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 | March 7, 2014 6:12 PM

    HTC is in an interesting spot. Last year, it launched a flagship, which bore its all new, consolidated branding: One. The phone was the recipient of tons of praise and some of the most positive reviews of a smartphone … potentially ever. It raised the bar in build quality and design in the Android space, and to this day, it's still winning awards. Yet the Taiwan-based company is continuing to hemorrhage more money each quarter. Our own Stephen Schenck spilled the beans on HTC's latest earnings report earlier this week. Essentially, revenue is down 37.2 percent for January and February ...

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  • by | March 6, 2014 7:31 PM

    The push for better vehicle infotainment has begun, and it's being spearheaded by none other than the mobile industry's two leading companies: Google and Apple. Apple's CarPlay, announced earlier this week at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, was shown off in detail by Volvo. The other major partners are Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari, but you can also expect CarPlay to be present in vehicles from BMW, GM, Ford, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Subaru, Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, and more. Google's push into your commute starts with Audi Smart Display, powered by Android, of course. This is part of ...

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  • by | March 6, 2014 4:46 PM

    "I wish Nokia would make an Android phone!" Well, that one didn't turn out quite like we expected, did it? Nokia X is not at all the mashup of Windows Phone hardware and Android we wanted. Obviously, enthusiasts wanted something more along the lines of a Lumia 1020 or Icon running a pure Android, not a barebones, entry-level phone with Android hacked up beyond all recognition. But the hopes of a lovely mixture of the gorgeous hardware of Windows Phone and considerably more developed Android OS isn't totally dead in the water. A report out of The Times of India on Monday suggested some OEMs ...

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  • by | March 5, 2014 7:46 PM

    Last week, I wrote a reaction piece to Samsung's announcement of its fifth-generation Galaxy S smartphone. I, like many of you, were unimpressed with Samsung's latest and greatest, so I called it "more of the same." A quick stroll through the comments of that piece will uncover a great divide. Some people love it, others hate it. And there's nothing wrong with that. Differing opinions are a great thing that forces companies to diversify and push forward. By all means, Samsung has diversified. It has created a globally recognized brand with a visually unique design language that has ...

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  • by | March 5, 2014 4:03 PM

    In a nutshell, the all new HTC One is no longer a mystery, so long as the controversial leak from earlier this week is to be believed. A preproduction model found its way into the hands of 14-year-old Roshan Jamkatel, who created a lengthy (and rather shaky) walkthrough video of the M8. While Jamkatel didn't necessarily talk specs, he did confirm quite a few of the most recent rumors, such as the introduction of on-screen navigation buttons, the dual-camera setup, and a new face for BlinkFeed. The video also unveiled unexpected details, like a microSD card slot. What we didn’t need the ...

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  • by | March 4, 2014 7:52 PM

    I was among the very first to back the original Pebble Kickstarter. I was also very skeptical of the people behind Pebble, no matter how awesome the campaign or watch sounded back in spring of 2012. Years before that, as a huge proponent of BlackBerrys, I had teetered on the edge of pre-ordering the Allerta inPulse smartwatch for several months, until the whole project went south and the delays starting piling on top of one another. The whole situation slowly spiraled out of control, and I decided to hang on to my $150. I was hesitant to back Pebble on Kickstarter, along with everyone else ...

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  • by | February 28, 2014 5:12 PM

    Net neutrality. If you've been a responsible Internet user in the last few months, you're familiar with the term and what it means for us, the paying subscribers. For those unaware, it's the movement (or set of rules, rather) that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all online activity equally. In other words, you pay your fees, and you have unadulterated access to the Internet, regardless of the sites you visit, the services you use, etc. Last month, a federal appeals court shot down the FCC's net neutrality rules, and that opened the door for a Wild West Internet, where the ...

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  • by | February 28, 2014 2:18 PM

    Sadly, Mobile World Congress is now over. This year's mobile show in Barcelona, Spain was one of the busiest, device-driven shows in recent years. We saw a boatload of handsets, a few tablets, some wearables, and a lot of future products that won't be available for a while. Needless to say, there was plenty for just about everyone to be excited about at least something: a new Galaxy S smartphone, three new wrist-mounted Gear devices, a new Sony flagship, new additions to the HTC Desire lineup, new Huawei devices, including a wearable, a new YOGA Tablet and smartphone from Lenovo, Nokia X ...

