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    "Out of all the Android tablets we saw last year, one of our favorites was the Sony Tablet Z - and now we get to see its successor, the Xperia Tablet Z2." Jaime Rivera is spot on with his intro to this hands-on video: the Tablet Z wowed us when we reviewed it last year, its thin waterproof chassis raising the bar for tablet hardware quality - but its smallish battery and sometimes-sluggish software impaired an otherwise excellent experience. With the Xperia Tablet Z2, Sony (presumably) aims to fix some of those shortcomings. Its front-firing speakers, Snapdragon 801 processor, and 3GB of ...

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    "The one thing we never thought we'd see: Stephen Elop mentioning the word 'Android' and yes, we're running it [on this] Nokia XL. Let's talk about it." That's the intro to this historic hands-on from Jaime Rivera, so yes indeed - let's talk about it. Nokia's X, XL, and XL+ were announced this morning at MWC in Barcelona, a trio of Android-powered phones for developing markets meant to augment the Asha line while also serving as an on-ramp to services like Skype, HERE Maps, and Nokia Music, among others. The future of this Android-powered offering is anyone's guess once the Microsoft ...

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    "Wow. That Nokia XL is big." That's the first thought that hit my lobes when this hands-on comparison started playing on my monitor, but it certainly wasn't the last. Because while the 4.5-to-5-inch jump in screen size is one of the more instantly recognizable differences between Nokia's Windows Phone flagship and its new Android-powered phone for "the next billion," it's the least significant. Tune in to the side-by-side video below to see the Windows Phone-powered 1020 placed alongside the Nokia XL's tile-centric build of Android for a quick look at how the former has influenced the ...

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    "Even though the Sony Xperia Z2 is the new kid on the block, and the Galaxy S 4 will be obsolete in about five hours from now, we're gonna compare the two so you can get a sense of how well they [stack] up." That's from Anton D. Nagy, the administrator of this hands-on comparison, and hopefully it goes some way towards answering the inevitable flood of "why not compare with the S 5?" questions in the comments. The S 5 may be coming, but it's the Galaxy S 4 that's the phone on the streets right now, and as such it's a useful standard for size and feel-in-hand comparisons. So how does ...

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    "At a quick glance, you might think this is the Xperia Z1 or Z1S." That's how Anton D. Nagy kicks off the below hands-on video, and it's easy to see why: the Xperia Z2 bears more than a passing resemblance to those earlier Sony flagships, with a glass sandwich construction, silver accents, and aluminum midplate broken up by the typical port covers for immersion resistance. But there are a few improvements worth mentioning. The display has grown to 5.2 inches without a commensurate increase in bezel size; the processor underneath is a Snapdragon 801 running at 2.3GHz; and the 20.7MP camera ...

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    Since the relatively early days of Android, Google has let us use our voice to do somewhat common tasks like sending text messages or emails. I could say "Send a text message to Bendito Papendorf: hey, I love the new book!". But who is Bendito Papendorf, and why can't I say "Send a text message to Mom"? Before we dig into this new feature, be advised that it's relatively new and might be rolling out in stages. If you haven't gotten it yet, be patient. Next, there's been a work around to this in the past. If you create an entry in your contacts with the name of "Mom", you've probably been ...

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    Ever since the advent of the modern personal computer, the promise of a "paperless" office has been omnipresent. To-date, that promise hasn't been fully realized. Even with tablets, which are excellent reading devices, there are still times when we need to get the information from our screens and put it on to paper. Until recently, that hasn't been very easy. Let's go hands-on with printing support, one of the lesser known features that comes built-in to Android 4.4 KitKat. Android Printer Support What we're showing you here should work on any device running Android 4.4 and up. In this ...

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    There's a certain sequence of events that takes place when a new smartphone lands at your doorstep. Typically (at Pocketnow anyway), you unbox that sucker, throw it in the labs for some number-crunching, take a boatload of photos and video, put it head-to-head with its immediate competition, maybe showcase it on the Weekly or the U-Review, and then at the end of all that, you post a final review. Then you send it back to its builder and wait for the next one to drop. It's all very exciting. But when the device in question is an entirely new beast, a one-of-a-kind testbed for a new ...

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    After you've made your decision and have picked up your very own smartphone, phablet, or tablet, you're going to want to pick up a couple accessories. First off you'll want a case, next you'll want some way to charge it while you're on the go. Cases come in all shapes and sizes, but your recharging options usually require a power outlet of some sort, whether it's in the wall or in your car. What if you could combine the two? That's the idea behind HTC's extended battery case, the HTC Power Flip Case for the HTC One max. The complication with integrated batteries is that they're not ...

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    In case you missed it amid all the midweek hubbub, our own Taylor Martin posted an excellent review of Motorola's new Moto G yesterday, in which he calls it a bargain - a steal, even. He goes on to say this: The real question is: who is the Moto G for? Just about anyone … with the exception of tech fiends, that is. It will make a fantastic first smartphone, either for a high school or college student. It can serve as a great backup phone, for those times your phone gets lost, dies, or needs to be sent off for repairs. It will also serve well as a downgrade for a smartphone veteran who ...

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    Quite some time ago Google released Google Wallet, a payment system that let your NFC-enabled phone work with a very limited number of tap-to-pay merchants. That alone was a big enough roadblock to keep many from trying the service. Add to that the limitations of Secure Elements, carrier restrictions, and being confined to these United States, and it's a wonder that Google Wallet ever made it to where it is today. Where exactly is that? No longer do you need a Secure Element, and the app is generally available on even previously restricted carriers. All this is good news -- as long as ...

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    Android 4.4 KitKat is the long-awaited upgrade to Google's Android operating systems for smartphones and tablets. Although it doesn't bring huge changes like many of us had hoped, the modifications are elegant and profound. Finally, the waiting is over, and Kitkat has been officially released, but unless you already have a Nexus 5 in hand, you probably don't have it. Luckily there are some builds out there that you can put on your own device, like we did with our Nexus 4, to get the KitKat experience there. Hit the play button, and let's go hands-on with Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 4. ...

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    "Gold phone" is something of a misnomer these days, the term appended to champagne- and rose-colored variants of devices like the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S 4, though no actual gold is used in their construction. Until recently, the only true "gold" smartphones to be found were a few ultra-high end Vertu handsets destined for the pockets of the super-rich. HTC's newest variant of the One, plated in 18-karat gold protected by a nonscratch clear-coat, isn't a groundbreaking reinvention of the "gold" phone paradigm; valued at $4000 and limited to a production run of just five units, it's much ...

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    The Galaxy Gear might be the only smart watch setting headlines ablaze here at IFA 2013, but it's not the only one on the show floor. Fresh on the heels of our quick Galaxy Gear vs Pebble comparison, we ran headlong into the booth of Swiss manufacturer MyKronoz, where we unearthed the company's small collection of Bluetooth-enabled smart watches. The newest and most advanced of these, the MyKronoz ZeNano, doesn't blow us away on the spec sheet with its resistive touchscreen - but it packs enough features to set it apart from the pack. Chief among those: a bright display, svelte profile, ...

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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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