Tag Archive: impressions


Snapdragon 660: Benchmarks, impressions and everything you need to know!

The long-awaited sequel to the Snapdragon 653 is here.

Qualcomm made the switch to the 14nm manufacturing node with the Snapdragon 820, which started rolling out at the beginning of 2016. The company also made the 14nm node accessible to the mid-range segment with the Snapdragon 625, the successor to the Snapdragon 617. The 14 FinFET node allowed for vastly increased efficiency, with the SD625 consuming 35% less energy when compared to the 28nm SD617.

As a  [Read More…]

MrMobile’s Essential Phone impressions: Everybody just chill

The father of the Android platform just announced a smartphone, which is kind of a big deal.

It’s called the Essential Phone – not just because Andy Rubin wants you to think it’s indispensable, but because it represents the essence of what Rubin believes a smartphone should be: personal, open, premium, helpful and simple. The Essential Phone PH-1 was built to correct some of the problems Rubin says Android created, with an open ecosystem and intuitive software wrapped  [Read More…]

Video: Google I/O 2017 impressions from the AC editors

It’s been a busy couple of days in Mountain View, with big announcements from Google around Android, VR, AR, AI and other acronyms. Google I/O is a platform for developers, enthusiasts and journalist to learn about what’s next from the company, and this year’s event continued many of the trends that Google kicked off in 2016: virtual reality, with the unveiling of Daydream 2.0 and standalone headsets from HTC and Lenovo.

Google Assistant became more capable with new regional  [Read More…]

Galaxy S8 Impressions: 5 things you probably didn’t know!

In the weeks since the announcement, we’ve all had a chance to form our opinions on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. And there’s a lot to get to grips with: a wealth of new features, gigantic screens and an even bigger price tag.

Nevertheless, many areas of the new phones remain misunderstood or under-appreciated, and so I’ve rounded up the top five misunderstood Galaxy S8 features — things you might not know about. (Or things you might even  [Read More…]

The LG G6: First impressions

We received our LG G6 a little over a day ago and while that is nowhere near enough time for any kind of review, we do have some opinions on the LG G6 already. While we are keeping an open mind for our full review, the LG G6 has impressed us in some areas and disappointed […]

The new Nokia phones are here – first impressions

For the last few years, Nokia has remained in the background of the mobile market, but at MWC 2017 in Barcelona over the weekend the iconic Finish company made a spectacular comeback. In partnership with HMD, Nokia took the stage to announce three budget-minded smartphones with Android and a Nokia 3310 revival feature phone. Nokia […]

BoomTouch first impressions: The ‘As Seen on TV’ speaker isn’t … horrible?

There’s no way something this inexpensive and lacking any real tech can be any good, right? RIGHT?

You can spend a lot of money on a speaker. Or you can spend a little. But you’ll forgive my skepticism of a cheaply produced commercial that lauds the merits of a speaker that lacks Bluetooth, or even a line-in option.

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No, BoomTouch is one of those things that you see on on TV — As Seen on  [Read More…]

Blu Life Max hands on and early impressions

We’re at the beginning of a new year which means we’ll be getting a lot of new gadgets and electronics from CES, Mobile World Congress, and other events. It’s the time of year when companies start to roll out their big products. Indeed, it’s also flagship phone season. Blu, a brand that we’ve come to

Video: HTC U Ultra + U Play first impressions!

Just a week removed from the end of CES, we already have our first major Android launch of 2017 — from HTC. The Taiwanese company has just unveiled the HTC U Ultra and U Play — a pair of new phones pitched as “flagship” devices.

But while both pack the same impressive metal-and-glass construction, the Ultra is the handset you’ll want to get more excited about. It’s got top-tier internals, an upgraded version of the camera from the HTC  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 first impressions: Not just a Note 7 clone

The Mi Note 2 is Xiaomi’s most refined phone yet.

After introducing the Mi 5 and the Mi 5s, Xiaomi followed up with the launch of the Mi Note 2 in October. The phone is the first from Xiaomi to feature a dual curved screen, and also the first to offer global LTE bands. With Xiaomi losing out to fellow competitors OPPO and Vivo in its home country this year, the company is counting on devices  [Read More…]