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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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    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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    Last week smacked us with some crazy, unexpected news we're still not quite sure how to take. Of all companies, Lenovo purchased Motorola for $2.91 billion. Let's take it back minute first, though. On August 15, 2011, Google announced plans to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Not only would Google gain Motorola as an (independent) in-house hardware manufacturer, but it would also gain Motorola Mobility's expansive patent portfolio to "help protect the Android ecosystem," in the words of Google. To no surprise at all, speculation and loaded questions filled the mobile realm. ...

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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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    CES 2014 was a blur. Michael, Tony, and I were on the ground, and it felt like it was over as soon as we really got started. We walked dozens of miles, filmed a handful of new and innovative products, and hung out with all our colleagues. Samsung unveiled four new tablets: Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, and Galaxy TabPRO 8.4. Sony pulled the curtain on two new phones: the Xperia Z1S and Z1 Compact. ZTE revealed an arsenal of new devices. And Huawei followed up the Ascend Mate from last year with the Ascend Mate2. There were definitely more products released ...

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    CES is just days away. Tony is already on the ground in Las Vegas, and Michael and I will hit the ground running Sunday afternoon. Apart from all the other trade shows each year, CES is a unique beast. This year, there are over 3,200 exhibitors spread out over a 1.9 million square foot show floor. We can't even begin to wrap our heads around how incredibly large the show is, displaying everything from upcoming car technology to smarter toothbrushes and thousands of things you never knew you wanted. We've already covered what to expect for the show. But how in the world do you prepare for ...

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    There's no denying that smartphone technology has evolved at a tremendous pace in less than a decade. Back when we were reviewing the HTC Touch Pro2 almost five years ago, it was hard to even predict that the services and devices that we see ubiquitous today, would've been possible so quickly. That being said, there is no such thing as a perfect smartphone, and not every device fits every user. Make sure you watch today's Top 5 as we talk about the things we all wish to see happening in 2014. We discuss the things that are still not fixed, and the reasons why these technologies are crucial ...

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    Even though most of your holiday shopping is over, we know that there is a slight possibility that Santa didn't leave the gift that you really wanted this Christmas. Still, if you're like any of us, then we're sure you're most probably broke already from so much celebration. The great thing is that it's never too late to get the smartphone or tablet that you wanted, and there are some great devices out there that are worth every penny. Watch today's Top 5 as we talk about some of the best deals you'll find in this holiday season. We're not just talking about devices that are affordable, ...

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    I'm a bit of an app addict. Each time I setup a new phone, I install somewhere in the ballpark of 50 applications. That number varies, and over the year it has grown. The more apps I buy, the larger the number inevitably gets. That also means I've spent a lot of money on applications. Between iOS and Android alone, I've probably spent upwards of $600 on applications, games, and other digital content. That may seem like a lot of money, but it's been spread out over five years. And not everything was purchased at full price. In fact, a lot of the games, applications, books, and movies I ...

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    The Windows Phone situation is improving, yet to take from the likes of Android and iOS, Microsoft has its work cut out for it. Global smartphone market share in Q3 2013 breaks down predictably: Android holds 81.9 percent, iOS holds 12.1 percent, and Windows Phone hangs on to a mere 3.6 percent. BlackBerry, Bada, Symbian, and the ominous Other categories split the remaining 2.5 percent. Microsoft, at long last, is actually making headway. Globally, it's up from 2.3 in the same quarter last year. This is due in large part to the mini successes of Nokia – its incredibly affordable Lumia ...

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    Notifications are one of my favorite features on Android. The ability to peek at incoming notifications and handle business without ever leaving an application is great. Expanding notifications for additional information without having to open the respective app is often quite useful. And now that stock Android has quick settings toggles integrated into the shade, I honestly couldn't ask for much more. However, my notification shade is out of control, and it's only getting worse. What you see above are four notifications that are always present on my Moto X's notification shade. Always. ...

