Posts by Taylor Martin

Based out of Charlotte, NC, Taylor Martin started writing about technology in 2009 while working in wireless retail. He has used BlackBerry off and on for over seven years, Android for nearly four years, iOS for three years, and has experimented with both webOS and Windows Phone. Taylor has reviewed countless smartphones and tablets, and doesn't go anywhere without a couple gadgets in his pockets or "nerd bag." In his free time, Taylor enjoys playing disc golf with friends, rock climbing, and playing video games. He also enjoys the occasional hockey game, and would do unspeakable things for some salmon nigiri. For more on Taylor Martin, checkout his Pocketnow Insider edition. | Google+

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  • by | April 4, 2014 6:02 PM

    Chris Lacy, the creator of Action Launcher and Tweet Lanes – a popular third-party launcher and Twitter client, respectively – has taken a crack at the dystopia created by Android web browsers. When you click a link from within just about any application on Android, you're immediately sent to your browser of choice, only to wait for the page to fully load. What if you want to continue reading Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ while that page loads? What if you want the equivalent of the ctrl+click option on your desktop (or command + click on Mac), which launches new tabs in the ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 2:24 PM

    Michael published the review of the HTC One M8 last Tuesday. In his time with it, he snapped dozens – maybe even hundreds – of photos, not only because that's protocol when reviewing a phone, but for two important, additional reasons: the Duo Camera is a primary feature of the M8, and its camera, especially the resolution, has been a controversial topic since the phone was made official. I've voiced my opinion about it. I wasn't impressed, based on what Michael and many other first-round reviewers had posted. The camera seemed gimmicky, the images it produces are often noisy and lack ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 6:23 PM

    I know, I've been writing about tablets as productivity tools a lot this week and last – more than usual. That's due in part to a video I was scheduled to make late last week – the one about going tablet-only for a day – and it getting replaced with another tablet-centric video about Microsoft's Office for iPad. After months upon months of rumors of the popular Office suite for iPad, Microsoft finally made it official last Thursday. For free, you're not going to get a lot from Microsoft on the iPad, though. The Office Mobile app, which has been around for some time for Android ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 6:39 PM

    Windows Phone, being the youngest of the major mobile platforms, is comparatively feature light. There are holes in its offerings, such as application support, no centralized notification center, and even customization options for end users. As petty as any one of these missing features may seem, together – paired with the other, tiny idiosyncrasies – are far more important and difficult to overlook. Android and iOS, on the other hand, have received several major point updates since their launch and have both physically and visually matured an impressive amount. They're still far from ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 3:09 PM

    Yesterday, I explored the concept of working entirely from a tablet – an iPad mini with Retina display, to be exact. On Thursday last week, I attempted to go tablet-only for the entire day, only to confirm what most already knew. While I could easily do 90 percent of the writing, editing, and publishing I do – including photo editing, spreadsheets, and fact checking – it wasn't ideal to try to do everything from an iPad. No surprise there. I've known this for some time. I've tried countless times in the past to move over to a tablet to handle the brunt of my work and it's never ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 8:39 PM

    What if you woke up and your laptop wasn't working? Work or that term paper isn't going to wait. You've got to get work done, no excuses. You reach for your tablet, then pause. Can you actually get work done with that ol' thing? Most use tablets for leisurely things, such as playing casual games, reading, or even chatting with friends and family. Sure, some people use their Android tablets or iPads to get real work done. And those sticklers with their Windows and Windows RT tablets surely know how to get work done with as little as possible. But could you actually work from a tablet? Would ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 8:26 PM

    I have so many mixed feelings about the NVIDIA SHIELD. Most do. It was such an intriguing product – at least in theory – at first. Some of its specifications are drool-worthy. Specifically, the Tegra 4. In my short time with the device, the Tegra 4 was a monster chip. Clocked at 1.9GHz, the quad-core Cortex A15 CPU, paired with the 72-core GeForce GPU, blew through the most graphically intense games found on Android without a problem – hot knife through butter. It also has 2GB RAM, 16GB of fixed storage, a microSD card slot, massive 28.8Wh battery, a 5-inch 720p LCD, and some massive ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 5:38 PM

    When Google announced its Google Play Music would soon include an on-demand music streaming service, dubbed All Access, I prepared to pack up shop and migrate from Spotify to Google's streaming service. I signed up as soon as All Access went live and never looked back. I made sure everything was where it should be and that the service worked as advertised. Then I canceled my Spotify account. For the last 11 months, I've truly enjoyed All Access. I love the interface, the marriage of streaming my own digital collection with on-demand streaming, something unique – in a sense – to All ...

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  • by | March 28, 2014 7:09 PM

    As of yesterday, Microsoft's insanely popular Office suite software was officially brought to the iPad. Office Mobile has been available for Android smartphones and iPhones for some time now, but tablets were left out of the equation. Microsoft built Office for iPad from the ground up, with touchscreens and the iPad software in mind. All the while, it didn't deviate too far from the desktop experience we all know so well. It may not come with the full capabilities of its desktop counterpart, but it's a huge leap in the right direction for tablet productivity and Microsoft's mobile ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 7:38 PM

    Every year, we wait for the major players to release their aboslute best smartphone possible. Some bring the heavy artillery to CES in Las Vegas every January. Some wait for the mobile-specific show in Barcelona, Spain, Mobile World Congress. And others, like HTC this year, choose to go it alone. Either way, the first few months of the year are, consistently, when we can expect some of the biggest smartphone announcements of the year. Not every company adheres to that schedule, though. Apple announces and releases its flagship in the last half of every year, typically September. Samsung ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 7:01 AM

    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 4:31 PM

    Have you ever put most your faith – or all of it, for that matter – in something? Chances are, you have. Odds are also pretty high that something you put your faith in let you down, at least once by now, unless you're an overly-cautious (read: likely very boring, uneventful) person. That feeling you get when it happens, though, that pit in your stomach, is exactly what I'm feeling right this minute. After seeing Samsung's Galaxy S 5 announcement, I wasn't enthused. I'm still not. Sony's Xperia Z2 seems to be the hotness, but I'm not salivating over Sony's squared, industrial design ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 11:46 AM

    "Does the new One live up to the legacy of its forebear?" That's the question our very own Michael Fisher asked in the intro of our comparison video below. Albeit worded a tad differently, that very question is one that's been lingering in the back of our minds since the first time the name "M8" crept into headlines across the Internet. So … does it? HTC certainly made improvements in particular areas that needed it, changed some things around visually, added a few features, and introduced a new camera technology. Are these changes solely for the sake of change, or all the differences ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 11:46 AM

    In the wake of what many considered to be an underwhelming Galaxy S 5 announcement from Samsung, all eyes have been on HTC to deliver the greatest flagship of 2014. The One from last year has been the recipient of a handful of awards, including best smartphone of the year from GSMA 2014 Global Mobile Awards and even our very own Readers' Choice Awards. Despite the love-or-hate camera, the HTC One proved, over the test of time, to be a fantastic smartphone and a marvel in smartphone design and build quality. Now, after countless leaks and rumors, the brand new One (M8) is officially ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 11:46 AM

    Despite Samsung's sheer domination in the Android space and HTC's shrinking revenues and market share, the rivalry between the two giant handset makers continues to heat up. Last year, the HTC One and Samsung's Galaxy S 4 were two seriously impressive smartphones. Sure, the Galaxy S 4 was a bit more of a marginal upgrade over the S III than we were expecting, but the phone sold in droves and lived up to nearly every expectation. HTC's flagship One handset also lived up to the hype, becoming the recipient of multiple awards; it was named best smartphone the year in GSM Association's 2014 ...

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