Posts tagged with: Unboxing
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    De-packaging gadgets is fun enough as it is, but the joy is multiplied tenfold when the subject of the unboxing is a device you never thought would see the light of day. For months, the notion of a "Nokia tablet" has been little more than fodder for speculative debate on slow-news editions of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. But now it's here, willed into solid reality by the events of Nokia World 2013, its sleek rounded edges beckoning from within its staid retail packaging. And by gum, we're gonna review it. But before we do that, we've got to get it out of its box. So tune in as we slip ...

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    The utility of a supersized screen and the powerful simplicity of Windows Phone, all inside the same casing. Nokia recently elevated that concept from outlandish fantasy to full-on reality with the Lumia 1520, and thanks to the fine folks at Nokia and AT&T, we've finally got our own copy of the world's first Windows Phone phablet! We'll be taking the 1520 for a drive over the next few weeks, but we've got to warn you up front: it might take a little longer than usual for our full review to make an appearance. Due to those troublesome "circumstances beyond our control," the Pocketnow ...

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    Last month, alongside the iPad Air announcement, Apple also announced the iPad mini with Retina Display. Unlike the original mini, this new model comes with practically all the same specs as its larger sibling: the A7, 1GB RAM, and, of course, the Retina Display. This time around, instead of keeping the same pricing scale, Apple dropped the price of last year's model by only $30 and bumped the base price of the current iPad mini lineup by $70, making the base price of the new iPad mini $399. Is this mini iPad worth the extra cash? Should you just splurge a bit to get the full-sized iPad ...

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    It's been the subject of endless podcasts, roundtable discussions, and an avalanche of editorials - and now, we've got a specimen of our very own in the booth. Fresh off the back of the UPS truck, Pocketnow's Nexus 5 review unit has arrived in all its 16GB, black-and-white glory, and it's time we took it out of its box! But this isn't just an opportunity to give you a vicarious unboxing experience. It's also a hands-on sneak preview of the smartphone you could win in the latest Pocketnow giveaway! That's right: we're giving away a white 16GB Nexus 5 just like this one. All you need to ...

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    Apple recently announced its latest iPad refresh, the iPad Air. Along with its new design, which is virtually identical to the iPad mini, it is now much thinner and lighter – 28 percent lighter and 20 percent thinner, to be exact. Inside, it also features Apple's new A7 chipset, 1GB RAM, a 32.4Wh battery, and up to 128GB of storage. So does any of this make the iPad Air a better tablet than before? We can't say for sure just yet. We've got plenty of testing and comparing to do over the next week before we give it the full review treatment. Until then, enjoy the iPad Air unboxing below!

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    Michael just wrapped-up the full review of the global variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, easily one of the most highly-anticipated smartphones of the year. As such, it scored very well and proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the mobile market as we head into the holiday months. So why are we doing yet another Galaxy Note 3 unboxing? Because it's headed to the states and the AT&T review unit just landed on our doorstep this morning. Internally, it has some differences from the global model, which are well worth looking into and, well … comparing. So while we push this ...

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    Fun fact: it's almost a year to the day that we unboxed the smartphone that would capture our hearts and forever change our collective opinion on the phablet category. And despite the intervening three hundred and fifty seven days, two important factors remain the same for today's unboxing video: the daily dollop of hair gel didn't make it onto our host's head before filming, and the branding on the box once again reads "Galaxy Note." That's right: the Galaxy Note 3, the device we first glimpsed back in Berlin and which we savagely demoed in video after video from Samsung's massive IFA ...

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    Yes, yes, we know: Brandon Miniman already unboxed the cooler iPhone. And we'll give you that. With a fingerprint scanner, enhanced camera, and 64-bit A7 CPU, the iPhone 5s is definitely the more buzzworthy of today's new iOS smartphone duo. But the iPhone 5c ain't no slouch. Granted, the improvements it brings over least year's model are so marginal that it's somewhat fair to call the 5c an "iPhone 5 in a plastic case," but that plastic is a defining feature of the device. Never before has Apple released an iPhone with so many color options, and never before has it packaged it up like an ...

