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Moto X Pure 4G - XT1575 (Unlocked) / [Review] Moto X Pure 4G
« on: August 27, 2016, 04:45:39 AM »
Moto X Pure 4G [64GB/32GB/16GB] - Review



The first impressions from when taking it out of the box was, "Wow...what a classy phone." It gave off that wow factor of owning something with an attractive design language mimicking the sensation of owning a Mercedes S-Class Coupe. That feeling you get when you walk out of the car and knowing that what is behind you is one sexy car that people would drool over. (Yes the car is a girl LOL. Let's make that clear haha.)  It's solid, ergonomic and proportional to a degree that is above average for this screen size. Another thing that I had to keep in mind was the price point, as this is no longer a phone that can only be bought at its retail $399, depending on what variant you go with. So with all this in mind, here are my thoughts on the 1 year old Moto X Pure 4G.

Design:
I love the well thought out design language of the Moto X Pure and you can tell that they really took the time in mapping out the placement of certain things in the right places. The attention to detail like the textured grip power button (metal?), the volume buttons just below the power button, the two tier slope of the 3.5mm head phone jack for the ease of the headphone input, the metal strip on the back that encompasses the rear camera w/ flash, including a nice round dimple with the M logo that does serve a purpose, to the anodized hardened square around the charge port (high traffic area with it being prone to scratching over time) are all some of the few key things that can be easily overlooked, but important to note so that it can be appreciated.

The Moto X Pure is definitely the most ergonomic phone at the 5.7" class that feels confident when holding it, thanks to the curvature of the back. Having the rubber textured back skin is genius as well. (Kudos to LG with the V10 as well.) Not only does it provide function, but it also serves other purposes in protecting the phone from scratches and also could very well aid to helping with the signal strength since it isn't aluminum. It'd be interesting to get some feedback from Moto X Pure owners to see if they do notice a slightly better signal over other phones.

Comparing it to the Note 4, the phone is slightly slimmer in width, a tad bit slimmer in height and a little thicker overall (not necessarily a bad thing), which makes a noticeable difference in more ways than just being smaller on paper. While the Note 4 is more square and boxy with its design, if you are used to that style, diving right into the Moto X Pure may throw you off balance a little, especially when it comes to typing. More on that later...

Display:
The Moto X Pure houses a 5.7" IPS LCD with capacitive touch buttons, which is practical for a phone with dual front facing stereo speakers, however it does come at a cost. (Practical as in the capacitive touch that is.) I do wish they would have stuck with the AMOLED screen from the previous Moto as it was much more vibrant with better viewing angles. Comparing the screen to the Note 4's AMOLED display, the Moto X stacks up pretty well at full brightness with a color tone more on the colder (bluish) side. However, the display lacks in its viewing angles as the screen image becomes aggressively warmer in tone the more the viewing angle changes. (See attached pics) This is one downfall of lower-mid quality IPS screens, unless of course they are very high quality IPS displays like the new LG ones used on the iPhones / iPads.

The Gorilla Glass 3 gives off a softness that reminds me of the Note 3 or the LG G4. Having gotten used to Gorilla Glass 4 and now 5 may have altered my glass compass a little, but the best analogy that I can give of the Gorilla Glass 3 on the Moto X Pure is the feel compared to a glass screen protector on our Note 4's etc...The phones bare screen feels 1:1 to the tempered glass that I have on my Note 4.

Overall the screen is great. It's bright, clear and at QHD resolutions everything looks very crisp. There is a comforting factor about the display on the Moto X Pure that is good enough to get the job done. Especially at this price point.

* See the pics below for the visuals of the color tone vs the Note 4 and the lack of real estate on the Moto X Pure due to its on board touch capacitive buttons.

