Yesterday at CES 2016, we finally got the chance to spend some quality time with Robin, Nextbit‘s “cloud-first” smartphone, and came away quite impressed. As a refresher, Nextbit launched Robin last September on Kickstarter and raised over $1.3 million. The company, which is based in San Francisco, is made up of seasoned handset makers like ex-HTC designer Scott Croyle. Needless to say, it’s refreshing to see a phone getting successfully crowdfunded, especially one coming from a US-based startup.

So, what makes Robin special, and why should you care? It stands out in two major ways: one is good design, and the other is smart storage. Nextbit wanted to build a device that looks and feels great, but stands out in a sea of generic smartphones, and we think it’s succeeded. This is a bold design, with strong rectangular lines and interesting color combinations (called mint and midnight). It fits nicely in hand and features solid specs while still remaining affordable. Watch our video after the break. Read full post →Nextbit Robin hands-on: a bold smartphone that embraces the cloud


Remember Silicon Valley electric vehicle startup Faraday Future? Turns out it’s not a front for Apple, but it’s actually backed by Chinese giant Letv. Last night at CES 2016, after months and months of hype, the company finally gave us a glimpse of what it’s secretly been working on, and it’s not what you expect. See, Faraday Future’s been hinting about an EV designed to “redefine our relationship with the automobile”, and we’ve been imagining everything from a Tesla competitor to a new ownership model for a high-tech, autonomous car.

What we saw instead is the FFZERO1, a cartoonist-looking single-seat electric racecar concept, something that reminds us more of the Batmobile than a McLaren P1. It’s a conflicting machine with little connection to reality, and some outlandish features like a steering wheel-mounted smartphone, a custom helmet with a water and air supply for the pilot, and a ridiculous transparent rear fin that doubles as a display. While this car is unapologetically a concept, it feels like BS after all the serious talk of redefining personal transportation. Read full post →Faraday Future unveils outlandish FFZERO1 concept, serious modular EV platform

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