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Moto X Review

This week we're delivering an extended stay with the Moto X, a device presented by Motorola as the current sweet spot in the center of price, usability, and customizability. This device marks a point in the history of Android where what my colleague Chris Davies calls a "Context Ecosystem" has dawned, and in it an essential dismissal of winner-take-all hardware specifications in favor of an overall best-in-class user experience.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition Review

If you planned on picking up the Nexus 4 this summer but hesitated when you heard about Samsung's entry in to the newly minted "Google Play edition" lineup, you must have been thrown for a real loop when HTC brought the One on too. Here we've got not just one of the top hero machines on the market ready for "Nexus" glory, but two. Why would you choose one over the other? Let's have a peek.

HTC One Google Play edition Review

When you pick up a Google Play edition of the HTC One, you get all of the hardware features the original device is packed with, but backed up with an operating system that's almost entirely Google-made. This device is released alongside one other hero machine with a "Google Play edition" tag to make it unique, that being the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Here we have a peek at what it means to pay a premium (or a normal full price, depending on your perspective) for a machine that's already been one of Android Community's favorites this year, this time with a whole different experience on the inside.

Sony Xperia Z T-Mobile Review

It's the same device as it was before - with an ever-so-slight change here or there in the software suite, of course. The Sony Xperia Z still has a fully waterproof body, a 5-inch Full HD display, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. It's not the highest-power machine on the market - if you consider the Snapdragon 600 int he HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4, that is - but it does have a combination of processor and display panel that'll kick out the swiftness the likes of which you've never seen before (if you've not purchased a phone in 2013, of course). And it's all glass for class, too.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom hands-on

Here in London we've got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, the company's latest effort in crossover machines between the point-and-shoot camera and their hero smartphone, the Galaxy S 4. This device is certainly a considerable bit thicker than the smartphone already on the market, yet it's not quite as large as the original Samsung Galaxy Camera. It's there that this machine finds its half-way point.

Samsung Galaxy NX Camera hands-on

As the most powerful camera yet graced with Android to have been revealed to the public thus far, the Samsung Galaxy NX is bound to be under a bit of scrutiny before it's accepted as a top-notch shooter. What we've got here is a camera that's as massive as your everyday interchangeable-lens DSLR, but with the ability to connect to the web and take advantage of the full Google Play collection of Android apps. Thanks to WiFi and 4G LTE, it does it all. It's part of the next generation of Android devices, if you'd be so bold as to say so.

LG “Always On Voice Commands” tipped for smartphones in 2014

If you were wary of the Xbox One's ability to see and hear you basically 24 hours a day, you might want to skip reading this story. LG has been tipped by several sources to be bringing forth a new smartphone inside 2014 that'll be working with Always On Voice Commands. This means it'll be listening all the time.

HTC Desire 200 official: tiniest HTC One yet!

The HTC Desire 200 isn't a device you'll be seeing out there in the wild as often as the HTC One - mostly because it wont be released in the USA until it's passed through the paces internationally. That said, it'll be quite the release when it does hit the likes of T-Mobile and AT&T: and good luck to Verizon too: (we'll see some "DROID" attached to it then). Herein lies the smallest vision HTC has released this year.

Huawei Ascend P6 “Beauty Shot” hands-on demo shows smooth-skin oddity

With Huawe's newest smartphone effort comes the newest edition of their "Emotion" user interface, this bringing with it their IMAGESmart software and a feature called "Beauty Shot." This feature comes with the Huawei Ascend P6 and has the ability to bring about, as Huawei notes, "instant facial beauty." What we've found, on the other hand, is that there's no two ways about it: this software changes the basic structure of your face and makes the user look... downright strange.
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