Posts tagged with: Unboxing
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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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    Earlier this month, we brought you a sentimental look back at the little platform that couldn't with our Palm Pre unboxing. This week, the Pocketnow Throwback series continues with another pivotal device from smartphone history: the HTC Dream/HTC G1. This unique side-sliding QWERTY communicator was the first commercially-available device to run the then-new Android platform in the fall of 2008, and beneath its robust and utilitarian exterior lay hints of the greatness that was to come. We'll get into that in our full Throwback Review video, coming shortly. For now, tune in as we unbox what ...

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    The Galaxy S 4 Active. We've talked about it on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, we've followed its march from rumor to release, and we've even taken it for a dunk in a demo tank in London. Now, thanks to the speedy folks at AT&T, we've got a review version of this durable smartphone in the Pocketnow offices - and in eye-catching Dive Blue, no less! But the folks at UPS must've been tipped off to the rugged nature of our IP67-rated demo unit, because the box arrived on our doorstep in a dilapidated, disintegrating condition. Did the Galaxy S 4 Active survive? Was its 5-inch, 1080p display ...

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    We're still pretty new to the world of BlackBerry at Pocketnow, having started coverage in earnest just this past winter with the unveiling of the BlackBerry Z10 -and the company's next generation platform- in Toronto. Since then, though, we've given the fledgling new smartphone ecosystem its share of comparisons, reviews, and even re-reviews ... and it's about time we turned our focus to the second BB10 smartphone from the folks formerly known as RIM. It's time to review the BlackBerry Q10. Before we get there, though, we've got to take it out of the box - and that's just what you'll get ...

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    Samsung announced its newest line of smartphones (made for giants) back in April: Galaxy Mega. If the name isn't indication enough, maybe the screen sizes of these phones will get your phablet flags waving, as Mr. Fisher would say. The Mega comes in two sizes – 5.8 and 6.3-inches. Huge, at least for being marketed as a simply a phone, is an understatement. Where the Galaxy Note 8.0 (non-US model) and Fonepad are small tablets with phone capabilities, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is nothing more than a giant phone. We received one yesterday morning and, as always, gave it the unboxing treatment. ...

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    Sometimes you get listener mail that asks how the band got together in the first place. Sometimes that happens the day after you drop some nostalgic sentimentalism all over the internet. Sometimes, simultaneously, there are some sweet, juicy rumors and leaks about a top-of-the-line camera phone with what looks like a moon crater on it. Sometimes you gotta put all that into a podcast with the original cadre of Pocketnow 'casters, and see what comes out. All that, plus the longest outtake reel in the history of Pocketnow, more Nokia EOS rumors than you can shake a stick at, the first-ever ...

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    It's been four years to the day that Palm's would-be savior platform, webOS, launched to much hoopla with the original Pre. And though the days since have been dark ones indeed for the all-but-dead platform, we thought it would be nice to indulge our nostalgia on this, the anniversary day of "20090606," with a Palm Pre unboxing. Fortunately, our own Michael Fisher happened to have a like-new Palm Pre box, an artifact from a launch-day excursion to his local Sprint store all those years ago. And while the Pre within might charitably be called "well-loved" in terms of its physical condition, ...

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    Time was, you couldn't get a 9xx-series Lumia on any U.S. carrier but AT&T. For over a year, the nation's second-largest wireless provider has exerted a fierce stranglehold on the high-end Nokia segment, forcing competing carriers to offer only midrange handsets if they wanted to carry the finnish OEM's wares. Things change, though. The Nokia Lumia 928 is the first Lumia flagship to cross the blue/red divide, and it's already available from America's largest carrier, Verizon Wireless. The Lumia 928 resembles a Lumia 920 that discovered the beauty of right angles - but there's more here ...

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    When we first laid hands on Sony's Xperia Tablet Z back at MWC in Barcelona, only our stalwart professional detachment kept us from falling in love at first sight. The tablet, impossibly thin at 6.9mm and with a just-right weight of 495g, felt incredible in our hands - a feeling that only intensified upon learning the tablet was rated for water resistance to IP55 and IP57 standards. Given our love of durable devices, that was music to our ears. Now, thanks to some quick shipping by our friends at Negri Electronics, we've got an Xperia Tablet Z of our very own here in Pocketnow's ...

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    Yes, yes: we know the official English-language prefix for "eight" is "octo," but you have to agree that octa just sounds -and looks- a whole lot better. And based on Samsung's choice of spelling on the box that just rolled into our office, the company agrees with us. Besides, admit it: after a week spent watching us dissect the quad-core American variant of the Galaxy S 4, you're hankering for a peek at its Exynos-powered eight-core sibling, no matter how we spell it. Behold: the phone we Yankees call the "international version" of Samsung's latest Android flagship, known to its friends ...

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    ASUS was teasing the Fonepad in its videos prior to MWC and, at the show, the company introduced a concept which I have personally been waiting for for a long time. You either love it or hate it, there's no middle road there, really. It's a tablet that has an earpiece so that it can double as a phone. Surely, other tablets have phone functionality too but you are limited to either using the speakerphone or some fancy bluetooth accessory which might or might not be included. This is not the case with the Fonepad; just bring it up to your ear, talk, and don't mind all the looks people are ...

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    HTC and Facebook teamed up last week at 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park, California to (hopefully) lay to rest the remaining rumors of any official Facebook phone. Facebook unveiled its latest product, Home, and HTC announced its newest device, the First, the first phone to run Facebook Home out of the box. On the outside, the HTC First is an extremely minimal device. Its all matte-finished exterior and lack of major branding make it very subtle, and its specifications are extremely modest. It features a 4.3-inch 720p display, 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 chip, 1GB RAM, 16GB fixed storage, a ...

