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    Apple has entered a bit of a new product category with the iPhone 6 Plus this year – sure, it may still be an iOS smartphone, but it's nowhere near the same as the iPhone 6. And it's almost all about the size: the 5.5-inch display opens up a whole new world in terms of productivity possibilities. With a new look comes new competitors, one of which is the Oppo Find 7a. Both being 5.5-inch smartphones, they're the perfect matchup for a comparison. So which is better? Our iPhone 6 Plus vs Oppo Find 7a video has the lowdown. In terms of hardware, the two phones are surprisingly similar on ...

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    Over the last few years, smartphones have evolved to accommodate for new use cases, primarily multimedia consumption – gaming, watching YouTube videos and movies, and browsing the web. As a result smartphones have grown from less than 4-inches in size to an average rapidly approaching the 5-inch threshold. Apple is one of the very last to jump on the larger smartphone bandwagon. Its last increase in size was from a 3.5-inch display to a 4-inch display, adding only vertical dimension and pixels to the existing panel. That wasn't enough, though. Other smartphones dwarfed the iPhone 5 and ...

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    That title calls for a disclaimer. As anyone who's looked at my Twitter profile knows, I’m not just a Windows phone user; I use Android too, and I occasionally sprinkle in BlackBerry and Sailfish when I'm feeling sporty. But I spend a little less than half my waking time with Windows software powering my communicator of choice, and my last 24 hours with iOS have given me a few insights about how these platforms differ – and how they don’t. From aesthetics to fluidity, Apple and Microsoft match up nicely. Both iOS and Windows Phone are tightly controlled software experiences that ...

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    Hold onto your butts: it’s iPhone day. As you may have seen, my colleague Taylor Martin earlier today took delivery of Apple’s new 5.5-inch phablet the iPhone 6 Plus, which we spent a little time getting to know on today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast. As for me, well ... I’ve had my fill of big smartphones for the moment, so I opted for the lesser of two iPhones. Cutting the protective film away and lifting up the box lid carefully so as to avoid any accidents, we’re shown the device front-and-center, a presentation that’s become widespread - but don’t forget: Apple is the ...

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    After years of customers begging for a larger iPhone, Apple finally obliged. Just last week, it announced the brand new set of bigger iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7-inch display while the 6 Plus comes with a rather larger 5.5-inch display. The new iPhones are launching alongside Apple's newest version of its mobile software, iOS 8. This brings much-anticipated features, like third-party keyboards, sharing, widgets, and access to TouchID. Despite very few visual changes, this is one of the most notable iOS updates ever. The new iPhones feature an ...

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    Last year, the comparison between Moto X and Galaxy S4 wasn't all that close – specs-wise, the Galaxy S4 excelled, and the Moto X arguably presented a more compelling software package. But both of those products have since been given iterative bump-ups by their respective OEMs for their 2014 flavors. So how do the new ones compare? Find out in our Moto X 2014 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 video below. Unlike last year, when Motorola went bold in bucking the specs trend (with specs such as a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro featured on the Moto X, even when the quad-core Snapdragon 800's arrival was ...

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    Back in April, I covered Link Bubble, Chris Lacy's third-party Android browser which loads web pages in the background without interrupting whatever it is you were doing when you clicked the link. It's a chat heads-style floating browser that can be tossed aside. You get to choose when you want to read the pages you load, rather than being jerked around between your Twitter client, a feed reader, and your default browser. But even the developer knows Link Bubble isn't ideal for every situation, that not every link should be loaded into a floating bubble that, due to some Android ...

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    Apple released the iOS 8 developer betas back in June, following WWDC 2014. We did a quick hands-on of iOS 8 Beta 1, showing off all the new features and talking about the things iOS 8 would eventually bring to the table. Being a beta release, not everything worked and some things were a little buggy … as expected in an early beta. However, iOS 8 was publicly released today and several changes have been made. Some visual alterations were made, usability has understandably improved, and many (not all) of the missing features have been activated. Things like Continuity and iCloud Drive ...

