We know what you’re thinking or at least we can suspect it: this is a surprise. It is to us, too. We had our hands-on of this thing all the way back in July, for crying out loud! But since we had an opportunity after the litany of other devices — the good, the bad and the ugly — we got during the fall, we figured that we could set some perspective for one of the Chinese OEMs with intensified American ambitions going forward.
ZTE beat its traditional manufacturer cohorts to the punch in this respect, commissioning a US design firm to give the Axon a signature look, a [...]
We’ve just seen the most robust fall mobile phone releases in a long time. From the iPhones to an iPhone-like, the Lumias to the DROIDs, the Nexuses to the Priv. And also the OnePlus X, but we can stop counting at this point. A couple of these devices came from manufacturers who put up flagship machines this very same model year: one was a “plus” to a company’s device lineage, the other “One” was regarded as a necessary evil to its respective maker. HTC and OnePlus, in the end, decided to trail their main high-end device of the year with “diet [...]
When we took Samsung’s first smartwatch flagship, we pinned the thing as a smartphone that tried to be everything it could on a chunky wrist lump. It did so much, maybe too much for a watch.
The company took the reins of a fluorescent excitement around wearables a couple of years ago, promoting its own Tizen-based projects while also chipping into the Android Wear platform. Today, the chaebol promotes only three wearables: the more-than-a-year-old Gear Fit, the Gear VR and, it seems, the ever-so-popular Gear S2.
The Gear S2 is the latest front in the wearables [...]