Honor 8 review: A mid-range beauty with substance

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The year might be known for when Google replaced the Nexus program or how Samsung experienced disaster with the Galaxy Note 7, but it should also be remembered as the year Huawei stepped out of the shadows. From the launch of the Honor 5X at the beginning of 2016 to the star-studded launch of the Huawei P9 in April, Huawei has taken giant strides in new markets. No longer is it simply known as one of those interesting but mysterious companies in China.

Huawei’s Honor brand, too, took another step towards household recognition in August with the launch of the Honor 8, a beautiful phone that shares much of its DNA with the Huawei P9. The Honor 8 differs from the P9 in various aspects, though, and is all the better for it.

Hit the break for our review of the Honor 8.

Samsung brings a raft of Gear S3 features to last year’s Gear S2

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When a new device launches, it usually boasts a slew of new features that differentiate it from the outgoing model to drive sales. In a nice surprise for Gear S2 owners, though, Samsung has just announced that the just released Gear S2 Value Pack has a bunch of features borrowed directly from the Gear S3. Join us after the break for more details. 

How AMOLED technology works

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It’s no doubt that you’ve heard the words “Super AMOLED” or “AMOLED” before. Not only is it a technology, but the words are oft thrown about in marketing to catch your attention, too. But, many of us don’t know what AMOLED technologies are and how they affect our smartphones. There’s quite a lot too them and a lot happening behind-the-scenes, but we’re going to give you a quick technical overview of how this specific display panel works and how it affects your smartphone.

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Fitbit Blaze review

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By now, Fitbit is coming close to being synonymous with “activity tracker” and the brand name is occasionally tossed around as a generic term to describe any similar device. That does mean the company has a lot to live up to in terms of delivering solid devices that meet the expectations of buyers. One of those devices that was released this past year was the Fitbit Blaze which is ostensibly the company’s top of the line device and probably comes closest to merging the Fitbit activity tracking expertise with pseudo-smartwatch capabilities.

After spending some time with the Fitbit Blaze, we put together this review to help you decide whether this might be the trail you want to blaze for an activity tracker purchase.

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Best Android tablets

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Tablets are often some of the most overlooked devices when it comes to Android. Tablets as a whole aren’t used nearly as much as phones, but they’re still excellent to have around. If you aren’t sure about buying a phone for a loved one this holiday season, a nice tablet will almost certainly do. There’s certainly not as many options out there as you might find with a phone, but there’s still some very high-end and premium tablets on the market.

We’re going to show you some of the best tablets on the market right now, and hopefully help you make a buying decision for a gift this holiday season. Be sure to join us after the break!

The best apps, games, and movies of 2016 according to Google

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While it seems that we are hurtling towards the New Year with ever-increasing speed, 2016 isn’t quite done and dusted just yet. There are still a bunch of burning questions to answer, one of which is what were the best apps of 2016? As they did in 2015, Google has helpfully compiled a list of the year’s top apps, games, movies, and more. Join us after the break for more details.

Mobvoi Ticwatch 2 review

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You’ve heard all of the standard names when it comes to smartwatches — Huawei, Samsung, LG, Moto, TAG Heuer and so many more. But, one you probably haven’t heard of is Mobvoi, one of the first Chinese companies Google has backed since leaving the country in 2010. With that in mind, we’re a little intrigued about what the company has to offer, especially after its successful Kickstart campaign over and abundantly funded the development of its new smartwatch, the Ticwatch 2.

It’s not running Android Wear, but that’s largely because many of Google’s services aren’t available in China. Instead, it’s running a spinoff of Android — Ticwear 4.0. Sure, it makes you question where the watch is worth picking up or not, but you actually might be surprised.

Join us after the break for details.