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    Samsung turned a lot of heads with the unveiling of its new Galaxy Note 5 last week, but it also stirred up some discontent. For all the style it brings to the lineup, the newest Note also omits a few features the line has carried since its inception, chief among them a removable battery and MicroSD card slot. These changes have alienated a vocal portion of the fanbase that initially catapulted the Note to popularity, and reignited a debate about what it means to be a "phablet." This week, rival smartphone maker LG capitalized on some of the controversy, trying to entice fans away from ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note is the original phone-tablet hybrid. Each year we get an updated one, and each year we compare the new model with its immediate predecessor to see what’s changed. This year, those changes run to the very core of what it means to be a Note. Join us for our latest comparison, as we dissect the differences between the Galaxy Note 5 and its Note 4 forerunner! Galaxy Note 5 vs Galaxy Note 4   Hardware The changes here are most pronounced in hardware, and many of them are upgrades. The imitation leather back cover has given way to curved glass, last year’s ...

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    It's a fantastic time to buy a Galaxy S6. Here in the States, the price has just been slashed by about a hundred bucks at some retailers, and it’s probably got the best camera you can find on an Android smartphone. Add in the excellent display and formidable feature set, and you’re looking at a handheld that finally fulfills its promise of being “the Next Big Thing.” But Samsung’s been trotting out that old line for three years now, and it’s not selling phones like it used to. Maybe what people want more than a phone with the best of everything is a phone that does much ...

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    The Moto G is about to get replaced … by the Moto G. As we saw during our initial hands-on earlier this week, the 2015 model brings a few hardware bumps and much more customizability to Motorola’s best-selling smartphone of all time, and it packs some serious software improvements as well. While we’ll have complete impressions in next week’s full review, first let’s take a look at what’s changed between last year's Moto G and this year's. You may be surprised at where the new phone pulls ahead – and where it doesn't. Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014

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    Each of the two largest wireless carriers in the US offers its own ruggedized Android smartphone exclusive. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active (which we reviewed last month) is exclusive to AT&T; the Motorola Droid Turbo (which we reviewed last November) is exclusive to Verizon Wireless – and neither will work very well on a network it wasn't designed for. So if you’re already beholden to –or have a strong preference for– one of those operators over the other, congratulations: your choice is made. But if you’re a free agent and either network will do, the hardware makes all ...

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    Being made out completely of aluminum and glass, in addition to being their respective manufacturers' flagships for this year, represent the perfect reasons for us to compare these two devices. But there’s a lot more to comparing these smartphones than what we just mentioned above, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do in our Sony Xperia Z3+ vs Samsung Galaxy S6 (and Edge) comparison. As usual, we’re focusing on hardware, software and user experience, as well as the camera, drawing some conclusions at the end, or, better said, setting the stage and making it easier for you to ...

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    Another year, another Galaxy S-vs-Galaxy Active comparison. It all started with the pretty (but leaky) Galaxy S 4 Active in 2013, followed by the much less pretty (but no less leaky) Galaxy S5 Active last year. For 2015, Samsung has let up somewhat on the ugly stick while adding even more durability, resulting in a phone that we called "the most sensible Active yet" after just 24 hours with the device. How much more durability are we talking about? Well, the S6 Active is rated to IP68 for complete protection against dust, and it will also function underwater at greater depths than previous ...

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    When we reviewed it last month, we called the Samsung Galaxy S6 one of the best smartphones you can buy today. Almost a month (to the day) later, we told you the LG G4 was LG's best-made smartphone to date, a "leather looker with a killer camera." And we doubled-down on that assertion just yesterday in a monster two-hour podcast featuring what might be the toughest question of the season: which phone wins out in the LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 comparison? With the video below, we aim to answer that question. Comparing everything from build quality to camera samples to battery life to screen ...

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    For the past two years, we've known Motorola's Moto G as the smartphone to buy for those in search of the best bang for their buck. It's one of the cheaper handsets on the market, and it makes very few compromises in performance and hardware. We've consistently suggested it to readers on a budget ... but another device we've recently tested, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, may be the new top contender. Just like the Moto G, the Idol 3 is fast, solidly built, and affordable. Like its rival, it features front-firing speakers and a microSD card slot, but it also utilizes a larger, sharper ...

