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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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    For its first iPhone endeavor above four inches on the diagonal, Apple went big. It today has the iPhone 6 Plus, what looks to be a direct jab at Samsung's phablet counterpart, the Galaxy Note 4. So now that these two rivals are hitting each other hard in this big-screened arena as well, we thought it proper that we compare and contrast the specs of the two in an Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs comparison. Without a doubt it's the Android that wins the spec battle here, but that doesn't mean the iPhone didn't perform commendably in our chart. In fact, it bested the Note ...

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    At about this time of year every year, we're faced with the same situation. Apple has just gone official with a new iPhone (two new iPhones, this time), and in that process discounted the pricing of the last-gen models. So is it worth skipping on the upgrades and grabbing a cheaper phone instead? Let's have a look in our Apple iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s comparison chart. The good thing is, unlike what happened with Sony's flagship Xperia line, nothing has got worse between generations. And there's a commendable set of upgrades, too – it's more than clear that this isn't just an incremental ...

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    The Moto G was Motorola's best-selling device in company history, and that was for one simple reason: it offered reasonable specs for a reasonable price, and people loved that. But can the new Moto G follow in the footsteps, and fill the shoes of its older brother behemoth? Let's find out in our specs comparison between the new Moto G vs Moto G (the old one). First of all, the screen is bigger on the new G, but that equals a sacrifice in pixel density. At this kind of pixel density, it's possible for the human eye to make out individual pixels if you're close enough to your phone, so that ...

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    If you've seen our coverage so far of the new Moto X, then you know that it's quite a leap over the original Moto X in terms of specs. While the general premise is the same – a snappy phone that does what you'd like without a hitch, while also making life just a little bit easier to bear – the specs have certainly improved. Let's check it all out in our spec comparison between the new Moto X vs Moto X, right down below. Motorola has gone all-out here, letting the new Moto X best the old one in almost every single category on our chart. The screen is more pixel dense on the new Moto X, ...

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    It's gone official, we've gone through its spec list, and we've compared it to its older sibling (the Lumia 930). Now its time for a second comparison, except this time to the king of all cameraphones: the Nokia Lumia 1020. Let's check out the differences in a full Nokia Lumia 830 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 spec battle down below. It's not a total kill like what happened when we compared the Lumia 830 to the Lumia 930, but that's probably because the Lumia 1020 is starting to show its age a bit. The Lumia 1020 has a screen with a higher pixel density, though it loses out when it comes to the ...

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    Now that the Nokia Lumia 830 is official as a supposed high-end smartphone for a low-end price, it's time to start comparing it to phones we already have recognized as true flagships in our full reviews. First up on our list of comparisons, the Lumia 930 / Icon, which we reviewed and called the best Windows Phones to date at the time. Now it's time to compare the battle-worn soldier to the new kid on the block, in Nokia Lumia 830 vs Nokia Lumia 930 / Icon. This result is disappointing, but most definitely an expected outcome. The Lumia 830 loses out in everything, so if you have the extra ...

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    Two of the hottest phones this year are Sony's Xperia Z3 and HTC's One M8. We've had a chance to give the latter the full Pocketnow review treatment, but the second one has just been announced – we'd still like to compare them though, so what better way to set up a Sony Xperia Z3 vs HTC One M8 throwdown than a specs comparison? It turns out, there are a good amount of differences between the two phones. The One M8 has a more pixel-dense screen, though it loses out in the processor department in the same way that the Xperia Z2 did. The Z3 also has more RAM than the One M8, and a ...

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    For Verizon customers, it's the Windows Phone question of the year: Lumia Icon or One M8 for Windows? Both phones offer premium builds and powerful internals, both run Windows Phone 8.1, and both have their own software goodies to try to captivate customers – but which is the better phone overall? We tackle that question in our HTC One M8 for Windows vs Nokia Lumia Icon comparison video down below. Talking hardware, neither of these phones are small. But what they both are is sturdy and solidly built, for whatever you take that to mean. The HTC feels a bit better in-hand, if only ...

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    After the HTC One M8 for Windows went official earlier this week, one comparison was instantly called for: what's the difference between it, and the regular ole One M8? Well, first of all, there's the operating system ... but the truth is that the difference extends beyond that. We go over all that in our HTC One M8 for Windows vs HTC One M8 video comparison right down below. In terms of hardware, there's nothing different – on the inside. There's the Windows Phone branding right under the HTC logo, and the phone only is available in a Gunmetal Grey variant for now. You can also only ...

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    Now that it's official, it's time to put the HTC One M8 for Windows up against its fellow Windows Phone-running peers. We started off with a showdown between the One M8 for Windows and Lumia 1520, and are continuing by putting the HTC phone up against what's probably its single biggest competitor: the Nokia Lumia Icon / 930. Read our HTC One M8 for Windows vs Nokia Lumia Icon / 930 comparison down below to get the scoop about which WP heavyweight you should grab yourself the next time you walk into a Verizon store. It's quite incredible how similar these two phones are to each other -- ...

