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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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    "I had this stupid idea," said Jaime Rivera, and my ears perked up. Anytime you hear that kind of a lead-in, you know you're in for something interesting. I siezed on the opportunity to interview Jaime as I would any non-colleague, and the resulting thought experiment was stimulating. "My biggest issue with the smartphone selection in 2012," he continued, "was that the best phones had to be big. If you didn't buy a big phone you didn't have the best specs." I readily agreed with him. At Pocketnow, we weren't the only ones to notice the accelerating trend toward "jumbophone-ism," but we ...

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    CES 2013 was crazy and boy do we have video to prove it! If you think it all goes right on the first take, you’d be surprised. Sure we could just get tongue-twisted, continue talking, and make our videos just like everybody else’s, but we strive to make each of our videos worthy of the time you invest in watching them. Sometimes we get it right the first time, sometimes after the third or second try, and some footage just misses the final cut completely because it was plain-out terrible! In our second episode of Pocketnow Bloopers we focus on some of our fun moments at CES 2013. Now it ...

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    Full-1080p HD is coming to your smartphone! So break out the party hats and rent a pony, because the whole world's about to cha-- oh, forget it. As I -and several of my companions- have mentioned more than once on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, I can't even pretend to be interested in this. Let's start with the facts. This isn't the first time we've talked about full-HD displays, but it's much more relevant today. Formerly the exclusive domain of speculative "someone will be crazy enough to do it someday" conversations, 1080p smartphone displays are now in the spotlight in a very real way. ...

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    Capping off a long stretch of misery and broken promises to devotees of its failed operating system, HP finally did right by webOS fans last week when it delivered Open webOS, the open-source version of the Palm-developed platform, just before its end-of-September deadline. Of course, it's not a mobile-friendly build that users can install on the TouchPads or Pre3s they might still have lying around; instead, it's a raw OS much in need of refinement before it can be made to work on a tablet or a smartphone. All that aside, it has in fact been delivered. That on-time delivery marks one of ...

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    There's a war on, folks. A war on buttons. And the collateral damage is getting out of hand. There's a lot to be said for minimalism. Streamlining hardware carries a lot of benefits. A smooth finish, with lines uninterrupted by jutting switches and buttons, can be quite appealing. Reduction or elimination of physical keys also means fewer penetrations in the device casing, which translates into a smaller chance of water or dust intrusion into a smartphone's fragile innards. Buttons on smartphones are disappearing at an increasing rate, and it's not something we're totally against. We've ...

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    Even before I started working for Pocketnow, I was a platform whore. From Blackberry to Windows Mobile to Sidekick to PalmOS to webOS to Android to Windows Phone ... the list is, as Top Gun's Slider might say, "long but distinguished." And it's been well-covered here on Pocketnow, in a shameless piece of self-indulgence you should read, so you know where I'm coming from. The thing is: with one exception, no smartphone platform has ever held my interest long enough for me to stick with it for longer than a year. This never-ending quest for novelty has had its perks - it got me the expertise ...

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    Picture this: you're lying in bed with your favorite tablet, catching up on the latest episode from the AMC series Hell On Wheels. You can substitute any TV show, movie, or YouTube series there, really, but Hell On Wheels is pretty amazing. Anyway, you're lying there, jaw agape at the realization that maybe the rapper Common can actually act, but you've got a problem. While the visuals are stunning on your 2012-edition iPad's Retina display, or passable on the lighter, slimmer Nexus 7's screen, you can't really hear anything. You reach to the volume toggle, hoping to avoid a repeat of ...

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    Every day across the globe, a familiar scene plays out at festivals, in bars, on boats, on college campuses, and everywhere in between. Close friends, giddy with sober excitement or drunk on fun and whiskey, press their faces together, contort their expressions into ridiculous pouty smiles, and snap a self-portrait with their smartphones. Thousands of times a day this takes place, the pixelated results splattering across Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and every other social medium. Aside from the irritating side-effect of flooding the internet with pictures of duck-faced pouty lips, this ...

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    As I read the news yesterday about how Acer's CEO, JT Wang is warning Microsoft to think twice about their Surface project, I'll admit I was a bit annoyed. I'm still trying to understand why Acer is so worried. I wish I could say that competing against Microsoft is like competing against another OEM, but to Acer's advantage, Microsoft doesn't have the same level of experience in industrial design, manufacturing and distribution as say, HP for example. I honestly don't blame Microsoft for their approach. Very few OEMs were interested in selling Windows RT, and it only made sense that if ...

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    From ultramodern trailblazer in the late '90s, to common communicator in the mid-'00s, to symbol of the marginalized "dumbphone" today, flip and clamshell phones have undergone quite the status shift over the last two decades. I've talked before about how awesome the flip form factor was and how much I miss it, and it turns out I'm not alone. Lots of commenters showed up at the end of that piece to share their fondness for the clamshell phones of old, and recently editor-in-chief Brandon Miniman suggested we take a quick look at some of the most well-known, and some of the more obscure, ...

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    My phone is awesome, okay? We can't go forward without your whole-hearted agreement with this basic fact. Of course, you need more information. You have to know more about what phone I'm carrying, so you can agree or disagree (it's probably the latter, because this is the internet). I mean, whatever. I'll tell you; it's fine. I'm carrying a Samsung Galaxy S III. But that's not the point. You should understand just how much it's not the point. Yes, it's Samsung's latest Android flagship. Yes, it's got a huge display and a ton of features other OEMs haven't even thought of. Yes, it's packing ...

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    Ubiquity is a great word. In addition to sounding just cool enough to bump your perceived intelligence by a few points without getting too pretentious about it, it's a positive term. It signifies potential. If something's referred to as "ubiquitous," generally it's referring to something useful, something provided in abundance. The wireless carrier offers nearly ubiquitous LTE coverage would be nice to hear someday. Free WiFi is almost ubiquitous in some cities is a truth, and one that saved me a lot of trouble this weekend when my mobile hotspot failed. Ubiquity is a good thing. Most of ...

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    A mobile phone's main characteristics, by definition, are the ability to make and receive phone calls as well as exchange text messages. A smartphone should be a phone that has the ability to run applications but these days it seems to be the other way around: a mobile computer that can also do voice calls. A recent O2 study shows that smartphone owners have at least four more important things to do on their smartphones than to place calls. According to the findings, people are using their smartphones for at least two hours every day, out of which more than half of that time is dedicated ...

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