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

Nexus 4 Review

Nexus 4 Review

Google is up to its fourth Nexus smartphone, and the LG Nexus 4 faces a very different mobile world from the heady days of the Nexus One. Back then, Google's Nexus led the field in specifications, a deliberate kick to manufacturers to be more imaginative with their Android devices. The Nexus 4, however, faces ambitious and best-selling Android phones (not to mention the iPhone 5, and the launch of Windows Phone 8) that are already capable and compelling. Does the new Nexus have a place in the mobile market? Read on for our full review.

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iPad Review (4th Gen): Big tablet, Bigger speed

iPad Review (4th Gen): Big tablet, Bigger speed

Apple's new iPad with Retina display played a bit-role at the iPad mini launch, presenting a familiar face to the crowd and packing a potent new chipset inside. The 9.7-inch tablet has already cornered much of the market, with the late-2012 polish basically pushing the slate to the pinnacle of Apple's processor development, and outfitting it with a Lightning connector to match the iPhone 5. Read on for our full review. 

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iPad mini Review: Apple aims for the everyman

iPad mini Review: Apple aims for the everyman

It's an iPad, but smaller. Boiling down the iPad mini to its core premise may not tell you everything you need to know about the 7.9-inch tablet, but it does set the scene: Apple's legendary build quality, iOS and the hundreds of thousands of tablet apps in the App Store, and a guarantee that it's going to polarize consumers. Steve Jobs memorably dismissed smaller tablets, and yet Apple couldn't have been more enthusiastic about its mini model at the launch event last week. Read on to find out whether, for a small slate, the iPad mini is actually a big deal.

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Google Nexus 10 hands-on

Google Nexus 10 hands-on

Samsung has out-Retina'd Apple, and Google is definitely making the most of it. The Nexus 10 tablet may not have had the New York City debut it was promised, but even with a low-key press release its segment-busting specifications catch your eye. A 10.1-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 display breaks through the 300dpi pixel density mark, easily satisfying the "individual pixels indistinguishable at typical use-distance" criteria Apple created, while inside there's Samsung's own 1.7GHz dualcore Exynos 5250 with 2GB of RAM. If the Nexus 7 is Google's attempt to conquer the bargain mainstream, then the Nexus 10 is its assault on the very high-end, giving Android 4.2 Jelly Bean everything it needs in hardware in order to shine.

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LG Nexus 4 hands-on

LG Nexus 4 hands-on

Fourth in the Nexus series Google's new LG Nexus 4 has plenty to live up to. Android phones have proliferated, but the expectations of Nexus flagships by users and platform enthusiasts have arguably increased even more. Not only do they represent a glimpse into the hardware direction Google envisages for Android, but the promise of the most timely software updates in an OS world growing increasingly fragmented. With the Nexus 4, there's also a resurrected challenge at the carrier model, with some impressively competitive pricing for an unlocked device. Read on for some first-impressions.

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MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina Review

MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina Review

Apple finally gave ambitious road-warriors with excellent vision the Retina MacBook Pro they'd been demanding, a 13-inch model to join the existing 15-inch Pro at the pinnacle of the company's mobile range. Promising the same eye-watering visuals with the sort of processing power the Pro line-up is known for, the 13-inch version also makes some concessions so as to slim down to suit more frequent travelers. Is this the perfect notebook for your bag? Read on for our full review.

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Surface with Windows RT Review

Surface with Windows RT Review

Microsoft is no stranger to tablets, though with Windows RT and Surface the company is hoping to have its first tablet success. Borrowing frugal processors from the mobile industry and a distilled version of Windows 8, and pairing it with distinctive and high-quality hardware, Microsoft certainly appears at first glance to have ticked the right boxes. Still, in a market where tablets are generally scaled-up smartphones, does Microsoft's pared-back desktop OS do enough to rid its reliance on the keyboard and mouse? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display hands-on

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display hands-on

It's the ultraportable road warriors have been begging for, and Apple has finally delivered: after the barnstorming 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina, now there's a 13-inch counterpart. Freshly announced today, and falling under our eager fingers straight after Apple's San Jose launch event, the new notebook follows the successful route of its bigger brother. Gone is the optical drive, in comes the super-high-resolution screen, and wide open pop our wallets.

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Apple iMac 2012 hands-on

Apple iMac 2012 hands-on

Apple's iMac 2012 line-up has been revealed this morning, and those hoping for a compelling alternative to the new Windows 8 all-in-one PCs we've been seeing have had their wishes granted. Now incredibly thin - just 5mm at the tapered edge - and occupying 40-percent less volume than the slab-sided predecessors, the narrow iMacs are just as impressive in the metal as they are in photos. These are all-in-ones you almost can't believe contain a full computer; read on for our first impressions.

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iPad mini hands-on

iPad mini hands-on

Apple's iPad mini is here, and the family resemblance is clear. Slotting in-between the 9.7-inch iPad and the 4-inch iPod touch, the new 7.9-inch iPad mini further closes the ranks of the Apple mobile range, and we wasted no time grabbing some hands-on play following its breathless unveil in San Jose this morning. Read on for some first impressions.

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