Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Stand & Pad Review

Wireless charging has notoriously been a hard sell for smartphones. While it can add convenience to your charging sessions and makes for one heck of an interesting tech demo (it’s still hard to deny how “magical” the whole thing feels), there’s also no shortage of forces working against it, from the cost of charging hardware to issues with portability. But maybe the toughest nut to crack has been compatibility.

But now at the start of 2018, things are starting to look a bit better in that regard. The format wars of Qi versus PMA are long over, but maybe more importantly …


Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo headphones Review

Rowkin may not be a name you’re familiarized with, but the San Mateo based company has already amassed a diverse lineup of Bluetooth headphones and earbuds. With the Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo, it’s one of the many options out there trying to capitalize on the truly wireless headphones trend that has been maturing for the better part of last year. On paper, it seems promising with its discrete looks, accompanying dual-function charger, and MSRP of $129.99. As the good saying goes, good things come in small packages, but will the Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo yield any tangible …

Honor 7X Review


Huawei’s budget-friendly Honor sub-brand has released the follow-up to the 6X – its fiercely competitive mid-range offering – the Honor 7X. Now sporting a body constructed entirely of aluminum, the 7X steps up the class factor from its partially-plastic predecessor. Adding to this aura is the inclusion of an 18:9, 5.93-inch screen with minimal bezels to match. Throw in dual cameras and Honor’s typically quick performance, and you have a lean, mean $200 mid-range machine. But is it enough to knock off more recognizable and similarly equipped competitors?

In the box:
Honor 7XMicro-USB …

BlackBerry Motion Review


There was time, not too distant in our technological past, when the word “BlackBerry” was practically synonymous with “smartphone” – or, at least, cell-connected PDA. And while nowadays you’re more likely to find someone using the words “iPhone” or “Galaxy” in that regard, the BlackBerry name still lives on, continuing to evolve and adapt to a changing mobile landscape.

The most recent BlackBerry phones now run Android, albeit with a heavy dose of customization – primarily focused on security and productivity. Earlier this year, we got to know the BlackBerry KEYone, pairing that BB take …

Bridge Constructor Portal review: a puzzler with great physics and witty humor

A few days ago, we learned of a new game in the Portal universe. No, not Portal 3 — Valve doesn’t count to three — but a mashup between the indie game Bridge Constructor and the Aperture Labs universe. Bridge Constructor Portal is available for PC, consoles, and mobile, and we were quick to install it on an iPhone and try it out. So, how is it?

The Portal Universe

For anyone thinking that the Portal name is just tacked on here to solidify a few extra sales — rest assured that this game goes above and beyond to bring that “Portal feeling”. The very first thing …

Motorola Moto X4 Review


The Moto X series isn’t what it used to be. Since Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola’s smartphone business, the once-high-end Moto X lineup has been demoted to a mid-range ranking, overtaken by the Z series as the Moto brand’s top smartphone selection. But this year’s Moto X4 has intrigued us nonetheless. In a nutshell, it is a mid-range handset with premium looks – one that just barely eclipses the G series’ spec sheet, but stands out with its fancy construction, dual-camera setup, and IP68 water resistance. It currently costs $350 unlocked on Motorola’s website, $325 from Google with Android …

Google Pixel Buds earphones Review


The companies behind the biggest smartphone platforms aren’t just interested in selling you a handset; they want you to buy a lifestyle. Picking up a shiny new iPhone or Pixel phone is a good start, sure, but then they’re going to try and get you on the hook for cloud services for your storage and entertainment needs, maybe a new laptop, and why not the latest voice-powered smart appliance, too?

Beyond these big products and services, smaller accessories are also important for companies looking to control the tone of your overall user experience, helping to seal in the whole soup-to-nuts …

Apple iPhone 9, Xs and Xs Plus expected new features review

By now, there is ample information from diverse sources who have proven themselves in the rumor battles about Apple’s future plans when it comes to upcoming iPhones or iPads. After the most unique iPhone in many years has already hit the tape, and is in the hands of millions of users, one can’t help but wonder what comes after X? 

Will Apple change course drastically, and move to entirely notch-y handsets with Face ID biometry, or will it diversify with something extra? The iPhone X actually created more questions than it answered going forward, …

Asus Zenfone 4 and Zenfone 4 Pro Review

Some phones push the boundaries of what mobile technology is capable of. They represent the latest advancements in hardware and software reflected in a product that commands top dollar, but feel as if they’ve been taken out of a James Bond movie. Other phones – phones like the Asus ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro – stick to the good old value-for-money approach. While not particularly groundbreaking, both handsets are well spec’d and reasonably priced – at $400 and $600 respectively – topping it off with dual cameras at the back and the promise of “an unparalleled mobile photography …

OnePlus 5T Review


2017 can be argued as the year of the trends: from stretched-out 18:9 displays to dual-camera implementations to facial recognition security, all adopted by many of the flagships released this year. And you know what else they adopted? This crazy idea of ultra-premium pricing around the neighborhood of $1,000.

However, there’s a new phone that adopts all of these newfound qualities, and then some, but without the $1,000 price tag. Enter the OnePlus 5T: the latest high-end smartphone from the Chinese company. At first glance, it could be perceived as a minuscule update, coming only a …