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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    We all love new devices. Smartphones are the very heart of sites like Pocketnow, and product launches just mean more smartphones for us to experience. Just the other day, Motorola unveiled its 2015 Moto G and Moto X lineup, and we're already spending time with the Moto G, and eagerly awaiting the inevitable flood of Moto X review units to come. But before we got our hands on the new Moto series, before Motorola had the chance to reveal its new product line, and before members of the press flew out to cover the announcement ... we already knew just about everything about them. We had ...

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    Most of the time we all love it when our phones get system updates. They might contain bug fixes, add new features, update our operating systems with a new look and feel, make our phones faster, or they might contain critical security patches to keep our information safe. All this depends on what's in the update, of course, but there's one roadblock standing in the way of these updates - and it's forced upon us without our knowledge or consent. Bloatware Bloatware is most often defined as generally unwanted software included on phones by the manufacturer - or the carrier. The first ...

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    Two years ago, the original Moto G redefined the concept of the affordable smartphone. In a world where even midrange devices commanded $300-$400 unlocked, Motorola's game-changer debuted at just $179. It brought much of the pocketability and visual appeal of the contemporaneous first-gen Moto X, and thanks to the pairing of near-stock software and a solid processor, it ran Android almost as smoothly as the day's top-tier flagships. We called it "a surprising pleasure to use" in our full review, ultimately concluding that it was a steal. Motorola improved on the formula with last year's ...

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    Ok, I promise, this is the last time I talk about my vacation - which was freakin' great, bee tee dubs. But as I mentioned in a previous article, I found myself in a difficult situation – I had the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and I was out on the town for 11 days straight. Battery life was an issue pretty much every day I was out there. I managed to muddle through using a couple of tricks which I’ll talk to you about, but I also did a little digging and put together a sort of “best practices” list here that you can employ should you find yourself on the wrong side of a battery ...

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    For those of you keeping track, until a few weeks ago my daily driver was the Motorola-made Nexus 6. For the time being I've switched to the LG G4 with the Qi wireless charging hack Michael Fisher told you about. What you may not know is that I almost didn't purchase my Nexus 6 - at the time I felt it was simply "too big". At the time, the next runner up was the Moto X. I went with the Nexus, and after a week I was convinced that I'd made the right choice. But the times, they are a-changin'! My experience with the G4 has helped to solidify my opinion that Android has matured to the extent ...

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    OnePlus has been sort of a controversial name in the past. The company has had its PR fumbles, from asking users to smash their phones, to practically holding an online wet t-shirt contest, to shipping out phones without chargers. It gained the company a lot of flack, and brought a new hurdle to buying a OnePlus One. After all, it was already hard enough for most people to procure an invite to purchase the phone, but then came the moral decision of whether or not to support a company with such back-and-forth antics. Luckily for OnePlus, the vast majority of consumers decided to buy a One, ...

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    Despite smartphones powered by Android occupying the #1 position these days, because of their various shapes and sizes, it still seems like I see iPhones more frequently than any other phone out there. That's why I was ecstatic when, while waiting in line at Disneyland, I saw a man talking on a OnePlus One. It's the first time I'd ever seen one "in the wild". Before I got the chance to talk with him about it he disappeared into the crowd. Why was I so impressed with the sighting? The OnePlus One was supposed to be the flagship smartphone that upset the establishment. From a price and ...

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    This week, we’ll be attending a Motorola event in New York and it seems likely that we’ll be seeing the next Moto G, at least.  There may be other devices coming along with it, but we know the most about the Moto G because of some leaks that occurred over the last week.  This is interesting because the Moto G is really a fascinating phone in that it could be said that it made midrange phones “a thing”. But did midrange phones become a thing because of specifications or beauty? In the past, people bought midrange phones because, frankly, they couldn’t afford the flagships. But ...

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    Update: A previous version of this article referred to the professor of the S6 Edge as a Snapdragon 810. The actual processor is the Exynos 7420. Apologies for the misinformation. I took a vacation last week out to the east coast of the US. I stopped by New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. All of these places were crammed wall-to-wall with touristy stuff to do from architectural beauty to breathtaking history. Also part of this trip, I got to meet some current and former colleagues from Pocketnow and beyond. In short, I needed a great camera, or I was going to be very, very angry ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    The cloud-based note-taking app Evernote has been a staple of my mobile life since 2008. I've used it on six different mobile platforms and hundreds of devices ranging from desktop computers to smartphones to wearables. Evernote has been an indispensable component of my work and personal lives, a crucial sidekick for scheduling everything from editorials to theatre rehearsals. And for the first time in seven years, I'm seriously considering a switch. My problem with Evernote isn't its awkward UI, its feature bloat, or its bizarre transition to a backpack-selling "lifestyle brand." ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    The topic of cases is always somewhat of a polarizing one among smartphone users. Whether or not they're necessary, or if they even help protect your phone (spoiler: they do). The vast majority of people are happy to put a case on their phone, because they'd rather have the piece of mind that their expensive purchase is protected in some way, than have to deal with a shattered screen or scuffed up chassis later. Other people, myself included, tend to shy away from cases, usually citing a reluctance to cover the finely crafted design of their smartphone (or using the silly argument "I ...

