Alcatel has slowly been building momentum in the midrange segment, and has accrued quite a following in emerging markets, particularly in South America.
Its latest Alcatel Idol X+ offering is an update to its flagship Idol smartphone, this time with a “true” octa-core processor from Mediatek that also comes with a boost to its battery, but still manages to retain the same slick design at a competitive price point. Read more »
The second-generation LG G family of smartphones is now complete with the launch of the G2 mini. The phone keeps the familiar design characteristics of the G2, which includes the rear-mounted controls as well as extra thin bezels.
The LG G2 mini packs a 4.7″ IPS LCD display, which LG claims takes 71% of the phone’s surface. Unfortunately, it’s only qHD resolution, which results in a pixel density of 234 ppi leaving it behind its 720p rivals. Read more »
Another member of the Nokia X family decided to pay our office a visit. The Nokia XL is the largest Android-powered member of the recently announced X-family of phones. Think of it as a grown-up Nokia X, as it packs a 5″ IPS LCD display of the same WVGA resolution as its smaller brother.
The Nokia XL features the same build materials and design as its smaller brother, but it’s notably heavier as you could expect. It weighs the rather hard to bare 190 grams and gives an almost tank-like impression. It really takes away portability points, though. Read more »
The Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones are the company’s most fashionable personal audio product at the moment. The headset brings the head-turning looks of the Sennheiser Momentum headphones in a more compact form factor, coupled with a lower price tag.
Founded in Germany in 1945, Sennheiser is one of the most revered audio equipment brands in the business today. The company’s vast product range covers everything from budget-friendly earbuds, through high-resolution digital recording microphones, all the way to integrated audio systems for use in conferences and conventions. Read more »
The Sony MDR-10RBT are Sony’s mid-range wireless Bluetooth headphones. Although they lack the noise cancelling feature from some of Sony’s more expensive models, they do include some niceties such as NFC connectivity and aptX support, not to mention a friendlier price.
We decided to give them a try and see what they sound like. Read more »
This is not a joke! Nokia X has just arrived at HQ and joined our review queue. The Finns’ first Android-based handset running on the so-called Nokia X Software Platform is quite interesting indeed, so naturally we gave it our traditional hands-on treatment.
Nokia X platform is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with Microsoft services in its core replacing Google’s, plus a proprietary lightweight and Asha-like launcher. Read more »
The FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air sits on top of Logitech’s range of cases designed for Apple’s slate. The cover combines a Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard and magnetic cover in a lightweight, solidly-built package.
Founded in Apples, Switzerland more than thirty years ago, Logitech is a leader on the market for computer peripherals and mobile accessories. The company’s products are synonymous with superior design and ergonomics, so I have nothing but high expectations towards its iPad Air case. Read more »
The Evutec Karbon SP Series case for iPhone 5s blends style and strength in a lightweight body with DuPont Kevlar construction. The snap-on cover sits on top of the manufacturer’s lineup of iPhone cases.
Based in Walnut, California, Evutec Corporation makes smartphone and tablet accessories made from advanced composite and recyclable materials. The company’s philosophy is to unite ecology and technology. Read more »
The ATH-CKX9iS headphones are the top in-ear model in Audio-Technica’s SonicFuel range. The headset aims to offer superior comfort and sound quality in today’s highly saturated, ultra-competitive sub-$100 price range.
Established in Tokyo in 1962, Audio-Technica is one of the most storied designers and manufacturers of audio equipment. The company’s headphones’ lineup ranges from sub-$20 earbuds, all the way to $1,000+ closed-back over-ear, audiophile-centric headphones. Read more »
The HTC One (M8) features a slightly bigger battery than its predecessor (2,600mAh vs. 2,300mAh) and an Extreme Power Saving Mode. That’s only for when you really need to stretch the last few percent though, otherwise it would be a shame to limit the speedy Snapdragon 801 chipset.
Note that for this test we didn’t use the power saving mode – we’re aiming to replicate regular daily usage and these modes limit the phone’s features and performance. Read more »
HTC One (M8) is now official with 5″ 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 chipset, dual UltraPixel rear cameras and Android 4.4 KitKat plus HTC Sense 6.0. The device is already on sale across several markets with many more expected to get it in the following days.
We managed to grab an HTC One (M8) unit and took it for a quick spin. As tradition dictates unboxing and UI demo are your first treat of the day. Read more »
The Truffol Signature case for the iPhone 5s is an unusual value proposition on the market for luxury cases. Available in three different versions, the two-piece cover is made from premium materials such as aluminum, Italian leather, and different types of exotic wood.
Founded by people with luxury watch industry background, Truffol combines modern craftsmanship and traditional materials. Read on to find out if it the case is worthy of dressing up your iPhone 5s. Read more »
The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit got the official hands-on treatment from Samsung to highlight their best features. Both devices can help you exercise with built-in heart rate monitors and display notifications from the phone.
The more advanced Gear 2 can also function as a standalone device, by streaming music over Bluetooth to your headset as you run, for example. It also handles voice calls and can control your TV via the IR blaster. Read more »
The House of Marley Legend sits on top of the company’s range of in-ear headphones. Like the rest of the manufacturer’s Bob Marley-inspired product range, the flagship headset it crafted from Earth-friendly materials, coupled with superior attention to detail.
About a year ago, I spent quality time with the House of Marley Zion in-ear headphones which left a good impression thanks to their natural bass. With a price tag twice as large, the Legend enters a market segment which is inhabited by properly heavy hitters. Read on to find out if the headset lives up to the expectations. Read more »
Having spent our fair share of time with the Samsung Galaxy S5 we keep bring you all the details on the latest flagship by the Korean company. We already gave you the live photos, the benchmarks and the camera samples and now it’s time for the hands-on videos.
We’ve got two clips showing you various parts of the Samsung Galaxy S4 UI and how the smartphone performs in real life. You get to see the updated TouchWiz as well as some of the key software goodies introduced by the handset. Read more »