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    Michael just wrapped-up the full review of the global variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, easily one of the most highly-anticipated smartphones of the year. As such, it scored very well and proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the mobile market as we head into the holiday months. So why are we doing yet another Galaxy Note 3 unboxing? Because it's headed to the states and the AT&T review unit just landed on our doorstep this morning. Internally, it has some differences from the global model, which are well worth looking into and, well … comparing. So while we push this ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's confirmation that we will get Surface tablets in different form-factors, along with a closer date to LTE variants of the Surface 2. Then we talk about the Amber GDR2 update for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920, which is quite delayed. We continue with the first leaked photos of the Google Nexus 5, and we like what we see. Then we cover some rumors of the iWatch being the first device with a curved display. We end today's show talking about the AT&T launch of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, along with the ridiculous confirmation ...

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    Watching the Galaxy Note line evolve over the past two years has been very, very interesting. Samsung kicked off a new category with the original Note back in 2011, packing the specs and performance of a small tablet into the body of a large smartphone, and throwing a modern-day stylus into the mix to sweeten the pot. The device beat all expectations to become a hit - but it did so at a fairly modest scale. So for its next trick, Samsung endeavored to "consumerize" the Note line, slimming its hardware and aligning its feature set more closely with the flagship Galaxy S series - something ...

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    There's no denying that the S Pen from Galaxy Note models is a great little stylus, and between its hardware and the software Samsung makes available, it's become a pretty useful tool. Watch any of Samsung's videos extolling the S Pen's virtues and you're sure to see plenty of productivity-focused features: taking notes, annotating media – all that jazz. That's all well and good, but lets be honest with ourselves; for as much time as we might want to spend note-taking, how often do we end up doodling in the margins instead? If you've been itching for a chance to stop repressing your ...

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    Mobile phone benchmarks sure seem like they're on the way out. While they often mean well, it's becoming more and more clear just how difficult it is to accurately gauge overall handset performance with a simple battery of tests. That's not to say that they don't have their uses, but we've noticed a trend lately where benchmark results are downplayed when evaluating phones. Facing an already uncertain future, benchmarks aren't done any favors when companies set out to artificially manipulate them, as accusations pegged Samsung as doing with the Galaxy S 4. Now that the Note 3 has arrived, ...

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    The smartphone market is a complicated one, involving all sorts of companies with all varieties of interests, and it doesn't take much for one of those entities to start meddling with the release of a handset. All too often, that means negative consequences for consumers: we've seen it when carriers force manufacturers to lock bootloaders before they'll allow phones in their stores, or when the banks behind ISIS and their carrier partners worked to prevent users from accessing Google Wallet, despite having phones with the appropriate hardware. Last week, word arrived that Samsung seemed to ...

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    Those who are eagerly waiting, in the US, on AT&T, for Samsung's latest and greatest, the Galaxy Note 3, only need to wait till the end of this week. Friday, October 4, is the date on which you should be able to grab your own Note 3, alongside its companion, the Galaxy Gear, should you choose to grab one. The information comes from AT&T's official Twitter account. The phone will set you back $299.99, with a two-year contract ($724.99 as regular price), while the Galaxy Gear will require you to grab $299 more out of your pockets. We're currently reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, ...

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    Back at IFA 2013 in Berlin, Samsung announced its biggest, baddest, most bodacious smartphone/tablet hybrid ever, the Galaxy Note 3. After getting some hands-on time with the world's beefiest phablet, we were keen to get it into our labs for some one-on-one testing ... and thanks to Negri Electronics, we've been able to do just that. The SM-N900 version of the Galaxy Note 3 recently arrived at the door of the Pocketnow review booth, and we're putting it bezel-to-bezel against its predecessor, the Galaxy Note II. So before you go dropping a boatload of bucks on the season's latest spec ...

