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    When two smartphone manufacturers vie for the attention of the same buyer segment, things can get pretty interesting – especially when they take the same broad path to do it. This isn't like our Xperia Z2 vs Galaxy S5 comparison, where huge design differences meant the Sony product was the only one actively trying for a "high end" look and feel. In the case of today's face-off, both the One M8 and the Xperia Z2 have been designed specifically to appeal to those in the market for a "premium" smartphone – but HTC and Sony have taken completely different routes to achieve that luxury fit ...

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    What's cooler than a Snapdragon 801-powered, 5-inch-plus, waterproof smartphone? Another Snapdragon 801-powered, 5-inch-plus, waterproof smartphone. That's a poem by noted smartphone researcher Eesee Oveur Eyenot, and while it tells part of the Samsung/Sony drama of 2014, it sure doesn't come close to painting the whole picture. The Xperia Z2 vs Galaxy S5 rivalry is a story of similar specs, yes – but it's also a tale of dueling casings, design approaches, and even lifestyles. One device comes to the ring courtesy of a once-unstoppable juggernaut that's recently let off on the gas ...

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    One of the hallmarks of our review process is the comparison video, and one of our favorite comparisons to make is the cross-platform faceoff. That's especially true when the two competitors are powered by Android and Windows Phone: there are so many disparities to cover, so many philosophical differences to delve into, that it can be a bit daunting – but the payoff, whatever it is, is usually worth it. In today's comparison, that satisfaction comes in the form of surprise. Because the Icon, like most Nokia Lumia devices, is built largely to support its camera, we expected the Verizon ...

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    It's the question every buyer with a limited budget or a frugal sensibility asks when a new flagship smartphone lands: do I need the new one, or can I save some dough by buying last year's model? Thanks to our annual-upgrade culture here in the States, the question is asked millions of times a month each spring season, mimicking the clockwork of the smartphone release cycle. But though the dilemma isn't a new one, the devices are: "Galaxy S5 vs S4" is just as crucial as "Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8" – a comparison we already bestowed upon you a few days back.  In fact, thanks to the ...

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    Oppo has been slowly building momentum over the years, creating seemingly great smartphones which equally appeal to the masses and nerds like us. The N1 from last year, which came in a CyanogenMod edition, was one of the first moves which put Oppo on our map here in the States. The Find 5 was a step in the right direction, as well. But the company has been leaking and dropping hints about the Find 7 and Find 7a for months now, and we've got our hands on the Find 7a for review. Can the phone compete with the likes of some of the more popular global brands? Can the Oppo Find 7a give what ...

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    "One device is a product of an Android juggernaut, a fourth-generation powerhouse from a take-no-prisoners Goliath that essentially owns the Google-powered smartphone space. The other is a last-ditch effort to save its creator from certain destruction, a product forged from that peculiar mixture of desperation and determination that sometimes begets pure art." That's a pretty pretentious way of putting a smartphone comparison, but it's how we kicked off last year's HTC One (M7) vs Galaxy S 4 comparison video. The interesting thing is, if you change "fourth-generation" to ...

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    HTC is making a lot of noise about the dedicated depth sensor mounted above the camera on its new One M8. According to HTC, the new Duo Camera "improves noise reduction and elevates overall photo quality to levels previously unseen," and it also makes possible a range of artistic effects, like shallow depth-of-field simulation that allows for faux bokeh and other smart filters. Photo focus can also be changed after the shots are taken, as we demonstrated in our HTC One M7 vs HTC One M8 comparison. But critics say similar effects can be achieved with far less specialized hardware. Samsung's ...

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    Every year, we wait for the major players to release their aboslute best smartphone possible. Some bring the heavy artillery to CES in Las Vegas every January. Some wait for the mobile-specific show in Barcelona, Spain, Mobile World Congress. And others, like HTC this year, choose to go it alone. Either way, the first few months of the year are, consistently, when we can expect some of the biggest smartphone announcements of the year. Not every company adheres to that schedule, though. Apple announces and releases its flagship in the last half of every year, typically September. Samsung ...

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    "Does the new One live up to the legacy of its forebear?" That's the question our very own Michael Fisher asked in the intro of our comparison video below. Albeit worded a tad differently, that very question is one that's been lingering in the back of our minds since the first time the name "M8" crept into headlines across the Internet. So … does it? HTC certainly made improvements in particular areas that needed it, changed some things around visually, added a few features, and introduced a new camera technology. Are these changes solely for the sake of change, or all the differences ...

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    Despite Samsung's sheer domination in the Android space and HTC's shrinking revenues and market share, the rivalry between the two giant handset makers continues to heat up. Last year, the HTC One and Samsung's Galaxy S 4 were two seriously impressive smartphones. Sure, the Galaxy S 4 was a bit more of a marginal upgrade over the S III than we were expecting, but the phone sold in droves and lived up to nearly every expectation. HTC's flagship One handset also lived up to the hype, becoming the recipient of multiple awards; it was named best smartphone the year in GSM Association's 2014 ...

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    Just over one month ago, the incredibly popular chat application WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for over $19 billion in cash and stocks. Why did the social media giant want WhatsApp? It's no secret, honestly – to break into emerging markets and capitalize on WhatsApp's popularity in the eastern world. The question now is, which of the two chat services is better? WhatsApp or Facebook? How do they differ and how are they alike? Most importantly, which one of Facebook's two chat services should you be using? We aim to answer those questions and more in this WhatsApp vs Facebook ...

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    Both of Google's Nexus 7 have been renowned for being such great bargains. The current-gen Nexus 7, made by ASUS, retails for a staggeringly low $229, yet it features pretty impressive specifications and performance, all things considered. Samsung is no stranger to the small tablet category, but the real question is: can it's latest miniature tablet compete with the likes of Google's budget-friendly option? On a price scale, not quite. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 retails for $399.99. But what about in value, performance, specs, and overall usability? That's what we aim to answer in this Galaxy ...

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    Apple, whether it admits the iPad is a tablet or not, is the tablet market share leader by a rather wide margin. Samsung currently holds about half the market share Apple does, and it's slowly gaining ground. Its tablets continually get better with each generation, to boot. At CES in January, Samsung announced its latest tablet lineup, the Galaxy Tab Pro line. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is a direct competitor to Apple's latest miniature tablet, the iPad mini with Retina display. There are quite a few differences in specifications, design, materials, and software. So which is the better tablet? ...

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    When a company churns out its first smart watch after less than a year's development, then follows it up with a sequel less than six months later, there's something funky going on. So what does it mean when a company releases not one, but two sequels to its half-baked initial offering, announcing them alongside a funky fitness bracelet and the headlining Android smartphone for 2014? It says the company is determined to make a meaningful splash in the wearables space before its competitors get the chance, and it's taking a typical Samsung approach to getting there. To be sure, the Gear 2 ...

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    We've shown you Sony's new flagship and we've also given you a taste of Sony's new mid-ranger, both on display in Barcelona for MWC 2014. What is required now, especially for device-vs-device buffs and the eternally undecided smartphone shoppers, is a side-by-side comparison. Watch as Anton D. Nagy takes you through a bullet list of differences between these handsets right from the show floor. You'll get a crash course in immersion resistance, Snapdragon processors, battery life, and camera resolution - as well as a good look at how these phones differ in terms of screen and chassis size. ...

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