Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in San Francisco, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

Samsung Gear 360 hands-on: A pocket-friendly VR camera

Samsung Gear 360 hands-on: A pocket-friendly VR camera

Samsung has pushed consumer virtual reality hard with the Gear VR, and now it's looking to put VR creation into the hands of the public with its new 360-degree camera. The Samsung Gear 360 is aiming at the consumer VR sweet-spot, the company says, offering much better resolution than most low-cost 360-degree cameras but without the huge price tag of professional kit like Nokia's OZO.

Continue Reading

Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on with Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on with Galaxy S7 edge

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the most hotly-anticipated Android smartphone of 2016, so the good news is that it's pretty damn good. Announced today at Samsung's latest Unpacked event in Barcelona, Spain, the S7 - and its Galaxy S7 edge sibling, with a bigger screen and curved edges - pick up the torch from earlier Galaxy flagships and gives them a shove in the direction of the South Korean firm's latest obsessions.

Continue Reading

This is Nokia’s Next Big Thing (and 5G plays a huge role)

This is Nokia’s Next Big Thing (and 5G plays a huge role)

Nokia may be out of the phone business but the next step for the storied brand might see have an impact on more pockets than ever before. The company has brought new devices to Mobile World Congress 2016, but unlike previous years they're not smartphones. Instead, It's Nokia AirScale, a 5G-ready ecosystem that, while you may never hear the name in daily life, could end up gluing together your future handsets, IoT devices, cars, smart homes, and more.

Continue Reading

The Huawei MateBook is Windows 10’s iPad Pro killer: Hands-on

The Huawei MateBook is Windows 10’s iPad Pro killer: Hands-on

Windows 10 tablets with detachable keyboards are clearly A Thing here at Mobile World Congress this week, with Huawei revealing its MateBook PC. Aiming, so the Chinese company promises, to bring about the age of Business 3.0, the super-sleek 12-inch tablet sets the iPad Pro in its sights, but for those who want full Windows app support.

Continue Reading

LG G5 hands-on: LG goes metal and modular

LG G5 hands-on: LG goes metal and modular

LG promised something out of the ordinary for Mobile World Congress this year, and the LG G5 certainly delivers. The company's flagship Android smartphone for 2016 not only ditches the little-loved plastic of its predecessor, but introduces a new range of "Friends of G5" accessories that can expand its functionality, in some cases physically modifying it depending on whether you want more polished photography, better audio, or even more accurate control of your drone.

Continue Reading

Samsung Connect Auto upgrades your car with 4G Tizen

Samsung Connect Auto upgrades your car with 4G Tizen

Samsung may not be building a car, but it is building a car connectivity system, with Samsung Connect Auto aiming to make your existing auto smarter. Plugging into the OBD-II port found under the steering wheel, the LTE-equipped dongle offers WiFi hotspot functionality as well as tapping into detailed performance, economy, and maintenance metrics from the car itself, freeing drivers from the dreaded and confusing "Check Engine" light.

Continue Reading

Alcatel’s PLUS 10 Windows 10 tablet packs a 4G keyboard

Alcatel’s PLUS 10 Windows 10 tablet packs a 4G keyboard

Alcatel may be particularly pleased with its Idol 4S smartphone at MWC 2016 this week, with packaging that doubles as a VR headset, but it also brought along a convertible Windows 10 tablet. The Alcatel PLUS 10 is a combination tablet and laptop, the company's first 2-in-1 to run Microsoft's latest OS, and one of a rare breed of such models with integrated 4G.

Continue Reading

Surprise! Maserati made its first ever SUV

Surprise! Maserati made its first ever SUV

Of all the automakers to launch an SUV - and a diesel one at that - at the Geneva Motor Show, Maserati probably wouldn't be your first guess. Turns out, though, the fifth model to join the Italian company's line-up is the Maserati Levante, a sports SUV to take on the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport.

Continue Reading

The 2017 Volvo V90 shows Sweden still loves wagons (and you should too)

The 2017 Volvo V90 shows Sweden still loves wagons (and you should too)

If there's one thing you can expect from Volvo it's a commitment to wagons, and that's showing up in spades today with the 2017 Volvo V90. The big-butted sibling to the S90 sedan that Volvo brought to the Detroit auto show last month, it's the latest in a long history of "premium estate" cars for those who demand practicality with their Swedish safety.

Continue Reading

McLaren goes bespoke-crazy with Geneva carbon customs

McLaren goes bespoke-crazy with Geneva carbon customs

If every car show has its unofficial theme, then Geneva's is ridiculously bespoke luxury, and McLaren is bringing a pair of its own examples of automotive excess. In fact, it's the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) team that has taken the lead in Switzerland this year, first crafting a fully carbon fiber-bodied McLaren P1 to turn the already-at-11 hypercar up to 12.

Continue Reading

This is Renault’s stunning Alpine Vision Concept

This is Renault’s stunning Alpine Vision Concept

As halo cars go, the Renault Alpine Vision Concept is certainly striking, but can resurrecting the storied nameplate really drive the French automaker back into success? To give Renault its dues, it's certainly committed: back in late 2012, when the company said it would bring Alpine back from the dead as the go-to car for driving enthusiasts, the skepticism was palpable.

Continue Reading

Silk Labs’ Sense wants the IoT to have some style

Silk Labs’ Sense wants the IoT to have some style

The smart home may be fashionable right now, but it's hardly attractive, something one startup created by a former Mozilla exec aims to change with Sense. Brainchild of Andreas Gal, who until 2015 was chief technical officer on the Firefox team, Silk Labs has visions of a connected camera that's pretty enough that you want to look at it while it's watching you.

Continue Reading