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    In addition to the modern connotations ranging from "intelligent" to "geeky," the word smart used to be synonymous with "classy," "elegant," and "timeless" – witness the enduring term "smart casual" for sharp-looking business attire. But today, the term "smart watch" conjures images of early adopters at best and technology nerds at worst. That's how Huawei sees it, anyway, and its first Android Wear device looks to turn back the clock on "smart," restoring the word –and the category– to a more dignified status. Does the Huawei Watch have what it takes to de-geekify Android ...

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    Update: That Huawei Watch gave us the jeebies all through the program. Well, glad that's all uploaded. One of the nice things about the current monoform world of slab smartphones is that there are very few moving parts to break. Until, that is, you decide to defy common sense and stick your brand new Galaxy Note 5's S Pen into its silo backwards. That's when life stops getting funny ... and starts getting real. Join us for a debate on whether this is an example of terminal user stupidity or inexcusable design flaw, and then stick around for all the news of the week in mobile technology, ...

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    Our recent trip to Beijing gave us some quality time with the Oppo R7 that was closer to a launch at the time, but for most of us, the biggest news were really about its larger sibling, the Oppo R7 Plus that just arrived for review. This is not the average "Plus" version of a smaller phone where all you're really getting is a larger phone. Oppo has given the R7 Plus a couple of extra features that make this device truly superior to the smaller phone we already reviewed. To provide some context, keep in mind that even though the Oppo R lineup is considered a premium mid-ranger by many, ...

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    Update: And the audio-only cut is live at the download link below. Sorry for the audio quality on this one, folks; we'll all be happy when Jules is back on the producer board! "I am preparing to toast a marshmelon." That's a line from the greatest Star Trek movie of all time, and it's also something we hope to avoid when the official review period for the latest version of Android kicks off. Until then, we'll have to content ourselves with discussing Android Marshmallow's funny new name, followed by all the other mobile tech-talk of the week. And if you watch the live edition of ...

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    Samsung turned a lot of heads with the unveiling of its new Galaxy Note 5 last week, but it also stirred up some discontent. For all the style it brings to the lineup, the newest Note also omits a few features the line has carried since its inception, chief among them a removable battery and MicroSD card slot. These changes have alienated a vocal portion of the fanbase that initially catapulted the Note to popularity, and reignited a debate about what it means to be a "phablet." This week, rival smartphone maker LG capitalized on some of the controversy, trying to entice fans away from ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note is the original phone-tablet hybrid. Each year we get an updated one, and each year we compare the new model with its immediate predecessor to see what’s changed. This year, those changes run to the very core of what it means to be a Note. Join us for our latest comparison, as we dissect the differences between the Galaxy Note 5 and its Note 4 forerunner! Galaxy Note 5 vs Galaxy Note 4   Hardware The changes here are most pronounced in hardware, and many of them are upgrades. The imitation leather back cover has given way to curved glass, last year’s ...

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    To call it controversial would be an understatement. The Galaxy Note 5 is gorgeous, taking from the design of the Galaxy S6, and expanding upon it with a curved back for improved ergonomics, and of course Samsung’s S Pen stylus. The 5.7” QHD AMOLED display is among the best we’ve ever used, and the bump up to 4 GB of RAM on top of already unprecedented specs make the Note 5 one of the most powerful and attractive handsets currently on the market. But this time around, there’s no longer support for microSD expansion or a removable battery, two things that until now have been ...

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    If you're one of the many users who enjoy the size and power of the Galaxy Note series, but don't care one way or the other for the S Pen that comes with it, Samsung thinks it may have just the answer you're looking for. When the company unveiled the Galaxy S6 edge back in April, we were captivated by its dual edge display, but is this new phablet just a blown up version of the same phone we've had for months? Well, that's what we intend to find out, as we begin our coverage of the Galaxy S6 edge+, alongside the Galaxy Note 5 unveiled at the same Unpacked event last week. Will the S6 ...

