Posts tagged with: Unboxing
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    Those quotes up there in the title do more than apologize for our unoriginal, lame pun: they acknowledge a truth that's gotta be tough for Amazon to swallow. The company's first smartphone, which we laid hands on last week, has seen mixed reviews in its first wave of press. There are good reasons for that. With a dubious exclusivity deal in place, a boatload of extraneous features masking its not-quite-Android OS, and a price point that's all kinds of wacky, the Fire Phone's utility isn't clear outside its role as a portal to easier, faster Amazon purchases. Factor in the ho-hum ...

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    Michael reviewed the LG G3 back in June and called it "more than just a pretty screen." I followed-up a few weeks later with my thoughts, which turned out to be more of a corroboration than a rebuttal. Despite all the collective time we spent with the South Korean G3, we didn't get a full look at the phone and its capabilities because it didn't properly support all the U.S. bands, thus affecting battery life and network performance. Now that the G3 has landed stateside, we felt it was high time we gave the LG G3 another, more in-depth look at what the phone is like when it's made for U.S. ...

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    Neither is the smashing circular sensation of the Moto 360, but neither is by any means ugly – and aesthetic considerations aside, sometimes there's something to be said for promptness. The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are the two devices gracing our review desk on today's Android Wear unboxing, the smartphone accessories Google has chosen to redefine the role of a smartwatch. We're not strangers to wearables around these parts, of course. Some of us backed the Pebble long before that device and its descendents came to our professional attention, while others put their money on ...

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    Depending on whether you bought a Galaxy S5 this season or decided to hold out for something better, the "Galaxy S5 Prime" is either one of the most intriguing or one of the most infuriating smartphones of the year. Released just a few months after its flagship predecessor, the SM-G906S packs a faster processor, more RAM, more advanced LTE connectivity, and a 2560 x 1440 display with a pixel density of 576ppi. All this makes it, in the eyes of some, the smartphone the Galaxy S5 should have been. But despite its upgraded internals, the Galaxy S5 Prime seems reluctant to stray too far from ...

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    We first officially saw the Desire 610 at Mobile World Congress in Berlin, Spain back in February. A low-end update to the Desire lineup, HTC didn't aim to wow the masses, but rather offer a pretty, capable device for a fair price. Joe published our review of the Desire 816 – the 610's bigger, higher-end sibling – and felt moderately pleased with the phone. Point being, we have high expectations for the 610, and with a growing number of compelling low-end handsets, this particular handset has its work cut out for it. Devices like the Moto G, Moto E, and even the One mini 2 have ...

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    Last year's Galaxy S 4 Active brought water resistance and an electric blue paint job to Samsung's then-reigning flagship, but it compromised in some pretty notable areas: the display took a sidestep from AMOLED to LCD, and the camera accepted a demotion from 13 megapixels to 8. Despite our positive review, the S 4 Active also earned its share of enemies thanks to the tendency of water to get inside its casing – kind of a big deal when your main claim to fame is water-resistance. Samsung looks to make good on last year's shortcomings with the Galaxy S5 Active, a beast of a smartphone ...

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    Our opinions related to the Padfone concept have been divided here on Pocketnow. However, if you often find yourself switching from your phone to your tablet, and vice versa, AT&T's got you covered with the ASUS Padfone X. Sales start next Friday, June 6, both online, and in retail stores, so, if this is something you might be interested in, check out our ASUS Padfone X unboxing below. There's both a tablet -- which is not a real tablet, per se -- and a phone in the box, alongside the usual accessories, like bundled headphones (yay!), charger, and USB cable. For those interested in ...

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    Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 was announced this morning and we were pleasantly surprised to get to leave the press event with a brand new Surface Pro 3 with 256 Gb SSD and 8Gb of RAM along with a nice blue type cover with a lot of improvements. We decided to unbox it right away. First of all, the new type covers are sold separately and we didn't get a box for that. We just had it thrown in with the bag. The Surface Pro 3's box looks similar to the boxes for previous Surface Pro devices, but without the angled edge, and there's no longer a secondary flip cover once you slide out the ...

