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    Over the years, many Galaxy Note owners have told me a similar story about Samsung's S Pen. They say it's one of those accessories that gets used a lot in the first week, and then seldom ever again. Despite the fact that the S Pen is one of the crucial differentiators that makes a Note a Note, I understood completely. During my time with the Note II as a kind of "extended daily driver," I felt much the same: the S Pen was an occasional novelty and little more. As I made clear in Pocketnow's full review of the Galaxy Note 4, I'd still like to see more streamlining, simplicity, and ...

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    I've always been the most technologically advanced guy in my family, and even in my group of friends. I've generally got the latest generation smartphone and tablet. I wear a Bluetooth headset for listening to music and making phone calls. I own several smartwatches (even before the LG G Watch and Pebble came on scene). My house, car, and office are peppered with NFC tags. Now we're starting to see what I consider to be a disturbing trend: body-modding for tech. Not long ago we saw a tattoo artist who embedded four high-power magnets into his wrist so he could keep his iPod Nano at the ...

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    The stylus has had a pretty traumatic life. It was a necessary tool back in the beginning of the smartphone and PDA era, as mobile operating systems weren't designed with stubby fingertips in mind. Rather, buttons, soft keyboards, and entire UIs were fixated beneath resistive touch screens, which didn't discriminate between a user's fleshy digits or retractable pen tips. Quite literally, you could use just about any ol' object as a stylus, so long as it was strong enough to squeeze the protective plastic coating and digitizer together. The finer the point, the better. The stylus all but ...

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    Even though Apple single-handedly killed the stylus with the launch of its first-generation iPhone in 2007, that doesn't mean that the world is better without it. Surely you shouldn't need a stylus to interact with your device in basic things, that doesn't mean that using your finger for handwriting is practical. We've seen the success of the Galaxy Note line-up at least in smartphones, and once again, we hear that Apple continues trying to re-imagine the stylus. Apple seems to envision its future stylus as more of an ad-on, and not necessarily a core component of the experience. This ...

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    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    I've been playing with a lot of Samsung devices recently. That should come as no surprise, given the sheer volume of smartphones and tablets on the market bearing the brand of the world's leading handset manufacturer. The company is, if nothing else, prolific. But the abundance of Samsung hardware across the landscape makes it more impressive that some of the company's products still manage to stand out. I'm not referring to the new Galaxy Tab 3 devices we recently unboxed (check for reviews next week on each of those), but rather to a sub-brand that transitioned from punchline to paragon ...

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    Two tablets walk into a bar. One of them bears an impossibly long and convoluted name despite its slim dimensions, and the other packs quite a bit of girth alongside its useful S Pen stylus. With an $80 gulf between them, the question facing the patrons of this imaginary, tablet-serving watering hole isn't an easy one. That question is this: which one do I try to take home with me? For the answer, check out our most numerically intense comparison ever, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 vs Galaxy Note 8.0 (or "battle of the Samsung slabs," if you've never been one for numbers). We stack the Tab 3 against ...

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    Did we actually get to see Sony's rumored Togari phablet earlier today? The jury's still out on the legitimacy of that find (not to mention there's nothing but the device's size that makes us wonder if it's indeed Togari), but separate from all that, an additional rumor about the phablet's capabilities has come to our attention, and it's just a bit unusual. Supposedly, the 6.4-inch Togari screen will accept stylus input... from any pointing device. The description almost makes it sound like the resistive touchscreens of days past, where you could use a chopstick, fingernail, pen with the ...

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    An open letter to OEM's: Dear HTC, LG, Huawei, Apple, Nokia, et. al. We the mobile consumer wish to address a concern that we have, and indeed have had for some time. This concern has burrowed its way into mobile society and lies content it its satisfaction that it cannot be overcome. This concern is a clumsiness built into most mobile devices of today. My friends, I am referring to the abandonment of precision. The Stylus. The stylus's absence can be felt with every Draw Something sketch, with every cursor drag, with every photo that goes un-retouched. The human finger is just too big and ...

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    The big problem with Android on full-scale tablets, as we've pointed out time and time again, is that there's no significant Android app ecosystem at that screen size. Google Play apps written for smartphones automatically scale up and work well enough, sure, but it's certainly not an ideal experience at anything over 7 inches - a fact Apple harped on during its iPad mini launch event. That's an old conversation, and we along with others have spent the better part of a year speculating on possible solutions to this problem. Of course, the short answer is "Android devs need to code more ...

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    One man returns from a mission to Canada, and is greeted by friends. Friends with questions, observations, and inflammatory declarations about the future of a very special smartphone. A smartphone called BlackBerry. Yes, it's a special edition of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, covering all the ups, downs, and all-arounds of the new Research in Motion BlackBerry smartphone platform, BlackBerry 10, as well as the sleek black slab of potential it's riding on, the Z10. Join us as we welcome an old friend back into the smartphone space by discussing things like Peeking, Balance, Hub, and even ...

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    With the Galaxy Note II, Samsung has already achieved a sort of double-surprise success. The manufacturer has not only forced an Android-based smartphone/tablet hybrid into mainstream popularity; it's done it for the second time in two years. And this time around, it's not just featured on one national US carrier, but all four - and it's available in 128 countries at the time of this writing. How Samsung achieved this level of success with such an unusual product is no puzzle if you've read our full Galaxy Note II review. The device scored higher than almost any other smartphone we've ...

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    This holiday season is shaping up to be absolutely insane in the mobile technology space, with new products landing almost more quickly than we can cover them. The pace of announcement and release shows no sign of slowing, but if you're an OEM, one of the nice things about launching a truly impressive beast of a device is that it stays in the headlines a while. Such is the case with the Galaxy Note II, a device we featured rather heavily in the weeks leading up to and following its release, crowned by the longest review I've ever written. It's one of the year's most significant devices, ...

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    "Once we get a slow news week, we're gonna talk about this in-depth." That's been the go-to fallback phrase for the Pocketnow Weekly for the past few weeks, and as the holiday shopping season approaches, we doubt that's going to change anytime soon. On this installment of the densest podcast in mobile tech, we talk about the LG Optimus G and the Nexus 4, HTC's new Butterfly J, Apple's forthcoming iPad Mini, and the Microsoft Surface pre-orders and pricing. Plus, Brandon Miniman continues last week's riffing regarding pen-based input methods, and special guest Joe Levi the Android Guy, ...

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