Tag Archive: HandsOn


ASUS ZenFone Zoom hands-on redux: At last, we get to use the camera

ASUS’s ZenFone Zoom’s camera system is unique, but is it a strong enough selling point?

It’s been over a year since the ASUS ZenFone Zoom was announced at CES 2015, and now at CES 2016 we got to spend a bit of time with the ZenFone Zoom and its zooming camera. This isn’t the first time we’ve gone hands-on with the ZenFone Zoom — we spent a bit of time with it at IFA 2015 —  [Read More…]

Hands-on with Canary, an all-in-one indoor security system

Cameras aren’t so much getting smarter as they are getting easier to use and nicer to look at.

There’s a lot of connected cameras out there, for users who want to keep an eye on their home or office from their phone. The key to a lot of these experiences is a quick and painless setup with a convenient app that will keep an eye on things for you. A quick notification lets you know when  [Read More…]

Hands-on with Homeboy, the simple app-powered security camera

Being able to access a video feed from your phone is a big deal, but how users get that feed is a topic of dispute most days. Some prefer letting a third party handle all of the heavy lifting in the cloud, while others prefer handling all of the software on their own to avoid added costs or sharing personal data. Homeboy is a security camera focusing on the former, with an app that pulls video into  [Read More…]

Hands-on with the Huawei Mate 8

We’re hanging out with Huawei and Honor in Shenzhen (for Honor’s 2nd anniversary event) and are now getting our first time in-hand with the Huawei Mate 8, the company’s new flagship phone for China. The 6-inch phone is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei’s custom EMUI — we’ll need more time to dive into that before determining how much it’s grown from the issues we’ve had with previous iterations — on a somewhat confusingly low-resolution 1080p display.

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Fossil Q Founder unboxing and hands-on

A pretty good first impression of what should be a really good Android smartwatch.

It’s a little rare for us to not actually get a good look at a new Android Wear watch until it’s actually on sale, but such is the case for the Fossil Q Founder. It’s the first from Fossil to run Google’s wearable version of Android. And since this is a longtime watchmaker (among other things, of course) we’re talking about, Fossil’s  [Read More…]

Hands-on with Playmation: Marvel Avengers

It’s like a video game, only there’s no screen and you feel everything.

“They’re coming in for another pass, eyes up Avenger!” is the last thing I hear before the 11 year old on the other side of the book I am reading performs a barrel roll in the middle of the living room, knocking over a laundry basket and sending a pile of folded laundry crashing to the ground. Before I have time to express  [Read More…]

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE551KL) hands-on

Take a winning model and a solid price, make a few improvements, and you have the ZenFone 2 Laser.

ASUS made a pretty big splash in the affordable unlocked phone market with the ZenFone 2 earlier this year, and now the U.S. is getting a new model — the ZenFone 2 Laser. You may recognize the name as a phone that’s already available elsewhere in the world, but in an interesting turn the ZenFone 2 Laser  [Read More…]

OnePlus X hands-on

OnePlus hits a lower price point, and brings along much of what made its previous phones great.

Just over three months after the unveiling of the OnePlus 2, we’re getting yet another OnePlus model — but this isn’t replacing the flagship killer, it’s going after a new market entirely. This is the OnePlus X, and it slots in comfortably under the previously-announced model at just $ 249 unlocked — and even though the price has dropped,  [Read More…]

Here are our Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2 hands-on videos

Motorola has just introduced two awesome new smartphones to add to their lineup this year, the Droid Maxx 2, and the Droid Turbo 2. Both of these phones have some fantastic features to take a look at, and are certainly worth your time. Whether you’re interested in a fantastic camera, superb quick charging capability, or a long lasting battery, both of these phones shine through.

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Hands-on with the Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Verizon and Motorola are aiming for that budget sweet spot, and resurrecting an old brand name in the process.

Every day it seems like there’s another company releasing a phone that competes in the $ 300-$ 400 price range, and today’s offering is packing a Droid branding on the back. Motorola and Verizon launched a pair of Droid phones today, and while the Droid Turbo 2 continues to focus on the high end with amazing battery  [Read More…]