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Oppo R5 hands-on

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Oppo R5 was announced shortly after the Gionee Elife S5.1 and ended its glory as the thinnest smartphone around. The 4.9mm Oppo R5 is so thin that it can’t even pack a proper audio jack.

But there is more. The R5 isn’t just thin, it’s really sturdy – Oppo recently demonstrated in a catchy video that the R5 is equally capable as a fruit cutter and a nail hammer. Razor thin and tough as rock – meet the Oppo R5. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime hands-on

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We have the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime at HQ and decided to bring you a quick video and some photos of it.

The Galaxy Core Prime sits in the lower-bracket of the midrange and its highlights are the 4.5″ screen of WVGA (480 x 800px) resolution, the 5MP camera on the back, capable of 1080p video, and the 64-bit Snapdragon 410, coupled with 1GB of RAM. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime hands-on

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Having a global best-seller is nice, but for a company that makes as many devices as Samsung, targeting different regions with different phones makes a lot of sense. The Samsung Galaxy Prime has modest display specs, while keeping the rest on proper mid-range levels. There’s a dual-SIM option in certain regions.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime hands=on

It’s questionable whether it will garner a lot of popularity in the developed western markets, but such phones are selling like hotcakes in the rest of the world. Read more »

HTC One (M8 Eye) review

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The HTC One (M8) was one of the best phones to have come out this year. It excelled in many things, including the design, build quality, display, loudspeaker, software, hardware, and battery life. Yet it had a big drawback and that was the UltraPixel camera on the back.

HTC seems to have heard all the feedback about the camera and has now come up with a new variant, the HTC One (M8 Eye). The One (M8 Eye) gets a new 13 megapixel camera and a lower price. That sounds like a recipe for success but it’s not without its caveats. Let’s see what the phone is like. Read more »

HTC Desire Eye unboxing & hands-on

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Announced in early October, HTC Desire Eye packs a duo of 13MP cameras equipped with dual-LED flash. The AT&T exclusive (for the time being) smartphone is priced at $149.99 with a two-year contract or $549.99 outright.

When it comes to hardware, don’t let the newcomer’s mid-range family name deceive you. Read more »

RHA T10i in-ear headphones review

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Announced right before this year’s IFA in Berlin, the RHA T10i in-ear headphones are the British company’s most capable offering to date. The headset features innovative construction that includes injection-moulded stainless steel and interchangeable tuning filters.

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Reid Heath Acoustics has already established itself by offering products, which combine quality sound, premium build, and value for money. Hit past the break to find out it the T10i fits in the same mould! Read more »

Apple iPad Air 2 hands-on

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The Apple iPad Air 2 has arrived at HQ and we’re already heavy into the reviewing process. But that takes time and we know you guys would like a sneak peak at Apple’s latest and greatest so here goes.

The iPad Air 2 lives up to its family name but also its moniker. It has shed off even more weight compared to its predecessor while still keeping focus on what made it so great. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on

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Nokia Lumia 830 is surely one of the season’s highlights with flagship specs on affordable price, as Microsoft likes to advertise it. And this isn’t such an understatement – you get a 5″ IPS screen with ClearBlack tech and 294ppi, a Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core processor and a 10MP camera with ZEISS optics and OIS.

We must not forget the highly valued features such as integrated wireless charging support, LTE connectivity, thin yet durable profile, plus the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 OS with Lumia Denim goodies. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on

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Samsung is looking for applications for its bendy Super AMOLED screens and while it was mostly for show on the Galaxy Round, the Galaxy Note Edge challenges the rule of flat-screened UI of smartphones with its unique Edge screen.

The right side of the screen bends around to the side of the device and while it’s technically a part of the screen, it acts as a separate, utility screen. Read more »

House of Marley Liberate on-ear headphones review

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The House of Marley Liberate headphones sit in the middle of the company’s on-ear lineup. The headset aims to deliver attractive looks, eco-friendly materials, and House of Marley’s signature sound for less than $100.

In past encounters, I found House of Marley headphones to cut a fine balance between style, sonic experience, feel good factor, and price. Let’s find out if the Liberate on-ear model fits into the same mold. Read more »

Creative Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 wireless speaker flash review

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Creative Sound BlasterAxx AXX200 is another entry in the market for compact premium wireless speakers. The gadget aims to stand out from its rivals by offering an overwhelming set of additional features to its users, including the ability to act as a standalone sound card.

An established player in the field of computer sound solutions, Creative Labs has focused its recent product efforts on the lucrative field of mobile audio products. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands-on

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Thinner and lighter than an iPad mini, more resilient to water too. It’s the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, the third member of the Z3 family. Like the other two it’s waterproof and has front-facing stereo speakers, a Triluminos display and Snapdragon 801 chipset plus a camera with Exmor RS sensor.

There’s not much to the box – a charger and a microUSB cable. It may be worthwhile to invest in a magnetic charging dock or at least a cable so you don’t have to open the flap that protects the microUSB each time you want to charge the tablet. Read more »

Meizu MX4 hands-on

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Meizu’s fourth generation flagship is chilling in our office right now and we’re thrilled to take you through our hands-on experience. Right off the bat, the Meizu MX4 strikes us as a premium built smartphone with terrific handling.

Glossy plastic from former Miezu MX smartphones is a thing of the past now and the MX4 features a very high quality feeling matte plastic. The whole phone is very well put together and the metal frame really helps to achieve a premium in-hand feeling. Read more »

Sony Xperia E3 hands-on

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The Sony Xperia E3 is Sony’s cheapest LTE smartphone on the market. It packs the usual set of characteristics for a lower-midrange smartphone, including a Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB of RAM, 5MP snapper and a 4.5″ 480x854px display.

The design isn’t as bland as the market position might lead you to believe – Sony has gone with a blend of the Xperia M2 Aqua and Z3 Compact and added four color options, including Yellow and Copper. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for AT&T hands-on

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is about to launch in the United States this week, so we managed to spend quality time with an AT&T version of the flagship phablet. The SM-N910A will officially hit the carrier’s shelves this coming Friday, on October 17.

Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 packs the same specs as the international version we reviewed extensively. Read more »