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    Even though Sony has done an amazing job at bringing software updates to its Xperia lineup ever since the launch of the Xperia Z, not everything can be perfect. Up to this point, those Xperia Z flagships that were launched two years ago are still eligible for software updates to Android 4.4 KitKat, but if you think the mid-tier models are going to have the same luck, think again. Sony has just unveiled its software update plans for some of these phones, and the picture isn't pretty. If you're rocking a Sony Xperia L, M, C or SP, we're sad to inform that the farthest your device is going to ...

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    Has it been a week already? Last Monday we were still gearing-up for IFA 2014, preparing ourselves for the torrent of phone, tablet, and wearable news that would consumer our lives for the days to come. We had high expectations going in, having heard no shortage of rumors for what new products would be on the expo floor, and that's not even touching upon the many launches we saw in the weeks leading up to the conference, from manufacturers too eager to wait for IFA itself. With our crack team of Taylor Martin and Michael Fisher on the ground, we've brought you hands-on report after ...

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    For the bloggers that cover them, one of the greatest things about trade shows is the opportunity to connect with counterparts from other publications ... and to podcast with them. Sometimes the best salve for a salvo of comparison videos shot back-to-back over 13 hours is a few minutes in front of the mic with friends, picking up the pieces while picking out the messages, trends, and lessons from the show. Helping us do that on today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast are two luminaries of the mobile tech world, both of whom have been on our guest "wish list" for over a year. Fresh from ...

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    This is probably one of the most anticipated comparisons of the day (and, believe us, the next one!), and we're glad to bring it to you! One is a fresh, hot flagship that just came out, while the other one is already established on the market as a reference Android flagship. Funny thing is, that the Xperia Z3's predecessor, the Xperia Z2, already had a go at the Galaxy S5, when they were both young and beautiful, and now, it's time for the the Z3 to continue what the Z2 started. They're both waterproof, they're both flagships, they both pack stellar internals, and are feature packed. One ...

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    Regardless of which side you're on -- whether you believe that the Xperia Z3 is a small incremental update over the Xperia Z2, or, the other side, that is completely wowed by the new Sony flagship -- you'll love this one: a Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 video that takes a look at these two phones that are fundamentally different, but similar in so many aspects. The LG G3 is already big on the market, and it had a lot of time to become one of LG's best selling phones, and for good reason. We looked beyond the pretty Quad HD screen with the occasion of our full review, to give it a nice score! ...

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    Sony helped start-off our IFA 2014 coverage with a bang, announcing new flagship-level models like the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, and Z3 Tablet Compact. We followed that up by tracking those devices down for the hands-on video treatment. But while those were easily the most high-profile of the new Sony devices to launch, they weren't alone, and we also saw the manufacturer announce a lower-end handset, the Xperia E3. As we continue to make our way through the ocean of all IFA has to show us, we decided to give Sony another visit, this time popping-in to check out the overlooked E3. If you'll ...

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    Yesterday saw Sony launch its latest Android flagship, the Xperia Z3, and while the phone helps refine the hardware Sony brought us in previous models like the Z2, it doesn't necessarily take a lot of bold steps in new directions. In recent months, we've finally started to see quad HD 2K displays start to show up on top-tier handsets from big-name Android OEMs, from the LG G3 back in May, to the Note 4 we just got. So why did Sony elect to stick with a 1080p screen on the Z3, especially after already using that resolution with the Xperia Z2, Z1, and even the Z? Will it ever push past that ...

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    Two of the hottest phones this year are Sony's Xperia Z3 and HTC's One M8. We've had a chance to give the latter the full Pocketnow review treatment, but the second one has just been announced – we'd still like to compare them though, so what better way to set up a Sony Xperia Z3 vs HTC One M8 throwdown than a specs comparison? It turns out, there are a good amount of differences between the two phones. The One M8 has a more pixel-dense screen, though it loses out in the processor department in the same way that the Xperia Z2 did. The Z3 also has more RAM than the One M8, and a ...

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    When the Sony Xperia Z3 went official yesterday, many didn't quite realize how similar it was to the Z2 – Sony's last flagship phone, which was announced just a few months back. As it turns out, these phones are more than just a little similar, but are almost identical on paper. Some things have even become worse across the generation leap, which is disappointing, but let's take a look at the full picture in our Sony Xperia Z3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 specs comparison chart below. There are only two categories in our specs list where the two phones differentiate from each other: processor ...

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    "But Sony, you make big tablets!" The Tablet Z, Xperia Z2 Tablet - even old models like the Xperia Tablet S all came in well north of nine inches. Perhaps the Tablet P bucks the trend, but with its weird dual 5.5-inch folding layout, it hardly seems like it should count at all. But now Sony has come to IFA 2014 with an eminently portable tablet, the eight-inch Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Come with us as we go hands-on with the Android slate. Like its 10.1-inch predecessors, this guy is thin. Measuring-in at just 6.4mm thick, the Z3TC (as the cool kids call it) still boasts a 4500mAh battery. ...

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    Could this really be the "mini" phone you've been waiting for? The handset in the four-inch space that still packs the sort of processing might and HD display as a much larger smartphone? Sony sure managed to do right by us with the Xperia Z1 Compact, and today at IFA 2014 in Berlin we set out to see if the hot new Xperia Z3 Compact will quickly have us asking, "Z1 Compact who?" We can talk about the Z3 Compact's very capable hardware specs until the cows come home, but a phone like this one isn't just about the performance; as a smaller phone, we're acutely tuned to paying attention to ...

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    So far this year, the rumor mill has been pretty good at predicting what to expect from IFA announcements. Sure, a few details have been off here and there, and we ended up getting the Note Edge after not really being sure what to expect, but most of the launches we'd be tracking ended up going pretty much as anticipated. We did get at least one big surprise at the Sony event, though, as the company launched its latest wearable: while we heard that its SmartWatch 3 wouldn't join the growing contingent of Android Wear models, today's announcement confirmed the opposite, as the SmartWatch 3 ...

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    Sony just introduced the Xperia Z3 in Berlin earlier today, along with the Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, and a whole mess of accessories. But what's really the deal with this phone? Is it just a minor tweak to the Xperia Z2? Does it do enough right to really make a name of its own? We stopped by Sony's IFA 2014 presence to find out for ourselves, going hands-on with the Xperia Z3. Thin bezels, a beautiful display with tweaks like an intelligent contrast engine, and a camera that's not just high-res, but also offers some impressive optical performance, all add up to make this a pretty ...

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    Sony did not let us down at IFA 2014 today, managing to fulfill pretty much all of our expectations based on the rumors and leaks leading up to the announcement. Sure, a few of the details didn't necessarily align 100% with predictions, but all the anticipated hardware made an appearance, with the Xperia Z3 leading the charge. And the Z3, especially, ended up being largely the phone we were prepping for: not a huge, night-and-day improvement over the barely more than half-a-year-old Xperia Z2, but a refinement, or a hardware refresh, if you will? So just what goes into making the Xperia Z3 ...

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    Sony's IFA 2014 event was clearly a Z3 show: we got the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, and the Z3 Tablet Compact, not to mention a number of accessories. But those weren't the only new Xperia models we were looking forward to from this announcement, having picked up on a last minute rumor that they could also be joined by a new mid-ranger as a more budget-priced alternative. Sure enough, today we saw the company launch its new Xperia E3. So how much of a step back does the E3 take from a flagship model like the Z3? Well, it's pretty severe, truth be told. The phone runs a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, ...

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