November 30, 2014
While HTC missed the mark with last year’s One max, it redeemed itself with the Desire 816 (and its followup, the Desire 820). I spent several weeks enjoying this large mid-range handset and came away very satisfied. The Desire 816 looks fantastic and performs well all around. It’s definitely one of my favorite HTC phones this year, despite the lack of NFC or manual camera controls. Here’s my video review.
November 29, 2014
What’s got a 4.3-inch 720p IPS panel in front and a 4.3-inch E Ink display in back? The YotaPhone, natch!
It’s been over a year since the Russian manufacturer launched its first generation product, and I’ve been using it on and off for several months. While this handset is handicapped in north-America (1900MHz 2G is the only compatible band), it provides a unique and interesting user experience.
A much improved YotaPhone was announced at MWC last February and I’ll be getting one to play with, but in the meantime, check out my gen 1 video review…
November 3, 2014
I just spent a few days traveling with HTC’s brand new Nexus 9. It’s definitely the best Android tablet I’ve ever used, and Lollipop is absolutely wonderful. Here’s my video review!
The 8.9-inch IPS display looks gorgeous, and the stereo BoomSound speakers are terrific. NVIDIA’s 64-bit Tegra K1 is super fast, and battery life appears to be holding up so far.
Still, there’s room for improvement. Both the power/lock key and volume rocker are difficult to locate by feel and provide little tactile feedback. The 8MP rear camera lacks HDR. It’s also a bit too heavy for my taste.
Finally, there’s the matter of price. $399 buys you last year’s iPad Air or today’s iPad mini (now with Touch ID), which offer a significantly better tablet-optimized app ecosystem…
July 14, 2014
Yes, I’m a bit late to the party here, but I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy S5 for several weeks now, and here’s my video review (finally).
- Cons: looks and feels cheap, TouchWiz is a mess, camera lacks OIS
- Meh: phase-detection AF, heart-rate monitor, fingerprint scanner
- Pros: gorgeous display, fantastic battery life, water resistant
Special thanks to the friendly people at Samsung for lending me a review unit.
July 13, 2014
Launched at MWC in February, the G Pro 2 is LG’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3. I finally spent some quality time testing this phone (alongside the G3), and came away pretty satisfied. What’s not to like about a large 5.9-inch 1080p IPS panel, 13 megapixel camera with OIS, Snapdragon 800 with 3GB RAM, and decent battery life? Here’s my video review.
July 12, 2014
For $199 on contract with AT&T, the Asus PadFone X is a phone, a tablet, and even a netbook (with the optional $99 Bluetooth keyboard dock). It boasts flagship specs — with a beautiful 5-inch 1080p IPS display, solid 13 megapixel camera, and responsive Snapdragon 800 — and comes with a 9-inch tablet dock that extends battery life. The design is forgettable, and there are some usability quirks, but the price is right. Here’s my video review.
July 11, 2014
The LG G3 is awesome! I already mentioned this in my hands-on video and most recent podcast, but after using it for an entire month, I still feel the same way. It’s definitely one of the best phones available today.
In a nutshell, the quad-HD (2560×1440 pixel) display — while not perfect — is a pleasure to look at, battery life is half decent, and the laser AF system is super fast and accurate, even in low light. My only gripe is with the camera app, which lacks even basic manual settings, making it difficult to control exposure. Here’s my video review…