Posts tagged with: Hands-on
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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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    We've shown off the Paranoid Android Custom ROM before. This is the ROM that enables phone, phablet, and tablet mode regardless of whether you're using a phone, phablet, or tablet -- and you can change the way your device displays any app. Paranoid Android also includes a very functional Pie-shaped control and notification area that we've shown you as well. Recent builds of Paranoid Android include a Halo-styled notification system. When a new notification comes in, it's presented to you in a small circle that floats above whatever app you're in. Once you've seen it, it slides out of the ...

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    It's always fun to discover new music, and one of the best ways to do that is through the people you know, either online or in real life. And since many of us spend a great deal of our online time on social media, various networks have become hotbeds for music discovery. Facebook, for example, teamed-up with Spotify to stream what you're listening to on Spotify to your Facebook News Feed in real time. Today, Twitter officially launched its social music discovery app, #music. (Yes, the name has a hashtag in it.) The service is only currently available on iOS and via desktop browser at ...

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    Kyocera's not a brand that appears often on our front page, but with efforts as unique and beastly as this, we're starting to think that's a shame. The Torque may be a mid-range device with average specs, but those middling attributes are wrapped up in a casing rated to IP67and MIL-SPEC 810G for durability, including exposure to blowing rain, humidity, salt fog, solar radiation, and immersion in water, among others. That durability is further augmented by a duo of cool factors: Sprint's CDMA-based Direct Connect two-way radio feature is on board, as is the rare tissue-conduction earpiece. ...

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    Ubuntu for Tablets and Phones has consumed my life for the past 30 hours. Canonical announced a developer preview would be arriving yesterday, and when it hit, I dropped everything I was doing and flashed it to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. I've been playing with it ever since and have mostly good things to say – keeping in mind it is a developer preview and far from any sort of stable release. In its tablet form, Ubuntu 12.10 Touch isn't all that different from the phone version. The home screen layout is horizontal, versus the vertical layout on smaller tablets and phones. There ...

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    Windows Phone's ecosystem may have grown by leaps and bounds over the course of the year, but we've still been waiting for Microsoft and its partners to fill some gaping holes in the form of big-name titles. Earlier today, we bid farewell to one of the most significant of those gaps by welcoming Spotify to Windows Phone 8. The app has been available on Windows Phone 7, in various forms, for quite some time - but it wasn't until this morning that the Beta version landed for users of Microsoft's more modern mobile platform. Join me for a brief and somewhat breathless tour of the new app's ...

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    We're no stranger to the Lumia 8xx series of Windows Phone 8 devices here at Pocketnow. The Lumia 810 got our full review treatment a little while back, the Lumia 822 helped us launch our new Quick Review format just a couple days ago, and just this afternoon, we received the device that served as the basis for both of those custom variants. Its 4.3-inch AMOLED display, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, and 8MP camera haven't changed, but the radio guts, casing design, look and feel are something else entirely. Behold: the Nokia Lumia 820 for AT&T. Click below for the first of the ...

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    We've already reviewed one variant of Nokia's midrange Lumia 820 -the Luma 810 for T-Mobile USA- but there's enough different on both the inside and the outside of Verizon Wireless' variant that we thought we'd take another dip into the mid-tier Windows Phone 8 pool. The 822 is a curvier, thicker, but lighter take on the Lumia 820, with a design that summons images of a pebble when viewed from behind, and whose front side packs a little more "chin music" than we're used to. It runs the latest version of Windows Phone 8, projecting it onto a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display. It's powered ...

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    "It is not a phablet." HTC's stern declaration to the assembled press regarding the category of its latest Android smartphone was a little odd when it hit our ears at this morning's announcement, but the reason for the fuss quickly became apparent. Any time a company launches a device that breaks the five-inch-display barrier, there's bound to be speculation about its size -surely mammoth- and its weight -surely massive. In heading off the "phablet" talk right at the top of the announcement, HTC and Verizon let everyone know that despite its massive screen, the new Droid DNA was very ...

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    HTC and Verizon hosted a modest gathering in New York City this morning to announce the product of their latest collaboration: the Droid DNA. As expected, this device is an Americanized variant of the Butterfly J, released a bit ago in Japan. The device features a 5-inch, 1080p Super-LCD panel boasting a pixel density of 440ppi and viewing angles up to an 80-degree offset. HTC says it's 50% brighter than the Galaxy S III's display; while we didn't have a light meter on hand to test this claim, the display is indeed quite bright in person, and the viewing angles are impressive. Also a huge ...

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