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    After two separate but very similar iterations of watchOS, Apple’s third launch expected this fall has proven to be a jump into true maturity. To be honest, before Apple announced watchOS 3 beta, my Apple Watch was sitting in a drawer. There user interface was sluggish, launch of apps was hit or miss, and a ton of the features simply made no sense, like a button dedicated for contacts only. watchOS 3 is a lot about bringing common sense to how a smartwatch should operate. The operating system has been optimized to help you keep your favorite apps in memory, provide these with background ...

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    We've been running the iOS 10 developer preview for a little more than a day, but it's not the only BETA being run in our offices. We also have Google's latest build of Android N running on a Nexus 5X. We think it's time for a comparison. This is a big update for Apple, reaching the tenth iteration of iOS, a lot of attention has been paid towards streamlining interactions, incorporating more 3D Touch and gesture support, and catching a few services up which have been lagging behind the competition. Likewise, Google has a lot riding on Android N, in making this build of Android more ...

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    They say it takes two to tango, and indeed, Google needed the smartphone-making expertise of Motorola owner Lenovo to turn the forward-thinking Project Tango into commercial reality. Starting September, you’ll be able to use the innovative rear-facing multi-camera setup of the ginormous Lenovo Phab 2 Pro to virtually measure and place certain objects (for instance, furniture) in actual spaces around you. Best Buy and Lowe’s will be among those not only selling the AR-supporting 6.4-incher stateside, but also developing nifty applications for the motion tracking hardware to perform its ...

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    The world’s first “SnapPhones” are finally here, and off the bat, the slightly lower-end Motorola Moto Z (by Lenovo) will leave you gasping for air, as you wonder exactly how its designers pulled off a 5.2mm waist. The answer lies in the traditional headphone jack omission, as well as a controversial battery capacity downgrade compared to last year’s Moto X Pure Edition. Not to worry, since the Moto Z Force packs a much heftier 3,500 mAh cell inside a still relatively thin 7mm chassis while also forgoing the old 3.5mm audio connector, and keeping you reliant on USB Type-C and ...

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    Unlike Samsung, which is rumored to only skip a digit in branding this year’s Galaxy Note, ZTE leaped over a whole bunch of them and decided to confusingly follow up the Axon with an Axon 7 that doesn’t even measure 7 inches in screen diagonal. But the number 7 is considered to bring good luck in both Chinese and many Western cultures, and ZTE wants its latest 5.5-inch flagship to conquer the world with an arguably gorgeous design, super-loud speakers, and overall, the best possible 2016 specifications. This device manufacturer is certainly moving up the Android OEM ranks, so we ...

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    According to HTC, smartphones reached an inflection point about two years ago. Innovation is somewhat dead, and it wants to battle that with this year’s flagship. according to the company, 10 is a magical number. It represents the perfect score. The number used by the best soccer players, and more. 10 is about perfection, and that´s what the company sought out with the HTC 10. During our recent briefing the company explained how its new flagship may look similar to past iterations, but is far from it. Watch our full hands-on video as we discuss more.

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    You might've seen our Android expert Joe Levi tackle some of the minutia of what's going on in the latest beta edition of the OS. You've surely seen a fair share of news, screenshots and commentary. You might be tempted to even hit up that Google link and enroll in the Android Beta Program yourself. But if you want to get down and dirty and see things in living color, buckle up: we've got six points to go through in 60 seconds — well, minus the intro and outro, but who's actually counting — in our Android N Beta overview. Keep in mind that the feature set we have on the Android N Beta ...

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    Our Jaime Rivera is a very perceptive one, indeed. Samsung was able to get away with keeping a lot of what made the Galaxy S6 within the Galaxy S7 this year: rounded corners, better silicon, sensors and specs and a whole bunch of run-up to it all. That, in itself, is what gives the chaebol the upper hand over Apple from the outset in our comparison of the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 6s. Both phones are water-resistant, the S7's more officially so. The larger, more resolute, versatile and colorful screen is on the S7. It's not out of mind as Apple's 3D Touch feature is. Built-in storage comes ...

