Posts tagged with: Smartphone
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    At Pocketnow, we encourage responsible driving habits despite our overwhelming passion for mobile technology. Indeed, Motorola has found ways to help out those who are at the wheel stay connected and on the right path. But other owners of phones without even a "Car Mode" or those who just don't bother, they do put themselves at risk with their eyes on their palms and not on the road. But can we really pinpoint a recent spike in traffic-related deaths in the United States to smartphones? The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration thinks so, despite not having firm ...

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    As the holiday season gets closer, it's right about that time for a smartphone upgrade in the case of most of you. Years ago this was rather easy as there were only a few players doing things right every year. 2015 is a different animal though, with most OEMs doing an amazing job at raising the bar in design quality and overall user experience. We have flagship devices at mid-range prices, and even new categories like the "Premium mid-range" for those that want elegance on a budget. If you're still on the ropes trying to decide which smartphone is right for you, this guide will hopefully ...

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    Updated December 9: The Nexus 6 has been dropped from the Google Store. Step back from the food court, I repeat, step back from the food court. Move away from the deals. Seriously, though, you might be on a sales safari come this weekend or a cyber chase on Monday. If you're the type of person to give away phones and smartwatches for the holidays, though, it helps to actually consider what you're getting and how it fits the person you're getting it for. Like a sommelier does with wine, we're given you our suggestions on what phones to look for when you're talking about your dorky cousin ...

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    Hong Kong-based hardware manufacturer Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility from Google last year and it finalized that acquisition last year. But just because a deal's done doesn't mean it takes time and treasure to readjust things. As a result, it needed to clean house not only within Motorola, but within itself. And for earnings reporting reasons, Lenovo's had to use some of its money to make that happen. Revenues were up 16 percent from last year to $12.2 billion. But with the conversion of its smartphone production to its Motorola subsidiary as well as other charges related to inventory and ...

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    BlackBerry is still committed to BB10 support, but given the recently-released, high-profile and high-in-demand Priv, you'd think that the company seems a little torn in its software development. But it wouldn't make sense for the Canada-based OEM to just go one-and-done with the whole Android deal, right? Especially considering that the Priv is considered as "step one" towards getting its devices unit back to profitability. Enter the BlackBerry "Vienna," a phone much like the BlackBerry Priv (codenamed "Venice," so watch out for another name) in terms of height and keyboard, except ...

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    This amorphous blob we keep referring to as "China" has been a tough topic to tackle for us at Pocketnow. The sheer enormity of the market, the hundreds, even thousands of component and device manufacturers and trends so short-lived, they seem concurrent enough to contradict each other all combine to inhibit understanding of the Chinese consumer. Well, fun fact: China covers 3.7 million square miles of megalopolises and nowheres with a government that has commercial interests in every part of it. So it's not surprising to hear that the country is home to 1.3 billion mobile subscribers. ...

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    Law enforcement and tech companies are at odds on the subject of encryption. It's encryption so thorough that even the tech companies can't decrypt it. Encrypted phones from suspects and victims have stopped homicide investigations. But for those who refuse to incriminate themselves, the issue comes down to basic property and knowledge rights. It seems that the United Kingdom has taken to statute to force Silicon Valley-types into its hand on the topic of encrypted communications. The Investigatory Powers Bill gives law enforcement — from spy agency MI5 to the local police department ...

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    This is something to be proud of, as opposed to that Galaxy Note 5 modification that voids your warranty. It's also flexing Sharp's muscle in its homeland, too. A special edition Sharp AQUOS SH-M02 (that's the official model name, by the way) will be made available by 7-Eleven to some 30,000 lucky fans on November 2. The extra EVA-20 designation marks the 20th anniversary of the anime series Evangelion. This is actually the second such special Evangelion/Sharp collaborated smartphone this year. The first one was distributed through NTT DoCoMo. In addition to the special wrap design and ...

