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While we normally don’t cover China-only smartphone releases, Xiaomi is a fairly major player as far as volume as they were one of the first companies in the industry to ship high-end hardware for mid-range prices. We also tend to see that these devices eventually filter out to a more global launch, which The Xiaomi Redmi line has been a solid success pretty much anywhere it shipped, and today Xiaomi launched an update to their Redmi Note line, the Redmi Note 4. At a high level the Redmi Note 4 is shipping with fairly aggressive specs for the price, which starts at 135 USD for the model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, and 180 USD for the model with 3GB of...

The Google Nexus 9 Review

For the past few years, we’ve seen Google place significant emphasis on price as a way of competing with other tablets on the market. The original Nexus 7 managed...

169 by Joshua Ho & Ryan Smith on 2/4/2015

Google Announces Support For 40 Third-Party App Cards In Google Now

Google Now has always been good at giving you relevant information about things like transit, emails, stocks, sport scores, etc. But everything it displays is linked to a Google...

19 by Brandon Chester on 1/30/2015

Google Updates Docs Apps With Improved Functionality and Touch ID Support

Today Google has issued an update to their Docs, Sheets, and Slides applications on iOS and Android. These productivity apps were some of the first to receive Material Design...

0 by Brandon Chester on 1/21/2015

Google Updates Chrome for iOS With Material Design and Handoff

Google has updated Chrome for iOS to version 40, specifically version 40.0.2214.61. With it comes a number of improvements that definitely justify the major increase in version number. The...

14 by Brandon Chester on 1/20/2015

Wearables: 2014 and Beyond

As the year 2014 has come to a close, now is a good time to inventory changes in the consumer electronics market and project those trends forward. One of...

79 by Stephen Barrett on 1/15/2015

Understanding Brightness in AMOLED and LCD Displays

While we generally avoid going into deep detail when it comes to our display testing, in light of statements that seemingly contradict our testing it becomes important to contextualize...

85 by Joshua Ho & Brandon Chester on 12/22/2014

The Android 5.0 Lollipop Review

Google has been very busy with their expansion of Android as a platform this year. At Google IO we saw the announcement of endeavors like Android TV and Android...

126 by Brandon Chester on 12/1/2014

Best Tablets: Holiday 2014

With the holidays approaching, it's time for our annual recommendations for devices in various product categories. Today we're taking a look at what tablets provide the best value and...

83 by Brandon Chester on 11/28/2014

The OnePlus One Review

The OnePlus One has been one of the most hyped smartphones of 2014. There's really not much else to be said, as OnePlus' marketing has been quite noticeable amongst...

148 by Joshua Ho on 11/19/2014

The Nexus 6 Review

When consumers think of Google's Nexus devices, they think about the promise of receiving the latest updates for Android essentially as soon as they release. They also think about...

136 by Brandon Chester on 11/12/2014

Quick Note: Android Camera2 and Support For External ISPs

While we've written about Android's Camera2 API before, there was one notable aspect of the discussion that was missing. The missing piece was a discussion of the physical link...

8 by Joshua Ho on 11/9/2014

Google Nexus 9: Preliminary Findings

For a few years now, Google has had a generally consistent tablet strategy. Instead of chasing after the ~10 inch tablet segment and focusing upon the high end, we’ve...

146 by Joshua Ho on 11/3/2014

Google Introduces Inbox for Gmail

Today Google announced a new Gmail related product that has been years in the making. It's called Inbox, and it's a re-imagining of the email inbox to adapt to...

23 by Brandon Chester on 10/22/2014

Google Announces the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 Running Android Lollipop

Today Google has officially announced the newest devices in the Nexus line, just one day before Apple's October event. Both devices have been rumored for some time now, and...

148 by Brandon Chester on 10/15/2014

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review

At this point, the Galaxy Note line needs little introduction. After all, the Galaxy Note is Samsung’s biggest success in mobile. While Apple redefined the smartphone and tablet segment...

195 by Joshua Ho on 10/15/2014

The New Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) Review

While I talked about Motorola’s issues in the launch article for the new Moto X, it’s well worth repeating. Motorola has been through a lot these past few years...

179 by Joshua Ho on 9/17/2014

NVIDIA Opens Pre-Orders For The SHIELD Tablet With LTE and 32GB Of Storage

NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet arrived earlier this year and it was one of the first devices to use NVIDIA's Tegra K1 platform with 4 Cortex A15 cores and a single...

16 by Brandon Chester on 9/16/2014

HTC Announces the Desire 820

According to HTC, the Desire 816 proved to be a popular device in the mid-range smartphone market. Now, only a bit longer than six months after its release, the...

13 by Brandon Chester on 9/4/2014

Samsung Announces Galaxy Note Edge: Hands On

Following on the heels of the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is also announcing a new product named the Galaxy Note Edge. In terms of basic hardware, not much changes...

17 by Joshua Ho on 9/3/2014

HTC Announces Desire 510: First 64-bit Android Phone

While normally one might expect high end phones to get the latest and greatest features first, this time we see a bit of a surprising reversal. The Desire 510...

47 by Joshua Ho on 8/27/2014

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