Computerworld Blogs - Review http://blogs.computerworld.com/taxonomy/term/795/all en Hands on: Amazon's Fire Phone makes a strange first impression http://blogs.computerworld.com/smartphones/24173/amazon-fire-phone-hands-on <p> Amazon&#39;s Fire Phone is like no other phone you&#39;ve used before -- but after 24 hours with the device, it&#39;s hard to say whether that&#39;s actually a good thing.</p> Amazon Amazon Fire Amazon Fire Phone Android Google Google Android Review smartphones Android Mobile Apps Mobile/Wireless Smartphones Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:22:41 +0000 JR Raphael 24173 at http://blogs.computerworld.com Moto 360 hands on: A closer look at the Wear watch worth waiting for http://blogs.computerworld.com/android/24118/moto-360-hands-on <p> While other Android Wear watches feel like clunky screens strapped to your wrist, the Moto 360 feels like an elegant watch that also happens to do cool things. Here&#39;s a hands-on look.</p> Android Android Wear Google Google Android LG G Watch Moto 360 Motorola Review Samsung Gear Live smartwatches Android Hardware Mobile/Wireless Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:37:04 +0000 JR Raphael 24118 at http://blogs.computerworld.com Short takes: Native Union's Jump Drive provides lightweight portable power http://blogs.computerworld.com/smartphones/24094/short-takes-native-unions-jump-drive-provides-lightweight-portable-power <p> The Native Union Jump Cable is small, nicely designed and a good way to keep your battery topped up when needed.</p> batteries charger Jump Drive Review smartphones Smartphones Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:16:35 +0000 Barbara Krasnoff 24094 at http://blogs.computerworld.com An interesting difference between the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live http://blogs.computerworld.com/android/24079/lg-g-watch-samsung-gear-live-difference <p> LG&#39;s G Watch and Samsung&#39;s Gear Live may look similar at a glance, but the longer you use the two Android Wear devices, the more differences you notice.</p> Android Android Wear Google Google Android LG LG G Watch Review Samsung Samsung Gear Live smartwatches Android Hardware Mobile/Wireless Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:35:19 +0000 JR Raphael 24079 at http://blogs.computerworld.com In depth: Getting to know the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live http://blogs.computerworld.com/android/24069/lg-g-watch-samsung-gear-live-hands-on <p> The first two Android Wear smartwatches are here! Time to go hands on after a full day with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live.</p> Android Android Wear Google Google Android LG LG G Watch Review Samsung Samsung Gear Live smartwatches Android Hardware Mobile/Wireless Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:49:58 +0000 JR Raphael 24069 at http://blogs.computerworld.com In depth: What Android Wear is actually like to use http://blogs.computerworld.com/android/24068/android-wear-hands-on <div> We&#39;ve been hearing about Android Wear for months -- so what it&#39;s actually like to use? Here&#39;s a detailed hands-on look at Google&#39;s new smartwatch platform.</div> Android Android Wear Google Google Android Google I/O LG LG G Watch Review Samsung Samsung Gear Live smartwatches Android Mobile Apps Mobile/Wireless Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:59:16 +0000 JR Raphael 24068 at http://blogs.computerworld.com Hands on: Dell's Chromebook 11 deserves your attention http://blogs.computerworld.com/laptops/24043/dell-chromebook-11 <p> Dell&#39;s Chromebook 11 flew in under the radar, but it&#39;s officially earned my recommendation as the best all-around Chromebook you can buy without breaking the bank.</p> Chrome Chrome OS chromebooks Dell Dell Chromebook 11 Google Google Chrome Google Chrome OS Review Laptops Linux and Unix Mobile/Wireless Operating Systems Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:37:05 +0000 JR Raphael 24043 at http://blogs.computerworld.com Quad HD vs. 1080p: A real-world display comparison http://blogs.computerworld.com/smartphones/24028/quad-hd-vs-1080p <p> Does Quad HD really make a noticeable difference over 1080p? A real-world test between the LG G3 and HTC One (M8).