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    At Mobile World Congress in February, Samsung announced the latest addition to its expansive tablet lineup, the Galaxy Note 8.0. Tony and Michael had some hands-on with the GSM model (with the controversial earpiece speaker and Phone functionalities in tow) in Barcelona. But we've been waiting to get our hands on the WiFi-only model. Needless to say, it arrived late last week. And as per usual, we gave it the unboxing treatment with all the ums, uhs and other inaudible mumblings you can shake a stick at! Don't forget to click the play button below!

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    While LG may not have the weight Samsung has in the market for extra large phones, it's no stranger to phone-tablet hybrids. LG released the Optimus Vu last year, as well as the Optimus Vu II. But the less common 4:3 aspect ratio made the 5-inch devices look and feel much larger than they truly were, resulting in a rather unwieldy experience. Enter the LG Optimus G Pro. On the outside, it may be a Galaxy Note II look-alike, but LG's model has some notable improvements over Samsung's gargantuan phone. But there are also some things about the Optimus G Pro that are off-putting. Either way, ...

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    Sometimes, the word "unboxing" alone just doesn't fit. It's too cursory, too flippant. De-boxing videos used to be a novelty, but now everyone does them for products ranging from dumbphones to screen protectors. And while all unboxings are fun in their own peculiar way, some devices call for more. A high-end smartphone, after all, deserves a high-end unboxing - doesn't it? Introducing a new kind of package-shedding video: a "premium" unboxing. We weren't in a rush for this one, as literally thousands of sweaty fingers all over the internet have already tapped and grazed the chamfered bezel ...

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    Sony announced the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL at CES earlier this year. With the exception of waterproofing and some outward appearances, the two devices are very similar on paper. The Xperia ZL comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, a microSD card slot and a 2,370mAh battery. The ZL just arrived on Taylor's doorstep, so he gave the Xperia ZL the good ol' unboxing treatment. What are you waiting for? Check out the video below! P.S. I call this device the Xperia Z in the beginning by mistake (more like force of habit). It ...

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    Sony unveiled the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL at CES in January. As far as specifications go, the two smartphones rival some of the best phones announced this year so far. The Xperia Z features a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage with a microSD card slot, 13.1-megapixel camera, 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,330mAh battery. But that's not all the Xperia Z has up its sleeve. It also has a dustproof and waterproof coating to keep out those dangerous and pesky elements. And the design of the Z is exceptional. Its hard lines, ...

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    The ATIV S might've been the star of the show last month, but Samsung still hasn't managed to get the high-end Windows Phone onto U.S. carrier shelves. In its place comes the ATIV Odyssey, a mid-tier model for Verizon Wireless we took a quick look at in Vegas. It's this midrange handset, and not the bigger ATIV S, that lays claim to the title of first Samsung-built Windows Phone 8 device for the U.S. market. Specs are predictably underwhelming, with a 4-inch 800x480 Super AMOLED display, 5MP primary camera, and 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU backed up by a solitary gig of RAM, but there are ...

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    We're no stranger to the Lumia 8xx series of Windows Phone 8 devices here at Pocketnow. The Lumia 810 got our full review treatment a little while back, the Lumia 822 helped us launch our new Quick Review format just a couple days ago, and just this afternoon, we received the device that served as the basis for both of those custom variants. Its 4.3-inch AMOLED display, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, and 8MP camera haven't changed, but the radio guts, casing design, look and feel are something else entirely. Behold: the Nokia Lumia 820 for AT&T. Click below for the first of the ...

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    We've already reviewed one variant of Nokia's midrange Lumia 820 -the Luma 810 for T-Mobile USA- but there's enough different on both the inside and the outside of Verizon Wireless' variant that we thought we'd take another dip into the mid-tier Windows Phone 8 pool. The 822 is a curvier, thicker, but lighter take on the Lumia 820, with a design that summons images of a pebble when viewed from behind, and whose front side packs a little more "chin music" than we're used to. It runs the latest version of Windows Phone 8, projecting it onto a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display. It's powered ...

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    Sometimes you pre-order a technology product and it doesn't go as well as you'd like. Sometimes you talk about that rough pre-order process on a podcast episode, and right after you hang up the mic, life hits you square in the irony with a buzz at the door from the delivery man. That's what happened just a few minutes ago here in our Boston office. We'd just wrapped up recording this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast when a mysterious package arrived at our door. Putting aside our qualms about the ominously unspecific return address, we promptly busted out our Old-Timer unboxing knife, set ...

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    "It is not a phablet." HTC's stern declaration to the assembled press regarding the category of its latest Android smartphone was a little odd when it hit our ears at this morning's announcement, but the reason for the fuss quickly became apparent. Any time a company launches a device that breaks the five-inch-display barrier, there's bound to be speculation about its size -surely mammoth- and its weight -surely massive. In heading off the "phablet" talk right at the top of the announcement, HTC and Verizon let everyone know that despite its massive screen, the new Droid DNA was very ...

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    It's been nearly six months since we last hosted a Windows Phone device in the Boston offices of Pocketnow, but in the past six hours we've welcomed in two of the newest and hottest. The Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 810 each enjoyed an unboxing in our studio this afternoon. Neither is a light or a small device, but the product we tour in this video is bigger and heavier than both of them combined. Times ten. It must've been all the excitement around the Windows Phone 8 launch, coupled with the irresistible promise of wireless charging mated with loud, bass-y audio. When I reported to ...

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