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    The Moto X is one of the most universally liked smartphones in the tech space. It's affordable, the software is close to stock with some compelling added features, and it's the most customizable phone money can buy (at least, until Project Ara hits the market). You can choose your own backing and accent colors, add a message to the boot screen, engrave your name or favorite phrase onto the back, and even train it to answer to your own voice or launch phrase. All of this makes the Moto X feel tailor-made just for you, but it makes you wonder ... would the Moto X still receive all of its ...

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    When looking at smartphones and tablets, we often obsess over cores and gigs and screen sizes. While all those are important to weigh when evaluating a device, the component we see the most - that we interact with the most - is the screen. When talking about computers in days gone by, the fight was between LCD (liquid crystal display) and CRT (cathode ray tube) - with CRT eventually becoming all but a footnote in the annals of history. Today, the battle is between LCD and LED (light emitting diode) - more specifically between IPS and AMOLED. IPS LCD IPS (in-plane switching) was ...

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    The Pebble Time is a really nice smartwatch. It’s so nice in fact that I haven’t stopped wearing it since I got it. I have a Moto360 at home waiting patiently, but right now the Pebble Time is doing a very good job doing what I need it to do. But more than that, I’m enjoying a very personalized Pebble Time experience. This isn’t to say that I can’t have that kind of experience on Android Wear – that’s not what this article is about. What we are talking about here is how to get the most out of your Pebble Time and really make the experience yours. Faces of fun The watch face ...

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    Nearly everybody uses cloud services these days, to some varying degree. It's almost unavoidable at this point; the moment you set up an Android phone, it prompts you to create a Gmail account in order to download apps, then proceeds to automatically back up your contacts and other information to the cloud. The same goes for Apple's iCloud service, and Microsoft's OneDrive as well. At any given moment, your phone could even be uploading your photos to the cloud, if you have such a feature enabled on your phone. Even if you try your best to avoid it, it's likely that you have some ...

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    Updated 3:55pm ET to include statement from AT&T. A couple years ago, my younger, whipper-snappier self put a question to the masses: why were we still using traditional SMS text messaging? Given alternatives like Google Voice, iMessage, WhatsApp and the like, SMS seemed positively archaic with its 160-character limit and lack of rich messaging functions. Worse yet, wireless carriers were charging a lot for the privilege of using this outdated system, demanding upwards of $20 per month for unlimited access to a resource that cost them essentially nothing to provide. Flash forward to ...

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    No, I'm not talking about their sound. I mean, sure, developers can definitely help relating voice assistants' with the average user by fine-tuning their voices to sound like people and not cyborgs. I think, though, that they should retain some robotic quality so that users clearly know what they're interacting with as opposed to who. How Google Now, Siri, Cortana, or any other voice service interacts with you is more important. Important to you, the person who wants data from the internet. It's most important to the companies behind the services which gain income off of you via data ...

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    Audio quality is becoming more and more important in smartphones these days. Whether it's out loud or through headphones, a lot of consumers want to hear their music in a high quality format. They want to watch their movies with 5.1 surround sound. Some Android OEMs have recently begun putting emphasis on quality audio. HTC famously has its BoomSound speakers, which popularized the widespread use of front-firing speakers in modern smartphones. Other companies like ZTE with its Axon phone have placed focus on high-fidelity audio via built-in DACs (that's digital-to-analog converters). ...

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    If you're Fitbit, Jawbone or Nike, then you know how to make a dedicated fitness tracker. If you know about Global Positioning Systems like Garmin and TomTom, you probably also have a good crack at crafting one. So, would HTC with its partner Under Armour — both well respected technology and fitness names respectively — be able to make a wearable to stand out from the crowd? Probably. All it takes is precision sensor technology, life-resistant hardware and software that's easy to use and can tell a meaningful story. But at this point for the partnership and in the state of personal ...

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    None of us "like" out-of-date things. Updates to apps and operating systems bring us new features, improved functionality, better user interfaces, and (most importantly) bug fixes. We all hate bugs, but bugs vary in severity from mildly frustrating to zero-day security holes that can be exploited to do all kinds of nasty stuff. Depending on their type and scope, patches and updates aren't things that arrive on our smartphones and tablets all that easily. Each bringing its own set of challenges and frustrations. Apps Applications get updated with whatever frequency their developers deem ...

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    Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is one of the most controversial pieces of silicon in recent memory. The OnePlus Two is the imminent sequel to one of the best-reviewed smartphones of the past few years. And very soon the two will come together to produce one of the most anticipated products in mobile. Then it's going to get trashed in the press, because it "overheats." And then I'm going to roll my eyes so hard they get stuck. To be fair to the very smart folks who've written very smart articles on the subject, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 definitely isn't the best system-on-a-chip the company ...

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    Fast charging is everywhere. It's called out on the box of every phone it's implemented in. It's advertised online. It takes form in multiple variants. But does it really help drive sales? We've seen fast charging take many identities. Qualcomm's Quick Charge, Oppo's VOOC, Samsung's Adaptive Fast Charge... Our own Joe Levi already took a look at the different fast charging options a few months ago, and his tests indicated a clear benefit to having the feature. As the name implies, with "fast charging," your phone is able to take in more current at a time and, in turn, it charges ...

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