Posts tagged with: Hands-on
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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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    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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    "Built to last, priced for all." That's the motto behind Motorola's latest smartphone designed for developing markets, and we're in NYC to bring you a first hands-on. As you can see in the video below, the family resemblance here is strong: the Moto E is physically very similar to the flagship-level Moto X and its more-affordable cousin, the Moto G. While the Moto E is noticeably thicker than each, it also has a smaller footprint on its face, making it just as comfortable to hold, if not more so. As we reported earlier today, specs are as you might expect from a smartphone with the Moto ...

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    We checked out the Harman Kardon HTC One M8 at the Sprint launch event in NYC yesterday, but with all the hubbub on the show floor, conditions weren’t great for a proper hands-on. Thankfully, Sprint and HTC were good enough to send us our very own review unit for a second pass today, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to churn out a nice luxurious unboxing and hardware tour! You probably remember the HTC One M8 from our full review just a few weeks back (and, you know, because it's one of the biggest Android smartphones to launch this year). Out of the box, the Harman/Kardon variant ...

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    What do you do when a company offers you a hands-on opportunity with a smartphone running software you're not allowed to access? Well, usually you move on to the next vendor. Things are a little different, though, when the concept behind the device is as intriguing as that underlying Blackphone. We've covered Blackphone a few times over the past several months. In the wake of the NSA domestic-spying scandal in the US, a smartphone that promises privacy through an encrypted OS has become more interesting - and perhaps more feasible as a mass-market idea. But is your privacy worth a $629 ...

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