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Using an Acer smartphone in the US

I walked into my local T-Mobile store in little Syracuse, Utah, USA and set a nondescript smartphone down on the counter. “I need a SIM for this, please.” The clerk picked it up, observing how light and thin it was, rolling it slowly in his hands, looking for the SIM tray. Then his eyes fixed on the bottom of the screen. “Acer makes smartphones?! Where did you get this?!”Before long the store manager was over looking at the little black slab. He, too, had never seen an Acer smartphone and took a good long time taking it all in.

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Oppo R5 hands-on (Video)

Its bigger brother may be capturing all of the attention in the limelight, but that doesn’t mean the Oppo R5 doesn’t hold a candle to the N3. We’ve already covered the basics of the phone in a news post, but now it’s time to give you a look at the phone itself. This is our Oppo R5 hands-on.The design isn’t as remarkable as that of the N3, but there is something to be said about the R5′s looks. It’s ultra-thin, just 4.8mm at its thickest, and boasts a “macro-arc … Continue reading » The post Oppo R5 hands-on (Video) appeared ...

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Sony Xperia T3 and LTE M2 now available in the US

Remember the Sony Xperia T3? Yeah, so it’s been a couple months since it launched, but the exceedingly-thin phone is finally now heading over to the United States, with its mid-range status and all. Apart from the Sony Xperia T3 US availability confirmation, Sony has also affirmed the US availability of an LTE-ready Xperia … Continue reading » The post Sony Xperia T3 and LTE M2 now available in the US appeared first on Pocketnow. Pocketnow

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Is a big screen enough to be a “phablet”?

Phablets have come into the mobile space consciousness in a big way (no pun intended) recently with the announcement of two, relatively large (prominent, pun a little intended) devices into the phablet space – the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Motorola made Nexus 6. Both of these phones fall into the phablet category, at least by some definitions. So let’s take a look here and see if we can figure out exactly what these definitions are.Some will argue that a phablet needs something more than just a large screen. After all, a phone with a large screen is still ...

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Galaxy Lollipop plans, Apple sapphire future, Amazon flops & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft’s quarter results and how this reflects on the Lumia brand and the Microsoft Surface. Then we talk about Oppo and a new teaser of another smartphone to come. We then focus on Samsung’s plans to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to flagship Galaxy phones. Amazon follows with its terrible quarter results. We end today’s show talking about Apple, its sapphire future and its partnership with Nike for wearables.All this and more after the break.Stories:-

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Microsoft Lumia branding goes official, new device coming soon

It’s been long rumored that the Nokia name wouldn’t be lasting much longer, and today that has been confirmed with word straight from the horse’s mouth. Officially, the name of the Windows Phone we’ve all come to know and love has been changed from the Nokia Lumia branding to a fresher Microsoft Lumia branding, reflecting the new ownership of the company.The websites and social media accounts associated with Microsoft Lumia will be overhauled and changed to reflect the new naming over the next few days, and the change across all web properties is expected to be … Continue reading » ...

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Freebie Wednesday: get TowerMadness, Blinkist, Skillfeed, and more for zero cash

If you like free stuff (who doesn’t?), then head on over to the Pocketnow Deals Store and check out the awesome free offers available right now.You pay nothing to learn how to design iPhone games, how to be a web developer, to speed read through a book in under 15 minutes, plus a whole bunch more.Learn To Build Your Own iPhone Game For FREE!Flappy Bird and Angry Birds: these are iPhone gaming sensations. You could design the next big thing in iPhone gaming with

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LG G Watch R unboxing and first impressions (Video)

Those in search of a round-faced smartwatch have a new possibility to consider as they stalk the shelves of their favorite online retailer. LG’s newest piece of Android Wear-powered kit is a stocky circle of stainless steel with a leather strap and a perfectly round P-OLED screen that even Motorola’s gotta be envious of.We’re going to be taking a long look at the G Watch R next week as part of our review treatment, so we’ll save our … Continue reading » The post LG G Watch R unboxing and first impressions (Video) appeared first on Pocketnow. Pocketnow

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Android Lollipop imminent, new Nexuses nearing, no more Nokia | Pocketnow Weekly 119

Update: The Weekly 119 is now available in super-HQ audio form – your ears will thank you if you download or stream from one of the links below. See you next week!As one brand gets a supersized juice-up, another goes a little quicker to the retirement home – and the rest undulate in uncertain undertakings from the sensational to the soporific.So it goes in mobile as in any other field, and we’re here to cover it in the brief lull between reviews at Pocketnow’s Boston offices! In between talk of the Lollipop-flavored new Nexii and the sandblasting of Nokia logos from … Continue ...

