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    The year is quickly coming to a close, and looking back, it's safe to say this has been the year of smartphone cameras. HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, LG, Sony, and several others have tried their hand at innovating the next breakthrough in camera technology, creating the perfect balance of mobility, pocketability, and image quality. Some, obviously, did better than others. HTC, for one, proved that while the image sensor on the One wasn't the best in the industry, it's meager 4-megapixel sensor packed a serious punch. LG managed to create one of the most balanced mobile cameras to date ...

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    On paper, the Nexus 5 is a stunner. It comes with the latest CPU combined with the newest version of Android, plus a big battery, a camera with OIS, a high-PPI display, and a fantastic price tag. And indeed, we've determined (along with the rest of the Nexus 5-buying population) that Google's latest Nexus is a fantastic piece of smartphone hardware and deserves serious consideration if you're looking to buy a new Android phone. As has been the case with all previous Nexus releases, I bought a Nexus 5 for personal use, hoping that it'd replace my iPhone 5S (which is already starting to feel ...

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    Take a look at the homescreen on your smartphone. I don't care who makes it or what OS its running, they all share this similarity. It's not just today's phones, tablet's suffer the same malady -- and they're not alone. Even from the days when our phones weren't "smart", they all had one thing in common -- one thing that we don't need, at least not all the time: status indicators. That's right, those icons that are across the top of almost every screen on your phone or tablet take up a dozen or so pixels in height that you can't use for anything else. Until recently I thought they were a ...

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    This is going to sound silly. But one of the biggest eyebrow raising announcements to come out of Nokia World today was the announcement that Vine and Instagram were releasing official apps for the Windows Phone platform.  Now, don't get me wrong. I don't really use either, and not just because I'm on Windows Phone. I share photos and video via Facebook or Twitter depending on the subject matter. I've never had a use for either. Vine and Instagram on Windows Phone is pretty huge. These are probably two of the top ten apps that are often cited as missing from Windows Phone by detractors ...

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    Rumors of curved and flexible displays have flooded the Internet for well over a year now. Samsung announced its flexible YOUM OLED displays at CES 2013. Concepts and word of such flexible smartphones reach back even further, like the Galaxy Skin concept from late 2011. It has long been understood that flexible displays would not initially bring flexible smartphones. Battery technology breakthroughs have introduced flexible cells. In smartphones, most other components, internally, are still quite rigid. That's not to say a flexible smartphone isn't possible. Nokia made a kinetic phone ...

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    One time I rented a car to go away for a long weekend and I was happy to see that it had Microsoft's Sync MyFord Touch in-car computer built in.  I thought, "Cool! This should work great with my Windows Phone since it's made by Microsoft!"  Wrong!  It turns out, Microsoft's in-car computer works best with the iPhone according to this compatibility chart (PDF).  You'll notice that only Windows Phone 7 devices are on that list.  Another list shows some Windows Phone 8 devices, but the number of features supported is paltry.  I was using a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8.  It paired with ...

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    Before the iPhone was born, everyone wanted an iPod. Back then you could carry around your entire music collection with you. Today, times have changed. MP3s have gotten larger and higher-quality, and individual songs are now easier to find and much easier to download.  Taken together, the size of our music libraries has increased significantly since the "good ol' days" of the original iPod. Luckily, iPods have improved as well, but now most of us use our smartphones to do that which our iPods used to. Interestingly, a good deal of smartphones still come with only 8GB or 16GB storage. The ...

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    I was given this assignment at the beginning of the week by my colleague Michael Fisher. And I was excited about it.  I totally get it. That would be awesome! My mind instantly started thinking of the possibilities. I thought of the YotaPhone. I thought of low power consumption. I thought of Netflix. All in one device! This is a killer idea. One device to rule them all Imagine hefting your Kindle Fire and firing up Netflix. You watch another episode of House of Cards. Kevin Spacey is killing it. Suddenly you get a notification that you're down to 20% battery life – you forgot to charge! ...

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    Android is often touted as the most flexible mobile platform available. The appearance of the UI is not only in the hands of the OEM that alters the source code, but also in the hands of the user, who can download launcher replacements, themes, widgets, and even flash custom builds of the software to their phone. Since November 2008, Android's official birth, the overall appearance of the platform has changed. It's been improved and unified in almost every way. Gone are the days of multiple, conflicting accent colors, cheesy 3D buttons, and the actual sliding app drawer, which was pulled ...

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    I have two kids. We'll call them Adam Jr. and Adam III. They fight. They fight a lot. As a parent, it is my job to break up these fights and love them unconditionally, even as I put them in time out and count the grey hairs. As mobile technology enthusiasts, dear readers, you also have two children. Let's call them Microsoft and Google. Microsoft and Google are going through a hard time right now. They're step-children whose parents got married and are now Microsoft is forced to live in Google's room. Neither of them like it. And they're fighting...constantly...and all you want to do is ...

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    We try to keep things on the level here folks. Despite what many claim, tech writers in general try to keep bias off the keyboard when writing. Sure we all have our favorite devices, and some devices we'd just as soon feed to an angry squirrel than use as a daily driver. That's because we're passionate about technology. You can't have passion without some amount of preference. But that preference is channeled into useful and constructive criticism and praise which makes us the phone ninjas you read every day. But every now and then, something comes across the feeds that throws off the ...

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    It was just over a year ago, that our fearless leader, Brandon Miniman kicked off what has become a grand tradition of short, gut-reaction editorials – TL;DR. Now, with the release of the new Nexus tablet, Mr. Miniman’s editorial has been thrown asunder, his hopes and dreams dashed against the unyielding stones of progress and consumerism. Ok, so it’s not that tragic, but still. A rear-facing camera, Google? Not cool. It’s bad enough every time you go to a kid’s recital you have to contend with the iPhones and Galaxies hovering just above forehead level, but now we’re going to ...

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    It ain't easy being Captain2Phones. Especially in the summer, pocket space is minimal, and sacrificing two of them for mobile devices leads to a tough key-and-wallet-juggling act ... and no small amount of discomfort if a phone decides to run hot. Even if you're not dual-wielding mobiles like some modern-day gunslinger, you're still probably devoting an entire pants pocket to your smartphone on account of its constantly ballooning proportions. Despite all our advancements, it's pretty inconvenient to carry your smartphone in your pocket now. (See what I did there?) It's times like these I ...

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    While it may not be the most wildly rumored smartphone ever (I'm sure one of the iPhones owns that title), the mystery phone of Motorola's big return has generated a substantial amount of hype. As per usual, when piecing together a few pieces of a rather large puzzle, some of the predictions and rumors have … missed the mark. Rumors of the X Phone (or XFON) began towards the end of 2012, followed by video of a mysterious Motorola-branded handset with no volume rocker. And ever since, it's been a roller coaster of different, conflicting information alluding to some spectacular, ...

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    The other day, I was using Windows Phone's “Baby-Siri” to text a friend of mine after a frustrating experience. “Nevermind”, I said “Turns out the guy is a &^!^^@&”, only I didn't say “&^!^^@&” I said...well, this is a family friendly site. But it sort of drove me nuts. I wasn't just angry, I was …...&^!^^@&.....gar! Now, I don't want to get off on a rant here, but listen up, phone. Stop &^!^^@& bleeping my &^!^^@& texts. If that &^!^^@& is coming out of of my &^!^^@& mouth, it better &^!^^@& go onto my ...

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