Tag Archive: HandsOn


Nokia X hands-on

It’s a Nokia, with Android, minus the Google

Nokia made a big deal out of the Nokia X – and it’s sibling products, the X+ and XL – back at Mobile World Congress, it’s first foray into the Android world. But it’s not exactly Android in the sense we’re familiar with in these parts. Take out the Google and add in some square tiles and you’re on the right track.

The Nokia X is definitely aimed  [Read More...]

HTC One M8 Google Play edition unboxing and hands-on

Some of HTC’s custom software survives in the latest member of the GPe ranks

Behold, the HTC One M8 Google Play edition. Same M8, less HTC. Look, there’s not a lot here you haven’t already read in our comprehensive HTC One review. Same 5-inch display. Same loud speakers. Same tall but sleek form factor. The difference here is software.

And as has been the case with other GPe devices, things get a little interesting here. While  [Read More...]

A compelling experience, and yet another great way for Amazon to have its content in front of as many people as possible.

For the past few weeks rumors have been building that Amazon was ready to make a big step into the living room with some sort of streaming media and gaming device. When the Fire TV was announced, it turned out to be far more than a simple “streaming stick” — this is better described  [Read More...]

Hands-on with the HTC One M8 Dot View Case

HTC’s got a pretty intriguing phone in the new HTC One M8 — be sure to read our review — and it’s got a pretty intriguing case to go along with it. The Dot View case does a few things at once. First and foremost, it protects your phone in that folio style that everyone seems to be doing these days. And it does so while still allowing information to come through, and while allowing you  [Read More...]

HTC One M8 unboxing and hands-on

Just in case you somehow haven’t seen this phone yet, it’s the new HTC One. Also known as the M8. It’s one hell of a phone. And, of course, it comes in a box. And because it comes in a box, we shall be forced to “unbox” it, by which we take it out of the box, show you what’s in the box and then continue on our merry way.

There is, however, one wrinkle here. In addition to  [Read More...]

Everything you ever wanted to know about Samsung’s new products, from the people who made them

At this point, if you’re interested in the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Gear 2 or the Gear Fit, you’ve read a thousand articles, watched a hundred videos, and pretty much know everything there is to know. But that won’t stop you from watching one more video — especially when it’s direct from Samsung and has the “official” tag.

Nothing here we don’t already  [Read More...]

Evi for Android

We’ve talked before about what it takes for an app to truly be a competitor to Apple’s Siri.

It needs to be easily accessible, and launch quickly. Very quickly. It needs to actually understand what you’re saying. It needs to return results quickly.

We’re going to add one more reqiurement to that list: It needs to actually be on iOS. Otherwise, it’s not a Siri competitor. It’s just an alternative. On  [Read More...]

Acer Iconia A200 video hands-on

Acer Iconia A200

So a few quick thoughts on the Acer Iconia A200, now that’s it’s available in stores: Yeah, it’s yet another dual-core 10.1-inch Android tablet. Yeah, there’s a little more software lag than we’d like to see. Yeah, we’ve got wait for it to get Ice Cream Sandwich. Yeah, it’s not the thinnest tablet you’ve ever picked up. Been there, done that, right?

But absolutely do not write off the  [Read More...]

Lenovo K800 Intel Android smartphone

Android Central @ CES Your first time with a Chinese smartphone that marks the beginning of a new era of Android computing is a lot like your first time with a woman. You’re pretty sure you know what you’re getting into, and you sort of know your way around already. But when you get down to it, you’re on  [Read More...]

Hands-on with the Chevy MyLink by LG

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Smartphones can now do pretty much anything you want, but what if you could have the power of Android mounted in the dashboard of your car? Yes, we’ve seen solutions from Parot and other OEMs which have Android-powered, in-dash, car audio systems, but none of them have been too impressive since no one has been able to deliver a UI which is intuitive and simple enough for consumers to use. This  [Read More...]