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The Sony Z3 Compact Is Android's Best-Kept Secret

Small and powerful smartphones are an endangered species, like the California Condor of the mobile world. If you want a top-tier phone that fits in a normal hand, the iPhone 6 is practically your only stateside option. But you know what? An exotic handset designed for Japan and Europe could have everything you’ve ever craved.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best At Being Big

While Apple has only just released its first huge phone, Samsung’s gargantuan Note is already on its fourth iteration. In a lot of ways, it’s the big phone that started this runaway screen-size race. But even though it’s facing an ever-growing army of up-sized competitors, the Note 4 is the only giant phone that gets it right.


Moto G (2014) Review: A Phone This Cheap Shouldn't Be This Good

You are now entering the world of inexpensive smartphones. You’re in the bargain bin, the bottom end, the cheapest of the cheap. Dispense with your expectations of blistering fast processors, pixel-heavy cameras, premium metal bodies, or 2K screens. Also, while you’re at it, do away with the notion that “cheap” means “bad.” I just tested the new Moto G, and it’s surprisingly excellent.


My Wobbly Ride On The Self-Balancing Unicycle Of The Future

To a surprising number of engineers and innovators, the future of transportation has only one wheel. But the future, at least when I’m driving, is pretty wobbly.


BlackBerry Passport Review: When The Best You've Got Isn't Good Enough

When you hear the word “smartphone,” what image pops into your mind? Maybe it’s the phone you own or the one you desperately want. Maybe it’s even a favourite pocket companion from years past. Whatever it may be, one thing is likely certain: it looks nothing like the BlackBerry Passport.


Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review: Beautiful, Comfortable, Flawed

Technology obsession can border on the pornographic. Extreme close-ups capture every detail, gushing over every curve. People describe soulless bits of plastic and metal as “attractive” and “stunning.” (We draw the line at “sexy.”) For a premium smartphone to make it in this vain consumer world, it needs to look the part. That’s what Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha is all about.


My Day On A Drift Trike: Like Being A Kid Again, But Better

No grown-up vehicle can match the thrill you felt as a kid on your Big Wheel. Cars and motorcycles are fun, but at day’s end they’re serious machines. Recapturing that unbridled euphoria requires a dedicated device. And the SFD Industries Drift Trike is the three-wheeled, petrol-powered tool for the job.


Can A Single Knife Handle Every Bushcraft Job?

This new Vulture Equipment Works Cholera is described as an, “all mountain” blade. A knife you can use for everything from making a fire to butchering game. We beat on it everywhere from the beaches of Maui to the forests of British Columbia to find out if that claim is true.


Can Inflatable Poles Make Better Tents?

Replacing their rigid predecessors, inflatable poles offer advantages like ease of setup — you just pump them up — and increased strength. Disadvantages are weight and complication. Worth it? We spent a week living in an inflatable tent to find out.


My Quest To Find The Perfect Air Conditioner

I grew up in an old house without an air conditioner. During the summer, it would get so hot and humid that the doors would swell, and you couldn’t close them. So when it was finally time for me to buy my very own AC unit, it felt like a luxury. And I treated it as such.


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