Posts tagged with: Video
  • 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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  • by | January 30, 2014 8:56 PM

    It's been quite a week for Motorola. We went from talking about a sale on custom smartphones to a sale of the entire company in less than two days. Now, a handful of editorials and one podcast later, we live in a world where Motorola is moving in with Lenovo while Google gets itself out of the hardware business - the business it just got into when it bought Motorola back in 2011. It's enough to make anyone pine for simpler times. But before the complexities of a corporate acquisition and debates over patent values take over our lives completely, we've got a piece of decidedly more-fun ...

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  • by | January 30, 2014 6:14 PM

    The App Store is renowned for all the great applications and games that call Apple's digital app catalog home. Many new applications are first developed for iOS before being brought to other platforms, and a healthy serving of those applications are gorgeous. All that aside, what are the best applications in the App Store for getting stuff done and taking care of business? We could rattle off dozens of well-know applications we've heard of a million times by now – Evernote, Dropbox, Drive, Quick Office, SkyDrive, Springpad, etc. But what about the lesser-known applications which deserve ...

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  • by | January 29, 2014 6:41 PM

    Productivity applications are a dime a dozen, and most of the same productivity apps are available on both iOS and Android, if not Windows Phone and BlackBerry, too. Applications like document editors, cloud storage services, PDF readers, and the like are mostly cross-platform. But what are the best productivity applications for Android, specifically? Android is unique in that it's flexible and, if you put your mind to it, you can do just about anything under the sun. In this video, we detail some of the more unique and advantageous productivity apps around. Watch the top 5 productivity ...

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  • by | January 28, 2014 10:57 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's new tablet-compatible QX10 and QX100, and what that means for the camera lenses. BlackBerry is next as we go through its 10.2.1 update, and all the significant changes you look-out for. Nokia and Microsoft are next as rumors have Windows Phone 8.1 making a debut in a lot of Lumia devices during MWC. We later go through Apple's quarter results and how everything performed well, except the iPhone 5c. We end today's show by talking about Apple's patents for interchangeable lenses and the iPen. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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  • by | January 28, 2014 9:13 PM

    The LG G Flex. We've unboxed it, compared it, reviewed it, compared it again, beat the hell out of it ... and we've even re-reviewed it. We flew to San Francisco to better understand it and we podcasted until we were blue in the face about it. In every possible sense of the word, it's more than fair to say that Pocketnow has "covered" the G Flex. But the test units we tooled around with for those excursions were from overseas - South Korean models designed and built for an entirely different part of the world, with all the attendant foreign carrier bloat, region-specific radio bands, and ...

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  • by | January 28, 2014 1:01 PM

    To many, the world's most notable smartwatch, Pebble, has been somewhat limited. Sure, third-party developers have flexed their creative muscles to try and squeeze as much functionality out of the wrist-mounted notification machine as possible. But until now, out of the box and officially, Pebble has done little more than deliver notifications to your wrist and tell time. Finding watchfaces and apps required perusing the Internet. There, you would find a handful of treasure troves. Installing these unofficial watchfaces and apps wasn't difficult, but it wasn't a smooth, polished experience ...

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