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    Few will dispute that HTC makes great hardware – or even great devices. In fact, over the last five years, HTC has managed to make some of the most compelling mobile handsets the market has ever seen, with a handful of firsts to boot. It made the first consumer Android smartphone, the first WiMAX and LTE smartphones, the first phone with a 3D camera, the first 4.3-inch smartphone, and even the first ever Google Nexus device, the famed Nexus One. HTC has had its moments over the years, and it hasn't gone unnoticed. While many have defected, there are still hordes of die-hard HTC fans out ...

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    Let's face it, smartphones aren't perfect. We've had numerous editorials talking about it, and we don't think twice about pointing these imperfections out in our reviews. Surely in life nothing is perfect, but there are surely those companies that try harder, and those that don't. There are companies that'll charge you the same amount of money for lesser quality products than others, and there are those that would rather lose a premium in oder to sell you what you paid for. Now that said, smartphones aren't new. We've used them for over a decade, and it's interesting to note that there are ...

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    Windows Phone is finally filling the gap and stepping into the role as the third ecosystem. For those not wooed by the vast app and digital content selection in Apple's App Store or Google's broad range of web services, Microsoft is a viable alternative. Windows Phone is maturing (albeit slowly) and Microsoft's ecosystem is growing at a similar pace. Still, it's impossible to overlook the attention the platform has garnered in just the last six months. This is likely thanks to new, innovative hardware, a big purchase from Microsoft, and the recent firmware update, which brought support for ...

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    For the last week, I've been driving around Charlotte listening to my car lambaste me for stomping the throttle too hard or slamming on the brakes. I've also had the unique ability to look back through all my driving history, in borderline-creepy detail. I posted my review of Automatic, a smartphone app with an accompanying module which plugs into the OBD-II port on your car and tracks your every last move while driving, yesterday morning. For $100, the device isn't exactly cheap, but what it offers is pretty compelling. If you speed (drive over 70mph), brake too hard, or accelerate too ...

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    If you made it to the outtakes section of my recent video comparing the HTC One max and Galaxy Note 3, you'll know I currently have a head cold. That's no fun, but it beats some of the more potent biological hazards out there, like coliform contamination, or the horrifyingly-named Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Unfortunately, I'm still exposed to pathogens like these every single day, and so are you. And one of the leading nesting grounds of these bacteriological nightmares is -you guessed it- your trusty smartphone. Phone germs be nasty, people. This unfortunate truth ...

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    The fine line between modern smartphones and tablets is increasingly difficult to discern. Smartphones continue to grow in size while tablets continue to offer very little additional functionality. The average smartphone size is approaching 5-inches, but the market's largest smartphones exceed even the 6-inch threshold; the Galaxy Mega 6.3 offers a 6.3-inch display and Sony's enormous Xperia Z Ultra measures 6.4-inches, diagonally. Meanwhile, the lower threshold of small tablets is around 7-inches. Meaning only 0.6-diagonal inches separates the largest smartphone and smallest tablet in ...

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    Android and iOS, the two most popular and successful mobile operating systems in the world, have dominated the mobile industry for over two years now. Android, specifically, nearly quadrupled its global marketshare between Q1 2010 and the same quarter the following year. And it has more than doubled since, capturing a total of 79.3 percent as of Q2 this year. Apple's iOS has also held a significant chunk of market share for the better part of three years, as well. Ever since the second half of 2008, iOS has held between 10 and 20 percent market share, globally. And since the unfortunate ...

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    I am … a connected man. At any given time, I have two smartphones in my pockets, and many more in my "nerd bag", along with a couple tablets, MacBook Pro, and a host of related devices. (Currently a Moga Pro controller, NEX-5N camera, UE Boom speaker, UE earbuds, Bluebuds X, etc.) In other words, I'm always connected – some way, somehow – to the Internet. I tweet dozens of times every day, I post to Google+ regularly, and I creep on Facebook for a collective hour throughout the day. I send tens of thousands of messages on Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and Google Voice every week. I ...

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