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    Update: The podcast has been distributed in audio form! The Direct Download link, as such, has been updated. Also, look for Sarah Connor... if you can. See you next week! Perhaps Rithvik Rao put it best when he said: "the yearly cycle is repeating itself." We're wrapping up our first wave of HTC One M9 coverage with a coming review rebuttal from our Editor-in-Chief, putting the finishing touches on our Galaxy S6 review, and we're steeling ourselves for the LG G4 launch later this month. But amid all this, we've still got to make room for the stuff you keep coming back for: the ...

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    For years, the biggest battle in the Android smartphone world has boiled down to three words: HTC vs Samsung. And 2015 is no different. But the results of this year's comparison ("Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9," if you wanna get all SEO about it) are very different indeed. While we still resist the urge to boil down a smartphone face-off into clearly defined "winner" and "loser," we remain obligated to call out trends where we see them. And this year, instead of siding with the underdog HTC, the winds of favor are blowing strongly in Samsung's direction. That's due to a combination ...

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    Update: Whew! The HQ audio podcast has been uploaded and distributed. You can either find your podcast landing pad or grab the original file through our Direct Download below! Late-night podcasts don't always have to be about naughty things. Sometimes, to paraphrase Bill Watterson, "the days are just packed," and the only time you've got for a podcast is 6:30 in the evening in between the crushing workload of two flagship smartphone reviews. But if you're lucky, when that happens you've got friends at other sites to help bail you out. Florence Ion is that friend on this special ...

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    They've got almost nothing in common besides their aluminum casings – and that shouldn't come as too big a surprise. The iPhone 6 is Apple's crown jewel, a curved and super-thin ingot packing technologies cherry-picked by Apple to run its closed and meticulously managed iOS platform. By contrast, HTC's One M9 is a thick block of precision-machined metals, its sharp angles exaggerated by a dual-anodization manufacturing process, its software a heavily customized version of the much more mutable Android Lollipop. There's so much more to say – but it's all been said; to get the full ...

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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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    A few months ago, I wrote an editorial questioning why so many people wanted a Nokia N1 tablet. Importantly, though,  I also said that I found the potential of the N1 alluring, and wanted badly to experience it for myself. While we did briefly catch up with the N1 at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, I wasn't on that side of the show floor that morning ... so I had to wait for today to see what all the fuss was about. From what I can see so far, some of said fuss is totally justified. The Nokia N1 is notable in part for its specs, which include a 6.9mm-thick aluminum chassis, a 7.9" 2048x1536 IPS ...

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    If you've got an HTC One M9 question not answered by our stunningly dense 4000-word review and accompanying 11-minute review video, your needs might be getting a little intense. I mean, c'mon. Right? But I know how it is. Sometimes, you don't have time for the full review treatment. Sometimes, you're just interested in seeing what's changed over the past twelve months. Or you already own last year's HTC flagship and you want to see if this year's is worth your trouble. Or you just want to find out how different two products that look nigh-on identical could possibly be. For that, ...

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    BlackPhone has a ton of good ideas up its sleeve. At a time when security has become important, it does make sense for an expert in the market to figure out a way to sell you a phone that can do it right. Sadly, even though our review of the first-generation BlackPhone showed us that you're getting a ton of added features for what you pay for, that's not necessarily the case once you have to actively use it. We've set a ton of expectations for the second-generation BlackPhone, which is now dubbed the BlackPhone BP2, and even the company's new tablet, the BlackPhone+. To our disappointment ...

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    Update: The HQ audio stream and direct download are live below for your listening pleasure! Thanks for downloading!  There's no sense hiding it: you know there's an HTC One M9 review coming soon, and a Galaxy S6 review too. And you know we've got the usual queue of additional devices lined up behind those waiting for their turn in our labs (including a Nokia N1 that just now landed on our doorstep). But with a news feed so full of excitement, intrigue and total nonsense, sometimes you've got to put reviews on the back burner and talk about what's happening right now. That's what's ...

