Posts tagged with: Pocketnow Throwback
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    Say the word “tablet” today and you probably picture something like this. Even back in 2011 –the origin year for today's deep dive into nostalgia– the word conjured up a big slab, not an oversized eyeglass case. But the latter is just what we got with the Sony Tablet P, a bizarre foldable mobile device that better resembled a palmtop computer than any "tablet" I'd ever seen. It was weird – but that's just why I liked it. The Sony Tablet P was the first review device I ever requested (and the first of many I never received). Three years later, thanks to eBay, I finally got the ...

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    I recently paid a visit to my childhood home in rural New York, and because I'm not a normal person, it stirred memories of telecom from days gone by. Between updating my parents' smartphones and walking around to determine which corners of town were still waiting for LTE, I saw quite a few older handsets strapped to the belts of the predominantly pragmatic locals, mixed in with the tourists' generally flashier iPhones and Galaxy S6s. It got me thinking about mobile phone features from years past, features we considered indispensable in the days of old but don't really give a hoot ...

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    The year is 2003. College-edition Michael Fisher is splitting his time between acting and trawling HowardForums for the latest mobile tech. His daily driver is a Samsung SPH-A600 cameraphone with a nifty rotating screen, and he likes it. But every day he walks past his college technology store on the way to class – and every day a bigger, beefier smart device beckons from the window. Twelve years later, he finally gets his hands on one. Now, despite the resemblance to its clamshell communicator contemporaries, this Sony Clie (the PEG-NR-70/U, with an accent on the é if you want to be ...

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    Updated with time codes, new streaming portals, and links to the high-quality version. Skip past the YouTube embed and download your very own copy of this week's podcast. Enjoy! Thanks to our new Blackphone review devices, we're already halfway off the grid ... or at least, halfway buried under Post-It notes littered with passwords, which is almost the same thing. Before we get too stealthy, though, we're hosting us a little show. Some of you might know it as the mobile technology podcast that's gone 108 episodes without missing a single week (accurate). Others might know it as the last ...

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    Looking for our original Dell Venue Pro review from 2011? Check it out here. Wondering about the tablet family with the same name from 2013? Peep this. Want a sweet nostalgia trip? See below. • There was a time when manufacturers still pushed the boundaries of industrial design, when Windows Phone was the newest smartphone platform around, and Dell still called itself a smartphone maker. These were the days of WVGA displays being sold as "high resolution," of 3G masquerading as 4G, of 5-megapixel primary cameras and QWERTY keyboards with individual spring-loaded plastic keys. Into ...

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    The All New HTC One won't grace us with its presence until the end of the month, and at this point we're beginning to wonder if HTC will have anything left to reveal at the announcement. From a sales guide to promotional materials to yet another undercover hands-on video, the leaks surrounding one of the year's most anticipated Android handsets refuse to let up – and we're here to talk about them in our latest pre-#ANHO podcast! Before that, of course, we've got the usual news of the week, including a duo of Samsung tablet reviews, rampant speculation about a brick-and-mortar Google ...

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    Even at launch, there was nothing humble about the HTC HD2. With the largest screen ever grafted onto a smartphone, the first-of-its-kind Qualcomm Scorpion SoC, and the heaviest skin ever crafted for a Windows Mobile device (here called "HTC Sense" for the first time), the HD2 was a behemoth – the biggest spec beast ever devised. It married the touch-and-go simplicity of the iPhone with the power of WinMo 6 to produce the best Microsoft-powered smartphone anyone could ask for ... and back in 2009, there was no shortage of asking, with the device selling out repeatedly over its initial ...

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    Update: Our full Throwback Review of the HD2 is now available here! Update 2: Looking for something a little more modern? Check out our full review of HTC's latest flagship, the HTC One M8, here! We're real suckers for nostalgia at Pocketnow, as those who caught this week's HTC Mogul throwback are already aware. As we approach the release of the company's All New HTC One, we thought we'd continue mining the history of HTC for context - and it just so happens that one of the firm's most significant achievements is also one of the most-requested devices for a Pocketnow Throwback. This ...

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    The summer of 2007. In the United States, Rihanna, Avril Lavigne, and Fall Out Boy topped the pop charts; the final installment in the Harry Potter series became the fastest-selling book in history; and the films Oceans 13 and Live Free or Die Hard proved there was still money to be made in Hollywood sequels. Meanwhile in quaint Norfolk Virginia, I was preparing to leave my job at wireless carrier Sprint Nextel, and as such, I was in the market for the biggest, beefiest smartphone I could buy to see me through the next two years. In 2007, that slab of smartphone hot sauce was the HTC ...

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    As we prepare to say goodbye to the "Google-ified" Motorola we'd only just gotten to know, it bears remembering that the brand hasn't been issued a death warrant. Motorola under Lenovo may well flourish, after all, so it's premature to start planning the funeral. Still, two ownership changes in two years is a lot for any company, and from the inevitable brain drain of personnel losses to the unpredictable nature of marketing machinations, the future of the Motorola brand is anything but certain. So we thought it'd be nice, at this crossroads in Motorola's history, to take a look back at ...

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    Nexus has been a big name in the news again recently, but not for the reasons you might think. Sure, there's the small matter of all those red Nexus 5 rumors alongside whispers of a device some are calling the Nexus 8. And then there's the impending Nexus-themed giveaway we're about to drop on the world - the one so secret we're not even linking to it yet (this little sneak preview is your reward for clicking on this story; you're welcome). Rather, the principal reason the Nexus name has made a return to the front page is a tweet from noted leaker Eldar Murtazin, who dropped this ...

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    There was a time when QWERTY keyboards were important, and when smartphones were designed for business users, and not necessarily the rest of us humans. Back then, Windows Mobile had just defeated Palm in market share, and the next frontier was to defeat BlackBerry and Nokia. Now can you believe this all happened just four years ago? Today we take some time to revisit one of the best Windows Mobile smartphones we ever reviewed, the HTC Touch Pro2. Originally called the HTC Rhodium, this device was the most feature-packed monster you could buy. It's a small device by today's standards, but ...

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    North America, Summer 2006: Talladega Nights is at the top of the box office; Nickelback and Hinder battle it out for butt-rock band of the year; and an acting student named Michael Fisher grows a pretty sweet mustache in an otherwise-sedate corner of Southeastern Virginia. But more importantly, a hotly anticipated and long-delayed mobile phone finally lands on Verizon Wireless retail shelves. It's a device poised to challenge RIM’s BlackBerry family in the QWERTY keyboard arena. A new Windows Mobile smartphone unlike any other. That device’s name: the Motorola Q. The Q changed the ...

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    At the halfway mark of the last decade, the Motorola i930 was a beast. It packed a 180MHz processor, 32MB of RAM, a VGA camera, and Windows Mobile 2003 into a 167g casing more than 30mm thick. It was a hard-core, ruggedized device built at a time when rugged feature phones still commanded a premium, and durable smartphones were practically unheard-of. It also packed the fastest walkie-talkie in the industry, and a carrier label that, at the time of the phone's release in 2005, was among the most-respected brands in the United States: NEXTEL. The i930 wasn't all sunshine and polish, though: ...

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