Ep. 84 – Reunited and it feels so good!

This week Jacob brings on special guest co-host Todd Singer to talk some Android tech!

Todd’s an accountant for a bakery – and hopefully gets all the donuts he can handle as part of the perk package. He’s married with 2 kids, and his hobbies include PC video gaming (currently Diablo 3), playing tennis, and reading about personal finance / investing. WARNING: he’s a political junkie; a hardcore Libertarian. In the past, he has even served as the State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Indiana; but now holds the more prestigious position of Treasurer of the Cedar Elementary PTO.  The ups and downs of politics, man…

Topics on-deck for this episode

Lenovo Moto Z announces the removal of the headphone jack.  The new Moto Z will eschew the headphone jack in favor of an adapter for the USB Type-C connector on the phone.  It’ll be a svelte 5.19mm thin and feature snap-on accessories like an extended battery/speaker that will attach magnetically to the back.  So.. yeah… that’s kind of cool.

Huawei’s South African General Manager is claiming that the company will definitely be making one of the next Nexus devices for Google this year despite rumors that they’ll both be provided by HTC.  What could possibly go wrong by an exec from a distant business unit talking to reporters about a potentially breaking story?  Nothing, we tells ya!

Google Photos can add location info to photos even if it’s turned off or photos come from a non-GPS enabled device.  A lively discussion about generational privacy expectations & sharing ensues.  Still, kinda creepy of Google to do it without clearly communicating to end-users what they’re doing.

The big story

As a dyed-in-the-wool Android fan, Todd gives a run down of the best cheap Android phones out there right now.  So when your neighbor’s, cousin’s sister’s, brother’s, roommate’s uncle wants a phone and doesn’t want to spend more than a couple of Benji’s – you’ll be armed with a suggestion!

The phones mentioned are:

Come for the Pros, stay for the Cons, and see which one Todd ultimately recommends!

What we love:

Jacob loves his ASUS VS248H-P 24-inch Monitors: http://amzn.to/1UjEVwe

Todd loves his Dell 7840 Android Tablet: http://amzn.to/1UuZjMq

Jeff the movie Finding Dory because, “it makes me hurt right in the feels.”

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