Posts tagged with: Unboxing
  • by |

    Many companies have claimed that they manufacturer the true flagship budget busting smartphone, and over the last two years we've seen some incredible competition heat up around the $400 price point. The line between a true-blue top tier handset and a premium mid-ranger is getting increasingly blurry. Following in the footsteps of companies like Huawei, Motorola, and OnePlus, ZTE is launching a monster of a smartphone in North America with a jaw dropping price tag. The Axon 7 matches or bests the specs we might find on a top of the line Samsung or HTC, but you'll be able to buy it unlocked ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Hello Moto. Today we're taking our first look at the first, proper, joint flagship phone venture between Lenovo and Motorola. These two companies are both known for creating "flexible" gadgets. Motorola's MotoMaker is easily the most complete platform available for allowing consumers to personalize and customize their phones. Lenovo has a solid reputation for building modular business accessories and multi-mode PC's. He have high expectations for what these two manufacturers should be able to accomplish when working together. We recently received a very well stocked reviewers kit with both ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    What do you expect from a phone these days? Does a smartphone define or compliment your personal style? What kind of performance do you require to get your work done? How much are you willing to pay for that performance? For fans of Android we've been through some highs and lows over the last couple years when looking at manufacturers building "price disrupting" handsets. Initially the Nexus was a high water mark we could point to for companies to include high end processors in lower cost devices. OnePlus took that philosophy and paired it with a fairly unpopular purchasing system that ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Sony is in a state of transition. Walking away from the ultra-high end market, the Z line of phones is no more. The idea is to streamline, whittle back on "marketing bullet point" specs, but still deliver a device which meets consumer needs. The Xperia X takes a step away from some of the more outlandish features found in previous Sony flagships. You won't find a 4K display here, a 5" 1080p LCD will satisfy most people. A bleeding edge Qualcomm chipset is great for gaming, but Sony took a step back here too, moving to a Qualcomm 650. And yet, alongside these more conservative offerings, ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    2016 is turning out to be a year for interesting camera experiments. Huawei is the second company this year to use dual rear cameras on a flagship phone. Unlike the LG G5, which has a standard camera and an extreme wide angle shooter, the P9 has two cameras with the same view, but with different tasks for color and light. The primary camera takes color photos just like any other smartphone might, but the second sensor only shoots in black and white. This monochrome sensors is designed to maximize light and detail. It's something of a tech metaphor, meant to perform similarly to how the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Doing a video about VR is complicated in its own way, but when you talk about the HTC Vive, well, one video might not be enough. Just like in the case of the average gaming computer, there is nothing simple about the HTC Vive. The Fedex guy needed a trolley to drag the box to my doorstep, not because it’s heavy, but because it’s huge. Cutting through the external cardboard, you’re greeted with a large dark package that’s held in place by foam and plastic protection. The added padding padding may seem to be overkill, but it starts making sense when you dig within. The Vive’s box ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Right after the UPS guy left yesterday, FedEx stopped by with another package I was eagerly anticipating. Yes, I was up at 3am pre-ordering this new iPad Pro, and no, I didn’t just do it for the review. I’ve spent two years waiting for this tablet, and it’s finally time to open it up. Apple ignored the 9.7-inch form factor that made its tablet lineup famous, in favor for a larger and more TV-like variant. It was only a matter of time before the company realized that standard sized iPads are always the way to go, and if you're willing to add some Pro features to it, it would just give ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The iPhone SE is a curious little beastie. Apple recycled the chassis from the four inch screened iPhone 5S, including the same Retina resolution, and then packed in the top of the line A9 processor and 12MP camera from the flagship iPhone 6S. On paper, this seems like it should be really to explain and categorize, but this is only Apple's second attempt at building a new phone specifically for the mid range market. In years past, Apple would simply reduce the price of the one and two year old iPhones when releasing a new phone.The SE manages to disrupt Apple's pricing strategy, but ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Like that best friend you haven't seen all year, so is the UPS guy that brings your LG G5 to the front door. The LG G5 is definitely unlike any other smartphone we've seen this year. The company not only continues its legacy of expandability, but has done so in a design unlike any other that we've seen in the smartphone world to date. From addressing the horrible antenna lines we see everywhere else with a neat little trick we'll discuss later, to offering expandability in every dimension without compromising in design, and that dual camera at the back is something we can't wait to test. ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    For those of us who have not bought the HTC Vive and are wondering what's going on with it, here's something that will blow your mind. And that would not be good because you wouldn't really have a head to put a headset on. This is the organized mess that will come to those who paid $799 for it. Wanna know what's in it to make your virtually realistic dreams come true? In order from A to P: Two base stations A sync cable Two power adapters for the base station A mounting kit A link box A link box mounting pad A link box power adapter An HDMI cable A USB cable A pair of earbuds ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Matching the words AT&T with unboxing has historically never been good, but it seems that somebody finally got the memo. For years the whole concept of an unboxing experience has been ignored by AT&T, and for reasons I've never understood. That first impression of any expensive product is everything, and we're glad to see things continue to change for a device this important. The new Samsung Galaxy S7 is probably one of the most anticipated phones of the year, and this time it's not just marketing hype. Watch our full unboxing video as we go through our initial experience.

