Posts tagged with: Comparisons
  • by | October 21, 2013 8:40 PM

    The Pebble smart watch set the wearable-tech space on fire when it broke all previous records to become the biggest-ever Kickstarter surprise earlier this year. But it wasn't its fundraising ability that prompted a few of us on the Pocketnow team to pre-order one; it was the promise of a smart watch that was actually, you know ... smart. That's a promise that the Pebble delivered on when it arrived at our doorstep last spring, and we've been enjoying our little wrist-borne mobile companions ever since. But the folks behind Pebble aren't the only ones trying to make a name for themselves in ...

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  • by | October 17, 2013 5:59 AM

    Honest truth: we'd rather be comparing the One max with the Galaxy Mega. It's a better fit, after all: HTC's latest monster is much less a minimized tablet than it is a maximized smartphone, just like Samsung's preposterous Mega creation. As we mentioned in our full review of the One max, the company's goal with its newest device was to port the experience of the earlier One to a larger form factor. And when, at the press event where HTC distributed review units, someone from another tech site called the One max "more a Mega than a Note," HTC didn't seem particularly put off by the ...

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  • by | October 16, 2013 5:00 AM

    You might say this comparison is unnecessary. After all, most people don't need help deciding whether to buy a smartphone or a refrigerator door, right? Given the choice between a standard-sized handheld and a beastly monolith, most folks can tell pretty quickly which they prefer. But it's not that simple. HTC's One is one of the most visible, most well-regarded smartphones of the year -  and so it would follow, in the mind of the mythical average consumer, that something called the "One max" should be even better - maybe much better, right? Well, as our full HTC One max review revealed, ...

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  • by | October 3, 2013 4:00 PM

    For a while now, the mobile-tech review landscape has looked much the same. Reviewers like us craft lengthy written pieces packed with charts, photos, and videos, and readers like you ... read them. Sure, you have the opportunity to respond in the comments, and most good editors will answer questions there, but there's precious little real-time interaction between reader and reviewer. There's not much chance to ask questions, seek clarifications, or take a quick look at that one little detail. For a while, we've been trying to break down the wall between reviewer and reader - to allow you ...

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  • by | September 28, 2013 1:24 PM

    Back at IFA 2013 in Berlin, Samsung announced its biggest, baddest, most bodacious smartphone/tablet hybrid ever, the Galaxy Note 3. After getting some hands-on time with the world's beefiest phablet, we were keen to get it into our labs for some one-on-one testing ... and thanks to Negri Electronics, we've been able to do just that. The SM-N900 version of the Galaxy Note 3 recently arrived at the door of the Pocketnow review booth, and we're putting it bezel-to-bezel against its predecessor, the Galaxy Note II. So before you go dropping a boatload of bucks on the season's latest spec ...

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  • by | September 24, 2013 6:58 AM

    The iPhone 5s may be getting all the attention these days, but there's a bevy of multicolored iPhones that deserve some words of their own. Fortunately, we're dedicated wordsmiths around these parts, and we're pretty keen on comparison videos as well. We unboxed the iPhone 5c last week, and in the midst of flying bubble-wrap and packing tape torn asunder, we promised a followup series of features and reviews. While the latter segment is still being worked on, we've already managed to churn out a few comparisons, and you're looking at the latest of the bunch. Besides the manifold salient ...

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  • by | September 17, 2013 6:59 AM

    If you're on the hunt for a top-of-the-line Android smartphone in the latter half of 2013, you've got a solid set of options. For fans of lightweight, fully-featured pocket computers, the Galaxy S 4 from Samsung is probably a solid bet. For those who prize build quality and aesthetics more highly than expandability, the HTC One is a better fit. And for those who value a feature-loaded experience on one-of-a-kind (but not at all outlandish) hardware, we're quickly learning that the LG G2 serves that niche pretty well. Our full review of the G2 will be up shortly to further examine its ...

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  • by | September 13, 2013 7:03 AM

    We've taken the wraps off LG's newest Android flagship, the brand-new G2, and we're already well on the way to getting a full review to your eager eyeballs. But before that drops, we thought you'd like to take a gander at how the G2 compares to an Android flagship from another manufacturer. You know, just for kicks. This time around, the role of The Other will be played by the familiar faces at HTC, whose One smartphone captured our hearts earlier this year with its excellent build quality and rock-solid software. How will the more-than-a-smartphone, not-quite-a-phablet G2 fare against ...

