Posts tagged with: Comparisons
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    Every six months, Samsung drops another contender into the bloody phablet-vs-flagship slugfest. This contest is one of Samsung's own making, a result of alternating annual Galaxy S installments with annual Galaxy Note upgrades in the spring and fall of each year. With each new chapter, two things are guaranteed: there will be much indecision among buyers as to which is the better buy, and much confusion in the comments about which comparisons are and aren't worth doing. For the former group –the cash-flush consumers biting their nails and wondering which of these high-end superphones to ...

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    Last year's Galaxy Note 3 scored high marks in our original review and our After The Buzz followup, but it lacked the aspirational spirit of its progenitors. Whereas the first Note was a wildly (and unexpectedly) successful experiment and the second was a bold "consumerization" of that idea, the Note 3 appeared somewhat dull by comparison. Sure, in the moment, we loved it: it packed great specs and it played an important role in breaking Samsung of its hyperglaze addiction – but in retrospect, its flimsy build and fast-aging software seem more than a little underwhelming. Those are ...

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    If I had my way, that headline above would go like this: "Unlikely mutant success meets when-pigs-fly Hail Mary in acid-fueled crazytown showdown." So maybe it's good that I don't have my way (this time). Put more plainly: this is a comparison I never thought I'd have the opportunity to do. If you'd told me, back in 2011, that Samsung's freakazoid phone-tablet hybrid would enjoy enough success to spawn three sequels (and galvanize an entirely new smartphone category in the process), I'd have called you a crazy person. And I'd have called you much worse if you tried to convince me that ...

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    Two of the best cameraphones out there. Two of the best-designed phones out there (though our own Michael Fisher would like to disagree). How do the HTC Desire EYE and Apple iPhone 6 / 6 Plus compare as far as there internals go, though? That's something our HTC Desire EYE vs iPhone 6 / 6 Plus specs comparison does a fine job of answering. Apple generally hasn't been known to include the highest-end specs in any of its mobile offerings, and that's largely due to the immense hardware/software optimization performed by the company. But, with that warning aside, for the sake of science, ...

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    On the surface, it may seem like the HTC Desire EYE and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are entirely different beasts, but as it turns out... never mind, this really is no contest. We try to find just how large a spec gap lies between the two phones in our HTC Desire EYE vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs comparison, right down below. Let us begin by first stating that there is only one category where the Desire EYE beats out the Note 4, and that's also the most obvious one: the front-facing camera. Seeing as though HTC's shoved a 13MP BSI sensor and dual-LED flash in the front of the Desire EYE, ...

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    Weirdly enough, HTC's Desire EYE isn't your average Desire family member in the same way a device like the Desire 610 or Desire 816 is: it also brings along with it pretty premium specs. Just how good are those specs, though, when compared to HTC's metal-clad flagship, the One M8? We're here to find out, in our full HTC Desire EYE vs HTC One M8 specs comparison. It isn't an all-out win for either side, but it is clear which is the flagship here. The One M8 scoops up four wins total in our spec categories below, while the Desire EYE pics up a mere two – both being because of the ...

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    We've spent the last few weeks in a haze of iPhone coverage and we're just now coming to the other side. We've reviewed the 6, reviewed the 6 Plus, and compared them to the competition – now it's time to pit Apple against Apple in iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus! A small warning: if you're one of those thrill-seekers looking for a surprise in this comparison, you're unlikely to find one. You've probably heard that the iPhone 6 Plus is an iPhone 6 blown up to huge (some might say ridiculous) proportions and given a handful of phablet-like features ... and you're not entirely wrong. While some ...

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    If you saw our hands-on coverage of the Galaxy Alpha from IFA, you know that Taylor Martin and I were quite taken with the little device. Though it packs only a 4.7-inch display and none of the waterproofing or expandable specs of its bigger sibling, I was starstruck by its far superior looks. Standing on the show floor in Berlin, I found myself wishing the Galaxy Alpha would come to the US – and wondering whether I'd pick one up for myself. The latter question is still up for debate, but the former isn't. AT&T just opened preorders for an October 17th exclusive launch of the Galaxy ...

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    If you watched Pocketnow's Moto X vs Galaxy S5 comparison, you'll remember that for a huge swath of the US, Samsung's Galaxy S line is the de facto iPhone alternative. If you're not buying Apple, odds are you're shopping for The Next Big Thing (despite the fact that there's a whole other platform out there, but I digress). Given this iPhone vs Galaxy mindset, it seemed prudent to put the best of Apple up against the best of Samsung to see who came out on top. While our comparisons generally avoid focusing on a "winner," preferring to leave the ultimate decision up to you, I decided to ...

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    Apple has entered a bit of a new product category with the iPhone 6 Plus this year – sure, it may still be an iOS smartphone, but it's nowhere near the same as the iPhone 6. And it's almost all about the size: the 5.5-inch display opens up a whole new world in terms of productivity possibilities. With a new look comes new competitors, one of which is the Oppo Find 7a. Both being 5.5-inch smartphones, they're the perfect matchup for a comparison. So which is better? Our iPhone 6 Plus vs Oppo Find 7a video has the lowdown. In terms of hardware, the two phones are surprisingly similar on ...

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    That title calls for a disclaimer. As anyone who's looked at my Twitter profile knows, I’m not just a Windows phone user; I use Android too, and I occasionally sprinkle in BlackBerry and Sailfish when I'm feeling sporty. But I spend a little less than half my waking time with Windows software powering my communicator of choice, and my last 24 hours with iOS have given me a few insights about how these platforms differ – and how they don’t. From aesthetics to fluidity, Apple and Microsoft match up nicely. Both iOS and Windows Phone are tightly controlled software experiences that ...

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    Last year, the comparison between Moto X and Galaxy S4 wasn't all that close – specs-wise, the Galaxy S4 excelled, and the Moto X arguably presented a more compelling software package. But both of those products have since been given iterative bump-ups by their respective OEMs for their 2014 flavors. So how do the new ones compare? Find out in our Moto X 2014 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 video below. Unlike last year, when Motorola went bold in bucking the specs trend (with specs such as a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro featured on the Moto X, even when the quad-core Snapdragon 800's arrival was ...

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    The Pebble Steel, first shown off at CES in January, was thought by many to be the best looking smartwatch to date. Anton and I swooned over the stainless brushed steel and matte black finishes in our pre-brief in Las Vegas. It was exactly what the budding smartwatch industry needed – serious hardware to run the increasingly useful software. Pebble's stainless steel smartwatch didn't hold the spotlight for long, however. When Google announced Android Wear in March, Motorola came out and teased something that caught everyone's attention: a smartwatch with a circular display in full, ...

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    Last year, Motorola blindsided everyone by creating an entry-level smartphone that was not only surprisingly great but also extremely affordable. Other smartphones like it had surfaced, but definitely not on Android. The Lumia 520 is a perfect example. But very few Android smartphones before the Moto G were both affordable and worth buying. Last week, while all the attention was on IFA in Berlin, Motorola made some not-so-surprising announcements in Chicago where our own Adam Doud was on scene. It announced the new Moto X, Moto G, Moto 360, Moto Hint, and some juice packs. Of those, one ...

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    Seeing one of our favorite phones of 2013 get refreshed instantly piques our interest – especially when the same great features are on-board, and specs have been bumped up to an admirable level. We have a review unit in our labs now, so it's time to finally find out what happens when you put Motorola up against ... itself, in our Moto X 2014 vs Moto X 2013 comparison. In terms of hardware, there's a huge upgrade between the two models. We compared them spec-by-spec in an earlier post on the site, so check that out if you want to know exactly what's different, but upgrades have been ...

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