Smartphones

Today at Meizu's event in China the company presented their new flagship phone, the MX5. The MX5 is the successor to the MX4 released last year, and while I haven't been able to review that unit yet, I did take an extensive look at its bigger brother, the MX4Pro. The MX5's biggest characteristic is the change in display technology. Meizu has now adopted Samsung's AMOLED screen in place of the traditional LCD technology. This also leads to a change in form-factor as now Meizu had to abandon its 16:10 aspect-ratio for the more conventional 16:9 resolutions. At 1080p and 5.5" diagonal, the screen isn't as high resolution as one might have expected and thus regresses in terms of DPI in comparison to the MX4. This...

Samsung Launches the Gear Circle in the U.S.

Samsung has announced the availability of their Gear Circle Bluetooth headphones in the United States. The Gear Circle is a pair of Bluetooth earbuds that are worn around the...

12 by Brandon Chester on 11/5/2014

Google Updates Gmail With Material Design and Support for IMAP and Exchange

Google's applications like Gmail, Camera, and Chrome are likely applications that came on your Android phone when you first purchased it. But unlike iOS where Apple has to ship...

36 by Brandon Chester on 10/31/2014

Samsung Announces the Galaxy A5 and A3 With Full Metal Unibody Designs

Today Samsung announced two new smartphones that fit into their portfolio of mid-range devices. They are the Galaxy A3 and A5. Normally there's not a lot to get excited...

33 by Brandon Chester on 10/31/2014

Lenovo Completes Motorola Mobility Purchase

Back towards the start of this year, Lenovo announced that it would be acquiring Motorola Mobility from Google. Motorola Mobility, the phone and gadget arm of Motorola, would be...

10 by Ryan Smith on 10/30/2014

Motorola and Verizon Announce the Droid Turbo

Verizon and Motorola have always had a close relationship. The smartphones in Motorola's Droid line are typically exclusive to the carrier, and they helped make Verizon a heavy supporter...

36 by Brandon Chester on 10/28/2014

Apple Releases iOS 8.1 With Bug Fixes and New Features

Today Apple released iOS 8.1, the first major update to iOS 8 which launched in September alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Prior to 8.1 we got a...

24 by Brandon Chester on 10/20/2014

Thin is the New Thin: Hands On with the 5.15mm KAZAM Tornado 348

My take on thin phones is not a positive one. This comes from two main areas. Firstly I like my phone to have some form of bulk – this...

26 by Ian Cutress on 10/16/2014

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...

194 by Joshua Ho on 10/15/2014

Sony Announces the Xperia Z3v for Verizon

Consumers in the United States have typically been unable to purchase Sony smartphones if their carrier is Verizon. The carrier's lineup has been devoid of any Xperia offerings for...

24 by Brandon Chester on 10/9/2014

HTC Silently Adds HTC One (M8 EYE) To Chinese Store

At HTC's Double Exposure event in New York we saw the launch of the Desire EYE, a smartphone with a serious focus on the camera. HTC has silently put...

9 by Brandon Chester on 10/9/2014

HTC Announces the Desire EYE

Today at their Double Exposure event in New York, HTC has announced the Desire EYE. The major feature on the Desire EYE is its 13MP front facing camera which...

17 by Brandon Chester & Joshua Ho on 10/8/2014

The iPhone 6 Review

With every launch of the iPhone, Apple seems to have everything to lose and not much to gain. Apple’s iPhone line accounts for the majority of profits in the...

526 by Joshua Ho, Brandon Chester, Chris Heinonen & Ryan Smith on 9/30/2014

The iPhone 6 Plus Mini-Review: Apple's First Phablet

While we’ve also written about the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus needs its own review in order to really understand the various features of the device that would...

191 by Joshua Ho on 9/30/2014

Chipworks Disassembles Apple's A8 SoC: GX6450, 4MB L3 Cache & More

One of the more enjoyable rituals with Apple’s annual iPhone launch is the decapping, deconstruction, and photographing of the processor die at the heart of Apple’s newest SoC. ...

65 by Ryan Smith on 9/23/2014

Microsoft Announces the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter

Today Microsoft introduced their new Miracast-based wireless streaming device for HDMI monitors and televisions. Its lengthy name is the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter and it's Microsoft's take on an...

56 by Brandon Chester on 9/23/2014

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Preliminary Results

While we’re still working on the full review, I want to get out some preliminary results for the iPhone 6. For now, this means some basic performance data and...

317 by Joshua Ho on 9/22/2014

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

Testing Swiftkey for iOS 8

Earlier this week SwiftKey announced that they hope to have their keyboard available on the App Store when iOS 8 finally rolls out to users worldwide. They've been kind...

45 by Brandon Chester on 9/16/2014

Adobe Brings EchoSign App to Android

EchoSign is a system for managing electronic signatures on agreements, contracts, and other documents that can be transmitted electronically. The product was acquired by Adobe in 2011 to supplement...

2 by Brandon Chester on 9/16/2014

Google Launches Android One in India

Android is the world's most popular mobile operating system, with over 1 billion monthly active users as of July. But according to Google that's only the beginning. Android One...

37 by Brandon Chester on 9/15/2014

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