Battery:
The battery drain seems to be about average and I'll have to collect more data before I can go into details, however, it does rock a 3000mAh internal battery which is a pretty hefty size. It also comes with a quick charger *cough* I'm sorry a TurboPower Charger lol, which can charge the phone to 40% in about 30 minutes. Not too shabby. Although the battery is internal / sealed, it's actually not that difficult to replace it if you needed to. The rear cover piece with a little bit of heat comes right off and right below it sits the battery. I've only had the phone for about a day now, but so far I've seen an on screen time of about 4.5 hours so far, granted I am using a black theme, but still.

LTE Compatibility:
Does it work with all T-Mobile bands? Yes, in fact there is a file you can flash to obtain Band 12 that is missing among the majority of international and/or unlocked phones. (Thanks Kenny) As a reminder the Band issues are more so software, however, some international phones can be missing the actual hardware for it so keep that in mind. The phone seems to get a slightly better reception than my Note 4 in some places. It's very random so it's nothing to write home about, but I thought I'd just point that out for what it's worth.

Camera:
This is definitely the phones weak point. It's slow to focus and is below average in low light conditions. If having a good camera is important to your daily usage habits, than this may be a deal breaker for you. Sure it shoots okay in day light, but what smart phone camera doesn't these days? Even a walmart pre-paid no name smart phone can shoot decent shots in outdoor settings. Because having a good camera is extremely important to me, I for sure can't use this as my daily driver to replace my Note 4, which has the best camera to date aside to the new 12MP Samsung Sensor found in the Note 7 and S7. All I can say is that the camera is mediocre at best. What makes it worse is the horrific camera software that makes you think twice if they even paid attention to this before releasing it. Another indicator that gives away the cover up is the 21MP sensor they proudly try to advertise as being better, because as we know the higher the MP the better the camera right? WRONG LOL. That was a trick question. We all know that to not be true, hence the Note 7 / S7 with its world class 12MP sensor. Bottom line, if you need a good camera, look elsewhere. Sad I know, because this phone almost has everything right on. If you are not a camera person, then this phone is a pure winner. (Note: I am spoiled by the Note 4's camera so my standards are as high as they can get, especially when I've had hands on time with the best of the best, Note 7's camera.)



Performance:
The Moto X Pure packs a SD808 with an Adreno 418 on the GPU end. Yes that's 418, not 420 that's even found on the SD805 on our Note 4's, however, the difference isn't ground breaking if at all. Performance wise the Moto X Pure is noticeably snappier than the Note 4 with the SD805. Regular day to day users would not be able to tell the difference, but for power users who multitask with a lot of tabs open at the same time will be able to feel the lack of power the SD805 produces. The phones fast and accomplishes pretty much everything fairly well. It's no SD820 or your Exynos 8890, but it will handle tasks just as well if not faster than the SD805, hands down. Again, normal users will not notice a difference.

On the RAM end, it has 3GB, which puts it on par with other smart phones in that range. Having gotten used to my Note 4 with 3GB, yes it can be limiting for power users, but the way MM handles RAM management is far superior to the old KK days and even the tragic LP days for that matter. I've tested both the Note 4, Note 3 and Moto X Pure side by side with opening all of the same apps and the Moto X comes up top almost every time. Surprisingly the Note 3 with its SD800 / 3GB came on top at times. One word: RAM Management. More doesn't necessarily mean better. Look at the embarrassing tragedy of the OnePlus 3 LOL with it launching with 6GB of RAM, but the phone barely being able to utilize half of that? Supposedly a new update fixed it, but take that with a grain of salt.

Expandable Memory:
Micro SD Card Slot. YES! Enough said.

Uniqueness:
This is a category that deserves attention as more phone companies should offer the level of customization that Moto does. If you haven't already, go to their website and customize your own Moto X Pure 4G. It'll make you wish all companies had offered this. What a brilliant concept and they bank off of this too so there is no justifying why any company wouldn't be able to provide this service. We all know why though...profits...commercial mass production mind set.

Dev Support / Software Goodness:
If there was one thing that lured me to the Moto X Pure, it would be the awesome Dev Support that it has. Especially with the bootloader being unlockable, thank goodness. Although the process of getting all this done can be a little much for a novice, it's not impossible. Just follow the directions and you'll be golden.

