Tag Archive: HandsOn


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…]

Hands-on with the ‘robin egg blue’ Honor 9

First look at the new, extremely limited edition color in the flesh.

While the Huawei-built Honor 9 is on show at IFA 2017 in Berlin, one thing you won’t find on the show floor is the new “robin egg blue” color — unless you know where to look. We’ve tracked down the exclusive new color variant, which Honor tells us will be produced in “extremely limited” quantities for the UK market, and sold with 6GB of RAM  [Read More…]

LG V30 hands-on by MrMobile

If you thought the LG V30 was going to look like its predecessors the V20 and V10, join the club! I was expecting another steel-sided monster from a key grip’s toolbox with gaff tape patching the scuffs. Instead, we get this: a spit-polished glass sandwich of a smartphone that’s much lighter in the hand than you expect. Factor in LG’s first AMOLED screen in ages; the latest version of the company’s super-wide-angle camera; and wireless charging and a Hi-Fi  [Read More…]

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro hands-on: Simple improvements to one of the best fitness trackers

Don’t mess with a good thing.

Though it didn’t get as much fanfare as the Gear S2 and S3 in the last two years, the Gear Fit 2 was quietly one of the best all-around fitness trackers available since it was introduced in mid-2016. It wasn’t nearly as big as the smartwatches out there, yet it did many of the core smartwatch functions while also being a fully-featured fitness wearable.

Now for the end of 2017 Samsung  [Read More…]

Samsung Gear Sport hands-on: The Gear S2 refresh we all wanted

We really needed that ‘in between’ smartwatch again.

When Samsung released the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic, it made the watches substantially larger than the original Gear S2. And in doing so, the Gear S3 lineup kind of lost a lot of its appeal to those who wanted a fitness-oriented smartwatch rather than a general-purpose one. To remedy the situation, Samsung is releasing the Gear Sport: a smartwatch that has its eyes set on fitness and activity,  [Read More…]

Galaxy Note 8 hands-on: MrMobile’s first impressions

Last year’s Galaxy Note 7 was perhaps the most famous Samsung smartphone in history – for all the wrong reasons. The company kicked off its recovery with the excellent Galaxy S8 earlier this year, and now it hopes to complete the comeback with the mobile world’s biggest do-over.

I’m MrMobile, and I spent an afternoon with the new Galaxy Note 8. It’s a squared-off, stylus-packing version of its Galaxy S siblings … and if that sounds familiar, it should:  [Read More…]