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Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet hands-on

November 7th, 2011

Barnes & Noble took the wraps off its brand new Nook Tablet at a press conference in New York City on Monday, and we just spent some hands-on time with the sleek new slate. First things first: the display is amazing. Barnes & Noble spent a fair amount of time during the tablet’s unveiling touting …

Hands-on with the Samsung Focus S Windows Phone

November 4th, 2011

We stopped by Samsung’s offices in New York City recently to check out its brand new high-end Focus S Windows Phone. It is powered by Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, the latest iteration of the operating system, and packs a number of features that put the phone on a par with the Galaxy S II. It …

Samsung Focus Flash hands-on

November 4th, 2011

We met up with Samsung recently to check out the Focus Flash, a brand new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) device that will be available on AT&T shortly for $49.99 with a new contract. The Focus Flash isn’t as high-end as the Focus S, but it does offer a number of compelling hardware features that make …

HTC Rezound hands-on

November 3rd, 2011

We just spent a couple minutes with HTC’s latest and greatest, the HTC Rezound for Verizon Wireless complete with Beats audio, and it’s surely positioned as an iconic media device. It’s reasonably thin, packs 4G LTE, a super high resolution 720p display which looks amazing, and that’s not mentioning the 8-megapixel camera with improved optics …

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket hands-on

November 3rd, 2011

We took a hands-on look at the HTC Vivid earlier this afternoon, and now we’re focusing on the second of AT&T’s first two LTE phones: the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. We’re no strangers to the Galaxy S II — we’ve reviewed several versions of the phone here on BGR — and this version of …

Motorola ATRIX 2 review

October 31st, 2011

When BGR Editor-in-chief Jonathan Geller first reviewed the original Motorola ATRIX 4G in February, he called it “one of the best smartphones to ever be available from AT&T.” Now I have that phone’s successor, the Motorola ATRIX 2. It offers a few improvements over the original, including support for faster data speeds, a slightly larger …

Nokia Lumia 800 hands-on

October 26th, 2011

Nokia announced a pair of Windows Phones on Wednesday and while the Lumia 710 is a fantastic value, the Lumia 800 was clearly the star of the show. Code-named Sea Ray, Nokia’s Lumia 800 features the same sleek unibody case as the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9, but the similarities end there. The Lumia 800 packs a …

Sprint HTC EVO Design 4G hands-on

October 25th, 2011

We just got our hands on an HTC EVO Design 4G review unit from Sprint — the latest member of Sprint’s EVO family of Android smartphones — and we were instantly reminded of the HTC Incredible on Verizon Wireless upon opening the box. Though the EVO Design 4G lacks an AMOLED display and is noticeably …

Motorola DROID RAZR hands-on!

October 18th, 2011

We just went up close and personal with Motorola’s newest flagship smartphone, the Motorola DROID RAZR. In short… we’re blown away. The fact that this device is so remarkably thin, light, and strong is truly impressive. The screen is beautiful, and from the limited time we spent with it, it’s insanely fast, too. Over Verizon’s …

Apple iPhone 4S hands-on

October 13th, 2011

We managed to get our hands on a brand new Apple iPhone 4S a little early, and while we haven’t spent enough time with the device to write a full review yet, here are some initial impressions: The iPhone 4S is noticeably faster. Having used an iPhone 4 since launch day, the experience now closely matches the …