Posts by Brandon Miniman

Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.

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    HP is getting back into tablets, this time with Android (and not with webOS with the ill-fated Touchpad). Their first device in this category is a budget device that reminds us a lot of the Nexus 7 but with worse specs and a low price. It has a 7" 1024x600 LCD display and is powered by an A9 Cortex CPU with 1GB of RAM. It's running on Android 4.1 and comes without a skin on top of Android. Interestingly, it has Beats Audio, making it the first non-HTC device to bring this audio-enhancing technology since the aforementioned TouchPad. It also has 8GB of storage, but unlike the Nexus 7, you ...

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    Yesterday we witnessed what very well could be a turning point for HTC: the announcement of their new One flagship. With it, they announced a new UltraPixel Camera technology that uses two 4MP camera sensors to take shots that have vastly improved lightning exposure, according to the company. We have yet to test the camera on the One on our own, but one thing is for sure: 4MP is just not enough, despite HTC's claim that "Megapixels don't matter." Of course they matter. Consider this. The Nexus 10's screen is a full 4.0 MP (at 2560x1600). If you pull up a full-resolution photo you've taken ...

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    You might have heard of Mailbox: an iPhone-only app that claims to change the way we use email. Even if you want to use it right now, you can't, unless you were among the first to reserve your spot in line. If you download the app today, you're looking at an 800,000 person line. Orchestra (parent company of Mailbox) is doing this to ensure that their servers can handle the processing of millions of emails; Mailbox does some server-side action to compress your emails, strip out unnecessary stuff, and push it to your phone in an attempt to provide a fast email experience. And boy, does it ...

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    Something that has always bothered me about iOS is that there are heavy animations throughout the operating system. Whether you're moving between items in a list, going back to the homescreen, launching apps, opening folders, or emailing a photo, there are long, slow animations at every turn. This gives the appearance of smoothness and fluidity, but it's also tremendously ineffecient. Android lets you turn off animations in Developer Options out of the box, but in iOS, you can't doing anything about it. Unless, that is, you jailbreak and download the free app Accelerate. It lets you set a ...

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    It's been over four months since we've reviewed the iPhone 5. Since then, I've been using it on and off, but mostly on. I haven't kept in a case (where's the fun in that?), but I've treated it relatively well by keeping it away from keys and other sharp objects when in my pocket, and by making sure that the iPhone 5 has never taken a fall to a hard surface. So with a medium/average level of care, how has the iPhone 5 stood up to the test of life? Is it durable? The answer is: not really. In fact, if we were to give the iPhone 5 a durability rating, it would be C. As you can see in the ...

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    Around here we do video--lots of video, because we think video is an ideal medium to show you details that text and photo alone cannot provide when it comes to showing you the latest mobile devices. And so we put a lot of time and energy into YouTube, developing shows such as Worst Gadget Ever, After the Buzz, Pocketnow Daily, and more. Today, we're excited to announce that we've hit a huge milestone: 200,000 subscribers! And we just want to thank everyone that has hit the little "subscribe" button on our channel to get an always-updated stream of our latest video content. If you haven't ...

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    If you want a colorful Apple product, you're out of luck unless you're springing for an iPod. Fortunately, if you have an iPhone 5 or iPad Mini, you can change the color of your device with an aftermarket anodization process. I recently sent my black iPad Mini to the folks at Anostyle to get my Mini colored bronze, which is a nice orangy-copperish-brown. The result is impressive: their by-hand anodization process ensures that your iPad Mine or iPhone 5 comes back looking like it came from the factory with the new color. The way it works is that you order through Anostyle's website (where ...

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    For the iPhone owners among you: the Apple Maps ordeal is over with the release of Google Maps for iPhone. No longer will you search for a restaurant in your area and be taken to a place that is hundreds of miles away. No longer will you be subject to the limitations of Apple Maps and wish you could see a street view or public transit information. Our first impressions of Google Maps are very positive, and we've found a handful of hidden gestures that we show you in the below video. As a recap of the gestures, you can: double tap to initiate a single-finger zoom, use two fingers to ...

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    The most popular tablet in the world recently got an untimely update. At the iPad Mini event in October, Apple surprised most by updating the 9.7" iPad to a fourth-generation version which includes a faster CPU, a new connector, and a better front-facing camera. Many third-generation iPad owners and those that are considering the iPad wonder if now is a good time to buy. Well, we've spent the last several months with the iPad 4, and now that the buzz of its newness has worn off, we wanted to circle back and talk about how the newest 9.7" iPad has stood the test of time. First, be sure to ...

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    We were more excited to get our hands on the Nexus 4 than we'd been with any other previous Nexus device. We were looking forward to seeing how fast Android could be with the new Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core CPU tied to a stock experience of Android; we were happy to hear that the gorgeous screen from the Optimus G would be used; and we were shocked by the price tag. It appeared as if Google had outdone not only itself, but every other Android manufacturer that makes competing devices. Were our high expectations met? Read on for our full review! Video Review · Specs · Hardware · ...

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    This holiday season, the Nexus 4 and Droid DNA are going to be two of the hottest smartphones for sale. The DNA brings the first 1080p display on a smartphone to the table, plus it has fantastic HTC build quality. The Nexus 4 is one of the most affordable high-end smartphones ever, plus it's running the latest version of Android, with no fluffy interface to slow it down. Both are powered by the brawny Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and have 2GB of RAM. While so different in terms of hardware but quite similar in terms of specifications, how do they compare in terms of performance? Check ...

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    If you're a Galaxy Nexus owner and are wondering whether you should upgrade to the new Nexus 4 (if you can ever get your order in, that is), you're going to want to watch this video. We compare the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus in every way that matters: hardware, display quality, boot-up time, app loading speed, web browser performance, and more. Here are some conclusive observations: The Nexus 4 is faster than the Galaxy Nexus in launching apps by about one second in every case Web browsing performance is about equal, probably because the Nexus 4 uses Chrome, which still isn't as fast as ...

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    The Nexus 4 could very well be one of the most powerful and affordable smartphones ever. But, like anything, it has its high and low points. As we prepare our full review of Google's latest and greatest for you, we wanted to provide some observations on what's awesome and what's not so awesome after a bit of use. We Hate... The screen sensitivity. Remember the reports of the iPhone 5 having screen sensitivity issues, most likely because its use of a new display technology that bonds the touch sensor directly to the display? Yeah, the Nexus 4, with its use of a similar technology, has the ...

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    The iPhone 5 and Nexus 4 are both best in-class devices. They represent the top of the line for their respective operating systems, and for good reason: both are fast, have terrific displays, and offer reasonably good battery life. So which is better? In this video we compare both devices in a variety of ways: boot up speed, app launch speed, web browsing performance, camera performance, pricing and availability, and more. In terms of specifications, both have an impressive spec sheet. The iPhone 5 is powered by Apple's dual-core A6 CPU which has a tri-core GPU, supported by 1GB of RAM. ...

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    If you tried to pre-order the Nexus 4, you likely had a terrible experience doing so. Some of you might have been lucky enough to get your order in at the right time, but most of you probably received an email from Google, noting a three-week backorder. Delays aside, the Nexus 4 very well could be the best Android phone yet, thanks to a terrific combination of the brawny Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM, a fantastic 1280x768 4.7" 320PPI display, and the absolute latest version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean. Unfortunately, it lacks LTE, even though it has an LTE chip ...

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