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    Google is web search around here. Below all the smartphones and IoT devices and Fiber and that kind of goodness, Alphabet makes money having Google put up advertisements to those who look for things on this here internet. But where that traffic comes from matters and with the introduction of full-scale ad-blocking on iOS 9 (which Google Play has previously shunned), we have some issues to chew over. The big news comes from Amit Singhal, Google SVP of search, at re/code's Code/Mobile conference: // This summer for the first time we are getting more searches on mobile devices than desktop, ...

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    How we wish smartphones cost double-oh-seven dollars. Tongue out of cheek, we now turn to the latest in mobile technology to fetch what could be called "a killing." Forget Vertu and Tag Heuer, this time we're talking about British luxury automaker and Aston Martin. And we're not talking about the first sucky phone it did, here: it's taking this year's $300 phone and bringing up the price twenty-fold. The Racing 808, actually made by Primo Mobile is a phone that appears to be all about the exterior: the $6,000 base model comes with a leather back, thick metal frame, a speaker surrounded by ...

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    The pager has long been outshined by the smartphone in terms of usefulness in the hospital. After all, you can send pictures to the people who need them. But the fact that SMS and MMS missives are work- and immediacy-friendlier than emails or web-based messengers means that the data doctors and nurses trade isn't encrypted and not that secure. A survey just published in peer-reviewed journal BMJ Innovations focuses on nurses' and doctors' usage of smartphones in five hospitals at a London NHS Trust. About 98 percent of doctors and 95 percent of nurses responding said that they own a ...

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    The S cycle is an interesting part of the iPhone buying experience. Since 2007, Apple has introduced at least one new iPhone every year, but only half of them are redesigns. The other half ... are reimaginings. Improved takes on tried-and-true existing hardware. These takes are never the most exciting phones, but they’re always the ones worth buying. This year, that reimagining means a new software revision, improved camera optics, and even a new way to interact with the screen. It may not be revolutionary, but this might just be Apple's biggest evolutionary update yet. Decide for ...

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    The folks at Caterpillar at back at it again. In addition to the yellow backhoes, drill rigs and articulated trucks, Caterpillar also puts out phones it contracts the Bullitt Group to make. We've covered rugged phones from Cat and Kyocera before. Now, we're hearing of the companies' newest rugged phone running Android 5.1. Meet the Cat S40. It's not the snappiest thing around, but it will put up a defense against the elements: [table] Component,Description Screen size,4.7 inches Screen type,IPS LCD Glass type,Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Resolution,960 x 540 Pixel density,234 ppi SoC,Qualcomm ...

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    As the V10 was being launched in New York, LG centered our attention to the enhanced video capabilities of the smartphone. From high frame rates to high resolution to high-fidelity audio, it looked like this G Pro successor would have it all. Some people say that things only look good on paper, but I'm just about ready to eat the paper and embrace the future. That's especially considering what we've been through in the history of shooting video on our dinky little smartphones. The condensed history of shooting video on our dinky little smartphones In mobile photography this year, we've ...

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    Apple and Samsung. Spy versus spy. Patent versus patent. Nowadays, more like car versus bike. In the lens of business, we've seen the Cupertino giant extend major financial gains by popularizing the iPhone in many markets, particularly those where its main smartphone competitor is based. Samsung, while still bleeding money to lead in Korean market share over Apple, has had a rough time keeping its lead. That rough time is expected to continue on as forecast by Seoul-based Shingan Investment Corporation. The good news for the financial underdog in all of this? Samsung Electronics is ...

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    Qualcomm hasn't enjoyed much positive fame with the Snapdragon 810 processor, mainly because of how unreliable it can be with heating issues. ASUS is another company that's had a great idea with the PadFone lineup, but has failed to wow consumers into buying a product in massive quantities, even if it makes a lot of sense. That said, PadFones haven't really been famous in the spec department, and ASUS would decide to add the latest and greatest Snapdragon to its future PadFone, we could be in for something great. Leaksfly is reporting that ASUS might be teaming up with Qualcomm for its ...

