Tag Archive: HandsOn


Nokia 7+ gets revealed in first hands-on photo ahead of MWC 2018

This could be Nokia’s best Android phone yet.

During this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HMD Global will be one of the companies announcing new products for its Nokia line of Android phones. One of the devices we see is expected to be the Nokia 7+, and shortly ahead of its official unveiling, a new hands-on picture gives us a clear look at it.

The picture shows the front of the Nokia 7+, and as you  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S9 supposedly shows up in hands-on video

It’s a Samsung phone with an Infinity Display, but is this really the Galaxy S9?

The Samsung Galaxy S9 will be announced in just a little over a month at MWC in Barcelona, and there’s a lot we’re expecting from the phone – including an adjustable camera aperture, Snapdragon 845 processor, even slimmer bezels, and more. Leading up to its launch, a video new has popped up that supposedly shows someone getting a bit of hands-on time with the  [Read More…]

Planet Gemini hands-on: The dream of the 90s is alive in Vegas

The Planet Gemini feels like a device from some alternate universe where the Personal Digital Assistant never died. Its eyeglass-case chassis evokes the old Sony Tablet P, while its miniature QWERTY keyboard suggests a laptop that stumbled into a shrinking machine. But its closest relative is probably the Psion PDA from the 1990s — a device beloved as much for its powerful scheduling software as for its robust physical keyboard.

The Planet Gemini is no mere throwback. It’s available  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra hands-on: No more quirks, these are just good phones

Caveats are gone, so let’s start looking at Sony’s phones again.

Putting aside Sony’s struggles with flagship phones in the U.S., the company has quietly picked up solid sales of its mid-range devices, with notable standouts like the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra in 2017. It stands to reason that a refresh would be in the works, and so we have the appropriately named Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra at CES 2018.

Alongside having the distinguished position  [Read More…]

MrMobile goes hands-on… with a cell tower

Fun fact: when I was selling mobile phones back in 2004, I would spend the store’s slow days taking online training courses reserved for my employer’s engineers, fascinated by the networks that made mobile phones work. 14 years (and a change of careers) later, my network curiosity still burned strong. So I asked AT&T to let me go hands-on with a cell site – and to my great surprise, the carrier said yes!

Come along as I scope out  [Read More…]

MrMobile goes hands-on with the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL!

When Google dropped its first Pixel smartphone last year, I was not impressed. I dogged it for its lack of waterproofing, its derivative design, and for having a custom launcher when I expected pure stock Android. But then an important thing happened: I used the Pixel. And in short order, its instantaneous responsiveness ruined me for every other Android phone out there.

Yesterday in San Francisco, Google announced a couple successors to those original Pixels. The Pixel 2 and  [Read More…]

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL hands-on: Act two looks great

Google’s second swing at self-branded phones promises more — and asks more of your wallet.

Years of experiments with the Nexus program culminated with the launch of Google’s self-designed and self-branded Pixel phones in 2016. The promise was simple: a phone that offered the best possible way to experience Android and Google services, hands-down. In practice, it came with many compromises and a higher prices than many were used to paying for a Google-backed phone. There was  [Read More…]

Google Pixelbook hands-on: Who wants this?

At $ 999, the Pixelbook made prove a difficult sell, but it’s one of the nicest pieces of hardware Google has ever made.

Does anyone want a $ 1000 Chromebook? We asked the question in 2013, and then again two years later, in 2015. Both of those laptops were exactly that — bulky, heavy notebooks that, while powerful, felt like overkill for the capabilities of Chrome OS.

Today, we have the spiritual successor to those laptops, the  [Read More…]

Watch our Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL hands-on video!

We finally have all of the details on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL we were all waiting for. Two phones to carry on the new-formed Pixel legacy, done up a bit differently in 2017 with new hardware features and refreshed software wrapped up in a familiar design. You’ve no doubt read our Pixel 2 and 2 XL hands-on preview, and now it’s time to see the phones in action with our hands-on video!

Give it a watch  [Read More…]

Huawei Nova 2 + Nova 2 Plus hands-on

You can’t buy it in Europe (yet), but Huawei’s mid-priced Nova 2 phones look better than ever.

A year on from the launch of the Huawei Nova series, the company has yet to announce any plans to bring the Nova 2 to Europe. Nevertheless, the phones were on display at its booth at IFA 2017 in Berlin, giving us our first look at the company’s mid-tier flagships for 2017.

Unlike last year’s Nova phones, which used  [Read More…]