Remember when buying stuff made by Apple Inc. seemed bold and unconventional? Of course, the iPhone is now the safe, sensible choice, and those looking to live on the edge must seek adventure elsewhere. Apple’s archrival Samsung Corp. is happy to oblige with its new Galaxy Note II, a massive marvel with a monster screen and all-day battery life. Meanwhile, Nokia Corp., desperate to regain its standing in smartphones, is offering the Lumia 810, an attractive mid-priced handset that runs the underappreciated Windows Phone 8 operating system from Microsoft Corp.
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