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Reviewing the Alcatel Idol 4 and Pixi 4

By Ted Kritsonis

These two latest smartphones from Alcatel are targeted at consumers looking to save a few bucks without having to lose too much on features and functionality. There are plenty of trade-offs in making that work, and one of them delivers on that more than the other.

How the iPhone 7 Plus is challenging standalone digital camera performance

Not only is the iPhone 7 Plus easy to manage with one hand, it is fast and capable of taking multiple photos a second. Apple says that each time the iPhone takes a photo, there are 100 billion calculations in 25 milliseconds that take place to ensure the best possible photo is taken in the existing conditions.

Review: Kobo Aura One goes easier on the eyes

By Ted Kritsonis

It’s long been said that having an eReader is like having a bookstore and library at your fingertips. That hasn’t changed, and with increased versatility, the very act of reading content has improved, which is what Kobo is pushing with its new Aura One.

Review: Sony Xperia X and X Performance

By Ted Kritsonis

Sony has been on the outside looking in for years, watching other manufacturers carve out a slice of the smartphone market, and the company now feels it can fight back on multiple fronts. The Xperia X is a mid-range handset, and the Xperia X Performance is a flagship device, both of which are supposed to compete hard against what’s already out on the market.

Review: Huawei MateBook can’t stand up

By Ted Kritsonis

Huawei may not be a brand that comes to mind when thinking of an alternative to the iPad, but the MateBook is designed to be just that. A tablet with impressive specs and the flexibility to act as a laptop replacement, the device promises great performance, yet falls short on usability.

Review: Motorola Moto G4 Plus makes a strong case to go mid-range

By Ted Kritsonis

Buying a premium smartphone outright isn’t what it used to be, now that prices routinely hit above $1,000, except mid-range phones are creeping up to close the performance gap. The Motorola Moto G4 Plus is a solid example of a phone that performs admirably well, yet comes in considerably lower on the price tag.

Review: Under Armour HealthBox thinks big, needs helping hands

By Ted Kritsonis

These days, it’s not that it’s hard to find a fitness band or other connected health product, it’s that it’s hard to know which one is the best fit for what you want to achieve. Under that premise, the Under Armour HealthBox — with a band, chest strap and scale — would seem to be the ideal bundle to get started. But how well does it deliver as the sum of its parts?

Review: Securifi Almond+ router aims high, can’t do it all

By Ted Kritsonis

Securifi isn’t a well-known brand, and the Almond+ isn’t likely to stand out in the router crowd, but this is a device that aims to combine home networking with home automation — a first in this category. It’s a sound premise, except the execution highlights some key shortcomings.