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    Many companies have claimed that they manufacturer the true flagship budget busting smartphone, and over the last two years we've seen some incredible competition heat up around the $400 price point. The line between a true-blue top tier handset and a premium mid-ranger is getting increasingly blurry. Following in the footsteps of companies like Huawei, Motorola, and OnePlus, ZTE is launching a monster of a smartphone in North America with a jaw dropping price tag. The Axon 7 matches or bests the specs we might find on a top of the line Samsung or HTC, but you'll be able to buy it unlocked ...

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    Hello Moto. Today we're taking our first look at the first, proper, joint flagship phone venture between Lenovo and Motorola. These two companies are both known for creating "flexible" gadgets. Motorola's MotoMaker is easily the most complete platform available for allowing consumers to personalize and customize their phones. Lenovo has a solid reputation for building modular business accessories and multi-mode PC's. He have high expectations for what these two manufacturers should be able to accomplish when working together. We recently received a very well stocked reviewers kit with both ...

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    The approach to special edition phones is not new, with cases like Samsung launching a batman phone and pricing it for a staggering amount of money for just a different logo at the back. Oppo hasn't really focused on super hero phones, but instead on devices that cater to the sports lover in you. As a result, Oppo's approach to the F1 Plus Barcelona Edition is a different story to what we see elsewhere. If you're an FC Barcelona fan, the Oppo F1 Plus special edition is probably one of the coolest sports-oriented gadgets we've seen in a while. Watch our full video to learn more.

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    What do you expect from a phone these days? Does a smartphone define or compliment your personal style? What kind of performance do you require to get your work done? How much are you willing to pay for that performance? For fans of Android we've been through some highs and lows over the last couple years when looking at manufacturers building "price disrupting" handsets. Initially the Nexus was a high water mark we could point to for companies to include high end processors in lower cost devices. OnePlus took that philosophy and paired it with a fairly unpopular purchasing system that ...

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    Sony is in a state of transition. Walking away from the ultra-high end market, the Z line of phones is no more. The idea is to streamline, whittle back on "marketing bullet point" specs, but still deliver a device which meets consumer needs. The Xperia X takes a step away from some of the more outlandish features found in previous Sony flagships. You won't find a 4K display here, a 5" 1080p LCD will satisfy most people. A bleeding edge Qualcomm chipset is great for gaming, but Sony took a step back here too, moving to a Qualcomm 650. And yet, alongside these more conservative offerings, ...

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    There was a time where it seemed Samsung was releasing a different experimental Android device every week. One of the more successful phone lines has come form Samsung's partnership with AT&T to produce rugged phones. First the Rugby, then the Active, we're now entering the fourth generation of "tough" Samsung's with the Galaxy S7 Active. We have fewer compromise here than ever before. Not only does the S7 Active continue to offer both Mil-STD-810G drop resistance with IP68 water resistance, Samsung has included standard Galaxy features like the fingerprint sensor, the 12MP rear ...

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    2016 is turning out to be a year for interesting camera experiments. Huawei is the second company this year to use dual rear cameras on a flagship phone. Unlike the LG G5, which has a standard camera and an extreme wide angle shooter, the P9 has two cameras with the same view, but with different tasks for color and light. The primary camera takes color photos just like any other smartphone might, but the second sensor only shoots in black and white. This monochrome sensors is designed to maximize light and detail. It's something of a tech metaphor, meant to perform similarly to how the ...

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    The iPhone SE still has that new car smell. We just recently unboxed the phone and shared our first impressions, but what have we learned about it during the first day of use?Apple's mini-mid-ranger is checking a lot of the right boxes, and doing so while making a pretty compelling price argument. Sure, the screen is smaller and lower resolution than many people might be used to since the iPhone 6, but pairing that screen with the A9 processor and 12MP camera from the iPhone 6S makes for a snappy and powerful gadget. First day of battery life? Early audio impressions? Design? Ergonomics? ...

