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Nokia N1 hands-on: an unexpected but pleasant surprise

It might be a long, long time ago, but there was a time in mobile history when Nokia was famous for its phones. It fell on hard times and it was eventually left with a shell of former shelf. While the Finnish company is set to make its own smartphone after the sale of its mobile business to Microsoft, it has worked around that limitation and "launched" its own tablet, the Nokia N1. Limited to the Chinese market, the tablet makes a surprise appearance at MWC 2015, where we get to see and feel it first hand.

The new NVIDIA SHIELD: hands-on with Android TV, gaming style

NVIDIA is once again shuffling names, this time maybe for the last time. The NVIDIA SHIELD moniker once belonged to what is now known as the SHIELD Portable, a standalone gaming handheld that looked like a gamepad with a built-in tablet on top. Now the name is being used, without specification unlike the SHIELD Tablet, to refer to NVIDIA's MWC 2015 surprise: an Android TV device. OK, maybe it's not all too shocking considering the direction it has been going, but it makes the surprise no less pleasant nonetheless.

Hands-on with Huawei’s first Android Wear smartwatch

For those who like traditional watches on their wrists but are looking for more functionalities from their accessory, the design of a lot of the smartwatches in the market leave a lot to be desired. Chinese OEM Huawei announced their first smartwatch, and it will try to convince that segment of the market to try out their take on the wearable, which looks like an elegant, "normal" watch but is in fact laden with features and functionalities more than just telling the time.

Huawei intros smart wearables at MWC 2015

Huawei is joining the smart wearable industry by unveiling two new wearable devices: the Huawei TalkBand B2 and the Huawei TalkBand N1. The two devices were shown off together with the new Huawei Watch and the MediaPad X2 phablet recently at the MWC 2015 in Barcelona. Actually, this isn't the first time Huawei is venturing into the wearable category but the Chinese manufacturer seems to be serious in joining the bandwagon now by introducing more devices. The new wearables are expected to be the best smart solution to consumers who are looking for wearable devices that can make everyday life simpler yet more convenient.

Lenovo VIBE Shot hands-on: smartphone in camera clothing [UPDATE]

If you approach the Lenovo VIBE Shot from the back, you can be forgiven for thinking it's a very slim digital camera instead, with a rear that seems to be designed in landscape orientation. And that's not accidental either. This Lenovo Android device may not boast the Dolby Atmos technology that its MWC 2015 siblings have, but it pretty much makes up for it in one other aspect. As you might have guessed already, the VIBE Shot sells itself as a digital photographer's weapon, flaunting some specs to make camera lover consider the device.

Lenovo A7000 hands-on: touting Dolby Atmost at budget price

If you've seen Lenovo's two new tablets yesterday, then you might already guess the company's MWC 2015 spiel by now. It is offering affordable mobile devices that try to give the best, particularly in the audio department. Th new Lenovo A7000 walks this line as well. What is normally a mid-tier smartphone is made more interesting by the inclusion of Dolby's Atmos technology. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Lenovo is throwing in some other interesting tidbits as well to make the budget smartphone a bit more enticing.

Samsung Galaxy S 6, S 6 edge: a new yet familiar design

It's finally here! The most anticipated smartphone, whether you like it or not, has landed here at MWC 2015. Although the Galaxy S 6 and the Galaxy S 6 edge (note the spaces and the cases) have been almost leaked to death, the whole is definitely greater than the sum of all those bits and pieces. What we have here today is Samsung's attempt at a revival, at giving the world solid proof that it hasn't lost its touch just yet. And guess what? It actually might have just accomplished that.

Lenovo Tab 2 A8, A10 hands-on: cinametic sound on a budget

Here at MWC 2015, Lenovo is continuing its tradition of offering affordable choices for consumers who want or need a mobile device on the go. This year, it is outing two new Android tablets, the 8-inch Tab 2 A8 and the 10.1-inch Tab 2 A10-70. Don't let the lower price tags fool you, however. These budget beasts have been designed and equipped to deliver a more than decent multimedia consumption experience, thanks to their HD or Full HD screens and the addition of Dolby's Atmos technology.

What’s in the box?! It’s a Moto E!

Though we were expecting a Moto 360, what we got is potentially much better. Today, sitting on the porch waiting for me when I woke, was a box form Motorola. We all knew it was coming, but what was inside remained a bit of a mystery. A refresh to their smartwatch offering was what had our fingers crossed, but news over the past few days that a Moto E with LTE was possibly coming tossed a wrench into our desires. A new Moto E was exactly what we got, too.

Crossy Road hands-on gameplay

With so many games on Google Play Store, the competition is fierce in terms of fighting for popularity. Crossy Roads picks up an old school concept of the retro game Frogger and utilizes the graphics of the popular modern game Minecraft. It looks catchy and has made its way across the Play Store and is catching a lot of attention. Taking on two popular concepts and forging them, seems like the new way to get a shot at fame in the mobile game industry.
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