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Gadget Review – Your Smartphone Can’t Do This

Your Smartphone Can't Do This

(Tapping out drumroll) – Hey, guys, this is Austin, and this is the brand
new Lenovo Phab 2 Pro in all its red bubble-wrapped glory. So, when Lenovo reached out
and wanted to a sponsor a video on their brand new Phab 2 Pro, they sold me with one word. Tango, and no, not my
amazing dance skills. This is the first Google
Tango enabled-phone.

And it's full of confetti. We need more color on the table. Okay, so, a scale of one to 10, how much do I need to move the confetti off the table right now? Really? All right, confetti stays. Executive decision from Ken.

So, this is the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. This is a very tall box. (Laughs) So, Project Tango is something that Google has been working on
for a little while now, and this is the first phone that's actually shipping with it enabled. And what this essentially allows you to do is get a much more realistic
augmented reality experience, which might not sound exciting until you see what this
thing can actually do.

Ooh! (Laughs) That is… That is a large phone. So this guy is rocking
a 6.4-Inch QHD display. When you consider that
this screen's essentially your portal into the augmented world, as goofy as that sounds, having a larger display
actually does make sense.

(Rustling) So to put in perspective just
how big the Phab 2 Pro is, I have a Google Pixel, and as you can see, this is a big phone. So, might not be the best
choice for your skinny jeans, but it's packing some serious power. So the Phab 2 is rocking a
custom Snapdragon 652 processor that's specifically made for Google Tango, with that 6.4-Inch 1440p display, as well as four gigabytes of memory, 64 gigs of storage, and it's running the latest
build of Android Marshmallow. What I'm really curious
about are the cameras.

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So, on the top, there's a fairly standard-looking
smartphone camera with a couple sensors below that. However, there is an
absolutely enormous camera in the middle, and I'm really curious what that actually does. I'm sure it uses some kind of fusion of all these sensors and cameras to build the AR experience, but… That is probably the
biggest smartphone camera I have ever seen.

While it's definitely on the beefier side, the Phab 2 Pro is a
nice piece of hardware. So it's all (knocks) actual metal. You get that nice big display. And there's some nice little touches like there are exposed
screws on the bottom.

It's on the bigger side. However, when you consider
just how much tech is packed in here, it's sort of a
different style of smartphone. Discover Tango. An introduction to the Tango experience.

Walk to explore. Allow for a clear space
around you during– Okay! So I guess it's using those sensors to actually kind of build a depth map around where the room is. Oh, hello. There's literally just a plant
growing underneath the table.

So once you get into the interface, you can use this like
any other Android phone. However, what's cool are a
lot of the specific Tango apps that are made for this. So the first app is actually something that's pretty practical. This is Wayfair Measure.

So the idea is, say you're
gonna go buy some furniture, you can actually put the
furniture in your space and see how it looks. That is actually really cool. You can see the exact
dimensions around it. So say that I was gonna buy this chair, I would know that maybe I
have some furniture around it or to the side of it, and I know that it's
actually going to fit.

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So with a little bit
more room to work with, we're gonna try some of the other demos, such as Holo. So I now see Ken, but I can add a hologram. So let's do the Holo Fun Pack. I want the wrestler dude.

Oh!
(Wrestler roars) (laughs) This is something that most
phones can't do, just because… While it's easy enough to add a little bit of an AR element to a game, such as Pokemon Go, to be able to actually get full tracking so as you go walk around in full 3D space, you can get close, you can step away, and it doesn't lose track
of where he is, right? So he's standing on that exact
spot no matter where I stand. All right, this guy has… He's got the moves.

What's cool about this
is that while it seems like a really simple sort of thing, it's surprisingly good, right? So, it's almost tricking
my brain to the point where I look at this
onscreen, and I'm like, "Oh, the guy's standing there." Then I move the phone, and
he's obviously not there. Like, it's a simple thing, but it's enough to
really kind of trick you. It's… It's better than it should be, honestly.

Next, we have Domino World. See, this is another case
where the tracking is solid. On this table, the shadows are here. I can get nice and close.

There it goes. Oh, all my hard work! (Exclaims) Did you see that? I reached my hand out to catch the domino. It's weird at how good
it is at tricking you into thinking it's real. It was just an instinct.

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I wanted to reach out and catch the domino 'cause I saw it was about
to fall on the floor. VR essentially replaces
your reality, right? You're entirely in that world. It's all digital, whereas AR allows you to actually walk around in the real world and add digital elements to it. It sounds like it's a weird distinction, but it is a huge difference.

So is this for everybody? No, but when you consider
that this is something that you can actually go buy today, it is a really cool piece of tech. The cool thing is, you're
really not losing anything. You're getting a rock
solid Android smartphone to begin with, and all
the extra Tango features are just icing on the cake. And especially when you give
it another six months to a year for some of these apps and
games to get even better, this is gonna be a killer package.

If you guys want to know
more about the Phab 2 Pro, the links will be in the description. I'm curious. What do you think about
this and Google Tango? Let me know in the comments below, and I will catch you in the next one..

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