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Samsung may not have caught anyone off guard with its incremental Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge upgrades over last year’s already remarkable S6 and S6 Edge, but we’re sure (pleasantly) surprised by how fast the new flagships are shipping worldwide. Chances are you probably pre-ordered your very own copy (everyone did), but if you didn’t and remain on the fence about jumping the gun, our rigorous reviews will help you make a decision before long. Until then, we got the S7 Edge unboxed for your viewing pleasure, and played around with it a little to check out how it feels in the hand and how ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    We recently reviewed the Huawei Honor 5X, and found it to be a stylish solution for its $199 price. However, Huawei is bringing more phones to North America, providing shoppers more options at a wider variety of price tiers. The GX8 is an unlocked variation of the international G8, and it sells for $100 more than the Honor 5X.What might we expect for that price difference? We know this internal hardware really well by now. The performance we should expect from a Qualcomm 616, 2GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery shouldn't be much of a surprise. There are other ways to refine a phone though. ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Budget phones are hot right now. You can buy a lot of phone for less than $300, and there's a sweet spot around $200 where average consumers might be hard pressed to tell the difference between entry level and upper mid-range fare. Huawei is looking to take entry level phones one step further by adding a premium aluminum finish to the Honor 5X, with specs that easily would have competed against flagship phones from three years ago, and a killer fingerprint scanner. Before we can review this budget buster though, we have to get it out of the box. Here are my first impressions of the Huawei ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    In the world of smartphones, most manufacturers produce "all rounder" gadgets with feature sets designed to be accessible to a wide majority of consumers. It's always exciting when a company experiments with a smartphone built around one specific feature or designed for one niche demographic. Smartphone camera debates can be visceral, but Asus thinks they have a killer feature which we haven't seen in such a slim form factor: a hardware, optical zoom. It's an incredibly novel design involving periscope-like prisms, which maintains a consistent profile and prevents the need for a ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The DuraForce XD is an AT&T exclusive, so while the packaging isn't going to be particularly impressive (we all know that orange box), what's inside is pretty audacious. Kyocera has built a monster phone here. The specs sound pretty familiar, with a 5.7-inch 720p LCD and Qualcomm 400 series CPU, but the casing surrounding that tech is pretty intense. I can't say I've ever played with a rugged phablet before, and this might be the largest phone I've ever been tasked to review. The chunky build provides MIL-STD 810G drop and shock protection with an IP68 water resistance rating. It's ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    You know, I never though I’d ever recommend an Android Wear smartwatch for fitness, but it seems a company finally decided to do something about that as Motorola has just sent us our review unit for the Moto 360 Sport. The Moto 360 continues to be one of the most iconic Android Wear designs in the market, and its new Sport variant intends to bring some of that charm to the road. This actually extends to the packaging, which looks almost identical to the box that we saw in the second generation Moto 360. There are three color variants, but we’re happy to see that our review unit is the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    As I write this, I have known the BlackBerry Priv for three hours. It's sitting beside me, plugged into the wall, only about halfway through downloading the mess of apps I asked it to sync when I typed in my Google account info. My hands-on time with the phone amounts to a total of perhaps four minutes, one of which was spent positioning the phone for a mildly amusing tweet that more people than usual seemed to like. All this is to say: this is not a BlackBerry Priv review. This isn't even a hands-on. This is more like the editorial equivalent of an unboxing video, a setup for