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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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    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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    Sorry Matias Duarte. I’m not buying it. I know you came on stage months ago and all the geeks got all googley like preteens at a One Direction meet and greet, but what really did you bring to the table? It’s just a new UI for cripes sake. I’m just not buying material design. I don’t know. I guess it’s pretty. But Duarte went out of his way to show how everything was layered in material design. My first instinct then is still my reaction today – didn’t we want everything flat just a couple of years ago? Didn’t we criticize this UI and that UI for having layers and drop ...

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    A while back, Jesper Jensen from Denmark wrote in to the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast with a question about antivirus software for Android, specifically, whether or not he needs it on his new Xperia Z3 Compact. I have just received my Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and I am infatuated with this little beauty. Coming from a Nokia Lumia 620 it is quite a leap ahead, though I do find I miss a few things about Windows phone. One of the things I didn't miss about Android is the ... more or less useful (apps that come pre-installed from Sony, such as) AVG antivirus. Under normal circumstances I would ...

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    You have to admit. It’d be a very “Apple” thing to do. It would be very “Apple” to let the seeds of a new industry start to take root and then swoop in and dominate the market. The Apple Watch may be better in some ways, and it might be worse in some ways, but it is almost certainly going to be insanely popular. Because it’s Apple, and that’s what Apple does. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to stroke Apple’s ego. I’m just dictating its general trend for behavior. Apple has a reputation for letting others get their hands dirty in the refinement of a product, only to ...

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    Yes, you read the headline correctly! Although the Nexus 9 is the Google-branded tablet that was recently announced and is currently available in the Play Store, it's got us scratching our heads. Android 5.0 Lollipop is great, no question, and having the (arguably) first 64-bit Android-powered device certainly sets your status well above those of us mere mortals that are stuck in the archaic days of 32-bit processors (queue the Apple fanboys touting the fact that "their" platform has had 64-bit for a "long long time"). We've taken the Nexus 9 head to head against the iPad Air 2 and even ...

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    Thanksgiving in these United States is historically a time for people of different backgrounds and beliefs to come together to enjoy each other's company and conversation over a delicious meal of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Or so the greeting card companies would have us believe! In reality, it's one of the most stressful days of the year as family (who have been avoiding each other all year) are forced into the same room. Diverse opinions and preferences clash. Tempers soar. Words are said. Feelings are bruised. Eventually more than a few go home vowing to write off their ...

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    There are a few things in the world that can be called a “classic”. Some TV show episodes are “classic” examples of what the show was about. Some cars are iconic enough to be called “classic”. So why can’t a smartphone be a classic as well? A user on Facebook asked us that very question. And it got the hamsters running. So what would go into a “classic” smartphone? A classic smartphone would be one that defined the era in which it came up. It would be an instant reminder of all that was right about the smartphone as we remember them. So I took it to the team – what in ...

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    Last week, Stephen Schenck’s “Dial F for Fail” segment was an argument against subscription payment systems. A lot of what I write in this article will rehash his comments during that segment, and on the back half will be my rebuttal to that stance. That’s not normally how this column works, but it is this week, so buckle in. #TeamSchenck Stephen made his argument while discussing YouTube’s new music streaming service, YouTube Music Key. This music streaming service allows you to remove ads from YouTube videos, download them for offline viewing, etc for about eight dollars per ...

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    It’s interesting what is going on in the wearables camp. There are two separate factions – fitness bands and smartwatches, both claiming to do just enough of the other to make the other not necessary. FitBits, and Bands, and 360’s abound in the wearables circle. Most of the time, we here at Pocketnow talk about the watches more than the bands, but there is that other camp that keeps hanging around so let’s step aside for a moment and examine. Health and fitness trackers have made a bigger boom in the industry than smartwatches to date. There are a number of factors surrounding that ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop brings with it a lot of new features and functionality, and it just looks nicer - but that's not my favorite part. My favorite feature of Android Lollipop, believe it or not, is the setup process! The first thing you'll see when you power on your Lollipop-powered smartphone or tablet is the welcome screen. The screen itself looks beautiful. After you select your language and locale you're asked if you want to connect to your WiFi network to download all the settings and apps using that network rather than your cellular data plan. Once you connect you'll be asked if ...

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    Are slab phones the last form factor iteration in this space? I for one hope not, but they’re far and away the most popular. But now we’re entering an era of the wearable. Early indications seem to be that this is not really a fad that’s going to be going away. There are a number of reasons for this, but the bottom line is that wearables are simply very useful. No, they cannot replace your phone, and no they should not replace your phone. Your phone has very specific use-cases that a watch simply cannot fill. But it does make one wonder about what could be. I recently got my hands on ...

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    I came to a startling realization the other day. I don’t know how it happened or why it manifested itself in me in this way, but the truth is really undeniable. I feel no shame nor guilt in feeling this way and I don’t care if you want to judge me. I feel the way I want to feel. I don’t know if it’s a product of nature or nurture, but I have accepted this part of me for what it is. My name is Adam Doud, and I love crazy phones. The Legend of the Blue Taco I think it started long ago when I fell in love with a blue taco. I know what you’re thinking – a blue taco can’t possibly ...

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    Update: Edited to correct screen measurement figure. So there I am this morning, preparing some wearable videos featuring the latest and greatest from LG and Samsung (the G Watch R review and Gear S hands-on, if you're interested), and suddenly the internet explodes. There's a new thing from Nokia, apparently, a milled metal slab of science featuring Real Aluminum and Real Android, two things everyone has been clamoring for over the last several years of polycarbonate Windows-running Nokias. Now that Nokia is Nokia again and Other-Nokia has been absorbed into Microsoft, the former has ...

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