The original Samsung Focus was a Windows Phone 7 “Series” launch device back in 2010, and it helped to set the pace for what has been a very warm reception of Microsoft’s new mobile platform. The Focus was great because it was thin and light, had fantastic performance, and had a particularly high level of screen sensitivity, which made navigation super fluid. Overall, it did Windows Phone justice.
When Samsung and AT&T announced the Focus 2, we had high expectations. While not the most impressively-spec’ed phones on the market, the Focus 2 has a [...]
You know what we haven’t had in a while? A good old-fashioned #firstworldproblems rant. So here’s one.
As Q might say, the world of smartphones has always been “wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross” (just making sure you’re awake, Trek fans). That magical quality has grown over the years -in fact, Apple effectively co-opted the term “magical” for a while there- and today our portable devices are capable of incredible feats.
Along the way, we’ve lost some things. Progress inevitably demands that [...]
If you haven’t noticed, AT&T has really turned up the heat in advertising its latest smartphone heavyweights. Now feeling the pressure from two other iPhone-carrying competitors, it’s working hard to maintain a diversified smartphone portfolio, and it’s doing a pretty good job of it, too.
In line with that goal, AT&T has been heavily marketing its version of the HTC One X, as well as the Nokia Lumia 900. Of course, those of us who make the mobile industry our occupation, hobby, or obsession know the differences between these two high-end devices, but [...]
What makes a smartphone “smart”? The apps of course! Every week we will feature some of the best newest or updated apps for the three big names in the mobile industry; iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android. We have sifted through hundred of apps and have deemed these 12 the most noteworthy for you, the smartphone enthusiast. To download any of these apps to your respective platform just click on the name of the app to launch the AppStore, Windows Marketplace, or Google Play.
At the moment, the wireless world is dominated by three major players. Google, Apple, and Microsoft have all built arrays of services and features around their respective platforms: Apple’s iTunes, Google Play, and Microsoft’s Marketplace are the mainstays. Secondary offerings also play an important role, like Apple’s iCloud and AppleTV integration, Google’s comprehensive set of web-based productivity apps like Gmail, and Microsoft’s Office and Xbox suites. The landscape is awash in brand names and service marks.
These company-specific sets of [...]
It goes by model number GT-I8350 but the actual denomination of the phone is Samsung Omnia M. It is powered by Windows Phone and was just introduced by Samsung today, to be available first in Europe and later on in other regions.
The Omnia M is marketed as a phone for “non stop entertainment”. It packs a 1GHz processor and a four-inch Super AMOLED display of WVGA resolution. The rest of the specs include 384MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, five megapixel main camera with LED flash, VGA webcam, WiFi b/g/n, and a 1,500mAh battery.
Samsung also throws in a [...]
Before the release of Apple’s newest tablet, when we were all still calling it the “iPad 3,” there was the usual tempest of rumor and speculation regarding the new device. Some of this scuttlebutt, like the Retina display, proved to be true. Other unverified claims, like quad-core processors and an 8MP camera, didn’t.
My favorite rumor at the time, because I didn’t care much about either tablet cameras or CPU core count, was that Apple would be eliminating the home button on its new iPad, leaving a clean uninterrupted bezel all the way around the [...]
When HTC updated its Locations app to support offline navigation with voice prompts, we were pretty impressed with its offering, which compared favorably against Nokia Drive. While we praised features like its lane-change notifications, it seems like the app is about to get quite a bit less attractive, upon the arrival of news that users will have to shell-out some cash to continue using turn-by-turn voice navigation.
Just what it will cost you to continue using voice nav depends on what geographical range you;d like covered and how long you’d like the license to last. An [...]
The mobile phone industry, like everything, goes through phases. For a while the dominating trend was the race to the smallest design possible, but recently that’s been changing. The “big slab” is the new mainstream, and that poses a big problem for manufacturers: how to avoid blending in. In corporate-speak, it’s called “differentiation,” but really what we’re talking about is the drive to stand out.
That used to be a bit easier when there were more variables involved. There was the race to replace the extendable aerial with the nub [...]
Before we dive too deep (after all, love is such a strong word) people like Android.
About 51% of smartphone users are running Android on their device. By February 2012 there were over 300 million Android phones (not including tablets) in the hands of consumers, with an additional 850,000 phones and tablets being activated every day.
Obviously Android is doing something right.
But that’s just people who like Android. Some of them may not even know they’re running Android, but it gets the job done and they’re not at all worried about the nuts and [...]
Say what you will about Nokia’s recurring struggles to rid its Lumia series of Windows Phone handsets of some annoying bugs, but there’s little denying the amount of effort the company’s put in to raising the platform’s profile and stirring-up interest from new users. Part of Nokia’s plan to drive attention to its Lumia phones centers on bringing its users the latest and greatest apps; to that end, the company just announced a number of partnerships with developers, some bringing exclusive content to Lumia models.
The apps Nokia discussed include a [...]