The Leftovers: Tech I Missed In 2020
. Some things just fall through the cracks so for the last video of the year i’m purging the backlog to share overdue thoughts on products i didn’t get around to covering from earbuds to electric vehicles, there’s even a telescope in there join me for the inaugural round of An annual tradition i’m calling the leftovers starting us off at number six two pairs of true wireless earbuds that uh couldn’t have less in common i’ve, been using samsung’s galaxy buds live on and off since they arrived with my note, 20 ultra review sample for reasons that Have very little to do with their sound. You see i’m, not wild about either the audio or the comfort on these. They don’t fit as well in my ears as buds with in ear gels, and their sound is just okay partially because of what everyone reported. When these came out the active noise cancelling just isn’t that effective, but i do still use them because one the sound, is good enough for a guy who listens to podcasts, just as often as he pumps pin back two. The convenience is unmatched. If you use one or more samsung phones on the regular and three after years of shipping, earbud capsules that were just too big, this compact cuboid is as fresh a breath as the fanciful design of what we’ve all come to affectionately call the galaxy beans. Now contrast, those with the bows the maker of the legendary quiet, comfort line of headphones, brought all its expertise to bear when it made these earbuds of the same name.
They plug into the ears with a gel and twist lock combo. They deliver some of the best noise, cancelling you’re likely to find on earbuds 11 customizable levels of it, and their sound stage is as rich as the galaxy beans are lacking. But just look at this horse pill, and not just in relation to the beans. The bose case is literally larger than some bars of soap. I have in my bathroom it’ll cause questions in pockets. It’Ll even take up too much space in some bags, it’s just ludicrously large, and at 280 bucks. The quiet comforts cost double what the galaxy beans do elsewhere in wearables. The most asked about smart watch of the year is clear. A lot of you loved the limited edition clear diesel on fade light when i covered it on instagram back in september and it’s easy to see why transparent technology, even when it’s, only partially transparent, will always catch the eye and every time this wear os smart watch Is cameoed in a video? The comments have lit up like a christmas tree. Sadly, this one cemented my doubts about diesel’s, smart watches, the foundation they’re built on is proven. The generation five core from fossil group underpins everything from the skogen foster iii to fossil zone carlisle, but something about diesel’s implementation always leads to problems. This one works better than the diesel axial, but thanks to its paltry half gig of ram and what i assume are a few unresolved software issues, it suffers from all the flaws that gave the wear os watches of yesteryear such a bad name, stutters, slow performance and Even occasional lockups to add insult to injury, the once perfectly transparent band is already showing early signs of yellowing.
After less than four months, you can still get the translucent red and blue versions, but when the same 200, bucks can buy you much better models from fossil’s own catalog and my personal favorite, the third generation moto 360, is now down to 129 dollars. Well, no matter how pretty it is, the diesel on fade light is a tough sell by comparison and speaking of tough cells. Let’S talk about the ipad pro. I had plans to review the ipad pro which i’ve been buying almost every year since it debuted, and i was going to call it the review you don’t need for the tablet. You do because everyone knows the ipad is the best tablet around, but then something happened which will be familiar to you subscribers i leaned fully into foldables for 2020, and that meant my ipad took an immediate and permanent back seat to my galaxy fold and then z Fold: 2., because when you have a tablet you can fold up and put in your pocket. You tend not to bother with its big brothers as much. That said, the ipad pro still has its place with the expansive acreage on my 12.9 inch model really coming in handy when i put it to use as a second screen, in addition to the tablet, app ecosystem and all the other conveniences, if you’re already an apple User sidecar really cements the ipad as not just another toy but a useful tool. When i need some extra desktop and before we move on, i know you’re wondering what makes my ipad so h, a w t.
So a word from my sponsor. You know dbrand as the company that lets you customize your devices with almost as many looks as you can imagine, i know dbrand as the partner in crime i turn to when i drop my gadgets and need to cover up the evidence either way. Dbrand makes quality skins at fair prices and you can hit them up at the link in the description. So i was sitting here trying to figure out a way to say that i wouldn’t be covering phones like the oneplus 8t anymore, and i was really stuck for a minute until i watched the intro to alex dobie’s review of this phone at android. Central basically take the oneplus 8 flatten it out and improve the display, a whole bunch bump up the battery and add crazy fast charging. Now alex goes on to say that there are many other things to this phone because of course, there always are and android central always covers them very well, but folks, this kind of mild, iteration we’re, seeing between increasingly alike slabs of glass, it’s, dull and that’s, part Of what drove me to cover more cutting edge products like foldables and dual screen, phones and dual screen laptops and wild combinations of all three it’s? Also, what inspired my throwback series when phones were fun, because i wanted to celebrate a time before phones became these indistinguishable, anonymous candy bars to be clear, i’m still covering a ton of phones.
