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    It seems like many of us are replacing our phones every year. If we're living life on the cutting edge we probably replace our handsets sometime in September through November (to coincide with Apple's iPhone launch and Google's Nexus lineup). That's all fine and dandy, but now that New Year's has come and gone, our once pristine devices are now starting to lose their luster. Thankfully, today's phones are are very customizable, and without much effort you can turn your "old" new phone into something a little more fresh! Aside from going out and buying a new one, here are some quick and ...

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    The Microsoft Lumia 950 is the highest-end Windows Phone in years, and we're enjoying test driving it on the way to our full review. But while its Quad HD display, integrated wireless charging, Continuum technology and feature-packed camera are all very impressive, the cladding surrounding those features is ... somewhat less so. In a sea of hefty metal and glass phones, the Lumia 950's lightweight polycarbonate casing seems like a holdover from the Nokia days (which of course it is). But the Lumias of yore shone in playful shades of yellow, green and orange that hinted at something ...

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    Let's face it: the sexier (read thinner) our smartphones get, the more battery life becomes an issue. Interestingly, smartphone users (and future, potential owners) would prefer a slightly thicker build if that resulted in longer battery life (or even "functional bulk"), but this appears to be valuable feedback smartphone manufacturers are not taking into consideration (props to the exceptions). There's a trend for thin and light, and, while many don't care, more and more are hoping it will go away, soon. If your daily routine allows you to constantly be within reach of a charger (wall ...

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    One of the biggest obstacles to actually getting things done on a tablet is a lack of a keyboard. Sure the software keyboard is large enough you can actually get pretty good at banging things out, but for many of us, nothing beats the feel of a physical keyboard for tablet computing. This is why the Surface Pro is sold with a keyboard. This is why the iPad Pro is sold with a keyboard. But sometimes, you don’t want a keyboard, or it adds unnecessary bulk to your bag – not good for anyone. Enter the LG Rolly keyboard. The Rolly keyboard is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a keyboard ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are both spectacular in so many different ways. Both deliver high quality, performance, and a fabulous camera in a package that is also beautiful. It is, by some standards, the best smartphone of 2015. But there is one small thing that keeps it from being our perfect smartphone. And by "small" we mean that the battery is literally too small to keep this powerhouse running. As we mentioned in our Galaxy S6 review and rebuttal, the battery life on the GSM variant of the GS6 is less than optimal. Actually, we won't sugarcoat it. The battery life is ...

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    BlackBerry. Windows Phone. Android Wear. Samsung. Droid. These are just a handful of the brands that have adopted some form of wireless charging in 2015. Like it or not, cable-free charging is a thing – and you should like it, because it’s awesome. Sure, if you wanna be pedantic about it, there are still wires involved at some point, and its charging rates aren't yet as quick as a cable can deliver … but the convenience of dropping your phone on a pad (rather than fiddling with a connector) is something that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. Now, a company called ...

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    There's a lot of talk floating around about the latest Galaxy Note. From one perspective, it's Samsung's most beautiful phablet yet, porting the top-notch design of the Galaxy S6 to the Note family and bumping some specs in the process. From another, it represents a watering down of an iconic brand once partly known for its no-compromises feature load. We made the case for both sides on the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast (coming soon) but there's one thing we're pretty sure most folks can agree on: that keyboard case Samsung's selling alongside it is a very special ...

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    What's it take to make a pair of Bluetooth headphones exciting? Well, a good first step is launching them alongside some highly anticipated smartphones at a widely publicized press event and giving a sample to everyone in attendance. But free swag is a momentary thrill; making the excitement last takes an authentically impressive product. The Moto Pulse bluetooth headset is just that. I've been using it as my primary audio accessory for a solid week, and in that time I've gotten to know its highs and lows – in every possible sense. With the Pulse, Motorola has crafted a solid set of ...

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    The HTC One M9 does many things well, but being "active" is not among them. Its IPX3 splash-resistance rating doesn't cover accidental dunks in the swimming pool; its soft aluminum housing is more scratch-prone than some of its plastic competition; and its cover glass may or may not be the latest from Corning. For those in search of a rough-and-tumble smartphone, there are certainly better options out there – but what if you want a device that can look good when it needs to, hold up to abuse when it doesn't, and even (when necessary) walk the fine line in-between? That's what its ...