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    The HTC One M8 for Windows has just gone official, so it's time to start comparing it to the Windows Phone cream of the crop. Without a doubt the Nokia Lumia 1520 is part of this elite group of Microsoft phones, so we should compare it to the new guy, no? This is HTC One M8 for Windows vs Nokia Lumia 1520. On paper, the One M8 for Windows does a stellar job keeping up with the 1520. It comes out of the gate by beating out the Nokia's 1080p 6-inch display with a more pixel-dense 5-inch panel, and continues by edging out the 1520's processor with a 0.1 GHz boost. The camera is where the ...

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    In case you didn't catch the announcement from South Korea earlier today, Samsung's newest metal monster isn't so much of a spec monster... but that doesn't mean it can't take on its competitors with stride. You already saw how it fared against the HTC One mini 2, so how about putting it up against the LG G3 Beat next? This is Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs LG G3 Beat. Once you look down at the comparison chart below, you'll realize that this one's no competition. The Galaxy Alpha blows the G3 Beat out of the water in everything from its looks to its internals. First of all, the screen is a good ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Alpha was announced mere hours ago as one of Samsung's first metal-clad smartphones, which had many of us immediately comparing it to the other metallic midranger in the room: the HTC One mini 2. As it turns out, Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs HTC One mini 2 is actually a great comparison for a variety of reasons -- let's dig in. While specs don't represent real-world performance (as we've found out in many past examples), on that front these two phones are nearly as even as can be, with five spec wins for the One mini 2, and four for the Galaxy Alpha. The One mini 2 beats the ...

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    In true Samsung fashion, a new phone has been announced today: the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. But Samsung had already launched the Galaxy S5 mini... Which one is better? Which is worse? Which should you buy? Find out in our Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Galaxy S5 mini specs comparison below. We've become used to saying in pieces like these that "the two Samsung phones look pretty similar," but that's not actually the case here for once. While the S5 mini looks akin to the regular ole S5, the Alpha adopts a more squared-off metallic design (which we can certainly appreciate from a design standpoint). ...

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    As we might have said a few times before, we really appreciate the unibody aluminum of the HTC One M8, and the unique look and feel it gives the device. But variety is the spice of smartphones, as they say ... and in its quest to broaden its device offerings (and possibly also to remind everyone that it's no one-trick pony), HTC now offers another choice in its high-end Android space. Meet the One E8, a Snapdragon 801-powered Android smartphone made of polycarbonate and toting almost exactly the same specs as the One M8, along with a few added features for the global market. We’ll ...

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    The rage was palpable in comment sections across the internet when Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 LTE-A (a.k.a. "Galaxy S5 Prime") a mere two months after releasing the "stock" Galaxy S5. Despite the fact that the company had pulled a similar move with 2013's Galaxy S 4, folks were incensed: how dare the company release a Quad-HD, Snapdragon 805-powered upgrade so soon, effectively rendering its 2014 flagship outdated just eight weeks after release? The answer to that question is known only to the glam gods at Samsung, so we sought out the answer to a different question with our ...

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    A mini, metal One M8. That’s the idea with HTC’s new One mini 2: miniature yes, but with a fit and finish meant to make it impossible to ignore its flagship ancestry. So if the larger One M8 caught your eye but proved too big for your hand, is the One mini 2 a viable alternative, or has HTC made too many sacrifices on the road to a smaller footprint? That's what we aim to find out with the HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8 comparison video below. We take a tour of each phone's anatomy, from fit and finish to software to the wildly divergent cameras. You'll learn what you'll gain and what ...

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    While the HTC One M8 is meant to be HTC's new high-end flagship smartphone for 2014, there's also a smaller version for those that want to spend less money and also prefer a smaller screen. The thing is, the smaller HTC One Mini 2 comes with a 13 megapixel camera with 3 times the megapixel count that the high-end HTC One M8 has. People often say that megapixels don't matter and that's sometimes true. At other times they really do matter. Of course, the HTC One Mini 2's camera does not use quite the same technology as the One M8 which has a larger sensor that is able to absorb more light ...

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    Motorola's made a quick stop on the road to crafting the so-called "$50 smartphone," releasing a $129 miniature handset called the Moto E in the process. We went hands-on with the Moto E in New York City earlier this week before showing you what it's camera is made of. Our full review is coming later in the month, but in the interim, we thought we'd put the Moto E up against Motorola's reigning low-cost smartphone, the Moto G. After all, the Moto G isn't just some down-specced Moto X that the company launched and then forgot about. In terms of sales, it's the most successful smartphone in ...

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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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