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    Update: Happy Halloween! The podcast is early so you can cover your ears with it while being spooked by pop-scares all around town! Motorola builds a shatterproof phone and we put it to the test. Samsung builds a tablet the size of a TV and we look on with concern. And Nintendo finally makes the jump to your smartphone screen ... and we get all nostalgic for Tetris and Toobin'. All this, plus some learning about the 600 MHz spectrum and an eyes-on session with your listener mail, on episode 172 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 3:30pm Eastern on October ...

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    When talking about phones that carry the Nexus name, we typically consider them to be iterative updates of one another - each building on the success of the one that came before. Google decided to change things up a bit last year by releasing the Nexus 6: a phablet - not a phone. Thankfully, this year Google returned the Nexus to its roots by releasing the Nexus 5X. How does it stack up against the original Nexus 5 from two years back? Let's dive right in! Nexus 5X vs Nexus 5 To begin with, both the original Nexus 5 and the Nexus 5X are remarkably similar in terms of overall dimensions. ...

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    More and more manufacturers are building "mini" versions of their flagship phones -- if we can truly call five-inch-ish devices "mini" -- but not all manage to pack the specs some of the potential buyers are expecting. Some manufacturers try to keep the costs down, others try to capitalise on the flagship sibling's brand recognition to sell these devices. And then there are those who try to deliver the best of both worlds, like OnePlus, with its latest offering, the OnePlus X. Announced today, the OnePlus X features a five-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, 13MP camera ...

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    We’ve got to admit it, we had a completely different script in mind for this unboxing, but then again, instead of the phone… we got… well, see for yourself in the video below. Never was I so unprepared for an unboxing and never was a box so hard to open. And, of course, we never got a phone for review, in a crate. Let’s crack this open, literally. In all seriousness, if the LG G4, the V10’s flagship predecessor, was all about the looks on the outside, the V10 focuses on on durability, with a stainless steel frame and a damage resistant silicon back. It’s not an upgrade, but a ...

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    We're hard at work preparing our full reviews for the Google Nexus 6P and 5X, but that doesn't mean you need to wait for our Nexus coverage in a vacuum. Hot on the heels of our Nexus double-unboxing and our Nexus 6P vs Nexus 5X comparison, we've got another head-to-head video for you, this time featuring two devices that should be on every penny-pincher's mind this season. Separated in price by only $20, the Nexus 5X and Moto X Pure Edition each bring a lot of power for the price. Sharing the same processor and operating system and a similar devotion to timely Android updates, these ...

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    It’s a radical departure in design for a company desperately in need of some change – but for all that’s new here, there’s also a heaping helping of the familiar. Critics call HTC's new "iPhone clone" evidence of the company's ultimate surrender, while CEO Cher Wang has positioned it to employees as a well-balanced iPhone alternative. The truth is probably somewhere in between. Whichever side of the debate you fall on, it's pretty clear that the HTC One A9 announced today is a make-or-break device for the financially troubled smartphone manufacturer, and we went hands-on to ...

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    Call us crazy, but where we come from a double smartphone release calls for a double unboxing. For the first time in the nearly-six-year history of the Nexus program, Google is launching two pure Androids from two separate manufacturers side by side. Join us as we take a first look at the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P: Google’s blueprints for the perfect smartphone. Google Nexus 5X & Nexus 6P Unboxing [gallery columns="5" ids="451228,451229,451230,451231,451232"] The experience of unpacking a factory-fresh Nexus has stayed much the same over the past five years, and the new Nexus 5X ...

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    Update: I have exacted my revenge for an opinion that is, I think, well-placed. Enjoy! AT&T launches something pretty cool and T-Mobile makes fun of it. Verizon's prepping a couple of new handhelds and they're called "Droids." OnePlus is cooking up a new smartphone and it's being pretty secretive about it. If I didn't know better, I'd say we've been here before. All this, plus: the BlackBerry Priv finally gets a date, teens roll their eyes at the Apple Watch, and we go eyes-on with your listener mail, on episode 170 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 12:00pm ...

