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Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue Review: Just Pass

Grant Hatchimonji

...And while it's a little on the heavy side for a 7-inch tablet at 335 grams, it's not overwhelming. ...The 7-inch, 1024 x 600 display lacks sharpness to the point that it looks almost looks like it's out of focus at times. ...Performance Despite the fact that the Vogue is equipped with a quad-core processor, it only has a 1.2 GHz clock and 1 GB of RAM, and the weaker specs really show. ... Read full article

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Huawei Ascend Mate2 Review

Diana Hwang

...The Mate2 measures 6.3 x 3.3 x .37 inches, and weighs 7.1 ounces, making it large and surprisingly solid. ...Display and Speakers The Ascend Mate2 comes with a 6.1-inch diagonal Gorilla Glass IPS capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720, which translates into 241 pixels per inch. ...The Ascend Mate2 is useful as an alternative to a mini-tablet primarily and as phone when necessary. ... Read full article

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Apple iPhone 7 Plus Review: Evolutionary, But Still Great

Ed Hardy

...Those who use their phone as their only mobile computer, rather than sporting both a phone and a tablet, owe it to themselves to consider whether they need the extra room.No phone supports the Apple Pencil; that's reserved for the company's iPad Pro line of tablets.Ports, Buttons, & Speakers[caption id="attachment_149281" align="alignright" width="350"] The Apple iPhone 7 Plus has two rear-facing cameras....One of these has a wide-angle lens with an ƒ/1.8 aperture, while the second has a telephoto lens with a ƒ/2.8 aperture. ...We feel that 32GB is plenty for people who don't want to carry around a lot of multimedia files, but those with many MP3s or videos should choose the 128GB one at least.SpecsDisplay: 5.5-inch (diagonal) LED 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi1300:1 contrast ratio (typical) 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)Dimensions: 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm) 6.63 ounces (188 grams)Processor: Quad-core A10 Fusion, with dual 64-bit 2.34 GHz cores Embedded M10 motion coprocessorCamera: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras Optical zoom at 2x; digital zoom up to 10x 7-megapixel front-cameraWireless: GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, CDMA EV-DO Rev. ... Read full article

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HTC One Max Review: Size Isn't Everything

Jeff Dunn

...Joining those speakers above the display is a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, which itself is accompanied by the same 4-megapixel 'UltraPixel' sensor on the One Max's rear. ...With dimensions of 6.47 x 3.24 x 0.40 inches and a weight of 7.65 ounces, the One Max is every bit as bulky and hefty as it looks. ...Officially, we're working with a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM, which, you may recall, is the exact same hardware found in the first One. ... Read full article

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LG Lucky LG16C Review: 90% of a Smartphone at 10% of the Price

Adama D. Brown

...The 3.8 inch screen's resolution is a slightly odd one; 320 x 480 pixels, putting it on the far low end for Android devices. ...The pixel density is 151 pixels per inch, which isn't bad for the price, and is comparable in sharpness to a low-to-midrange tablet. ...The phone portion is 3G only, so data speeds will be in the neighborhood of 1 megabit. ... Read full article

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review: The Only Android Flagship

Jamison Cush

...It measures 6 x 2.9 x .3 inches, and weighs .37 pounds. It’s IP68 rated for dust and water resistance. ...It now measures 4.25 x .22 inches and weighs 3 grams (just .0066 pounds), with a tiny .7mm magnetic tip (down from 1.6mm). ...It even feels better than the recent pen-toting Windows 10 tablets we’ve tested, the Surface Pro 4 and Huawei MateBook. ... Read full article

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HTC One remix Review

Jamison Cush

...The HTC One remix measures 5.4 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches and weighs 0.3 pounds, making it just as tall as many larger-screen devices. ...Smartphone (and tablet, and notebook) speakers are generally junk, or emit junk sound. ...Performance The HTC One remix has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 1.5 GB of RAM. ... Read full article

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Motorola Droid Ultra Review

Jamison Cush

...It measures 5.41 x 2.80 x 0.28 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.94 ounces. The Droid Ultra does feel solid, and perhaps a bit higher quality than other plastic phones on the market. ...Performance The Droid Ultra has the new Motorola X8 system on a chip, which consists of a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and 400MHz quad-core Adreno 320GPU, along with 2GB of RAM. ...It's not as bright as it should be, but that's only an issue when the sun glares overhead, and that a problem that affects just about all smartphones and tablets. ... Read full article

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Huawei Mate 9 Review: Dual Cameras in a Solid Smartphone

Jamison Cush

...It measures 6.2 x 3.1 x .3 inches, and weighs .42 pounds. The phone has an all-glass front, with aluminum back and slightly rounded sides. ...This feature extends to storage, with the addition of UFS 2.1 flash memory, which Huawei claims has “data transfer speeds that are 100% faster than eMMC 5.1.” ...The Mate 9 also has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an f./1.9 lens. ... Read full article

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Lenovo Phab2 Pro Review: Tango Cool, Phone OK

Jamison Cush

...It measures 7.1 x 3.5 x 0.4 inches, and weighs .57 pounds. It has a 6.4-inch display, and is closer to a small tablet in size than a smartphone....Sound volume is appropriate for personal use.Lenovo Phab 2 Pro PerformanceThe Lenovo Phab 2 Pro has an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor (1.8 GHz), along with 4GB RAM and 64GB capacity. ...It ships with Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), and as of this writing (December 2016), it has the August 1 Android security patch level. ... Read full article

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ZTE Open Review: Bang for Your Buck?

Adama D. Brown

...But although it's tiny and low resolution compared to what we've come to expect (320 x 480), the actual quality of the Open's screen is pretty good. ...If you're content to live on WiFi, you could get a much better tablet for the same $80. ...The Firefox app marketplace only lists about 1,600 apps currently, and most of those are white noise, just web-apps of various sites. ... Read full article

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review

Dragan Petric

...It’s quite light for an aluminum phablet at 172 grams (6.07 oz), and it’s rather slim as well, its side measuring only 7.1 mm (0.28 in). ...However, the same disappointing 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera of the iPhone 6 is also here, still capturing largely unimpressive photos marred by a lack of sharpness. ...If you’re an Apple user that craves something bigger, longer-lasting, and closer in functionality to a tablet, the iPhone 6 Plus is far from a substandard option -- but it could use a little fine tuning. ... Read full article

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