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    The year is quickly coming to a close, and looking back, it's safe to say this has been the year of smartphone cameras. HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, LG, Sony, and several others have tried their hand at innovating the next breakthrough in camera technology, creating the perfect balance of mobility, pocketability, and image quality. Some, obviously, did better than others. HTC, for one, proved that while the image sensor on the One wasn't the best in the industry, it's meager 4-megapixel sensor packed a serious punch. LG managed to create one of the most balanced mobile cameras to date ...

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    The Nexus 5 has seen its share of coverage this week - not just at Pocketnow, but all across the internet. It's not just the newest major Android smartphone to see release; it's the once-a-year Nexus phone straight from Google. As such, it commands a degree of exclusive excitement, a hipsteresque appeal that merits a whole lot of media coverage - despite bolder devices hitting the market elsewhere. Much of the excitement for the Nexus 5 comes from owners of the current-generation Nexus 4, last winter's Googlephone Of The Moment that warranted almost the same level of feverish fanboyism. ...

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    As we spent the morning anticipating on the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, Google's long-awaited Nexus 5 finally got itself announced today. It was a long slog; even earlier today, as the minutes turned to hours and all those "confirmations" started dissolving into the nothingness from whence they came, it was looking like yet another false alarm. But just as we were starting to retool for a November 1 release date, the Nexus 5 hit the Google Play Store. And when units finally start arriving at buyer doorsteps over the next few days, they'll come packing a feature that I ...

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    After comparing the Sony Xperia Z1 with two of the leading Android smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One, we decided not to neglect the Windows Phone fans out there. Whether they want to switch to the Xperia Z1 from the Lumia 925, or some of you want to decide between getting one of these two devices, this is for your, and not only, viewing pleasure. The conclusion is the hardest thing to draw: if you’re a fain of Android, or Windows Phone, there’s little chance anybody can convince you on the contrary. However, if you’re looking for your first phone, you have to first ...

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    Windows Phone is home to some of the best mobile image sensing innovations of late. And while the app situation is improving, there are still many holes in the content selection. Photo editing apps, sadly, is one of those holes. That doesn't meant there aren't any photo editors. There are. And some of them are pretty nice, but they still fall short of the selections on other platforms, such as Android or iOS. Snapseed and Adobe Photoshop Touch for Phones aren't available on Windows Phone, for example. But there are some decent alternatives. Watch this video to learn about the best Windows ...

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    There are few things in this world more gratifying to me than snapping a beautiful photo with a smartphone. I don't consider myself a photographer, I just like to take pictures of various things for fun. The challenge makes it sort of exciting – how I imagine early film camera adopters felt when snapping photos of the most mundane things and developing the film to see how the shots turned out. And proving naysayers (read: pro photogs) wrong in that smartphones can take amazing pictures is an especially sweet bonus. As such, for the last two years, camera quality has been a key factor in ...

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    If you thought the Palm commercials of 2009 were as weird as mobile tech advertising would ever get, HTC and Robert Downey Jr. have something to show you. That's the conversation that kicks off this week's edition of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, and it's followed by some heartening news about this year's IFA in Berlin. If the rumors hold true, we should be in for some powerfully geeky, if unconventional, tech in Germany this year - and even if they don't, we've got plenty to talk about in the way of chipsets, Nexii, smartwatches, and phablets. If none of those terms make sense to you, ...

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    Reviewing the world's biggest and baddest smartphones is an awesome job, but it can also be a stressful one. Often, the time between review and release is very short, requiring long hours and a little compromise when trying to deliver timely impressions. So it's always a pleasure when, after the initial review but before the Empty Nest and After The Buzz phases, you get to settle in with a review device as your temporary daily driver. It's during this time that the device's personality solidifies, its assets and shortcomings becoming more defined. And, in the case of a smartphone like the ...

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    (Updated 7/29/2013 with additional battery endurance information. See "Performance," below.) The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a ground-attack aircraft operated by the U.S. military. It's big, it's slow, and it's built around a single dominant feature: the 30mm cannon slung under its cockpit. The A-10 is also so ugly that it's one of the few planes in the world known better for its nickname than its official designation: pilots long ago rechristened the ugly bird the "Warthog," and the name stuck. It's anyone's guess what nickname the mass market will give to Nokia's latest Windows Phone ...

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    Which is better: physical lens doing optical zoom, or the PureView technology? We want to find out in our Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs Nokia 808 PureView camera comparison below. We've got two fundamentally different approaches to imaging here. While the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom employs lens and physical zoom for getting closer to your subjects, the Nokia 808 PureView (and the Nokia Lumia 1020), are using a huge 41-megapixel sensor which gives you the power to crop towards the center of the image, hence selecting a portion of the entire canvas, for zoom. We'll be updating this post shortly ...

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    Yesterday, Nokia finally made one of the most leaked, rumored, and talked about phones official – the Lumia 1020. Ever since the 808 PureView was announced in February last year and it was discovered the Lumia 920 would come with an entirely different type of PureView camera, optical image stabilization instead of lossless digital zoom, Windows Phone fans have been dying for more PureView love. It's not that the low-light performance of the 920 wasn't great or that the phone was disappointing, but a phone with lossless digital zoom and a 41-megapixel sensor is in an entirely different ...

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    So, remember last year when the Lumia 920 was announced, and I declared I'd buy it to use as my personal smartphone? That was pretty cool, and so was the experience of actually following through with it. The 920 has served as trusty sidekick ever since, earning high marks in durability, in vacation photography, and in overall After The Buzz performance. It's been a pretty excellent smartphone, one I'm proud to carry. But ... there's always been a "but." The 920's camera, awesome as it is, is branded "PureView." That's the same branding that Nokia used to launch its 808, the Symbian-powered ...

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    It's not every day you schedule a podcast the day before one of the biggest Windows Phone announcements in the platform's history - but given our plans to host a special-edition Pocketnow Live event covering Nokia's NYC event tomorrow, we thought it best to get the Weekly out of the way ahead of time. That doesn't mean we don't talk Nokia - indeed, we've got Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck on the air with us this week to discuss what it's been like to follow the story of the EOS/1020/909, probably one of the most widely-leaked devices in smartphone history. We also follow the leaky ...

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    As you've probably heard, we've got some Nokia news to look forward to this week. If the rumors and leaks are to be believed, the company is gearing up to drop quite a smartphone on the world come Thursday - and whether it's called the EOS, 909, 1020, or something else, it's a safe bet its name won't be the big story. Taking center stage will most likely be its super-sized camera module, which at an assumed 41MP seems guaranteed to blow the pants off every other device out there not called an 808 PureView - including Nokia's current Windows Phone flagship, the Lumia 920. But the Lumia 920 ...

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    It's rally day. The Blackhawks just won the Stanley Cup. I'm downtown. They're downtown. Everyone is downtown. I'm rocking my Lumia 920, a.k.a. the best smartphone camera in the universe and I'm snap-snap-snapping away. The thing is, I'm not exactly at the front of the crowd. So if I want to be able to see more than just tiny little globs in my photos, I need to zoom in. And so I zoom. And then I get sad. And then I check my battery, and I get sadder. Smartphone camera technology is really good today. Compared to smartphone cameras over the past decade, they're downright miraculous. But ...

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