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    Back in January, I got my hands on LG’s latest curved contender, the G Flex 2, at CES 2015 alongside Michael Fisher and Jaime Rivera. The following month, Michael took a closer look at the device and praised it for its ergonomic design, but ultimately had trouble recommending it for its poor battery performance and sluggish performance. There's just one problem: the unit he tested was made for South Korea. That makes factors like battery endurance, cell reception, and price hard to judge properly for most readers ... which is where I come in. I’ve spent a week with the Sprint G ...

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    About this time last year, I stood with hordes of other press in a packed Galaxy Studio in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood, listening to Samsung tell us how its then-new Galaxy S5 would change everything. Over the piped-in orchestra music, we were promised "meaningful innovation." Samsung had learned that its customers did not want "the most complex technology," but rather "relevant improvements for day-to-day use." While a refreshing change from the bizarrely tone-deaf Galaxy S 4 launch event, the Galaxy S5 reveal still felt like a kind of middle ground – a layover for a company ...

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    It's been almost a year since we reviewed the first generation of Motorola's most budget-priced smartphone: the Moto E. The word "budget" carries with it images of dread and avoidance - though it shouldn't, especially when referring to the Moto E. Last year we said "you don't get something for nothing," and questioned whether Motorola Mobility sacrificed "too much" on the way to becoming "affordable." This year the 2015 Moto E (or "Moto E Gen 2" if you prefer) hit the ground running. Has Motorola done enough to elevate the Moto E from a "you get what you pay for" product to a loftier ...

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    As an aspiring naval cadet in my senior year of high school, I was placed in charge of my ROTC unit's drill team. It was a well-regarded outfit, but it had used the same choreography for years; no matter how cool a 12-person team looks spinning 16-pound rifles, anything gets monotonous if you don't change it up. Seeking to leave a lasting legacy while bringing home a trophy or two, I told our unit's Chief of my plans to completely overhaul our stale performance routine. "Fisher," he said, his face wrinkling with impatience, "you've got a good routine already. Don't go reinventing ...

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    If you are looking for a phone with a gorgeous design and premium feel, but you also have some budgetary limitations and are living in 2014, we have some really good news for you: the Xiaomi Mi Note might just be the phone you’re looking for. We had the opportunity to take it for a test drive courtesy of our friends at Efox-shop (where you can grab your own - use coupon code "pocketnow" for $10 off until June 30). The price tag on this phone accurately reflects what you’ll be getting. We tested this phone for three weeks in the Chicago area on AT&T and on US Mobile. It's not the ...

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    "This might be my next phone." That's how I wrapped up our hands-on coverage of the LG G Flex 2 at CES 2015, and I meant it so hard. It was the tamest quote I could come up with after spending an hour with the curvaceous crimson smartphone, which seemed poised to finally catapult curved construction from obscurity to the mainstream. I'd spent weeks with its predecessor back in 2013, whose principal shortcomings were its oversized footprint and its lackluster display – and it took only minutes with the G Flex 2 to see how well those issues had been addressed. It took six days ...

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    Huawei’s never quite been synonymous with premium handsets - at least, not in the United States. But that doesn’t mean that the company is incapable of making them, and we were reminded of that at IFA 2014 when the company unveiled the Ascend Mate 7. The phone effectively serves as Huawei’s flagship phablet, and though it’s been out for a few months now in some regions, it may still be worth your money. Video Review · Specs & Hardware Software · Camera · Performance · Pros/Cons Pricing/Availability · Conclusion · Scored For Me   Huawei Ascend Mate 7 Review Video ...

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    Openly carrying a BlackBerry in 2015 is an invitation to be interrupted. You’re bound to be asked by some well-meaning friend or nosey stranger, “is that a BlackBerry? Do people still use those?” And while the answer to both questions is an unqualified yes, the more interesting question (to me) is “what’s that like?” Thanks to the fine folks at GSM Nation and US Mobile, I had the opportunity to spend a couple weeks finding out. The result is the BlackBerry Classic review video below. During my time with the BlackBerry Classic, I took pages and pages of notes over several ...

