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    Usually, when a mobile device sale is made at a retailer, the device being bought has been officially announced. That's fairly common sense, you'd think, but it seems that around two months ago something oddly different happened. Samsung's Galaxy Tab S line of tablets has only come to Verizon Wireless in its 10.5-inch form factor, but eyebrows have been raised following a Verizon Galaxy Tab S 8.4 sale at a Verizon authorized retailer. What's particularly weird is that the tablet in question actually passed through the FCC last year, but it was never officially announced. AT&T carries ...

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    One of the best phones of 2014 flew under the radar a bit in the US, and that's Sony's Xperia Z3v. But Verizon hasn't quite forgotten about it since allowing the phone on its network, and it's keeping it fresh with improvements, having just issued today a Sony Xperia Z3v update bringing bug fixes and more. There's nothing too major about the update – it's essentially a lot of miscellaneous fixes thrown together into one update package – but we do recommend that you grab it as soon as possible to fix some of the nasty bugs highlighted in the full changelog below. The update should be ...

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    Where the heck is the Lumia 735? Ever since it launched back in September, we've been anticipating Microsoft's plans to make the phone available to shoppers in the US. FCC documentation sure seemed to support the idea of the 735 coming to Verizon, a theory backed up by separate rumors. As of a few weeks ago, the 735 found itself on a holding pattern on Microsoft's website, listed alongside other Lumia models and showing off its various color options, but with the note “available soon” in place of a price or any hard ETA. That was fine, and we were content to wait patiently for more ...

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    That HTC Hima, with some slightly-more-detailed specs that just leaked, sure is sounding like the HTC smartphone to beat early next year. And while it may have the flagship space locked-down, there's plenty of room in the manufacturer's lineup for some new mid-rangers to help add some flesh blood to the Desire family. We may have an early look at how one such model will come together, as a new rumor attempts to describe HTC's model A12. In contrast to the full-HD, Snapdragon-810-powered Hima, the A12 would arrive with a 4.7-inch HD screen (so, 720p, we assume) and with a Snapdragon 410 at ...

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    A couple days earlier this week, Samsung got US sales rolling for arguably the most compelling Galaxy Note 4 accessory you'll find, the immersive Gear VR headset. Pop your Note 4 in the front, strap the Gear VR on, and you're all ready to start experiencing virtual worlds. Well, at least you would be, if your Note 4 supported the Gear VR. Even though the accessory is explicitly designed to work with the phablet, there's one important stipulation you may have overlooked: the Note 4 needs its latest software to connect with the Gear VR, and as Samsung alluded to in its statement accompanying ...

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    It may or may not be Lollipop, but who's to complain about a brand-new update for the DROID Turbo? Today, soak testers part of the Motorola Feedback Network are reporting to Droid Life that they've received word of an upcoming soak test, which likely is either Android 5.0 (Lollipop), HD Voice/VoLTE/Advanced Calling 1.0, or both. Motorola made the Lollipop update available for versions of he Moto X smartphone just a ew short weeks or days ago depending on your carrier, so it's safe to assume that the same goodies could be crossing the pond to its elder sibling the Turbo. In any case, ...

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    When Motorola's Droid Turbo launched about a month ago, it instantly attracted comparisons to the Motorola-made Nexus 6. Really, with its 5.2-inch quad HD screen, its 3GB of RAM, and its Snapdragon 805 SoC, it's more like a cross between the Nexus 6 and this year's Moto X. That already has the Droid Turbo feeling a lot more substantial than last year's Droid lineup on Verizon, but could even better things be just around the corner? A new rumor claims that Motorola has been developing some new Droid hardware that sounds a lot like a upgrade over the Nexus 6 itself. Stemming from what are ...

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    Carriers continue to raise the stakes as they jostle for our mobile dollar, all trying to make themselves look like the most attractive option around. This desire is what fuels things like device exclusivity, as well as drives some of the very assertive ways they've gone after each other's users. Recently, that's taken the form of offers to pay-off your early termination fees when switching carriers, but that may be only the tip of the iceberg. Now Sprint's got a new promotion that seeks to not only pay your ETF when jumping ship from some of its competition, but also cut your bill in half ...

