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Decrypted: The Specifications War is Over

If the topic of mobile technology happens to come up at your local water cooler, it’s unlikely that a fight will break out concerning which colleague’s phone has the most RAM. Tech specs used to be consumers’ top priority; what do the numbers mean to us now, with supercomputers in our pockets?

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Wear Them Well

The State of Wearables, 2014

Wearable tech is a growing and increasingly diverse market; they all track distance and calories, and most tell time. They all have their pitfalls — battery life, compatibility, reliability, size, price — but what determines the best device is your individual needs. Do you need to streamline your workflow or measure how streamlined your backstroke is? Do you need a sleek timepiece or do you dig the outright nerdy look? Weigh your responses and use our guide of the best options.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: September 9, 2014

Today in Gear: Motorola’s new line of products, the Honda Shadow Aero, Polk’s wireless audio system and more.

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Today in Gear: May 14, 2014

Today in gear we examine, Motorola’s most affordable smartphone yet, a shower for road trips, a light bulb that dims like a sunset, Dropcam’s new tabs and post shaving solution from the Dollar Shave club team.

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Masters in Mobile

Best Smartphones

We know what you’re thinking. Making three picks for the best smartphone of 2013 instead of crowning one ultimate winner is a total cop out. But our job here was clear: highlight innovations that benefit us all as users of smartphones. If there’s one defining comment to draw from our award winners below, it’s that a deliberate collaboration between hardware and software is critical to creating an excellent mobile device. Each of our Best Smartphone picks — the Nokia Lumia 1020, the Motorola Moto X and the iPhone 5s — pushes the boundaries of consumer technology and attempts to redefine the mobile experience in its own way.

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Today in Gear: September 16, 2013

Motorola Sliver II Bluetooth Headset One objection to Bluetooth headsets is that people like to walk around quiet areas and carry on private conversations at terrifying volumes. The other complaint is that they’re ugly as all hell. The Sliver II, a minimalist over-the-ear headset, solves the latter with a tasteful Sci-fi aesthetic. It’ll provide five…

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Today in Gear: August 22, 2013

Motorola Skip NFC Tag Motorola says the average Joe spends over a minute each day simply unlocking his smartphone. A MINUTE. You could do a lot in a minute. You could tie your shoes — with double knots! You could fill out and sign a check. You could read one page in a book. This…

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Xtraordinary

Tested: Motorola Moto X

Yet again, Motorola has the chance to hijack the industry-wide road map for mobile development and design. Its latest creation, the Moto X, was destined by birthright alone to make headlines as the first smartphone fully conceived and nurtured under the wing of Motorola’s new parent, Google. Still, few expected the type of heir that was eventually unveiled

That’s because the Moto X refuses to compete in the specifications arms race currently occupying the rest of the Android market, (arguably sparked by another Motorola Device — the original Droid) and instead dares consumers and competing manufacturers alike with another question. Is a top-notch mobile user experience really still dependent on top-notch specs?

It’s a familiar concept for Apple devotees. But to somehow dismiss the X’s accomplishments as a simple grafting of Apple’s strategy onto the Android platform is a serious misjudgment. This phone blazes several important new trails, including taking the crown as the first smartphone to be made (or more accurately, assembled) right here in the U.S.A.

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They're calling

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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Sharpening its edge

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Motorola Android smartphone launches seem like a dime a dozen recently, but their latest offering is a cut above and, unfortunately, beyond (as in, beyond U.S. shores). The RAZR i is the new buff uncle in Razr family tree, thanks to its powerful 2Ghz Intel Atom processor, and is the first Moto device to feature…

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RAZR'ing the bar

Motorola Droid RAZR HD, Maxx HD and M

From the StarTAC, to the original RAZR to the Droid, Motorola has led the way for mobile hardware on quite a few occasions. Now, firmly entrenched under the wing of its Google mothership, Motorola is kicking off the new era with a family of handsets: the Droid RAZR HD ($299), the RAZR Maxx HD ($199)…

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Invoke your God's Eye

Motorola LEX 700 Mission Critical Handheld

Not currently available for civilian use (check back around the end of the Mayan calendar or a city under Martial Law nearest you), the Motorola’s LEX 700 Mission Critical Handheld puts military-grade situational awareness and command and control into the hands of first responders. With the LEX 700, police, emergency medical services, and firefighters benefit…

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Round Two

Motorola Xoom 2

The original Motorola Xoom caused a huge stir in the tech community as the first legitimate Android tablet with a chance of challenging the iPad. Once on the market, it then fizzled out in a style that made Lebron’s finals performance seem natural. Needless to say, there’s immense pressure on the successor to put up…

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Nice Slice

Motorola Droid RAZR

The original RAZR kept Motorola’s Mobile Devices division in pay dirt throughout the late 90s, but surprisingly when the smartphone revolution came, the company pushed in a new branding direction with the Motorola Droid. For those reasons alone, the fact that the newly announced Droid RAZR bears both heavyweight titles is a pretty big indication…

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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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Taking a #2 on #4

Droid X

iPhone 4 fever got you sick? Behold the Motorola Droid X ($199) for Verizon. The Droid X comes packed with 720p high def video capturing (since when did we lead a list of phone specs with resolution?), 3 mics for directional audio and noise cancellation, 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED flash, optional HDMI…

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Military Spec Ruggedness, Android Flexibility

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The Motorola i1 marks the first push-to-talk Android phone for iDEN (Sprint/Nextel Push-to-Talk). Like many other iDEN phones, the Motorola i1 is ruggedized for high-impact environments where iDEN phones are typically used. The i1 is also equipped with features unexpected in a phone designed to meet Military 810F standards for shock, dust, and rain. Besides…

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Motorola RAZR 2

The iconic RAZR is back with an all new metal and glass design that is actually smaller than the previous RAZR. It features Incredible QVGA screen (two screens actually) 2 megapixel camera CrystalTalk active sound-quality management Opera web browser Built in E-mail (free) Bluetooth There’s no denying the lustworthiness of the phone and with it…

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Limited Edition Mother’s Day Purple MOTORAZR™ V3i

[Mother's Day Gift Idea] The Motorola RAZR now offered in the sweetest color yet, the Purple MOTORAZRTM V3i comes fully optimized with the hottest features. More than just eye-candy, this sleek, stylish design is coupled with MPEG4 video playback, Bluetooth wireless technology, a DAP music player, a 1.23 megapixel camera, and more. Stunning craftsmanship molds…

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Motorola MOTOPEBL Orange GSM

MOTOPEBL is the essence of mobile sophistication and stylish simplicity. Hold it in your palm and you’ll understand its mysterious pull. Enjoy both form and function, with complete imaging, video capture and playback, and voice recognition features.Design at its most breathtakingly simple, the MOTOPEBL™ reshapes the way you view mobile communication. No hard edges. No…