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Motorola Droid Turbo Review

Preview: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo

By on October 28, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Preview: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo

Motorola’s new Droid Turbo came from out of nowhere when it first leaked last month, and now the handset is official. We have repeatedly referred to it as the surprise of the fall season and now that it’s here, everything we knew from leaks and rumors that began trickling out just a short while ago has been confirmed: Motorola and Verizon Wireless’ new Droid smartphone is an absolute beast.

Following the device’s unveiling during a Verizon press conference on Tuesday, I spent some time with the new Droid Turbo to see how it stacks up against the competition. More →

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Sony Xperia Z3v Preview

Hands on with Sony’s Xperia Z3v, the phone that dares not innovate

By on October 9, 2014 at 2:46 PM.

Hands on with Sony’s Xperia Z3v, the phone that dares not innovate

“The U.S. is one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world. It’s also one of the toughest,” Sony Mobile President Kunimasa Suzuki said as Sony prepared to announce its latest Android smartphone.

It’s an uphill climb for Sony to make an impact in the U.S. market, but the company is doing everything it can to match specifications with the best Android phones on the market. Sony’s Xperia Z3v is the Verizon exclusive model of the Xperia Z3 line, strikingly similar to the Z3 itself but with slightly different dimensions and few tricks of its own. More →

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Nosgoth Preview PC

Preview: Nosgoth is a free, fast-paced multiplayer title with potential

By on April 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Preview: Nosgoth is a free, fast-paced multiplayer title with potential

As the vampire descended upon me, ripping my frail human body to shreds, all I could think was, “Why didn’t I reload sooner?”

Nosgoth kind of came out of nowhere. This free-to-play multplayer shooter is set in the Legacy of Kain universe, a property that once meant a lot to gamers, but has been dormant for over ten years. The hows and whys of this game’s existence are fascinating in their own right, but after playing through several matches over the weekend and getting a grasp of the game’s structure, I stopped worrying about it.

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MLB 14: The Show Preview

Preview: ‘MLB 14: The Show’ gets you to the action faster

By on March 7, 2014 at 9:10 AM.

Preview: ‘MLB 14: The Show’ gets you to the action faster

It wasn’t until last year that I finally took a chance on baseball. It was the outcome of a single, crazy, stressful game early in the season that pulled me in, and over 100 games later, I was hooked. However, I could do without the endless pitch counts, which is why MLB 14: The Show might be the first baseball game I pick up since middle school. More →

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13-inch Retina MacBook Pro Preview

By on October 24, 2012 at 3:26 PM.

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro Preview

Apple (AAPL) famously introduced the world’s first Retina notebook a couple months back, but notably missing was it’s smaller 13-inch brother. Introduced yesterday at the company’s Fall event which also saw the introduction of the iPad mini, brand new iPad, iMac, and Mac mini, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is already shipping to customers and available at some Apple retail locations. As much as I wanted to love the 15-inch version, coming from a 13-inch MacBook Air proved too difficult. The new 13-inch is a beautiful compromise, and only weighs half a pound more than the MacBook Air. The notebooks design is identical to the larger computer, so this makes two options for the best laptop Apple has ever made depending on your screen size preference. I don’t think it’s long before we see the MacBook Air simply turn into the MacBook, with the Retina MacBook Pro obviously just being MacBook Pro. Since I never reviewed the 15-inch laptop, I’m going to review the 13-inch, and I’m excited. More →

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Hands-on with the $499 Wikipad gaming tablet

By on September 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM.

Hands-on with the $499 Wikipad gaming tablet

Wikipad Hands-on

There’s a general stigma that tablets can’t and will never do “hardcore” gaming justice because they just don’t have actual buttons, analog sticks and shoulder triggers. As standalone slates, tablet’s will probably never fit the needs of a gamer, but Wikipad wants to change that. It’s a standalone Android tablet and it’s also an oversized gaming handheld. BGR sat down with James Bower, CEO of Wikipad, to gauge the device’s potential and see how well it works.

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Barnes & Noble opens fire at Amazon with new NOOK HD, NOOK HD+ tablets (hands-on)

By on September 26, 2012 at 1:00 AM.

