Monthly Archives: November 2019

Android

Google limits the Pixel 4 display’s maximum brightness to save tiny battery

The latest in Google’s long history of classic Pixel blunders features the limiting of their smaller new flagship smartphone’s maximum screen brightness by 25% to vainly mask the phone’s diminutive battery. Oh Google. You cannot seem to help but conjure a blizzard of controversy with each and every new flagship smartphone you launch, invariably falling […]

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Pixel Support Group

Andrew Martonik is joined for a live episode by Michael Fisher and David Cogen, proprietor of the YouTube channel TheUnlockr, to chat about the news of the week, including Google’s purchase of Fitbit and the overall wearable landscape. They also discuss some ongoing issues with Pixel 4, and David provides a look at Sony’s Experia 5.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 pegged for a December launch

Qualcomm typically hosts a tech event in December every year, showing off their latest and greatest mobile processors for phones and other devices the next year. That’s still happening this year, and we have a few events to look forward to next month. Snapdragon 865 improvements The Snapdragon 865 will replace Qualcomm’s current Snapdragon 855 […]

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[Deal] Save on some brand new Aukey accessories exclusively for Talk Android readers [50% off]

Aukey has released a new line of mobile chargers and accessories for your smartphone designed at delivering the fastest possible charge without taking up a ton of space or costing a ton of money. The Omni-Power line has power adapters for your home and car, wireless chargers, portable batteries, cables, and more, and we’re here […]

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Lenovo announces a super cheap $60 tablet for the US, butts head with Amazon Fire Tablets

Lenovo has announced an incredibly cheap tablet for the US market, and it looks like it’s going to compete right with Amazon’s extremely affordable Fire Tablet line. It’s pretty capable for its price, though. Lenovo Tab M7 The aptly named Lenovo Tab M7 sports a 7-inch display with a middling 1024 x 600 resolution powered […]

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OnePlus might up their game with a 120hz display in the OnePlus 8 Pro

We haven’t heard much about the OnePlus 8 Pro yet, but some new rumors have started to pop up to fill in the details. If these rumors end up being right, we might see an insanely high refresh rate screen make its way into the next OnePlus flagship. High refresh rate screens have been making […]

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T-Mobile teases a $15 data plan ahead of its merger with Sprint

T-Mobile has been relatively quiet about any plan changes leading up to its proposed merger with Sprint, but now it looks like they might be using that potential acquisition to build up some goodwill with states and customers alike. They’ve announced a new plan that’s priced pretty cheaply, plus some other discounts for specific customers. […]

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[Deal] The Lenovo Smart Clock is now only $40 at Best Buy

If you read our review of Lenovo’s Smart Clock and decided that $80 was a bit much for the diminutive, yet highly functional smart display, then perhaps a 50% discount will see it move from being nice-to-have to the everyone-is-getting-one-for-Christmas category. Discounted to just $40 at Best Buy, the Lenovo Smart Clock has never been […]

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Waterfield Tech Rolltop Backpack review

Okay, it’s time to admit the truth. I have an addiction. Not to technology or gadgets, but to bags. Whether it’s a backpack, a messenger bag, or a carrying pouch, it doesn’t matter. The addiction is real. Which brings us to the Waterfield Tech Rolltop Backpack.

Just before we published our review of the Waterfield Vitesse messenger bag, Waterfield announced its latest offering, the Tech Rolltop. Needless to say, I had to get my hands on it. And boy, oh boy, did I. This bag has been a part of my EDC (everyday carry) ever since it arrived on my doorstep. And it has left the Vitesse in the dust.

What are the “specs”?

Before getting started with how awesome this bag is, we need to share a few things about the lineup. First and foremost, the bag comes in two size models: Compact and Full.

The Compact bag measures in at 16.5 x 10.5 x 4.75-inches, weighs 2.4 pounds, and has a volume of 15 liters when the bag is open.

The Full bag, which is the one we’re reviewing today, measures in at 19 x 12 x 5.5-inches and weighs 2.8 pounds. The volume comes in at 18 liters when closed, or 24 liters when expanded.

Other than the sizes, these bags are practically identical and they come in three color options: Black Ballistic Nylon, and Blue or Brown waxed canvas.

On the outside, Waterfield has included a pocket at the top of the front with a magnetic closure, along with a pleated zipper pocket that is found below.

On the right side of the bag is a water bottle holder, while the left side has an open pocket that will either work with a smaller water bottle or a portable charger. These pockets are not protected from the outdoor elements, so you’ll need to be careful if you opt to put a charger in here.

There’s one more pocket found on the outside of the Tech Rolltop, and that’s located beneath the straps. The company has included a padded zipper pocket which can be a home for your laptop or tablet.

What about the inside?

This is the real star of the show. As stated above, we have the “Full” size, which has a volume of 24 liters when packed to the brim.

When you first unroll the top, you find a small zipper pocket which is handy for headphones, keys, or your wallet. There is an additional padded pocket that’s also capable of housing your laptop or tablet. This gives you even more versatility in the event that you don’t want to use the outer pocket.

Since we reviewed the Waterfield Vitesse, my EDC has not changed all that much, but I have a new addition. Here’s a list of everything I can fit in the Full-sized Tech Rolltop bag:

  • 15” Laptop
  • 2018 12.9” iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard Folio
  • Nintendo Switch Lite
  • Cable bag
  • Anker Portable Charger (2 of these)
  • Android smartphone
  • Small notebook with pen
  • AirPods
  • Sony WH1000MX3 Headphones

This is quite the haul for my EDC, but it gives me access to everything I need, regardless of where I am. Even more impressive, the Tech Rolltop is capable of holding even more — should I need it.

There are enough pockets for smaller items to where it feels there is some semblance of organization. To be sure, the primary pockets handle the heavy lifting. And man, this thing gets heavy, however the straps are so comfortable that you wouldn’t think about it.

The Straps

Waterfield has added quite a bit of padding to the shoulder straps. This ensures you don’t experience too much fatigue, even if traveling for a day with a full backpack.

The straps are easily adjustable with buckles that can be found at the bottom. They won’t adjust themselves by accident, which is great. This is a problem that I’ve encountered in other backpacks so I’m excited to see this as a non-issue with the Tech Rolltop.

We’ve talked about how you can unroll the top of the bag to access the opening, but we have not mentioned how it stays closed. Well, that brings us to the absolutely-amazing fastener with a “Fidlock” buckle.

This buckle is magnetic and slides horizontally so that your gear stays safe and the bag doesn’t accidentally open at the wrong time. You definitely wouldn’t want to run in a rainstorm and have your bag inadvertently open, getting everything on the inside drenched. That won’t happen here.

Conclusion

I have fallen in love with the various products that come from the folks at Waterfield. The Tech Rolltop is its latest, and it could be my favorite backpack ever used.

Considering just how many other bags I have used over the years, I’m excited to see how long I can stick with this one. I don’t think I’ll be going anywhere else, anytime soon.

If you want to pick up the Tech Rolltop for yourself, head over to the Waterfield website and grab the Compact bag for $229 or the Full-size bag for $249. Both bags are worth your investment. You will be surprised at how much these can hold.

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The OnePlus Phone Piano features a keyboard made from 17 OnePlus 7T Pros

When is a piano not just a piano? When its keyboard is made from seventeen OnePlus 7T Pro smartphones, that’s when. Called the OnePlus Phone Piano, it will be used by YouTube sensation Karim Kamar to kick off a European tour that starts on Sunday, November 10th on the RIverbank by London’s Tate Modern before […]

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