Hands On

  • HTC One M8 Hands-On: Come For The Styling, Stay For The Warranty

    HTC One M8 Hands-On: Come For The Styling, Stay For The Warranty

    The past few years have taught once high-flying cellphone makers one or two things about demand. As Samsung rose in Android prominence, the rest of the manufacturers fell one by one. LG? Life’s not good. Motorola? Mostly moribund. Then there’s HTC. Read More

  • Hands On With Moto G, Motorola’s Sub-$200 ‘Budget Premium’ Smartphone

    Hands On With Moto G, Motorola’s Sub-$200 ‘Budget Premium’ Smartphone

    Today Motorola unveiled its Moto G smartphone, which is related to the Moto X in many ways, but very different in others. I had the chance to try out the Moto G in person at Motorola’s Canadian HQ in Toronto, and in many ways, it’s a very impressive device. In others, however, it still reveals its cost consciousness. Read More

  • iPad Mini Retina Hands On

    Hands On With The New iPad Mini With Retina Display

    The first-generation iPad mini was near-perfect in terms of a small tablet, with the one big shortcoming being that it lacked Apple’s impressive Retina high-resolution display. It was hard to go back to a standard-res screen after the iPad 3 and iPhone 4, which is why it’s great that the new version offers a Retina screen. Read More

  • Hands On With Apple’s iPhone 5c: Plastic Feels Pretty Fantastic

    Hands On With Apple’s iPhone 5c: Plastic Feels Pretty Fantastic

    Apple today introduced the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, and though the iPhone 5c is the less expensive of the two, it’s nonetheless very impressive hardware. I got some hands-on time with the 5c immediately following the presentation, and the plastic-backed beauty leaves a very good impression thanks to its single-piece case design and lightness in the hand. Read More

  • First Look at Samsung Galaxy Gear

    Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Is Here And Better Than Expected

    The first time I caught wind of the Galaxy Gear, I laughed heartily. Of course Samsung was trying to make a smartwatch — what haven’t they tried to make over the past few years? It didn’t help that some preliminary reports may have done more harm than good for the Gear’s early reputation. Needless to say, I wasn’t expecting much. But now, after spending a little… Read More

  • Nokia, Please Keep Going

    Nokia, Please Keep Going

    So, finally, Nokia has stopped teasing its flagship Lumia 1020 and let us event goers get some long awaited hands-on time with the thing. It’s definitely not your run-of-the-mill Windows Phone, but is that camera-centric kookiness enough to make the Lumia 1020 worth that $299 price tag? The jury’s still out on that one, but so far the 1020 definitely seems like a Windows Phone… Read More

  • Hands On With HTC’s Would-Be Savior, The HTC One

    Hands On With HTC’s Would-Be Savior, The HTC One

    So, after months of leaks and speculation, HTC has finally revealed the HTC One. To say it’s an important device for HTC is an understatement given the rough seas the company spent nearly all of last year navigating, but the people here seem confident that they’ve worked up a winner. Just after the event wrapped I managed to get some extended hands-on time with the One, and the… Read More

  • Hands On With the iPad Mini

    The iPad Mini And The New 13″ Retina MacBook Pro Strut Their Stuff In Our Hands On Video

    I already shared first impressions of a lot of Apple’s new products, but we’ve also got video from the time we spent with the iPad mini and the Retina MacBook Pro. Watching these things in action provides an entirely different perspective compared to reading about them or looking at static pictures, and seeing the iPad mini do its thing really does a better job of conveying the… Read More

  • Hands-On With The Windows Phone 8S: Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

    Hands-On With The Windows Phone 8S: Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

    The Windows Phone 8S isn’t necessarily the most impressive of HTC’s latest line-up, being baby brother to the 4.3-inch 8X and all. It’s design, on the other hand, looks and feels great. HTC has a knack for using an unibody design and the right materials to make an excellent feeling phone, and the 8S is certainly at the right size for almost anyone to use it with one hand. Read More

  • Breguet's Sexy Vintage-Style Type XXI 3810 Watch In Titanium

    Breguet's Sexy Vintage-Style Type XXI 3810 Watch In Titanium

    Among many other things I like about this Breguet watch are the applied hour indicators. These are most certainly ranked among the best hour markers I have ever seen. They are done in a brushed metal (likely titanium to match the case) and are applied to the dial. The finish on them is very smooth and they appear luxurious as well as being very clear to the eye. What exactly makes them look… Read More

