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    This thing is entirely too small. That was my initial impression of the very first iPhone I ever used. It was the iPhone 4 I picked up on Verizon's off-beat January launch day. Over the course of three years and two different iPhone models, my opinion never changed. I upgraded to the iPhone 4S that fall and later to the "larger" iPhone 5. Even the iPhone 5 was way too small for my tastes. It wasn't the height of the iPhone display that was the problem, but rather the width. I've always figured it's a combination of my anatomical disposition and experience with an array of other, larger ...

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    HTC recently sent out invitations to an October 8th event which included the cryptic message "Double Exposure". Double exposure is a term used in photography to describe the repeated exposure of a photographic plate or film to light, which can often produce "ghost images". Subsequently, Bloomberg reported that we may soon see an HTC camera - no, not a camera embedded in a smartphone or tablet, an actual, stand-alone camera. Thanks to the popularity of the GoPro (a small, rugged camera designed for recording extreme situations and "action sports") a relatively untapped niche has emerged. ...

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    As much as I’d love to trust the Internet, it has a tendency to screw you on certain things. I read about something and get all excited, and then find out it was just so much bunk. Maybe it was some made up BS that some troll decided to spew, or maybe it was someone who genuinely thought they were right and happened to have a platform on which to speak to such things. However you look at it, I’ve been burned enough in my life to take on a sense of cautious optimism when it comes to things that seem too good to be true. Anyone who has read my work is aware of the tragedy that befell my ...

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    If you believed all the iPhone rumors and leaks from the last several months, you weren't surprised when Apple announced not one, but two new handsets last week. You also weren't surprised when both of those handsets were significantly larger than the 3.5- and 4-inch iPhones of yore. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays, respectively. For the iPhone crowd, phones that stretch your pockets and grip are something entirely new. It's something that, paired with the iOS 8 update, is sure to bring some Android converts back into the iOS fold. And it may send users ...

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    LG's G Flex did what no other OEM seemed bold enough to do: make a curved smartphone - and make it flexible! If that weren't enough, the company managed to include (perhaps out of necessity) a "self-healing" feature. Minor (and even "more than minor") scratches on the back would simply fade and disappear over time. Outside of a Terminator movie, it doesn't get much cooler than tech like that! It's been almost a year since the first-generation G Flex was announced, and we've heard some rumors that a new G Flex is slated for the same time this year (or not until early next year, depending on ...

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    See what I did there? Exciting times we live in. Have I started a few editorials like that before? Well, it’s no less true. One of the more exciting things happening in this industry is the new evolution of wearables and smartwatches. Android Wear devices and the Apple Watch are both poised to make a major impact of technological society – or, you know, bust. Could go either way. But whichever way, it’ll be exciting! Pebble was clearly the trailblazer here. Pebble came out with two smartwatches before Android Wear was a twinkle in a designer’s eye. Other wearables have tried to ...

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    The purported iWatch was one of the longest running rumors in the mobile space, but it was finally put to rest last week when Apple took the stage at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts last week. It announced the two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, and the highly-anticipated watch, simply Apple Watch. Apple covered some of the most intricate details about its upcoming watch in a 10-minute video. It details the design of the watch, the uniqueness of the personalized straps, the UI, and its innovative navigation method dubbed the Digital Crown. Apple ...

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    Last week, Apple announced what is arguably one of its most anticipated iPhone updates yet: the iPhone 6. As expected, though, thanks to month of rumors and leaks, the iPhone 6 comes in two different flavors. The iPhone 6 is a rather large bump in size over the iPhone 5 and 5s – from 4-inches to 4.7-inches – with a respective increase in resolution to 750p. The iPhone 6 Plus is a more dramatic increase in size to a 5.5-inch display with 1080p resolution. Both models come with most of the same hardware upgrades: an A8 chipset with a slightly faster clock speed, larger batteries, a 128GB ...

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    Last week, I was sitting in the crowd at Samsung's Unpacked 2014 event in Berlin, talking with Florence Ion of Greenbot about how many of her colleagues loved the Note series, solely for the S Pen. As I explained last night, I was pretty damn excited to see what the Galaxy Note 4 was all about, as well. I had just written a wish list for the Galaxy Note 4, and from the new design to the internals, Samsung hit the nail on the head. I was also pretty certain we'd see the Gear S in the flesh, since it had been officially announced just a week or so before the event. Sure enough, everyone on ...

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    Apple has announced the iPhone 6 - in two different sizes, no less. But what did users really get? The next version of the iPhone, that's for sure, but how does it compare with what Android users already have - and what they don't. Screens First off, let's talk about sizes. The iPhone 6 comes in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions. The former is a little better than 720p resolution, the latter is 1080p. If those numbers sound familiar, they should! The Nexus 4, released in 2012, had a 4.7-inch screen with a little better than 720p resolution (better, in fact, than the iPhone 6). The Nexus ...

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    A time not too far into the past, Apple's mobile products were the gold standard of the industry. The iPhone dictated the direction of the coming year, and it was one of the few smartphones with incredible design and a consistent and reliable user experience. Further, tablet-optimized applications were made almost solely for Apple's iPad. However, Apple has been slow to update its software, hardware innovation has almost slowed to a crawl, and other OEMs are closing the gap in many areas – tablet market share, tablet-optimized apps, and even customer satisfaction. Apple got comfortable. ...

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    To date, I've used all of Samsung's Galaxy Note devices. I've owned two of the three previous Galaxy Note smartphones – the original and Galaxy Note II – and loved them both. I really enjoyed the Galaxy Note 3, as well, but never felt compelled to buy it for personal use. But I'll get into that in a second. All year, I've been waiting – like many of you – to see what the Galaxy Note 4 is all about. I reviewed the Galaxy Note 3 for AT&T back in October of last year and gave it one of the highest scores I've ever given a device in a review: a 9.3 out of 10. The only cons I listed ...

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    So, the news is finally out. The iPhone, much to no one’s surprise, now is bigger – 4.7” and 5.5” to be exact. This is fantastic news if you happen to be in the market for a bigger iPhone, and let’s face it, who isn’t? Amirite? But all the same, it’s cool that iPhone users now have the choice of small, medium or large for their phones, as well as their soft drinks. The iPhone 5s takes the place of the iPhone 5 as the “cheap” iPhone (and same sized iPhone for those who still want to rock a four-incher), and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus emerge as the quality and premium brands. ...

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    This has been a very interesting year for smartphone technology. Seven years ago we would’ve never thought that smartphones would be as big as they are today, nor that we’d have better display resolution on our phones, than we do on the average television set. This year 2K displays, waterproof technology, stereo speakers, aluminum, and even the emerging LTE Advanced are the new thing, even though only a few smartphone manufacturers are pulling most of these off. After seven years, I finally decided to switch the iPhone as my daily driver because of all these trends. Surely my choice ...

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    Love it or hate it, iPhone day is iPhone day. This is one of the most anticipated events of the year, and Apple did what it can do best, which is try to sell its new products to you through its keynote address. Today we saw the company announce the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, two devices which were highly leaked all throughout the year. We also saw Apple announce new services like Apple Play in order to address the mobile payments sector, one that hasn't taken off since its inception under Google's leadership. And yes, there was "One more thing," the Apple Watch, which we did expect to ...

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