Hands on with the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD

By on September 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM.

Hands on with the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD

Motorola RAZR HD Hands-On

Fresh out of Nokia’s (NOK) Windows Phone 8 press conference earlier on Wednesday, we got to see the latest and greatest Motorola will loose upon the market ahead of the holidays this year. The stars of the show — the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD — are both big steps forward for Motorola fans. Beyond all those capital letters lie two phones that push Android handsets forward in several ways, and although the materials and overall design might not be as exciting as some rival smartphones, Android fans on Verizon Wireless will have two very tempting options this holiday season.

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Hands on with Nokia’s Lumia 920 and Lumia 820

By on September 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM.

Hands on with Nokia’s Lumia 920 and Lumia 820

Nokia’s (NOK) press conference on Wednesday definitely had its ups and downs, and investors weren’t convinced that Nokia’s new Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones will fare well against Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5, which is expected to launch on September 21st following next week’s announcement, shares of Nokia stock were trading down more than 13% during Nokia’s presentation. We spent some time with Nokia’s new smartphones on Wednesday morning, however, and they really are a breath of fresh air in many ways.

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Hands-on with Chameleon: Android tablets get a shot of adrenaline

By on August 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM.

Hands-on with Chameleon: Android tablets get a shot of adrenaline

Chameleon Android Hands-on

Back in May, we told you about a new home screen replacement app, Chameleon for Android, that aimed to make the home screen on Android tablets gorgeous. At the time, the app was seeking funding through the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. After a few hiccups that required the company to restart the project, Chameleon was able to raise more than $66,000 when funding wrapped up in early July. The project is now in an early beta stage and the company was kind enough to let us give it a whirl.

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Intel shows off the tip of the Windows 8 iceberg

By on July 10, 2012 at 1:40 PM.

Intel shows off the tip of the Windows 8 iceberg

Windows 8 Ultrabook Tablet Hands-on

Intel’s chips have been at the center of the digital universe for an eternity in tech-years. Post-PC era or no post-pc era, millions upon millions of personal computers powered by Intel chips continue to their way into homes and businesses around the world. Intel fell behind some of its chief rivals and missed a huge opportunity as smartphones went from niche enterprise devices to the handset of choice for hundreds of millions of users, but the company is taking steps to aggressively attack the space in the near future. At the same time, however, Intel isn’t losing sight of the market that propelled its meteoric rise, and on Tuesday Intel showcased a few of the devices that will carry its partners into the next era of personal computing.

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HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE hands-on

By on July 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM.

HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE hands-on

HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE Hands-on

One phone. One name. 22 capital letters. Verizon Wireless announced launch details for its first One-series HTC phone on Monday morning, and the upcoming HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE arrived at our offices shortly thereafter. Verizon’s version of the HTC One S — which just so happens to be my favorite Android smartphone at the moment — features a number of key changes compared to the original model. For one thing, it includes 4G LTE connectivity for use on Verizon Wireless’s lightning-fast 4G network. For another, it’s pretty ugly.

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Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus with Jelly Bean hands-on

By on June 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM.

Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus with Jelly Bean hands-on

Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 Jelly Bean hands on

Google’s entrance into the sub-$200 tablet space wasn’t exactly unexpected, but I think we can all say that the Nexus 7 is pleasantly surprising. At $199, it features a 7-inch 1280 x 800-pixel display, a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a variety of sensors. It’s also built very well at first hold. One immediate problem, however, is that the bezel around the sides is so tiny when held in portrait orientation that I keep accidentally hitting the display with my thumb. I’m not sure if you’re supposed to use the Nexus 7in landscape all of the time, because the bezel on the top and bottom are much, much thicker. But! I do like the device overall, and it feels good to hold and use.

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Google Chrome for Android hands-on: Asses kicked, names taken

By on June 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM.

Google Chrome for Android hands-on: Asses kicked, names taken

Chrome Android Hands On

Google has effectively ended the debate over which mobile browser Android fans should use on their smartphones and tablets — the answer is Chrome. And it’s not even close, either: the Android version of Chrome, re-released Wednesday on Google Play after having shed its beta label, chews up and spits out other mobile browsers. Why? Hit the jump for the answer. More →

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Firefox for Android hands-on: Vastly better than Android’s default browser but weaknesses remain

By on June 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM.

