Posts tagged with: Unboxing
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    After spending a few days in Beijing giving the Oppo R7 a quick look, it’s time to be greeted by the DHL guy and start our full coverage. Oppo’s R smartphones have always been about defying smartphone design, and we saw that with the world’s thinnest Oppo R5 last year. This year the company has decided to take a more conservative route with one of its products, and a bold approach to the other. Today we start our review coverage with the smaller and more pocket friendly unit of the bunch. Oppo is already famous for its unboxing experiences, and the new Oppo R7 is no exception. Make ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z4 was announced for the Japanese market six months after the introduction of the Xperia Z3 in September of 2014, making Sony stay true to its “flagship every six months” policy. It took the company about a month to announce the Xperia Z4 globally, but with a different name. We’re here to unbox the Xperia Z3 Plus, aka the Xperia Z4. The Xperia Z4 unboxing experience is pretty much the same as it was on the Xperia Z3, Z2, and the rest of the Sony phones we reviewed, just like the phone looks 99% identical to all of its predecessors. Is this a bad thing? Definitely not, ...

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    It was over two years ago that we first strapped on the Pebble to get a taste of what the redefined wristwatch might be like – and after a quick jaunt with its metallic cousin the Pebble Steel, we’re ready to try out the true next generation: the Pebble Time. Despite the significance of this sequel, the Kickstarter-funded Pebble Time comes in much the same packaging as the original: a nondescript, Postal Service-ready cardboard box that tears open to reveal the watch itself, a charging cable, quick-start literature … and not much else. If the packaging has stayed constant, the ...

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    For the third year in a row, Samsung has augmented its top-shelf Galaxy S smartphone with a ruggedized version for outdoorsy types … and for the third year in a row, it’s an AT&T exclusive in the US. That's right, rough-and-tumble phone abusers: it's time to unbox Samsung's Galaxy S6 Active. The first thing I thought when popping the cover here is that there must’ve been a mistake. At first glance, the S6 Active is so similar to the S5 Active that I thought Samsung had sent us the latter by accident. But once I took it out of the box I realized it’s a little thinner, a little ...

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    We've already done plenty of coverage on the Idol 3, from a video and text review to a comparison with the 2014 Moto G, and we even did an unboxing — but that unboxing was of the press kit. Now we're bringing you the Idol 3 retail unboxing; the box you'll see when you order your very own Idol 3. So now it's time to answer the age-old question: what's in the box? [embed width="820" height="461"]http://youtu.be/y_lJObYOMSQ[/embed] The Idol 3 is tucked into a small, simple box with just the branding and feature callouts on the front (specs on the back, of course). Alcatel is happy to ...

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    LG unveiled the Watch Urbane before MWC, showing it off on the Barcelona tradeshow floor, making us all drool over it, but it wasn't until recently that the smartwatch became available officially through the Google Store, and other retailer and e-tailer channels. Despite being identical on the inside to its predecessor, the LG G Watch R, the Watch Urbane, LG's third wearable device, is nothing like the one before it. As far as the specs are concerned, they're shared among the two models (G Watch R and Watch Urbane), including the 1.3-inch plastic OLED screen with 320x320 resolution, ...

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    While many were wowed at CES 2015 for products like the G Flex 2 from LG, my biggest surprise came from my visit to ZTE, and now we get to take it out for a spin as we unbox the ZTE SPro 2. If you're asking yourself why you would want to buy a digital projector powered by Android, I'm about to spend a week showing you why in our final review coming very soon. For now, let's talk about the box, which coming from AT&T is sadly not saying much. AT&T is already infamous for making any unboxing experience dull, or stripping away accessories to a maximum, but unboxing the ZTE SPro 2 was ...

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    We learned last fall that Huawei knows a thing or two about fancy packaging … but this is taking things to a whole new level. As we described in our hands-on post last week, the Huawei P8 is the company's 2015 flagship offering, a 6.4mm-thin, 144g slab of steel that's currently the thinnest smartphone in our Boston review labs. Our Mystic Champagne review device packs a 13MP optically-stabilized camera and a 5.2" 1080p display, with processing handled by Huawei's own HiSilicon Kirin 930 chipset backed up by 3GB of RAM. The software is Android 5.0 embellished with Huawei's custom EMUI 3.1 ...

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    Alcatel OneTouch isn't the first smartphone maker to package its review samples in neat-looking press kits, but it's definitely caught our attention with its latest oversized box. With a magnetic flap, multilayered reveal process and mechanical "slide-to-unlock" lever, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3's review packaging is much more elaborate than what will eventually land in customer hands, so we thought we'd treat you to an on-camera unboxing to show you just what you'll be missing at retail. More important, you get to see the phone itself once again. Little has changed since we took our ...

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    A few months ago, I wrote an editorial questioning why so many people wanted a Nokia N1 tablet. Importantly, though,  I also said that I found the potential of the N1 alluring, and wanted badly to experience it for myself. While we did briefly catch up with the N1 at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, I wasn't on that side of the show floor that morning ... so I had to wait for today to see what all the fuss was about. From what I can see so far, some of said fuss is totally justified. The Nokia N1 is notable in part for its specs, which include a 6.9mm-thick aluminum chassis, a 7.9" 2048x1536 IPS ...

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    Motorola just sent out what it's calling a "press conference in a box", containing some press credentials and the brand new 2015 Moto E. To refresh your memory, the Moto E is an affordable, unlocked handset aimed at closing the technology gap. Interestingly, Motorola doesn't seem to be cutting many corners to get at its $149 price tag - in fact, the new Moto E comes with a spec bump that we're sure you're going to love! First up, Motorola included LTE this time around, whereas it had previously only included HSPA+. If you want to save some money we're hearing that there will be another ...

