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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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    The Galaxy S 4 might be the talk of the town today, but it didn't get to its lofty position just by borrowing from older Samsung smartphones. The world's largest handset vendor borrowed heavily from its pioneering phablet line as well when crafting the Galaxy S 4, stealing gesture-based interactions from the Galaxy Note II, and even tweaking a few S Pen-powered features to serve the new pen-less king of the Samsung smartphone pile. How did all this feature-porting work out? Should someone in the market for a Note II pause for a second to consider going Galaxy S 4 instead? How much ...

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    Long before these smartphones ever emerged from their respective drafting rooms, the world knew that the showdown between them would be fierce. 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. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One are smartphones physically, historically, and ...

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    It seems like ages ago that we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S III, first in its international garb, then in its various U.S. carrier variants. Back then, we said we'd "confidently recommend the Galaxy S III to someone looking for the best smartphone experience possible," and our sentiments were, for the most part, echoed across the internet's various tech news outlets. The public, it seemed, took the recommendation to heart: Samsung sold untold millions of Galaxy S III devices, furthering the legacy of what was already a legendary line of Android smartphones. Today's nostalgia for 2012 is ...

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    Sometimes you just have to schedule a podcast a few hours before a major news event, and as a result you've got to scramble to come up with some valid-sounding speculation about just how useful a Facebook Phone could really be. It's not like we haven't tossed this notion around before, but doing it on the air, off-the-cuff, imbues our lives with a certain energy, a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will. Or even if you won't. Whatever; we have a good time riffing. You'll listen and like it! Ahem. All that, plus some chat on just how big a copycat LG's Optimus G Pro is - and how well it does ...

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    We've all but looked at Ubuntu for Phones under a microscope. I have personally flashed it to three different devices and have put it on my Nexus 4 a total of four times already. While I'm not ready to go all-in and use it as a daily driver (I would question anyone who did), it's apparent that the operating system has potential, not only because it has a company like Canonical behind it, but because the innovations it brings to the table. No less, in its current state, it's not worth much more than just staring at and tinkering with. One thing that struck me as odd, though, is how little ...

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    Last week, we finally got a firsthand look at Ubuntu 12.10 Touch. We went hands-on with both Ubuntu for Phones and Ubuntu for Tablets. While it's pretty clear that the developer preview was just that, a preview (some application were only screenshots of what the applications will look like), the operating system shows promise for great things to come. Ubuntu, at this point, is not stable, and in no way is it viable as a daily driver. Sure, you have your basics – dialer, SMS, HSPA+ connectivity, camera, etc. But application support is virtually nonexistent and the preview suffers from all ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet is right smack in the middle of its coming-out party, and we're hard at work on the full review. In the meantime, since we've compared it to the Galaxy S III and given an S Pen lesson already, alongside a few written editorials, we thought it only fitting we should hold the new Note up to its predecessor, the former king of phablets and the one that kicked off the whole category, to see where the newer model excels. Nothing much fancy going on in this quick-and-dirty comparison video; just a lot of side-by-side comparisons and close-up & medium shots ...

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