Hands On

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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