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    As I write this review, my Facebook wall sits abuzz with consternation from friends and family alike, all of them complaining about the same offense in a rare show of unified ire. Facebook's recent mandate that mobile users install its Messenger app, with all its Orwellian security permissions, has reignited a discussion more and more common among the general public: in today's world, how much privacy are we really giving away ... and how do we get some of it back? To answer the latter question, cyber-security outfit Silent Circle came together with hardware firm Geeksphone to ...

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    It was just about this time last year that we were asking some valid questions about the Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom: Is it a phone? Is it a camera? Who would buy it? Why?!? One year later, its successor has reached the market with the same functionality and almost the same form factor. Now we're asking the same questions in our Samsung Galaxy K zoom review below, though we're not quite sure we'll be able to answer this time around, either. If you don't know what the S4 zoom was, and what the K zoom is, just take a look at the images below. You see, you have to look at both of them, because if ...

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    Many of LG's very best smartphones over the years have been easily forgettable, not visually stimulating, and overwhelmingly mundane. We'd also call them under appreciated, as many of them were firsts for the industry. The Optimus 2X, for instance, won a Guinness World Record for being the first dual-core smartphone. The Optimus LTE, if my memory serves me correctly, was the first smartphone with a 720p display. The Optimus 3D was the very first glasses-free 3D smartphone. And so on. LG has a ton of smartphone firsts under its belt and, surprisingly, the G3 isn't one, unless you count the ...

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    There was a time, here in the States, when each wireless carrier boasted its own variant of almost every flagship Android smartphone. Verizon had its DROID line, Sprint pushed the Evo series, AT&T thought up names like "Galaxy S II Skyrocket" and the pre-Legere T-Mobile USA ... well, it basically took whatever manufacturers decided to give it. This was the time of ridiculous customization for customization's sake, of top-tier devices segregated by features and design at the fickle whim of carriers, of ridiculous brand names like the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. Those ...

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    Looking for our original Dell Venue Pro review from 2011? Check it out here. Wondering about the tablet family with the same name from 2013? Peep this. Want a sweet nostalgia trip? See below. • There was a time when manufacturers still pushed the boundaries of industrial design, when Windows Phone was the newest smartphone platform around, and Dell still called itself a smartphone maker. These were the days of WVGA displays being sold as "high resolution," of 3G masquerading as 4G, of 5-megapixel primary cameras and QWERTY keyboards with individual spring-loaded plastic keys. Into ...

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    The long-rumored, long-awaited "Amazon Phone" is finally here, and it's a doozy in more ways than one. Over the past week of testing, we’ve shown you its most fun features and run through its camera capabilities, and we've taken your questions live on the air during a special segment of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Now it's time to see how our impressions of the Fire Phone have changed since our first hands-on. As Amazon's own site helpfully reminds buyers, Fire is the only smartphone on the market with "Dynamic Perspective, Firefly, Mayday, and more." It's the only phone that gives ...

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    Some view iPads and Android tablets as little more than devices made for multimedia consumption – watching YouTube videos, playing games, reading books, and Web browsing. But some people seek a little more out of their tablets and opt to pair them with a Bluetooth keyboard. The problem is, a lot of mobile keyboards are poorly executed. They're either completely separate or they don't add a lot of protection. ZAGG has the answer to this problem: the Rugged Folio. Available for both iPad mini models and coming soon for the iPad Air, the ZAGG Rugged Folio is both a truly rugged case for ...

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    It’s known mainly for a marathon of metal monster phones ... but HTC is savvy enough to know that not everyone is all about aluminum. Accordingly, it’s released the HTC One E8: a polycarbonate version of its well-received One M8 with very few sacrifices and a somewhat reduced price. We’ve already compared the two devices in a head-to-head faceoff, after giving the device an initial once-over, a beauty pass in our photo studio, and showing you what its camera can do. Now it's time to see how well our "Electric Crimson" review unit fares all on its lonesome, in our HTC One E8 review ...

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    When we first laid eyes on the Martian line of smartwatches, I was unimpressed. Too low-tech. When we first laid hands on the Martian Notifier, I remained unmoved. Too low-key. When AT&T and Martian dropped a Notifier on our doorstep, I almost recycled it for our summer of giveaways. Too busy. Then I used it for a week ... and I had to schedule a review. Too awesome. In a world with smartwatches like Android Wear, Samsung’s Gear line, and the Pebble, you might think the time for a simpler wearable has long passed. But a company called Martian Watches is betting the other way, ...