Barnes & Noble opens fire at Amazon with new NOOK HD, NOOK HD+ tablets (hands-on)

NOOK HD Release Date

The low-cost tablet space is heating up ahead of what many expect to be an October unveiling of Apple’s (AAPL) much rumored iPad mini, and two new entries into this competitive space have just been announced. Barnes & Noble (BKS) on Wednesday took the wraps off its all new NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ tablets, and they take aim squarely at the 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD slates Amazon announced earlier this month. These new NOOKs pick up right where Barnes & Noble’s previous-generation tablets left off, but they offer a number of notable improvements over their predecessors — and over the competition as well.

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iPhone 5 first impressions

By on September 20, 2012 at 6:19 PM.

iPhone 5 first impressions

Apple iPhone 5 first impressions

Apple’s iPhone 5 officially becomes available tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. local time, but we were able to get one just a little bit early. If you’re following along, you no doubt saw every review and article related to this phone (AAPL), so here’s an honest bit of first impressions from someone who kind of likes his iPhones…

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The BGR Show – iPhone 5 preview

By on September 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM.

The BGR Show – iPhone 5 preview

The BGR Show iPhone 5 preview

There’s only one day left until Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 touches down, but in case you just can’t wait any longer, we take a deep look at just how different the iPhone 5 is compared to the iPhone 4S in this week’s episode of The BGR Show. We also cover our favorite new iOS 6 features and detail the best way to pick up a new iPhone if you haven’t yet preordered one. Stay tuned for our iPhone 5 hands-on preview later today and something special that we have coming tomorrow… More →

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HTC’s Windows Phone 8X and 8S take the Windows Phone lead (hands-on)

By on September 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM.

HTC’s Windows Phone 8X and 8S take the Windows Phone lead (hands-on)

HTC Windows Phone 8X and 8S announced

HTC’s (2498) Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S are the company’s first real Windows Phone handsets. Sure, the Taiwan-based company has introduced some devices that run Windows Phone before, but it appears that HTC is finally taking Windows Phone seriously. And why shouldn’t it? HTC is getting pushed out of the Android game quite quickly, so it makes sense to diversify its handset portfolio with a different operating system, ecosystem and partner.

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LG Optimus G hands-on

By on September 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM.

LG Optimus G hands-on

LG Optimus G Hands-On

The LG Optimus G announced on Tuesday is a beast of a smartphone. LG (06657011) held a press event on Wednesday in New York City to show off its latest quad-core smartphone and we were on hand to check it out. How does LG’s new 4.7-inch, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone with a monster 13-megapixel camera and 2,100 mAh battery feel? Read on to find out.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II first impressions

By on September 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM.

Samsung Galaxy Note II first impressions

While I still think the Samsung Galaxy Note as a product is stupid, a lot of people seem to gravitate towards a bigger screen regardless of the fact that it’s impossible to use with one hand, and, well, you look crazy talking into a book. But, the Samsung (005930) Galaxy Note II is a nice upgrade to the original, completely putting aside my opinions on the product in general. It features an even larger display, yet the phone isn’t as wide thanks to a new 16:9 aspect ratio where the screen is taller and narrower, and the new design identity closely mirrors the Galaxy S III.

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Hands-on with Verizon’s LG Intuition ‘phablet’

By on September 11, 2012 at 9:45 AM.

Hands-on with Verizon’s LG Intuition ‘phablet’

LG Intuition Hands-On

There’s nothing like some friendly competition to get the mobile wars going. Whether we love it or hate it, “phablets” — devices that are larger than most smartphones and smaller than tablets — are here to stay. Samsung’s (005930) 10 million-strong Galaxy Note and upcoming Note II are proof enough that people want and are willing to accept smartphones with oversized displays. LG (06657011) has officially joined the ‘phablet’ fray with its own stylus-packing, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Intuition on Verizon (VZ). Unlike most run-of-the-mill 16:9 aspect ratio smartphones with 720p HD displays, the Intuition stands on its own legs with a radical 5.0-inch 4:3 aspect ratio display that makes it wider than any smartphone I’ve ever held. Read on for my first-impressions of Verizon’s new 4G LTE-equipped phablet.

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