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    It's not often we hear of updates for 2013 phones these days, with 2015 (and with it, CES) just a month away at this point. That also means that when these updates do come around, they're bound to be important, and for some people this Verizon Galaxy S4 OTA update will be very well received. So what's this update about? Well, according to Verizon, it's to fix an "intermittent power cycle issue". That's fancy talk for "the phone kept crashing, so we decided that we had to update it before we got more angry phone calls." Additionally, a VPN connectivity issue has been squashed. All in all, a ...

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    In many ways, smartphones give us more control over our lives than ever before, instantly connecting us to information that lets us make informed decisions, makes sure we have the latest news, and keeps us in touch with anyone not living in the stone age. And while that's all true most of the time, there's a sinister side that has us giving up some of the control over the software that runs on our phones themselves, and all too often we find carriers behind these manipulations. You may know it simply as “bloat,” the software that you never asked for, that nonetheless finds itself ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    It's that time of year again: bargain-hunters bundle up for a long night out in the cold, armed with a vacuum flask full of coffee and a checklist of the stores they'll be hitting. Retail employees let out a resigned sigh as they prepare to begin a single shift that starts somewhere around Wednesday afternoon and lasts through Saturday morning. And if you're anything like us, you're staying warm at home, probably watching way too much Netflix, and hoping to snag a few good deals online. That's right – it's Black Friday time. What used to be a single day of retail hedonism has mutated ...

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    Motorola loves giving its smartphone users a bevy of customizable looks for their phones, whether we're talking about the Moto X and its fantastic array of colors and materials to choose from, or the numerous alternate rear shells available for the Moto G. But not every Motorola handset is nearly so lucky, and one of our favorite recent devices, the Droid Turbo, comes up seriously short with the aesthetic variety it offers shoppers. We're still nowhere near the number of options you'll find with other Moto models, but this week the Droid Turbo picks up a new color variant, coming to Best ...

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    A couple weeks back, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update explosion began, with both OEMs and Google beginning to make the new software for their own phones (or for their Nexus models) available. Motorola even beat Google with confirmation of updates for the new Moto G and Moto X, but not without a major limitation: that 2014 Moto X Lollipop update was only for the unlocked Pure Edition, meaning that if you picked the phone up through a carrier you were out of luck. Well, “temporarily inconvenienced” might be more like it, but now even that “temporary” bit flies out the window, with ...

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    If you're on Verizon, you're familiar with the company's premium pricing structure. That's been a fact of the company for a while now, and it isn't about to change for the better anytime soon (if you want that reliable network, you have to pay). In fact, with some Verizon contract changes today, it's getting worse, as the carrier is introducing changes to its Early Termination Fee policy. Previously, for each successfully completed month of service, your $350 ETF would decrease by $10 until your 24-month period ended and you were entirely off the hook. Now, if you sign a two-year ...

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    On paper, Motorola's latest DROID carries on the brand's storied legacy in spectacular fashion. A tablet-sized battery mated to a searing hot processor and a super-sharp display, with the whole thing wrapped in a splashproof casing of metallized glass (or better yet, ballistic nylon). "This is what the Moto X should have been!" cried the commenters on our initial hands-on several weeks back. Well, maybe not. While the DROID Turbo did quite well against the second-generation Moto X in last month's face-off, another twelve days of testing ultimately demonstrated why the X is the ...

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    Just over a month ago we saw Google deliver one of the more eagerly awaited improvements to the service, doing a massive overhaul to how Voice handled MMS and brought such picture-messaging support to the vast majority of carriers in the US and Canada. Any way you looked at it, it was good news, but even this big step didn't bring us all the way to where some users might hope we'd be, with a few notable carrier holdouts and a link-based MMS workaround that was a little less than ideal. Today, Google helps wrap up those loose ends, announcing further MMS progress. Last time we mentioned ...

