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    With all the news about Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google's flagship tablet (the Nexus 9), and Apple's updated iPads, it might be easy for some to forget that those aren't the only tablets available these days. Google's recent "Be together. Not the same." ad campaign illustrates what I'm talking about. If you're in the States and want a Nexus 9 you can head over to the Play Store and pre-order one that will ship by November 3rd. If you're not in the States, if the Nexus 9 is too big, or if you're looking for something a little different, there are some other tablets that you might want to ...

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    Cellular phones used to allow us to make and receive telephone calls on the go, and not much more. Somewhere along the line, text messaging was added, letting us ditch our pagers. Over time, simple apps were added, and we were able to pass away the time with games like Snake. Back then battery life wasn't all that important, not when compared to today since back then our phones could last a week between charges. Now, however, we're lucky to make it through a day or two. Manufactures are faced with a dilemma: customers want phones that are thin and light, but batteries are thick and heavy. ...

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    Two weeks ago Friday, I was sitting up in bed at 2:50 AM waiting on the flood gates to open. The iPhone 6 pre-orders were about to begin and I needed to make sure I ordered an iPhone 6 Plus before the dreaded backorder prompt appeared. Turns out, I was pretty lucky. After refreshing the Apple Store webpage at least four hundred times, I grabbed my iPad mini and opened up the Apple Store app. I added a 64GB Space Gray iPhone 6 Plus to my cart and finally checked out around 3:40 AM. According to Twitter at the time, I was one of the very first to complete an order. My friend Jason Cipriani ...

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    Do you take your phone out of your pants pocket when you sit down? For those of you already used to dealing with large-screened handsets, ranging from five inches up into phablet territory, you probably have some strong feelings on the subject, maybe after one or two close calls yourself. But now this month we've got an influx of Apple users, many moving up to 4.7 and 5.5-inch phones for the first time ever. Will they appreciate the need for caution when dealing with a large, thin slate, or has the tiny, durable iPhone of years past lulled them into a false sense of security? To hear some ...

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    If you believed all the iPhone rumors and leaks from the last several months, you weren't surprised when Apple announced not one, but two new handsets last week. You also weren't surprised when both of those handsets were significantly larger than the 3.5- and 4-inch iPhones of yore. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays, respectively. For the iPhone crowd, phones that stretch your pockets and grip are something entirely new. It's something that, paired with the iOS 8 update, is sure to bring some Android converts back into the iOS fold. And it may send users ...

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    Now that it's official, we're already convinced that Apple will be seeing a massive number of sales when the iPhone 6 becomes available for purchase on September 19; that's become a fact of all Apple launches as of late, and it's something we've come to expect. But this time, since there are two high-end offerings – a 4.7-incher and a 5.5-incher – and loads of competition from IFA 2014 on the horizon, we were curious to see how many of you were interested in purchasing the iPhone 6. Thus, a poll: are you buying the iPhone 6? To help you with your decision, we've got a bunch of pieces ...

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    Tweet, text, game, chat, snap, pop, slide, swipe, tilt, tip, stream, play, put down, charge, repeat. Sound like your typical smartphone usage? That’s what we all do with these pocket size computers. Did anyone nod while reading that? Did you notice, before you nodded, that I never wrote, “talk”. We live in a fascinating time. I have written that before and I will probably never stop writing that. Because, let’s face it. We have computers in our freakin’ pockets! We have devices that pack 100 times the power as the computer that flew Tom Hanks to the moon and back in a broken ...

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    I've always been the most technologically advanced guy in my family, and even in my group of friends. I've generally got the latest generation smartphone and tablet. I wear a Bluetooth headset for listening to music and making phone calls. I own several smartwatches (even before the LG G Watch and Pebble came on scene). My house, car, and office are peppered with NFC tags. Now we're starting to see what I consider to be a disturbing trend: body-modding for tech. Not long ago we saw a tattoo artist who embedded four high-power magnets into his wrist so he could keep his iPod Nano at the ...