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Google Nexus 9, Nexus 6, iPad Air 2 comments & more – Pocketnow Daily Recap

Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We’d like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can’t respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video.This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your ...

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Sony 12-inch tablet may be in the works for early 2015 launch

Will the next tablet war not be fought over thinness, screen resolution, or even budget pricing, but dominance in the space of the bigger-than-big form factor? Few manufacturers have already pushed things much further past ten inches – Samsung and its NotePRO and TabPRO 12.2 models being a notable exception – but rumors of similar models like a 12.9-inch iPad Pro from Apple suggest that other OEMs may finally be ready to … Continue reading » The post Sony 12-inch tablet may be in the works for early 2015 launch appeared first on Pocketnow. Pocketnow

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When will you be able to buy the LG G Watch R?

Motorola found itself facing some fresh competition on the smartwatch front a couple months back, as LG tossed its hat in the ring with the G Watch R. In the time since, we’ve seen LG’s round-faced smartwatch debut in the manufacturer’s native South Korea, but what of international plans? When are all of us in the West going to get a shot at a round Android Wear without the Moto 360′s … Continue reading » The post When will you be able to buy the LG G Watch R? appeared first on Pocketnow. Pocketnow

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Nexus 6 sells out in minutes, DROID Turbo goes ballistic, Microsoft Band sneaks out early | Pocketnow Weekly 120

If you want your very own huge Google smartphone, great news! Preorders are open right no– oh, never mind; they’re sold out already. But not to worry! If you missed out on claiming your own Nexus 6, we’ve got other mobile happenings to sate your salacious smartphone and smartwatch desires: an Oppo with a motorized camera, a fitness band Microsoft maybe wasn’t quite ready to announce, and a new Droid made of something called ballistic nylon, just in case someone shoots you in the pocket this scary holiday season.Also ahead: a look at whether Quad HD screens really do … Continue reading ...

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Motorola DROID Turbo unboxing & hands-on (Video)

What do you get when you cross a little bit of Moto X with a dash of Nexus 6 and a heaping helping of macho branding? You get the new DROID Turbo from Motorola, a Verizon-exclusive flagship smartphone built to put the “-roid” back in “Droid.”At today’s Verizon event in New York City, we got to interact with not just the Droid Turbo itself, but check out the complete retail packaging as the phone will arrive in when sales begin this coming Thursday. It looks

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LG G3 – After The Buzz, Episode 39

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 ...

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A first look at the Nexus 9

Today we had a brief 15 minute first look at the new Nexus 9 tablet from HTC running Google’s new Android Lollipop operating system. We were not allowed to photograph it next to any other tablets or devices, so all you’re going to get is some photos of the tablet by itself and a few first impressions. Also, the device is running a preview version of the new Android operating system, so of course things are going to change on that end, but we can get a pretty good idea of what the hardware is going to be like. The ...

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Google Inbox, iOS 8.1 Jailbreak, Android Beam boost & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new iOS 8.1 jailbreak that just got announced for those still interested. Then we talk about Apple’s A8X processor, and how it is significantly more powerful than the existing A8 on the iPhone 6. We then talk about Android Beam and how Google is boosting it silently with Android Lollipop. Google Play Music follows as we get some Songza support going forward. We end today’s show talking about Google’s new Inbox application for iOS and Android.All this and more after the break.Stories:-

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iOS 8.1, Apple Pay, Google’s Gmail 5.0, Microsoft smartwatch & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple’s release of iOS 8.1 to the public, along with its official launch of Apple Pay. OnePlus follows as it’ll begin its “One” preorders very soon, as ridiculous as that may sound. Google follows with details on Gmail 5.0, the things we like, and what is still missing. Fitbit follows with rumors on its next wearables and even a smartwatch. We end today’s show talking about Microsoft’s smartwatch for later this year.All this and more after the break.Stories:-

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