Bottom Line:
If you don't need a stylus and want a phone at 5.7" with good specs for under or about ~$300+/- (64GB), ~$200+ (32GB), ~$100+ (16GB), the Moto X Pure 4G is an excellent choice, if not the best for the price point. The only other phones that can really compare to the phone/value to cost ratio would be the Note 3 or Note 4, IMO. The phone does everything well, less the camera although it is good enough for the average user, and has a wow factor that can satisfy ones phone craving to either get you by or to simply be a piece to add onto ones collection as it is definitely worthy of that.

I have been enjoying the phone and it's been a pleasure messing with the customization that it provides. Some ROM's have goodies baked into it that will make you forget about xposed. What was really nice to see is the unlocking of the bootloader all being done through Moto and I wish more companies did this as well. To unlock the bootloader you just create an account on Moto's site, pull the string of code from your phone using adb and copy/paste that onto their website and it'll email you the unlock code in which you use adb to unlock the bootloader. With a little help or guidance it's simple, but the main point being that it is possible!

I'll add more onto this review and update it accordingly. I hope you've found it useful.




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Moto X Pure 4G - XT1575 (Unlocked) / Moto X Pure - Themes
« on: August 26, 2016, 10:46:20 AM »
All things Moto X Pure Themes...

Dark Themes: (Ones I like: Darkest possible on the backgrounds while still showing color for icons, thumbnails etc...ie...#000000 backgrounds....)
  • FLUX

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To Unlock Bootloader:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/moto-x-style/general/guides-how-to-guides-beginners-t3200808 

Butchie, Scrappy, Kenny...please step in and edit this :)

Thanks!

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Latest Tech / [***REVIEW***] LG V10 + TEAR DOWN!
« on: November 25, 2015, 01:39:56 AM »
LG V10 REVIEW + TEAR DOWN!!!



Intro:

So the LG V10. What is it exactly and why was it released right before the years end? To compete with what? You may ask....Well the simple answer to that is, No one. The V10 is a step child phone going into the G5 we're about to be introduced to come early next year. Think of the V10 as the Note Edge, however, with more of a purpose in the sense that the V10 is loaded and unique in many ways, which puts it in it's own category. It can also be seen as the grand exhibition poster child to let the others know to get out of the way, because we have some big things coming.... and LG does....



Design:

Awesome. The LG V10 in my opinion is the best built phone to date. From the solid SAE grade 316L stainless steel side rails to the Dura Skin Silicone materiel on the top, bottom and the Dura Skin polycarbonate rear cover, it's hard to not appreciate the built tough factor of this phone. Military standard 810G shock resistance....oh yea, that's what I'm talking about. The ergonomics of the phone is great and the slim design really makes great use of all the surface area to produce an awesome screen to bezel ratio. Having the power (+finger print scanner) and volume buttons on the rear may be a bit strange for those used to Samsung with the buttons on the side, however, you'll get used to it quick. Having the double tap on/off is very handy and I've learned to appreciated that feature a lot.

The sloping curved sides really make holding the phone pleasant. Although it is nearly identical to the width of the Note 4, it feels a lot slimmer/thinner in the hand.



Specs:

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808. This is also step child SoC, but not quite one to be labled as something that's between the 805 and 810. The 808 is just different.
Display: 5.7" + 2.1" = 7.275"
RAM: 4GB LPDDR3
Internal Storage: 64GB
Rear Camera: 16MP
Dual Front Facing Cameras: 5MP Dual Lens. (Shoots 80 degrees standard angle and 120 degrees wide angle.)
Battery: 3,000mAh
Size: Almost identical to the Note4, but just a tad taller.
Weight: 192g (The Note 4 is 176g, but both feel about the same overall.)



Screen and Secondary Display:

Okay so you have an IPS 5.7" + a 2.1" above that, however, the dual front facing camera's share some of the real estate of the 2.1" screen. So technically the V10 sports a 7.275" screen and the phone does have the ability to recognize the extra 2.1" screen, it's just that there hasn't been any apps or mods done yet for that to be seen. Although the main display is 5.7", the added 2nd display does make the screen seem bigger than it really is.

