Posts tagged with: first impressions
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    Barnes & Noble hasn't had much luck competing with Amazon's Kindle line of e-readers, its Nook tablets selling poorly enough to prompt an announcement from the bookseller in June that it was spinning off the whole division. That hasn't stopped the company from actively trying to better the line, though; it'll still sell the e-readers in stores even after the split is complete, and it's delegated manufacture of new Nook devices to Samsung. The latter company joined with Barnes & Noble this morning in New York City to announce the new Nook. Technically co-branded as the ...

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    The HTC One M8 for Windows is official as of this morning, and we're right this very minute getting some video coverage of the device for those of you who value sweaty, jittery hands-on phone footage above all else. But we also managed to snag a few minutes with the device formerly known as the HTC One W8 prior to this morning's festivities, and we've prepared some first impressions for those who prefer the written word to the spoken one. First the basics, in case you missed the official news post in this morning's flurry of releases. The HTC One M8 for Windows is a carbon copy of the ...

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    Those quotes up there in the title do more than apologize for our unoriginal, lame pun: they acknowledge a truth that's gotta be tough for Amazon to swallow. The company's first smartphone, which we laid hands on last week, has seen mixed reviews in its first wave of press. There are good reasons for that. With a dubious exclusivity deal in place, a boatload of extraneous features masking its not-quite-Android OS, and a price point that's all kinds of wacky, the Fire Phone's utility isn't clear outside its role as a portal to easier, faster Amazon purchases. Factor in the ho-hum ...

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    "If you’re looking for the best flagship smartphone experience, but want to stand out from the crowd, this phone's for you." HTC CEO Peter Chou's words, taken from the press release announcing the company's One E8 early last month, elegantly sum up the eye-catching device. When our review unit arrived in the office yesterday morning for its unceremonious off-camera unboxing, we took a few beats longer than usual just to stare at the "Electric Crimson" paint job of its polycarbonate unibody construction. The phone bears a thick glossy coating that we'd normally revile, but here it ...

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    The LG G3. It's one of the most anticipated smartphones of the season (if not the year), and ever since we first laid hands on it at LG's NYC launch event, you've been blowing up our Twitter accounts asking when you can expect our full review. While it's a little early for us to put our final thoughts down on paper, a weekend with the LG G3 has left us with some takeaways just begging to be bestowed upon the world: thoughts on the new flagship's design, its software features, and most of all, its refined camera. We've already expended plenty of hot air debating these and other aspects of ...

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    Today is Apple day. WWDC kicked-off just a few minutes ago, and we'll likely see three major things: a new version of OS X, iOS 8, and the further convergence of those two operating systems. Over the years, we've seen bits of iOS sneak into Mac OS, such as Notification Center; and some lighter versions of Mac apps have found their way to iOS, like iMovie, Garage Band, the iWork suite, and more. Although Apple still seems to refute the need for some sort of middle ground device. One of Apple's largest competitors, however, is diving into the hybrid computing market head first. Last week, ...

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    In case you missed the announcement, the rumored HTC One mini 2 finally broke cover this morning, and it's just what the rumors said it would be: a pint-sized version of the company's well-received One M8 smartphone. Aesthetically, the One mini 2 is everything you'd expect from a mini metal One M8 – but true to form, HTC has made some sacrifices on the spec side. Under the hood, we're looking at a quad-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926) at 1.2GHz, leaning on a gig of RAM and 16GB of storage, with MicroSD cards up to 128GB supported. The display is a 4.5 inch LCD at 720p, the battery a 2100 ...

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    For the longest time, many have complained about their options for using Facebook on mobile. The company hasn't necessarily done the best job in porting Facebook to mobile phones in an elegant and reliable way, and proof of it lies in failed attempts like Facebook Home, in order to bring an enhanced experience of the service to Android. The answer to these complaints is Paper by Facebook, and we've taken it out for a spin. In a nutshell, the service is like merging Flipboard with Facebook Home, which is actually a good thing. Facebook's intention is for you to never have to leave the app, ...

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    There's a certain sequence of events that takes place when a new smartphone lands at your doorstep. Typically (at Pocketnow anyway), you unbox that sucker, throw it in the labs for some number-crunching, take a boatload of photos and video, put it head-to-head with its immediate competition, maybe showcase it on the Weekly or the U-Review, and then at the end of all that, you post a final review. Then you send it back to its builder and wait for the next one to drop. It's all very exciting. But when the device in question is an entirely new beast, a one-of-a-kind testbed for a new ...

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    In case you missed it amid all the midweek hubbub, our own Taylor Martin posted an excellent review of Motorola's new Moto G yesterday, in which he calls it a bargain - a steal, even. He goes on to say this: The real question is: who is the Moto G for? Just about anyone … with the exception of tech fiends, that is. It will make a fantastic first smartphone, either for a high school or college student. It can serve as a great backup phone, for those times your phone gets lost, dies, or needs to be sent off for repairs. It will also serve well as a downgrade for a smartphone veteran who ...

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    It was just a few short months ago that the idea of a "Nokia tablet" was fodder for only the most speculation-heavy episodes of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Well, time sure moves quickly, doesn’t it? The Lumia 2520 is the latest in a long line of Nokia devices we’ve covered this season, but as the company's first-ever Windows tablet, it deserves a close look before it goes on sale at AT&T this Friday. Announced at Nokia World 2013 and further teased via availability leaks ever since, the device has finally made its way to Pocketnow's Boston offices for a thorough battery of ...

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    There's a big gulf between an unboxing and a full review, and we're always looking for ways to fill it. Our friendly neighborhood FedEx man dropped the Sony Xperia Tablet Z on our porch this morning, whereupon we promptly tore, cut, and otherwise fought our way into its packaging - all to give our fellow geeky voyeurs a rough idea of what the first few moments of Tablet Z ownership are like. (We'd like to thank Negri Electronics, by the way, for the quick shipping that made this end-of-week video possible.) It only took a few minutes to log in to our various accounts and start ...

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