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    Video Review It’s the best iPhone ever! Though, the iPhone 7 arrives at a time when consumers are holding onto their phones for longer stretches of time, and this premium phone faces intense competition from mid-range and flagship phones from last year. Will this phone help spark a little more excitement in the iOS fan camp to upgrade? It’s time to get down to brass tacks and see what’s improved, what’s stayed the same, and what might have taken a step back from last year’s iPhone. Hardware For you specs junkies, the tech updates for the iPhone 7 are fairly modest. Apple moves ...

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    Offering a phone between $300 and $500 these days is a tricky proposition. We recently just published another showdown featuring all of the terrific options you can shop just at $400. This is the hot market now for pushing top specs into more wallet friendly territory, and manufacturers are getting hip to design. At IFA 2016 in Berlin, Huawei took the wraps off of yet another pair of mid-ranger devices. The Nova and Nova Plus look to replace previous phones like the GX8 with updated specs, and a more cohesive design language, shared with the new MediaPad M3 tablet. Looking at the smaller ...

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    What's the most important feature in a smartphone? We've asked you that before, and usually one of the most popular answers is the camera. There hasn't been very much innovation in terms of really good high-quality smartphone cameras ever since Nokia released the Lumia 1020 and Pureview 808 over 3 years ago, though that's not for a lack of trying. We were kind of hoping for a nice camera attachment expansion pack for the Motorola Moto Z smartphones that were launched in July, but all we saw were battery expansions, speaker expansions, and a projector expansion. Today our hopes for a high ...

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    One of the fiercest competitors in the midrange space has to be Blu. This plucky little OEM out of Miami is chalk full of surf, sun, fun, and decent phones. The latest to hit the sandy shores is the Blu Pure XR. We have been testing this phone in the Chicago area on AT&T’s network for ten days, and here is what we found out. Hardware The theme of the Blu Pure XR’s hardware is “Sensitivity”, and not in the “long walks on the beach” kind of way. We’ll get to that aspect in a moment, but first, of course you want the juicy stuff. What’s under the hood? Starting off we have ...

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    We know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “A $99 smartphone? How good could that be?” And trust us, we understand the sentiment. we’ve used $99 smartphones and it’s the kind of experience we wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, including Chicago White Sox fans. And the ZTE ZMAX Pro must be that type of device right? Absolutely, unquestionably, wrong. Not only is the ZTE ZMAX Pro everything a $99 phone should be, it probably doesn’t cost enough. So let’s walk around this puppy and kick the tires in our full ZTE ZMAX Pro review. Hardware The ZTE ZMAX Pro earns its name in ...

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    It’s all about creating a lineup of devices. Sony retired the Xperia Z collection of devices, last year culminating in the ambitious Z Premium with a 4K display. Sony’s mission this year? Streamline. Focus on the features which “really” matter. No more fun experiments. However, this streamlining approach for the hardware hasn’t trimmed the price tags. Sony is still very much positioning the X line as premium offerings. Two letters lower in the alphabet, but that doesn’t mean the customer gets a price cut. We'll be taking an in-depth look at both the X and X Performance in this ...

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    It's been a long road of changes for the Samsung Galaxy Note over the last couple of years. That "thing" that we eventually named a phablet was prone to divisiveness from the tech media a few years ago, right up until people started to use it. It turns out that the whole concept of a huge phone actually made sense — so much so, Samsung touts that the phablet market has grown by 200 million units year after year since the inception of the first Galaxy Note in 2012. The road since has been full of mixed reactions. For four whole years, the Note was the dream powerhouse. Then, the Galaxy ...

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    Bluetooth headphones are here to stay, especially considering the industry’s latest trend (or at least threat of a trend) to eliminate the headphone jack from major flagships going forward. Lonovomoto has already done so, and rumors are suggesting that Apple may do the same thing. So, it is up to us, the consumers to adapt to this brave new world in whatever way we can. Fortunately, Mee Audio is here to help, in an unobtrusive, yet stylish way. The Mee Audio X7 Plus headphones are a good combination of size and power that will easily get you through your day. The X7 Plus headphones are ...

