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Amazon Fire TV 2 Review (2015)

Amazon Fire TV 2 Review (2015)

The Amazon Fire TV is aimed at Amazon Prime members and prospective Prime members - if that's not you, be wary. If you're thinking of purchasing this device with the intent of making it your sole Smart TV controller, you're going to want to be aware of a few things, the first of which is its extreme similarity to its predecessor. We're looking at the 2015 edition of the Amazon Fire TV - this is the version you'll be able to buy from Amazon now, while the previous generation will most likely be sold only by 3rd-party retailers with clearly marked signs and major discounts.

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AT&T LG V10 first look: did LG just hit another home run?

AT&T LG V10 first look: did LG just hit another home run?

The LG V10 is a smartphone we did not expect to see - all the good parts of the LG G4 with the added oddity of a second display. What's the reason for this device to exist? Our questions quickly disintegrated once we got to handle the smartphone. Not only is this device coming with a quirky secondary display, the design of the phone has changed significantly, too. Now far easier to handle and a big larger, to boot, the LG V10 might be the kicker for folks not quite convinced by the G4.

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What’s next for iPhone 7?

What’s next for iPhone 7?

Today we're having a sort of brainstorming session on what might be next for Apple's smartphone line. What we've heard so far is very little - bits and pieces on the thinness of the device, word on processor manufacturers, and even a tip on how there may be a non-metal version. But what we're doing today is extrapolating. Deciding what may be based on what was and what's trending now. First: release dates - we're leaning toward a September 23rd release date and a September 7th reveal date - based entirely on precedent.

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Nexus 6P destroyed, then accused of bend-test fail

Nexus 6P destroyed, then accused of bend-test fail

A so-called "bend-test" has been performed on Google's Nexus 6P this week, but only after the device's structural integrity had been compromised. You'll find "JerryRigEverything" taking to the Nexus 6P with a set of metal picks of increasing hardness, gouging in to the front of the device. After essentially destroying the glass, he makes certain of its destruction by pressing said glass, breaking it in two. Then he does some "heat tests." These tests include literally taking a flame to the device to see how its display reacts. Only AFTER all of this - and a few scratches to the back of the device to see the scratch resistance of the metal, he does a "bend test."

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Samsung Galaxy View detailed: new “largest Android” now official

Samsung Galaxy View detailed: new “largest Android” now official

What Samsung calls the "largest Android mobile device on the market" has been revealed in the Galaxy View. This device splits the difference between the smartphone (or tablet) and the full-sized television monitor, coming with a whopping 18.4-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) display with touchscreen capabilities. This device will come in either Wi-fi-only or 4G LTE iterations, running with a nanoSIM card slot right out of the box. This device comes with a built-in handle - naturally - to allow you to carry it around without worrying about a drop.

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Huawei Watch Review

Huawei Watch Review

This device has been a long time coming - and anticipated by round-faced smartwatch hopefuls. This is Huawei's first fully round display-toting wearable device, and indeed one of the first smartwatches with a fully round panel to have been shown to the world, as well. The Huawei Watch is relatively affordable (especially compared to its biggest competitors) and looks generally unassuming or otherwise low-key in design. Is that enough to take on the likes of Apple and Motorola?

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Nexus 6P Review

Nexus 6P Review

Past experience has told us not to expect a top-tier smartphone from the Huawei-made Nexus 6P sold by Google. It's been a surprise, as a result, to find a high quality hardware experience in this smartphone - one with a body and a camera just as well made as its software. In the past, the Nexus line has been Google's standard for developers and an expectation of a baseline for manufacturers of the future. In the Nexus 6P, Google and Huawei have made a device to lust after.

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Nexus 6P 240fps video camera test: impressive, most impressive

Nexus 6P 240fps video camera test: impressive, most impressive

With the Nexus 6P users have access to the slowest slow-motion ever delivered to an Android smartphone. Inside you'll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 with an Adreno 430 GPU, but no mention of a separate processor for the camera. If indeed the entire load is being handled by Qualcomm's SoC, color us impressed. What you're about to see are a couple of brief examples of how this slow motion system works - slick - on the Nexus 6P right out of the box.

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Nexus 6P camera testing: our first real-world results

Nexus 6P camera testing: our first real-world results

This week we're reviewing the Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P, starting with its camera - today you're going to see our first results. This part of the test is extremely simple - it's mostly to gauge how well the device can capture everyday objects out in the wild. This presentation comes before our comparisons with other smartphones and before our comparisons with a DSLR camera. This walk takes what might be Google's most powerful smartphone camera on a walk outside and through a set of low-light shots indoors, as well.

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Halloween comes early for Verizon’s DROID release event

Halloween comes early for Verizon’s DROID release event

A spooky sort of invite has been sent by Verizon for an event that's sure to reveal the newest DROID devices from Motorola. This event will take place starting at 11AM Eastern Time on the 27th of October, and the invite suggests one of two things. Either we're going to get a device that's especially good at helping us with the TRICK part of our Trick or Treat shenanigans, or we're just being teased with shards of glass because this device will be especially sharp. We're guessing it's a Moto X of a different name, and though not particularly rugged, a device that's not going to break when you drop it from your pocket.

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Apple opens test lab to show how products are perfected

Apple opens test lab to show how products are perfected

It would appear that Apple is heading in a direction that would suggest openness - that is, according to their most recent opening of labs. Working with the folks at Backchannel, Apple has shown off a set of images and details that suggest they (still) take product testing seriously. Above-and-beyond seriously, testing not only the look and feel of the products they create, but the sound. And not just the sound for loudness - they're making certain their mouse hits the right note when it clicks one way or the other.

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Moto G (3rd Gen) comes to Republic Wireless to tackle low-end

Moto G (3rd Gen) comes to Republic Wireless to tackle low-end

Republic Wireless is aiming to take on the big guns with the 3rd-generation Moto G, one of the most modest phones on the market. Today they've announced that they're bringing on the device Motorola revealed earlier this year, the device that in our full review made us "nothing but more confident in [Motorola's] ability to create the best low-cost smartphone line around." Republic Wireless are also releasing the Moto G 3rd-gen combined with their refund plans, allowing users to get cash for unused cellular data.

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