Reviews

  • Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review

    Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review

    With Advanced Warfare, Activision is taking the extremely successful Call of Duty mostly to places it’s already been, which is to say this is a game about war, shooting, explosions and guns. But it’s also taking a stab at some realistic futurism with the ‘Exo’ suits your character gets to wear, which augment your ability to navigate your environment and deal damage to… Read More

  • The Scout Alarm Is Always Prepared To Keep Your Home Safe

    The Scout Alarm Is Always Prepared To Keep Your Home Safe

    I live in a fourth floor walkup in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The building is old — I have to hide from hot water in the shower whenever a neighbor flushes their toilet and my floor is legitimately slanted toward one side of the house. My across-the-hall neighbor has come home to a broken-in, robbed apartment three times. In short, I am the prime candidate for a home security system, but… Read More

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Smartphone Edition

    Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Smartphone Edition

    Google’s new Nexus 6 is officially available, and along with that comes Android 5.0 Lollipop. The latest version of Google’s mobile OS has already been accessible to those who’ve had a chance to experience the Nexus 9 tablet by HTC, but the Motorola-made Nexus 6 is the first smartphone to ship with Google’s latest OS. While much of what using the tablet version of… Read More

  • Droid Turbo Review: Motorola’s Amped-Up Moto X Excels Where It Counts

    Droid Turbo Review: Motorola’s Amped-Up Moto X Excels Where It Counts

    Motorola barely let the 2014 Moto X sink in before announcing essentially a beefed-up version of the same. The Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo is a Moto X with a better battery and a better camera, but in a package that’s hard to describe as an “improvement” on the original. Where the Verizon phone excels, however, it really excels, which makes it a tempting proposition for… Read More

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Tablet Edition

    Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Tablet Edition

    Google’s new mobile operating system is now available to consumers, as new Nexus hardware (starting with the Nexus 9) begins to make its way into the hands of pre-order customers. Version 5.0 of Android continues the candy naming tradition with “Lollipop,” and despite the fact that ‘L’ is just next in the alphabet, something about the name seems to resonate with… Read More

  • Nexus 9 Review: Google’s First Lollipop Tablet Gets The Recipe Mostly Right

    Nexus 9 Review: Google’s First Lollipop Tablet Gets The Recipe Mostly Right

    Google has a new Nexus tablet this year, and it’s made by HTC. The Taiwanese device maker has spent some time away from building tablets, so this return is significant not just because it’s a Nexus, one of Google’s stable of devices blessed with stock Android (and the first to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop), but also because it’s the first slate in years from the maker… Read More

  • Defakto Detail Struktur Review: A Watch Designed With Design In Mind

    Defakto Detail Struktur Review: A Watch Designed With Design In Mind

    Defakto is a boutique German watchmaker that creates the cases for brands with more recognition and history, but which focuses on classic, modern designs for its own imprint. The case shapes themselves are largely traditional and without flourish, with smaller diameter faces that look good on most wrist sizes. Defakto’s watch faces are exercises in minimalism, but with enough detail put… Read More

  • Sunset Overdrive Review: A Genuinely Fun Game, Once You Get Past First Impressions

    Sunset Overdrive Review: A Genuinely Fun Game, Once You Get Past First Impressions

    Microsoft’s console exclusives are arguably what it needs to make up ground on PlayStation, despite its continued hold on the beloved Halo series. Its brand new Xbox One game, Sunset Overdrive, looks in part to be an answer to Sony’s fan favorite Infamous series, since both offer a lot of grinding, wall-climbing and parkour-ish behavior. And despite a quirky face that takes… Read More

  • Bose QuietComfort 25 Review: Bose Pads Its Lead In Noise-Cancelling Headphones

    Bose QuietComfort 25 Review: Bose Pads Its Lead In Noise-Cancelling Headphones

    Bose has long-held the title of the maker of the best active noise-cancelling headphones available, per reviewers of a wide variety of publications and from a range of backgrounds. The QuietComfort 15 over-ear headphones really were the apex if you wanted decent sound, along with noise isolation that made even noisy airplane cabins silent enough to sleep in. The QuietComfort 25 headphones… Read More