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    The utility of a jumbo-screen without the jumbo-sized price tag, all inside a case that many may confuse with that of an HTC One. The HTC Desire 816 is the mid-range smartphone that looks great, without breaking the bank. We recently got our hands on this gem, and are eager to unbox it for you! We'll be taking the Desire 816 for a drive over the next few days, after which we'll show you how it compares to the other phones you might be considering. Want to help? Drop your comments below! Let us know what questions come to mind as you watch our Desire 816 unboxing video, and tell us what ...

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    "Built to last, priced for all." That's the motto behind Motorola's latest smartphone designed for developing markets, and we're in NYC to bring you a first hands-on. As you can see in the video below, the family resemblance here is strong: the Moto E is physically very similar to the flagship-level Moto X and its more-affordable cousin, the Moto G. While the Moto E is noticeably thicker than each, it also has a smaller footprint on its face, making it just as comfortable to hold, if not more so. As we reported earlier today, specs are as you might expect from a smartphone with the Moto ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z2. We got our hands on it back at MWC 2014 for an initial impressions video and a comparison or two, but things have been awful quiet since those heady days in Barcelona. That's because we're primarily an American news outlet, and the Xperia Z2 won’t be coming to the United States until summer (when it will likely fly the flag of Verizon Wireless). But thanks to the fine folks at GSM Nation, we were able to get our hands on one just the same! The retailer is one of the first in the US to carry the Xperia Z2, and the team there was kind enough to loan us one of their ...

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    We checked out the Harman Kardon HTC One M8 at the Sprint launch event in NYC yesterday, but with all the hubbub on the show floor, conditions weren’t great for a proper hands-on. Thankfully, Sprint and HTC were good enough to send us our very own review unit for a second pass today, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to churn out a nice luxurious unboxing and hardware tour! You probably remember the HTC One M8 from our full review just a few weeks back (and, you know, because it's one of the biggest Android smartphones to launch this year). Out of the box, the Harman/Kardon variant ...

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    Yesterday will be a day long remembered: it saw the end of Nokia as we know it. After a long regulatory approval process, the company's devices and services division has finally been scooped up by the company whose software has powered its offerings for the past few years: Microsoft. But the looming acquisition by Windows Phone's corporate overlord didn't stop Nokia from experimenting with new ideas in the months leading up to that merger. At this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company finally laid bare its new offerings for developing markets: a trio of midrange ...

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    We've been hearing about the Oppo Find 7 for quite some time. Oppo itself has teased the existence of the phone, only to later confirm and announce it last month. Revealed alongside the Find 7, however, was a slightly more tame version of the phone, dubbed the Find 7a. That's what we currently have on hand. Can Oppo compete with the likes of its biggest competitors, like Samsung, HTC, or LG? Is the Find 7a a phone worthy of your hard-earned cash? We can't answer those questions with any certainty just yet, but we'll be slaving away in our labs trying to find answers over the next few days. ...

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    "You know what this is?" "I know what this is." That's a dialogue couplet from the film True Lies, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy from the mid 1990s that has positively nothing to do with the newest stupendo-smartphone out of Seoul. Nothing, except for those two lines. Because you do know what this is. Even under the AT&T finery, even under the thick veneer of faux wood packaging, even despite the fifteen seconds of playful banter at the top of this video, you know what we're looking at: it's the most hyped smartphone of the year, like always. It's another Samsung flagship ...

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    In the wake of what many considered to be an underwhelming Galaxy S 5 announcement from Samsung, all eyes have been on HTC to deliver the greatest flagship of 2014. The One from last year has been the recipient of a handful of awards, including best smartphone of the year from GSMA 2014 Global Mobile Awards and even our very own Readers' Choice Awards. Despite the love-or-hate camera, the HTC One proved, over the test of time, to be a fantastic smartphone and a marvel in smartphone design and build quality. Now, after countless leaks and rumors, the brand new One (M8) is officially ...

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    Update: Our full Throwback Review of the HD2 is now available here! Update 2: Looking for something a little more modern? Check out our full review of HTC's latest flagship, the HTC One M8, here! We're real suckers for nostalgia at Pocketnow, as those who caught this week's HTC Mogul throwback are already aware. As we approach the release of the company's All New HTC One, we thought we'd continue mining the history of HTC for context - and it just so happens that one of the firm's most significant achievements is also one of the most-requested devices for a Pocketnow Throwback. This ...

