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    Its bigger brother may be capturing all of the attention in the limelight, but that doesn't mean the Oppo R5 doesn't hold a candle to the N3. We've already covered the basics of the phone in a news post, but now it's time to give you a look at the phone itself. This is our Oppo R5 hands-on. The design isn't as remarkable as that of the N3, but there is something to be said about the R5's looks. It's ultra-thin, just 4.8mm at its thickest, and boasts a "macro-arc frame." The TL;DR of it all, is that the R5 looks pretty good, and if you aren't convinced, just have a peek at our gallery of ...

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    Now that it's official, the time has come for a video showcase of Oppo's latest smartphone, the N3. We have Jaime Rivera on the ground in Singapore bringing us the latest from the company's unveiling event of the N3 and the lower-tier R5, and he's supplied us with an Oppo N3 hands-on video for your consumption. The N3's beauty begins with the design. The use of what Oppo refers to as "aircraft quality steel" gives the phone a unique, bold, and premium look and feel, something we're glad to see is becoming a trend these days (as phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Apple iPhone 6, Nokia ...

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    The latest product from one of the world’s biggest smartphone makers … is not a smartphone. HTC brought us to New York City –and even took us aloft in a helicopter– to show us the utility of its one-handed action camera, and we've got a hardware tour and some quick first impressions! HTC RE hands-on An inhaler. A periscope. A water pipe. The list of everyday objects the RE resembles goes on and on. But that weird form factor makes it easy to hold, and it also makes the RE stand out - or stand up, if you prefer. It fits easily into a pocket and it’s designed to be used ...

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    Its name says "Desire," but this selfie-centric smartphone is much better equipped than other devices bearing the name. To learn a little more about it, HTC put us up in NYC –in more ways than one– so we could experience the curiosity of what the company hopes is a "selfie phone" done right. The Desire EYE gets its name from the eyeball-like sensor smack in the middle of its forehead, a 13MP camera mated to an f/2.2, 22mm lens and augmented by a dual-LED flash. That's a slight change from the f/2.0, 28mm lens of the rear-facing shooter, but otherwise these cameras are as close as ...

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    One of the accessories that Motorola launched alongside the new Moto X and G was the Motorola Power Pack Micro, a 1,500 mAh battery pack with a bit of a twist. You see, the Motorola Power Pack Micro isn't any ole juice pack in that it'll be a rectangular slab, but is rather meant to ride on your keychain – intuitive, yes? We've gone ahead and unboxed our review unit, sharing our first impressions as well, so be sure to check that out down below. The thing about the Power Pack Micro is that it also allows for connectivity to a smartphone via Bluetooth. This works twofold – if you were ...

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    It's the affordable flagship, according to Microsoft. But, as our specs post suggests... maybe not. There's nothing like real hands-on experience though, and that's exactly what Taylor Martin has brought us from within a press event in Berlin, Germany. Our Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on video is now live, and within it our initial impressions of the phone. The 830 looks like a phone that will let you distinguish from the crowd, and you can even swap backplates to take on a new look every now and then. We found that it was fairly thin and light, and performed decently well in our early tests. The ...

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    Now that the announcement has come and gone, it's time we take our first hands-on look at the new Windows Phones from Microsoft. We've started off with the Nokia Lumia 735 / 730, the "selfie phone" that Microsoft has been teasing for quite a while now. So let's take a look, shall we? We won't bore you by recounting specs here: we've already covered that in an in-depth Nokia Lumia 735 specs post here. We also won't bore you with a list of every single feature the phone has, because if you want that info, you're in the wrong place: check here instead. Of course, this is one of many IFA 2014 ...

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    It was not too long ago that we saw the HTC Desire 820 go official and rounded up its specs, and now it's hands-on time. We've checked out the 64-bit processor, the 5.5-inch HD screen, the BoomSound speakers, the powerful 8MP selfie cam, and the everything else. And it's all available right down for you below in our HTC Desire 820 hands-on video. One of the most unique features of the Desire 820 is the 64-bit architecture afforded by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 system-on-a-chip. As we mentioned, there's a 720p display that's big and bold, and the media experience is rounded out by the ...

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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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    When we take a look at any smartphone these days that's not a flagship, design isn't usually something that stands out as a selling point. That's why when Sprint and Sharp went official with the Aquos Crystal earlier today, we were quite impressed; one look at that top side with nearly zero bezel, and we were blown away that such a phone was even possible to manufacture. Because of this, we were naturally quite excited to take this smartphone for a spin in a Sharp Aquos Crystal hands-on video. The Aquos Crystal itself is -- best put -- quite futuristic. It's the closest thing we've seen ...

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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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    AT&T was kind enough to host us at a hands-on event in NYC last night, and of all the things we came away with, one of the biggest was a renewed appreciation for what a crazy-busy review season it's been. We'd already reviewed almost every single one of the devices AT&T had on display, from wearables like the LG G Watch to affordable smartphones like HTC's Desire 610 to outliers like the not-quite-so-durable Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. Standing apart from these devices, though, was the holy grail of the event: thanks more to its rarity than any one distinctive feature, the ...

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    Google introduced us to the next version of Android at Google I/O 2014 yesterday: Android L. Unfortunately, we won't have an official release of until "later this Fall", but we were promised a Developer Preview. This morning that preview landed, and we decided to go hands-on. We loaded it up on our Nexus 5, booted up, and took it for a spin. Click play to see what we found, and what you can expect from Android L. Make sure you watch all the way to the end to get a good look at the new boot animation.   If you'd like to give Android L a go on your own device you'll need to be running ...

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    If you'll forgive the horrible pun, it's happening like clockwork: alongside a new flagship smartphone comes a cool new flip cover. We saw it with the Dot View case on the HTC One M8, the S View Cover on the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and now comes the Quick Circle case for the LG G3. Not that it's a total surprise; like most things LG G3, the Quick Circle case leaked ahead of its official announcement, which itself came a while before today's London reveal of LG's new flagship. But as is usually the case, getting hands-on time totally altered our perspective ... or rather, confirmed our ...

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