HTC Butterfly S review: the tale of a lost flagship

December 31, 2013

It’s hard not to argue that for one hot minute last winter, HTC’s Butterfly — known as the Droid DNA in the US — eclipsed the One X/X+ as the company’s flagship. The combination of a brilliant 5-inch Full HD display and zippy quad-core S4 Pro chip set a new benchmark for all superphones. HTC’s follow-up — the One — hit the tech world like a ton of bricks. It raised the bar even further thanks to its superb design, Snapdragon 600 processor, UltraPixel camera and BoomSound speakers. Which brings me to the Butterfly S, an updated Butterfly that incorporates many of the One’s features and packs a massive 3200mAh battery without being supersized like the One max. It isn’t coming to the US this time around, but I got a review unit anyway. So, how does the Butterfly S differ from its predecessor? Is it a better phone than the HTC One? Hit the break to find out.

Here’s my unboxing video, captured #throughglass:

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LG G Flex video review

December 24, 2013

I got a chance to play with the LG G Flex for a couple weeks thanks to the awesome folks at Negri Electronics. Here’s my video review.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 video review

December 24, 2013

The folks at Samsung were kind enough to lend me a Galaxy Note 3 back in mid-October and I’ve been using it ever since. Here’s my video review.

BMW ActiveE review: the affordable electric sports car

December 11, 2013

I play with a lot of mobile devices each year. While some are larger than others, a few are so big that they don’t fit in the palm of my hands or even in my messenger bag. I’m talking about electric and plug-in hybrids vehicles, of course — tech which defines mobility not in terms of fitting in my pockets, but in terms of moving me around. Then again, it helps that I’m both a phone enthusiast and a car buff.

Since 2010, I’ve covered a wide variety of autos — from Toyota’s Prius plug-in hybrid to the Chevy Spark EV. I’ve tested Ford’s Focus Electric and Fusion Energi. I’ve even driven Tesla’s phenomenal Model S. Today I bring you my take on BMW’s ActiveE, a limited-production electric 1-series coupé that served as a testbed for the company’s i3 city vehicle. Like the Focus Electric, it’s built on a platform that was originally designed to be gasoline-powered. Like Tesla’s Roadster it uses a chassis with a credible sporting pedigree. Still, it slots between these two in terms of price, performance and practicality.

Last year, I spent a weekend driving the ActiveE on the hilly streets of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate bridge and on the highways and twisty back-roads of Marin county. Has BMW hit the sweet spot when it comes to making an affordable electric sports car? Is the ActiveE fun to drive? Does the actual range match what’s on the spec sheet? Is the ActiveE the foundation for BMW’s electric future? Join me on a very special road-trip after the break.

Here’s my video review:

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Nexus 5 video review

November 17, 2013

I’ve been using the Nexus 5 as my primary handset for a little over two weeks. Here’s my video review.

Once you’re done with the video, take a look at some camera samples.


Nokia World 2013: hands-on with the new Lumias and Ashas

October 22, 2013

I went to Abu Dhabi for two days to attend Nokia World 2013 and got the opportunity to play with the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 6-inch phones, the Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet, plus the Asha 500, 502 and 503. Check out my hands-on video above and photo galleries below.

HTC One max video review

October 14, 2013

I just spent five days in London using the HTC One max. Here’s my video review.

Review: Nokia E7

April 24, 2011


Check out my recent review on Engadget: Nokia E7… Then watch my unboxing video after the break!

Also, be sure to listen to Vlad Savov and me on the Engadget Mobile podcast, usually recorded live every Friday afternoon, and posted every Saturday.

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Unboxing the Apple iPad 2

April 24, 2011

Yes, the Apple iPad 2 is in the house! It arrived while I was covering CTIA, and was waiting for me at home when I returned…

Apple really nailed it with the iPad 2 – it raises the bar for tablets in general, and leaves the competition in the dust.

I’ve already mentioned this in the context of the Motorola Xoom, and other reviews have reached the same conclusion.

Enjoy my unboxing video :)

Unboxing the HTC Arrive

April 23, 2011

A few weeks ago, I received an HTC Arrive review unit from the PR people at Sprint.

It’s the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 device, and it’s the only phone to ship with NoDo (the update that adds copy/paste) – my HTC Surround is jealous :)

Take a look at my unboxing video, and follow up by reading this excellent review for more tasty info.


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