Nvidia's Shield Revisited: Console Mode, Streaming, And More
Oct 28, 2013 - in Reviews
Nvidia is stuffing a bunch of new features into its October 28, 2013 over-the-air update for the Shield gaming console. One killer feature, in particular, makes me re-evaluate my opinion of the device. Read on for more information and the benchmarks.
Nvidia Shield Review: Tegra 4-Powered Handheld Gaming
Jul 30, 2013 - in Reviews
We've been playing with Nvidia's Shield handheld for more than a month, but only recently got access to its killer feature: streaming PC game content. Does Nvidia's foray into the hardware world deserve your $300, or is this expensive toy impractical?
Parrot Asteroid Smart Review: Android In Your Car's Dash?
Jul 9, 2013 - in Reviews
Parrot combines Android 2.3 with a double-DIN head unit to create an advanced infotainment system for automotive enthusiasts. We hook it up in two difference vehicles, side-load apps, root it, and let you know whether it's worth the $600 Parrot is asking.
Kaser Net'sPC2 YF810-8G Review: $100 For An Android Nettop?
Jun 4, 2013 - in Reviews
What’s the cheapest computer you can buy today? And we're not talking Raspberry Pi. We still need enough horsepower to email, browse the Web, or play a movie. Kaser claims to have the answer with its $100 Android-based nettop. But is it up to the task?
Google Glass: Ergonomics, Performance, And Practicality, Tested
May 14, 2013 - in Reviews
Google's Glass Explorer Edition kit showed up at my house late last week, and I've been living with it ever since. We have first impressions on ergonomics, etiquette, practicality, performance, and the future of Google's wearable computer.
Nvidia's Tegra 3 Optimizations: THD Android Games, Tested
Jan 3, 2013 - in Reviews
Nvidia continues to encourage game developers to add Tegra-only details to their Android titles. Is Tegra 3 the killer SoC for Android gaming? How do Tegra-optimized games look compared to the same titles on iOS? Is it all just a bunch of marketing hype?
Which Web Browser Should You Run On Your Android Device?
Nov 29, 2012 - in Reviews
Today is our very first Web Browser Grand Prix on Android. Unlike iOS, Android-based tablets have real competition between browsers. So, how do Chrome, Dolphin, Firefox, Maxthon, Opera Mobile, and Sleipnir stack up against the stock Android browser?
Amazon's Kindle Fire HD: Better; Can It Compete With The Nexus 7?
Oct 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD matches the Nexus 7's low $199 price point. But can it stand up to Google's features or performance? Yes—and no. Amazon addicts take note: the Kindle Fire HD may be just what you're looking for, even if its hardware is older.
RoboHornet Pro: Microsoft Snubs Google, Mozilla Concurs!
Oct 2, 2012 - in Reviews
Last week we broke the story of RoboHornet, a new Web browser performance benchmark. Today, we chronicle the fallout of what is perhaps the worst-received benchmark launch in history, plus add the results of Microsoft's counter-move: RoboHornet Pro.
RoboHornet: The Next Big Thing In Browser Benchmarking
Sep 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Today, Google and GitHub unveil the mysterious project RoboHornet. This ambitious all-in-one Web browser performance benchmark is like no other seen before, and we have early access! Will RoboHornet become the one browser benchmark to rule them all?
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Review: Samsung's Second-Child Syndrome
Sep 13, 2012 - in Reviews
Samsung delivers its third-generation tablet: the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Does it become the undisputed Android-based alternative to Apple's latest? Or did Google's Nexus 7 change the game too drastically? The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tackles both tablets head-on.
The Nexus 7 Review: Google's First Tablet Gets Benchmarked
Jul 30, 2012 - in Reviews
Googles’s first tablet impresses in a big way. Light, lean, and packed with Jelly Bean, the low-priced Nexus 7 hits the sweet spot and plays all the right notes. If the “perfect” tablet is what you seek, the one-of-a-kind Nexus 7 might be it.
