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    As fun as it can be to marginalize and criticize them, smartphones are magical pieces of technology. From something as benign as an iPhone to a device as futuristic as a G Flex, today's pocket communicators are modern miracles of miniaturized intelligence. As I say at the top of every Weekly podcast, these real-life tools are the manifestation of many childhood dreams, mine included ... and it's incredible to stop and think about just how complex they really are. All of which makes it doubly frustrating when these supposedly "smart" devices screw up so spectacularly. Here's five ...

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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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    When we reviewed the HTC One M8, we were discovered it was one of the best looking and feeling Android handsets around. In fact, very few other Android smartphones even come close in build quality and design. Not only is its hardware impressive, though, it's a great smartphone through and through. It's camera isn't mind-blowing, but it's far from the worst; the Sense 6 software is actually very nice; the BoomSound speakers provide a one-of-a-kind, pocket-sized multimedia experience; and things like battery life and network performance are great. Xiaomi, being a company based on many of ...

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    Smartphones are commonplace today. Almost everyone has one. My grandmother carries an iPhone and my father – a man who once swore he'd never carry a phone with him anywhere – slaps a Samsung Galaxy S III with an OtterBox case on his hip every morning. It wasn't always so. I remember being the only person at my high school – teachers and administration included – with a smartphone. First, I had the Moto Q, then the BlackBerry Pearl 8130, followed by the Curve 8330. And that's where my story began, back in 2006, taking lesson notes (read: playing Brick Breaker and Asteroids) on a ...

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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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    Weather apps are a dime a dozen. Seriously, search "weather" in Google Play and dozens – maybe even hundreds – will pop up. But any ol' developer cam create a weather app that can display the current conditions and provide you with the forecast. But not every weather app is both functional and pretty. That's what LevelUp Studio, creator of popular Android apps like Plume and Beautiful Widgets, wanted to do. LevelUp released Bright Weather for Android back in May. It's a feature-packed, yet minimalist weather application that's simply gorgeous. Frankly, how polished, smooth, and ...

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    Both Android L and iOS 8 have been hot topics of late. Both developer previews have provided us with plenty to look forward to – third-party keyboards and sharing options in iOS, a new design language in Android L, built-in health and fitness features for both, and major improvements all around. Yesterday, we compared the Android L and iOS 8 developer previews, and while we understand these still are not completely finished versions of software, there are some things we'd like to change about each OS. There are things Google could learn from Apple and vice versa. Below, you will find ...

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    In the last month, both Google and Apple unveiled the upcoming releases for Android and iOS, respectively, through developer previews. Both companies announced new features which will reduce the friction between using multiple devices and operating systems. Users will be able to run Android applications on Chrome OS, as well as sync notifications from their Android phone or tablet when using a Chromebook. Apple users will have the ability to start a message on an iOS device and finish it from a Mac or even sync SMS to Messages on OS X. That's only the tip of the iceberg, though. Both ...

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    With all the smartphones available, picking your next phone can be a serious challenge. Each month, multiple new phones are added to the mix, all with varying levels of specifications, different software, new features, different degrees of build quality, and designs. To make it worse, a lot of the newer – and sometimes older – phones overlap one another. For instance, some of HTC's newest smartphones (the Desire 610 and One mini 2, for instance), while slightly different, cover the exact same ground and target the same demographics. The other factor to consider is your carrier of ...

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    Following the many visual, performance, and functional updates to Google's Android platform over the last year alone, as well as the major UI overhaul in Apple's iOS 7, Windows Phone was the last remaining major mobile OS in need of some new finishing touches. That's exactly what the platform will soon receive once the Windows Phone 8.1 update rolls out to the public. Currently anyone can download the developer preview to get a feel for what the next version of Windows Phone will feel and look like. Our own Adam Lein and Michael Fisher spent the last six days tinkering with the new OS. ...

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    It's been a busy Q1 in the smartphone industry. We've seen a ton of stellar smartphones announced, and many of those have launched or will launch in the coming weeks. HTC, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, and even underdogs like OnePlus have all brought some compelling smartphones forward to bring us into 2014, and us phone nerds are salivating all over our keyboards. We've reviewed the HTC One M8 and had hands-on time with most the other announced handsets. But which is the best of the best so far this year? I, personally, provided a pretty in-depth rundown of the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S 5, and ...

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    Flappy Bird was around for several months before it grew to its global fame, forcing its creator to take it down for our own sake. Ever since, literally hundreds of Flappy Bird knock-offs and fakes have surfaced, in an attempt to tap into the massive revenue Flappy Bird was pulling in daily – upwards of $50,000 USD. Flappy Bird is hardly the only game which quickly became unbelievably popular in practically no time. Angry Birds, Cut The Rope, Candy Crush, Temple Run, and many others rose to fame practically overnight. So what was the magic sauce that made Flappy Bird such an overwhelming ...

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    Sadly, Mobile World Congress is now over. This year's mobile show in Barcelona, Spain was one of the busiest, device-driven shows in recent years. We saw a boatload of handsets, a few tablets, some wearables, and a lot of future products that won't be available for a while. Needless to say, there was plenty for just about everyone to be excited about at least something: a new Galaxy S smartphone, three new wrist-mounted Gear devices, a new Sony flagship, new additions to the HTC Desire lineup, new Huawei devices, including a wearable, a new YOGA Tablet and smartphone from Lenovo, Nokia X ...

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    I'm sitting in my grandmother's house in my hometown, and I want to make a call. I pick up my phone, dial a number, and hit the giant red Call button. It fails. I remember T-Mobile has literally no service in Pinnacle, North Carolina, so I connect to her Wi-Fi network. "I can use Wi-Fi calling," I think. Nope. The Moto X doesn't support Wi-Fi calling. People, this is 2014. This should not happen. I have a perfectly good Wi-Fi network and a perfectly capable smartphone in an area with no service, and I still have no way to place a call, unless I pick up the landline and dial a 10-digit ...

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    Lenovo is a company rarely in the spotlight in the mobile space. It's tried its hand at mobile devices several times, to a mostly uninterested audience. But Lenovo found itself all over headlines at the end of last month, after Google announced it agreed to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo. Fresh off the heels of that announcement, Lenovo just announced three new Android-powered smartphones: the S660, S850, and S860. Priced at $229 sans contract, the S660 (pictured above) is the cheapest model of the three. It will ship with a 4.7-inch qHD display, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582m chip, ...

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