Thinner than the thickest edge of the MacBook Air but packing next-gen processors from Nvidia and Intel, Razer's new 14-inch Blade is the smallest, most compact gaming laptop on the market. It's unlike anything I've seen before, but how does it look, feel, and perform in person? I went hands-on to find out.
To say Verizon has had an underwhelming Windows Phone selection is an understatement. Wholly occupied by a series of mid to low-end smartphones, there has been little reason for any of the carrier's subscribers to adopt Microsoft's mobile operating system. But with the recent addition of Nokia's Lumia 928, a flagship Windows Phone is finally available through the nation's largest wireless provider.
The Lumia 928 is the latest flagship Windows Phone device from Nokia, and the first high-end smartphone from the Finnish manufacturer to be sold through Verizon Wireless. In many ways, the Lumia 928 is not unlike AT&T's Lumia 920 — both feature a 4.5-inch display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and 1GB of RAM — but the Verizon exclusive still has some unique tricks of its own, specifically its AMOLED display, new design, and the Xenon flash that accompanies Nokia's signature PureView camera.
If the HTC One was a glimpse of Android's promising future of thoughtfully crafted hardware paired with elegantly designed software, the Samsung Galaxy S4 represents its poorly conceived and shoddily constructed past. Like countless Android handsets before it, the Galaxy S4 is spec and feature-rich, but limited by its cheap, flimsy hardware and unnecessarily bloated suite of proprietary software. It's not a bad phone — in fact, there's plenty to like — it simply lacks the level of polish and consideration found in a growing number of its competitors.
In the world of smartphones, especially in the ever-changing arms race that is the Android market, it's all about being at the right place at the right time. LG's much-awaited Optimus G Pro finally hits stores this week, and it's clear that its keen on clawing the premier megaphone title away from the current King of the Hill, the super successful Samsung Galaxy Note II.
At LG's "Share Your Genius" event, we had the opportunity to get in some quality time with the Korean company's newest smartphone, the Optimus G Pro. Due to early leaks, advanced hands-on impressions, and the months since its original announcement, the actual assessment was anti-climactic: every feature of the phone has already been out in the open for some time now. But that doesn't mean that the Optimus G Pro isn't interesting — its solid features and smart build make the nearly 6-inch phone a contender in the Android smartphone arena. But will it stand out amidst heavyweights like the Galaxy S4 and HTC One?
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