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    It's been well established that the iPhone is the most popular, most desired smartphone in the world. And with good reason -- it is an excellent product that seamlessly merges top-notch hardware with polished software to deliver a user experience guaranteed to make even its premium price seem like a bargain. But can Apple continue to maintain this kind of dominance forever? One need only look at blockbusters of the past to see a mobile landscape riddled with RAZRs and N95s and to realize that manufacturers are almost never able to maintain their devices' cachet ad infinitum. Right now the ...

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    Having already sold both previous Galaxy S handsets from Samsung (as the QWERTY-equipped Epic 4G and keyboard-less Epic 4G Touch), it's no surprise that Sprint will also be stocking the third iteration of this popular device, the Galaxy S III. Thanks to the device's user agent profile, we've been able to gather a few of the important details on the next Galaxy to hit the Now Network. As you'd expect, most of the specs on the LTE-capable SPH-L710 are identical to those on the global version (GT-I9300), with one significant exception: like the Galaxy S III destined for Verizon, Sprint's ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Nexus was one of the first handsets capable of surfing Sprint's upcoming LTE network, but as a flagship device, it's priced out of the budget of many smartphone customers. Now, thanks to a user agent profile, we've learned some details on what should be a more modestly-priced, LTE-capable phone for Sprint: the Samsung SPH-L300. With a model number significantly lower than the Galaxy Nexus' SPH-L700, we'd expect the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered (4.0.4) L300 to be more of an entry-level or mid-range device, and the specs seem to bear that out -- for the most part. While its ...

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    Everybody loves a bargain, right? Especially when it comes to smartphones, it doesn't get much better than inexpensive handsets -- or does it? From the consumer's perspective, low-priced hardware can be seen two ways: either it represents a good deal or, sometimes, simply a cheap and low-quality product. Certain brands go out of their way to avoid the appearance of being cheap and mass market, even if it means lower sales on higher margins: think Nokia sub-brand Vertu. Other companies, however, embrace the low-cost model, hoping to make their money on volume -- although perhaps at the ...

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    Never ones to rest on our laurels (Samsung's laurels, really), we've already started thinking ahead to next year and what the Galaxy S IV will bring -- before the launch presentation for the S III is even over. After all, we realized that there are engineers who are designing that device at this very moment, trying to one-up themselves on a phone which itself is inching closer to perfection. So what will the next, next Galaxy look like? We've got a few ideas. To start off with, we doubt that its processor will add any more cores; instead, we have a feeling that Samsung will simply clock ...

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    Now that we're just hours away from the launch of arguably the most anticipated handset this side of the iPhone 5, we wanted to gather together what we know / think we know about the device in anticipation of its unveiling. Samsung has a lot riding on the Galaxy S3 (S III?), and not only because it's the successor to the very well-received Galaxy S II; now that it is officially the top cellphone manufacturer in the world, it needs a flagship device that cements its position there -- a phone that bests even the beautifully-crafted HTC One series. Fortunately, many of the S3's specs are ...

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    A newly-published user agent profile for what is likely to be Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 shows the device being powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor -- and not Samsung's own quad-core Exynos CPU, which the company recently revealed to be present in the global version of the phone. Although there is no definitive proof that the handset going by model number SCH-I535 is in fact the VZW SGS3, its specs as well as its naming convention are highly suggestive: running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a resolution of 1280 x 720, the device's SCH-I5XX ...

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    Last year Motorola introduced its first flagship Android device for Sprint, the Motorola Photon 4G. It was a dual-core, qHD handset with similar specs to the Atrix 4G and latest Droid-branded phones. Well now we've gotten wind of a sequel to that device, which will supposedly come to market as the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE. Besides being quite a mouthful of a name for consumers to remember, it sounds like it will be yet another high-end offering from the Now Network: very likely Moto's first LTE handset for the latest 4G network to go live. Full specs -- or even partial specs -- aren't yet ...

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    We recently learned that Virgin Mobile would soon be offering the HTC EVO 3D (as the HTC EVO V 4G), and now a reliable source has revealed that sister brand Boost Mobile will begin carrying yet another Sprint handset, the HTC EVO Design 4G. This pair of smartphones will be the most premium devices ever offered by the two prepaid carriers, which have only recently begun to sell Android smartphones -- and have only very recently started stocking mid- to high-end phones like the LG Marquee (Boost) and Motorola Triumph (Virgin). Virgin has also been tipped to add the HTC One V to its lineup. ...

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    Verizon Wireless is reportedly set to offer an enhanced package of pre- and post-sale services known as Verizon ON, and among the concept imagery for this initiative, we spotted an unfamiliar Motorola handset not currently offered by the carrier. While the phone (far right) seems to have the same cropped corners as the popular DROID RAZR series, its top and bottom screen bezels appear to be much narrower than those on existing RAZRs. What's more, the manufacturer branding is not centered at the top of the face, but rather left-justified with respect to the display. Speaking of branding, ...

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    HTC is preparing a new, Ice Cream Sandwich-powered entry level phone codenamed HTC Golf; we recently saw an unmemorable test photo from this handset's five-megapixel main camera. Reportedly set to hit the market sometime before the end of the quarter as the Wildfire C (following the original Wildfire and Wildfire S), Golf slots into HTC's current lineup below the three members of the One series -- although it takes a few design cues from those devices as well. Tipped to run on a single-core, sub-gigahertz processor, the Sense 4.0-skinned Golf should offer up a 3.5-inch, 480 x 320 pixel ...

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    HTC, following two tough quarters, is finally looking to turn its fortunes around with a pair of sexy handsets in its new One series, the One X and One S. Domestically, the X is headed to AT&T as the dual-core (but LTE-enabled) XL, while the the S is destined for T-Mobile; Sprint is getting its own One-esque model in the EVO 4G LTE. Well Verizon, the nation's largest carrier, still doesn't have a One to call its own -- and the upcoming HTC Fireball, while attractive and nicely-spec'ed in its own right, seems to do little to change that (although the Vigor, once upgraded to Android Ice ...

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    Nokia shocked the wireless industry early today by introducing a smartphone whose camera features an unprecedented 41-megapixel sensor. The Nokia 808 PureView, as it's known, is a Symbian Belle-powered handset with four-inch nHD ClearBlack AMOLED display, 16GB of storage, and class 10 pentaband HSDPA broadband data. And while the camera is capabale of capturing humongous images, the purpose of all those pixels is to bring more detail to smaller five- and eight-megapixel shots. The PureVieW sensor is said to pack the equivalent of seven pixels into one, enabling tight digital zooming and ...

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    This is the HTC EVO ONE (codename:Jewel) that Sprint will reportedly launch on Wednesday, pictured between the HTC One X for AT&T and the T-Mobile-bound HTC One S. As one of the Now Network's premiere LTE handsets, the EVO ONE promises to usher in a new cellular broadband technology in much the same manner as the HTC EVO 4G heralded the company's ill-fated WiMax rollout. Rumored by Android Central to sport a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm along with a 4.7-inch, 720p display and 16GB of internal memory, the EVO ONE should make a worthy successor the EVO 3D -- which is ...

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    There's little doubt that you're looking at a real tablet, but as some images tend to do, these came down the pipeline with absolutely no context whatsoever. Still, based on several visual clues, we think there's a pretty good chance that they depict the rumored Galaxy Nexus tablet. First of all, the only visible on-screen icons are for Google products -- none of the third party apps or widgets that you'd expect to see on a Samsung, Motorola, or even Viewsonic tablet. It's about as naked of an Android experience as you could hope to find on a modern tablet. Secondly -- and this seems to be ...

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