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    Remember last year, when we prefaced our nonsensical Nexus 5 vs Note 3 comparison video with the declaration that we were only doing it because so many of you had asked us to? Google saved us the trouble this year, by building its new Nexus to large-enough proportions that you could almost mistake it for this year's Galaxy Note 4. (If you were far enough away, that is. And if your eyesight wasn't too good.) Point is: unlike the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 is a large-format smartphone. And unlike the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 packs the absolute latest in technology without also taking a dive on the ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 is a powerhouse of a phablet, and depending on the regional variant you have, it's running either an Exynos 7 Octa or a Snapdragon 805. Earlier this week we checked out a rumor that claimed Samsung could already be working on another hardware revision of the Note 4, one that would ditch that 805 for a next-gen Snapdragon 810 SoC. The idea makes enough sense – this is exactly the routine Samsung's pulled time and time again with LTE-A models of its flagships – but we really didn't have anything more than the word of an anonymous source to go on. Now we're ...

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    A manufacturer's "smartphone philosophy" might seem like a lofty concept dreamed up by a reviewer big on thesauri and light on sleep, but it's actually pretty easy to summarize with a quick story from Barcelona. A couple years ago at MWC, Editor-in-Chief Anton D. Nagy and I found ourselves at a briefing being shown a new Samsung product due for release. When we remarked that a competing product from another manufacturer exhibited more overall polish and cohesiveness, Samsung's response was quick and blunt: "Yeah, but ours can do more." That's been the story of the high-end Samsung ...

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    A couple days earlier this week, Samsung got US sales rolling for arguably the most compelling Galaxy Note 4 accessory you'll find, the immersive Gear VR headset. Pop your Note 4 in the front, strap the Gear VR on, and you're all ready to start experiencing virtual worlds. Well, at least you would be, if your Note 4 supported the Gear VR. Even though the accessory is explicitly designed to work with the phablet, there's one important stipulation you may have overlooked: the Note 4 needs its latest software to connect with the Gear VR, and as Samsung alluded to in its statement accompanying ...

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    The Galaxy Note Edge is a Galaxy Note 4 with a little something extra – 409,000 little somethings, actually. They're the pixels making up the display extension along the phone's right-hand side, a curved strip of AMOLED that Samsung calls the "Edge screen." It's built to add functionality to an already-potent portfolio of features ... but it also adds cost, and sacrifices some of the fit and finish we really appreciate on the Note 4. With both Notes on shelves this holiday season, we thought it wise to compare the new Notes and see what you're buying when you opt for one or the ...

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    It's a dance we know all too well: Samsung delivers its latest flagship model, only to come back a few months later with a tweaked version running some even more impressive silicon. The Galaxy S4 launched with a Snapdragon 600, only for Samsung to follow that up with a Snapdragon 800 version for LTE-A networks in South Korea. And after the GS5 arrived with its Snapdragon 801, Samsung came back with an LTE-A version that didn't just step up to a Snapdragon 805, but also gave the phone a huge resolution bump up to quad HD. We could be about to see another move along these lines, as rumors ...

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    It's been over three months now since the Gear VR went official at Samsung's IFA Unpacked event, ready to bring new Note 4 owners into the world of mobile virtual reality. Last month the manufacturer told us that we could expect to see the headset land for sale in the US sometime in early December, but Samsung wasn't ready to reveal a specific date. This week, it looks like that time time has finally come, as we see the Gear VR quietly go up for sale on both Samsung's and AT&T's websites. Just as anticipated, the headset sells for a cool $200. Both Samsung and AT&T sales look to be ...

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    Yesterday we saw Samsung finally get its Lollipop update ball rolling, beginning distribution of Android 5.0 for the Galaxy S5. While initial availability was highly region-restricted, it was still a big step forward. But what does the existence of that update spell for updates designed for other Samsung hardware? At the time, we speculated a little about what yesterday's development could mean for future US carrier-specific GS5 Lollipop updates, but today we're looking at the rest of Samsung's device lineup, as word arrives of when we might hope to start seeing those release go out. The ...

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    Samsung hasn't necessarily won much love lately with its speed at adopting new versions of Android. The company was last to serve KitKat to some of its flagships this year, and even then, the company chose not to upgrade its TouchWiz UI to resemble the newer Galaxy smartphones. Today things change a little as we find that LG is already serving Lollipop to some, so it's only logical that its worse rival does something about it. We've seen leaks of the Android 5.0 Lollipop running on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 already, and we also know details of the platform running on the Galaxy Note 3. ...

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    In many ways, smartphones give us more control over our lives than ever before, instantly connecting us to information that lets us make informed decisions, makes sure we have the latest news, and keeps us in touch with anyone not living in the stone age. And while that's all true most of the time, there's a sinister side that has us giving up some of the control over the software that runs on our phones themselves, and all too often we find carriers behind these manipulations. You may know it simply as “bloat,” the software that you never asked for, that nonetheless finds itself ...

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    Samsung's Gear VR for the Galaxy Note 4 is nearly here, with US sales set to begin as we move into December. For Note 4 owners interested in picking up the accessory, a whole new world of virtual experiences awaits them, but what about the rest of us? Will Samsung ever have another VR product that's maybe not so closely tied to an already expensive phablet? That could well be a possibility, as Oculus VR's co-founder talks a little about what's next for the company's collaboration with Samsung. Oculus VR may be best known for its Oculus headset (which is rapidly approaching a commercial ...

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    Earlier this week, Samsung provided some important information about its release plans for the Gear VR Note 4 accessory, talking about getting sales started in early December. While we'll be interested to see how readily Android users take to the unusual hardware, what about the problems we've heard reported with it? Last month we checked out some reports that the Gear VR was overheating even only after moderate use, a potentially uncomfortable situation when that hot phone is only inches from your eyes. Thankfully, Samsung seems to be on top of things, and claims that the overheating ...

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    When Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 4 a little over two months ago, one of the phablet's many selling points was the S Pen experience it brought to the table, with the aim of making writing with the stylus as much a natural-feeling process as possible. And with the introduction of accessories like those luxury Montblanc pens, there were even ways to make the S Pen feel more like a regular ink pen. Now there's a story going around about claims that Samsung is already updating the S Pen with a new, higher-end model, but is that really the case? The Samsung Developer Conference is ...

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    Samsung introduced its Gear VR back at IFA in early September, pairing the big high-res display on the Galaxy Note 4 with a sensor-laden headset that promised to offer users an immersive virtual reality experience. At least, it would when it finally became available, and while the Note 4 itself has been out for a while by this point, we've been waiting to see Gear VR make its own retail debut. Rumors had suggested that South Korea might get the accessory right at the start of December, but we were left guessing about international plans. Now Samsung's starting to come forward with details, ...

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    This newfangled tech world is some sort of heaven for pixel junkies. A few years ago, the thought of a 4K (3,840 by 2,160 pixels) monitor, television, or projector wasn’t terribly far-fetched. 4K projectors and cameras have been available since the early 2000s, but personal monitors and televisions in ultra high-definition are a far newer product of this pixel-obsessed world. Prior to 2013, however, the buy in price to the budding world of 4K was illogical for most of us normal humanoids who don’t draw six-figure salaries each year. The first 4K televisions were large and expensive. ...

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