The resolution is the same as the Note 4 at 1440x2560 with 515ppi pixel density and the quality is excellent; of course from the IPS power house LG who is the master producer of the IPS screens.



Camera/Video:

The camera's 1/2.6" sensor is the same as the G4 with an aperture of f/1.8, however on the software end of it, nothing can touch the V10's features. It's crazy. Manual mode (ISO, shutter speed, white balance, focus), RAW photos, Manual mic adjustments while recording etc...It's complete madness. It takes great pictures as expected. Compared to the Note 4 (w/ FK/PR ROM) it does very well from what I've seen. Where the V10 has the edge is in the manual controls as I've noticed this in low light shooting. The V10 without applying any manual settings, does not hold up to what the Note 4 can do in low light conditions. But like I've said, go manual and you have yourself some amazing shots with virtually no light LOL.



Speaker:

It's located on the bottom of the phone and it's loud. Compared to the G4, I would say that it is a little more balanced overall as well. Otherwise pretty much the same.

What separates the V10 from the rest though is the built in 32-bit DAC for all you audiophiles! This is one of the things that I appreciate the most about the phone. It's an audiophile's dream come true.



User experience:

When you hold the V10, you have that confidence of holding something of quality. It's mean and tough...giving you that bring it on suckers attitude. No really LOL...ask any V10 owner. This 'ain't' your typical made in china look oh nicey piece of hardware. It's LG for crying out loud! (S.Korean Giant) One of the King of kings in the electronics world along side with Samsung. - You could literally give someone a concussion with this steel brick of a phone. It's that tough. 

I love having the 4GB of RAM as I have yet to experience one hiccup or lag with it so far. It just does everything well. I've tried to throw a lot at it with massive multi-tasking, but it just flies right along like, "oh may I help you?" attitude. The RAM management is excellent and the best I've seen yet, however, I wouldn't be surprised if the Note 5 or S6+ Edge would be just as good, likely better....but we're talking the top 3 here....how do you top the top when it's already the top? Get it? LOL....

64GB of Internal Storage. This is the new standard in my books. I hope all future phones release with 64GB minimum. 32GB is outdated in ratio to how big a lot of apps / games are becoming. Of course you have the external storage option, but that's not the point. I love how the V10 is just straight up..BAM! 64GB. Here you.

The V10 with its SD808 SoC is also a step child of its own. Compared to the SD810, which has earned a reputation for being "heat happy," the 808 was the answer to SD's design flaw with the 810. So instead of taking the 810 and trying to tone it down, which still failed to work, the 808 is a complete redesign, while still sitting on the 20nm piece of silicon.

Long story short the 810 has 4x ARM Cortex A57 + 4x ARM Cortex A53, while the 808 has 2x ARM Cortex A57 cores and 4x ARM Cortex A53. In this case, less is more and that has proven to be so. Although the memory interface is still LPDDR3, it is clocked at 933, which is 133 over it's previous siblings. The bottom line is, the 808 is able to pull all the weight the V10 throws at it. The only scenario where I see that it might start to sweat is if you were to do some major gaming, which then you would want a Samsung Exynos powered phone like the Note 5 / S6+ Edge.

Let's just call the 808, second best w/ still a big gap from the Exynos..... and leave it at that.

The call quality is great all around both on speaker and earpiece. The other end is crisp and clear....there isn't anything to really complain about.



Would I recommend buying the phone?

If you have the means to do so, absolutely. Not only is it one of the best new phones (well it is the best new phone IMO), but it's also a rare piece much like the Note Edge. The build construction of this phone really sets it apart from the rest, not only from previous phones, but highly likely the future phones as well. The metal side rails is a design language LG has now pioneered, though they've just started. I'm sure there's a patent on it as well.

