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    As indicated by the amount of conversation surrounding Nokia's strains of PureView, HTC's UltraPixel, Apple's iSight and many other flagships with unbranded image sensors, cameras on smartphones are always a hot topic. It's a topic I personally devote a lot of time to in full reviews. And on today's podcast, Michael admitted that reviewing the camera is his favorite part of every device review. Often, the camera can stand between a device being a mundane, iterative piece of hardware and being off-the-charts awesome. But it's also difficult to weigh the camera against all of the other ...

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    This morning, we got an early look at Microsoft's Surface pricing, revealing the tablet to be just a bit more expensive than we were hoping. Since then, Microsoft's pre-order page for the Windows RT tablet has gone live, confirming what we had just seen. Now that you have the chance to place a pre-order for Surface tablet, will you be jumping at it? The big news to come of all this is just how much Microsoft will be selling Surface for, starting at $500 without any keyboard. In a world where everyone's been trying to release tablets in the $200-$300 range, that might be a difficult sell. ...

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    Yesterday, we hooked you up with the details on when Apple's pre-orders for the new iPhone 5 would open overnight. Why would someone stay up until past midnight just to get an order in? Because they sold out in less than an hour, that's why. We've heard that you might have some better luck trying to order directly from your carrier of choice, and for the moment at least, they do appear to still have models ready for launch-day delivery. With the rate Apple burned through its own, though, don't expect these guys to last much longer, either. Orders placed through Apple as of now are ...

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    Samsung just pulled the curtain back on a few new color options for its headlining superphone, the Galaxy S III. We had the blue and white already, as well as limited availability of red, but the revelation of three entirely new colors has really opened the door on extra options for buyers just now planning to pick up a GS3. At first, you might reject these as a little bland; certainly, they're no Nokia Lumia models, and all the new colors revealed today are neutral earth tones. Still, even the brown option looks pretty nice, and with its grained appearance is a far cry from the sort of ...

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    Every once in a while, we like to poll our readers to determine the split of operating systems being used. These polls help us to cater our content to suit your needs. As a reminder, you can always use the platform filter on our homepage to filter out only Windows Phone, iPhone, or Android coverage. That said, please vote in the poll below and let us know what operating system you're rocking! Which Operating System is on Your Phone?

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    All Apple products, whether it's an iPhone, Mac computer, iPod Touch, or iPad, can work with FaceTime. Apple has yet to fulfill their promise of opening FaceTime to work on multiple platforms, thus forgoing perhaps a huge opportunity to make FaceTime the de facto video chat standard for all smartphone platforms (it's likely that Microsoft might soon make Skype that de facto standard). But that begs the question: how often do you use FaceTime? Personally, I used FaceTime quite a bit when I first got the iPhone 4. But as with most things that are new, the novelty wore off, and I no longer ...

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    Quick Response (QR) codes have been around since the 90s, and were originally used to track vehicle parts during manufacturing. They've since involved to help marketers (by pointing a user to an website), app developers (by pointing users to an app), professionals (by exchanging contact info), and so on. QR codes actually come in multiple formats. The micro QR code can only contain 35 characters once decoded and are much smaller in size that Standard QR codes. The most information-rich QR code is 177x177 pixels and can contain 1852-4296 characters. For smartphone users, QR codes can be a ...

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    Most high end smartphone now either have an HDMI output in the form of a type C or D port, or can do HDMI output with a special cradle or USB accessory. In fact, Sprint's latest high-end Android, the Photon 4G, joins the ranks of HDMI-ouput-capable devices. Granted, OEMs make it difficult to spontaneously connect your phone to an HDTV, but the option exists if you're willing to hunt down the proper accessories. This begs the question: if your phone has an HDMI-output feature, do you use it? If so, what do you use it for? Do You Use Your Phone's HDMI Output?customer surveys

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    Recently Joe showed us a preview of the latest version of the popular Dolphin HD browser, which recently saw an upgrade to version 5.0 beta 1. The browser provided solid performance in rendering web pages, but it wasn't a dramatic increase over the stock Android browser. What's the Fastest Android Browser?online survey Probably the most important feature of an Android browser is performance. When accessing websites on our smartphones, we want pages to render quickly, for scrolling to be buttery smooth, and for pinching and panning to be quick with little or no "checkerboarding". A lot of ...

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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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