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    We unboxed the thing Android enthusiasts all around the world want most, but some simply can’t have at the moment, we spent 24 hours with Samsung’s latest and possibly greatest flagship phablet, we went into detail regarding its top two upgrades, so you probably knew this was coming. Yes, our full Galaxy Note 7 review is done, and before presenting its conclusions in writing, we give you a lengthy, rigorous and unbiased video tour of everything that’s new and old, hot and cool, innovative and repetitive about the fall heavyweight with the best chances of fending off the iPhone 7 and ...

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    Let’s not waste time. These are good phone and represent solid options, but these Motos now face substantially more competition from other companies looking to shake up the entry and mid-range markets. We’ll be tackling both the Moto G4 and the G4 Plus in this review. Is one of these phones the right fit for you? It’s never as simple as a “worth it” thumbs up or thumbs down verdict. To simplify, if you’re curious what the differences might be between the G4 and G4 Plus, we have this video which will explain in greater detail. Design These phones are simple and clean looking. ...

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    EDIT: Minor corrections were made to our battery stats. We’re aiming to knock out two birds with one stone in this review as these two phones are more alike than they are different. A small handful of hardware options separate the two, but otherwise we get a pretty clear idea of where the manufacturer wants to take the future of its smartphone business. These two devices come from a fully entwined Motorola and Lenovo partnership, bringing both company’s cultures to the forefront. Moto delivering excellent consumer choices and business grade construction, alongside Lenovo’s influence ...

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    There's a little nuance involved with this video review of the Loop VR headset. This unit was offered up by OnePlus as a promotion for the launch of the OnePlus 3, and the manufacturer created a savvy little VR tour of the phone for people to interact with. The headset we're looking at, though using fairly high quality build materials, really wasn't designed for much more than that initial product launch. Still, we've received numerous requests from people wondering if this would be a good compliment to their OnePlus 3 phones. If you had a Samsung, you'd want to use a Gear VR right? Well ...

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    I know what you're thinking, "Huawei made a Windows 10 tablet PC?" It's true, the brand isn't well known for making Windows PCs, but apparently the burgeoning 2-in-1 tablet PC market is too attractive to avoid grabbing for a piece of that pie. The Android and iOS tablet market has gone into decline and there really isn't much of an opportunity for growth in those segments anymore. However, the tablet PC 2-in-1 market... especially those devices running the full Windows desktop operating system has seen a 73% year over year increase. That's the fastest growing tech device market right now ...

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    The general wisdom on consumer electronics is that you shouldn't buy the first generation of a product. Bug fixes, refinements, or price drops, it might be safer to wait for a second generation gadget, but honestly, we consumers really don’t seem to start taking a company seriously until we’ve seen them in the market for three product releases. This is a big year for OnePlus. Not only reaching a third smartphone, but also growing up and dumping the invite purchasing system used in the past. Any review of this phone can take one of two courses. We can focus on the performance of this ...

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    Never settle! Flagship killer! OnePlus makes some bold comments regarding its phones. On this third iteration, are there compromises to make when buying a phone for $400? Our Real Camera Review series looks to raise the bar on how we talk about smartphone cameras. These days, it's not a severe compromise for many people to use their phones as their main photography solution, so we're aiming to talk photos and videos for phones in the same way we would for a standalone camera. For the OnePlus 3, we've got a 16MP sensor, which is a bit more pixel dense than the trend of 12MP cameras found on ...

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    Four generations ago, Samsung's Active lineup was more of a device for clumsy people. A Galaxy S looking phone that could resist a little more, so long as you read the instructions well. The last two generations have instead been about telling the world that rugged doesn't have to be ugly, and this year model continues to push that mentality forward. Smartphone usage patterns are definitely a contradiction these days. Designers go to incredible lengths to make a beautiful phone, and then most people will just snap it on a case to keep it that way. Look and feel went down the drain, and all ...

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    We've shared our first impressions. We've talked a little about some of the things we like about the this phone, and a few things we didn't, but now it's time to share our full review. The X is a tricky phone to pin down. Sony's mission here is to trim the fat, walking away from some of the more outlandish hardware specs and feature creeping our phones are experiencing. Instead we see Sony engineers trying to scale back and refine specifically those hardware elements which they believe truly affect consumer use. We've scaled back to a mid-range tier processor, using the Qualcomm 650. Most ...