Reporting From Google I/O 2012: Nexus 7 And Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)
Jun 28, 2012 - in Reviews
Google unveiled its Nexus 7 tablet and Android 4.1 update. We did deeper and take a more technical look. But that's not all. We go over some new additions on Google+, and share a quick demo of an impressive HTML5-based game (hold the laughter, please).
Tom's Hardware Interviews Four Android And iOS Game Developers
Apr 26, 2012 - in Reviews
Four leading mobile game developers divulge their thoughts on the rise of mobile gaming, the iOS vs. Android vs. WP7 industry face-off, the impact of HD tablets like the iPad 3, and whether mobile gaming is now challenging the dominance of game consoles.
Asus Transformer Pad TF300T Review: Tegra 3, More Affordable
Apr 24, 2012 - in Reviews
The new Transformer tablet from Asus costs less—and yet it still manages to impress us. A follow-up to the acclaimed Transformer Prime, the Tegra 3-powered Transformer Pad TF300T is perhaps the best bargain we've ever seen from an Android-based tablet.
Asus Transformer Prime TF201: A Tablet With A Higher Calling
Apr 18, 2012 - in Reviews
Apple's new iPad is turning heads, but it's not the only compelling choice. Four months after its introduction, Asus' Transformer Prime TF201 shows us that tablets aren't exclusively content consumption devices. Some make it easier to get work done!
Motorola's Xoom Family Edition Review: Not Just For The Kids
Dec 1, 2011 - in Reviews
Don't let its name fool you. Motorola's Xoom Family Edition is one of the best values in tablets that we've seen up until now. It offers almost everything we want. If you're in the market for an Android-based tablet, this one deserves your attention.
The Amazon Kindle Fire: Benchmarked, Tested, And Reviewed
Nov 23, 2011 - in Reviews
A low price is earning Amazon's Kindle Fire a lot of press. We take a fine-tooth comb to this new tablet and turn up some surprising results. While there's a lot to like, there are also plenty of quirks. We go over the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Sony Tablet S Review: The Media Enthusiast's Dream Tablet
Nov 21, 2011 - in Reviews
Are you a home theater enthusiast building the ultimate man cave? Sony's Tablet S is the strongest Android-based contender offering unique features for that specific segment. With DLNA compliance and IR remote control apps, it deserves special attention.
Toshiba Thrive Review: The Swiss Army Knife Of Tablets
Oct 31, 2011 - in Reviews
Another day, another new tablet from an aspiring mobile contender. Toshiba packs many features into its Thrive, which is why we consider it the Swiss Army Knife of tablets. But how does it stack up to the competition? We run it through expert analysis.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: A Second-Gen Android Tablet
Oct 3, 2011 - in Reviews
The iPad 2 enjoys the benefit of being one generation ahead of everyone else. But what happens when the competition catches up? Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the first second-gen Android-based tablet. Can it hold its own against the iPad 2 in our testing?
Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101: A Tablet In Disguise
Sep 12, 2011 - in Reviews
The Eee Pad Transformer is aptly named; there's more to this thing than meets the eye. Asus is the first to market with a tablet that pulls double-duty, attempting to replace your notebook, too. We put it through the paces to see how it really stacks up.
Face-Off: Does HP's PC Business Affect Us Enthusiasts?
Sep 2, 2011 - in Reviews
Apparently, HP's preferred course of action is spinning its Personal Systems Group off into its own entity. But that's not necessarily what will happen. Would our world as enthusiasts change if HP ended up selling its PC business? Chris and Alan discuss.
Acer Iconia Tab A500: A Tablet With Honeycomb 3.1
Jul 20, 2011 - in Reviews
Acer's Iconia Tab A500 is considered an underdog in the Android tablet fight. We go over why it still a worthy contender and explain how to get USB support without rooting. Also, we get to take Honeycomb 3.1 for a test drive on this mobile device.
Motorola Xoom: The First Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) Tablet
Jul 7, 2011 - in Reviews
Motorola's Xoom is the first Honeycomb-based tablet; but how does it fare against Apple's iPad 2? There's a lot to go over, from Google's new software platform to Nvidia's Tegra 2. Let's dig a little deeper to see how the tablet world is shaping up.