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    If you've been hanging around Pocketnow for the past few weeks, you know of our recently rekindled interest in Google's Nexus 6. We brought our AT&T demo device off the back burner last month, kicking off the summer with an After The Buzz re-review of Motorola's oversized phablet, followed by a feature piece on Google's Nexus 6-only Project Fi service. Despite its monstrous dimensions and (arguably) high price tag, the Nexus 6 has a devoted following among Android fans – and with Android 5.1 having smoothed some of Lollipop's launch wrinkles, most of us here at the P-Machine ...

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    Running low on storage sucks. As I'm sitting typing this, I'm deleting files off of the external drive I store video on so I have room for new clips in the future, because I'm nearly out of storage. Nobody likes seeing the "low storage" warning on their devices, and it's even more frustrating when it happens on your smartphone, since there's already so little room on there to begin with. At least I had a whole terabyte to go through before almost filling my external hard drive. On my phone, there's only 32 GB to begin with, not even factoring in what's allotted for the system image — ...

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    Innovate. Catch up. Innovate. Catch up. Google. Apple. Apple. Google. Rinse and repeat. There are definitely reasons why Android has the world on its platform and why iOS is the only feasible contender in the US. That's for another article. Meantime, Windows has been struggling, struggling and struggling with the slow waddle towards feature-packed Windows 10 for mobile. Blackberry's been comfortable serving its corporate and security niches in the market with its own software and hardware, though they might succumb in the mobile platform race soon. webOS is off of smartphones and onto ...

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    As fun as it can be to marginalize and criticize them, smartwatches are magical pieces of technology. From something as mainstream as an Apple Watch to something as fringe as a Cogito Classic, today’s wristborne wearables are modern miracles of miniaturized intelligence. As I say at the top of every Pocketnow Weekly podcast, these real-life tools are the manifestation of many childhood dreams, mine included … and it’s incredible to stop and think about just how complex they really are. All of which makes it doubly frustrating when these supposedly “smart” devices screw ...

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    Editor's note: In the gulf between iPhone releases and in the run-up to the next Windows Phone resurrection, the ratio of Android to non-Android phones in our review inventory continues to rise. As a result, this piece is written from a predominantly Android-centric perspective. Everybody wants awesome smartphone battery life. Whether you’re addicted to the latest power-draining augmented reality game or just trying to get through a day of texting and talking, the panic moment is a familiar one: mid-afternoon, no charger in sight, and a pop-up dialog warning you that you’re 15% away ...

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    It's in vogue these days to complain about the horrible user interface direction that Microsoft has turned to in their Windows 10 Mobile preview and its associated apps. Most of the clever and beautiful design innovations Microsoft brought forth with Windows Phone 7 and 8 are getting thrown out. Maybe the "Metro" design language idea isn't going to translate well between large screens, laptop screens, and small screens like Microsoft needs it to for their one-operating-system-to-rule-them-all vision for Windows 10. Or maybe Microsoft wants Android and iOS users to feel like it's a familiar ...

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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 call it ...

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    OEMs are trying to find their place in this landscape. Some are more successful at this than others. But the one thing that many of these OEMs have in common is the fact that they’re all looking for that one magic bullet. That one thing that really sets them apart from others. Sometimes it’s building materials. Sometimes it’s software. Today, we’re talking about one such magic bullet – the curved screen phenomenon that we’ve seen of late. Curved screens have been somewhat elusive until recently for two real reasons. First, finding a durable material that could work being bent ...

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    You could be forgiven for getting a little sick of hearing about Samsung's new Galaxy S6 Active. By the time this piece hits the feeds, Samsung's rugged superphone will have gotten unboxed, drop-tested, compared with its lighter-weight Galaxy S6 sibling and given the full review treatment. We tend to cover smartphones to death here at Pocketnow, and this mil-spec box of techno-toughness is certainly no exception. But there's more to say about the Galaxy S6 Active, and this time the story is a very specific one. If you've listened to the Pocketnow Weekly podcast or checked out our After ...

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    This morning, as we prepared for what turned out to be a pretty solid installment of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, a leaked image hit our feeds that suddenly sent us scrambling to update the rundown. It was the press render seen above, featuring a dramatic view of a sleek new BlackBerry handset with front-firing speakers, a curved glass display ... and Android as an operating system. Sure, we'd heard rumblings about such a thing before, but today's leak put a name to the rumors ("BlackBerry Venice") and a face to the specs (a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 5.4-inch Quad HD ...

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    Whenever you look at a wireless provider's coverage map, you'll probably notice a few things right off: coverage is best in major population centers and along the highway corridors that connect them. Stray too far from either and your signal strength drops. Signal strength impacts more than you might think, and that drop happens more often that you might think and why you might want to pick up a signal booster for your car! Signal Boosters Put simply, a signal booster listens for radio waves on cellular frequencies, then boost them with an amplifier, and sends that signal to an antenna ...

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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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    When it comes to battery life, we all have our own ways of keeping our devices topped up and running. While other aspects of mobile technology, like displays and processors, have seen tremendous leaps and bounds over the past few years, battery technology hasn’t seen a significant improvement. This surely is the lament of every modern day smartphone user. Of course, being tech enthusiasts, we have found different ways to work around this problem, ways to keep our devices going all day every day. Wall Charger First and foremost there’s the regular wall charger. Most devices come with ...