Firefox for Android hands-on: Vastly better than Android’s default browser but weaknesses remain

Mozilla Firefox Android Hands On

One of the downsides of being an Android user is having to scrounge around for a mobile browser alternative since the Android default browser is so woefully lacking. I use MoboTap’s Dolphin browser on my Android device because it provides a nifty swipe-based approach to bringing up menus and bookmarks, it has a lot of terrific add-ons such as the “Browse Faster” extension that lets you close apps on your device, and it does tab-based browsing better than most other mobile browsers I’ve tried. The downside, though, is that Dolphin can be slow and is very prone to crashing. Mozilla’s newest version of Firefox for Android released Tuesday offers some significant improvements over Dolphin and the default Android browser but still has some areas that can be improved. Hit the jump for more. More →

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Microsoft Surface tablet hands-on

By on June 18, 2012 at 9:20 PM.

Microsoft Surface tablet hands-on

Microsoft Surface Hands On

Microsoft’s mystery event is finally over and considering the flurry of leaks that piled up ahead of this evening’s press conference, we can’t say were entirely surprised by the announcement of the company’s first own-brand tablet. BGR was on hand reporting live as Microsoft took the wraps off the Surface tablet, a 9.3 millimeter-thick magnesium slate intended to set the stage for Windows 8 and Windows RT. We managed to fight our way through the crowd for a quick hands-on look, and Microsoft’s new tablet shows some serious promise. Hit the jump for more and be sure to check out our hands-on photo gallery linked below.

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Next-generation Retina MacBook Pro hands-on

By on June 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM.

Next-generation Retina MacBook Pro hands-on

MacBook Pro Retina Display Hands-on

I just got my hands on a brand new next-generation Retina MacBook Pro, and there isn’t any other way to describe it — it’s beautiful. The Retina display is the best display I’ve ever seen, period. It’s almost too good, if that’s even possible. Many sites (including BGR) don’t serve up high-enough resolution images for the new iPad, and the inbound Retina-equipped MacBook Pro highlights this issue even more. But enough of that, this computer is an engineering marvel in almost every way possible.

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BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha hands-on; meet the elusive BlackBerry Colt

By on May 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM.

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha hands-on; meet the elusive BlackBerry Colt

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha hands-on

RIM made an unprecedented move earlier this week when it gave away pre-production BlackBerry 10 hardware to developers, but it was a smart one. In order to develop for a brand new operating system and help grow develop support for a new platform, you need to be able to test on real hardware. Since this isn’t the phone that RIM will launch in the fall, there’s no issue letting the public see the hardware, right? Well, there’s more to the story.

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Hands on with Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G LTE

By on April 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM.

Hands on with Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G LTE

Sprint and HTC have been partners for years, but it wasn’t until the HTC EVO 4G launched in June 2010 that the companies realized their potential. HTC’s sleek, technology-packed flagship smartphone and Sprint’s unlimited data plans were a match made in heaven for smartphone power users, and the EVO 4G was the first handset to truly offer a complete package to Sprint subscribers. While Sprint’s EVO line of devices has remained popular for the carrier — Sprint has sold more than 7 million EVO-branded smartphones and tablets to date — the company has yet to recapture the magic introduced with the original EVO 4G. With the new HTC EVO 4G LTE that Sprint and HTC unveiled on Wednesday, however, Sprint hopes to do just that. Hit the break for our hands-on impressions of Sprint’s new flagship smartphone.

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Apple iPad hands-on

By on March 16, 2012 at 8:45 AM.

Apple iPad hands-on

Apple’s new iPad continues to push the company miles and miles beyond any possible competition. The new Apple tablet really does feel the same as the iPad 2, even though it’s slightly tapered in a different way, but it’s a tad bit thicker and a smidgen heavier. The most incredible thing about it is, of course, that beautiful Retina Display. It’s best display I have ever seen, period. It actually looks unreal, like it’s not a digital display at all, but an actual printed glossy photo. It’s kind of mind-blowing. I haven’t had much time (obviously) to test 4G LTE on the new iPad, but one more thing I’ll say is that the iPad doesn’t feel heavier and thicker than my iPad 2, and I really like the more tapered feel of it — it fits more comfortably in the hand now. We’ll be following up this hands-on preview with our in-depth review, but for now, check out some photos of the new iPad in our gallery below.

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