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    I know what you're thinking. And before you get all out of sorts, don't worry: our regular reviews aren't going anywhere. We're going to continue bringing you the excellent long-form written reviews and in-depth video coverage you've come to expect, backed up by the regular podcast, reader hangout, and editorial roundtable events we've always offered. None of that's going away, so fret not! But 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 ...

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    We've said it before: durable smartphones shouldn't have to be crappy ones. After all, these things are supposed to be “life companions.” You want a device that can keep up with you no matter how muddy, wet, or bumpy your slog through life becomes – and you shouldn't have to sacrifice specs for that level of durability. Samsung gave us a taste of that best-of-both-worlds experience with last year's Galaxy S 4 Active, but in doing so it introduced significant compromise to the spec sheet. When the new Galaxy S5 launched earlier this spring as a waterproof flagship for the ...

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    If you're looking for an interesting story in the smartphone world, the company formerly known as Lucky Goldstar is a fantastic place to start. There was a time not so long ago when, here in the States, the brand served as an afterthought at best – or a punchline at worst. But then came 2012's Optimus G, a bundle of pleasant surprises that we called an excellent balance of "aesthetics, performance, and utility." That was followed by last year’s LG G2, the world's first smartphone to pack the powerful Snapdragon 800 and the debut device for LG's new edge-to-edge display design. Then ...

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    Nokia has had a lot of success making really high quality mobile phones at very inexpensive price points. This was true 20 years ago, and these days Nokia (now in the form of Microsoft's handset division) is trying to translate that success to the smartphone market. Of course smartphones are far more complicated than the mobile phones of the 90s and they're more expensive to make, but as Nokia proved with the Lumia 520, it's still possible to make something that works very well without costing $600. The Nokia Lumia 630 is another one of those inexpensive smartphones that cuts out a lot of ...

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    "Who are we?" That's the question Huawei executives opened with at the new Ascend Mate2's press event, and it's a good one indeed. Besides serving as a mnemonic to settle the long debate over how exactly the Chinese company's name is pronounced in English (yes, the "H" is voiced), the question itself is interesting ... because according to Huawei's data, almost 80% of Americans would be unable to answer it. If you're a US citizen and you're familiar with the Huawei brand, that's probably due to the unsteady relations between the telecom giant and the American government, which not too long ...

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    Back in 2012, in one of my first-ever editorials for Pocketnow, I called the first-generation ASUS PadFone an answer to a question no one was asking. I admired that it "cheated the system by changing the rules," providing a continuous computing experience across a smartphone and a tablet, but found its hardware-based approach antiquated. In a world where more and more of our content resides in the cloud, I reasoned, what place does a dumb-terminal tablet have? Three generations later, ASUS still believes the PadFone concept has legs – and AT&T seems to agree. But in a reversal of the ...

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    Back in March of 2013 we reviewed the original Surface Pro, and established that it can most certainly replace your laptop provided you adapt to the small 10" screen, buy the Type Cover keyboard instead of the Touch Cover, and learn to use the stylus instead of a trackpad or mouse. Today we're looking at the third generation Surface Pro, a device capable of almost everything the original was, with some significant improvements to boot. The Surface Pro 2 was probably the best tablet I've ever used. Since I'm more than just a tech journalist, I need the power to use real high-end creative ...

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    Devices in HTC's Desire line have never been intended as flagships, but phones sporting the vaunted "D label" have usually been quite well received. Rather than going all-in and stacking the spec list with high-end line items, Desires sit much closer to the middle. Such is the case with the Desire 816 – but it's also packing more than a few pleasant surprises under the hood. Did HTC make too many concessions with its mid-tier phone, or did it manage to find the perfect balance between specs and user experience? Let's find out in our Desire 816 review! • Video Review · Specs & ...

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    HTC already offers a beautifully crafted Android smartphone with the One M8 – but for all its beauty, it sure is big. So for those who put a premium on pocket space (or pocket change) comes a smaller, cheaper alternative. The new HTC One mini 2 hits shelves this summer with a mission to bring the One M8’s high-end user experience to the midsize category. But the landscape of mini smartphones is a pockmarked one, cratered with cut corners and dotted with disappointment. Is the One mini 2 truly something different, or just another compromise in disguise? Let's find out. • Video ...

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    This review's subtitle is an axiom known to parents, financial advisors, and other dispensers of wisdom far and wide – but it's important to note that it's not necessarily a condemnation. The newest product out of Motorola Mobility has an awful lot going for it precisely because of its bargain-basement price tag. With the Moto E, Motorola aims to provide an easier upgrade path to the 70% of global mobile users still stuck on feature phones, to convert smartphone ownership from a privilege to a right. But to coin another adage, "you don't get something for nothing." While Motorola ...

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    Samsung is currently the undisputed king of Android and has been for a while. That title, however, comes with a lot of responsibility. Samsung is expected to drive the market forward with innovative features, compelling hardware, fantastic software, and a second-to-none user experience. As such, many have been looking to Samsung in anticipation of yet another killer smartphone, for the South Korean manufacturer to up the ante and deliver one of the most complete phones on the market for a third year in a row. Back in February, Samsung drew the curtains on the fifth-generation Galaxy S ...

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    At first glance, you could be forgiven for mistaking Sony's new flagship smartphone for its old flagship smartphone. That's partly because of the company's pronounced design aesthetic, and partially thanks to its tendency to fire out new products at a faster pace than its competition. But for all the resemblance the new Xperia bears to its forerunner, there's a world of difference beneath the toughened glass. The Z2's vibrant display puts the elder model's to shame, its innards throb with the power of the best hardware around, and its high-resolution camera is finally a Sony shooter to be ...

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    Within China, native phone manufacturer Oppo is a well-known and respected brand. Elsewhere, it's presence isn't nearly as domineering or demanding of attention. However, that hasn't stopped the Chinese maker from turning heads around the world. Oppo first grabbed the attention of many with the Find 5, followed by the N1, a highly regarded phone amongst the tech enthusiasts in which comes in a Cyanogenmod flavor. Just months later, the company announced two new smartphones, the Find 7 and Find 7a. On paper, these two smartphones look rather impressive. The latter of the two is actually ...

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    Not every smartphone has to be over the top to be great. Motorola and Nokia both taught us that valuable (and wallet-friendly) lesson last year. The Moto G and Lumia 520 are two of the most memorable smartphones of 2013, despite coming with modest specifications and selling for a small fraction of the going price for comparable entry-level smartphones. In light of such competitively priced models, those other, more expensive entry-level devices were quickly forgotten. That said, LG is no stranger to the entry-level market. The question is, can the South Korean handset maker still compete ...

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    While HTC's standard-trim One M8 was one of the worst-kept secrets in smartphone history, its special-edition cousin managed to stay unseen almost right up until its unveiling last week. HTC and Sprint announced the device in a joint event held alongside Spotify executives in NYC, where our own Adam Lein got an informative if noisy hands-on. Shortly thereafter, HTC sent us a demo unit to try out for ourselves (alongside a Harman Karson Onyx Studio that we've yet to cover) and we've spent the last few days getting to know it. That proved more difficult than expected. The Harman/Kardon ...

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