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    Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone 6s, is its fastest, most powerful compact phone yet, but with it being an iterative S-year model, is it worth upgrading from last year's iPhone 6? The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 are almost completely identical from an aesthetic standpoint. Both have the same wide-radius corner, aluminum unibody design, but the 6s makes some minor differentiations with an S logo in place of the typical regulatory markings, and a new rose gold color option. The software is nearly the same with iOS 9 on both, though the 6s introduces a few new features like Live Photos, 4K ...

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    Update: Also known as the Sicromoft podcast. Enjoy! Microsoft just hosted a very Apple-like unveiling of some (mostly) compelling products that have us wondering about a future covered in Live Tiles. Apple's newest iPhone uses processors from two different manufacturers that might result in varying battery life across models. And BlackBerry's talking up its new smartphone – while also considering exiting the hardware business. All this plus your listener mail awaits on episode 169 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 1:00pm Eastern on October 9 (click here for ...

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    The Surface Pro series turned the corner on the age of stationary computing for Microsoft. The migration of all the hard components from keyboard area to screen bulkhead made for some interesting innovations in the keyboard and stylus accessories. The Surface Pro 3 made a pretty good impression on us, but the newer, lighter, stronger and faster Surface Pro 4 had the whole room at Microsoft's Windows 10 devices event wowed. There's also a newer, lighter, stronger and faster* Type Cover keyboard that includes a fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello. That cover will also work with your Surface ...

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    Microsoft's first attempt at wearables was met with very mixed thoughts. On one hand the first-generation Microsoft Band proved to be a very powerful device when compared to its competitors, but on the other we just couldn't get over its archaic looks. Microsoft clearly did something about it with the second-generation Microsoft Band, and get had a chance to go hands-on at Microsoft's event today. The new Microsoft band is not something Redmond would like to call a smartwatch, but it's hard not to consider it one if you consider all it can do. This is not just your average fitness tracker ...

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    The debut of Microsoft's first laptop-format computing solution has everyone in tech circles abuzz (you can find my opinion on what this device as well as the Surface Pro 4 might mean for the proliferation of "detachable computing" here). And it has heavy-duty white collar wearers pondering their options. It has a 13.5-inch screen that's fully detachable from the extensive and craftily-designed keyboard attached to it. You could say that while the Surface tablet series migrated all the necessary hardware features screenside, the Surface Book put the "lap" back into "laptop," with USB ...

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    Satya Nadella made it a point to make Microsoft cool again a few months ago, and our reaction was mainly of disbelief given how long its taken the company to announce new Microsoft Lumia flagships. Instead we've seen Redmond announce a bevy of entry-level devices, and at this point we continue to wait for the final build of Windows 10 Mobile. Today all this has changed though with Microsoft announcing two new flagships, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL, and we go hands on. If you're wondering why we're making a single video for both flagships, the main reason is because they're almost ...

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    Earlier today, Android Marshmallow technically dropped on all of us. To be more specific, the public version of 6.0 got pushed and was intended for developers to work with some live software. Google promised that over-the-air updates to devices-at-large would start tumbling out in due fashion. We've been wishing hard, praising the techies at Google and yet, we're all disappointed the same in some aspects. One of these aspects was the dark theme that we so desperately wanted in those pitch black room conditions. Also not easy on the eyes was the multi-pane app multitasking, or the lack ...

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    We reviewed Samsung's first deep dive into the smartwatch sector, a dive that probably went too far, in our review of the Gear S. We called it clunky, exorbitant, but amazingly powerful — to go so far as to even say that it was a smartphone in smartwatch form. It was something that stood completely outside of other Gear offerings. As some of us thought about what a sequel could bring, we would soon find out at IFA 2015. A more conventional, if dashing, circular design took place of what could be converted into a bangle. Real estate shrunk down. But there was that rotating bezel. And it ...

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    Update: Nexus next to us... podcast in front of us. Enjoy! Google's new Nexus phones are here, T-Mobile's customer data is all over the internet, and the new iPhone can double as a submarine. On top of that, LG's looking to revamp the concept of the videophone and the smartwatch all at the same time, Microsoft's about to dump a load of Windows hardware on the world, and HTC is readying a familiar face for a fall launch. All this plus your listener mail awaits below, on episode 168 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So figure out which cable fits your new phone and plug in, because this ...

