Reviews

Kyocera Hydro ELITE review

Kyocera has released more than a few waterproof phones over the past several months. In fact, we have taken a look at a few of them here at Android Community. There was the Kyocera Torque and Hydro Edge, both of which had decent specs, but appeared more of the focus was on the water-resistance. Well, we are now taking a look at the Kyocera Hydro Elite and as the 'elite' in the name would suggest, the specs are stepped up a bit. This one is still not what we would classify as high-end, but it should be a good option for anyone looking for a waterproof handset with Verizon Wireless. Read on to see how the handset stood up during our testing.

ZTE nubia 5 Houston Rockets Limited Edition review

We spent a bit of time with ZTE as they announced the partnership with the Houston Rockets this past weekend. That time included a pre-game sit down with some ZTE execs, and while they offered some interesting insight about the partnership, perhaps the more immediate news was the US release of the Grand S and nubia 5 smartphones. These were both made available for pre-order here in the US and should begin shipping shortly.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review

Many thought Samsung was a bit crazy when they introduced the original Galaxy Note, however they sold in decent numbers and that original was followed-up with the improved Galaxy Note II. Well, we once again have a new generation device in the Note lineup and this time around it has landed as the Galaxy Note 3 and with improvements in terms of the software and hardware. Touching on one item in particular, the loved-by-some and hated-by-others S Pen has stuck around with some notable improvements. With that being said, read on to see what we thought of the Galaxy Note 3 and the companion, Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Samsung Galaxy Gear review roundup

Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at an event in early September. That announcement also included the Galaxy Note 3 and 2014 Edition Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, however the focus of the moment is the smartwatch. The Galaxy Gear had been available for pre-order with several of the US carriers, however given the $299 price point, we suspect some may have decided to hold back until they were able to read some reviews. So with that in mind, we are taking a look at the reviews that have surfaced around the web, beginning with the one recently posted from our sister site SlashGear.

Jabra Sport Wireless Plus headset review

Jabra announced the Sport Wireless+ headset a few weeks back. This set of headphones was arriving as the follow-up to the non-Plus model and as one would expect with a follow-up device, this one was announced with some improvements over the previous version. Some of the key highlights include battery life improvements and a fit clip. That being said, Jabra sent a pair of these over for review and as such, we have been enjoying running without having to worry about getting tangled up in wires.

Moto X Review

This week we're delivering an extended stay with the Moto X, a device presented by Motorola as the current sweet spot in the center of price, usability, and customizability. This device marks a point in the history of Android where what my colleague Chris Davies calls a "Context Ecosystem" has dawned, and in it an essential dismissal of winner-take-all hardware specifications in favor of an overall best-in-class user experience.

Kyocera Hydro EDGE Smartphone Review

Kyocera began showing a pair of Hydro branded smartphones during CTIA. Those handsets included the Hydro XTRM and the Hydro EDGE and since that time in May, both handsets have come available with carriers. There has also been talk of a third device, the Hydro Elite coming to Verizon Wireless. But how about we put that rumor to the side because today we are taking a look at the Hydro EDGE.

Chromecast Review: Easy to setup and easy to use, but will it stick around

Google announced the Chromecast back on July 24th and unlike some other device announcements, these became available for purchase that same day. Given a curiosity about the new platform and the low price point and Chromecast seemed like an easy purchase for many. The Chromecast dongle availability quickly dwindled and sale prices jumped on sites such as eBay. The question we have though; Will the Chromecast excitement last or will this be another quickly passing fad.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition Review

If you planned on picking up the Nexus 4 this summer but hesitated when you heard about Samsung's entry in to the newly minted "Google Play edition" lineup, you must have been thrown for a real loop when HTC brought the One on too. Here we've got not just one of the top hero machines on the market ready for "Nexus" glory, but two. Why would you choose one over the other? Let's have a peek.

HTC One Google Play edition Review

When you pick up a Google Play edition of the HTC One, you get all of the hardware features the original device is packed with, but backed up with an operating system that's almost entirely Google-made. This device is released alongside one other hero machine with a "Google Play edition" tag to make it unique, that being the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Here we have a peek at what it means to pay a premium (or a normal full price, depending on your perspective) for a machine that's already been one of Android Community's favorites this year, this time with a whole different experience on the inside.
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