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That’s right, boys and girls, now that I’ve published our “Welcome Post”, it’s time to give you a quick rundown of the gear I’m using on a daily basis. I’ll probably do these on the site every six months or so to keep you updated on any changes I make to the current lineup. As a T-Mobile customer also subscribed in the JUMP! Program, I can upgrade my phone twice a year. I generally do so once in the spring and once in the fall when all the new flagships come out. As for everything else, there’s no telling when or where I’ll make my next purchase. But, when I do, I’ll be sure to let you know all about it.

Let’s jump right in, shall we?

MY GEAR

SMARTPHONE: LG G6

LG G6 Retail Packaging

There’s absolutely nothing bad I can say about my LG G6. I’m not going to give a full review here, as the device is already pretty much old news, but I love it. I’ve heard tons of horror stories about the G4 and G5 (and other LG phones, for that matter), but it’s been nothing but sooth sailing for me since I got this phone shortly after it launched. It’s not quite as sexy as the Galaxy S8, but it comes with a price tag that’s a bit easier on the wallet, and it comes with most of the same features.

It’s shiny, it’s sleek, and it’s also waterproof. The dual cameras produce spectacular images. In fact, I’m using it pretty much exclusively for all the photos you see here on Android Unfiltered. It does the trick, so why not? And I love the way it looks and feels, as well. It’s also the first HDR certified device, so you can check out 4k HDR content from places like Netflix on it, if you so desire.

I’m sure I’ll be ready for an upgrade come the time the LG V30 and the Galaxy Note 8 are released, but this will definitely do for now.

TABLET: LG G Pad X 8.0

LG G Pad X 8.0

Okay, I promise I’m not an LG fanboy — but I might be if they keep making gear as nice as the G6 and the G Pad X 8.0. I have the LTE version, which I got for “free” when I bought my G6. I use quotes there because there was a mail-in rebate hoop that needed to be jumped through to make the tablet free. In fact, I’m still waiting on that rebate card to come in, almost 3 billing cycles later. In fairness, they said it’d take some time to receive the rebate in the mail, so I’m not too concerned just yet.

Again, I’m not going to bore you with a full review here. It’s basically outdated already, but like the G6, it’s also a great piece of gear that gets the job done just fine. If you’re in the market for an affordable LTE tablet that’s lightweight and easy to use, I highly recommend checking out the G Pad X 8.0.

SMARTWATCH: MOTO 360 (2ND GENERATION)

Moto 360 2nd Gen.

Ah, the faithful old Moto 360 (2nd Gen). It’s my second Android Wear device, and although it’s leaps and bounds ahead of my first smartwatch, the Samsung Gear Live, it’s still not 100% satisfying. This is largely due to the “flat tire” design, which doesn’t play well with a lot of watch faces. Otherwise, I really like the device. Aside from the aforementioned flaw, it’s a pretty slick watch, and it really comes in handy when I’m driving. Being able to ask my watch to play a song from Google Play Music is awesome. So is using it to get directions and open navigation in Google Maps.

The fact that it charges wirelessly is another one of my favorite features. When it’s time for bed each night, it’s nice to be able to sit it on its charging cradle, rather than having to plug it in. It also doubles nicely as a bed-side clock. Throw in the DressWatch Watch Face app, and I’ve got a watch face that can be set to any color combination to perfectly coordinate with my outfit. Oh, and it’s also waterproof, so that’s another plus. The stock watch band itself, however, is not. I don’t advise you to get it wet.

For now, another smartwatch isn’t in the budget, but I’m okay with the Moto 360, so I’ll keep it around for a while.

CHROMEBOOK: HP Chromebook 14-Q010NR

HP Chromebook 14 Q010NR

My Chromebook is one of my favorite devices. Granted, it’s on the older side, but it still rocks when I just need to browse the Web. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support Android apps — at least to my knowledge. There may be a workaround somewhere on the Internet, but I haven’t really looked into it. One thing I’ve noticed is the battery life has definitely started to degrade. I used to get 8-10 hours on a full charge, now I’m down to only 4 or so. In fairness, I bought my Chromebook back in 2014, so I’m not really surprised.

All in all, I’m glad I bought it. Like I said before, it’s great for basic web browsing, and it integrates well for a Google user like myself. Gmail, Google Drive, and a host of other Google-y products are readily available.Now, if only I can keep it out of the hands of my almost seven-year-old son’s hands for a little bit so I can use it from time to time, that’d be swell.

BONUS ROUND: TV & GAMING CONSOLE

TV: SONY BRAVIA ANDROID TV XBR-55X810C

Sony XBR-55X810C

By far, this is the screen I love the most in my house. It’s a 55-inch Sony Android TV with 4k display. It’s a 2015 model, so it doesn’t have HDR support, but that’s certainly not a deal breaker for me. HDR content is pretty scarce right now, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on much. What I really love is that it runs on Android.

It has all the essential apps, like Netflix, Hulu, Plex and Kodi. I also installed a few old school console emulators and a library of ROM’s. I can link up a Bluetooth controller and jam out on some Super Mario Bros. or Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out to my heart’s content. And since it’s a Sony TV, it plays especially well with the Dual Shock 4 controller.

Speaking of which, that leads us to our final section…

GAMING CONSOLE: SONY PLAYSTATION 4 PRO W/ PSVR

Sony PS4 w/ PSVR

Sorry, Xbox fans. I’m PlayStation all the way! I still love you, though.

I have two PS4’s — an OG launch model in the boys’ room and a PS4 Pro in the living room hooked up to the 55-inch. I upgraded to the Pro around the time I realized I’d never get to watch my TV or play my PS4 as long as there was only one with the kiddos around. On a side note, they amaze me at how quickly they learn to play new games. The apple definitely doesn’t fall far from the tree there.

If you’d like, you can add me on PSN. My gamer tag is TonyTha1AndOnly. Here’s a list of some of the games I usually play:

  • Friday the 13th: The Game — My current favorite game. Jason Voorhees? Sign me up!
  • Dead by Daylight — An asymmetric multiplayer horror game, similar to F13: The Game.
  • GTA V — Years later, I’m still playing GTA Online.
  • Madden ’16 — Madden never gets old.
  • Werewolves Within — A pretty fun PSVR game with an awesome social aspect.
  • Resident Evil: Biohazard — The game that drove me to buy PSVR. It is amazing!

Thanks for stopping by to check out the gear I’m using. Now that I’ve shown you mine, drop a line in the comment thread to show me yours! (Like what I did there?)