Posts tagged with: Smartphone
  • by | April 3, 2014 7:00 PM

    Microsoft gets itself a striking new digital assistant, Nokia prepares sharp new smartphone hardware, Samsung and HTC kick off a new round of rasslin', and Pocketnow team members start an informal book club! It might be a scatterbrained itinerary, but at least it's action-packed – and that's just scratching the surface of this week's epic two-hour mobile technology podcast. Join us as we debate the merits of Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana, the forthcoming Nokia Cyan update, and the Samsung ATIV SE before moving on to non-Build topics ranging from BoomSound to smartphone waterproofing ... not ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 7:38 PM

    Every year, we wait for the major players to release their aboslute best smartphone possible. Some bring the heavy artillery to CES in Las Vegas every January. Some wait for the mobile-specific show in Barcelona, Spain, Mobile World Congress. And others, like HTC this year, choose to go it alone. Either way, the first few months of the year are, consistently, when we can expect some of the biggest smartphone announcements of the year. Not every company adheres to that schedule, though. Apple announces and releases its flagship in the last half of every year, typically September. Samsung ...

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  • by | February 18, 2014 6:12 PM

    Update: 24 hours have passed, and the answer lies below! Scroll carefully if you haven't yet seen this month's game submission and you want to preserve your chance for an unspoiled guess! When it comes to analyzing the quality of a smartphone's camera, there are two main approaches. There's the guided style: "We had a gander at the new [Smartphone] from the fine folks at [Smartphone Manufacturer], and we took its camera out for a spin to see how it performed under a variety of lighting conditions. When it comes right down to it, this camera is [excellent][great][good][not so ...

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  • by | February 17, 2014 6:16 PM

    Being that smartphones very rarely leave our sides, even the most ruggedized ones can incur a small amount of damage over time. Sometimes, that damage can be much, much worse. While contact with the elements – especially water – can be fatal to your handset, every smartphone still has an Achilles' heel: glass. Whether you paid $30 for a Lumia 520 on sale to upwards of $1,000 for your smartphone, no phone is entirely shatter-proof. I've seen Mil-Spec phones get shattered, as well as a Nexus 4 drop a few inches onto a tabletop to spider webbing on the back glass. That hasn't stopped some ...

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  • by | January 28, 2014 5:20 PM

    Update: The stated 24 hours have expired, and so the answer to our first smartphone guessing game lies below! Scroll down and be amazed (or not, depending on your guess). When it comes to analyzing the quality of a smartphone's camera, there are two main approaches. There's the guided approach: "We had a gander at the new [Smartphone] from the fine folks at [Smartphone Manufacturer], and we took its camera out for a spin to see how it performed under a variety of lighting conditions. When it comes right down to it, this camera is [excellent][great][good][not so good][horrendous] ... and ...

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  • by | January 14, 2014 6:31 AM

    It’s a question familiar to anyone in the business of reviewing smartphones: “Nice review, but what phone do you carry?” Emphasis on the you. From a personal perspective, no matter how many times it’s posed, I don’t mind being asked the question. It’s a constant reminder that my day job is in fact my dream job (literally; I still have dreams about meeting tech personalities whom I’ve long followed), and that people find my opinions worth something. So on a selfish level, I’m thankful for the validation. I imagine the same thing happens most everywhere commentators offer ...

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  • by | September 7, 2013 12:36 PM

    We're still a little ways out from being able to take you on a premium-style guided tour of the new Galaxy Note 3, but as IFA 2013 is winding down, we thought we'd try explaining some of the new phablet's fresh features in another video from Samsung's mammoth airplane hangar exhibit hall here in Berlin. In this short tour, we focus on the Note 3's new S Pen features: everything that can be launched from the Air Command menu, including the innovative text-reading action-jump and the fresh new take on multitasking. We'll show you how to copy and paste text from one app to another, and we'll ...

