Monument Valley 2 review: a perfect visual experience, less so a game

The original Monument Valley game launched in the middle of 2014, nearly three years ago, and since then it has been a benchmark for excellence in graphics and atmospheric story-telling. In our review, we called Monument Valley “impossibly beautiful”. Yet as popular as it was, it was by no means perfect: the original game was way too short, ending in just an hour and a half or less, and it never felt like a ‘game’ per se, lacking nearly completely the competitive aspect of gaming, but instead feeling more like a walk in a beautiful virtual garden.

MV2 boasts creative …


Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 Review

Introduction
The rugged smartphone is, by all accounts, a form factor of interest to a tiny consumer niche, and as such isn’t a popular choice with manufacturers. Among the big players, Samsung has been the most supportive of the idea, with the best-known example being the “Active” spins on its mainline flagships.

But one might consider its Xcover line, in this case represented by the latest Xcover 4, to be in an even tighter niche: where the Active series offers top-of-the-line specs if a sturdier body, the Xcover family is firmly and unashamedly planted into the low end. Thus, when …

LG Tone Studio Review: a wearable speaker

FRESH IDEAS, STALE EXECUTION

LG, not content with what is currently on the market, has been doing a lot of experimenting with its audio products lately. Whether this is a good or bad thing is a debate we won’t be getting into today – instead, we’ll be taking a look at one of the company’s latest and most interesting offerings: the LG Tone Studio.

In short, this is an answer to the age-old question “what if we could wear stereo speakers around our necks at all times?” Visually, it looks like a pair of neckbuds whose neckband houses a pair of upward-facing …

HTC U 11 rumor review: design, specs, features, and everything else we know so far

Update: According to reliable leakster Evan Blass, the device in question won’t, in fact, be named HTC U, but rather HTC U 11, though it’s up for debate whether this is an improvement. The article below has been edited to reflect the new information.
Most of you may have gathered as much, but the U Ultra wasn’t HTC’s real 2017 flagship. While we gave it a “good” 7.2 rating in our review, most people weren’t exactly happy with it, due to a few questionable decisions such as omitting the headphone jack, putting an inadequate battery inside, …

Huawei P10 Lite Review

Introduction
Making a solid mid-range phone in 2017 is a rewarding, yet difficult task. If a manufacturer gets it right, its product can achieve success on a global basis, but one simple miscalculation can lead to failure in this cutthroat segment of the market.

This year, Huawei is aiming to entice budget-conscious consumers with the P10 Lite. Rather than boasting Leica-branded dual cameras and powerful hardware like its flagship siblings, the China-based manufacturer has chosen to equip the P10 Lite with a mid-range processor and a single 12MP shooter at the back, thus slashing the …

Samsung DeX review: the S8 won't replace your desktop PC

Introduction

Samsung had an idea: what if, instead of constantly juggling between a smartphone and a desktop, one could simply use their phone to do all of their daily work, simply plugging it into a dock when in need of a bigger screen? Okay, when we say “Samsung had an idea”, we actually mean something more in line with “a bunch of companies, including Microsoft, Splashtop, and Jide, had an idea which never really took off for a variety reasons, and Samsung is now trying it out as well” – but that sure isn’t as catchy.

And it’s easy to see why this would be an attractive …

Sony Xperia XZs Review

Introduction
Sony is dishing out flagships like there’s no tomorrow. Last year, the Japanese OEM was probably the most prolific top-of-the-line manufacturer of them all. And this year, at MWC, Sony decided to update its flagship line once more. The result were two new phones – the adequately refreshed Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the less-novelty Xperia XZs.

Leaving the XZ Premium aside, let’s dive into the XZs and see what’s what with the device.

In terms of hardware, little has changed from the XZ. The new phone uses almost exactly the same body design, and almost the same internals …

Motorola Moto G5 Review

Introduction
In the past few years, the Moto G series has set a standard in affordable phones that few can match. This year, Lenovo has two G series phones: the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus. The G5 Plus is the one that has gotten all the attention so far: it’s got the powerful and very battery-savvy Snapdragon 625 system chip, it’s got a fast Dual Pixel auto-focus camera, and it has a starting price of just $230.

And then there is the Moto G5 that we have up here for review. It’s a much different phone than the G5 Plus and this is important to know: it has a smaller, 5” display, it has …

OnePlus 5 rumor review: design, specs, price and release date

Many a geek have already branded OnePlus’ latest phones—the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T—the spiritual successors to the Nexus line of developer-friendly phones. That’s a notion OnePlus likely wants to keep around, which automatically puts a ton of stress on the company and requires it to keep it up with the gained momentum.
The OnePlus 5 is expected to become official sooner than later as numerous rumors and leaks are hinting at a May or early June announcement by OnePlus. True, the company doesn’t really have an established annual time window …

HTC U rumor review: design, specs, features, and everything else we know so far

Most of you may have gathered as much, but the U Ultra wasn’t HTC’s real 2017 flagship. While we gave it a “good” 7.2 rating in our review, most people weren’t exactly happy with it, due to a few questionable decisions such as omitting the headphone jack, putting an inadequate battery inside, and pricing it way too high. And this isn’t just your everyday tech enthusiast complaining – these problems seem to have affected sales as well, judging from the drastic price cuts we’ve been seeing recently.
But nevermind that, let’s take a look into …