Asus PadFone X 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.


LG G3 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


Hands-on with the LG G3

May 27, 2014

I just got a chance to play with the LG G3 at the satellite launch event here in San Francisco. Wow! This is one impressive handset… Last year’s G2 was a solid phone, but this year’s G3 looks to be even better. The big news are the quad-HD (2560×1440 pixel) 5.5-inch display and the laser AF system on the OIS-equipped 13MP camera. Check out my hands-on video and matching pictures.

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HTC One mini 2 video review

May 26, 2014

After spending 10 days with the HTC One mini 2, I almost prefer it over the HTC One (M8). This is an excellent compact phone that feels great in hand and provides solid performance and battery life. It fixes most of the shortcomings of last year’s model (like NFC) and even beats the M8 in some areas (camera resolution). Here’s my video review.

Update: Here are camera samples, as promised.

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HTC One (M8) video review

April 27, 2014

I’ve already discussed the new HTC One (M8) at length in my hands-on video and most recent podcast, but here’s my video review. The verdict? It’s one of the finest phones on the market today.

After you’re finished watching the video, check out some camera samples.

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Nokia Lumia Icon video review

April 7, 2014

I’ve been playing with the Lumia Icon since SXSW and it’s my favorite Nokia Windows Phone yet! It’s exclusive to Verizon, but it’s unlocked (if you can live without LTE) and the Lumia 930 (its foreign twin) is coming… Here’s my video review.


Build 2014: Hands-on with the Nokia Lumia 630

April 3, 2014

Nokia launched a couple new phones at Build 2014 yesterday — the flagship Lumia 930 (basically a Lumia Icon for non-US markets) and the entry-level Lumia 630. Both run Windows Phone 8.1 (also announced at Build) which includes new features like Cortana, Action Center and Start Screen improvements. Check out my hands-on video with new 4.5-inch budget ($159) handset.


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