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    Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, or HTC? There was a time (not long ago) when those five manufacturers were pretty much all one had to look at to decide which phone to get. Each had several models to choose from, so picking the phone that was right for you was rarely an easy task. Today, however, in addition to the "big five", we've got phones from Sony, ZTE, Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi, Acer, Archos, Alcatel, Asus, Oppo, OnePlus, Jolla, Blu, Cat, Kyocera, and more. All these added players, some with very enticing options, make figuring out which phone is best for your particular likes (and ...

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    "640K (RAM) ought to be enough for anybody." - attributed to (but denied by) Bill Gates Alrighty, before we talk about how many jigga-bytes we can cram into a smartphone, let's make sure everybody knows what that is - and how it fits in with other components. First up we've got the CPU - the central processing unit - which is the "brain" of your computer, tablet, or smartphone. It crunches all the numbers and runs all the logic. It's connected via the "bus" to the other major components. The CPU's speed is measured in GHz, number of cores, and the type of architecture it's based upon. Next ...

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    Just imagine how rested you would feel if you had to wake up a hundred times an hour — all night long! One of the most exciting new features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow goes by the name of "Doze Mode". In general, Android is really good at multi-tasking. It can run a whole bunch of stuff all at the same time, and as long as your hardware has enough RAM and processing power, you'll probably hardly notice that it's doing a dozen or more things at once. The one area where you will notice this is in the frequency at which you'll need to recharge your battery. The faster your processor cores ...

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    In 1968, novelist Philip K. Dick asked Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In his book (which was the inspiration for Blade Runner), after war had devastated Earth, a bounty hunter was tasked with "retiring" six escaped Nexus-6 model androids - the latest and most advanced model ever. That got us wondering: what's the best Nexus smartphone of all time? For years, Google had denied any intention to make a "Google Phone", reiterating its support of the Android OS and the Open Handset Alliance -  a consortium of companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. The ...

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    Ask anyone what they would improve about their smartphone and you'll probably come up with two answers very near the top: faster performance, and better battery life. Some argue that their phone or tablet is "faster" than another because of the operating system it runs. Other's swear that the batteries in devices from one manufacturer  outlast those of its competition. A lot of this comes down to comparing apples to oranges. For example, you can't easily compare a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.0 GHz with a hex-core CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz - there are simply too many differences between the ...

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    Screen envy. We all have it. Or do we? See, that’s the thing, I’m just not so sure. One thing I am sure about is that our phone screens have gotten progressively bigger and bigger over the last few years. The funny thing is, we as a society have taken that ball and run with it, like we just don’t care. But I always thought we did care? Some time ago, when phones were in the sub-5” range, we used to have a term called “phablet” which described an almost absurdly big phone. The definition varied from person to person. I always considered a phone with a screen 5.5” or bigger to ...

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    Remember when the Galaxy Nexus came out with the first 720p display on a smartphone, and we couldn’t believe such a high resolution could make its way to a handheld device? Those were simpler times. We’ve since standardized 1080p on most modern smartphones, and even QHD (some call it 1440p or 2.5K) is becoming prevalent on flagship devices like the Galaxy Note 5 and the Moto X Pure Edition. Earlier this month at IFA 2015, Sony announced the first 4K smartphone, the Xperia Z5 Premium, with an absurd 806 ppi over a 5.5” display … but what do you even do with all of that resolution? ...

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    Now that IFA is in full-swing and much of the Pocketnow staff is in Berlin busy finding out what the latest and greatest new devices are going to be for the upcoming year, some of us aren't that optimistic that the new products will be "great". Sure, many of the devices on the show floor might "look" cool and enticing today, but that might just be the bright lights and the fancy booth decorations speaking. Some of those devices will turn out to be disappointing. That got us thinking: what's the most disappointing smartphone you've owned? Adam Lein Adam Lein was the first to chime in. Of ...

