Posts tagged with: Galaxy Note 3
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    The Nexus 5 has arrived, and this isn't just another flagship. As the Nexus handset of the year, this is the phone that best reflects Google's vision for Android, both where it is now, and where it's going form here. And as you've no doubt seen from our heavy coverage of rumors and leaks leading up to today's launch, that means the Nexus 5 is finding itself simply getting a boatload of attention. There's a lot to like about the Nexus 5, and while a solid chunk of that is thanks to the latest Android 4.4 code the phone will arrive running, we can't just ignore the underlying hardware ...

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    Remember last year, when we saw Apple first introduce the Lightning connector? Besides the obvious headaches that affected Apple users with existing 30-pin accessories, and the requisite head-shaking it got from the rest of the smartphone community, having happily embraced micro USB, there was a sinister new problem it introduced: the authentication chip. While it sat there for the first year, not really making its presence known, the arrival of iOS 7 saw Apple start taking advantage of the chip's abilities, warning users about “unauthorized” devices. In the future, it may become an ...

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    There comes a time when you just gotta do what the readers want. Particularly when their demands are awesome. You tweeted, you pleaded, you emailed, you told us in person at trade shows and during mildly creepy public run-ins: "have Marques Brownlee on the Weekly!" you demanded. And after weeks of dancing around schedules, overseas trips, and major product releases, we've finally managed to make it happen. For the first time in recorded history, MKBHD and Pocketnow have collaborated to bring you two full hours of audio-podcast goodness. That sounds a lot more grandiose than three guys ...

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    Samsung somehow got it into its head that it would be a smart idea to dictate to users just where they could use their fully bought-and-paid-for smartphones, implementing a region lock on the new Galaxy Note III and advising us that we'd be seeing the same sort of restriction cripple additional Samsung handsets. We've heard a few statements from the company on this controversial decision, and today we get an update that at least makes clear that Samsung's aware of just how upset we all are, even if it has no intention of doing anything about it. To read Samsung's statement – once again, ...

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    We're finally going full-circle on the stylus. Back in the Windows Mobile days, the stylus was king, and if you wanted any kind of precision with that less-than-touch-friendly UI on those tiny screens, you absolutely had to have one. But as capacitive displays rose to prominence, the once-noble stylus fell by the wayside, sticking out like a sore thumb, a banner of a previous era. As the years went on, the stylus seemed to fade away from our collective consciousness, but then a little over two years ago, at the 2011 IFA, Samsung debuted the original Galaxy Note with its S Pen. Since then, ...

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    Honest truth: we'd rather be comparing the One max with the Galaxy Mega. It's a better fit, after all: HTC's latest monster is much less a minimized tablet than it is a maximized smartphone, just like Samsung's preposterous Mega creation. As we mentioned in our full review of the One max, the company's goal with its newest device was to port the experience of the earlier One to a larger form factor. And when, at the press event where HTC distributed review units, someone from another tech site called the One max "more a Mega than a Note," HTC didn't seem particularly put off by the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about China's new 2560 x 1440 smartphone display. We then go through more details on the Amazon and HTC partnership for a smartphone. Apple is next as the iPhone 5C orders are getting cut down according to reports since Apple doesn't estimate high demand in the holiday season. Samsung follows the news with faulty Galaxy S 4 batteries and custom ROMS for the Note II with Note 3 features. We end today's show talking about LG's new marketing tactics, and how we see them. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Forget 1080p; smartphone with 2560 x ...

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    Whether you want to upgrade your existing Note II to the brand new Note 3 is completely up to you, and your pockets. Sure, the Note 3 is one of the fastest phones on the planet now, with a larger screen and all, but, if you don't care about raw horsepower, you don't really have any reason to grab the latest phablet, except its new S-Pen features. Luckily, these have been now ported over to the Note II, in the form of a custom ROM, based on a leaked Note 3 firmware. There are a lot of things working, like Air Command (complete with Pen Window, Screen Writer, Scrapbook and Action Memo), ...

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    This morning brought news many of us have been anticipating for months. HTC made the One max – the larger brother to the renowned HTC One flagship from March – officially official. Except, instead of the HTC-made superphone we were hoping for, the One max is a bit of a downer. We really liked the HTC One here at Pocketnow. It received, at the time, one of the highest scores we'd ever given to a smartphone – a 9.2 out of 10. And I could barely wait to get my hands on one. On top of that, many of us here at Pocketnow enjoy larger smartphones. You would think the larger sibling of one ...

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    In fall 2011, When Samsung announced its next smartphone would bear a display that measured 5.3 inches, corner to corner, I laughed. A lot of us did. At the time, 4.3-inch phones were commonplace, 4.7-inch phones were just beginning to roll out and seemed ridiculous, and 5.3 inches was just absurd. At the time, we never would have imagined the Note series would have taken off like it did. It has become an unlikely success story and is now one of Samsung's most popular smartphone and tablet brands. Oh, and 5.3 inches is a thing of the past. Each generation has grown 0.2 inches, diagonally. ...

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    Considering all the crap we've seen so far with Samsung restricting the Galaxy Note 3 in various ways, it's not surprising that there's interest in a much more unencumbered "Developer Edition" of the phablet. While we've seen such models arrive for Samsung handsets in the past, with the GN3 there hasn't yet been any sort of official announcement that the company would be doing the same. Despite that absence, it looks like at least one dev version of the GN3 is in the works, as revealed on Samsung's own site. The search box on Samsung's US support page is being a little generous, and when ...

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    We know the Galaxy Note 3 is … big. While it's larger than most other phones around, it certainly isn't the biggest available. And it's not even the largest from Samsung. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 takes that title. Nonetheless, in videos (especially with my so-called giant hands), it's difficult to get a feel for just how big the Note 3 actually is. So we sought out all the everyday items and other devices in the Charlotte office to create a Galaxy Note 3 size comparison to help better convey its physical footprint. Watch to see how it stacks up to a pack of gum, Nexus 10, and other random items!

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    Samsung has grown a reputation for creating some of the highest caliber smartphones on the market. The Galaxy S series is one of the most successful and profitable brands of Android smartphones … ever. And the Galaxy Note brand is rather successful, as well. Samsung has now released 2013 refreshes to both lineups: the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3. Naturally, we had to put the two flagships toe to toe to see which would come out on top. Is it the giant smartphone with an S Pen, or is it the more modest, pocket-sized smartphone that takes the cake? Watch the video to find out, and be sure ...

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    It sure does seem like Samsung's been going out of its way to piss off the Android community with some very anti-user Galaxy Note 3 behavior. First there was all that shameful nonsense about region locking the handset against SIMs from afar. As if that wasn't enough of an affront, now we're getting word that Samsung is using permanent eFuses to record incidents of rooting/flashing and using that info to deny Note 3 owners the warranty service they're owed. Knox, you might recall, is Samsung's security software. If the Note 3's bootloader detects that it's loading unsigned code – and ...

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    The situation, reasons, and explanations behind Samsung's region-locking of Note 3 devices is still not clear. Fact is that the new phablets come with a region lock; hence, you can't really use a European model in the US, or vice versa (or another region). However, Samsung claims that once activated with a SIM from the proper region, this lock should go away. Some angry Note 3 owners could testify to the opposite, according to reports. Trying to set your Note 3 free, this application, while requiring root, will clear a certain blacklist on the phone. As a direct effect, it should allow ...

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