The latest tablet from Google and HTC has a tweener 8.9" display with an unusual for Android 4:3 aspect ratio. It's the first tablet to run Android 5.0 Lollipop and since it's a Nexus, it will always get OS updates quickly. The tablet has a 2048 x 1536 Gorilla Glass 3 clad display and it runs on the NVIDIA K1 Dual 2.3GHz 64 bit processor with 2 gigs of RAM and 16 or 32 gigs of storage. It has dual band WiFi 802.11ac, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth and a pleasing 8MP rear camera. The prices starts at $399 for the WiFi only 16 gig model and $599 for the LTE 4G 32 gig model.
The long-lived Droid line of Android smartphones on Verizon Wireless featured angular, masculine designs, raucous screeching robot startup sounds and industrial wallpapers. Moto has evolved, and the Droid Turbo is a more modern and less ominous phone. There's more to the Droid Turbo than updated looks and a cleaner OS: its specs outdo the 2014 Moto X and all flagship Android phones currently on the market except the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Droid Turbo runs on the latest, greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad core CPU with Adreno 420 graphics, 3 gigs of RAM and 32 or 64 gigs of storage. It's called the Turbo because it comes with Moto's turbo charger in the box, and that's a charger that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 for extreme quick charging. It has a 3900 mAh battery- impressive, as is the QHD AMOLED display.
The Samsung Gear S is different from myriad smartwatches on the market that require a companion smartphone nearby to do much more than tell the time: it has a 3G radio inside so it can stay in touch even when your phone is beyond Bluetooth's 30 meter range. In fact, it has WiFi 802.11n too, as another means of connecting to the network and your phone. All major US carriers are offering the Gear S, and in this review we look at the Sprint model. The Gear S has a lovely curved 2", 360 x 480 AMOLED display and it's the most attractive Samsung watch yet. The watch features a standalone music player, speaker and you can even play games on it. It runs Tizen rather than Android Wear, and you'll need a companion Samsung phone.
Want a durable and versatile Ultrabook-Windows convertible with a larger 14" full HD display, that Yoga 360 degree hinge and a great keyboard? That's the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 14. It earned our Editor's Choice award for its lovely 1080p IPS display, upgradable internals, dedicated NVIDIA GT 840M graphics and a superb keyboard. The $1,099 ThinkPad has an Intel Core i5 CPU, NVIDIA GT 840M graphics, 8 gigs of RAM, a 1TB HDD with caching drive and dual band WiFi 802.11ac.
Yes, it's Apple's thinnest and lightest 9.7" Retina iPad yet, and it's also their fastest. The iPad Air 2 is available in gold, silver and space gray, and you can choose between WiFi-only and WiFi plus 4G LTE models. The tablet has dual band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth and Apple's Touch ID for securing the tablet and online payments. The Air 2 is available in 16, 64 and 128 gig capacities and as per usual it starts at $499 for the WiFi only 16 gig model.
Asus' UX series Zenbooks keep getting better. The UX303 is available with fairly standard Ultrabook specs or with NVIDIA GT 840M dedicated graphics, a rare luxury among 13" skinny machines. We look at the more affordable $899 Zenbook UX303LA in this review. It has a 1920 x 1080 IPS touch screen, runs on a fourth generation Intel Core i5 CPU with 8 gigs of RAM and a 128 gig SSD. It's as elegant and capable as any high end 13.3" Ultrabook, and even better, if you remove the bottom cover you can upgrade the RAM, SATA SSD and wireless card.
Sony proves that good things come in small packages. The 4.6" Z3 Compact sports flagship specs and a striking design, yet it's one of the few small pocket and hands friendly Android phones. It's ever so slightly smaller than the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy Alpha with which it competes and it weighs just 4.55 ounces. The phone is water resistant and it has a colorful and sharp Triluminos display. The Z3 Compact runs on the same 2.5GHz quad core Snapdragon 801 as the 5" and larger competition, and it has dual band WiFi ac, an excellent rear 20.7MP rear camera with large Exmor RS sensor, LTE 4G that works with AT&T and T-Mobile in the US and a big 2600 mAh battery. If you're hankering for a smaller phone and use a GSM carrier, be sure to check it out.
Apple's mainstream phone is larger now at 4.7", but it's still hand and pocket friendly. The IPS display is stunningly colorful and sharp with great viewing angles, and the newest iPhone is fast thanks to the Apple A8 dual core 64 bit CPU. The iPhone 6 has an aluminum body finished in silver, space gray or gold, and it's available with 16, 64 or 128 gigs of storage. It has a very good rear 8MP camera with fast lens and the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that will work with Apple Pay for mobile payments.
If you like the HTC One M8 but want to save $100 or don't like the M8's metal casing, the E8 might be for you. It has the same iconic design as the One M8 along with the BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers and 5" SLCD 3 full HD display. In fact, it has the same Snapdragon 801 quad core 2.3GHz CPU and 2 gigs of RAM too. The HTC One E8 has a traditional 13Mp rear camera, front 5MP camera, 4G LTE with Sprint Spark, 16 gigs of internal storage and a microSD card slot. The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6 software.
It's Apple's first phablet, or really big smartphone if you hate that label. The iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5" full HD IPS display that's one of the best, long battery life, a crazy slim design and as ever an attractive unibody aluminum design. The phone runs iOS 8 on Apple's dual core, 64 bit A8 processor with multi-core graphics and 1 gig of RAM. You can get it with up to 128 gigs of storage and in your choice of silver, space gray or gold. Is it a handful? Yes it is. Is it wonderful for watching videos and playing games? You bet!
That fabulous phablet is back and better than ever. The Note 4 is the most stylish looking big phone from Samsung yet, thanks to metal sides and a refined design. The S Pen is here for precise writing and drawing, and the striking 5.7" Super AMOLED display runs at an impressive 2560 x 1440 resolution. The Note 4 runs on the new 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 quad core CPU with Adreno 420 graphics and it has 3 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of storage. Other goodies include a fingerprint scanner, health monitor, 4K video recording and a removable battery.
The next generation Moto G increases screen size to 5", adds a microSD card slot and increases camera resolution while keeping the same low $179 full retail price as the first gen model. This is an unlocked GSM phone that works with AT&T, T-Mobile and other GSM carriers (not Sprint or Verizon) and it's a quad band world phone with 3G. It has a 720p LCD display, 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1 gig of RAM and 8 gigs of storage. Once again, it's a hard phone to beat for the price thanks to good styling, quality components and decent specs.
The HTC One M8 for Windows: it's everything you loved about the HTC One M8... unless you're an Android person that is. Given the name, you've already figured out this is the Windows Phone version of the M8, and if you're a fan of that elegant smartphone, you'll be thrilled to hear the hardware hasn't changed a bit. The HTC One M8 for Windows has a 5" full HD display, a quad core Snapdragon 801 CPU, 32 gigs of storage plus a microSD card slot and of course HTC BoomSound stereo front-facing speakers. It runs Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 and is initially exclusive to Verizon Wireless, though it will be coming to AT&T and T-Mobile.
The $99 Amazon Fire HD 6 is a 6 inch tablet with a 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1.5GHz CPU and 8 or 16 gigs of storage. It runs Fire OS 4 "Sangria" and it does everything you'd expect an Amazon Fire tablet to do: books, Prime Video, magazines, apps and more. It has front and rear cameras, WiFi and Bluetooth but there's no 3G/4G option. If you're on a very tight budget or are looking for a starter tablet, it's worth a look.
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