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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    It is here, and it is awesome. That's a little spoiler about our forthcoming Nokia Lumia 1020 review, which we haven't had quite enough time to write just yet. But that doesn't mean you should be deprived of Nokia Lumia 1020 hotness on this bright and beautiful pre-launch Wednesday, now does it? That's the spirit! What follows is an in-depth comparison video documenting the similarities and differences between Nokia's 2012 and 2013 flagship Windows Phones. We'll talk housing humps, design disparities, and just how big the gulf really is between 8.7 and 41 megapixels, and we'll let you ...

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    The Xperia Tablet Z, when we reviewed it, was one of the best Android tablets to have ever entered our labs. And that certainly hasn't changed in the last month and a half. It's the full package – great specifications, a fairly impressive display, dust proof, water resistant, and, well … gorgeous. That said, Samsung has been around the block. And it's Galaxy tablets easily outperform every other Android tablet brand without breaking a sweat – on retail shelves, that is. The latest slab to leave Samsung's doors is the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, and it has a trick or two up its sleeve. For ...

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    Just because we're not reviewing the CAT B15 doesn't mean we're not trying to squeeze some knowledge from its unyielding aluminum-and-plastic chassis. We've already shown you what comes in the box alongside the $349 Android smartphone; now it's time to see how the oddball from Caterpillar stacks up against the competition in the U.S. waterproof-smartphone space. That means we're putting it head-to-head with the Galaxy S 4 Active from Samsung, whose review was received enthusiastically by our readership last month, and the Kyocera Torque for Sprint, which we repeatedly threw in the snow and ...

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    Two tablets walk into a bar. One of them bears an impossibly long and convoluted name despite its slim dimensions, and the other packs quite a bit of girth alongside its useful S Pen stylus. With an $80 gulf between them, the question facing the patrons of this imaginary, tablet-serving watering hole isn't an easy one. That question is this: which one do I try to take home with me? For the answer, check out our most numerically intense comparison ever, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 vs Galaxy Note 8.0 (or "battle of the Samsung slabs," if you've never been one for numbers). We stack the Tab 3 against ...

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    We've handled it at its official London debut, even dropping it into a tank of water. We've unboxed our very own demo unit, graciously provided to us by the exclusive launch partner, AT&T. And we've given that demo unit the Quick Review treatment, stretching the limits of the word "quick" with 2500+ words and a full video review. The Galaxy S 4 Active might not have gotten the full-court press the original got, but we did our best to make it a dense seven days of coverage. As the week winds down and some of you folks get ready to take to the smartphone store with your Friday paycheck ...

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    While the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and HTC One have very little in common, both are symbolic of their respective makers' current financial status and recent market performance. HTC is currently struggling and put every ounce of effort and know-how into a single smartphone. And the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is only one of many Samsung smartphones that have few realistic reasons to exist other than the fact that Samsung can afford to experiment to see what sticks. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 towers over pretty much every other smartphone on the market. And the HTC One packs one serious wallop with BoomSound, ...

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    One is a water- and dust-resistant, wafer-thin slate of a device running a skinned build of Google's Android at the troublesome 10.1" screen size. The other is a magnesium-coated transformer with a folding keyboard and an OS that's taken its share of heat too: Microsoft's Windows RT. These tablets don't have much in common, but they do share space on the retail shelves of the world as the high-end representatives of their respective tablet ecosystems. So it's time to put Sony up against Microsoft; it's time for the Xperia Tablet Z vs Surface RT video comparison. Tune in as we take you on a ...

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    Smartphones can't possibly get any bigger, can they? We all asked ourselves this after Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Note. Then came the Galaxy Note II, 0.2-inches larger than the original. And Huawei presented the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate to the world at CES in January. Again, we thought there is no way phones are getting any larger. Well, Samsung has done it again. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is a gigantic phone. It towers over the Galaxy Note II, what was – and still is, for that matter – considered too large by many. But we would be doing you guys and gals a disservice if we didn't ...

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    The Xperia Tablet Z is the thinnest, lightest, most beautiful 10-inch Android tablet we've ever come across - but it's still a 10-inch Android tablet, and thus still at a disadvantage in terms of a tablet app ecosystem. That said, we've given Sony's latest slate the full review treatment and found it to be pretty impressive. Between its portability, vibrant display, and water resistance, "the Z" brings plenty to the table in the fight against other, more popular tablet computers. Ultimately, though, in a punch-for-punch contest, how does Sony's super-slim beauty stack up against Apple's ...

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    The Lumia 928 is an important smartphone for Verizon Wireless, and if you're a Verizon customer who's been waiting for a flagship Nokia Windows Phone, it's an important smartphone for you. We gave the 928 the Quick Review treatment last week, doing our best to consider it on its own merits, avoiding the temptation to compare it too closely with its AT&T-shackled predecessor - because we knew the time would come for such things. Well that time, friends, is now: the Lumia 928 vs Lumia 920 comparison you've been waiting for has finally arrived. The differences between these devices go ...

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    You've been asking for it: a head-to-head matchup of the best of Windows Phone with (one of) the best of Android. We had to get the hotter comparisons out of the way first, but here for your viewing enjoyment is the latest piece of Nokia versus Samsung hotness to come out of Pocketnow. Why the delay? Funny you should ask. We've been churning out quad-vs-octa, Samsung-vs-HTC, and Galaxy-vs-Galaxy comparisons first because, at the moment, they're the more apt head-to-heads. Nokia's Lumia 920 is a half-year old at this point, and the truth is, putting it up against the newest Samsung ...

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    The Galaxy S 4. It's a name that commands respect: one that strikes fear into the hearts of other smartphones, and incites envy in the eyes of would-be buyers. As our full review reinforces, it's a name that represents one of the best Android smartphones you can buy today. But the Galaxy S 4 isn't just one phone: it's a device family comprised of many globally-specific variants. The SPH-L720 we reviewed last week was built especially for the American carrier Sprint, and while it's functionally identical to the other American operator variants, it has significantly less in common with its ...

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