Tag Archive: HandsOn


ZTE Axon 7 Hands-on: Do we really need 6GB of RAM?

A big phone with a big spec sheet.

As a follow-up to its first Axon-branded phone, ZTE has unveiled its latest flagship, the Axon 7. The company says that it skipped straight to Axon 7 to honor the fact that, after a few Grand and Star variants, this in fact the seventh flagship to ship.

It is also the best. With an outrageous spec sheet including a Snapdragon 820 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia XA Ultra hands-on

Six inches of Sony, and MediaTek — along with some serious camera action — could be the start of another big thing for the Japanese manufacturer’s reboot of the Xperia line.

After unveiling the next chapter of its mobile story at Mobile World Congress in the form of the Xperia X series, Sony has today added another member to its Xperia family. The Xperia XA Ultra takes the basis of the XA and upscales it to an  [Read More…]

Hands-on with the Nextbit Robin update — a major improvement

Nextbit has addressed issues with the Robin in the latest update, and we had a look to see how they did.

Nextbit released the Android 6.0.1 update for the Robin, promising better performance and battery life, improved camera response and better audio tuning for both the front speakers and through the headphone jack. They’ve also made the Robin available through Amazon Prime, which makes it easier to buy.

I’ve had early access to the update, and  [Read More…]

Huawei P9 + P9 Plus hands-on: Dual cameras in Huawei’s new high-end duo

Huawei’s latest high-end phone aims to prove that two cameras are better than one.

The concept of two cameras in a smartphone isn’t new. In the Android world, the trend dates all the way back to the dark ages of 3D phones, with manufacturers like HTC and LG using dual cameras to take 3D images or produce depth-dependent effects. Even Huawei got on the dual-camera bandwagon with 2014’s Honor 6 Plus.

The Huawei P9 — the  [Read More…]

Hands-on with Neato BotVac Connected, a robot vacuum your phone controls

Most robot vacuums kinda suck. But Neato manages to make one that’s better than most — but still has its own room for improvement.

Robot vacuums are, with few exceptions, expensive toys that occasionally clean things about as well as asking a 7-year-old to run a regular vacuum. Many of them have obstacle-avoidance issues that cause them to crash into everything, and you basically have to pre-clean your floors of most things that aren’t dust bunnies to  [Read More…]

A quick hands-on with PlayStation VR

Virtual Reality is hard to miss this year.

Just about every booth here has some kind of VR demo and a huge line to try it out. Today found ourselves immersed within a PlayStation VR helmet, the $ 399 accessory to your $ 349 game console. While that sounds like a lot, especially if you’re not really sure what VR is about or why you should care, Sony’s offering undercuts the current “best in breed” but  [Read More…]

Hands-on with SolarTab, a giant solar panel for your gear

Charging with solar energy is an appealing concept for many, but there are still plenty of obstacles.

For some people, a battery backup is a part of everyday life. Our phones are growing more capable every day. But when you’ve got a hour commute home and want to watch a movie or play games the whole ride home at the end of the day, the last thing you want to see is a low-battery warning. Every  [Read More…]

Watch our Xiaomi Mi 5 hands-on video from MWC 2016!

Xiaomi dropped its latest high-end smartphone, the Mi 5, at Mobile World Congress, and we had a chance to spend a little time getting to know the new phone.

Sure, it’s only going to be released in China for now, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting.

We wrote up our full first impressions already, but for those wanting to see a little bit more of the Mi 5, check out the  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia XA hands-on

Sony’s new mid-ranger takes the design DNA and performance of the Xperia X and transforms it into a more affordable package.

So we’ve already seen the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance, Sony’s two new hero phones that broke cover today at Mobile World Congress . The regular Xperia X looks like a great mainstream phone, while the “Performance” version brings the power of a Snapdragon 820 into the mix. But what about  [Read More…]

Alcatel Idol 4 + 4S hands-on

The new Alcatel brings two new handsets to MWC — with a slick glass and metal design, faster performance and Marshmallow out of the box.

One of the major trends of the past year in smartphones has been the move towards increasingly affordable phones with high-end features. Alcatel was part of that conversation in the last year, with the Idol 3 delivering surprisingly capable hardware for not a whole lot of cash.

So  [Read More…]