Tag Archive: HandsOn


HTC Bolt hands-on preview: A solid phone that struggles to move the needle

The Bolt is a fine phone, but it isn’t going to move the needle for HTC or Sprint.

HTC has had a rough couple of years in terms of smartphone releases. Though it has put out a few compelling products, its high-end phones seem to come up just short while its mid-range phones are often too expensive for what they offer. Now with a partnership that tapped it to build the Pixel phones for Google, HTC  [Read More…]

Hands-on: The Huawei Mate 9 starts fast and stays fast

At first glance it’s just another large-format superphone — but the Huawei Mate 9 isn’t your average phablet. It’s a smartphone meant to solve three of the biggest problems facing Android users today: bad battery life, poor camera quality and slow software performance.

Indeed, with a 4000mAh battery, a Leica-branded dual-camera assembly and a new version of EMUI built atop Android 7.0 Nougat, the Huawei Mate 9 seems poised to fill the gap Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 left in  [Read More…]

Hands-on: Wileyfox’s Swift 2 adds metal chassis, fingerprint and upgraded CPU for £159

British startup ships its most premium phone yet, as it looks towards a future of subsidies, revenue sharing and life beyond CyanogenOS.

Wileyfox is keen to paint itself as the quintessential startup: a disruptor in a world of crusty, outdated brands. For a company that didn’t even exist two years ago, its goals are lofty. It wants to challenge Samsung, and the perception that you need to spent hundreds to get a great smartphone, while beating  [Read More…]

Le Pro3 and Le S3 hands-on: Welcome to the U.S., LeEco

LeEco is trying to make its case in the U.S., starting with inexpensive phones attached to a massive ecosystem.

We’ve seen LeEco phones before, mostly in Asia and India, but now the company is branching out to North America with its latest “ecophones,” the Le Pro3 and Le S3. The pair of 5.5-inch phones are supposed to be a one-two punch to get U.S. consumers introduced to the LeEco brand and excited about the value it  [Read More…]

UMi Plus: first hands-on with Android N

Today we received some great news from UMi; Android N is on the advanced stages of development for the UMi Plus and will be rolled out soon! The company just sent us a video where you can already see it in action, welcome news for many users who ask support and updates from Chinese brands. Before

Chronos hands-on: The cure for the common wristwatch

I’m Michael Fisher, and I’m a smartwatch superfan. Sure, they’re imperfect, but in my view they’re also incredibly underrated; I love being able to glance at my wrist to see why my smartphone just buzzed from the bottom of a bag, or use my watch to ping the same phone when I lose it in the couch cushions.

The thing is: not all smartwatches are stylish, and keeping up with the biennial upgrade cycle isn’t everyone’s thing. Plus, there  [Read More…]

Google Home, Google Wifi and Chromecast Ultra hands-on preview

Google expanded its presence in the Home with Chromecast Ultra, Google Wifi and, oh, Google Home.

Among Google’s announcements at its Pixel event in San Francisco were three pieces of in-home technology that on their own are interesting, but together are hugely noteworthy.

In addition to the Google Home assistant-in-a-speaker, which was announced at Google I/O earlier this summer, the company unveiled a streaming stick, the Chromecast Ultra, and a brand new mesh-enabled Wi-Fi router called,  [Read More…]

Watch our Google Pixel hands-on video!

We’ve written the words, now see the video.

We know you can’t get enough of the new Pixel and Pixel XL, and to help you get a better understanding of how the phone looks, feels and looks, we’ve worked up a hands-on video. We’re primarily showing off the “standard” Pixel here, but have several shots of the Pixel XL that show just how similar the two phones are — really, it’s two sizes of one phone.

So  [Read More…]

Google Pixel and Pixel XL hands-on

Our first impressions of the brand new Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

There have been many “Google phones” over the years. In the run up to Android’s announcement eight years ago, rumors swirled of a “gPhone” to take on the increasingly dominant iPhone. Fast forward 18 months and we had the Nexus program, starting with the Nexus One, a Google-branded sold direct to customers unlocked. Since then, Google has collaborated with many manufacturers to show its  [Read More…]

LG V20 Hands-On: The Phone For The A/V Geek

LG hasn’t had the best year when it comes to smartphones, but the LG V20 has a few tricks under its unassuming outer shell. At IFA 2016 in Berlin, the company gave me a quick peek at the successor to last year’s LG V10… and if you’re the kind of kid who hung out in the A/V studio in high school, you’re gonna love it.

From high-decibel microphones to high-resolution cameras, the LG V20 comes packing — but does  [Read More…]