All posts by Juan Carlos Bagnell

Juan has been obsessed with consumer electronics since before computers had GUI’s. Out of college he worked on a JIT computing contract which supported DOE facilities in New Mexico. He’s been featured on numerous podcasts and radio shows lending his tech insights. You can also find him in LA directing voice over actors and producing spoken word recording.

1st Impressions: Hands on Review of Motorola’s Moto X on AT&T

somegadgetguy moto x review hands on video motorolaMotorola is on an interesting track, attempting to make specs less important than experience. It’s a difficult sell in AndroidLand, where phones are marketed by numbers on pieces of paper. Through a clever combination of design and optimization, they might just be able to convince people they’re right however.

Let’s take the Moto X for a spin, and see if it has the goods!

NVIDIA Unveiling Sneak Peek of ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ at PAX

batman-arkham-origins-global-landing-pageNVIDIA has been working closely with Warner Bros. Interactive to make sure Arkham Origins takes advantage of all the cutting edge hardware built into their GPU’s. Now fans of both NVIDIA hardware and the Caped Crusader will get a nice little surprise. Those who purchase a qualifying graphics card between now and Jan 31 2014 will receive a free copy of B:AO. Pretty much anything from a GTX 660 or higher should snag you the deal.

The game will be released October 25th, but if you just can’t wait that long to see Batman in action, NVIDIA will be premiering a sneak preview of the game at this year’s PAX in Seattle. Help scratch that itch until you can get your hands on the game proper.

For a full list of participating bundle partners, visit: www.geforce.com/freebatman.

Full PR after the jump.

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(Video) Synthetic Benchmarks: Motorola Moto X

Much has been made of Motorola putting a slightly older dual core into their new phone. In a world of premier quad core handsets, Moto X has an up hill climb communicating its message of software optimization. I spent a little time playing with X, and ran it through some synthetic benchmarks just to see how it compares to other phones on the market.

Waterproof Kyocera Hydro Elite now available on Verizon Wireless

kyocera hydro elite verizon wireless waterproof somegadgetguyI like waterproof. I like rugged. I REALLY like new audio technology.

The Kyocera Hydro Elite is now available on Verizon Wireless. The Hydro Elite features a 4.3 inch 720p display powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. You’ll find 1.5GB of RAM, which is an odd amount. There’s 16GB of storage to play with, and the ability to bump that up with a MicroSD card. An 8MP rear camera is included which can shoot 1080p video.

These are all nice upper mid-range specs for a “work” phone, but that’s not really what makes a Kyocera “cool”. They make rugged waterproof devices which can used in challenging environments. The Hydro Elite can be fully submerged in a meter of water for up to thirty minutes. Also exciting is their tissue conduction audio technology called Smart Sonic Receiver. There is no ear piece speaker, the entire display vibrates tissue in your head to send audio info directly to your brain. It’s kind of incredible, and it means you’ll be able to hear calls in loud environments, even with ear plugs in.

It’s nice seeing more devices like this to shake up Verizon’s phone line up. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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Review: RAVPower 10,400 mAh External Battery Charger

somegadgetguy ravpower battery external charger review videoMOAR RUN TIME!
I’ve spent a couple weeks using the RAVPower to recharge my phones and gadgets while on the go. How does a $35 battery charger hold up out in the wild? Let’s take a look.

RAVPower on Amazon.

Video 1st Impressions: The HTC One Mini on AT&T

SomeGadgetGuy Htc one mini review hands on comparison video

They say good things come in small packages…

It’s time to play with the HTC One Mini! The original One is one of my all time favorite phones, so how will I like its shrunk down little brother? Can HTC bring a premier fit and finish to a mid-range device?

Watch on my friends.

(Video) Ask Juan: Can Chromecast screen share with a tablet or PC?

Got a great question from a subscriber on my Chromecast review video. http://youtu.be/v2IV8ilxcUo

From DimitrisByDesign: “What if you want to mirror your tablet i.e. show a presentation, document, etc. onto a monitor, can it be done or is this strictly for videos. Thanks.”

Let’s take a closer look at Chromecast!


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(Video Interview) Chris Emerson: One Month #ThroughGlass

christopher emerson throughglass glass explorer google demo hands somegadgetguyActor Chris Emerson is a socially conscious, tech forward friend of mine. He shares my more optimistic views of what technology might provide us if we are able to embrace it. For six weeks now he’s been a part of the Glass Explorers program. We spent an afternoon chatting about Google’s newest disruptive tech at a slick coffee bar in Hollywood.

This is a longer video, almost an hour, but Chris discusses in depth what his experiences have been. If you’ve been curious about Glass, this interview should answer a lot of questions.