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    The Sony Xperia Z2. We got our hands on it back at MWC 2014 for an initial impressions video and a comparison or two, but things have been awful quiet since those heady days in Barcelona. That's because we're primarily an American news outlet, and the Xperia Z2 won’t be coming to the United States until summer (when it will likely fly the flag of Verizon Wireless). But thanks to the fine folks at GSM Nation, we were able to get our hands on one just the same! The retailer is one of the first in the US to carry the Xperia Z2, and the team there was kind enough to loan us one of their ...

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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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    Originally, that headline was going to be "Project Ara is an awesome solution in search of a problem." But we thought it prudent to change it, given that Google's new phone concept might actually solve a few big problems - if it ever attains widespread popularity. Project Ara broke cover yesterday, and immediately upended the lives of phone geeks worldwide. If you're not one of those geeks, here's the deal: the concept, born of Google's ongoing collaboration with Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, is that of a modular mobile phone. It's an expansion of Hakkens's earlier Phonebloks project, which ...

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    When it comes to smartphones, I'm a pretty shallow guy. It doesn't matter what capabilities are baked into your software, how long your battery life is, or how vast your internal storage; if you're not a good-looking device, you're not coming home with me. So it was with a halfhearted smile and forced enthusiasm that I walked into the LG event in NYC yesterday, responding to a company rep's "are you excited?" with a too-blunt "is there coffee?" It's not that I wasn't looking forward to the show - I was. But the company's newest flagship had already been leaked so thoroughly that we knew ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the most advanced camera phone ever to see the light of day. It's a stunning upgrade to the Lumia 920 and a fitting sequel to the 808 PureView, one whose potential has been met with fairly universal praise from the Pocketnow team, and from most others in the blogosphere. When it launches on Friday, I'll be in line at the AT&T store to claim my very own unit, just as I was for its predecessor. But, as you may recall from the video documenting my launch day Lumia 920 purchase, I was put off back then by a few oversights on AT&T's part - and also by some lapses ...

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    We've been talking about two smartphones in particular these past few weeks: the HTC One and the Galaxy S 4. You may have noticed. We've kept our focus on these phones for an especially long period because they're flagship devices - the high-end superphones representing the best of the best their manufacturers can offer. As we've discussed at length in venues like the Pocketnow Weekly podcast and Pocketnow Live hangout, the varying construction approaches used by these manufacturers also provide a window into their design philosophies. Samsung has staunchly defended its use of ...

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    With several wildly successful Android smartphones under its belt, Samsung has naturally become a poster boy for Google's mobile platform, at least in the mainstream. The misunderstood and misused DROID branding – that used to be synonymous with practically any phone running Android prior to 2011 – has effectively been replaced by "Galaxy". We hear it all the time: "Is that the new Galaxy phone?" or "I think I'm going to get one of those Galaxy phones when it comes out." As such, not only have the press and enthusiasts come to look to Samsung to deliver the latest groundbreaking ...

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    If you followed our coverage from MWC in Barcelona, you might remember a demo by Jeff Nestel-Patt of GT Advanced Technologies, showcasing a smartphone display 2.5 times stronger than Gorilla Glass that was, for all intents and purposes, impervious to scratches. If you missed that video, maybe you caught our article from last week discussing sapphire's importance to the future of the mobile industry. If you missed both of those, then you're still in luck - because this piece right here trumps them both. You see, it turns out that the GT Crystal Systems facility at which much of the ...

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    Sometimes ya ain't got time for dilly-dallyin', spit-swappin', or tall-tale-tellin'. Sometimes even dropping in a few time codes is too much to ask. Because sometimes the meat just needs to get out to the masses. This is one of those special times, and the meat we're putting on the market is our jawing. Our opinions. Our stories. And the subject this week is the two biggest Android smartphone launches of the year, coming from the two biggest sworn enemies of the entire Android landscape. That's right: this is the episode where we talk HTC One vs Galaxy S IV. We've had the One for just a ...

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