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    Samsung's made some controversial decisions with its new Galaxy Note 5 phablet, and fans of previous incarnations from the Note line have found themselves coming to terms with some occasionally unwelcome changes for this year's model. Among those are the device's shrinking battery, and in a world where it seems like we can never get enough battery capacity to keep us satisfied, Samsung went and downsized the Note 5's battery compared to the Note 4's. At least, the Galaxy Note 5 we just saw Samsung announce only has a 3000mAh battery, but now a new rumor says that an even better-equipped ...

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    It's just after 3PM here in the US on Eastern time, and if you've been following today's big launch news from Samsung (and what kind of smartphone fan can you call yourself if you haven't been?) you know what that means: the start of pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. Formal retail availability won't commence until August 21, but it sounds like online orders might be able to get a head start on things, as carriers begin sharing details about how you can buy these phones – including all-important pricing details. Take AT&T, for instance, which is accepting orders ...

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    Adam Doud propped some major points against buying a new phone with your carrier in this weekend's debate post. If you haven't taken a look at his post, please do so to grab some context. But at this point, I think it's time for some B sides to this discussion. Not only a counterargument, but a hybrid proposal that could break your perception of the usefulness of a contract. No contract, but no credit Even though our "big four" carriers in the US are striding away from the model ever so slowly, in this day and age, we're really going to be missing out once the contract finally dies ...

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    Every new smartphone stops getting updates eventually; maybe hardware requirements have gone up, or the user base has moved on to new handsets, but at some point it just stops making sense to allocate resource towards updating old phones. But even when it's not explicitly stated, many of us assume there's some level of grace period baked-in there – that we can expect a steady flow of updates for at least a year (and two if we're lucky). Sadly, that's just not the case in reality, and we're finally getting formal confirmation of one smartphone that's going without a major update. The ...

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    Most of the time we all love it when our phones get system updates. They might contain bug fixes, add new features, update our operating systems with a new look and feel, make our phones faster, or they might contain critical security patches to keep our information safe. All this depends on what's in the update, of course, but there's one roadblock standing in the way of these updates - and it's forced upon us without our knowledge or consent. Bloatware Bloatware is most often defined as generally unwanted software included on phones by the manufacturer - or the carrier. The first ...

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    The inability for smartphones to access free FM radio broadcasts is currently a huge oversight, one that spans across manufactures and platforms. While the majority of smartphone hardware includes components that are very much capable of tuning in to the plethora of music, news, and entertainment content being broadcast for free on the public airwaves, finding phones that chose to take advantage of this feature has been the exception, rather than the rule. Earlier this year we learned of a big push from proponents of FM reception on smartphones that hoped to convince the companies involved ...

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    Earlier this month, AT&T users with the first-gen Moto X started receiving a long-overdue update, bringing Android 5.1 Lollipop to their phones. Considering how the last major update was in November, and left the phone still running KitKat, this was a major step forward,. However, something seemed to have gone wrong, and back on Monday AT&T announced that it was temporarily suspending distribution of the update. Presumably, there was something wrong with the code, but at the time no one who knew for sure seemed to be sharing any details. The update's still not back on just yet, but ...

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    Microsoft helped usher-in spring this year with the launch of a new tablet, adding to its Surface line with the introduction of the Surface 3, the first non-Pro Surface to run a full version of Windows (and enjoy the same broad software support) and avoid all those RT shenanigans. And while the Surface 3 started hitting stores in early May, initial availability was only for the tablet's WiFi-only option. LTE would be on the way eventually, and today we get word of the first US carrier to offer just such an LTE-equipped Surface 3. AT&T begins Surface 3 sales later this week, where the ...

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    Apple surprised some of us by including its own SIM cards with the launch of the iPad Air 2. In the past, each data-capable iPad would bring the respective SIM card of the carrier you purchased the tablet with, but this new Apple SIM gave users the convenience to switch carriers easily, avoiding you the need to visit carriers and get that done. Reports claim that this is not just something that ends with Apple's tablet lineup, as today we learn of others interested. Reports claim that both Apple and Samsung are pushing for the e-SIM card concept to become a standard across OEMs and ...

