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Come January 1, there will be a pretty significant behind-the-scenes change here at Pocketnow. For the first time since 2002, I will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations of Pocketnow, and I will no longer be Editor-in-Chief. It is with mixed emotions that I make this announcement. Pocketnow is in my blood (literally, as my brother was a co-founder back in 2000) and for many years now it’s been a huge part of my life. I’ve been so incredibly fortunate to have worked closely with the team here, all of whom I consider my friends. And of course, it’s been an [...]
Want to know why I returned my Nexus 5, despite being one of the most desirable Android phones of the moment? Read this to find out!
One of the chief reasons we love Android because it’s so flexible and open. The best example of this is the homescreen where one can completely customize the look and feel of what is most certainly the most used part of the smartphone. With widgets, icons, custom wallpapers and third party launchers, the possibilities of customization are endless on Android and the results can be truly breathtaking. The website MyColorScreen is home to a community of Android “artists” that put forth their creativity to make beautiful Android themes. And, in some cases, instructions [...]
Are minor improvements enough to satisfy the increasingly demanding smartphone buyer? Read our full iPhone 5S review to find out!
Those of you with an iPhone 5 are undoubtedly wondering if the 5S is worth an upgrade. When it comes down to it, you’ll get three things: an improved camera, a fingerprint scanner, and a faster CPU. It’s also possible you might get better battery life. Taken together, these new capabilities make for a fantastic experience on the 5S, but it’s not a vast improvement over the 5. Take a look at our comparison iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5 video and decide for yourself. Then, come back for our full review where we’ll more closely compare the camera performance of the 5 and [...]
Apple calls its fingerprint sensor “Touch ID.” Its function is actually quite limited as of now: you can use your fingerprint to unlock your phone instead of typing a passcode, or you can use it to buy apps in the App Store. In the future we hope that this function is opened to third-party developers because it holds a lot of promise.
Setup is super easy and takes less than a minute. Once the device recognizes and stores your Touch ID, the 5S is able to read your print very, very quickly. You’re also able to add multiple prints in case you want your spouse or [...]
The iPhone 5 was one of the best phone’s we’ve ever reviewed. About a year later, it’s falling behind in a few key areas that Apple hopes to remedy with the 5S. Chief among them is the camera: the 5S is supposed to have improved low light performance thanks to a larger sensor and a new flash configuration. Recent devices like the HTC One and Nokia Lumia 1020 have been engineered around low-light camera performance.
Also new to the table is a faster 64 bit A7 CPU which we really won’t see the benefits of until developer re-write their apps to take [...]
Take a look at our comparison between the new Galaxy Note 3 and the popular Galaxy Note 2
See how the new iOS is different in our walkthrough of the developer preview, our own iOS 7 hands-on.
The new Lumia 925 will be offered in black and silver. Sometimes when devices are offered in different colors you only get small accents of the color. In the case of the 925, your choice of black or silver will determine the color of the soft-touch backing as well as the aluminum edges, which can be seen from the front of the device, so you’ll definitely be able to tell the difference between the two. As is usually the case, silver is the color to get if you want to hide fingerprints, but the black looks stealthy and clean. Which would you choose?
We’re live in London taking a look at Nokia’s newest flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 925. The 925 is an improvement over the 920 in terms of weight and depth (in fact, it’s an amazing 50 grams lighter than the 920). It features aluminum edges and a soft-touch backing. The camera is similar to what is found in the 920, so expect great low light-performance, but the addition of a sixth lens means that optical image stabilization is improved further. The display is a 4.5″ AMOLED panel with 1280×768 resolution. In terms of other specs, the 925 is nearly [...]
This is our full review of the HTC One, complete with comparisons, benchmarks, camera samples and more
How loud is BoomSound on the HTC One? Check out our comparison with other phones
The new LG Optimus L7 II is a follow up to the original L7. It has more memory, a faster processor, and a better camera. Check out our hands-on video.
Check out our hands-on coverage of the budget-friendly Nokia Lumia 520, which runs Windows Phone 8
Check out our hands-on of HP's 7" Android tablet, the Slate 7. We're live at Mobile World Congress.
The HTC One has a 4MP camera. Is that enough resolution? Read our take
Read our thoughts on the new Mailbox email application. Does it revolutionize email?
Accelerate for iPhone and iPad turns off system animations and makes iOS feel super fast. It's free.
It’s been over four months since we’ve reviewed the iPhone 5. Since then, I’ve been using it on and off, but mostly on. I haven’t kept in a case (where’s the fun in that?), but I’ve treated it relatively well by keeping it away from keys and other sharp objects when in my pocket, and by making sure that the iPhone 5 has never taken a fall to a hard surface. So with a medium/average level of care, how has the iPhone 5 stood up to the test of life? Is it durable?
The answer is: not really. In fact, if we were to give the iPhone 5 a durability [...]
Around here we do video–lots of video, because we think video is an ideal medium to show you details that text and photo alone cannot provide when it comes to showing you the latest mobile devices. And so we put a lot of time and energy into YouTube, developing shows such as Worst Gadget Ever, After the Buzz, Pocketnow Daily, and more. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve hit a huge milestone: 200,000 subscribers! And we just want to thank everyone that has hit the little “subscribe” button on our channel to get an always-updated stream of our [...]
We sent an iPad Mini to the folks at Anostyle to get it anodized in bronze. Take a look at how it looks.
Google Maps for iOS has a bunch of hidden gestures. Check out our tips and tricks article