Brandon Sobotta(29 posts)

Brandon has been into Android since the G1, and has played with devices such as the Hero, Moment, Evo, Epic, Incredible 2, and his current favorite the Droid 3. His passions with Android lay with rooting and ROM's, while at the same time learning all the new tricks he can do with his Droid 3.

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Android Authority smartphone buying guide: July 2012

by: Brandon SobottaJuly 16, 2012

A lot has happen since we published our June’s Smartphone Buying Guide in this crazy world we know as Android. Verizon has seen the addition of a few new phones, something that was definitely needed, considering that Big Red’s last major launch was the RAZR MAXX back in February.

Also, the release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 across all carriers was probably the most notable happening since we posted the last edition of our buyer’s guide. So let’s get to it, and find out what are the best phones that potential customers can buy in July 2012.

Sprint and T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3

This month’s recommended smartphone for both Sprint and [...]

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Android Authority smartphone buying guide: June 2012

by: Brandon SobottaJune 9, 2012

This month’s buyer’s guide brings something different to Android Authority.

We have rolled together all the US mobile networks in one place, and have selected only the best phones for you. We will also be covering rumored or soon to be released phones, in case what you find below is not quiet to your liking. Let’s kick it!


Choosing a phone from Verizon for the June Buyer’s Guide was difficult. All Big Red’s top of the line phones date back from the end of 2011. That’s a stark contrast with the other carriers, who have new flagship phones on the shelf right now. Although the phones from late last year are no slouchers [...]

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A Review of the Archos 10.1 G9 Turbo 250 GB – Android 4.0 ICS out of the box with bottomless storage

by: Brandon SobottaApril 15, 2012

When I first heard of the Archos tablets with an actual built in hard-drive I was very skeptical. A few questions popped in my head about battery life, response time, weight, thickness, and stability. Would I feel this tablet jerking around in my hands as I do with a normal external hard-drive picked up during use? So many pro’s and con’s  popped up in the equation with the addition of such a feature over normal flash memory. To me the Archos 10.1 G9 Turbo is a very interesting concept, read on to find out if Archos pulled this off successfully, or is it just a gimmick?

What’s good:

The G9 Turbo had loads of storage space, a decent screen, a kickstand and Android [...]

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App Review – EyeEm

by: Brandon SobottaApril 12, 2012

I was given the EyeEm app to review shortly before Instagram was released for Android. I had no idea what either were, but a crash course in photo social networking soon followed. What I quickly learned is that the world of amateur phone photography is huge, and that having the right app can make or break your experience. Does EyeEm have what it takes to keep you from uninstalling it for the latest and greatest?

Its hard to talk about EyeEm without comparing it to Instagram. But, after a short while with EyeEm, it’s become evident to me that the two are different beasts. It is similar to comparing Twitter and Google+. While Instagram and EyeEm are each centered [...]

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Enhanced Email – App review

by: Brandon SobottaApril 8, 2012

Enhanced Email is an email client that offers a wide range of features and support to the average Android user.  Does Enhanced Email offer you something more then your current phone already has? Do other e-mail clients give you the same functionality for free? Is Enhanced Email worth the price? Keep on reading to find out if Enhanced Email is the right email client for you.

FeaturesExchange 2003/2007/2010 SP1 (Activesync only, not Exchange WebServices) Zimbra Collaboration Server Novell Groupwise Server (Activesync must be running) IceWarp Server Just about every POP/IMAP server you can think of Supported on Android 2.2 – 4.0Some additional features [...]
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Game Review – Burger Joint

by: Brandon SobottaMarch 29, 2012

“Watch carefully as ingredients fall from the top of the screen, and tap the plates to juggle toppings into just the right position. The higher you stack, the more points you’ll earn. Every level gives you access to more ingredients, so use your imagination and come up with the tastiest combinations possible.” Sounds simple enough, but Burger Joint will quickly bowl you over if you are not paying attention. It’s fast paced, challenging, and fun. While all that sounds good, can a few potentially rough spots ruin a fun experience?


Burger Joint is a cross between Tetris and Bejewled which ends up to be pretty challenging. When I [...]

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AT&T Buyer’s Guide: March 2012

by: Brandon SobottaMarch 24, 2012

It’s been just over a month since we’ve last looked at the phones available on AT&T and a lot has changed. Most of the phones I recommended last month are gone off the list, but a few have remained. I am trying to cover most bases here, from people with athletic lifestyles to the business person. If you have any specific requests or questions, feel free to post them down below and I will do my best to answer them to the best of my abilities.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4G

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4G came out near the end of last month which is why I missed it on my previous Buyer’s Guide. Let me just say this up front: this [...]

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Jawbone ERA: Hands-on review

by: Brandon SobottaMarch 19, 2012


When the Jawbone ERA arrived at my doorstep, it caught me completely off guard: I completely forgot it was heading my way for a review. But after spending some time with it, I can assure you, I will not forget the ERA anytime soon. I’ve never really saw myself as one to use a Bluetooth ear piece, because I was always under the impression that they were uncomfortable and clumsy. Is this the case with the Jawbone ERA?




NoiseAssassin® 3.0 with wind reduction 10mm wideband speaker (HD audio) Automatic volume control Voice announcements


Built-in accelerometer (motion sensor) MotionX™ technology Dual [...]
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Lenovo IdeaPad A1 7″ Tablet Review

by: Brandon SobottaMarch 15, 2012
What’s good:

A well-rounded tablet for the price. The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 has everything you could need from a slate, including a decent screen, GPS, Bluetooth, and a front and back facing camera. It’s a fully-functional, ultra-portable, and very affordable tablet.

What’s bad:

The specs leave something to be desired. Almost all of the hardware and software on the tablet is from the top of the line phones of 2010. While, today, the A1 will do almost everything you want it, it’s definitely not future proof.

The short of it:

The Lenovo IdeaPad  A1 is a great entry-level 7″ tablet. Its lightweight, durable, and versatile. While there are other [...]

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Call Actions Review – Streamline To Do’s After Phone Calls

by: Brandon SobottaMarch 8, 2012

Many times when you receive calls on our smartphones, you are on the go. This may make it hard to write down an important piece of information you have just received, or to remember to call someone back after you are done with the call. Call Actions is for the people who need that little reminder here or there, or for those who take many phone calls over a day and have a hard time keeping them all organized.

Call Actions is an after-call pop up that helps you get organized and stay organized with your phone. Its a straightforward app;  after every call, Call Actions has a customizable pop up with options to:

Call back the last call [...]
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