Posts tagged with: Comparison
  • by | February 12, 2014 6:01 AM

    Neither is what you’d call a “budget phone” - in fact each goes out of its way to avoid being painted with that particular brush. But they’re both devices that cater to a customer looking for something just shy of full flagship status. If you think you might be that customer, strap yourself in because we’re about to compare them. These smartphones aren't necessarily new to us. We reviewed Apple's iPhone 5c shortly after its release, and we spent some hands-on time with Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact at CES 2014. As you know, though, nothing beats having them side-by-side in the testing ...

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  • by | February 11, 2014 7:01 AM

    At launch, the Moto G was groundbreaking. It's an Android-powered budget phone that doesn't make you want to pull your hair out and punch innocent, living beings. And today, alongside the Lumia 520, it's one of the best bargains in the mobile space. Period. However, as per the norm, competitors will come along. The first to do so in the budget phablet space is ZTE. The Iconic Phablet we saw at CES has manifested as the Boost MAX for Boost Mobile here in the United States. For $299 with a ridiculously cheap prepaid plan (only $35 per month with the current promotion), it's not quite a cheap ...

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  • by | February 10, 2014 7:01 AM

    To date, essentially all manufacturers who have attempted to mimic Samsung's success with the Galaxy Note line of oversized smartphones have done so by packing as many great specifications as possible inside the phone and slapping a premium price tag on it to boot. But not everyone who wants a smartphone-tablet hybrid wants or needs an over the top smartphone. And they may not want to pay premium prices to get such a phone. Much smaller phones, like the Moto G, have impressively replicated the performance and experience provided by the much more expensive Moto X. So why can't a so-called ...

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  • by | December 17, 2013 9:07 AM

    LG's G Flex broke the bounds of normality in search of a form factor and device which is more resilient, ergonomic, and beneficial to the user. The G Flex is a compelling product and a step in the right direction which, hopefully, will encourage other manufacturers to solve real problems. Samsung also attempted to solve long-standing problems with its Galaxy S 4 through software innovations, and it has since become one of Samsung's most successful and popular phones ever made. The question remains: is LG's first attempt at reshaping the modern smartphone worth a look? Or should you be a ...

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  • by | December 17, 2013 7:01 AM

    We spend a lot of time at Pocketnow talking about high-end luxury smartphones - but there’s a whole other side to the mobile market, a more affordable sector often dismissed as too laden with underperforming products to warrant much attention. Well, this year, Motorola and Nokia have done a very good job surprising us in this area, delivering the low-cost Moto G and Lumia 520, respectively. Our own Taylor Martin just reviewed the Moto G last week, and I spent a day getting to know the device shortly thereafter. Our consensus is that it's an impressive smartphone with a blockbuster price ...

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  • by | December 12, 2013 11:20 AM

    Pitting smartphones against the Galaxy Note 3 usually goes something like this: "well, x phone is nice, but it doesn't have the utility, multitasking, S Pen, or horsepower of the Note 3. So there." Thanks to its substantial feature load, Samsung's juggernaut has remained the essential master of the phablet space ever since its launch, leaving many would-be competitors in the dust when they show up with a big screen and not much else. That's not the case this time around. LG's G Flex comes equipped not just with a 6-inch display, but with a first-of-its-kind curved chassis coated in an ...

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  • by | December 5, 2013 8:18 PM

    Motorola has shown its true colors this year, letting everyone know it doesn't need to follow in the footsteps of its biggest competitors to raise a few eyebrows and create its own, mini successes. The Moto X caught plenty of attention for its online customization portal, Moto Maker, as well as the fact that it's assembled right here in the U.S. Not to mention, Motorola didn't even try to play up the spec war with HTC or Samsung. Its flagship skips on monster specifications, in favor of a unique and second to none user experience. The Moto G was built upon a similar principal, except it ...

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  • by | November 22, 2013 7:01 AM

    Last month, Apple announced two new tablets, the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display. The iPad Air bears a new design, creating unity between the design of the full-sized iPad and iPad mini. It's now lighter, thinner, and more powerful. While the iPad mini didn't receive a major design overhaul, its guts and display are greatly improved over last year's iPad mini. Internally, the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display are now virtually identical. The question remains: is one better than the other? Should you fork over the extra cash for the full-sized model? Or is the extra ...

