Posts tagged with: Video
  • by | February 12, 2014 6:01 AM

    Neither is what you’d call a “budget phone” - in fact each goes out of its way to avoid being painted with that particular brush. But they’re both devices that cater to a customer looking for something just shy of full flagship status. If you think you might be that customer, strap yourself in because we’re about to compare them. These smartphones aren't necessarily new to us. We reviewed Apple's iPhone 5c shortly after its release, and we spent some hands-on time with Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact at CES 2014. As you know, though, nothing beats having them side-by-side in the testing ...

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  • by | February 11, 2014 12:44 PM

    We first saw Pebble Steel at CES last month, and while many feel the upgrade over the original Pebble to be a disappointment, there is no denying how good looking the new Pebble is. It's internals and specs are practically the same as the original, except this model has double the internal storage. It bears the same display, battery, CPU, etc. But its frame is smaller, it weighs a little more, and it looks infinitely more classy. While we put this smartwatch to the test and determine if it's worth an additional $100, feast your eyes on the Pebble Steel unboxing video below, and tell us why ...

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  • by | February 11, 2014 7:01 AM

    At launch, the Moto G was groundbreaking. It's an Android-powered budget phone that doesn't make you want to pull your hair out and punch innocent, living beings. And today, alongside the Lumia 520, it's one of the best bargains in the mobile space. Period. However, as per the norm, competitors will come along. The first to do so in the budget phablet space is ZTE. The Iconic Phablet we saw at CES has manifested as the Boost MAX for Boost Mobile here in the United States. For $299 with a ridiculously cheap prepaid plan (only $35 per month with the current promotion), it's not quite a cheap ...

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  • by | February 10, 2014 7:01 AM

    To date, essentially all manufacturers who have attempted to mimic Samsung's success with the Galaxy Note line of oversized smartphones have done so by packing as many great specifications as possible inside the phone and slapping a premium price tag on it to boot. But not everyone who wants a smartphone-tablet hybrid wants or needs an over the top smartphone. And they may not want to pay premium prices to get such a phone. Much smaller phones, like the Moto G, have impressively replicated the performance and experience provided by the much more expensive Moto X. So why can't a so-called ...

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  • by | February 7, 2014 5:33 PM

    When we first went hands-on with the Z1 Compact at Sony's CES 2014 press event, our heads were still ringing with Sony's proclamation that despite its small size, it was a "no-compromise" flagship phone. Sony's website makes the claim a bit plainer: The Xperia Z1 Compact is everything you expect in a premium smartphone, beautifully crafted to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. The timing couldn't be better for us to test this claim: we've just spent a few days with the Xperia Z1S for T-Mobile USA, whose user experience was by and large wonderful - especially in terms of camera ...

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  • by | February 7, 2014 4:20 PM

    The Galaxy Gear is a really interesting and fun wearable, but it only works with a select few devices. Only a couple of Samsung phones and phablets are currently supported, but what if you've got another phone? In general, you're out of luck, but thanks to some tinkering by some pretty talented folks, if you've got a Nexus 5 and a bit of patience, you might just able to use your Galaxy Gear with the Nexus 5. This work-around (dare we call it a "hack"?) has been around for a few weeks, but we couldn't get it working. We weren't alone. Now, however, two of the files needed have been ...

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  • by | February 6, 2014 5:18 PM

    The Nexus 5 we're giving away isn't just any old smartphone. First of all, it's the larger 32GB model, so those of you with an aversion to cloud storage and an affinity for byte-hungry media can rest easy. More importantly, it comes bearing a cosmetic upgrade: a vinyl skin from the fine folks at dbrand that replicates a white carbon fiber/brushed titanium finish. And if that's not your speed, there are four more skins bundled with the award package, waiting to be claimed by our grand-prize winner. But how well do these skins work, anyway? What's the process of applying them like, and how ...

