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    While neither of these two devices is an actual IFA 2014 device per se, we couldn't resist the urge of putting Samsung's flagship (correction: S-flagship, as the Note 4 can easily take the crown now) against the metallic-frame rocking Galaxy Alpha, announced by Samsung on August 13. This is actually the first time we're seeing the Alpha in person, so we also had to go hands-on, to see exactly what that metallic frame is all about, and what design cues it lends to the new Note 4. The Galaxy S 5, on the other hand, is what it is, whether you like it or not. In any case it's definitely a ...

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    Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 are fresh devices launched at the ongoing IFA 2014. In fact, they're so fresh, that our coverage has already started on the Ascend Mate 7 with an on-location unboxing, while we only had the chance to have a quick and dirty hands-on with the Galaxy Note 4. What do these two phablet-class smartphones have in common, and what are the differences? That's what we're trying to find out in our Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Huawei Ascend Mate 7 video below. However, both feature huge screens: 5.7- and 6-inches, respectively, while one has a ...

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    It's the affordable flagship, according to Microsoft. But, as our specs post suggests... maybe not. There's nothing like real hands-on experience though, and that's exactly what Taylor Martin has brought us from within a press event in Berlin, Germany. Our Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on video is now live, and within it our initial impressions of the phone. The 830 looks like a phone that will let you distinguish from the crowd, and you can even swap backplates to take on a new look every now and then. We found that it was fairly thin and light, and performed decently well in our early tests. The ...

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    Now that the announcement has come and gone, it's time we take our first hands-on look at the new Windows Phones from Microsoft. We've started off with the Nokia Lumia 735 / 730, the "selfie phone" that Microsoft has been teasing for quite a while now. So let's take a look, shall we? We won't bore you by recounting specs here: we've already covered that in an in-depth Nokia Lumia 735 specs post here. We also won't bore you with a list of every single feature the phone has, because if you want that info, you're in the wrong place: check here instead. Of course, this is one of many IFA 2014 ...

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    It was not too long ago that we saw the HTC Desire 820 go official and rounded up its specs, and now it's hands-on time. We've checked out the 64-bit processor, the 5.5-inch HD screen, the BoomSound speakers, the powerful 8MP selfie cam, and the everything else. And it's all available right down for you below in our HTC Desire 820 hands-on video. One of the most unique features of the Desire 820 is the 64-bit architecture afforded by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 system-on-a-chip. As we mentioned, there's a 720p display that's big and bold, and the media experience is rounded out by the ...

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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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    Update 2: Thanks to a commenter who pointed out the offensive comment in today's podcast regarding "roofies." This will shortly be excised from the official edited podcast. Until then, please accept this update as a temporary apology while we work to clean up our mess. Thank you for your patience. Updated with high-quality downloads in the Links section for those of you who couldn't catch us live. See you next week! The Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin. You know it as "the ee-fa." Old-timers might still call it the Berlin Radio Show. Stephen Schenck for some reason refers to it ...

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    There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 3,000-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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    Our own Michael Fisher proved last week that it is possible to scratch a synthetic sapphire display on a smartphone. Specifically, he roughed up the Kyocera Brigadier through several heinous tests, and impact with a hard material got the better of the extra hard sapphire. No less, the Brigadier is an impressively rugged smartphone that has both the IP certifications and the real world beefiness to back up the claims. But handling a drop or dunk in water isn't all that this phone is capable of. In this video, we cover three of the Kyocera Brigadier features you may not know about!

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    For Verizon customers, it's the Windows Phone question of the year: Lumia Icon or One M8 for Windows? Both phones offer premium builds and powerful internals, both run Windows Phone 8.1, and both have their own software goodies to try to captivate customers – but which is the better phone overall? We tackle that question in our HTC One M8 for Windows vs Nokia Lumia Icon comparison video down below. Talking hardware, neither of these phones are small. But what they both are is sturdy and solidly built, for whatever you take that to mean. The HTC feels a bit better in-hand, if only ...

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    Usually, when I hit Publish on a review, I've had enough time to mull over the words and reread everything enough to be completely certain of everything I wrote. And if I question anything, I can just grab the phone, double-check my thoughts, and reassure myself that I got it right – right then and there, firsthand proof. In all the phones I've reviewed, there was only one time I can recall that I hit publish and immediately wanted to take it back. It wasn't that I was unsure of what I had said. It was that, no matter how certain I was, I didn't want to believe what I wrote. I remember ...

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    For many of us, web browsing is the heart and soul of our mobile usage. Browsing web pages from a coffee shop on your phone or buying something from Amazon while waiting in line are what make modern smartphones so different from their ancestors. Mobile browsing today is not all that bad, fairly enjoyable, and actually pretty efficient. So how do the two most popular mobile platforms compare when it comes to mobile browsing? Ignoring all the third-party options available on both and not considering meaningless benchmarks or page load times, the out-of-the-box browsing experience on Android ...

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    For many of you, the new school year is just beginning. Others have just a few days or weeks before they're back in the classroom, as well. Fortunately, the transition back into the school year doesn't have to be so hard. Education and productivity applications are available in droves. There are literally hundreds of note taking applications, task list managers, calendar apps, and more. There are even applications where you can go to ask questions about your homework, or knowledge engines to reference, right from your phone. If you're after help inside or out of the classroom, we have a ...

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    Our review of the Xiaomi Mi4 went up earlier this week. In short, it's a really nice piece of hardware with some serious software issues. However, MIUI has been around for some time and a major update – MIUI version 6 – is just around the corner. It's always been known for its deep customization options and putting the power in the hands of the user. While we did talk a lot about the software on the Mi4, we had to skip over some of the more nitty gritty features. That's just the way it goes with time-sensitive review periods. As such, we've picked three of our favorite Xiaomi Mi4 ...

