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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review
Samung Galaxy Note 7
Phone Reviews | Android Phone Reviews

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is one heck of a great phone, and it's also an extremely expensive one. I won't even call this 5.7" Android smartphone a phablet because Samsung has managed to slim it down and curve the sides so perfectly that it doesn't feel like a tablet in disguise. Inside, it's the culmination of Samsung's triumphs and past mistakes learned from--TouchWiz is actually useful rather than a Disney adventure, features are well thought out and the phone looks stunning clad in Gorilla Glass 5 and aluminum. The Note 7 has a 5.7" Super AMOLED 2560 x 1440 display with HDR video support, the same excellent cameras as the Galaxy S7 family, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 gigs of RAM and a 64 gigs of storage plus a microSD card slot. It has the S Pen, both fingerprint and iris scanner and much more.


 
 
 
Huawei Honor 8 review
Huawei Honor 8
Phone Reviews | Android Phone Reviews

2016 continues as the year of the affordable but really good Android phone, particularly unlocked models that are sold direct and via retailers rather than carriers. There's the OnePlus 3, Alcatel Idol 4S, ZTE Axon 7, the Moto G4/G4 Plus and now the Huawei Honor 8. The Honor sub-brand is Huawei's affordable line that targets Millennials, though I don't see why a 13 year old or 70 year old wouldn't also like the phone. It's a stunning looking phone clad in 2D glass and metal, and it's very pocketable at 5.2". The Android 6.0 Marshmallow smartphone flirts with high end design and features at a relatively modest $399 price tag for the 32 gig model. There's good CPU performance, a really lovely full HD display and solid cameras too.


 
 
 
Dell Inspiron 13 7368 review
Dell Inspiron 13 7368
2-in-1 Laptop Reviews | Ultrabook Reviews

This is the latest refresh of the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Windows covertible laptop, released in the summer of 2016. The 7000 series is the top of the Inspiron line, but the price for a well-equipped machine is relatively reasonable at $749. The laptop is available with Intel Skylake 6th generation Core i5-6200U and Core i7-6500U dual core, 15 watt CPUs with Intel HD 520 graphics. It has two DDR4 RAM slots and starts with 8 gigs of RAM. An M.2 256 gig SSD is standard and you can order it with a 512 gig SSD. It has a backlit keyboard and an infrared camera that works with Windows Hello facial recognition for login.


 
 
 
2016 HP Omen 15 review
HP Omen 15 (2016)
Notebook Reviews | Gaming Laptop Reviews

HP radically refreshed their halo HP Omen gaming laptop for 2016, and it's turned into two budget gamer models in 15 and 17 inch sizes. The plastic chassis and faux carbon fiber might not be all that, but the internals are good and some are similar to the outgoing Omen 15 model. You get quad core Intel Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics and 8 to 16 gigs of RAM. It starts out with a 1 TB HDD, but you can get it with that HDD plus a 128 gig SSD. There are full HD and 4K IPS display options-- matte, non-touch only. The price starts around $1,000 for a model with GTX 960M graphics.


 
 
 
Huawei MateBook review
Huawei MateBook
Laptop Reviews | Tablet Reviews

The MateBook is Huawei's first Windows machine, and it competes with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Samsung Galaxy TabPro S. This 12" tablet has a high resolution touch screen that also supports the optional MatePen, and there's a keyboard porfolio to turn it into a small laptop. It's a silent, fanless Intel Core m tablet with 4 or 8 gigs of RAM and an SSD. It has an elegant design with slim bezels and an aluminum back, and it weighs just 1.4 pounds. It starts at $699, but the must have accessories and upgrades can bring the price up quickly.


 
 
 
Samsung Gear Fit 2 review
Samsung Gear Fit 2
Smartwatch Reviews | Fitness Band & Gadget Reviews

Samsung's new fitness wearable with smart features has a faster CPU and a wider display than the 2014 model, as well as a more supple band. The $179 Gear 2 is available in 3 colors and 2 sizes and it has a heart rate monitor, GPS, step counter, stair counter, sleep monitor and 4 gigs of internal storage for music and apps. It runs Samsung's Tizen OS and it works with any Android phone running OS 4.4 KitKat or newer. It's IP68 water resistant, and it has a vibrate motor, Bluetooth 4.2 and WiFi. The curved AMOLED 1.5" display is colorful and bright enough for outdoor use.


