Featured Review: iOcean Rock M6752

Competition in the world of Chinese smartphone manufacturers is fierce.  Many Chinese OEMs have moved into the entry-level and mid-range market, offering good specs for super cheap prices.  Some OEMs tout their build quality while others sell on the price alone.  There are OEMs known for having the thinnest phones on the market and ones for […]

Featured Review: ZTE Blade S6

Over the last year, there has been somewhat of a boom in terms of mid-range priced devices which sport mid-high range specs. With the likes of Xiaomi, Motorola, Huawei and ZTE all looking to cement their position in the mid-range market, the competition alone is enough to fuel a race to give you more for […]

Featured Review: No. 1 X-Men X1 – Super-Powered Rugged Phone

Smartphones aren’t exactly known for their being the most durable things in existence.  For years smartphones were as easy to break as making one mistake and dropping them on nearly any surface, cracking the glass face and rendering the phone useless until repaired.  There’s always been a market for phones that are more durable than […]

Featured Review: Huawei Honor 6 Plus – Bigger and Better

Huawei’s successful Honor series received a handful of additions to its repertoire last year including the Honor 6 and Honor 6 Plus.  We reviewed the Honor 6 near the end of January as it had just received the EmotionUI 3.0 update, which completely refreshed the interface and features of the phone.  In the same month […]

Featured Review: Xiaomi Redmi 2 – The Prince and the Pauper

Specs As is customary with a sequel, Xiaomi has upgraded the internals when comparing the Redmi 2 to the Redmi 1s.  Included in this upgrade is Qualcomm’s latest entry-level CPU the Snapdragon 410, which is Qualcomm’s first 64-bit chipset.  The phone comes in two flavors, an 8GB and a 16GB version which doesn’t just differ in […]

Featured Review: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

I’ve been using the Xperia Z3 as my daily driver for a little over a month now. It’s one of those phones that I actually bought, and is not a review unit. I’ve really started liking Sony smartphones lately. I attended their launch event in NYC for the Xperia Z3v back in October and loved […]

Featured Review: Ulefone Be One

The Chinese smartphone market is huge, that country accounted for 40% of overall smartphone shipments in 2014, smartphone manufacturers and smartphones are dime a dozen in China. That being said, you’ve probably heard of many China-based companies, like Huawei, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, ZTE, Xiaomi, Meizu… but there are many of them you probably haven’t heard […]

Featured Review: ZTE Grand X Max+ for Cricket Wireless

ZTE has been packing a serious punch with its phones lately.  They’ve made some record growth in 2014 with a 94% growth rate year-over-year from 2013, and it’s all thanks to the quality of phones they’d released throughout the year.  Moving into 2015 ZTE looks to take the US market by storm again, releasing another hot […]

Featured Review: BLU Vivo Air

Smartphones are getting thinner, thinner and thinner. We are now at the point where phones are becoming so thin, that they aren’t even comfortable to hold and use. The BLU Vivo Air is the thinnest smartphone in North America at just 5mm thin. To keep that in perspective, the headphone jack used on every smartphone […]

Featured Review: Kyocera DuraForce

Kyocera isn’t making headlines for their high-end Android smartphones, but they have quietly carved out a niche for themselves with their rugged phones. The Kyocera DuraForce on AT&T is basically the same phone as Verizon’s Brigadier, minus the sapphire crystal display. That doesn’t mean that the DuraForce isn’t a tough phone. It certainly is. It […]

Featured Review: VidOn Box XBMC Media Player

VidOn is throwing their hat into the proverbial ring of Android media center devices. The VidOn Box has good specs, multiple USB ports, WiFi, and it’s running Android 4.4. KitKat. The company is working on their own interface that is still in beta, and they have also taken XBMC and stuck it on the hardware. There’s even […]

Featured Review: HTC Desire 510

The HTC Desire 510 is an entry-level smartphone aimed at users who want to save a few pennies. You can find it on Amazon for about $100 unlocked and off-contract. Cricket will give you the Desire 510 free right now, after a $75 mail-in-rebate. There a quite a few decent phones that won’t set you […]

Featured Review: BLU Studio Mini LTE

BLU announced some new LTE devices the other day. The Studio 6.0 LTE is a 6-inch device with a 1080p screen. The Studio 5.0 HD LTE has a 5-inch display. The Studio Mini LTE is smaller, with a 4.5-inch display. It has an FWVGA display and runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset. It’s got […]

Featured Review: BLU Studio 5.0 HD LTE

BLU announced some new LTE devices the other day. The Studio 6.0 LTE is a 6-inch device with a 1080p screen. The Studio Mini LTE is smaller, with a 4.5-inch display. The Studio 5.0 HD LTE falls right in the middle of those two phones. It has a 5-inch display, 720p display and runs on […]

Featured Review: Huawei Honor 6 with EmotionUI 3.0

Huawei has been creeping up in the smartphone ranks for years now and is now hovering somewhere in the top 5 biggest smartphone makers out there, meaning a flagship device from them is surely going to get noticed.  The Honor 6 has been on the market since September but that’s not going to stop us […]

Featured Review: BLU Studio 6.0 LTE

BLU is stepping up their line of devices with some new LTE smartphones. They announced the new LTE devices the other day. One of those is the Studio 6.0 LTE. It’s a large phone with a 6-inch, 1080p display and a 13-megapixel camera. For all that, you can pick one up for $279, which is […]

Phone Comparisons: HTC Desire 820 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

Introduction We have another good one for you today – the new HTC Desire 820 versus the Samsung Galaxy S5.  The HTC Desire 820 follows in its big brother’s, HTC One, footsteps with its basic design only out of plastic, not aluminum.  But like the Samsung Galaxy S5, which is also made out of plastic, […]