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    The iPhone SE is a curious little beastie. Apple recycled the chassis from the four inch screened iPhone 5S, including the same Retina resolution, and then packed in the top of the line A9 processor and 12MP camera from the flagship iPhone 6S. On paper, this seems like it should be really to explain and categorize, but this is only Apple's second attempt at building a new phone specifically for the mid range market. In years past, Apple would simply reduce the price of the one and two year old iPhones when releasing a new phone.The SE manages to disrupt Apple's pricing strategy, but ...

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    We really don't want to bore you with a full "Apple Edition" of the Pocketnow Daily. Apple's March 21st event ended a few hours ago and we decided that it would be best if we made a separate video that focuses on Apple's announcements, and our first impressions. By now most of you know that Apple announced the new iPhone SE, in addition to a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, along with a few other updates that should bring important improvements to existing products. Make sure you watch our first-impressions video to learn more.

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    We recently reviewed the Huawei Honor 5X, and found it to be a stylish solution for its $199 price. However, Huawei is bringing more phones to North America, providing shoppers more options at a wider variety of price tiers. The GX8 is an unlocked variation of the international G8, and it sells for $100 more than the Honor 5X.What might we expect for that price difference? We know this internal hardware really well by now. The performance we should expect from a Qualcomm 616, 2GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery shouldn't be much of a surprise. There are other ways to refine a phone though. ...

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    Budget phones are hot right now. You can buy a lot of phone for less than $300, and there's a sweet spot around $200 where average consumers might be hard pressed to tell the difference between entry level and upper mid-range fare. Huawei is looking to take entry level phones one step further by adding a premium aluminum finish to the Honor 5X, with specs that easily would have competed against flagship phones from three years ago, and a killer fingerprint scanner. Before we can review this budget buster though, we have to get it out of the box. Here are my first impressions of the Huawei ...

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    The DuraForce XD is an AT&T exclusive, so while the packaging isn't going to be particularly impressive (we all know that orange box), what's inside is pretty audacious. Kyocera has built a monster phone here. The specs sound pretty familiar, with a 5.7-inch 720p LCD and Qualcomm 400 series CPU, but the casing surrounding that tech is pretty intense. I can't say I've ever played with a rugged phablet before, and this might be the largest phone I've ever been tasked to review. The chunky build provides MIL-STD 810G drop and shock protection with an IP68 water resistance rating. It's ...

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    The OPPO F1 does not have an engine. It does not pull hairpin turns. And it most certainly will not crash into a heaping pile of flames. But you can drive its eight processor cores up to 1.7GHz. It's manageable enough in the hand to toss around. And while it is possible to crash it in a sense, the software on this thing will try very, VERY hard to not let you do so. As if we already had our fill of auto jokes from the LG V10, this Chinese upstart seems to have added... fuel to the fire. Okay, we'll stop now. The F1 has jumped into a mesmerising mash of metallic mid-range monsters in 2016. ...

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    The future of connected fitness is here, and it comes in a big red box. When HTC and Under Armour invited me to a briefing on their newest “connected products” several weeks back, I felt the same way I always do about athletic technology: optimistic about the potential, but guarded because I’m really out of my depth when it comes to anything concerning fitness. And when the demo videos started rolling, a hard rock anthem playing over jump cuts between pro athletes and impossibly fit gym rats, I tuned out. I’d seen this kind of commercial before, more than once, and I had yet to ...

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    The Google Pixel C is a funny little device. Running stock Android Marshmallow, but with a Chromebook’s branding and design, with an expensive accessory a must-buy if you want to get the most of it, it won’t be on everyone’s shopping list this holiday season. And that's before you consider all the rough reviews it's gotten from other publications already. Given that less-than-stellar debut, you might expect our first impression of the Google Pixel C to be equally underwhelming. But 24 hours in, we’re actually quite captivated by this little contradiction of a machine. With its ...

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    It’s taken us a little while to get a hold of one, but thanks to the good people at Clove we finally get to test Windows 10 Mobile on something a little roomier: the Lumia 950 XL. Pay them a visit at clove.co.uk if you want one of these for your own collection, but first join us for a first impressions pass as we take a look at the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL!  The first thing to note about the 950 XL is that while it's bigger than the 950, it doesn’t feel that much bigger. That’s an automatic win for the XL, because it’s bringing a bigger battery, better processor and a half-inch ...

