Tag Archive: HandsOn


HTC U Ultra + U Play hands-on: Hardware design isn’t everything

HTC keeps making really interesting phones, but will anyone care? I want to believe.

The question is asked every single time HTC releases any phone, from its mid-range Desire line up to the One (and now just numbered) flagships. HTC’s phones always pack stunning designs, clean and fast software, a few neat ideas … and usually a couple of odd decisions that throw people off. On the whole they’re still good phones, though, so why doesn’t anyone  [Read More…]

The 21st Century Tricorder: MrMobile Hands-On With the Scio Spectrometer Smartphone

The Scio Spectrometer phone allows you to scan all the things you put into your body and make sure they’re good for you. Then, you can scan your body and make sure you’re actually getting healthier! The perfect phone for the hypochondriac. While it’s not a great phone by most measures, the spectrometer inside the phone is a truly interesting feature.

MrMobile expounds on all his Star Trek fantasies by scanning things and talking chemical composition and captain’s-logging everything  [Read More…]

Casio WSD-F20 hands-on: Android Wear 2.0 that can go anywhere

Casio is one of a few watchmakers sticking with Android Wear for the time being.

Casio’s second Android Wear watch is just as huge, feature-packed and ostentatious as the last, and it’s running Android Wear 2.0. It’s the not-so-smoothly named WSD-F20, a follow-up to the F10, and just as the brand name and a single glance at the watch would lead you to believe it’s a perfect match for those with an active lifestyle.

Just as before  [Read More…]

ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: It will probably be great once it works

This is where my ZenFone AR hands on would be, if that were possible.

ASUS hopped on stage and announced two thin, light, and beautiful new phones for everyone to enjoy. We’ve spent some time with the ZenFone Zoom and look forward to seeing what that new camera and snappy new software can do in the real world, but the ZenFone AR isn’t quite as ready to be used as its sibling. That makes some sense when  [Read More…]

Hands-on: WeMo Dimmer and Google Home make home automation seamless

Google Home + WeMo is a recipe for home automation bliss.

Belkin’s WeMo brand has been in the business a long time, and by now it knows how to make a good product. Dimmer is WeMo’s latest must-have connected home accessory, especially since it works seamlessly with the new Google Home.

WeMo Dimmer will be available in the spring for $ 49.99.

What was your favorite CES 2017 announcement? Let us know in the comments below!

Hands-on with the awesome ASUS Chromebook Flip C302

ASUS has a brand new Chromebook Flip, and it’s one of the best, and best-looking, Chromebooks we’ve seen to date.

The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 may cost more than the average Chrome OS device, but that’s because the Taiwanese company has gone all-in on the future, including a powerful Intel Core chip, up to 8GB of RAM, and USB-C ports.

We’ve gone hands-on with this new metal marvel, and we’re excited to get it  [Read More…]

Honor Magic hands-on: Huawei puts its design prowess on display

This hardware is exciting, and you aren’t going to see it outside of China.

Honor launched the sleek new Honor Magic in China just a few weeks ago, and though there are no plans for it to arrive in North America we had an opportunity to look at this really interesting phone at CES 2017.

The Magic is a completely separate device than the rest of the range of recent Honor releases, and that’s immediately clear when  [Read More…]

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom hands-on: Focused on being more than just a camera

The second ‘Zoom’ model isn’t quite as impressive optically, but makes more sense practically.

After some pretty audacious engineering marvels going into the last ZenFone Zoom, ASUS has taken a decidedly simpler approach with the new ZenFone 3 Zoom. Rather than being a majority camera-focused smartphone, this is aimed at being a solid mid-to-high-end device overall that also happens to great photos with top-end camera specs.

ASUS effectively gave up on the huge, cumbersome and trade-off-heavy optical  [Read More…]

Honor 6X hands-on preview: Great hardware desperately waiting for a software update

Honor is still attempting to make strides in the U.S., but is the 6X compelling enough?

You really have to hand it to Honor. Huawei’s millennial-focused offshoot is still spitting out smartphones despite the relatively tepid reception of its previous two devices in the U.S. Remember, Honor has no carrier backing stateside, which puts it at a disadvantage compared to the rest of the brood. It’s unlikely that the launch of the Honor 6X, the smartphone announced  [Read More…]

Star Wars: Force Arena hands-on preview

Pick your side and join the battle for the Galaxy!

It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan, with Star Wars: Rogue One hitting theaters and the recent resurgence in amazing Star Wars video games. The latest offering for mobile gamers is Star Wars: Force Arena, an action-packed real-time strategy game that puts you in control of a leader for either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire. I’ve spent the past few days  [Read More…]