Posts tagged with: MWC 2014
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    My good pal Michael Fisher and I like to disagree on things. And that's perfectly okay. In fact, I prefer it that way. It's what makes the entire team here at Pocketnow so diverse and the Pocketnow Weekly so fun and interesting. We help keep each other in check and provide different perspectives on varying products. It's a nice balance. A perfect example of this is the Galaxy S 5, which was announced at Samsung's Unpacked event yesterday. Michael wrote a piece earlier today, giving five reasons the Galaxy S 5 is cool … for the layman: water resistance, better software, improved and ...

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    We knew to expect new Androids this week, and boy have we seen a lot of them! Those have been joined by handsets on platforms like Firefox OS, and we even got some updates about where Windows Phone is headed. Today, however, we receive news of a couple smartphone launches that have swooped in largely under the radar, as BlackBerry confirms two new BlackBerry 10 models, its Z3 and Q20. The Q20 will be the company's latest model to feature a hardware keyboard, and notably, it has the largest display of any such BB10 device to date; while the Q10 and Q5 had 3.1-inch screens, the Q20's grows ...

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    Earlier today, I posted a piece arguing that the Galaxy S 5 doesn't deserve all the crap it's getting from smartphone enthusiasts who were expecting more from Samsung's new Android flagship. While I stand by that opinion, the device's flaws still need pointing out - and I think a very big one can be found in the Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner. There are certainly larger laments to air when it comes to the newest Galaxy. The storage problem, the familiar look of TouchWiz, the resemblance of the back cover to a Band-Aid - all of it is important (in the way that arguments about the minutiae ...

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    Part of what makes the Mobile World Congress such a special event to cover – as opposed to a trade show like CES – is that its focus is so specific to the mobile industry. That gives the manufacturers involved the opportunity to really put their smartphones and tablets front and center, not drowned out by new gaming consoles, HDTVs, and connected appliances. The organization behind all of this is the GSM Association (yeah – like from the phone standard), and in addition to putting on this whole shindig, the GSMA recognizes some of the companies, products, and services that really ...

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    Thought we were wrapped-up with LG's new phablet, the G Pro 2, following our hands-on with the Android yesterday? Not even! In addition to bringing you footage of the new smartphones, tablets, and wearables making an appearance at the MWC this year, we're also doing our best to bring you early comparisons between this new gear and models with which you may be already familiar. Today we put the G Pro 2 up against the pope of phablet-town, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. Even with the G Pro 2's larger display it doesn't come off as substantially larger than the Note 3 - and that's a big deal, ...

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    LG did not make a big deal about its MWC presence this year: no "Unpacked" event, no grand unveiling - all the high-end stuff LG had to share it already announced weeks ago. But that's far from saying that the company didn't have anything worth showing off, and we keep learning about more and more LG handsets crawling out of the woodwork. We already told you about those F-series models that popped up over the weekend, and now we've got a couple more L-series phones to share with you, as we go hands-on with the family. It was just over a week ago when LG first broke news of its L40, L70, ...

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    What do you do when a company offers you a hands-on opportunity with a smartphone running software you're not allowed to access? Well, usually you move on to the next vendor. Things are a little different, though, when the concept behind the device is as intriguing as that underlying Blackphone. We've covered Blackphone a few times over the past several months. In the wake of the NSA domestic-spying scandal in the US, a smartphone that promises privacy through an encrypted OS has become more interesting - and perhaps more feasible as a mass-market idea. But is your privacy worth a $629 ...

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    For the longest time, Lenovo stayed back on the outskirts of our regular smartphone coverage. Sure, we'd learn about a new device or two every now and then, but with no carriers in the US selling Lenovo handsets, it was difficult to follow the company with much passion; post-launch, we rarely heard another word about most of these devices. But now all of a sudden with this Motorola purchase, we're looking at Lenovo in a very different light, and no matter what the company might have been up to in years past, it's about to become a much more serious player on the global smartphone stage. As ...

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    We are almost done putting HTC's new Desire 816 5.5-inch Android through some early hands-on comparisons, having already checked it out against HTC's One lineup, and now we're switching manufacturers to see hot the 816 looks when compared to the phablet everybody wants to beat, last year's Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Make no mistake: the Note 3 is going to outshine the 816 at most of the stuff we'd throw at it - these devices are just very much in different classes. That said, it's not like an open-and-shut-case here, and the 816 can do a few things the Note 3 can't, like take really high-res ...

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    All done getting introduced to HTC's new Desire 816 thanks to our hands-on video? All right, then: you're all set to see how the 816 measures-up to HTC's flagship One series, and we laid them all out at MWC 2014 to give you a proper sense of scale. Make no mistake: just because the Desires may be more budget-focused devices doesn't mean that the Ones will dwarf the 816. This guy is still a phablet, after all. And while it may not have the sleek metal design of the Ones, its straightforward, sharp look makes the 816 attractive in its own right. Take a step back, and you might just mistake ...

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    For a phone that's definitely aimed at shoppers not looking for the latest smartphone flagship, HTC's Desire 816 still manages to deliver a lot. It's got a big HD screen, a nice, clean design, and those stereo BoomSound speakers we can't get enough of. Anxious to get some time with the phone, we tracked it down at the MWC for a hands-on look. While overall the specs may be unarguably mid-range, there are definitely a few high points that really make the 816 stand out, like that front-facing camera. We don't give front-facers much more than a passing thought these days, but if more ...

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    Huawei came to this year's Mobile World Congress all ready to impress, hitting all the big categories with its spread: smartphones, tablets, and wearables. We would have been perfectly happy just getting to see all that, but Huawei wasn't about to stop there, and also introduced a new gadget that especially appeals to us when we're out covering events like this one, its new Mobile WiFi E5786 hotspot. A hotspot? What's exciting about that? Well, the E5786 has a few extra tricks beyond what might be in your bag right now, and the name of its game is "speed." If you can find yourself a ...

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    Last fall, Lenovo delivered a pair of Yoga tablets, one eight-incher and one ten-inch model. They each had cool designs, with little edge-mounted rotating kickstands, but the specs left us wishing they were just a little higher-end: we're talking 1280 x 800 displays, even on the ten-incher, and MediaTek SoCs. As if it knew just what we were thinking, Lenovo delivered a greatly improved version at the MWC this year, its Yoga Tablet 10 HD+. 1280 x 800 screen? Gone. In its place, we get a satisfying 1920 x 1200 panel. The SoC might not be top-of-the-line, but the new Snapdragon 400 here still ...

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    Yesterday morning, Huawei let us in on the secret behind why it's rumored "smartwatch" was so unabashedly thick-looking, and revealed the TalkBand B1, whose thick screen suddenly starts making a lot of sense when you see it pop out to become a Bluetooth earpiece. Wearables are one of the most promising markets right now, primed to explode; will Huawei's effort have what it takes to become a serious contender? In order to help you make sense of its place in the grand scheme of things, we compared the new wristband to one of the most familiar wearables around, the Pebble smartwatch. But ...

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    ZTE's new Grand Memo II LTE is one crazy thin smartphone. Is it the thinnest ever? Not by a long shot (well, in a crazy world where "long shots" measure in the millimeters); even back last year we were already hearing about phones coming in short of the six millimeter mark, and the Grand Memo II LTE is more like 7.2mm thick. That said, it's also got a big 6.2-inch display and 3200mAh battery, so maybe we should be cutting the handset a little slack. This week at the MWC in Barcelona we got the chance to stop by ZTE's exhibit and get some hands-on time with the Grand Memo II LTE. We check ...

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