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    Mid-rangers are an interesting beast in this smartphone market. Publicized unlocked phones have become a more common occurrence. ZTE wanted to be the uncommon occurence. The Chinese manufacturer made a point in renaming its US brand — one tarnished by security doubts and locked-in by a legion of low-end devices (some 66 being actively sold in the US market, ZTE claims) — and kicking things off in high-end fashion with the launch of the Axon smartphone. Axon's competitors, which include Huawei and Xiaomi, took phones from their home-market production, watered them down to "Lite" or ...

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    All of the top-end smartphones these days are listing up to 2 TB expandable capacity via microSD card. That’s … well, it’s insane to think about, having all of that space in such a tiny little chip. And it’s still far off; these phones boasting 2 TB support are merely planning for the future, even if the time of such high-capacity cards likely exceeds the life expectancy of the phones themselves. But while 2 TB microSD cards are still but a pipe dream, Microdia did just recently unveil its 512 GB card … for a whopping near-$1000 cost of entry. Sure, it’s a lot to pay for such a ...

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    Our own Michael Fisher proved last week that it is possible to scratch a synthetic sapphire display on a smartphone. Specifically, he roughed up the Kyocera Brigadier through several heinous tests, and impact with a hard material got the better of the extra hard sapphire. No less, the Brigadier is an impressively rugged smartphone that has both the IP certifications and the real world beefiness to back up the claims. But handling a drop or dunk in water isn't all that this phone is capable of. In this video, we cover three of the Kyocera Brigadier features you may not know about!

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    Usually, when I hit Publish on a review, I've had enough time to mull over the words and reread everything enough to be completely certain of everything I wrote. And if I question anything, I can just grab the phone, double-check my thoughts, and reassure myself that I got it right – right then and there, firsthand proof. In all the phones I've reviewed, there was only one time I can recall that I hit publish and immediately wanted to take it back. It wasn't that I was unsure of what I had said. It was that, no matter how certain I was, I didn't want to believe what I wrote. I remember ...

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    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 good][horrendous] ... and here's why." And then there's the choose-your-own-adventure method: "We took [Smartphone] for a test drive to see how its camera performed, and rather than taint the results ...

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    Our review of the Xiaomi Mi4 went up earlier this week. In short, it's a really nice piece of hardware with some serious software issues. However, MIUI has been around for some time and a major update – MIUI version 6 – is just around the corner. It's always been known for its deep customization options and putting the power in the hands of the user. While we did talk a lot about the software on the Mi4, we had to skip over some of the more nitty gritty features. That's just the way it goes with time-sensitive review periods. As such, we've picked three of our favorite Xiaomi Mi4 ...

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    Xiaomi is a company we didn't have a lot of experience with before last month, and understandably so. The Chinese company is only four years old and didn't start expanding its business internationally until last year. Clearly, the company is doing something right, though. Its Mi3 handset from earlier this year has reportedly sold out in mere minutes on more than one occasion and Xiaomi replaced LG as the fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world earlier this month. Back in July, Xiaomi announced the newest addition to its high-end smartphone lineup, the Mi4. The specs and pricing ...

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    Samsung has long been the king of Android. Its Galaxy S smartphone has far outsold any of its competitors' Android handsets by the millions, quarter after quarter, year after year. It's aided in pushing mobile hardware and Android as a platform forward, and has even attempted to fork the Android ecosystem by instilling its own ecosystem within Android, selling movies, music, and other digital content through its own store. Samsung has, for the better part of its smartphone career, largely steered the direction of smartphones and led the industry. That is, until recently. Over the last two ...

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    One year ago, almost to the day, I received the Sony Xperia Z Ultra in the mail from Negri Electronics. Brandon and Michael decided I would be the one to review the massive 6.4-inch smartphone from Sony, likely because I've always had a penchant for extra large smartphones – excessive smartphones. Just two months before the Xperia Z Ultra landed on my doorstep, I had reviewed the Galaxy Mega. All things considered, I really liked it. Its specs and display could have been better, but Samsung did a pretty good job at keeping the Mega's physical footprint reasonable – more like the Galaxy ...

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