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  • by | February 19, 2014 1:44 PM

    With the Moto X, Motorola succeeded in (briefly) shifting the Android smartphone conversation from "how to bump specs even higher" to "how to make smarter use of the horsepower we already have." With the Z1 Compact, Sony finally heeded our long-unanswered call for a premium smartphone in a palm-sized package. Both devices were well received by the Pocketnow team. The Moto X earned high praise for finally fulfilling some of Android's long-squandered potential, while the Z1 Compact got top marks for bringing the best of the Z1 to a smaller form factor - and leaving some of the bugs behind, ...

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  • by | February 19, 2014 7:28 AM

    Since the relatively early days of Android, Google has let us use our voice to do somewhat common tasks like sending text messages or emails. I could say "Send a text message to Bendito Papendorf: hey, I love the new book!". But who is Bendito Papendorf, and why can't I say "Send a text message to Mom"? Before we dig into this new feature, be advised that it's relatively new and might be rolling out in stages. If you haven't gotten it yet, be patient. Next, there's been a work around to this in the past. If you create an entry in your contacts with the name of "Mom", you've probably been ...

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  • by | February 19, 2014 7:01 AM

    Nokia's Lumia 1020 was easily one of the most impressive smartphones of 2013. Better yet, it's one of the more innovative handsets of the decade, with its 41-megapixel image sensor, paired with optical image stabilization. Its solid design and Nokia's reputation for quality didn't hurt matters either. However, CDMA users have been left mostly to feed on the Windows Phone scraps of late, and Nokia stepped up to the plate with yet another stellar entry, the Lumia Icon for Verizon Wireless. With specifications that rival even some of the most popular and powerful Android handsets, it's sure ...

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  • by | February 18, 2014 9:00 AM

    HTC today announced the "HTC Advantage," a new benefits package for buyers of its flagship smartphones. The new initiative is custom-built to ensure that "when you buy the best, it stays that way," says HTC's VP of Customer Experience Ed Kuhner. The program is made up of three principle prongs, with the first being something we’ve seen signs of already: a commitment to timely Android updates for the flagship One line. The company has demonstrated it can deliver updates to the One series in a timely fashion, and HTC now says it will commit to major Android updates for two years after the ...

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  • by | February 18, 2014 7:18 AM

    Ever since the advent of the modern personal computer, the promise of a "paperless" office has been omnipresent. To-date, that promise hasn't been fully realized. Even with tablets, which are excellent reading devices, there are still times when we need to get the information from our screens and put it on to paper. Until recently, that hasn't been very easy. Let's go hands-on with printing support, one of the lesser known features that comes built-in to Android 4.4 KitKat. Android Printer Support What we're showing you here should work on any device running Android 4.4 and up. In this ...

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  • by | February 17, 2014 3:14 PM

    Nokia's latest handset, the Lumia Icon, is headed to Verizon Wireless later this week. The Icon is a rarity, at least for CDMA folks, in that it's a true high-end Windows Phone handset – something CDMA customers have effectively missed out on since the beginning of Windows Phone. The Lumia Icon from Nokia features a snappy 2.2GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU to make the Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB RAM, 32GB fixed storage, a 5-inch 1080p display, a 20-megapixel primary camera, and a 2,420mAh battery. At least on paper, it's enough to compete with even some of the most powerful ...

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  • by | February 12, 2014 8:23 PM

    We first saw Pebble Steel at CES last month, and we immediately fell in love with the hardware imrpovements over the original Pebble. We were a bit surprised, however, when CEO Eric Migicovsky told us it would sell for $100 more than the original, or $250. Inside, they're practically the same, save for the 8MB storage in Pebble Steel vs 4MB in the original. It has Gorilla Glass 2 covering the display, a machine-cut, marine grade stainless steel chassis, and a choice of two finish styles – brushed or PVD coated. It also ships with two premium watch straps: a genuine leather and matching ...

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  • 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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