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On paper, a 'mini' version of a flagship is as simple as shrinking the screen size and the corresponding components, but in reality, it's a different story. Take Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini, which had to make several big compromises to squeeze into a smaller body. In fact, our Brad Molen felt that th...

January 25th 2015 at 10:28pm 0 Comments
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Whenever you talk about a Google device, it's hard to know where to assign credit: Google, or ASUS, the company actually building the thing in the first place. The second generation Nexus 7 may have cost $30 more than its $199 predecessor, but that cash seems to have all gone to make the hardware...

January 18th 2015 at 1:32pm 0 Comments
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It's a flagship Windows phone! It's a groundbreaking photography device that could revolutionize imaging! Nokia's Lumia 1020, with its 41-megapixel "Pureview" lens, promised images that could send Canon and Nikon's executives into fits of panic. When we placed it in the hands of Brad Molen, he sai...

January 11th 2015 at 10:50pm 0 Comments
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If you want to judge a gadget on its true strengths, stick several in a room full of Engadget editors and see which one they swarm around. For that alone, Acer's Iconia W3 was a winner as soon as the eight-inch full-Windows tablet arrived in the office. When Dana Wollman was able to wrestle it awa...

December 21st 2014 at 10:36pm 0 Comments
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Lenovo's first Yoga machine still stands as a watershed moment in laptop and tablet design, but what of one of its successors, the ThinkPad Helix? In addition to those first two modes, you could spin the Helix's display outward, enabling you to use the device as a free-standing drawing display. Wh...

December 14th 2014 at 10:50pm 0 Comments
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The headline for our review of Hewlett Packard's Slate 7 Android tablet says it all. When Melissa Grey described it as "Less of a hit, more of a miss," she was summing up the device's faults, which were numerous. Despite looking slim and trim, the device is unusually heavy, the display is disappoi...

December 7th 2014 at 10:42pm 0 Comments
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Like its charismatic CEO, Razer is a company that's always on the go. Less than six months after we reviewed the 2013 Razer Blade, it'd been replaced with a fourth-generation edition. When our Sean Buckley reviewed the hardware, he found that it was one of the best gaming laptops that he'd used. T...

November 30th 2014 at 10:11pm 0 Comments
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Samsung's bright idea with the Galaxy S4 Active was simple: Take a Galaxy S4, and shove it in a body that didn't shy away from drops, dust and water. When our Sarah Silbert put the device through its paces, she found that the device was better-looking than your average rugged handset. There was, h...

November 23rd 2014 at 10:55pm 0 Comments
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Huawei's career trajectory from Chinese white-label OEM to brand mainstream users "know" really hit a milestone with the Ascend P6. After all, this was the device that was designed to blend the best of iOS and Android into a mainstream device that looked good. Certainly, the P6 was a knock-out, bu...

November 16th 2014 at 10:36pm 0 Comments
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Like the kid who got picked on in school, Nokia's Lumia 920 took some time out, got a chemical peel and returned a few months later as the Lumia 925. In fact, by ditching the bright colors and bulky frame, the 925 presented itself as a mature, refined device that separated itself from previous Lum...

November 9th 2014 at 10:43pm 0 Comments
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In a way, How Would You Change is a bit like archeology, digging back through the gadgets of yesteryear to find out what we think of them now. We sat HP's Pavilion 14 Chromebook down in front of Myriam Joire, who did not have too many nice things to say about the device. Points of critique include...

November 2nd 2014 at 10:50pm 0 Comments
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Meet the new boss, broadly the same as the old boss. Except this variation of Apple's thin-and-light mobile PC was packing Haswell, Intel's power-sipping wonder chip, capable of giving the 2013 MBA its 12-plus-hour battery life and nippy speed. When we sat this down in front of Tim Stevens' hands,...

October 26th 2014 at 10:28pm 0 Comments