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    Intro It’s a question that a lot of us need to answer, because of who we are. What phone should I buy? So often, the answer to this question really depends on the user’s history. Are you tied into an ecosystem? What smartphones have you had in the past? What are you used to? But every now and then, you get a blank slate. You get a field of freshly fallen snow. No footprints to disturb the unbroken landscape. So you get to help them decide where the snow angel is going to go. You have a virtual blank slate, with no preconceptions. So what do you tell those people? Well, we at Pocketnow ...

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    There are a few things in the world that can be called a “classic”. Some TV show episodes are “classic” examples of what the show was about. Some cars are iconic enough to be called “classic”. So why can’t a smartphone be a classic as well? A user on Facebook asked us that very question. And it got the hamsters running. So what would go into a “classic” smartphone? A classic smartphone would be one that defined the era in which it came up. It would be an instant reminder of all that was right about the smartphone as we remember them. So I took it to the team – what in ...

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    Android is everywhere, but sometimes it's a little hard to tell. Samsung's Android is not the same as HTC's which is not the same as Alcatel's. Every OEM pours a little of their own flavor into its version of Android. Some for the better, others...well, not so much. But in a world where 80% of the market is using the same platform and you have no less than two dozen competitors all touting the same OS, what can you do to make your product stand out and shine? Skin it of course! Which leaves us, the consumer, in an odd and sometimes confusing place. Android is Android is Android right? ...

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    It’s not often that two really compelling tablets debut in the same week. Actually, if you ask me, I’d be hard pressed to think of two compelling tablets, but anyway. But just a week ago, we found ourselves with a rather difficult choice – The Nexus 9 or the iPad Air 2. So, we decided to ask our editors, “If you had to spend your own money on one of these two tablets, which would it be?” Our answers were just as varied as our editorial staff. Some were predictable, others not so much. We’re keeping score here, so let’s see what the team says. ...

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    One of the primary reasons sites like Pocketnow exist is to review and evaluate the vast array of smartphones on the market at any given time, compile our findings, and report our thoughts and observations back to you. We do the hard work and heavy lifting so you can make the most informed decision when you go to by a smartphone for yourself. If this were a static, unchanging list, the task would be fairly easy, but it's not. The smartphones available t0 buy at any given time can easily rise into the dozens for mainstream devices, and into the hundreds when looking at everything that's ...

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    Tracking down the best smartphone is like hitting a moving target. Manufacturers are continually trying to unseat their competition with the latest and greatest piece of hardware from their company. Now that announcements from Samsung and Motorola are behind us and IFA is winding down, it's time to look at the playing field and find out which smartphone is on top. Trying to narrow this down to just one may be a bit unrealistic since opinions vary by user. To try and get a better idea, we asked the Pocketnow team what they feel is the best smartphone for fall 2014. Here's what they had to ...

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    What's on your phone? Perceived as excessive mobile users, we here at Pocketnow get asked this question more than just about any other question. The thing is, not all of us are heavy users. And even those of us who are don't necessarily rely on a bevy of applications to get us through the day. On the flip side, some of us hoard applications and never use them. Some of us install upwards of 100 applications and use most of them on a regular basis. Most of us, however, reside somewhere in the middle. So what do the Pocketnow editors have on their phones? Which applications do they deem ...

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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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    A good question came up on Twitter not long ago. It was one that I couldn't rightly answer. What is everyone on the Pocketnow team using as a daily driver these days? So many new phones have come out, allegiances have changed back and forth. Is Michael using a review device or is that personal? No one ever knows any more. So I brought in the team for a little bit of a confab. We put our phones out on the table and talked about them a little bit. We discussed the whats and the whys and even a couple of hows. That's where things got weird. But anyway, some had just one phone; some of us, ...

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    We are teetering on the brink of smartwatch design. From fitness tracking, to notifications, we are just now learning what's possible in the wearable, and especially in the smartwatch field. Wearable technology is still in its infancy and we get to watch it grow up, crawl and take its first steps. If this were a baby, these would be really exciting milestones. Unfortunately, this is technology and we want our tech to grow up fast and awesome and if at all possible, yesterday. With a virtual avalanche of smartwatches ready to fall into our midst, we wanted to take some time and talk about ...

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    It's impossible to deny the multitude of amazing things we've been given from the sheer idea of mobility – smartphones, tablets, agile operating systems, literally millions of mobile applications, amazing time-waster games, digital movies that can be watched from literally anywhere, and instant access to Internet from practically anywhere on the globe. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. The last decade, from a technology standpoint, has been one of the most impressive in recent human history. The things manufacturers have accomplished were mere fantasy just decades ago. And the ...

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    Black Friday. In the States those words either conjure up a wondrous land filled with deals, bargains, and amazing prices -- or a horrific panic swimming through a sea of ruthless bodies scrambling to scoop up the severely limited stock of whatever item has enticed those crowds to assemble. All of this follows the one day out of every year that is set aside specifically to remember all that we have and are thankful for. The irony of these two days positioned back-to-back is beyond description. But we're not here to lecture you about your post-holiday buying-binge. No, we're here to help ...

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    Smartphones are capable of doing many things few thought possible just years ago: make payments, interface with watches or cars, provide data speeds faster than most home Internet connections, run several applications at once, and, over time, learn important things about their owners. It's a strange world, indeed. But Motorola made an interesting (and valid) point during its marketing push for the Moto X. While smartphones have become more capable and powerful, they haven't actually become any smarter than before. In fact, they're actually quite dumb. And if you think about it, there are ...

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    Accessories. We use them every day. Or we don't. They complete out mobile lifestyle, or they go ignored. They allow us to more effectively use out mobile tech, or they're too cumbersome to contemplate. As it turns out, with our team it's a pretty wide spectrum that we fall into when it comes to accessories. This is probably the most divergent set of opinions our team has shared. And whether we use them or not, believe in them or not, we sure do like to talk about them. And talk about them a lot. Whether it's bluetooth, audio, game play, or cases, chances are someone uses something. So, ...

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    Regardless of what kind of smartphone you use, one of the main ways to customize it and add a touch personality is through the application of a wallpaper. For those of you who have been living under a rock, "wallpaper" on your smartphone or tablet is much like that for your desktop computer -- an image that sits behind your icons. Finding good-looking wallpaper can be a challenge. Tastes vary and images range from "huge" to "tiny". Just where can one go to get beautiful wallpaper for their phone? Here's what the staff at Pocketnow has to say. Adam Doud Contributing Editor Wallpapers (and ...

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