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    To hear the latest rumors, we're less than a month away from Samsung's next Unpacked event, when the company might introduce both the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, more or less a no-stylus version of the Note 5 with a dual-curved-edge screen. And if Samsung really is looking to get a head-start on the IFA launches that will follow a few weeks later, it would only make sense for us to start seeing the arrival of the kind of phone evidence that usually lands just prior to a handset going official. That's just what we're looking at today, as certification paperwork surfaces at the ...

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    For the middle of summer, a time when we're used to seeing a lull in the smartphone market as manufacturers gear up for their big fall launches, this week sure is proving to be full of some interesting launch events. Yesterday brought us not just the Samsung Galaxy A8, but also ZTE's affordable Axon flagship. Today we're back to looking at the mid-range market as we check out a trio of new Desire models from HTC, with the company announcing the Desire 520, Desire 526, and Desire 626. Let's start with the smallest of the bunch, the Desire 520. With a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen, this ...

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    While HTC is officially pushing the Uh Oh protection plan for the HTC One M9 in its latest commercial, rumors and reports concerning the HTC Aero are piling up, including a concept render that we've recently looked at. However, if you have an HTC One M9 wearing AT&T's logo, there are reasons for you to be excited too, as an over-the-air update should arrive on your phone's notification shade starting today. It might not happen today, as OTA updates usually take a little time to spread through the system, but be prepared, just in case (or start hammering the check for updates button). ...

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    Three weeks back, we first heard of the mysterious Axon, a high-end-sounding smartphone with 4GB of RAM and some interesting hardware, like its dual rear cameras. And while that would be noteworthy enough on its own, there was also the big secret concerning who was making Axon; while the official info didn't clearly identify the phone's manufacturer (and seemed to go to some effort to hide its role), a fair amount of evidence pointed to ZTE's involvement. This afternoon the secret's out, as ZTE finally steps out of the shadows and takes credit for the Axon handset. The Axon offers users a ...

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    Over the last month or two we've been spotting evidence for upcoming Motorola smartphones on multiple fronts: new Moto X, new Moto G, and maybe even some new Droid family members for Verizon. And while we don't yet have the full picture on what Motorola plans to release as we push further into Q3, a new FCC filing offers a preview of what might just be another new handset, and one armed with some broad cellular connectivity. What we have here is Motorola's model 5137. Measuring 153.6mm x 75.3mm, the handset looks to be a bit larger than 5.2-inch Moto X or Droid Turbo. That might put it in ...

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    If you've been rocking a Galaxy S5 on AT&T, you might be jealous at this point of the Android 5.1 updates hitting other carrier models of the smartphone – unfortunately for you, that update is indeed finished and rolling out, but not for your smartphone. We're sorry to disappoint, but today's AT&T Galaxy S5 software update isn't bringing that update either; this one's just for bug fixes. The update will take your S5 unit from the OC4 firmware to OF2. Unfortunately, AT&T hasn't posted up a software update changelog on its website quite yet, but given the fact that the update ...

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    Last time we checked in on the BlackBerry Android-phone rumors, CEO John Chen wasn't making it sound like we had a great shot at seeing such a device hit the market anytime soon. At least, while he didn't dismiss the idea, he also suggested that it would be a significant undertaking that would involve taking a serious look at how Android functions and manages device security. But even in light of those comments, these rumors live on, and today we get to build off some previous intel about a device codenamed Venice with a new leak concerning carrier involvement. To refresh your memory, ...

