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    Remember when the company even announced Samsung Pay? It was with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge debut. Samsung promised a launch within the year and we got it. In addition to tap-and-go NFC payments, thanks to acquired technology from LoopPay, you can swipe your Samsung phone (S6 or later) down most magnetic stripe readers. But the laggard mobile payment system still needs to mount a credible challenge to its forerunners Apple Pay and Google Wallet — soon to be with Android Pay. And to do that, it will need to hop, skip and jump fast while a new type of "payphone" is still new to ...

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    There's a lot of talk floating around about the latest Galaxy Note. From one perspective, it's Samsung's most beautiful phablet yet, porting the top-notch design of the Galaxy S6 to the Note family and bumping some specs in the process. From another, it represents a watering down of an iconic brand once partly known for its no-compromises feature load. We made the case for both sides on the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast (coming soon) but there's one thing we're pretty sure most folks can agree on: that keyboard case Samsung's selling alongside it is a very special ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 is official and you'll be able to get one on August 21st. But is it still going to appeal to power users? Here's what Samsung took out of the Galaxy Note 5, and what was left in. Earlier today we talked about rumors which indicated that Samsung would be using a non-removable battery in the Note 5, and wouldn't be including a microsd slot. So far, those rumors seem to hold true - however, it might not be as bad as it seems. Removable Battery Unlike other Notes before it, the Note 5 will not be coming with a user replaceable battery. This means users will have to ...

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    Do you want to store your entire music collection on your phone? Would you like to have the movies you like on a card that you can carry with you everywhere you go, even if you're outside of data coverage (or have already burned through your allotted data)? Do you need a spare battery to help get you through the day, or make sure you have enough juice for an extra-long flight? Are you glad that you can pre-charge some batteries to take with you, so you don't have to be one of "those people" who is constantly searching for (and ultimately tethered to) an electrical outlet? Lucky for you, ...

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    HTC makes beautiful products. Historically, the company was selected by HP and Compaq (among others) to build the hardware that carried their corporate brands for years. Since then, HTC has tried to break into the market as its own brand - and has done remarkably well. When you think of smartphone brands, HTC ranks up near the top, alongside Apple, Samsung, and others. The financial side of the company, however, has been a bit more rocky. The solution? Following another difficult quarter with an operating loss of US$252 million, HTC makes cuts to try and restore profitability. Back in ...

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    A year ago we saw Samsung debut a device with an auxiliary curved display. The Galaxy Note Edge, along with the S6 edge that followed it intrigued many technology enthusiasts and regular people alike. Devices with curved displays on the side in a sea of rectangular cookie cutter devices are definitely refreshing, but I can’t help but feel like Samsung isn’t using these displays to their fullest potential. The Note Edge brought a few Edge Display features, but the S6 Edge Display experience was quite watered down in comparison. Of course, sheer feature count has been one of the main ...

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    It’s a tale as old as time. The beauty and the beast. In this particular metaphor, beauty comes in the form of the Galaxy S6 Edge and the beast is the S6 Active. Let me assure you, these two terms are very appropriate for the last two phones I’ve carried as daily drivers. My time with the Galaxy S6 Edge was wonderful, and I had lots of fun toting it from state to state, meetup to meetup. But throughout, there was one thing that kept holding me back from falling head over heels in love with the phone. The battery. Then I received the S6 Active. This thing is a honkin’ beast. It’s ...

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    As far as form-factor goes, the original Nexus 5 is arguably one of the best I've seen in the last several years - and that's saying a lot! Its 4.95-inch screen comprised almost 71% of the phone's face and hit the sweet spot between functional size and pocketability. That screen packed in the pixels, too, with a full HD (1080 x 1920) display at a pixel density of around 445 ppi. Sure, inner workings of the Nexus 5 are a bit dated by today's standards. A 32-bit, quad-core Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3 GHz, teamed up with an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB RAM is a bit, well, "yesterday", and ...

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    It’s time to talk about a dirty word in apps – accounts. Never before has a single word ever inspired such passion in users and potential users of apps. Accounts. The very word makes one shiver. It seems like these days, accounts are everywhere. Sometimes it doesn’t even matter what kind of app you’re using. It could be a game, a productivity app, or even something as simple as finding gas. Really, why does a gas price app ask me for an account every time I install it? Why do I need to give it my email address just so I can drive sixteen miles to save three cents per gallon on ...

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    Sony is one of those companies that is often forgotten in this industry. List of a number of phone OEMs and if you live outside of eastern Asia, Sony might find its way into your mind share somewhere around Mitsubishi and Tylenol because you will have started guessing by that point. “Oh, Sony?! That’s right!” Sony is present in many smartphones on the planet, since its camera sensors are used in Apple and Samsung smartphones (among a host of others). When it comes to building a phone for itself, Sony does a pretty decent job. When it comes to selling them, eh, not so much. Which is ...

