Posts By: Max Smolev

Google Nexus 6: cool phone, crazy price and size

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Sooo, we now officially have Google Nexus 6 from Motorola. And Android Lollipop too. Which is nice. But the price… Up until now all Nexus devices were examples, shiny beacons of how you could have an awesome almost-flagman android device at super-affordable price. Your choice was to get “pure” Google experience and manually smooth over […]

Extant: quite good, actually

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CBS’s Extant turned out to be better than I expected. After Almost Human got whacked due to low ratings I don’t expect science fiction series to survive long, but Extant might have a chance. Even though it gives me this mixed feeling of familiarity and compote made out of all the tropes they could throw […]

Summer madness: branding and social craze

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Wow. I did not expect several companies go bonkers this summer practically at the same time. What worse, in each case it seems to be a long-planned (and horribly executed) move that leaves me scratching my head. Let’s start with AirBnB and its universal symbol for vagi certain body parts. I understand desire to re-brand […]

Mobile App UX: Don’t be a hysterical princess

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So, Facebook actually decided to improve their mobile application experience after going to Africa. It’s nice of them. Except they didn’t really need to go to Africa, just go to a bad coverage area. Or look at an overage charge from AT&T. And hey, suddenly US mobile life is not that great. But I digress. […]

Amazon Fire: Um… no.

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So, the Amazon has now introduced its very own kinda-Android Fire Phone. Neat. Except I keep wondering, why? One of the primary differentiating function is, apparently, the Dynamic Perspective. Which requires several cameras and lets you “look” at kinda-3D things in your phone. It’s interesting but not really ground-breaking. Remember all those apps for iPad […]