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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    This year's iOS update is one of the best yet. But as with most things, there are two sides to the story. While iOS 8 brings many long-requested features to Apple's mobile OS, it also brings something most users aren't used to seeing on the platform – honest to goodness bugs and glitches. In droves. Let's take a step back for a second. This update, iOS 8, is long overdue and quite nice. It brings many great things. In particular, Apple added third-party APIs, which it calls Extensibility, to allow more third-party developer and user control over the operating system and, ultimately, the ...

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    Over the last few years, smartphones have evolved to accommodate for new use cases, primarily multimedia consumption – gaming, watching YouTube videos and movies, and browsing the web. As a result smartphones have grown from less than 4-inches in size to an average rapidly approaching the 5-inch threshold. Apple is one of the very last to jump on the larger smartphone bandwagon. Its last increase in size was from a 3.5-inch display to a 4-inch display, adding only vertical dimension and pixels to the existing panel. That wasn't enough, though. Other smartphones dwarfed the iPhone 5 and ...

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    After years of customers begging for a larger iPhone, Apple finally obliged. Just last week, it announced the brand new set of bigger iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7-inch display while the 6 Plus comes with a rather larger 5.5-inch display. The new iPhones are launching alongside Apple's newest version of its mobile software, iOS 8. This brings much-anticipated features, like third-party keyboards, sharing, widgets, and access to TouchID. Despite very few visual changes, this is one of the most notable iOS updates ever. The new iPhones feature an ...

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    I'll admit, I wasn't at all interested in the idea of an Amazon-made smartphone from the start. To date, I've owned two Kindle Fire tablets, and 10 times out of 10, I would recommend a Nexus 7 over anything Kindle Fire-branded. No, that's not my affinity for Nexus and stock Android speaking, and I have nothing against Amazon as a company. In fact, before I purchase anything … ever, I check Amazon's price first. I've been a paying Prime subscriber since 2011. And I regularly fire up the Instant Video app on my 360 when looking for something to watch in the evenings. I like Amazon, and its ...

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    This thing is entirely too small. That was my initial impression of the very first iPhone I ever used. It was the iPhone 4 I picked up on Verizon's off-beat January launch day. Over the course of three years and two different iPhone models, my opinion never changed. I upgraded to the iPhone 4S that fall and later to the "larger" iPhone 5. Even the iPhone 5 was way too small for my tastes. It wasn't the height of the iPhone display that was the problem, but rather the width. I've always figured it's a combination of my anatomical disposition and experience with an array of other, larger ...

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    Back in April, I covered Link Bubble, Chris Lacy's third-party Android browser which loads web pages in the background without interrupting whatever it is you were doing when you clicked the link. It's a chat heads-style floating browser that can be tossed aside. You get to choose when you want to read the pages you load, rather than being jerked around between your Twitter client, a feed reader, and your default browser. But even the developer knows Link Bubble isn't ideal for every situation, that not every link should be loaded into a floating bubble that, due to some Android ...

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    Apple released the iOS 8 developer betas back in June, following WWDC 2014. We did a quick hands-on of iOS 8 Beta 1, showing off all the new features and talking about the things iOS 8 would eventually bring to the table. Being a beta release, not everything worked and some things were a little buggy … as expected in an early beta. However, iOS 8 was publicly released today and several changes have been made. Some visual alterations were made, usability has understandably improved, and many (not all) of the missing features have been activated. Things like Continuity and iCloud Drive ...

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    If you believed all the iPhone rumors and leaks from the last several months, you weren't surprised when Apple announced not one, but two new handsets last week. You also weren't surprised when both of those handsets were significantly larger than the 3.5- and 4-inch iPhones of yore. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays, respectively. For the iPhone crowd, phones that stretch your pockets and grip are something entirely new. It's something that, paired with the iOS 8 update, is sure to bring some Android converts back into the iOS fold. And it may send users ...

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    The Pebble Steel, first shown off at CES in January, was thought by many to be the best looking smartwatch to date. Anton and I swooned over the stainless brushed steel and matte black finishes in our pre-brief in Las Vegas. It was exactly what the budding smartwatch industry needed – serious hardware to run the increasingly useful software. Pebble's stainless steel smartwatch didn't hold the spotlight for long, however. When Google announced Android Wear in March, Motorola came out and teased something that caught everyone's attention: a smartwatch with a circular display in full, ...

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    The purported iWatch was one of the longest running rumors in the mobile space, but it was finally put to rest last week when Apple took the stage at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts last week. It announced the two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, and the highly-anticipated watch, simply Apple Watch. Apple covered some of the most intricate details about its upcoming watch in a 10-minute video. It details the design of the watch, the uniqueness of the personalized straps, the UI, and its innovative navigation method dubbed the Digital Crown. Apple ...

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    Last week, Apple announced what is arguably one of its most anticipated iPhone updates yet: the iPhone 6. As expected, though, thanks to month of rumors and leaks, the iPhone 6 comes in two different flavors. The iPhone 6 is a rather large bump in size over the iPhone 5 and 5s – from 4-inches to 4.7-inches – with a respective increase in resolution to 750p. The iPhone 6 Plus is a more dramatic increase in size to a 5.5-inch display with 1080p resolution. Both models come with most of the same hardware upgrades: an A8 chipset with a slightly faster clock speed, larger batteries, a 128GB ...

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    Last year, Motorola blindsided everyone by creating an entry-level smartphone that was not only surprisingly great but also extremely affordable. Other smartphones like it had surfaced, but definitely not on Android. The Lumia 520 is a perfect example. But very few Android smartphones before the Moto G were both affordable and worth buying. Last week, while all the attention was on IFA in Berlin, Motorola made some not-so-surprising announcements in Chicago where our own Adam Doud was on scene. It announced the new Moto X, Moto G, Moto 360, Moto Hint, and some juice packs. Of those, one ...

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    A lot of people have always said iPads and other tablets are primarily geared towards entertainment – the consumption of media, no creation. I, on the other hand, have always had a different stance. I've always tried do more with mobile devices, to get more out of them, to create content and get actual work done from mobile. It hasn't always worked out so well for me, particularly when I tried to go tablet-only for a day. However, getting more done with your tablet is entirely possible. One company, Branchfire, is dead set on making that possible with its PDF annotation app iAnnotate. In ...

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    Last week, I was sitting in the crowd at Samsung's Unpacked 2014 event in Berlin, talking with Florence Ion of Greenbot about how many of her colleagues loved the Note series, solely for the S Pen. As I explained last night, I was pretty damn excited to see what the Galaxy Note 4 was all about, as well. I had just written a wish list for the Galaxy Note 4, and from the new design to the internals, Samsung hit the nail on the head. I was also pretty certain we'd see the Gear S in the flesh, since it had been officially announced just a week or so before the event. Sure enough, everyone on ...

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    A time not too far into the past, Apple's mobile products were the gold standard of the industry. The iPhone dictated the direction of the coming year, and it was one of the few smartphones with incredible design and a consistent and reliable user experience. Further, tablet-optimized applications were made almost solely for Apple's iPad. However, Apple has been slow to update its software, hardware innovation has almost slowed to a crawl, and other OEMs are closing the gap in many areas – tablet market share, tablet-optimized apps, and even customer satisfaction. Apple got comfortable. ...

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