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    Samsung returned to a fine tradition of water proofing/resisting with its latest flagship phones. Both the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge carry a slightly improved IP68 rating than the Samsung Galaxy S5’s IP 67 rating and the Galaxy S6’s IPGotNothin’ rating. So Samsung dropped water resistance and then returned, presumably due to consumer demand, new technology, or both. Now that I can go geocaching with my brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (you know, when I get one), I started to wonder about another Galaxy sibling – the Active. Now that the Galaxy S7 has a bigger battery and water ...

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    In some industries, presentation is everything. 1MORE gets that. We had the opportunity to review four sets of headphones from 1MORE over the last four weeks. From the time we held the boxes to the time we removed the headphones from our ears, we have been thoroughly impressed by the end-to-end experience. 1MORE has encapsulated quality in all aspects of the experience. Even the unboxing is special in its own way, which is why we’re going to talk about even that. Wow, right off the bat One of the first things we thought when merely opening the packaging of these headphones was “wow.” ...

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    As images begin to surface of what the next iPhone will possibly look like, the most surprising thing is that not much has really changed (not even "everything"). Renders of the iPhone 7 look a lot like the iPhone 6 and 6S that are out now. Sure the antenna lines (which honestly never bothered me) are being relocated, and the camera cutout looks a scooch bigger, but for the most part, these renders and leaks are making the iPhone 7 look like an iPhone 6Ssquared. But here’s the thing; that’s totally OK. Breaking the cycle Tradition in the iPhone world calls for a complete redesign every ...

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    Later this year, HTC will release its next flagship, the HTC 10. The rumors surrounding this phone make it seem very intriguing, but one thing we haven’t been able to pin down is whether or not HTC will release a Windows 10 Mobile variant of its flagship. There is precedent for such a move, but there are reasons to not go that route as well. Sounds like a debate to me! Let’s dive in, shall we? Less than ideal One the one hand, Windows 10 Mobile is not in very good shape these days. Microsoft seems to be focusing more on the software and services side of its business model and Windows ...

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    If you live in the northern hemisphere, it’s still pretty cold in March, unless you live in Chicago where the weather is crazy as a gerbil on a mocha latte. Still, we’re not putting the winter gear away just yet as Mother Winter can easily come back for an encore or three. And if she does, we’ll be ready to keep warm and keep up with our favorite podcast, the Pocketnow Weekly, just as we have been for the past three weeks. The Blu-toque by Caseco has been keeping our head warm through the harshest Chicago temperatures of late. The Blu-toque is a cleverly named winter accessory which ...

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    Now that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is running on 2.3% of devices, it's time for us to start talking about the next version of Android - Android "N". Marshmallow was released in October 2015, but the Developer Preview of that version (Android "M") was first unveiled in May 2015 at the Google I/O conference. Just as before, we don't know what Android "N" will be called when it's released, but in the meantime we've got our first taste of Google's newest mobile OS. How to install the Android N Developer Preview Here's where the first major change come in. Unlike previous Developer Previews, ...

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    "Who would ever need a 6GB smartphone?" Questions like that will get you in trouble. Despite the fact that he says he never said it, Bill Gates still gets cited as the guy who said we'd never need more than 640KB RAM in our computers, and we've seen how that turned out. If the Vivo Xplay 5 is to be considered today's benchmark, the 6GB smartphone is just around the corner. But that brings us back to the question: How much RAM is "enough" in our smartphones, and is 6GB "too much"? To answer those questions, we've got to know what RAM is, and what it's used for. Thankfully, we covered that ...

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    This May, a new version of Android will be introduced at Google I/O. Android N will bring with it a bevy of new features, which is all fine and good, but what will its name be? Now there’s some juicy gossip and speculation for you. I mean, Now on Tap is nice and all, but how about that Marshmallow? Isn’t that some catchy stuff? Really puts the sexy into it, ya know? So, knowing Android N has a lot to live up to – who doesn’t like marshmallows after all – we really need to put some thought into what this name is going to be. After all, it will single-handedly determine what ...

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    Smartphone trends are really interesting to watch. We get a lot of feedback from our readers. We get a ton of comments on our videos. There's an idea that people spend their money based on merit, a rational analysis of pros and cons. If you ask a general consumer why they bought the phone they did, they can usually justify the purchase, but were those the actual reasons that convinced them to spend their money? For Western tech fans, the first big fight of the year will land between LG and Samsung. Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 will be a ridiculously common article and video title, and we'll likely ...

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    While the tech community watches the drama unfold between Apple and the FBI over the phone used by the San Bernardino shooter, there are other cases working their way through our legal system. Yesterday a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled against the FBI in a situation where law enforcement wanted Apple to unlock the phone of a suspected drug dealer. In his ruling, Judge James Orenstein said "The relief the government seeks is unavailable because Congress has considered legislation that would achieve the same result but has not adopted it", referencing recent legislation that Congress failed ...

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    HTC changed course a little bit this year. In the past, when other OEMs announced their flagship phones at MWC, HTC was right there along side of them announcing its own flagship. This year, it went a different direction. When the world was introduced to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and the LG G5, with an honorable mention going to the Sony Xperia Performance, there was no HTC flagship to be seen, opting instead for a later announcement at its own venue several weeks from now, possibly April 11. Instead, HTC did unveil a few midrange smartphones in its Desire collection. Nice, but ...

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    What will sell the smartphones of the future? Editor Adam recently penned an editorial detailing Sony’s recent announcement to retire the “Z” line of flagship smartphones. The move to the XPERIA X family of devices seems focused on blurring the line between mid-range and high-end phones. Sony is yet another company publicly resigning from the specs war, walking away from the premier tier of mobile device. Will Sony's move be unique this year, or will other manufacturers follow in Sony's footsteps? Do specs matter? The flagship phone market is a maturing market segment. Across the ...

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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 - but my quest for a smart ...

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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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