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    Covering tech is a tricky business. Particularly when you have to repress residual fanboy tendencies in order to do your job. Allow me to explain. We've been in Berlin for a few days covering IFA, the annual consumer-electronics trade show where major brands make announcements and the media gets hands-on time with new products. This year's show hasn't been overwhelming, but it's given us the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note II, a new array of Sony Xperia products, and a bevy of Windows 8 tablets. Among those, Samsung, Acer, and Sony all brought out some Start-screen-packing hardware, ...

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    This little number caught our eye at IFA, and though it doesn't meet the strictest definition of "brand-spanking new," having been announced at MWC many moons ago, we wanted to shoot a quick-look video anyway because it's so darn cool. To our eyes, the uncreatively-named AT270 ("Android Tablet," get it?) resembles something of a cross between a Nexus 7 and an iPad, with the size and portability of the former and the build quality of the latter. The screen, a 7-inch AMOLED panel, features amazing color saturation and excellent blacks, while performance is solid on Android ICS. The only ...

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    They're not in the same class of device, and they're not serving the same buyer segments, but that doesn't mean we can't do a comparison video. The Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II share a common design lineage and a very similar software load, but there are differences to highlight- differences which provide some small insight into how Jelly Bean might look on the Galaxy S line in the future. In addition, we've got S-pen fun, feature comparisons, and the S Voice testing some of you were clamoring for. Plus, it's more video of the Galaxy Note II. You know you want it. So go get it, down ...

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    The second Windows 8-powered tablet from Acer is the Iconia W700 -- we've just seen the W510 -- which is aimed more towards the business consumers than the Clover Trail W510. It is powered by Microsoft Windows 8 running on either Intel IvyBrudge Core i3 or i5 processors. Screen is 11.6-inches in diagonal with a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080 and up to ten separate touch point detection. Storage options include 32- and 64GB flavors, up to eight-hour battery time, a five-megapixel main camera accompanied by a 1.3-megapixel front-facer. Aside from the usual suspects there's also a USB 3.0 ...

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    This year's IFA offers lots of Windows 8 hardware from a wide array of OEMs, and Acer is no exception to that. The company had two tablets on the floor, one of them being the Iconia W510/W511. It is running Microsoft's next generation Windows 8 platform on an Intel Clover Trail architecture. It has a 10.1-inch HD display of 1366x768 resolution with 350-nit brightness, a battery which can guarantee an up to eight-hour life, eight-megapixel main camera at the back, two-megapixel front webcam, all the usual suspects as well as an optional 3G radio. Check out the video below to see our first ...

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    Sometimes you're at an IFA party that focuses on accessories and peripherals, not expecting to see hot new kit from one of Microsoft's top hardware partners, and all you've got to shoot a hands-on video is an HTC One X. But sometimes the product is so interesting, it's worth it. Last night was one of those times. We ran into HP at an IFA after-hours showcase, where the company was showing off a wide spectrum of notebooks and convertibles. The Envy x2 wasn't scheduled for an appearance on the show floor, so David from HP graciously agreed to take us on a guided tour of the new hardware ...

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    Huawei is proud to introduce its own proprietary custom user interface for Android-powered devices, dubbed Emotion UI. As we've learned from Huawei itself, it is a result of user feedback, people finding Android to be a little bit "too complicated". In the video below you will see a quick demo of the UI in action with some of its most important features. Simplified folders, widgets and overall ease of use are just a few. Check it out below and let us know your thoughts. Don't forget: after IFA the custom UI "will enter the next phase of its development, driven further by consumer wants and ...

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    The Sony VAIO Tap 20 is an unusual Windows 8 tablet. The massive 20" screen (at a mere qHD 960x540 resolution) is designed for family interaction in scenarios where you'd place the device on a coffee table and play a game, thanks to 10-point multi-touch input. The Tap 20 has a unique stand on the back that lets the tablet rest at various degrees. The device we played with was a prototype, as Sony expects to reduce the weight and thickness of the device (and hopefully bump the screen resolution) in time for it shipping later this year. When it ships, Sony expects to offer it in Core i3, i5, ...

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    Huawei didn't disappoint us regarding the number of new devices on display, as with every show. This year at the IFA they had some new phones and tablets on display, joining the already existent devices from MWC in February. We have two tablets (MediaPad 10FHD, MediaPad 7 Lite), two phones (Ascend G600, Ascend G330), and an update for the Ascend P1 with the new, proprietary Emotion UI on top of Google's mobile platform. The devices might not be powerhouses but the moderate specifications will probably result in very accessible price points. While not all will make it to the U.S., we're ...

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    Does the Samsung Galaxy Camera stand a chance of making a lasting dent in the world of still photography? Not if you ask Jaime Rivera, but here at IFA we have the luxury of bathing in techno-lust without the need for in-depth analysis, at least on the trade floor. Our interaction with Samsung's latest experiment was fleeting, but satisfying. Our demo unit was responsive, substantial, and magenta (natch). We enjoyed the snappy performance of Android Jelly Bean on the point-and-shoot camera's 4.8" display, and the various amateur and "professional-grade" enhancements Samsung has built in to ...

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    We're not slaves to jumbo-superphones here at Pocketnow, and the landscape at this year's IFA in Berlin is catering to our diverse tastes just fine. Enter the HTC Desire X, a new midrange offering from the Taiwanese manufacturer that we reported on just yesterday. The device features a 5MP camera, 4" SLCD display, and a 1GHz dual-core CPU - nothing that's going to turn any heads in the spec department, but it's all bundled up in a casing that's beautiful, well-built, and refreshingly not gigantic. You'll have to check out Jaime Rivera's report on the Desire X from yesterday for more ...

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    As we reported just a couple days ago, the Optimus G isn't LG's only offering for the upcoming fall season. The new L9 features a dual-core 1GHz CPU with a deceptively large 4.7″ IPS display, 1GB of RAM, and a lightweight build. The newest iteration of the LG UI featured here is pretty interesting, allowing users to customize individual app icons, home screen transitions, and more. On top of that, the experience is light and snappy, feeling more like stock Android than a skinned build. Check out the video below for our full hands-on from IFA in Berlin.

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    Yesterday we saw a new Amazon patent for a dual-sided tablet, with an LCD screen on one side, and an electronic ink display on the rear. The idea is that for reading still text, or anything else that doesn't require rapid screen updates, you could use the e-ink screen to cut down on battery consumption. It seemed like a neat idea, but we wondered just how practical it might be, not having seen an actual physical model or anything. We might have assumed that such hardware was still several months away, at best, but as luck would have it, a prototype of something very similar already exists, ...

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    After giving you some commentary on what we thought about the Galaxy Note II as far as its place in the mobile landscape, we wanted to give you a more in-depth tour of Samsung's updated phablet. The Galaxy Note II has a larger screen than the original Note by 0.2", but because of a 16:9 aspect ratio, the device is less wide but taller; it's also slightly thinner, which is unexpected given the 20% increase in battery capacity. The Note II has a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos CPU with 2GB of RAM. It'll be launching later this year across multiple carriers with either 3G or 4G LTE.  

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    We all love phones and tablets that include oodles of built-in storage, but we also appreciate the ability to expand our storage as well. Thank goodness for sdcards! Not all sdcards are created equal. In addition to differing capacities, cards also have various speed capabilities. Read and write speeds are important for a variety of reasons. Videos we record on our phones and tablets are now capable of full-HD, that's a lot of bits that have to be stored somewhere. If your sdcard isn't fast enough to receive all that data it means your video quality will suffer. Dropped frames, blurring, ...

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