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    "What are your favorite Windows Phone apps?" is a question I never get asked on the internet, mainly because people are too busy asking me what my daily drivers are, despite the fact that it's all there in my Twitter profile. But it's an important question. Because even though I feel that you shouldn't carry a particular device just because I carry it, the question of which apps and services we opt to use is another story. To step back to 2008 for a second: apps are magical things. As we discovered on a recent episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, almost all of us can remember ...

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    Contrary to what many may think, smartwatches have been around for quite a long time. I'm not talking about the kind of wristwatch that includes barometers and moon phases and whatnot, rather, I'm referring to the kind that can connect to smartphone using Bluetooth (or a similar technology). These modern smartwatches (Pebble, Samsung Gear, and Android Wear) are taking much longer than I'd anticipated to really take off in the mainstream, and be adopted by the watch-wearing public. What we need a smartwatch killer app! When talking about computers and technology, according to Google's ...

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    I've always been the most technologically advanced guy in my family, and even in my group of friends. I've generally got the latest generation smartphone and tablet. I wear a Bluetooth headset for listening to music and making phone calls. I own several smartwatches (even before the LG G Watch and Pebble came on scene). My house, car, and office are peppered with NFC tags. Now we're starting to see what I consider to be a disturbing trend: body-modding for tech. Not long ago we saw a tattoo artist who embedded four high-power magnets into his wrist so he could keep his iPod Nano at the ...

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    The Moto X, as modest and bland as it appeared on paper, was, by and large, one of the most impressive smartphones of 2013. Unlike most new phones, I could recommend it to buyers without a sliver of doubt. While its camera wasn't all that great and the specs were far from the best, it was an incredibly solid, well-rounded smartphone with lots of lightweight value adds in the software. This came as a surprise to most when the Moto X was finally revealed. The months leading up to its announcement, the so-called X Phone (or XFON) was rumored to come with all the best specifications possible ...

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    When it comes to phones, I’m definitely more of an outsides guy than an insides guy. I love look and feel type stuff. The specs are important, but really I’m all about what goes on outside that hard candy shell. Opening a smartphone or tablet is a scary proposition to me, but I recently decided to broaden my horizons and try this whole do it yourself kind of thing. I recently cracked the screen on my 2012 Nexus 7. There was no reason why it cracked. It was just in my backpack and came out in more pieces than it went in. That kinda sucked. This was a Pocketnow unit, so I had to replace ...

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    Most will agree that Windows Phone 8.1 was more than just a minor point update. We even gave it a full review. It bore a ton of new and useful features which finally put Windows Phone on the map for many people. Cortana, for example, is a major win for the platform. Action Center is a no-brainer. And the Start page got some much-needed pizzaz. The Windows Phone 8.1 update has come and gone. Maybe it's just because I don't use Windows Phone regularly, or maybe it's just because the platform still needs a lot of work. But talk of Windows Phone 9 has already started, and many seem to believe ...

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    When it comes to wearables and smartwatches, Android Wear is a step in the right direction. No, it's not perfect - not yet anyway. The feeling is fairly uniform here at Pocketnow that Android Wear feels more like a "technology preview" than a final, polished product. All that having been said, I'm wearing my LG G Watch on my wrist right now. It pretty much lives there. Products powered by Android Wear are currently available from LG and Samsung, and the Moto 360 should be coming soon. We've also heard of an Asus smartwatch and a round G Watch that we expect to see at IFA. All this is very ...

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      Windows phone has gotten a lot of great updates lately. We’ve seen things like Cortana, folders on the start screen, backgrounds. Windows Phone 8.1 has been written about often and the theme is always the same. It really brings Windows Phone up to par with its current competitors – iOS and Android. Which is really great. It’s nice to not have features so obviously missing from your phone’s operating system. It’s great that new smartphone buyers can now consider Windows Phone as a legitimate option when out shopping for smartphones. But with Windows Phone 8.1 comes a number ...

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    It's easy to tell if an app sucks when there are issues with its basic functionality. If it crashes all the time, or causes the phone to freeze, or just doesn't respond to certain functions, that's a pretty obvious problem and we all know how to inform the developers of those issues in the app store reviews. However, there are lots of really poor design decisions that are common-place in today's smartphone apps. For some reason, people don't care as much about these obvious flaws that should be common sense, but have somehow become acceptable. Perhaps Paul Rand put it best: "The public is ...

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    "What do you need most in a smartphone?" That is always my answer to anyone who asks me which smartphone they should buy. People assume that because I review smartphones for a living and have played with most of the new models, I have all the answers and automagically know which smartphone they should purchase at any given time, right off the top of my head. I don't. Everyone needs something different. Maybe you need something with a larger screen for watching movies, browsing the web, or gaming. I know my sister wants something smaller, since she has rather petite hands, and I know my mom ...

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    As Android users, most of us have the ability to sideload apps directly onto our smartphones and tablets - no app store needed! People who use other operating systems on their mobile devices aren't always so lucky. To load apps on their devices from sources other than those officially sanctioned by the company that makes their phone, many have to go through a jailbreaking or unlocking process. While not necessarily a "bad" thing, jailbreaking brings with it many other implications that reach significantly deeper than simply installing an app. Most Android-powered devices provide the ...

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    I remember how free I felt the first time I dabbled in alternative operating systems on my old family PC. After growing tired of using Windows Vista, I started looking around and asking friends what I should do. One suggested trying Windows XP Black Edition, a hacked version of XP, and another suggested trying various builds of Linux. Ultimately, I gave Ubuntu a try. I never looked back. From that day, I stopped using Windows. It felt incredible to load whatever software I wanted onto my hardware. This instilled a certain mentality in me that carried over to smartphones, which were ...

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    Even before HTC built the "first Android", the G1 for T-Mobile, the company was well known for making hardware that really stood out. Its phones were built really well and stood out from the competition. That trend has continued through to today: HTC makes really good looking hardware! But you and I know that hardware is only half of the equation. Now that HTC is starting to release some of its most desired software to the public, how will HTC stand out from its competition? Hardware My first hands-on experience with HTC was with the HP iPaq line of Pocket PCs. They weren't slabs like ...

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    The stylus has had a pretty traumatic life. It was a necessary tool back in the beginning of the smartphone and PDA era, as mobile operating systems weren't designed with stubby fingertips in mind. Rather, buttons, soft keyboards, and entire UIs were fixated beneath resistive touch screens, which didn't discriminate between a user's fleshy digits or retractable pen tips. Quite literally, you could use just about any ol' object as a stylus, so long as it was strong enough to squeeze the protective plastic coating and digitizer together. The finer the point, the better. The stylus all but ...

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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 ...

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