by Michael Fisher | November 13, 2012 2:21 PM
HTC and Verizon hosted a modest gathering in New York City this morning to announce the product of their latest collaboration: the Droid DNA. As expected, this device is an Americanized variant of the Butterfly J, released a bit ago in Japan. The device features a 5-inch, 1080p Super-LCD panel boasting a pixel density of 440ppi and viewing angles up to an 80-degree offset. HTC says it's 50% brighter than the Galaxy S III's display; while we didn't have a light meter on hand to test this claim, the display is indeed quite bright in person, and the viewing angles are impressive. Also a huge ...
by Michael Fisher | November 9, 2012 6:14 PM
It's been nearly six months since we last hosted a Windows Phone device in the Boston offices of Pocketnow, but in the past six hours we've welcomed in two of the newest and hottest. The Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 810 each enjoyed an unboxing in our studio this afternoon. Neither is a light or a small device, but the product we tour in this video is bigger and heavier than both of them combined. Times ten. It must've been all the excitement around the Windows Phone 8 launch, coupled with the irresistible promise of wireless charging mated with loud, bass-y audio. When I reported to ...
by Michael Fisher | October 25, 2012 11:31 AM
Last night, Samsung unveiled the US edition of its Galaxy Note II in a New York City event that traded subtlety for scale, a bombastic blowout scaled to fit the larger-than-life smartphone/tablet hybrid. In addition to a phablet-praising video testimonial from LeBron James and a star-studded VIP guest list, the packed house was treated to the musical stylings of Kanye West later in the evening as hundreds of new Galaxy Note IIs rolled video. Thanks to Samsung, we had an opportunity for a few minutes of studio time with one of the new Galaxy Note II units. There's not a lot new here; if ...
by Michael Fisher | September 1, 2012 10:22 AM
This little number caught our eye at IFA, and though it doesn't meet the strictest definition of "brand-spanking new," having been announced at MWC many moons ago, we wanted to shoot a quick-look video anyway because it's so darn cool. To our eyes, the uncreatively-named AT270 ("Android Tablet," get it?) resembles something of a cross between a Nexus 7 and an iPad, with the size and portability of the former and the build quality of the latter. The screen, a 7-inch AMOLED panel, features amazing color saturation and excellent blacks, while performance is solid on Android ICS. The only ...
by Michael Fisher | September 1, 2012 10:06 AM
They're not in the same class of device, and they're not serving the same buyer segments, but that doesn't mean we can't do a comparison video. The Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II share a common design lineage and a very similar software load, but there are differences to highlight- differences which provide some small insight into how Jelly Bean might look on the Galaxy S line in the future. In addition, we've got S-pen fun, feature comparisons, and the S Voice testing some of you were clamoring for. Plus, it's more video of the Galaxy Note II. You know you want it. So go get it, down ...
by Anton D. Nagy | September 1, 2012 9:09 AM
This year's IFA offers lots of Windows 8 hardware from a wide array of OEMs, and Acer is no exception to that. The company had two tablets on the floor, one of them being the Iconia W510/W511. It is running Microsoft's next generation Windows 8 platform on an Intel Clover Trail architecture. It has a 10.1-inch HD display of 1366x768 resolution with 350-nit brightness, a battery which can guarantee an up to eight-hour life, eight-megapixel main camera at the back, two-megapixel front webcam, all the usual suspects as well as an optional 3G radio. Check out the video below to see our first ...
by Michael Fisher | September 1, 2012 9:05 AM
Sometimes you're at an IFA party that focuses on accessories and peripherals, not expecting to see hot new kit from one of Microsoft's top hardware partners, and all you've got to shoot a hands-on video is an HTC One X. But sometimes the product is so interesting, it's worth it. Last night was one of those times. We ran into HP at an IFA after-hours showcase, where the company was showing off a wide spectrum of notebooks and convertibles. The Envy x2 wasn't scheduled for an appearance on the show floor, so David from HP graciously agreed to take us on a guided tour of the new hardware ...
by Brandon Miniman | August 31, 2012 11:53 AM
The Sony VAIO Tap 20 is an unusual Windows 8 tablet. The massive 20" screen (at a mere qHD 960x540 resolution) is designed for family interaction in scenarios where you'd place the device on a coffee table and play a game, thanks to 10-point multi-touch input. The Tap 20 has a unique stand on the back that lets the tablet rest at various degrees. The device we played with was a prototype, as Sony expects to reduce the weight and thickness of the device (and hopefully bump the screen resolution) in time for it shipping later this year. When it ships, Sony expects to offer it in Core i3, i5, ...
by Michael Fisher | August 31, 2012 11:33 AM
Does the Samsung Galaxy Camera stand a chance of making a lasting dent in the world of still photography? Not if you ask Jaime Rivera, but here at IFA we have the luxury of bathing in techno-lust without the need for in-depth analysis, at least on the trade floor. Our interaction with Samsung's latest experiment was fleeting, but satisfying. Our demo unit was responsive, substantial, and magenta (natch). We enjoyed the snappy performance of Android Jelly Bean on the point-and-shoot camera's 4.8" display, and the various amateur and "professional-grade" enhancements Samsung has built in to ...
by Michael Fisher | August 31, 2012 10:24 AM
We're not slaves to jumbo-superphones here at Pocketnow, and the landscape at this year's IFA in Berlin is catering to our diverse tastes just fine. Enter the HTC Desire X, a new midrange offering from the Taiwanese manufacturer that we reported on just yesterday. The device features a 5MP camera, 4" SLCD display, and a 1GHz dual-core CPU - nothing that's going to turn any heads in the spec department, but it's all bundled up in a casing that's beautiful, well-built, and refreshingly not gigantic. You'll have to check out Jaime Rivera's report on the Desire X from yesterday for more ...
by Michael Fisher | August 31, 2012 9:48 AM
As we reported just a couple days ago, the Optimus G isn't LG's only offering for the upcoming fall season. The new L9 features a dual-core 1GHz CPU with a deceptively large 4.7″ IPS display, 1GB of RAM, and a lightweight build. The newest iteration of the LG UI featured here is pretty interesting, allowing users to customize individual app icons, home screen transitions, and more. On top of that, the experience is light and snappy, feeling more like stock Android than a skinned build. Check out the video below for our full hands-on from IFA in Berlin.
by Jaime Rivera | August 30, 2012 4:00 AM
After learning about Sony's new Xperia line-up being announced just minutes ago at IFA in Berlin, we now have the opportunity to spend some hands-on time with the Sony Xperia J. The difference between this device and the rest is that this is a device slated at the budget minded, but retaining the Xperia design language at just 9.22 mm of thickness. When it comes to specs, the device includes a: 4-inch FWVGA display (854 x 480) at 244 PPI 1 GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM7227A processor 5 Megapixel camera Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich under Sony's proprietary UI DLNA 4GB of storage ...
by Michael Fisher | August 30, 2012 3:44 AM
We already spent some quality time with the Sony Xperia TX here at IFA, and the Xperia T features much of the same: a 4.6", 720p display, 13MP camera capable of shooting video in 1080p, and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU clocked at 1.5GHz. The principal differences between the T and the TX are few, with the T destined for the German market -and therefore lacking LTE. The T also lacks the TX's immersion resistance, and color options vary between the two lines as well. Click on down to the video to see our hands-on of the Xperia T, and stay tuned for more videos as our IFA coverage continues.
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