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    Since this past Thursday, Samsung has been the discussion centerpiece of the mobile tech world. At its Unpacked event in New York, we saw some elegant hardware within the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. Some say they might be too elegant to serve power users and too reliant on the Galaxy S6's and Galaxy S6 Edge's design languages. As you consider your buying options from the place you're buying from this upcoming fall, should this phablet deserve a place on your list? Well, consider this our official kickoff of the Pocketnow review period for the Note 5 as we see whether or not it ...

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    It's a fantastic time to buy a Galaxy S6. Here in the States, the price has just been slashed by about a hundred bucks at some retailers, and it’s probably got the best camera you can find on an Android smartphone. Add in the excellent display and formidable feature set, and you’re looking at a handheld that finally fulfills its promise of being “the Next Big Thing.” But Samsung’s been trotting out that old line for three years now, and it’s not selling phones like it used to. Maybe what people want more than a phone with the best of everything is a phone that does much ...

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    So remember yesterday when I unboxed the OnePlus 2 and removed the free included screen protector, thinking it was part of the packaging? Yeah, I’m kind of a n00b when it comes to OnePlus phones. But judging from the comments, so are many of you – and that’s awesome, because it means we can all learn something together. Join me as I answer five of your most-asked questions in our 24-hour OnePlus 2 roundup! 24 hours with the OnePlus 2   How do dual SIMs work? The first question we’re hitting is the one that was asked the most often in the unboxing comments: how does dual-SIM ...

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      Whether it’s truly the next “flagship killer” remains to be seen, but the sequel to the blockbuster OnePlus One brings a solid set of standouts at a stunning price point. This smartphone costs less than $400 full retail, and it brings a feature set and build quality that rivals devices costing hundreds of dollars more. Here’s what comes in the box with the OnePlus 2.   OnePlus 2 Unboxing   OnePlus didn’t exactly innovate on the unboxing experience here … but, importantly, neither did it skimp. The box exterior is finished in a soft-touch coating that makes it feel quite ...

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    Update (8 Aug, 2:00pm Eastern): "Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait." - Charles Dickens The latter ain't the case this week. Enjoy. Sometimes the news comes not in a solid column from a single direction, but as a scattershot shower-spray from every corner of the space. Today's podcast reflects just such a week in mobile technology, with tech news as far-flung and varied as the menu items on an appetizer mixer from Applebee's. All that (plus a larger-than-normal helping of your listener mail) is waiting for your ears on episode 160 of your favorite tech podcast: the Pocketnow ...

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    There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 4,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail store, waiting to make a purchase. They need the facts delivered quickly, with a minimum of window dressing and a firm conclusion in as little time as possible. For them, we’ve created the 60-Second ...

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    Update: The podcast has been updated with audio from our Motorola event editorial roundtable. Enjoy! The flagship killer might've just gotten killed by a killer flagship! A new phablet might make former phablets obsolete! Windows Update just updated its last Windows! And your gaming tablet's so hot it's about to catch fire?! You can't get much ... hotter than that. Amirite? The news of the week in mobile technology is up next, from OnePlus to Windows to Motorola and beyond –plus your listener mail– on episode 159 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So say your keyphrase and listen closely, ...

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    The Moto G is about to get replaced … by the Moto G. As we saw during our initial hands-on earlier this week, the 2015 model brings a few hardware bumps and much more customizability to Motorola’s best-selling smartphone of all time, and it packs some serious software improvements as well. While we’ll have complete impressions in next week’s full review, first let’s take a look at what’s changed between last year's Moto G and this year's. You may be surprised at where the new phone pulls ahead – and where it doesn't. Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014

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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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    Update (July 27, 12:30am): Check out #EditLive on Twitter to see what goes into editing the Pocketnow Weekly. See you next time! True story: as a high schooler spending the night in a new house, I awoke one morning to find my kitchen flooded with water due to a plumbing problem. My parents were out of town and the family friends who were house-sitting were frantically trying to find the shutoff valve ... but due to my terrible academic tardiness record I couldn't stay to help them find it. To ensure I wasn't required to repeat my senior year, I had to leave my family friends ...

