Tag Archive: HandsOn


ASUS ZenFone 4 series hands-on

Photography is front and center for the ZenFone 4 launch, as ASUS unveils four new dual-camera phones.

ASUS has just taken the wraps off its new flagship phones at a global launch event in Taipei, revealing a four completely new models with solid specs and some neat photographic tricks.

The ZenFone 4 line actually comes in six different flavors — there’s a ZenFone 4, 4 Pro, 4 Selfie, 4 Selfie Pro, 4 Max and 4 Max Pro  [Read More…]

ZTE Blade Z Max hands-on: A giant smartphone for any budget

The Blade Z Max is a big phone with a 4,080mAh battery that doesn’t cost all that much.

Don’t turn your nose up at a budget device. For many smartphones users, that’s often the only kind they can afford, and they shouldn’t have to settle.

The ZTE Blade Z Max is one of those devices that may seem like it skimps on features because of its comparatively meager price tag, but it’s a nice little big smartphone  [Read More…]

MrMobile goes hands-on with the BlackBerry KEYone Special Edition

Normally, a new color option and a minor spec bump aren’t newsworthy enough for a hands-on video. But the BlackBerry KEYone Special Edition (or, if you want to be all official about things, the “Limited Edition KEYone Mercury Black Device by BlackBerry made by Optiemus Infracom”) is noteworthy for more than a new paint job. For one thing, the special-edition KEYone improves on the base model in RAM and internal storage, two areas it was especially lacking. And for  [Read More…]

Honor 6A hands-on: Premium style, budget price

Honor’s latest budget model is going on sale in the UK. Here’s our first look.

Honor, the sub-brand owned by Huawei, is putting out some great phones. We love the Honor 9, and over the past year or so even the less-expensive models have also been pretty noteworthy.

The latest phone hitting European shores is the Honor 6A, and in the UK it’ll be available to pre-order from Monday, July 31 ahead of a general sale on  [Read More…]

MrMobile goes hands-on with the Moto Z2 Force

For the fifth year running, Motorola’s spicing up the summer with a smartphone that’s not afraid to stand out – but this year, the bombastic brand name feels a bit … Forced.

I’m Michael Fisher, alias MrMobile, and I went hands-on with the Moto Z2 Force Edition and the latest Moto Mod, the Moto 360 Camera. Check out this video, and then head over to Android Central’s hands-on coverage for more.

Featured Products Moto Z2 Force Edition Moto 360  [Read More…]

Watch our Honor 9 hands-on preview!

With the recent launch of phones like the Honor 9 and OnePlus 5, it’s never been clearer that we’re living in the age of the affordable flagship. The Honor 9, the latest phone from the Huawei-owned brand, isn’t coming to the United States, but European customers will soon be getting their hands on the device, which just might offer the best balance between internal hardware, design and price.

The Honor 9 isn’t as spec-obsessed as its rival, the OnePlus  [Read More…]

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…]