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    Samsung's next flagship is due to drop this summer. Last year's Note was arguably one of the best smartphones we've seen yet, this year's flagships included. Samsung hit a lot of the right notes with the Note 5. Looking forward, how do you improve on that? It's not an easy question to answer, but sure enough, our editors have some thoughts on the subject. So without further ado, here's our wish list for the Samsung Note 6, 7, whatever. ___________________________________________________________________________ Adam Doud Senior Editor "No steps back" When the quality bar is already set so ...

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    Apple's big conference is coming next week. What will we see? iOS 7? iOS something else? Apple Watch news? New Macbooks? The sky is the limit really. There are a few things we know. It's happening next week. It will be long. A lot will be covered. I'm sure we'll get news about Health Kit, Apple Home. Maybe we'll get a taste of what Apple has cooking in the work of VR? Perhaps a Google Home/Amazon Echo rival? We've heard some rumors but we wanted to get the opinions of some experts about what we'd like to see coming from Mr. Cook and the Apple contingent. ...

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    We're eagerly anticipating the next generation of Moto phones, and we'll have more information to share soon, but before we get the full scoop on Moto Z and the MotoMod backplates, the editorial team here at Pocketnow has weighed in. This is an important release for Lenovo, especially in light of the Moto division under-performing, so here's our wishlist for a successful Moto phone launch! Adam Lein - Set the standard for modular I’ve had a great interest in modular/expandable smartphones since Compaq first started the idea with the iPAQ 3600 PDA (which later became a smartphone with the ...

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    Smartphones are made up of a whole bunch of pieces put together like the best Tetris game ever. Sometimes an OEM will cut a corner or two to drive down costs, or make a design element more feasible. Often, that results in a phone that is less-than-perfect in one or more area. But which area? That's the great question. Since we're all - reader and editor alike - firmly embedded in mobile, we're probably a good crowd to ask. The answer is quite subjective, but who better to poll than us? So I asked our editors and then I'll as you, what are the features that every good smartphone needs? ...

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    There is more to tech than just mobile. There is a ton of technology out there that has nothing to do with mobile, or is only tangentially related that interests us. We write and create content for Pocketnow, but it's not like we don't have interests outside of mobile. There are some really cool gadgets out there and darn it, we like 'em. So for the space of an editorial, we're gonna let our editors cut loose and talk about some of the stuff they dig that you won't necessarily read about there. Then, we invite you to chat in the comments about the non-mobile tech that you are into. ...

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    Ask any platform, you know, if it could talk, and it would tell you that ecosystem is key to survival. Having the apps that people need in order to function is vital to the ability of a platform to sustain itself. After all, if a phone, tablet, or even a computer can’t do what people need it to do, people will go elsewhere. This is a bit of a no-brainer – not new information at all. Which led to the question – what vital apps are actually required for an ecosystem to be viable? What apps are needed in order for a customer to plant her flag and claim it as her own? We asked our ...

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    One of the least talked about things on a smartphone is its audio output. Don't get me wrong, people do talk about it. But compared to camera, battery life, and other considerations, audio output is one of those "nice-to-haves" rather than a necessity. Sure, we love our front-firing speakers, but at the same time, we'll happily accept a rear or bottom firing speaker if the rest of the hardware is up to snuff. We might ding it in the review with a sentence or two, but that's about the extent of it. OEMs have started to push superior audio in some of their smartphones. Deals with companies ...

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    One of the things we do here at Pocketnow is talk about our favorite parts about phones and tablets. I will talk about the camera, all day. Other editors have other preferences - operating system, skin, processor, etc. It almost starts to become a debate of sorts. Of course our reviews cover every facets of a mobile experience, but that's because we have to. We have to talk about every little piece of a device, even though it frankly doesn't excite us. But one of the best parts is, if you really dig down and read between the lines or follow us on social media, maybe you can figure out ...

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    Adam Doud Contributing Editor "Any" and "as often as humanly possible" Mobile payments are one of my latest mobile obsessions. I love buying stuff with my phone. It's cool and it feels like using the future. But it's one of those things that appeals to a pretty specific audience I'm finding out, so I asked my fellow editors here at Pocketnow what mobile payment systems they used and why they did or did not use them. Mobile payments are so much fun to use, and they are more secure than even magnetic stripe transactions. Tokenization makes them safe, and tapping makes them fun. What more ...

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    Bluetooth was invented and initially marketed with the intent to replace our wires with miniature radios. What's more, the technology was touted as a way to create a "personal area network" of your devices. Unlike a Local Area Network (or "LAN"), a PAN was supposed to connect all of the devices you'd normally use, all without wires getting in the way. This Bluetooth PAN was supposed to help you sync your PDA to your computer, let you beam data back and forth with others, print stuff, talk on the phone just like Uhura from Star Trek, and even surf the web using your fancy cellular phone's ...

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    Moving into a new phone is a fun experience. Being the first to peel off the plastic cover, being the first to power it up, and really taking in that "new phone" smell. All great things. But it can also be a somewhat daunting experience - having to download all new apps, set up Facebook, and Twitter, and Snapchat, and everything else. There's a lot to do. Here at Pocketnow, a lot of us, if not all of us, switch phones on a somewhat regular basis. Either we're reviewing the latest and greatest or some hot midrange action. But even if that's not the case, we're still gear-heads - mobile ...

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    When Android-powered smart watches first arrived we had a mostly square product from LG and a mostly round watch from Motorola. Both had pros and cons, but ultimately it was the Moto 360 that earned its spot on my wrist. Now, the second generation of the wearable is rumored to be just around the corner. What do we want to see in the next generation? Here's our wishlist for new new Moto 360. ___________________________________________________________________________ Adam Doud Senior Editor "Reconnect Faster" The Moto 360 seems to have trouble making and keeping a connection to the phone if ...

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    With the Surface 3 coming out just 24 hours ago, we thought it was time to look ahead a bit and think about what we'd like to see for the Surface Pro 4. It's probably safe to say that the Surface Pro 4 will debut with Windows 10 which means it's likely still months away. That's ok though, because we can still dream. Here's what some of the Pocketnow editors are dreaming about. Adam Doud Contributing Editor "The main package is right. Now perfect the details." The Surface Pro 3 is a great tablet and is as close to being a laptop replacement as anyone has gotten. The combination of power ...

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    Good artists copy. Great artists steal. Artists with body guards brag about it. Or something like that. But in the world where three major operating systems have reached a level where they’re all perfectly fine, and if the other two disappeared for whatever reason, most people would be able to carry on with the remaining one. But let’s face it, no one platform is really perfect. There are things that other platforms do better than others, and that’s true for all three. So we decided to put our heads together and tinker a little bit with our platforms of choice. So I asked each editor ...

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    Microsoft made me excited about a Microsoft product again. Cortana was really the last time that happened, and I’m happy to report that my excitement was well-founded in that case. But this year, Microsoft introduced Windows Holographic, an augmented reality self contained headset that has a ton of potential in many market segments. This is what investors like to see – multiple applications in multiple verticals, or something like that. I lost my English to Business BS dictionary. So we decided to do a quick roundup from some of our editors on what we saw for the future ...

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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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