Tag Archive: HandsOn


Honor 8 hands-on preview: Way better than you expect

The Honor 8 introduces the U.S. to one of the world’s best-kept phone secrets.

A year ago, our Alex Dobie called the Honor 7 “a well-built, premium handset and a quick performer, [with] camera capabilities that stand out in the mid-range space.” At the time, I had barely heard of the Honor line, but was impressed by the brand’s slow encroachment into the Western market, which combined the aspirational hardware design of Huawei’s high-end phones with  [Read More…]

Check out our Galaxy Note 7 hands-on video!

There’s a lot more to this phone than just a Galaxy S7 edge with an S Pen.

The Galaxy Note 7 is a killer phone, and it’s coming to many parts of the world in the next few weeks. To get you in the mood, here’s our hands-on preview video for you to watch — anytime, anywhere.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hands-on preview The latest Galaxy Note 7 news! Here are all four  [Read More…]

MrMobile goes hands-on with the Galaxy Note 7

Since 2010, the Galaxy Note family has represented some of the biggest and best smartphones Samsung has to offer. Today, the world’s most famous phablet family gets a sixth generation – and it’s called the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung says that skipping the “6” brings the new Note in line with the Galaxy S7’s branding, and the similarity to the smaller smartphone is striking indeed – especially on the spec sheet. With a much larger screen and the signature  [Read More…]

BlackBerry DTEK50 hands-on: Stuck in neutral

BlackBerry’s second Android phone, the DTEK50, has a vexing name and a lack of star appeal. But it’s also cheap.

I have been fielding radio interviews since mid-2013 about the inevitable demise of BlackBerry’s smartphone business, and each time since then I say, “Sure, this may be it,” and each time I am left wondering whether the company’s stubborn tenacity is its blessing or its curse.

In the DTEK50, BlackBerry may have finally solved the solution  [Read More…]

Wileyfox Spark hands-on: What an £89 Android phone looks like

British startup Wileyfox expands its product line into the budget space, once again tapping CyanogenOS on the software side — but as you might expect, there are a few compromises to deal with in phones priced between £89 and £130.

Wileyfox was part of the broad trend in 2015 towards decent phones that don’t cost a whole lot of money. Partnering with Cyanogen for its software experience allowed the British firm to deliver a solid software experience and decent  [Read More…]

Honor 5C hands-on: Performance on a budget

Honor’s latest brings solid specs and decent construction at a highly affordable price point

The past year has seen Honor, Huawei’s online-focused sub-brand, building out a range of highly focused, highly affordable handsets at various price points. The Honor 7 and Honor 5X were part of the growing trend throughout 2016 of lower-priced phones being able to go toe-to-toe with more expensive competitors in many areas. And although neither device was perfect, they were worth contenders.

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Moto Z and Moto Z Force hands-on: Welcome to your Moto Mod future

So long Moto X, it’s time for Moto Z now.

Things have just wrapped up here at Lenovo’s Tech World event, where Motorola unveiled the brand new Moto Z and Moto Z Force, the latest in its high-end smartphone lineup. These two phones, which at the core are identical, build nicely on Motorola’s hardware and design chops, leveraging plenty of what it learned from the Moto X Pure Edition, Moto X Play and Droid Maxx 2  [Read More…]

Hands-on: Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 is a sleeker, smarter wearable for fitness enthusiasts

Samsung’s latest wearable combines the best bits of a fitness tracker and a smartwatch into an attractive new wristband.

Back when Samsung was still figuring out how to do smartwatches, the Gear Fit emerged as one of the company’s more palatable wearables. It was lightweight with a small footprint, and had a clear use case which it was pretty good at — tracking your workouts and largely staying out of the way the rest of the  [Read More…]

ZTE Axon 7 Hands-on: Do we really need 6GB of RAM?

A big phone with a big spec sheet.

As a follow-up to its first Axon-branded phone, ZTE has unveiled its latest flagship, the Axon 7. The company says that it skipped straight to Axon 7 to honor the fact that, after a few Grand and Star variants, this in fact the seventh flagship to ship.

It is also the best. With an outrageous spec sheet including a Snapdragon 820 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia XA Ultra hands-on

Six inches of Sony, and MediaTek — along with some serious camera action — could be the start of another big thing for the Japanese manufacturer’s reboot of the Xperia line.

After unveiling the next chapter of its mobile story at Mobile World Congress in the form of the Xperia X series, Sony has today added another member to its Xperia family. The Xperia XA Ultra takes the basis of the XA and upscales it to an  [Read More…]