Messenger (SMS/MMS in Material Design)

A while back Google integrated text messaging with Hangouts, and then tried to make the application smooth but only made it worse. This in turn made it incredibly horrible for sending quick text messages and switching between multiple conversations was a slow process. Sometimes I would even miss text messages only due to the transition lag when switching between conversations.

Alas, Messenger is born.

A smooth, quick, and good looking SMS/MMS application with material design was just released by Google. This is the stock messaging application on Lollipop, but it is also available for download on any device with Android 4.1 or above. The search feature as shown below is very smooth and animated very well. Switching between conversations is very smooth and quick. Sending text messages is a light breeze and no longer feels like a heavy chore. MMS messages now notify when their download process begins and they are displayed in a much nicer format. Overall this app was well needed and finally I cant text without being disgusted.

Available here on the Play Store

Material Design Messenger

Moto G (2014) 2nd Gen Camera Test and Comparison

Moto G (2014)
Moto G (2014)

In the video I show many different scenarios in which the camera may be used and I compare it directly to the Moto X (2013) and the OnePlus One. It performed very well in most scenes and really passed my expectations for a phone of this price. It’s worst performance was during a macro shot as the camera doesn’t allow for getting very close. In most situations, its colors were more accurate than the Moto X and overall they looked great. It takes low res 720p videos which are decent in day time and surprisingly clear in low light, even out performing the OnePlus One while in low lit situations. It also does a great job when recording very loud audio keeping away any saturation and holding the volume at an acceptable level.

Watch the video to see for yourself whether or not it is worth it and look under the video for the raw images:

Moto G (2014) Front Cam

IMG_20140914_170133998 IMG_20140914_170139468_HDR IMG_20140914_170343714 IMG_20140914_170548600 IMG_20140914_170808105 IMG_20140914_172759176 IMG_20140914_174709056 IMG_20140914_174734653 IMG_20140914_174942877 IMG_20140914_175002778

Moto G (2014) 2nd Gen Stereo Speaker Test and Comparison


I test and compare the stereo speakers and audio out of the Moto G (2014) to the Moto X (2013) and the OnePlus One.

The speakers aren’t that loud and don’t sound the best, but in a stereo configuration they do just fine. The audio out is good quality but doesn’t have much output power.

Personal Opinion:

Speaker Quality: OnePlus One > Moto X > Moto G

Speaker Loudness: OnePlus One > Moto X > Moto G

Audio Out Quality: OnePlus One > Moto X > Moto G

Audio Out Loudness: OnePlus One > Moto X > Moto G

Immersive Ability: Moto G > OnePlus One > Moto X

OnePlus One Battery Life Review On ART (Android Runtime)

(Updated Comparison Post: ART vs. Dalvik):

I have done a video showing some of the battery life results I have been getting for the past 2 weeks that give a good estimation of how the device performs while using the ART runtime. I have been fairly please getting 6-7 hours of screen on time consistently even though I have the worst signal in my room. I want to compare it to Dalvik and have switched back now to test it thoroughly to be able to compare. Once the testing is complete I will write a comparison post comparing the performance between the two.

OnePlus One 4k DCI Nature Camera Test (Unprocessed)

I found a nice spot to test out the OnePlus One’s 4k DCI mode. The Original File was 56 seconds with a bit rate of 64.7 mbps and stereo audio at 192 kbps at a sample rate of 48kHz. The file was 433 mb and has a resolution of 4096×2160 with a frame rate of 24 fps. I have included the full information about the video below it. Enjoy!

Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom
File size : 434 MiB
Duration : 56s 234ms
Overall bit rate : 64.7 Mbps
Encoded date : UTC 2014-07-27 17:52:02
Tagged date : UTC 2014-07-27 17:52:02

ID : 1
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : Baseline@L5.1
Format settings, CABAC : No
Format settings, ReFrames : 1 frame
Format settings, GOP : M=1, N=24
Codec ID : avc1
Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding
Duration : 55s 936ms
Bit rate : 64.8 Mbps
Width : 4 096 pixels
Height : 2 160 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 1.896
Frame rate mode : Variable
Frame rate : 24.000 fps
Minimum frame rate : 23.841 fps
Maximum frame rate : 24.181 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.305
Stream size : 432 MiB (100%)
Title : VideoHandle
Language : English
Encoded date : UTC 2014-07-27 17:52:02
Tagged date : UTC 2014-07-27 17:52:02

ID : 2
Format : AAC
Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
Format profile : LC
Codec ID : 40
Duration : 56s 234ms
Source duration : 56s 241ms
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 192 Kbps
Nominal bit rate : 96.0 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : Front: L R
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 1.29 MiB (0%)
Source stream size : 1.29 MiB (0%)
Title : SoundHandle
Language : English
Encoded date : UTC 2014-07-27 17:52:02
Tagged date : UTC 2014-07-27 17:52:02
mdhd_Duration : 56234


OnePlus One Camera Test 1 (Macro, HDR, Auto)

Here are some assorted shots from the last few days. Under each is a description of the mode and click them to view the full size image, and I recommend you do to really enjoy the quality…

Macro Mode. HDR off
Macro Mode. HDR off
Macro Mode. HDR off
Macro Mode. HDR off
Macro Mode. HDR off
Macro Mode. HDR off
HDR off
HDR off
Night time with Flash
Night Mode
Auto. HDR off
HDR on
Auto. HDR off
Flash in a hard to reach spot. The phone saved me by allowing me to read my RAM model
HDR on
Auto. HDR off
Auto. HDR off
Auto. HDR off
Auto. HDR off
HDR on
Auto. HDR off
Auto. HDR off
Auto. Flash on

OnePlus One Nillkin Frosted Matte Hard Case Review

This case is solid, textured well to prevent slip, and protects the screen when flipped over, in other words…amazing. It is available on Amazon for $11.80 and it is well worth it. The colors are a bit off due to the old phone I was using to photograph the One, but in person the color of it contrasts the phone very well.

The textured back
The textured back
You can see how it is raised above the screen
You can see how it is raised above the screen