The flagship smartphones from the major brands are all on the list and i’m. Looking forward to hitting that you know one plus, nine galaxy s21, the iphone 13 etc, but the in betweens, those 90s and fes and ses you’ll see fewer videos on those and you’ll see more on the foldables rollables wing, nuts, throwbacks and sometimes products straight out of Left field now a good example of that latter category is a product that’s mobile only in the sense that it connects to a phone or tablet, but it’s so completely appealed to my inner space nerd that i i just had to review it meet stelina no it’s, Not a turret from portal instead it’s well it’s massive price aside, it’s kind of a telescope for the rest of us manufacturer vayanus wanted to make a telescope that was easier to use one that would connect to your phone or tablet so stargazing wasn’t limited to peering Through an eyepiece one at a time, so the company sent over a sample of stellina in winter 2019. When i was house sitting for my mom out in the country, a country whose cloudy november skies were sadly not conducive to sky watching, fortunately for me, the skies of summer in suffolk, county suck, less selena’s setup was just as easy. The second time around you just mount it to the tripod and connect its battery pack and then introduce it to your ios or android device that gives the telescope its gps fix, which it then cross references with a visual fix to get its head on straight.
After that, you go into the app and basically shop for what far away object. You’D like to photograph a half hour to 2 hours of self track and exposure stacking later bam. You’Ve got your very own photo of the dumbbell nebula. I love being able to say that not only did i take this photo of an object, 1200 light years away, but that i did it from my dad’s porch now, due to some compromises in the optics and sensor, the images are noisier than higher end. Scopes. Can output – and there is still a bit of motion blur, despite the auto tracking, also don’t – expect to shoot our neighbor planets with this glass. Stelina is optimized for objects much further out and it costs four thousand dollars, that’s a hefty premium for convenience and relative portability. Still vionis has already announced a much more affordable sibling named vespera currently on kickstarter and my astrophotographer friend chris pearson sees a lot of potential for this new category of telescope. He shared a lot of great thoughts with me, i’ll link to his youtube channel and, of course, to vionis and every product in this video in the description. Finally, there’s the matter of cars, specifically electric cars and, more specifically, how they fit into the channel going forward. See when i started mr mobile in 2016, electric vehicles were going to be one of the channel’s tent poles. As such, i tried to log as much time inside alternative fueled vehicles, as i could tesla test drives: hydrogen powered road trips, ev excursions concept, car unveilings, single driver cars.
I even took a quick ride in the cyber truck, but with more automakers launching electrics and these videos taking a lot of time and effort to shoot. There was just no way i could maintain the production pace to keep up and, to be honest, while the videos did okay, car videos have always underperformed on average, which has real ramifications when it comes to how the youtube algorithm treats a channel and therefore, how healthy That channel can ultimately be so. My last extended time with an ev resulted in four days worth of footage that i’ve been trying to figure out what to do with. For over a year. It was spent behind the wheel of the gorgeous and all electric jaguar eye pace with friend of the channel david cogan of the unlocker riding shotgun on a hollywood road trip that took us from the peterson automotive museum to the griffith observatory, to a variety of bars. With questionable characters to my west coast, hotel mainstay the rms queen mary, while my intention was to you know, review the i pace, as i say: you’re not really here for car reviews and maybe i’m not either it wasn’t. Until i combined my memories of the i pace with a more recent jaunt behind the wheel of a new chevy bolt that i realized, hey charging an ev as a new owner can still be really inconvenient. So i want to talk about ev charging, infrastructure and i’ve done a lot of talking about the technology packed under the hood of these things, but not so much about the cockpit and creature comforts and how they stack up and, most importantly, taking a page out of David cogan’s book, i want to talk a lot more about the experiences these cars enable and a bit less about the cars themselves.
Now, whether that takes the form of standalone videos or a new series or a tie in with the road trip reviews that i now do for smartphones, i don’t know point is expect me to shake it up a little on the auto front. And if you have suggestions or requests i’d love to hear them in the comments Music, but you know as tiring and miserable and prematurely aging as this year has genuinely been. 20. 20 has also given me an opportunity to experiment with things like series, ideas and new approaches to videos that i don’t think would have been possible if i was still constantly on the road. Like always so thank you for giving me the leeway to experiment with those things and figuring out what the mr mobile of 2020 wants to be and stay tuned for more surprises. In 21., this video featured a mix of review and retail devices both purchased by mr mobile and provided by or loaned from their respective manufacturers. As always, though, the opinions in this video are my own and no manufacturer was given editorial input, copy approval rights or an early preview of this content, they’re, seeing it for the first time right alongside you until next time, thanks for watching keep those masks on when You’Re around others and cross your fingers for a better new year.