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    Every year, OEMs put out newer and better phones. Of course they do. What’s the point of a new generation if it’s not better than the last, right? But some OEMs, notably Apple, have taken to using more vague descriptors of their smartphone components. They say things like “all day battery life” or Apple’s famous “retina display”. The problem with descriptions like this is they are either highly subjective, or they don’t really mean anything from a specification standpoint. But here’s the thing. We are fast entering a world where most flagships are going to have basically ...

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    In part one of our LG Family Fight, the G5 had to face a one year old competitor in the G4. While that proved to be somewhat tough competition for LG's newest flagship, the G4 isn't the only phone in LG's lineup which can give the G5 a run for it's money. Six months ago, LG released a beast of a phablet, and now it's the V10's turn to wage battle against the G5. Like the G4, we can expect better performance out of the G5, thanks to the improvements found moving from the Qualcomm 808 chipset to the Qualcomm 820, but phones are more than just processors. Both the G5 and V10 offer up some ...

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    One year upgrades are tricky recommendations. The LG G5 features a radically new design over the curved LG phones of yesteryear. A metal frame is covered in a premium paint-like finish, and happily we can forget about some of the performance woes which dominated the conversation on phones like the G Flex 2. While the G5 faces intense competition from Samsung and HTC right now, we also need to consider the other older phones in LG's own stable. The LG G4 shares similar screen technology and almost identical main camera performance. Though the G5 is more powerful, how does battery life and ...

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    Not our usual camera showdown, but the folks at Oppo describe the new F1 Plus as a "selfie expert" phone. While rear mounted cameras are usually higher quality, and are the preferred tools for most people when we discuss mobile content creations, we can't deny the selfie phenomenon. There's a distinct smartphone consumer who might never use that rear camera, but depends on a front camera to capture their important moments. The F1 Plus is a curious beast for us smartphone camera snobs. The rear camera is a fairly traditional 13MP shooter, but the front camera is a 16MP monster capable of ...

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    When it comes to choosing the right smartphone this year, companies like Samsung and LG could not have made it more complicated. Samsung and LG are both in very different stages with their respective flagship offerings. Last year Samsung was experimenting with metal and glass on the Galaxy S6, and LG decided to play it safe with the G4. Today the tables have turned. Samsung has now decided to refine what it started, while LG has decided to boldly go where no smartphone has gone in a while. As a result we’re left with a very difficult comparison since one product is naturally at a better ...

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    The iPhone SE has been a tricky phone to classify. After unboxing it, and reviewing it, many comments were shared debating what the SE really was. Is it an "entry level" device? Is it a "mini-flagship"? How should we draw the lines on the smartphone market map? We're sticking with "mid-range" for the iPhone SE, but that's not to say there isn't a lot of overlap between these various tiers. To see where the iPhone might belong, we're comparing it against two Android devices. These two phones are specifically built to be less expensive than the manufacturer's current flagship devices. The ...

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    Classifying the iPhone SE is proving more difficult than we might have imagined. It's Apple's entry level iPhone option, but pricing is mid-pack in North America, and some of the tech on tap is top tier. While the design is a recycle from the iPhone 5S, the SE represents one of the more exciting moves from Apple of late. Instead of relying on older phones to fill in price gaps in the iPhone line up, this phone was purpose built to offer a less expensive, but still premium solution to price conscious shoppers. It also shows that Apple has learned from the abysmal failure which was the ...

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    How long do you keep your phone? Do you upgrade every year? Two years? More? Samsung's focus for the Galaxy S7 was to refine the Galaxy S6, and replace some features we missed from the Galaxy S5. Both phones are built out of metal and glass. Both phones feature AMOLED displays. Lifestyle hardware elements like heart rate monitors and fingerprint sensors are roughly in the same places. The Galaxy S7 didn't even switch over to a USB C port. Yet for all their similarities, Samsung has brought back IP68 water resistance, packed in a larger battery while reducing the overall form factor, and ...

