HTC 10 After The Buzz: Has HTC rebounded?

Oh HTC. This company had a pretty rough year in 2015. The One M9 was one of a handful of phones which were somewhat burned by performance concerns over Qualcomm’s snapdragon 810 chipset. No one seemed much interested in a phone with inconsistent performance which would run hot to the touch. Consumers wandered, and HTC lost market share.The response for 2016 was a fresh take on refining the aspects of HTC products we have all liked in the past. The HTC 10 arrived as a counterpoint to the Samsung / Apple duopoly, waging battle against LG for market share. In our early reviews we were ...

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Samsung Galaxy S7 After the Buzz: Still a safe smartphone buy?

Hard to believe that over six months have passed since the launch of the Galaxy S7. Time flies when you’re having fun reviewing gadgets.The Galaxy S7’s launched with quite a bit of fanfare, though more of it directed at the larger S7 Edge. Very few tech outlets actually delivered standalone reviews for the more petite phone as a separate product. Since we did carve out a review for the S7, we felt it only fitting to revisit this phone on its own to see how it’s held up to general lifestyle abuse.Samsung has been in the news a lot lately,

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iPhone 6s After The Buzz: 2016 is not Apple’s best year

Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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Nexus 5X After the Buzz: Too many compromises?

When Google first launched the Nexus, it was a phone platform designed to set a threshold for what an Android phone should resemble. While focused on developers, there was a novelty for consumers in owning a phone supported directly by Google. As one could receive top tier processors at market disrupting prices, the Nexus quickly developed a passionate fan base among the Android savvy.However, today it’s a lot more common to find manufacturers playing with lower price points and including powerful internals. This space has become increasingly competitive, as companies look for ways ...

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