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    I've been using tablets off and on since 2009, almost a year before Apple's iPad allegedly changed everything. I remember one of the first tablets I ever bought – the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. By today's standards, with a 4.8-inch display, it hardly qualifies as a tablet. In fact, its display was smaller than most high-end Android smartphone displays today. But in 2009, that's exactly what it was. It was powered by none other than Android, featured a kickstand on the back for media viewing, and came with a single-core 800MHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, 256MB RAM, 160MB storage, and a microSD ...

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    Time was, the only road to a consistent smartphone experience was to drop a metric buttload of cash and hope the device lived up to its hype. If it didn't, and you didn't catch it before the return period expired, too bad: you were stuck with that $600 brick for the rest of your two-year contract unless you could find someone to take it off your hands. Over the past year, the reality of the absurdly expensive smartphone has begun to come apart. Sure, most true flagships are still awfully pricey when you look at their off-contract cost, but devices like Motorola's Moto G and Moto E have ...

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    Almost every mobile manufacturer has shown at least some interest in the wearables industry. Contrary to popular belief, however, smartwatches and wearable technology isn't a new concept. Technically, Bluetooth headsets are a type of wearable that have been around since the year 2000. And although most wouldn't consider them "smart" by today's standards, the first Bluetooth-enabled watches date back to 2006. Even earlier, "computer watches" from Casio and Seiko's RC series date back to the 1980s. But the wearable category we know so well today truly kick-started back in late 2009 when the ...

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    Have you even noticed how fast and smooth a brand new desktop or laptop computer runs when you first take it out of the box? Other than the obligatory bloat, nothing is pre-loaded. Very few processes run in the background. Both the RAM and CPU are ready for whatever you throw at them. Such is the case with a brand new smartphone or tablet -- with a catch. When you get your first phone or tablet, you haven't setup your accounts. You haven't downloaded and installed any apps. You don't have any services pushing data to your device, or apps pulling data from web services at regular ...

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    2014 seems to be shaping up to be the year of the wearable, and more accurately, the year of the smartwatch. Already this year we have seen an impressive array of smartwatches debut, and as Frank Sinatra once said, “The best is yet to come.” He also said Chicago is “[his] kind of town,” so the man was obviously a genius. Anyway, back to smartwatches. The Moto360 and the iWatch/iTime have yet to see the light of day and yet, they are probably the two most anticipated wearables yet. There has been some discussion that wearables and smartwatches in particular will not take off. They ...

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    How much do you spend each month just to stay connected? As cell phones – namely, smartphones – have increased in popularity over the last decade, the cost of keeping them connected has slowly crept upwards. Cheaper functions, like voice calling and SMS, have taken a back seat to the more convenient and bandwidth-hogging mobile data. As such, calling plans and text messaging are now, more often than not, offered in unlimited quantities. However, gone are the days of $20 and $30 unlimited data plans (unless you're lucky enough to be hanging on to a grandfathered plan). The cost of ...

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    Smartphone cameras are of greater importance than ever before. Of course, the convenience factor – being able to easily slip your smartphone into your pocket and snap awesome photos in a moment's notice, no matter where you go – creates some leniency in the actual quality of the pictures smartphones usually snap. But as entry-level point-and-shoot cameras fall to the wayside, expectations for smartphones to step up and fully fill the gap are growing. Several OEMs have focused a great deal of attention on mobile image sensing. HTC introduced UltraPixels, or simply 2µm pixels on a ...

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    Here at Pocketnow, we see a lot of phones. Some are terrible, some are "okay", and others are amazing pieces of technology that excel in every way -- except a couple. It seems that even now, do device is perfect. But what is "perfect", anyway? What do we want in our dream phone? That's what we asked the Pocketnow Team, but instead of limiting ourselves to which of today's phones we'd really love to have in our pockets, we asked what tech we want in a phone right now. Is it a curved screen? An even better AMOLED display? Knock to unlock on even more devices? Frickin' lasers? Here's what ...

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    I would hesitate to call the Moto X a success story. By the usual definition we tie to "successful" smartphones, the Moto X does not apply. Motorola hasn't sold tens of millions of Moto Xs like Samsung does with the Galaxy S series every year. And it didn't help pull Motorola out of quarter after quarter of revenue losses like the One M8 has done for HTC. Still, I wouldn't consider the Moto X a failure either – not by a long shot. It was easily one of the most intriguing smartphones to launch in 2013. Motorola introduced some truly compelling features alongside its overly modest ...

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    I remember a time when I was switching phones every other week. Literally. I would buy a phone without a contract from an AT&T or Verizon store (or my place of employment), use it for a week or two, then turn around and sell it to the highest bidder on Craigslist. In most cases, I would trade the new phone for a slightly older phone plus some cash. Then I would sell the phone I had just received through the trade for its full value, thus walking away with more money than I had put into the original phone. It's not like I was making money hand over fist, but I was playing my cards ...

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    When you stop and consider the world we are living in, it’s a fascinating time to be alive. In the span of a few short decades, we have gone from bag phones permanently installed in a car, to people that carry around two of the same things in one pocket. We’ve gone from the phonebook to Google, and from 411 to…well Google. Technology has exploded all around us and left in its smoky wake a society that is all at once smarter and faster because of these devices we carry. But it wasn’t always like that. No sir. Once upon a time, a Blackberry was a status symbol and a PDA was in a ...

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    Back when I owned my very first smartphone, I never paid any attention to the placement of any of the buttons or ports. But that quickly changed as the smartphone itself evolved and as I noticed how different button and port configurations affected how I used each device. On the Moto Q, the call and end buttons were exactly where you would expect them to be – on the face of the device, flanking a d-pad in the center. The end key doubled as the power key. There was no manual standby function we now associate with the power key. The Curve 8330 I later owned, however, did have this ...

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    Job got you down? Has your love life lost its spark? Are you sick and tired of real reality? Lucky for you, all of that can change thanks to the modern miracle of virtual reality! Okay, that sounds a little cheesy, right? Okay fine, it's a lot cheesy. Virtual reality, however, is much less so and has the potential to revolutionize, well, everything! We've been trying to put virtual reality to use in more and more applications over the years, and now it's poised to go beyond expensive simulators and make its bold entrance into our living rooms, and even our pockets! In the past, virtual ...

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    By the time you folks are reading this, I'm probably half-way to my destination at the Adriatic Sea. Taking a vacation for the first time in years was one of the most difficult decisions I had to recently take, but I'm leaving -- for a tad more than a week -- knowing that Pocketnow is in good hands with my dear colleagues I couldn't be more proud of. The Nokia Lumia 1020, with its camera grip case, is the main phone I'm packing, and you know why that is: pictures. I don't plan on taking a lot of pictures, but those that I do choose to take, I want them to be good, and the Lumia 1020 is my ...

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    With each passing generation of smartphone and tablet, we're promised an even stronger screen, more resistant to scratches, and made out of increasingly exotic materials. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself if these screens are so scratch-resistant, why do manufacturers continue to ship them to us with a protective film covering the screen? Think about it. Manufacturers assemble these devices in very clean environments, then place their products into clean boxes that hold them securely in place and protect them while they're shipped across the globe. Why would they need a protective ...

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