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Today in Gear: September 23, 2013

Dogfish Head Off-Centered Brats The worst thing about drinking beer is that you can’t eat it too. Couldn’t, that is. Thanks to the geniuses at Dogfish Head, you can have your brew and bite it too. Four beer-infused types of natural, organic brats (Spicy Espresso, Greek Feta, Heirloom Italian and Classic) are juiced with a…

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Dialed In: 10 Best Smartphones Available Now

There was a time when shopping for a cell phone was ridiculously simple. You’d waltz into the nearest Radio Shack, browse through a handful of demo devices anchored onto the wall, and spend a good four to five Benjamins on a BlackBerry 8700 or RAZR V3 (or the Nokia with the changeable covers, which was awesome). What hasn’t changed: we’re enslaved to our mobile devices. What has: the field of competitors.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen new entries from every major smartphone manufacturer spread across all four mobile platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and believe it or not, BlackBerry. The result for you: choosing the right smartphone can be an overwhelming decision at the moment. Well, we took the liberty of breaking down the top handsets on the market to help simplify the process. Here are the 10 smartphones worthy of your upgrade.

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Today in Gear: May 16, 2013

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H3 and H6 B&O’s two sets of headphones — in both earbud and over-ear versions — are made with the style-addicted audiophile in mind. $249+ adidas adiZero Adios BOOST On the shelves in early October, the new Adidas Adios Boost has already hit the streets during some of this year’s biggest…

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Can a pair of phones and a new OS save the former giant?

In-Depth: BlackBerry Z10 and Q10

Blackberry’s latest grasp at relevancy is now all on the table, and there’s plenty to unpack. The brass tacks of the ailing smartphone company’s attempt at reincarnation revolves around a new mobile OS, Blackberry 10, and two companion devices, the Z10 and Q10. Has Blackberry finally managed to create capable products that can meet the expectations and demands of modern smartphone users?

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Goodbye roller ball, hello baller

Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry

There’s no denying that the folks at RIM have gotten more things wrong than a bro on Wheel of Fortune College week. The newly announced Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry has no chance of making a dent in the company’s sagging bottom line, but it does illustrate that RIM still understands the direct correspondance between exclusivity…

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Torching the Storm

BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860

The new BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 ($TBA) won’t cause Android and iPhone users to defect in droves. The new handset is a welcomed improvement, though, for RIM loyalists in search of an upgrade from the aging Storm I and II. Its 3.7-inch, 800 x 480 traditional touch screen is the biggest ever on a BlackBerry, making…

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What You Need to Know Before Diving In

2011 Tablet Buying Guide

2011 is the year of the tablet, no matter how hard we and our wallets squirm over having another gadget thrust into our lives. But why now? A discussion on that topic could take longer than the birther diatribe if explored in full, but the short answer is we have our smartphones addictions to thank….

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The right play for this book

In-Depth BlackBerry Playbook In-Depth

Photos by Gear Patrol Falling from grace is an experience many businesses never recover from — especially in the vicious world of consumer electronics. BlackBerry, once the darling brand of the technological elite and synonymous with power and status, is working to be the exception. In just a few short years, while companies like Apple,…

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Essential Gear: 20 Best Travel Gadgets

When it comes to traveling you may still rely on tried and true packing lists, but it goes without saying that gadgets and tech, have become both welcome and obnoxious additions — so much for packing light. In this Essential Gear feature we bring you our list of travel-tech endorsements, field tested by the GP…

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Bold(er)

BlackBerry Bold 9780

The recently announced BlackBerry Bold 9780 may not generate the buzz of other handsets considering it’s quite similar to the 9700, but for BlackBerry addicts in love with the portrait QWERTY form factor, the changes should still be welcomed. Aesthetically its pretty much par for the Bold series course, but internally its camera has been…

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Worthwhile Upgrade If You Just... Can't... Kick... BBM

BlackBerry Torch

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is a sleek-looking QWERTY slider that sports a 3.2-inch, 480 x 360 touchscreen (which is the same resolution as the Bold for you handset geeks), 512 MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera, and 4 GB of on board memory with a 4 GB microSD card thrown in gratis. Additionally, it’s…

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Road Warriors Meet Your Excalibur

RIM Blackberry Presenter

Do you suffer from a recurring nightmare involving PowerPoint presentation setup melt downs and an evil client clown (or monkey) who just won’t stop laughing at you? And in those moments when you awake do you find yourself clutching on to your Blackberry for dear life? If so, the business minded folks over at RIM…

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Email, BBMs, and Incoming Calls, All on Your Wrist

Impulse Smartwatch for Blackberry

Blackberry addicts the world over might have cause to celebrate with the release of the Impulse Smartwatch. Designed to serve as the ultimate BlackBerry accessory, users can disguise their far-too frequent cell phone reaches now by simply glancing at their wrist. Thanks to Bluetooth, the watch wirelessly connects to your pocket-stowed handset and can instantly…

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Finally, Someone's Improved the Car Charger

Belkin Micro & Dual iPod/iPhone Auto Chargers

Typically, car phone chargers are nothing to write home about. You stick them in what used to be known as the “cigarette lighter” (back before smoking became equated with terrorism), plug in your phone, and that’s about it. Seeing the newly attached polyp protruding from your otherwise aerodynamic dash was just a fact of life;…

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A Mobile Email Fiend's Dream Come True

BlackBerry App World

You knew it would only be a matter of time before Blackberry would jump into the world of mobile applications. Looks like time’s up. By Gear Patrol Reader Kirk Ward: BlackBerry introduced the BlackBerry App World in early April and has been adding new applications at a constant clip. While many of the best applications…

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Smartphone Showdown: Which One Is Best?

3 Carriers, 3 Phones, 1 Winner Grab yer partner do-si-do. It’s a Gear Patrol phone-down. 2008 has been an amazing year for cell phones. The masses have spoken and features once considered highly advanced such as: touch screen technology, internet connectivity, and email access, are now becoming standard in any smartphone worth its silicone weight….

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Bold For Men Dry Shave Gel

Shaving these days doesn’t really follow all the traditions your father taught you. Where you once lathered foaming gel and cleaned it off with water, Bold for Men Dry Shave Gel is quite the opposite – and in a good way. A non-foaming gel allows your razor to glide right over your face without the…

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Blackberry Bold | 9000

Happy Mother’s Day Happy Blackberry Day. Millions of Blackberry users will undoubtedly be clammoring over the news of the new 3G Blackberry Bold (aka: the Blackberry 9000), featuring quad-band EDGE and tri-band HSDPA, Wi-Fi capability and GPS. Rolling out on AT&T’s 3G Network this summer, followed by T-Mobile, the Blackberry Bold will be powered by…

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Blackberry Curve

Yesterday marked the release of the much anticipated Blackberry Curve (8300). RIM’s long awaited release of a true multi-media Blackberry device that could continue to handle everyone’s daily bombardment of corporate exchange e-mail in addition to multimedia functions everyone non-berrier had. Well, suffice it to say the Curve does not disappoint. Features: 2.5″ 320×240 display…