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    It feels like Affordable Technology Week around these parts, doesn't it? We kicked it off Monday with our full review of Motorola's Moto G smartphone, kept the ball in the air Wednesday with a review of the same company's Moto Pulse Bluetooth headphones, and we debated the sanity of "settling" for affordable mobile technology in this week's podcast. Now it's time to take the cheap talk to tablet town with a look at a product from Motorola's parent company, Lenovo. Having answered the question of whether you can survive on a $200 smartphone, we now turn to the question of whether you ...

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    It wasn't that long ago when Motorola was bought and later spun off from Google. Motorola is now held by Lenovo. Thankfully for us, much of what Motorola was before the Google acquisition has survived. Motorola's biggest strength has arguably been it's great hardware - and its direct-to-the-customer ability to customize those phones - to an extent. However, in 2015, that's all changed - and the 2015 Moto X makes it look like Motorola that we used to know may have lost its way. In recent years, Motorola highlighted three phones: The Moto E, Moto G, and Moto X. Each could be customized in ...

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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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    There was a time not that long ago when you could only buy an iPhone for use on AT&T's service. That was back in 2007. It wasn't until 2011 that Verizon and Sprint picked up the phone. Cricket and Virgin Wireless joined the party in 2012, and you couldn't get an iPhone on T-Mobile until 2013. (This didn't stop people from unlocking their iPhone and moving it to another carrier, but that's a different topic.) It took the late Steve Jobs a year and a half to negotiate five years of exclusivity with AT&T. According to sources, in exchange for around 10% of iPhone sales from ...

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    Motorola’s highly anticipated smartphones were finally revealed last week, but it wasn’t quite what we expected. Yes, we did get the Moto X and the Moto G, but it didn’t stop there. Motorola decided to give us, not two, but three smartphones, breaking up the Moto X family into the Moto X Play and the Moto X Style. It’s enough to make you say, “wait, what?” when you take a gander at these two phones. Because after that gander, you start to see something a little distressing. I won’t rehash the specifications for you; you can read about those here and here.  But what I will ...

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    I've just come down from basically a month using the LG G4 exclusively. It's a great phone, and its svelte leather cover looks amazing in my shirt pocket!  I've been generally happy with the phone. The screen looks great and is big enough to get everything done that I need to. Calls sound good. LTE and WiFi perform well, although Bluetooth is a little spotty. The one major drawback has been the speed. As I mentioned in my "review rebuttal" I got around this by installing and using the Google apps (Calendar, Keyboard, Now Launcher, etc.) in place of the stock LG equivalents. That worked ...

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    I've owned two smartwatches powered by Android Wear, the LG G Watch and the first-generation Motorola Moto 360 - the latter of which is on my wrist right now. Both are great watches, but both leave a lot to be desired. Before we jump into what those are, keep in mind that this is just about the hardware. Things I want in the next version of Android Wear, the operating system that runs on the Moto 360, is an entirely different article. Having gotten that out of the way, let's move on to the 800 pound gorilla in the room, shall we? Battery Life Initially, battery life on the Moto 360 was ...

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    When it's time to buy a new smartphone, you have a few options at your disposal – at least here in the United States. We have a few relatively unique options in our smartphone/carrier pricing options, so I thought it might be an interesting thought-experiment to take a look at those options and see what works for you folks. For the purposes of this article, imagine you have all of these options available to you wherever you are. Which would work best for you? Subsidized, contract pricing One of the older ways to purchase a cell phone was with the ol’ two-year contract. Basically you ...

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    Sony announced recently that it would be testing a new near-stock Android experiment, while moving most of its additional Sony services to the form of apps. This is great news for those of us who have grown to prefer the stock Android experience as can be found on Nexus phones near-stock on phones such as those offered by Motorola The stock Android experience is a pretty good experience, and more importantly, it brings a unified experience across multiple devices. Ask and thou shalt receive The days of skins are waning as more and more OEMs are changing over to this stock or near-stock ...

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    Some years we see amazing jumps in the technological specs that come packaged into smartphones. Other years, not so much. Regardless, smartphone makers try to release a really remarkable smartphone almost every year - but it seems like they miss that target more often than it's hit. Part of that is likely due to the the fact that OEMs are engaged in a specs battle. Each maker has a product to build, and that product is measured by the sum of its parts. One with this processor, the other with that. One with X amount of RAM, the other with Y amount. And so on. On paper it's not difficult to ...

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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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