Oppo N1 Review: Future-Looking Phablet Or Oversized Flop?
Jul 14, 2014 - in Reviews
Oppo's N1 sports a unique pivoting camera, a large-format display, and two different operating system options. Are those features enough to make up for an older hardware platform and dicey software optimization in a sea of compelling competition?
Nokia Lumia Icon & Lumia 930 Review: Windows Phone, Premium
Apr 28, 2014 - in Reviews
We took Nokia's Lumia Icon for a month-long test to really experience life with the company's flagship Windows Phone 8-based platform. Some of the benchmark results from this Snapdragon 800-powered powerhouse may surprise you.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801: Performance Previewed
Mar 28, 2014 - in Reviews
Snapdragon 801, the recently-announced update to the Snapdragon 800, shares some of the same SKUs as Snapdragon 800. So, how do you tell the difference? We break down the family and introduce you to the first benchmarks of Sony's Xperia Z2 tablet, too.
GFXBench 3.0: A Fresh Look At Mobile Benchmarking
Feb 21, 2014 - in Reviews
Over the past few years, Kishonti has become a leading name in mobile GPU benchmarking. The newly-released GFXBench 3.0 is comprised of nearly all new tests, including battery, render quality, and the first serious OpenGL ES 3.0 performance metric.
Google Nexus 5 Review: A Fast, Affordable Phone With LTE For All
Jan 21, 2014 - in Reviews
There's a new flagship smartphone in town. The LG-made Nexus 5 offers a fast Snapdragon platform, LTE for all markets, a 5” 1080p display, and Android 4.4 “KitKat”. Best of all, the 16 GB model sells for just $350 off-contract. Is it too good to be true?
Oppo Find 5 Review: A Phone Of Firsts From A Brand To Watch
Dec 25, 2013 - in Reviews
Has a relatively unknown Chinese manufacturer of high-end home theater equipment actually created a flagship Android smartphone capable of going head to head with the industry's established heavyweights? We take Oppo's S4 Pro-powered Find 5 for a spin.
GliderGloves: Winter Wear that Keeps You Texting
Dec 3, 2013 - in News
For those of you who venture outside with your phone.
Moga Hero, Pro Power Controllers Charge Up Android Gaming
Nov 18, 2013 - in News
PowerA has a couple of new controllers that build on its previously existing lineup with a very important new feature: larger internal batteries that are also able to charge your phone, even while you play.
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.
Roccat Power-Grid: Turn Your Smartphone Into A PC Peripheral
Oct 27, 2013 - in Reviews
Roccat's Power-Grid allows your smartphone or tablet to be used as a programmable PC peripheral interface device. We took the beta version through its paces to show you what the software can do, and how easy it is to create your own custom interface!
Adata DashDrive Air AE400 Review: Wi-Fi, Charger, And Card Reader
Jul 10, 2013 - in Reviews
Adata's DashDrive Air AE400 offers a lot of functionality in a small package. It’s a USB port, an SD memory card reader, a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices, and a 5000 mAh power bank able to charge your smartphone and tablet. How well does it work?
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.
Intel Silvermont Architecture: Does This Atom Change It All?
May 6, 2013 - in Reviews
We sat in on a Silvermont deep-dive, the architecture powering Intel's next-generation Atom processors. Manufactured at 22 nm, armed with an out-of-order execution engine, and optimized for power, will this be what buries the ARM-based competition?
GeChic On-Lap 2501M 15.6" Battery-Powered Monitor, Tested
Mar 27, 2013 - in Reviews
Do you ever wish you could watch video on something larger than a smartphone when you're on the road? GeChic thinks it has an answer with the On-Lap 2501M portable monitor. We benchmark the display to see if its performance matches its convenience.
Google Nexus 10 Review: Is 2560x1600 High-Def Enough?
Feb 4, 2013 - in Reviews
Google's Nexus 10 enables a 2560x1600 resolution on a 10" display, and features a powerful Samsung SoC. Can the affordable tablet take down Apple's iPad through superior hardware and better value? We apply our benchmark suite to answer those questions.
Samsung ATIV Tab Review: A Tablet To Hold Your Breath For?
Jan 20, 2013 - in Reviews
Microsoft set the standard for Windows RT-based hardware, but is there still room for partners to sell compelling alternatives? We take our first Qualcomm-powered Windows RT tablet for a spin to determine if Samsung's ATIV Tab is worth waiting for.
Update: Intel Expands Our Battery Testing At CES 2013
Jan 9, 2013 - in Reviews
We've already shown that x86 competes readily with ARM's simpler architecture when it comes to battery life. We continue our investigation at this year's CES, where Intel came packing its own tests on four current-generation tablets.
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?
Samsung's ATIV Smart PC 500T: An Atom-Based Windows 8 Tablet
Jan 1, 2013 - in Reviews
Samsung takes Intel's Atom Z2760 SoC, the full version of Windows 8, and builds a tablet that begs to stay connected to its docking station. Is this the combination of freedom, performance, and battery life we've been waiting for, or are we left wanting?
ARM Vs. x86: The Secret Behind Intel Atom's Efficiency
Dec 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Intel recently shared very granular power measurements of its Atom SoC and Nvidia's Tegra 3. If you previously believed ARM's architecture to be inherently more efficient, perhaps you underestimated the benefit of Intel's manufacturing and architecture.
Apple iPad Mini Review: Our New Favorite Size, But...That Price?
Dec 16, 2012 - in Reviews
Apple wants $329 for its base-level iPad mini. Should you pay that much for an almost-8" screen, or are the 7" Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD better options? We run system benchmarks, battery tests, and provide display analysis to help you make the call.
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?
Apple iPhone 5 Review: CPU, GPU, Battery, Wi-Fi, And Display Testing
Nov 27, 2012 - in Reviews
Apple's A6-powered iPhone 5 gets the Tom's Hardware treatment as we benchmark its twin processing cores, its triple-core graphics engine, and its more vibrant display. Battery life testing and Wi-Fi performance measurements round out our analysis.
Microsoft Surface Review, Part 2: Battery Life, Multi-Monitor, And More
Nov 13, 2012 - in Reviews
Part 2 of our Microsoft Surface coverage includes tons of battery life analysis, a look at what it takes to slow down Tegra 3 in Windows RT, a demonstration of the first tablet able to extend the Windows Desktop, and some clarification of display quality.
Microsoft Surface Review, Part 1: Performance And Display Quality
Nov 4, 2012 - in Reviews
We bought Microsoft's Surface the day it came out, and we're ready with first impressions and benchmarks. Does the company enable a truly productivity-oriented experience to complement content consumption, or will we have to wait for the Surface Pro?
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.
Which Browser Should You Be Running On Your iPad And iPhone?
Oct 18, 2012 - in Reviews
Welcome to our first ever mobile Web Browser Grand Prix! How do Web browsers on iOS, the world's number-one tablet platform, compare? Today, Yahoo! Axis, Google Chrome, Dolphin, Maxthon, Apple Safari, and Sleipnir vie for supremacy on the third-gen iPad.
Snapdragon S4 Pro: Krait And Adreno 320, Benchmarked
Oct 10, 2012 - in Reviews
According to Qualcomm, its S4 Pro will be the next big thing in mobile performance, powering a new generation of smartphones and tablets. We put the company's claim to the test. The result? We think the competition, especially Nvidia, should be worried.
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.