Posts tagged with: Comparisons
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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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    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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    "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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    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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    "Wow. That Nokia XL is big." That's the first thought that hit my lobes when this hands-on comparison started playing on my monitor, but it certainly wasn't the last. Because while the 4.5-to-5-inch jump in screen size is one of the more instantly recognizable differences between Nokia's Windows Phone flagship and its new Android-powered phone for "the next billion," it's the least significant. Tune in to the side-by-side video below to see the Windows Phone-powered 1020 placed alongside the Nokia XL's tile-centric build of Android for a quick look at how the former has influenced the ...

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