Phone Reviews

Nextbit Robin Review: never mind the cloud, here’s the hardware

Nextbit Robin Review: never mind the cloud, here’s the hardware

The NextBit Robin smartphone may be the first in a new era of smartphone - far more trusting in its creator. Or it could be a mistake, holding on to the cloud when the public continues to fear the worst - hiding their data in their mattresses instead of allowing the data banks to do their job with security. Then there's the NextBit Robin's hardware design. It's gorgeous. It looks like the sort of hardware you'd find in a museum under "historic groundbreakers in industrial design." It looks like someone contacted the finest designers of the 1960's, each of them bent on making all things as visible as they were functional, and told them to imagine a smartphone.

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Huawei Mate 8 Review

Huawei Mate 8 Review

The Huawei Mate 8 (or NXT-L29 as it is also known) asks you to make a fundamental choice about what you are looking for in a phone. Or rather, it makes that decision for you by way of its generous form factor. The Mate 8 certainly puts the 'phab' in phablet - it's fast, features a beautiful display, and offers enough battery power to jumpstart your car - but along the way it also requires its users to accept some very specific compromises to how they use the device on a daily basis. It also charges a significant premium over its primary competitors both Apple and Android, despite not exactly matching its peers on the spec sheet.

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Lumia 950 Review part I: Continuum desktop over “phone”

Lumia 950 Review part I: Continuum desktop over “phone”

Today we're having our first look at the Microsoft Lumia 950 on the review bench, showing you just one - perhaps the most compelling - feature of the bunch: Continuum. When Microsoft first created Windows Phone, it wasn't any secret that they wanted the software to look and feel like a mobile version of what was on the way for their desktop operating system. Almost as if desktop begat mobile. Now, several years down the line, Microsoft attempts to tie the two together implicitly with a feature called Continuum.

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LG V10 Review Part II: what no other phone has

LG V10 Review Part II: what no other phone has

Certainly there have been devices that've had second displays in the past - everything from the Kyocera Echo to the lesser-known Samsung Doubletime. What's been missing from this equation hasn't been the hardware, but the skillfully implemented purpose achieved. In the LG V10, you've got a second display that shows you the time. It'll show you some other things, too, but the second screen shows you the time - and, most important of all - it shows you this information without giving your battery a hit.

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BlackBerry PRIV Review Part I: or why you might want this

BlackBerry PRIV Review Part I: or why you might want this

Hello there BlackBerry users, and welcome back! It's been quite a while since we've had a review of BB device like the BlackBerry Priv - one that's a real competitor on the open marketplace. One that feels like BlackBerry is confident in the product its delivering. And why would you want a device like this? An Android device with a push-out physical keys keyboard? Because you've always trusted the BlackBerry brand, and you always will. Just having the brand name there staring you in the face - and having the three volume button combo available - that'll get you every time.

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LG V10 Review Part I: replacing the Galaxy Note

LG V10 Review Part I: replacing the Galaxy Note

Over the past several years, Samsung and LG have waged a silent battle against one another. This was a battle of the big phones. The Samsung Galaxy Note reigned supreme for several generations, checking all the boxes for a power user. These must-haves included a removable battery, a massive display, expandable storage (via microSD slot), and an excellent camera. But in the same year that Samsung does away with two of these "must have" features for their most powerful smartphone, LG picks up the slack. In the LG V10 is the home for the power user.

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Review: ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

Review: ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

ASUS has introduced a new variant of the ZenFone 2, which we reviewed earlier this year. This new variant is called the ZenFone 2 Laser, and it comes with a modest $199 USD starting price, shaving $30 or more off the ZenFone 2’s price tag. The Laser variant is largely the same as the original ZenFone 2 smartphone, but with some small differences, not the least of which is the laser-assisted auto-focus from which the variant gets its name.

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HTC One A9 Review

HTC One A9 Review

"Pick your battles" is good advice, especially when you're a minnow among sharks, but the HTC One A9 seems determined to fight on all fronts. You'd think the company's newest hero phone would have enough going on just trying to convince us that a flagship needn't max out the spec sheet, but HTC compounds its challenge by launching a device that can't not be compared to the wildly popular iPhone.

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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 5X Review

Nexus 5X Review

The 2013 Nexus 5 wasn't the phone you'd expect to build a loyal fanbase. Its plastic construction and unassuming design spoke more of engineering side-project than Google flagship, the epitome of hardware taking a back-seat while the latest version of Android - then 4.4 KitKat - held the spotlight. Now, two years later, Google and LG are giving Nexus 5 fans the Nexus 5X, spiritual successor and showcase for Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a budget.

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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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Moto X Pure Edition Review: Custom Knockout

Moto X Pure Edition Review: Custom Knockout

This month we're having a peek at the Moto X Pure Edition - one of several flagship devices Motorola is releasing this year. Motorola delivers a smartphone with a 5.7-inch Quad-HD display, front-facing speakers, powerful cameras on both sides. Can a device with the same-size display as a Galaxy Note 5, a larger camera on its back than most competitors, and custom-order colors and materials do the deed for Motorola in this new age for the smartphone company? If what we've experienced so far is any indicator, Motorola's back to bat in the big leagues.

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