review roundup Stories May 21

Since its inception, OnePlus has always marketed itself as the “flagship killer.” Basically, this meant that it would create smartphones that rivaled the flagship devices from Samsung, LG, and other as far as performance but at a lower price. While the company has done it again with the OnePlus 6, the continuing trend of increasing prices and premium features among “true” flagships of the world has left the Chinese company doing the same to keep up. expand full story

review roundup Stories October 19, 2015

Last year we didn’t get a smaller-sized Nexus phone. Since the Nexus 5 came out, if you wanted a Nexus phone any smaller than the Nexus 6, well, you bought a Nexus 5. And since the Nexus 5 is over 2 years old at this point, it makes sense that Google would make 2015 the year that it introduced two handsets — one for those that still want or need a smaller phone in the form of the Nexus 5X, and one for the rest of us in the metal-bodied Nexus 6P.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

review roundup Stories March 22, 2015

HTC revealed its 2015 smartphone flagship, the One M9, at Mobile World Congress earlier this month. The device was met with a seemingly ‘meh’ reaction at the time, with HTC fans complaining that the device was too similar to its predecessor and worrying about the use of the over-heating Snapdragon 810. This evening, reviews for the HTC One M9 have officially started popping up around the web and they give us a much more in-depth look at what the company has to offer as we head into 2015…

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review roundup Stories November 13, 2014

Earlier this year at its Unpacked event, Samsung previewed its Galaxy Note Edge phablet with a special, curved part of the display that wraps around the right side. We’ve already given you our early hands-on and first impressions of the latest Samsung Galaxy Note variant, and today the reviews are starting to surface. So what’s the verdict on this unique take on a phablet? Check out our roundup below: expand full story

review roundup Stories July 29, 2014

After a thick layer of rumors, NVIDIA finally announced its Shield Tablet, which is now available today starting at $300. The chip maker’s new portable gaming device features an 8-inch 920×1,200 display, a Tegra K1 GPU, a 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and 16GB of storage space. There’s also a 32GB LTE variant of NVIDIA’s new gaming slate, which bumps the device’s price up to $400. Focused on gamers, the device also has an optional $60 controller that is somewhat reminiscent of the Xbox 360’s gamepad.

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review roundup Stories July 22, 2014

Mis-Fire: Amazon’s first foray into the smartphone market fails to impress

Amazon has finally stepped into the ring to take on the current champions of the smartphone market with its own device, the Fire Phone. In what essentially boils down to a smaller version of the Kindle Fire tablet, the Fire Phone packs a custom-built operating system dubbed Fire OS, a “dynamic perspective” system powered by four front-facing cameras that allow you to control the phone and access advanced information just by moving your head, and more.

Tonight the first reviews of the Fire Phone have hit the web, and while many see some potential in the device, Amazon still has quite a few issues to covercome if it plans to truly put a dent in this market. Below we’ve compiled some excerpts from these reviews along with links to the full write-ups.

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