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    Samsung's flagship smartphone is the Galaxy S line of phones, with the most recent iteration being the Galaxy S5, a 5.1-incher with an HD display. With rumors of an upgrade beginning to circle and speculation running wild, what do I want out of the Galaxy S6 - the logical successor to the Galaxy S throne - and what must Samsung do to secure it's top spot in the upcoming year? 64-bit Apple's already gone 64-bit. Desktop computers and laptops have been 64-bit for years. Servers have been 64-bit for even longer. It's time for the switch to 64-bit in our mobile electronic devices, too. Many ...

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    By now we should all know that we need to lock our smartphones, phablets, and tablets, right? How many of us actually do? I know I do! That's mostly because I live in a household with grubby little hands that try to get into all my new toys review units. The other reason is because I work with a bunch of practical jokers. They always want to change my ringtones to something inappropriate. I don't where where they got the idea from, I only pick up their unattended iPhones and say "Siri, call me Star Lord". We all know that passwords are the most secure, but they take too long to type in. ...

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    I’ve done a lot of soul searching of the past few weeks. It’s been a hard journey, but I have come to some realizations of late. I’ve been on Android since the beginning of Seeptember, and I’m running out of excuses to not go back to Windows Phone. I have two left – the Review Rebuttal for the Galaxy Note Edge is the first, and we’ll talk about the second in a moment, but after that, I’m just not sure. Why am I still on Android? My go-to excuse has been the Moto 360. The darn thing doesn’t work on anything else. But that’s not the real reason. Part of me wanted to say, it ...

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    Here in the States, we have the big three in carriers – AT&T, Verizon, and (kinda) Sprint. T-Mobile is in a class by itself, a small carrier with big dreams that likes to make big news. Finally, there’s the next tier of carriers. I’m not really sure how to label these carriers. They’re not really “small” per se, but perhaps less well known? Less respected even? They are largely pre-paid carriers. This is nice because it means no contract, but it also means no subsidizing phones. Ok, rest of world, “No big deal”, I get it. But in the States, that’s kind of a deal ...

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    Back in August we took Blackphone through its paces - two of them, actually. You see, a phone by itself isn't all that compelling. After all, you've got to have someone with another phone to talk to. Such is the case with Blackphone. As a quick refresher, Blackphone is more than just a phone, it's a secure platform (based on Android) that includes a suite of apps and subscriptions to various services that really make the phone an ultra-private communication tool. It was great in concept, but only garnered a 6.6 in our full review. As a concept, Blackphone is amazing; in practice, it left ...

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    I've been using the Nexus 6 as my daily driver for several days now. It's a beautiful phone! It's fast, has excellent graphics, a camera that does everything I need it to, and a battery that I've been longing for! The only down-side? It's big. REALLY big! It's for that reason that the Nexus 5 should stick around for another year - if not more! To start things off, I'm not a small man, and I've got quite large hands. No, we're not talking basketball all-star size, but I can stretch an octave plus three keys. (If you don't know how far that is, find a piano and see how far you can stretch.) ...

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    “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us.” So the saying goes, and I have to wonder if we have reached a level of saturation to the point of being redundant. What I’m referring to are phablets and tablets. Specifically, the extremely slight difference between them when it comes to screen size, power etc. Phones are getting bigger and bigger. Tablets are getting smaller. There are actually phones and tablets that are roughly the same size as each other. The Amazon Kindle now comes in a six inch variant much like the Lumia 1520, or the device I recently played with, the Alcatel ...

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    This week, on the Pocketnow Weekly, my colleagues and I talked a bit about data privacy and security. It’s funny, because this topic just so happened to be on my plate this week. So now, it’s time to put a little thought experiment out to the masses, to get a sense of where everyone is on this. What if? The headline says it all. What if your government – wherever you happen to live – offered a 100% subsidized data plan. The catch is, the government would transparently monitor every bit of data that passes across your mobile device. Emails, location, the whole kit and caboodle. For ...

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    An interesting thing happened this year, that flew under the radar a little bit. Microsoft once promised that Windows Phone 8.1 could just as easily be installed on or even dual-booted with Android on the same hardware with just a few tweaks here or there. This raised some eyebrows at the potential implications. But like a lot of potential implications in the Windows Phone world, this implication went largely ignore and wasn’t pursued. Then HTC made a splash – the HTC One M8 for Windows. Lolwut? For Windows? Sure enough, the exact same HTC One M8 hardware - second lens and all - was ...

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    Intro It’s a question that a lot of us need to answer, because of who we are. What phone should I buy? So often, the answer to this question really depends on the user’s history. Are you tied into an ecosystem? What smartphones have you had in the past? What are you used to? But every now and then, you get a blank slate. You get a field of freshly fallen snow. No footprints to disturb the unbroken landscape. So you get to help them decide where the snow angel is going to go. You have a virtual blank slate, with no preconceptions. So what do you tell those people? Well, we at Pocketnow ...

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    As we covered the launch of the Oppo R5 and Oppo N3 in Singapore a few weeks ago, most of the presentation focused on the image quality of the Oppo N3, and on the special optics that were being launched with both devices. Some of us in the room were a tad shocked because the company decided to ask a professional photographer to showcase all the camera improvements that both devices included, and hearing phrases like “this phone allows me to leave my DSLR camera at home” when referring to the N3. The R5 didn’t receive the same tall order of praise, but it was still regarded as a great ...

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    When we talk about root or "rooting" your smartphone or tablet, we're talking about bypassing the built-in securities and permissions that come prepackaged on your device so you can obtain "privileged control" or "root access". Our Apple-toting friends often call this "jailbreaking", which, in a manner of speaking, it is. OEMs lock our devices down "for our own good", to keep us from breaking them or allowing malicious software to get inside and do damage. A secondary objective is to make sure that we can't do anything that the OEM, carrier, or OS vendor don't want us to do - which makes ...

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    Phones are some of the most personal electronics you can buy. The reasons for this are quite varied, but it doesn’t change the fact that your phone is as close to an electronic extension of yourself as anything. We feel this connection that is unlike anything we feel with a laptop, tablet, desktop, etc. It’s. Our. Phone. As much as we can “feel” about an electronic device, our phones will generally have it in spades. So what makes us think we can get a phone for someone else? Tis the seasons to start contemplating how much you love your family and friends. Our holiday gift guide is ...

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    I love everything that I can do with my Android-powered smartphone. Not only does it keep me connected wherever I go, it helps me be productive even when I'm away from my computer. However, I spend most of my days in front of a computer screen writing code and making sure servers hum along nicely. That's when my smartphone sits on my desk, charging up for when I need to go "into the wild". During my day I'm usually neck deep in a compiler, spreadsheet, or database, but all my alerts still go to my phone. Phones are great that way, they aggregate all our messages regardless of their source ...

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    Phones today are getting larger and larger. I hearken back to the days when it was fun to brag about how small your smartphone was. Now, it’s all about the size of the boat, and not so much about the motion in the ocean. There’s just one small problem with big phones – evolution. You see, a billion years (give or take a few billion) of trial and error have determined what an ideal hand size is on a biped. Spoiler alert, it isn’t big enough to hold a Note. So what is a big-screen toting user to do? Obviously, some compromises have to be made. If you want all that prime screen real ...

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