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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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    The LG G Flex 2 (or "LG G Flex2" if we're being properly hip about it) is a substantial re-working of the company's original G Flex, which we reviewed back in 2013. The G Flex 2 broke cover at CES 2015 last month, brandishing a smaller footprint, improved internals, a revised self-healing coating and a Full-HD P-OLED display not so prone to burn-in as its predecessor's. LG jokingly called the device "the best smartphone of 2015" when it rolled out the demo units on that January day barely a week into new year ... but the combination of its Snapdragon 810 processor, available 3GB ...

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    Last MWC, we had our first look at the YotaPhone, a unique smartphone with two displays – one was a regular smartphone display, while the other was an e-ink display, perfect for both outdoor visibility and power management. Now we're here at CES 2015, having just acquired the sequel to review in our offices. But first, to begin our coverage, here's a YotaPhone 2 unboxing. Spoiler alert: the YotaPhone 2 box is beyond cool. There's a whole lot of attention to detail that's obvious, and we're hoping that translates to the phone itself when we give it a test run later on as we approach our ...

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    After the Oppo N1 in 2013, we've got the Oppo N3 this year (don't ask us what happened to the Oppo N2). ...and we're glad to see the N3 and welcome it in our labs, because we're excited about that motorised swivelling camera even before using it -- and while knowing that this is the sort of gimmick you'll probably use in the first couple of days, and when you want to show it off to your friends. As a successor to the Oppo N1, it is definitely a step-up in every aspect. However, if you compare it to the Oppo Find 7, the Find 7 is still the higher-end phone, not by a lot, but if a slightly ...

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    Some of you may not agree with the obsession of certain companies to make devices thinner and lighter. Thinness might not matter to all, but it's hard to ignore that some of the best selling smartphones in the world, are also the thinnest ones. You can also argue that the as phones continue to grow in size, a thin profile will improve your experience using it. All this said, what happens when a smartphone is so thin that it can't even fit a 3.5mm headphone jack? Oppo has decided to give Apple a run for its money with a smartphone that's a crazy 2mm thinner than the already thin iPhone 6. ...

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    "We're not first, so we might as well be last and know something." That's a line we ripped off from The Newsroom, and it's also our review philosophy when we don't get a demo device in time for a punctual review. But we (finally) have a Nexus 6 in house, and we're (finally) going to unbox it – and we'll try to turn the delay to our mutual advantage in the process. In case you missed our multiple podcasts discussing the Nexus 6, what we're looking at here is a real monster on the spec sheet, the size chart, and the price list. The $649 Nexus 6 is the largest Nexus smartphone ever ...

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    HTC is out to prove it can do cameras just as good - if not better - than everyone else. It recently announced the HTC RE Camera, and the HTC Desire EYE: a smartphone that has a front-facing selfie-shooter that's almost as good as the primary camera on the back. About a month ago HTC invited us out to New York City to show off it's new "camera-centric" lineup, and Michael Fisher brought us an early hands-on with the Desire EYE. It's a stout device, about the same size as the Nexus 5 that I pack with me every day, though a little taller. It's powered by a 2.3 GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801 ...

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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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    Those in search of a round-faced smartwatch have a new possibility to consider as they stalk the shelves of their favorite online retailer. LG's newest piece of Android Wear-powered kit is a stocky circle of stainless steel with a leather strap and a perfectly round P-OLED screen that even Motorola's gotta be envious of. We're going to be taking a long look at the G Watch R next week as part of our review treatment, so we'll save our detailed impressions for that video (and the Moto 360 comparison that will likely precede it). For now, we'll say that the G Watch R is the brawniest ...

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    You live an active life and your phone should be able to keep up! Many phones have to be hidden away and protected in the rain, at the pool or beach, or any other place they may get wet. While most phones will likely survive a quick splash, dropping your phone in the tub or sink, or trying to use it in the blowing rain will usually end in disaster. Some phones are starting to bring basic water resistance to their spec sheets, and are helping us to free up our lives and enjoy them like we were meant to do - after all, people are already water resistant. Such is goal of the Kyocera Hydro ...

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    In light of some oversized smartphones, many mobile OEMs have adopted so-called "mini" versions of their new flagships. However, most of these mini smartphones either don't have very much in common with their larger counterparts or aren't very mini in the first place. Sony, at least in this specific area, likes to go against the grain. It announced the Xperia Z1 Compact at CES and, much to our surprise, it was a fantastic – and much smaller – version of the Xperia Z1. At IFA, Sony announced the new version of the Compact, the Xperia Z3 Compact. Like before, it's really just a smaller ...

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    Sony introduced the world to its Xperia Z3 flagship back at the start of the month, at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The 5.2-inch 1080p waterproof handset packed some solid specs, including a Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, and a big 20.7MP Sony camera. We had the opportunity to go hands-on with the phone back on the show floor, but that was far too brief an introduction for our tastes; we needed to spend some more time with this guy. We finally have gotten our hands on a retail unit, and before we put this Xperia through its paces for an in-depth review, we've got a new unboxing video to help whet your ...

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    Hold onto your butts: it’s iPhone day. As you may have seen, my colleague Taylor Martin earlier today took delivery of Apple’s new 5.5-inch phablet the iPhone 6 Plus, which we spent a little time getting to know on today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast. As for me, well ... I’ve had my fill of big smartphones for the moment, so I opted for the lesser of two iPhones. Cutting the protective film away and lifting up the box lid carefully so as to avoid any accidents, we’re shown the device front-and-center, a presentation that’s become widespread - but don’t forget: Apple is the ...

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