BLU Vivo 6 Hands On and First Impressions

BLU Vivo 6 Hands On and First Impressions

BLU Vivo 6 Hands On and First Impressions

The BLU Vivo 6 is a new phone that offers some fairly impressive features at a very compelling price point. An affordably priced device, it nevertheless comes with a 97% metal body, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and a few other surprisingly high-end features. Like any affordable device however, it also presents a number of compromises which are apparent straight away.

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Sony Xperia X Compact hands on review

Sony Xperia X Compact hands on review

Sony Xperia X Compact hands on review

At IFA 2016, Sony announced two new additions to its Xperia X series: the Xperia XZ and the latest compact model, the Xperia X Compact. The Xperia X Compact is essentially a smaller version of the Xperia XZ, although it hasn’t exactly followed the same flagship-specs-in-a-compact-body recipe Sony employed with previous compacts. Some of the high-end features are there, but others are not. Check out our Sony Xperia X Compact hands on for our first impressions.

The first thing to note about the Xperia X Compact is its design, which finally takes more than a tiny step away from Sony’s familiar Omnibalance look, even if it’s still pretty similar. The XZ and X Compact introduce the new “Loop Surface” design, featuring symmetrically rounded edges, a flat top and bottom edge and a frame around the sides that makes the whole thing feel “constructed”, which is actually a nice change from the unibody look and feel.

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Lenovo Phab 2, Phab 2 Plus, Phab 2 Pro hands on

Lenovo Phab 2, Phab 2 Plus, Phab 2 Pro hands on

Lenovo Phab 2, Phab 2 Plus, Phab 2 Pro hands on

It’s a grand old party for Lenovo, who for the longest time, has been manly focused on selling its smartphones abroad –but no longer. Now the time has finally come for the company to tackle the US market, a place that’s still largely uncharted territory for them, despite having acquired Motorola back in 2014.

Anyone can manufacture and sell an Android-based smartphone, but for Lenovo, its success hinges on offering at least a couple key qualities that help to differentiate its stuff from the vast number of players already saturating the market. Thankfully, Lenovo has seemingly delivered just that. Lenovo and Google have been teasing us about what Project Tango is capable of doing for a while now, but at long last, they’ve unveiled the world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone at Lenovo TechWorld 2016.

In addition to the new Tango-powered handset, Lenovo have two other smartphones that are backed with irresistible prices and relatively few compromises considering the asking price. With the unveiling of its new Phab 2 line, it’ll be interesting to see how much attention Lenovo will get from consumers in the US market.

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Huawei P9 Lite hands on

Huawei P9 Lite hands on

Huawei P9 Lite hands on

Many Android OEMs bank on the name recognition of their popular, high-end smartphones by releasing different versions that share the flagship name. As manufacturers have tended to do, this is seen in the form of Plus iterations, that indicate a bigger size in general, and in some cases, more powerful specifications, and Lite versions, that take things down a notch in terms of size, specs, and most importantly price. This has become an increasingly common practice across the board, and Huawei is certainly not a stranger to it. A couple of months after the launch of the flagship Huawei P9 and P9 Plus, we now go hands on, and give you the first look, at the Huawei P9 Lite!

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Hands on with HP’s Elite x2, a Surface clone you can actually open and upgrade

Hands on with HP’s Elite x2, a Surface clone you can actually open and upgrade

Hands on with HP’s Elite x2, a Surface clone you can actually open and upgrade

As Microsoft’s Surface designs have improved and become more successful, clones of the same general idea from the PC OEMs have become more and more common (the same thing happened with the Lenovo Yoga design after Windows 8 came out). Lenovo has the Miix 700, Dell has its new XPS 12, and HP recently debuted the Spectre x2. Most of those PCs straddle the line between tablet and laptop by combining a big touch-capable slab of a tablet with the Surface’s kickstand-plus-keyboard-cover idea.

Yesterday, we got a chance to look at another iteration of the idea from HP, dubbed the Elite x2. If you’re familiar with HP’s naming conventions, you’ll know that its “Elite” products are typically high-end business computers that are sleek and well-designed enough to be attractive to home users, and that’s what the Elite x2 is trying to do. It’s a version of the Surface’s design that makes concessions to businesses that like to repair and upgrade systems on-site—you can actually remove the screws hiding underneath its kickstand and pull the screen off with a suction cup, exposing the battery, SSD, motherboard, and the Wi-Fi and cellular cards for easy repair and replacement (as best as we can tell, the RAM is still soldered to the motherboard). The Surface Pro has never been an easy machine to open and work on, so these are all nice options to have.

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Nexus 6P vs Nexus 6 quick look

Nexus 6P vs Nexus 6 quick look

Nexus 6P vs Nexus 6 quick look

As good as the Nexus 6 may have been, it’s large size was considered a turn off by many, but this year Google looks to rectify this by giving consumers more options. When Google took the wraps off of their latest and greatest at an event earlier today, there wasn’t just one, but two new Nexus smartphones for consumers to choose between. While there is a great, affordable option available for those that would prefer the pure Android experience on a smaller display in the Nexus 5X, the successor to the Nexus 6 is the Huawei-manufactured Nexus 6P.

There is always some curiosity with regards to whether a new iteration will prove to be a worthy successor, and that is what we attempt to find out, as we take a quick look at the Nexus 6P vs Nexus 6!

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Hands on with Apple Pay in the UK, or how I drank 12 coffees in one day

Hands on with Apple Pay in the UK, or how I drank 12 coffees in one day

Hands on with Apple Pay in the UK, or how I drank 12 coffees in one day

Rather unusually for a Tuesday, I enthusiastically leapt out of bed at the crack of dawn this morning—partly because I’m getting old and my bladder isn’t what it used to be, but mostly because I wanted to get Apple Pay up and running on my iPhone and Apple Watch.

Within a couple of hours, I had successfully used my Apple Watch to: ride a bus, hop on and off the Underground, buy lunch, and, much to the bemusement of the bounteously bearded barista at my local indie coffee shop, individually purchase six cups of coffee. (He just nodded and smiled when I said, “I have to do this for my job.”)

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Hands on with Android M Developer Preview 1

Hands on with Android M Developer Preview 1

Hands on with Android M Developer Preview 1

SAN FRANCISCO—The Android M developer preview launched at Google I/O this year, and while it’s clearly in a rough state and aimed at developers, we figured we should catalog whatever differences we could find between it and Android 5.0. The overall UI isn’t much different from Lollipop, but Google has used M to tackle a lot of user requests.

We’ve covered most of the big additions recently, and checked out the in-the-works multi-window functionality in a separate post, but there’s a few new things that didn’t show up in the official announcements.

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ZTE SPro 2 first look and hands on

ZTE SPro 2 first look and hands on

ZTE SPro 2 first look and hands on

An Android powered portable projector that can also manage your emails is certainly one of the stranger sounding products on show at this year’s CES, but that’s exactly what the ZTE SPro 2 has to offer.

This little pico projector is capable of outputting a 720p image up to 120-inches in size, with a brightness of 200 lumens, double that of its predecessor. The ZTE SPro 2 doesn’t scrimp on the extra features either, as it also works as a portable 4G/LTE hotspot for up to eight devices and is powered by a high-end Snapdragon 800 processor.

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