Tag Archive: HandsOn


ASUS ZenPad 3s 8.0 hands-on

ASUS hasn’t given up on Android tablets — its latest ZenPad looks like a decent metal-clad slate, though you’ll need have to contend with the company’s typically odd software UI.

Once upon a time it seemed like everyone wanted to release a cheap, small Android tablet. But unspectacular tablet sales — in part fuelled by the rise of larger phones — has cooled enthusiasm for the form factor among device makers. Nevertheless, Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS continues to  [Read More…]

HTC U11 hands-on: MrMobile’s new squeeze

By now you’ve seen the HTC U11 hands-on treatment: the smudge-prone but beautiful backplate; the conventional face; the interface that reacts to a squeeze as well as a swipe. But thanks to some canceled flights and some overzealous NYC security guards (long story) I got to spend a little longer with the HTC U11 than I might have, and as a result I was able to produce a slightly more in-depth hands-on than would otherwise be possible. That’s thanks  [Read More…]

Watch our HTC U11 hands-on video preview!

Is squeezing your phone the next big thing in mobile? HTC certainly thinks so. Its new flagship phone, the U11, is built around this simple but convenient gesture.

But this phone is much more than just a quirky, gimmicky shortcut feature. There’s also a beautiful, shimmering, liquid glass design encasing hardware that’ll provide all the power you crave — along with upgraded camera and audio hardware.

As the name suggests, this is the direct successor to the 10, but  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Mi 6 hands-on: Two steps forward, one step back

Xiaomi once again sets the bar for value, but the decision to remove the 3.5mm jack could backfire.

Over the course of the last year, we’ve seen phones in the mid-range segment close the gap on flagships from Samsung, LG, and HTC. The likes of OnePlus 3T, Honor 8, and Xiaomi’s Mi 5 showed that you don’t necessarily have to spend big to get access to high-end internals and dual camera tech.

Xiaomi has built its entire  [Read More…]

Vertu Constellation hands-on: The $6000 smartphone

If you’re here, then you already know: good phones aren’t cheap. The flagship phones from the big manufacturers can easily run you $ 700 or more. Many would consider it a luxury to have one. Then there’s the Vertu Constellation. Luxury doesn’t even begin to describe what this phone is aiming for, and it all starts with a $ 6,000 price tag.

I’m Michael Fisher, aka the High Duke Baron Chancellor Von MrMobile, and no, I can’t afford this  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on: The “Infinity Phone”

Until very recently, Samsung’s phones were at the top of the list for Android quality (at least in the eyes of the mainstream consumer). Now under pressure to bounce back from the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung doesn’t just have to make the Galaxy S8 a success; it has to make it a resounding one. Today, we finally get to see Samsung’s version of the comeback. This is my first Galaxy S8 hands-on, and there’s a lot to get  [Read More…]

Android O hands-on preview: Top 10 features!

Surprise! Google just took the wraps off a new version of Android in developer preview form. Say hello to Android O!

It’s still early days for Android O, and Google will be adding new features over the course of four developer previews before it’s all finalized later in the summer. For now, what we have is a very early sneak peek at some of the new features — including notification channels, adaptive icons, and picture-in-picture mode for phones and  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Redmi 4A hands-on: A decent phone at an unbeatable price

The Redmi 4A solidifies Xiaomi’s place in India’s budget segment.

Xiaomi is sailing high in India — the company’s Redmi Note 4 sold a million units in just 45 days, and the entry-level Redmi 3S is faring remarkably well in the country. Coupled with the immense success of the Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi is well on its way to continuing its dominance in the online segment.

The company is far from resting on its laurels, as evidenced  [Read More…]

Huawei Watch 2 Classic hands-on: Metal and leather make for a less sporty smartwatch

The Classic lacks LTE connectivity, but looks prettier than the regular plastic Huawei Watch 2.

I’m not a huge fan of the Huawei Watch 2’s plasticky feel and gigantic bezels. In aesthetic terms, it’s a step backward from the universal style of the first Huawei smartwatch — one of the compromises involved in bringing LTE connectivity and a boatload of other features to a wearable in 2017. The Watch 2 Classic, on the other hand, has a  [Read More…]

Huawei P10 Plus hands-on: Big screen, ludicrous specs and Huawei’s best camera

Spec hounds and photographers, this is the P10 you’ll want to buy.

The Huawei P10 looks like a promising new flagship for the Chinese firm, bringing the technology first seen in the Mate 9 to a smaller form factor, with a palette of unique colors and finishes. But if you want the very best Huawei has to offer in terms of specs, camera optics and storage capacity, the beefier P10 Plus is the one you’ll want to  [Read More…]