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    Samsung unveiled a slew of new tablets at CES back in January. Some of them were interesting, but the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is what truly caught our eye – particularly its super sharp display. At 8.4 diagonal inches, the Super Clear LCD panel has a very impressive QWXGA resolution, or 2,560 by 1,600 pixels. That's a density that rivals many smartphones, let alone competing tablets. And the rest under the hood sounds great, as well: 2GB RAM, 16GB, Snapdragon 800, and a 4,800mAh battery. Is this the small tablet to buy? Is it worth the money? That's what we're here to find out. While we do, ...

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    When we first went hands-on with the Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 at CES 2014, it wasn't always easy to tell it apart from its immediate neighbors in the Galaxy Note line. Down to the stitched leatherette and chromed-out accents, the new Tabs were doing their utmost to ape the higher-end Notes, making a meaningful comparison much tougher than in generations past – particularly in the bustling atmosphere of the show floor. Fortunately, Samsung has since graced us with demo copies of both the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. The latter has been dispatched to the offices of the ...

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    Nokia's latest handset, the Lumia Icon, is headed to Verizon Wireless later this week. The Icon is a rarity, at least for CDMA folks, in that it's a true high-end Windows Phone handset – something CDMA customers have effectively missed out on since the beginning of Windows Phone. The Lumia Icon from Nokia features a snappy 2.2GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU to make the Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB RAM, 32GB fixed storage, a 5-inch 1080p display, a 20-megapixel primary camera, and a 2,420mAh battery. At least on paper, it's enough to compete with even some of the most powerful ...

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    When we first went hands-on with the Z1 Compact at Sony's CES 2014 press event, our heads were still ringing with Sony's proclamation that despite its small size, it was a "no-compromise" flagship phone. Sony's website makes the claim a bit plainer: The Xperia Z1 Compact is everything you expect in a premium smartphone, beautifully crafted to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. The timing couldn't be better for us to test this claim: we've just spent a few days with the Xperia Z1S for T-Mobile USA, whose user experience was by and large wonderful - especially in terms of camera ...

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    ZTE told us at CES last month that it wants to be a part of the U.S. smartphone market. The Nubia 5, which Jaime reviewed last year, was among the first of its devices targeted at U.S. consumers. But as we're learning, that was just one of many to come. We saw a handful of handsets at CES, and among those was a rather large, entry level smartphone, the Iconic Phablet (not to be confused with Acer's Iconia brand, as I unwittingly did in the below unboxing). This phone is coming to the US in the form of the Boost MAX on Boost Mobile. The innards and outsides are practically identical. To ...

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    We know, we know: unboxings come first, then come the features and reviews. That's how it's supposed to go. Well who says breaking with tradition is such a bad thing? Actually, that's not why we're posting this unboxing out of sequence. The real reason: an absurdly busy week that's only going to get busier as 2014 picks up steam and more devices come tumbling down the chute - including smartphones like the Z1S's close cousin, the Z1 Compact, which should arrive in our labs in mere days! So let's get down to business (we don't got no time to play around, what is this?). This is the Sony ...

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    The LG G Flex. We've unboxed it, compared it, reviewed it, compared it again, beat the hell out of it ... and we've even re-reviewed it. We flew to San Francisco to better understand it and we podcasted until we were blue in the face about it. In every possible sense of the word, it's more than fair to say that Pocketnow has "covered" the G Flex. But the test units we tooled around with for those excursions were from overseas - South Korean models designed and built for an entirely different part of the world, with all the attendant foreign carrier bloat, region-specific radio bands, and ...

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    It's a Jolla phone! Er ... a Jolla. Our Jolla. Whatever the proper phrasing, the flagship device from Finland's most ambitious mobile outfit has finally landed on our doorstep - and we're here to show you what unboxing it feels like! We're pressed for time on this one though, folks, so we're relying on you to help us out with our first-ever Sailfish OS review! With only three days to spend with a demo unit, we need you to tell us exactly what you want to know about Jolla Ltd., the Jolla itself, and the fresh new operating system powering it. Normally we'd answer those questions ourselves ...

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