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    As the V10 was being launched in New York, LG centered our attention to the enhanced video capabilities of the smartphone. From high frame rates to high resolution to high-fidelity audio, it looked like this G Pro successor would have it all. Some people say that things only look good on paper, but I'm just about ready to eat the paper and embrace the future. That's especially considering what we've been through in the history of shooting video on our dinky little smartphones. The condensed history of shooting video on our dinky little smartphones In mobile photography this year, we've ...

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    If there's ever been a Pocketnow headline with more complicated brand names, I sure don't know about it. It's an S year for Apple and a reinvention year for Samsung, with revised variants of the new iPhone going up against totally redesigned Galaxy offerings, and the result (in addition to the alphabet soup of branding) is a set of smartphones that have never been more alike – but which are still completely different. From new interface methods to new hardware designs, both Apple and Samsung are bringing something interesting to their smartphone offerings in 2015, and we're here to put ...

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    If you haven't noticed, we're wrapping up a really busy week here at Pocketnow. We reviewed the Huawei Watch, took a first look at the new Moto 360 and finally published our review of the OnePlus 2 – a phone that does an awful lot, for an awful lot less than the new iPhone. So while we're excited to see what Apple has in store in the latest iteration of its halo smartphone, we're also holding the iPhone to an even higher standard in 2015, the year of the inexpensive smartphone. Before we get to any of that, though, we’ve got to free the new iPhone from its retail packaging. So ...

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    Update: Major update from our pals at SCOTTeVEST.com: they have a 40% off sale going on up until Monday, September 28! Visit http://scottevest.com/pocketnow for the deets and enjoy! Only in the midst of iPhone-and-Nexus season could a week with three reviews, a new smartwatch, and looming launches from huge OEMs be called a "lull." But we'll take the breathers where we can get 'em. On the heels of our Huawei Watch review, a new Pebble joins the fray; on the eve of our OnePlus 2 review, LG teases a weird phone with a weirder video; and as Android Pay finally starts rolling out to US ...

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    Unlike its rival Huawei, Motorola didn’t necessarily strive to redefine product presentation with its new smartwatch – but that doesn’t mean it skimped. The Moto 360 2nd Generation unboxing experience is a rich one, its cylindrical retail container featuring the Moto 360 front and center under a glossy plastic dome, braced with packing material that also snugly accommodates a wall plug and an included wireless charging pedestal. It's a very sharp, very smart box that should also catch some eyes as it sits on store shelves. But you didn't click all this way to talk about ...

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    They’re poised to make one of the next Nexus phones later this month, and if there’s anything Huawei has proven it’s good at, it’s hardware. We briefly touched on the phone’s design at IFA 2015, and it’s still gorgeous and terrifically well-made. The chamfered edges lining the aluminum chassis convey a premium look and feel, and round out the sides to make it feel super comfortable to hold. The 5.5” AMOLED display isn’t the sharpest thing we saw at IFA, but at 1080p it’s still more than good enough for most people. There’s a 13 MP camera and LED flash around back, and ...

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    Update: Now with more silicon than ever. Hey, do me a favor? Next time you go on down to the Piggly Wiggly, see if they've got them there tablet six packs? I won't have 'em all, I promise; I just want a couple for the road. Yep, things got a little craaaaaazy in mobile technology this week. In the midst of our comprehensive Moto X Pure Edition review and a boatload of hands-ons from CTIA in Las Vegas, we've seen Nextbit announce a cloud-based smartphone, Apple allow an ad blocker into the App Store, and Amazon release, yes, tablet six-packs. And on top of all that, we've got some ...

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    They're both oversized Android smartphones with Motorola logos, but don't let the superficial similarity fool you. The newest Moto X is an entirely different beast than the aging Google flagship, and while we recently deemed the Nexus 6 still worth a buy when considered in a vacuum, Motorola's newest contender might signify a sea change. The Moto X Pure Edition brings a brighter display, a better camera, higher-end hardware and more customizability than any other Android phone out there – and it sports a svelter casing and a lower price tag than the Nexus 6 to boot. Can the Nexus ...

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