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    The world was introduced to the LG G5 on Sunday, and it has received almost universal approval from all corners of the internet. The LG G5 is a gorgeously designed phone with some really compelling features and additions. Most notably, LG adopted a sort of modular design with some accessories you can get along with your brand spankin’ new flagship. But, in the opinion of this humble tech geek, LG missed one key aspect when developing the G5’s “Friends.” Disclaimers First, I need to specify that I have zero hands on time with the LG G5. My opinion is formed from afar, which I grant ...

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    This is probably one of the more serious Weekend Debates of recent history. This is a Weekend Debate with implications far more reaching than trade shows or design elements. Today, we talk about security and national obligation. The FBI recently requested that Apple unlock an iPhone that was owned by the perpetrator of a mass shooting on US soil. Apple has thus far refused, citing security concerns. This has sparked a national debate, and we’re picking up the torch and carrying it over the weekend. It's Apple vs. FBI. Who are you betting on? Limit one per customer The FBI’s request ...

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    Smart watches - people either love them or hate them. Why this polarity? And what must be done to close that gap between love and hate? It seems to be that some recognize that the smartwatch isn't an entirely necessary accessory. It doesn't replace the smartphone and doesn't do smartphone-like tasks well enough to be entirely useful. Still, others love the accessory for having notifications available on their wrist, to be able to control some aspects of their phone hands free while running through the airport to catch the next flight. Others, who have a hole to burn through their pocket, ...

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    Back in September we saw the release of the Xperia Z5 and its premium 4K model, the Xperia Z5 Premium. While these are both pretty excellent phones they just haven’t seemed to catch the attention of consumers like flagships from other OEMs. This year Sony is going to have to be able to compete with the likes of Samsung with their Galaxy S7/edge and LG with their G5, both which are much anticipated and receiving a lot of buzz.  There is A LOT that Samsung and LG are doing right! Sony has some pretty large shoes to fill! They could so easily become buried. IF Sony decides to release the ...

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    MWC 2016 is almost upon us and the rumor mill will not give a rest until the much anticipated phones are finally unveiled. Two companies who have the spotlight are LG with the G5 and Samsung with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Each year Samsung comes out on top of the Android flagship realm and last year Samsung seemed to find a mix that really worked, at least in terms of aesthetic appeal. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge were real beauties with their color shifting glass backs and aluminum frames. The rumor mill has revealed that Samsung has once again kept with the S6 aesthetic and who could blame ...

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    There's a new portable phone charger making the rounds that's making claims that seem too good to be true. It's called the ASAP Dash and it claims to be the world's fastest pocket-sized charger. Charging batteries can be compared to filing a bucket with water. If you have a small hose, it will take a long time to fill the bucket, but you won't spill a drop. If you have a big hose, say a firehose, that bucket might fill in just a second or two - but you've got to closely monitor and adjust the pressure, or you're going to get soaked - and the bucket might end up with hardly any water in it. ...

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    With the Galaxy S7, Samsung is set to release a great phone this year…maybe. Historically speaking, the last time Samsung was set to release a really great phone – the Galaxy S4 – it landed a little flat. I’m not saying it was a bad phone, but the Galaxy S3 had done a lot to revitalize the brand, and the Galaxy S4 seemed more of the iterative variety. Then again, so did the Galaxy S5. Both were described as "disappointing" in some ways. The S6 similarly redefined the brand – “revitalize” is too strong a word for the S6. That being said, the S6 did a lot of things right and a ...

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    In recent years, our phones have evolved into the “universal remote control” – not for our televisions, but for our homes. That’s where the Pocketnow Smart Home series comes in! Thanks to a combination of sensors and Internet of Things innovations, taking your old-fashioned home and turning it into a smart home isn’t as difficult, or as expensive as you might think – and it’s all controllable from your phone, phablet, or tablet. • If you've been following our smart home series, we laid its foundation with the Almond+ smart router by Securifi; we added a smart lock by ...

