Tag Archive: HandsOn


Hands-on with Windows 10’s new ‘Your Phone’ Android SMS features

SMS sync is now available in the Your Phone app, and we’ve gone hands-on with its new features.

Last week, Microsoft rolled out a second new feature to the Your Phone app on Windows 10 that further integrates your smartphone and PC. Now, Windows Insiders can test out SMS capabilities in addition to Photos sync, allowing you to send, receive, and read SMS conversations that you’re having on your Android phone in the Your Phone app.

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Xiaomi shares hands-on Mi Mix 3 photo, confirms 5G capabilities

Where’d the bezels go?

Less than a week ago, Xiaomi shared an official render for its upcoming Mi Mix 3 smartphone — confirming a nearly bezel-less design and a mechanical slider that houses the phone’s camera sensors.

Now, Xiaomi’s Director of Product Management, Donovan Sung, has confirmed another feature for the phone — 5G.

Sharing one more photo. Does anyone see anything interesting? 😎#Xiaomi pic.twitter.com/LjZGibMsuR

— Donovan Sung (@donovansung) September 3, 2018

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Watch: ZTE Axon 9 Pro hands-on video

Gunning for the high end.

It’s been an incredibly tough year for ZTE, watching its phone sales and revenue tank as it faces sanctions from the U.S. government. But the company hasn’t stopped development of new phones, including the just-announced Axon 9 Pro.

A follow-up to the Axon 7, the new Axon 9 Pro is … well, a bit generic. It’s a big 6.2-inch metal-and-glass slab with some nice colors on the back and a screen  [Read More…]

Casio WSD-F30 hands-on: MrMobile’s favorite smartwatch gets an upgrade

For my money, nobody builds a better summertime smartwatch than Casio. The company’s ProTrek series has it all: alti-barometers, rugged casings, standalone GPS, and dual-layer displays that offer incredible readability in direct sunlight. Even occasional outdoorsmen such as myself can appreciate the ProTrek F10 and F20 for the sheer boldness of their oversized designs, while those in search of more petite wearables have understandably gone elsewhere.

With the ProTrek WSD-F30, Casio seems to have gotten the memo  [Read More…]

LG G7 One hands-on: The G7 sold its soul for great Android One software

Take a few hardware compromises to get the software you really want.

LG used the IFA 2018 trade show to announce its first-ever Android One phone — and it did so with the least amount of fanfare possible, simply dropping a press release. That’s mostly because the LG G7 One is … kind of an odd phone. Ostensibly it’s an LG G7 — except in a handful of places where it definitely isn’t.

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HTC U12 Life hands-on: Quite a looker, with an interesting take on plastic

A few good ideas with some uninspiring execution.

HTC’s attempt at parlaying the brand recognition of the U11 into the lower-end U11 Life didn’t particularly work out. It was an entirely forgettable phone with some performance shortcomings — hardly just a “small version of the latest flagship.” HTC is at it once again with the HTC U12 Life, which is even further removed in terms of design from the U12+ — outside of the fact that it’s  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia XZ3 hands-on: Damn fine hardware, with potential pain points

This is some beautiful hardware that steps beyond the XZ2 in the right ways.

Sony’s strategy of releasing a new flagship phone every six months means you don’t have to wait long to see the company’s latest mobile tech. But it also means that the generation-over-generation changes are extremely subtle compared to others that refresh once a year. The Xperia XZ3 hasn’t broken that mold, but what has changed is notable and the overall product is still  [Read More…]

Motorola One and Motorola One Power hands-on: Definitely not an iPhone X

Notches and flat backs highlight what are generally pretty basic devices with little advanced design.

We had quite the run-up of banter around the launch of the Moto P30, particularly around how the device has a striking resemblance to the iPhone X. The global variants of the device, the Motorola One and Motorola One Power, are built on the same basic platform and have very similar design cues … but it takes just a few moments to  [Read More…]

Lenovo Yoga Chromebook hands-on: $599 gets you a whole lot of laptop

A great upgrade pick for people who value size and screen quality over weight and portability.

After making plenty of successful Chromebooks in the cheaper price segment, Lenovo is stepping up to something a bit more premium with the launch of the new Yoga Chromebook. That “Yoga” name means this is, of course, a convertible laptop with a 180-degree rotating hinge, but it’s also a sign that Lenovo is willing to position a Chromebook with the more premium-focused  [Read More…]

Hands-on with Microsoft’s new Xbox Game Pass app for Android

At Gamescom 2018, Microsoft debuted a new Xbox Game Pass mobile app for Android and iOS, allowing you to browse and push game installations remotely to your console.

Xbox Game Pass is a $ 9.99 per month service that gives you subscription access to dozens of games. It also has some true headliners, such as Fallout 4, DOOM, and The Division.

During Gamescom 2018, Microsoft unveiled a new Xbox Game Pass app for Android and iOS mobile  [Read More…]