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    The day that they said would never come is finally here - well, sort of: Android Wear now works on iPhones! I know, I never thought I'd see the day, but here we are. Naysayers and critics will be quick to point out that only one wearable is officially supported, the LG Watch Urbane (for now). Not long after the announcement, however, we learned that the Moto 360 works just fine connected to an iPhone - but only if it runs Android Wear 1.3 (which doesn't come on the watch out of the box). That fun little tidbit gives us the impression that any smartwatch powered by Android Wear and running ...

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    Most phones these days have at least one camera - or more. The one that faces you is referred to as the "selfie-camera", and the other is usually called the "main camera". The one on the back is usually pretty high-end: several megapixels, image stabilization, LED flash, and oodles of more features. The one of the front usually is lower-end: fewer megapixels, no image stabilization, and an LED flash is all but non-existent. Part of the reason for all this is space - camera modules are fairly bulky and take up quite a bit of space inside a phone. The other reason? Cost. Cameras are fairly ...

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    Fingerprint scanners have become synonymous with mobile security. Ever since the iPhone 5s introduced Touch ID, the use of PIN codes has skyrocketed in users. Of course, fingerprint scanners weren't the first method of protecting personal information — far from it. PIN codes, alphanumeric passwords, and even facial recognition had been on smartphones for years before the biometric boom. The one thing Touch ID has that the rest lack, however, is profound convenience. Typing in a four to six digit PIN every single time you want to access your phone, while protective, gets old fast, and ...

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    There are only a few physical buttons on most smartphones these days; volume controls, the occasional camera shutter or home button, and the power button. They’re all obviously important, or else the manufacturers wouldn’t bother including them and taking up precious space on their phones, but almost undeniably, the most important of all is the power button. It wakes our phones from sleep mode. It locks them to save power and trigger security. It turns them completely on and off, and without the power button we wouldn’t be able to use our phones … but we can’t seem to agree on ...

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    Marmalade? Mango? Mint Julep? Marshmallow? Meringue? Marzipan? Milk Chocolate? Moon Pie? M&M? Milky Way? Mars Bars? Milkshake? Though we may not know what the name of "Android M" will be once it starts showing up on smartphones, tablets, and wearables, we're already putting our list of wants together. What's on our Android M wishlist? I polled the Pocketnow team to see what's on their minds, keep on reading to find out what we'd like to see! Volume Control To start with let's hop in the wayback machine and look at one of my favorite features from the early CyanogenMod Custom ROMs: ...

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    Every time a new phone comes out, no matter what crazy new features it brings to the table, there are two key factors that ultimately seem to determine its worth to consumers: camera performance and battery life. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a terrific low-cost smartphone that could’ve even beat out some flagships … if not for its disappointing camera. On the other hand, Samsung has been selling the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge hand over fist for its an outstanding camera … but you won’t be snapping for long with that battery. The Moto X has an incredibly useful software suite … but ...

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    In this day and age, we are more connected than ever. This isn’t really news, but it is something to stand up and pay attention to. Especially in the age of the smartwatch, there’s a lot going on in life outside your circle of personal space. Some are keenly aware of this, others prefer to keep things at a distance. It all boils down to your preference for level of engagement. Hyper-connected I’m probably at the far end of the spectrum, under the column of “hyper-connected”. I’m connected all the time. My phone has two twitter accounts, my Facebook account, six different email ...

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    Manufacturers are always moving around the lock/standby button on their phones in search of the perfect placement. We’ve seen everything from top-mounted power buttons, to side-switches, to even moving the entire control scheme to the back of the phone. But what happens when you buy your dream phone, only to find that the power button feels nearly impossible to reach? It happens. Everybody has different tastes of course, and as a result the final solution that the engineers of a phone decide on may not match up with your ideal layout. This was the case for a lot of people last year ...

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    We all know that higher numbers are better than lower ones, right? But does that same logic apply when we're talking about two high-end mobile processors? The root of the questions falls squarely on LG, and its decision to put the Snapdragon 808 (instead of the 810) inside the flagship LG G4. The LG G Flex 2 uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC, but LG selected the Snapdragon 808 for use in the G4. Some have hypothesized that this decision was made due to what some are characterizing as "overheating" and "aggressive throttling" in the 810. According to a source, the decision to utilize ...