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    The yearly cycle is repeating itself: one flagship is a year old, its replacement brand new. Just what has one year brought us in terms of specs, though? Has the rate of innovation slowed, or are smartphone internals becoming exponentially better with each generation? If it's the newly-announced LG G4 you're wondering about, we've got you covered with an LG G4 vs G3 specs comparison, right down below in chart form. Unsurprisingly, not a whole lot has changed; the G3 was a remarkable phone, and we regarded it as such when heading through the review process with it last year. The ...

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    Each year, Samsung releases two smartphones separated by roughly six months: one a mainstream flagship, the other an overpowered phablet. These are the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note, respectively, and though they target materially different types of consumer, we nonetheless directly compare them every single year. That's because there's a significant amount of bleedover interest when you get to this level of features and cost: people who don't really like large phones may nonetheless consider the Note 4 for its added features, just as those who really don't like compromise may find themselves ...

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    Over the years since smartphones became a "thing", specifications have been on a continual march upward. Processors have gotten faster (from megahertz in the hundreds to gigahertz in the plural), they've also added cores (with quad- and even octa-cores being commonplace). RAM has increased from a few dozen MB to a few GB. Storage has increased. Data speeds are through the roof! One area that hasn't seen much improvement over the years is battery capacity. Though battery capacities may still be lagging, OEMs are doing the next best thing: decreasing our charge times. I'm Joe Levi with ...

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    We’ve given the Galaxy S6 the full review treatment, so you already know how impressed we are with Samsung’s 2015 flagship. But if you’re trying to save some money on your next Samsung phone, you might be wondering what you’ll be missing if you opt for last year’s model instead. In short: better industrial design, better feel-in-hand, a higher-resolution display, a brighter low-light camera, and a boatload of improved secondary features. That almost makes it seem like a slam dunk in the Galaxy S6's favor, but hold on a second. You'll also be giving up a lot of the stuff that ...

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    Update: Sorry for the delay, folks. We had to republish the video due to a last-minute edit. It's up now; enjoy! In 2015, the iOS-vs-Android debate boils down to one hardcore hardware comparison: Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6. After years of alternating iterative improvements on their product lines (and trading legal blows in the courtroom), Samsung and Apple finally bring their best to the world's retail shelves – and the resulting techno-dilemma is set to stymie smartphone superfans the world over. At first glance, Apple's reigning flagship might seem somewhat "senior" for this ...

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    For years, the biggest battle in the Android smartphone world has boiled down to three words: HTC vs Samsung. And 2015 is no different. But the results of this year's comparison ("Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9," if you wanna get all SEO about it) are very different indeed. While we still resist the urge to boil down a smartphone face-off into clearly defined "winner" and "loser," we remain obligated to call out trends where we see them. And this year, instead of siding with the underdog HTC, the winds of favor are blowing strongly in Samsung's direction. That's due to a combination ...

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    If you've got an HTC One M9 question not answered by our stunningly dense 4000-word review and accompanying 11-minute review video, your needs might be getting a little intense. I mean, c'mon. Right? But I know how it is. Sometimes, you don't have time for the full review treatment. Sometimes, you're just interested in seeing what's changed over the past twelve months. Or you already own last year's HTC flagship and you want to see if this year's is worth your trouble. Or you just want to find out how different two products that look nigh-on identical could possibly be. For that, ...

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    Samsung may have surprised you today by unveiling not one, but two smartphones as its flagships for the year. The very subtle differences in design (as opposed to the differences between the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge) have led many to believe that the two are, in essence, the exact same smartphone, just with slightly varying designs. As it turns out, the contrast between the two phones is a bit more enunciated than that – let our Samsung Galaxy S6 vs S6 Edge comparison video from MWC 2015 video do the explaining. Our full impressions of the differences between the two smartphones will ...

