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    By now we've heard the rumors, we've seen the mockups, and we've oogled over the guy who made a "Nexus 6" out of a block of wood just to show us its size. If all this holds true, the Nexus 6 (or whatever it will be called) is going to be big. Or is it? The Nexus 5 wasn't a small phone when it was released, but by today's standards, it's not overly large. We may be sitting on the edge of a screen size revolution and not even know it. Samsung's Note family and the new iPhone 6 Plus help illustrate this point - both are undebatably in the phablet size. One of the biggest complaints I'm ...

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    Cellular phones used to allow us to make and receive telephone calls on the go, and not much more. Somewhere along the line, text messaging was added, letting us ditch our pagers. Over time, simple apps were added, and we were able to pass away the time with games like Snake. Back then battery life wasn't all that important, not when compared to today since back then our phones could last a week between charges. Now, however, we're lucky to make it through a day or two. Manufactures are faced with a dilemma: customers want phones that are thin and light, but batteries are thick and heavy. ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a smartphone-and-tablet reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other, less-awesome thing: you eventually have to give it all back. Empty Nest is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. ___ Last week, I got the fateful call. “Can you send the Surface Pro 3 to Adam Lein so ...

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    With headlines like "HTC revenues continue to slide in August financial figures", "HTC bleeds $100M in devastating third quarter", and "HTC expected to face yet another loss" one might think the company is teetering on the edge of disaster. Looking at the financial data for the last few years, nobody would have argued with you. HTC makes great products, but its financial situation hasn't reflected the durability and performance of its smartphones. This year, however, HTC looks like it's finally turning things around. Last Friday the company reported a quarterly profit - the second in a ...

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    In the last two years or so, one word in particular has become increasingly popular in this industry: flagship. Samsung’s new flagship this or that. What’s the best flagship of 2013? Is this new phone Company X's flagship? It gets tossed around endlessly, and practically every new high-end smartphone is considered a “flagship”. But what is a flagship, exactly? What does the term actually mean? Are we using it improperly and, thusly, altering its meaning in the mobile realm? According to Wikipedia, a flagship is "the best or most important thing owned or produced by a particular ...

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    Around this time last year, Apple made its most anticipated iPad upgrades yet: the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. Both were the thinnest, lightest iPads yet, packing more horsepower and better displays than ever before. Rumor has it, this year’s iPad announcement is just weeks away and what we might be looking at is piquing the interests of iPad users all around. As a long time iPad user and having recently departed with my iPad mini with Retina display, I’m definitely looking forward to the announcement. What should you expect? What are we hoping for? Below, I’ve ...

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    Since the new iPhone 6 came out, everybody's talking about all the new features and especially the new 8 megapixel camera. Many are giving it some great praise, but as Micheal said in the "Here’s what the iPhone 6 camera can do" piece, it's a good camera, but it ain’t no Nokia. In this piece we're going to take a close look at how the picture quality of the iPhone 6 plus really compares to a few of the other smartphones out there, as well as a midrange DSLR just for fun. Before you go reading through all of my commentary in this camera phone shootout, I'd like to invite you to look ...

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    Android L is the working title for Google's next version of the Android operating system. It was announced at the end of June, 2014, and entered a developer preview that has seen two releases thus far. All signs point to Android L being released within the next few months, but what does that mean for you? Android L Android L is full of new improvements and eye candy all over the place. It's beautiful, fluid, and has consistent animations and transitions that help convey how parts of an app are interrelated (not just for fluff). In no uncertain terms, as Michael Fisher puts it: "Android L ...

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    We're all getting just a little excited now that the traditional release of the next devices from Google is just around the corner. Center among them, we suspect, will be a new smartphone to replace the Nexus 5 from last year. We've heard plenty of rumors, some contradictory, but what do users want? Here is my Nexus 6 wish list. Battery Life All of us have been complaining about battery life for years. The bigger the screen and faster the processor, the more we are able to do with our devices. Combined, these can add up to miserable battery life, or the requirement to be next to a ...

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    The LG-built Nexus 5 is a wonderful phone. Before it landed, many complained that the screen would be too big, and the overall size of the device would be prohibitively large for a smartphone. In the year since its been around, however, the Nexus 5 has proven to be very usefully sized, without being too large to comfortably carry. Now that we're getting close to when we suspect the "Nexus 6" will launch, we're hearing rumors that it may be called the "Nexus X" and codenamed the Motorola Shamu. If what we've pieced together holds true, the Motorola Shamu will be Google's first Nexus ...

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    Last week we heard from the good folks at Neowin about the tablet that never was, but maybe should have been – the Surface Mini. This Microsoft built tablet would have been of the eight inch variety and was pulled back at the last minute just before we got the Surface Pro 3. The Surface Pro 3 is arguably the best hardware ever released by Microsoft. It has a few teensy weensy flaws, but overall is one helluva device. Whether or not the pull back of the Surface Mini led directly to the release of the Surface Pro 3, is unclear. It’s very possible we may have seen both of them at the same ...

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    Well, okay, maybe it's not better at everything, and maybe it's not better for everybody but this one-year-old phone is still better at a few key things that I've been spoiled by. Yes, I've tried the new Galaxy Note 4 flagship Samsung device, and I've tried the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the HTC One M8, the HTC One M8 for Windows, etc., etc. After I saw those, I decided to buy a Nokia Lumia 1020; a phone that was originally released back in July of 2013 well over a year ago. I've never bought a new phone that was originally released such a long time ago, but considering that there is no ...

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    HTC has been making smartphones for a very long time. The company was often used by big-name OEMs as the manufacturing company that built their hardware. Compaq and HP (back when they were in the personal digital assistant business) both used HTC to build their devices, which were arguably some of the best pieces of consumer electronics of the day. But what about an HTC tablet? HTC Tablets HTC has made some very high-end smartphones recently. The One M8 lineup looks and feels great, thanks in part to its aluminum construction - which doesn't bend like Apple's latest aluminum smartphones. ...

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    There's a widespread push for a "kill switch" that would supposedly enable law enforcement to track and disable a stolen cell phone. There are even some States that are trying to mandate this functionality by law. I find all this curious since we've had the ability to remotely lock, disable, and even wipe our devices for the last few years. Why the big push to make it mandatory now? If I want to remotely wipe any of my Android powered devices, I can. Quickly, easily, securely. Apple has the same feature. So does Windows Phone. Put another way, we already have the ability to remotely ...

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    Every time a new smartphone or tablet comes out we ache to see more cores, faster frequencies, better graphics, more RAM, and increased storage space. All this comes at a cost: run time. For years we've been asking for improvements in battery life to better meet the needs of our always-on, media-intensive lifestyles. Why can't battery technology improve at the same pace as other electronics? If the science holds true, we might be poised to see such an advancement thanks to a special formulation of lithium and sulfur. Capacity The batteries in our smartwatches have around 300 mAh capacity ...

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