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We’ve already taken a look at the HTC M8 briefly (here and here), but despite that there’s still plenty to talk about. While Samsung continues to flounder with old designs (the same tactic they heavily criticize Apple for) and crappy feeling/looking plastic, HTC is trying to sing a different tune. Last year with the HTC One (read: M7) they set out to differentiate not with (too many) software bloat or other gimmicks. Instead, they chose to use hardware design and build quality as key bullet points. And for all intents and purposes, the first-gen One was a success. It was…

How big is too big? Nokia is asking you to push the boundaries on the answer. It used to be that a ~4.5-inch display was considered huge. In the 2014 smartphone world, however 4.5 inches is now considered average or even small. But when you look at Nokia’s newest device, the Lumia 1520 with its 6-inch display, anything looks small in comparison. But there is a point of diminishing returns at play here. There’s also the fact that hands are only so big. At some point you’re going to make a screen too big and in turn make the user…

Back when ~4.3 inches was considered a “large” phone, Samsung began on a new journey. Much like the megapixel race that point and shoot cameras went through several years back, Samsung kicked off a screen size race, with each new year bringing a few more tenths of an inch added to their mobile devices’ screens. The original Galaxy Note was the first “woah” device with a 5.3-inch display. The stylus was polarizing with some praising the added utility with others knocking the attachment as “doing it wrong”. The second generation Note pushed things slightly higher to 5.5 inches. In 2013,…

Where the Nexus 5 is the pure Android enthusiasts crown jewel of 2013 and the latest iteration of what the perfect (mobile) Google experience is, the LG G2 is what a true spec hound is after. While it is indeed far from pure Android and marred by a manufacturer skin (and hampered by slow updates), is the hardware inside enough to outweigh the aforementioned issues? Because let’s be honest, the hardware is class leading. It checks all the right boxes on paper (well, most) and does so for a reasonable price. All pieces of the puzzle that many of you…

The DROID Razr MAXX was Verizon and Motorola’s original assault on the legion of smartphones with at best, bad battery life. Every once in a while you’d get one that would bump on acceptable levels. But sadly, bad battery life is the name of the game in a world full of ever increasingly large screens, additional cores and RAM count. For the real power users and smartphone junkies, the Maxx is the knight in shinning armor. But is battery life alone reason enough to recommend it over other notable and worthwhile devices from competitors? Let’s take a look. Hardware If…

Back in March when the HTC One hit the streets it did a number of things. For starters it was a spec power house, easily pumping out top of the class numbers. But, unlike a vast majority of the Android hardware (I’d say ~85%), it also looked and felt top notch in build quality, too. Just like the iPhone 5, the HTC One was a work of art. HTC seemed to have finally produced a device worth fawning over, staying up late and mashing the F5 button for, and most of all, recommending to others. Six months later, the field…

After BlackBerry’s make-it-or-break-it Z10 release (our review), a loyal few stuck by their anxious excitement for the keyboard toting model, the Q10. And now that it’s out, how does it stack up? Is BlackBerry 10 as good with the ‘ol physical keyboard tacked underneath and an admittedly oddly proportioned touchscreen up top? All that and more after the break…a couple line breaks that is. Specs Before Apple made it cool to not care about specs, BlackBerry was doing it. At a time when countless Windows Phone manufacturers relentlessly touted endless spec sheets, BlackBerry chose to sing a different tune. Yes,…

The Galaxy S4 is probably the phone that most people have been talking about which isn’t an iPhone. While HTC’s recent One is definitely a breath of fresh air into the mobile field, the Galaxy series has serious cred and weight. Considering Samsung is the majorly dominant market share holder for all things Android and that the Galaxy S III was one of the most popular Android smartphones ever, it makes sense that the Galaxy S4 receives its own hype. Question is, does it live up to it? Hardware & Specs Under the hood there’s no denying the Galaxy S4’s…

The megapixel race of years past is now gone. 8-13 megapixels is now the standard. The new race – screen size. Currently, 5.5-inches is the top end of screen size. (Though, Samsung’s new 6.3-inch “Mega” is taking it to a new level.) One thing’s for certain. That’s a lot of screen to work with. But even a gorgeous screen can be hampered by subpar software and even other hardware features that are simply half-baked. LG doesn’t normally half-bake things, though. In a world of phablets, the two big manufacturers you need to pay attention to are Samsung and LG. And…