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    The mobile space is full of profound juxtapositions this week as Apple can't make enough iPhones to meet demand, while BlackBerry can't keep its head above water long enough to sell existing stock. Meanwhile, Microsoft announces its second round of Surface products, while soon to be-acquired hardware maker Nokia (allegedly) prepares its own Windows tablet - and the horrible marriage of smartphone maker HTC and audio baron Beats finally, mercifully, dissolves. That's the big news for the week ending September 27, 2013, and all of it -plus iOS 7 literally making people sick- awaits you in ...

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    We're well used to seeing smartphones bought for use on one specific carrier to arrive with a SIM lock, preventing users from easily swapping-out and moving to a competing carrier's SIM. It's annoying, but not unexpected, and we've largely been able to avoid it by purchasing unlocked phones off-contract. But then earlier this week, news arrived that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 would feature a little more elaborate locking; no matter where you bought it in Europe, the European version of the hardware would be locked to only accept SIMs from European providers, seemingly preventing the phone's ...

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    Fun fact: it's almost a year to the day that we unboxed the smartphone that would capture our hearts and forever change our collective opinion on the phablet category. And despite the intervening three hundred and fifty seven days, two important factors remain the same for today's unboxing video: the daily dollop of hair gel didn't make it onto our host's head before filming, and the branding on the box once again reads "Galaxy Note." That's right: the Galaxy Note 3, the device we first glimpsed back in Berlin and which we savagely demoed in video after video from Samsung's massive IFA ...

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    Back when the Galaxy Note 3 was still all rumors and gossip, we heard about the idea that we could be seeing quite a few different variants on the phablet make it to market this year. Besides the regular AMOLED version we saw launch, there was talk about a premium, limited edition handset with a new flexible display, as well as the idea that there could be a more affordable Note 3 with an LCD panel, and maybe a lower-res camera, too. While we didn't hear a peep of any of that at the GN3 launch, those rumors have returned to the forefront, suggesting that Samsung might launch that ...

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    The last time we've seen the HTC One max, or at least a device claimed to be the upcoming phablet, was on Monday, when we got a closer look at its fingerprint reader on the back, just below the camera. Today, we get some phablet p0rn, as the upcoming HTC gigantophone is pictured alongside its main competitors, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and last year's Note II. As you can see in the image above, the HTC device looks to be larger than the brand new Note 3, and that's not only because of the BoomSound speakers on top and bottom. The screen itself is also, apparently, larger, rumored to be ...

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    Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We'd like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can't respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video. This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your thoughts on the subject. Sadly, for the sake of time, we ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, announced at IFA 2013 in Berlin, is starting to slowly pop up at carrier sites as well as e-tailers' webpages. If you want to be among the first ones to get your hands on Samsung's latest phablet, you can pre-order (and import) it from the UK, where it is available for pre-ordering at £495.00 (£594.00 incl. VAT), which is roughly $945. We're talking about the unlocked, SIM-free phone. Stock is expected at the end of September. It just so happens that its official accessory, the Galaxy Gear, can also be pre-ordered. You'll pay £235.00 (£282.00), which is ...

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    There's one fewer Romanian on this week's podcast, and we're no longer hovering over a precarious microphone stand made of empty shoeboxes and trash cans in a European hotel room - but that doesn't mean this latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly is lacking in charm. On the contrary, we've called in a silver-tongued devil from Honduras and a smooth-talking geocacher from middle America to provide two very different perspectives on some very high-visibility smartphones. That's right: it's Apple week. That special time of year where iOS makes its way to the top of our rundown and instigates ...

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    There was once a time where I knew exactly what my next smartphone would be at any given time. Back in the day, I was a huge fan of BlackBerry, and although there were much better options around the time the BlackBerry Tour 9630 hit Verizon shelves in July 2009, I didn't want anything drastically different from before. My last smartphone purchase at the time was the BlackBerry Curve 8330, which I had nearly carried for two years. Not long after I purchased the Tour, however, the smartphone market expanded, accelerated, and matured. It was as if it all happened overnight. New Android phones ...

