Posts tagged with: Unboxing
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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    Unlike its rival Huawei, Motorola didn’t necessarily strive to redefine product presentation with its new smartwatch – but that doesn’t mean it skimped. The Moto 360 2nd Generation unboxing experience is a rich one, its cylindrical retail container featuring the Moto 360 front and center under a glossy plastic dome, braced with packing material that also snugly accommodates a wall plug and an included wireless charging pedestal. It's a very sharp, very smart box that should also catch some eyes as it sits on store shelves. But you didn't click all this way to talk about ...

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    “Beautiful inside and out.” That’s Motorola’s predictably effusive take on its 2015 flagship smartphone, and our early hands-on coverage at the company's New York City launch event backed that up. But how does the new Moto X really look and feel when it comes to your door, emblazoned with your custom color scheme and inscription? We’ve gotta get inside the box the find out and, whaddya know, that’s just what we're here for! This is the Pocketnow Moto X Pure Edition unboxing. One of the great things about taking the wraps off a phone you designed yourself is that no one else ...

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    Our recent trip to Beijing gave us some quality time with the Oppo R7 that was closer to a launch at the time, but for most of us, the biggest news were really about its larger sibling, the Oppo R7 Plus that just arrived for review. This is not the average "Plus" version of a smaller phone where all you're really getting is a larger phone. Oppo has given the R7 Plus a couple of extra features that make this device truly superior to the smaller phone we already reviewed. To provide some context, keep in mind that even though the Oppo R lineup is considered a premium mid-ranger by many, ...

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    If you're one of the many users who enjoy the size and power of the Galaxy Note series, but don't care one way or the other for the S Pen that comes with it, Samsung thinks it may have just the answer you're looking for. When the company unveiled the Galaxy S6 edge back in April, we were captivated by its dual edge display, but is this new phablet just a blown up version of the same phone we've had for months? Well, that's what we intend to find out, as we begin our coverage of the Galaxy S6 edge+, alongside the Galaxy Note 5 unveiled at the same Unpacked event last week. Will the S6 ...

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    Since this past Thursday, Samsung has been the discussion centerpiece of the mobile tech world. At its Unpacked event in New York, we saw some elegant hardware within the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. Some say they might be too elegant to serve power users and too reliant on the Galaxy S6's and Galaxy S6 Edge's design languages. As you consider your buying options from the place you're buying from this upcoming fall, should this phablet deserve a place on your list? Well, consider this our official kickoff of the Pocketnow review period for the Note 5 as we see whether or not it ...

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      Whether it’s truly the next “flagship killer” remains to be seen, but the sequel to the blockbuster OnePlus One brings a solid set of standouts at a stunning price point. This smartphone costs less than $400 full retail, and it brings a feature set and build quality that rivals devices costing hundreds of dollars more. Here’s what comes in the box with the OnePlus 2.   OnePlus 2 Unboxing   OnePlus didn’t exactly innovate on the unboxing experience here … but, importantly, neither did it skimp. The box exterior is finished in a soft-touch coating that makes it feel quite ...

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    Lenovo isn't exactly the biggest contender in the Android tablet space — in fact, looking through the company's website, the Tab 2 A8 is the only tablet listed that runs an Android version newer than 4.4 KitKat. It isn't the highest end device we've seen, and it's certainly not aimed at beating out the iPad Air 2 or Nexus 9 any time soon. But at just $129.99 for a quad-core processor, an 8" display, a near-stock build of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and front-firing speakers powered by Dolby audio, it's hard to ignore. The Tab 2 A8 looks promising for the price, but how well will it perform? ...

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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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