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    Yesterday delivered some exciting news for both comic books fans and Galaxy S6 enthusiasts, as Samsung seemed to confirm plans to release a special edition Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in an exclusive red Iron Man design. The idea of creating custom-colored Galaxy S6 handsets as a tie-in with Marvel's The Avengers was one we heard suggested before, and now we're forced to be patient as we wait to see if the Iron Man GS6 we get is indeed as snazzy looking as the fan mock-ups published earlier this year suggested it might be. But that Iron Man mock-up didn't arrive alone, and we also got to ...

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    When I was a baby I had a blanket that my mother always covered me with when I slept. I ran my fingers over one corner until it was literally threadbare. Call it OCD or a sensory disorder, that habit apparently stuck with me. When my daily driver was a Nexus 4, with it's gently curved sides, I often found myself sweeping my thumb from side to side across the screen. Thankfully the Gorilla Glass 2 was harder than my baby blanket and didn't show a wear-mark from that habit. Most OEMs never adopted anything more than very slightly curved edges. Now, however, Samsung has brought back ...

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    In life, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Similarly, despite the app stores being full of them, there's no such thing as a "free app", either. To explain what I mean, let's define some terms and some roles. "Free", in this sense, means "without cost or payment". Basically, if you don't have to open your wallet and fork over any hard-earned cash, it's "free" to you. However, that doesn't mean that it's "free", meaning unimpeded.  The first role is probably the one that you, dear reader, most closely align with yourself: a user. The second role likely applies to a smaller subset of ...

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    HTC makes great flagship phones, the most recent of which is the One M9... or is it? Not long after the One M9 was released, we learned of the One M9 Plus. One the surface, there aren't a lot of differences. The "Plus" has a round camera compared to the "One's" rounded square, but the Plus has a fingerprint scanning "button" (that isn't really a button at all). Inside, however, is a different story. Screen As you might have inferred from the name, the One M9+ has a larger screen. Measured diagonally it's 5.2-inches, compared to the One M9's 5.0-inch display. In other devices, increasing ...

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    As a helpful emailer just reminded me, the Galaxy S6 officially goes on sale today in the United States. Anyone who's read our Galaxy S6 review already knows what I think of Samsung's latest Android. With the possible exception of the Galaxy Note 4, it's the best flagship Samsung has ever built: a glass-and-metal wonder with a delicious display and an outstanding camera, held back only by its battery life. And maybe some of its software, too. Here's the thing. After a week of use I was calling the Galaxy S6 (SM-G920T) one of the most responsive Samsung phones ever. Compared ...

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    A lot goes into choosing the right smartphone. In fact, a helluvalot goes into it. There are a ton of things to consider. Specs, look and feel, fluidity, operating system all come into play when we set our brains to churning about what phone to buy. But we at Pocketnow wanted to know, what’s the most important aspect of a smartphone. The number one item on your list that makes you say, “I ain’t buying this thing if it doesn’t have X”? The guts Cores and GPUs and gigahertzes, and all that jazz. What gets you going is having the best of the best of the best, even if your phone ...

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    There are a lot of reasons out there to love a smartwatch. They really do make your life easier. They are stylish and functional. They do not replace your smartphone, but they are not supposed to. And yet a lot of people – a LOT – of people out there have not climbed aboard the smartwatch band wagon. Here we are almost a year after the announcement of Android Wear and I can count the number of “in the wild” smartwatches I’ve seen on one hand. I roll with a group of tech savvy individuals both at my job and with my friends and nobody has a smartwatch. So what gives? Too big I know ...

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    Smartwatches are a blossoming category, especially now that all three major platforms have their own. Apple introduced the Apple Watch, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Band, and Android introduced a flood of new smartwatches seemingly weekly as Android tends to do. Couple that with the more platform agnostic offerings of Pebble and there’s actually a few decisions to be made here. If you’re on iOS, you can decide between pricey and super-pricey Apple Watch offerings or the aforementioned Pebble. On Android Wear there are no options ranging from $200 up into the thousands, and of ...

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