Posts tagged with: smartphones
  • by | December 18, 2013 2:27 PM

    The Windows Phone situation is improving, yet to take from the likes of Android and iOS, Microsoft has its work cut out for it. Global smartphone market share in Q3 2013 breaks down predictably: Android holds 81.9 percent, iOS holds 12.1 percent, and Windows Phone hangs on to a mere 3.6 percent. BlackBerry, Bada, Symbian, and the ominous Other categories split the remaining 2.5 percent. Microsoft, at long last, is actually making headway. Globally, it's up from 2.3 in the same quarter last year. This is due in large part to the mini successes of Nokia – its incredibly affordable Lumia ...

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  • by | December 17, 2013 8:02 PM

    Notifications are one of my favorite features on Android. The ability to peek at incoming notifications and handle business without ever leaving an application is great. Expanding notifications for additional information without having to open the respective app is often quite useful. And now that stock Android has quick settings toggles integrated into the shade, I honestly couldn't ask for much more. However, my notification shade is out of control, and it's only getting worse. What you see above are four notifications that are always present on my Moto X's notification shade. Always. ...

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  • by | December 17, 2013 5:38 PM

    Few will dispute that HTC makes great hardware – or even great devices. In fact, over the last five years, HTC has managed to make some of the most compelling mobile handsets the market has ever seen, with a handful of firsts to boot. It made the first consumer Android smartphone, the first WiMAX and LTE smartphones, the first phone with a 3D camera, the first 4.3-inch smartphone, and even the first ever Google Nexus device, the famed Nexus One. HTC has had its moments over the years, and it hasn't gone unnoticed. While many have defected, there are still hordes of die-hard HTC fans out ...

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  • by | December 4, 2013 3:27 PM

    Let's face it, smartphones aren't perfect. We've had numerous editorials talking about it, and we don't think twice about pointing these imperfections out in our reviews. Surely in life nothing is perfect, but there are surely those companies that try harder, and those that don't. There are companies that'll charge you the same amount of money for lesser quality products than others, and there are those that would rather lose a premium in oder to sell you what you paid for. Now that said, smartphones aren't new. We've used them for over a decade, and it's interesting to note that there are ...

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  • by | November 25, 2013 7:06 PM

    Windows Phone is finally filling the gap and stepping into the role as the third ecosystem. For those not wooed by the vast app and digital content selection in Apple's App Store or Google's broad range of web services, Microsoft is a viable alternative. Windows Phone is maturing (albeit slowly) and Microsoft's ecosystem is growing at a similar pace. Still, it's impossible to overlook the attention the platform has garnered in just the last six months. This is likely thanks to new, innovative hardware, a big purchase from Microsoft, and the recent firmware update, which brought support for ...

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  • by | October 18, 2013 6:14 PM

    For the last week, I've been driving around Charlotte listening to my car lambaste me for stomping the throttle too hard or slamming on the brakes. I've also had the unique ability to look back through all my driving history, in borderline-creepy detail. I posted my review of Automatic, a smartphone app with an accompanying module which plugs into the OBD-II port on your car and tracks your every last move while driving, yesterday morning. For $100, the device isn't exactly cheap, but what it offers is pretty compelling. If you speed (drive over 70mph), brake too hard, or accelerate too ...

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  • by | October 18, 2013 6:08 PM

    If you made it to the outtakes section of my recent video comparing the HTC One max and Galaxy Note 3, you'll know I currently have a head cold. That's no fun, but it beats some of the more potent biological hazards out there, like coliform contamination, or the horrifyingly-named Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Unfortunately, I'm still exposed to pathogens like these every single day, and so are you. And one of the leading nesting grounds of these bacteriological nightmares is -you guessed it- your trusty smartphone. Phone germs be nasty, people. This unfortunate truth ...