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  • by | August 27, 2013 6:41 AM

    Not long ago our own Anton D. Nagy told us "there's no such thing as a perfect smartphone". He's absolutely right -- and completely wrong. I, like Tony, have a stack of smartphones that I can call upon at any given time. Some have HD screens. Some have LTE. Some have removable batteries. Some can accept SD cards. Some have a slide-out keyboard. Some include a high-end camera. What none of them have is a perfect combination of everything. None of the smartphones I own has everything. Each is always lacking one thing or another. And just when I feel like the next device is going to have ...

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  • by | August 15, 2013 1:45 PM

    Big phones are in. Well, sort of. Some manufacturers seem to think so. Smartphones have been growing in size for years now, from a once normal 3.5-inches to upwards of 4.7-inches. Ever since Samsung introduced a smartphone that broke the 5-inch threshold, the idea of carrying a phone that rides the ever-shrinking barrier between smartphones and tablets became somewhat popularized. Now, a great deal of flagship devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy S 4, come with displays that measure 5-inches, diagonally. And that's only the beginning. We just finished reviewing the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, a ...

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  • by | August 14, 2013 4:39 PM

    "Wait, that's a phone?" That is one of the many bewildered questions we've received from passersby, friends, family, and everyone else since we received Sony's latest … device last week. And that's the very question that has unintentionally answered another we've been trying to resolve for going on three years now. At what point is a smartphone no longer a phone but a miniature tablet? Smartphones have been continually growing for the last three years, from a common 3.5-inch display to 6-inches and beyond. The race has transferred from "who can cram more pixels in a panel" and "who can ...

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  • by | July 17, 2013 2:39 PM

    Okay, we need to say this right up front: we won't be reviewing the CAT B15. The super-rugged device we first caught a glimpse of at MWC 2013 came to our door courtesy of our friends at Clove, and while we're planning a special feature video on the device, we don't have the time to give it the full review treatment. Just managing expectations, so you're not crushed later. Be strong, kids. That said, this is one tough cookie that we just had to take a quick look at. Caterpillar, better known for its tractors, diesel engines, and other big industrial machines, has thrown a lot of rugged ...

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  • by | June 28, 2013 2:05 PM

    Cellular phones started out as monstrous bricks. The first one I saw was being carried by a man in a suit walking through the mall. It had a handset attached to a coiled cord that went down inside a bulky-looking box with a handle and antenna on the top. It was comical. I laughed out loud. And then I stopped in my tracks. "This guy is talking on the phone -- while he's walking through the mall," I thought. It was earth-shaking. Something magical happened next: the possibilities of telephones that didn't need to be tethered to the kitchen wall went rushing through my head. Either that or ...

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  • by | May 10, 2013 10:51 AM

    Smartphones, like it or not, are disposable goods. We buy them, we use them, we abuse them, then we toss them away when they no longer serve our purposes. The reasons for getting rid of or replacing our smartphones are many, but what would it take for manufacturers to "wow" us with a super long lasting smartphone? What is a "Long Lasting Smartphone"? Before we get too far into the question, what exactly is the question? What do we mean by a "super long lasting smartphone"? Does it mean the same thing to you as it does to me? Let's break down the various components of what an ideal "long ...

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  • by | February 14, 2013 12:29 PM

    You wouldn't know it based on our recent coverage, but BlackBerry 10 isn't the only new platform making waves in mobile these days. In the shadow of the world's huge tech players, companies with a fraction of the age and mindshare toil away at mobile operating systems unsponsored by the Apples and Googles of the world. Some, like the fledgling Open webOS, are remnants of once-grander initiatives. Others, like Mozilla's Firefox OS, have their eyes set firmly on the world's developing markets. Still others, like the Mobile Ubuntu build we checked out at CES, feature awesome software, but ...

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  • by | January 14, 2013 11:32 AM

    This year's Consumer Electronics Show from Las Vegas has come and gone. As usual, we've been both on-site bringing you coverage from events as well as the show floor, and here on Pocketnow, keeping you up to date with what's going on in the mobile world. For some the show has been excellent; for others it has been a letdown. We can't compare CES to a specialized mobile event like MWC (maybe with IFA); still, our experience from past years has taught us to expect certain things to happen at CES. They might or might not have happened in a straightforward way but there was a lot of innovation ...

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