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    This year's Moto X takes all the customization options we loved from last year's model and only improves upon them, adding tantalizing new choices like leather backs to the mix. As you may have seen in our review (or just listening to us gush about the phone on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast), we found ourselves big fans of that Horween leather option, a world of improvement over the fake leather texture offered by handsets like some of Samsung's models. Today we learn of a new leather selection being added to the Moto Maker, with the debut of the Moto X in football leather. Horween's the ...

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    Remember the selfie phone from Microsoft's #morelumia IFA event in Berlin? Yeah, the Lumia 735. The selfie phone extraordinaire, if some FCC docs and recent leaks are to be believed, is on its way stateside to arrive on the doorsteps of Verizon Wireless. The Verizon Nokia Lumia 735 may be a ways off, though. Today the Lumia 735 has passed through the FCC's regulatory approval process with Verizon-friendly LTE and 3G bands, opening up the door for availability through the carrier before the year's end. However, Windows Central weighs in with its oft-reliable sources and squashes that ...

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    Just as happened last year, Motorola has two great phones available now on Verizon Wireless. The newly-announced DROID Turbo and Moto X both have their ups and downs, but which is the better overall pick for you to spend your hard-earned dollars on? Our DROID Turbo vs Moto X 2014 comparison video, embedded down below, will help you make the decision. On paper, there's a pretty vast difference here – the camera's megapixel count on the DROID Turbo smokes that of the Moto X, the Turbo's processor is considerably more powerful, its display is superior as far as pixel density is concerned, ...

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    Motorola has never been known for its terrific camera performance. I've always appreciated the company's other specialties: its robust hardware, its aggressive styling, and (recently) its innovative software ... but from my first-ever Motorola smartphone to my current daily driver the Moto X, the camera's never made the list of favorites. I've never seen a great photo opportunity and said "Quick! Bring my Motorola phone!" There's always been a smartphone with a better camera, if not nearby then at least on my mind. That's a situation Motorola looks to change with the DROID Turbo camera, a ...

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    Based on how 2014 is stacking up, I think it's safe to say this year will be remembered as the year of the phablet. We saw Apple's mammoth iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung released its Note 4, Google is set to begin taking pre-orders for the Nexus 6, and others like OnePlus and ZTE even threw their hats in the ring. Now Motorola has thrown another big phone into the race, and it's being called the DROID Turbo. Interestingly enough, it looks like it's pretty much a Nexus 6 for Verizon with a cool carbon fiber back. How do the two compare, and which one should you get? Specs Let's take a look at ...

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    We're running out of synonyms for "powerful," "rugged," and "beastly" around these parts, so to kick off this photo tour we'll just say that the Motorola DROID Turbo is an absolute monster of a smartphone. Verizon's flashy new exclusive bears all the smarts of the impressive Moto X, mated to the screaming specs of an absolutely top-of-the-line handheld. From the Snapdragon 805 to the 3900 mAh battery, this ain't your average Verizon variant. Of all the ways the DROID Turbo advertises its take-me-seriously dominance, the most apparent is its fit and finish.  The Turbo is available (in ...

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    What do you get when you cross a little bit of Moto X with a dash of Nexus 6 and a heaping helping of macho branding? You get the new DROID Turbo from Motorola, a Verizon-exclusive flagship smartphone built to put the "-roid" back in "Droid." At today's Verizon event in New York City, we got to interact with not just the Droid Turbo itself, but check out the complete retail packaging as the phone will arrive in when sales begin this coming Thursday. It looks just like we saw in those leaked pics, but there's nothing quite like getting your hands on the real thing yourself. Notably, this ...

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    With all the leaks we'd seen over the months leading up to today's Droid Turbo launch event, much of the phone's high-end hardware had already been spoiled for us, but when those specs include features like a big 21MP camera and beefy 3900mAh battery, we suppose we don't mind a few early peeks. Today, with Verizon and Motorola formally announcing the phone, the rest of the handset's hardware has finally been confirmed, and they're of similar top-tier quality, from the very capable 3GB of RAM to the sizable 64GB storage option. Let's take a moment to go over the full set of Droid Turbo ...

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