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    While we have many different form factors of smartphones (many take the form of a "slate", but we also have side-sliding keyboards, bottom-sliding keyboards, and candybar QWERTY), there's one form factor missing: the flip phone. In the history of smartphones, we've seen a modest number of flip phones. The newest one is the BlackBerry Style. Previous to that there was the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, and of course the HTC Star Trek (one of my favorite smartphones of all time). Flip phones are great because not only does the keyboard and screen stay protected when the phone is closed, but the flip ...

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    It wasn't long ago that Amazon bravely launched their own version of the Android Market. The difference between the the markets is that Amazon staff filters each and every app (thus providing less junk to the end-user), they offer a paid app for free each day, and they allow you to purchase apps with your Amazon account and through the Amazon website. Naturally, the Amazon Appstore has far fewer apps than does the Android Market (with about 5,000 apps versus 200,000, respectively). Logic would have it that you'd be using the app store with the most amount of apps, but is that really the ...

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    One of the ways that Android informs the user that something has gone wrong in a given piece of software is the Force Close dialogue, which simply given you a quick way to force the app in question to shut down. This isn't unlike the Windows "This program is not responding" message that also encourages you to force close the application. We're wondering: how often does your Android present you with this error message? Please leave a comment and let us know which phone you're using, whether you're using stock software or a modified ROM, and how often you see a Force Close. How Often Does ...

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    We like to poll our readers every few months to understand the breakdown of operating system usage so that we can appropriately cater our content. So please tell us: are you keeping it old school with Windows Mobile, rocking the shiny new Windows Phone 7, keeping it simple with iOS, staying professional with BlackBerry, flipping through cards with WebOS, or perhaps you're in the "other" category running on Symbian or, heck, even Garnet OS (Palm original)? Let us know! Which Platform Are You Currently Using?

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    As we reported yesterday, the Android Market is about to get a makeover which brings both a fresh look as well as several new features -- some perhaps more welcome than others. Besides raising the download limit to 50MB, introducing resolution-specific versions of the store, and adding content ratings, Google has also drastically throttled the refund period on apps from 24 hours to just 15 minutes. The company claims that the change is not a big deal because "most users who request a refund do so within minutes of purchase," and that somehow it "will help developers manage their businesses ...

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    Some newer Android-powered phones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S, i9000, Captivate, Vibrant, Fascinate, and Epic 4G) don't seem to be reporting the battery state-of-charge (SOC) accurately in the notification bar. This can lead to unexpectedly premature power-down. The Android OS, however, seems to be correctly reporting the remaining battery power, which leads me to believe that the battery-life icon in the notification bar is being optimistic at best, and may be deliberately mis-representing the remaining battery life. In this video I'll show you just what I mean using a widget called ...

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    Besides being an Open Source, developer-friendly OS, the thing I like best about Android is the ease in which you can change the overall look and feel of the device, just by installing an app -- specifically the "Launcher App." What's the Best Launcher for Android?online survey Switching the Launcher App lets you change things like the number of home screens you can run, how those home screens behave, what widgets you can place on them, what the notification bar and pull-down look like and contain, and even how the app drawer works. Some Launchers require a big, bulky memory footprint that ...

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    Amazon just announced the third generation Kindle, which makes us wonder how relevant dedicated eBook readers are when today, we have a vast amount of choice in how we consume our books. Whether you're an Amazon or Barnes and Noble customer, you can read your books on PC, Mac, iPad, BlackBerry, Android, iPhone. That covers most smartphones. Some devices make it easier than others...I find it much easier to read an eBook on the iPhone 4's Retina display than on an HTC Hero. But how about you? Do you read books on mobile, or does the cramped screen and sometimes grainy text make it a chore ...

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    Reading Brandon's post earlier about What's Still Missing from Windows Phone 7 I started thinking about Copy/Paste functionality as soon as I've reached the second line of things (allegedly) missing from the upcoming OS, according to what we've seen and read so far. How Important is Copy and Paste in a Smarpthone?online surveys Putting my other self aside (the one that is constantly installing, tweaking, testing, etc. to bring you content), I figured that I, in my every day's life, don't really use Copy/Paste on my Windows Phone, except a few occasions when I copy or move files I've ...

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    We're still a bit more than three months away from the release of Windows Phone 7, which we first heard about in February at MWC 2010. A lot has changed in these past four months in the smartphone industry: Android is stronger than ever with a new release (Froyo) already being deployed to certain devices, not to mention a fat pipeline of devices waiting in the wings (Droid X, Droid 2, Samsung Galaxy S on all carriers, etc): the iPhone 4 has been released with compelling new hardware (Retina display, front-facing camera, etc) and software that can finally multitask; and RIM continues to ...

