Review: Blackberry KeyOne

Blackberry KeyOne

The Blackberry KeyOne is the first device that Blackberry has produced in recent memory that really had me excited about owning a Blackberry again.

Blackberry has finally created an Android device with the latest version of the operating system as well as a fantastic camera, large battery, and best of all a physical keyboard that only Blackberry knows how to do.

Battery Life

The battery life on the Blackberry KeyOne is absolutely insane! On reddit some users have posted over 10 hours of screen on time on a single charge. I’ve had slightly lower numbers than that, but I also was never able to drain the battery entirely in a day.

Camera Quality

The camer a sensor is the very same sensor in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL devices. It turns out some pretty incredible photos and videos.


Call Quality

The call quality on the Blackberry KeyOne has been absolutely stellar. Callers are loud and clear and can hear me just as clearly. Not much else to say about this. It works tremendously well as a phone.

Build Quality

The build quality on the Blackberry KeyOne is truly exquisite. The full metal body with the curved screen edges and the grippy textured back make this device a delight to hold in your hand.


The full outright cost of the Blackberry KeyOne is $729 unlocked from Blackberry, and for the price you get a great camera, fantastic battery life, and a physical keyboard. If these are things that are important to you as they are to me, then this is a fantastic device to consider.

Novotel Ottawa Review

A few weeks ago Jenn and I had the chance to have our very own little staycation here in Ottawa. We picked out a hotel and a couple of things to check out and overall had a great time. The hotel we selected was the Novotel in Ottawa on Nicholas Street.

The Low Down

Cost per night: $200 CAD + $23/Night parking.

Address: 33 Nicholas Street Ottawa, Ontario Canada

The Room

We were given room 441 to stay in which is a single king sized bed. The bed was large and comfortable and we easily fell asleep in it.

The room overall felt really cramped and small for $200 a night.


Overall the room was nice and the location was prime, but we’ve stayed in much nicer hotels for much less money in downtown Toronto.

Thoughts on the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3

Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3

While Alcatel is not a well known player in the mobile device game, the Onetouch Idol 3 is a budget device that offers quite a bit for such a small price tag. Bear in mind I’ve only had this device for about 12 hours, but having owned quite a few “budget” devices, I have to say that this is a very impressive device

The Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 comes in at $312 off contract and can be had for $0 assuming you want to take one of those tab dealies that the carriers all offer.

I took some sample photos that you can have a look at below, but this phone easily destroys the Motorola Moto G 2015 and is within the same price range as the Moto G.

As you can see, it takes some damn good photos. These photos are taken with the flash off and with absolutely nothing done to them. Just auto mode photos.

I’ve got to say I am impressed! Will have a full review once I’ve used it for a few days.

Review: Motorola Moto G 2015

The 2015 edition of the Motorola Moto G comes with some awesome changes but also comes with a ton of caveats for us here in Canada. So without further ado, let’s get into it.

Moto G 2015 Storage Space

In Canada, the only version of the Moto G 2015 that is available is the 8GB Model. We’re also lacking access to Moto Maker which is an online application that lets you really customize your Motorola Products which is incredibly annoying.

Having 8GB of storage does not imply usable. The usable storage is about 4GB once the OS takes its share.

Moto G 2015 RAM

Again being in Canada we only have the weaker version of this device available which is the model that comes equipped with 1GB of RAM and it really does show its weakness while using the device.

I’ve experienced constant stutters and slow downs entirely at random and depending on what it is you’re doing, you can crash this phone pretty easily. I was able to crash it by installing Instagram and Facebook Pages manager at the same time. This device truly struggles to keep up with Android and don’t even get me started when more than one app needs an update!

You essentially need to manually update each app one by one otherwise your phone will be completely unusable and will likely crash.

Moto G 2015 Camera

While the camera on the new Moto G is a 13 megapixel sensor, the image quality regardless of lighting is something that “will do in a pinch” but is not something that will produce photos that you’re going to want to share.

Even with HDR enabled the photos look washed out and extremely blurry. Indoor photos with decent lighting still end up looking like something you shot back in 2000 with one of those cheap digital cameras from China that hooked on to your keys. The camera is truly disappointing.

Keep in mind all of the photos above are taken in the same lighting conditions with no flash and HDR enabled. I found it truly difficult to get a photo that looked decent.


In the end, this is a “cheap” phone coming in at $240 off contract but still…. You figure if you’re going to put a 13MP sensor in this damn thing that it would be capable of taking a photo that doesn’t look like a VGA camera.

If you’re looking for a similarly designed phone, spend the extra $100 or so and get yourself a Moto X or Moto X Play depending on where you live.

I really want to love this phone, but I can’t.

Review: Database by Design LLC Servers

Database By Design Logo

Database by Design LLC is a new provider I’ve decided to give a try. They have a fantastic promotional auction going on over at WebHosting Talk that will get you this configuration much cheaper than you normally would get it for.

Config and Benchmark

Customer Service

I have to admit that usually with budget servers, the customer service is the first thing you loose. Database by Design LLC had my server up and running in under 24 hours from placing my order.

When I received the server it came with CentOS as a default and I wanted Debian installed and since the server had IPMI I was able to do this myself. When I tried to load up the ISO, the IPMI interface was locked out from virtual media. I emailed their support and within 2 minutes I received a response and got sorted out. (Thanks Ryan!)

Did I mention this issue was at 4AM EST?!?! It was incredible to get this fast of a response at 4AM on a Saturday morning!


This server is an absolute steal for the price! The support is fantastic, the network is quick, and the config is great for my needs and the needs of many others.

If you’re in the market for an east coast server with a great network and low latency in Canada, you should give them a try! Hit the WebHosting Talk thread and get it while you can!