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    We all want to get things done on the go. That's arguably why the smartphone was created. Only in the last seven years or so have smartphones also become great at other things, like multimedia, taking pictures, etc. Due to the nature of smartphones and our increasingly busy lifestyles, productivity applications are wildly popular. They help us get things done on the go, stay on task, remember things, and sometimes even tell us when we need to leave our house in the morning to make our meeting on time, based on traffic. Crazy. Anyway, there are hundreds of thousands of productivity ...

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    Sometimes a smartphone comparison is about more than spec-vs-spec slogging. Sometimes it's a question of lifestyle, of values ... and vanity. To some people, how a phone looks can be just as important as how it performs, and when performance is as top-notch as these flagships deliver, significant differences must be sought elsewhere. Fortunately, the Galaxy S5 and LG G3 offer plenty to pick from in this regard. From waterproofing to a fingerprint scanner to a full health suite and 16MP camera, the 2014 Samsung flagship packs a lot of heat. But then, with a Quad-HD display, a laser-focused ...

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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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    Back in February, Facebook announced it was buying popular mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, for a whopping $19 billion. We later compared WhatsApp to Facebook's in-house chat service, Facebook Messenger. We learned that, despite their core differences, they had a lot in common. But how does WhatsApp compare to, say, another popular mobile messaging service like Kik? WhatsApp is powered by your mobile number – it requires a working number for activation. Kik, on the other hand, doesn't require a working number and it doesn't require other people to have your number to work. One of its best ...

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    HTC and LG, individually, have created some truly astounding smartphones this year. HTC's One M8 has been the recipient of endless praise for its stellar design and build quality, beautiful 1080p screen, BoomSound speakers, and quite nice software. LG's G3, since its announcement, has also been a popular phone among enthusiast talk and spec sheet comparisons. How do the two compare in the real world, though? Do the G3's killer specifications and QHD display make the One M8 look like old news? Or does the One M8 come out with an unexpected victory? Watch the below HTC One M8 vs LG G3 ...

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    Microsoft calls the Surface Pro 3 the "tablet that can replace your laptop." That's a pretty broad and lofty statement, but we have been putting the Surface Pro 3 to the test for several weeks now. It's impossible to deny it's one of the most powerful tablets ever. Still, the application situation may leave you feeling high and dry. Windows 8.1 only has a small fraction of the application support its tablet OS competitors have. Fortunately, you're not out of luck if you've been craving some of your favorite Android apps on your Windows tablet. BlueStacks has done a great job of enabling ...

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    Last night in New York City, Samsung launched their new Samsung Galaxy Tab S series of Android tablets and after the presentation, we got to try them out for the first time.  You can read more about all the specs and special bundles in our announcement post. The big thing about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S is the new Super Amoled screen. We've known about the advantages of AMOLED screens for a long time on smart phones, but this is the first time we've seen them on tablets. Samsung's Super AMOLED screens look amazing on smartphones and they still look amazing on their tablets. Colors are ...

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    Last week, we loaded all our iOS devices up with iOS 8 beta 1 and gave you a preview of the software you can expect on your iDevices this fall. We made it very clear the software was riddled with bugs and not everything was activated yet. A lot of what Apple announced at WWDC is missing from the first beta of iOS 8. It's understandable and expected. But how have we fared with the software? What do we love and what do we hate? Have we been able to stand an entire week with iOS 8? With a week of using beta 1 behind us, watch our iOS 8 impressions video below to see how we like (or dislike) ...

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    We first officially saw the Desire 610 at Mobile World Congress in Berlin, Spain back in February. A low-end update to the Desire lineup, HTC didn't aim to wow the masses, but rather offer a pretty, capable device for a fair price. Joe published our review of the Desire 816 – the 610's bigger, higher-end sibling – and felt moderately pleased with the phone. Point being, we have high expectations for the 610, and with a growing number of compelling low-end handsets, this particular handset has its work cut out for it. Devices like the Moto G, Moto E, and even the One mini 2 have ...

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    The LG G3. It's one of the most anticipated smartphones of the season (if not the year), and ever since we first laid hands on it at LG's NYC launch event, you've been blowing up our Twitter accounts asking when you can expect our full review. While it's a little early for us to put our final thoughts down on paper, a weekend with the LG G3 has left us with some takeaways just begging to be bestowed upon the world: thoughts on the new flagship's design, its software features, and most of all, its refined camera. We've already expended plenty of hot air debating these and other aspects of ...

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    HTC makes some great high-end devices, and we gave the One M8 one of the highest scores that we've ever given a device. But that's a "flagship" phone, what about the mid-tier? Luckily HTC has you covered there as well, in more ways that one! When diving to the middle, HTC had a couple ways it could go to keep the price of the device down. One option was to make the device smaller, the other was to drop the specifications - or both. We've already told you what we think of the HTC Desire 816 in our full review: a mid-tier phone with flagship DNA. Similarly, we've given the HTC One mini 2 ...

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    Last year's Galaxy S 4 Active brought water resistance and an electric blue paint job to Samsung's then-reigning flagship, but it compromised in some pretty notable areas: the display took a sidestep from AMOLED to LCD, and the camera accepted a demotion from 13 megapixels to 8. Despite our positive review, the S 4 Active also earned its share of enemies thanks to the tendency of water to get inside its casing – kind of a big deal when your main claim to fame is water-resistance. Samsung looks to make good on last year's shortcomings with the Galaxy S5 Active, a beast of a smartphone ...

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    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones - but what about people with glass smartphones? Pocketnow Power User is a series of videos and articles aimed at the "average Joe", explaining core concepts that might seem confusing, even daunting. On this episode of the Pocketnow Power User, we're going to talk about the glass that covers your smartphone, tablet, or wearable. Almost all of our smartphones, tablets, and wearables have a screen. Some are very small, like on your smartwatch or Google Glass, others are very large, like on your iPad or Surface. Still more are somewhere in ...

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    On Monday, Apple started its annual WWDC conference with a bang. It unveiled the newest Mac OS update, Yosemite, and an update to its mobile OS, iOS 8. Like many had predicted, Apple has once again brought the two platforms closer together through what the company calls Continuity. In the future, those with more than one Apple device will be able to start messages on one device and finish on another, start browsing a Safari Web page on the iPad and pick up later on the iPhone. However, this is only beta 1 and not everything is working as intended. What all is new? What works and what ...

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    32-bit versus 64-bit: What's the difference? What are the advantages to both? On this episode of Pocketnow Power User we're going to talk about which you're going to want on your next smartphone or tablet. What are bits? When we're talking 32-bit versus 64-bit we have to first talk about "bits". Computers -- even smartphones and tablets -- run on a binary system, one and zero, on and off. Simple, right? As an interesting aside, a byte is 8-bits. Half a byte is 4-bits and is called a nibble. What does 32-bit mean? In this context, a 32-bit system refers to how much "stuff" the system can ...

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