Posts tagged with: Hands-on
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    The third big flagship launch of the year is finally here. Following the MWC launches of HTC's One M9 and Samsung's Galaxy S6, we're onto the next big contender for your bucks, the newly-announced G4. All the images you saw and the specs you read probably aren't quite enough to give you the look you want at the year's next big Android phone, so we've prepared for you an LG G4 hands-on video straight out of New York City. Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck gives us our first video look at the phone, showing off the chassis that's oh-so-familiar thanks to its predecessors, the LG G2 and G3. ...

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    We're no stranger to Chinese telecom giant Huawei. About three years ago, we concluded our Ascend P1 review with the remark that the Huawei phone, while imperfect, made us excited for what the company had in store for the future – and that excitement has since proven justified. Last year's Ascend Mate 2 brought outstanding battery life and a competitive price point; its followup the Ascend Mate 7 blended luxury design with top-tier features; and the forthcoming Huawei Watch seems poised to class up the Android Wear catalog when it drops later this year. The Huawei P8 is the ...

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    As recently as last week, the phrase "virtual reality headset" was, for me, a guaranteed ticket to a midday nap. I'd grown up amid the fizzle of projects like Sega VR and Virtual Boy; I'd seen several variations on more modern smartphone-powered visors; I'd tried out an Oculus headset. While I enjoyed the latter experience, I also forgot about it pretty quickly. With its ungainly hardware, nausea-inducing graphics, and limited mass adoption, VR has never topped my list of fun things in tech. So when HTC brought us to Barcelona for a briefing on its new virtual reality device, I ...

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    At last year's Mobile World Congress, Android Wear and the Apple Watch weren't realities. That is to say, the wearables race at that point in time was nowhere near as heated as it has become now, and the devices themselves weren't all that abundant. This year, though, all that changes. We saw Huawei launch its new Watch (which we thought was one of the hottest-looking Android Wear watches yet in our hands-on time) as well as the Huawei TalkBand B2 and N1, all leaps ahead in the wearable sector for the company. We had a chance to go hands-on with the latter two on the show floor at Mobile ...

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    One tablet that's been on our radar but relatively elusive for quite some time now has been the Nokia N1. The device was launched to mixed reception months ago by the remnants of Nokia (the parts of the company that didn't go to the Microsoft Devices and Services group during the buyout), with some loving the sheer promise of it and others denouncing it as an iPad mini clone. Now we've had a chance to form an opinion of our own, having just had a chance to use the tablet for a good bit, so here's our initial Nokia N1 hands-on video! As people who make a living off of testing out different ...

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    One element that was relatively absent in smartwatch design in 2014 was design (save for some obvious exclusions such as the Moto 360). Android Wear brought great utility at launch, but the hardware supporting it sometimes didn't quite provide the hottest looks. That all looks to be changing this year though, with the release of new, better wristwatches. And this is our LG Watch Urbane hands-on, straight from MWC 2015! First off, a reminder: the Watch Urbane comes in two flavors, the webOS-toting LTE version and this Android Wear one. We additionally went hands-on with the former in a ...

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    For the third year in a row, HTC is kicking off the Spring season with a smartphone called the One. And for the third year in a row it’s an aluminum powerhouse built to make the world take notice. The company brought us to Barcelona for some HTC One M9 hands on time, and we've come away with some first impressions on the world's next metal-encased Android flagship. HTC One M9 Hands On   Hardware HTC cited the Porsche when explaining its approach to building the One M9, drawing a parallel to small iterations on a successful design. The company also said it wanted to strike a ...

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    If the BlackBerry Passport is "not your grandfather's BlackBerry," then the BlackBerry Passport AT&T edition is ... not ... your cousin's, either. That analogy didn't really work out for us, but this unboxing and first-impressions video sure did! That's right: after literally months of fielding comments, tweets, emails and voicemails wondering why we weren't paying BlackBerry its proper due with a Passport review, we finally caved and picked up a BlackBerry Passport sample device. (It wouldn't have been possible without the assistance of the good folks at AT&T, either – so ...

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    It may not be the sexiest-sounding piece of software out there, but the "Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones" just landed on our Lumia 830 review device, and boy howdy, are we ready to take a look at it. From Action Center improvements to Start Screen UI upgrades to totally rewritten core apps, the new Windows 10 phone platform packs nearly as much excitement as 8.1 did, and we're here to give you a guided video tour. Keep in mind as you watch the below video that this is not Windows 10 as it will release to consumers. The Technical Preview release is very early software, and as ...

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    If you’ve been using the popular music-streaming app on Android and iOS for the past few months, almost nothing about today's Spotify news will surprise you. But for Windows Phone owners, there’s lots to celebrate indeed. The new Spotify Windows Phone update brings Microsoft's smartphone platform one step closer to parity with its Android and iOS rivals. Version 5.0.5491.5995 clears away the oversimplified, space-wasting Spotify of yore with a refresh that cleans up the layout, streamlines the typefaces, and dims the background so the content "pops" more dramatically. It also ...

