The Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini: mini footprint, maxi appeal
Audio enthusiasts worth their salt know and respect the Harman/Kardon brand – it’s got a pedigree that many other brands can only dream of attaining.
While it’s not perfect, the Esquire Mini Bluetooth speaker is a product that’s well worthy of bearing the Harman/Kardon logo. It’s an eminently portable and versatile speaker set that also happens to sound great and sips power – and it’s classy and stylish, too.
We’ve put a test unit through its paces, and here we tell you how it did.
Styling, features and initial impressions
The Esquire Mini doesn’t come with very much in the way of accessories. Slide open the drawer-style box (by tugging on either of two fabric tabs, a nice touch) to reveal the unit resting on a bed of black foam. Beneath it is...
If you’re in the market for a large phone or "phablet" and you love consuming media, the O+ Grande might just be what you're after. It’s very much in keeping with other phones that have been released in response to the phablet craze that’s swept the industry.
Overall, the Grande’s a value-laden device - it’s not perfect, but it can certainly offer prospective buyers quite a considerable package.
What’s in the box
Pry open the orange-and-white box and you’ll be greeted by a velveteen enclosure that surrounds the phone - a nice touch considering that the Grande is far from a range-topping unit.
Smartphone cameras are getting ever more powerful and capable nowadays – as a matter of fact, some think it’s just a matter of time before a new innovation or app surfaces and gives these cameras the power and capabilities of a DSLR.
That day may be far off, if ever it is indeed to come – and until then, we’ll have to look to cutting-edge cameras like the Sony Alpha 7 II to help us take truly awesome photos.
Details and specs
The Alpha 7 II is one of the latest in the company’s range of full-frame mirrorless cameras, which aims to meet the needs of more serious photography buffs who want cameras that can take killer photos, but which aren’t as bulky as the usual DSLR.
Perhaps the most impressive release of Samsung this year points to the Galaxy Note 4. The Korean company went all-out both on the hardware and material design. Check out our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 below.
It’s been 4 years since Samsung introduced an oversized smartphone that everyone said no one would use.
Today, the Galaxy Note is the poster child in this category where everyone else tries to emulate and perhaps the most iconic...
One of the most awaited devices of the year, at least for Apple fans and for those used to using iOS devices, the iPhone 6 Plus is in many ways a first for Apple and it was something we never thought Apple will make — but they did and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. As expected, it was talked about even though the features aren’t that game changing in one way or the other. The device is still an Apple and let’s find out if it does live up to its name.
The local tablet scene is already flooded with Android tablets. There are those with very low price tags but with mediocre build, specs and performance, and there are those good-looking and powerful ones but are heavy in the pockets. The Acer Iconia Tab 8 (A1-840FHD), on the other hand, is a kind of slate that strikes a balance between affordability and performance.
Design and Construction
The Iconia Tab 8 is a simple-looking slate that doesn’t boast much in terms of design. It actually looks generic but not the type that seems poorly built. On the front you...