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

iPhone 5s Review

iPhone 5s Review

We've come to expect evolution not revolution from the "S" update to Apple's iPhone range, but the iPhone 5s could be enough to buck that trend. Inside the familiar metal casing beats a new processor, the Apple A7, making the iPhone 5s the first smartphone - and iOS 7 the first smartphone platform - to transition to 64-bit; the home button has lost its square sigil but gained a biometric sensor that might be the first to actually convince owners to use it; and the camera may still be 8-megapixels in resolution on paper, but those pixels - and the way Apple uses them - are quantifiably better than before. Does that make the iPhone 5s the automatic choice in smartphones? Read on for our full review.

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LG G Pad 8.3 hands-on

LG G Pad 8.3 hands-on

LG took a backseat in Android tablets for a while, but now the company is back with the LG G Pad 8.3, a higher-than-Full HD slate borrowing tech from the LG G2 smartphone. Having flirted with dual camera arrays and glasses-free 3D displays, LG has gone back to basics with the new G Pad, aiming for long battery life and great image quality. Announced last week, we grabbed some hands-on time at IFA 2013 today, so read on for our first impressions.

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Jawbone MINI JAMBOX hands-on

Jawbone MINI JAMBOX hands-on

First came the JAMBOX, Jawbone's play on the portable Bluetooth speaker, all the way back in 2010. Then the JAMBOX got supersized, as the BIG JAMBOX, for those times when more music meant more fun. Finally, we have the new baby of the bunch, the Jawbone MINI JAMBOX, a sleeker version of the original intended to fit it in pocket or smaller bag. We've been putting the $179.99 speaker through its paces; check out our first impressions after the cut.

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2014 Kia Soul first drive

2014 Kia Soul first drive

Kia has revealed its second-generation Soul, the company's compact city car, with a more distinctive design, a bigger features list, and the promise of a more involving driving experience. Due to arrive in showrooms in Q4 2013, the new Soul has a stiffer chassis than the model it replaces, introduces a new engine, and even adds Android to the dashboard for better multimedia, navigation, and integration with your phone. Kia invited us down to try out the new 2014 Soul; read on for our first impressions.

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Infiniti EMERG-E First Drive

Infiniti EMERG-E First Drive

As environmentally-friendly concepts go, Nissan's Infiniti EMERG-E is definitely more in the BMW i8 camp of performance first, rather than the meek eco-boxes that can give EVs a bad name, and we've been lucky enough to grab a test drive of one of the two working cars in existence while at Nissan 360. While most concepts look great but can often manage no more than a sluggish roll from delivery trailer to car show stand, the 402HP EMERG-E isn't short on either power or poise. Read on for some first impressions.

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BMW Concept X5 eDrive teases hybrid SUV to challenge Lexus

BMW Concept X5 eDrive teases hybrid SUV to challenge Lexus

BMW's i3 may be the company's first electric car to reach the market, but the company knows it's gas-guzzling SUVs that could really benefit from an eco-friendly update, hence the new BMW Concept X5 eDrive. Set to debut officially at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, the concept SUV bears a few design tweaks on the outside to differentiate it from its gas and diesel powered siblings, but the real magic goes on under the hood, where a plug-in hybrid drive system promises to take the polluting edge off of owning a big all-wheel-drive car.

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Nissan Autonomous Cars: We talk Self-Driving with R&D chief Carla Bailo

Nissan Autonomous Cars: We talk Self-Driving with R&D chief Carla Bailo

Nissan's self-driving car technology works, but when will we see the first autonomous vehicles on the road, and how do you coax keen drivers out from behind the wheel and into trusting their AI chauffeur? Cars that can drive themselves are, many believe, the answer to cutting road-related fatalities and making better use of highways, but it raises challenges beyond those the industry has traditionally faced about "normal" transportation. We talked with Carla Bailo, president of Nissan Technical Center North America and senior vice president of NNA R&D Americas, at Nissan 360 this week about where the company's first real-world trials, the similarities and differences between Nissan's approach and Google's, and why one of the biggest selling points might well be the promise of a good cup of coffee.

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Nissan Leaf Self-Driving Car First-Drive

Nissan Leaf Self-Driving Car First-Drive

Autonomous cars aren't just the preserve of Google and MIT; Nissan has been working on its own self-driving technology, and we took a ride in the custom Leaf EV to see just how the future feels. The technology uses a special, second-gen version of the Safety Shield technology Nissan will debut on production models this year, upgraded with extra cameras and laser radar systems to identify and track other road users, pedestrians, and the surrounding terrain, and navigate through accordingly.

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AT&T Moto Maker for Moto X Walkthrough

AT&T Moto Maker for Moto X Walkthrough

Motorola's Moto Maker customization suite is a key part of the Moto X smartphone's appeal, and we've finally had a chance to experiment with the 252 color combinations on offer thanks to early access to AT&T's launch system. Set to open its doors officially for Moto X orders later this month, Moto Maker - which will initially be limited to AT&T's customers, with Verizon and other carriers only getting the all-black and all-white versions until Motorola further rolls out the system - allows buyers to piece together different front and rear panels, accent colors, and even pre-configure the software before their new smartphone ships, with the final result produced right in the USA. It's more customization flexibility than we've ever seen in Android before; read on for our full walkthrough.

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LG G2 hands-on

LG G2 hands-on

The LG G2, the company's latest Android smartphone, is here, and we've been spending some hands-on time with the 5.2-inch flagship to see how it shapes up in a crowded market. LG has dipped into all of its different divisions - displays, batteries, and more - to cherry-pick their best technologies, pairing them with Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quadcore and the first smartphone 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. Does that make it the Android phone to have? Read on for our first impressions.

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