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  • by | February 6, 2014 4:25 PM

    ZTE told us at CES last month that it wants to be a part of the U.S. smartphone market. The Nubia 5, which Jaime reviewed last year, was among the first of its devices targeted at U.S. consumers. But as we're learning, that was just one of many to come. We saw a handful of handsets at CES, and among those was a rather large, entry level smartphone, the Iconic Phablet (not to be confused with Acer's Iconia brand, as I unwittingly did in the below unboxing). This phone is coming to the US in the form of the Boost MAX on Boost Mobile. The innards and outsides are practically identical. To ...

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  • by | February 6, 2014 1:41 AM

    We know, we know: unboxings come first, then come the features and reviews. That's how it's supposed to go. Well who says breaking with tradition is such a bad thing? Actually, that's not why we're posting this unboxing out of sequence. The real reason: an absurdly busy week that's only going to get busier as 2014 picks up steam and more devices come tumbling down the chute - including smartphones like the Z1S's close cousin, the Z1 Compact, which should arrive in our labs in mere days! So let's get down to business (we don't got no time to play around, what is this?). This is the Sony ...

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  • by | February 5, 2014 11:47 PM

    Update: T-Mobile has responded to our request for clarification. The press material accompanying this device was incorrect; there is no OIS on this unit. The camera movement we saw is a result of the camera's autofocus system. Pocketnow regrets the error. When we first laid eyes on the Sony Xperia Z1S last month at CES 2014, we weren't exactly blown away. Not because there was anything wrong with the device -its specs were great and its glossy glass construction was just as fetching as it had been on the Xperia Z1 we'd reviewed some months before- but because there wasn't much to set it ...

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  • by | February 5, 2014 7:01 AM

    Yesterday, we covered the top social apps for Android. Naturally, we had to make a video for iOS, too, since many social applications land on iOS first, and some never leave Apple's App Store. As always, downloading all the official applications is a great start. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, and practically every other social network has a first-party application, and they all work pretty well. But when you start digging through the App Store, you find third-party applications, which are generally on an entirely different level. Watch this top five social apps list, and ...

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  • by | February 4, 2014 2:17 PM

    You're out on the town, you're having fun, and your smartphone is the furthest thing from your mind -- until you get home and check your pockets, and it isn't there. It's happened to the best of us, even some important people at Apple have left their super-secret prototype phones in bars. Though your device may be lost, there is something you can do to make sure your private information isn't compromised. Here's how you can use encryption to make your Android a little bit more secure just in case it gets lost somewhere along the way. Android Encryption We do a lot on our smartphones and ...

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  • by | February 4, 2014 12:36 PM

    For the longest time, many have complained about their options for using Facebook on mobile. The company hasn't necessarily done the best job in porting Facebook to mobile phones in an elegant and reliable way, and proof of it lies in failed attempts like Facebook Home, in order to bring an enhanced experience of the service to Android. The answer to these complaints is Paper by Facebook, and we've taken it out for a spin. In a nutshell, the service is like merging Flipboard with Facebook Home, which is actually a good thing. Facebook's intention is for you to never have to leave the app, ...

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  • by | February 4, 2014 7:01 AM

    The brunt of our mobile usage – for most of us, anyway – is social. Yes, there are things like gaming, reading, and other forms of entertainment which are commonly devoured by mobile users. But smartphones are still largely communication devices, even if we're communicating in entirely different ways than we were a decade ago. As such, social apps are some of the most important and interesting. And there is no shortage of social apps in Google Play. So where do you even begin? Well, the native Facebook, Google+, and Twitter clients are a great start. But we've done some of the heavy ...

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  • by | February 3, 2014 3:02 PM

    Nexus has been a big name in the news again recently, but not for the reasons you might think. Sure, there's the small matter of all those red Nexus 5 rumors alongside whispers of a device some are calling the Nexus 8. And then there's the impending Nexus-themed giveaway we're about to drop on the world - the one so secret we're not even linking to it yet (this little sneak preview is your reward for clicking on this story; you're welcome). Rather, the principal reason the Nexus name has made a return to the front page is a tweet from noted leaker Eldar Murtazin, who dropped this ...

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