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    One of the things we do here at Pocketnow is talk about our favorite parts about phones and tablets. I will talk about the camera, all day. Other editors have other preferences - operating system, skin, processor, etc. It almost starts to become a debate of sorts. Of course our reviews cover every facets of a mobile experience, but that's because we have to. We have to talk about every little piece of a device, even though it frankly doesn't excite us. But one of the best parts is, if you really dig down and read between the lines or follow us on social media, maybe you can figure out ...

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    The Asus ZenFone Zoom is a smartphone built around one specific feature. No. Not the camera. The phone's name is a dead giveaway. This device is built around the zoom on the camera. We're talking niche of a niche, as we've seen camera focused phones before, but few with this kind of optical hardware capability, and none in recent memory which didn't have a telescoping lens popping out of the back of the phone. It's an audacious experiment to be sure, one which Asus should be celebrated for trying, but does it actually work? Is the Zenfone Zoom the king of this niche? There's only one way ...

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    The rumor mill suggests that there is a four-inch, cheap iPhone on the way, maybe as early as this spring. The prospect of a four-inch iPhone has garnered some admittedly strong opinions among some tech journalists whose initials happen to be “AD”, but that was one of my admittedly close-minded moments. Anyway, moving past that, we’re going to assume that a four-inch iPhone is in the works and that it’s a good idea because people dig choice. Ok, cool. We’ll run with that. Now, let’s take a look and figure out how we want this four-inch iPhone to manifest itself. What do we want ...

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    You only get one chance to make a good first impression. It’s a strategy we’ve seen before. If you want some headlines and media coverage, design a phone around one specific feature. ASUS is following in the footsteps like of devices like the Lumia 1020 and Samsung K Zoom, building a phone not only around camera prowess, but on the ability to get closer to your subject. It’s only been 24 hours, but we’re ready to share some thoughts on the ASUS ZenFone Zoom. ASUS ZenFone Zoom unboxing and first impressions Click here to watch this video on YouTube! Hardware The ASUS ZenFone Zoom ...

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    In any industry, you will generally find three competing standards that stand out above the rest of the field. Look no further than Windows, Mac, and Linux. That’s just one example, but there is a certain beauty to this rule of three that one must appreciate. Unless one is not an Android or iOS fan, then this rule starts to look a little crappy. There has been a long, drawn out battle to win that third spot in the hearts, minds, and pockets of the phone-buying public, but Microsoft has thus far failed to take a stranglehold on that third spot despite it being in arguably the best shape ...

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    I’m a little disheartened by some of the commentary regarding video features like Ultra HD resolution. We’ve had the capability to shoot UHD video on our phones for a couple years now, but people still dismiss the benefits of saving four times more pixels than "Full HD" video. We’re going to dispel some myths, talk about compression, and hopefully change some minds on what higher quality video brings to the table. Frustrating terminology Compounding the difficulty in setting the record straight is the obnoxious letter abbreviations for screen and video resolution. "HD" can mean 720p, ...

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    There’s a pretty healthy economy online for selling and trading used smartphones. Unfortunately there’s no guarantee that even a well-kept and functional device wasn’t subjected to smoke and tar from a smoker. Maybe you can send the device back to the seller, but if you’re stuck with it, that’s a bummer. A buddy of mine recently found himself in this very situation with a phone, and it inspired me to look up what methods could be employed for cleaning a phone out. This is a problem we used to face with studio recording equipment back in the days when voice over announcers would ...

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    It’s been a roller coaster of a week for Apple and Alphabet. The company which owns Google briefly took the mantle as most valuable publicly traded company, only to be leap-frogged by Apple again on the strength of iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch rumors. Apple continues impressive performance as a profit generating engine, but the gaps in Apple’s armor are becoming more apparent as we watch the mobility market mature. Cash is king Just as buying a phone is often an emotional decision more than a rational one, trading stocks is also an emotional reaction. We want to claim some kind of ...

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    Sure we have wireless charging and cloud data back ups, but we still rely on cables for a lot of our power and data management. iOS users went through a connector transition several years ago, moving from the wide, flat, 30 pin dock connector to the smaller lightning connector. Now the rest of the smartphone industry is migrating to USB Type C. Which cable design offers the better feature set? Which connector has more longevity? Can we call something a “standard” when certain companies remain holdouts? Apple deserves a lot of credit in being the first to transition to a smaller ...

