Huawei Mate 9 review: The U.S. perspective

Huawei’s devices have been primarily targeted at European and Asian markets, but the company has more recently been trying to enter the US market. The Mate 9 is, without a doubt, one of Huawei’s few flagship devices that have made it to the US, but unfortunately, it hasn’t really made as many waves as, say, Samsung or LG. Things are changing, though. Huawei is beginning to attract the attention of US carriers, giving them a wider audience to market to instead of just from an Unlocked standpoint.

They’ve still got a long road ahead, but with a premium handset like the Mate 9 available to buy in the US, perception of the company is definitely changing. If you’re on the fence about buying a Chinese phone like the Mate 9 on Unlocked channels, follow along below and we’ll hopefully show you that the Mate 9 can be just as good as something like the Galaxy S7.

Acer Chromebook 14 review

There’s something special about Google’s Chrome OS. It’s a versatile platform built for education, entertainment, and enterprise. Whether you’re using a device in the form of a laptop or a desktop, Chrome OS is ready for every day-to-day task you can think of.

Acer’s Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C0AK), too, is special because its premium without that high price tag. It’s made of an aluminum alloy, boasts a spacious display, and has a battery capable of running for what seems like an eternity. Somehow it all remains slim and portable, priced at $299 in its single configuration.

Hit the break for our review of the Acer Chromebook 14.

LG Watch Sport review: A beautifully bulky showcase for Android Wear 2.0

Throughout 2016 there were a number of rumors referencing a Pixel or Nexus smartwatch coming from Google. Instead we got a pair that Google co-designed with LG. Enter the LG Watch Sport and its sibling, the LG Watch Style. Born out of a collaboration between Google and LG, these new smartwatches have been designed to show off everything possible in the newly released Android Wear 2.0. The more feature-packed of the two, the Watch Sport brings a lot to the table, but it may not be the beast of a smartwatch you’ve been looking for.

Hit the break for our review of the LG Watch Sport.

ZTE Axon 7 Mini review

ZTE’s Axon 7 Mini is a slightly smaller, more affordable version of its flagship Axon 7 smartphone. The device features a similar design, but lesser specs to accommodate a more budget-friendly price tag, which isn’t always a bad thing. There are plenty of excellent budget Android phones to choose from right now, and one more option can only help.

BLU Life Max review: A budget phone that goes the distance

Working with flagship smartphones every day means that it can be quite a shock when you have to use an entry-level handset. I’ve realized that after reviewing phones such as the Huawei P9 and the Mate 9, I’ve become something of a phone snob, having lost touch with the truly budget-minded smartphones that are on the market. Moving to an entry-level handset doesn’t have to be the end of the world, though, so long as you are realistic in your expectations, as I found when I reviewed the BLU Life Max.

BLU has managed to cram a 5.5-inch 720p display, a huge 3700mAh battery, dual-SIM’s, and a fingerprint reader into the Life Max for £109, although it can be had for just £89 as part of its launch promotion.

So is the BLU Life Max the budget champion of 2017? Join us after the break for our review of the BLU Life Max.

Google Chromecast Ultra review

More than years ago Google introduced us to the Chromecast. It ended up dominating the world because of its small form factor, simple setup, and bargain-level price. A refreshed model came about in 2015, and that’s still available today. Google just keeps adding to the massive number of units sold while not having to continuously refresh the hardware. Consumers benefit by getting a handy streaming device on the cheap while not worrying about it becoming obsolete anytime soon.

The Chromecast Ultra, born in late 2016 alongside the Pixel and Google Home, ups the ante despite being just a little more expensive. Home entertainment is expanding, and Google doesn’t want to be left behind. That’s why the Chromecast Ultra exists. Now you can gain access to 4K and HDR video streaming at a price you might not believe.

IFROGZ Impulse Wireless Headphones review

There are a lot of great headphones on the market, but many of them are wired. Wireless audio is, without a doubt, the way the future is going as far as listening to audio goes. But, many of the wireless options that offer a level of quality right now are quite expensive; however, IFROGZ has a game changer — the Impulse Wireless headphones.

Huawei Mate 9 review: Huawei’s best phone yet

When you think of the Huawei brand, you may be reminded of a Chinese company that produces great hardware that is burdened with a heavy-handed interface known as EMUI, right? Well, it may be time to rethink that opinion. With the release of the 5.9-inch Mate 9, Huawei also launched EMUI 5.0, a much lighter, cleaner, and easier-to-use version of its user interface, which combined with the new Kirin 960 processor, offers a slick, mature experience. You get the feeling that Huawei is finally getting it, that slightly less is actually a whole lot more, and that they don’t need to throw in the kitchen sink to offer a full-featured smartphone.

After the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, the market for big-screened handsets was left wide-open for other manufacturers to grab some market share. Samsung customers who would have normally upgraded to the latest in the Galaxy Note series were left with options such as the Google Pixel and the LG V20, although LG shot itself in the foot when it decided to only launch the V20 in select markets.

Could the Huawei Mate 9 be the big-screened savior many of us were looking for? Join us after the break to find out.

iClever BoostSound BT Compact and Premium Speaker review

Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen. With so many out there, it can be difficult to find quality at good and reasonable price points. But, iClever is one of the few in the field who make quality Bluetooth speakers from all sorts of different price ranges. If you’re on a budget and new a quality Bluetooth speaker, iClever has something for you.

Some of their more recent efforts are the BoostSound BT Compact and the BoostSound BT Premium. Follow along as we take a look at them both.

Samsung Gear S3 Classic review: A great smartwatch if you use a Samsung phone

Despite many manufacturers developing smartwatches, the popularity and interest among users has been slow to rise. Samsung is one of the major players in this field and with their Samsung Gear S3 Classic they are showing no signs of slowing down. Starting now at $299, can this Tizen OS-based smartwatch compete with the other smartwatches on the market and entice potential customers into its ecosystem?

‘Hot Wheels: Race Off’ review

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Racing games are a dime a dozen, but Mattel and Hutch Games are making something a little more unique — Hot Wheels: Race Off. It’s still racing at its core, but it veers off from the traditional Need for Speed style and instead pits you against a single opponent in a race against the clock. At first, Hot Wheels: Race Off may not seem like much, but with its addictive playstyle and hours of content, it’ll keep you coming back for more.

Apple iPhone 7 review

Love it or hate it, Apple’s iPhone 7 is arguably the most popular phone on the planet. Year in and year out it consistently sells truck loads of units in September and always finishes strong around Christmas, and even lackluster quarters for Apple still bring in loads of cash thanks to the success of the iPhone.

LeEco Le S3 review: The budget phone that leaves you wanting more

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LeEco has had the spotlight on them a lot lately, particularly because of its aggressive expansion. They’re offering a wide range of products in completely different industries: bikes, TVs, smartphones and even virtual reality. The company might be strapped for cash, but they’re creating some good quality products. We’ve already taken a look at its higher-end smartphone, the LeEco Le Pro 3, but now we’re breaking down its budget handset — the LeEco Le S3.

If you’re looking for a budget phone, be sure to follow along as we show you what the Le S3 is all about.