The dual screen is extremely practical for multi taskers and I love how it's not a gimmick. There's something great going here and I assume LG will capitalize on this forward moving trend. Speaking of trends....

REMOVABLE BATTERY AND SD CARD SLOT! I absolutely love how LG really pushed this in their V10 campaign. For giggles, you should check out this short 2 min clip. It's funny because the quirkiness of the commercial is really backed up by the V10, because it is good as they make it seem, when usually it's the other way around LOL...



Final thoughts:

Here's how I see it. The V10 will very likely be the last phone on LP 5.1.1, which is already too much (too far from KitKat) for KK fans like myself, but as all of you are aware the forecast for the future of Android isn't looking too pretty. The sunny days might be coming to an end. Therefore, for all the obvious reasons and highly probable speculations combined, makes the V10 the best device that's on LP 5.1.1. + Removable Battery + SD Card Slot + 4GB RAM + 64GB Internal storage + Amazing screen + Unique Second Display + The best built phone that will last ...... if you can, just get it. You won't regret it.

Oh and I've forgot to add these. This is stock!




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AS YOU CAN SEE IF YOU GO TO GENERAL DISCUSSION, THE THREADS ARE NOT SHOWING UP.

WE'RE WORKING ON THIS RIGHT NOW SO PLEASE HANG TIGHT.

TO ACCESS THE 'BOOM' THREAD:

GENERAL -> CLICK ON THE PAPER ICON AND IT'LL DIRECT YOU TO THE 'BOOM' THREAD.

THANKS!

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Spigen glass and clear case. Perfect fit.

The glass was the only one that I could find at the time that didn't have the stupid camera cut outs. It's a nice perfect rectangle piece of glass and it does seem a little thicker than normal. My guess is that it is 0.33mm....it does have the 2.5D rounded edges so it looks and feels nice.

The case also fits perfectly. I wanted something clear so that I can appreciate the back texture of the V10 and also the metal side rails. I really like how the case is very thin and does not add bulk to the device.

Overall it's a winner.

* I also have a black case coming in so I'll keep yall up to date on how that fits when it arrives.

Cheers.








Here are some better pics:






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+ Dual SIM slots
+ Removable Battery
+ Micro SD slot
+ 6.5" inch IPS HD Touch Screen 1280*720 Resolution.
+ Dual Cameras Front 5.0MP and Rear-Facing 13.0MP.
+ Qualcomm 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
+ Google Android 5.1 Lollipop.
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+ Dual SIM slots
+ Removable Battery
+ Micro SD slot
+ 6.5" inch IPS HD Touch Screen 1280*720 Resolution.
+ Dual Cameras Front 5.0MP and Rear-Facing 13.0MP.
+ Qualcomm 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
+ Google Android 5.1 Lollipop.
+ 16GB ROM
+ 2GB RAM.

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iRULU Victory V3 - Phone Review

Intro:
For a phone under $200, the price point alone puts the V3 in its own category. Before receiving the phone, I had thought that I needed to keep that sub $200 marker in my head at all times to prevent myself from getting disappointed. Well, now that it's here, in my hand and upon getting a chance to examine the device, the $200 dollar handicap is something that has turned itself around to be the complete opposite. Now I'm sitting here scratching my head asking myself the rhetorical question, "Was this really only $200?" To be fair, the reliability of the device has yet to be determined, but if you don't treat your phone like football, it should be just fine.

There are a lot of things going for the V3...Pretty much all of it being a PRO vs being a CON due to the price tag.



Two choices:

8GB w/ 1GB of RAM or 16GB w/ 2GB of RAM. The 8GB variant is board-line, "why bother...." so I won't be talking about that one. All the V3's that I've ordered are all the 16GB / 2GB models.



Design:

Size wise, the phone is a beast and rightfully so for it having its 6.5 inch screen real estate. I was quite surprised with the screen to bezel ratio, which is pretty good, but keep in mind that with this being the only 6.5" phone around, there's nothing to compare it with except the 6.0" phones that are currently available. As for everything else, it's pretty traditional with the cookie cutter candy bar design that LG has revolutionized. The V3 has a lot of LG influences and feel to it. If you were to slap a LG badge on there and showed people, most wouldn't be able to tell. (From the looks of it that is....not the quality as LG is a much higher quality of a device.)

