Tag Archive: HandsOn


MrMobile’s Razer Phone 2 Hands-On: Glowing with potential

A blocky build chock full of right angles; a slick and smooth 120hz display; a big battery between even bigger speakers. Yep, the Razer Phone 2 sure is familiar! But in building a sequel to its gaming-focused flagship from last year, Razer has taken the opportunity to fix nearly every single flaw I called out in my review of that older model. From water and dust resistance to a glowing Chroma logo to a brighter display to  [Read More…]

Razer Phone 2 hands-on preview: Same game, better phone

The second-generation Razer Phone is just as good at gaming, and better at being a phone.

Although flawed in execution, the original Razer Phone wasn’t hopelessly bad. It was a good idea in need of further refinement. Razer had a silky 120Hz display, but daylight visibility was so poor that outdoor use was painful. It had a dual camera system, but with photo quality that’d be embarrassing on a phone half the price. Plus it was missing table-stakes  [Read More…]

Google Home Hub hands-on: The perfect compact bedside gadget

No camera, but plenty to look at.

I’ve been living with a Lenovo Smart Display for around two months now and it’s quickly become as indispensable as my coffee maker and frying pans. It sits in my kitchen, in view but not in the way, waiting for me to ask it to play The Daily Podcast or give me the weather forecast. When I am following a new recipe, I tend to bring it up on the  [Read More…]

Google Pixel Slate hands-on: Chrome OS built to take on the Surface

The hardware is gorgeous, but Google has something to prove in the software.

Google threw a little shade at “laptops trying to act like tablets” as it announced its latest convertible two-in-one device, the Pixel Slate. Google doesn’t want to call this new device a laptop, or a tablet (though it’s listed in the “tablets” section on the Google Store), but something new altogether — a convergent device that splits the difference, without compromising.

In reality the  [Read More…]

Nokia 7.1 hands-on: A $350 success story

It won’t make headlines, but this phone ticks all the right boxes.

The Nokia 7.1 isn’t going to steal any headlines but it represents a significant upgrade over its predecessor and could be a smash hit. Replacing the Nokia 7, it borrows several clues from the more-premium Nokia 7 Plus, and at $ 349, it could be a smash-hit stateside.

Aiming to provide competition for devices like the Honor 10, it has everything you’d expect in a  [Read More…]

MrMobile’s Nokia 7.1 hands-on: An affordable eyeful for the US midrange

If you live anywhere but the United States, the Nokia 7.1 isn’t likely to turn your head – we’ve seen the broad strokes of this design before in the Europe and India markets. But for American phone buyers, who probably haven’t even thought of the name “Nokia” in years, the 7.1 might raise a few eyebrows. For $ 349, you get a stunning glass-on-aluminum build; Zeiss optics in the “Bothie”-capable camera; and the pure freshness of Android  [Read More…]

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

Sung shared the  [Read More…]

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…]