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    I'm more connected than ever before, and I have the smartwatch to thank for it. To those who think we're already too deeply mired in the muck of always-on communications, that might not sound appetizing – but smartwatches don't exist merely to bring us more connectivity; the good ones connect us to the world in a smarter way. Skeptics of the new category focus mainly on its redundancy, which is a fair point (why wear a smartwatch when I can just pull my phone out instead?). But once you've worn one for a while, you realize just how useful it can be to have notifications and simple ...

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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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    At its core, the mission of a smartwatch is to make life easier. To improve on the smartphone experience by giving you leave to keep it in a pocket or leave it on the table across the room, because your messages, calls, emails, and other notifications are coming straight to your wrist. The nondescript, water-resistant G Watch does a fairly good job of delivering those notifications, popping up inbound messages alongside weather reports, calendar items, pedometer readings and much more on the 1.65-inch IPS LCD. But it's not until the Snapdragon processor spins to life that the G ...

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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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    Out of the two Android Wear watches currently on the market, the Samsung Gear Live is the one that stands out more, in that it's not just a giant black slab like the LG G Watch (not that that's a bad thing). In practical usage, though, how exactly does the watch do? In terms of specs, the Gear Live sounds an awful lot like a midrange smartphone, just without cellular radios. There's a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320x320, and a 300 mAh battery. The brains are made up by a 1.2 GHz processor, and there are 512MB of RAM. There's 4GB of on-board storage space, with no ...

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    What does it mean to “Never Settle” when it comes to a smartphone? Almost every piece of technology has its limits, due to the restrictions of available technology, physics, or just how much circuitry you can cram into a rectangular box. Does not settling mean including every possible feature under the sun? Does it mean making an affordable phone with zero compromises on hardware? What would zero compromises look like? New kid on the block OnePlus, a Chinese manufacturer led by a former Oppo executive, has given us its bold answer in the One, a phone it calls a ‘Flagship Killer.’ ...

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    The Oppo Find 7 is the Find 7a's bigger brother, but they could very well be considered twins: if not only for the identical looks, then because of the fact that these two Chinese-made devices were announced at the same time. And as with any twins, the differences are on the inside: the Find 7 is Oppo's current flagship, and brings a few crucial enhancements over the previous flagship, the Find 7a. Walking around with this device during our week-long review period definitely turned heads. Oppo is not a brand that enjoys wide recognition in Europe, and the situation is the same in ...

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    As you might've guessed, we're big on saving pocket space here at Pocketnow ... and we sometimes miss the days when phone holsters were a "thing." I talked about this in a short editorial almost exactly one year ago, where I made a case for the return of the phone pouch: The added utility of freeing up a pocket is almost magical – especially in the summertime when fabric is at a premium. Also, phones don’t clang around on a belt like they do in a pocket, keeping your stride steady and your center of gravity … centered. You’re much more likely to feel vibration alerts when the ...

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    Back in the early 2000s, it was customary to cram every last possible hardware button on a phone. These days, it's all about being as streamlined and as beautiful as possible. Goodbye, hardware keys! While most everything can be replicated by on-screen controls, eliminating all the hardware buttons doesn't exactly help the user experience at all. In fact, it often makes it worse, turning a one-step process into a five- or six-step process – sometimes even more than that. That's where Pressy comes into play – well, for Android users at least. Pressy started last year as a Kickstarter ...

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    HTC has certainly seen better days. Despite its valiant efforts last year with the One M7, it couldn't seem to reclaim the high status it once held in the smartphone realm. It's fought through serious competition, dwindling revenues, and shrinking market and mind share. It's tried to be bold, to be different, and to continue to maintain the utmost quality possible. Finally, it seems to have started to pay off for the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer. In its most recent quarterly earnings report, HTC posted the first profits in some time. It also hit its quarterly earnings estimate. All ...

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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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    While we don't consider the Galaxy S5 a particularly tough act to follow, we didn't think Samsung would try to one-up itself so soon after its launch (historical precedent aside). Nevertheless here we are: not even three months after the original Galaxy S5 hit store shelves, a revised version with a more powerful processor, more memory, and a higher-resolution display is upon us. Its official name is the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, but others have taken to calling it the "Galaxy S5 Prime." If that doesn't sound right to you, you're not alone: there's considerable confusion surrounding the Galaxy ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We ...

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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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