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    Smartphones are commonplace today. Almost everyone has one. My grandmother carries an iPhone and my father – a man who once swore he'd never carry a phone with him anywhere – slaps a Samsung Galaxy S III with an OtterBox case on his hip every morning. It wasn't always so. I remember being the only person at my high school – teachers and administration included – with a smartphone. First, I had the Moto Q, then the BlackBerry Pearl 8130, followed by the Curve 8330. And that's where my story began, back in 2006, taking lesson notes (read: playing Brick Breaker and Asteroids) on a ...

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    Remember back in the days of Android Gingerbread when ambitious OEMs started pumping out Android-powered tablets in an attempt to compete with Apple's iPad? Google pulled out all the stops to get Android Honeycomb released, and even partnered with Motorola to create the XOOM to show us all how a tablet "should be made". Honeycomb didn't last that long, but prior to Honeycomb, Google's message to OEMs was very clear: don't make a tablet powered by Android just yet. In retrospect, it's obvious why Google wanted its partners to wait: Android wasn't ready for tablets back then. It took some ...

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    Memos have been flying around like crazy over at Microsoft. Satya Nadella and Stephen "Hello there" Elop have been trying to synergize with their employees to maximize efficiency and leverage...whatever. It’s like a Weird Al song over there. Recently, Elop made it clear in no uncertain terms that Nokia's devices and services division, now living under the Microsoft umbrella is no longer in the Android phone making business. Of course anyone who has even tangentially been paying attention to the smartphone landscape over the past few years should have seen this coming, but it does beg the ...

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    Whether you're using Android, iOS, or Windows phone, there's one thing that unites us all: phone chargers. This week, Natalie and Kristin want to know why some chargers charge phones faster than others. Kristin bought a brand new phone charger that charges her phone about twice as fast as Natalie's in-wall charger. What gives? To answer that, first we have to talk a little bit about electricity. We'll dig into that, get into some Ohm's Law, and talk about rectifiers and inverters on this episode of the Pocketnow Power User. AC/DC The power inside our walls is AC (alternating current). The ...

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    When I first tried the One M8, I was pleasantly surprised. For the first time ever, I actually liked Sense. I've used Sense UI from its very first release on the CDMA HTC Hero in 2009 and every following iteration on HTC hardware since. Each time, the custom UI felt overbearing – it used too many resources, the animations were excessive, and most of the changes introduced were changes for the sake of change. Sure, some versions of Sense looked nice, but the bugs, slow updates, and inconsistencies weren't worth the trouble. Sense 6 was somehow different. Last year, HTC lightened the load ...

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    While users may not have always responded favorably, the ability of OEMs to deliver wildly divergent looks for their Android UIs could be seen as big success story for the sort of openness and flexibility that only Android offers. In the very early days of Android, everything looked the same. Manufacturers kept the stock OS intact and focused on deploying hardware -- that's where the real creativity was exercised back then. That approach didn't last long. Shortly after HTC built the G1 for T-Mobile, it created other phones with interfaces that began to refine the somewhat basic look and ...

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    Back in the Windows Mobile 6.x days, there was an app and service called MyPhone that Microsoft made so that you could back up content to the Windows Mobile MyPhone cloud website. It saved all of your text messages to the cloud and you could log into the MyPhone website and see them all there. This was great if you wanted to archive, record, or print some communications to show to the lawyers for example. Even before that, there was a 3rd party program for the Windows desktop called Jeyo Mobile Companion which would connect to your Windows Mobile device via the USB cable and load all the ...

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    Editor's note: I use the word "surface" a lot in this article, both when referring to the device and the platform upon which it was set. Assume "no pun intended" as needed. Thank you. The Surface Pro gets a lot of flak for being unbalanced and top heavy. It has been said that the Surface won't stay on your knees and therefore isn't a great portable computing device. So bad has the reputation been that Microsoft has put the tablet through 2 complete redesigns of its signature characteristic – the kickstand. Fortunately, Microsoft nailed it on the third try. For those not familiar, the ...

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    The iPhone 6 is coming – or so we think it is. Or so we think they are? Are multiple iPhone 6s coming? Is the 4-inch iPhone nearing end of life? What about that plastic thing Apple made last year? Is it dead, too? Oh, yeah. The plot thickens every single day. And we actually have no idea what to think about these upcoming iPhones or all the rumors that claim to have the answers to one of the biggest tech mysteries of 2014. Still, each and every day, I get bombarded with all sorts of questions regarding the upcoming iPhone. "What do you know about the iPhone 6?" "When is the new iPhone ...

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    Three years ago, you were lucky if your smartphone display had a few hundred thousand pixels. WVGA (480 by 800 pixels) was sort of a standard resolution back then, and mobile display technology still had a long way to go before pixel junkies would drool over a smartphone screen. Black levels were usually a milky, dark gray, unless you opted for a Samsung smartphone with a Super AMOLED panel. But then you had to consider the disadvantages of the PenTile Matrix subpixel arrangement. Back on 2011, I didn't stress about such things often. I didn't worry about color accuracy, black levels, ...

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    It's the first smartphone designed by Amazon, and it marks a day that many of us said would never come. The Fire Phone has landed, and you can buy it now! It's got this cool new pseudo-3D tilty thing called "dynamic perspective" (which actually sounds kind of cool), and some fairly decent specifications. The CPU powering the Fire Phone is a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and it's loaded with 2GB of RAM. Both of those are good, but neither are top-of-the-line. If anything, those are last year's specs. On the graphics side, there's an Adreno 330 GPU, but it's only powering a ...

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    A few weeks ago, our intrepid reporter, Taylor Martin attempted to use on the Surface Pro 3 for one solid week, forgoing his typical writing machines in favor of the Surface Pro 3. He didn't quite make it. In Taylor's defense, there were some unforeseen power issues, and Taylor reported that in his piece. But at the same time, he also wrote about how the user experience of the Surface was a bit too disjointed for him to successfully use the tablet on the regular. Ok, fine. Windows 8.1 has some issues. But were they so bad that a user couldn't get along after, say using a Macbook Air ...

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    To say I've been excited about Google Now on a smartwatch is a bit of an understatement. I've ranted about how Google Now and wearables were a match made in heaven more than once. And the minute Android Wear was announced, I stopped what I was doing and vented about my buyer's remorse over the $250 I had just spent on Pebble Steel. Things have changed somewhat, though, and I'm now perfectly okay – even quite pleased – with Pebble Steel. Android Wear has finally hit virtual shelves and the launch hardware is, dare I say, boring and bland. And turns out, our Michael Fisher found the new ...

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    HTC built the One E8 as a companion device to its One M8 flagship, intending it as a more flamboyant, slightly cheaper version of the same. It's a phone for markets where dual-SIM support matters, a phone for folks who prefer flashy polycarbonate over brushed aluminum ... and most importantly for our purposes: it's a smartphone that places resolution above creative design when it comes to its camera. With its high-end One M8, HTC opted for an unconventional optical arrangement: a 4MP "UltraPixel" camera working in tandem with a dedicated depth-finding sensor to enable some faux bokeh ...

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    The new CEO of Microsoft's new mantra for the direction of the software giant is "mobile-first and cloud-first". At Pocketnow, we're interested in the mobile-first stuff. To me, that would mean Microsoft intends to put a lot more effort into making their Windows Phone and Windows tablet operating systems and devices much better than anything else out there.  I'd expect to see better hardware, a wider variety of hardware, better battery life, better games, more frequent new games, a better music experience, an awesome version of Microsoft's Office productivity suite, and tighter ...

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