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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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    The title of this editorial is, in itself, contradicting. The cellphone alone is a revolution, and we've seen that through the course of humanity in the last three decades. Even though it took the world more than a decade to actually make the cellphone both portable and affordable, it was clear that the invention would change the way we handle communications. Revolutionary according to the dictionary refers to something that has a major, sudden impact on society or on some aspect of human endeavor. The cellphone, along with the television, the automobile, the airplane, and even its older ...

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    "Please turn off and stow all electronic devices." If you fly regularly in the U.S., those words are likened to nails on a chalkboard for you. During takeoff, landing, taxiing, and while below 10,000 feet, the use of any and all personal electronics is banned in the U.S. And there has been an increasing amount of controversy surrounding the issue for years now. The FAA has been immense pressure to allow use of some electronic devices, such as e-readers or MP3, players, during the duration of the flight – even during takeoff and landing. The current regulations have remained virtually ...

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    The modern world of smartphone audio is perhaps best summed up by country-music singer Loretta Lynn: we've come a long way, baby. For much of the decade or so that smartphones have existed, the devices have been plagued by underwhelming audio performance, a symptom of too-small speakers paired with anemic software drivers, permitted only to suckle the tiniest bit of energy from an already power-strapped system. With very few exceptions, audio has been the afterthought, not the focus, of the smartphone industry. Thankfully, that's started to change in recent years. As smart devices have ...

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    You know, every time that people criticize Apple for just launching one smartphone every year, I find the biggest argument to be funny. According to many, one size doesn't fit all, and in a way, even though that argument is correct, that doesn't mean that Apple is the only one following that mentality. See, Apple launches just one phone and that device will be their flagship for the rest of the year. In a similar way, Samsung, HTC, Sony and others launch one flagship to compete as well. Different companies make all of these phones, with different a design and software approaches, but they ...

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    When Motorola announced the Atrix HD, I did everything I could to get it, and I did. I know many of you are not fans of the RAZR, but it was the first GSM RAZR available, which is what works where I live. I didn't want it because of its design, or the Kevlar, or the call quality, I just wanted it because of its Nano coating. I run as a hobby, and I sweat more than the average man, so for me it's always peace of mind to have a phone that I don't have to worry about getting wet. Sadly the Atrix HD is only splash proof. It can get wet and not become affected, but it's not like if you can use ...

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    It's that time of year again: the New Radicals have arrived, and the New Kids on the Block are here to boot your parents' favorite band off the Billboard Top Charts. Actually, come to think of it, the New Radicals are a decade past popularity at this point, and the New Kids are old enough to be your parents' favorite band, so ... maybe forget the flawed analogy. The point is this: the hot new Android devices of 2013 have arrived, in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One, and their predecessors are getting the deep-discount treatment as a result. Last year's hot flagships are this ...

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    Smartphones, phablets, tablets. We all remember the days when smartphones had 2.3-inch screens; it all happened back in the day where QVGA was a big thing. Fast forward just five or six years and we're seeing 5-6-inch phones that have Full HD resolution. As phones got bigger and bigger, an interesting thing happened to tablets: they got smaller and smaller, starting from 10-9-inches as the preferred form factor for many today became the 7-inch tablet. With less than an inch or so between the smallest tablet and the largest phone, will the line disappear and will these two, otherwise ...

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    With so many devices launched between the fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013, we know many of you want to know what's worth your money, and what you should skip with no questions asked. Both 2012 and 2013 have been great years for mobile technology, but we have a feature called "Worst Gadgets Ever" for a reason. There's always a good deal of products that either end-up as vapor ware, some that suck on their own, and some which simply aren't worth your money when compared to other devices in the market. We thought we'd help you with the Top 5 devices that we would all skip out of everything ...

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    We all use our smartphones to snap pictures left and right. Whether we're capturing our family and other sentimental moments, unusual sights or … even what we're about to eat, not every picture turns out the way it should, or how you were expecting. Fortunately, post-processing applications are aplenty. In the Google Play Store, there are literally hundreds of photo editing apps – maybe even thousands. And sifting through them all can be quite difficult, especially if you don't know what you're looking for. Some only offer simply filters, others are rather complex with a significant ...

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    We've said it before, backing up your phone is one of the more important things you can do. Losing data and important information is never a good thing. So making sure it's safe and secure ahead of time in the event an accident happens, your phone is stolen or the like is a smart idea. Fortunately, that's not a tall order when you're an Android user. Options for backing up your Android smartphone stretch far and wide, from something as simple as the built-in contact, calendar and even picture sync with your Google account to root options like Nandroid backups and Titanium, there is no ...

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    Among the most important features of any mobile device is its display. The display is the one part of the device you will spend 99 percent of your time staring at when using it. But not only is it the main source of output, it's the primary form of input, too. If the display is too big, too small or difficult to see in sunlight, using it becomes more of a chore than anything. Like televisions, the overall quality of a display can be judged on a handful of specs – not just the size and resolution. Mobile displays are gauged on clarity, color gamut, saturation, contrast, reflectiveness, ...

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    In case you missed it yesterday, a photo has surfaced which purports to be an actual product image of the highly anticipated Galaxy S IV, Samsung's presumed 2013 Android flagship. The image has generated the predictable buzz, with much speculation about its authenticity cris-crossing cyberspace. Yesterday afternoon, I was asked on Twitter whether I thought the photo was real. My response -"if it is, I'm bored already"- was a quick off-the-cuff reply, but as the day wore on, I realized just how true it was. Aesthetically speaking, the pictured device is about as dull a smartphone as I can ...

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