Author Archives: Vincent Nguyen

Co-founder of R3 Media, Vincent Nguyen is currently Editor-in-Chief of SlashGear and Android Community. You can follow him on Google+, twitter @Nguyen and Facebook

Sony Xperia Z: Hands-on with the Waterproof 1080p powerhouse

Sony Xperia Z: Hands-on with the Waterproof 1080p powerhouse

Sony is starting 2013 with a bang, in the shape of the new Sony Xperia Z smartphone, a 5-inch 1080p powerhouse that wraps a 13-megapixel camera, quadcore S4 Pro processor, and 4G LTE in a waterproof glass casing. Revealed at CES today, and beginning a global roll-out in Q1, the Xperia Z puts Sony back on top of its game (and leaves us wishing Sony, not LG, was picked for the latest Google Nexus product). Read on for our hands-on first impressions.

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Sony HX850 BRAVIA Review (1080p 3D LED Internet TV)

Sony HX850 BRAVIA Review (1080p 3D LED Internet TV)

There was a time when Sony's BRAVIA TVs led the industry, and were the automatic first-choice for home entertainment enthusiasts. Little stays still in consumer electronics, however, and now Sony finds itself fighting Korean upstarts for the King of TVs crown. Into the fray wades the Sony BRAVIA HX850, on the SlashGear test bench in 55-inch form, and bearing a $2,500 RRP as well as a lengthy list of specs and abilities. Read on for our review.

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Samsung UN75ES9000 75-Inch Review (1080p 240Hz 3D Slim LED HDTV)

Samsung UN75ES9000 75-Inch Review (1080p 240Hz 3D Slim LED HDTV)

Samsung has an impressive track record with big-screen LED TVs, and the current 75-inch flagship UN75ES9000 aims to maintain that legacy. Packaging the smart TV functionality from the ES8000 with a few of the picture processing features best loved from 2011's D8000, all in a slim, rose gold frame, the ES9000 promises plenty; then again, so it should with a $10,000 price tag. With a mile-long spec sheet there's plenty going on, so keep reading for the SlashGear review.

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vivint Home Automation and Security System Review

vivint Home Automation and Security System Review

Home security and automation is many a geek's dream and many a DIY enthusiast's nightmare. Ambitious plans for interconnected security, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) and automation systems can easily descend into a chaos of poorly-compatible hardware and unreliable stability. The alarm system that trips every other night is the system that gets turned off permanently. Vivint offers an alternative route: much of the flexibility and convenience of the DIY approach, thanks to a modular setup of wireless components, but the reassurance of pro-installation and 24/7 monitoring. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Apple iMac 27-inch (2012) Review

Apple iMac 27-inch (2012) Review

Apple doesn't change things for the sake of change, and that's why we've had to wait a few years for a redesign of the iMac. When a fresh model does arrive, though, it arrives in style: for 2012, the iMac is slimmer than ever, with a crisp new casing that borrows aerospace construction methods and iPhone display technology to wrap together a beautiful, slim computer that's pleasing to the eye whether or not it's powered up. Still, as Apple's mainstream desktop, the new iMac has to perform, too, and with space at a premium there are some interesting choices to be made as to what goes inside. Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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iPad mini 4G Review (Verizon)

iPad mini 4G Review (Verizon)

One of the takeaways from our iPad mini review was quite how travel-friendly the smaller tablet proved to be in comparison to the full-sized version. The 9.7-inch iPad has grown progressively slimmer across its generations, but the 7.9-inch form factor has bag-friendly advantages in its narrower width and shorter length. The fact that it's so easily used one-handed makes it a more direct alternative to a Kindle or NOOK for ebook reading, too. While the WiFi-only model's design begged to be included in your bag or purse, the 4G version finally has the flexibility to match.

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Apple iMac 27-inch (2012) Hands-on

Apple iMac 27-inch (2012) Hands-on

Apple's 2012 iMac has arrived in-stores and on the SlashGear test bench, first in 21.5-inch form and then the 27-inch behemoth following on in December. Borrowing design cues from Apple's portable range and debuting new construction techniques never before seen in desktop computing, the new iMac also keeps Apple in the front of the pack for performance, with a fresh array of Intel quadcore processors, NVIDIA graphics, and some storage magic in the shape of Fusion Drive.

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Chevrolet Sonic and Siri integration hands-on

Chevrolet Sonic and Siri integration hands-on

Chevrolet's 2013 Sonic is a spritely little city car, and as of the new year it will have a perky digital personal assistant in the shape of Apple's Siri. Targeted at cash-strapped but mobile-obsessed college leavers and first-car owners, the 2013 Sonic is the first in Chevrolet's line-up to feature the MyLink Siri integration, though it won't be the last. We caught up with Chevy ahead of the new Sonic's infotationment system making its debut at the LA Auto Show to see how iPhone and automobile play together.

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Jawbone UP Review (2012)

Jawbone UP Review (2012)

Jawbone's UP is back for 2012, and like that gym membership you signed up for and only used once, it's begging you to give it a second chance. The original UP launched last year to rave reviews, but the shine quickly faded as owners struggled with batteries that refused to charge and hardware that would unexpectedly stop working. Jawbone dragged it back into the lab and returned with a new version, all-change in hardware and software, and the subject of near 3m hours of testing. The wearable tracking market hasn't stood still in the meantime, however, so can the UP regain its lost momentum? Read on for our full review.

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