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    In recent years, our smart phones have evolved into the "universal remote control" - not for our televisions, but for our homes. That's where the Pocketnow Smart Home series comes in! Thanks to a combination of sensors and Internet of Things innovations, taking your old-fashioned home and turning it into a smart home isn't as difficult, or as expensive as you might think - and it's all controllable from your phone, phablet, or tablet. • So far in the series we've already covered the foundational part of our smart homes: the hub. We went with the Securifi Almond+ to power our smart ...

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    There is something that seems…silly…when you talk about a concept like a wearable battery pack. Why would someone need...no. Why would someone want to wear a battery pack? Now keep in mind, this is coming from someone who wears a belt pouch every day and who used to keep his smartphone in a holster, also on a belt. Doesn’t a battery pack seem like the next logical step? So when we first picked up the GO PUCK power pack, we were a bit dubious at first. It certainly was an interesting concept. But we needed to try it in the real world. So we did, and we’ll talk how it works, but for ...

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    When discussing media creation from our mobile devices, the advances in camera sensors, lenses, and video options takes the majority of focus. It’s the sexier side of the conversation, seeing that over a short period of time our phones have leapt from standard definition video and single digit megapixel stills, to UHD video and 12+ megapixel images. However we’ve also been seeing (and hearing I suppose) some subtle but important advances in audio capture. What was a novel feature a couple years ago, most many mid-range, most flagships, and even a few entry level phones now employ ...

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    Post a question publicly about how HTC can improve their smartphone sales and you’ll receive a number of replies from people talking about cameras. @SomeGadgetGuy A camera that wasn't tested by legally blind chipmunks would get my attention. — Russell Holly (@russellholly) February 3, 2016 Is it really that simple? Is that all HTC needs to do to stop the hemorrhaging and turn this ship around? I wonder if this isn’t a convenient reply delivered by us geeks, which ignores other issues facing this company in the consumer space. The camera does need work… To be fair, HTC cameras do ...

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    The LG V10 has been criticized for being a bit on the chunky side, but that casing comes with the advertised benefit of MIL-STD-810G drop and shock resistance. I’ve been critical of the smartphone industry of late for building pretty phones, but phones that don’t seem well designed to survive daily lifestyle abuse without assistance. I usually use my phones naked (in that the phone is used without a case, not that I am sans clothes). I reserve my case use for specific situations. Trip to the grocery store? No case. Aggressive hike in the hills? Rugged case. Fancy night out? Maybe a ...

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    Tablet sales have been declining for the past couple of years. The dominant theory as to why tablet sales are declining is that smartphones are cutting into the market. The iPhone 6 Plus and 6S Plus in particular are culprits of this theory since the iPad is still the best selling tablet in the world, but the Note series of phones, Nexus phablets, and other 6+-inch phones are equally to blame. The larger sized phones are making it harder for OEMs to sell tablets which aren't all that much bigger. Not much more The reasons for this aren’t hard to grasp. The jump from the 5.5-inch iPhone ...

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    BlackBerry is a confusing company these days, which makes it a natural subject for the Weekend Debate. BlackBerry has gone through a few iterations while reinventing itself. We have seen BB10, physical keyboards, and most recently, a jump to Android. It’s this last point that I want to take a look at as we look into 2016 and try to determine just what BlackBerry has up its sleeve for this. Specifically, is it time to kill off BB10 and go all in with Android? Naturally Right off the bat this seems like an easy answer. Of course it should. But when you look more closely, the waters get ...

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    You know what's cool? Having a bunch of connected gadgets. You know what sucks? Having a unique phone number for each and every one. Thanks to the proliferation of instant messaging and VOIP calling services, being tied to a mobile phone number has become less of an issue in recent years – but there are still those who prefer the old-fashioned voice call, and the venerable SMS is still a solid standby when you've got friends who chafe at the intrusiveness of Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts. For them, the idea of maintaining separate phone numbers for a 4G tablet, ...

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