26 articles published since December 21, 2021
About Michael Bizzaco
Michael Bizzaco has been writing about and working with consumer tech for well over a decade. With a background in home theater sales, installation and repair, Michael's hands-on reviews, how-to guides, product roundups, and op-eds have been featured by notable publications including Android Police, How-To Geek, Digital Trends, SPY.com, and TechRadar Pro.
Stream and cast to your heart's content with these amazing Google TVs
When it comes to smart TVs, there are plenty of different brands to choose from, but only a few web-connected platforms to stream your Netflix. While titans like Samsung and LG use their own operating systems for running apps, Google TV takes care of streaming, menus, and other UI elements for brands like Sony, TCL, and Hisense. And Google TV is one of the best smart platforms on the market, and a major upgrade on the older Android TV software.
Protect your home's newest Pixel device
The Google Pixel Tablet may not collect the same attention as the Samsung Galaxy Tab lineup or even the iPad, but if you’re looking for a great Android-powered alternative for browsing the web, watching Netflix, taking Zoom calls, and other common touchscreen tasks, the Pixel Tablet has got you covered.
Two of the biggest names in Android have Pro earbuds, and we're comparing them here
In the world of wireless earbuds, there are many brands vying to be the undisputed champion of premium, noise canceling sound. Samsung and Google each have incredible options, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Google’s Pixel Buds Pro.
Your shiny new superphone needs the ultimate in protection and practicality
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is one of the best Android-powered smartphones on the market for 2023. It’s got a lightning-fast processor, an intuitive user interface, a great camera, and plenty of other impressive features, but guess what it’s not great at? Getting dropped on concrete from pretty much any height.
Complete your smart home makeover with these Google Assistant-compatible devices
Controlling your smart home equipment with a virtual assistant and voice commands really makes you feel like you're living in a home of the future. Digital companions like Google Assistant are the web-connected tools you'll need to customize and automate everything from lighting and security to TVs and Bluetooth speakers.
Sonos’ second-gen Move is built for power and performance, but how does it fare against the company’s most portable audio device?
When it comes to wireless audio, Sonos is one of the best audio companies you can buy speakers from. Over the years, the brand’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth peripherals have only gotten louder and stronger, and once battery power was introduced to the original Sonos Move, we could start taking our favorite Sonos gear camping, too. But now there’s a new Sonos Move in town, billed as the Sonos Move 2, and it’s supposed to rock even harder and last even longer than its predecessor. Does this mean there’s no place in the world for Sonos’ smaller battery-powered speaker, the Sonos Roam? Absolutely not.
Keep 2023's most striking new clamshell out of harm's way
Over the years, the Moto Razr has been a lot of things to a lot of people. Once upon a time, it was a status symbol, then it became a mainstay of Verizon's Droid line before inevitably fading into obscurity. The Moto Razr+ (2023) is a new chapter. Not only does it represent a return to form (and relevance) for the Razr, but it's also one of the best foldable smartphones available and makes a case for itself as one of the best Android phones, period.
There's a lot of competition out there to host your weekend binges and movie nights
When it’s time to kick your kicks off at the end of a long workday, sinking into your couch and watching TV is about as tried and true of a decompressing activity as they come. But when you’re sick of cable and broadcast news, there’s always Netflix, Hulu, and a host of other streaming platforms you can unwind with. Of course, these services require a smart TV to use, and if your living room set is a few decades old, you’ll need to invest in a streaming device to get access to the above services and more.
One less thing to carry around with these wallet cases
As far as flagship devices go, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is one of the best Android-powered smartphones you can get your hands on. But like every new mobile device, it’s always a good idea to encase your latest investment in the kind of padding that’s built for more than just protection. And if you’re the kind of person who’s always carrying around your phone, buying a wallet case is a sound idea.
When you want all your smart home devices living under one roof, invest in a top-notch smart home hub
What does one do when all the smart home devices in your home are made by different companies? Connecting all this gear to Wi-Fi is usually straightforward, but what about controlling all the stuff once it’s activated and networked? If all the gadgets aren’t made by the same brand, you’re going to have multiple companion apps installed on your phone or tablet, and no one likes a cluttered screen.
