Author Archives: Chris Davies


HTC’s new Desire 820 is gagging for Android L

HTC has a new phone for the midrange, the HTC Desire 820, paving the way to Android L with another 64-bit handset. Following in the footsteps of the Desire 816, the new 5.5-inch 720p HD smartphone packs Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 octacore with 2GB of memory and 16GB of storage.

Curved OLED wraps Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 may not have been a surprise, but its Galaxy Note Edge sibling is, taking the S Pen equipped phablet and giving it a curved display that wraps around the right side of the phone. Revealed at Samsung Unpacked at IFA 2014 this week, the Note Edge trims the Note 4's 5.7-inch screen down to 5.6-inches - though keeps the Quad HD resolution - but tacks on a curved Super AMOLED piece that can be used as a shortcut bar and notification ticker.

Hands-on with Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch

Is a smartwatch even smarter when it can get online itself? Samsung believes so, hence the new Samsung Gear S, which we've been playing with at Samsung Unpacked at IFA 2014. Pairing a curved 2.2-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a 3G modem, the Tizen-toting wearable only plays nice with Samsung's Galaxy range, however.

E.U. lawmakers phasing-out roaming charges by end of 2015

Taking your favorite Android phone on a tour around Europe is set to get a whole lot more affordable, with the European Parliament giving initial approval to legislation limiting roaming fees for voice, SMS, and data across the EU. The vote on the draft also includes a nod to net neutrality, with lawmakers voting to include rules that would prevent internet providers from blocking or slowing Skype or other VoIP services.

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4 hands-on

Looking for productivity on your tablet but don't need the S Pen of Samsung's new Galaxy NotePRO? The company has slotted in a new range of prosumer tablets here at CES, the Galaxy TabPRO line, a trio of Android slates hitting the 8.4-, 10.1-, and 12.2-inch screen sizes. Running nearly the same specifications as the flagship NotePRO, the TabPRO gets the same Magazine UX, Multi Windows flexibility, and app bundle; we went hands-on to find out how they hold up.

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO: Hands-on with the new flagship tablet

It's time that Android tablets got serious. That's Samsung's argument here at CES 2014, and the tablet it expects to convince us with is the Galaxy NotePRO. As the "Note" branding suggests, this is an S Pen equipped slate similar to the Note 10.1 and Note 3 of 2013, but the PRO nomenclature signifies what Samsung argues is a real step up in productivity: a tablet that's just as much at home creating content as it is consuming it. We stopped by for some hands-on time ahead of the Galaxy NotePRO's launch; read on for some first-impressions.

Pebble Steel gives Kickstarter’s smartwatch a metal suit: Hands-on

Pebble may have taken Kickstarter by storm with its eponymous smartwatch, but not everyone was convinced by the chunky plastic wearable. Now, addressing the complaints of those who might call the original Pebble plasticky or too casual, comes Pebble Steel, a metal-bodied version of the first smartwatch that slots into a premium position and broadens the company's line-up into a range. $249 and shipping later this month, the Pebble Steel is an intriguing balance of compromise and design: we caught up with Pebble and CEO Eric Migicovsky at CES 2014 to find out more.

LG LifeBand Touch and Heart Rate Earphones: fitness wearables hands-on

LG's new LifeBand Touch and Heart Rate Earphones may not be a direct Google Glass competitor, but it is a sign that the company is looking to wade into wearables in 2014. Announced at CES 2014 this week, the movement-tracking wristband and pulse-monitoring headphones work either independently or combined to feed health-related data to your smartphone, either to LG's own Fitness app, or third-party apps for Android and iOS like MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, and RunKeeper.
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