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Sony Xperia Z3 + Z3 Compact review

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Sony returns with its best high-end smartphone yet — in two sizes

Over the past year, Sony has shown a quiet determination to claw its way to the top of the smartphone food chain. The Japanese electronics giant may be in a sticky financial situation at present, but in 2014 it's fielded some of the most compelling high-end smartphones on the market. At CES this January it was the first big Android player to offer a true flagship smartphone in a smaller form factor with the Xperia Z1 Compact. A few months later it improved on the Z1 in a few important areas with the Xperia Z2, one of the most balanced Android flagships of the year.

Six months later, Sony's back with another fall refresh, and two new smartphones in different form factors. There's the Xperia Z3, the latest iterative update for Sony's Z series, and the Xperia Z3 Compact, which takes the guts of the Z3 and transplants them into a smaller chassis.

Given the similarities between the two, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact call for a different kind of review, and as such we're going to present a mega-review of sorts, covering all the usual areas, as well as the differences between the two.

Read on to find out how Sony's latest handsets shape up.

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1 week ago

HTC Desire 612 arriving on Verizon October 9

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Verizon is launching the HTC Desire 612 this Thursday, October 9. The 612 is an entry-level smartphone that supports Verizon's recently-launched XLTE spectrum. The 612 will be available for free with a new two-year contract.

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1 week ago

Best hockey apps for Android to kick off NHL season

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Alright hockey fans, the NHL seasons start tomorrow as you well know. You want to make sure you're on top of what's happening, even if you can't be rinkside or plopped on your couch in front of the TV. Luckily there are a ton of great hockey apps for Android that can make sure you're in tune to what's up before, during, and after the latest games.

Let's drop the puck and get started with our top five NHL apps for Android.

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1 week ago

Google Hangouts for web now filtering typing sounds rather than muting you

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The noise detection algorithm for voice and video calls in Google Hangouts has been improved so instead of muting you altogether when typing, it will just filter out that noise and keep you on the line.

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1 week ago

Chrome OS Stable channel updated with MTP support

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The Stable channel of Chrome OS has received an updated today, making files transfers from Android devices easier. The MTP support in the Chrome OS Files app lets you plug your Android device into a Chromebook and get files from that device.

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1 week ago

The Nexus 6 might have just popped up at the FCC

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Motorola's upcoming Nexus device may have just just made an appearance at the FCC. The new Motorola smartphone has a 6-inch screen and the model number XT1254. The device operates on LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, and 17, and supports GSM and WCDMA at frequencies of 850MHz, 1700MHz, and 1900MHz, bands that are supported by AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States.

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1 week ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 7

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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1 week ago

Samsung 360 Services for Business to offer better mobile enterprise features

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Samsung has sent over a press release announcing Samsung 360 Services for Business, which aims to offer large enterprise customers some better mobile features. The program is currently being tested by some companies in preparation for a global launch sometime in 2015.

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1 week ago

CyanogenMod 11 successfully ported to Android One devices

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Traditionally, devices powered by MediaTek processors have had little to no support when it comes to the availability of custom ROMs, but all that is changing as CyanogenMod 11 has been successfully ported over to the first wave of Android One devices.

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1 week ago

ZTE announces the giant Grand XMAX for Cricket at $199

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Fresh off the launch of the ZMAX, ZTE is back with another giant phone, the Grand XMAX which comes in at 6-inches and is bound for Cricket priced at $199.99. It'll be available online and in store from October 10, and for your money you're getting a 1280x720 resolution display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot.

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1 week ago

OnePlus One picks up a hefty update to fix touchscreen issues and more

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The OnePlus One is set to receive the latest OTA update for CyanogenMod 11S (38R) today. If you own a OnePlus One, you'll need to keep an eye out for the update, which will improve the responsiveness of the touchscreen as well as overall battery life, add a new lockscreen, implement the ability to shoot in RAW format, and more.

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1 week ago

Samsung's metal-clad Galaxy A5 allegedly launching in November, Galaxy A7 details emerge

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More details regarding Samsung's metal-clad smartphones in the Galaxy A series are starting to emerge, with today's report stating that the Chinese version of the Galaxy A7 will feature a 5.5-inch full-HD display. That's according to SamMobile's source, who also states that the Galaxy A5 – rumored to be the mid-ranger in the series – will launch in the month of November for around $450.

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1 week ago

Asus Zenwatch, LG G Watch R and Sony Smartwatch 3 get first UK pre-order prices

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Just yesterday we heard that LG is preparing to launch the G Watch R in its native Korea, but here in the UK pre-order pricing is beginning to emerge for that and some of the other new Android Wear watches headed our way. Online retailer, Expansys, has pre-order listings for all three and is pricing the Zenwatch a fair bit cheaper than the others .

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1 week ago

New Moto G lands at Best Buy for $179

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Wanted to pick up the new Moto G, but didn't get to Motorola's website before stock depleted? Fret not, as you'll now be able to purchase the handset from Best Buy.

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1 week ago

Samsung warns of steep decline in profits in Q3 F2014 guidance

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The world's largest phone-maker has issued its guidance for the third quarter of the 2014 fiscal year and warns that there may be a steep drop in profits from a year ago and from the previous quarter. With the guidance, this would be the fourth consecutive quarter that Samsung's profits are slumping. Operating profit could drop by as much as 60 percent.

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