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 | March 19, 2014 5:57 PM

    Love or hate them, tablets are rather fun little machines. Android tablets and iPads, at the core, are actually little more than scaled-up smartphones. They come with roughly the same class of specifications as their high-end smartphone counterparts, run the same software, and have access to virtually all the same applications. Those who only look at that side of the equation, however, totally miss the point of tablets. Those are the people who say, "A tablet doesn't do anything more or better than my phone. I don't need a tablet." There's a fair argument in there that no one needs a ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 2:20 PM

    This time last year, both Samsung's and HTC's flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S 4 and One, respectively, were the two phones most of us were eyeing as our next smartphones. The Galaxy S 4 was the least attractive of the pair, but it was packed to the brim with features, for better or worse. The premise of the multiple award-winning HTC One was more soulful and rootsy. As such, while the One had the same specifications, give or take, it had fewer features and seemingly less value, but a markedly better design and build quality. Naturally, this rivalry between Samsung and HTC, paired with ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 7:47 PM

    When you think of Google these days, you think of a lot of things: search, Android, Chrome, and even a digital content store, aptly named Google Play. The last thing you would likely ever tie Google directly to is a physical retail location, a brick and mortar store. No less, a report surfaced late last week suggesting Google was about to do just that … again. Currently, Google has Android stores in Australia, which go by the name Androidland. This time, Google is looking for a physical retail location for all things Google in New York City, according to Crain's NY. It's looking at an ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 1:41 PM

    My preorder of the original Pebble came after a lot of pause and skepticism. I explained in the prelude to my Pebble Steel review that I was a backer of the immensely successful Pebble Kickstarter campaign, but I had my doubts about the company after learning it was essentially round two from the Allerta team, which didn't have the best time releasing its first smartwatch, the inPulse. While promising, inPulse suffered a handful of timely delays and only arrived in the hands of buyers upwards of a year after it was supposed to arrive. Alas, I gave Pebble the benefit of a doubt. I figured ...

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  • by | March 17, 2014 8:21 PM

    Apple has a handful of devices rumored to launch this year, such as the wrist-mounted iWatch and the notably larger version of its popular iPad brand, the so-called iPad Pro. Reportedly, the iPad Pro will be a scaled-up version of the existing iPad Air with a 12.9-inch display. It's rumored to come in two models: one 2K and the other 4K. There is also some speculation as to which of Apple's operating systems the Pro tablet would run – Mac OS, iOS, or some crazy hybrid of both. The tablet was expected to launch in the fall of 2014. But a more recent report from DigiTimes suggests the ...

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  • by | March 17, 2014 2:15 PM

    I just wrapped up my review of the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 on Friday. When I was told I'd be reviewing yet another Samsung tablet, my head cocked back, shoulders dropped, and I let out a breathy sigh. Honestly, I can't say I've actually reviewed all that many Samsung tablets in my day. But each model, despite the minute changes along the way, have been to the same effect: a promising tablet that could be so much more with a little additional effort. For example, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition I reviewed last year, on paper, looked fantastic. Sure, like all other Samsung devices, its plastic ...

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  • by | March 14, 2014 7:19 PM

    Samsung has been making tablets since the second half of 2010, trying to close the gap between its own market share and the current tablet market share leader, Apple. Currently, Apple holds a 36 percent share of the tablet market. The only manufacturer even remotely threatening Apple's share is Samsung, which currently holds 19.1 percent, according to Gartner. At CES in January, Samsung dropped four new tablets: the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, and the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4. The specifications alluded to notable improvements over the Galaxy Tabs of 2013, which ...

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  • by | March 12, 2014 7:01 AM

    Both of Google's Nexus 7 have been renowned for being such great bargains. The current-gen Nexus 7, made by ASUS, retails for a staggeringly low $229, yet it features pretty impressive specifications and performance, all things considered. Samsung is no stranger to the small tablet category, but the real question is: can it's latest miniature tablet compete with the likes of Google's budget-friendly option? On a price scale, not quite. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 retails for $399.99. But what about in value, performance, specs, and overall usability? That's what we aim to answer in this Galaxy ...