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    When Google first launched the Nexus, it was a phone platform designed to set a threshold for what an Android phone should resemble. While focused on developers, there was a novelty for consumers in owning a phone supported directly by Google. As one could receive top tier processors at market disrupting prices, the Nexus quickly developed a passionate fan base among the Android savvy. However, today it's a lot more common to find manufacturers playing with lower price points and including powerful internals. This space has become increasingly competitive, as companies look for ways to ...

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    OnePlus wants to set its latest smartphone to a "trial by fire". Could the hottest fire fueled by the passion of the people? The company seems to think so. It has set up "The Lab" as a community criticism outlet that will help the manufacturer tweak its products. Its first initiative is getting 30 OnePlus fans to submit comprehensive reviews the OnePlus 3. The application form includes a section that asks users to write "no fewer than 500 words" on how qualified they are to review the product and a fill-in box for URLs showing off their work. Approved applicants will receive test units ...

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    Microsoft hasn't managed to inspire much confidence of late in the mobile market. Six months ago we reviewed the newest Lumia flagship. It was an interesting phone, running the earliest builds of Windows 10 for mobile, and packed a few neat tricks like an iris scanner to unlock the device. Plus you could count on the Zeiss branded camera to produce solid photos and videos. Unfortunately, the phone suffered from bland design, and buggy software. While we could handily recommend it to fans of Live Tiles, people willing to travel the BETA software journey with Microsoft, it was more difficult ...

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    You know the drill. A new phone launches. We all go crazy with commentary and videos for a couple weeks. Then, we all move on to the next new phone. How a phone ages is an important part of discussing smartphone performance. Let's revisit a fan favorite. This phone is a beast. This phone is a tank. This phone is a monster. LG was in an odd spot following the launch of the G Flex 2. Performance concerns surrounding the Qualcomm 810 eclipsed the discussion on both HTC and LG at the beginning of 2015. Following that debacle, LG's next phones, the G4 and V10, both utilized less powerful (but ...

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    Most of the discussion on Huawei's latest phone has focused on photography and video performance. No surprise there, as the dual camera experiment, a joint collaboration with boutique manufacturer Leica, is an interesting development. We're a bit guilty of that too, as our first video after unboxing, was to take that camera for a spin. The P9 is more than just a pair of camera sensors however. Our review unit arrived with a 5.2" 1080p LCD, 3GB, 32GB of storage, a Kirin 955 octa-core chipset, and a 3,000mAh battery. This processor was something of an unknown, as this is the first time we've ...

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    The HTC Vive has become such an important focus of the company’s business, that there are even rumors of a branch spin-off recently, but is the Vive truly worth more dedicated focus? Virtual Reality is not just difficult to show off in a video review, but also a hard concept to explain for someone who’s never tested a service. I’ve actually had to invite friends and family to test the Vive because everyone thinks this is similar to a Samsung Gear VR, and there’s simply room for comparison. For starters the HTC Vive is a product designed from the ground up for VR. The words Virtual ...

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    The most interesting things about Huawei's P9 are the dual camera sensors on the back. This is the first device born of the collaboration between Huawei and Leica, and it's not without a little controversy. While Huawei representatives insist that Leica was an active partner in developing the camera hardware and software for the P9, many are still concerned this might only be a branding exercise. Regardless of the logos on the box, or the lofty certifications referenced, the P9 is an interesting photography experiment. We've seen dual sensor phones before, but none with quite the same ...

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    Apple is at the beginnings of a transition. The high end smartphone market is maturing. Mac sales continue to fall. Cupertino supports two different computing environments between OSX and iOS. Pushing to find new sales growth, Apple is working to bring more professional features to iOS instead of adding multi-mode or touchscreen options to MacBooks and iMacs. We now have our hands on the second iOS "Pro" product following this philosophy. The 9.7 retains most of the design of the iPad Air 2, but includes more storage, better cameras, a new display, quad speaker sound, and support for the ...

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