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  • by | February 27, 2014 7:24 PM

    I'm sitting in my grandmother's house in my hometown, and I want to make a call. I pick up my phone, dial a number, and hit the giant red Call button. It fails. I remember T-Mobile has literally no service in Pinnacle, North Carolina, so I connect to her Wi-Fi network. "I can use Wi-Fi calling," I think. Nope. The Moto X doesn't support Wi-Fi calling. People, this is 2014. This should not happen. I have a perfectly good Wi-Fi network and a perfectly capable smartphone in an area with no service, and I still have no way to place a call, unless I pick up the landline and dial a 10-digit ...

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  • by | February 27, 2014 4:05 PM

    If you look back just a few years in the timeline of modern smartphones, we've come a tremendous distance. To think the HTC ThunderBolt was, at one time, innovative and groundbreaking is pretty humorous these days. It's difficult to remember that the original Motorola DROID was an impressive piece of kit and that 3G data speeds were normal just three, short years ago. Design, specifications, and especially software have all matured in a way few of us would have thought possible at the time. And it's spoiled us to the point that we're displeased with the announcement of a fifth-generation ...

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  • by | February 26, 2014 7:14 PM

    If you asked me last year if I would have ever considered using a ZTE smartphone as my daily driver, I probably would have chuckled, realized you might actually be serious, then answered with a solid, "No." It's not that ZTE is a bad manufacturer. But it has never been known for high-end flagship smartphones, something I'm admittedly a sucker for. Instead, ZTE is globally known for its prepaid and budget smartphone offerings. In fact, as recent as one year ago, ZTE was in a close fight for the position as third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. It has since been surpassed by ...

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  • by | February 26, 2014 4:57 PM

    The first few months of each year are a very important time for mobile manufacturers. The second week of the year is the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, where thousands of consumer electronic makers flood to the city to showcase the latest and greatest to affiliates, the press and, thus, the rest of the world. Each year, there are a handful of new, attention-grabbing handsets unveiled in Vegas. A month and a half after CES wraps-up, Mobile World Congress begins in Barcelona, Spain. By nature, the mobile-centric show is a solid launch platform for new smartphones and tablets. At MWC ...

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  • by | February 25, 2014 6:53 PM

    My good pal Michael Fisher and I like to disagree on things. And that's perfectly okay. In fact, I prefer it that way. It's what makes the entire team here at Pocketnow so diverse and the Pocketnow Weekly so fun and interesting. We help keep each other in check and provide different perspectives on varying products. It's a nice balance. A perfect example of this is the Galaxy S 5, which was announced at Samsung's Unpacked event yesterday. Michael wrote a piece earlier today, giving five reasons the Galaxy S 5 is cool … for the layman: water resistance, better software, improved and ...

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  • by | February 25, 2014 3:59 PM

    There are plenty of miniature things in this world that are great. Love or hate it, the Mini Cooper S is an incredibly fun car to drive. The iPad mini is a smaller, more affordable version of the iPad Air with just as much power and prowess. Even mini golf is one of my favorite time wasters to partake in when I'm on vacation. If my opinion on "mini" were instead based on the mobile industry's meaning of the word, I would hate practically everything with the mini tag. We all would. Samsung has been doing it for a few years now – throwing the mini tag on the end of its popular Galaxy S ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 10:26 PM

    To date, options have been sparse for CDMA users in search of a truly high-end Windows Phone. The most high-end Windows Phones Verizon has offered are the Nokia Lumia 928, and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC. Sprint has the HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo. There have been a few other forgettable models offered by the two CDMA carriers here in the States, but CDMA subscribers have not been treated to a truly spectacular, boundary breaking Windows Phone handset … ever. Nokia and Verizon Wireless want to change that. The two companies came together to produce the Lumia Icon, a rough mixture of a ...

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