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    By now you've seen the stories coming out of San Diego Comic Con featuring the new top contender for nerdiest phone gadget of 2015, the Wand Company's Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator. Some folks close to the manufacturer have known about the project for months, while others attending SDCC are going hands-on with the prototype even as I type these words. Because I'm in neither of those groups, I've spent the afternoon sitting in a New York sidewalk cafe fruitlessly throwing money at my computer screen and waiting for it to cough up a communicator of my own. I'm taking a break from that ...

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    This may come as a shock to you, but ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted a handheld computer/communicator/sensor device like the tricorders on Star Trek. And while today's smartphones have done a good job on the computing and communicating ends of that spectrum, they’ve left something to be desired on the “sensor” front. So when we were offered a thermal camera accessory for a SEEK Thermal review video, I didn't even mind that it was last-generation hardware; I jumped at the chance. The Seek Thermal hardware is a tiny peripheral that comes in both Android- and iPhone-compatible ...

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    From review units to concession devices to press samples, we get a lot of demo products at Pocketnow – so many that we can’t always get around to covering them during the work week. But that's what the weekend is for, right? Introducing Swag Bag Sundays: quick videos giving you a quick look at some of the accessories that cross our review desk. Today we’re taking a look at a wearable that charges your gadgets while it carries them: the TYLT Energi+ backpack, sent to us by ZTE after our visit to the company's booth during CES 2015. With 13 total pockets, a laptop compartment ...

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    If you're looking for a little pizzazz with your wireless charging, look no further than TYLT. The company cemented its place in our hearts with the original TYLT Vü, which we evaluated with the help of a then-new Lumia 920 back in 2013, and now it's back with a smaller, portable charger in the TYLT Vü Solo. Like the original Vü, the Solo takes its attention-grabbing power from a sleek design and bold colors, and it takes its phone-replenishment power from the magic of Qi inductive charging. But what if you own a phone that doesn't pack the necessary internals to feel the power of ...

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    Despite sluggish adoption, confusing marketing and a long-simmering standards war, wireless chargers litter today's tech landscape. From the TYLT Vu to the Aukey Luna to Google's Nexus "orb" to Nokia's old DT-900, owners of Qi-enabled smartphones have no shortage of options to juice up their devices in the most futuristic manner possible. But Microsoft wasn't satisfied with the status quo, as they made clear in a press event at IFA 2014. There, alongside the newly-announced Lumia 730 and 830, we got our first look at the DT-903: a flattened, enlarged sequel to the DT-900 charging plate ...

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    One of the unavoidable pitfalls of covering a field as vast as mobile technology is that sometimes, you get things wrong. It happens regardless of preparation, regardless of time spent with a device, and no matter how many colleagues help copy-edit your work. But it happens most often when you establish an opinion before going hands-on with a product, before incorporating it into your daily life. Out in the real world, that's called prejudice – and it's just as damaging to a product review as the myriad ways it's destructive to broader society. Yes, that's a shallow parallel ... ...

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    One of the accessories that Motorola launched alongside the new Moto X and G was the Motorola Power Pack Micro, a 1,500 mAh battery pack with a bit of a twist. You see, the Motorola Power Pack Micro isn't any ole juice pack in that it'll be a rectangular slab, but is rather meant to ride on your keychain – intuitive, yes? We've gone ahead and unboxed our review unit, sharing our first impressions as well, so be sure to check that out down below. The thing about the Power Pack Micro is that it also allows for connectivity to a smartphone via Bluetooth. This works twofold – if you were ...

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    As you might've guessed, we're big on saving pocket space here at Pocketnow ... and we sometimes miss the days when phone holsters were a "thing." I talked about this in a short editorial almost exactly one year ago, where I made a case for the return of the phone pouch: The added utility of freeing up a pocket is almost magical – especially in the summertime when fabric is at a premium. Also, phones don’t clang around on a belt like they do in a pocket, keeping your stride steady and your center of gravity … centered. You’re much more likely to feel vibration alerts when the ...

