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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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    If there's ever been a Pocketnow headline with more complicated brand names, I sure don't know about it. It's an S year for Apple and a reinvention year for Samsung, with revised variants of the new iPhone going up against totally redesigned Galaxy offerings, and the result (in addition to the alphabet soup of branding) is a set of smartphones that have never been more alike – but which are still completely different. From new interface methods to new hardware designs, both Apple and Samsung are bringing something interesting to their smartphone offerings in 2015, and we're here to put ...

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    They're both oversized Android smartphones with Motorola logos, but don't let the superficial similarity fool you. The newest Moto X is an entirely different beast than the aging Google flagship, and while we recently deemed the Nexus 6 still worth a buy when considered in a vacuum, Motorola's newest contender might signify a sea change. The Moto X Pure Edition brings a brighter display, a better camera, higher-end hardware and more customizability than any other Android phone out there – and it sports a svelter casing and a lower price tag than the Nexus 6 to boot. Can the Nexus ...

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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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