  • Breitling Superocean 44 Watches

    Breitling Superocean 44 Watches

    Last year Breitling came out with an entirely new Superocean watch. It featured a modern looking design in a smaller 42mm case. While a lot of people wanted a smaller Breitling diver, even more didn’t. So, just one year later, the Superocean II has been refreshed and enlarged. Now, for 2011, Breitling offers the Superocean 44. It comes in two versions: A three-hand, and a chronograph. Read More

  • Jacob & Co. Cyclone Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

    Jacob & Co. Cyclone Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

    Boy, what do I even say about this one? Jacob & Co.’s new ultra high-end, non diamond-studded watch for 2011 is this Cyclone Tourbillon. The watch has a large escapement which is actually on the front-mounted automatic rotor. Having things on the rotor is sort of a trend this year as Cartier did something similar with their Astroregulateur watch and Blancpain has a power reserve… Read More

  • Hands-On With The Seagate GoFlex Slim Hard Drive

    Hands-On With The Seagate GoFlex Slim Hard Drive

    You can’t really tell how slim the Seagate GoFlex Slim drive really is until you see it next to a standard external hard drive. This wee drive is .354 inches thick and about four inches long – about the size of a larger cellphone – and it includes a removable port adapter for USB 2.0/3.0 compatibility and an internal 320GB hard drive running at 7200RPM. Read More

  • Tissot Seastar 1000 Watch Hands-On

    Tissot Seastar 1000 Watch Hands-On

    Everyone has been eagerly anticipating the new Seastar 1000 watch from Tissot this year. It has good looks and a large 48mm wide that is big, but not overpowering due to the shorter lugs. For those highly intimidated by the size, there is also a smaller three-hand version that is maybe 44mm wide or smaller. The color selection is interesting, and these could be the Tissot watches to own this year. Read More

  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Watch Hands-On

    Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Watch Hands-On

    Jaeger-LeCoultre’s answer to the thin watch in 2011 was with their Reverso. Many of the Richemont brands were releasing their own slim watches, and I think the Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin is one of the sleeker models. As of now it will come in at least four versions. Some unlimited models including one with a more typical Reverso face guilloche engraved silvered dial with Arabic numerals… Read More

  • Tag Heuer Carrera Mikrograph Precision Mechanical Chronograph Watch Hands-On

    Tag Heuer was nice enough to share the new Carerra Mikograph 1/100th of a second chronograph watch with me, but the room we were in was too dark to take video! So forgive me for having just the CG movie to show you what the watch looks like while the chrono is working. Though the Mikograph is much faster than a foudroyante watch, if you know what those look like to operate you get the basic idea. Read More

  • Ladoire Black Widow Watches Hands-On

    Hands-on with the entire Ladoire Black Widow collection of circa $65,000 watches. This is how the rich say “I am alternative.” Read More

  • Breguet Marine Royale Musical Alarm Watch Hands-On

    While pretty awesome to behold (especially in size) and pretty in design, the Breguet Marine Royale Ref. 5847 watch for 2010 is an ergonomic mistake. It looks cool on the wrist – making you feel like some sort of well-to-do space pirate captain, but the legibility and use of the watch are pretty whacked. I’ve never much bought into the whole Breguet Marine line. Is it supposed to be… Read More

  • Romain Jerome Moon Invader Watches – With Real Moon

    Back at Baselworld 2010 I stopped by the Romain Jerome booth to see “what was cooking.” Turns out it was moon dust. As an extension of the Moon Dust DNA collection of watches, Romain Jerome (RJ) showed-off the “Moon Invader.” On the back of the watch is a metal plate meant to look like the moon that in it actually has dust from the moon baked into it. Read More

  • Ressence Watch Hands-On

    Last year at Baselworld I learned about this new brand called Ressence. It sort of slipped through the cracks of coverage, but then I was able to speak directly with the brand’s friendly Belgian founder Benoit Mintiens. In addition to explaining to me how Belgium is known for more than just waffles and how their chocolate is better than that of the Swiss, he walked me through his timepiece. Read More