Posts tagged with: Unboxing
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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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    We weren't planning on filming an unboxing of the ZTE Nubia 5 because it has been out for a while, and the package took a long time to get here. Still, as we received this package at customs and opened the shipping box to make sure that everything was complete, we were frankly shocked. It would've been incorrect to deprive ZTE of the honor of filming a video of their unboxing experience, and that's mainly because they did a fabulous job at it. I'll admit I missed an experience like this. Lately companies have lost touch in how important the unboxing experience is for any product that you ...

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    Motorola has recently attempted to break into the budget smartphone market with a device which is strikingly similar to one of our favorite smartphones of the year, the Moto X. This budget phone is known as the Moto G, and it's certainly making waves. To be fair, there are a lot of compromises with this phone, and it has a considerable amount of differences from the Moto X. But for $179 for the 8GB model and $199 for the larger 16GB variant, there's little to complain about. Over the next week, we'll be testing and probing this extremely affordable smartphone from Motorola from every ...

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    The LG G Flex is a unique phone for the moment, but the company predicts that flexible phones will acquire 40% of the market by 2018. We’ve already seen its main features — self-healing, and flexibility — in action in our real-life torture test, and now we’re unboxing this curved device. While you enjoy the video below, and our adjacent coverage, waiting for the full upcoming review, we’ll remind you of the phone’s specs: flexible OLED screen of 6-inches with a 720p resolution, quad-core 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, as well as ...

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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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