HTC 10 review: Keeping HTC in the game

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This spring saw flagship devices released by three manufacturers that are closely associated with the Android smartphone market. In recent times both Samsung and LG have been flying high, especially Samsung which is the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer. Our review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge showed the company still knows how to produce an interest-worthy device while LG still seems to be struggling a bit with the LG G5 despite the unique modular system they introduced. Amidst those releases, we have HTC, a company that was a big deal in the early days of Android devices, but has fallen on hard times since then.

Now the company released the HTC 10, their latest flagship device, that we take a look at in this review to see whether HTC has a winner on their hands. Read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 review: The phone to beat in 2016

samsung_galaxy_s7_display_on_talk_android_TAThe Galaxy S7 is Samsung’s stab at a 2016 flagship, following the very well received Galaxy S6. It’s facing some incredibly stiff competition again this year, with LG’s module-driven G5 and HTC’s polished-to-perfection HTC 10, but Samsung has always held up against most other companies in the market. It’s taking a safe approach with the Galaxy S7 by building off of the successful aspects of the Galaxy S6 instead of a radical redesign like we’re used to seeing.

So how well does the Galaxy S7 hold up?

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AnyMote Home review

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It’s likely that you’re using separate remotes and controllers for all of the different devices and equipment in your home. Because IR blasters are no longer common in phones and tablets, the AnyMote Home exists. The AnyMote Home converts what you already have into a universal remote capable of controlling televisions, video game consoles, projectors, speakers, air conditions, and much more. By pairing with the official companion app, you get complete access to what everything in your home does.

Hit the break for our review of the AnyMote Home.

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Honor 5X review: A budget-friendly handset with a premium mindset

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Besides launching handsets such as the P9 and P9 Plus that are aimed squarely at the premium segment, Huawei (pronounced “Wah-Way“)  also has a sub-brand called Honor offering smartphones at reasonable prices without too many compromises. The Honor 5X is its latest budget-friendly smartphone, featuring a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a first-rate fingerprint scanner, and a premium, metallic finish for $199 in the U.S. and £189/€229 in Europe.

Hit the break for the full review.

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LG G5 review: Those innovative modules mean nothing

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Now that we’re in April, it’s that time of the year when millions of people worldwide consider the options for their next phone. LG and Samsung will be at the top of the list for many because their new flagships, the G5 and Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, were announced on the very same day before being released in the last few weeks. Samsung is playing it safe by having the Galaxy S7 appeal to the masses, but LG embarked on an innovative journey to create the G5. The company’s fifth flagship doesn’t care about tradition and what the smartphone has always been. It’s is all about being what you want the phone to be, depending upon a modular design to give your G5 the capabilities desired.

Hit the break for our review of the LG G5.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact review: Big performance, small phone

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Smaller smartphones have fallen out of style in the past few years with consumers and manufacturers moving towards big, brighter screens. The “standard” smartphone screen sits around 5 inches: the Galaxy S7 offers a 5.1-inch display, HTC has stuck to the 5-inch range over the past few years, and even LG has started to back down on screen sizeswith the G5, which has a 5.3-inch screen. In a sea of large phones, Sony is one of the only companies that pays any attention to the smaller segment of the market with their Xperia Z Compact line, and the Xperia Z5 Compact continues that tradition with a high-end device with a relatively quaint 4.6-inch screen. Read more