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    If you're like me, the first thing you think of when you see an E-Paper display is an e-reader like the Kindle Paperwhite. While Yota Devices definitely had that use case in mind when it designed the original dual-screen YotaPhone, its sequel is no one-trick pony. With benefits ranging from extended battery life to always-on widgets to virtually unlimited customization, the YotaPhone 2's second screen brings something we've been craving –innovation– and actually makes something useful out of it. As the saying goes: "new minds, fresh ideas." But there's another saying too: "the more ...

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    Miniaturization has been one of the key elements that has allowed technology to evolve over the years. Decades ago, a computer was big enough to fill a room, and today most of us carry smartphones that are more powerful than some of the computers NASA needed to put a man on the moon. If you’re new to the smartphone business, you might not remember how big and bulky these products were just a few years ago, and how companies focused on defying form factors and designs in order to make your use of a smartphone a pleasant experience. Some of us struggle with the level of compromise that ...

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    Back in May of this year we took the HTC Desire 816 for a spin and concluded it was "a mid-tier phone with flagship DNA". We hoped those genes were dominant and that we'd begin to see more flagship-like performance out of HTC mid-rangers. This time around we're looking at the HTC Desire Eye – and with its huge front-facing selfie camera, it's looking right back at us. How does it perform? Will it follow in its brother's near-flagship footsteps? Should you consider the Desire Eye for your next phone? Let's dive right into the HTC Desire Eye review! Video ...

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    The Nexus 6 is like no Google smartphone that's come before. Built to prodigious dimensions with the fortified heft that few but Motorola can manage, this newest Nexus debuted to a wave of demand – and discord. With a price tag nearly double that of last year's model and the footprint of a small tablet, the Nexus 6 comes as a significant shock to those who expected more of the same in 2014. The wonderful thing about shock, though, is that it wears off. And once it does, you start to remember that affordability has only occasionally been synonymous with the Nexus brand. You realize ...

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    If you’re shopping for a new smartwatch in the Google Play Store, you’re faced with a sea of choices from chic to super-minimal … but only one stands out as a watch that would survive an extended dose of real-world use and abuse. If that's the kind of thing that winds your crown, then the LG G Watch R is very possibly your next Android Wear smartwatch. The G Watch R brings more to the table than its hulking stainless-steel body, of course. Its P-OLED display is just as sharp and vibrant as the Super AMOLED on Samsung's Gear Live, and it's a perfect circle to boot. Its software load ...

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    The "Microsoft Band" came as a bit of a surprise when it was unveiled late last month. There weren't any leaked pictures of the device and all we knew about it came from the Windows Store, where the Microsoft Health software appeared the night before the new wrist band went on sale in Microsoft Stores nationwide. The Band is mainly geared towards fitness tracking, though it does have quite a few "smartwatch" type features. We think Microsoft would prefer that people compare it to other fitness trackers as opposed to smart watches, but it certainly does fit somewhat into both ...

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    My reservations about the Nexus 9 began shortly before my fingertips graced its ill-fitting, trampoline-like back cover. We'd heard rumors that Google's next stock-Android tablet would arrive as a more direct competitor to Apple's iPad, carrying a larger screen (and a larger price tag) in the process. I found the strategic pivot logical, but when I first laid eyes on the Nexus 9, my very first impression was a deflated "that's it?" And my first hands-on with a buggy pre-release review device didn't exactly help matters. It's been eleven days since that rocky start – eleven days of ...

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    On paper, Motorola's latest DROID carries on the brand's storied legacy in spectacular fashion. A tablet-sized battery mated to a searing hot processor and a super-sharp display, with the whole thing wrapped in a splashproof casing of metallized glass (or better yet, ballistic nylon). "This is what the Moto X should have been!" cried the commenters on our initial hands-on several weeks back. Well, maybe not. While the DROID Turbo did quite well against the second-generation Moto X in last month's face-off, another twelve days of testing ultimately demonstrated why the X is the ...