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    Would the two phones harmonize with one another? Perhaps they'd come along to the tune of the Avett Brothers' "Live and Die"? You and I, we're the same. Live and die, we're the same. Actually, the chorus does have a harmony, now that we think about it. But they're not the same, as much as they look it. For one, the edges found on the S6 are more rounded on the the S7. The Galaxy S7 can be seen in freshwater, down to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes, while the Galaxy S6 has to stay on terra firma. That's the power of an IP68 rating. Better battery life and the microSD card slot makes a return on ...

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    This is about the only context where putting a cap over a cover makes a lick of sense. Samsung seems to be making a lot of it in general this year with its debut of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge along with the Gear 360. Another product to get the mobile photo buffs out in the world all giddy is the Galaxy S7 Lens Cover. It comes in the form of a rather plain case that subtly invokes a camera grip to really seal the aesthetic deal. The actual lenses that go along into the threaded socket on the S7's camera? They pin down two viewing extremes: a telephoto lens and a fisheye one. And they ...

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    When you stick with a certain design year-over-year, you get a few certain advantages. Samsung knew it had to take the time to make the changes it knew had to happen from the Galaxy S6 line of flagships. According to Michael Fisher, it did. The Galaxy S7 retains last year's glassy metallic slab, but the curved backplate a la Note 5 makes a difference in the hand. It can also handle a pool just fine, thank you, with its IP68 resistance rating. We've been talking about a split of processing power up to this launch event: some countries will see an S7 with a Snapdragon 820 while others will ...

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    Fewer seams make for a better impression, it seems. The Galaxy S7 edge actually lost a few edges when making its transmogrification from the Galaxy S6 edge. That means that picking up this slightly larger phone will definitely leave you a different thought about how you would go about carrying this 5.5-inch phone. The aluminium rim gets shrunken as the back now also curves up to meet the front-facing panel that does the major curving. All in all, the rough places have been made smoother and the S7 edge's profile ends up being like a lozenge. The rest of the phone probably also goes down ...

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    This show floor comparison would rather be a statement of contrasts. The LG G5 was characterised as the V10's successor as opposed to staying within the G-series bloodline. It's thusly that we get not a plastic chassis nor one that can get leatherized, but one of maddening metallurgy that allows for cell antennas to work the magic they do. The darn back cover doesn't exist anymore (it's just part of the body), but storage is still expandable and the battery is still replaceable. Well, the whole bottom part of the G5 is replaceable. We talk more about that here. The G5 shrinks down from ...

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    If those expensive, expensive, expensive devices at MWC leave much to be desired, well, maybe have a look at this. Or don't, if Warhol scars your eyes. The HTC Desire 530 and Desire 630 share posture as lower-end smartphones here. They also share polycarbonate casings finished with a "micro splash" inkjetting process on the back that makes sure each and every device has its own snowflake of a pattern. Both have five-inch, 720p screens, 2,200mAh batteries, microSD support and a lanyard hook. The 530 has a Snapdragon 210 chipset with 1.5GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, good BoomSound ...

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    You know what's cool? Having a bunch of connected gadgets. You know what sucks? Having a unique phone number for each and every one. Thanks to the proliferation of instant messaging and VOIP calling services, being tied to a mobile phone number has become less of an issue in recent years – but there are still those who prefer the old-fashioned voice call, and the venerable SMS is still a solid standby when you've got friends who chafe at the intrusiveness of Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts. For them, the idea of maintaining separate phone numbers for a 4G tablet, ...

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    It’s been nearly a year since we first tried HTC and Valve’s game-changing VR headset. In the time since, it’s gotten a new name and better hardware, plus rumors of a hefty price tag to go with its four-month delivery delay. But despite the challenges, the Vive Pre still delivers the best virtual reality experience we've seen yet. We went hands-on with the new visor on our last day at CES 2016 and our entire ground team got to put their faces in Valve's virtual world; check out the video below for a taste of what we saw. (In the mood to read instead of view? For a full write-up of ...

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    What's there to a name anymore? Just a letter and a number and you're all set, right? Well, each unit kinda sorta really matters. In this case, LG has decided to bump off the "L" and "F" letters for its mid-range models this year and is adding something more than just a "V" to its vocabulary: K. What's up with the K7 and K10? Well, both have pretty middling specs, but modernized design standards. And if you or someone you know is looking for a decent phone in 2016 on a tight budget, you might want to consider at least the K7 for T-Mobile and MetroPCS. Find out more in our hands-on video ...

