Saturday, January 28, 2017

Plantronics BackBeat Fit

So this Bluetooth headset is on sale at Costco right now. I think it was around $70, so I jumped on it since it seemed like a good deal. As you could've predicted, they've been returned.

So this is a run-of-the-mill Bluetooth headset. I didn't try the calling feature to test out the mic, but I did listen to music and work-out with them on. They're OK but nothing great. One side of the earbud things didn't fit too well and it only came with one size of nubs. After you take off the rubber piece you'll see the actual speaker and it seemed to be glued together haphazardly with no real quality in place. That pretty much did it for me right there. I'd rather get my money back. I did glance online that you can get different nubs for the ears and it will make for a better fit, but really, there are better quality brands out there if you spend a bit more scrilla. Who needs mediocre things if you can afford $20 more or so.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Huawei Honor 5x

So earlier this month I started having problems with my Galaxy S6 and incorrectly assumed that it was going bad. Long story short with that chestnut, there seems to be a pesky "Enhanced LTE Services" setting that appeared after a recent software update that will jack up regular calls and prevent you from hearing the other end. If you turn off the feature under "Mobile Data", all will go back to normal.

But anyways, I thought my phone was dying so I rush researched something cheap to get me by. I picked this Honor 5x since it had some good reviews online, but yeah...no bueno for me. I only owned the phone for 2 days before returning it but here are the things I noticed.

Pros
Cheap - For under $200 on Amazon it's a fairly good price, but after looking more, the newest OnePlus is only a bit more expensive and probably a lot faster.

Battery Life - During my use it did drain much slower than the S6. Still in the 70s-80s after a whole day at work.

Fingerprint Scanner - This was very quick and snappy, better than the S6.

Cons
Speed - If you're used to flagship phones and their speed, don't even bother. This phone is slow booting up and all the apps very slow; it's quite noticeable.

Push Notification - You have to turn "on" Push for some apps like Outlook under a totally different power-setting area since the software is dumb. The OS defaults to a power-saving setting which is almost unheard of.

Wifi Bands - It doesn't have the AC 5GHz wireless Wifi band, so you'll be stuck using the old school/slower connection.

Thoughts
The phone was OK but it was too putt putt for my tastes. It was also 5.5in and I discovered that I really didn't like the size. I'm a 5in screen type of guy. Not too big, not too small. I should just suck it up and pay for the extravagantly overpriced Pixel then switch over to Google Fi for service. But I still got a few more months left on my last AT&T contract. They're raising prices on the unlimited plan again as well so fuck 'em.