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  • by | August 28, 2013 12:15 PM

    We've reviewed the HTC 8XT and unboxed the Samsung ATIV S Neo - so even the occasional Pocketnow reader will know what comes next. That's right: as we continue to put our ATIV S Neo through the review ringer, we need to throw it head-to-head against the device that beat it to Big Yellow. In the below video, the new Samsung "high-ender" meets HTC's budget-phone-in-flagship-clothing for a showdown the likes of which you're not likely to see anywhere else. Why, you ask? Well, we'd like to believe it's because of our hard-hitting, incisive comparison style and sweet, slick cinematography ... ...

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  • by | August 14, 2013 4:51 PM

    Shortly after meeting him in person for the first time at IFA 2012, I sat in a Berlin bar with Managing Editor Anton D. Nagy and we talked about our hopes for the future of smartphones. He'd just given me a gander at his prize Nokia 808 PureView, and despite its bulk and its dated software platform, I wanted it. More precisely: I wanted a Windows Phone version of it. Fast forward to MWC 2013. Anton and I were again sharing a couple end-of-the-day drinks, this time in a hotel room in Barcelona, and talking about our expectations for that show on a special-edition episode of the Pocketnow ...

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  • by | August 13, 2013 7:02 AM

    Last week, we brought you a comparison video featuring two of the most talked-about devices in mobile: the HTC One and Google's new Moto X. We made use of the Google Play edition of the former to highlight the differences between stock Android and ... Motorola-style stock Android, but some of ya'll didn't like that. "You should be comparing OEM build to OEM build," some of you said. Well, we'd already thought of that. Because we knew you'd be clamoring for a video pitting the Moto X against that other Android flagship. You know, the one that's busily selling millions around the globe? And ...

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  • by | August 9, 2013 1:07 PM

    Big is never big enough, especially when you're a smartphone manufacturer. Just when we think we've seen it all, another manufacturer comes along to announce an even bigger smartphone. Enter the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The Z Ultra, although a look-alike to its smaller sibling, the Xperia Z, is a different beast entirely. It has a 6.4-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 chipset, and the footprint only a giant could love. We put it up against the Galaxy Note II. Which one comes out on top in this behemoth battle? Watch the video below to find out for yourself! And be sure to sound off in the ...

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  • by | August 2, 2013 11:49 PM

    You asked for it, and no amount of pithy pre-roll pedantry is going to keep you from the magic. So ignore all this text and hop on down to our newest comparison featuring the latest and greatest deluxe smartphones from two major manufacturers: Moto X vs HTC One (Google Play Edition) is here! Or, if you're not the type to blow past carefully-crafted intro text all willy-nilly, here's a little pre-comparison scoop on what we'll be taking a look at today. As you know, we went hands-on with the Moto X yesterday at Google's NYC launch event, and it was awesome. Shorty thereafter, following a ...

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  • by | July 31, 2013 7:01 AM

    The HTC 8XT. It's Sprint's first Windows Phone in literally years, and it's one of the only HTC devices in the carrier's lineup. So say you're stuck choosing between this and the much-ballyhooed HTC One. Besides software, are there really that many differences between the high-end offerings from Microsoft and Google on the Now Network? Is there really enough disparity here to justify a video expedition titled "HTC 8XT vs HTC One?" In a word: yes. Because despite its flagship-esque model number, the 8XT actually more resembles a midrange phone than a high-end halo device. Think HTC 8S meets ...

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  • by | July 25, 2013 6:01 AM

    We've put the new PureView Goliath (aka Nokia Lumia 1020) up against its predecessor and we've thrown it into the snake pit with the reigning king of flagship Android sales, the Galaxy S 4. But Samsung isn't the only contender in the high-end Android space, and our 1020 was beckoning us to throw it into the ring with a stouter foe, one with a build that could take a beating. "An aluminum one," our suddenly-creepy imaginary talking Lumia 1020 demanded. Well, we weren't about to ask it twice. That all-seeing PureView crater-eyeball is horrifying. So we tossed the 1020 into the fightin' cage ...

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