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    While Martian's offerings in the smartwatch world do look a tad alien to what we consider the norm, they have their own ways of doing what many consider to be the job of a smartwatch — deliver notifications to you and help you spend less time with your phone. The Martian Notifier was close to being our favorite Pebble/Apple Watch/Android Wear alternative just short of the Runcible — but that thing hasn't even come out yet. And the company's now expanding upon its concept of merging a traditional watchface with a single-line display. This year at CES, the company's bifurcating its ...

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    These smart glasses will not get you kicked out of a theater. At least immediately. Carl Zeiss makes glass for cameras big and small (think Lumia) and has been doing so for time eternal. But it's 2016 and in the world of interconnected thingamajiggers with the slow-moving elephant of Google Glass, there's no more getting by just making glasses anymore. You have to innovate. That means being able to project apps and augmented reality elements to the glasses and then — this one's important — make sure that the technology you use to do all of that with can be used on any pair of ...

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    A full four months after its initial announcement, and roughly 75 days on the back of its public pre-order kickoff, the “rebellious” Nextbit Robin phone made a surprise appearance at CES 2016 in Las Vegas to remind the world shipping will begin soon, at least for super-early Kickstarter adopters. On the whole, the ambitious concept behind the cloud-first device has obviously not changed, and its clutter-free design is doubled by essentially unlimited storage to bring you an Android like no other. Compared to last fall however, Robin seems to have graduated from sidekick to full-blown ...

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    The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show is just about winding down, but before our vast, dedicated team of writers and video content producers leaves Las Vegas, there are a few more products left to be taken for quick spins. Meet the 3Glasses D2 Vanguard Edition, the little Chinese virtual reality headset that could… aspire to go toe to toe with much higher-profile market “veterans” like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony PlayStation VR. Its chances of succeeding on unexplored, ultra-competitive American soil when it goes on sale in a couple of months? Slim, although the D2 costs a ...

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    A bit of tangential nostalgia for you: on the last episode of first iteration of the television show Call For Help from the old ZDTV-turned-TechTV network, there was a segment called Cat's Clicks where co-host Cat Schwartz gave an interesting "click-to." There was a last minute addition to the segment: a pair of custom-molded earphones from Ultimate Ears that cost about $500. Today, Ultimate Ears's product line consists of three Bluetooth speakers. That was some 12 years ago. At CES 2016, an Indiegogo project called Decibullz attempts to fill the niche of the fit-to-your-lugs earbuds ...

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    If you're into Iggy Azalea songs of yesteryear (who the heck isn't, am I right?), you'll notice that we've been getting a little fancy up in this place. Huawei first classed up its Huawei Watch for women, now Samsung is putting some classic touches on its Gear S2 Classic. If you're familiar with our coverage — which includes a full review of the Gear S2 — you'll find spare change to the internal specs, if any at all. You're also going to see the same knurled and rotatable bezel as you have before on the Classic. Not the same, though, are these finishes — and if you read the title of ...

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    Samsung wants to put out professional-grade tablets to the market and it wants people to buy them. This year, that means kicking out its Android and TouchWiz and moving in full-blown Windows 10. The Samsung TabPro S steps away from the ATIV and Galaxy Tab brands to launch into what seems to be a very crowded field these CES days: versatile Windows tablets. A 6.3mm-thick magnesium alloy chassis holds in a 5,200mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, a solid state drive (128GB or 256GB) and an Intel Core M3 processor. Not bad on most counts, but further review is required on our end. With the Super AMOLED ...

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    After being China's darling debutante in mobile last year, we already see the LeTV hardware brand making headway around Asia. It's now kicking down the doors of the United States with a new league of smartphone and a new chipset from Qualcomm. Let's be clear: the LeTV Max Pro, while being ostentatious in its promotions, its name and its presence (a 6.3-inch quad HD screen will do for "big"), will be somewhat different coming to the United States than the Chinese model we had our hands on today. That said, many of the internals like the Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, a rear camera packing in ...

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