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    Saying that Archos sells a number of different tablets is like saying that Crayola makes a few crayon colors; for a manufacturer without the brand recognition of a Samsung, Archos manages to put out an impressive variety of tablets, in all the different sizes, colors, and price ranges you could hope for. We already showed you one of the company's 2013 smartphones, and now we switch gears for a moment to dive into the array of tablets Archos brought along to the IFA this year. First, there's the Chef Pad, one of Archos's "themed" tablets. This one's designed - obviously - with cooking in ...

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    A couple days back, we had the chance to go hands-on with Samsung's newest tablet, the big, high-res Galaxy Note 10.1. From the S-pen support, to the choice of processors, to the new faux-leather-texture back panel (complete with that darling fake stitchwork), the new 10.1 shares more than just a name with the also-brand-new Note 3. As the new Samsung tablet heavyweight to beat, we were interested to see how it would compare to its competition, so swung back around Samsung's way for another look at the Note 10.1 2014 edition, this time with an iPad in tow. Sure, Apple's likely to be just ...

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    One nice thing about events like the IFA is that they give us the chance to go hands-on with phones we might have heard about already, but haven't yet had the chance to interact with ourselves. That's the case with Archos and its 53 Platinum, an Android smartphone the company announced back in April. Along with the 35 Carbon and 50 Platinum, the 53 was also crazy cheap, with a list price of only $250. Is it going to come across as a cheaply made phone, or would we be impressed by the build quality? We stopped by where Archos had set up at the IFA 2013 to take a look. The Archos 53 Platinum ...

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    Acer was one of those OEMs to really make a point to get its IFA announcements out early, and we brought you news of its new products all the way back on Monday. Now that we're actually in Berlin, crawling the show floor of IFA 2013, we were able to swing by Acer's camp and check out some of what it had to bring. The Liquid S2, along with other new phones like Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, will be one of the first Androids capable of recording 4K Ultra HD video. You may not have a set that can even display such content yet, but when that day comes, the S2 could give you plenty of 4K home movies ...

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    For months, the Pebble smartwatch has been our go-to recommendation for people interested in checking out such wearable technology, but now it faces new competition in the form of the Galaxy Gear. Issues with differences in feature sets and compatibility has us wondering if maybe there's a place in the market for both these products, but with the opportunity presented to us by the IFA in Berlin, we felt we should still place these two up against each other and give you a clear look at how they differ. Are you going to be won over by the Pebble's ability to be used with many phones, and its ...

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    Sony's no stranger to the tablet world, releasing the very impressive Xperia Tablet Z earlier this year, but when it comes to Windows 8 tablets, the company is only just now testing the waters. Besides the Xperia Z1 and those Cyber-shot lens-style cameras, Sony brought a new tablet to show off at this year's IFA, the Windows-8-running Vaio Tap 11. As should be obvious from the name, we're looking at an 11-inch screen, this time with a 1080p resolution. The tablet runs an Intel Core chip, with options up to a Core i7. It has a Surface-like keyboard cover that attaches magnetically, but this ...

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    Coming up to the IFA this year, we had a long list of devices we were looking forward to seeing, but there were only two big mysteries: the Galaxy Gear's hardware, and these crazy-looking lens-cameras from Sony. Well, we got the answers we wanted about both earlier this week, and while the Galaxy Gear is simple enough to understand, these Sony cameras are just so outside what we're used to that it was still a trick to wrap our heads around what it would be like to use one of these guys. Well, that's what the IFA, and all its opportunities for hands-on experiences with just-announced ...

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    We just got done showing you how Sony's new Android smartphone, the Xperia Z1 with its 20.7-megapixel camera, held up against Samsung's 2013 juggernaut, the Galaxy S 4. The GS4 might be a huge commercial success, but when it came to picking a favorite phone from the first half of the year, plenty of us here were leaning towards a preference for the HTC One, instead. It only follows, then: if we want to form an impression of how the Xperia Z1 compares to the cream of the crop of this year's Androids, that's going to mean not only checking it out in contrast to the GS4, but the HTC One, as ...

