Tag Archive: HandsOn


Hands-on with Google Assistant Driving mode, a new way to drive safely

Google is changing the way you use your phone in the car… again.

We’ve seen “car mode” on Android change almost as often as messaging apps on Android over the last couple of years, but it seems fairly confident about this new iteration. Briefly announced during the I/O keynote as Google Assistant Driving Mode, this new UI for how you handle things in the car is pretty different from the Android Audio app mode we currently have.  [Read More…]

Stadia hands-on: Big gaming promises and lots of unanswered questions

Google wants to lead us into the next logical step for gaming, but it’s not yet clear how ready it is.

Want to know what most of the companies claiming to have the ability to “bring gaming to everyone” have in common? They aren’t around anymore, and gaming as an industry remains largely unchanged by the effort. The other thing those companies had in common is a general lack of resources, and very little experience when it  [Read More…]

Hands-on with Fitbit’s new Versa Lite and Inspire fitness trackers

There’s also a big Fitbit app redesign in the works.

Fitbit recently held a press event in New York City to unveil its latest wave of fitness trackers for the upcoming Spring season. The new products include the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition, Inspire/Inspire HR, and Ace 2. Here’s what you can look forward to from each one.

Fitbit Versa Lite Edition

From a design point of view, the Versa Lite is almost identical to the  [Read More…]

Lenovo Tab V7 hands-on: 6.95 inches of screen in front of a 5180mAh battery

Check out this absolute unit.

We know Lenovo best for its laptops, and of course Motorola phones, but it has a successful lineup of own-branded phones outside of North America as well. The latest in the lineup is an interesting convergence device that splits the line between phone and tablet: the Tab V7.

With a 6.95-inch display, the Tab V7 is really pushing the definition of a “phone” — and a glance into the software information tells  [Read More…]

LG G8 hands-on preview: Air Motion Sickness

Once again, LG turns a tech demo into a feature.

I don’t know how to feel about the LG G8.

If you watch me in the video above, I’m genuinely excited about the technological innovations that I’d just seen minutes before at my briefing with the company. Talking to the engineers who created the Air Motion system and using it in person thrilled me, as I tend to feel after seeing something genuinely new and interesting.

But like  [Read More…]

Nokia 9 PureView hands-on: Would you like a phone with that camera?

The Nokia 9 PureView is an odd choice for a 2019 flagship, but if it works, it’s going to be amazing.

You have to credit HMD Global for its success rate since it brought Nokia’s smartphone brand back from the brink of death in late 2016. By the time its first Android phone, the Nokia 6, emerged in January of 2017, it was clear the company was onto something.

By the end of 2018, with over a  [Read More…]

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition hands-on: The fastest phone just got even faster

10GB of RAM, 30W charging, and a whole lot of McLaren goodies.

I love a good collaboration, especially when it involves a high-end phone and a luxury car maker. Huawei has partnered with Porsche on more than one occasion to make ultra-sleek, even more powerful versions of its flagships like the Porsche Design Mate 10, but why let them have all the fun?

OnePlus has had a pretty good year, with the successful launch of two flagships, the  [Read More…]

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…]