and Google shook things up further on Friday by sending out official invites to their Nexus event on September 29 in San Francisco. In addition to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, we also found out this week that Google will unveil the 2nd generation Chromecast at the event. Of course, Android 6.0 Marshmallow will also be on the menu, with other surprises very possible as well. This week has also been a fun one for new devices, Shane and Max received their Moto X Pure units, while I just got in the new Huawei Watch in all black stainless steel this past Friday. Check out some of our most popular video coverage from the week below, then join me after the break for more thoughts:

As you can see, we’ve been pretty busy around here with various reviews, tutorial and unboxings this week. So far the Huawei Watch is treating me pretty well. I’ve gotten 1.5 days battery life with pretty heavy use, including the continuous battery drain caused by connecting my phone to Android Auto and the watch at the same time. Speaking of which, Google really should consider fixing this bug. Having two of your “future services” not play nice together is an annoying problem to have, even if there aren’t many actual users suffering right now. One of the primary issues I’ve found with the Huawei Watch thus far is the weak vibration motor, in fact I’ve already missed quite a few notifications as a direct result of this.

My ZTE Axon Pro reviews is one of my favorite pieces of work in quite sometime, even if the views haven’t been there for that video. I took an in depth look at the Axon Pro and it came out as a worthy competitor in the $400-$450 price range. The audio output in the phone is amazing. Personally I would recommend the Axon Pro over the OnePlus 2 in this price range, I encourage you to give the video a watch to see just how good this phone really is.

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"