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    The Pebble Steel, first shown off at CES in January, was thought by many to be the best looking smartwatch to date. Anton and I swooned over the stainless brushed steel and matte black finishes in our pre-brief in Las Vegas. It was exactly what the budding smartwatch industry needed – serious hardware to run the increasingly useful software. Pebble's stainless steel smartwatch didn't hold the spotlight for long, however. When Google announced Android Wear in March, Motorola came out and teased something that caught everyone's attention: a smartwatch with a circular display in full, ...

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    Our Moto 360 review unit has been in at least three states at this point, and it's finally seeing its turn at our review desk today. We've spent a good amount of time learning the ins and outs of the gorgeous new Android Wear device at this point, so it's time to share what we've found in a full Motorola Moto 360 review video. The hardware is the interesting part on the 360, and that's almost unarguable. Looking at the watch from an exterior perspective, the round display (albeit with the "flat tire" at the bottom) and heavy use of stainless steel and leather are standout features. These, ...

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    Last year, Motorola blindsided everyone by creating an entry-level smartphone that was not only surprisingly great but also extremely affordable. Other smartphones like it had surfaced, but definitely not on Android. The Lumia 520 is a perfect example. But very few Android smartphones before the Moto G were both affordable and worth buying. Last week, while all the attention was on IFA in Berlin, Motorola made some not-so-surprising announcements in Chicago where our own Adam Doud was on scene. It announced the new Moto X, Moto G, Moto 360, Moto Hint, and some juice packs. Of those, one ...

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    Our Moto 360 review unit is still days away from its official turn at our review desk, but it's already been on quite an epic odyssey. Picked up in Chicago by Adam Doud on his Motorola HQ tour, it was immediately overnighted to our resident Android guy Joe Levi for a proper unboxing and initial setup while Taylor Martin and I were covering the sights and sounds of IFA 2014 in Berlin. Then it was quickly repackaged for a cross-continental journey in time to meet me in Boston, whereupon I immediately pressed it into service for a day of sweet wearable-tech action before using it to answer ...

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    Seeing one of our favorite phones of 2013 get refreshed instantly piques our interest – especially when the same great features are on-board, and specs have been bumped up to an admirable level. We have a review unit in our labs now, so it's time to finally find out what happens when you put Motorola up against ... itself, in our Moto X 2014 vs Moto X 2013 comparison. In terms of hardware, there's a huge upgrade between the two models. We compared them spec-by-spec in an earlier post on the site, so check that out if you want to know exactly what's different, but upgrades have been ...

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    A lot of people have always said iPads and other tablets are primarily geared towards entertainment – the consumption of media, no creation. I, on the other hand, have always had a different stance. I've always tried do more with mobile devices, to get more out of them, to create content and get actual work done from mobile. It hasn't always worked out so well for me, particularly when I tried to go tablet-only for a day. However, getting more done with your tablet is entirely possible. One company, Branchfire, is dead set on making that possible with its PDF annotation app iAnnotate. In ...

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    One of the accessories that Motorola launched alongside the new Moto X and G was the Motorola Power Pack Micro, a 1,500 mAh battery pack with a bit of a twist. You see, the Motorola Power Pack Micro isn't any ole juice pack in that it'll be a rectangular slab, but is rather meant to ride on your keychain – intuitive, yes? We've gone ahead and unboxed our review unit, sharing our first impressions as well, so be sure to check that out down below. The thing about the Power Pack Micro is that it also allows for connectivity to a smartphone via Bluetooth. This works twofold – if you were ...

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    The Moto G last year took the world by storm, and you may not have even noticed. By targeting developing countries with an affordable yet smooth smartphone, Motorola was able to create its best-selling smartphone ever, and it's looking to follow that up in a strong manner with the latest entry to its portfolio of Android devices – the new Moto G. We've gone ahead and unboxed our review unit and given you a first look in the video below. Paying $179 for a smartphone generally means that the OEM won't have much extra dough to spend on a premium box, so the one the new Moto G comes in is ...

