Second Opinion

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



      Second Opinion #29: iPhone 8 Plus Review

      Ian is joined by Evan Haldeman, who recently upgraded from an iPhone 7 Plus to an iPhone 8 Plus. Come hear about all the notable new features, as well as the things that stayed the same!

      Episode Index 01:01 | Physical Dimensions Glass back Color options-Gold, silver, space gray Not quite the same dimensions as the iPhone 7, the case is a little wonky 02:45 | Pricing

      Starting at $800 depending on finish and storage.

      04:05 | Specs A11 Bionic 3GB RAM 64/256GB...



      Second Opinion #28: Apple Watch Series 3 Review

      In our timeliest review yet, Brian Mitchell joins Ian R Buck to review the brand-new Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE! Spoiler alert: it's pretty darn good!

      Overview Apple Watch – Silver Aluminum Case with Seashell Sport Loop – Apple Strava Cyclist Profile | Brian M. Features CPU LTE W2 Chip Barometric Altimeter Performance Wowza! Battery Life Damn son! Physical Appearance Screenshots

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      Second Opinion #27: Nintendo Switch Review

      Ian is joined by Geoff Schumacher, who has had his Switch for about five months. There's a lot to unpack here, from specs to controllers to the games themselves. So settle in and enjoy!

      Hardware 00:01:05 | Switch Specs Technical Specs – Nintendo Switch™ Official Site – System hardware, console specs 00:01:59 | Storage & File Management Storage space Only 32 GB of storage space. From what I remember, when asked about this, Reggie Fils-Aime (CEO of Nintendo of A...



      Second Opinion #26: Nexus Player Post-Mortem

      The Nexus Player is no longer being made or sold, but it provides some valuable insights into how the Android TV ecosystem is doing and what to look for in a set-top box. Join Ian and Ryan to hear about their experiences with it.

      Pros Google Cast built in Hockey puck look isn’t bad – nice and low-profile Remote Good for old people who can’t understand casting Bluetooth doesn’t need line-of-sight Can install apps/games from Google Play or APKs When you...



      Second Opinion #25: Google Wifi Review

      The Google Wifi does things a little different than most routers. Ian sits down with Ryan to talk about which things it does well, and which things it falls flat on.

      Pros Good range. Not amazing, but that’s what mesh networks are for Powered via USB type-C Two Ethernet ports: one for connecting to the modem, and one for a device/switch Setup was very user-friendly Install app on phone, scan barcode on bottom and follow the on-screen prompts Looks great Similar...



      Second Opinion #24: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Review

      Surprising no one, Ryan Rampersad has bought another phone! He comes on the show to tell Ian R Buck all about the Galaxy S8 Plus and whether the infinity display really is amazing or just a gimmick.

      Episode Index

      1:32 | Price
      6:51 | Specs
      11:18 | Camera
      13:19 | Battery, Charging
      16:06 | Display
      19:36 | Body
      23:56 | Buttons
      25:50 | Radios
      26:39 | Vibrator
      27:19 | Software

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      Second Opinion #23: Tales from the Borderlands Review

      After spending five weeks livestreaming Tales from the Borderlands, Ian R Buck and Stella Cannon sit down to talk about the favorite (and least favorite) parts of the game.

      This review is spoiler-free until 18:10 Links Tales from the Borderlands | Gameflix – YouTube Humble Telltale Bundle (pay what you want and help charity) ♪♫ Tales from the Borderlands – All Title Sequence Music Videos ♫♪ – YouTube Attributions Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic...



      Second Opinion #22: Google Trips Review

      Ian and his mom Amy enjoy traveling together, but usually Amy relies on travel books to find attractions. On a recent trip to Chicago, Ian planned everything out using the Google Trips app; can it completely replace an expert travel guide?

      Overview Google Trips – Travel Planner – Android Apps on Google Play Google Trips – Travel planner on the App Store App for trip planning Integrates into the rest of the Googleverse Location info sourced from Google Maps, W...



      Second Opinion #21: Monument Valley 2 Review

      The original Monument Valley is one of our favorite mobile games, so we were very excited when a sequel was announced at WWDC! Brian Mitchell has played it, and he gives us his thoughts on how it compares to its predecessor.

      Overview Monument Valley 2 on the App Store Nexus Special #52: WWDC 2017 › The Nexus ustwo games on Twitter: “Interesting fact: Only 5% of Monument Valley installs on Android are paid for. 40% on iOS. There’s a sneak peak of data!” Second Opinion ...



      Second Opinion #20: Nvidia SHIELD Tablet Post-Mortem

      Ian has had the Nvidia SHIELD tablet for over 2 years now, and he's learned a few lessons along the way that can be applied to other purchasing decisions. Join us as Ryan helps Ian get to the bottom of everything.

      Overview 1:14 | Quick Facts Released July 2014 for $300 A few months before Lollipop and Material Design, so the box has a different look than I have ever used it with 8” 1920×1200 screen Nvidia Tegra K1 2GB RAM 16GB/32GB in LTE model Micro SD card s...