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    Oooh, the Sony Xperia Z1! We've heard so much about this phone, dubbed the "Honami", and we were so anxious to meet it in person at the 2013 IFA in Berlin, that we couldn't help but quickly comparing it to the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4. It has now landed in our European labs for the full review treatment. We're going to analyze it, compare it, submerge it, and review it. ...but first, we'll have to unbox it, and that's exactly what we're doing in this video, taking a look at what's inside the box, the presentation, bundled accessories, and our first impression, should you decide ...

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    We've already shown you what taking the LG G2 out of its packaging looks like, and we've long since pressed that review unit into service generating the features, comparisons, and full review you've anxiously awaited since we first laid hands on the G2 last month. But it's one thing to unbox a device that's come straight from the manufacturer, and quite another to do the same with its carrier-branded variants. From branding to UI to bloatware to what comes bundled in the box, carriers hold a lot of sway when it comes to customizing their smartphones - and it's rare that we get to see those ...

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    Yes, we know - we're late on this one. And while we'd love to delve into the details on why it took us nigh-on a week to catch up to the rest of the unboxing squad on this one, suffice it to say that we had a few other things going on last week. Hopefully, you can forgive us. The good news: we're excited as ever to give this Snapdragon 800-powered, 13MP OIS-rocking, 5.2-inch-screen-packing flagship its proper run on the review racetrack. That'll be happening this week and next (along with the usual bevy of features and comparisons), but first we need to take it out of its box. So join us ...

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    The new Motorola is among us, or so the company says. The US-based handset maker has been on cruise control since being acquired by Google early last year. And ever since, we've been eagerly awaiting post-acquisition Motorola handsets in hopes of a beautiful fusion of an adept hardware manufacturer and the maker of one of our favorite mobile operating systems. In the last month, Motorola drew the curtains on its new outlook on the mobile market, which consisted of four new phones: Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, and the Moto X. We've already had an extensive look at the Moto X, and ...

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    The HTC 8XT was the first Windows Phone in two years to launch on third-largest US carrier Sprint, and it was also Sprint's first Windows Phone 8 model ever. Despite these distinctions, though, the 8XT landed with a pretty ho-hum display and some software hiccups which cost it points in our full review. Those looking for a higher-end experience, then, will be heartened to know that Samsung is on duty: the company has spruced up the casing and a few internal components of its ATIV S, the Windows Phone 8 flagship we reviewed last year, and despite an initial delay, the newly-christened "ATIV ...

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    How big is too big for a smartphone? That's the question no one seems to know the answer to and some companies seem determined to answer. Sony is one of those companies, and the Xperia Z Ultra is one of its latest experiments. With its display measuring a staggering 6.4-inches, diagonally, it pushes the boundaries of what will fit in your pockets and hands. Under the hood, however, Sony pulled no punches. It equips a Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, a 3,050mAh battery, IP55 and IP58 dust proofing and water resistance, and a bevy of connectivity options. As per usual, we ...

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    Fresh out of Motorola's New York City Moto X event, we've managed to get our hands on a brand-new Moto X. You've just got the skinny on the phone's hardware and heard a few details about the Android's much-touted customization process, so what more are we waiting for? Let's go hands-on with the Moto X and see what you can expect if you choose to pick one up yourself in a few weeks. This is just a simple black model like will ultimately be available (alongside the white) in retail stores - for more custom builds, you'll have to order online. We go through everything you'll find in the box, ...

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    At CES this year, NVIDIA held a press conference, where both the Tegra 4 and Shield were announced. The NVIDIA Shield is a Tegra 4-powered portable gaming console which runs Android. The design is practically a relatively generic looking game controller with a 5-inch 720p display that hinges open like any other clamshell device. And the rest of its internals are on par with most other high-end Android smartphones: 2GB RAM, 16GB fixed storage, Wi-Fi b/g/n, microSD card slot, etc. We'll have to put this device to the test to see if it's worth the hefty $299 price tag. In the meantime, be ...

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    Well, look what we have here! We were only just telling you about what you'd need to do in order to get your hands on a new Nexus 7 a few days early, and now we've got a tablet of our own to unbox for you. This isn't the first time we've looked at how this year's Nexus 7 would arrive – just before the tablet officially launched, we got to check out an early unboxing vid – but we absolutely needed to go hands-on for ourselves with this new hardware. The 2013 Nexus 7 manages to maintain a price admirably close to last year's $200 launch, while overhauling the tablet's specs: we move up ...