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    T-Mobile has been doing some very "un-carrier" things for quite some time now. That's not by accident - instead it's a very strategic plan to woo customers away from the more "traditional" Stateside cellular providers and give them a taste of how things are across Europe and in other parts of the world. From all-but eliminating contracts to offering some of the only "unlimited" plans that still exist, T-Mobile has been boldly changing the way people look at and use cell phones, and with the recent unveiling of JUMP On Demand, it doesn't look like Magenta will be changing that anytime soon. ...

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    Maybe it's because I'm still giddy from the change-high I got from my switch to T-Mobile earlier this year; maybe it's because I recently confessed to liking the Nexus 6 more than I did a few months ago; or maybe it's because I'm trying to save money after a lengthy spending spree ... but for the past 48 hours I've been practically obsessed with the notion of trying out Google's new wireless service, Project Fi. We reported on Project Fi, Google's North American virtual wireless carrier, back in April, and the service has been slowly growing ever since. For now, Project Fi is open ...

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    If you've been following along for the past few weeks, you know I've been a little busy – too busy to focus on the latest Android Wear developments, in fact. But that doesn't mean I've been oblivious to the goings-on in Google's wearable world: during my review period with Pebble Time I took all kinds of mental notes on how the new smartwatch compared to Android Wear. During that time, I watched our editor-in-chief's LG Watch Urbane review video ... and all I kept coming back to was this: You don't have to feel bad if this is making you laugh. The first time I saw it, I too took a ...

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    When designing smartphones, an OEM needs to take a lot of factors into consideration. Design, aesthetics, functionality, and use-cases all need to be taken into account. So the question came up recently – would it be possible to design a smartphone with no ports? It’s an intriguing proposition, on many levels. But you need to split up the question – “could it be possible” and “should it be done.” We’ll tackle the first one first. Could it be possible? Of course, a portless phone is possible. There have been some great innovations these past few years that allow such a ...

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    Touch. Tap. Push. Prod. Swab. Stab. The button takes a lot of nonsense from its users. And also Benny Benassi and The Biz, but if I hear "push me and then just touch me" one more time, I might need a barbiturate. Anyways, people usually don't give these things much credit for doing what they do and what engineers have made them do. It didn't need to be a button Take the iPhone 5S with its home button. It implemented a fingerprint sensor on top of it and Apple thus created Touch ID. Touch ID was made to take the taps and swipes and repetition away from accessing secure features: unlocking ...

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    This past weekend, our own Michael Fisher participated in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit. So by Internet standards, Michael has “made it” and we’re all better for knowing him. All kidding aside, you should give it a read. One of the questions that Michael was asked was about the “perfect smartphone” and his answer was basically that everyone is different, so people are going to receive smartphones in different ways. I personally love a great camera, and I’m absolutely head over heels with the phone I’m carrying now – spoiler alert? Nah. Stay tuned to the end of ...

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    We are blessed with an educated, active and very awesome audience in this little niche of journalism. So, I took advantage of that to get some minds on this question here: If you were to shop for a new phone right now, regardless of what you're looking at right now, what features would be most important? — Jules Wang (@greenpoint0) June 29, 2015 I asked this question to five colleagues at the radio station I work at today. Five average smartphone users who don't really look into the geekspace for researching their choices in smartphones. Yep, they don't read, watch or follow (here, here ...

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    For those of you who didn't already know, I just got back from an epic road-trip vacation that covered more than 2,500 miles (4,000 km), and took me through four states. What's more, the route I selected took us through some very out-of-the-way locales and far from cellular data coverage. Being the tech nerd that I am, I loaded up my smartphone with Google Maps and went about pre-loading areas for offline use. When offline ability first came to Google Maps it was a pain to use. You'd select an arbitrary area, and zoom in and out until you could save the selection to your device. These ...

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    Updated to reflect revised Apple Watch sales estimates. (Thanks, SocialBrian!) I remember the moment I realized smartwatches had a chance at being the next big thing in mobile. It was the spring of 2012, I'd just spent a week with the original Pebble, and I suddenly found myself unable to live without it. It was 1999 all over again: I was a wristwatch-wearing man, and leaving the house without it prompted angry expletives and a day full of accidental glances at an empty wrist. Three years later, smartwatches have made the jump to the mainstream consciousness. No longer confined to the ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a mobile technology 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. • I wore the Apple Watch Sport for the better part of last month as preparation for our ...

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    One of the surprising things to come out of the “Next Nexus” rumor mill is news that one of the proposed devices might come with a 3D camera and a laser sensor. Of course, there has been quite a bit of speculation about it, and this may all amount to nothing, but sometimes I like to play the “what-if?” game and see where it leads me. In this case, drilling down and looking at the little details as well as the big picture, there are a few things that I feel Google might have in mind. When it comes to the Nexus 5, most of us would be satisfied if Google adopted the “if it ain’t ...

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    Update: That's a wrap, folks! Thanks to all who joined in. Click here to see the archive! Ever wonder what our esteemable Editorial Director Michael Fisher is doing when he's not reviewing technology, tweeting about Star Trek, or referring to himself in the third person? Well, this Sunday night he'll be trying his hand at his first Reddit AMA! Isn't that crazy? Join us over in the r/Android subreddit at 8pm Eastern (click here for your local time) where for three hours Michael Fisher will field questions ranging from tech blogging to ... well, who knows? To the uninitiated, "AMA" ...

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