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    The All New HTC One won't grace us with its presence until the end of the month, and at this point we're beginning to wonder if HTC will have anything left to reveal at the announcement. From a sales guide to promotional materials to yet another undercover hands-on video, the leaks surrounding one of the year's most anticipated Android handsets refuse to let up – and we're here to talk about them in our latest pre-#ANHO podcast! Before that, of course, we've got the usual news of the week, including a duo of Samsung tablet reviews, rampant speculation about a brick-and-mortar Google ...

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    Even at launch, there was nothing humble about the HTC HD2. With the largest screen ever grafted onto a smartphone, the first-of-its-kind Qualcomm Scorpion SoC, and the heaviest skin ever crafted for a Windows Mobile device (here called "HTC Sense" for the first time), the HD2 was a behemoth – the biggest spec beast ever devised. It married the touch-and-go simplicity of the iPhone with the power of WinMo 6 to produce the best Microsoft-powered smartphone anyone could ask for ... and back in 2009, there was no shortage of asking, with the device selling out repeatedly over its initial ...

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    Update: Our full Throwback Review of the HD2 is now available here! Update 2: Looking for something a little more modern? Check out our full review of HTC's latest flagship, the HTC One M8, here! We're real suckers for nostalgia at Pocketnow, as those who caught this week's HTC Mogul throwback are already aware. As we approach the release of the company's All New HTC One, we thought we'd continue mining the history of HTC for context - and it just so happens that one of the firm's most significant achievements is also one of the most-requested devices for a Pocketnow Throwback. This ...

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    The summer of 2007. In the United States, Rihanna, Avril Lavigne, and Fall Out Boy topped the pop charts; the final installment in the Harry Potter series became the fastest-selling book in history; and the films Oceans 13 and Live Free or Die Hard proved there was still money to be made in Hollywood sequels. Meanwhile in quaint Norfolk Virginia, I was preparing to leave my job at wireless carrier Sprint Nextel, and as such, I was in the market for the biggest, beefiest smartphone I could buy to see me through the next two years. In 2007, that slab of smartphone hot sauce was the HTC ...

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    As we prepare to say goodbye to the "Google-ified" Motorola we'd only just gotten to know, it bears remembering that the brand hasn't been issued a death warrant. Motorola under Lenovo may well flourish, after all, so it's premature to start planning the funeral. Still, two ownership changes in two years is a lot for any company, and from the inevitable brain drain of personnel losses to the unpredictable nature of marketing machinations, the future of the Motorola brand is anything but certain. So we thought it'd be nice, at this crossroads in Motorola's history, to take a look back at ...

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    Nexus has been a big name in the news again recently, but not for the reasons you might think. Sure, there's the small matter of all those red Nexus 5 rumors alongside whispers of a device some are calling the Nexus 8. And then there's the impending Nexus-themed giveaway we're about to drop on the world - the one so secret we're not even linking to it yet (this little sneak preview is your reward for clicking on this story; you're welcome). Rather, the principal reason the Nexus name has made a return to the front page is a tweet from noted leaker Eldar Murtazin, who dropped this ...

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    Isn't it amazing how one single product can either dent or shape an industry? A couple of decades ago nobody conceived of the idea of having a computer at home until Apple and Microsoft focused on giving us what we still didn't know we needed. The same could be said about Personal Digital Assistants, that took years to become popular, until Palm figured-out the right formula for success. Digital music struggled for years until Apple gave us the iPod, and before 2007, smartphones were a niche for business people. Love it or hate it, the iPhone has changed the way we see smartphones in a ...

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    The mobile space is full of profound juxtapositions this week as Apple can't make enough iPhones to meet demand, while BlackBerry can't keep its head above water long enough to sell existing stock. Meanwhile, Microsoft announces its second round of Surface products, while soon to be-acquired hardware maker Nokia (allegedly) prepares its own Windows tablet - and the horrible marriage of smartphone maker HTC and audio baron Beats finally, mercifully, dissolves. That's the big news for the week ending September 27, 2013, and all of it -plus iOS 7 literally making people sick- awaits you in ...

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    With such under-powered specifications, some might think the G1 has no use by today's standards, other than as a nostalgic reminder of yesteryear. Fortunately, Android is more resilient than that. Here are some things that you can -- and can't -- do with your old HTC Dream -- evidence that Android fragmentation doesn't really matter. The HTC Dream, also sold by T-Mobile as the T-Mobile G1, was made available in the United States on October 22, 2008, but sales were limited to areas in which 3G data was available. T-Mobile lifted that restriction and made it generally available on January ...

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    Nobody likes a cheapskate. It's why we have fun derogatory labels like "tightwad" and "skinflint" for those friends of ours who insist on dividing the bar bill by how many mozzarella sticks they actually consumed, rather than by the cost of the plate. Whatever other merits they might have, penny-pinchers just aren't fun to have around. That's no less true in the case of huge multinational corporations than with people. But where a cheap social friend is pretty easy to jettison when he gets annoying, it's a little harder to make up for the shortfalls of dealing with a cheap company. ...

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    The HTC Dream, also known as the T-Mobile G1, spearheaded Google's push into the smartphone space. It was the first commercially-available Android device, and there's no disputing that it changed the entire landscape of mobile communication. But it didn't always seem destined for success, especially considering its mushy keyboard, smallish screen, and that big honking chin. Like many trailblazing products, the G1 could have gone either way - and now it's time to examine just what drove it down the path to success. Also, for the first time ever on Pocketnow, we'll be doing that with the ...

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    Earlier this month, we brought you a sentimental look back at the little platform that couldn't with our Palm Pre unboxing. This week, the Pocketnow Throwback series continues with another pivotal device from smartphone history: the HTC Dream/HTC G1. This unique side-sliding QWERTY communicator was the first commercially-available device to run the then-new Android platform in the fall of 2008, and beneath its robust and utilitarian exterior lay hints of the greatness that was to come. We'll get into that in our full Throwback Review video, coming shortly. For now, tune in as we unbox what ...

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    Sometimes you get listener mail that asks how the band got together in the first place. Sometimes that happens the day after you drop some nostalgic sentimentalism all over the internet. Sometimes, simultaneously, there are some sweet, juicy rumors and leaks about a top-of-the-line camera phone with what looks like a moon crater on it. Sometimes you gotta put all that into a podcast with the original cadre of Pocketnow 'casters, and see what comes out. All that, plus the longest outtake reel in the history of Pocketnow, more Nokia EOS rumors than you can shake a stick at, the first-ever ...

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    It's been four years to the day that Palm's would-be savior platform, webOS, launched to much hoopla with the original Pre. And though the days since have been dark ones indeed for the all-but-dead platform, we thought it would be nice to indulge our nostalgia on this, the anniversary day of "20090606," with a Palm Pre unboxing. Fortunately, our own Michael Fisher happened to have a like-new Palm Pre box, an artifact from a launch-day excursion to his local Sprint store all those years ago. And while the Pre within might charitably be called "well-loved" in terms of its physical condition, ...

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    North America, Summer 2006: Talladega Nights is at the top of the box office; Nickelback and Hinder battle it out for butt-rock band of the year; and an acting student named Michael Fisher grows a pretty sweet mustache in an otherwise-sedate corner of Southeastern Virginia. But more importantly, a hotly anticipated and long-delayed mobile phone finally lands on Verizon Wireless retail shelves. It's a device poised to challenge RIM’s BlackBerry family in the QWERTY keyboard arena. A new Windows Mobile smartphone unlike any other. That device’s name: the Motorola Q. The Q changed the ...

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