Posts tagged with: Editorial
  • by | April 11, 2014 12:25 PM

    It's been a busy Q1 in the smartphone industry. We've seen a ton of stellar smartphones announced, and many of those have launched or will launch in the coming weeks. HTC, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, and even underdogs like OnePlus have all brought some compelling smartphones forward to bring us into 2014, and us phone nerds are salivating all over our keyboards. We've reviewed the HTC One M8 and had hands-on time with most the other announced handsets. But which is the best of the best so far this year? I, personally, provided a pretty in-depth rundown of the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S 5, and ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 7:20 AM

    Remember back in February of 2013 when I dropped my Nexus 4 and shattered its screen? That was the first phone that I'd ever broken. Up until that time I'd always thought my friends and family must have been particularly clumsy or simply didn't take care of their devices. While that may be true of some of them (you know who you are!), it's certainly not descriptive of all of them! Inevitably, everyone will break a phone. It's going to happen. What happens next, however, is an entirely different story depending on who made the phone. Broken Phones Let me preface this next bit with my ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 7:00 AM

    There was an interesting question that came up recently and I wanted to take a moment to examine the topic. I’m as big a fan of Nokia as the next guy. Heck, my last feature phones before graduating up to smart phones were Nokia. So I’m not a Nokia hater by any means. But the question did give me pause: Does Microsoft need Nokia? This is a multi-faceted question, as are most good questions. There’s the hardware side, the software side, and as they love to say in the dugout of a baseball game, “the intangibles.” Microsoft has not been shy about recruiting new and exciting OEM’s ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 7:20 AM

    Back in the early "two point something" versions of Android, most smartphones came with microsd card slots. Sure, cards were a lot smaller back then -- around 8GB or so. This was enough for us to store some music on, and even to install apps onto. We really needed that space, too. Smartphones themselves didn't include all that much on-board storage -- the Nexus One only included 4GB, and much of that was occupied by the operating system and core apps. Since then, our phones have gotten faster and have at least doubled their internal storage.  Modern flagships contain 16GB, 32GB, or even ...

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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 4, 2014 7:19 AM

    Last week we announced that Microsoft was officially releasing Office for Apple's iPad and shortly thereafter went hands-on to show you what to expect if you're an iOS user. Being an Android guy, I immediately headed to the Play Store so I could download the Android version on my 2013 Nexus 7. The link said that my device wasn't compatible with the app. What? Not compatible? How can that be? I've got Google's latest tablet running the latest version of the Android operating system! How can Microsoft Office not be compatible?! Android Support I pulled out my Nexus 5 and checked the same ...

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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 3, 2014 7:57 AM

    With all of the excitement over the release of Microsoft's Office for iPad, the newly free-to-use versions of Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones, as well as the reveal of a touch-friendly version of Office for Windows 8 tablets at Microsoft's Build conference… it got me wondering if Windows Phone would ever see a more comprehensive version of Microsoft Office. Since Windows Phone 7 was released back in 2010, the only real changes to the mobile Office suit was removing OneNote from the Office hub and giving it its own app icon. Microsoft has said that the mobile Office is mainly ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 7:07 AM

    Last week we reported that HTC is planning on releasing BlinkFeed and Zoe to the Google Play Store -- and available for installation on non-HTC devices. Pause for a moment and let that sink it. It's a huge deal. Sure, they're just apps, so there's no reason that they couldn't be distributed through the Play Store, they simply haven't been in the past. There are many reasons why an OEM might choose to keep their apps exclusive to their devices. On the other side of that coin, there are many reasons why an OEM should publish their apps through the Play Store. To publish? Apps that are ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 8:56 PM

    "We have to temper our enthusiasm," warns Stephen Schenck, "lest we get ahead of ourselves." It's sage advice. The news piece broadcasting that warning also contained a rumor as tantalizing as it was familiar: some folks over at WPDang had heard through the grapevine that HTC intended to follow up its new One M8 with a Windows-powered variant of the same hardware. We'd heard tell of a similar rumor when the One M7 launched last year, only to spend the next twelve months buried under a wave of Nokia Lumia devices, punctuated by the occasional Samsung rehash. Rather than the Live ...

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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 2, 2014 11:00 AM

    Update: The original edition of this article misidentified Android Wear as "Google Wear". This has been corrected and the author has been appropriately flogged. That headline has multiple dimensions to it. Sure there are a number of concerns involved with touching your phone. Safety, for example. Texting and drive and the death and mutilation that can occur is one such example. Hands free devices are always preferred when navigating a 2000 lb box of death at 55 mph (ya know, give or take) on the highway. There are also health concerns. Lately, your cell phone has been compared with toilet ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 7:19 AM

    Not long ago we we started hearing that Google would be implementing a new boot logo requirement. The document, first reported by Geek.com, is a bit vague and incomplete, but what it does show is a very simple and stylized "powered by Android" message that we've started seeing pop up in various boot sequences over the last few weeks. We still don't know everything about this move, so we'll have to make some assumptions, and they could be flawed. Disclaimers aside, let's look into the situation, the problem, what Google could be doing to address it, and why it's a great idea, but ultimately ...

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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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