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Second Opinion Reviews The Nexus TV

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Second Opinion is a reviews show about anything and everything under the sun. If we can experience it, we can review it.

    Second Opinion #105: The City We Became Review

    Second Opinion #105: The City We Became Review

    Links



    * “Valedictorian” by N.K. Jemisin – LeVar Burton

    Reads – Omny.fm

    * “Cuisine des Mémoires” by N.K. Jemisin – LeVar

    Burton Reads – Omny.fm

    * LIVE! in Brooklyn: “Playing Nice with God’s

    Bowling Ball” by N.K. Jemisin – LeVar Burton Reads

    – Omny.fm

    * JBC Challenge: Returning from Hiatus

    * Instagram post by Meg Griffin • Jul 5, 2020 at

    12:22pm UTC



    Attributions



    * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit)



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    Copyright

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Second Opinion #104: Gone Home Review

    Second Opinion #104: Gone Home Review

    Episode index



    00:00 | Intro

    00:53 | The Review

    10:04 | Outro



    Links



    * Gone Home: A Story Exploration Video Game

    * Fun & Games Podcast



    Attributions



    * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit)



    Connect With Fun & Games



    * Discuss this episode on their Discord.

    • 10 min
    Second Opinion #103: Pixel 4a Review

    Second Opinion #103: Pixel 4a Review

    Episode summary



    Pricing



    A radical $349 base price with no other models even available

    A phone you might remember also was this price… the Nexus 5… let’s get back on that topic later



    This is allegedly the new budget tier, but I agree, it does seem to be less than ideal – this is the higher end of budget



    I think the Moto G line is still budget tier and there are $200 Moto Gs out there, but there are so models and trade offs between models that it’s increasingly difficult to keep track













    Display



    Size



    Beyond its numerical size… wow it’s tiny

    The iPhone 7 (which is SE2 size) is likely the most comparable

    Special features

    A notable aspect is the lack of a notch or anything weirdness

    It has a simple hole punch front-facing camera

    It still has the usual ambient display which is a killer feature









    Physicals



    Look and feel, build quality



    Footprint



    It’s incredibly thin and tiny

    It’s even more compact than the 3a



    In comparison, the 3a looks ancient, for how much bulkier (brow and chin) it looks and feels





    iphone 7: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in)

    pixel 4a: 144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm (5.67 x 2.73 x 0.32 in)

    Pixel 3: 145.6 mm x 68.2 mm x 7.9 mm (5.73 in x 2.69 in x 0.31 in)

    note 20 ultra: 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm (6.49 x 3.04 x 0.32 in)

    The iPhone is thinner, less wide and shorter, but the iPhone has a brow and chin that looks ancient compared to the the full-screen of the 4a





    Weight



    Since it’s so small, it’s weight is minimal (144g)

    iPhone 7: 138g

    Pixel 3: 148g

    Note 20 Ultra: 208g









    Battery



    TBD





    Charging



    Type-C

    Nothing special in this category





    Ports



    I had to reach over and pick it up to recall if it did have a headphone jack — it does — and I even said while writing this “oh wow, it does”

    Isn’t it amusing that the $349-phone has the thing that allegedly the courageous couldn’t include and the $999-aires mock?





    Speakers



    It might be a feature of stock android, but in my experience, unusually, the 4a offers many more volume ticks than other phones I have tried in the past

    It sounds fine, it might be a bit tin-y





    Buttons



    My usual button setup has been power-button in the mid-body and volume rockers on the opposing side or directly above the power-button

    The power button on the 4a is a nice turquoise blue… for some reason?



    Imagine a Moto maker-esque feature where you can pick your button color









    Sensors



    Fingerprint



    It’s easy to forget how usable a good back-mounted fingerprint sensor is, it’s just so accurate and response all the time













    Camera



    How is it



    It’s fine!

    It takes reliable shots in bright and dark conditions

    It does do quite a bit of “HDR+” processing after each photo is taken, not sure if all Pixels do this or if it’s an internal setting for this specific chip





    Special modes

    Notable features





    Specs



    CPU



    Snapdragon 730G

    Ok, it’s not a powerhouse and you can tell

    It’s not getting smooth 120hz screen refresh either…

    Really, to be honest, I had such high hopes for the quality of the 700 series but after using this for two weeks, it’s laggy enough for me to notice and that’s disappointing – maybe the 765 is better?





    RAM



    6GB – can you believe this?

    The Nexus 5,

    • 58 min
    Second Opinion #102: Let Go Review

    Second Opinion #102: Let Go Review

    Episode summary



    00:00:00 | Intro





    * Let Go, Sci Fi Graphic Novel

    * The Extra Dimension #23: Post-Scarcity › The

    Nexus





    00:01:49 | The authors, the environment it was written in

    00:04:33 | Book analysis

    00:55:57 | Final thoughts

    00:58:19 | Outro



    Attributions



    * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit)



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    Copyright

    Second Opinion is released under a Creative Commons — Attribution 4.0 International license. Feel free to use any or all of it as long as you link back to http://thenexus.tv/so102.

    • 1 hr
    Second Opinion #101: Portland Design Works Ninja Pump Review

    Second Opinion #101: Portland Design Works Ninja Pump Review

    Episode summary



    00:00 | Intro

    Ninja Pump

    00:34 | Versatility

    02:40 | Size

    03:42 | Durability

    04:57 | Final Thoughts

    05:31 | Outro



    Attributions



    * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit)



    Connect With The Nexus



    * Support us on Patreon

    * Discuss this episode on our Subreddit



    Copyright

    Second Opinion is released under a Creative Commons — Attribution 4.0 International license. Feel free to use any or all of it as long as you link back to http://thenexus.tv/so101.

    • 6 min
    Second Opinion #100: Abus Bordo 6000 Bike Lock Review

    Second Opinion #100: Abus Bordo 6000 Bike Lock Review

    Episode summary



    00:00 | Intro





    * BORDO™ 6000/90 black SH – ABUS

    * Second Opinion #91: Foldylock Classic Bike Lock Review › The Nexus





    00:54 | Size

    01:41 | Durability

    04:03 | Versatility

    05:59 | Final Thoughts

    06:36 | Outro



    Attributions



    * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit)



    Connect With The Nexus



    * Support us on Patreon

    * Discuss this episode on our Subreddit



    Copyright

    Second Opinion is released under a Creative Commons — Attribution 4.0 International license. Feel free to use any or all of it as long as you link back to http://thenexus.tv/so100.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

Quentin A Pongratz ,

Great Review Show

This is a good review show. It ranges in topics from hardware to software to entertainment. If you need a second opinion on something, check if they have a review for it. If they don't you can suggest that they review it. The host is always really well researched on the item for review and the guests they have on are super cool. ;)

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