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    Summer can be expensive: all those tankfuls of gas for road trips to the beach, tickets to the latest blockbuster movie, and you probably don't even want to look at what that A/C is costing you to keep cool. If you're trying to keep a handle on spending, though, that doesn't mean you have to pass up on some of the hottest smartphones and their accessories, and today we've spotted a couple solid deals that should help your summer dollar stretch a little farther. Apple's iPhone pricing has been notorious for its resistance to discounts. That's not to say that we don't see them, but while ...

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    Google's in-house Nexus brand of affordable developer smartphones has garnered a small, dedicated group of enthusiasts since the first handset, the HTC-made Nexus One, launched in early 2010. Since then, Google has partnered with Samsung and LG two times each to make the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5, all of which have been fan favorite Android handsets each year. The venture was never about making money or inflating profits. Instead, it was about sticking it to the U.S. wireless providers and letting consumers choose their phone first, then choose a provider – something ...

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    As we mentioned earlier, Sony has been doing a very good job in launching some very compelling products to the market. Sadly most of these products are focused on the Asian and European markets instead of the US, but that doesn't mean that the company isn't pushing the bar in design and innovation. We're just a couple of months away from IFA in Berlin, and if you're wondering what we might see, the rumors have begun. If you all remember, the previous leaks of a model number D6503 all pointed to what we now know as the Sony Xperia Z2, and now we get a codename D6653, which clearly points to ...

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    If we had to compare today's Sony Xperia offerings with what Sony-Ericsson offered years ago, I'm sure we can all agree that this is a far better company. The Japanese giant has become much more aggressive about its smartphone line-up both in hardware and in software, and even though it continues to be slow in the US market, its Asian offerings are great. Those of you that were wondering what's so hot about the Sony Xperia Z2a that was announced a couple of days ago, the answer is a lot as back then we only had reports, and the official launch didn't make the specs official. Even though ...

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    Last year at IFA, we saw Sony announce its Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 pair of “lens-style cameras,” external add-on cameras that can either clip on to smartphones (and later, tablets) or be used remotely, communicating with their companion apps over WiFi and giving photography buffs the sort of large sensors, quality lenses, and high-performance optical zooms that are all too often unavailable on phones. For as powerful as both cameras sounded, they were kind of a hard sell, targeting neither the prosumer camera enthusiast nor the mobile hot-shot for whom traveling light and sparse is ...

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    Sony is quite famous lately for its Xperia line-up, and specially the Sony Xperia Z2 that we just reviewed. The company has done a marvelous job in improving on all the things we missed on the Z1 with this new smartphone, though not all is fun and games. The fact that you can't really buy this phone in the US unless you go for it unlocked is quite unfortunate, though Sony seems to be hard-at-work to change that. We've seen some leaked images lately that point to the Sony Xperia Z2 being launched in Verizon lately, though its hard to even call these leaks, as most of these have come ...

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    Ever since Sony posted a render of an Xperia Z2 with a Verizon Wireless logo, the hype has been intense for the device. While we still don't know if it's coming or not, images of the phone certainly have us thinking it's on the way. Today, we're getting a lot more information about the device, including the model number, codename, and release timeframe. The reason for the delay of the Verizon model compared to the regular GSM one is allegedly due to the fact that an LTE-Advanced model must make its way through testing, and then the Verizon certification process (something that is infamous ...

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    We're always hearing about some new trick to enhance camera sensor performance; sometimes it's a simple as larger pixels (to take a page from HTC's playbook), or better isolating pixels from each other, like with Samsung's ISOCELL tech. Now Sony's got a new sensor that's making waves, using a curved CMOS element to more naturally and effectively gather light. The problem with flat sensors like we have now is that not every point along their surface is equidistant from the lens – the center of the sensor is going to be slightly closer than the edges. As a result, we need larger lenses to ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z2a will most probably see the light of day next month in Taiwan, according to reports, but there is still no information on whether we'll see a wider, maybe even global roll-out of the device. When compared spec-to-spec with the flagship Xperia Z2, the Xperia Z2a has a lot in common with its bigger brother, but, at the same time, it's also different in some aspects. What the Xperia Z2a and the Z2 have in common are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, the 20.7MP camera with the Exmor RS sensor, and, of course, the water and ...

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    In terms of smartphone offerings, this year is shaping up to be one of the most impressive ever. Not only are manufacturers managing to pull together some of the most advanced specifications into a single device, they are also (finally) focusing on things like user experience, software optimization, and sheer performance. And to top it all off, some are giving design and hardware more attention than in past years. The end result is stellar smartphones, all of which run well, look gorgeous, and offer a horde of useful features. Don't get me wrong. While these phones are more well-rounded ...

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    For those of you that still sport a Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR or Tablet Z, we're sure you've been quite pleased with your ability to update these legacy devices to Android 4.4 KitKat. Sony has done a great job in keeping its phones up-to-date lately, though not everything has been fun and games. Users have flooded Sony Support forums claiming that there are serious battery draining issues, and apparently there is a fix coming. Sony has confirmed that it has detected the battery drain issues of the mentioned devices, and this problem has to do with Google Play Services. The ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z, despite being surpassed by the company's next two flagships, is still on the company's list to receive software updates. The T-Mobile version of the Sony Xperia Z smartphone is being updated to Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), with the OTA now rolling out to applicable users. The update occurs at a time when users of global Xperia Z owners already are basking in the glory of Android 4.4.2, KitKat, which only serves to show just how bad United States carriers are about getting timely updates out to consumers. Said global consumers had this particular update more than five months ...

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    Over the past couple weeks, we've heard about more than a few Androids rumored to be in the works for Verizon in the US, with @evleaks providing many of the details. He's already told us to expect the carrier to pick up Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet, and informed us that while other carriers would get the HTC One mini 2, Verizon would be renaming the handset to the HTC One Remix. We've even had a couple opportunities to check out One Remix imagery, but today not only brings us the highest quality Remix render to date, but brings along a shot of the Z2 Tablet with Verizon's branding to keep it ...

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    What is it about this time of year and us finally getting our hands on products that launched all the way back at the CES in January? Does the threat of the year's halfway point looming just over the horizon convince manufacturers to finally get their acts together and make these long-ago-announced products available for sale? We just saw AT&T reveal plans for the release of the ASUS PadFone X, and now it's Sony's turn to bring some CES-product goodness our way, as it starts US sales of its SmartBand wearable. Now, to Sony's credit, the SmartBand has already been available in other ...

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    Between iOS 8, Android 4.4.3, and the launch of new devices like Samsung's first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z, yesterday was a big one for smartphones. But amidst all the major news, there were a few smaller developments, and one of those concerned Sony teasing a seemingly new device, one that appeared to be quite thin and also quite large. Sony advised us that we should “stay tuned for the next big thing this season,” which had us thinking that it would still be some time before full details on this model would be revealed. Instead, the manufacturer is jumping right into it, and ...

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