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    It's hard to review an iPad these days. The last Apple products to cross our review desk, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, were significant upgrades that catapulted the company into the realm of the large-format smartphone, while maintaining the ease-of-use and reliability that made the iPhone so popular to begin with. The Apple products that keep Pocketnow running day in and day out are some of the most impressive computers we've ever used, with even our lower-tier MacBook Airs capable of handling very intense video production tasks every day for years without giving up the ghost. In the palm ...

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    There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 3,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail store, waiting to make a purchase. They need the facts delivered quickly, with a minimum of window dressing and a firm conclusion in as little time as possible. For them, we’ve created the 60-Second ...

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    The most striking thing about the Galaxy Note used to be its size. Carrying a Note meant you'd be stopped on the street, on the train, at the urinal over coffee at the cafe, curious onlookers asking with mild bemusement, "sorry, but ... is that a phone?" But it's 2014 –three years after Samsung unveiled the first Galaxy Note– and in 2014, big is the new normal. For better or worse, consumers have drawn a parallel between display size and device capability: from outliers like Huawei's Ascend Mate 7 to more mainstream offerings like Apple's iPhone 6 Plus and Google's new Nexus 6, ...

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    We’ve had the pleasure of reviewing all of Sony’s modern “Z” flagships here at Pocketnow, and, if you’ve been following our reviews and scores, you’ve probably noticed that Sony has managed to continuously improve these smartphones. Starting with the Sony Xperia Z in 2013 – which scored 8.5 – followed by the Sony Xperia Z1 in the same year – we rated it 9.1 – to the Sony Xperia Z2 more recently in early 2014 – that got a 9.2 – we've come to the Sony Xperia Z3 review which you’re currently reading (and, as you can see above, rates 9.3). Not only that, but you’ve ...

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    Sony has earned a reputation – be it good or bad – for releasing new phones almost twice as fast as its competitors. While Apple, Samsung, HTC, and the handful of other globally known OEMs typically release an updated version of their various smartphone lineups once per year, Sony keeps its hero series of Xperia devices fresh with an update every five to seven months. That’s approximately one-fourth the typical 24-month agreement here in the States, or one-sixth the 36-month contracts elsewhere. It’s not just the flagship Xperia Z handsets that are updated so frequently either. The ...

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    Admittedly, I'm a case junkie – not because I love cases, but rather because I'd rather keep the appearance of my phone pristine for as long as possible. When cases are the only valid option, I like to switch it up, because I get bored with cases quickly. I've already bought three for the iPhone 6 Plus. Ergo, I'm an inadvertent case junkie. But cases aren't the only form of protection for your precious smartphone. If you have one of the select phones dbrand chooses to support, you have a host of other options for protecting your phone. dbrand is the maker of exquisite wraps for your ...

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    "It’s not necessarily unattractive ... it just kind of exists." Thats how we described Samsung's Galaxy S5 in our full review back in April, lamenting the lack of aesthetic flair in a flagship ostentatiously marketed as a "glam" device. While we appreciated its durability and top-notch spec sheet, what we wanted was a product that actually felt like a $650 smartphone – and the Galaxy S5 didn't really fit the bill. Samsung's new Galaxy Alpha, launching later this month on AT&T, is a very different story indeed. With its aluminum frame, toned-down texturing and deliciously ...

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    Each year, Apple brags about the hundreds of new features and changes made to its operating system. The fact of the matter is, most of those changes will go completely unnoticed. It’s like an iceberg – we only see a small fraction of the changes; the rest are buried deep within the OS or simply don’t pertain to us, like new support for languages we’ll never learn. The last two years have been different, however. Last year, iOS 7 brought a much-needed, long overdue facelift to the UI that had gone practically unchanged (minus things like the addition of wallpapers and folders) since ...

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    Big smartphones are in. The is evidenced by the fact that most high-end smartphones are approaching (and crossing) the 5-inch threshold. The new Moto X, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, and many other notable smartphones are all 5-inches or larger. Apple, until now, avoided the growing fad. In 2012, when it announced the iPhone 5, Apple only stretched the iPhone 4S display vertically and added just enough pixels to maintain the 326 pixels per inch rating. It referred to the size of the iPhone 5 display as "a dazzling display of common sense", showing how it was sized perfectly for the ...

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