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iPhone 5 and other new smartphones reviewed

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5 2013 2:30 p.m. MDT

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GALAXY NOTE 3, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO

Samsung is giving its latest Galaxy Note smartphone a stylish makeover. The Note 3 has a soft, leather-like back. It feels like you're holding a fancy leather-bound journal. Grooves on the side of the big-screen phone make it easier to grip. But the new phone is complicated to use. There's too much going on. Between Scrapbook, My Magazine, Air Command and dozens of other functions, it might take even the most experienced smartphone user several hours to figure out. Once you get past that, though, you get new features such as the ability to quickly access the calculator, clock and other apps simply by drawing a box on the screen with the included stylus. The display measures 5.7 inches diagonally. That's larger than the Note 2, yet the new phone is lighter and thinner.



— Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer

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Lowell Steele
Farmington, UT

These are all cool phones, but the Blackberry Z10 really deserves a second look. I have never owned a Blackberry phone, but just happened to notice it was getting 5 stars by nearly everyone who reviewed it on the AT&T website. About two thirds of the reviewers had never used a Blackberry before, but after using the Z10 swore they'd never go back to Android or the iPhone. Much of the other third were former Blackberry users who'd wandered away and were lured back by the Z10. A few were Blackberry faithful who never left the fold. With almost no exceptions they were blown away by the groundbreaking features of Blackberry's BB10 operating system, and the Z10's amazing virtual keyboard.

After using the Z10 for a couple of months, I wholeheartedly agree: Blackberry has reinvented the smartphone! The keyboard learns my writing patterns so the more I use it the better it is at predicting what word I'll type next. It hovers 6-8 likely candidates over the next letter I would type for that word. If it's the word I want, I just flick it up into my sentence. Amazingly productive, and faster than my computer keyboard!

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