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Oppo R819 flies into our office, lands right in front of the camera

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The Oppo R819 was announced just hours ago and we’re ready to share our first impressions of the new dual-SIM Android. It’s impressively thin and light and the screen looks great too. But can the up-and-coming company challenge the established players?

Samsung and HTC both have dual-SIM versions of their flagships, but those are hard to find and expensive. In comparison the more affordable R819 aims for broader availability, while also offering a quad-core chipset and a good camera. Read more »

Motorola Moto X for AT&T unboxing and hands-on

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As the first smartphone developed from scratch during Google’s ownership of Motorola, the Moto X has generated a good deal of interest. The smartphone will begin landing on the store shelves in the United States next week, on August 23.

After previewing the handset, we’ve been spending quality time with a retail unit of the smartphone for AT&T. Hit the break for an unboxing and hands-on of the Moto X! Read more »

World’s thinnest smartphone visits HQ, watch the Huawei Ascend P6 star in a hands-on

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Huawei Ascend P6 is widely advertised as the world’s slimmest smartphone to date. Indeed there is no thinner smartphone in our database so far and we just had to see it live. And here it is – the Ascend P6 knocking on our office doors.

Huawei Ascend P6 is powered by company’s home-brewed chipset – the K3V2 – featuring a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A9 processor, a 16-core unnamed graphics unit and 2GB of RAM. We’ve already met this configuration within the Ascend Mate phablet and we know it performs very well on a 720p screen. Read more »

Here goes the LG G2 in some hands-on video action

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Today at the LG G2 launch event, we captured a rather lengthy video detailing the key features of the newly announced smartphone. The list is long and quite impressive.

The video kicks off with a look at the hardware design of the LG G2, followed by walkthrough of the UI highlights. Read more »

Element Case Atom and Eclipse cases for Samsung Galaxy S4 hands-on

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The California-based designer and manufacturer of smartphone and tablet accessories Element Case recently released a duo of premium covers for the Samsung Galaxy S4. Dubbed Atom and Eclipse, the cases feature quality materials and a Sound Boost System which notably improves the multimedia experience delivered by the Korean smartphone flagship.

With a primary focus on Apple smartphones, Element Case has established a reputation for making some of the highest quality protective cases money can buy, using only premium materials such as metal, carbon fiber, and wood. Read on to find out about the company’s latest Samsung Galaxy S4 offerings! Read more »

HTC Desire 600 dual sim comes to our office, hands-on video inside

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Want some of the premium HTC One features, but you can’t afford its premium price tag? Fret not, HTC has got you covered with the Desire 600 dual sim.

The phone combines the front dual-speakers of the HTC One with the BeatsAudio software enhancement and a couple of SIM slots. Okay, it’s made of plastic, but that keeps the price down and it’s also not too bad to the touch either. Read more »

The second generation ASUS Nexus 7 came over, here goes the unboxing

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It’s been a few days since the second generation ASUS Nexus 7 hit the shelves, so we promptly got our hands on the hot hardware. The successor of the most popular slate in the Android realm is currently available in the United States with an entry-level price tag of $229.

The new Nexus 7 is everything a tablet sequel should be. It is more powerful, thinner, lighter, and better put together. It also comes with a brand new Android version to boot . Read more »

RHA MA450i in-ear headphones review

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The RHA MA450i headphones are the British company’s top end in-ear offering. The headset has been developed to play nice with Apple devices and sports an aluminum construction alongside an affordable price tag – a great combination in my book.

A couple of months ago, I was astounded by the outstanding value which the RHA SA950i on-ear headphones offered for the money. As I am already familiar with Reid Heath Acoustics products, my expectations towards the RHA MA450i are really high. Read on to find out if the headset delivers! Read more »

We get our hands on the waterproof LG Optimus GJ

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LG has released a waterproof edition of its Optimus G soon-to-be-former flagship, and we’ve got it in our studio for a quick hands-on before the full review.

The LG Optimus GJ features IPX7 water resistance up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, as well as a removable back panel and microSD card support. Read more »

XOLO Play T1000 review

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The XOLO Play T1000 is the latest smartphone from the Indian manufacturer Lava. We have previously taken a look at the company’s XOLO X900 smartphone, which also happened to be one of the first Android smartphones to run on an Intel chipset.

The XOLO Play is a bit different from the X900, wherein it runs on a traditional ARM processor. The chipset in question is an NVDIA Tegra 3 and as you can tell from the name the device is being touted as a gaming device. We’ll see how it performs as a gaming device and of course, as an everyday smartphone. Read more »

HTC One mini comes back for seconds, we shoot another hands-on video with it

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Our first encounter with the HTC One mini was shorter than we would have liked so we invited it back for round 2. It made a good first impression, let’s see how it will fare once the feeling of novelty has subsided.

Holding it for a second time, we still think the One mini offers a more premium feel than many high-end phones do. Read more »

Sony Xperia ZR blasts through our office with IP58 certification and a pink paint job

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The Sony Xperia ZR has rushed into our office in dire need of review treatment. Before that though, we are giving it a quick test drive in front of our camera to show you some of its awesome features.

You can’t really mistake the Xperia ZR, can you? Especially with this cool pink paint job, which should really become a favorite of the ladies. It looks the part thanks to the high quality plastic used, which feels very sturdy and premium. Read more »

BlackBerry Q5 stops by at HQ, we give it the camera treatment

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BlackBerry Q5 is company’s second QWERTY smartphone to run the latest generation of its new BlackBerry 10 platforms. It is supposed to bring the complete BlackBerry experience at a more affordable price point compared to the premium BlackBerry Q10.

The BlackBerry Q5 comes with a 3.1-inch 720x720px IPS LCD display and is powered by the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with a dual-core 1.2GHz Krait processor, Adreno 225 graphics and 2GB of RAM. Read more »

We go hands-on with the HTC One mini, compare it with its big bro

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The HTC One mini just went official and we were lucky enough to get to handle the new diminutive handset. The One mini takes the aluminum unibody, UltraPixel camera, BoomSound stereo speakers and Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 of the regular One and compacts them into a smaller package with a 4.3″ 720p screen.

So, how much smaller is it? It’s 5mm shorter and 5mm narrower (about 0.2″ on a side) and lighter too – 122g vs. 143g for the big One. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the thickness. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 cases by Spigen hands-on

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The Korean mobile accessories powerhouse Spigen SGP offers a range of protective cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4, rivaled only by their Apple iPhone 5 range. From tempered glass screen protectors, all the way to magnetic flip cases, there’s a model to cater to everyone’s taste.

Over the years, Spigen SGP has established a reputation for offering products with premium design and quality. Therefore, when I got to the chance to spend time with some cases from the Samsung Galaxy S4 range, I had nothing but high expectations. Read more »