Posts tagged with: Review
  • by | November 18, 2013 7:34 PM

    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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  • by | November 18, 2013 7:01 AM

    Apple's latest addition to its tablet lineup as released earlier this week, the highly anticipated iPad mini with Retina Display. Last year's miniature tablet from Apple was a success, yet it was perceived by many to be a compromise – both in performance and display quality. Apple reacted by upgrading the internals and, more importantly, the display. All the while, it managed to maintain approximately the same size, and utilized the same, much loved design. Of course, an upgrade this large warranted a price increase. While the old iPad mini only dropped $30 (rather than the expected $100 ...

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  • by | November 14, 2013 6:29 PM

    Two of the biggest mobile rivals have now released compelling and intriguing miniature tablet hardware for 2013. Google first launched the new Nexus 7 back in July. Price may have been its big selling feature, but that wasn't the only wallop it packed. It sports great specifications, a gorgeous display, and a quaint yet beautiful design. The iPad mini with Retina Display, which we unboxed earlier this week, is just about its polar opposite. It boasts premium hardware, the absolute best specifications Apple could muster, and calls for premium prices. Which mobile giant's small tablet ...

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  • by | November 12, 2013 6:31 PM

    Last month, alongside the iPad Air announcement, Apple also announced the iPad mini with Retina Display. Unlike the original mini, this new model comes with practically all the same specs as its larger sibling: the A7, 1GB RAM, and, of course, the Retina Display. This time around, instead of keeping the same pricing scale, Apple dropped the price of last year's model by only $30 and bumped the base price of the current iPad mini lineup by $70, making the base price of the new iPad mini $399. Is this mini iPad worth the extra cash? Should you just splurge a bit to get the full-sized iPad ...

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  • by | November 11, 2013 6:27 PM

    In the tablet space, there are two giants who others seemingly can't touch: Samsung and Apple. Both firms have recently released flagship models, the Galaxy Note 10.2 2014 Edition and iPad Air. And we've now reviewed both. These two slabs may be geared towards different types of users, but a comparison was inevitable. The new Galaxy Note 10.1, with its S Pen and multitasking software, specifically targets those who need a tablet for productivity and getting work done on the go. While the iPad may also appeal to those very same consumers, it's paired with one of the most expansive digital ...

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  • by | November 9, 2013 6:56 PM

    Folks, those other flagship phones are great, but they're like $600 off-contract. And a $600 smartphone isn't cool. Know what's cool? A $349 smartphone. That's a general encapsulation of the vibe that's taken over the tech space in the week or so since Google's latest Nexus smartphone hit the shelves. While there's certainly a lot to love about the Nexus 5, as we'll see, it's being celebrated mainly because it's cheap without being "cheap." That's significant if you're the type who buys a lot of unlocked phones, but in a nation like the US, still dominated by carrier contracts and ...

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  • by | November 8, 2013 4:49 PM

    It was three and a half years ago when Apple kick-started the modern tablet market we all know and (well, at least some of us) love today. The original iPad upended the space, proving that 10-inch devices did in fact have a place in this world. And to this day, Apple has held and proven its dominance over all those who have taken a stab at the tablet sector, though it's market share has been steadily slipping over the last year, give or take. The competition has been heating up, and Apple was in need of a refresh to its aging iPad lineup. Enter the iPad Air. Apple boasts that the iPad Air ...

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  • by | October 31, 2013 12:00 PM

    Tablets have, up to this point, been mostly a compromise. They promise to offer extended functionality over their smaller smartphone counterparts. Yet the sheer portability (read: lack of keyboard and peripherals) comes at the sacrifice of the level of utility provided by a laptop or ultrabook. It's the catch-22 Android-powered tablets are perpetually caught in. Samsung aims to fix that, at least in the best way possible without using a full-fledged operating system. Enter the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. It's Samsung's latest addition to the increasingly popular Galaxy Note ...

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  • by | October 24, 2013 10:04 AM

    At Pocketnow, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been the subject of hands-ons, comparisons, podcasts, and innumerable editorial attacks and praises. We haven't seen a device -or really, a product category- this polarizing since wireless charging dominated last summer's news cycle. The old cliché rings more true of the Galaxy Gear than most tech accessories: you either love it, or you hate it. Here's another cliché: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Today, we're switching from fighting the extremes to embracing them - and as such, we're rolling polar with this review. We've toned down the ...

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  • by | October 24, 2013 10:03 AM

    At Pocketnow, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been the subject of hands-ons, comparisons, podcasts, and innumerable editorial attacks and praises. We haven't seen a device -or really, a product category- this polarizing since wireless charging dominated last summer's news cycle. The old cliché rings more true of the Galaxy Gear than most tech accessories: you either love it, or you hate it. Here's another cliché: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Today, we're switching from fighting the extremes to embracing them - and rolling polar with this review. We've toned down the spec talk and ...

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  • by | October 17, 2013 12:33 PM

    Since Friday, I have spent a total of six hours and eight minutes driving. I traveled 181.7 miles, averaging 32.7 miles per gallon. And the total amount of money I've spent driving since Friday is $19.10. But I can get even more detailed than that. I spent $0.69 driving to the office yesterday morning – a trip which was 7.3 miles. The trip to IKEA on Saturday cost me $0.99 and was 9.4 miles. I stayed under 70mph, hit the gas a little too hard once, and slammed on the brakes once, too. I know all of this because I plugged a module into the OBD (on-board diagnostic) port in our car on ...

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  • by | October 15, 2013 2:55 AM

    "Excuse me - is that a phone or a tablet?" "That doesn't fit in your pocket, does it?" "That must be one of them new 'phablets,' huh?" "What ... what is that thing?" Carrying the HTC One max for the past seven days has been an exercise in patience - patience with the curious public. Like Samsung's first Galaxy Note, and the LG Optimus Vu, and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, and other pioneering slabs of the recent past, HTC's latest smartphone is an audacious foray into uncharted territory. Yes, phones with larger screens and better specs have beaten it to market, but never before has a ...

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  • by | October 14, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Windows Phone 8 GDR3, some new enhancements to come, and even how to install it on your current Windows Phone. Google follows in the news because their new "Mobile Meter" service might give you incentives if it can track you. We then continue with Google, but this time because we've got a leaked video of the Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat. We then go through some leaked renders of the LG G Flex, which should land soon. We end today's show talking about our review of the HTC One max, and some first impressions. All this and more after the ...

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  • by | October 14, 2013 11:16 AM

    In fall 2011, When Samsung announced its next smartphone would bear a display that measured 5.3 inches, corner to corner, I laughed. A lot of us did. At the time, 4.3-inch phones were commonplace, 4.7-inch phones were just beginning to roll out and seemed ridiculous, and 5.3 inches was just absurd. At the time, we never would have imagined the Note series would have taken off like it did. It has become an unlikely success story and is now one of Samsung's most popular smartphone and tablet brands. Oh, and 5.3 inches is a thing of the past. Each generation has grown 0.2 inches, diagonally. ...

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  • by | October 10, 2013 4:04 PM

    Samsung has grown a reputation for creating some of the highest caliber smartphones on the market. The Galaxy S series is one of the most successful and profitable brands of Android smartphones … ever. And the Galaxy Note brand is rather successful, as well. Samsung has now released 2013 refreshes to both lineups: the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3. Naturally, we had to put the two flagships toe to toe to see which would come out on top. Is it the giant smartphone with an S Pen, or is it the more modest, pocket-sized smartphone that takes the cake? Watch the video to find out, and be sure ...

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