Posts by Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!

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    The smartphone industry is full of plenty of gigantic companies, with influence and buckets of money at their disposal. As such, it's easy to feel a bit like David in the face of Goliath, and even if you have a valid complaint against one of these juggernauts, getting your way can feel like squeezing blood from a stone. Luckily for smartphone users in the US, the Federal Trade Commission has got their back, and we've seen recent efforts from it trying to stem unauthorized purchases from the various app stores out there. The latest target to wander into its crosshairs is AT&T, as the ...

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    One of the latest “must-haves” for a full-featured mobile platform has become the need to offer users a one-stop-shop for their fitness needs. There's Apple's Health in iOS 8 (and all ready to start taking advantage of the Apple Watch once it arrives early next year), but Android hasn't been left without its own fitness hub, and we saw Google Fit debut at I/O this past summer. We had to wait for a few months, but now it's finally time for Fit to hit prime time, and today Google's making the Fit app available for Android users everywhere. Don't think that just because you don't have ...

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    What do you get when you cross a little bit of Moto X with a dash of Nexus 6 and a heaping helping of macho branding? You get the new DROID Turbo from Motorola, a Verizon-exclusive flagship smartphone built to put the "-roid" back in "Droid." At today's Verizon event in New York City, we got to interact with not just the Droid Turbo itself, but check out the complete retail packaging as the phone will arrive in when sales begin this coming Thursday. It looks just like we saw in those leaked pics, but there's nothing quite like getting your hands on the real thing yourself. Notably, this ...

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    With all the leaks we'd seen over the months leading up to today's Droid Turbo launch event, much of the phone's high-end hardware had already been spoiled for us, but when those specs include features like a big 21MP camera and beefy 3900mAh battery, we suppose we don't mind a few early peeks. Today, with Verizon and Motorola formally announcing the phone, the rest of the handset's hardware has finally been confirmed, and they're of similar top-tier quality, from the very capable 3GB of RAM to the sizable 64GB storage option. Let's take a moment to go over the full set of Droid Turbo ...

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    The official countdown clock may still be running down on Verizon's Droid Does web portal, but the carrier's Droid Turbo launch event is already underway, and from it official details of this new Motorola Android have begun to emerge. As already revealed through no shortage of leaks and rumors going back weeks now, the Droid Turbo is a 5.2-inch quad HD handset with a big 3900mAh battery – one Verizon says will grant the phone a solid two days of use per charge. The carrier really emphasizes the degree to which battery concerns have dominated customer feedback, and the Droid Turbo is a ...

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    Whether you asked for them or not, 2K displays on smartphones are here, popping up in more and more of the latest phones from big manufacturers, like the just-launched Nexus 6. We could debate the value of such high-res screens on pocket-sized devices all day long, but we still may have to concede that regardless of demand, manufacturers are always going to be tempted to push limits like this. But with 2K now a reality, what's the next line to cross – the next limit to push? We've already talked about the idea of smartphones with 4K-quality screens, and now Sharp is reportedly working on ...

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    Yesterday we thought we were really getting down to the wire with these ongoing Motorola Droid Turbo teasers and leaks. First we had those shots of the phone's packaging, and then saw the latest DroidLanding tweet send out a vague little teaser video of its own. The countdown to today's launch event has just hours left on it, but before that moment comes we've got a couple additional Droid Turbo finds to check out, including a very official-looking listing on one of Verizon's internal test pages. We only see the Droid Turbo on a general Verizon home page rotator, but it's enough to confirm ...

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    AT&T is set to start carrying the Lumia 830. The carrier confirmed as much back in early September, just days after the handset launched at IFA 2014. There's still no official date for exactly when the 830 will go up for sale, but the latest rumors have attempted to nail-down November 7 as the most likely possibility. As we wait to see if that date proves to be correct, some additional technical information on the handset is coming to light, and it's good news for anyone who likes wireless charging and broad accessory compatibility. We already knew the Lumia 830 would support wireless ...

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    Eighteen hours and change: Verizon's countdown to the Droid Turbo launch has been running since two weeks ago, and the zero hour is in sight. Tomorrow will almost certainly bring us the phone's formal announcement, and rumors have suggested that Verizon will get sales of the Motorola Android started a little later this week, probably on Thursday. Between now and then, Verizon can't help itself but to tease the phone's launch just a little more, and this afternoon the company returns to its DroidLanding Twitter account to send out a bit of a confounding message. In the latest DroidLanding ...

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    There's no two ways about it: the Nexus 6 is a big phone. The latest Nexus handset from Google is all about shaking up preconceptions about what sort of handset a Nexus model is supposed to be, and the Nexus 6 doesn't just dial-up the pricing far outside the budget space the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 occupied, but also balloons the phone itself up from a 4.7-inch or 5-inch model to a 6-inch phablet. And both those changes are proving to be serious sticking points for a good number of heretofore Nexus fans. But to hear Google talk about it, the phablet-sized nature of the Nexus 6 isn't that big a ...

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    It's a question Android users everywhere are asking of the manufacturers behind their phones: when can I expect a software update to Android 5.0 Lollipop? The Nexus 6 may be the first smartphone to debut running the latest version of Google's OS, and there are already handsets lining up behind it to bring Lollipop to their users as quickly as possible. Some OEMs have offered dates for when their users might hope to see such software released, and the latest to join the fun is LG, talking about its plans for the G3 and last year's G2. According to LG's German arm, the G3 is set to start ...

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    It's coming up on two weeks now since Google introduced the Motorola-made Nexus 6, and while that phone has yet to even go up for pre-order, we're already getting ready to welcome an even newer Motorola handset to the Android family. For a couple months now we've been anticipating the introduction of the Droid Turbo for Verizon, and teasers have been building up to a planned launch this week, getting started with a press event tomorrow. Before that day comes, we've got some last-minute leaks to check out, including some new pics and sales details. We've seen a couple shots of the Droid ...

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    The day has finally arrived for no-invite-required pre-orders for the OnePlus One! We covered all the details with you in a post last week, explaining how even though pre-orders were opening to the general public, they'd only be live for a very short period of time, before closing for a few weeks and subsequently re-opening at some point in the future. The plan was to have them open for a period of one hour, beginning at 11am Eastern this morning. But wait, wasn't that an hour and a half ago? Why are we telling you now, after the fact? Ah, but OnePlus has had a last-minute change of heart, ...

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    Does NFC have a curse on it when it comes to mobile payments? Every time it seems like a payment system is just about ready to really become popular, it feels like some business interests have to step in, flex their muscle, and do everything in their power to ruin things. Android users faced that headache as carriers clashed with Google Wallet over access to the secure element on our phones, forcing Google to come up with a work-around. And now that Apple Pay is live in the US and more users than ever before have the ability to make NFC payments, another group of companies is  doing ...

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    A week back, we checked out a leak that suggested a new smartwatch was on the horizon: not a new Android Wear model, nor Apple wearable, and not the rumored Microsoft smartwatch, either. Instead, we were to see Fitbit move beyond more basic fitness trackers to offer a full-featured smartwatch to call its own, the Fitbit Surge. Sure enough, today the company goes official with the Surge, as well as two new fitness trackers, the Charge and Charge HR. Considering how these models build upon the feature sets of each other, it makes sense to start with the most basic, the Charge. The company ...

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