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    After reviewing the Moto X last year, many of our reviewers found themselves right back with the device after moving on to test other devices. And that was because of a simple reason: the device was easy to use, powerful, and it just worked. Now that the successor is out, we're naturally intrigued – so we have a review unit in-hand, and we've given the new Moto X a proper unboxing and shared our first impressions in a new video. Just like with the Moto 360, the new Moto X's box feels premium and is fairly minimalistic. Once you slide the box out of its cover, you can immediately open it ...

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    We've waited for it for months, and it finally went live across many stores this week. We've got it on our wrists now, too, so it's time to unbox it and give you our first take on Motorola's next-gen round wonder. This is our full Motorola Moto 360 unboxing, complete with first impressions. The box the Moto 360 arrives in is quite minimal, pretty much exactly what we're expecting from Motorola products. It's a round box – perfect for the round wearable hidden within – and opening it immediately gives you a look at the powered-off screen of the watch below. Setup is then a breeze ...

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    When we told you, one post earlier, that a hot (hotter) comparison is on its way, we weren't just teasing. Our team on the ground is ready to bring you a comparison between two flagships from the same manufacturer. How is that possible? Well, for a generation (or two) now, the Note family is easily Samsung's second (or fall) flagship, while the S family is the spring one. They're two flagships, each of its certain class, and they can live wonderfully together on the market. But how do they live side-by-side, faced with real-life operation? There's a fundamental difference between these ...

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    This is probably one of the most anticipated comparisons of the day (and, believe us, the next one!), and we're glad to bring it to you! One is a fresh, hot flagship that just came out, while the other one is already established on the market as a reference Android flagship. Funny thing is, that the Xperia Z3's predecessor, the Xperia Z2, already had a go at the Galaxy S5, when they were both young and beautiful, and now, it's time for the the Z3 to continue what the Z2 started. They're both waterproof, they're both flagships, they both pack stellar internals, and are feature packed. One ...

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    Since we already had our LG G3 comparison unit busted out for the previous comparison, we thought we'd put it against a newcomer from its home country. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 might be bigger, and sport a pointing device many frowned upon initially with the o/g Note, but if you get passed that, these two smartphones are actually worth comparing. They're not really in the same class, these two: one is a phablet/Note-class phone, with a pointing device, aimed at heavy multitasking and creative usage, the other one is a flagship that packs (packed) the best LG's technology was able to ...

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    Regardless of which side you're on -- whether you believe that the Xperia Z3 is a small incremental update over the Xperia Z2, or, the other side, that is completely wowed by the new Sony flagship -- you'll love this one: a Sony Xperia Z3 vs LG G3 video that takes a look at these two phones that are fundamentally different, but similar in so many aspects. The LG G3 is already big on the market, and it had a lot of time to become one of LG's best selling phones, and for good reason. We looked beyond the pretty Quad HD screen with the occasion of our full review, to give it a nice score! ...

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    If, in our previous post and video, neither of the two phones were actually IFA 2014 Samsung devices, these smartphones right here, the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge, are! Talking about the Note Edge, Samsung managed to surprise us with the device which has a wonky screen to its right. Don't get us wrong, we like it, but, as usual, our opinions are split. After our initial hands-on, we tried to explain some of its features, but we couldn't answer the question on how lefties would use it. If you're reading and watching this, chances are you don't need an introduction to the Galaxy ...

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    While neither of these two devices is an actual IFA 2014 device per se, we couldn't resist the urge of putting Samsung's flagship (correction: S-flagship, as the Note 4 can easily take the crown now) against the metallic-frame rocking Galaxy Alpha, announced by Samsung on August 13. This is actually the first time we're seeing the Alpha in person, so we also had to go hands-on, to see exactly what that metallic frame is all about, and what design cues it lends to the new Note 4. The Galaxy S 5, on the other hand, is what it is, whether you like it or not. In any case it's definitely a ...

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    Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 are fresh devices launched at the ongoing IFA 2014. In fact, they're so fresh, that our coverage has already started on the Ascend Mate 7 with an on-location unboxing, while we only had the chance to have a quick and dirty hands-on with the Galaxy Note 4. What do these two phablet-class smartphones have in common, and what are the differences? That's what we're trying to find out in our Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Huawei Ascend Mate 7 video below. However, both feature huge screens: 5.7- and 6-inches, respectively, while one has a ...

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