As alluded to in our Nexus 6 review, our normal storage performance benchmark was no longer giving valid results as of Android 5.0. While Androbench was not a perfect benchmark by any stretch of the imagination, it was a reasonably accurate test of basic storage performance. However, with the Nexus 5 on Android’s developer preview, we saw anywhere between 2-10x improvement to Androbench’s storage performance results with no real basis in reality. It seems that this is because the way that the benchmark was written relied upon another function for timing, which has changed with Android 5.0. While we haven’t talked too much about AndEBench, it has a fully functional storage test that we can compare to our Androbench results. While we’re unsure of the...

ASUS Reports Disappointing VivoTab RT Sales, Stops Making RT Tablets

In a move that’s likely to surprise…well, just about no one, the Wall Street Journal reports that ASUS will cease making Windows RT tablets. Windows RT is basically stuck...

85 by Jarred Walton on 8/9/2013

Nokia Lumia 521: Quality Smartphone on an Extreme Budget

The Nokia Lumia 521 is very interesting. It’s the T-Mobile US version of the Lumia 520, and ships with AWS HSPA+ for just $129 sans contract or subsidy. It’s...

117 by Vivek Gowri on 8/8/2013

Understanding Panel Self Refresh

Earlier today Brian spent some time with the G2, LG's 5.2-inch flagship smartphone based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) SoC. I'd recommend reading his excellent piece in order...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/7/2013

Hands On with the LG G2 - LG's latest flagship

Today LG is announcing the LG G2, there’s no Optimus this time, it’s just the LG G2. The G2 is the successor to the Optimus G, the phone that...

80 by Brian Klug on 8/7/2013

Surface Pro $100 Price Drop - A Prelude of Things to Come?

Techreport.com posted earlier today that there's currently a $100 rebate from Microsoft on the Surface Pro. That brings the price of the 64GB SSD model to $799 and the...

100 by Jarred Walton on 8/5/2013

Google Releases 4.3 OTA for HTC One and Galaxy S4 Google Play Editions

It's been a busy week in the Android space, and this evening Google appears to have hit the button on the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean MR2) update for the...

30 by Brian Klug on 8/2/2013

Android 4.3 update for Nexus 10 and 4 removes unofficial OpenCL drivers

We had previously reported that Android 4.2 firmwares for Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 were found to contain OpenCL drivers. The drivers were an internal implementation detail and not...

13 by Rahul Garg on 8/1/2013

A Quick Look at the Moto X - Motorola's New Flagship

Since being acquired by Google, there’s been a lot of speculation about what’s coming next from Motorola. Last week they announced their Droid lineup for Verizon, this week they’re...

165 by Brian Klug on 8/1/2013

ASUS MeMO Pad HD7 Pre-Orders Available

We just reviewed the ASUS MeMO Pad HD7, and we've now received word that pre-orders are available via several major outlets: TigerDirect.com, Newegg.com, Amazon.com, and Gamestop.com. (Let us know...

19 by Jarred Walton on 7/31/2013

Update on GPU Optimizations in Galaxy S 4

Yesterday we posted our analysis of the Exynos 5 Octa's behavior in international versions of the Galaxy S 4 in certain benchmarks first discovered by Beyond3D user @Andreif7. Samsung...

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 7/31/2013

NVIDIA Shield Review: At the Crossroads of PC and Mobile Gaming

NVIDIA is doing something different with Tegra 4, very different. To bring up its silicon, each vendor usually makes a reference design phone and tablet with a selection of...

135 by Brian Klug on 7/31/2013

Looking at CPU/GPU Benchmark Optimizations in Galaxy S 4

Somehow both Anand and I ended up with international versions of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4, equipped with the first generation Exynos 5 Octa (5410) SoC. Anand bought an international...

109 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/30/2013

Google Chromecast Review - An Awesome $35 HDMI Dongle

So I have a confession to make – I didn’t hate the Nexus Q. While I didn’t necessarily love it and use it daily like a small minority of...

105 by Brian Klug on 7/29/2013

Android 4.3 Update Brings TRIM to All Nexus Devices

One of the common complaints late in the life of the original Nexus 7 was slow storage I/O performance, leading to an inconsistent user experience. After a fresh flash...

46 by Brian Klug on 7/29/2013

ASUS MeMO Pad HD7 Review: $149 Nexus 7.1 Successor & Our First Look at MediaTek's MT8125

The tablet market is presently caught in a race to the bottom, at least in terms of pricing. The shift from the initial crop of 10-inch tablets to 7/8-inch...

75 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/29/2013

Nexus 7 (2013) - Mini Review

At an event in San Francisco, Google announced an updated version of the popular Nexus 7 tablet which first appeared at last year’s Google I/O. The big new features...

253 by Brian Klug on 7/27/2013

What's New in Android 4.3

As expected, today Google made a management release for Android 4.2 official at their breakfast with Sundar event, bumping the release up to Android 4.3 and introducing a bunch...

69 by Brian Klug on 7/24/2013

Google's Breakfast With Sundar Pichai Event - Live Blog

We're in San Francisco again for Google, and this time we're expecting news about the next release of Android, and perhaps some news on the Chrome OS front, and...

27 by Brian Klug on 7/24/2013

NVIDIA Demonstrates Logan SoC: < 1W Kepler, Shipping in 1H 2014, More Energy Efficient than A6X?

Ever since its arrival in the ultra mobile space, NVIDIA hasn't really flexed its GPU muscle. The Tegra GPUs we've seen thus far have been ok at best, and...

141 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/24/2013

Samsung Galaxy S 4 ZeroLemon 7500 mAh Extended Battery Review

One of the chief differentiators with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 versus other current flagship Android devices is the continued support for user-replaceable batteries. Although removable batteries are becoming...

72 by Brian Klug on 7/23/2013

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