Posts by Taylor Martin

Based out of Charlotte, NC, Taylor Martin started writing about technology in 2009 while working in wireless retail. He has used BlackBerry off and on for over seven years, Android for nearly four years, iOS for three years, and has experimented with both webOS and Windows Phone. Taylor has reviewed countless smartphones and tablets, and doesn't go anywhere without a couple gadgets in his pockets or "nerd bag." In his free time, Taylor enjoys playing disc golf with friends, rock climbing, and playing video games. He also enjoys the occasional hockey game, and would do unspeakable things for some salmon nigiri. For more on Taylor Martin, checkout his Pocketnow Insider edition. | Google+

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  • by | April 1, 2014 8:39 PM

    What if you woke up and your laptop wasn't working? Work or that term paper isn't going to wait. You've got to get work done, no excuses. You reach for your tablet, then pause. Can you actually get work done with that ol' thing? Most use tablets for leisurely things, such as playing casual games, reading, or even chatting with friends and family. Sure, some people use their Android tablets or iPads to get real work done. And those sticklers with their Windows and Windows RT tablets surely know how to get work done with as little as possible. But could you actually work from a tablet? Would ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 8:26 PM

    I have so many mixed feelings about the NVIDIA SHIELD. Most do. It was such an intriguing product – at least in theory – at first. Some of its specifications are drool-worthy. Specifically, the Tegra 4. In my short time with the device, the Tegra 4 was a monster chip. Clocked at 1.9GHz, the quad-core Cortex A15 CPU, paired with the 72-core GeForce GPU, blew through the most graphically intense games found on Android without a problem – hot knife through butter. It also has 2GB RAM, 16GB of fixed storage, a microSD card slot, massive 28.8Wh battery, a 5-inch 720p LCD, and some massive ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 5:38 PM

    When Google announced its Google Play Music would soon include an on-demand music streaming service, dubbed All Access, I prepared to pack up shop and migrate from Spotify to Google's streaming service. I signed up as soon as All Access went live and never looked back. I made sure everything was where it should be and that the service worked as advertised. Then I canceled my Spotify account. For the last 11 months, I've truly enjoyed All Access. I love the interface, the marriage of streaming my own digital collection with on-demand streaming, something unique – in a sense – to All ...

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  • by | March 28, 2014 7:09 PM

    As of yesterday, Microsoft's insanely popular Office suite software was officially brought to the iPad. Office Mobile has been available for Android smartphones and iPhones for some time now, but tablets were left out of the equation. Microsoft built Office for iPad from the ground up, with touchscreens and the iPad software in mind. All the while, it didn't deviate too far from the desktop experience we all know so well. It may not come with the full capabilities of its desktop counterpart, but it's a huge leap in the right direction for tablet productivity and Microsoft's mobile ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 7:38 PM

    Every year, we wait for the major players to release their aboslute best smartphone possible. Some bring the heavy artillery to CES in Las Vegas every January. Some wait for the mobile-specific show in Barcelona, Spain, Mobile World Congress. And others, like HTC this year, choose to go it alone. Either way, the first few months of the year are, consistently, when we can expect some of the biggest smartphone announcements of the year. Not every company adheres to that schedule, though. Apple announces and releases its flagship in the last half of every year, typically September. Samsung ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 7:01 AM

    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 4:31 PM

    Have you ever put most your faith – or all of it, for that matter – in something? Chances are, you have. Odds are also pretty high that something you put your faith in let you down, at least once by now, unless you're an overly-cautious (read: likely very boring, uneventful) person. That feeling you get when it happens, though, that pit in your stomach, is exactly what I'm feeling right this minute. After seeing Samsung's Galaxy S 5 announcement, I wasn't enthused. I'm still not. Sony's Xperia Z2 seems to be the hotness, but I'm not salivating over Sony's squared, industrial design ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 11:46 AM