On top there sits your headphone jack and what appears to be an IR Blaster? Or maybe it's a sensor of some kind? At the bottom is your mic and USB 2.0 slot. Both power and volume buttons are all on the right side of the phone.

Weight: 191 g (For comparison the Note 4 is 176 g) However, the V3 actually feels lighter. Maybe it's because the weight is distributed across a larger surface area...

Thickness: 8.9 mm (For comparison to the Note 4 at 8.5 mm) The V3 feels about the same as the Note 4...We're talking 0.4mm's here haha, but the overall feel is about the same and maybe even thinner (feel wise) with the V3 since it's bigger with a slight curve on the edges.

The rear cover is of this soft touch rubber like matted material that feels quite nice. I'm actually a big fan of it...

The metallic painted plastic trim around the phone is very decent for what it is almost on par with the plastic trim on the Note 3.

The speakers are located on the rear of the phone like our Note 4's and they sound pretty darn good. When first turning on the phone it plays this short music clip that is pleasing to the ears and the first time I've heard it, what stood out was the fact that it didn't sound tinny or metallic.






Specs:

+ 6.5 Inch HD IPS Display
+ Qualcomm SnapDragon 1.2GHz A53 Quad Core SoC
+ Qualcomm Adreno 306 @ 400 MHz
+ 16GB Internal Storage
+ 2GB of RAM
+ 13MP Rear Camera (Auto Focus)
+ 5MP Front Camera
+ 3000mAh Battery
+ Android 5.1

Removable Battery: YES
SD Card Slot: YES
Dual SIM Slots: YES
Unlocked: YES (T-Mobile / ATT / Other GMS Carriers)

US Mobile Frequency Band(MHz):

GSM [Band5]850(MHz) [Band8]900(MHz) [Band3]1800(MHz) [Band2]1900(MHz)
WCDMA [Band5]850(MHz) [Band4]1700(MHz) [Band2]1900(MHz)
FDD [Band2]1900(MHz) [Band4]1700(MHz) [Band5]850(MHz) [Band7]2600(MHz) [Band17]700(MHz)



Screen:

You know....not too shabby....not too shabby at all. It's basically the LG IPS LCD (16M colors etc...) from the LG G Vista screen, but at 6.5 Inches. If you're familiar with the LG G Vista, it's a pretty decent phone for its price range. I've played a couple videos on YouTube and loaded up a 2.5GB movie on it to experience what it's like on the big screen of this phone and boy does it make a difference having more screen LOL...Although it's a given, but phone does serve its purpose well on the entertainment side of things.

As for the actual glass of the phone, it doesn't appear to be a gorilla type of glass, rather just a regular slate of non tempered glass. However, it does come with a screen protector if you wish to put that on. I'll probably install mine tomorrow.



Note: The movie was scaled....

Speaker:

It's not the loudest, but it's not tinny or metallic sounding like most smartphones. I am quite surprised at the balance the sound has for it being a phone ~$200. Not too shabby at all...




User Experience:

Android 5.1. The UI is very clean and simple. There's not much going on with it, but that's what after market launchers are for eh? I must say, the phone is pretty darn quick too...The recent menu is literally 1:1 without delay. It's faster than my Note 4 LOL...no joke. This could very well be that it's on Lollipop 5.1, which is obviously faster than KitKat in general when it comes to RAM management, thus allowing little things like the recent menu button to perform faster than the previous generation of software... Scrolling around, opening apps, and doing real world tasks really made me raise my eye brows in astonishment. The phone just feels very light and it is as there's no evidence of any heavy bloatware from third party companies.