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    The Moto X, as modest and bland as it appeared on paper, was, by and large, one of the most impressive smartphones of 2013. Unlike most new phones, I could recommend it to buyers without a sliver of doubt. While its camera wasn't all that great and the specs were far from the best, it was an incredibly solid, well-rounded smartphone with lots of lightweight value adds in the software. This came as a surprise to most when the Moto X was finally revealed. The months leading up to its announcement, the so-called X Phone (or XFON) was rumored to come with all the best specifications possible ...

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    The news is in: LG is making a round smartwatch, the G Watch R. Motorola also has round Android Wear aspirations in the form of the Moto 360 – so which will be the Android Wear watch to buy? It's tough to tell until we get review units in-house, but we all have very basic first impressions of both, so we decided to put the question to you: LG G Watch R or Moto 360? We don't know much about the two watches, other than the fact that they are round and (most probably, in the case of the LG) run Android Wear as their operating system. They both are easily more normal than the other two ...

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    We've got Android Wear. We've got Samsung's proprietary Gear line-up. We've got Pebble. Even Sony has some skin in the game. You probably won't find anyone who would argue with you that those are all "smartwatches". But they're all so different from one another! That got us scratching our heads: what is a smartwatch? According to Wikipedia: "A smartwatch (or smart watch) is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that is enhanced beyond timekeeping, and is often comparable to a personal digital assistant (PDA) device. While early models can perform basic tasks, such as calculations, ...

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    Three years ago, you were lucky if your smartphone display had a few hundred thousand pixels. WVGA (480 by 800 pixels) was sort of a standard resolution back then, and mobile display technology still had a long way to go before pixel junkies would drool over a smartphone screen. Black levels were usually a milky, dark gray, unless you opted for a Samsung smartphone with a Super AMOLED panel. But then you had to consider the disadvantages of the PenTile Matrix subpixel arrangement. Back on 2011, I didn't stress about such things often. I didn't worry about color accuracy, black levels, ...

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    When you consider where we were with mobile imaging just five or six years ago, modern smartphone cameras are incredibly impressive – some definitely more than others. In the last two years, several new technologies have been introduced. Optical image stabilization (OIS) has become something we all would love to see in every smartphone, at least until software stabilization is up to snuff. OIS allows the camera to keep the shutter open longer without being susceptible to the natural shakiness of your hand. This, theoretically, should improve low-light imagery on smartphones, though that ...

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    Each year, dozens of new phones are introduced to the market. One has a marginally faster processor than last year's model; another has a larger display with nearly double the resolution; some other phone gets twice the RAM while this one gets more storage space; and all of them get the latest upgrade to expandable storage support. Most would agree that, on a yearly basis, upgrading your phone is a waste of money – that the gains of spending several hundred dollars to get a slight improvement over the phone you currently have isn't worth it. Frankly, the majority would be right. If I ...

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    By their very nature, smartphones have always been fairly private devices. The conversations we have, the pictures we take, and the other various types of data we store on our smartphones are likely very private and often very sensitive. While I don't personally keep anything compromising – pictures, text, or otherwise – on my smartphone, private conversations I wouldn't want other people to read abound. My smartphone also has access to my bank account, my LastPass account, which holds the passwords to all my online accounts, and cloud access to all my photos, documents, and other ...

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    So far today we've had a couple opportunities to talk about the Galaxy S5's design. First there was that special edition GS5 LTE-A for South Korea with a new back panel featuring a diamond pattern. And then we got to check out the new Galaxy S5 Sport for Sprint, and while that looked a bit more like the original GS5 than the GS5 Active, it turned the phone's dotted back pattern on a 45 degree angle, tweaking its appearance in the process. We pay such attention to these changes in part because the GS5's original spotted pattern found itself attracting a lot of critics. And as we check out ...

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    In terms of smartphone offerings, this year is shaping up to be one of the most impressive ever. Not only are manufacturers managing to pull together some of the most advanced specifications into a single device, they are also (finally) focusing on things like user experience, software optimization, and sheer performance. And to top it all off, some are giving design and hardware more attention than in past years. The end result is stellar smartphones, all of which run well, look gorgeous, and offer a horde of useful features. Don't get me wrong. While these phones are more well-rounded ...

