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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.

Hands-on with the new Huawei Ascend Mate 2

At CES 2014, Huawei brought out their Ascend Mate 2. The followup to last year's Ascend Mate, we expected the newest big smartphone from Huawei to slim down while it upgraded its specs. What we didn’t expect was the litany of features we get, as well as one really interesting feature that almost encourages you to shame your current device.

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.

Jabra Solemate Mini Bluetooth speaker review

Jabra released the Solemate, which is a portable Bluetooth speaker, and later followed up with a smaller and larger version. These were dubbed the Solemate Mini and Solemate Max. We have been happily using the original Solemate for quite some time, so when the folks at Jabra asked us to take a look at the Solemate Mini, we were more than interested. What follows is a bit about the Solemate Mini, with some comparison to the original model.

Verizon HTC One max hands-on

Following a long series of rumors and leaks, HTC announced the One max back in mid-October. Verizon Wireless followed HTC with an announcement of their own and initially said the handset would be arriving in time for the holiday shopping season. True to their word, the HTC One max arrived with Verizon in late-November. Anyway, we have recently been carrying a Verizon branded model and as such, wanted to offer a bit on this carrier variant and how it compares to the model we reviewed back in October.

Music Boss for Pebble hands-on

It looks like the Pebble team has begun pushing some apps. An email blast was sent out earlier this morning highlighting a few Pebble apps. Two of the three were for Android and one in particular caught our attention. The app is called MusicBoss and as the name would suggest, it deals with music control.

Fleksy predictive keyboard hands-on

As we often discuss, Android users have quite a bit of options for customizations. That means the simple things such as being able to choose a default for certain activities to being able to load up alternative launchers and in this case, alternative keyboards. There isn't any shortage of options. Some of the more popular include SwiftKey and Swype, however we saw another drop the beta tag earlier this morning.