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Nokia Lumia 928 paid us a visit, the unboxing video is inside

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The Nokia Lumia 928 is Verizon’s long awaited top shelf Windows Phone 8 smartphone by the Finnish company. The LTE handset is also the first member of the Nokia Lumia family to feature a xenon flash.

The Nokia Lumia 928 features a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 SoC and a gig of RAM. Read more »

Chromebook Pixel mini review

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Quite frankly, when Google took the wraps off the $1,299 Chromebook Pixel, just about everyone got caught by surprise. After all, the newcomer costs over six times more than the cheapest Chromebook on offer, and thus goes completely against the notion that notebooks running Google’s OS embodies cheap computing.

Of course, the Pixel does have some chops to show for its price tag. Leading the way is a stunningly gorgeous body, machined from anodized aluminum. Once you crack the notebook open, a jaw-dropping 12.85” touchscreen with a resolution of 2560 x 1700 pixels greets you.

Late as we are, we got our chance to try out a review unit and we didn’t waste any time but whipped up our own mini review. For starters, read on to see the full list of talents which this Chromebook OS royalty has to offer. Read more »

The Nexus 4 White prances into our office, we’ve got the hands-on inside

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The LG Nexus 4 White was officially announced yesterday and we just found one waiting at our doorstep this morning.

The phone is definitely a looker with the all-white back and sides but retains the solid black all-glass front of the black Nexus 4. When compared side by side, the two, although identical, look different. Read more »

Hisense Sero 7 Pro is a $149 tablet with Nexus 7 topping specs, we go hands-on

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The Hisense Sero 7 Pro Android tablet, together with the entry-level Sero 7 LT slate, is the Chinese manufacturer’s first effort designed with the lucrative US market in mind. Priced at the highly acceptable $149.99, the Jelly Bean slate offers a better spec sheet than a Google Nexus 7 for noticeably less cash.

Like the Nexus 7, the Hisense Sero 7 Pro packs a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC and a gig of RAM. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet Z is not afraid of water or our camera, stars in quick hands-on video

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The Sony Xperia Tablet Z had to cross a river to get to our office… okay, it didn’t but it that wouldn’t have troubled it thanks to its IP57 certification. That’s not the only specs the Z tablet shares with the Z phone either, the slender OmniBalance design gives the tablet a unique look.

The Xperia Tablet Z is only 6.9mm thick and weighs under 500g, it’s a pretty impressive device to hold in your hand. Read more »

BLU Life Play hands-on

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The bright-colored BLU Life Play is the most affordable member of the recently launched Android smartphone series by the Miami-based manufacturer. Priced at only $229 with no contract, the dual-SIM handset offers tremendous value without heavily skimping on the hardware specs.

Like the BLU Life View and the BLU Life One, the entry-level Life Play features a MediaTek MT6589 SoC with 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, a PowerVR Series5XT series GPU, and 1GB of RAM. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 lands in our office, we give it the hands-on treatment

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The little brother in Samsung’s latest big-screen duo, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8, has made it to our office, and we’re giving you a quick look at it before getting our review under way.

As you may have guessed, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 contains a 5.8-inch screen, which ventures well into phablet territory, although not as much as the even larger display located on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. Either way, join us as we take a look at this massive smartphone from Samsung. Read more »

US LG Optimus G Pro hands-on

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The LG Optimus G Pro made its way officially to the United States, so we managed to spend some quality time with the Yankee version of the Korean flagship. The smartphone is exclusively offered by AT&T for $199.99 with a two-year commitment.

As far as specs go, the US LG Optimus G Pro is practically identical with the Korean version which we extensively reviewed, save for the omission of FM radio. Highlights include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, 5.5” 1080p IPS display, 13MP camera, as well as every trick from the playbook of today’s crop of Android flagships. Read on to find out what’s different about the US model. Read more »

The Sony Xperia L pays us a visit, poses for the camera

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The Sony Xperia L is Sony’s latest effort in the lower midrange market, bringing a very decent set of features for under 250 euro – a combo bound to get it quite a lot of attention.

Among its key selling points is Android Jelly Bean 4.1, an 8 MP snapper, dual-core Krait processor, 4.3″ display in a regular-sized body and expandable storage. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 925 comes into our office, flaunts its new design, display and software

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The Nokia Lumia 925 recently took over the reins from the 920 as the new WP8 flagship. The Lumia 928 is similar but it’s a Verizon exclusive. Anyway, the 925 brings a much needed redesign of the body, a new AMOLED screen and several software improvements.

Just to be clear, the Lumia 920 didn’t need a redesign in terms of looks – it’s the thickness and especially weight that needed work. It weighed 185g, 2g heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which has a screen that’s a full inch bigger. Dropping to 8.5mm thickness from 10.7mm is a welcome change as well. Read more »

BLU Life One hands-on impressions

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With a 5” IPS LCD display, the BLU Life One sits above the entry-level Life Play, and below the phablet-proportioned Life View in the freshly launched smartphone series from the Miami based manufacturer. Given the increasing popularity which the 5” Android smartphones enjoy lately, the dual-SIM BLU Life One is likely to generate the most interest from potential users.

Save for the smaller display, the BLU Life One packs the same spec sheet as its bigger brother which we previewed a couple of days back. Read more »

BLU Life View hands-on impressions

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The BLU Life View is certainly not what passes as a budget-friendly Android smartphone these days. With a 5.7” HD IPS display, quad-core CPU, dual-SIM functionality, and a metal clad body, the handset looks like anything but a device with a sub-$300 price tag.

Roughly a year ago, the BLU Studio 5.3 turned our idea about a budget smartphone upside down. This time around, the Miami based manufacturer launched a trio of Life series smartphones, and the 5.7” View is leading the way as the flagship of the bunch. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy Fame poses for our camera before its review

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The latest entry-level smartphone from Samsung has arrived, and we take the opportunity to give you a quick glimpse of it prior to our full review.

The Samsung Galaxy Fame is a single-core 1 GHz with a rather poorly sounding 3.5-inch HVGA screen with only 256K colors, but does run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean to sweeten the pot. Read more »

HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4′s cameras go head to head after software updates, check out the samples

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HTC One’s Ultrapixel camera didn’t get quite the best reception but the company has issued not one but two updates since, which supposedly improve on the quality of the photos.

Samsung also issued an update for its Galaxy S4 flagship, which tweaks the camera performance as well. Naturally we wanted to see what those are all about and took the two hottest smartphones of the season for another shooting session. Read more »

HTC One for AT&T hands-on impressions

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HTC One has made it to the carriers’ shelves in the United States over the last week. The Taiwanese flagship is offered by AT&T, Sprint Wireless and T-Mobile across the Atlantic.

We’ve managed to spend some quality time with an AT&T version of the HTC One. Here’s a quick look at the differences between it and the international version which we extensively reviewed. Read more »