Story time. I've been a technology blogger for almost exactly four years now, and one of my first video assignments was to compare AT&T's first crop of LTE Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid. At the time (November 2011) they were big deals. Throughout a 7-minute video, I kept calling the HTC Vivid the "HTC View," confusing it for a similarly-named but somewhat different device... a tablet on Sprint that came out earlier that year. No, I'm not going to link to it; if you're that eager to see me make an idiot out of myself on a poorly-shot video, you can Google it. Read More
The Mate S isn't the only device Huawei brought to this year's IFA. The company also announced the G8, a phone that is still premium but not quite as powerful as the Mate S. The G8 comes with a similar metal body and a 5.5-inch FHD display, but on the inside we're looking at a Snapdragon 615 instead of the 810. On the positive side, that's paired with 3GB of RAM.
The fingerprint sensor still comes included on the back, which you can use to unlock your device, answer calls, or control alarms.
The back also offers a 13MP camera with a sapphire lens, which is paired with a 5MP shooter on the front. Read More
At this year's IFA Huawei has taken the lid off its latest flagship phone, the Huawei Mate S.
It's easy to overlook Huawei. This latest device, like previous hardware, continues to look not unlike an HTC One without the logo. And despite sticking its toe in the US market, the Mate S isn't yet set to hit the US.
But in Asia, Huawei remains one of the most competent smartphone makers in the business. The Mate S builds upon last year's impressive Mate 7. It features a full metal body surrounding a 5.5-inch AMOLED 1080x1920 display. The sides, at only 2.65 millimeters, call out to bezel haters everywhere. Read More
In advance of IFA, Samsung is promoting a new set of wireless speakers they will show off there. Adding to their product lineup called Wireless Audio 360, this might signal a bit more seriousness on Samsung's part in terms of competing in the consumer speaker market. The R1, R3, and R5 join the R6 and R7, which were announced last year and look like eggs.
Samsung boasts about the design that blasts sound out in every direction, which addresses a fairly common shortcoming for consumer speakers. Unlike the previous generation's models, these will have some physical controls atop each device so you don't need to have access to the source to make adjustments. Read More
A couple of weeks ago we spotted LG's new G Pad II 8.0, at that point announced exclusively for the company's home market of South Korea. The hardware is underwhelming at best: despite some interesting features like a full-sized USB port and a stylus, many were put off by the pokey Snapdragon 210 processor and 1.5GB of RAM. Fortunately, it looks like LG isn't going to go for the lowest common denominator with all its forthcoming tablets. The G Pad II 10.1, announced today, has a little more oomph to its hardware.
To begin with, it uses a 1920x1200 screen, which has become essentially the lowest point of entry for 10-inch tablets at this point (no matter what Samsung says). Read More