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    Of all the manufacturers who might give us the first commercial Android smartphone with 4GB of RAM, who did you think it might be? LG has a history of being a spec leader. Or maybe Sony? Heck, why not Samsung? But of all the names you might have offered, did you ever think ASUS would be among them? Nevertheless, ASUS came to CES ready to impress, and in addition to its optical-zooming ZenFone Zoom, the company introduced the ZenFone 2 with its (up to) 4GB of memory. We went hands-on with the phone before packing up and saying goodbye to CES for another year. With prices starting at just ...

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    While manufacturers are racing for the title given away to the one manufacturing the thinnest smartphone (including BLU, and its Vivo Air), there's a significant part of the market that couldn't care less about how thin a phone is; these users don't want to sacrifice battery life, even if that means having to carry a beefier device. Check out the BLU Studio Energy, the smartphone that rocks a 5,000mAh battery, which will surely last you a couple of days, and some more. The specs aren't in line with all the flagships on steroids out there, but they're not bad either: five-inch 720p display, ...

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    Lenovo has been relatively quiet here in the United States, and CES is one of the few occasions throughout the year that the company makes it into the American news cycle with a new smartphone announcements. This year it chose to debut the successor to its Vibe X2, and we visited the Lenovo booth in Las Vegas to create the below Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro hands-on video. The phone is decidedly mid-range (but not terribly so), flanked by specifications such as a 5.3-inch FHD display, a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, and other such specs that aren't all that bad when put into ...

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    We were hoping that Samsung would use the CES stage in Las Vegas to unveil something grand in mobile, be it a tablet or a new smartphone, but we were left waiting out in the cold with no new announcements. That doesn't mean that Samsung's booth at CES was empty as far as phones go, however – the company took the opportunity to highlight two of its recent smartphone unveils, one of them being this one. So here's our Samsung Galaxy A5 hands-on video straight from the show floor in sunny Nevada. Now, this isn't quite a flagship smartphone – so don't expect it to facilitate any ...

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    Samsung didn't have any new mobile products to show off at CES this year unfortunately, but in its booth it was showing off some recently-announced products we hadn't had a chance to go hands-on with as of yet. One of these is the Samsung Galaxy A3, an entry-level Android phone targeted at the growing and competitive Asian markets. We decided to take to take the opportunity to put together a Samsung Galaxy A3 hands-on video, and it's available below. The phone most definitely isn't the best device out there – just one look at the spec sheet can confirm that if you have any doubts – but ...

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    Sony's got one of the best Android Wear products out there in its SmartWatch 3, the wearable with both the largest battery out of all the other competitors and a dedicated GPS built-in. But one problem people found with the device was that it wasn't exactly ultra-stylish with its plastic band option. Now that Sony has gone official with a metal band option, we couldn't resist trying it out at CES 2015. So here's our stainless steel Sony SmartWatch 3 hands-on video. Internally, nothing has changed from the silicone strap-toting model to this one. It's all in the aesthetics, with a ...

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    When LG first announced the G Flex way back in 2013, the buzz was all around one thing: the curved display. Now that the curve isn't as novel as it once was, the G Flex 2 is going to need more than just that to catch our attention. Fortunately, we found plenty to pique our interest in our LG G Flex 2 hands-on (as detailed in the below first impressions video). Everything about the G Flex 2 screams refinement, both when compared to the G3 and original G Flex (which we've compared the G Flex 2 with as well). The curve has been made more ergonomic, and LG has supposedly fixed those nasty ...

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    Android 5.0: it's not just for smartphones anymore. (Well okay; it was for smartphones and tablets before, but that kinda ruins the joke.) With the latest software update out of Google, the company's wearable computing platform gets a big boost. Around here, we call it the Android Wear Lollipop edition – and it's already made our Moto 360 and G Watch R smartwatches much more capable. Join us for a guided tour of Android Wear Lollipop! In five minutes, we take you for a spin around new notification settings, specialized modes for movie theaters and beach days, a new gallery built just ...

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    Samsung's newest Gear is also its most ambitious. The Gear S smartwatch packs a curved two-inch display, IP67 ingress protection, and a custom Tizen UI into a cuff-like wristband that weighs in at a surprisingly airy 66g. Oh, and it packs cellular and WiFi connectivity along with the usual Bluetooth. That last important detail makes the Gear S more than just your typical smartwatch. As we discovered during our first hands-on at IFA 2014, the Gear S is capable of fully independent operation, smartphone or no. Sure, you still need a smartphone to set it up –and a Samsung one at that– ...

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    Google’s newest tablet is for “movers and makers,” according to the company’s website. We’ll examine more about what exactly that means in the weeks ahead, but for now, we'll settle for getting to know the shell of the device in our Nexus 9 unboxing. The de-packaging experience itself is best described as minimal. The Nexus 9 comes in a fairly nondescript box with bare-bones branding calling out its Android ancestry, and once you get inside all you’ll find is some very low-key literature and a USB charging cable with wall wart. That wall adapter's design will be ...

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    Microsoft surprised us all a bit by going official with its Band fitness tracker on Thursday, but we've now got one in hand and are ready to share with you the unboxing experience and our first impressions on the hardware, and Microsoft Health as well. To get a proper look at the Microsoft Band unboxing experience, you know where to go – but let's talk launch-day promotions. By paying the $199 for the Band, you'll also get a $5 Starbucks gift card (as part of the Starbucks/Microsoft Health partnership), and one free month of RunKeeper Elite, both things that can help you immediately ...

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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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