</p> 1080p Android displays Google Google Android HTC HTC One M8 LG LG G3 Quad HD Review smartphone displays Android Mobile/Wireless Smartphones Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:58:11 +0000 JR Raphael 24028 at http://blogs.computerworld.com First look: Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S tablet takes displays to a higher level http://blogs.computerworld.com/tablets/24021/first-look-samsungs-new-galaxy-tab-s-tablet-takes-displays-higher-level <p> Samsung is &nbsp;trying its best to become, if not the sole purveyor of Android devices, certainly the top source. With all the usual sound and fury, the company has announced its latest tablet: the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, a new high-end device with sleek lines, an impressively light weight and a very bright, sharp screen.</p> Android Galaxy Tab S Review Samsung tablets Android Tablets Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:01:42 +0000 Barbara Krasnoff 24021 at http://blogs.computerworld.com Hands on: The first things you notice about the LG G3 http://blogs.computerworld.com/android/24012/lg-g3-hands-on <div> LG&#39;s G3 packs plenty of impressive-sounding promises -- so what&#39;s the phone actually like to use? Here are the first things you notice when picking up the device.</div> Android displays Google Google Android LG LG G3 Review smartphones user interface user interface design Android Mobile/Wireless Smartphones Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:26:04 +0000 JR Raphael 24012 at http://blogs.computerworld.com Hands on: What the Moto E is actually like to use (and who should buy it) http://blogs.computerworld.com/android/23926/moto-e <div> Just when you thought unlocked smartphones couldn&#39;t get any cheaper, Motorola came along and -- oops! -- they did it again. Time to go hands on with the $129 Moto E.</div> Android Google Google Android Moto E Moto G Moto X Motorola Review smartphones Android Mobile/Wireless Smartphones Mon, 19 May 2014 16:19:16 +0000 JR Raphael 23926 at http://blogs.computerworld.com Here's the deal with bloatware on Samsung's Chromebook 2 http://blogs.computerworld.com/laptops/23897/samsung-chromebook-2-bloatware <p> Yes, Samsung has preloaded some programs on its new Chromebook 2 -- but before you grab the nearest pitchfork, you may want to see what&#39;s actually going on.</p> Chrome Chrome OS chromebooks Google Google Chrome Google Chrome OS Review Samsung Samsung Chromebook Samsung Chromebook 2 Cloud Computing Laptops Linux and Unix Mobile Apps Tue, 13 May 2014 15:24:36 +0000 JR Raphael 23897 at http://blogs.computerworld.com Hands on: The first things you notice about Samsung's Chromebook 2 http://blogs.computerworld.com/laptops/23893/samsung-chromebook-2-hands-on <p> Samsung&#39;s follow-up to its popular 2012 Chromebook is finally almost ready to ship -- and that means it&#39;s time to go hands on with the hotly anticipated new laptop. Ready?</p> Chrome Chrome OS chromebooks Google Google Chrome Google Chrome OS Review Samsung Samsung Chromebook Samsung Chromebook 2 Cloud Computing Hardware Laptops Linux and Unix Mobile/Wireless Mon, 12 May 2014 17:09:27 +0000 JR Raphael 23893 at http://blogs.computerworld.com Acer's Iconia One 7 tablet: A reasonable experience for a reasonable price http://blogs.computerworld.com/tablets/23883/acers-iconia-one-7-tablet-reasonable-experience-reasonable-price <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">While it&#39;s not the top of the tablet line, the Acer Iconia One 7 is a solid choice for users who want a good-enough device for Web surfing, social networking and the occasional video without breaking their budget.</span></p> Acer Android Iconia One 7 Review tablet Android Tablets Thu, 08 May 2014 16:51:23 +0000 Barbara Krasnoff 23883 at http://blogs.computerworld.com 10 enlightening things you learn as a professional smartphone reviewer http://blogs.computerworld.com/smartphones/23813/10-enlightening-things-you-learn-professional-smartphone-reviewer <p> Some important lessons, like #1: &quot;If you have an opinion that differs from a reader&#39;s perspective, you are clearly &#39;bias&#39; and/or a shill.&quot;</p> Android Galaxy S5 Google Google Android HTC HTC One M8 Review Samsung Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones Android Mobile/Wireless Smartphones Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:19:15 +0000 JR Raphael 23813 at http://blogs.computerworld.com