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    In our full review, we have called the Microsoft Lumia 640 "one of the best values in mobile"; if you're looking for a Windows Phone, go check it out. If you have already decided to purchase one, or a Lumia 640XL, and you're living in the US, you might want to grab your smartphone from the Microsoft Store, as they're adding some extras. While this might or might not be a new deal, it is definitely worth checking out. When you purchase a T-Mobile Microsoft Lumia 640, or an AT&T Microsoft Lumia 640XL from the Microsoft Store, you'll get a pair of free Nokia headphones. Of course, "while ...

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    Let the Android updates never end! In what feels like the millionth piece of Lollipop update news this week already (and it's only Wednesday morning!), Motorola has taken to Google+ to talk up some additional new updates. Specifically, these Motorola Android 5.1 updates concern the US Cellular and AT&T Moto X 2014, as well as the second-gen Moto E for Cricket. The bulk of the information is available below, thanks to a Google+ post from Motorola employee David Schuster. It's all pretty self-explanatory from the information below, organized by device, but one thing you may be confused ...

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    If you've been rocking the HTC Desire EYE on AT&T, you're going to be a happy person tomorrow. At long last, the phone will be receiving an update to the latest version of Android, Sense utilities and all included. It's unclear from what Mo Versi, a product manager at HTC, had to say on Twitter whether the update will include Android 5.1 or just a build of Android 5.0. It's likely to be the former, given the fact that the Sprint One M9 is receiving that update today, but it's not likely to make much of a difference if it's the latter – skinned versions of Android don't ...

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    There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 4,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail store, waiting to make a purchase. They need the facts delivered quickly, with a minimum of window dressing and a firm conclusion in as little time as possible. For them, we’ve created the 60-Second ...

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    It's not all that often that we see phones from Asian manufacturers make their way over to the United States. Some companies – like OPPO, for example – have been really good about making their phones available across the pond soon after they launch in Asia, while a majority of devices never make it out of their country of origin. So imagine our excitement when we see not one, but two phones from ZTE make their way to AT&T and an MVNO carrier, the ZTE Maven and the ZTE Sonata 2. The ZTE Maven is without a doubt a low-end smartphone, retailing for $59.99 at AT&T's website and ...

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    Two of Microsoft's hottest new devices could be making their way to the lineups of one of the US's largest nationwide carriers very soon. The Lumia 640, announced at Mobile World Congress this year to build on Microsoft's affordable smartphone success, is coming to T-Mobile today. And if new information from WinSuperSite is to be believed, both the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are also going to be making their way to AT&T by the end of the month. Allegedly, WinSuperSite obtained the information in the following quotation at a Microsoft-sponsored event from a representative of the ...

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    It was last month when the Android 5.1.1 update began rolling out to Nexus 6 devices across the globe, though those who purchased their units from AT&T were out of luck at the time. Sure, it was a minor update over the build of Android 5.1 the phone was already running on AT&T, but it represented an important bug-fixer nonetheless – for good reason, users wanted to have it. Those people are in luck today, as the Nexus 6 Android 5.1.1 update is finally rolling out to users of the AT&T variant of the device. The OTA comes in at a fairly small (at least in the land of ...

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    For the third year in a row, Samsung has augmented its top-shelf Galaxy S smartphone with a ruggedized version for outdoorsy types … and for the third year in a row, it’s an AT&T exclusive in the US. That's right, rough-and-tumble phone abusers: it's time to unbox Samsung's Galaxy S6 Active. The first thing I thought when popping the cover here is that there must’ve been a mistake. At first glance, the S6 Active is so similar to the S5 Active that I thought Samsung had sent us the latter by accident. But once I took it out of the box I realized it’s a little thinner, a little ...

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    For as much as we seem to talk about wishing our smartphones had the latest updates (especially if that means getting them before everyone else), we can be a little protective about our phones' software, wanting a say in the process. Sure, the latest OTA to hit your phone is probably loaded with good stuff, fixing bugs or otherwise improving performance, but maybe you're worried it might introduce new glitches, or take away functionality you've come to rely upon. That's why some of us place high value on being able to manually approve such updates, only permitting installation after we're ...

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