Posts tagged with: Unboxing
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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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