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    How durable is your phone? Or better yet, how confident are you in your phone's ability to survive daily lifestyle abuse? Do you use your phone "naked", or is a case a mandatory accessory when leaving the house? We're seeing some progress with manufacturers advertising more durable build quality for consumer facing devices. No longer just the ultra-tough construction site gadgets, many flagship phones now champion improved drop protection or enhanced water resistance. We currently have the Galaxy S7 Active in house to review, and that's a perfect time to revisit the topic of "ruggedness". ...

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    We’re a year into a tech transition. Cables and ports are a big deal. Regardless if you use Android, Windows, or iOS on your phone, you likely have some gadget or accessory with a Micro USB port. Micro USB has become a phenomenally well represented standard, but to move into a new era of devices and services, even a port this ubiquitous eventually needs to evolve. The new standard is USB Type C, and it’s already arrived on a handful of devices. Current Nexus phones, HTC 10, LG G5, OnePlus, and the Lumia 950 all sport this new symmetrical port. So what does USB Type C do? How is it ...

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    Audio is a mission critical feature for many smartphone consumers. Listening to music, podcasts, movie and game audio, or simply taking phone calls, good audio hardware can make a huge difference in how you might enjoy those various audio activities. While we're looking to cover the audio hardware in our phones with more in depth testing, it's also important to look at what audio devices you're connecting to your phone. Picking a good pair of ear buds can be almost as important as selecting which phone will drive those ear buds. Headphones are an incredibly personal purchase. What one ...

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    "We live in an age where the only camera a person might own is the one bolted to the back of their phone." That phrase is one you're likely to hear from us more often. We're stepping up how we review smartphone cameras. If you caught our Real Camera Review of the Asus ZenFone Zoom, you'll see we want to produce video reviews similar to how we might review a standalone camera. Determining whether a camera is "good" is more involved than just counting how many megapixels the sensor has. Smartphones are increasingly providing users tools to control aspects like exposure, saturation, ISO, and ...

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    The Galaxy Note Edge screen is a 160-pixel-wide strip of pure potential – assuming you know how to use it. Given Samsung's typically robust software build and the sheer audacity of bolting such a novel addition onto an already feature-packed smartphone, we thought new Galaxy Note Edge owners might appreciate a little tutorial to kickstart their journey into bent-screen bliss. So we cooked up the below video to help you get acquainted with the raddest secondary display since the Motorola i930. From the quick-draw convenience of Quick Tools to the patronizing pleading of S Health, we've ...

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    About this time last year, we shot a video called How To Take Great Photos with the Samsung Galaxy S III. It's very much an artifact of yesteryear, with a fifty-second intro, hazy interlacing, and one the worst haircuts in my personal history, but people seemed to enjoy it. So much so that when the Galaxy S III's successor dropped just a few weeks back, we followed up our full review with a similar tutorial on its 13-MP camera titled Galaxy S 4 Camera: Everything You Need To Know. The comments on the latter video convinced us that, even though we're now quite a few weeks past its review ...

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    "This barbecue grill has seventy bazillion BTUs; you better learn to work it." "This car engine has forty-two million horsepower. You better learn to park it." "Your smartphone camera has 13 megapixels and a hundred features and settings; you better learn to use it." Those first two examples may have some figures skewed, but the third sentence applies almost perfectly to the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S 4. It's not the first 13MP smartphone shooter we've come across, but it's definitely the one that offers the most features. Without knowing how to use it, though, it's just another hunk ...

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    After almost a solid year of keeping its customers waiting, it looks like Samsung is finally gearing up for a North American release of the wireless charging product it promised way back at the Galaxy S III announcement. That's a good thing, and we're eagerly awaiting some hands-on time with the official inductive-charging pad ... but we're not exactly the patient sort. Fortunately, the popularity of the Galaxy S III, combined with an abundance of old Palm charging accessories, means a wide array of mods are available that allow users to bring inductive charging to their Samsung ...

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    You've seen us showing off Android 4.1 our our phones, but how did we do it? And how can you get Jelly Bean on your phone? Hit play and we'll show you! Prerequisites First off, this tutorial is specific to the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus, though similar instructions will apply for flashing the Jelly Bean image (but not the radio) onto the Verizon and Sprint versions of the phone. Also, if you haven't rooted your phone already you may want to hold off for the official OTA update, which shouldn't be very long (probably mid-July or early August). For the rest of you, you'll want to have ...

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