You don't need me to tell you that the Nintendo Switch is a blockbuster success; all you need to do is look at the numbers. Thirteen months after its debut, Nintendo's new console has sold about 18 million units, putting the company's profits up 500% year-over-year … and keeping the Nintendo Switch price firm at the same $300 it launched at. If there are surer signs of a big hit, I've never seen 'em – and with big platform developments dropping almost every month, from Labo to Online, the Nintendo Switch is doing better than even my most optimistic predictions. Still, I come from the smartphone world – and while that's a very different domain from that of the game console, it seems to me the question of whether to buy a year-old product still remains an important one. How has the Switch's hardware held up to constant use and travel? What light can the growth of its ecosystem shed on its future prospects? And what accessories have proven themselves valuable over the … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Review Re-Do: MrMobile would buy it again
From where I'm sitting, this is the last time the company can hike its prices without a significant upgrade in design or camera performance." That's how I closed out my review of the last OnePlus smartphone, the OnePlus 5T released in November. Well, wouldn't ya know it: the OnePlus 6 (announced moments ago) features an upgraded design, better camera specs, and –yes– a price hike to go with 'em. The former king of value in the smartphone space, whose first product cost a mere $299 in 2014, now asks a minimum of $529 for the OnePlus 6. Maybe that's no surprise given the phone's Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, the reintroduction of OIS to the main camera, and OnePlus's by-now-expected insane amounts of RAM (6GB-8GB depending on trim). But are specs enough to get you to cross the $500 threshold for a OnePlus phone? The answers in the full OnePlus 6 review coming soon. For now, check out my initial impressions in the hands-on video above, hit up Android Central's piece for the … [Read more...] about MrMobile goes hands on with the OnePlus 6!
Fun fact: a Tesla Model 3 preview was one of the first videos published by the MrMobile YouTube channel back in 2016 ... and I've never gotten over that experience. The skin-stretching acceleration; the futuristic features; the fact that it never needed a drop of gasoline – to a guy just starting a YouTube tech channel, Tesla's Model S and Model X were the ultimate manifestation of mobile technology, and the Model 3 promised much of the same experience in a more affordable package. Flash-forward to 2018, and that Tesla Model 3 is finally rolling off the production line. I had the chance to spend two days behind the wheel of the tricked-out trim with the premium interior, sport wheels, extended battery, and enhanced autopilot. That array of upgrades puts the car I drove at about the $57,000 mark (instead of the $35,000 entry-level trim coming later), and my two-day test drive was hardly enough time for a full review. Despite those compromises, though, I was able to get a sense of … [Read more...] about MrMobile’s Tesla Model 3 test drive (made him want a Model S)
You know that feeling you get when you upgrade a device and it feels like almost as big a step backward as forward? That's how I felt when I switched from "Old Reliable," my 2015 MacBook Pro, to the top-of-the-line 2017 model. Sure, it gained some power and lost some weight, but it also lost a lot of ports that I still use every day. What's more, the new butterfly keyboard took me about three months to fully adapt to, the battery life has been a wash ... and don't even get me started on the TouchBar. Yet the MacBook Pro 2017 has ultimately justified its cost over the four months I've used it. While thin isn't everything, the slimmer profile and lighter weight does make a difference when you're "staying mobile." The brighter display and larger SSD are also hugely appreciated on a machine I use primarily for video editing — and Final Cut Pro X runs like a dream, too. If you're in the same boat as me, frustrated by the MacBook Pro 2017's limitations but unwilling or unable to switch … [Read more...] about MrMobile’s MacBook survival kit 
It was the original Surface Book launch event in 2015 that sealed my love for Microsoft's homegrown line of laptop/tablet hybrids. The company's earlier convertibles had certainly piqued my interest, but the Book, with its detachable tablet/clipboard and funky dynamic-fulcrum hinge, demonstrated a willingness to challenge the convention that I hadn't seen since the very first Surface in 2012. Of course, it didn't hurt that the thing was utterly gorgeous, either. Flash forward to 2018 (past an upgrade that mainly focused on the Base) and the Surface Book 2 retains almost all of the good looks of its progenitor. It also propels its already-ponderous physical presence to new heights, with my top-shelf 15" review device dwarfing the 15" MacBook Pro '17 that forms the backbone of my everyday carry. But the Surface Book 2 also strikes a balance of new and old that the MacBook utterly misses: there's a blend of USB-A and USB-C ports on Microsoft's machine, as well as an SD card slot and the … [Read more...] about MrMobile: There’s nothing quite like the Surface Book 2 (video)