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    Everyone’s said the same thing about Apple's iPad Pro over the past few weeks, and while I'd love to hit you over the head with some new and amazing insights ... I can't. The number-one most noteworthy thing about the iPad Pro is this: it's huge. The iPad Air 2 was the biggest tablet I regularly used up till now – and the iPad Pro positively dwarfs it. You might as well think of it as a computer monitor or a small TV set, rather than a tablet. It's that ponderous. That added size works both for and against the iPad Pro. The huge display is obviously fantastic for media consumption ...

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    Every smartphone geek knows about the "honeymoon phase," the epic high immediately following the delivery of a new device, during which it can seemingly do no wrong. This phase has been documented in countless unboxing videos at Pocketnow and elsewhere, and it's what led to my near-manic elation in the BlackBerry Priv first-impressions piece I wrote earlier this week. Novelty junkie that I am, the honeymoon phase represents the absolute zenith of my time with a new device. Usually, it's all downhill from there. Less often talked about is what comes next, the inevitable slump that I'll ...

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    As I write this, I have known the BlackBerry Priv for three hours. It's sitting beside me, plugged into the wall, only about halfway through downloading the mess of apps I asked it to sync when I typed in my Google account info. My hands-on time with the phone amounts to a total of perhaps four minutes, one of which was spent positioning the phone for a mildly amusing tweet that more people than usual seemed to like. All this is to say: this is not a BlackBerry Priv review. This isn't even a hands-on. This is more like the editorial equivalent of an unboxing video, a setup for the ...

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    The OnePlus X is no joke. That's our first impression. Seriously. $249 isn't the cheapest price tag around, but for a phone that looks, feels, and acts this good ... it's pretty damn competitive. Say what you will about OnePlus, with its strange invite-based purchase model, but the company really knows how to build a smartphone. More than that, it knows how to present one: an unpacking experience like this is what makes (otherwise-passé) unboxings worth it. Because with so much obvious effort spent on making for a beautiful retail presentation, unboxing the OnePlus X really is an ...

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    It’s a radical departure in design for a company desperately in need of some change – but for all that’s new here, there’s also a heaping helping of the familiar. Critics call HTC's new "iPhone clone" evidence of the company's ultimate surrender, while CEO Cher Wang has positioned it to employees as a well-balanced iPhone alternative. The truth is probably somewhere in between. Whichever side of the debate you fall on, it's pretty clear that the HTC One A9 announced today is a make-or-break device for the financially troubled smartphone manufacturer, and we went hands-on to ...

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    Every year, we see a new version of Apple's mobile operating system iOS, coming out right around the same time as the new iPhones. That time this year has finally come with the consumer release of iOS 9, just in time for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to drop next week, and the new software brings with it quite a few new features for those coming from iOS 8 and below. Siri has been updated with a more elegant design and better contextual queries. Maps now offers public transit information. Notes supports drawing and folders now. There's a back button to return to apps when links jump you into ...

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    In addition to the modern connotations ranging from "intelligent" to "geeky," the word smart used to be synonymous with "classy," "elegant," and "timeless" – witness the enduring term "smart casual" for sharp-looking business attire. But today, the term "smart watch" conjures images of early adopters at best and technology nerds at worst. That's how Huawei sees it, anyway, and its first Android Wear device looks to turn back the clock on "smart," restoring the word –and the category– to a more dignified status. Does the Huawei Watch have what it takes to de-geekify Android ...

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    To call it controversial would be an understatement. The Galaxy Note 5 is gorgeous, taking from the design of the Galaxy S6, and expanding upon it with a curved back for improved ergonomics, and of course Samsung’s S Pen stylus. The 5.7” QHD AMOLED display is among the best we’ve ever used, and the bump up to 4 GB of RAM on top of already unprecedented specs make the Note 5 one of the most powerful and attractive handsets currently on the market. But this time around, there’s no longer support for microSD expansion or a removable battery, two things that until now have been ...

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