the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The OnePlus X is no joke. That's our first impression. Seriously. $249 isn't the cheapest price tag around, but for a phone that looks, feels, and acts this good ... it's pretty damn competitive. Say what you will about OnePlus, with its strange invite-based purchase model, but the company really knows how to build a smartphone. More than that, it knows how to present one: an unpacking experience like this is what makes (otherwise-passé) unboxings worth it. Because with so much obvious effort spent on making for a beautiful retail presentation, unboxing the OnePlus X really is an ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Call us crazy, but where we come from a double smartphone release calls for a double unboxing. For the first time in the nearly-six-year history of the Nexus program, Google is launching two pure Androids from two separate manufacturers side by side. Join us as we take a first look at the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P: Google’s blueprints for the perfect smartphone. Google Nexus 5X & Nexus 6P Unboxing [gallery columns="5" ids="451228,451229,451230,451231,451232"] The experience of unpacking a factory-fresh Nexus has stayed much the same over the past five years, and the new Nexus 5X ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    We already took a first look at Sony's Q4 lineup at IFA 2015 last month, and while the Xperia Z5 Premium stole the show with its mirrored glass back, top-end specs, and 4K display, the Xperia Z5 Compact was still one of the most popular devices of the event. After all, Sony managed to pack most of the same powerful internals into the smaller frame, with a slight downgrade in RAM and screen resolution (2 GB and 720p, as opposed to 3 GB and 4K). The same Snapdragon 810 SoC and Android 5.1.1 software are present in the Z5 Compact, all while retaining a tiny frame and a 4.6" display — ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    We reviewed Samsung's first deep dive into the smartwatch sector, a dive that probably went too far, in our review of the Gear S. We called it clunky, exorbitant, but amazingly powerful — to go so far as to even say that it was a smartphone in smartwatch form. It was something that stood completely outside of other Gear offerings. As some of us thought about what a sequel could bring, we would soon find out at IFA 2015. A more conventional, if dashing, circular design took place of what could be converted into a bangle. Real estate shrunk down. But there was that rotating bezel. And it ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    We already went hands-on with the Zenwatch 2 a few weeks ago, and not much has changed with the watch or our impressions since then, but it's important to know that there are multiple versions, and we'll be testing the baseline model — meaning a bigger display, and a texturized rubber watch band. The build quality is surprisingly solid given the Zenwatch's relatively low cost, starting at $129, and if you don't like the stock band, you can swap it out effortlessly thanks to the quick release pins. Possibly the biggest appeal of the Zenwatch 2 is its price point. You can pick up a ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    We're coming up on the end of the flood of new devices for the year, but of course, late September can only ever mean one thing: iPhone time. Apple unveiled its latest additions to the iPhone family, the 6s and 6s Plus, earlier this month, and now we have them both in hand. We already unboxed the larger 6s Plus yesterday, and now we're freeing the smaller model from its shrink wrap holding. Aesthetically, not much seems to have changed from last year, but the internal components are a whole different story, and we're excited to start seeing the effects of improvements like more RAM, a ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    If you haven't noticed, we're wrapping up a really busy week here at Pocketnow. We reviewed the Huawei Watch, took a first look at the new Moto 360 and finally published our review of the OnePlus 2 – a phone that does an awful lot, for an awful lot less than the new iPhone. So while we're excited to see what Apple has in store in the latest iteration of its halo smartphone, we're also holding the iPhone to an even higher standard in 2015, the year of the inexpensive smartphone. Before we get to any of that, though, we’ve got to free the new iPhone from its retail packaging. So ...

    Share
    Read On
Mobile Version