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    Motorola just announced that its short-lived effort to assemble smartphones in the United States is drawing to a close, with plans to shutter the Fort Worth plant that put together the Moto X before the end of the year. Motorola had big dreams for this project, not just bringing more tech jobs to the States, but helping to speed distribution of the sort of custom orders possible with all of Moto Maker's options. Unfortunately, the project's just been too expensive to maintain, and Moto X production will shift to Motorola's facilities abroad – even though Moto Maker customizations will ...

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    After Apple took the stage to announce the iPhone 5s last year, the market was left in a bit of a panic. Its latest A7 chipset, made of a 1.3GHz dual-core Cyclone CPU and quad-core PowerVR G6430 GPU, had something no other smartphone chip came with at the time: 64-bit architecture. Thanks to this 64-bit computing, Apple's iPhone 5s is able to "crunch numbers more efficiently", thanks to extra registers, explains The Verge's Aaron Souppouris. This difference is especially helpful for things like encoding and decoding video, says Souppouris. The true usefulness of 64-bit in smartphones, ...

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    For the last four years, give or take, smartphones have done nothing but grow in size. They started as small, palm-sized devices with a surprising amount of power which now, comparatively, is laughable. Early models like the T-Mobile G1, HTC Hero, and iPhone 3GS were fantastic in their own right, yet too small to comfortably use at length for any serious work. Naturally, as we started using smartphones for more intensive tasks, we longed for more real estate to do our tweeting, emailing, mobile browsing, and, of course, gaming. Phones like the HTC EVO 4G and Motorola DROID X, which were ...

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    I saw an interesting graph a few days ago that asked an interesting question, and I was curious where our readers fell in regards to this question. The question was, "What would you give up? Books, TV, Internet, Smartphone or Tablet." We are, after all a smartphone and tablet website. But I thought it was important to fully define these terms so that we could all be really clear what we were dealing with. First of all, assume no brands. For our purposes here, an iPhone is the same as a GS5 is the same as a Lumia Icon. Same applies for tablets and computers (a Dell is the same as a Mac, ...

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    On last week's edition of the Pocketnow Weekly (093: NEVER SETTLE), we shared with you a piece of listener mail asking us about our preferences when it comes to voice assistants - not the service itself, but the voices. Right now, there's not a lot of variety out there for our choices for how our phone sounds when it speaks to us: maybe we can select between male and female, or choose from a few accents, but even that represents more options than many users have. But this piece of listener mail wasn't about what we prefer among available options: what if we could have our phone speak to us ...

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    Last year certainly helped change and shape the future of the wireless industry – more so than years past. Android, for one, transgressed beyond the false pretense that specifications are the be-all and end-all of great smartphones. Before, it was always about bigger, better, more impressive specifications – optimization be damned. OEMs were more worried about packing smartphones with 1080p screens, high-res cameras, faster CPUs with more cores, etc. All the while, prices of most the viable smartphones remained the same. Nearly all the affordable smartphones of yore offered a terrible ...

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    Those who know me have heard my smartwatch story before. How I went from Casio calculator watches to Microsoft SPOT watches that got data updates over the FM airwaves, made my way through various Bluetooth connected timepieces, until I ultimately landed on the Pebble that's on my wrist right now. Even still, smart watches are still in their infancy -- no, perhaps they've made it beyond that. Let's say they're in their awkward adolescent phase. We're still trying to find out exactly what a smart watch is supposed to "do". Most of us agree that they need to be a watch first. If they can't ...

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    Love or hate them, tablets are rather fun little machines. Android tablets and iPads, at the core, are actually little more than scaled-up smartphones. They come with roughly the same class of specifications as their high-end smartphone counterparts, run the same software, and have access to virtually all the same applications. Those who only look at that side of the equation, however, totally miss the point of tablets. Those are the people who say, "A tablet doesn't do anything more or better than my phone. I don't need a tablet." There's a fair argument in there that no one needs a ...

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