Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Hands-on review: IFA 2015:

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Hands-on review: IFA 2015:

Come on, you’re only here for one reason: to see whether a phone really needs a 4K screen, or whether it’s just one of the world’s top producers of Ultra HD TVs is using the technology to create a splash on its smartphones. Of course it’s the latter. There’s very little reason to stick a display on a phone that packs that many pixels in (3840 x 2160, if you must know) as there’s no content out there which can truly

Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL

You don’t have to shop in the big-and-tall section of stores to want the Google Pixel XL. It’s a powerful phablet at a still-reasonable size, and it’s made by Google. This 5.5-inch Android phone is the successor to last year’s Nexus 6P, as Google is altogether ditching the affordable, developer-focused Nexus brand in favor of this new Pixel XL and its smaller 5-inch Pixel counterpart. Here’s our hands-on

Google Pixel Phones

Google Pixel Phones

 After Google’s launch event today in San Francisco, I had an opportunity to get my hands on its new Pixel and Pixel XL phones. My initial impression is that they are decent-looking, well-made phones. Google took a more active role in creating these phones than previous Nexus devices, taking the lead not just in hardware selection, but design as well. Using quality displays

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

As the iPhone 6’s design turned 2 years old the iPhone 7 was launched to continue the two year cadence for their smartphone designs. As you might expect from a phone like this, rather than maintaining the same industrial design that we saw with the iPhone 6s instead we’re looking at a new, more refined design. To get

iPhone 7

iPhone 7

What’s new with the iPhone 7? Either a lot and very little, depending on what matters to you in a phone. On the one hand, it’s now imbued with far superior sonic performance, a much better camera and a more pleasant-to-use screen – and now has no port to plug your headphones into. On the other hand, barring some slippage of the antenna bands on the rear of the phone, this looks remarkably similar to

Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens

Design, comfort, software and our early verdict We’ve overhauled the “Latest developments” section with all of the major HoloLens announcements since Build 2016. HoloLens, Microsoft’s augmented reality (AR) viewer, feels like the future of computing. Being upfront, the headgear that I tried at Build 2015 was “early development hardware,” and it definitely felt that way. But the potential, and how

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a phone that’s designed for a very specific user base: those who want a larger screen but are craving a stylus too. That’s not to say others might not get some benefit from it, but it’s mostly centred around the functionality of the S Pen. The S Pen is, indeed, back again, and comes with more features and tricks to justify its existence. I’m still not sold on the point of it, but there

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Samsung Galaxy Note7

The Galaxy Note line is a staple at this point, a segment that Samsung truly owns as the first mover and has been wildly successful in ways that Samsung really didn’t predict. The Galaxy Note line has often been said to be the true flagship of the Galaxy smartphone family, and to some extent that probably isn’t far off the mark. With the Galaxy Note7, Samsung is seeking

Oculus Rift: Updates

Oculus Rift: Updates

What it’s like to wear Oculus Rift Update: At last, the first Oculus Rifts are arriving on consumers’ doorsteps. While Oculus hit its target date of March 28 for the headset’s release, only Rifts that were pre-ordered several months ago are arriving today. When I think of virtual reality, I think of immersive experiences that transport me to places, real or make-believe, I would otherwise never see. VR is the

Panasonic GX80/GX85

Panasonic GX80/GX85

Introduction and features One of the main complaints levelled at the high-end Panasonic GX8 is that it’s a bit on the big side for a camera with a Four Thirds type sensor. Well the GX80 introduced below it in the company’s flat-style range of cameras is set to address that by offering a smaller alternative. The downside of course is that it doesn’t offer the same range of direct controls on the top-plate, but there is still

PlayStation VR: Updates

PlayStation VR: Updates

For a minute there, I was worried that virtual reality was going to be something that was better experienced on a PC, with devices like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive the obvious leaders right now. After spending some time with the final consumer version of Sony’s PS4-exclusive headset at GDC 2016, however, I can finally put those fears to rest.

Nvidia GRID

Nvidia GRID

Requirements and game library In theory, Grid – Nvidia’s online game streaming service in the same vein as PlayStation Now – is a wonderfully benevolent service made exclusively for Nvidia hardware owners. It’s like the yacht club of gaming. While Sony is grabbing subscribers’ cold, hard cash hand-over-fist, Nvidia is offering 40 PC-quality games for free until June 2015 and also has a few dozen games available for

Samsung Gear 360

Samsung Gear 360

Seeing the Samsung Gear 360 in person immediately reminded me of my Logitech webcam from the 90s, but it’s actually the most cutting-edge VR capture technology for consumers distilled into a tiny ball. With a press of a button, I was able to build my own virtual reality world at MWC 2016, thanks to its dual fisheye lenses that stitch together 360 video and capture 30MP still photos. It’s was easy as that.

Huawei P9 Plus

Huawei P9 Plus

Hot on the heels of the newly launched Huawei P9, its bigger brother the Huawei P9 Plus offers up the same dual-camera smarts with a larger screen, more storage and better sound. As with its smaller brother, the Huawei P9 Plus sports a rather familiar design with its rounded corners, metal body, visible antenna bands and slender build reminiscent of the iPhone. While the similarities

iPhone SE: Updates

iPhone SE: Updates

Our full iPhone SE review is coming soon, as we just finished an unboxing video of Apple’s small, but brand new phone. Here are our thoughts so far – now with more picutures! When the world zigs, you zag. Buy low, sell high. When the entire smartphone universe skews big, you reinvigorate the small. That, in a nutshell, is the mentality behind the iPhone SE. It’s a phone for those that love the smaller size

Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1

Introduction Pentax is one of the big traditional photographic brands to make the transition from film into digital camera manufacturing and it always seemed likely that it might one day make a full-frame digital SLR. However, it wasn’t until February 2014 that the company announced that it was planning to take that step. And now, after two years of seeing mock-ups under glass domes at trade shows, we finally have the Pentax

HTC 10: A Fresh Start

HTC 10: A Fresh Start

At this point it’s probably not a secret that HTC has been struggling for the past few years. While the One M8 was a solid upgrade to the One M7, it was unfortunate in the sense that it did not resolve the problems that the M7 had. HTC made a leap in extending the One’s core strengths of an aluminum unibody design, dual front-facing speakers, and generally polished user experience,

Alcatel Plus 10: A Win10 2-in-1 tablet

Alcatel Plus 10: A Win10 2-in-1 tablet

Ever since OLPC tried to bring cheaper portable laptops around the world, there has been a steady stream of low level devices with one primary goal – get users online at a low price point. So while Mobile World Congress has been talking a lot about super high end devices and smartphones, alongside Alcatel’s launch of the Idol 4 and Idol 4S they are also launching the Plus 10, a new Windows

Nextbit Robin: it never runs out of space

Nextbit Robin: it never runs out of space

‘Robin never runs out of space.’ Those are the words that greet you when you open the box of the Nextbit Robin, a phone imagined by the design guru behind many of HTC’s beautiful handsets. It’s certainly a bold statement from a fledging smartphone manufacturer which is trying something different in an attempt to stand out with its first device. The San Francisco based firm is harnessing the

Pentax K-1: set to go on sale

Pentax K-1: set to go on sale

Introduction Pentax is one of the big traditional photographic brands to make the transition from film into digital camera manufacturing and it always seemed likely that it might one day make a full-frame digital SLR. However, it wasn’t until February 2014 that the company announced that it was planning to take that step. And now, after two years of seeing mock-ups under glass domes at trade shows, we finally have the Pentax