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Verizon Galaxy Note 3 hands-on

The US availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear is well underway. The handset has been rolling out to various carriers with Verizon Wireless customers getting access to make a purchase as of late last week. Big Red had pre-orders open, however the general availability kicked off on October 10th. As such, we have recently been carrying a Verizon branded Galaxy Note 3 for testing.

Themer hands-on: the newest launcher for Android

Themer, the popular new app/launcher, has a waitlist approaching several hundred thousand people. The promise is simple: theme your device easily, making it appear fresh on a whim. Accomplished via a link to their MyColorScreen site, which houses various themes for you to use (as well as a tool to build your own!), Themer wants to make the fussy task of theming a device as simple as looking through a picture gallery. No wonder the wait list is so long.

ZTE nubia 5 hands-on: Houston Rockets edition

ZTE recently announced the US availability of the Grand S and nubia 5 smartphones. These were announced alongside the partnership with the Houston Rockets. Both handsets are available for pre-order at this time and they will begin shipping in mid-October. But for now, courtesy of ZTE, we got to spend a bit of hands-on time with the Houston Rockets branded nubia 5.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX hands-on

Amazon took the unusual route with the original Kindle Fire, branching out from Android by adopting Google's OS but changing it in fundamental ways until it served the retail giant's content funnel purposes. Now in the third-generation we have the Kindle Fire HDX, two new slates - 7- and 8.9-inches - which refine the consumer experience even further. We stopped by Amazon to find out how the new Fire HDX tablets hold up.

LG G2 Verizon vs AT&T: Battle of the buttons

When LG took the stage back in August to announce their new flagship LG G2 smartphone, the main focus was on the buttons. Why? Because the volume and power buttons are located on the back, rather than the sides. Their new device has the world's thinnest full 1080p HD display, and the fastest quad-core processor available today, but today we're following LG and focusing on those buttons.

Alcatel One Touch Hero hands-on: 1080p display, stylus, e-ink case and more

Similar to what we saw with Acer, Alcatel had quite a few device announcements coming out of IFA in Berlin. The Alcatel devices included several smartphones and a tablet, however it seems quite a bit of time and attention went into the One Touch Hero. This particular handset is sporting a 6-inch 1080p display and powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz processor. Perhaps more interesting though, Alcatel has released quite a selection of One Touch Hero accessories.

PocketBook e-paper case for Samsung Galaxy S 4 hands-on

Device accessories including cases are fairly common to see these days. But every once in a while there is one that has a stand-out feature. In this instance that stand-out feature just so happens to be an e-ink display. The case is is from PocketBook and for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Basically, what you have is a flip-style cover that when opened, has a 4.3-inch e-paper display.

Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid hands-on

Wacom introduced the Cintiq Companion Hybrid during IFA and as such, we made sure to check it out for some hands-on coverage. This tablet is running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor. It will work with a Mac or Windows computer and will also serve as an Android tablet when unplugged from the computer.