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    With a device as aesthetically focused as the new HTC One M8, slapping a case on the back amounts to something like sacrilege (even more so than usual). That aluminum! That machined precision! Those chamfers! But then again ... that aluminum. That precision. Those chamfers. We've shown time and again that building a device from metal and polishing it to a jewel-like finish is an approach that results in beautiful unboxings, but also in products that don't necessarily hold up well over time. Cases may be ugly, but they sure can protect an investment if they're built properly. When a case is ...

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    The Lumia 2520 graced our lives months ago, brightening our unboxing desk and leaving a lasting first impression. Sadly, it didn't stick around long enough for us to give it the full review treatment, disappearing in a shipping accident so mysterious we sometimes still bring it up on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Fortunately, Nokia has sent us a replacement unit, and this time around it's included a bonus: the recently-released Nokia Power Keyboard. The long-awaited accessory brings two USB ports, a 2,027 mAh battery, and one of the most comfortable keyboards ever to Nokia's Windows RT ...

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    The Nexus 5 we're giving away isn't just any old smartphone. First of all, it's the larger 32GB model, so those of you with an aversion to cloud storage and an affinity for byte-hungry media can rest easy. More importantly, it comes bearing a cosmetic upgrade: a vinyl skin from the fine folks at dbrand that replicates a white carbon fiber/brushed titanium finish. And if that's not your speed, there are four more skins bundled with the award package, waiting to be claimed by our grand-prize winner. But how well do these skins work, anyway? What's the process of applying them like, and how ...

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    A question for you, fellow mobile geeks: do you ever wander over to google.com/nexus5 to behold the splendor of the 2013 Android flagship, soaking in the wonders of its "pure Google" software build and Snapdragon 800 chipset before seeing the $399 price tag and, after nervously eyeing your comically oversized pile of credit card bills, slinking away in disappointed defeat? Don't answer that yet. Here's another question. Have you ever found yourself tempted by the customizability of the Moto X, but been unwilling to make the sacrifice in specs, screen size, and camera performance to choose ...

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    After you've made your decision and have picked up your very own smartphone, phablet, or tablet, you're going to want to pick up a couple accessories. First off you'll want a case, next you'll want some way to charge it while you're on the go. Cases come in all shapes and sizes, but your recharging options usually require a power outlet of some sort, whether it's in the wall or in your car. What if you could combine the two? That's the idea behind HTC's extended battery case, the HTC Power Flip Case for the HTC One max. The complication with integrated batteries is that they're not ...

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    I'm writing this editorial while sitting in a Boston-area Starbucks, which means two things: 1) yes, I'm one of those pretentious jerks who writes in public, and 2) I'm seated next to a wireless charging plate embedded in the tabletop. The hardware is unobtrusive, just a glossy disc about three inches across, mounted flush with the table. At first glance, it almost seems like a permanent coaster, a structural suggestion from management encouraging you to "put your drink here." Only on closer inspection does the Powermat branding become evident, with tiny text encouraging the curious to ...

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    I know that headline needs explaining. Couple things right up front: The tablet market has positively exploded in the past few years. From a 2010 high of 17 million units shipped (thanks in large part to the then-new iPad) to a Gartner projection of 184 million units shipped in 2013, the tablet is doing just fine, thanks. As a category, smartwatches would be lucky to find success even close to that. Even the bullish Canalys forecast for a 900% increase in smart watch shipments in 2014 would only translate to 5 million units hitting humanity's wrists. Even giving the above numbers some ...

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    At Pocketnow, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been the subject of hands-ons, comparisons, podcasts, and innumerable editorial attacks and praises. We haven't seen a device -or really, a product category- this polarizing since wireless charging dominated last summer's news cycle. The old cliché rings more true of the Galaxy Gear than most tech accessories: you either love it, or you hate it. Here's another cliché: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Today, we're switching from fighting the extremes to embracing them - and as such, we're rolling polar with this review. We've toned down the ...

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