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  • Nokia Lumia 1520 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Nokia Lumia 1520

    Nokia is now basically the defacto Windows Phone handset manufacturer, and the Lumia 1520 is its latest effort. The big, big full HD 6-inch display sets it apart from any previous Windows Phone device, and puts it into a rare class of device even among Android phones, whose screens can also get pretty darn huge. Read More

  • Instagram Direct | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Instagram Direct

    As you may have already figured out, Instagram has launched private messaging this month, calling it Instagram Direct. It lets users send a photo up to 15 people without publicly broadcasting that photo to their entire following. Recipients can like the photo and participate in live chat underneath it. So, what do we think? Read More

  • Motorola Moto G | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Motorola Moto G

    It always seems like the flagship phones get the most attention, but what about a device that doesn’t even bother trying to claim that title? Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has been saying for months and months that one of the company’s priorities was to improve the experience of using a low-cost smartphone, and the end result of drive was the cheapo Moto G. Read More

  • Nexus 5 Review | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Nexus 5

    The Nexus 5 is the latest generation of Google’s Android software, KitKat, come to life. The hardware itself isn’t super glamorous, with a simple 5-inch display and a matte black backside, but the software more than makes up for what can be a bland appearance. Read More

  • Ostrich Pillow | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: The Ostrich Pillow

    With travel ramping up over the holiday season, we thought it wise to bring you a taste of Ostrich. The Ostrich pillow, to be exact. It’s a clever little pillow that slips over your head and covers everything but your nose and mouth. Though it doesn’t offer much by way of neck support, you can lay your head down and slip your hands in the holes on the top for a nice desk-style nap. Read More

  • Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

    In early October, we brought you our thoughts on the seven-inch Kindle Fire HDX, of which John is a huge fan. Today we bring you the seven-incher’s big brother, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. Read More

  • iPad Air | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: iPad Air

    With the new iPad Air, the question isn’t whether or not the new tablet will fly or die. The question, rather, is whether or not you should upgrade from an older-gen iPad to the iPad air or to the iPad mini? In truth, it all comes down to use cases. Read More

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    Samsung’s third generation phablet is here. If you haven’t met her already, say hello to the Galaxy Note 3, a barge of a phone with incredible processing power and no fashion sense whatsoever. There’s no question that the Galaxy Note 3 is a powerful device. It’s the first smartphone to come with 3GB of RAM under the hood, and it also packs a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon… Read More

  • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

    Amazon has been churning out LCD-based Kindle tablets for the past two years, and there’s no question that the company has improved from the original, BlackBerry PlayBook-style Kindle Fire. But with the Fire HDX, is there enough of an improvement to upgrade from the Kindle Fire HD? That’s the question John Biggs and I investigate on this latest episode of Fly Or Die. Read More

  • iPhone 5s | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: iPhone 5s

    What’s there to say? It’s the flagship iPhone 5s. To say that it won’t be wildly successful would be silly. We already know that Apple sold 9 million units of the iPhone 5s, alongside the more colorful iPhone 5c, in the very first weekend of availability. That’s more than any previous generation. So instead of asking ourselves whether this finger print-reading… Read More

  • UpWrite by UpDesk | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: The UpDesk UpWrite

    The human body wasn’t meant to sit. Chairs are an invention of our own laziness. That said, UpDesk is here to swoop in and give you a nice, comfortable desk to both sit and stand at without a whole lot of extra effort on your part. The UpWrite is quite similar to UpDesk’s Standing Desk, which has an electronic lifting system and three preset heights, ranging from 25 inches to… Read More

  • LEGO Mindstorms EV3 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: LEGO Mindstorms EV3

    LEGO Mindstorms EV3. Even the name is formidable, but just wait until you connect the dots and fire these dragon-esque robots up. The EV3 set of robotic, programmable LEGOs is the very best version of this 14-year-old product line we’ve ever seen. The most notable edition is that users can program directly from the smart brick, the computational component included in each robot that… Read More

  • Motorola Moto X | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Motorola Moto X

    The Moto X has caused a rift between the TechCrunch Gadgets family. Chris Velazco and I think it’s just fine, whereas Darrell Etherington and John Biggs are rather unimpressed. But why? Read More

  • Nvidia Shield | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: The Nvidia Shield

    In this decidedly dorky edition of Fly Or Die, yours truly and TC’s resident Canadian Darrell Etherington duke it out over Nvidia’s curious Shield game console and what it means for the future of Android gaming. In a surprising twist (well, surprising if you haven’t already read his review), Darrell is absolutely smitten with the thing. Honestly, it’s a little hard not… Read More

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 - 8" | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, while having a numerically challenging name, is a slick little guy that’s not too big, not too small, but just right. Still, is that enough to compete with not only the iPad mini but also Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 8-inch tablet? Read More

  • Rithm For iOS | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Rithm

    Mavensay has been cultivating a community of recommendations for quite a while now, but only recently has the company taken its userbase’s disposition towards music recommendations and turned it into a brand new app: Rithm. Rithm pulls from many of the messaging and social apps we love today, like Snapchat, Vine, and basic messaging apps like Whatsapp and Viber and applied that logic… Read More

  • Nokia Lumia 925 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Nokia Lumia 925

    The Nokia Lumia 925 is the Finnish phone maker’s latest attempt at wooing hapless shoppers over to the Windows Phone 8 platform, and it’s a solid proposition. The real stand-out feature has to be the camera, which is still considered PureView despite being an 8.7MP camera, as opposed to the Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel shooter. Still, the Carl Zeiss camera is loaded with… Read More

  • Ploom ModelTwo E-Cig | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Ploom ModelTwo E-Cig Vaporizer

    It’s been a couple weeks since I reviewed the Ploom ModelTwo e-cig vaporizer, but we thought it fair to have someone else weigh in on the tobacco vaporizer as well. That said, Engadget’s Brian Heater steps up this week (to fill in for John Biggs) and shares his thoughts on the ModelTwo. Ploom has been focused on revolutionizing vaporizers for a while, notably with the Pax… Read More

  • Video on Instagram | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Instagram Video

    Now that the dust has settled around the Instagram Video launch, we thought it was high time to take a good look at the photo-sharing phenom’s new video venture. Does it live up to Vine? Is it better? Or does it just ruin the Instagram experience we’ve all come to know and love? Engadget’s Brian Heater — kindly filling in for John Biggs — and I discuss all this… Read More

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

    We first caught wind of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active back in May, before it had been announced. Ruggedized smartphones aren’t always so tantalizing, but seeing that the Galaxy S4 Active is a variant of the Samsung flagship Galaxy S4, we thought it wise to bring the little guy in for an episode of Fly or Die. Read More