Posts tagged with: Unboxing
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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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    After years of customers begging for a larger iPhone, Apple finally obliged. Just last week, it announced the brand new set of bigger iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7-inch display while the 6 Plus comes with a rather larger 5.5-inch display. The new iPhones are launching alongside Apple's newest version of its mobile software, iOS 8. This brings much-anticipated features, like third-party keyboards, sharing, widgets, and access to TouchID. Despite very few visual changes, this is one of the most notable iOS updates ever. The new iPhones feature an ...

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    One of the accessories that Motorola launched alongside the new Moto X and G was the Motorola Power Pack Micro, a 1,500 mAh battery pack with a bit of a twist. You see, the Motorola Power Pack Micro isn't any ole juice pack in that it'll be a rectangular slab, but is rather meant to ride on your keychain – intuitive, yes? We've gone ahead and unboxed our review unit, sharing our first impressions as well, so be sure to check that out down below. The thing about the Power Pack Micro is that it also allows for connectivity to a smartphone via Bluetooth. This works twofold – if you were ...

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    The Moto G last year took the world by storm, and you may not have even noticed. By targeting developing countries with an affordable yet smooth smartphone, Motorola was able to create its best-selling smartphone ever, and it's looking to follow that up in a strong manner with the latest entry to its portfolio of Android devices – the new Moto G. We've gone ahead and unboxed our review unit and given you a first look in the video below. Paying $179 for a smartphone generally means that the OEM won't have much extra dough to spend on a premium box, so the one the new Moto G comes in is ...

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    After reviewing the Moto X last year, many of our reviewers found themselves right back with the device after moving on to test other devices. And that was because of a simple reason: the device was easy to use, powerful, and it just worked. Now that the successor is out, we're naturally intrigued – so we have a review unit in-hand, and we've given the new Moto X a proper unboxing and shared our first impressions in a new video. Just like with the Moto 360, the new Moto X's box feels premium and is fairly minimalistic. Once you slide the box out of its cover, you can immediately open it ...

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    We've waited for it for months, and it finally went live across many stores this week. We've got it on our wrists now, too, so it's time to unbox it and give you our first take on Motorola's next-gen round wonder. This is our full Motorola Moto 360 unboxing, complete with first impressions. The box the Moto 360 arrives in is quite minimal, pretty much exactly what we're expecting from Motorola products. It's a round box – perfect for the round wearable hidden within – and opening it immediately gives you a look at the powered-off screen of the watch below. Setup is then a breeze ...

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    Metal construction. A Kirin 925 SoC. 4100mAh of battery capacity. Spec, by spec, Huawei captivated us in Berlin earlier today as it announced its Ascend Mate 7. We grabbed a hold of this latest flagship phablet and slipped away from the show floor to give the Mate 7 a little one-on-one attention for a Pocketnow unboxing video. Once the hustle and bustle of IFA dies down, we'll be bringing you a full review of the Mate 7, and that's a good thing, as it's going to take quite a bit of time to give all the features Huawei has baked-in here the attention they need. Will that fingerprint scanner ...

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    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is making waves – selling out of its Mi 3 handset in mere seconds, becoming the world's fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer, and announcing a seriously high-end smartphone for far cheaper than all its competitors. Back in July, Xiaomi announced the latest iteration of its Mi series of smartphones, the Mi4. Surprisingly, at just $459.99, it comes with almost the exact same specifications as its toughest competition. It has a Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB RAM, 16 or 64 GB fixed storage, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 3,050mAh battery. No to mention, it has almost ...

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    It captured our imagination at MWC 2014: a smartphone built specifically to provide secure communications in an era of ever-increasing surveillance. Blackphone may not be the most distinctive or highest-end handheld on the market, but it's certainly chosen the right time to break out onto the scene. We're taking a close look at the device, a joint initiative of Silent Circle and Geeksphone, in the week ahead – and we're also planning a special Blackphone chapter of Pocketnow's Summer of Giveaways in the not-too-distant future, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, we're kicking ...

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    Remember that AT&T Galaxy S5 Active we inadvertently destroyed a few weeks back? We felt pretty badly about that (despite the fact that it wasn't our fault) and we've been itching to give the whole notion of a ruggedized Galaxy S5 another go. As luck would have it, Sprint recently landed its very own beefed-up Galaxy S5 in the form of the Galaxy S5 Sport, and the carrier was nice enough to shoot us a review unit. Instead of camouflage, our Electric Blue review device comes packing a rubberized backside and a whole boatload of bloat meant to make it more attractive to the exercise ...

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    Last year, Samsung did really abuse the name of its Galaxy S 4 flagship, and the Galaxy S4 Zoom was another example, aside from the Galaxy S4 Active, and the Galaxy S4 mini. This year, while we still have a Galaxy S5 mini, (and other S5 phones), the camera-phone hybrid is no longer reusing the flagship's denomination; instead, Samsung decided to call it the K Zoom, and in this Samsung Galaxy K Zoom unboxing video we're taking a look at the retail experience. The specs aren't flagship worthy, but that's far from the raison d'être of this device. The main selling point is the 20.7MP ...

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