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    Those quotes up there in the title do more than apologize for our unoriginal, lame pun: they acknowledge a truth that's gotta be tough for Amazon to swallow. The company's first smartphone, which we laid hands on last week, has seen mixed reviews in its first wave of press. There are good reasons for that. With a dubious exclusivity deal in place, a boatload of extraneous features masking its not-quite-Android OS, and a price point that's all kinds of wacky, the Fire Phone's utility isn't clear outside its role as a portal to easier, faster Amazon purchases. Factor in the ho-hum ...

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    "If you’re looking for the best flagship smartphone experience, but want to stand out from the crowd, this phone's for you." HTC CEO Peter Chou's words, taken from the press release announcing the company's One E8 early last month, elegantly sum up the eye-catching device. When our review unit arrived in the office yesterday morning for its unceremonious off-camera unboxing, we took a few beats longer than usual just to stare at the "Electric Crimson" paint job of its polycarbonate unibody construction. The phone bears a thick glossy coating that we'd normally revile, but here it ...

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    AT&T was kind enough to host us at a hands-on event in NYC last night, and of all the things we came away with, one of the biggest was a renewed appreciation for what a crazy-busy review season it's been. We'd already reviewed almost every single one of the devices AT&T had on display, from wearables like the LG G Watch to affordable smartphones like HTC's Desire 610 to outliers like the not-quite-so-durable Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. Standing apart from these devices, though, was the holy grail of the event: thanks more to its rarity than any one distinctive feature, the ...

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    Google introduced us to the next version of Android at Google I/O 2014 yesterday: Android L. Unfortunately, we won't have an official release of until "later this Fall", but we were promised a Developer Preview. This morning that preview landed, and we decided to go hands-on. We loaded it up on our Nexus 5, booted up, and took it for a spin. Click play to see what we found, and what you can expect from Android L. Make sure you watch all the way to the end to get a good look at the new boot animation.   If you'd like to give Android L a go on your own device you'll need to be running ...

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    If you'll forgive the horrible pun, it's happening like clockwork: alongside a new flagship smartphone comes a cool new flip cover. We saw it with the Dot View case on the HTC One M8, the S View Cover on the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and now comes the Quick Circle case for the LG G3. Not that it's a total surprise; like most things LG G3, the Quick Circle case leaked ahead of its official announcement, which itself came a while before today's London reveal of LG's new flagship. But as is usually the case, getting hands-on time totally altered our perspective ... or rather, confirmed our ...

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    In case you missed the announcement, the rumored HTC One mini 2 finally broke cover this morning, and it's just what the rumors said it would be: a pint-sized version of the company's well-received One M8 smartphone. Aesthetically, the One mini 2 is everything you'd expect from a mini metal One M8 – but true to form, HTC has made some sacrifices on the spec side. Under the hood, we're looking at a quad-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926) at 1.2GHz, leaning on a gig of RAM and 16GB of storage, with MicroSD cards up to 128GB supported. The display is a 4.5 inch LCD at 720p, the battery a 2100 ...

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    "Built to last, priced for all." That's the motto behind Motorola's latest smartphone designed for developing markets, and we're in NYC to bring you a first hands-on. As you can see in the video below, the family resemblance here is strong: the Moto E is physically very similar to the flagship-level Moto X and its more-affordable cousin, the Moto G. While the Moto E is noticeably thicker than each, it also has a smaller footprint on its face, making it just as comfortable to hold, if not more so. As we reported earlier today, specs are as you might expect from a smartphone with the Moto ...

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    We checked out the Harman Kardon HTC One M8 at the Sprint launch event in NYC yesterday, but with all the hubbub on the show floor, conditions weren’t great for a proper hands-on. Thankfully, Sprint and HTC were good enough to send us our very own review unit for a second pass today, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to churn out a nice luxurious unboxing and hardware tour! You probably remember the HTC One M8 from our full review just a few weeks back (and, you know, because it's one of the biggest Android smartphones to launch this year). Out of the box, the Harman/Kardon variant ...

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    What do you do when a company offers you a hands-on opportunity with a smartphone running software you're not allowed to access? Well, usually you move on to the next vendor. Things are a little different, though, when the concept behind the device is as intriguing as that underlying Blackphone. We've covered Blackphone a few times over the past several months. In the wake of the NSA domestic-spying scandal in the US, a smartphone that promises privacy through an encrypted OS has become more interesting - and perhaps more feasible as a mass-market idea. But is your privacy worth a $629 ...

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    When we asked a Samsung rep to clarify the differences between the Gear 2 Neo and its simply named (but better-endowed) sibling at today's Unpacked event, we were surprised to learn just how shallow those differences were. The Neo drops the camera, leaving the IR port to fend for itself in its tiny porthole up top, but aside from the accompanying reduction in size and mass, the watches are essentially identical. That means the Gear 2 Neo packs the same Tizen OS, the same heart rate sensor around back, the same 4GB of local storage, and the same tightened hardware build that allows for ...

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    The leaks were right on. Samsung's newest Android flagship arrived right on schedule today, bearing the pockmarked skin the photos predicted and nearly all the features the spec sheets promised. The long-lasting AMOLED-equipped device is familiar both in form factor and general capabilities, but it carries an upgraded 16MP camera with special HDR and focus functions, a new emphasis on fitness in both hardware and software, and built-in resistance to dust and water exposure. Oh, and yes: the much-discussed fingerprint scanner is here as well, though it's probably not what (or where) you ...

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    Announced alongside the Galaxy S 5, Gear 2, and Gear 2 Neo at today's Samsung Unpacked event was the Samsung Gear Fit, a tiny ampule of colorful technology that, if leveraged properly, has the potential to revolutionize Samsung's position in the wearable tech space. But that's an idea exercise for another day. What matters now is how good the little device looks and feels in person - and fortunately, we've got just that sort of info in the video below. Click on down for our observations on the smallest and (obviously) most fitness-oriented of Samsung's devices, this stylish blend of Fitbit ...

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    We've shown you Sony's new flagship and we've also given you a taste of Sony's new mid-ranger, both on display in Barcelona for MWC 2014. What is required now, especially for device-vs-device buffs and the eternally undecided smartphone shoppers, is a side-by-side comparison. Watch as Anton D. Nagy takes you through a bullet list of differences between these handsets right from the show floor. You'll get a crash course in immersion resistance, Snapdragon processors, battery life, and camera resolution - as well as a good look at how these phones differ in terms of screen and chassis size. ...

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    What do you do if you want the look and feel of Sony's flagship Android smartphones, without the cumbersome size? Well ... honestly, you probably grab a Z1 Compact if you can find one. Those little suckers are pretty sweet, if a tad on the pricey side. But if you can't (or don't want to) foot such an exorbitant bill, and you don't think you'll be dropping your smartphone in the toilet anytime soon, Sony has just the thing for you: the Xperia M2. With a 4.8-inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, and none of the immersion resistance of its Z-series siblings, the M2 is very clearly a ...

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    A 1.7GHz quad-core SoC. A 4.7-inch IPS display at qHD resolution. A 2400 mAh battery. 8MP or 13MP camera (depending on market) with no optical image stabilization. LTE Category 4 with Android 4.4 KitKat. Oh, and a rear key. You know the old saying: if it's a mixed bag of impressive and meh, it's probably a "mini" phone. That's the sitch with LG's new midsize smartphone, a device we bemoaned as not enough mini and not enough G2 on last week's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Still, the G2 mini exists - and now that we've had a chance to play with it in person, we're not entirely ...

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