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    Normally, the launch of a carrier-specific variant of an HTC 8X wouldn't merit much in the way of celebration. It certainly wouldn't ordinarily be enough to rearrange our schedule, especially if it meant delaying the recording of the already-late Pocketnow Weekly podcast for another hour, or putting the on-time publication of our Nokia Lumia 1020 review in serious jeopardy. If this were a less-notable device, we'd have pushed it off until Monday. But the HTC 8XT is no ordinary WP8 smartphone. It's Sprint's first Windows Phone 8 device, and only the second Windows Phone the carrier has ever ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 1020, formerly known as the Lumia 909, formerly known as the Nokia EOS, formerly known as the biggest and brightest rainbow unicorn in all of Windows Phone land ... is here. The 41MP smartphone arrived at the Boston offices a short while ago, courtesy of the fine folks at AT&T, and it's been waiting patiently to be removed from its packaging ever since. Now, thanks to the magic of editing-assisted time travel and just the barest suspension of disbelief, you can come along for the ride, "live," as we free the Lumia 1020 from its carrier-branded cardboard and power it on ...

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    Nobody likes a cheapskate. It's why we have fun derogatory labels like "tightwad" and "skinflint" for those friends of ours who insist on dividing the bar bill by how many mozzarella sticks they actually consumed, rather than by the cost of the plate. Whatever other merits they might have, penny-pinchers just aren't fun to have around. That's no less true in the case of huge multinational corporations than with people. But where a cheap social friend is pretty easy to jettison when he gets annoying, it's a little harder to make up for the shortfalls of dealing with a cheap company. ...

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    Okay, we need to say this right up front: we won't be reviewing the CAT B15. The super-rugged device we first caught a glimpse of at MWC 2013 came to our door courtesy of our friends at Clove, and while we're planning a special feature video on the device, we don't have the time to give it the full review treatment. Just managing expectations, so you're not crushed later. Be strong, kids. That said, this is one tough cookie that we just had to take a quick look at. Caterpillar, better known for its tractors, diesel engines, and other big industrial machines, has thrown a lot of rugged ...

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    We can't all be like Taylor Martin, living it up with a 10-inch Galaxy Tab 3. Some of us need to hang out closer to the midrange, walking the line between the teensy tablets of the world and their supersized siblings. And you know what? That's fine with me. Join me as I take the wraps off the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, the device smack-dab in the middle of Samsung's new generation of Android tablets. These aren't high-end Galaxy Note devices (though a Note 8.0 does make a cameo in the video) but rather lifestyle-oriented tablets offering "more choice and consumer experiences." What does that mean? ...

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    With the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom, we are concluding our series of reviewing the phones that Samsung introduced at its London Premiere event. If you missed our Galaxy S 4 Active and Galaxy S 4 mini reviews, click on the links to catch up. While Samsung is marketing this as a phone with a camera, due to its looks, many are considering it the other way around: a camera with a phone. If it matters to you, we’ll let you know what we think of it in our upcoming review. Until then, check out the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom unboxing embedded below! For those that missed it, let’s recap the specs: ...

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    The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is Samsung's first Intel-based tablet. It features, of course, a 10.1-inch display at 1,280 by 800 pixels, 1GB RAM, 16 or 32GB fixed storage, a microSD card slot for up to an additional 64GB, a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, and a 6,800mAh battery. Basically, it's the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 all over again, except it has an Intel processor and 200mAh smaller battery. The question is: is the Tab 3 10.1 worth the upgrade or extra cash? It's too soon to tell. But our labs received a Tab 3 10.1 today, so we gave it the unboxing treatment, as per usual! The quick review ...

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    Taylor Martin might've taught you how to make your own carrier-branded HTC One into a fancy Google-Edition version with some crazy (easy) hacking, and he might even have made another video demonstrating all the reasons you should go ahead and do just that. He might even be working on another video, demonstrating how to reverse all that action and return to the BlinkFeed-rocking world of Sense, at this very moment. But you know what? Sometimes, you don't want to get involved with all that l33t hax0r nonsense. Sometimes, as discussed on today's extended episode of the Pocketnow Weekly ...

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