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    As phablets continue to reign supreme, Samsung has proven that it can blur the lines between the category with the Samsung Galaxy S7. The company may have not explicitly called the Galaxy S7 edge a phablet, but if you follow the terms on Wikipedia, any smartphone with a screen sized above 5.1-inches in diagonal can be safely included in this category. Keep in mind thought that this is a category that’s already well dominated by some of our favorite devices of 2015, being the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 edge+. If you recently decided to pull the trigger on either one of these, ...

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    For most consumers shopping a new phone, the fight between Samsung and Apple will likely define the flagship market for the year. As these two companies leap frog each other with new technology and new services, which phone offers the better buy today? It's always difficult comparing iPhones released in September against Galaxies released in March, but as these are the top smaller smartphones in each company's stable, they're the options available for consumers looking to buy right now. Which one deserves your hard earned cash? How do the screens compare? Which phone has the better camera ...

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    It's the post-release era for the first round of phones from the Galaxy S7 generation and we're now looking at more benchmarks for differently-equipped variants of the devices. Yep, we're talking about differences in performance. Some of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edges received the Snapdragon 820 (some of them manufactured by Samsung itself) while others get the Exynos 8890. Qualcomm decided to go quad-core with a new 14nm process and Kyro architecture for the new Snapdragon while Samsung kept the Exynos on eight cores like it did last year. A couple of outlets have been able to acquire Galaxy ...

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    In a quest for regaining the popularity it once had, Samsung has spent the last two years trying to re-invent itself. 2015's Galaxy S6 line-up made deciding over them a question of price and looks, and not necessarily a question of improvements. The challenge is far more complicated today with both Galaxy S7s, as these phones are just as similar as they are different. Chances are that if you've already made up your mind to buy, as many would say: the new Galaxy, you're probably asking yourself which variant is best. This video is especially for you. Galaxy S7 Edge Skins: dbrand Galaxy S7 ...

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    It's rare that we see a manufacturer build a phone around one specific feature. Not just the camera on the phone, but the ZOOM on that camera. Only a few manufacturer's have tackled this feature. Often it results in the Frankenstein combination of camera and phone, like the Samsung K Zoom which is really more camera than phone. From a phone perspective, Asus has a better solution for keeping the whole zoom mechanism contained. A series of prisms and lens elements are mounted periscope style to keep the lens from telescoping out the back of the ZenFone Zoom. For those interested, we have ...

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    Our Jaime Rivera is a very perceptive one, indeed. Samsung was able to get away with keeping a lot of what made the Galaxy S6 within the Galaxy S7 this year: rounded corners, better silicon, sensors and specs and a whole bunch of run-up to it all. That, in itself, is what gives the chaebol the upper hand over Apple from the outset in our comparison of the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 6s. Both phones are water-resistant, the S7's more officially so. The larger, more resolute, versatile and colorful screen is on the S7. It's not out of mind as Apple's 3D Touch feature is. Built-in storage comes ...

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    Would the two phones harmonize with one another? Perhaps they'd come along to the tune of the Avett Brothers' "Live and Die"? You and I, we're the same. Live and die, we're the same. Actually, the chorus does have a harmony, now that we think about it. But they're not the same, as much as they look it. For one, the edges found on the S6 are more rounded on the the S7. The Galaxy S7 can be seen in freshwater, down to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes, while the Galaxy S6 has to stay on terra firma. That's the power of an IP68 rating. Better battery life and the microSD card slot makes a return on ...

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    This show floor comparison would rather be a statement of contrasts. The LG G5 was characterised as the V10's successor as opposed to staying within the G-series bloodline. It's thusly that we get not a plastic chassis nor one that can get leatherized, but one of maddening metallurgy that allows for cell antennas to work the magic they do. The darn back cover doesn't exist anymore (it's just part of the body), but storage is still expandable and the battery is still replaceable. Well, the whole bottom part of the G5 is replaceable. We talk more about that here. The G5 shrinks down from ...

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    After unboxing, and sharing our second impressions, we thought it would be fun to pit the Huawei Honor 5X against our favorite budget phone from last year, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3. On paper these two handsets are surprisingly similar. We've got the same screen size (five and a half inches) and resolution (1080p). We've got the same RAM (2GB) and storage (16GB with MicroSD card expansion). We've got the same camera specs (13MP on a one third inch sensor). Plus each phone has its own "niche feature": a fingerprint scanner on the Huawei and front facing speakers on the Alcatel. Moving ...