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    Most of us have more than one email account, and so it makes sense to load multiple accounts onto your smartphone so that you can keep an eye on each. Most smartphone platforms (with the exception of Windows Phone 7) now have a unified inbox option that lets you see all of your email, from multiple accounts, in one screen. But I can't help but wonder how often this feature gets used. Personally, I don't want to mix emails from different accounts. But what about you? Vote in the poll below! Do You Like Having a Unified Inbox?customer surveys

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    AT&T has announced the death of unlimited data effective on June 7th. How happy are you with the new plans? The finite data plans do offer a cost savings for users who use minimal broadband data on the carrier's network, but for heavy users, it could add up to a bit more money for adding additional data buckets. Vote in our poll below and post your comments in the discussion. Are You Happy With AT&T's Non-Unlimited Data Plans?online surveys

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    We like to keep a pulse on the mobile phone choices of pocketnow readers so that we can better cater our content to you. Please answer this poll by selecting the operating system of your daily driver. Thanks in advance! Which Mobile Operating System Are You Currently Using?Market Research

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    Today we published two opinion pieces about the app development scene for WP7 and Apple and Android. Are apps as important as some (ahem, Apple) make us believe? Maybe, but maybe not. It's likely that you have more than a dozen apps installed on your phone, whether you got them from the Windows Phone Marketplace, the Android Market, the Apple App Store, the WebOS App Catalog, or BlackBerry App World. But of those apps you have, how many do you actually use on a regular basis? The 3D racing game that you play when bored once per week doesn't count - I'm talking about apps that you spend at ...

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    HTC seems to think that a proper onscreen keyboard should provide vibration feedback each time you hit a key. On all new HTC devics (both Windows Mobile and Android) since the Touch Pro2, they've made this feature standard (though you can turn it off easily). Apple, on the other hand, doesn't think likewise...their on-screen keyboards on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch don't vibrate. We're wondering: do you like on screen keyboard vibrations, or do you disable the feature? Let us know in the poll below if it's helpful, or just annoying. Do You Like Keyboard Vibrations?opinion

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    While many of pocketnow.com's audience members are power-users who demand certain power-user features from Microsoft, it seems that Windows Phone 7 Series--for better or worse--made some compromises and trade-offs to target a broader consumer audiences, eschewing features such as copy & paste, user-replaceable memory, user file management scheme, and will feature Marketplace as the only source for apps for consumer-based features such as the "lack for the need of" a task manager, better UI, tighter hardware and software control, and a controlled, stable environment that resembles the ...

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    With Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft made quite a few sacrifices as far as "power" features of Windows Mobile as a tradeoff to creating what the company is framing as a powerful user experience for consumers. Gone are removable memory cards, skinning and UI overlays, multitasking, and different methods to install and load apps onto the device. New, and much welcomed, is a platform that breaks away from fragmentation and provides a very consumer-oriented experiencing. As a loyalist to the platform, and a power user, do you feel ignored by Microsoft as the company turns its focus to ...

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    Over the years, we've seen screen sizes trend from large--for its time--3.5-inch touchscreen display of the Blue Angel, one of the earlier widely popular smartphones from HTC, evolve to the popular 2.8-inch found on device's like the Touch Pro and then back to the larger screen size on the Touch Pro2 and the HTC HD2. On other device's, we've seen small square screens on the Palm Treos to 3.7-inch Droid displays that's slim and narrow to a possible 5-inch display that straddles the category of large phone to mini tablet on the Dell Mini 5 prototypes. The question then becomes what screen ...

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    We're curious - what phone operating system are you currently running? Let us know in the poll below. Are you kicking it with Windows Phone/Windows Mobile, keeping it app-icilious with iPhone, emailing like a pro with BlackBerry, multitasking elegantly with WebOS, or customizing widgets with Android? If you're using Symbian or something else, just select "other." Thanks in advance for your answers! What Mobile Phone OS are You Running?online surveys

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    Most touchscreen devices that have no physical keyboard have capable onscreen keyboards that can either be oriented in portrait or landscape, aumatotically adjusting by how you're holding the device. That begs the question: which do you prefer? Do you enjoy have the largest keyboard possible in landscape, or do you like something more compact (thus allowing for less finger travel) in portrait? Vote and let us know! On screen keyboard: portrait or landscape?(opinion)

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    The ability to hard reset a phone may not seem all too important, but it is something that could be appreciated if you either switch and sell devices, give your devices away, or modify your phone's software and registry and need to get back to the factory default. A lot of smartphones--if not all--these days offer the ability to hard reset (also known as formatting, restoring to factory defaults, and wiping) the device should something go wrong, which is why I was a bit surprised in my time with the Nokia N900 as the device doesn't offer a way for users to restore the device to factory ...

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    Should HTC Dump Windows Mobile in Favor of Android?(trends) The talk over at MobileTechWorld surrounds the debate over whether HTC should abandon its Windows Mobile roots and go with the Android operating system. Whiloe at first glance, it may make sense for HTC to jump ship--its HTC HD2 hardware is receiving praises but getting knocked at CNET and Gizmodo because it runs the Windows Mobile OS that many are critical of, the firm may cut licensing costs as Android is open source, and Android is getting hot with Google services like Google Maps for Navigation, flagship devices like the ...

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    Is there over-reaction to the easily cracked Microsoft's DRM implementation in Marketplace(poll) A recent report on WMPowerUser notes that the new DRM and anti-piracy measures recently implemented by Microsoft for Marketplace applications alongside the launch of Marketplace for Mobile on the PC has been cracked. The crack is simple and only involves bypassing some snippets of code, leaving some developers to be frustrated and angry over the lack of a more solid anti-piracy protection. Some developers even want to use their own methods. According to the report, a member from XDA-Developers ...

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