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  • by | October 7, 2013 4:07 PM

    The fine line between modern smartphones and tablets is increasingly difficult to discern. Smartphones continue to grow in size while tablets continue to offer very little additional functionality. The average smartphone size is approaching 5-inches, but the market's largest smartphones exceed even the 6-inch threshold; the Galaxy Mega 6.3 offers a 6.3-inch display and Sony's enormous Xperia Z Ultra measures 6.4-inches, diagonally. Meanwhile, the lower threshold of small tablets is around 7-inches. Meaning only 0.6-diagonal inches separates the largest smartphone and smallest tablet in ...

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  • by | October 1, 2013 3:26 PM

    Android and iOS, the two most popular and successful mobile operating systems in the world, have dominated the mobile industry for over two years now. Android, specifically, nearly quadrupled its global marketshare between Q1 2010 and the same quarter the following year. And it has more than doubled since, capturing a total of 79.3 percent as of Q2 this year. Apple's iOS has also held a significant chunk of market share for the better part of three years, as well. Ever since the second half of 2008, iOS has held between 10 and 20 percent market share, globally. And since the unfortunate ...

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  • by | August 28, 2013 4:02 PM

    I am … a connected man. At any given time, I have two smartphones in my pockets, and many more in my "nerd bag", along with a couple tablets, MacBook Pro, and a host of related devices. (Currently a Moga Pro controller, NEX-5N camera, UE Boom speaker, UE earbuds, Bluebuds X, etc.) In other words, I'm always connected – some way, somehow – to the Internet. I tweet dozens of times every day, I post to Google+ regularly, and I creep on Facebook for a collective hour throughout the day. I send tens of thousands of messages on Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and Google Voice every week. I ...

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  • by | July 19, 2013 4:16 PM

    The title of this editorial is, in itself, contradicting. The cellphone alone is a revolution, and we've seen that through the course of humanity in the last three decades. Even though it took the world more than a decade to actually make the cellphone both portable and affordable, it was clear that the invention would change the way we handle communications. Revolutionary according to the dictionary refers to something that has a major, sudden impact on society or on some aspect of human endeavor. The cellphone, along with the television, the automobile, the airplane, and even its older ...

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  • by | June 25, 2013 12:17 PM

    "Please turn off and stow all electronic devices." If you fly regularly in the U.S., those words are likened to nails on a chalkboard for you. During takeoff, landing, taxiing, and while below 10,000 feet, the use of any and all personal electronics is banned in the U.S. And there has been an increasing amount of controversy surrounding the issue for years now. The FAA has been immense pressure to allow use of some electronic devices, such as e-readers or MP3, players, during the duration of the flight – even during takeoff and landing. The current regulations have remained virtually ...

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  • by | June 17, 2013 2:52 PM

    The modern world of smartphone audio is perhaps best summed up by country-music singer Loretta Lynn: we've come a long way, baby. For much of the decade or so that smartphones have existed, the devices have been plagued by underwhelming audio performance, a symptom of too-small speakers paired with anemic software drivers, permitted only to suckle the tiniest bit of energy from an already power-strapped system. With very few exceptions, audio has been the afterthought, not the focus, of the smartphone industry. Thankfully, that's started to change in recent years. As smart devices have ...

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  • by | June 3, 2013 5:45 PM

    You know, every time that people criticize Apple for just launching one smartphone every year, I find the biggest argument to be funny. According to many, one size doesn't fit all, and in a way, even though that argument is correct, that doesn't mean that Apple is the only one following that mentality. See, Apple launches just one phone and that device will be their flagship for the rest of the year. In a similar way, Samsung, HTC, Sony and others launch one flagship to compete as well. Different companies make all of these phones, with different a design and software approaches, but they ...

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  • by | May 31, 2013 6:01 PM

    When Motorola announced the Atrix HD, I did everything I could to get it, and I did. I know many of you are not fans of the RAZR, but it was the first GSM RAZR available, which is what works where I live. I didn't want it because of its design, or the Kevlar, or the call quality, I just wanted it because of its Nano coating. I run as a hobby, and I sweat more than the average man, so for me it's always peace of mind to have a phone that I don't have to worry about getting wet. Sadly the Atrix HD is only splash proof. It can get wet and not become affected, but it's not like if you can use ...

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