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    Time to play Spot the Difference! The iPad Pro finally hitting some human hands outside of factories while the Apple Pencil looks like its going to take its time. But those who shelled out the extra cash to get a stylus might be wondering how it compares to Microsoft's Surface Pen, one that comes with the package. Turns out, they're neck-and-neck. One Angel Jimenez de Luis has been using his iPad Pro for about a week and a half and just so happens to have a Surface Pro 4, too. Can you tell much of a difference? Unless you go frame peeping, not really. On cursory analysis, average latency ...

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    Let's not mess around. If you've been following Android at all this season, you know about Motorola's Moto X Pure Edition and you certainly know about Google's Nexus 6P. The former is one of the best values in Android right now, a blend of incredibly customizable hardware and very intelligent software, while the latter is a sleek metallic showcase for the very best that Google's mobile platform has to offer. Each has its place in the landscape and each is a solid deal at its respective price point ... but if you're shopping for a phone to grace your pockets and you've got a budget of ...

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    When talking about phones that carry the Nexus name, we typically consider them to be iterative updates of one another - each building on the success of the one that came before. Google decided to change things up a bit last year by releasing the Nexus 6: a phablet - not a phone. Thankfully, this year Google returned the Nexus to its roots by releasing the Nexus 5X. How does it stack up against the original Nexus 5 from two years back? Let's dive right in! Nexus 5X vs Nexus 5 To begin with, both the original Nexus 5 and the Nexus 5X are remarkably similar in terms of overall dimensions. ...

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    We're hard at work preparing our full reviews for the Google Nexus 6P and 5X, but that doesn't mean you need to wait for our Nexus coverage in a vacuum. Hot on the heels of our Nexus double-unboxing and our Nexus 6P vs Nexus 5X comparison, we've got another head-to-head video for you, this time featuring two devices that should be on every penny-pincher's mind this season. Separated in price by only $20, the Nexus 5X and Moto X Pure Edition each bring a lot of power for the price. Sharing the same processor and operating system and a similar devotion to timely Android updates, these ...

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    For the first time ever, Google’s new Nexus is not one phone, but two – so for the first time ever, those in search of a new pure-Android smartphone have a choice to make. In today's faceoff, affordability goes up against capability; polycarbonate squares off against aluminum; and the purest Marshmallow around bellies up to its mushy twin. Join us for the return of the Nexii in Pocketnow's latest comparison: Google Nexus 5X vs 6P! Nexus 5X vs 6P Carrier agnosticism has been woven into the Nexus line's DNA since day one. Nexus phones are sold unlocked, directly from Google, so while ...

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    Until recently, Google has only released one Nexus-labeled smartphone per cycle. Last year the popular Nexus 5 was followed-up by the Nexus 6 - Google's first phablet. Some were eager to adopt the new form factor, others weren't too enthusiastic. Although it has has its ups and downs, the Motorola-made Nexus 6 has fared pretty well over its first year of life. This time Google went all-in, releasing not only a successor to last year's Nexus 6 phablet, but also a 5-inch smartphone. We've already talked about the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X, and more coverage will follow as soon as we have ...

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    Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone 6s, is its fastest, most powerful compact phone yet, but with it being an iterative S-year model, is it worth upgrading from last year's iPhone 6? The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 are almost completely identical from an aesthetic standpoint. Both have the same wide-radius corner, aluminum unibody design, but the 6s makes some minor differentiations with an S logo in place of the typical regulatory markings, and a new rose gold color option. The software is nearly the same with iOS 9 on both, though the 6s introduces a few new features like Live Photos, 4K ...

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    The easiest way to have any of us roll our eyes, is whenever we see any smartphone camera compared with that of a DSLR, or having professional photographers claiming that they leave their DSLR at home because of a particular smartphone camera performance. Yes, we have seen smartphone cameras get significantly better this year, but are they really that good to replace a professional camera? Someone seems to believe it can, and just published a video to prove it. The iPhone 6s was recently compared to the Nikon D750 DSLR in 4K video recording, and surprisingly the iPhone 6s won in color ...

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