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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    There's no disputing it: in terms of smartphones, Sony stole the show at CES 2013. Granted, that didn't take much doing, but we shouldn't let the lack of meaningful competition rain too heavily on Sony's parade. The devices the company unveiled at its booth a week ago are truly impressive. Those devices are the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, a duo of high-end smartphones with quite a few specs in common. Each features a 5-inch, 1080p "Reality" display front-and-center, its graphics driven by Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine 2 and powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro with 2GB of RAM. The camera ...

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    Veni, vidi, vici! We were looking forward to CES 2013, pretty much like we're always looking forward to trade shows where there's a possibility of seeing new and exciting things from and related to the mobile world. Good or bad as it was, this year's Vegas show is just one of many to come and, probably the biggest problem related to CES is the fact that it is followed shortly by MWC, a show related to mobile and only mobile. We're seeing companies slowly moving away from shows to announce their gadgets, following Apple's lead, but even those companies who are show-centric have probably ...

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    "The Snowball, the 6-Inch Mate, & the In-N-Out Experience." That's the summary that led us out of our most recent podcast, and it narrowly missed becoming the title of this here episode, number 26 in our weekly series. This is a very special episode, coming to you straight from the luxurious Pocketnow suites overlooking the blink-tastic Las Vegas strip. For the past few days, we've been covering the happenings from CES 2013, bringing you video after video of devices from manufacturers of all stripes. It hasn't been the most hardware-heavy show in memory, but that doesn't mean we don't ...

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    We’ve taken you on a software tour and we’ve shown you how it stacks up against the Galaxy S III - so the next logical step was to use the Samsung Galaxy Camera as our primary device for a weekend. Right? We know what you're thinking, and the answer is no: this wasn’t just a stunt. We really wanted to find out if the Galaxy Camera, which runs the full version of Android Jelly Bean on hardware sporting a cellular radio, could substitute as a daily device for a tiny niche of users: shutterbugs who don’t make a lot of phone calls, but do communicate in other ways, like via social ...

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    Last week, we were doing some jawing on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, debating the merits and pitfalls of the Surface RT. While we've done that on almost every episode of the Weekly since the release of Microsoft's first home-sourced tablet PC, we got more in-depth than usual on last week's episode and I encourage you to check it out. One of the topics we chewed over was that of the Surface RT's actual usability. I remarked that the Surface had so far proven to me more of a novelty than a productivity-enhancer. Despite my feeling that it is indeed a device from the future, I've recently ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through our initial coverage of the much-anticipated Samsung ATIV S. Then we go through more Samsung news, only that this time with some unexpected, and not-so-stellar Galaxy Grand announcement. Then we talk about the HTC M7 leaks along with the bad news that the HTC Butterfly won't reach Europe. Google makes the news afterwards as their Play Store fills our Christmas hopes with lots of deals until January 1st 2013. We end today's show talking about Nokia's plans to bring Windows Phone 7.8 to previous Lumia devices, and the news aren't good. All this ...

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    Front-facing cameras have for years been the red-headed stepchildren of the mobile world: included out of a sense of obligation or an attempt at differentiation when mobile video-calling first came on the scene, the tiny face-capturing modules were under-specced and underpowered -- and they've never really grown up. Even today's high-end smartphones typically feature front-side shooters with only 25% the resolution of the primary camera around back. The only company to really take the front-facing camera seriously in today's landscape is HTC: the webcam on the company's Windows Phone 8X ...

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    Like its magenta-hued Lumia 810 cousin, the Lumia 822 is a custom build of Nokia's midrange Lumia 820 for an American carrier. Unlike its blocky T-Mobile USA companion, though, the 822 packs LTE support into its redesigned frame to accomodate the needs of its host, the much-larger Verizon Wireless network. The 822 marks not just Nokia's slice of a Windows Phone resurgence on America's largest carrier, but the first significant Nokia phone of any kind to land on Verizon in quite some time. In the absence of CDMA-friendly versions of either the Lumia 900 or Lumia 920 on Big Red, it also ...

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    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. -W.C. Fields Like all corporations, Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has seen its share of ups and downs; this year, it's mostly faced the latter. The company's financials continue to tumble as it struggles to recover from a rough 2011, when it pushed out a bevy of mediocre smartphones instead of honing its focus on one flagship line. HTC executed something of a reboot earlier this year, pushing out the One X to generally favorable reviews, but then found itself almost immediately steamrolled by ...

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    HTC and Verizon hosted a modest gathering in New York City this morning to announce the product of their latest collaboration: the Droid DNA. As expected, this device is an Americanized variant of the Butterfly J, released a bit ago in Japan. The device features a 5-inch, 1080p Super-LCD panel boasting a pixel density of 440ppi and viewing angles up to an 80-degree offset. HTC says it's 50% brighter than the Galaxy S III's display; while we didn't have a light meter on hand to test this claim, the display is indeed quite bright in person, and the viewing angles are impressive. Also a huge ...

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    It's a rumor that trickles out every so often. Like some 21st-century Paul Revere, an analyst or a blogger will ride across the internet brandishing a leak, shouting over and over, "the Facebook phone is coming! The Facebook phone is coming!" Unlike their revolutionary Bostonian predecessors, though, the citizens of the internet don't respond to this call by rising up, or retreating, or advancing, or panicking ... they don't take action of any kind, really. The news gets dutifully reposted, the internet murmurs for a bit, and then everything settles back down to normal before lunchtime. ...

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    Here in the northeastern United States, hurricane Sandy is starting to mess up our hair - and our schedules. Google's big Nexus-centric announcement, originally scheduled for today, had to be pushed back due to the storm, but that didn't stop the big G from dropping the news of the new Nexus 4. For 2013, the Nexus 4 will be Google's pre-emptive answer to flagships Windows Phone 8 devices, other Androids, and even the iPhone 5 and perhaps the one that comes after that. While we have yet to get our hands on the Nexus 4, the pieces have come together to create a device that will undoubtedly ...

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    Does anybody remember what a smartphone looked like in 2006? Back then I was using an HTC Wizard, which many knew as the Cingular 8125, and it was packed. I'm sure that if HTC would've figured out a way to add a kitchen sink to it, they wouldn't have thought it twice. It had lots of ways to expand it either through miniSD expansion, IrDA, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth, and even had removable battery. Back then; it was all about more, and nothing like today where it's all about less. Those of you who think that non-removable batteries are the new thing in town are wrong. Almost every Pocket PC ...

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