 
 
 
HP Spectre review
HP Spectre
Laptop Reviews | Ultrabook Reviews

The battle for thinness isn't over, and thankfully as technology advances, the penalties are fewer. The 2.45 lb. HP Spectre 13.3" is currently the world's thinnest laptop, but performance, keyboard ergonomics and heat don't suffer. The Spectre is available with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual core CPUs for true Ultrabook performance and the dual fan "hyperbaric chamber" design keeps intense heat at bay. The keyboard is crisp and tactile, and the only casualty we lament is the lack of a touch screen. As a consolation, you do get one of the nicest full HD IPS displays we've seen in a while.


 
 
 
Moto Z and Moto Z Force review
Moto Z and Moto Z Force
Phone Reviews | Android Phone Reviews

Finally, modular phones done right, at least if you're hankering to slap on nifty accessories. The Moto Z and Z Force aren't the kind of modular that requires you to assemble core parts from building blocks, rather they work with magnetic Moto Mods like the JBL stereo speaker back, a projector and extended batteries. They're the first phones to break from Moto's attractive, but well-worn look and feel. Gone are the complexly curved sides, thick middle body and unibody construction. Instead we have a modern and somewhat angular design that's actually very slim, unlike the old Moto design that got chubby toward the middle. Inside it's all flagship power with the 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 820, 4 gigs of RAM, a fingerprint scanner, NFC and your choice of a good 13MP camera on the Moto Z and an excellent 21MP camera on the Moto Z Force. We look at the Droid Edition of these phones, which means they're on Verizon Wireless.


 
 
 
Dell Latitude 13 7000 review
Dell Latitude 13 7370
Laptop Reviews | Ultrabook Reviews

Dell's sexy new high end 13.3" business Ultrabook weighs just 2.48 pounds. This is one of the best looking 13" business laptops on the market, and it's available with a carbon fiber or aluminum lid. Dell also offers 12 and 14 inch models and 2-in-1 versions, but we look at the traditional laptop design here. The machine is available with the same 1920 x 1080 and Sharp IGZO QHD+ 3200 x 1800 displays as the Dell XPS 13, but these have an anti-glare finish. The notebook is available with Intel Skylake 6th generation Core m3, m5 and m7 CPUs and 8 gigs of DDR3 RAM. You can get with an M.2 SATA3 or PCIe SSD in capacities from 128 to 512 gigs.


 
 
 
Huawei MateBook review
Huawei MateBook
Laptop Reviews | Tablet Reviews

The MateBook is Huawei's first Windows machine, and it competes with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Samsung Galaxy TabPro S. This 12" tablet has a high resolution touch screen that also supports the optional MatePen, and there's a keyboard porfolio to turn it into a small laptop. It's a silent, fanless Intel Core m tablet with 4 or 8 gigs of RAM and an SSD. It has an elegant design with slim bezels and an aluminum back, and it weighs just 1.4 pounds. It starts at $699, but the must have accessories and upgrades can bring the price up quickly.


 
 
 
Alcatel Idol 4S review
Alcatel Idol 4S with VR
Phone Reviews | Android Phone Reviews

Alcatel impressed us with last year's Idol 3, it proved that a relatively inexpensive phone could still be stylish and slim with decent specs. The $399 Idol 4S with VR Goggles is the company's highest end phone yet, and it does indeed share some specs with much more expensive phones-- it's slim at 7mm, is really good looking with black glass on the back and chamfered metal on the sides and it has a QHD 5.5" AMOLED display that has 600 nits of brightness. 8MP and 16MP cameras grace the front and back and the usual goodies like NFC, WiFi 802.11ac and a fingerprint scanner are what we'd expect on a flagship. The midrange 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 652 is actually a quicker performer and the phone has 3 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of storage. Alcatel tries to set the Idol 4S apart with the inclusion of VR goggles, but they prove to be the weakest link. The phone is unlocked for use with any GSM carrier, and this US-centric model has 4G LTE for AT&T, T-Mobile and others.

 
 
 

 

 

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