The Moto 360 garnered more attention than any smartwatch at launch, at least until Apple teased us with the Apple Watch. Why is the Moto 360 so interesting? It's not ugly like most smartwatches and it has a round face, just like a traditional watch. It has a stainless steel casing and a classy leather band and looks like a swollen Movado (which is better than it sounds). The Moto 360 runs Android Wear and it works with any Android phone running OS 4.3 or newer. It provides notifications, weather, sports scores and acts as a pedometer and a heart rate monitor.
Dell's answer to the Lenovo Yoga 2 11 inch is a sweet and affordable 11.6" Windows 8.1 convertible with a 360 degree hinge and an IPS 1366 x 768 touch screen. Starting at $399 list, the laptop offers the usual solid Inspiron build and very good keyboard, along with a healthy selection of ports for a machine this small. It runs on a dual core Intel Celeron CPU clocked at 2.16GHz, and there's a quad core Pentium option. While most Ultrabooks, Windows tablets and convertibles have a few upgradeable parts, the Inspiron 11 offers fairly easy access to upgradable RAM, a standard 2.5" drive bay and a socketed wireless card, making it quite the tuner. Worth a look if you want a small Windows 8.1 convertible with enough power to handle web, MS Office and HD video playback.
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.
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.
Yes, it's another Samsung Galaxy S5 variant. This time we look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport, currently exclusive to Sprint in the US. It's a more sporty version of the GS5 that's available in zingy red or electric blue, and it has a grippy outer casing. Inside you'll find the exact same internals, battery and camera as the Galaxy S5 original flavor. The GS5 Sport has an excellent Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 display, 2.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU with Adreno 330 graphics, 2 gigs of RAM and 16 gigs of storage. It has a microSD card slot, an IR blaster and 4G LTE with world GSM roaming.
This 8" tablet is a gamer's dream with the 2.2GHz NVIDIA K1 quad core CPU with 192 core Kepler graphics and a 1920 x 1200 IPS display. Throw in front-facing stereo speakers, GameStream for streaming PC games to the tablet, NVIDIA Grid cloud gaming to play free PC games from the cloud and a few nice Valve ports to Android and you've got quite the recipe for hours of fun. The tablet is available in WiFi-only and 4G LTE models and it has 2 gigs of RAM and an SDXC microSD card slot. It has dual band WiFi with MIMO, Bluetooth, a GPS and HDMI for gaming on the big screen. The optional Shield wireless controller is sold separately and is a must-have if gaming is your thing. It makes a fine general purpose tablet too, and it's cheaper than the iPad mini with Retina display and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4.
The HTC One M8's little brother sports an aluminum unibody design and looks much like the first generation HTC One. The somewhat more compact and midrange Remix keeps the excellent BoomSound stereo speakers and SLCD3 display, while downsizing to 4.5" and 1280 x 720 resolution. The Remix runs on a quad core Snapdragon 400 CPU with 16 gigs of storage and a microSD card slot. It has a very good 5MP front camera and a 13MP rear camera.
It's hard to argue that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S isn't the best Android tablet on the market, be it the 8.4" model we look at in our review or the 10.5". With stunning high resolution Super AMOLED displays, top notch quad core CPUs, plenty of RAM, the latest Android OS and Samsung's usual everything including the kitchen sink set of features. Greatness comes at a price though, and like the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, the Tab S isn't cheap at $399 for the 8.4" and $499 for the 10.5" model. Is the Tab S just the tablet you've been waiting for? Read our review to find out.
The HP ZBook 15 is a mobile workstation, and that means a powerhouse laptop that can stand in for a desktop. The 6.2 pound 15.6" ZBook we look at has a quad core Intel Core i7 CPU clocked at 2.7GHz, NVIDIA Quadro K2100M graphics, 16 gigs of RAM and a phenomenal wide gamut full HD DreamColor display. It's not cheap at $2,799 though; HP's business and professional line workstations aren't for the budget conscious.
Amazon's first smartphone runs Fire OS 3.5 (based on Android) with full access to Amazon's many services, including Kindle, Prime Instant Video, Amazon Music and Audible. It has a 4.7" HD display that's bright and very attractive and it has Dynamic Perspective for 3D effects. The Fire phone runs on a 2.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 CPU with 2 gigs of RAM and 32 or 64 gigs of storage. The phone has a very good rear 13MP camera with optical image stabilization and Amazon's Firefly feature that identifies products, TV shows and movies.
Is it just a coincidence that Acer, one of the gorillas of netbook sales is back with one of the most affordable and portable Windows 8.1 transformer style hybrids? The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a great little PC companion. The Switch 10 starts at $379 for the 32 gig model and you get some nice stuff for the price: a 10.1" IPS touch screen, included keyboard dock, the latest quad core Intel Atom Bay Trail CPU inside and decent looks. We recommend the 64 gig model if you can afford it at $429 list.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the latest in MS' line of tablets with the brains of a laptop. It's a power user tablet that's on many folks' wish lists, even if it isn't entirely practical as a laptop replacement, because it's just so darned sexy and cool. This time, Microsoft ups the ante with a more mainstream 12" size that might just steal a few buyers who were pondering 12.5" Ultrabooks like the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga and Dell XPS 12. We take a first look at the $999 Surface Pro 3 with the 4th generation Intel Core i5 ULV CPU and Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4 gigs of RAM and a 128 gig SSD.
The MacBook Air vs. MS Surface Pro 3: Microsoft invited this odd competition when they unveiled Surface Pro 3. Sure there are similarities: both are PCs that can run "real" programs like MS Office and Adobe Photoshop CC, both run on Intel ULV Core CPUs with SSD drives and 4 or 8 gigs of RAM. They're highly portable machines too, that won't break your back or require an outsized backpack. But there the similarities end. The MacBook Air is a traditional laptop with a clamshell design and a permanently attached keyboard. The Surface Pro 3 is a tablet with an optional magnetically attached keyboard cover.
his is a wildly affordable 4G LTE Windows 8.1 smartphone that's available on AT&T and T-Mobile for just $99 to $168 full retail. It has a 4.5" IPS display, removable battery and swappable back cover shells. The phone runs on a quad core Snapdragon 400 CPU with 512 megs of RAM and 8 gigs of storage, expandable via microSD cards. It has Cortana, Microsoft's new voice assistant, a 5megapixel rear camera and a GPS with GLONASS.
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