We Begin Our Best Android Smartphone Challenge!

We do a lot of product reviews here on TheGeekChurch.com, and one thing that we like to review are smartphones. Considering that they are going to be selling big this holiday season, we want to review the best on the market.

You will note that we will only be reviewing Android phones. Yes, we hope that makers of smartphones will give us some smartphones for our review, and we want to review them and figure out which is the best for consumers.

What we are hoping to do is review each phone, and announce the winner of the best phone by December 14, still enough time to purchase before Christmas.

These are the Android phones the we want to review:

Samsung Galaxy S9

Of course, I’m going to put Samsung’s flagship here. I used to get upgrades every year, but it has been a while.

Samsung Galaxy Note9

Oh, we might as well review the phablet form of Samsung’s flagship. You gotta love that stylus.

OnePlus 6

I believe that this phone has been making the news, and man, it would be great to get our hands on one.

LG V40 ThinQ

I currently use an LG, and I believe this is the big one this year. I thought I saw it at CES, and it would be great to see what else they are up to.

Motorola Moto G6

It’s also been a while since I reviewed a Motorola smartphone, and while they are not as big a player during the flip-phone era, they have a say in the smartphone age.

HTC U12

Man, it’s been a year since I had an HTC phone, and I’m looking forward to reviewing another.

Sony Xperia XZ3

I have to admit that I am a stranger to Sony’s phones. However, it’s time for a change.

Okay, I’m sure that I left out at least one Android phone, so if you want to leave a suggestion in the comment box, feel free.

Otterbox Pursuit Series Case for Samsung Galaxy S9

OtterBox is a well-known company for their cell phone cases. We have certainly completed many reviews on their products at The Geek Church. The most recent review was an offering for the iPhone X. The new Samsung Galaxy S9 can also be protected by OtterBox. Today’s review is for the OtterBox Pursuit series.

photo credit- Otterbox

Pursuit Features

The Pursuit case promises by Otterbox to be “the thinnest, toughest, most protective case” of their products. It protects from dust, mud, dirt and snow. It’s not waterproof, but the Galaxy S9 is waterproof in and of itself, so that feature isn’t really needed. It has Otterbox Certified Drop Protection with a limited lifetime warranty.

Although there is the raised, beveled edges on the front of the case to help protect the screen, it is recommended by many reviewers out there to get a screen protector for full protection. Many screen protectors will work with this case.

There are nice cut outs to fit your cords and such, and the one on the back for the fingerprint sensor and cut well to prevent the flash reflection. There is a chamber at the bottom of the case to pull the sound to the front- giving an enhanced audio feature in the case. The buttons are easy to manipulate.

Pursuit Set-Up

The case takes a little work to put on, but fortunately there is a how-to video:

Buying the Pursuit

If this kind of protection is what you want for your phone, it comes with a steep price-tag. It costs about $70, and you can buy it on the OtterBox site in three options of colors. It comes in black, black with a clear back so you can see your phone through the case, or Coastal Rise- which is pink with black accents.

OtterBox was generous enough to send us this case for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been provided.

Two UAG Cases to Protect Your Galaxy S9- Monarch and Plasma

Urban Armor Gear (UAG) is a popular and reliable brand for phone cases. We’ve done many reviews for them in the past, and are pleased to review two cases that we’ve reviewed before, but are now available for the new Samsung Galaxy S9 phone. These cases are in the Monarch and Plasma series.

UAG Monarch

photo credit: UAG

We recently reviewed the Monarch case for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. This one we were sent has pretty much the same design, but of course, it is made to fit the S9, and there’s also one for the S9+.

What I’ve noted about this case is the announcement of the top grain leather on the box. The leather part of the case really does feel nice to the touch, and looks to be of great quality.

The other features of the case to be noted are pretty much the same as the other cases in the series. It has the sturdy UAG quality with a drop test rating two times military standard. It has the traction tire- like grip on the side. With a 5 layer protection, the case is very rugged, but also light weight. It does add a bit of bulk to your phone, but that’s the cost of protection.

The case does fit around the edges of the phone so you can lay the phone on its face without worrying about scratching. Easy access to your buttons, good cut-outs for the ports on the bottom, and cut right on the back so you don’t get the glare from the flash.

This case runs at $59.95, and comes with a 10 year warranty, so you know there’s a good value. We were sent the black case, but it also comes in red for a sleek contrast as well.

UAG Plasma

As with the Monarch, we’ve also reviewed several cases from the Plasma series.

photo credit- UAG

The Plasma series seems to cover just about everything from phones of many different brands like LG, Huawei, iPhone, and Samsung, and also Surface laptops. So, it’s natural that they would come out with a case for the newest Samsung Galaxy phones.

Coming in an array of colors like Cobalt (pictured), Citron (a yellowish green), Ash (black), and Ice (clear), these cases offer a three layer protection. There are shock cushions in the corners, and the case has been drop tested to military standard, also.

UAG does a superior job in making lightweight, but sturdy cases, and this one is no exception. It is not as rugged as the Monarch, but offers many of the same features. It’s also a bit less expensive at a price of $39.95.

We can safely say that both cases could be recommended by us, and will take this moment to say thanks to UAG for sending us these cases for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.