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    The HTC One M8 was one of the top Android phones of 2014 (and it still is a notable device if you're not looking to buy the latest and greatest). However, if you think it's time to upgrade, HTC has got you covered with the brand new HTC One M9, a step-up in every aspect from the 2014 model. The differences, as you will see in our HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8 video comparison below, are apparent from the second you lay your hands on the One M9. It's a lot less slippery than its predecessor, because HTC decided to go with a much stickier finish in order to avoid accidental drops. Just like the ...

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    We called the first LG G Flex "the smartphone of the future," and our soft spot for it has endured ever since we reviewed it in 2013. As much as we enjoyed our time with it though, it was clear from day one that the curvy ergonomic conundrum was never destined to be a mainstream hit. It was expensive, it had a very lackluster display, and it was so big in the hand as to seem almost hilariously oversized at times. With the G Flex 2, LG slims everything down. It’s smaller in every way, and lighter too. The industrial design is more modern, the build quality is better, and the fit and ...

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    When the Lumia 830 broke cover at IFA 2014, we were struck by its resemblance to the earlier Lumia 1020 – a device which, thanks to its huge 41MP camera, stands alone as the only true super-shooter in the Windows Phone lineup. Microsoft touted the 830 as a kind of affordable successor, a so-called “midrange flagship” designed to compete on cost. But with the Lumia 1020 still on Microsoft Store shelves for over $100 cheaper, is newer really better? As in most smartphone comparisons, the answer isn't exactly straightforward. The Lumia 830 is nearly two years younger than the ...

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    I like a flagship phones just as much as the next guy, but you know what I like even more? Not having to fork over a fistfull of cash! Who's with me? Yeah, I thought so. Nonetheless, I still picked up a Nexus 6 just as soon as Google would take my money. I love my Nexus 6, but other than a bigger screen and a battery that charges fast, it's not much different than my Nexus 5, and my Nexus 5 cost a few hundred bucks less! Score one for the Nexus 5, right? WRONG! Even the Nexus 5, with it's very decent specs, is still way overpriced! That's not what we thought back when it was first ...

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    Before Microsoft took over Nokia's mobile division, we spent a good amount of time praising the the once cellphone giant for its efforts with the Lumia smartphone lineup. The Lumia designs were both bold and futuristic, but what really stood these smartphones apart from the competition is the enhanced camera experience that we began to test with devices like the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 a few years ago. The successors to these smartphones have been in the market for a few months now, and dubbed as the Lumia 930 and Lumia 830 respectively. We've already spent a good deal of time covering ...

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    Aesthetically, the LG G Flex 2 may be quite similar to its predecessor (the original G Flex), but on paper, it's difficult for two phones to be more different. It's amazing just how much LG has advanced its technology in a bit over one short year, and it's equally amazing that the original G Flex manages to beat out the sequel in a few areas as well. Find out about it all in our LG G Flex 2 vs LG G Flex specs comparison chart. There's only one real win for the first G Flex – the clock speed dip doesn't really matter, as the core changes make that an issue of apples and oranges – and ...

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    We've already explored in an initial comparison video what the differences between the LG G Flex 2 and LG G3 are in everyday usability, but what are the cold hard facts? On paper, which is the better phone? That's what this LG G Flex 2 vs LG G3 specs comparison looks to decide. Unsurprisingly, the newer phone comes out on top, with four spec wins to the G3's two. But the G3 does earn those two – this isn't exactly a runaway victory. One of those two G3 victories is the display, and that one's easy to explain; the G Flex 2 has to sacrifice display performance for the curve, as it uses ...

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    LG has a new phone out, the G Flex 2. But does that mean the G3 is no longer LG's powerhouse flagship? We put a G3 next to the G Flex 2, and let them battle it out at CES 2015 for an initial comparison. Our LG G Flex 2 vs LG G3 video (available under this text) includes our first thoughts on how the two stack up, and more. Even with the design, the influence of the G3 on the G Flex 2 is distinct. As Michael Fisher puts it, it's almost as if someone sat on the G3 for long enough, it'd become a G Flex 2. The similarities don't end there, either – they continue throughout the rear keys ...

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