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    The big 20.7-megapixel camera on Sony's new Xperia Z1 will no doubt get the smartphone a fair amount of attention; in Android-land, especially, for users comparing raw specs, it's going to be hard to find anything that really measures-up. But even with that ace in the hole, Sony's handset is going to face some stiff competition from higher-profile phones already on the market, and few get any higher-profile than the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Sure, the GS4 has evolved a lot since it first launched, with new models like the waterproof GS4 Active and the LTE-Advanced GS4 with its Snapdragon 800 ...

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    Sure, we heard some scattered earlier announcements in the days leading up to Sony's IFA press event, but when we're talking about major events from the companies we traveled all that way to see, it was Sony who really got things started for the IFA this year with its Wednesday announcement of the Xperia Z1. After following development of this handset through all the leaks of codename Honami, we were well curious to finally get a chance to check it out for ourselves. While the Z1 may not go to quite the lengths of the Nokia Lumia 1020, it's one of the growing number of smartphones placing ...

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    One of the nice things about expos like the IFA is that they give us an opportunity to look at the hardware from manufacturers that don't necessarily grab our attention too much otherwise. Take Lenovo, for instance: it's been churning out Android phones, as well as a bunch of tablets, but its models just haven't yet managed to captivate us like ones from a Samsung or HTC might. Could it finally be time for that to change? Lenovo has brought a few new devices to show off at the IFA this year, and today we hear about a new Android phone and tablet. First up, there's the Vibe X, Lenovo's new ...

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    When Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it appeared to confirm something we had feared: that the watch would only be compatible with specific Samsung devices, rather than the sort of broad compatibility we see with watches like the Pebble. As we begin to learn more about the smartwatch, however, it's becoming clear that the reality of the situation is a bit more complicated than just that, and we very well should be seeing the Galaxy Gear working with non-Samsung phones in the future. As explained by Samsung's Ryan Bidan, Gear compatibility is a double-edged sword. On the one ...

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    Early this morning we caught wind of the Toshiba Encore, the latest eight-inch Windows 8 tablet to go official. While not the first tablet running such software in that form factor, running an Intel Bay Trail Atom sure could give it a leg up on the competition, and the very attractive sticker price of a mere $330 could make the Encore difficult to ignore. We simply had to check this guy out for ourselves, and see if it really would be capable of delivering a solid Windows 8 experience while still managing to keep its price so bottom-basement. Did Toshiba make too many sacrifices? Will this ...

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    LG's return to the tablet market sure isn't happening during any kind of lull; instead, LG's going to have some very serious competition facing it, and in the eight-inch space, that's sure to include Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0, released earlier this year. This match-up's particularly interesting due to each tablet having its own set of attractive qualities, with neither immediately obvious as the technically superior choice. For instance, LG's got a killer 1920 x 1200 resolution compared to the Note's 1280 x 800, but Samsung has the benefit of its S Pen stylus and all the software built to ...

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    Plenty of manufacturers are getting a head start on the IFA by making their product announces a little early, as was the case over the weekend with LG and its new tablet. LG's been out of the tablet game for quite a while now, but it's finally time to do something about that, and the arrival of its G Pad 8.3 is reintroducing LG to the market. Of course, tablets have come a long way during LG's hiatus, but the company definitely seems like it's getting back into things with its feet running, delivering the G Pad 8.3 with respectively modern specs like a 1920 x 1200 8.3-inch display, ...

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    Compared to the Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy Note 3 is familiar, yet different. It's an upgrade in every aspect, thanks to the use of 3GB of RAM and the brawny Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU (or Exynos 5 Octa, depending on where you get yours). The display, a bit larger than before, also bumps the resolution from 720p to 1080p; this is one of the best displays we've ever seen. Visually, the two are similar, save for the much smaller bezels on the Note 3 and the reduced depth. The S-Pen is still there but with new software features. In terms of in-hand feel, the Note 3 feels just as ...

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    Yes, it's still 2013 - you don't need to double check your calendar. Nevertheless, Samsung's already introducing us to its 2014 tablet lineup, and today announced its new Galaxy Note 10.1. While the Note 3 and Galaxy Gear were the obvious stars of the company's Unpacked event, the 2014 Note 10.1's improvements over last year's model are arguably even more significant than the changes we see from Note II to 3, especially in that jump up to the new WQXGA 2560 X 1600 resolution. Under the hood, the improvements are similarly as impressive, with the Note 10.1 getting Exynos 5 Octa and ...

