SXSW 2015: hands-on with Delphi Drive

March 19, 2015

Last Saturday, Delphi announced Delphi Drive — the first ever autonomous cross-country drive — which will start in San Francisco March 22 and end in New York City a few days later.

I got the chance to experience Delphi’s self-driving car at SXSW 2015 and interview John Absmeier, Director of Delphi Labs. Check out my ReadWrite article for the full story.

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SXSW 2015: hands-on with the Touch Easel

March 16, 2015

What happens when you cross an Android tablet with a school desk? You get something like the Touch Easel, which is here at SXSW 2015, and is launching later today on Kickstarter. The product, which is designed specifically for students with disabilities and aimed at schools and institutions, puts a large Android tablet into an adjustable school desk.

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SXSW 2015: hands-on and interview with LyfeLens

March 14, 2015

LyfeLens just launched this week at SXSW 2015 and I got the opportunity to go hands-on with an early prototype and interview Allen Stone, the company’s CEO.

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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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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.


HTC One for 2014: hands-on with the new “M8”

March 25, 2014

Last week I briefly got the chance to handle HTC’s new “M8” flagship — the HTC One for 2014. My takeaway? This is a beautiful handset, but very much an evolution of last year’s “M7” design. Most updates (5-inch display, Snapdragon 801 processor) are to be expected, and some are welcome (microSD expansion).

The phone features a trick new dual-lens “Duo” camera, pairing a 4MP UltraPixel lens with a 2MP module for depth perception — expect my thoughts (and full review) in the next several days. The new HTC One is available today from multiple carriers ($200-250) along with a Google Play edition ($700).

Here’s my hands-on video, along with some pictures and notes after the break.

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MWC 2014: hands-on with the Nokia XL

February 26, 2014

Yes, Nokia announced three handsets running Android in Barcelona this year… Madness! Check out my hands-on video with the Nokia XL.