When typing the keyboard is perfect. I absolutely love the size of the keyboard layout. The phone is just big enough to where it doesn't seem like you're holding a tablet, but at the same time the ergonomics of how it feels overall is right at that sweet spot of being the right size. Anything bigger in screen size would be too much in my opinion. 6.5" may be that perfect marker for the Note 7? LOL... 



How is it only $200?

There's an obvious answer to this, but let me get deeper into the, "behind the scenes," of what's going on here. iRULU is a company based out of San Jose that was able to put together a company, hiring a company in china to assemble their products, while being fortunate enough to have the funds and backing to get Samsung and LG to supply the raw materials for their phones / product line. However, they are an online only company, which saves them a lot of money without dealing with the overhead of retails stores, employees etc...

Their business model is to target the low to mid range phone/tech market as oppose to Apple who has a similiar business model to target the high end market. The only difference here really is the quality of product and the overall business structure. Other than that, it's pretty much a cookie cutter concept that is looking to be successful so far.
 
Samsung and LG supply the parts -> the product is assembled in china -> then sold for a premium price to the world. This is Apples formula.

The only difference here is that the materials Apple receives from Samsung and LG are of much higher quality. iRULU on the other hand isn't out there to target the high end market, though with their strategy of creating a 6.5" beast of a phone to role solo in that category is a pretty smart move, although their phones are not of Apple quality when it comes to the material or parts.

However, they are able to offer what people want at a price that is just insanely low, so regardless of the lesser quality of materials used, when you're paying only $200 or less for a phone that can get the job done for what it is....what are you really losing? Really nothing. iRULU is out to get volume and with their low price strategy, they will. So at the end of the day, they can sell 1000 phones and make the same profit as a big name brand selling 100. It's just a numbers game, but it does obviously come at a cost that can register as being a pro for many or a con for others. (Quality wise.)

This is not to say that iRULU quality is poor, but it is to say that the choice of materials used can be evidenced when comparing it to Samsung or Apple. Even the screws used on the back side are noticeably cheaper looking than the big brands. Again, for >$200 all this is MOOOOT. Doesn't apply....

Okay, now the obvious answer to all the cutting of the corners to keep the cost down. As mentioned this is not designed to be a high end device, therefore, it is clear that iRULU focused on putting money toward the things that really matter, rather than towards the things that really don't. For example, the charger block itself looks like something you would get from a dollar store. As for the cable, it is also a dollar store piece of wire that is that is only a whooping 2 feet long LOL. The head phones...good gosh....you know them cheap headphones you'd get on a cheap airline that serve peanuts? Well....there you go. But wait! It has a luxurious volume control tab thing...ooooo...fancy....




With all jokes aside, who gives a rats! Who cares about the darn headphone or charger unit when you're paying >$200....I'm glad iRULU didn't' put money into this area, but instead into the phone itself. Smart move...





Would I recommend buying the phone?

Yes, especially If you're wanting to satisfy that, "new toy," craving and/or am wanting the biggest screen size phone that money can buy. The good news is, that it won't break the bank to obtain one. For less than $200 this phone is an absolute steal. No it's not your Note 7 or your LG G7 Pro, but it's not suppose to be and was never intended to try and be that.





Final Thoughts:

Honestly, I don't need more phones LOL...so I hope that really sets it in stone that my review is not bias in anyway. If you don't know already, I also do not favor chinese made phones, but given the circumstances of this company being based in San Jose and with the parts being supplied by Samsung and LG, I feel better about supporting an American company with parts from S.Korea, although it's assembled in china. The only reason I've bought 5x V3's was due to the price and it's screen size. That's it. Ok well and the dual SIM support, which is very useful for me given that I have many lines on our business account. Of course there's the love of technology and being a tech fanatic that made me jump on it right away too. (Thanks Mega for the heads up on this cheap beast LOL.)

The bottom line is, if you're wanting a phone with a bigger screen size of more than 6 Inches, this is absolutely a no 'brainer' for the price. Just get it. There is nothing to think about. If the screen size is what motivates you in a phone, hands down this is your choice. In fact, it's your only choice in the 6.5" category. If you're just wanting a toy to carry you over until the Note 6 launches next year in the Q3 of 2016, the V3 would also make for an excellent candidate to curve your appetite. (Granted we get what we want in the Note 6 LOL, but you get the drift...)

