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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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    We've reached that point, folks. The battle for the title of "world's slimmest smartphone" is down to fights over hundredths of a millimeter- the internationally-recognized sign of a fight no one cares about anymore. In the past six months, phone makers Motorola, Huawei, and Oppo have all made the "thinnest" claim at some point. Today, Huawei's Ascend P1 S is still lording the lofty title of most-svelte over its rivals, with a thickness measurement of 6.68mm. That's just a little ways from the DROID RAZR's 7.1mm, but a far cry from the 13.9mm original RAZR that kicked off this whole ...

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