Mounts and stands for the Amazon Echo Show 5 that make sense
The Amazon Echo Show 5 is an easy-to-use smart display that lets you keep tabs on your daily schedule, stream music, ask Alexa questions, control smart home gear in your house with the voice assistant, and so much more. While it’s Amazon’s smallest touchscreen device, sometimes tables and countertops just don’t have the square footage to spare. Or maybe the space available, but it's an often-used cooking surface that the Echo Show 5 doesn't need to compete with. In this case, you should consider one or several of the Echo Show 5’s best mounts and stands.
There are many quality models available to help keep your home safe without the wire
Smart home surveillance is one of the best things to come out of the connectivity frenzy of the last several years. With everything from indoor/outdoor cams to motion and temperature sensors landing in our homes, you can lock down every square inch of your property, and you usually only have to worry about a Wi-Fi connection. In fact, where low-voltage wiring was once a chief consideration for these many peripherals, more and more product developers are now outfitting these security gadgets with rechargeable batteries!
Brighten up your life with the best of the best smart light brand
When it comes to smart lighting, Philips Hue is the O.G. that still delivers a wide range of products that put many of its smart lighting competitors to shame. From run-of-the-mill A19 bulbs to powerful outdoor fixtures, Philips Hue smart lights and bulbs are easy to install and a cinch to control and automate. That being said, if you want a little extra customization for your Philips Hue ecosystem, we highly recommend grabbing the Philips Hue Bridge, which connects to your Wi-Fi and adds layer after layer of extra controls.
Wrap your Moto G 5G in one of these cases to protect it
A solid mid-tier phone can sometimes look and feel like a far more premium device, especially when you’re talking about a smartphone that’s as well-made as the 2022 edition of the Moto G 5G.
Abandoned for the Watch 5 series, Samsung's rotating bezel is making a return - but only in the Watch 6 Classic
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 does not come with a rotating bezel and that's completely alright.
The Echo Dot and HomePod Mini are two excellent smart speakers, but which is the better of two?
If you’re new to the world of smart home devices, smart speakers are one of the best ways to break into all things Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit. For years now, Amazon has been producing the much-loved Echo lineup, including the most popular Echo Dot. Then there's Apple, a company that arrived a little late to the party. However, with the release of the HomePod Mini, the iOS-friendly brand is now on pretty equal footing with its competition.
Android runs the show for both of these excellent streaming devices, but is one better than the other?
The NVIDIA TV Shield (2019) and the Chromecast with Google TV (4K) are two phenomenal streaming devices, and both peripherals just so happen to be powered by Android. On the NVIDIA end, it's tried and true Android TV, while the Chromecast runs off its titular OS, Google TV. Both interfaces are packed to the brim with features. But when it comes time to watch your favorite movie or TV show, which of these two Android gadgets will give you the kind of experience you'll want to write home about? Well, that depends on what you prioritize in the world of apps, games, and picture upscaling.
Apple AirPlay is a wireless audio godsend for the iPhone, but is there a way to get the feature to work with Android gear?
The Apple HomePod and HomePod Mini are two excellent smart speakers that can do some pretty impressive things. With Siri running the show, you can use your HomePod to ask questions to Apple’s voice assistant, initiate and control many smart home automations, and of course listen to music. In terms of the latter, the HomePod is first and foremost an Apple device, which means you’ll be able to stream tunes straight from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac using AirPlay 2. But does this mean that Android devotees are completely out of luck? Not exactly.
You need to protect this compact Android phone with a quality case
As smartphones continue to get bigger and bigger, it’s nice to know that you can still get your hands on mobile devices like the Asus Zenfone 9 (not to mention its successor, the Zenfone 10). Rocking a much smaller footprint than its competition while packing as much power as the best Android phones, the Zenfone 9 is a pleasant reminder that carrying around a compact cell is still an option, and one we’re glad to take.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and Chromecast with Google TV (4K) are exceptional streaming devices, but is one better than the other?
Streaming devices are an excellent and inexpensive way to enjoy your favorite movie and TV show apps, and both Amazon and Google are top dogs in the mighty world of web-connected entertainment. Since its 2018 release, Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K has developed quite the following, with many users championing the device's impressive HDR capabilities, Alexa controls, and immense app library.