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  • by | March 11, 2014 7:01 AM

    Apple, whether it admits the iPad is a tablet or not, is the tablet market share leader by a rather wide margin. Samsung currently holds about half the market share Apple does, and it's slowly gaining ground. Its tablets continually get better with each generation, to boot. At CES in January, Samsung announced its latest tablet lineup, the Galaxy Tab Pro line. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is a direct competitor to Apple's latest miniature tablet, the iPad mini with Retina display. There are quite a few differences in specifications, design, materials, and software. So which is the better tablet? ...

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  • by | March 7, 2014 8:35 PM

    Samsung unveiled a slew of new tablets at CES back in January. Some of them were interesting, but the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is what truly caught our eye – particularly its super sharp display. At 8.4 diagonal inches, the Super Clear LCD panel has a very impressive QWXGA resolution, or 2,560 by 1,600 pixels. That's a density that rivals many smartphones, let alone competing tablets. And the rest under the hood sounds great, as well: 2GB RAM, 16GB, Snapdragon 800, and a 4,800mAh battery. Is this the small tablet to buy? Is it worth the money? That's what we're here to find out. While we do, ...

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  • by | March 7, 2014 6:12 PM

    HTC is in an interesting spot. Last year, it launched a flagship, which bore its all new, consolidated branding: One. The phone was the recipient of tons of praise and some of the most positive reviews of a smartphone … potentially ever. It raised the bar in build quality and design in the Android space, and to this day, it's still winning awards. Yet the Taiwan-based company is continuing to hemorrhage more money each quarter. Our own Stephen Schenck spilled the beans on HTC's latest earnings report earlier this week. Essentially, revenue is down 37.2 percent for January and February ...

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  • by | March 6, 2014 7:31 PM

    The push for better vehicle infotainment has begun, and it's being spearheaded by none other than the mobile industry's two leading companies: Google and Apple. Apple's CarPlay, announced earlier this week at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, was shown off in detail by Volvo. The other major partners are Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari, but you can also expect CarPlay to be present in vehicles from BMW, GM, Ford, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Subaru, Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, and more. Google's push into your commute starts with Audi Smart Display, powered by Android, of course. This is part of ...

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  • by | March 6, 2014 4:46 PM

    "I wish Nokia would make an Android phone!" Well, that one didn't turn out quite like we expected, did it? Nokia X is not at all the mashup of Windows Phone hardware and Android we wanted. Obviously, enthusiasts wanted something more along the lines of a Lumia 1020 or Icon running a pure Android, not a barebones, entry-level phone with Android hacked up beyond all recognition. But the hopes of a lovely mixture of the gorgeous hardware of Windows Phone and considerably more developed Android OS isn't totally dead in the water. A report out of The Times of India on Monday suggested some OEMs ...

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  • by | March 5, 2014 7:46 PM

    Last week, I wrote a reaction piece to Samsung's announcement of its fifth-generation Galaxy S smartphone. I, like many of you, were unimpressed with Samsung's latest and greatest, so I called it "more of the same." A quick stroll through the comments of that piece will uncover a great divide. Some people love it, others hate it. And there's nothing wrong with that. Differing opinions are a great thing that forces companies to diversify and push forward. By all means, Samsung has diversified. It has created a globally recognized brand with a visually unique design language that has ...

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  • by | March 5, 2014 4:03 PM

    In a nutshell, the all new HTC One is no longer a mystery, so long as the controversial leak from earlier this week is to be believed. A preproduction model found its way into the hands of 14-year-old Roshan Jamkatel, who created a lengthy (and rather shaky) walkthrough video of the M8. While Jamkatel didn't necessarily talk specs, he did confirm quite a few of the most recent rumors, such as the introduction of on-screen navigation buttons, the dual-camera setup, and a new face for BlinkFeed. The video also unveiled unexpected details, like a microSD card slot. What we didn’t need the ...

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