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    A few weeks ago, I said I was done with large phones, that it's a bit of a burden to carry an oversized phone if you're prone to carrying two phones on a daily basis. In a nutshell, the Xperia Z Ultra and Galaxy Mega 6.3 ruined larger phones for me. They were bigger for the sake of being bigger. Plain and simple, pocket space in your standard pair of (reasonably stylish) jeans simply doesn't allow for a 6-inch phone. Downsizing to the Moto X and Lumia 1020 was, unsurprisingly, quite pleasant. And although I've loved the Galaxy Note II for the year or so I've been carrying it, it was time ...

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    We've been bringing you our best quality mobile-tech podcast once a week for over a year now, and we're not about to break that streak on one of the biggest tech weeks of the year. Sure, we might've missed our usual Wednesday/Thursday time slot, and we might've even technically missed the weekend dividing line, depending on what time zone you're in - but you know what? We've just capped off four days of intense video coverage with a midnight podcast from one of the most echo-filled hotel rooms in all of Berlin, and we're uploading it through the technological equivalent of a 1999-era AOL ...

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    We're still a little ways out from being able to take you on a premium-style guided tour of the new Galaxy Note 3, but as IFA 2013 is winding down, we thought we'd try explaining some of the new phablet's fresh features in another video from Samsung's mammoth airplane hangar exhibit hall here in Berlin. In this short tour, we focus on the Note 3's new S Pen features: everything that can be launched from the Air Command menu, including the innovative text-reading action-jump and the fresh new take on multitasking. We'll show you how to copy and paste text from one app to another, and we'll ...

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    Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S 4, multiple owners of the same phone (we're referring to the S 4) were able to experience the same tunes playing, at the same time, on multiple devices. Now, with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Group Play is on steroids and it does video. In the video below you will see a cool demonstration on how you can share local video content from your Note 3 with your friends. You can either watch the same movie on all devices, or you can have a big, singular, canvas (multi-screen) where content expands on all of the screens. Check it out below!

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 3 in most of the major US carriers, and even the LG G2 reached the same luck on AT&T. We then talk about the Nokia Lumia 1520, as we finally have leaked press renders of the device. Then we talk about the rumors of an Amazon smartphone that might be free for their customers. We later talk about Android 4.4 KitKat, even though it's odd that everything currently focuses on selling us KitKat bars. We end today's show talking about the LG Nexus 5, which is apparently at the FCC right now. All this and more ...

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    At the most basic level, Samsung doesn't offer users many options when it comes to their choice of the Note 3. Sure, there's the SoC issue, but that's going to be determined more by your network provider than any personal whim. But for the phone itself, Samsung's only launching it in white, black, and pink - a far cry from the sort of thing we've seen lately from phones like the Moto X. That's not even close to the end of the story, however, as Samsung is making available a whole stink of Note 3 accessories, including a wide variety of cases in not only different hues, but different ...

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    We know you hate to wait, loyal listeners, but the torrent of smartphones and tablets at IFA 2013 has blown our schedule right apart this week. From the Galaxy Note 3, Note 10.1 2014, and Galaxy Gear to the Sony Xperia Z1 to the new Acer Liquid S2 phablet, our video queue hasn't stopped churning - and more features are funneling down the pipe even as we write this. The time to sit down and podcast just hasn't materialized. But that doesn't mean we're about to go our first week in over a year without an episode of the Pocketnow Weekly tech podcast! Keep your ears primed (and your eyes on ...

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    Just as Verizon began their pre-orders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and even the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, you know that competition is one of those beautiful things we can all rely on, as they're not the only company who's decided to start getting customers today. Pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 3 have already begun for AT&T as well, and according to the company, the device will ship "around" October 1st, and you'll have to pay $299.99 for it on-contract. Sadly we're still trying to figure-out the bundle plan for the Galaxy Gear here, and we'll report back on it. T-Mobile, on the ...

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