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 »
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 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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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’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 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 »
The Sony Xperia SP, which we got for a quick hands-on last month, has finally arrived in our office.
We’ve decided to take some quick snaps of it before our review monkeys take it away. Take a look! Read more »
Sony Xperia ZL has landed at our office. It’s the not-so-tough Xperia Z sibling, powered by the same hardware platform and running on identical Android version with the same custom UI (launcher).
The Xperia ZL may not be water or dust-proof, but offers a few extra goodies over the Z model – a hardware camera key, an infrared port, а smaller footprint and a much better grip, thanks to the textured rear panel. Read more »
The Sony Xperia E is the single-SIM variant and second member of the Xperia E family, after the Xperia E dual.
The Xperia E is virtually identical to the E dual, save for the lacking second SIM slot and the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which replaces 4.0 ICS. Read more »
The freshly announced HTC First made its way to our office. The AT&T exclusive smartphone, as its name mildly suggests, is the first to come with the Facebook Home Android launcher out of the box.
The HTC First is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with two Krait CPU cores, clocked at 1.4GHz. Read more »