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

The iPad Pro is here: Now its trial-by-fire begins

The iPad Pro is here: Now its trial-by-fire begins

You already know it's big, and that it's powerful, but does the iPad Pro have what it takes to survive on the road as a true notebook replacement? Apple's 12.9-inch tablet is the biggest outing for iOS to-date, and just as we realized back when it was first announced, it's not only a huge deal for the Cupertino firm but a huge device period.

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2016 Kia Optima First Drive

2016 Kia Optima First Drive

Fourteen years ago, Kia was last on J.D. Power's quality survey; today, it's second behind Porsche. That's a big deal, but what does it have to do with the new 2016 Optima? Turns out, pretty much everything, inside and out. It's Kia's best-selling vehicle for the past three consecutive years, not to mention its first model to top the 150,000 yearly sales mark, with demand up 480-percent versus 2010.

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Nissan’s IDS Concept mixes autonomous EV with Google Now-style AI

Nissan’s IDS Concept mixes autonomous EV with Google Now-style AI

The newly-unveiled Nissan IDS concept car here at the Tokyo Motor Show isn’t just a self driving car that happens to be electric, but a transformer too. Adjusting to meet each driver's own personal requirements - or simply taking the wheel itself - there's a manual drive mode for those who wish to go the traditional route, or alternatively the option to simply sit back, relax, and let the IDS chauffeur you around.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt first drive

2016 Chevrolet Volt first drive

Not all electric cars are created equal and, as Chevrolet proved with the first-generation Volt, there's more than one way to wean drivers off gasoline. Fans of electric vehicles can debate pure-EV, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and any other combination all they like; at the end of the day I'm a pragmatist, and so for me it's the Volt's ability to boost fuel-efficiency without introducing range anxiety - and without being too pious in the process - that makes the second-gen 2016 car so appealing.

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iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Review

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Review

If you listen to the cynics, the "s" in Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus stands for "same-old". The tick-tock upgrade cycle of the best-selling smartphone has led many to expect revolution one year and then mere evolution the next. Turns out, though, Darwin himself would be impressed by what Apple has achieved with its flagship iPhones in 2015.

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LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE hands-on: Android Wear gets 4G

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE hands-on: Android Wear gets 4G

LG put style to the fore with the original Watch Urbane, but for the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE it's connectivity that's most important. The new Android Wear smartwatch is the first running Google's OS to pack an integrated LTE radio, complete with its own nanoSIM so that it can get online when your phone - or the nearest WiFi network - is out of range.

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LG V10 hands-on: Oddball selfie and display doubling hide manual 4K core

LG V10 hands-on: Oddball selfie and display doubling hide manual 4K core

Are you a city adventurer? That's what LG wants to know with the launch of the new LG V10 smartphone, arriving today alongside the LTE-connected LG Watch Urbane 2 smartwatch. It also appears to be the result of LG taking an adventure walk through its parts bin, with unusual features like dual front-facing cameras.

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2017 Audi A4 first drive: A8 for the everyman

2017 Audi A4 first drive: A8 for the everyman

Hardly had the lights flashed on the new 2017 Audi S4 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, when a handful of journalists were whisked off to Venice, Italy to test drive the next generation A4. Set to go on sale in Q1 of next year as a 2017 model, the new A4 is still some months out, but thanks to this early preview I got a chance to see just what’s going on with the subtle yet appreciable - not to mention critical - changes to both the exterior and interior design over the outgoing car. With 12 million A4 sold worldwide, there’s a lot riding on this ninth-generation (“B9”) model, especially as it faces down the likes of Cadillac's ATS, BMW;s 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz's C-Class.

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2016 smart ForTwo first-drive: Better, not bigger

2016 smart ForTwo first-drive: Better, not bigger

The ForTwo is unmistakably a smart car and unique in many ways, but it's still a car that isn't for everyone. You either love it - and are willing to shell out the not-inconsiderable amount of money to buy one - or you hate it. The middle ground for the ForTwo is nonexistent, as far as I can tell. That being said, for owners of the original, the ForTwo is in my opinion a worthy upgrade. A refined chassis: check. More horsepower, performance and handling: check. A newly redesigned interior offering a more luxuriously grown up look and feel: check.

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2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang First Drive – Golden Pony

2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang First Drive – Golden Pony

There's always the lingering fear, when faced with a famous nameplate like Shelby, that the car it's attached to will be more about branding than performance. I needn't have worried about the 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang. Since it first broke cover at the start of the year, I've been itching to get behind the wheel of the uber-pony. Happily, neither the GT350 nor its monster GT350R sibling disappoints.

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2016 Audi TT/TTS Review

2016 Audi TT/TTS Review

The first time I saw the Audi TT, I can remember saying to myself, “wow - what a great looking car - I can't wait to grow up and buy one.” I was 21 when Audi first introduced the original TT in 1995; now, 20 years later and in it's third generation, it’s still a great looking car. Technology doesn’t stand still, however, and so the latest TT is more refined and technologically advanced both inside and out. Question is, has two decades been generous to the TT or just put it firmly into middle-age.

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The Everyday Messenger by Peak Design hands-on

The Everyday Messenger by Peak Design hands-on

It’s no small achievement being the most successful bag on Kickstarter, so the Everyday Messenger by Peak Design has a lot to live up to. With over 7,000 backers pledging $1,940,093 at time of writing - well over the initial goal of $100,000 it’s clear the bag has struck a chord, with myself included. This has been my busiest travel year and damn, I could have used this bag.

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