I plan to use the V3 for 2 of my lines for giggles. One line is ATT the other is TM all in the same phone. No more having to carry around two phones. I'll also be using it to watch movies and to display my stock charts, which I've been using a Note 4 and recently the V10 as an additional screen when doing my business when traveling. In fact, I'll use it as my main GPS for my car...heck...all this is worth more than a measly $200 in itself.

Last but not least, it would make for one heck of a TV remote for my smart TV's if that little thing on top is indeed an IR blaster.





I hope you've enjoyed the quick review and please excuse any typos as I've written most of this from my phone so that I can upload the pictures at the same time from my N4. Also if you're considering one, I have two up for grabs in the classified section. Cheers.

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Cars / 2015 AUDI A5 S-LINE | Cinematic Trailer - Shot with a Galaxy S6!
« on: November 10, 2015, 12:22:16 AM »
Just crazy....who would have thought a phone (particularly the galaxy line of phones) can do this....

It's definitely good enough for a commercial.

https://youtu.be/w9c6jSg3FoE

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Latest Tech / Samsung Galaxy View - 18.4" Tablet
« on: November 10, 2015, 12:05:38 AM »
Just sitting here scratching my head....

I mean I get why they didn't go 4K as that would have sky rocketed the price tag, however, I think this is more geared toward those wanting an easy to move HUGE tablet for movies and such... or for presentations to show slide shows etc...

Samsung Galaxy View - 18.4 inches

https://youtu.be/l-NTHFM1g80

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Portraits / Fly on a leaf on a nice Autumn Day LOL...
« on: October 21, 2015, 08:00:05 PM »
Check out the contrast and details....just amazing..

Shot with my N4 on V20X


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T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4

    + Orignal box, charger, cable, papers etc...
    + KitKat 4.4
    + Color: White
    + 32GB
    + Condition: Excellent. Like New as if you just took it out of the box.

    + Software: On it's original KitKat 4.4 (ANK4). Optional; I can flash FireKat V21X on it with my OCD procedure if you want, along with applying all the Play Services Mods, set permissions and clean up all the Google crap except the Playstore, GMail and the obvious ones that the system needs to operate. There are some other tweaks to clean up unnecessary stuff so that it's clean and fresh. OR you can do it yourself. It's your call.

For AU Members: $390 Shipped.
Shipping Options:

    Priority Mail: FREE
    Express Over Night: Add $20
    Insurance: Optional, but it'll be extra.

Attached are some pictures of the device. I've included pics from different angles so that you can get a good view of it all around.

The pics alone should speak for itself. :) Let me know if you have any additional questions and I'll be glad to answer them.

I'll accept paypal sent as friends/family. I'll get the phone mailed to you that day and or in the mail the very next day. It'll be well package in air bubble wrap.



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RARE! Limited Edition.

***UNLOCKED***

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (SM-N915T)
+ KitKat 4.4! (Extremely Rare...)
+ 32GB
+ Black
+ T-Mobile
+ Condition: Mint like off the show room floor. The glass is scratch free, sides are perfect, the back is perfect, camera lens area is perfect....it's MINT. The phone is just beautiful and the stylus has barely been used. I bought this phone from my buddy who works at TM corporate and it was basically a demo phone that never left the meeting room. The phone is like new and in excellent condition.

As you know these are extremely rare, especially the SM-N915T model which is T-Mobile. You can't even find them anymore that's in excellent condition + KitKat 4.4. It's almost non existent now. I'm firm at $485 Shipped. for AU folks only. I could easily sell this for close to $600+ as that's what I have it posted at on campus. I'll accept paypal...PM for more details.

Shipping Options:
  • Priority Mail: FREE
  • Express Over Night: Add $20


Please see the attached pictures and PM me if you have any questions.


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