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    Updated with high-quality audio cut below. Enjoy! Getting back on the horse. Getting back into the groove. Getting the warp core back on-line. However you phrase it, getting back on-track is exactly what we're doing on this week's podcast, settling back into the studio chairs after over a week in Barcelona handling the hottest mobile technology (and podcasting from unconventional venues). On this week's episode, we're paid a special visit by someone we've heard from before – but he's fresh from his very first Apple experience and full of not only Apple Watch knowledge ... but new ...

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    At last year's Mobile World Congress, Android Wear and the Apple Watch weren't realities. That is to say, the wearables race at that point in time was nowhere near as heated as it has become now, and the devices themselves weren't all that abundant. This year, though, all that changes. We saw Huawei launch its new Watch (which we thought was one of the hottest-looking Android Wear watches yet in our hands-on time) as well as the Huawei TalkBand B2 and N1, all leaps ahead in the wearable sector for the company. We had a chance to go hands-on with the latter two on the show floor at Mobile ...

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    One tablet that's been on our radar but relatively elusive for quite some time now has been the Nokia N1. The device was launched to mixed reception months ago by the remnants of Nokia (the parts of the company that didn't go to the Microsoft Devices and Services group during the buyout), with some loving the sheer promise of it and others denouncing it as an iPad mini clone. Now we've had a chance to form an opinion of our own, having just had a chance to use the tablet for a good bit, so here's our initial Nokia N1 hands-on video! As people who make a living off of testing out different ...

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    The wait for a Windows flagship smartphone has been long and dire. Just as rumors came up, they simmered down just as quickly, and we haven't heard much about when we'd be seeing the next flagship from Redmond. There's an event today that the company is hosting for MWC, which we remain hopeful about though, so join us along in the Microsoft MWC event live stream to find out what the company has in store for us! The event should kick off at around 8:30 AM CEST, which translates to right around 2:30 AM Eastern, or 11:30 PM Pacific. Though we'd love to see some flagships, leaks have pointed ...

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    Samsung may have surprised you today by unveiling not one, but two smartphones as its flagships for the year. The very subtle differences in design (as opposed to the differences between the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge) have led many to believe that the two are, in essence, the exact same smartphone, just with slightly varying designs. As it turns out, the contrast between the two phones is a bit more enunciated than that – let our Samsung Galaxy S6 vs S6 Edge comparison video from MWC 2015 video do the explaining. Our full impressions of the differences between the two smartphones will ...

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    One element that was relatively absent in smartwatch design in 2014 was design (save for some obvious exclusions such as the Moto 360). Android Wear brought great utility at launch, but the hardware supporting it sometimes didn't quite provide the hottest looks. That all looks to be changing this year though, with the release of new, better wristwatches. And this is our LG Watch Urbane hands-on, straight from MWC 2015! First off, a reminder: the Watch Urbane comes in two flavors, the webOS-toting LTE version and this Android Wear one. We additionally went hands-on with the former in a ...

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    The HTC One M8 was one of the top Android phones of 2014 (and it still is a notable device if you're not looking to buy the latest and greatest). However, if you think it's time to upgrade, HTC has got you covered with the brand new HTC One M9, a step-up in every aspect from the 2014 model. The differences, as you will see in our HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8 video comparison below, are apparent from the second you lay your hands on the One M9. It's a lot less slippery than its predecessor, because HTC decided to go with a much stickier finish in order to avoid accidental drops. Just like the ...

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    For the third year in a row, HTC is kicking off the Spring season with a smartphone called the One. And for the third year in a row it’s an aluminum powerhouse built to make the world take notice. The company brought us to Barcelona for some HTC One M9 hands on time, and we've come away with some first impressions on the world's next metal-encased Android flagship. HTC One M9 Hands On   Hardware HTC cited the Porsche when explaining its approach to building the One M9, drawing a parallel to small iterations on a successful design. The company also said it wanted to strike a ...