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  • by | November 20, 2013 12:13 PM

    The Nokia Lumia 1020 isn't just the yellowest smartphone ever to see the light of day. It's also quite the accomplished cameraphone, its 41MP PureView sensor delivering photos with a quality and sharpness unrivaled by almost any competitor. If you doubt that, have a gander at the photos contained in our full 1020 review, then take a look at Taylor Martin's tour of the Lumia's camera capabilities and Adam Lein's guide to taking great 1020 photos to see just how much awesome is packed into such a small casing. On the flip side of the coin: Samsung's Galaxy S 4 Zoom. With Android instead of ...

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  • by | November 18, 2013 7:01 AM

    Apple's latest addition to its tablet lineup as released earlier this week, the highly anticipated iPad mini with Retina Display. Last year's miniature tablet from Apple was a success, yet it was perceived by many to be a compromise – both in performance and display quality. Apple reacted by upgrading the internals and, more importantly, the display. All the while, it managed to maintain approximately the same size, and utilized the same, much loved design. Of course, an upgrade this large warranted a price increase. While the old iPad mini only dropped $30 (rather than the expected $100 ...

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  • by | November 14, 2013 6:29 PM

    Two of the biggest mobile rivals have now released compelling and intriguing miniature tablet hardware for 2013. Google first launched the new Nexus 7 back in July. Price may have been its big selling feature, but that wasn't the only wallop it packed. It sports great specifications, a gorgeous display, and a quaint yet beautiful design. The iPad mini with Retina Display, which we unboxed earlier this week, is just about its polar opposite. It boasts premium hardware, the absolute best specifications Apple could muster, and calls for premium prices. Which mobile giant's small tablet ...

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  • by | November 14, 2013 12:29 PM

    "You will always be a child of two worlds. The question you face is: which path will you choose?" That's Sarek's paternal advice to Spock in an introductory scene from the 2009 Star Trek film, but with a little bleary-headed Thursday-morning thinking, we can apply it to our current situation. Namely, our position on the space-time continuum staring down another holiday season, with retail shelves packed with oversized smartphones that all too easily blur into a featureless haze of giant rectangles. For a first-time phablet shopper, figuring out where to start can be pretty daunting. ...

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  • by | November 12, 2013 6:00 AM

    LG Nexus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman! We know - we know. It seemed absurd to us, too. Pitting the new $350 "Google phone" up against Samsung's $700+ tablet replacement? You'd have to search high and low to find a bigger mismatch. It's like a drag race between a Lamborghini and an armored assault vehicle. Sure, it's entertaining ... but really, what's the point? Well, there is a point - and it has to do with buzz. As disparate as they are, these phones share roughly the same level of popularity, from where we're sitting. The Nexus 5 is the talk of the town ...

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  • by | November 7, 2013 8:46 PM

    There was no way I was ever gonna buy a Nexus 4. Sure, the price tag was appealing. Yes, the construction was sleek and I found the disco paint job fun. And the prospect of succeeding my old'n'busted Galaxy Nexus LTE with a more modern, non-hobbled replacement was definitely tempting. But the lack of proper 4G, the godawful camera, and the fragile industrial design all conspired to place the Nexus 4 firmly on my "wait for something better to come along" list. Well, something better just came along. And it's called the Nexus 5. (Way to stay consistent, Google.) We've seen how the Nexus 5 ...

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  • by | November 7, 2013 1:40 AM

    One of these devices is a unibody aluminum flagship launched almost a year ago, a hardware showboat built to bring unique audio and optical features to the Android world. The other is a minimalistic slab of "hardcore plastic" with the specs of a superphone but the price of a budget model, its entire purpose to showcase the very best of Google's handheld products and services. So why are these devices, so far apart in time and targeting, being brought together for this comparison? Because each is top-tier, in its own way - and each is also sold in the Google Play Store. Dive in, then, to ...

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