Hands On

Plantronics BackBeat 500 Series hands-on: Bluetooth headphones on a budget

Plantronics BackBeat 500 Series hands-on: Bluetooth headphones on a budget

With Apple hastening the decline of the headphone jack, what do you do if you're not inclined to spend $150 or more on Bluetooth headphones? After taking on Bose back in October, Plantronics is back with an even more affordable set of cans, the BackBeat 500 Series. Promising some smarter Bluetooth tricks than AirPods, with a bargain $79.99 price tag, there's a lot to recommend them.

Continue Reading

Radical Gadget Time: OWC Drive Dock

Radical Gadget Time: OWC Drive Dock

For the past several months I've been using a piece of OWC technology called the OWC Drive Dock. This gadget surprised me, genuinely - and has proven to change my life in a significant way. Because of this drive dock, I was able to clear out a significant portion of my junk closet. This OWC Drive Dock device is certifiably radical for an old data hoarder like myself.

Continue Reading

Huawei Watch 2 hands-on before release

Huawei Watch 2 hands-on before release

The second Huawei Watch (or Huawei Watch 2, as it's called), appeared this week at Mobile World Congress 2017. We had the opportunity to get up close and personal with several versions of the watch - colors and buttons and all - to see what the company has in mind for the second big wave of Android Wear watch hardware this year. Can Huawei pair what they call "Classic Watch Styles" with smartwatch abilities successfully?

Continue Reading

ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Google Tango sells us a BMW

ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Google Tango sells us a BMW

ASUS launched the ZenFone AR back at CES in January, but the Project Tango phone wasn't quite ready for its augmented reality close-up. Turns out, there are some ZenFone AR handsets floating around at MWC 2017 this week, not least being used by the team at BMW and Accenture for their iVisualizer demo. Imagine our surprise when the ASUS handset was whipped out - alongside the existing Lenovo Phab 2 Pro - for us to check out on video.

Continue Reading

Nokia 3310 hands-on: Retro done right

Nokia 3310 hands-on: Retro done right

One of the cheapest, most basic phones at Mobile World Congress this year has probably got more attention than all the smartphone flagships combined. The Nokia 3310 isn't trying to squeeze the LG G6 from your hand, and its physical keys aren't going to give the BlackBerry KeyOne any sleepless nights, but it possesses a retro charm that has the Nokia booth here in Barcelona buzzing. Turns out, there's a good reason for that.

Continue Reading

BlackBerry KeyOne hands-on: A keyboard, at a cost

BlackBerry KeyOne hands-on: A keyboard, at a cost

I used to be a fan of QWERTY keyboards on smartphones, but as auto-correct for on-screen keyboards improved and devices slimmed down with a focus on touch, the charm of a physical 'board faded. BlackBerry wants to bring that back, though, with the BlackBerry KeyOne, a brand new smartphone that differentiates itself from the crowd with its physical thumbboard under a touchscreen. I spent some time trying the KeyOne out here at Mobile World Congress 2017.

Continue Reading

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 hands-on: Premium Android with S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 hands-on: Premium Android with S Pen

Does anybody care as much about Android tablets these days as Samsung does? With the tablet segment in the doldrums and little but the iPad making any money, you'd be forgiven for questioning the existence of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, making its debut today at Mobile World Congress 2017. According to Samsung, though, this particular pen-enabled Android slate is just what the market ordered.

Continue Reading

Samsung Galaxy Book hands-on: S Pen and Win 10 to scare iPad Pro

Samsung Galaxy Book hands-on: S Pen and Win 10 to scare iPad Pro

2-in-1 tablets are selling like wildfire, and the new Samsung Galaxy Book range is the company's attempt to get in on the Windows 10 action. Offered in two sizes - the 10-inch Galaxy Book 10, and the 12-inch Galaxy Book 12 - both tablets, freshly revealed at Mobile World Congress 2017 today, feature high-end construction with lashings of real metal and glass. With a new S Pen, detachable keyboard, and optional integrated LTE, meanwhile, should Apple and Microsoft be worried?

Continue Reading

LG G6 hands-on: It’s all about this amazing screen

LG G6 hands-on: It’s all about this amazing screen

If at first you don’t succeed, go back to basics and squeeze out the best of the best features minus all the gimmicks: that’s just what LG is doing with the highly anticipated G6. It's 2017, and it’s abundantly clear that, since the launch of the G5 and the abject lack of interest in the whole "module" concept, it’s time for the Korean mobile phone manufacturer to make a sharp about-turn and focus on what matters most: making a solid phone. That being said, when I met with LG’s designers for both devices in South Korea earlier this month, it was made abundantly clear that the design of the G6 was already being considered in parallel with the G5. That helps explain why the two phones feel so very different.

Continue Reading

Canon EOS M6 digital release date, pricing, and hands-on

Canon EOS M6 digital release date, pricing, and hands-on

This week the folks at Canon have shown the EOS M6 digital for the first time officially, along with release and pricing details. This camera rolls with a 24.2-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and a DIGIC 7 image processor with ISO 100-25600 capabilities. Inside is combination IS with five-axis image stabilization and the ability to capture video at 60p with Full HD resolution. This camera is also able to capture photos with high-speed continuous shooting at up to 7 frames per second (fps) or up to 9 frames per second with AF Lock.

Continue Reading

NES Classic Edition first impressions: Feels like the first time

NES Classic Edition first impressions: Feels like the first time

It might be strange to see to the words "NES Classic Edition first impressions" in the title of this article when the infamous mini console has been out for more than four months now. Like many of you, I've spent those months looking high and low for one, only to be greeted by "sold out" notifications everywhere I looked. I was finally able to get one last week, and since it was first hooked up to the TV, it's seen almost constant play. I'll share my opinion on whether or not the NES Classic Edition was worth the four month wait later (more on why that particular article will be delayed in a bit), but for now, I thought I'd share my early thoughts on it.

Continue Reading

“Into the Wild” hands-on: AR serving a higher purpose

“Into the Wild” hands-on: AR serving a higher purpose

Tech companies are pushing virtual reality as the next wave of computing, but, as cool as it is, VR as we currenly know it has innate limitations that doesn’t make it suitable for many cases. Like being able to move around the real world with less fear of bumping into things, or being able to interact with said real world as well as a virtual one at the same time. That’s why when there was a need for an immersive and hi-tech experience, a group of organizations and companies turned to the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Google’s Tango augmented reality platform to create “Into the Wild”, an experience that aims to not only delight the eyes but also touch the heart.

Continue Reading

Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next