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    Motorola just sent out what it's calling a "press conference in a box", containing some press credentials and the brand new 2015 Moto E. To refresh your memory, the Moto E is an affordable, unlocked handset aimed at closing the technology gap. Interestingly, Motorola doesn't seem to be cutting many corners to get at its $149 price tag - in fact, the new Moto E comes with a spec bump that we're sure you're going to love! First up, Motorola included LTE this time around, whereas it had previously only included HSPA+. If you want to save some money we're hearing that there will be another ...

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    Do you remember the last time you looked at a phone display and picked up what turned out to be a display unit? Rather than the actual device, merchants often put out fake phones which - from a distance - look real. These often use the same chassis, but contain no components on the inside, so they're super light, and their screens are a glossy picture rather than an actual display. That was our first impression of the BLU Vivo Air, luckily that impression was quickly replaced with respect. The Vivo Air is thin, it's light, and it looks a lot like an iPhone 6. Beyond first impressions, ...

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    We called the first LG G Flex "the smartphone of the future," and our soft spot for it has endured ever since we reviewed it in 2013. As much as we enjoyed our time with it though, it was clear from day one that the curvy ergonomic conundrum was never destined to be a mainstream hit. It was expensive, it had a very lackluster display, and it was so big in the hand as to seem almost hilariously oversized at times. With the G Flex 2, LG slims everything down. It’s smaller in every way, and lighter too. The industrial design is more modern, the build quality is better, and the fit and ...

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    Updated with high-quality audio cut and new timecodes! Enjoy the last pre-Barcelona episode of the Pocketnow Weekly! A new Samsung smartphone with some flashy new features. A new HTC flagship prioritizing premium build quality. A slew of new wearables for the new year. Call us crazy, but it's almost like we've been here before. In addition to the usual news of the week and the torrent of pre-MWC leaks, though, we are indeed bringing you something special: a guest from the land known as Greenbot. While we've hung out with her plenty of times before, this'll be our first combined device ...

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    If the BlackBerry Passport is "not your grandfather's BlackBerry," then the BlackBerry Passport AT&T edition is ... not ... your cousin's, either. That analogy didn't really work out for us, but this unboxing and first-impressions video sure did! That's right: after literally months of fielding comments, tweets, emails and voicemails wondering why we weren't paying BlackBerry its proper due with a Passport review, we finally caved and picked up a BlackBerry Passport sample device. (It wouldn't have been possible without the assistance of the good folks at AT&T, either – so ...

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    Last week, we asked you to hit us with your best questions about the LG G Flex 2. We wanted to know, before we dropped our G Flex 2 review, the things you were most interested in learning about LG's newest curved slab of self-healing smartphone. We considered it both an exploration of a new way of engaging with our readers, and a dry run for a similar video we're planning for some of the devices launching next month at MWC. Well, it turns out that most of the questions you most want answered are already addressed in our full review template (our video review is up now, with the text ...

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    From review units to concession devices to press samples, we get a lot of demo products at Pocketnow – so many that we can’t always get around to covering them during the work week. But that's what the weekend is for, right? Introducing Swag Bag Sundays: quick videos giving you a quick look at some of the accessories that cross our review desk. Today we’re taking a look at a wearable that charges your gadgets while it carries them: the TYLT Energi+ backpack, sent to us by ZTE after our visit to the company's booth during CES 2015. With 13 total pockets, a laptop compartment ...

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    The LG G Flex 2 (or "LG G Flex2" if we're being properly hip about it) is a substantial re-working of the company's original G Flex, which we reviewed back in 2013. The G Flex 2 broke cover at CES 2015 last month, brandishing a smaller footprint, improved internals, a revised self-healing coating and a Full-HD P-OLED display not so prone to burn-in as its predecessor's. LG jokingly called the device "the best smartphone of 2015" when it rolled out the demo units on that January day barely a week into new year ... but the combination of its Snapdragon 810 processor, available 3GB ...

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