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    Say the word “tablet” today and you probably picture something like this. Even back in 2011 –the origin year for today's deep dive into nostalgia– the word conjured up a big slab, not an oversized eyeglass case. But the latter is just what we got with the Sony Tablet P, a bizarre foldable mobile device that better resembled a palmtop computer than any "tablet" I'd ever seen. It was weird – but that's just why I liked it. The Sony Tablet P was the first review device I ever requested (and the first of many I never received). Three years later, thanks to eBay, I finally got the ...

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    If your virtual assistant of choice comes from the world of Halo, great news: she’s not confined to Windows Phone anymore. As we reported earlier today, an early Windows Insider build of Cortana for Android has leaked to the masses, and we've got it running like a dream on our Samsung Galaxy S6 review unit. It's a prerelease version, so performance might not exactly match what we'll see from Microsoft's final take, but it's a pretty darn polished Beta – and we're here to share it with you in our very first Cortana on Android hands-on! Check out the original news post for a few more ...

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    Update: Warning - peaking audio levels at the beginning and end of this podcast. Enjoy! Yo dudes. This week was gnar, dudes. First we get word from Commodore that they're (sorta) back and they've got a fleshtone phone to prove it. Then we hear that some kind of modern-day Iron Man is building a phone out of a material called "liquidmorphium." Then we go hands-on with an all-metal, super-stylized ZTE phone, before hearing that Samsung's new smartwatch is gonna have a digital crown and a rotating bezel control. And that's not even half of the geekgasm that was this week in mobile tech. All ...

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    If you’ve got an LG G4, you’ve got a pretty solid smartphone. We enjoyed our time with the new flagship, finding it to be a "leather looker with a killer camera" in our full review – and in some ways it even compares favorably with the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9. But out of the box, it’s lacking one cool feature that OEMs have steadily been adding to their smartphones: Qi wireless charging. Sure, you could buy a Quick Circle case from LG to enable this feature, but it’s pricey – and not everyone finds a booklet-style case convenient. Fortunately, as we recently learned from a ...

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    What do you do when you’re HTC and you want to create the perfect blend of price, design, and specs? You build a Desire phone. The company invited us to take an early look at its new HTC Desire 626, and we happily obliged. Join us as we go hands-on! HTC Desire 626 hands-on gallery [gallery columns="5" ids="441292,441293,441294,441295,441296,441297,441298,441299,441300,441301" orderby="rand"]   We’re actually taking a look at two phones here: the Desire 626 for postpaid Verizon and AT&T, and the 626S for a variety of prepaid carriers (including Cricket, MetroPCS and Boost Mobile, ...

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    Each of the two largest wireless carriers in the US offers its own ruggedized Android smartphone exclusive. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active (which we reviewed last month) is exclusive to AT&T; the Motorola Droid Turbo (which we reviewed last November) is exclusive to Verizon Wireless – and neither will work very well on a network it wasn't designed for. So if you’re already beholden to –or have a strong preference for– one of those operators over the other, congratulations: your choice is made. But if you’re a free agent and either network will do, the hardware makes all ...

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    Update (July 13, 5:00pm Eastern): Thanks for making three years of this possible. We start Year #4 this week. Hope you'll tag along. Laying off 7,800 people (in addition to the 18,000 from a few months back) and taking a $7.6B writedown on your highest-profile mobile acquisition ever isn't a great way to show your commitment to your smartphone platform ... but that's just what Microsoft did earlier this week, in the "Nadella Memo Heard Round the World." But are things really as gloomy as they seem for Windows Phone? We'll talk about that, plus news from Motorola, OnePlus, Sony and Amazon ...

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