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    Every time we hear about a new smartwatch, we find ourselves racing to ask, "is this it? Will this be the one?" And for good reason: for all the innovation we've seen in smartwatch designs, and all the variations in hardware and software, there's yet to be a model that has really ever been much more than a toy for serious tech enthusiasts. It's that mainstream appeal that's thus far been elusive. Coming up to today's launch event, the Samsung Galaxy Gear sure sounded like it might be the product to finally make the leap to wider audiences, bringing the kind of brand appeal that customers ...

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    If you're a company making a new phablet, you're not looking to one-up LG and its Optimus G Pro or Sony and its Xperia Z Ultra: you want to be the one coming out with the next Galaxy Note. Luckily for Samsung, it actually does to get to be the one bringing the Galaxy Note 3 to market, and we just saw the manufacturer formally announce the handset a little earlier today in Berlin. While what we saw failed to live up to every rumor (no fingerprint scanner), there was still plenty to be excited about: a new, larger, 5.7-inch 1080p screen while keeping the phablet's profile essentially ...

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    Samsung and Sony are throwing today's big IFA press events, and while Sony's conference had a bit of the air let out on it thanks to full details on the Xperia Z1 and Cyber-shot QX-series cameras leaking, Samsung still has some surprises up its sleeve. For all we've seen of Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear leaks, there have still been a whole lot of unknowns, but that's exactly why we came to Berlin in the first place: to get answers about new hardware. Sure enough, Samsung got things underway with CEO JK Shin introducing the Galaxy Note 3. He started getting into specs a little, talking ...

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    IFA 2013 may not officially start for another day or two, but the smartphone companies are already on-site in Berlin, getting started early with their own product announcements. We've already seen Sony go public with the Xperia Z1 and its new QX camera accessories, but that's only the beginning. We're following that up with coverage of the Samsung Unpacked event real soon, and later in the week we'll be hitting the show floor itself, going booth-to-booth in order to bring you the latest and greatest in smartphones and tablets. This year in particular, we could also see an increased ...

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    Sony's getting us started with the big IFA events this week, taking its latest lineup of products to Berlin to share with us all. While we came to IFA to get the smartphone news, Sony's products cover a much wider swath. The company began today talking about things like new 4K displays, digital cameras, and camcorders, but even there we got some smartphone-related news. One thing we've talked about for a while is the need for Sony to better promote integration between all its device families, and it looks like it's attempting to do just that with its One-touch system. Supported devices ...

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    Sony is not doing a great job keeping a lid on its IFA announcements for tomorrow. We just saw the full press release leak for the Xperia Z1, and now the very same has happened for those lens camera accessories we were also expecting to see Sony announce, complete with a bunch of hardware specs, pics, and video. So, what are we actually going to call these guys? Sure Shot was thrown around as a possibility, but when we didn't see it in that Z1 leak, we wondered what was up. Here, Sony describes the pair as "lens-style cameras" which will be part of its Cyber-shot brand, known simply by ...

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    Sony's big IFA event takes place tomorrow, and with the teasers the company's been publishing, there's been little doubt that it would launch the phone we've been following as codename Honami. While there's still plenty to look forward to from tomorrow's event, including the details on those Smart Short lens camera accessories, the cat may already be out of the bag when it comes to Honami, as the official Sony press release announcing the phone seems to have leaked a day early. Assuming this is legitimate – and it certainly has the trappings of a Sony press release – Honami will see ...

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    Unless you've been living under a rock, you've no doubt picked up on the fact by now that we're nearly ready to get underway with IFA 2013 in Berlin. The sort of announcements we've been hearing so far this week are only the prelude – manufacturers hoping to get a jump start on everyone else. In the days to follow we'll be getting even more of these pre-IFA announcements, including some eagerly anticipated news from Sony and Samsung on Wednesday. In fact, IFA proper doesn't actually start until this Friday, running through a week from tomorrow. Every year, we prepare for the same sort of ...

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