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 [...]