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    Are you headed back to school soon, and planning to have your Android device with you as your wingman? If so, you're in luck, because there are tons of great app options to help you be productive and focused. We spared you the time picking the gems out of the mess that is Google Play, and compiled the best five into a five essential back to school Android apps video. High up on our list is Genius Scan+, the go-to scanner for many of us here at Pocketnow. With Genius Scan+, you can wave goodbye to the scanners of yore... you know, the ones that require complicated computer software ...

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    Barnes & Noble hasn't had much luck competing with Amazon's Kindle line of e-readers, its Nook tablets selling poorly enough to prompt an announcement from the bookseller in June that it was spinning off the whole division. That hasn't stopped the company from actively trying to better the line, though; it'll still sell the e-readers in stores even after the split is complete, and it's delegated manufacture of new Nook devices to Samsung. The latter company joined with Barnes & Noble this morning in New York City to announce the new Nook. Technically co-branded as the ...

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    The Amazon Fire Phone is a pretty interesting device, but it comes with the Amazon Appstore instead of the Google Play Store. What if you want some other apps? Because the Fire Phone is based on Android, you're in luck! Just like other Android-powered devices, you can sideload applications right onto the device, but the process looks a little different than you may be used to. Here's how you can sideload apps on the Amazon Fire Phone. Enable Sideloading Head into the Settings by pulling down on the top of the screen and tapping the Settings cog. From there, find Applications & Parental ...

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    When we take a look at any smartphone these days that's not a flagship, design isn't usually something that stands out as a selling point. That's why when Sprint and Sharp went official with the Aquos Crystal earlier today, we were quite impressed; one look at that top side with nearly zero bezel, and we were blown away that such a phone was even possible to manufacture. Because of this, we were naturally quite excited to take this smartphone for a spin in a Sharp Aquos Crystal hands-on video. The Aquos Crystal itself is -- best put -- quite futuristic. It's the closest thing we've seen ...

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    It's one of the top buzzwords of the year in mobile technology: the sapphire screen. More appropriately called a sapphire crystal display, its remarkability lies not in clarity or resolution or thumb-feel ... but in saving us from our oafish, clumsy-handed selves. Sapphire crystal is hard, see – harder than anything on the good 'ole Mohs hardness scale except diamond (as we discussed in a piece last year on why sapphire is awesome). And since we don't generally carry diamonds in our pockets on the regular, the thinking goes that a sapphire screen would be harder than anything that could ...

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    When we reviewed the HTC One M8, we were discovered it was one of the best looking and feeling Android handsets around. In fact, very few other Android smartphones even come close in build quality and design. Not only is its hardware impressive, though, it's a great smartphone through and through. It's camera isn't mind-blowing, but it's far from the worst; the Sense 6 software is actually very nice; the BoomSound speakers provide a one-of-a-kind, pocket-sized multimedia experience; and things like battery life and network performance are great. Xiaomi, being a company based on many of ...

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    It's official: HTC Zoe is now available to many Android handsets running version 4.4 or higher, HTC name stamp or no. This is HTC's first step in bringing the Zoe experience to devices outside its branded offerings, and it also marks the app's transition into more of a social network than a mere enhanced gallery – so we decided to put it under the lens in a quick HTC Zoe walkthrough video. Keep in mind that the app available now is an open beta; HTC acknowledges that it's not perfect, but is encouraging feedback via several dedicated channels. The full version 1.0 is on track for ...

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    Just last week, Xiaomi kicked LG off the list of top smartphone manufacturers as it took fifth place for itself. And more than once, it's managed to sell out of its Mi3 handset in record time. Clearly, it's doing something right amidst all the controversy it's leaving in its wake. The question now is, can its newest handset, the Mi4, compete with what many have declared the best smartphone of the year thus far, LG's G3? With the G3, LG has managed to woo tons of consumers. The 5.5-inch QHD display is packed into a remarkably small package, the LG UI is actually a pleasure to use, and it's ...

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    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is making waves – selling out of its Mi 3 handset in mere seconds, becoming the world's fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer, and announcing a seriously high-end smartphone for far cheaper than all its competitors. Back in July, Xiaomi announced the latest iteration of its Mi series of smartphones, the Mi4. Surprisingly, at just $459.99, it comes with almost the exact same specifications as its toughest competition. It has a Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB RAM, 16 or 64 GB fixed storage, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 3,050mAh battery. No to mention, it has almost ...

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    We've taken more than one look at the LG G3 so far. Michael reviewed the original South Korean version, to which I completely corroborated shortly thereafter. Then I received a U.S. variant, the AT&T model for review. That went live last week. However, about halfway through July, LG announced a newer, slightly upgraded variant of the G3, called the G3 Cat.6. It comes with the newer Snapdragon 805 SoC with advanced data speed capabilities. The Cat.6, as the name suggests, is capable of hitting theoretical download speeds upwards of 225Mbps. So what's the true difference? Do they look or ...

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    We all want fast devices, but RAM, CPU, and GPU are all just lines on a spec sheet. That's where benchmarking comes in, but they can be gamed, and even cheated. Today we're going hands on with GameBench, a new app that aims to change that and give us information that's useful and accurate. With so many components inside our devices, and complex interrelations between them, it's all but impossible for us to gauge "how fast" something is just by looking at its specifications. Additional cores have an impact. How fast those cores are clocked play into the equation as well. Why type of ...

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