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2 years ago

Five things a big screen does better

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Sometimes bigger is better

The debate over screen size will never end. Some folks love a big-screen Android like the Nexus 6 or the Galaxy Note 4, others want something smaller like the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Some of us are torn, and want both somehow.

But there are some things that are just better on a bigger screen. Here are five of those things.

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2 years ago

What would you change from the HTC One M8 to the M9?

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HTC One M8

I've been using the HTC One M8 for the past week or two, in anticipation of it getting Android 5.0 Lollipop (which it did), and to start getting familiar with it again ahead of HTC's March 1 announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The M8 was an imperfect phone, sure. I know what I don't like about it. (And I recently forgot the cardinal rule of "Don't you dare zoom in with that camera.") But let's here what you folks would change. What do you want to see done differently from the M8 to the ... well, let's just call it the HTC One M9.

Fire away in the comments.

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2 years ago

E-ink paradise: The flip side of the YotaPhone 2

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YotaPhone 2

What does a second e-ink screen actually get you?

All e-ink displays have a few things in common — they work great in sunlight, the refresh rate isn't the best thing ever, and sometimes it's fun to put silly things on them just to see what happens. When the YotaPhone 2 slid across the desk, the first thing that surprised everyone was just how functional the e-ink panel is. The software driving this second display is the only thing that could even jokingly be considered bloat on the squeaky clean version of Android 4.4.3 being used here, and that software lets you use the e-ink display in some interesting ways.

The handful of apps that drive YotaPhone's e-ink panel are designed to make widgets a priority for users who need them, with tools to make switching back and forth between the two screens as effortless as possible. More importantly, the setup lends itself well to users who value personalization above all else.

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2 years ago

Nexus 6 currently on sale from Expansys for $605... and sold out

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Update: Expansys informs us that they've encountered high demand for the reduced-price Nexus 6 and have exhausted their stock. Sorry, folks, they're back to regular price now!

If you still have yet to get your hands on a Nexus 6, you can currently snag one at a discount from Expansys — so long as you're only interested in the Cloud White option. The reseller is currently offering that particular flavor of the device for $605 unlocked.

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2 years ago

Xiaomi announces seriously powerful Mi Note Pro with 2K display

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Along with the standard Mi Note variant, Xiaomi will sell a Pro version of the device that offers some serious hardware, including a 5.7-inch 2K display (2560 x 1440) with a pixel density of 515 PPI, octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 SoC, LTE Category 9 connectivity (with download speeds of 450Mbps) and more. Xiaomi calls the Mi Note Pro "literally the best smartphone in the world to date."

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2 years ago

Xiaomi's latest flagship is the Mi Note

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Mi Note

Xiaomi's latest device is called the Mi Note. Dubbed the "most epic flagship device of the year," the Mi Note comes with a slew of new features as the brand continues to maintain momentum in the smartphone segment. On offer is a 5.7-inch full-HD display, Snapdragon 801, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP camera with OIS and dual-SIM with dual LTE connectivity, all for just RMB 2,299 ($370).

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2 years ago

Ambient Display on the Nexus 6

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Ambient Display

The display is the notification indicator — for better or worse

You may have heard folks talk about "Ambient Display" on the Nexus 6, with comparisons to Motorola's "Moto Display" that debuted on their 2013 product line. That's fine and dandy, because the two are pretty comparable (and Motorola built the Nexus 6). But I'm betting a good many of us have never used either, and aren't quite sure what all the hoopla is about.

We're going to break it down a bit so we all are on the same page and know a little more about it.

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2 years ago

Verizon rolls out update for Sony Xperia Z3v, mostly bug fixes

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Verizon has released an update to its Sony Xperia Z3V today. While it's nothing to get too excited about, it does bring a number of bug fixes and improvements to the table.

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2 years ago

Project Ara modular phones will be sold first in Puerto Rico in 2015

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Google has revealed that the island territory of Puerto Rico will be the location for the first Project Ara market pilot. The modular smartphone system is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. territory sometime in 2015.

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2 years ago

Project Ara developer conference keynote starts at 11 a.m. EST today

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Google will reveal more information about its plans for Project Ara - its attempt to produce a smartphone with modular hardware components - today starting at 11 a.m. EST as part of its second Module Developers Conference in Mountain View, California.

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2 years ago

Oppo R1C with sapphire glass back launches in China, will set you back $400

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Oppo is expanding its lineup of smartphones in the R1 series with the launch of the R1C, a device that features a sapphire glass panel at the back.

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2 years ago

Xiaomi may launch more than one flagship device on January 15

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After teasing an upcoming flagship announcement earlier this week, Xiaomi has shared an image on its social media channels that suggests that the Chinese vendor may launch more than one device on January 15.

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2 years ago

Samsung targets the entry-level segment in India with its first Tizen handset, the Z1

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After significant delays, Samsung's first Tizen smartphone has made its debut. Dubbed the Z1, the device will go on sale in India later today for Rs. 5,700 ($90). To incentivize the purchase of the Z1 over Android handsets available at a similar price, Samsung is bundling a host of entertainment services in a package called "Joy Box", which allows users access to over 270,000 songs, movies, and over 80 live TV shows.

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2 years ago

Sony reportedly open to new options for its mobile division, including a sale

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A new report claims Sony is now open to some new options with its mobile phone division, including possibly selling it off or launching a joint venture with another company.The news comes a few months after Sony announced a plan to restructure its phone business with 1,000 job cuts.

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2 years ago

HTC One M8 Developer and Unlocked Edition get Android 5.0 Lollipop!

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HTC One M8 dev Lollipop

If you've got the developer or unlocked edition of the HTC One M8, check for a system update. Android 5.0 Lollipop is now available.

The update — software version 4.16.1540.8, if you're interested in such things — weighs in at 584 megabytes. The official changelog reads thusly:

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