    "Does the new One live up to the legacy of its forebear?" That's the question our very own Michael Fisher asked in the intro of our comparison video below. Albeit worded a tad differently, that very question is one that's been lingering in the back of our minds since the first time the name "M8" crept into headlines across the Internet. So … does it? HTC certainly made improvements in particular areas that needed it, changed some things around visually, added a few features, and introduced a new camera technology. Are these changes solely for the sake of change, or all the differences ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 11:46 AM

    In the wake of what many considered to be an underwhelming Galaxy S 5 announcement from Samsung, all eyes have been on HTC to deliver the greatest flagship of 2014. The One from last year has been the recipient of a handful of awards, including best smartphone of the year from GSMA 2014 Global Mobile Awards and even our very own Readers' Choice Awards. Despite the love-or-hate camera, the HTC One proved, over the test of time, to be a fantastic smartphone and a marvel in smartphone design and build quality. Now, after countless leaks and rumors, the brand new One (M8) is officially ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 11:46 AM

    Despite Samsung's sheer domination in the Android space and HTC's shrinking revenues and market share, the rivalry between the two giant handset makers continues to heat up. Last year, the HTC One and Samsung's Galaxy S 4 were two seriously impressive smartphones. Sure, the Galaxy S 4 was a bit more of a marginal upgrade over the S III than we were expecting, but the phone sold in droves and lived up to nearly every expectation. HTC's flagship One handset also lived up to the hype, becoming the recipient of multiple awards; it was named best smartphone the year in GSM Association's 2014 ...

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  • by | March 24, 2014 8:37 PM

    The wearable space has greatly matured since this time last year. Pebble, for one, grew from the gauche, all-plastic smartwatch behind the most successful Kickstarter campaign of all time, to a finely machined luxury watch made of marine grade stainless steel with a blossoming ecosystem of applications and a dedicated development community and fan base. But that's hardly the only wearables development of the past year. The idea of wearables and, more specifically, smartwatches became more mainstream; Google Glass started spreading about the tech space; Google purchased WIMM Labs; Sony ...

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  • by | March 24, 2014 5:08 PM

    With other smartphone technology advancements beginning to plateau, such as display quality (resolution, color, black levels, etc.) and CPU capabilities, OEMs are looking to other areas for differentiation. Alongside things like software features and packing massive batteries, one area several manufacturers have started focusing efforts is image sensing, as indicated by the massive achievements in both 2012 and 2013. First was Nokia's PureView technology with the not-so-mainstream, Symbian-powered 808 PureView, which came packed with a 41-megapixel sensor capable of taking up to ...

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  • by | March 21, 2014 6:57 PM

    Flappy Bird was around for several months before it grew to its global fame, forcing its creator to take it down for our own sake. Ever since, literally hundreds of Flappy Bird knock-offs and fakes have surfaced, in an attempt to tap into the massive revenue Flappy Bird was pulling in daily – upwards of $50,000 USD. Flappy Bird is hardly the only game which quickly became unbelievably popular in practically no time. Angry Birds, Cut The Rope, Candy Crush, Temple Run, and many others rose to fame practically overnight. So what was the magic sauce that made Flappy Bird such an overwhelming ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 8:22 PM

    All eyes were fixated on Samsung at Mobile World Congress. It had littered the streets of Barcelona with giant ads, teasing they typical "next big thing" with the predicted number 5. The existence of the Galaxy S 5 was no secret, even if its actual appearance wasn't known to us until just hours before the announcement. (We live in a sad world where not knowing every last detail about a phone before it's announced is abnormal.) But the phone Samsung announced was not at all what we were expecting. It's wasn't the super progressive, innovative handset that would put the final nail in the ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 7:31 PM

    Just over one month ago, the incredibly popular chat application WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for over $19 billion in cash and stocks. Why did the social media giant want WhatsApp? It's no secret, honestly – to break into emerging markets and capitalize on WhatsApp's popularity in the eastern world. The question now is, which of the two chat services is better? WhatsApp or Facebook? How do they differ and how are they alike? Most importantly, which one of Facebook's two chat services should you be using? We aim to answer those questions and more in this WhatsApp vs Facebook ...

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