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″ [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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?
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 emphasize the JBL by [...]